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On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z news story (492 comments in total)

What a deeply desirable camera. Well done Pentax.

I'm sure someone will be along on DPR to compare it with M4/3 and complain about its size or something..

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 11:18 UTC as 106th comment
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beavertown: Nikon would have just covered it up and be caught by the Chinese government.

Olympus is a much responsible company.

Olympus is many things, and certainly a maker of very good cameras, but I would not call them a responsible company given their very dodgy recent history. Some time ( and a further shake up of management ) is going to be needed to put that chapter behind them..

Great cameras though. :)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2014 at 15:09 UTC
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (820 comments in total)

People comparing a $6000 camera for pros with a $1500 mirrorless. Welcome to the world of gear heads.

Meanwhile, in the real world, dozens of cameras of interest to hobby photographers remain unreviewed.

Fact is that for most people a review of a D4S is about as useful as a review of the Space Shuttle for a compact car purchaser. It's a waste of time.

While so many cameras remain untested , DPR has lost the plot.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2014 at 09:10 UTC as 55th comment | 1 reply
On Am I missing something here? article (564 comments in total)

I think the 1 Series is dealt an unfair hand by the media to some extent, DPR included.

Take the Nikon 1 AW for example. Now this is a FANTASTIC camera - offering great IQ in a camera that you can take underwater for goodness sake ! And it is not expensive for something that you take skiing, snorkelling, on the beach, and submerge into water and dust with no ill effects.

DPR didn't test it. It failed to register on the radar of most people, partially because of poor marketing.

But truly waterproof cameras with great IQ make perfect travel cams. More people should buy them IMO.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 12:42 UTC as 150th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon D610 Review preview (286 comments in total)
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Heie2: So it's *exactly* the same, but with a couple extremely minor differences. Essentially the EXACT same.

Well so is the Pentax K-50/K-500 from the Pentax K-30 for the most part except a new body and the entry (K-500) and mid-entry/consumer (K-50) differentiation to the product line.

The point being, the review would be extremely easy and quick, just like the D610 must have been. But, there's one thing that is most curious...

D610 Annoucement: October 8th, 2013
D610 Review Complete: March 12th, 2014 (124 days)

K-50/K-500 Announcement: June 12th, 2013
K-50/K-500 Review Complete: 273 days and counting...

DPR: Fair and Balanced.

Barney is effectively saying that DPR follows but does not lead.

Reviews are based on what the crowd, the herd of sheep, want to read. This means that DPR does not have any mission to inform or educate, they are just giving the crowd what they want. The crowd does not know that, for example, the K3 is probably the best APSC camera on the market. And DPR has basically admitted that it is not their job to tell the market this. They are just here to give the crowd what they think they want.

It suggests that if a camera comes along that is genuinely a great offering to the consumer, but lacks recognition among consumers, then DPR is not likely to support it. But anything from a big brand will get priority, just because that will get the clicks.

Editorially speaking, I find that very disappointing.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2014 at 19:06 UTC
On Nikon D610 Review preview (286 comments in total)
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Carlos Loff: Not a good camera for the money, it would be a great camera if it costed less, NIKON is Playing a dangerous game

I have no idea what Carlos Loff is talking about, given that a) the D610 is perfectly well priced compared to its rivals like the 6D and b) it is not and never will be dangerous.

Strange post. :)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2014 at 18:02 UTC
On Nikon D610 Review preview (286 comments in total)
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nijkerk: It's just a fantastic camera...light years away from what was possible not so long ago....why nitpick ?

I really do not understand the criticism of the price. This is not a pricey camera for what if offers IMO.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2014 at 18:00 UTC
On Nikon D610 Review preview (286 comments in total)

A great camera. It is hard to criticise really. It is great value and for perhaps 90% of shooters it really is all the camera anyone will need.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2014 at 17:59 UTC as 76th comment | 1 reply
On Fujifilm UK previews customized X-series cameras at TPS news story (125 comments in total)

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.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2014 at 09:37 UTC as 25th comment | 4 replies

Whats this about Americans not liking small cameras?

It is bizarre. Do Americans think that large = better?

Makes no sense. No sense at all.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2014 at 19:16 UTC as 29th comment | 10 replies
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 First Impressions Review preview (622 comments in total)

Image Quality is not fantastic. Seems on a par with my RX100.

I do not think it really matters here.

I think I will buy one, if only because of G.A.S.

Shame about the 30p video though.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2014 at 08:52 UTC as 23rd comment | 8 replies
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (820 comments in total)

I'm sure someone will be along in a moment comparing it to an Olympus EM-1.

It seems every camera is compared to an EM-1 these days.

Whatever the question, some people think the answer is m4/3.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 08:53 UTC as 118th comment | 1 reply

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.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 08:48 UTC as 16th comment | 2 replies

Some strange gear heads infest these forums.

Lets get some facts clear. These Sony /Zeiss lenses are quite clearly very, very good. All the tests confirm this. And although not cheap, they are certainly cheaper than Zeiss or Leica glass. And they also appear to outperform high end Canon and Nikon glass - although you never get people complaining about how much they cost...

There really is nothing to criticise here. Yet somehow, people creep out of the dark and troll anyway. Must be because it is Sony.

Yep, there are strange gear heads on these forums. Yabokkie - I am talking about you. Nothing you say makes any sense.
:)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2014 at 18:33 UTC as 47th comment | 4 replies
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RobertSigmund: An overpriced piece of glass. There are better and cheaper alternatives (Sigma and Canon are mentioned), just not for Sony E mount!

No idea what RobertSigmund is on about. His comprehension is clearly suffering, perhaps influenced by his prejudice. Empirical data points to the opposite conclusion - the Sony appears to perform better than practically any alternative.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2014 at 15:47 UTC
On Kowa to make three manual focus lenses for Micro Four Thirds news story (138 comments in total)

Are the apertures click stopped or continuous, like the Samyang cine lenses, I wonder...?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2014 at 19:25 UTC as 26th comment | 1 reply
On Sony Alpha 7R Review preview (761 comments in total)
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Hugo808: What no OVF?

No OVF thank god. Much prefer the EVF now.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2014 at 21:34 UTC
On Sony a6000 First Impressions Review preview (604 comments in total)

If DPR do a full review of this camera before the summer, I will be amazed frankly. I don't know why they call these articles "FIRST impressions". It implies that there will be a further, in depth review, when the reality is that for most cameras there will be no such thing.

DPR should just call this a "Review" and ignore the "Initial" bit and the false promise it offers...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 11:49 UTC as 100th comment | 2 replies
On Sony a6000 First Impressions Review preview (604 comments in total)
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JerryKraut: Sony is on the way to bankruptcy, folks. Their debt is rated close to junk. Looking at this camera, I can see why. Great product let down by far inferior EVF. How could they do this??? I was almost going to buy one. Hope somebody makes good A-Mount adapters for the X-Mount soon. Would be a shame if I had to throw away my big glass.

JerryKraut - this is nonsense. Sony is no more likely to go bankrupt than the United States of America is.
Just because Moodys downgrade Sony paper, does not mean a company is going bankrupt. This is the same Moody's who rated Lehman paper AA the day before they crashed.
Americans simply do not understand how Japan works.
Sony will not go bust. The principle of Keiretsu is ignored by analysts, who frankly are worthless and best ignored..

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 11:46 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4: a quick summary article (456 comments in total)
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Zeisschen: DSLR is just a transition technology from film to digital. Mirrorless (or better CSC) is the only future, even Canon and Nikon have to admit that sooner or later.
In 2013 mirrorless already took the crown in picture quality and equaled in sensor size (A7r) and 100% replaced the OVF (A7, E-M1).
In 2014 video and AF are the last things that mirrorless will fully catch up and overtake the DSLR (actually I think AF is already better today because accuracy is more important than the last 1\100 of second a DSLR might be quicker).
In 2015 CSC will surpass DSLR in market share, in another 3 years the DSLR as it exists today will probably be reduced to one pro FF body and one crop body per brand for some people who still prefer an OVF. The actual only other reason to do that is to serve people bodies for all the the lenses they still have. But most will adapt then to a CSC (without the advantage of having a smaller system).
Finally in 2050 Nikon is going to release the DF mkII. It's basically the same thing but it has a video button to record 1080/30p.

Sony is no more likely to go bust than the United States of America is likely to go bust.

People really, really, do not understand how Japan works..

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2014 at 15:33 UTC
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