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On DPReview Live 2014 videos now available article (25 comments in total)
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DouglasGottlieb: I like DPReview and have watched a few interviews from this series so far. None ask any tough questions -- lots of fluff.

For Olympus:

Whatever happened to the rumored "Trip D" fixed lens, 4/3 sensor, enthusiast compact?

What's happening with the Pen "rethink" you promised? How can it challenge the Panasonic GM1, GM5 and LX100? Users repeatedly ask for a Pen with integrated EVF. Why not do it? If a Pen body had EM1 ruggedization and performance, wouldn't enthusiasts and pros buy it? Why do you assume that centered EVF with a hump appeals to pros and smaller, boxy rangefinder style is for selfie shooters?

Where is 4K?

Where are fast, ultra wide primes?

Why not do f/1.2 or f/0.95?

Why not weather seal your primes to match the EM1 and EM5 bodies?

Is 16 megapixels the limit of M43?

Thanks for putting these videos out. Product reps are very limited to discuss anything beyond the scope of allowed disclosure. If they did, most likely their employment would be quickly terminated. Corporations just like governments are very strict about controlling the message.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2014 at 09:53 UTC

Sony keeps producing innovative products. This may not be perfect but still, a lot of fun to play with.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2014 at 13:01 UTC as 20th comment
On Milla Lisa in the Mona Lisa - 20th / 21st Century challenge (8 comments in total)

Better than nice!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 15, 2014 at 14:38 UTC as 4th comment
On Weather Channel announces photo contest winners article (24 comments in total)

Number 2 and 3 were good but I don't see them as exceptional.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 15, 2014 at 12:47 UTC as 4th comment
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Prognathous: It's a trap!

Quote from Adobe's membership contract:

"The price of your one-year commitment (as reflected in the monthly installment amounts) may change for your next annual renewal, and we’ll provide you notice of a change by email"

In short, nothing but a teaser price. Get ready to pay through the nose as soon as you've created enough project files and can't properly open them by anything else. Good luck being Adobe's hostage.

Gosh, tell that to all the mobile phone users buying into a long term contract. They claim they were victims too. All those introductory prices complete with the asterisk or small notation number beside them are simply methods to compel the weak to buy into something far more expensive after the honeymoon phase.
It's a trap because if you choose to quit paying them, your application stops working. Yes/no? Subscription based models for software leave you hostage to the process of continually paying if you want to use it. Maybe a usage model would be more appropriate. That way you don't have to unsubscribe and resubscribe each time you wish to use it.
I'm guessing Adobe realizes a significant portion of the photo processing market wouldn't pay what they were asking and had to lower the prices.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 00:05 UTC

Yes, $12K is a huge wad of dough. If name brand meant nothing, there would be many more proud owners of Sigma super telephotos at substantially more affordable pricing. Until you run out and purchase one, those grumbling about the price of the Nikon lenses have little validity.

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2014 at 21:13 UTC as 10th comment
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photoholiko: Just curious, does anybody really use f2.8 on a 300? to me that's a big price to pay for one f stop.

Does anyone use 1.2 on a 50mm? Yes they do. Otherwise there really no reason to purchase such an expensive lens. Same with a 300mm f/2.8. Or a 400mm F.2.8.

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2014 at 21:04 UTC
On How Peter Hurley became a top portrait photographer article (49 comments in total)

Ya gotta luv all the negativity in these comments. :)
Folks, the boy "finds" himself a great life and shares that with us. Opportunity knocked many times and he answered to become successful. End of story? No, to be continued throughout the remainder of his life.
In the faux land of NY and LA, this video portrays him as real. It's nice to see that over the front-of-camera face-mask so many have. I hope he continues to do well and continues to share his knowledge and experiences with us.
The video is laggy in some places and he tends to ramble a bit, no big surprise for someone blabbing continuously for that length of time in monologue format.

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2014 at 14:24 UTC as 6th comment
On National Park Service bans drones in Yosemite article (170 comments in total)
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Pyramides: Reminds me of when I visited Machu Pichu in Peru (some 15 years ago), some guides mentioned that it used to be possible to spot condors along the Inca trail until helicopter flights by tourists became somewhat common.

Its rather odd they haven't banned helicopter flights over National Parks. Its really disturbing and annoying that they are allowed to fly overhead. Actually, I wonder if the NPS has any authority over the airspace?

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2014 at 20:23 UTC
On SmugMug Films: Master of illusions article (37 comments in total)
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G3User: This guy is a joke. Sliding levers in Photoshop does not make you a great photographer. It may make you a good artist. My teenage daughter can slide levers and apply instacrap filters also. It's too bad he has to resort to these gimmicks to make his photos interesting (there not by the way). They are all over processed. We don't even know what the camera captured. You could get these images from a cell phone and then Photoshop them to death which he has done here. What a waist of space on dpreview, they should only profile real photographers, not illustrators like this guy.

Based upon your other comments elsewhere on DPR, you may need to live a few more years to appreciate the work of someone who is not simply an appliance operator of his tools but rather has the skills and artistic creativity needed. Come back and show us some "sliding levers" creations you have made in Photoshop. If they are any good, we, honestly will tell you so.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2014 at 17:03 UTC
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Hugo808: What on Earth is going on in #10? Looks positively hallucinogenic. Not a real place surely?

not sure what you mean by ...you know. i do know that every one of these 12 images I would consider a nice piece of art. None of them are reality.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2014 at 16:40 UTC
On Windows XP is dead. Long live Windows XP 'Bliss' article (119 comments in total)

My understanding was that MS had to pay a royalty for the desktop images for each copy of XP. Was this true?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 03:01 UTC as 12th comment

The quad copter drone with GoPro seems to be really catching on. Soon there will be much-too-much video footage that over-uses the aerial vista awesomeness. Although better than I could do, this video does seems to miss its potential. As mentioned by others, the music doesn't work as well as it should with the visual screenplay. It needs to be replaced. Unfortunately the visual components suffer from too much of the same video quirkiness observed in many videos shot using a drone.
I likely wouldn't watch the video again.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 28, 2014 at 06:22 UTC as 12th comment
On Nikon D4s unboxing: It's arrived! article (258 comments in total)
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DenisBBergeron: I'll believe in DPreview's review when I will see the same enthusiasm when they receive non-nikon or non-apple products.

Does this mean we can look forward to a review of the D4s? P l e a z e !!
Start with this flagship model. If Canon happens to ever produce another one... maybe you guys can kiss-n-makeup and do one on it too.... :)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 04:45 UTC
On A look inside Sigma's lens factory article (89 comments in total)

I'm surprised that so many who commented, wanted to see more automation at the Sigma factory. Why?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2014 at 13:48 UTC as 8th comment

Updates like this are what sets Canon ahead of the other guy. This announcement helps support those who suggest that Canon is moving ahead with an emphasis on video. They must have been listening to those who understand that conventional manual focus methods are great but limiting for solo videographers who need automation to assist with performing AF tasks.
Kudos to Canon!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2013 at 13:40 UTC as 11th comment
On Award-winning wildlife photos capture candid moments article (46 comments in total)

Be sure to click on the Natural History Museum link above to see some of the other images, equally moving and thought provoking.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2013 at 15:25 UTC as 12th comment
On Cine System Tripod Dolly and Mount Review article (70 comments in total)

Nice article and decent review with sample video examples. Next time leave the wind noise crumpling the diaphragm of the built-in microphone out. That was harsh.

The review showed some of the strengths and weaknesses of the product but left me wondering how well the product(s) would stand up in more extreme environments such as would the suction cups maintain their hold at temperatures below freezing? Does the elasticity of the wheels change in colder temperatures along with the wheel to surface grip, causing a bumpy slippery ride?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2013 at 14:32 UTC as 2nd comment
On Check out the first images from the iPhone 5S post (71 comments in total)

Sample photos are quite okay for an 8MP camera. There will be zillions of photos taken with this camera er, ah, phone. Maybe not a lot of innovation with this model but the camera will prove to be very useful as Apple has tried to improve the photo capabilities in the areas where it is needed. The samples really don't illustrate the more demanding situations the camera will find itself to be in such as low light restaurants and similarly poor lighting conditions.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2013 at 13:42 UTC as 6th comment | 3 replies
On Sigma USB Dock quick review article (139 comments in total)
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rb59020: No Pentax support? :-(

When I first heard about this feature, I imagined the new lens would have a micro-USB port to allow connection to the computer while the lens is coupled to the camera body. A secondary USB connection from the camera body to the computer would complete a calibration feedback loop to allow automated alignment of lens to camera body. Unfortunately, not so. Yes, the software would have been a bit more challenging to develop but likely would be possible since there are already some third party lens MFA applications. Sigma could have even open-sourced their lens tweaking protocol and let others create innovative tuning applications. Oh well, better than nothing but a bit short of what one should expect.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2013 at 15:59 UTC
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