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About me:

Husband, father, grandfather, anesthesiologist; and when I get freetime: a hiker/climber, birder, cyclist, and runner with a bunch of photo gear that far exceeds my needs and abilities.


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Marco Nero: The images aren't disappointing although the lens isn't f/1.2 ... and that's where the real magic of the 85mmL lens from Canon lies. I don't think I'll be buying this lens for two reasons: One is because, other than speed, I don't see it exceeding the capabilities of the Canon f/1.2L version. And the other reason is that this site has suddenly taken sides in the US election aftermath...

It disappoints me greatly that political statements are now being (obviously) endorsed by DPreview. Those Lens sample-photograph closeups of Anti-American/Anti-Trump signs (as well as the protesters themselves) are two very different things. One shows an affiliation between the photographer and the protest itself. The closeup of the hate-inspired Trump signs is disgusting to see on a review site. We don't need a socialist agenda here on a camera/tech review site. Disgusting. I'm sorry but I won't buy products when reviewers here use them to endorse political agendas.

Remember DPR is Amazon owned and that Trump and Bezos have no love lost for each other regarding Trump accusations of antitrust issues with Amazon.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 23:52 UTC
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PieterB: Knowing Apple fans, they will all buy this without any protests and dish out lots of money to buy the newest peripherals for more money to replace their not so old peripherals.
For the sole reason, that if Apple changes everything, you must follow.

Apple fans seem to swallow just about everything. Apple seems to be like God to them and can't be questioned. Some of my friends are Apple lovers and there really is no reasoning with them. They will buy whatever Apple offers at any price without any questions whatsoever. It doesn't matter how expensive it is, or how many alternatives there are. They will buy Apple. Period.

As a person who questions everything about anything, that is really remarkable.

You sound pretty rigidly set in your alternate views, describing any Apple users buying decisions in so many absolute terms. I believe Transference is the term used to describe recognizing your own tendencies in others and presenting it in a negative way, just a preference for a different operating system.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 11:26 UTC
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karlkk: silly lens for silly rich and bored people.who needs a lens with such huge dimensions and weight for practical use ? how many of this magazine's readers go on safari trips ?

Way too short for a safari!

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2016 at 11:28 UTC
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Lan: Right, so we now have the perfect sensor for a Canon high end mirrorless; but they delivered it in a dSLR box - why?

That said, I'll probably buy it anyway ;)

Why? Perhaps the target market is current 5D series users who are anticipating an updated body rather than instant obsolescence of their current lenses.
This would look very enticing to me if my lenses said Canon rather than Nikon.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 22:29 UTC
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osan: DSLR's suck and get stolen. He should have chosen mirrorless gear.

That would make no sense, they wanted something they could sell!

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2016 at 11:15 UTC

I can see the marketing campaign:
"Introducing the world's first 16 fps landscape camera"

Seriously I would take either of these in a heartbeat, which for me is 18-22 frames at rest.

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2016 at 16:28 UTC as 68th comment

The dual system guys can use the Nikon to be in focus for the track and field events and the Canon for the added DR at the medal ceremonies.!

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2016 at 16:11 UTC as 75th comment
On article 8 creative tips for shooting waterfalls (160 comments in total)
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cdembrey: I recently saw some waves shot at 256 seconds (yes ,256). Total mush.

Hasn't blurred water become a cliché? Doesn't someone have an original thought? Just sayin' (another annoying cliché).

Actually, hasn't posting a negative comment about a blurred water image become even more cliche and unoriginal?
One can take an image of the same water feature and each time it is different due to perspective, angle, foliage, various qualities of light, etc; but the negative comments are always the same condescending expressions of one's superior artistic tastes.

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2016 at 23:10 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2660 comments in total)

Hell hath no fury like a pentaxian disappointed. I would venture to guess that had the AF been able to challenge the efficiency of Canon or Nikon there would be none of this questioning of test methods or bias.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 11:21 UTC as 195th comment | 3 replies
On article Under pressure: Canon vs. Nikon in a hydraulic press (287 comments in total)

Will this be added to the camera comparison tool, to see how each unit functions as you change the PSI instead of ISO?

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 17:10 UTC as 137th comment
On article Under pressure: Canon vs. Nikon in a hydraulic press (287 comments in total)
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Jim Hully: Be grateful they didn't test a Pentax. We would never hear the end of how the hydraulic press benefitted from such an experience!

When the new Pentax was tested they found that AF performance was unchanged after crushing!

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 17:09 UTC
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odpisan: Temporary is K-1 "out of stock"

Did something like this ever happened to Nikon or Canon?

With each new release. Try to get a D500 or D5 XQD right now. The Nikon beta testers line up just like the giddy new Pentax beta testers.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2016 at 19:40 UTC
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pocoloco: If the iPhone had a microsd slot... this would be obsolete...

But since it doesn't have a microSD slot...

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2016 at 11:11 UTC
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fairfaxian: Always amazes me when photo backpacks appear without a waist strap (cummerbund). Toting weight on shoulders is tiring/painful. All proper outdoor backpacks put the weight onto the waist band, and shoulder straps only need to be thin mesh -not weight bearing.

My comfortable backpacks transfer weight to hip not waist and keep center of gravity near torso. My photo packs carry the weight on shoulders with ineffective transfer to hip and have the weight centered too far away from body. My thinktank packs are wonderful for fitting camera gear but can be punishing to carry. This is why we all have a collection of packs!

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2016 at 10:35 UTC
On article CP+ 2016: Hands-on with new Sigma SD cameras and lenses (308 comments in total)
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WACONimages: I like how this camera is designed. A bit like NAD's audio equipment. Industrial and clean design but with high techniques behind that.

Now I hope Sigma will concentrate on make pancake lenses. The Art line of their lenses is great, but pretty heavy & large for this new camera.

Nice observation regarding that clean NAD look. The target customers would likely not like the premium price that goes with the good NAD stuff though!

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2016 at 13:46 UTC
On article GoPro's poor holiday sales lead to staff layoff (116 comments in total)

Market saturation and attrition. Everyone that needed such a camera on the end of their skis has either already purchased one, gotten injured and no longer needs one, or just plain grown up!

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2016 at 23:24 UTC as 14th comment
On article Hands-on with the Nikon D5 (409 comments in total)
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deanfuller: I can't believe they're still putting that 1960's flappy mirror thingy in a camera. When will they learn . . .

I believe it was designed for the needs of their Nikon professional users. They may placed less emphasis on the preferences of fuji compact users. Just a guess. 😀

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2016 at 19:01 UTC
On article Top 5: Hands-on with Nikon D500 (783 comments in total)
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tecnoworld: For dpr: if you ever do a comparison test with nx1, please at least care to update nx1 to fw 1.4. You tested and reviewed it with ancient fw 1.22 and the camera is at least twice as better in focus speed, other than having added loads of features, like DIS for video.

With fw 1.4, nx1's af, both in good and bad light, never misses one shot even at 15fps. So I'm curious to see an unbiased comparison.

They are not going to do a head to head comparison of a newly released DSLR and an MILC, which is in all likelihood, being withdrawn from the market. You will just have to proudly use your Samsung, an excellent camera, without the validation you seem to be craving.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2016 at 11:00 UTC
On article Top 5: Hands-on with Nikon D500 (783 comments in total)
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tecnoworld: I'm curious to see which score this camera will get on DPR. If more than Samsung NX1, then I won't read this site anymore, since NX1 has been out for more than one year and every spec is better than D500.

Given you are already deeply invested into a Samsung mirrorless setup this camera or its DPR rating as a DSLR is of little relevance to you. You have highly rated excellent equipment and should use it proudly. For those of us similarly invested into Nikon system or those interested in an additional body from a company which is likely to still be producing high end cameras next year the D500 is appealing and exciting.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2016 at 14:39 UTC
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Suhas Sudhakar Kulkarni: As a one time m43 user, I feel that the lens is a bit heavy for the original promise of compact system of m43. Given the small camera bodies it seems to be challenging to balance this big lens. The price is also higher than expected.
I do not have any doubt about sharpness and focusing ability of the lens though.

Toni, Canon 600 weighs less than 4 kg

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 13:05 UTC
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