Douglas Boyd

Douglas Boyd

Lives in United States Las Vegas, United States
Works as a Physicist
Has a website at
Joined on May 28, 2002
About me:

I've been shooting digital photography since the beginning, starting with the Canon RC-250 in 1990 and advancing to the Chinon in 1992, then to the Ricoh RDC-1 in 1993. Since then, I have had a succession of more conventional digitial cameras including models from Nikon, Minolta, Ricoh, and Casio. In 2002 I used Nikon D100 and Minolta D7i.
Prior to 1990 I was a film photogrpapher, starting with 5x7 and 4x5 view cameras in the late 1940s, adapting to 35mm in the 50s (Konica, Leica CL), and experimenting with 120/220mm format using Rollei TLR, Mamiya 120, and Mamiya 645 systems. I used to do all my own wet chemistry using Omega D2 and a color darkroom. But in recent years switched to scanning and digital printing. Since 2007 I have been concentrating on large landscape prints using Hasselblad H series cameras and backs, and since 2013 36mp Nikon and Sony cameras. Currently using D800e, A7r, and RX10. My largest print is 30" x 96" using a Fuji 6x17 camera, Fuji Velvia 100 and an Epson 9000 scan. Medium format digital cameras can reach this quality, as can D800e/A7r with stitching. I also have the RX10 for outdoor fill flash purposes exploiting its ability to sync up to 1/4000th which smokes Hasselblad which is limited to 1/800th sync, and the slow DSLR cameras at 1/250th. I have also been working with longer lenses and find the Nikon 800mm f5.6 with 1.25x extender lens gets its best results using A7r, not 800e. The difference seems to be A7r's superior live view which facilitates critical focussing.


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On article Throwback Thursday: Minolta's prosumer DiMAGE 7 (203 comments in total)

I used the Minolta D7i for a couple of years and got great pictures. This camera was the predecessor to the RX10II, and was loaded with advanced features for the time. Images were stored on the card in HTML format. I "upgraded" to Nikon D100 and a bunch of expensive lenses, but in retrospect, my image quality did not improve. With D100 plus lenses, I had a kit that was much larger and heavier than the D7i for travel, but saw little benefit. Of course all the hype was for CaNikon DSLR, but D7i remained vey competitive.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2017 at 17:48 UTC as 70th comment
On article Sony Alpha 7R II Review (2178 comments in total)

Congratulations to the dpreview staff and Rishi for this excellent review. This is the best ever of this site, and covers many complex technical points against a background of noise from "internet experts". Well done.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2015 at 18:59 UTC as 233rd comment | 2 replies
On article Analysis: Sony a7R II and RX100 IV autofocus systems (747 comments in total)
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munro harrap: And as aforementioned in MANY complaints, SHUTTER LAG figures, accurate ones please.

Since all the pinpoint eye-focus (if not wearing sunglasses, spectacles or patterned clothing etc), accuracy in the whole world, even in a perfect system is of NO use outside of studio and your test conditions, if, when you then press the shutter, your £2,600 Sony body then takes a sixth of a second before it releases the shutter after you press it, as did the A7R.

Its worse than 1/6 sec if you are using flash. In TTL mode, the preflash uses 1/6 sec also for a total of 1/3 sec shutter lag--- similar to a 15 years ago P&S camera. The problem has been fixed in the A7II (in part by electronic first shutter), and presumably shutter delay will not an issue in the A7rII, especially if you turn off TTL by using manual mode or a non-Sony flash.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2015 at 20:38 UTC
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Jonathan F/2: Wow!

I think what the bride is getting at is the question of whether a professional photographer for the entire wedding is even needed today. These days wedding guests have P&S and cell phone cameras that will often capture candid images just as good as those the pro might take. However, the guests expect to see a professional photographer at a wedding. The solution is to hire the professional only for the formal group shots (someone already mentioned this). That would only use 1 hour or so of time. And there would only be 8-10 photos to edit, maybe an additional 2 hours work. At $150/hr (plumber's rates), that should be a $500-600 project. The rest of the pictures could be collected from guests. Printing, books, CDs, websites would all be extra. I think the Craig's List bride would be happy with such an arrangement.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2012 at 03:48 UTC
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