Doug Pardee

Doug Pardee

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On article Feisty upstart: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X-T20 (285 comments in total)

On p.8, "freeing up a button on the top plate for customization" is perhaps misleading. The top-plate button replaces the Fn button that's been removed from the back (lower-right corner on the X-T10). And on the X-T10, the top-plate button was already customizable, so the X-T20 has one *fewer* customizable buttons than the X-T10.

Also on p.8, "the smaller camera doesn't have a front-plate Fn button" -- I certainly assume that like the X-T10, the X-T20 would have the clickable command dials, with the front command dial clicker replacing the front-plate Fn button and the rear command dial clicker replacing the AF Assist button.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 10:34 UTC as 52nd comment

I haven't yet found a source that indicates whether the pilot mishandled the drone controls, or if the drone failed to respond to his commands.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2017 at 19:31 UTC as 23rd comment | 5 replies

I don't understand the "ooh, now I need to get my film camera going again" thing. We already have film we can shoot, and we already have E-6 slide film we can shoot -- albeit not from Kodak. I don't see how Ektachrome brings anything special to the table that would tip a person toward shooting film again. It wasn't an iconic film stock -- it was something that schlubs like me shot while on vacation.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 22:33 UTC as 31st comment | 1 reply

Card reader (p.7)? Most computers already have an SDHC slot. Yeah, if you don't have an SDHC slot, or if you're using SDXC (cards holding more than 32 GB) and your computer slot can't handle them, then a card reader is probably a good idea.

I'm not a fan of card readers for CF cards because of the risk of bending/breaking pins in the camera when reinserting. However, there's about zero chance a beginner has a CF-card camera, and bent pins aren't an issue with SD/SDHC/SDXC cards.

Since editing software was mentioned (p.12), I think a monitor calibration system should have been highly recommended. Editing on an uncalibrated monitor is a good way to end up with messed-up pictures.

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2016 at 22:32 UTC as 25th comment
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2016 (271 comments in total)
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Pavel Muller: Is there really such a thing as a bad camera produced recently by a major camera company? Bad enough to result in inferior photos when used by skilled photographers and used for its intended purpose? (Unintended use example: a camera optimised for stationary objects used for sport photography). Personally I doubt it. Looking at online photos, I generally can easily tell skills of photographers but not the brand names of cameras in the same category.

I think it's the "used for its intended purpose" part that's the issue. There don't seem to be many of us left who will accept a digital camera that's been designed for a particular purpose.

What most people seem to want is an "all-around" camera that can do everything well, including super-high-ISO, slow shutter speeds handheld, tracking fast action, extended high-speed bursts, and 1080p or 4K video. And increasingly, wireless communication.

Link | Posted on Dec 26, 2016 at 16:56 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2016 (271 comments in total)
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HaroldC3: Oh no my camera didn't win an award it must be crap ;)

Mine didn't win an award, either. But it's a 2015 model, so it's crap anyway.

But if I bought a D500, I wouldn't get it until 2017. By then, it'd be last year's model, and any pictures I took with it would certainly be as boring as the ones I get from my current obsolete camera.

Guess I'm going to have to wait for the 2017 models to be announced. Thankfully, CES is only a week and a half away.

Link | Posted on Dec 26, 2016 at 16:21 UTC
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ORiL: It is funny to buy an interchangeable lens camera with one lens :)

There's nothing funny about it. There are a number of reasons to do it. The reason that's relevant to this article is that beginners have to start somewhere, and the kit lens is chosen by the manufacturer as a good starting point. After they've figured out what kind of photography they want to do, then they can buy the lens(es) that work best for that.

Or for folks like me who long ago figured out what kind of photography they want to do, they buy the camera with the lens that they need. For many kinds of photography, they only need one: fast portrait prime, or macro lens, or the street photography lens (which may be long or short depending on their preference), etc.

There are many pros who keep a single lens mounted on the camera at all times. Some pros have multiple cameras, each with a single lens permanently mounted.

It's not like there are DSLR/MILC-quality cameras with a wide range of fixed lenses, especially not lenses of the quality available in ILC line-ups.

Link | Posted on Dec 26, 2016 at 15:35 UTC

On page 3, I'd have made a bigger deal about YOU NEED A MEMORY CARD. Most interchangeable lens cameras straight out of the box will happily snap pictures with no card inserted, even though they have no built-in storage. It can be pretty discouraging to find out the hard way that your Christmas Day pictures weren't stored anywhere and are gone forever.

Link | Posted on Dec 25, 2016 at 14:32 UTC as 32nd comment | 4 replies
On article Fujifilm launches X-A10 as entry-level X-series model (166 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 (166 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 (166 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 (1297 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 200th 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 (564 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
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