Impulses

Impulses

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Pretty nicely produced segment... Kinda surprised a pro found the Wi-Fi feature that appealing, tho it's something I really dig too, possibly took to it more cause she's younger? My biggest takeaway as far as in studio shooting was how personable she was, which I'm sure helps immensely in connecting with the subject... No amount of tech helps there!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 05:59 UTC as 24th comment
On 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: $25-100 article (10 comments in total)
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kirbysdl: Great list! A few nit picks:

Re: protection filters, your recipient probably already falls into one of two camps: they like them and use them religiously, or they think that they're going to mess with the image quality and wouldn't touch one with a ten foot pole. I doubt there are many who will spend a grand on a lens and sit around pining for the $80 filter that will go on it.

My bigger concern is with the flashlight sporting a crenelated strike bezel. Anything intended to maim an attacker is also going to wreak havoc on things like lens barrels and the soft insides of a camera bag. Instead, I recommend anything from foursevens, a flashlight company with enthusiast gear at big box store prices ... and no tacticool pretensions.

http://www.foursevens.com/products/flashlights/

Spark, Zebralight, and plenty of other companies are well-respected among flashlight enthusiasts. On the other hand I've never heard of Ansmann, and the linked product has zero reviews on Amazon. =)

Heh, agreed, your comment must've gone up as I was writing mine. It's pretty amazing the kind of output a decent flashlight from the like of Foursevens or Olight can have compared to the typical stuff at Wal-Mart, the checkout isle or Home Dpt... Even the old Maglites pale in comparison.

A little i3S is probably great for actually keeping IN a smaller bag since the knurling is very slight (it's not even knurling, more like beveled grip slits) and the thing is positively tiny can still put out near 100 lumens.

The Xeno E03 (if I'm remembering the model right) is another good budget light, a little bigger as it's an AA rather than AAA but has longer run time and a dead simple interface plus a glow in dark tail button and ring around the projector. I think the run about $25, I bought a few of those for my parents last year.

The novelty of the S15's sheer output and the utility of the tail cap magnet plus the versatility to run it as a 1xAA or 2xAA make it a pretty interesting gift tho. OTOH Foursevens' tail cap switches or twist interface (like the i3S or Xeno)might be safer from accidental presses in a bag.

You can always loosen the tail cap on the S15 to prevent that but the non-enthusiast isn't likely to do that.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 04:37 UTC
On 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: $25-100 article (10 comments in total)

Does that flashlight have any particular photographic function? Cause otherwise there's much better torches for the money that can go way brighter but still have multiple modes etc. I'd look at Foursevens, Olight, Sunwayman, or EagleTec's lineup (or ZebraLight if you wanna splurge). My pick at $30-ish would be the Olight s15 ($36 on EBay with free extender tube, pricier on Amazon), up to 280 real lumens. The i3s is a great stocking stuffer too..

/flashlight nerd puts his pocket protector away now

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 02:35 UTC as 5th comment
On Entry-Level Mirrorless Camera Roundup (2014) article (101 comments in total)
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Zeisschen: Endless click producing roundups. Seriously, who cares? These lists simply made Dpreview less credible to me...

The effort is appreciated, I can make up my own mind after reading your reviews and others but these kinda guides are very useful to share with others. I'm sure some criticism is made merely for the sake of it or brand loyalty, but rest assured that some is made because we do appreciate the work and only wanna help improve it.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 00:15 UTC
On Entry-Level Mirrorless Camera Roundup (2014) article (101 comments in total)
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Impulses: Uhh, no MFT cameras? I'm guessing they were left out because no new entry level bodies were released this year... Could've swore I remember MFT (GF6 or a PEN) being included in a similar roundup last year. At the same time tho, the A3000 and others here were also 2013 releases, and you can get a mid to high end GX7 or E-M10 for the price of the X-M1...

Hey thanks for replying, I think the fact that you're listening to feedback and working on the method to the madness speaks louder than anything else. I wouldn't really think much of the omission after a few days (unless it was a recurring thing) but knowing that reader feedback is weighed does definitely stick in my mind, thanks again. Looking forward to a more flexible system in the future.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 00:12 UTC
On Entry-Level Mirrorless Camera Roundup (2014) article (101 comments in total)
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G-D: DPR, I think you should add some comment about why you left out so many other equally good and comparable camera's, like all those mentioned by many here in earlier comments. What a weird lineup!

I think there's a case to be made for your own rules not really serving the reader best... A lot of buyers are likely to read only one roundup they seem to think fits them better, so pointing at different categories or even last year's roundup is useless to them. What would be so wrong with having certain models in multiple categories if they fit? Just a thought... Maybe your internal page hit stats tell a different story.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 20:52 UTC
On Entry-Level Mirrorless Camera Roundup (2014) article (101 comments in total)
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Impulses: Uhh, no MFT cameras? I'm guessing they were left out because no new entry level bodies were released this year... Could've swore I remember MFT (GF6 or a PEN) being included in a similar roundup last year. At the same time tho, the A3000 and others here were also 2013 releases, and you can get a mid to high end GX7 or E-M10 for the price of the X-M1...

I think it'd make a lot of sense, not just because it'd be good to have MFT represented but because Panasonic seems to be positioning the GM1 as their entry level option now, kind of bizarre given the original MSRP and the GM5's price but tough to ignore.

I get why you'd ignore the A5000 since it's clearly an outgoing model, and the A5100 was already in the other roundup... But why restrict yourself so much? What's wrong with double dipping?

If these articles are to have any lasting use I think it'd make all the sense in the world for you to be able to include certain models in multiple categories if they fit. Would save yourself a lot of grief and make the guides more useful.

I imagine most non enthusiast shoppers will look at ONE the guide/roundups and be done with it, so saying you didn't include a similarly priced model because it's in this other roundup is useless to that sorta reader.

Just my 2c, this roundup seemed far more constrained by your own rules than any other this year... Dunno if maybe it's your least read or what but it could be better.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 20:49 UTC
On Entry-Level Mirrorless Camera Roundup (2014) article (101 comments in total)
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Treeshade: These roundups are not very useful other than listing camera released in the year. In a buyer's view, many last-year models (e.g. a5000, GH3) are still current model and are attractive choices (lower price, different weight/shape).

It isn't even a listing of current year releases, as I first thought too, neither the A3000 nor the X-M1 were released this year. There's no logical selection criteria here...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 11:52 UTC
On Entry-Level Mirrorless Camera Roundup (2014) article (101 comments in total)
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tinternaut: Well, you only manage to miss out three manufacturers, and an entire mount.

The GM1 is now actually as cheap as the GF6 was shortly after release last year tho, it might as well be their current entry level option (with the build quality of a mid range!). It and some of the supposedly mid range Sony A5xxx bodies are actually cheaper than some of the bodies on this roundup, and the A5100 is even a more recent release than many. Doesn't make any sense whatsoever... I've generally found some logic with most DPR roundups but this one defies all logic.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 11:51 UTC
On Entry-Level Mirrorless Camera Roundup (2014) article (101 comments in total)
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Impulses: Uhh, no MFT cameras? I'm guessing they were left out because no new entry level bodies were released this year... Could've swore I remember MFT (GF6 or a PEN) being included in a similar roundup last year. At the same time tho, the A3000 and others here were also 2013 releases, and you can get a mid to high end GX7 or E-M10 for the price of the X-M1...

Shoot even the GM1 is cheaper than the X-M1 at this point... And it makes as good an entry level choice as anything here, specially in light of larger bodies with smaller 1" sensors bodies being included. Even if you assume the list was compiled off MSRPs it still doesn't make any sense (other Alpha bodies are still cheaper than the X-M1).

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 11:12 UTC
On Entry-Level Mirrorless Camera Roundup (2014) article (101 comments in total)
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Impulses: Uhh, no MFT cameras? I'm guessing they were left out because no new entry level bodies were released this year... Could've swore I remember MFT (GF6 or a PEN) being included in a similar roundup last year. At the same time tho, the A3000 and others here were also 2013 releases, and you can get a mid to high end GX7 or E-M10 for the price of the X-M1...

How are they now pricey? They're often cheaper than the XM-1, as are the Sony A5000/5100 (significantly cheaper if you shop around). If they were just picking the lower tier models in each lineup why pick two Fuji bodies (one being decidedly not priced as an entry level option) and no MFT models? Two out of their top three picks were 2013 releases anyway, as were the GF6 and some PENs.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 10:58 UTC
On Entry-Level Mirrorless Camera Roundup (2014) article (101 comments in total)
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Impulses: Uhh, no MFT cameras? I'm guessing they were left out because no new entry level bodies were released this year... Could've swore I remember MFT (GF6 or a PEN) being included in a similar roundup last year. At the same time tho, the A3000 and others here were also 2013 releases, and you can get a mid to high end GX7 or E-M10 for the price of the X-M1...

Hell, why aren't the Sony A5100/5000 in this roundup either? They're ALSO cheaper than the X-M1 and relatively recent releases... Quite a confusing selection.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 10:24 UTC
On Entry-Level Mirrorless Camera Roundup (2014) article (101 comments in total)

Uhh, no MFT cameras? I'm guessing they were left out because no new entry level bodies were released this year... Could've swore I remember MFT (GF6 or a PEN) being included in a similar roundup last year. At the same time tho, the A3000 and others here were also 2013 releases, and you can get a mid to high end GX7 or E-M10 for the price of the X-M1...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 10:21 UTC as 33rd comment | 14 replies
On Sony Alpha 77 II firmware update improves AF speed article (150 comments in total)
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CameraLabTester: What Sony should really IMPROVE is the public awareness of their MOUNT SYSTEM.

Walk in NEW customers wouldn't know their A's from their E's.

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Average customer walking into anywhere isn't even aware mirrorless is "a thing"... Sony's always done better (than Oly/Fuji/Samsung/Panasonic) in securing retail space and trying to get the word out but they still fall short.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 03:02 UTC
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mrc4nl: its still of limited use, smartphones lack dynamic range.
there is not much you can push.

On the other hand, stock JPEG processing on smartphones is often borderline horrible, specially from OEMs that have little to no imaging experience, so this could help on phones that tend to be let down by the built in processing rather than their hardware.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 23:37 UTC
On All-in-one: Ona Capri bag review article (172 comments in total)
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Cane: That's a woman's purse.

As opposed to... A man purse?

Many women like their camera bag not to look like one, what's the big deal, many men do too (except they often don't want it to look like a purse either!).

A less expensive option in the same vein as this one is the Tamrac Aria line, got the small one for my mother's G6 and she loved it.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 6, 2014 at 21:06 UTC

Bring it Oly! Frankly I'd be more jazzed at the prospect of improved video paired with their IBIS, but I'll take it all...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2014 at 05:20 UTC as 62nd comment
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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 ...)

Brian

Seems a little overpriced even by current standards/pricing, the Rokinon/Samyang/Bower 7.5mm f3.5 FE is often cheaper than this, and it's super sharp (not to mention a dedicated design, not one copied across mounts)... Maybe I'm missing something.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2014 at 19:55 UTC
On Mid-range Mirrorless camera roundup 2013 article (295 comments in total)
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Charlie Jin: Between a6000 and 5100, it is not really the size and weight. I believe it is:
touch sensitive screen or not;
flip for self portrait or not;

EVF vs touchscreen, plus hotshoe or not too... I've never understood why none of the NEX-6 (and now the Alpha 6000) had a touchscreen when lower end models did tho, some people want a touchscreen AND an EVF.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2014 at 11:49 UTC
On High-end pocketable compacts 2013 roundup article (264 comments in total)
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Impulses: Nice roundup, tho as someone else commented below, I think it'd be wise to put up the earlier RX100 models up for consideration within the article. I assume the mk1 still holds up well against the smaller sensor compacts and instead of having to decide between spending $250-350 vs $700-800 you could very well opt to spend $500 on an RX100 mk1.

There's clearly a big gap in the lineup of these manufacturers, Sony has been milking the RX100 for a couple of years while it had no direct competitor and even creeping the price up, hopefully cameras like the LX100 put a cap on that and future iterations of the G7 X stay competitive. The fact that they still sell older versions at steep discounts show how much wiggle room there is.

It's pretty unusual for anyone to keep making and selling a 3 year old P&S model merely because it has no competition but that's exactly what Sony's gotten away with.

I know the G7 X is a competitor, I said as much about three lines before I said Sony had gotten away with charging whatever they wanted due to lack of competition...

And the RX100 mk1 is still fast at the wide end, it's not the best compromise I'd wish for at $500, but it is pretty much the ONLY compromise available if you wanna pay more than $300-400 for a P&S but not TWICE as much.

That was my entire point, the gaping price point hole between these models. Surely Sony could build a current RX100 variant with modern features at a lower price point, perhaps without EVF, flippy screen, etc but with the faster lens.

Until now they've had no incentive to do so tho, the RX100, whichever version, was a darling sans direct competitors.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2014 at 04:35 UTC
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