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On article What is equivalence and why should I care? (2512 comments in total)

I applaud Richard and the DPR Editorial staff for publishing this brilliant treatise to clarify common misconceptions on equivalence.

Timely, written with exquisite clarity, and supported by many real-world examples.

This is why, despite some questionable Front Page articles recently, I still patronize this website.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 00:57 UTC as 389th comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon 1 V3 stock shortage prompts official apology (285 comments in total)

Nikon issued a similar but seemingly less disingenuous apology in June 2012:

"[We] received a reservation far beyond the expected in the whole world, we can not keep up with continued production status to your order. Sorry to our customers has been very inconvenience. I will strive to continue intensive production, thank you for your understanding."

This statement was in reference to the D800 and D800E, cameras which were much more deserving of a public mea culpa from Nikon for a worldwide shortage during initial product roll-out.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 00:53 UTC as 100th comment
On article Benchmark Performance: Nikon D810 review (2007 comments in total)

The D810 is a mid-cycle refresh of a class-leading DSLR with respect to IQ and DR.

I tend to agree with the reviewer that it is unlikely going to entice too many D800/E owners like myself to run out and upgrade to Nikon's latest offering, but any incremental refinement is better than none at all.

Naysayers will diss this D800/E successor (e.g. still no WiFi, GPS, or 4k video, etc.). Mirrorless fans will criticize any DSLR regardless.

For those who appreciate the amazing medium format-like IQ the D810's predecessors are capable of producing in the hands of skilled photographers, I view the tiny improvements in this D810 as welcome additions--however "unexciting" they may be.

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 05:26 UTC as 507th comment | 8 replies

Thank you for this set of "real world" comparisons, Rishi. I agree with nearly everything you wrote in the Summary.

It would be informative to compare the A7S with the Df (and D4S, despite the class difference).

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2014 at 14:03 UTC as 140th comment
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photo perzon: By the time you are at ISO 200,000 where are you? Time to turn on the light, no?

Not unless you are doing covert photography.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2014 at 13:55 UTC
On article Sony Alpha 7S added to test scene comparison tool (272 comments in total)

Thank you for the studio shots. A very strong showing from Sony's latest FF mirrorless camera.

FWIW, these are some first impressions of the A7S (compared to the A7R) from Michael Reichmann of Luminous Landscape:

* No obvious difference in DR
* ISO 102,400 is the limit to which he would use the A7S for critical applications
* 2.5-3 stop advantage over the A7R, between ISO 6400 to 51,200
* World's first and only FF camera with a truly silent shutter (great for wedding photographers)
* Images from the A7S have a *medium format" look

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2014 at 14:10 UTC as 10th comment | 2 replies

Brilliant. A new device that has the capability of further invading into your privacy (the little that's left these days) by tracking and recording your every movement and thought.

If I didn't know any better, this phone is almost as good as a microchip implant that sends back information to the mother ship in Seattle.

The end is really near....

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 22:10 UTC as 49th comment | 1 reply
On article 2014 iPhone Photography Awards winners announced (102 comments in total)
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TomFid: These are nice, but interesting that almost all are heavily processed. Is that an artifact of the limitations of the tool, or just the selection process and an Instagram generation?

The popularity of Instagram and other apps of its ilk likely stems from the limitations restricting images captured by a camera phone. Lower DR, DOF, more noise, inability to capture fast action, etc. To mask these limitations, there is a tendency to use heavy PP as a crutch.

Combine that with the desire for one-upmanship on social media and photo-sharing sites, you get an inevitable influx of apps to simulate quickly faux-artistry with frequently overcooked images which subvert the occasional beauty of an image or two captured by the unsuspecting poseur.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2014 at 02:10 UTC
On article 2014 iPhone Photography Awards winners announced (102 comments in total)

I understand why there is a segment of the DPReview membership who find these images compelling. Even some judges are not immune to being drawn to overused, vapid Instagram filters.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2014 at 13:07 UTC as 35th comment

Clever, but I was expecting the pooch to wear the D700 around its collar at the end. FTW

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2014 at 12:09 UTC as 90th comment | 1 reply

I don't think there's anything wrong with your Leica T copy.

No respectable owner of a Leica camera actually shoots with they?

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2014 at 00:13 UTC as 123rd comment | 1 reply

Brilliantly executed. The photos have a dream-like, surreal quality which is befitting the expressive mood he wanted to convey.

In an era when mindless snaps and selfies dominate the landscape, it is refreshing to see that there are folks who still believe that vision, creativity, and imagination enable photography to remain an unparalleled art form.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2014 at 12:31 UTC as 24th comment
On article Panasonic FZ1000: Not just another superzoom... (140 comments in total)
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Marty4650: When the Superzoom camera first hit the stage they were all around 12X models. The recent trend to 30X, 40X, and 50X or more zoom ranges is really a different animal. These are Ultrazoom cameras.

Panasonic made a wise choice by cutting back the zoom range so they could employ a larger sensor. Having used Superzoom cameras before, I can tell you that the top end of the zoom range is pretty much useless. Unless you like muddy photos.

It has been a while since I have used an all-in-one superzoom camera. But I share your experience. At the telephoto end, images tended to lack sharpness and detail. Forget about low light shooting, as the images were as noisy as a busy nightclub.

Maybe camera sensor and lens technology have improved over the years, resulting in improved IQ in these superzooms.

On paper, the FZ1000 does appear to be an intriguing product at a reasonable price point.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 13:13 UTC

In order for the rumored Amazon smartphone to sell well and compete with the iPhone and Android phones, it has to be more than a one-trick pony.

No matter how good the camera function (cf. Lumia 1020), smartphones which garner traction typically have well-rounded OS and a plethora of useful apps in the ecosystem.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2014 at 20:13 UTC as 11th comment
On article PicTricks offers cheap photo 'fixes' (22 comments in total)

In that photo DPR submitted for retouching, PicTricks should have also offered to soften the distractingly cluttered background.

For 5 bucks, you get what you pay for.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2014 at 14:00 UTC as 14th comment

I am simply aghast and outraged at how any reasonable person who respects the notion of intellectual property and copyright laws would so blatantly post publicly on the Internet step-by-step directions on how to circumvent the copyright watermark on photographs.

Please do not try to chalk it up to youthful indiscretion. Stealing is stealing.

The sense of entitlement of many Millennials such as this scofflaw is rapidly spinning out of control.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2014 at 22:43 UTC as 111th comment | 5 replies
On article Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM review (592 comments in total)

Congratulations to Sigma for hitting another home run with this latest addition to the Art series.

For me, I cannot justify the price of the Zeiss Otus 55mm/1.4, which has superb optics reportedly matched or even surpassed by the Sigma 50mm/1.4.

I can't wait to get my hands on a copy.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2014 at 14:36 UTC as 124th comment | 5 replies
On article Portfolio: Photography student Luke Evans (157 comments in total)

"Evans' photography is imaginative, technically innovative and thought-provoking." are joking, right?

Link | Posted on May 26, 2014 at 11:47 UTC as 52nd comment | 2 replies
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