Pythagoras

Pythagoras

Joined on Mar 25, 2012

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Expat Nomad: $199. How do tablet makers justify their prices per GB, when a high speed card can be retailed this cheaply?

poor guy thinks apple has wonderful customer service. it's almost cute!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2014 at 18:01 UTC
On Mid-range Mirrorless camera roundup 2013 article (214 comments in total)
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TN Args: So the winning camera has:

- POOR video (just like you rated the E-P5 video)

- DODGY image stability (a percentage of E-M5 owners report the same 'shutter shock' issue that you were so unhappy with in your review of the E-P5)

- NO INBUILT FLASH (!)

- an INADEQUATE GRIP, that necessitates the purchase of tacky third party add-on grips or a large and expensive Vertical Grip that renders the camera NOT SMALL AT ALL

- baby dSLR design that sports an unnecessary, illogical and widely criticized 'prism hump', which makes the camera bigger than it needs to be, and results in a form factor that suits nobody but dSLR wannabees; and....

- antiquated non-connectivity to the owner's online presence (a big issue for pros and semi pros, and even the general modern person).

Given that you could have chosen at least one camera with none of these faults and flaws, I'm speechless.....

i don't know about all the points you made but i agree about the way the em5 looks with that prism hump--hate it--and it does make the camera really less portable. the grip is also terrible... if you're going to ruin the vertical dimension with that prism why not a few mm onto the grip so it actually does its job?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2013 at 03:57 UTC
On Mid-range Mirrorless camera roundup 2013 article (214 comments in total)
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Jerodequin: Hello DPReview - could you please explain what 'Poor Program Line' means in the cons for the GX7? Thanks!

this article will get reposted on websites where people who have never even heard of dpreview will give it a click because it's a holiday shopping guide.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2013 at 03:53 UTC
On Welcome to our studio test scene article (275 comments in total)

why didn't you put a real white person in there instead of four people all with dark hair and dark eyes and olive or darker-colored skin? what about us poor pale bastards?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2013 at 05:17 UTC as 26th comment | 2 replies
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abortabort: I love all the incessant whining about the lack of viewfinders on low end cameras! First up there are more models with VF's in the lineup than ones without. Secondly, see that little hotshoe? Yeah you can stick any optical viewfinder you like in there, like they've been doing for a century. What you are really whining about is how you've been spoilt by the advantages of TTL viewfinder and viewfinders with informational overlays. Nobody 'needs' that 'junk'. A viewfinder if for composing, which you can do by slapping a favorite viewfinder of choice on top.

You are all* just babies needing little baby aids to be a 'photographer'.

*those that whinge and complain that is.

can someone explain to me the difference between whining and whinging? how do you even pronounce whinging?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 7, 2013 at 06:46 UTC
On Fujifilm X100S Review preview (476 comments in total)
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Johnsonj: Jpeg rules. RAW is for posers.

Only thing missing is face recognition.

this was a weird exchange. can someone help me out?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2013 at 07:02 UTC
On Best DSLRs and ILCs for less than $1000 article (276 comments in total)
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vroger1: I have a GF1 ( amongst other Panasonic m4/3 ILCs) and then went to the GX1- The camera is so tremendous- (when coupled with the accessory finder) that the other day when my camera shop had the body on sale for $229.00, I bought a second body. I my opinion, no matter what bells and whistles (ie: built in finder- wi fi- gps- or cfoffee maker) that Panasonic adds to its next model (GX2 ??)- the GX1 has it all. I cannot see myself going from there so long as I continue to use m-4/3. I cannot laud this camera enough- at $250.00 (USD) body only, the camera is an absolute steal. Don't forget- the digicam uses all lenses for which there is an adapter including Leica glass. That's what got me into ILC's to begin with. Panasonic is the greatest!

i have a gf1 and gx1 also. they are gently used, still in perfect working condition. if anyone is interested in buying them let me know (in the US).

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2013 at 02:40 UTC
On Best DSLRs and ILCs for less than $1000 article (276 comments in total)
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tecnoworld: of course, none of the samsung nx cameras has been taken into consideration, in your article. They are all APS-C (20Mp), have a great IQ (top in class) and offer a lot of functions. Besides the NX lenses are among the best around.

The nx1000 is now a bargain, selling for less than 300$ with the kit lens.
The nx20 is again quite cheap for what it is, offering a nice EVF (650$)
The nx300 is a gorgeous camera, for me the best mirrorless camera with no EVF; it has the best IQ, ultra-fast hybrid focus, focus peaking, very fast operations, touch screen for touch to shoot and touch to focus and many more. All for a price of about 750$.

Till when such big sites won't consider this line, also the users won't know about its existence and how good it is.

what??? the fuji x-e1 is $800. ridiculous that it's not on this list.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2013 at 02:39 UTC
On New CompactFlash card to allow RAID-style 'mirroring' article (100 comments in total)

off topic, but... why do CF cards still exist?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2013 at 01:21 UTC as 13th comment | 8 replies

what?? only aps-c and we're supposed to get excited? i will be impressed when they invent a FF, 24-300 constant f/1.4 zoom lens that is compact, light, and beautiful. it should also fold my laundry and call my mom when i'm not in the mood to talk. hopefully it will be cheap because i don't make a lot of money posting comments online.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2013 at 17:12 UTC as 68th comment | 3 replies
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mjolnirq: [Off-topic] question about language :)

I am a non-native English speaker, and the sentence

a) "Currently these screens utilize the fairly rare metal, indium"

caught my attention. Is it grammatically correct or should it read either

b) "Currently these screens utilize the fairly rare metal indium"

or

c) "Currently these screens utilize a fairly rare metal, indium"

? Both version b) and version c) would have an exact correspondent for the use of the comma in Italian, my native language, but the use of the comma as in a) would be unusual/wrong in Italian, hence the question.

i'm going to reply because i have a masters degree in applied linguistics and 10 years of teaching english grammar to foreign students. technically you're right, there shouldn't be a comma. but 99% of native speakers won't "feel" like it's wrong when they read this sentence. comma usage in english is fluid, similar to fashion. at this point the sentence in question might actually be acceptable, even if the logic isn't there.
and finally, there are lots of examples where english comma rules differ from romance languages. giving a list is the first one that comes to mind. reporting speech is another one.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2013 at 03:29 UTC

so apparently without much effort at all i could be a portrait photographer for the guardian.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2013 at 00:30 UTC as 38th comment | 2 replies

with a lens that size, what's the point of using mft?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2013 at 19:58 UTC as 15th comment | 6 replies
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Mescalamba: Wonder if it will be worse than previous, tho its hard challenge to beat such cr*p of lens. :D

Last time Panny did kit lens "right" was original 14-45 for G1/GH1. And even that had some serious reservations.. (distortion/sh*tload of CA).

They should ask Leica how to do proper kit lens (14-50mm f2.8 - 3.5 for 4/3 was their design).

the 20mm pancake was a kit lens and it is fantastic.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2013 at 21:34 UTC
On The Lightroom catalog article (315 comments in total)
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Pythagoras: how is this better than picasa? free software integrated with my email and websharing that has allowed metadata (tags) for years. as well as multiple organizing options and simple editing tools.
this is a real question. i haven't used lightroom, and i want someone to explain to me why i should use lightroom instead of picasa.

thanks for the replies. my current reasons for not using RAW are that i don't know how to process/edit RAW files, and that so far i'm happy with my camera's jpegs (fuji x-e1).

Direct link | Posted on Dec 29, 2012 at 17:00 UTC
On The Lightroom catalog article (315 comments in total)

how is this better than picasa? free software integrated with my email and websharing that has allowed metadata (tags) for years. as well as multiple organizing options and simple editing tools.
this is a real question. i haven't used lightroom, and i want someone to explain to me why i should use lightroom instead of picasa.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 29, 2012 at 06:57 UTC as 63rd comment | 10 replies
On The Lightroom catalog article (315 comments in total)
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rambler35: I believe Adobe made a big initial mistake by using the term "Import".

So often we hear of people being deterred from using LR because they think the word implies that somehow an extra copy of the file is always being created and/or moved to some special LR location on the HD.

I suppose the phrase "Make Lightroom aware of where the file is located, or being placed, on your hard drive" would have been more accurate (but wordy!) description of what is happening.

Trouble is, that like Adobe, I can't think of another word or simple expression which could be used instead of that slightly misleading word "Import".

-- Richard --

"find"

Direct link | Posted on Dec 29, 2012 at 06:36 UTC
On Dpreview Users' Poll: Best Camera of 2012? article (1514 comments in total)

best ILC: fuji x-e1
best m43: oly blah blah blah
best compacts: the sony r pair
FF dslr: none of them are particularly interesting. who wants to lug all that crap around if they're not getting paid for it?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2012 at 07:02 UTC as 554th comment
On Just Posted: Enthusiast Zoom Compact Camera Roundup article (124 comments in total)
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slncezgsi: Very useful, thanks. I am in the process of deciding between a high-end compact and a previous generation mirror-less (m4/3) as a present and indeed quite a few of these cameras listed here cost quite a bit more than older m4/3 ... Tough choice

you can't go wrong with the panasonic gf1 or gx1 and the pancake lens! i just bought a fuji x-e1 so i'll sell you either of my two panasonic cameras :)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2012 at 19:37 UTC
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h2k: I feel that in a news like that, you should say straight away if the hard disk needs a charger or not. Out of convenience, i very much prefer the models without charger, which get all their power out of the computer they're connected to.

I understand there are reasons to have a portable hard disk relying on a charger - und that would just one more reason to mention in your news item if or if not the thing needs that charger.

whenever they describe an external hard drive as "portable" that means it's powered directly from the USB, not from plugging it into a wall. and in this press release they use the word portable to describe the hard drive. that confused me for awhile too.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2012 at 19:43 UTC
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