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peterwr

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On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2132 comments in total)
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Deardorff: How does the touch screen work with gloves or mittens and 20 below zero temperatures?

On the subject of the touchscreen focusing not working with the EVF: presumably that could be fixed by having the position of one's finger (or, more likely, thumb) on the screen tracked by a marker in the EVF. Pressing the shutter would lock the focus on the current thumb position.

The point being that the issue is surely fixable in firmware, at any rate, even if not by that particular method.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 22:20 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2132 comments in total)
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quezra: How is making it so reliant on touchscreen in any way bold? Sony NEX-5N did it years ago. Samsung Galaxy NX did it the most recently. Even the upcoming Lytro camera is going to do it. I think DPR were desperate to say something nice about Leica, but honestly this isn't bold. It's a design choice that many have tried, and eventually rolled back in favor of more physical controls which a VF necessitates for tactile feedback.

OK, I give up. How *do* you do text formatting hereabouts?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 22:14 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2132 comments in total)
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quezra: How is making it so reliant on touchscreen in any way bold? Sony NEX-5N did it years ago. Samsung Galaxy NX did it the most recently. Even the upcoming Lytro camera is going to do it. I think DPR were desperate to say something nice about Leica, but honestly this isn't bold. It's a design choice that many have tried, and eventually rolled back in favor of more physical controls which a VF necessitates for tactile feedback.

As Barney says, it's bold <i>for Leica</i>. It also fits with Leica's design philosophy of longevity, inasmuch as it can be easily upgraded via firmware without either Leica or the customer having to replace the hardware. As it's basically just a (high-quality) shell with software and a lens on the front, Leica can go on banging these things out for years to come like they did their film cameras, without having to make major hardware revisions the way other manufacturers do, and yet frequently refresh and improve both new <i>and existing</i> cameras, possibly via paid-for upgrades.

Cost-effective from both Leica's and the customer's point of view.

Good move, I reckon.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 22:13 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 real-world samples gallery article (59 comments in total)
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Maverick_: Very disappointed! Perfect reason why no one uses the MF4 for stills professionally. The images are just a couple of notches above my cell phone pics.

Top MF3 cameras will only be used professionally for video use. And hence the top grade video features on this camera.

BTW, I use a Pana GH and totally dislike its image quality, but it's great for video.

"The images are just a couple of notches above my cell phone pics."

Don't be so damn silly. They're way better than phone pics, as I'm sure you know. And perfectly usable for editorial (as are decent phone pics, but that's another thread...).

Fashion/advertising/billboards? Probably not, if only for voodoo reasons - the client expects you to turn up with a Hasselblad, even if you're going to cover the lens with vaseline - but with an understanding client and a good idea of what you're trying to achieve, why not?

As any real professional knows, the best camera is the one that does what you need done on the day, regardless of format or the badge on the front.

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2014 at 00:21 UTC
On Leica M Monochrom now available in grayscale (sort of) article (137 comments in total)

"Have you been lusting after a Leica Monochrom but anxiously hoping for its release in a new body finish? Well your long, nightmarish wait is over. "

Oof. Would you like a saucer of milk with that? :-)

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2014 at 08:30 UTC as 47th comment | 1 reply

WANT. That is all.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 08:44 UTC as 32nd comment
On Up close: The beauty of butterfly wings article (47 comments in total)

Little-known fact: the irridescent colours of butterfly wings are produced not by pigments, but by nanometric structures on the scales' surface that reflect different colours of light, much like the microscopic pits on a CD.

God, I love nature.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2014 at 10:24 UTC as 22nd comment | 6 replies
On Apple applies for dual-sensor camera patent post (71 comments in total)
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sportyaccordy: Why not just do 4 sensors... R, G, B, luminance

Less filters -> more sensitivity; more resolution too.

*cough* Every colour video camera since the days of tubes...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2014 at 09:56 UTC
On World Press Photo Multimedia winners announced article (6 comments in total)

Loved the Staff Riding doc - but I just took a look at the NYT High Rise thing and although it's good, the rhyming commentary makes it sound like a fairy tale, which makes me doubt its veracity. Also, if you try to go back to a previous section, the commentary goes out of sync by a whole section or more. Disappointing.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 12:48 UTC as 5th comment
On Oppo Find 7 features QHD display and 50MP images post (61 comments in total)
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peterwr: "With a 13MP *1/3.06-inch* Sony Exmor CMOS sensor..."

FFS. When are camera manufacturers going to start quoting sensor sizes in millimetres? This 1/x.x business is needlessly confusing. OK, so maybe that's the point - big numbers sound more impressive to the inexperienced, even if they have a 1 over them - but still, millimetres (or even millimeters) would make imaging chips a lot easier to compare. It would make it easier to estimate the 35mm equivalent focal length of the lenses, too.

C'mon DPReview - how about you start doing it unilaterally? You're influential enough that maybe you could change industry policy.

Hi Lars - how come DPR *doesn't* quote sensor sizes in millimetres? It would make comparisons - which is what the site is all about, after all - a lot easier.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 23, 2014 at 14:36 UTC
On Oppo Find 7 features QHD display and 50MP images post (61 comments in total)

"With a 13MP *1/3.06-inch* Sony Exmor CMOS sensor..."

FFS. When are camera manufacturers going to start quoting sensor sizes in millimetres? This 1/x.x business is needlessly confusing. OK, so maybe that's the point - big numbers sound more impressive to the inexperienced, even if they have a 1 over them - but still, millimetres (or even millimeters) would make imaging chips a lot easier to compare. It would make it easier to estimate the 35mm equivalent focal length of the lenses, too.

C'mon DPReview - how about you start doing it unilaterally? You're influential enough that maybe you could change industry policy.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2014 at 08:03 UTC as 27th comment | 9 replies
On _MG_0887-ACR photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

Wow. I know it's a long 'un, but really - I thought lenses were supposed to be better than this nowadays?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2014 at 09:44 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II: a quick summary article (534 comments in total)

No viewfinder = no sale. Pity, because apart from that and the lack of weatherproofing it looks like a pretty good bet.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2014 at 00:21 UTC as 59th comment | 3 replies
On CES 2014: Panasonic Stand Report article (19 comments in total)
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BarnET: You guys are from dpreview. Come on dig up some info of that 4k gh3.
That can be the only decent scoop of CES this year.

It's featured in photo #6 - along with about all that can be said about it at this stage. Exciting, nonetheless, and puzzling that DPR haven't made a headline item of it.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 11, 2014 at 10:34 UTC
On In Photos: Olympic torch to make first-ever spacewalk article (117 comments in total)

And this is on a photography news site because...?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 8, 2013 at 09:36 UTC as 38th comment | 2 replies
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)
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bigdaddave: Nice & retro but it does show Nikon is stuck in the past and OH so expensive for what it does. A camera for Leica lovers

Nah - it's got far too many doodads for a Leica person. But that's really what it should have been - an FM/FE with a screen on the back and an aperture wheel for modern lenses. I'd (almost) have paid this price for that.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 07:59 UTC
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)

WTF? This is a huge ball of wrong. It should have been a digital FM/FE, with all the compactness and straightforward manual controls of those cameras - and maybe just an auto shutter and one control dial for the aperture on later lenses. *

Instead, we have a bloated, overpriced, overweight D7100, albeit with an FX sensor, and no video capability. A "fusion" of the worst of both worlds instead of the best. Ouch indeed.

I'm a huge fan of Nikon (I still own an FM2 and a bunch of AI lenses), but I struggle to work out who's going to buy this camera, I really do.

How crashingly disappointing.

* That, after all, is what a Leica is (and the FE used to be), and they sell as many of those as they can make, even at the price.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 07:56 UTC as 861st comment
On Will consumer DSLRs be 'dead in 5 years?' post (132 comments in total)
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Shadow2: Here one stuff to think about...

If you are getting married and you check some photographers to record the day of your life will you Hire the photographer that use is brand new iPhone 5s or the one how has a DSLR...

And remember also that quotes: It's not because that you own a Nikon that you are a photographer...

Ask for their portfolio or reference for their work because if the product is bad you will not be able to share these precious moments...

GO Pro or GO Low

I'd take a decent photographer with an iPhone over an incompetent Saturday boy with a DSLR any day. In the end, it's about getting the pictures the bride wants, not complying with some kind of imaginary union regulations re megapixels, dpi, dynamic range etc.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 3, 2013 at 22:18 UTC
On Will consumer DSLRs be 'dead in 5 years?' post (132 comments in total)
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Dccps: I agree that the DSLR's days are numbered. I don't know if it will be five years or ten or more, but we are surely seeing signs of their ultimate demise. Sony's new A7s are demonstrating mirrorless technology moving into larger sensor territory. Olympus' new E-M1 is redefining the limits of EVF technology as well as the potential of smaller sensors with respect to image quality. And Apple and other smart phone manufacturers are putting imaging technology into the hands of countless users out there, so pixel peepers beware, the best camera is and has always been the one you have when the image is there. There certainly are reasons for larger sensors and big heavy gear, but mirrorless is here, and here to stay because gear is so much less of a burden that more photographers will use it and the technology is getting scary good. Remember that high gloss high-res magazine spreads have already been created from small sensor cameras - not all but some, so technology marches on.

Agreed. We're hearing the same arguments today that were aired in the 1940s by the users of 5"x4" press cameras when 35mm and 6x6 came out.

Photography isn't just about ultimate image quality, it's about the usability of the kit and the ability to get the shot on the day. If a camera is small, light and fast, and gets the shot at an adequate image quality for the eventual output format, it will end up being used to the detriment of the older, heavier, more expensive, less agile technology, unless - and only unless - a particular characteristic of DSLRs such as image quality, speed and/or lens selection is the primary consideration.

So MILCs will become the format of choice for enthusiasts and photojournalists, and full-frame/medium format DSLRs will be the preserve of fashion photographers, landscapers and well-heeled willy-wavers (and videographers who can't bring themselves to use proper video cameras).

Direct link | Posted on Nov 3, 2013 at 22:13 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot RX10 Real-world Samples article (161 comments in total)
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gil: I am not a pixel peeper and the pics looks ok in my office monitor. Details were there at the size of my monitor and while colors were not outstanding, not bland or muted either. Overall ok but I agree that these kind of pics could be taken as well from a cheaper NEX 3 series or from a mid-end P&S around $500-$600.

"Overall ok but I agree that these kind of pics could be taken as well from a cheaper NEX 3 series or from a mid-end P&S around $500-$600."
Well, the RX10 has that Zeiss constant-aperture lens, and a bigger sensor than a P&S, plus it's weather sealed, which neither the NEX nor most P&Ss are. It's aimed at a different kind of shooter. And I'm sure if you did pixel-peep, you'd see the difference clearly, especially in the corners.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2013 at 22:35 UTC
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