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, AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED, AF Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D, Nikon D80, AF-S DX Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF, Panasonic GF-1, Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH, Nikon Coolpix A, other compact digital cameras such as Canon PowerShot S110 and my SLR heritages.

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1/2) I am afraid that I have to say most of dpreview staffs are/have been Nikon biased. By the same logic as Barney Britton’s so called opinion I have to ask what Nikon has achieved, I mean reinvented in Barney’s word or innovated. We all know Nikon is a very conservative company and their products have been no more reinvented or innovated as the ones of Canon. Rather Nikon DSLRs in recent years have been the subjects of constant recall ceremonies and yet dpreview staffs have been very generous/tolerant of the lapses in QC/defects/shortcomings in Nikon DSLRs.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 11:39 UTC as 75th comment

2/2) You can see my point when you read their comments about defects/shortcomings of Nikon DSLRs. I cannot find any poignancy in their (reluctant?) comments about defects/shortcomings of the honorable Nikon DSLRs. This I cannot accept not because I am a Nikon basher but because I am a Nikon user and I want perfection in the equipment that I use. Lastly I may share one wisdom with dpreview readers; nowadays the safest way in choosing Nikon DSLR is to choose least innovative product in their lineup though I am not sure what the safest way is in Canon’s case.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 11:39 UTC as 76th comment
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24Peter: So here's a question I have been unable to find an answer to: do the Sony-sensored cameras (D810, etc.) lose the ISO-invariance/low-noise-in-pushed-shadows advantage WHEN DOING LONG EXPOSURES? My landscape photos almost always incorporate exposures of 30 seconds or more. I bought an a6000 last year to compare its performance to my Canons (5DII, 6D, 70D) in this regard. Even at the lowest ISO, when the exposure went more than a few seconds, the SONY was almost as noisy in the shadows as my other cameras. Thoughts?

An interesting user observation was reported in 2015 as to Thermal Noise in various DSLRs.

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/55093921

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2016 at 07:56 UTC
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24Peter: So here's a question I have been unable to find an answer to: do the Sony-sensored cameras (D810, etc.) lose the ISO-invariance/low-noise-in-pushed-shadows advantage WHEN DOING LONG EXPOSURES? My landscape photos almost always incorporate exposures of 30 seconds or more. I bought an a6000 last year to compare its performance to my Canons (5DII, 6D, 70D) in this regard. Even at the lowest ISO, when the exposure went more than a few seconds, the SONY was almost as noisy in the shadows as my other cameras. Thoughts?

I am afraid that long exposure in D810 means/produces White Dots/Thermal Noise if my memory serves me right.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2016 at 01:21 UTC
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (1914 comments in total)

Rishi is saying 5D IV will lag behind in the area of shadow recovery and viewfinder AF tracking compared with its equivalent peers. Perhaps he will be proven to be right in his predictions. But I also point out that he has been very tolerant/generous to the defects/shortcomings of DSLRs of other maker(s). The record shows as to which maker(s) he is biased to.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 08:44 UTC as 397th comment | 5 replies
On article Nikon D750 flare investigated: Why we're not worried (352 comments in total)

Body wise the immediate relative of D750 is D610 so I wonder why dpreview has not compared D610 with D750 in reproduction of so called blocked flare. The comparison may have permitted the demonstration of design flaw in D750 more evident if it was done.

P.S.: According to IR article the flare in D610 was similar to that in D810 though.

http://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2014/12/24/nikon-d750-flare-problems-heres-why-and-what-to-do-about-them-its-not-lens

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2015 at 08:37 UTC as 82nd comment
On article Nikon D750 Review (2003 comments in total)

Body wise the immediate relative of D750 is D610 so I wonder why dpreview has not compared D610 with D750 in reproduction of so called blocked flare. The comparison may have permitted the demonstration of design flaw in D750 more evident if it was done.

P.S.: According to IR article the flare in D610 was similar to that in D810 though.

http://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2014/12/24/nikon-d750-flare-problems-heres-why-and-what-to-do-about-them-its-not-lens

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2015 at 08:35 UTC as 191st comment
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Mike FL: At first, Nikon tried to play hardball to its customer just liking Nikon did for "OIL LEAKING" at first, but it did not working b/c customer just return the D750.

As seem from below:

>> The high-light are from UK NIKON's response to the "FAULTY cameras",

"...I would like confirm however that we are aware of the this effect and Nikon considers it to be within the quality standards.

... this sort of visual effect is
common and may occur when shooting using any digital SLR camera.

...Therefore it does not indicate a problem with the camera’s design and we do not plan to implement any measures to address this..."

>> The Link from DP
http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/54981286

>>> The user did right thing "Just returned my brand new d750 for a full refund".

This is NOT liking "OIL LEAKING" while most of the customer are way passed the "RETURN WINDOW".

BUT, D750's "FAULTY" was being found @X-MAS, and MOST of "FAULTY cameras" were being sold are still in the "RETURN WINDOW"...

I wonder the return policy with a full refund within the return period is enacted in how many countries. Probably North America and EU I guess. So what percentage of population does it comprise in world population? Or what percentage of sales does it comprise in worldwide sales?

In that perspective we may say Nikon’s hardball was backfired for example in China.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2015 at 11:27 UTC
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marc petzold: Personally - it's way sad for myself to see Nikon's Q&A Department seems to be on full time vacation all year....1st, we've had the D800 "left side focus issue" then the dust & oil spots story with the D600, which turned into a fixed D610 iteration - and now we've got the promising, all new D750...and it seems to be it does have issues as well...oh Nikon...

Flaws are flaws. Nikon was once a synonym of perfection, now in virtually every model they produce for example D800/E, D600, D810 and D750 doubt is cast upon their products.

For thermal noise issue in D810 if Nikon cannot get rid of thermal noise without LENR they should not have employed high MP density sensor in Nikon DSLR. I think that is in accordance with the spirit of past Nikons.

After all we deserve a flawless product when Nikon is charging several thousand US dollars.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2015 at 09:56 UTC
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marc petzold: Personally - it's way sad for myself to see Nikon's Q&A Department seems to be on full time vacation all year....1st, we've had the D800 "left side focus issue" then the dust & oil spots story with the D600, which turned into a fixed D610 iteration - and now we've got the promising, all new D750...and it seems to be it does have issues as well...oh Nikon...

Don't forget the thermal noise (white dots) issue in D810, Nikon recalled for it but the issue is just ameliorated not corrected.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2015 at 08:46 UTC

As it happens the current Nikon FX DSLRs without issues are D4s, Df and D610. D4s is an arsenal of reportage photographer and Df is a niche product lacking video etc. So Nikon FX DSLR for the mass is practically D610 only I may say.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2015 at 05:26 UTC as 40th comment | 3 replies
On article Nikon D750 Review (2003 comments in total)
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sandy b: Good articles here:

https://photographylife.com/nikon-d750-flare-shading-issue#more-98857

http://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2014/12/24/nikon-d750-flare-problems-heres-why-and-what-to-do-about-them-its-not-lens

Bottom line? others do it too, perhaps not as, but the shots are still ruined.

Still a gold camera.

I find the article from Imaging Resource more detailed. It is a pity that dpreview has lost the chance to be the first to report/analyze the issue but I think dpreview still has a chance to recover their lost face by publishing a thorough review on the issue.

Link | Posted on Dec 25, 2014 at 16:07 UTC
On article Nikon D750 Review (2003 comments in total)
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James Bligh: I cannot find a word about internal reflection and shutter shock issues of D750 in this review. Please point me to it if I missed it. When dpreview never even mentions (not to say evaluate) the issues, you can no longer say dpreview review is a comprehensive review which I think is a shame. Once renowned for its objective reviews and a comprehensive source of information about camera gears I am afraid dpreview has fallen into the realm of mediocrity many review sites share. The present generation of dpreview staffs may have wasted their talent and ruined the reputation of dpreview. Phil Askey will lament over it seeing the prestige he has built up tainted.

Dear Rishi

You may read my reply to your PM. We'd better avoid public confrontation. After all we are not boxers, are we?^^

P.S.: I am a high myopic man and sending a myopic man as a boxer is cruel I think. So I can’t be a boxer but a promoter I guess I can be.^^

Link | Posted on Dec 25, 2014 at 06:16 UTC
On article Nikon D750 Review (2003 comments in total)
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James Bligh: Dpreview D750 review does not mention a single word about internal reflection of D750. I cannot help but say the review is flawed when Iliah Borg has said the following.

(Quote) This issue is too easy to trigger, and when asked which camera to buy (that's the season, you know) - I can't say "D750". (Unquote)

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/54975969

Thank you for your participation, Iliah. I confess I have become to love your eccentricity!

Link | Posted on Dec 24, 2014 at 16:01 UTC
On article Nikon D750 Review (2003 comments in total)
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James Bligh: Dpreview D750 review does not mention a single word about internal reflection of D750. I cannot help but say the review is flawed when Iliah Borg has said the following.

(Quote) This issue is too easy to trigger, and when asked which camera to buy (that's the season, you know) - I can't say "D750". (Unquote)

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/54975969

If you call it flare, 'blocked flare' will be a correct term.

Link | Posted on Dec 24, 2014 at 05:30 UTC
On article Nikon D750 Review (2003 comments in total)

Dpreview D750 review does not mention a single word about internal reflection of D750. I cannot help but say the review is flawed when Iliah Borg has said the following.

(Quote) This issue is too easy to trigger, and when asked which camera to buy (that's the season, you know) - I can't say "D750". (Unquote)

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/54975969

Link | Posted on Dec 24, 2014 at 05:02 UTC as 294th comment | 10 replies
On article Nikon D750 Review (2003 comments in total)
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James Bligh: I cannot find a word about internal reflection and shutter shock issues of D750 in this review. Please point me to it if I missed it. When dpreview never even mentions (not to say evaluate) the issues, you can no longer say dpreview review is a comprehensive review which I think is a shame. Once renowned for its objective reviews and a comprehensive source of information about camera gears I am afraid dpreview has fallen into the realm of mediocrity many review sites share. The present generation of dpreview staffs may have wasted their talent and ruined the reputation of dpreview. Phil Askey will lament over it seeing the prestige he has built up tainted.

To Rishi Sanyal

You have said you haven't found light leak to be an issue. Well, is this not a problem? And do you think the photographer had shot the picture to intentionally introduce the blocked flare? By your comment you are mocking the intelligence of the people. Shame on you.

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/54958075

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2014 at 17:18 UTC
On article Nikon D750 Review (2003 comments in total)

I cannot find a word about internal reflection and shutter shock issues of D750 in this review. Please point me to it if I missed it. When dpreview never even mentions (not to say evaluate) the issues, you can no longer say dpreview review is a comprehensive review which I think is a shame. Once renowned for its objective reviews and a comprehensive source of information about camera gears I am afraid dpreview has fallen into the realm of mediocrity many review sites share. The present generation of dpreview staffs may have wasted their talent and ruined the reputation of dpreview. Phil Askey will lament over it seeing the prestige he has built up tainted.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2014 at 07:48 UTC as 460th comment | 21 replies
On article Real-world test: Nikon D750 at the Museum of Flight (281 comments in total)
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James Bligh: They say it real-world test and they do not cover its weakness such as internal reflection issue. Not even mentioning it I wonder this is a test or an entertainment. What a shame!

an inappropriate lens?

a lens reflection - due to using some non-branded, subpar lens?

To imagine things is good but it works only after getting facts. I must say you are very ill-informed.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2014 at 16:14 UTC
On article Real-world test: Nikon D750 at the Museum of Flight (281 comments in total)
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James Bligh: They say it real-world test and they do not cover its weakness such as internal reflection issue. Not even mentioning it I wonder this is a test or an entertainment. What a shame!

Well I don’t drink cheap wines and best quality Cabernet Sauvignon wines are never bitter. As I don’t like wines which are too sweet my gear is neither too sweet I mean over the top nor bitter.

BTW who has said bitter taste about his gear?

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/54839875

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2014 at 13:07 UTC
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