Richard Franiec

Richard Franiec

Joined on Feb 14, 2007

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On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A professional's opinion article (440 comments in total)
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Marty4650: We now have proof that this was a fairly well balanced user review.

Just as many people think she was "unfair to Canon" as think she was "an advertisement for Canon."

And Dpreview gets slammed from both groups!

You just can't buy credibility that good.

The lady uses a camera supplied by her employer to provide the expected coverage. If she is unhappy with lack of features (memo recording) which could make her work easier, she makes a valid point contrary to all who never have a need for such feature.

I just hope that she won't get discouraged by unpleasant remarks in comment section from sharing more of her experiences regarding working with various gear and sharing that with us.

I don't care that by voicing her views she was fair or unfair to Canon or DPR. She just had answered the question what she thinks about the cam, period.

No wonder that professional photographers shy away from forums and blogs, except their own.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 12:05 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A professional's opinion article (440 comments in total)
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GPW: A newspaper reporter is hardly a pro photographer.

I can drink to that.
People who make a living by pressing the shutter and sharing their opinion about the gear are rare and should be appreciated for their frankness. Especially if their views contradict the one of those who never earned a buck from their superior skills of dissecting the pixels and discussing DR.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 02:21 UTC
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1666 comments in total)

Sounds like an announcement of the next Canon FF camera with Sony sensor in it.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2014 at 19:20 UTC as 657th comment
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Lanski: I understand that he has to defend his brand, but I'd feel better about Canon if he'd been a bit more honest about their current sensor offering.

Canon do a lot of things well. They have a great lens lineup, not to mention getting first pick of the 3rd party lenses. Their products are normally well thought out and work as expected. They don't spray oil over their sensors or vibrate too much when you press the shutter. They have a number of things going for them in the autofocus department. Even their financial performance could be seen as a positive when investing in a system.

Their sensors however, are not their strong point.

This is fine, you can't have it all. As long as they're working on it, the system still looks like a good bet. But if I was to take Mr Maeda at his word however, I'd start to worry that I'd be stuck with a sub par DR system for some time.

Honesty can sometimes be the best policy.

No doubt.
Honesty is always the best policy on end, except when it reveals ones weakness or misguidance.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 05:53 UTC
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armandino: Canon M system:
Camera + 22/2.0 $311
11-22mm $400
18-55mm $109
22/2.0 $119
55-250mm $400
adapter for EF $100

The canon M is designed for basic functionality and unfortunately a non competitive focus speed. Yet you can buy a whole system for the price of a mid range mirrorless. If AF speed and EVF are not your concern this is an excellent proposition. It also underlines the most obvious of the issues with the hyped mirrorless systems: they are overpriced.

The M system is indeed an excellent proposition at current pricing.
I don't even mind the focus speed since I've learned that carrying the cam on neck strap with the smaller lens against the body would save a lot of unintentional pictures of the sidewalk-my biggest gripe LOL.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 05:46 UTC
On Video preview of the Canon Powershot G7 X article (77 comments in total)

Nice presentation, Richard,
It really helped to envision size relationship to the hand.
Saying that the G7X is one of the most capable cameras (in the segment) is like choosing one of the two available at this moment, other being RX100(MX)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 22:02 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
On Canon PowerShot G7 X First Impressions Review preview (874 comments in total)

I still hope that at last day of the show Canon will unveil EOS MX with their own sensor and put the competition in mirrorless segment to shame. Or am I hoping for too much?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 22:10 UTC as 188th comment | 3 replies
On Canon PowerShot G7 X First Impressions Review preview (874 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: Now Canon is re-badging other company’s products instead of their own products.

Richard,
This is only a little play with words and, perhaps, poor attempt on humor. On the other hand if one have to pick the leader in digital imaging it would be Sony for their relentless improvement of CMOS sensor technology. It seems to be easier to buy it than develop the counterpart for some other (previously capable of competing) companies.
R.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 21:48 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G7 X First Impressions Review preview (874 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: Now Canon is re-badging other company’s products instead of their own products.

Maybe it should be called SONON RX100 X?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 21:28 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G7 X First Impressions Review preview (874 comments in total)
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Richard Franiec: If G7X came out 2 years ago with first iteration of Sony RX100, it would be a great competitor in 1" sensor, fixed lens segment. Since RX100 III seems quite improved and mature in comparison to first RX100, it looks like Canon is grasping the straws in order to be still relevant in compact camera marketplace. Especially, if the rumors about using Sony sensor in G7X are true. I wonder what they were thinking outside of worrying about smartphones driving their small sensor compacts into oblivion.

LX100 might spell a lot of trouble (in sales) for all advanced, fixed lens compacts, including RX100 - the undisputed king in last 2 years.

Yet, the reality could be strange for G7X. A lot of people like the "canon colors, jpegs, UI" and hate anything else. My prediction is that G7X sales would exceed anything in powershot line past G7/G9, S95, but (due to never sleeping competition) reaching the goal of once more being leader in the segment is next to impossible with the current approach.

re: P.S.
The thought of the grip crossed my mind on reflex when I've seen first rumor pictures of the cam. Since G7X is now reality...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 20:33 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1426 comments in total)

LX100 gives a lot of reasons for celebration not only in Pany or M4/3 camps. This cam makes the most sense of all attempts to produce ultimate enthusiast compact to date.
Bravo Panasonic!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 19:28 UTC as 250th comment
On Canon PowerShot G7 X First Impressions Review preview (874 comments in total)

If G7X came out 2 years ago with first iteration of Sony RX100, it would be a great competitor in 1" sensor, fixed lens segment. Since RX100 III seems quite improved and mature in comparison to first RX100, it looks like Canon is grasping the straws in order to be still relevant in compact camera marketplace. Especially, if the rumors about using Sony sensor in G7X are true. I wonder what they were thinking outside of worrying about smartphones driving their small sensor compacts into oblivion.

LX100 might spell a lot of trouble (in sales) for all advanced, fixed lens compacts, including RX100 - the undisputed king in last 2 years.

Yet, the reality could be strange for G7X. A lot of people like the "canon colors, jpegs, UI" and hate anything else. My prediction is that G7X sales would exceed anything in powershot line past G7/G9, S95, but (due to never sleeping competition) reaching the goal of once more being leader in the segment is next to impossible with the current approach.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 19:21 UTC as 196th comment | 6 replies
On LensRentals looks into the Canon EF 16-35 f/4 IS article (62 comments in total)
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Peiasdf: Isn't Roger "Len's Rentals" so why is he saying management tell him this and that?

Always enjoy reading his lens test and disassembly.

Roger is the man.
He is saying the way he sees it.
Quite unusual for the guy who makes his living by renting product of others. What he said is that he like the lens. There are other choices of this FL he can provide. You just have to make up your mind in what you want.
I trust his word more than many of the review sites.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2014 at 22:10 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2302 comments in total)

Barney,

Since you have the cam for testing, could you drop it on concrete pavement to see if the premium price for " body carved from solid block" of T6061 Al alloy machined in Portugal is worth the expense?

R.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 23:17 UTC as 62nd comment | 1 reply
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mr.izo: oh, sigma and theirs news biennial.. just test the damn thing, dpr, specially high iso, video and battery performance (the wickest points of foveon).
why design grip in reverse way, ther's fixed lense in front any way? when ff sigma?

The grip is designed for left handed selfies LOL.
Seriously though, the concept could prove very effective when approached with open mind. This camera requires use of two hands when taking pictures. There is a good space between the lens and grip making the shooting position very comfortable.
Now, if Quattro just have EVF...and lensmount...and set of nice primes...and...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 13:35 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3: Real-world Sample Images article (175 comments in total)

One of the nicest gallery for sample images.
The color and contrast are very good. To my eyes, however, the images lack the definition. Possibly, the kit lens is a weak link.
I will be hard pressed to consider the basic kit for $1200.00 if I'm not vested in better Nikon optics already. There is a lot of competition in that price range including entry level DSLR's and M4/3 systems. Even outdated, lowly Eos M (APS-C) with set of 3 excellent native lenses would be more appealing IQ-vise based on the gallery images vs. my own experience.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 9, 2014 at 15:06 UTC as 37th comment
On Site Update: notifications article (127 comments in total)

Thanks for this new utility. I think, it is very useful.
The colour choice is great - just like the stop lights.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2014 at 23:01 UTC as 39th comment
On Walmart sues photographer's widow over family pictures article (200 comments in total)

Reading some, I think that most of the comments should belong to "Off Topic" forum.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2014 at 04:15 UTC as 26th comment
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2970 comments in total)
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onlooker: I read the blurb about the control ring in the preview above, but I still don't know - is it possible to do manual focus with it?

I think that DPR complaining about lack of click-able dial is valid and reasonable for every situation except focusing and zooming.
Since they complained about this issue from the very beginning (RX100) - and they were not alone - Sony should possibly make the ring able to slide to two distinctly different positions in order to engage "clicks" in one of them. That would make the "Gold Award" a sure thing for RX100MKIII full review.
I hope that Sony will remember whose idea it was LOL.

Direct link | Posted on May 19, 2014 at 21:39 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2970 comments in total)
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justmeMN: The pop-up EVF is an interesting idea, but I wonder about its long-term reliability, in terms of continuing to go up and down.

This is a legitimate question indeed.
EVF not only have to resist the wear resulting from up and down motion but also from the side pressure exerted by contact with the face.
Since pop up flashes works fine, the indication could be that beefed up guides for EVF motions would work as well. Only time will tell.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 14:05 UTC
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