andrewD2

Lives in United Kingdom Manchester, United Kingdom
Works as a Wedding photographer
Has a website at https://photoluminaire.co.uk
Joined on Aug 2, 2004
About me:

Over 10 years as a wedding photographer

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On article Hands-on with the Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG DN Art (312 comments in total)
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cbphoto123: I will get some flak for this no doubt.. but seriously, what's the deal with DPR when they hold SONY cameras in "hands-on"?
Do they think it looks un-ergonomic/odd if they actually put their finger on the shutter release? Image #1: Thumb on the side and index finger around the grip? Who holds a camera like that...EVER???

To state the obvious, you hold it like that when not wanting to obscure the view of the product.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2020 at 18:26 UTC
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Richard Murdey: "The shutter release will use the same ‘leaf switch’ mechanism found in the Pentax 645Z and Z-1"

Typo, unless dpreview have info on an unannounced new camera from Pentax.

Subtitles say K-1

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2020 at 09:33 UTC

I like the idea overall, not sure on the ergonomics.
LCD frame taking up room, pushing the buttons to the right, where do you rest your thumb? Fleshy part of the hand looks will overlap buttons?
I'd take the amateur mode dial off and put a few buttons from the back on top.
Did research to find out two cards are popular only after they have made the Z6 and Z7?
Same thing now, have they really asked and thought about what people want, why does someone buy full frame? To shoot a slow kit lens? Nah.
A m4/3 shooter with a 45/1.8 could be taking much nicer portraits already. I'd personally take APS-C with 35/1.8 before using this.
A small kit 50mm, not over engineered to be perfect in the corners would be nice. If you don't want to overlap with existing 50mm, make it 40/2. A largish 50/1.8S lens on small body isn't what I'm personally looking for.
I only see UK pricing with the kit lens included, currently more expensive than z6 + mount adapter. Hopefully body only will follow.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2020 at 12:03 UTC as 123rd comment | 2 replies

Hoping for better times. Weddings postponed, business events not running, major events not running. In these times I don't see a lot of people rushing to buy a pair of R5s to upgrade their 5Diii or 5Div as they once would have. I can see the odd reluctant Sony user with a stash of EF lenses being interested in coming back.
I'm also hoping for a fair US Vs UK pricing.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2020 at 15:05 UTC as 48th comment | 1 reply
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PhotoKhan: Every time Adobe makes the excellent LR+PS suite even better I get a little bit sadder for the crowd that immediately jumps on these articles crying "Bloody murder subscription!"...They don't what they're missing...

No hate, no trolling and absolutely nothing to do with the subscription. Just read the feedback on the ACR 12.3 update. This from people that have used it often for over a decade. Soon as they fix it I'll subscribe again.

https://community.adobe.com/t5/camera-raw/bd-p/camera-raw?page=1&sort=latest_replies&filter=all

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2020 at 07:14 UTC

I'm not sure I'd update to the new ACR yet, a many users rolled back to 12.2.1 that they had to make available. Feedback on the Adobe forums is so bad they said they are working on a 'fix'.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2020 at 07:03 UTC as 11th comment

The workflow image size options now do not work afaiks.

Pre 12.3 – take a 42MP image that is 8000px approx. long side. Set workflow option to 4096x4096px
You can now preview 4K files, see how the sharpness and noise looks at that output size. You can preview the effects of sharpening and noise reduction on your reduced size image.

12.3 makes no difference what the workflow image size is set to, 100% view in the viewer is always a view of the full 42MP image.

A great feature lost? Accidental bug or part of the new design?

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2020 at 10:51 UTC as 9th comment
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refoto: This is an update for us to spend more time in the program - things are more difficult and results are the same. They forgot default button on each panel : for example, sometimes I make changes in the color mixer and after other changes I see the colors should go back to default - now I have to select colors one by one and set to zero again. Also the crop tool is horrible: if you make a selection for crop but want to remove (instead of resizing it) and select again you must go to the menu and 'reset crop' and then search again in a list for the aspect because it really resets the crop; yesterday I just had to click outside the image to reset crop but not the settings for new crop aspect.
I believe they forgot to include the loupe also - I have to press a key in the keyboard to open the loupe but sometimes , until yesterday, I prefered to click on the loupe button.
The worst of all is that I don't know how to roll back to last version.

The 12.2.1 installer is here:
https://helpx.adobe.com/camera-raw/kb/camera-raw-plug-in-installer.html#12_x

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2020 at 10:49 UTC
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andrewD2: The UX designer decided that ACR should work more like lightroom. A lot of ACR users hate Lightroom. We don't want the backwards crop tool. We like the tabbed interface that's easier on hand movements.
We didn't want thumbnail generation to take longer.
I've had a Photoshop licensed copy since PS6, many boxed CS updates, subscription service since it started.
Bridge 2020 is worse than Bridge 2018, the new Photoshop needed task manager to kill it but the ACR changes made me make the choice.

"We've processed your cancellation request. Your service will end on 16-June-2020 (PT)."

12.2.1 was made available to download after multiple complaints on an Adobe blog.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2020 at 08:51 UTC
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babart: Why did they do this to Camera Raw? It was less complicated and easier to use before. Everything was clearly available when wanted, now one has to click on submenus.

As usual for "updates" in too many systems. Some junior exec probably got a promotion for this. Thanks a lot.

They said they did this to improve consistency between apps.

So now ACR users that hated Lightroom now have two versions of the Lightroom interface to hate while a lot of Lightroom users don't even know the Bridge + ACR workflow exists.

If they did want to improve consistency they should give users an option to fix that "shift + [" is the opposite in ACR (makes a brush harder) and photoshop (makes a brush softer) . "[" is the same in both. But only someone that actually uses both would notice that.

I'm on day two of a Capture One trial.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2020 at 13:25 UTC
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andrewD2: The UX designer decided that ACR should work more like lightroom. A lot of ACR users hate Lightroom. We don't want the backwards crop tool. We like the tabbed interface that's easier on hand movements.
We didn't want thumbnail generation to take longer.
I've had a Photoshop licensed copy since PS6, many boxed CS updates, subscription service since it started.
Bridge 2020 is worse than Bridge 2018, the new Photoshop needed task manager to kill it but the ACR changes made me make the choice.

"We've processed your cancellation request. Your service will end on 16-June-2020 (PT)."

Nope, doesn't support multiple versions as far as I could see. I had 2 Bridges and 2 Photoshops installed but they both used the new camera raw. I could probably ask around for the old .8bi file but the problem with that long term would be new cameras not being supported.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2020 at 18:34 UTC
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andrewD2: The UX designer decided that ACR should work more like lightroom. A lot of ACR users hate Lightroom. We don't want the backwards crop tool. We like the tabbed interface that's easier on hand movements.
We didn't want thumbnail generation to take longer.
I've had a Photoshop licensed copy since PS6, many boxed CS updates, subscription service since it started.
Bridge 2020 is worse than Bridge 2018, the new Photoshop needed task manager to kill it but the ACR changes made me make the choice.

"We've processed your cancellation request. Your service will end on 16-June-2020 (PT)."

Thanks Ash, Karl. Glad to know I'm not the only one.
If it turns out I'm making things too difficult for myself I may re-subscribe.
Adobe support gave me a CS6 link so I have Photoshop, I had all my licence keys registered for CS2 through CS6. They said it was the 32bit version but the download actually includes both. For clones, plugins and actions I am sorted. Shocked at how fast the first load was compared to CC 2018/19/20.
The move to Capture One might be more difficult than just sucking up the changes I hate in ACR. I have 30 days to find out.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2020 at 12:11 UTC
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andrewD2: The UX designer decided that ACR should work more like lightroom. A lot of ACR users hate Lightroom. We don't want the backwards crop tool. We like the tabbed interface that's easier on hand movements.
We didn't want thumbnail generation to take longer.
I've had a Photoshop licensed copy since PS6, many boxed CS updates, subscription service since it started.
Bridge 2020 is worse than Bridge 2018, the new Photoshop needed task manager to kill it but the ACR changes made me make the choice.

"We've processed your cancellation request. Your service will end on 16-June-2020 (PT)."

This is not political, I had no problem with the subscription, I'd just renewed for a year the same day. It used to cost as much in the UK for an upgrade.
I was an advocate for ACR over Lightroom, it was excellent before this update.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2020 at 10:11 UTC

The UX designer decided that ACR should work more like lightroom. A lot of ACR users hate Lightroom. We don't want the backwards crop tool. We like the tabbed interface that's easier on hand movements.
We didn't want thumbnail generation to take longer.
I've had a Photoshop licensed copy since PS6, many boxed CS updates, subscription service since it started.
Bridge 2020 is worse than Bridge 2018, the new Photoshop needed task manager to kill it but the ACR changes made me make the choice.

"We've processed your cancellation request. Your service will end on 16-June-2020 (PT)."

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2020 at 02:55 UTC as 20th comment | 9 replies
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andrewD2: So more of the A7IIIs have the sensor closer to the mount than it should be? Does the shutter move with it or could this account for the shutter catching then failing issues on the A7III. Be curious to know if Roger thinks there could be a connection. It would mean if you don't drop the A7III and damage the sensor mount then your shutter should be safe.

Try this one, https://youtu.be/eNs-AuKsZPc

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2020 at 13:05 UTC
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andrewD2: So more of the A7IIIs have the sensor closer to the mount than it should be? Does the shutter move with it or could this account for the shutter catching then failing issues on the A7III. Be curious to know if Roger thinks there could be a connection. It would mean if you don't drop the A7III and damage the sensor mount then your shutter should be safe.

Well aware of how small 0.1mm is, I can adjust the nodal point using the nodal ninja to about that accuracy. It's not the distance between shutter and sensor that I think might be the possible issue. The shutter blade catches on the masking frame in front of both. Watch the videos that show it.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2020 at 12:50 UTC
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andrewD2: So more of the A7IIIs have the sensor closer to the mount than it should be? Does the shutter move with it or could this account for the shutter catching then failing issues on the A7III. Be curious to know if Roger thinks there could be a connection. It would mean if you don't drop the A7III and damage the sensor mount then your shutter should be safe.

Have you seen the videos of how the A7III shutters are failing? The blade catches on the bottom front edge of a the mask in front. Why are the blades too far forward so they catch? Could be the blades flex and bow and/or there isn't enough room for them if the sensor, and therefore the shutter in front, is 0.1mm too far forward.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2020 at 11:43 UTC

So more of the A7IIIs have the sensor closer to the mount than it should be? Does the shutter move with it or could this account for the shutter catching then failing issues on the A7III. Be curious to know if Roger thinks there could be a connection. It would mean if you don't drop the A7III and damage the sensor mount then your shutter should be safe.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2020 at 21:33 UTC as 38th comment | 6 replies
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rurikw: 300W/s.=300J/s/s or 300J/s^2. What does this mean?

Should be 300Ws, it is correct in their own content:
http://www.godox.com/EN/Products_Outdoor_Flash_AD300Pro.html

Link | Posted on May 11, 2020 at 20:47 UTC
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Dan Bracaglia: Images in this gallery have been reprocessed using Adobe Color and re-uploaded to address color concerns.

This is after the reprocess. They all look much better than the initial upload but there are still "created" colour issues that were not in the few original raws I downloaded (a great service you provide).
The 3rd one of the dog. Straight out of camera raw with no adjustments looks better. Doesn't look real with your changes, the reds are over saturated.

On the fourth image the yellow-greens in the background don't start out like that, they are lighter and less saturated. The grass looked real before the edit, sun-bleached relative to the shaded subject. There is a whole image colour cast not present in the original.

Normally I'd say it was down to taste but the images are getting hammered as suffering from "Sony color" issues when they don't start out like.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2020 at 12:35 UTC
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