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G1Houston: Please add built-in flash and touch screen (with touch AF) to the next version of the A7, and put a bigger battery in. In terms of battery life, the Nikon D750 rated with the flash on can shoot 1200 shots ...

Agree re: Touch. I use a NEX 5N and love the touch feature for selecting the focus point. I'd really miss it.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2014 at 03:41 UTC
On UK Landscape Photographer of the Year winners announced article (156 comments in total)

The Winners are winners! Hey, DPR, isn't it about time your photo viewer offered a full-screen mode with lots of pixels and prev/next nav using arrows and arrow keys... like basically any self-respecting photo journalism site? It's painful squinting at these (on a Retina MBP) and I'm sure we're missing a lot at the res offered here.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2014 at 04:38 UTC as 15th comment
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Marcus Beard: This doesn't solve the main problem which is the non-destructive edits that most of us Aperture users have done over several years and tens of thousands of images. Fingers crossed that will allow this

Indeed. Am I right to say that Lightroom will import rendered images (post-processed versions) because it can't replicate Aperture's effects?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2014 at 01:47 UTC

Nicolas, thank you for reminding me why photography and cycling are both such great things to do... and even better together! I find your work - both the output and how you do it - inspiring. You've demonstrated that while "the journey is the reward", a more intimate approach to travel also leads to great photographic outcomes, not just technically but in meaningful human terms.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2014 at 13:04 UTC as 9th comment
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(unknown member): 'With a bicycle and a humble attitude you can travel to the heart of a culture."

I wouldn't call it "humble" to think you can actually "travel to the heart of any culture" just because you are on a bike. I'd call that naive and rather arrogant.
The photos, I'm sorry to say, are also nothing really special.

Also, if you haven't already, please check his larger portfolio before writing off his work:

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2014 at 11:51 UTC
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dtssounds: Your landscape photographs are great, but sorry to say, your people photographs are not on the same level as your landscape. Not that they are not good, they are just not great enough when compared to your landscape photos. But I admire your adventurous heart and wish to seem more of your next travels.

If you haven't already, you should check his portfolio - it is great. Whether or not the photos are technically the ultimate (I can't say) they are wonderful portraits of people in very different worlds that us DPR readers.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2014 at 11:47 UTC
On Sony shows off upcoming full-frame lenses at Photokina article (328 comments in total)

As a NEX user, am I just paranoid or is Sony basically giving up on developing any more small lightweight E-mount lenses for APS-C size cameras? They seem to be so far behind Fujifilm in terms of lens range and performance, and their roadmap is all bigger FE lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 13:56 UTC as 19th comment | 17 replies
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Black Box: Oh, for crying out loud! Buy her a bowl of rocky road ice-cream and put on Ray Charles' "Crying time". But spare us another "unusual approach to children photography".

Is it not enough to enjoy the photos for their own sake? Not everything needs to be a critique on all photos that have gone before.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 14:15 UTC
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b craw: Well executed, thus charming vignettes of domesticity. Some are perhaps overly-familiar motifs - pensive child through window, something out of natural context (dog) in a photo bag, etc. - but I doubt that these endeavor to be cutting edge in terms of concept or visual outcome. They are nice, and I suspect, compelling to a large portion of the viewers here.

"not in the same league of Sally Mann's work" - call me ignorant but I much prefer these - they have soul and are delightful. By contrast Sally Mann's work seems arty to a fault.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 14:13 UTC
On Editorial: Why I can't stop taking iPhone Panoramas article (300 comments in total)

Barney, thanks for the great article! I absolutely consider the iPhone to be a serious camera for this use case. I have been taking hand-held panoramas for literally decades, and I have always sought out small and light cameras so that I will actually have the camera with me when the panoramic opportunity reveals itself. My first panos were shot on a Yashica Samurai half-frame film camera circa late '80s, where I hand-cut a series of prints with an X-acto knife and taped them together to get the pano. I extended this habit into earlier digital cameras using stitching software. When I bought my Sony Nex-5N, I was thrilled with its panoramic mode... until I started to use my iPhone 5. The ability to capture a spacious scene with the camera in your pocket greatly increases the chance that a panoramic image will be born. I've also found that in good light my iPhone is as good or better than the Sony for my needs. The increase in quality in the 5S is impressive and noteworthy.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 02:49 UTC as 51st comment
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Paul Janders: Only in the art world can you bastardize someone else's work and be rewarded for it.

uh right - that's a large part of how art functions - by re-interpreting what has gone before.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2013 at 03:25 UTC
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(unknown member): Originally I was impressed by the images but the more I looked at them the more critical I have become. I think the worst one is "Migrant Mother" followed by Lincoln. It was a rainy day in Southern California and I'm not understanding the blotchy golden tone the Swedish "artist" decided to use. I had to redo the image and I think it looks much more natural.

I like your version. Why the antipathy to the other artist. She is an artist whether you like her work, or not. As are you. And what's with the "Swedish" epithet? What's your problem?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2013 at 03:21 UTC
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Paul B Jones: Not opposed on principle to this skill-requiring project but except for Anne Frank I don't see the colourized versions as adding anything of value to the world over the original black and whites. In fact, they look a bit like over-cooked HDR efforts.

@babalu - that is the first substantive criticism I have read in this thread, and now you call it out, I agree it's a mistake.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2013 at 03:18 UTC
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Zvonimir Tosic: A parody.
In fact, this reminds me of the scene from the "2001: A Space Odyssey" film (yes, it was film-ed):
An ape recognises a new tool.
Ape grabs it and smashes everything around with it.
Feels powerful, uses that tool to play, to kill prey, to kill other apes.

There is a fine line between "arghhh, I can do it", and "ought I do it?", which ape cannot recognise yet. People of 70, 100 or 150 years ago, didn't have tools we have today but they had vivid imagination to compensate and that is why those old images worked so well. Today, it seems the opposite is true.

So compared to the original "2001: A Space Odyssey", this is colour parody is same as "2001: A Space Travesty".

What, exactly, was destroyed by this creative act?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2013 at 03:16 UTC
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Marla2008: I beg to differ. I actually find it not only amazingly well achieved from a technical point of view, but also a very interesting alternative perception of an all important collective heritage. Replacing the originals would have been a crime, but both versions can coexist and complement each other in a very useful way. say bravo.

Well said!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2013 at 03:15 UTC
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rfsIII: Just to be clear, for all her hard work, what this woman has done is created something called kitsch. For those of you who did not grow up in the last century, "kitsch" is a term that was first used by the Germans and it means artwork that's superficially appealing but not enlightening.

"Is a style of mass-produced art or design using cultural icons. The term is generally reserved for unsubstantial or gaudy works, or works that are calculated to have popular appeal. Kitsch mimics its immediate predecessor with no regard to ethics—it aims to copy the beautiful, not the good."

I respectfully disagree. They are well done and bring a new, imaginative, perspective to topics which in many cases could not be captured in color at the time.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2013 at 03:14 UTC
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Mike_Hessey: Sorry, most of these you have picked are certainly history for me. First digital camera was Nikon 900 (was it a Coolpix in those days?). Still have it somewhere. A set of best AA batteries would last, if I was very lucky, for 10 pictures, and it was S O S L O W - anything that moved at all was impossible to shoot. Later 990 was a vast improvement (compared with the 900!). Perhaps after that experience, I regard regard current 16M cameras as having achieved the 'sweet spot' in terms of IQ etc. 24M cameras (I have two) are fine as cameras, but the effect of the file size on both my 2012 Macbook Pro and 2013 PC is painful, and for my purposes (web postings, and prints up to A3+, or once 6ft by 8ft) this res is adequate.

I too wanted to put in a bad word for the Nikon Coolpix 900. Terrible battery life, horrible lack of speed, generally incredibly disappointing. I haven't forgiven Nikon, yet.

It looked like this:

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2013 at 03:05 UTC
On Preview:canong1x (1032 comments in total)
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simon65: Would be nice to see a picture of the G1-X up against a XXXD Canon DSLR for size comparison.

Thanks for that URL! Reveals just how chunky this new Canon is compared with the Panasonic and Sony MILCs.

Posted on Jan 9, 2012 at 19:50 UTC
On Mirrorless Roundup 2011 article (429 comments in total)
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jorepuusa: Lots of cameras, lots of comments about those cameras.
But the main thing is missing. The visual quality of pictures taken by dpreview staffers is bad! Pictures are sadly amateurish, composition is nonexistence and there is no story in the pics.
World leading site should have pleasing pictures of people holding cameras but it does not.
But neither do other sites. It is a saddening truth that sites writing about cameras use pictures that are of very low visual standard.
Now what does this mean?
It means that people who write these laughable comments about how wrong tests or roundups are, do not understand about pictures at all cause never are the pictures estimated in these sites. So the only thing that matters are the knobs and pixels and those have nothing to do with pictures.
Photography is really dying. This article and its comments are one proof about it.

DPR does some really great - I'd go so far as to say extraordinary - technical reviews which aren't available elsewhere. You can easily find vast troves of sample images on sites like Flickr if you need to evaluate image quality.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 21, 2011 at 05:41 UTC
On Mirrorless Roundup 2011 article (429 comments in total)
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keepreal: I do not believe any mirrorless camera is ideal for serious photography not even as a second camera. My ideal would at worst be no bigger than or heavier than a Leica M3 with a good range of compact, light weight lenses including a 12-24mm equivalent that is not severely distorted when you use RAW. Electronic viewfinders appear to suffer from problems in certain conditions, so I insist upon an optical one approaching Leica quality. In spite of my reservations about EVF the NEX-7 might have been of some interest but for the hugely inflated price.

The idea of holding a camera away from your body to peer at a LCD screen on the back obliterated by bright sunlight, compose the image properly, hold the camera steady with your arm or arms away from your body is a joke.

Micro-miniaturisation of electronic circuits has not led to compact DSLRs like it could, just large heavy models with many useless features unnecessary complexity and bloated prices. The only winners are the manufacturers.

keepreal - with good practice (elbows tucked in) and the benefits of image stabilization etc., it's really not the problem you think it is.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 21, 2011 at 05:35 UTC
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