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wootpile

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wootpile: Ach what a bummer... I had at least hoped for
1) Different placement of shutter button
2) Better Screen!!!
3) Better EVF

IBIS would have been nice but not really expected it. I'm certain IBIS is what Sony will use exclusively to drive sales to FF.

In short though, I had several a6000 bodies during 2015. Might get one again to fool around with while I await the Fuji XT2 because the a6000 really is a nice camera. The only real downside being poor battery time, but that is a constant with most mirrorless.

Too bad Sony didn't at least put a better screen on the a6300

Ok my bad! Here's hoping the new EVF really is better in use. Still bummed about the screen tho.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 17:26 UTC

Ach what a bummer... I had at least hoped for
1) Different placement of shutter button
2) Better Screen!!!
3) Better EVF

IBIS would have been nice but not really expected it. I'm certain IBIS is what Sony will use exclusively to drive sales to FF.

In short though, I had several a6000 bodies during 2015. Might get one again to fool around with while I await the Fuji XT2 because the a6000 really is a nice camera. The only real downside being poor battery time, but that is a constant with most mirrorless.

Too bad Sony didn't at least put a better screen on the a6300

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 17:17 UTC as 303rd comment | 10 replies
On article Here at last: Nikon announces D500 (1173 comments in total)
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MaxFury: For this price point I would expect this to have a Full Frame sensor and be the successor to the D750. I'm not paying a little more that $1K for DX sensor. And where is the built in flash Nikon? I use that a lot on my D7100.

If this had come out a year ago I would definitely buy it, even with the inferior video features this has compared to other cameras, but it's too late.

I'm done with Nikon. I'll wait for the successor to the Sony Alpha 6000.
I'm a photographer but now I have dipped my feet in video. My reasons for switching are the size and the video features that the Sony have over the Nikon.

The answer is quite easy: economy. Brands know a pro (at least a journalist pro) MUST cary a flash. So they get to sell $600 more gear.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 16:54 UTC
On article Here at last: Nikon announces D500 (1173 comments in total)
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MaxFury: For this price point I would expect this to have a Full Frame sensor and be the successor to the D750. I'm not paying a little more that $1K for DX sensor. And where is the built in flash Nikon? I use that a lot on my D7100.

If this had come out a year ago I would definitely buy it, even with the inferior video features this has compared to other cameras, but it's too late.

I'm done with Nikon. I'll wait for the successor to the Sony Alpha 6000.
I'm a photographer but now I have dipped my feet in video. My reasons for switching are the size and the video features that the Sony have over the Nikon.

By photominion (3 days ago)
"using the built-in flash" kinda disqualifies you for the purchase of a camera aimed at professionals..

Why so? A built-in flash has saved my photography many many times - mostly to trigger off-camera flash. Same with close portraits - you bounce it off a card and save the reportage shot you otherwise would have delivered flat. A pro uses whatever gear is available not necessarily a large external flash that takes tie to mount - and no - you don't carry it mounted all the time in the field.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2016 at 16:41 UTC
On article Tamrac launches Hoodoo series with two camera bags (27 comments in total)

Finally a pack that has light padding and doesn't sit like box on your back. Not the right gear for hiking but perfect street gear, simple oudoorsy daypack!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2016 at 07:27 UTC as 13th comment

So that is what you get for a 7500 leica... I guess uh.. lol?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 11, 2016 at 20:21 UTC as 51st comment | 2 replies
On article Here at last: Nikon announces D500 (1173 comments in total)

Finally! .. but I waited half a decade for it!

Too bad, I've always liked Nikon. My D300 always did a good job... until my back told me mirrorless was a better path and I discovered, a better set of features..

For the birders, this seems like a great tool.

For everyone else, including press, there is already equal & better gear out there.

Too heavy. Too expensive. Too much fiddling with focus adjustment (perhaps not). Too late.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 11:01 UTC as 108th comment | 3 replies
On article Gear of the Year Part 4: Dale's pick - Samsung NX1 (407 comments in total)
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wootpile: Dpreview has become better lately but here we have a (at least) 3 steps back in the wrong direction. With this article you may well lure new clients into the Samsung NX fold which is a dead end since they are getting out of the mainstream dslr business. It's like telling people to buy real estate on an island that is about to be drowned in rising waters...

@dale I never said the luring was premeditated, just a consequence of non-informed readers not knowing how Samsung is handling their photo biz

Direct link | Posted on Dec 31, 2015 at 15:05 UTC
On article Gear of the Year Part 4: Dale's pick - Samsung NX1 (407 comments in total)

Dpreview has become better lately but here we have a (at least) 3 steps back in the wrong direction. With this article you may well lure new clients into the Samsung NX fold which is a dead end since they are getting out of the mainstream dslr business. It's like telling people to buy real estate on an island that is about to be drowned in rising waters...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2015 at 07:08 UTC as 46th comment | 6 replies

Over 1000 comments.

I hope Samsung realize how they shot themselves in the foot with this, specially with how they handled it. Almost all regions have now said "its a local decision".

Stop scraping your foot about it Samsung just say it's a global policy. Come out, face front, and say you've given up on your customers.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2015 at 11:06 UTC as 106th comment | 5 replies

Moving in and out of markets in this way just because you can is an opportunistic and shameful strategy if you ask me. Samsung is big enough to not feel the pinprick of dropping a market like this... without regard to what they leave behind.

I was very interested in Samsung system and wanted it to be a success. Samsung lured many into their fold with promises of quick system expansion and statements of wanting to grab market shares.

Well, you can't have my market unless you honor your promises.

Samsung has the financial and R&D clout to stay and fight for their market share. Instead they choose to slip out silently and probably try to slip back in if the opportunity arises...this is not a respectable way to treat customers.

I will never buy another Samsung camera out of pure principle.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2015 at 05:39 UTC as 205th comment
On article Studio tests and samples: Leica SL (beta) (750 comments in total)

Well, its not a Bugatti... seems more like a fancy bottle containing moonshine.

If they keep this up it'll soon be the source of ridicule to walk around with a red dot.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2015 at 12:59 UTC as 51st comment | 1 reply
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wootpile: Cudos to Sony for leading the way. I am positive it will render quite superb images. very silly however to have a extendable viewfinder. What a hassle on such an expensive body. If fuji can... why can't canon just pop in a fixed, usable viewfinder, right there on the left side?

Exactly, just look at a6000, nex 6 nex 7.... they culd easily have put it in.

@Richard Shih - ok, so where does the popup go when it isn't popped up?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 15, 2015 at 04:14 UTC

Cudos to Sony for leading the way. I am positive it will render quite superb images. very silly however to have a extendable viewfinder. What a hassle on such an expensive body. If fuji can... why can't canon just pop in a fixed, usable viewfinder, right there on the left side?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2015 at 16:34 UTC as 202nd comment | 3 replies

They mess it up again.

A compact camera with a fully articulating screen like the G5x now has makes it less important to have a viewfinder. Fully articulating means you can always find an angle that lets you see the screen adequately in daylight.

Had they chopped the viewfinder hub it would have been pocket-able. I wish they would put such a screen on the M body (just the screen sans viewfinder bulb)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 13, 2015 at 04:51 UTC as 115th comment | 1 reply
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wootpile: 4 lessons to be learned from this:
1) since most are taken on film it boggles the mind even more - you just couldn't capture events with a couple 8 frame bursts in those days because that = a full roll of film! Cost, time to change rolls, weight of carrying too many, cost again of processing... you always had a limited amount of shots. Made me remember that staking out a scene, waiting, watching, calculating the moment, the composition, the light, trying to make every click count = the real joy of photography. YMMW
2) you got to be there to see it. I need to get out more.
3) looking at the bald eagle, I wonder, and doubt, I could get a Sony file look as good without seeming over-processed, certainly not as a ooc jpeg. It isn't just the greater dynamic range, they saturate a different way from digital.
4) daylight white balance for everything. When you shot film (unless you processed each roll separately with tweaks) you had one WB to go by - whatever your roll was. Daylight rules!

@utphoto that's exactly it. you have 110 rolls and that's it, not a single additional image even if a bear comes by and says hello. 110 rolls is less than 4000 shots. if you are out for 4 days that's 1000 a day. not much if you spent 10 grand getting there. anyway, there is also the cost each transparency roll probably costs about 12 bucks these days, add development, mounting etc and you have a FILM cost of over $2500 on every such shoot. once again, that's when you decide every frame has to count. I used to have a messenger-like bag solely for the film with me when doing reportage trips. We have it incredibly easy these days with digital.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2015 at 12:30 UTC
On article SmugMug Films: Renee Robyn's digital domain (18 comments in total)
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wootpile: Yeah, yeah, yeah. Great results... but what GEAR is she using?! I saw nikon d800, a canon in one scene, lots of heavy lenses and, I think, an Asus notebook. Which one? Which studio strobes. GEAR!!! :)

I've tried doing composites. I found it really really difficult. Just matching light angles between images drove me crazy. Talented girl, impressive results! Hope she wears full body protection when riding.

Ah found it http://inmybag.net/renee-robyn/

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2015 at 05:51 UTC
On article SmugMug Films: Renee Robyn's digital domain (18 comments in total)

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Great results... but what GEAR is she using?! I saw nikon d800, a canon in one scene, lots of heavy lenses and, I think, an Asus notebook. Which one? Which studio strobes. GEAR!!! :)

I've tried doing composites. I found it really really difficult. Just matching light angles between images drove me crazy. Talented girl, impressive results! Hope she wears full body protection when riding.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2015 at 05:19 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply

4 lessons to be learned from this:
1) since most are taken on film it boggles the mind even more - you just couldn't capture events with a couple 8 frame bursts in those days because that = a full roll of film! Cost, time to change rolls, weight of carrying too many, cost again of processing... you always had a limited amount of shots. Made me remember that staking out a scene, waiting, watching, calculating the moment, the composition, the light, trying to make every click count = the real joy of photography. YMMW
2) you got to be there to see it. I need to get out more.
3) looking at the bald eagle, I wonder, and doubt, I could get a Sony file look as good without seeming over-processed, certainly not as a ooc jpeg. It isn't just the greater dynamic range, they saturate a different way from digital.
4) daylight white balance for everything. When you shot film (unless you processed each roll separately with tweaks) you had one WB to go by - whatever your roll was. Daylight rules!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2015 at 05:31 UTC as 19th comment | 2 replies
On article Nikon D7200 Field Test: Desert dance photo shoot (100 comments in total)

Thanks, enjoyed this. Dpreview's videos are the way to go.

I would like to see a longer video specifically about off-camera speedlight use, and different modifiers for it. There's a lot of videos on youtube about it, some really good, but a dpreview version couldn't hurt right?

Edit: another video suggestion, I would also like to see one of portrait posing tips.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2015 at 04:47 UTC as 29th comment
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