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On Nikon Df Review preview (1595 comments in total)
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a score of 81.. no matter how much griping DP has about a camera, it usually comes up with a score near or above 80... so they rave about one cam with score of 85 and are disappointed with another camera and give it an 85.. i'm questioning this rating system now.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2013 at 17:07 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-P5 Review preview (415 comments in total)

A rating of 78 seems pretty high for a camera that is prone to blurry images...
In my ratiing world that would be a deal breaker.. and rating in the 60's... at best..

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2013 at 13:14 UTC as 99th comment | 1 reply
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2127 comments in total)
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_P: Believe or not but I am still holding close to my old "grandpa" camera, E-1. This new OM-D is the one I have been waiting for... Meanwhile I got E-PL5 for my wife and D7000 for myself. D7000 is going on ebay now and the new OM-D body will pair with my 14-54. E-1 will go on display behind glass window as it deserved it well. Can you believe I never got a speck of dust from it for the last 8 years?

I think myd7000 Will join yours too.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 13:28 UTC
On Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Preview preview (81 comments in total)
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BozillaNZ: As a long term Canon user, I already gave up on Canon's mirror-less attempts. I started looking at M4/3 gears for a long time and finally pulled trigger for a Panasonic GX1 for $229. The M4/3 lens ranges are far better than this and, oh, the GX1 can actually focus, FAST. Also guess where does the M4/3 fund come from? Selling some of the Canon lenses.

i think you got it backwards.. m43 (or a similarly sized sensor) will be the standard for advanced shooters.. and maybe for pro work, as technology gets better ..
p&S of the future will be ONLY phones.. already companies are beginning to ditch their point and shoots from their catalogs.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2013 at 12:02 UTC
On Canon EOS 100D/Rebel SL1 Hands-on Preview preview (355 comments in total)

as i am thinking of going mirrorless from my d7000, i'm wondering about the point of buying this camera. although smaller and lighter than my d7000, if i want a wide zoom walk-around lens, i'm still going to have a honking big lens hanging off this little guy..
what would that do for balance ???
and the total size and weight savings would be marginal..
no ?
yes ?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2013 at 13:39 UTC as 102nd comment | 2 replies
On Online images and copyright infringement news story (255 comments in total)
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JohnyP: all of these "theoretical photographers" who sit in front of a monitor defending rights to their non-existent works of art is quite funny.

Abandonment of the copyright for all works posted on internet should be instituted. Patent and copyright trolling is a waste of everyone's time. This is the only way to make all these trolls switch to something else (hopefully more productive than arguing with people on-line over something).

Patent trolling is Not a waste of ever bodies' time. Ther was an article on it in Wired magazine. There are companies set up to do nothing but patent trolling. These companies are making millions doing this business. Unethical ..maybe in some cases . But this kind of time wasting are paying for a lot of Porsches.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2013 at 21:28 UTC
On What's new @ CES 2013 article (126 comments in total)
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AngryCorgi: "Polaroid surprised us at CES with semi-functional mockups of three new interchangeable lens cameras."

From what I read, the cameras themselves were entirely non-functional. The only thing that worked is the Android OS on one of them, but no indication that it was anything more than a plastic fake model with a cheap android phone pcb and screen glued in to look legit.

poloroid is known for bargain basement electronics. i'm sure any smartphone will outdo whqt poloroid produces. unless they are just looking for a 'malmart quality mirrorless camera for the masses'

Direct link | Posted on Jan 12, 2013 at 16:56 UTC
On What's new @ CES 2013 article (126 comments in total)
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backayonder: Barney. Will you be returning there tomorrow? If so take a wet fish and slap the company reps around the head with it and repeat. " I want a viewfinder, I want a viewfinder" You might need more than one fish.

alot of people, like myself, like to immerse themselves in the scene via a viewfinder.. having all that extra info around you when you dont use a viewfinder can detract from the composition.
as. well.
3d viewfinder would be a no no.. photography 101 (or 102) teaches that elemments in a frame may merge together in a unappopriate way.. and you cant see this if you are composing the shot in 3d.. you cant see the merging when you have a real depth perception

Direct link | Posted on Jan 12, 2013 at 16:54 UTC
On Pentax MX-1 Preview preview (214 comments in total)

i don't understand this 'no evf' thing on enthusiast cameras.
Many, if not most, if not all 'serious' photographers, like to 'immerse' themselves in the experience of framing a shot, without all that extraneous visual detritus one gets when they hold their lcds up in the air to frame a shot. .
(hey. i like that phrase .. i'll call it EVD. You can all borrow it as you wish)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2013 at 15:56 UTC as 76th comment | 3 replies

this is my favorite time of the year (not christmas, ;)). looking forward to follow your adventures at the show !

Direct link | Posted on Jan 5, 2013 at 15:42 UTC as 1st comment
On DPReview Recommends: Top 5 Compact Cameras article (582 comments in total)
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Anoldgeezer: Kudos to DPR for its reviews and wealth of information for amateurs like myself.

There is one issue that I believe should be discussed a lot more, and that is the "death" of the optical viewfinder. The manufacturers should seriously consider keeping viewfinders with all their cameras. The LCD's are a farce, way over rated.
I purchased a Sony Cyber Shot DSC-HX9V a while back to go on a 3 week trip the next day. A great camera with one exception...NO VIEW FINDER. I was under the impression that the LCD was able to overcome bright light situations, but how wrong I was. I should have been smart enough to return the camera, but I didn't.

How do you overcome not being able to compose your picture and to see your subject clearly? When the sun is behind you it is impossible to know what you are shooting.

My advice to amateurs like myself who has used a viewfinder for years (I'm 73) is to not buy any camera without a viewfinder or else you will be very frustrated and disappointed .

not only running the risk of not seeing what you are shooting, many photographers find that framing with an lcd monitor does not 'immerse you in the frame". for some reason, maybe psychological, i find it much easier to concentrate on what the future viewer will be experiencing when they study the image.. having all kinds of crap in your field of view when your camera is held up in the air, detracts from that creative thought process...
i'm not talkiing about 'travel snaps' , for which the monitor is fine..

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2012 at 17:22 UTC
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matthewk459: How quickly we forget Eddie Adams' photo of General Nguyễn Ngọc Loan's execution of Nguyen Van Lem. Or, Kevin Carter's photo of the child and the vulture of the Sudan. (and yes, I realise Carter's photo was a matter of perspective and he likely chased the bird away)

Rather than beating them up on the internet, we simply gave them Pulitzers. Perhaps if this was on the cover of time magazine rather than the post, we'd all be looking at this a little differently...

It's simply journalisim, bringing you the worst, and best parts of humanity since the dawn of time. Shame on us for being so hypercritical of a situation none of us actually participated in.

You are wrong. In this particular situation, this person COULD HAVE HELPED. (someone held my arms and picked me out of a river many years ago.. if he had decided to take a youtube video, i would have been dead).
In the other situations you mention, it was impossible to interupt the outcome without putting the photographer in danger.
apples and oranges, Matthew.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2012 at 20:31 UTC

Here in quebec, you would be charged for not attempting to help the man. We have this 'good sumaritan law' (sp).

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2012 at 20:27 UTC as 40th comment | 4 replies
On DPReview Recommends: Top 5 Compact Cameras article (582 comments in total)
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Steve: fz200 compact, lol..
its as large and heavy as an entry level slr.. i was so excited to see it in the list, as my wife found her d40 too heavy and a bit too large... after checking the specs, i see the fz200 is actually heavier and a bit larger...

you bring up an important point... i think the term 'compact' is now as fuzzy as a 'real' compact camera image at ISO 400.
as a matter of fact, many years ago, a compact camera was termed as such for camera more compact in size than an slr.. it had nothing to do lenses or sensors... when did the idea of compact change ?
and by the way, i am proud of my '6 likes' and i'd like to thank you for not dissing my posse. ;)

enough already ?.. EVERY best-of list in history generates a volume of 'what about' comments. its to be expected. have a great week end Beach Bum !

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2012 at 19:04 UTC
On DPReview Recommends: Top 5 Compact Cameras article (582 comments in total)

fz200 compact, lol..
its as large and heavy as an entry level slr.. i was so excited to see it in the list, as my wife found her d40 too heavy and a bit too large... after checking the specs, i see the fz200 is actually heavier and a bit larger...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2012 at 12:27 UTC as 179th comment | 2 replies
On Just Posted: Canon EOS M preview samples gallery news story (130 comments in total)
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Adrian Joseph Roy: Meanwhile, cameras like the OM-D and NEX-7 are sporting blazingly accurate and fast AF, superb high ISO, offering up a host of really attractive prime lenses, and all for somewhat reasonable price tags.

Canon, I've been with you since my first EOS-3 SLR. It's been an awesome ride so far. But you're breaking my f*%#ing heart over here.

me too. i've used canon and nikon since 1992 and i'd love to have a great mirrorless from them, but at the moment, my next ilc may very well be an OMD. i bet they will give in at some point .. (or mirrorless will die .. whichever comes first).

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2012 at 13:37 UTC
On Lytro provides more exposure control and additional colors news story (56 comments in total)
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Trollshavethebestcandy: The cameras that suck the most have the most color schemes. The world has been begging for Moxie Pink and hallelujah we finally have it!!!

Now, if you are going to insult my Barbie Digital camera, i'm going home.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2012 at 16:01 UTC
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Roland Karlsson: Some posters says this is important and some says its irrelevant. Like both of those poster categories, I have not either read the book. Which of course make opinions somewhat uncertain.

I have used the zone system for B&W film. There it works fine. But - later I started to use multi grade papers and a color head and I could compensate in the post processing, and the zone system became less important. But - of course - understanding zones makes it easier to visualize the result.

Using digital is more like using multi grade paper. Its not necessary to expose and develop the "negative" correctly any more. You can fix it in post processing. Its still important to understand zones though.

It helps you to see what images are worth taking. A mish mash of tones will probably not look good. Pure and nice areas of simple constant zones is probably going to look better.

yes, it is important to expose properly, but with the dynamic range limitations of the sensor, in many cases, one exposure will NOT do the trick... there are many who still have older digital cams with old sensors and i doubt the zone system is the answer for those people. nowadays, we just have to watch the histograms and shoot accordingly. our sensors now tell us how to expose.. not the zones...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2012 at 19:09 UTC

sure you can get the exposure right in camera ... and nothing wrong with that.
but since i do post anyway on all my stuff, a little raw or hdr processing is much easier than all that zone business...
having said that, i would say that ANYONE should know how the zone system works. they will then understand how light in a scene is captured. it may help to determine wether or not to lift the camera up your eyes in the first place..

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2012 at 13:29 UTC as 32nd comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Preview preview (419 comments in total)

now i'm on the fence between this and the OMD.
I am trying to cut down on weight and size from my D7000... the panny seems to be almost as big as the nikon, although it is 1/2 lighter than the nikon..
i'm using a 18-200mm lens as well. i'm just wondering if this is a deal killer for me... although there are some nice pluses to the camera...
i guess i will just have to wait until i get both in my hands at the same time ?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2012 at 14:44 UTC as 77th comment | 7 replies
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