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RolliPoli: Why????? :o

Why not????? 0_o

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 16:45 UTC


Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 22:43 UTC as 72nd comment
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Ken Aisin: Impressive!! $1799 sounds reasonable too.

@Scottelly Yes, because all 27" IPS displays are exactly the same. /s (Or, what Ken said.)

For the record, the display you linked isn't even the same resolution as this one. But if you like editing photos on a 27" 1920x1080 display with "72% Color Gamut" (whatever that means), by all means, go ahead. I'm certainly not going to stop you.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2017 at 00:02 UTC

380MB/s to transfer a full length 4k movie in 15 seconds? Isn't it fun playing with bitrates!

To be fair, I guess the marketing just wouldn't have the same effect claiming you could transfer an entire, full-length *DVD* to the drive in 15 seconds.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 20:37 UTC as 18th comment
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cdembrey: "Brides magazine recently published a̶ ̶c̶o̶n̶t̶r̶o̶v̶e̶r̶s̶i̶a̶l̶ ̶a̶r̶t̶i̶c̶l̶e̶ some "Click-Bait" that suggested that professional photographers should only shoot 'Cannon or Nikon'."

Now many review, rumor and camera blogs have turned this "controversy" into more "Click-Bait." Fake-News" is alive and well on the internet. ;-) Maybe this is another example of the Russian FSB's hacking of the 'net ;-)

Should have left that comment at one paragraph, but I guess you couldn't resist some click-bait of your own. ;-)

Link | Posted on Jan 1, 2017 at 05:56 UTC
On article Sigma releases price and availability for sd Quattro H (376 comments in total)
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Saurat: "Reached out..." This appears to be the latest twee and illiterate Americanism to blight the English language. Well, I for one will not put up with the plague and I declare myself offended and insulted having to read such bilge. The word 'contacted' was still in use last time I checked and this noun splendidly describes your action. 'Reached out' is teenage hipster nonsense.

I think "reached out" is meant to imply that a message was sent, but may or may not have been received, read, understood, or passed on to the appropriate party. "Contacted" would tend to imply that contact was actually made, which can be difficult to ascertain when trying to communicate with large companies.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 22:25 UTC
On article The whole nine yards: Canon 35mm F1.4L II USM review (327 comments in total)
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Ian: Second Canon review in a row where DPReview seems to lack some knowledge of Canon.

First was the mention of using Movie mode to focus using a stopped-down aperture (on the Sigma 12-24 f/4 Art) vs. using the DOF button in LiveView.

Now saying the 5DS R is "sans AA filter" when it actually has an AA filter that is cancelled out by another layer.

These are nitpicks, to be sure, but they are out of character for DPReview's usual high standards.

An "AA filter" that is cancelled out is not an AA filter. There's no point along the optical path where it even achieves an effect equivalent to what a true AA filter does, let along once the light reaches the sensor.

There are good reasons to include something optically similar to an AA filter even when there's no actual anti-aliasing effect, but it's certainly no longer an AA filter at that point.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 18:57 UTC
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gn28: I would really love to see Sony, Cannon and Nikon wake up and add a damned SSD (64-128 GB) like all the phones have. That would be a fast storage solution and I would no longer have to carry these pitiful SD cards around. Phones have had this kind of storage for years and cameras are 10-15 years behind everything else.


Why would you want to be stuck with your camera's built-in 64-128 GB, forced to transfer photos to another storage device when you need more room, when you could just buy a 128 GB SD(XC) card for about $35 and swap it out if you don't have access to a large storage device?! The SD format has long moved past its original 2GB storage limit.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2016 at 16:45 UTC

‘Some manufacturers have tried to enter the DSLR market with their mirrorless camera or something. Our standpoint is different. Because our product mix covers full-frame and APS-C DSLR and the Nikon 1, these three product categories mean we offer to the full lineup and we receive each customer’s good reactions.’

The attraction of replacing a large, bulky DSLR with a mirrorless camera (or something) whose size is largely defined only by the bulk of the lens attached seems obvious to me, but I guess Nikon still doesn't see this as a serious competitor.

I can say they've already lost me as a long-time customer, since I finally decided that after three years and no hint of a competing product, it wasn't worth waiting and continuing to not use the system I really wanted to be using. Even if Nikon enters the market now, how many more potential customers will they lose before they're able to come out with a complete and compelling lens lineup?

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2016 at 18:26 UTC as 45th comment | 1 reply
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Martinka: Even more expensive than Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS. Uff

I think you mean 2022, but yes. It's getting a little silly hearing all the complaints about X company's new lens being way more expensive than Y's that was released many years ago, only to see Y release a new version that's *even more* expensive.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 15:02 UTC
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Photo_AK: I just found the prices in euros - 3.150 € and 3.950 € ...

What the hell ...!!!??

Do remember, this lens is going to be more like $3100 with tax. Yes, it's more expensive in Europe, but certainly not enough to come out ahead with an airline ticket in the mix. Might be able to import it, though…

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 15:00 UTC
On article Hands-on and in-depth with the Sony a6500 (553 comments in total)
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Cameracist: 1/4000s is dissapointing. And what about uncompressed RAW?
Otherwise great device.

*Lossless* RAW, not uncompressed.

What you want is to be able to recover ever single bit of information that the camera read out of the image sensor, sans compression artifacts. Lossless compression gives you exactly that, without needlessly wasting space literally writing every bit to your memory card just as it came out of the sensor.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 21:00 UTC
On article Nikon 105mm F1.4E ED sample images (279 comments in total)
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Gionni Dorelli: Most of the samples are a bit flat and lack contrast with muted colors, but I think is just the camera setting on the Jpeg. those images that have a proper contrast, look like an old school Nikon lens: good punch and sharpness. Bokeh is a little nervous, though.
I don't get the point of making a 1.4 lens then if the bokeh is so underwhelming, maybe only for charging over 2K and get away with it.

With a pure Gaussian blur as a reference, yes it's definitely a little "nervous" (or busy). It's very good bokeh for sure, but it could be smoother — if that's what you're looking for.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2016 at 20:41 UTC
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ZJ24: And so this is 3.26 lb (1480 g), and my so-called monstrous Nikon 80-200mm 2.8 is 1275g, but I'm sure I'll still be told my DSLR gear is dinosaur-ly huge.
Looks like a great lens, important addition to the Sony line-up and yep, it's BIGGG as will usually happen with pro zooms.

For a slightly more fair comparison of 70-200 2.8 lenses, Nikon is 1540g 20.57cm, Canon is 1490g 19.81cm, and Sony is 1480g 20.00cm, which means technically you are saving a few tens of grams and about 2.4cm when mounted (once you account for the flange focal distance) and only gaining a fraction of a centimeter when not mounted.

A 70-200 2.8 lens is always going to be large. I see this as Sony completing their lineup for those who would prefer to work with somewhat smaller gear when possible but still need the option of a high-end fixed aperture zoom lens (and don't want to deal with multiple systems); if you want a smaller lens covering this range of focal lengths, Sony already has a few to choose from.

And while I certainly hope to see the price go down over time, if you really want to be fair, the Nikon and Canon lenses launched for $2,400 and $2,500 respectively, and that was over 6 years ago. Adjusted for inflation, both were more expensive at launch.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2016 at 03:07 UTC
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ZJ24: And so this is 3.26 lb (1480 g), and my so-called monstrous Nikon 80-200mm 2.8 is 1275g, but I'm sure I'll still be told my DSLR gear is dinosaur-ly huge.
Looks like a great lens, important addition to the Sony line-up and yep, it's BIGGG as will usually happen with pro zooms.

Well yes, in general I'd expect a 70-200 2.8 to be somewhat larger than a 24-70 2.8.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2016 at 01:17 UTC
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chaos215bar2: So what's going on with the reviews here?

Sounds like they already soft-launched the lens and are officially "releasing" it now that they've ramped up production?

And yet there are verified buyers.

The same is true of the teleconverters. Yet last week, one of them (the 2.0x, I think) was available for immediate shipment *and* on sale by about $50. Again, there are two verified buyer reviews of the 2.0x teleconverter. Strange for something that hasn't been "released" yet.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2016 at 23:49 UTC

So what's going on with the reviews here?

Sounds like they already soft-launched the lens and are officially "releasing" it now that they've ramped up production?

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2016 at 23:31 UTC as 52nd comment | 4 replies
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Sony a99 II (441 comments in total)
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eazizisaid: Let me guess, the new menu interface isn't backward compatible and the A7 series won't get it until the next iteration... great !

@Rhawi Dantas, so then test the update. I don't even own a Sony camera and I know their UI is bad. Admitting this by releasing an improved UI on a new camera and yet failing to provide those improvements to customers who have already spent thousands on Sony gear just sends the message that Sony is more interested in selling new gear than supporting their existing customers.

This is a business decision. If Sony wants to provide an update to existing models, they're more than capable of putting the requisite testing in place. I work with this stuff as well, and if you're worried about making changes because they might brick devices, then you need a better QA process in place.

Now, an argument that might hold some water is that some people may have gotten used to Sony's old UI and even prefer it. If that's true, said customers might be understandably upset if Sony released an update changing the UI out from under them. Of course, I don't believe Sony is forcing these updates on anyone.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 19:33 UTC
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arhmatic: Great camera and specs, I am sure it took millions of $$$ to develop. For a fraction of this, Fujifilm please hire a good graphic/industrial designer to add some finer touches to this. Such as the engravings on the ISO dial - A and C positions are just butt ugly and crowded. Show a little style... If this is intended for true artists with a sharp eye, this does matter. The added cost to you is probably .1%, the impact is significant.

Go ahead and vote me down, but this just basic attention to details that I'd expect from Fujifilm...

I'd love to help you, but DPReview doesn't believe in a down-vote button.

Seriously though, I do agree. There might be a technical reason for the even spacing on the ISO and shutter speed dials, but the A and C ISO modes are really squeezed in there. It would be nice to give them a little breathing room and perhaps make those positions more obvious when changing settings by feel.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 18:01 UTC

"The camera is also freezeproof down to 14°F."

Does that mean it *does* freeze at 14°F? I wouldn't normally expect anything much to happen to a digital camera until well below freezing, so it seems a little strange that they specifically call out 14°F. I've certainly left a DSLR out all night shooting at well below 14°F with no particular ill effects aside from slow LCD response and somewhat reduced battery life.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 22:51 UTC as 120th comment | 2 replies
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