Sirandar

Lives in Canada Guelph, Canada
Joined on Oct 29, 2004

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On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Review (580 comments in total)
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LJohnK2: Question: Shutter Shock.....didn't notice any mention of it.....so wonder if there is a new mechanism in this body or is e first curtain is still the way to go ?

I have a EM5 ii and the e-shutter is very useful in some situations ..... But there are some drawbacks panning and you can't use a flash. . .

The e-shutter lets me shoot pixel sharp all the way to 300mm with the Oly 75-300 .....

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2017 at 23:14 UTC
On article The magic of ultraviolet nature and macro photography (71 comments in total)

This is perhaps the best dpreview article I've seen in years...

Thank you

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2017 at 20:00 UTC as 24th comment

A snapshot of how our world actually works. .... What a mess

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2017 at 19:53 UTC as 103rd comment

If they actually paid a computer science team to make a cartridge that really did something unique and compelling this could fly ......

And made a body and sensor worthy of the beautiful but hypey video.....

Sadly that's the way almost every industry works these days ..... 95% style 5% substance..

That's why 95% of makers and scientists are out of work and why of for every uncomnected 1000 students who graduate from university ... One finds a relevant career.

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2017 at 16:51 UTC as 44th comment
On article Here's why your beloved film SLR is never going digital (274 comments in total)

I will eventually probably be possible .... But long after there is any reason anyone would.....

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2017 at 16:14 UTC as 64th comment

I am in awe of the quality of the media advertising for this camera.

I'd buy this camera if I could photograph things with the girl in the video ;)

Otherwise .... I couldn't really imagine any other scenario where this would be useful ..... Actually I could think of one ...... someone who with deliberation doesn't want to see pictures as they are shot ..... but wait my Oly does that too, just turn the LCD inwards and I have a Yashica.

With that limited a shutter speed choice, shooting outdoors on a bright day may blow highlights.

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2017 at 23:08 UTC as 140th comment | 1 reply
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George1958: It's a "so what" from me. Google are not to be forgiven for killing off NIk software.

They took a great and for all intensive purposes finished piece of software and made it free ...... It works great on Win7 and Win10 with no issues for me at least ...

You could argue that Lightroom and Photoshop development has also ended so I don't think there is all that much to worry about.

Sooner or later something will come us that replaces the whole lot and makes photography into even more of a commodity.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2017 at 06:46 UTC
On article 6 things we want to see in the Google Pixel 2 (79 comments in total)
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TheDarmok74: I bought the LG G6 only for its super WA lens and it has dismal photo quality for my taste - completely overprocessed, HDR adds a lot of processing artifacts and WA looks like a water painting (was much happier with my 2 years old S6) but the super WA lens is still a great feature.
So I'd wish for a Pixel 2 with 2 lenses- one around 15mm, the other 28-30mm equivalent. The longer one stabilized. That's it. If IQ is as good as on the first, that's good enough for a cell phone camera for me. Maybe better WB.

I have a V20 and didn't really notice any overprocessing ..... the images were crappy but still great for a smartphone ....

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2017 at 14:49 UTC
On article The Nikon D850 could be the only DSLR you’ll ever need (1100 comments in total)
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Sirandar: From what I read Nikon is restructuring and needs all the help it can get but this article seems like an advertisement to me. That's a slippery slope.

If I had boatloads of money I'd buy a d850 in a heartbeat but still...

Interesting responses.

First of all my response really doesn't have anything to do with Nikon except if they are providing promotional materials to dpreview without dpreview disclosing this.

Second..... This article is extremely professionally done in fact far too well done. The models photographers involved the scenes are just over the top compared to most other reviews and articles.

If dpreview has found a gold mine somewhere and can afford to give every cameras this level of love then I'm all for this. Otherwise in my view dpreview is failing the impartiality test.........but honestly not very badly. I'm only posting this to say at least somebody noticed this.

Lastly the title of the article is unnecessarily sensationalized and obviously untrue .....

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2017 at 15:39 UTC
On article The Nikon D850 could be the only DSLR you’ll ever need (1100 comments in total)

From what I read Nikon is restructuring and needs all the help it can get but this article seems like an advertisement to me. That's a slippery slope.

If I had boatloads of money I'd buy a d850 in a heartbeat but still...

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2017 at 03:12 UTC as 103rd comment | 7 replies
On article Yashica is teasing a comeback to the camera market (299 comments in total)
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jackspra: Video with no info.Strange marketing.

In a over saturated advertising market anything different can temporarily attract attention.

One has to wonder what they are promoting in this quite striking video

1) Cameras
2) Smoking
3) A style image or way of being
4) Being a beautiful and desired Asian woman who can buy or do anything she likes and still be beautiful and desired.

I wonder how much 4) would cost ..? ;)

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2017 at 17:41 UTC
On article iPhone X: What you need to know (411 comments in total)
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Sirandar: Lol .... Finally the fingerprint sensor on at least my phone works perfectly and seamlessly and now they're starting to take them away. Once you learn to pick up your phone the right way with your finger in the right position unlocking your phone is natural.

Will this face unlock thing work when it's dark without shining a light in your face ? And Google just look I meant to some new features that supposedly keep your phone unlocked when that is appropriate

Actually.... If it works and has sufficient descrimination it's a pretty good idea as long as your face data doesn't phone home

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 16:08 UTC
On article iPhone X: What you need to know (411 comments in total)

Lol .... Finally the fingerprint sensor on at least my phone works perfectly and seamlessly and now they're starting to take them away. Once you learn to pick up your phone the right way with your finger in the right position unlocking your phone is natural.

Will this face unlock thing work when it's dark without shining a light in your face ? And Google just look I meant to some new features that supposedly keep your phone unlocked when that is appropriate

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 15:35 UTC as 50th comment | 5 replies
On article Hands-on with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV (338 comments in total)
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Sirandar: I was an early adopter of the Panasonic FZ30..... used it for years and well past its best before date because it was so versatile and when you understood its limitations took great pictures.

This is the FZ-30 finally pretty much perfected. When Pana dumped the FZ-30/50 there was all sorts of rumblings that making it better wasn't possible.

Sony just showed it is ..... this is the camera I dreamed of as my FZ30 replacement.

Ironically, I never bought a FZ-30 replacement and moved to M4/3 instead. I briefly considered the FZ1000, but it didn't quite cut it compared to what I already had.

Since then I bought a bit more decent glass and even the DSC-RX10 IV isn't tempting enough despite the OBVIOUS reach and convenience.

If I was buying fresh right now this would probably be a no brainer as what I have is the same price as this. The only question would be does this have the same dynamic range and image stabilization as an EM5 ii and can you get as good results as Oly primes and the PRO series lenses.

Sadly a quick check on DPreview indicates ISO1600 isn't all that good on the RX10 III at least, so shooting with a good fast prime and M4/3 still has some advantages. That said never having to put that prime lens on has a lot of advantage too.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 03:53 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV (338 comments in total)

I was an early adopter of the Panasonic FZ30..... used it for years and well past its best before date because it was so versatile and when you understood its limitations took great pictures.

This is the FZ-30 finally pretty much perfected. When Pana dumped the FZ-30/50 there was all sorts of rumblings that making it better wasn't possible.

Sony just showed it is ..... this is the camera I dreamed of as my FZ30 replacement.

Ironically, I never bought a FZ-30 replacement and moved to M4/3 instead. I briefly considered the FZ1000, but it didn't quite cut it compared to what I already had.

Since then I bought a bit more decent glass and even the DSC-RX10 IV isn't tempting enough despite the OBVIOUS reach and convenience.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 03:53 UTC as 58th comment | 1 reply
On article Hands-on with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV (338 comments in total)
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terryreid: I think for some it is an all round camera especially for Facebook and other low res photography. Seldom do "do-all" anythings excel at things and are more of a compromise, if it had a APS-C sensor it would be a whole new ballgame though. If you view your images on a 5k monitor it's not ready for prime time. It is all in what you are used to I guess but for FF shooters who are used to very good image quality the quality will disappoint much to the shock of the RX10 owners but IQ does not lie.

What a laugh .... this camera can do far more than facebook .... that is what your cell phone is for.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 03:35 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV (338 comments in total)
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zakaria: At this price i can buy a ff camera .sorry sony your camera is not for me.heavy and expensive with small sensor compare to aps/c and ff cameras.

At that price you could indeed buy a full frame ..... but the good glass for it adds up fast, not to mention you have to keep changing them

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 03:32 UTC

If I didn't have nice glass I would probably divest from every changing lenses ever again ..... and if I had 2 grand

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2017 at 18:09 UTC as 146th comment | 1 reply
On article Fujifilm X-E3 First Impressions Review (337 comments in total)
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T3: It's funny how attitudes have changed. It wasn't long ago that people used to be strongly against articulating LCD screens and pop-up flashes. People would say, "I don't need no stinkin' flippy LCD screen or pop-up flash! Those are going to be the first things to break! Very vulnerable!" People were super paranoid about these things, and preached the danger of these things as if it were fact that articulating LCD screens and pop-up flashes were breaking off of cameras all around the world. A few years ago, a camera like the X-E3 would have been praised for not having a "vulnerable, break-prone" articulating LCD screen and pop-up flash. It's nice to see that those close-minded, paranoid, conservative attitudes are changing.

@ T3

I smile a little inward smile every time I turn my EM5 ii LCD inward when I am doing stuff or am only suing the EVF. Crap happens when you actually do stuff.

Why wouldn't you want this? The EM5 ii showed it is perfectly possible

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2017 at 18:26 UTC
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sh10453: Google has shown over and over again that you can't rely on their applications.

It sounds like they have some immature people in charge of such applications.
They know programming quite well, but they don't seem to have any business sense, or even common sense.

They don't seem to understand the importance of stability for the customers, or they simply don't care.

Too many apps have been dumped and discontinued, or replaced by something else, over a relatively short period of time..
Google Drive & Photos, Picasa, Google Talk, Google Bridge, the Nik collection, Google Phone, ..., are just examples.

Nothing is wrong in updating and upgrading apps, but stop dumping apps for crying out loud. Users put many hours of work, and a lot of effort in these apps in customizing, uploading, organizing, etc.

Long ago I learned that I won't rely on Google for my Clouds backup, nor do I recommend it. I use a Swedish clouds company, and I couldn't be happier. Set it and forget it.

@Resom Nik may not be futher developed but now it is free and still works very much as it was designed to ..... for me at least.

The others couldn't hold a candle to other products and were retired.

LOL It is ironic I am defending a organization that has annoyed me so much ...... sometimes they do things I don't like ..... sometimes they do things I really don't like....... but they are doing things and some of it is very interesting

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2017 at 18:04 UTC
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