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DStudio

DStudio

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jesus_freak: Can someone objectively tell me why Canon sell so many cameras? Who are they selling to, and who is their target market? What would trigger a need to change in the minds of the Canon executives?

In spite of out dated sensor technology, Canon sell a lot of cameras. The ROI on R&D spending must be high. Until their revenues decline, or shareholders start picketing over low DR, I don't see a fundamental change happening.

Agreed, Lassoni. That's the legitimate concern many forum members have about today's Canon, regardless of whether of they shoot Canon or not.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 13, 2015 at 18:04 UTC
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SETI: I had 4 Pentax cameras and had problems with 3 of them. Great system but bad QC

jaxson,

I think it's worth the risk (the K-3 II) if the tool is really useful to you. Pentax has continued to significantly improve focusing speed, amongst other advantages.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 13, 2015 at 03:47 UTC
On Phase One 645DF+ with IQ250 field test article (146 comments in total)
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BigOne: Reading this article is like reading a "test-drive" of LaFerrari or Rolls-Royce Phantom. It's not the fact that you can't afford it, it's the sad realization that you don't NEED it and, upon considering all the hassles that go with it, you don't really WANT it.

Unless, of course, you can find a way to make money with it.

In addition, the new XF bodies look really impressive.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2015 at 21:20 UTC
On Phase One 645DF+ with IQ250 field test article (146 comments in total)

Damien,

What's the story with DxO not testing the IQ250 or the Pentax 645Z sensors? Comparison with the new Canon 5DS/R sensors is inevitable. I know they've tested MF sensors in the past.

While DxOMark doesn't tell the whole story, it's an objective test that serves as a good starting point for understanding the differences. If we had these tests, perhaps I wouldn't have been attacked so loudly by those who claim the photos don't have visible differences!

I've actually been a Phase One Certified Professional, so I'm familiar with the product. I was first attracted by the image quality from Capture One, but came to realize their cameras exhibit similar quality as well.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2015 at 21:16 UTC as 10th comment
On Phase One 645DF+ with IQ250 field test article (146 comments in total)
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DStudio: It's amazing how even on an iPad at 'article' size - without enlarging the photos - the higher quality of the Phase One comes through. The photos just look better (than what we normally see). I've always believed it was how they deliver the color - probably the bit depth helps. And Capture One certainly helps too. But whatever it is, they simply look better.

Digital can be perfectly stored and copied (assuming proper media selection and maintenance). Capture and playback are another matter.

This whole discussion started because someone rudely suggested I couldn't see what I saw, and then many others "piled on." Sometimes I think they couldn't smell a rose if it smacked them in the face. Or perhaps that's their experience with roses, tainting their perspective on how a rose actually is. ;)

I couldn't see the differences at first. But after a while I started to notice them.

Anyone who vehemently disagrees with me doubtless lacks the time, patience, or motivation to notice, study, and appreciate the subtle advantages.
Again, what astounds me is not that there are differences, but that one can notice them even after they are "dumbed down" for the web!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2015 at 21:01 UTC
On Phase One 645DF+ with IQ250 field test article (146 comments in total)
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DStudio: It's amazing how even on an iPad at 'article' size - without enlarging the photos - the higher quality of the Phase One comes through. The photos just look better (than what we normally see). I've always believed it was how they deliver the color - probably the bit depth helps. And Capture One certainly helps too. But whatever it is, they simply look better.

Of course 44kHz was a bad idea, but it Sony's fault, not Philips'. Philips said it wasn't good enough and wanted to develop it more. Sony said "we can market this NOW, and tell everybody it's perfect!"

Isn't it funny - video DVDs were sold as being "perfect" as well. Then they had to figure out how to market HD-DVDs (and Blu ray) as "perfect" but still better - revealing that it was always a lie.

Digital is not a perfect way to capture, record, and replay an analog experience.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2015 at 20:15 UTC
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jesus_freak: Can someone objectively tell me why Canon sell so many cameras? Who are they selling to, and who is their target market? What would trigger a need to change in the minds of the Canon executives?

In spite of out dated sensor technology, Canon sell a lot of cameras. The ROI on R&D spending must be high. Until their revenues decline, or shareholders start picketing over low DR, I don't see a fundamental change happening.

AF performance and lens collections are very important.

I think Canon has more to offer than any other single manufacturer in both these areas. They're still the dominant sports photography camera. And they offer a greater number of specialty lenses, while maintaining good lens quality at the high end.

For the "contemplative" photographer - or one on a tighter budget - other brands may have more appeal. And if he's a perfectionist, there are good arguments for camera systems priced both above and below Canon.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2015 at 19:55 UTC

Boy, that headline is sure a way to put a positive spin on the results!

Of course it matters to Canon shooters. They need a good bodies to go with their lenses. But we would expect this result - it SHOULD be the best Canon sensor yet, and it is.

But inserting the term "highest-ranked" for a sensor that's number 22 on the charts is a bit sneaky, don't you think?

If you simply removed the word "Canon" from the headline it would be a flat-out lie. Most people here recognize the leading words "EOS 5DS/R" as being from Canon, so the only purpose of adding the word "Canon" toward the end is to enable this sneaky headline.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2015 at 19:43 UTC as 29th comment
On Phase One 645DF+ with IQ250 field test article (146 comments in total)
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Clint Dunn: Interesting article, I think most of us would love a kit like that if we could afford it. That said, I guess I'm going to be 'that guy' and say I'm a little disappointed in the photos. All that fancy kit and not even one decent landscape shot?? The pic of the beach is devoid of any interest and has a slightly crooked horizon to boot. The only pic I wouldn't have deleted here is the B&W portrait of the kid, I like that one.
I guess it's easy to be the critic when I'm not the one writing the article but honestly, on a site with this visibility reviewing gear of this caliber you would think you guys would step up the game a bit.

Actually the photos Damien picked really show off the strengths of the camera. I agree with his selections.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2015 at 19:20 UTC
On Phase One 645DF+ with IQ250 field test article (146 comments in total)
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DStudio: It's amazing how even on an iPad at 'article' size - without enlarging the photos - the higher quality of the Phase One comes through. The photos just look better (than what we normally see). I've always believed it was how they deliver the color - probably the bit depth helps. And Capture One certainly helps too. But whatever it is, they simply look better.

But noise is not the greatest sin - either in audio or photography. It's the presentation of the content that matters.

A well done analog recording or a high quality print from 8x10 film is captivating.

Within the digital realm, Phase One shines. And there are legitimate technical reasons for its better results. Just as there are for the analog mediums I referenced above, or the audio DVDs you mentioned.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2015 at 19:03 UTC
On Phase One 645DF+ with IQ250 field test article (146 comments in total)
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DStudio: It's amazing how even on an iPad at 'article' size - without enlarging the photos - the higher quality of the Phase One comes through. The photos just look better (than what we normally see). I've always believed it was how they deliver the color - probably the bit depth helps. And Capture One certainly helps too. But whatever it is, they simply look better.

It's too bad people on a photography forum would trust measuring instruments more than their own senses when it comes to evaluating the results.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2015 at 18:21 UTC
On Phase One 645DF+ with IQ250 field test article (146 comments in total)
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DStudio: It's amazing how even on an iPad at 'article' size - without enlarging the photos - the higher quality of the Phase One comes through. The photos just look better (than what we normally see). I've always believed it was how they deliver the color - probably the bit depth helps. And Capture One certainly helps too. But whatever it is, they simply look better.

DMiller, Your theories are all fine, but you'll never get the quality out of an affordable digital audio system that you will out of an analog one.

That's either one of the most intentionally divisive - or most ignorant - statements I've read in a while. You know full well that adding a digital encoder to the signal path isn't the same forcing an audio signal on down to the mediocre quality of a CD.

No need to argue this any more - you've never bothered to get involved enough in either of these technologies to know or notice the difference - or to have any authority on the matter whatsoever.

Next you'll tell me something ignorant like "film holds no advantages over digital," when each medium obviously has its strong points.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2015 at 02:29 UTC
On Phase One 645DF+ with IQ250 field test article (146 comments in total)
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DStudio: It's amazing how even on an iPad at 'article' size - without enlarging the photos - the higher quality of the Phase One comes through. The photos just look better (than what we normally see). I've always believed it was how they deliver the color - probably the bit depth helps. And Capture One certainly helps too. But whatever it is, they simply look better.

There was a period of about 15 years where I wouldn't bother to say in public that Vinyl sounded better that CDs, because I'd be mocked by people who were either uninformed or less discerning.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 19:45 UTC
On Phase One 645DF+ with IQ250 field test article (146 comments in total)
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DStudio: It's amazing how even on an iPad at 'article' size - without enlarging the photos - the higher quality of the Phase One comes through. The photos just look better (than what we normally see). I've always believed it was how they deliver the color - probably the bit depth helps. And Capture One certainly helps too. But whatever it is, they simply look better.

No, it's not.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 18:07 UTC
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SETI: I had 4 Pentax cameras and had problems with 3 of them. Great system but bad QC

Unfortunately, the models under Ricoh have had more trouble. But they still take great photos.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 17:58 UTC
On Phase One 645DF+ with IQ250 field test article (146 comments in total)

It's amazing how even on an iPad at 'article' size - without enlarging the photos - the higher quality of the Phase One comes through. The photos just look better (than what we normally see). I've always believed it was how they deliver the color - probably the bit depth helps. And Capture One certainly helps too. But whatever it is, they simply look better.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 17:53 UTC as 32nd comment | 18 replies
On Phase One 645DF+ with IQ250 field test article (146 comments in total)
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Prognathous: What are the pros and cons of this camera compared to Pentax 645Z?

The Pentax is truly a DSLR, which handles much like a 35mm or APS-C DSLR. This brings with it both pros and cons.

The image quality from Phase One is going to be a little better. And competing MF camera (like the 645Z) aren't supported by Capture One, so you'll lose its quality advantage as well.

Price aside, each one is better for certain applications. E.g. I'd pick Phase One for Studio, Landscape, and probably Wedding, while Pentax would be easier (and in some ways more functional) for general use.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 17:47 UTC
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KL Matt: I wonder if there is a product safety issue here (risk of fire or battery explosion). Otherwise why this wording(emphasis mine): "*should* call ... even if the product appears to be functioning properly...."

Interesting possibility ...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 07:41 UTC
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DStudio: Interesting how they know the exact serial numbers of some copies that apparently shouldn't exhibit this issue.

It shows that they may keep really close track of how they manufacture each individual camera.

It also makes me wonder what the cause is.

Pentaxforums speculates it's a hardware issue ... this will be interesting!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 07:40 UTC

Interesting how they know the exact serial numbers of some copies that apparently shouldn't exhibit this issue.

It shows that they may keep really close track of how they manufacture each individual camera.

It also makes me wonder what the cause is.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 02:54 UTC as 19th comment | 3 replies
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