tonywong

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tonyC1994: Richard, thanks for the review! In next DPR interview with Canon executives, can your coworker ask what's the logic behind this DR issue?

@freediverx, I guess you're getting an A7R2. With a MC-11 or Metabones adapter. :P

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2017 at 15:41 UTC
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BigBen08: This is great, as Burbank is only about 7 miles from me.
I'll have to see if they can tune my 300 f2.8 IS II.

@RubberDials, if you want to drag me back into this, I'm happy to oblige you. Keep digging.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2017 at 15:36 UTC
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freediverx: This article basically boils down to "Which is the most attractive platform for shortsighted, penny-pinching consumers with a limited appreciation for quality?'

The suicide rate at Foxconn during 2010 remained lower than that of the general Chinese population at the time as well as all 50 states of the United States.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foxconn_suicides

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2017 at 15:26 UTC
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Anadrol: Canon should add orange and green cartridges... gamut lacks there compared to Epson (overall IQ is much better on Canon though, I own both).

I agree with Anadrol.

Gamut comparison can be seen in this review:
https://luminous-landscape.com/epson-sc-p5000-printer-review/

iPF4000 reviews are likely nearly identical for the new printer's image quality.
https://www.martinbaileyphotography.com/2016/08/15/canon-imageprograf-pro-4000-printer-review-podcast-536/

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2017 at 15:21 UTC
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Edmond Leung: Why Canon printer? Are they better than fuji xerox or hp?

They are not players in this segment (fine art printing, or glicée if you want to believe the hype). HP was but they have done very little for the last 5 years. So it's pretty much an Epson and Canon game for photo printing, as far as I've seen.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2017 at 15:10 UTC
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DtEW: I was told by my print-shop-owning friend (in the course of ranting about his newly-acquired Pro-4000 that replaced an iPF-X400 that developed problems) that the design of the new Pro-X000 line was transferred from the professional printer division to that of the home printer division, so that the felt robustness of the construction took a significant hit.

Worse, printer drivers were messed-up to a state that might be expected for a consumer level product (like undefeatable auto-resizing to the media for you), which even I can see would be incredibly irritating to a professional print outfit. Canon promises a driver revamp this summer, though.

But the prints look good.

Yes, Epsons have a problem with clogging. The previous iPFs had issues with the cleaning cycles causing some kind of damage if not interspersed with regular printing.

Luminous Landscape has the best forum for printing discussions for large format fine art and photos, imo.

Sounds like your friend should have gotten great use out his previous iPF, I guess that's why he upgraded to the latest generation.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2017 at 15:07 UTC
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DtEW: I was told by my print-shop-owning friend (in the course of ranting about his newly-acquired Pro-4000 that replaced an iPF-X400 that developed problems) that the design of the new Pro-X000 line was transferred from the professional printer division to that of the home printer division, so that the felt robustness of the construction took a significant hit.

Worse, printer drivers were messed-up to a state that might be expected for a consumer level product (like undefeatable auto-resizing to the media for you), which even I can see would be incredibly irritating to a professional print outfit. Canon promises a driver revamp this summer, though.

But the prints look good.

Did he print consistently from his old iPF? The 8300 was notorious for eating print heads and worse if you were not a high volume shop.

Not sure if they fixed that in the 4000...the 6000 looks just as nice with the wider carriage.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 21:49 UTC
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tonyC1994: Richard, thanks for the review! In next DPR interview with Canon executives, can your coworker ask what's the logic behind this DR issue?

@Richard Schumer, unfortunately, Canon really is that cynical.

http://www.photonstophotos.net/Charts/PDR.htm#Canon%20EOS%205D%20Mark%20IV,Canon%20EOS%206D%20Mark%20II,Sony%20ILCE-7RM2

Note that the 5D4 is close to the A7R2's dynamic range, the 1Dx2 and 80D, as well as the latest EOS M5 and M6 have good, current dynamic range implementations.

The 6D2 is just abysmal for 2017.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 06:00 UTC
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BigBen08: This is great, as Burbank is only about 7 miles from me.
I'll have to see if they can tune my 300 f2.8 IS II.

The dog becomes the next meal.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 05:49 UTC
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nerd2: I'm typing this using a liquid cooled PC with overclocked 4.8Ghz CPU, 1080 GPU and 64GB RAM and cherry blue mechnical keyboard.... which happens to be cheaper than decked out macbook 'pro'

I doubt any tech savy people will choose mac over pc.

@nerd2, that is quite dismissive, just because the back end processing is done in terminal doesn't mean the front end doesn't count for anything. If that were the case then all those glorified terminals can be done with 20 year old PCs, or anything that costs less than $100.

The user interface on MacOS tends to be fairly well thought out and refined, although I find that the last 5 years has seen a disturbing trend towards iOS levels of dumbed down 'refinements' and regressions.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2017 at 15:46 UTC
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PurplePhase: This is such a retro 90s article and discussion. It completely neglects the rise of mobile computing and the monopoly Apple has there. Most photos and video today is shot on mobiles and leans heavily towards the iPhone. There, Windows isn't even a player.

The majority of photos uploaded to sharing sites are taken with iPhones. The data is clear. Some great work is indeed done professionally on the iOS exclusively, not laptops or desktops. Android is the only competitor. The Macs vs PC thing is very Dad Rock.

Apple has no monopoly on phones. Android reigns supreme in marketshare.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2017 at 21:21 UTC
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freediverx: This article basically boils down to "Which is the most attractive platform for shortsighted, penny-pinching consumers with a limited appreciation for quality?'

That Panorama documentary was clearly slanted against Apple. Were any of those factories owned by Apple? Did they look at any of the other factories or even the same ones who produced products for the other big players like HP or Dell?

They are all the same. Now Apple does have stringent guidelines against some of the practices shown in the videos, but obviously the subcontractors are violating them. Many companies do turn a blind eye towards violations but the ironic thing is that Apple is among the best Western companies who do hold their subcontractors to account.

You might call it exploitation but to many people in China it is a job. Sure it's not a great job, but it's a manufacturing and labour job. Not that those jobs are designed to be a bad experience, but to be honest it sure is a lot better than where they were 30 years ago. No job and no money, or have a job and a little money? That is the choice people make everywhere too.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2017 at 06:28 UTC
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Arnab Pratim Das: My HP EliteBook 8740w (DreamColor panel) from 2010 sports 10-bit IPS display and as a result, displays about 1.1 billion distinct colors.

The contemporary Macs then on the other hand had pretty pedestrian 8-bit displays. The situation has improved only very recently when full AdobeRGB support in the latest panels. But fact remains that for ages and until recently Macs have never displayed more than 8-bit/channel.

And fact also remains that all diehard Mac fans who used to fight over why 12 bit is inferior to 14 bit in raw capture, were blissfully unaware that their own system (the graphics card, the OS, the Panel) they all supported only 8 bits. so what is the advantage of those extra RAW bits if your system is not even capable of helping you see the expanded gamut? What value are you adding to your imaging by using a 8bit/c Mac for processing raw files with say 12bits/c. Never had a rational answer from Apple users. I use both and the 8740W DreamColor is for color-critical stuff.

Many photo printers can go beyond sRGB in certain areas, and even AdobeRGB, but no (normal) printer can do the entire gamut of sRGB (and AdobeRGB by extension).

However, you do need a wider gamut on screen so you can proof what the image is going to look like if it is going to be printed or rendered on a display with a narrower gamut. How should colours be mapped if they go beyond what the final device can display? Do you show dark detail there or does it just get plugged up?

Losing 10-bit displays on the Mac was a real regression for the longest time. It showed that Apple was giving up on professionals who needed colour critical output.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2017 at 06:13 UTC
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photosen: Windows over Macs:

Pro: Money, and that's before you take into account Apple Care. A 1080p IPS display laptop with an i5 can be obtained for $600-$700 USD (not at higher res though).

Con: OS reliability. Nothing like a tricked out PC with a BSOD, malware, ransomware just as you need to deliver the goods to your client: this risk can cost you big, and needs to be taken into account. This includes bad drivers and updates that break things. The client will blame you, not your tricked out PC.

Con: Hardware reliability; Macs are far from perfect, but since the white macbooks haven't reached the lows of bad hinges, sleep of death, etc ad nauseam.

Pro: Way more choice, for instance a keyboard you won't hate, sufficient ports, never mind graphics cards.

Pro. If chosen well, expandability: more RAM? New SSD? Can be done.

There is no right and wrong for everyone, but there is a further choice, even for non geek photographers: a decent PC with a linux distro.

I've had BSODs in windows 10, but I've also had SPODs on my Mac too. No computer OS is perfect and they never will be. Unless you are running OpenBSD. ;-)

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2017 at 05:59 UTC
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BadScience: Has anybody, anywhere, at any time, gained any insight when reading a Mac-vs-PC thread?

Has anybody, anywhere, at any time, though "f-me, I've been wrong all along, I'm going to by a Mac/PC" after reading a Mac-vs-PC thread?

I don't get the vitriole about this, it's is just as brutal with brand trolling in cameras. I don't get why people are so personally invested in a bunch of plastic and metal. They are all tools, use the best one for any particular job.

It's like a mechanic using only one kind of wrench to work on a car. Who in their right mind would do that?

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2017 at 05:55 UTC
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nerd2: I'm typing this using a liquid cooled PC with overclocked 4.8Ghz CPU, 1080 GPU and 64GB RAM and cherry blue mechnical keyboard.... which happens to be cheaper than decked out macbook 'pro'

I doubt any tech savy people will choose mac over pc.

The problem with a Windows has been their poor integration of hardware components. Everything runs, so if you are OK running Windows or even Linux it definitely works OK. The problem, especially in laptops, is that the general fit and finish were poor or clunky.

The unibody Mac laptops definitely pointed the way forward for the industry, and in many ways Windows laptops have copied and surpassed Apple in the design department. However, there are usually a couple of annoyances still with Windows laptops that Apple ones did not generally have. I would say in the last year though it really is a toss up.

Premium Windows laptops are as good as Apple ones in fit and finish, but generally confer no price advantage, or maybe are even more expensive. However, there is a diversity to choices that allows one to pick a bargain unit or a premium one, whereas Apple only has a few choices.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2017 at 05:52 UTC
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nerd2: I'm typing this using a liquid cooled PC with overclocked 4.8Ghz CPU, 1080 GPU and 64GB RAM and cherry blue mechnical keyboard.... which happens to be cheaper than decked out macbook 'pro'

I doubt any tech savy people will choose mac over pc.

I'm sure you meant to type Mac Pro instead of MacBook Pro.

Otherwise you must be quite the sight lugging around your liquid cooled rig into the coffee shop and hunting for an outlet for your PC and monitor.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2017 at 01:57 UTC
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rialcnis: One reason not mentioned is how the Mac is totally insecure compared to the win 10 PC.

I would NEVER buy a Mac. Ipad is bad enough.

A Post without evidence is just trolling. Citations please. MacOS is about the same if not slightly better than Windows in terms of external security.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2017 at 01:53 UTC
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xmeda: How to push insurance to people...

Lets add alternatives to this article

Dpreview forgot about their own gearlist. They've been sitting on that for a few years with no movement. It could have been easily expanded to add serial numbers etc. too.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 22:32 UTC
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tonywong: A mild update. The CP1200 already has wireless and an optional battery. The only improvements are listed in the first set of bullet points.

Could be improved borderless but the CP1200 was also advertised as allowing borderless prints.

Multiple wifi clients might also suggest an improved wifi chipset.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 20:49 UTC
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