Dennis

Dennis

Lives in United States CT, United States
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" will have filled some of the company's followers with despair"

Hasselblad has followers ? You mean on Facebook ?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 16:51 UTC as 81st comment
On Canon PowerShot G3 X gets official introduction article (223 comments in total)
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Dennis: What does Canon have against viewfinders ? Afraid it might compete with their DSLRs ?

BarnET, I agree, I don't think the Canon is competitive ... but at least, at $1250 with the EVF, it's the same price so you can at least move on to specs & features from there ...

And for some, it will boil down to the lens (speed versus reach) while for others, the name on the label.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 20:52 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G3 X gets official introduction article (223 comments in total)
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Dennis: What does Canon have against viewfinders ? Afraid it might compete with their DSLRs ?

p.s. Optional EVF is an ok compromise; I'd still prefer one built in, figuring it has to cost more to have it separate (and I'd expect it might be more prone to getting broken off), but now it's a $1250 camera that competes with the new $1300 RX10.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 13:46 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G3 X gets official introduction article (223 comments in total)
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Dennis: What does Canon have against viewfinders ? Afraid it might compete with their DSLRs ?

Well, it's pretty intriguing compared to an SLR. A 200/5.6 lens giving you the FOV of a 600 ... and f/5.6 on a sensor that does decent ISO 1600 (and usable 6400) ... at least based on my experience with the RX100. You don't get 600mm reach in anything remotely compact on a DSLR, unless you use a shorter lens and crop. Cameras like this (and the RX10 and FZ1000) hit a sweet spot for some, based on sensor size.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 13:37 UTC

The people running the established camera companies have to feel so old ...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 13:31 UTC as 137th comment
On Canon PowerShot G3 X gets official introduction article (223 comments in total)

What does Canon have against viewfinders ? Afraid it might compete with their DSLRs ?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 12:22 UTC as 34th comment | 8 replies
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carphil: As far as I'm concerned, it's not a camera if it doesn't have a somewhat accurate optical viewfinder, Leica or not. The human eye is a much better judge of what is being seen than a computer chip. Why would I want a close video approximation of reality when I have it right in front of me. Over ninety nine percent of todays cameras are merely computerized image recorders with too many buttons and controls. I'll take ANY Leica rangefinder (with all their faults) over any of todays over-computerized offerings. If overpaying is the price I have to pay, then so be it. Furthermore, who cares what the camera sounds or looks like, it's the image that counts.

So you're worried about whether a "computer chip" can "see" as well as your eye, when it's a computer chip that's capturing the image you're shooting ? If you want to see reality, just put the camera down for a minute. It's not like you're capturing reality.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 17:17 UTC
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Dennis: I was hoping the new model would come in at 16MP. 80MP is going to be a noise monster and no good trying to take pictures of my daughter playing in the back yard in the evening. And my 5-year old computer would choke on those 80MP files. No sale here, sorry.

The camera looks amazing to me, though I'd love to try nature photography with it. Strobes in the backyard does make me think of Julie Blackmon, though, and I like her work a lot. I'm sure that's all I need ... a $50,000 camera ... and I, too, can be producing that caliber of work, right ?
No, I'm not close to target market. If I won the lottery, I might be one of the dilettantes who buy one, but I'll never be a photographer who could justify one.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2015 at 11:20 UTC
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Dennis: I was hoping the new model would come in at 16MP. 80MP is going to be a noise monster and no good trying to take pictures of my daughter playing in the back yard in the evening. And my 5-year old computer would choke on those 80MP files. No sale here, sorry.

Ross, I was joking about shooting my daughter in the back yard with it. I don't think the autofocus would be fast enough. But it might be good for photos of my cat. Anyway, after I spent that much on the camera, I wouldn't have enough money left over to upgrade my computer.

;)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2015 at 01:08 UTC

I was hoping the new model would come in at 16MP. 80MP is going to be a noise monster and no good trying to take pictures of my daughter playing in the back yard in the evening. And my 5-year old computer would choke on those 80MP files. No sale here, sorry.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 02:58 UTC as 14th comment | 6 replies

This just in ... Olympus to follow in the footsteps of Geico (remember the Cavemen commercials ?) They're going to premiere a new sitcom starring a bunch of guys with DSL-Arm ... How can it lose ?

I thought the commercial was pretty amusing. Some of the reactions here are even more amusing !

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2015 at 00:52 UTC as 44th comment
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Alice0102: Is there an "executive summary" for those of us that are technically challenged? My brief read leads me to believe this is something I could spend a whole lot of time concerned about when in reality I would never know if my concern and new knowledge accomplished anything at all. Why bother? Just do your best and enjoy your pictures.
Alice

There is. Skim the article, looking at the gold colored section headers and read the one that says:
"How does this affect my photography? Exposing to the right"

Or ... put as much light on the sensor as possible (without clipping highlights).

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2015 at 04:08 UTC
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Dennis: Richard, great article. If you find time, at some point, to elaborate on a couple points, the illustration showing the test tubes makes it clear that SNR increases with exposure time, but doesn't address the confusion some people have with photosite size; if you have a 16MP and 24MP sensor, both are the same size, but each photosite on the 24MP sensor sees fewer photons and should therefore have more visible noise. There's no explanation of the difference between the 100% view and the downsampled or printed view. Therefore, when you say:

> And, since we've established that capturing more light improves your signal-to-noise ratio

I'm not sure you got there; you've explained how an increase in exposure increases the SNR, but without talking about averaging, you could argue that 36million (FF) photosites versus 16million (APS-C) should have the same noise (same test tube size, after all).

- Dennis

I agree with keeping it easy for everyone to understand; I've just seen enough debates in the forums over this ... people who insist that FF is "cleaner" than APS-C because the pixels are bigger ...

Just a thought, and thanks for considering it.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 27, 2015 at 18:28 UTC

Richard, great article. If you find time, at some point, to elaborate on a couple points, the illustration showing the test tubes makes it clear that SNR increases with exposure time, but doesn't address the confusion some people have with photosite size; if you have a 16MP and 24MP sensor, both are the same size, but each photosite on the 24MP sensor sees fewer photons and should therefore have more visible noise. There's no explanation of the difference between the 100% view and the downsampled or printed view. Therefore, when you say:

> And, since we've established that capturing more light improves your signal-to-noise ratio

I'm not sure you got there; you've explained how an increase in exposure increases the SNR, but without talking about averaging, you could argue that 36million (FF) photosites versus 16million (APS-C) should have the same noise (same test tube size, after all).

- Dennis

Direct link | Posted on Apr 27, 2015 at 16:34 UTC as 182nd comment | 3 replies

It's a good thing there were a number of engineers there to watch over each other and make sure none of them said anything useful.

Can't knock dpreview for not trying, though; I liked the questions.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2015 at 03:14 UTC as 104th comment | 1 reply
On 11_Dan01021_f9 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Thank you for these samples ! I've been waiting for more reviews of this lens before deciding whether to get it or another as a standard prime for the A6000. I read about high distortion from a couple early adopters and now that I can see it, I think I'll take a pass on this one. Even if it's eventually autocorrected in Lightroom, it bothers me to have a lens with significant issues like this that relies on image processing to fix them. I think I'll probably opt for the Sigma 30/2.8, even though it's a full stop slower. (Sony 35 is too long; the Touit 32 is an option, but still a bit narrower than I'd like).

Direct link | Posted on Apr 5, 2015 at 14:52 UTC as 1st comment
On Aloha! We go shooting with Samsung's new NX500 article (186 comments in total)

When I read this, I thought "I didn't realize Samsung announced a rangefinder style version of the NX1" ... so I looked and saw that it's more "point & shoot" style than RF-style.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 16, 2015 at 19:59 UTC as 32nd comment | 1 reply
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ZeneticX: Canon is like Apple now

they don't give two sh!t about the competition because they know no matter what products they roll out, there's a solid base of loyal customers that will buy them in an instant

I don't know about that ... I have a little bit of Apple stock and would buy more of that before Canon stock.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 19:05 UTC
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Dennis: The real innovation here is that it's destined to be the first full frame digital camera to be offered in 17 different colors.

I'm not knocking people who like colorful cameras; just taking a swipe at Pentax, because half of their press releases are to announce new color choices for cameras. And I'm not on car forums, but I imagine I'd behave the same there, too ;)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2015 at 14:48 UTC

The real innovation here is that it's destined to be the first full frame digital camera to be offered in 17 different colors.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 21:46 UTC as 17th comment | 5 replies
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