Tippler

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LoneTree1: It all sounds pretty harmless, despite the paranoid response. You really going to put someone in jail for a year or fine him $100,000, for flying a toy airplane and dropping leaflets?

@LoneTree1, look at it the other way: With a penalty of one year jail time and a $100K fine, why the hell would you risk flying a drone to drop leaflets? I know, it seemed like a good idea at the time.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2019 at 21:06 UTC
On article Leica Q2 review (1651 comments in total)
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Tippler: In the conclusion DPReview notes:

“The JPEGs are its Achilles' heel, with dull color and the inclusion of lots of dynamic range making them look rather flat in most situations.”

Yet your review did not note one critical bit of useful information: “You can manipulate contrast, sharpness and color saturation before the picture is taken,” as noted in the camera’s instruction manual. This should be noted in your article, as such information would give the reader the full picture (no pun intended) of the camera’s potential. Such manipulation might improve dull color and flat look.

Here’s a question for the DPReview team: In your test shots did you try manipulating contrast and color saturation of JPEG images, and did this resolve this Achilles’ heel?

My point is that if the rendition of JPEGs can be improved, from flat to colorful by tweeking the camera setting, and thereby producing better OOC images, then that ought to be stated in the review. It might make the issue of flat images, which DPReview says is the Achilles heel, go away. Conversely if the tweeking doesn’t resolve the issue, that ought to be reported.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2019 at 02:28 UTC
On article Leica Q2 review (1651 comments in total)

In the conclusion DPReview notes:

“The JPEGs are its Achilles' heel, with dull color and the inclusion of lots of dynamic range making them look rather flat in most situations.”

Yet your review did not note one critical bit of useful information: “You can manipulate contrast, sharpness and color saturation before the picture is taken,” as noted in the camera’s instruction manual. This should be noted in your article, as such information would give the reader the full picture (no pun intended) of the camera’s potential. Such manipulation might improve dull color and flat look.

Here’s a question for the DPReview team: In your test shots did you try manipulating contrast and color saturation of JPEG images, and did this resolve this Achilles’ heel?

Link | Posted on May 21, 2019 at 23:25 UTC as 95th comment | 9 replies
On article HD Pentax-D FA* 50mm F1.4 SDM AW review (447 comments in total)
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ffking: The purple fringing on the leaves of that plant (image #1) is terrible!

I believe that is the actual color of the leaves, rather than purple fringe.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2019 at 01:49 UTC
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Deardorff: Same old, same old..., streets of New York City. A lot like so many others we see. Some nice images but we have seen it before - for more than a Century.
And, all those pigeons - don't New Yorkers know how to shoot the things? Pigeon crap all over the place is definitely not healthy - but maybe that explains why those people are the way they are? Years of living in and breathing pigeon crap, overcrowded conditions, constant noise and all the pollution has to show up somewhere.

@Deardoff: Thank you. Your post is a substantial contribution to the pigeon poop problem.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2019 at 16:56 UTC

@Barney Britton: one of the photos included in the article has the caption, “Canon's new EOS R debuts the RF mount, which will eventually replace EF as Canon's main interchangeable lens mount.” What is the source of this statement?

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2018 at 14:28 UTC as 86th comment | 7 replies

I won't argue the use of the word "plenty," but consider the drone that once reverberated, "film is dead," and yet I see new films coming out of China. Anyways, "plenty" is a vauge.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2018 at 22:46 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
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ChickenBalls: wow 10fps... but how many photos can you take with a roll of film?
can you squeeze in 1000 photos in a roll of film?

Since there are apparently people who still prefer film over digital in 2018 how about telephones or computers?
Are there still people who would rather use a 1980s IBM desktop running DOS or Windows 3.1? or 1G wireless telephones instead of 4G smartphones?

@ChickenBalls: “Since there are apparently people who still prefer film over digital…”
Yes there are plenty who prefer film over digital, especially among artists and hobbyists, just like there are people who prefer stereo LP’s to digitally recorded music (there’s a big comeback of LP’s), and people who love to keep and ride horses, when they could ride an SUV (which need much less maintenance). It’s a good thing that there are such choices still available, Including roll and sheet films.
Good snark, though.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2018 at 22:24 UTC

Some here express their gall at the Times’ reporting, and others denounce the paper as “weasels.” Of course none of this has any relevance to this news item here on DPReview.

Surprisingly, I don’t see any hopes, or expectation from any post that the court doles out justice to the parties when their case is presented. Maybe I’ve seen too many Jimmy Stewart movies.

To be fair the NY Times has a record of bringing along young photographers (Vincent Laforet) and of supporting photographers throughout long careers (Barton Silverman and Bill Cunningham).

Tippler

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2017 at 03:51 UTC as 6th comment
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Peiasdf: A woman cannot be too thin but a transwoman can do all types of state-of-the-art procedures to look like whatever she wants. Because... logic.

@ Peiasdf: I think you miss the point of this law. It’s about business dictating what people should look like for commercial gain, and the emotional damage that can be inflicted by the continual bombardment of advertisement to those who don’t fit that mold. It starts in girlhood with Barbie dolls, and continues for a lifetime. Maybe it leads to anorexia.
On the topic of transgender, if someone is born a male and feels so distraught over not being female that the get an implanted bosom, surgically remove their p*n*s and t*st*c*es, go thru hormone treatment, and counseling to feel right, they have my sympathy. I’m not going to comment to give them more grief. They can use whatever toilet facility. And are there that many transgender that we need to talk about it as a major societal issue?

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2017 at 00:43 UTC

As a longtime New Yorker I cannot fail to mention the names of at least some NYPD officers that immediately come to mind when reading some of the posts here:

Miosotis Familia
Russel Timoshenko
Steven McDonald

You can Google the names for details.

The New York City Police Dept. lists 328 fallen officers due to gunfire: https://www.odmp.org/agency/2758-new-york-city-police-department-new-york
Sadly, such murders of police occur all over the USA. Police work is a dangerous business with lots of personal risks. In spite of the documented shortcoming of some small number of police, I am very thankful for their service.

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2017 at 00:22 UTC as 112th comment | 13 replies
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noflashplease: After all of the recent "exoplanet" announcements, which border on unverifiable hoaxes, it's fair to assume that astronomy has dissolved into a meaningless quest for research grants and dubious post-graduate degrees. On the face of it, this looks like junk science mixed with advertising copy. I have my doubts about any ground based optical device of this sort. Moreover, look at the promo photo. Two middle aged, tenured white men with 5 attractive female grad students or adjuncts? That's what it looks like, at least?

It's time to stop funding useless academic departments and pointlessly pedantic research projects.

“look at the promo photo. Two middle aged, tenured white men with 5 attractive female grad students or adjuncts?”
No, no. Those are not females, but transgender. But hey, who knows what those tenured middle aged guys are into. And look at them, they're white as you point out!

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 02:49 UTC
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Zvonimir Tosic: This picture shows who's in charge; that military man whose uniform looks like a pin-board; he presses all the keys and things happen. Obama must shut up, and like a schoolboy, wrap himself in his little jacket and slip in the corner.

No no. That's the IT guy setting up the Skype video conference to the Seals in Afganistan.

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2016 at 03:31 UTC
On article Looking Sharp: A focus stacking tutorial (223 comments in total)
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dcolak: What is live view?

Live view: http://www.learn.usa.canon.com/dlc/glossary/listing.spr

Scroll down

Link | Posted on May 30, 2016 at 22:39 UTC
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acidic: Canon has found that adding LEDs to lenses is easier than improving the dynamic range of their sensors.

Snark to the max!
Surely Canon will bow.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2016 at 02:58 UTC
On article In Fine Detail: Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R In-Depth Review (747 comments in total)
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fortwodriver: Did I miss something, or did I not see the lens used for some of these tests.
The image on the conclusion page is interesting. It was shot with a Sigma lens. That noise (the patterned banding) look like the noise I used to get on my older 7D using a Sigma lens that wasn't quite right in its head. After I sent it back to Sigma, they swapped out the circuit and I never had an issue with it again.

I don't know if it's wise to test those sorts of things with out-of-system reverse-engineered components. Canon, out of all the camera companies out there, has been the absolute worst at providing guidance to third-party lens manufacturers. By using a third party lens, you've basically poisoned the test results for some of those images - because Canon never guarantees compatibility with anything from Sigma.

It wouldn't surprise me at all if some of the worst shadow noise you found was caused by that Sigma lens.

There have been plausible reports of RF signal leakage from faulty circuit boards causing pattern noise in the image. In such reports the matter was resolved by replacing the circuit board.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2015 at 17:00 UTC
On article Interview: Canon's Chuck Westfall on the new XC10 (327 comments in total)

Neither snarkiness,
Nor acerbic wit,
Nor denounced lack of innovation,
Shall cause the demise of Canon or its XC10.
Only sales figures.
And to render its fate, we shall have to wait.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 21:59 UTC as 46th comment
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