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On Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 real-world samples article (90 comments in total)

Good subjects, good lenses = good images.

Direct link | Posted on May 27, 2015 at 21:46 UTC as 23rd comment
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AEY: Ha Ha Canon Rebel T6s/T6i deserve DP supergold star! Why so many post with this model.

That's why I haven't said anything about Gold. Neither mirrorless nor SLT. :) But every time CaNikon release their usual updates, DPR makes sure that they get similar scores. Because on few instances when they got different scores, users of both systems went [*censored*] [*censored*], flaming literally for weeks. That's why the special "Platinum" for DSLRs (but really for CaNikon) makes so much sense. ;)

Direct link | Posted on May 27, 2015 at 17:25 UTC
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AEY: Ha Ha Canon Rebel T6s/T6i deserve DP supergold star! Why so many post with this model.

> Why so many post with this model?

People are gullible? Another generic DSLR apparently makes everybody overly excited.

> DP supergold star

A "Platinum Award" for "continued excellence in producing generic DSLR cameras." And slap it automatically on every CaNikon release.

Direct link | Posted on May 27, 2015 at 07:55 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (434 comments in total)
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Murena: Please I'd have a question:
As a G5 owner, I have three DMW-BLC12E batteries.
Now I see that G7 uses the DMW-BLC12PP battery.

They both have same specs: 7.2V 1200mAh 8.7Wh.
Will I be able to use the G5 batteries on G7 ?
Thank you very much.
Paolo

People said that G7 uses the same batteries as the G6. And apparently G6 uses the same batteries as G5 and GH2. Chances are good that your batteries might be compatible.

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2015 at 19:08 UTC

I think it was silly, but a very well made piece of humor.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 22:00 UTC as 114th comment
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ThePhilips: Is there any Sigma DP with a longish macro lens?

Thanks. MFD of 22.5cm is not bad, if one would also add a macro converter.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 14:36 UTC

Is there any Sigma DP with a longish macro lens?

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 13:09 UTC as 15th comment | 2 replies
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (434 comments in total)

> [...] new Photo 4K modes - 'Pre-Burst' in which one second of video is buffered and captured before and after the shutter button is pressed [...]

A game-changer feature!

DPR, we need a review of it!

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 16:23 UTC as 72nd comment
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Tim C.: Fujifilm's dedication to their customers is becoming legendary if not already.

That's ridiculous. Properly supporting paying customers shouldn't be considered "legendary".

Fuji X cameras infamously have the worst stock firmware, anyway. No other manufacturer have ever shipped a camera as buggy as the the X100.

And there could be nothing legendary about Fuji only now getting to the level of quality of Canon or Olympus.

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2015 at 11:52 UTC
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Everlast66: Wow, another problem crops up with that record breaking 90% rated camera ...

This is the problem with the benchmarks.

Manufacturers eventually start prioritizing benchmark results over the overall quality of the product.

This is a widespread issue in every industry where customers rely on the benchmarks for the buying decisions.

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2015 at 16:15 UTC
On Metz mecablitz 26 AF-1 Quick Review article (69 comments in total)
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tongki: AAA cells ???

This is considered as a TOY

For this type of flash, I'd consider AAA batteries to be an advantage.

The flash is small and you can simply carry it everywhere with you. And if you run out of juice, the batteries are available on literally every corner, any time of day.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2015 at 12:58 UTC
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Mssimo: How much money could canon be saving by making own CMOS chip? Im sure with the volume canon has they could get a exclusive custom built sensor from sony and still call it a canon sensor. Olympus turned around when the OMD line used a sony sensor for the first time. Before that sensor technology very weak.

The article mixes up two different things (which is pretty fine for laymen journalism, but is the source of the confusion).

Sony owns 40.2% of *manufacturing*. Not all of the sensors manufactured are *designed* by Sony.

So to answer your question:

"I'm sure with the volume canon has they could get a exclusive custom built sensor from Sony and still call it a Canon sensor."

They surely can do it. Other companies already use Sony to manufacture custom sensors. Semiconductor manufacturing and digital camera business inside Sony are two distinctly different units.

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2015 at 20:45 UTC

More small lenses!? Yes, please!

Direct link | Posted on May 2, 2015 at 23:28 UTC as 8th comment
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agentlossing: So, an Olympus Body Cap Lens with a larger aperture, at 7X the price.

Hint: "The lens will be sold in a Leica M-mount"

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2015 at 19:52 UTC
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Robert Soderlund: How to know when lens technology has come far enough? The answer is when someone deliberately does lenses that are of bad optical performance. Calling bad lens design art is ridiculous, vintage simple lens designs were not considered artsy with their aberrations then, why should they now?

Sentimental value.

Because the "sentiment" is crucial part of how we appreciate things, photographs included.

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2015 at 19:50 UTC
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Tim Gander: I'm off to Africa with one of these to photograph poor starving people. Discuss.*

*Not really, but it's an interesting moral question.

"but it's an interesting moral question."

It's not. Leica is a luxury good manufacturer. Poor people lust for - and dig - the luxury goods even more than wealthy. To them, the luxury goods are more of an ideal or a symbol of prosperity, rather than an item of sheer monetary value.

As an example one can relate to here in West, people saving money for literally decades to buy a Porsch or Ferrari is not that uncommon event here.

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2015 at 16:47 UTC
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kociasek: "all the advantages of a traditional cable release"
No, not at all. When I use cable release I don't need to stand right behind the camera. For example, I can shoot fireworks lying on the grass, watching the show, lazily pressing the button of the cable release connected to my tripod-mounted camera.
Also, using such feature I'd be afraid of moving behind the camera in case the camera interprets it as a shutter signal.
Also, with cable release I can take a photo at exactly the right moment. With hand waving you don't get such split-second accuracy.

"No, not at all. When I use cable release I don't need to stand right behind the camera."

You do not have to stand behind the camera - moving a finger near the EVF should suffice. Unless of course you insist activating the EVF sensor with your head.

"Also, using such feature I'd be afraid of moving behind the camera in case the camera interprets it as a shutter signal."

Riiight. Because the roll of film has only 36 frames, and it would such a waste... Oh wait.

"Also, with cable release I can take a photo at exactly the right moment. With hand waving you don't get such split-second accuracy."

True.

Still, as an optional feature, it is a nice-to-have feature. Disadvantages we can talk all night - but it's not like Sony disables all other shutter release options.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2015 at 22:00 UTC
On Interview: Canon's Chuck Westfall on the new XC10 article (347 comments in total)
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IEBA1: What the hell is it with DPreview and this stupid camera?
First we get the powder puff piece of why it's a "big deal" and "leading the convergence." Then we get this.

As a writer for over a decade, I'd like to see this author ask one followup question to clarify the double-marketing speak that contradicts itself:

"The XC10 has a 5-axis stabilization system when recording HD video. That’s … optical stabilization with digital stabilization. With digital stabilization you [crop the sensor]. You don’t lose image stabilization when shooting still images or 4K video. … since you’re using the entire sensor to capture an image or video, the camera reverts to normal optical stabilization."

So then there's no "5-axis" stabilization in 4K or stills.
If not, then don't promote it.

"The XC10 uses the same codec as the C300 Mark II. It’s called XF-AVC. It is a proprietary Canon codec in an MXF wrapper, but it is H.264 based, so it is standards based."

It's proprietary - it's standards based.

"World's #1 camera manufacturer releases innovative hybrid stills / video camera. World's #1 digital camera review website covers it."

So you do admit that you know that you are #1? Finally.

"Why are you getting so upset?"

That you do not push the big manufacturers, like you do the the smaller manufacturers.

Couldn't you have asked Chuck what the hell is wrong with the Canon? What informed customer would even consider the XC10? No, you haven't asked. No, you haven't challenged the faulty logic and evasiveness of his responses. You have failed your audience.

Remember, the DPR became the #1, carried by the loyal readers. Not by the paychecks from the manufacturers. And as such you do not have to be so stiff around the manufacturers.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2015 at 00:14 UTC
On Interview: Canon's Chuck Westfall on the new XC10 article (347 comments in total)

"It’s important to remember that part of the story of this camera is to reduce the size, weight, and cost."

I LOLed.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 19:41 UTC as 115th comment | 2 replies
On Sony SLT-A77 II Review preview (503 comments in total)
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refillable: Two possibilities. Either that DPR hates A-Mount for some strange reason (which is unlikely), or (if all the things said in the review are objectively true) this is a very good explanation for the abandoning of A-Mount by Sony. The D7200 is much better in many ways based on this review.

The D7200 doesn't have articulated LCD. All other differences are pretty negligible to me.

I still can't believe that a camera manufacturer would still release today an upper level body without tilt-able/articulated LCD.

Have seen few threads with images of photographers in unusual poses. If I didn't know better, I would have thought they played the twister. But nope, they were simply trying to compose a shot on the fixed LCD (or OVF).

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 08:39 UTC
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