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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 Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1656 comments in total)
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nathondetroit: This is getting scary... I'm so glad that I bought my DSLR in 2011, because at that time mirrorless was a joke. If I was making that same decision today, I would be laughing at DSLRs. These companies are pushing forward and offering us so many different bodies and lenses, yet Canon and Nikon REFUSE to make competitive mirrorless products. Eventually I'll switch.

Your comment caught my attention. Isn't it the truth! DSLRs have been sorted for years, but since development is crawling there it makes the acceleration of mirrorless rather shocking. But what surprises me are the attitudes of DSLR snobs who feel their technology will always be superior simply because it is their preference. Like all change, some feel that resistance is the smartest and safest move.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2014 at 01:17 UTC
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blacklion: As I Russian, I could say, that it doesn't like "family farm" (almost non-existing reality in modern Russia), but more like "summer cottage," or, maybe, "all-year-around cottage", but not "farm" in true sense that they produce some agriculture, grow any food or animals for sell and things like this.
Also, here are photos of good hunting dogs on others pictures at Flickr, and it is strong sign of very high income here, that it completely incompatible with "Farm" in true meaning of this word in Russia.

Pictures are great, and it is interesting to see how author becomes better and better with time.

Oh, I found her Russian-language blog, and in profile she says, that she lives in Moscow and she is professional photograph now. So, it is not "family farm" for sure :)

It doesn't make images worse, of course :)

"family farm" may have a different meaning in English than a literal working farm occupation as you take it to be. Most of the farming in the US is corporate giant industrial farming, however, thousands of old farm houses and farm properties are either purchased or inherited from yesteryear in every state. Some folks raise small herds of livestock, or just have a place for pets, horses,... even though they may commute to the cities for work. These may not be working farms and family bread and butter as much as it is a life style choice. We still call them farms around here though and I see no value in disparaging a woman's artistic work just because she can afford a nice camera and the time to use it.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 26, 2014 at 14:11 UTC
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PredatorsPrey: It's impressive how much retouched/heavily processed work is labeled as photographs nowadays. I would call some of these images photomanipulations (not in meaning of composing, that's a different story) because of all the heavy (selective) processing.

Isn't that like saying there is only one kind of art? What is the purpose of the artist here? Or does "photography" only imply stark realism? Same thing happened to the Monet, Degas, Cezanne... by the "academy."

Direct link | Posted on Jan 26, 2014 at 13:59 UTC
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera article (919 comments in total)
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joshuanorthwestexposures: It is worth noting that the size, weight, and dimensions of cameras like the Nikon FM2, Olympus OM1, Pentax MX and others from the late 70s and early 80s are very similar to the Olympus EM1 and Sony A7. There is nothing "breakthrough" in the form factors of these digital cameras. Most interestingly, even with a mirrorbox these older cameras are not substantially thicker than state-of-art pro mirrorless. Moreover, the compact lenses for these cameras are generally smaller than any current APS or FX sensor lenses, with the exception of those built for M mount or as pancakes. Modern DSLRs have not yet undergone the shrinking down that occurred with th OM1 and it's followers. But there is no reason we could not have a FF camera with mirror box and compact lenses very close in size to the current leading cameras with EVF--and a flip down EVF inside the prism finder would give us best of both worlds--except for short registry.

Your post presents a logical premise that because FF film cameras such as the OM-1 were small, today's mirrorless cameras present no real "breakthrough." If I run with the same premise, I think you left some things out. If you added to an OM-1 complex AF motors and film advance motor drive for multiple fps, film stabilization, an integrated dark room that would instantly develop and display your picture on a handy monitor (and I'm not talking Polaroid), film lab level customization and scanners to digitize your prints, capacity for not just one ISO of film but all of them simultaneously, motors and electronics for lens mounts, weather sealing, and enough battery power to run all these innovations for at least 500 shots (if not 1500 shots).... well, you'd have something the size of the Nikon F4 or F5. So yeah, if you take everything out of the MILC, it's easy to see how they are not really breakthrough cameras compared with the film darlings of the 70s and 80s. Oh then there is weight?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2014 at 21:50 UTC
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yslee1: 25 seconds to open a RAW file even on a Snapdragon 800? Ouch.

25 seconds to convert; not to open a RAW file. And that's a 20mp file. A little slow, but it's a little slow in LR on a fast computer.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 19, 2014 at 03:08 UTC
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Jogger: I could see these doing well in Walmart, Target, Staples, or Radioshack. There is a place for cheap off-brand, products like this. And, in many places around the world, American nameplates are still well regarded; e.g. Buick is considered a luxury brand in China.

Kodak is hardly a name that will be considered a "cheap off-brand in these store. Most folks won't know about JK Lol Rofl or what ever they call themselves.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2014 at 01:55 UTC
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Andreas Stuebs: My vote went to the K-3. It was a tough decision between the Omd-1 and the K-3, the K-3 won with me as I prefer OVF. Purely subjective.
But lets face it - ether cameras are not really revolutionary, more an evolution over what has existed before. I like the handling of the K-3 when I had the chance to hold one in my hand. I have not handled the OMD-1 but I hope it handles better than the OMD-5 - wchich I did not like without the additionla grip.
As I said purely subjective.

The only new camera this year was the Sony A7. But somehow it doesn't do it for me. And it did not make it into the finals.

Congratulations to Olympus. To me a worthy winner.

I agree with you on almost all points. The K-3 is very good and best between the two if one prefers an OVF. I would contend that the E-M1 (and A7) are a bit more revolutionary than the K3, however for the following reasons: 1. First "pro" oriented mirrorless (whatever that means) 2. Dual AF brings legacy optics and new pro optics together seamlessly. 3. Leaps ahead previous gen. for tracking and compatibility. 4. 5-axis is more refined than ever. 5. EVF is finally good enough to convince many skeptics (not all of course). 6. Basically, the leap in performance of mirrorless in the last 5 years is about as revolutionary as it gets. Public opinion has shifted and even die hards are adding mirrorless systems to their kits.

The K3 is a little better than the K5ii which is saying a lot since that camera was already so good. It's also saying a little since the K5ii was already so good.

Not that the K3 shouldn't be your top pick though. I agree, it's a hot camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 4, 2014 at 20:28 UTC
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ET2: Most of these online polls are bogus. If you google "dpr k-3 poll" you will see Pentax fanboys had orchestrated campaign on various Pentax forums (outside DPR website) about the poll. That kind of campaign would obviously have impact on the result.

Yeah, fanboys post to a zillion forums about the poll (outside DPR website) and that will obviously have an impact on the result.

Pretty meaning results, and pretty pathetic.

I googled what you suggested. It's not a conspiracy--they are just excited to see the K3 sweeping because they are just not used to that. Polls are supposed to be impacted by human factors. Advertising (whether by word of mouth or corporate campaign effect public opinion/polls). What did you expect. Don't you think that Nikon/Canon/Sony fanboys have impacted public opinion before? So, while I agree that the results are "pretty meaning," I don't think that is what you meant. I think that taking the time to sleuth out and blame fanboys for the K-3s' success here and not attributing anything to the K3 being a really good DSLR is pathetic. As much as I love my equipment and feel that it meets my needs, I can't help casting a jealous eye toward the K3 (and K5ii) now and then.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 4, 2014 at 20:14 UTC
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 (585 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 (2816 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
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