Docno

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On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10/LX15 Review (385 comments in total)
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goveil1: I have to admit I don't get the Panasonic or Canon approaches. If you are going to spend between $600-900 it says you are serious about getting past the iPhone and are willing to invest in taking pictures with more than the average point and shoot. But without a viewfinder, you are stuck at arms length and stuck when the sun is out. I love Canons for the better menu and the familiarity but I love the Sony Rx100 I have for the darn viewfinder. How can be serious (and expensive) without a viewfinder?

I had the RX100i and now have the RX100v. I never had a problem with the original RX100 despite its lack of viewfinder. In fact, I prefer that model over the v because it more comfortably fit in my pocket. [In fact, it feels a little awkward / ridiculous holding such a small camera up to one's face to use the viewfinder]

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 05:34 UTC
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naturetech: Sexy lens!!

Just goes to show how people's tastes can vary so widely... I think it's brutally ugly with all those 'faux segments'

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 16:10 UTC
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PVCdroid: This is the tech that will be in bigger sensors in the future. Predictive fast AF and the laser for accuracy in literally no light at all will be interesting.

Sony had laser AF in its F828 camera way back in 2003.... Worked very well as I recall

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2016 at 00:59 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: the Samsung NV10 (75 comments in total)

Wow - you make me feel old. Got my first digital in early 2000 - the Oly C2020z. Still have the files and they're not too bad... all glorious 2MP of them. By 2006 I'd graduated to DSLRs and was on to the Sony A700, having moved up from the A100 (which I converted to IR use). And I can barely remember high school and my first car, which was a red Duster... I'm sure many haven't even heard of that. :-)

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2016 at 02:44 UTC as 27th comment | 1 reply
On article A photographer's intro to the world of video (100 comments in total)

Very nicely done. I've tried video a few times--I think I understand the basics--but I have never been satisfied with the outcome. It may be that my expectations are too high, but the learning curve seems pretty intimidating as well. Your description of your own experience has inspired me to not give up. Thanks.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 17:30 UTC as 10th comment
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2660 comments in total)

"It becomes the only conventional DSLR to offer a full frame sensor with image stabilization."

Could be a little clearer... you really mean the only FF DSLR still in production. The Sony a900 had in-body stabilisation, and is certainly still available used. In fact, I just sold mine last month. :-) The quoted statement makes it sound like this camera was pioneering in this aspect...

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 11:32 UTC as 248th comment | 4 replies
On article Lenovo Phab2 Pro is the first Project Tango phone (29 comments in total)
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goodgeorge: Nine phone-related articles on Dpreview homepage just now. Ok.

Yep, and any McDonald's outlet probably sells more meals per day than any of the world's finest restaurants (with apologies to those who consider McDonald's to be among the finest restaurants).

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2016 at 14:16 UTC
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1104 comments in total)
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RubberDials: I think the review should be drawing a negative conclusion about Nikon's failure to implement any kind of IBIS.

The technology is mature and has been present in DSLRs from other manufacturers in some cases for some more than ten years. Nikon don't even have the excuse that that they're using a FF sensor and the body is very large.

Norseman, how many of your primes are stabilised?
Also, stabilisation is not just useful for telephotos but also in low light situations as a way to keep your ISO down...

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 10:23 UTC
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a-flying-wuss: Are the current a7 bodies weather-sealed? I remember reading about the original a7 how it was first marketed as "weather-sealed" (before it was available in stores), but then, after it hit the stores and people started using it in bad weather, there were multiple reports of a7 units failing miserably even under moderate rain.. a few dead bodies and then Sony stopped advertising it as weather-sealed, even removed it from some of their materials if I recall correctly.

I haven't payed any attention to the a7 series after that and so I'm curious now, seeing how this 70-300 is marketed as "dust and moisture resistant": are those newer, a7 II bodies really weather-sealed (similar to Olympus E-3/E5 or Pentax K-3/K-5)? Or is it still the same kind of "gimmick" as it was with the 1st generation and you can't actually use them in rainy/dusty/snowy environments without worrying about ruining them?

You can apparently wash your A7 under running water and it still works :-)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7hvJTGW4BA
Must be some decent sealing in there...

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 22:47 UTC
On article X-Factor: Canon's EOS-1D X Mark II examined in-depth (618 comments in total)
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sebasantos: Hello, I have a Canon 5D Mark III and I have focus peaking, zebras and lots of features that sony users say that canon are missing. And also my 5DIII has 14 stops dynamic range. It's free and easy to have those features. I don't use it for video, but there are also a lot of features for video like RAW video, etc, etc, etc.
I am not going to buy this camera, I don't need it but i am very interested in the sensor performance, because I hope that 5DIV is in its way and use the new sensor technology. If the 5DS sensor without the new technology close the gap between sensors, I think that the new sensor could be a very good surprise. The patent for this new sensor was introduced in 2014, so they were working in it for a long period of years.

I thought that you only get those features via Magic Lantern (i.e., Canon IS missing them).

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 15:28 UTC
On article Studio tests and samples: Leica SL (beta) (754 comments in total)
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t.c. marino: again,no disrespect to leica and their fan base..but after seeing these samples..I'M NOT IMPRESSED,my recently purchased nikon d750 absolutely destroys this very expensive leica and way overpriced kit zoom lens..damm.for those on a budget the very affordable nikon d610 and short nikkor primes is a killer combo that will wipe the floor with this leica in the iq department..and dont forget canon's equally affordable and outstanding 6d...dont even try to compare this leica to the canon 5ds/r nikon 810 or the new 42mp sony.

@HowaboutRAW - Sony may not advertise its a7 line as being weather-sealed, but here's a compelling video of one being 'washed' under a tap and still none the worse for wear. If it can survive a stream of water, it certainly can survive a little 'weather'. Care to try that with your pricey Leica?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7hvJTGW4BA

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2015 at 13:37 UTC
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1495 comments in total)
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Robert Kempen: Hey, not bad - so far 1133 comments on a camera that the haters call "ugly", "huge" and of course "expensive" etc etc

When will the penny drop, I wonder

Leica is not interested in selling this against the silly little Sony A7 with the kiddy controls that needs Zeiss glass to make it work (read: big, heavy and expensive)

This is aimed at the Canon 1DX and the Nikon DS4 with 18MP and 16MP which are also far bigger than the Leica, equally expensive, slower and just as heavy and not nearly as well built

Leica will bring out glass for this that will make the haters weep and trust me, many freelance pros will move and these cameras will start showing up at sports events and in game reserves and of course in the studios

Robert, I'm comparing FE 24-70 ff to my SAL24-70z. The latter is a beast by comparison, even before it goes on to the A900. That combo was back breaking when hiking for a day in tropical heat. The FE Zeiss on the A7rii is a breeze....

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2015 at 14:44 UTC
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1495 comments in total)
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Robert Kempen: Hey, not bad - so far 1133 comments on a camera that the haters call "ugly", "huge" and of course "expensive" etc etc

When will the penny drop, I wonder

Leica is not interested in selling this against the silly little Sony A7 with the kiddy controls that needs Zeiss glass to make it work (read: big, heavy and expensive)

This is aimed at the Canon 1DX and the Nikon DS4 with 18MP and 16MP which are also far bigger than the Leica, equally expensive, slower and just as heavy and not nearly as well built

Leica will bring out glass for this that will make the haters weep and trust me, many freelance pros will move and these cameras will start showing up at sports events and in game reserves and of course in the studios

Hmmm... strange. The Zeiss glass I have for my A7Rii (35mm, 55mm, and 24-70mm) is neither big nor heavy. The 35/2.8 close to pancake size. Expensive, I won't argue, but at least be accurate in your motivated criticism.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2015 at 06:25 UTC
On article Sony brings uncompressed Raw to a7S II, a7R II and... (562 comments in total)
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robbinsbox: good one dpreview, good one sony. Next pls push for the firmware to be given to older A7 A7s A7r cameras.
Then onto the compressed lossless issue.

This issue was already being looked at by Sony 3+ months back, before DPreview raised it here. They understood (and were being told) that the push was for 'pure', uncompressed RAW. See this interview: http://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2015/06/16/sony-qa-the-must-have-sensor-tech-of-the-future

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2015 at 11:39 UTC

Most of you people don't get it because you don't understand the mindset of the target market. I'm sure this ugly thing is not aimed at the US or Western Europe. It's target markets are the Middle East, Russia, and Asia where bling is king. And it may very well do fine enough in those places ... just as Nokia had some success selling over-priced old-tech blinged-up phones in its Vertu line. [Imagine a US$80K mobile phone with ruby encrusted keys... people bought it!] If you're putting fancy stuff on existing technology, you don't need to sell a whole lot of units to come out ahead, especially if you add some crazy-big margins.

BTW, I'm a NEX7 owner, and anyone whose ever picked one up will know it's a damn fine camera for an APS-C. That said, I would never buy this monstrosity even if I had that amount of change knocking about in my pockets

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2013 at 16:38 UTC as 43rd comment | 3 replies
On article New image viewing options for forums (152 comments in total)
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Docno: So are there ideal sizes for the originals we upload that will give optimal image quality when downsized, or does it vary according to the size/resolution of the screen each of us use?

Belated thanks for the explanation, Richard. (Was off the grid for a while)

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2013 at 07:30 UTC
On article New image viewing options for forums (152 comments in total)

So are there ideal sizes for the originals we upload that will give optimal image quality when downsized, or does it vary according to the size/resolution of the screen each of us use?

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2013 at 17:25 UTC as 7th comment | 2 replies
On article Best Camera of 2012: And the Winner is... (1414 comments in total)

Absolutely ridiculous poll in the first place. Might as well ask people what is the best motor vehicle in the world or the best airplane or the best food. The results would be just as meaningful. All we get out of this are brand preferences for the particular category of camera the voters are interested in. If the majority of members here were compact users, then perhaps the s110 or RX100 would come out on top. The whole enterprise is misguided.

Link | Posted on Jan 1, 2013 at 05:00 UTC as 439th comment | 2 replies

6:27am Dec 11 (CET). Trying to download from Singapore [1:27pm local time]. 'No data from server.' No joy.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2011 at 05:27 UTC as 270th comment
On article US customers willing to spend more for Nikon (99 comments in total)

A truly ridiculous study. Go look at the website. The first thing is that the only people who would use such a site are those who are clueless about cameras and want they are looking for. So the representativeness of the sample is dubious. You basically put in your criteria, and the site makes a recommendation. So you can check off your preferred brands (i.e., the ones you've heard about and indicate your price range). Apparently camera-naive people who check off Nikon also indicate a willingness to pay higher prices. So what? We still don't know how well this applies to consumers in more traditional sales channels or to even the 'average' consumer....

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2011 at 08:48 UTC as 24th comment
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