Scott Birch

Scott Birch

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How many #richkidsofinstagram orders do they need to make this video worthwhile?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2016 at 05:05 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Nikon fills in the blanks on professional grade D5 DSLR (554 comments in total)

Looking forward to the low-light examples.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 5, 2016 at 21:21 UTC as 95th comment
On article Field Test: Brad Puet and the Fujifilm X-T10 (120 comments in total)
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vesa1tahti: In many messages, people are reminiscing film times. Fuji films were excellent, but their time is over now. 'Film simulation modes' may be interesting for those who remember the film photography in general. Those modes don't have any meaning in today's and future cameras (or at least the names of modes ought to be changed to be relevant for younger photographers, too).

The youngest photographers will see what they do and they will understand the names if they are interested to do so. What names do you suggest they change them to? Are you suggesting that the marketing and creating experts employed by Fuji didn't know what they were doing? Show us the way, @vesa1tahti. Lead by example!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 2, 2016 at 12:28 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Sony a7S II (286 comments in total)

Sony's really pushing the tech. I just wish they'd catch up with lenses. Time to consolidate on that front.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 1, 2016 at 13:06 UTC as 6th comment
On article Hands-on with the Sony a7S II (286 comments in total)
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CraigAlan: It's funny to read how tired people can get from lugging a dslr camera around for a few hours. If your back/neck or weak wrists can't handle it maybe you should hit the gym. My god.

I have bursitis in both shoulders and some arthritis. You can attach weights to your cameras to make them heavier, if you really want to show us what a big strong boy you are.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 1, 2016 at 13:05 UTC
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Salah: Are you sure his name is Achraf not Ashraf?!?

Yes. North Africans spell the same Arabic names differently using a slightly different Latin-alphabet protocol.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2015 at 02:43 UTC
On article Sony adds XAVC S and high bitrate video to a6000 (186 comments in total)

A good range of lenses would be nice.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2015 at 01:38 UTC as 7th comment
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Conrad567: The largest problem I can see, is that if you want a film like look to your videos you need to shoot at 24fpp [approx] and @ 1/50th sec shutter speed. This makes it impossible to make a sharp image of certain subjects, cars, kids, pets, trees while there is any kind of breeze etc.

One day 24fps film won't be such a Holy Grail. Because we had it in cinemas for a couple of generations we assume it's the be-all and end-all. That doesn't have to be the case for much longer.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2015 at 19:45 UTC
On article Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on (706 comments in total)

I didn't understand the appeal of Leica until I picked one up. Ahh ..

Direct link | Posted on Jun 2, 2015 at 18:22 UTC as 55th comment | 1 reply
On article DPReview Recommends: Selfie-Sticks (137 comments in total)
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GaryJP: Pretty sure this is an April 1st provocation but I am sick of the bellyaching about selfie sticks.

Photographers have ALWAYS taken pictures of themselves in front of assorted tourist features and the amount of room needed (as no one can be between the camera and the subject) has always been exactly the same. It certainly beats giving your camera or mobile phone to a random passer by to shoot you and your friends. (Particularly inadvisable if that passer by is wearing sports shows and can run fast.) It is also no bigger a problem in terms of space taken up than a tripod and a camera on a self timer.

Yes, they, and LCD screen cameras of ANY kind should be banned in venues such as concerts, but this isn't much of a real problem as most are shooting at the stage, not themselves in an anonymous crowd.

As a friend's kid once said to him: 'The fact that something didn't exist when you were born does not automatically make it a bad thing." The kid was right, My friend was wrong.

I used to sneer at it, but then I took some really nice party pics with one. The angle was a great one for flattering a group of faces.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 13:12 UTC

Is this sample broken?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2014 at 15:48 UTC as 75th comment

Sony should slow down and finish what they start. A strong array of lenses for existing product lines would be good. How about value-for-money lenses for the a6000?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 11:20 UTC as 18th comment
On article What is equivalence and why should I care? (2140 comments in total)
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fortwodriver: This is absolute BS... The f-stop is a measure of the ratio of the diaphragm opening to the focal length of the lens. Nothing more, nothing less. If you want to talk about light transmission, please do your research on T-Stops and stop making this stuff up.

T stop is more accurate, yes, but as consumer cameras have TTL metering, the differences are not enough to invalidate F-stops as a metric.

Even Newton's 3 laws of motion aren't completely accurate, if you go down to a quantum level of measurement, but they are accurate _enough_ for engineering purposes and for our lives.

You, sir, have come here to pour scorn on stills photographers and tell us that you're in some way one of the 'big boys' in the movie world. You are not here in the spirit of sharing knowledge of the art of photography.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 09:43 UTC
On article Panasonic FZ1000: Not just another superzoom... (158 comments in total)
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Barney Britton: Sorry about that - we like to keep you in suspense. The system for scheduling homepage stories is separate from that which schedules articles - hence the snafu.

Hopefully you can see the article now, sorry about the break in service.

Oh FFS Denis.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2014 at 08:07 UTC
On article Nikon D4s First Impressions Review (1043 comments in total)
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Wubslin: Another overblown, overdone, oversized, overweight, overpriced failure from Nikon then?

Time to stick a fork in it.

Some people are quite active on forums. That makes them experts.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2014 at 14:37 UTC
On article Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R real-world samples gallery (271 comments in total)
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The Name is Bond: An 85mm is not for headshots or even head and shoulder shots.

It's for head and half torso at the most.

You need a 135mm equiv minimum for headshots.

If you don't believe me then try it with your consumer zoom. It makes a huge difference.

She looks a bit flat-faced at 350 mm but the comparisons were informative. Thank you. I can see how different focal lengths would suit different faces too. Clearly, 85mm isn't the whole story for portraits. I shall take pics accordingly.

Direct link | Posted on May 5, 2014 at 19:56 UTC
On article Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review (2255 comments in total)

Y U Leica?

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2014 at 01:19 UTC as 258th comment
On article Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review (2255 comments in total)
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nickthetasmaniac: DPR, I'm curious to hear your thoughts about the sustainability of using 1.2kg of aluminium to create a 94g shell? Even assuming the waste aluminium is reused, this still requires a great deal of additional energy. Or do these things not matter so long as "The result is an extraordinarily tactile, solid-feeling object."

Being a niche, artisan manufacturer does not excuse Leica from its environmental responsibility.

And there's the fact that Leica owners aren't buying new cameras every 18 months. That's good for the environment.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 29, 2014 at 19:19 UTC
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Poweruser: Although 15/1.7 sound spectacular on paper what you are really getting is a moderate wide angle (35mm terms) with almost no option to work with selective depth of field. Unless you really close up, compact camera / phone style.

Would it matter if this lens was f2.8 instead? A fast aperture at this focal length helps the smaller m43 sensor to gather enough photons in bad light. Picture-wise at 15mm it doesnt make a difference at all.

We must have bokeh. We don't know why, but we must have bokeh.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 22:39 UTC
On article CP+ 2014: Hands-on with Sony a6000 (102 comments in total)

Without ever having been in the same room as one or seen any sample pics, I can say that this is a good-looking camera. The design team got it right this time.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2014 at 17:29 UTC as 10th comment
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