Michael J Davis

Michael J Davis

Lives in United Kingdom Rochdale, United Kingdom
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Has a website at www.trustsof.co.uk
Joined on Mar 28, 2007

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When I've got all my lenses well protected, how can I tell which is which? :-(

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2017 at 11:35 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply
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Michael J Davis: 50 years ago at Business School I recall a case study on the launch of Polaroid consumer cameras. The obvious conclusion was that, had they aimed at specialist industrial uses where a premium would be paid for 'instant images', they would have developed a stronger and more profitable base prior to looking at the consumer market.

That all came back to me when I read of Lytro's 'launch' of a consumer camera. I think the same lessons apply.

To clarify - the case study related to the start up of Polaroid - just after the War - in the 1940's - it was expensive and took a few years to achieve the success it did. You know the story, it was Dr Land's daughter who said, when he took a photo of her - "I wan't to see it now!"

The Lytro message was more like "I want to focus it later!" ;-)

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2017 at 17:42 UTC

50 years ago at Business School I recall a case study on the launch of Polaroid consumer cameras. The obvious conclusion was that, had they aimed at specialist industrial uses where a premium would be paid for 'instant images', they would have developed a stronger and more profitable base prior to looking at the consumer market.

That all came back to me when I read of Lytro's 'launch' of a consumer camera. I think the same lessons apply.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2017 at 13:11 UTC as 9th comment | 3 replies
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BobYIL: Next year comes out the M39 screw-mount version of it to celebrate the 51st anniversary of the LHSA for not less than $11.595; for it will be collapsible like the first Summicron...

My collapsible version (1959) was the bayonet fit. ISTM that the collapsible version would be useful - it certainly was on my M3!

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2017 at 11:48 UTC
On article First samples: Leica Thambar-M 90mm F2.2 (223 comments in total)

Although I never owned one of the originals, I'm pretty familiar with work using the original from the 50's & 60's. What I recall was much smoother transitions and some sharp areas, which I tried to emulate (with some success) using a filter with a vaseline smear around the outside.

What I assume comes from using the 'centre disk' are those hard bokeh rings. I never recall seeing that effect - which nullifies the concept of this lens IMHO - on any of the original photos.

I can understand the scepticism, but 'soft focus effect' is somewhat dated these days! Still I sold all my Leica gear in 1999!
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Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2017 at 11:46 UTC as 50th comment

Interesting, but difficult to tell which is best! Was the varying colour of her shirt/blouse due to light, lenses or what?

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2017 at 16:32 UTC as 34th comment

I received that disappointing message yesterday, and will be replying to Tim. I first came across it around issue 7, and have looked forward to it each month. The photography used is superb.

However, it has seemed rather NZ-orientated and the ads were of a fairly limited range. And, frankly, never influenced me! :-( And that, I think, has to be the key problem - become world-wide - even if the content remains predominantly antipodean.

As I've always read it on my 24" monitor to see the pics, I can't comment about platforms, But I would certainly be happy with a GBP10 / $10 / Eur10 annual subscription just to see the excellent pics and articles.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2017 at 11:01 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply

No one has queried what they did between 1917 to 1948 - something they don't wish to celebrate, perhaps?

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 11:59 UTC as 39th comment | 1 reply

Well - OK, but why have pictures based on the camera mount? When do we have "Best pictures taken with a tripod"?

It's not the equipment - it's the image that matters!

(For me the best of the set was the Lavender harvest.)

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2017 at 10:05 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply

Interesting idea - but why doesn't the video show:-
a) How it goes together (isn't that the DIY point?)
b) Any results from the combination
c) what the dissembled bits look like, rather than alternative wood finishes.

I can do slow motion pretend picture taking with my existing cameras!! :-(

Link | Posted on May 2, 2017 at 11:16 UTC as 17th comment

Interesting! I presented it with a cross-section of my 'better' & 'worse' pictures. Nature shots came significantly low, architectural very high (over 99%) and 'pretty girls' around 50% - intriguing!

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2017 at 18:10 UTC as 98th comment
On article 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras around $500 (352 comments in total)

How come we have six month old comments to a review that was only published yesterday?

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2016 at 12:06 UTC as 43rd comment | 1 reply
On article 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras around $500 (352 comments in total)

Since these are interchangeable lens cameras, I think some reference to lens availability is called for. eg what lenses are available for the little Nikon compared with, say, the big one?

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2016 at 11:59 UTC as 44th comment

Lovely - my sort of photos!
But why do you call "gasholders" - "gasometers" ? - it has nothing to do with metering!

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 10:45 UTC as 38th comment | 10 replies

In my days of using Leicas - from the IIIc to the M3 - I took pride in knowing that each was a 'special edition' checked and tested by hand. "Special Editions" were made to give away, to people like Queen Elizabeth (in 1958) and other world leaders and influential people.
Financially they have been struggling for many years (and through changes of ownership) I just hope they get their wagon back on track.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2016 at 12:04 UTC as 74th comment | 1 reply
On article Opinion: Park vandals need to be stopped (334 comments in total)

No doubt, had it fallen on them and injured one or more, they'd have sued the Parks Service. What are the laws governing the use of NPs?

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 11:44 UTC as 64th comment

When I sold my Leica gear in 1998, I bought an Olympus mju-II as an attempt to get back to basics (my previous 'pocket camera was an Oly 35RC).

It drove me mad! The lens was brilliant and I could get 30" prints in sunlight, but...

1) The auto flash was always on and was fiddly to turn off - and after that one shot it was on again,

2) the auto focus seemed to be IR or something, so focussing through glass was impossible

3) There was no way of turning off the power auto-rewind, so on occasions when I was shooting quietly (the shutter was even quieter than my M3) at, say, a church service, the film motor would cut in, and there was nothing I could do to silence the b****r! Embarrassment all round!

I still have my 35RC though, and even have an Oly digital camera.

But no - nice design, but not a camera I ever warmed to. Thank heaven I went digital soon after that!

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2016 at 16:42 UTC as 21st comment
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Michael J Davis: I hope it works better than the content aware fills on the LR panorama tool. (The pano tool works fine - just that the edges seem to get filled randomly!)

I think I goofed - sorry if I misled anyone. I was thinking of ICE where the edges are not always filled with content aware. (I had been comparing the two panorama techniques - LR doesn't have CA.) Apologies!

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 21:31 UTC

I hope it works better than the content aware fills on the LR panorama tool. (The pano tool works fine - just that the edges seem to get filled randomly!)

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 10:49 UTC as 25th comment | 3 replies

If everyone here read this brilliant article (which applies to pretty well all industries in general) then around half of the forum discussions would die off; those that argue whether x-lens is better or worse than y-lens!

The only thing that needs emphasizing (it was mentioned) is the role of the marketing chain in recognising and getting feedback to the manufacturer. Sales people are sometimes unable to cope with the idea of variation, it's bad for their egos! :-(

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2016 at 12:03 UTC as 41st comment | 5 replies
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