Richard Butler

Richard Butler

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On Nikon D5500 Review preview (322 comments in total)
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Luke Kaven: Quick spelling catch in the conclusion section: "comprises" -> "compromises"

"While there were certainly comprises made to separate the D5500 from the D7200, most users in the former's target audience should be able to 'get by' without them. "

Now fixed. Sorry about that.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 21:58 UTC
On Nikon D5500 Review preview (322 comments in total)
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Jorginho: Nx1 review...just wonder if we will see it after the nikkn v4 review somewhere in november...

We ran out of March, but the final touches are being put to the review now. It should be our next camera review.

Testing a more complex camera with a sensor that isn't well understood and whose firmware is still being updated takes a long time.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 21:51 UTC
On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1454 comments in total)
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jefrs: The aperture controls the amount of light. If you use the same shutter speed and the same f-stop and the same focal length(!) then the same amount of light hits the sensor irrespective of its size.
The F-stop is defined as focal.length / iris.diameter. It's simple optical physics and I am a professional physicist: it's like a funnel where the smallest hole determines how much stuff goes through it, it has nothing to do with the size of the bucket below.
You reviewers really, really, really need to get this or go back to school to learn your stuff.

@jefrs - while your logic is correct, we're talking about different cases.

Noticeably, when you fit a full-frame lens on a Micro Four Thirds camera, you mount it at the same flange back distance as its original mount, you don't adjust to gain all the light projected by the lens. The give-away is that you only see a cropped field of view (because the rest of the light is 'missing the sensor,' as you put it).

If this were not the case, then SpeedBoosters (adapters with lenses that condense the full image area back down to the smaller sensor), wouldn't work.

Clearly the lens has no understanding of what sensor you put behind it (or if you've done so at all). However, by changing sensor size, you change how much of its light you're able to capture, hence you get a different field-of-view and a different depth-of-field.

If this were not the case, then [the examples on this page](http://www.dpreview.com/articles/2666934640/what-is-equivalence-and-why-should-i-care/3) wouldn't work.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2015 at 17:46 UTC
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knowneuropean: I'm not sure it's been pointed out before (I only took a quick peek to check), but I think the lens referred to as a 15-450mm is actually a 150-400mm ;-)

I've correct that. Thanks for highlighting it.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 30, 2015 at 16:58 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Review preview (646 comments in total)
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jvt: This is a somewhat poor review. The reviewer basically used this camera like a point & shoot...I guess that's what all cameras are...but this camera offers so much more after you learn how to use it.

And while the high ISO sample shots look superb, it would have been nice to include more than 1 shot taken at the basic 200 iso.

That said, I agree with the "silver" award. A digital camera these days, for that price, should have a better than average video function...certainly not a poor one.

jvt: that's a big conclusion to draw from seven images.

I can assure you that I've shot with the X100T (and S) extensively, as well as the many months I spent when we reviewed the original X100.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2015 at 21:17 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Review preview (646 comments in total)
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bumblebeezack: It's great that DPR took the time to write a review for the X100T, although I felt that somehow, the reviewer isn't exactly sure what to make of the camera.
It was mentioned that the camera is great tool for documenting life and in a way that's true with it's relatively fast lens and large sensor in a small form factor. So much so that many felt this was a great camera for "street". However I feel that the camera is so much more. I had it for a few months and used it for almost any kind of shooting, I can.

Have a look here https://flic.kr/s/aHsk6DDj2k

It's by no means the best example, of course, but seriously, I have a D810 that I use mainly for work as comparison and this camera blows me away quality-wise if one takes a more deliberate approach to taking a photo.

Don't miss an opportunity to own a great "point and shoot". Try the camera first, if you can. It's pretty amazing and can be so much more, I'm sure, in worthier hands then mine!

I think we are saying the same thing in different ways (in which case I'll see if there's a good way to re-phrase my shooting experience).

I see the X100 series as cameras that let you get what used to be DSLR-only image quality wherever and whenever. It's the serious camera you actually have with you.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2015 at 19:21 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Review preview (646 comments in total)
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jvt: This is a somewhat poor review. The reviewer basically used this camera like a point & shoot...I guess that's what all cameras are...but this camera offers so much more after you learn how to use it.

And while the high ISO sample shots look superb, it would have been nice to include more than 1 shot taken at the basic 200 iso.

That said, I agree with the "silver" award. A digital camera these days, for that price, should have a better than average video function...certainly not a poor one.

I'd be fascinated to know what makes you draw this conclusion.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2015 at 18:08 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Review preview (646 comments in total)
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bumblebeezack: It's great that DPR took the time to write a review for the X100T, although I felt that somehow, the reviewer isn't exactly sure what to make of the camera.
It was mentioned that the camera is great tool for documenting life and in a way that's true with it's relatively fast lens and large sensor in a small form factor. So much so that many felt this was a great camera for "street". However I feel that the camera is so much more. I had it for a few months and used it for almost any kind of shooting, I can.

Have a look here https://flic.kr/s/aHsk6DDj2k

It's by no means the best example, of course, but seriously, I have a D810 that I use mainly for work as comparison and this camera blows me away quality-wise if one takes a more deliberate approach to taking a photo.

Don't miss an opportunity to own a great "point and shoot". Try the camera first, if you can. It's pretty amazing and can be so much more, I'm sure, in worthier hands then mine!

I think there's a risk that you're misunderstanding me and I'm misunderstanding you.

By documenting my life, I mean shooting everything I do and everything that goes on around me. I'm not clear how this differs from what you're suggesting.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2015 at 17:32 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Review preview (646 comments in total)
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Dougbm_2: 81% and only Silver seems pretty mean. Should the score and award have some sync? eg Gold over 80% Silver over 70%

If they were directly linked, then the award wouldn't tell you anything: it'd just be the score repeated with less precision.

The award is the reviewer's overall perspective, based on the factors spelled out in the conclusion. Logically it ties very closely to the score (it's hard to imagine a camera scoring in the low 70s getting a gold and anything scoring in the high 80s would have to be physically painful to use to stop it getting a Gold if its images gained it such a high grade).

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2015 at 17:24 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Review preview (646 comments in total)
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chillgreg: Ren Kockwell called the X100T the best camera in the world. Which gives even more credence to the DPR Silver award. Well done Richard!

Sadly I can only give you one 'Like.'

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2015 at 01:21 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Review preview (646 comments in total)
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vadims: Very nice review *size*, DPR.

I have to say this tells me all I really need to know. All those charts with minute differences in dynamic range and such? Not my cup of tea.

DPR, IMHO, has developed a bit of schizophrenic nature over time (please understand I'm not using "schizophrenic" pejoratively here): on one hand, you produce so overwhelmingly detailed reviews these days that I wonder if there are any people reading all of them; on the other hand, you post more and more completely non-technical stuff.

Real issue with both is that it means lesser number of tech reviews; and, which is much worse, by the time a review do appear, it is irrelevant.

So, again, thanks for the sane approach you've taken with x100t (even though I do understand it was caused by the the fact the camera is a relatively minor upgrade more than by anything else...)

That's what we're aiming for, yes.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2015 at 00:02 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Review preview (646 comments in total)
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captura: Maybe the X100S and T should compared to their APS-C rivals, the Ricoh GR and the Nikon Coolpix 'A.'

Hijack away!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2015 at 23:42 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Review preview (646 comments in total)
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vadims: Very nice review *size*, DPR.

I have to say this tells me all I really need to know. All those charts with minute differences in dynamic range and such? Not my cup of tea.

DPR, IMHO, has developed a bit of schizophrenic nature over time (please understand I'm not using "schizophrenic" pejoratively here): on one hand, you produce so overwhelmingly detailed reviews these days that I wonder if there are any people reading all of them; on the other hand, you post more and more completely non-technical stuff.

Real issue with both is that it means lesser number of tech reviews; and, which is much worse, by the time a review do appear, it is irrelevant.

So, again, thanks for the sane approach you've taken with x100t (even though I do understand it was caused by the the fact the camera is a relatively minor upgrade more than by anything else...)

We're trying to strike a middle ground between the two states. Focus on the photographically relevant while also covering the technical.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2015 at 23:24 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Review preview (646 comments in total)
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captura: Maybe the X100S and T should compared to their APS-C rivals, the Ricoh GR and the Nikon Coolpix 'A.'

Ah, I took is as a response to 'The Fuji jpegs are better,' implying the Nikon's were better even than that.

It's not an argument I expected anyone to make, but I'll confess I've been somewhat blind-sided by demands for flip-out screens and IS, which would be a long was down the list for me, underneath faster AF and a newer (perhaps Bayer) sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2015 at 23:22 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Review preview (646 comments in total)
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palinode: I'm so glad to see a review of the X100T! I've been shooting with one for about five months now and it's an excellent and surprisingly versatile camera, and a real improvement over the X100S.

One thing to note: I'm confused about the bug involving digital split MF assist hijacking AF. I tried to reproduce that problem on my camera but couldn't. Which I suppose is a good thing?

We've gone out and grabbed a production example of the X100T (which we believed ours was). That problem has indeed been fixed and has been removed from the commentary.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2015 at 23:02 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Review preview (646 comments in total)
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captura: Maybe the X100S and T should compared to their APS-C rivals, the Ricoh GR and the Nikon Coolpix 'A.'

captura: you may find opinions differ on your last point.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2015 at 22:06 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Review preview (646 comments in total)
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palinode: I'm so glad to see a review of the X100T! I've been shooting with one for about five months now and it's an excellent and surprisingly versatile camera, and a real improvement over the X100S.

One thing to note: I'm confused about the bug involving digital split MF assist hijacking AF. I tried to reproduce that problem on my camera but couldn't. Which I suppose is a good thing?

We're in discussion with Fujifilm at the moment. The camera we believed to be production-spec appears to behave differently to the ones people are buying.

If they've fixed this glitch I'd be delighted to amend the review.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2015 at 21:35 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Review preview (646 comments in total)
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ThePhilips: Con:
"16MP beginning to look low by contemporary standards"

And here I thought that DPR was over the MP race.

The latest 24MP sensor from Sony is almost identical to the performance of their 16MP at pixel level (which means its better at a whole-image level). At which point, why wouldn't you want more detail, given how cheap and available storage is becoming?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2015 at 19:55 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Review preview (646 comments in total)
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zink: Thanks for the review. I enjoyed it.
But 16MP is beginning to look low by contemporary standards is one of your cons. I think you should applaud Fuji for not joining the MP race.

If you look at the performance of Sony's 24MP APS-C sensor compared to their older 16MP sensor you'll see it's similar in most respects at pixel level, which means it's better (less noisy/more detailed) when you print or view at a common size.

At which point, I'm not going to applaud anyone for *not* using the better sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2015 at 19:37 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Review preview (646 comments in total)
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Cipher: Is it me or is the X100T a smidge sharper than the X100S? Could this be that maybe a different version of software (e.g. Lightroom) was used to process the X100T files than the X100S?

They were processed using the same version of Adobe Camera Raw (we shot the X100S specifically so that it could be included in this review).

There's a change it's sample variation between the two cameras or a difference in focus beyond the degree to which we can control it. Comparing the images side-by-side, I'd conclude that any differences are within the realms of experimental error.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2015 at 19:24 UTC
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