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On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)

I want to see that evf in real life. Other than that, while I am a big Fuji egghead I did notice that lately Fuji seems to favor to repackage extremely similar internals into various different bodies in the same year, just to have different price points. That is going to be a recipe for frustration for first time buyers. One month you buy xe2 just to see it morph next month into a more dslr like body with bigger evf... and as soon as that will sell for a month there will be quickly something else announced with one or two things changed.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2014 at 15:45 UTC as 153rd comment | 2 replies
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Macist: Without GPS, it's useless as a travel camera.

Fail, since superzooms are mostly bought for travel photos.

What is with people and the "its useless " theme?
So many comments on various posts all using the "useless" word.
I just commented on another post where some other user calls e-m1 useless.
Is this a smear campaign or just people are really getting that moronic?
I mean it seriously, so many posts on various Olympus cameras inserting the useless word.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2014 at 15:33 UTC
On DPReview Gear of the Year Part 3: Olympus OM-D E-M1 article (396 comments in total)
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David Smith - Photographer: I think the E-M1 is an excellent camera, but to me it is rendered useless by the serious shutter vibration issue. Even with safe settings this camera surprised me again and again with unsharp pictures. You can't always see this on the small sharp LCD. Only when you look at the results on your computer screen, you'll watch in horror how the E-M1 has destroyed your favorite photo of the day. Quickly sold mine.

I like those great helpful reviews that put various variations of "its useless" meme. I am not Olympus user and now I know why, because unlike everything else it is useless. Wow.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2014 at 15:28 UTC

The strangest thing is that there are probably some people who would indeed pay $10k for a repackaged Sony. Aside of its very strong silver canon rebel d30 look from year 2000.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2014 at 15:22 UTC as 37th comment | 1 reply
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2372 comments in total)
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PaulDavis: Full review coming soon? I have owned my a7 for a month and love it but I need DPR's confirmation that I made the right choice!!!!

"I need DPR's confirmation that I made the right choice" is really WTF moment of the day. Print it on T-Shirt you will make a lot of money.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2014 at 15:57 UTC
On Fujifilm to release X100S in solid black article (25 comments in total)


Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2014 at 14:40 UTC as 1st comment
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justin23: The issue with the rental model stills continues. If you stop paying for the rental model, your files are trapped without anyway of opening them. Worst case they should allow you to open and save any files even if your subscription is no longer valid.
Luckily Lightroom is probably all most photographers really need.

What Automobiles have t do with it? If you stop paying for gas you can still sell it because it is yours. It is like photoshop and paying for electricity.
TV subscription, satellite etc are entertainment services. If you stop paying you get no TV and you can entertain yourself other way.
What if Windows or MAC OSX becomes a subscription service because the model is soooo good?
It is not about photoshop, it is about Adobe believing this is the model for future.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2014 at 14:34 UTC
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jadot: Lots of people stamping their feet here. It's easy to see that a percentage of those people are just upset because it's getting harder to keep cracked versions up to date.

The truth is that in a competitive market using the latest software (in this case CC with current updates) can give you a competitive edge.

If you're happy with CS6 or below, then why are you complaining about CC? If it was CS7 you'd complain about the cost of "buying" it and how Adobe force you to buy updates every 18 months. Depending on how you want to use the software, it could actually cost you more to "own" the software every two years. If you don't need the latest features, then you'll probably be alright using Photoshop Express - buy that.

Meanwhile for probably less than what you spend on chocolate in 1 week, professionals are using CC with all the latest updates, spending less time worrying about Adobe's plans for armegeddon, and less time eating chocolate.

This is BS about cracked software. This is to show them that subscription based sales are not the way future is going to be.
Imagine most people say it is a great way to get software and they start pouring money into subscription. I can guarantee that soon after everything else will turn into subscription model and soon you will realize you can't do anything on your computer if you don't pay every month.
You think i am exaggerating a bit? If adobe says the subscription model works beyond expectation and they make billions, I bet every one else will want to jump on board.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2014 at 14:22 UTC

I like the perspective warp a lot. It is pretty smart.
But then again, I am definitely not going to pay a subscription fee for any software.
And it isn't even a subscription, it is RENTAL.
The biggest reason for me s not to give them or any other company approval that this is the way to sell software, because then soon, everything else will be a RENTAL, Lightroom? Windows? MS office?
Once the dollar signs appear in their eyes, the companies will not stop.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2014 at 14:15 UTC as 14th comment | 5 replies
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Danny: This update does not make any sense. WHO ON EARTH is going to use a 3D-printing option from inside Photoshop? If you are, like me, into 3D-printing, you are using 3D software for that, NOT a 2D photo-retouching application!! It sounds so sophisticated, "hey look- Photoshop can do 3D-printing too"! Yeah, prehistoric simple objects like a coke-can, that's what we print all the time.. It shows that, again, Adobe makes pointless updates on a product that has been finished years ago, and now it's milking it's users money with their Cloud. Who wants to be part of that? I'll keep working with CS5 for as long as I like it, then jump towards the competition.

(btw, I am a professional Photoshop user for more than 17 years).

Watching the video I was thinking the same. I kind of don't see any reason to do 3D whatever in photoshop. they should direct their development to the 2d photo manipulation. I also don't know many people (actually none) who use photoshop for anything 3d.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2014 at 14:03 UTC

The normal US price is high, but for some reason in Europe I constantly found places that were selling the original for 50% few years ago when it was new.
I bought mine for about $60 in Fnac, right in the central of Milan, Italy. Some with other accessories like cases etc, while the cameras themselves are usually more expensive.
In general it is good, but I think the full price is overblown for a piece of metal with rubber.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2014 at 19:15 UTC as 16th comment
On Nikon Df Review preview (1610 comments in total)
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(unknown member):

Another of Nikon's problems is that the bar for "good camera" is easily reached these days. Name me a 16mp or higher interchangeable lens camera that's offered by anyone that isn't capable of excellent images in a wide range of conditions when used well by a serious user. There are none. Sure, we can niggle and naggle over some details, such as how it shoots at ISO 12,800, or whether the focus is adequate or good in low light, or how long the battery lasts. But personally, I can't think of a 16mp+ interchangeable lens camera I couldn't be happy with the results from in most of my shooting needs. Indeed, it's really only pure action photography in low light where I'd start to weed a lot of the entries out, but the Df might probably be one of them, despite using the D4 sensor ;~).

I'd say if you can't make good photos with D700 then it is time to change the camera operator or find perhaps another hobby.
It is really pointless to list how much df is better than previous FF nikon, because you could either make good pics that sell well with both or neither and it isn't the cameras fault.
It is interesting concept but the primary factor is to look very retro.
I think this may be the main feature people will be buying it or not and it has nothing to do with photography but lot of with vanity which is a bit sad.
But hey Nikon can afford this, they seems to be doing well.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2014 at 16:55 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Review preview (559 comments in total)
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BarnET: the cons............
1.In-body stabilization not available for image composition.
That's only an issue on long focal lengths. Most of these lenses have in lens stabilisation that DOES work for image composition
2.Camera tends to use small apertures
Then use aperture priority mode. sensor is in movie mode
Well got to give you that one that is kinda annoying since fast primes that look great in movie are mostly unstabilized(20mm f1.7, 45mm F1.8 and so on)
4.Strong 'rainbow' tearing effect in EVF
Tried it in the store, and it's not that bad.
5.EVF is hard to see outdoors, adds bulk to camera
hard to see outdoors?! if your not wearing glasses this is just plain nitpicking.
adds bulk?! it's the smallest solution with an EVF this is a pro on this camera.
6.No in-camera Raw conversion
Raw is meant to be processed on PC anyway.
7.Lacks headphone and external mic ports for video shooters
This is not a video tool. And the on board mics are good.

Sadly plevyadophy is correct. I know too well.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 27, 2013 at 18:55 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Review preview (559 comments in total)
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kentwosheds: When the reviewer states he would rather use the rear screen than the viewfinder, he doesn't take into account wearers of reading glasses.
To use the screen would mean having to wear glasses, whereas the viewfinder means no specs required.

Nah, it is the same...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 27, 2013 at 18:54 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Review preview (559 comments in total)

Pretty much nod to fuji xe1 in styling, but definitely a modern camera. And I guess the focus speed would smoke the fuji for breakfast.. The m43 format is doing well.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 27, 2013 at 18:52 UTC as 35th comment
On Nikon Df Review preview (1610 comments in total)

Looks great on paper, but why they think a pro gear needs retro styling.
It is either geared to very old people or lomo steam punk crowd. By the price I'd say the first as it is quite larger than an iPhone. Why the mee-too retro styling, why?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 27, 2013 at 18:27 UTC as 84th comment | 9 replies
On Hands-on with the Panono panoramic ball camera post (112 comments in total)

Idea may be good, except the panorama wow factor was like a decade ago. I know, I was making them. Since then I realized that nobody else from my circle really wanted to see them....

Direct link | Posted on Dec 27, 2013 at 18:07 UTC as 19th comment | 2 replies
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2372 comments in total)
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EFC11: I have an A7 and an X-E2 at home right now and have taken numerous shots inside and out (admittedly kit mens on both). I can't find a reason to spend the extra on the A7 and in fact i prefer many images from the X-E2 (oh and with same lenses its half the price. I really wanted to like the Sony but i just don't see it in the images and i think the X-E2 and especially the lenses are better built. I shoot JPEGS as i don't have time to mess with Aperture etc.

I think it is because fuji has so more reasonable lens follow up. It takes a lot to make excellent FF lens. I guess if you somehow mount the sony FF lenses on APS-C you would be surprised how sharp and solid they are.
Unfortunately while FF sounds great, people will be let down by lenses - either pay a lot or be disappointed.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2013 at 01:25 UTC
On DPReview Gear of the Year Part 3: Olympus OM-D E-M1 article (396 comments in total)
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Dgeer: Lol....hey m43 is my choice for the same reasons as many others but I went from Nikon D90 to lumix G2 and now G3 simply because the Nikon wouldn't take ready to use shots from camera in daylight situations anywhere in the world. Nikon claim there is nothing wrong with it and friends always used there's in manual and raw and spent time in Photoshop or similar. I don't spend time touching up as I was originally a film user and you got 36 expensive shots only so you want to get it right in camera. You can take many more digitalis but at the end of the day you want the best compositions etc rather than anything else so I try to get exposure etc correct in camera. With the Lumix M43 and even their Tz smaller cameras they do this very well. The iA button lets u slip in and out of auto and now I rarely need to use A or S or other settings. Portability is another major reason for choosing m43 and the lenses quality from Panasoic and of course Olympus is awesome.

This is why I went with fuji. Excellent image straight from the camera, no fiddling with computer, no so called "developing". I think holiday shooters have more time on their hands than I do.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2013 at 18:41 UTC
On DPReview Gear of the Year Part 3: Olympus OM-D E-M1 article (396 comments in total)
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AlexRuiz: Here is my own experience for what it’s worth, as the EM-5 and EM-1 are fairly similar.

In early 2013 I purchased 2 cameras, a D600 and an EM-5. The D600 I bought with my fingers crossed based on all the baggage and negative reviews about oil spots and stuff. The EM-5 I excitingly purchased based on the extremely positive reviews.

Almost a year later, the D600 never had any oil spot issues (or whatever) and it has surpassed my expectations. The image quality is just superb. Regarding the EM-5, I found all those overwhelmingly positive reviews to contain a fair amount of exaggeration. While being a good camera, the EM-5 image quality is not as great as many would want you to believe; definitely not on par with the D600.

Verdict: I take the D600 any day of the week and will be keeping it indefinitely. The EM-5 will be sold (as will be the pana 14mm f2.5 and pana 20mm f1.7). Anyone interested let me know.

I agree with you on d600 being superb, but it is weird to be comparing them. I know the OMD does look like dslr, but that is where it ends - with looks.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2013 at 18:39 UTC
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