Richard Murdey

Richard Murdey

Lives in Japan Kyoto, Japan
Joined on Aug 21, 2002

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On Nikon D750 Review preview (1045 comments in total)
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Roadrunnerdeluxe: The Yake-dee-yak-athon is on!

Please read all the reviews across the interwebs if you don't feel like taking DPR's review as the only source. It is pretty unisono: this camera is a good leap forward image quality/noise wise/low light focusing/dynamic range.

I can't even imagine drowning my eyes in the creamy bokeh of this camera paired with a Zeiss lens wide open..

@capo99 I realised later the OP had "focusing" on his list. Oops! Of course the AF system is much improved, I was only talking about image quality. The difference on that front is trivial, a tweaked rendering engine, if that.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 22, 2014 at 05:31 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1045 comments in total)
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Roadrunnerdeluxe: The Yake-dee-yak-athon is on!

Please read all the reviews across the interwebs if you don't feel like taking DPR's review as the only source. It is pretty unisono: this camera is a good leap forward image quality/noise wise/low light focusing/dynamic range.

I can't even imagine drowning my eyes in the creamy bokeh of this camera paired with a Zeiss lens wide open..

No it isn't, it's about the same on those metrics as the D600. That's not to say they aren't great, they were already great.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2014 at 08:58 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1163 comments in total)

"Finally, for raw shooters using most other EOS body, can you say "goodbye banding?"

That's an expensive way to go about it though don't you think?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 00:04 UTC as 211th comment | 3 replies
On Relio is a powerful LED light in your pocket post (26 comments in total)
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InTheMist: Is there something like this that accepts an actual battery? I could use this.

The Nikon LD-1000 is very similar, and uses 4 AAA batteries. http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/acil/accessories/led_light_ld-1000/

Alternatively you could power this LED light with any of the battery-powered smartphone chargers.
http://www.panasonic-batteries.com/eu/products/battery/qe-ql-101-portable-power

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 22:59 UTC
On Medium well done: Two takes on the Pentax 645Z article (240 comments in total)
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turvyT: The first guy sounds like someone who knows what he's talking about --regardless you agree or not. The second guy sounds like someone has never used a MF format before. What's the point of such a piece of test? Trying to deter a John Doe from getting the 645? There is no need for that. Every camera does its natural selection by itself.

I dunno, I thought it drove home the point that the 645Z doesn't *automatically* make your photos any better. In fact to get even close to making any real use of its prowess you have to work very hard indeed. Perhaps that was obvious to everyone anyway, perhaps not.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 08:50 UTC
On All-in-one: Ona Capri bag review article (166 comments in total)
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Nikongirl7: This bag looks great for a limited about of equipment. I love that it looks like a basic tote bag. Glad to finally see more reviews for gear that aren't so male-oriented.

@EricCul

The people who buy these "extreme weather, military-grade, ready-for-anything" black nylon webbing and pocket-infused camera accessories are nothing more than weekend warriors who would scream like a little girl if someone so much as put a scratch on their equipment.

Shooting outdoors requires rugged, military styling? Pull the other one, Eric.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2014 at 23:12 UTC
On All-in-one: Ona Capri bag review article (166 comments in total)
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Nikongirl7: This bag looks great for a limited about of equipment. I love that it looks like a basic tote bag. Glad to finally see more reviews for gear that aren't so male-oriented.

@EricCul

Strange comment. It's pretty obvious most camera gear is bought by men, and designed and marketed for men. The styling tends to be aggressive, military/"tactical", rugged, clunky, over-built and over-engineered.

There is more than enough room, in other words, for alternative products aimed at women and/or more, um, comfortable male photographers who might be interested in more discreet, slimmer, and fashionable products. Which, it goes without saying, doesn't have to mean pink.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2014 at 00:23 UTC
On All-in-one: Ona Capri bag review article (166 comments in total)
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Cane: That's a woman's purse.

"That's a woman's purse."

Yes it is. What's your point?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2014 at 00:07 UTC
On All-in-one: Ona Capri bag review article (166 comments in total)
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nunatak: it's time for this discussion — how many north american males are comfortable with the idea of wearing a man purse? especially one made from dead cow that looks like a woman's fashion accessory?

as an alternative, would the editors be open to reviewing a thrifty, but low theft target insulated tote in place of this market research piece being proposed? it's amazing what functional aesthetics can be found for just under $50. JMO.

There are plenty of "unisex?" satchels or messenger bags which are either designed to hold cameras or which can easily be converted to that purpose by adding a set of foam inserts.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2014 at 00:06 UTC
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Cane: Shocker, the crowd in God's waiting room doesn't seem to like this product. Now only if they made a camera specifically to shoot birds.

Indeed. What is wrong with a camera refined to do exactly what the people buying it want it do? It neatly solves both the "I can't see the picture I'm about to take" and the "when my eyes look at the LCD they look away from the camera lens" problems in one sweep. I think its a rather magnificent example of niche engineering.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2014 at 02:54 UTC
On Ten things you need to know about the Sony Alpha 7 II article (264 comments in total)
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Richard Murdey: dpreview starts using the "ten things you need to know about..." clickbait titles.

E tu, brute?!

@Barney

Irrespective of content it grates on my nerves. It bugged me when the Guardian started doing it, it bugged me when the Verge started doing it, and it bugs me now you've started doing it.

It's a matter of style rather than content. It comes across as a cheap and desperate for clicks, and it lowers the overall tone of the webpage. If I had to pinpoint my annoyance, I'd say its because I don't like the way these grabby headlines presume to know what I need to know.

That's my "get off my lawn young whippersnapper!" view, at any rate.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 02:04 UTC
On Samsung NX mini Review preview (100 comments in total)
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Todd3608: I doubt enthusiasts and those who want manual control are really the target for this camera.

and what dpreview doesn't itself understand is that there exists enthusiasts who don't want manual controls on this class of camera, or that 95% of the "enthusiasts" who claim to need these manual controls will not, in fact, ever use them.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 00:00 UTC
On Samsung NX mini Review preview (100 comments in total)
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HowaboutRAW: I've never had any buffering problems when shooting raws with this.

I don't like that in raw, NR gets applied at higher ISOs, starting around 1600, even if you turn off NR.

"The Samsung doesn't really have an answering marquee feature except, perhaps, its 180-degree-tilting 'selfie' LCD — useful, but hardly an equalizer. "

Except Samsung has an optically excellent f/1.8 17mm lens, nearly PanaLeica level, but unlike good PanaLeica lenses it costs $250. There is no Nikon 1 system equivalent. And the Samsung kitzoom is optically better than either the kitzoom with the Nikon 1 V3 or the Panasonic GM1, or GM5 now.

So it's the lenses, not so much the body, but at least Samsung has an idea of how to do a touch screen menu.

"Except Samsung has an optically excellent f/1.8 17mm lens, n... There is no Nikon 1 system equivalent."

Nikon 1 Nikkor 18.5/1.8 @ $200

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 23:58 UTC
On Samsung NX mini Review preview (100 comments in total)

It occurs to me that the root problem here is dpreview itself can't decide what it wants these cameras to be: full dSLR control in a pocket package? Just a really good point-and-shoot? Something else entirely? and as a consequence the reviews come off as inconsistent and just, well, off somehow.

First the Nikon 1 models, now the NX... you guys just don't seem to "get" these cameras at all.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 23:55 UTC as 29th comment | 1 reply
On Ten things you need to know about the Sony Alpha 7 II article (264 comments in total)

dpreview starts using the "ten things you need to know about..." clickbait titles.

E tu, brute?!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 23:43 UTC as 74th comment | 6 replies
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1422 comments in total)
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G1Houston: If Dpreview can publish the review before "Black Friday," Nikon will truly appreciate it. However, at this point, the big picture is obvious that this camera is going to be a fantastic FF dSLR. The only thing that we won't know for some time is how reliable this camera will be.

It will be interesting to see what Nikon will do with a D610 successor? My hope is that the D620 or whatever can be made even smaller/lighter/cheaper by taking out the AF motor. It does not have to have top of the line AF module and the one currently in D7100 will suffice. It will be another home run if they can sell it for $1500 or less.

Drop the AF motor, the tilt screen, limit the FPS at 5-6, shutter to 1/4000s max. Do-able, but it would have to be $1199 to be safely in home run territory. You can already pick up a D610 for very little more.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 01:10 UTC

A7 already had a front dial...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 08:28 UTC as 280th comment | 1 reply
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (825 comments in total)
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jonikon: Well, darn it!
I really like the design concept of the LX-100, which is very close to what I want in a travel camera in terms of size and sensor image quality. However, it fails on on four counts that give me reason to pass on this camera.
1. No phase detection auto focusing. (Sorry, but I am spoiled by my Nikon V1's focusing performance!)
2. No built in flash, and the supplied flash is crude and weak with no bounce capability. At least the tiny flash for my Nikon V1 can do bounce flash.
3. Inferior EVF. There are much better available that do not tear.
4. Despite the hype, my eyes tell me the lens is not sharp enough, especially at the edges, which is a big disappointment considering the price of the camera and the short focal length range.

As it stands, the LX-100 is a bit too disappointing and over-priced for it's performance capabilities. Hopefully the rumored Nikon competitor to this camera will not have these shortcomings.

I didn't know that. Pity. That would explain why I've seen so many of those lenses are on the used market, compared with relatively few J4/V3 cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2014 at 23:09 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (825 comments in total)

Within the criteria dpreview uses to judge cameras, they find the LX100 to be excellent.

Your criteria, my criteria ... might well be different, and in my case they are different. The days when digital cameras can be evaluated in an absolute good-better-best sense are long over. dpreview can rank it silver, gold, platinum or chocolate cream with pink sprinkles for all I care ... all that tells anyone is how much they like it, not how much you should like it.

Reading the comments, some people really need to chill. Personal attacks on the authors for liking a camera more than you do is just way out of line. Unacceptable.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2014 at 08:53 UTC as 126th comment | 1 reply
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (825 comments in total)
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jonikon: Well, darn it!
I really like the design concept of the LX-100, which is very close to what I want in a travel camera in terms of size and sensor image quality. However, it fails on on four counts that give me reason to pass on this camera.
1. No phase detection auto focusing. (Sorry, but I am spoiled by my Nikon V1's focusing performance!)
2. No built in flash, and the supplied flash is crude and weak with no bounce capability. At least the tiny flash for my Nikon V1 can do bounce flash.
3. Inferior EVF. There are much better available that do not tear.
4. Despite the hype, my eyes tell me the lens is not sharp enough, especially at the edges, which is a big disappointment considering the price of the camera and the short focal length range.

As it stands, the LX-100 is a bit too disappointing and over-priced for it's performance capabilities. Hopefully the rumored Nikon competitor to this camera will not have these shortcomings.

@HowaboutRAW

Fair point. I would say the worst N1 lenses run roughly par to the LX100 overall, and it goes upwards dramatically from there.

@A Girard

I cannot understate the value of a compact, powerful bounce flash for indoor people photography with a small(ish?) sensor compact like the LX100. I'm sure you can fit something to the hot shoe, but I don't know of anything as compact and convenient as the Nikon 1 SB-N5.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2014 at 08:37 UTC
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