jadot

jadot

Lives in United Kingdom Surrey, United Kingdom
Works as a Photographer
Has a website at http://alexanderleaman.com
Joined on Aug 27, 2010
About me:

Professional Photographer - Weddings mostly, Portraits of real people are high on the list.

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On article How do you know you need a new camera? (151 comments in total)

Personally, I felt the same way when I finally got shot of my D700s.

Here's what I found.

I assumed that getting a D800, D600, then a D750 would be the obvious path to take, and in some ways it was, but the simple reality was that none of those cameras were as simplified or purposeful as the D700 to me. It turns out that the D800 had too much resolution, so I sold that and kept the D600, but the AF was woeful. Later on I even borrowed a D750 to compare against my Fuji's. It ticked more of the right boxes, but still seems to me to be a bloated version of the D3/D700 range.

Eventually I just got tired of calibrating lenses, and the actual size of the thing, and started shooting Fuji Mirrorless, completely switching when the XT1 was released with the 56.

It's a better system for me, now even more so with the XT2, but there's still a part of me that misses the D700 specifically.

All said, it sounds like the D750 would be the replacement camera for you, but then you're you and I'm not

Link | Posted on May 27, 2017 at 12:13 UTC as 60th comment | 1 reply
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terence_boylen: And this has what to do with photography?

Yes DPR's "in Other News" section completely misses the point when they report on how photography is used in the wider world. Completely irrelevant. It's a conspiracy to get you to go and see Spiderman, and the staff at DPR are all getting paid handsomely for it. Or they would be, if only you hadn't stepped in and EXPOSED THEM FOR THEIR DASTARDLY WAYS.

/s

Link | Posted on May 27, 2017 at 11:50 UTC
On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (795 comments in total)

Nice to see some love for the Nikon L35AF. It's a great camera and worth the extra asking price it usually hits second hand.

My favourite here is the XA (and the other Olympus Mju) but I think the Nikon AF600 (Lite Touch) should get a mention here too. A great 28 mm AF Lens, really sharp, and pocketable too.

I still have the Nikons, though I don't shoot film any more. I suppose I should sell them. The Olympus cameras went a couple of years ago.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2017 at 10:28 UTC as 116th comment | 1 reply
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davids8560: There are things I cannot do which others can do well. So I need other people. But what if I can create technology that begins where my capabilities end? I will no longer need others to do things I cannot do or those things I wish to avoid doing. I will be able to direct my technology to do everything I want to do but don't do well myself. I will be an emperor in an empire of my own choosing. I will only see a world of my choosing. I will only interact with others I choose. There will be no uncertainty. There will be no inefficiency. There will be no accidental natural wonder. And I will never have to face my limitations, other than the limits of my own imagination, because I will have no limitations to know. Or will there?

Or you can choose not to. I wouldn't worry so much.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2017 at 07:43 UTC
On article Fantastic footage of fjords with the DJI Mavic Pro (55 comments in total)
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jadot: I really liked the video, but as others have suggested the actual IQ doesn't do the Mavic any favours.

I really want to like the portable, inexpensive drone, but I can't find any footage that sells it to me.

JackM - Thanks - I'll probably get one, but I'd be interested in optimising the quality. After looking on YouTube and digging into the huge amount of reviews it doesn't take long to see that you can get better results that the IQ in this featured video. It's a shame - I actually like the video and the production, It's just horrible compression and colour grading, apparently.
That said, for what I need to shoot, it will probably be enough.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2017 at 08:46 UTC
On article Fantastic footage of fjords with the DJI Mavic Pro (55 comments in total)

I really liked the video, but as others have suggested the actual IQ doesn't do the Mavic any favours.

I really want to like the portable, inexpensive drone, but I can't find any footage that sells it to me.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2017 at 11:58 UTC as 19th comment | 8 replies
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jadot: "A 20 fps bursts with continuous AF and no black out seems nice, but if you don't have the right glass for the job, that spec won't get you far".

I'm not a pro sports photographer, but I'm guessing that a single spec like a burst rate is so far from a good reason enough to have go through the ball ache of jumping from their tried and tested system, Canon or Nikon. Any photographer in that situation must surely know that the next time Canon release a pro camera the specs are going to be the same or better in some cases. I mean, what does the 1DXII manage - isn't 16 FPS in live view? Isn't that enough?

It's got to be enough to not want to throw $12K at a whole new setup, surely?

I don't think Sony's charging what they are for the A9 is *just* because of this particular feature, so I'm not sure that crippling their own FPS would be a good plan for them. Or you.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 13:03 UTC

"A 20 fps bursts with continuous AF and no black out seems nice, but if you don't have the right glass for the job, that spec won't get you far".

I'm not a pro sports photographer, but I'm guessing that a single spec like a burst rate is so far from a good reason enough to have go through the ball ache of jumping from their tried and tested system, Canon or Nikon. Any photographer in that situation must surely know that the next time Canon release a pro camera the specs are going to be the same or better in some cases. I mean, what does the 1DXII manage - isn't 16 FPS in live view? Isn't that enough?

It's got to be enough to not want to throw $12K at a whole new setup, surely?

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 11:32 UTC as 228th comment | 3 replies
On article SmugMug Films: The journey from food to photography (16 comments in total)

Have loved Eric's work for a long time, but I didn't know how deep he went into his art.
This is a real, passionate, story.

A much needed dose of positivity in a sea of negative criticism and all too often cynical murk.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2017 at 13:37 UTC as 6th comment

If you zoom in on this you can clearly see that Earth is a white rectangular shape, which obviously proves that the planet we live on is flat.

( One for the YouTubers)

( /s )

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2017 at 09:26 UTC as 42nd comment | 2 replies
On article Fujifilm X-T20 Review (356 comments in total)
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CaPi: I find the color rendition somewhat different to the x-t10.
Did anyone else experience that?

It's a completely different sensor. Better contrast, better resolution, better colour rendition (according to some). The same goes for XT1 vs XT2, and the XP1 vs XP2, and now the X100T vs X100F

The new sensor is reason enough to upgrade to the newer model(s).

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 12:00 UTC

It's art and it's built into Warhol's statement. The most important thing is work.
Shoot, if Warhol started on one of my pictures I'd be over the moon.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2017 at 21:43 UTC as 51st comment | 8 replies
On article DJI launches Phantom 4 Advanced drone (66 comments in total)
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NickyB66: Within a few years these things will probably need a license to operate, even for recreational users. They are just a snoopers tool in the wrong hands, let alone a possible terrorist weapon, as we have already seen in some locales in the middle east theatre, let alone close prom flying to aircraft, these drones are a menace. If one approached my land I would happily take the thing down and track the operator and show him the error of his ways.

Sounds a bit militant/Threatening/Paranoid...

While it can be agreed that licensing or some kind of registration should be universal, it can also be argued that most people spending around £$2K (often more) on a personal drone are more often than not (semi) professional users who have a project or projects in mind for the kit. There's no doubting that high resolution filming has and will continue to open up creative possibilities and if people want to explore that there should be a way for them to do that without threats of vigilante violence and militant DIY policing.

Where does that end up? Cameras? CCTV? LAPTOPS? WEBCAMS? Or: "I don't like the fact that people can operate motorcycles in my town. Let's kill some riders - that'll teach them"

It says the same thing.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 14:18 UTC
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LiveFromPhilly: I just wish they'd hurry up with a GR III.

In some dimension it's possible that this story is a precursor to a GR3 release. The old Phoenix from the flames marketing ploy.

See also:
Nikon D7500
Apple "may not be able to produce enough iPhones"
Etc etc.

In a parallel universe, maybe.
Look. I don't know how this stuff works, alright?

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 20:18 UTC

Hahaahaha Ha Hahah Haaaaah!

Stop it.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 19:49 UTC as 42nd comment
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belle100: WTH
Is this a signal from Nikon to us to switch over to Canon or Sony?!

Nobody 'needs' a new camera unless they want to push their photography in some way, and new technology makes that possible, if not for you, then for your competition.

I'm not giving you advice - I couldn't care less what you shoot - but slapping down cameras that are better than your beloved D700 when you haven't even shot/owned/used any of them does sound somewhat sanctimonious.

...whatever.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 16:11 UTC
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belle100: WTH
Is this a signal from Nikon to us to switch over to Canon or Sony?!

lightandaprayer - that's all very good, but not upgrading (and it is an upgrade) to the D800/10, D750, or even the 610 because you heard about a few cameras that had a problem on the internet is called cutting off your nose to spite your face.

You're missing out mate.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 10:30 UTC
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Fujica: I'll think Tim and Phil have spend too long in the 'Touch Bar' and got drunk thinking they can keep fooling their customers.

Telling them to wait, and at the same time telling them:
'But things won't get any better as you Creative Professionals do not have to expect any touchscreen capabilities on your new iMacs and Mac Pro's.

We will not allow you photographers and illustrators to draw on your computerscreen, to make your lifes easier to edit and create!'.

We only listen to our shareholders, we like making profits over the backs of our customers and don't care a sh!t about you 'Pros'. - By the way that term 'Pro' we can use in our marketing efforts...

Apple lost a lot of creative professionals over the last few years.
Many more will follow soon if Apple let them down for another time.

As a hardcore Apple user and creative professional for 15 years now, the Microsoft Surface line looks more and more attractive by the day. At least they seem to offer what I need and what I want

Or A wacom tablet - You don't even need a Cintiq - an Intuous Pro will do it.

Just because you CAN have a touchscreen (on a desktop) doesn't make it the best idea.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 13:10 UTC
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DDWD10: Unusually candid response from Apple. I'm looking forward to the new iMac. My 2010 i7 model is plugging along fine, but a 5K display and SSD would be nice upgrades.

I don't get it - a fully specified 5K iMac that you buy today will be able to do what a (more expensive, probably neutered, soldered RAM, etc) 5K iMac can do tomorrow. What is it about the work that you do on your 2010 iMac (presumably photography, or video editing at a push) that tells you that you have to wait? You do know that the iMacs don't get cheaper with each iteration, don't you? The 5K and SSD upgrades that you say would be nice? They exist now! The 5K display is stunning. Can a new 5K display be 'more' stunning?

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 12:32 UTC
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PhotoKhan: Prepare those sneakers and rent a (...very large...) property in Guyana because that asteroid will be making final calls one of these days.

...And it seems it will be sooner than later.

mmmmm k.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 12:21 UTC
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