wb2trf

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On article Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D review (384 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 62nd comment
On article Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D review (384 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 63rd comment
On article Sony a9: Why being better might not be enough (766 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 shooting experience (1282 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 189th comment | 10 replies
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1905 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 83rd 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 (356 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 57th 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? (892 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 47th comment
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wb2trf: Wow.

Looking at the linked data the big news is that Mirrorless sales are zooming upward, 148% year over year. That's huge.

Meanwhile, DSLR unit shipments are plunging, plunging faster now than P&S (89% vs. 93% yr over yr). That's also a huge change. Previously they were declining but not so fast.

If this data holds for one more year, Mirrorless unit shipment will surpass DSLRs within the year.

Furthermore, as of this date, the average unit price of Mirrorless is slightly higher than DSLRs. (However, DSLR sales seem to be dropping from the bottom, which makes sense, so the average price of DSLRs has been rising as sales plummet.)

The ramifications of this sea change for the major makers is potentially very large. I have believed for some time that Canon has been in a disinvestment mode. Nikon substantially lacks the luxury of that option. Fuji and Sony would appear to be best positioned, but often the devil is in the, invisible, details.

Anyway big changes.

You're right. They should all get out of this business. Mirrorless is doing better than dslrs, but it's all terrible.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 20:15 UTC
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wb2trf: Wow.

Looking at the linked data the big news is that Mirrorless sales are zooming upward, 148% year over year. That's huge.

Meanwhile, DSLR unit shipments are plunging, plunging faster now than P&S (89% vs. 93% yr over yr). That's also a huge change. Previously they were declining but not so fast.

If this data holds for one more year, Mirrorless unit shipment will surpass DSLRs within the year.

Furthermore, as of this date, the average unit price of Mirrorless is slightly higher than DSLRs. (However, DSLR sales seem to be dropping from the bottom, which makes sense, so the average price of DSLRs has been rising as sales plummet.)

The ramifications of this sea change for the major makers is potentially very large. I have believed for some time that Canon has been in a disinvestment mode. Nikon substantially lacks the luxury of that option. Fuji and Sony would appear to be best positioned, but often the devil is in the, invisible, details.

Anyway big changes.

If you follow the link, mirrorless is up 48% in worldwide unit shipments, dslr is down 11%. It is in the chart. If you apply those factors to the unit volume shipments and assume it stays steady, mirrorless volume surpasses dslr within 12 months. It is unclear whether these numbers are too small a sample or represent the true trend.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 15:28 UTC

Wow.

Looking at the linked data the big news is that Mirrorless sales are zooming upward, 148% year over year. That's huge.

Meanwhile, DSLR unit shipments are plunging, plunging faster now than P&S (89% vs. 93% yr over yr). That's also a huge change. Previously they were declining but not so fast.

If this data holds for one more year, Mirrorless unit shipment will surpass DSLRs within the year.

Furthermore, as of this date, the average unit price of Mirrorless is slightly higher than DSLRs. (However, DSLR sales seem to be dropping from the bottom, which makes sense, so the average price of DSLRs has been rising as sales plummet.)

The ramifications of this sea change for the major makers is potentially very large. I have believed for some time that Canon has been in a disinvestment mode. Nikon substantially lacks the luxury of that option. Fuji and Sony would appear to be best positioned, but often the devil is in the, invisible, details.

Anyway big changes.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 03:17 UTC as 23rd comment | 4 replies
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emfor: How can any of these photos win a contest? They are just photos!
Not visibly photoshopped. No special effect. Not sensetional at all.
Probably not even taken with the latest gear!

Now this is the perfect list of sins for this site. "Not photoshopped"!

I pretty much hate everything on the list, and I like the photos.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2016 at 21:14 UTC
On article Rebel in your pocket: Canon EOS M3 Review (464 comments in total)

This camera, and in fact the entire slow rate of renewal of the Canon camera line, is what you get if corporate management gives the camera division a very low investment budget. It is entirely rational for corporate management to do that, since cameras are a shrinking market in which Canon already has high market share and Canon is a diversified company. Canon corporate is trying to find better, higher growth, markets to invest in while milking their brand in cameras for higher cash flow toward other markets. No surprises here.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2016 at 20:49 UTC as 125th comment | 3 replies
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Oliver Bedford: "mirror-less is probably the future" translates to "I don't have a clue, but saying otherwise would hurt the sales of our newly launched product"

No. It translates to, "Obviously it is the future, but I don't want to get dslr prospective buyers mad by arguing the point."

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2016 at 23:36 UTC
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KonstantinosK: The more I see this camera the more I desire it.

My thoughts exactly. If there are no hidden defects in the implementation, it looks great: simple, compact, clean.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2016 at 02:55 UTC
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AlanG: Considering their latest camera system is mirrorless, what could they mean by stating, "mirrorless is 'probably' the future?" Isn't it definitely, without any doubt, their future?

Yes it is their future, as it is everyone's future.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2016 at 02:50 UTC
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Nuno Souto: Only Canikoners might remotely imagine mirrorless is not the future...

Pro's are not technologists. The technology will drag them into the future. They will be like the old pro's lamenting the passing of the speed graphics: irrelevant.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2016 at 01:41 UTC
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (805 comments in total)

Elegant. Assuming it performs well within its specifications, I'd lIke to own this camera.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 12:28 UTC as 99th comment
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