Scott Birch

Joined on Sep 20, 2012

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Mattoid: If you are going to delete 'trolling' comments then you are against free speech and you may as well not have comments.

Not so. This site is private and speech is therefore not free. Are people free to yell whatever obscenities they choose at you in your own space, Mattoid?

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2013 at 13:40 UTC

I like comments because the occasional one can be useful; even some of the very rude ones. Some of them can even be funny.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2013 at 13:25 UTC as 92nd comment | 1 reply
On article Gorgeous color photos of America in the 1930's and 40's (109 comments in total)
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Mikhail Tal: What's so gorgeous about these photos? They aren't nearly as vibrant, sharp, and contrasty as modern digital photos. They look just as dated as anything else from a bygone ear. Film is dead.

Some people just don't like bygone ears.

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2013 at 07:00 UTC
On article Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review (1200 comments in total)
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Timmbits: @DPR: I'm glad to see that you shot these with some other cameras for reference. however, you should add a few more in there, especially a wider selection of the higher-resolution cameras from Sony, Nikon, Samsung, Pentax, to keep the readership here happy... the best of each maker for reference in both APS and FF formats.

Some of us are aware of the scope of your effort. Thank you Barney. That said, may we have the moon on a stick?

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2013 at 09:23 UTC
On article Olympus stems losses but PEN sales disappoint (233 comments in total)

Such a pity ..

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2013 at 04:54 UTC as 38th comment
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Funduro: Blue dot looks like a Nikon D600 oil/dust issue.

It's a bit contrasty. They should have looked at the jpeg settings on the older MFT model they're obviously using.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2013 at 08:55 UTC
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Lelle Kidd: No one seems to react to the fact that the focus outline in "focus peaking" will be white! It should be in a contrasting color, such as RED.

Broadcast video graphers have worked with white/zebra focus peaking for years. I find your contrasting colour requirement a little unnecessary. Just my opinion, of course, but I don't think Fuji needs to change it.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2013 at 14:19 UTC
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Artistico: When I saw the headline I was expecting a bullet time effect, but this is not it. Rather it is a camera spinning rig with a slightly higher frame rate and a guy trying really hard to start a forest fire over and over again with different fireworks. Could easily be $100 in costs and $1,000,000,000 in damages if he succeeds.

Anyway, wouldn't it technically be really cheap to create a real bullet time effect with old - and therefore cheap - cameras and a not very high-tech way of triggering them at the same time or with a slight delay?

It doesn't matter if he gets out much or not. He's right.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2013 at 20:58 UTC
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jkokich: I applaud anyone who uses their imagination and ingenuity to do things Hollywood wastes millions on, but come on, this is merely a rotating camera rig. A very well-made one, for virtually no money, but not bullet-time.

Bullet time is simultaneous or almost simultaneous exposures from a series of cameras, not just one. This is just rotated slow-mo.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2013 at 20:58 UTC
On article Buyers' Guide: Best DSLRs and ILCs for under $1000 (91 comments in total)

Are these forums a good idea? So much whingeing from people who probably don't take photographs regularly. It's getting worse.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2013 at 08:40 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply
On article Best DSLRs and ILCs for less than $1000 (277 comments in total)
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Nikonworks: Most retailers hold a straight forward 'Inventory Sale', of which this article clearly seems to be, except the straight forward part.

DPReview please take notice:
When I was a kid 'slot cars' were the newest and 'biggest' thing.
Stores opened up just with slot car race tracks. It was fantastic but very short lived because the market place became overloaded with slot cars and accessories to the point the kids could not keep up with the market.
The whole market folded like a deck of cards.

Of late, you, the editors are doing the same thing here at DPReview.
You have too many Final Reviews to post before listing 'Old cameras under $1000'. You are reaching in all directions, phones, tech, cameras, etc.
You are making this site unwieldly and soon ambiguous.

You better get together and focus on your mission.

At the same time you can discuss formally thanking me for my 'Real World Samples' suggestion.

Nikonworks I suggest you set up your own site if you don't like this one. But I'm not holding my breath.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2013 at 10:41 UTC
On article Just posted: Our Fujifilm X-M1 hands-on preview (117 comments in total)

It's great. The other models in the X- range have viewfinders if you need one that badly. Stop whining.

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2013 at 08:20 UTC as 15th comment

Finally. The camera for me. Now I don't have to wait for the Fuji XE-2 ;)

Link | Posted on May 31, 2013 at 21:21 UTC as 15th comment

Head-to-heads are really useful. Thank you.

Link | Posted on May 29, 2013 at 12:54 UTC as 44th comment
On article Just Posted: Olympus E-PM2 Review (164 comments in total)
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ARTASHES: Cons: "OM-D image quality in smaller, lighter, cheaper body"
I think this is the biggest of pros of this camera ;)

HI Barney, thank you for your patient handling of all us high-maintenance trolls down here in Commentistan :)

Link | Posted on May 22, 2013 at 13:43 UTC
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SeeRoy: Wotta lotta twaddle here - the usual endless piffle about FL/Aperture equivalence. I don't use a Nikon 1 system (I own FX and M4/3) however I did buy, and have used, a V1 system for a woman friend as an alternative to her Canon DSLR. And I wouldn't be likely to buy this overpriced lens even if I was a CX system user.
I agree that the existing cameras fall well short of what they might easily have been; many people might have been prepared to overlook the limitations imposed by the choice of sensor size had the ergonomics been better. However I feel it's likely that, given the rapid development in sensor technology, before too long we'll see a Nikon CX range that meets the requirements of many of its current critics.
There's a lot wrong with my OMD too but it doesn't stop me finding it a much more enjoyable experience than an FX body with a 2.8 zoom attached.
Edited for typo.

Guess I misunderstood this, perhaps? http://www.dpreview.com/news/2013/03/04/Canon-develops-high-sensitivity-full-frame-CMOS-sensor-for-videos

Link | Posted on May 17, 2013 at 01:11 UTC
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Scott Birch: Larger pixels would be much better for light-gathering than wider apertures. Imagine how high an ISO you could get away with on a 5Mp 1" sensor. Or a 5Mp FF sensor, for that matter.

I saw this and got excited: http://www.dpreview.com/news/2013/03/04/Canon-develops-high-sensitivity-full-frame-CMOS-sensor-for-videos

Link | Posted on May 17, 2013 at 01:11 UTC

Larger pixels would be much better for light-gathering than wider apertures. Imagine how high an ISO you could get away with on a 5Mp 1" sensor. Or a 5Mp FF sensor, for that matter.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2013 at 23:52 UTC as 19th comment | 7 replies
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Simon97: On my CX format wish list is a 13mm f/2 (35mm equiv.) and a 150mm f/4 (405mm equiv.) to give some tele reach without adapters.

No doubt this new lens will perform well. It is apparently easier to make smaller lenses sharp as the other CX lenses have been marvelous. Even the 10-100mm zoom is excellent.

All these people in search of the widest aperture ... are you all wedding portrait or chocolate-box virtuosos or what?

Link | Posted on May 15, 2013 at 23:49 UTC
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Simon97: On my CX format wish list is a 13mm f/2 (35mm equiv.) and a 150mm f/4 (405mm equiv.) to give some tele reach without adapters.

No doubt this new lens will perform well. It is apparently easier to make smaller lenses sharp as the other CX lenses have been marvelous. Even the 10-100mm zoom is excellent.

There's a sweet spot, surely, yabokkie? Narrow apertures affect quality but so do open apertures where the angle of incidence of the light on the sensor has such a big range. This affects sharpness too, right?

Link | Posted on May 15, 2013 at 23:48 UTC
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