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Voigtlander Bessa 66

Vivitar/Kiron 100/2.8 Macro AIS
Vivitar 70-150/3.8 AIS
Fuji 35/1.4
Fuji 18-55/2.8-4
Panasonic 100-300
Panasonic 20/1.7
Olympus 14-42

Past cameras: Pentax Zoom90R, KX, Super Program, MZ-50, MZ-5, EI-2000,
*ist DS, Optio S40, Optio WP, K10D, K100D Super, K-7,
Canon S3 IS, D70s, D200, D700

Past lenses: Tokina 100-300 f/4 SD, AI-s 300mm f/2.8 ED-IF, AF70-210/4.5-5.6D, AI-s 300mm f/4.5 ED-IF, Tamron SP 17-35, Tamron SP 28-75, Tamron 24-135 AF, DA18-55, DA40, DA*16-50, DA*50-135, DA10-17, FA50/1.4, FA31, FA35, Tamron 70-300, Sigma 70-300 APO, Sigma 8mm FE, Sigma 17-70, Sigma 18-200, Zenitar 16mm FE, Tokina AF 28-70/2.6-2.8, Vivitar S1 200/3, Tokina RMC 70-210/3.5, Vivitar S1 70-210/2.8-4, Sigma EX 80-200/2.8, Sigma 50-200, Vivitar 2xTC, SMCT 85/1.8, SMCT 50/1.4, K55/1.8, A50/1.4, FA80-320, Cosina 105/3.5, Sears 135/2.8, Jupiter 9 80/2, AF50/1.4D, AF85/1.4D, AF20-35/2.8D IF, AF24-85/2.8-4D IF Macro, AF28-105/3.5-4.5D, AF70-210/4, AF80-200/2.8D ED IF, AF-N 300/2.8 ED IF, Sigma EX 24-60/2.8, Sigma EX 15/2.8 FE, Tokina AT-X AFII SD 100-300/4, Kenko 300 DG 1.4x TC, Kiron MC7 2x TC


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On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1267 comments in total)
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dgeugene1: The specs say sensor size is 5472 x 3648 or 3:2 but the sample photos (generally worthless) that I saw were all 4864 x 3648 or 4:3. Why is this?

As to worthless samples on DPR I really miss Jeff Keller's repeated San Francisco scenes. The picture of the Transamerica Pyramid by itself would be worth more than all the pictures here.

And how did Jeff manage to find so many perfectly clear days in SF?!

The sample images are usually worthless because samples should consist of more extreme situation images and less optimal condition usual images - which sadly comprises most of DPR's samples.

I'd like to see: lowest iso image, highest iso image with good light, highest iso image wih bad light, closest focusing distance image all zoomed out with a busy background, images with the sun in the frame, images with the sun just outside the frame, and most inportantly roughly the same images taken for all cameras so they can be compared side-by-side.

i.e. the samples alone should contain enough data to let the readers form their own conclusions.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 15:12 UTC
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Woody W.: Depends on what about it is being patented. It has to be both "novel" (new) and "non-obvious". I'll give them novel, but not non-obvious. Basically, once you have the ability to create a transparent display - a true invention, it is obvious to apply it in virtually any scenario in which a non transparent display might be used. (Note: the US Supreme Court has said "obvious to try" is, by definition not non-obvious.)

have you read the patent? "non-obvious" does not apply to the idea. It applies to the implementation of the idea outlined in the claims.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2014 at 15:02 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1645 comments in total)
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itsastickup: Fuji seem to have a record of over-reacting to some problems and totally ignoring others.

The overly stiff compensation dial / lack of RGB histogram / moving the Q button (was that really necessary) / waxy skin.

I don't mind quirks in a girl, but not in a camera. And these are a bit more than quirks; they're significant usability issues.

I don't find lacking of an RGB histogram an issue at all on the Fuji, coming from a D700 - it is just showing that what "significant usability issue" is a very subjective term.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 16:48 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1645 comments in total)
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sh10453: I hope someone will now make an adapter for this camera to use Canon's manual focus FD lenses.
Tons of them out there. It would be well worth making it so the L-line FD can be put to good use. If such an adapter is made, I'd buy this camera without hesitation. I have a huge collection of Canon FD (L) lenses.

Of course Canon won't make adapters for any camera to use FD lenses since they want to sell more EF lenses!

Overall, good job Fuji, but I'm not sure if DPR is biased towards Fuji (for a while now) or if the products are really that good.
I haven't used any of Fuji's recent products (over the past few years), so I can't comment.

It surprises me that some people are almost writing their own evaluation in the comments even though this camera is not on the market yet, and they have never touched it in their hands!

> Overall, good job Fuji, but I'm not sure if DPR is biased towards Fuji (for a while now)

If anything, from what I've read, if there's any bias at all it would be towards Olympus.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 16:32 UTC
On Fujfilm interview: 'The only way is to keep innovating' article (228 comments in total)
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Photato: Sony and Fuji made the same mistake in releasing too many products.
They should take a page from Apple and focusing instead in few refined products. Simpler, cheaper and customer doesn't get confused .
I would have only 2 models in the mirror-less segment. Basic and Premium with a 2 year hardware cycle but several firmware upgrades along the way.
If they need more variety, at least make a more distinct product like a mono chrome model. I know many people would buy a second body to have it .

Oh my, don't put Fuji and Sony in the same sentence. For your reference: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53109309

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2014 at 23:44 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 real-world samples gallery article (187 comments in total)
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ijustloveshooting: lower IQ than 24mp nikon aps-c sensor, not different than my 5N but the price of an A7....this camera is extremely priced for what it offers in terms of IQ...

What's the equivalent Sony 5N lens to the Fuji 56/1.2? Is the 5N weather sealed? Gosh, apart from the same size sensor and that both are mirrorless your 5N cannot be more different than the X-T1.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2014 at 15:37 UTC
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Identity: I'm sure this is a lovely lens, but I was expecting shallower DOF in an F/1.2 lens. For me, APS-C is still the best balance of size, image quality, cost, and DOF control.

berni29...since you bring this up. I have had used all of MFT, APS, Fuji X and FF and I can tell you that the "equivalent lens" is smaller on FF.

Body size: smaller format wins
Lens size to achieve the same composition: larger format wins

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2014 at 18:34 UTC
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nerd2: Even with misleading f1.2 aperture the DOF control (or lack thereof) looks worse than lowly 50mm 1.8 on APS-C camera. If you're after portrait, save your money and go to larger format period.

Naveed, f/1.6 is equal sure for a particular focal length and if you don't worry about composition and subject distance. for real photo taking...Den Sh is right.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2014 at 18:29 UTC
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Oleg Vinokurov: Seems most people here concerned only with sharpness and equivalence of dof on FF. Well, it's sure sharp and has more than enough dof control, but hey, don't miss this awesome bokeh. Saw other samples with rather busy background, but bokeh was still really smooth and soft, seems 9 aperture blades do help here.

pdelux, wider than full body shots are not appropriate for demonstrating subject separation...as is head and shoulder shots. 85mm is used quite often for half body portraits from waist level up. Wide open this lens should demonstrate a good degree of subject isolation with that composition.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2014 at 18:26 UTC
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BBking83: I know! How ridiculous!! Check out this photo: http://i1266.photobucket.com/albums/jj524/picrumors/picrumors001/Bildschirmfoto2014-01-07um121412_zpsc083a830.png

Can you believe that the 5th skin pore on her nose is still slightly in focus!?!?! I mean, look at her cheeks and eyes! They could be WAY more blurred if you used a FF camera!

This lens is JUNK!

EDIT: Because a whole lot of people will argue against it, it's from here: http://www.quesabesde.com/noticias/leica-nocticron-42-5mm-f1-2-analisis-fotos_11255

Can't read Spanish? Google translate can help you. :)

It has a lot more to do than what is in focus and what is not. The more important thing is for things that are out of focus, how blurry they can become.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2014 at 18:24 UTC
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ThorstenMUC: here is another gallery shot under controlled conditions (not mine):

Stand back! This and the cameralabs shots are too close to the subject.

This lens is designed as a 85mm equivalent - quite a few people would love to see compositions where half the subject (from waist up) is included and evaluate the bokeh for those shots wide open.

head and shoulder portraits and close distance shots are not enough. Almost any lens can throw the background OOF nicely when sufficiently close to the subject.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2014 at 18:09 UTC
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Timmbits: I'm not on MFT, but MFT sure gets a nice lens.

Bring out a 20mm f1.2 (40mm equivalent) and I might just take a look at the MFTs.

MichaelJP, it is not just about how shallow the DOF is, it is also about the subject separation and bokeh. Even if the background is out of focus on both the f/1.4 and f/0.7, the f/0.7 background is creamier all else being equal.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 21:45 UTC
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samhain: Nice price. But only 7 aperture blades? Hmmm....

If they are rounded even 6 can work...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2014 at 18:20 UTC
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audiobomber: The K-3 is a better photographic tool than the EM-1, with higher resolution, lower noise, broader dynamic range, switchable blur filter, -3EV sensitivity, three f2.8 AF points, dual card slots, more capable AF-C and tracking.

The EM-5 beat the D800E in this same poll. That says more about the number of m4/3 fanboys around here than it does about the cameras.

E-M1 has tiny sensor that makes images full of moire, microscopic LCD screen, viewfinder unusable at night, confusing control, useless scene modes, limited video resolution choice, insufficient storage slots, snail-pace USB speed, inferior battery life.

It is a lot of fun to write like bluevellet when you exaggerate everything.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 5, 2014 at 06:52 UTC
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audiobomber: The K-3 is a better photographic tool than the EM-1, with higher resolution, lower noise, broader dynamic range, switchable blur filter, -3EV sensitivity, three f2.8 AF points, dual card slots, more capable AF-C and tracking.

The EM-5 beat the D800E in this same poll. That says more about the number of m4/3 fanboys around here than it does about the cameras.

Let's see.


Instead of hyperbole, just let people do their own comparison.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 5, 2014 at 06:41 UTC
On Have Your Say: Best DSLR / SLT of 2013 article (335 comments in total)
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Anastigmat: I am partial to full frame, so I voted for the D610. It is a pretty lean year for new camera introductions. The Df is more a gimmick than real progress, and the other APS-C models is just a waste of money. You can get a used APS-C model on the market that takes good pictures, if you don't have a digital SLR camera, and if you already have an APS-C camera and want to upgrade, then consider a full frame, instead of wasting your money on something that isn't any better in terms of image quality.

In other words, according to almighty Anastigmat, anyone would be wasting their money if they buy anything but "FF". Not me I guess, having migrated from 35mm to greener pastures.

Cheap 35mm has already arrived for more than a year now. If it were really the only game worth playing, nobody would be making APS-C DSLR by now. That must be the reality. Oh wait...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2013 at 03:57 UTC
On Sony A3000 preview (678 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: Sony is so smart. They know that the average consumers only look at the specs list when making a camera buying decision. They want to see if it has the most megapixels(Check), has Full-HD video(Check although it is 1080i according to dpreview), and does it have a really high ISO limit(Check).

Give the people exactly what they want to see for next to nothing. They will take better pictures with this camera than their pocket camera or phone and they won’t have to break the bank to do it. Once you have them locked into Sony lenses you will have a customer for life even if there are better options out there.

Name a single significant recent Sony product (*recent = after the walkman)...yeah they make some good recorders - but it slips under the radar if one's interest is anything other than recording audio.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2013 at 06:57 UTC
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Henrik Herranen: They lost me at the line where they said:
"Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM (equivalent to a 40mm f/2.8)"
(followed by many other lines of similar, ahem, data).

They really should know better. 40/2.8 on FF is _NOT_ the equivalent of 24 f/2.8 on crop. If it was, both systems would have the same DoF and blurring capabilities, but they don't.

Different images = no equivalence.

This image equivalence you're talking about only is only relevant for someone cross-shopping between the 2 different formats.

DXOMark should skip even mentioning it - just mention the format the lens is for should be sufficient. Anything more, it sparks off-topic discussions and becomes a distraction.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2013 at 13:43 UTC
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Hugo808: So the lenses most people are going to use - 18-55, 18-135 - are the worst ones for the camera?

That makes it a tough sell, why can't we have a top performing standard zoom without having to carry around something heavy like the fast L series options?

Just once would be nice.....

the 18-55 and 18-135 ARE good-performing lenses if you stop them down about 2 stops or so. Don't use them wide-open.

So they already serve your purpose - light, slower, but performs well.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2013 at 13:36 UTC
On DxOMark Mobile Report: Blackberry Z10 post (16 comments in total)
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Peiasdf: While the market share says otherwise, I think BB is a distance 4th behind Apple, Android and Windows.

I think Windows phones still, rightfully, holds the distant last place.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2013 at 07:00 UTC
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