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On article Sigma Announces 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM lens (144 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 (144 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 (2655 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 (2655 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

I have been using PSP for sometime and have had no difficulties with it. I also have PS but I consider it more appropriate for graphic design work - my daughter uses PS and loves it but then she is a graphic designer. I reckon I am a bit old fashioned in that I prefer to spend more time capturing images that refiining them. In short I do not make images in the 'dark room'. But I am a happy user of PSP. Chacun a on gout!

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 19:07 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply
On photo Whistle to keep them away. in the Memory and anxiety outside of space and time challenge (2 comments in total)

Outstanding pic

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2014 at 18:37 UTC as 1st comment

Outstanding pics

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 17:17 UTC as 21st comment
On a photo in the Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM (Canon) Preview Samples sample gallery (2 comments in total)

These pics suggest this lens is really good and with max aperture of f/1.8 fast enough for most APS-C shooters.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2013 at 17:16 UTC as 1st comment
On photo IMG_29.acr in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

These pics suggest this lens is really good and with max aperture of f/1.8 fast enough for most APS-C shooters.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2013 at 17:16 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Lady in red in the Red Poppies challenge (1 comment in total)

Cool and clever combination of human interest in a natural environment.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2013 at 16:14 UTC as 1st comment

Poetry in motion

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2013 at 16:09 UTC as 3rd comment
On photo A Beautiful Grandma in the A story behind: Beautiful challenge (7 comments in total)

This is really top drawer.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2013 at 01:00 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Online images and copyright infringement (255 comments in total)

Can we willingly accept the word of thieves who say 10 or less clients saw this stolen photo? Small issue I realise but probably the thin end of the stolen wedge.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2013 at 00:53 UTC as 45th comment | 1 reply
On article Just Posted: Pentax K-30 full review (272 comments in total)
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NJHr: This camera is currently the bargain of the century here in the UK. The price has dropped down to £319 with the £50 cash back promotion running. I am buying as soon as I have some cash, hello Pentax you got yourself a new customer. I am sure you will make back the money on the limited pancakes I will undoubtedly buy.

I have seriously thought about buying the 18-135 lens and have read some really good stuff about its build quality and optical performance and it has WR. While WR is an asset it is not something I am overly concerned about. I think a better matching zoom is the new Sigma 18-250 that looks impressive and would have my vote.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2012 at 19:55 UTC
On article Just Posted: Pentax K-30 full review (272 comments in total)
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mckracken88: This camera has noise levels ALMOST on par with the D600 and in body shake reduction, great image quality and it only gets a SILVER award mostly because of video focus?

I agree with what has been said, there needs to be a seperate VIDEO category.
Personally I dont care about making movies, and i bet most here do not.

Agree - buy a video camera if you want one.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2012 at 19:47 UTC
On photo Nap time, Bangkok in the I can sleep everywhere challenge (6 comments in total)

Proves there is always the potential for good pics with modestly specified cameras. I suspect most of us interested in photos concentrate too much on hardware and not the capture. Modern cameras are for the most part high quality and the outcome depends largely on the user.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2011 at 12:35 UTC as 1st comment
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