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Light mode is fine in the main page. I have no particular preference here.
In the forum pages, Light mode is very annoying, feels disorganized.

Thanks to DPR for keeping both.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 19:19 UTC as 165th comment
On article Rare Nikon 1200mm F11 pops up on eBay (113 comments in total)

People are so funny here. :)
Great to see some witty lighthearted comments instead of usual my .... is bigger than yours.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 22:42 UTC as 25th comment | 1 reply

D3 was a legendary camera. It made lots of people switch from Canon to Nikon. It was that much better. Things have changed since then. It took Canon a year or two to regain the dominance. D5 is unlikely to change the status quo as both D5 and 1D XII are near perfect cameras in what they are supposed to do.
On the other hand D500 appears to be quite a bit better than Canon's offering at the moment, especially when married with cheap 200-500. Yet, most will wait to see Canon's response instead of switching.
Kudos to all these Japanese manufacturers for serving the photographic community with their amazing gears.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2016 at 22:59 UTC as 20th comment | 1 reply
On article Pentax K-1 Pixel Shift Resolution: Updated Field Test (209 comments in total)

Clearly, pixel shift can be useful, but the technology still needs lots of fine tuning. Other than the issues mentioned in the article with moving subjects, aliasing seems to be an issue too. This can be seen in the last crop (Cityscape). But when it works the results are stunning, especially shadow lifting.

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2016 at 00:36 UTC as 51st comment | 1 reply

Few months ago a Canon executive stated that by the end of 2016 they want to be #2 in mirrorless market and #1 in 2017. As per some estimates they are currently #3. Their strategy seem to be making small, optically good and cheap/affordable lenses to lure and hook people in M system. Once they have done so, they can make more expensive lenses (and cameras) later. 35mm/1.8 is rumored for later this year.
If nothing else, this lens indicates that Canon is serious about their plan to make M system a success.
Like many, this lens has made me interested in M system for the first time. I will probably wait for M4 and another smallish prime (around 85mm equivalent). 22/2 pancake, 28/3.5 and a longer prime would be excellent to carry for travelling and for many other situations.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2016 at 20:51 UTC as 16th comment | 4 replies

MTF chart here.

And some sample pics.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2016 at 12:31 UTC as 50th comment

I wonder what would be the DR of JPEG files, because those pixel shifted RAW files are HUGE!
Pretty cool stuff, anyways. Well done Pentax.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2016 at 07:34 UTC as 34th comment
On article The Canon that can: Canon EOS 80D Review (681 comments in total)
In reply to:

borno: Setting AF for focus priority would probably give more priority to the focus. (pg.418)

Dan, I think that it is something you still need to test. That may or may not make a difference though. I will be testing these two options (balance vs focus priority)

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2016 at 23:17 UTC
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Mikael Risedal: It seems that many people have difficulty to understand that D5 is optimised sport camera and to be able to take many images per second and therefore uses a different read out than the other Nikon cameras

Mikael, you have not only poor understanding, you have poor memory too. Did you forget not too long ago you posted all those pictures comparing D800 and 1DX shadow lifting?
Nikon has made a design trade off it thought was best for D5 users. Most D5 users would be happy with it. But given your background of Canon bashing for 3-4 years on this issue, you should just say, sorry I was wrong before.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 01:36 UTC
On article Seriously sharp: Sony FE 85mm F1.4 GM samples (263 comments in total)

Picture 5/34. Hair. Seriously bad LoCA. Nearly half the hair is green. Not seen anything like this before. Obviously in camera CA removal algorithm isn't smart enough to deal with them.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2016 at 19:32 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply
On article Samsung NX500 shown as discontinued (271 comments in total)
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arbux: So much hate in the comments from Sony fanboys...

yes, be happy, now sony will charge you even more for fuzzy zoom with f5.6. but you'll get zeiss brand, yeeeee

reading comments like those from nandbytes makes me sick.

If someone wants to buy ILC cameras they should seriously consider Nikon and Canon first. If they are into mirrorless, they may also consider Olympus, Canon, Fuji, Panasonic and Sony. A lot of people thought Samsung is not a serious camera maker. Samsung proved them right.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2016 at 08:05 UTC
On article Samsung NX500 shown as discontinued (271 comments in total)
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thx1138: One word: cowards!

And why blame people?
I don't think people believe that only Canon and Nikon are real photographic companies. People know Fuji, Olympus, Minolta, Leica, Pentax, Hasselblad, Mamiya etc are real photographic companies too. In fact Sony and Panasonic also have made some impressions in this regard as they have persevered. Do you think when buying a camera one would think, 'let me see, I will buy this camera if this brand also makes supertankers'?
Understand how simple things work. It's not that hard.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2016 at 07:50 UTC
On article Samsung NX500 shown as discontinued (271 comments in total)
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thx1138: One word: cowards!

@arbux, there are companies that make airplanes, rockets and other very high tech stuffs that Samsung can only dream of. They suddenly don't start making cameras. Because they understand cameras are part of systems. You can be Apple, GM or whoever, you may have 100 times more money than Canon or Nikon, but you are not making cameras for decades. You don't have the lenses and support system. And don't have the reputation or user base. You are just a kid. You are bound to fail unless you are ready to persevere, suffer losses and grow up before you become profitable. Samsung was a kid in photography business. It never understood why and how people take pictures. It thought technology was enough. It was wrong.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2016 at 07:42 UTC
On article Samsung NX500 shown as discontinued (271 comments in total)
In reply to:

thx1138: One word: cowards!

Or maybe coming to their senses.
They wanted to conquer the photography world by 2015 (declaration was made in 2012) and make some quick money in the process. Finally they realized that it was going to be a long haul. Samsung doesn't believe in patience.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2016 at 11:26 UTC
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TonyPM: Its Sony using Canon tech. A few months ago there was a patent exchange between them. Looks like this might be the result.

Never heard of Sony Canon patent exchange. Can you point to a source?

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2016 at 21:21 UTC

Canon needs to upgrade 400/5.6. My 100-400 II is sharper than my 400/5.6, but the prime is lighter and there are occasions when I prefer carrying lighter prime. Moreover, 400/5.6 is a very popular lens as it is much more affordable.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2016 at 20:51 UTC as 56th comment | 2 replies
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78finn: So many negative and nasty comments on! It's embarrassing how many people on this forum seem bitter.

Embarrassing and pathetic.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 11:04 UTC
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RedFox88: Taken on an iPhone and greatly push the shadows ? Pattern noise big time. No wonder it was clicked over to b&w. Very front focused. Can't see this as the winner being so technically flawed no matter the story. This is the demise of photographers in press positions. Now it's anyone with an iPhone.

Winning photo. 5DII. 24mm. f1.4. 1/5 sec. ISO 6400.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 06:41 UTC

"Significant decrease in sales of image sensors, reflecting a decrease in demand for mobile products"

Does it mean that cellphone market has started the same downward trend that camera market started few years ago or it just means that some cellphone heavyweights, such as Samsung, are now making their own sensors instead of buying from Sony?

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2016 at 06:53 UTC as 58th comment | 2 replies
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