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 Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1013 comments in total)

Will it take two years to get a full DPR review? We had to wait two years for the D810 review. Probably because it put all the other brands to shame. But after two years some of the other brands don’t look quite so bad compared to the Nikon product. The delayed reviews are like a safe-space. – Nobody’s feelings get hurt.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2016 at 22:22 UTC as 146th comment | 2 replies
On article The Canon that can: Canon EOS 80D Review (677 comments in total)
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Dan DeLion: Once again DPR shows the value of their scores. It’s amazing how much difference there is between DXOmark and DPR scores. But, it is important not to offend any brand.

BTW – The new white background is a great improvement.

a777 - Maybe I should give up trying to enlighten you? I’ll try again. I make a very nice living doing location photography (mags, industrial, aviation, property, and a few ships.) My camera body criterion are: 1) DXOmark score, 2) DR, 3) ergonomics. These are the criterion that are important to produce salable pics.

Based on these criterion I own: D800E, D810, and 2 D750’s. Plus about 30 Nikkor lenses. Also lots of Hassy stuff.

Now ask yourself this, would you produce better pics with a D800E (DRP score 82) or with a Canon 80D (DRP score 84.)

– End of story.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2016 at 22:04 UTC
On article The Canon that can: Canon EOS 80D Review (677 comments in total)
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endofoto: Raw DR is better than Nikon D5 and Cenon 5DSR, however Nikon D7200 has better DR than 80D. This shows that crop sensors are surpassing full frames in terms of DR, which is most difficult to achieve in a smaller sensor. Tthis test shows that we dont need to upgrade to FF cameras and change all the lenses for better quality. For 1K you get better DR than 6K cameras.

Delusional!

Link | Posted on May 10, 2016 at 16:39 UTC
On article The Canon that can: Canon EOS 80D Review (677 comments in total)
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Dan DeLion: Once again DPR shows the value of their scores. It’s amazing how much difference there is between DXOmark and DPR scores. But, it is important not to offend any brand.

BTW – The new white background is a great improvement.

A777 – You need to work on your reading skills. I said: “the first thing I look at” not the only thing. There can be lots of reasons to buy a second rate camera, but what are the reasons to give it a Silver Award when other cameras, in its class, have better DR, Res, AF, AE, FPS, and ISO? I’ll tell you why. DPR doesn’t want to lose their Canon readers. The same goes for all the other brands that DPR reviews. Think about this. The Nikon D800 received an 82 score the reviewed 80D got an 84, and the Sony A6300 is only one point better at 85. Those scores don’t make sense to me. Now go over to DXOmark and see how they rated those three cameras.

Link | Posted on May 9, 2016 at 18:47 UTC
On article The Canon that can: Canon EOS 80D Review (677 comments in total)

I wonder how Canon could have fallen so far behind Sony or Nikon. Ten years ago Canon was a leader in digital photography, now the best DPR can say is that the newest Canon is better than the previous Canon. What happened?

Link | Posted on May 7, 2016 at 14:37 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply
On article The Canon that can: Canon EOS 80D Review (677 comments in total)
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mostlyboringphotog: "...and then brighten the resulting (dark) Raw image selectively in post, protecting highlights that are now preserved because they weren't clipped to white due to the higher amplification of an elevated ISO setting."
Something seems got lost in the translation - why would anyone increase ISO beyond clipping the highlight, unless the shadow detail is (far) more important than the blown highlight?
And con - less DR than competition Pro - better DR than older model? Did I get that right?
"It offers the best dynamic range of any APS-C Canon camera to date..." but not as good as other brand? Am I getting this right?
Silver and 84%? What did I miss?

For my shooting, both the highlight detail and the shadow detail are important. With cameras with high dynamic range (such as the D750 or D810), one should expose for the highlights (just as with slide film) and then process for the low values. With above Nikon cameras there is no visible loss in the high or low values until ISO 6400. Also on the above cameras, Nikon has a specific metering mode (center exposure*), that does exposes for the highlights automatically.

Link | Posted on May 3, 2016 at 18:17 UTC
On article The Canon that can: Canon EOS 80D Review (677 comments in total)

Once again DPR shows the value of their scores. It’s amazing how much difference there is between DXOmark and DPR scores. But, it is important not to offend any brand.

BTW – The new white background is a great improvement.

Link | Posted on May 3, 2016 at 17:35 UTC as 29th comment | 6 replies
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2078 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 (2078 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 71st comment | 12 replies
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2078 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 75th comment | 8 replies
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2078 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 (2078 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 77th comment | 11 replies
On article Ultra-compact: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review (519 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 48th comment | 2 replies
On article Hands on with the Pentax 645Z (707 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 13th 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

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
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