Paul B Jones

Paul B Jones

Lives in Canada Ottawa, Canada
Works as a Union
Joined on Mar 4, 2012
About me:

My plan is to take interesting bird photographs.

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Lensmate: The ridiculous rumour that the A-Mount was dead [probably spread by Canikon fanwimps] was squashed with the Sony A99ii. The Canikon trolls and flamers are now dead [with that regard] but will probably try to resurface as zombie trolls on some other fabricated nonsense.

As a Canon Fanboy (albeit one who has never spread rumours that the A-Mount? was dead) I want to sincerely apologize for ever upsetting you. I did not realize how sensitive your were. Please accept my deepest regrets. If I had known how insecure you were, I never would have even purchased a Canon camera. Again, deepest sorrow for making you feel badly and hurting your feeling.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2016 at 23:27 UTC

Something I'll never own, but have very strong feelings about anyway.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2016 at 23:16 UTC as 8th comment
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (657 comments in total)

As an outsider to brand, the naming system for Olympus cameras seems cumbersome. Small point, I know.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 09:07 UTC as 6th comment | 2 replies
On article Photokina 2016: Canon EOS M5 quick look video (252 comments in total)

Glad that Mr. Britton was able to conceal his disappointment, rise to occasion, and conduct a great little interview.

:)

Love all these DPR videos.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 12:48 UTC as 52nd comment | 4 replies
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Nikonandmore: It's quite a remarkable psychological fetish that most discussions about large format photography are invariably dominated by people that have NEVER shot a single photo with anything else than a consumer camera. But I am yet to see ONCE a single pro/larger format photographer jumping into negative discussions on mainstream gear they don't know anything about. Worse, pros openly accept input, new ideas & strive in being educated about all matters of photography while others stuck in defending their lesser gear against stuff they've never seen, used or tried.

So even though the Fuji isnt cheap, not perfect & can't fit everyone's budget, it's a camera to admire & learn many things from.

Ignorance is painful & even more is the lack of its awareness. And Im the first to personally insist on learning & listening more than I talk. Ultimately all photography is about who takes the photo, NOT about gear. But using better gear (because you understand & respect it) means you also deserve it!

Nailed it.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 12:42 UTC

Cruel, but fair. Great read.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2016 at 17:11 UTC as 247th comment
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Jerry ZZ: Oh god, I'm sorry to say this but this thing is so ugly it makes me not want to hold it. *cringe*

It must be wonderful to experience such strong emotions about things. To me, the M5 looks pretty much like all the other cameras out there.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2016 at 23:45 UTC
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (1916 comments in total)

Thanks so much Carey, Rishi, Richard, Dan and Dale for a comprehensive and helpful review. Looks like the IV is a great camera.

I remember when the 6D and 5DIII came out and they were generally frowned on by spec-addled DPRistas, especially in comparison to Nikon's D600 and D800. Then there was a gradual realization that Canon's offerings were solid, reliable workhorses and they became beloved, near legendary cameras. I think the mysterious appearance of the 610 and 810 also added to Canon's mystique.

Finally, throw in some extra points to Canon for its ability to get under the geararatti's skin. The embittered fulminating each new Canon offering foments is a great source of amusement.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 17:29 UTC as 66th comment
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (1916 comments in total)
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beavertown: Can't believe that the 2 year old D750 still has a better sensor.

Nikon has dual pixel too? I didn't know that.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 01:11 UTC
On article ESPN publishes iPhone 7 Plus photos from US Open (359 comments in total)

I try to be positive, but those aren't especially convincing.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 03:30 UTC as 83rd comment

Wonderful video. The people are the stars. And that is an amazing camera.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2016 at 23:50 UTC as 27th comment

Okay, but let's say you are stranded on a desert island and need to start a fire. Is an iPhone 7 going to help? Didn't think so.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2016 at 19:54 UTC as 62nd comment | 3 replies

There certainly has been an extraordinary advancement in smart phone camera image quality.

What I haven't seen, and this is just anecdotally, is a concomitant improvement in the pictures my friends take with these devices. They don't seem to care about composition, lighting, focus, pretty much anything.

If smartphones are just for selfies and snapshots, does it really make a difference how good they are?

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2016 at 21:02 UTC as 161st comment | 2 replies
On article Interview: Landscape photography master Charlie Waite (29 comments in total)

Mr. Waite's talk of "engagement" through photography is stirring. So often I find myself mired in gear issues and frustrating shooting conditions, but then there are a few magic moments when everything comes together and an image I love emerges. Thanks DPR and Mr. Waite.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 22:58 UTC as 7th comment
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Paul B Jones: #6 and #11 rock my world.

Well, there were 11, the last one being some Mayflies at night. Not sure where they flew off to.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2016 at 00:21 UTC

#6 and #11 rock my world.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2016 at 20:38 UTC as 61st comment | 3 replies
On article Canon announces new flagship EOS C700 cinema camera (169 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: Quite honestly I can’t say anything bad about this camera. It offers a ton of great video features and the market it is geared towards has already budgeted this kind of money for it. Studios will demand this level of functionality and so this level of financial commitment will be justified for the select few that are lucky enough to shoot with it.

That being said, I still can’t fathom that this camera will be the only thing that can shoot high quality 4K video. The leaked GH5 specs definitely are not quite what this beast offers. However, 10 bit 4:2:2 internal for less than $2000 is extremely powerful in the right hands. In addition the GH5 will make a very commendable stills camera as well.

I can’t help but think that Canon just can’t compete on the consumer level with Panasonic and Sony. They put out amazing Pro level equipment and then everyone just assumes their entry level stuff is equally impressive when it most certainly isn’t.

"Quite honestly I can’t say anything bad about this camera."

Are you sure you are on the right site?

:)

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2016 at 14:38 UTC
On article Canon announces new flagship EOS C700 cinema camera (169 comments in total)
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mart1234: Seems like a strange coincidence dpreview tested the 5D4 for rolling shutter just a few days back. Could be a way to market the C700.

Worst. Conspiracy. Theory. Ever.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2016 at 09:56 UTC
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Favorable Exponynt: They should make a white version with a red ring to tick off L-glass snobs.

I think you are projecting your own insecurities.

From my experience, wildlife photographers are a supportive community and the arrival of these Tamron and Sigma super-zooms has been greeted warmly by everyone, bringing excellent reach and quality at affordable prices to a much larger demographic.

Well, almost everyone. While the photographer community is happy I am not so sure the accountants at Nikon and Canon are pleased to see someone else eating their lunch.

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2016 at 13:12 UTC

Two things ...

One:

"This design ensures less noise is added to the analog signal captured by the sensor by digitizing* as early as possible, resulting in lower read noise, which you can think of as background amplifier hum. The lower 'hum' means its easier to distinguish between captured information and background noise in areas of low signal."

Wonderful writing reflecting the ability to explain technical concepts in accessible language. Much appreciated.

Two:

It is unfortunate that Canon's production schedule (maybe influenced by natural disasters) saw the 7Dii released without this new sensor technology. I wonder if Canon will speed up the product cycle and introduce the 7Diii earlier than expected.

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2016 at 21:48 UTC as 83rd comment
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