Daft Punk

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On article The price is right: Canon EOS Rebel T6 / 1300D Review (341 comments in total)

I think I would choose a Pentax KS2 over this.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2016 at 16:35 UTC as 11th comment | 8 replies
On article Sony Alpha SLT-A68 real-world samples (115 comments in total)
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Daft Punk: I have had a Sony A58 around for a few years and a few A mount lenses acquired from eBay.

Here is the thing, photo gear-snobs, get this - the A58 is actually a fantastic little camera and at the price they fetch, probably the best value camera on the planet.

It has been used as a "family camera". Passed around kids and grand kids, taken to the beach, used at birthday parties, most of the time I do not even know who in my extended family has the camera and what they are doing with it.

And you know what, that little cheap A58 has delivered some of the best photo memories of ANY camera in our ( rather large ) collection. There are prints of kids and family on walls all over the country, taken with that cheap little Sony, and video's too, sitting on people's iPads nationwide.

The A68 is a natural successor to the A58. I would choose this camera in a heartbeat over ANY Canon Rebel.

Dont knock it unless you have experience of it. :)

I agree that most mirrorless cameras have all the benefits of SLT without most of the shortcomings.

But SLT does have many advantages over DSLR. These may either matter to you not. Live View does matter to me, so I prefer a budget SLT over a budget DSLR for the family to use.

The light loss issue is a non issue for most people, frankly. Or it should be. :)

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2016 at 14:16 UTC
On article Sony Alpha SLT-A68 real-world samples (115 comments in total)
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Matsu: I didn't believe that Sony would continue to support their A mount. I still don't really think they will, but perhaps I'm wrong...

I think SLT was always an temporary technology until mirrorless AF got better.

Doesn't mean they do not still work well though. And they do. They work great.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2016 at 16:54 UTC
On article Sony Alpha SLT-A68 real-world samples (115 comments in total)
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Camera Newton: Sony had a bunch of old parts collecting dust in a warehouse from all the A77II cameras that never sold and some other parts from the old parts bin. So they stuck those 2.7 inch LCDs that were laying around since 2007 on a body with leftover A77II pieces.
In 2008 Sony held more than 13% of the DSLR market. Then they had this crazy SLT idea. Guess what their DSLR/SLT market share is down to now. (hint: a 3 toed sloth could count the percentage points on his toes and have toes left over).

You seem to be strangely attacking me. Why? I don't care about camera brands - I change them all the time. Got Pentax and Nikon too. Given that the A58 isn't in my hands at the moment ( it is currently serving duties in Europe stuffed in a cousins backpack ) I really don't care what happens to it.

When printing to A4 or viewing on an iPad there IS no IQ difference to a A6300, so why spend $1000 on another cam?

Are you stalking me? ;)

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2016 at 16:50 UTC
On article Sony Alpha SLT-A68 real-world samples (115 comments in total)
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Daft Punk: I have had a Sony A58 around for a few years and a few A mount lenses acquired from eBay.

Here is the thing, photo gear-snobs, get this - the A58 is actually a fantastic little camera and at the price they fetch, probably the best value camera on the planet.

It has been used as a "family camera". Passed around kids and grand kids, taken to the beach, used at birthday parties, most of the time I do not even know who in my extended family has the camera and what they are doing with it.

And you know what, that little cheap A58 has delivered some of the best photo memories of ANY camera in our ( rather large ) collection. There are prints of kids and family on walls all over the country, taken with that cheap little Sony, and video's too, sitting on people's iPads nationwide.

The A68 is a natural successor to the A58. I would choose this camera in a heartbeat over ANY Canon Rebel.

Dont knock it unless you have experience of it. :)

What does it say about me? I don't understand? How can satisfaction that a cheap camera does a great job saying anything about me? Its the only Sony I have at the moment. Im all in on Pentax and Nikon these days other than the Sony - which is currently in Spain I believe with my cousin, judging by the instagram shots I'm seeing :)

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2016 at 16:46 UTC
On article Sony Alpha SLT-A68 real-world samples (115 comments in total)
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Camera Newton: Sony had a bunch of old parts collecting dust in a warehouse from all the A77II cameras that never sold and some other parts from the old parts bin. So they stuck those 2.7 inch LCDs that were laying around since 2007 on a body with leftover A77II pieces.
In 2008 Sony held more than 13% of the DSLR market. Then they had this crazy SLT idea. Guess what their DSLR/SLT market share is down to now. (hint: a 3 toed sloth could count the percentage points on his toes and have toes left over).

Interestingness & Cameranewton - you are both completely missing the point.

These are cheap cameras. Get lenses on eBay as I did ( e.g. Minolta 24-105 ) and you have all you need for APSC sensor camera with great live view, stills and great video. These little SLT are much easier to use than DSLR. IQ is fine. The SLT "light loss" is a non-issue.
All I know is this. I have multiple cameras -new K-1 and my wife has just got a D500 rig to shoot dog agility. We've got cameras everywhere.
The SLT A58 is a family favourite because it is tough and has good IQ for A4 prints on the wall and for sharp videos on a HD TV.
Granted, the A58 ( or the new A68 ) is never going to impress gear heads like you. But it works. And it is cheap. These SLT's get more use than the old Canon rebels I used to own. People, especially non-photographers, prefer them. No doubt proper mirrorless like 6300 is better, but costs more money. The improvement in IQ isn't noticeable or worth the extra.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2016 at 16:24 UTC
On article Sony Alpha SLT-A68 real-world samples (115 comments in total)
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Daft Punk: I have had a Sony A58 around for a few years and a few A mount lenses acquired from eBay.

Here is the thing, photo gear-snobs, get this - the A58 is actually a fantastic little camera and at the price they fetch, probably the best value camera on the planet.

It has been used as a "family camera". Passed around kids and grand kids, taken to the beach, used at birthday parties, most of the time I do not even know who in my extended family has the camera and what they are doing with it.

And you know what, that little cheap A58 has delivered some of the best photo memories of ANY camera in our ( rather large ) collection. There are prints of kids and family on walls all over the country, taken with that cheap little Sony, and video's too, sitting on people's iPads nationwide.

The A68 is a natural successor to the A58. I would choose this camera in a heartbeat over ANY Canon Rebel.

Dont knock it unless you have experience of it. :)

Actually that is not really true.

Let me tell you why the Sony is superior, its really very easy.

The SLT design means the camera is always on live view. It can used with a viewfinder or used with the rear LCD. It does not matter, it works exactly the same. No LV buttons to push.

As a result, people used to using phones find it easy to use. It is interesting to watch the family use it - some people instinctively hold it in front of them as they would a phone, while other bring it to their eye. The camera operates in the same way regardless and asks no-one to push a button or activate anything. Even 5 year olds have taken great pictures with it - they instinctively hold it in front of them by the way !

This cannot be done with a conventional DSLR.

The A58 costs peanuts. Its a great little thing. The A68 is doubtless even better. All it needs is a touch screen to be perfect.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2016 at 15:51 UTC
On article Sony Alpha SLT-A68 real-world samples (115 comments in total)

I have had a Sony A58 around for a few years and a few A mount lenses acquired from eBay.

Here is the thing, photo gear-snobs, get this - the A58 is actually a fantastic little camera and at the price they fetch, probably the best value camera on the planet.

It has been used as a "family camera". Passed around kids and grand kids, taken to the beach, used at birthday parties, most of the time I do not even know who in my extended family has the camera and what they are doing with it.

And you know what, that little cheap A58 has delivered some of the best photo memories of ANY camera in our ( rather large ) collection. There are prints of kids and family on walls all over the country, taken with that cheap little Sony, and video's too, sitting on people's iPads nationwide.

The A68 is a natural successor to the A58. I would choose this camera in a heartbeat over ANY Canon Rebel.

Dont knock it unless you have experience of it. :)

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2016 at 12:50 UTC as 19th comment | 12 replies
On article Hasselblad to announce 'game changer' next week (455 comments in total)
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Daft Punk: Leica is for some reason, constantly attacked and disparaged by DPR members for its pricing policy. I find it bizarre and rather demeaning personally.

I wonder if Hasselblad will be ridiculed in the same way? I didn't think much of the rebranding of Sony kit, but this looks interesting. It seems they have learned.

Both brands have a terrific legacy, great equipment and best in class lenses. Looking forward to their offering.

I do not think anyone should care if a professional uses a camera or not.

The only difference is they are being paid for their images.

I care little that sports shooters have white Canon 500mm lenses. Why on earth would that make me want to own a Canon? I am not going to use the same lenses so whats the point? Same for Leica.

I do not currently use a rangefinder, but to just call them a "link to the past" is only something someone who has never used one would say.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2016 at 15:58 UTC
On article Hasselblad to announce 'game changer' next week (455 comments in total)
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Mrrowe8: Either way it is going to be pricy, as Hasselblad is like a neighborhood association that has over valued their neighborhood that long ago the real money has moved to another zip code .. Which is it really a game changer if it isn't accessible to the masses?

It can still be a game changer, even though you can't afford to buy one.

Tesla is changing the car industry. Lots of people can't afford a Tesla either. Does not mean that they aren't changing things and changing the agenda.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2016 at 08:39 UTC
On article Hasselblad to announce 'game changer' next week (455 comments in total)
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Daft Punk: Leica is for some reason, constantly attacked and disparaged by DPR members for its pricing policy. I find it bizarre and rather demeaning personally.

I wonder if Hasselblad will be ridiculed in the same way? I didn't think much of the rebranding of Sony kit, but this looks interesting. It seems they have learned.

Both brands have a terrific legacy, great equipment and best in class lenses. Looking forward to their offering.

That is your opinion.

I could point out that they have the worlds very best EVF in the SL1, or that they make the only rangefinder camera available in the market, or that some of their lenses are the finest available in the world at any price, or, indeed, that their lenses render in a specific way that some people are willing to pay for.

It is not for us to judge if some people prefer to shoot with a compact rangefinder and are willing to pay for it.

Do you judge people who choose to drive an Audi rather than a Volkswagen?

Do you choose to wear a "branded" item of clothing over a generic item because you believe it offers a better "value proposition"?

Leica is no different. The criticism of Leica on DPR is illogical.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2016 at 08:35 UTC
On article Hasselblad to announce 'game changer' next week (455 comments in total)

Leica is for some reason, constantly attacked and disparaged by DPR members for its pricing policy. I find it bizarre and rather demeaning personally.

I wonder if Hasselblad will be ridiculed in the same way? I didn't think much of the rebranding of Sony kit, but this looks interesting. It seems they have learned.

Both brands have a terrific legacy, great equipment and best in class lenses. Looking forward to their offering.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2016 at 16:31 UTC as 34th comment | 4 replies
On article D500 owner formally accuses Nikon of false advertising (474 comments in total)

I am suspicious of the type of people who would do this.

Most people would simply get another camera.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2016 at 09:54 UTC as 87th comment | 3 replies

Slow. But small. Makes a nice sunny weather lens. This is a good thing, not a criticism.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2016 at 13:43 UTC as 8th comment | 2 replies

Nice camera. Terrific value.

Good job Pentax.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2016 at 13:32 UTC as 40th comment | 1 reply
On article Pentax K-1 Pixel Shift Resolution: Updated Field Test (209 comments in total)

Good work, interesting article. I still think the whole premise is a bit, well, spurious though.

Moving water is probably the one single thing that it likely to create all sorts of artifacts, because its movement is so rapid and complex. It is hardly a surprise that it is too much too ask even Motion Corrected Pixel shift to deal with it.

The results are hardly a shocker.

Next Up: DPR tests the Nikon D5 to see if it can autofocus on a speeding bullet. I think we know what the answer to that would be as well.. ;)

OK, I'm being a bit provocative, but you get my point.. :)

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2016 at 19:34 UTC as 67th comment | 4 replies
On article Pentax K-1 Pixel Shift: An update (96 comments in total)

Fair enough.

Have a word with the editor on watch at the time as well...

"WaterFails" ... I mean... come on.... Really??!!

Awful, awful copy. I know it is tough providing so much content, but try and keep the QC up to standard.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2016 at 19:11 UTC as 58th comment
On article Waterfails: We test Pentax K-1's Pixel Shift (225 comments in total)

This seems a really dumb test.

Damaging to DP normally strong credentials on doing these things right.

Why is it dumb and damaging to DPR?

1) It is taking an extreme situation which is very likely to fail anyway.
2) It fails to properly explain the problem with ACR.

I am no Pentax fanboy but this is poor work.

2/10. Must try harder. See the teacher .

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2016 at 07:29 UTC as 56th comment

Leica SL is the mirrorless camera Canon should be making. Great IQ and the worlds best EVF.

This is a nice combo. Great body matched with Canon glass. Among Canons huge lens range there are some special ones.

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 19:49 UTC as 23rd comment | 2 replies
On article Canon EOS 80D Field Test: Barney builds a boat (220 comments in total)

Some of the best content on this site for a while. I really enjoyed it.

Not only does the video fulfil the function of showing people what can be done with the 80D, which is the whole point of DPR, but it is also fun and informative film of a really interesting subject, which stands up on its own regardless of the test of the camera.

Good Job !

Link | Posted on May 25, 2016 at 08:41 UTC as 71st comment
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