57even

57even

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On Fujifilm XF 23mm F1.4 R real-world samples gallery article (125 comments in total)
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justinwonnacott: The lack of chromatic aberration and minimal distortion looks impressive, too bad about the sensor and its chronic softness. Nice legs - shame about the face - The monks.

@Clint Dunn

Me neither. I only compare it with other cameras I have used with similar resolution and in most cases it wins easily (compare with D7000 for instance). At print sizes up to 24" most of the forum blather is a non-issue anyway.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2013 at 20:40 UTC
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Nukunukoo: My only complaint is that it should have IS, at narrower apertures, I keep raising my ISOs above my comfort zones. Minor quibble really, since the overall performance more than makes up for that. Besides, I think of this lens as a prime, and how many primes have IS?

I'm starting to think that the Pentax K3 and this would make the perfect light, indoor event shooter.

And with Pentax...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2013 at 14:56 UTC
On DPReview on CreativeLIVE article (144 comments in total)

Nice job guys. Seeing you sitting there in front of all those cameras made me feel better about being a gear-head.

However my niece now has a serious crush on Barney. I think she's starting a fan club on Facebook.... ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2013 at 15:15 UTC as 20th comment
On DPReview on CreativeLIVE article (144 comments in total)

"Excited to announce" is such a wonderful corporate euphemism. I don't think I ever remembered anyone outside marketing using words like that.

"Trepidation" is much more on the mark. That exactly how I felt right up to any announcement date ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 29, 2013 at 10:11 UTC as 66th comment | 1 reply
On Adobe expands Photoshop and Lightroom offer article (628 comments in total)
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Stefanie: Which part of "I'll never rent" didn't they get?

When the figure out the actual price most people will rent at they will realise they can make more money out of selling it again...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2013 at 20:10 UTC
On Adobe expands Photoshop and Lightroom offer article (628 comments in total)
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DenisBBergeron: I don't want to rent something, I want to own it.

Well thank Gimp, Google and Apple I can own other software.

True, but they cannot disable the software remotely if I don't keep paying for it. I only have to upgrade when I move to a new system on which it is not supported - like every five years.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2013 at 20:09 UTC
On French newspaper publishes issue with no photos article (208 comments in total)
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mgatov: The reality is that with the proliferation of cell phone cameras, there is always someone on the scene to take a picture... whether it is a natural disaster or an accident, or even a war. As long as there are people present, there will be pictures available.

A snapshot or video of an actual event is worth a lot more than a posed editorial after the event. Papers can still hire agency photographers or buy pics from Reuters if they want an "insertion" picture, but that's for ongoing situations. For much of the news it's simply not possible to have someone on the scene.

This is a direct result of the emergence of smartphones, meaning for any event happening anywhere in the world about 100 people are going to be shooting it. Just look at youtube.

I may not like it much either, but c'est la vie. I don't see papers hiring a lot of typesetters these days either..

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2013 at 02:14 UTC
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2372 comments in total)
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JackM: Wow. a7R = the new king of res this side of $10,000.

And rapidly get so heavy you may as well have a DSLR, and get tracking AF that works as well. Little point in shrinking a camera if you can't shrink the lenses, and when you do you lose speed and hence make the whole thing slightly pointless unless you just want a nice light landscape camera. Which is fine of course.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2013 at 08:37 UTC
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Ken Johnes: 500 $ for a silly firmware upgrade? and the target audiance for this camera have been waiting eagerly for this AF upgrade .
wow, greed and trying to milk it´s customers with incremental upgrade are gonna hurt the big dogs here, both of em, look at what nikon is trying to do.

i think nikon and canon are competing with each other on how to sell less for more, while other companies are making innovative products at a fair price , no wonder these greedy top dogs have to make up for their loss with such silly act..

A firmware upgrade that quite possibly resets the entire AF system and requires complete recalibration.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2013 at 13:32 UTC
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)

There does seem to be a lot of control duplication (two control wheels and a mode dial plus all the other new dials). All the extra controls don't actually seem to buy you any simplicity.

It's still a little bulky (though lighter). The rear plate makes no concessions to the retro appeal and it looks completely out of place. The grip is also a rather odd retrograde step. Cameras like this beg for accessories, and a tailor made accessory grip would have enabled the camera to retain a more traditional "look", both with and without. Not allowing interchangeable VF screens also seems mean at this price, as does the lack of a VF blackout curtain.

I think if they had made a bit more effort to appeal to traditionalists as well as hipsters it would have wider appeal. An odd set of compromises IMO which rather misses the mark and leaves it lacking any rational appeal. It's purely an emotional purchase and a missed opportunity I think.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 18:43 UTC as 542nd comment
On Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows article (1396 comments in total)
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njkdo: Sorry, what are we talking about?

So? Retro sells and Nikon is a business. If you don't like it there's three other FF models to choose from which look reasonably ugly and have the ISO button in a really dumb place.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 4, 2013 at 23:48 UTC
On Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows article (1396 comments in total)
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jon404: It looks sort of like an old Nikon, but works like a new one? So -- the only reason to buy is an external packaging change? Who cares?

Seems to work for car companies.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 3, 2013 at 12:52 UTC

Is this why so many people on DPR want a tilt screen LCD?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 3, 2013 at 01:23 UTC as 27th comment
On Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows article (1396 comments in total)
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57even: At last D700 users have a "true" replacement with the sensor of the pro model and top rate low light capability. Nice that they also made it a bit more interesting to look at than another amorphous black blob, and I also like the subversiveness of dropping the video mode (which I have never used except to check it worked).

Clear that Nikon are focusing more on demographics now, not just spec sheets. This will be very popular with more "mature" photographers I think, as well as some well heeled hipsters. If it sells well (a 16MP FF camera without video) it will say a lot about prevailing assumptions and may spring a raft of imitations.

Whatever anyone thinks, looks sell product. Any product. This seems to be something that has only recently occurred to Japanese camera companies. Retro chic is of course only one of many directions, but it's had a major impact on the car and motorcycle market, and the X100 proved it can work for cameras too.

Sheesh.

The D700 didn't have the D3x sensor either, it had the lower resolution one. DxOMark is no the bible.

No-one needs a replacement unless their camera is broken. But the D4 sensor is a big improvement on the D3. If you don't need 36MP...

X100 is not "just" about retro chic. I said it's helps sell cameras. I had one and it had plenty of faults, but it sold well. Yes, the IQ was good, but the RF styling and VF helped make up for the performance issues.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 2, 2013 at 10:45 UTC
On Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows article (1396 comments in total)

At last D700 users have a "true" replacement with the sensor of the pro model and top rate low light capability. Nice that they also made it a bit more interesting to look at than another amorphous black blob, and I also like the subversiveness of dropping the video mode (which I have never used except to check it worked).

Clear that Nikon are focusing more on demographics now, not just spec sheets. This will be very popular with more "mature" photographers I think, as well as some well heeled hipsters. If it sells well (a 16MP FF camera without video) it will say a lot about prevailing assumptions and may spring a raft of imitations.

Whatever anyone thinks, looks sell product. Any product. This seems to be something that has only recently occurred to Japanese camera companies. Retro chic is of course only one of many directions, but it's had a major impact on the car and motorcycle market, and the X100 proved it can work for cameras too.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 2, 2013 at 00:23 UTC as 281st comment | 6 replies
On Canon EOS 70D Review preview (637 comments in total)
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57even: Yawn.

Sorry, I mean there is nothing in this camera in which I am remotely interested. Your mileage may differ.

Shame they can't use all that profit to make something interesting.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2013 at 23:39 UTC
On Canon EOS 70D Review preview (637 comments in total)
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57even: Yawn.

Sorry, I mean there is nothing in this camera in which I am remotely interested. Your mileage may differ.

Because Canon seem to be relying entirely on existing customer loyalty to sell new cameras. This is not a good strategy IMO.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2013 at 14:33 UTC
On Canon EOS 70D Review preview (637 comments in total)

Yawn.

Sorry, I mean there is nothing in this camera in which I am remotely interested. Your mileage may differ.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2013 at 01:54 UTC as 132nd comment | 6 replies
On Fujifilm X-E2 Preview preview (454 comments in total)
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57even: Just comparing the photo of the Xe2 and the D5300 - not to mention the new Sony's - leaves me wondering why the hell everyone else finds camera styling so hard. KISS seems to work for Fuji, just as it worked for Leica for 60 years.

The new PEN and GX7 are finally in the ballpark after a run of ugly sisters. But most DSLRs simply look misshapen and ugly by comparison. Curves are out, edges are back in, get with the program.

Seemingly Pentax are the only people who know how to make a DSLR look smart.

Interesting comments some missing the point. There will always be people that don't care, and some people who have no aesthetic sense anyway, but in general, style sells. Apple proved it, not that it needed proving. It's even worth a premium if done well. Again, Apple proved it.

All cameras with a decent sized sensor take excellent pictures so style is a differentiator. As long as it's functional it can be retro (PEN EP5, Fuji) or modern minimalist (RX100). All stylish cameras.

Every up-market Canon SLR looks pretty much like the T90. A design approaching it's 27th birthday already. Not retro? Only because they never deviated.

Nikon and Canon survive on badge and product recognition. Other makers don't have that luxury. They are trying to attract mainstream buyers away from the big 2. They can only match them on IQ, so that means putting a bit of effort in on the style front.

Just good business.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2013 at 18:27 UTC
On Fujifilm X-E2 Preview preview (454 comments in total)

Just comparing the photo of the Xe2 and the D5300 - not to mention the new Sony's - leaves me wondering why the hell everyone else finds camera styling so hard. KISS seems to work for Fuji, just as it worked for Leica for 60 years.

The new PEN and GX7 are finally in the ballpark after a run of ugly sisters. But most DSLRs simply look misshapen and ugly by comparison. Curves are out, edges are back in, get with the program.

Seemingly Pentax are the only people who know how to make a DSLR look smart.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2013 at 15:41 UTC as 101st comment | 12 replies
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