Pikme

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On article 6 tips for better wildflower photos (59 comments in total)
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SirSeth: I've heard (but have yet to experience) that a tilt-shift lens can be a great gear choice for wild flower vistas. It lets you tilt the focus plane to include small foreground objects and distant mountains without needing to focus stack or use an f-stop that might bring in diffraction limitations.

George Lepp did a lot of flower photography using Canon tilt shift lens. (He also used panoramas for close ups of flowers - simple, effective and something that always made me think 'why didn't I think of that?'). I think he wrote several articles about tilt shift lens and flowers, perhaps for Outdoor Photographer. It might be worth your time to do a search on him and his work. I don't know if his views have changed, since what I saw and remember was earlier in digital world.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2016 at 14:46 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $800-1200 (216 comments in total)

These round ups are showing what rational people already know: brand name digital cameras are all good these days, just buy one and stop agonizing over which one is 'best'.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2016 at 17:21 UTC as 29th comment | 2 replies
On article Crossing the Bridge: Canon XC10 Review (258 comments in total)
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Pikme: Since when have 'bridge' and 'hybrid' come to mean the same thing?

'Bridge' has always referred to cameras that 'bridged' the gap between (D)SLRs and point and shoot cameras. 'Hybrid' referred to cameras that were equally good as video and still cameras. Different terms with different meanings for different cameras.

Although a camera can be both hybrid and bridge, that doesn't make hybrid aka bridge, nor the reverse. Unless all this changed somewhere along the way and I missed the memo?

I wasn't referring to the headline, but to the language in the body that said hybrid was aka bridge. However, I see that sentence has since been removed.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2016 at 21:41 UTC
On article Crossing the Bridge: Canon XC10 Review (258 comments in total)

Since when have 'bridge' and 'hybrid' come to mean the same thing?

'Bridge' has always referred to cameras that 'bridged' the gap between (D)SLRs and point and shoot cameras. 'Hybrid' referred to cameras that were equally good as video and still cameras. Different terms with different meanings for different cameras.

Although a camera can be both hybrid and bridge, that doesn't make hybrid aka bridge, nor the reverse. Unless all this changed somewhere along the way and I missed the memo?

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2016 at 15:53 UTC as 88th comment | 3 replies
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (722 comments in total)

Great improvement! Better font size, much less fatiguing, looks fresher and modern. Unfortunately for readers - but good for Amazon - the colorful ads stand out more, also.

Does this mean there is still hope that dpreview might one day fix the gallery to actually work with iPads?

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 15:43 UTC as 390th comment
On article Leica Q In-depth Review (1140 comments in total)
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Pikme: Is the sensor from Panasonic?

Thanks!

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2016 at 23:27 UTC
On article Leica Q In-depth Review (1140 comments in total)

Is the sensor from Panasonic?

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2016 at 23:00 UTC as 156th comment | 6 replies
On article On assignment: the Leica Q at a Portland wedding (212 comments in total)

The author makes statements that are much too broad about mirrorless cameras, especially with regard to focus speed. There are indeed mirrorless cameras with slow AF, especially in low light scenarios, but there are also mirrorless cameras with very fast and accurate AF in low light. At least as fast as DSLRs. He may have had only experiences with slow focus AF mirrorless cameras, but that doesn't mean they ALL have slow AF and he should not lump them all together that way. Mirrorless cameras are just as diverse as DSLRs, with multiple brands, sensor sizes, consumer-pro models, lens AF speeds, etc.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2016 at 16:31 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
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raztec: Kudos to Nikon for continuing to develop the AF module. However, too complicated for me.

Is this level of customization and complexity in AF something that was genuinely demanded by pros? Or is Nikon's marketing department simply trying to use it as a selling feature to distinguish it from the competition?

DSLRs last remaining advantage is in AF, so it's good to see them pushing that envelope and trying to stay ahead of mirrorless.

'Possibly some of the biggest iterations in AF I've seen lately.'

Either that makes no sense or I'm just losing command of the English language.

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2016 at 06:12 UTC

The worst crime here is Nikon saying "we have dialogued internally".

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 17:50 UTC as 20th comment
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EthanP99: Anyone saying this app should be free. Feel free to ask thw other camera companies to make you one for free and put it in your camera.

Good luck with that.

I do not want Olympus to have in camera Apps - I prefer getting 'features' and 'upgrades' instead. Clever of Sony to just call them 'apps' and then charge $10 for each feature, err, app.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2015 at 03:30 UTC
On article 2015 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $800-$1200 (159 comments in total)
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LJ - Eljot: And again: Press the OK-Button on an Olympus Camera and look what you get:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEcJsksxsOo&t=4m59s

(appx. 30s search) This camera is 7 years old. It is still essentially the same, but you get the menue as an overlay to your live view image. I have allways liked it. The actual menu is something you will allmost never use on an Olympus camera. Only to costomize it.

To be clear to the readers, once you've set up the camera to your liking, you don't have to go into the menus at all, let alone 'deep'.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2015 at 17:44 UTC
On article What's missing? Ming Thein on the state of mirrorless (744 comments in total)
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sensibill: As expected with his usual inaccurate/unbalanced Sony-bashing style, Thein lists a photo of an A7 series in with the header 'Too slow and unresponsive, power hungry'... Sounds like someone fell out of favor and didn't get a review sample from Sony.

And then 'take a long time to fix – after a long period of denial...' referring to Sony RAW compression (there was no denial on Sony's part).

Not sure what he's talking about with UI delays, either. But then, he's baiting clicks like other 'shock blog' folks (Lloyd & Rockwell) with the whole 'no cigar' thing about mirrorless. Some of us definitely have our needs met these cameras and there will never be a ONE SIZE FITS ALL solution. Just 'one blog gets more clicks'.

"But then, he's baiting clicks like other 'shock blog' folks (Lloyd & Rockwell)..."

And dpreview for the last year or so.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2015 at 19:42 UTC
On article Recipe for 6S: iPhone 6S Real-world Sample Gallery (122 comments in total)
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d3xmeister: It seems rather idotic for your gallery to work so poorly or not at all on iOS. You might hate apple and thats fine, but that's disprespect towards your users.

Barney, unfair (but typical of dpreview) to attack d3x when iOS users have been begging for YEARS for a site that works with iPads and iPhones. The gallery function (in addition to other things) has been totally broken for awhile now. Take a look at the comments, requests, pleas for it to be fixed on your site feedback forum, most or all of which have been totally ignored. If there is no intention to make dpreview iOS friendly, then just say so and the 'ranters' will go away.

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2015 at 16:58 UTC
On article Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A professional's opinion (502 comments in total)
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Skip Bastrisky: Well, I guess I'm mixed up with all the 7D confusion !!! I'am a professional photographer who shoots action auto racing. I have press credentials with NASCAR. I shoot with three, I repeat three Canon 7 D's and all my lens from 18mm to 400 are Canon "glass" lens. I produce wonderful and colorful prints up 16X20 and have good bokah,clarity and not much "noise" in them!!!! I shoot three to four thousand photos a race weekend and I don't seem to need voice recordings. And I guess I'm deaf because I don't hear any rational noise in the "shutter" department.They look as good or better than what you posted of"Seattle". I think it's all in the preference of where you want to put your money !!!! I use the three different 7D's so that I don't miss a shot by having to change lens!!! I have about $30,000 tied up in my equipment. The only problem between me and her is that I don't have a big corporation to buy my cameras and glass !!!! I had a couple of "pennies" laying around, so I used them !!!

Another difference between you and Bettina is your love of exclamation points!!!!

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 18:56 UTC
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hypo: "the butch high-end compacts that we enjoy today are the grandchildren of the feature-rich ambition that dropped as seeds the day the flower heads of the APS system dried up and died"

That has to be the most wonderful, baroque statement to have appeared in DPR since Phil launched the site.

Even more wonderful because the more often I read it the better it sounds (and makes me smile) and the more I realise I don't have a clue what Damien's talking about.

Well done Damien. I look forward to following your future articles.

Keith.

That sentence jumped out at me, also, but as the WORST sentence to have appeared in DPR. Or anywhere else. I love beautifully crafted sentences, but that is not one. Writing that tries too hard just ends up being tedious.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2014 at 21:32 UTC
On article Opinion: Do we really need the Fuji X30? (320 comments in total)
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Pikme: A better question might be "Do we really need this type of 'opinion' piece (that conveniently provides lots of clickable opportunities to promote dozens of other cameras for sale) posted as a separate article in dpreview?"

It feels a bit like a scripted argument in a reality tv show, designed to create 'drama' for ratings.

"Obviously this camera is generating a lot of interest, good or bad, and a lot of opinion."

That is exactly what feels 'scripted' to me. But we can agree to disagree here.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2014 at 16:04 UTC
On article Opinion: Do we really need the Fuji X30? (320 comments in total)

A better question might be "Do we really need this type of 'opinion' piece (that conveniently provides lots of clickable opportunities to promote dozens of other cameras for sale) posted as a separate article in dpreview?"

It feels a bit like a scripted argument in a reality tv show, designed to create 'drama' for ratings.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2014 at 15:22 UTC as 109th comment | 3 replies
On article Ten one-of-a-kind cameras from the 21st century (249 comments in total)

Olympus E330 - you forgot the part where dpreview infamously called live view "a solution looking for a problem"!

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2013 at 16:16 UTC as 12th comment
On article 5 Reasons why I haven't used my DSLR for months (598 comments in total)

A bit infuriating to read this. Those of us who have known for years that there are small cameras 'good enough' for most purposes have been fighting an uphill battle to get reviewers to stop mindlessly tanking cameras for their 'tiny sensors' or fixed lenses. Now that you (that's a generic 'you') have seen the light, you have all sorts of rationalizations as to why these cameras are suddenly good enough 'now'. Yes, the technology has improved, but stubborn mindsets have improved even more.

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2013 at 19:00 UTC as 261st comment | 8 replies
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