R Johns

R Johns

Lives in United States MI, United States
Works as a RF Engineer (Wireless Communications)
Joined on Mar 18, 2006
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Serve the Lord... Enjoy life... Take many pictures... :)

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On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1047 comments in total)
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JoEick: Rishi, you need to stop being defensive and actually read what is being criticized. Everyone knows Sony exmor sensors have better low ISO DR. We knew this years before this article tried making it into something groundbreaking.

People (including myself) are taking offense to those who try to overstate the effectiveness in being able to get a shot or not, based on the low ISO DR. It's just pushing people to let their gear dictate everything for them, without any thought or skill required by the photographer.

Extra DR is nice and never hurts (except in photographer skills), but it's not really the feature that is making photos possible that were previously not possible with some basic photography skills in merging exposures.

I am aware that this is DPR, a gear praising website, where suggesting features are not needed or are overstated, is like breaking all the 10 commandments in one shot. Photographer skills are going backwards, while tech marches forwards. :(

I thought so... ;0)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 01:50 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1047 comments in total)
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JoEick: Rishi, you need to stop being defensive and actually read what is being criticized. Everyone knows Sony exmor sensors have better low ISO DR. We knew this years before this article tried making it into something groundbreaking.

People (including myself) are taking offense to those who try to overstate the effectiveness in being able to get a shot or not, based on the low ISO DR. It's just pushing people to let their gear dictate everything for them, without any thought or skill required by the photographer.

Extra DR is nice and never hurts (except in photographer skills), but it's not really the feature that is making photos possible that were previously not possible with some basic photography skills in merging exposures.

I am aware that this is DPR, a gear praising website, where suggesting features are not needed or are overstated, is like breaking all the 10 commandments in one shot. Photographer skills are going backwards, while tech marches forwards. :(

@rrccad,

Would you please humor us and share some of your images that illustrate how you've mastered these techniques? We would love to see how you managed to obtain the DR of this image from a single frame, using a Canon DSLR, while preserving both highlights and shadow details.

http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/reviewsamples/photos/3042418/d750-dsc_1015-iso_100-acr?inalbum=nikon-d750-samples-gallery

Thanks, in advance... :0)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2014 at 17:40 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1047 comments in total)
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R Johns: I love a good debate along with the next person, but some folks in this thread have gotten way out of hand. I would say, even abusive. Look, I've been engaged in the debate here, as well. It's okay to disagree, and even be critical, but it surprises me how some folks have utterly lost their civility.

Look, most folks who care enough to even know, already realize the emperor has no clothes...that Canon sensors fail to exhibit nearly as much DR as the rest of the bunch. Even some M4/3 sensors outperform Canon's FF sensors, regarding DR. However, chastising DPR for pointing this out is kinda like "shooting the messenger". lol

Furthermore, arguing over whether a method of illustrating this disparity is based in real world examples, or not, is pointless, because it is just being used to illustrate the fact. The bottom line is, if the truth hurts so much that you are willing to throw insults at your fellow man, then maybe it's time to seek counseling, because then we can pretty much guess this same behavior is spilling over into the rest of your life, or visa~versa...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2014 at 04:07 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1047 comments in total)

I love a good debate along with the next person, but some folks in this thread have gotten way out of hand. I would say, even abusive. Look, I've been engaged in the debate here, as well. It's okay to disagree, and even be critical, but it surprises me how some folks have utterly lost their civility.

Look, most folks who care enough to even know, already realize the emperor has no clothes...that Canon sensors fail to exhibit nearly as much DR as the rest of the bunch. Even some M4/3 sensors outperform Canon's FF sensors, regarding DR. However, chastising DPR for pointing this out is kinda like "shooting the messenger". lol

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2014 at 04:05 UTC as 63rd comment | 9 replies
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1047 comments in total)
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JoEick: Rishi, you need to stop being defensive and actually read what is being criticized. Everyone knows Sony exmor sensors have better low ISO DR. We knew this years before this article tried making it into something groundbreaking.

People (including myself) are taking offense to those who try to overstate the effectiveness in being able to get a shot or not, based on the low ISO DR. It's just pushing people to let their gear dictate everything for them, without any thought or skill required by the photographer.

Extra DR is nice and never hurts (except in photographer skills), but it's not really the feature that is making photos possible that were previously not possible with some basic photography skills in merging exposures.

I am aware that this is DPR, a gear praising website, where suggesting features are not needed or are overstated, is like breaking all the 10 commandments in one shot. Photographer skills are going backwards, while tech marches forwards. :(

Not to be argumentative, but it is simply not true to suggest Canon has been at the top of the AE Bracketing game for years.

It wasn't until Canon made the 70D did we get an APS-C camera with the ability to bracket more than 3 exposures, and that was just last year! If I'm not mistaken, Canon was the last to produce a sub FF camera with more than 3 exposure bracketing.

I know, because it has been one of my greatest "Canon" pet peeves, for quite some time. ;0)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2014 at 16:38 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1047 comments in total)
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R Johns: I am "nobody from nowhere", and these are just my opinions, but it seems Canon has found itself between a rock and hard place with the 7D series cameras...

On one hand, they are wayyyyy too over-priced for an APS-C camera (with key features missing) to be taken seriously for most enthusiast photographers. On the other hand, they aren't as ruggedized or as capable in low light as any corresponding "used" 1D series camera that can be found in the same price range.

Again, it is just my opinion, but I can't see any compelling reason to purchase a 7D series camera. If I wanted the best enthusiast camera Canon has to offer, I would buy the 70D (perhaps a 6D, if it had an articulating LCD screen). If I still had my "L-series" lenses and was in need of an action/photojournalist camera, I would purchase a nice used 1D Mark IV.

As it is, I do not think the 7D Mark II is a game changer. If Canon wanted to do something bold, they would resurrect their APS-H sensor and put it in their 7D series, while keeping the same price-point. THAT would be a game changer! It would make the 7D series a very serious "Semi-Pro" camera to compete in that price range. IMHO... :0)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 17:50 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1047 comments in total)

I am "nobody from nowhere", and these are just my opinions, but it seems Canon has found itself between a rock and hard place with the 7D series cameras...

On one hand, they are wayyyyy too over-priced for an APS-C camera (with key features missing) to be taken seriously for most enthusiast photographers. On the other hand, they aren't as ruggedized or as capable in low light as any corresponding "used" 1D series camera that can be found in the same price range.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 17:50 UTC as 83rd comment | 2 replies
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1047 comments in total)
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MarshallG: DPReview, you keep saying that you rate cameras according to their "class," but you compared and rated the 7Dii against cameras that aren't in its class.

The fundamental reason for purchasing this camera is sports, action and wildlife photography. The Nikon D7100 is not in that class; it doesn't come close. Neither does the the Canon 6D or 5Diii. The cameras in the same class are the Nikon D4s and Canon 1Dx (neither of which have articulating touchscreens or WiFi either). And those two cameras cost more than 3x more than the 7Diii.

I also wonder whether you adequately assessed the comparative performance of the camera's LiveView autofocus. It does not matter how sharp the sensor is if the camera isn't focused on the subject. So is the video AF class-leading or not? I understand that this isn't the camera for landscape or street photographers. But if the subject is moving, this is the camera you want, and I do not think you compared or rated it accordingly.

To the point about "Class". The D300s is the only APS-C camera in Nikon's catalog that would be considered "Pro" level, and that would be hard to argue in 2014.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 01:04 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1047 comments in total)
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Zvonimir Tosic: Why touch screen?
This is not an iPhone or your Sunday picnic snap tool. This is a rugged pro DSLR, which many pros will use in adverse conditions. It must work when the user wears gloves on.
DPR was again running out of silly excuses to find 'cons'? And thus pushed this phenomenal DSLR into comparisons with categories and demands that are irrelevant.

DOF is very limited on macros. If you want repeatable, perfectly focused photos, may I humbly suggest trying to master the art of manual focusing... :)

That being said, having a touch screen can only add value to a camera, however, it will also add to the price.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 00:03 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2709 comments in total)
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R Johns: It seems like a fine camera. However...

I just want to ask Canon why they made it so you could wirelessly Live View and adjust Exposure from a smartphone on the 70D, but the 7D MKII you cannot...

Given the 7D MKII already has a fixed LCD, this seems like a MAJOR ball was dropped... lol

Wow...Having a bad day, are we??? LOL

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2014 at 15:58 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2709 comments in total)

It seems like a fine camera. However...

I just want to ask Canon why they made it so you could wirelessly Live View and adjust Exposure from a smartphone on the 70D, but the 7D MKII you cannot...

Given the 7D MKII already has a fixed LCD, this seems like a MAJOR ball was dropped... lol

Direct link | Posted on Oct 15, 2014 at 20:19 UTC as 191st comment | 9 replies
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2065 comments in total)
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R Johns: Nice...

Olympus in finally making some really excellent M4/3 cameras and glass. I'm almost in, but will wait to see if they will ever get around to adding a "Fully" articulating LCD on their cameras. It's almost as if they think having a limited articulating LCD is somehow a niche'. LOL...Weird...Hopefully, they'll get with the program.

I am really loving what I'm seeing, otherwise... :0)

I think it's great we are living in a time where all of the camera manufactures are stepping up and producing some really fine products to choose from. Especially when the weakest links are basically subjective ones.

When I use my cameras on a tripod, the fully articulating LCD really shines, for me. When I'm handholding a camera, I prefer to have the LCD closed, which is actually another good reason I prefer a fully articulating LCD.

Still, the newer Olympus cameras are impressive... :0)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 22, 2013 at 01:33 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2065 comments in total)

Nice...

Olympus in finally making some really excellent M4/3 cameras and glass. I'm almost in, but will wait to see if they will ever get around to adding a "Fully" articulating LCD on their cameras. It's almost as if they think having a limited articulating LCD is somehow a niche'. LOL...Weird...Hopefully, they'll get with the program.

I am really loving what I'm seeing, otherwise... :0)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2013 at 00:30 UTC as 62nd comment | 4 replies
On Just Posted: Olympus OM-D E-M5 test samples article (458 comments in total)
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R Johns: I wish it weren't true, but the EM-5 sample confirms what I read elsewhere, and that is the camera is misrepresenting the ISO. The ISO 3200 image is roughly 2/3 EV slower than the other cameras. This means you would have to set the EM-5 to ISO 5000 to get the same exposure as the other cameras set to ISO 3200. So, there shouldn't be much to impress, when using the camera in real-world scenarios.

Hate to be the one to rain on the parade. Like I said, I wish it wasn't true... :0(

Canon does the same thing with their DSLRs, when compared to Nikon...

Thanks for sharing...

This isn't the first time we've been around this block. I expect the final results to bear out the same concerns we are addressing today. G3 ISO 3200 image 1/1250sec/ E-M5 image 1/800. Roughly 2/3 EV difference for the same exposure. I still expect real world usuage will prove out this camera has no advantage over the G3. However, I have never been critical of the G3's high ISO performance. I think it is great, and I expect the E-M5 will perform at least as good in real-world scenarios.

I am still very much impressed with this offering from Olympus, but a high ISO king it will not be. Perhaps on paper, but not in reality...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2012 at 03:52 UTC
On Just Posted: Olympus OM-D E-M5 test samples article (458 comments in total)

I wish it weren't true, but the EM-5 sample confirms what I read elsewhere, and that is the camera is misrepresenting the ISO. The ISO 3200 image is roughly 2/3 EV slower than the other cameras. This means you would have to set the EM-5 to ISO 5000 to get the same exposure as the other cameras set to ISO 3200. So, there shouldn't be much to impress, when using the camera in real-world scenarios.

Hate to be the one to rain on the parade. Like I said, I wish it wasn't true... :0(

Canon does the same thing with their DSLRs, when compared to Nikon...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2012 at 03:22 UTC as 73rd comment | 6 replies
On Preview:olympusEM5 (1364 comments in total)

Richard... What do you suppose Olympus means, with regards to DN, when they say there is an increase of 1/3? Do they mean to say an increase of 0.3EV or that total DR will increase to roughly 13.5-14EV?

One is very much worth getting excited about, where as the other could not be perceived by none but the most trained eye... :0-

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 at 22:20 UTC as 240th comment
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R Johns: Pt. 2) I'll list out a few missed opportunities I feel Canon has either intentionally or unintentionally left off of this otherwise great camera.

*No Remote Capture ability with EOS Utility (Rebel has this feature)
*No ability to control Wireless Flash Groups (Rebel has this feature)
*HDR Mode does not record to a RAW file
*AE Bracketing limited to only 3 Frames (Pan "G" and Oly E-"P" go up to 7)
*No Video 3-10x crop mode in 1080P HD (Rebel has this feature)
*No 1080p @ 30fpx, or 720p/480p @ 60fps (Rebel has this feature)
*No Stereo Audio Input for External Microphone (Rebel has this feature)
*No TTL Viewfinder
*No 100% (or close to 100%) Frame Coverage in Viewfinder
*No Viewfinder Info??? Seriously???
*No ability to use a Lens Filter and a Lens Hood together

Yes I have, and the non-TTL optical viewfinder is one of the primary reasons the G-series cameras have never appealed to me. I happen to like a camera that frames my subject accurately and shares information with me, while I am using the viewfinder. Call me wierd... :0)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2012 at 17:28 UTC
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R Johns: Pt. 3) I know I could go on, but I think I have made my point rather clear. That point, again being, the only premium upgrade this camera has is in the sensor. It is a remarkable improvement, but not enough to demand an increase in price over the G12, simply because it does not improve much on the G12's other features, and the G1 X falls far short, from even the Rebel’s feature set.

So, if Canon is going to market this camera as "The PowerShot G1 X digital camera will inspire advanced amateurs who have embraced the G-Series to explore new realms of photographic expression, and give pros an excellent camera that complements their creative demands." I would advise them they better get on the ball with the G1 X MKII, because the competition is growing and is very impressive.

Why does Canon skimp on features? Regarding the G1 X, I think Canon should have spared no detail. Don’t you?

I can and do appreciate your points Howard...

I am an advanced amateur photographer, who has worked some in photojournalism and event photography, so my comments come from this perspective. I want to be clear, I think the samples show this is a really good sensor.

I would just go back to the Panasonic G3 for example, and mention that the G3 and a good prime lens will most definitly out-perform the G1 X in a low-light environment. Imaging-Resource has even declared the G3 to have better 20x30" prints than the 60D!

I know I've turned this into a G1 X bash session (sorry!), when my original intent was to highlight how impressed I was with Canon's progress with their sensor/processor technology, so I will end with my final comment.

Speaking as an advanced amateur photographer, who is in the market for a more capable P&S style camera, I am finding the G1 X to be a one-trick-pony...maybe two, because I do appreciate swivel LCDs. I cannot justify spending $800.00 on this camera...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2012 at 02:27 UTC
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zeev a: I was looking forward to see an f2.0 lens and 6x zoom in this class of camera .if canon can make it on s100 why not here ?

Correct... And so what we have here (pardon my over-exageration) is a 6-liter crate motor dropped into a Yugo! :D

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2012 at 01:36 UTC
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R Johns: Pt. 2) I'll list out a few missed opportunities I feel Canon has either intentionally or unintentionally left off of this otherwise great camera.

*No Remote Capture ability with EOS Utility (Rebel has this feature)
*No ability to control Wireless Flash Groups (Rebel has this feature)
*HDR Mode does not record to a RAW file
*AE Bracketing limited to only 3 Frames (Pan "G" and Oly E-"P" go up to 7)
*No Video 3-10x crop mode in 1080P HD (Rebel has this feature)
*No 1080p @ 30fpx, or 720p/480p @ 60fps (Rebel has this feature)
*No Stereo Audio Input for External Microphone (Rebel has this feature)
*No TTL Viewfinder
*No 100% (or close to 100%) Frame Coverage in Viewfinder
*No Viewfinder Info??? Seriously???
*No ability to use a Lens Filter and a Lens Hood together

@ jmellas...You are getting close to my point. So, if we are to believe Canon that they do not intend to do away with the G12 series type of camera, then we should at least expect it to be rolled into the proverbial closet, so future generations on the G12 platform won't compete with the G1 X!!!

See my frustration? Now, we can expect to pay, at least, $800.00 for a somewhat serious P&S, if we chose to give Canon our business. BUT...even that camera will not be as good as it should be... :0(

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2012 at 01:28 UTC
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