Photo Pete

Lives in United Kingdom Sheffield, United Kingdom
Joined on Nov 6, 2006
About me:

Film History:-
Zenith, Praktica, Nikon F601, Nikon F90x, Nikon F100, Nikon F5

Digital History:-
Olympus E20p, Nikon D70, Nikon D200, Nikon D300, Nikon D2x, Nikon D3s, D800, Nikon 1 V1, Nikon 1 V2, Olympus OM-D E-M10

Nikon Lens History:-
20mm f2.8 AFD, 35-70mm f2.8 AFD, 80-200mm f2.8 AFD, 20-35mm f2.8 AFD, 24-120vr, 70-300 ED, 70-300vr, 80-400vr, 28-70 f2.8 AFS, 70-200 f2.8 AFS, 18-200vrII, 12-24 f4, 14-24 f2.8, 24-70 f2.8, 80-400 AFS, 600 f4, Nikon1 10-30, Nikon 1 30-110, FT-1,

Other Lens History:-
Sigma 28-70, Sigma 170-500, Tamron 28-200, Tamron 20-40, Tokina 20-35, Sigma 150-500, Sigma 50-500, Sigma 150 macro

Current:-
Olympus OM-D E-M10
Olympus OM-D E-M1
Olympus 7-14 f2.8, 12-40 f2.8, 14-150, 75-300, 60 macro, 40-150 f2.8, 1.4x t-con
Olympus FL600R Flash
Gitzo explorer, Gitzo 3 series, Arca Swiss Z1, Billingham 335

Comments

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Fantastic images all of them...
... but surprising how little of the blue trail is visible in the kingfisher's reflection.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2016 at 12:38 UTC as 34th comment | 25 replies
On article OWC's Thunderbolt 3 Dock adds 13 ports to your MacBook (146 comments in total)

Great. This should allow people to connect a proper laptop to their macbook pro so they can transfer what they were working on whilst out and about. That way you don't need to carry all those adapters and dongles about with you, just leave them connected to the macbook pro on your desk.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 20:38 UTC as 46th comment
In reply to:

DamianFI: a) it's not a step forward, it's cost-cutting
b) all my laptops have the cards all the way into the body, not 'half-hanging out'.
c) wireless transfers are slow and dangling accessories (instead of a card slot) are cumbersome.

They lost me with the iPhone 7 and now with the MacBook.
Zero Apple products on my radar anymore.

Well, if they don't know what to do without him they need to work it out, because there are many more thinking the same way.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 22:43 UTC
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (871 comments in total)
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RedFox88: Just saw this on nbc news..It's an emoji bar not a touch bsr!

Yes. I saw Apple's video showing how to change brush size using one hand whilst using the mouse to draw with the other.

Odd thing is that I can do that more efficiently, effectively and naturally with a touch screen and pressure sensitive pen.

Once upon a time Apple made choices which offered improved usability over their competitors, so why are they trying to demonstrste something on their premium laptop which is less easy to use than on a Microsoft Surface or even their ipad pro?

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 23:53 UTC
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (871 comments in total)
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disraeli demon: I'm a freelance commercial artist and I've been a dedicated Mac user for nearly 20 years, but last year I bought a Cintiq Companion (basically a Microsoft Surface tablet with a Wacom pen display built in. It's been absolutely transformative. 18 months on, I still don't like Windows (though I upgraded to 10 which was a massive improvement over 8) but honestly, unless Apple implement touch on their OSX devices, I think they'll lose the creative professional market they've held for so long. iPads are great, but you can't run any of the software I need on iOS.

Lost me already.

As well as semi pro photography I work as an architect. The touch screen and pen on the microsoft devices allow much improved ease of use that a narrow touch bar and non-touch screen just can't hope to replicate. I was really hoping the macbooks would try to compete as I still can't fully warm to windows 10, but what we get instead is Apple plundering an idea from one of my children's Nintendo DS's, but in a less accomplished manner!

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 23:25 UTC
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (871 comments in total)

Apple haven't been innovative for years. What they have done well is take innovation from other companies, refine it and place it in well designed form factors with a premium price to make it desirable. They have been excellent at plundering the right innovation at the right time to predict and define the market. They have been excellent at keeping things simple for the user.

These macbooks appear to do none of that apart from being sold at a premium price and perhaps being of premium build quality. They appear to be tinkering with a traditional product whilst ignoring the innovations, such as touchscreens and flexible form factors, that are maturing and becoming standardised by their competitors.

Makes me wonder if some of the decisions have been made to protect sales of their ipad pro line rather than to make the best laptops.

Abandoning of commonly used ports and in-built media compatibility with each new release is annoying. These are meant to be mobile devices which make life on the road more convenient. Needing multiple external peripherals and adapter cables misses the concept of making things simple for the user.

A disappointing release from Apple IMHO.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 22:28 UTC as 172nd comment | 3 replies
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Photo Pete: I must admit that I feel very uncomfortable with drones. A relatively heavy object being flown by someone who need not have any training or safety controls in place?

Even if not flown directly over private property they can provide images which breach what people would normally expect to be private... and I think that is the crux of the matter. It is reasonable to assume you are not acting in privacy if you can be observed by someone from a normally accessible location, it is not reasonable to expect to be observed from above by a drone IMHO.

Personally I think drone operators should have to undergo flight and safety training and the drones be subject to an annual safety check. Any flights in or near occupied areas / private property should have to be authorised in advance. I wouldn't go so far as making this a surveillance permit, but it certainly needs registering.

Plenty of examples of drones or drone debris falling and injuring people. Google it.

All drone pilots should have to apply for a license and have their drones regularly checked... not just commercial users. Whilst you can never protect against willful misuse or genuine accident we should be making efforts to regulate the flying of 20kg lumps of equipment and ensure that the pilots are fully trained and aware of the risks and of the law.

Currently I could purchase a drone up to 20kg in the UK and go straight out and fly it without any system in place to ensure I was aware of the restrictions relating to proximity to people or property and without any assessment being made to demonstrate that I was able to control it.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2016 at 19:15 UTC

I must admit that I feel very uncomfortable with drones. A relatively heavy object being flown by someone who need not have any training or safety controls in place?

Even if not flown directly over private property they can provide images which breach what people would normally expect to be private... and I think that is the crux of the matter. It is reasonable to assume you are not acting in privacy if you can be observed by someone from a normally accessible location, it is not reasonable to expect to be observed from above by a drone IMHO.

Personally I think drone operators should have to undergo flight and safety training and the drones be subject to an annual safety check. Any flights in or near occupied areas / private property should have to be authorised in advance. I wouldn't go so far as making this a surveillance permit, but it certainly needs registering.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2016 at 13:50 UTC as 18th comment | 6 replies

$195,750?
Used?

ebay scam I say.

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2016 at 18:10 UTC as 46th comment
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EduPortas: Just scanned the 50+ plus winners and finalists on National History Museum website and discovered just one mirrorless camera amongst the lauded pictures (Olympus E-PL1). Lots of "old" DSLR gear: Canon's original 5D, 7D, Nikon D300, Nikon D90 with good glass. Lion's share seems to be shot with the Nikon D800 and Canon 5D Mark III. Heck, there's even a Nikon F4 film camera! Surely mirrorless is the future, right? RIGHT?! (Edit: I only checked the "Adults" section of the competition. Lots of great shots in the younglings section also).

Thought the overall winner was shot on a GoPro Hero

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2016 at 20:10 UTC

Lovely shots.... but any tips for the significant percentage of DPReview readers who don't live in the US?

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2016 at 18:29 UTC as 36th comment
On article Google Pixel tops DxOMark's Mobile rankings (116 comments in total)
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mick232: I was shocked to see a value of 89 for a phone - this is the same score as my full frame Alpha 99.

Then I realised it is DxO Mobile, a separate ranking. You should have mentioned that.

The power of the smartphone manufacturers. Using a separate rating system for phones only serves to undermine the traditional camera market.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2016 at 21:39 UTC
On article Ballot-selfies are now legal in New Hampshire (50 comments in total)

I can't imagine that moving an 'X' in photoshop would be too difficult. Selfie photos would prove nothing about how you voted.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2016 at 20:24 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply
On article Photokina 2016: Olympus E-M1 Mark II overview video (295 comments in total)

I switched from Nikon D800 to EM1 partly because of the size and weight saving, but mainly because I was sick of front and back focus ruining the shots. The em1 was a step back in terms of focus tracking, but was usable. If the performance of the EM1 mkii AF tracking system delivers as promised there is nothing I will miss from having made the switch. Way to go Olympus.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2016 at 08:28 UTC as 24th comment | 3 replies

How can water damage not be covered by the warranty if the phone is being advertised as having a defined level of water resistance?

Also, how long is this water resistance meant to last? Most items require regular care and maintenance of the seals to retain their water resistance. Are Apple saying their phone doesn't need this or do they just not care as they think they have managed to make an advertising claim but avoided any liability for standing by it?

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2016 at 23:46 UTC as 358th comment | 4 replies

As if I care about this study.
Nothing really matters anymore.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 21:50 UTC as 28th comment | 2 replies
In reply to:

JKAndersson: Where are all the photographers?

They've only got a couple of staff photographers. This amount of Canon gear is to overcome reliability problems.
;-)

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2016 at 16:35 UTC
On article Nikon D500 versus D750: Which one is right for you? (378 comments in total)
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Favorable Exponynt: Neither Nikon's registration distance is too long too adapt any glass to it.

What lenses do you need that aren't in Nikon's current range?

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2016 at 11:14 UTC

Have I got this right.... You have to hold the bag in front of you using one hand whilst trying to change lenses, change filters and batteries etc using the other hand only?

Not sure what the advantage over a conventional backpack is if you have to put the bag down to use both hands to deal with your gear.

Maybe I'm missing something.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2016 at 00:22 UTC as 18th comment | 3 replies

Is this more stable, compact or useable than a Gitzo Traveller or just yet another version of the same thing?

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 06:57 UTC as 32nd comment | 1 reply
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