Scott Birch

Scott Birch

Joined on Sep 20, 2012

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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 Sony adds XAVC S and high bitrate video to a6000 article (180 comments in total)

A good range of lenses would be nice.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2015 at 01:38 UTC as 4th 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 Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on article (668 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 39th comment | 1 reply
On DPReview Recommends: Selfie-Sticks article (138 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 74th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1864 comments in total)
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iae aa eia: I would prefer to have seen a 1" sensor with a lens with the same aperture of the LX7 (even if the tele end was as short as the LX100). That aperture range was a trademark. At least for me, it was like, "Man, I have a 1.4 Leica lens. Wow!" I know this isn't all, but it was quite an appeal. It really was a surprise to see an even larger sensor, though, but I miss this step lighter aperture range. I think I also miss the cleaner but catchy design of the LX3/7 and that less matte metal housing. But, well, aside these sentimental issues, it's quite an update.

I'm no longer sure what this argument is about.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 09:53 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1864 comments in total)
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iae aa eia: I would prefer to have seen a 1" sensor with a lens with the same aperture of the LX7 (even if the tele end was as short as the LX100). That aperture range was a trademark. At least for me, it was like, "Man, I have a 1.4 Leica lens. Wow!" I know this isn't all, but it was quite an appeal. It really was a surprise to see an even larger sensor, though, but I miss this step lighter aperture range. I think I also miss the cleaner but catchy design of the LX3/7 and that less matte metal housing. But, well, aside these sentimental issues, it's quite an update.

I think we're arguing about different things. I think we all know what F-stop is. I said a couple of comments up that F-stop is a ratio.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 08:36 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1864 comments in total)
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iae aa eia: I would prefer to have seen a 1" sensor with a lens with the same aperture of the LX7 (even if the tele end was as short as the LX100). That aperture range was a trademark. At least for me, it was like, "Man, I have a 1.4 Leica lens. Wow!" I know this isn't all, but it was quite an appeal. It really was a surprise to see an even larger sensor, though, but I miss this step lighter aperture range. I think I also miss the cleaner but catchy design of the LX3/7 and that less matte metal housing. But, well, aside these sentimental issues, it's quite an update.

I understand that F-stop is about brightness, but it's not the whole story when it comes to photon-gathering and IQ.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 06:52 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1864 comments in total)
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iae aa eia: I would prefer to have seen a 1" sensor with a lens with the same aperture of the LX7 (even if the tele end was as short as the LX100). That aperture range was a trademark. At least for me, it was like, "Man, I have a 1.4 Leica lens. Wow!" I know this isn't all, but it was quite an appeal. It really was a surprise to see an even larger sensor, though, but I miss this step lighter aperture range. I think I also miss the cleaner but catchy design of the LX3/7 and that less matte metal housing. But, well, aside these sentimental issues, it's quite an update.

Dude, quantity of brightness is not the whole story, that is all I'm saying. It's also about how larger sensors and lenses gather more photons at any given F-stop and incorporate them into a superior quality image, with better signal-to-noise ratio and a greater control over depth-of-field for those who require it. Instead of repeating your point, try to understand the one I've been making.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 22, 2014 at 04:25 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1864 comments in total)
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iae aa eia: I would prefer to have seen a 1" sensor with a lens with the same aperture of the LX7 (even if the tele end was as short as the LX100). That aperture range was a trademark. At least for me, it was like, "Man, I have a 1.4 Leica lens. Wow!" I know this isn't all, but it was quite an appeal. It really was a surprise to see an even larger sensor, though, but I miss this step lighter aperture range. I think I also miss the cleaner but catchy design of the LX3/7 and that less matte metal housing. But, well, aside these sentimental issues, it's quite an update.

Hence the discussion of equivalency - or do you not wish to discuss the graph at all? Interesting ...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2014 at 23:26 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1864 comments in total)
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iae aa eia: I would prefer to have seen a 1" sensor with a lens with the same aperture of the LX7 (even if the tele end was as short as the LX100). That aperture range was a trademark. At least for me, it was like, "Man, I have a 1.4 Leica lens. Wow!" I know this isn't all, but it was quite an appeal. It really was a surprise to see an even larger sensor, though, but I miss this step lighter aperture range. I think I also miss the cleaner but catchy design of the LX3/7 and that less matte metal housing. But, well, aside these sentimental issues, it's quite an update.

Your attempts to teach are cute. The concept of aperture equivalency is a valid and useful one. Look at the table in the article and learn from it. Bokeh is a result of reduced depth of field due to larger apertures, not F-stops. Light-gathering ability is compromised by a smaller sensor's inferior treatment of gathered light.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2014 at 11:37 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1864 comments in total)
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iae aa eia: I would prefer to have seen a 1" sensor with a lens with the same aperture of the LX7 (even if the tele end was as short as the LX100). That aperture range was a trademark. At least for me, it was like, "Man, I have a 1.4 Leica lens. Wow!" I know this isn't all, but it was quite an appeal. It really was a surprise to see an even larger sensor, though, but I miss this step lighter aperture range. I think I also miss the cleaner but catchy design of the LX3/7 and that less matte metal housing. But, well, aside these sentimental issues, it's quite an update.

The amount of gathered light is pretty much beyond debate. Larger holes let more light in.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2014 at 04:03 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1864 comments in total)
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iae aa eia: I would prefer to have seen a 1" sensor with a lens with the same aperture of the LX7 (even if the tele end was as short as the LX100). That aperture range was a trademark. At least for me, it was like, "Man, I have a 1.4 Leica lens. Wow!" I know this isn't all, but it was quite an appeal. It really was a surprise to see an even larger sensor, though, but I miss this step lighter aperture range. I think I also miss the cleaner but catchy design of the LX3/7 and that less matte metal housing. But, well, aside these sentimental issues, it's quite an update.

F-stop is a ratio. actual aperture is a physical measurement. Hence the use of aperture equivalence by those who assess such things and the film industry also.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2014 at 04:02 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1864 comments in total)
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iae aa eia: I would prefer to have seen a 1" sensor with a lens with the same aperture of the LX7 (even if the tele end was as short as the LX100). That aperture range was a trademark. At least for me, it was like, "Man, I have a 1.4 Leica lens. Wow!" I know this isn't all, but it was quite an appeal. It really was a surprise to see an even larger sensor, though, but I miss this step lighter aperture range. I think I also miss the cleaner but catchy design of the LX3/7 and that less matte metal housing. But, well, aside these sentimental issues, it's quite an update.

The F-stop might be a lower number on the LX7, but the aperture is larger (and more light is gathered) on the LX100.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2014 at 01:40 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1864 comments in total)
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YiannisPP: Those "I own it, I want it, I had it" numbers are like a statistical distribution of people's ability to perform the simplest of actions, i.e. press the correct central button ("I want it"). It seems that about 10% of DPR users fail to control their fingers/mouse so as to push the right button. That is pretty surprising, 10% is a lot.

Those buttons are useless.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2014 at 01:37 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1267 comments in total)
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Markol: I've been a huge fan of Jeff for many years but the final thoughts he put together destroy much of his reputation IMHO.
While I'm not at all against this camera, an enthusiast would never argue that he doesn't print large anyway so the inferior IQ is ok when going on a once in a lifetime holiday.
But amazon will be happy with the text, that's for sure.

"Destroyed his reputation." People do like their melodrama, don't they :D

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2014 at 15:48 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1267 comments in total)
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snapa: It's simply too big and heavy. As much as I like the larger 1" sensor, if it had only 16MP (for better low light shooting capability) and 25-300mm equivalent zoom range to make it smaller/lighter, it could have been a contender for me. As it is, it is as large and heavy as a mid range DSLR with a kit lens and has lower IQ and high ISO capability. Not many people need/require 20MP or 400mm as a travel type take anywhere camera. Also, 4K video will only be truly utilized by <5% of people, so that is something most will pay for without needing or using it. It's basically a marketing gimmick for all intensive purposes at this time. Once people own 4K capable computer monitors and TV's, it may be worth having that option at that time.

"For all intensive purposes."

FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES! AAAGH! YE GODS!

We need more grammar Nazis. I can't be the only one.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 15, 2014 at 20:10 UTC

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 What is equivalence and why should I care? article (2132 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
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