Andrew Butterfield

Lives in United Kingdom Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Works as a Communications Manager
Has a website at http://Androo.smugmug.com
Joined on Jun 18, 2003

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Giacomo Sardi: i think the problem is the sensor size, the image quality at high iso.... and the price... advanced customers need aps-c size and a fixed lens... a fast lens... 23 f1.8 ...23 f2 or so.... in a few words a FUJI CLONE , with nikon brand. I have a nikon coolpix A ...... fantastic quality image... outstanding IQ at high iso. i'm waiting for a nikon coolpix B with 35mm equivalent, f2 and aps-c size sensor...

The Sony RX100 is poor at autofocus? Just the opposite in fact.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 08:55 UTC

So DL officially now stands for Dead Loss. Ouch. Big humiliation for Nikon.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 08:53 UTC as 93rd comment
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Andrew Butterfield: Not sure how you get a Silver Award when you have a 'mediocre' lens.

I know that but even so, a mediocre lens is a mediocre lens and on a camera this expensive, even if it is aimed at videographers, should perhaps not be able to achieve a certain rating. Mediocre is the reviewer's word, not mine.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2017 at 18:16 UTC

Not sure how you get a Silver Award when you have a 'mediocre' lens.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2017 at 07:25 UTC as 41st comment | 2 replies
On article CES 2017: Hands-on with the Kodak Super 8 (426 comments in total)

Back to analog... well, they sold 30 million vinyl records last year. But there were 45 billion songs downloaded or streamed. So analogue is potentially a reasonable sort of a business, but stil a relatively small one and likely a temporary one too because of format boredom and reality setting in...

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2017 at 12:50 UTC as 33rd comment | 10 replies
On article CES 2017: Hands-on with the Kodak Super 8 (426 comments in total)

We'll be back to silver halide and putting your head under black sheets next. This seems so niche as to be pointless. Even if the quality is okay for what it is, assuming you can bothered with the faff and expense, you'd have to be prepared to go to the trouble of using it on a tipod or some kind of gimball to stop it looking really shaky. Plus a million other issues all solved by digital years ago. I actually trhought Kodak had forgotten about it after the drubbing it got in the press last time they showed it.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2017 at 09:31 UTC as 40th comment | 3 replies
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10/LX15 Review (396 comments in total)
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Andrew Butterfield: This is a bit of a half-hearted attempt from Panasonic. The fast lens is nice, as is the 4K photo mode, and it's reasonably priced, but the RX100 family offers more and has that all important EVF.

I use the viewfinder on my Sony RX100 all the time. Would be lost without it.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2016 at 07:43 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10/LX15 Review (396 comments in total)

This is a bit of a half-hearted attempt from Panasonic. The fast lens is nice, as is the 4K photo mode, and it's reasonably priced, but the RX100 family offers more and has that all important EVF.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2016 at 08:37 UTC as 25th comment | 8 replies
On article Canon is selling a gray version of the Rebel T6 (146 comments in total)

has it come to this Canon?

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2016 at 05:32 UTC as 18th comment | 3 replies

Olympus probably didn't do themselves any favours taking you to Iceland in October and giving you landscape shots to test a camera that specialises in high frame rates and speed. However, this seems like a great camera, though I don't see me upgrading from my E-M5 II just yet.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 07:54 UTC as 117th comment | 2 replies
On article Hands-on with the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V (237 comments in total)

I like it that Sony doesn't bother changing the body, since it doesn't need it, just gives us improved performance. I guess the touch screen will come in version VI. What I'd really like them to work on is making a histogram that doesn't vanish when you change exposure comp. and allowing use of the self timer with bracketing.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 06:40 UTC as 55th comment
On article Photokina 2016: Canon EOS M5 quick look video (259 comments in total)

Clearly it is – in isolation – a very nice camera that will be able to take great photos.

But would you buy this when faced with a very interesting set of alternatives? Perhaps if you had old Canon lenses. But I don't like the idea of using adapters for old lenses – lenses that are mostly rather big for a compact system camera. And the choice of native lenses is, well, not much of a choice.

The lack of 4K is just perverse too. I don't understand that. I think many people will pass on the M5 just because of that. I almost didn't buy my Olympus E-M5 Mk II because of that lack, but that was some time ago.

As the owner of an Olympus E-M5 Mk II I think Canon should be ashamed of their choice of the 'M5' name for this camera. That's perverse too.

The main thing going for it is that it is much, much better than its Nikon rival. Oh wait, Nikon doesn't have a rival. Not even one they've announced but not managed to get working.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 13:07 UTC as 16th comment | 3 replies
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Sergey Borachev: Read the title carefully.

"Olympus announces development of E-M1 Mark II ".

Keyword - "development". It could be next July before any camera is available for preview.

Once you get used to a flip out, it's just as quick to use. I don't even think about it now. Flip UP only screens still require two movements – pull away from the body and tilt. Flip out is the same two movements and the same time taken.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 12:17 UTC
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Tommi K1: Thank you Olympus from ruining the camera for photographers and trying to please videographers by adding a off-axis slow operation and fragile sure articulating screen!

Now the screen is 95% of the time useless instead only 5% useless!

My only real problem with a flip out screen (it catching on the neck strap) went away when I swapped the neck strap for a Joby wrist strap on my E-M5 II. With a wrist strap, the flip out screen is much more versatile than the flip up type, and of course you can fold it in to protect it. That wrist strap has doubled my enjoyment of shooting with the E-M5.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 12:14 UTC

Just watched the film. Toes now sore from so much curling. Interesting tech though.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2015 at 14:01 UTC as 27th comment
On article Canon PowerShot G3 X: What you need to know (618 comments in total)

Canon does this strange thing again: great looking camera, touch screen, great lens, weather sealing etc etc. you think, wow, I want it...

Then you realise there's no EVF and no 4K. And these days I'm not spending this kind of money if I don't get those two things.

So you think, well, i'll wait for version II. But version II takes away with one hand and gives with the other. So you wait for version III... and so on.

It baffles me. Canon are very close to a great camera. Why won't they make it perfect?

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 16:55 UTC as 53rd comment | 2 replies
On article Interview: Canon's Chuck Westfall on the new XC10 (352 comments in total)
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cgarrard: DPR- Glad you will keep pushing the raw issue as much as you can without hurting your relationship with Canon.

I'm not buying that answer Chuck! :)

His answer on the raw question is pretty poor. A true hybrid with a one inch sensor at this price simply has to be able to shoot raw. I wonder what the real reason is that it doesn't do it. Perhaps they just forgot.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 08:29 UTC
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Eleson: If optical steady shot means 'in-lens' then I don't understand 5-axis stabilization?

You can have 5 axis as in lens stabilisation or on sensor stabilisation. It just refers to the number of directions of movement the stabilisation allows for. 5 axis has become rather associated with Olympus's system, which stabilises the sensor, but Panasonic have 5 axis in lens on the TZ70 I believe.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 08:06 UTC
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nekrosoft13: wow, this things going to be a disaster like TX1, Pro1, and other weird Canon products did in past. Looks like weird product made of mixed up parts.

Canon needs to learn from Sony and Panasonic how to make a 4K camera.

The Pro1 was hardly a disaster. I had one for many years and took some of my best ever photos with it. They still change hands for surprisingly big money.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 07:43 UTC

A puzzling new release. The price (even without the add-on EVF) seems to put it into the hands of pros, but will pros want a fixed lens and a one-inch sensor? i really don't know. I look forward to hearing what the pros think. Seems very niche to me.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 07:41 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply
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