dr jim

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On article Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV sample gallery updated (181 comments in total)
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Ben of the North: The pics looks good when you look at them at 50% but when zoomed in at 100% you see it's a 1" sensor.. lots of noise and buttery pixels.
You dont have room to crop to closeup images afterward, you fall into the buttery pixels quickly.

Its still is a very interesting camera, but for posting images on the internet only, where the images are downsized.

With 24-600mm available, I can't imagine there will be a lot of cropping needed if you frame right in the first place. Just sayin'.

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2017 at 20:10 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-A10 sample gallery (165 comments in total)

Comments on these galleries always make me laugh. Looks like a 50/50 split between great and garbage. Ya think it’s subjective maybe?

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2017 at 21:22 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply
On article New product overview videos: Canon EOS 6D II and more (104 comments in total)
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dr jim: I think it is a big mistake for DPreview to get involved in this type on "infomercial". I watched it an thought, "that's weird, in light of the review they gave this camera". It came across like Shawn Spicer spinning one of Trumps tweets. I didn't even notice the line about sponsorship until it was mentioned here in the comments, and even then, I had to hunt for it. There should at minimum, be a voice over at the beginning, stating that this is manufacturer supported material. It's not my responsibility to go hunting for disclaimers. Fundamentally though, this is a review site. To do advertisements in the form of a review is completely disingenuous. We now know their endorsements are for sale and this calls into question everything that they do.
Just my opinion.

Hmmmm. I've watched the opening frames at least 5 times and all I see is the Canon 6DII overview title and the dPreview/Amazon logos. The only reference to being sponsored that I see, is in the text below the video, after the two bold yellow links to two other Canon camera overviews. Am I going blind or deaf?
Of course everything you said is true, but you know the term "lies of omission"?
Consumers Reports has been a trusted publication here in the States for decades, primarily for one reason. They refuse to take advertising of any kind. I get it that dpreview, being a free site, can't use that model but taking ads is one thing. Making ads is a whole other thing. Just my opinion Barney, but your value to your readers, (aside from your eloquent writing and charming on screen presence) ;-) is your integrity. We count on that. It's apparent, that there are more than a few here find these "overviews" to have a negative impact on dPreview's and your credibility. Just give it some thought.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2017 at 17:10 UTC
On article New product overview videos: Canon EOS 6D II and more (104 comments in total)

I think it is a big mistake for DPreview to get involved in this type on "infomercial". I watched it an thought, "that's weird, in light of the review they gave this camera". It came across like Shawn Spicer spinning one of Trumps tweets. I didn't even notice the line about sponsorship until it was mentioned here in the comments, and even then, I had to hunt for it. There should at minimum, be a voice over at the beginning, stating that this is manufacturer supported material. It's not my responsibility to go hunting for disclaimers. Fundamentally though, this is a review site. To do advertisements in the form of a review is completely disingenuous. We now know their endorsements are for sale and this calls into question everything that they do.
Just my opinion.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2017 at 15:47 UTC as 18th comment | 4 replies
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Lars: I still wonder. This is certainly a very impressive piece of equipment. But at the majority of time, such a long lens is not needed. Would it still not just make more sense to buy a superzoom for those occasions on a fairly compact DSLR ?

If you take i.e. the D7500 with a 16-300, the size and weight difference is not that big:

http://j.mp/2fs2wO7

And it actually costs less money, so you could throw a 1.8/35DX in and have a much more versatile equipment with much better Usability. If course you loos a bit at the long end.

But the D7500 sensor easily outresolves the RX10iii per dpreviews tests already at ISO 200, while at ISI800 the difference is already extreme. So there should be room for some additional cropping on the D7500.

And while feature wise, the RX10iv looks like a convenient all-in-one package, the user experience reviews are mixed. So what are features worth if they are hidden deep in some menus?

I guess it's a good thing, but now days we have so many options that its easy to get yourself tied in a knot of indecision. I'm an old birder, and I love to get out into the wetlands and just walk. Most of the year, there's not much going on, so I end up shooting closeups of flowers, landscapes and an occasional bird. Mostly the birds are an excuse. So, the RX10 IV seemed/seems perfect for me. The plan was the Sony for casual walks and the Nikon D7500/Tamron 150-600 G2 for serious birding during the winter and spring migrations. Then I see your link and thought hmmm, so I'm going to pick up the D7500 anyway, it would save a lot of money to just buy the 16-300 to go with it and skip the Sony. But, the 16-300 is really not long enough for birds and reviews of optical quality are not great, so, ok, how about the new 18-400? A little heavier, a little more expensive, but longer and looks like, optically superior. But wait! the Sigma 100-400 is just another few bucks and. Tough decision.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2017 at 16:00 UTC
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PWPhotography: Yeah, it can capture moments your iPhone X could not even touch :-) Bravo Sony. well done.

Just to put size in perspective. http://camerasize.com/compact/#672,611.642,660.447,ha,t
Thats roughly, Sony RX10IV-1000gm, Nikon D7200 with sigma 100-400- 2000gm, and Canon 80D with Canon 100-400- 2300gm. Oh, and the Nikon and Canon setup's seem to be missing 24-100mm in case you are looking for it.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 22:50 UTC
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MikeFairbanks: Reading this story was the biggest waste of my time today. Posting a useless comment/complaint was the second biggest waste of my time today.

Grump grump grump

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 01:34 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T20 Review (375 comments in total)
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Contra Mundum: Another fail.

I've had X-T10 before and it was an ergonomic disaster. Fuji repeated the same awful design in X-T20.

This camera is too small even for the Japanese ladies' hands. There is no grip and there is no room on the back for palm support. Your palm will be accidentally pressing rear buttons. You literally hold this camera with two fingers like a dirty diaper. Even a kit 18-55 lens is too heavy for it. I even tried an add-on grip, which is just another disaster.

Fuji should learn a thing or two from Sony. I can hold A7 with a 70-200mm lens attached without any troubles with one hand.

I would agree for the most part. I really wanted to love the X-T10. I found it barely acceptable with the 18-55. Maybe with the f2.0 primes? I bought an 18-135 for travel and put a third party grip on it to help balance it, but found the space between the grip and lens was so narrow, my fingers wouldn't fit all the way around the grip. Actually painful to hold. I had to disable the right button on the 4 way contro;;er because to the constant inadvertent activation by my palm. No such trouble with the X-T2 and I found the Fuji add on l bracket to be marvelous

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 20:04 UTC
On article Sigma releases price and availability for sd Quattro H (370 comments in total)
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Krich13: What an idiotic body design!

The grip is cut short WITHOUT reducing the camera bulk; viewfinder is on the wrong side too: off-center but WITHOUT providing any additional nose-to-LCD relief.

Was it designed this way just for the sake of being different?

And I suspect, as a left eye shooter, I'd have to have my nose surgically removed or at least repositioned to the left side of my head in order comfortably use the camera. Oh, and have the little finger on my right hand removed as well. Oh, and buy some sort of "kick stand" so the camera doesn't topple over every time I set it down. Otherwise, great design.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 18:11 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 / G80 Review (691 comments in total)
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Schwingi MD: Planing a trip to the US any disadvantages for buying the G85 as EU citizen besides the battery charger...

Pretty sure your US warranty will not be valid when you get home.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2016 at 21:45 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: Enthusiast Long Zoom Cameras (282 comments in total)
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FuhTeng: I'm excited for the RX10 III - what a fun camera to rent for a vacation! Sure, it's expensive, but it's a 600 mm f4 lens! I just hope the AF is up to the task.

And if it's not, the Nikon DL24-500 sounds great too.

Good one FuhTeng. Richard, of course your 600/4 would produce better image quality. It sure as heck better at 5 X the weight (with a body) and 10 X the price, it better! But, the Rx10II will put roughly the same number of pixels on the same field of view as a 5DIII with the 600/4,and I can put it in my personal carry on item and not need a chiropractic appointment after every use. Winner winner, chicken dinner.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2016 at 14:06 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: Enthusiast Long Zoom Cameras (282 comments in total)
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FuhTeng: I'm excited for the RX10 III - what a fun camera to rent for a vacation! Sure, it's expensive, but it's a 600 mm f4 lens! I just hope the AF is up to the task.

And if it's not, the Nikon DL24-500 sounds great too.

I get so tired of these guys who insist on correcting the equivelent aperture on these non full frame bodies! Yes, it is a 10.8 equivelent with regards to depth of field, but it is an f4.0 600mm with regards to exposure. This lens and your canon for 600/4 will have the exact same exposure parameters in any given situation. That means same aperture, same shutter speed, and same iso. Your comments never seem to mention that fact.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2016 at 07:47 UTC
On article Field Test: The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV in Mexico (133 comments in total)

Let me get this straight. You guys get paid to do this? Tough gig!
Well done. I really enjoy your video reviews.

Link | Posted on Feb 29, 2016 at 17:50 UTC as 55th comment | 1 reply
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vinrouge0: Lower resolution than expected but more than enough in reality. Lack of IBIS is a disappointment though many will disagree

Now if Sony would provide a nice 100-400mm lens like the new Fuji, combined with all that AF goodness could make a compelling wildlife/sports combination

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 15:31 UTC
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Impulses: And I thought my $70 Artisan & Artist strap was expensive... Functionally it's the complete opposite of this thing tho, 'easy glide' adjustment on the fly is the best thing ever.

Good point. I do know quite a few fine Italians though

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2015 at 08:33 UTC
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Impulses: And I thought my $70 Artisan & Artist strap was expensive... Functionally it's the complete opposite of this thing tho, 'easy glide' adjustment on the fly is the best thing ever.

I don't think Italians are an endangered species, so that's cool.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2015 at 17:54 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Sony Alpha a5100 (24 comments in total)
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pancromat: model* should pay attention to their manicure. disgusting! (*and photographer!)

All true. Not very professional, but not disgusting.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2014 at 23:36 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Sony Alpha a5100 (24 comments in total)
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pancromat: model* should pay attention to their manicure. disgusting! (*and photographer!)

Disgusting? Really? A little hyperbole maybe? 10 day old road kill on your dinner plate, now that's disgusting. Chipped nail polish, not so much.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2014 at 16:33 UTC
On article A GoPro Hero's journey into a dishwasher (167 comments in total)
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ZoranHR: Now,when I saw how it works I even less belive it can wash properly.

Obviously that comment was only meant for the people it was meant for. The rest of you get it.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2014 at 15:51 UTC
On article A GoPro Hero's journey into a dishwasher (167 comments in total)
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ZoranHR: Now,when I saw how it works I even less belive it can wash properly.

Really people? Save your outrage for something that matters. This is just for fun. Try to remember when you were a child and used to have "fun"? Lighten up. Smile. If life is that serious to you, I'd guess you could have saved yourselves a lot of angst by reading the title and choosing not to watch. What did you expect?

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2014 at 15:50 UTC
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