ottonis

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First of all, these are some wonderful images. Certainly they do not have what we use to call "analytical precision" attributed to digital image capturing but in many aspects these analogue images tend to be more pleasing to the eye with some non linear color responses that are much more resistant against clipping.
However, these particular photos in the image gallery are first and foremost proof of the exceptional technical and photographic skills of the photographer. The delicate balance between lighting and motion blur for example in the picture of the funfair is just amazing.
I think that not too many amateurs would be able to achieve such eye-pleasing images with an analogue camera.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2018 at 16:32 UTC as 10th comment
On article Nikon Z7 Review (4476 comments in total)
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ottonis: Just two remarks on the testing methodology:

1. Could the impressive failure to track the fast moving bicyclist be caused or aggravated by the fact that an adapted lens was used instead of a native Z mount lens? It is a well known fact that even the latest Sony cameras may sometimes deliver sub-par AF performance when using some adapted lenses.

2. The other example of focus hunting in the picture with the nice lady sitting on a couch was taken with rather strange settings: ISO 18.000 @1/500 sec - for a rather static image! Wouldn't a much lower ISO been better, combined with e.g. 1/100 sec? Could that artificially high ISO setting have negativeky impacted AF performance?

Just curious.

Best

David

@ttran88: I absolutely agree with you, I have just pointed out that the adapter or the adapted lens is a potential source of error when judging the AF-C-capability of the Z7 camera. There is the possibility that the same test performed with a native lens might have resulted in a better outcome.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2018 at 09:19 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 Review (4476 comments in total)

Just two remarks on the testing methodology:

1. Could the impressive failure to track the fast moving bicyclist be caused or aggravated by the fact that an adapted lens was used instead of a native Z mount lens? It is a well known fact that even the latest Sony cameras may sometimes deliver sub-par AF performance when using some adapted lenses.

2. The other example of focus hunting in the picture with the nice lady sitting on a couch was taken with rather strange settings: ISO 18.000 @1/500 sec - for a rather static image! Wouldn't a much lower ISO been better, combined with e.g. 1/100 sec? Could that artificially high ISO setting have negativeky impacted AF performance?

Just curious.

Best

David

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2018 at 04:04 UTC as 356th comment | 7 replies
On article Nikon Coolpix P1000 Review (649 comments in total)
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GarysInSoCal: ATTENTION sneaky private investigators... spys... married people with cheating partners... and creepy pervs 2 miles from the nudist camp... THIS is your cam! If you're a cheating spouse... MAKE SURE this camera is NOT on your partner's Christmas list... :D

ummmm...not really suitable for spying on cheating spouses, except they cheat in bright sunlight outdoors.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2018 at 20:18 UTC
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nickolas84: I have to say "thank you Google".
The telephoto lens on my Iphone 7+ is almost useless. Not much better result than digital zoom on the base camera.
But Google is doing the right thing giving you a wide angle camera that you can shoot yourself.
Plus or the rest "goodies" that make taking a photo just a button press from something that is always in your pocket.

The super res zoom could be the final blow to RX100 type cameras.

I recommend watching those sample images (taken with Pixel 3) at full resolution and on a large monitor. If you want your pictures larger than on a 5" smartphone screen, then these small 1/2.55" semsors just cannot compete with the big guys, even when pumped up with Google's latest and greatest computational technology.

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2018 at 16:17 UTC

At first, I was hugely impressed - when watching the sample images on my mobile phone. Now, I am in front of a FHD 22" monitor and watching those same images again at full resolution and my enthusiasm has been immediately tamed.
So, when watched at full resolution, these images definitely look artificial, it's an entirely different look than from standard APSC or FF cameras.
When scaled down, the images are fantastic, but at full res this computational imaging stuff running on tiny 1/2.55" sensors is definitely not yet there with the big cameras.

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2018 at 14:02 UTC as 62nd comment | 2 replies

This is hugely impressive!!! In particular, the possibility of getting RAW that have been made of 15 stacked/merged images.
Dynamic range of an APSC sensor.... a dream comes true!!!

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2018 at 08:36 UTC as 75th comment | 2 replies
On article DPReview TV: Canon EOS R review (719 comments in total)
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ottonis: Almost everyone is nitpicking on this Canon camera...but let's remind us who Canon is what their stakes are in this race: Canon is by far the leading camera company when it comes to camera and lens sales. The vast majority of their cameras are DSLR. Many people have used DSLRs for years or even decades. Right now, only a tiny fraction of existing DSLR users are going to switch to mirrorless. Recently a professional photographer was hired our company to make photos of the staff and he was using a Canon 5D mk ii (!!!). Made great portraits though!
So, it's not in necessarily in the best economical interest of Canon to go all in and present the best mirrorless camera ever. It is more than obvious that they have on purpose decided to get not the newest and best of their sensors for this camera. It's a camera for all the die-hard Canon fans who want to wet their toes in mirrirless waters, it's not a camera that wants existing Canon users make switching gear.

...that being said: for me personally, the EOS R disappoints. Definitely inferior to Sony A7iii and probably inferior to Nikon Z6, too.
I have bought into the Sony ecosystem (currently using the A7ii) and don't plan switching systems. The better Canon and Nikon get the better this is for us Sony customers because this pressures Sony to up the ante and/or decrease prices.
Just look at the Sony A7siii: First they said that the camera is finished and "around the corner", now after Nikon released their Z line with huge video features, Sony say "A7siii needs beyond what you can imagine". Yeah, Sony initially wanted to pull an easy one on the A7siii, with 8bit recording but competition has made Sony rework the A7siii.
So, it's goid for Sony if they are being pushed by Nikon, Canon etc.
The Eos R is not pushing anybody and only serves to protect Canon's DSLR market.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2018 at 11:00 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Canon EOS R review (719 comments in total)
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ottonis: Almost everyone is nitpicking on this Canon camera...but let's remind us who Canon is what their stakes are in this race: Canon is by far the leading camera company when it comes to camera and lens sales. The vast majority of their cameras are DSLR. Many people have used DSLRs for years or even decades. Right now, only a tiny fraction of existing DSLR users are going to switch to mirrorless. Recently a professional photographer was hired our company to make photos of the staff and he was using a Canon 5D mk ii (!!!). Made great portraits though!
So, it's not in necessarily in the best economical interest of Canon to go all in and present the best mirrorless camera ever. It is more than obvious that they have on purpose decided to get not the newest and best of their sensors for this camera. It's a camera for all the die-hard Canon fans who want to wet their toes in mirrirless waters, it's not a camera that wants existing Canon users make switching gear.

You guys are funny, just look at the EOS M5, certainly not the most sohisticated mirrorless under the sun, but still outselling other APSC-MILCs.
The point ist: Canon does not need to have the best MILCs just yet, people who are in for a change from DSLR to MILC camp but don't want to switch systems and want to keep their CANON glass (="who want to wet their toes") will go for the EOSR, everybody else is going to wait for (EOS R) mark II or further iterations and just stick to their tried and proven gear.
Sometimes a company judt needs to tell their customers: look, we are here, we can do MILC as well uf you wish so. This has much kore to do with brand image an marketing than with anything else. For Canon it was important to announce their camera right around Nikon to show that they are not lagging behind. That's why Panasonic announced a new FF MILC that will be released in 2019. But the message is clear: we are here at the forefront and we can do mirrorless if you guys wish for it.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2018 at 10:33 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Canon EOS R review (719 comments in total)

Almost everyone is nitpicking on this Canon camera...but let's remind us who Canon is what their stakes are in this race: Canon is by far the leading camera company when it comes to camera and lens sales. The vast majority of their cameras are DSLR. Many people have used DSLRs for years or even decades. Right now, only a tiny fraction of existing DSLR users are going to switch to mirrorless. Recently a professional photographer was hired our company to make photos of the staff and he was using a Canon 5D mk ii (!!!). Made great portraits though!
So, it's not in necessarily in the best economical interest of Canon to go all in and present the best mirrorless camera ever. It is more than obvious that they have on purpose decided to get not the newest and best of their sensors for this camera. It's a camera for all the die-hard Canon fans who want to wet their toes in mirrirless waters, it's not a camera that wants existing Canon users make switching gear.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2018 at 05:19 UTC as 51st comment | 5 replies
On article DPReview TV: Canon EOS R review (719 comments in total)
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kobakokh: now is good times for photography and videography, there are many cameras on market, many great cameras, and question of which on buy will be prices... We must keep in mind from now - Fujifilm changed a market, now medium format great camera cost 4500 USD and full frame cameras must be way cheaper, not 3500 USD and we will see which manufacturer will put on market the first FF mirror less camera for less then 999 USD... I think its will be Nikon but i am not sure...

The Sony A7 is available for less than 1000 USD and it comes even bundled with kit lens.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2018 at 04:56 UTC
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ottonis: The general idea behind this project is actually pretty smart: minimalistic hardware and seamless efiting and sharing.
However - execution is the key to success, and this is where this camera is probably going to fail: the cameraphones are massively developing multiple lenses / multiple focal lengths devices, the recent iPhones all have a WA lens plus s tele lens. Same thing with Samsung, and the Huawei P20 does even sport a WA + 3x zoom lens.
So, this is what users expect their cameras to have: some zoom capability! That's why a fixed focal length 28mm lens isn't going to cut it anymore in 2018, in particular when there's little difference in WA image quality between software-optimized smartphonecameras such as the Pixel2 and dedicated larger sensor cameras. If Zeiss made a 24-70 zoom canera with e.g. 1.8-2.8 aperture, then we would be talking!

You guys are funny! I use prime lenses 100% of the time on my A7ii (actually the Sony 85mm f.1.8) and do "zoom with my feet" all the time. However, the question is not what I personally do like or do but whether a new camera concept is going to be attractive for a sufficiently lage part of the market or not. A few years ago I was drooling about the Sony RX. Back then, the gap between its 24MP FF sensor combined with a stellar Zeiss 35 f2.0 lens and most other cameras was so huge that the limitation of a fixed focal length was almost negligable. Fast foward to 2017/2018 and the tines have dramatically changed. Last year I was on vacation in South Tirol (Italy) and had nothing with me but my Galaxy S7. The pictures are certainly not for very large prints but hey, they are "almost there" with dedicated cameras.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2018 at 06:05 UTC

The general idea behind this project is actually pretty smart: minimalistic hardware and seamless efiting and sharing.
However - execution is the key to success, and this is where this camera is probably going to fail: the cameraphones are massively developing multiple lenses / multiple focal lengths devices, the recent iPhones all have a WA lens plus s tele lens. Same thing with Samsung, and the Huawei P20 does even sport a WA + 3x zoom lens.
So, this is what users expect their cameras to have: some zoom capability! That's why a fixed focal length 28mm lens isn't going to cut it anymore in 2018, in particular when there's little difference in WA image quality between software-optimized smartphonecameras such as the Pixel2 and dedicated larger sensor cameras. If Zeiss made a 24-70 zoom canera with e.g. 1.8-2.8 aperture, then we would be talking!

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2018 at 21:30 UTC as 72nd comment | 5 replies

This is some great news. Having multiple sensor modules, spanning from UWA to short tele while maintaining large apertures is a huge advancement in the cameraphone development. If only LG could manage to get their battery life on par with the competition.... LG flagships have notoriously been trailing behind with respect to battery life, so I hope they get it sorted out finally.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2018 at 15:03 UTC as 22nd comment | 5 replies
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Richard Kwon: One of the best things dp did was to bring in Chris and Jordan for the videos. Nice job and keep up the good work. While dp is at it, why not take over dxo. It looks as if they are in troubles.

I was a huge fan of DxOMark, however the skyrocketing scores for certain late cameraphones made me suspicious, to say the least, in particular because of sweeping discrepancies to other independent tests. So, DPR better develop their own, objective and unbiased sensor score metrics, would trust them more than DxOMark.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2018 at 08:27 UTC
On article Which is better: Nikon Z7 vs Sony a7R III (1515 comments in total)
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mikeodial: As a Nikon user and a Sony A7ri user I think the Z7 is overpriced. The A7rii is close to spec of the Z7 and is at least $1300 less with many more native lenses. I will not be buying one soon at this price. I think they have left the door open for Sony and they will enlarge themarket by their entry. I think they have missed an opportunity to

A commenter further down wrote that in his country prices for Sony A7iii and A9 have significantly plummeted in reaction to the announcement of Nikon Z6 and Z7. So that'sgreat news.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2018 at 05:27 UTC
On article Which is better: Nikon Z7 vs Sony a7R III (1515 comments in total)

It is so good for the consumer to have some stiff competition among major cameramakers. The last three or more decades were dominated by Canon and Nikon, with Sony, ympus, Fuji etc being far far behind or non existant in the FF segment. By switching from A to E mount and establishing a new market segment of FF MILCs, Sony literally made itself relevant again. Assuming that Canon will join the game very soon, the consumer will have to choose from three high-end camera systems that presumably will be on a similar level of quality and handling, which will translate into much better price-control compared to times when the market was defined bei "Canikon" alone. More competition means faster R&D and lower prices. So everybody benefits: Sony, Nikon and Canon fabs rejoyce!
Now someone only needs to talk to Pentax and Fuji as well :-)

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2018 at 05:23 UTC as 149th comment | 2 replies
On article The PureView trademark is now owned by HMD Global (84 comments in total)

If HMD actually intends to reanimate the Nokia imaging legacy -I would be in to grab the good stuff!
The recipe for success in this sector would be to pair some good hardware with state-of-the-the-art computational imaging processing.
How about using a larger 1/1.7" sensor with switchable lenses, e.g. a 14mm / 30mm and a 70mm lens? A few months ago the invention of a new lens material was presented that allows for super-thin lenses. HMD should really look into that stuff and try to use it for their revived pureview phones.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2018 at 18:09 UTC as 15th comment

In my opinion, the best thing about the Nikon Z line is that Nikon is creating some direct competition in the FF MILC market that has solely been populated by Sony A7/A9 so far. And I guess that Canon will join the party soon with their own FF MILCs.
That being said, direct competition has always been and will always be a massive factor in further accelerating R&D, quality and keeping prices down. So, let's hope that Fuji or Pentax may chime in as well within a foreseeable time.
The first gen Z6/Z7 may have some AF issues (which also might be improved by FW-updates) but the larger mount size might reduce the burden on optical lens design and the new NIkons allow for true 10 bit video output!
If those numbers are to be believed, the Z7/Z6 are already among the top sellers on Amazon, so I hope Sony will decide to upgrade to 10 bit video output on the upcoming A7siii, further improve AF, and keep the prices low!

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2018 at 13:12 UTC as 274th comment
On article Nikon Z7 Review (4476 comments in total)
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Sean65: A fine camera from a fine camera manufacturer. Let's hope they stick to cameras and avoid the temptation to make phones, playstations, electric toasters as well as all manner of other 'gadgets'.

Well well... I think that even a very fine camera manufacturer will ultimately have to follow technological evolution and market demands in the long term and in my opinion, two or three decades from now, photography will evolve into super small electronical devices carrying super thin non-glass lenses and extremely advanced sensors and that these devices will be nothibg like today's cameras - not even smartphones.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2018 at 09:13 UTC
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