keeponkeepingon

keeponkeepingon

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EinsteinsGhost: "DPR Staff", what exactly is an "FE-mount"? (Hint: It isn't that, it is E-mount).

I thought FE-Mount == Full Frame E Mount?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 19, 2014 at 05:59 UTC
On Photokina 2014: Quiet but significant article (165 comments in total)
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G1Houston: I am a long time Nikon user and have incorporated m4/3 into my system for its good IQ and compact size. However to photograph my kids, I am now mostly using the almost 3 year old D7100 which is just a blast to use — it is fast, with excellent IQ, and its focus tracking is outstanding. Now Nikon has put a state-of-the-art FF sensor in a body that is even lighter than the D7100 with even better AF and metering system, all for just a little bit over $2,000. I thus wonder what is the advantage of the mirrorless system that dpreview and others seem to promote it as the future of photography? Take A7 as an example, you can make the camera only that small before handling becomes a real problem and its lenses are not substantially smaller than those of Nikon/Canon, and are certainly very expensive. What is the advantage of the mirrorless — why does IT have to be the future?

"APS-C is too close in weight and size to FF therefore are really pointless."

Yeah the A6000 is practically the same size of a 5D MkIII so what's the point? Hard to get your point as overall APS-C has better IQ and performance than M43 and 1/3rd the price of FF (or less)?

Pointless for the 1 percenters maybe but in the real world they pretty much have a point.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 28, 2014 at 06:24 UTC
On Video preview of the Canon Powershot G7 X article (77 comments in total)
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keeponkeepingon: Is canon making a knock off of the RX100 really "one of the most exciting announcements from Photokina"?

Either it's a boring conference or I'm missing something. Can you explain why this is exciting?

THanks!

Wow. Gottschalk, thanks for the great explanation. As a canon fanboy I'm still not too excited. I guess I'm a bit disappointed that they just wrapped all of that excellent engineering around a now ancient sony sensor instead of coming up with something a bit better. Thank you very very much!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 06:44 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II beta image samples article (36 comments in total)

I'm playing with some of the backlit images and there's a lot of detail shadows. I'm not sure my T2i could do as well so maybe there is some magic special sauce in the 7D Mk2 sensor?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 18:00 UTC as 14th comment | 3 replies
On Video preview of the Canon Powershot G7 X article (77 comments in total)

Is canon making a knock off of the RX100 really "one of the most exciting announcements from Photokina"?

Either it's a boring conference or I'm missing something. Can you explain why this is exciting?

THanks!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 08:12 UTC as 12th comment | 4 replies
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (1867 comments in total)

Can someone give me a TLDR on how this compares to the sony A6000. Yeah I know the bodies don't compare for handling and EVF versus OVF but based on sheer rubber meets the road shooting specs?

I'm doing a quick snapsort and according to the (often prone to errors) spec list the A6000 has more AF points, faster burst speed and a larger viewfinder while the 7D Mk 2 is weather sealed, has a better lens selection an external mike input and ?????

Thanks!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 08:48 UTC as 162nd comment | 8 replies
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Robert Kempen: this lens will be ideal for the game parks of Africa on an XT1

Get up close to the waterholes and shoot lions and other predators - good enough for those landscapes and sunsets also

Weather sealing perfect for the constant dust problem

OIS excellent for shooting freehand from the window of your vehicle

I've never been on safari but isn't 135mm a little too short for shooting "lions and other predators"????

I think the 55-250mm is a little short for my kids soccer and they don't even bite.....

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2014 at 17:23 UTC
On Sony a5100 First Impressions Review preview (590 comments in total)
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keeponkeepingon: One thing I really like about the 3n/5000/5100 bodies is the zoom control for the power zoom allowing full one handed operation.

While I want the EVF and Flash shoe offered on the A6000 I don't have the luxury of using two hands to control the camera.

Why sony would go through all the work to make the power zooms then not put a zoom control on new models such as the A6000 is very puzzling.

"Operating a camera with just one hand, destabilizes the camera and will give you more blurry results." maybe with your full frame DSLR and F2.8 600mm zoom but with the sony NEX and diminutive 16-50 the weight is almost non existent. One handed, two handed my results are all about the same.

Longer shutter times require no-handed, a tripod, and even there using just one hand for everything, and not needing to reach around to the front of the camera to zoom is a nice feature.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2014 at 09:53 UTC
On Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review preview (436 comments in total)
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km25: The camera is a $500.00 with a nice f2-f2.8 zoom lens. It is for grabing quick shots. The cameras that have large sensor have larger price tags, so why have a 1" sensor when one may have a APS-C. Point is how does it work for the person shooting with it. I would have only hoped the movie side of the camera would get better.Oh that $500.00 price tag in 6 months or so, will be $449.00.

"The cameras that have large sensor have larger price tags, " Sony RX100. Same price. Double the sensor area, almost double the resolution, brighter on the wide end (where my pocket cams sit 90% of the time).

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2014 at 09:47 UTC
On Sony a5100 First Impressions Review preview (590 comments in total)

One thing I really like about the 3n/5000/5100 bodies is the zoom control for the power zoom allowing full one handed operation.

While I want the EVF and Flash shoe offered on the A6000 I don't have the luxury of using two hands to control the camera.

Why sony would go through all the work to make the power zooms then not put a zoom control on new models such as the A6000 is very puzzling.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2014 at 22:47 UTC as 73rd comment | 3 replies
On Sony announces Alpha a5100 compact mirrorless camera article (106 comments in total)
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OrdinarilyInordinate: This just looks like a Samsung NX3000/NX300M hybrid to me in a Sony package (shape and compact power zoom lens of the same range like NX3000, hybrid AF and touch screen like NX300/NX300M and many other Samsung versions, and 180 selfie screen like NX300M/NX3000).

Samsung copied Sony. This is like the 3rd or 4th iteration of this model. The 3n (which this is externaly a picture perfect copy of) predates the NX300 by 9 months and pre 3n models had similar features.

I know it's incredible to think of samsung as any thing but a leader in photo technology but it is what it is......

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2014 at 22:35 UTC
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abortabort: I find it somewhat interesting that there is no price mentioned when talking about the two adapter modules XLR-K1M and DMW-YAGH. The rest of the article makes it blindly obvious whenever the Sony is more expensive, with the price of the base unit itself then comments about the cost of a 4K recorder (at the moment at least), but when it comes to these adapter modules no mention of price is given only that "The Panasonic DMW-YAGH module is rather more extensive addition" - Is this because the price doesn't fall in Panasonic's favour in this instance? It makes it seem like a positive spin for Panasonic (again) by not acknowledging the massive price difference between the two.

For someone who shoots 1080p and wants XLR mic inputs this not only evens the playing field between the two, but actually swings the other way making the Sony the cheaper of the two - Not saying this is every scenario, but this would certainly be a popular configuration.

Good point! Thanks for pointing it out.

The sony XLR module is $798 and includes a micrphone while the panasonic module is $1995 (amazon prices).

While a +$1100 difference is huge, the panasonic also includes video out but if you don't need those.... wow.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 08:15 UTC
On Samsung Galaxy S5 camera review post (88 comments in total)
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Mike FL: "31mm focal length"? Samsung just did not get it as most of Samsung none P&S cameras.

For some reason I never take selfies with the front facing cam. I've got long arms and I gota have all 8mp for this beautiful face. (The real answer is I spent way way too long with my 3Gs (no ff camera, old habits die hard...)).

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2014 at 21:00 UTC
On Canon EF-S 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 sample gallery article (99 comments in total)
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iudex: I rarely praise Canon, since it´s gear, especially lenses are very expensive, but now I have to applaud. Decent image quality for an unrivalled price, nice job. I wondered why wideangle lenses always need to be that expensive (e.g. Pentax offers only one wideangle lens, which is great as regards the quality, but very expensive and there is no budget alternative, so i fI wanted a cheaper wideangle zoom, I would have to choose at Sigma) and hope other producers will follow this example.

It's more like 22% more (Selling for 399 CAD at henrys) and I would think better build and much better optical quaility and a more useful long end are pretty darn good reasons for an increase in price?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2014 at 20:55 UTC
On Samsung Galaxy S5 camera review post (88 comments in total)
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Mike FL: "31mm focal length"? Samsung just did not get it as most of Samsung none P&S cameras.

Lars, I think both this and the iPhone review are well done; I was just theorizing as to the posters logic.

Regarding wider: wider is better for selfies hence wider is better for smartphones.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2014 at 18:23 UTC
On Samsung Galaxy S5 camera review post (88 comments in total)
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Mike FL: "31mm focal length"? Samsung just did not get it as most of Samsung none P&S cameras.

To me it looks like a fair review but I can follow his logic:

Amazon does not sell the iphone*.
Amazon does sell the Samsung Galaxy S5
Amazon owns dpreview so Lars works for the anti iphone pro S5 Amazon

*You'll find the iphone on amazon.com but all are sold by 3rd party sellers. Here's a search on iphones sold by amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_st_undefined?keywords=iphone&qid=1405071127&rh=n%3A2335752011%2Ck%3Aiphone%2Cp_76%3A2491146011%2Cp_6%3AATVPDKIKX0DER&sort=price-desc-rank

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2014 at 09:34 UTC

woot! Some EOS-M love.

I stumbled on an EOS-M with the excelent 22mm/F2 for $199 and could not resist. Gosh am I happy, what a fun little camera. It's my around the house and out and about camera. Sure it's slow as nails but I knew that going in.

I've been dragging my feet on buying other lenses though. I'm tempted by the 18-55 (cheap!) or the 11-22 but then I'm destroying the three advantages the M has over my T2i ($199, size! and a 35mm FF equiv fast prime).

IQ from even the old canon sensor is better than anything M43 and with the 22mm F2 prime it's a nice little package and (for what I paid for it) tremendous bang for the buck. There is no way that $200 could get you a better "New in the box" fast prime performance with large sensor IQ.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 10:33 UTC as 19th comment | 3 replies
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mantra: hi
i still have lightroom v4 64bit ,for it permorms better then v5
honestly i did not find new v5 feature to push me to buy v5

is really v5 more powerfull then v4?
is worth to upgrade?

by the way thanks for the video!

Here's a meandering video discussing the new stuff.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EcbMyqoWP8

Spot healing/removal is much much better. Pre LR5 you got to fix a dot but with LR 5 you can drag the spot removal which is incredibly useful for all sorts of stuff, from removing a hair to a light pole.

Spectro is way underselling the "straighten your image a little easier". The new tools go way way beyond just twisting your picture a bit, it can analyze buildings and correct for some forms of perspective distortion making crooked lines straight. Sometimes it falls on it's face but when it works it can be great.
I also find myself resorting to the radial filter a lot. If you take pictures of people it's so easy to just select a face and lighten shadows without affecting the entire picture. You can do this with the adjustment brush in LR 4 but it would take 4evah compared to LR5 with the radial filter.
Nice explanation of the "upright" tool
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pVX4za3Y54

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2014 at 14:28 UTC

This video is 8 months old why post it now when there are so many other good LR videos?

Because you are regurgitating reddit 4 days ago:
http://www.reddit.com/r/photography/comments/27huyh/this_is_a_fantastic_runthrough_of_the_development/

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2014 at 13:26 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply

This word "bullet time". I do not think it means what you think it means!

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2014 at 08:09 UTC as 76th comment
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