Beckler8

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On article Sony a9 shooting experience (1108 comments in total)
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wb2trf: Typical photographer irrationality in this report. Does it ever occur to dpr that reports of well known prejudices do not add to any reader's knowledge. It is well known that photographers are reluctant to change brands and put a lot of stock in it. There is no information conveyed when such unscientific biases are put on display, unless one is interested in why markets change slowly, but that's not the point here. Take this one, "Also, Sony's made claims that the a9 is weather resistant, but after handling the camera and flipping out the port doors, battery door and memory card doors, I just don't have the same faith that it would survive a downpour that a D5, 1D X II or E-M1 II could shrug off. ... it's something to keep in mind." This means, "without reference to any testing of any of these brands, keep my untested anxiety in mind". We should keep your untested faith in our minds for what reason exactly? And, does MMR vaccine cause autism?

@osv Was a metaphor of course.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 19:34 UTC
On article Sony a9 shooting experience (1108 comments in total)
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wb2trf: Typical photographer irrationality in this report. Does it ever occur to dpr that reports of well known prejudices do not add to any reader's knowledge. It is well known that photographers are reluctant to change brands and put a lot of stock in it. There is no information conveyed when such unscientific biases are put on display, unless one is interested in why markets change slowly, but that's not the point here. Take this one, "Also, Sony's made claims that the a9 is weather resistant, but after handling the camera and flipping out the port doors, battery door and memory card doors, I just don't have the same faith that it would survive a downpour that a D5, 1D X II or E-M1 II could shrug off. ... it's something to keep in mind." This means, "without reference to any testing of any of these brands, keep my untested anxiety in mind". We should keep your untested faith in our minds for what reason exactly? And, does MMR vaccine cause autism?

Correct of course, but there isn't much alternative. It's not like it takes any certification or credentials (or anything else for that matter) to be a camera tester. Just start a blog and start writing, and start making stuff up; people will take you seriously I guess. Look at these so-called camera expert youtube stars with early access to new cameras. Who are they exactly, again? Yeah nobodies but the companies just want word to spread I guess.

OTOH reading opinions is still useful. There's never going to be some mutlibillion dollar international research lab dedicated to scientifically testing and publishing papers on the latest sony alpha cameras. :D DPReview is all there's ever gonna be...

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 13:46 UTC
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MrBrightSide: I'm betting street price will be in the $4,000 range.

GCharma, yes that one. Also Sony has the 18-200 for US$1200. Why the hell aren't there way more to choose from. Who do these companies think is using all their mainstream models for video? It's just people taking home videos as they would with camcorders a few years ago. In which case you need power zoom, and there should be a zoom control on the camera body. 10 years from now this will happen as some amazing innovation.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 15:22 UTC
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MrBrightSide: I'm betting street price will be in the $4,000 range.

It's probly safe to say it won't be anywhere near "aspiring" filmmaker price. It makes no sense that there are basically no hobbyist-price power zoom lenses for video, slr OR mirrorless, by anyone. Just one or two released like 5 years ago, that's it.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 14:51 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1878 comments in total)
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Reactive: The spec sheet makes this look like the best performing and feature rich camera ever made. But being a Sony product, I know from bitter experience that it must include a significant flaw, or at least some badly chosen design compromises, that will irritate every single day. So apart from the pro-spec price, where's the Achilles heel on this one?

I actually know what Reactive is talking about. EVERY single Sony product I have has one or more really stupid design problems, or even hardware problems like features on a TV that literally don't work. Yet I keep buying the stuff. :D It's also true that I don't have any of their top products yet like a7 or RX. I'm assuming those are different. Sony has always made cheap garbage things as well as market-leading stuff at the top. One might call that interesting, I suppose.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 13:27 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1878 comments in total)
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spaghettii: Well well look what we got here! A typical overpriced Sony revolutionary announcement that never delivered to its hype. I still remember those first mirroless announcements from them and they released millions of body ever since....

Let us know when you figure out what the hell you're going on about.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 13:20 UTC

I very much like where they're going with the body design compared to a7. It's looking decidedly more DSLR-like, which of course is a good thing. (However it's not innovative and obviously should've been done from the the start. DSLRs have had the same design for 30 yrs. for good reason - which is that human hands have had the same design for the last 30 million yrs - I know, humans haven't been around that long but this isn't a biology site so I can make stuff up.)

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 18:17 UTC as 148th comment | 4 replies
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pjl321: It's still a phone sized sensor so the image quality will only be that of a phone (or lower as a phone uses a prime lens). Yes, you do get 30x zoom which has benefits but it's at the cost of low light and wide angled bokeh. A decent phone today offers F1.7, this camera at it's widest is F3.3 and going all the way to F6.4 at the telephoto end. Anyone who cares about IQ would only be able to use this under the brightest of conditions as the ISO won't be great from such a small sensor.

I'm not trying to knock this camera, i'm sure Panasonic has made a class-leading product here but i am just not sure we need this class anymore. For a camera to sell it needs to set itself apart from a phone. A 1 inch sensor is a minimum now, even if that is at the cost of zoom range. A customer has to *choose* to buy this camera and then *choose* to carry it with them over their phone which they will always buy and always have with them. You have to give customers a real reason to spend their money.

So 4K video is mainstream on smartphones? Don't think so. There are several other advantages too, not the least of which is the non-smartphone form factor. Focusing on sensor size alone is nonsensical.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 15:00 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Review (1161 comments in total)

I would have liked to see more tests of rolling shutter distortion. It's so ridiculous on the a6500, it's one thing that could drive someone from that to GH5.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2017 at 16:40 UTC as 19th comment

I'm glad they got that Finnish word error fixed - Finnish linguists were outraged.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2017 at 23:58 UTC as 15th comment | 5 replies
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Beckler8: Enough of the high-resolution richly full-bearded men - apparently that's the only subject which can be photographed with the GH5. Some people prefer not to hurl their breakfast onto their computer monitor. :D

Sure, so I don't exactly enjoy examining men's facial hair (or any other feature) at high magnification (e.g. the Loupe tool) but *I'm* the one with the problem...ok then. :D I'm going to say 90% of men will agree with me (i.e. 80% of your readers.) There's a reason 100% of internet traffic (I may be exaggerating) is adult content aimed at men - we like looking at women. Not men. Ever. I've never looked at a bearded one directly.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 19:53 UTC

Enough of the high-resolution richly full-bearded men - apparently that's the only subject which can be photographed with the GH5. Some people prefer not to hurl their breakfast onto their computer monitor. :D

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 15:09 UTC as 21st comment | 14 replies

More generally, this is all expected and could have been foreseen 10 years ago. It's just users shifting from small cameras to smartphones. But it's irrelevant to photography enthusiasts since they still (also) want real cameras. To put it another way, the group for whom a smartphone camera is good enuf, is growing. But of course it has a limit. So anyway, once adjusted for this shift, there's no slowdown in the camera market, if anything there should be growth with more people getting into photography because of more exposure (so to speak) to it, with some of them then wanting enthusiast cameras.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 17:20 UTC as 236th comment
On article GIMP seeks funding for future advanced features (239 comments in total)

I don't like the non intuitive design of gimp. I admit I haven't used it in any depth but that's because I've hated it every time I open it. Like just today I was trying to just simply add some text onto an image and the little text popup is all buggy and crazy - you can't select text properly and the first character won't delete and the box covers a bit of your text., etc., etc....totally illogical.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 23:11 UTC as 33rd comment | 4 replies

The fact that this: "Panasonic has also added a 'My Menu' tab, meaning that users can get fast access their most-used settings..." has to be mentioned as an important feature, is so ridiculous. Sony is struggling with the same thing apparently. Stuff that is incredibly simple and obvious, really important to the usability of the camera, and yet really horribly done. Why these companies are so clueless in this regard I have no idea.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2017 at 22:05 UTC as 20th comment | 1 reply
On article CES 2017: Hands-on with the Kodak Super 8 (426 comments in total)
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Mr Sellars: When you see the results projected on a screen, you will see its charm.

But no detail or good color.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2017 at 23:18 UTC
On article CES 2017: Hands-on with the Kodak Super 8 (426 comments in total)

I want to like all this since I was into Super8 back then and it was so fun. But imagining going back...the problem is it's *extremely low quality*. Why would you do it? I'm going to assume there must be super8 emulation effects available for video. So only reason therefore would be nostalgia/fun of using the camera system. Would only do it I think if funds were unlimited, but just my opinion.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2017 at 23:16 UTC as 105th comment | 1 reply
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Review (1161 comments in total)

I'll be very interested in seeing the amount of rolling shutter here. As interesting as Sony's a6500 is, one can't help be disappointed in its video problems. Its 1080 is low-quality (soft) and its 4K, I would argue, is unusable because it looks like smartphone-jello if you're not careful (and often even if you are). I really don't know how that's not a devastating problem to people.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 02:49 UTC as 180th comment | 2 replies
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Review (1161 comments in total)

"These numbers probably don’t matter to someone shooting cat videos for YouTube, but for a camera aimed at enthusiasts and pros they're a big deal."

So what about all the professional cat shooters? Don't they matter?

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 02:41 UTC as 181st comment | 1 reply

I guess they've determined there's a market for this. How they determine there ISN'T a market for a slightly larger RX100 with better zoom range but still pocketable, is beyond me.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 23:25 UTC as 18th comment | 2 replies
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