Opinion and Editorial

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Why brand market share shouldn't matter to you

We've seen a spate of press releases trumpeting market share and ranking position in recent months. But, argues office curmudgeon Richard Butler, you should ignore them since they tell you very little – and less still that's useful.

The Canon EOS 4000D might be the cheapest DSLR ever launched

Canon Europe has launched the EOS 4000D, a still more cut-down version of the EOS 2000D/T7. The entry-level model will launch for around £330/€380 body only, which is the lowest launch price of any DSLR we can remember.

Flashes for the masses: Why the Canon 470EX-AI is a big deal

It's not often that a new flashgun will get us really excited, but the Canon 470EX-AI isn't your ordinary flashgun. Here's why we think it's worth a look, particularly for photographers who haven't yet taken the plunge into artificial lighting.

Fujifilm's X-mount has suddenly become a credible option for video

There was a time when Fujifilm mirrorless camera users may have felt the need to go to another system to shoot video. Thanks to a new camera and a couple of lenses, they suddenly have some sweet options.

Zack Arias on Unsplash and the 'race to the bottom'

In this video, photographer Zack Arias takes on Unsplash—the royalty free photo sharing site—diving into some of the little-talked-about problems with this 'business model' and the photo industry's 'race to the bottom.'

What I've learned after sharing my photos for free on Unsplash for 4 years

After four years giving away many of his photos for free on Unsplash, photographer Samuel Zeller shares some thoughts on social networking for photographers, the rise and fall of Instagram, and how he's trying to stay ahead of the game.

Kodak didn't get into cryptocurrency and bitcoin mining, "Kodak" did

A lot of people still have positive associations with the Kodak brand and its iconic logos, but it’s worth clearing something up: not everything with the Kodak name on it has much connection to a bunch of clever people in Rochester, New York.

When photographers become pitchmen

This is what happens when Madison Avenue tries to romanticize photography, using iconic and social media savvy photographers to sell you everything from shoes, to credit cards, to SUVs.

HDR is enabled by default on the iPhone 8 Plus, and that's a really good thing

Apple's HDR effect in the iPhone 8 Plus is on by default and more aggressive than in previous generations. It's also good enough to convince DPR contributor Jeff Carlson to leave it on all the time.

The Yashica digiFilm Y35 exemplifies everything wrong with retro styling

Yashica recently released the digiFilm Y35: a camera that tries to simulate the "experience" of shooting film... and it's just the worst.

DJI is now a camera company, and we should probably pay attention

This week in Hollywood, DJI introduced its new Zenmuse X7 camera, a Super 35 format cinema camera of its own design that can also capture 24MP still images in APS-C format. Is it time to start thinking of DJI as a camera company?

The 7 Commandments of Great Photo Walks

Seven simple rules to make sure you get the most out of your next photography outing.

An open letter to Canon: What happened to your innovation?

"Dear Canon [...] since the launch of the Canon 5DMK2 way back in March 2008 it has been extremely hard to be genuinely excited about any new cameras you have released."

There's no right way to be a photographer, and no right way to shoot (or not shoot) an eclipse

DPR staffers enjoy photography in different ways, so it's no surprise that we took different approaches to photographing the eclipse. For us, it was a welcome reminder to enjoy photography how each of us enjoys it best.

Don't buy another lens, buy a flash instead

The days where you're more or less locked into premium or first-party flash units has gone. They're less than $50 now, so there's one less excuse not to get one. Here's our case for adding one to your kit, and a few pointers to get you going.

Smartphones killed the compact and now they're coming for entry-level ILCs

We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but here it is: the $500 interchangeable lens camera is about to go the way of the $200 compact.

Why you should consider adding a drone to your photography toolkit

Have you thought about adding a drone to your collection of cameras? Photographer Reza Malayeri thinks that you should probably consider it, and that if you're a pro, it may even be necessary to remain competitive.

Unsplash is (still) bad for photography

PhotoShelter's Allen Murabayashi responds to Mikael Cho's controversial defense of his company Unsplash in an unflinching look at why Unsplash is [still] bad for photography and photographers.

Marketing isn't a dirty word (but camera companies are not your friends)

Camera makers' product decisions are regularly criticized and second-guessed, but some of this angst stems from a misunderstanding of the role marketing plays. Camera companies want your money, but they're rarely stupid or malicious, argues Richard Butler.

Opinion: The future of photography and the value of a free photo

Unsplash founder Mikael Cho responds to the criticism that his creation devalues photography, and shares his thoughts on the future of photography and the true value of a photograph that's given away for free.

I made a book of pictures of my cat, and I think it's going to make me a better photographer

As with any creative pursuit, sometimes you find your photography stalled. And sometimes making a book of your cat photos is just the thing to get inspiration flowing again.

Opinion: DJI has abandoned professionals

DJI's new firmware makes it difficult to fly in restricted airspace, even when you have proper clearance. Is DJI placing themselves between professionals and the FAA?

Outraged about photo theft? Register your damn copyright!

Outraged about the latest photo theft scandal? Great. PhotoShelter founder Allen Murabayashi suggests you put that frustration to good use and register your damn copyright.

Advice for photography workshop and conference organizers

"There is a lot of nonsense going on in the workshop world, and it needs to stop."

What makes a great photo: Wise words from a veteran photographer

Photography veteran Charlie Howse shares nuggets of wisdom and insight from decades of teaching and practicing photography. His subject: What makes a great photograph.

Why I swapped my 'pro' DSLR for the cheapest one out there

Photographer Ion Paciu was sick of workshop students commenting on how great his gear was... so he got rid of it. He swapped his 5D Mark III for a lowly SL1 and couple of kit lenses.

Travel photography and the journey towards a new review style

A recent vacation gave Richard a chance to think about the needs of travel photography – and how our reviews might recognize the perfect travel camera.

Opinion: 6 reasons why VR isn’t ready to succeed, and 1 reason why it will

Virtual reality has the potential to redefine the way we interact with digital imagery, but has struggled to gain traction with consumers. Why hasn't it succeeded, and what will it take to catch on?

Steve Huff: 'Why I love my Micro Four Thirds System'

An honest defense of the system's merits, with photos as proof.

Maintaining a legacy or building for mirrorless, who benefits?

Rumors abound that Canon (and maybe Nikon) may produce a mirrorless camera based using their existing DSLR mount. Does this guarantee immediate great lens choice or a perpetually second-rate experience?

Maybe zoom lenses aren't so bad, after all

Zoom lenses get a lot of flack due to the high quality of prime lenses. Lauchlan Toal makes the argument that versatility is more important than IQ.

Can you build a cheaper X100 with a mirrorless body and pancake lens?

Everyone loves a big sensor compact with a prime lens. But can you put together a better combination with a cheap-ish mirrorless camera and a pancake prime? Read more

Film vs. digital: Can't we all just get along?

Which is better - film or digital? It's a question that won't go away, and thanks to the recent surge in popularity of film, it's an argument that we might be having forever. Film fan and blogger Hamish Gill has had enough.

Making the switch: from the D800 to X-T2 (and a lot more in-between)

Photographer Robert Learner needed to downsize his travel kit – find out what led him to Fuji and away from Sony and Olympus.

UPDATED: Sony a9 offers powerful pro-level customization

The new Sony a9 not only offers powerful technical capability, but also carefully thought out ergonomic improvements. We've updated the story with a deeper dive into Memory Recall abilities. Read more

Opinion: Shooting DNG on the Sigma sd Quattro H is a game changer

The Sigma sd Quattro H offers a little update that makes a big impact: the ability to shoot DNG Raws. If Sigma wants to bring Foveon tech to the mass market, then this was definitely a step in the right direction. Read more

Ask the staff: Pick one focal length or lens to rule them all

If you could only shoot with one specific lens or focal length for the rest of your life, what would you choose? The staff of DPR sounds off. Read on

Opinion: Thinking about buying medium format? Read this first

Recent medium format digital announcement has turned a lot of heads, and for good reason. However, some of us are less excited than others. Technical Editor Rishi Sanyal explains why he's not quite convinced. Read more

Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder?

Few features of digital cameras are as polarizing as the viewfinder type. Do you prefer an electronic or optical one? We've polled ourselves, so jump on in and let us know why we're each wrong (or, for a nice surprise, let us know why we're right). Read more

Opinion: Nikon's 'back to basics' approach is a no-brainer

In its first public statement to the Japanese press since the DL-line cancellation, Nikon states that it will be focusing on medium-and-high end DSLR cameras, lenses and mirrorless cameras. To that, we say: it's about darn time. Read more 

Dear Nikon: Please let us keep the 20mm F1.8G, Love, Dan

There’s no such thing as a perfect lens, but a lens can certainly be the right tool for a specific job. DPReview's Dan Bracaglia found that in the Nikkor 20mm F1.8G. Read more

This image is why the world needs professional photographers

The world needs professional photojournalists now more than ever. Please note, the image that follows is graphic in nature. Read more

Photokina 2016 highlights: What we saw (and what we didn't)

We're taking a look back at Photokina 2016 and reflecting on what came out of the show – and whether we saw everything we really, really wanted. Read more

Opinion: The EOS M5 is Canon's best ever mirrorless camera, and a big disappointment

The EOS M5 represents Canon's most serious move into the mirrorless interchangeable lens camera market yet, but why is Barney feeling so let down? Read more

Opinion: Park vandals need to be stopped

It seems like only yesterday that a film crew walking across the Grand Prismatic Hot Springs was all over the media. With recent news of vandalism on the Oregon coast, landscape photographer Chris Williams has had enough. Read More

Opinion: Enthusiast compacts have finally come of age

Last December, DPR editor Jeff Keller was looking for a enthusiast compact camera to put under someone's tree. Turns out such a camera didn't exist. Thankfully, the category has grown by leaps and bounds in 2016, so there's now an enthusiast compact for everyone. Read the story

Design, looks and desire: Olympus does it again

You really can't tell whether a camera is any good just by looking at it, and most professionals won't base a buying decision on a camera's looks. So why have companies like Olympus and Fujifilm gone to great lengths to create such undeniably attractive cameras? The new Olympus PEN-F got DPR senior contributing writer Damien Demolder musing about the looks of cameras and the role they play in our photography. Read more

All cameras are great, but that doesn't make choosing one any easier

It's often said all modern cameras are good, and it's true. But it's also close to meaningless. It seems to imply that it doesn't matter which camera you buy, yet that's as far from the truth today as it's ever been. DPReview writer Richard Butler feels quite strongly about this. Read more

Opinion: Pour one out for Samsung cameras

DPReview attended the Samsung 2016 press conference at CES today in Las Vegas but among all the talk of smart devices and Internet-connected fridges, one specific consumer product category was not even mentioned: digital cameras. Staff writer Dan Bracaglia wonders what it all means. Read on

Gear of the Year Part 8: Wenmei's choice - Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6

Wenmei's Gear of the Year is a lens that forces her to step outside of her comfort zone and focus (softly or not) on the creative aspect of her photography. When she's capturing a quiet moment or special connection, she finds herself reaching for the Lensbaby 56mm f/1.6 portrait lens. Read more

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