Alan Brown

Alan Brown

Lives in United Kingdom Birmingham England, United Kingdom
Works as a Video/Photographer
Joined on Nov 24, 2001
About me:

Basic equipment:
D610
D3200
Tamron 70-300 VC
SB-800
some studio lighting

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Wow.. some bitchy comments here :)

most of you guys do realise this is not a Leica lens being discussed.. ? :)

I couldn't afford a Leica lens cap let alone this.. but it is a celebration of 100 million production lenses.. it will not be cheap. wait for a sale :)

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 08:48 UTC as 72nd comment
On article D500 owner formally accuses Nikon of false advertising (475 comments in total)
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CameraLabTester: This error, while they may be pooh poohed by luddites who won't be using WiFi, is a BIG lapse in QC and Advertising honesty.

Nikon users are going to be angry.

The worst is Nikon having their loyal following feeling tar and feathered.

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QC issues imply that it wil do something but doesn't.. In other words..QC didn't detect the faulty items on the conveyor belt and removed them from sale. . This is different it does not do what people 'think' it should. This is a design issue not QC. It's still annoying to the buyer to be mislead by implication.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2016 at 08:33 UTC
On article D500 owner formally accuses Nikon of false advertising (475 comments in total)
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CameraLabTester: This error, while they may be pooh poohed by luddites who won't be using WiFi, is a BIG lapse in QC and Advertising honesty.

Nikon users are going to be angry.

The worst is Nikon having their loyal following feeling tar and feathered.

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CameraLabTester..in what way is this WiFi issue a QC matter?.. i agree with your other point Advertising Hoesty.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2016 at 07:42 UTC
On article Samsung unveils 256GB EVO Plus microSD card (88 comments in total)
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vscd: I remember my first Sony Memorystick with 4MB. ;) Anyway... the tech goes on and on, hightech from today will be worthless tomorrow. Except of 4k Videos I would rely on 8x32GB instead. No need to loose 256GB at once on a client...

That thinking has, historically, always been the case. When 32Gb cards came out the general consensus was never to use them.. 'all your eggs in one basket'. Use 4 x 8Gb instead, Now you are using 8 x 32Gb.

Best advice is to use a system with redundancy.. two slots etc

Link | Posted on May 13, 2016 at 08:21 UTC
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Zenza R: Why are you guys complaining without seeing any sample pictures? Non-sense really. We'll see whether it is overpriced or not.

pricey and not on the shelves yet. Who know what it will end up being after the honeymoon period is over.. :)

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2016 at 12:17 UTC
On article On assignment: the Leica Q at a Portland wedding (212 comments in total)
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Al Downie: It's just my point of view of course, but I really don't like these images at all. 28mm is a poor choice for this work, exemplified by the portrait of the lady in the blue dress above - head shot, with one eye at front, shot on 28mm?? It's about as flattering as a door security peep-hole! I also don't like the compositions, or the selected viewpoints. Honestly, they look more like snapshots than professional wedding shots, and are definitely NOT representative of the quality of images that can be made by this camera, in good hands.

Regarding the camera, I'd LOVE a 50mm version and I expect Leica will introduce one after they've sold enough 28mm versions. Right now though, they're doing themselves and the community a disservice by peddling the myth that the Q can produce 50mm-like images by cropping. It's just not true. You might achieve a 50mm field of view, but you'll always have 28mm perspective, 28mm distortion, and 28mm depth of field.

good summary.

You're right about the cropping bit but it does depend on the amount..and in this example (Leica Q) good enough light. I thought it was noisy at 400 ISO above

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2016 at 18:45 UTC
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halfwaythere: Extremely limited range of compatible lenses. I wish they'd add some zooms since primes are much easier to adjust in-camera.

it (TAP) didn't exist then..

How could they build anything in (need for an EEPROM) for the unknown?

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2016 at 19:58 UTC
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Joesiv: I just hope that this doesn't make sigma and tamron lazy, and not keep working on out of the box performance, and instead rely on this dock as a crutch. I don't want to have to micro adjust AF for multiple different distances and focal lengths just because I can. If the focus adjustment needs that much tweaking from factory, there is a problem.

While I love the ability to tweak... it's a bit scary.

They won't be sent out of the factory with 'No' adjustment!

it's when you find you 'need' that ability (because your AF can't focus properly) that it becomes a facility rather than a nuisance.

All of my Nikon lenses can have only a single offset bias per lens regardless of need for near or far calibration.

Just wait till the do a TAP-in for Zooms; Oh, the permutations involved there.

If anyone can get away with low tolerance, it's Mirrorless.. no calibration needed there :)

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2016 at 19:54 UTC
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moimoi: Why hiding the camera brand name (for the body)? It is obvious to be a Canon ;-)

35 mm can be generally fine for portraiture (I do have the 35mm f/1.4 ii from canon, and its distortion is minimal), but at shorter focal lengths, the distortion effect will make portraiture less flattering (specially head and upper body). It is not an easy choice sometime.

For environmental portraits and photojournalism, 24-35 might be a very nice range.

Nice video regardless.

Of course not. But you can step away and get the perspective you normally would from longer FL.. If that's what you want. That was the only point. I'm not disagreeing with your creative choice. :-)

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 10:57 UTC
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moimoi: Why hiding the camera brand name (for the body)? It is obvious to be a Canon ;-)

35 mm can be generally fine for portraiture (I do have the 35mm f/1.4 ii from canon, and its distortion is minimal), but at shorter focal lengths, the distortion effect will make portraiture less flattering (specially head and upper body). It is not an easy choice sometime.

For environmental portraits and photojournalism, 24-35 might be a very nice range.

Nice video regardless.

good point.. it is the camera to subject distance that dictates perspective. ..it's just that to fill the frame with a 35mm lens you need to get close. altering the perspective..

you can step way but cropping has its limits dependent on resolution available.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 09:47 UTC
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ntnyc: Thanks for the interesting video. These photos are great with respect to setting, composition, and lighting. But I have to say that they still do not do justice to the beauty of the models.

When I saw the still photo for this article on the homepage, I thought "that's a great photo," not "that's a beautiful woman." But when I saw the women in the video, the latter thought instantly came to mind, and I was shocked at how differently they appeared in the photos. That must be because the video camera was much farther away from the models' faces than the still camera was. (Motion can also affect our perceptions of beauty, but even in a paused frame from the video, the women appear much prettier to me than in the still photos.)

So, although distortion of the faces may not be extreme in the stills, it makes a noticeable difference. These photos may be great in themselves, but if they were for a model's portfolio, I'd still recommend a longer focal length. It all depends on your goals.

I think the photos would be in the photographers portfolio. not the models :)
I too like the models faces from the video guys position.. less so in the 35mm setting of the photographer's; that this is about. just a personal preference.. doesn't mean I'm right :)

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 09:36 UTC
On article Top 5: Hands-on with Nikon D500 (783 comments in total)
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MikeFairbanks: That's quite a hefty price for a crop sensor that's less than half the surface area of a full frame. Wow. If I were a dedicated sports photographer, especially for high-speed sports like skateboarding then I'd be all over something like this, but outside of action it's overkill at that price.

For me.

Some want it free in with the box of cornflakes!

It will discount later on like everything that has come before it..

as someone else says above.. you don't 'have' to buy it. I'd like a new Ferrari for £6000 please

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2016 at 10:06 UTC
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cgarrard: Only 50K? C'mon, that's only $500.00 per pixel!

jtan163.. the text, above, says that is the total usable pixels.(nominal 100Mp) The person with questionable math skills says that works out to only $500 per pixel!!!!

Pixels x $500 = $50,541,232 : £50.5Million dollars is not what the company are selling it at is it :)

He's out a little

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2016 at 10:38 UTC
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Alan Brown: Wow!

I can't get the extremely polarised comments here.

'Great for Casio' or 'what a stupid thing for self absorbed selfie takers' to buy!

It is obviously great for Casio.. that's a fact. However surely some will see this as just fun along with their peers. Most smartphones can take selfies and have software to alter the images afterwards... what is the difference here apart from the automation?

The article is about Casio's turn around due to a certain type of camera success. It is not a 'you must like it too' article. See it for what it is.. not a profanity against your own preferred kit.

well put!

You're right of course.. I'm getting cynical in my old age :)

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2015 at 16:56 UTC

Wow!

I can't get the extremely polarised comments here.

'Great for Casio' or 'what a stupid thing for self absorbed selfie takers' to buy!

It is obviously great for Casio.. that's a fact. However surely some will see this as just fun along with their peers. Most smartphones can take selfies and have software to alter the images afterwards... what is the difference here apart from the automation?

The article is about Casio's turn around due to a certain type of camera success. It is not a 'you must like it too' article. See it for what it is.. not a profanity against your own preferred kit.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2015 at 09:58 UTC as 7th comment | 8 replies
On article Canon 35mm F1.4L II: a photojournalist's perspective (86 comments in total)
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D200_4me: I like a fixed focal length lens now and then, but if it comes down to a situation I can't control and I want to get the shot, a zoom is the best tool for the job. Can someone make great images with only a 35mm lens? Sure...obviously. But that person will obviously be limited to what he/she can come away with. It all depends on what you're willing to accept. If you're subject is 100 feet away and it's not possible to get physically closer, a 35mm is not the right option. I guess that's already common knowledge though, so don't say "tell me something I don't know". :-) For the new(er) shooters though, just be careful not to mistakenly believe a 35 or a 50 or 85 is ALL you need because someone posts great photos from a prime lens. Use the right tool for the task at hand.

you're right of course.. fixed means 'fixed' in this context. A person will choose this lens out of his/her bagful, for a reason.

If you want to travel light for a day this may suit in a compromise situation. Most compacts (pre-zoom days )from film era would fit a fixed moderate wide for a reason. fits more situations than it doesn't :) Not, fits all, situations.
All of photography is a compromise anyway.. Take your choice; compact but slow/large and fast but heavy. Robust and heavy vs light and less resilient.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2015 at 18:04 UTC
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rsf3127: I have always wondered if GoPro was a bit overpriced. Now I know by how much.

Hmmmm big company doesn't = successful? who'd have thought it :)

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2015 at 14:23 UTC
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Ron Poelman: Great.
Now we'll have the planet's moggies clogging up the Forums
with even more people shots.

LOL

Moggies, Doggies, Froggies, Duckies.. Hey they're just so close to us.. first thing to test your new toy on.

After ten years of testing, though, it can become a little boring. :)

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2015 at 14:17 UTC
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noyo: Initially I reacted much like some others here, with incredulity. However, as with much 'art', the more I looked, the more I began to understand what it was about.

Without reading the accompanying description I figured out the narrative, the subtext behind the obvious and also (dare I say) the genius behind the photographic composition.

This image to me is about the cold-headed, disengagement of a group of girls, peers, who have nothing to say, no personal interaction while their smart devices, food dishes and coffee cups lie on the table unused. They are rendered incapable, devoid of emotional or intellectual engagement. The meal is over.

The empty food dishes, the vacant stares and the blank wall combine to convey an emptiness. Without coffee, without food, without technology, the things we use to connect with each other, to socialise, there is a hollow emptiness.

(to be continued...)

noyo
You may be right or wrong.. or some of both :)

I doubt many of us on these fora ever went to art school and been subjected to a different point of view or worse. not taught how to 'look' at art beyond the initial impact.
Most praise for submissions are those that get the immediate 'good' reaction.
Society has molded most of us into links in chains. Free thinkers are the rarity.. usually writers and artists. It's not our fault that we are born into a system like this; academia is a tool to push the masses into certain roles. I know this is actively used here in the UK where courses are specifically 'staged' to fulfill the needs of industry/commerce. Engineering is being made 'cool' presently to attract female participation!

I'm not claiming to be a free thinker... how would I know :)

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 09:46 UTC
On article 2015 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $800-$1200 (159 comments in total)
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Alan Brown: Pentax AF 'still' inconsistent?

I'm surprised that this comment is still their 'problem' from magazine articles during film days. I recently got my brother in law's Pentax DSLr off him to see if I could source his memory card issues (losing all of his photos) I thought the AF was very snappy.. perhaps I didn't have it long enough to see 'inconsistency?

Inconsistent is a vague description.. Wonder how it manifests itself? I dare not ask in the Pentax forum as a Nikon user :)

interesting.. thanks

It's just a shame that it keep being 'brought up'/'dragged up'

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2015 at 17:21 UTC
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