Dennis

Dennis

Lives in United States CT, United States
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Joined on Oct 25, 2002

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On Wyoming's stunning weather and landscapes in time-lapse article (231 comments in total)

I agree that it was 6:50 well spent. Really enjoyable video and the scenes from 4:00 - 5:00 that showed the clouds were really amazing. I also agree that the slider became tedious to the point of being a distraction. It's about 1,000 times better than anything I can do, but could have been even better without every single scene utilizing that effect. It could probably be educational to a newbie to figure out when the slider was beneficial and when it wasn't. (If I ever get to the point of dabbling with a slider, I might just do that, but I doubt I'll ever get that advanced w/video). Ultimately that's just a nit ... I forwarded the link to friends.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2014 at 14:07 UTC as 92nd comment | 2 replies
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Bjrn SWE: "We have to applaud Fujifilm for being so open about its lens release schedule, and helping potential customers to gauge whether the X system is likely to meet their needs in the foreseeable future."

Oh yes, that's great. The big question is why other companies in this business don't do the same? Canon introduced their M-system with only 2 or 3 lenses I believe, and no roadmap. Does that make you confident that Canon are dedicated to this and are you willing to invest in their new system?

The other guys don't want you to know what they have planned because they have nothing great planned.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2014 at 15:44 UTC
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Adrien S: It is very attractive, and I'd love to believe this lens is as good as they say, but right now I wouldn't take the risk of buying something which may happen to be not as great as I was told.
In one year time, once people will have been able to test it correctly, I will reconsider according to actual users' feedback.

And btw, isn't this aperture system the best way to get a lot of dust to stick inside the lens?

"I'd love to believe this lens is as good as they say" ... I'm missing the part where they say it's good. The whole point of it is the uniqueness ... in fact, you might argue that the whole point isn't that it's good, but that it's artfully bad. (Artfully being in the eye of the beholder; the bokeh does nothing for me).
Anyway, the press blurb says the lens offers:
"fantastic photos like no other lens; get extreme sharpness, strong color saturation, artful vignetting and stunning swirly bokeh"
Aside from the question of "extreme sharpness" (which I'm guessing isn't really that extreme", I don't see where you're being told the lens is great.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2013 at 14:55 UTC

They should have at least photographed it on a Nikon Df - it might look a little less silly. Looks like a fun niche product for the lomography crowd.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2013 at 14:51 UTC as 51st comment
On Swimming with the Nikon 1 AW1 article (199 comments in total)

I wish someone would make a fixed lens UW camera with one of the 'premium' digicam sensors (1/1.7" through the Sony 1" sensor) and something like a fixed f/2 lens at 28mm equivalent.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2013 at 13:59 UTC as 45th comment | 4 replies
On Canon announces EOS M2 in Japan article (620 comments in total)
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ImagesInstyle: it wont sell outside because america's always complaining about something.
no matter what camera is made, there will be a group of trolls *itching about this and that.
Japanese people dont *itch like americans, and i dont blame them for keeping it only in japan.

Hmmm ... and I thought America had a reputation for conspicuous consumption. No shortage of American consumers willing to pay money for stuff.

Just has to be stuff that people want to buy.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2013 at 18:01 UTC
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Gesture: "Samsung's lens collection is relatively small at this point"

That simply isn't true. I stopped there. Not to mention that you can fit thousands of legacy lenses to the NX bodies.

See Viking79 below. And it is a very rational line-up that hits a great progression of prime focal lengths. Who else has such an affordable 24mm equivalent, or 30mm and 45mm equivalents.

It isn't true if you restrict your shooting to wide-to-normal primes. 45/1.8 on APS-C is a lens nobody wants; 85/1.4 is a monster, then you have pedestrian slow kit zooms. Not much to pick from.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2013 at 16:52 UTC
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viking79: Thanks for the honest overview, would like to try one myself. You mention not many lenses, maybe there are plenty?
12-24, 10/3.5 fisheye, 16/2.4, 20/2.8, 30/2, 45/1.8, 60/2.8 macro, 85/1.4, then all the standard zooms, 18-200, 18-55, 20-50, 50-200.

It's one thing to have some number of lenses. Another to have lenses that anyone actually wants.
45/1.8 for 1.5X crop ? 85/1. 4 monster lens ?
Samsung has it pretty well covered for WAs (and the enviable 30/2) and basic consumer zoom options. That's not much of a lens lineup IMO.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2013 at 16:51 UTC
On Award-winning wildlife photos capture candid moments article (46 comments in total)

Great photos. I admire the dedication of top wildlife photographers.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 9, 2013 at 17:35 UTC as 21st comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Review preview (559 comments in total)
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Dennis: I tried both the Oly EM1 and the GX7 at Photoplus in October - the first time I'd seen either. The EM1 had a confusing array of buttons, like the EM5, but was more refined and the EVF was really nice. The GX7 was unimpressive and the EVF was very mediocre. It did not feel like a $1000 camera. Autofocus was sluggish and uncertain compared to the snappy EM1. I also tried the GM1 and thought it was too tiny with really fiddly controls. To my mind, Oly *is* micro 4/3 these days, at least for stills, with Panasonic appealing to video-oriented shooters.

Nothing wrong with liking the camera - it has its own unique set of features that no other camera has. But some people are griping because it didn't get "Gold" and I can fully understand it not getting gold; it doesn't feel as well put together as other cameras. There's nothing wrong with that ... two out of my three cameras have "Silver" ratings from dpreview. And one of them barely deserves that !

Generally, I agree with jerrysdean's comment that mirrorless is overpriced. It might sell better if it didn't cost more to go small. The Panny G series is probably the best deal going. Sony tried with the A3000 but the result is - apparently (I could kick myself for not finding one to try while at the expo) pretty lousy (EVF & LCD).

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2013 at 12:26 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Review preview (559 comments in total)

I tried both the Oly EM1 and the GX7 at Photoplus in October - the first time I'd seen either. The EM1 had a confusing array of buttons, like the EM5, but was more refined and the EVF was really nice. The GX7 was unimpressive and the EVF was very mediocre. It did not feel like a $1000 camera. Autofocus was sluggish and uncertain compared to the snappy EM1. I also tried the GM1 and thought it was too tiny with really fiddly controls. To my mind, Oly *is* micro 4/3 these days, at least for stills, with Panasonic appealing to video-oriented shooters.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2013 at 04:54 UTC as 172nd comment | 7 replies
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Zvonimir Tosic: It's 30-60 mm in 135 format terms — it covers both classic 35mm and 50 mm FoV, with extra few mm on both ends.
To many this could be the only lens they'd ever need. And it's WR too.
It also has a classic touch to it, with a Super Takumar focus ring type.

So it's a more expensive, narrower (zoom range), slower version of a 17-50/2.8. It's a wonder nobody ever thought of it before !

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2013 at 01:58 UTC
On Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows article (1514 comments in total)
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Roland Karlsson: Hate when companies do this kind of teaser series. Yeah ... fun for an evening or so ... reading and commenting. But then ... it just gets boring.

BTW - to all of you. It is by far to little information yet. Nothing can really be said.

BTW2 - much more fun with the Pentax leaks than this Nikon teasers. Pentax leaks are quite reliable. :-)

Pentax leaks ? Like what color combinations the K-3 will be available in next ?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 2, 2013 at 04:07 UTC

That's really impressive.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2013 at 17:53 UTC as 43rd comment
On Niki Feijen's haunting images of abandoned houses article (219 comments in total)
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Joe Pineapples: "If I make derogatory comments about HDR, then I'll sound cool and everybody will think I know a lot about photography."

"If I say that they're good and anyone who disagrees is a gearhead who doesn't understand art, then I'll sound even cooler everybody will think I know a lot about art."

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2013 at 14:36 UTC
On Niki Feijen's haunting images of abandoned houses article (219 comments in total)
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Miwok: The think about so many violent comments here is the fact than DPR is a site of gearhead. Lot of people here have only passion for gears and very few of theme have any artistic talent.
So, they're very jealous of creative people.

That's an easy kneejerk reaction. But I've seen better work from dpr members, including some that are very technical. I have more books of photos on my shelves than books about photography. Just because we come here to talk about gear doesn't mean many of us don't appreciate good photography.
Now consider the possibility that maybe the photography in question just really isn't that appealing. You're quick to jump on dpr readers for being too technical to appreciate it. And yet this photography was presented to us by the same gearhead dpr starff that does 30-page in depth reviews of cameras for our consumption. Maybe it's the dpr editors who wouldn't know good photography if it bit them. (I'm not seriously suggesting that; just pointing out the logical fallacy in assuming that if we don't like a photography, it means we lack artistic sense).
BTW, I will admit that I'm jealous of creative people. I just don't find HDR (or anything about this work) remotely creative.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2013 at 14:33 UTC
On Niki Feijen's haunting images of abandoned houses article (219 comments in total)
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David0X: Come on - these images are great!
Forum HDR experts can hate all they like, but these are sensitive, beautifully constructed images. If you don't realise that it's an amazing feat to get these pics then that's too bad;
and reading a forum won't help you.

To me, a photograph succeeds if it is interesting to look at. And the effect gets in the way. Before I see subject matter, I see cartoon colors. Maybe without the HDR effect, I could enjoy the compositions (constructed scenes don't bother me in the least; I'm intrigued by Julie Blackmon's photographs). I'm not sure they'd be great, but they'd be more interesting to look at.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2013 at 02:59 UTC
On Niki Feijen's haunting images of abandoned houses article (219 comments in total)

More HDR cr*p. I know, I know, personal taste, but sometimes I feel I might as well be following a graphic novel fan forum.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 26, 2013 at 16:32 UTC as 75th comment
On PPE 2013: Hands-on with Panasonic's newest cameras article (37 comments in total)

I saw it (GM1) yesterday at the Expo. It's very tiny. But although the controls looked nice, they were also tiny/fiddly for my tastes. And that's coming from someone who's carry camera is the RX100. The little dial on the back reminds me of the S90 - not much for your thumb to move.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 25, 2013 at 20:13 UTC as 13th comment

Yet another luxury item that I don't covet. But a good thing all around - ought to raise a small fortune for charity thanks to the people who put their time into it.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2013 at 22:59 UTC as 207th comment
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