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Charlie boots

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On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (3324 comments in total)

This is a great shame. Perhaps this is a planned marketing ploy and the pre release is hobbled so that when the final is released and is much improved it will draw more attention.

Otherwise it is very hard to believe that Canon is unable to match DR of its competitors. Surely sensor design and manufacture and in camera image processing is well understood by all manufacturers of this calibre. There should be very little difference, especially on a brand new camera which has obviously been under development by the best minds that Canon has.

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2015 at 01:25 UTC as 238th comment

No one talks about the performance or specs of the substitute chip. Surely the component supplier is irrelevant providing it performs as well or better than the original one and is as durable.

Vehicle, and many other, manufacturers often substitute components although they may look the same.

Samsung is an extremely competent manufacturer and I have confidence in their products. I have one of their 12 year old high res lcd screens which is used every day and performs flawlessly and is still much better than the average computer screen.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2015 at 10:23 UTC as 20th comment
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (3324 comments in total)

Certainly a very interesting body. Expensive and needs the best lenses. I use a D800e and very satisfied but the files are huge and need high end and fast computer gear to work with them not to mention large storage and backup ability. Cant imagine shooting a whole wedding of around 1,000 images with this body. Perhaps the special portraits only. This makes the cost very high. The question arises as to what is good enough. Unless one is printing very large the 5DIII should be more than sufficient.

For very large landscapes and other large prints this would be amazing but here again this is a fairly limited market as print prices are very high.

Looking fwd to the test report.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 12:35 UTC as 705th comment | 1 reply
On Canon EOS-1D C sees $4000 price drop in North America article (249 comments in total)

Makes one think that Canon has been substantially overpricing this camera and gouging the consumer since its introduction.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2015 at 20:17 UTC as 20th comment

If there are black dots in the tripod sockets then obviously Nikon knew about this before it was noticed by customers but they kept quiet until they had to do something. They should have been upfront and issued a notice and recall as soon as this was discovered. Once again Nikon does not inspire confidence in its new products. The result will be that people will hold off buying new products until the bugs have been ironed out.

Too many mistakes made in the past few years with high end expensive cameras without Nikon quickly taking responsibility.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2015 at 10:25 UTC as 9th comment | 4 replies

It is probably obvious that mirrorless will eventually replace the traditional SLR with flipping mirror and prism as will electronic shutters replace traditional fp shutters. The SLR has been a workhorse for the past 50 years and is an amazing mechanical gadget. It also replaced existing well established technology. The fact that the mirror and shutter mechanism reliably lasts for 200k or more activations and that it can function at 11fps is astonishing. A mdern DSLR is mostly electronic and solid state anyway and as technology progresses it will invariably replace the clunky mechanical pieces. With the speed of development and innovation in the digital world we probably cannot imagine what will be possible in 3 to 4 years. Look at the iphone 6 and its competitors to see what has been achieved in just a few years.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2015 at 11:21 UTC as 67th comment | 5 replies
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1290 comments in total)

I wonder why when the D800E has a score of 82% and is rated gold. This camera has a score of 84% and is rated silver?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 19:07 UTC as 184th comment | 4 replies
On A second glance: two takes on the Leica X article (399 comments in total)

An excellent perspective which brings out issues I have not seen mentioned before. This compares Leica with Leica. Interesting and perceptive.

Also very surprised that apparent full manual settings are not so.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2014 at 10:36 UTC as 83rd comment
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1656 comments in total)

Obviously Canon is grasping at straws and has nothing much to say.

Great website, nice graphics, poor content, but not suitable for the majority of people in the world. Takes faaaar tooo long to load. What a total waste of my time.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 17:43 UTC as 342nd comment | 1 reply
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1656 comments in total)

Great teaser, builds anticipation. Lets hope they do something at least as good as Fuji.

Compact pro level exchangeable lens camera, which also takes existing Canon lenses, at a reasonable price.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2014 at 12:13 UTC as 775th comment
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1418 comments in total)
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astigmate: As a D700 owner, I feel...hum kinda betrayed by Nikon. So, this entry level, crippled camera is supposed to be the D700 successor ?! feel like an FF D5300 !! I'm tired of waiting for them. I'll keep my D700 until it dies and will look into fuji or sony stuff now on.

Oh, btw, the Sony Full-Frame A7 (24mpx also) cost HALF the price asked for the D750 and it has 1/8000s shutter, focus peaking, nice EVF etc

There is a great issue being made about 1/4000 as opposed to 1/8000. Can anyone elaborate why having 1/8000 is so very critical?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2014 at 01:27 UTC
On Sony a5100 First Impressions Review preview (583 comments in total)

Sony has excellent engineers and excels in miniaturization and it will be really interesting to see what they eventually make of the camera business. People who buy high end cameras and lenses have a substantial investment in hardware and want to see some permanence and long term lens compatibility. If Sony is able to provide this and give their customers the feeling of long term security about their investment they should be very succssful as they have already significantly shaken up the camera industry with their offerings, especially with the A7r and A7s. I can't wait for this to settle down as I will then seriously consider changing my heavy nikon FX gear for Sony.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2014 at 17:30 UTC as 39th comment
On What is equivalence and why should I care? article (2130 comments in total)

The only people who this is really relevant to are those that used 35mm film when the only interchangeable lens cameras were 35mm and we all knew what a 50mm or other focal length lens was.

Most of the new SLR and other smaller sensor camera users have no idea of the relationship between 35mm lenses and their sensors, and why should they care. A wide angle is a wide andgle and a tele is just that. Most people use zooms anyway.

Yes it is good to refer to a common standard for an apples to apples comparison and for those that want to dig deeper all this info is useful in making better photos. The huge majority however simply want to take snap shots for viewing in electronic media and it should be a fun activity without having to bother about focal lengths etc.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2014 at 11:04 UTC as 61st comment | 2 replies
On Niko announces service advisory for D810 'bright spots' article (376 comments in total)

I have a D300, D700 - purchased 1 year after release and just purchased a D800e at a discounted price. All have no problems. D700 has 50k actuations. Usually doesn't pay to purchase a brand new release camera right away. Early adopters always pay top dollar and have all the teething issues to contend with.

Best to be a little patient and wait a few months.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2014 at 01:43 UTC as 16th comment | 6 replies
On Niko announces service advisory for D810 'bright spots' article (376 comments in total)
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TylerQ: I've noticed that if I hold my D810 upside down, the pictures don't come out right side up. You'd think a company like Nikon could produce a camera to compensate for that.

Use a periscope.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2014 at 01:38 UTC

Ultimately it will be the software that counts. Spreadsheets and word processors drove the sales of the first PC's. Visicalc, Lotus123, Excel, Word etc. today hardware is becoming a commodity and thus again the sales will go to those with the best software and ecosystem. If all things are then equal it will come down to price and consumer mindshare. Samsung is still lacking on the software side.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2014 at 11:40 UTC as 8th comment | 11 replies
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vFunct: The person responsible for the creation owns the copyright. Photography equipment "operators", like this monkey, do not own copyrights.

If that were the case, then the assistants of high-end photographers would own the copyright to the photos, instead of the photographers, who normally act as directors. Most high-end photographers have assistants hold the camera and operate them and take the actual shot, instead of of the photographer themselves.

This is also why the NFL owns the copyright to their work, instead of the cameraman.

The big mistake people make is assuming photography is the art of operating cameras. It actually involves much more than that, including planning, production, styling, lighting, post-processing, etc..

It's very amateurish to consider photography as only taking pictures.

If your friend, wife, husband, child, monkey used your camera to take a picture of anything they would own the copyright and not you. The photographer is the creator of the photograph and not the owner of the camera unless there are clear written contracts to the contrary. An exception would apply in the case of a photographer photographing an original piece of art or a performance or in the case of a fashion shoot of an arrangement of specific items. It could then be argued that these arrangements are original artistic creations and are the copyright of their creator.

In the case of photographers assistants and the NFL, you can be sure that there are clear written agreements regarding copyright in the same way as companies have contracts with their research department staff regarding inventions ect.

The monkey wins this one, it took its own picture of itself.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2014 at 22:24 UTC

Take nothing but pictures
Leave nothing but footprints
Waste nothing but time.

These people have obviously never heard of this.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2014 at 12:16 UTC as 29th comment

This photogrher has obviously no regard for preserving nature and must be extremely selfish in their outlook. One dreads to imagine the unsightly splashes of garish colours these thick liquids made when they fell to earth on the rocks, grass or whatever. Presumably there were several attempts at each shot creating even more mess and destruction of pristine and natural places.

I am surprised that DPR would lend credence to such obvious disregard of nature and our environment by publishing and thus tacitly endorsing this.

As someone has mentioned below. This is nothing else but vandalism of nature.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2014 at 11:47 UTC as 30th comment | 3 replies
On Walmart sues photographer's widow over family pictures article (166 comments in total)

If the Walton family offered to pay only what this total legal case will cost them I would imagine that Bob's photo will be very well paid for the photos.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2014 at 08:01 UTC as 83rd comment
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