john Clinch

Lives in United Kingdom Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Works as a Teacher of physics
Joined on May 23, 2005

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starbase218: 15 meters? That's no improvement, my TG-2 did that.

Is that a problem? I don't think it's a dive camera is it?

Link | Posted on May 17, 2017 at 13:47 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $500-900 (552 comments in total)
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telawrence: If the X-T20 is outgunned by it's peers in many areas, you have to wonder how it ended up with a silver award.

So of the 2 of the appropriate focal length one is £750 the other over £1000. I did say "consumer"

The options for my Nikon DSLR start at £120 and have good optical quality.

Link | Posted on May 5, 2017 at 22:07 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $500-900 (552 comments in total)
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telawrence: If the X-T20 is outgunned by it's peers in many areas, you have to wonder how it ended up with a silver award.

Dr Blackjack go on then recommend a consumer zoom. 70-300 or 50-200 type thing....

Link | Posted on May 5, 2017 at 20:13 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $500-900 (552 comments in total)
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photogeek: Funny how the lens lineup is not even a consideration. Sony APS-C lineup sucks pretty bad, whereas Panasonic and Oly have high quality lenses available all the way from ultrawide to telephoto. If this doesn't matter to you, then I'm not sure you even need an "enthusiast" camera. A fixed lens 1" sensor camera would be a better choice.

Completely agree. I got really close to buying an A6000. But The mid range zoom selection is a joke. We have a 55-200 lens with poor optical quality and a max aperture of 6.7. Nikon, Canon, Olympus and Panasonic all offer a selection of this kind of zoom. Almost all and faster many are cheaper and better optical quality

@Sillen if to get the right lens I need a Canon adapter and a Canon lens then surely that is proof that the Sony system is inadequate

Link | Posted on May 5, 2017 at 16:17 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $500-900 (552 comments in total)
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hansip87: A6000 really needs update though. it's getting old at this point. If only A6300 get dropped to A6000 price.. (but i don't want my A6300 resale value dropped too though :p)

An A6100 will be nice, with A6300 sensor and AF, but plastic body and no weather protection.

No they just to make some more lenses for it. Consumer short zoom anyone?

Link | Posted on May 5, 2017 at 16:12 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $500-900 (552 comments in total)
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sh10453: To DPR staff,
Thanks for the useful comparison.

QUESTION to staff:
I have seen, many times, statements like "poor dynamic range", "good dynamic range", "wide dynamic range", ..., etc.
Obviously these are subjective statements, unless they were substantiated.
My question is: How do you measure dynamic range at DPR to make these statements, and is there any plan to quantify such statements?
If not, should the reader assume that such statements are based solely on manufacturers' specs?

Thank you.

I think they just use the DXO mark data. Sadly we are down to one team with the kit to measure this. It's a shame as I think they use a rather to low noise threshold

https://www.dxomark.com/Publications/News/DxOMark-news/DPReview-and-DxOMark-to-partner-for-lens-testing

They also compare under exposed RAW files which have then had their levels increased in conversion. Under expose by 5 stops and then add 5 stops in teh RAW converter

This method is shown here

https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sony-alpha-7r-ii/6

Link | Posted on May 5, 2017 at 16:11 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $500-900 (552 comments in total)
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telawrence: If the X-T20 is outgunned by it's peers in many areas, you have to wonder how it ended up with a silver award.

My hunch would be, in no particular order

Good range of lenses available

Good ergonomics and user experience

I was relieved that they didn't let the Sony win. I would probably own one but Sony don't even make a consumer zoom that I would consider buying

Link | Posted on May 5, 2017 at 16:03 UTC
On article In praise of shooting monochrome landscapes (342 comments in total)
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marc petzold: Color distracts the eye, but shooting into b/w doesn't work for every subject. Thanks for sharing this fine post here, @ DPR Team. My fave is picture #1 and also #4, the church.

@Dante

Why is "digital monochrome" fakery? Ansel would i do think still love his black & white photography, *if* he'd still life nowadays, and shooting digital. I do worship Ansel, love his pictures since my teenage days. I do also like much Alfred Stiglitz, and many others.

DPR was kind enough, and also posted some time ago here YT Videos with a photographer interviewing Michael Adams, about Ansel. I do also like Color Photography, think Michael Freeman, and many others.

Its a bit of an odd game guessing what a dead person would have done. Of the B@W photographers that I know and admire only one shoots film and he doesn't really do landscapes. The rest are converting from colour RAW. Which is quite hard to let go of once you've tried it

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2017 at 11:37 UTC
On article In praise of shooting monochrome landscapes (342 comments in total)
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kreislauf: the selection of photos is awesome.

But... "Pre-visualization is key"
yeah, add in some vodoo...
Or do what the photographer did: make hundreds of photos, convert and process them and then do a selection...

There is no such thing as pre-visualization. Either you like the composition or not. Don't believe the pro photographers, who tell you that you need this special sauce that you will never have anyway so you better stop trying...

I agree that what matters is the final result. Some times people get lucky. But in my experience the best do really have a nack for deciding what they want, finding it and shooting it. I have done a few times

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2017 at 11:32 UTC
On article In praise of shooting monochrome landscapes (342 comments in total)
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jacketpotato: Hmmm Dprev : nearly year prior summer I sent an article to yous on Mono landscape with 11 photos I took ...
(to cool down on summer heatwaves).

I'm a nobody and the photos I took were presumably rubbish and bland ...

Oh well they are on my gallery
https://www.dpreview.com/members/2625319480/galleries

I'm not sure what your point is. Do you think Dpreview should have featured your photos like this?

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2017 at 11:29 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: Fixed Prime Lens Cameras (463 comments in total)
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calte: Hhmm 'what we don't like about X70: Lens performance is lacking' ... strange as it has the same lens as the X100F as far as I know.

Really it has a different field of view and a different max aperture. Try this...

www.google.com

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2017 at 21:18 UTC

I thought sports photographers liked to hang out with a 400mm f2.8

We seemed to loose the word sport quite early on hear.......

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 19:45 UTC as 107th comment
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2664 comments in total)
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tinternaut: For anything not requiring a large print, I think Panasonic hits the nail on the head. Take 4K video and steal still images from it.

not so hot for RAW....

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 18:39 UTC

Have Sony said anything about the AF system? Does it quote a light level at which the phase detect AF will work down to?

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2017 at 08:51 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon D7500: Should I upgrade from my D7200? (282 comments in total)

"Shockingly, though, only some of the camera's features are upgrades over the existing D7200, while others have been pared-back."

A well balanced look at this cameras features and where it fits relative to the D500, With a click bate headline.

If ever a camera was wanted by the Dpreview masses it was the D500. Of course the D300 sat along the D90. The D7xx was the new APS-C top camera, but now it isn't. I suppose what everyone wants is a D500 with a D7xx price. I think that is too much to ask for? I suppose I'm saying that in some ways the D7500 is the new D90.

Actually my only DSLR is a D90 and it still seems to work well for me

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2017 at 10:33 UTC as 90th comment | 2 replies
On article Nikon D7500: What you need to know (540 comments in total)
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panther fan: I know some of you will disagree and that's fine. But for me this seems like a downgrade.
-20 Mp instead of 24Mp
-1 Card slot instead of two
-same AF

And all of that to gain a larger buffer and 4k Video with a 2,25x crop?

I think we can assume the 24mp sensor won't read as fast as the 20mp sensor

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 09:23 UTC
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CaPi: Having used the D7100 in the past I was waiting for an update of the D7200 - a relase that appeared to me to be too minor an upgrade.
I also considered the D500 but found it rather expensive.
Well here we are - another update I would call minor update (apart from the excellent 20 MP sensor) at the Price Point very Close to the D500. :-(
I find myself wondering why I waited for this. It seems now that all new bodies no matter by what Company start close to 2k. How about a real spec bump?
Oh and I do wish Nikon all the best of success - some of my best work was done using their Equipment.

Why do people meats compare the inflated release price to the discounted price off an established product?

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 08:47 UTC
On article Nikon D7500: What you need to know (540 comments in total)
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CaPi: Having used the D7100 in the past I was waiting for an update of the D7200 - a relase that appeared to me to be too minor an upgrade.
I also considered the D500 but found it rather expensive.
Well here we are - another update I would call minor update (apart from the excellent 20 MP sensor) at the Price Point very Close to the D500. :-(
I find myself wondering why I waited for this. It seems now that all new bodies no matter by what Company start close to 2k. How about a real spec bump?
Oh and I do wish Nikon all the best of success - some of my best work was done using their Equipment.

I have no idea what you were hoping for that this camera doesn't have?

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 08:42 UTC

I didn't realise that these early Canons used a CMOS sensor. So is that true for all Canon DSLRs? Nikon hung onto CCD for atleast one more generation.

My cousin had a 10D. It seemed so expensive and exotic to me, at the time

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2017 at 08:02 UTC as 10th comment | 4 replies
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Preternatural Stuff: Amazing how the Fuji apologists burst out of the woodwork to try to defend their GFX. There is nothing "brave" about this article. Its just factual.

1. Sensor size - "The GFX 50S’ 44x33mm sensor has an effective 0.78x crop factor".

This is the smallest of all sensors you can consider a MF sensor, i.e. the smallest step up from a FF sensor. So the "MF effect/benefit" is marginal as opposed to a 6x6 or 6x7.

2. Why marginal gain? Sony no longer provides its latest/best sensors to competitors like Fuji. Sony said that Nikon will no longer get its best 35mm FF sensors too. Get used to it. But then whoever didn't see it coming is a dope!

3. The article stated the benefits of large sensors for those who don't already know, so It's very balanced. No denial/conspiracy theory. Fuji apologists - no need to flog a dead horse trying to justify why bigger-better etc. FF users already get it.

Yes I am Dyslexic but actually it doesn't affect my reading much. It does affect my spelling and even worse proof reading

I'll only make one slightly personal comment in my reply. Which is to say that trying to make this personal isn't helping your argument.

I will now restate my case

Your statements are clear. "A GFX has inferior IQ to a A7rii". I am not disputing that. What I'm disputing is the title which implies that a review of one product can be used to condemn a whole set of products. There maybe already and certainly will be Medium format cameras that out perform FF in some or many aspects. This article fails to aknowledge that

If the article title was "Thinking of buying a GSX, then think again" I would be fine with that

One last try

How does the article not mention this

http://www.pcmag.com/review/347454/phase-one-xf-100mp

Which might have this

"Its all about the silicon - the backside illumination (BSI) sensor and its copper wiring tech etc. etc."

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 22:13 UTC
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