jonathanj

jonathanj

Lives in Hong Kong Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Joined on Oct 2, 2011

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On article Still solid: Fujifilm X-E2S Review (229 comments in total)
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Andrei L: You know what I don't get about DPReview's scoring bars ? The compare feature. If you compare the X-E2s to the X-T1, despite sharing the same sensor (and perhaps having some minimal sensor generation differences in the JPEG profiles), X-T1 comes out as better for High ISO and IQ overall. X-E2, same thing. I own X-E2, it's the same in every possible way, except for the protruding grip, back button labeling and the S having the actually quite welcome Auto (aka Hand it over to a noob to snap some).
While I do get it that the bar raises with each passing year, I'm wondering what value is there in the comparison feature, since it's so unreliable as long as 'expectations' change with almost every season?

I agree. I think it would be far more useful to accept grade "inflation" and have the scores go up each year as cameras get better. Then we could compare cameras without having to remember when each camera came out and make mental adjustments for time.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2016 at 11:20 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1190 comments in total)
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Mustafa: Cue the 'no 4K, no sale' brigade.

and the "no-IBIS", "no weathersealing" brigades too. I'm a bit slow today, what do the 45 and 90mm lenses translate to in 35mm equivalents?

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 12:38 UTC
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jonathanj: If it could reliably pick the shots that are in focus and sharp from a sequence, it would be a godsend. I don't care about automatic aesthetic judgement, but having to wait for lightroom to render 100% previews to check sharpness is a pain...

My above comment aimed at Mrrowe8, obviously.

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 23:56 UTC
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jonathanj: If it could reliably pick the shots that are in focus and sharp from a sequence, it would be a godsend. I don't care about automatic aesthetic judgement, but having to wait for lightroom to render 100% previews to check sharpness is a pain...

Sure, not quite sure why you react so strongly, but happy to elaborate :-)
I take a series of handheld shots in marginal light, something that pushes the limit of my equipment. I do so accepting that I'm not going to get a 100% hit rate, so I might take 3 or 4 shots for every composition. When I get home, I then need to render all of them at 100% just to compare at 100% sharpness, and pick the sharpest, before I can do the normal thing of comparing the different compositions and choosing the best. This either takes 5-10 seconds per photo whilst scrolling through, which is just long enough to prevent me staying focused, or an additional step in the import process at the start before I can work in images. This is what I call 'a pain' - your terminology may vary. And yes, I could buy a new computer but I have already upgraded twice purely for adobe product performance and I don't really care to do so again. An reliable automated focus checker would mean I could concentrate on picking shots based on composition and exposure and only render at 100% if I need it for retouching.

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 23:55 UTC

If it could reliably pick the shots that are in focus and sharp from a sequence, it would be a godsend. I don't care about automatic aesthetic judgement, but having to wait for lightroom to render 100% previews to check sharpness is a pain...

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 15:19 UTC as 36th comment | 6 replies
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jonathanj: Thanks for a sensible article showing real life usage. Just a question, in normal use did you find the power zoom slow? I have occasionally been tempted by these super zooms, but always put off by the electronic zoom that takes several seconds to zoom. Was this an issue in real life usage?

thanks! Will keep an eye out for one in a shop to see how the zoom handles...

Link | Posted on May 11, 2016 at 12:52 UTC

Thanks for a sensible article showing real life usage. Just a question, in normal use did you find the power zoom slow? I have occasionally been tempted by these super zooms, but always put off by the electronic zoom that takes several seconds to zoom. Was this an issue in real life usage?

Link | Posted on May 10, 2016 at 15:40 UTC as 82nd comment | 2 replies
On article Opinion: Pour one out for Samsung cameras (324 comments in total)

I admit I didn't watch the video, but doesn't this mean that you need to carefully stack your fridge in order that everything is visible from the camera? Also, what about condensation on the camera lens? Seems completely pointless but at least it gives us something to talk about :-)

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 02:29 UTC as 80th comment
On article 4K video: What you need to know (286 comments in total)
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jonathanj: The content is fine, but the presentation is awful. Text too large, way too much scrolling, and no pre-loading of images meant I gave up halfway through.

As this is a new style of post (or at least I don't recall seeing something similar before) I suspect that dpreview staff are looking for general comments showing how it has been received. I don't generally post similar "complaints over nothing" (check my posting history - I'm not trolling), but since changing the format/ styling is relatively easy fix that will please not only me but other people too (see other comments below), it seems sensible for me to offer my feedback. You don't have to read it....

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2015 at 07:56 UTC
On article 4K video: What you need to know (286 comments in total)
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jonathanj: The content is fine, but the presentation is awful. Text too large, way too much scrolling, and no pre-loading of images meant I gave up halfway through.

I could do.... or dpreview could just use the same font size as the rest of their site. This is not rocket science or an unusual request, I would just like the same standard text I see elsewhere. I don't really expect to have to use a plugin for this.
Oh, and that doesn't address the lazy load of pictures.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2015 at 06:00 UTC
On article 4K video: What you need to know (286 comments in total)
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jonathanj: The content is fine, but the presentation is awful. Text too large, way too much scrolling, and no pre-loading of images meant I gave up halfway through.

Right, because it's reasonable that the first thing you do when you visit a website is adjust the text size, right? It's perfectly reasonable to expect a website to conform to standard design patterns without needing to be tweaked page by page. The rest of dpreview (including this page) manages that, why shouldn't the feature pages?

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2015 at 04:56 UTC
On article 4K video: What you need to know (286 comments in total)

The content is fine, but the presentation is awful. Text too large, way too much scrolling, and no pre-loading of images meant I gave up halfway through.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2015 at 01:17 UTC as 26th comment | 7 replies
On article Sony reportedly shifting focus to full-frame cameras (447 comments in total)
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jonathanj: Surprise surprise ... Sony make really great cameras but poor systems, they just don't seem to realize that some people want to buy into a system and stick with it.
Canon in contrast make a great system but mediocre cameras. The fact they're doing better than Sony indicates that most people don't want or need the latest technology, but they don't necessary want everything they buy to be worthless 5 years later when the system is dumped for something else.

Thanks!

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2015 at 13:15 UTC
On article Sony reportedly shifting focus to full-frame cameras (447 comments in total)
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jonathanj: Surprise surprise ... Sony make really great cameras but poor systems, they just don't seem to realize that some people want to buy into a system and stick with it.
Canon in contrast make a great system but mediocre cameras. The fact they're doing better than Sony indicates that most people don't want or need the latest technology, but they don't necessary want everything they buy to be worthless 5 years later when the system is dumped for something else.

Canon, incidentally, do produce a full annual report, but obviously this doesn't give an accurate picture of the market.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2015 at 12:18 UTC
On article Sony reportedly shifting focus to full-frame cameras (447 comments in total)
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jonathanj: Surprise surprise ... Sony make really great cameras but poor systems, they just don't seem to realize that some people want to buy into a system and stick with it.
Canon in contrast make a great system but mediocre cameras. The fact they're doing better than Sony indicates that most people don't want or need the latest technology, but they don't necessary want everything they buy to be worthless 5 years later when the system is dumped for something else.

Really? I wasn't being sarcastic, when I looked into it, I saw "Sony no longer produces an annual report." and hasn't done since 2013. The only financial figures they provide didn't go down to the divisional level, and show only top level financials (a 125 billion yen loss for Sony in FY ending 2015).
I would be very interested to see an accurate report of market share.
IDC reports are not publicly available, so I have no idea what those say.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2015 at 12:16 UTC
On article Sony reportedly shifting focus to full-frame cameras (447 comments in total)
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jonathanj: Surprise surprise ... Sony make really great cameras but poor systems, they just don't seem to realize that some people want to buy into a system and stick with it.
Canon in contrast make a great system but mediocre cameras. The fact they're doing better than Sony indicates that most people don't want or need the latest technology, but they don't necessary want everything they buy to be worthless 5 years later when the system is dumped for something else.

where are you getting those figures from, out of curiosity? I'm not making any specific claims about actual sales, as I can't find accurate figures....

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2015 at 12:54 UTC
On article Sony reportedly shifting focus to full-frame cameras (447 comments in total)

Surprise surprise ... Sony make really great cameras but poor systems, they just don't seem to realize that some people want to buy into a system and stick with it.
Canon in contrast make a great system but mediocre cameras. The fact they're doing better than Sony indicates that most people don't want or need the latest technology, but they don't necessary want everything they buy to be worthless 5 years later when the system is dumped for something else.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2015 at 10:45 UTC as 38th comment | 18 replies
On article Quick Review: PhotoKeeper (103 comments in total)
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DavidKennard: The big problem with any cloud storage for me is simply that upload speeds are too slow for it to be a viable option for anything other than web-sized JPEGs.

I thought that too... but then I left my computer running non-stop for a week doing uploads, 350GB uploaded so far, roughly a quarter of what I aim to upload. Granted, this only makes sense if you have unmetered bandwidth, but you only need to upload once....

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2015 at 14:16 UTC
On article Quick Review: PhotoKeeper (103 comments in total)
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jonathanj: Interesting. Personally I just want a storage service, and I don't think anyone can beat Amazon Cloud Drive for price ($12 per year for unlimited photos).
However, I admit the Amazon feature set is almost non-existent in comparison, so there's definitely a market for sites like PhotoKeeper that have a much richer feature set.
And no, it's not an advert to write a short article about a new site that might be of interest to the readers. Keep writing them, guys :-)

.. continued
- I trust Amazon to still be around in 20 years time. Maybe 50 years too. I trust them to maintain some kind of storage service for the duration of that period - it might not be cloud drive, but they have paying corporate customers using S3, and they're not going to do away with cloud data storage anytime soon. I don't trust Yahoo to keep Flickr going more than a year - they'd start phasing it out tomorrow if the financials made sense.
- Basically it's the difference between secure storage and sharing. Flickr is good for the latter, not so good for the former. It looks like this service is aiming to cover both....

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2015 at 14:13 UTC
On article Quick Review: PhotoKeeper (103 comments in total)
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jonathanj: Interesting. Personally I just want a storage service, and I don't think anyone can beat Amazon Cloud Drive for price ($12 per year for unlimited photos).
However, I admit the Amazon feature set is almost non-existent in comparison, so there's definitely a market for sites like PhotoKeeper that have a much richer feature set.
And no, it's not an advert to write a short article about a new site that might be of interest to the readers. Keep writing them, guys :-)

No :-)
Good question, and I also use Flickr (for sharing a small number of photos) but no, for the following reasons.
- Amazon makes money from storage. They have no particular incentive to show me adds, try to monetize my photos, or generally mess about with my terms of service. I'm much happier with a (cheap) paid service where I can expect some kind of contract, than a free service that might change at any time.
- I have more than 1TB of photos, taking into account all the original RAW files. Flickr storage above 1TB is quite expensive, if I remember correctly.
- related to the above, Amazon Cloud Drive allows upload of RAW files (sometimes you need to convert to DNG if your camera is not supported)
- files remain unchanged - no "optimization", compression, etc.
- I want to keep a distinction between my favourite photos I share (you can see them on my public flickr account) and a backup of all my photos (private on Amazon). This is harder on flickr

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2015 at 14:10 UTC
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