Andrew Higgins

Lives in United Kingdom Nth Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Works as a press photographer
Joined on Apr 1, 2002
About me:

I'm a photographer on a group of weekly and daily papers in the UK.
Work cameras are Nikon D3 and D200. My own collection is a D90, Ricoh's R4, R8, GRd, GX100, and CX1, Fuji's F31fd, f40fd, and F200exr. And a Lumix TZ7 and GF1. phew!

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Well done Mr Hilos. Take note manufacturer 'Pro Services'.... Gear can be repaired, not simply 'parts not available'

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2017 at 10:35 UTC as 4th comment

Nice, I like the design, good spec, Zeiss too, and the Nokia brand is appealing to a oldie like me too. But too pricey. I just don't get high end mobiles. I blame early happiness with just a £20 Nokia 3310...

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2017 at 10:27 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply
On article Flip to flop: the pocket camcorder flash in the pan (49 comments in total)

I've still got a couple of Kodak and Samsung 'flip' cameras, they lived in my camera bag in the early days of newspapers wanting video for their early websites. This article reminds me of their moment in the light, never really taking off before mobiles and then smartphones got better at video. Maybe their time will come again as a kind of arty, alt' film-making device? Might be fun...

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2017 at 10:22 UTC as 8th comment

With the iconic S rangefinder in their 100 year past, wouldn't that make a great design to base a Nikon mirrorless camera on? Fingers crossed they stay with the existing F mount, with either DX or FX sensor so Nikkor lenses can be used, with an adaptor if needed.
This mirrorless camera could seriously reboot Nikon at a crucial time in the company's fortunes.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 13:38 UTC as 38th comment | 1 reply

The LX was a super series of cameras, and those earlier models seemed much more affordable than today's LX100, or especially the premium Sony RX100.
I took many great photos with my LX5, then changed over to the Fuji X10, another lovely camera but not as quick to use as the LX. The Fuji went (stupidly!) to be replaced by an RX100 mk1, with beautiful image quality, but I never enjoyed using it, so the LX made a brief return as my compact of choice.
I then got a Lumix GM1, but couldn't part with the trusty LX5. I did sell it late last year (another sad parting) as it was just feeling a little dated by comparison to the GM1. Undoubtedly a modern classic for sure.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2017 at 15:52 UTC as 4th comment
On article Looking back: Canon's eye-controlled focus (211 comments in total)

A timely article for me as I was just thinking back to this AF technology as I use my Lumix GH3, utilising the touch screen AF as I look through the viewfinder. So much quicker than using the selector ring on my Nikon DSLR, which feels a very slow and quite prehistoric method of choosing AF area.
So I too think the time is ripe to revisit eye controlled AF now tech' annd processor speed is so much more advanced than back then.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2017 at 15:43 UTC as 14th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Review (483 comments in total)
In reply to:

scott_mcleod: Maybe I'm imagining things, but the intro (and most of the review) seems very cagily worded - almost damning with faint praise - and includes some rather odd statements, such as, "a camera where you don't have to think about whether it has a mirror or not" (really? This is "a thing" now?) and "16MP isn't exactly cutting-edge at this point" (are there any m4/3 cams with more, at any price?). As for using "try" three times on the first page... how does it "try not to be mirrorless" any more than the E-M10? Or am I missing some critical difference in the form factor? (the hand-grip makes it "less mirrorless", perhaps?)

Seems like a very good camera to me. I almost get the feeling that the reviewer would like it better if it had a Samsung-style smartphone-like interface (kill me now, please) and is maybe selling potential buyers short in this respect.

BTW, it's "eke", not "eek"...

The 16mp point is a fair one, even in comparison to APS-C sensors. Respected photo writer David Kilpatrick noted in his F2 magazine, that if m43 sensors had the same pixel density as Sony's 1inch 'RX100' sensor, then an m43 sensor could be 40mp. Possibly m43 sensors have been 'capped' at 16mp for video? But time for some improvement, maybe to 24mp??

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2015 at 11:31 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 (305 comments in total)

I'm curious why Panasonic's m43rds range, and the m43 system, has not caught the imagination of photographers like Fuji's X series. Even Olympus seem to have promoted their m43rds cameras a bit better, overall excellent though the m43rds system is, Fuji seem to be winning the format 'war'.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2014 at 21:10 UTC as 26th comment | 4 replies

What a superb upgrade to the already marvellous X10. I want one!

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2013 at 21:48 UTC as 14th comment
On article Just Posted: Pentax MX-1 hands-on preview (173 comments in total)
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Andrew Higgins: I'm liking this new MX, especially as it recalls my much loved 35mm MX slr. But not to use the excellent Ricoh menu/interface is madness.

The Pentax menu isn't bad, but looks a bit clunky to my eyes. I've always liked the Ricoh menu, less colourful, but quick and logical to use. We all get used to the menu on whatever camera we use most at the end of the day...

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2013 at 20:40 UTC
On article Just Posted: Pentax MX-1 hands-on preview (173 comments in total)

I'm liking this new MX, especially as it recalls my much loved 35mm MX slr. But not to use the excellent Ricoh menu/interface is madness.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2013 at 20:18 UTC as 25th comment | 3 replies

The image quailty from my F550exr is stunning from a small sensor. It's already a useful mix of spec', but this new F880exr seems to be an astonishing mix of useful features, which link in to the smartphones we use. Effectively turns your iphone, or android device into a highly spec'ed camera. Very clever forward thinking by Fuji, which I expect will be followed by other manufacturers.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2012 at 19:01 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply

Is there a mic input socket? Another site seems to suggest there was a 2.5mm input..

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2012 at 11:50 UTC as 13th comment

Looking forward to a comparison test of this lens against the new Nikkor 18-300mm, as Sigma lenses are usually excellent these days.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2012 at 07:16 UTC as 14th comment

Leica make some beautiful lenses, but their digital camera offerings continue to puzzle me, especially at the price. A mono only, huge priced camera is the ultimate puzzle. I'm not criticising those who wish to buy any digital M Leica, just saying I don't get it...

Link | Posted on May 10, 2012 at 19:50 UTC as 83rd comment

Still waiting for Panasonic to bring out new Lumix to make me want to upgrade from my GF1 and G2. The G3 nearly did, but overall, not tempting enough....like all the newer Lumix. Panasonic really need to make a big step, not tweaks.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2012 at 20:30 UTC as 28th comment | 1 reply
On article First Impressions: Using the Fujifilm X-Pro1 (228 comments in total)

Fuji are to be applauded for creating their range of high quality X cameras. While the Leica M9 undoubtedly has a certain cachet, and very fine lenses (at a very high price), surely it is the X-Pro 1 that really delivers, and a t a more realistic price too?
For photographers who want to work with an alternative to a dSLR, this must be The camera of the moment. And just think what the X-Pro2 might be like?!

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2012 at 20:16 UTC as 97th comment | 3 replies
In reply to:

OneGuy: Sensors are funny. The cells within pixels do not uniformly detect all frequencies of light. Some "neon" colors really put a lot of energy into the pixels.

The "blooming" effect is a bit different. There is bleeding of energy into neighboring cells, which gets amplified by the on-chip circuits.

Because the fuji orbs are especially pronounced at reflections (although I saw pics of car headlights orbing and almost doubling the headlights), it appears the fuji sensor circuits are especially sensitive to polarized light. So, although technically one can use a polarizer (not possible w/ X10) to cut down on particular geometric sensitivity, it also points to a fundamental sensor problem. Fuji plays a lot with sensor geometry (hey, they say, it's different and "better" than Bayer) but it seems their knowledge of physics is wanting.

It is likely that internally fuji thinks it is a small problem, but I'd extend their incompetence to all of their sensors.

At last, not just a rant, but a post which considers the technical reason behind the problem! Given that no other camera has been mentioned with a similarly pronounced issue, that leads us to think that the actual sensor pixel layout is the root problem. So this could be a difficult thing to correct with firmware alone.
I was very keen on buying an X10, as it seems to be the right camera for the photos I like to take, but the 'orb-gate' issue does make me think twice, given the camera's price...

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2012 at 20:57 UTC

Fuji has survived the decline of film, but sadly not Kodak is seems. I've just bought a few rolls of Tri-X, as I always meant to use more of that classic film. Might be my last chance...

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2012 at 22:34 UTC as 55th comment
On article Leica Announces V-Lux 3 superzoom (125 comments in total)

These Panaleica's always make me smile. But I particularly have to stop myself laughing out loud when I meet someone who's bought one...

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2011 at 16:40 UTC as 29th comment | 3 replies
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