Richard Franiec

Richard Franiec

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On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV First Impressions Review preview (686 comments in total)
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xoio: I know it's premium spec, but a launch price of over a GRAND for a point-n-shoot pocket cam!!!? Hmmmmmmm

Sony has a sound marketing strategy. After all RX100 series is a sales hit and for a reason, it seems. The premium specs of consecutive models will appeal to some "upgraders", for others, the (now) modestly priced MKIII model will fit the bill.
This is nothing new: remember Canon S90 series? They just lost the market for not innovating enough past S95, except the G7x which adapted the Sony sensor.
Sony has the rights to exploit their invention of 1" sensor and develop it further. Asking premium price for every consecutive model to cover the cost of development and make profit resulting from the improvements is normal when you have no or a little competition. The term "milking" comes to my mind but in this case it is fine with me.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 14, 2015 at 15:23 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV First Impressions Review preview (686 comments in total)
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iudex: A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to put my hands on many recent cameras in one time and to compare them. Like many readers here I had the RX100 high on a pedestal. But when I handled it I realized that it is not for me. Yes, it is surprisingly small and really pocketable, but this is also it´s course. People with bigger hands have really nowhere to put their fingers, there is almost no space for holding the camera, you accidentaly press buttons at the back with your thumb and in front there is only spippery flat surface. The buttons are so tiny it is a problem to know which one are you pressing. And the highlight of Mk III - the EVF is so tiny it is hardly usable (the screen itself is small plus the light is entering from all sides). After trying almost all enthusiast compacts and CSSs I came to the conclusion the smallest acceptable camera is Pana LX100, which is reasonably big and comfortable to hold.

@GlobalGuyUSA,
Already invented in 2012:
http://www.dpreview.com/articles/3660240707/sony-rx100-accessory-grip-from-richard-franeic

Direct link | Posted on Jul 14, 2015 at 11:59 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV First Impressions Review preview (686 comments in total)
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CaliforniaDave: I just received a retail purchase RX100IV, and I don't think that the six applications that you mention are "included."

When I choose Application List on my RX100IV, I get three items:
Smart Remote Embedded
PlayMemories Camera Apps
Application Management

Is the camera you are reviewing a new retail purchase, or has it had applications added to it?

@Richard Butler,
..."and what is the risk that they'd detect it was us sending cameras in and give us preferential treatment?"

Richard, following that logic, one can only hope that Sony (and other manufacturers) don't send to DPR a handpicked camera samples for the review?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 14, 2015 at 03:41 UTC
On Phase One 645DF+ with IQ250 field test article (139 comments in total)

Kudos to DPR and Damien for touching the subject of MF camera to such extent.
I found the hands on article educating and enjoyable at the same time.

Thank you,
Richard

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 22:10 UTC as 28th comment | 1 reply
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Richard Franiec: Mr. Oosting deserves at least the benefit of seeing future of the brand differently than his predecessor.
Give him and the company a couple of years and see where they will be then.
A lot of guts, vision and hard work will be required to resurrect icon which once was Hasselblad in its glorious past times.
I wish him well.

He deserves that because as an underdog, he accepted a challenge many of us think of as crazy for photo industry outsider.
Unless he is nuts to leave well paid jobs in the fashion industry, he must be sure that he can succeed in this alien (to him) world.
Conviction can go a long way as far as one have a clear vision and determination. I hope that he has both.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2015 at 19:39 UTC

Mr. Oosting deserves at least the benefit of seeing future of the brand differently than his predecessor.
Give him and the company a couple of years and see where they will be then.
A lot of guts, vision and hard work will be required to resurrect icon which once was Hasselblad in its glorious past times.
I wish him well.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2015 at 17:24 UTC as 22nd comment | 3 replies
On Canon EOS Rebel T6i Review preview (299 comments in total)

Out of 15 cameras Canon released this year to date only 5DS/5DSr are worth mentioning. It is clear that lesser DSLR models struggle to compete not only with respective APSc based DSLR's but also with most of advanced mirrorless cams. Compacts (S90/S95) used to be an envy for the rest of manufacturers. Now Canon compacts are pushed into oblivion by the likes of Sony and some of M4/3 advanced compacts.
On the other hand the last few years brought the fantastic Canon optics to fruition.
So what is going on? - one might ask.
Nothing as far as Canon cameras are concerned. It is a great time for the likes of Metabones making the wonderful Canon glass working with advanced Sony FF mirrorless cams. The hibernation on the part of Canon seems way too long.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 22:38 UTC as 53rd comment | 1 reply

A great and passionate article ticking the right boxes of what many enthusiasts are trying to figure out regarding recent market's directions. I applaud Mr Butler's attempt to put his thoughts in such clear layman's terms. He provided us the platform to spell out our desires of how the future of photography should looks like to be most satisfying for us, the paying customers. Manufacturers have (or need to develop) the tools to bring our desires to fruition, they just have to listen carefully to what We think and want and willing to pay for.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 17:28 UTC as 151st comment

"After a certain point, old digital cameras are just that: old digital cameras."
How true is that!
Every time Leica is trying to do something extraordinary, they fall short of the most recent technical developments. Even the optics are not the end of the world, just take a look at Sigma's M&Q series.
The name recognition seems to be the best selling point: people who buy the Leicas don't ask others what they think about the cam. They just have to have it.
A perfect description of the niche product.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 15:35 UTC as 37th comment | 6 replies
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WT21: Is DPR in a partnership with Kickstarter that they advertise KS products? Been burned so many times on "crowd sourcing" -- "investor" beware!

This is hardly an advertizing. I (and no doubt many others) see the coverage as a very useful info about the interesting, photography related product. Kudos to DPR and Miggo.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 12:45 UTC

Many critical comments are true, but they all are missing the point:
Canon gear in "Guinness book of world records" - PRICELESS...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 12:54 UTC as 31st comment | 1 reply
On Palm-sized: Hands-on with new Fujifilm X-T10 article (91 comments in total)

Very nice indeed. I'm almost tempted to consider one.
I like the grip which reminds me of some of my own earlier designs.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 05:48 UTC as 25th comment
On Canon EOS 5DS R real world sample gallery posted article (444 comments in total)

Thanks for many pictures taken with Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art.
The lens really complements this hi-res sensor.

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2015 at 19:29 UTC as 74th comment
On Canon EOS 5DS R added to studio test scene comparison article (518 comments in total)

Just the thought: If the sensor of this caliber would not perform admirably in the studio scene test, the comments would be in 2000 territory by now.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2015 at 16:19 UTC as 20th comment
On Canon EOS 5DS R added to studio test scene comparison article (518 comments in total)

Smug face of Mr. Maeda during recent interviews is self explanatory now.
Good job, Canon, great job, indeed...

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2015 at 18:11 UTC as 53rd comment | 5 replies
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Turd: A little creepy but at that price i'll take two!!!

A foot selfie stick signed by Yeti should be priced at least at $20K.
Until then, I'm not interested LOL.

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2015 at 19:41 UTC

Good reporting by LR and, consequently, by DPR.
Now it is Canon's turn to sort out the issue.

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2015 at 04:36 UTC as 112th comment
On Interview: Canon's Chuck Westfall on the new XC10 article (347 comments in total)
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IEBA1: What the hell is it with DPreview and this stupid camera?
First we get the powder puff piece of why it's a "big deal" and "leading the convergence." Then we get this.

As a writer for over a decade, I'd like to see this author ask one followup question to clarify the double-marketing speak that contradicts itself:

"The XC10 has a 5-axis stabilization system when recording HD video. That’s … optical stabilization with digital stabilization. With digital stabilization you [crop the sensor]. You don’t lose image stabilization when shooting still images or 4K video. … since you’re using the entire sensor to capture an image or video, the camera reverts to normal optical stabilization."

So then there's no "5-axis" stabilization in 4K or stills.
If not, then don't promote it.

"The XC10 uses the same codec as the C300 Mark II. It’s called XF-AVC. It is a proprietary Canon codec in an MXF wrapper, but it is H.264 based, so it is standards based."

It's proprietary - it's standards based.

@Barney Britton,
Indeed, keep up the good work.
I'm waiting with anticipation for EOS M3 review which Simon promised.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 20:53 UTC
On Interview: Canon's Chuck Westfall on the new XC10 article (347 comments in total)
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Richard Franiec: I'm wondering why Chusk Westfall gives interviews like this one. Maybe he has more fun than some of the posters might suspect? Nothing wrong with mixing work with pleasure and getting paid for that.

I'm sure he is on both counts.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 02:03 UTC
On Interview: Canon's Chuck Westfall on the new XC10 article (347 comments in total)

I'm wondering why Chusk Westfall gives interviews like this one. Maybe he has more fun than some of the posters might suspect? Nothing wrong with mixing work with pleasure and getting paid for that.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 22:17 UTC as 91st comment | 2 replies
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