Revenant

Revenant

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gskolenda: OH My God, let's just go backwards to preserve history! Italy needs to stick to Fashion, Cars and Motorcycles. I just don't get it

Digital cameras aren't going away, so how are we going backwards? If people who like to shoot with film are willing to invest money to ensure its survival, what's wrong with that?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 13, 2014 at 18:06 UTC
On Tiny fps1000 high-speed camera boasts 18,500fps article (137 comments in total)
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Peter Del: On the face of it, this sounds like a winner - 18000 frames for a £1000. He is headed for success - good luck to another British innovation which, like DPreview, will probably be snapped up by an American conglomerate. Just personal thoughts.

Since when is a Scotsman not British? British is not synonymous with English.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2014 at 15:40 UTC
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1661 comments in total)
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scrup: Looks they are diversifying their products and shifting focus to other areas. They probably realize the SLR cash cow has run its course and need to protect themselves from further future market shifts.

The camera business isn't their main business. Canon is first and foremost a manufacturer of printers and office equipment.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 18:30 UTC
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1661 comments in total)
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raztec: Canon, you have achieved the impossible!!
From market leader to the laughing stock of manufacturers.
Keep racing to the bottom. You're almost there.

Last time I checked, Canon still had the largest market share with a comfortable margin, which makes them the market leader by definition. But maybe you have your own definition of market leader?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 18:24 UTC
On Post-Photokina polls - Tell us what you think article (198 comments in total)
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GREG HUTCHINS: To me the difference between amateur and professional is one gets paid and the other doesn't. It has nothing to do with picture quality. Thera are bad professionals and great amateur photographers.

Yes, that's true. The poll asks about enthusiasts, though, not professionals. An enthusiast is an advanced amateur, or hobbyist, as opposed to a beginner.
Personally, I don't think you can say that there is a minimum sensor size for an enthusiast (or a professional). It all depends on the type of photos you shoot, how you intend to use them, what you consider to be 'good enough' image quality, and so on.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2014 at 10:35 UTC
On Photokina 2014: Quiet but significant article (165 comments in total)
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G1Houston: I am a long time Nikon user and have incorporated m4/3 into my system for its good IQ and compact size. However to photograph my kids, I am now mostly using the almost 3 year old D7100 which is just a blast to use — it is fast, with excellent IQ, and its focus tracking is outstanding. Now Nikon has put a state-of-the-art FF sensor in a body that is even lighter than the D7100 with even better AF and metering system, all for just a little bit over $2,000. I thus wonder what is the advantage of the mirrorless system that dpreview and others seem to promote it as the future of photography? Take A7 as an example, you can make the camera only that small before handling becomes a real problem and its lenses are not substantially smaller than those of Nikon/Canon, and are certainly very expensive. What is the advantage of the mirrorless — why does IT have to be the future?

Yes, lower costs for the manufacturers combined with higher prices for the consumers means much higher profit margins. That is exactly what companies seek to achieve when sales volume is shrinking.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2014 at 16:41 UTC
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Photato: Canon is stubbornly clinging to the SLRs.
They are so clueless lately this is not even funny.

DSLRs still outsell mirrorless ILCs, so it's understandable that they still make them. However, at some point they will have to take mirrorless more seriously, and I'm pretty sure that they will.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2014 at 16:28 UTC
On Photokina 2014: Quiet but significant article (165 comments in total)
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G1Houston: I am a long time Nikon user and have incorporated m4/3 into my system for its good IQ and compact size. However to photograph my kids, I am now mostly using the almost 3 year old D7100 which is just a blast to use — it is fast, with excellent IQ, and its focus tracking is outstanding. Now Nikon has put a state-of-the-art FF sensor in a body that is even lighter than the D7100 with even better AF and metering system, all for just a little bit over $2,000. I thus wonder what is the advantage of the mirrorless system that dpreview and others seem to promote it as the future of photography? Take A7 as an example, you can make the camera only that small before handling becomes a real problem and its lenses are not substantially smaller than those of Nikon/Canon, and are certainly very expensive. What is the advantage of the mirrorless — why does IT have to be the future?

kadardr is right. The answer to why mirrorless is the future lies with the manufacturers, not the consumers.
Mirrorless cameras are (mechanically) less complicated to manufacture, and therefore cheaper to make. Quality control becomes less expensive too, and fewer cameras will likely need to be repaired under warranty.
It's all about cost-cutting, which becomes more and more important as the manufacturers seek to increase profit margins in a shrinking camera market.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2014 at 08:44 UTC
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James Booba: That´s 7D 1.1 - definitly not 2.0.

NX1 = 7D 2.0 :-)

No, I don't yet know it about the 7D either, so that's another reason to wait with the comparisons until we have actual real life testing to go by.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2014 at 19:57 UTC
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James Booba: That´s 7D 1.1 - definitly not 2.0.

NX1 = 7D 2.0 :-)

You should compare real life performance, not numbers on a specs sheet. We don't yet know if the NX1 lives up to its promise.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 22, 2014 at 22:57 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (1861 comments in total)
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Luuger: What was needed for the 7D mII:
- 4K Video
- Full frame
- Wifi
- Flexible screen
- Touch screen
- Resolution increase
- Great AF
- Better quality Sensor

What Canon brought was able to deliver:
- Great AF

IMHO the responsible product developer should be fired immediately unless he had orders from above. Canon is not only harming its own brand, but the category of DSLR as itself.

You clearly don't understand the target market for this camera, if you think it should be FF. There is certainly a place in the market for pro-grade crop sensor bodies like the 7D and D300. For example, many wildlife shooters prefer the extra telephoto reach.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 17:30 UTC
On Sigma announces dp1 Quattro article (199 comments in total)
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RStyga: As much as I like Sigma, they need to drop this Quattro-design fiasco A-S-A-P before they surpass the SD1 original release-price fiasco. WHAT ON EARTH did the designers think when creating the Quattro??? IT IS ugly, IT IS grossly not ergonomic, IT IS not compact in any conceivable way!!! There is nothing positive to this design at all. Sigma wake up...

Not everyone finds the design ugly, and a lot of people don't care how a camera looks as long as it works.

At least some reviewers have reported that the Quattro handles very well, if you know how to hold it correctly. I guess it works for some, but not for others, just like any other camera design.

And about the size, Sigma has stated that the Quattro cameras weren't intended to be compact. The goal was to create a fixed-lens camera designed for two-handed operation, that would feel and handle much like a DSLR.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2014 at 13:34 UTC
On Sigma announces dp1 Quattro article (199 comments in total)
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KZMike: I REALLY do wish Sigma would have some reasonable offerings for us enthusiasts.

Their sensor design really makes sense to me and with some bells and whistles like the Lumix FZ1000, they would have a HUGE sales winner. . . it is looking like Pany is going to sell a bajillion FZ1000's.

Sigma seems to have a similar 'pure photography' philosophy as Leica, in making a point of not offering a lot of bells and whistles, but only the basic features that a photographer needs. I don't think they will change this approach anytime soon. It's obvious that they, just like Leica, have no ambition to try to take market shares from the bigger companies, but are quite happy with the small, but very loyal customer base they already have.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2014 at 13:25 UTC
On Week in review: 8 things we learned article (48 comments in total)
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abortabort: Hmmm an interesting and funny wrap up :)

It would have been nice if you mentioned that that ridiculous (though 'some' might think 'pretty', like an X30 apparently) perfume bottle selfie camera thing is the first camera ever to have a curved sensor - that makes it one of those 'weird cameras that started it all' and not just for the explosion of dedicated 'female friendly' selfie cameras that are going to hit the market.

The specifications for the KW1 mention it having an Exmor RS sensor. That's the 'stacked' BSI-CMOS sensor (not to be confused with a layered Foveon-type sensor) that is also used in some camera phones.
I guess that a curved sensor would be given a new designation, and not the existing Exmor R or Exmor RS.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 31, 2014 at 12:10 UTC
On Sony adds XAVC S support to Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 article (88 comments in total)
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M Jesper: Now that we know this is possible, they've shot themselves in the leg if they don't update the A6000 as well. Keeping reputation up and all.

If it's possible because of the Bionz X processor, then they could update not only the A6000, but the A7, A7R and A77 II as well.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2014 at 13:25 UTC
On Week in review: 8 things we learned article (48 comments in total)
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abortabort: Hmmm an interesting and funny wrap up :)

It would have been nice if you mentioned that that ridiculous (though 'some' might think 'pretty', like an X30 apparently) perfume bottle selfie camera thing is the first camera ever to have a curved sensor - that makes it one of those 'weird cameras that started it all' and not just for the explosion of dedicated 'female friendly' selfie cameras that are going to hit the market.

Has that been confirmed? I know that the rumours said that the KW1 would use a curved sensor, but the press release didn't mention it.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2014 at 09:13 UTC
On Week in review: 8 things we learned article (48 comments in total)
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BeaverTerror: Surprise, surprise. Leica has been moving themselves toward obscurity for years. At this point in their history, is ANYONE still expecting them to come out with an exciting, innovative product?

It's also notable that Micro 43 has a combined number of 17.9%, the same as Nikon and just a tiny bit behind Canon! Sure the real life sales numbers tell a different story, but surely a poll which asks about interest in a brand's future products tells an important story about that brand's future sales prospects? Canon and Nikon are setting themselves up to go the way of Kodak. It'll be quite interesting to see how things develop over the next decade.

Your own line of reasoning really tells us that the brands most likely to still be around in a decade, are Canon, Nikon and Sony. That is if this poll really tells us something about future sales prospect.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2014 at 09:09 UTC
On Very flashy: Ricoh unveils Pentax K-S1 DSLR article (206 comments in total)
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Kirk Tuck: Hmmm. 20 megapixel APS-C sensor instead of the ubiquitous Sony 24 megapixel sensor. I wonder if this was sourced from Samsung which has been making APS-C sensors of the same spec....?

Sony also makes a 20 Mp sensor. It's used in the A58 and A3000.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 19:33 UTC
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-S1 article (321 comments in total)

Ricoh/Pentax makes very capable cameras, but they need to forbid drinking during working hours.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 13:36 UTC as 55th comment | 1 reply
On Very flashy: Ricoh unveils Pentax K-S1 DSLR article (206 comments in total)
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Torsten Hoff: For when you really need a green color cast on your portrait skintones...

If it's good enough for the Hulk, it's good enough for me!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 12:53 UTC
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