Ian Leach

Lives in United Kingdom East Sussex, United Kingdom
Works as a Teacher
Joined on Nov 9, 2007

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On article Prime or zoom? LensRentals investigates (232 comments in total)

Most of the youtube/blog pundits are object (mostly portraits) photographers, they don’t worry much about the edges, they’re normally trying to throw them into softness. When they test lenses they may spend ten minutes talking about the bokeh and don't say anything about the corner sharpness at all.

A few of us like shooting scenes where the corners are as important as the centre. When we bang on about poor sharpness we get the comment ‘sharpness isn’t important’ or ‘only amateurs worry about sharpness’. Saying ‘zooms are as good as primes’ comes from a similar place. It is one group of people not seeing the needs of others.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 10:52 UTC as 75th comment
On article Meet two nomadic photographers who travel full-time (152 comments in total)

The locations are stunning and the photos beautifully done, but the spiritual journey dialogue doesn't sit well with what is clearly a commercial enterprise. Everything in the media now days seems to have loads of deep meaning dialogue attached. I'd prefer 'look at this, it's quite nice'. Maybe I'm just a party pooper.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 16:05 UTC as 43rd comment | 2 replies
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Ian Leach: The roof tops comparison tool is back. Please, please, please do this test for every camera/lens you test, including cheep kit lenses. For scenic photographers it is so much more useful than the studio scene.

When it comes to everything in focus higher f-stop shots, it is not unknown for a cheap lens to shame an expensive one. Sometimes a kit or cheaper lens can be a diamond but how will we know if you don't test them. Also your d3400 doesn't have the rooftops shot in it, which is the test I've been talking about all along.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2016 at 23:44 UTC
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Ian Leach: The roof tops comparison tool is back. Please, please, please do this test for every camera/lens you test, including cheep kit lenses. For scenic photographers it is so much more useful than the studio scene.

Chris, I think it would be helpful if you did camera reviews as camera and lens reviews. You don't test that many lenses of the kit and affordable type. These are the lenses many of us use.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2016 at 21:37 UTC

The roof tops comparison tool is back. Please, please, please do this test for every camera/lens you test, including cheep kit lenses. For scenic photographers it is so much more useful than the studio scene.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2016 at 21:07 UTC as 28th comment | 4 replies
On article Canon EOS M5 real-world sample gallery (240 comments in total)
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Ian Leach: It is amazing how differently people think. I like test photos to show the capabilities of the camera/lens, I’m happy to take the photographers skill for granted. Once again there is no Seattle roof tops scene and once again I am moaning about it. It tests the lens corner to corner and close to far. I realize sharpness everywhere is not for all, but would it be so difficult to include such shots for those who care?

There are so few lens tests that people are obviously going to use any gallery to inspect the lens as well as the camera. However thanks for the reply Samuel Spencer.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 17:50 UTC
On article Canon EOS M5 real-world sample gallery (240 comments in total)

It is amazing how differently people think. I like test photos to show the capabilities of the camera/lens, I’m happy to take the photographers skill for granted. Once again there is no Seattle roof tops scene and once again I am moaning about it. It tests the lens corner to corner and close to far. I realize sharpness everywhere is not for all, but would it be so difficult to include such shots for those who care?

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 17:02 UTC as 42nd comment | 10 replies
On article Fujifilm launches X-A10 as entry-level X-series model (166 comments in total)

DPReview do you know what's happened to the X-A3, it has been pre-order for months but no show.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2016 at 08:29 UTC as 22nd comment | 2 replies
On article Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art real world sample gallery (217 comments in total)
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Ian Leach: Why are the roof tops photos shot at sunset? If you are trying to show what the lens is like at infinity at each aperture, you should shoot on a clear day with the sun behind you. You created a comparison tool for the roof tops views for a few other lenses, why don't you use it more often. I am starting to think you avoid such shots if you think the lens is not up to it.

OK thanks for the reply, but why is the roof top comparison tool seldom used. Quite a few reviews don't include a suitable large depth of field view at all. I'm sure I'm not the only one who would like to see the roof top comparison tool on all reviews.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2016 at 17:59 UTC
On article Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art real world sample gallery (217 comments in total)

Why are the roof tops photos shot at sunset? If you are trying to show what the lens is like at infinity at each aperture, you should shoot on a clear day with the sun behind you. You created a comparison tool for the roof tops views for a few other lenses, why don't you use it more often. I am starting to think you avoid such shots if you think the lens is not up to it.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2016 at 14:42 UTC as 55th comment | 3 replies

The Seattle roof tops photo is missing once again. I'm sure I'm not the only one who would like to see it in every test gallery. I want to know what is the best image quality available, corner to corner, front to back, everything as sharp as possible over a great distance, on a sunny day. It is as important to a scenic photographer as bokeh is to a portrait shooter. Thanks Ian.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2016 at 12:58 UTC as 78th comment

Photoshop and Lightroom take a different approach to editing photos and many prefer one to the other. Therefore it would be helpful to group competitors alike. Serif Photoplus and Corel Paintshop Pro are similar to Photoshop and are a close match in ability. I’m not sure about Lightroom style editors, maybe Serif's new Affinity. It would help readers if DPR came up with lists under style of editing in and in order of power.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2016 at 17:17 UTC as 75th comment
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maksa: The K-S2 is the predecessor, isn’t it?

The body is clearly KSx line but they are calling it Kxx. Is the KSx line dead or are they merging into one body style. If so why two lines?

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2016 at 16:12 UTC

So we are comparing a designed in 1999 diminutive 77mm ltd lens against the hunk of glass which is the Nikkor 85mm 1.4G.

Link | Posted on May 5, 2016 at 23:03 UTC as 117th comment | 7 replies
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Ian Leach: If you don't want to view the photo right away, you don't have to. So what Leica are saying is that they are going to help out people with no self control by removing the screen.

The people who buy it are admitting they have no self control and need help. Let's face it people who buy leica aren't trying to save a bit of money.

Isn't the whole thing a bit demeaning?

Saying 'I think you're overreacting' is fine.

Saying I have a mental illness is overreacting.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2016 at 20:06 UTC

If you don't want to view the photo right away, you don't have to. So what Leica are saying is that they are going to help out people with no self control by removing the screen.

The people who buy it are admitting they have no self control and need help. Let's face it people who buy leica aren't trying to save a bit of money.

Isn't the whole thing a bit demeaning?

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2016 at 18:44 UTC as 292nd comment | 3 replies
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (722 comments in total)

The black background is much easier on old eyes. I would need to turn the screen brightness right down for a white background, this would ruin the photos.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2016 at 10:26 UTC as 298th comment

They should have made a 35mm equivalent focal length version, for their anniversary edition, that would have made a few people take notice.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2016 at 23:23 UTC as 48th comment
On article Pocketable APS-C: Fujifilm X70 real-world samples (222 comments in total)

DPR please do the sunny Seattle city scene at all f-stops when you can. Haze, trees and snow don't tell you much about the lens edges.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2016 at 20:28 UTC as 56th comment | 1 reply
On article Sigma 20mm F1.4 'Art' lens real-world sample gallery (133 comments in total)

DPR thanks for including the Seattle city scape photos at each aperture. It is so much more telling for scenic photographers than close, flat charts and test scene. Please add to 35mm lens scenic comparison tool and do the same for every camera/lens you review. Basically have this tool as well as the test scene tool for everything.

This lens clearly has an issue on the right hand side and isn’t as good as the Canon EF 35mm 1.4 ii. As it is a super wide I suppose you can’t ask for too much. I’d rather take two photos with the longer lens and stitch them together.

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2016 at 17:19 UTC as 16th comment
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