Dennis

Dennis

Lives in United States CT, United States
Works as a Software
Joined on Oct 25, 2002

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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 46th 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 184th 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 105th comment | 1 reply
On photo 11_Dan01021_f9 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 a photo in the Sony FE 28mm f/2 Samples Gallery sample 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

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 20th comment | 5 replies
On article Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path (1523 comments in total)

I agree completely. I use a Nikon 85/1.8 on APS-C. It's also a great lens on FF. But I enjoy it on APS-C as a long portrait/candid lens. I have no interest in an 85 on FF (I also have no interest in a 50 on APS-C). So an upgrade means selling the 85 and getting something else. My 35mm normal is only a DX lens, but even if I sprung for the 28/1.8 (my preferred FL on APS-C) I'd have another great lens on FF that I don't want. I'd sell it and get a 50.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2015 at 19:36 UTC as 396th comment
On article Canon announces five PowerShot compacts (150 comments in total)

Oh, I get it. Canon is trying to win the aperture race. 20MP is pretty big. 45X zoom is pretty big. And f/7 beats all the competitors that only hit f/6.9 wide open. Go Canon !

Direct link | Posted on Jan 5, 2015 at 16:03 UTC as 50th comment
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Cane: Shocker, the crowd in God's waiting room doesn't seem to like this product. Now only if they made a camera specifically to shoot birds.

Thom Hogan keeps saying that if Nikon & Canon want to grow their sales again, they need to start solving user problems. Seems Casio is listening !

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2014 at 04:18 UTC

Take that, mirrorless fans !

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2014 at 21:02 UTC as 40th comment | 1 reply
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sneakyracer: Yeah, clock keeps ticking and the current mirrorless players keep improving their cameras while Nikon and Canon wait and wait. By the time they decide to get into the game it might be too late. The Canon and or Nikon mirrorless offering would have to be insanely good to compete.

There's this assumption implicit in posts like these that the world is going to move to reduced registration distance systems. Nikon & Canon have each sold something like 100,000,000 lenses for their systems. They'll do mirrorless soon enough, but they'll do EOS and F mount mirrorless, and on the day each one hits the market, it will have a huge lens lineup available to it. After that, the only advantage to the existing mirrorless systems is a bit of size & weight. Nikon & Canon may simply choose to skip the r&d and let Sony, Fuji, Olympus, Panasonic, Samsung fight for pieces of the gotta-have-a-little-bit-smaller-than-a-DSLR camera crowd.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 19:42 UTC
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