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On Canon introduces new $78K 50-1000mm cine lens article (161 comments in total)
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dialstatic: Many (hopefully) sarcastic comments here about how this lens would be a poor choice for an APS-C photo camera like 'it's not f/2.8', but I truly don't understand. Not being a video shooter, I wonder why this lens is so desirable for video. That's not a value judgment by the way: I know next to nothing about video and I'm honestly hoping to learn something here. Is it the incredible range? I would think videographers would use multiple lenses (as in the 7D mk video). What would be a typical use for a huge zoom like this one? And while I understand enough physics to see why they don't make a 50-1000 zoom 2.8, I wonder why this slow (...compared to photo zooms) aperture is apparently unproblematic for video. Can anyone explain?

Obviously most of the comments here simply reveal that very few DPR readers have any idea how much broadcast equipment costs.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2014 at 14:39 UTC
On High Flyer? DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Drone Review article (136 comments in total)

Presumably illegal to use these in UK urban environments without cumbersome legal requirements?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2014 at 15:24 UTC as 44th comment
On Drobo launches Mini with 8TB pre-loaded article (40 comments in total)

Which tells you all you need to know really.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 08:18 UTC as 13th comment
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1666 comments in total)

!00% guaranteed anti-climax to follow.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2014 at 08:46 UTC as 860th comment

The race to the bottom continues.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2014 at 16:35 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply
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mwstebbins: Please no NOT use the sexist 'he' when reviewing your camreas: in your article Photographer = he! Please use s/he or she/he or even he/she. Let's be inclusive. m2cw

How are you going to handle it if you encounter something that's actually a serious problem?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 1, 2014 at 17:18 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Real-world samples (beta) article (269 comments in total)
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Achimogata: Good looking for me, even if some photos seem a bit overexposed.

The one at the head of this page seems to have been exposed to favour the window frame...
I haven't looked at any others since just about every camera produced in the last few years is capable of outputting files that are more than adequate - if used competently. The whole subject of photographic hardware is becoming a huge bore.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2014 at 17:17 UTC
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KW Phua: 7D II is a action capture gear. Help you capture the moment. Responsive is the most importance factor for this type of camera. The photographer need to anticipate and trigger at the right time + high fps increase the chances to get the right moment. EVF may be very advance but a slight slag may cost you miss something that may not be repeated in the rest of your life time. Most of the time even in good light I still seldom set the ISO at base in order to increase the Shuttle Speed. If you are not a wild life or sport photographer, if will not understand what I said. Get the right gear for the fight photography. Cheers

The "slag" will get you every time you try to "capture the moment" no matter how low you set the "shuttle speed" when you're doing that "fight photography". Phew; it's all so awesome.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2014 at 16:18 UTC
On Sigma announces dp1 Quattro article (199 comments in total)
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phazelag: It seems you either get these cameras or you don't. I finally dipped my toe in the DP waters with a DP3 Merrill and I love it. The images are worth it and the shooting experience is pure photography. I want this series. I will get all three eventually.

"Never give a sucker an even break"
W.C. Fields

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2014 at 07:35 UTC
On Sigma announces dp1 Quattro article (199 comments in total)

The continuing sheer absurdity of this line shows up the irrational market for photographic products .

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2014 at 07:33 UTC as 48th comment
On Zeiss introduces 'no distortion' Otus 1.4/85mm article (336 comments in total)
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Joe Ogiba: The Samyang 85mm F1.4 costs less than the NJ 7% sales tax on this lens .

The Samyang lens is also probably 93% as good. I think that Zeiss should have named this lens range "Priapus" rather than "Otus".

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2014 at 17:01 UTC
On Zeiss introduces 'no distortion' Otus 1.4/85mm article (336 comments in total)
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Simon97: These lenses will cost you deep in the purse. You shall have the better of them and I shall have the worst.

Unfortunately, like the rest of us, you're getting older: the quote is from "Matty Groves", not "Tam Lin". Both songs rendered wonderfully by Fairport Convention in their prime. Is it just me that feels that Richard Thompson has hardly written a memorable song since leaving them?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2014 at 16:57 UTC
On Hasselblad unveils pixel-shifting 200MP H5D-200c MS article (248 comments in total)
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cgarrard: Cool camera for cat shots.

":) Maybe its Schrodinger's cat ?"
Possibly: the camera certainly uses a "Heisenberg" sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 24, 2014 at 06:21 UTC
On Google Photo Sphere now available for iOS post (20 comments in total)

Having been creating spherical panos for many years - quite a bit of it commercially, I'll believe this works properly when I see it. Unless it defeats the laws of optics - namely parallax errors - it's impossible to get accurate stitches if there are foreground elements. To do so requires rotation around, or at least close to, the no-parallax point of the lens. Even with the best stitchers such as PTGui or Autopano this is required.
No doubt this will work after a fashion, with horrible stitching errors visible, which may well satisfy the selfie obsessed knuckle-draggers.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2014 at 05:56 UTC as 5th comment | 5 replies
On Rare Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM goes on sale in UK article (218 comments in total)

I'd buy this without hesitation for its unparalleled shallow DOF ability were it not for the fact that nowadays I shoot MFT and I think that adding an adaptor would make the whole rig a bit unwieldy.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 15, 2014 at 16:13 UTC as 91st comment
On Accessory Review: Drobo Mini RAID article (149 comments in total)

Looks to me like a ludicrously expensive way of creating a fairly small amount of RAID storage in a cosmetic package. I can see that some people might need this for highly critical location work but it doesn't take a lot of thought to figure out ways of getting the job done at a fraction of the cost.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2014 at 18:44 UTC as 44th comment | 1 reply

Well, whoever's responsible is certainly going to give it a rest for a while now that the news is being broadcast that Mr. Plod's on their trail. They can then resume once the hue and cry has died down...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2014 at 07:48 UTC as 25th comment
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1545 comments in total)
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Barend: Reading all the comments I think that my Nikon D700 still does a decent job.

" once you get used to the "fat" files from the D800 there is no going back :-)"
So don't bother going "forward" then.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2014 at 09:41 UTC
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stevo23: Innovation is when someone provides a solution to a known issue. Like Polaroid - provided instant images on paper. People wanted that. Like automatic transmissions (I don't use one) - people didn't have to fiddle with shifting gears. Like autofocus - people realized that they could get more keepers and better focus if somehow the camera could do it.

It's usually something that people thought about but didn't think was possible. But I can't think of anyone ever thinking it would be cool to be able to change the focus point of an image after it's captured - and that with sub-critical focus and poor image quality. It's not an innovation, it's just a novel idea but with no real market interest. It's not solving anything that people were looking for and it replaces nothing.

This is not the future for photographers. It's a novel idea looking for an interested party. I can't really think of anyone or any application for this that makes it invaluable. Can you?

That's about right. The almost complete failure of 3D TV in favour of higher resolution, and hence larger screens, is a similar phenomenon. However if demand existed solely for what is actually useful, there's be a lot less junk out there. However demand is often created when there's something to be sold.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2014 at 16:26 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2302 comments in total)
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SeeRoy: The camera market is simply evolving to resemble many other sectors of the consumer goods market - watches would be a typical example. The function of any given watch is almost identical to any other. An inexpensive quartz watch is likely to be more accurate than the most expensive chronometer-grade mechanical example from Rolex, Patek or Omega. No one questions this any more. These products are primarily signifiers and their function secondary.

Function. All watches are timepieces. They're only incidentally male jewellery (we're talking men's watches, in the main.) All the other differentiation (mechanical complexity) is a way of justifying high prices. I own a few old mechanical watches - back to the 1920s - and they're all usable but need periodic and expensive servicing. Practicality or better fitness for purpose isn't their justification.
The average new Rolex - to take a single typical example - is manufactured in huge numbers and depreciates by about 50% as the punter leaves the shop.
Cars, TVs, furniture, clothing all would have equally been examples of the decadence in the consumer goods marketplace. Essentially identical items differentiated by advertising in order to appeal to an artificially stimulated status anxiety.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 08:16 UTC
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