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Lan

Lan

Lives in United Kingdom South East, United Kingdom
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Joined on Jul 12, 2001
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On Holga Digital camera project launched on Kickstarter article (94 comments in total)
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Henrikw: Those dark corners are pretty amazing. Been trying for years to create this look in PS but had to give up. It simply can't be done. This camera is a game changer. I'm in.

Henrik; I assume you are joking, right?

If not, you don't need a new camera, all you need to do is tape some black card around the outside of your filter (assuming you're using one). Cost 0.02. Job done!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 31, 2015 at 23:01 UTC
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Paul Boddie: "so that commercial planes can eventually travel at much higher speeds"

Although this is valuable work, one cannot help feeling that the legislative barriers are greater than the technical ones, at least until some corporate contributor to various lawmakers' re-election campaigns has a product ready that they want to sell.

Actually I think it is a technical problem that's behind the lack of supersonic aircraft; and that problem is fuel economy.

Concorde wasn't grounded because they were scared of a sonic boom, Concorde was grounded because it was ruinously expensive to run.

Going through the sound barrier costs you a lot of fuel:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supersonic_transport#Aerodynamics

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 19:30 UTC
On Rough and ready: Olympus Tough TG-4 review article (240 comments in total)

Wow, you people are curmudgeonly bunch. I think the performance is pretty amazing for a rugged underwater compact camera, particularly by the time you add in things like the wireless flash control and RAW support. No, it doesn't give D810 image quality, but you can't expect it to - it costs a small fraction of that.

It's probably the best underwater compact yet. Give Olympus some credit.

@DPR: Were the underwater shots taken using the Underwater WB setting?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 10, 2015 at 19:52 UTC as 42nd comment | 6 replies
On Fujifilm X-T10 Review preview (448 comments in total)
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Lan: Please can we return to slightly more neutral/objective reviewing?

"Like the X-E2, the X100T has yet to benefit from Fujifilm's latest AF update, but I'd be willing to guess it will receive some sort of improvement to its autofocus in the near future"

A guess? About a camera not being reviewed? If you're going to guess about something, make it interesting - I'd be happy with just the 6 winning Lotto numbers for the next UK draw ;)

"Many folks find the colors and skin tones produced by the X-Trans sensor to be more accurate and pleasing than tradition (sic) sensor types."

Many folks? Although the part I really take exception to is "colors ... more accurate". At best that's a little disingenuous, when the camera suffers the standard (and inherent) X-Trans issue of poor colour resolution. Look at the turf in the Safeco Field arena; it's just a mushy greenish-brown mess, and that's at ISO250. Yes, I know it's mud...

Less hyperbole, more facts and insights please. 6/10 Bronze Award ;)

Don: The sample I picked out was (AFAIK) an SooC JPEG...

What you like isn't the accuracy of the colours; ironically it's the *inaccuracy* of the colours you enjoy. That saturated look reflects our memories, not the reality. It's the same reason the original Velvia film was such a big hit!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2015 at 00:13 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T10 Review preview (448 comments in total)
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joelakeland: DPR has been beating the dated sensor drum consistently on Fujifilm releases of late. If the rumors floating around about a Sony sensor coming in the relatively near future are true, Fujifilm cameras would be hard to keep on the shelves. That said, this camera won't have particularly good resale value when it's time to replace it with one of the new ones featuring a more capable sensor both resolution wise as well as with dynamic range.

"That said, this camera won't have particularly good resale value"

Correct; but that's true of every digital camera on the market today... There's always a newer/better/cheaper model just around the corner.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2015 at 00:05 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T10 Review preview (448 comments in total)

Please can we return to slightly more neutral/objective reviewing?

"Like the X-E2, the X100T has yet to benefit from Fujifilm's latest AF update, but I'd be willing to guess it will receive some sort of improvement to its autofocus in the near future"

A guess? About a camera not being reviewed? If you're going to guess about something, make it interesting - I'd be happy with just the 6 winning Lotto numbers for the next UK draw ;)

"Many folks find the colors and skin tones produced by the X-Trans sensor to be more accurate and pleasing than tradition (sic) sensor types."

Many folks? Although the part I really take exception to is "colors ... more accurate". At best that's a little disingenuous, when the camera suffers the standard (and inherent) X-Trans issue of poor colour resolution. Look at the turf in the Safeco Field arena; it's just a mushy greenish-brown mess, and that's at ISO250. Yes, I know it's mud...

Less hyperbole, more facts and insights please. 6/10 Bronze Award ;)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2015 at 23:47 UTC as 65th comment | 5 replies
On Motorola Moto X Style preview and samples post (31 comments in total)
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GabrielZ: Good results for a smartphone. But I really don't believe tiny smartphone lens's can genuinely resolve 8MP worth of detail let alone 21MP...no way! Its a marketing gimmick, the vast majority of those MP's are just eating up memory while going to waste.

Gabriel, have you looked at the 100% crops at the start of this preview? It's clearly showing excellent detail; albeit at base ISO and in the centre of the frame... I'm surprised by how good the image quality is; there are a fair number of compact cameras on the market which wouldn't resolve as well.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2015 at 22:05 UTC

I know some people who would pay $450 to get a custom Lego minifig of themselves - and they would probably be more realistic than the models Panasonic are selling now ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2015 at 01:30 UTC as 30th comment
On Canon EOS 5DS real-world sample gallery article (216 comments in total)
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ratzass: These "real world" samples mostly shot under daylight conditions show me very little. How about some images shot indoors under very,very dim Tungsten lighting at very high ISO's ?

That's excellent news Allison; if you're taking requests, please can I have some nice landscapes (with plenty of foliage) taken at ISO100?

Ideally taken on a good tripod and MLU, just to see what the beast is capable of at best. You could go absolutely hog wild, and shoot them with the Otus ;)

Actually that's not a bad idea in general - representative images for each camera, and then one or two shots which you showcase the best of what the camera can achieve. They don't have to be amazing compositions, just the best the camera can do technically.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2015 at 19:25 UTC
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Greg Gebhardt: No Apple OS, no deal. Who cares about that thin.

No Apple OS, deal. Who cares about that Apple OS.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2015 at 19:14 UTC
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Lan: I still can't understand why they've launched this lens. There are a lot of 100mm 1:1 macro lenses out there already, and many of those are quite affordable too... Those competitors often include auto apertures, autofocus, and image stabilizers.

A 2:1 macro lens would have been interesting, but this is just perplexing.

I'll concede that the geared version might make some sense for macro videographers, but how many of those are there?!

Just to follow up; I shoot roughly 50/50 - for plants that's usually tripod/MLU/MF (live view 10x), but I generally shoot handheld for insects. Decent AF and IS (OS/VR) make life a lot easier with the insects.

I haven't noticed much LCA with any of the three Canon Macro lenses I tend to shoot with - my old workhorse (Canon EF 100mm USM), my new favourite (Canon EF 100mm IS/L) or my brother's often frustrating but sometimes kinda wonderful Canon MP-E65; but I may just be lucky in that respect. (or not have noticed it, since I usually have green in the foreground and background anyway ;)

What I'd really like is an easy to use version of the MP-E65... A focussing rail really helps with it, but it's still difficult to use. Maybe if I only ever used that lens I'd adapt, but always having to go 1:1 or higher doesn't really work for my preferred subjects.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2015 at 23:37 UTC

I still can't understand why they've launched this lens. There are a lot of 100mm 1:1 macro lenses out there already, and many of those are quite affordable too... Those competitors often include auto apertures, autofocus, and image stabilizers.

A 2:1 macro lens would have been interesting, but this is just perplexing.

I'll concede that the geared version might make some sense for macro videographers, but how many of those are there?!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 6, 2015 at 23:06 UTC as 20th comment | 20 replies
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jkrumm: I'm looking forward to the day we all wear copyrighted detection chips, surgically implanted (and linked to our bank accounts). Then when we look at or listen to copyrighted material we can be accurately charged for the priviledge. It's unfair that so many people gaze upon copyrighted material for free!

Careful, you'll give Apple ideas ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2015 at 16:21 UTC
On Canon EOS Rebel T6s Review preview (463 comments in total)

So, the question is - does the new HDR video mode use the Dual ISO trick from Magic Lantern? That tends to be moiré prone...

I guess the noise levels in the highlights and shadows would tell you what it's doing.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 15, 2015 at 23:24 UTC as 72nd comment
On Nikon 1 J5 and Samsung NX500 added to studio test scene article (131 comments in total)
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win39: Kind of disappointing. Look at the green foliage. The Nikon looks like green fog. Not sure what is going on there. Even at base ISO. I suspect the Sony looks superior because of higher default sharpening on the JPEG. Seem like dpreview could devise a sharpening target so that all their test cameras could be adjusted to the same actual sharpening before a comparison is made.

Compare the same sample but in RAW; and you can see that it's definitely a JPEG sharpening/NR issue. There's just a lot more fine detail in the RAW, of course there's more noise too, but that's not as objectionable to me...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 8, 2015 at 23:45 UTC

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Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 20:28 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 camera review post (248 comments in total)
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nandbytes: As for image quality comparison I'd liked a more apples vs. apples comparison with other 1" sensor cameras. Its better than other smartphones with smaller sensors (duh! big surprise!)

I'm not sure that's fair though; the fact is - it is a smartphone. Hardly fair to compare it against much larger and in many cases more expensive devices.

That said, Spencer's done just that in his link above ;)

Direct link | Posted on May 27, 2015 at 23:08 UTC
On P1000317 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Shaken, probably because you were shooting at f18. Why did you take it at f18?

I can understand you were after motion blur with the panning shots, but that doesn't work when they're coming towards you like this.

Direct link | Posted on May 27, 2015 at 18:33 UTC as 1st comment
On photo in sample gallery (1 comment in total)

Shaken, probably because you were shooting at f18. Why did you take it at f18?

I can understand you were after motion blur with the panning shots, but that doesn't work when they're coming towards you like this.

Direct link | Posted on May 27, 2015 at 18:33 UTC as 1st comment
On photo in sample gallery (1 comment in total)

Much wows!

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2015 at 21:30 UTC as 1st comment
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