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
some studio lighting

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On article Nikon announces prices for 100th Anniversary products (114 comments in total)
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upptick: Gawd, nothing screams "desperate for sales" like a obsolescent technology product promoted because of an arbitrary anniversary....and I was actually considering getting a D500....

:)
of course no other manufacturer does this...

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2017 at 15:06 UTC
On article Nikon announces prices for 100th Anniversary products (114 comments in total)
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upptick: Gawd, nothing screams "desperate for sales" like a obsolescent technology product promoted because of an arbitrary anniversary....and I was actually considering getting a D500....

upptick 'was'?.. you are upset that the company makes a camera you wanted but decided to dress up a certain edition of it and now you don't want it?

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2017 at 08:04 UTC
On article Video: Nikon D7500 first look (416 comments in total)
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GiancoLX: Dan Bracaglia (and the others...) please: Nikon should be pronounced 'Nick'on, not N'eye'kon...

Eric.. very true.. i spoke to a USA support company one and they didn't understand my UK English dialect when saying my name Alan. they asked me to spell it. A.L.A.N. Aaaaah she said (phonectically) Alayne. You can't get upset and demanding when you are asking for help!

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2017 at 18:58 UTC
On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (805 comments in total)
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Alan Brown: Pentax ME Super was a camera I could never afford (at the time of release)
However I picked on up recently in a pawn shop for £10 with a 50mm f2 lens. played with it for a short time, replaced the light seals and sold it on eBay for £65.

Well I got that urge out of me.. and BTW Film processing is NOT cheap.. even with process and CD only.

Very interesting! thanks.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2017 at 17:41 UTC
On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (805 comments in total)
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Alan Brown: Pentax ME Super was a camera I could never afford (at the time of release)
However I picked on up recently in a pawn shop for £10 with a 50mm f2 lens. played with it for a short time, replaced the light seals and sold it on eBay for £65.

Well I got that urge out of me.. and BTW Film processing is NOT cheap.. even with process and CD only.

thanks.. i'd have a go but the kits seem to go for approx £60 on top... and how do you get the brown mask out of the copied colour negative?

this is a question for another forum I think :)

Link | Posted on May 22, 2017 at 15:54 UTC
On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (805 comments in total)
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Alan Brown: Pentax ME Super was a camera I could never afford (at the time of release)
However I picked on up recently in a pawn shop for £10 with a 50mm f2 lens. played with it for a short time, replaced the light seals and sold it on eBay for £65.

Well I got that urge out of me.. and BTW Film processing is NOT cheap.. even with process and CD only.

i can't get film processed.. without postage etc to under £9.. (No one local to me to drop off) I don't have a scanner even if i did process the film cheaply.. :(

Link | Posted on May 22, 2017 at 09:29 UTC
On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (805 comments in total)

Pentax ME Super was a camera I could never afford (at the time of release)
However I picked on up recently in a pawn shop for £10 with a 50mm f2 lens. played with it for a short time, replaced the light seals and sold it on eBay for £65.

Well I got that urge out of me.. and BTW Film processing is NOT cheap.. even with process and CD only.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2017 at 08:09 UTC as 126th comment | 11 replies
On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (805 comments in total)
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superz00m: Rollei 35S and Yashica T4

+1 for Yashica T4 (or any T series with the T* lens

I still have some memorable shots from that camera.. Mostly the ones that a wedding couple had all of my films off me to make up their own album and ditching the Professional guy's album.

A proud day that was!
I still keep looking at these, used. But they are never cheap!

Link | Posted on May 22, 2017 at 07:49 UTC
On photo Changing of the Guard Trio in the Your City - Guards challenge (3 comments in total)
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Kostaseg: "but someone guarding a door or a mall will do fine too" I HAVEN'T READ SOMETHING MORE STUPIDITY THAN THIS.

you have not seen any worldwide news for the last ten years?

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 08:21 UTC
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Alan Brown: 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 :)

that is a rather simplistic view on it..... as if nothing else exists?

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2017 at 17:41 UTC
On article Leica SL Review (1092 comments in total)
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Triplet Perar: Leica — thumbs up. All others — big thumbs down.
This is a lovely camera. And this how things are done: Leica comes one time, and delivers superb FF mirrorless products — when compared to Sony and Fuji and Olympus, all who take several iterations and many years of procrastination and milking of user's money to get somewhere nearby of a contraption, which somewhat deserves to be called 'a mirrorless system camera'.
Even now, not a single mirrorless camera from those manufacturers — or from any other manufacturer — compares to the sophistication, quality and effort put into the SL, or Leica Q (fixed lens mirrorless).

Triplet Perar: this is a serious comment? "All those cameras you mentioned — all of them — were barely usable in their first iterations" ...or is this hyperbole?

Either way it is a bit a of a stretch in anyone's imagination. Of course Leica do not do any firmware updating do they?

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2017 at 10:56 UTC
On article Leica SL Review (1092 comments in total)
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VadymA: People shouldn't criticize the price. Leica is catering to the market where higher price would usually be in the Pros column. It is an important part of exclusivity, which is what Leica is all about. When you are wealthy, exclusivity becomes more important than features. When you are wealthy, you would WANT to pay premium for guaranteed differentiation from the croud. So we should be happy that products like Leica camera still exist in this world, as when you and me become wealthy, we have something unique to choose from :)

VadymA. you are absolutely spot on! I read a reply from a wealthy woman replying to the question. 'what do you think about top branded perfumery sold in discount chemists?" She said she "didn't want to wear the same perfume as her cleaning lady"

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2017 at 10:30 UTC
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Alan Brown: someone.. right now, is making an adapter to fit their Canon 400mm f2.8.

Good job the lens has a tripod foot :)

nandbytes..
will it matter?

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 18:21 UTC

someone.. right now, is making an adapter to fit their Canon 400mm f2.8.

Good job the lens has a tripod foot :)

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 16:25 UTC as 17th comment | 2 replies
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DavidsfotosDotCom: Did these guy do any real damage or just make a few temporary footprints if any? If you believe in evolution (I don't based on 1st & 2nd laws of thermodynamics) then what, is this just evolution in action? There have been free range Native Americans exploring & living there thousands of years before the NPS put up signs!

Every freedom loving person should read: The Law, 1853 by Frederic Bastiat - it explains how the state use's the law to get Legal Plunder!
bastiat.org/en/the_law.html
People plead guilty who are NOT all the time because the STATE is a 9,000 lb gorilla that will make a punitive example of you if you don't plead guilty!

Thanks BadScience.
I did go and look it up out of curiosity.. mostly what you said. It seems logical.
I don't believe in the theory of evolution for other reasons, personally.
Often science makes creationism look foolish and unrealistic. Saying the creative days were 24 hours long is patently wrong when stars are still disappearing.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2017 at 14:20 UTC
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DavidsfotosDotCom: Did these guy do any real damage or just make a few temporary footprints if any? If you believe in evolution (I don't based on 1st & 2nd laws of thermodynamics) then what, is this just evolution in action? There have been free range Native Americans exploring & living there thousands of years before the NPS put up signs!

Every freedom loving person should read: The Law, 1853 by Frederic Bastiat - it explains how the state use's the law to get Legal Plunder!
bastiat.org/en/the_law.html
People plead guilty who are NOT all the time because the STATE is a 9,000 lb gorilla that will make a punitive example of you if you don't plead guilty!

OT.. i would like to know why he mentions themodynamic laws as disproving evolution though.. perhaps he could PM me?

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2017 at 09:44 UTC
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lucavascon: If I had to remove my camera from tripod in order to change battery or card I'd go to find out the marketing idiot who wanted it like this and hit him repeatedly, violently and hardly with a Manfrotto 058+NN-M2head. Let alone all the rest. They are status symbols, not working tools. Not something I want any more. I spent 3 years with an M6, learning on my suffering and swears. Never again!

Lord Lucan. I hear what you say.. but I don't know if he had an M6 for three years and you don't either. Is he making up the words in his thread? I don't know that for sure.
People are allowed to not like something they have used or paid for. They just don't have the right to tell you what you should or not like.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2017 at 09:10 UTC
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lucavascon: If I had to remove my camera from tripod in order to change battery or card I'd go to find out the marketing idiot who wanted it like this and hit him repeatedly, violently and hardly with a Manfrotto 058+NN-M2head. Let alone all the rest. They are status symbols, not working tools. Not something I want any more. I spent 3 years with an M6, learning on my suffering and swears. Never again!

Lord Lucan
you don't believe him, because?

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2017 at 09:21 UTC
On article New kid on the block: YI M1 review (710 comments in total)

the first thing I saw on the small image of the camera was what looked like a Leica Red Dot!!!
As they (Leica) seem to be willing to just badge 'some' things today it still could fool the casual passerby :) :)

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2016 at 08:32 UTC as 35th comment

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 15th comment
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