Realeyes

Lives in United Kingdom Surrey, United Kingdom
Joined on Oct 12, 2010

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On article iPhone SE is a compact-sized iPhone 6s (184 comments in total)
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what_i_saw: They are finally climbing down. They famously ignored Indian market. When customers complained of the high prices in India, Apple said "Whatever". Time to eat the crow Apple. This is the beginning of the slide.

I disagree. With a lower-priced model, using components and body shell they already have, this will be the cash cow of the iPhone line up. It will sell to all the aspirant customers who could not afford a 6S or 6S+, giving them a trade-up path to iPhone 7 or iPhone 8.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2016 at 14:12 UTC

Anyone notice how close in dimensions this new Sigma is to a Leica SL? So what? Well, this camera ticks a lot of my boxes: a decent size body - not small and puny like most mirrorless cameras; APS-H sensor - whilst not as large as FF, a nice compromise; built in EVF; good range of high performance lenses that cost less than the equivalent Canon or Nikon lenses.

The issue will be how flexible the sensor is. The Foveon sensor is not famed for its high ISO ability. But this is an auspicious product launch. Let's see what the image quality is like... And the price, of course.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2016 at 22:57 UTC as 118th comment | 2 replies
On photo Riddler time in the Wildlife - King fisher challenge (17 comments in total)

Superb capture. When skill, a good eye and the right equipment come together. Well done, Neil.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2016 at 14:11 UTC as 8th comment
On photo Starfield D Arches-4184 in the Star Field challenge (3 comments in total)

Breathtaking image. Well done.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2016 at 11:46 UTC as 2nd comment
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1512 comments in total)

The second shot of the camera in the model's hands reminded me of a Mamiya 7. The lens looks ridiculously large. DPR, have you intentionally shot this so it looks so massive? The dimensions given are not THAT big - actually smaller than a Canon 5DS. At that level, I would be interested, as having a small camera for the sake of it is less appealing to me. I do think the lenses may be unfeasibly large, judging by the images, but again this is less of an issue if they are the right size for the body. So what is all the fuss about?

Well, we have the perennial complaint about the price of Leicas. Yes, we all know they are expensive. We know you could buy cheaper from another brand. So nothing new here.

My biggest gripe is that, in 2015, this new camera does not represent a significant advance in photography. The Sony A7RII seems to have that accolade already. apart from the EVF.

Nor was I shaken by the sample gallery - nothing outstanding here. Lukewarm effort, I'm afraid, Leica.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2015 at 09:40 UTC as 238th comment | 1 reply
On article Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on (713 comments in total)

@Robert Wise, if you want the simplicity, just do what I did: buy a DSLR (second-hand in my case), don't bother reading the instructions, use Manual mode and switch off/don't look at the LCD screen. I could even use manual focus and keep my zoom lens at a specific focal length. Or have I missed the point?

Just being ironic. These are amazing cameras and I am sure, in the right hands, the results can be fabulous. But there is a lot of fetishization going on here. I would still hesitate to buy one of these even if I had the money. Each to his or her own.

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2015 at 13:17 UTC as 47th comment
On article Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on (713 comments in total)
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Sad Joe: Lecia Lust - got me bad ! Come on Fuji bring out a X100 BLACK and blow this away….

Moved

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2015 at 13:09 UTC

In the video Shubhankar Ray says it was about "how little design you could add" - well, that pretty much sums up what Leica did with the Panasonic LX7 in the first place. He also said that rather than redesigning the camera they wanted to "reimagine" it. What a load of rubbish!

Yet again, Leica does nothing to enhance its reputation with this new model (see X Vario). They should either concentrate on their rangefinder and X2-type cameras; or produce limited edition, small production runs of novelty luxury cameras, so at least the person buying one has something that might appreciate in value. Then again, so few people will ever buy a $1300 camera that could be bought for $300- $500 that it will be a collector's item in its own right.

Nice leather case, though.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2013 at 11:15 UTC as 69th comment
On article Leica announces X Vario zoom compact with APS-C sensor (757 comments in total)

Bizarre product management at Leica. This offering has clearly baffled most of us. It neither enhances the Leica brand, nor does it offer something the market needs. I was expecting to see a fixed lens, full frame compact, like the Sony RX1.

If you want a Leica APS-C, then a second hand M8 is beginning to look like good value. Alternatively, the Sony NEX 6 or Fuji XE-1 with their respective kit lenses seems more sensible. Heck, even my Sony NEX F3 offers more than this, with its articulating screen and stabilised lens.

Genius, Leica, genius.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2013 at 13:54 UTC as 43rd comment | 1 reply
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Kevin Sutton: Excellent article but I find I tend to agree with the 1950's American publishers regarding the photos. Some of the subject matter would have been much more interesting if it was in focus and not blurred etc. Maybe I just don't understand Art...

I recently went to an exhibition of Klein's photos at Tate Modern, in London. Some of them I didn't "get" either and looked blurry, under-exposed, meaningless, pointless, even. But then some of them completely blew me away. So it is with all art. We don't all need to understand or even appreciate an artisit's work, for them to be revered. We just need to appreciate that some people can draw inspiration and pleasure from what someone else has produced.

Link | Posted on May 3, 2013 at 09:31 UTC
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raincoat: If I turned up on a forum with these kinds of photos, would I be hailed as a genius, or booed as a noob who is still using auto mode?

Klein doing blurry misfocused images is acceptable not because blurry misfocused images are acceptable. It's because he's Klein and he's famous, so what he does is acceptable.

@Raincoat, in the essay Klein was saying he was deliberately trying not to get a "perfect" shot, but set out to "break the rules". A noob using auto mode would certainly have got technically better photos, but never the same level of composition or even that close to his/her subjects.

Also, I suspect Klein was shooting this way before he got famous.

Link | Posted on May 3, 2013 at 09:20 UTC
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KL Matt: Hire a native speaker (of English!) to translate your press releases Panasonic, this is embarrassing.

@KLMatt, I think your remarks are a bit harsh. Dpreview have a consistent editorial approach, it seems to me: 1) they post an announcement, with the company's press release and pictures; 2) they do a preview, based on a short amount of the spent with the new equipment; and then 3) they write a full review and do numerous comparisons. This approach means we readers can get some information as soon as possible, without the delay and cost of putting a journalist on the story. I'm happy with this approach. It also means the DPR cannot be accused of "spin" when a manufacturer issues a press release that includes inaccuracies about a new product, which are subsequently corrected.

Besides, for what we "pay" for DPR, I think we get astonishingly good value.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2013 at 21:13 UTC
On article Pro DSLRs, Pro Photographers (126 comments in total)
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Valterj: Looking to these photos... I'm not impressed!

Latest gear, lots of money invested... and in a few years new bodys and lenses to buy...

Photojournalists have some privileges that other photographers don't have!

Also bear in mind if you are a pro you either get gear from your employer or pay for it as a tax-deductible expense if you are freelance. Just like any other professional who buys equipment for their trade.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2013 at 14:06 UTC
On article Pro DSLRs, Pro Photographers (126 comments in total)

There are some funny, provocative, a few sensible and a few dumb comments here. The bottom line for a pro photographer and his/her equipment is: does it get the job done? Anything less than that and you are not a pro - because you won't get paid for your images.

I have some sympathy with those who believe they can achieve pro results with consumer gear. This may well be true in benign conditions, with control of the environment - food, studio, portraiture, still life, for example. But in challenging, fast action environments, if i were a pro, I would not want to take the risk. See John Lok's picture of the guy jumping off the burning boat - that's all about the fast responses of the photographer and his camera, working in perfect harmony. And he has to be able to do that time and time again. Just thinking about the shutter lag you get on most consumer cameras, never mind the AF speed, would make this near impossible.

Just my 2 cents.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2013 at 10:41 UTC as 40th comment | 1 reply
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GaryJP: Not only do I not share the experience of "good service" some claim here, I considered myself lucky if I ever met a salesperson who gave a da*n about photography.

I have to agree with this: a good camera shop employs knowledgeable, enthusiastic photographers, who are usually willing to advise their customers, rather than trying to up-sell the extended warranty. The reality, however, is that it is more expensive to employ and retain these type of people, who are making a career in the photography business, than the average spotty young adult who just needs the cash and don't care whether they are selling laptops or headphones.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2013 at 07:40 UTC
On photo Bum dancing in Realeyes's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

Thank you to everyone who voted :-))

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2012 at 09:33 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Bum dancing in Realeyes's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

Maybe I should have changed the title... :-p

This was at the Notting Hill Carnival, Europe's largest street carnival, in London.
A fun day out and great to see the sheer joy and enthusiasm on the faces of the carnivalistas.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2012 at 09:32 UTC as 2nd comment
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