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-T1
Fuji 35mm f1.4 R
18-55mm OIS
some studio lighting

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The only people i would not do a shoot or video for is another photographer/videographer.. (naturally they mostly use people they know/trust in the industry).. why? because they are generally the only ones who can see the difference in the gear.
In all of my photo and video work not one client asked or enquired about the gear (before or after the event). The only thing most DID notice was the thing that matters; the story.
It's photos that sell cameras and lenses. How many times you see a photo posted in a forum and people saying they want to buy that same camera or lens because they think they will get the same shots; even from lowly entry level stuff. it's the composition and lighting that gets the attention. look at any entry level camera brochure!

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2017 at 16:28 UTC as 44th comment | 2 replies
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Marty4650: Not too long ago I found this Yashica T4 Super D selling at a Goodwill store for $2.00.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/7/6126/5919586612_ef99c2dffb_b.jpg

I bought it, then listed it on ebay and got $300 for it.

T4.. a super camera! very fond memories of that camera/lens. even now i look on ebay for a bargain but they are never there .(bargains i mean :)

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2017 at 22:13 UTC
On article Review: Affinity Photo 1.5.2 for desktop (293 comments in total)

i have the original version..... among four other software editor. PS, DXO On1 etc. i find the naming of personas confusing but otherwise it is a well endowed editor.
One thing that got me to try On1 was the shadow recovery quality. many of my editors just seem to lower contrast and leave a haze behind which On1, mostly, doesnt. I found DXO generally good at this, However i find no editor perfect; hence four of them for different reasons :)

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2017 at 17:13 UTC as 74th comment | 2 replies

I agree.. the venom is unpalatable.

I am 'from' Nikon (film and FF digital) to Fuji but only because it suited me. I don't like the 'Fuji is the only brand' even on our own forum. If a mirror less Nikon had been available when i sold my Nikon gear.. it may have stopped me; I don't know now cos it hasn't happened yet :) Other things come into play to.. how much is this new model 'if' it comes, Who will it be aimed at? I actually liked the Nikon 1 ILC (J2) but it didn't seem to have a future. This is welcome news to Nikon owners of an array of expensive FF lenses... (can't see these not being compatible) I also can't be upset that others get another option, can I?

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2017 at 16:17 UTC as 192nd comment
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Clyde Thomas: PETA,
please explain to the monkey what all happened here.

Clyde: The monkey's lawyers are talking him through it right now.. they are up to 6 hours on the first paragraph... someone's got to do it. How much per hour is that now?.. Monkey says... where's my camera?

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2017 at 08:20 UTC

The photographer does not own copyright if he is 'directed'.. i.e. told what to shoot. 'IF' Slater directed the monkey to take the shot.. which I'm sure he did ( :) ).. then he owns the copyright. :)

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2017 at 08:15 UTC as 48th comment | 6 replies

I bought this as an expensive full product 2 years ago and spent 6 weeks or so trying just to do simple edits. I tried many tutorials and followed them only to find the system flaky to say the least. Just to get some editing work done I would often just start up Premiere Pro and finish it.
Now after all that time you can get a free albeit cut down version... Only to find that it is exactly the same frustrating flaky rubbish. I updated the program as instructed and still never got a simple edit out of it. Just finished my 1 hour failure and waste of time with it only to do it with Pro in y minutes even with rendering out. Have taken it off my high spec win 10 PC forever.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2017 at 20:18 UTC as 1st comment
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AshMills: Wish I could get my head around DX crop equivalence arithmetic - my simple brain can imagine FF and 2xcrop but I struggle with 1.5 crop. 122mm equivalent lenses dont help! :-)

1 + 1/2 ?
for this example 80 + 1/2 (40) =120mm

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 13:52 UTC
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zakaria: Weight and price are the weakest area for this aps/c lens.my dfa pentax 100mm is ff lens and almost half of the price and half the weight.

i presume they had their reasons apart from 'how can we make this big and heavy' for our light cameras?
if they specified a certain level of correction, (add your own here) when creating this lens, then some sacrifices have been made; weight, looks to be one of them.
i don't agree that the 'main argument for mirrorless IS smaller lighter. We're all grown up enough to be able to choose whether we buy something or not, aren't we? I admit no system is perfect and i'm certainly not claiming Fuji do everything right at all. None of my previous brands have!

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 13:37 UTC
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Father Bouvier: Why does it take a whole 5 days for DPR to reprint an article from petapixel?

On the other note, why would DPR publish materials already available all over the net for days? Aren't they telling us they have little time to do the equipment testing?

i find these things interesting.. i don't trawl loads of other sites, so they effectively filter it for me. thanks DPR

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2017 at 08:13 UTC
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davids8560: Finally! A new camera product I fully understand! But why can't they be wiped with hand or tissue? And why aren't they microwave safe? And why must that detail even be spelled out in the product announcement, anyway? Do some people microwave coasters?

yes.. like having to put THIS IS HOT on coffee cups because someone put one between their legs whilst driving ..with their appropriately hot body parts resulting from the spill!

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2017 at 21:37 UTC
On article Canon unveils stabilized EF 85mm F1.4L lens (530 comments in total)
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breschdlingsgsaelz: I wonder what you need an IS is a 85 f1.4 for? That one will be used for portraits mainly and wide open. I never missed an IS in my 85 1.8 even in low light situations.

What I would buy immediately would be an extender compatible 200mm f2.8 with IS. There it would be very useful and the 70-200 is much too big to haul around in many cases.

someone here has infinite hand holding capability ?

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2017 at 08:29 UTC
On article Nikon D850: First full-res sample images (362 comments in total)
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heavymeister: Look at the detail of the blackheads on the model's nose. Nice.

in my experience the photographer wants detail and the client, flattery.

Some of my, shall we say, more plump, brides ask about re-touching and slimming. I always reply that i will go only so far. they must be recognisable by the family!

At least with a high resolution camera/lens you can reduce the detail if required.... but not the other way.. :)

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2017 at 12:11 UTC

with a Fuji X mount.. :)

OMG... with IBIS
Sorry to the Fuji forum.. couldn't resist.

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2017 at 21:36 UTC as 104th comment
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JEROME NOLAS: I want Amazon basic FF camera $99!!!

you mean a rebranded D850?

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 16:26 UTC
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Jesse_Just_Him: Seems like there will be no 100th Anniversary Special Edition soft box from Bowen then

Jesse: i guess it is not your job being lost here, then?

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2017 at 11:23 UTC
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Alan Brown: There seems to be a culture growing (here in UK at least) where filming with smartphones and uploading events that are tragic and unfolding before their eyes. The intent is not to give the authorities valuable information but to be voyeurs. No one wants to help where they patently could; just film it and look on.. It's sick. What possible reason has this person got for recording it and hampering the special services needed here?

Mike CH: Now that's funny :)

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2017 at 17:03 UTC
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Alan Brown: There seems to be a culture growing (here in UK at least) where filming with smartphones and uploading events that are tragic and unfolding before their eyes. The intent is not to give the authorities valuable information but to be voyeurs. No one wants to help where they patently could; just film it and look on.. It's sick. What possible reason has this person got for recording it and hampering the special services needed here?

Boissez: You are actually putting the average John/Jane Doe with their smartphone, pointed at some tragedy, in the same league? I don't think they are documenting anything.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2017 at 15:41 UTC

There seems to be a culture growing (here in UK at least) where filming with smartphones and uploading events that are tragic and unfolding before their eyes. The intent is not to give the authorities valuable information but to be voyeurs. No one wants to help where they patently could; just film it and look on.. It's sick. What possible reason has this person got for recording it and hampering the special services needed here?

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2017 at 07:56 UTC as 18th comment | 6 replies
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
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