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On article Rebel in your pocket: Canon EOS M3 Review (420 comments in total)

While M3 is far from the top of the line as a mirrorless camera, it will serves Canon shooters well when they need a smaller camera system using the same APS-C sensor. Currently there is no such option for Nikon shooters, and the "new" D3400 is not a mirrorless camera as some have predicted/hoped. Thus more Nikon shooters will continue to buy mirrorless cameras made by others ...

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 16:04 UTC as 53rd comment
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tbcass: Other than DOF I think this could have been taken with a cell phone.

"I found this. Some nice shots here. Scroll down..."

5th picture down, proof that cell phone can do action, and GIF (Girl-in-flight) in particular!

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 19:32 UTC

I too find the new design too bright, especially when I first saw it. Is it psychological because I anticipated a black background? Not sure, the the site seems juts too bright. I wonder why I feel this way, even though many other sites I visit frequently also have a white background. so I went to the New York Times web sit. There it also has a white background but it does not feel so bright. I think the reason is that these news sites are packed with words and images so there is less blank white space. So I think this web site can be further improved to reduce glare.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2016 at 15:26 UTC as 30th comment | 1 reply
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cdembrey: Once again we are forced to buy a kit, with an unwanted kit zoom.

Guess I'll wait for a Body Only to become available. Meh!

In Canada, you get most of these as body only. Order when the exchange rate is favorable to save a few more bucks. I live in TX USA and have ordered an EM10-II body only from them — great price and service.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2016 at 14:47 UTC

If the lens does not have an AF/MF switch, does GX85 have way to program a button to turn AF on and off? This is important for some to shoot videos when we can acquire the focus by AF and then quickly locking it by the press of a button or flipping a switch.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2016 at 14:42 UTC as 59th comment | 2 replies
On article Fast telezoom: Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 sample images (164 comments in total)

I would rather see Sigma make a nice AND compact f2.8 zoom to make the APSC format more portable without too much compromised in IQ. The size advantage of the APSC system will all but disappear when you put a big and heavy lens over it. Does the gain in low light ISO and shallow DOF really worth the trade off? If one really needs these properties, get a full frame system.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2016 at 20:48 UTC as 18th comment | 2 replies
On article Mosh pits and sunsets: Shooting with the Panasonic GX85 (146 comments in total)
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vesa1tahti: How would you compare this with E-M10 II? Is there any difference in IQ? Thanks.

they use essentially the same sensor. as always the video quality from Panasonic is always noticeably better than Olympus and now GX85 can do 4k. EM10 II is not bad as a 1080p camera.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2016 at 18:40 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 Pixel Shift: An update (96 comments in total)

It seems most appropriate to test the gear with the bundled software as this is how the manufacturer has, in theory, optimized their gears for. Adobe can be tested for how well their RAWs can be processed by a man stream software but this is not a substitute for getting the best images possible from the cameras. Due to how Adobe implements the cloud subscription to their software, I am seriously considering switching to an alternative so whether Adobe is main stream or not does it matter to me.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2016 at 17:35 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply
On article Making a splash: Nikon D500 real-world sample gallery (228 comments in total)
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Steve in GA: The high quality of these photos make me wonder:

If Nikon APS-C has gotten this good, why would I ever want to ditch my current Nikon APS-C gear and move to full-frame?

The Nikon marketing is telling you and many others that the FF is the next logical step for an "upgrade" and they do not make as many DX only lenses to realize the great promise of the APSC platform -- near FF IQ but in a smaller package.

Those concert shots are just amazing that there is no ugly noise at very high Iso and no highlight blown out. What a wonderful sensor!!!

Link | Posted on May 3, 2016 at 14:34 UTC
On article Accessory Review: Peak Design Slide Camera Sling strap (146 comments in total)

Would be nice to see a whole body shot of the photographer carrying the camera to make it easier to see how one carries the camera with this, as compared to a more conventional next strap.

Link | Posted on May 1, 2016 at 21:43 UTC as 51st comment | 3 replies
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Jim Salvas: It would be nice if it allowed direct uploads to Apple's iCloud, where I have a lot more storage space than I have on my mobile devices.

Yes they do. It is Amazon that has issues with RAW files from some manufacturers.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2016 at 02:29 UTC
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2150 comments in total)
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markie_jan61: USB charging is a deal-breaker, regardless of a camera's capabililties.

Don't know why Sony continues to travel down that road.

Do you own any smartphone or Tablet that already uses USB charging? If so, you would appreciate that they can now be all charged with the same cable, which helps a lot packing for traveling. It seems stupid in this day and time that each piece of electronic equipment comes with different size and shape cable and charger, which does pretty much the same thing.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2016 at 22:46 UTC

I wish Dpreview can test the bokeh more. The few we that can see here (e.g. the first 4 or 5 head/shoulder shots) show busy bokeh. However, these were shot with backlighting and with foliage in the back, which are challenging for most lenses to render these smoothly. Would be nice to see how it compares to the much more expensive Zeiss under the same condition. The sharpness is OK, but wide open at f1.8 seems a bit soft. Thus while the cost of this lens is quite reasonable, I think the Nikon 50/1.8 G does better in both the areas of sharpness and bokeh and they are comparably priced.

Before I looked up to see who authored this piece, I told myself it must be Rishi. Why, because of the so many back-lighted shots. I would rather see more regular shots with a wide variety of backgrounds to make it easier to see how the lens handles color saturation, contrast, bokeh, etc, in more "normal" conditions.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2016 at 20:14 UTC as 67th comment

Finally!.. Hopefully this is the beginning of SONY to build a set of affordable FE prime lenses that are good enough for the mass. There is already an affordable 28mm lens, so if SONY can make an affordable 85/1.8, we will then have an affordable 3-prime set that makes the whole A7 package small and relatively inexpensive. When that happens it will be the beginning for the SONY FE mount to begin to chip away from current dSLR FF offerings. Finally.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 20:52 UTC as 40th comment | 11 replies
On article iPhone SE is a compact-sized iPhone 6s (184 comments in total)
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maximme: once the phone is in your hands
you will be asking
NOW, what's the new thing i can do with it
that I can't do with the old 4S ?


Apple Pay? Apple Watch? Touch ID? ...

I had a 4S and love that phone. I think it is the prettiest iPhone so far but these and other new features of the new phones are highly desirable and I do not look back. Can 4 s still be a good phone? of course, keep it as long as you can because once you have the new version, it is impossible to go back.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2016 at 15:03 UTC
On article iPhone SE is a compact-sized iPhone 6s (184 comments in total)
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0MitchAG: Is it possible to purchase a "SIM-free" (carrier free?) from the US store, paying US dollars? It would certainly be a lot cheaper than paying the AU price...

In short, yes. These are the unlocked phones that you can buy from Apple.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2016 at 14:57 UTC
On article On assignment: the Leica Q at a Portland wedding (212 comments in total)

As already mentioned in the article, the bokeh from this lens is simply amazing.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2016 at 15:48 UTC as 40th comment
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shademaster: I don't see why one would put a 1.5kg 50-100 1.8 on an APS-C camera when they could put a 1.5kg 70-200 2.8 (more reach, same effective aperture) on a FF camera. The FF sensor will have better noise/DR at Base ISO all things being equal.

Why doesn't sigma bring back the 50-150 2.8 APS-C lens? I'd rather have a reasonable size/weight option rather than f/1.8. For event-type stuff, f/1.8 on is too narrow even on APS-C (only one face in focus). For non-event stuff, just go with a prime.

"But the 50-150 2.8 made more sense to me."

Agree! It was nice and small, the perfect lens for people who love the APS-C due to its relatively smaller size, as compared to FF. Wish Sigma can keep this in mind and get their lens size under control.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2016 at 17:01 UTC
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