paulbysea

Lives in United Kingdom Brighton, United Kingdom
Joined on Apr 11, 2010
About me:

Self deprecating talentless amateur photographer hoping to become better. Biggest impediment to overcoming low opinion of photographic skills is having an extremely talented and successful photographer as a sibling. I strive to improve, think I have then I am shown some of their recent photos and realise that I still have a long way to go. This could be very depressing if it wasn't for the fact that I am having fun which is why I do it. This and that I can see that my photos are slowly getting better, bit by small bit encourage me to continue with this wonderful past time.

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The only camera related damage I have ever experienced due to being in hold luggage was a tripod head being damaged, I had put in at the bottom and to the edge of a suitcase, I learnt from this and pack accordingly. Whenever I have had to put any other camera gear in the hold luggage, which has been more often than I would like to be honest, it has come through unscathed. Why? Well probably putting camera or lenses in the middle of the suit case surrounded by clothes helped. I expect the person who suffered this damage had their camera at the edge rather than the centre of the case.

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2017 at 07:31 UTC as 106th comment
On article Five useful photo apps for travelers (67 comments in total)

As ever this site forgets that most of the world uses an android phone. Wonder how much the sites owners, Amazon, get paid by Apple for this continuing and obvious bias.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2017 at 08:04 UTC as 14th comment

It is a gimmick, no doubt one that will sell well to people with more money than sense. That being said the photographer with a studio lighting set up got a great result but the vast majority of smart phone users would not get such a good result and will be disappointed.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 09:49 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply

Interesting review. I do wonder though how often the difference in sharpness would be noticed in the real world between the Sigma and Canon/Nikon lenses? What I noticed most about the review and was irritated by was that whilst two imperial measurements were given for the weight of the lens, a metric weight wasn't. When is the USA going to enter into the 21st century and use metric measurements?

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2017 at 08:07 UTC as 13th comment | 9 replies

My view it whether you are in Mac or PC camp is similar to the Nikon Canon and more recently Sony debate. It is all down to personal choice and the compromises you are prepared to make. I like Canon, know it is not perfect but the ergonomics and range of bodies and lenses work for. I have used Mac and PC and decided that whilst I like much about the Mac the PC makes financial sense and as work was a PC environment it was best to still with PC at home. For different people to me and the author the choice might swing the other way. There is not a right choice here, just the choice that works for each individual

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 08:29 UTC as 174th comment
On article Ten ways to shake 'photographer's block' for good (90 comments in total)

Recently when I was feeling stuck and not enjoying photography as much as normal I offered my services to a small local charity, one that I already supported for a fund raising event. This forced me to go out and take photos, approach my photography in a different way and at a different pace. As a result I regained my motivation and enjoyment as well as learning a lot. Most importantly though the charity raised a good sum and the selling of my photographs added to this. A win all round.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2017 at 16:35 UTC as 26th comment
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paulbysea: Good, idiots like this need to be discouraged. My local airport had to be shutdown for a while because of someone flying a drone very close by. Hopefully it won't take a crash and the loss of many lives to get people to realise drones are potentially dangerous to aircraft.

You are being pedantic and missing the point of my post.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2017 at 06:35 UTC

Good, idiots like this need to be discouraged. My local airport had to be shutdown for a while because of someone flying a drone very close by. Hopefully it won't take a crash and the loss of many lives to get people to realise drones are potentially dangerous to aircraft.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2017 at 07:43 UTC as 18th comment | 2 replies

Not really very surprising. What is surprising though is that DPreview does not seem to realise yet that most people buy into a system and don't swap just because of one body or lens. Until Sony develop a system of comparable size to Canon or Nikon they will continue to struggle to be be taken seriously. I am with Canon and am unlikely to change because if my investment in bodies and lenses from them. Sure the Sony cameras are appealing but it would be financially ruinous to change systems. For this reason and that I like the ergonomics of Canon I will stick with them for as long as I can carry a dSLR and long lens around.

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2017 at 09:12 UTC as 31st comment | 25 replies
On article How do you know you need a new camera? (410 comments in total)
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BeaverTerror: I read this article expecting some good advice from a professional camera reviewer, to hear the experience of someone who handles more cameras than I ever could. To my disappointment, the advice is simply to "upgrade when you feel like you need to". Thank you for wasting my time. I'm finding myself visiting this site less and less these days. It used to be that this site was a great resource for accurate, impartial information. These days the small number of real articles are drowned out by a vast horde of filler.

I disagree entirely, I think this is an excellent article about how someone makes the decision to upgrade, possibly the best article of the year so far. Unless you are a total gear head who has to have the latest gear then there are many reasons to factor in and this includes some of them. Would like to see more articles like this where staffers talk honestly about why they choose to change/upgrade or stick with current kit.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2017 at 04:17 UTC
On article Sony a9: Why being better might not be enough (767 comments in total)

This article states the obvious really, that pro photographers and serious amateurs buy into a system not a camera body. Gear heads buy the latest body from another manufacturer because it does one or two things better whilst ignoring that they are throwing out the baby with the bath water. I choose the Canon system some years ago because I liked the ergonomics of the bodies and Canon had lenses that I wanted. Now I am unlikely to change and I expect many others feel the same whether they shoot Nikon something else. That being said I am sure for certain niches of photography people will change because it does what they want, but for the vast majority of photographers, they will stick with their chosen system. A good camera and one that I would be happy to own but know I won't due to a large investment in Canon lenses etc.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 14:07 UTC as 133rd comment
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paulbysea: They mention cameras. What about unmounted lenses? I think a body wrapped well will probably be OK in checked luggage, a lens I think is more delicate and the bouncing around bags get is more of an issue for them. So I would like DPR to investigate whether the US and UK ban includes lenses or not.

@Lan, Well that is an indictment of the UK baggage handlers. I have flown across Far East, Australia and Africa with items not touched. Also how many friends have flown with valuables in checked bags and not had them stolen. People usually only remark on bad experiences so you won't know about all the people who have done it without loss. Plus if you are flying and want to take your camera gear etc with you it is a risk you have to take. It is not always possible to hire gear you want or need at your destination. I travel a fair amount and always have a camera and lenses with me, part of the experience is photographing places and things I don't get to shoot at home so not having a camera is not an option.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2017 at 09:57 UTC
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paulbysea: They mention cameras. What about unmounted lenses? I think a body wrapped well will probably be OK in checked luggage, a lens I think is more delicate and the bouncing around bags get is more of an issue for them. So I would like DPR to investigate whether the US and UK ban includes lenses or not.

@Lan After 911 when we were limited to small bags I kept my lenses in my hand luggage and camera body in hold luggage on numerous flights and it was always there at the destination. I think theft from baggage is exaggerated and with increase security baggage will likely be under cctv supervision much of the time to prevent people putting things in bags. I am much more concerned about damage than theft.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 15:12 UTC

They mention cameras. What about unmounted lenses? I think a body wrapped well will probably be OK in checked luggage, a lens I think is more delicate and the bouncing around bags get is more of an issue for them. So I would like DPR to investigate whether the US and UK ban includes lenses or not.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 13:50 UTC as 28th comment | 8 replies

I think my favourite is the 300L F4 IS.
Pretty old now but sometimes I am still drawn to it over my 100-400 mk2, always seem to manage to get excellent results with the 300.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 13:45 UTC as 104th comment
On article Throwback Thursday: Our first cameras (392 comments in total)

My first camera was a kodak instamatic, given to me as a 10th Birthday present. I moved on within a few years to grabbing my dad's Zenith when I could. Bought my first SLR at 19, an Practica MTL3, which lasted a few years before being traded in.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2017 at 08:10 UTC as 126th comment
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (890 comments in total)

Having used both I think optical for now. In a few years time this may well change. For much of my photography an EVF does not work well and when I do want to see an electronic image, then I can use the screen on the back of my dSLR.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2017 at 08:48 UTC as 154th comment

Wouldn't be seen dead wearing something like this.

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2017 at 08:58 UTC as 21st comment
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paulbysea: Still seems like good value to me. And if you don't like it, go and use an inferior product that costs less.

Having tried the others I will stick with Adobe.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2017 at 12:10 UTC

Still seems like good value to me. And if you don't like it, go and use an inferior product that costs less.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 09:09 UTC as 90th comment | 3 replies
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