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On photo Bianca VI-7820 in the The Modern Girl challenge (7 comments in total)

Nice shot, although the VII one is much better imo. The processing looks way too much here, like a halo as Conan mentioned. Does the pink/red surfer girl actually need dodging and burning to stand out from this background?

My monitor is not calibrated, perhaps that's the problem.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2015 at 09:19 UTC as 5th comment
On article Ricoh teases spring 2016 full-frame Pentax DSLR debut (528 comments in total)
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Fogsprig: They have nothing to do in APS-C directory or what?
Kind of sad news, because K-3 was a really nice camera but it's obsolete IMHO.

I'm not sure if your reply was to my comment Calvin. If it was, I can't see the relevance of the A7 series to whether or not the K3 is now obsolete.

The Sony Alpha cameras certainly are competition, given that they can also use K-mount lenses via an adaptor, and they seem very fine machines. Personally, and I don't know how many share this view, but I think I'd prefer to use the lenses, either Sony or Pentax 'natively' if possible.

With regards to the OVF/EVF question, I'd prefer a hybrid between the two if possible, if not, I think I'd still chose an OVF at the moment. In my case then the choice would be clear, given that the Pentax is made to their usual standards.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2015 at 10:08 UTC
On article Ricoh teases spring 2016 full-frame Pentax DSLR debut (528 comments in total)
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Fogsprig: They have nothing to do in APS-C directory or what?
Kind of sad news, because K-3 was a really nice camera but it's obsolete IMHO.

The K3 wasn't released that long ago, and now there's also a K3-II. In what way are they obsolete now? Because there will be a larger-sensored version released soon?

Nikon and Canon still seem to be making APSC cameras as well as their FF models.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2015 at 10:10 UTC
On article Holga Digital camera project launched on Kickstarter (150 comments in total)

This is a blatant and direct insult to pixel peeping! I wonder if they did it on porpoise?

The instigators should be tracked down and subjected to raised eyebrows and scornful comments, then shown images taken with a 42MP BSI sensor until they beg for mercy.

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2015 at 10:53 UTC as 32nd comment
On article Video: Summing up our Fujifilm X-T10 Review (16 comments in total)
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Michael J Davis: Dan's introduction made it sound as though this 'type' of camera was 'new' - with no reference to Panasonic and Olympus or even Fuji predecessors. Otherwise why explain that the evf isn't a DSLR? and that a flip out screen can be quite useful? (Oh yes, 'quite' in British English means something different from 'quite' in US English - best avoid it in an international forum.)

Also in such a short review does the reference to film styles really have any place?

Nice camera sure, but I'm not sure that the summary mentioned its stongest points...

Out of curiosity, what does 'quite' mean in US English?

On another issue, and I might be off in my assessment here, but I'd guess the film styles were mentioned because jpegs are a fairly big plus of this camera. This means the in-camera filters are worthy of more serious attention than the average DSLR.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2015 at 19:36 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T10 Review (511 comments in total)
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Skipper494: A case of 'too little, too late'? It certainly appears to have little advantage over the X-E2, which I prefer, due to the placement of the EVF. However, Fuji scores in having very little compression of the RAW files, which gives cleaner images, despite being long passed by Samsung's 20MP and Sony's 24MP.

In fact, Fuji's RAW file is about 45% larger than the Sony's. It is worth noting that Samsung's EX2F has considerably less RAW compression, if any. Of all my cameras, I prefer the Samsung EX2F and the Fuji X-E2. Though my D700 is superior, it is just too cumbersome and heavy for me at my age.

I'm sure you know this, but if it's lossless compression the only effects are saving disk space, and perhaps taking a little longer to save the RAWs to the memory card.

Given the choice I'd take compression over none, always assuming you're not losing any data. Sony's approach of enforcing lossy compression in their A7 series is very disappointing.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2015 at 16:28 UTC
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Prognathous: It would be nice to see Ricoh delivering DSLR firmware updates similar to what they've been releasing for years for their high end compact cameras (e.g. the GR series), these are typically choke-full of new features and enhancements.

Meh. If the updates do much more than offer compatibility with newer lenses, bug fixes or slight performance increases they probably got it wrong at launch.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2015 at 20:41 UTC
On a photo in the Samsung NX500 Sample Gallery sample gallery (4 comments in total)

This one's been pushed quite considerably don't forget. The unedited version is quite clean.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2015 at 11:50 UTC as 1st comment
On photo 1_samsung_nx500_ISO_2500_SAM_0338-ACR in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (4 comments in total)

This one's been pushed quite considerably don't forget. The unedited version is quite clean.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2015 at 11:50 UTC as 1st comment
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ThatCamFan: It screams internal dust magnet.

Ummm, it's sealed, as are the majority of Pentax DSLRs.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 11:47 UTC
On photo Autumn Morning Mount Cook Range in the New Zealand South Island Scenic challenge (9 comments in total)


Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 22:45 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Sony announces US pricing for full-frame Alpha 7 II (178 comments in total)
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chj: To Sony (and all camera manufacturers)

Put a damn touchscreen on your cameras. It is by far the best way to choose a focus point. Anyone that says otherwise has simply not used one and is exalting their "skill" in getting around their camera's limitations. Technology trumps skill. You can't get faster, more reliable autofocus than my GM1 (unless you have another Panasonic). Don't tell me about workarounds. The GM1 nails focus more often.

OK, manual focus can get tighter focus on a stationary subject that's willing to wait for you to set up. But with that kind of time, ANY camera can get tight focus.

So stop listening to photo geeks that equate touchscreens with bad phone photos. On a GOOD camera, a touchscreen is an immensely powerful tool that has more impact on photos than pixel peeping details.

Feedback from DPR photo geeks is 0.005% of the market. The other 99.095% are using touchscreen phones. The camera market is shrinking, because you are listening to the wrong market.

What if you prefer to use the viewfinder?

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 22:48 UTC
On photo A Ganga Salutation in the -Devotee- (Full Colours Only + Border ) challenge (5 comments in total)

I'm intrigued! Care to provide a little more info?

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2014 at 21:05 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On article Behind the Shot: Clouds over Skagsanden (117 comments in total)
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marc petzold: Nice Info about that particular picture background, i was happy to read it,
more of that, please. That composition looks very good to my eyes.

Apart from that, the Canon 16-35 L II Lens wasn't that good reviewed at lenstip, for example:

Canon EF 16-35 mm f/2.8L II USM
11. Summary


solid, sealed barrel,
excellent image quality in the frame centre,
chromatic aberration sensibly controlled,
only slight distortion, taking into account the focal lengths range,
low astigmatism,
low vignetting level,
very quick, silent and accurate autofocus,
lens hood and a case included.


unacceptable image quality at frame edge in the aperture range from f/2.8-4.0,
average work against bright light,
bad price/quality ratio.

The lines make sense to me and don't seem pretentious at all or merely to fill in space in the article. Perhaps the photographer couldn't have exactly articulated those things in the moment (or perhaps he could!), but it may well explain the thinking behind the original composition in the wild - and the final and presumably carefully considered cropping at home - fairly accurately.

Finally I also think it's a great image, thanks for the insights offered.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2014 at 17:10 UTC
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audiobomber: You can't tell IQ or build quality from a photo. Ricoh says this lens is intended for people who want higher IQ than a kit lens. It's safe to say it will outperform the 18-55, 18-135 and the various superzooms.

The DA 18-135mm feels like a pro lens; it is tight, no creep, no rattles or looseness anywhere. It makes a Tamron superzoom feel like junk. I expect the 16-85mm will be the same build, and hopefully IQ will match my 16-45mm. If so, I'll sell the others and get this.

One review says the 18-135 is crap? Well, case closed then. Even though if you look through their review of the 18-55 they seemed to be fairly happy with the optics, which of course perform significantly worse than the 18-135...

Back to this 16-85 lens I'm a little surprised by the RRP to be honest, regardless of how the tests turn out.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2014 at 10:29 UTC
On photo Stairs - Tate Britain in the Olympus OMD Series challenge (19 comments in total)
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shutterbud: This is image drags your eye, but upon closer/longer examination there seems something off about it. I don't know what. Perhaps it is the unreality of the scene? That is its power but also its weakness, as if the photographer decided that what was in front of him wasn't interesting enought to shoot 'as is' and so had to manipulate both the frame and the viewer.

Liking the image isn't compulsory, but you're obviously going to be in the minority there. He did get first place for a reason, and people coming to this page may well have been attracted by that specific photo.

FWIW, the 'unreality' of the image is what caught my attention. Some of that is as was mentioned the fish eye, but I don't see it as a negative. Mundane or ordinary are not adjectives I'd like applied to my own work, and this photo certainly doesn't fall into that category.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2014 at 12:47 UTC
On article Fujifilm X30 (beta) real-world samples (95 comments in total)
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forpetessake: The images are soft, and noisy, and lacking dynamic range ... and still they are pretty good for such a tiny sensor.

The dynamic range doesn't look too shabby in the shot directly into the sun (mountain on the right hand side). There's another one with a girl indoors sitting on the sofa to the left of the frame behind some blinds - the shadows aren't blocked up and the patches of sunlight don't appear blown.

Overall, it doesn't appear lacking to me regardless of sensor size.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 18:36 UTC
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Phathom: A fixed lens compact seems quite odd to me.

In my opinion the concept of this compact is image quality, followed by convenience.

Thinking about it though the fixed lens is not that strange, what about the Fuji x100 or the Ricoh GR?

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 01:08 UTC
On article Apple to cease development of Aperture (425 comments in total)

This story has an error on the main page entry: "...since even more Aperture will be defecting..."

It seems to be missing 'users'.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2014 at 09:11 UTC as 18th comment
On photo Skeleton in the Shipwreck - Full color only. challenge (1 comment in total)


Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2014 at 17:51 UTC as 1st comment
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