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milkod2001: Sorry to see Bowens going. Have at work studio Bowens 2x 750 pro 2x 500 Gemini. Still working just fine after 2 years of use. If i had to buy new studio flash lighting systems it would be Godox though. No reason to pay much more for Bowens if other brands do the very same thing for much less. Bowens did not innovate much and thought they are premium brand nobody can match. They were wrong. too sad :(.

Leica has lasted this long. But then more wealthy people buy nice cameras than nice flash systems so the market is wider and deeper... you can't actually get a rangefinder equivalent to my knowledge besides Leica but @byrcesteiner's comment is perhaps applicable in that Leica is perhaps not doing enough to attract new customers to its bread and butter, price-wise. Then again, it is perhaps wiser to simply milk the brand until it is all used up.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 20:08 UTC
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sh10453: Fan Edition? Does that mean it comes bundled with a Fan? So we have to buy the optional heat-sink? What size fan?

Samsung makes great products when they work, but don't count on their terrible customer service when something goes wrong.
Speaking of customer service, ...
I recently had to deal with Huawie for an issue with my Honor 8, which resulted from Android site pushing a Beta version of Android 7, which was a disaster.
Within about 48 hours from contacting Huawie's customer service, I had a new, replacement phone in my hand.
Everything was over-night shipping.
I was really impressed.
Samsung can learn a lesson ... or two.
Their other big disaster was quietly, ungracefully, and silently abandoning their camera business, leaving customers with no answers, no comments, ..., nothing..
Personally, Samsung has lost my (and my family's and friends') business because of the poor customer service.

In the UK you can find Samsung approved repair centres from the Samsung website. Mine is 40 minutes drive but has fixed everything I've thrown at them. Also any phone under two years old is still under warranty even if bought used. When I bought my Note 1 I had the screen replaced for free due to some black crushing irregularity. The motherboard was also replaced for some reason or other. All for free. Samsung is awesome; try doing that with HTC and you have no chance. I once bought a faulty HTC bluetooth adapter, and they refused to take it back. End of.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2017 at 11:35 UTC
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Albert Valentino: Giving a monkey a toy to play with, and that is what it is from the monkeys point of view, is not even close to any sane definition of cruelty. The proof is in the picture itself - he seems to enjoy it and might even be accused of hamming it up. So why should Peta make money on this? Will they use that money to help the poor monkey?No! His efforts, and gamble - who gives a wild monkey their camera, have added many smiles to viewers faces.

As for the copyright ownership, to me it belongs to the photographer who arranged the conditions. If shooting for the big names like National Geographic or the BBC series and they set up trip lines for an animal to trigger a camera for a rare shot, don't they own the rights? Does Peta sue them? No!

@Bobhearch the monkey is a monkey not a human ergo he cannot - or should not under any sane system - own the copyright. Civilisation exists for the sake of people not monkeys. Either the photographer owns it or the hypothetical owner of the monkey...or, cynically - and I don't like this view because it clearly involved human creativity - everyone because of our shared access to nature. But not the monkey. That way lies madness.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2017 at 07:14 UTC
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Aroart: Samsung products are cr p .. I bought my bro inlaw the Note tablet a few years back and myself the larger note pro .. Both have issues and are barely usable.. My 6 year old first gen iPad still works with no issues...

I don't know why people comment like this. I have a Note tablet and it's fine, and I know plenty of people who have had ipads fail. What are the issues exactly? Has a component malfunctioned? There will be anecdotal failures with virtually all technology, it's very difficult for end-users to identify the better performers because most tech products will have a small percentage of returns which could be in the thousands or hundreds of thousands if they are popular. I will grant that Samsung phones and tablets are perhaps more likely to have software niggles in theory because they have so many different SKUs compared to Apple. My own experience is that the more open Android platform means you can find solutions to most things that will crop up. Same with Windows.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 09:39 UTC
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METROMODEPHOTO: Samsung is definitely an inovator in great tech features no doubt.i loved my note 7 alot and who knows if it was an inside job to cause the note 7 to go sure they learn a lesson and will proceed with a much better product no doubt.their tablets are great too. Unlike the ipad the keyboard setting will have the number keys,a great feature if you need to write a note with letters and numbers without switching back and forth from keypadsetting witch can be annoying at times.another cool feature on both the phones and the samsung tabletsis if you happen to have a samsung smart tv, you can stream your phone to your tv via blutooth, can't do that with your iphone.don't get me wrong,i still like apple product, i much prefer operating through safari than windows any day. I can't help liking certain features from both products although i can simply sum it up by saying Apple product function in a more practical manor wile android is more for fun and games.

Batteries and electricity in general can be dangerous. Samsung has published a detailed report (3rd party batteries were the main culprit), and has suffered hugely from the Note 7 debacle. They are determined not to let it happen again, and that means in my opinion Samsung will now make the safest phones out there.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 09:31 UTC
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Iloveaircraftnoise: Spec wise the 6d2 seems not too bad. Canon knows they just needed to tweak a few things like swivel screen, a few more focus points. They will sell plenty of these.

I really don't know what the infatuation with 4k video is. Here in Australia, most tv is still broadcast in standard definition !!

How many average consumers care about downsampling 4k to better 1080 ?

@ snapper203. I have exceptional eyesight (approx 20:10) and a 90" projector image. Good 1080p is incredible from about 3m viewing distance but streamed or compressed 1080 is not. 4k streamed is approximate to good 1080 upscaled in that it looks amazing. I would not necessarily shoot in 4k for home videos or customers on that basis due to storage considerations, but do look forward to more 4k movies / streaming. @armandino is right I think in that great 1080p 4:4:4 would be good enough but that 4k is still what pro videographers are wanting, whether for its potential or for marketing in a competitive market, both are valid reasons.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 06:49 UTC
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King of Song: Canon has perfected a method of kicking itself in the teeth. In order to protect the sales of it's hierarchy, it dumbs down later releases so they don't step on the feet of existing more expensive models.

Canon should have released the 6D II prior to the 5D IV, and made the 5D IV much more advanced..... But of course they would never do that, because then the 5D IV would step on the feet of the existing flagship the inimitable 1DX II...

Bottom line..... I can't find a camera that is good enough for me to buy. I like great things, not good things... Sorry Canon

Actually I think it's a fair comment. People expect new features to trickle down and become standard. On release a useful new feature is an attraction, a year or two later it is essential and expected; a manufacturer must include it in order to compete. That is what you get from strong market competition. The car market is similar. As for this Canon classic 5D user, I am still waiting for a 5D/6D with built-in flash, since Nikon's D700 showed us it could still be done.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 06:26 UTC
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osv: spend $2k, for only 6.5 fps?
for $2k, you can get 18fps with continuous af, em1 mk2
for $1.3k you can get 11fps with continuous af/exposure tracking, a6500

no 4k video
no ibis
1/4000th max shutter speed
do you get af micro-adjust capability?

I think 6.5fps is fine for most people. If you want something more then you perhaps have a particular need that is better served by a pro sports camera. Downsides to faster speed might include reduced reliability of the mirror mechanism not to mention lots of large files to sort through or have to store.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 06:20 UTC
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alextardif: Given the crazy low price for what is, presumably, going to be a top tier 24-70 F2.8 I'm surprised this isn't making a bigger splash in the community... I can't wait to try this puppy out on A7Rii.

@bmxer241 I missed that, thanks. This lens is an interesting option.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2017 at 07:19 UTC
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alextardif: Given the crazy low price for what is, presumably, going to be a top tier 24-70 F2.8 I'm surprised this isn't making a bigger splash in the community... I can't wait to try this puppy out on A7Rii.

The trouble is there's a massive used market. Canikon's older 24-70s are cheaper and very good. If you absolutely need the best, then you can probably justify the extra for the new Canikons and not have to worry so much about future compatibility and depreciation.

Having said that Sigma deserve to do well. The new 24-70 looks great. I used to own their 24-60 and it was brilliant but I always had micro-focus issues - had I owned a newer body with mf adjust I never would have sold it.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2017 at 07:10 UTC
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Raist3d: Compelling case? Are you kidding me? First my respects/ it's a cool tech demo. No, it's not a good representation f a good game. In fact it's quite horrible as a mario game. Just watching the video makes me dizzy.

This is a game experience that was designed for a 2d screen with tight controls and action. Of course it won't translate to AR when trying to do a direct translation of the game like this

You need a good game designer to create a new version that makes sense.

Also dpreview- please. Play Mario and understand video games / video game design a little better.

I don't really know what you mean Raist3d. I imagine millions of families would pay good money for this kind of experience. It would turn every garden into an infinitely exciting play castle. Sure there could be other games demoed, but Mario is such a fun character with great music, it is a good way to build interest. I remember playing sword fighting with a stick as a child. Imagine Prince of Persia or Ghouls and Goblins in the backyard! I would not advocate play in public though, too much risk of death by car, train or whatever.

Also I really like the idea of the graphics card not needing to recreate reality, since for example the trees and the grass are already there in real life. I can see AR being used in special paid-for experiences. If properly integrated into a purpose-built zone / garden / building, you could have something very special. Perhaps this could be the basis for a new theme park or next-gen arcade.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2017 at 11:25 UTC
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Neez: The 32 vs 64bit architecture doesn't make much of a difference for most people. It's the fact that the Annapurna cpu is an ARM processor vs the intel which is x86. This make a huge difference because apps have to be written for either. ARM is much more limited in apps, it has nothing to do with business apps are mentioned on this review, the app store is far more limited in general.

However, most photographers probably won't care about apps. They just want a huge file server with raid redundancy incase a drive fails. Both will be fast, and either will do the job just fine.

I use dropbox as a backup for my home photos. You can get 1TB per year for very good money, much cheaper than a NAS and its resistant to fire / theft etc. I think cloud is going to be a better balance than NAS for most home users, and it gives a sense of invulnerability that no amount of hard disks in your home can give you!

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2017 at 14:37 UTC
On article First pictures from the new Nikon 8-15mm fisheye (139 comments in total)
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PhotoKhan: Except for the bee shot, I can't find another shot that would not have been better served by another type of lens.

I really hope Joshua has taken aditional optics, as this is the kind of trip that would be a pity to have been wasted on such a uninspiring optical tool.

What is better is obviously subjective, but I personally find fisheyes look more like what I see with my eyes for some reason.
I used to have a non zoom 15mm fisheye, and I loved it on a crop body. Great for close portraits in my opinion, as they don't distort like a typical wide.

But here's the thing, if you don't like the effect, you can adjust the amount of rectilinearity (real word?!) in post process. Lightroom makes this easy for example. You can do the same in reverse to create a fisheye effect from a normal wide, but it never looks quite right.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2017 at 19:16 UTC
On article How water droplets came to life for a Gatorade ad (103 comments in total)

Wow. That is stunning!

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2017 at 19:07 UTC as 40th comment
On article Throwback Thursday: Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom (104 comments in total)
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MatchencoSouth: You write about Olympus cameras quite often. Why not to take a look back at the first DSLR of mine, my beloved and precious Olympus E-1? Would be an exciting reading! (I read the DP Review's Throwback Thursday articles every week and I find them extremele interesting!)

It's strange to say it, but it was an exciting period of camera creation. There was something new every few months, and sometimes they seemed beautiful works of design. I admired some of those camera bodies in the same way that a couple of generations before me it was common to be excited about locomotives.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2017 at 09:40 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom (104 comments in total)
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davesurrey: If anyone's interested in picking up one of these there's a used one on ebay at the moment for $500 !!!

Gee whiz, you could buy a lot of used dslr for that! I sold one for around that price in 2006!

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2017 at 09:36 UTC
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Artak Hambarian: Olympus, I am honestly waiting for C8080 modern incarnation:
- larger sensor - 1" or could be MFT
- in body stabilization
- could be ted bit larger with 24 - 240 mm lens is enough - no need in superzoom
- GPS and wifi.

Since when is a 10x optical zoom not a super zoom? What mad world are we living on? I wouldn't usually consider any zoom over 3x!

Plus when you turn it on, you need to be able to shoot at 35 or 50mm equivalent in a hurry, not 24mm, in my opinion. That was another problem of the c8080.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2017 at 09:32 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom (104 comments in total)

I had it, my first camera. Build quality was lovely and some really beautiful images...but it was ridiculously slow. I learned to hate the lever-based zoom, and raw file saving locked up the camera to the point of making it impossible. I wished I had bought the Konica Minota Dimage a200 instead, or perhaps even better, the Canon equivalents of Pro 1, or (later) G series. The Canon if I recall correctly may have been better at video also, and had a firmware upgrade to improve focus.

I had obsessed over image quality, poring over reviews. It was a purchase that taught me the importance of useability over absolute image quality. Still the look of that massive lens was to die for, and the Olympus colours were lovely.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2017 at 09:25 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
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GiovanniB: Boring. Why not f1.8 or f2.0? The Sony FE 28 f2.0 remains more versatile and is small and light enough for me.

I kind of agree. This is the first lens that has got my attention for the Sony system. But I'm left wondering what is the point when a Canon or Nikon 35mm f2 potentially does a better job in almost the same size package. It does look a bit smaller though, and these days high iso means f2.8 is enough for practically any shot.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2017 at 08:53 UTC
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Kwick1: I agree with the comment that this truly isn't Virtual Reality. Until a true Holodeck is developed, where all of your senses are used and it is truly immersive, we won't have VR. We just have 360 video, and crappy quality video at that.

Have you seen some of the Skyrim mods for PC; there are so-called 'screen archers' who play the game only to create art from screenshots at resolutions that can only be played at 5-10 frames per second on current hardware?
They can be incredible, and essentially photo realistic or to coin an old red dwarf phrase - 'better than life'. People can essentially create 3d models and faces that look like specific real people, famous or otherwise and have them interact in-game, and the objects and landscapes can likewise appear realistic. This is possible due to the huge number of hours people have put into creating and sharing high resolution textures.

I kind of agree with you about the holodeck thing, but you might be surprised just what kind of level of photo-realistic graphics and animations are viable with current or near-current technology. Not every house can fit a holodeck, but a VR headset that does something relatively similar -eyes and ears not touch - is achievable now /next year

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 19:49 UTC
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