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fredmason: Nice but I'm holding out for next year's thinner model.

Story of my life.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2018 at 17:19 UTC

It's too bad this model doesn't include the one-touch viewfinder but that might cause people to sit on the fence, unable to decide between the RX 100 V-2 and the RX 100 VI. By the time the customer makes up his/her mind, its Photokina and the VII is out. What does surprise me is that Sony hasn't make these in red for Asia, and anniversary and limited editions. Maybe next week.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2018 at 17:55 UTC as 20th comment | 4 replies
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matthew saville: The fact that we're emulating Kodak Gold 200 should say something about the sad, sad state of the raw processing platform which these "preset packs" utilize.

I pity the hipster who thinks that Kodak Gold 200 is something you'd want the final result of your high-end raw digital workflow to look like, after you've spent hundreds of dollars on the raw workflow, and many hundreds / thousands on the camera gear.

I also pity the hipster who think that this Ektar 100 emulation looks like the actual film. (but then again, we all know that the buyers of these films WANT that muted vintage fade, NOT accuracy.)

The Tri-X 400 is fine. Then again, if you think you're a REAL hipster, then the joke is on you for not BESPOKE-ING IT YOURSELF. Grab that old film SLR you undoubtedly have, put a roll of Tri-X 400 through it, take the same shots on your digital camera, ...then just tweak the tonal response in the HSL and RGB curves in LR...

/when I was a kid film was ALL we had...

Nasty attitude aside, it does seem odd someone would want to emulate the appearance of Kodak Gold 200. As for color accuracy, not even digital users want this all the time (or ever, in some cases.) I used to think Velvia was at the pinnacle of "pleasing" color inaccuracy, but digital has pushed over the top color saturation to levels not dreamed of by film users.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2018 at 17:39 UTC
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ShaiKhulud: Joking aside though:
- Still no video improvements
- No AF improvements
- It's still easier to recover Thai kids from the underwater cave than to recover shadows from 6D mk2 RAW.

I mean, for a few months 6Dmk2 is here to compete with A7-3 for a very similar price tag. Show some dedication at least with FW updates (weak point for Sony). But judging by the updates, not only sensor, but the CPU was a missed opportunity for mk2.

The worst part is that Canon forces people to buy their products. It's the only explanation. Maybe if DPR paid a little more attention to Sony, everybody would switch.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2018 at 20:16 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC RX100 VI review (429 comments in total)
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ShaiKhulud: The thing I love the most about the RX100 line - you can buy older models and they'll be perfectly capable for your needs. And they're still in production.

You can easily buy Mk V if you don't want telephoto and in desperate need for more stops. Or you can go with mk3 if you want to save some money.

If a few months pass and Sony runs out of ideas for new RX100 models, they may decide to update some of the older ones to keep themselves in each day's news.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2018 at 16:39 UTC
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mike earussi: The market is slowly dividing into two extremes, cell phones for amateurs and FF for serious photographers. APS-C will linger for a while but will gradually diminish.

We have no way of knowing what will happen with APS but given the price difference, it seems likely some people will want interchangable lens cameras that are smaller, lighter and above all, cheaper than full frame.

m43 is a tough sell, but it's still the largest sensor that lets you build a system comparable in size and weight to a 35mm rangefinder outfit, even though the m43 sensor is much smaller than 35mm. But that's just a failing of digital. A complete Fuji outfit is the same size as an equivalent SLR outfit.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2018 at 23:39 UTC

Canon can afford to make mistakes like this and Sony would write it off as a learning experience. But from now on, Nikon had better hit a string of home runs, starting with Photokina.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2018 at 17:27 UTC as 138th comment | 10 replies

Well, Nikon had good luck with the last model so you can't blame them for trying.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2018 at 17:00 UTC as 77th comment | 1 reply
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MikeManr: Im still waiting for Canon to release the successor to the SX60, which had a 1240mm zoom range!

When was the Argus C3 announced?

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2018 at 16:58 UTC
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Astrotripper: It's really just a matter of time until large sensors get largely obsoleted by AI algos and computational photography. Hopefully camera makers see the potential here to improve their cameras, as opposed to pretending that those developments do not affect them.

There is no reason AI could not be applied to create beautiful bokeh for example. Researches have already shown an AI that has spacial awareness so good that it can "imagine" how the scene would look like from a different angle, or even deduce what should be in places that are not part of input data. It's quite impressive.

No reason those could not be used for AF, object recognition and tracking, and probably a few other areas I can't think of top of my head.

Whether man or machine, eventually digital technology will make your job go away.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2018 at 16:54 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI sample gallery updated (174 comments in total)

Took a look a the photo with the Empire State building in the upper right corner (it's actually not even all the way into the corner) and, using the loupe, it's dismal. Dynamic range looks quite good though, and underneath all the noise the lens looks sharp.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2018 at 19:02 UTC as 32nd comment
On article Tamron 70-210mm F4 Di VC USD Review (159 comments in total)
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sobrien: Is the 70-200 F/4 L IS ii decentered in the image comparison tool or what is going on? It turns to mush on the left hand side of the frame.

Edit: I see the review puts it down to "variation". Also "mush" is probably a bit extreme given the level of crop, though it is very significantly worse than the right hand side and indeed the Tamron.

Well, version 1 is still terrific, all metal and lightweight. Not the worst lens to be stuck with if v.2 has problems.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2018 at 16:51 UTC
On article Tamron 70-210mm F4 Di VC USD Review (159 comments in total)

All 70-200 zooms are sharp so that's not an issue. With Canon closing out the 70-200/4 v.1 and used ones available, getting a Tamron might not be such a great deal. But for a Nikon user, sure.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2018 at 16:44 UTC as 46th comment | 1 reply
On article Fujifilm X-T100 sample gallery (187 comments in total)

Nice. The jpg of the interior with the 14mm holds the highlights surprisingly well. As for the color, they sunk Ektachrome with Velvia so just maybe the average consumer likes oversaturated color, especially on cloudy days.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2018 at 16:45 UTC as 34th comment | 2 replies
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HRC2016: I think their business model is inspired by The Producers.

And remember what happened to the show in The Producers.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2018 at 02:07 UTC
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evogt500: wow, $1200 for a 50mm F1.4 lens. Ridiculous.

The problem, of course is #4. These days, Pentax is perceived as a "good value for money" brand and therefore it follows that lenses should be bargain priced to persuade consumers to take a chance on a brand in a precarious position. While cameras are not investments--not good ones, anyway--nobody wants to buy into something that might be going away.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2018 at 17:10 UTC
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Jonathan Mac: It's interesting from a technical point of view, but I see no reason to design a lens to do this. For one thing it can be done easily in post and for another, soft-focus lenses are abominations which only serve to produce horrendous photos (usually "portraits") where the subject is too unpleasant on the eye for people to want to see sharply.

An abomination? Why not just something you'd prefer not to buy? LensBaby has built a business on abominations and for what you get, they're not cheap.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2018 at 17:41 UTC

Add a lighter body and a lighter weight lens and things start to add up. So long as your employer pays for the lens. Nice to see some news about Sony, since yesterday's news about Sony.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2018 at 17:41 UTC as 51st comment | 1 reply

Even if the Panasonic lenses are not consistently sharp (see slide #6, which should have been slide #1) at least they have some kind of gripping surface. I had a couple of the older Sony RX100, and they handled like a front-heavy bar of soap. Still, the Sony is clearly the better camera, especially if it's the only one with a lens that's sharp at all focal lengths.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2018 at 16:32 UTC as 78th comment | 4 replies
On article DPReview TV: Sony RX100 VI review (357 comments in total)

These videos are really good. When each Sony camera is released, it allows us to check it out right away, before the full (rave) review.

Just one thing; it would be nice if there was less emphasis on telling people what they already know. Anyone considering this camera knows how much it costs and that the lens has a longer range but is slower. They probably also know about the viewfinder pop-up but that's worth showing in a video.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2018 at 18:04 UTC as 67th comment | 1 reply
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