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RunStrom: These high noise tests are pretty sad, if you are any good as a photographer you will use a tripod. If you want to test a real life situation - give one person a cheap Canon or Nikon APS-C with a reasonable 50mm lens - AND a TRIPOD. Give the other person the Sony A7S (handheld) and a 50mm Sony Lens - then do your midnight shoot. There is no action motion here - so shoot at any speed and setting - the end result is what counts. Each photographer then processes the raw files, and posts them with 100% crops. I'd bet the tripod mounted cameras would produce a better final product. If you really want to set the cat amongst the pigeons - introduce another photographer with a micro 3/4 or Sigma Foveon sensor camera (on a tripod) with a similar lens and really see what a differnce a Tripod makes.

point taken about situations with very low light where tripods can't be used, but sensor sensitivity alone won't save the day, focussing capability and suitable lenses are also required, neither of which is fully available from Sony yet, I tried using my 7R in an outdoor night time festival hand held (big crowds) and left dissapointed

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2014 at 09:16 UTC
On P1000283 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (5 comments in total)

nice coffee, awful image quality

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2014 at 00:22 UTC as 4th comment
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Lux Painter: Darn, I used to write down the location of a photo on the lens with a permanent marker. Well, at least, now I can save a plate when I like to have a salad with oil and vinegar dressing out in the field.

But on a serious note, the only test I would be interesting in would be salt water spray.


Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2014 at 12:08 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (1971 comments in total)
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samhain: Shady.
I wonder if Steve huff will comment on it...

he has addressed this, getting stuck into all us 'leica haters" in DPR.

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2014 at 08:32 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (1971 comments in total)
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Black Box: Leica should fire their markotologists.

Could DPR also check if it's true that they make one 94-g body out of one 1.2-kg aluminium block? I bet that's a lie as well.

Have to admit this also makes no sense, why waste so much material and CNC machining time, when you could cast the body shape and just machine the details?

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2014 at 08:27 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (1971 comments in total)

so it's effectively a $300 kit lens priced 5 times that amount on the claim of superior optical design? Misleading at best, unethical quite frankly, I think the marketing department who clearly now run things at Leica scored a careless own goal.

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2014 at 01:34 UTC as 163rd comment | 2 replies
On Updated: Creating the Leica T article (197 comments in total)
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Richard Franiec: Nice design, attention to detail and use of quality materials in the manufacturing process of the camera body are all great attention grabbers, however the truth is that they don't always create a better tool to do the job, especially when electronics are involved.
What we see with Leica is that they are desperately trying to market pride of craftsmanship and mysticism of the brand name at exuberant prices.
The whole manufacturing process in today's broadly available technology (explained in pictures of the article) is nothing that cannot be achieved in China, Vietnam or Romania. Most likely with less manual labor involved if deburring process is carried out by the same machine tool which does the "carving" of solid block of aluminum, not by hand of highly paid worker.
Obviously, limited production runs cost more per unit but justifying the final price by extraordinary skills and experience needed to do the job is just a plain hyperbole in my mind.

I would guess that all the components, much like the lens, are made elsewhere, possibly Asian jobbing factories. All Leica do is assemble it locally, thus claiming the craftsmanship tag for their marketing. Hopefully function will equate form. While I will always regret parting with my M8, the reality is that my actual output was no different to using other kit. I just looked like an ageing hipster taking the photos.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 01:47 UTC
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AndreSJ: I word question. LENSES?

agree, my A7r is waiting for them too

Direct link | Posted on Apr 6, 2014 at 22:54 UTC
On Canon Korea teases new camera, EOS M2 or SL1/100D? article (259 comments in total)

based on other recent Canon responses to new products from less risk averse manufacturers (think GX1, M and SL1) rather than create a new line I wouldn't be surprised if Canon responds by stuffing a FF 18 mpx sensor into a small proven consumer friendly design like a D700 size (without flip out screen) - so yes let them eat FF cake

Direct link | Posted on Nov 10, 2013 at 01:45 UTC as 79th comment
On Nikon video hints at long-desired 'digital FM' article (554 comments in total)

for that price they should throw in a roll of digital film

Direct link | Posted on Oct 25, 2013 at 22:56 UTC as 150th comment | 1 reply
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Stealthy Ninja: I live in Hong Kong and honestly these pictures (though very nice) aren't too special. Most people could go out and take these photos pretty easily if they lived here. In fact on his page number 8 looks very similar to a place nearby where I live.

They look pretty nice though, don't get me wrong.

agree, there's a restaurant in Ocean terminal which has a couple of similar ones as wall decoration. Inspired me to go out and do the same last time I visited there...had a hell of a time correcting the lens distortion!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2013 at 08:41 UTC
On Olympus stems losses but PEN sales disappoint article (245 comments in total)
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timedrun: M43 new cams, and even more their lenses, are not worth what they ask for them. I just saw that the oly 45mm f1.8, which is in their cheap range, has been "reduced" to $399. That is a skank imo. Samsung sell the exact same spec lens for NX at $199.

true and while lenses hold their relative value, your $1000 body is worth 300 bucks or less in 12 months time.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 10, 2013 at 01:32 UTC
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snegron2: If I could turn back the clock and start all over again I would have bought a Leica rangefinder with three lenses instead of the gazillion cameras and lenses I own...

how absolutely true

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2013 at 09:49 UTC
On Leica announces X Vario zoom compact with APS-C sensor article (757 comments in total)

is that LR5 or the old 4 included? I doubt the people that read this site are "the market" this camera/luxury accessory / is aimed at.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2013 at 13:13 UTC as 357th comment | 1 reply

so her profile pic is a selfie..nice job (cute too)

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2013 at 22:18 UTC as 76th comment
On More pictures leak of purported Olympus PEN 'E-P5' article (237 comments in total)

could it be a chinese knock off (e.g the Olympus brand logo is different to previous products)

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2013 at 08:59 UTC as 54th comment | 1 reply
On US Judge rules for Eggleston in dispute with collector article (300 comments in total)

a case of being "limited" to how many he could sell! Now where's my kid's bike, there's money in this.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2013 at 23:23 UTC as 97th comment

so it takes 10 days as the new CEO to uncover irregularities and deals that go back many years? The independent auditors didn't pick it up? No one else, or was every manager and employee on this? Should be an interesting read...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 29, 2012 at 09:05 UTC as 37th comment | 1 reply

OK can they put it back together now?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 8, 2012 at 21:42 UTC as 23rd comment | 2 replies
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davids8560: Night has fallen again. It's been 16 hours since I upgraded my NEX-7's firmware. I'm holed up in a cheap motel near the border. The door is barricaded. The shades are drawn. All the lights are off. The room is illuminated only by the fluckering of the tv set. I've been chain smoking and drinking all day. On the table before me is a fifth of gin, my Glock, my NEX-7, and a laptop. The phone rang for awhile a little earlier. I didn't pick it up. I was afraid it was somebody from the press - or worse. I haven't been able to sleep at all. Can't really say why. The upgrade went smoothly. But something still doesn't feel right. People want to know what I think. To me, at face value, it seems kind of incidental. Somebody said NEX-7 owners are rejoicing today. But I don't know about that. I just don't know.

you hotel's wi-fi is working, can we get the name of it?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2012 at 00:36 UTC
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