57even

57even

Lives in United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Joined on Jul 16, 2012

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On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1600 comments in total)
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57even: Perfect. Such a relief. I have no need to upgrade my D800.

Now back to the 1980s when I only had to upgrade a camera every 10 years because I wore it out. That's worth spending $3k for.

@Amnon G

I have upgraded in the past for many reasons, but no longer feel any need to. Advances in IQ are now mostly incremental. Small improvements in IQ or operating speed are great, but not a reason to upgrade. When I wear my camera out, it's nice to know I will have something even better to upgrade to, sure, but I don't feel I am missing out much in the meantime.

Another "disruptive" technology is unlikely in the short term. The D800 is already at a point where optics are limiting. 50MP would not make much difference in overall resolution, even without an AA filter.

@AbrasiveReducer

I agree. My point is that the D800e does not do anything I need that the D800 does not do. The market is now in a zone of small incremental improvement, just as it was in the 1980s.

@mgblack74

People wear cameras out at different rates. My point is there is little point in upgrading until you wear it out.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 17:20 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1600 comments in total)

Perfect. Such a relief. I have no need to upgrade my D800.

Now back to the 1980s when I only had to upgrade a camera every 10 years because I wore it out. That's worth spending $3k for.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 15:49 UTC as 297th comment | 9 replies
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tesch: How is this news?

You tell me.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2014 at 23:21 UTC
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tesch: How is this news?

Because this isn't exactly NEW information....

Maybe Canon have a better idea of their average customer?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2014 at 23:03 UTC
On Street photography tips with Zack Arias article (152 comments in total)
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onlooker: Some of the comments here like "have the decency to afterwards ask for permission, and if not given, delete the photo right there and then" drive me crazy. It is not about THE human, it is about A human in a given situation. It is about human condition.

This reaction may be partly because this site is polluted by portraits of grinning street kids. It may be because, despite protests, DPR condones sick photo challenges like "A file I would like to punch".

Look at the work of many of the photographers whose names I posted earlier, and you may understand. Do you think Henri Cartier-Bresson should have chased some of his subjects? Really?

Or perhaps it is because you think that someone wants a photo of your face and wants to stare at you later? Then you need to get over yourself. It's not about you.

If it's the law in Germany it's a pretty dumb law. All my street shots have several recognisable faces in them. Am I supposed to ask 30 people each time I press the shutter?

Provided someone is not deliberately embarrassed or compromised then I don't see an issue.

In the UK it IS a requirement to ask permission (signed on a release) if you intend to sell the picture or use it in association with branding or advertising. Hence no agency will buy a pic without the release, or the "model" could claim part of the remuneration. Reasonable IMO.

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2014 at 23:14 UTC
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MarshallG: The new Microsoft tablet is "noticeably thinner than most laptops." Amazing new discovery!

Considering it has the same components, a high res display and decent battery, this is actually quite an achievement.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2014 at 10:44 UTC
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Niklas Ramstedt: I'd actually consider this one. My Dell Precision M4700 is starting to get a bit heavy.

Nonsense, a 1 weights less than a 0. Just look at it... ;-)

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2014 at 10:40 UTC
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DarkShift: No, I would never use a 12" touch screen for anything as complex piece of software as Photoshop is. Plus the screen would get too greasy already after 30 minutes use.

And an external monitor.

I would not use anything less than a 27" screen, but you can always attach one to the mini-DVI port. I always use my laptops docked when at home, but I like them as small as possible when mobile. This fits the bill.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2014 at 10:40 UTC
On Lytro Illum in the hands of five leading photographers article (164 comments in total)

I can't help wondering if this wouldn't be more applicable to video....

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2014 at 22:44 UTC as 40th comment
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2962 comments in total)

Guess Sony could do with some good news, but they deserve it. This is what they do best. I like the novel approach to the EVF. All round a pretty big camera in a small package. Nice going.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2014 at 02:18 UTC as 436th comment
On Light Field Cameras - Focusing on the Future article (135 comments in total)

Amount of processing and data to do something useful = x.

Amount of data and processing to make doing the same thing completely idiot proof = 10,000x.

Using F11 and a small sensor and writing some software to do intelligent blurring would probably be easier and less wasteful.

Direct link | Posted on May 17, 2014 at 02:11 UTC as 24th comment
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (1042 comments in total)
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57even: Dear DPR - JPEG "dynamic range" is not dynamic range. It's a post RAW applied tone curve. It is actually quite irrelevant.

Please, don't keep calling it "dynamic range" because it isn't unless it's shot in RAW and opened in a non-profiled RAW converter.

I have no problem if you call it JPEG contrast range, but dynamic range has a specific definition which you have (sort) of explained in your own glossary. The problem with JPEG contrast range is it is a poor indication of the recovery potential of a shot you have deliberately underexposed to maintain highlights - something that RAW shooters do as a matter of course.

I am not saying it isn't useful (for JPEG shooters such as sports photographers and quite a lot of wedding/event shooters) but it is applying the incorrect definition to the measurement you are actually making. This in turn makes the conclusion quite confusing because most cameras expand JPEG latitude by boosting ISO and underexposing... which actually reduces real DR.

A RAW measurement would be great, but again it is not DR unless you establish the actual noise floor.

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2014 at 12:41 UTC
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (1042 comments in total)

Dear DPR - JPEG "dynamic range" is not dynamic range. It's a post RAW applied tone curve. It is actually quite irrelevant.

Please, don't keep calling it "dynamic range" because it isn't unless it's shot in RAW and opened in a non-profiled RAW converter.

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2014 at 01:51 UTC as 39th comment | 5 replies
On How Peter Hurley became a top portrait photographer article (49 comments in total)

Fell asleep about 3mins in...

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2014 at 12:37 UTC as 20th comment | 5 replies
On SmugMug Films: Master of illusions article (37 comments in total)
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APenza: Very nice. Should be an inspiration to all, young, and old artists alike. I like his quote, " Hard work will outperform talent any day of the week". How true.

Personally I think talent is required, but there is no substitute for hard work either. Talent will simply be the difference between a well executed artefact and art

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 16:52 UTC
On SmugMug Films: Master of illusions article (37 comments in total)
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G3User: This guy is a joke. Sliding levers in Photoshop does not make you a great photographer. It may make you a good artist. My teenage daughter can slide levers and apply instacrap filters also. It's too bad he has to resort to these gimmicks to make his photos interesting (there not by the way). They are all over processed. We don't even know what the camera captured. You could get these images from a cell phone and then Photoshop them to death which he has done here. What a waist of space on dpreview, they should only profile real photographers, not illustrators like this guy.

The only joke is your comment.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 16:50 UTC
On Sony a6000 First Impressions Review preview (894 comments in total)

I have always marvelled at Sony's ability to build a great camera while taking all the fun out of using it. Ironic considering the near perfection of some of the top end Alpha SLRs, designed and built by the remnants of the old Minolta team.

Perhaps their DNA is finally infiltrating Sony. It's been at least a decade now...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 14:42 UTC as 81st comment
On Fujifilm X-T1 Review preview (635 comments in total)
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afm: No mushy greens or waxy skin tones like the X-E2 then although it has the same sensor and processor!!

Only a JPEG issue. Different JPEG processing? RAW is exactly the same as all other Xtrans cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 15:56 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 Review preview (635 comments in total)
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Mike99999: The watercolor look from this camera is unacceptable (e.g. as shown by Steve Huff).

How often do you have to repeat yourself. Steve Huff seems very pleased with his XT1, and most everyone else has found various solutions to the LR/ACR sharpness issue.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 15:54 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 Review preview (635 comments in total)
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gerard boulanger: I was surprised to see a very DR range between X-Pro 1 and X-T1, about 2 stops...

JPEG DR is not really DR. It's just the JPEG tone curve. RAW files are the same for all Xtrans cameras. Which means high levels of black recovery...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2014 at 23:09 UTC
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