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Commence rolling of the eyes...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 4, 2014 at 20:04 UTC as 16th comment
On Behind the scenes: Garry Winogrand at work article (52 comments in total)
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LeitzKameraAktion: Very interesting film! But could anyone walk about with a camera in a busy street today, snapping away in people's faces like this, and not get accosted or arrested?

I know a lot of people here like that sort of thing ('street shooting')...but, well....rather than cause a stir, I'll just say it's not my thing. I enjoy shooting building and the city as a whole (when I'm actually in one), but rarely do I focus on people unless something extraordinary is going on. Otherwise I'm content to let people live their lives and not have to worry about me posting photos of them online. I've seen some people do it in a tasteful way though...that style of shooting I mean.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 16, 2014 at 11:43 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3: a quick summary article (597 comments in total)

I'll give Nikon credit for sticking with it, but honestly, I always feel like they're not realizing the full potential of this system. With a more desirable body with the right controls AND a very good sensor, it would be a very popular system. The 1 series gets a lot of complaints from people that never even touched these cameras, but having owned the V1 and V2, I have to say there's more to it than you think. In the end, I just couldn't stay committed to it, given the availability of other small, great products like the Oly E-M1 and the Fuji X series.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 10:06 UTC as 50th comment | 1 reply

Meanwhile...the magical unicorns controlling the in-body VR inside my E-M1 continues to do a better job than my former Nikkor lenses. :-)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2014 at 23:17 UTC as 53rd comment | 5 replies

I just got an email from Nikon regarding this advisory since I have my D600 registered. So I say good for them for contacting buyers directly and letting them know this is available. But yes, of course it would have been nice to have it acknowledged and taken care of like this sooner before everyone got all bent out of shape about it. They're fixing it, so maybe there's not so much need for all the hysteria. Am I thrilled to pay $2,000 for a camera (with lens) and have this problem? Of course not, but that's life.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 21:32 UTC as 78th comment

I'll avoid the conspiracy theories and company-bashing and simply say, it's too bad they didn't do this sooner, but it doesn't really matter much to me. They already replaced my shutter several months ago and I don't really see a huge problem with dust/debris...but it's probably more than I see on my mirrorless cameras that have the sensor exposed as soon as you remove the lens. Anyway, I think this is my last DSLR purchase. Not because of the dust issue, but because cameras like the Fuji X-T1, Olympus E-M1 and so on are just as good or better, except for a very few exceptions. Don't get too worked up people. Calm down. It's just a camera. Life goes on, I promise.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 11:58 UTC as 112th comment

Glad to hear that, regarding the Fuji profiles. Looking forward to it. I love the Olympus profiles for my E-M1.

I swear I'm always baffled by people that complain about the price of updating Lightroom to the newest version. Seriously? They'll spend thousands on gear but can't fork over $79 to upgrade an excellent editing tool every year or so? Amazing.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 22, 2014 at 00:02 UTC as 14th comment | 4 replies
On Miggo Strap and Grip review article (85 comments in total)

I still love the good ole neck strap. Not the one that comes with the camera, but an aftermarket strap. I don't understand the appeal of straps like these because for me, it's much more convenient to have both of my hands free at a moment's notice. With a neck strap, that's easy. But if you've got a camera strapped to your wrist...not so easy. I know some people dismiss neck straps as something 'amateurs' and tourists use, but I do love my neck straps, regardless ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2014 at 12:25 UTC as 33rd comment
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Smeggypants: "So you find that in America your customers equate physical size with quality?"

LOL :) - They got that right. :) :)

That certainly seems to be the case here. It's a shame, but it's true. When I'm out on vacation with my full frame D-SLR, people sort of look at it and I can tell they're admiring it (if it's bigger than their entry-level DSLR). But when I'm out with my micro four thirds camera, they give a quick glance and look away as if they're not interested. I suppose they assume it's just a point and shoot bridge camera or something and therefore not a 'real' high quality image maker ;-) Too bad for them. They don't know any better.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2014 at 14:53 UTC
On John Stanmeyer wins World Press Photo of the Year article (83 comments in total)

Attention Pixel Peepers: Note that the photo is very high ISO and has plenty of noise in the shadows. Let that be a lesson to you as you endlessly debate who's got the best pixels and therefore can make the best photos. Go out and shoot and enjoy yourself. Don't worry about the noise. Just worry about making a photo that means something to you or someone else. That should be what matters. :-)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2014 at 18:59 UTC as 50th comment | 6 replies
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bluevellet: The 300mm is bulky and kinda slow for a prime.

But that 7-14 f2.8 zoom is sweet. Finally an alternative to the slower panny 7-14.

Look at the equiv full frame lens, the Canon 600mm f/4 and think again about that "kinda bulky" statement ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 10:51 UTC
On Panasonic announces 4K-capable Lumix DMC-GH4 article (118 comments in total)


Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2014 at 17:47 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
On Tamrac launches rugged-looking photo messenger bags article (106 comments in total)
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contadorfan: I realize there aren't a lot of women on this site, but it would be nice if DPR would review some of the fashionable camera bags for women: Kelly Moore, JoTotes, EpihanieBags, CheekyLime. Those are bags that a gal wouldn't feel like a dork for carrying one around, yet I wonder how comfortable and practical they are for a day out with a camera & several lenses.

I think Tamrac's 'Aria' line is targeted for women. I think so anyway....

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2014 at 14:29 UTC
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera article (921 comments in total)

Sounds like many commentators here are opposed to anything mildly 'retro', even if the intent is to give the user a nice feeling/looking camera. Maybe manufacturers should be banned from building anything other than an ultra-modern, rounded featureless blob? I guess that would make everyone happy :-)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2014 at 14:09 UTC as 173rd comment | 1 reply

I've had plenty of gripped and non-gripped cameras. (X-Pro1, X100S, DSLRs, E-M1, etc)...and if I buy a non-gripped camera, I'd just assume keep it that way. If I have to add a grip, that means it should have had one in the first place. Seems so. I would have never put a grip on my X-Pro1 and I wouldn't for my X100S either. But...if people want to screw things onto their camera, go for it :-) Or just buy a model with a grip and stop complaining about it :-)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2014 at 01:59 UTC as 31st comment
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timo: Kind of weird poll. Meaningless. One way of attracting website hits though. Plus it has the virtue of obscuring the seemingly embarrassing fact of the K3 coming out top in its centrally important category.

I don't feel the level of interest I used to have in DPR - the commercial imperative seems closer to the surface than in earlier times.

I assume their employees enjoy getting paid so they can eat, pay rent, etc...therefore, I don't mind some advertising.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 5, 2014 at 17:31 UTC
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Neroon: None, the winner is the SONY a7r. If the lenses come then this is the camera that changes the game and points us to the future of full frame.

Unless you want very fast auto-focus and a more quiet shutter....one that doesn't sound like someone just slammed the door ;-) But yes, regarding innovation and image quality, it's great.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 4, 2014 at 02:31 UTC
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ThePhilips: I wanted none of the picks, so I voted for what I would have bought if I had very limited choice: the RX100ii.

As m43 user, I really appreciate the advancements of the E-M1. But unfortunately, at the asking price, I'd rather spend the money on the lenses. E-M1 costs as much as 1.4/25mm, 1.8/17mm and 9-18mm combined.

They're giving you a lot for that price though. It's not priced completely inappropriately, like the Nikon V2.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 3, 2014 at 23:05 UTC
On Best Gear of 2013: The results are in! article (159 comments in total)
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Mirrorless Crusader: LOL Canikon got SHUT OUT of the awards! Sony and Oly are the future of photography! Long live mirrorless, death to DSLRS!

The only thing my D600 does better (as far as anything meaningful) than my E-M1 is better high ISO and better continuous AF of moving subjects. D600 has more shallow DOF, but that ends up being a problem more than a benefit for my shooting and subjects. In the end, both make photos and the one that gives me a better overall experience is the E-M1. Smaller, lighter, same superb lens quality and arguably faster in many regards (such as touch screen for focus selection, etc, etc). Oh and built-in IS so ANY lens is stabilized. And it works wonders. If you have a NEED to use a DSLR for specific reasons, that's great. Use what you need. But too many people dismiss mirrorless because they view it as a toy, novelty or lesser quality. That's a shame. Either way, I'm enjoying my photography even more these days...with all 3 types I own and use (X100S, D600, E-M1). They all have qood and bad qualities, but all are capable of excellent images! :-)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 3, 2014 at 18:56 UTC
On Best Gear of 2013: The results are in! article (159 comments in total)
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Mirrorless Crusader: LOL Canikon got SHUT OUT of the awards! Sony and Oly are the future of photography! Long live mirrorless, death to DSLRS!

Being someone that currently owns and shoots both mirrorless and DSLR, I do love my mirrorless (E-M1) more than my D600 (and even my X100S, but that's mirrorless too). Too many people that don't have enough info automatically dismiss mirrorless cameras. If they only knew what they were missing ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 3, 2014 at 01:13 UTC
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