PhotoKhan

Lives in Portugal Cascais, Portugal
Works as a Airline pilot
Joined on Mar 22, 2003
About me:

A good photograph shows what you saw.
A superior ones conveys what you felt.

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On article The Canon that can: Canon EOS 80D Review (590 comments in total)
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PhotoKhan: Could the reviewer be less enthused with this camera?
The stance he approached the review is almost palpable browsing through the "let's get on with it and head back home" images in the gallery.
The feeling I am getting from this review is a complete "meh-of-mehs!", in contrast with other online resources.
It is so much so, that I am now decided to get a loaner just to evaluate things for myself.
It is sad that after all these years, I am starting to get the feeling that I simply can't trust DPR anymore when it comes to evaluate Canon cameras.

(cont.)

But, even if that is the case, there are simple, objective "journalistic" direct indicators that you guys really have a problem with Canon products.

For instance, how can a reference online photography site that covers everything but the photo-sink manage to not have a single review from any of the already launched 4 cameras from one of Canon's specific line, the "M" subsystem?

Either I am imagining things or the 24 people who already pressed "like" are not all "fanboys". It is up to DPR editorial staff to meditate about what is which.

Irrespective of the conclusion you'll come up to, your product - the site content - can only benefit from such introspection.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 10:07 UTC
On article The Canon that can: Canon EOS 80D Review (590 comments in total)
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PhotoKhan: Could the reviewer be less enthused with this camera?
The stance he approached the review is almost palpable browsing through the "let's get on with it and head back home" images in the gallery.
The feeling I am getting from this review is a complete "meh-of-mehs!", in contrast with other online resources.
It is so much so, that I am now decided to get a loaner just to evaluate things for myself.
It is sad that after all these years, I am starting to get the feeling that I simply can't trust DPR anymore when it comes to evaluate Canon cameras.

(cont.)

Now, I could take this lack of enthusiasm as DSLR-related and not, specifically, Canon-related but the general DPR "blasé "stance (to say the least) the last couple of years mixed with little things like the subliminally tale-telling chosen title (sometimes "cute" does not hide it all) for this review makes me lean more towards the "Canon-meh" syndrome that seems to have taken all of you guys by the feet.

I gladly admit I may be the one seeing things wrong, that I might have an emotional bias I am not aware of.

(cont.)

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 10:06 UTC
On article The Canon that can: Canon EOS 80D Review (590 comments in total)
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PhotoKhan: Could the reviewer be less enthused with this camera?
The stance he approached the review is almost palpable browsing through the "let's get on with it and head back home" images in the gallery.
The feeling I am getting from this review is a complete "meh-of-mehs!", in contrast with other online resources.
It is so much so, that I am now decided to get a loaner just to evaluate things for myself.
It is sad that after all these years, I am starting to get the feeling that I simply can't trust DPR anymore when it comes to evaluate Canon cameras.

Yes, I did, Dan.

I commend you how a detailed and well written article (they always are, so I always read them) and certainly don't want to be the DB that puts down the hard work of someone's else.

Still, the enthusiasm is not there and it clearly shows in the gallery samples.

It's only natural that you don't notice it, because you are the one who wrote it but, to have an idea of the kind of lack in enthusiasm I am referring to, just check Chris Niccolls and Jordan Drake's piece about the same camera on YouTube, how they keep their enthusiasm about the product, without ever failing to report on perceived shortcomings.

(cont.)

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 10:06 UTC
On article The Canon that can: Canon EOS 80D Review (590 comments in total)

Could the reviewer be less enthused with this camera?
The stance he approached the review is almost palpable browsing through the "let's get on with it and head back home" images in the gallery.
The feeling I am getting from this review is a complete "meh-of-mehs!", in contrast with other online resources.
It is so much so, that I am now decided to get a loaner just to evaluate things for myself.
It is sad that after all these years, I am starting to get the feeling that I simply can't trust DPR anymore when it comes to evaluate Canon cameras.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2016 at 09:38 UTC as 65th comment | 11 replies

Great lens. Well done, Tamron.
...and what an apt series to test it and showcase its performance.
I wouldn't be able to request-specify them in writing, even if asked.
Kudos.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2016 at 19:30 UTC as 19th comment
On article Student takes 2016 Zeiss Photography Award top prize (223 comments in total)

Ok...this, right here...This is what it is all about.
I can't be more in agreement as to this being prize material.
This photo is perfect in what relates to photography canons, what "Photography" is all about. Since it is perfect and then something more, it jumps to "Art" level.
This is the way it should be. Not the other way around (making conceptually-contrived "artistic" pieces trying to get there).
I will now go to the Leica forum trying, once more, to show the users there why most of them are so misdirected.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2016 at 09:39 UTC as 36th comment

Powerful stuff...
It's not common for a piece to remind us that technology is made by humans, for humans.
I felt connected and that's all this business of image harvesting should be about.
Well done.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2016 at 21:25 UTC as 40th comment
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maljo@inreach.com: Certainly disappointing, no matter that it's a sports camera.
Image quality is ultimately the thing.

No, the quality is not "so bad", nor are the images unusable or disappointing, obviously.

...but, as far as I am concerned, discounting the 102400 ISO images which are inherently impressive, there's a noticeable lack of "Oomph!" in those.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 14:49 UTC

A bunch of either (A) things we know or can deduce (B) vague, non-committing innuendo.

Seriously, why do you even bother interviewing these drones?

Stick with the only forthcoming, casual-normal extremely interesting photography industry executive you've interviewed in the last 5 years or so: Fujifilm's Toshihisa Iida.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2016 at 12:12 UTC as 71st comment
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russimages: I had three reactions to these photos: nice; nothing I couldn't have shot myself if I had been there; and too cold for me to want to have been there. I could be wrong about the first two.

Why did I know I wouldn't find any even before I pressed your handle link to search for some photos?

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2016 at 18:08 UTC
On article DPReview is hiring! Software development manager (109 comments in total)
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SDPharm: Number 1 task: make the site retina display compatible. A photography gear site not able to take advantage of modern high resolution display is shameful.

Menneisyys,
This is just out. I wholeheartedly recommend you check it out:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsUEk6CPAGg

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2016 at 10:40 UTC
On article DPReview is hiring! Software development manager (109 comments in total)
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SDPharm: Number 1 task: make the site retina display compatible. A photography gear site not able to take advantage of modern high resolution display is shameful.

Ok.
I feel I made my point and it was interesting reading yours.
Thank you for the non-partisan intelligent exchange.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2016 at 10:32 UTC
On article DPReview is hiring! Software development manager (109 comments in total)
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SDPharm: Number 1 task: make the site retina display compatible. A photography gear site not able to take advantage of modern high resolution display is shameful.

Well, if it is determined that a specific user benefits from iOS, by all means, give him/her that.

...but, if you're in a Photography site it is logic to assume YOU like photography.

Photography (...and cinema...) is about resolution, color fidelity and, most especially, contrast.

If you're a photographer and are not using a SuperAmoled or SuperAmoled+ display you're making yourself an huge disfavor.

Now, you can still say "oh, yes but all things pondered Apple/iOS/Retina works best for me".

Again, that is perfectly OK but then it has to be an assumed option and it is not OK coming here to complain about the site's programmers prowess or lack of it, which was the crux to my original reply to SDPharm's comment.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2016 at 10:21 UTC
On article DPReview is hiring! Software development manager (109 comments in total)
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SDPharm: Number 1 task: make the site retina display compatible. A photography gear site not able to take advantage of modern high resolution display is shameful.

I was not pretending to be offensive but rather reversing the logic into what "the problem" truly is.

People like to buy Apple products to be "trendy" in spite of their consumer-abusing "walled garden" approach and their continued failure to deliver top-tech products.

In the specific case of the much-touted "Retina" this happens to a point I am starting to believe the marketing name has actually been created to preclude prospective buyers to understand what they're getting into (...and their continuous use of the designation into successive, differently speced but always short-performing versions of the display only reinforces that perception...)

It is OK for people to do whatever they want with their money.

It is not OK to then come to online forums to complain that their "dbluetooth" can't connect with other devices or that the photography they're viewing in a photography site looks like cr@p or that the galleries don't work.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2016 at 10:04 UTC
On article DPReview is hiring! Software development manager (109 comments in total)
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SDPharm: Number 1 task: make the site retina display compatible. A photography gear site not able to take advantage of modern high resolution display is shameful.

Retina is far from "modern high resolution". It is probable that you are having problems precisely because it is not, far from it.

The problem would then be a (non)clear one, yes, but on your end: Liking to be duped by Apple marketing.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2016 at 09:44 UTC
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fmian: I guess this puts to rest concerns from the minority of Canon users who plan to shoot and process with a +5EV exposure push in mind.

For everyone else, if you often find yourself making a -5EV metering error, keep in mind that the Auto mode should prevent it from happening again.

This comment only highlights photographic ignorance, nothing more.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2016 at 08:36 UTC
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KrisAK: Huge privacy issues in play here: this doesn't just sync your keywords, it uses "newly developed image analysis technology" to identify the objects and places in your photos.

What's worse, privacy is only briefly alluded to in their blog:

"at no time will anyone else be able to search through or find your photos."

Great. But what about the METADATA your NSA plugin just scraped from my photos? What happens to that?

The idea that the same US agencies that monitor traffic and stored data in the US using US cloud based storage wouldn't do the very same by changing services to EU based providers of the same services is an amusingly naive one.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2016 at 20:49 UTC
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PhotoKhan: Now that they are dwelling into zoom territory, let's see how that famous optical quality holds its stand, how people are willing to fork out 6300EUR for a FF zoom typical proposal that other brands make brilliantly for 2000EUR.

If the APS-C dedicated Leica APO-Vario-Elmar-T 55-135mm F3.5-4.5 is anything to go by, Leica users are finally wising up. There's not a single "review" down at B&H by anyone who might have bought that 1500EUR "pearl".

Waiting for reviews with my popcorn already on the microwave...

NAwlins Contrarian, thank you for being the ever-so-needed patronizing pointer of the obvious.

Unfortunately, it is not 2000-2005 anymore and these new offers will have to stack against the current outstanding offers from other manufacturers.

"Whether those zoom lenses are appreciably better than the top zoom lenses from other manufacturers, and/or are worth the money" now, in 2016, is NOT a separate question. It IS my question.

It's easy to make an apt 50mm f/2 prime and fool everyone into thinking it is worth north of 7000EUR but let's see how that "absurd money for competent optics" works with zooms...

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2016 at 09:48 UTC

Now that they are dwelling into zoom territory, let's see how that famous optical quality holds its stand, how people are willing to fork out 6300EUR for a FF zoom typical proposal that other brands make brilliantly for 2000EUR.

If the APS-C dedicated Leica APO-Vario-Elmar-T 55-135mm F3.5-4.5 is anything to go by, Leica users are finally wising up. There's not a single "review" down at B&H by anyone who might have bought that 1500EUR "pearl".

Waiting for reviews with my popcorn already on the microwave...

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2016 at 10:10 UTC as 42nd comment | 5 replies

Great interview. Kudos DPR.
What I wouldn't give to just bring this guy coffee on location and see him work.
One hour with him would be equivalent to years and years of browsing/interacting through DPReview posts, trying to assess which came from people that actually know what they are talking about and, still, coming up with such a low percentage of those.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2016 at 13:03 UTC as 64th comment
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