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:
Fuji X-T10
18-55mm OIS
C/Y adapted 50mm f1.7 manual
some studio lighting

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So the discrete black and very quiet Leica rangefinder has now crossed over to the 'look I'm over here', Red lens equipped photographer!

Hardly discrete.. perhaps it should go on the Leica cheap table tennis bat material covered body we say recently?

I was looking at some cheap (as inexpensive) Chinese manual focus wide aperture Fuji fit lenses on the Net and the lens shown was from a range of colours. There were all sorts of colours and the reviewer said at the time they looked like toys. The was indeed an Emerald Green of the type one poster mentions he is waiting for. below.
I actually like the colour but not at the price or on a lens

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2016 at 09:25 UTC as 13th comment

I find it ironic that 'most' SLR lens fora examine down to minutiae level and discuss charts/resoloution and Leica bring this out and... it's fabulous.
It might be... but the Chinese (meike etc etc) are making manual lenses, all in metal, that are mostly sharp in the center and 'some' sharpen up in the corners soon after stopping down.. are berated ..

It is true as some have said.. using old legacy lenses on modern cameras IS fun.. it used to be cheap but an old (non leica) 28mm or 24 Pentacon/Flektogon are commanding silly prices.. you can get a new chinese lens very cheaply now and it will have character (read, flaws)

I guess a price tag/label really does change perceptions.

If I had the money I would buy these retro lenses and experiment... I just don't. I'm not against anyone who has disposable income spending their own money on what they decide. I have different priorities at present :)

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2016 at 08:26 UTC as 14th comment
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lemonadedrinker: From The WiKiPedia :
''Rolf Sachs was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, to Anne-Marie Faure and Gunter Sachs, the accomplished German industrialist, photographer, author and socialite descended from the well-known Sachs-Opel industrial families.''

All round super hero, by the looks of it. I'd thought he was one of the Potato Sachs, but I think they more likely come from the Fens.
I was so near doing the same thing myself with my old table tennis bat and an Agfa Silette; to convert it into a coke burning large format chip fryer (self peeling), but someone always gets the really good ideas before me. Oh well, keep plodding on.

you might be getting mixed up with Flour Sachs.. and the Agfa Skilette is meant to go on a hob.

anyway.. someone will buy this. never feel the 'tactile aesthetic' and squirrel it away for re-sale later at 'another' premium.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2016 at 11:05 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Canon EOS D30 (135 comments in total)
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Alan Brown: OT.. i can't get over how noisy the opening shot is. camera on the audio equipment. for a studio shot?

accepted, of course.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2016 at 08:03 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Canon EOS D30 (135 comments in total)
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Alan Brown: OT.. i can't get over how noisy the opening shot is. camera on the audio equipment. for a studio shot?

it was just an observation.. you are just rude.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 08:34 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Canon EOS D30 (135 comments in total)

OT.. i can't get over how noisy the opening shot is. camera on the audio equipment. for a studio shot?

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 07:47 UTC as 27th comment | 5 replies

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 78th comment
On article D500 owner formally accuses Nikon of false advertising (473 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 (473 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 (90 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 (206 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
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