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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On article Sony a9: Why being better might not be enough (765 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 132nd 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 (391 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 124th comment
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (891 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 152nd 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

No wonder Nikon lenses are so expensive, it is all the sneaky journalists not returning them adding to the cost for the general public ;)

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2017 at 09:26 UTC as 32nd comment

I think most professionals do use Canon and Nikon for weddings if using a DSLR so hardly surprising they said this. I see the original article was amended to include other unspecified brands. The reality though is that many people associate Canon and Nikon with professional photography, a few more would include brands like Hasselblad or possibly Lieca. So whilst other brands do perfectly good cameras and would be ideal for wedding photography I expect many pros would stick to Canon and Nikon because of the brand associations with pros. Not right but how it is.

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2016 at 10:20 UTC as 169th comment
On article Kodak Ektra 'photography' smartphone goes on sale (90 comments in total)
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Random Photographer: Remember that this isn't the same 'Kodak' that we all know and love(d). This is a foreign-owned company that purchased their trademark/name, hired a few designers and purchased in-bulk standard OEM parts to sell a product to nostalgic customers. No thanks. Let me know when the actual people behind Nokia and their imaging department finally come back to the mobile market, last I heard they moved to Microsoft - let see if they do anything with it.

To me Kodak has always been a foreign company. Kodak are an example of how companies can become complacent and arrogant and lose touch with the market. However, as someone whos first camera was an Instamatic, (I think I got it for my 10th birthday in 67) I am sad that the company failed.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 08:52 UTC

For the target market it is an excellent product for the majority of readers here it missed the mark and LR/CC subscription is more likely to hit the mark.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2016 at 04:57 UTC as 11th comment

Some people are never satisfied. This site seems to take pleasure in complaining about everything. Sure I know a review site needs to be critical but it needs to be balanced and yet again we have another unbalanced article. It is a sad state of affairs when companies press releases give a more balanced view than a publications editorial content.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 10:45 UTC as 87th comment | 5 replies

Personally I rarely use my smart phone camera but I know I am unusual in this day and age, I carry around a high end compact because it gives me the control that I want but for most this is not wanted or needed. The author of this article is right that smart phones do matter, they have decimated the low and lower mid end market. However, I think they will encourage more people to get bridge cameras, high end compacts and a small number to get dSLRs or film cameras to progress with the type of photography they are into. Camera manufacturers need to adapt the the new world and those that do will thrive, those that don't will fall by the wayside in a similar way to many of the manufacturers did in the change from film to digital.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2016 at 07:47 UTC as 287th comment | 2 replies

Interesting list and as a 5D3 user I am happy to see it in there. My list would include the 7D but then as an ex 7D user I recognise that could be my bias. I like that the 5D2 is in as it was a game changer. I do wonder at the omission of the Nikon 800D which I think is a great camera, but maybe it wasn't the game changer we thought when compared to the more recently released 5DS/R.

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2016 at 08:40 UTC as 22nd comment

My first thought is I hate being photographed or filmed, so does it include a way to automatically delete images of the operator?

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2016 at 10:15 UTC as 3rd comment

I am thinking lawyers must love these sort of cases as they will likely make a fortune.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2016 at 10:12 UTC as 33rd comment | 2 replies
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noflashplease: Oddly enough, this looks like a worthwhile sensor for a variety of Raspberry Pi projects. Great news, and certainly more interesting than the typical article about iPhone accessories.

I suspect if Amazon discover how to make a phone that is successful then dpreview will only write about Amazon phone accessories;) Maybe in the meantime they might discover that there are other equally good phones beside the over priced apple ones.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2016 at 20:12 UTC
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