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My plan is to ever improve my trade, my hobbies, and my relationships with family, friends, and my God. My trade is teaching Math and Computers. My primary hobbies are lutherie (guitar building) and photography. My God is slow to anger and abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor His anger forever; He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us for our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth so great is His love for those who fear him. As far as the east is from the west so far has he removed our transgressions from us. If you have questions or gripes about my God, I always enjoy talking with someone who is a seeker. Rock throwers are rarely convinced of anything spiritual and I can respect their desire to believe differently than myself.


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On DPReview Gear of the Year: Canon Rebel SL1 / EOS 100D article (271 comments in total)
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justmeMN: The Canon SL1/100D is 10% narrower, 3% shorter, and weights 18% less than the Olympus E-M1.

The size Canon managed for this DSLR is amazingly small without being really awkward. Good job there. However, compare lenses with the same field of view and see if the size argument holds. Micro lenses are tiny and the E-M1 is much less deep because of the lack of a mirror, so it also feels compact. Other features are personal preference. For me, the SL1 being less money doesn't matter if I simply don't want one. Now, the E-M1 I very much desire for my own reasons that I don't really feel like arguing about.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2013 at 03:19 UTC
On DPReview Gear of the Year: Canon Rebel SL1 / EOS 100D article (271 comments in total)
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Iskender: I've always really liked Pentax cameras, but after reading the frothing-at-the-mouth Pentax comments below I'm now considering hating the brand. Just to spite the fanboys, you know? :P

Some of you almost sound worse than the whiners in Olympus SLR Talk back in the day.

Thanks Shawn and good for you for being authentic with your opinion. The SL1 wouldn't be my first choice, but hey, I value individuality. That this is your personal "stand out product" that you chose for personal subjective reasons rather than being a technical objective piece seems very clear. I enjoy reading these written by the staff because it makes you all seem more human (as does DPR Live). Thanks for that. Cheers and happy holidays.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2013 at 03:08 UTC
On DPReview on CreativeLIVE article (142 comments in total)

I've been reading your writing for over a decade and it's great to see your faces and hear your personal reactions to the topics. Great balance on DOF questions.

I'm sure the first time up is quite a rush. Good on you and have a great time. Thanks for doing this, and I'm off to work hoping to catch the rest of the show later on.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2013 at 19:18 UTC as 53rd comment
On DPReview Gear of the Year Part 3: Olympus OM-D E-M1 article (396 comments in total)
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Jogger: Thank goodness for Sony supplying the sensor. If Oly had to rely on Pana sensors the EM1 would still be in the dark ages. At least now they can almost compete with Canon APSc SLRs on image quality.

Nikon APSc sensors (D5300) are still many times better though. Now Oly has to bite the bullet and license AVCHD from Sony/Panasonic.

I'll throw down a friendly challenge Thorgrem. Take the list of the 5 cameras you mentioned over to the DPR comparometer and with your own 1-100 scale using just your eyes and the visual tools, rate the cameras yourself then tell us if you agree with DxOMark.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 29, 2013 at 18:35 UTC
On DPReview Gear of the Year Part 3: Olympus OM-D E-M1 article (396 comments in total)
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KariIceland: My opinion on the last years "winner of the year" the OM-D as an OM-D owner myself and having purchased it AFTER seeing that article:
I have owned this camera for almost a year now and in NO way did it deserve camera of the YEAR, neither does this camera, the X100s or X-pro 1
Deserved last years win in my opinion & this year?
Who knows who deserves the win but NOT this that is for certain.

His lack of facts does not disprove that he feels this way or prove that his feelings are wrong. Basic burden of proof fallacy. Basically he owes us nothing, and is free to share his opinion.
Also, facts may not be the end all that makes someone's opinion "correct."

Direct link | Posted on Nov 29, 2013 at 18:25 UTC

Good work DPR folks. Thanks. My opinion is that the D800 kills at retaining detail and low noise at high ISO in the test scene, but the A7 is a small miracle for the size though. All current cameras are just so so good. Flame wars will continue, but there is a lot of splitting hairs.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2013 at 02:45 UTC as 25th comment | 1 reply
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Anastigmat: I don't know how they pick gear of the year, but it is obvious that image quality is not an important criterion.

Did you mean image quality is not the only criterion? If so, well spoken. If not, well...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2013 at 20:13 UTC
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Eleson: This article, Barneys, Shawns on the A7...
I just love them! Saying so much more than a test image where everyone and their brother tries to find arguments for their pet peve.

To lift it a notch or two, add a second opinion to for instance the a7 write up, preferably from someone with a totally different view.
And allow it to be views and opinions!

Good idea Eleson. Differing perspective articles would also be a nice read. I do like these personal perspective highlights in addition to the excellent technical reviews here.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2013 at 20:06 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Review preview (576 comments in total)
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cruz031: What's worth having a gold award camera if your imagination is ony worth a bronze? ;)

Or if the opinion of a reviewer is going to sour your milk because he dosn't validate your bias.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2013 at 11:43 UTC
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)

Same price as the D800 = many FF cameras that are significantly less expensive, have high resolution, and boast more capabilities. No video will appeal to the elitist users who campaign for fewer features so they can feel good about their club. It looks good? Maybe to some. I think it's a hodgepodge. Lens compatability may be it's special skill. Frankly, I was expecting more than a marketing move. I agree with DPReview--I can't help but thinks this is a bit silly. However, if you have the money and love the look and tactile experience knock yourself out.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2013 at 00:13 UTC as 440th comment | 6 replies
On Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows article (1396 comments in total)

Exciting times. Mirrorless is really growing up with the E-M1 and A7--offering something very competitive in a diminutive package. E-M1 advances mirrorless into the crop sensor enthusiast zone losing nothing to APS-C in IQ. The A7/r is most certainly the smallest FF camera with real appeal and the price is right. Nikon looks to be offering something different in FF also by going back to basics with manual goodness. In my opinion, with sales slacking, companies have to branch out and provide something that has mainstream performance as well as special appeal. Companies are taking on a little risk. Camps are going to solidify around these unique designs. Polarizing yes, but in my opinion, it's all good.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2013 at 18:19 UTC as 401st comment | 1 reply

Good IQ up to ISO6400 and then mush. Better DOF separation than smaller sensors. Over all, looks like a good camera and I expect good photographers will turn out very good pictures with it--as can be said for every other recent modern system camera. Sony is offering something smaller and less expensive than most FF offerings and I view that as good progress. For those who value it's strengths, it looks good. Unlike most of the pundits, I don't feel like it has to dominate every aspect in order to be a good camera.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2013 at 13:17 UTC as 25th comment
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2064 comments in total)
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Paul JM: Funny camera to place. I have owned the OMD original now for about a year. I like it, but I hardly use it.
Great camera, but for me it is neither here nor there. Not small enough to put in the pocket, but for me the sensor is just too small to act as my everyday serious camera.
When travelling now, I take the Fuji XE1. In low light, in combination with the wonderful Fuji lenses for me it is a league ahead of the OMD
For serious work, I still use the 5D mk2
If I want something casual to put in my pocket I take the RX100
So, for me, I am struggling to find a role for the Olympus. Great piece of kit, but I see it as being caught in the middle now. This body looks and sounds great, but it is still bridled with that tiny sensor

If we could all collect the whole set, why not, but consider the person who can't afford an expensive FF system and a premium compact as you can. This is less cost and weight than a FF system, yet offers some compelling enthusiast features (like sealed body, dual controls, customizable interface, large viewfinder...) in a very small package. Might be hard to place for you unless you saw a specific use or simply wanted a system camera smaller than your FF setup. No problem if you don't, but I can see why someone might.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2013 at 00:16 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2064 comments in total)

To my eyes, this looks like a very good camera for a lot of folks. For those wanting a very high quality carry everywhere camera as a companion to a FF system, it would be great. For those looking for their first enthusiast system camera--also great. For those that value a robust sealed system without the Pro price, or a tilt LCD and large VF that entry level DSLRs lack, good news. Better set of lenses than any other mirrorless camera too. The IQ is competitive to any APS-C camera in real world shooting. Adding excellent 5-axis IS for all lenses (even legacy and macro) may actually mean using lower ISOs than needed on other cameras. It's a much smaller as a system, with small lighter body and lenses without sacrificing ergonomics or control options. No it's not for everyone, but my bet is that for most people who are not wanting the cost, size, and weight of a FF DSLR, this is a serious contender.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2013 at 00:06 UTC as 167th comment | 2 replies
On Preview:canon-eos-70d (1311 comments in total)

Interesting article. Thanks for testing.

On sensor PDAF will become faster and more common and the accuracy advantage is clearly demonstrated above. Canon and Olympus have made a bold move toward the future with their on sensor PDAF implementations in the 70D and E-M1 and it bodes well for future products.

Posted on Oct 11, 2013 at 11:06 UTC as 109th comment

Wasn't Gaylord commissioned (in other words paid by the USA) to design the artwork? So wasn't he working for them? If so, how can he then sue the USPS, a branch of the organization who hired him and paid him? If I was hired by the any organization or company to do work for them, and they paid me for that work, it would seem that this agreement and payment would cover their use of it--even for profit. I also don't see how it being a small and very modified photography of the image is any different than the way Google and Pinterest side step copyright infringement by claiming they only use a small thumbnail representation to cataloge their images. Some might say that, well, Google and Pinterest don't make money on these thumbnails, but I'd argue that the USPS primarily makes money on people sending stuff and not selling artwork. In other words, a lot of the profit that the USPS made was because someone wanted to send maple sugar candy to grandma in Tulsa.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2013 at 14:15 UTC as 84th comment
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2064 comments in total)

My 4/3rds lenses will live again. Good job Olympus. 4/3rds zooms, Micro4/3rds primes, about any legacy lens... what an amazing selection of glass is suddenly open to us with dual focus + legacy. My dream set: E-M1, 11-22mm f2.8-3.5, 12-40mm f2.8, 50-200mm f2.8-3.5, 150mm f2, 60mm macro, 45mm f1.8, & Nikkor 400mm f3.5.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2013 at 02:10 UTC as 328th comment | 1 reply
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2064 comments in total)
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Ayoh: Something seems not quite right here. At all resolution levels including "Print" and "Web" the E-M1 has visually similar noise level (perhaps within 0.5 EV) to the Canon 5D Mark III (within the shadows in particular). Theoretically there should be a 2 stop advantage to the 5d, and even is the E-M1 sensor has better per-pixel S/N performance than the 5d, I would not expect them to be so similar.
Were both sensors really exposed to the same amount of light per sensor area?

It's really amazing how crop sensor cameras have closed the gap. Remember, these are well lit comparisons and FF does have an advantage when pushing a RAW file in tough lighting situations. That said, the difference between APS-C and 4/3rds has shrunk to almost nothing--something that many didn't expect and a few don't believe even when they see it.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2013 at 02:01 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2064 comments in total)

To me the price of the E-M1 and new lens seems very fair. It's the most "Pro" oriented mirrorless to date and has a multitude of improvements over the much loved E-M5. Little things like sealing, deep buffer (51 RAW), 10 fps, best continuous AF yet from a mirrorless, heavily customized layout, direct button control without looking... all features usually reserved for the higher end bodies. Should be very popular.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 12:00 UTC as 465th comment | 3 replies
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DigiPod: Well if nothing else DigiPod has you talking, I created DigiPod, I did it for the same reasons I have a classic Mercedes Convertible (that I bought new!) and a Patek Phillippe watch, I appreciate great design, craftsmanship and quality. I don't seem to be able to buy Kodachrome anymore and found it difficult to get HP4 processed.
I have a cannon 600D that I use ( I still don't use all it offers after 2 years).

I didn't set out to put digipod on a crowdfunding site, I wanted one and no one made one! I have just updated the website and we now have 89 backers and just short of £12,000 in funding with 27 days left, will we make production, that will be up to the backers, we have a way to go, but every journey starts with a small step.

I thank those of you that have shown support and those that have constructive negative comments, I respect that everyone has an opinion I wish you all the very best & may your God go with you. James

I hope you succeed James. The folks who have never owned a classic film camera and who are saying a DSLR would be cheaper and better just don't get it. Personally, I think making complete digital backs for certain popular SLRs like the OM-1 and FM2 would be a good place to start too. I see Nikon has a patent for one. But this would mean a smaller pool of "backers" to help fund it if going independent. Good luck.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2013 at 10:42 UTC
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