Russell Dawkins

Lives in Canada Victoria, B.C., Canada
Works as a sound recording engineer (now retired)
Joined on Dec 25, 2006

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MrBrightSide: This is too sad. Yes, it's wonderful that the factory is up and running. But it's like hearing a condemned man whistling as he walks to the gallows only in this case the condemned man is film photography and the judge, jury, and executioner is a world full of people who care not one whit about beauty, artistry, and the unquenchable human need to release the excruciating feelings imprisoned in the human heart.

Bright side, you say?

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2021 at 08:54 UTC

i'm looking forward to part 2!

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2020 at 06:58 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply

Subject matter aside, I really like your style, Chris—it's always a pleasure, and I consider you a major assett to DPR.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2020 at 06:38 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply

I see subtle CA with the 100V lens towards the edge of the image. Look at the controls on the light meter on top of the Nikon in the third image (with the globe).
It's also visible near the corners of the standard studio scene in the review.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2020 at 08:18 UTC as 11th comment
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D7000ShooterUK: He looks like someone from the band Boston circa 1975

"He looks like someone from the band Boston circa 1975"
...complete with brain damage.

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2019 at 07:54 UTC
On a photo in the Tamron SP 35mm F1.4 Di USD sample gallery (DPReview TV) sample gallery (4 comments in total)
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Bernie Ess: Yuck. When I look at those pictures, I know that in a foreseeable future I will not buy a Nikon camera. Their colors never cease to suck. Color science at it's worst. Look at the gallery of the X-Pro3 by Fuji, and see the difference. Oh yeah, you can edit that in post, but I don't want to fight with each and every photo. I once sold my d700 because of that, and didn't touch a Nikon since. Although I totally was in love with my 105mm D.C.

I wondered the same. The colours look realistic to me.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2019 at 06:30 UTC
On a photo in the Tamron SP 35mm F1.4 Di USD sample gallery (DPReview TV) sample gallery (1 comment in total)

Sure, the photo is great—but that sweet expression...!

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2019 at 19:28 UTC as 1st comment
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Russell Dawkins: I guess the presenter doesn't have a clue what binaural sound is, even though he is careful to use that exotic-sounding term in the title.
This, emphatically, is not binaural—it is not even proper stereo; it is dual mono, the lowest form of "stereo". I say this as a perfectionist recordist with 30 years experience in real stereo and 40 years experimenting with binaural.

Click bait. This really should be removed.

I skipped through this in about a minute; that's all it took to confirm suspicions generated in the first 10 seconds.

'Real stereo'
https://www.tnt-audio.com/topics/realstereo_e.html
is characterized by creating, on playback, a virtual image of what is being recorded; an acoustic equivalent to a visual holographic image. To my mind and to other engineers who have bothered to investigate this in detail, there is only one pre-eminent technique for accomplishing this with loudspeakers and that is the so-called Blumlein technique i.e., a crossed figure of eight pair of microphones. Playback needs to be via speakers in a good acoustic environment and at angles of ±45º relative to the listener's frontal axis. Ideally the playback should be capable of passing the mono test, where a mono signal appears to come from a very tightly defined position centred between the speakers. Allan Blumlein took out the world's first patent on stereo in 1931 and his technique has not been improved upon yet—at least for two speaker playback.
Optimally done, the playback speakers disappear as apparent sources of the sound.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2019 at 01:40 UTC

I guess the presenter doesn't have a clue what binaural sound is, even though he is careful to use that exotic-sounding term in the title.
This, emphatically, is not binaural—it is not even proper stereo; it is dual mono, the lowest form of "stereo". I say this as a perfectionist recordist with 30 years experience in real stereo and 40 years experimenting with binaural.

Click bait. This really should be removed.

I skipped through this in about a minute; that's all it took to confirm suspicions generated in the first 10 seconds.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2019 at 16:36 UTC as 25th comment | 3 replies
On article Ricoh GR comparative review (48 comments in total)

Yes.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2019 at 22:53 UTC as 3rd comment
On photo Venus - Moon - Jupiter in Kukla's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Wow!

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2019 at 19:37 UTC as 1st comment
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pro photo 2011: Update:

1. The D-LUX 7 and its predecessor the Typ 109 do not have the same physical dimensions. The 7 is slightly narrower by 3mm. That means a 109 half case will not fit.

2. There is no external battery charger provided. You must charge the battery while it is inside the camera. Or you can get one plus extra batteries on eBay.

Under "in the box" on the B+H website it also lists a CF D Flash Unit. Is this actually true?

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2019 at 07:56 UTC
On article DPReview TV Episode 1: Sony a7 III review (336 comments in total)

They were always my favorite reviewers.
Welcome!
Good move, DPR!

Link | Posted on May 2, 2018 at 02:06 UTC as 33rd comment
On article 2017 Roundup: Fixed Prime Lens Cameras (472 comments in total)

Once again, listed as a limitation in the mention of the GRII there is reference to the mono microphone, as was the case in the full review of the original GR in 2013. It is STEREO and sounds good, to boot.

I have mentioned this years ago to DP reiview, but the error remains in the specs list for the original GR.

I would have thought it would be easy to change, but—maybe it's not....?

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2018 at 21:25 UTC as 9th comment
On article Ricoh GR comparative review (48 comments in total)

Somehow it seems to have got lost in the mists of time that the original GR (this one) had stereo recording capabilities in video mode, not mono as indicated in the specifications above.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2018 at 21:19 UTC as 4th comment
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Jeff Greenberg: Only The Youngning die good.

Not impressed with your attempts at humour, Greenberg.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2017 at 19:30 UTC
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Jeff Greenberg: Worst of all about this tragedy,
it reminds me I can't do even one proper pull-up.

Is that the worst of all, Greenberg?

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2017 at 19:29 UTC
On a photo in the Panasonic Lumix G Leica 15mm F1.7 sample gallery sample gallery (1 comment in total)

Note the hang glider near the centre.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2017 at 01:57 UTC as 1st comment
On article Leica Q In-depth Review (1243 comments in total)
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Cariboou: Sorry but 4.300,00 $ are too much also for this great camera

I can't afford it either, but I still think it's fair value considering everything, including the heritage and experience behind this camera. The colours, the bokeh in the images it produces are just right to my eyes and that's worth something, even if I can't afford it!

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2016 at 01:07 UTC
On article Leica Q In-depth Review (1243 comments in total)
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krloz: I really wanted to purchase the Sony, but in the image quality department (at least judging from DP review's testing) the Q's looks much sharper and resolve detail way better than the Sony. It seems Sony's image look kind of blurry. I am shocked. Is it right? Too bad te Leica is out of reach budget wise.

Absurd as in excellent?

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2016 at 00:48 UTC
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