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On Up close: The beauty of butterfly wings news story (47 comments in total)
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peterwr: 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.

I'd also like to mention with regard to this DPReview photo set, that while complex three-dimensional biophotonic nanostructures produce the vivid structural colors of many butterfly wing scales, their exact nanoscale organization is uncertain. Indeed, many butterfly photonic nanostructures initially develop within scale cells as a core-shell double gyroid (Ia3d), as seen in block-copolymer systems, with a pentacontinuous volume comprised of extracellular space, cell plasma membrane, cellular cytoplasm, smooth endoplasmic reticulum (SER) membrane, and intra-SER lumen.

Yep, nature really is amazing.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 4, 2014 at 09:41 UTC
On Chinese government orders Nikon to stop selling D600 news story (227 comments in total)
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iAPX: It's pretty interesting, as China is an emerging country, they are trying to protect consumers, and seems to be more pro-active at this than US or Europe!

The CCP loves any excuse to slam a major Japanese company.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 17:34 UTC
On Am I missing something here? article (563 comments in total)
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reginalddwight: Richard, This may be the first time I recall DPR have written a commentary ripping a camera product at announcement.

Once again, with more feeling, please tell us what you *really* think of the N1 Series...

Refreshing article DPR!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2014 at 12:12 UTC
On CP+ 2014 interviews: What we learned article (93 comments in total)
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kongqueror: Just curious - why no interviews with Sony? Would have loved to hear from them.

Agreed. Considering the a7 is probably the most disruptive camera of the year and is putting Sony in position to deliver a knock-out punch to Canikon. They could've railed against the dogma of the DSLR market.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2014 at 11:05 UTC
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Henry M. Hertz: another lame interview....

i don´t know why the interviewers never ask the questions that come up on every forum.

as only one example... why not asking why canon is still using 7 year old sensor manufacturing? a 500nm process.
they improve sensors... well not as much as others do.

the 18MP sensor get´s a bit long in the tooth even with dual pixel AF.

the 1DX sensor is fantastic and it´s a wonder canon can do this with a process that is at least 3 steps behind sonys manufacturing process.

still the question is when will canon update to the same manufacturing process as, for example, sony?

canon builds the best overall DSLR´s. i love my 1D X.
but the real question is .... when will canon improve sensor perfomance?
with improved DR and low read noise of current sony sensors canon would be unbeatable.

What's interesting about the interview is that Canon's stodgy bureaucrats are clearly determined to continue skating to where the puck is rather than to where the puck is going. This company deserves to be disrupted hardcore.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2014 at 07:39 UTC
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GeorgeD200: After reading the comments here, I am amazed at all the "MILC are the future" posts. Take note, people: Canon, the company with the LEAST presence Iin the MILC market is the strongest in the industry. They continue to put out 18mp Rebels with incremental upgrades to speed and features (mainly video). I'm not saying that MILC aren't good, but the average consumer doesn't even know what that means. We, the photo gear heads, (and if you're reading this, you are one) represent 1% of the market. I think Sony and Fuji should be applauded for innovative new designs, but 99% of consumers don't realize or care that an A7 isn't an SLR. To them it's a dedicated camera that they have to decide to buy, and then decide to carry (an option) when a cellphone with a capable-for-90%-of-their-needs-camera is a passive decision that they won't leave home without. For the average consumer, carrying a seperate camera, wether compact, MILC, or SLR is a thing of the past. Even if you use the larest greatest MILC, you're still a dinosaur to the masses. Just like view camera users were when 35mm came out.

Agreed: most consumers are poorly educated re: cameras
However: consumers do, collectively, learn over time

Agreed: many young consumers only need their smartphone cam
However: many young consumers also are interested in producing youtube content, sharing bokeh-licious photos, and producing other digital content that favors a serious ILC.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 27, 2014 at 16:14 UTC

The future is mirrorless, full-frame stills/video-fully-capable cameras that are as sophisticated as my smartphone.

Sony is pretty much doing this with the a7.

If the other camera manufacturers want to be part of the future, they need to get with the f@#%ing program. Honestly, there's no good reason that Canon and Nikon haven't delivered an "a7" to the market by now.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 18:57 UTC as 22nd comment
On Exposing another side of Sochi news story (178 comments in total)
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Benarm: Some awkward photos there, straight from anti-Russian propaganda book. You have no idea of what Sochi is if this is all you seen. Even Google Images is better.

Thanks for your insight on macroeconomic policy, Lando.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2014 at 19:52 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1594 comments in total)
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SalmanH: Guys, this is a CAMERA review, no need to take it so personally. If you like the camera, buy it. Why get so upset about what other people think? Once again, this is a camera DPR have reviewed, not your child.

The A7 is not just a CAMERA, it is a REVOLUTION!

OK that's a completely over the top statement but-
Sony is continually taking risks, conducting meaningful R&D and actually taking the camera industry into the future; Canikon left to its own devices would happily keep us in the dark ages.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2014 at 06:06 UTC
On CP+ 2014: Canon stand report news story (59 comments in total)
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FBoneOne: After shooting canon for over 20 years this is quite underwhelming. They make good cameras but they stopped making exciting ones a while ago.
I can remember signing up for canon when the first IS lens came out - changed my life. Or the Eos 3, although the eye control did not work so well, it offered so much of the 1v at a fraction of the price with amazing AF for the time and outstandingly accurate light measure - much better than my Eos 1N.
Or the 540ex flash, the first really reliable wireless multi flash system.
I just miss a time when canon made me feel that they were advancing photography with huge leaps.

The last time i felt that way was looking at pictures from the Nikon D800e... Or the Leica M Monochrom.

Might be nostalgia hitting, but I wish canon would wow me again.


Blackberry was a #1 global electronics company a few years ago too.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2014 at 04:03 UTC
On CP+ 2014: Canon stand report news story (59 comments in total)


Blackberry was a global #1 electronics company a few years ago too.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2014 at 04:01 UTC as 4th comment
On Samsung NX30 First Impressions Review preview (353 comments in total)
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Parappaman: "First impressions review"? After DPReview's commitment in reviewing the NX300 and NX20, it's more like a "FINAL impressions review".

I'll happily take back my words if a review of this camera ever gets published, but until then, all I know is DPReview doesn't "like" Samsung.

The lack of attention to Samsung does promote conspiracy theories. E.G. I wonder what kind of relationship DPR has with Japan's CIPA? That could easily explain the upstart subsidiary of a Korean Chaebol getting snubbed!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 07:15 UTC
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2381 comments in total)

The product segmentation of the camera world is finally collapsing! In a couple years FF pocket-size cameras will likely be a commodity! The possibility of professional media production is increasingly in everyone's hands!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 8, 2013 at 08:43 UTC as 251st comment
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jcmarfilph: Hotly anticipated? Yawn, just another addition to crippled iTabs from Apple.

"If you dont like it, dont buy it; stop bitching."

Maybe you should not bitch about people bitching.
I believe you have engaged in an act of meta-bitching.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 26, 2013 at 18:46 UTC
On Bolivian airline's demise documented in haunting photos news story (95 comments in total)
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bigdaddave: What self-indulgent nonsense. Why does this deserve to be here?

Definitely racist. Clearly misogynistic. We need to sit down and have a candid conversation about discrimination and sensitivity.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2013 at 06:53 UTC
On Canon EOS 700D Rebel T5i preview (154 comments in total)

Way to open the door a little wider for Sony, Canon.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 4, 2013 at 05:20 UTC as 20th comment
On Just posted: Fujifilm X-E1 Review news story (527 comments in total)
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chillgreg: So lets see: vs Sony NEX 5R/6

The NEX's are

- much, much less expensive
- same (similar) IQ
- significantly smaller & lighter (+pancake kit zoom & 16/20 f2.8 WA)
- adapters take almost any legacy lens
- better articulating LCD
- proper sweep panorama
- 10fps burst inc RAW
- extensive video controls
- wifi + apps (eg intervalometer, remote control via mobile devices & multishot noise reduction etc)
- touchscreen or similar spec EVF
- faster AF + PD AF
- focus peaking

One must REALLY like Fuji or retro styling to throw as much as twice the money at a bigger, heavier arguably less capable mirrorless camera. The price Fuji's asking buys a LOT of DSLR.

Food for thought.

PS DPR can you please review the Sony NEX 5R/6 and also add the 5R to the image comparison database.

I don't know how anyone could pick the X-E1 over high-end NEX cameras or OM-D E-M5.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2013 at 07:01 UTC

Good software might make Lytro interesting on a smartphone.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2013 at 06:51 UTC as 9th comment
On Ethics of prize-winning photo debated news story (151 comments in total)

If the caption said, "photography student retrieving props", there would not have been any awards.

Almost all these "photography awards" are tools for shaping public policy.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2013 at 06:43 UTC as 22nd comment
On World Press Photo announces 2013 contest winners news story (298 comments in total)
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Camediadude: Interesting that 6 out of the last 7 years of 'winners' take place in the Middle East.

The judges seem to have a fixation with that region.

Contrived propaganda gets tiring after a while. More and more are waking up and growing sick of it, this predictabile tendency of the MSM to distort and tell half truths (on a good day).

The rest of the world has compelling problems that need attention too, and fascinating scenes to depict as well. Don't ignore this area and conflicts in question here, but don't obsess with it at the expense of ignoring the rest of the world either.

Agreed. These photo awards have been corrupted into "MSM-approved visual rhetoric" awards.

DPReview should host its own photo awards!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2013 at 10:50 UTC
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