Randy Benter

Randy Benter

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toni2: Canon are doing really bad with rebel line (750d, 760d...). It hasn't microAF adjustment. So it is really easy to have bad focused images, and you can't adjust that.
And Canon M3 hasn't electronic viewfinder and has a EF-M mount (it isn't EF-S compatible).

Really, I don't understand Canon. Well, I understand Canon marketing people: make waste time and money to it's clients.

It seems that Canon don't want to put microAF in the rebel line. It is software disabled (firmware) because people from Magic Lantern says that it is hardware enabled from 550d...
So If Canon don't want to put microAF in the rebel line, the only way would be to put an electronic viewfinder and always use live view AF.

Using a DSLR and PDAF without AFMA is definitely hit and miss. Of course you can get many sharp photos, especially when shooting with lots of DoF, but you can also miss shots due to front and back focus. I disagree that including AFMA makes a camera overly complex. It's just 1 menu item and those who don't want it can simply choose not to use it.

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toni2: Canon are doing really bad with rebel line (750d, 760d...). It hasn't microAF adjustment. So it is really easy to have bad focused images, and you can't adjust that.
And Canon M3 hasn't electronic viewfinder and has a EF-M mount (it isn't EF-S compatible).

Really, I don't understand Canon. Well, I understand Canon marketing people: make waste time and money to it's clients.

It seems that Canon don't want to put microAF in the rebel line. It is software disabled (firmware) because people from Magic Lantern says that it is hardware enabled from 550d...
So If Canon don't want to put microAF in the rebel line, the only way would be to put an electronic viewfinder and always use live view AF.

@zlatko
I agree that Canon is not targeting pros/enthusiasts with the Rebel line. Perhaps soccer moms are the target audience? The real question is "Which Canon camera provides pro/enthusiast features like AFMA in a camera that is smaller and lighter than the 70D?" The real answer is "Canon doesn't make that camera (, but other companies do)." This is why so many pros/enthusiasts are switching to mirrorless. The E-M1 and X-T1 are fantastic cameras that serve pros very well. When I saw that Canon released 2 different Rebel models, I thought (hoped) one of them was targeting enthusiasts and would include AFMA. I was disappointed to find out that neither model has what I am looking for.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 21:12 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Review preview (659 comments in total)
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attomole: Almost perfect for what it is, the one thing I would like to see is a version with a really strong 1.4 lens with Sony's latest sensor, It lust laks that bit of background separation and rendering to get that pop you can get with a Leicia rig or Sony RX1

X-Trans cameras use a Sony sensor. Only the CFA is unique.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2015 at 11:47 UTC
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Randy Benter: The T6s should get a firmware upgrade to add AF micro adjust. I would never use a DSLR without this capability. It would be nice to have a smaller DSLR like this as an option, but apparently Canikon believe that enthusiasts and pros would never want a smaller/lighter camera. The competition is offering some nice options (e.g. E-M1 and X-T1), but Canon still doesn't get it.

@Gary...I don't think the D3300 has AFFT either, which means that I will never buy one. My comment applies equally to Nikon. If either of them release a small DSLR that includes AF adjust, then I will preorder.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2015 at 20:08 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (933 comments in total)
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Michael She: Almost a winner ... no built in flash is a killer for me.

I have the LX-7, one thing I don't understand is why the buttons on the lens barrel are so easy to move - Panasonic should introduce switches that "lock" in place so they're not bumped to the wrong setting so easily.

I agree the lack of built-in flash is a big miss. The leaf shutter is perfect for high-speed sync and daylight fill-flash, but I fear many will miss this opportunity because they won't have the flash attached. I just ordered this camera to see how I get along with keeping the flash attached at all times, but I am afraid it will make the camera unnecessarily bulky. I am glad I waited a while as the current price of $750 seems more reasonable for this camera than the $900 paid by early-adopters.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 00:07 UTC

The T6s should get a firmware upgrade to add AF micro adjust. I would never use a DSLR without this capability. It would be nice to have a smaller DSLR like this as an option, but apparently Canikon believe that enthusiasts and pros would never want a smaller/lighter camera. The competition is offering some nice options (e.g. E-M1 and X-T1), but Canon still doesn't get it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 20:57 UTC as 152nd comment | 5 replies

Does the lens have filter threads?

What is the estimated release date?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 15:19 UTC as 10th comment | 2 replies
On Photokina 2014: Hands-on with Leica X and X-E article (133 comments in total)

The comment with photo 8 indicates "the new X-E isn't much different to the previous model X-2", but then there is no mention of any differences at all.

Are there ANY changes (improvements) other than finish and price?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 13:55 UTC as 33rd comment | 1 reply
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1864 comments in total)
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Jostian: a compact without a built in flash is a waste these days... disappointed!

I agree. Many amateurs only associate flash with low-light and dismiss it's usefulness, but flash is very useful in bright sunny conditions to remove harsh shadows from the subject's face. I can't tell you how many daylight photos I've seen that would have been better with a bit of fill flash.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 15:32 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 compact mirrorless camera announced article (80 comments in total)
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jonikon: Too bad there is no EVF. That's a deal killer for enthusiasts. Using a rear LCD to compose is lame, and especially annoying in sunny conditions!

I find using a tilt LCD is more traditional like my first TLR and SLR with waist-level viewfinders. When you place the LCD at 90 degrees and shoot at waist-level, the LCD is often protected from the sun because it is between the camera and your body. This is an excellent method for street shooting. If I really want an eye-level viewfinder on a camera like this, then an accessory OVF works very well.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 07:25 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 compact mirrorless camera announced article (80 comments in total)

They should build the flash into the body and ditch the clip-on accessory. Even the tiny GM1 has a built-in flash.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 01:57 UTC as 8th comment | 4 replies
On Manfrotto announces carbon fiber BeFree tripod article (110 comments in total)

Compared to competing models, this tripod:
-has No Separate Panning adjustment/lock.
-has No Arca-Swiss clamp.
-has No Hook for hanging weight.
-is more expensive.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 16, 2014 at 12:02 UTC as 3rd comment | 2 replies
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Kitschi: every 2 weeks a new ACR but no words about next LR Version, seems that there won't be a stand alone LR anymore only CC crap

That's a poor assumption on your part. There is no indication at all that LR will cease to be available as a stand-alone version. AND...YES, Lightroom v5.6 was also released today.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2014 at 19:49 UTC

Only 4 new cameras in this update and still no support for the E-M10. Apple is terribly slow when it comes to adding support for new cameras.

Direct link | Posted on May 19, 2014 at 22:16 UTC as 7th comment | 3 replies

This camera received nothing but ridicule when it was announced. I can't believe they went through with it.

This is a black eye for Hasselblad and I think it hurts Leica as well. It sends a clear message that really expensive gear is more about the logo than the actual quality.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2013 at 19:17 UTC as 214th comment

A visit to their web site was frustrating; it is heavy on the art, light on information and difficult to navigate. I could not find any reference to a trial version, which is disappointing. I am interested in both the custom camera profiles and the film emulations. I could not find out if they have a single custom profile for each camera or if they have multiple custom profiles for each camera.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2013 at 22:43 UTC as 28th comment | 2 replies
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cgarrard: @ Simon

"if you spent less time _________ maybe you could do more _________ (fill in your own blanks in either section from: writing reviews, adding pointless features, fixing the server, writing previews, talking about iphones, replying to comments)"

You know, I'd love to use this reply on a daily basis in the forums for those who'd love to insult for __________ reason rather than ________, if that's ok with you?

Btw, love it.

On topic, I think being the first camera from Canon in this segment, its obviously hitting the priority of the average consumer. Kinda cool even for enthusiasts wanting a smaller camera that enjoy what Canon offer.

For me, I'd like to see another model made with more advanced controls and possibly a built in EVF. Pretty sure Canon's got one on the drawing board.

C

Is Carl attempting a hostile takeover of DPR? He has no respect for those who run this site. Or himself. Or anyone else for that matter.

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limlh: I've a niggling suspicion the G5 sensor is the same as Oly EM-5.

That is highly unlikely.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2012 at 08:16 UTC
On Olympus issues OM-D E-M5 firmware v1.2 article (41 comments in total)

There is no mention of fixing the 20mm lens issue. That is disappointing. I won’t buy this camera if it doesn’t work with my favorite m4/3 lens.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 12, 2012 at 11:40 UTC as 25th comment | 4 replies
On Canon issues allergy warning for EOS 650D/Rebel T4i article (176 comments in total)

How many ways can one camera fail?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2012 at 02:42 UTC as 81st comment
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