Astrotripper

Astrotripper

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On Dronestagram contest winners announced article (111 comments in total)
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ipecaca: Great pics. Retarded comments.
I wonder if all those nature "protectors" have any idea how many habitats are destoyed to provide the fuel for electricity they use to write those silly coments about just one bird. Wake up, the trace gases from your car kill (yes, not just virtually disturbs) dozens of animals every year, highways interrupt migration rutes. Every time you put a new pack of a4 paper in a printer a tree is cut somewhere.
You can't afford to be so naive. Fight real problems, let the people have some fun

So, your argument is: "Hey, we're already destroying nature, so let's at least have some fun while doing it." Really mature.

You know, there's a reason for existence of national parks. It is to preserve those few natural habitats that are left relatively untouched and protect the wildlife within.

One occasional drone flight might not be that big of a deal, but people are missing the big picture here. This fad is spreading like cancer and soon, there will be dozen drones a day flying over hunting grounds of wild birds and such. It's just a matter of time before that has real, measurable impact.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2014 at 08:38 UTC
On Dronestagram contest winners announced article (111 comments in total)
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Gonard: Higuel, How do you know that picture is over a National Park? Also, is that a real eagle or a composited picture over the land below?
The pictures are very creative and a new form of art photography. Some people will like or enjoy seeing them. Others may not approve.

Because its author clearly states that in the title?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2014 at 14:19 UTC
On Dronestagram contest winners announced article (111 comments in total)

The winning photo just makes it very clear why banning drones from national parks is a very good idea.

Let's not kid ourself, this "photographer" has zero respect for his subject, and would endanger the wild animal just to get a cool shot. Hell, for all we know he might have just smashed his drone into this eagle, but hell, he got a winning shot, right?

And now, there's gonna be more of those inconsiderate, brainless shmucks doing the same stupid thing.

Really, this kind of stuff needs to be discouraged, not awarded.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2014 at 14:18 UTC as 47th comment | 4 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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Stephen McDonald: There's no mention of a loss of resolution in the FZ1000 lens, beyond 300mm. This is mentioned in another review. In the samples, there's only a couple of full-zoom photos and they don't look very sharp. This issue needs to be examined closely and addressed in the next edition of a DPR review on this camera.

If by weatherproof, you mean "dust and moisture-resistant", then sure. For me, that does not sound reassuring, I'm pretty sure my warranty would be void if I tried to service camera that got wet in the rain. Note that in my country, Sony does not even make that claim. More strict consumer protection regulations maybe?

So, don't take your RX10s into the rain, guys.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2014 at 19:26 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)

I really like what Panasonic is doing lately. This looks like another nice camera from them.

I wonder how well the DFD autofocus works. If this camera can prove to be decent with tracking autofocus, that would be great news.

And this makes me excited for LX8 announcement. Hopefully, they won't use such tightly packed sensor for it. 20 mpix on 1-inch sensor is a bit too much. The diffraction limit for that combination is probably around f/4.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 18:29 UTC as 107th comment
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Jogger: Weird, the only reason to use the m43 mount is to use native m43 lenses.

If the m43 lenses doesnt cover the s35 sensor, then there is no point.

If the idea is to have a free, ready-made mount (and expect users to use non-native m43 lenses), then there are others mounts that already serve this purpose.

Diagonal of a 21 x 12mm sensor is not that much larger than that of the standard 4/3 sensor, so I see no reason why you could not use any of the currently available MFT lenses.

There's probably gonna be more vignetting wide open, but that should not be much of an issue for video.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2014 at 19:18 UTC
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Forever Young: Forgive my ignorance...Where can I enjoy 4K Video? My TVs are only HD, my computer monitors are HD! What is the benefit of 4K Video over 2K? So I can crop? In still photography it makes sense to have higher and higher resolution, up to a limit of course, as I can have large prints with high MP photos, but for videos? Is there any 'everyday' benefit of having 4K over HD? Will they look nicer on a HD screen? Or it is only for professional film making and large screens? If so, why put in in an amateur body?

"What is the benefit?"

You'll know in 5 or 10 years, when you'll watch video of your kids or whatever, and you'll wonder why it looks like crap on your 4K display :)

"Will they look nicer on a HD screen?"

Yes, because 4K video has much more information than 1080p. Downscaling 4K will result in nicer quality FullHD videos that you could enjoy now.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2014 at 14:45 UTC
On 900MP portraits show human face in extreme detail article (289 comments in total)

Insane. You can clearly see the lighting equipment in the reflections on the eyes.

I don't quite see the point, but I can't not be impressed, being a tech geek and all.

However, I would kinda be worried about biometric data if I were the subject. This is not an issue now, and hopefully won't be in the future, but still. Having such detailed image of your iris accessible to the public might, in the future, prove to not be the best of ideas.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2014 at 19:59 UTC as 60th comment | 1 reply

I'm not sure I get it.

So the photographer takes a picture. Getty gives it away for free for non-commercial use and earns money from it through ads. Photographer gets nothing.

Doesn't seem like a good incentive for photographers. Why would one want to give their work away, so that some corporation can profit off it?

But the general idea of making photos available for free and monetizing them is an interesting one, especially today, when 'theft' of images is rampant. But without photographers getting their fair share, it just looks sleazy.

It kinda seems to me that photographers are taken for granted more and more. How often do you hear stories about some corpo wanting to use your work without compensation? Or offering a non-paid 'job' and calling that an opportunity?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2014 at 09:38 UTC as 34th comment | 1 reply
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Pyramides: Next interview, please consider asking if they are going to change their policy regarding firmware updates of released cameras. Or at least mention that you hear a lot of Olympus users complaining about that....

Olympus needs to understand they need to be loyal to their users, if they want their users to remain loyal to their brand.

Oh, and thanks for the interview ;-)

Totally agree with you on that.

And judging by the last firmware updates they released, I think they might have already changed their policy (at least I hope so).

For example, the latest update for E-P5 that enhanced its WiFi remote control capabilities took me completely by surprise. I decided to not buy this camera and wait for a newer model with proper WiFi remote control (which turned out to be E-M10, which fits me better than E-P5), since I was certain that E-P5 will not receive any significant update and will stay crippled for the rest of its life.

If they will really add focus peaking to E-M5 as rumored, then Oly gets a serious thumbs up from me. I hope they really do continue on this road.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 10:40 UTC
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Just a Photographer: The digital camera market has matured. Who still owns an analogue camera for their daily use?

Mom & Pop don't want a new camera every two years and they won't buy a new camera anymore now they have got used to using their smartphone. Which is good enough for most people except for those people that demand more quality.

What I don't understand is why Nikon and Canon just released a dozen of small pocket camera's again while sales figures show that this market is hardest hit by the downturn in sales.

I think we are heading back to the 1980's and 1990's where you could buy a cameramodel and use it for 5 to 10 years. To then buy a new camera with just minor updates.

With 24MP to 36MP sensors available I just don't see the need for anything bigger in the near future. Who prints larger then 22", if they print at all. Most pictures end up on the internet anyway.

And as for ISO most people will never use anything beyond 12800 ISO. Which is already quite good for most modern digital DSLR's

My thought exactly. I was quite surprised with the latest compact camera lineups from the big boys. It's as if they didn't get the memo :)

These days, it seems it should be enough for a company to release a single ultra-zoom, a rugged model, and an advanced compact. Maybe a pocketable one if you're feeling lucky.

I wonder if we'll see another megapixel race in hopes of bringing in new customers.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 08:47 UTC
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AbrasiveReducer: What I would really like to know (but don't expect to find out) is how Sigma moved from making inexpensive and poorly quality controlled lenses to some of the best lenses on the market.

Most DPR readers don't go back this far but Sigma always made unique lenses. The difference now is that they are not just unique but also good, and that's an amazing turnaround. Somebody within Sigma decided that sticky diaphragms, wobbly mounts, loose screws and decentering would no longer be acceptable. This is huge achievement but they did it. I suppose nobody wants to take credit for fixing something that most people don't remember.

I don't know how they did it, but it looks like Kazuto Yamaki is the one who made it happen. It was after he took over after I believe his father's death in the beginning of 2012. Few months later Sigma announces new quality control system, the usb dock and new lines of high quality lenses.

It seems to me that this guy has a clear idea of the future of Sigma. And he does not want his company to be 'that cheap brand', as it was not so long ago. It takes years of hard work to change people's perception, so there's plenty of work ahead of them.

I really hope they can stand their ground. But it looks like the likes of Nikon make it easy for them, releasing overpriced garbage like the Nikkor AF-S 58 mm f/1.4G :)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2014 at 19:27 UTC

Nice, informative interview. I think that the new dp2 is a good move. Love it or hate it, it created quite a lot of buzz and raised some eyebrows. For a company with limited marketing resources, that's a blessing.

And I'm still torn on Quattro. It does not look like it's an ergonomic design, but at the same time I refuse to think that Sigma would throw ergonomics out of the window just to make some buzz with fancy design. Also, it's huge, if you think of it in terms of compact cameras. But there's something in me that really wants to love this camera. And I didn't even own (nor cared about) any of the earlier DPs.

So I think Sigma might be on to something with this one. We'll see if I'm right once it hits the streets.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2014 at 15:06 UTC as 15th comment

That's some seriously unique camera. I'm really curious how does the new sensor perform. And how does this camera handles. Coz my gut feeling is that it will either be great, or outright terrible.

Either way, a breath of fresh air in a very predictable market. Bravo, Sigma. Hope DPR will get their hand on one soon, so we can read a full review.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2014 at 09:37 UTC as 238th comment
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 First Impressions Review preview (622 comments in total)
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Jogger: Given the IBIS, small body, and lack of first curtain electronic shutter.. is suspect that shutter shock will be a major issue, as it is with all other recent Oly m43 cameras. I would wait to hear about how bad this problem is before jumping in.

Quote from the article you are commenting on:
"The good news is that our preliminary testing suggests it isn't prone to the image shake that can occur with the PEN E-P5."

I would expect DPR guys to not write this if they discovered that this was a major issue as you suggests.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2014 at 15:49 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 First Impressions Review preview (622 comments in total)

Way to go, Oly. This looks very, very nice. I was really struggling to choose which way to go with upgrading from my E-PL1. And E-M10 seems to be a perfect camera for me. It also seems to be reasonably priced.

I'm glad that Olympus does not artificially cripple the firmware, so we can have all those nice features.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2014 at 15:42 UTC as 108th comment
On DPReview Gear of the Year: Canon Rebel SL1 / EOS 100D article (270 comments in total)

I actually think this is the only thing Canon showed this year that is remotely interesting. Seems like a nice, cheap, entry level DSLR and I can see its appeal. Good move on Canon's part.

Still, if I were in the market for a DSLR (which I'm not), I'd rather put up a little more money for one of Pentax offerings.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2013 at 09:44 UTC as 22nd comment
On Mid-range Mirrorless camera roundup 2013 article (214 comments in total)
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Richard Franiec: Still no love for EOS M?
Possibly smallest and (currently) least expensive camera with APS-C size sensor.
Incredible line up of supported (via adapter) EF/EF-S lenses.
You can get the kit with a nice lens for much less than any of the cams mentioned in this round up. In fact it is less expensive than most advanced fixed lens compacts mentioned in "leave the DSLR" section.
We all know about the M's quirks but even slight mention would be nice and well deserved.

Sensor in EOS M might be larger than M43, but it still lags behind current gen M43 sensors in performance. So if you are willing to trade a bit of image quality (not to mention other things) for a bit of more bokeh, than yeah, the sensor in EOS M might be considered an advantage.

And like Juhaz wrote, EOS M can't really be considered anything other than an entry-level camera, so no wonder it didn't make it into this list.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2013 at 19:51 UTC
On Enthusiast interchangeable lens camera 2013 roundup article (267 comments in total)

Nicely written and useful overview of available options. Although I was surprised that Olympus' in-body stabilization had not been mentioned as a big selling point. And it was only hinted in case of K-3. And this is a major differentiating factor, as those are the only two cameras from the comparison that offer this. And depending on user preferences, that might be a really big deal.

If I were still in a market for a DSLR, I'd go with Pentax, but since I got Oly E-PL1 for cheap, I'm totally sold on the mirrorless idea. E-PL1 is crap by today's standards, but it was enough to make me realize that I really don't want to carry large and heavy piece of equipment such as a DSLR. So I will probably upgrade to E-P5, thought I would prefer a Pen Lite if it had focus peaking.

Anyway, it's been an interesting year in photo industry, lot's of interesting products that actually try to push on forward. I wonder when will Canon wake up and make a move.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2013 at 13:29 UTC as 66th comment

Finally! I was expecting Samsung to do something like that for their Android based cameras, but Android is there just for show. But this is the real deal.

Unfortunately, it's far from being really useful. I had a quick look at the API, and there's not much you can do with it. Take a picture, start/stop movie recording and basic stuff like that. It looks very easy to use, thought.

I hope this is just a first step and we'll see this API grow with more advanced features.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 5, 2013 at 21:16 UTC as 22nd comment
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