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On article Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art real world sample gallery (206 comments in total)

The most amazing thing wasn't the lens. It was that the sun was out AND the sky was blue in Seattle!!!!!! LOL!

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2016 at 13:44 UTC as 55th comment | 2 replies
On article Olympus PEN E-PL8 First Impressions Review (95 comments in total)

I have an extensive MFT kit. Extensive. LOL! (5 camera bodies and at least 15 lenses)
I just converted my E-PL6 to infrared...and have found that I really wanted a knock around, take-out-to-the-job (construction) body, which is what I was using the E-PL6 for. I thought my PEN-F would serve those needs but I really need smaller less camera for them...and less loss if the camera gets damaged.
That said...its a great "solid" little mentioned ..the flip-down LCD is the lamest part of the camera. (I NEVER take selfies) a tighter, simpler more integrated flip- screen (like EPL6), or just an screen with no movement...would have made this weighty, simple, little camera much more attractive....but it is almost perfect for what I use it for (when coupled w/ VF-4), and in black ...quite stylish as well. I am thinking that it is not going to be a very big seller, though. The way Olympus is marketing it, well...people just use their phones in that context...and that's that.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2016 at 13:23 UTC as 4th comment
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clicstudio: Horrible results in my opinion. Everything looks like a cartoon...
I like subtle HDR but this is ridiculous. Learn to expose well and get a good camera with good DR and u won't need this stuff... looks to me that this software is CERTAINLY capable of creating subtle results more than any other that I have seen. Too many people associate "HDR" with garish images. That is a mistake. HDR is just one more tool in your quiver to create "your" images. ..and no camera on the market today has enough dynamic range to capture all situations. That sensor just is not out there yet.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2016 at 09:56 UTC
On article Canon EOS M5: What you need to know (548 comments in total)
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CosminMunteanu: Well, the X-T10 or OM-D E-M10 did not receive so many explanations when it was lanched.
Why a special article about the M5. The same information can be found in the article related to the final review. Because it is a Canon? Seems more like advertising to me.

...yes manufacturer of mediocre cameras. The M series, including this one is an embarrassment. Especially at this stage of the mirrorless game.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2016 at 08:41 UTC
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (2004 comments in total)

Hmmmm....makes me think that the M5 release may be much more exciting! :-)

After "browsing" this review and using the comparative studio tool...I am pretty content with my 5D Mark III....I am not "drawn" to this camera at all...especially after a 4-year wait.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2016 at 19:55 UTC as 164th comment | 1 reply

WHOA!....those images are impressive!!!!!!

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 02:39 UTC as 50th comment
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MarcoSartoriPhoto: This interesting price could have another positive side: more people will actually try and buy the camera and see what these weird looking things can deliver.
I'm quite tired of reading about "it's just an APS-C, it's slow, the grip is odd, battery sucks" and so on.
When you use these cameras you don't snap around like someone with a smartphone or a paparazzo following an actor: it's a well dedicated and specific tool and you need to know what you're doing.
The battery sucks, but that's why the Quattro cameras have two in the box.
SigmaPhotoPro is slow, but if you know how toproperlyexposeyour photo you don't even need it (or you can use it only to turn the x3 raw file into a tiff for a SilverEfex conversion).
Using a metaphore, a sniper rifle is slow at shooting, slow to reload, has a different form factor than a machine gun, which fires faster and reload faster.
P.S. I own a dp2Quattro, a dp3Quattro with the 1.2x tele converter, and a dp0Quattro.

Well said. I am intrigued. That is a great kit price. I get it... These are narrow-use tools for artists...but oh, the sweet spot!

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 09:35 UTC

Love all the comments. That gold lens has to be one of the ugliest, overpriced things that I have ever seen in my life. LOL!
Thanks, but my money is buying an Olympus 300mm f/4.0 Pro.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2016 at 06:52 UTC as 36th comment
On article Canon EOS 80D Field Test: Barney builds a boat (220 comments in total)

Great piece...the kayak and your experience building it and he GREAT people was more interesting to me than the camera. Hee hee! THANKS Barney!

Link | Posted on May 26, 2016 at 00:00 UTC as 38th comment
On article Accessory Review: Peak Design Slide Camera Sling strap (146 comments in total)
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Jestertheclown: Those "easy to use; undo in a flash", fasteners would make you a prime target on the London Underground.
Your camera would be "undone and gone in a flash."
You'd never see where it went nor ever see it again.

Better stay home then. :-)

Link | Posted on May 2, 2016 at 10:42 UTC
On article Accessory Review: Peak Design Slide Camera Sling strap (146 comments in total)
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Jestertheclown: Those "easy to use; undo in a flash", fasteners would make you a prime target on the London Underground.
Your camera would be "undone and gone in a flash."
You'd never see where it went nor ever see it again.

Fear base much?
They are not that easy to unsnap.

Link | Posted on May 2, 2016 at 01:22 UTC
On article Accessory Review: Peak Design Slide Camera Sling strap (146 comments in total)
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bikeguy: Best strap I've ever had.

I it waaaaay better than op tech. If I am just using the camera with no stap there are just the little buttons on your dangling partial straps flapping around and getting in the way.I don't get the complaint about the metal buckles...NEVER an issue for me. BEST STRAP OF ALL TIME!

Link | Posted on May 2, 2016 at 01:20 UTC
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2501 comments in total)
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Utterlyotter: Fixed screen (!) and no flash?
Those are quite big drawbacks imo and I don´t see a good reason for it given the size (and cost) of that thing.

It's just too much camera for you..... :-)

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2016 at 10:57 UTC
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1065 comments in total)
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Thermidor: I've tried this camera, and came away pretty impressed. But it's also hugely expensive, and my take is, if you can afford the Pen-F, you can afford the EM5-II, which has similar specs, but with weather sealing and better handling when mounted with fast zoom lenses. I certainly think it's pretty, but I'm not sure good looks alone is enough reason to opt it over a weather sealed body at similar price.

There is a big disparity in price, they are not similar at all, so let's mention that you can find the EM5 II body for about $500 less!

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2016 at 11:06 UTC
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Valentinian: Looking at the picture of the doe, at 400mm: the lens seems pretty good to me. Also the stabilization (shutter 1/80) worked well.
The camera used was the E M-1: what was used, the camera is, or the lens ois?

For my dough ($1800), that doe (dough) looks soft enough to make pizza with. For me ...that is one unacceptably soft lens.
I still think it is camera shake most of the images. REALLY need to use electronic shutter with these lenses as the shutter shock really comes into play. Not sure if that was being used here or not. At the very least DPR...we need some tripod-mounted, electronic shutter test images in clear dry air conditions or with close subjects to see how sharp this lens is. Right?

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2016 at 15:50 UTC
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ThePhilips: It look to me that somebody tried to shoot at 800mm eq FL hand-held. Pretty brave.

That's fine....pump up the ISO and the shutter (no tripod) is a least doable with this small kit (that is the point of the small high-powered lens and all the IS, isn;t it???), . You just have to know what the hell you are doing! :-)
It appears that on the one or two "sharp" images at 400mm that the Olympus 300mm Pro decimates this lens...even with the 1.4x attached. ...although the bokeh is iffy at best! ARGGGGHHH. We can spend tons of money and STILL not have it all! LOL!

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2016 at 14:17 UTC
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daddyo: I really look forward to seeing some test shots from someone who uses this lens properly. The bulk of these samples are worthless. Why would you do shot after shot of some distant landscape, buildings, etc., I assume hand held, at 400mm. The atmospheric distortion in those situations says absolutely nothing about the optical quality of this lens.

I have looked at some other websites (very limited images out there) and from what I saw there the lens is just not that sharp at 400mm.
These samples here (I did not look at every one, I tried to pick the 400mm shots where there was a higher shutter speed), and they are rubbish. There is obviously shutter shock or really bad camera technique by the user. Not sure. can do better than this ....that shot of the pigeon on the light pole (the one in front of the space needle)...????
I know that the lens is NOT that soft. Get on it kids. This is really irresponsible work to show us an $1800 lens???????????? that copy of the lens really that soft?
Edit: The 400mm 1/400th shot of the space needle close-up by itself seems sharper. (the far away distance also helped for less camera shake). I think all the other shots at 400mm below 1/400th I think are victims or camera shake, especially the ones where the subject was closer to the camera.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2016 at 14:07 UTC
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deep7: As alluded to below, there is not one native plant in the winning photo - it is a totally altered environment and the feature plants are aggressive weeds! Even that stream is highly modified. There has been a bit of grumbling in New Zealand about this photograph, as you can imagine.

Not that it is a bad image, just that it represents some sort of unreal fantasy which has come at a high price. Thank goodness New Zealand is no longer pushing the totally inaccurate "clean, green" image these days. obviously don't know what you are looking at. This photo is "extremely" processed.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2016 at 20:59 UTC
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shigzeo: A mountain is now a garden? A meadow is now a garden? Aurora is now garden? A concrete, glass, and fountained monument is now a garden?

EDIT: most are beautiful images, but they certainly aren't gardens.

Nature's gardens. Not man's. :-)

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2016 at 14:46 UTC
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Robemo: I wonder when this craze of over-the-top HDR images is over. The winning picture is too weird for my taste .. and I'm glad it's not my 'garden'. Some nice images as well.

yes...I use HDR to help with shadows and highlights..etc...but that winning image is like some bizarre painting. You have a point.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2016 at 14:43 UTC
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