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About me:

Bi-coastal, just now retiring from the Industrial photography biz. I did this large format for 20 yrs, and also did Newspaper & Magazine work. Started right out of College as a darkroom printer in Vietnam for the wire services - a great experience. Also did some freelance in the Far East for 5 years, based in Tokyo. I now shoot mostly for me, but also do Events, Weddings, Flower Seed Catalogs, Stock, Clothing Catalogs, and some small town Newspaper stuff.


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On article In Fine Detail: Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R In-Depth Review (735 comments in total)
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Snapper2013: DPR gets my Low Score Award for failing to get these reviews out in a timely manner.

These cameras have been reviewed by other sites along time ago! A huge delay leaving nothing new to read!

Where is the DPR review of the D810 1DX and other cameras for that matter ???????

It's amazing to me how Nishi cannot accept ANY criticism, huge ego or what?

Link | Posted on Dec 26, 2015 at 17:11 UTC
On article 2015 Roundups: Fixed Prime Lens Cameras (231 comments in total)
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MarcMedios: I fail to see the allure. Buying a quality point and shoot is still buying a point & shoot. Bottom line, you have a lens that some anonymous engineer decided for you, can't change it, can't zoom in, change your framing... seems like a self-defeating thing to do.

The Sony is a $3300 point and shoot, over spec'd camera that shouldn't even be in this comparison. I notice you didn't list the price as a dislike!

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2015 at 23:48 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 makes leap to 20MP (168 comments in total)
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Tom_A: I find it looks quite a bit like my XE-1.

It looks just like Panasonics old LC-1, but smaller.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 19:29 UTC
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emfor: Stressing the pure sensor score is like comparing cars just based on their engines output.
The complete system matters as well as the intended purpose.
For many professionals 50 MP for printing outweigh less dynamic range.
Advanced mirror control helps to reduce camera shake and make a 50 MP camera usable hand held which may outweigh less dynamic range, too.
Others need the best dynamic range available and will have to accept trade-offs elsewhere (lossy raws for example or the need for a tripod to avoid shake).
So some will go for Canon, other for Niko, Sony etc.
What's the problem?

BTW, waiting for another article about lossy raws, just to emphasize this lack of A7ii >:)

So Rishi:
did you do a comparison when a shot like your nice tulip photo is bracketed (as any pro ((me)) would do), and then compare the results? I am wondering whether the differences in shadow noise, etc, would be different? I seem to have NO problems with DNR on my Canon 5D MK III, yet the way you talk, the Canon Dslrs are almost crippled compared to the Sony sensor cameras. I always bracket and exposure blend any high ev range scene (when possible) as do almost all of my pro friends. I would do the same with ANY DSLR camera, Sony sensor or not. If you have a payday riding on a shot, you wouldn't take a chance on screwing it up . It should be an interesting comparison in either case, as no one I know would just take a 13-14 ev shot and hope for the best, no matter what the camera.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2015 at 05:39 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Review (1568 comments in total)
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CaliforniaDave: I just received a retail purchase RX100IV, and I don't think that the six applications that you mention are "included."

When I choose Application List on my RX100IV, I get three items:
Smart Remote Embedded
PlayMemories Camera Apps
Application Management

Is the camera you are reviewing a new retail purchase, or has it had applications added to it?

The one missing ingredient in all the Sony reviews I have read is this: what happens when it breaks? Sony now has a professional repair service, which has some pretty stringent requirements, and that’s OK, but what about the consumer stuff? My personal experience with Precision Camera is very poor, especially when compared to the CanNikon services. How about the old “on hold for 30minutes routine”, sending a camera back without ANY repair being done, etc, etc. Just do a bit of Googling on Precision for yourself. I think it would be nice to see some mention of what happens when your camera breaks in the reviews. I know this is not Consumer R*****s, but a $900 doorstop is something to think about. Again the new Sony Support Service Program for Pros is great, but you may not qualify.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2015 at 00:02 UTC
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Dragonrider: Further to below. Also, that 2.5 stop advantage at base ISO drops to 1.75. If you throw a D800E into the mix, it moves the high ISO numbers up to match the 5DS R , but no material change in the base ISO relative to the D810. The difference between these numbers and DXO's are probably not really significant in the real world, but it is tiring that DXO (and DPR with DXO's numbers) keeps pounding at Canon over one issue and exaggerate the problem to add insult to injury. If you are shooting 50 megapixels at base ISO, you best have the camera on a tripod (Where HDR is usually practical) in the vast majority of cases. From ISO 400 up (where almost all hand held shots will need to be taken at that resolution just to get sufficient shutter speed), the 5DS R is equal to or better than any of the full frame competition and only 1/3 of a stop off the 645Z mark. I am finding the camera takes amazing pictures, so enjoy it rather than whining about one tiny corner of the performance space.

Give up, Rishi will never stop trashing Canon. I can't believe they even send DPR cameras to test anymore.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2015 at 04:54 UTC
On article Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? (1076 comments in total)
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radissimo: I bet my bum that this camera will be reviewed at 90- 92% (clear Gold Award sprinkled with a Platinum dust)

He just "pre" reviewed it and showed off his photos in one swelled foop!! Gosh, how do you even fit your head thruoght the door at work Ansel?

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 03:16 UTC
On article Nikon D750 Review (1989 comments in total)

Why can't Nikon put a 1/8000 shutter speed on this "pro" camera. It certainly is a desirable feature to this 43 yr pro. Can it add that much to the cost?

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2014 at 00:45 UTC as 310th comment | 8 replies
On article DPReview Gear of the Year: Canon Rebel SL1 / EOS 100D (272 comments in total)
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cam2013: Canon is making people fool for using same sensor year after year after year and then gives name from t2i to future t36i.the only change is name and the only unchanged part is sesnor.same is true for power shot s95 to powershot change in sensor.nice way to fool people by selling same crap over and over with high price.

Yeah, Nikon would never do that....12mp, 12mp, 12mp for how many years?

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2014 at 01:18 UTC

When will DXO support the kit lens (16-50mm) for the NEX-6? Seems odd that all the other E lenses are supported, but not the lens that 95% of users get with the camera. Any ETA on this lens support?

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2012 at 20:00 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply

Any chance of support for Canon's SRAW?

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2012 at 23:28 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply

I just downloaded 8.1 to get the support for NEX-6, and the support for the lens that comes with the camera, the 16-50mm, is NOT THERE!! Every other E mount is there, except the one that comes standard - why? We don't need the 18-55mm with the NEX-6 ! When are you going to fix it?

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2012 at 20:02 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
On article Canon EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM Preview (130 comments in total)

Why is it every review Westlake does of a Canon product, he belittles and then tells you how great the Nikon version is. Why don't you peddle this stuff at the Nikonians.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2012 at 22:33 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply
On article Dan Chung posts 5D Mark III vs. D800 video shootout (203 comments in total)
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R N: They both look good. Just want to point out that in the two shots

the D800 shows moire in the building top above and to the left of Pier 17... and even moire distracting, moire in the water that shows up as color splotches. Very interesting and informative video comparison.

avoid moire?? good luck.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 00:36 UTC
On article Dan Chung posts 5D Mark III vs. D800 video shootout (203 comments in total)

I was thinking of pickup a D800 body for my wedding biz, but frankly the high ISO performance stinks, what a disappointment. The 5DIII is far better for weddings......

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2012 at 16:17 UTC as 6th comment | 2 replies
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