tombell1

Lives in United Kingdom Exeter, United Kingdom
Works as a Medical Practitioner
Joined on Feb 2, 2005
About me:

My photographic interests lie in capturing the countryside and its animals, flora and
fauna
Nikon FE2
Nikon F3
Pentax MEsuper
Fuji S602Zoom
Canon A640
Pentax 1ST DS
Pentax K200D
Primes
Pentax 50/1.7 A
Pentax 135/ 3.5 M
Pentax SMC 135/2.8 M
Pentax SMC 24/2.8 M
Pentax 50/2.8 M Macro
Pentax DA 21/3.5
Pentax FA 35/2
Pentax FA77/1.9 Ltd
Zooms
Sigma 10-20
Sigma 17-70
Sigma 18-200
Sigma 70-300 APO Macro
Pentax DA18-55 WR

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Battery life seems such a small deal for a photographer ... just carry spares!!! Where IBIS is life changingAlso enables you to use lower ISO in poor light

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2021 at 00:04 UTC as 14th comment | 19 replies
On article DPReview TV: Fujifilm X-E4 first impressions review (92 comments in total)
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justmeMN: In the event that you don't know it, a Pulse Oximeter is an important COVID-19 tool. They are widely available at drug stores. With one, you can make sure that your lung function isn't "silently" getting worse.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/24/well/live/coronavirus-pulse-oximeter-oxygen.html

Speaking as an MD ...you can become dangerously hypoxic without knowwing it. An oximeter can save your life

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2021 at 23:04 UTC
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arrr: Dang... she’s kinda ugly but not so ugly. Weird.

The grip is essential for me!

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2021 at 14:32 UTC

Each to their own. I had an Olympus EM5 which was gorgeous to look at but in the end I wanted a camera that had sensible menus and a decent grip ... so I went to a Panasonic G85. Great camera ... not a thing of beauty but much easier for me to use than a Olympus. Now the OM1 has a nice grip but ...
Like wise the Xe3/4 have a poor grip ( for me) ....and the XH1 is too big. So that is why the XS10 is attractive to me....

I still have my Panasonic ... but the XS10 has a better IQ than the Olympus and is smaller ... so now for me no contest

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2021 at 14:31 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply
On article Fujifilm X-T200 sample gallery (45 comments in total)
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troppe: Fuji film simulations look a lot better on Bayer sensor. X-Trans should be ditched.

I am very happy with Bayer on Fuji. Loved my X100 and the XT100 is a great little camera ... slow but wonderful results.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2020 at 21:02 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-H1 Review (1584 comments in total)
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daellis: I've got both the X-T3 and X-H1 ( which is an absolute steal these days!) and am not sure which is the better choice. I recently shot an NFL football game from the sidelines with both and can't tell the difference in quality between the images from each camera. On the one hand, the X-T3 focus seems a bit snappier, while the IBIS in the X-H1 gives you confidence to shoot quickly with the 100-400 long zoom. That said, I also shoot on the streets and the size of the X-H1 is too intrusive for stealthy situations--you might as well go full-frame DSLR. Depends what you're shooting. Take your pick, can't go wrong either way.

I find the combo of either XH1 and X100F ... or now the little XT200 very useful with small primes

Link | Posted on May 23, 2020 at 15:49 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Fujifilm X100V hands-on preview (100 comments in total)
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zakaria: Nice but still not pocktable.

.......and mine : )

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2020 at 23:11 UTC
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Foto64: Jealous of your walk

As a Northumbrian I can also recommend it ... best going west to east with the prevailing wind at your back.BUT having done this, the Pennine Way, The South West. Oastal Path and the Coast to Coast path there is one that beats all of these ... the Offa’s Dyke from Chepstow to Prestatyn .... just my favourite ever! 🤓

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2018 at 00:45 UTC
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tombell1: They make beautiful classic cameras for those of us who love the look and feel of the camera.
They forge their own path. Long may they be successful.

But I would on balance love it if they did Bayer versions .... I still love the old files i got fom my X100 12 mp camera

To me with their GFX med format using Bayer , and the new bayer apsc and fuji skill with bayer ( see x100) I just dont see the need anymore .... certainly worth having an XT3 bayer option

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2018 at 11:43 UTC

They make beautiful classic cameras for those of us who love the look and feel of the camera.
They forge their own path. Long may they be successful.

But I would on balance love it if they did Bayer versions .... I still love the old files i got fom my X100 12 mp camera

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2018 at 08:16 UTC as 33rd comment | 6 replies
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SMCTakumar: Smart move. They will succeed, their APS-C cameras are becoming the best in class. It's one brand I can see myself switching to, as a current Pentax D-SLR user although not anytime soon because I love the DA Limited lenses.

Exactly, I loved my k5. 11 with wonderful files, heavy but compact .....but I fear it is doomed.

I think people completely miss the point with APSC that the lens size makes all the difference.

Love the X100F btw. I also use m43 for travel. Robin Wong showed what could be achieved and a tiny bag carries Body plus 12/2 17/1.7 25/1.8 45/1.7 .... amazing ..... not of course up to the Fuji . As far as I can see the fuji matches FF till about 64000 .... and I only shoot then when desperate. Also most of us are amateurs so I think we vastly overemphasise equipment over our own limited talents!

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2018 at 08:12 UTC

Its not all about size!

The physical classic style of Fuji make them entirely instinctive. Not like by many ...but loved by some ... including me.

They have a niche which is driven by a passion for a style of thoughtful photography.

They will still be here in 20 years.

My goodness I would love that new small rangefinder medium format camera. Couldnt really justify it?

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2018 at 21:48 UTC as 65th comment
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zakaria: I always like this company but I have a question why fujifilm didn't make their X mount wide enough to accept FF sensors in the future when needed.

To repeat .....APSC has many advantages.

Size of cameras is not the big deal as these are often made bigger to make them easier to handle .... but the lenses are compact and beautiful.

The deeper dof is often helpful .... I used to find the razor thin dof at 1.7 on my 77ltd with a Pentax LX way too thin ....

I see many people wielding enormous cameras ... not always with manifestly better results. Indeed there are blogs with Olympus m43 shooters producing some fantastic work.

Fuji have “ taken the road less travelled by” ... I salute them

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2018 at 21:34 UTC
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SMCTakumar: Smart move. They will succeed, their APS-C cameras are becoming the best in class. It's one brand I can see myself switching to, as a current Pentax D-SLR user although not anytime soon because I love the DA Limited lenses.

I have sadly left the Pentax fold. I held on to my 31/43/77 waiting for the K1

Its a great camera but too heavy for me.

So I went Fuji X100F / Fuji XT1 and am a happy bunny.

Those beautiful lenses were sold. My 20/25 “children “ now have MESupers and are using many old K lenses .... I am happy / sad .... sad to have left Pentax but sooooo happy to have found Fuji!

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2018 at 21:24 UTC
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The Fat Fish: The X-T3 is outstanding and has even drawn attention away from some of the recent disappointing and lacklustre full frame mirrorless releases.

All I want to see now is a Bayer X-T3 with IBIS and I'll buy a couple!

I am sure the X100T is better than the 12mp X100.

I think my X100F is great ... but the problem with my old X100 was its woeful focusing.

I would be v happy with any Bayer 24 mp sensor that the fuji tech guys had their hands on ....

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2018 at 21:19 UTC
On article Photokina 2018: Hands-on with Panasonic Lumix S1R (653 comments in total)

What a panoply of riches!

I love the M43 ... but don't see the point of the latest very fast glass ....but love the G80 with 17/25/45/70 primes ....quite fast, lovely glass and light.

However it is worth thinking of of one of these beauties with a zoom and a 35mm prime ...

I never seek to be impressed by how good at checking photographers needs a TV company like Panasonic is ....

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2018 at 11:23 UTC as 151st comment

Actually that may be 8 years !

Link | Posted on May 15, 2018 at 16:27 UTC as 120th comment

I am not a Sony player. Indeed I have sold out of Pentax F to gonwith Fuji for the quality I need and Panasonic m43 for the compactness on long walks.
However what allies Olympus, Panasonic and Fuji with Sony is innovation and embracing mirrorless technology.
5 years from now no matter how brilliant the mirror will be history.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2018 at 16:26 UTC as 121st comment | 2 replies

Each to their own. I had hung on to my 31/43/77 ltd lenses for Pentax awaiting for YEARS the Pentax K1. When it eventually came it didnt disappoint. BUT. Twelve years have elapsed, I am now in my mid sixties and I love longish distance walking especially on Dartmoor.
So
1/ I am older
2/ My knees are worse

I have realised that the K1 is too hesvy and bulky for ME.

3/ 16-24 mp are adequte for me and always will be.

But what I really value is

4/Traditional feel
5/ Physical controls
6/ Good viewfinder
7/ Weatherproofing

So I really think that my Panasonic G80 with 12-40 and small primes plus Fuji X100f will cover my needs.

It is a relief. I may be tempted in future but the endless wish for “just a bit more” has largely gone. Happy is the day.

It has been painful. I have sold my top Pentax primes and K5 but kept all the old primes for my kids who love film ... they have an LX1 and a ME super respectively. So it goes round!

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2018 at 08:18 UTC as 35th comment
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Georgescanvas: All the technology in the world ain't going to replace the experience of composing through an optical viewfinder.
Long live the mirror.

+1

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2018 at 15:55 UTC
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