GaryJP

GaryJP

Lives in Hong Kong Hong Kong
Works as a TV Production, Directing, Shooting, Editing
Joined on Mar 11, 2006

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UCSB: Without AF micro adjustment, this is just a frustrating waste of money. Anyone that owns any lenses or hopes to buy additional lenses in the future should not consider this camera. The front focusing example in the review is a perfect example of how every single one of your quality lenses will perform on this camera. The only question is just what will be the extent of the front/back focus errors ... one thing is clear at 24 MP, the focusing errors will be plainly visible.

I shoot Olympus OMD EM1 and GH4 with the Zuiko pro zoom lenses, and Canon 5D MkIII. Sorry, but I don't notice any greater focus accuracy on the Olympus or Panasonic.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2015 at 09:23 UTC
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UCSB: Without AF micro adjustment, this is just a frustrating waste of money. Anyone that owns any lenses or hopes to buy additional lenses in the future should not consider this camera. The front focusing example in the review is a perfect example of how every single one of your quality lenses will perform on this camera. The only question is just what will be the extent of the front/back focus errors ... one thing is clear at 24 MP, the focusing errors will be plainly visible.

The same one the Nikon D5500 is living in. "For the record, the Nikon D5500 doesn't support microadjustments either."

People SHOULD consider this camera. They should also check for variability of different models and RTFM which may not even be released yet.

I am not saying their final decision should be positive. Just that I'd need more evidence than a forum post on DPR.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2015 at 03:33 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS R real world sample gallery posted article (380 comments in total)
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DStudio: My first thought was the Sigma 50/1.4 doesn't compliment the camera well. They may measure great, but they don't look great.

But then as I looked at the shots with the Canon lenses, they don't look much better. Not 3D, flat, no life, no character or feeling that you could touch or identify with the objects, or that the images would touch you. I can pixel peep at the detail, and the detail's flat too.

It's not the subject matter or the weather - it's something else - je ne sais quoi.

"It's not the subject matter or the weather - it's something else - je ne sais quoi."

I DO know what.

It's the current obsession with dynamic range above all else.

I find it's even affecting my own work for the worse.

Sometimes you get more snap, more 3D, more life by NOT pulling everything out of the shadows and seeing every detail in the bright areas. But it's hard to get yourself out of the mindset that detail counts more than light or effect. So more and more we prize cameras by how close they look to HDR.

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2015 at 00:43 UTC
On Readers' Showcase: Sheila Murphy article (60 comments in total)
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Aaron801: My kind of photographs. I much prefer this kind of work to so much of the mirrored water, craggy hillside, super-saturated color landscape kinds of stuff that it seems are so common on sites like this. Photo #2 is a particular standout for me... but then again, I'm a sucker for finely detailed B&W, modern architecture and diagonal lines.

It's funny, but it seems to me that the photographers who I tend to admire the most are much more likely to be using compact and mirror-less cameras much more than what seems to be the average (where DSLRs are easily the most popular). There's certainly nothing particularly distinctive about the photographs that these cameras make but the way that they're designed seems to attract a certain kind of photographer...

I rather find the opposite.

While not a huge fan of merely "pretty" landscapes, I sometimes find that even medium and large format cameras result in more considered images.

You seem to be just saying you only shoot with compacts.

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2015 at 01:01 UTC
On Readers' Showcase: Sheila Murphy article (60 comments in total)

DPReview, please ignore the naysayers.

In the end the equipment is to serve the end of photography, not vice versa, and I for one welcome seeing more emphasis on photography on the site.

Due to the childish and unconstructive techno-nerd brand arguments I spend less and less time here and more on actual photography sites and it would be good to have more reason to come back more often. It is disturbing how some here seem allergic to actual photographs that are not of a test chart.

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2015 at 00:31 UTC as 15th comment | 3 replies
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2973 comments in total)
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Deardorff: 50 MP - crippled dynamic range. Like buying a pickup truck with short bed to use on the farm. Stupid.

Most professional people in studios, with VERY high quality standards, know how to light for dynamic range. I've been shooting video and stills for years, with much worse dynamic range than we have now, and we always managed.

Like so many brand fanatics here, Deardorff is just exemplifying the Yiddish saying: "He who wants to beat a dog always manages to find a stick."

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2015 at 11:37 UTC
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brian1366: Paid $79USD last night to download and install the STANDALONE version of Lightroom 6 Upgrade.
Sure Adobe isn't promoting the standalone version much and they put the link at the bottom of the webpage, but it wasn't that hard to find. A lot of whiners on here.

Is this guy STILL defending Adobe against its customers.? That's some dedication.

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2015 at 23:32 UTC
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Tal Shachar: it's going to be popular like rebadged Sony as Hasselblad. in other words - it's not going to sell.

Still no reason not to buy the Panasonic.

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2015 at 10:29 UTC
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Tal Shachar: it's going to be popular like rebadged Sony as Hasselblad. in other words - it's not going to sell.

Well the Leica rebadged Panasonic doesn't do so bad.

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2015 at 08:22 UTC
On Interview: Canon's Chuck Westfall on the new XC10 article (347 comments in total)
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prossi: Anyone with a functioning brain can tell that canon is just attempting to fragment the market into hyperspecific 'target audiences'. In essence canon is trying to create better customers for themselves rather than better products in the hope of selling more cameras. In some circles that could be considered pure genius if it wasn't for the fact that it's totally crazy.
The ideal canon customer has lots of disposable income, reads neither specs nor reviews, owns most of the canon catalog and 'reaches for' a particular product only under certain laughable circumstance created by canon marketing.

Brand hatred much?

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2015 at 06:06 UTC
On Interview: Canon's Chuck Westfall on the new XC10 article (347 comments in total)

I am a pushover for new cameras, but between my Sony AX100 and my GH4 (with Ninja Star), for once the "upgrade" does not look all that tempting.

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2015 at 06:03 UTC as 20th comment
On Interview: Canon's Chuck Westfall on the new XC10 article (347 comments in total)

I think you meant "complementary".

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2015 at 06:00 UTC as 21st comment
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Obleix: Why do people want to be in the photos anyway?

Take the damn photo of the scenery as it is... a memory for when you get home to your mindless life.

Anyone who takes selfies is an utter moron..

Yeah, well, I'll stick with the photographers in my list. After all, people have actually HEARD of them. And they actually put their images out there for judgement.

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2015 at 00:00 UTC
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maxnimo: 40 years ago I had something lighter, cheaper and way better - a tiny portable tripod and a self-timer.

The first selfie was shot around 1900. Don't tell these guys.

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2015 at 02:05 UTC
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Obleix: Why do people want to be in the photos anyway?

Take the damn photo of the scenery as it is... a memory for when you get home to your mindless life.

Anyone who takes selfies is an utter moron..

Among the "morons" who have shot selfies: Vivian Maier, Araki, Jun Ahn, Robert Mapplethorpe, Helmut Newton, Weegee, Lee Friedlander, Ilse Bing, Imogen Cunningham, Nadar, Man Ray, Cindy Sherman, Chuck Close, Andre Kertesz, Irving Penn, Daido Moriyama, Edouard Boubat, Lartigue, Robert Doisneau, Willy Ronis ....

Pity they were such "morons". Otherwise they might have made something of themselves.

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2015 at 02:03 UTC
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Obleix: Why do people want to be in the photos anyway?

Take the damn photo of the scenery as it is... a memory for when you get home to your mindless life.

Anyone who takes selfies is an utter moron..

And it's more stupid than 10,000 tourists with the exact same scenery shot because ..............?

Buy a postcard, as one tourist said to me, regarding ALL of us with cameras as morons.

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2015 at 01:51 UTC

If only your "best friend" did not look like the Frankenstein monster.

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2015 at 01:50 UTC as 113th comment
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cpt kent: Seems to be a lot of folks exclaiming brilliance without questioning. Sources? References? Research? Further reading?

It sounds like some people are highly invested in the article being wrong. Wonder why.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 28, 2015 at 05:12 UTC
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FiveForm: Happy with LR 5.7 and PS 5. Nothing that I need to do that I can't with my images using either or both. My cameras don't seem to care, so neither do I...

Until or unless you get a new camera they don't support.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 27, 2015 at 01:35 UTC
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Helle: I am getting pretty tired of Adobes CC policy - keep charging money from me endlessly. I wonder if there is another software that will do what Lightroom do and NOT as a subscription? Pay once - and update when I can afford it?

And the price of Polarr is good. It's free.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2015 at 01:04 UTC
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