Photo Pete

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

Film History:-
Zenith, Praktica, Nikon FM2, Nikon F601, Nikon F90x, Nikon F100, Nikon F5

Digital History:-
Olympus E20p, Nikon D70, Nikon D200, Nikon D300, Nikon D2x, Nikon D3s, D800, Nikon D4, Nikon 1 V1, Nikon 1 V2, Olympus OM-D E-M10, Olympus OM-D E-M1, Olympus OM-D E-M1 mkii

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, Olympus 12-40 f2.8, Panasonic 100-400, Olympus 75-300, Olympus 14-150, Olympus 7-14 f2.8, Olympus 12-100 f4, Olympus 40-150 f2.8, Olympus 60mm f2.8 macro, Olympus mc20 Teleconverter

Sony A7Riv, Sony Battery Grip, Sony 12-24 f4, Sony 24-105 f4, Sigma 100-400 f5-6.3, Dorr macro extension tubes, Nissin i60A flashes and Air 1 wireless trigger
Gitzo explorer, Gitzo 2 Series Traveller, Arca Swiss Z1, Billingham Hadley Pro


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On article Sony teases January 26th 'Alpha' launch event (491 comments in total)

The one never seen. Sounds like they’re adding fully articulated screens to allow framing of selfies. I wouldn’t get too excited.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2021 at 16:22 UTC as 58th comment
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Spectro: In architecture, we use the CRI index (we know about it but the lighting/ electrical eng actual picks the lighting) also.

CRI 100 equal sun,only%20have%20a%20CRI%20of%2060%20to%2090.

Incandescent bulbs actually score pretty high but since the world is moving toward being green, LEDs are replacing most. Just better energy efficiency. color temp, sure get the more neutral version not warm or cool.

Personally I prefer cloudy Seattle days. Yes, the cloud does block a percentage of some light spectrum like UV. You don't get all the high saturation colors nor harsh shadow.

CRI index is an OK guide for lighting quality, but it is only defined by certain colour patches. This means there is still the potential for significant spikes or dropouts in the spectrum to be present even with a high CRI. This is the case for many compact fluorescent bulbs which are marketed as having a CRI well over 90.

The only way to be really sure of the lighting quality is to look at the spectral plots.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2020 at 20:52 UTC
On article Opinion: Camera names are getting ridiculous (706 comments in total)
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ZilverHaylide: If "X" is going to be used in a model name, shouldn't it be preceded by "SE"? It's long been a truism of marketing that sex sells. Just a small name change might reverse falling camera sales!

There's already plenty of subliminal suggestiveness in the business. The enormous lenses being produced nowadays even at short focal lengths, and for which many photographers clamor, are a subliminal communication -- and reviewers do sometimes refer to such lenses as "sexy". And the world's largest camera maker will sell you a "Canon". Their EFfing lenses with built-in AF motors are probably what started the trend to larger. In video mode, their new R cameras can't "last" long enough without "overheating" to complete the task, and many other cameras have strict time limits to their "performance", after which they shut down...

Might as well stop beating around the bush, just go all the way and use the letters "S E X" together in camera and lens nomenclature.

“ Might as well stop beating around the bush, just go all the way and use the letters "S E X" together in camera and lens nomenclature.”

Agreed. It’s also a shame that Olympus are leaving the camera market before their PEN camera series reached the 15th generation. I was waiting for the Olympus PEN15.

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2020 at 17:59 UTC
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Breakfastographer 2: Maybe some would benefit from reading this:

You may come to the conclusion that JIP is not the baby-eating entity some of you seem to think it is.

“ Japan Industrial Partners currently does not have offices overseas.
In the past, it has partnered with Bain Capital in some projects, but "developing a global support platform for clients will be a new challenge over the next few years," Inagaki said.”

I wouldn’t bank on much local dealer support or local sales if you live anywhere other than Japan.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2020 at 00:51 UTC
On article Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS sample gallery (71 comments in total)

Results with Sony A7Riv can be excellent at 400mm, but my testing indicates you have to stop down to f8 to really start getting sharpness at pixel level (essential if you are cropping in post or using APSc mode).
Overall an excellent performer, particularly for the price, size and weight.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2020 at 08:28 UTC as 11th comment

And other great statements in history include:

We can assure everyone that the titanic is unsinkable.

Trust me I’m a doctor - Harold Shipman

There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable. It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at will - Einstein

Anyone feel even vaguely reassured by this interview?

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2020 at 16:23 UTC as 49th comment | 2 replies

Is anyone taking these announcements seriously?
Olympus imaging division wont exist for most of ‘this winter’ and they won’t be finalising the terms of sale until September. There is no way they can be announcing commitments to do anything ‘this winter’ on behalf of a new company who they haven’t agreed terms with yet.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2020 at 20:11 UTC as 37th comment | 3 replies

The glass that front elements are made from is usually extremely tough. Any marks tend to be damage to the more delicate multi-coatings rather than the glass.
The first thing I do whenever I buy a new lens is remove those delicate multi-coatings entirely with a bit of wire wool. That way I’m much less likely to worry about scratching them.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2020 at 22:32 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply

A two week delay?... and people here are making out there is some hidden agenda?

Sounds perfectly plausible this is just the logistics of tackling the lockdown.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2020 at 01:08 UTC as 7th comment
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syberman7: These ink carts cost many times more than expensive champagne from France vol/vol. I'll stick to Moet & Chandon thanks.

I’ve tried several times but just can’t seem to profile moet to give the print quality I want. Maybe it’s the paper I’m using?

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2020 at 19:16 UTC

It would indeed be unusual for Apple to patent something original. Don’t they usually just market what others are already doing and claim it is something revolutionary?

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2020 at 16:49 UTC as 7th comment | 6 replies

How ironic that we live in a society with more access to share news and information than at any time in our history but we abuse the privilege to such an extent that it becomes useless.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2020 at 18:40 UTC as 5th comment
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Photo Pete: You’ve paid for the latest iphone and now you have the opportunity to work for free to help Apple advertise it.

@ Darngoodphotos How much is the licensing fee then? ;-)

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2020 at 08:10 UTC

You’ve paid for the latest iphone and now you have the opportunity to work for free to help Apple advertise it.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2020 at 20:31 UTC as 6th comment | 8 replies

What a shame the Nikon D3s was announced 2 months too early to make this list. That was the camera that showed the true potential of quality high iso images. It was a camera years ahead of its time.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2019 at 20:00 UTC as 32nd comment | 2 replies

Give the guy a break. It’s probably only his first month of training.

He has probably only done modules 1 (how to drive to delivery address) and 2 (how to walk up to the door). Module 3 (how to hand over the parcel) and module 4 (how to get a signature) are far more advanced and take place during training months 2 and 3.


Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2019 at 07:47 UTC as 55th comment | 9 replies

Next step... a tool that sends round a plastic surgeon to make the subject look like their altered photo.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2019 at 07:36 UTC as 3rd comment


Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2019 at 21:11 UTC as 14th comment | 2 replies
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Eugene A: As an Adobe customer my details might have been compromised. Shouldn't the customers be notified of this breach at the earliest? Do I have to learn it from DPR?

Well said.
Adobe don’t seem to give a sh*t about their customers as long as they’re taking their money.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2019 at 18:55 UTC
On article Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM sample gallery updated (383 comments in total)

This lens produces stunning results in terms of rendering, colour and bokeh. Some of the portrait shots in the gallery have too little DoF IMHO, but that isn’t the fault of the lens.

Well done Canon.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2019 at 09:08 UTC as 30th comment | 2 replies
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