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On Travel tripods: Comparing 5 aluminum kits article (99 comments in total)
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Dan Tong: An excellent review far more detailed and professional than the usual DPreview job.

I had purchased a heavy duty aluminum Gitzo tripod and the concentric leg locks took more time and effort to set than the lever locks that I kept seeing.

I envied the Manfrotto lever leg locks, until the plastic leg locks on a cheaper Manfrotto tripod broke and the tripod became totally useless and pretty much un-repairable. It got very little use and I'm guessing age was the primary cause. I had another cheap no name tripod fail the same way, although it lasted a much much longer than the Manfrotto. Now I understand why the concentric locking mechanism (almost always metal) is far superior even though, without fast screwing feature, it takes longer to tighten and loosen.

I would personally always stay away from any lever locking tripods and I now fully appreciate the Gitzo concentric metal leg locking mechanism.

The Cullmann Titan lever locks were durable, but the Titans were robust, high-end tripods. And they were heavy, not travel units.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 23:49 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2979 comments in total)

This announcement sure generated a lot of excitement. What about the RX1? It seems to have dropped off - I rarely see any comments about it now. Is it from the Sigma DP merrills achieving similar quality results for a lot lower price?

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2014 at 17:26 UTC as 257th comment | 2 replies
On Leica M Monochrom now available in grayscale (sort of) article (137 comments in total)
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RStyga: Much nicer in my opinion. Now, what's left is to reduce the price to reflect its real value.

Sorry, Mustafa, I think there IS a market for a dedicated monochrome-sensor camera. The Leica Monochrom is just too expensive for most of us, but a body that natively mounted our Fuji lenses (and fit hundreds of others with adapters) and cost less than, say, $1000, would sell really well.

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2014 at 23:20 UTC
On Leica M Monochrom now available in grayscale (sort of) article (137 comments in total)
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MPA1: All they need to do now is move to the 21st century and design a version with AF; then I will buy it.

That is a bit like taking a classic car and saying it should have automatic transmission and then it would be fine.

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2014 at 23:16 UTC
On Leica M Monochrom now available in grayscale (sort of) article (137 comments in total)
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JapanAntoine: I'll never understand why anyone would buy that...

If you don't get it, you just don't. And that is fine - the Monochrom is a tool for certain photographers, but not everyone.

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2014 at 23:15 UTC
On Leica M Monochrom now available in grayscale (sort of) article (137 comments in total)
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stevez: B&W is traditional and so are chrome cameras. It should have been made this way at the onset.

As I recall, most early 20th century cameras were black paint. Chrome became the option in the 1930s or so.

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2014 at 23:13 UTC

These are nice photographs of broken fishing boats on a beach, one picture of a nondescript warehouse or shed, and a photograph of a street. I do not make a connection with immigrants or refugees. This particular portfolio does not document the cost of migration.

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2014 at 19:56 UTC as 17th comment | 3 replies
On Nikon launches S2 1-System mirrorless camera article (73 comments in total)
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justmeMN: Listed as currently available on the Nikon USA web site: J1, J2, J3, J4, S1, S2, V1, V2, V3, AW1.

So as Nikon releases the J4, it apparently still has a warehouse full of J1s, among other old models.

Nikon could use some better inventory/model management.

If there is that much stock, where is the cheapest place to buy a basic 1-system body and lens?

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2014 at 18:55 UTC
On Updated: Creating the Leica T article (197 comments in total)
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Richard Franiec: Nice design, attention to detail and use of quality materials in the manufacturing process of the camera body are all great attention grabbers, however the truth is that they don't always create a better tool to do the job, especially when electronics are involved.
What we see with Leica is that they are desperately trying to market pride of craftsmanship and mysticism of the brand name at exuberant prices.
The whole manufacturing process in today's broadly available technology (explained in pictures of the article) is nothing that cannot be achieved in China, Vietnam or Romania. Most likely with less manual labor involved if deburring process is carried out by the same machine tool which does the "carving" of solid block of aluminum, not by hand of highly paid worker.
Obviously, limited production runs cost more per unit but justifying the final price by extraordinary skills and experience needed to do the job is just a plain hyperbole in my mind.

Sadly, I agree with you. Also, manufacturing the magnificent rock of the ages body to house electronic components whose practical life is only likely to be 4 or 6 years just does not make much sense. It is overkill. Now if they had some sort of sensor upgrade path.....

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 00:25 UTC
On A travel-sized large-format 4x5 camera? article (218 comments in total)
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Wim1964: Attractive idea, but (and that's what keeping me from buying/using a filmcamera); very impractical. With larger sensor compact camera's around (and a few nifty post-processing filters) you can get roughly the same effects. Not the same quality perhaps...there are some nice snaps on that flickr-page! :)

no, I think you did not get it. The purpose of this is for someone to use film, not to simulate film with a bunch of digital effects.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2014 at 21:47 UTC
On Review: Ona Lima camera strap article (142 comments in total)
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Alex Velasco: 70 bucks for a strap is high. I would like to offer a suggestion for strap reviews. I appreciate the checked shirt as a backdrop, but why is the camera hanging from the guy's back? Where are the shirt buttons? Maybe your review should show the strap under different conditions. As not all of us live in New England, perhaps you could offer a choice of different patters? Hawaiian, African, plain white, synthetic, t-shirt, or at least a summer style. Also, how about a shot of the camera hanging under one arm? Cummon guys! ;-)

How about an armpit hair gripping support system? With quick release buckles?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2014 at 03:06 UTC
On Review: Ona Lima camera strap article (142 comments in total)
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Richard Murdey: Hear me out on straps: leather, I know, it impresses people at the coffee shop and all, so knock yourself out on that if you have to, but metal buckles? Just say no. Multiple sets of brass tackle hanging off your camera? Not only does it not look good (uh, the 70's called, they want your strap back...) you might as well sign a disclaimer:"I'm going to unnecessarily scratch my camera now."

The brass rivets reminds me of the beautiful traditional canvas and leather travel duffels or satchels you get from some vendors. They are supposed to evoke travel with Ernest Hemingway, but weigh 6 lb empty and have clunky brass buckles and straps all over.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2014 at 03:05 UTC
On Review: Ona Lima camera strap article (142 comments in total)

Nice materials, but to fiddly with the double buckles and the riveted connections between strap and neck pad. Really, you want basic and simple so that the strap wraps around the camera when you put it in a bag and does not have any protruding metal to scratch the camera. Find one of the single-length leather straps (many ebay vendors)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2014 at 02:58 UTC as 18th comment
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Red G8R: Based on the photos, the build quality looks great. But I'm not keen on anything that requires manual focus.

Yes, that is terrible when you have to focus manually.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2014 at 02:18 UTC
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historianx: LOL love the we need autofocus comments, they crack me up. If you need A/F for a 12mm wide angle, then you should probably not be in photography LOL

Careful - next someone will claim it is hopelessly crippled without stabilization.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2014 at 02:16 UTC
On Fujifilm UK X Signature service officially launched article (125 comments in total)
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topstuff: Well done Fuji. It is important to make cameras fun to own.

I dare say they are appealing to a much younger, optimistic and care-free customer segment than the resident old grumps on DPR.

Photography is a creative art. It is ultimately about self expression. If a photographer wants to cover his Fuji with a custom colour covering, then good luck to him /her.

I know of more than one very serious pro who would love this !

We are meant to have some fun while on this planet.

Years ago, I would set up my 4x5" camera on tripod in the street in a small Greek village. Nothing stealth there. People would look at me curiously for 2 or 3 minutes, then totally ignore me thereafter. Maybe it is time to do this again to revive a bit of fun in photography.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2014 at 17:37 UTC
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snegron2: Camera manufacturers have to accept the fact that there is not as much disposable income as there was prior to the real estate market collapse (or as I like to refer to it by its true term; the millennial depression). Lower camera/lens prices to affordable levels and maybe people might buy more of them.

There is only so much of the "higher prices due to research and development" excuse we customers can tolerate as we grow weary every year spending outrageous money on plastic, mass produced equipment.

Not sure if I agree. If the normal US consumer gets excited about something, he seems to have almost infinite disposable income (or at least he is willing to make poor lifetime choices) to fund his purchases. For example, extravagant automobiles (luxury trucks??), cell phone plans, and women's purses sell immediately. To tap this market, camera manufacturers will have to excite their potential customers. There is a big difference: a camera requires work. Many of the other prestige purchases are passive, meaning the pleasure in in their possession.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 15:43 UTC
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topstuff: Problem with these forums is that they are the opinions ( generally speaking, for I am sure there are many exceptions ) of people of between middle age and retirement age, generally white and western and with English as their native tongue. And with a heavy bias toward North America.

This is not representative of the world. We talk as if we understand what is happening but we forget that we see things through the lens of our own , narrow, perspective.

DPR forum members look at the world through a 500mm telephoto lens and simply do not realise that there is a much wider field of view with aspects to the environment that they cannot see. Therefore, most of the opinions here ( while passionately held and as legitimate as the next mans ) are irrelevant - my own opinions included.

wbury, you may be right long-term, but don't forget: millions of western consumers have disposable income and are not gear heads. Many of them buy according to the "safe" names, meaning Nikon and Canon. The traditional DSLR from the big two may soldier along for a long time.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 15:26 UTC
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tkbslc: If Sigma wants to grow their camera business, they need to put some effort into designing at least one model that has a bit more all-around utility. I am amazed at the detail at ISO 100-200 from these cameras. However, the lack of ability to shoot in lower light, stray more than an hour from a charger, shoot video, or focus on anything moving, means Sigma cameras are not really an option for more than 1% of photographers.

I'm also suprised that with their poor high ISO, they continually affix slower lenses to their DP line. Give us an f1.4 lens and maybe I'm OK being stuck under ISO 1600. And with battery issues, an OVF tuned to the attached lens would be a good solution.

Where does this lack of ability top shoot at lower light come from? ISO 200 is not adequate? Maybe you forgot, generations of photographers used Kodachrome at ISO10 or 25 and Panatomic-X at 32? With a tripod of window ledge, the Sigma is fine at low light. I agree with you about an electronic viewfinder.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2014 at 17:53 UTC
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kay bhee: for those who want the latest toy of the month......duhh...the rest of us were maybe waiting for FULL SENSOR foveon duhhh...no wonder japan amazon was giving away the dp merrills for less than usd 480 recently... so...whats this mean...we wait for those yoyos to come up with idea of full sensor foveon 2 yrs from now ?

What is a full sensor?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2014 at 16:27 UTC
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