HowaboutRAW: You've never had to deal with spots on film? Or air bubbles formed during film development?
You don't know much about film.
Can I put Photo-Flo on my sensor to prevent corrosion?
Jim Evidon: I sent my Leica M9 into Leica for an M9P upgrade and was informed by Leica that they were replacing the sensor as well. My sensor displayed the "white spot phenomenon". But so did my old Nikon D70s. Leica refers to it as corrosion. I have read that it is a problem with the cover glass made by Schott.
Leica picked up this problem and are replacing sensors at no cost to the customers; a very expensive courtesy to the company that few other camera companies would do.
Leica has issued a notice to their customers to avoid chemical cleaning their M9 sensors, but send their M9 into Leica for a cleaning at no charge. I assume that dust removal by the owner is still OK. I use an Arctic Butterfly.
As for Leica,I know of no other camera company with the possibly exception of Fuji that pays such close attention to customer issues and satisfaction. With a company like Leica, I expect to get many years service out of my M9P and know that Leica will stand behind it. Bravo!!
You're simply paying in advance for this kind of treatment and with a small enough sales volume and sufficiently high prices any company could do the same. I remember when the Passport Warranty was for life and unconditional. But this turned out to be both impractical and too expensive.
RStyga: That serves them right, they needed that bit of humility, arrogant dinosaurs... I'm happy to hear, now, all those Leica fanatics telling me how superior Leica cameras are in terms of build quality, once more...
Well said, paulski.
Lots of possibilities!
Chronis: I'm pleased to see that no Canon products made the top three. Serves them right if their sales tank during the busiest period of the year...
btw, I am a canon customer, waiting for the D750 of the A7mkII equivalent for more than 5 years... and it seems I'm going to be waiting as long...
by the of course, Sony will be selling the A7mk32 with bat-like ISO performance, 100 axis OSS (only in a blender could the camera produce a faint blur) but no worries... canon would be marketing the impossibility of impossible becoming possible (what part did you not get?)
Do or die Canon... do or die... personally I'd prefer do, but go either way and fast...
It's nice to see someone who isn't worried about the welfare of a company. Like losing sleep over whether General Electric will gave a good year.
I am terribly concerned that my Canon bodies didn't make this list and will stop using them immediately. But what concerns me more is that Canon may yet produce a super high megapixel camera, but for $7000 and weighing 5 pounds.
Mal69: I miss the days when people just took photographs, now its all about who can do the best job using Photoshop applications, it feels a little like cheating to me as i never know if the photograph is natural or heavily changed using the computer.
It's true that even making a photographic print involves manipulation, nothing we had in the past, not divided development or even dye-transfer, was capable of the sheer havoc anyone can create with Photoshop.
But it's much more than that. Because working in a darkroom involved a lot of labor and expense, a lot of people weren't willing to make that commitment. Now, anybody can sit at a computer and say I wonder what this slider does?
I remember the debate about Velvia being false color because it was more saturated than reality. Look at a site like Flickr and you'll see color saturation that makes Velvia look like watercolors. It's kind of a new reality.
People can do wonderful things that weren't possible before. They can also do awful stuff because it doesn't take much effort so why not?
mfp2040: Cut to chase: when criticism is not requested, then criticism of others is both an indication of insecurity and social incompetence. Wait until someone requests criticism - then offer it appropriately; when they do not, then it is best to err on the side of quietude, as one is typically ignored otherwise. To be ignored is the best insult to another human. How often do you listen to unsolicited advice?
I listen to unsolicited advice all the time. I just don't take it, even when I should. I like this photo, even if the location has lost it's novelty. But to have your photos on DPR and expect nothing but plaudits is like putting a photo on the internet marked "do not copy."
Sounds good. I know they want to sound prestigious but I don't think I would have chosen this name.
First prize, you get to borrow it. Second prize, you get to look at a photo of the camera. At least Nikon and Canon give celebrity photographers loans where they don't have to return the stuff any time soon.
SteB: Olympus are the most innovative of all the Camera manufacturers. Remember live view first appeared on an Olympus camera. Olympus film SLRs had TTL flash metering long before the other manufacturers. When Olympus innovates, all the others soon follow. The original Olympus OM 35mm film SLR was the first compact film SLR, soon all the others followed. They may not have the resources of the bigger manufacturers to sustain their technological leads, but they are always ahead of the curve with innovation.
There is a strong inverse correlation between innovation and profitability with cameras. Maybe it's just that the underdogs feel compelled to do more and sell for less. I wonder if this is something Olympus can license.
mpgxsvcd: Noise performance of the Canon 7D mkII is not its biggest issue. Actually the noise performance in low light is quite good. Even the DXO tests show that its low light performance is less than ½ a stop behind its competitors. Take a look at the low light scene near the bottles at ISO 1600-6400 and you will see the 7D mkII noise is handled quite well.
Dynamic range is the issue with the 7D mkII. It is almost 2 stops behind its competitors in dynamic range. The studio scene can’t demonstrate that difference because the scene simply does not have enough dynamic range to exceed what the 7D mkII can display. If the dynamic range of the scene does not exceed the dynamic range capacity of the camera’s sensor you can’t draw any conclusions about dynamic range for that image.
This is a fair criticism but it's not as if Nikon and Sony, or even Fuji have solved the dynamic range problem. I think a world without HDR would be great, but we're not there yet.
Biowizard: Back in my film days, I ogled and rather fancied the Olympus Zuiko 8mm fisheye for the OM series - but these days, I just use my GoPro. Not sure I would want a fisheye with intentially POLISHED internals: for me there is no such thing as "creative" flare. I want the best starting point image possible (high contrast, sharp focus on the subject plane, soft bokeh in the back/foreground as desired) - but NOT low contrast and streaky flare, thanks.
Especially at a price point higher than my original OM-1 cost (OK, that was 40 years ago, eck hem ...)
These guys are really clever. Fisheyes are known for internal flare so instead of dealing with it, make it a virtue. If getting lots of elements to line up precisely is a chore, use fewer elements and have the lens tilt. The soft/selective focus thing is a lot easier and cheaper to pursue than trying to make the world's sharpest lens and it's easier to produce flare than get rid of it. Hey, it's art.
Stefan san: If DPReview supposedly places the most weight on image quality, how can you honestly recommend the Rebel SL1 / 100D over or alongside equivalently-priced and similarly featured/functional alternatives when it is behind by roughly 1 to 1.5 EV in IQ? (Hint: the difference is large, very large).
The difference in size and weight to the D3300 is minor by comparison to the difference in IQ.
There is absolute image quality without regard to size, weight, cost, speed, "user experience", trendiness and so on. DPR doesn't make those kinds of recommendations. Some of us are willing to put up with less than state of the art convenience in exchange for a slightly better image. Camera sales suggest most people aren't.
armandino: Unless you have an impelling need of a more compact camera DSLR is still a more compelling tool:1) Ergonomics2) Optics (choice, value)3) OVFThis comes not as a surprise to me and I am glad that most people recognizes it still. The mirrorless class needs to cut down on the hype and slash their prices especially on the optics in order to make a solid impact.
Mirrorless cameras are swell and Zeiss lenses are tough to beat. One way or another, everybody already has a perfectly good camera they sunk a lot of money into.
The only thing that will significantly help Nikon and Canon now is for some other companies to drop out. For that to happen, all they have to do is wait.
photog4u: Nikon makes some pretty good stuff. And Canon,yes. But Sony is on FIRE! Fast AF with reliable tracking, well implemented focus peaking with magnification, legacy glass, smoking good EVF, FULL FRAME and now with FIVE AXIS IS! All for under $2k! "Despite the emergence of mirrorless cameras, the market is still dominated by conventional DSLRs" I doubt very much if you will be able extol that statement for very much longer.
Nobody's on fire. Those that have a significant customer base are playing it safe and those with nothing to lose are trying a little bit of everything. If SLRs had some fundamental limitation, as rangefinder cameras did, these new camera designs would be solutions, instead of different ways to accomplish the same thing.
webrunner5: Why do people come on here and knock a camera they probably are not going to buy. If you don't like it don't buy the damned thing.
But don't mock people that want to buy one, or would if they had the money. Jesus, this site is just getting goofier everyday. Sony has just come out with probably the best camera 99% of the people on here could only have dreamed of 3 years ago, and all they could ever need and still knock it.
Go out and take a picture, which 95% of the people on here will never print, or make a penny off of and have a nice day. Its just a camera people. A darn good one at that.
I don't know what 95% of people will or won't do, but to each his own. Certainly nothing to take personally unless you are a camera.
Given people's enthusiasm for minor changes (which, although small, make the camera they own "last year's model") it's surprising camera manufacturers are not doing better.
M Jesper: Oh boy $1150 for a F4.5-5.6 tele, let the shitstorm begin ..
DxO will give it a higher number than a less expensive lens that will do the job equally well.
Cheezr: If you are going to include the X100T, you should also include the Coolpix A and the Ricoh GR, IMO!
Yeah, if the Fuji with fixed 35mm lens is ok, what's wrong with a fixed 28mm? And both the Coolpix and the Ricoh have "strong image quality" which means their sensors are large enough to produce consistently good images.
Jogger: Would have even been better with the Df sensor.
It's impressive that it's low noise at 16,000 ISO. I'm sure someone will find a use for this. Star photographers, private detectives, CIA...
Alan Williams ZA: I can't imagine anyone that would want a Sony dressed up as a Hasselblad, and pay 100x the price! Photography is about technology and art!
This isn't about photography.