Michael J Davis

Michael J Davis

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

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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 (1270 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 278th 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 (298 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
On article All-in-one: ONA Capri bag review (167 comments in total)

Frankly that looks worth stealing for the bag alone, regardless of any expensive gear inside! I prefer the worn and battered look.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2014 at 11:47 UTC as 21st comment | 3 replies

ISTM that there are three factors in this argument:
1. The quality from phones now makes P&S redundant
2. P&S shooters rely on results ex-camera, keener users mostly carry out pp.
3. Keener users tend to buy more (and 'better') gear but don't need it for the output formats they produce.

1] is correctly identified.
2] Accounts for the more sophisticated 'in-camera' processing in simpler cameras - but is already here in camera-phones
3] relates to GAS - and competition to fight for market share by
a) increasing quality AND desirable add-ins that give reasons for locking into a system
b) increasing software in camera - part of the quality 'perception'.

I rarely print larger than 20"x16" - on my own printer, and have produced that quality since 2008 with 100ISO. Since then I go to higher ISOs or crop more of the shot and still produce quality.
Still the majority of ILC camera users produce PDIs or web-based photos, for which 1400x1050 is the standard. Phone-cameras are now good enough.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 12:32 UTC as 21st comment | 2 replies

I agree entirely with chillgreg!
I think of the number of creative photos I've taken 'by accident' - does that mean that I'm to be deprived of the copyright of those?

And what about that silly 'camera toss' craze a few years back - they were intended to be taken, but not under the control of the equipment owner.

This is a very dangerous precedent.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2014 at 10:15 UTC as 370th comment | 3 replies
On article Quick Review: That Steady Thing (70 comments in total)

I've taken many approaches to using monopods and this looks interesting at first.
Pros: Stable, best I've seen for macro, flexible (Can the velcro retainer be used between the legs for 'locking around' the tree trunk? if not, it should.)

Cons: Too heavy - I carry a monopod as much for lightness. The legs could get in the way of the camera (view) in w/a shots. Only two bushes. Would be better with 3 or four at say 25deg spacings for flexibility of legs.

You don't mention one of the most obvious (to me) configurations - "backwards" - i.e. lean it against a wall/fence/tree and shoot in the main leg direction. I've been doing that with my monopod inconveniently - this makes it much easier.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2014 at 11:26 UTC as 13th comment
On article Massive 3,000 square foot pinhole photo on display (29 comments in total)

Very nice, but it's a negative! It needs a contact print!
M.

(Now seen reference to positive below:
http://airandspace.si.edu/webimages/previews/6562p.jpg )

Link | Posted on May 2, 2014 at 10:11 UTC as 23rd comment
On article Revamped camera and lens feature search now live! (31 comments in total)

Nice work!

But...went to compare lenses - clicked on them, couldn't see what to do next so went to 'compare side-by-side' & it gave me a list of ALL lenses. How do I get the compare selection to work?

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2014 at 13:05 UTC as 16th comment | 3 replies
On article Want to remember something? Don't take a photo (183 comments in total)

Some 50 years ago, I gave up photography temporarily because I found I was living the experience as a photograph, rather than using the photograph to recall the experience.

Since then, and on taking up photography to record experiences and places, I find that I can look at a photograph and recall exactly where I was when I took the photograph, what else was around that I didn't take, and what I had to go through and past to get the photograph. In short - my photographs capture the whole experience for me!

So in general I disagree.

Mike

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2013 at 11:28 UTC as 41st comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Review (613 comments in total)
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Michael J Davis: Great review. Would have liked some more comment on use of evf with glasses (I think another reviewer suggested that the whole screen wasn't visible).

Since you derive income from Amazon - can I object to an offer of £656.72 from them (body only), which is nearly £100 more (£751.01) when I click on their web site? That's frankly misleading!

Oh thanks! That's v. interesting!

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2013 at 18:21 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Review (613 comments in total)

Great review. Would have liked some more comment on use of evf with glasses (I think another reviewer suggested that the whole screen wasn't visible).

Since you derive income from Amazon - can I object to an offer of £656.72 from them (body only), which is nearly £100 more (£751.01) when I click on their web site? That's frankly misleading!

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2013 at 12:34 UTC as 109th comment | 2 replies

All these comments are SO negative. Will there be a range of lenses to mach?

I can't help wondering what it will look like when "this Leica camera will truly create its own historic category when it goes under the hammer this winter." !!

Oops!

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2013 at 11:07 UTC as 121st comment
On article Ten items you should have in your camera bag (288 comments in total)

Agree with most....
... but polythene bags big enough to contain camera & lens and elastic band to seal it, for those days when coming into a warm house from the cold outside. Minimises condensation until the gear has warmed up.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2013 at 17:54 UTC as 65th comment
On article Leica announces X Vario zoom compact with APS-C sensor (757 comments in total)

Fantastic! This a new record for Leica - I think I'm correct in stating that it is the slowest lens ever produced!

At 46mm f6.4 it is slower than the 28mm f6.3 hektor or the 800mm f.6.3 Telyt.

Let's hope the sensor compensates!

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2013 at 10:25 UTC as 84th comment | 1 reply
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