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misha marinsky4: I see we have many visits from Debbie Downer and her family.

http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/debbie-downer/n11825

Indeed ! funny link too.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2014 at 23:23 UTC

This release makes me believe Tamron might have been the contract developer for the original Oly 14-150mm u4/3 lens, and the exclusivity clause expired, or the market for u4/3 10X zooms is on fire, so Tamron is simply capitalizing on it. Methinks the former is more plausible. Unless this iteration has amazing IQ somehow, what's the attraction here?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2014 at 04:13 UTC as 15th comment | 2 replies

Beautiful, clever images, even though a few seem a bit over-saturated. #3 & #7 definitely trick the eye at first glance. That said, it makes #8 one of my favorites of this group. Congrats to the winners.

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2014 at 01:13 UTC as 8th comment
On Sony SLT-A77 II First Impressions Review preview (629 comments in total)
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Scottelly: They took away the GPS?!? WTF?!?

Though I am glad they have made a new, updated version of the A77, I can't understand Sony. I won't buy it without GPS. I will get the old one instead . . . or I'll get a Nikon D5300. I don't really need the speed shooting capability, and until I see that Sony is committed to this line of cameras by making three or four new, kick-ass lenses for them, I will stay away from their newest cameras. The mirrorless cameras don't have two of the features I have come to expect from Sony - in-camera image stabilization and GPS, and now Sony drops GPS from their newest A77! I think they dropped the ball too.

I was thinking Sony should make one of these without an anti-aliasing filter. Hopefully they will make an A79 with that and GPS . . . and a bigger buffer . . . and two memory card slots (fast ones - maybe UHS2).

I wonder how fast the memory card slot in this camera is.

Totally agree...no GPS, no sale. GPS 'was' one of the defining features of this line of cameras.

Direct link | Posted on May 2, 2014 at 00:54 UTC

I might jump for 16-160mm for the same price, but with slightly better IQ, but this lens portends to be quite the compromise. Who knows, maybe it will surprise us.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 19:34 UTC as 20th comment | 1 reply
On Fujfilm interview: 'The only way is to keep innovating' article (228 comments in total)
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J Parker: This might be the best interview of this type I've ever read. The fact that Fujifilm draws on the expertise of an engineer who helped develop its Provia and Velvia films is an advantage that very few camera companies can claim (thank you Barnaby for asking that question!).

I use primarily Sony Nex and Panasonic mirrorless cameras -- but for my most important portrait work, the Fujifilms still have no peer. The Fujifilm portraits are the only ones where my clients continuously ask what camera was used to take them. They're the only cameras I have where I've never needed to shoot RAW (or post process at all) to get outstanding images, saving me tons of time to shoot more pictures instead of sitting behind a computer. I ended up giving away two Nikon DSLRs -- the Fujifilm's color rendition is just that good.

Thanks DPReview for the insightful interview.

Agree. Remarkably candid compared to many other manufacturer interviews, which come-off as overly cautious and defensive.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2014 at 02:12 UTC
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samfan: Well if they can pull off a 16mm , why wouldn't they rather make a decent 16-100 or something?

All these superzooms are rather tiring. 'Either get a crappy megazoom or deal with prime lenses' seems to be a message of the day. What happened to good zooms with moderate range and moderate speed? Not pushing the envelope much lately.

Agree. While we have 16-80, 16-85, 16-105, and 15-85(?) already, they are not 'super' zooms. Superzooms are 10X and up. So 16-160mm, would make a better compromise s-zoom than 16-300mm!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2014 at 19:57 UTC
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Franz Weber: I wish they would also develop such a lens equivalent for micro four thirds: 12-225mm would be nice

Or even 12-120mm would be fantastic. There enough 14- XXmm zooms in the Micro 4/3 space now. Fortunately, some 12-XXmm have started to come on the market recently.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2014 at 19:46 UTC

This focal range has to give in to some optical compromises. Handy? Yes. Low distortion & 'sharp' ? We'll see. I would have preferred a 16-180mm (or 15-140mm?) with potentially smaller size & higher IQ for the same price. The 16mm end is the seller on this one, so it should do well.

We know ''Super' zooms often require chromatic aberration, distortion, vignetting and contrast corrections, and bodies do not internally compensate third party lenses (except for CA, sometimes). So will this lens be convenient? Out in the field absolutely. But the post processing required somewhat cancels out this convenience. My congrats to Tamron for offering this unique product.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2014 at 09:31 UTC as 57th comment | 1 reply
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1607 comments in total)
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nandadevieast: I feel the review is good but over-critical on small issues.
Jpegs?? For a RX100, it could be a valid point. But for a FF camera? If you think Jpegs are so important then as well give it extra points for having all the dumb modes (scenes/hdr/auto/auto plus) :)

You should also put things in perspective. Exceptional image quality from EM1 is not half as good as very good image quality from A7. Dont we know that?

This review reminds me of good old dpr, when reviews used to be critical enough. Wish it was true across the brands.

@Shawn: Yup I see posterization in the Space Needle images, as you noted. Point taken.
What caught my eye was the "Rough Edges" section where the review demonstrated that in-camera JPEGs at ISO 16000 showed obvious sharpening and NR artifacts. But at ISO 16000 one might presume most would choose RAW recording. That said, the D610 has obviously superior JPEG. Thanks for the comprehensive review.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 11:48 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1607 comments in total)
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nandadevieast: I feel the review is good but over-critical on small issues.
Jpegs?? For a RX100, it could be a valid point. But for a FF camera? If you think Jpegs are so important then as well give it extra points for having all the dumb modes (scenes/hdr/auto/auto plus) :)

You should also put things in perspective. Exceptional image quality from EM1 is not half as good as very good image quality from A7. Dont we know that?

This review reminds me of good old dpr, when reviews used to be critical enough. Wish it was true across the brands.

Good points, makes sense. But...some buyers of this camera will indeed shoot JPEGs, for travel or snapshots, etc. One small gripe with the review: if conditions require ISO 12800-25600, smart owners will use RAW. Though I appreciate DPR's candor here, downgrading the A7 for poor JPEGs quality at 12800-25600 appears to be an oxymoron. I'm not a FF shooter but do most FF cams yield excellent JPEGs in that ISO range?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 03:22 UTC
On DPReview Top Picks: Stand-out third party lenses article (80 comments in total)

Thanks for this compendium. That said, we all know there are many other places that focus on lens reviews if 'your' fave lens is not listed.

But I look forward to more lens reviews here...especially those that allow the side-by-side comparison view, which is great.

FWIW: Tokina, how about other mount options for the 12-28mm?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 29, 2013 at 00:27 UTC as 25th comment
On Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows article (1514 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: I bet there are plenty of people that will buy this camera. I just don't think this camera will make their photographs any better.

It's no longer about better images any more, really. It's about size , compatibility, portability, price, and yes...appearance. Virtually any modern digicam can capture great images; (except perhaps indoor sports or BIF). Anyway looks like a cool unit nonetheless.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2013 at 19:21 UTC
On Olympus Stylus 1 Preview preview (324 comments in total)
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KariIceland: not 1"? no thanks.

@ccm & JM: Indeed. A 500 hp sports car that gets 75mpg ?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2013 at 22:04 UTC
On Studio Test Scene article (55 comments in total)

The old scene was quite good, this new one even better. I see the advantages to be:

-improved relative skin tone evaluation
-off-center, identical, symmetrical objects, and corner charts; useful for evaluating lenses in fixed-lens cameras
-'green fuzzies' are great for evaluating jpeg renditions and/or cameras with small sensors
-true-black background, for tone & noise (is it true black?)

But truth be told, charts like this are now most useful for comparing lower cost & smaller cameras since high end camera sensors have become so good in just the last few years (notwithstanding the very subtle, pixel-peeping variations of high-end sensors at high isos).

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2013 at 00:29 UTC as 12th comment
On Sony A3000 preview (681 comments in total)

It's a superzoom cam without the superzoom lens. IQ should be excellent , however.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2013 at 18:35 UTC as 53rd comment
On Ended up on a dusty road ! challenge (1 comment in total)

Some very nice photography here. Many of the images in this challenge show the natural beauty one can find off of paved highways & roads, but at the same time respecting those images where paved streets might be a welcomed benefit.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2013 at 23:59 UTC as 1st comment
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Rod McD: I've turned over a few cameras too in my time. I think one of the key things that has driven GAS in the last decade has been the development of digital from its infancy (nerdy accessories to computers) to fully fledged photographic tools. In this short period, improvements were annual and every model was superceded when you walked out the shop door. It's slowing down now and people are lamenting that new models are appearing more slowly and that upgrades are incremental....... It'll take a few years to get used to changing expectations, but it has to be a good thing.

Excellent observation, in regard to the wave of technological innovation over the last 10 years or so. First it was resolution, then it was low-light/low-noise, then auto-focus speed/accruacy, video, dynamic range and now its connectivity & integration, i.e. wifi/gps/android os/etc.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2013 at 20:20 UTC
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Kid Plutonium: Yes, quite an interesting post.
It makes me think of one particular phenomenon I've noticed on a number of forums in which commentators sign off with a long list of all their cameras and lenses. Why?

Many hobby-oriented sites have users who ID their gear, whether it's cameras, motorcycles, telescopes, wood-working tools, you name it. I don't think they trying to prove anything other than they are advocates of a particular brand or system or technology, and yes to some extent, fanboys.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2013 at 20:11 UTC
On DSC05008new in the Animal Species: 2 or More challenge (1 comment in total)

Due to challenge complaints filed by others, it is requested this fine image should be withdrawn, since it does not meet the rules of this challenge in regard to "...2 different species...". You are always welcome to resubmit a new image. Thank you for your participation & understanding.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 8, 2013 at 17:50 UTC as 1st comment
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