Class A

Class A

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The brand of strobes or background do not matter.

The set up of the lighting does.

Unfortunately, the blog post focuses on the gear used (the radio trigger system did not get a plug, though, for some reason...) and does not say much about the lighting choices (except "big and soft").

It was great to become a part of this very exciting event as a reader and one can feel the level of alertness / excitement this has meant for the author, but I would have preferred more discussion on the lighting choices and less pointing people to certain products.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2017 at 02:39 UTC as 60th comment | 1 reply
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Osvaldo Cristo: Many years ago I started to look for a mobile with 100% screen surface... we are close now, closer with iPhone X, finally... but definitively not sufficiently attractive to make myself abandon my Samsung S8+ for it. Let us see the next iteration.

Anyway it looks a great news for Apple fans. Enjoy, guys!

@webber15
Someone at Apple will remember Steve Job's classic iPhone 4 response:

"You're holding it wrong'"

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 06:28 UTC
On article Should you upgrade to a Nikon D850? (663 comments in total)
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Akpinxit: On the D750 low light compassion topic - same sensor size but more megapixels will result in higher noise levels , am I wrong ?

@Akpinxit
I hope you get PK24X25NOW's explanation.

BTW, you wrote "Untill now every comment and compare of IQ on this forum was based on 100% zoom screen ...". That may be so from your point of view, but even if "every comment and comparison of IQ on this forum" had been based on 100% view comparisons then that would not turn this approach into an appropriate one.

One hundred flat-earthers in a room chatting to each other do not make the earth become flat.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2017 at 12:16 UTC
On article Should you upgrade to a Nikon D850? (663 comments in total)
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Akpinxit: On the D750 low light compassion topic - same sensor size but more megapixels will result in higher noise levels , am I wrong ?

Probably, you are using the "FULL" viewing option of the widget. Change the "image size" to one of the other options (e.g. "PRINT"). Only then you'll be able to make a fair comparison of noise.

In the standard "FULL" mode, you see 100% views which mean that for higher resolution sensors a higher magnification is applied (you see less of the scene). This higher magnification amplifies noise as well. Surely, you will have noticed that your images look more noisy when you "zoom in", i.e., look at them at a higher magnification level. The same effect occurs when you compare images at different levels of magnification.

The default viewing mode for the widget should definitely not be "FULL" for that reason.

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2017 at 01:03 UTC
On article Should you upgrade to a Nikon D850? (663 comments in total)
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Akpinxit: On the D750 low light compassion topic - same sensor size but more megapixels will result in higher noise levels , am I wrong ?

https://www.dxomark.com/Reviews/More-pixels-offset-noise

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2017 at 05:41 UTC
On article Should you upgrade to a Nikon D850? (663 comments in total)

Kudos to Barney for including the Pentax K-1!

May I add, though, that the K-1 makes a very fine portrait photography or product photography camera as well? As a matter of fact, it appears to me that the K-1 has one weak area only (action) as opposed to being a specialist in a narrow field ("landscape & outdoors").

Yes, the K-1's video is nothing to write home about and the AF is not fit for action photography in the same way as top AF performers, but I'd say that still doesn't justify the comment that for "*most* applications it lags behind the D850", because it really is just video (where the D850 is not an ideal solution either) and action where the K-1 kinda drops the ball.

I don't want this to look like a complaint because I really very much appreciate that you are giving your readers a broad picture instead of only focusing on the brand giants(!), yet, I don't think it is quite fair to somewhat suggest that the K-1 has a narrow application area. :)

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2017 at 10:28 UTC as 13th comment
On article Should you upgrade to a Nikon D850? (663 comments in total)
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Akpinxit: On the D750 low light compassion topic - same sensor size but more megapixels will result in higher noise levels , am I wrong ?

Yes, you are wrong. See for instance the article "Contrary to conventional wisdom, higher resolution actually compensates for noise".

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2017 at 10:09 UTC
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Chris62: I looked this test on monitor A then B and C and on every monitor colours are different so getting right conclusions about camera's colours is impossible

Judging image colour only makes sense with calibrated monitors.

So what you say is true, but it does not support MacroKoehlermkh's conclusion that there is no point in getting image colour right.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2017 at 05:21 UTC

My results:
Sony: 31
Nikon: 21
Canon: 20

I always partial to the warm style of Sony JPGs and it was good to see that confirmed through this blind test. However, much more interesting than OOC performance is how well and quickly one can tweak images until they look how one likes them the most.

Out-of-camera JPEG performance really should not influence any review score or anyone's preference of a camera. Most certainly not in this price league. As DL Cade put it in another article "Always shoot RAW". Note that "always" does not leave any room for some perceived benefits of using OOC JPGs, even if they existed.

BTW, some of the tallies people posted do not add up to 72, indicating a mistake in adding up the scores.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2017 at 04:43 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply

DPReview sends out a mixed message: In a recent article about a pushed eclipse shot, DL Cade concludes "always shoot Raw." In this article, R. Sanyal sings the praises of shooting JPEG.

I know what to think about the attempt to make a case for shooting JPEG, but wouldn't it help if DPReview spoke at least with a consistent voice?

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2017 at 06:56 UTC as 39th comment | 2 replies
On article Don't buy another lens, buy a flash instead (347 comments in total)
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Class A: TTL is not "important" at all. I argue it is easier to learn about the "double exposure" aspect each photo involving ambient light and a flash has, by controlling all parameters manually.

For every Joe McNally using (allegedly) TTL, there is a David Hobby who recommends manual flash control. Manual control sounds harder, but it is actually easier because one doesn't have to understand what the automatic exposure system is trying to achieve and why it just changed the flash level a bit.

I'm not knocking Joe McNally, he is a legend, but I'm wondering how he uses his gear when he is not in an ambassador role.

@cdembrey These days, Joe McNally is a professional photographer, an educator, a book author, a Nikon ambassador, and a celebrity. He would be the first to tell you that the golden days of making a living from pure photography are over.

If you think that you are always just seeing Joe McNally, the photographer, think again. Joe McNally was once asked whether he really always uses the elaborate TTL setup he demonstrates in his Nikon-sponsored videos. His answer was a big fat grin. You make of that what you want.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2017 at 00:26 UTC
On article Don't buy another lens, buy a flash instead (347 comments in total)
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Henrikw: I've been a wedding photographer since 2008 and slowly moved away from using flash. First of all, a lot can be achieved with big aperture lenses such as my 85mm 1.2.
I add a bit of bounced flash if the quality of light available is bad (ie harsh spotlights from low ceilings), but it's the last resort. Firing a flash all the way through a wedding day is distracting to the couple, their guests and videographer - yes, you have to be considerate. Getting the best result for the clients is essential, but I do believe being discrete is an important part of a wedding day. You cannot be discrete if your flash is firing like a strobe light.
During the years I've learned to use available light - flash is the backup if the light is very poor. My advice to a wedding photographer would be to buy a flash, but save up for a big aperture lens. Not only do you increase your options to use available light, you get that shallow depth of field which most people associate with the "professional look".

The use of flash and a large aperture lens are almost orthogonal because using flash is not about increasing the amount of light, but controlling the quality and direction of light.

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2017 at 15:48 UTC
On article Don't buy another lens, buy a flash instead (347 comments in total)

TTL is not "important" at all. I argue it is easier to learn about the "double exposure" aspect each photo involving ambient light and a flash has, by controlling all parameters manually.

For every Joe McNally using (allegedly) TTL, there is a David Hobby who recommends manual flash control. Manual control sounds harder, but it is actually easier because one doesn't have to understand what the automatic exposure system is trying to achieve and why it just changed the flash level a bit.

I'm not knocking Joe McNally, he is a legend, but I'm wondering how he uses his gear when he is not in an ambassador role.

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2017 at 15:41 UTC as 88th comment | 3 replies
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Class A: "Modern zooms still aren’t quite as good as a prime lens..."
Not true.

Modern zooms, at their optimal focal length, often surpass prime lenses due to their more elaborate construction. Zooms require more correction for their extreme ends and all the lens elements used to this end, create an excellent performance for non-extreme cases. The advantage of primes is mainly smaller size and less weight.

I'm not making this up, this is information by Dr. Hubert Nasse from Zeiss.

Also, the use of helicoids does not imply that all lens elements move in tandem. Zooms with independently moving groups are very common; this is not a special trait of the discussed Minolta lens.

DPReview really should apply some minimum quality control before publishing such articles.

@xmeda: "Low element count" is not a desirable property (except for keeping the cost down). To address dispersion (what you refer to as "light wavelength separation") and other lens design challenges you need many elements for compensation and/or special lens elements (aspheric, low dispersion, etc.). Modern zooms often have more of these because they need them more badly for when their design limitations are revealed at the extreme ends.

Anyhow, I don't need to convince you. As I said, the statement is not mine but comes from Dr. Hubert Nasse from Zeiss. If that is not good enough for you, I won't stand a chance either.

@Zdman, I'm not saying that zooms are always preferable. Not at all. For starters, it is impossible to make generic statements as in "... all zooms ...". I just wanted to point out that the often made assumption that primes intrinsically have better IQ is not necessarily true.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 14:39 UTC

"Modern zooms still aren’t quite as good as a prime lens..."
Not true.

Modern zooms, at their optimal focal length, often surpass prime lenses due to their more elaborate construction. Zooms require more correction for their extreme ends and all the lens elements used to this end, create an excellent performance for non-extreme cases. The advantage of primes is mainly smaller size and less weight.

I'm not making this up, this is information by Dr. Hubert Nasse from Zeiss.

Also, the use of helicoids does not imply that all lens elements move in tandem. Zooms with independently moving groups are very common; this is not a special trait of the discussed Minolta lens.

DPReview really should apply some minimum quality control before publishing such articles.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 15:52 UTC as 6th comment | 5 replies
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Class A: Some of the bugs they fixed (at least one of them a very serious one involving actual loss of images) were over five years old.

Not sure whether I should admire them for being able to keep track of bugs for that long or shake my head in disbelief how long it took them to address these issues. Some of the bugs (fix broken keyboard mappings) would have taken minutes to fix but they let users struggle with them for years and years.

Some of the 5+ years bugs still live on and for those they tried to address the commentary uses vocabulary like "should", etc.

I enjoyed Lightroom for several years but the quality control never picked up to a level that was acceptable and Adobe's subscription model (hiding the stand alone LR version as best as they can) pushed me away to a different RAW converter that I'm enjoying much more now.

Hi Royal Majesty,

I'm using Capture One Pro.

I had initially dismissed it as being mainly a tethering solution and at that time it was indeed not strong on cataloging. Nowadays, however, it is a full-blown RAW developer with great features.

You won't find a map module or a book module, but in terms of the core functionality, I prefer it over LR (ACR). The colour editor, for instance, is much better, giving you much finer control and more opportunities (e.g., turning a colour selection into a mask to petform further non-colour related changes on the areas identified by your colour specification).

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2017 at 08:34 UTC

This is amazing!

Lots of DSLRs and ThinkPads. Good to know I'm using space age technology! :)

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 11:40 UTC as 2nd comment

Some of the bugs they fixed (at least one of them a very serious one involving actual loss of images) were over five years old.

Not sure whether I should admire them for being able to keep track of bugs for that long or shake my head in disbelief how long it took them to address these issues. Some of the bugs (fix broken keyboard mappings) would have taken minutes to fix but they let users struggle with them for years and years.

Some of the 5+ years bugs still live on and for those they tried to address the commentary uses vocabulary like "should", etc.

I enjoyed Lightroom for several years but the quality control never picked up to a level that was acceptable and Adobe's subscription model (hiding the stand alone LR version as best as they can) pushed me away to a different RAW converter that I'm enjoying much more now.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 11:22 UTC as 3rd comment | 2 replies

9/10

The photos look pretty bad, though. The one I got wrong would not have looked like that even if I had taken it on my phone (I could go into more detail, but I don't want to spoil the "fun" for others). One wonders what they used.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 14:18 UTC as 54th comment
On article Report: Ricoh announcing cost cuts in face of crisis (326 comments in total)
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Class A: It would behove DPRreview well to provide a more differentiated and balanced picture. Otherwise, mostly negative news could contribute to the decline of a classic camera brand (Pentax), not because Ricoh wouldn't be able to manage, but because customers have been driven away from Ricoh due to scary news.

The implied prophecy of Ricoh being in major trouble (they are not, they just made less profit then before) may actually materialise, just because it has been made and purported by popular websites.

I agree with you that an emphatic response from Ricoh would have been great. They responded to the first instance of these scaremongering reports, but there is only so much you can do as the "accused".

How much credibility do you have when objecting to allegations of going down? It always comes across as denial, doesn't it? Ideally, Ricoh Imaging would report on their great plans for the future, but there is a reason why future developments are usually kept under covers.

Since it is much easier to let a cat (whether it is real or not) out of the bag rather than to get it back in again, sites like DPReview should think twice before just parroting some "news" without adding a balanced view.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 04:08 UTC
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