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Forcing people not to chimp...

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2016 at 20:51 UTC as 204th comment
On article Small but mighty: hands on with the Panasonic GX85/GX80 (311 comments in total)

Does the body-only IS when using an unstabilized lens allow stabilization of viewing and framing, or does it stabilize only the shooting?

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 10:33 UTC as 62nd comment
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Raist3d: I will give an award to Panasonic's marketing for explaining the DUAL-IS system in the most confusing way possible, as to sound as if it was all built in, or maybe requiring an OIS lens, or no, maybe just built in.. or... blah.

It's just the same as the GX8. (requires OIS lens).

When you see confusing language, assume the worst case choice and you are most likely to be correct.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 10:23 UTC
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MrTaikitso: As a GX8 owner, the fact they left out a flippy forward screen (ideal for composing video), mic input, exp comp dial and a flip up EVF indicates that other than the slightly improved stabilization and shutter, GX8 is still the top end.

This is 'entry level' as far as the GX line can have an entry level model. As such there is no intention of competing with the GX8.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 10:20 UTC
On article Hands on: Sony FE 50mm F1.8 and 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 (137 comments in total)

Does the zoom lens have zoom creep? Probably yes given the zoom lock.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2016 at 21:25 UTC as 5th comment
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Hugo808: Zoom assist. Now that's a good idea.

Zoom assist is a very cool feature. Surprised it took this long for it to appear - is this the first example? However, where this is most needed, i.e. fast paced photography with a lot of scene changes, it probably cannot really be used.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2016 at 20:44 UTC
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Retzius: The cheap nifty 50 is a great idea to get more people into the system.

The 70-300 seems outrageously priced when you consider the price of the DSLR alternative.

It's a 'G' lens. Put a similar letter to the end of a DSLR lens and the price comparison is no longer that outrageous.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 16:23 UTC
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P Hartung: "It isn't quite a match for the Nikon D7200..." There's still no comparison, I'm afraid.

The wait is so painfully long that this is hugely significant. When you need it any straw is worth clutching...

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2016 at 22:56 UTC
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PorscheDoc: These Venus lenses look good on paper, but are there any objective tests for these lenses online (Goggling did not show any hits except youtube videos)? Their two macro lenses are manual everything and youtube experts say the lenses are well made, but their opinions are based on just 'feel'-no objective test onc enering, etc. I am leery of judging lenses construction quality based on their weight (first-hand experience with badly decentered Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 which 'experts' claim was well constructed)!

How do you know it's overpriced before it becomes available?

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2016 at 22:41 UTC
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Jonathan F/2: There's some noticeable CA shot wide open. It's pretty ugly. It'll probably look better shot on an Olympus Pen-F!

It will be some task for software developers to profile this lens ...

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2016 at 09:07 UTC
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Mike FL: Here we go "200mm that the quoted GN60m@100 ISO", 200mm.

Not at all. More likely half, if you study a few zoom flash GN charts given by the manufacturers. Zoom x 4 -> GN doubles, roughly speaking. Individual lights may differ somewhat from this mean. GN of 30 at 50mm coverage is not ground breaking at all but much better than 15, which is more suitable for a camera-powered flash with no batteries than one with four batteries.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2016 at 21:56 UTC
On article CP+ 2016: Hands-on with new Sigma SD cameras and lenses (305 comments in total)

This is known as Deep Throat...

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2016 at 20:44 UTC as 41st comment | 3 replies
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dark goob: Is it weatherproof?

See this image:

Although the image might not conclusively say anything - one can drench anything in water like that if it does not matter if it damages anything - given normal assumptions I'd say it's probably at least advertised as weather resistant.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2016 at 16:33 UTC
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1092 comments in total)
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Louis_Dobson: Anyone able to tell me if ISO can be assigned to a dial? Aperture plus exp comp plus ISO on dials would be my perfect camera.

Manual is not clear.

Does this picture answer this question?

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 11:12 UTC
On article Top 5: Hands-on with Nikon D500 (799 comments in total)
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Hugo808: Has focusing in live view improved over the D750? That'd be a real bonus and would take away one of the advantages of a mirrorless

If you can calibrate the PDAF with the imaging sensor, it no longer matters for AF i.e. PDAF is essentially as accurate as CDAF whilst retaining its speed advantage.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2016 at 17:53 UTC
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tinternaut: Ummm.... When did they stop? Where do the latest sensors in Panasonic cameras (e.g. the GX8) come from? What am I missing here?

From Sony, likely.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2015 at 20:35 UTC
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JimW-203: Query:

If one wanted to use this feature to do a quick (relatively) and dirty focus stacking for macro, does it seem logical/possible through the LR path?

Hypothetically, as I understand the feature, the process would be:
1) take the shot and then
2) use LR to establish up to 30 jpegs, each with a different point of focus.
3) stack the 30 shots in PS or other appropriate editing software
4) edit, enhance, etc. the result as needed/desired

Considerations I might consider adding in the process would be:
1) convert the first output (the 30 frames) to TIFF or other lossless format before the stacking and editing phase in order to minimize damage to the final output
2) as with all macro, plan the shot in advance and use a tripod
3) select the frames to be used with care - using all 30 might not add enough to make the processing time and overhead worth it.

Does this seem either doable or desirable? Comments, please.

This is done through changing lens focus. At long distances this hopefully does not change the framing too much but at macro distances it highly depends on the lens. Any focus breathing will make the stacking task quite onerous. 'Normal' slow focus stacking can be done with a combination of lens focus and camera shift so you can even use a lens with focus breathing.

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2015 at 20:39 UTC
On article And the winners are: DPReview Awards 2015 (392 comments in total)
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riveredger: The amount of hostility conveyed in some of these threads is simply juvenile. Did you guys get so negative before you were photographers or because you are photographers?

Mainly because of tribalism. Tribalism itself is juvenile enough. Tribalism based on brands of products is beyond juvenile. And yet it is human nature. At least compared with tribalism based on religion, ideology, etc. this does not hurt or kill anyone...

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2015 at 21:14 UTC
On article Sony Alpha 7R II Review (2157 comments in total)
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Frank C.: sold all my gear and didn't buy this, just sold all my gear, my iphone is sufficient for my photographic needs, the camera companies and their overpriced hype can stick it anywhere they want

Suppose this won't be too popular, so I liked it.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2015 at 19:35 UTC
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Sad Joe: Are these the same glass as the Sony / Zeiss BATIS range ? If so strange that on the Sony they are AF but not on Canon or Nikon. Its not like Zeiss could not afford the licence, also it appears to make the BATIS range rather better value for money. Score one for Sony !

The Batis range is available in Japan with a genuine Cosina warranty so could be manufactured by Cosina. There is no overlap between Batis and Milvus so they are not Batis dressed in Milvus clothing.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2015 at 13:22 UTC
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