I applaud Richard and the DPR Editorial staff for publishing this brilliant treatise to clarify common misconceptions on equivalence.
Timely, written with exquisite clarity, and supported by many real-world examples.
This is why, despite some questionable Front Page articles recently, I still patronize this website.
Nikon issued a similar but seemingly less disingenuous apology in June 2012:
"[We] received a reservation far beyond the expected in the whole world, we can not keep up with continued production status to your order. Sorry to our customers has been very inconvenience. I will strive to continue intensive production, thank you for your understanding."
This statement was in reference to the D800 and D800E, cameras which were much more deserving of a public mea culpa from Nikon for a worldwide shortage during initial product roll-out.
The D810 is a mid-cycle refresh of a class-leading DSLR with respect to IQ and DR.
I tend to agree with the reviewer that it is unlikely going to entice too many D800/E owners like myself to run out and upgrade to Nikon's latest offering, but any incremental refinement is better than none at all.
Naysayers will diss this D800/E successor (e.g. still no WiFi, GPS, or 4k video, etc.). Mirrorless fans will criticize any DSLR regardless.
For those who appreciate the amazing medium format-like IQ the D810's predecessors are capable of producing in the hands of skilled photographers, I view the tiny improvements in this D810 as welcome additions--however "unexciting" they may be.
Thank you for this set of "real world" comparisons, Rishi. I agree with nearly everything you wrote in the Summary.
It would be informative to compare the A7S with the Df (and D4S, despite the class difference).
photo perzon: By the time you are at ISO 200,000 where are you? Time to turn on the light, no?
Not unless you are doing covert photography.
Thank you for the studio shots. A very strong showing from Sony's latest FF mirrorless camera.
FWIW, these are some first impressions of the A7S (compared to the A7R) from Michael Reichmann of Luminous Landscape:
* No obvious difference in DR* ISO 102,400 is the limit to which he would use the A7S for critical applications* 2.5-3 stop advantage over the A7R, between ISO 6400 to 51,200* World's first and only FF camera with a truly silent shutter (great for wedding photographers)* Images from the A7S have a *medium format" look
Brilliant. A new device that has the capability of further invading into your privacy (the little that's left these days) by tracking and recording your every movement and thought.
If I didn't know any better, this phone is almost as good as a microchip implant that sends back information to the mother ship in Seattle.
The end is really near....
TomFid: These are nice, but interesting that almost all are heavily processed. Is that an artifact of the limitations of the tool, or just the selection process and an Instagram generation?
The popularity of Instagram and other apps of its ilk likely stems from the limitations restricting images captured by a camera phone. Lower DR, DOF, more noise, inability to capture fast action, etc. To mask these limitations, there is a tendency to use heavy PP as a crutch.
Combine that with the desire for one-upmanship on social media and photo-sharing sites, you get an inevitable influx of apps to simulate quickly faux-artistry with frequently overcooked images which subvert the occasional beauty of an image or two captured by the unsuspecting poseur.
I understand why there is a segment of the DPReview membership who find these images compelling. Even some judges are not immune to being drawn to overused, vapid Instagram filters.
Clever, but I was expecting the pooch to wear the D700 around its collar at the end. FTW
I don't think there's anything wrong with your Leica T copy.
No respectable owner of a Leica camera actually shoots with it....do they?
Brilliantly executed. The photos have a dream-like, surreal quality which is befitting the expressive mood he wanted to convey.
In an era when mindless snaps and selfies dominate the landscape, it is refreshing to see that there are folks who still believe that vision, creativity, and imagination enable photography to remain an unparalleled art form.
Marty4650: When the Superzoom camera first hit the stage they were all around 12X models. The recent trend to 30X, 40X, and 50X or more zoom ranges is really a different animal. These are Ultrazoom cameras.
Panasonic made a wise choice by cutting back the zoom range so they could employ a larger sensor. Having used Superzoom cameras before, I can tell you that the top end of the zoom range is pretty much useless. Unless you like muddy photos.
It has been a while since I have used an all-in-one superzoom camera. But I share your experience. At the telephoto end, images tended to lack sharpness and detail. Forget about low light shooting, as the images were as noisy as a busy nightclub.
Maybe camera sensor and lens technology have improved over the years, resulting in improved IQ in these superzooms.
On paper, the FZ1000 does appear to be an intriguing product at a reasonable price point.
In order for the rumored Amazon smartphone to sell well and compete with the iPhone and Android phones, it has to be more than a one-trick pony.
No matter how good the camera function (cf. Lumia 1020), smartphones which garner traction typically have well-rounded OS and a plethora of useful apps in the ecosystem.
In that photo DPR submitted for retouching, PicTricks should have also offered to soften the distractingly cluttered background.
For 5 bucks, you get what you pay for.
I am simply aghast and outraged at how any reasonable person who respects the notion of intellectual property and copyright laws would so blatantly post publicly on the Internet step-by-step directions on how to circumvent the copyright watermark on photographs.
Please do not try to chalk it up to youthful indiscretion. Stealing is stealing.
The sense of entitlement of many Millennials such as this scofflaw is rapidly spinning out of control.
Congratulations to Sigma for hitting another home run with this latest addition to the Art series.
For me, I cannot justify the price of the Zeiss Otus 55mm/1.4, which has superb optics reportedly matched or even surpassed by the Sigma 50mm/1.4.
I can't wait to get my hands on a copy.
"Evans' photography is imaginative, technically innovative and thought-provoking."
DPR....you are joking, right?
The video looks like a professional production, with various angles and depth of focus. Overlay a music soundtrack and you got yourself a pretty sweet piece.
Congrats, Zack. I am not a street photographer, but appreciate your work.
I think this is a wonderful idea. The tragedy last month enlightened me on the dangers the Sherpas go through to make the expedition of most modern Everest climbers that much easier.
This group of highly trained men climb first, fixing ropes and ladders, while hauling tons of supplies on their back. They are mostly humble people, living off the bare necessities in life.
The Sherpas are truly the unsung heroes. Blessings and peace to the families and friends who lost their loved ones.