Daniel Bridge

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KP review in Outdoor Photography
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
Did someone mention my name? :D I have been absent for quite some time, and really clearly shouldn't still be shown as a Mod any more. I don't think it was any one thing that caused me to drift away, mainly the over all tone of the forum at the time, and just wanting to spend less time at the computer really, business was really starting to pick up and this place just took up a lot of time. I've had the pleasure of reviewing the KP, K-1 and K-70 (as well as the K-3 four years ago) for Outdoor Photography mag, but you do get such a short period of time with the camera you can't find every foible (I had the K-1 and the K-70 at the same time, for just one week). My main gripe with the KP was the small buffer, really quite frustrating for a raw shooter trying to do bursts of shots of birds in flight and the like. Anyway, thought I'd swing by and say hello, I may well pop back a little more often, but I can't promise anything. :D
Finding other PENTAX users Out & About
Posted in General Photographic Chat
I see a few Pentax users about, and they appear with some sort of frequency on workshops, but generally it's predominantly Canon and Nikon for SLRs, and Panasonic, Canon or Sony for compacts/bridge cameras. A small proportion use CSCs, mainly Sony or Panasonic, had my first Canon 'M' the other week, despite Canon claiming it's the highest selling CSC in the UK. Not many Olys turn up either. I still vividly remember the day when I had 4 Pentax users (including myself), 3 Sony, and just one each of Canon and Nikon. :D Dan
Penny macro contest - revisited
Posted in Competitions
Right, here's mine, seems to be missing the 'I' that everyone else has. :wink: K-3 with 3 extension tubes, DA*300mm + reversed 16-45 @ 16mm. Close, but not very sharp... 1.5s, f/11, ISO100 And the set-up I used. That's it, not trying it again! Moving house soon, and I've got stuff to do! :lol: Dan
Penny macro contest - revisited
Posted in Competitions
Yeah, I didn't get as close as I did last time, had a go this morning, will post result later. Better quality though. But that might mean that I lose out on the skinflint prize, I was using my DA*300 with the 16-45 reversed on the front, with a few extension tubes. Started off using the Sigma 10-20 reversed, but results, although higher magnification, were worse quality. Live view made it so much easier than last time, but it still took an age to get it lined up and focused. :roll: Dan
Penny macro contest - revisited
Posted in Competitions
Oh dear Mark, what have you (re)started?? I may just have to see what I can do... :wink: Might have to get my bellows back off NeilP! :twisted: Hmmm, just been having a quick play, and have been looking at an image width of 4 pixels on my monitor. As in, pointing the camera/lenses combo at my monitor, and seeing 4 individual pixels through the viewfinder. And that was without any extension tubes... :lol: Dan
K3 Interval shooting settings
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
Glad it worked for you Dennis. :D Dan
K3 Interval shooting settings
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
Page 55 of the manual is the place to look - the start time is the actual time, according to the time you have set the camera to, that you want the shooting to start, so 22:30 if you want it to start at 10:30pm for example. You just press the shutter button to start the process going, but it won't actually take a shot until the allotted time. Dan
Another Review of the K-3 ;-)
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
"Likes: Inproved autofocus" "Dislikes: Autofocus could still be improved" ...well it's a pass from me then.Well if you're going to quote, at least quote it accurately. Likes: Improved Autofocus Dislikes: Autofocus could still be better I think that's fair. I liked that the autofocus was much better, but was a bit disappointed it still fell short in some areas. It was about 93.8% as good as I'd have liked. :wink: Dan
Another Review of the K-3 ;-)
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
If you don't like the system, you don't need to pay it any attention.Whether I pay it attention or not to anything is up to me. It's not up to anyone else to decide what I do or do not pay attention to is it?And that's why I said "you don't need to pay it any attention", not "Don't pay it any attention." I was giving you the choice. I'm nice like that. :) If you come up with a better system, feel free to let the world's media know.Of course there's a better system. That's such an easy issue to address. Don't have the meaningless, arbitrary and rather absurd percentage/points scoring nonsense at all. Why not just do a review and write up a conclusion along with two lists showing what the reviewer thought was the pros and cons of the product in question.Have you read the review? You know those things are there? Just with the addition of the percentage bits. So, just don't read those bits, if they offend you so highly. Obviously that's not a command, just a suggestion. :wink: You say you aren't upset, but I would beg to differ looking at your repeated responses in this thread.By that logic, you're just as upset as I am, and as I presume you're not upset, then that proves neither am I. :P I was just a little irked to see that it seemed to be suggested that I was getting upset by this whole thing. I'm simply not, I wouldn't be smirking as I write this if I was. I was just answering as best I could the questions and points raised by yourself and Nigel. And bemused, yes. Because I think there are many things to get 'upset' about, but I just don't see this as one of them. As you say, each to their own. And I'm glad you and I are different, I think being you would do my head in after a while. :twisted: Dan
Another Review of the K-3 ;-)
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
Really if people are going to get upset with feedback on what they publish then they shouldn't publish it.And once again, just in case anyone missed it, I'm not upset, just somewhat bemused. Perhaps you weren't directing that at me, but it seemed to me that you were. Percentages, or star ratings, or thumbs up, or whatever scoring system, is used for just about every review on the planet, whether it's cameras, music, films, inkjet paper, videos of cats playing the piano, or chocolate biscuits. If the mark is higher, the subject of the review is considered better than things with a lower score, by whoever is doing the review. They may have different tastes to you, they may never have had a McDingles Shortcake Choccobiccy, or maybe their review was written before such a delight was ever dreamed of, and you may disagree with their verdict, or the basis upon which it was derived, or in any other of a multitude of ways, to your heart's content. If you don't like the system, you don't need to pay it any attention. If you come up with a better system, feel free to let the world's media know. :D Dan
Another Review of the K-3 ;-)
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
Well, I was just happy to read a review by someone who has actually used a Pentax before, all too often I get the feeling reviewers don't like Pentax cameras just because it's not a Canikon.I'm looking to buy a FujCaNikOlyLeicaBlad if you know where there might be a good second hand example. ...and it was still a good review. Best regardsI'm reviewing the FujCaNikOlyLeicaBlad XEosD72000M10Alpha for the FujCaNikOlyLeicaBlad Times at the moment, not looking good though, I'm still deciding on the precise criteria for the review score, and inventing a whole new system that doesn't defy the laws of logic or public decency, and I've now missed my deadline. :wink: And thank you, btw. Dan
Another Review of the K-3 ;-)
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
And yes I am aware that I said "I really can't be arsed to discuss it any further..." then discussed it further. :D Dan
Another Review of the K-3 ;-)
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
Anyone who puts their self or their work on a public stage gives license to be reviewed and shouldn't get upset if that happens. :)I'm not upset, just a little surprised that people hold such strong views on something that really doesn't matter that much. And I really can't be arsed to discuss it any further because everyone's fundamentally agreeing with each other. :roll: At the end of the day, if someone rings you up and says "would you like to review this camera, we'll pay you, and you'll have it for a couple of weeks, oh and what lenses do you fancy too?", I don't know about you, but I'm not that fussed if the scoring system is basically the same as every other review system, I'm just going to see what the thing's like, and write up an honest review, then try to come up with a score that reflects that, relative to previous reviews. If I'm asked to do a 645D Mk2 review, I'll be sure to run it by everyone here first, to prevent it descending into the ridiculous. Dan
Another Review of the K-3 ;-)
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
I would never have imagined people would get their knickers in such a twist over something like this. Ah well, never mind. Dan
Another Review of the K-3 ;-)
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
However it's viewed, I think I can be quite safe in the knowledge it's not as bad as this comparison from Photography Monthly some years ago. :wink: Dan
Another Review of the K-3 ;-)
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
Daniel... you said that you created your percentage points to some extent by comparing the figures to those generated by past reviews of comparable models - that surely tests credibility? Unless you were only using your own personal past work as direct comparison - how could you have any instinct for what another reviewer had felt when generating a percentage figure in a past review?I could try to justify these percentages until I'm blue in the face, but I don't see much point to be honest, because I think they're as fundamentally flawed as most people do. However... I handle an awful lot of cameras during my tuition sessions (I have around 300-350 customers a year), everything from the models like (from Canon for instance) the basic but capable EOS100D, to the anything-but-basic 1DX I spent 4 hours with on Friday. So when I see a review of a camera, chances are if I haven't already seen it in the flesh, I soon will. The Canon 70D is very nice, but I don't think it's as capable as the K-3, and, for example, build quality is nowhere near as nice. However it's cheaper. It scored 94% in a previous issue of OP (Andy Luck did that one, he does quite a few for them). I looked at this review, compared the respective marks, thought how I would mark it, thought about how that would compare to the K-3, and came up with a result. I looked at a couple of others too. It was honestly the hardest part of the review to do. Is it right? Is it accurate? You don't need to answer either of those. :wink: Dan
Another Review of the K-3 ;-)
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
The K-3 will soon be the perfect camera, Smeggy. As its price falls, the value score will rise above 100%, taking the overall result up to 100%. :roll: PhilipThis means the K-1 will get Handling 123% Performance 119% Specification 143% Value 133%Well I don't see how a falling price can result in an increase in handling score, but I'm sure you've worked that one out scientifically. :wink: The reason I used a percentage scoring system for this review is because that's what the magazine asked me for. What did I base it on? My impression of what a camera should handle like, what its performance could/should be like, what its specification could/should have included, and whether I thought it was value for money. If I was reviewing the K-5II now, I'd honestly give it 100% for value, because I think it's amazingly good value, and you get more for your money than you might expect. At the time of the review, I thought the K-3 was overpriced, especially compared to the competition, and I think that's been a common opinion round here. Now it's dropped below 1,000 more people seem keen to buy. Performance, well I thought it was fantastic, but with shortcomings. I didn't think the shortcomings overly affected the camera, it just knocked a few percentage points off. Yes, how to do quantify this? Impossible. How did I do this? By referring to previous reviews in the magazine and see how they rated other cameras, at least giving some continuity I think. Specification - for this level of camera I think it's exceptionally well specified. A few areas could do with improving, but again, I thought percentage-wise, it's up there with the best, and again referring to other reviews, it deserved a high score. So no, it's not science, but it fits with their current system. I would say the general comments and conclusion really tell you more about the camera than the rating. Obviously I'm devastated that I've lost any credibility with you, but I'll have to live with it I suppose. Just get on with my life with that sickening, bottomless pit of despair forever over my shoulder. I'm off for a cry. I suppose I should let all the other reviewers and magazine/websites who've ever used a rating system that they're looked upon with contempt and derision too. Dan
Another Review of the K-3 ;-)
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
In case you (inexplicably) don't get Outdoor Photography, the full review is now downloadable via my . Dan
Flash with filter
Posted in General Digital Photography chat
I cut up an old Cokin 81A filter and selotaped it across the front of my Metz, for this exact reason. Dan
DA*55mm F1.4 - A bargain really......
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
I did ask the Pentax Rep the other week and the Jessops guy (it's the only Pentax dealer in Manchester, worst luck!) to see if they would swap the 35mm which I already have, for the fifty. Nope, can't do it, it is a national thing :(Chris at SRS is being slightly more flexible: https://www.pentaxuser.com/forum/topic/current-srs-offers--47457 :wink: Dan
Outdoor Photography Magazine
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
Indeed he must. :wink: Dan
International Garden Photographer of the Year
Posted in General Digital Photography chat
Some great pics, but putting them in a video format was highly annoying. I like to choose how long I look at an image and pausing ans FFwarding was a PITAThey're also on the IGPOTY website: http://www.igpoty.com/competition07/winners.asp?parent=winners Dan
Another Review of the K-3 ;-)
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
Hi Daniel, thanks for the link. I spoke with Chris today and came home poorer in the pocket but richer in the kit bag :lol:I'm sure you won't be at all disappointed Cedric, I really was sorry to have to send it back. I'll be getting one myself in the not-too-distant future, Chris has got some great offers on at the moment. :D Dan
Another Review of the K-3 ;-)
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
LOL I thought I recognised the name, guess we should take that 95% score with a pinch of salt then :):wink:Not at all, bearing in mind the 70D got 94% the month before I think, and I handled one just after doing this review, I think it's fair. But as Andy says, it's rare for a review to come up significantly below this anyway. Ratings are very hard to do. :D Dan