JokingJ

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If we're willing to entertain around a $200 USD price gap, I'm not sure why compare the Z fc to only the X-T30 when the X-T3 is still for sale and has a similar cost delta (just in the other direction, plus you can readily find them used/open box).

To me, the X-T3 is the more natural competitor given its size, handling, and dials are vastly more comparable. And when that's the comparison, I struggle to see what's in it for the Nikon... The X-T3 gets the same AF/tracking upgrade as the X-T4 (which the X-T30 lacks), so AF is more or less a wash, both have weather sealing, and neither have IBIS. But from there on out, the X-T3 seems more appealing: dual card slots (and faster slots at that), way better lens roster, better video options, higher resolution, etc.

I get what Nikon is trying to do here, and I'm glad someone else is trying to compete in the functional-retro-chic space, but it doesn't feel like they're in it to win it -- I mean, just look at those launch lenses...

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2021 at 17:47 UTC as 18th comment
On article Sony ZV-E10 review (303 comments in total)
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Raziel Orlando: Is this a joke? Really Sony?
What a lame camera, and I'm a Sony user...
Where is the A7 IV? Where is the pro APS-C a7000? I legit spot sports photographers using the a6600 on the Olympics! A pro A7000 with dual card slots and proper ergonomics is NEEDED.

Lame from the perspective of someone already using a higher-end body/lens combo, perhaps. But Sony doesn't exist to satisfy your desires alone, and it makes total sense from a business perspective to press their advantage in the vlogging/streaming space, since it's the one consumer-oriented section of the camera market that's actually continuing to grow rather than contract.

I'd love to see an a7000 as well, but I have to understand that, during a global chip shortage, the products that get priority for launch are the products that rake in the most money.

(Which is all a long way of saying chill out, be patient.)

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2021 at 15:47 UTC
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zakk9: SD is still the most popular format by far, so this makes perfect sense. There will be cameras that can handle these cards, and in a couple of years, they will be mainstream, at least if the price is sensible.

I fully expect EOS M cameras to no longer be in Canon's lineup in the near future...

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2021 at 23:40 UTC
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tbcass: I see a lot of negative feedback about the price and I understand that. However just because we can't afford it doesn't mean it's not a good choice for those that can. I don't understand why few people don't say cameras like the Nikon D6 or Canon 1Dx-3 are over priced yet call a product like this overpriced. I will say that considering that few people on DPR could afford this tripod maybe they should concentrate on reviewing more affordable products.

The difference between tripods (especially this RRS model) and the cameras you mentioned is that those cameras offer something other bodies don't to justify their price. For instance, if you want an SLR with large/long-lasting batteries, the most robust weather sealing/build, the fastest burst rates, RAW video output, hardline ethernet connections, etc. then there's no other game in town -- but you have to pay the price. And even then, with something like a D6 most people know they also don't need/cannot make use of those high-end or niche features, so they're fine letting the media organizations who can/do need that capability pay the high prices.

By contrast, there are direct competitors to the RRS tripod that offer the same level of quality/features for a fraction of the cost, so the price simply isn't justified (i.e. there's nothing uniquely amazing or niche about it).

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2021 at 18:20 UTC
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Mariano Pacifico: When can this smartphone technology be available in mirrorless cameras?

@Onur Otlu - I was aware of that, but the results I've seen are underwhelming (but maybe it's improved with DPAF v. 2.0). Still, I'm more interested in the lighting.

@f1point4andbethere - Very interesting... I have a Pixel, so I've played around with the portrait lighting feature a bit, but didn't see it as an option for photos I've uploaded from my X-T3. Weird thing: it's available on some, but not all of my Fuji files (like literally present in the "Adjust" panel for some, missing for others). Do you have any sense of why that would be the case?

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2020 at 18:43 UTC
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Mariano Pacifico: When can this smartphone technology be available in mirrorless cameras?

Honestly, I'd be more interested in a camera that can at least capture the depth and 3D light value data and then make that additional information usable in post. Imagine being able to tweak studio-quality portrait lighting in PS/LR - or even just add more flattering lighting to action/sports shots. I'd happily pay extra for that - much more than 8K or internal RAW recording...

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2020 at 19:17 UTC
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biza43: I know it was before Covid, which seems like it was a long time ago, but not really:

https://www.dpreview.com/videos/9924801391/dpreview-tv-what-happened-to-fujifilm-s-kaizen-updates

I guess Dpreview feels no need to mention this past article in this new one.

I mean, that article/video was pretty true *when it was released.* So complaining that Fuji changed course doesn't make a lot of sense; perhaps getting criticism from reviewers is part of what prompted this return to form.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2020 at 13:16 UTC
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ukaskew37: Love the Fuji body line-up but they really took their foot off the gas with lenses when they introduced the GFX line.

Some core fast primes (23mm 1.4, 35mm 1.4) mean the system is very much lens limited in those areas. The bizarre reason to move from a 33mm 1.0 to a 50mm 1.0 means they have two similar-ish fast primes at a very similar focal length, whilst 23mm and particularly 35mm are 6 and 8 years old respectively, and whilst they do show small signs of improvement with new bodies, they are fairly fundamental focal lengths to still be on v1 at this point.

True, but at least now there's third party options vis a vis the Viltrox lenses at those focal lengths. I have the 23mm F1.4 and it's pretty excellent for the price.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2020 at 13:13 UTC
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certo666: Considering the overwhelmingly bad feedback from existing Luminar customers, I think it's disingenuous of DP Review to continue publishing news of Luminar's releases - without any mention of its bugs, crashes and laggy interface.

I get it, Luminar pays for its aggressive marketing, and their ads are littered all over the web. As a review site, however, I think it's only right to mention the many pitfalls of this app.

Yeah, as someone who gave them money twice for Luminar 2018 and Luminar 3 (both utterly broken, discontinued, and no longer supported), I can 100% vouch for the bugs and flaky engineering overall. I've had consistent issues on AMD-based systems and Intel systems; issues with NVIDIA, Radeon, and integrated GPUs (both AMD and Intel); and even had issues using both macOS and Windows.

What's more, it's essentially just a Ponzi scheme at this point since they use the proceeds of the current version to fund the release of their next product without ever putting in the work to make what's already out functional. The new AI-based editing ideas are interesting in theory (though honestly pretty detrimental to the art of photography), but if it only ever works as a plugin for around half the people who buy it, what's the point?

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2020 at 20:22 UTC

You could lose a lot of time to the old, forgotten back catalog of Minolta and Sony A-mount lenses... Back when I had a Sony SLT camera around 10 years ago, the Dyxum forums and lens reviews provided seemingly endless options and lenses to aspire to: https://www.dyxum.com/lenses/index.asp

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2020 at 18:35 UTC as 6th comment

Call me pessimistic, but isn't it kind of bad news that Sigma makes a 14-24mm f/2.8 for full frame mirrorless that's basically the same size, only 150g heavier, and $1000 USD cheaper? I know it's not yet available in Z-mount (or maybe there's no point...), but dang, hard sell.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2020 at 00:12 UTC as 27th comment | 6 replies
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Grimstod: 6" long!!!! that is monstrous.

Easy fellas, no need to make this sexual - any more discussion of length and girth and the adults will have to get involved.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2020 at 23:52 UTC
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JokingJ: It perplexes me a bit as to why the NHL is limiting the number of photographers like that, especially since images/video are clearly the lifeblood of the events now that no fans are actually present. Moreover, it seems funny that they haven't invested in some sort of tethered shooting solution - watching those poor guys frantically swapping cards and uploading on MacBooks (which I hope have a hardline ethernet connection, but somehow I doubt it), but then it also looks like they're using all their own gear as well, which honestly kind of sucks for such high-risk usage... It really looks like the NHL is just taking advantage of these guys, making the typically hypocritical move of saying "this is super important to both our short and long term success" while at the same time cutting the budget and crew to the bone.

I was thinking tethered more for the remote cams they have up on the catwalks, but they also seem to park-n-play at the various ports anyway.

That said, I do totally sympathize with the wedding dilemma; I always have every sand bag in my arsenal weighing down my dance floor strobes/lightstands, but I still know nothing can save them from the frat brothers who are six drinks in and feeling wild...

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2020 at 19:33 UTC

It perplexes me a bit as to why the NHL is limiting the number of photographers like that, especially since images/video are clearly the lifeblood of the events now that no fans are actually present. Moreover, it seems funny that they haven't invested in some sort of tethered shooting solution - watching those poor guys frantically swapping cards and uploading on MacBooks (which I hope have a hardline ethernet connection, but somehow I doubt it), but then it also looks like they're using all their own gear as well, which honestly kind of sucks for such high-risk usage... It really looks like the NHL is just taking advantage of these guys, making the typically hypocritical move of saying "this is super important to both our short and long term success" while at the same time cutting the budget and crew to the bone.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2020 at 16:52 UTC as 12th comment | 2 replies

I think the disconnect between complainers and Canon apologists comes from the multi-month marketing hype fest as a "no compromise" hybrid stills/video camera that also delivers 8K.

More experienced video shooters knew this wasn't going to happen due to heat limitations, and so it doesn't feel that disappointing. Meanwhile, legacy Canon shooters using 5D cameras for events and weddings and who haven't taken on much video work don't find anything to fault with the R5 or R6, so there's a further contingent saying "what's the big deal?"

But those who took Canon at their word (or who are already shooting more video) have to come to terms with the disconnect, and that leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

Perhaps more problematic for Canon is that their "next-gen" cameras still compare with competitors' last-gen products (like the A7III and A7RIV), which bodes ill given how competent the heat-dissipation system is on the A7SIII - a layout we're sure to see again in 2021 with the A7IV.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2020 at 17:44 UTC as 285th comment
On article Sony a7S III review (2789 comments in total)
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Andrey K: According to test by Dan Watson in some real life situations Sony overheats faster than Canon.

For long shooting you'll want to have Panasonic with active cooling or cine camera.

I think others have covered this pretty well, but there's also a difference between getting a warning and the camera actually shutting off due heat build up. Likewise, everyone I've seen encounter overheating (which is by far the minority of reviewers) has been able to let it rest for pretty short periods of time and then get good length record times thereafter, which is still a favorable comparison to the R5/R6.

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2020 at 14:43 UTC
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radneuerfinder: A low-light-monster from Sony in 2020 without dual native iso? Does not meet my expectations.

A video centric camera without 4k for S35 format and classic cine lenses? Does not meet my expectations.

In addition to Richard's response above, check out Gerald Undone's epic breakdown. He found/showed that it does switch circuits at 16000 ISO, and the cleanliness of the output is pretty epic, imo.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2020 at 17:17 UTC
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GabrielZ: Why not incorporate DCI and Super 35 formats in your flagship video-centric camera? 🤷‍♂️

It does support RAW and at even greater resolution than DCI over HDMI... If you're not willing to shoot externally, then it might be worth considering if S-Log 3 in 10 bit with 4:2:2 subsampling is actually "inadequate" for your needs/audience. I think that's a pretty small niche (like action sports filming).

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2020 at 17:16 UTC
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tkbslc: The problem is that this is supposed to be a hybrid, but it isn't going to cut it for someone who is half serious about stills. 12MP isn't even enough for m4/3 anymore.

And once you have a camera that can't really cut it for stills, why not just get a dedicated cinema rig. ZCAM or Black Magic have outstanding products in this price bracket without any of the compromises that come with having to squeeze in a stills-centric camera body.

I think you should check the marketing for the A7SIII before complaining about what it's "supposed" to be. For instance, the first sentence on Sony's landing page for the camera is this: "Taking the S series to a whole new level of full-frame movie expression, spectacular new speed combines with supreme sensitivity and ultra-low noise to put previously impossible 4K movie shoots on the menu, with high dynamic range, breathtaking focusing, and extra-strong image stabilization."

If you're under some delusion that they've intended this for an audience outside of primarily video-only shooters, you've missed something (I mean, just look at the specs...). In a pinch it can do stills, and for online-related use cases (which is most of them at this point, speaking as a professional) 12MP is in fact enough - especially if there's very low noise and good sharpness (i.e. no AA filter applied).

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2020 at 17:13 UTC
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Vincenco: However exciting it is, II decided wait for newer 6MP sensor with 8K/120p video @ $7000.

Swing and a miss. Maybe you should sit the next few plays out?

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2020 at 17:07 UTC
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