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 X-E3 Review (740 comments in total)
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areichow: From what I can tell, you can no longer assign directions on the joystick (in lieu of a D-pad) to functions, correct? So there's no way to get an actual button to set ISO and WB without losing the AEL and/or AF-L? Disappointing - I've been waiting for a 24 MP X-E to come out, not sure if I'll be adding a Fuji system after all. :/

There's always the X-Pro2, but the size and cost is a turn off. If I'm carrying around a bigger camera, I'll just take my A7. Maybe I'll wait another year and get a used X-Pro2.

You can't assign functions to the joystick, no. The touchscreen takes the role of the four-way controller/D-Pad.

There's also still a Fn button on top of the camera that you can set to ISO, without losing AE-L or AF-L.

I would recommend trying it before dismissing the idea. Unless you're changing WB every shot, it's not really any slower to just swipe the screen to access it, rather than pressing a button.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 22:52 UTC
On article Sigma SD Quattro H Review (643 comments in total)
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Roland Karlsson: In section 6 (Appendix - Tests) there is a section regarding X3F and DNG. Most cameras (all but Sigma?) scales the RAW data so that they are "correct". They even do digital scaling for higher ISO, when the signal is not analogue amplified. This digital scaling is unnecessary and it only causes clipping of highlights. In the X3F file this is not made, which is a great advantage. Instead, the actual max value is stored in meta data. Nice thinking Sigma! And bad thinking, all other cameras!

Unfortunately, Sigma scale the data to DNG. This is totally unnecessary as our Kalpanika X3F->DNG converter shows. DNG also has meta data to tell the max value. As far as I can see a serious mistake by Sigma.

https://github.com/Kalpanika/x3f

I also wonder when DPR will mention that all other cameras has the disadvantage of Sigma DNG. Would be nice to read in a review in the cons list :) Or - at least in the pro list for Sigma.

Drop me a private message if you want to discuss this further.

The only digital scaling (which I agree achieves nothing but clipping highlights) I saw was ISO 200 in DNG mode. Conversely, the only use of low amplification and tags to indicate brighter rendering intent was ISO 200 in X3F mode (which is something we see on a fair number of other cameras, including most Olympuses).

If you have more detailed insight, though, I'd love to hear it.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 18:32 UTC
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1630 comments in total)
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jimjulian: Everyone please make an informed, personal choice, but have the facts: You post-processing is completely INTACT, but you can't edit further. You catalog will be perpetually available. Your Raw files are yours, and they are married to an XMP sidecar files, which contains your edits.

http://blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjournal/2014/07/what-happens-to-lightroom-after-my-membership-ends.html

"With Lightroom 5.5, at the end of a membership, the desktop application will continue to launch and provide access to the photographs managed within Lightroom as well as the Slideshow, Web, Book or Print creations that we know many photographers painstakingly create. The Develop and Map modules have been disabled in order to signal the end of the membership and the need to renew in order to receive Adobe’s continuous innovation in those areas. Access to Lightroom mobile workflows will also cease to function. We hope this meets the expectations of our customers and we look forward to an ongoing dialog."

The article links to the DPR story about that announcement. I tried to be careful to make clear that you don't lose *access*, just full capability.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 00:37 UTC
On article Have it your way: which 24MP Canon should I buy? (253 comments in total)
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BlueBomberTurbo: 77D. The only one with a halfway decent sensor.

What makes you think the 77D's sensor is any different to the other cameras listed?

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 00:24 UTC
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1630 comments in total)
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RedWattlebird: I'm very nervous to have all my photos, and an incalculable amount of hours worth of editing, tied up in a catalogue held at ransom by Adobe.

As it stands (and I understand how today's announcement illustrates that things can and do change), my understanding is that you could:

Upgrade to the new OS, download a 1 month trial or pay for one month of subscription, set up Lightroom Classic (the subscription version of the desktop-based app), then cancel your subscription.

You'd then be left with an OS-compatible desktop software package that at least allowed access to your library (albeit without editing capability). Nothing would need to be on their servers.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 00:19 UTC
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1630 comments in total)
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huyzer: Now I know I will more than likely, read Richard Butler's articles, and not Rishi's.

I'd recommend reading Rishi's piece, too. He makes some interesting arguments (enough that I had a moment of doubt before this piece went live).

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 00:01 UTC
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1630 comments in total)
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geekyrocketguy: From 2013:
"Adobe product manager Tom Hogarty again said that Adobe has 'no plans to make Lightroom subscription only at any point in the future ... we plan to make Lightroom available in its current form pretty much indefinitely.'"

Source: https://www.cnet.com/news/adobe-lightroom-will-continue-as-stand-alone-product/

Well then.

He essentially said that they weren't planning to abandon non-subscription Lightroom. That was probably true, at the time. They did, after all, develop another version (LR6) and kept adding to it for nearly four years.

However, it turns out the amount of future he could foresee was < 4 years.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 23:59 UTC
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1630 comments in total)
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RedWattlebird: I'm very nervous to have all my photos, and an incalculable amount of hours worth of editing, tied up in a catalogue held at ransom by Adobe.

To be clear, [you retain access and the ability to export](https://www.dpreview.com/articles/3538565258/adobe-lightroom-allows-users-continued-access-after-license-expires), you just lose the editing tools.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 23:43 UTC
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1630 comments in total)
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geekyrocketguy: From 2013:
"Adobe product manager Tom Hogarty again said that Adobe has 'no plans to make Lightroom subscription only at any point in the future ... we plan to make Lightroom available in its current form pretty much indefinitely.'"

Source: https://www.cnet.com/news/adobe-lightroom-will-continue-as-stand-alone-product/

Well then.

Which he then clarified to "[for the foreseeable future](https://www.dpreview.com/articles/0476255060/adobe-lightroom-5-beta-google-hangout)."

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 23:41 UTC
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1630 comments in total)
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String: Well I look at it as it's far far more affordable for the "average Joe" to pay $10/month for LR/PS than it ever was to buy the stand alone versions of both products and then pay for upgrades every year. One of the main reasons Adobe went to a subscription model was due to PS being one of the most pirated pieces of software ever made. And it worked, Adobes profits are higher than they ever have been.

People in these forums complain about paying $10/month for software yet have no issue with dropping thousands of dollars annually for each iteration of new body that comes out

I agree that $10 isn't the end of the world, especially for people who regularly upgrade. It's more than the $79 every couple of years standalone Lightroom has cost, but lots of people seem to feel it's worth the extra.

The problem for me is the idea of it costing $10 per month (assuming they keep it at that) forever, to retain full utility of my archive.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 22:27 UTC
On article Nikon D850 Review (2116 comments in total)
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Benjamin Kanarek: I would have probably given it a 92 to 93% result. But then again, what do I know? I have only been shooting professionally for 30 + years and have used a panoply of pro grade cameras. Oh and here is my short Bio just in case the term Pro doesn't ring true:

EDITORIAL CLIENTS

VOGUE China, VOGUE Mexico, VOGUE Portugal, VOGUE Brazil, VOGUE Paris, VOGUE Italia, Harper’s BAZAAR China, Harper’s BAZAAR en Español, Harper’s BAZAAR Hong Kong, Harper’s BAZAAR Turkey, Harper’s BAZAAR Italia, ELLE Canada, ELLE Québec, ELLE Hong Kong, ELLE Mexico, ELLE Spain, ELLE Portugal, GLAMOUR Italia, GLAMOUR France, GRAZIA Italy, GRAZIA Russia, DEPECHE MODE, FASHION Magazine, FLARE, L’OFFICIEL Paris, MADAME FIGARO, NEW YORK TIMES Magazine, SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST Post, Style Magazine, W, WWD…

Some commercial clients:

Aldo, AB1 TV Network, Bernard Perris, Camaïeu, Chopard, Clinique Make Up, Dayton Hudson (Target), DIM, EDF, Fairweather, Fleur de Weil Fragrance, Fred Jewellery, Galeries Lafayette, etc...

We don't *choose* the number at the end of the reviews and it doesn't necessarily reflect the Pros and Cons list.

Our scoring system is made up from something like 30 sub-scores. A predefined algorithm produces the final number. As we're discovering, with cameras reaching the level they are, a camera needs to be near-perfect in every one of those sub-scores in order to exceed 90%.

By contrast, our Pros and Cons list is simply 'things you might want to be aware of, if you're considering this camera.' They're not all equally important, they may not apply to everyone and hence they may not relate to any of the sub-scores, so may not be factored into scoring at all.

Essentially, in our scoring system, a >90% camera would have to be at least a match for the best performer in every aspect of performance. Such cameras rarely exist.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 22:20 UTC
On article Nikon D850 Review (2116 comments in total)
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f100cream: While I can understand Nikon's emphasis on photo image capability (and it is undeniably cutting edge performance), the company can afford to make a few concessions to video users. The most important is the focusing design.

It's not that Nikon lacks the engineering prowess to put out better video. But the company really needs to acknowledge that even hardcore Nikon photo shooters will want to shoot video with at least phase detection focusing. With a high-end model like the D850, the user shouldn't tolerate focus hunting. With the company's current approach to designing DSLRs, they may keep most of their loyal customers but some will inevitably jump ship.

The lack of a built-in flash is a convenience that really shouldn't be taken out if previous flagship models had it. If weather sealing is the issue, then I'm sure NIkon can devise a foolproof cover of some type over the hotshoe.

I bet fixes are planned for future models, though.

Nikon has made quite a bit of effort to accommodate video shooters with the D850. Some of which is great, other aspects of which are maddening.

My write-up about it should be published on Monday.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 22:10 UTC
On article Have it your way: which 24MP Canon should I buy? (253 comments in total)
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steelhead3: Great, more sponsored content

Not sure Canon would be too keen on the repeated 'lack of 4K' comments or me highlighting that their battery life figures are not very good.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 21:01 UTC
On article Have it your way: which 24MP Canon should I buy? (253 comments in total)
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pentaust: "Have it your way: which 24MP Canon should I buy?"
LOL, none of them, just use the 20+Mp camera you already have.

It's hard to fit '...if you're in the market for a mid-priced camera' into the headline.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 20:56 UTC
On article Nikon D850 Review (2116 comments in total)
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dash2k8: "Omission of built-in pop-up flash may turn off some users."

I don't just strongly disagree, I absolutely disagree. This is a pro camera, and pros don't use pop-up flashes.

The implication of "some users" is that others won't care.

The Pros and Cons list is simply a list of factors you might want to consider, if looking to buy a camera. If you know one of them doesn't apply to you, you can simply ignore it.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2017 at 02:00 UTC
On article Nikon D850 Review (2116 comments in total)
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MarshallG: Uh, Canon fan here... Even so, I think this is the best camera ever, and it's a landmark in many respects. I think your score should be higher, and you should classify this as a pro camera. It's only significant weakness, I think, is that it's LiveView AF is not as good as Canon's (although I haven't personally tested). Your other Cons seem mostly insignificant.

The things Nikon got right... highest resolution, fantastic Viewfinder AF, 9fps, best dynamic range and high ISO performance... this camera is a royal flush.

By Semi-Pro we mean it'll be used by both professional and enthusiasts (not that it's somehow only part of the way to being professional. It's terminology we've used for over a decade). Essentially it just means that we haven't scored it relative to the likes of the D5, 1D X II and GFX 50S.

And as for scoring higher, our scoring algorithm was written years ago. As cameras get better, we're discovering that it becomes harder and harder to score a better result. Essentially, everything on the camera needs to be perfect or near perfect to get above a 90. So, while the D850 is probably the best DSLR we've ever seen, the expectations in that price bracket make a higher score almost impossible.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2017 at 01:59 UTC
On article Nikon D850 Review (2116 comments in total)
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ISOhappy: Why no ISO test section? I'd like to see how it compares to the 810 and even a modern DX camera like the D500.

What do you mean by ISO test section?

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2017 at 01:53 UTC
On article Nikon D850 Review (2116 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: Not a big deal. However, the sentence "there's no essentially no difference between shooting at" in the dynamic range testing page should be corrected. I believe it should be "there's essentially no difference between shooting at".

Corrected, thank you.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2017 at 20:54 UTC
On article Nikon D850 Review (2116 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 (2116 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
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