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On article Panasonic Leica DG 15mm F1.7 shooting experience (240 comments in total)
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Gimli son of Gloin: Is there a reason to get to consider this combo instead of a ZS100, RX100 or some other pocketable camera?

The mFT cameras became too big and the price tag too high to justify a purchase. On top of that the IQ different between the small sensors are almost indistinguishable and you get more flexibility of the zoom range.

Pricing a mFT lens the same league as a FF lens without their benefits is crazy talk.

Unless you plan to be swapping lenses, or you need some specific capability of a particular system camera, then no, there's no compelling reason.

Compact cameras do quite nicely, and tend to be dramatically more compact than a system camera plus a lens.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2017 at 12:54 UTC
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Sannaborjeson: Can't see any confirmation for 32GB on MacBook Pro :-(

The current CPUs support 32GB of DRAM, but only up to 16GB of LPDRAM. To go higher than 16GB increases voltage and power draw, so Apple decided to not support higher amounts of RAM.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 04:00 UTC
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erichK: Mega- corp Apple is a disgusting company. Its suppliers (FoxPro) have to put up suicide nets outside their factories. They have every yuppy gimmick but any kind of daycare at their huge megabuck office. They treat their users like illiterate, childish idiots - and do everything they can to turn them into And their products are all about toxic waste and designed obsolescence: Neural Net, the local repair centre just informed me the Apple refuses to supply parts for computers more than three years old ...or even keep them on the part info on their database.

The Chinese company is Foxconn, not "FoxPro" as you claimed, (which is the name of an old database program!)

Chinese companies pay family members if an employee dies. The payment used to be the equivalent of 5 years salary or more, so some employees began to kill themselves to help their families get a large sum of money. The nets were designed to stop this behavior. (The payments have also been reduced, which is far more effective than the nets.)

The manufacturing jobs are hard, but they are considered very good jobs in China.

At any rate, your claims illustrate a staggering amalgamation of ignorance and neuroticism.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 03:51 UTC
On article Sigma SD Quattro H Review (693 comments in total)
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cameron2: "The obvious appeal of using an existing mount is that the lenses already exist for it. Sigma produces SA mount versions of 39 of its lenses, which plausibly means the Quattro H has more native lenses available than any other mirrorless camera."

This does not seem to be factually correct, by a long shot. Perhaps there is a qualifier missing?

I meant compared to a mount like m43, with over 50 native (mount + electronic, auto-focus) lenses, and even more if you could the manual focus / native-mount lenses. http://www.four-thirds.org/en/microft/lense.html

Not to take anything away from this camera, as it looks to be a wonderful step forward for the Sigma SA system.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2017 at 16:15 UTC
On article Sigma SD Quattro H Review (693 comments in total)

"The obvious appeal of using an existing mount is that the lenses already exist for it. Sigma produces SA mount versions of 39 of its lenses, which plausibly means the Quattro H has more native lenses available than any other mirrorless camera."

This does not seem to be factually correct, by a long shot. Perhaps there is a qualifier missing?

Link | Posted on May 31, 2017 at 16:02 UTC as 152nd comment | 3 replies
On article 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $500-900 (553 comments in total)
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grasscatcher: G85 for me....whichever group it goes in.

Best features in this group.
Best value in the next group up.

Yup, I was surprised that the G85 wasn't even in the list here ... it is a dramatically better package than the Pany cameras that they looked at. I guess there are simply too many to include!

I do like the Fuji selection as the runner-up, though ...

Link | Posted on May 6, 2017 at 02:53 UTC
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random78: Olympus often seems to get more limelight in the history of Micro-Four Thirds and mirrorless. However I think the real breakthrough product was the Panasonic G1. Obviously it was the first mirrorless camera, but also it had three important features which ensured that mirrorless will be taken as a serious camera system rather than a glorified P&S. First it offered an EVF experience which was a credible alternative to OVF. The EVFs before G1 were extremely poor whereas G1 had an amazing EVF for that time. Second it had a pretty fast AF in single shot. Third it had a full set of controls expected by DSLR users. The E-P1 from Olympus didn't have any of these features. I am pretty sure that if it was the first mirrorless instead of G1, it would have been dismissed by most reviewers as a 'P&S' camera with a large sensor which did not have what it takes to meet the needs of a 'serious' photographer. G1 ensured that people viewed mirrorless as mini-DSLR, rather than big P&S.

I had a G1. What an amazing camera for its time.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2017 at 04:16 UTC
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paulfulper: Four thirds , and micro four thirds ,. What's the difference ? In MM please

Same size sensor. (Often the same sensor was used in some m43 cameras and some 4/3 cameras.)

The big difference is in the lack of a mirror. The 4/3 system was a DSLR, like your typical Canon or Nikon (but the 4/3 sensor was smaller than either APS-C or 35mm.)

Without the mirror, the lenses could be mounted much closer to the sensor. I think they call this the flange distance, or something like that. Smaller bodies. Smaller lenses. (To compensate, they upped the prices.)

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2017 at 04:16 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GX850 real world samples (66 comments in total)
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MikeF4Black: What does this device cost? The image quality is way below par. Despicable.

> What does this device cost?
http://lmgtfy.com/?q=panasonic+gx850+cost
(Or just look at the Amazon ad on this page that shows $547.99.)

> The image quality is way below par.
Strange. I looked at the images, and they looked like what one would expect from a modern digital camera with consumer grade glass and a 225mm^2 sensor in a compact consumer-oriented body. Do you have any specific issues that you would like to highlight that show that the image quality is out of the expected range considering, um, say physics?

> Despicable.
Yeah. Good, rational point.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 13:06 UTC
On article CP+ 2017: Hands-on with new Voigtländer E-mount primes (117 comments in total)
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Gregm61: The 35mm f1.4 in M mount is not all that particularly great.

The 35 1.2 in M mount was really good (one of my favorites for that FOV), but it was much larger & heavier than the 1.4. Even though they were a narrower FOV, I preferred both the Voigtlander and the Leica 40mm f1.4 lenses ... (and the Leica 40mm was even affordable.)

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2017 at 14:09 UTC
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ttran88: Do you have to pay for the update?

That's not a "firmware update"; it's a $99 optional feature on the GH4 and on the GH5. The $99 gets you some sort of code that you input into the camera to enable the feature. Yeah, it's still a dumb idea.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2017 at 23:56 UTC
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villagranvicent: The Bugatti Chyron of cameras. Haters enjoy your Corollas.

Camaros*

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 04:07 UTC
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1643 comments in total)
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Asarhaddon: it will sell because name is canon
Because there is a klan that thinks canon will do the best
A6300,6500, xt2, Em1 ii better than M5
But name is Canon
No matter what you say to them, their ideas do not change :)

GaryJP - are you suggesting that a shot in RAW from any modern camera with a grey card and a color checker in the scene cannot be processed to the style that you associate with "Canon or Nikon's colour science"? I'm just trying to figure out what magic you are imagining exists ...

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2016 at 13:25 UTC
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vadims: Very interesting, DPR... The plot thickens, as they say.

I posted a message here essentially questioning your decision to publish this photo. Long story short: as of the time of this writing, it has 11 "likes". When I click "Most popular (15)", I see posts with 7/8/9 "likes" at the bottom of the list, but not mine. And no, that's not because of numbers of "likes" to replies.

That's a nice touch! A glowing example of "just reporting"/"journalist integrity"/objectivity/etc. right there...

Did my post receive a "black spot"? That would be an honor!

What happens next? You just remove this post?

Link to the original post, just in case:
https://www.dpreview.com/opinion/8871874056/this-image-is-why-the-world-needs-professional-photographers?comment=2720774475

Honestly, I just think that the DPR site is flakey, and nowhere near "real time" on some of its features. It's hard to tell how some of it works (if it even does ...)

p.s. I don't care if you're Russian or from Russia or in Russia. I've got lots of friends from Russia, and lots of friends in Russia. We're all just slightly different looking monkeys with a fascination for wrapping ourselves in fabric ...

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2016 at 16:02 UTC
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1643 comments in total)
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Asarhaddon: it will sell because name is canon
Because there is a klan that thinks canon will do the best
A6300,6500, xt2, Em1 ii better than M5
But name is Canon
No matter what you say to them, their ideas do not change :)

Canon is a good company and they make good cameras. The m5 sounds like a good camera. However, with the capabilities that it includes, one would have expected this to be the camera that they released two years ago (instead of the m3), and even then it would have been late to market compared to other companies' offerings. So is it a good camera? Yes. Is it good compared to its contemporary peers? No, one cannot seriously argue this.

However, if I still had Canon glass, I would seriously consider this camera as a second body. This is the first "m" that appears to be able to make decent use of the existing lenses. Its usability sounds significantly improved, and it sounds like very few compromises were made vis-a-vis the Canon DSLR bodies that it reuses parts from.

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2016 at 14:32 UTC
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vadims: Very interesting, DPR... The plot thickens, as they say.

I posted a message here essentially questioning your decision to publish this photo. Long story short: as of the time of this writing, it has 11 "likes". When I click "Most popular (15)", I see posts with 7/8/9 "likes" at the bottom of the list, but not mine. And no, that's not because of numbers of "likes" to replies.

That's a nice touch! A glowing example of "just reporting"/"journalist integrity"/objectivity/etc. right there...

Did my post receive a "black spot"? That would be an honor!

What happens next? You just remove this post?

Link to the original post, just in case:
https://www.dpreview.com/opinion/8871874056/this-image-is-why-the-world-needs-professional-photographers?comment=2720774475

Yes, there is a large team of people at DPR sitting in front of large screens working in real time to suppress your posts. How you figured this out, we shall never know. Keep speaking truth to power!

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2016 at 14:03 UTC
On article Gear of the Year: Richard's choice - Fujifilm X-T2 (172 comments in total)

Nice write-up! I'd love to see a few of these with every review ... some "here's why I personally enjoyed it" or "here's what personally turned me off ..."

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 00:48 UTC as 19th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (688 comments in total)
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(unknown member): "...the Panasonic G85 is the camera I will be recommending to enthusiasts for the foreseeable future."

Glad to read you've called a spade a spade in the conclusion of the review, "Yes the a6300 shoots 4K and has a more sophisticated AF system, but it has no in-body IS, frustrating ergonomics (lacks dual top-plate control dials) and a limited lens family."

Now, bring on the butthurt Sony fanboi's and the equivalence police! They will quote DXO (and others) as to why this isn't as good quoting lab tests and pointing to reference charts and how using adapters, adding a bettery grip and using expensive FE lenses and blah blah blah...

The Sony a6300 looks like a great camera, but they obviously had to make some compromises to squeeze all of that into such a tiny body!

Sure, most people would be better off with a G85, and if they need "more", then there's always the a6300 or a Fuji, or they can go up to the A7Rii etc.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2016 at 19:35 UTC
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rjaywallace: Please estimate how many photo enthusiasts are going to shell out $3,750 in order to buy a 250° lens for their Olympus Pen F, Pen 8 or Panasonic GX8.

With the exchange rate so favorable, I ordered all 3.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2016 at 18:37 UTC
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ottonis: From ISO 1600 and beyond the PhaseOne is clearly inferior w/r to noise when compared to contemporary FF cameras such K1 etc., even when scaled down to equal resolution/size.
I really wonder why these MF sensors are lagging behind FF sensors in low light performance, considering their significantly larger size. Is that possibly caused by tuning them for highest DR at base ISO? Or are the most recent advancements in sensor technology just too vulnerable in order to provide sufficient (silicon wafer) yield rates?

Best

David

@ Teila - I didn't realize that the tripod was detachable ;-)

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2016 at 02:24 UTC
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