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Canon 50D
Canon Powershot G2 (modified for infrared)
Panasonic LX7

--Old Cameras: Canon 20D, 350D, 300D, Fuji F30, Powershot Pro1, Minolta
Dimage Z1, Konica Minolta Maxxum 5 (35mm film SLR)

Canon 70-200mm F2.8 IS
Canon 17-55mm F2.8 IS
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 APO
Canon 10-22mm F3.5-4.5
Canon 85mm f1.8
Canon 17-85mm F4-5.6
Tamron 70-210mm F2.8
Tamron 28-75mm F2.8
Sigma 70-300 F4-5.6 APO
Canon 50mm F1.8
Canon 18-55mm F3.5-5.6
Minolta 35-80mm F4-5.6
Tamron 1.4X Teleconverter
Sigma 50mm F1.4

Canon 550EX
Sigma EF 500 DG Super
Sunpak super 383
Minolta 3600HS
FlashPoint II 320M

--Accessories and Lighting:
CyberSync flash trigger
Photoflex LiteDome Q39 X-Small softbox
Adorama Boom Arm & Light Stand
FlashPoint 4'x3' softbox & egg crate grid
Sunpak DIGIPRO tripod
Ebay (jiakgong) wireless shutter release
La Crosse bc-700 charger
Ebay (gadgetinfinity) wireless flash trigger
Photoflex 30 umbrella
Bogen Manfrotto Mini Boom Arm
Stroboframe VH 2000 Stroboflip flash bracket
Cokin ND Grad filter


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RPJG: Way to go, (some) DPR commentators!

Here's a report on a fantastic new technology that holds amazing promise for our hobby/profession. Yet within the first dozen comments we've got :

1. fretting that it isn't good enough,

2. the beginnings of a ludditical OVF/EVF thread, and

3. the beginnings of an Apple-makes-me-jizz-my-pants thread.


And that's what the comments are for - keeping reality in check, plus some ... uhmm... entertainment. Researchers always show off the advantages of the new technology to get funding while hiding the disadvantages; the press always speaks it in hyperbole and often time with wrong application for the technology. Without the comments some people might think that one day they can replace their lens with a flat one without any compromise.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 19:07 UTC
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57even: Why are so many people obsessed with how successful a company was or how many cameras it sold? (Emphasis on past tense).

It has nothing to do with the merits or otherwise of individual cameras, or how the market may be changing.

Because unlike other electronics, when we buy an interchangeable lens camera, we buy into the entire system. If it's a great camera without future support for the system, then the camera is a dead end. How well the company is doing determines the future of the system.

A weak company probably won't have the resources to introduce many lenses and accessories in the future. It costs a lot to develop a new lens and thus companies can't do it unless the lens can sell in high quantity.

The M3 is probably a good mirrorless camera, but now it's clear that buying into the M system in the US is a dead end. Existing M owners won't have a way to upgrade or to buy new lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 23:53 UTC

Everybody secretly wanted Canon to dominate the mirrorless market. When it didn't, we declared Canon failed us.

On the contrary, it's a good thing that Canon is not serious about mirrorless. Canon should focus on what it does well, which is DSLR, and leave mirrorless to the other players.

The real mistake is to introduce the M system at all. Canon should have taken a strong stand and not divert R&D money to mirrorless. Had they invested more in DSLR, maybe their recent DSLR releases wouldn't be so negatively received by the enthusiast community.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 23:08 UTC as 125th comment | 7 replies
On There's Still Love In Tomorrow Land photo in JmaverickPro's photo gallery (1 comment in total)


Direct link | Posted on Jan 4, 2015 at 08:31 UTC as 1st comment
On Have your say: Best High-end Compact Camera of 2014 article (78 comments in total)
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Raist3d: How is the Panasonic FZ1000 a compact category camera????

Mount a 400mm F4 lens on a DSLR and you'll see how truly compact the FZ1000 is.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 19:23 UTC
On Medium well done: Two takes on the Pentax 645Z article (249 comments in total)

When a lot is at steak, you need a medium well done :-)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2014 at 18:29 UTC as 52nd comment
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Prognathous: Ricoh did this 15 years ago. Quote:

"One of the RDC-7's most interesting features is its "PRO" high-resolution exposure function. There are actually three different PRO modes, two of them making use of the same basic innovation: The camera has the ability to take two full-resolution shots in very rapid succession, displacing the CCD sensor a half the width of a pixel between each shot.(For the real technoids out there, we're told this is accomplished with a mounting arrangement involving a piezoelectric actuator that minutely shifts the CCD during the second exposure of the series.) The camera then takes the two slightly offset 3.3 megapixel images and combines them together into nearly 7 megapixels of raw image data."


The difference is that sensor read-outs are much faster today and processors are also faster. This means it's less of a pain to use. I hope Olympus can make it possible to hand hold the camera in this mode.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2014 at 00:47 UTC
On Ten things you need to know about the Sony Alpha 7 II article (278 comments in total)
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piratejabez: Looks promising! But please, please don't get addicted to these buzzfeed-style clickbait titles...


Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 00:22 UTC
On HTC introduces the RE digital camera article (102 comments in total)
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dylanbarnhart: What really matters in a picture is the content. Seeing the face expression of someone you know doing something crazy is more interesting than looking at another pixel-perfect postcard-wannabee landscape.

The difference between an action cam and a camera/iPhone:

. Taking a shot doesn't interrupt the "moment", because there's no rear LCD or viewfinder to divert attention to.

. The RE can be clipped onto clothes. See it the clip here http://liliputing.com/2014/09/htc-could-launch-a-re-camera-in-october.html.

. Photo can be taken remotely by someone else via a phone app, but the perspective is up-close. For example, clip it onto one player in a team sport.

. Ultrawide angle on the RE is much wider than most phones and cameras. That way the shot feels more close and more real. The wide angle also makes it easy to compose (everything is in the frame) and focus (probably focus free).

. The photographer is part of the action, not a distant observer. This allows the face expression and the action to be natural. People tend to pose in front of a camera.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 11, 2014 at 00:10 UTC
On HTC introduces the RE digital camera article (102 comments in total)

What really matters in a picture is the content. Seeing the face expression of someone you know doing something crazy is more interesting than looking at another pixel-perfect postcard-wannabee landscape.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2014 at 23:59 UTC as 33rd comment | 3 replies

The comparison picture is a big lie. It should mount the 12-35mm X Vario F2.8 on the GX7 instead of that prime pancake lens. Then the size difference will be obvious.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 1, 2014 at 17:23 UTC as 189th comment | 1 reply
On 7DII_beta_ISO12800_030A9238 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (5 comments in total)

Nice shot. The dynamic range here must be over 15 stops.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2014 at 19:53 UTC as 4th comment
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Cipher: I think people with drones and other RC hobbiests might like these cameras. What Sony really needs to do is provide an API to allow people to write their own apps to control the camera. That would open up many other possible uses for this camera.

There was already an API released together with the last QX10/QX100. However, it was very basic and didn't allow the software to change camera settings. It simply takes the picture and save it on the phone. I hope Sony will release a better API this time.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2014 at 17:16 UTC
On Hasselblad unveils pixel-shifting 200MP H5D-200c MS article (230 comments in total)
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NetMage: Since Canon/Nikon aren't using IBIS, it would be neat if they could use lens IS to do this, even if just for still subjects.

The Hasselblad doesn't have IBIS neither, nor IS of any sort.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2014 at 22:29 UTC
On Hasselblad unveils pixel-shifting 200MP H5D-200c MS article (230 comments in total)
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ProfHankD: Ok, this theoretically makes perfect sense... BUT how hard is it to hold the camera so still that the image isn't shifted between shots by amounts that are very significant compared to 5.3/2 microns? With a fully electronic shutter, maybe... and a leaf shutter should be better than focal plane... but from experience I know it is darn hard to get a camera and lens assembly bolted to a block of concrete to have that little motion between shots....

I would think a better approach would be to treat this by computationally aligning a bunch of images, assuming unknown movement, for standard superresolution processing. No?

I'm pretty sure tripod is required. On the old Hasselblad H3D 50 with the same pixel shifting technology, a shot took over half a minute. It's probably much faster now that they changed to CMOS sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2014 at 22:25 UTC
On Hasselblad unveils pixel-shifting 200MP H5D-200c MS article (230 comments in total)
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John TF: How close would GigaPan + DSLR approximate these images?

The problem with GigaPan or stitching in genera isl lens imperfection. For example, most lenses are not sharp in the corner, which is fine because the main subject seldom stays in the corner. However, when you stitch, the corner of a frame is inside the combined image. The same can be said about vignetting and distortion as well.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2014 at 21:53 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1267 comments in total)
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DoctorJerry: As far as I am concerned, they can skip all the video crap and then drop the price to something more affordable. I can enjoy photography without having to worry or even use video. Would that make the camera lighter, faster? Maybe Panasonic should have 2 models, one with and one without 4k video.

Without video, this camera would weight 5 grams less and $5 cheaper to make.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 22:41 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2251 comments in total)

All the functional thinkers in this forum don't understand that an expensive Gucci hand bag doesn't really hold more stuff than a cheap bag.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 17:59 UTC as 570th comment | 3 replies
On Shockproof flagship: Olympus 'drops' new Tough TG-3 article (107 comments in total)

Everybody complains about the wrong thing. Even marketing material doesn't mention it. This camera is the granddaddy of underwater split image and water sport selfies. The reason is because it's the only compact camera that accepts a fisheye converter while remaining waterproof.

Previously the only way to shoot these kinds of images is to spend 10X the money on a DSLR waterproof housing and dome.

Why can't other compact waterproof cameras accept a teleconverter? Because they use vertically stacked lens, which pushes the lens to the upper right corner of the camera. There isn't enough room in the corner to put a waterproof adapter mount, not to mention that a big converter there would throw off the balance of the camera. The TG-3, on the other hand, has the lens at the middle of the camera.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2014 at 17:45 UTC as 15th comment
On CP+ 2014 interviews: What we learned article (94 comments in total)
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justmeMN: In the West, we don't have a "if it's a little smaller it must be better" mentality.

@a Michael makes some good points, which I won't repeat.

Do Westerners tend to have bigger hands than Japanese? If a person has big hands, smaller is often ergonomically worse.

I don't think it's ergonomics. Westerners have been trained for decades that higher end cameras are bigger in size.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2014 at 16:30 UTC
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