Bob Janes

Lives in United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Joined on Dec 27, 2001

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If the camera is half as good as Barney is as a writer, it is quite something...

Nice to hear of a camera that can do things that high level ILCs and smartphones cannot do.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2016 at 13:07 UTC as 104th comment

That is really quite impressive!

Link | Posted on May 5, 2016 at 22:22 UTC as 123rd comment
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DotCom Editor: The superb Minolta Diage A1 of more than a decade ago did wireless flash control with no extra hardware needed. Canon still doesn't get it.

That was optical - unfortunately with the advent of new technology the optical system (which still works) has been getting a little creaky and was showing its age.

Hopefully both systems will get supported for a while at least.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2016 at 18:13 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)

Sounds like a great camera, and at a very good price!

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 00:07 UTC as 617th comment
On article A classic reinvented? Domke Chronicle Review (116 comments in total)

Hmmm, don't quite understand why "made in the USA" is a like....

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2016 at 01:17 UTC as 46th comment | 4 replies
On article In Fine Detail: Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R In-Depth Review (740 comments in total)
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Bob Janes: This seems to me like a very good review, although some seem to be dissatisfied. To sum up the cons:

•Raw dynamic range...
Well yes, but better dynamic range than other Canons and they have been used rather successfully.

•Base ISO images can be noisier than the best of the competition
Noisier, but not really noisy…

•Low light performance limited...
Ok, so avoid coal-holes and ensure there is a little bit of light around.

•ISO cap of 12,800...
Maybe, but that is quite high…

•JPEGs not as sharp ...
Who buys a camera at this level for the JPGs?

•AF subject tracking...
Not the end of the world

•Mirror and shutter vibrations...
This is always going to be visible because of the extremely high resolutions.

•No spot-metering linked to AF point
Sort of thing they could sort in a firmware fix

•Limited video features...
Lord knows why no peaking, but only an issue for live view and you don’t choose an SLR for its live view…

•Slow AF in Live View...
As I said before…

What I'm saying is: While the review might not be saying that this is the best camera ever, it shows it to be a very desirable one, and one that will appeal to a large number of photographers to whom the above cons are not particularly significant, or are eclipsed by some of the pros.

Worry less about comparisons with others and more about whether this camera does what you need it to - if it doesn't, you have some very high standards.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2015 at 22:04 UTC
On article In Fine Detail: Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R In-Depth Review (740 comments in total)

This seems to me like a very good review, although some seem to be dissatisfied. To sum up the cons:

•Raw dynamic range...
Well yes, but better dynamic range than other Canons and they have been used rather successfully.

•Base ISO images can be noisier than the best of the competition
Noisier, but not really noisy…

•Low light performance limited...
Ok, so avoid coal-holes and ensure there is a little bit of light around.

•ISO cap of 12,800...
Maybe, but that is quite high…

•JPEGs not as sharp ...
Who buys a camera at this level for the JPGs?

•AF subject tracking...
Not the end of the world

•Mirror and shutter vibrations...
This is always going to be visible because of the extremely high resolutions.

•No spot-metering linked to AF point
Sort of thing they could sort in a firmware fix

•Limited video features...
Lord knows why no peaking, but only an issue for live view and you don’t choose an SLR for its live view…

•Slow AF in Live View...
As I said before…

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2015 at 22:02 UTC as 82nd comment | 7 replies
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Marty4650: Despite all the mystery there are three things we can safely predict:

1. It will be an outstanding camera. Pentax just doesn't make junk.
2. It will be perfect for Pentax K mount users who want full frame.
3. It will be very competitively priced.

However, one thing it will not do is take market share away from Canon, Nikon or Sony full frame cameras. Nikon and Canon are too firmly entrenched in the full frame market, and Sony is virtually unique having a downsized MILC product.

Could appeal to Sony a900/a850 users who won't/can't get on with an EVF...

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2015 at 16:26 UTC

This is a great shame - in order to have effective competition in the camera market we need all the players we can get: the Uk decision sounds more extensive than the German one (ie not just the NX1 but everything).

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2015 at 09:11 UTC as 109th comment | 11 replies

Just to note - any of these cameras are great - not a lot between them in practical terms.

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2015 at 16:24 UTC as 62nd comment | 1 reply
On article 2015 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $1200-2000 (328 comments in total)
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dr Ate: How can you recommend the Samsung NX1 in the light of recent rumors (unconfirmed) regarding the termination of production of digital cameras by Samsung?

Doesn't stop it being a great camera though, does it?

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2015 at 16:12 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II added to studio test scene (209 comments in total)

The RX1rII shots look rather soft in comparison to the A7rII - looking at the hairs on the brush...

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 17:58 UTC as 75th comment
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Tungsten Nordstein: I like it. Contrived and uncontrived at the same time. Contrived in the sense of a re-enactament. A theatre that at the same time talks about the theatre of self-presentation. Uncontrived in the apparent artlessness of the staging and composition. But then even its artlessness looks paradoxically contrived which makes it doubly satisfying because there appears to be a lot of thought behind its 'banal' anti-photo-art stance.

Well done for looking for the positive..

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 08:42 UTC

Barking.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2015 at 12:00 UTC as 42nd comment
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Biowizard: Sony has always loved compression - look at the investment it put into MiniDisc all those years ago, when the rest of us were trying to get our hands on uncompressed recording solutions.

Performing any kind of lossy compression at the point of original capture is bone-headed beyond belief: once lost, the data can never be recovered.

Poor move, Sony.

Brian

..and now we listen to MP3 files, which have far more savage compression that the Atrack3 files used on Minidisk...

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2015 at 18:21 UTC

When I had the choice (on the a700) I still used cRAW, because I never could see and difference between that and the uncompressed version (I'm told you do have to push the RAW a long way).

I'm not worried about the compression now, but having the option of uncompressed RAW would at least silence the "Would never touch" brigade, and would make good sense for Sony as long as the buffer depth can cope...

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2015 at 18:20 UTC as 258th comment
On article Fujifilm announces X-T1 IR for infrared photography (207 comments in total)

Good to see, but the price seems high...

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2015 at 14:53 UTC as 32nd comment
On article Nikon D750 service advisory warns of shutter issue (347 comments in total)

Good to hear this from them before lots of people reporting problems.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 20:13 UTC as 81st comment

Just occasionally you get an outbreak of common sense from legislators!

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2015 at 18:36 UTC as 26th comment
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Road Rocket: The EU is one massive bureaucratic nonsense. There are unelected wasters dreaming up what ever they can think of next. This proposal will cause huge problems to those who worry about such things. In my own case I shall ignore it completely if it becomes law and stick up two fingers to that edifice of greed and incompetence. There was an article in one our local newspapers where it stated the American Declaration of Independence came to around 7,400 words whereas the EU regulations about cabbages came to over 24,000 words.

Actually, these wasters are elected, and even where members of the commission are appointed, they are appointed by elected governments.

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2015 at 11:38 UTC
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