mandophoto

Lives in United States Tucson, AZ, United States
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Magnar W: The mirrorless heavyweight league ... I wonder how well the SL system sells.

"For most of us," is a sweeping generalization. And "most of us" apparently are not doing a good enough job of supporting the camera industry.

PS I don't disagree that Leica is overpriced. But I do acknowledge that Leica has pulled itself up from near disaster to being, perhaps, the only camera company that is growing. And the rest of the industry has taken note.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 22:52 UTC
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Magnar W: The mirrorless heavyweight league ... I wonder how well the SL system sells.

I don't know what your definition of affordable is, but for many people affordability may be the door the Chinese open. A la the YI camera.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 21:46 UTC
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Magnar W: The mirrorless heavyweight league ... I wonder how well the SL system sells.

You've not noticed how most manufacturers are learning from Leica? With sales down across the board, building high end, expensive gear is a norm now.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 21:04 UTC

Wow, excellent post. A needed reminder of how complacently stupid the self-proclaimed righteous can be. Dorothea Lange was and still is one of the great photographers. Thank you Allison Johnson and Dpreview.

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2016 at 14:37 UTC as 59th comment
On article Woof! Sony a6500 sample images are here (364 comments in total)

Most of these downloadable raw files are either bad or there's a problem with the just released ACR 9.8, can't tell which. Anybody else?

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2016 at 12:49 UTC as 3rd comment

At this level of camera diversity, quality and price it seems pointless to choose a "best." And, both the Canon 1D X II and Nikon D5 are cameras that belong in a category of their own. Even then, a "best"? It's a personal decision, as it should be.

Sure, this is fun, but more to the point is to keep DPreview as a POP for Amazon. Not objectionable, after all DPreview is fun for all of us and the folks working there need to be payed. I guess it is the obvious marketing in having a "best" competition that seems so out of date. Reminds me of the "best restaurants," etc., runoffs promoted in alternative newspapers in order to draw both advertising and readers. An effortless way to get attention.

But I won't be a stick in the mud. I'll vote for the most underserving: As a Sony user I am continually frustrated by Sony's BS, such as insisting on the lossy compression ARW format. Boo. So I vote for the Sony a6500 as the least deserving of the bunch (yeah, I may get it anyway, sigh.)

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 14:59 UTC as 42nd comment | 1 reply
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kolyy: The problem is that any M43 camera could get these shots with these lenses. There is no reason whatsoever to get the E-M1 II for these. And even more, I don't think the best approach in these circumstances is to take a large camera with those large "Pro" lenses, when a GM5 with a set of small lenses (12-32, 35-100, 9-18) can do the same thing and can be safely hidden in pockets while skiing,

I have a GM5 and very much like it but to use it under these condition would require distracting care. It definately is not an inclement weather camera. But shows us some of your GM5 action skiing photography done during a snow storm.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 01:01 UTC

I never protected my Canon F-1 cameras and they never stopped working. But my digital gear always seems fragile so when not in use stays in a bag. I think this Olympus may be the first digital hockey puck camera.

PS While the Nikon D5 and Canon 1D X II are tough, they're more like big Caterpillar tractors, albeit with jet propulsion and just as loud.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2016 at 23:28 UTC as 29th comment | 1 reply
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 review (1145 comments in total)

Why am I getting a sense of déjà vu seeing this preview as the leading post of the DPREVIEW front page?

Oh, wait, the Sony a6500 is officially released today, or was that yesterday? Anyway, Yay! Oh, and it's Christmas time! Yay again!

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 13:52 UTC as 139th comment

Always penguins and monkeys, and sentimental photos of young with adults (must be the fur.) Most look like Sierra Club photos. At least 4 & 5 reflect what "wildlife" means.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2016 at 12:11 UTC as 43rd comment

Well, the tinfoil hat brigade is here! Woohoo! Sorry, but reading the comments being posted is just hilarious. Personally I don't care what camera was used to take #5 (female silhouette/shadow,) that's a wonderful photo.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2016 at 13:51 UTC as 87th comment | 1 reply
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Lars V: This is not simulated depth of field - it's just masked blur. The nearby background has the same level of defocus as the horizon.

@Lars V: I'm not debating your observation. Yes, it's fun to discuss digital traditional photography, just let us not get too serious.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2016 at 21:58 UTC
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Lars V: This is not simulated depth of field - it's just masked blur. The nearby background has the same level of defocus as the horizon.

You are correct but other than fastidious and knowledgable photographers I doubt many would notice or care.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2016 at 21:17 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: $1200-2000 ILCs part 1 - Crop-Sensor (387 comments in total)
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Nobby2016: --------------BREAKING NEWS-------

TOKYO -- Nikon plans to eliminate about 1,000 jobs in Japan, or 10% of its domestic workforce, as the company shifts resources away from once core businesses to medical devices and other growth areas.
The cuts over the next two to three years will mostly affect Nikon's money-losing semiconductor equipment operations and its shrinking digital camera business.
Nikon likely will offer early retirement to workers at facilities including its Kumagaya plant in Saitama Prefecture, northwest of Tokyo, which makes semiconductor lithography systems. Severance payments and other restructuring costs are expected to total hundreds of millions of dollars over two to three years.
Nikon is seen missing its forecast of a 64% jump in net profit to 30 billion yen ($287 million) for the fiscal year ending in March. Its net profit has fallen from a peak of 75.4 billion yen in fiscal 2007 to 18.2 billion yen last year.

And how much have Olympus, Fujifilm, Panasonic and Pentax grown? What percentage of the camera market do those companies have? Please show substantiated proof.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2016 at 21:54 UTC
On article Next level: iPhone 7 Plus camera review (189 comments in total)
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arhmatic: What about in terms of "features"? This camera completely lacks any form of manual control that actually make a camera... no WB, ISO setting and such... This is only a comparable in terms of pixel peeping, if any, and I am NOT impressed...

@arhmatic: Apple is not in the business of making cameras. The camera in the iPhone and other smartphones is a feature, not the main purpose of the devices. We notice a lot of smartphone photography because that is what WE are about. Most smartphone users are not we. As Lars pointed out to you, the advanced photography options are there, YOU just have to make a bit of an effort.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2016 at 17:56 UTC
On article Next level: iPhone 7 Plus camera review (189 comments in total)

I get that smartphone cameras are not meant explicitly for professional use. Nevertheless the ubiquitous adoption of these cameras for most of the photography being done nowadays suggests a level of competency should be considered in their design. To that end, perhaps a test on shutter button/actuation lag could be considered.

The photo samples clearly show why the stand alone camera is in decline. Well, photography by any means is still photography.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2016 at 16:27 UTC as 52nd comment | 1 reply
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mandophoto: Apple is undoubtedly saving money by not including an SD reader in the new MacBooks but it is also pushing the envelope. Considering all the bobblehead, conditioned knee-jerk criticism of Apple, I sometimes laugh at what the digital world would look like if Apple had not existed:

You guys would happily still:

Be using floppy disks
Be using command line prompts
Be using flip out phones
Be using, (actually do use,) Windows.

There would be no choice except Microsoft based products (now there's a nightmare.)

OK, I'm having a little fun, but you guys are almost a parody of the old timers stuck in the past. I transfer my pics using an SD card not because I want to, but because our camera industry steadfastly refuses to implement easy to use, reliable and fast WiFi in our cameras.

So do a search for battery/SD card door replacement and repairs. It is a common repair of digital cameras. Even SD card slots get damaged by the continual insert and removal of the card.

Peace :-)

@falconeyes: You are correct about Apple successfully implementing good tech not of their own making. It is a point many choose to ignore. The fact is we all want the latest tech as illustrated by the incessant upgrade cycle we photogs impose on ourselves. Apple may be the best at understanding how desirable new tech is, and Sony also seems to have figured it out. Something Kodak unfortunately missed.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2016 at 15:32 UTC
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mandophoto: Apple is undoubtedly saving money by not including an SD reader in the new MacBooks but it is also pushing the envelope. Considering all the bobblehead, conditioned knee-jerk criticism of Apple, I sometimes laugh at what the digital world would look like if Apple had not existed:

You guys would happily still:

Be using floppy disks
Be using command line prompts
Be using flip out phones
Be using, (actually do use,) Windows.

There would be no choice except Microsoft based products (now there's a nightmare.)

OK, I'm having a little fun, but you guys are almost a parody of the old timers stuck in the past. I transfer my pics using an SD card not because I want to, but because our camera industry steadfastly refuses to implement easy to use, reliable and fast WiFi in our cameras.

So do a search for battery/SD card door replacement and repairs. It is a common repair of digital cameras. Even SD card slots get damaged by the continual insert and removal of the card.

Peace :-)

@entoman: A camera can be a WiFi point, and in fact that is the way images are transferred to mobile devices. No need for a separate WiFi network. As for readers, they can break as mine did in my desktop. Not a problem since external reader are easily available (if your not in the middle of the Amazon) or a cable. The real issue is that camera makers have decided not to fully support WiFi in their cameras. Perhaps it's an added cost that is considered non essential, or a drain on batteries. But frankly if I were in the middle of nowhere, a broken slot door or bent pins would worry me more than anything.

PS I am assuming the download is from camera to your personal computer.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 16:16 UTC

Apple is undoubtedly saving money by not including an SD reader in the new MacBooks but it is also pushing the envelope. Considering all the bobblehead, conditioned knee-jerk criticism of Apple, I sometimes laugh at what the digital world would look like if Apple had not existed:

You guys would happily still:

Be using floppy disks
Be using command line prompts
Be using flip out phones
Be using, (actually do use,) Windows.

There would be no choice except Microsoft based products (now there's a nightmare.)

OK, I'm having a little fun, but you guys are almost a parody of the old timers stuck in the past. I transfer my pics using an SD card not because I want to, but because our camera industry steadfastly refuses to implement easy to use, reliable and fast WiFi in our cameras.

So do a search for battery/SD card door replacement and repairs. It is a common repair of digital cameras. Even SD card slots get damaged by the continual insert and removal of the card.

Peace :-)

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 12:28 UTC as 147th comment | 15 replies
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mandophoto: I've never liked having to remove the SD card out the camera. The process of continual opening and closing of the battery/SD compartment door, removing and the reinserting the card is too mechanically prone to problems. So when available I use WiFi (preferred) or the USB cable (which is also too mechanical for long term use.)

@T3: LOL

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 02:01 UTC
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