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On Nikon D610 Review preview (332 comments in total)
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Heie2: So it's *exactly* the same, but with a couple extremely minor differences. Essentially the EXACT same.

Well so is the Pentax K-50/K-500 from the Pentax K-30 for the most part except a new body and the entry (K-500) and mid-entry/consumer (K-50) differentiation to the product line.

The point being, the review would be extremely easy and quick, just like the D610 must have been. But, there's one thing that is most curious...

D610 Annoucement: October 8th, 2013
D610 Review Complete: March 12th, 2014 (124 days)

K-50/K-500 Announcement: June 12th, 2013
K-50/K-500 Review Complete: 273 days and counting...

DPR: Fair and Balanced.

@paulsky
...so the masses are always right... right?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2014 at 20:05 UTC
On HTC One 2014 leaks, comes with "Duo Camera" post (25 comments in total)
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Alex Permit: 3d is a gimmick. But Lytro funtionality could be interesting. Getting focus right on a quick cellphone capture is a bit of a chore and crapshoot. Whether this feature is a bold move or gimmicky feature comes down to execution.

Lytro is a great concept, but in practice shots are soft.

Another question is ease of processing. Lytro requires the user to run custom software to "select" the focal point after the shot is made. How easy will the be to do on the HTC?

well... at least the Galaxy S5 has the option to do some sort of "focus stacking" with the two images it takes... even though I'd rather leave that to a pc software...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2014 at 19:35 UTC
On HTC One 2014 leaks, comes with "Duo Camera" post (25 comments in total)
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Combatmedic870: This device will also get an SD card slot. So thats pretty exciting! for me its either this or the Sony Z2. Which ever one makes it to the states faster!

BTW, the camera is 5MP("Ultra pixels"). I dont know what the 2nd one is though.

One should not regard an SD card slot as being exceptional.
It's just the criminal market strategies of some brands (if not all) of late (no FM radio, no replaceable battery, no SD card slot) that are tricking you to think that something you should take for granted is such a big deal.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2014 at 19:34 UTC
On Nikon D610 Review preview (332 comments in total)
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Heie2: So it's *exactly* the same, but with a couple extremely minor differences. Essentially the EXACT same.

Well so is the Pentax K-50/K-500 from the Pentax K-30 for the most part except a new body and the entry (K-500) and mid-entry/consumer (K-50) differentiation to the product line.

The point being, the review would be extremely easy and quick, just like the D610 must have been. But, there's one thing that is most curious...

D610 Annoucement: October 8th, 2013
D610 Review Complete: March 12th, 2014 (124 days)

K-50/K-500 Announcement: June 12th, 2013
K-50/K-500 Review Complete: 273 days and counting...

DPR: Fair and Balanced.

It's just something different from what you were probably accustomed to.

When I was thinking about which camera to buy a few years ago I considered dpreview to be a superior source of information and knowledge on digital photography.

Now I mainly read it as an amusing diversion and a curio/variety website, but the delusions of objectivity are long gone.
It's the web and the market who ask for this so I don't blame the staff.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2014 at 19:30 UTC
On iOS 7.1 brings auto HDR mode to iPhone 5S post (15 comments in total)
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Michael Ma: Does auto-HDR mode work for video? That would open up a world of possibilities.

Galaxy S5 will have HDR mode for video.
Unsure how it will work, i.e. true HDR or just fake HDR.
From the video it looks promising, though.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2014 at 11:53 UTC
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RebleXT: I had share of Samsung. My S3 ist the first and the last of that brand unless they:

a: get rid of that annoying manual puschbutton
b: get rid of touchWiz
c: offer stock Android (offer that here in Europe)
d: get rid of those dark und unreadible (in the sun) Amoled Screens

Points b & c can easily be solved with a custom rom e.g. cyanogenmod.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2014 at 11:50 UTC

Isn't there a magnetic ring already on the Nexus 5?
I think it predates this patent...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 10, 2014 at 22:04 UTC as 2nd comment
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DanielFjall: "...but looking to the future one thing I can say for sure is that the camera has to outperform the human eye."

How could anyone tell?

Crystall ball ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2014 at 19:21 UTC
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Sirandar: Even if Samsung just re-released the S3 in 2014 it would still be a far more usable phone than almost every newer smartphone except those made by Sony and a few others.

Why is simple ..... most new phones are deliberately crippled because they don't support microSD. HTC and Google want you to use the cloud so they can watch exactly what you do and mine that info. There is nothing inherently bad about this except it provides a very poor user experience compared to having your files local. No signal = no files Syncing sucks and is a waste of time.

The Samsung S5 will support at least 130GB of storage with a 128Gb microSD card. That means you can have all your music files local and never sync or wait for access again. And all local files are catalogged so you can search then quickly.

For those slagging the camera. You should probably wait to see the pictures .... then by all means slag away.

The S5 didn't really add much .... but at least they didn't take anything away.

Those decision are very logical from their p.o.v., they simply aren't in the consumer's best interest.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2014 at 17:40 UTC
On Two photographers re-imagine city potholes article (147 comments in total)
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Prairie Pal: what kind of crap is this? Is has nothing to do with photography. Nothing at all.

Besides, this is old news.
I've watched the very same gallery elsewhere some three months ago if not more.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2014 at 15:57 UTC
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binauralbeats: Don't need 4k in a smart phone. I'd rather pay much less ($350) and get a nexus 5.

@binauralbeats
What? a cellphone without an SD-card slot and a battery which can't be replaced? :-|

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 08:16 UTC
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zodiacfml: Hmm.....very subtle update. I was hoping better so that S4 and other phones would drop in price.

Why the S4? Apparently it's highly unstable and suffers from various problems including overheating.
Many say it's been a botched phone.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 08:04 UTC

Exciting times for medium format users these last weeks...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2014 at 11:51 UTC as 22nd comment
On Tamrac launches rugged-looking photo messenger bags article (106 comments in total)
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Island Golfer: This is actually something I have been contemplating. However. on initial observation, I see two things I don't care for. First is the double-zippered rear slot that accomodates slipping the bag over the handle of your other luggage. Why the zippers? There is no need for it; and it is one more thing to unzip & deal with in the terminal. Lowepro has the same feature, without this nuisance. Second thing I don't like is that it appears as if even the Apache 6 is not deep enough to accomodate a D800 + a 24-70 + its attached hood. But, all manufacturers seem to short their bags in this way. All that's needed ia another 3/4 of an inch.

...in the luggage...
no, wait, the zippers off the luggage?
...or was it the luggage on the zippers off the luggage?
...or the storage in the luggage off the luggage for the zippers?
...or the zipp...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2014 at 16:41 UTC
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LensBeginner: Demosaicing nightmare.
Will it ever get third part support or will it be another X-trans?

More than that, it's not good for end users if they get limited software support.
A bit like Sony's lone forays into unknown territory (Betamax & MiniDisc come to mind), they are only worthy for early-adopters and tech enthusiasts.
OTOH, no innovation = no progress.
Time will tell, I guess.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2014 at 14:41 UTC

Demosaicing nightmare.
Will it ever get third part support or will it be another X-trans?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2014 at 08:59 UTC as 55th comment | 5 replies
On AP cuts ties with Pulitzer-winning photographer article (167 comments in total)

It's a bit like doping in cyclism: "everybody" does it, and they all shed crocodile tears when they get caught red-handed...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 22:29 UTC as 89th comment
On Using third-party lenses on Sony Cyber-shot a7 / a7R article (495 comments in total)
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Artpt: I am not a professional photographer, but tried an old Minolta lens on a Sony A57 versus the kit....I have to wonder if aging lens are up to the standards of today's sensors? The Minolta was about $17, but none of the images were colorful and sharp. I suppose recent lens would be better, but vintage lens don't seem a good fit.

Professionals and enthusiasts, please comment.

Old is not synonymous with good.
There are, quite obviously, good old lenses and good bad lenses, just as there are good new lenses and bad new lenses.

They had some problems with extreme focal ranges (very wide and super tele) before the advent of CAD/CAM (e.g. apparent chromatic aberrations with 200mm+ lenses, which are now corrected with complex multi-lens design while in the 70s you had 4- o 5-lens designs for the most part), so normal focal lengths are probably a safer bet.

That said, a 10$-bargain-bin lens is just that, a 10$-bargain-bin lens.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2014 at 23:38 UTC
On Adobe leaks 'Lightroom Mobile' app article (212 comments in total)
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paulbysea: Where is the android version?

I never said that: if you took the trouble to read what I posted you would have noticed it.
The other user was saying that you cannot update an Android device to the latest version of the OS.
I pointed out that it is possible, unless hardware constraints get in the way.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 19, 2014 at 22:32 UTC
On Tamas Dezso offers glimpse into post-Communist Romania article (238 comments in total)
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dccdp: Oh, well. Yet another boring photographer trying to exploit stupid cliches... Yes, Eastern Europe is awful, people there still live in trees, eat bananas, and have never heard of Lego and TVs. As oposed to Westerners, who are all exceptionally cool, intelligent and have never ever encountered old towns, homeless people or abandoned factories.

An advice for those who still have this old propaganda-induced image about those "lesser countries". Just visit them, and you will see that they are perfectly normal, with rich European traditions, populated by normal people living in clean towns and working probably harder than most citizens of the old continent.

Wake up, forget your (bordering racist) preconceptions and be smart. :)

Well, I've actually been to Bucharest and no, it's not "perfectly normal", not even the town centre.

I don't mean it in a disparaging way, because I found it intriguing and fascinating, but when paved roads stop abruptly and you start walking on dirt at the turn of a corner; when you have a perfectly sound building next to one with a big red "seismic risk evaluation" mark and the doorstep full of trash; and still bullet holes from the last revolution in the walls of some of the most beautiful palaces then you start thinking.

Many capitals in south-east Asia (Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Manila... I'd say Hanoi is quite on par) are better kept that Romania's capital.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 19, 2014 at 12:37 UTC
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