Peter Daves

Peter Daves

Lives in Canada Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Works as a Aerospace Engineer
Joined on Jan 14, 2012
About me:

My interest in photography began when using my father's Kodak Retinette 1B during a vacation to the USA in 1976. I then bought my first serious camera, a Canon QL17, when I was on a six month assignment in Hong Kong, as part of my Engineering degree. That camera stayed with me until it was stolen at Heathrow airport in 1996.

After that setback, I failed to get serious again until I was on assignment in Tokyo, 2001-06. It was there that I discovered Konica, starting with a beautiful used Auto S2 rangefinder and then moving on to some fine Autoreflex SLRs and lenses. That became my primary user equipment until moving to Shanghai and switching to digital in 2007. My Fujifilm S100fs then became my primary camera and I still love using it. However, in 2014, I discovered how adaptable the Sony E-mount system was to old MF SLR lenses and my Sony a3000 has now become my favorite user, along with my old Konica Hexanon AR lenses.


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I was an old-time Konica AR (film) SLR enthusiast. Because of the short flange length my old Hexanon lenses became unusable once digital took over. However, I ended up buying a Sony A3000 body some years ago, just to be able to resurrect my favorite old lenses. Ever since, I've been having more fun with that setup than any other option and the results are great. My favorite walk-around lens is the Konica Hexanon AR 40mm f1.8 both because of the compact size and the IQ it delivers.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2017 at 22:30 UTC as 92nd comment

The footnote about the difference between Tokyo and Osaka pronunciation brought back many fond memories. I lived in Tokyo for five years and the rivalry between people from the Kansai and Kanto areas was a frequent source of amusement for me, especially in mixed groups at an Isakaya (pub). People from Kansai (Osaka and Kyoto) always regarded Tokyo (Kanto) people as "snobs" while Tokyo people generally regarded Kansai people as "common". So similar to North/South relationships in England :)

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2017 at 14:04 UTC as 19th comment | 2 replies
On article Cokin launches vintage-styled Riviera Classic tripod (95 comments in total)

Looks very similar to a Daiwa S7 tripod that I found in a Tokyo junk shop in 2003. It is still in almost perfect condition, with a nice black leather case, but it cost me only $15.00.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2016 at 00:27 UTC as 33rd comment | 1 reply
On article Lensbaby Twist 60 real-world sample gallery (94 comments in total)
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thejohnnerparty: Very nice results. I can't believe people aren't picking up on this.

They are probably all feeling dizzy so went to lay down ;)

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2016 at 13:27 UTC
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marc petzold: I still have my Fujifilm F11, S6000fd(S6500fd) with Super CCD Sensor - and guess what, they do still take decent pictures, even nowadays. Also, my oldie, but goldie Olympus WideZoom C-8080's Zoom Lens was sharper than the EOS 20D with the 50/1.4 on the DPReview here back in time. :) Very decent, but without RAW feature, is the Fujifilm F200EXR with huge sensor (back into that day for its compact camera class). The s6000fd/s6500fd 6 MP SuperCCD Sensor could be compared with a usual 8 to 9 MP ordinary Bayer Sensor...and what's more, it can do RAW, and does have the same huge 1/1.7" Sensor back in it's day like the legendary Fujifilm F30. Besides this, i do have & had the Sony S75/S85, DSC-V1, DSC-V3, DSC-R1. (the last 3 ones still in mint condition and also working)

My first digital camera was an s1000fd. I liked it so much that, a year later, I bought an s100fd. I still have the s100fd and still love what it does. In fact, it is still the camera that I take with me when I go travelling. OK, the 10mp sensor is not now "competitive" but the colours are still beautiful and I like the flexibility that the large fixed zoom lens provides.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2016 at 21:26 UTC

I stopped off at a local photography store on the way home from work a couple of weeks ago. Along with a good selection of legacy MF lenses, they also have a bin full of used bags that is always changing. On this visit I found a Lowepro TLZ1 in "good-as-new" condition. Functionally, it looks almost exactly like the Holster 10, but it cost me only $15. :)

Link | Posted on May 4, 2016 at 23:51 UTC as 21st comment
On article 2015 Superzoom Camera Roundup (193 comments in total)

I still have a Fujifilm S100fs "bridge" camera that I picked up in 2008. It was probably the best option back then but, at a max zoom of 400mm, it apparently wouldn't even be considered as meeting the requirements for this review of today's "superzooms".

However, I still love using it whenever I know that I'm going to need a long lens or if I don't want to be bothered with changing lenses on my new Sony equipment. I recently did a business trip to Asia and taking my faithful old Fujifilm camera was a no-brainer, and it lived up to all expectaitions.

Funny thing is, even though I do sometimes utilize the full zoom range provided by the S100fs, I seldom have the need to go all the way up to 400mm. Consequently, I can't imagine ever having much use for the extreme range provided by these new offerings. My main concern would be that providing such an extreme range must compromise some other aspects of the optical performance.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2015 at 11:42 UTC as 44th comment | 1 reply
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Peter Daves: I feel so inadequate! I lived in Shanghai for five years and loved shopping at a huge multi-story photography market that I found there. One of the items I picked up was a 30mm ball head and, until now, I loved using it on a Slik tripod that I picked up at a Tokyo junk store for just $10. Trouble is, my ball head cost me just a bit less than $30. How can I hold my head up now that I know that I should have been spending around $400?

Not sure how you would rate a lens as "worthy" but I do have a number of classic MF lenses that are quite heavy and need adequate support. One is my Canon FD 70-210 zoom. Another combination is my Konica Hexanon AR 135mm coupled with a Konica doubler. My Tokina RMC 35-110 zoom is also pretty heavy compared to modern plastic lenses. All of these are installed on my Sony with an E mount adapter so the ball head gets a bit of a workout, even when I'm using my Konica Hexanon AR 50mm f1.7 .

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2015 at 11:59 UTC
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RichRMA: I bought a ball head out of China on Ebay that looks a lot like the FLM unit. Has dual ball tensioners/locks and works perfectly. $25.00 and free shipping. Pay $350 for an Acratech ballhead? Not likely.

I've had my Chinese no-name ball head for about 6 years and it is still going strong. Not bad for $30.......

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 10:19 UTC

I feel so inadequate! I lived in Shanghai for five years and loved shopping at a huge multi-story photography market that I found there. One of the items I picked up was a 30mm ball head and, until now, I loved using it on a Slik tripod that I picked up at a Tokyo junk store for just $10. Trouble is, my ball head cost me just a bit less than $30. How can I hold my head up now that I know that I should have been spending around $400?

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2015 at 22:57 UTC as 33rd comment | 2 replies
On article Sony A3000 First Impressions Review (630 comments in total)
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Klarno: I bought this camera specifically as a platform to use with legacy lenses on a metabones speedbooster. For that, it's wonderful-- it offers just enough direct controls to get the job done quickly and effectively. ISO, exposure comp and shutter speed adjustments are very easy to get to. I set the bottom soft button to magnification and I leave peaking on. At $160, can't argue at all.

I managed to get one on ebay for $140. It was a "new-in-box" body-only offer, so I guess the kit lens had been removed to sell separately. It was a great buy and I am thouroughly enjoying what it allows me to do with my old Canon FD and Konica Hexanon AR lenses.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2014 at 13:37 UTC
On article Using third-party lenses on the Sony a7 / a7R (525 comments in total)
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feztizzle: I have a nex6 and all i use is third party lenses. I sold the kit lens which was horrible and got 4 primes and adapter's from ebay. All 1980's and older and love the pictures I get and so does everyone else.

I reccently picked up an a3000 (body only deal) with the intention of using it as a "toy" with my old Canon FD and Konica AR lenses. I have been so pleased with the results that this camera (with my Konica lenses) has now become my prime user system.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2014 at 13:23 UTC
On article Fujifilm releases X-S1 premium EXR 26X superzoom (383 comments in total)
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themacguy: I own both the S9100 and the S100fs. Both are excellent, IMHO, for the use I intended. The only things I didn't like about the S100fs were the proprietary battery (I prefer AAs - who doesn't?) and the fact that the histogram can't be set to stay on without depressing the +/- button. Otherwise, I'm quite happy. I skipped the HS10/20 units as I didn't feel there was enough improvement to warrant another purchase at that time. I'll wait for the X-S1 to come down in price a bit (and be thoroughly debugged by the early adopters). Too bad about the continued use of proprietary batteries in the X-S1.

Agree 100%. I started in digital with the S1000fd and then moved up to the S100fs. I still love using it and the results it provides.

I looked at the X-S1 in a camera store this week and was VERY impressed. In fact, this was the first time in 4 yrs that I have ever even be led to consider an alternative to my S100fs. However, I probably won't be making a move until my S100fs fails on me.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2012 at 14:42 UTC
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