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mapgraphs

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Joined on Dec 15, 2011

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On article Lens shootout: Sony RX10 III destroys the competition (442 comments in total)
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Jon Stern: DPReview destroyed by writers feeling that it's necessary to create clickbait headlines.

"and the traffic will speak for itself"

That's probably a close definition of clickbait.

"noun: clickbait; noun: click bait
(on the Internet) content, especially that of a sensational or provocative nature, whose main purpose is to attract attention and draw visitors to a particular web page."

Link | Posted on May 26, 2016 at 22:17 UTC
On article Design, looks and desire: Olympus does it again (397 comments in total)

Would retro faux brassing help on the rolled edges? A rewind knob? Hope history doesn't repeat with the e-pl6 trajectory. And, whatever happened to the special Titanium OM-D E-M5 II?

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2016 at 18:53 UTC as 82nd comment

In Camera Finder (flickr), the top 35 Samsung "cameras" listed are Galaxy xxx. The NX1 comes in at around #80. I suspect Samsung has a small clue about what consumers are buying. Conversely, Sony has the Xperia sitting in the top three slots with the A6000 and a7 in the 4th & 6th spots. The market has been trending in this direction for at least a couple of years, there's no real news here.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2015 at 12:35 UTC as 178th comment | 1 reply
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Stacey_K: I'm glad someone understands that some people (myself) value size over blazing fast speed. It defeats the whole purpose of mirrorless to only make f1.4-1.8 giant size lenses for them.

The 15 & 12 came out around 1999-2000 in screw mount. These are truly tiny. See https://www.cameraquest.com/voigtlen.htm

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2015 at 16:20 UTC
On article Sony Alpha 7R II Review (2155 comments in total)
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palie: now i'm on a roll. what practical price all that detail in any case ? if we're talking giclee, you can blow up a 6mp image to a massive size before it begins to pixellate. step back to a normal viewing angle, and they disappear in any case. litho ? sorry to tell you this, but printers' RIPs write all images down to the equivalent of 300 dpi ... that effectively means you can shoot a double page spread in national geographic with a 10 year old canon rebel ... and unless you specifically tell it not do so, the highest quality adobe acrobat PDF preset for litho printing turns your precious raw based photoshop file into - wait for it - a JPEG !!! think i'm joking ? ask a printer ...

Yeah,

But what I want to know is how those RAW pixels look on my state-of-the-art 1.01mp HD IPS.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2015 at 11:06 UTC
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DesmondD: It would be interesting to know the exact percentage [to population] of cameras being sold compared to 20 years ago. Digital got a lot more people involved in photography initially, now mobile phones have drawn many of those people away from "real cameras". Now perhaps we are back to the original percentage of people actually interested in using "real cameras" for their photography.[?]

Not the exact percentage of cameras sold relative to population but instructive enough:

https://cdn.photographylife.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/cipa-data.jpg

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 20:37 UTC

Since you were over at photographylife I'm surprised you didn't check out Thomas Stirr's "Is There Really Anything ‘Wrong’ with Digital Camera Sales Volumes?" (https://photographylife.com/is-there-really-anything-wrong-with-digital-camera-sales-volumes).

The CIPA chart of camera sales from 1933 to 2014 puts it into perspective. Digital camera growth was a result of compact digital sales, not DSLRs. Simply put, mature consumer markets are a whole different animal than growth markets. And no, mirrorless isn't going to do a Mighty Mouse.

Consumer electronics have moved on to tablets and watches, consumer photo needs have been met. We can get back to photography and leave the gadgets to Apple. And yes, Canon, Nikon and Sony will do okay.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 14:37 UTC as 222nd comment | 1 reply

It would seem that Olympus has finally cleaned out most of the overstock, at fire sale prices no less. The E-PL6 kit is selling for less ($299) than a "reconditioned" E-PL5 body ($359) on the Olympus North America site. The E-PM2, which Olympus apparently couldn't give away is no longer listed but is available at KEH for $199 (LN-).

Some anecdotal items like Cameta no longer offering anything as "factory demo" for OMD or PEN would seem to point to Olympus finally cleaning out stock also.

As for solid sales of the newer items like the E-M5 II, flickr stats don't exactly back that claim up. There are about as many E-500 users as E-M5 II users according to Camera Finder. In fact the E-PL5 and E-PL1 are right up there with the E-500. The "I Own It" stats here on DPR tell a similar story. 44 people claim to own the E-PL7 and 303 for the E-M5 II. If all this is contributing to returning to profitability, something somewhere doesn't add up.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2015 at 15:22 UTC as 42nd comment | 5 replies

Judging from your samples I'd say the Voigtländer 10.5mm Nokton is in the same league as the 17.5. A good range of subject matter to show it off. With the 17.5, the short throw of the focus means that things pop in and out of focus quickly.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2015 at 14:02 UTC as 27th comment
On article Sony rides wave of US Mirrorless sales surge (733 comments in total)
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Timbukto: I have been busy with work, but sorry DPReview staff, the paraphrasing of the PR is misleading at best, but really from a financial reporting point of view an absolute butchering. The PR states 66% increase in *SALES* for mirrorless. This can be a WORLD of difference from 66% boost of income!

In addition an increase of 16.5% in mirrorless with a decline of 15% in DSLR is not in any way a *SURGE*. Again it requires someone with some financial acumen. Lets say DSLR's sold about 1 million units during a shopping season month last year, and mirrorless sold about 250k. A decline of 15% in DSLRs is pretty horrific, but an increase of 16.5% in MILC is pretty measly as well and indicates still the overall *weakness* of the entire market. I am in no way a CPA or hedge fund manager, but the paraphrasing should be scrapped...at this point, just say here is the Sony PR release and leave it at that. I think Bythom may give a more fair assessment of this PR, but as it is now, its butchered.

DPR editorial policy with it's use of Press Releases as factual articles appears to perhaps be an attempt to play to the readers. Newspapers have been doing this for years. It's also a good way to play to the choir. Case in point is some anecdotal info pointing to Sony with the A6000 & A7 grabbing market share from m4/3 which has been loosing market share to Fuji here on DPR. If one looks at the numbers, the Mirrorless segment here on DPR is near the median of all ICL camera ownership (per ownership claim). That's far different from some other sites which put Mirrorless ILC cameras at a 10-12 percent level, well below DSLR usage and almost non-existent compared to camera phones. “Articles” like this are feel-goods. A reason to click through.

(Disclaimer – I have three “mirrorless” cameras and yes, I would buy an A7. I just don't need one.)

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2015 at 10:42 UTC
On article Sony rides wave of US Mirrorless sales surge (733 comments in total)
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Randy Veeman: I see different numbers here. Can someone confirm what is correct?
In the article it says Sony mirrorless revenue is up over the past year and DSLR revenue is down. That does not mean unit sales and could be misleading.
Someone said for 2015 (6 months not a full year), DSLR unit sales are growing (or not falling) faster than mirrorless. Maybe that is units shipped though?

So far the most telling number if correct is Sony having an 11% market share. In 2006 Sony predicted a 20% market share by 2011 and Wikipedia says they had a 13% market share in 2008.

Occasionally it might be entertaining to read press releases as simply press releases, not broad statements of selected facts.

I realize this is a minority opinion; but this is an opinion site...

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 00:36 UTC
On article Sony rides wave of US Mirrorless sales surge (733 comments in total)
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Photoman: Can you hear your profiles dropping Canon & Nikon??? Will you take mirrorless seriously NOW Canon & Nikon. DSLR's are dying and so are your profits...do you want to be another Polaroid or Agfa?!

MILC (m4/3) was introduced with the G1 in 2008 to great fanfare.

The imminent end of the SLR has been predicted on a daily basis for the last seven years.

However, the technology that has now replaced MILC as the next sure thing is the cell phone. Well, it was the cell phone until tablets rolled in... Well it was tablets, now its phablets. Could ICL cellets be on the horizon? ILC wrist watches? (There's small for you.)

And the SLR? Yup. Its days are numbered. Just wait. Next year. They're done. Nothing new here.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 00:30 UTC
On article Sony rides wave of US Mirrorless sales surge (733 comments in total)

Building a front page “news” item mostly based on a press release is a little disingenuous don't you think?

Mirrorless has been out since 2008. If it was the wave of the future, the undertow of cell phones and tablets has probably washed that away. Sony has a hit with the well priced and positioned “Full Frame” A7 line. By all accounts it's a keeper. Good for Sony.

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2015 at 12:32 UTC as 121st comment

I guess Olympus North America didn't get the memo ; - ) :

http://www.getolympus.com/us/en/digitalcameras/slr/e-5.html

IN STOCK
Expected to Ship Week of May 17.
$1,699.99

http://www.getolympus.com/us/en/outlet/reconditioned-cameras/e-5-body-only-reconditioned.html

E-5 (Body Only) (Reconditioned)
Limited Quantities Available
Expected to Ship Week of May 17.
$1,279.99 NEW LOW PRICE!

Link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 19:00 UTC as 146th comment
On article Sources of noise part two: Electronic Noise (237 comments in total)

Richard, Rishi,

When you make statements like "most cameras have low upstream read noise" it would be helpful if you cited your source for the statement. And the same goes for every other statement of implied fact. Your sources should be a readily available so that anyone can easily access them.

Otherwise this is just an editorializing opinion piece. If it is intended as an opinion piece, that's fine, but that should be set out at the beginning.

Upstream read noise is a variable value, which can be affected by heat and the software used to interpolate sensor pixels:

"Interpolation works by using known data to estimate values at unknown points."[1]

"Image interpolation works in two directions, and tries to achieve a best approximation of a pixel's color and intensity based on the values at surrounding pixels." [ibid.]

[1] http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/image-interpolation.htm

Link | Posted on May 13, 2015 at 13:16 UTC as 71st comment | 7 replies
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Astrotripper: With this price tag, lets hope that corner performance is at least on the level of their 42.5, which was significantly better than 25 and 17.5 up to f/1.4.

And I want to see some serious sample photos.

Unlikely that a lens wider than the 25 or 17.5 is going to have corners like the 42.5 at f/1.4. Fast wides in all formats suffer vignetting and softness wide open. Even with that in mind the Noktons outperform quite a few pricey pieces of m4/3 glass at f/1.4 and f/2.0 versus f/2.8 and f/3.5.

If it is as good as the 17.5, it will be a great lens.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2015 at 00:09 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review (857 comments in total)
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jonnyjonno: so, what's the chance of a new version of the E-5 being built for all those with legacy 4/3 lenses and preference for optical viewfinder?

Well, does Olympus USA seem to think there's still a market? Or maybe Olympus is just hedging their bet?

"In Stock" (Only $1,699):

http://www.getolympus.com/us/en/digitalcameras/slr/e-5.html

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 21:37 UTC

Now, if it was a Bessa D, to go along with a new 50/3.5 Heliar and a 35/1.4 Nokton...

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 00:05 UTC as 102nd comment | 2 replies
On article Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio (127 comments in total)

Production Credits…

Lighting Director
Lighting 1st Assistant
Lighting 2nd Assistant
Lighting Pilot
Lighting Co-Pilot
Lighting Navigator
Lighting Programmer
Lighting Flight Crew
Lighting Props Grip

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 13:20 UTC as 35th comment
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Kurt_K: I think one thing that isn't often taken into consideration is just how many excellent models are available for peanuts on the used market these days. Surely that must be cutting into new sales to some degree. I would also agree with a previous poster in saying that some of these companies need to focus on fewer models and then push them with more aggressive marketing.

Would agree about the used market. My brand of choice has turned into KEH.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2014 at 18:57 UTC
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