PIX 2015
Peter K Burian

Peter K Burian

Lives in Canada Toronto, Canada
Works as a Photographer, writer, editor
Has a website at www.peterkburian.com
Joined on Feb 11, 2002
About me:

Stock photographer and Contributing Editor to PHOTO LIFE, PhotoNEWS, and Australian Photography magazine.

Also, Author of Magic Lantern books about Sony and Pentax DSLRs (but I test all brands of products for the magazines.) Co-author of some David Busch Guides as well.

www.peterkburian.com

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On Canon EOS Rebel T6i Review preview (302 comments in total)

â—¾Practically impossible to focus on moving subjects in live view ..... Wow, that will be a real problem for parents who want to shoot hockey, football, baseball, soccer etc. They typically use Live View and expect the camera to provide effective AF-C (servo) autofocus to keep the subject in focus as it approaches the camera.

The real question is, Is this a common problem with many DSLR and Mirrorless cameras?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2015 at 14:18 UTC as 13th comment
On iFixit tears down Sony's new a7R II to find its secrets article (290 comments in total)
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Valiant Thor: Putting it back together is not as easy as disassembly due to the fact that it is almost impossible to re-align the six hydrocoptic marzul vanes with the malleable logarithmic casing which would result in exposure duractance.

Yeah ... and I would not want to be the person to buy this camera after it's been taken apart and put back together, without the expertise available at the manufacturing facility.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 24, 2015 at 12:54 UTC
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Vanitas Photo: These awards are akin to participation prizes... Just because it was launched that year taddaaah award meh
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BTW I am a Canon shooter but I dont see whats the big deal of the new 5Ds other than having bazillion megapixels and reaching diffraction at f5.6 :P

The Criteria make sense to me: EISA chooses the products it awards from the pool of cameras and lenses its member magazines have tested, with the proviso that the products must have been launched within a particular 12 month period leading up to the awards. The awards are given on test results and the majority of members need to have published technical articles about awarded products.

Awarded products must be for sale to the general public no later than the 1st October in the year an EISA Awards is conferred and in at least 10 European countries.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2015 at 14:34 UTC
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Robert Kempen: Leica Q wins European premium compact camera award and is selling faster than Leica can manufacture

I can hear the haters already "at that price etc etc"

Europeans care about quality and buy to their requirements - these awards are probably a very accurate reflection of where the industry stands

Well done to all the winners

I don't think that distribution channels matter at all in EISA awards.

CRITERIA: EISA chooses the products it awards from the pool of cameras and lenses its member magazines have tested, with the proviso that the products must have been launched within a particular 12 month period leading up to the awards. The awards are given on test results and the majority of members need to have published technical articles about awarded products.

Awarded products must be for sale to the general public no later than the 1st October in the year an EISA Awards is conferred and in at least 10 European countries.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2015 at 14:31 UTC
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topstuff: Once again the brand warriors on all sides are missing the point.

Of course Canon won all the awards.

Why?

The 7D2 and 5DSR were launched in the last 12 months.

Nikons D810 is older, so it does not qualify.

I think the company that should feel hard done by is Samsung. The NX1 is light years ahead of practically everything technically, until the Sony A7R2 came along.

If you think about it, in the DSLR sector probably the only other DSLR launched recently of note was the Pentax K3II. The Nikon 7200 could have competed with the 7D2 I guess, but thats all.

Canon won all the awards????

EUROPEAN CONSUMER DSLR CAMERA 2015-2016
Nikon D5500

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2015 at 14:28 UTC
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mailman88: EISA is more legit than DXO.

CRITERIA:

EISA chooses the products it awards from the pool of cameras and lenses its member magazines have tested, with the proviso that the products must have been launched within a particular 12 month period leading up to the awards. The awards are given on test results and the majority of members need to have published technical articles about awarded products.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2015 at 14:25 UTC
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Alan WF: I for one do not understand how to reconcile the title of "Canon sweeps DSLR categories" with the subsequent statement that "Nikon won the award for the 'Consumer DSLR Camera' with the D5500".

Agreed!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2015 at 14:24 UTC
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CameraLabTester: Well done Canon, for "sweeping" the awards that nobody knows or cares about...

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Well, I think people in Europe do know and do care. But Nikon also won a DSLR award so Canon did not sweep it.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2015 at 14:23 UTC
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DaveE1: I would think that the difference between the No. 1 and the No.2 for almost any category was so small that it makes no difference.

A No.5 would be better in the hands of a talented photographer than the No.1 used by someone only interested in the specs.

Enjoy your photography!

I suppose that in some years there are no suitable products in a category (OR the suitable products did not deserve an award):

RULES: EISA chooses the products it awards from the pool of cameras and lenses its member magazines have tested, with the proviso that the products must have been launched within a particular 12 month period leading up to the awards. The awards are given on test results and the majority of members need to have published technical articles about awarded products.

Awarded products must be for sale to the general public no later than the 1st October in the year an EISA Awards is conferred and in at least 10 European countries.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2015 at 14:22 UTC
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PhotoKhan: Relax folks...
These are the guys that have actually already given awards to cameras that were not even on the market yet, so it's "credibility" written just that way, with a lower case "c".

RULES:

EISA chooses the products it awards from the pool of cameras and lenses its member magazines have tested, with the proviso that the products must have been launched within a particular 12 month period leading up to the awards. The awards are given on test results and the majority of members need to have published technical articles about awarded products.

Awarded products must be for sale to the general public no later than the 1st October in the year an EISA Awards is conferred and in at least 10 European countries.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2015 at 14:21 UTC
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Matt1645f4: Be interesting to see who TIPA votes for in similar categories....

It seems to me that EISA has stricter rules than TIPA as to what products can get an award.

EISA chooses the products it awards from the pool of cameras and lenses its member magazines have tested, with the proviso that the products must have been launched within a particular 12 month period leading up to the awards. The awards are given on test results and the majority of members need to have published technical articles about awarded products.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2015 at 14:19 UTC
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(unknown member): Very odd what awards they give out year to year... almost as if... hm... they want to give a prize to everyone?

"Photo Innovation of the Year" for DxO One. Except DxO One does nothing that Sony and Olympus haven't already done, except it's even more proprietary (only works on iPhones). No such award last year.

"Connected Camera" for Samsung NX30 last year. No such award this year.

"Premium Compact Camera" for Leica Q. No such award last year.

"Photo Accessory" for Manfrotto MT055CXPro4 last year. No such award this year.

"Advanced Compact Camera" for FZ1000 last year. No such award this year. Not even a "Prosumer" one, if it was merely change in nomenclature.

"Lifestyle Camcorder" for the Canon Legria mini X last year. No such award this year.

They just make these categories up based on the year's releases Shame on DPR playing up this silly publicity stunt.

ALSO, another rule:

Awarded products must be for sale to the general public no later than the 1st October in the year an EISA Awards is conferred and in at least 10 European countries.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2015 at 14:18 UTC
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naththo: I would be happy to see Sony has not won award. Karma bit them back cos of artefact problem in raw compressed files and shadow noise/speckles problem in recent new A7RII and heating issue problem also! That's why I am staying with A7 until Sony better hurry up and move their lazy hairy fairy ass and fix it! And offer uncompressed raw!

I think he is saying that he would be happy if Sony had not won an award.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2015 at 14:18 UTC
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Peter K Burian: What about photo printers? Epson's SureColor SC-P600 is a fabulous printer and it was released in the past 12 months. (Sept 4, 2014)

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/4835137152/epson-launches-a3-sc-p600-printer-with-industrys-highest-black-density

Hmmmmm ... perhaps the Epson printer was not actually available in stores by Oct. 1, 2014 as required by the EISA rules:

Awarded products must be for sale to the general public no later than the 1st October in the year an EISA Awards is conferred and in at least 10 European countries.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2015 at 14:15 UTC

What about photo printers? Epson's SureColor SC-P600 is a fabulous printer and it was released in the past 12 months. (Sept 4, 2014)

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/4835137152/epson-launches-a3-sc-p600-printer-with-industrys-highest-black-density

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2015 at 13:55 UTC as 55th comment | 1 reply

Canon sweeps DSLR category???????????? Huh?

The Nikon D5500 won a DSLR award so Canon did NOT sweep the SLR category. (Sometimes a snappy headline is more important than accuracy).

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2015 at 13:47 UTC as 56th comment
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Rick Knepper: This must be killing fanboys all across DPR.

Edit: oh yeah, it is.

Well, the Nikon D5500 won a DSLR award so Canon did NOT sweep the SLR category.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2015 at 13:46 UTC
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(unknown member): Very odd what awards they give out year to year... almost as if... hm... they want to give a prize to everyone?

"Photo Innovation of the Year" for DxO One. Except DxO One does nothing that Sony and Olympus haven't already done, except it's even more proprietary (only works on iPhones). No such award last year.

"Connected Camera" for Samsung NX30 last year. No such award this year.

"Premium Compact Camera" for Leica Q. No such award last year.

"Photo Accessory" for Manfrotto MT055CXPro4 last year. No such award this year.

"Advanced Compact Camera" for FZ1000 last year. No such award this year. Not even a "Prosumer" one, if it was merely change in nomenclature.

"Lifestyle Camcorder" for the Canon Legria mini X last year. No such award this year.

They just make these categories up based on the year's releases Shame on DPR playing up this silly publicity stunt.

If a suitable product was not released, and tested, in the previous 12 months, then an award cannot be presented. (AND I assume if the products in a category were lousy, they do not give an award in that category).

QUOTE: EISA chooses the products it awards from the pool of cameras and lenses its member magazines have tested, with the proviso that the products must have been launched within a particular 12 month period leading up to the awards. The awards are given on test results and the majority of members need to have published technical articles about awarded products.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2015 at 13:45 UTC
On The travel photography of HDR guru Trey Ratcliff article (233 comments in total)
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Smeggypants: I liked one or two of them, but many are way too over processed for me

Three of the photos are fabulous but yeah, the HDR thing has been so overdone, it's getting to seem gimmicky. (pseudo-art) (Especially Photos #5, 8 and 9.)

I think we are approaching the end of this fad now.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2015 at 12:40 UTC
On Lens Rentals Canada closes its doors article (178 comments in total)

Yes it is too bad although recently they made 7 days the shortest rental period. I rarely need a lens for more than 2-3 days. I will switch to Vistek rentals. They do rent for a day or two but I need to pick up the lens at a store. Not as convenient as return shipping that lens rental offered........Yes shipping problems and high cost was probably the reason lens rental canada is closing.... Americans have no idea how costly and problematic that can be in canada.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2015 at 17:02 UTC as 14th comment
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