Lives in New Zealand (Aotearoa) Auckland, New Zealand (Aotearoa)
Works as a Product Manager
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Joined on May 25, 2006
About me:

I'm an amateur photographer who is fortunate enough to spend a decent amount of time in the field shooting.

My first love is landscape, although i'm really enjoying shooting more people, travel and the adventures it brings.

I am working towards dedicating two months a year to travel and landscape photography and while it is nice to subsidise part of the costs, I do it for the love.


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Loving the elephant shots in the rain - I struggled a bit at a Thai Elephant sanctuary last year to get interesting shots - yours are great.

Lens looks to be optimised to the wider apertures which I guess makes sense, just more edge fall off than I would expect at F4 (similar to my 25 1.4).

Also feel some of these shots could have definitely benefited from dropping the SS and utilising the excellent IBIS rather than bumping the ISO - E.g. relatively static scenes at 6400 and 1/125 could easily be shot at 1/15th or less at close to base ISO.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2017 at 21:01 UTC as 71st comment | 1 reply
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Marco Nero: The images aren't disappointing although the lens isn't f/1.2 ... and that's where the real magic of the 85mmL lens from Canon lies. I don't think I'll be buying this lens for two reasons: One is because, other than speed, I don't see it exceeding the capabilities of the Canon f/1.2L version. And the other reason is that this site has suddenly taken sides in the US election aftermath...

It disappoints me greatly that political statements are now being (obviously) endorsed by DPreview. Those Lens sample-photograph closeups of Anti-American/Anti-Trump signs (as well as the protesters themselves) are two very different things. One shows an affiliation between the photographer and the protest itself. The closeup of the hate-inspired Trump signs is disgusting to see on a review site. We don't need a socialist agenda here on a camera/tech review site. Disgusting. I'm sorry but I won't buy products when reviewers here use them to endorse political agendas.

You serious?

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 23:47 UTC
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Photo_AK: A 24-200/8 equivalent lens .... ideal for taking pictures, that look like being taken with a compact camera ...
Tamron 28-300 takes 4 mm on the wide end and gives 100 mm more on the tele end; is a full frame compatible lens, weighs less, is smaller, cheaper, takes smaller filters and offers lesser DOF - all while being equaly "fast" or "faster" in the 28-200 mm range.

So, what's the point, really ...?

If you are so obsessed with shallow DOF, why would you buy a chintzy, slow, mediocre superzoom for your lovely big DSLR?

All shot with the 12-100 and 25 1.2 - a pretty potent combo:

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 21:19 UTC
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Collie Camp: A 50mm 2.4 lens? Let´s see, the great Canon 40mm 2.8 STM seems similar...pretty sharp too...

...for 189,- €

Naa. The Canon is just to small, a pancake, I´ll take that 1199€ lens ;)

But then you would have to buy a feature stripped, low dynamic range Canon with an old fashioned flappy mirror and no stabilisation...

Swings and roundabouts I guess.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 22:55 UTC
On article Pinnacle Prime: Olympus ED 25mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery (200 comments in total)
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JamesMD172: Holy bananas that is a sharp lens, and at F1.2!

It'll be a hard sell (to me), though, given the already excellent quality of the extremely compact F1.8. Still, it's always nice to have such great choices in a system.

Impressive - definitely looks better than my Panny 25mm at 1.4 - Fuji definitely have some lovely bodies and lenses, I just wish they had IBIS....

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 22:27 UTC
On article Pinnacle Prime: Olympus ED 25mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery (200 comments in total)
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JamesMD172: Holy bananas that is a sharp lens, and at F1.2!

It'll be a hard sell (to me), though, given the already excellent quality of the extremely compact F1.8. Still, it's always nice to have such great choices in a system.

This one?

Does not look that great IMO - plenty of excellent M43 primes outside of the 75mm F1.8.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 21:48 UTC
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Mariano Pacifico: I do not care about 18frames/second. What I need is to grab an excellent stills from a movie.

Then... buy a GH5?

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 21:42 UTC

Reasonably fair review, I'm coming from an S3 and have been impressed with the results from my Nexus 5 (shot almost exclusively in HDR+).

I've got a real camera for things I care about anyway though and looks like 4.4.1 just came out.

Still, the image quality on smartphones is getting really, really handy.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2013 at 06:23 UTC as 11th comment
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Francis Carver: Wow, an F5.6 lens and interlaced video. Oh well, thanks anyhow, Panny.

You could always chuck a 100gram 20mm pancake on it for a tiny F1.7 300gram combo....

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2013 at 00:50 UTC

Great camera by Nikon for landscapers on a budget - pretty hard to go past something like this.

If they had starting making cameras like this 18 months ago and I still shot mainly landscape I probably would never have gone mirrorless.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2013 at 00:39 UTC as 10th comment
On article Fujifilm XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS review (146 comments in total)

Hmmm... image samples look good but not really look much better than what I get out of my 190gram $129 Olympus 40-150mm.

Oh well, I don't shoot much tele anyway. Good to have options.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2013 at 02:33 UTC as 32nd comment

Interesting - X series would be much more interesting to me with 16-20mp Bayer sensor without AA and IBIS - the lens range is really developing nicely.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2013 at 01:49 UTC as 41st comment
On article SmugMug launches totally redesigned website (69 comments in total)

Loving the changes - I find its not perfect, but much better.

A few little bugs going on but I'm sure these will be ironed out shortly.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2013 at 03:46 UTC as 13th comment
On article SmugMug launches totally redesigned website (69 comments in total)
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Jetranger_Pilot: As a long time pro customer, I am now looking to move elsewhere.

Not because of the new site mess, but because of their inability to respect and value their customers.

They brag about having a culture of sorcery, and they started sending demonic photos on every e-mail from their support people. I don't really care what they do on their own time, but when asked to stop sending their inappropriate photos, they laughed and refused. They seem to be unable to consider other people, or respect their values.

You don't just join their website - you become part of the culture of sorcery.

This is very unfortunate, as without that nonsense, the site has a lot of potential, and many good features.

If you are looking for a host that respects and values the customer ... this is not the place to be.

What?? You are talking about the fancy dress photos of their help team?

They are dressed as super heroes / comic book characters.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2013 at 03:44 UTC

Is this a new kit lens? Looks tiny?

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2013 at 00:52 UTC as 21st comment | 5 replies

While this appears a bit short sighted, all it has personally done has made me ask the question - "Do I really need photoshop"?

The answer is not really, no - Lightroom is still available a perpetual licensed product and is great value.

If I need a little more PP, I'll buy Photoshop elements for next to nothing.

Even if these products go to a subscription model, they will be like $5 per month, meanwhile the competition will be innovating to gain market share.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2013 at 01:13 UTC as 301st comment | 3 replies
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Steven Brenner: Just wait, rental of cameras is next. Your camera will work for 6 months and then you will have to reauthorize its use for a fee. Either we rebel or we get %X*&#.

I would happily amortise camera payments if the hardware kept upgrading to the latest model!

Link | Posted on May 9, 2013 at 00:19 UTC
On article Photoshop CC: Adobe responds to reaction (1842 comments in total)

I don't see the major issue with this, given the crazy cost (and consistently diminishing need by most casual photographers) of full blown Photoshop.

Presuming of course, you are all paying full price for the product.

From a professional photography and business perspective a subscription of $19 per month isn't a bad way to go, no?

Link | Posted on May 8, 2013 at 01:57 UTC as 767th comment | 2 replies
On article Adobe's Fujifilm X-Trans sensor processing tested (138 comments in total)

Still looks pretty soft and mushy for an AA'less camera... Bit of a shame really, so much promise.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2013 at 00:05 UTC as 19th comment
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