Bill Bentley

Bill Bentley

Lives in Canada British Columbia, Canada
Joined on Sep 13, 2004

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On Oppo launches R7 and R7 Plus post (29 comments in total)
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Dave Oddie: I'm not into phones that much a photographic tool just using my Nexus 5 when I have forgotten the camera.

The one thing that would tempt me to charge my phone is one with a higher capacity battery. My phone is fine for day to day use when I am in work where I can plug it into the laptop to charge but i'ts not much use if I can't find a power source at some point if I have been using GPS etc.

So whenever I see a phone with a larger battery that grabs my attention. The trouble is they all seen to be phablet sized.

Why can't manufacturers put a top spec phone together that isn't a phablet more often?

It's the battery technology limitations at the moment. Some new fast charging technology lets you get to about 75%+ charge in about 10-15 mins now. But I'm sure that will affect the life of the battery. But if the phone allows for battery removal, and the batteries are not too expensive, then this may be the way of the future. Kind of like the Tesla car battery swapping stations.

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2015 at 16:11 UTC

Wow. Such big music for a macro solution.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2015 at 21:16 UTC as 18th comment | 3 replies
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The Squire: I always imagined Richard was more of a pop-to-the-cafe-for-a-latte-on-my-singlespeed sorta guy.

I think DPR need to have Von Wong pay a visit and make this hipster Victorian thing a reality.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 16:24 UTC

T6s looks nice enough. But when, oh when, will Canon finally drop the Rebel name? Just go with 760D worldwide for crying out loud.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 05:52 UTC as 163rd comment | 4 replies
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AD in KC: OK I really don't get this. It's a camera that sticks to your phone? So your phone is what then, the viewing screen and controls?

The phone is never physically connected. It only acts as remote controller. In image #1 you see two pieces. The back half is the camera attached to the lens.

I have no idea how you would handhold this and then control it with your phone at the same time though. Obviously on a tripod it's easy, but who wants to carry a tripod with this all the time.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 16:06 UTC
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Esign: Gloomy, boring, predictable – except for the horse, but this shot is unbalanced and should have been cropped and the horse placed slightly to the right of a vertical center line. Don’t mind the backgrund, this is a horse portrait.

In the horse image the light is falling to camera right. That light and the shadow of the horse adds to the image. Cropping as you suggested would take most of that away and add in more of the shadowed area to camera left. That would be a mistake in my opinion.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2015 at 22:10 UTC
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DonDown: I was silly to try it - total waste of money.

But the effects could be ok for 12yo girls.

Me too. Camera function was beyond useless.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2015 at 21:29 UTC
On Canon's Q4 earnings report shows camera sales are down article (315 comments in total)
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chriscotec: A solid mirrorless system is probably vital for a manufacturer to stay at the top now. I'm afraid Canon and Nikon have been shuffled from the top to the bottom of the pack. It is difficult for them, as they are both heavily committed to their ageing DSLR systems. The lens systems they have will work on mirrorless bodies but they are not optimally designed for it. The allowance for the mirror depth makes the lenses creates optical challenges that just aren't there for dedicated mirrors lenses. The whole setup is much bigger than it needs to be. The'll work for now though. I work with a large Canon system, built up over many years but I am using my Panasonics on all video and more and more still shoots because of the performance to size ratio.

Canon hasn't released a significant pro camera for ages. If the next isn't a mirrors one, I think they can expect a much bigger sales drop. Nikon too.

@ sushieater
Your comment is a common one, and is frankly elitist and tiring. Thousands of creative images are made each day using cell phone cameras. And millions of crappy ones are made too. It's the same for any style of camera though, DSLR included. They are all just tools. Anybody can put paint on a canvas. Some just know how to do it better than others.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2015 at 23:47 UTC
On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1457 comments in total)

This article speaks exactly to me. I bought Canon 350D back in 2006 and bought the Canon EF 70-300 IS USM as soon as it became available with the thought of moving to FF in the future. I then bought the Canon EF-S 60 macro to complete my kit at the time. When I upgraded to the Canon 650D I bought a used Canon EF-S 10-22 since I was getting into more landscape shooting.

Tomorrow I will be picking up a Canon 6D body (bought last month with rebate). So the only lens I will have to use with it is the 70-300. But I fully expect to be able to sell the 10-22 and 60 for close to what I paid for them and put the money towards the excellent Canon EF 16-35 f4. In the future I plan to add a EF 50 and EF 85 f1.8 as well. This should serve me well for quite a few years I think.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2015 at 18:46 UTC as 390th comment
On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1457 comments in total)
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noflashplease: There's nothing wrong with using a full frame coverage telephoto lens on an APS-C body to take advantage of the crop factor. Obviously, the crop factor works against wide angle lenses, but we all knew that at the beginning of the digital era, before there were any full frame DSLRs.

...... and Richard pretty much said exactly that in the article.

"The only lenses that usefully serve the same purpose on both formats tend to be telephotos..."

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2015 at 18:36 UTC
On Real-world test: Going pro with the Samsung NX1 article (369 comments in total)
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tt321: There is no discussion about the images taken with walking towards the camera high frame rate AF test? Hopefully it will be discussed in the full review.

I also asked that question and Barney replied that he was impressed with the tracking so far. Maybe so, but I find it puzzling why they included the beach clip but then never showed any images afterwards or really spoke about it.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 16:59 UTC
On Real-world test: Going pro with the Samsung NX1 article (369 comments in total)
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JanMatthys: Whos is the buzz-kill representing DPreview? is it barney? In the excitement meter that guy is in 3rd place behind "watching paint dry" and "watching grass grow"

Sounds like a "time-lapse" opportunity in the making. ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 16:54 UTC
On Real-world test: Going pro with the Samsung NX1 article (369 comments in total)
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Bill Bentley: Hi Barney. I watched to the end but didn't really hear you guys talk about or see any images from your beach walk continuous focus test. How many of the dozens of images were sharp? For me this camera has to be able to track BIF reliably or its a nonstarter. Also, no back button AF is a huge oversight since they're targeting this to Pros/Prosumers. My Canon 600D has this for goodness sake.

Okay, good to hear. That "should" be a relatively easy firmware fix. Looking forward to your guys full review. Thanks for the video.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 05:35 UTC
On Real-world test: Going pro with the Samsung NX1 article (369 comments in total)

Hi Barney. I watched to the end but didn't really hear you guys talk about or see any images from your beach walk continuous focus test. How many of the dozens of images were sharp? For me this camera has to be able to track BIF reliably or its a nonstarter. Also, no back button AF is a huge oversight since they're targeting this to Pros/Prosumers. My Canon 600D has this for goodness sake.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 04:19 UTC as 111th comment | 3 replies
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vesa1tahti: No time lapse, no bulb = useless

What a stupid statement. Bulb is NOT for beginners. Beginners do not even know where the bulb setting is or what it is for.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 16:13 UTC
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Wye Photography: I like the ones with the big triangles in them.

For sure, and look, Francis even directed one of the Egyptians to stand like one too!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 14, 2014 at 20:18 UTC
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Michael Piziak: Nice historic photos.

Umm, the dawn of Egyptology started thousands of years before this.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 14, 2014 at 20:13 UTC
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1656 comments in total)

This is actually worse than that failed piece of poop, Project 1709, or whatever it was called.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 15:18 UTC as 425th comment

Not liking the low frequency Luma noise in some of these. Blue skies in particular look quite blotchy, both in daylight and dusk shots.
30_ISO400_ISO400_P1000192 and 13_ISO200_P1000077.

I have an older Panny, and its true for that one also.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2014 at 06:37 UTC as 155th comment

Nice idea, but how will the discount work once all the rentals are bought? I assume it will take at least 6-12 rentals before any significant discount is applied.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2014 at 20:33 UTC as 22nd comment
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