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Link please? Could not find the update on the Adobe web site.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2016 at 14:16 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply
On article Sony Alpha 7R II Review (2125 comments in total)
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gbdz: But you get a Nikon 810 for that price...or a Canon 5Dr/Ds whatever!
No way.

"Lower" detail? From a D750? Are you serious?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2015 at 14:59 UTC
On article Sony Alpha 7R II Review (2125 comments in total)

Seems to me that the review is better than the camera. I know some photogs swear by this line of Sony cams, but the ergonomics, buttons, menus, A/F and overall "feel" of these cams just isn't up there with the best DSLRs. Yeah, the bodies are svelt, but with a couple of those big, fast Sony zooms and primes coming along for the ride, you've got yourself a pretty hefty, heavy, bulky package. What's the point? High IQ? Megapixels? High IQ and megapixels are the easy part these days. Making a camera that will last a lifetime ... as they did in the film days ... is what's really needed; that along with a camera that gets all of the basics right. Hmmmm ... like a Leica?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 21:23 UTC as 119th comment | 8 replies
On article Good genes: Samsung NX500 review posted (512 comments in total)
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legokangpalla: For all those who complain about lack of viewfinder and outdoor visibility...
Get an aftermarket foldable lcd hood. I actually prefer this over viewfinder as I feel it offers better peripheral visibility and doesn't get in way of my glasses.

'Kinda defeats the purpose of having a small camera, doesn't it? Adds quite a bit of size to the package.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 9, 2015 at 20:41 UTC
On article Good genes: Samsung NX500 review posted (512 comments in total)

The NX500 is a class act from packaging to handling to overall product design. Really well done in those respects.

But when all is said and done, I returned mine. The rear LCD just doesn't hold up in normal daylight and there's no EVF available nor does it appear there ever will be. In really bright light, the NX500 was like the Pentax K-01: impossible to work with.

But, more importantly, as detailed as the files are, they're also a bit "mushy," especially when compared to my E-P5 and an equivalent lens, the 14-42 R II. I also compared the files to my 24MP Sony A850 and, of course, there's no comparison ... nor is it a fair one except for the fact that the two cameras are in the same resolution territory.

I wanted to like if not love the NX500. Wasn't meant to be.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 9, 2015 at 20:20 UTC as 55th comment | 3 replies

I can't keep up. Too much new stuff all at once. I need a nap. :-)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 13, 2015 at 14:00 UTC as 61st comment
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Ednaz: As someone who shoots MFT (which isn't 14 bit) and who did experiments with Nikon's lossy and lossless compression, and as someone who works with theoretical mathematicians every day, I've explored this from the practical to the theoretical. For an event shooter, people shooter, never be noticed. You need the kinds of tonal tests that nature generates - large mildly gradated skies, for example, or Antelope Canyon shots - for it to show up. If you don't print, and only look at images online at online resolutions, you'll probably never see it. But printed (my printer, 16 bit driver), I've seen images that looked like digital camera images in 2001.

Really, I'm not "angry" at Sony - just surprised that a company that has set the standards for many digital formats is compromising here. I do understand the engineering value but it does raise the question of whether engineering is the servant of art, or art is the slave of engineering. (A question I deal with every day.)

Thank you for your post. "Compromising" is the exact word to use when discussion Sony's decision to apply compression without giving the user the option to turn it off. Bad move ...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2015 at 00:46 UTC
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dynaxx: Minor correction called for to the statement "the company shows its ambitions in the high end market, with the launch of the a7 series".

It was the announcement of the A900 in 2011 that signalled Sony's aspirations in the pro' market. Variously called a "pro" or "semi-pro'" camera it not only has FF IBIS and twin processors but also the option of uncompressed Raw files.

And let's not forget the A850. Same camera as the A900, but with some minor changes/omissions in order to lower the price. And, yes, RAW file compression is an option on the A850 and A900. I have it turned off. The fixed compression is the reason I haven't purchased the newer Sonys (not to mention I'm totally, completely happy with my 24MP A850 and assorted Minolta lenses. Fantastic camera. Great lenses.)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2015 at 00:43 UTC
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JunzInc: What I find very amusing is that :-) The people who so vehemently parade and swear by their life and deny the issues mentioned by Rishi with some DSLR's regarding shutter shock and resulting softness have so eagerly jumped on this issue and started speaking as if this is an issue which will ruin all photographs taken by this camera :-)

It won't ruin all. But it has the potential to ruin many.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2015 at 00:39 UTC
On article Capture One Pro 8 software review (317 comments in total)

Excellent review. I've been using CO since version 6 and have upgraded with each iteration. CO8 takes care of many of the issues that hampered the prior versions, and it's faster, too. Phase One is also very responsive when it comes to needing help. Better user service than Adobe in my experience.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2015 at 12:29 UTC as 80th comment
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AbrasiveReducer: A generous helping of the obvious, from the scientists at DxO. There is no reason why anyone using Nikon or Sony would consider switching based on these "revelations" and who else is in the market for a 50mp FF camera?

Thom Hogan has a thoughtful piece today on how he always wants the best but darned if lots of great photos have been taken with cameras that aren't, at that exact moment, the best.

Ok, so DxO has told us what we already know. Will this public shaming cause Canon to produce a better camera? If they were in Sony's position--a distant third, maybe.

Do you have a link to Thom's article? I can't find it.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2015 at 20:40 UTC
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W5JCK: My Sony a7 original cost me half as much as the 5DS and it still out scores the top of the line Canon! Glad I dropped Canon and went with Sony.

I'm not so glad. Canon's service is head and shoulders above Sony's. I sold my Canon gear a while back and bought a Sony full frame and am having a devil of a time getting the shutter fixed. Canon would have had me in and out of service within two days. With Sony, I'm waiting weeks. There's more to camera gear than just the camera gear ...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2015 at 20:36 UTC
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Peter62: Once again, Canon fails.


Failed? They more than doubled the pixel count while at the same time provided no losses in d/r, color sensitivity, etc when compared to the 5D III and 6D. Canon's "measurements" may not match up with the measurements of other high-end cameras, but are the other cams shooting 50MP or even close to 50MP?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2015 at 20:32 UTC

"Sponsored content, produced in partnership with Canon."

Well, no matter how you explain what this is, in the end it's an out-and-out commercial for Canon, no different than an "advertorial" in print media (an advertorial looks just like a magazine article, but it's really paid advertising space).

Call it a "Video Feature," call it whatever you like, in the end it doesn't really "add value" (one of dpreview's criteria for features like this). How can it when it's an extremely biased view of the product?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 16:21 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
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Frank C.: These toys are costing more and more every year, I've adopted the philosophy of buying the cutting edge technology of the decade past and it's worked out surprisingly well for me (both cost and performance wise) you just need to be patient and forget about keeping up with the Jones! Unless you're a pro and want to impress your client with your gear it's basically nonsensical to chase the latest tech all the time

Well said. Keeping up with the Jones' lifestyle is never a good way to live. And to do it with photography gear is sure to keep someone in hock for a long time ... unless you make your living by it, in which case the new gear should pay for itself within a few weeks of use, maybe sooner.

By and large, if you know what you're doing and have mastered technique, you can pick up an older full frame for peanuts, add a lens of similar quality and take great pictures every day of your life for the rest of your life.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 22, 2015 at 17:05 UTC

Really? Listening to customers? Then why did Sony transfer all of their DSLR repairs (perhaps repairs for other gear as well) to a company known for many decades for shoddy workmanship and extremely poor service?

Why doesn't Sony have a legitimate service department of their own? Why is it that my A850, which needs a new shutter after only a few thousand clicks, cannot be sent directly to Sony for repair?

Listening to customers? Hardly.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 22, 2015 at 17:00 UTC as 63rd comment | 5 replies
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villagranvicent: I think is neither.
I respect those you put their money for this camera and enjoy it, but in my humble opinion the difference between the M-Monochrome files vs the M240 BW conversions are small enough to prefer the M240 and have the option of shooting color as pleased. But I still prefer the old CCD sensor look like the one on my M8.

I think the switch from CCDs to CMOS and other MOS designs is a real loss to photographic integrity. I wish makers had figured out ways to improve CCDs rather than dismiss them.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 13:29 UTC

Until one actually owns a Leica digital, one is really in no position to judge its worth or its capabilities. It's so very easy to denigrate the brand based on price alone and even easier to conclude that other cameras are just as good at a fraction of the price. One poster here says, "Is it better built? Probably." Probably? There's no probably about it. The precision that goes into the design and manufacture of Leica products is unequalled. You need only hold one in your hands and give it one click. Look at the seams, i.e. where a latch door meets the body. The seam is practically invisible. Most of you will own 10 or 15 different cameras by the time a single Leica needs servicing, if it does at all.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 13:27 UTC as 52nd comment | 4 replies

"Inspired by Hasselblad?" No ... COPIED by Fotodiox. But I'm going to assume that the fit and finish of the Hasselblad grip is superior. Ought to be at the price. Anyway, the Fotodiox grip is, to my way of thinking, a helpful addition to an RX100 III. Why so many of these types of cameras don't come already designed with proper grips is beyond me.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 13:22 UTC as 49th comment | 1 reply
On article Samsung NX1 Review (1254 comments in total)

Looks good. Sounds good. Lots of good features and high-end quality. But unless 28MP has some magical lure for you, I do think there are better ways to spend nearly $3k.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 00:19 UTC as 240th comment | 5 replies
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