jadot

jadot

Lives in United Kingdom Surrey, United Kingdom
Works as a Photographer
Has a website at 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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lightandaprayer: These images remind about what photography is really about: witnessing and sharing the amazing wonders of this world with people, capturing the essence of life in all its glory and pathos.

I'm not thinking about resolution, corner sharpness, or any other arcane technicality that photographers think are so damn important. It all comes down to the emotional response to the subject and the sense of amazement and wonder evoked by the image.

Kudos to all the winning photographers.

What a hero

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2017 at 21:09 UTC
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jadot: fisheye nightmares

@Entropy512 - I think you're agreeing with me. It's why I bought a DJI osmo, but I sent it back because a) expensive & b) it's not good with water.

Meanwhile, we still haven't got a handheld, rugged, waterproof, and small action cam that isn't massively distorted. I know there are lots of alternatives in different categories, but the problem with that is they're different categories!

And I couldn't give a stuff if it's Yi, GoPro, Sony, DJI, Garmin, or whomever else.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2017 at 21:08 UTC
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jadot: fisheye nightmares

Why so against the idea of a built for purpose OEM optical (not software) lens that shoots a narrower FOV without any distortion? They'd sell if there was such a version alongside the current offerings, and I'd buy it. Anyone who prefers the fisheye distortion could perhaps follow your suggestion with regards to the rectilinear version and "not buy it". Right?

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2017 at 18:00 UTC
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jadot: fisheye nightmares

Haha! OR, somebody could just make one so I don't have to butcher my action cam/spend more money etc etc.

If there are after market DIY 'Solutions' to this (and we all know that there are) then there's obviously a market for a fixed, narrower FOV rectilinear lens out of the box, right? I just want to be able to make a quick video without whomever I'm pointing this thing at looking like they're standing on a massive ball forchrissake

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2017 at 17:13 UTC
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lightandaprayer: These images remind about what photography is really about: witnessing and sharing the amazing wonders of this world with people, capturing the essence of life in all its glory and pathos.

I'm not thinking about resolution, corner sharpness, or any other arcane technicality that photographers think are so damn important. It all comes down to the emotional response to the subject and the sense of amazement and wonder evoked by the image.

Kudos to all the winning photographers.

@BillBentley - So, pretty much what I said.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2017 at 16:41 UTC
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jayboo: The Ona Bowery is my most used bag, both with Fuji System and Leica.... my wish would have been for a bag with an extra couple of inches width and depth, but it seem to me you are getting a bag of pretty much the same dimensions just a different form, not for me, and having looked at their range of bags, next size up is just too big and heavy. They are great bags, the Beacon would not be on my wish list though.

Tried Domke. Also tried being a student. Neither were particularly well constructed. Billingham have been around for probably a lot longer than most people on this forum have been alive. I personally have a gillingham bag that's over 20 years old, and it's meant that I haven't had to spend unnecessary money on newfangled pretenders like Domke or ONA. Perhaps your view of the money saturated retiree is a bit of a cliché - the truth is that buying a Billingham bag and using it to death over a lifetime is testament to value and the frugal nature of the smarter photographer. Billingham is a luxury item, sure, but i doubt it's a status symbol for the everyday hustling pro. 'Real Photographers' as you call them need stuff that works and gets out of the way. Not flavour of the month gadgetry that rots in 12 months, and can't fit in a proper day's shooting kit.
Also, how many 'real Photographers' do you know who are affluent??!

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2017 at 16:40 UTC
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lightandaprayer: These images remind about what photography is really about: witnessing and sharing the amazing wonders of this world with people, capturing the essence of life in all its glory and pathos.

I'm not thinking about resolution, corner sharpness, or any other arcane technicality that photographers think are so damn important. It all comes down to the emotional response to the subject and the sense of amazement and wonder evoked by the image.

Kudos to all the winning photographers.

I agree with you, but it's churlish to presume that photographers only think in terms of technical merit. Lots do, and you'd be forgiven for thinking this when faced with the brand whores and techno-nazis that are the most vocal on any internet forum, but to declare that you're the one who gets it isn't always necessary either.

I know, the camera brand is not important etc, but the fact is that all of the pictures in this gallery are technical achievements in their own right, and couldn't exist without some nerd going for a swim and knowing how his gear works.

It's not the fashionable thing to say, but it does tell us that knowing how sh!t works might be the better way to get the picture. Sometimes.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2017 at 16:07 UTC
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jadot: fisheye nightmares

No. My comment is based on being frustrated that nobody can seem to bring a rectilinear slightly narrower FOV to market in their hardware.

I don't want to dick around in software all day long.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2017 at 15:51 UTC

fisheye nightmares

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2017 at 15:37 UTC as 17th comment | 8 replies
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jayboo: The Ona Bowery is my most used bag, both with Fuji System and Leica.... my wish would have been for a bag with an extra couple of inches width and depth, but it seem to me you are getting a bag of pretty much the same dimensions just a different form, not for me, and having looked at their range of bags, next size up is just too big and heavy. They are great bags, the Beacon would not be on my wish list though.

stevo23 - I don't think so. Suggest maybe you're underpaid?

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2017 at 15:32 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: the Nikon D80 (235 comments in total)

I used a D80 for a while - awful camera. None of the charm of the D70 and as soon as I could get a D300 I got rid of it and never looked back.

Most people I know who had one hated it, and as far as I know it earned a bit of a reputation as a complete pig in Nikon's range - the one they got wrong. The D90 changed all of that, of course, but I had moved on by then. I'm a little surprised to see this in the nostalgia section of DPR but if it worked for you then that's cool...

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2017 at 11:48 UTC as 20th comment
On article Canon debuts EOS M6 mirrorless with optional EVF (633 comments in total)

Looks good. A bit of a kick in the balls for Nikon after their recent DL announcement.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 13:58 UTC as 59th comment | 2 replies

Thanks. I'm getting one.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 19:57 UTC as 17th comment
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AbrasiveReducer: Shame on you, ThinkTank. Unneccessary straps, unneccessary buckles, huge heavy strap hardware and fabric that looks like the lining of the coin tray in my car. This fine for a showy, boutique bag but TT is known for unobtrusive stuff you can really use.

...which they still produce, so why so upset?

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 08:28 UTC
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Igor_Sorkin: Does it support X-t2 already?

yes

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 19:50 UTC
On article Sigma 85mm F1.4 Art DxO results: a new king is crowned (249 comments in total)

I used to shoot the previous 85 1.4 on a D800 and then the 35mm Art Lens.
Sigma lenses were better (for me) than Nikon's own. The Price difference just made it easier.

I shoot Fuji now. I wish Fuji would open up their mount and let Sigma in to be frank. Fuji's lenses are great, but if we could get [versions] of the Art Lenses to go on the front of the Current X-Trans Sensors I think it would open things up a bit.

Fuji Art 50 on the X-T2? Yes please. I'll take the 35 as well.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 16:55 UTC as 18th comment
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jayboo: The Ona Bowery is my most used bag, both with Fuji System and Leica.... my wish would have been for a bag with an extra couple of inches width and depth, but it seem to me you are getting a bag of pretty much the same dimensions just a different form, not for me, and having looked at their range of bags, next size up is just too big and heavy. They are great bags, the Beacon would not be on my wish list though.

Berlin is a nice looking bag, but screams camera, and is too small for my needs anyway. Also £££££s

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 20:16 UTC
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P Hartung: DPReview used to be a sanctuary from the hyper-politicized internet world, but now I see it's succumbing to such drivel. Sad, but it was not unforeseeable given that the site is owned by Jeff Bezos...

Sorry, but isn't everything political? NOT saying anything with his images/art direction could also be construed as a political message, could it not?

Have you looked out of the window lately? Have you seen what's going on out there?

Re-acting to a volatile political landscape is pretty much one of the most useful things photographers can do, and in today's climate, NOT having an opinion about Trump, the environment, bigotry, and a race to the button is tantamount to burying your head in the sand.

This is new media. This is new journalism. The tools used for that happen to be what DPR reviews. The way people use these tools eventually will determine what features and gimmicks manufacturers will choose to put inside the next iteration of whichever camera it is that you choose to photograph cute cats with, so get on it.

These pictures are rubbish, but DPR aren't wrong for highlighting the story.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 16:52 UTC
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jayboo: The Ona Bowery is my most used bag, both with Fuji System and Leica.... my wish would have been for a bag with an extra couple of inches width and depth, but it seem to me you are getting a bag of pretty much the same dimensions just a different form, not for me, and having looked at their range of bags, next size up is just too big and heavy. They are great bags, the Beacon would not be on my wish list though.

I've had ONA bags. The leather Brixton is particularly nice, but I got rid of them all.
What did I keep?
My #Billingham Hadley Pro, of course. It's outlasted any other bag, although I'm actually finally going to get a new one after 20 years. Not because it's broken, but simply as a refresh.
You just can't deny that the Billingham bags are extremely good value when compared to other 'luxury' branded bags...

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 13:26 UTC

Hans Zimmer's probably not quaking in his boots.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2017 at 17:47 UTC as 4th comment
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