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I'm a huge fan of bags, and own lots of them. I don't mean camera bags, but all bags. I'm a guy, and I'm not overly trendy otherwise, but I like bag design.

With that declared, I'll say this about "messenger" bags: The flaps are usually a issue for camera bags because they prevent you from reaching your camera quickly. That, and flaps on some bags are too long. If you include a flap, it needs to be shorter.

I understand that a flap is generally regarded as being more weather resistant than simply using a zipper, but I'd personally rather have a zipper anyway. I know people don't like them because plastic zippers feel cheap, while metal zippers may scratch your gear. However, a waterproof zip may work for some people.

Personally, I don't have a camera bag anymore. My X100 sits in its hard-case, and I wear it across the shoulder. Same goes for my X-Pro1, and if I bring another lens, I keep it in whichever man-bag I'm carrying.

EDIT: The Roma has a good accessible opening!

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2015 at 12:35 UTC as 25th comment | 3 replies
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Dazzer8888: I'd be curious to know: does it say "Leica" on the outside? If so, it would seem to be a bit of a theft magnet. If not, then i might get one for my sony A7! ;)

You can get one for the A7, but the regular Berlin is the same bag, except without the red interior. I guess it doesn't matter whether it's the "Leica Edition" or not. It's really a matter of how much you like red.

Enjoy. ;)

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2015 at 12:21 UTC
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falconeyes: If you switch over to DPR's report about Sony supplying 40% of all sensors now, you'll find the reason for this.

This article mentions that after Sony inked the iPhone6 contract, it is unable to supply enough sensors to other vendors, including HTC, Samsung and others. It was in the news already, folks ...

BTW, it ethically absolutely correct to use multiple sources for a consumer procduct for anything but a products core component. So, for a car you can vary windshiled manufacturers but not the engine. And for a smart phone, you can of course vary the camera module supplier. But the same wouldn't apply to a system camera.

I'm just glad that the people who believe this is grounds for a lawsuit aren't actually lawyers, and don't know anything of the law.

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2015 at 00:51 UTC
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Luke Kaven: Samsung isn't off the hook by saying that their "specifications" are generic enough that both camera modules satisfy it.

The question here is whether reviews, based on the superior camera module, induce false consumer expectations of quality, used as incentive to buy, when the final product may or may not match those expectations. Would the inferior camera module have earned a number 1 rank in the reviews or merely a number 2 or 3?

Keep firmly in mind here: it doesn't matter whether you or I care one way or another. For better or worse, you can expect a thousand lawyers to be suiting up for this one as we type.

They never guaranteed you a particularly manufacturer for the camera, so as long as they didn't rig reviews by ensuring that all reviewers got a Sony, I don't think they'll need their lawyers.

If someone bought an S6 or Edge because of what they thought was definitely a Sony sensor, then that's their own assumption that wasn't quite right.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2015 at 21:17 UTC
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Just a Photographer: Its a large marketshare but it is actually less then I had expected it to be.

Actually, that wouldn't be a monopoly, technically speaking. ;) Even if Sony had 80% of the market, they still wouldn't have a monopoly.

Monopolies are strongly discouraged, but having a large marketshare on its own doesn't make one a monopoly. Ikea doesn't have a monopoly, and yet in some markets, they own it.

Direct link | Posted on May 5, 2015 at 09:14 UTC

Really? I always figured their share to be well over 50%. :O

Canon takes a bite, Panasonic takes a small bite, Samsung takes an even smaller bite, and then there are companies like Aptina.

Direct link | Posted on May 5, 2015 at 09:11 UTC as 8th comment | 4 replies
On ISO3200_P1000106_WH photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

After seeing several ISO 6400 photos, I think ISO 3200 is probably the max you'd want to use.

That's still incredible for a phone though. I'm a fan. May need to get one for myself.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2015 at 11:56 UTC as 1st comment
On ISO6400_P1000089_WH photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

The photo is keepable if you wanted to.

Doesn't sound like much praise, but it's actually a huge compliment.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2015 at 11:54 UTC as 1st comment
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They call me Hans: I shutter (no pun intended) to think how much the phone that employs this will cost...

It's shudder. No pun for you!

And iPhones already cost a lot! I think that the entire "smart"phone idea has lost a lot of steam, and the camera is one of the few places where a company can try to differentiate itself.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 08:56 UTC
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digiart: I may be wrong but it looks like Apple is yet again copying other companies technology...

Actually, I think they're copying another company's idea. Even if Olympus isn't the first to do it, they should be considered the company who brought the idea back from the dead and popularized the idea once again.
Apple hadn't heard of it before, but when they did (because Olympus was in the news...), they thought it was a great idea, and figured out a slightly different method to produce the same thing.

Uh....or something.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 21:20 UTC
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GabrielZ: I think the new APS-C sensor is the one heading for the rumored Fujifilm X-Pro2! Here's hoping, looking forward to that camera a lot, as an X-E2 user myself.

Fuji uses Sony sensors. It's just the colour filter that's Fuji's own design.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 19, 2015 at 20:30 UTC
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PerL: Weight 586 g = combined with a m43 Olympus OM-D E-M1, 497g
= 1.080 g

And as comparison:

Nikon 20 1,8G, 357g, combined with a FF Nikon D750, 750g
= 1.107 g

"...lightness is supposed to be the main advantage of a smaller sensor system, right?"

Who said that?

I bought my Fuji X100 because it's small and lightweight. I didn't buy my X-Pro1 because it's lighter and smaller than a DSLR.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2015 at 23:30 UTC
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Petrogel: If this isn't an April's fools day article, then this will be my new tablet-workstation

Meh, I have edited 16 MP RAWs from Fuji cameras on a 2011 11-inch MBA with an i5 of some sort, and Lightroom runs quite well on it. It's not fast, but it's certainly manageable.

I wonder if the performance of this Atom cpu even matches my 3.5 year old MBA?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 03:16 UTC
On DPReview recommends: Best smartphone cameras post (355 comments in total)
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sderdiarian: Bad timing, DPR, Samsung releases the S6 in literally a couple of days and you use their outgoing model for a comparison? Makes you appear out of touch, which I know you're certainly not, so why?

There's always something new coming soon.

Don't write any reviews, ever. ;)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 02:10 UTC
On DPReview recommends: Best smartphone cameras post (355 comments in total)
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Toccata47: This article either turns a blind eye or worse, reflects ignorance of phone photography to such a degree that one must question the authors authority on the subject.

There are an array of sites that have this subject well covered. If dpr can't be an authority in this space it should get out rather than erode brand confidence.

One vote for closing down Connect alongside gear shop.

No crybabies allowed.


Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 02:09 UTC
On DPReview recommends: Best smartphone cameras post (355 comments in total)
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Cameracist: The sluggish camera startup is not true anymore for Luisa. For Nokia 1520 and 930 there was a complete remake of the Lumia Camera app, which is fast. Try the Denim version for yourselves:)

I have a Nokia 930. Bought it 3 weeks ago. It's not slow at all. Maybe it was, but right now, the app comes up instantly.

Also, the Nokia has a physical shutter button that launches the camera app when pressed. The iPhone is the one that's slow.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 02:07 UTC
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NJOceanView: I'm surprised they don't make a true laptop replacement -- huge screen, lots of RAM and more SSD space. It would be great for photographers to use it flat with a sylus for retouching, and would serve as a true alternative to other tablets. But at least it's a true Windows machine for those who like W8.

I'm not sure if this is sarcasm or not, but yeah.......the Surface Pro 3.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 00:22 UTC
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Wally Brooks: I have a Surface Pro 3 and use it in the field for offloading images and processing in lightroom. The Surface Pro has either i5 or i7 processors needed for using Photoshop or Lightroom and is a true laptop replacement. The Surface and its Atom processor may not be strong enough to run Lightroom and Photoshop. It would be great at off loading imqges in the field.

Core M has had throttling issues in all the machines I've read early reviews on (e.g. Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro), but that may simply be due to poor design.

I don't know about the new MacBook, but I doubt Apple would have released an all-new, ground-up product design like the Macbook if their machine sucked. Product modifications that don't quite work out (e.g. the first 13" MBP with Retina display)? Sure, but I doubt Apple would release something like the Lenovo Y3P, which is rather slow.

I'll wait for reviews to be released, but I think the SP3 is probably still the machine I'd get.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 00:20 UTC
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Petrogel: If this isn't an April's fools day article, then this will be my new tablet-workstation

I wonder how well apps like Lightroom will work on an Intel Atom processor though?

The article does mention Lightroom, but if it's going to choke on an Atom cpu, I'd rather not waste my time trying to make this work for me somehow.

Perhaps it'll be useful for people who simply want to import images from their camera?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 00:10 UTC
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KodaChrome25: So what is the difference between this announced SP3 and the one I purchased last summer?

This isn't an SP3?

It's a "Surface 3", or S3.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 00:07 UTC
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