FodgeandDurn

Joined on Feb 13, 2014

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racin06: Apple zombies, Samsung is demonstrating how to innovate.

As much as I love Android, I would point out that without Apple we might still not have the modern touch-screen phone as we know it. They innovate by understanding how humans use devices, and sometimes by showing us things nobody even thought of before.

I don't like plenty of things about Apple, but their contributions to phones shouldn't be passed over with a lazy comment after seeing that Samsung just made a great camera chip.

Even if Apple continues to stagnate for the next decade, they'll still have contributed more to phone innovation that anyone else since Alexander Graham Bell (arguably, perhaps). That's coming from someone who has owned a dozen Android handsets and dislikes their work iPhone.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2018 at 00:00 UTC
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Sdaniella: .
with newer smartphones/tablet (mobile pc devices) venturing into 24mp sensor cameras for "everyday consumers"

it would be good to see minimum 36mp* for prosumer-oriented digicams
like mirrorless icls, more likely FF at first, APSC much later

*specifically, single exposure
but, NOT motion blur-prone multiple-shot "pixel-shift" exposures, for "combo" higher-rez

Without getting too into the density vs noise debate, I do find your point interesting, because a lot of people insist that 24mp is already about as dense as an APS-C chip should be, or indeed could be manufactured. Of course increasing sensor density at a larger side probably means lower yield due to pixel failure rates.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2018 at 23:56 UTC
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FodgeandDurn: Haven't Meike grips always come with a remote?

I bought a Neewer grip recently and flimsy (incredibly poorly designed) battery door broke after only a few changes. Sent it back and bought the official grip - far better, albeit lacking a remote...

Are Meike generally perceived to be any better than Neewer?

The battery was too snug against the lid, and the small swivel latch was flimsy. Attempting to swivel the latch meant torquing it against considerable pressure applied by the cramped battery. After opening the compartment a few times the latch just gave up.

I'd say it was just me, or a faulty unit, but my experience was far from alone in reviews.

Not to disparage Meike - I was just curious as to whether there are commonly better than Neewer. When I bought my grip the internet seemed to say they were much alike.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2018 at 02:47 UTC

Haven't Meike grips always come with a remote?

I bought a Neewer grip recently and flimsy (incredibly poorly designed) battery door broke after only a few changes. Sent it back and bought the official grip - far better, albeit lacking a remote...

Are Meike generally perceived to be any better than Neewer?

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2018 at 23:08 UTC as 22nd comment | 3 replies

On a recent BBC Natural World Ants documentary shoot the team used a $10 phone lens mounted on their priceless robotic insect camera known as 'Frank'. As far as I can tell, they used this lens to shoot every single close-up Ant shot in the film.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05rgrcb

Correction - £8

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2018 at 10:28 UTC as 25th comment
On article Sony E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS sample gallery (189 comments in total)
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FodgeandDurn: So there is already an 18-105 f4, three variants of the 18-200 f3.5-6.3's, and now this, an 18-135 F3.5-5.6.

I left the Sony E APS-C system (rather bitterly at the time) because they had a serious lack of useful lenses, specifically primes and wide aperture zooms, which other systems have in abundance (I went to Fuji).

Please speak up if I am off base, but are any Sony APS-C users hailing this as the answer to all their (long, long, long-standing) prayers? I wonder how Sony figured this was the killer lens their lineup was missing?

Samsung had a dream APS-C zoom, the 16-50 f2-2.8, and they left the market several years ago. C'mon Sony, I feel embarrassed for you (even if you're nailing it elsewhere).

To everyone saying this is a great lens, what was wrong with the three 18-200's for the 'soccer mom' crowd? I don't think its a bad focal length, I was just saying I though Sony already had this sort of lens covered. Every other post saying 'it's great you don't understand the general public's needs' has ignored my original point.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2018 at 11:14 UTC
On article Sony E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS sample gallery (189 comments in total)
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FodgeandDurn: So there is already an 18-105 f4, three variants of the 18-200 f3.5-6.3's, and now this, an 18-135 F3.5-5.6.

I left the Sony E APS-C system (rather bitterly at the time) because they had a serious lack of useful lenses, specifically primes and wide aperture zooms, which other systems have in abundance (I went to Fuji).

Please speak up if I am off base, but are any Sony APS-C users hailing this as the answer to all their (long, long, long-standing) prayers? I wonder how Sony figured this was the killer lens their lineup was missing?

Samsung had a dream APS-C zoom, the 16-50 f2-2.8, and they left the market several years ago. C'mon Sony, I feel embarrassed for you (even if you're nailing it elsewhere).

Again agreed,

However if we're talking about the general public, there was already the 18-200. The argument of this 18-135 seems to be that it is sharper, surely that implies a more prosumer focus, however this is neither an otherwise particularly prosumer lens, nor the lens that was most wanted by prosumers.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2018 at 16:33 UTC
On article Sony E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS sample gallery (189 comments in total)

Let's take a moment to remember the audacity of the Samsung 16-50 f2-2.8, may it RIP.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2018 at 16:14 UTC as 43rd comment | 2 replies
On article Sony E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS sample gallery (189 comments in total)
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FodgeandDurn: So there is already an 18-105 f4, three variants of the 18-200 f3.5-6.3's, and now this, an 18-135 F3.5-5.6.

I left the Sony E APS-C system (rather bitterly at the time) because they had a serious lack of useful lenses, specifically primes and wide aperture zooms, which other systems have in abundance (I went to Fuji).

Please speak up if I am off base, but are any Sony APS-C users hailing this as the answer to all their (long, long, long-standing) prayers? I wonder how Sony figured this was the killer lens their lineup was missing?

Samsung had a dream APS-C zoom, the 16-50 f2-2.8, and they left the market several years ago. C'mon Sony, I feel embarrassed for you (even if you're nailing it elsewhere).

rrccad
No doubt - my point was that this range is already very well covered by Sony APS-C E mount. The system has a dreadful lack of primes, and not a single wide aperture zoom.

Sure there are good FE lenses, but surely the 6500 is capable enough to deserve lenses designed for it. Otherwise what is the point of such an incredibly capable 'small and light' camera when most of the lenses that match it's potential are far larger, heavier, and more expensive than they need to be?

Cynics might think Sony were deliberately not making APS-C lenses so that users are forced to get FE and treat it as an upgrade path.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2018 at 16:12 UTC

One alternative perspective:

Periods of change are often accompanied by what we look back on as 'creative destruction'. What we are seeing at the moment is a long-standing status quo being torn apart. Of course incremental change is preferable, however sometimes when it fails society has a way of ripping itself apart to make up the deficit.

Perhaps some of the men being torn apart do not deserve it, however one might argue that the ritual destruction of a few people accomplishes more in terms of society-change than years of incremental progress made in the time preceding.

Of course none of that is of any comfort to those people affected, but the consolation is that these periods of hysteria do usually settle down.

Creative destruction never looks like much fun when you're in the maelstrom.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2018 at 16:06 UTC as 12th comment
On article Sony E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS sample gallery (189 comments in total)

So there is already an 18-105 f4, three variants of the 18-200 f3.5-6.3's, and now this, an 18-135 F3.5-5.6.

I left the Sony E APS-C system (rather bitterly at the time) because they had a serious lack of useful lenses, specifically primes and wide aperture zooms, which other systems have in abundance (I went to Fuji).

Please speak up if I am off base, but are any Sony APS-C users hailing this as the answer to all their (long, long, long-standing) prayers? I wonder how Sony figured this was the killer lens their lineup was missing?

Samsung had a dream APS-C zoom, the 16-50 f2-2.8, and they left the market several years ago. C'mon Sony, I feel embarrassed for you (even if you're nailing it elsewhere).

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2018 at 15:55 UTC as 45th comment | 14 replies

I can imagine this will be hugely useful for museum/collection/art archiving and sharing purposes. Can't wait to see/hear what specialist tasks people come up with for this (perhaps photographing delicate objects for fine detail surface analysis etc), beyond the obvious gigapixel projects etc.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2018 at 15:45 UTC as 76th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 Review (930 comments in total)
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Conrad567: $1700? You have to really love taking mediocre shots to spend that kind of money on a 4/3 system.

A modern M4/3 camera has better IQ than anything taken on a 35mm DSLR from only a few years ago. I often see pro's carrying old cameras like the 1D mk3, or Nikon D3 - they replace them when they break, or when clients won't accept the IQ any more. I'm pretty sure this G9 will have considerably better DR than a D3.

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2018 at 16:51 UTC
On article Buying Guide: Best cameras for parents (128 comments in total)

I always thought the best advice you could give parents was get a portrait lens (50 equiv) and learn to shoot in aperture priority. Of course there is so much more to taking great pictures of your kids, but if you do that you already have better portraits than everyone else out there using compacts, kit lenses and phones.

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2017 at 14:37 UTC as 19th comment
On article Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II Review (276 comments in total)
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kolyy: Wow, what a poor review. It seems like dpreview completely failed to understand the purpose of this camera and its position on the market.

"The memory card and battery compartment are on the bottom of the camera, so you'll have to remove it from your tripod when it's time to change the battery."
"If you're on a safari or whale watching trip, the G9 X II is not so hot."
"If you're looking for a camera capture your child's soccer game, the G9 X II is not it."

Are you kidding us? I am unable to find such stupidities in other of your compact camera reviews. I really think you should scrap the whole "use case" idea, because you have failed to make any reasonable use of it in any of your reviews, and this one borders with embarrassment.

"The lens is soft" is repeated over and over in the review, but you fail to mention that the RX100, the only real competitor, has a lens as soft as this.

On the other hand, you somehow fail to notice how terribly soft the 1080/30p video is.

Many people who aren't us members come to dpreview to choose a family snapper, the other sites they will be looking at will be places like CNET and Trusted Reviews.

A great many people would take something like this on a whale watching trip. I imagine if you could analyse the traffic to this site we are also in a small minority as prosumers/professionals.

Editors have stated before that they are trying to increase their taggable sentences/phrases etc. to increase traffic. Throwing some bones to casual users doesn't offend me as much as some.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2017 at 14:10 UTC
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SarahTerra: 1000 bucks every whiner complaining about this bear uses a crap load of plastic and drives a vehicle more than once in the next 24 hours.

All of you hypocrites need to start talking your own talk instead of whining on the internet like spoiled coddled children

Sarah please calm down, you're being downright fighty. Just take it down a notch, or maybe go to the FOXNEWS comments section.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 01:59 UTC
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pidera: Ok this is the internet, but still : the violence with which so many people here react to the mere thought that they could join others in adopting a lifestyle which is more gentle to the planet we live on, is absolutely shocking.

If I might, you have such an under siege mentality that I think you've missed the bit were everyone on the left feels the same way you do. Remember that what you see as 'fighting back', your opponents just see as fighting. It takes some self awareness to realise that your opponents genuinely believe they are also doing the right thing. As for bill m103, try to understand that while you see islamophobia as your right, others see it as fundamentally counter to the decent world they wish to inhabit.

I am not arguing with you on any one point, I'm just saying your pugilistic take on 'us vs them' is so one sided as to be unhelpful to gaining a wider perspective.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 23:00 UTC
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pidera: Ok this is the internet, but still : the violence with which so many people here react to the mere thought that they could join others in adopting a lifestyle which is more gentle to the planet we live on, is absolutely shocking.

"Conservatives don't want to destroy the planet. Liberals "tweet" we do. We don't care about gay marriage. Liberals say we do. We aren't racist, liberals write "articles" to say we are."

Please refer to Roy Moore.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 22:52 UTC
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SarahTerra: This photo is absurd, the bear could have million causes for it's conditions including disease, or simply be starving from an injured rear leg.

Welcome to nature.

You see this stuff all the time when you don't spend your days "wildlife shooting" ducks at the park....

It's official, this site is a liberal hipster run political platform intent on pushing and agenda rather than quality journalism and unbiased photography review.

Trump 2016, it's going to be a wonderful 7 more years 8)

Your anecdotal evidence is valuable, for sure. However, does it account for larger statistical trends?

It's like saying coral reefs are doing great because this one reef in Indonesia is growing.

Also are numbers rising - or are they simply increasingly coming into contact with humans because they are being driven from traditional food sources to a diet of scavenged human waste?

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 20:14 UTC
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pidera: Ok this is the internet, but still : the violence with which so many people here react to the mere thought that they could join others in adopting a lifestyle which is more gentle to the planet we live on, is absolutely shocking.

SarahTerra,

Neither side is a bed of roses, but your attitude seems to be 'when the left are all angels, in my self-admittedly biased terms, I will meet them'. Nothing works like that.

You may be a reasonable person - unfortunately you've chosen to be vocal about Donald Trump, a man who continuously attempts to bully is opposition into submission. You may argue that he's giving as good as he's getting, I would argue that he's setting new daily lows. He's creating an environment where any fact or valid report can be disproved simply by him saying 'fake', and his supporters will believe it because he's their dog.

If you want to debate based on reasons, bringing Trump into makes things tricky.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 20:11 UTC
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