Lives in United Kingdom Enfield, United Kingdom
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Joined on Mar 24, 2007
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Amateur with a passion for pictorial photography of more than fifty years. Likes to communicate and learn from others with expert knowledge, especially if they also live in the real world, have galleries or links to really good photos and put their camera to good use.


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On article Sigma announces full-frame 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art lens (233 comments in total)

It is not physics that make these lenses so large and heavy. I am told that the reason is that they now use computers almost exclusively to design the optical configurations rather than inspired individuals whose formulations do not necessarily have to conform to narrowly defined criteria.

Modern designs are also made to be easier to construct, so the objective is to keep manufacturing costs down, not make the best possible in all respects. People seem to be brainwashed into big and heavy equipment. Just look at how even MFT is now getting to be Maxi Four Thirds. It is ridiculous. And a Sony instead of a DSLR is pointless by the time you fit a gargantuan monster lens to it.

Many of the Nikkor AIS lenses are as good as anything today. Their lack of auto-focus is not the reason for their small sizes. That is what still is possible today and why they still make some of them, albeit at a price. If one had the choice between big and heavy or small and slower, that would make more sense.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2018 at 10:36 UTC as 44th comment | 10 replies
On article Sigma announces full-frame 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art lens (233 comments in total)

Why are manufacturers almost exclusively making large aperture quality lenses lenses which are far too big and heavy to carry around as part of an outfit with more tolerable size and weight for general use?

For many like me, especially amateurs, f/4 or even f/5.6 would be a perfectly satisfactory maximum aperture. I like ultra wide angle lenses for landscapes and rarely shoot wider than f/8.

I did try the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 but returned it because it was slightly decentred. Otherwise it was surprisingly good. I then thought I would splash out on the Distagon 15mm f/2.8, which is even from edge to edge from f/4 and outstanding, apart from very heavy vignetting wider than f/5.6 and only just acceptable even then. Zeiss told me it is the same optically as the Milvus. I sent that back too because, like the Samyang, it often failed to respond when I used the command dial on my Nikon D610 to operate the aperture but a Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4 I have with the aperture ring works fine.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2018 at 10:15 UTC as 45th comment | 9 replies
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WastingTime: I have found that I get better/faster results with a combination of the lasso tool, the polygonal lasso tool and the elliptical marquee tool, but to each it's own I guess.
You do need a killer mouse and/or wacom.
For the mouse, I haven't found anything better than the Logitech G502.

Some time ago, I bought a cheap Wacom tablet, the Bamboo. It can be very useful because it is easier to follow a path accurate with your wrist and fingers able to move as nature intended. With a mouse you cannot control movements that accurately and sometimes there is a world of difference between the two.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2018 at 16:12 UTC

This is the best Photoshop video I have seen by a long way. Very clear and presented in a way that you should be able to follow to the letter.

Knowing how to use a totally unintuitive feature is well worth having. It could prove to be a godsend or not, but at least you have another item in your kit bag after sufficient practice. So I am going to give it a whirl.

I have been using Photoshop for 15 years and for the first twelve just built up increasing proficiency with the basics, those features and techniques for using them that served my purpose.

Recently I have become expert but only here and there, most of all with cloning you would not believe. Key for me is to replace a sky in a landscape with a complicated boundary, trees and branches often in front of it.

I mostly use On1 Perfect Suite when that is a big challenge and usually it works well but there may be cases when the pen tool is better. Time will tell.

So, thanks for a brilliant video. Entertaining to watch it, too.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2018 at 15:59 UTC as 3rd comment

A few years ago, a BBC TV news item struck me about the bushmen in Botswana, the government wanting them out of their lands and inducing them with freebies to move into their towns. The likelihood is that there are diamonds to be found there.

Most went but one old man did not and was not forced out. What he was reported to have said showed that, while he is leading a primitive life, he is anything but. He was asked what do you think of the alternative lifestyle? Too bad, all that happens is that his brethren go out in the evenings and get drunk, he said.

A generally similar situation must be true of many North American Indians, so I wanted to express my solidarity with them while stopping over in Tuba City, where there are a lot of them. I was there on holiday from the UK in 2011. But I kept quiet. A white man might not have come across the way they would appreciate.

Who cares about the photo technique here. The shots of them in their regalia dancing is both touching and sad.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2018 at 15:28 UTC as 15th comment

Currently I am planning a trip to New Zealand driving the best of the southern island in January and February 2019 and this will be on my route. I hope the tree will still be there, unspoiled and visible without any protection around it that is visible when I go and indeed for other people travelling whenever they go there.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2018 at 14:33 UTC as 11th comment

I want to take some pictures of the Coliseum in Rome. So, can someone tell me where the column width key is on my Nikon D610?

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2018 at 23:13 UTC as 7th comment
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capeminiol: Now Microsoft will start demanding that you upgrade Excel in order to get support for newer cameras.

And try to force you into paying a monthly subscription.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2018 at 23:06 UTC
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daleeight: This is a heckuva lot more useful and much better to read about than the Velbon Chairpod....

Don't agree. You cannot sit on it.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2018 at 23:02 UTC

If you have to ask if ridiculous or brilliant then guess who is being ridiculous.

Just one thing missing. Nowhere on it to boil a kettle for your coffee.

Sometimes an idea is so crazy, it might just be crazy. Does it collapse only when you want it to?

Now a folding camera, that's another matter. I have had a few - Sanderson Quarter Plate, Agfa Karat , Agfa Isolette and Retina 1a. My father had a 2-1/4 square Super Ikonta, Ensign Selfix 1620 and Leica IIIa with collapsible Elmar.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2018 at 22:40 UTC as 27th comment | 1 reply
On article Learn about Photoshop blending modes in just 8 minutes (11 comments in total)

Very well explained by a guy who has an excellent way with words. I am sufficiently impressed to look at his other videos, including a 41:05 one telling more about blending. It is a tool I would like to understand better how and when to use, also gradients.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2018 at 19:37 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply

DPR - Please rename this fake comments.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2018 at 17:24 UTC as 12th comment
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Sean65: I find it slightly odd that so many landscape and travel photographers try as hard as possible to get shots devoid of humanity in it's natural unposed form.

@mfinley, I always wanted to be a professional photographer but was persuaded off it. My mother even wrote when I was teenager to Allan Cash, a famous British photographer at the time. He replied he did not make a living out of the super pictures the public saw, but made his living taking shots for industry!

So perhaps with that and what you said, I was better off keeping to photography as a hobby and focusing on what I wanted to take 100% of the time. Still the impact of Eugene Smith and others whose use of a camera as a means of communicating what is going on in the world was magnificent, his pictures of Minimata in particular. I would have liked to have emulated achievements like that, would not have had his ability.

Incidentally, I had a boss in Toronto, also very keen on photography. He was quite a character, sometimes an impossible man. But when he told me to go see and hear Eugene Smith give a talk, something told me to do so. I will never forget that, a great great man.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2018 at 22:24 UTC

Have a look at Bob's website. He is new to me but he has some great stuff there,

He quotes from a few memorable people there, including Dorothea Lange, "the camera is an instrument that teaches people to see without a camera", much I was saying of myself immediately below.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2018 at 22:07 UTC as 17th comment

Excellent video, many more great shots than one usually sees together in one place.

But I do not think much at all about any rules in particular when making a picture. With a trained eye over many years, it has become an instinct with me. Besides what works does not have to follow any rules, so I all but ignore them.

After sixty five years doing photography as a hobby, alert seeing helps me enjoy places beautiful to the eye, even when they will not make a picture at all. That does happen. At other times,when out without a camera but because of my photography, I have learned to see properly and enjoy because it is there, regardless.

I have noticed that unless a scene is still, people often miss it. Sometimes I spot a great still shot in a visual sequence or streaming and can freeze it in my mind, enjoy it for a couple of seconds before it fades from memory. It gives me a lot of pleasure being able to do that.

I definitely agree that the key is seeing, not just looking.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2018 at 21:49 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 Review (1024 comments in total)

Rather than smaller MFT bodies and lens designs competing with APS-C and full frame with economies in bulk and weight, another fitness aid for body builders.

The saying goes "those whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad." It has become an epidemic.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2018 at 21:33 UTC as 123rd comment
On article A letter from the Publisher (332 comments in total)

All the best Scott in your new position.

Yes, DP Review does have a lot to offer but there is a lot of mediocre contents and it is increasing alarmingly - cameras made of straw, for example. Such rubbish is not of interest to discerning enthusiasts to whom you say you aim.

Please CUT ALL OF THIS OUT and get reviews back to the thoroughness and immediacy they once were, until not long ago you slightly started dumbing it down and the reorganisation with the specifications near the end is not a sensible or helpful move.

I would also urge you to take a very big step upwards with pictures in the gallery. The standard is abysmal and does absolutely nothing to give you images you can judge lenses and cameras by, not of any use for that 99% of the time. Other publications mostly are as bad, but that is no justification.

Moreover one needs a similar set, if not an identical one that enables cross reference and comparisons between equipment. That is utterly impossible at the present time.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2018 at 23:35 UTC as 27th comment

This is information I am very glad to have as I would like to see what is up there. At home in London UK or wherever I have travelled, it has not been up to much. It may even influence where I go on vacation ni the future, if I discoiver sights worth seeing on par with what I saw in the SW when I visted in 2011, Zion and the Southern Rim being truly memorable.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2017 at 22:35 UTC as 17th comment
On article Buying Guide: Best cameras for students (68 comments in total)

With DP writers giving us many such articles at this time of year, please do not forget

● 2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras for infants
● 2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras for octogenarians
● 2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras for those over 100
● 2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras for centurions
● 2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras for tame apes with copyright privileges

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2017 at 19:02 UTC as 8th comment
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Jeff Greenberg: I'm saving for a Rolls Royce.
So I'm passing on Leicas for now.

Some years ago, the Managing Director of the car division advised everyone to get one. Long term, he said, it would work out cheaper.

Or are you after an aero engine?

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2017 at 21:50 UTC
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