John Roy

Lives in New Zealand (Aotearoa) Tauranga, New Zealand (Aotearoa)
Works as a Anesthesiologist
Joined on Sep 19, 2001

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On article The Leica TL is an upgraded Leica T mirrorless camera (123 comments in total)

2016: 16MP, no EVF, no 4K video. The Hillary Clinton of cameras.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2016 at 06:05 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (871 comments in total)

I was hoping for a touch-sensitive screen I could use a pen on, like the new iPads.
Microsoft have just done it.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 07:05 UTC as 121st comment
On article Leica-branded instant camera rumored to launch soon (43 comments in total)

I hope this is all baseless rumour, as Leica have plenty of things they should be working on instead of a toy like this,

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 02:46 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply

WHAT? No mahogany inlay? No fetal coelacanth leather?

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 06:14 UTC as 32nd comment | 1 reply
On article Class 10 200GB microSD card on the way from Lexar (71 comments in total)

Nikon adopted MicroSD for their 1 system, which is the precise reason I refuse to buy any more.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2016 at 02:20 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply

As expected, a long litany of chip-on-the-shoulder gushings. The lens does not look outlandish to me.
And no, I can't afford either camera or lens.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2016 at 05:08 UTC as 61st comment
On article CP+ 2016: Hands-on with Nikon DL compacts (310 comments in total)

I hope the top dials have indents. The V2 drives me nuts with the command dial changing shutter speeds by a factor of 10 because it rubs against something. The small sensor is hideous with that much under exposure.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2016 at 06:46 UTC as 74th comment
On photo Wild Viola... in the Flowering Weeds challenge (1 comment in total)

Lovely photo. I have them in my yard in New Zealand; I decided they were Oxalis debilis, or Pink Woodsorrel, but I am not a botanist. Keep up the good work :)

https://johnroy.smugmug.com/Macro/i-NSXBjGv

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2016 at 02:16 UTC as 1st comment
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WastingTime: Studio pros won't even look at this system unless they add some modern Leaf shutter lenses to the lineup, that will make for a competitive system against Phase One. And yet they keep NOT doing that, what a shame.

I don't need to Google; it's basic optics. If you put a 35mm f3.5 lens on a full frame camera it will put the same amount of light on the sensor as the same lens on a MF sensor. All that differs is the crop factor.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2015 at 23:20 UTC
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WastingTime: Studio pros won't even look at this system unless they add some modern Leaf shutter lenses to the lineup, that will make for a competitive system against Phase One. And yet they keep NOT doing that, what a shame.

The size of the sensor has no bearing on light gathering. An f3.5 lens is f3.5 forever, regardless of what sensor is behind it.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2015 at 05:52 UTC

Excellent photo, which shows why so many of us love B+W

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2015 at 20:43 UTC as 2nd comment

I don't see the point. This implies microscopic pixels, which will take dozens of pixels to capture a single photon after diffraction - an immovable physical obstacle.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2015 at 07:36 UTC as 108th comment | 1 reply
On photo Morning sky over Curemonte, Dordogne in the May Sky challenge (15 comments in total)

Stunning photo. Very well done.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 00:23 UTC as 13th comment

Lloyd Chambers says this camera has a 12-bit depth. That's all? In 2015? Take a 14-bit Nikon D810 + Silver Efex Pro and where is the point of this Leica?
I am not anti-Leica; I have an X1 and love it, despite its needless frustrations.
But for megabucks, this camera is a big ask.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 07:28 UTC as 77th comment | 2 replies
On article Nikon 1 J5 offers 20.8MP BSI sensor and revamped look (150 comments in total)
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John Roy: No EVF. They just don't get it, do they?

That's a fair comment, providing a V-series equivalent comes out. The J5 may be perfect for some people just as it is, but since I regularly use the 70-300 at full telephoto, an EVF is a must. I could live with the add-on EVF in the V3, but not with continually removing the grip to change batteries. And since I already have a stash of fast SD cards, I don't want to change card sizes, as well as buy a new reader. No matter how lovely a V4 might be, if it stays with microSD - which I suspect it will, if the J5 has - it is a very unlikely sale. I cannot understand why Nikon decided to use this unique (AFAIK) card format.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2015 at 00:33 UTC
On article Nikon 1 J5 offers 20.8MP BSI sensor and revamped look (150 comments in total)
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John Roy: No EVF. They just don't get it, do they?

Oh, and it's still microSD, not SD. Time for the Chief Engineer to commit seppuku in front of the Nikon HQ.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 19:58 UTC
On article Nikon 1 J5 offers 20.8MP BSI sensor and revamped look (150 comments in total)

No EVF. They just don't get it, do they?

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 19:40 UTC as 14th comment | 7 replies

I've often wondered why Leica haven't gone for a digital rangefinder, given that the mechanical one often needs recalibrating - according to many users. I don't have one.
The proof will be in the execution, so let's wait and see. If it is a good idea yet still goes belly up, maybe they could licence their technology to Leica.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 20:00 UTC as 44th comment
On photo Veronica persica in the Processing Techniques: Stacking challenge (1 comment in total)

Technical details were included but haven't shown: 56x stack with Nikon D800E @ f11, 1:1 magnification

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2014 at 03:55 UTC as 1st comment

It's the size of an aircraft carrier with no built-in EVF?

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2014 at 05:22 UTC as 11th comment
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