IvanM

IvanM

Lives in South Africa Centurion, South Africa
Works as a Photographer
Joined on Sep 15, 2004
About me:

Professional photographer with a love of documentary and landscape photography

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On article Hands-on with the Fujifilm X-Pro2 (72 comments in total)

A joystick, 24mp and 1/250th shutter speed...I could buy this!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2016 at 06:17 UTC as 20th comment
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Mssimo: On the studio comparison, base ISO 320 is heavily blurred. (shutter shock?) ISO 400 looks much better.

Mssimo, in DPR defence just how far should they go in testing an esoteric camera like this with limited appeal and who will provide all the test cameras and lenses and people and time and budget and how many people, in the end, would actually care?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 12, 2016 at 09:09 UTC

Personally I would love to have a camera like this, not as my main camera but to pull out of the safe now and again and to be forced to work at a slower more measured pace....

The MM is undoubtedly a very fine camera, if not the best then very close, with very fine if not the best lenses, and its great that such a tool exists and is available today!

But for me the most surprising of all is that one can buy relatively cheap cameras and lenses today that can produce quality images that are almost as good as what one can expect from top end cameras such as the MM and others...

We live in very good times with an abundance of choice to satisfy every budget without having to sacrifice image quality!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 12, 2016 at 08:52 UTC as 27th comment | 1 reply
On article In Fine Detail: Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R In-Depth Review (667 comments in total)
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bberns22: Believe it or not, for many pro photographers (especially photojournalists) absolute image quality is not a requirement. Reliability, ergonomics, and lens selection are far more important. Photographers like Michael Melford or Nevada Wier often shoot with zooms, which are optically inferior and less sharp than fixed equivalents (at relevant focal lengths). These pros will also tell you that that their photos have never been rejected due to lack of sharpness or dynamic range . Pro's worry about creating a great photo -while many amateurs (especially the dilettante's among them) tend to worry about charts, image comparisons and biased camera brand parity.

Rishi, when you do this for a living you have no choice but to deliver stunning keepers day in and day out....it doesn't really matter what system or camera one uses, if you are a pro you will quickly learn to get the most out of your system, even if your system on paper doesn't fare so well on some or other point....if a pro cannot bring home the bacon using a Canon/Nikon/Sony etc etc one shouldn't blame the equipment but rather look at ones own abilities

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2016 at 08:30 UTC
On article In Fine Detail: Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R In-Depth Review (667 comments in total)

Mike, it's not really about which camera is better over another, no matter how much we compare cameras here, and the scores we give them....it's really about choice.....it's like asking what possible advantage a dslr has over mirror less or medium format over 35mm or film over digital or Otus over 'L'....imo its about choice and having what you want and need....regardless how it compares or what possible advantage it has over another....

Why would anyone care what I spend my money on or how dumb my reasons are?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 25, 2015 at 04:57 UTC as 39th comment | 1 reply
On article In Fine Detail: Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R In-Depth Review (667 comments in total)
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keepreal: I agree with IvanM below where he is critical that DPR award a silver to an expensive camera which is full of shortcomings but not as to why. I do not think it is what readers want, I think more likely it is because they kowtow to the manufacturers to maintain a good working relationship.

There is a lot of detail but you have to take a pinch of salt, figure out what to accept and what to set aside. I also agree with IvanM that photographing test charts is a thankless task but I also maintain it is badly flawed, much more so when testing lenses than cameras.

In thirteen years I have never once seen any distortion with my full frame AF Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF in spite of what reviews elsewhere say. That probably is I because I never used it to photograph a chart at a very near distance. Even my Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2 is better than the reviews would suggest, although the distortion at near distances is very pronounced, but not at normal distances where I set the focus.

Yes, and who would have though a pro wildlife photographer like Martin Bailey would ditch his EosX's in favour of the Eos5DSR and Eos7D2??

We live in very good times!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 24, 2015 at 07:57 UTC
On article In Fine Detail: Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R In-Depth Review (667 comments in total)
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IvanM: DPR has once again given us a very comprehensive review....sheesh what an effort it must have been! Personally I cannot image shooting with something even for a day that I dont like or want..so kudos to the DPR staff for their perseverance

But to allay some of the inevitable angst generated by sites like DPR (which unfortunately give gold and silver medals ala camera clubs - but I fully understand that that is their target market and what their readers want ) here are a couple of links to some more Eos 5DSR reviews, not from professional camera reviewers but from top professional photographers actually using these cameras daily to make a living....

1. http://chrisgilesphotography.com/blog/the-canon-5dsr-their-best-yet-part-1-a-hands-on-practical-review-for-wedding-photography/

2. http://www.martinbaileyphotography.com/2015/06/30/canon-eos-5ds-r-digital-slr-camera-review-podcast-478/

3. http://blog.mingthein.com/2015/08/19/long-term-canon-5dsr/

esanford, agreed! For my commercial architecture, interiors and industrial I almost always use a tripod, liveview to focus my TS lens and auto bracketing ( usually 3stops, just because I can and in case I need to blend images, which I very seldom do) and 2 second self timer.

I haven't used film since 2004 although I still have my 4x5 field camera and lenses just in case....

I bought a medium format digital cametra in 2006 and although the sensor is poor compared to modern 35mm sensors I still love using it within narrow parameters ( daylight, 50/100iso only and short exposures) for my personal stuff using a tripod, MF, mirror lift & pre focus stop down metering 50mm shift, usually at f11 -f22 for people and structures...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 24, 2015 at 05:43 UTC
On article In Fine Detail: Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R In-Depth Review (667 comments in total)
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keepreal: I agree with IvanM below where he is critical that DPR award a silver to an expensive camera which is full of shortcomings but not as to why. I do not think it is what readers want, I think more likely it is because they kowtow to the manufacturers to maintain a good working relationship.

There is a lot of detail but you have to take a pinch of salt, figure out what to accept and what to set aside. I also agree with IvanM that photographing test charts is a thankless task but I also maintain it is badly flawed, much more so when testing lenses than cameras.

In thirteen years I have never once seen any distortion with my full frame AF Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF in spite of what reviews elsewhere say. That probably is I because I never used it to photograph a chart at a very near distance. Even my Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2 is better than the reviews would suggest, although the distortion at near distances is very pronounced, but not at normal distances where I set the focus.

Keepreel, just to clarify (my apologies if I don't always express my thoughts clearly, but English is not my first language)

Personally I don't care at all what 'award' this or any other camera gets, however I do understand (Rishi has explained it well imo) their scoring system and I accept this is a review site and therefore logical that they will 'score' one camera against another and that test charts etc etc is part of it

Personally I have enjoyed Martin Baileys review a lot, its short and to the point, discussing the things that matter to me, and even though I wont call myself a wildlife photographer I can see that he looks at image quality and camera performance in the same practical way I do. The sharpness, DR and high iso performance is more than good enough for me and as he said looking at all that detail can be intoxicating!

In fact Rishi thorough review has convinced me that this is a very capable and well rounded camera, and I wouldn't hesitate to buy one for myself.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 24, 2015 at 05:28 UTC
On article In Fine Detail: Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R In-Depth Review (667 comments in total)
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keepreal: With cameras like these new Canons are not most people well past the point of diminishing returns? Unless one already has an expensive investment in Canon lenses of the very highest quality, why would one want to fork out the very high asking prices only to improve on certain aspects while going backwards on others? Just because there are more expensive models, that does not mean you are better off by getting them.

I, for one, would not be at all satisfied to have less than leading edge dynamic range when the Nikon D750 provides it for about half the price. I would also be worried, unless I replaced all my lenses and bought only those of professional quality, huge bulk and weight and with the very best specs going. Otherwise, surely, all I would succeed in doing is showing up their weaker points?

keepreal, it was not an attempt to change your mind, just an alternate opinion....btw I often shoot at f11 and f16 (which most posters will consider a no no) and looking at mtf charts etc those are the apertures where the 'sharpness' will probably be most even over the entire image....but also where my wide angle zoom is sharpest in the corners. I also almost always let LR correct for distortion and vignetting as a matter of course. My lenses that has the least distortion are the40, 85 and 24TS, the rest always benefit.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 24, 2015 at 04:50 UTC
On article In Fine Detail: Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R In-Depth Review (667 comments in total)
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keepreal: With cameras like these new Canons are not most people well past the point of diminishing returns? Unless one already has an expensive investment in Canon lenses of the very highest quality, why would one want to fork out the very high asking prices only to improve on certain aspects while going backwards on others? Just because there are more expensive models, that does not mean you are better off by getting them.

I, for one, would not be at all satisfied to have less than leading edge dynamic range when the Nikon D750 provides it for about half the price. I would also be worried, unless I replaced all my lenses and bought only those of professional quality, huge bulk and weight and with the very best specs going. Otherwise, surely, all I would succeed in doing is showing up their weaker points?

tr573, of course you are right, perhaps I should have said, 'total' image quality. Personally I very very seldom lift shadows past 50 on LR but often 'pull back' my highlights by 100 which has been more than sufficient for 95% of the time. ( I shoot a lot of interiors, architecture and industrial, augmenting the interiors with flash almost always)l

Direct link | Posted on Dec 24, 2015 at 04:45 UTC
On article In Fine Detail: Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R In-Depth Review (667 comments in total)
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IvanM: DPR has once again given us a very comprehensive review....sheesh what an effort it must have been! Personally I cannot image shooting with something even for a day that I dont like or want..so kudos to the DPR staff for their perseverance

But to allay some of the inevitable angst generated by sites like DPR (which unfortunately give gold and silver medals ala camera clubs - but I fully understand that that is their target market and what their readers want ) here are a couple of links to some more Eos 5DSR reviews, not from professional camera reviewers but from top professional photographers actually using these cameras daily to make a living....

1. http://chrisgilesphotography.com/blog/the-canon-5dsr-their-best-yet-part-1-a-hands-on-practical-review-for-wedding-photography/

2. http://www.martinbaileyphotography.com/2015/06/30/canon-eos-5ds-r-digital-slr-camera-review-podcast-478/

3. http://blog.mingthein.com/2015/08/19/long-term-canon-5dsr/

Thanks Richard, and a Merry Christmas to you too!

BTW I live in Southern Africa and the days are hot and sunny and our family are spending all our time in the pool! In fact I have never experienced a 'white christmas'.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 23, 2015 at 19:25 UTC
On article In Fine Detail: Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R In-Depth Review (667 comments in total)
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keepreal: With cameras like these new Canons are not most people well past the point of diminishing returns? Unless one already has an expensive investment in Canon lenses of the very highest quality, why would one want to fork out the very high asking prices only to improve on certain aspects while going backwards on others? Just because there are more expensive models, that does not mean you are better off by getting them.

I, for one, would not be at all satisfied to have less than leading edge dynamic range when the Nikon D750 provides it for about half the price. I would also be worried, unless I replaced all my lenses and bought only those of professional quality, huge bulk and weight and with the very best specs going. Otherwise, surely, all I would succeed in doing is showing up their weaker points?

keepreel, here is the link to the page I mentioned:

http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2015/06/canon-5ds-and-5ds-r-initial-resolution-tests#more-22841

And you are right keepreel, that tulip shot is just the pits and no one that believes that that shot is representative of the 5DSR's image quality should even remotely consider the camera.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 23, 2015 at 19:05 UTC
On article In Fine Detail: Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R In-Depth Review (667 comments in total)
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IvanM: DPR has once again given us a very comprehensive review....sheesh what an effort it must have been! Personally I cannot image shooting with something even for a day that I dont like or want..so kudos to the DPR staff for their perseverance

But to allay some of the inevitable angst generated by sites like DPR (which unfortunately give gold and silver medals ala camera clubs - but I fully understand that that is their target market and what their readers want ) here are a couple of links to some more Eos 5DSR reviews, not from professional camera reviewers but from top professional photographers actually using these cameras daily to make a living....

1. http://chrisgilesphotography.com/blog/the-canon-5dsr-their-best-yet-part-1-a-hands-on-practical-review-for-wedding-photography/

2. http://www.martinbaileyphotography.com/2015/06/30/canon-eos-5ds-r-digital-slr-camera-review-podcast-478/

3. http://blog.mingthein.com/2015/08/19/long-term-canon-5dsr/

Richard you are absolute right! But if one reads the comments here, angst about cameras and the 'scores' they get sometimes border on the hysterical...providing these links is just an attempt to bring on board alternate 'real world' perspectives....

And Rishi is absolutely right pros don't look at every single feature of every single model, partly because they just don't care about features they don't use and partly because they don't have the time or don't want to waste time testing 'stuff' they don't use...and yes here DPR is invaluable in proving an overall comparative picture.... and I salute them for their thorough testing procedures, even if I don't always agree on their conclusions....

Pros also often shoot under tight and expensive deadlines and under huge pressure to deliver hence their preference for tried and tested comprehensive 'system cameras' with good backup and service...something that by admission is not taken into consideration here and at other 'testing sites.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 23, 2015 at 16:54 UTC
On article In Fine Detail: Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R In-Depth Review (667 comments in total)
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IvanM: DPR has once again given us a very comprehensive review....sheesh what an effort it must have been! Personally I cannot image shooting with something even for a day that I dont like or want..so kudos to the DPR staff for their perseverance

But to allay some of the inevitable angst generated by sites like DPR (which unfortunately give gold and silver medals ala camera clubs - but I fully understand that that is their target market and what their readers want ) here are a couple of links to some more Eos 5DSR reviews, not from professional camera reviewers but from top professional photographers actually using these cameras daily to make a living....

1. http://chrisgilesphotography.com/blog/the-canon-5dsr-their-best-yet-part-1-a-hands-on-practical-review-for-wedding-photography/

2. http://www.martinbaileyphotography.com/2015/06/30/canon-eos-5ds-r-digital-slr-camera-review-podcast-478/

3. http://blog.mingthein.com/2015/08/19/long-term-canon-5dsr/

abrasivereducer, if you are into cameras it must be the best job in the world...but I am into photography and personally I cannot imagine anything worse than testing cameras. I have written a few reviews myself and therefore my admiration for the staff here at DPReview. Their reviews are invaluable in speeding up the decision making process and discovering problematic areas of cameras that might take someone like myself a long time to discover just because I dont often use certain feature or dont often do certain types of photography ...things like shutter & mirror shock...but really photographing test charts day in and day out is something I admire but have no desire to do personally, except on the one or two cameras I own ...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 23, 2015 at 16:38 UTC
On article In Fine Detail: Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R In-Depth Review (667 comments in total)
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keepreal: With cameras like these new Canons are not most people well past the point of diminishing returns? Unless one already has an expensive investment in Canon lenses of the very highest quality, why would one want to fork out the very high asking prices only to improve on certain aspects while going backwards on others? Just because there are more expensive models, that does not mean you are better off by getting them.

I, for one, would not be at all satisfied to have less than leading edge dynamic range when the Nikon D750 provides it for about half the price. I would also be worried, unless I replaced all my lenses and bought only those of professional quality, huge bulk and weight and with the very best specs going. Otherwise, surely, all I would succeed in doing is showing up their weaker points?

keepreel, just go and have a look at Roger Cicala's blog at Lensrentals and you will see even the worst lenses at the worst apertures show an improvement....

Direct link | Posted on Dec 23, 2015 at 16:24 UTC
On article In Fine Detail: Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R In-Depth Review (667 comments in total)

DPR has once again given us a very comprehensive review....sheesh what an effort it must have been! Personally I cannot image shooting with something even for a day that I dont like or want..so kudos to the DPR staff for their perseverance

But to allay some of the inevitable angst generated by sites like DPR (which unfortunately give gold and silver medals ala camera clubs - but I fully understand that that is their target market and what their readers want ) here are a couple of links to some more Eos 5DSR reviews, not from professional camera reviewers but from top professional photographers actually using these cameras daily to make a living....

1. http://chrisgilesphotography.com/blog/the-canon-5dsr-their-best-yet-part-1-a-hands-on-practical-review-for-wedding-photography/

2. http://www.martinbaileyphotography.com/2015/06/30/canon-eos-5ds-r-digital-slr-camera-review-podcast-478/

3. http://blog.mingthein.com/2015/08/19/long-term-canon-5dsr/

Direct link | Posted on Dec 22, 2015 at 09:26 UTC as 50th comment | 9 replies
On article Inching forward? Canon PowerShot G5 X review posted (386 comments in total)
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TFD: I fail to see the point of an $800 camera that you cannot slip into your pocket. If I want an $800 camera that does not slip into my pocket I will buy a DLSR.

Actually I never slip cameras in my pockets...I either hang them around my neck on a strap or off my shoulder....so unlike you I do see the point of an 800usd camera even if it doesnt fit in my pocket, and yes I do also have dslr's....

What kills this for me though is the slooooow Raw capture....I just dont understand why?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2015 at 11:06 UTC

puts a whole new spin on the word 'best'....suddenly this lens has become a lot more desirable...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2015 at 10:20 UTC as 11th comment
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Zeisschen: I really don't know what people hang out on this forum, but for sure the majority has obviously no sense for quality products and their price.

Nobody ever touched or used a Leica, but the rant about price goes on and on on every Leica thread...

oh ok I get it now....

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2015 at 14:33 UTC
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Zeisschen: I really don't know what people hang out on this forum, but for sure the majority has obviously no sense for quality products and their price.

Nobody ever touched or used a Leica, but the rant about price goes on and on on every Leica thread...

The Samsung sounds very good.
Professionally size has never bothered me and most of the time my camera is on a tripod anyway..personally I like compact and my favorite kit is a dslr body with 40mm pancake...I hardly ever shoot wide open so f2.8 suits me fine as it lives between f4 and f8....and I use this almost 90% of the time for my personal work...so my needs are fairly modest. Maybe a 35mm with IS will be something I might explore in the future...but if it works why change?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2015 at 16:03 UTC
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