kevin_r

kevin_r

Lives in South Africa South Africa, South Africa
Joined on Sep 9, 2008
About me:

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said,
“I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

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On 022c 2015-04-27 Milano photo in lorenzo's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Very lovely photo! Stunning bokeh! I can see why you love the lens.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2015 at 11:31 UTC as 1st comment
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panos_m: It seems that I will need a new operating system (64bit) also. As I read somewhere there is no 32bit version anymore :( True?

Panos, Windows 10 will be a FREE upgrade, so just hang in there!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2015 at 19:45 UTC
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tom1234567: I don't no why camera makers keep producing cameras with these
SMALL CRAPPY SENSORS

It's time the public were educated to what they are buying
Instead of being ripped off by ALL camera manufactures

@photonius: "big sensor, big lenses". True to a certain extend.
Which is of course why the eye is designed the way it is:
Small sensor, small lens. But what a sensor and lens!!!!.
Current technology can imitate that lens, it's just that it's still in the labs. Plus if the lens is fluid-filled the clarity will be outstanding. So these compact cameras should ideally have fluid-filled fixed zoom lenses - with lenses that can change focal length by changing the lens shape itself.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 13:08 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2975 comments in total)
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bronxbombers4: So riddle me this, if Canon uses whatever sensor is best for each camera, then why not the new Sony high MP for this?

They don't use DPAF in this and they made the video circa 2008 so what exactly did they gain from sticking with Canon sensor????? THey didn't make any use of the Canon video sensor abilities!

Why waste numerals, why not simply have a Canon 4D?????

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 06:43 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2975 comments in total)

Yes, well, no fine!

Too expensive for the normal enthusiast - only for the well-heeled or else pros who are making money hand over fist.

Why didn't they just remove the AA filter completely? Why have an AA cancellation filter? Didn't they learn from Nikon's problems?

In any case, I'm not a Canon user so this is moot. Not even exciting.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 06:40 UTC as 729th comment | 3 replies
On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1457 comments in total)
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ProfHankD: The one wildcard here is FOCAL REDUCERS, which really do give your lenses highly similar functionality on FF and APS-C. The catch is that none of the focal reducers offer fast AF -- pitty nobody has made an LA-EA2+focal-reducer, but then the PDAF SLT in the adapter wouldn't fit with the glass needed for the focal reducer. Anyway, the point is that focal reducers do solve the problem for us folks who predominantly use manual lenses, and they increase the lens effective aperture by a stop at the same time, largely compensating for the smaller pixels of APS-C (you can get similar DoF and use a 1-stop lower ISO with the same shutter speed to get similar noise properties).

Focal reducers tend to mess up the image in the corners. This is especially visible at big apertures. BUt then again, it's not just the focal reducers it's the adapters used to add current DSLR lenses to mirrorless cams in general that do this.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2015 at 07:44 UTC
On Nikon D5500 adds touchscreen and flat picture profile article (210 comments in total)

Price of Sony A77II is now only $998 with instant $200 rebate at Adorama.
So if anyone is new to DSLRs or wanted to switch anyway, there's an equally appealing camera for the same money. Just doesn't have a touch screen.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2015 at 07:00 UTC as 39th comment | 6 replies
On Fujifilm announces XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR lens article (295 comments in total)

Seeing that there's no weight specification, one can only surmise that it weighs a ton, given the high ED glass count.
Furthermore, one should expect to find a lot of onion rings in the bokeh because of the 3 a-spherical lenses.
Other than that, I'd say it will probably deliver the usual excellent image quality we've come to expect from Fuji. And cost a ton.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2015 at 06:33 UTC as 46th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1914 comments in total)
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nssnphoto1: I wonder if you guys at DP test the "actual" max sync speed. Curious whether 1/200 on the D750 is real or just a point of differentiation from the higher end models' 1/250. I value the ability to "cheat" the sync on my D7100 and D4 up to 1/320 or 1/400 when shooting daylight fill with a non-dedicated battery portable strobe (Norman) which has a relatively long duration. I really miss shooting my D3X at 1/1000 but, alas, those days are gone.

See review at photographylife.com

Direct link | Posted on Dec 23, 2014 at 18:31 UTC
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Michael Berg: With such a massive firmware feature upgrade, reviews will surely need to be revisited for this camera. Just check the video upgrades alone, exactly *all* of the review critique points have been addressed. For stills the AF focus area problem and customization issues have been fixed, and look at that electronic shutter speed. It's like a completely new camera!

Hardware Button updates via firmware? That should be interesting and extremely valuable for ANY company!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2014 at 10:35 UTC
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Easycass: Just for information, for anyone interested in static testing results...

Having run tests with the new firmware, have found that the issue of variable 0.2-0.5s shutter-press to image-capture lag with the 35mm, 56mm and 60mm, when in MF and stopped-down, still remains after this software update.

That's too bad. Maybe it's time to switch back to the Nikon D750, no lag there, that's for sure.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2014 at 10:30 UTC
On DSC00605 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (7 comments in total)
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marks123: Wow.....Just terrible.

Yes, absolutely terrible for iso 25600. Just a few years ago this would have been impossible with film and even the "latest" DSLRs.

By the way, this cleans up very nicely in LR. The face is pretty well exposed and the white balance is really easy to correct. Doing that makes this photo pop -except that the focus is on the wrong part of the face.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 10:47 UTC
On DSC00605 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (7 comments in total)

Is it just me or is the focus more on his moustache than on his eyes?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 10:45 UTC as 1st comment
On Samsung NX30 Review preview (421 comments in total)

The articulated telescoping viewfinder has three major advantages:
1. It allows people with spectacles to view clearly what is going on inside.
2. It takes your nose away from the back of the camera - no more smudges and awkwardly trying to push your eyes close to the viewfinder.
3. Having the viewfinder at a slight upward angle is actually much more comfortable to use compared to viewing straight ahead.
On cannot appreciate this last point until one has actually tried it. So much better than the traditional camera.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2014 at 11:45 UTC as 15th comment
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2696 comments in total)

Very interesting comparing the 7DM2 to the Samsung NX1.
At 12800 ISO the NX1 has a finer grain structure than the 7Dm2.
Would be interesting to see the dynamic range of that camera.
They both loose out to the D750 as expected.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2014 at 14:35 UTC as 25th comment
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Paul Guba: Surprising no one is talking about the use of LED in flash unit. I find that much more interesting then the duration.

Check adorama or bhphotovideo or even amazon. plenty of devices are available.
Best is to use the led permanent/fulltime lights. Check things like the lightning rod. Have fun.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2014 at 17:55 UTC
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Shiranai: Whats the difference between using this or just using a normal LED video light from say Yongnuo with 291 more LEDs and at the same time 12 times cheaper?
And don't tell me the only difference is, that it "flashes" instead of being permanently on.

Shiranai,

IN order to take the photo at say 1/36000 of a second, no mechanical shutter can achieve such a speed in current cameras.
So the solutioin is to use the light duration itself as the "shutter". The camera's shutter will be open all the time, i.e. the camera will be in bulb mode.
The light will ONLY be on for the brief period of time that you want to capture the action. The rest of the time the whole setup will be in the dark.
Hence the need to trigger the flash at exactly the moment when the action occurs. That's why they mention that important item.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2014 at 17:52 UTC
On Ten things you need to know about the Sony Alpha 7 II article (278 comments in total)

I said this long ago and have been repeating it for a while now:
Sony needs two sets of lenses:
1 A f/2 series of 24, 35, 50, 85 and perhaps 105mm. these should be affordable, same as the Nikon ones..
The current 35mm and 55mm just doesn't cut it price wise.
2. A f/1.4 series of 24, 35, 50, 85 and of course the 135 f/1.8. Sony can price-gouge those wanting these lenses.

I can't understand their engineers/marketing people. They KNEW they were starting a new line of cameras, why didn't they just make a new line of lenses at the same time. Now they continue their struggle with lack of lenses.

Granted, they've addressed the f/4 range of zoom lenses quite well and one can only hope they'll tackle the f/2.8 range soon.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 29, 2014 at 11:10 UTC as 24th comment | 2 replies
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NumberOne: PART 1:
Although this is good news regarding stabilization and «Sony» upcoming cameras in general, I still wonder about the one year old - and some soon to be released - «OSS» FE lenses, which don't make sense anymore, ie, prematurely obsolete after one year of life only, or from birth; in all honesty, I don't buy the idea that the new A7SII can take advantage of both systems at the same time... :)
As for the grip, although it's deeper and certainly will improve holding - something I was asking for a while - its shorter height implies less comfort and/or putting one's pinkie below it; not saying it's not better, but have to try to come to a verdict... :)
Another Custom Button seems fine also, but only if one can choose whatever the available options from all the menus... ;)
"Kudos" for the all-metal E-mount - from the A7S I suppose - something that all A7 cameras should have had since their launch!

To be Continued...

NUmberOne,
It stands to reason that the combination should be better:
There far less processing to be done by removing the two axes from the computational matrix and letting the lens deal with those.
Less computation means faster and possibly better quality of response.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 17:47 UTC
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FrankS009: About a hundred grams (roughly 20%) heavier than the old model. The same weight as a Panasonic GH4, and more than an Olympus EM1. That frankly is heavier than I would like to lug around, not counting lenses.

F.

FrankS009,
Perhaps you should not be looking at FF then. You should be comparing APS-C to those Panasonic and Olympus cameras.
Compare the weight of the A6000 and see whether that blows your hair back.

That's YOUR problem right there.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 17:42 UTC
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