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aftab

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On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Review (1163 comments in total)
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aftab: Maybe I am biased, but it feels good when Panasonic does well. I wish Panasonic sells it in truckloads. :-D

FodgeandDurn, I didn't bother to reply to a comment by a person who has minimum understanding of anything, let alone photography or life. Maybe, you should do the same? :)

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2017 at 10:27 UTC
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Jonathan Brady: Ohhhh there's so much wrong with this article.
1) the article says cameras and lenses but the press release mentions only cameras.
2) this is 2 months of data - not even minimally conclusive
3) it's a single data point. Often times, a single data point is worth less than no data points. At least moderately intelligent people can't draw incorrect conclusions from zero data whereas numerous conclusions can be drawn from a single data point: correct, incorrect (see criticism 1 above) and irrelevant. Context is incredibly important with a single data point and Sony has provided none (strangely, but not really when you consider this is their attempt at some free advertising).
4) the chart references "US Dollars", not number of units sold. Yet the headline would have readers believe Sony is number 2 in volume. I think most people would agree that number of units is more important than $$ when talking about "taking the number 2 position". Revenue is important, but is not as important as profit. Sony hasn't provided expense information nor profit information.
Ultimately, this was Sony figuring out a way to get some free advertising from every major online photography source and not get called out for their worthless info. The lack of objective reporting is alarming, but not surprising. After all, Sony has been paying for a lot of trips for reviewers over the past few years. I had hoped for continued objectivity from these sites, as most of them were quite objective in their gear review articles, but not calling Sony out for a worthless, self-agrandizing, commercial disguised as a press release is troubling.

OSV, that's misleading. Since 2013 mirrorless sale has plateaued. As a matter of fact in 2016 less mirrorless cameras were sold compared to the previous year. But it is true, DSLR sale has dropped over the same period.

https://lensvid.com/gear/lensvid-exclusive-happened-photography-industry-2016/

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2017 at 04:23 UTC

It seems that current cellphone technology is now mature. Upgrades will be less and less exciting till something revolutionary happens.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2017 at 11:48 UTC as 18th comment

Loved their candid response.
I own 50 and 85 1.2s. They are special. But my favorites probably are 100-400 II and 135/2. 35/1.4 II and 16-35/2.8 III are now competing for the top slot. :)

I guess, it all depends on your style and what you shoot.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 08:26 UTC as 145th comment
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S Review: Modern MF (899 comments in total)

It would be interesting to see what happens with this line.
In the meantime it seems like an entry level medium format, limited by lens selection, sensor size and most likely soon to be eclipsed by some DSLRs in IQ (it is barely ahead at the moment).
Yeah, it will have some users and they will produce great images with it. But If I really want a larger format I will get a real one, not a pretend one. For most of us it's just a curiosity at the moment.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 11:40 UTC as 159th comment

Only read few issues in last 10 years or so. Still, deeply saddened.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 06:48 UTC as 43rd comment
On article Nine tips to help you win at photography competitions (100 comments in total)

Competitions still are important, but not as much as before. There was a time when winning competitions were the only way for most to get exposure and recognition/validation. These days all of these and more are possible without entering competitions.
Anyways, competition or not, most of us should try to follow 6,7,8,9 and 10.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2017 at 21:45 UTC as 24th comment
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aftab: RAW should be better. And probably, Fuji needs better lenses for this new system. Details looks okay to not-so-okay.

Ad hominem.
If you don't know what it means you can always google it.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2017 at 11:56 UTC

RAW should be better. And probably, Fuji needs better lenses for this new system. Details looks okay to not-so-okay.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2017 at 10:10 UTC as 38th comment | 2 replies
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aftab: Some are wondering about the cameras used.

1. 5Ds
2. D810
3. No exif
4. D 750
5. 5D III
6. 7D
7. 5DsR
8. D4
9. D7100
10. D7200
11. D7200
12. D810
13. No exif
14. No exif
15. EM-1

ISO 400, f/6.3, 1/60 sec

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 08:41 UTC

Sigma continues to show it's disregard for authority and rightfully so.
Kudos to Sigma.

I will probably get the 14mm and 135mm. My Canon 24-70/2.8 II is great, so not interested in Sigma. Actually my Canon 135mm is great too, but I want to check out the Sigma.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2017 at 08:21 UTC as 77th comment
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ianjoc: I'd give these photos each a hundred like if there's a like button here! Amazing!

Very fishy. A little bit of gannety and turtlie sprinkled on the top.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2017 at 09:08 UTC

Some are wondering about the cameras used.

1. 5Ds
2. D810
3. No exif
4. D 750
5. 5D III
6. 7D
7. 5DsR
8. D4
9. D7100
10. D7200
11. D7200
12. D810
13. No exif
14. No exif
15. EM-1

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2017 at 08:23 UTC as 16th comment | 5 replies

Some stunning shots with beautiful light, color and composition. But for me # 14 stands out.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2017 at 19:54 UTC as 33rd comment
On article Extremely dramatic video touts Canon's CMOS technology (196 comments in total)
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Mikael Risedal: http://image-sensors-world.blogspot.se/2017/02/sony-and-on-semi-oscar-award-prs.html

How about this?

https://petapixel.com/2016/02/19/here-are-the-cameras-that-won-world-press-photo-2016/

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2017 at 06:24 UTC
On article Extremely dramatic video touts Canon's CMOS technology (196 comments in total)

Among the top camera manufacturers only Sony and Canon make sensors, from design to fabrication. While Sony is slightly ahead in sensors used in cameras we currently care about, Canon is ahead in megapixel game and in extreme low light CMOS sensors.

Future is unknown though.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 08:59 UTC as 67th comment

The invasion of cellphones. Maybe it won't be too long before other brands make similar decisions. Am I being too pessimistic?

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 18:50 UTC as 201st comment | 4 replies
On article Prime or zoom? LensRentals investigates (237 comments in total)

Thanks for the post DPR. Very informative. My takeaway points.

1. Don't rely on sites that test just one copy of a lens (that would be all sites except Lensrentals), especially if it is a zoom. Check at least three review sites. And check the user forums.
2. Zooms are extremely useful. Their usefulness easily outshines their imperfections.
3. Try to use prime more. Often we can do it if we are slightly less lazy.
4. If all you do is post in forums in small sizes or if you are not a sharpness/resolution warrior, you shouldn't worry about MTF charts. You should be more concerned other characteristics such as CA, vignetting etc.
5. You know better than anyone else what you should do.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2017 at 07:36 UTC as 32nd comment

Reading some comments it feels like Sony fans are a bit disappointed. :)

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2017 at 07:46 UTC as 75th comment | 2 replies
On article Sigma 85mm F1.4 Art DxO results: a new king is crowned (249 comments in total)
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rev32: On contemplating the discussion, and looking at the dxo lists and ratings, I have one observation and one question.

An image is made by a whole system that includes photographer, camera body, lense, and light. No one part of the system defines the quality of the image.

That said: is it possible that one part of the system, in this case the lens, can become too perfect to provide a satisfying and enjoyable image? When I hear comments like "too clinical" to describe the outcome of a Captured image, I think I don't want that. I want images that are pleasing and satisfying. Perhaps it takes a certain amount of imperfections in the system to create the truly appealing image.

That's why many love the rendition from Canon's 85/1.2, or the earlier version of 35/1.4 or the only version of 135/2. And I know Sony users love 85/1.4 GM. And there are many other examples.
New lenses are surely getting better with regard to sharpness wide open and across the frame and CA suppression. This Sigma is a excellent example of that. I would love to see few portraits taken side by side with Canon's 1.2, Sony GM and this lens.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 21:45 UTC
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