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On article Lens Wars: Episode V - Petzval Strikes Back (190 comments in total)

Ahhh….and one hundred years later, Petzval was reincarnated as Sheldon Cooper. Fits perfectly……

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2021 at 15:04 UTC as 34th comment
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Einride: Good. I have a ton of these chargers and cables already. It’s a terrible waste. All companies should stop including chargers, slightly lower the price of the item, and then sell charger and cable separately.

…OR….stop including chargers, NOT lower the price, and blame it on the global supply infrastructure, thereby bolstering up profit margins. We all read the articles about global sales totals of cameras are dropping. In order to stay in business, stop supplying free stuff that most customers will never use.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2021 at 13:44 UTC
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Satyaa: Question for anyone using this or similar/longer reflex lenses, is this better than digiscoping?

Short answer about the Digiscoping question - no. Digiscoping usually starts at focal lengths of ~700mm, zooming to as much as 3000mm. Of course, quality of the optics and operator skill have a lot to do with the final image quality.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2021 at 14:29 UTC

Ok, so the array of curvatures shown for the Milvus 85mm f/1.4 has inspired me to re-label Tangential curves as Melpomene and Sagittal as Thalia. I can see t-shirts coming....

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2021 at 15:33 UTC as 63rd comment
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Funny Valentine: I wish Dpreview would give Roger Cicala the authorisation to name the brands that are superior and the brands that are inferior when it comes to sample variation. Because at the end most people here will read this article to find out which manufacturer is more consistent in its quality control.

Go to the LensRentals blog and search the reports - there are LOTS of brand-and-model specific Lens Variance graphs to view. However, realize (as Roger wrote in Part 1) that those results are probably less meaningful than potential owners expect them to be.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2020 at 13:38 UTC

It was January 15, 1972. Fairhaven Camera in East Haven, CT. I was 16, and had saved for a year and was ready to buy my first 35mm SLR. The man behind the counter had already loaded the batteries into a Pentax Spotmatic SP1000. My mom looked at me and said “I have another $50, is there something you would like better than this?” I pointed at a Nikkormat Ftn with 50mm f/1.4 Auto-Nikkor - “yes, that!”
A year and a half later, I also owned a Nikon Ftn Photomic, two more Nikkor lenses, and was the Track Photographer at Connecticut Dragway at age 17. While I still love the Pentaxes, the Nikkormat opened the doors to shooting Nikon for the next two decades.
Oh, yes, how do I know the exact date? On the ride back home, the car’s a.m. radio informed me that “American Pie” was now #1 on “America’s Top 40”. Thanks for the memory, Kasey Kasem.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2020 at 18:02 UTC as 39th comment

Years ago, I met William at Anacortes Telescope in WA, and I was impressed with him, personally, as well as his products. I like the idea of this lens. It took me a minute to realize that the cat logo has the diffraction spikes as whiskers - a nice touch. Now William needs to hook-up the Redcat lens with Roger Cicala for a test drive through OLAF.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2019 at 15:09 UTC as 70th comment | 1 reply
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LessMirrored19: something i don't understand about this camera it has 7.5 stop ibis but oriented for sports!!
it doesn't make sense at all.

Big lenses under poor lighting / indoor lighting.

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2019 at 21:04 UTC

After three decades of 35mm cameras, my first digital was a Pentax EI200, and in wanting to learn more about the digital imaging world, I discovered DP Review. Even now I still try to check it once a day, and usually multiple times during Intro Seasons (i.e. PMA, CES, and PhotoKina). When I do classes on photography, www.dpreview.com is the first thing I mention to the participants. It is the perfect place to start their learning process.

Thanks for the origins story, and I am looking forward to the Barney Britton interview. These are nice Christmas Presents!

Link | Posted on Dec 26, 2018 at 01:56 UTC as 87th comment
On article DPReview TV: A look back at APS film (390 comments in total)

Very interesting comments about the popularity of the APS film cameras in Europe vs. their total failure in North America. I have watched the industry struggle mightily to get popular acceptance in the US for: auto-exposure in the 70s, auto-focus in the 80s, digital imaging in the early 2000s, and lately Mirrorless / EVF cameras. Part of this resistance was due to the shortcomings of the early technology (the early AF cameras and lenses were glacially slow), but it seems like the US market is stubbornly “traditional”. These struggles came as other parts of the world embraced those changes. It appears that North America is the final stronghold against the assault of the mirrorless cameras. It will be fun seeing what Canon and Nikon finally offer in mirrorless systems, and how quickly the US market embraces mirrorless. Caveat - my first mirrorless was an E-P2 Olympus, then a Panasonic GH4, and now a Sony a7iii. I’m all-in!

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2018 at 18:16 UTC as 70th comment | 2 replies
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A Owens: A lot of vested interests spouting self serving predictable proclamations. I will sit up and listen if Nikon or Canon CEO's make a similar announcement. Either way I would not want to be without an optical viewfinder option.

You will be surprised how quickly you will forget this statement. I just spent 8 days taking bird and nature photos in Costa Rica, and used the GH4 exclusively. My Pentax K3 was there, but did not have a single frame fired. That is a first for me. Used with a BIG telephoto lens, the GH4’s Electronic Shutter mode let me take 1000mm photos at 1/8 second with remarkable results. I am awaiting delivery of my a7III.....

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2018 at 02:10 UTC
On article iPhone 8 Plus sample gallery (200 comments in total)
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HowaboutRAW: Why no raws?

Is it the purest reason that iOS 11 doesn't capture them but an additional application can work with iOS11 to caputure raws?

DPR posted raws from the last iPhone iteration, they were kind of terrible above ISO 400.

If Apple offers RAW access and control directly on the native shooting controls, two things - 1) a vast majority of owners will never use it, and (more importantly) 2) they will make less money from the sales of third-party camera and processing apps. It's all about the $$$

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2017 at 18:56 UTC

I am NOT a frequent user of UWA lenses, although I do own a Panasonic 7-14 for infrequent use on my GH4. That said, the Sigma Art 14mm images at f/1.8 are a pleasant surprise to me - the addition of bokeh to UWA-shot images is unexpectes and in some cases quite pleasing. Will I be buying the 14mm Art? At that price, no, even though I have no quibble with the pricing itself.

Well done, Sigma!

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 16:44 UTC as 9th comment
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CTaylorTX: The graph title is "Camera Production by Type" Is this supposed to be world wide production or sales?

I'm calling "BS" on this one. Look more closely at the 2012 graph bar. The entire DSLR + Mirrorless category totals ONLY 20,000 units. World wide? Say, what?

Heck, LensRentals.com ALONE probably carries over 200 new bodies in a given year, which would be 1%. I am not buying it unless I see more complete data.

Ah, ok, when viewed on a phone screen, I did not see that. Thanks!

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2017 at 20:06 UTC

The graph title is "Camera Production by Type" Is this supposed to be world wide production or sales?

I'm calling "BS" on this one. Look more closely at the 2012 graph bar. The entire DSLR + Mirrorless category totals ONLY 20,000 units. World wide? Say, what?

Heck, LensRentals.com ALONE probably carries over 200 new bodies in a given year, which would be 1%. I am not buying it unless I see more complete data.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2017 at 23:02 UTC as 112th comment | 4 replies
On article Apple selling more Plus models than ever (62 comments in total)
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sportyaccordy: I used to be a small phone guy, but my wife got a 6S.... I got a 5.5" Asus and I can't look back. The real estate is amazing. I think Apple users were so conditioned to the tiny phones they never got to see how good a bigger phone could be.

Cargo pants - the front leg pocket is perfect for my 6 Plus. I will get my 7 Plus in March.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 07:46 UTC

Bravo, Damien, for writing an essay that is a well thought out evaluation of Canon's lack of presence in the CSC camera market, and not just a puff-piece that parrots the company marketing line! I do not see your article as an attack on Canon as much as an evaluation of what Canon MIGHT have done in the early days of the CSC market, and where they would have been had they jumped on board. An interesting thought - how different would the CSC / Mirrorless Market be today if either Canon or Nikon had come out with a DSLR with no reflex-mirror system but sporting a big, bright EVF instead?

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 22:49 UTC as 136th comment | 1 reply
On article Celebrities who love photography (60 comments in total)

The professional wrestler "Killer" Kowalski was a remarkable portraitist. Some of his studio shots of fellow wrestlers are legendary within the sport.

Link | Posted on May 2, 2013 at 15:43 UTC as 18th comment

A very interesting topic. Yes, the link to an old favorite camera is strong. In that light, I just want to comment that the plaster Nikkormats depicted are actually FTn models, as that model featured the addition of the sculptured plastic tip of the film advance lever. The earlier FT had only the flat metal lever. My first camera was, of course, a Nikkormat FTn.....

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2013 at 15:10 UTC as 16th comment
On article Sony SLT-A37 Hands-on Preview (50 comments in total)
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mannyr: But does it have overheating problems??
I had to sell my A33 because it would overheat after about 30 minutes of being continuously on - not even video, just stills.
No good when you are shooting a concert or performance for business.
If that's fixed, I would reconsider an SLT - very good camera except for that deal killer.

Why were you using their entry-level camera for "business" in the first place? It was probably never designed to be used that way, and thus the overheating problem.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2012 at 12:19 UTC
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