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-



Nikon D300,
Nikon D5100
Nikon D3100
Panasonic LX5
Canon G9

SB-800 Flash
Velbon QHD-41 Monopod


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


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If this can do better than the not-so-well reviewed Olympus one, whilst being a lot lighter than the Panasonic offering, it could be a very nice choice for a travel ser-up.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2013 at 14:05 UTC as 11th comment

Looking more at the P520 on Nikon's site, this seems to be a surprisingly minimal update. Same shooting speed, EVF, lens, only questions remain about whether the sensor, AF and VR are really better, as the P510 has a lot of trouble autofocusing at longer lengths and is very smudged above base ISO. The battery life was already pretty bad and now worse, but at least they include a charger now!

Yet, leaving aside the lack of raw or a hotshoe, which I really find hard to fathom, if it really is a better photo-taking machine, the update will be worthy.

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2013 at 14:36 UTC as 6th comment

So what's really new for the P5200? Higher resolution sensor, but does it have better high (or even medium) ISO? Better VR? I was hoping especially for better AF and a Raw mode, but no word about those. As for the lens, it's long enough for me, but maybe a hard sell when the competition is offering 1200mm.

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2013 at 06:40 UTC as 11th comment
On article Just Posted: Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Review (163 comments in total)

I think a lot of people are underestimating the importance of this kind of camera. Its true that right now, 'one size doesn't fit all', but in the future the versatility of something like this could well make most other cameras either specialist items, or obsolete. The variety of images possible and their already reasonable quality should really make manufacturers take note. A 'killer' bridge cam could well take off like no other camera before it.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2013 at 13:24 UTC as 41st comment
On article Just Posted: Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Review (163 comments in total)
In reply to:

Steen Bay: Overall a fine/fair review, but can't agree that a tripod almost is a necessity when shooting at full zoom. The IS is so effective that you most often will get sharp images (of at steady subject) at 1/125 sec or so at 1200mm (equivalent), or even at even slower shutterspeeds with a bit of luck. So in good light it's perfectly possible to shoot handheld at base ISO at full zoom.

The great depth of field produced by a small sensor makes for less obvious camera shake, or mis-focus. I don't think you could do this on a DSLR.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2013 at 12:45 UTC
On article Just Posted: Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Review (163 comments in total)
In reply to:

Aleo Veuliah: These two cameras, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 and Canon PowerShot SX50 HS, are the best bridge cameras on the market.

I'm wondering that. Wouldn't this be the most apt comparison, as they both have such a long zoom range? Presumably, the Panasonic can only have such a bright lens because it's around have the length. Also, the P510 got a silver award but this didn't, is this just because of a changed environment, or is it still considered the better camera here?

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2013 at 12:42 UTC
On article Just Posted: Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Review (163 comments in total)
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zinedi: Ridiculous zoom with ridiculous speed 3.4 - 6.5,
ridiculous EVF - 202.000 coloured fuzzy spots,
ridiculous tiny sensor crammed with 12 million hopelessly squeezed pixels trying to catch a one foton,
ridiculous massive force of software necessary to fabricate from this hardware mess some digestible image,
ridiculous plastic fuzzy pictures good to watch on the mobile phone display.

Victory of Vanity Fair over good reason, victory of marketing races over science and technology.

I'm surprised at the vitrol over the attention this camera is getting, but think for a moment. Is there any ither realistic way to get such a large zoom range than use a small sensor? I just got a Nikon P510 for birding and am finding the range fascinating for other uses too, though I'll admit, it, like this is a 'good light' camera and not an 'low light' camera.

I dismissed these bridge cameras too, but in use they are a liberating experience.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2013 at 12:36 UTC
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maniax: Waste of money this digital moviemaking. In 10 years there will be probably some 20mpixel video mode and your 2k/4k old stuff will look crap. While something shot on 35mm film or higher could still have more details.

4k isn't all that much resolution for a lens... I expect they'll work fine on 8k cameras as well, after all they work on 20mp+ DSLRs.

In terms of the video I agree though and thanks for your insight, 4k digital won't stand the test of time as well as modern film will, yet I expect it's a lot easier to deal with.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2013 at 10:05 UTC
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Mssimo: Does autofocus work with the adaptors?

That's what would make or break it for me. I suspect it doesn't, as the AF is proprietary.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2013 at 07:46 UTC
On article Just Posted: Fujifilm X100S first-look preview (142 comments in total)
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IrishhAndy: Thought I'd get in before the crowds. Looks like a nice cam but over prived and a kick in the teeth for XE 1 owners.

I'm afraid that's just the way it is with technology these days. Despite the high prices and rangefinder looks these are internally computers, with incremental upgrades planned in advance. Either be prepared to pay a lot more, or keep enjoying what you have until the next set of 'irresistible' upgrades, as its never going to end.

In this case of course it's an upgrade to a different line, it will be a while before this makes it to their more versatile interchangeable models. It is a scary thing to invest in a camera, especially lower-end ones that chane more often, but that's the whole technology thing.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2013 at 22:41 UTC
On article Canon Powershot N first impressions (108 comments in total)
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mosswings: We're moving closer to the modular, wearable camera at blinding speed, driven by the rapid collapse of the casual camera market. Imagine bluetooth-pairing this "capture" module with a wearable viewfinder like Google's Glass or Vuzix's Smart Glasses:
And you get where both the consumer communication and imaging market may be headed. Enthusiast formats could benefit from this as well - the eyeglass portion of the image capture system could incorporate extremely high resolution monitors. You could still use big ol' lenses if you wanted, except now you'd snap on a tiny capture module and you'd hold them like a camcorder or a beer can on its side.
Although this isn't a replacement for enthusiast cameras, it is a hopeful sign that at least some legacy manufacturers are thinking out of the box.

I've recently had people visit me here in Japan, where they've also done a fair bit of traveling. Whereas years ago they used to bring simple compacts, now it's all iPhones and their photos are probably better. Certainly it's less to carry. So yes, from what I see, casual photography is moving to smart phones, in a way it never could to the dumb ones.

Then, when friends want something better, they aren't so often going for a better compact. More are getting entry-level DSLRs or mirrorless. Deservedly or not, the reputation of compacts is 'not good enough' and in terms of end results, not much better than their phones.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2013 at 13:49 UTC
On article Canon Powershot N first impressions (108 comments in total)

A very interesting camera. I too remember the heady days of early digital cameras, where the movable nature of the LCD lead to many unorthodox, but possibly very usable designs. This seems a return to that, though I admit that a cell-phone camera with all it's apps is hard to compete with for instant uploading.

I could see this being a fun and creative 'take-anywhere' camera, with pleasingly unpredictable results. Even with all the 'fun' filters on cameras these days, it's not so much fun to use them if you know what you'll be getting. You don't always need all the sharp detail a digital camera is capable of... But it's nice to see it will save an unfiltered photo alongside it.

My only concern is that the filters I've seen on cameras are way cruder than those in the best apps, like Instagram, or Hipstamatic, where they have so much character. I hope they can be as striking and on this camera.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2013 at 13:39 UTC as 33rd comment
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G Davidson: I wish they'd just make an interchangable lens option, who wants to buy the set just to have the variety of lengths?

I have what is probably the same 19mm lens from the DP1 in m4/3 mount and it works fine, though it's a bit bulky. Probably this is mostly marketing-speak, though they may adapt the lens housing specially for each model.

Maybe they are waiting for the technology to develop (high ISO, HD video) before they commit to a Fuji Pro-1 style interchangable version. Denying one is in the works would help sales of this, but I can't imagine they'll hold off forever. Many would buy all three lenses, the trick is to have a marketable system in an already crowded space.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2013 at 13:26 UTC

I wish they'd just make an interchangable lens option, who wants to buy the set just to have the variety of lengths?

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2013 at 08:27 UTC as 56th comment | 9 replies

This looks like a good all-around camera for someone who doesn't want to get into DSLR's, though it still rests on it's IQ. If there is any benefit from the new sensor, that long zoom range might be interesting to use, though images usually get so soft it's like using a teleconverter. When someone gets one of these right, it would be great for birding.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2013 at 22:11 UTC as 21st comment | 4 replies
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chadley_chad: So every decent spec camera that's not DSLR shaped gets called a NEX wannabe ... Interesting!

So yet another new camera gets blasted for not having a built in EVF ... Stupid!
If you want an EVF buy a NEX 6 or 7 ... Not everyone wants or needs an EVF and those that do, look elsewhere ... Simple!

NX & NEX kind of similar name isn't it?. They really should have got together the way Olympus and Panasonic did. Despite being fierce competitors, maybe they will, with AF-ing adapters?

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2013 at 00:48 UTC
On article 2012: The year in mobile photography (42 comments in total)

Fantastic survey of what is one of the most democratic (and exciting) area of photography right now. There is no doubt that as sensors improve, smaller ones suffice. Also, regarding Hipstamatic, whilst I often wish they'd let me simultaneously save a 'normal', unfiltered photo, there's also no denying that making it a one-off capture is a very powerful approach and one that get's me using my iPhone camera more. I'd venture to say that their photos get almost no post-processing other than the app's processes- a rare thing in the often convoluted 'workflow' of digital photography.

Also, regarding Instagram, I think they really were planning to use user's photos in advertising, though maybe not sell them per say. Luckily they backed down and people like me were able to keep their account going. Also, like a lot of people I use it more to share DSLR/compact photos rather than mobile ones. For me mobile photography is more about the sharing than the taking.

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2013 at 14:49 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
On article Best Camera of 2012: And the Winner is... (1412 comments in total)
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noonecantellimadog: Have to say I really love my em-5. Menus from other brands ARE hard at first. Funny thing is that is not a fault of the platform per se. Guess i'm glad I got on board with epl2 and EPL3. Easy now. Two ff and an mu43. Guess we know where aps-c stands.

But I can't see full frame getting the wide adoption APS-C has, at least unless their price and size drops dramatically. Also, don't forget the lack of any major APS-C DSLR releases this year by the main players. It will be interesting to see how a D8000 or 7D MkII fare if they come next year.

Presumably, they'll have pro autofocus and build and 20mp+ sensors that will rival full-frame in mid-range ISO.

Link | Posted on Jan 2, 2013 at 02:53 UTC
On article Best Camera of 2012: And the Winner is... (1412 comments in total)

People, people, let's first of all just admit that here Olympus won fair and square. A company that more or less kick-started the consumer digital camera; I remember a time when just about all digicams I saw were by Olympus; has won and not just here.

Secondly, let's see why? They offer a sensor that is good enough compared even to full-frame for many user's usual uses. 35mm film, lets remember, outclassed medium format not with quality, but with convenience. Plus, together with Panasonic and others they offer a very broad range of good lenses. Their 'affordable' lenses are often a lot better than DSLR ones, or at least more efficient users of light, unencumbered by design constraints based around film.

DSLRs are fighting back, this year with the new full-frame models with unprecedented IQ, but can they ever compete with the convenience of a mirrorless system? Can they even stay relevant when better small sensors and AF units emerge? That's a question for the future to answer.

Link | Posted on Jan 2, 2013 at 01:04 UTC as 267th comment | 3 replies
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