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 Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Pentax 645Z vs Hasselblad X1D (338 comments in total)
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Peiasdf: And you know DPReview isn't going to review any of them so we will never know how these three stood up to A7R II, 5DR and D810.

No, no s1rf4n, Peisadf is completely correct: that's why there's not [a page in the GFX 50S review](https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/fujifilm-gfx-50s/8) making exactly this comparison.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 17:41 UTC
On article Nikon D7500 vs Nikon D500: Which is better for you? (387 comments in total)
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Triplet Perar: What is the purpose of D7500? I mean, can somebody tell, what Nikon had in mind (if that is possible to know or guess), for issuing one more same sewing machine?

People do love to compare launch prices to end-of-life markdowns and conclude that prices have jumped.

I saw someone yesterday complaining the Canon 5D IV price had been hiked to an outrageous degree, whereas the launch price is the same as every other model in the 5D series, which means they've got cheaper in real terms.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 17:37 UTC
On article Nikon D7500 vs Nikon D500: Which is better for you? (387 comments in total)
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Shotmaker2: They gave it the wrong number but I understand why. The D7500 is the successor to the D5600, NOT the D7200. They had to go with a D7XXX number due to the unexpected increase in cost and therefore, price.

The D7200 is not going anywhere. The other reason for the D7500 is that too many D500 sensors were made relative to the demand. No reason for most photographers to purchase the D7500 since better options are available.

We are still waiting for Nikon's anniversary camera most likely coming out in June, or thereabouts.

So it's a D5X00 series with an AF drive pin, twin dials, larger viewfinder (all features usually reserved for D7X00 series).

Not a D7X00 series with only a single second slot and no battery grip to make way for the previously absent D500?

That's a *very* odd conclusion to reach.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 17:31 UTC
On article Nikon D7500 vs Nikon D500: Which is better for you? (387 comments in total)
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CosminMunteanu: Dear Nikon .. why didn't you call the camera D6000 ? Why this strip down ?
Does the 7500 have internal memory, about 128 Gb (to justify the single card slot) ?
An upgrade means to add more, new features and/or to increase the performance of the existing ones.
What I understand is that from now on, you want pros (for whom the dual card slot is very important) to buy your 2000 usd/euro camera. If at least you would have been able to come up with new DX lens lineup. Unfortunately you were not able to do even this.

Who says a replacement has to be an upgrade?

The D40 was a step down from the D50 (presumably because the D50 and D70s were too similar). Companies segment the market and try to push certain types of buyer towards certain products. If wedding photographers are buying the enthusiast model, then you've messed up your market segmentation, to the detriment of D500 sales.

All companies do this. Look back through Canon's lineup: the 60D was positioned lower down the market (in response the the 7D line being introduced above). This didn't work so the 70D went back further upmarket yet, a generation later, the T6s/760D had as much in common with a 60D as it did with a Rebel. Move on a generation and the T6S has been replaced by the the ~T7s~ 77D.

Companies constantly adjust their offerings to match the market. They don't tend to make them for people to 'upgrade' one generation to the next (they want you to upgrade to the next tier).

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2017 at 19:18 UTC
On article Nikon D7500 vs Nikon D500: Which is better for you? (387 comments in total)
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Chris2210: Here we have two cameras... one is a Nikon with a 20 megapixel sensor in the DX format. The other is a Nikon DX format camera sporting an image capture wafer capable of resolving at 20 megapixels. On is smaller and cheaper and the other is larger, more expensive and has a few more features. But which one is better?

There's only one way to find out! FIGHT!

I was so tempted to get a bit Harry Hill on the first slide, but then realised that a significant chunk of our audience wouldn't understand it.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2017 at 18:33 UTC
On article Nikon D7500 vs Nikon D500: Which is better for you? (387 comments in total)
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Serban Claudiu: Nikon D500 anytime. D500 is the best APS-C on the market. Offers two memory cards, better autofocus, illuminated buttons, better speed. I even prefer Nikon D7100 with two card slots against Nikon D7500. It's too risky to photograph a wedding for example with one memory slot.

I'm pretty sure Nikon would want wedding photographers (or any professional) to buy the D500, not the cheaper enthusiast model.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2017 at 18:28 UTC
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Reactive: Wouldn't the answer to all this nonsense be a simple, single, number printed large on the card, like 1, 2, 3, 4. As better cards and technologies come along, they get awarded the next number provided they can maintain a certain write speed.

That way the user doesn't have to care what MB/s speed that is. All they need to know is that their camera manual says: "A number 5 card or higher is required". That way they can go and buy a no. 5, 6 or 7... and confidently know it'll work.

In theory a simple symbol. Unfortunately the SD Association decided to make make the symbols U1 and U3 at exactly the same time UHS-I and UHS-II became common, so lots of people confuse the two things.

But sure, 240MB/s peak, **10**MB/s sustained would work for me.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2017 at 00:19 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Review (1156 comments in total)
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vFunct: You're paying extra for m4/3 format. Remember, smaller sensors are better for video, since larger sensors are much harder to focus and end up leaving in a horrible out-of-focus blur for everything. Photographers might love it, but actual cinematographers hate the shallow depth-of-field effect.

Not only does shallow depth-of-field look ugly in video, it's also harder to control. Editors always complain about cinematographer shots being out-of-focus, ruining their videos.

Smaller sensors mean more shots in focus.

Smaller sensors also have an advantage for video in that they can be read-out faster (for any generation of technology). This helps the GH5 exhibit much less rolling shutter than the a6300/a6500, for instance.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 18:15 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Pentax 645Z vs Hasselblad X1D (338 comments in total)
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RidgeRunner22: What would the benefit be for focus by wire lenses in this class of camera? I suppose it can be implemented well, but it does seem like the lenses will be less likely to stand the test of time. At least the fuji should be able to adapt a lot of glass with physical focus rings.

I think the logic is that the types of autofocus motor that work best with contrast detect AF don't readily lend themselves to mechanical override (stepper motors and linear motors).

To my mind, though, that's not the problem. It's more that, despite not ever hearing photographer argue in favour of it, most manufacturers seem convinced that everyone wants *speed-sensitive* focus-by-wire.

Which is odd, because relatively linear response focus-by-wire can work really well on Olympus and Fujifilm's snap-back focus ring lenses.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 00:02 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Pentax 645Z vs Hasselblad X1D (338 comments in total)
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Bobthearch: "The Pentax 645Z is the granddaddy of 'affordable' medium format."

If you say so. I've had $200 burning a hole in my pocket since I did a professional shoot last year. Lol.

I'm amazed they didn't put 'affordable' in inverted commas.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2017 at 23:44 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Pentax 645Z vs Hasselblad X1D (338 comments in total)
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weisman: In the “Studio shooting - AF Coverage” graphic, “Hasselblad” is misspelled as “Hasselbald”.

Yay! It's in a diagram for which I've converted the text to curves **and** failed to save the psd file.

(It'll be fixed once I stop being so annoyed with myself).

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2017 at 20:58 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Review (1156 comments in total)
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Yxa: "The new battery grip holds two batteries for extended power"
Can the grip really hold two batteries?

Argh, didn't spot that error had made it into a picture caption. I've corrected it.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2017 at 19:00 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S Review: Modern MF (898 comments in total)
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left eye: RE: battery life, Fuji GFX 50S.

I’ve recharged my GFX battery twice now (the first charge doesn’t usually hold as many shots as subsequent charges), so now with the 2nd full charge, I thought I’d count how many shots I got with it…the battery was good for two days and got me…

1,179 shots

yep, one thousand one hundred and seventy-nine shots, on one charge.
This was normal usage, eyeing up angles for 20 secs, then shooting a few shots in succession, etc. I had the EVF on eye-sensor, so when I put the camera down for a moment it would use less battery. All in all I’m very impressed with the battery life.
The official '400 shot' rating, is way too conservative, it’s double or triple this.

I'm hearing reports from the X1D of 150 - 300 shots per charge, I guess it will be in this range. Also the X1D battery takes 6 hours to charge, the GFX battery takes less than 3hrs.

CIPA figures are always very conservative (or, at least, overestimate how much most people use flash or look at the review image). However, they tend to be comparable between cameras (more so if you're comparing mirrorless with mirrorless).

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2017 at 18:48 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Review (1156 comments in total)
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s.seng: I am really surprised at the poor rating by the reviewer for the movie/video performance. He think there are many camera in the market which would do better. This finding is inconsistent with the article.

Where are you seeing a poor rating for movie/video performance? I'm seeing what I think is the highest score we've ever given.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2017 at 17:54 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Pentax 645Z vs Hasselblad X1D (338 comments in total)
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Eloise: In your "Operability (with Gloves)" section ... surely the Hasselblad falls down due to its extensive use of / reliance on touchscreen controls? Yes you can get gloves which work with touchscreens ... but they are poor compared with using your ungloved fingers.

The camera isn't particularly *reliant* on the touchscreen: it's just sometimes quicker to use it. (You can move the AF point by rolling the front and rear dials when in AF point mode, for instance).

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2017 at 17:27 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S Review: Modern MF (898 comments in total)
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Hinesbelike: I have a question specifically for Richard Butler.

In the XT20 review you specifically said "Lens lineup isn't factored into the scoring."

Yet in this review the con list states:
-Slow native lenses do not take full advantage of camera's sensor size
-Limited lens selection at launch

It was also mentioned in the
The only thing truly holding back the GFX 50S from reaching its potential is a limited lens selection (at launch) with slow maximum apertures.

So in one review you specifically state this is all about the camera and the lenses don't matter. Yet literally the first and last thing you speak to in this review is about the lens line up. So which is it? Does the lens ecosystem matter or doesn't it?

Was there so little to complain about with the GFX that you had to break from the review norms to produce a few extra cons?

Lens lineup isn't factored into scoring, so the GFX 50S wouldn't have received a different score if there were more lenses available.

However, that doesn't mean we don't think lenses matter. The pros and cons lists are things that we believe a would-be purchaser might want to know, before making a decision. As always, if a con doesn't matter to you, then you can (and should) ignore it.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2017 at 17:17 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Review (1156 comments in total)
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Albert Valentino: Wish Olympus would update their menu system to be closer to Panasonic. Their last new camera, EM1 mark ii, they made it worse by getting rid of any color coding ☹️

We agree. It's interesting to see two manufacturers move in opposite directions: Panasonic adds an index page for its custom settings menu, making it easier to find the setting you're after, Olympus does the opposite, removing the index and one of the visual cues.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2017 at 16:54 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Pentax 645Z vs Hasselblad X1D (338 comments in total)
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GEONYC: Why not say the amount of shots of the hasselblad or at least an estimate. What kind of comparison is this?

To estimate it, you need to have run the battery down to zero. Because we had it on such a short loan, we were all conscientious about keeping it topped-up.

Given this and how little faith I have in three-segment battery indicators (does two bars mean 60-odd percent charge remaining or 'find a plug, I'm about to shut down'?), I didn't feel I could be confident with an estimate.

As such I'm fairly confident to conclude it's less than 400 shots per charge and probably sub 300 shots, in terms of CIPA ratings. If you were to tell me it was low 200s I wouldn't immediately dismiss it, but I can't be anything like certain.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2017 at 22:35 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Pentax 645Z vs Hasselblad X1D (338 comments in total)
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Reop: Why not mencioned Leica S?

This article is about sub-$10,000 medium format. With a list price of $16,900, the Leica S doesn't really fit.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2017 at 21:48 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Pentax 645Z vs Hasselblad X1D (338 comments in total)
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lightandaprayer: This is a good overview of the three cameras. The only question I have is why don't the camera companies just come out and tell us how well their gear is protected against the elements?

If none of them are particularly suited to use in inclement weather, then no single company will benefit. If a camera has been designed with more seals, etc. one would think that the manufacturer will want to trumpet the fact. Vague assurances that all three are designed with some degree of "solidity and resilience" is not very helpful for outdoor photographers.

The conclusion I come to is that none of these cameras are particularly resistant to dust and moisture. (But apparently anecdotal evidence tilts toward the Pentax when compared against the Fuji and Hasselblad.) Fortunately, there are DSLRs and lenses that do offer some additional protection against the elements. Mere mortals should be certain that the extra pixels are worth the potential sacrifice of thousands of dollars worth of camera/lens.

I thought it was only Ricoh's [industrial 'G' series](http://industry.ricoh.com/en/dc/g/g800se/specs.html) models that ever actually test to IP standards. But it seems the (ex Pentax) WG-30 is JIS 6/8 rated, which seems to correspond to IP68.

My point was more that there is a framework for measuring durability but camera makers don't use it (which would seem to suggest they're not dependably protected enough for the manufacturers to be willing to shoulder the warranty consequences of making the claim).

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2017 at 21:44 UTC
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