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On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (423 comments in total)
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zarabo: Ok, if this is intended for beginners, why not have a built in flash, while the more serious EM10 has one? I know they provide an external flash, but doesn't that make the whole thing bulky? I don't get it.
Also, if you have the flash installed, that means you can't install an EVF since the flash uses the hot shoe and the port?

I never thought I'd agree with Tedolph, but he's right. The EPL2 was nearly perfect in form factor and features. Give it a modern sensor, better screen, fast focus, and 5-axis IBIS, and you have the best PEN camera available.

This EPL7 is a step down, as far as I'm concerned.

(Then again, I just bought an E-M10, so I guess I don't care all that much.)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 5, 2014 at 19:33 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (423 comments in total)
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Marc J: I am horribly appalled by the marketing of this thing, and by the accompanying change in the marketing of the whole PEN line. I was fairly proud of my E-PL5, but with the current marketing, I should feel embarrassed to ever pull it out. What happened to photography? Anyone want to tell me that those who like to match their cameras with their purses have any clue of, say, sensor size? Or of a difference between lenses? And that they actually want to know about it?

"I was fairly proud of my E-PL5, but with the current marketing, I should feel embarrassed to ever pull it out."

I use my camera to take pictures. Why would I ever be embarrassed at the tools I choose?

If you really need your camera to be a fashion accessory that badly, either buy a Leica or just shoot with your iPhone.

And while you do that, I'll be busy taking pictures.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 5, 2014 at 19:28 UTC
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Daniel Lauring: I have a feeling this is just another low IQ superzoom that duplicates existing lenses. Tamron and Sigma should concentrate on some high quality fast zooms to support m43. How about a 12-60 F2.8 or F4? That would make a dynamite semi-pro walkaround lens.

"if they're still leary about joining m4/3 at all, targeting only the smaller group of high end m4/3 users is an even bigger gamble."

That's better than targeting no one by duplicating lenses that are already there (and good).

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 15:50 UTC
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ray-ray: The fact is, the digital age has changed and everything heretofore has gone out the window in regard to intellectual property. We've seen this time and time again with digital music and digital imaging suffers the same plight. The days of original tape recordings and original negatives have faded into history. The onus is on the artist and photographer to accept the fact that the rules of the game have changed. It's way too easy to copy, manipulate, alter and otherwise pilfer digital files. You can't count on everyone being honest, because history has proved that not everyone is. The primary reason for protecting one's work is to protect the revenue it potentially can generate. That being said, new ways are going to have to be discovered to guarantee the revenue stream.

The answer really isn't that difficult. If all it takes to defeat your business model is removing a watermark (something any idiot can figure out how to do with 10 seconds of googling and some free software) then your business model is crap.

Charge for the shoot, with the agreement that all images from it belong to the client. Collect half up front, and half when you show the client the images on YOUR computer. Problem solved.

Jesus, no wonder the photographers here complain about losing revenue -- use your heads! The world has changed; change with it or find a new line of work.

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2014 at 03:20 UTC
On Walmart sues photographer's widow over family pictures article (200 comments in total)
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Wubslin: I'm with Walmart on this one. No-one has the 'right' to take pictures of people.

That's irrelevant. Legally, all that matters are the circumstances under which the photos were taken, which isn't at all clear based on this article.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2014 at 19:32 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-P5 Review preview (494 comments in total)
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SteveNunez: One ugly camera...just my opinion, which doesn't count for much, but I find it ugly!

I totally agree with you: Your opinion doesn't count for much.

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2014 at 19:51 UTC
On Did Amazon just patent the seamless background setup? article (133 comments in total)
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FRANCISCO ARAGAO: Soon Apple will sue Amazon.

Well, there *is* a rounded corner on the lower left-hand side, and Apple owns rounded corners.

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2014 at 01:31 UTC
On onOne Software's Perfect Effects 8 available for free article (117 comments in total)
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photosen: Pity, I don't have 8G of RAM either...

I only have 4 gigs and this runs fine. So does Photoshop CS5, FWIW.

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2014 at 00:33 UTC
On Sony SLT-A77 II First Impressions Review preview (637 comments in total)
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OBI656: I am always amazed how many people is bashing new cameras design by qualified engineers with many, many years of experience in camera design.

Non of these critics on the other hand can show some outstanding photography-portfolio beside some louse photos of sunset taken with $3000.00 lenses and latest DSLR cameras.

Engineers rarely design; they take a designer's (or a design team's) work and try to make it happen, with some back and forth.

Also, these great designers you worship also have us New Coke, the Pinto, and the Zune.

By your seriously flawed and poorly thought-out "logic", EVERY product is a great product. You can't possibly believe that.

Direct link | Posted on May 5, 2014 at 18:19 UTC
On Pressy gives your Android phone an extra button post (23 comments in total)

My first Android phone - the OG Droid - had a dedicated camera button that (unlike this one) was actually located in the right place: about 3/4 of the way down the right side. You could snap a pic just like using a camera.

It's a damn shame all phone's don't have those.

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2014 at 19:07 UTC as 5th comment | 2 replies
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DWare: Lot of negativity but photo potential is intriguing as this will likely be a camera that will always be on me. Price will be the ultimate factor.

I'd buy one if I needed to upgrade - it would be WAY better than my current phone camera, which is already one of the best (and still terrible).

One sticking point: No Kitkat? If there's a Cyanogen mod release for this, it would make all the difference.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2014 at 15:48 UTC
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kff: OK, Samsung Galaxy NX is still the best Android camera,
but not so cheap and it doesn't have KitKat ...

Why doesn't Galaxy K Zoom have no less than 1" senzor ?
SONY QX100 seems to be a big competitor ... we can change a phone during the time and to have still a good camera :)

It would need to either be an inch thick, or the the lens would have to pop out significantly more than it does now (and would be much thicker and heavier). The best you'll ever see is MAYBE a 1/1.7" sensor, like the Canon S120.

Physics can't be overcome.

Personally, I'd rather then keep the phone slim and use dual smaller sensors with software noise reduction to help overcome the low-light problem. I don't expect that to happen, though.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2014 at 15:44 UTC
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Kodachrome200: the intresting part of this would be info on how this works with photographers. how much do they get paid ect ect

You could just click the link and find answers to all your questions, but I guess that would be too hard.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 28, 2014 at 23:55 UTC
On Am I missing something here? article (637 comments in total)
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BurkPhoto: Nikon and Canon are both missing the mirrorless boat. The Olympus and Panasonic offerings are much more ingenious and mature.

Even Sony, with their a7 series, has a better approach. Why haven't Nikon and Canon seen the light and given us mirrorless full frame cameras that are a cut above everything else?

The SLR design was never right for digital. I even hated it the first time I picked up a Canon SLR in August, 1968. That stupid mirror blacked out the finder during exposure, and I've been ticked off about it ever since...

@BurkPhoto: This is why I disagree with the author; it's ALL about protecting their DSLR sales.

Once those start to crumble for enthusiasts, you'll see Canon and Nikon finally release serious mirrorless lines (with decent sensors).

Direct link | Posted on Apr 28, 2014 at 23:53 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (451 comments in total)
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MaxiMax: There was a time when I really liked Canon cameras. Back in 2004, after getting rid of all my Nikon film cameras, I bought their flagship camera with 8 Mpixels. It was a much better camera than Nikon's flagship at that time, that had only 5 Mpixels - It was a time when pixels really counted. On the compact side, I had a few Canon compacts. They were all great cameras. The last compact from Canon I owned was the G10. After that, sorry Canon, but you are lagging behind now. Canon needs seriously to do a better job. Today, I own cameras from other brands. The G1 X Mark II looks disappointing.

I've had 3 Canon compacts, and on all 3 the lens covering mechanism broke within 6 months, making the camera totally unusable.

No more Canon for me - at least until they can make a reliable opener (or just give me a damn lens cap).

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2014 at 00:18 UTC
On Lost 1960s moon photos recovered from analog tapes article (43 comments in total)
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quadraticadder: This is lovely stuff. And of course this high resolution technology was also used in military spy satellites at the time. I wonder how much of the development of early high resolution digital imaging was funded by the militaries for surveillance.
Best,
Steve

All of it.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 21:30 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2300 comments in total)
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topstuff: Amazing the inverted snobbery in play here. I simply cannot understand why people give Leica ( and their owners ) such a hard time for simply being a "premium brand".

Drive an Audi and most of the mechanics are shared with a VW. A new Bentley has much in common with a VW.

Anyone with a "prestige" car criticising a Leica is rather missing the point IMO.

Or does everyone on DP review reject "premium cars" and drive Korean? I bet they don't.

There are premium brands where you're paying for a superior build quality, and then there are premium brands where you're paying for nothing more than the insignia.

Leica used to be the former, and is now the latter. It really is the saddest story in photography, and a real shame. They used to be great.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 15:47 UTC
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Tony Northrup: Perhaps you guys could start providing the full-frame equivalent apertures if you provide the full-frame equivalent focal lengths? This video explains why. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5zN6NVx-hY

The SH-1 has about a 5.5x crop factor. The lens is physically 4.5-108mm f/3.0-6.9, so the 35mm equivalent is 25-600mm f/16-38 in terms of total light gathered by the sensor, light gathered by each pixel, and depth-of-field... all the factors that impact final image quality.

" f/16-38 in terms of total light gathered by the sensor"

Didn't you get enough of a smackdown on the 4/3 Rumors site when you posted the exact same incorrect statement?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2014 at 22:08 UTC
On Photographing bubbles, one bubble at a time article (76 comments in total)
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fuego6: With the new cameras... this is becoming increasingly easy to accomplish.. instant focus and auto-rifle like capture. Just slam the shutter, take 40 photos and cull and enjoy after the fact. Same for milk drops now... no need to expensive equipment and triggered shutter releases... just jam the shutter button and review the results. Love technology!

"It's getting easier to take pictures!!!1!"

Your comment would just as easily apply to any photograph from any photographer in the past 10 years. Therefore, it is worthless.

Surely that can't be the extent of your reaction to these photos? You can't possibly be that vacuous. Or can you?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 29, 2014 at 20:12 UTC
On Am I missing something here? article (637 comments in total)
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NCB: I'm fascinated by the number of comments about small chip, etc, when there hasn't been a single test, let alone a comprehensive review, performed with the camera. Are people only interested in specs these days? m4/3 used to suffer for precisely the same reason, and possibly still does.

"Are people only interested in specs these days? m4/3 used to suffer for precisely the same reason, and possibly still does."

Are you suggesting that there haven't been any tests the m4/3 system cameras? Because if so, you're wrong, and if not, your comment is non-sensical.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 16, 2014 at 20:06 UTC
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