Dan DeLion

Lives in United States Billings, USA, MT, United States
Works as a Photographer
Joined on May 6, 2008

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On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2055 comments in total)
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Dan DeLion: Even dpreview’s own data doesn’t support their ratings and conclusions. On the image quality page of this review compare the a6300 to the D7200. The resolution at ISO 100 is comparable with a very slight edge to Nikon (see the resolution chart at 44 and 50.) At higher ISOs the Sony has more noise (compare any part of the dark background at ISO 6400.) In addition, the a6300 has terrible ergonomics, can’t be trusted to shoot 14 bit stills, overheats, has terrible battery life, and has a third rate menu system. How then can the Sony be rated at 85 (Gold Star) and the Nikon at 84 (Silver Star?) Apparently dpreview doesn’t examine their own data.

ET2 - You obviously don’t get it. Just go to the “image quality” page and look at what I mentioned. If you can’t see the difference, you’ll be happy with the Sony! BTW - I don’t own a D7200 or 7100 or 7000. I simply object to dpr’s rating system.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2016 at 19:10 UTC
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2055 comments in total)

Even dpreview’s own data doesn’t support their ratings and conclusions. On the image quality page of this review compare the a6300 to the D7200. The resolution at ISO 100 is comparable with a very slight edge to Nikon (see the resolution chart at 44 and 50.) At higher ISOs the Sony has more noise (compare any part of the dark background at ISO 6400.) In addition, the a6300 has terrible ergonomics, can’t be trusted to shoot 14 bit stills, overheats, has terrible battery life, and has a third rate menu system. How then can the Sony be rated at 85 (Gold Star) and the Nikon at 84 (Silver Star?) Apparently dpreview doesn’t examine their own data.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2016 at 23:23 UTC as 60th comment | 12 replies
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2055 comments in total)

How about different ratings for different levels of photographic knowledge? You could have four different levels of skill: 1) Neophyte, 2) amateur, 3) advanced amateur, and 4) professional. For the a6300 the ratings might be:

Neophyte – 20

Amateur – 85 (gold star)

Advanced amateur – 60

Professional – 35

That way you could give out a gold star to practically every camera or lens you reviewed. So what if you eliminate standards of performance and handling, everyone would be happy. These rating numbers and stars might seem arbitrary and capricious, but that wouldn’t be much of a change for dpreview.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2016 at 19:04 UTC as 64th comment | 8 replies
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2055 comments in total)
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Dan DeLion: Fascinating to see that dpreview finds this Sony APS-C camera superior to a D750 or a D810. I don’t believe many other reviewers would come to the same conclusion. Does dpreview not want to offend Sony owners with the real facts? Does dpreview receive monies from Sony? Are dpreviews even worth reading? - It now seems that in order to get an accurate review one has to read between the lines. The a6300 has terrible ergonomics, can’t be trusted to shoot 14 bit stills, overheats, has terrible battery life, and has a third rate menu system. How does putting all those faults together yields a superb camera?

Overall rating of 85 v 82 v 84. Or do those ratings have no meaning?

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2016 at 18:18 UTC
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2055 comments in total)

Fascinating to see that dpreview finds this Sony APS-C camera superior to a D750 or a D810. I don’t believe many other reviewers would come to the same conclusion. Does dpreview not want to offend Sony owners with the real facts? Does dpreview receive monies from Sony? Are dpreviews even worth reading? - It now seems that in order to get an accurate review one has to read between the lines. The a6300 has terrible ergonomics, can’t be trusted to shoot 14 bit stills, overheats, has terrible battery life, and has a third rate menu system. How does putting all those faults together yields a superb camera?

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2016 at 17:39 UTC as 66th comment | 11 replies
On article Ultra-compact: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review (516 comments in total)

If you don’t like the shortcomings of this camera, wait 12 months for the next version. And wait another 12 months for the improved next version. By that time the reviewed version will sell for $500. Sony needs to spend a lot more time designing and beta testing its cameras so that they get it right the first time.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2016 at 16:03 UTC as 46th comment | 2 replies
On article Hands on with the Pentax 645Z (706 comments in total)

The question: How long will Ricoh/Pentax be around? The shakeout in MF has caused Hassy to lower some prices by 40%. Mamiya is gone. How long can a second rate MF body from a second rate manufacturer with a very limited selection of capable lenses compete with Hassy, Phase One, Canon, Sony and Nikon? My guess would be: “Not long!”

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2015 at 21:49 UTC as 12th comment | 3 replies

So what ever happened to using a cheap filter and some Vaseline to get the same effect? For most of us, that’s a zero cost option.

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2015 at 18:51 UTC as 32nd comment | 1 reply
On Connect post Microsoft Surface Pro 4 comes with larger screen and more power (206 comments in total)

I had a Surface for two days. Everything went fine till I installed Nikon Viewnx 2 from Nikons USA site. Immediately the Surface lost contact with both front and back cameras. I also found working with the detachable keyboard was clumsy while sitting in a chair. My impression is that if you want to use it for on-the-go editing, you’d be better off with a laptop.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2015 at 17:15 UTC as 15th comment | 3 replies

I believe the inks in these printers are dye based rather than pigment based. If so, these printers would be a step backwards for photographic purposes. Dye inks differently fade quickly whilst changing picture colors. Their advantage is that they don’t have solid pigments that settle out over relatively short periods of time.

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2015 at 13:45 UTC as 34th comment | 4 replies
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Dimit: Sony does it properly:
E mount Full frame-small form factor for both body and lens BUT less bright zooms & primes..one can't have it all,right?l
A7 -general purpose.
A7R -high resolution,fine for cropping.landscape stills.
A7S -Low light capability (hence low resolution),FF 4k video for the non pros.
Next step:
2nd gen. of the above will be fine in respect of shutter behavior,burst rates,af,4k internal ( there will be with the new gen. cards),etc,etc..
For the time being: A6000,A7R and RX10 fulfills the 99% of the requirements.
LET'S FACE IT,WE WILL ALWAYS NEED TO UPGRADE,THAT'S HOW IT WORKS!

I agree with your inclusion of the RX10. A truely great camera.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2014 at 16:28 UTC

Sounds like a really great and useful camera! Slip one in your bag for low light or high contrast situations. Sony still needs to address the lack of lenses in its FE line.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2014 at 16:25 UTC as 35th comment
On Connect post Nokia shares first official image samples from 41MP Lumia 1020 (231 comments in total)

Very nice details for a cell phone. Not really very impressive when compared to todays cameras. I would expect this kind of resolution from a $200, 16MP pocket camera.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2013 at 00:30 UTC as 9th comment
On article Classic lines when clients want you to work for free (141 comments in total)

My photography customers aren't looking for the lowest price. They want an excellent product delivered on time, by a photographer who understands what they are trying to accomplish, who understands their product and produces photos their customers respond to. They want someone who is easy to work with, who is friendly, and someone who will help them in the inevitable emergency. They don't want any surprises except getting more and better than they expected.

If every once and a while they disregard my copyrights – I look the other way. Why? Because, I make my money on upfront. Provide that kind of service and you don't have to cut your prices.

For a new customer I'll often offer 25% off on their first shoot. After that first shoot it's full boat. Otherwise, it wouldn't be fair to my other customers.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2013 at 19:21 UTC as 10th comment

Scared Canon fan boys. Much lower price. Much better performance. Five years for Canon to catch up, if they ever do. So, put an old dusty lens on a D600 and disable the sensor cleaning, then rant.

If there really is someone out there with a factory caused dust problem, send the camera in or return it. Problem solved! So, stop the whining.

My D600 has 4000+ exposures and hundreds of lens changes. No dust!

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2012 at 20:08 UTC as 33rd comment

D600 Explodes – Several Canon Fan Boys Hurt.

I. M. Adummy recent demonstrated the structural flaws of Nikon's under priced D600. He said: “after placing only one fire cracker in the mirror chamber and remounting a 15 year old lens I was surprised at how the cheaply made D600 blew the lens across the room instead of containing the explosion.” He was interviewed in hospital while visiting a fellow fan boy injured in his conclusive demonstration. I. M. warns that all potential purchasers of the D600 should wait at least 5 years for Nikon to address the problem and for Canon to introduce a competitive body.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2012 at 01:32 UTC as 40th comment | 1 reply
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rondhamalam: It can happen on any camera with 1000 shots like that.
You need to turn on and turn off camera to make sensor-cleaner to work.

You actually might be clueless. My D600 (3007970) has well over 4000 exposures and hundreds of lens changes. The sensor is spotless and dustless. There might be some early bodies that exhibit the fault, but it is not endemic. You must face the fact that Nikon has produced a camera that easily outperforms the 5D3 while costing 40% less.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2012 at 01:08 UTC

Canon fan boys will believe even the most ludicrous of tests to ease their camera inferiority fears. Canon makes fine cameras but, put an old dirty lens on a 5D3. Effectively disable the dust removal function. Then take 1000 exposures. Result: a dusty sensor. You fan boys are going to have to learn to live with a Nikon that costs 40% less and scores significantly higher. You can either face the truth or go delusional. Looks like many of you have chosen the latter.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2012 at 00:59 UTC as 41st comment

Take any camera. Put an old dirty lens on it. Effectively disable the dust removal function. Then take 1000 exposures. Result: a dusty sensor. So what does that prove?

I own a D600 with thousands of exposures and hundreds of lens changes. Absolutely no dust! I wonder how much dust the author introduced into the system by using an old lens that had been used on a very old camera. That is, the source of the dust was probably the 50mm lens. Secondly, would the dust from the lens have been on the mirror if the the D600 had been used in a normal manner of on/off sequences, which would actuate the automatic dust removal function?

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2012 at 20:21 UTC as 45th comment | 2 replies
On photo OG-Pier-Sandy in the Stormy Weather challenge (7 comments in total)

Great pic! It Doesn't it make sense to build, or rebuild, that close to the ocean.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2012 at 19:06 UTC as 3rd comment
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