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What's more alarming is that people use online comments ( which is what we're talking about in therms of "reviews" ) as a basis for decision making.

Where, I wonder, does advice people like me give on forums to beginners sit in the scale of "trusted". Does the fact we post on DPR lend credence to us or take it away ? Does the number of posts we've made make a difference ? I keep hoping people are reading the advice and spotting the fanboys from the fools and people who are giving honest opinions. But are we all just over-ridden by one idiotic remark ( "my Nikon killed my cat" kind of thing :-) ) ?

Ho hum.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 15, 2013 at 23:12 UTC as 118th comment | 1 reply

The worst thing about this is that it shows how incredibly slowly Ricoh reacts to things. Business suicide.

The second worst thing is that when they decided to buy Pentax in the first place they should have already have had a name and structure in mind for the resulting business units. This suggests a management mess at the highest levels in Ricoh, and one that hasn't been sorted out yet.

Lastly it's hard to worry about the name on the product when there isn't a product. If it takes them this long to just decide on a name it's no surprise that there isn't even a hint of anything other than trivial product iteration going on.

Dead or in a coma. What's the difference ?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2013 at 12:38 UTC as 21st comment | 3 replies

Anyone astonished by these claims of enormous dynamic range can head over to Thom Hogan's website ( ) where he explains how far from astonishing this is, and how less impressive it sounds when put in the right context.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2013 at 00:58 UTC as 60th comment
On Leica announces X Vario zoom compact with APS-C sensor article (757 comments in total)

Compact as a brick.

No more compact that any MILC with a lens attached.

No viewfinder. For £2000+ it's hard to see why the "optional" viewfinder isn't standard. Even if it wasn't integrated, it really ought to be in the box with the camera as standard.

And unlike a MILC, I'm stuck with that hideous slow lens.

Another toy for badge obsessed "photographers".

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2013 at 13:20 UTC as 349th comment

Should come with a free "More Money Than Sense" tee-shirt for the user, and a "I'm With Stupid" tee-shirt for said user's spouse or occasional companion.

Free ? What am I saying ? They should charge $1000 for the tee-shirts.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2013 at 18:40 UTC as 235th comment | 1 reply
On Online images and copyright infringement article (255 comments in total)
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nwind: She was very unreasonable and rude. Radio station behaves properly and very politely in they response to the situation.

A polite thief is still a thief.

I don't see why the station should not be punished heavily for their theft. Companies cynically use any images they want and only act repentant when they're caught. It's no different from "Oh, I'm sorry, was that YOUR car I stole by mistake ?".

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2013 at 21:40 UTC
On Preview:nikon-coolpix-a (442 comments in total)

I'm at a loss to know why anyone would get this thing, especially at £1000 each. It look quite lame compared to an RX100 ( which has a faster lens at 28mm and even zooms ).

A fixed lens camera needed to be at least f1.8 or f1.4 to attract enthusiasts at £1000.

The viewfinder price is practically an instruction not to buy the camera. You could hardly insult the buying public more.

So too expensive to attract consumers, but too inadequate to attract enthusiasts.

Total miss.

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 at 00:10 UTC as 85th comment | 4 replies
On Nikon issues service advisory on D600's dust issue article (240 comments in total)

Who PAYS for this "service" ?

It's all very well Nikon issuing a notice, but what they don't say is whether they pay for the service or the user does. ( And I won't even ask about delivery costs. )

I'm also baffled why the European notice has a different wording to the US one. Is "cut and paste" a difficult concept for Nikon ?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2013 at 10:16 UTC as 21st comment
On First Impressions: Metabones Speed Booster article (354 comments in total)

So where's the cheap manual only version, given that the AF isn't worth having ?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2013 at 17:21 UTC as 54th comment | 3 replies


The advantage of removable lens systems is that you can upgrade the body ( i.e. the sensor et al ) while keeping your good selection of valuable glass.

This idea of the sensor being part of the lens completely wipes that out. If you want a better sensor you effectively have to buy a sensor as well.

And if you decide to change systems the value of your equipment is much lower, because the lens+sensor has intrinsically less appeal to future buyers than the lens and sensor as separate parts.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2013 at 06:09 UTC as 30th comment
On Just deployed: New forums system article (699 comments in total)
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rhlpetrus: Please, get back to the more compact thread presentatiuon, we don't need that large lettering and display.

Have you tried using the "collapsed" view mode ?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 22:52 UTC

Any way to disable the hovering previews ?

I find them distracting elsewhere as if you just leave your mouse parked in the wrong place all of a sudden opening a thread gets you a preview and you've to move it again.

Any more info on the moderation system ?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2012 at 23:47 UTC as 310th comment | 3 replies
On Photokina 2012: Interview - John Carlson of Pentax article (152 comments in total)

Bottom line - no plan underway going forward and no solid plan yet because they're still merging.

No plan for connectivity. The marketing equivalent of suicide, IMO.

Sounded like someone dodging and weaving, rather than someone with a solid plan backed by the board.

If I were an investor I'd be looking for the exit.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2012 at 23:20 UTC as 2nd comment

Nice price - make the J1/V1 more interesting to me anyway.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 11:14 UTC as 14th comment
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toughluck: In terms of DOF, it's a 50/9 equivalent, so good luck trying to get meaningful defocusing. It should have been f/1.2 or f/0.9 for the size -- while it would still have poor defocusing control, it would have been much better.

Also: Why is the lens and the bodies so huge? Sony just released RX1 which, lens included, is thinner than this lens is long. Not to mention huge N1 bodies.

It's actually equivalent to about f4.8 on full frame, which is fine. About f3.5-ish on crop frame.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 11:13 UTC
On Nikon Coolpix S800c Android camera first look article (103 comments in total)

DPR - smartphones do allow extra memory to be added. No idea why you think otherwise.

Consumer wants : Phone with good camera.

Consumer gets : average camera with ... whoops.

It's still asking the consumer to carry two devices when they want one.

Consumers don't care if it can run Android, let alone which version of Android. It could run DOS if it did what they wanted.

Can't tell if this thing has an audio-out socket. If it doesn't it would be a HUGE fail, as that would mean no MP3 playing.

In case Nikon et al haven't noticed all Apple or Nokia or the rest of them have to do to make a better product is add a zoom lens in a phone. All Nikon et all have to do is build a phone, get it certified and make deals with carriers, which is a lot harder.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2012 at 14:18 UTC as 28th comment | 5 replies

A tiny sensor in a camera without a phone, or just get a phone with a camera instead ?

And the phone also plays music, does email and lets you send and receive images and movies from other people. And you can expand the memory with cards. And runs applications. Oh, and it's a phone.

I wonder if Nikon let's it's marketing people out much ? They certainly seem to have missed a lot of the last ten years of technological development.

Might as well have used the R&D costs to pay redundancy to the marketing types that claimed this was a good idea.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2012 at 05:44 UTC as 44th comment
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Peiasdf: In other word, designed by committee.

Good thing the launch wasn't delayed until 2020 otherwise we would have RC cars more advanced than this.

I like NASA and really don't like private space companies but I bet they would not have made similar choices due to better managements.

This is a common mistake people make.

Most of the choices would have been very similar as the physical, financial and temporal constraints would have been the same.

NASA isn't like a government department run by career paper-pushers. It's a mission centric organization where the decisions are made by very hard nosed engineers.

When the Space Shuttle Challenger blew up, it was a result of business managers ( not engineers ) at Thiokol refusing to back the the objections of the engineering team at Thiokol who wanted to postpone the launch. So don't think that private business managers would make NASA more efficient.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2012 at 04:20 UTC
On Sony DSC-RX100 preview (544 comments in total)

Regarding max apertures,how quickly do we move from f1.8 to the f4.9 as we move through the focal range ?

I am wondering if there is a very quick fall from the relatively wide aperture to the narrow one.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2012 at 04:59 UTC as 205th comment | 1 reply

A valuable lesson - always get a signed model release.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2012 at 19:30 UTC as 46th comment
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