Scott Birch

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This is such a non-issue. I'm loving the red-blue politicizing of it by our hysterical American brothers, though. All this foaming at the mouth for nothing at all.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2013 at 08:44 UTC as 69th comment | 6 replies
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Camediadude: Every now and again dpreview makes a serious misstep.
(Been lurking here for over a decade) ...
Re-posting this irrelevant-to-photography, politically-charged story is precisely one of those missteps. Learn from your mistakes, guys.

Why is this a "serious" mis-step? It's a story about imaging devices. It generates interest in site content. If you, after a decade of lurking, suddenly awaken from your slumber, you're kinda demonstrating the article's effectiveness, even though your comment hints at a personal bias that isn't really germane.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2013 at 08:37 UTC
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Maverick_: As a GH1 owner who was anxiously waiting for GH3 for an upgrade I have since completely dismissed GH3 as a fail from Panasonic. It's not really a photographers medium, it's a videographers. GH series is an amazing video camera and a rather ordinary stills tool.

Although some many not appreciate these comparison shots from DPR, but many do. If you want to figure out what a sensor can do, specially in high ISO, this is one of the best benchmarks on the web.

It seems, the GH3 is only marginally better than the GH2 and not quite as good as OM-D which is 400 dollars cheaper and much smaller. I don't see any reason to upgrade to GH3, as I do not need the broadcast quality video option. And the OM-D is looking even better now.

yabokkie the advertised ISO is the useful one to examine because that's the setting we'll use. we're buying a camera not just a sensor.

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2013 at 05:48 UTC
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tomservo33: Well, it is quite strange, how Sony can make such innovative, comfortable to use, generally feature rich cameras, that consistantly deliver SOFT images. I suspect that the issue is Software, not the sensor, lens, etc... Maybe I'm wrong, maybe it is not an "Issue" but an intentional feature/style. I have heard many discuss the AA, the agressive sony noise reduction; and compared to other APS-C cameras, and m4/3, the Sony shots all suffer from a general softness that seems to be caused by either aggressive and unnecessary noise reduction, or an odd JPEG engine. I feel that the RAW files are all quite good if I had to do Post-P. and I would have bought a Nex-6 if the Jpegs didn't look a little bit softer, consistantly.

tomservo if you only rely on review data, samples and user portfolios then that, surely isn't enough. it only goes to show that most comments on these fora are uninformed and of little use. can the real users and photographers please stand up?

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2013 at 02:56 UTC

It would be good to see a similar treatment of the X100(s)'s lens.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2013 at 10:39 UTC as 17th comment
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Princess Leia: No need to criticize an awesome camera according to many reviews. Just be honest and say "I cannot afford it"....

What do you shoot with, yabokkie?

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2013 at 18:27 UTC
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G7D: any insite into why they used 7Ds and teleconverters, why go up so high only to zoom in massively??

okay understanding the need to zoom for detail still confused how they got a wide angle at the same time multiple lenses?

_Do_ tell us how _you_ would have done it G7D. I'd love to read your method ;)

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2013 at 07:03 UTC
On article Just Posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 review (510 comments in total)
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Scott Birch: Impressive, but pointless. I wonder what kind of pictures will be taken with it. Do you think they'll justify the leap from APS-C to FF in a compact?

Yup. I hated it at first. I criticised it however I could. But yesterday I saw some more pics taken with it, and I went back to the shop and asked to try it out some more. I think I'm slowly falling in love with the damn thing.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2013 at 04:44 UTC
On article Just Posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 review (510 comments in total)
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Scott Birch: Impressive, but pointless. I wonder what kind of pictures will be taken with it. Do you think they'll justify the leap from APS-C to FF in a compact?

Different photographers contributed to the selection. So sorry, must have been asleep. To be honest, the photos do look good. Better than Leica pics. But I think if I were to own a FF camera, I'd still go for an SLR. Putting such a superb sensor in a compact body is like ... well, locking it in a cage. I enjoyed handling the A99 more. They were next to each other in the shop :)

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2013 at 18:57 UTC
On article Just Posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 review (510 comments in total)
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Scott Birch: Impressive, but pointless. I wonder what kind of pictures will be taken with it. Do you think they'll justify the leap from APS-C to FF in a compact?

Orwullie, would you say that this camera enabled you to take these pics and make them as good as those from a FF SLR? I guess I'm asking because I feel you made these pics good more than did the camera (Yes I do like the pics).

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2013 at 12:10 UTC
On article Just Posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 review (510 comments in total)
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Scott Birch: Impressive, but pointless. I wonder what kind of pictures will be taken with it. Do you think they'll justify the leap from APS-C to FF in a compact?

Oorwullie, you added extra question marks. May I donate them to a needy drama school? Thank you for the link, by the way. Nice pics framed well with appealing subject matter. Much post? I ask because of the vignetting. I wouldn't put them above any other FF camera's images I've seen, though.

The one I handled in here in Dubai felt somehow more 'delicate' (not in a good way) than a FF SLR. There's something reassuringly solid about a 5D, for example.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2013 at 11:53 UTC
On article Just Posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 review (510 comments in total)

Impressive, but pointless. I wonder what kind of pictures will be taken with it. Do you think they'll justify the leap from APS-C to FF in a compact?

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2013 at 06:18 UTC as 120th comment | 8 replies
On article World Press Photo announces 2013 contest winners (296 comments in total)
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RBFresno: Hansen's shot is very powerful.

I am absolutely sincere in my hope that it's title, "Gaza Funeral" is more accurate than "More Hamas Human Shield Casualties used in Propaganda photo"

It was taken 11/20/12 during the 8 day "Operation Pillar of Defense" by Israel against Hamas militants in Gaza .

From my initial research, hard to tell whether this was another example of Hamas using Human Shields, or an overreaction by Israeli forces:

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/human-rights-watch-israel-violated-laws-of-war-during-offensive-on-gaza-1.503399

I'm not sure how staged this photo was (funerals are planned) But hey, the famous IWO Jima shot of Joe Rosenthal was also staged.

Given this uncertainty, I would have preferred a more neutral title such as "Grief-stricken Mideast Funeral March", over either
"Gaza Funeral ....children killed in an Israeli Missile Strike"
or the opposite:
"More Hamas Human Shield Casualties used in Propaganda photo"

It's a funeral. It's in Gaza.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2013 at 08:25 UTC
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Maklike Tier: Can you idiots keep your politics out of this? This is a PHOTO competition. Who gives a sh!t what the photographers' motivations are, political or financial? This is not the place for that, but AS USUAL, people can't help themselves.

STICK TO THE PHOTOS, DAMNIT.

I guess some people would be happier if the Palestinians were never photographed at all.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2013 at 08:24 UTC
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ffnikclif: I love to see the m4/3 & 4/3 grow. The systems keep get larger & better. I shot an Olympus half frame for many years & still have that camera. Of course I shoot digital now & moved to full frame 2 years ago.
I don't understand the attitudes that many photographers have against what the other guy uses for their tools of choice to photograph with. I think it is great that we all have so much to choose from to create. Do we have to be so petty & jealous? I can shoot my 1.2 at dinner with out a flash & the other guy had to use a flash??? WTF! That may have been a choice? And all the people using cell phones think all these "big" cameras are crazy & not needed at all.
These are just choices & need no justification. If you see me in the field please say Hi & if you have time to chat show me your grear. I'm sure I will like it & hope to learn its best features. I doubt my FF is any better than yours. We all love taking pictures.

Fred

How very reasonable. What on earth are you doing here?

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2013 at 02:08 UTC
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mpgxsvcd: F3.5 - F5.3. Enough said! When are the manufactures going to stop giving consumers what they ask for(30x zoom) and give them what they need(F1.4-F2.3) like the LX7 has.

"Ansel Adams, being a founding member of Group f/64 was, as the name of the group would indicate, liked as much in sharp focus as possible. To do so, Adams and others working in the ‘straight' style, use the smallest f/stops on their lenses to attain the maximum depth of field. Edward Weston, another founding member of Group f/64, even once made a smaller aperture for one of his lenses that didn’t stop down far enough."

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2013 at 02:01 UTC
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mpgxsvcd: F3.5 - F5.3. Enough said! When are the manufactures going to stop giving consumers what they ask for(30x zoom) and give them what they need(F1.4-F2.3) like the LX7 has.

It helps if you actually read my post, Karroly. Meanwhile, keep chasing your biggest aperture ..

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2013 at 01:44 UTC
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Cy Cheze: A Vibration Correction that offers "disconcertingly steady stabilization"?

How so?

Isn't that like a noisy silence, hot ice, a savant idiot, or reddish green?

Vibration and shake are the disconcerting bane of all zoom lenses, especially when used for hand-held video.

Another awkward moment when an excitable writer lays on the adverbs ...

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2013 at 14:55 UTC
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mpgxsvcd: F3.5 - F5.3. Enough said! When are the manufactures going to stop giving consumers what they ask for(30x zoom) and give them what they need(F1.4-F2.3) like the LX7 has.

Aperture fundamentalists. They're discovered a narrow depth of field and that's the be-all and end-all for them, despite history's struggle to mitigate it. If that's what you want, don't look for it in a compact camera!

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2013 at 19:10 UTC

The only camera I own is a Fujifilm F31fd. I bought it because I wanted a portable digital snapper that could handle low-light ok. It was recommended to me on rec.photo by a pro. I'll always remember my night-club photos and the event photographers with their state-of-the-art-at-the-time DSLRs coveting it. A couple went and bought their own. I have taken some great photographs with that little camera.

The thing is, it's ugly. I have never bonded with it or seen it as an object of desire in that aesthetic sense. It never looked great. It feels 'cheap.' The buttons are tiny. I think now I handle it less and hanker after something new for this irrational reason. I love my Rolex even though it's inaccurate. I like my MacbookPro even though it's not the best laptop any more. It's not rational, but there it is.

I feel silly for writing this but I'll probably buy a new camera this year, something that looks and feels beautiful as well as being capable of taking good pictures.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2013 at 05:22 UTC as 67th comment
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