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I can see a mirrorless, as long as it can be adapted to existing Nikon (or Canon) lenses. Don't see the point of a new mount only having a few primes and no ability to use legacy glass. Certainly a niche product at best and waste on engineering resources for Nikon.

Mirrorless has all the advantages mentioned, but it also has the disadvantages (like battery life, evf resolution and brightness). I really like my RX-10, some of the time, but prefer Nikon DSLRs at others.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2018 at 05:36 UTC as 134th comment | 4 replies
On article CMOS image sensor sales at all-time high (77 comments in total)
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Gavin Wade: It's amazing how CMOS sensors came out on top considering the stiff competition with the vast and prolific output of rival sensor technologies.

MyReality - in what way did Nikon hang on to their past? Canon sensors are still poorer performing than Nikons. I think it may have to do with Canon's in-house captive fab that can't compete with other semi manufacturers. To them for ever to put on-chip ADCs.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2018 at 17:46 UTC
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Adam Sharp: Nice I like it .. well done Panasonic..
throw in the pocket have fun with it , use it for what it designed for ... holiday / famy photos with 4k res to grab some video . It's not made to replace the big rigs !! the perfect holiday camera that's kid proof 😎

Expensive toy at best.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2018 at 17:22 UTC
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anticipation_of: That's a lot of pixels to squeeze onto a 1/2.3" sensor. Not sure if that's going to work very well.

Agree. Pixel level detail will be very poor and noisy. Olympus backed off on the MPix for the TG5. Probably unacceptable NR as well, and with no raw, nothing you can do about it. Essentially a a cell phone camera with a zoom in a waterproof case. Given the low light in underwater conditions, you will have to use the on-camera flash, which is very subject to back scatter,

Link | Posted on May 11, 2018 at 17:17 UTC

Why is DPR even showing us this?

Really a poorly conceived design. Do everything but nothing well. Magnets are silly - velcro is proven. Worthless waist strap. Expensive too.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2018 at 17:42 UTC as 14th comment | 3 replies
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photomikeleth: I have wanted one of these for years. To be different and go back to a cooler time in photography of having to take the time in setting up a shot and to get quality that nobody else could.

At that price I will put up with the gear I have and I am happy with the quality I get!!! :-) :-)

You really need to get into wet plate photography. Might as well make your own lenses too.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2018 at 19:23 UTC

Given the full well capacity on 75 micron pixels, 14 bit A/D makes no sense. A 7 micron sensor has around 100,000e. This one should have 100X that. that means 6-7 additional stops range, and a 20 bit A/D needed. Also, no idea why ISO starts at 2000 (other than they expect you to shoot at f/64. Maybe the read noise of such a large sensor is so great that it overwhelms any advantage of the large pixel size.

I can't see that there is much of a market for such a product, except as a conversation piece.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2018 at 19:22 UTC as 26th comment | 1 reply
On photo Micheldever Woods in the Challenge the host! challenge (2 comments in total)

Looks like camera shake. Does not work for me.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2018 at 17:56 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On article Hands-on with Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 / TZ200 (126 comments in total)
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princecody: This will sell like hot cakes with its compact size & zoom but have the optics gotten better is the million dollar question? #IWantOne 😉

Give it's excessive price, I doubt it.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2018 at 01:05 UTC
On article Hands-on with Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 / TZ200 (126 comments in total)
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glaebhoerl: I would have preferred keeping the same 10x zoom range as the previous version and instead making the lens faster and/or the weight lower - i.e., the opposite of the direction they've actually taken it - but oh well. I do appreciate that they've improved the viewfinder.

(The other improvement I would've hoped for is to the *quality* of the lens, which I heard was not that great on the previous version - I'll have to wait for the full review to find out if they've made progress in that area.)

I think a 8 or 10X with a faster lens would be more useful. The IQ at max zoom was not great on the ZS100. The EVF is also a minimal improvement. They could have at least used an OLED rather than field sequential LCD. Compared with the EVF in the RX100, the Panasonic one is quite inferior.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2018 at 01:04 UTC

Same lousy EVF?

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2018 at 18:42 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply
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Focus Shift Shooting: What would be okay for most people I think, is a seasonal National Park Tripod and Drone day. So every Equinox and Solstice are the 4 days. It can never go up, and it will sometimes be a weekend, sometimes a weekday, and sometimes it will rain or snow.

But for those 4 days a year, have at it!

Still, be respectful of those behind you waiting in line, and to the vegetation next to the trails. This way, the industry of photography tours can continue. Drone users can enjoy the chance to film from above.

It might even be a nice treat to open some service roads for traffic on these days so that larger groups can film there for the day.

Charge all visitors (everyone, including non-photographers) a variable fee for a license to enter the park that reflects the previous event's cost of damage cleanup from photographers. That way, they might be more careful while they are there if it costs $156.53 to enter because last event people damaged a meadow and it cost $14 million to recover it.

No drones in parks, unless specifically permitted on a case by case basis. extremely annoying to say the least.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2018 at 19:32 UTC
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cosinaphile: in our personal nod to the nanny state and the dangers posed to the shins of passersby on trails by cruelly placed tripods by inconsiderate photographers

tripods are banned ... so there !!! except if you need them then they are not ....
so please keep zion are your first choice when booking shooting tour workshops
... we never said that cant prove it ....

tripods and their photographers are welcome ..... thank you . the management

The rule affects commercial groups making money in OUR national parks. Such activities have always been regulated. Nothing to do with nanny state at all. You can travel there by yourself or a few friends and set up your tripod provided it does not damage the park or inconvenience other visitors - otherwise you are just a boorish moron.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2018 at 19:30 UTC

I have been to Zion many times, and have occasionally used a tripod.

I do have an issue with these large group workshops. Personally, they seem to me to be a bit of a scam. Overpriced for whatever you get. Some "expert" showing you where to point you camera. Maybe an opportunity to show who has the most expensive gear. Seems to violate the basic creative instinct that "art" should be.

You should learn most of the technical aspects somewhere else.

The place that I can see value in a organized photo group is where a guide is essential (like a safari) and where travel is difficult or dangerous.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2018 at 19:24 UTC as 13th comment | 2 replies
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Dheorl: I think in this case the answer is use a soft graduated filter. The PP is blindingly obvious, whereas I think a filter would have done a better job.

I think that a grad filter would not be appropriate. During the eclipse, there is rather unusual gradations in the sky brightness. The grad would cause variations on top of that. The grad effect is irreversible and baked into the image. Better to have an accurate representation that can be PP in the future.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2017 at 19:02 UTC

In addition to being silly, the photo is rotten - not level, too much sky, overexposed. Of course, one can't spend too much time on active train tracks.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2017 at 18:33 UTC as 72nd comment | 2 replies
On article CES 2017: Hands-on with the Kodak Super 8 (426 comments in total)
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Polytropia: To all the haters:

My grandfather shot Kodachrome Super 8 & also black and white movies of his kids. Those movies look as good today as they did when they were shot.

How good will all your digital videos look in 65 years from now? Will they even exist?

I can shoot some film and put it in an archival box with a projector, and know it will be viewable in 100 years as long as there is a source of electricity. I'm not sure you can say the same thing about any digital information formats.

And honestly how much more often do you really want to watch such videos? lol.

Also, protip: clouds evaporate.

Actually, regarding super 8 - the quality was really lousy (probably <300 line resolution). My dad shot our home movies in 16mm Kodachrome. These are still in good shape. Had them transferred to Video Cassette (which degraded the quality). Need to have them scanned again to a digital file.

Have no Idea why Kodak (if this is really Kodak of Rochester and not China) would be wasting whatever resources they still have on such an product.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 06:57 UTC
On article CES 2017: Hands-on with the Kodak Super 8 (426 comments in total)
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Mark Turney: Well, we live in an analog universe so it's no wonder to me why digital tends to "feel" wrong. But I'm also not sure that going back to a old technology is the answer, especially considering that Kodak digitizes the film from what I understand, looping us right back to that which we seek to avoid.

Anyway .... just some food for thought 💭

Actually, film is really digital. It essentially counts photons - which are intrinsically digital. A photon hits a silver grain, and if absorbed ( which is a probability), the grain is reduced to silver during development. Grains are either silver (1) or not silver (0) after development (fixing removes the non-reduced grains).

Albert Rose's book, Vision: Human and Electronic, has an interesting discussion on his subject.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 06:51 UTC

No 24mm and no EVF - deal breaker for me. At least they fixed the slow Raw speed.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2017 at 18:41 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply

I have the Loka. The concept is pretty good, though execution so-so. In particular the ICU fit into the pack and its attachment method leave something to be desired, and the internal dividers design don't provide optimal fit for my camera and lens configuration. I have used it on long trips, like the Annapurna circuit, for the ability to carry extra clothing, food, and water. For local photo outings, I prefer the Lowe flipside packs.

The biggest issue is the company itself. It appear to be run by totally inept people. They seem to have no control of inventory or delivery schedules. You might want to order a particular pack, only to find that the ICU size you want is not available. Packs that are not in stock might require a wait of many months.

A company with great gear and lousy service does not deserve to be in the "gear of the year". Not sure what DPR editorial staff was thinking in this case.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 19:21 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
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