Gary Martin

Gary Martin

Lives in United States Montclair, CA, United States
Works as a Graphic Designer
Joined on Feb 18, 2005
About me:

Mostly harmless.


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beavertown: 800+ comments seriously?

Camera systems are like religions around here - and the True Believers are out in force ;)

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 15:30 UTC
On article Should I buy a Canon EOS 6D Mark II? (443 comments in total)
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RubberDials: @Barney
You describe the 6DII as an 'excellent camera' with 'excellent image quality', despite acknowledging that it has a dynamic range that is 3EV behind the 3 year old Nikon D750.

Elsewhere you draw attention to the lack of 4K and very limited video spec, but don't mention the absence of in-body IBIS which first appeared in a DSLR in 2008. Clearly the 6DII has never seen a envelope and would not know how to push it, but if it is still 'excellent' isn't this essentially a meaningless accolade?

I can't imagine a more disappointing camera. Canon users were bracing themselves for a basic proposition, with no 4K, let alone breakthrough features. But in the event the camera appears to not even offer an upgraded sensor, let alone one equal to the 5D4, which is behind rivals anyway.

Isn't this camera actually a slap in the face for its users? Who have waited quite a long time. Shouldn't DPreview be standing up for them rather than helping Canon sell something that should've been better?

Amazon sells virtually every camera out there, so what's your point? It's an opinion piece; perhaps yours is just different.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2017 at 15:38 UTC
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PortableLover: Note to self: never donate any money to PETA. Ridiculous to ruin this photographer's life like that.

As an animal lover and someone who supports PETA *in principle*, their conduct in this episode is indefensible. The photographer made this image happen, through his own hard work and ingenuity, and deserves the rights to this photo. There's a lot more to creating a great image than merely holding a camera. In any case, anyone with an ounce of brain cells knows that the macaque doesn't give a damn.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 15:16 UTC

Fascinating story, thanks for posting this.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2017 at 20:22 UTC as 15th comment
On article Ricoh R Development kit now shipping (11 comments in total)
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justmeMN: Ricoh is in bad shape:

OK, but maybe this is a better place to talk about the camera? Some of us here are photographers, not investors.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2017 at 18:20 UTC
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Undah: What a timely article. I was just wondering if and how I could replicate the experience of the Ricoh GRii. Looks like you can't yet.

Also critical for me: the GRII fits in my pants pocket.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2017 at 14:41 UTC
On article Alpha-better: Sony a9 versus a7R II (503 comments in total)

Holding out for the A13.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 21:09 UTC as 60th comment | 2 replies
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1908 comments in total)
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Sergey Borachev: GAME OVER!!!

for DSLRs.

LOL, maybe in the $4k+ category, which I'll be in ... NEVER!

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 17:38 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1908 comments in total)

Yowza, that's an impressive and expensive beast! Sony is bringing their A-Game to the professional market, and this thing is state-of-the-art.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 15:52 UTC as 374th comment
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Najinsky: Well done DPR, managed to mention 2nd and former 2nd without mentioning first. Can we assume it's Canon?

First is obviously Leica film bodies - at least in West Los Angeles ;P

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 18:53 UTC

Fascinating - more humans and less robots than I expected. Knowing what goes into producing a high-quality lens certainly makes the cost seem more justifiable.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 16:31 UTC as 81st comment
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semorg: This what happens when you build both the OS and device. Apple is mostly now focused on being a mobile hardware company and it shows in their profit.

At the same time, Google is a new company every other month. Android OS is just part of their focus, along with search, email, cloud computing, enterprise tools, social, phone provider, internet provider (I guess thats ending), etc.

I have both iPhone and several android devices (Samsung Galaxy S6). Android experience is horrible! I have no idea how people use it and are okay with it. With the back button that sometimes is back sometimes it closes the app. Then seeing your apps you have to tap on the app expand icon, etc. The android guys are trying to be too clever.
At the end of the day, you really have two options: iOS or android. Android builders are fighting amongst themselves to cater to emerging markets and lower portion of the market, which Apple is remaining the premium brand for people who want premium.

I have both IOS devices and Android devices, and I vastly prefer Android - but then I'm a guy who likes to tinker and customize. For most people I think IOS delivers an easier out-of-the-box experience. And Apple hardware is second to none.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 22:13 UTC
On article CP+ 2017: Ricoh teases upcoming D FA* 50mm F1.4 (95 comments in total)
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photomedium: Yee-ha! A fake 50 and 85! Even the name is tentative! Yaa-Hooo! The plexiglas box probably cost 10x the lens.
I know that you tend to want what you can't have, but this level of tease for a camera company teetering on the brink of failure is really ridiculous.

LOL, my K-1 was once a 3D model in a plexiglass box, and now it's in my camera bag. And Pentax has been "teetering on the brink of failure" for decades.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2017 at 16:04 UTC
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(unknown member): Does it come with a trailer to haul it? : )

Yeah, the same one used by Sigma and Zeiss.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2017 at 19:00 UTC
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zakaria: Who needs posters. Please update the lens roadmap. Give us k3ii successor with a strong af system. Posters are not what pentax should do.

Please Ricoh, re-train those graphic designers into optical engineers!

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 23:30 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1579 comments in total)
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Clyde Thomas: This camera is not for you. Stay away. Handling one for five minutes will cause you to question everything in your current gear collection. You'll lie awake at night calculating how much you can sell your current gear for. You'll monitor eBay constantly for special deals on AMount lenses. You'll go down the rabbit hole researching old Minolta AF lenses. You'll wonder why you never paid any attention to the thirty year AMount 9 series legacy. You will fall in love again, with a camera...


Love hurts.

Sure, until we see next year's model.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 16:39 UTC
On article F is for '4th': Hands-on with Fujifilm X100F (424 comments in total)
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kobakokh: This Fijifilm has just one small problem: lens is much less sharper then 28mm lens of Ricoh GR. And also if Fuji will add to AF system something like Ricoh's Snap focus, its will be absolutely great camera. That Snap focus is way better then maybe any focus system in the world...

Two very different cameras; the Fuji is using a more popular focal length, has a faster lens, and is a much nicer looking camera. It also has classic aperture, shutter and ISO controls which many people like. The Ricoh is much smaller and lighter (easily fits in a coat pocket), and has useful features like snap focus for street photography. It's also *much* less expensive. I went for the GR, but I wouldn't turn down the Fuji if it was a gift ;)

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 22:04 UTC

Came here for the comments; was not disappointed ;)

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2017 at 05:35 UTC as 36th comment | 3 replies
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10/LX15 Review (388 comments in total)
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zakaria: Ricoh GRII my pocket camera cheaper and has a biger sensor!

Just move in closer ;)

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2016 at 23:56 UTC
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Nikonandmore: Great shots & kudos for Michael Bonocore's brilliant work! Thanks for this share and inspiring photos!

But sorry folks, I have an iPhone 7 Plus and the reality goes like this:

Looking at VGA size photos on the web, all looks sharp, detailed and dandy. However, blow them up on the screen, print them any larger than pint size, or shoot in anything out of pitch-ideal lighting conditions (specially using the much slower and not-stabilized telephoto secondary lens), and the iPhone 7 camera/s fall apart like a fly squashed by an elephant's foot. Just about most current 1-inch sensor points-and shoot and some M43 pocket wonders like the LX100, for LESS than the cost of an iPhone 7 plus, eat it for breakfast, digest it for lunch and burp it for dinner.

This endless marketing obsession and ridiculous overblown hype about the iPhone, makes me sick. Reality bites and the truth stinks!

But that's just it: VGA on the web reaches an order of magnitude more viewers than any print. This is the primary medium that photography is now consumed, and the photographer here tailored his tools to his medium, like any good artist would.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2016 at 15:33 UTC
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