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What a shock! I subscribe to his LuLa site, and deeply enjoy it. But he is in a better place now, where the landscapes truly are luminous and boundless, and where there is always the latest medium-format camera to be enjoyed with an endless selection of excellent lenses, in the grace of God with heavenly post-processing computers that never crash...

Link | Posted on May 20, 2016 at 04:26 UTC as 78th comment

Money aside, and looking at the other side of this, why not a fixed-lens full frame, like the Sony or Leica Q, and then crop to get that extreme telephoto effect?

Link | Posted on May 10, 2016 at 15:40 UTC as 80th comment | 5 replies
On article Leica Q In-depth Review (1113 comments in total)

Interesting that they compared it to the Ricoh GR, which has far, far better ergonomics and can fit in a shirt pocket. And then there's the delightful older GR Digital IV, with it's bright 1:1.9 28mm lens and built in flash... and the same killer ergonomics for street photography.
Of course, the Leica is way better in vey low light. But $4,000 better?

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2016 at 15:13 UTC as 86th comment
On article Pentax K-3 II added to studio test scene comparison (177 comments in total)

Pentax pixel-shift is the real thing. But as a consumer, and a non-tripod guy, I think the regular K-3 is the sweet spot ... Pentax ergonomics, and also great quality images!

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 22:31 UTC as 18th comment

What if you took the photo and then ran it through a Photoshop-type 'pen and ink' or 'cartoon' filter?

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2015 at 14:13 UTC as 20th comment
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Review (1609 comments in total)

Found myself buying a a new Ricoh GRD IV a week ago... after thinking very hard about moving 'up' from my RX100 to this RX100-4, or to the new GR II.

But I went with the much older (2012) GRD IV. Price, and excellent ergonomics... far better than the Sony. and the teeny sensor (plus RAW and Lightroom) gets me along OK in twilight... though the Sony is much better in very low light situations.

OTOH, if I were a journalist, I would buy the Sony in a heartbeat. What a perfect camera for a reporter, or a technical writer... and so much room to crop those sharp images!

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2015 at 16:28 UTC as 356th comment
On article Leica Q In-depth Review (1113 comments in total)

The Ricoh GR has far better ergonomics, a decent grip, and fits in your shirt pocket...

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 04:42 UTC as 291st comment | 3 replies
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Mssimo: Im going to be the first person to skin this to look like a shark and take it out to the beach.

Too real! Of course, someone will ... EVERYONE can make their own Jaws movie now!

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2015 at 21:32 UTC

Put it on a surfboard at Maverick's? Rocks, dude. Awesome!

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2015 at 21:31 UTC as 14th comment

I use an Pentax K-5 IIs, and can happily set it to show the scene in B/W on the LCD screen. Then RAW capture, then into Lightroom where I can 'develop' it in B/W... and get whatever look I want... film noir to high key... Clarity, Sharpness, etc, etc.

Am honestly curious what the Leica brings to the table, beyond the larger-light-gathering FF sensor... can anyone explain it to me? Not trying to start a debate, but is there an actual perceived difference between B/W images from the Leica and those from a 'normal' FF camera, like the Nikon 810 with the same sensor size?

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2015 at 21:08 UTC as 130th comment | 2 replies
On article The effect of pixel size on noise (79 comments in total)

Richard -- am I right in saying that, until you get into very high ISOs, there isn't much difference between large-or-small pixel counts, for equal size sensors -- BUT that the small-pixel variety, like the 36 MP Nikon, gives you more room to crop and also to deliver a good image through reducing it?

And so... that the small-pixel cameras, like my RX100 with its 20 MP on a 1" sensor ... might be the most useful, the most practical for professional photographers, mainly because of the extra cropping that their great MP count allows?

Link | Posted on May 31, 2015 at 05:47 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 real-world samples (102 comments in total)

Good seeing great pix from Indy. So many drunks! Babes! Cars! This is the kind of field test DPReview should be known for. Way to go.

Link | Posted on May 27, 2015 at 22:48 UTC as 28th comment

***** Five-Star Article!
Thanks, Richard. Your writing is so clear and informative... VERY much appreciated.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2015 at 18:48 UTC as 159th comment | 2 replies
On article Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path (1586 comments in total)

I use an APS-C Pentax K-5 IIs. Take pictures for ads and brochures, for web pages, for e-mail newsletters. Nothing fancy -- the 75% of all commercial images that just don't need full pro photographer magic. Bread-and-butter work.

Far as I can tell, I don't need a full-frame camera. 16 MP gives me a lot of room to crop. I also shoot 'wide' to get even more space to crop or distort perspective in Lightroom. For lighting, PocketWizard Plus units and a couple of Yong-Nuo 560 II speedlights, and a white umbrella.

If I ever decided to drastically ramp up my skills and equipment, I'd skip past full-frame and get a Pentax 645Z... AND a full complement of studio lighting equipment, backdrops, etc. But that's a whole other time and money investment situation. You have to know yourself, and psychologically, I'm happiest with my simple jobs that I can do quickly without getting confused by highly-professional equipment...

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 00:37 UTC as 67th comment

My career was in high-tech. I can tell you for a fact, it takes a LOT of capital to bring a product to market. With the key being your 'burn rate', how fast the money is disappearing, a race against failure. This is not news to high-tech investors... hoping for that one super mega success. Business is risk. If you are risk averse, try short-term US Treasury bonds...

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 19:17 UTC as 11th comment
On article Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path (1586 comments in total)

I use a Pentax K-5 IIs and a Sony RX100 to take pictures for ad clients... who use them on the internet and on small-quantity-run Xerox Docucolor-printed flyers and brochures.
With RAW, Lightroom, and a simple PocketWizard Plus/YongNuo 560 II flash setup, I have all I need, actually overkill for the customer requirements.
Next camera? A new Pentax, when the fully-articulating screen and wifi button make their way to the K-5-type platform, whatever its called in a year or so.

Full-frame? no need at all.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2015 at 06:38 UTC as 306th comment

Why on earth would someone buy this new camera, when you can still get a K5 or K5 ii for less money? What am I missing here?

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2015 at 09:40 UTC as 20th comment | 3 replies

SEEMS to be aimed at women? No kidding!

Great product. Surprised that no-one thought of it sooner. wonder what else you could use it for?

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2014 at 06:59 UTC as 5th comment
On article Medium well done: Two takes on the Pentax 645Z (250 comments in total)
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John McMillin: I know what you mean about the strong reaction a camera such as this will draw from bystanders. About ten years ago, I pooled spare funds with a photographer friend to buy a used Pentax 645 film camera, just for grins. After I received it and shot a roll., I arranged to meet up with him at a convenient spot that happened to be my kid's elementary school, right at afternoon pickup time. The sight of two men handling such an apparatus in sight of children so alarmed one mom that she called the principal out to confront "the perverts." It was a good thing that I already had a friendly relationship with that principal, as a parent and volunteer. The mom still was convinced we were up to no good. "See-- it's a movie camera!" she accused. So I whipped out my big, long, uncut ... roll of developed E-6 and asked her, "Do you think we're an IMax crew?" Well, I wish I had said that! She's still sure I'm a perv, I bet.

I have an old Pentax 645N. Same size. You have to get past your own fear of being noticed. Because... in my case... I've found that nobody else really cares.
OTOH, wandering around with a Hoodman loupe gaffer-taped on the back of a Pentax K-01, I've had all sorts of questions from admiring younger people about where can they get a video camera just like that...

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 07:46 UTC
On article A second glance: two takes on the Leica X (403 comments in total)

I use a Ricoh GR. Fits in my shirt pocket, unlike the Leica. And MUCH better image quality, judging from the pix above... plus way better ergonomics. Best of all, since nobody knows what a Ricoh is, I don't get pestered by people... ever. The Leicas, I think, are like Ferraris... cameras and cars for people who need highly visible logos. Though to be fair, isn't there one Leica with no branding... and decent manual controls?

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2014 at 08:05 UTC as 96th comment | 3 replies
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