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On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1600 comments in total)
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Mistyduck: I was hoping to see something about vignetting. I was about to buy an M3 until I read about the horrendous vignetting with some M-series lenses. I wonder if the M5 is any better, or is vignetting inherent in Canon's M-cameras?

Vignetting it's due to lens design, nothing to do with camera bodies.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 07:03 UTC
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1600 comments in total)

2012 camera of the year.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 07:01 UTC as 21st comment
On article Hawks Factory announces new 35mm F2 in M-mount (70 comments in total)

Leica M lenses were sharp corner to corner. This is just sloppy lens design to cheat the ignorant. I shot with Leicas in the 60s and what was amazing is that many of the lenses were sharpest wide open while Hasselblad lenses usually had to be stopped down 1-2 stops for maximum sharpness.

If one wants lenses of this low quality, just buy cheap Russian knockoffs from the 50s and 60s on eBay. $1800 for a $50 lens, give me a break.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2017 at 08:01 UTC as 25th comment | 3 replies
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pepeta: Jokes aside...they look really amazing. Its time to test drive one of these..

Test drive a color?

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 18:51 UTC

How about something useful like:
1. 120-150mm macro
2. 16-240 f/4 travel zoom that focuses down to 1:2
3. 12-120 f/2.8 pro grade lens
4. providing close focusing to all their lenses
5. fixing the X sensor green channel smear (yes it is better with the "2" series bodies but the Olympus cameras with sensors only half as big still perform Fuji x-bodies

So Fuji, get over your fascination with paint and address your real problems.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 18:50 UTC as 56th comment | 6 replies

Pollute the environment, use film.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 21:31 UTC as 116th comment | 12 replies
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ProfHankD: "... that has appeared on the company's forums" -- since when is Magic Lantern a company? It is an independent project developing software to enhance the operation of various Canon EOS cameras, rather like CHDK. Producing DNGs in camera is insignificant (and doesn't make much sense) compared to all the major enhancements in ML.

"DNG format is fixed."

Not true, just as with TIFF, there are many DNG formats. Adobe starts with a good idea and then caves into the manufacturers. Proof? Why do we have to wait for an update to Adobe RAW for each new camera that produces DNG format files? Think Leica and Pentax just to name two.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 03:04 UTC
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TN Args: Wait till you see the size of the files.

And why would I whine about that?

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 02:59 UTC

And this is better than a gimbal head in what way? My ProMaster gimbal head, after replacing the goo in the horizontal bearing with a proper lubricant, is both smooth and quick. This thing looks like a Rube Goldberg nightmare.

Me thinks these folks took a machining class and dreamt this up after a bunch of brews.

Hopefully I'm wrong and that I'll want to hock something to buy one. But as a wise man once said, always wait for version 3.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 06:55 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
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RamblinR: On their next tweak for VIDEO can they please add focus peaking and 60p ... EM5II has both. Now that the EM1-2 will have 4k etc it wouldn't hurt to add these to the EM1 to keep it updated.

This is an example of what's wrong at Olympus, too many products, too many bodies and too many changes. Olympus is too small to support a wide range of products at the quality we expect. With the rapid death of anything below a pro level of quality, they need to concentrate on one body, the EM1 II and a set of truly pro lenses. Currently that is the 75mm, 40-150 f/2.8 and maybe the 300 f/4. No more pseudo pro lenses like the 12-40 f/2.8, 20mm f/2 or the 12-100 f/4.
One more significant upgrade to the Canon M series and the upcoming Pana-Leica lenses will make Olympus redundant in a rapidly shrinking market. My EM1 is just fine as it is, when I'm ready to upgrade I'll buy the series II.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2016 at 02:17 UTC

About once a week there is an announcement of a revolutionary new power storage technology. About once every decade one makes it to market. Please leave nonsense like this to Popular Science magazine.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 17:55 UTC as 20th comment | 3 replies

Very inconsistent results.

It appears that different lenses were used for the two tests as the II is sharper in the center while the I is sharper out towards to corners. Yes the EXIF data indicates the same lens but look at the following at ISO 3200:

1) Green feathers on the left side, the I is sharper
2) Red paint tubes on the right side, again the I is superior
3) Balsamic vinegar bottle in the bottom center, II is superior
4) Compare noise across the image, the same inconsistencies
5) Color chart is more saturated and a bit cleaner for the II but that could just be the JPEG engine, reserving my judgment until Lightroom supports the II
6) the spools of thread are consistently one of the best portions of this image for comparing cameras and the II shows only a slight improvement. Need the Lightroom update.

Switching to RAW, though these are still JPEGs after processing, the above still holds.

I'll probably switch to the II next year but it will be for the other improvements.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2016 at 08:29 UTC as 7th comment
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dpfan32: And again: way more expensive than the predecessor...
And what replaces the FZ1000 in its price range???
It's like buying an iPhone for 800€ and next year they charging 1200€ for their improved model...
It's ridiculous...
Camera maker don't want to produce affordable cameras anymore.
Their target market seems to be only enthusiasts who are willing to pay more than 1000€ for a camera. Let the others shoot with their phones...

The FZ1000 needs a ton of improvements. While the IQ was better than the Sony, everything else was worse (well maybe not the menus). I'll be surprised if they can deliver those improvements at this low a price. I doubt that a great bridge camera can be sold at a profit for under about $2,000.

Yes, we have both the Sony and Pany and have used both extensively for over a year.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2016 at 07:06 UTC
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Satyaa: Question for FZ1000 owners:
I used FZ1000 briefly. I am planning to get one for travel. My video usage will be limited/infrequent. I have no speculation if that will increase in future or if I will have video opportunities/needs during travel.

I use Nikon D7200 as my main camera for hobby and unpaid work, the only limitation being which lenses I can carry in any given situation.

From your experience with FZ1000 and what you see in this new model, which one would you buy if you were in my situation?


I use a Fuji X-S1 and was looking to the FZ1000 as a step up. Bought one for my wife first as she needed a new camera with the idea that if I liked it, I'd get one for myself. What a disappointment. The controls are sloppy and not well placed. Compared to the Fuji, the Pany feels like a toy. Yes the Pany has lower high ISO noise but with the color bleed that comes from BSI sensors. AF is significantly better and I expect the FZ2500 to be a substantial improvement.

The net is that I can't recommend the FZ1000 at more than $3-400 new. Nevertheless I have high hopes for the FZ2500 and am looking forward to get my hands on one.

I just don't understand the lack of an optional dual battery grip like the Fuji X-T2. Setup for one wouldn't have added more than $10 to the price of the camera. Since the camera has USB charging, if it doesn't disable shooting while charging, a power brick could be used.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2016 at 06:53 UTC
On article DPReview Asks: What was your first camera? (764 comments in total)

First cameras I used: Kodak Pony 828 (my dad's), 4x5 Speed Graphic (school). First camera purchased: Honeywell Pentax H3V.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 17:21 UTC as 447th comment

Come on Sigma, it is time to stop making separate versions for each mount and build one base model and an adapter for each mount. All you are doing is raising your costs and lowering your customer base.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 15:58 UTC as 4th comment | 3 replies
On article Got Reach? Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 G2 sample gallery (102 comments in total)

Where is the M43 version?

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2016 at 06:09 UTC as 10th comment | 6 replies
On article Abandoned America: Photographing a forgotten history (76 comments in total)
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Edgar_in_Indy: The movie theater seems way too long and narrow. I've never seen a theater like that. I imagine that the screen looks farther away due to use of a wide angle, but since the EXIF information is not present, it's hard to say.

On a side note, why strip the EXIF information for photos that are posted on a photography site, where people would be interested in that kind of info?

I'm the early days of megaplex madness, normal theaters were often carved up like this.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2016 at 03:16 UTC
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (811 comments in total)

OK, it's cute and small. Does it come with a pill we can take to shrink our hands so we can operate it or is it just another piece of jewelry?

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 06:18 UTC as 148th comment | 1 reply
On article Hasselblad to announce 'game changer' next week (454 comments in total)
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GabrielZ: MF mirrorless, it was bound to happen at some point. Personally I thought Fujifilm would be the first. It has been rumored for a while now that Fuji would introduce such a camera at Photokina this year. Seems Hassy has beat them to it. At least Fuji will likely manufacture the lenses for this Hassy and still might introduce their version at Photokina after all.

Fuji built at least one Hasselblad body in the past. This could well be Fuji's rumored MF camera. l

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2016 at 20:21 UTC
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