LightBug

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sirhawkeye64: As many pro photographers will probably tell you, and they are mostly right, these types of charts don't matter. It doesn't matter whether you've got a Sony, Canon or Nikon in your hand. All recent cameras are good at most things. Some have slight advantages over others in certain areas, but what really matters is do you know how to use it, and are you good at creating photographs? That's the important part. Obviously, lens selection is important, but for many users (particularly hobbyists and enthusiasts) all of the major brands cover most of the common focal lengths, or are getting there. I am a bit surprised to see Canon ahead of Sony in the mirrorless market, but again, the numbers could be slightly skewed one way or another (ie. statistical error). Olympus beating both of them in the mirrorless market isn't entirely surprising though.

Mulkul was joking I believe.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2018 at 00:02 UTC

Canon sells a two lens kit for $499 at Costco. I would buy it too if I was shopping for an entry level camera. Having the deep pocket to sell kits so cheaply while everyone is raising prices will probably mean continued market share gain for Canon.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2018 at 23:56 UTC as 6th comment
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Patcheye: Browsing through a camera shop the other day and a guy was looking for camera to start to enjoy his retirement. He went for the Canon even though the sales person was trying to show him other options but the buyer just said he knew Canon and would go with that. He didn't handle the camera or try it, just bought it because he thought it was (rightly or wrongly) a reliable brand. I have used Canon for decades (and Fuji) but if people are buying gear without even seeing if it fits their hand - let alone their needs, then what value sale figures?

Sales figure tells you which companies are doing well and which companies are not. Canon sells lots because they have a good reputation. Canon also sells many low priced kits that caters to new buyers.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2018 at 23:47 UTC
On article Report: GoPro is looking for a buyer (158 comments in total)

I looked to buy go pro once, then I found they were quite expensive. If they want to turn it around, cutting cost and lowering prices would be a start.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2018 at 18:23 UTC as 17th comment
On article A letter from the Publisher (332 comments in total)
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John Sansom: Personally I would be happy to pay a subscription fee to view DPreview. We know classic banner ads on websites are in decline and DPR can only exist if it is a profit making business and that money has to come from somewhere. DPR must be the de facto news site for so many photographers and it must be able to continue with its editorial independence.

DPR already has many links going to amazon, if that can’t keep them afloat, maybe ads from other vendors should be allowed.

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2018 at 23:04 UTC
On article A letter from the Publisher (332 comments in total)

Please avoid snide remarks in your reviews, I saw this was done quite frequently when reviewing Pentax cameras that the reviewers always had some cheap shots rollled in with some praises. Just give us the facts and none of the bias if you can help it.

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2018 at 17:46 UTC as 91st comment | 4 replies
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sirhawkeye64: I bet Steve Jobs is rolling in his grave..... While Cook has helped the company grow, I don't think this is what Jobs had envisioned for his company, at least not this approach to how to treat consumers (and some of them are loyal Apple customers). Jobs seemed to always have the customer in mind, when developing/designing new products. Not necessarily the board of directors or stockholders, which can be a good and bad thing at the same time. I think it was maybe late towards the end of his life that he started to focus more on profitability but in the earlier days, it was more about the consumer than the board or stockholders.

Not sure where you got that impression about Steve Jobs and company. Jobs only cared about his vision, not necessarily the consumers. If you know anything about battery problems with old iPods, you would know Apple’s solution to dying batteries was simply “buy a new iPod”.

This current iPhone episode seems to be a more subtle spin on an old theme.

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2017 at 20:44 UTC
On article These are the best cameras you can buy right now (483 comments in total)
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LightBug: Pentax K-1 still best value for high image quality.

Comparing K-1 pixel-shift vs 645z vs D850 vs A7Riii pixel-shift:
https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/image-comparison?attr18=daylight&attr13_0=pentax_k1&attr13_1=pentax_645z&attr13_2=nikon_d850&attr13_3=sony_a7riii&attr15_0=raw&attr15_1=raw&attr15_2=raw&attr15_3=raw&attr16_0=100&attr16_1=100&attr16_2=100&attr16_3=100&attr126_0=2&attr126_3=2&normalization=full&widget=1&x=-0.5514783106248938&y=0.2044586429613169

Seems like K-1 is the best for fine details when pixel shift can be employed. The Sony pixel shift still has hint of false colors in region with fine lines:

https://g3.img-dpreview.com/BC90E238EA7E41CD8D96D80EDBF27848.jpg

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2017 at 07:27 UTC
On article These are the best cameras you can buy right now (483 comments in total)

Pentax K-1 still best value for high image quality.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2017 at 06:39 UTC as 17th comment | 4 replies
On article Best cameras under $2000 (83 comments in total)
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eric333: Meh, I’m waiting for Best Cameras Under $1 Billion

Best keeps getting more expensive, so keep waiting.

Hubble $1.5 billlion.
James Webb $10 billion.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2017 at 18:50 UTC

Question to photographer, why did you choose a Canon lens instead of the Sony native 16-35 lens? Is the Canon lens preferred in some way?

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2017 at 08:01 UTC as 41st comment | 7 replies
On article Buying Guide: Best cameras for landscapes (154 comments in total)

Are Nikon or Sony lenses weather sealed or weather resistant?

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2017 at 16:03 UTC as 40th comment | 2 replies

Anyone venture to guess how much price premium will be added to camera bodies with the new higher resolution sensors?

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2017 at 21:44 UTC as 6th comment

Kodak please bring back Kodachrome processing, I got many rolls still in my possession.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2017 at 00:03 UTC as 18th comment | 3 replies
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(unknown member): O.K. people chill. Pixel shift does not increase sensor resolution. It does not increase lens resolution. It just gets rid of the moire and other digitally and optically generated artifacts that mess with your life, as all these gizmos are merely ways of getting back to the crispness and contrast and microcontrast and OOMPH and dynamic range you get with FILM.

Say so Rishi! Let's be 'Avin' You!!!

Munro, film is not infinite resolution. So it is limiting resolution just like digital sensors.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2017 at 00:25 UTC
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(unknown member): O.K. people chill. Pixel shift does not increase sensor resolution. It does not increase lens resolution. It just gets rid of the moire and other digitally and optically generated artifacts that mess with your life, as all these gizmos are merely ways of getting back to the crispness and contrast and microcontrast and OOMPH and dynamic range you get with FILM.

Say so Rishi! Let's be 'Avin' You!!!

To be fair Munro didn’t say 135 Film specifically.
I think he meant that pixel shift undoes color blurring caused by Bayer color filter, which is only present in digital cameras.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2017 at 20:14 UTC
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Petroglyph: Good move by Sony here. Olympus had this feature before Pentax I think. But the K1 has a mode that tries to automatically clone out small motions. And it is a FF sensor. There are only a few converters that handle it though. The SilkyPix provided does. It is an awesome move by Sony to start providing a Pix shift option and all the vendors that do will only improve in this feature. Someday, the processors might be fast enough for hand held pix shift with subjects that move slightly.

Ricoh seems to be the first in 2000:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/6-pentax-dslr-discussion/354783-pixel-shift-roots-year-2000-ricoh.html

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2017 at 19:51 UTC
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Peiasdf: What’s the difference between Photoshop and Lightroom?

Photoshop is for heavy duty retouching work, Lightroom is more data organization and light duty retouching work.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2017 at 18:51 UTC
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Photato: Apple should buy Nikon to disrupt this stagnant industry by putting the "Smart" on Cameras.

Investing in low margin and declining industry seems unlikely for Apple.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2017 at 15:17 UTC

Smartphone beats dedicated camera in usability (easier to snap decent pictures and video and to share/upload), and price (camera is free on the smartphone).

Camera manufacturers have a tough road ahead of them to convince consumers to give them more money. Their latest attempts seem to be making great image quality more affordable, but most people do not need more image quality than APSC or FF can already provide from few years ago. Why pay $3000+ for A7Riii when used A7R can be had for less than $900? I personally have not bought anything new for several years now, the used market is full of great gear at bargain prices, and that will drag on sales of new gear.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2017 at 06:30 UTC as 64th comment
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