James Bligh

Lives in Korea (South) Korea (South)
Joined on Dec 5, 2008
About me:

I admire the paintings of Goya, El Greco, Rembrandt, Gauguin, Courbet, Picasso, Salvador Dali… If only we photographers could create images as compelling as the masterpieces of them…

My present light-painting tools are: Nikon D700, AF Nikkor 35mm f/2D, Nikon D610, AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm F3.5-4.5G ED VR, Nikon D800, AF Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D, AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED, AF-S Nikkor 85mm F1.8G, Panasonic GF-1, Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH, Nikon Coolpix A, Ricoh GR2, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3, Canon PowerShot S110, Ricoh GRD2, Fujifilm F30 and my SLR heritages.

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mferencz: Nikon just needs the millions of people with their DSLR's to step up to mirrorless. They are slowly migrating, but they need to step on it. I don't see these closings as bad, Nikon is getting fit to be competitive.

(Quote) the millions of people with their DSLRs to step up to mirrorless. (Unquote)

-- I predict that will be a long and arduous process if at all. So that will not be a recipe for Nikon to reinvigorate. The proper remedy may be enticing newcomers which is the battle every party is engaging in. It is a tough call. It must be in a shrinking market.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2021 at 13:16 UTC
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belalang tempur: Everything change... and all will be ok.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lApDL1DhL28

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2021 at 11:56 UTC

Digital camera market is collapsing. Digital cameras will be instruments of professionals and hard-core hobbyists. All good things end, my friends. Salute to the demise of an era where naivete prevailed.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2021 at 08:34 UTC as 76th comment | 4 replies

I am afraid Nikon is always behind the cutting edge technology. It would be better Nikon making affordable but quality niche products. For example manual focus only DSLR with no video of course.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2021 at 00:12 UTC as 122nd comment | 1 reply
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James Bligh: Except external OVF totally cosmetic nonsense, paint job is all Ricoh can do? Perhaps Ricoh has no more spirit or stamina to carry on. I am sad.

People got slow when they pass over their prime. We may argue over at which point Pentax is now and I guess we certainly will disagree.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2020 at 05:21 UTC
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James Bligh: Except external OVF totally cosmetic nonsense, paint job is all Ricoh can do? Perhaps Ricoh has no more spirit or stamina to carry on. I am sad.

I said 'no more spirit or stamina' also I added 'perhaps' so I don't know what false statement actually an opinion more correctly I have said. You have an opinion and I have an opinion too then what matters?

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2020 at 01:45 UTC
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James Bligh: Except external OVF totally cosmetic nonsense, paint job is all Ricoh can do? Perhaps Ricoh has no more spirit or stamina to carry on. I am sad.

Sorry, I don't have a Ricoh/Pentax SLR or DSLR. So the news of 85/1.4 lens is a non-information for me.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2020 at 01:17 UTC

Except external OVF totally cosmetic nonsense, paint job is all Ricoh can do? Perhaps Ricoh has no more spirit or stamina to carry on. I am sad.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2020 at 00:41 UTC as 38th comment | 8 replies
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James Bligh: None is right for me. I cannot accommodate myself to EVF. I hate darkening of viewfinder when I apply minus EC. What is the function of viewfinder when you cannot see the scene?

Building a purely optical system say in astrophotography will be prohibitive in manufacturing cost.
Fortunately manufacturing cost of OVF in mass produced cameras is containable and there will be a demand for it. By whatever people you may say.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2019 at 02:32 UTC
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James Bligh: None is right for me. I cannot accommodate myself to EVF. I hate darkening of viewfinder when I apply minus EC. What is the function of viewfinder when you cannot see the scene?

OVF shows optical image, EVF shows electronic image. For me electronic image means processed image. I prefer optical image if it is available when I take picture. Processed image comes later when I edit picture.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2019 at 02:14 UTC
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James Bligh: None is right for me. I cannot accommodate myself to EVF. I hate darkening of viewfinder when I apply minus EC. What is the function of viewfinder when you cannot see the scene?

Simply put it my brain does not register images EVF shows me as legitimate realities. Or legitimate reflection of realities at least.

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2019 at 01:18 UTC
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James Bligh: None is right for me. I cannot accommodate myself to EVF. I hate darkening of viewfinder when I apply minus EC. What is the function of viewfinder when you cannot see the scene?

I can understand darkening of images in back LCD screen when I apply minus EC but in viewfinder? Viewfinder should let you see the realty and the images shown by the EVF however good it may be do not look natural to my eyes.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2019 at 08:03 UTC

None is right for me. I cannot accommodate myself to EVF. I hate darkening of viewfinder when I apply minus EC. What is the function of viewfinder when you cannot see the scene?

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2019 at 02:22 UTC as 65th comment | 28 replies
On article Fujifilm GFX 100 sample gallery with Raw conversions (149 comments in total)

See No. 5 and No. 6 ISO 5000 pictures. No. 6 picture taken with RAW and post processed is phenomenal. Compared with No. 5 jpeg it shows how good RAW file is.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2019 at 15:05 UTC as 30th comment | 1 reply
On article Ricoh GR III review (658 comments in total)

This review does not satisfy me. I may say it is superficial and contains very little new information.

I will wait a review of GR3 in Imaging Resource. I find their reviews more detailed and thorough.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2019 at 17:28 UTC as 105th comment

In the golden age of SLR big 5 was there. Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Olympus, Minolta. Now Minolta is gone, Pentax is struggling. It is a wonder Olympus has survived and has a place in digital photo industry. I still have OM-4 Ti with 3 lenses. It is a memory of days gone by and I remember I was an avid reader of Modern Photography. There was Herbert Keppler before Phil Askey. Staff members of dpreview should be humble remembering its history is not very long and pay tribute to predecessors of photo industry.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2019 at 03:00 UTC as 69th comment | 7 replies
On article Ricoh GR III sample gallery updated (150 comments in total)
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James Bligh: Generally speaking, the pictures are flat. I feel a certain character is lost in pictures of GR3 when we already have lost uniqueness in interface. I too think GR3 has become one of the many digicams as MrHollywood claims.

N.B.: RAW is baked in GR3 and I suspect that may be a cause of the flatness of pictures.

Subtle difference in nuance is not for normal people?
What if one is willing to invest time in PP?

Baked RAW is like a dictatorship if that is too strong a word how about a censorship?

Link | Posted on May 10, 2019 at 03:03 UTC
On article Ricoh GR III sample gallery updated (150 comments in total)
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James Bligh: Generally speaking, the pictures are flat. I feel a certain character is lost in pictures of GR3 when we already have lost uniqueness in interface. I too think GR3 has become one of the many digicams as MrHollywood claims.

N.B.: RAW is baked in GR3 and I suspect that may be a cause of the flatness of pictures.

Pentax decided to make their best guess at what is best? Huh, it is guess at best and worst decision at least.

I want it is me who judge and decide.
I do not want Pentax do the judgment and decision for me.

Link | Posted on May 7, 2019 at 10:16 UTC
On article Ricoh GR III sample gallery updated (150 comments in total)
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James Bligh: Generally speaking, the pictures are flat. I feel a certain character is lost in pictures of GR3 when we already have lost uniqueness in interface. I too think GR3 has become one of the many digicams as MrHollywood claims.

N.B.: RAW is baked in GR3 and I suspect that may be a cause of the flatness of pictures.

What is true reality may be a matter of debate and is misleading at best. Photography at least as an art is about a slightly distorted reality like paintings are.

The Fact: Pictures from GR3 look flat either in RAW or JPEG.

The Opinion: The culprit may be a baked RAW.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2019 at 02:44 UTC
On article Ricoh GR III sample gallery updated (150 comments in total)
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James Bligh: Generally speaking, the pictures are flat. I feel a certain character is lost in pictures of GR3 when we already have lost uniqueness in interface. I too think GR3 has become one of the many digicams as MrHollywood claims.

N.B.: RAW is baked in GR3 and I suspect that may be a cause of the flatness of pictures.

Reality is pretty flat? It may be.
But is the reality we perceive the only reality?
Are the realities cats or dogs perceive not reality?
People are attracted to slightly distorted realities.

I don't think dpreview reviewers had intentionally made pictures look flat. They may have done their best in postprocessing DNG files of GR3.
If the best it offers are this flat, it must have something to do with the files.
And we know RAW files are cooked.

Link | Posted on May 5, 2019 at 02:22 UTC
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