jackie semple

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rz350: So, since this is from Sony sensor and not Sony camera, this sensor is available to any camera company who wants to pony up the cash. So Canon, Nikon etc. have equal access to this sensor for the same cash that Sony camera has to pay. Isn't allowing this technology to be accessible to all going to hurt Sony camera? Or is another Sony camera designed sensor that Sony camera has unique access to?
This little article doesn't go into any depth regarding this. DPR needs to give us a little more depth in their articles because of the implications for other camera manufacturers. Sony Semiconductor is supposed to be a arms length from Sony camera.

Sony CEO reportedly explained sometime in the past year that all newly developed products firstly are for Sony exclusively and later, about a year later or more depending on the circumstances, they can become available to the wider photographic industry.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2017 at 16:37 UTC
On article Verizon officially acquires Yahoo including Flickr (54 comments in total)

I shall leave matters as they are and keep a watchful eye. This comfortable view is supported by the fact that not all my photos are on Flickr as I upload all important photos to Google,

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2017 at 20:08 UTC as 17th comment
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thejohnnerparty: I'm seeing a trend in new lens designs and I'm not liking it. I see it in this Samy 35. I saw it in the new Nikkor 28mm F/1.4. And I've seen it other lenses - the flat look of the principle subject in the foreground. It doesn't look natural to me. The subjects almost look like an overlay on the photo. I hope I wrong about this, but before I buy any new lens I'm going to be looking for that characteristic. I'm just not fond of it. I think it is being caused by designers that provide enhanced background bokeh. ..... I'm not an optics engineer, so if this is nonsense please don't go ballistic. ;-)

For me that is simply a brilliant photo. The art of photography is not necessarily a straight record of what the eye sees.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2017 at 15:21 UTC
On article Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM sample gallery (142 comments in total)

I received a copy of this lens on April 27. See my gallery of early pics with this lens -


Link | Posted on May 10, 2017 at 21:18 UTC as 23rd comment
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vlad2304: The best way to increase the overall market share is to give us sharp 24-105mm/F4 lens for Sony FE mount.

Not a F4 - a F1.8

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2017 at 12:04 UTC
On article Pentax KP Review (662 comments in total)
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FrankS009: 703g. All that needs to be said.


That means it has substance.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2017 at 18:41 UTC
On article Sigma 135mm F1.8 Art Sample Gallery (123 comments in total)
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dennis tennis: my iphone takes way better pictures and I'm sexier using the iphone compared to lugging around a big dinosaur DSLR. Hot women come up to me when I whip out my iphone and sling it around like a mack daddy. When I bend over to extract my ancient DSLR from my backpack, thus revealing my plumber's crack, women run away. Let's face it, women check out that sexy iphone bulge on my rear skinny jean pocket. The outline of that iphone 7, seals the deal baby!

Seems that you are quite a catch with your smart phone.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2017 at 14:53 UTC
On photo High Altitude Rocky Mountain Railroad in the On the Rails... challenge (23 comments in total)

A delightful pic.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2017 at 12:25 UTC as 12th comment
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Nick Brundle - Photography: UK has also banned electronic devices

Banned from cabin luggage but can be located in the hold.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 17:54 UTC
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (891 comments in total)

I use both but my strong preference is with the latest generation of EVFs as with the Sony ILCs.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2017 at 13:08 UTC as 339th comment
On article CP+ 2017: Hands-on with Sigma's newest lenses (199 comments in total)
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Morvegil: Looks good to me. People whining about weight must be Sony users mad at again at not getting good lenses.

But all of these lenses shall work with Sony E- mount bodies via the Sigma MC-11 mount converter so what's not to like. As Sigma say on their web site - "The lens makes the photograph".

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 12:37 UTC
On photo _F0A5334-Edit_small in the Open Air Fashion Photography challenge (13 comments in total)

Perfect capture, IMO.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2017 at 13:06 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On article Sigma Announces 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM lens (154 comments in total)
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TN Args: "Available Mount Conversion Service (Allows use with another camera body)"

Other than Canikon?

Sigma produce a mount converter MC-11 for using these DSLR lenses with Sony E Mount cameras. I have one and it works.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 16:26 UTC
On article Sigma Announces 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM lens (154 comments in total)
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ms18: Give us a 400mm f/5.6 prime for E mount

This lens can be used with E mount bodies via the MC-11 adapter sold by Sigma.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 15:52 UTC
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Kiril Karaatanasov: They were not making any ILC cameras from April through September so I guess drop in sales is to be expected when you have nothing to sell

It was well reported that Sony camera production did suffer from the impact of that earthquake. I don't know the detail but early in July 2016 I tried to buy a Sony RX100 only to be told by the dealer and subsequently importer that there was none available.....due to the earthquake and that this hiatus would last 3 - 4 months. I did check with numerous other dealers but without success but I can understand that somewhere someone was selling these cameras that were stlll in stock but for me there was no trace.
Turning to Sony product popularity, I can understand that not everyone appreciates Sony cameras just as I and others don't appreciate Nikon and Canon cameras but I know that all these marques make great cameras. I just happen to prefer using Sony.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2017 at 19:21 UTC
On article Video: Sony a6500 First Look (339 comments in total)

I shoot with the a6000 and this model seems to be a worthy successor to that series and, at least for me, worth skipping the a6300 but I suspect the price will be commensurate with the high specification. A good buy in the Spring 2017.

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2016 at 17:51 UTC as 15th comment
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2673 comments in total)
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K1000usr: I have one suggestion for DPR. The anti-vibration (5 axis image-stabilization) in K-1 really works very well. It works with all lenses: old or new. This is incredibly powerful, and very obvious advantage. I can easily take very good shots handheld at 1/10 second.

Image stabilization mode of K-1 has not gotten so much recognition in this review as it should have. Perhaps image stabilization should be a category for evaluating all cameras.

The dollar cost saving in body-based image-stabilization is substantial -- Not to forget, the lens also becomes lighter.

If I'm not mistaken, Nikon, Fuji and Canon bodies don't have IBIS and therefore this facility is built in some (not all) of their lenses together with their control switch that is probably easier to manufacture with a switch placed on the lens. No point in having a switch or control in the camera for their lenses that don't have image stabilisation. If this is killer for you then no need to choose Pentax

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2016 at 21:11 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2673 comments in total)
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Teo Gin: When different camera companies adopted the AF system I didn't know that the quickest AF system automatically determined the best camera! All testers here (victims of Nikon and Canon) found Pentax K-1 "autofocusly" slower than the more expensive bodies of N****s and C****s so what they tell us? They tell us that Pentax K10D and Pentax K20D which had earned Gold Verdicts in the past are better than Pentax K-1...???!!! Just go back and search for the Verdicts of Pentax K10D and Pentax K20D and you will find out what testers of dpreview make! They removed the verdicts of the past bodies... in order to avoid the criticism of Pentaxians! One of the best photo cameras in FF section came up and it is ready for all of us to get it! Thanks Pentax! Thanks Ricoh! The return of Jedi is a fact and Darth Vaders of N**** and C**** feel the threat!!! ;-)

You say -
" K-1 is a perfect camera for masses.....". Not sure that the masses want or could afford such a camera.
".....but pros have higher demands nowadays.". Pros demand reliable workhorse cameras with a suitable lens catalogue that are supported when things go wrong as they do in all walks of life. My Pentax dealer provides excellent support and this camera + the 3 lens amigos (15-30, 24-70 & 70-200) appear to fit many Pro requirements including their budget. However, the lack of confidence in Pentax coupled with negative reviews might cause Pros to look elsewhere.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2016 at 16:57 UTC
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J R Mathlin: Just received my MC-11, and have had a play on my A7Rii, some interesting points, yes I can now use the face and eye focus, works fine, and the auto zoom on MF works fine, however I note now that the camera and lens keeps trying to focus even when I am in single shot and I am not touching the button ?? plus as it grabs focus on any of my sigma Art lens it has a little flutter just before the final fix on focus. So to be honest not overly impressed, but it does work and it does work well.
This is the big point however, my canon lenses now work fantastically, yes no face or eye recognition, but they grab focus first time every time on all my lenses up to my 70-300 L series, but my 400mm IS f2.8 does not work, but its the only one. My 70-200 F2.8 is super fast, might even be as fast as when on my 7Dmkii, but I will have to test this. So even if the sigma lenses are not massively improved over there function on the Metabones IV, the Canon Lenses are, so Bonus !!

Does it work with camera in AF-C mode?

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2016 at 00:46 UTC
On article Photokina 2014 Video: The Fujifilm X100T (27 comments in total)
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wetracy: I don't see the value of this. His forte is obviously not presentation. He's probably fine at standing there answering questions and carrying on conversations with people. He missed the most important feature when talking about the viewfinder -- the combining of EVF and OVF providing a focus preview focus box -- this is probably the most distinguishing feature of this camera from the X100S. And finally, the woman holding the microphone could not look more bored.

OK but he did say he was a photographer expressing his personal views, not that of Fujifilm and he is also doing so in a language foreign to him. This would seem to be his unvarnished truth. Not a perfect situation but interesting to some of us nevertheless.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 17:14 UTC
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