DStudio

DStudio

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Papi61: "As a quick fix for Odin users, Phottix suggests wedging a sliver of cardboard at the front of the hot shoe to keep the trigger aligned."

LOL, sounds like one of those "redneck repairs", as featured in a famous website by the same name.

Papi61 - I was an iPhone holdout. I refused to buy an iPhone, even though I wanted a smartphone. So before the first Android phone was released, I pre-ordered it, sight unseen.

I finally got tired of having to tinker with Android so much, just to get it to work like it should. I know how to, I just don't want to spend my time this way. The battery should last all day - out of the box. So after two frustrating Verizon LTE Android devices, I broke down and got an iPhone 5. I realize the Verizon battery issues have long since been remedied, but the iPhone's strengths were good enough to make me stay.

iOS is far from perfect, but the Apple eco-system is *fairly* well integrated - certainly better than what anyone else can offer right now (Microsoft's trying, but they still have a relative dearth of apps).

Android retains many of the problems that have plagued UNIX (for consumers) for decades.

You don't have to be brainwashed to see these things, but you might be blind if you don't.

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2015 at 05:54 UTC
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Papi61: "As a quick fix for Odin users, Phottix suggests wedging a sliver of cardboard at the front of the hot shoe to keep the trigger aligned."

LOL, sounds like one of those "redneck repairs", as featured in a famous website by the same name.

Actually, people who buy Apple products do care. They just don't see a better (overall) alternative right now. They keep making just enough changes to stay on top (kind of like Canon), but they're loosing their edge.

At least Apple's market isn't slowly collapsing - at least not the way Canon and Nikon's is. Nikon seems to be smug in their second position, but they shouldn't be - especially since they aren't as diverse as *any* of the other 3 main DSLR makers, each of whom is a huge player in some other market(s).

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2015 at 19:03 UTC
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CaMeRa QuEsT: It's called an ISO hot shoe for a reason: it has to adhere to International Organization for Standardization (ISO) set of specs. Either Nikon or Phottix are not complying with these specs, thus the misalignment issue. I really, really doubt that Nikon would mess up after half a century of building cameras with them.

This isn't the first incompatibility with third-party hardware that Nikon's had in recent years; whether intentional or not, they don't seem to mind!

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2015 at 21:26 UTC
On Pentax K-3 Review preview (513 comments in total)
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Agalliac: Only boys of Canikon need autofocus because they operate their cameras on automatic. Who cares about the video module. I have a camcorder that costs U$20.000 . What interests me is the quality of the image , the sharpness . In terms of image quality, the only camera capable of rivalling with my Pentax K- 3 is my PhaseOne. Sorry DPR but you review are tendentious .

jpino79 - I never said that. I didn't say being an automatic shooter was bad, nor what brand they would use. Rather, it was an acknowledgement of the limitations in some systems - a warning that an automatic shooter might want to stay away from Phase One or Pentax, because they generally require more patience. But the payoff is there if one has the time.

There are "automatic" shooters, and it's a legitimate style with legitimate applications. They may use whatever brand they wish.

I lean towards the quality and patience approach - which style do you prefer?

Direct link | Posted on May 5, 2015 at 19:02 UTC
On Pentax K-3 Review preview (513 comments in total)
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Agalliac: Only boys of Canikon need autofocus because they operate their cameras on automatic. Who cares about the video module. I have a camcorder that costs U$20.000 . What interests me is the quality of the image , the sharpness . In terms of image quality, the only camera capable of rivalling with my Pentax K- 3 is my PhaseOne. Sorry DPR but you review are tendentious .

BTW, I failed to mention it before, but I have shot a Pentax (with the FA43 on it) side-by-side with a modern digital Hasselblad. When I was going through the photos later, I had trouble telling which was which without looking closely at the photos or checking the metadata. Ironically, this was a promotional Hasselblad event where they encouraged you to bring your own camera to compare - they provided the studio setup and the model. Neither camera clearly stood out as better when I was culling the photos. There were (obviously) resolution differences, but the Pentax was almost like the same thing on a smaller scale, with beautiful colors and rendering.

So it's actually pretty easy for me to believe someone would use only Pentax and Phase One. In fact, this would be my choice, if I needed a medium format system right now (I was previously Phase One certified). These cameras aren't the right fit for everyone (like the aforementioned "automatic" shooter), but the quality is there.

Direct link | Posted on May 5, 2015 at 02:41 UTC
On Readers' Showcase: Steve Badger article (110 comments in total)
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zw1975: 5DII's poor DR for shooting landscape . . . . I know your pain because I have the same.

If only finding your personal voice were easy. That's the problem, I think.

Although equipment isn't the main issue here, I do think it would make sense to sell everything but the 70-200 (and maybe the 24-105) and get the new 11-24, which I apparently is just becoming available.

Or it might be preferable to try something like a Fuji, Pentax, or Nikon system, where quality mid-priced primes are readily available (this is Canon's weak spot). That might be just the "boost" which would encourage even more thoughtful photography. Canon excels in areas like sports photography, but it almost leads to too much of a commercial attitude.

But the main thing is finding a way to make the photos express more than just the spot you happen to be in when you decide to zoom and click the shutter. Primes at least force you to carefully consider your shooting position, and which focal length you actually want.

Direct link | Posted on May 5, 2015 at 02:15 UTC
On Readers' Showcase: Steve Badger article (110 comments in total)
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zw1975: 5DII's poor DR for shooting landscape . . . . I know your pain because I have the same.

It also doesn't help that many of these particular Canon lenses are weak amongst their peers. For example, Sony, Nikon, Pentax and Fuji all have better quality WA lenses than these two Canon models.

Fortunately many other factors matter as much as the equipment.

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2015 at 05:34 UTC
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evan47: brilliant idea. now narcissists can pretend they have more than one friend.

Usually they have about one friend at a time, on a revolving door plan. Every 2-3 months one friend's out and another one's in. Months later a friend may come back for a while.

But now with their new fantasy friend, maybe they can leave some of these poor souls alone!

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2015 at 03:41 UTC
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DStudio: It will be interesting to see whether the CMOS actually creates images that are better (or even as good) as the CCD sensor did.

We shall see.

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2015 at 20:06 UTC

It will be interesting to see whether the CMOS actually creates images that are better (or even as good) as the CCD sensor did.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2015 at 19:52 UTC as 78th comment | 2 replies
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Zephir 750: No thanks! No more Leica for me. The loss I suffered due to the M9 sensor failure and Leica's inadeguate approach to the issue (replacement with a similar sensor prone to telapse) was enough for me.

Too bad - when you sell a premium product you have to provide premium service. Your margins should allow it, and it's essential to maintain your perceived value.

Too bad a compromise couldn't be worked out for you.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2015 at 19:51 UTC

As an owner of the Samsung Galaxy Camera, I can tell you that these devices have huge potential, much of which may never materialize. While Panasonic may decide to provide better/more Android updates than Samsung, third-party app support can be a problem. Unfortunately, virtually all the potential power lies in these third-party apps. And if you develop your own apps, the time and costs will likely be too high.

For example, it may have all the power needed to stream live video, but even the most popular streaming apps may not support it. Or they may support it without the use of zoom. Or they are buggy on it, while they run OK on more common, "standard" phones. Or they may later abandon support because the non-standard pieces are too difficult to deal with, and the market is too small.

In the end an iPhone can be better in many cases. Even if it has inferior optical capabilities, it has a narrow, well-defined, popular hardware platform.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 27, 2015 at 20:21 UTC as 5th comment
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 II article (513 comments in total)
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Petroglyph: Ricoh also claims the SR system detects and compensates for panning. This is a big deal for those shooting moving subjects. Now the SR can be left active while panning and still compensate for off axis shake. Like multi-selection IS in modern lenses. This might prove to be a bigger upgrade than it appears at first glance. Bummer about the flash but cool for astrotracker users. Sensor shift high-rez could be foveon-like but without the higher ISO noise issues. Intriguing .

If Olympus and Panasonic's IBIS works well for panning that's great, but Pentax still has an advantage in that they have a significantly larger sensor, and can use it with Full Frame lenses (without adapters or loss of functionality). So they genuinely have the POTENTIAL to compete with Canon/Nikon's Pro-level IS/VR glass (yet with a broader selection of lenses).

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 04:35 UTC
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 II article (513 comments in total)
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DStudio: "The K-3 II uses the same D-LI90 battery as its predecessor, which can capture 720 shots per charge, though that number isn't directly comparable to CIPA figures for other DSLRs in this class, since the K-3 II has no built-in flash."

Interesting statement. Usually the lack of a built-in flash is a sign of a more "pro-level" camera. Perhaps the lower price is causing some confusion as to its true "class." Let's hope its performance proves this to be true - that the lack of a flash is actually common amongst its peers.

Yes, I understand that was the main point, but the wording is still revealing. It appears its true class is genuinely unknown at this time - this may be interesting. To me it looks like they want it to be a very serious semi-pro APS-C alternative (much like the 7D II) for those who may decide they prefer APS-C for certain applications, even after they release a Full Frame model. In other words, a camera that will still justify the purchase of their new lenses. It also hints at the real possibility that they may release a Full Frame with a reasonably low cost.

Is it really in the class of the D7200, or more like the 7D II (which is more than "a few hundred" dollars more)? That's all I'm wondering. I suspect it will fall somewhere in-between these two cameras, once its performance is known.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 04:09 UTC
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 II article (513 comments in total)
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Bhima78: I'm starting to think that Ricoh's sensor shift idea is actually better than Oly's as it will require a whole heck of a lot less processing, and can likely be done on the fly much faster. Plus, adding resolution isn't as big of an advantage as adding color information imo. If this works well, it could replace a Foveon sensor.

One of the reasons Pentax is still around is because they've been rather high on innovations and features, especially at their price points. I wouldn't assume Pentax COULDN'T do the 1/2 pixel shift. There's a better chance it was a design decision for what they believed was a good reason. Their implementation of new innovations has been pretty good overall - I wouldn't sell them short here.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 01:25 UTC
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 II article (513 comments in total)
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TomFid: The language implies that all the features of the pixel shift approach are advantages over the Olympus method.

Not so. 4 shots is indeed faster, but that's it. The noise isn't lower (the Oly samples each point the same number of times), except to the extent that the sensor might be better. Most importantly, the Oly 8-shot approach samples a second set of pixel locations, whereas this does not.

Implementation is important - let's see how the full package works out in practice (before deciding which is better or more useful).

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 01:19 UTC
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 II article (513 comments in total)
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paulski66: Where's the d810 review? That camera has been out for a year now, and here we're getting hands-on previews for just-announced, not-even-released cameras.

Outrageous...

Hey, wait - I thought it was supposed to be the other way around - that a Pentaxian is complaining because a new Nikon got a cursory hands-on article while still waiting for an in-depth review on a slightly upgraded Pentax!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 01:11 UTC
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 II article (513 comments in total)

"The K-3 II uses the same D-LI90 battery as its predecessor, which can capture 720 shots per charge, though that number isn't directly comparable to CIPA figures for other DSLRs in this class, since the K-3 II has no built-in flash."

Interesting statement. Usually the lack of a built-in flash is a sign of a more "pro-level" camera. Perhaps the lower price is causing some confusion as to its true "class." Let's hope its performance proves this to be true - that the lack of a flash is actually common amongst its peers.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 01:06 UTC as 92nd comment | 2 replies
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Xpharm: This is NEWS?

In case you're wondering, part of the attraction of this (type of) product is that it allows you easily and quickly print quality photos without requiring a computer, in a very portable form factor. No adjustments are needed.

Most inkjet printers seem to require some fiddling to get good prints out. Canon printers tend to print nicely straight out of the camera. You can either use a cable (as pictured) or swap between two SD cards to quickly deliver modern-day digital "Polaroid" portraits.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2015 at 22:30 UTC
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Xpharm: This is NEWS?

The SELPHY is a handy little printer. Of course it's news.

But you obviously don't own one - nor do you intend to get the new model - so please move on ...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2015 at 22:15 UTC
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