Summi Luchs

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On article Nikon D610 Review (403 comments in total)
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RichRMA: But the body is still second-rate.

Don't forget that it is much cheaper than first rate bodies. Look at the price of Nikon D3/D4 or Canon 1D series cameras and try to adjust what to expect for much less money.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2014 at 22:40 UTC
On article Nikon D610 Review (403 comments in total)
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FrankS009: Speaking of late reviews, what about the Panasonic G6? It was introduced a year ago, and has not had a full review yet. Perhaps DPR is waiting for its replacement.

The G6 weights half of the D610, has an articulated screen, and its lenses are half the size and weight too. There is a purpose for every camera, but the difference between full frame and micro-4/3rds IQ is getting small enough that for practical purposes most people don't need to spend the extra money or lug the extra weight. The revolution has truly taken place.


No, there is a big difference between FF and m4/3. I have used (and still use) m4/3 and Nikon FF Cameras for years (currently a Pana GX7 and a D600). I agree that both systems can deliver very good image quality and for many subjects technical details do not play a big role (at that level of IQ). But those pictures, where image quality has a substantial part in the "WOW" factor were taken by the FF cameras. This is not due to a single parameter like high ISO noise or shallow DOF. Good lenses can easier show their qualities in bigger formats, a fact known since decades.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2014 at 22:35 UTC
On article Eye-Fi Mobi Wi-Fi SD card review (107 comments in total)
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Just a Photographer: Why should we still use Eye-Fi cards now in most places we can use a 4G network?

Next to that in todays world not only your phone has wifi already, but most (consumer) camera's have wifi too.

Few years ago these cards came in handy, but nowadays aren't these eye-fi card mostly redundant? Its only a matter of time before Eye-fi will be out of business.

There is a huge legacy of DLSRs and other expensive cameras without Wi-Fi. WiFI alone hardly can justify buying a new $1000+ camera body if there is no other major reason to upgrade. Even some actual models don't offer built-in Wi-Fi. So it will take quite a few years until these cards will become redundant.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2014 at 08:26 UTC
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Mattersburger: That's a lot of metal & glass to get to an f2 normal.

No trolling. A teleconverter always decreases the resulting lens speed. The f-value is calculated from the diameter of the focal length divided by the diameter of the aperture. The teleconverter increases the focal length, but cannot increase the aperture (it is part of the original lens). So a 2x TC doubles the f-value.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2014 at 21:28 UTC
On article Tamrac launches rugged-looking photo messenger bags (106 comments in total)
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Greg VdB: Outwardly, they look a lot like a schoolbag I had in the early nineties ;-)

I'm sure these are well made and perfectly good if you're after such a bag. Personally though, when I go into rugged terrain, I take my Lowepro Rover Pro 45L AW, which is half photo backpack - half trecking backpack, together with a holster type bag. This setup is much more practical I find than carrying a bag like the ones above (too annoying for serious hiking) + a normal backpack, or just a dedicated photography backpack (no room for trecking material).

Even if they resemble an old schoolbag, they still look like camera bags. Not discreet enough for areas where carrying expensive camera equipment shouldn' t be too obvious. So I still have to use more or less suitable bags not primarily designed for photography.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2014 at 09:18 UTC
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Lux Painter: The 25mmf1.8 sounds like an awesome lens and was long overdue. And based on Olympus reputation of building great lenses it should have a stellar performance.

But the price tag of $400 (twice the price of a full frame 50mmf1.8 lens) must be a sick joke!

Maybe Olympus is trying to ruin their m43 biz completely.

@Dolan: I agree, most 50mm are variations of the old double-gauss (Zeiss Planar) design. But there are other examples, the low priced Nikon 1.8 50mmG is a new lens design using aspherical elements and a modern ultrasonic AF drive. OTOH Zeiss OTUS shows where the upper spectrum of a "normal prime" ends. Lets wait for some permomance tets of the 25mm Oly. If it is a very good performer, its price is ok.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2014 at 11:43 UTC
On article Things we found stuffed down the back of CES 2014 (18 comments in total)
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Tom_A: Considering the size of the images it produces, can we consider the Fuji Instax 90 as a medium format film camera?

All in all a rather attractive device if instant print results are important.

Call it a LO res Medium format Optical device (LOMO)

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2014 at 08:12 UTC

Long awaited ! 20, 35 and 85mm is my favorite combo for cityscapes (including some street and portraits) since many years (way back in the film era). The 1.8 85mm is very good, the 20mm just ok. The AF-D 35mm doesn't deliver optically, while the 1.4 Nikon and Sigma lenses are too big and heavy for me. So I appreciate the new 1.8 Version and surely will buy one, at least when a resaonable street price will have settled.

So, an updated 20mm still remains on my wish list...

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 10:52 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
On article Happy Holidays from dpreview (114 comments in total)

Merry Christmas to the DPreview team and to all readers !

Link | Posted on Dec 25, 2013 at 20:39 UTC as 47th comment
On article Canon announces EOS M2 in Japan (611 comments in total)

Even if > 400 comments are much for a camera not available in North America and Europe I feel that I read too much bashing here. With the EOS-M Canon did half of the things wrong, but half right. Indeed I considered to buy into the EOS-M system before I went with m4/3. The EOS-M uses a proven sensor that satisfies most EOS DSLR users. Sony has slightly better sensors and higher end camera bodies, but most of its lenses are either mediocre or expensive. Canon managed to produce very good AND affordable lenses for the EOS-M. But only three. And here is where the good side of the story ends. I expected that Canon would quickly develop a more comprehensive lens lineup and a higher end body (with EVF and more controls). But time has shown they didn't. So they make a niche product from a potentially good concept.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2013 at 11:57 UTC as 56th comment | 1 reply
On article DPReview Gear of the Year - Part 1: Fujifilm X100S (304 comments in total)
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Cailean Gallimore: It's amusing that everyone who has an X100, or X100S, are saying how much they like the camera, and all the people who are saying they dislike the camera don't have one. Jealousy, maybe... Lol.

Too much simplification. There is at least a third group who like the X100S but I do not own it. At least I belong to this group. The camera is nicely built and styled, has good optics and a good sensor. OTOH I simply have no (read: too limited) use for it. Although 35mm was and is a focal length I like, about 40% of my photos are taken around 35mm. But then, there are 60% of my shots better made with significantly longer or shorter lenses. So for me, interchangeable lenses are a must.

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2013 at 15:34 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Review (611 comments in total)

Silver what. For me the GX-7 is the small and capable camera I was waiting for (years). It is right in the sweet spot between bulk, image quality and usability as a photographic tool. I have this camrea since it was available in Germany and have to say, that I'm not disappointed. Only few reasons left to take out my FF DSLR equipment anymore. I must admit that I do stills only, so the missing microphone jack doesn't hurt.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2013 at 13:36 UTC as 156th comment

Not for everyone...but for whom ? While such an experimental kit would make sense for film photography I don't see the point for digital. Color filters and double exposures can be applied by post processing with much more control. 12mm (24mm equiv.) is nothing special today. It all comes down to buy a bad fisheye at 1/3 of the price of the cheapest good one (e.g. Samyang).

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2013 at 21:56 UTC as 15th comment
On article Another Hasselblad rebadge or Photoshopped hoax? (185 comments in total)

I'm sure its a fake, created by a guy who has no idea of true luxury products. A Hasselblad camera will never follow the release of a Sony product that early. It can't. Like a Bordeaux Premier Cru it has to mature in a kind of Barrique (here the wooden outer shell) for a certain time. A new Sony will never have this special flavor.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2013 at 20:33 UTC as 109th comment
On article Nikon AW1 First Impressions Review (586 comments in total)

First the sensor oil issue (D600), now the sensor water issue (caused by underwater lens changes).

Joke aside, this camera is a really refreshing concept, even if it won't become the scuba divers favorite.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2013 at 12:59 UTC as 121st comment
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alatchin: While expensive, this is an exciting camera. With programs like snapseed you dont have to bring a large portion of your photography into a computer and can directly attach to emails and upload to clients.... Maintain up to the minute imagery for your blog, or website, share high quality images on the fly just like you would form your phone but with immeasurably more flexibility and quality.

Next stop Samsung? Design an app for this phone to process your raw files. KABOOM! How cool wold that be. Just a note, they could be reduced size raws for this specific purpose.

In principle, you are right. But I doubt that there is much need for a device like this.
Bloggers and social network afficionados do not need 20 MP images for web use.
Professionals who want to upload quickly high quality press, sports or paparazzi images would prefer a much higher specced camera system.
The remaining part of photographers, where this concept fits best, seems to be a very small percentage...

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2013 at 22:27 UTC
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Karroly: Is the quality of the ZEISS Makro-Planar T* 2/50 ZF.2 really mandatory to record 1024x512 pixel pictures or is the University of Jena just rich ?

The cost of such a lens is negligible compared to the whole lab equipment. No indication for a special sponsorship.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2013 at 20:16 UTC

Nice concept, similar to Ricoh's GXR without the need of a camera body. Assuming you carry a smartphone anyway, it is only very little additional bulk for having a quality photo device in your pocket. Usefulness will depend greatly upon a well thought implementation of camera control and display/shutter lags.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2013 at 20:53 UTC as 40th comment | 1 reply
On article Koci sees life through Google Glass (23 comments in total)

Wow - I'm surprised. I always thougt Google glass shooters take only photos when Google tells them to do so.

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2013 at 16:38 UTC as 8th comment
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