Douglas F Watt

Lives in United States Boston, MA, United States
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Joined on May 15, 2008

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On article Behind the camera: Beauty photographer Lindsay Adler (30 comments in total)

A very personable and engaging photographer. Quite charming. She picked the right field within DP for someone of her talents and personality.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2015 at 18:02 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply

A bit of a shock, given how much $ Samsung spent on this bet that it could crack the rarefied air of the higher-end big-bodied camera market space.

I suspect that as great a camera as it is, the undeveloped state of the lens ecology, and the real difficulty in persuading Canikon enthusiasts and pros to jump ship was its undoing.

Curious how it's selling in the US? Anyone know?

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2015 at 20:37 UTC as 60th comment | 1 reply

749 by 494? Come on guys. That might have been a descent display resolution 20 years ago. It's really a bit pathetic nowadays. And it certainly doesn't put this fine material in anything like it's best possible light.

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2015 at 01:41 UTC as 3rd comment

Clearly these images suggest that perhaps he wandered off the set of a Tim Burton movie and started shooting weddings. I suppose if weddings and the macabre were truly simpatico, this would be the next big thing. But they're mostly not.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2015 at 22:04 UTC as 47th comment
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JEROME NOLAS: NO wonder, Sony didn't get my money! Idiotic company.

Exactly. Nice that someone here knows what they are talking about.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2015 at 15:14 UTC
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Douglas F Watt: Best quote "Hasselblad is NOT a luxury brand" - I guess neither is Ferrari then.

Agreed. They are a Ferrari-Wannabe

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 14:45 UTC
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MikeF4Black: OVF or EVF; that's really all there is to it. I hope someone continues making top leverl full frame sub 1 kg dslr's for as long as my eyesight lasts.

Don't you mean 2 kg DSLRs?

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 13:31 UTC
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dynaxx: I know the DPR journalists are constrained by matters commercial but I fail to see how you can discuss this topic without at least acknowledging that the two biggest camera companies have chosen not to take a promising new camera format seriously.

It is the backdrop in front of which, this photographic drama is being played out. But for this, 600 odd passionate comments would not have appeared ( sorry, it is not your jaunty journalese, Richard).

I am sure you have an opinion as to why they have pretty much ignored MILC for so long it is impossible for them to change course ( 5 years for a decent set of lenses for a new mount ? ). Some say, it is the same mantra the cigarette manufacturers used ; "we are giving them what they want".

But aren't we are looking for leaders not followers in a business driven by technology ? Imagine the hoo-ha if Ford / Toyota had said they are sticking with internal combustion and not making electric motors.

It is puzzling that Canikon full appear to have their heads in the sand on that declining market share of classic DSLRs - they seem to be thinking that continuing to upgrade the sensors and CPUs and churning out models within the basic formula will stop their declining sales?

More puzzling still that the DPR has chosen to not really underscore this. Perhaps it is just caution about alienating their largest user base. But it's curious

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 13:29 UTC

Best quote "Hasselblad is NOT a luxury brand" - I guess neither is Ferrari then.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 13:19 UTC as 110th comment | 2 replies
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Jylppy: The future is mirrorless, that's clear. But let's not confuse all the parameters.

Sensor size: You pick and choose from m43 to FF based on your preferences on system size vs. image quality. The lack of mirror in MILC is not gonna make the lenses any smaller. It is the sensor size and required (FF-equiv) aperture that dictates the size of lenses.

Mirror vs Mirrorless: The latter architecture offers massive opportunities - mostly thanks to computational imaging: EVF Zebras, WYSIWYG, fast fps, lack of mirror shake. However, not even the very best EVF are nowhere near the best OVFs (e.g. Nikon D810) and this can be a major issue for a photographer - based on his preferences. For me the differences is massive.

I find the Sony's system most promising (since I prefer FF sensor and dislike Fuji's sensors) and with their improving lens portfolio it is getting ever better. However, still only Canon and Nikon offer ~24-105/4f IS lenses - Sony's 1/4f zoom is only 24-70mm.

That was my point. It's all about personal preference - except for the idea that OVF is a declining breed of VF - that's a fact. And that all those issue (putative deficits of EVF) are resolvable, while its virtues cannot be grafted onto an OVF.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 12:40 UTC
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Jylppy: The future is mirrorless, that's clear. But let's not confuse all the parameters.

Sensor size: You pick and choose from m43 to FF based on your preferences on system size vs. image quality. The lack of mirror in MILC is not gonna make the lenses any smaller. It is the sensor size and required (FF-equiv) aperture that dictates the size of lenses.

Mirror vs Mirrorless: The latter architecture offers massive opportunities - mostly thanks to computational imaging: EVF Zebras, WYSIWYG, fast fps, lack of mirror shake. However, not even the very best EVF are nowhere near the best OVFs (e.g. Nikon D810) and this can be a major issue for a photographer - based on his preferences. For me the differences is massive.

I find the Sony's system most promising (since I prefer FF sensor and dislike Fuji's sensors) and with their improving lens portfolio it is getting ever better. However, still only Canon and Nikon offer ~24-105/4f IS lenses - Sony's 1/4f zoom is only 24-70mm.

Nope, not a discussion, not a debate, just your personal diatribe.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 03:17 UTC
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Jylppy: The future is mirrorless, that's clear. But let's not confuse all the parameters.

Sensor size: You pick and choose from m43 to FF based on your preferences on system size vs. image quality. The lack of mirror in MILC is not gonna make the lenses any smaller. It is the sensor size and required (FF-equiv) aperture that dictates the size of lenses.

Mirror vs Mirrorless: The latter architecture offers massive opportunities - mostly thanks to computational imaging: EVF Zebras, WYSIWYG, fast fps, lack of mirror shake. However, not even the very best EVF are nowhere near the best OVFs (e.g. Nikon D810) and this can be a major issue for a photographer - based on his preferences. For me the differences is massive.

I find the Sony's system most promising (since I prefer FF sensor and dislike Fuji's sensors) and with their improving lens portfolio it is getting ever better. However, still only Canon and Nikon offer ~24-105/4f IS lenses - Sony's 1/4f zoom is only 24-70mm.

So if you looked into an EVF in a few years and thought it was initially an OVF, you would still hate it?

Sounds like you are a true ideologue!

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 20:46 UTC
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Jylppy: The future is mirrorless, that's clear. But let's not confuse all the parameters.

Sensor size: You pick and choose from m43 to FF based on your preferences on system size vs. image quality. The lack of mirror in MILC is not gonna make the lenses any smaller. It is the sensor size and required (FF-equiv) aperture that dictates the size of lenses.

Mirror vs Mirrorless: The latter architecture offers massive opportunities - mostly thanks to computational imaging: EVF Zebras, WYSIWYG, fast fps, lack of mirror shake. However, not even the very best EVF are nowhere near the best OVFs (e.g. Nikon D810) and this can be a major issue for a photographer - based on his preferences. For me the differences is massive.

I find the Sony's system most promising (since I prefer FF sensor and dislike Fuji's sensors) and with their improving lens portfolio it is getting ever better. However, still only Canon and Nikon offer ~24-105/4f IS lenses - Sony's 1/4f zoom is only 24-70mm.

Let's not conflate personal opinion and fact so thoroughly. You regard OVF as superior, for me, it is a huge step backwards. The limitations of the EVF for me are way smaller than its huge benefits and advantages. For me. Personal opinion and preference. Enjoy your OVF for as long as it is available. It may exist in the future as a narrowing niche product, but its heyday is clearly over. And as EVF get higher and higher resolution, you (very soon!) won't be able to tell the difference. Even now the relatively inexperienced photographer picks up an A77ii or NX1 and thinks they are looking through the lens.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 16:11 UTC
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StillandMovingImages: Respectfully, back in the 1980's you could buy a multifunction SLR for a few hundred dollars new, and a good lens for a few hundred more. There might have been a defect or two, but for the most part everything worked very well.

Now you can spend over a thousand dollars on DSLR or MILC bodies and an equal amount on lenses and have serious defects to contend with. If you do not believe, look at the comments on Amazon for some big ticket photography items. And NO, they are not all "Operator Errors."

We live in a time where the executive boards of companies care more about their golden parachutes than the continued operation and reputations of their companies.

I love photography and always will, but the future of the industry is being jeopardized by the disease of corporate executive boards enriching themselves and destroying their companies. The technology that will prevail has nothing to do with usability or technical acumen. The companies that survive wil dictate the type of cameras

While I agree that by definition big corporations are beholden to stockholders and boards, I don't see a severe trend of functional failure in current high end equipment. While there are always instances of that, esp. as technology becomes orders of magnitude more complex, these systems work remarkably well, all thing considered. Perhaps you are nostalgic for other reasons?

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 16:04 UTC
On article Canon EOS Rebel T6i Review (311 comments in total)

It is a nice upgrade for a 'starter' cam from Canon. The price and the AF are the downsides. Could get an A6000 or 5500 for that money. I guess if you have Canon glass . . . . but then why get a starter cam?

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 11:00 UTC as 45th comment | 2 replies
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Marty4650: Richard, thanks for an extremely well written opinion piece, that makes a lot of sense. I think the differences between these two formats is being exaggerated, and only become apparent at the extremes. For most intended purposes, it just comes down to personal preference.

One point you made was interesting:

"For many years, most of the major manufacturers have tried (and, it seems, struggled) to make mirrorless attractive as a step-up camera for point-and-shoot users."

And then... most of the P&S users switched to camera phones instead, making even the smallest Pen, NX, or NEX camera too large and inconvenient for them. So the MILC camera makers wisely moved up market with models like the EM5, GH4 NX1 and XT1.

The battle for the bottom was lost to the camera phone. Those users wanted convenience, and not quality.

What makes this interesting is that the two major camera makers are acting as if MILC doesn't matter to them.

That's because years of easy dominance have made them believe that MILC are just upstart products for people who are not serious about DP. Getting harder no doubt for Canikon to really believe convince themselves of that, but clearly they are out of any MILC race. It's Sony, Samsung, and a few others. Richard's opinion piece is basically on the right track, although he might understate the downsides of classic DSLR LV and movie functioning and AF shooting video. Curious he doesn't mention Sony's straddling of the two approaches in the A77ii, but given that DPR reviewed that camera almost one year after it came out, could be just continuing their position of ignoring a product they think has no clear (or real) place in the marketplace.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 15:52 UTC
On article #1 in France: Hands-on with DxO ONE (277 comments in total)

"DxO representatives physically destroyed the SD slot on our sample to prevent anyone from taking pictures with it" - that is just this side of bizarre. Why give a prototype camera to manipulate and then destroy its SD card slot??

Then there is the problem of its only iphone compatability and fragile lightning connector?

Interesting technology but seems a like a cell phone accessory rather than a 'real' camera.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 14:30 UTC as 143rd comment
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buybuybuy: Waayy overpriced at $949, despite alleged "improvements."

really, it is written as gospel somewhere that a new feature is worth ~$50? Like to see the reference on that, but in any case, let's see: 1) three new high speed modes including up to ~1000FPS (professional video systems don't even go that high); 2) 4k; 3) Super high max shutter speeds.

Three new features relative to the older model, and it goes for $950 vs. $800. So you appear right, and that makes the statement about overpriced blow up. You can be right and wrong at the same time it appears :-) . I suppose your handle says it all?

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 19:20 UTC
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buybuybuy: Waayy overpriced at $949, despite alleged "improvements."

What's the competition for this that makes this overpriced??

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 15:29 UTC

Very nice job Dean - lots of real data for people to see for themselves.

Quite revealing and further evidence that the decline of DSLRs isn't simply that cellphones are more convenient - they are actually competitive, not better certainly, but for many purposes, esp. web posting, fully competitive with DSLRs in many contexts - perhaps not for creating the classic creamy bokeh background isolating the subject, but for lots of other social shooting, they are quite good at capturing pretty high quality images. I am amazed by what a Galaxy S6 can do . . .

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 14:55 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
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