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The next time some fan goes nuts over a game changer like the Df and Pure Photography, they would do well to remember that here, we have 1500 posts and it hasn't cost Canon a dime.

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2014 at 20:06 UTC as 53rd comment | 3 replies
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justmeMN: Canon estimates that, this year, they will sell 9.5 million compact cameras, and 7.0 million DSLRs.

Not bad, for a company that does everything wrong, and that everyone hates. :-)

T3 makes a good point about large companies depending on interia to keep them profitable. But then, T3 says think for yourself; don't buy something just because the manufacturer is big.

This is great reasoning but does not take into account other important factors like the quality and number of lenses available, the quality and number of lenses the person already has, the availability of rental equipment, whether the manufacturer is typically easy to deal with, etc. Not to mention, if cost is an issue, does the company give good value for money.

Innovation is great. Look at Windows, which just keeps getting better. But there are lots of reasons why people keep buying Nikon and Canon.

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2014 at 17:24 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G7 X real-world samples gallery posted (242 comments in total)
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tarsus: Of course the LCD on the Canon GX7 does not tilt for anything other than selfies, that will be in version 2. Of course there is no EVF, that will be in version 3. After which you will have spent $2,100 on a compact camera. Note the progression of the RX series. You will have spent $2,400 to get the camera you want. The Canon G1X series is now at $1600 and counting. The next version with an EVF will put buyers at $2400. Of course the LCD on the Panasonic LX100 doesn't tilt because, well, you get the idea. I know they have to make money to stay in business, but my goodness we are seriously manipulated into spending a lot of money that I feel does not justify what you ultimately get. Smart marketing,? yes. Good for consumers,? no. By the time you get the LX100 you want, you will have spent $2700 for the tilt screen and a slightly longer lens. My only concession is the G1X bought used to shoot silently on quiet venues. Not one more step up from me.

Who is forcing you to buy these things if they are not what you want?

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2014 at 16:46 UTC
On article Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Real-world samples (beta) (268 comments in total)
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shutterbud: So, to test the new semi-pro sports camera which has been anticipated for yers, you go out on a sunny day and take portraits and landscape shots?
Pointless gallery, almost certainly designed to side-step the fact that the sensor is substandard compared to modern alternatives.
Can DPR please get their act together?

I think shutterbud is mostly correct. jpg galleries would be useful anywhere except DPR, where people are only interested in the absolute best a new camera is capable of. Nothing wrong with jpgs, and giants like Ken Rockwell prefer them over uncompressed data, but they're still jpgs.

As far as I can tell, the only practical use for DxO data is so that the owner of the product that scores 91 instead of 87 can tell himself he's got the best, even if the difference isn't readily visible.
I own a lot of Canon and some Nikon and readily admit the Nikon sensors are better. But the differences in images are much smaller than the differences in DxO ratings. If this wasn't the case, nobody would be using Canon.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2014 at 22:04 UTC

Fantastic idea, Roger! Other than paying extra for the box that came with the item, which sounds more like a KEH thing, this is a great service.

Instead of buying a new item that's probably ok but might not be, rent one, test it to your satisfaction and buy it at a used price. I wish this had been available when I bought my 14 Rokinon, where I went through four to get a really good one.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2014 at 19:36 UTC as 29th comment
On article Camera51 for Android guides your photo composition (47 comments in total)

This was inevitable. Everything else is automatic so why not? The next thing will be a true program mode. Just set it to "wedding", "landscape", "portrait", "over saturated for Flickr", "HDR max" and so on.

You push the button (if you insist.) We do the rest.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2014 at 16:17 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
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peevee1: Oh come on! What does that have to do with digital photography?

You might as well ask what does digital photography have to do with photography. I enjoy looking at charts as much as the next person and software that's too difficult to use is even more fun. But sometimes we lose sight of the end product.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2014 at 16:23 UTC
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PhotoKhan: This is SO funny...

Brands are so embroiled in competing at any cost that they actually end up cannibalizing their own line-ups most probably, because in glorious corporate tradition, groups of persons inside are more busy taking care of their own "clout" then actually looking for the company interests.
...and then comes a photography site diligently and engagingly trying to make sense of it all by deeply analyzing (mostly) non-existing differences.

SOOO funny...

It isn't funny, but you're partly right because those people trying to create sometimes imaginary differentiation, have bosses too. And they have bosses too, especially in giant companies like Sony or Fuji.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2014 at 16:22 UTC
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bernardly: With all the profits Canon is making from its camera division and considering the vast resources of the company, one would think Canon would do the right thing for its loyal customers and support all RAW enabled cameras in DPP version 4.x. It does not seem to be forthcoming though. Even the newly released 7Dmkll and G7X get support only in DPP version 3.x with the old & crusty user interface. This is marketing Balkanisation at its worst.

Considering the price, I can excuse them not supporting cameras that haven't even been shipped yet.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2014 at 00:12 UTC
On article Photoshop comes to Chrome OS in limited beta (99 comments in total)

Assuming the appeal of Chromebooks is the low price, when they figure a way to make Photoshop work on a $400 Chromebook as well as it works on a MacBook, they'll have something.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2014 at 16:28 UTC as 8th comment | 4 replies

I knew this reminded me of something. Nikon has a "boutique" catalog in Japan with lots of this stuff. Since it's Japan-only, quantities are small and most or all of it isn't even made by Nikon.

http://shop.nikon-image.com/front/ItemSummaryRefer.do?cateId=8101

http://shop.nikon-image.com/campaign/nikonxlafuma/index.html

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2014 at 03:31 UTC as 10th comment
On article Photokina 2014: Quiet but significant (164 comments in total)

My first Photokina in 1980, I worked two booths because one company paid for my air and another for hotel. I was too busy to see everything but there was real excitement because photography was photography, video was too expensive and electronics meant Walkman.

All these years later, everything good is still expensive but instead of buying a Linhof and keeping it 25 years or a Nikon for 10, manufacturers expect you to upgrade or even switch every year or two. And instead of getting a mechanical jewel that's like a fine watch, now you get an electronic watch.

For now, technology has overtaken itself. Current cameras aren't just more than adequate--they have to compete with other electronic toys while we wait for pocket-sized video cameras with such high resolution you can shoot continuously and pick the best frame. In fact, the computer will tell you which frame is the best.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2014 at 05:22 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply

If Leica came up with this, it would be called a ripoff and snapped up quickly.

If Apple did it, there would be a video with Jony Ives, with that pained expression of his, explaining this revolutionary new concept.

But since it's Canon, they probably had too many white bodies and somebody figured, what the hell, this could be a good way to unload them.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2014 at 04:11 UTC as 26th comment
On article Photokina 2014: Quiet but significant (164 comments in total)
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Michael Piziak: I get the feeling that an entire industry is slowly dying before our eyes.

Evolving into what? It started with "You push the button, we do the rest" so that part was covered pretty early.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 23:25 UTC
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xrokx: Fuji should make a special limited run of fixed lens (about 35 mm) FF cameras. It doesnt matter if they are a little on the big side. It could be a collectors item; it wouldnt hurt their sales of aps-c if they price it high enough. Half the price of a LEICA maybe . As long as it is fast and sharp.

In other words, divert resources from their existing "map", go to the time and expense of developing a full frame sensor and lenses and strictly limit the number for sale.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 19:11 UTC

Beautiful. In the overall scheme of things, the nonsense that goes on down here is pretty minor.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 19:04 UTC as 12th comment
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Peter Bendheim: Fuji make wonderful cameras that deliver great image quality and are a pleasure to use. But I'm not sure about their reliability. While the big manufacturers have issues now and again such as the D600 did, there seem to be all sorts of random issues with a number of Fuji products. I don't mind quirky controls but I do mind quirky engineering under the skin and I think that is one of Fuji's biggest issues for widespread pro acceptance.

Let's not forget the tragedy of white orbs. That was to have been the end of Fuji. Somehow life went on, and after a very brief period of denying it was a problem, Fuji admitted it really was a problem and fixed it.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 22:48 UTC

The obvious question. Do the improved film holders fit the 700/750 and can they be purchased separately?

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 21:03 UTC as 45th comment
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GothtinPowers: So how do these compare to dedicated film scanners like the Nikon coolscans?

I've got a V700 and a Coolscan. If you were to do a DxO test, the Epson would rate as good or better than the Coolscan. In reality, the Epson is ok, but for small film (35mm) well behind the Coolscan. For medium format and larger, the Epson really is good enough for a lot of film scanning tasks.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 21:02 UTC
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