Bill Bentley

Bill Bentley

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

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Laptop > desktop
Tablet > laptop
Smartphone > cheapish compact camera
Quality compact camera > DSLR??

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2014 at 20:14 UTC as 105th comment

Looks like Kai Wong from Digital Rev wearing the white gloves in pic #5?

Maybe David Hobby did convince him that X100s is a great cam after all. ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2014 at 16:40 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
On Sony Alpha 7R Review preview (807 comments in total)
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gskolenda: Please, Please update these reviews, it's 2014!!
We need more info on Video Specs!!!!!!!

Bit Rates!! File type!!! Uncompressed Video? video focus modes?

Hello McFly!!

LOL, +1 for Marty.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2014 at 23:31 UTC
On CP+ 2014: Hands-on with Sony a6000 article (102 comments in total)

That pop-up flash makes this look like WALL-E.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2014 at 17:49 UTC as 19th comment
On Sony a6000 First Impressions Review preview (899 comments in total)
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Kwick1: Where, exactly, are the "first impressions"?

First impressions don't always have to involve hands on shooting.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 16:28 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4: a quick summary article (471 comments in total)
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photobeans: 4K is coming fast and furious. 4K TV for $1,000 is coming out this year. But i've got to wonder if 8K is gonna hit just as hard in 2 years and obsolete 4k quickly.

Good shows still appear but because the market is flooded with channels now it seems like so little. It's just like NHL hockey. With so many teams there are really only 4-5 top end players per team.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2014 at 20:31 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4: a quick summary article (471 comments in total)
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photobeans: 4K is coming fast and furious. 4K TV for $1,000 is coming out this year. But i've got to wonder if 8K is gonna hit just as hard in 2 years and obsolete 4k quickly.

@ calking - It's already here.

http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/netflix-app-stream-4k-new-tvs-immediately-2D11897506

"People are recognizing that disc formats are yesterday's solution," Hunt said.

Because of the cost challenges of making a new disc format or upgrading TV production facilities for small audiences, most content early on "is bound to be Internet-delivered," he said.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2014 at 20:21 UTC
On Panasonic announces 4K-capable Lumix DMC-GH4 article (118 comments in total)
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Musicjohn: So when are manufacturers going to design a photo-camera which excells in taking photographs (just as the word PHOTO-camera implements) instead of concentrating on video features? If I want to make superior video images, I'll buy a video camera instead.

Copied from igorek7's post lower down this thread.

Besides significant improvements in the GH4 video capabilities --even in comparison with already impressive GH3, G6 and GX7-- GH4 offers drastic improvements for still-image photography as well, considering its new hardware and software resulting in:
* decent improvements in AF speed be means of new Depth from Defocus method;
* less rolling shutter effect in silent shooting mode due to 50% faster sensor read-out speed;
* 1/8000 sec minimum shutter speed;
* much faster continuous shooting speeds -- up to 12fps at full 16Mpix;
* significantly improved LCD and EVF,
+ focus peaking, zebra pattern, and luminance level adjustment benefit still imaging, too.

If you have no interest to shoot video then for sure this is not a camera of interest to you. Panasonic happens to make other very good cameras for still image photography too.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2014 at 16:39 UTC
On Panasonic announces 4K-capable Lumix DMC-GH4 article (118 comments in total)
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D1N0: Even on a 1080p screen 4k looks better because there is less compression artifacts, but hardware is not up to task of streaming it yet. You need h.265 and VP9 hardware video accelleration to play it back smoothly. So this is really a film makers toy and not really usefull for most people. It will take 3 to 5 years for hardware to catch on and 4k screens to become cheaper. By then there will be much more 4k capable camera's.

"It will take 3 to 5 years for hardware to catch on and 4k screens to become cheaper. By then there will be much more 4k capable camera's."

Right. But you can't go back in time and re-shoot the stuff from today with those cameras can you? Better to have the footage now.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2014 at 16:31 UTC
On Panasonic announces 4K-capable Lumix DMC-GH4 article (118 comments in total)
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Arpad Lukacs: Time to get ready for a replacement for Bluray discs as well probably if 4K is the new thing now.

I highly doubt there will be another "hard copy" format after Bluray. At least not one that is widely adopted. Everything is moving towards streaming now. And yes, I know that 4K requires tremendous bandwidth, but they are solving that challenge as we type. All those new PS4's and XBox Ones have Bluray players in them.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2014 at 16:28 UTC
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Jogger: I never understood the appeal of superzooms.. i often need a wide-to-short tele range.. or a far longer lens 200mm+ .. im almost never in a situation where i need to go from 24mm to 450mm ... the tamron 150-600 is far more interesting for me.

So you've never taken a wide landscape shot and a bird in a tree shot in the same day? The 150-600 is a HUGE lens compared to this, and at $1000 will most likely be almost double the price of this lens.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2014 at 16:10 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 real-world samples gallery article (187 comments in total)
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Cane: DPR should just suspend all sample galleries due to the fact that human beings suck.

....... and Google is well aware of this. We have the Google driver less mapping car with camera on top, Auto Awesome for smartphones that aren't smart enough and they are well on their way to creating robotic photographers. These droids will be able to analyze a scene within 2-3 seconds, compare against 5 billion other photos taken of a similar scene and know if the composition is worth capturing or not. ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2014 at 22:12 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 real-world samples gallery article (187 comments in total)
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Heefe: As always pictures look unsharp on high res displays like the Retina. Flickr can do it, why not dpreview?

+1 for Flickr.
I really like the overhaul that Flickr undertook last year. I think the images display very accurately. Not over sharpened or over saturated at all imo. I dropped 500px and have moved all my sharing over to Flickr. 1TB of space and it's all free.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2014 at 20:53 UTC
On Canon EOS 100D/Rebel SL1 Review preview (53 comments in total)
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neurotic1too: Hi,
I hope you can assist, as I am having difficulty finding this information elsewhere. I am looking at purchasing a non-canon flash for my rebel sl1/100D, as the canon flashes are rather pricey for my budget. I see that you state the internal flash does not accommodate a wireless flash, yet canon makes one for this camera. I am looking at a Yongnuo YN-560 III Wireless Flash Speedlite on Ebay.

Thank you,
Diane

Hi Diane. The reviewer was referring to the ability to trigger "off camera" speedlights using the built-in flash (wireless) not that wireless flash units themselves wouldn't work with the camera. The Yongnuo flash you are looking at will work with this camera. I would encourage you to investigate working with the flash OFF the camera as much as possible though. I have the Yongnuo RF-603 C1 2.4GHz Wireless Flash Trigger/Wireless Shutter Release Transceiver Kit for Canon Rebel for this purpose. You can get it for about $30 on Amazon or eBay. It has worked great for me so far (1 year).

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2014 at 18:42 UTC
On AP cuts ties with Pulitzer-winning photographer article (167 comments in total)
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Infared: I do not think that this man's career should suffer...there is no change in the relevance of the image...
Anyone would have to be insane to want to be a photojournalist these days...too stressful...too much competition...too little pay!!!
Life is too short for me to try to compete with free cell phone photos!!!!
:-)

Maybe not in this particular image, but if AP allows (and in a sense condones) this type of activity, then where does the line get drawn. The next time it might be something more significant. unfortunately it's just human nature to push the envelope.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 22:32 UTC
On AP cuts ties with Pulitzer-winning photographer article (167 comments in total)

What a worthless photo to lose your contract over. If you see the video cam in the frame and can't crop it out then just delete the photo and move on, or at the very least keep it but don't submit it.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 22:26 UTC as 91st comment
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1609 comments in total)
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VadymA: Conclusion - Good, But Not Good Enough.

.........for the price.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2014 at 21:20 UTC
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera article (921 comments in total)
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Musical Photo: Unfortunately, they have not put a tilting LCD on their high-end X system. Hopefully they will do it this time, otherwise they’re going to miss the opportunity to compete with SONY A7/7r and I may go with SONY.

Leaked info and photos that appeared on the web last night state that the LCD will tilt.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2014 at 17:17 UTC
On Wyoming's stunning weather and landscapes in time-lapse article (231 comments in total)

Very nice Nicolaus.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2014 at 17:13 UTC as 80th comment
On Battle of the titans: Top ball heads tested article (269 comments in total)
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SteB: On the subject of lag and post locking. These are big problems in macro photography especially when you approach or go past life-size. It can be very difficult to frame something, because of this sag that occurs when you take your hand away. The best ball head in the world can only do so much to eliminate it because some of the sag that occurs after you take your hand away is because of flex in things other than the ball head, such as camera and lens.

However, there is a solution, a geared head. In this respect a moderately priced geared head such as the Manfrotto 410 is better than the most expensive ball head money can buy for macro photography, simply because you do not have that problem and have precise framing. The price you pay is more weight, and slower adjusments.

+1. I love my 410. The ability to easily dial in the exact composition without worrying about the lens flopping or the ballhead sagging is priceless to me. The Q plate that comes with the 410 is very sturdy and makes a very solid and reassuring "click" when connected to the head. The quick release latch takes a little bit of effort to engage, but so it should.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2014 at 16:45 UTC
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