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 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 11th 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
On photo 3369933 copy in the Post Processing Skill challenge - Moon Surface challenge (19 comments in total)
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Michael J Davis: but it's upside down!! :-(

For those who didn't get my comment; if the moon is llit from above - the sun is even higher in the sky - and guess what - that means it's daylight, not the night sky, oh what the hell ... mutter... mutter... !

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2016 at 22:21 UTC
On photo 3369933 copy in the Post Processing Skill challenge - Moon Surface challenge (19 comments in total)

but it's upside down!! :-(

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2016 at 11:36 UTC as 8th comment | 9 replies
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Flashback: The lady, the ducks and the tram, rather a good photo:)

I liked it too! But the goose (not duck) poo was the sharpest part!! :-)

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 11:25 UTC
On article Happy Holidays from dpreview! (118 comments in total)

Thank you for the work you put in across the whole photographic range.

But for now, a merry Christmas to all the staff - who feel like old friends to me (ever since I bought my first digicam - Fuji 6900Z on the basis of your review)!

Link | Posted on Dec 25, 2015 at 11:13 UTC as 58th comment
On article Erez Marom: On the importance of naming images (109 comments in total)
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Michael J Davis: As an qualified judge on our local Photographic circuit (North-West England) I often comment on the titles given by photographers. Usually, because the title often refers to something that isn't in the picture. Often because the title is in conflict with what the author wants me to see.

I want a simple title that adds to what the author intends me to see; not some clever cultural reference (modern or classical) that could easily go over my or another viewer's head.

If the picture is "worth a thousand words" just help me with some background information.

Personally, I like simple abstract nouns if I'm not required to give geographical references.

But you made some good points, even if some are, IMHO, a bit clever!

Mike

I meant to type 'unqualified' - i.e. I have no formal 'qualifications' (except 60 years of photography!) There are courses run by the regional admin & invitations are offered to those who show promise. Then there is feedback from clubs on the judges.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2015 at 22:47 UTC
On article Erez Marom: On the importance of naming images (109 comments in total)

As an qualified judge on our local Photographic circuit (North-West England) I often comment on the titles given by photographers. Usually, because the title often refers to something that isn't in the picture. Often because the title is in conflict with what the author wants me to see.

I want a simple title that adds to what the author intends me to see; not some clever cultural reference (modern or classical) that could easily go over my or another viewer's head.

If the picture is "worth a thousand words" just help me with some background information.

Personally, I like simple abstract nouns if I'm not required to give geographical references.

But you made some good points, even if some are, IMHO, a bit clever!

Mike

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2015 at 17:19 UTC as 27th comment | 3 replies
On article Video: Summing up our Fujifilm X-T10 Review (16 comments in total)
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Michael J Davis: Dan's introduction made it sound as though this 'type' of camera was 'new' - with no reference to Panasonic and Olympus or even Fuji predecessors. Otherwise why explain that the evf isn't a DSLR? and that a flip out screen can be quite useful? (Oh yes, 'quite' in British English means something different from 'quite' in US English - best avoid it in an international forum.)

Also in such a short review does the reference to film styles really have any place?

Nice camera sure, but I'm not sure that the summary mentioned its stongest points...

'quite' in UK English means 'reasonably' whereas in the US it means 'very'. So if your boss says 'your work is quite good' in the UK, it implies 'you could do better'; but in the US it's a high compliment!

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2015 at 20:41 UTC
On article Video: Summing up our Fujifilm X-T10 Review (16 comments in total)

Dan's introduction made it sound as though this 'type' of camera was 'new' - with no reference to Panasonic and Olympus or even Fuji predecessors. Otherwise why explain that the evf isn't a DSLR? and that a flip out screen can be quite useful? (Oh yes, 'quite' in British English means something different from 'quite' in US English - best avoid it in an international forum.)

Also in such a short review does the reference to film styles really have any place?

Nice camera sure, but I'm not sure that the summary mentioned its stongest points...

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2015 at 11:49 UTC as 4th comment | 4 replies
On article Canon warns about dangers of counterfeit camera gear (154 comments in total)
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Michael J Davis: Batteries, eh? That's trying too hard. I only buy batteries from Amazon that are claimed to be compatible with my cameras. So far they've worked fine.

What does DPR think I should do?

Mike

I wasn't talking about AA batteries, just Chinese copies of Fuji, Panasonic & Olympus camera batteries. So far no problems although in 2003 I had well known branded one replaced as it would hold a charge.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2015 at 16:05 UTC
On article Canon warns about dangers of counterfeit camera gear (154 comments in total)

Batteries, eh? That's trying too hard. I only buy batteries from Amazon that are claimed to be compatible with my cameras. So far they've worked fine.

What does DPR think I should do?

Mike

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2015 at 13:36 UTC as 30th comment | 5 replies
On article Video Overview: Leica Q (149 comments in total)
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Wesley Byrne: My fear of sensor dust overrides any interest I might have had in this camera.

My old Panasonic FZ50 has a non-extending barrel, but is now marred by a dust/condensation spot. How does one clean that?

Oh - and on topic - my reaction to the Q is that they've got it right at last. But I bought all my old Leica M3 & lenses second-hand, and got more than I paid when I sold them. Doubt if that will apply in this digital age.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 10:54 UTC
On article Leica Q In-depth Review (1139 comments in total)

At last, the camera I gave up waiting for when I sold my M3 in 1999! But it's got a fixed lens! Oh well!!
Seriously though, have I missed any testing of the macro facility (sounds interesting) and how much is the missing lens hood? (Edit: No comment that lh is included - I've now seen more photos with it on the camera!)

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 10:19 UTC as 264th comment
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Michael J Davis: I have the Oly 7-14mm. I would have appreciated some shots at f/2.8 with this one.

Whoops! Correction - I have the PANNY 7-14 that's why I'd like to see what I'm missing!

Link | Posted on May 12, 2015 at 15:46 UTC

I have the Oly 7-14mm. I would have appreciated some shots at f/2.8 with this one.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2015 at 10:58 UTC as 18th comment | 2 replies
On article FAA proposes regulations for commercial drone usage (119 comments in total)
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Lee Jay: The drone risk to aircraft is exceeded 10,000 to 1 by the bird risk to aircraft. The drone risk to privacy is likewise drastically exceeded by binoculars and long focal length cameras.

To put it mildly, drones are a way lower risk to your happiness and health than some people make them out to be.

Thus far drones are still somewhat noisier than binoculars and long focal length lenses!

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2015 at 16:33 UTC
On article Opinion: Canon EOS 750D and 760D (321 comments in total)
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dwill23: Best marketing and business teacher told me something i repeat about once a month.

"If you own hotels, do you want one on the beach for the high priced vacationers or the one across the street for higher amounts of people, although at a lower price....... you want both!".

In other words, they want to sell at every price point. You can have identical hotels, one on the beach one across the street, and boom you now cover the whole price range.

This opinion articles hurt the market. One person influences too many. I prefer to only read reviews and let actual camera buyers and shooters post opinions and take polls.

Like you, I learnt that to sell effectively you need to give the customer a choice. "Do you prefer model A or model B?"

Now a retailer can offer brand A or Brand B - whichever they sell they'll make a profit. OTOH a company needs to set up two offers of its own so that the customer thinks s/hes making a choice but the company wins both ways.

Isn't that what Canon's doing here?
M

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2015 at 15:24 UTC
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