Richard Butler

Richard Butler

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

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samfan: Also DPR, I've been harping on this for ages.

Can you PLEASE stop with the green asterisk bo11ocks! Do you even want people to read the green notes? How? The only way to keep the context in mind is to scroll down and read them immediately, in which case why they can't just be embedded directly in the text under the paragraph where the asterisk is?

Page notes in books work ONLY because they are on the SAME PAGE so it's easy to find the spot where you were reading before. On the web with a long article like this, you have to scroll way up the wall of text.

It is, but our content management system/site doesn't have that capability.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 18:25 UTC
On article Canon EOS 6D Mark II Review (1066 comments in total)
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Terry M: "improving upon its predecessor in almost every measurable way."

Except for the sensor, which is the heart of the camera. This is the kind of thing that has me questioning my future with Canon.

The DR isn't significantly lower than the 6D. It just hasn't stepped up like the chips in the M5, M6, T7i, 77D, 80D, 5D IV and 1DX II.

However, it has gained dual pixel AF, which means even the sensor is better (just not as good as recent Canons had led us to expect).

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 18:12 UTC
On article Canon EOS 6D Mark II Review (1066 comments in total)
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George Veltchev: dear Canon please explain ... according to the DPReview's comparative chart the five years old 6D has scored better than the new replacement 6D Mark II in almost every single comparison like ... better Ergonomics & handling, better Features, better Metering & focus accuracy, better Image quality (raw), better Low light / high ISO performance, better Viewfinder / screen rating and ultimately better value for money !
I guess that if Canon had painted the old camera yellow this would be enough to replace the new camera far more successfully .....

The scoring system we're currently working on, which is designed to allow users to apply their own weightings, based on the way they use their camera, will be open-ended or, at least, the metrics that underpin it will be.

This may mean that existing scores erode as the bar is raised, or it may just mean that we'll get cameras scoring 1256 points, at some stage. Either way, the results will be comparable over longer periods of time. The current system is only really useful for comparing cameras contemporary with one another, and for identifying the areas of relative strength and weakness.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 18:09 UTC
On article Canon EOS 6D Mark II Review (1066 comments in total)
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Georgeee: Is this a gold or silver medal? or just a score of 80 (B?)

It's a score of 80. No award.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 20:38 UTC
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samfan: Also DPR, I've been harping on this for ages.

Can you PLEASE stop with the green asterisk bo11ocks! Do you even want people to read the green notes? How? The only way to keep the context in mind is to scroll down and read them immediately, in which case why they can't just be embedded directly in the text under the paragraph where the asterisk is?

Page notes in books work ONLY because they are on the SAME PAGE so it's easy to find the spot where you were reading before. On the web with a long article like this, you have to scroll way up the wall of text.

This is the first time I've seen this criticism made.

I try to only use footnotes when it's such a tangential aside that including it in the middle of the text would derail the rest of the piece, but I take your point about the bottom of the page being much harder to just glance down at.

I've put a link in, so that click on the asterisk jumps you down to the footnote, and added a 'return to text' link to jump you back. It's not an elegant solution, but let me know if it helps.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 18:43 UTC
On article Canon EOS 6D Mark II Review (1066 comments in total)
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George Veltchev: dear Canon please explain ... according to the DPReview's comparative chart the five years old 6D has scored better than the new replacement 6D Mark II in almost every single comparison like ... better Ergonomics & handling, better Features, better Metering & focus accuracy, better Image quality (raw), better Low light / high ISO performance, better Viewfinder / screen rating and ultimately better value for money !
I guess that if Canon had painted the old camera yellow this would be enough to replace the new camera far more successfully .....

As the review says, the camera is better than the original 6D in just about every respect. However, the competition has moved on by more, so it's more difficult for the 6D II to get the same score as the original model did (against weaker competition).

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 18:05 UTC
On article Canon EOS 6D Mark II Review (1066 comments in total)
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Segaman: Usually I stay away from dpreview reviews, this is the silliest one so far.
How can a mark 2 have less image quality versus the first generation.
I wonder how they compared those two camera IQ.
Maybe the staff can answer this question.....

Please also note that cameras are reviewed per class (otherwise the best small-sensor compacts would have scored something like 30% because they just weren't as good as the D810's image quality or the D5's autofocus). So we're not saying the X-E2 was better than the 6D, just stronger, relative to its then peers.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 18:03 UTC
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Pixnat2: Marketing is blurring the lines between "want" and "need".

It creates dreams in the customer's mind : he "wants" to buy a camera with features he don't "need" and would hardly use.

So if you buy a camera with features you "want" but don't "need", chances are that you've been influenced by marketing.

Think about it before buying a camera ;-)

It's true that, as reviewers, our perspective isn't exactly the same as a photographer who uses the same camera for some years. But two of the key ways it differs are that we get to use all the contemporary rivals, so we know what *should* be possible at any give level and also, there's no post-purchase rationalisation.

I'd agree that someone who's used a camera for years will have a more in-depth perspective than we can develop over the period of a test (though we do try, of course), but the nature of buying a camera and *having* to make it work inevitably means learning to live with, work around or ignore its shortcomings, so there's a risk that your "real" independent review is potentially less objective.

Yes, us writing about the latest technology can help generate a buzz and can help companies get their message out, but we also test, appraise and criticise those technologies, which can often undermine the marketing push (since our audience is you, not the camera companies).

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 17:29 UTC
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tnj86: "every significant camera company is a large, profit-driven corporation. "

and so is DPR.......... so take everything you read here with a grain of salt!

Absolutely. You should critically assess the information you get from any source.

But also remember that if we don't provide useful, trustworthy information to our readers, then we lose readers and the entire business model collapses. The profit motive isn't always working against you.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 17:22 UTC
On article Canon EOS 6D Mark II Review (1066 comments in total)
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Segaman: Usually I stay away from dpreview reviews, this is the silliest one so far.
How can a mark 2 have less image quality versus the first generation.
I wonder how they compared those two camera IQ.
Maybe the staff can answer this question.....

Per [this explanation](https://www.dpreview.com/articles/4416254604/camera-scores-ratings-explained), our scoring system is based on a point in time. The same camera, reviewed a few years later, would get a lower score that it initially did, if the rest of its rivals have moved on (the Fujifilm X-E2 and X-E2S illustrate this).

The arrival of the Pentax K-1 raised the image quality expectation at this level, the D750 raised the bar in terms of autofocus, etc...

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 17:14 UTC
On article Canon EOS 6D Mark II Review (1066 comments in total)
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steelhead3: Why is this camera downgraded by "plasticey feel" while the all plastic 750 is not?

It is interesting that people seem to believe the D750 is solely made of carbon fibre-reinforced thermoplastic.

[![Image](https://www.dpreview.com/files/p/E~TS250x0~articles/4443389856/D750_Mgbody_01.jpeg)](https://www.dpreview.com/files/p/articles/4443389856/D750_Mgbody_01.jpeg)

[![Image](https://www.dpreview.com/files/p/E~TS250x0~articles/4443389856/D750_Mgbody_03.jpeg)](https://www.dpreview.com/files/p/articles/4443389856/D750_Mgbody_03.jpeg)

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 17:09 UTC
On article Canon EOS 6D Mark II Review (1066 comments in total)
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aramgrg: First review where conclusion page comes before image quality analysis. That's very self explanatory.

I think it's the fourth to follow this format. We just renamed it analysis, rather than appendix, because it's a section we think is worth reading, not just a reference collection of data.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 17:07 UTC
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Alex Permit: And here is the real explanation, right from the horses mouth

"the recent press release about being 2nd in the US market is as much to do with bouncing back after Kumamoto and second-placed Nikon not having released any high-end cameras recently, as anything else"

https://www.dpreview.com/news/1896381164/sony-is-now-2-in-the-us-full-frame-interchangeable-lens-camera-market

[This is the story I think you planned to link to](https://www.dpreview.com/news/6936602216/sony-still-third-globally-but-bullish-about-2017).

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2017 at 18:56 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review (882 comments in total)
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whawha: Great review but there is one thing I find unclear. Richard says that the default autofocus setting should be disengaged to get the best continuous af performance. But what is the default setting? Should "RLS Priority C" be on or off to get the best performance?

Set RLS Priority C to off, that way the camera will wait until it's in focus before firing the shutter. The slight loss in shooting speed is more than made up for in the increased number of in-focus images, in our experience.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2017 at 18:32 UTC
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KubeKube: Something odd stroke me about the illustration - all the dudes are bald, is that a coincidence? Oh, just noticed - this is one guy photoshoped five times into the picture.

It is. And if you look at the chart, you'll see that a committee entirely made up of me wouldn't produce a very diverse range of cameras.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2017 at 18:15 UTC
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utphoto: "It’s true that, without the input from marketers, engineers can produce Formula One race cars. However, most people find a Ford Focus, Honda Civic or BMW 3 Series much more affordable and considerably more convenient for collecting the weekly shop. Still, if you wait long enough, some of that Formula One know-how may well make an appearance in your family hatchback."

Not really true. Virtually all F1 engineering, design and vehicle construction is done in the UK at specialist facilities. The engineers designing consumer vehicles have little or nothing to do with F1 design.

Oh, come now, I've seen Renault Clios with diffusers at the back.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2017 at 20:13 UTC
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Mike Sandman: "If you feel that your current camera is a better match for your needs and skills than the one it replaced, that's thanks to, not in spite of, the efforts of the marketing department.:

OK, it's the marketing folks who decided what features should go into the cameras for specific segment, but I think it's a bit much to give them credit for the leaps in functionality that we've benefited from. Let's remember the engineers, and the pressure of competition that have pushed the engineering staffs into a continual game if leapfrog.

And in the spirit of providing balance to Richard Butler's paean to marketing, I give you this Dilbert strip: http://dilbert.com/strip/2010-10-20. :-)

I didn't mean *solely* thanks to the marketing department.

There are a great many brilliant engineers working across the camera industry and they deserve credit for the impressive capabilities we've come to expect. But translating that into a product that you could sensibly afford and that suits your needs didn't come about purely as a result of engineering.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2017 at 18:51 UTC
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wb2trf: "Camera companies want your money, but they're rarely stupid..." Rarely stupid? But, they make some whopper stupid decisions when they do. The Nikon 1 is a great example of a marketing driven decision that was incredibly stupid. In fact its full stupidity is still unfolding. "4K on EOS or not "is nothing, nothing, neither here nor there, by comparison to the NIkon 1.

Nikon was hardly alone in believing there to be a market of people looking for a small, easy-to-use interchangable lens alternative to the compact they were replacing and the DSLR they weren't buying.

The Nikon 1 included some interesting technologies, it just never found its market and, unlike its larger-sensir rivals, couldn't easily pivot to become a more enthusiat focused range, when it turned out that's who wanted mirrorless.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2017 at 18:43 UTC
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rugosa: Camera companies are the enemy: As shown in the first photo at the start of this article, camera companies have been cloning exact duplicates of Richard Butler in the Far East. These clones after training will be sent out to all parts of the planet to interbreed with all races and cultures. In as little as 100 years all humans will look and act like these cloned Richard Butlers, even the females will be bald with full beards. In this way they will take over the earth. Group together and start a counter plot, but do so very soon!

Sign me up for your rebellion.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2017 at 18:33 UTC
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tinternaut: I hope you took that photo yourselves, rather than using stock.

I would be terrified if there were a stock photo of me presenting to myself, like this one.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2017 at 18:30 UTC
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