Bruce Edwards

Bruce Edwards

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On Opinion: Do we really need the Fuji X30? article (288 comments in total)

More articles on the X30, please! For a camera whose very existence is being questioned, you sure are covering the hell out of it! :P

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2014 at 15:14 UTC as 101st comment
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artistguy: Does anyone using an iphone actually have an attention span long enough to do long exposure photography?;)

Possibly the stupidest comment I have seen on the internet all week. Congrats!

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2014 at 14:07 UTC
On Camera roundups 2013: What to buy and why article (285 comments in total)

LOVE these new buying guides, and the format guys - keep it up! Finally, some clarity in your editorial picks. The format helps a lot with this, FWIW.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2013 at 14:59 UTC as 65th comment
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Stacey_K: I am very skeptical reading online reviews. Like I was looking at washing machines and NO ONE is THAT excited about washing clothes like some of the reviewed displayed. They had to be bogus positive written by the company.

You think not? Get thee to Gardenweb Home forums, and look in the APPLIANCES section. You will find a horde of people that are VERY much that into appliances - dishwashers, washing machines, etc. and they buy the latest and greatest on a regular basis. It also happens to be the best place to read reviews on the same IMO. I also had the same thoughts (do these guys REALLY gronk over washing machines this much?) when I came across it, but they KNOW their washing machines! :D

Also, those weird, crazy dishwasher people might one day wander here into a DPR forum, only to find people vociferously arguing about taking picture of a brick wall to determine quality of a camera. They they report back to THEIR forum that there exists on the web, a place that is full of BS because NO one in their right mind would be THAT....you get the idea... :D

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2013 at 21:15 UTC
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Marty4650: Whenever I use the Amazon customer reviews, I completely ignore the 5 star and the 1 star reviews, and read only the 2, 3, and 4 star reviews. My thinking is the fanboys will give it 5 stars, so there is no point even reading those reviews, and 1 star reviews are mostly people upset because the UPS truck arrived when they weren't home, had a warranty problem, or simply didn't read the product description and ordered the wrong product.

You usually find the most informative reviews in the middle of the rankings.

As someone who has written plenty of 1 and 5 star reviews (and 2, 3 and 4 for that matter), I disagree with your assumptions, and think you do yourself a disservice by ignoring those.

Just because someone gives a product 5 stars doesn't necessarily mean that review is worthless due to fanboism, or that one star reviews are written by haters just hatin'.

Just think about real life, and things you yourself own. Have you never bought one thing that you thought was absolute crap, with no redeeming value, and that you want others to know how bad it is, as a warning? Or vice versa, was just a GREAT, almost perfect product, and has far exceeded your expectations?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2013 at 21:10 UTC
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The Nihilist: I love the people that give a product one star because the shipping took longer than the projected timeframe and they haven't received it. They seem to completely miss the irony of negatively reviewing a product because they don't have the product yet.

And at least on Amazon, those reviews usually get TRASHED by others reading them, either via nasty comments, or being downvoted into oblivion, or both. It's why I love their system...let the people monitor their own reviews for the obviously horrible ones.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2013 at 21:03 UTC
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Thanatham Piriyakarnjanakul: How about 'Ken Rockwell'?

He is teh greatest reviewer. Very good things only buy from his site. Not a bot. Very positive, good, products, very cheap. FIVE STARS!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2013 at 21:01 UTC
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Barry Fitzgerald: And how does the study determine that x no of reviews are "fake"? Some of the top Amazon reviewers review many products some are Amazon purchases, and some will have no doubt purchased/used items elsewhere and spent the time to put their thoughts up, and sure some might not have used them! It is the users of sites like Amazon that determine if the reviews are useful or not. IMO 5 star wonder reviews are just as useless as 1 star anger reviews. It is usually quite easy to spot reviews that are of no use or out of spite/anger or irrelevant (ie packaging problems that are not real product issues) DPR has lost my interest in recent years as they miss problems that users discover with some cameras, and they tend to gloss over or not mention weaker points that users do. I find user reviews for the most part very useful. The study is just "sour grapes" few camera reviews sites are man enough to be genuinely critical.

"It is the users of sites like Amazon that determine if the reviews are useful or not." And this is why I put more faith in Amazon reviews than any other site...if enough people think it stinks, they can down vote it and it becomes invisible (but you can still read it if you click to show "hidden" posts). Likewise, if people find a review helpful, it goes to the top of the pile. Many MANY sites out there closely monitor their reviews, and only post mostly positive ones (Overstock.com is a bad one to do this, for instance, but I am sure there are others).

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2013 at 20:54 UTC
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: Does anyone bother reading Amazon's reviews? Does anyone make up one's mind about buying a product or not based on those reviews?

Absolutely! I think it's by far the most reliable source of information on products, esp. if there are more than 30 or so. I buy 90% of my purchases from Amazon, and rarely have I been disappointed in a 4-5 star item with a statistically significant number of reviews (but it does happen - lone dissenter theory)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2013 at 20:50 UTC
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BJN: Wondering why the cropped performance is featured first on a full frame lens review?

And to potential buyers: why would you buy this zoom range for APS-C?

Because I almost NEVER shoot in the 18-24 range (I have an 18-105 lens), and the Nikon 24-120 F4 is too slow for that much $$$. Vast majority of my shots using the 18-105, are 24mm and above.

And for the umpteen times that blogs, reviews, and message board folk state "but APS-C users should buy the 17-50 instead!" I say BULLHOCKEY! :) If I shot wide very often, I would use a dedicated WA lens like a 10-22 or something. And 50mm is just way too limiting on the long end IMO. If I were shooting around 50, I would just use my 50mm prime and get a sharpness and speed boost.

The 24-70 puts me in a range that I personally shoot almost all the time. I would even prefer 24-85 or 90, just for a little more reach, but hey, just glad we have this option!

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2013 at 19:11 UTC
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stelioskritikakis: i think tokina commited suicide creating a lens which is
- not wide enough
- not bright enough
- dx?
why choose this over the canon 10-22 or the nikon 10-24?

nahhh..

i'd accept though some lenses such as
- 10-20 f/4 dx
- or 24-24 f/4 fx even
or 12-24 DX like sigma created.

Sounds reasonable. By producing a wide angle lens that doesn't fit your needs, they have destroyed the entire company.

"Suicide" no less! Sheesh. Dramatic, much?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2013 at 16:07 UTC
On Roundup: Enthusiast Zoom Compact Cameras article (420 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: The LX7 is now a $270 camera from Panasonic Direct. It wins hands down.

No FB silliness. Just a coupon code, which put it at $275 shipped. incredible! If I didn't already have the LX-5, that would have been a no brainer.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2012 at 15:52 UTC
On Turn and Burn in the Afterburner! challenge (20 comments in total)

Absolutely spectacular. Esp. composition and angle for visual interest...love it.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2012 at 21:07 UTC as 6th comment
On Photo contest: Enter for a chance to win $5,000 article (130 comments in total)
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zakk9: The property/model release term indicates strongly that this is not really a photo competition, but a competition for photos specifically to be used for commercial marketing purposes.

Oh, and my Burmese friend can't participate. Not that she cares, but she does like to take photos. Can she be in the photo, I wonder...

Why don't you like people from Burma, dpr? Haven't they been through enough problems already? How is it OK that you discriminate upon them as well?

"So US foreign policies decide who can participate in a dpreview contest."
Of course! But it's not "just" foreign policy, it's the law. Just like the laws in whatever country you are in apply to you as well. Until Amazon or DPR makes the laws, any blame needs to be directed elsewhere, to the policymakers.

Transferring funds (of this amount) to the mentioned countries is illegal. Now it can be argued whether it should be legal or not, but I don't think this is the place to discuss that.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2012 at 13:59 UTC
On Just Posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 review article (373 comments in total)
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nosnoop: Richard Butler:

Could it be that the reason that you did not fall in love with RX100 is because you have no need for a *pocketable* camera in the first place?

I don't think enough credits has been given to RX100 as a break-through camera, and a very impressive technological piece. If you want a pocketable camera, then very few other cameras can touch the RX100.

But if you don't see the need for a pocketable camera, then obviously, there are a lot more choices out there; and little reason to like this camera.

Or maybe you should rename the Gold award to "I Love it" reward, and Silver reward to "I like it but I don't love it" reward; then there would be much less arguments.... :)

Nope, Sony's first gen enthusiast compact was the venerable (but awesome) Sony V3. I should know, I owned two! (one was stolen, and even well after it was discontinued, I liked it so much I bought a used one off eBay to replace it)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2012 at 14:42 UTC
On Just Posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 review article (373 comments in total)
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SammyToronto: It'll be interesting what dpreview will think of the Panny LX7. Both that camera and the RX100 are very close in terms of features and image quality (per reviews I've read), but the LX7 is substantially cheaper (and I prefer its size/control layout). As for low light ability; dcresource test results indicate that the RX100 is just one stop better than the LX7 (max ISO recommended in low light is ISO 800 for the former and 400 for the latter. In good light it's ISO 3200 and 1600, respectively). This is not a huge difference and is more than made up for by the much faster LX7 lens. I'm leaning towards the LX7, but I'm waiting for more reviews of those two cameras, especially on dpreview. So one is done and one to go; come on dpreview and light a fire under that LX7 review :)

I can't believe LX5 or 7 was not even mentioned in the review, as a comparable model to the Sony! Not sure there is a more direct competitor in the space?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2012 at 14:38 UTC

I expected to scroll down to read 9/10 comments complaining about the fact that this upgrade is focused on the book creation module, but nary a word! I guess I am the only one disappointed that book creation was the big highlight for this version?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2012 at 16:30 UTC as 21st comment
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Peter 13: Adobe should offer a "lighter" version of LR. Many people do not want, and actually find it annoying and resource consuming to have a RAW converter with cataloging functions. I would pay a premium to free my computer of all those modules. Let us have a RAW converter/editor without even the need to "import" the files and without all those gimmicks, and offer a bloated version of LR for those who want it. Such a lean product is going the photoshop way, sad.

I expected to scroll down to read 9/10 comments complaining about the fact that this upgrade is focused on the book creation module, but nary a word! I guess I am the only one disappointed that book creation was the big highlight for this version?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2012 at 21:50 UTC
On Nikon launches AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 G article (136 comments in total)
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Herman Roote: Nice lens for the price, I thinks it's too long for indoor portrait shooting, unless you have a large studio.

I'm only speaking for the DX users like myself, I find the 50mm 1.8 in plenty long enough.

+1, and I would even go so far as to say that my 50mm is often too long indoors. I have an older house with lots of smallish rooms, instead of the more modern style of less rooms, but bigger, and I am constantly against a wall with my 50mm. 35mm is the sweet spot indoors on DX IMO. This 85 would be great outside though! Or for small indoor gyms or events where you have a good close seat.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2012 at 14:24 UTC
On Preview:canons100 (323 comments in total)
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bigdaddave: Looks very interesting, it seems the lens has the same (or very similar) max aperture at a 105mm (S90/S95) equivalent, so it hasn't lost any actual speed there, just gained some length

But the only important question we need answering is what's the IQ like? That's all that really matters

@Redfox: The S100 is slower (albeit slightly) across its range than the already slow S95. I was saying because of this fact, I (personally) would have preferred a model that at least maintains the S95's range (and speed) over one that gives us a slightly wider and longer capability, at the expense of stops.

Posted on Sep 15, 2011 at 20:47 UTC
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