AJC Photography

AJC Photography

Lives in United Kingdom Ipswich Suffolk UK, United Kingdom
Works as a Photographer
Joined on Mar 5, 2005

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justmeMN: Barney, your rambling article is big disappointment.

Barney's article is SPOT ON. Barney is an intelligent and eloquent "Englishman in New York", so to speak. As a fellow Brit, I'm also sure he's not a 'Yee Haa!' fan-boy type either ... but rather a person who can be objective and analytical - albeit without having a personality/opinionated person 'bypass'. As someone that has shot with Canon (incl. brilliant Powershot G5) and EOS cameras from 5, 10 etc in film days + 20D and 1D MKIIN + 60D in digital era ...this over 25 years - I am well qualified to comment about how canon USED to be innovators and 'ahead of the game' + how they are now a pretty sad and pathetic 'safe' outfit. I now nearly always shot Fuji X100S and other Fuji X system (currently X-E2) ... because they (Fuji) are largely, excluding some key ergonomic areas that I sorely miss from especially 60D, giving keen photographers what they want. I hope my faith in Fuji is rewarded when I later decide whether X-Pro 2 or X-T2 best deserves my ££££ to become my main body. Spot on.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 21:32 UTC
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weathersealed: I am disappointed this camera isn't full frame with fixed lens zoom L quality fast glass and 4k video with optical stabilized body and finally battery rated at 600 plus shots. Really I am. $1000.00 of dollars for this hoping for decent quality and pricing on lens hopefully made some day, fool me once.... fool me twice...

Precisely !! :(

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2016 at 19:25 UTC
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bdbender4: I am a Canon fan, have a 6D and some L lenses, but this camera puzzles me. I agree that Canon's approach to things the past few years seems pretty incoherent.

I have an original M, and the 22mm lens is very nice, but the kit zoom is nothing special. I bought these a few years ago at the fire-sale-discontinued price out of curiosity and they took some nice images. Focusing is OK with the firmware update, but where are the good lenses?

So here is the M5, aimed at serious users, but... where are the good lenses? And at the $1000 price point, body only? At the 22mm focal length, I would rather stick a Fuji 100T in my coat pocket. And I do.

Yep - love my X100s too :)

Sold my 60D + have X-E2 + 50-140 f2.8, 56mm f1.2, 18-55 and 50-230. Every month that goes by (and especially with the feedback from 1st batch of X-T2 users) ... I am ever more closer to selling ALL of my (considerable) remaining stash of L series zooms, primes and other EF lenses. I will regret selling my 1D MKIIN bodies ... as they represent a Canon era that was (double button pushing aside) a real peak' of market dominance and innovation. Sadly even selling both of them will not get me a used 1D MkIV (or get me even 2/3rds the way to an X-T2 or X-Pro2 :(

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2016 at 19:24 UTC
On article Sony Xperia XA Ultra comes with 16MP OIS front cam (26 comments in total)
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Cameracist: 16MP??? That's more than the expensive a7S II !!! Why pay more? What is Sony thinking!

Loving the 'sense of humour bypasses' going on with some of the replies here !! :)

Link | Posted on May 26, 2016 at 18:04 UTC
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Retro1976: Well good new for Canon. I just sold my Fuji gear. Been round the block Olympus, Sony, Fuji and now I'm returning back to a DSLR. Why you ask ? I miss the nice grip, the intuitive menu system, the fast accurate focusing, the ever growing array of killer third party lenses and the week long battery life. Trust me I love mirrorless and will miss many aspects of the bodies I have used, but no one yet to had figured out how to make small without compromise.

Totally TOTALLY with you here (sadly).

See: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57687277

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2016 at 21:15 UTC
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Alexdi: (cont'd)

> One of the differences between us and our competition is the EF lens lineup.

Right, except it's not designed for mirrorless. Adapters won't cut it; you need to start over. When you finally release a competitive MILC, it won't sell because there won't be anything to put on it.

> So two priorities for future sensors are lower power consumption and increasing processing speed.

Where's dynamic range in this? Take your raw files and try pushing the shadows three stops. Then do the same thing with a Nikon, or any of a half-dozen other makes that use Sony sensors. That's another reason I'm done with Canon: you guys show no sign of catching up to everyone else in processing flexibility. For those of us who live in ACR, the difference isn't subtle. Between the A7R II, D810, and the 5DS, I wouldn't hesitate a moment before choosing one of the first two, megapixels be damned.

I'm loving my X100S and FW4.0 upgraded XE2 ... but on the XE2, NOT the tweeny feel and rubbish (for large hands) back button AF placement for my poor thumb!! 1D series = PERFECT! ... 60/70/80D = great 'compromise', even without added vertical grip. In freezing conditions last weekend - I realised just how much I hated the 'smallness' of the back button layout of Fuji XE2 / XT1 etc. At least the X-Pro2 has a toggle button for AF ;)

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2016 at 00:37 UTC
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Alexdi: (cont'd)

> One of the differences between us and our competition is the EF lens lineup.

Right, except it's not designed for mirrorless. Adapters won't cut it; you need to start over. When you finally release a competitive MILC, it won't sell because there won't be anything to put on it.

> So two priorities for future sensors are lower power consumption and increasing processing speed.

Where's dynamic range in this? Take your raw files and try pushing the shadows three stops. Then do the same thing with a Nikon, or any of a half-dozen other makes that use Sony sensors. That's another reason I'm done with Canon: you guys show no sign of catching up to everyone else in processing flexibility. For those of us who live in ACR, the difference isn't subtle. Between the A7R II, D810, and the 5DS, I wouldn't hesitate a moment before choosing one of the first two, megapixels be damned.

Agree nearly 100% with all the points above fom Alexdi ... aprt from the bit: "the 80D is still much larger and heavier than any of the APS-C MILC bodies I'm interested in. I don't want to pack a DSLR".
Well actually I do. That comes from someone that has just sold my (near ergonomically perfect) 60D. Someone with 2x 1D series bodies still too. I am potentially selling all my Canon gear (accumulated over 25+ years), including many many cherished L series lenses, + going 'over' to Fuji. Yet if Canon could do a mirrorless version of 80D, that could use EF lenses ... I would 'cancel' that ongoing process in a heartbeat.
If Sony + Metabones adaptor + Canon EF lens = PERFECT (on sensor AF) focus accuracy ... then surely Canon can make EF lenses work really well (perfect AF accuracy) on a Mirrorless 80D?? I just don't get it.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2016 at 00:29 UTC
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m3: These days, no tilt screen means losing a big chance in sales ...

I too want Canon, Fuji (Sigma) etc ... to bring out FULLY ARTICULATED screens like 70D / 80D etc ...

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2016 at 21:53 UTC
On article Newly enthused: hands on with the Canon EOS 80D (689 comments in total)
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XeroJay: 4k should be standard on every camera canon releases by now. Even smartphone mfgs aren't hesitating to put it in every new model now. If canon keeps trickling out these incremental rehashed updates, there will be nothing left for even die hard canonites to defend.

Those Americans and Canadians ... Ha ! ;)

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 15:15 UTC

"Wicked saving Blad !"

"Well sick - innit ?!"

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2015 at 12:07 UTC as 24th comment
On article Studio tests and samples: Leica SL (beta) (754 comments in total)
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WGVanDyck: Please understand that I am not anti-Leica. They have produced some of the best glass in the industry and some marvelous film cameras. I would love to see them succeed in the digital field, but they are not. Look at the comparisons above, the Leica SL begins running into trouble at ISOs as low as 800. Are these result indicative of a camera and lens you want to spend $12400 on when you can buy a camera that produces so much better images for less than 1/3 the price? And, the other manufacturers don't charge you $255 for a lens hood! Leica is entering the realm of the absurd.

I agree (esp. with the ISO 800 comment) ... I looked at the test charts and I thought I had clicked on something circa 2005! It was almost worse that I started on clicking on IS0 12,500 or something equally as ambitious + thought that by the time I had hit ISO 6400 it would look great ... but no!! :(

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2015 at 18:20 UTC
On article Video: Cristina Mittermeier delivers PIX 2015 keynote (51 comments in total)
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Tronhar: I got two things out of this video: neither of which have anything to do with what equipment she uses or how well known she may or may not be. The significance of her messages is in their veracity.

1. I know we will not not destroy our planet, but it will change to the point where life as we know it will no longer be sustainable, and that is a tragedy for all species including our own. Denying that, or hoping someone else will sort it is not a solution and we all have a part to play.

2. Not only is a picture worth a thousand words, it does it in a hundred languages. There is a wealth of data on climate change, and there is no debate among 98% of scientists that we are in the middle of it. But the average person is not swayed with tables and graphs, they are moved by images showing these events in action. One such effort by James Balog in his series, Chasing Ice, shows in dramatic fashion the acceleration of glacial melt on a global scale. This is the power of photography...

Quoting Tronhar:

"I read an article on this site from a photographer who stopped trying to get the latest of everything and was constantly wanting the latest upgrade. Not only was this expensive, but he was never satisfied.

I tried that, and am consciously holding back on purchases of new gear for its sake. I shall wait for a truly major upgrade before I buy, and only if (using Mittermeier's criteria) if I think it will truly enhance my photographic experience and make me happy! :- ) "

Well if (like me) you shoot Canon ... then at the moment you could save a FORTUNE with that approach !! (seeing that Canon have done nothing groundbreaking / new sensors / mirrorless EOS etc for many many YEARS now).

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2015 at 13:47 UTC
On article Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal (814 comments in total)
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Lab D: DPR, honestly, for " people and organizations that have regular need to produce multimedia content, often quickly and with a minimum of gear. Think of a reporter who must rush to the scene of a news story and take still photos for a story on a web site, capture video interviews with eyewitnesses, and live tweet images — all while on the move and on a deadline."

What does the Canon offer to those individuals that is a 'must have' and that the AX100 or FZ1000 (with a variable ND filter) are lacking...and that is worth the extra $1500 in the case of the FZ1000?
I mean 3 FZ1000s all with more useful lenses sounds like a better deal to me.

Ergonomics and ease of use ???

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 19:46 UTC
On article Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal (814 comments in total)

How many people (especially news gathering for (mostly) internet use) ... actually NEED 4K ??? There are a lot of the usual MORONS out here this evening (GMT).

Fanboys and film-maker / shallow DOF / mega enthusiast types with LOTS OF TIME ON THEIR HANDS (both in the field and thereafter at the editing stages) ... This device is CLEARLY not for you !!!

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 19:28 UTC as 226th comment | 1 reply
On article Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal (814 comments in total)

Looks like a BRILLIANT all-round camera/video device to give to people that are NOT mega enthusiasts and 'film-makers' ... Many/most of the very negative comments about 1" sensor size and layout and 'limited' zoom lens / lack of power zoom (and more) = all equally GREAT things to put in the hands of a TV reporter / sports journalist / other multi media people that simply need to put out very very good quality (average) 720P / 1080P or better video ... QUICKLY !!
The fact that it will provide stills or stills from video frames too = a 'no brainer' for a smaller news / sports gathering outfit. Think how discreet it would be in a war zone or to sneak into many environments where something way more massive with all sorts of 'OTT' add-on Meccano look junk = OVERKILL.

I'm convinced it will sell VERY well in fact.

Think of where GoPro has made a certain sector almost it's own. Canon has also cleverly used the same 60/70D, 5DMkII/III and 6D type battery for this device too. Makes sense.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 19:15 UTC as 231st comment | 8 replies
On article DPReview week in review: April showers (6 comments in total)

@ttran88: Nice one ! (I knew someone would have to pipe up along those lines !!) ;)

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2015 at 20:30 UTC as 4th comment
On article Opinion: Canon EOS 750D and 760D (321 comments in total)
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mgrum: "Canon has never offered us two cameras with the same sensor and asked us to pay more for one, to get some extra features before"

That's pretty much all Canon have done for the past 6 years ;)

Damian has replied below with just a "LOL" .... but I am not quite sure just how how much he realises how negatively it taints the rest of h.is (mostly) intelligently written observations.
I nearly screamed when I read his comments (and applauded mgrums 'correction' above ... DITTO for the guy listing the xxxD, xxD and 7D models with substantially the same 18MP sensor).

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2015 at 16:12 UTC
On article Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review (1320 comments in total)
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prossi: This review...the autofocus is lighting fast...but not fast enough for fast subjects. The camera is pro grade, super great, with great image but there are better sensors. People should get it? Yes! And we are giving a high 84% _but only the silver award.
Clearly a very carefully 'metered' review with some major issues cheerfully dissimulated. Seems like it's trying to please Canon lovers and canon haters at once.

YES - The high spec is impressive ... but with the lack of video features such as zebra, and even more important things like a FULLY articulating screen and Wi-Fi - there is NO WAY I am paying £1600 for that. I wanted a 'merge' of my old 1D MkIIN bodies with the modern features of 70D. I'll continue using my 60D for now thanks.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 19:51 UTC
On photo 7DII_beta_ISO12800_030A9238 in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (5 comments in total)

Sorry - but the usual RUBBISH 'real world' examples. Maybe 'real world' for some newby in auto mode with no concept of exposing for a certain area of the frame or setting in-camera WB. WAY too many over-exposed images here - shot in horrible harsh or flat lighting. The usual LACK of shallow DOF, fast glass stuff. Anyway ... enough too see that there is minor>tangibly good improvements over my 60D images (at least 1 ISO stop improvement), very very little difference to 70D.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2014 at 21:00 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On a photo in the Canon EOS 7D Mark II (beta) real-world samples sample gallery (5 comments in total)

Sorry - but the usual RUBBISH 'real world' examples. Maybe 'real world' for some newby in auto mode with no concept of exposing for a certain area of the frame or setting in-camera WB. WAY too many over-exposed images here - shot in horrible harsh or flat lighting. The usual LACK of shallow DOF, fast glass stuff. Anyway ... enough too see that there is minor>tangibly good improvements over my 60D images (at least 1 ISO stop improvement), very very little difference to 70D.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2014 at 21:00 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
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