Richard Butler

Richard Butler

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Lives in United Kingdom Seattle, United Kingdom
Joined on Nov 7, 2007

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hammarbytp: ‘Sometimes we propose a new lens but often it comes from the product planning department [the marketing department that assesses potential requirements and demands]'

Sums up Sony. We make the lenses the marketing department demand, rather than what as photographers we know the users would like

hammerbytp - That's how companies work. The marketing function (whether it's a department or a sole operator's thinking) tries to work out what the market wants, and will buy.

The companies you think of as 'photography companies' are the ones focused successfully on marketing to photographers. The ones you interpret as being led by their marketing departments are either getting it wrong (perhaps by listening to retailers too much) or targeting other sections of the market.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2016 at 19:32 UTC
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sh10453: Thanks Richard, good information, but I have a question?
Why would a bald man stand next to the HAIR and make-up sign? :-)
Cheers!

Bald men need make-up too, you know.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2016 at 05:50 UTC
On article Video: A quick look at the Sony a6300 (181 comments in total)
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BarnET: lucky b4stard richard.

we all wanna get our hands on that.

Not that lucky - I wasn't able to take it with me.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 14:05 UTC
On article Video: A quick look at the Sony a6300 (181 comments in total)
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PerL: Why does the dynamic range in the 8 fps live view sample (boxing sequence) look so bad (blown out whites)? Does the quality go down in serial shooting or is it just a sample of general bad dynamic range in EVFs?

That was recorded using a phone camera held up to the eyepiece - the blown-out sections are a result of the phone's metering getting confused by the blackout between shots.

We'll shoot something better as soon as we get a camera but this is the best we could improvise during the available time, I'm afraid.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 13:29 UTC
On article Hands on with Sony's a6300 and G Master lenses (211 comments in total)
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steelhead3: Is the new 8fps with no blackout a setting or does the camera start doing the slideshow effect after 8 frames?

Have a look at the video we shot through the viewfinder. There's still some blackout but I don't think it's enough to worry about.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 06:18 UTC
On article Video: A quick look at the Sony a6300 (181 comments in total)
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cgarrard: Has the startup lag time been addressed yet?

I *really* hope so. It wasn't obvious at the shooting event.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 06:11 UTC
On article Video: A quick look at the Sony a6300 (181 comments in total)
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garyknrd: For a industry that is dying. This has got to be the best time in history to be an amateur photographer.

I couldn't agree more.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 02:00 UTC
On article X-Factor: Canon's EOS-1D X Mark II examined in-depth (578 comments in total)
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solarsky: Is the video 10-bit 4K MJPEG with C-Log OR WHAT?!

8-bit 4:2:2 Motion JPEG, no Log Gamma.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 05:57 UTC
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WoodWorks: It appears that the panoramic Boundary Warp feature is also not available in the standalone LR 6.4 version, only with CC. At least it doesn't show up for me. Can anyone else confirm? I see no mention of this omission here or anywhere on Adobe support forum.

As I say, that's merely something that was suggested to me.

However, **separate point**: I still can't remember significant features being added between whole dot upgrades in LR.

*If* that is the case, then LR 6 owners are not being treated any differently from LR1, 2, 3 and 4 customers. Even if Adobe *can* add stuff, it's not unreasonable for them to want to offer an incentive to buy the product they want you to buy. It's not coming at the expense of LR 6 customers - they have the software they paid for and it was always made fairly clear that extra goodies would be available to CC customers.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2016 at 02:09 UTC
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WoodWorks: It appears that the panoramic Boundary Warp feature is also not available in the standalone LR 6.4 version, only with CC. At least it doesn't show up for me. Can anyone else confirm? I see no mention of this omission here or anywhere on Adobe support forum.

That's merely the way it was explained to me (it may have lost something in the re-telling or have been slightly mis-remembered).

Either way, I still can't remember significant features being added between whole dot upgrades in LR (again, my recollection may be imperfect).

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2016 at 20:33 UTC
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WoodWorks: It appears that the panoramic Boundary Warp feature is also not available in the standalone LR 6.4 version, only with CC. At least it doesn't show up for me. Can anyone else confirm? I see no mention of this omission here or anywhere on Adobe support forum.

Someone who's worked in senior roles at tech companies suggested to me that adding new features between whole dot releases is legally difficult because it could have a material impact on share price, which adds all sorts of hurdles in public companies.

This would be consistent with the way pre-CC versions of LR worked. Camera support would be added and bugs would be fixed but I can't remember (and I may be wrong on this) significant features being added between whole dot versions. At which point, LR 6.x users are no worse off than before, they just don't get the full benefit of the system they chose not to engage with.

I'm not suggesting this is the sole reason Adobe has moved to a subscription-based model and I understand why people are frustrated (especially users of the software that isn't available standalone any more), but I'm not sure it's the sign of disdain you suggest.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2016 at 20:03 UTC
On article The mighty PEN: Hands-on with Olympus PEN-F (163 comments in total)
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Edac2: I knew about the 2x focal length factor of micro 4/3 lenses (17mm = 34mm), but I didn't know that applied to the f-stop as well. Is it true that an f/1.8 lens is actually f/3.6 as the article states?

It's not true that an F1.8 lens is *actually* F3.6.

However, it is true that an F1.8 lens mounted on a Four Thirds sensor behaves in way that is directly comparable to an F3.6 lens on a full frame sensor (in terms of per-image light, and hence shot noise, and depth-of-field). This is a purely comparative way of looking at things, it's not something you need to care about when you shoot.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2016 at 18:49 UTC
On article The mighty PEN: Hands-on with Olympus PEN-F (163 comments in total)
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RingoMan: Well, the 34 mm equivalent is correct. The f stops are never part of this as an f stop is based on focal length devided by lens opening. Not sure why anyone would write this silly mistake.

Equivalent apertures are just as correct as equivalent focal lengths. A 17mm lens doesn't *become* a 34mm when placed in front of a Four Thirds sensor, it *behaves like* a 34mm lens on a full frame camera.

Likewise that 17mm F1.8 lens *behaves like* a 34mm F3.6 on full frame. The framing, depth-of-field and light per total image for the same shutter speed (and hence, shot noise) is the same.

The only difference is that the way we think of exposure is light per unit area, not light per image, so you don't use equivalent apertures for exposure. It's a useful way of understanding how all the different formats compare to one another.

It's something we've covered [in some detail](http://bit.ly/equivap).

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2016 at 18:45 UTC
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WoodWorks: It appears that the panoramic Boundary Warp feature is also not available in the standalone LR 6.4 version, only with CC. At least it doesn't show up for me. Can anyone else confirm? I see no mention of this omission here or anywhere on Adobe support forum.

I think Adobe said that LR 6 would only gain extra camera support, not extra features, until there's a whole version number update.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2016 at 18:28 UTC
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Atazoth: First, I am confused. Why do some people keep saying you shouldn’t compare a mirrorless camera to a DSLR? A camera is a camera and if the price rang is similar then you should compare them. If the mirrorless is not as good, don’t buy it. Size shouldn’t matter that much unless maybe you are a small woman. The most important thing is picture quality, second is usability.

It is suspicious to me that this article compares a 1700.00 camera to a 750.00 camera. Xpro 1 vs D5500...What’s up with that? The comparison should be to the D750, its closest in price.

The article is only comparing the *sensor* in the D5500, since it's one of the best APS-C chips we've seen. The two cameras are very different, just as the price difference would suggest.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2016 at 18:23 UTC
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HarrieD7000: I can't understand what the meaning is of a teardown. I don't mind what is inside, just the end result is what counts. A good lens is to make photos, not to open it.

Roger tears them down because he needs to know how easy they'll be to repair and calibrate. We thought some of the things he found were pretty interesting.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2016 at 18:05 UTC
On article Sony Alpha 7R II Review (2124 comments in total)
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MiLei: You(Dpreview) don't explain the word BSI sensor, like in "42MP Full Frame BSI CMOS sensor".
I think it means that light comes from under the thinned silicon and not where it normally comes, where metal is.

It also want help much if you explain it here. This comment will probably be comment #5656565... some day. No one will see this.

I saw it.

You're right, it essentially means that you build up your sensor then shave the substrate off the back and use that (the back side in conventional terms) as the front of the sensor, meaning that light doesn't have to pass through the circuitry to get to the photodiode itself.

It's easy for us to forget that, although we've written about it many times over the years, it's not necessarily common knowledge. I'll see if I can sneak a bit more detail into the article.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 23:29 UTC
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blink667: In terms of IQ, will this be better than the X-Pro 1?

The studio work [we've published](http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/retro-through-and-through-fujifilm-x-pro2-first-impressions-review/6) suggests so.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 19:47 UTC
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Magnus Wedberg: The linear drive system is much older than Anti-Shake/Steady Shot: this is an old Minolta patent, from the 90s I think. I discovered the patent myself and posted about it on the now defunct MML (Minolta Mailing List) back then. Nice to see it used, even if one might suspect some earlier lenses having this system too.

That's interesting. Thanks!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 26, 2016 at 22:38 UTC
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Magnus Wedberg: The linear drive system is much older than Anti-Shake/Steady Shot: this is an old Minolta patent, from the 90s I think. I discovered the patent myself and posted about it on the now defunct MML (Minolta Mailing List) back then. Nice to see it used, even if one might suspect some earlier lenses having this system too.

I was just speaking to someone from Sony and they said the first application was in Minolta's image stabilization system.

The first use for autofocus (which requires lower precision than IS) was the Sony RX10, apparently.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 26, 2016 at 20:22 UTC
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