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I believe Bokeh Master is derived from the German, "Hernia-meister."

Link | Posted on May 25, 2018 at 18:29 UTC as 33rd comment | 7 replies
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blackmondy: Youtube shills can't wait to review this monstrosity so that they can look forward to the huge kickbacks from recommending it.

Really? Like free trips and swag for unbiased reviews? Suddenly this thing is lookin' good.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2018 at 18:23 UTC
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Schweikert: 'Weapon' was such a bad name for a camera product. Good change along with the lower prices.

Imagine the disappointment when your package arrives and the product turns out to be non-lethal. Especially if you paid $25,000 more than somebody else.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2018 at 18:19 UTC

If Sony wants to take over the camera business (god knows why) they'll need to do a better job getting publicity. Sites like this one will sometimes go several days without an article on Sony. Or an article that justifies why there are so many articles about Sony.

What Sony does have, in spades, is a rabid fan base. These folks don't just want to use Sony cameras; they want all other manufacturers to be shamed and humiliated. Everything is outsized, like the Marvel Universe. It's a "war" over electronic toys that become obsolete in a year.

Sony has done some great things. Moved the goal posts. But a psychologist needs to look at the "fan" situation. Do this now, before fights break out, the way they do at sports events.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2018 at 16:15 UTC as 119th comment | 2 replies

If we're not taking about video, or DxO scores like an amp that goes to "11" why not use a Pen F with Panasonic lenses? Some of the zooms are small, and the short prime lenses are sharp and tiny.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2018 at 17:10 UTC as 260th comment

The reason to make both large and small mirroless cameras is that the money is in the lens purchases but there's no guarantee that anyone but early adopters will buy a new set of lenses. When I worked for Leitz, the push was on SLRs because we knew it would generate more lens sales. Unfortunately, it also resulted in lower camera sales. Like actors who are stereotyped, companies must play to their strengths.

For many users I think a mirrorless camera outfit almost as big as an SLR will be a wash. Not a Greek tragedy, but why bother? I think the real debacle will be lens speed. Now that cameras offer ridiculously high ISOs with good quality, somebody needs to make high end telephotos that are slow and small, to prove there is a market.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2018 at 16:56 UTC as 265th comment | 1 reply
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Flashback: Blade Runner. . .

I could watch the original Blade Runner for hours but this, I don't think so.

Link | Posted on May 21, 2018 at 17:43 UTC

Doesn't this fuel the argument that this level of resolution isn't needed? It's very impressive but not terribly interesting.

Link | Posted on May 21, 2018 at 17:40 UTC as 4th comment

Maybe they were worried Sony would release a new model by Thursday and they saw an opening. You snooze, you lose.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2018 at 17:28 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply
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photophile: The Galaxy explosion?? How did I miss a Cosmic event on that scale!! This is going to put interstellar travel back by a half a million years. So much for advance bookings.

This guy is trying to save the galaxy and all he gets is a bunch of smart remarks.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2018 at 20:55 UTC

Someone has to be first, but you'd think people would learn not to upgrade firmware unless the benefits are dramatic and the "early adopters" have already done the de-bugging.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2018 at 18:00 UTC as 26th comment | 4 replies
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200/TZ200 Review (560 comments in total)

Maybe if the zoom range a was a little bit less the lens wouldn't be as soft. Eventually people will catch on that putting Leica or Zeiss on a lens is no longer a guarantee of anything.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2018 at 18:00 UTC as 62nd comment | 2 replies
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havoc315: There is another reason you've heard so much about Sony: Their USA marketing department has become fantastic at generating buzz. Every product release becomes a major event, with bloggers and vloggers being given free or subsidized trips... Look at the just-completed "Kando" -- 200 "influencers" spending 3 days in Sony nirvana... Of course Chris and Jordan (as 1 example) are going to have an enthusiastic new video showing off Sony's newest camera -- when they just got to play with it for free for a trip with Sony providing models, balloon rides, etc. (Not claiming that Chris and Jordan sacrifice their objectivity... just saying it's going to result in immediate videos hitting the internet, of the camera being used in spectacular settings).

More to the point, these events are extremely expensive. Sony is willing to pay to get the coverage, Canon seldom is and Nikon can't afford it.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2018 at 17:27 UTC

It needs no explanation that when you have to write about something every day, it's a godsend that one manufacturer cranks out enough products to fill that space. No explanation needed.

Now, if the Sony well runs dry, what would make interesting reading is the ferocity of Sony users and how upset they get when someone prefers a different product. Honestly, whose business is it if somebody wants to use an SLR or god forbid, a camera not made by Sony?

Link | Posted on May 15, 2018 at 17:26 UTC as 109th comment | 1 reply
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monked: I am so confused as to why there are so many Sony haters. If you hate them so much, stick with your Canons, Nikons or whatever. I don't see the big deal.

These are companies. There is nothing to hate nor would it serve any purpose. What can be "hated" is the ease with which an organization that provides ostensibly ubiased information accepts trips, sponsored content and so on. Of course these things are useful and everyone involved thinks they're a straight arrow but as this article hints, people have noticed things are getting pretty cozy. Not unique to the photo industry of course.

Honestly--so much attention to Sony that it warrants an article on why so much attention to Sony. Um, ok, sure.

BTW, this is not the same conflict as being part of Amazon since consumers can buy whatever they want from Amazon.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2018 at 17:16 UTC
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tkbslc: NR algorithms for smooth textures are pretty simple. How does it work for hair?

I wonder about less extreme amounts of correction, because impressive as it is, you can still see a loss of detail similar to what you get with current, "no loss" noise reduction. Things are cleaned up, but they are also smoothed over.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2018 at 21:00 UTC
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fPrime: Kodak also had a well managed decline in revenue until the party was over. Profits are good but revenue and growth are king.

Ah, but Kodak had Antonio Perez to ride things all the way down. It's doubtful Nikon can find anyone like him.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2018 at 16:54 UTC

The D850 shows that giving consumers what they want can pay off. But what does this have to do with Sony? Even Thom Hogan has a long post about Sony. Maybe, if Nikon continues to be profitable they can throw big publicity events like Sony.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2018 at 16:51 UTC as 94th comment
On article DPReview TV: Sony RX10 IV Review (278 comments in total)

For a lot of people, the trade-offs with the RX10 are not bad at all and not changing lenses can be suprisingly fun. I consider mine a camera plus several lenses, so it doesn't seem that expensive.

I'd check with Sony first, just to get an ok, but maybe minivan should be the specifier for this category of all-in-one cameras. It does sound pejorative, but so what? Super-zooms are rarely super, but everybody recognizes the term.

Good video--and who doesn't like to see Fro against the Pacific Ocean. Now, when you finish working through the Sony line, can you do some videos on some other brand? You may have to bring your own lunch, but the weather should be clearing in Seattle.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2018 at 18:59 UTC as 43rd comment
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razorfish: While Panasonic has to «sponsor» in order to get a good, informative interview published, dpr pours out «article» after «article» of so-called objective journalism full of Sony praise. I’ve followed this site for over a decade, and the recent Sony bias is unlike anything I’ve seen before. Sad to witness.

DPR has to write about new cameras every day, all year. In the past, this would not have been possible because cameras had reasonable product cycle--a year and half or more, and enthusiasts kept their cameras, even skipping an iteration (which is what led Adobe to subscriptions, to prevent this option.)

But Sony is an electronics company so their approach is not like a "finely crafted" camera company. Whenever they think they can make an improvement, it's time for another model. The free advertising is just a side benefit.

Link | Posted on May 9, 2018 at 19:04 UTC
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