Doug Pardee

Doug Pardee

Lives in United States Wilmington, NC, United States
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On article Fujifilm launches X-A10 as entry-level X-series model (158 comments in total)
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knows_nothing: WHERE IS THE FLASH SHOE?

This camera is intended primarily for video, which doesn't work with flash, and for selfies, where anything in the hotshoe would block the view of the flipped-up screen. People buying this camera wouldn't know what to do with a hotshoe.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2016 at 14:21 UTC
On article Fujifilm launches X-A10 as entry-level X-series model (158 comments in total)
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Ian Leach: DPReview do you know what's happened to the X-A3, it has been pre-order for months but no show.

The X-A3 and X-A10 reportedly were both delayed with manufacturing problems, primarily problems with the fancy hinge mechanism for the LCD display. (Per FujiRumors)

Both cameras are mainly for the Asian market. Supplies outside of Asia are likely to be limited for some time to come.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2016 at 14:18 UTC
On article Fujifilm launches X-A10 as entry-level X-series model (158 comments in total)
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miles green: Gotta love it when the primary advertizing product image is the camera with the screen flipped in selfie-mode, lol!

Well, that's the POINT of this camera. It's intended to be set on a shelf or tripod with the screen flipped up so the user can see themselves. Oh and by the way, it can be used in a normal LCD-viewer way for when you want to take pictures of your friends.

It's basically a camera for vloggers, and for people who want better selfies than they can get with their mobile phones (75mm equiv makes for a more flattering working distance).

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2016 at 14:14 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1227 comments in total)

I didn't see any mention of it on the auto-focus page, so I'll just ask: is this the first mirrorless camera with cross-type phase-detect AF sensors?

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 20:49 UTC as 171st comment | 3 replies
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WillWeaverRVA: I might enter this, but if a smartphone photo wins a prize that isn't exclusively for smartphones, I might never enter another photo contest again.

Nah. Given the way that graphic creations (Illustrator+Photoshop) have been sweeping some photography contests, it'll be a pleasant surprise if an actual photograph wins.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 19:18 UTC
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Melchiorum: I used to love LG, but something seems to be going wrong with them. Both hardware and software-wise.

My LG G3's plastic frame cracked at the top and the bottom where mics are located. After sending it for replacement I got a new one and... it cracked in the exact same places.
It also had the worst sharpening effect I have ever seen applied to everything on the screen (designed to make the screen look "sharper" in the shop since the real difference with FHD was not really visible to most people). In some cases text was literally unreadable because of the thick sharpening artifacts around it (depending on the background color). Had to root it and install custom kernel just to get rid of that idiotic "feature".

My friends G4 started boot-looping after the update. Seems like many people had the same issue.

LG G5 is just stupid and they sacrificed build quality for a gimmick no one needed or asked for (look at all those amazing modules!).

And now the V20 which cracks on its own.

(@Melchiorum) The "gimmicky" module support may not be important for most people, but the quick-change battery is fabulous. With my G5, I can go from 5% charge to 100% charge in less than a minute. I don't need the super-long battery life and super-fast charging that some people suspect were big factors in the Note 7 debacle, because my other battery is ready to go whenever I need it.

Yes, there was a lot of push-back about style issues that resulted from the quick-change battery. But after the Note 7 mess, we might be seeing phone manufacturers revisiting the quick-change battery as a safe and sane alternative to the huge-capacity super-fast-charging batteries.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2016 at 00:40 UTC
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Hugo808: Would seriously love one but there'd better be a decent lans hood because that front element looks mighty exposed...

It needs a huge retrofocal element up front for that short a focal length, at f/4, with that large an image circle, on the Nikon lens mount. And still some folks are wishing it had a shorter focal length and larger aperture.

With the shifted angle of view at 19mm on full-frame, I don't know if you could make a lens hood that would stick out enough to really protect that retrofocal element without introducing vignetting. Maybe someone else can do the calculations.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 18:31 UTC
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Kim Letkeman: Wow ... wouldn't want to have been the product manager or dev lead on this one ...

The failure might be found to be in the executive suite. Bloomberg says that the problem ultimately comes down to Samsung management insisting on cramming a ton of new features (and a new, higher-capacity battery) into the Note 7 while shortening the delivery deadlines. All in the name of besting the iPhone 7.

That same rush caused Samsung to put the blame on defective batteries and ship replacements before figuring out what went wrong. In fact, they still don't know what went wrong.

P.S. That article says that twenty years ago, Samsung's current chairman, Lee Kun-Hee, "grew so frustrated by faulty mobile phones that he piled up thousands of the devices and lit the whole heap ablaze. Never compromise on quality, he exhorted the workers watching." But Lee has been hospitalized since a heart attack in 2014.


Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2016 at 15:09 UTC
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ProfHankD: My wife and daughter both had iPhones which didn't burn, but had their cases burst by expanding batteries. Serious problems with glued-in batteries are common; Samsung was just unfortunate enough to (very rarely) have a very dangerous failure mode for the one in the S7. In my opinion, the disadvantages of glued-in batteries, which include various environmental issues involving disposal, far outweigh the advantages. Samsung used to have removable batteries -- as they do in the S5 that I use -- and I hope removable, sealed, batteries are what everybody gets back to. BTW, it wouldn't be that hard for the battery to be smart enough to detect a pending problem and disable itself.

(@badi) So right. The LG G5 got roundly trashed for how bad it looked because of the removable battery. "Ugly gap", "Chin doesn't match the rest of the phone", etc. Almost every negative review of the G5 was negative because of the quick-change battery, something that I consider to be a huge huge feature.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2016 at 15:58 UTC
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photomedium: The MF initiative for fuji and Hasselblad is an good one. I think whatever distances you from cellphones but keeps the size down is an obvious direction to go.
Nice to see Canon and Nikon missing the boat on this one. I am not surprised by Canon given the corporate culture but Nikon should have had this one out in partnership with Sony.

(@mgblack74) Fujifilm and Nikon are different in a more fundamental way. Nikon is a digital camera company -- their digital camera business accounts for the majority of their corporate revenue and income. Nikon has to tread carefully lest they destroy their majority business, and camera R&D has to be paid for by camera sales. Fujifilm's digital camera business is a tiny percentage of their corporate revenue and income. Fujifilm can, and I believe does, operate their digital camera business primarily to honor their heritage and for the resulting prestige.

Fujifilm doesn't need commercial success in the digital photography market. If it comes, that's great, but their goal is to be thought of as a genuine option for the serious professional (both in APS-C and in MF).

No digital camera company is more dependent on their digital photography business than Nikon is, and none is less dependent than Fujifilm is.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 14:29 UTC
On article Canon EOS M5: What you need to know (563 comments in total)

I'm being picky here, but "It doesn't have the heft of one of Canon's DSLRs" (screen #3) depends on which one of Canon's DSLRs. The M5 is 20 grams heavier than the SL1/100D.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2016 at 17:54 UTC as 76th comment | 1 reply
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vermaden: Nikon released D500 instead of D400 ...
Nikon released D5500 instead of D5400 ...
But after D3300 Nikon released D3400 ...

Nikon ... So much consistent ...

4 is like 13 and 666. Certain numbers are routinely avoided in the commercial world because some people associate them with bad things. Maybe in this case it's appropriate?

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 11:24 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-E2S real-world samples (100 comments in total)

I notice that most of the images are taken with some negative exposure compensation. For the photos that are shown both SOOC and processed from Raw, the exposure of the Raw photo is always adjusted upwards, usually into positive EC territory.

The resulting impression is that SOOC JPEGs tend to be underexposed. Fujifilm does expose a bit darker than many other brands -- in part the result of choosing to use the Standard Output Specification for ISO, which targets an 18% gray output, rather than the "whatever looks good" REI approach used by almost all other manufacturers. But the large percentage of SOOC JPEGs (46 out of 57 by my count) with negative exposure compensation exaggerates the matter.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2016 at 12:39 UTC as 27th comment | 4 replies
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LF Photography: Good riddance. I'm surprised Yahoo lasted this long. Their search engine has been irrelevant for almost 15 years now and in that time Yahoo learned absolutely NOTHING from their mistakes, making one bad decision after another for years. Flickr is the only Yahoo service I use, and even it is far from ideal.

Yahoo doesn't have a search engine. They dumped it years ago and replaced it with Microsoft Bing.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2016 at 18:32 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-Pro2 versus X-T2: Seven key differences (363 comments in total)
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Joel Benford: I don't suppose anyone knows the eye relief on the X-T2's viewfinder?

Fujifilm says "Approx. 23mm (from the rear end of the camera's eyepiece)".

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 13:12 UTC
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Hugh2017: Fuji should concentrate on how to get that X camera DLSR like. The lines should be blurred to the point that even if you had Nikon D5 or Canon 1Dx money you would still buy a mirrorless camera. Photographers that shoot fashion week, ones that shoot major league / professional sports etc..

Fuji X is a good system but if they can take a Nikon DSLR pull the mirror out and make it a Fuji X camera is that even possible and if it was why is Nikon or Canon not doing it, like yesterday.

I hate the DSLR but not many if any options when you need that performance.

Mirrorless cameras have many great attributes (I just switched to one), but no technology is without its limitations. The shutter has to stay closed while the camera is reading out the captured image, keeping the viewfinder black and interrupting AF tracking on a mirrorless, while DSLRs would simply drop their mirrors in front of the shutter to restore viewfinder and autofocus.

Perhaps someday we'll see sensors with a global shutter with the image data being immediately transferred into on-sensor memory at the end of the capture, so the sensor can get back to feeding the viewfinder and the autofocus system. I haven't heard any rumblings to suggest that's around the corner.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 23:00 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2175 comments in total)
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pyloricantrum: Do the X-Pro2 and X-T2 sensors suffer from the same ISO inflation as prior models?

"ISO inflation" is more properly called "highlight headroom." Film users called it "exposure latitude."

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 23:07 UTC
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Hannu108: “ Mirrorless is 'probably' the future”

Battery technology has to improve a lot to achieve this...

With the 120-film Hasselblads, you have to change the film every 12 pictures or so. Changing the battery doesn't happen nearly as often, and it's quicker and easier than changing roll film. And unlike film, the batteries are reusable.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2016 at 12:27 UTC
On article Two in one: LG G5 camera review (83 comments in total)
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Doug Pardee: Caution with the back lens cover glass (or crystal or whatever it is). Apparently it breaks pretty easily. Mine broke, leaving a ragged hole over the wide-angle lens, while in my pocket. The normal camera still works, but the wide-angle is now prone to some nasty veiling flare on the right half of the image.

The local phone repair place tells me that their parts supplier tells them that all replacement lens covers in the US are sold out. I've been waiting for almost a month, and now it's going to be another week yet. They hope.

Sounds like it might be a weak point in the G5.

My G5 is now fixed. It cost about $45 (USD), which seems to be about the standard charge for most mobile phone repairs. It took less than 10 minutes to do the actual repair, once they got the part.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2016 at 19:00 UTC
On article Hasselblad to announce 'game changer' next week (460 comments in total)
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Johannes Zander: ..well I came her to read coments about wooden grips... No one?

The article notes that Hasselblad "abandoned its much-ridiculed attempt to sell 'luxury' versions of Sony-derived models." What more needs saying?

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2016 at 20:20 UTC
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