Richard Butler

Richard Butler

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Lives in United Kingdom Seattle, United Kingdom
Joined on Nov 7, 2007

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On article Nikon D850 Review (2050 comments in total)
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Ebrahim Saadawi: Richard: VIDEO SECTION! (yes needs a shout sorry)

I want a video section on the review that includes

1- A Resolution test versus a resolution class leader (Say a GH4/5 at equivalent DOF and FOV) to see how the pixel binning on Nikons is.

2- Video showing Standard Versus Flat PP in an HDR scene.

3- Your words on how the codec holds up in pushing/pulling (shadows, macroblocking, etc)

4- Video for the 1080p mode image Stabilization ON versus OFF, added Lens IS ON versus OFF

By the way you can just put us some frame grabs for 1 and 2 and 3, then we can see how the resolution, codec, Flat do. It's only 4 that needs a Clip.

Am I asking too much? Yes But hey I am counting on you

I've been shooting with the camera over the weekend, will be conducting some more tests and will try to address as many of your points as possible.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2017 at 20:51 UTC
On article Nikon D850 Review (2050 comments in total)
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mpe: Is this finally a review or just another compilation of already published off-onhand, pre-preview, previews, etc. materials?

I really miss traditionally written reviews where a reviewer spend a reasonable time with a camera and only then writes the review and draws conclusions.

The only thing that's changed is that we publish some of our working as we go along. Carey has been shooting and testing the camera extensively before drawing conclusions.

The alternative is radio silence between announcement and now, but the same end result.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2017 at 20:50 UTC
On article Nikon D850 Review (2050 comments in total)
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Bumblebees: "the highest ISO values, the D850 appears to show more speckling that looks similar to hot pixels (though they're not, as they're not fully clipped) than its predecessor."

Use Capture NX, the Nikon software in stead of ACR, and you will see another result probably.

Yes, you can mask them out, but they're there (and weren't, to anything like the same extent, in the D810's chip).

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2017 at 17:25 UTC
On article Nikon D850 Review (2050 comments in total)
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LightBug: One sticking point for me about the D850 from the review is the requirement for focus adjustment for different subject distances. This seems rather cumbersome. Is this true for any other brand DSLR such as Canon or Pentax?

Ultimately it's true (to some degree) of all DSLR lenses. They are factory calibrated as well as is possible (without knowing anything about the body to which they'll be mounted), but if they do misbehave, there's not a lot you can do.

Sigma, through its USB Dock allows the user to recalibrate their lenses and Canon seems to have minimized the effect in its most recent lenses (possibly through the addition of an AF unit position sensor), but it's something that's likely to be increasingly visible as pixel counts rise.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2017 at 17:23 UTC
On article Nikon D850 Review (2050 comments in total)
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PhotoUniverse: "Subject tracking not quite up to D5 standards"

That's not a fair point.
Then, you should add that CON to every other camera!

Nikon said to us that we should expect D5 level performance.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2017 at 17:15 UTC
On article Nikon D850 Review (2050 comments in total)
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onemoreguy: I was looking forward to see the video resolution comparison. I wonder why they don't include it in this review.

Last-minute glitch. It'll be added in the next few hours.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2017 at 15:11 UTC
On article What you need to know: Canon G1 X Mark III (417 comments in total)
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Mike FL: Richard Butler;

You missed that this thing is "weather sealed".

Weird, I was convinced I'd mentioned that.

I've added it now. Thanks for the feedback.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2017 at 06:12 UTC
On article What you need to know: Canon G1 X Mark III (417 comments in total)
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Modgil P: In reference to rx100 v, it's said to have "potential" for better IQ because of f7.9 @ 70mm?
Or some other reason as well?

That phrase should be more muted. There's a *slightly* greater potential for I at the long end, based on the wider equivalent aperture and perhaps a fraction more if the stacked CMOS is a step on from the Canon's BSI. It's perhaps within the realms of sensor performance difference, though.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2017 at 06:10 UTC
On article What you need to know: Canon G1 X Mark III (417 comments in total)
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Boss of Sony: The important question is: does the lens require massive software-based distortion correction at wide angles,resulting in soft edges like the Panasonic LX100 does?

Distortion correction? Almost certainly, given how small it is and the fact it offers a 24mm equivalent wide angle (also, Canon's wide-angle compacts have worked this way [for many years now](https://www.dpreview.com/articles/5653763779/a-distorted-view-in-camera-distortion-correction)).

I wouldn't try to predict the degree to which this will be visible, though.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2017 at 05:45 UTC
On article What you need to know: Canon G1 X Mark III (417 comments in total)
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Boss of Sony: I believe this is the first compact camera with a fixed zoom lens and an APS-C sized sensor. Is that correct?

No. For reasons given on the other story.

(Sony R1, Leica X Vario and, arguably, the Ricoh GXR A16 24-85mm).

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2017 at 05:13 UTC
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Boss of Sony: I believe this is the first fixed zoom lens camera with an APS-C sized sensor.

Ironically, given your username, you'd be wrong.

[Sony R1](https://www.dpreview.com/products/sony/compacts/sony_dscr1) and [Leica X Vario](https://www.dpreview.com/products/leica/compacts/leica_xvario) predate it, at the very least.

And, depending on how you look at it, perhaps even the [Ricoh GXR A16 24-85mm module](https://www.dpreview.com/products/ricoh/slrs/ricoh_gxra16_24-85).

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2017 at 05:08 UTC
On article What you need to know: Canon G1 X Mark III (417 comments in total)
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CameraTolerantGuy: What' the reason to buy this instead of the a6000 + 10-60 PZ?
F2.8 vs. 3.5 and a touchscreen?
Yay.

Front and rear dials?

Weather sealing?

1/2000th flash sync?

Dependable video AF?

Built-in ND for video?

I'm not saying you should make the choice one way or the other, but this is a much smaller (and more expensive) camera, that offers something rather different from the a6000.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2017 at 04:59 UTC
On article What you need to know: Canon G1 X Mark III (417 comments in total)
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Gordonium: I thought the competition suppose to be Eos M5 with kit lens?

There's not much to say, vs the M5. The M5 takes interchangeable lenses and has a bigger battery, the G1 X III is weather sealed and has a leaf shutter.

I guess I assumed that anyone wanting a fixed lens camera would probably be more interested in looking across brands, rather than staying in-brand and considering ILCs.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2017 at 04:57 UTC
On article What you need to know: Canon G1 X Mark III (417 comments in total)
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MannyV: In Canon official video, the aperture at wide end is 2.8.
https://youtu.be/mJl5nlndYA0

Yeah, sorry. The "F3.5" was a typo but the equivalent figures are correct.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2017 at 04:43 UTC
On article Here's why your beloved film SLR is never going digital (285 comments in total)
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SmilerGrogan: Talk about blowing out someone else's birthday candles. What kind of unresolved emotional pain is a person carrying through life that prompts them to seek out and crush the dreams of our visionaries? What life experiences taught him that only the most mediocre ideas have any chance at success?
Not to mention that the problem was solved by Leica with the R9 as others have already mentioned.
The universe loves you Richard, please try to love it back.

I'm not downplaying the importance of Leica as a company but, given how many Nikon F and FE series, Contaxs, Olympus OMs, Minoltas... exist, the number of people for whom a Leica R8 or 9 is 'their camera' is a tiny, tiny percentage.

I've modified the text to make clearer that I'm writing about retrofit modules, not designed-in-parallel units for modular cameras. I didn't forget or overlook the Leica R (I wrote DPR's news story when the series was abandoned, so I do remember them), I wrote something to which they're not relevant (though I agree I should have made that slightly clearer to start with).

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2017 at 18:04 UTC
On article Here's why your beloved film SLR is never going digital (285 comments in total)
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XoverCameras: "(Despite my sarcasm at the impracticality, it's an impressive bit if handiwork)"
Thanks Richard, I appreciate the compliment. It was a great fun project and my only aim was to put to rest all the naysayers in forums and the like, who were declaring that an SLR could not be be digital as well. I proved that it can be done and by a non technical person. Far from being a useless exercise, I have a collection of Nikon FA, FE & FE2 SLR's and my digital back fits them all. It's great for testing these for shutter speeds and light meterage and for checking my old legend lenses. Did you also know that it shoots in normal RGB colour as well as infrared? Show me your DSLR that does that! With the expertise of an electronics engineer the shutters could be easily synchronised but even better would be a software hacker who could delete the need for the Sony shutter all together.
All the best and enjoy your expensive DSLR's. I'm sticking with film as it's loads more fun.
Robin.

I'm glad I didn't seem too dismissive.

I'm hugely impressed that you got it working and by the level of commitment and precision needed to get there. I can't imagine myself even successfully following your instructions, let alone overcoming all the technical hurdles along the way. So, while I don't think it's practical for most people to copy, I didn't want to dismiss what you've achieved.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2017 at 18:54 UTC
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Photo graphic: Looks like someone was "born yesterday".

Even though they were near finished with their review, they "paused" reviews (just after realizing the score would be their highest) of better cameras (wasting the work they had done) because they were "too busy".

But don't worry, the check is in the mail and the 645Z after all this time will eventually be reviewed!

Isn't that exactly what Occam's Razor is for? Where you have insufficient evidence, assume that the simplest explanation is correct?

To be clear, I have no additional insight into the workings of DxO than you guys do, but I do know what it's like trying to get hold of a 645Z from Ricoh.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2017 at 17:55 UTC
On article Here's why your beloved film SLR is never going digital (285 comments in total)
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SmilerGrogan: Talk about blowing out someone else's birthday candles. What kind of unresolved emotional pain is a person carrying through life that prompts them to seek out and crush the dreams of our visionaries? What life experiences taught him that only the most mediocre ideas have any chance at success?
Not to mention that the problem was solved by Leica with the R9 as others have already mentioned.
The universe loves you Richard, please try to love it back.

SmilerGrogan - not impossible, just highly improbable. And the difference between what some people are hoping for (and I'm saying is very unlikely) is a retrofit module, not a back for a camera designed to be modular.

It's a quick, lighthearted piece, so I haven't tried to make it as technically watertight as I would for a more in-depth article. I figured that most people would be willing to accept the Leica R8 and R9 are obscure edge cases to an article about "dust[ing] off your beloved Nikon F-something."

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2017 at 17:50 UTC
On article Nikon D850 Review (2050 comments in total)
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fsahouri: could be a stupid question, but what if the issue is in both d5 and d850 but you can only see it because of the high resolution of the d850?

It's a reasonable question but no, the difference isn't just one of being able to see the mis-focus in more detail. The D5 stays on the subject, whereas the D850 sometimes loses the subject completely.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2017 at 19:47 UTC
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Photo graphic: Looks like someone was "born yesterday".

Even though they were near finished with their review, they "paused" reviews (just after realizing the score would be their highest) of better cameras (wasting the work they had done) because they were "too busy".

But don't worry, the check is in the mail and the 645Z after all this time will eventually be reviewed!

It is peculiar, I agree.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2017 at 05:37 UTC
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