Ben Ramsey

Ben Ramsey

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Trollshavethebestcandy: I am calling this lens Apollo. God of the Moon and night astro shots.

Sorry, but I think you need to rename the lens. Apollo isn't god of the moon.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2015 at 23:52 UTC
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rialcnis: Does it take selfies on the moon?

Yes, but you have to provide your own transportation.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 1, 2015 at 20:00 UTC
On article New samples from the Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens (232 comments in total)
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aris14: A nice piece of glass...
DPR, I would like to see how this or equivalent quality lens performs comparing to some old lenses (24 up to 105 mm of 70s) of Canicon and Pentax.

Rishi, looking forward to the real world shootout. Perhaps you could include the Samyang 24 f/1.4 in that test.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 22, 2015 at 19:38 UTC
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aarif: Now finally we will get the Konica Minolta maxxum 7D replacement, it will be the maxxum 9D it will have a 12mp CCD FF sensor will shoot 5 fps and with have 15 AF point with 5 cross-type in the center and of course Anti-shake

As predicted by KMSEA. :)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 16:49 UTC
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russbarnes: People don't want to hear the truth. They want to hear that Canon's lens lineup can easily handle 50MP and the sensors handle noise beautifully at low ISO.

They don't want to see blurred corners and poor edges revealed in the 17mm & 24mm Tilt Shift lenses that was never apparent before. They don't want to hear about the noise in clear blue skies at ISO 200 and blotchy shadows that are worse than ever. Every image I've seen so far that's meant to demonstrate the incredible resolving power of the 5Ds has been utterly appalling, without hesitation. No fine detail at 100%. What is going on?

"I recall, it took 2 years for Nikon to acknowledge the D600 oil splatter design fiasco." Interesting memory you have. The D600 was released in September 2012, and Nikon issued the first service advisory 5 months later. Granted it wasn't yet what was needed, but they did acknowledge the problem.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2015 at 04:58 UTC
On article CP+ 2015: Fujifilm shows prototype roadmap lenses (78 comments in total)
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Red G8R: I've been waiting for a macro but this one is too big.

The 60mm Macro is only 1:2. This is a very welcome first for Fuji.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 22:59 UTC
On article CP+ 2015: Canon shows off prototype 120MP CMOS sensor (255 comments in total)
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InTheMist: They announced this four years ago!

Yes, that's been brought out numerous times now, as has the fact that it's just on display and not an announcement by Canon of a new product.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 22:55 UTC
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lensberg: This is pure class... whips Sony's & Panny's equivalent offerings...

To elaborate, is says Canon on the front and not Sony or Panasonic. ;)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 22:27 UTC
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Cheng Bao: This is a steal, $850 for 24/1.4 ART?

look at how much canon/nikon/sony charged for their 24mm lenses

Great price indeed. Let's hope it's as good as we all expect...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 18:52 UTC
On article Canon EOS-1D C sees $4000 price drop in North America (250 comments in total)
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Papi61: It probably cost Canon $1k to make, so they have lots of room to deflate the price. Personally, I wouldn't buy it if they sold it for $2k. And it's not because I'm a Nikon shooter, but because the Samsung NX1 is so much better at 4k filming.

ET2, are there any adapters for either Samsung or Panasonic which would allow full use of EOS lenses, with electrical contacts? I'm not aware of any, but would be very interested to learn of their development. I recall that some company (perhaps Fotodiox) showed a mock-up of an EOS - m43 adapter which would allow aperture control, but as far as I know it was never produced.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2015 at 22:15 UTC
On article Samsung NX1 real-world sample images (330 comments in total)
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Neuroanatomist: as a pro i might stick to canon for a bit longer.
but for average joe customers canon has nothing exciting to offer anymore.

samsung and sony cameras offer something new and great features only a mirrorless can offer.

nikon and canon are dinosaurs.

I have a difficult time believing you're a pro if you see Canon and Nikon as having nothing to offer that Samsung and Sony do not. That's not a slight against the big electronics companies, but your assment is way off.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 20:59 UTC
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Mirrorless Crusader: These photos look like they were taken by a 7-year-old.

That's something for you to aspire to then...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 3, 2014 at 09:46 UTC
On article Canon introduces new $78K 50-1000mm cine lens (174 comments in total)
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Archiver: I'm disappointed. I was expecting Team Doofus to write comments like, 'why is this news on DPReview/how come this lens is so expensive/who would buy anything like that/it's got nothing to do with me so I won't read about it'.

Calling the peanut gallery: your usual opportunity has arrived!

Just a couple posts above yours. :)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2014 at 04:08 UTC
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Wes Syposz: if those are winners, I hate to see the losers...

Yes, none of them hold a candle to your humming bird photo.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 11, 2014 at 22:46 UTC
On article Nikon D750 real-world samples gallery posted (348 comments in total)
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ThomasSwitzerland: Ken Rockwell has just published snapshots on the D750 with the 20mm f/1.8.

To me this represents outstanding journalistic quality in time and precision. Why cannot the so much larger <dpreview> deliver?

Did you really describe Ken Rockwell's site as "outstanding journalistic quality in time and precision"? Unless that was an astounding display of sarcasm, your opinions will never be respected again...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 11, 2014 at 07:45 UTC
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Donnie G: Nearly 1,400 rants and they just keep on coming. The whiners have proven again that they spend more time thinking, typing, and dreaming about Canon than they do about any other camera brand on the planet. No wonder the other camera companies can't make a dime. Canon Envy is such a powerful emotion that those people who are afflicted with it simply can't think of anything else. Good for Canon, bad for the competition. So lets keep those rants ah-coming folks. We have a good chance at breaking a DPR record before the week's out. Ok, who's next? :)

Donnie G said "This campaign was meant to make people aware of all of the businesses that make up Canon Corp."

I think this is exactly right. Even though Photokina just ended, many had their hopes high that there was to be some major announcement. Admittedly, I hoped as well, but I don't blame Canon for not fulfulling my dreams with a 5 layer dual-pixel 24x36mm sensored monster with enough dynamic range to shoot a dandelion against the setting sun and not have blown highlights or blocked up shadows. Really though, there was no reason to expect it. Again, Photokina just ended. No one will release anything very soon.

Canon is a big corporation with a lot more to offer than cameras. They should be expected to showcase what they have, even if it's things we don't care about. Most don't get up in arms when they see a ps4 advertisement or a panasonic microwave for sale. This marketing capaign was never directed at us and will probably be quite successful whether we like it or not. There's no betrayal. We weren't led astray by anything but our desires.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2014 at 08:36 UTC
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maxnimo: Ever since my Canon 50mm f1.4 failed catastrophically, I lost my taste for Canon. I would have bought the new EOS 7D Mark II, but instead I found Fuji, and I'm extremely pleased. The Fujinon kit zoom is actually better made and sharper than my Canon 50mm f1.4 was.

I used to like Canon, but it seems unlikely I'll ever go back to them. Kind of sad.

I understand your frustration and possibly bitterness, but the reality is that lenses fail sometimes, as do cameras. No manufacturer is immune to their product suffering an untimely demise. From your description, it sounds like the lens was out of warranty, which is a shame. I hope you never have a similar problem with any of your present or future equipment.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 21:05 UTC
On Preview:canon-eos-7d-mark-ii (2696 comments in total)
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sceptical1: I am a Nikon shooter and I won't lie - I am very envious of this offering as well as the new 400mm lens. First, I prefer DX cameras for wildlife shooting. Unfortunately current DX (except this Canon) cameras are lacking in ways that many users want. There are really 3 big advantages to this offering.
1. AF performance. For fast moving wildlife and birds in flight, you want the best possible AF and this Canon is state of the art.
2. Low light performance. Much as I like cameras like the D7100, the low light performance does not measure up to professional standards. FX cameras like the Nikon D4s, Nikon 750/810, and Canon 1D series allow you too take pictures earlier in the morning and later in the evening. This Canon brings that type of performance to a DX camera.
3. Fast performance. This camera shoots fast enough and has a big enough buffer to make sure you don't miss much. Personally, small buffer cameras don't bother me because of my style of shooting, but many will appreciate it.


Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 08:46 UTC
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Ednaz: Size and weight matter in a lot of ways. As much as I love my Nikon D800E bodies and Nikkor lenses, I can pack a three zoom, two prime, and two body m4/3 kit in the same space as one D800E and two zooms. I have my Fuji kit because it slots in nicely between the two options - better noise performance than the m4/3, but still light weight, quiet, and small compared to the DSLR kit. XPro1 and four fast primes in the space of a D800E and two zooms that cover the same focal length range, but the Fuji lenses are across the board wider aperture, for more light gathering. (I know f1.2 translates to something like f2 in DOF... but f1.2 in terms of light gathering is f1.2.)

I'd like a few more pixels so I'm not stressing an image so much when printing 20x30, and I'd like a more functionally good XP rangefinder, and an ultra wide prime would basically fill out my complete wish list for Fuji beyond what they have now. They're doing great stuff, and own a range of my work.

Your comparison is a bit skewed. For the same setup, you should try to compare equivalent-ish lenses. A d800 with a set of f/1.8 primes including the 20, 35, 50 and 85 weighs 75 ounces. That's a whopping 19 more than your x-pro 1. On top of that you seem to have neglected to mention the battery life, which I've always valued while hiking. According to cipa numbers nikon gets 900 per charge while the fuji gets 300. So if you need to take two nikon batteries, you'll need six for your fuji. The difference then becomes even smaller. Some would contend that swapping batteries on a hike is more troublesome than an extra pound. I've gone for several days long hikes before and overpacked once (I was carrying a lot for another hiker who needed the help), so I know how vital every ounce can be, but in the end, with equal systems, there really isn't much to be gained.

I hope you don't think I'm bashing fuji - I'm certainly not. I actually think they have the most interesting mirrorless system going. I am only questioning your numbers and hoping you relate better facts to you impressionable newbie friends.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 04:41 UTC
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cgarrard: Fujifilm on a roll.... a refreshing interview compared to some of the other company interviews especially ;).

*crickets chirping in the distance

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 02:09 UTC
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