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Photography does drain the battery pretty quickly, so this should be an important issue for iPhone photographers. Also, add in the the photo editing on the iPhone. Apple offers a wide range of superb apps which are far better than those on Android (Artstudio Pro, Pixelmator, icolorama, Enlight) but using them drains the battery pretty quickly too. On Android, I have to use three or four apps to get the same effects I achieve on Artstudio, so battery drain is even more if an issue.

Manufacturers should produce a photographer's edition of their device with an exchangeable battery (like the old Galaxy Notes).

The lack of the headphone socket is a way bigger issue...

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2017 at 07:57 UTC as 43rd comment
On article Photo story of the week: I Am Legend (172 comments in total)

At first glance this image seems much akin to "Wanderer above the Sea of Fog,"

Erm, I think Casper David Friederich knew what the subject of his painting was.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2017 at 20:32 UTC as 80th comment
On article Hands-on with new Fujifilm X-E3 (206 comments in total)
In reply to:

HibikiTaisuna: Overall I am pretty disappointed with the X-E3. Unlike the X-E1 and 2 it isn't an EVF only XPro. The 1 and 2 were on par with the XPro1 only missing the OVF and some minor features but adding some convenience on top. The X-E3 is more like a X-E30. As an X-E2 shooter this is totally not what I hoped for. Instead of making the camera smaller Fuji should have incorporated a much bigger EVF (maybe even the size of the X-T2 ones) with the possibility of attaching an eyecup. This doesn't look and feel like a prosumer camera anymore. And why would someone even use Bluetooth for the file transfer? It is much slower than WiFi and even the transfer via WiFi was slow on the X-E2.

Agreed. This adds nothing a takes away a lot. a really stupid redesign which reduces it to the style of the Olympus pen series. Just what were they thinking with the positioning of tripod screw ("Consumers never use tripods anyway")? On the other hand, the xpro2 is too big and clumsy and the xt20 too small for an slr style (putting the 55-210 on that would hardly be comfortable- unless you have tiny hands that would make a squirrel blush). So Sony a6500 is probably the way to go, unless you like infrared photography which the Fuji sensor does really well.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 12:14 UTC

Had a Surface Pro 3 for about 6 months and wouldn't recommend it. Screen estate is way too small for Windows 10. Using Photoshop causes a headache - and the backstand is not solid enough to put anything but light pressure on. This really hampers using the stylus with Photoshop. Also, the fans were really annoying and the machine ran hot in one of the corners (can't remember which).

I find the Ipad Pro + Pencil far better - much simpler and responsive, although software can disappoint in comparison with Photoshop: Affinity Photo seems to have performance issues and some bugs and Pixelmator is pretty limited. That said, it is possible to get great results from both and I expect Affinity to get better over time.

(For performance, value for money and versatility a good Windows 10 PC and Dell/Lenovo laptop is still the way to go, though.)

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2017 at 19:30 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
In reply to:

HenryEckstein: Surface Pros and IPads are NOT "Professional" machines at all!


These Are:

Getac or Grizzly lines of FULL Mil-Spec 810-F/810-G AND IP-68 ratings
drop test, low and high temperature operations and water incursion.

- 18" touchscreen DCI 4096 x 2160 pixels tablet Titanium case

- Intel XEON E7-8890 V4 processor with 24 cores and 48 threads

- Windows 2016 Server OS with OEM-customized
Direct-X/Media Foundation Pack so media
apps can use all 24 cores/48 threads.

- 512 Gigabytes of system RAM (DDR4)

- NVIDIA Titan-1080 two-chip graphics subsystem
8-gigabytes per chip for 16 gigabytes of VRAM.

- Two 8 Terabyte 3.5 inch SATA-6 SSD drives
1200 megabytes per second SUSTAINED data rate

- 4 USB-3 ports (two are type-C),

- 4 HDMI ports V2.1 spec

- 4 DisplayPorts

- 2 CFAST 2.0 and 2 SD card slots

- 4 NP-1B hotswap Batteries (60 Wh/14.8v each) Li-Ion

- 3g/4G/Wifi/Bluetooth

It weighs 17 lbs and cost $21,000 US

Professional means using it to get work done. Why the bejeesus would I need a Nividia 1080 to do a spread sheet on the train in the morning?

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2017 at 19:21 UTC
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historianx: I had one of the first versions for less than 24 hours. First, the battery was dead when I got home. Once that was charged, I tried to establish the MS Live account and ran into incompatibility issues with the email addresses I supplied to do so. I called MS help and two *hours* with those morons and three different tech reps couldn't resolve this issue. So I was left with a device I could not update. Finally, this one had W8--what a disaster, kept locking up on me, plus since MS was unable to help me establish my Live account, could not update that POS. Got so disgusted I packed it up, headed back to the MS store, got my refund, then went to the Apple Store and picked up a 64GB cellular Retina I-Pad. Took it home, placed it into my Apple account, and has worked perfectly with ZERO issues after 3 years of hard use and travel. I-Pads may not suit everyone, but for my needs it works.

Moral of the story: always keep your packing materials intact when buying a MS product.

Well having to charge the battery is no big deal. Everything else is software-related. Windows does give rise to more compatibility issues but that is because it has to cater for far more hardware than Apple and allows you to do so much more than just light word processing and photo editing.

Even a top range IMac or Macbook costing 3000 Euros is underpowered in comparison with a PC / laptop costing a third as much. And their repairability is nil.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2017 at 19:16 UTC
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webber15: People keeping banging the drum to highlight mobile phone photography...
I keep banging the drum to say what a dismal experience mobile phone photography is...

I would say it is a very limiting one. Image quality is excellent but the fixed lens is - yes, dismal. The one inch sensor cams offer a far more liberating experience. I use a Canon G3x and transfer jpegs to my mobile for editing in snapseed, artstudio etc. Best of both worlds...

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2017 at 09:07 UTC
On article OnePlus 3T camera review (103 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Yet another nice phone.... for people who are into phones. It is sometimes interesting to read about these when patiently waiting for real camera and lens reviews.

Oh well.... I suppose Dpreview knows what they are doing.

Technical quality matters a great deal in smartphone photography precisely because of its extremely limited possibilities. The dream of any photographer is to have a smartphone of dslr quality and with reasonable zoom. The Microsoft Lumia and Apple's iphone 7have shown that this is not unrealistic.

By the way, the Oneplus3 is just as good as the Oneplus3t and can be bought second hand at a significantly lower price. It is also blisteringly fast (3gb RAM) and the operation is far slicker than my iphone 6plus and Samsung Galaxy 7 Edge, which often stutter when browsing. The fingerprint scanner is significantly less reliable than the iphone but better than the Samsung. Also, the 64gb is treated as a whole storage unit, unlike the Samsung, which splits storage between internal and sd card. This is significant, because not all apps support this (although Deezer, Spotify and the camera app do).

Photography-wise, I would always go with iphone because of the fantastic apps.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 08:39 UTC

I'm trying to work out what sort of person would submit such a photo to a competition. And the sort of people who would judge it the winning entry. "Ghouls" seems about right.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2017 at 09:16 UTC as 4th comment
On article Feisty upstart: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X-T20 (357 comments in total)
In reply to:

Autriche78: I have and generally love the X-T10.

But: if you have large hands, the back controls feel awfully cramped pretty quickly. So, I bought the add-on metal grip, and now have a different problem - my fingers can barely squeeze between the thicker grip and any of the larger diameter lenses that Fuji makes. So as much as I'd like to save money, I can't see myself purchasing another camera where ergonomics appear to be unchanged and not particularly large-hand friendly. The X-T2 feels much, MUCH better in the hand as I discovered at the local camera store.
So if you have large hands, and haven't tried holding the X-T10 before, do that before preordering the X-T20. After all, if you're not enjoying the feel of the camera, what's the point in buying it?

I have tried them all - xe2, xt10, xt1 over a two year period and could not live with the ergonomics. Now I have three gariz half-cases and a hand-grip left over. (I personally find Canon the best in terms of ergonomics...)

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 23:25 UTC
On article Feisty upstart: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X-T20 (357 comments in total)

I have totally lost patience with this company. They make cameras that are impossible to hold properly. Very frustrating, especially considering the xtrans sensor's infrared capability...

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 23:18 UTC as 17th comment | 5 replies
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cosinaphile: its sad that the tiniest, worst performing sensor in existence has come to dominate what passes for a camera in 2016 .. its popularity is , for me , the result of laziness and lack of sophistication and knowledge and fear of the tech side of cameras in these times where the average person lack intellectual depth and broadness of knowledge and a desire to understand technology, nature science & the human condition .. superficiality has replaced the polymath, as the phone has replaced the camera

ameraphone are not dominating cause they are good but because they serve the cult of the selfie and the pathetic culture of facebook and twitter and other pseudoconnected nonsense that has replaced genuine human culture ... and they are easy ... and you dont have to think it.. there is no commitment or work or effort ... perfect for our souless , stupid superficial times we live in ... i find that pathetic and profoundly disheartening .
buy a decent compact ... youll be better for it

Give it up, the battle has been lost. I'm selling my iphone this week.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2016 at 20:45 UTC
In reply to:

princecody: @Barney which iPhone 7 are you buying or do you get both for FREE since you write reviews?

It's a phone. With a miniscule sensor. Would you ever see a photography student at university using an Iphone to complete their assignments?

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2016 at 01:48 UTC
In reply to:

Boss of Sony: Pro photographers are all selling their full-frame cameras to get one of these.

Oh come on! It's a phone, with a teensy weensy sensor that you would need a magnifying glass to see. How on earth can anyone consider selling a full frame for this?! How could this phone take the shots that you bought your full frame for? This is all getting totally Alice in Wonderland.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2016 at 01:41 UTC
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WizardOfOss: I'm pretty worried about 10.5, more specifically this part: "It's safe to assume that there are a lot of people talking about the words 'Bokeh' and 'Raw' today who had never heard the terms before Apple's launch event this week."

History learns us that within a few days that same lot of people will "know" that Apple invented both bokeh and raw, and will claim that every other camera manufacturer copied Apple.

I think it's worth purposely "blinding" yourself to the unsavoury aspects of Apple just to use amazing apps like icolorama, mextures, artstudio and lensflares etc. But I have to say, after using the iphone 6s plus for about 6 months I am pretty shocked at how poor it is in comparison with my Samsung Note 4. The design is quite simply appalling and has actually put me off using it for photography. The iPad on the other hand, is great.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2016 at 01:33 UTC
In reply to:

Triplet Perar: That's it — Apple will come out with four sensors, and four lenses!
And spend a great deal of rhetoric to convince us it is the next big thing.

Why? Apple have the best apps. Game over.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2016 at 09:11 UTC
On photo IMG_0426 in ChrisKramer1's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Eurowings flight to London Heathrow, flying excitedly close to the capital!

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2016 at 00:48 UTC as 1st comment
On photo IMG_2139 in ChrisKramer1's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Photo of container ship at Bremerhaven, Circular, ArtStudio, Lenslight, Mextures

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 09:04 UTC as 1st comment
On photo G3X Plane over Azerbaijan in ChrisKramer1's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Taken from a plane on the way to Azerbaijan. Only edited in LR. Not much dynamic range, but processing the jpeg with icolorama on IOS (enhance + LUT + vibrance + exposure) can produce suprisingly good results. The film emulations on Mextures are also worth trying. I don't care about the noise.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 08:56 UTC as 1st comment
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Kiwisnap: I hoped the iPad Pro would be the first actually useful iPad: It wasn't.

I bought a Surface Pro 4 instead and run full Adobe CC, USB 3 hard drives and so on. The iPad is a solution to a problem that does not exist - it is nothing more than a 'nice thing'. A Surface Pro is more use and a Kindle better to read on.

I bought a Surface Pro 3 to use Photoshop but it was not a happy experience. First, the model (i5, 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD) was not powerful enough, which often led to to input lag and stalling. Second, the fan came on regularly and loudly and the tablet became very hot. Third, I did not like the pen input, which displayed a slight but annoying lag. Finally, Photoshop had the same interface as for PC which I found unusable on such a small screen. The backstand did not feel very sturdy either and I was constantly aware of not being able to put too much pressure on it.

Personally, I far prefer ArtStudio or Pixelmator, which have an interface designed for tablets. I would also rgue that RAW may not be important when using such software, because users will be working with multiple layers to create their own images.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2016 at 16:49 UTC
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