wb2trf

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On article Shooting the Presidents Cup with the Sony a9 (239 comments in total)
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neatpicture: I LOVE my A9. I am not sure why the Jeannette would use the wide mode on a critical even like this. I would want better control of where the camera is focusing on. The camera offers plenty of AF options suitable for this, wide af is not one of them.
About the exposure compensation dial location, I really like it where it is. It seems pretty clear that in her way of operating the camera she has no much use of it, but I use it all the time, that is the benefit of having an EVF with real time exposure.

She says, approvingly, some people tape it. Tape it?? I don't use mine and I have reassigned the function because I don't want to accidentally hit it. To me the suggestion of taping it just goes to show how little this reviewer knows about the camera.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2017 at 21:37 UTC

This is so bizarre it is almost worth buying as a curio. Put on the shelf next to the pet rock. Seriously.

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2017 at 15:25 UTC as 260th comment

This looks pretty good to me. Price is high, but not unreasonable for the specs.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 03:08 UTC as 102nd comment

This is essentially very similar on features and price to the Sony A5100, which was announced 3 years ago, but is still a current and competitive product.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2017 at 00:55 UTC as 44th comment

I always thought the "don't photograph the eclipse" advice was the dumbest, most condescending advice ever, appealing to those saying it because puffs them up as if they are possessors of some exclusive contrarian knowledge. How self-centered. I certainly hope that no one took that advice and now regrets not having their own record of their experience.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2017 at 13:31 UTC as 37th comment | 4 replies

Wishes, passing for business analysis.

NIkon is on the wrong side of an electronic architecture change. Not a place to be.

The semiconductor designs that debuted in the A9 will cover the lineup. Nothing matters for Nikon until they get mirrorless with competitive semiconductor technology, and we see what they have then.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2017 at 22:33 UTC as 46th comment | 2 replies
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wb2trf: These photos have no soul.

On the contrary, a good portrait is all soul. These have none, most of them anyway.
Is the word too sensitive for you? You must run away from its obvious meaning? My thanks to mazzeri for that definition.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2017 at 19:55 UTC

These photos have no soul.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2017 at 01:44 UTC as 53rd comment | 7 replies

"Camera companies want your money, but they're rarely stupid..." Rarely stupid? But, they make some whopper stupid decisions when they do. The Nikon 1 is a great example of a marketing driven decision that was incredibly stupid. In fact its full stupidity is still unfolding. "4K on EOS or not "is nothing, nothing, neither here nor there, by comparison to the NIkon 1.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2017 at 13:12 UTC as 138th comment | 4 replies

I used this camera heavily for a few years. I think that its unusual design allowed reviewers to feel justified in knocking it, on mostly irrelevant points. For example, the operating ergonomics were different but really ok, once you became accustomed to it. The selling points for me was that it was the only camera of this size at the time with a 10x zoom and 720p video. Those were pretty big features. The meaningful downsides were lack of wide angle on the zoom and the fact that you were required to swing the screen out before shooting. The battery life to me is a non-issue. I always carry extra charged batteries even with cameras capable of a 1000 shots. These batteries were tiny, so not an issue.
Once, while camping in the high country of Utah, I dropped it. The focus mechanism was broken. I had no other camera with me and it would be a week before I could out to get any replacement. So, knowing where it hit, I dropped it on the opposite corner. Fixed it! Still works.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2017 at 20:41 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
On article Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D review (376 comments in total)

Viewfinder box in the table, instead of just "optical" should asterisk and say "* no viewfinder for video". Again, archaic technology bias that is inappropriate for entry level cameras. First time buyers of better cameras than phonecams won't know this. It's just frozen old neurons on the part of the dpr writers.

Link | Posted on May 3, 2017 at 20:02 UTC as 67th comment
On article Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D review (376 comments in total)

Why is there not an asterisk on Nikon D5600 phase detect that says "*only for viewfinder use". Because dpr has its head in the old dslr, sand as it always has. "Everyone should know that" or some such nonsense. In this world, in this price range, buyers won't necessarily know that. It's just archaic thinking on the part of dpr.

Link | Posted on May 3, 2017 at 19:59 UTC as 68th comment
On article Sony a9: Why being better might not be enough (767 comments in total)

If the message is: For certain segments, like sports, it will take more time, for all it will take some time. Of course that is all true.

But the idea that the best bodies should have moving mechanical mirrors is just over. They will never retake the technology lead. Ever.

Silent, no blackout, 20fps, full AF coverage and a huge lead in silicon design and fab by the maker. The technology question of mirrorless vs. mechanical mirror can now be seen by even the most obtuse observer.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 18:23 UTC as 75th comment | 2 replies
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2754 comments in total)

Typical photographer irrationality in this report. Does it ever occur to dpr that reports of well known prejudices do not add to any reader's knowledge. It is well known that photographers are reluctant to change brands and put a lot of stock in it. There is no information conveyed when such unscientific biases are put on display, unless one is interested in why markets change slowly, but that's not the point here. Take this one, "Also, Sony's made claims that the a9 is weather resistant, but after handling the camera and flipping out the port doors, battery door and memory card doors, I just don't have the same faith that it would survive a downpour that a D5, 1D X II or E-M1 II could shrug off. ... it's something to keep in mind." This means, "without reference to any testing of any of these brands, keep my untested anxiety in mind". We should keep your untested faith in our minds for what reason exactly? And, does MMR vaccine cause autism?

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 13:40 UTC as 459th comment | 10 replies
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1909 comments in total)

The potential snowball effect of 20fps fully silent operation is what amazes me. As soon as some pro or pro team is outfitted with this it becomes a huge competitive advantage in any "ceremony" type selling situation, weddings, events of all kinds. "Our crew uses only the best most modern fully silent equipment. You will never hear a camera sound from our team as they photograph your event. Do you want silent, or the clackety clack of cameras" As soon as that happens, it gets into solicitation specs. Then, if you want to compete, you've got to have this.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 22:01 UTC as 159th comment | 1 reply

This thing could practically get mandated in lots of venues, fairly soon, due to the silent shutter. In any setting in which an event operator is hiring or permitting photography (wedding, other ceremony, presentation) why wouldn't photo companies pitch "our cameras are silent" and then people start to spec it. The dslr gets run out of town due to its inherent noise.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 21:43 UTC as 84th comment | 3 replies
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Zoran K: This photo is total failure . It scored clear 0.00% !!!

https://www.dpreview.com/galleries/2181591556/photos/3617803/varanasi

But I have to admit, tagging is excellent.

BTW, that's a great photo!

For our amusement it is too bad that the AI doesn't try to rank based on artistic quality. Since it is merely trying to ID good stock photos, there is the built in excuse that "Well it wouldn't make good stock photo for commercial use"

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2017 at 13:21 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T20 Review (377 comments in total)

The continuous shooting spec shown in this review table for the A6300 is 8fps. But actually it it is 11fps with AF, but without interframe updating of the display. 8fps is the speed with AF and interframe (so called "continuous") updating of the VF. The A6000 is also 11fps with AF but has a "lagging image" update of the VF.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 00:34 UTC as 59th comment | 2 replies
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rrccad: that's honestly going to be stupid crazy if they do that ban more wide spread. there's no way I'd fly with my laptop in the checked luggage. I'd honestly have to strip it down, remove the drives, etc before packing it into my luggage.

If there's anything important and private on a portable drive, even if you carry it on a flight, the whole drive should be encrypted. Does not affect performance, can be done on an operational drive, and is free.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 18:03 UTC
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (890 comments in total)

I prefer the lcd unless forced to evf by very bright ambient light (I don't shoot long telephoto for which I would prefer evf to lcd)

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 13:51 UTC as 48th comment
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