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On 2014 Readers' Polls: The results are in! article (326 comments in total)
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RickBuddy: No D810? Really?

More a reflection of DP review and its silly readers, than the camera itself.

Not surprising. The credibility of this site has been dropping steadily.

You're right you silly reader. You and your reader mates have made the site a cess pit of whatever it is you're complaining about....

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 13:37 UTC
On 2014 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: Things article (17 comments in total)

Technically I suspect Thing #1 (cat in the hat, anyone?) is a person.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 13:33 UTC as 3rd comment
On 2014 Readers' Polls: The results are in! article (326 comments in total)
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Everlast66: A lot of comments below explain why A7 II is inferior to the D750, 14bit, proper PDAF, blah, blah, blah and why it shouldn't be leading, but let's see why the results are what they are.

In real life enthusiasts outnumber professional photographers at a ratio of maybe 10:1.
While it is perfectly appropriate and expected for a professional photographer to turn up at an assignment with a couple or more DSLRs +lenses (perhaps with an assistant) and this will look reassuring for the client,
in the hands of an enthusiast in a non-professional situation these will look intrusive/offending and make him/her look like a geek at best, but even a stalker or perv.

The advantage of mirror-less cameras is not only the smaller size and weight, but more so the FRIENDLIER look and feel and un-intrusiveness.
People react much better to mirror-less cameras, behave more naturally, or even don't notice at all.

Except that precious few (enthusiast or pro) have touched, let alone owned an A7II.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 12:28 UTC
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koolbreez: This isn't the end of SI, far from it. This just means they no longer have to pay expensive medical insurance premiums, unemployment benefit payments, retirement programs (if they did in the first place), travel costs, yearly raises, and a few other expenses tied in with having staff employees. The most expensive part of most businesses is employee cost, and it doesn't go down. Hiring independently contracted staff (freelancers) has always been cheaper. In all likelihood the same photographers will still supply images to SI exclusively. The term contributing photographer will be used, instead of staff photographer, just as the bulk of National Geographic stories are credited.

There are lots of highly talented local photographers shooting every sporting event in the world, and a good post production expert can give you most any style you want in your publication if he has raw digital files to work with. I see this as jobs opening up, not going away.

Not to mentin stock photos in news stories, reporters with no grasp of the material they cover.
Press releases reported as news, no independant fact finding or verification.
Its a joke.
But it works well for the powers that be when you have poor media.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 00:57 UTC
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nawknai: Is hiring a freelance photographer all year cheaper than keeping a full-time staff photographer? I doubt it. I always thought "freelance" means you pay more per hour, or per job, than you would have a full-time employee.

Obviously, the freelance staff member won't get work benefits and such, but.......I don't know. I'm not an accountant. I just know how it works in several other industries.

dad_of_four - I think the "much smarter people than you or me" is a poor assumption.
People who were able to get a a series of advanced degrees or had good connections or are more ruthless/selfish.
That has little to do with being smart.
People in positions of management or power are no smarter than us.
They have smart staffs, sometimes. But they ignore them often.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 00:52 UTC
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f8BeThereToo: Anyone who thinks that this news has an "upside" is simply deluding themselves... and likely never worked a single day as a freelance photographer.

This is just another example of the abandonment of the American worker in favor of owners, management and shareholders. What amazes me is that many younger people are OK with what is happening; if American labor history was taught in public schools they would probably have a very different viewpoint.

We are returning to the Bad Ol' Days before the Great Depression when workers were at the mercy of employers. It's fashionable to denigrate unions and government regulation but they created the foundation of the American Dream: reasonable work hours and pay, health insurance and financial security when a person is no longer able to work.

Look at what the SI photographers have "gained": less pay, a doubling of employment taxes and having to cover business expenses, health insurance and retirement. Great for SI, bad for the photographers.

That's the problem with America and increasingly other "advanced" economic countries.
They don't teach labour history, because the capitialist class don't want it and they've bought the politicians.

The young people dont get it because at the moment they think they can all be the top of the pile winners.
It will take 20 years or so for them to realise that most of them are going to be sucking hind tit because there are only so many seats at the table.
Every one else (these days literally) waits on the table.

The upside with the US is the 2nd ammmendment. The question is, will you use it?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 00:43 UTC
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Gollan: In the past, how did SI staff photographers get into premium sporting events? Presumably they were invited or special arrangements were made. Can freelancers even get sideline/trackside/courtside access to premium sporting events? Most venues don't allow regular ticket-buyers to use "pro" cameras. How will SI guarantee they will have good quality photos of any particular event since a freelancer who gets in can just sell his or her work to the highest bidder. For some events, SI might end up buying iPhone photos taken by a "freelancer" in the front row.

There's nothing to stop SI credentialling or organising access for their freelancers.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 00:39 UTC
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Cane: Can you imagine the outrage in the horse forums when the car was introduced?

Both the amateur and the pro, or the freelancer and the staffer if you prefer shoot photos, so that does seem to be analogous to the horse/cart and car issue.

However I think the professional engineer/chaffeur versus self drive is a better anaology.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 00:38 UTC
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Stephen Scharf: I'll just bet that Director of Photography Brad Smith did not lay himself off, as well.

What a loss; I've done a workshop with SI staffer Peter Read Miller, and it was wonderful.

As Jordan says, those guys were a cut above everyone else.

What's next? Nat Geo???

I suspect Brad Smith is very sympathetic to the shooters.
There's a podcast called Photo Brigade run by a NYC freelance shooter Robert Caplin. from Ohio.
He interviews a LOT of big names form NYC and Ohio including Brad Smith. In fact that interview probably had hints that this was going to happen (thinking about it retrospectively).

Anyway I very much got the idea that Brad lamented the state of the industry too. The problem for him is he gets a budget and some decisions from upstairs that he has to implement and has to make it work.

Judge for yourself:

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2015 at 04:34 UTC
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Ulfric M Douglas: So instead of paying salaries (and looming pensions) they will pay them, and others, for photos.
Is this a big deal? Change of arrangement, that's all.
What am I missing?

The difference is the travel, accomodation, meals transmision expenses, gear etc will now come out of the freelancer's end, who will presumably get paid less for the whole shebang (else they'd keep them on as staffers).
And' SI will probably still want to keep the rights.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2015 at 04:22 UTC
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March Of The Tripods: Sounds like corporate greed to me, a few of the bosses are wanting another yacht for this summer. Would be funny to see all pro photogs on the sidelines agree to shoot exactly zero shots for a period of time, what would SI do then, just not print that issue?

Seems like a stab in the back to the guys who helped them build the name over the years.

@RedDog Steve - No commercial illustrators as a profession died off in the 50s or so, I presume when technology (colour photography/printing) became easy/fast enough to be used in weeklies and even dailies.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2015 at 04:21 UTC

This is the wrong venue really but I believe that the photography industry across the world should take a page from Fair Trade's book.

They should create a public education campaign to explain the value and cost of good photography and to publicise the exploitative corporate practises that are forcing them to shoot for free.

Worked for coffee.

If storytellers can tell the story for coffee farmers and workers surely they can do the same for themselves.

Not everyone (business, their customers and individuals who buy imagery) will buy Fair Trade imagery, but the same people who buy Fair Trade coffee probably will. Those who believe in social justice.

When you go to buy a greeting card you'd see some have the Fair Trade Media logo, and some that don't. Same when you visit a web site (and by extension a business).

If imagery really is as valuable as we believe surely visual story tellers can tell that story.

Another approach is the similar but sell artisanal instead of Fair Trade.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2015 at 04:12 UTC as 46th comment | 3 replies
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Daniel Bliss: The traditional media made a terrible series of mistakes -- setting the precedent of giving stuff away for free on the Internet, cloning themselves from one another in the pursuit of circulation that never went up, and giving their ad business away to Google and Craigslist -- and the situation is not helped by the fact that the Internet has made information and imagery very cheap and very random. People think that because they read it on the Internet, it must true, and because they saw it on the Internet, the picture must be good enough.

The mistake the traditional media made was not free content on the internet, it was no content on the internet.

As a result Google owns visual advertising now.

There is no reason apart from a lack of vision (they certainly had the bankroll) that print media could not have still owned the advertising markets.

Local classified still work online - Craiglist, Gumtree are just classifieds.

Display ads certainly work online - arguably better than in print, since they can force you to watch the online ad to get to the content you want.

Print media, broadcast media, the movie industry and the music industry all got what they deserved because they stuck to making buggy whips.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2015 at 04:04 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1838 comments in total)
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munro harrap: Very disturbing article and comments, since all machines should be identical. If there is variation in even the placement of the AF module, in a thing you have had to pay £1700 for! the flare will be worse and the autofocus all the time will be inaccurate- return it for a FULL REFUND anytime within the two year warranty period: you are entitled to your money back as it does not work as it should because, among other things, it has not even been put together properly.

One wonders how many D800 owners complaining about autofocussing problems may have incorrect camera construction as a reason.

Very disturbing too that Dpreview aren't bothered......

Dave Oddie some cars have had brake recalls, from different manufacturers. Do you feel you can't confidently buy a car now?

You can buy a Nikon using the same thinking.
There's no difference except no one dies from flare.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2015 at 23:59 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1838 comments in total)
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BADGES A GOGO: Do you think this camera is a good choice for a beginner or should I prefer a cheaper one to start please ?

Depends what kind of beginner you are.
This camera has controls that some kinds of beginners might not use, but it also has scene and auto modes that the entry cameras don't have.
I.e. this camera has everything the entry cameras has and more.

If you're not sure that you want to spend $2K+that's a different matter but I don't see anything in this camera that would make life hard for a beginner.

I used to be an occasional/beginner film shooter, stopped shooting for years and then went straight to a D7000 which is essentially the crop version of this camera (or close enough).

I had a very, very basic understanding of the basics, (e.g. slow shutter blurs, fast shutter freezes, high ISO sensitive and grainy) and I was fine.

If you never read a manual and don't really intend to develop a photographic skillset, then I would get something simpler. (Im not saying you need to read the manual, more sometimes refer to it now and again).

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2015 at 23:55 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1838 comments in total)

@Rishi, Barney
I imagine the DPR staff have been discussing and perhaps dreading this question, so sorry, but I'd love to know.

In light (oh crack me up...) of this phenomena and the "revelation" (confirmation?) that it occurs in many DSLRs, will shining high lumen LEDs into the vicinity of front elements become a standard DPR review test?

It seems the genie is out of the jar now and I suspect a certain class of reader will want to know about this on all future DSLRs now.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2015 at 03:16 UTC as 98th comment | 2 replies
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1838 comments in total)
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Paul B Jones: Really good expose on the flare issue DPR. I was especially struck by, in reference to the 1DX and flare: " The cynically-inclined might conclude that professionals have bigger things to worry about...".

Discerning thoughtful concerns about camera gear from knee-jerk panic party reactions can be tough. For every IDiii AF issue or D600 oil spot problem there seem to be an equal number of imaginary 7D AF panics or D750 flare-ysterias. It is nice to have DPR weigh in with a thorough report.

Not really an expose.
It's not like the issue has not been covered elsewhere for some months.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2015 at 03:11 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1838 comments in total)
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smaverickuma: The ultimate solution?

Use a manual focus lens. (Ha!)

Does the AF sensor shroud stay over the AF sensor when a MF lense is fitted?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2015 at 03:09 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1838 comments in total)
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richard cohen: Good explanation of the issue. I have to send my d750 back in, and the biggest problem I have is being without the camera for up to three weeks! I was hoping to get a second body at some point, and that is going to have to wait until after the repairs are done. I never experienced this problem and probably never would, but the value of an 'unfixed' d750 will be a lot less than one that has had the repair, so I will send it in. Nikon is making it very easy, just put in the serial number and then print out shipping label. Free both ways which is the way it should be, and no b.s. about sales receipts or anything else they sometimes use to refuse service. All in all, this is the way I would hope nikon would react, they could not have done a better job imo. After all the bashing they have taken, they deserve kudos for the way this is being handled.

If the second body you were going to get is a D750, then just wait until new remediated D750s are available and when you have one, send your current copy in.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2015 at 03:08 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1838 comments in total)
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lima21: I will be purchasing the D750 within another six weeks and need to inquire if such will be safely available by that time. I also would like to inquire if my Nikon 18-200mm lens will work acceptably with the D750. I am upgrading from my antiquated D300.
Can I also get the opinion of purchasing the new model of the 80-400 and using such with the D750. Thanks!

You can use the 18-200 on a D750 in DX mode without any extra vignette, however you will only get a 10MP or so image.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2015 at 03:07 UTC
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