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Kashim: So this is a full frame camera that produces image quality on par with cropped sensor cameras, but costs 6-8x as much. And this is somehow a good thing? What am I missing here?

It means if a user pays more attention to Leica's first-class engineering and simplicity of operation than image quality itself, he's probably a better photographer.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2017 at 00:08 UTC
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Steve in Scotland: I honestly think that the word 'Milvus' hasn't helped their cause one iota. I hope the marketing dork who instigated that 'name' rests uneasy!

Well since ‘V’ is really pronounced as ‘F’ in German... :X

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2017 at 07:26 UTC
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darinb: Not to be pedantic, but the headline should read "Zeiss has discontinued its SLR Classic series of lenses."

Cosina didn't end production against Zeiss's wishes, I assume? Rather, Zeiss decided to end production of their older lenses, as expected, since the Milvus line is a direct replacement... (And the Milvus line was launched by Zeiss, not by Cosina.)

Weird fixation on subcontractors. It's like saying the new iPhone X was just launched by Foxconn.

Not entirely true, it really depends on the arrangements between the two. If it’s like the zeiss lenses in Sony camcorders or Leicas in Panny’s, then it can be Sony’s decision to drop the ‘Zeiss line’ and use something else. It’s not impossible that Cosina was licensing zeiss brand for their product and now decided to discontinue that line. We won’t know unless we can read their contracts.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2017 at 07:21 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (497 comments in total)
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russbarnes: Canon fail to win anything in 2017. Sounds right to me.

For ages Canon is known to intentionally prevent product canniblization, i.e. crippling their lower end products so they can sell higher end products at a premium. Well now others are 'cannibalizing' Canon's entire product line pretty well, BOTH lower end and high end.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 20:41 UTC
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Bram de Mooij: Another development that takes the fun out of photography. The fake news people will love this. Next step is a camera that generates images from a memory bank. No need to press the button.

Bingo. It's quite possible that the big brother funded this effort.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2017 at 03:59 UTC
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MannyV: I once did get a dud when I purchased a used camera in end 2009 as it had water damage which was not visible at time of purchase. Camera worked fine however with each passing week, the corrosion damage became obvious and visible. The company service center quoted me a repair price of almost 1/4th the price of a new camera. I was mad at that time.

However when I got the camera back, I realized I had got a virtually new camera. The housing, the sensor, mirror box, and main boards were replaced. As proof I was given the corroded components. Yeah basically it was a new camera. The camera lasted me well until I sold it on Craigslist after many actuations about four years later in 2014.

After reading this article, I respect the company even more as they even bothered to create a service request after the apparent signs of corrosion.

The camera I am talking about in this experience is my Canon 5D Mk II. The service center was Canon Singapore service center.

Things are obviously different across the ocean. My TS-E 17mm had a faulty locking screw (from day one it won't ever lock the shift rock solid). By the time I learned that this could be improved, it was out of their one year warranty. Canon service center in Virginia charged me $660 to get it fixed.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2017 at 00:33 UTC
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paul simon king: Skylum? What's wrong with Dunroamin , Costabom, Valjon, etc ....EBODA even.....


'Asylum' works too, for people running away from LR.
Also both 'phun' and 'lum' sound like vietnamese names.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2017 at 00:12 UTC
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blackcoffee17: Panasonic and Olympus are using the equivalence to set the price of these lenses and sell this 200mm 2.8 as 400mm 2.8 alternative.

I wonder how they would price a real 500mm F4.

That's the whole idea behind this small sensor marketing stunt. They save money on the sensors (bigger sensors cost WAY more), then they can sell traditionally ordinary lenses like 200/2.8 as a 400/2.8. Pretty smart and it almost works - until they hit the density limit.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2017 at 18:38 UTC

Maybe the guy was concerned that someone can use the GPS tag in the original cell phone photo to locate them, a photo of the cell phone photo can surely obscure that (and the condition of the car of course).

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2017 at 19:59 UTC as 115th comment
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Biowizard: This obsession with so-called "full-frame" would be laughable, if not so sad. Throughout the history of photography, there have been MANY different frame sizes, from 10x8" (and larger) down to tiny Minox spy cameras. Why does a legacy format, the one the Leitz had the brainwave of introducing, to allow the use of early cinema film in a camera, retain some "magical" sense of the only "real" size?!

Why not settle on a new format altogether - say 50mm circular (or at least octagonal), from which you could "pluck" either a landscape or portrait "full frame" image, without having to hold your camera on its side? Or a square one bigger than "full frame" allows?

Don't tell me its so photographers can use their 20-year-old film lenses! Who the heck does that?!

FORGET "full frame", make cameras the size you need for any given job. And for mine, 4/3rds does fine. When I want bigger, I'll get a Hassy.


Ditto with Clayton1985. The 'I'll get a hassy' thinking is more laughable than anything I've read today.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2017 at 16:09 UTC
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citrate: Full-frame is the right way to go. Focus your R&D and marketing resource on full-frame bodies and lenses.
The market for smaller-size sensor cameras, especially at the entry level, has been taken over by smart phones, and there is no coming back.
Canon's strategy of releasing 6-7 APSC bodies per year is outdated and shortsighted.

APS-C won't go away, the sensor cost way less than FF version, and some people simply don't need ultra wide but can always use some 'reach'.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2017 at 16:00 UTC
On article Nikon D850 Review (2104 comments in total)
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Slapstick Noir: I'm looking at the prices of both D850(3.3k) and 5DIV(3.5k) here, at the amazon links DP provides, and then I look at the features and sensor performance of the two... and a very serious question arises:
Who, in their right mind, would ever pick the mark IV over the D850? For what possible reason? What am I missing here: better IQ; better AF(wanna bet?); deeper buffer; better battery life; no AA filter; xqd slot; tilting screen?
Why pay more for less?

It's a no brainer if someone starts afresh. Canon has the balls to price 5D4 $3.5k (it's really a $2-2.5k camera) because they believe most users can't afford a switch.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2017 at 19:58 UTC
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daddyo: These clowns obviously have no respect for others, for laws, or for anything other than their own interests. Hopefully they have been told that any repeat type of offense will result in major fines and prison time.
Western society had better get back to enforcing laws, and quit treating law breakers like spoiled children (even though that's what they are). Most of our laws are reasonable for the protection of society and the environment -- ignoring the appropriate enforcement of laws is unreasonable and very unwise.

The little punishment is truly a joke. Now some rich kids can plank down 20 grand of their parents money and say let's go and carve our names on those rainbow color surfaces since now we know the price (and it's dirt cheap for something that takes tens of thousands of years to form)

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 22:54 UTC
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dr.noise: Would you please stop using clickbait headings for the completely useless news, DP.

It's all about headline and click baits nowadays, ALL Apps do exactly the same with a handful exceptions. Flashlight and Compass apps want users' contact info and text messages, dumb people simply click OK without even reading the fine prints. Yet this one gets headline because it's written by a Chinese company.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 18:31 UTC
On article Venus Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D sample gallery (128 comments in total)
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WillWeaverRVA: The IQ from this lens is startlingly good. This might be the ultimate budget wide-angle for landscapes and architecture.

This lens solved a few key issues: distortion, large aperture, filter attachment, and even shift. The hood is very nicely designed so that shift movements are made possible, while Canon Nikon and Sigma ultra-wides all used built-in hoods that will vignette immediately if you attempt to shift them via a shift adapter. I was hoping that those few challenges would be answered by the Sigma art, but it didn't happen. Laowa truly designed their stuff from a photographer's point of view.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2016 at 15:42 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1397 comments in total)
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kpaddler: Is it me or others see it too? The image quality scores about 70% for jpg (80% raw). And this camera still scores an 85. You must have really really liked the buttons, straps, packaging, and general fumbling-ability of the camera.

Check out the comparison chart against Nikon D500. The Olys can take external flashes while the Nikon can't. That killer feature alone is well worth the price!

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2016 at 15:02 UTC
On article Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art Lens Review (275 comments in total)
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beavertown: Minor differences in image quality but huge differences in prices. The Sigma is the all round winner.

@Barbu you're definitely correct. I downloaded the samples (as well as other samples of 11-24 elsewhere). The heavy distortion and vignetting really make the Canon a 13-14mm zoom instead of 11mm. The Sigma's 'irregular distortion' is vastly exaggerated IMHO, in order to justify Canon's pricetag.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 14:52 UTC
On article Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art Lens Review (275 comments in total)
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melgross: The compare mode is odd. It lets us compare a number of lenses which really are too different, but the Canon, which it's compared to in the review, isn't one of them.

Well the choice of words made the article sound like the Sigma is actually a real threat to the Canon, especially at half the price.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 01:12 UTC
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 review (1187 comments in total)
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Eric3456: I am sure this is a great camera. But how come close down the F1.4 G Master lens to F4 and shoot at ISO6400? I am interested to know how the system performs with the lenses wide open. After all Sony is charging premium prices for the large aperture and gorgeous bokeh.

F1.4 is too much of a challenge for action shots. Not many pros can nail it even with an SLR. It's more commonly used for posed shots. F4 gives you a lot more tolerance.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2016 at 16:45 UTC
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thubten: Why does an adapter cost as much as a lens?

Obviously Nikon adapter is harder to design than Canon since Nikon lenses (pre-E) require both electronic and mechanical control. There's a lot of R&D put into it. $370 is pocket change for people who need to use pro Nikon glass on Sony bodies. The four PC-E lenses alone total nearly $10k.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2016 at 02:03 UTC
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