DMillier

DMillier

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On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1202 comments in total)

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The 5D image is larger than the others of course. People will still want to compare resolution at 100% with the usual misleading problems because the image sizes are not identical. It will be very interesting to see if the print simulation options make a difference most will understand. Good idea though.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 1, 2013 at 21:07 UTC as 52nd comment | 1 reply
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FredSpain: Black and white photography or movies are things of the past. Photographers and movie-makers used them because they had no other possibility at the time or did not kmow they existed. Technically, Color photography was possible since 1899 and color cinematography since 1926. The use of painted B&W pictures (or movies (most of Melies movies had a colorised version)) was very active in the first half of the XXth century.This artist respect the originals and do not exagerate colors. If you personally do not like it, its is your opinion but think that others have the right to think different.

Fredspain

Maybe a better description in the digital era might be that B&W is a thriving sub genre of photography?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2013 at 15:24 UTC
On Leica announces X Vario zoom compact with APS-C sensor news story (757 comments in total)
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ponyman: Just been reading this review from someone who has actually spent some time using this camera http://www.slack.co.uk/slack/Xvario.html - I will be interested to see further reviews before passing judgement.

The reviewer linked above (Jono) is someone who has been a DPReview forum contributor for around 15 years and is someone I've regularly corresponded with. He has been involved with many different brands incl Oly, Pentax, Nikon, Pany, Kodak and others. He is very, very experienced at using different equipment for extended periods of time. He is not really a reviewer in the professional sense, but he is a trustworthy ordinary photographer who happens to lpve leica and does beta testing for them. If you want a better idea of where he stands to help you judge his comments, just search the DPR forum posts for "Jono Slack". .

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2013 at 12:34 UTC
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GeorgeZ: It MAY cost more with the OVF than the EM5?
It costs more even without it!
The EM5 now is € 1099 here with the 12-50mm, the E-P5 will cost as much but with the 14-42mm.
And if Olympus doesn't change its policy, that price will be the fixed price for the first couple of months, maybe by then the EM5 will even be further reduced.
The P5 is certainly a nice camera but Olympus is asking too much.
The PM2 can be found for almost a third of the P5, the E-PL5 for less than half- both with the same sensor/engine.
I just don't get it Olympus.

Most mirrorless cameras are overpriced compared to DSLRs- the Nikon D3200 for example.

You get compactness which is good but you pay a lot for that.

Despite the fact that Mirrorless cameras are DSLRs with the expensive mechanical/optical systems removed, that once companies have geared up to produce them, must cost a lot less to make than a DSLR they typically cost double the price for similar sensors. And they don't always have the speed and responsiveness of equivalent DSLRs (eg Fuji models).

So they all seem overpriced to me - that, or entry level DSLRs offer phenomenal value that mirrorless can't match apart for fire sale models.

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2013 at 11:19 UTC
On Just posted: Fujifilm X-E1 Review news story (527 comments in total)
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chillgreg: So lets see: vs Sony NEX 5R/6

The NEX's are

- much, much less expensive
- same (similar) IQ
- significantly smaller & lighter (+pancake kit zoom & 16/20 f2.8 WA)
- adapters take almost any legacy lens
- better articulating LCD
- proper sweep panorama
- 10fps burst inc RAW
- extensive video controls
- wifi + apps (eg intervalometer, remote control via mobile devices & multishot noise reduction etc)
- touchscreen or similar spec EVF
- faster AF + PD AF
- focus peaking

One must REALLY like Fuji or retro styling to throw as much as twice the money at a bigger, heavier arguably less capable mirrorless camera. The price Fuji's asking buys a LOT of DSLR.

Food for thought.

PS DPR can you please review the Sony NEX 5R/6 and also add the 5R to the image comparison database.

In the UK the XE1 is £630, the OMD is £1000. The Nex 7 is £840. So the Fuji is considerably the cheapest.

The appeal of the Fuji (for me) is the traditional film camera like nature of the controls. I own two NEX cameras and while I find them great on a tripod I find them unusable as handheld cameras as the ergonomics are so bad.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2013 at 07:59 UTC
On UK's biggest high-street camera store enters administration news story (234 comments in total)
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Reilly Diefenbach: Thanks, Amazon!

It wasn't me! I have bought lots of gear online admittedly but over the last 13 years Jessops got my money for my Coolpix 950, CP3100, KM A200, 350D, 450D, 5D, K5 as well as lenses, paper, ink, filters. Before Digital, a Bronica film outfit and Pentax spotmeter and a ton of second hand stuff. They have well out of me, my conscience is clear.

What happens to all their inventory, I wonder

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2013 at 22:22 UTC
On UK's biggest high-street camera store enters administration news story (234 comments in total)
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AbrasiveReducer: Trivia, I know but it's interesting to see the words the British use for these situations. When Ilford USA imploded, that was "receivership". This time, it's administration. If Walmart employees can be associates, I guess you can call anything, anything, so long as it sounds good.

I wonder how many specialty camera stores will survive, given that cameras are now just electronic gadgets like cell phones or GPS units. All the good profit stuff like consumables and processing are pretty much history. It's tough to get by on lens pens and bags.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Administration_%28law%29

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2013 at 21:55 UTC
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Michael49: Silly, Silly, Silly. Leica really has lost it.

You forget the kodak 760m

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2012 at 22:21 UTC
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Jeff Seltzer: A case of "a solution looking for a problem" or "the answer to a question no one asked."

Nice job.

Thom Hogan (Nikon guru) has been preaching that camera manufacturers need to stop copying one another and look also at niche markets. He says that the market has been crying out for a dedicated B&W camera and that need has gone unfulfilled since the demise of the Kodak 760m. I don't think a high priced Leica is the ideal solution as it will beyond most people's pockets but perhaps now that Leica has broken the ground, mainstream makers will follow?

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2012 at 22:16 UTC
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ThePhilips: LOL

My first recollection about photography is my father complaining that: he has to shoot in B&W because color film and its processing costs too much and the only place which can develop the film is on the other side of the city.

I think somebody had to release B&W digital camera, if only to remind people why everybody went to color and haven't looked back much.

B&W and vignetting this days are art filters - not compromises one has to live with.

Speak for yourself. B&W isn't a technological compromise, it is an art form in its own right. In the right hands of course.

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2012 at 22:13 UTC
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mister_roboto: technically all digital cameras are "black and white" ... but this camera is totally perplexing. There's luminance values etc... but it just seems like an odd thing to make. (yes yes, I know it's a Red Dot- so rationality need not apply)

But hell what do I know- I'd love for someone to make a "student full frame" that is manual focus only, only has iso up to 3200, basic white balance, and 1/1000 or rounds about shutter speed. With only 3 lens choices, 24, 50, and 90mm. There's nothing today that equals a Pentax K1000 from back in the day for student photographers, for cost and work-ability of learning.

Because this camera has no CFA Bayer array, no demosaicing is required and as it already has no AA filter, this camera will have the same B&W resolution as a 18MP Foveon sensor i.e. equivalent to a standard sensor of about twice the pixel count. It will certainly challenge the D800 in this respect.

Because there are no colour filters it will also be more sensitive and have less noise than standard sensors.

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2012 at 22:08 UTC
On Nikon D3200 preview (181 comments in total)

Something weird in the test shots.

The Paul Smith watch in the bottom right corner seems to morph between shots.

For example I compared the K5, G3, NEX 3 to the D3200 and every camera seems to have a different opinion as to whether the minute/hour markers are solid white lines, double bars or solid white lines with a black bit in the middle. They don't even seem to be sure whether the markers are the same at the top and bottom of the face.

Can someone from DPR say what it is supposed to look like?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 28, 2012 at 08:03 UTC as 57th comment | 5 replies
On Snowbiker in the Challenge of Challenges 2011 challenge (18 comments in total)

Of the first three places, this shot is the one that is genuine photographic art. Congratulations for such a great shot. The first and second placed shots, were clearly the most popular choices, and great examples of technical photography, I preferred this one by a mile.

It's interesting how competitions reveal public taste. My Office ran a voted photographic competition recently and I did an analysis of voting patterns. People certainly appreciate composed and well worked photographic art, but it doesn't win. Instead, pictures of fluffy animals win.

The art shots (the type of superbly visualised, composed and lit shot that most photographers dream of shooting) will receive a pat on the back but will be well down the pecking order.

The public at large seem to be particularly cool on subjects that have no living subjects. Animals seem first choice, people next best and clever graphic compositions rather distant also-rans.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 4, 2012 at 09:54 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
On Just Posted: Sigma SD1 preview Raw and JPEG samples news story (88 comments in total)

For Fotopizza

There doesn't seem to be much support for your assertion about the SD14 dynamic range superiority from lab tests. It does appear that the SD14 is balanced such that it has better highlight headroom than in typical but that is at the cost of noisy shadows. I'd be interested to see your comparisons of shadow performance between the SD14 and K5.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 7, 2011 at 16:37 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
On Under the bridge in the Sigma-Foveon does Black and White challenge (4 comments in total)

What's this got to do with Sigma? This is a discussion about an image.

Tonality looks fine to me in the context of the image. I agree it lacks a centre of interest and this is the biggest weakness. But it has other compositional strengths.

Overall it is not a first rate image but a near miss. But that is very different from deserving a very low score, IMO.

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Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2010 at 09:39 UTC as 1st comment
On Good old friend! in the Sigma-Foveon does Black and White challenge (1 comment in total)

Not my favourite by any means but an unusual style for a portrait - anonymous, high viewpoint. Could have scored rather higher simply because the non-routine treatment adds interest. There are a number of competent but routine portraits that scored better than this when maybe they ought not to have.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2010 at 11:50 UTC as 1st comment

I would have expected it to be more popular. Good subject for B&W, portrays Big-against-small and a man-vs-nature struggle, interesting aspect ratio. What's not to like. Maybe people didn't like the figure moving out of the frame rather than in?

Better than it scored.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2010 at 11:47 UTC as 1st comment
On SDIM5824_GS-RGB_SPP35 in the Sigma-Foveon does Black and White challenge (3 comments in total)

I'm surprised this is languishing down in the mid 60s. Not a top notch shot, but a lovely family candid portrait, captures a moment in time. The kind of thing I would have expected people to like. Oh, well, what do I know ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2010 at 11:43 UTC as 3rd comment
On American White Pelican in the Sigma-Foveon does Black and White challenge (1 comment in total)

The fact that this is so lowly placed demonstrates that there are not enough appreciators of fine B&W amongst the voters. Pehaps there should be a qualifying exam ;-)

Fine effort, should have been top 10 placed.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2010 at 11:40 UTC as 1st comment
On SDIM0448 in the Sigma-Foveon does Black and White challenge (1 comment in total)

... a bit of a "Marmite" shot, I would imagine (you hate it or you love it). Not sure yet what I think. Technically, it shows up the weakness of Foveon's "no AA filter" approach - sharp but dreadful aliasing artifacts.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2010 at 11:32 UTC as 1st comment
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