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pacnwhobbyist: You have to wonder, in retrospect, if that "ditch the dslr" offer they were running was a way to offload excess inventory before closing down.

I have to say, when I heard they'd dropped the Netherlands, the first thing I thought was that Samsung Europe was doing their own campaign: Ditch the Dutch!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2015 at 17:31 UTC
On article Video Field Test: Theron Humphrey and the Sony A7R II (192 comments in total)

Excellent video. You are really getting good at this, DPR folks. Informative, fun, well paced... well worth the time. And that is very rare on the net, where video is almost always a waste of time that would have been much more productively spent on text. Nice to see someone has a firm grip of what makes the medium sing, as it were.

Although that accent does simply not go with the lumberjack shirt and the cowboy hat. I kept hoping Barney would switch to a tweed jacket with suede elbow patches, a bow tie, and round Oxford commie glasses. Oh well.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 24, 2015 at 21:19 UTC as 42nd comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon announces development of flagship D5 DSLR (439 comments in total)

The funny thing is that this press release could have been a bombshell.

If they had announced that they were definitely, positively working on a D400, that is.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 22:12 UTC as 50th comment
On article 2015 Roundup: Advanced Zoom Compacts (135 comments in total)
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Donglei: I do love the way dpr compares several p&s cameras with a graph of equivalent aperture and focal length. But it only appears in the camera news and later we can never find it again. Could you make such a chart tool and embed it into your comparison system? And it would be greater if dslr lenses are also included in this tool!

And speaking of that magnificent chart - it is horribly unparsable for the partially colour blind. You can happily use black, white, red, yellow and blue. No green, no orange, no brown, no purple. If you need more, why that's why dotted lines were invented.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2015 at 20:32 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Sony a7S II (283 comments in total)
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bluevellet: I like the euphemism about unified design and ergonomics and implying this requires effort.

Except insomuch some of those savings are passed on to the customers. Which, given the price differentials between these things and their CaNikon functional counterparts, they seem to be, at least partially...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 19, 2015 at 13:45 UTC
On article JPEG Committee contemplates adding DRM to image format (186 comments in total)

Yes, JPEG DRM is stupid for all the reasons outlined here in the comments already.

But you know what? I'm fine with that. Let them. If they ruin the jpg format, perhaps we can finally get some other output standard format that isn't mired in the 1990s. Higher colour bit depth, modern compression, transparency control... These formats are out there, and if jpg manages to discredit itself sufficiently perhaps camera manufacturers and third party software vendors will finally wake up and smell the coffee.

So go, JPEG Group, go! Implement the harshest, most restrictive, most cumbersome, most useless DRM imaginable and utilize the most disproportionate legal means to enforce them that lobbyist money can buy. Do it. Do it now!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2015 at 14:18 UTC as 49th comment | 1 reply

So. Mr Welling not only has The Eye for composition and light, he has the Timing for the Moment and the patience and knowledge required to make those other things happen.

And the result is the best, bar none, image series ever published here at dpr. Well done, sir, well done indeed.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2015 at 07:04 UTC as 18th comment
On photo 20141015-EM1A8924-2 in the Rainy days challenge (14 comments in total)

All it needs is a flying car, and then it'll be Blade Runner.

Fantastic mood capture.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 10:15 UTC as 12th comment
On article Readers' Showcase: Alexander Jikharev (35 comments in total)

One of my favourite sets or reader showcases. Impeccable framing and a great eye for light and light's effect on mood.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 8, 2015 at 16:50 UTC as 8th comment
On article Video: Tamron SP 15-30mm F2.8 Di VC USD Field Test (94 comments in total)

I'm really enjoying these videos. It doesn't hurt that Rishi is plain mean behind that viewfinder, too.

Although Barney... rolled up trouser legs are an offense against everything that fair and just in this world. Immediately vaporizes any accent-derived cultural goodwill that might otherwise accrue. Just sayin'.

Other than that... kudos. Oh, and third part manufacturers? Start working on a filter holder for this puppy, please.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2015 at 17:19 UTC as 24th comment | 2 replies

Sometimes pictures speak loud and clear. Line up like a bunch of soccer guys walling a free kick near the goal - family jewels well and truly protected... Apparently they came expecting some hard shooting.

DPR did try. Bounced off the corpo-speak wall, but given that picture I guess we can't be surprised.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2015 at 15:54 UTC as 63rd comment
On article Readers' Showcase: Rutger Bus (44 comments in total)

Very fine. I particularly like how you get so much out of equipment many dpreview:er forum dwellers would dismiss as antiquated.

A reminder that for the vast majority of us, skill, time and practice is what's lacking, not gear.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2015 at 18:24 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply

It has certainly been instructive to read this series of interviews with industry execs. So many things unsaid, but glaringly obvious nevertheless.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 18:04 UTC as 167th comment
On article Starstruck: Adam Woodworth's nighttime photography (60 comments in total)

Adam, if you read this... thank you.

Tremendous skill and compositional talent. I'm crazy envious.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 21, 2014 at 19:10 UTC as 25th comment

From the contest rules:

"17. The winner and other participants agree to the use of his/her name, image and entered photograph in any publicity material related to the contest."

... reasonable. They're not claiming the rights for anything but contest promotion.

"20. The equipment given to the winner is only on loan and must be returned to Phase One. Receiver takes full responsibility for insurance, while in his/her possession. Receiver is financially liable for returning the unit within the agreed time. In the event that the unit is not returned as agreed, the unit is due for payment."

... not even insurance? That's a downer.

Personally, I would hate to be in hock for $50k in case something happened to that box. And getting a one month insurance extra is going to be fairly expensive, too.

What does it cost to outright lend this stuff for a similar period of time?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2014 at 23:26 UTC as 43rd comment | 1 reply
On article Real-world test: Going pro with the Samsung NX1 (370 comments in total)

This video review format is very nice. Some real world usage to balance the numbers games. Relaxed and informative, striking the right balance between viewer interest and geek thirst for data. Solid stuff, folks.

Although I guess the proof is in the pudding - let's see what happens when DPR hits on a product that deserves some serious panning.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 16:08 UTC as 78th comment | 1 reply

Heh. DPR posted the airbrushed version of the shot. Cute.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2014 at 17:12 UTC as 50th comment | 1 reply
On photo rapeseed fields in the Samsung Challenge challenge (2 comments in total)

One of those images that suffers a lot from down scaling to thumbnail. Fine composition and good colour balance. Well done!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2014 at 15:42 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo Light on the hill in the Samsung Challenge challenge (4 comments in total)

Utterly delicious capture. Hat's off!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2014 at 15:40 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Lytro Illum in the hands of five leading photographers (164 comments in total)

I look at this and find myself getting bored with the focal plane shift really quickly. As a creative application... well, perhaps I'm just lacking in imagination.

But post-capture focus adjustment is fantastic, of course. Failure to nail focus has to be - by far - the #1 technical reason for lost shots. If Lytro technology can fix that one shot where I got the action, framing and light right and missed critical focus (or the cam decided, on its own, to focus on something it found fascinating in the background), then it certainly has a place in my future camera body.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2014 at 20:37 UTC as 45th comment | 8 replies
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