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Lives in Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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On The new Canon 35L II will be a thing of beauty article (220 comments in total)

One don't have to be a millionaire to buy this lens. Its not like buying a Ferrari. All you need is knowing what you can do with this lens and willing to pay for quality. I expect this lens to be extremely sharp and able to produce a certain "look" the cheaper lens can't. This lens need to perform well with the new Canon 5Dsr.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2015 at 14:13 UTC as 20th comment
On The new Canon 35L II will be a thing of beauty article (220 comments in total)
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Scottelly: I'm sure this new Canon lens will out-perform the Art lens, but only by a little bit. This new lens is surely going to have weather seals too, which the Art lenses don't have. Does this all make the high price worthwhile? Think about the cost of a Leica lens. At $5,000 are THEY worthwhile? People pay whatever it costs to get the best lens for their camera, because compared to their $75,000 Tesla or their $130,000 Porsche, or their $350,000 Ferrari, it's chicken feed.

Ferrari sells about 4,000 cars per year, and they have a 3 year waiting list.

That's easy to understand, if you know that in just one city in China (Shanghai) there are 116,000 millionaires. Imagine how many millionaires there are in New York, Tokyo, London, and Moscow combined? I know that not every millionaire is a photographer, but if just 1% of them are . . .

I have no doubt that Canon is going to sell thousands of these lenses over the next few years. They might sell a few thousand in the first year of production.

One don't have to be a millionaire to buy this lens. Its not like buying a Ferrari. All you need is knowing what you can do with this lens and willing to pay for quality. I expect this lens to be extremely sharp and able to produce a certain "look" the cheaper lens can't. This lens need to perform well with the new Canon 5Dsr.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2015 at 14:04 UTC
On The new Canon 35L II will be a thing of beauty article (220 comments in total)
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Thorgrem: Isn't 2100 euro a little bit to much if you can get a excellent Sigma for 750 euro? Yes, sure this lens will also be excellent but is the difference worth 1350 euro?

There is always different products for different market segment, like those who like fine dining with fine wine and those who like fast food. There is no right or wrong, just preferences.

Currently, I am using a Zeiss ZE 35mm f/2.0. Its image quality is superb and has not disappointed me. It is very well made and compact. With the arrival of this new Canon 35mm f/1.4L Mk2 I think its performance could easily surpass the Zeiss. The larger aperture would definitely help in creating certain "look" not possible with a f/2.0 lens.

I would definitely test out this lens and see what it can do. Interesting time ahead.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2015 at 13:51 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G7 X Review preview (467 comments in total)
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Emanuel19861: I don't get it.
It's a compact camera meant for either professionals or enthusiasts both of which supposedly own a DSLR or some other form of main "work horse" device for their serious shooting, yet here you are, both the reviewers and the people in the comments bitching non-stop about the most USELESS features imaginable!

HD video complaints? Really?
Who is going to use such a camera to shoot HD video anyway, and what's more expects it to perform really well?
Must be lots of hidden Stanley Kubricks sitting behind aspiring Hansel Adams'...

Bouncing the flash?
How much light did you expect to bounce off of a compact camera's flash anyway?
Or do you show up on professional shoots with cameras like this one and just ask for a napkin?

Battery life not that good?
Why would you go out and shoot all day with this instead of using your DSLR for serious shooting?

And as a final mental image: imagine someone walking around with a flash unit twice the size of the camera its been mounted on...

You are absolutely right. I have many cameras from a full frame DSLR to a Canon G12 and a Ricoh GR. Yet, I find this camera attractive for casual use in social enviroment. I don't shoot video. So, the video capabilities or the lack of it is irrelevant. What I like is the bright lens, the compact size and a bit of zoom.

For me, its the ideal camera to take to a dinner or wine tasting party when photography is not the main objective. The image quality is definitely better than a phone and its OK if you allow a waiter or a non photographer friend to take a photo. I wouldn't risk giving a more expensive or complicated camera to a non photographer to shoot a snapshot in a social enviroment.

What I would have preferred is they use a bigger capacity battery and perhaps make the body weatherproof like the G3X.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 18:18 UTC
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SigmaChrome: What... the photographer couldn't have taken one step back to fit in the whole of the guy on the far left!?. Looks like a rookie mistake to me.

After the correction by DPR, it is certainly not the photographer's fault but that of one of their staffs.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2015 at 02:35 UTC
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Roland Karlsson: They are royal. So, for some strange reason, some wants to read about them and see pictures. Some are living on that need. The usual stuff. If they do not want attention, then they can just renounce their royal status. Yes, it is quite distasteful to chase a young kid, but the kid do not live a normal life in the first place.

Life is strange. When you are an ordinary person you may think living a privilege life is fun or enjoyable but when you are born into it you may think otherwise. You will find that you are actually trap in your world, lacking the freedom to do what you want. This is not only true for royalties but also if you are just rich and famous. There is always danger lurking around the corner. They also become the subject of gossips. So, I don't think it is fun to live such a life.

Most people are status conscious and they need a higher level to aspire to. Following the Joneses satisfy their need to appear they have achieve some success. The same reason apply why people like to drive expensive cars when a simple car serve the purpose. Thus, it is not surprising that people like to imitate the choice of royalties and famous. However, if they are confident of themselves they do not need to do that. Unfortunately, not many people have achieve that level.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2015 at 13:43 UTC

A very conservative pose of a very conservative family. What do you expect? The look is very 50s. That was when the Queen was crowned.

Whoever did the cropping of the original photo did a very bad job. It is extremely amateurish to pose such a badly edited photo.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2015 at 03:31 UTC as 18th comment | 7 replies
On Rough and ready: Olympus Tough TG-4 review article (243 comments in total)
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snapa: It still surprises me that any camera company is still using the 1/2.3" sensors in cameras, aren't they for cell phones? BTW, the RAW images look just a BAD as the JPEG's.

@ Cane

I am actually waiting for a waterproof Ricoh GR. That would be great since it has some dust issues. Having said that, this camera is more a general purpose rugged camera for the masses. It is a good camera for everyday use and the occasional swim or use in wet condition.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 10, 2015 at 17:59 UTC

This camera really exposes all the trolls in this DPR website. Just too many of them nowadays.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2015 at 20:52 UTC as 41st comment | 2 replies
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Timmbits: with new cameras sporting a large sensor and a zoom lens,
in a compact format and at a similar price point,
it's not really current anymore to offer a fixed focal length.

I would have expected Ricoh to add some kind of a good quality zoom lens into this iteration, to keep it current, and now that other manufacturers have proven it possible in this size format.

The Leica X Vario is definitely not pocketable and cost much more. The Ricoh GR is. The GR is so treasured by photographers is because of its very compact size. Due to its excellent fixed 28mm (equivalent) f/2.8 lens, it can produce excellent images which is rare for its size. It can also take very good B&W photos.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2015 at 01:48 UTC
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Timmbits: with new cameras sporting a large sensor and a zoom lens,
in a compact format and at a similar price point,
it's not really current anymore to offer a fixed focal length.

I would have expected Ricoh to add some kind of a good quality zoom lens into this iteration, to keep it current, and now that other manufacturers have proven it possible in this size format.

The Ricoh GR uses an APS-C sensor. So far, there are no APS-C compact camera that have a zoom lens. Adopting a zoom lens would make the compact camera into a compact DSLR like the Canon 100D with a kit lens.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 03:33 UTC
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1252 comments in total)

The two big questions about this new camera are :

1) How the new sensor will perform?

2) How the dual image stabilisation working together will perform?

Let's wait for the detail review to find out.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 16:37 UTC as 126th comment
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phazelag: My FZ200 was a great camera and now the upgrades I would love to have had. Waterproof is great and the updated EVF and wifi will make this a nice camera for many people.

I would definitely agree with cgarrard. The weatherproof capabilty alone is a big plus to this upgrade. Wi-fi and 4K video are bonuses.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 16:12 UTC
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Coguar: Finally :) only 12 MP is thumb down, all other things is perfect..

Great Work Panasonic

Good that they kept the sensor to 12Mp. Any higher pixel count would have lower the image quality in terms of noise.

A photo if taken properly at 12Mp should have no problem printing up to A3 size. I have printed many photos at A3 size from my 10Mp Canon G12.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 16:04 UTC
On Nikon D750 service advisory warns of shutter issue article (341 comments in total)
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Just a Photographer: So in short the Nikon D760 is due out...

Can somebody please tell my Nikon is having so much problems with QC? Are Nikon not testing their cameras in a lab for shutter actuations, mirror slab, oil spills etcetera, before they release them?

Good question.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2015 at 09:01 UTC
On Nikon D750 service advisory warns of shutter issue article (341 comments in total)
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RichRMA: What we are seeing is the result of putting increasingly difficult and technical demands on a cumbersome, mechanical, aging product; the DSLR. It's time to bring out a serious mirrorless, Nikon.

Electronic shutters are not flawless too. Nikon just has to improve their shutter design and quality control.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2015 at 05:29 UTC
On Nikon D750 service advisory warns of shutter issue article (341 comments in total)
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JaimitoFrog: I don't buy Japanese cameras not made in Japan. One of the reasons I avoided Nikon when I started shooting dSLR more than 10 yrs ago. Nikon's entry and enthusiast level bodies were not from Japan, but Canon was.

Its all about quality control.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2015 at 05:23 UTC
On Nikon D750 service advisory warns of shutter issue article (341 comments in total)
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JaimitoFrog: I don't buy Japanese cameras not made in Japan. One of the reasons I avoided Nikon when I started shooting dSLR more than 10 yrs ago. Nikon's entry and enthusiast level bodies were not from Japan, but Canon was.

The problem is not where they are made. All the factories are own by them. It is their design and quality control that is the issue.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2015 at 01:34 UTC
On Nikon D750 service advisory warns of shutter issue article (341 comments in total)

Despite that the Nikon D750 is quite a capable camera, it seems Nikon has not totally solve its shutter problem. This seems to be their Achilles heel.

Can't they spend more effort to make a better shutter mechanism before launching a new model. A reliable shutter is one of the most important aspect of a camera. Imagine the trouble one can have if one is shooting an important assignment.

Are they willing to loan you a spare camera like Canon does while it is being repaired?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 20:05 UTC as 77th comment | 2 replies
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zodiacfml: Because the launch price was not in touch with the current market. The current change puts it similarly to an a6000, but that comes with an EVF, better AF, and better video. Still, it seems that the a6000 is a better buy.

A modest launch price should put it at $100 more than the GR.

Previously, I suggested a 24MP Sony sensor for the GR2. Yet, I realized it doesn't add value, only to improved the 35mm crop mode feature and will make the camera a bit slower due to the larger files. High ISO improvement is not practically huge.

The GR is almost perfect as it is except for some dust issues. It is one of the most user friendly cameras around and produces one of the sharpest images for a 16 Mp APS-C sensor.

The only camera that can challenge its image quality is the new Leica Q with a full frame sensor and a much faster lens but it is not "pocketable" and is about eight times the price.

For stealth and performance, the GR is supreme. Those who shoot regularly would appreciate its value. A 16 Mp APS-C sensor is more than enough. Its the quality of the pixels that matters not just more pixels.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2015 at 22:36 UTC
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