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On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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bobbarber: I like this camera, and like this system. The IQ has been superb from the start. However, it is pricey. It is easier to get into m43 with lower-cost options that still have good IQ, if you don't want to buy the E-M1 or GH3. Still, the X-T1 a nice camera, no doubt.

@yabokkie - you're not trying hard enough. You are capable of far more effusive trolling than this! We believe in you, yabokkie!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2014 at 09:27 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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Ibida Bab: Japanese powerhouse, incredibly beautiful, what a camera. Only if I had the money. Finally, something that I actually want.

@yabokkie, can that comment be any more random or irrelevant? What on earth does that have to do with Ibida Bab's comment?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2014 at 09:26 UTC

That 50/1.8 is definitely on the shopping list!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2014 at 09:11 UTC as 24th comment
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera news story (921 comments in total)
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harold1968: hey, with all this stuff, soon my Leica R5 is going to look modern again ...
Perhaps I should have some flared jeans ready ....

Flared jeans are out?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2014 at 10:50 UTC
On Mount St. Helens images found decades later news story (27 comments in total)
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jkoch2: Mount St. Helens erupts every 300 years, more or less. It has erupted roughly 1,000 times since first appearance in "Ape Canyon." Sasquatches failed to capture pictures of the earliest events, perhaps because late Pleistocene (hand) imaging technology equated to ISO of only 0.01, and the operators perished under hot ash and pumice before completing the work. Witnesses to the next eruption in 2250 (or therabouts) may have the advantage of 480 fps plenoptic 4000k video. However, some believe that some horrific human goof-up in the interim will extinquish all knowlege, meaning that the challenge will revert to some future species using chistles or hand-daubed pigments.

Right now in Melbourne, Australia, we are suffering a shocking heat wave that brings back memories of bushfires that ravaged Victoria in 2009. Many died and many others lost their homes in the bushfire prone regions. Some died because they chose to stay to defend their homes from the fires; they made their choice, and lost their lives regardless.

The same can be said for those who choose to live in volcanic regions, hurricane and typhoon regions, and the like. While they make a deliberate choice, we can still have sympathy for those who don't make it.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2014 at 03:54 UTC
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al_in_philly: 4 REASONS BEYOND DOF & BOKEH WHY IT MIGHT NOT TOTALLY INSANE TO THINK ABOUT SPENDING $1600 ON THIS LENS

1) The optics look incredibly good, although it's a little early to say.

2) The added light hitting the sensor ought to make for fast autofocussing (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TK3TugwhVtY) in low light situations.

3) Better than 1 full stop maximum aperture than the 45mm f1.8 means that you can shoot any image at slightly less than 1/2 the ISO value--especially welcome in any low light situation.

4) Better than 1 full stop maximum aperture than the 45mm f1.8 means that you can shoot any image at slightly less than 1/2 the exposure duration--especially welcome where it's dim, there's a lot of subject movement, and you don't want to use a flash.

@jennyrae - whether or not AF is difficult in low light, the fact remains that it actually has AF, whereas the Voigtlander does not. And due to the Voigtlander's wide aperture glow, even at f1.2, it is not that easy to manually focus, either.

I once shot a job for a chef that involved fast paced cooking, and the difference in ease between manually focusing the Voigtlander 42.5, vs autofocusing with a touch of the shutter button and the Panasonic 35-100, was very noticeable. An external monitor with focus peaking makes manual focus easier, but still not as easy as locking on with one-touch AF.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2014 at 03:40 UTC
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jeffharris: For $1600, I guess I'll be sticking with my Voigtländer 42.5mm f0.95 for $999.

http://cameraquest.com/voigt_M43_42.5.htm

As much as I love the Nokton, the softness and veiling at f0.95-1.2 isn't the best. And the need to focus in rapidly changing conditions could be made much easier with autofocus, even one-touch AF. I'm very interested to see how this new lens performs, particularly for video work.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 02:19 UTC
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Dimit: Will you be suprised telling you that this lens needn't exist??
Sure it'll be excellent but on an Oly or Pana body with an in-body stabilization,why not simply get the Voigt o.95 without ois????
I guess

The Voigtlander is an excellent lens, but the Panasonic appears to pick up where the Nokton lacks. Wide open at f0.95, and even stopped down to f1.2, the Nokton exhibits softness and veiling, while tests shots suggest the Pana is sharper and lacks this 'veil'. And of course, the Pana has autofocus.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 02:13 UTC
On Panasonic DMC-GM1 preview (639 comments in total)
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wh teo: Inadvertently, my friend bought for me a Lumix GM-1 from Japan. The manual and camera itself is only in Japanese and I cannot change language to English as they is no such features in the camera. Is there anyway or update software to change it to English? I also cannot find any English Owners Manual online.

Unfortunately, if the GM1 holds true to Panasonic's other cameras, you cannot change the menu system to English. In the past, Panasonic have manufactured Japan-domestic models that differ only in the firmware. The menu system is fixed to Japanese. No updates will fix this. Your best bet is to have your friend take it back to the shop and exchange it for an international version.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2013 at 10:34 UTC
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samfan: Hm where did it come from? These lenses are usually rebadged CCTV lenses but I can't find this one. Anyone knows the original manufacturer?

SLR Magic stopped doing CCTV rehousing quite a while ago. The 12mm T1.6, 35mm T0.95, 25mm T0.95, M-mount 50mm f0.95 and all other recent lenses are new designs, and definitely not CCTV rebadges.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2013 at 04:51 UTC
On DPReview Gear of the Year Part 3: Olympus OM-D E-M1 article (396 comments in total)
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Patrick Kristiansen: If one needs 40+mp's to crop a pic into something worth watching, one is not taking one's pics right. And 16mp is enough for just about anyone without a very special need. Not many lenses justify a higher resolution either. And not to mention the need for exceedingly high shutterspeed and/or tripods. Nah, super-high resoultion is bonk imo. Can't wait to receive my em1 and 12-40 lens. And can wait even less to try out my OM-lenses on it.

There's an obvious emotional backlash against full frame cameras in the mirrorless community, and m43 in particular. The same mentality plays out in the Canikon vs Leica camp, the Subaru vs Ferrari camp, and the Timex vs Rolex camp.

A number of m43 users start threads entitled 'why you don't need full frame', 'why full frame is a waste for most people', and the eternal 'who needs full frame when you get results like this', including shallow depth of field portraits taken with long m43 lenses.

It's not about gear. It's about the owner's emotional justification for its purchase.

The funny thing is, you don't get regular 'who needs micro four thirds' threads in the full frame camera forums. The guy with the Ferrari has no need to justify why he didn't buy a Subaru.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 30, 2013 at 04:03 UTC

I'm glad that Casio are getting back into the game of enthusiast compact cameras. They went much more mass market after the excellent EX-Z750 and Z850 in 2006, but this new camera appears to be a step back in the right direction. My Z750 was my constant backup/pocket camera for years, until I bought a Ricoh GRD III. Cameras like this could have me moving back to Casio!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2013 at 05:59 UTC as 9th comment
On Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera now supports Raw CinemaDNG news story (31 comments in total)
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jkoch2: The "pocket" appellative merits clarification. The camera is small, but not pocketable, but is suitable mainly for pros with lots of money and batteries in their pockets. The camera body is only a fraction of what one must buy to make proper use. People without time or incentive to edit h.264 MOV or AVCHD video won't need ProRes or CinemaDNG any more than a kid on the lap of Kris Kringle (or Edmund Gwenn) will need a real locomotive or a B-29.

It is possible to admire this camera, as one might admire an RJ Corman GG10B, without having any impulse to buy one.

Folks anxious to capture or edit CinemaDNG, and who have the requisite equipment, time, and fine eye to take advantage, may be disappointed when the fruits of their labors fail to register in the 3mbps 480p version most people actually see, or the absence of any incremental pricing they'll be able to pass on to clients to cover the costs.

@Michael Ma - I love my GH3 and it has totally replaced my 5D Mark II for video. I also have a BMPCC on order (come on, Blackmagic, hurry it up!) which I intend to use for 'hero shots' of nature and other things that would benefit from the extra dynamic range and colour depth, and locked down on a tripod or slider. As a complementary 'static' cam to the run and gun GH3, I think the BMPCC will be super.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2013 at 03:46 UTC
On Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera now supports Raw CinemaDNG news story (31 comments in total)
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jkoch2: The "pocket" appellative merits clarification. The camera is small, but not pocketable, but is suitable mainly for pros with lots of money and batteries in their pockets. The camera body is only a fraction of what one must buy to make proper use. People without time or incentive to edit h.264 MOV or AVCHD video won't need ProRes or CinemaDNG any more than a kid on the lap of Kris Kringle (or Edmund Gwenn) will need a real locomotive or a B-29.

It is possible to admire this camera, as one might admire an RJ Corman GG10B, without having any impulse to buy one.

Folks anxious to capture or edit CinemaDNG, and who have the requisite equipment, time, and fine eye to take advantage, may be disappointed when the fruits of their labors fail to register in the 3mbps 480p version most people actually see, or the absence of any incremental pricing they'll be able to pass on to clients to cover the costs.

The BMPCC is already on huge backorder around the world. The potential to shoot 12-13 stops of dynamic range footage at around $1000 is immense for the indie film making crowd, as well as wedding and event shooters.

The closest non-Blackmagic camera that shoots at that dynamic range is the Canon C100 with the Atomos Ninja capturing ProRes at seven times the cost. Accessories to make it a viable cinema camera will increase the price, but still nowhere near the level of competing cameras.

Bigger budget productions will use these for crash cams and in-car cams, in places where normal cine cameras cannot fit. Just as the 5D Mark II has been used as a crash cam in movies like Iron Man, the BMPCC will likewise be used.

This is NOT a consumer camera and was. It's intended for the indie film making market, the serious enthusiast market, for documentary film makers who want this image quality in a small package, and big productions that can afford a dozen or more for crash cams.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2013 at 23:56 UTC
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)
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Stoker Ace: Yes. An interesting idea that seems to have divided the bloggers. However Leica have made a good wedge making "retro" digital camera's for several eons! I suspect than many may not realise that the satisfaction of owning/using something like an M8/9 is not in it's megabit framespeed or 4D video or whatever but in the tactile satisfaction of owning something that is not cutting edge but has a robust feel and is styled the same as their last 10 camera's. As an aside I think my SB11 will suddenly become a desirable retro flash for the Df if it comes the commercial success I suspect it will become.

The Leica market is different from the current retro market, although the two groups intersect. I see the retro market as consisting of two main groups: those who shot with the original film cameras, and those who want something that looks old and therefore groovy. The Leica market has three groups: those who used to shoot with old film Leicas; those who enjoy compact high quality cameras with Leica ergonomics; and posers who wear them like jewelry.

The Df seems intended to appeal to people who used to shoot with film Nikons, and those who want something that looks old (hipsters). Rich wannabes won't go for it because it lacks social cachet and heritage. Old Leica users are often very partial to Leica and rangefinders in general, and are less likely to run out for a new (D)SLR.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2013 at 05:37 UTC
On Classic photographs recreated in Lego news story (123 comments in total)
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AndreyT: At first one wonders what was the point of reposting these images again, after we have seen them hundreds of times already (they were making rounds around the Net for a few years now). But then one notices that there's an obvious political bias in the selection of these images: out of all those well-known Lego photo recreation pictures only the ones were cherry picked that fit certain propaganda-censorship agenda. And then a few "neutral" pictures were added to masquerade the original intent. Apparently someone at "dpreview staff" saw this veiled trolling opportunity and took it.

Is the OP the same guy who claimed marketing/advertising conspiracy theory behind the Smoking Indian Headdress woman? What's next? A photo of a smiling child is a conspiracy of the leftist childrearing movement?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2013 at 05:09 UTC
On SD card labeling for 4K video announced news story (50 comments in total)

This bodes well for the rumoured Panasonic GH4K, the prosumer/indie m43 camera with all the bells and whistles of a flagship mirrorless camera, along with 4K video. But that camera is another topic altogether.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 10, 2013 at 02:25 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply

Interesting how this is available only for the C100 at this time. If this can be implemented with the C300, it will show that dual pixel AF is a function of the CMOS sensor shared by the C100, C300 and C500, rather than the C100's hardware.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2013 at 23:21 UTC as 17th comment | 3 replies
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schaki: Great greeeedy gutz!

Blistering barnacles!!!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2013 at 23:15 UTC
On Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows news story (1513 comments in total)

1226 comments as of this posting. This has to be a record for DPReview announcements, even bigger than the Adobe Creative Clod announcement. It shows how much interest and opinion there is for a camera of this nature.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 4, 2013 at 08:56 UTC as 86th comment | 6 replies
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