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On article Sony a7R III sample gallery updated (83 comments in total)
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Dirk Nuary: I think Sony still yet to improve yellowish skin tone and reddish tone (at bike cycling) . Did Sony notice that? Sony has to learn at Nikon in terms of landscape colors, and learn to Canon when it comes to skintone.

ShaiKhulud - I shoot jpeg 90% of the time. Except for times when I really need the extra DR then I don't shoot RAW anymore. The IQ is so good from all manufacturers nowadays that what makes me choose a camera is basically two factors:

1. Beautiful out of camera jpegs with minimal LR editing.
2. Ergonomics.

For these two reasons I shoot Fuji - for me, the extra resolution of the Sony's isn't worth the poor colors and annoying ergonomics.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2017 at 21:35 UTC
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wondrouslightdotcom: The resistance to M43 reminds me of the film vs digital wars. Everyone is entitled to like whatever gear they want but it is a little pathetic to deny that Olympus and Panasonic are doing a tremendous job with M43. The reality is that ever more pros are buying into it either as a primary or as an alternative system, especially when portability is paramount, and the publishing market is OK with it. I went from 4x5" to medium format to 35mm to APS-C and now M43. At every step, life became easier and the shooting experience more enjoyable. My current gear includes 2 x EM5II bodies with Oly 9-18mm 1:4-5.6, 12-40mm 1:2.8, 40-150mm 1:2.8 with x1.4 converter, 60mm 1:2.8 macro and the very small Panasonic 12-32mm 1:3.5-5.6, 35-100mm 1:4-5.6 and 100-300mm 1:4-5.6 with the German tripod collar. I make and sell 24x36" fine art prints with this gear. With the G9 in-body stabilization, Oly lenses are stabilized too. So, If you prefer other gear by all means buy/keep it but pls leave M43 alone.

But....you can't make big prints with m4/3! :)

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2017 at 15:56 UTC
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Zoom Zoom Zoom: :
Lets see, so now DXO gives the Hasselblad X1D their highest "rating" ever?

More that 3 year worth of excuses that they "could not get a Pentax 645z at hands to test" and later changed to "they could not finish the review", served them very well worth of staying mum, finally now to release the same breakthrough numbers coming from another brand using the exact same imaging sensor.

DXO is positively the most disgusting and biased entity in the business of photography. They "rate" certain cameras they choose to review or not, they receive money to "rate" or not certain other cameras, they receive even more money from select manufacturers to have their cameras tuned to later receive higher "ratings", and they even MAKE their own cameras and "rate" themselves whatever they want! This preposterous conflict of interests should be enough to have NOTHING of that they say and do ever validated, even taken seriously or even even accepted as any sort of a rating standard all-together.

"More that 3 year worth of excuses that they "could not get a Pentax 645z at hands to test" and later changed to "they could not finish the review", served them very well worth of staying mum, finally now to release the same breakthrough numbers coming from another brand using the exact same imaging sensor."

Gotta admit, that does sound very fishy.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2017 at 16:47 UTC

95% of the time I will not need 42mp files. Does the A7R III allow for smaller RAW files?

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 14:43 UTC as 153rd comment | 3 replies

Long time LR user.

So I want to use LR only on my desktop and keep my photos on my HD - so I want LR Classic, correct? Does this continue to get updated automatically like my LR CC is currently?

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 18:48 UTC as 59th comment | 2 replies

I'm confused. I've use LR for many years, now using it on the CC. Does this mean all of my photos (tens of thousands) will need to be uploaded to the cloud? Its unclear to me what this means.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 17:38 UTC as 201st comment | 3 replies

Its not a purse, its European!!

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2016 at 17:45 UTC as 6th comment
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iudex: Maybe it´s too early to judge just by this pictures but it seems to me the camera is pretty big (thick) for a mirrorless. I am sure it will be much smaller than SLR like the Pentax 645Z (not that sure about Leica S), but Hsselblad showed how a mirrorless camera should look like (or how thin it can be) despite having MF sensor.
And the price surprised me too (in a negative way): well under 10000 USD can be 9000 USD. I was hoping for "under 5000 USD", given the Hasse is 9000 USD.

iudex - not sure I would call Hasslebad a "premium brand" after the Hasseldbad lunar (re-packaged Sony NEX 7 for $7,000) :)......
https://www.dpreview.com/articles/8506444906/hasselblad-lunar-now-shipping

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 13:36 UTC
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Jim in AZ: "Highsmith, a distinguished and richly-published American photographer, has donated her work to the Library of Congress since 1992. Starting in 2002, Highsmith provided scans or photographs she shot digitally with new donations to allow rapid online access throughout the world. Her generosity in dedicating the rights to the American people for copyright free access also makes this Archive a very special visual resource. "

Her intent is clearly to make the photos publicly available without copyright restriction. Me thinks Getty will prevail here.

"alleges that Getty Images has been charging fees to license her images without her permission – the same images she has provided to the Library of Congress for free use by the public."

I think Getty charging for her images is clearly an issue.

Also, this does not make Getty look so good....

"Highsmith became aware of Getty’s alleged copyright infringement after, she says, it sent her a letter accusing her of infringing the copyright of her own photograph by posting it on her own non-profit organization's website."

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2016 at 12:02 UTC
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eazizisaid: If only i've bought a Fuji instead of a Sony. I need prime lenses but sure as hell i can't afford any !

Sony gave an impression that the system will somewhat be affordable... well guess what, you need a native 85mm ? It's 1200$ for a 1.8 lens ! You need a fast 35mm ? take that 1600$ for you sir ! A 50mm 1.4 ? 1500$ ! A good 24-70 ? 2200$... because the one that cost 1000$ is rubbish...

I finally sold my A7 and I am now using only Fuji. For me it wasn't about the cost, it was about:
1. Ergonomics
2. Enjoyment of use
3. Image Colors
4. Weight

My X-T10 with the 14 2.8, 18 f2, 23 1.4, 35 1.4 and 60 2.4 is just a killer kit - at least for me.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 15:33 UTC
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ewelch: Seriously, I would love to give the Leicas a try. They have some pretty impressive lenses in their kit.

But it's not for me. No way I'd pay $200 a month.

Maybe - but if you check out their available gear list - its quite extensive....

http://www.parachut.co/drool-list

- I guess it depends on how much of each piece of gear they stock but I could still see this being a very worthwhile experience to try this for 6 months or so.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 20:30 UTC
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ewelch: Seriously, I would love to give the Leicas a try. They have some pretty impressive lenses in their kit.

But it's not for me. No way I'd pay $200 a month.

That's what I was thinking - if I could sign up for say 6 months - pay $1200 and get to try out some pricey Leica gear then it might be well worth it - at Lensrentals it would cost me $400 to rent a M240 and a 35 cron for just 4 days!! With this service I could try out gear for MONTHS.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 19:06 UTC
On photo Daimler-Hudson 1937 in the My Favorite Car - Title with Make / Model please. challenge (19 comments in total)

Its the photographer, not the camera, that counts. Excellent work!

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2015 at 20:18 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On photo Viper Drag in the F-16 Fighting Falcon challenge (11 comments in total)
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white shadow: A well taken photo but it is an unfair challenge because a normsl person without access to an air refuel tanker would never be able to shoot it.

Not much in life is fair. And I love this photo - well done!!

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2015 at 14:26 UTC

People keep complaining about the sizes of these lenses, but the way I see it for most outings all I need is the 28mm f/2, 35mm f/2.8 and the 55mm f/1.8 on the A7. Small enough for me, even when compared to my Fuji XE-1 kit.

I already own the 35 and the 55 - they are small enough and simply fantastic lenses. I only hope the 28mm f/2 is as good.

Eventually, I'll either add the 21mm adapter (if its decent) or keep using my Oly 21mm f/3.5 - which is tiny and very good.

Screw the E mount zooms, I agree that they are too large, but who needs them with such sweet and small primes!!

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2015 at 23:06 UTC as 44th comment | 4 replies
On article Fujifilm X-T1 Review (657 comments in total)
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Jim Salvas: I think it's fitting that DPR gave this the exact same rating as the EM1. These are closely matched competitors, with about the same amount of pluses and minuses on both sides. It boils down to personal preference between two excellent cameras. This sort of competition should be good for both camps.

There's nothing wrong with that - it simply that there are many fantastic offerings at the moment!

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2014 at 16:24 UTC
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samhain: If I shot Nikon, I'd be getting this lens. The sample shots I've seen have been absolutely beautiful. The bokeh, coma, rendering, micro contrast, 3-d effect, etc, just lovely results.
I've learned to not put so much stock into numbers & resolution testing and focus more on real life shots/examples of what the lens can produce. There's so much more to a lens than numbers. For a landscape lens- yes I want max sharpness. But for a portrait lens, I'm much more concerned with rendering characteristics. does it have 'mojo'?

I've owned lenses that didn't test well but the results were breathtaking. My old (made in Japan) Pentax 77mm is a prime example. That lens can produce portraits that are down right haunting. Rendering & characteristics that I couldn't get out of a canon 85/1.2 or Sony Zeiss 135/1.8. Both of those lenses are best of the best portrait lenses, yet the Pentax 77(especially on a FF film camera) could just do spooky things that I could never recreate with other lenses.

^ - now that's a nice review of this type of lens, thanks for sharing.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2013 at 20:27 UTC
On photo Reflection in the My best picture this week challenge (5 comments in total)

Fabulous. Print it and hang it with pride.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2013 at 00:14 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Starry, Starry Night in the Planet Earth challenge (2 comments in total)

Awesome.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2013 at 14:05 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo Cairo Nilometer Rhoda Island in the City of Cairo - Egypt challenge (3 comments in total)

Awesome image.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2013 at 13:04 UTC as 2nd comment
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