G Davidson

Lives in Japan Kashiwa, Japan
Works as a Teacher
Joined on Jan 14, 2007
About me:

Future plan- to make books with my photos fused with poetry. At the moment, they are in online galleries and photo-blogs, like-

http://daylifepics.blogspot.com/
http://momentsofinfinity.blogspot.com/

Equipment-

Nikon D300,
Nikon D5100
Nikon D3100
Panasonic LX5
Canon G9

SB-800 Flash
Velbon QHD-41 Monopod

Lenses-

Note- I try to stick to 'bright' lenses, so as to control the depth of field and to have a brighter image in the viewfinder, though for traveling and ultra-wide angles I compromise on this.

Nikon 24mm f/2.8D.......................(street photography, walk-around)
Nikon 28mm f/2.8D.......................(events, walk-around)
Nikon 35mm f/1.8 D.....................(my other walk-around)
Nikon 50mm f/1.4D.......................(low light and portraits)
Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX................(events, weddings)
Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR..........(for traveling light)
Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 VR........(travel)
Nikon 35-70mm f/2.8D...................(my DX portrait zoom)
Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 VRII.........(nature, travel, candids)
Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 ED AF..........(candids, nature)

Tokina 12-24mm f/4 ATX Pro-DX.......(wide landscapes, events)
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 HSM....................(portraits, details, bokeh, low-light)
Tamron 90mm SP AF f/2.8 Di...........(macro with amazing, beautiful bokeh)

I recently sold on my Nikon 24-50mm AF, Nikon 70-300mm ED AF and Tokina 28-70mm AT-X AF SV, as they are not so useful on DX and their ranges are covered better by the lenses above.

Most Wanted Lenses-

70-200mm VR
85mm f/1.4D
17-55mm f/2.8 AF-S DX Nikon/ another equivalent zoom for DX, like the Tamron 17-50mm version

Comments

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ArcaSwiss: Amazing how many experts there are here, NOT. Why do you think this isn't an improvement over the other DP2 Merrills ? Surely Sigma knows what they are doing.

I'd have to agree. Wading through the comments, a lot of people are simply worried this will compromise the colour capture that makes Foveon what it is. Well, if it is still uniquely detailed and can make it to a usable ISO1600 or so, plus allows video, it may well be a success as the 'other camera'. Ultimately, we'll have to wait and see and hopefully there'll be samples released soon.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2014 at 01:21 UTC
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dosdan: To effectively use this will require a very sharp lens, (probably a prime), but it could be a breakthrough in some architecture, fashion and for certain landscape shooting situations.

It strikes me that the Ricoh purchase of Pentax will probably lead to the adoption of a Ricoh attitude to firmware updates, where significant improvements, and even new features, continue to be provided by firmware updates for a relatively long time.

Super-resolution/Super-sampling, which is rumoured to be coming in future cameras, (though similar manipulation of the SR system), may even be retro-enabled in the K-3.

http://www.photoacute.com/tech/superresolution_faq.html
http://almalence.com/doc/superresolution-comparison

Dan.

Very interesting technique at getting dramatically better results from existing sensors. If this was used automatically on a K3, I could see it performing like a medium-format camera.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2014 at 03:15 UTC
On article Nikon Coolpix P600, P530, S9700 go big on zoom range (45 comments in total)

Can I just say I'd be interested in that zoom range? With my P510, I'm capturing scenes that would otherwise be impossible to even see with my naked eyes and it does have a lot of creative potential, hopefully matched with a better sensor.

Still, I agree that leaving out Raw, 60fps video and a hotshot is perplexing in a camera like this, especially as they are positioning the P600 as 'higher end'. It puts me in 'wait and see' mode for other company's options.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2014 at 02:12 UTC as 5th comment
On article Adobe expands Photoshop and Lightroom offer (628 comments in total)
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InTheMist: Don't forget, once you're bought in, they can INCREASE the price at any time and you have no choice but to pay!

Okay, like people are saying you can indeed cancel, but what if by the end of the year you're pretty much dependent on it? Then you're much more at the mercy of their pricing system then if you'd never started.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2013 at 21:50 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Review (611 comments in total)
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white shadow: I was looking anxiously for an upgrade to my GF1 but I think I may have to wait or get the E-P5.

I am not so concern about having an EVF but having one may be useful at times if it is good. In this case, the EVF is only "so-so" and worse, even suffer from "rainbow effect". Besides, the protruding eyecup gets in the way when one is trying to put it away in a pouch.

Panasonic's first attempt to include IBIS is not too good so the additional feature is a waste of time.

Although I shoot in Aperture Priority mode most of the time but I do shoot in P or Auto mode sometimes. Its tendancy to choose unnecessary smaller aperture while at these modes is disappointing.

Overall, its not too bad but would not convince me to rush in to buy one. Meanwhile, I will carry on using my faithful GF1 for Micro 4/3. The Oly EM-1 is tempting but maybe just a bit big for the format.

I may consider an E-P5 once I find out more about the "shutter shock" problem.

I think you should try it out in a store and see if the viewfinder is as bad (for you) as you fear. I personally prefer the E-P5/EM1 one a lot more, but you pay a price in size.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2013 at 22:00 UTC
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AndyHWC: Surprised no reference or mention of the 18-105mm VR. I wonder how is the new 18-140 stack up against the good old 18-105mm.

My thoughts exactly. This seems to me to be the nearest 'competition' and the lens it's replacing as the higher-end kit. If it does much better on newer sensors, that's news in itself.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2013 at 14:17 UTC

It is a total rip-off, so Nikon is right to go after them. It would have been better all along if they had reached some agreement where they'd expand the base of low-end Nikon 1 family compatible cameras and Nikon could sell lenses and accessories, a la m4/3. If m4/3 can eat into DSLR territory, this could take a big chunk of the otherwise shrinking compact market. Other partners could emerge too, the cheap 1-inch sensors making for varied, scalable designs.

But I guess that just makes too much sense and despite appearances, this was all just a copy.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 00:09 UTC as 14th comment
On article Ten items you should have in your camera bag (288 comments in total)
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Gesture: Good thoughts, also 25 centers for the phone booth ... oh, scratch that.

Small LED flashlight?

Re. High CRI flashlight, thanks for the suggestion, I could see this replacing a small flash in many situations.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2013 at 21:00 UTC
On article Google+ gets improved Raw-to-JPEG conversion (50 comments in total)
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forpetessake: If that is a solution, then what is the problem?

True cloud storage and sharing, with many companies competing to be the obiquitous standard. Dropbox was arguably first, but the race has just begun.

Being able to have viewable raws in moments, without resorting to clunky solutions like in-camera editing, seems to me a step in that direction for photogs.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2013 at 02:44 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review (2082 comments in total)

Just looking at the extreme amount of comments is telling. It seems there is a strong interest in m4/3, even if the time when just the right model to really take off is still to come.

One thing holding them back is the lack of pro use to aspire to. To my mind, with all the latest models offer, all they need are some very bright (f0.95-1.2), autofocusing affordable primes and there will be no need for using a larger format.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2013 at 07:57 UTC as 274th comment | 18 replies

I really should use it and get things right at capture... But they are just too much trouble and with an HDR image I can get pretty much the same effect, arguably even better. What would be good would be digital variable ND filters, set in the camera. It's being able to customize where you apply the darkening effect that is so powerful an option.

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2013 at 22:55 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply
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MarshallG: I appreciate the comment section, and if the editors chose to thin out the vitriolic comments and/or promote the interesting and useful comments to the top, it would meet with my complete satisfaction. Even if it means having some of my comments edited for brevity in mid-sent...

I'd have to agree. All too often mindless complainers get the most attention from the moderators, with pointless accusations of brand bias, mistaken criticisms of methods used, or just here rudeness.

Other than showing their openness to engage with this, it's all a distraction (if an amusing one) from those users who are contributing genuinely useful content. I sometimes wish they'd just delete such comments and privately explain to users how they are breaking the rules than give them so much attention.

I do respect them for allowing comments on reviews at all, though, which can have useful feedback from like-minded enthusiasts. Yet on the whole, the quality of discussion in the 'self-regulated' forums is far higher than in the comments section, this one included!

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2013 at 15:23 UTC
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kriztian: There are tons of program with the same type of filter as in Instagram. It´s totally not interesting anymore. It seems to me like this is a promotion for Instagram rather than a serious Contest.

Since we are all familiar with the filters, perhaps it makes more sense as level ground for a competition?

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2013 at 11:42 UTC

It seems pretty pointless to me, but the very fact it exists shows the iPhone camera's power as a software-rich, always-connected device. Even having Wi-Fi in cameras can't compete with it's 3G capabilities.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2013 at 11:28 UTC as 1st comment

I actually think this is still an idea with potential, even if the appeal is not so wide. There are some beautiful, simple, not to mention affordable film cameras out there, in many ways as cameras surpassing their digitized descendants.

It would need a better crop factor, presumably modern high ISO and great auto white balance. Also, achieving perfect focus might be a challenge with the risk of back-focus. Aside from that all the disadvantages listed are features of film and just by being digital it's much more convenient to use with those old cameras.

As far as economics goes, no I don't think it makes too much sense unless you absolutely love using those cameras. But after all, who collects digital watches?

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2013 at 17:12 UTC as 70th comment
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reginalddwight: The forecast for Nikon and other Japanese camera makers is grim.

Nikon shares are trading 32% lower this year.

Their biggest slide comes from the 48% decline in compacts (with "only" a 6% drop in DSLRs).

As their company President Kimura hinted last month, Nikon are looking to tap into the smartphone market by creating a product that will "change the concept of cameras".

A Nikon smartphone, anyone?

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Well why not, if it's Smartphones that are selling an replacing compacts. They don't even have to dominate there to make a nice little earner, perhaps just with camera modules/processing with 'Nikon Colours'.

I feel the concept of connected cameras isn't enough- the Smart advantage is only needing to take along one item. It's not only a threat to compact cameras, but game consoles, MP3 players, GPS and everything else. Now how about a Smartphone with interchangeable camera modules, with tiny folding optics? Don't be surprised if Nikon thinks outside the box on this.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2013 at 09:14 UTC
On article Nikkor 18-140mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR hints at mid-range DSLR (181 comments in total)
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ruicarv79: WTH?
The first question that pop out my mind was: why?
What about an update for the big, heavy and old Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8G?
Or a new f/4 lens?
Or a f/2.8-4?
Helloooo?
Clearly seems to me that this was made to compete with Canon's 18-135... It's 5mm longer! What a selling point!

(Sorry for repost, the site said it didn't go up.)

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2013 at 15:55 UTC
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svx94: If Nikon pay attention to Fuji's X forums, and how many Nikon-Fuji adapters sold, it is not hard to figure out that those are the people Nikon LOST (with me being one of them). Nikon 1 is a disaster, face it.

Too true. Most Nikon users want a mirrorless they can effectively use third lenses on, not with a 2.7x crop. I'm personally hoping for the DX mirrorless system that will support AF, lens corrections and so on. But right now Fuji looks like the best option in that area.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2013 at 13:22 UTC
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