Joe Braun

Joe Braun

Lives in United States Ann Arbor, MI, United States
Works as a photographer
Has a website at http://www.citrusmilo.com/
Joined on Dec 16, 2004

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On Fujifilm updates X-mount lens roadmap to end of 2015 article (171 comments in total)
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JDThomas: I like the fact that the lenses are starting to get bigger than the cameras. Everyone is always going on about how they want a light compact camera, but then they insist on having these enormous fast lenses. Where's you're weight savings gonna be when your lugging around a 90mm f/2?

The beauty of a mature mirrorless system (like m43 and now Fuji-X) is that you can have it both ways. You can get a pocketable camera and/or an SLR-like camera with small lenses and/or big bright lenses. Having both options in the same system is wonderful.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2014 at 13:23 UTC
On National Park Service bans drones in Yosemite article (170 comments in total)
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egzo: So, endless caravans of stinking cars, nutrient pollution etc. in the "wilderness" are OK. Most of the US National Parks are already heavily damaged by motorized mass tourism, and now they hyprocritically say that "drones impact the wilderness experience"!?

@Egzo: "Wilderness" actually is an official designation in NPS terminology. The front country where the masses congrgate, traffic jams occur, the lodge is located, etc. is NOT wilderness. Few tourists (and photographers, for that matter) make it more than a few feet from their cars. If you go on a long hike, you actually will discover wilderness and many, many spots where you will feel like you were the only person around, even in overly popular places like Yosemite and Zion. Drones here would be a pest to both people looking for solitude and the wildlife of the area.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2014 at 14:54 UTC
On National Park Service bans drones in Yosemite article (170 comments in total)

Drones are illegal in Zion National Park as well. And here's a recent example of why boys with toys can be obnoxious:

"Drone Harasses Bighorn Sheep at Zion National Park"
http://www.nps.gov/zion/parknews/droneharassesbhs.htm

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2014 at 19:26 UTC as 29th comment | 1 reply
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zoranT: Who keeps buying this bulky, generic, plastic stuff?

@Carlos -- To each his own, but a few points... The D3300 and D5300 and the new kit lens are breakthroughs in size and weight; that's their point to compete with some of the bigger mirrorless gear. While still bigger than NEX or m43, the weight is amazingly similar. So somebody like me who would use a m43 camera for "fun" light photography might grab a D3300 instead of a Pany GX7 or Sony NEX-7 because the D3300 is so cheap in comparison and I can still use all of my existing lenses if I choose.

On the durability argument, these low-end Nikons can handle a fair amount of rain, no problem and the D300s is almost as big and heavy as a D800, so I'd never use that as a fun light alternative.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 14:23 UTC

Nice. While this might not seem all too exciting, just look at the size and weight of this camera... Instead of going mirrorless, Nikon is competing by making the size/weight advantage of mirrorless cameras fairly insignificant. Not much bigger than the Olympus EM1 and actually lighter!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 04:06 UTC as 50th comment | 5 replies
On Rare photos of Rolling Stones emerge from estate sale article (106 comments in total)
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Amnon G: Any reasons why this is on a website with a D as the first letter of its name?
Digital Photography Review?
I don't get the connection.

I figured staff would reply. My comment was hyperbole. Nevertheless, I would love to see more reviews.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2013 at 19:42 UTC
On Rare photos of Rolling Stones emerge from estate sale article (106 comments in total)
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Amnon G: Any reasons why this is on a website with a D as the first letter of its name?
Digital Photography Review?
I don't get the connection.

Because DPreview does about one full camera review every six months and one lens review every two years. So they have to fill in the air with fluffy Buzzfeed-type articles like this.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2013 at 15:06 UTC
On 5 Reasons why I haven't used my DSLR for months article (591 comments in total)

I'm still an SLR user for high-res landscape work (D800), but my Micro-Four-Thirds gear is a lot more fun to carry around and play with.

My dream system will be a "full-frame" mirrorless system. (Sony?) But it will need a large collection of lenses to tempt me away from Nikon and M43.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2013 at 20:16 UTC as 224th comment
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PETERKS: I don't understand the need for adolescent scatological humour. I had a friend whose recorded phone message was 'can't come to the phone I am having a sh*t' .......not good, not nice, quite a put off for a so called professional book it may deserve better. 21/05/2013. Its a bit like'Computers for Dummies'. It insults you before you pick it up.

I'm in my 40s and I find the title mildly amusing, not insulting at all. I suppose a few decades from now when I'm a crusty old fart, I'll be offended by it, especially if I'm constipated because I didn't eat my oatmeal.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2013 at 17:23 UTC

That is a ridiculous amount of gear to get rather average out-the-window shots. REALLY? Where's the cappuccino dispenser in that monstrous rig? :) Did this article only make the cut because it's a Rube Goldberg machine? An article about holding your camera out the window just wouldn't be that exciting.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2013 at 16:43 UTC as 102nd comment | 1 reply
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Esign: For Nikon users, Capture NX 2 is the only RAW converter you need. I guess Canon user will also say that of DPP. How much market share is now covered?

Well, Capture NX 2 might be the only converter that YOU need. Two quick and obvious points... Some of us don't like Capture NX and some of us have more than one brand of camera so a RAW converter that supports Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, Olympus, Sony, etc. doesn't tie your workflow down to one brand.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2013 at 06:07 UTC
On Updated: DSLR and Lens Buying Guides article (44 comments in total)
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Airless: The advantages of DSLRs to compact and mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras:

Umm...they make you look like a rich pro? Surely nothing to do with actual photography.

I wouldn't consider PDAF an advantage at this point. CDAF has come a long way in m43 and there are no calibration issues. A few years from now, the (supposed) continuous focus advantage won't exist either.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2012 at 17:49 UTC
On Buying a digital SLR article (149 comments in total)

I would argue in the case of the newest Panasonic and Olympus M43's cameras that autofocus is much faster, flexible and reliable than that of Canikon SLRs. While I love my Nikon SLRs, focus points are limited crunched around the center, many people have to fine tune their lenses to deal with back-focus/front-focus issues and that bloody old-fashioned mirror making things bigger and noisier! And my Olympus E-M5 does much better in low light than the Nikon D600 which more often hunts and never locks. And being able to use a touch screen to quickly indicate focus point is a bonus. CDAF on these cameras is not slow like cheap point-and-shoots. And while many would argue that continuous focus is better on PDAF SLRs, SLRs autofocus tracking has let me down many, many times.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2012 at 16:16 UTC as 52nd comment
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Joe Braun: Just post the bloody review already or put a cork in it until you're ready. I agree with the other posters below.

LOL Barney -- I'm just teasing about the announcement of the update which cannot be avoided by anybody who looks at the feed on the main page. I'm happy to not read your review until it is complete, but I will laugh if I see an announcement that Page 9 is ready next week. :)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2012 at 19:38 UTC

Just post the bloody review already or put a cork in it until you're ready. I agree with the other posters below.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2012 at 12:54 UTC as 14th comment | 6 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Preview preview (419 comments in total)
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jambaj0e: I have an inside guy pretty high up in Panasonic USA, and here are the specs that he confirmed:

Sensor is NOT multi-aspect
Sensor is made by Panasonic, not Sony
HDMI output to ext recorder is clean, uncompressed
No focus peaking
Third wheel dial on the back, bottom right can be programmed to various adjustments for stills/movie

@Naveed: Sorry, despite dpreview's crazy claim that it is multi-aspect (presumably sloppily copied and pasted from their GH2 review and since removed), this GH3 does NOT appear to be multi-aspect. (You have your numbers wrong in your comment above.)

The standard 4:3 is 4608x3456. 3:2 is 4608x3072. 1:1 mode is 3456x3456. The different radios are simply crops of the 4:3 image size. Bummer.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 01:46 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Preview preview (419 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: Yes it has multi aspect ratio sensor!

The article claims it does, but if you look at the resolutions listed, 3:2 appears to be the same old 4:3 with the sides cropped off. I can't make much sense of that if it's really multi-aspect.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 11:25 UTC

I used to use flickr, but like the Yahoo sites themselves, it desperately needs a facelift and interface update. Everything Yahoo does still looks like it's designed for the late 1990s. And while I'm ranting, other Yahoo sites/products like "groups" were promised updates that never happened. I hope this flickr movement will convince Yahoo to get out of the past with ALL of their products.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2012 at 12:58 UTC as 46th comment
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tonywong: Why can't you buy it? Our local store had units on boxing day in Canada.

Something is up with Pany and the USA. We get new Pany product about six months after everybody else.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 18, 2012 at 20:15 UTC
On Preview: Canon PowerShot G1 X large sensor zoom compact article (778 comments in total)

If its wide end was 24mm, it would have sold me in a heartbeat. 28mm is so commonplace and isn't that exciting.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2012 at 14:45 UTC as 238th comment | 1 reply
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