Scott Birch

Scott Birch

Joined on Sep 20, 2012

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Scott Birch: This is such a non-issue. I'm loving the red-blue politicizing of it by our hysterical American brothers, though. All this foaming at the mouth for nothing at all.

Yes Raincheck that's pretty much it. It's easy to feel Olympian when so many people are ranting like idiots. It is to such fools we look for some of life's minor pleasures :) To have an issue with hunting, and so to rant on about ... spotter scopes. And without a trace of irony. It's a source of amusement, yes.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 4, 2013 at 14:42 UTC
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Camediadude: Every now and again dpreview makes a serious misstep.
(Been lurking here for over a decade) ...
Re-posting this irrelevant-to-photography, politically-charged story is precisely one of those missteps. Learn from your mistakes, guys.

You brought it on with 'serious mis-step.' Did you honestly expect every single reader with a brain to supinely accept that without commenting? One of us was going to, and today I'm the one who was bored enough. Good luck cap'n.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 4, 2013 at 09:19 UTC
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Scott Birch: This is such a non-issue. I'm loving the red-blue politicizing of it by our hysterical American brothers, though. All this foaming at the mouth for nothing at all.

Viscous? Gosh.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 4, 2013 at 09:09 UTC

Dear dpreview, I'm anxiously awaiting an article on who makes the optics for American drones. That would be far more interesting. Thanks.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 4, 2013 at 09:06 UTC as 62nd comment | 2 replies

This is such a non-issue. I'm loving the red-blue politicizing of it by our hysterical American brothers, though. All this foaming at the mouth for nothing at all.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 4, 2013 at 08:44 UTC as 65th comment | 6 replies
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Camediadude: Every now and again dpreview makes a serious misstep.
(Been lurking here for over a decade) ...
Re-posting this irrelevant-to-photography, politically-charged story is precisely one of those missteps. Learn from your mistakes, guys.

Why is this a "serious" mis-step? It's a story about imaging devices. It generates interest in site content. If you, after a decade of lurking, suddenly awaken from your slumber, you're kinda demonstrating the article's effectiveness, even though your comment hints at a personal bias that isn't really germane.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 4, 2013 at 08:37 UTC
On Fujifilm X20 Preview preview (201 comments in total)
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tron555: "IF" Fuji can live up to ALL of it's marketing hype/press release promises and not have any of their famous 'white orb' like issues, this just might be a possible upgrade candidate. Those are some VERY big claims, like 30% less noise and 20% more resolution, and that extremely fast AF time! Only time and reviews will tell the true story. I personally hope they are all true, BUT something tells me they will not be able to deliver :(

Hi bushi,

I am curious about the laws in your country pertaining to warranty claims on second-hand goods with no receipts.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 17:41 UTC
On Fujifilm X20 Preview preview (201 comments in total)
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RadioGnome: I was suddenly struck by the fact that Fuji prints the 35mm equivalents of the focal length on the zoom ring. I was inclined to like the whole retro styling, but this suddenly made it all look very fake and 'willing to be something it is not'.

I was considering ordering a X20, but can't describe how stupid the camera looks to me now.

I think after a good 10 years of varying sensor sizes, every serious photographer is mentally capable of understanding the focal length / sensor size story. This makes it ever more appropriate to just print the actual physical focal length on the barrel of a zoom lens. One side is 'wide angle', other end is 'tele'.

I like 35mm-equivalent numbers. I don't want to have to do any silly calculations in my head or think about sensor sizes when picking up any camera. Whatever makes it easier to concentrate on taking good photographs.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 17:33 UTC
On Studio comparison images added to Panasonic GH3 Preview news story (38 comments in total)
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Maverick_: As a GH1 owner who was anxiously waiting for GH3 for an upgrade I have since completely dismissed GH3 as a fail from Panasonic. It's not really a photographers medium, it's a videographers. GH series is an amazing video camera and a rather ordinary stills tool.

Although some many not appreciate these comparison shots from DPR, but many do. If you want to figure out what a sensor can do, specially in high ISO, this is one of the best benchmarks on the web.

It seems, the GH3 is only marginally better than the GH2 and not quite as good as OM-D which is 400 dollars cheaper and much smaller. I don't see any reason to upgrade to GH3, as I do not need the broadcast quality video option. And the OM-D is looking even better now.

yabokkie the advertised ISO is the useful one to examine because that's the setting we'll use. we're buying a camera not just a sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2013 at 05:48 UTC
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tomservo33: Well, it is quite strange, how Sony can make such innovative, comfortable to use, generally feature rich cameras, that consistantly deliver SOFT images. I suspect that the issue is Software, not the sensor, lens, etc... Maybe I'm wrong, maybe it is not an "Issue" but an intentional feature/style. I have heard many discuss the AA, the agressive sony noise reduction; and compared to other APS-C cameras, and m4/3, the Sony shots all suffer from a general softness that seems to be caused by either aggressive and unnecessary noise reduction, or an odd JPEG engine. I feel that the RAW files are all quite good if I had to do Post-P. and I would have bought a Nex-6 if the Jpegs didn't look a little bit softer, consistantly.

tomservo if you only rely on review data, samples and user portfolios then that, surely isn't enough. it only goes to show that most comments on these fora are uninformed and of little use. can the real users and photographers please stand up?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2013 at 02:56 UTC

It would be good to see a similar treatment of the X100(s)'s lens.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2013 at 10:39 UTC as 17th comment
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Princess Leia: No need to criticize an awesome camera according to many reviews. Just be honest and say "I cannot afford it"....

What do you shoot with, yabokkie?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 23, 2013 at 18:27 UTC
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G7D: any insite into why they used 7Ds and teleconverters, why go up so high only to zoom in massively??

okay understanding the need to zoom for detail still confused how they got a wide angle at the same time multiple lenses?

_Do_ tell us how _you_ would have done it G7D. I'd love to read your method ;)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 22, 2013 at 07:03 UTC
On Just Posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 review news story (546 comments in total)
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Scott Birch: Impressive, but pointless. I wonder what kind of pictures will be taken with it. Do you think they'll justify the leap from APS-C to FF in a compact?

Yup. I hated it at first. I criticised it however I could. But yesterday I saw some more pics taken with it, and I went back to the shop and asked to try it out some more. I think I'm slowly falling in love with the damn thing.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2013 at 04:44 UTC
On Just Posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 review news story (546 comments in total)
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Scott Birch: Impressive, but pointless. I wonder what kind of pictures will be taken with it. Do you think they'll justify the leap from APS-C to FF in a compact?

Different photographers contributed to the selection. So sorry, must have been asleep. To be honest, the photos do look good. Better than Leica pics. But I think if I were to own a FF camera, I'd still go for an SLR. Putting such a superb sensor in a compact body is like ... well, locking it in a cage. I enjoyed handling the A99 more. They were next to each other in the shop :)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2013 at 18:57 UTC
On Just Posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 review news story (546 comments in total)
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Scott Birch: Impressive, but pointless. I wonder what kind of pictures will be taken with it. Do you think they'll justify the leap from APS-C to FF in a compact?

Orwullie, would you say that this camera enabled you to take these pics and make them as good as those from a FF SLR? I guess I'm asking because I feel you made these pics good more than did the camera (Yes I do like the pics).

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2013 at 12:10 UTC
On Just Posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 review news story (546 comments in total)
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Scott Birch: Impressive, but pointless. I wonder what kind of pictures will be taken with it. Do you think they'll justify the leap from APS-C to FF in a compact?

Oorwullie, you added extra question marks. May I donate them to a needy drama school? Thank you for the link, by the way. Nice pics framed well with appealing subject matter. Much post? I ask because of the vignetting. I wouldn't put them above any other FF camera's images I've seen, though.

The one I handled in here in Dubai felt somehow more 'delicate' (not in a good way) than a FF SLR. There's something reassuringly solid about a 5D, for example.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2013 at 11:53 UTC
On Just Posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 review news story (546 comments in total)

Impressive, but pointless. I wonder what kind of pictures will be taken with it. Do you think they'll justify the leap from APS-C to FF in a compact?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2013 at 06:18 UTC as 119th comment | 8 replies
On World Press Photo announces 2013 contest winners news story (298 comments in total)
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RBFresno: Hansen's shot is very powerful.

I am absolutely sincere in my hope that it's title, "Gaza Funeral" is more accurate than "More Hamas Human Shield Casualties used in Propaganda photo"

It was taken 11/20/12 during the 8 day "Operation Pillar of Defense" by Israel against Hamas militants in Gaza .

From my initial research, hard to tell whether this was another example of Hamas using Human Shields, or an overreaction by Israeli forces:

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/human-rights-watch-israel-violated-laws-of-war-during-offensive-on-gaza-1.503399

I'm not sure how staged this photo was (funerals are planned) But hey, the famous IWO Jima shot of Joe Rosenthal was also staged.

Given this uncertainty, I would have preferred a more neutral title such as "Grief-stricken Mideast Funeral March", over either
"Gaza Funeral ....children killed in an Israeli Missile Strike"
or the opposite:
"More Hamas Human Shield Casualties used in Propaganda photo"

It's a funeral. It's in Gaza.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2013 at 08:25 UTC
On World Press Photo announces 2013 contest winners news story (298 comments in total)
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Maklike Tier: Can you idiots keep your politics out of this? This is a PHOTO competition. Who gives a sh!t what the photographers' motivations are, political or financial? This is not the place for that, but AS USUAL, people can't help themselves.

STICK TO THE PHOTOS, DAMNIT.

I guess some people would be happier if the Palestinians were never photographed at all.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2013 at 08:24 UTC
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