Dianoda

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On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (802 comments in total)
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Kelvin L: One thing that's desperately needed in the digital imaging world is a decent wide angle tilt shift solution. Hopefully Hasselblad will develop a modern Arcbody/Flexbody equivalent for the architecture and product photographer that's less clumsy than an Alpa or Sinar - something now possible with the short mount-to-sensor distance.

@shigzeo:

Ugh, you're right. That is rather problematic.

Probably unfeasible, but maybe someone could hack together a more complex adapter with built-in shutter? Or is the sensor capable of operating in a fully electronic shutter mode?

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 00:53 UTC
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (802 comments in total)
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Kelvin L: One thing that's desperately needed in the digital imaging world is a decent wide angle tilt shift solution. Hopefully Hasselblad will develop a modern Arcbody/Flexbody equivalent for the architecture and product photographer that's less clumsy than an Alpa or Sinar - something now possible with the short mount-to-sensor distance.

An electronic Canon EF mount adapter for use with the wide angle Canon TS-E lenses would be very welcome. Would basically be a more compact and less cumbersome version of the Hartblei HCam-B1 (http://luminous-landscape.com/hartblei-cam-review/)

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 00:24 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Semi-Pro Interchangeable Lens Cameras (261 comments in total)
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Dianoda: I know it was mentioned in the $1200-2000 round-up, but with respect to image quality, build, features, etc., the Pentax K-1 fits right in with this group, and seems to be a much better value than the D750 (at least for anyone who can make do with Pentax glass).

@22codfish: The "make due with Pentax glass" comment isn't meant to be a knock against the quality of Pentax lenses - from what I've seen, the lenses they make are quite good. That said, Pentax's selection of first party lenses - modern, weather-sealed full-frame lenses, at least - does not quite match the variety offered by Canon/Nikon. Some photographers may be better served by looking elsewhere if they are interested in certain niche lenses (weather-sealed primes, tilt-shifts, and/or wide aperture super-telephotos) or would prefer to have more options available (for example, Canon currently makes 4 full-frame-compatible UWA zooms).

My dpreview challenge images are from a time when photography was still new to me, and my available equipment was more limited. I currently use 500px and flickr to share my work, if you'd like to see some of my more recent photos, my dpreview profile page includes a link to my flickr photostream. Cheers.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2016 at 18:22 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Semi-Pro Interchangeable Lens Cameras (261 comments in total)

I know it was mentioned in the $1200-2000 round-up, but with respect to image quality, build, features, etc., the Pentax K-1 fits right in with this group, and seems to be a much better value than the D750 (at least for anyone who can make do with Pentax glass).

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2016 at 12:52 UTC as 75th comment | 4 replies
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DualSystemGuy: 14 fps sounds nice until you read the laundry list of restrictions required to get that speed, including battery type, battery charge percentage, ISO selection, AF modes, lens choices, and a variety of other camera settings.

Not surprising in the least. Pretty much all flagship sports cameras have similar qualifications with respect to achieving the maximum possible frames per second in high speed continuous drive modes, including the D5 (page 117 of the D5 manual has Nikon's laundry list).

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 20:03 UTC
On article Day at the track: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II samples (77 comments in total)
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SmilerGrogan: I'm concerned by the amount of postprocessing that needs to be done with all these new cameras because it seems like none of them can nail the correct exposure. And it's not just this Canon. Looking at the meta-data from all these cameras it seems like you guys are constantly dialing in exposure compensation in the field, and are still having to come home and do more exposure twiddling in ACR.

The amount of time needed in post is highly dependent on the photographer and the settings they choose to shoot with. For this set, we can't really place much blame on the camera for exposure errors because 18 out of the 20 RAWs provided are fully manual exposures - the photographer manually set ISO, aperture, and shutter speed - so blame the photographer if you consider any of those to be poor exposures.

Of the 2 that were exposed automatically (#'s 10 and 15 in this set), neither had exposure compensation activated, and looking at the RAWs and associated histograms, they seem to be reasonable exposures given the metering mode selected and scenes captured.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2016 at 04:02 UTC
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tech_head: I have the MkI. I wouldn't even consider the MkII. I love the push/pull zoom.
That is one of my favorite aspects of the lens. It makes zooming while tracking very easy. I shoot cars and they approach or move away very fast.
I can't imagine getting my shots having to twist to zoom.

FYI: If you keep the lens hood on and set the zoom tension to minimum, you can use the new lens like a push-pull. Not quite as smooth as the MkI but it works pretty well.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2016 at 19:20 UTC
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bloodycape: I understand the G9X comes with a 28-89mm lens starting at F2, but it's still a pretty big camera when considering the Sony RX100 II and above are pretty much the same size(thickness too), while offering a tilting display. Not to mention a Panasonic GM1, body wise, with it's larger m4/3 sensor is about the same size. Sure a zoom lens will make the GM1 bigger, but the point still stands the G9x is a tad large.

G9X is 5mm thinner than the original RX100, and almost 10mm thinner than the RX100II.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2015 at 04:53 UTC
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MrTaikitso: I'm surprised no one has commented on how terribly noisy this pictures are! And at ISO 100 too. Anyway, this article has just validated why paid sports photogs use the still Canon 1D or on a lesser scale, the Nikon D3/4. You don't see those white lenses dotted around the edges of a sports arena for nothing.
All said, I had a Sony NEX 5R a year or so ago, and the 10fps shooting mode did get me a few very good sharp in focus clean shots, but I had to preplan the shots, which were of some canoeists, not football players.
We all know as photogs that LIGHT is the key to it all, and if you don't have a large hunking fast zoom lens and a large hunking sensor, you're never going to be able to get tack sharp CLEAN pictures of a moving object. The laws of physics are not negotiable! :)

EXIF indicates that the first RX10II image in the article was shot at ISO1000, not ISO100.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2015 at 01:08 UTC
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visionaer: Sadly Apple is doing the same with all new products. They dont care about the Pros anymore.

The University of Minnesota's Mesabi supercomputer is your personal machine?

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2015 at 20:23 UTC
On article Canon USA drops prices on 31 high-end L lenses (58 comments in total)
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Karl Summers: You can find the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II at Canon Price Watch from an authorized dealer for $200 less.

Worth noting that the CPW street price also decreased at the same time this price drop was announced.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 17:49 UTC
On article Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal (814 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: This is going to be a pathetic stills camera. Low resolution, small sensor, and less than stellar focal ratios. I really do not agree with this article at all.

From the perspective of a news reporter, still image quality is more than good enough. An 8MP 4K frame grab will get resized to 900x600 or smaller for web use and 8MP is more than sufficient for newspapers (honestly you could get away with far less resolution) - it's the image content and speed of delivery that matters here.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 17:23 UTC
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Just a Photographer: I think a 15.4" Surface Pro 4, with proper i7 processor, 512GB SSD, 32GB memory and 802.11AC would have been a better choice.

At least it would then make it an interesting device for photographers and illustrators.

If you want a mobile device for illustrators/pen-heavy photo retouching, why aren't you looking at the Cintiq Companion 2? Real wacom pen tech with tilt recognition instead of n-trig, plus you get shortcut keys on the side. The top spec version with i7, 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM sells for $2500.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2015 at 15:10 UTC

The test lens is apparently pretty sharp, although there are not really any great examples to examine bokeh character with.

Is the NX500 really that noisy at at ISO200? There is more noise visible in the 100% crops than I would have expected at such a low ISO.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2015 at 04:00 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply
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nathantw: I'm really impressed. But, how well does the Tamron perform at 14mm? For those that say it's only one mm, look at the comparison photo. That one mm was the difference between seeing the top of the Space Needle and just seeing the support structure.

Some people may prefer the 15-30mm range over 14-24mm even if they also own a 24-70mm - I know I do.

A 12-24mm would either be a monstrosity at f/2.8 or would need to sacrifice aperture (or image quality) for a more reasonable size. I've used this new Tamron, it's gigantic, far bigger than any 24-70mm. Completely serious when I say this - it's not that much smaller/lighter than a 70-200mm f/2.8, the overall length (especially with the front lens cap installed) is surprising.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 16:21 UTC
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nathantw: I'm really impressed. But, how well does the Tamron perform at 14mm? For those that say it's only one mm, look at the comparison photo. That one mm was the difference between seeing the top of the Space Needle and just seeing the support structure.

;)

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 19:37 UTC
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nathantw: I'm really impressed. But, how well does the Tamron perform at 14mm? For those that say it's only one mm, look at the comparison photo. That one mm was the difference between seeing the top of the Space Needle and just seeing the support structure.

So how well does the Nikon perform at 30mm?

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 19:34 UTC

With a rated capacity of 4Kg, this is the least heavy-duty geared head in the Manfrotto line-up - why is it being touted it as an option for "photographers who use weighty equipment?"

One of their heads with a higher capacity rating (such as the Manfrotto 400/405/410 geared heads) would most likely allow for more precise adjustment to composition when using a full-size DSLR kit.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 22:22 UTC as 27th comment | 2 replies
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Simon97: Where's the review already! ;)

You're in luck, as I've just finished my review:

The mockup has a very solid, yet plasticky feel to it, and is apparently capable of mounting Pentax K mount lenses - dismounting them, however, is another story altogether. According to Pentax reps on hand, the lens you see attached to the body in our photos is a permanent fixture, greatly decreasing the flexibility of the camera.

The viewfinder is large yet disappointingly dark, and the buttons and wheels are difficult to actuate and provide essentially no tactile feedback. Additionally, the lack of labels and top LCD makes changing and confirming settings somewhat of a challenge.

The camera autofocuses silently and the shutter is impressively quiet (we couldn't hear it!), but the metering system needs work - based on image review on the rear LCD, the camera massively underexposed every shot we took.

There were certainly some disappointments, but overall the mockup shows promise. With a few adjustments, it could be a real camera.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 16:52 UTC
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