AbrasiveReducer

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This is some pretty straight talk from DPR, I must say. Still, everything I know about medium format tells me this camera will be capable of slightly better images than any current FF camera.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 17:03 UTC as 315th comment | 1 reply
On article Pentax KP sample gallery (95 comments in total)

When the caption says "adjustments limited to exposure, whites, highlights, shadows and blacks" is there really that much else that can be adjusted? I guess this means no further noise or lens-related adjustments.

The photos look good and even when the sun comes out, the dynamic range looks good. I'm not sure its holding the white picket fence, but if it is, that's impressive.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 16:42 UTC as 32nd comment | 2 replies
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Shlomo Goldwasser: I don't fully buy the 'has to be done by hand' story. It sounds more like they are trying hard to show that there is still some human involvement to protect the status of the brand and to justify the high prices of these products.

No arugment that machines can do all kinds of precise tasks better than people. And it's a pity.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 23:38 UTC
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thx1138: Nice to see a positive Canon story at dpreview. Very interesting read. It's a shame you didn't get to ask them about the procedures involved for DO lenses. I've been told only one person is responsible for the polishing of the DO elements it is so specialised. Not sure if that has changed recently. Can they or do they at least hope to be able to automate DO lenses manufacture and.or polishing.

And when that one person gets the flu...don't ask.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 23:30 UTC

They may not be innovators with cameras but lenses are a different story. And it seems they answered almost every question - suprising!

Funny how the translated answer to your question about automation replacing people came back as "Well, we don't just fire everybody." Words to live by.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 16:40 UTC as 18th comment | 2 replies
On article GoPro to cut 270 jobs as part of restructuring effort (79 comments in total)

That's a lot of people. Do they make something else that sells well?

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2017 at 16:38 UTC as 13th comment
On article Fujifilm X100F Review (672 comments in total)
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justmeMN: No red dot, no sale!

In addition, this camera isn't priced high enough to be a luxury status symbol!

Fail! :-)

One of the luxury status symbols of the red dot camera is interchangable lenses.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 16:31 UTC
On article Capturing the unseen: Sam Forencich's Invisible Oregon (46 comments in total)

Super. It never occured to me to shoot infrared at night, but why not? I imagine we'll see this in science fiction movies before long but for now it's a novelty.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 17:33 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (495 comments in total)
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valdazis: For the record: vinyl does produce better quality of sound than CD and MP3...

Ken Rockwell can prove it and DxO can measure it.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 00:25 UTC
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (495 comments in total)
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Irakly Shanidze: It is just too bad that nobody explained to the author that focusing with a rangefinder is faster and more reliable than AF when done right. All you have to do is to set the lens to infinity after each shot. That way, there is only one direction the focusing ring can go.

When it comes to guessing and zone focusing, the simplest and most reliable technique is positioning a standing person between horizontal frame lines and focusing on it. After that, any person of approximately the same height will be at approximately the same distance. No need to recompose.

Actually, when I use my Pen F with the 7-14 lens on a low contrast subject, yes, focusing with a rangefinder would be faster. But only by a minute or two.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 17:27 UTC
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (495 comments in total)
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grasscatcher: It seems like much of the article (and the comments section) focuses on "zone focusing", and we get very little information on how the camera focuses using the actual rangefinder setup (for individually-focused shots.

As for vinyl vs digital, vinyl has a different sound/feel to it because it seamlessly blends all of the musical information it is recording, whereas digital gives you an additive amalgamation of a multitude of discrete information. In other words, it can be "too accurate". Thus, it's tendency to sound cold, rather than the warm sound of vinyl. The same is often said of analog tube amplifiers vs transistor-ized amps.

Of course, I've also heard that to get the best sound out of your vinyl discs, you need to wipe them regularly with Fantastik spray and a microfiber cloth, and use a good needle cartridge on your phonograph, something costing several thousand dollars.

I generally prefer the sound of my old records, but the pragmatist in me prefers the mp3s on my phone. Perhaps I'll have more time in retirement to enjoy the vinyl more.

There's a great urban myth about a guy who bought a Hasselblad outfit and called the store saying there was a blue coating on the lenses. The story goes that the salesman told him Bon Ami would take it off.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 17:24 UTC
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (495 comments in total)
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Angrymagpie: What's a pops and crackles kind of guy?

Imagine having to explain this. But then, I don't see the value in tweeting.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 17:20 UTC
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (495 comments in total)

Barney, unless the first photo was taken many years ago, you're not old! And regardless of your age, multiple lens SLR outfits are backbreakers; some of the harness and truss things that places like ThinkTank sell are scary (and funny.)

The 40 Rokkor is superb, as is the matching 28mm. Both ridiculously small. Years ago, I walked all over Tokyo & Kyoto with two CLEs, and it was an absolute pleasure.

BTW, you probably know this but the 5cm Nikkors have amazing flare patterns if pointed directly into a light source. Sharpness suffers of course, but you get some really nice effects.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 17:18 UTC as 107th comment | 1 reply
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S added to our studio test scene (442 comments in total)
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sai1: The Fuji clearly pulls ahead of the FF marketleaders. Maybe I can get a used one at some point.

If your favorite camera doesn't come out on top, blame it on the monitor.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2017 at 15:57 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S added to our studio test scene (442 comments in total)
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The Name is Bond: So much moiré that the usable resolution is less than the Sigma dp2. And the Fujis do arguably better also.

I suppose for landscapes this isn't such a problem, but there are small repeated patterns in clothing, weave, that make this a grave danger.

It's the chart's fault!

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2017 at 15:53 UTC
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (889 comments in total)

Optical viewfinders are like tripods. If you made a good one before digital, you can keep selling it and it will still be great. This partly explains why Leica does well when they don't stray too far from an M camera.

EVFs are all over the place in quality and usability. EVFs can be loaded with features and the view may be more accurate, but they are still hard on the eyes.

At the end of the day, I can't help thinking that even with OLED, the main reason manufacturers went to EVFs is because they're cheaper. Better in some ways, but cheaper. They eat batteries, too.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2017 at 18:24 UTC as 269th comment | 1 reply
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TwoMetreBill: "but by abandoning the mirror box (and the telecentric design philosophy) was able to fully deliver on the size benefits that had originally been promised."

And they abandoned a line of lenses with superb image quality for a collection of mostly mediocre or worse lenses, hanging a Pro label on some truly second rate products (e.g. 12-40 f/2.8, 7-14 f/2.8, 12-100 f/4...) and a couple of great lenses such as the 40-150 f/2.8 and 75 f/1.8.

They've turned themselves into a maker of mostly small and cute gear that is an insult to the Olympus legacy.

We'll have to see what Panasonic delivers with their newly announced 12-60 and 50-200 lenses. Perhaps they bought the rights from Olympus to build those SWD lenses in the M43 mount? They've already delivered a 7-14 f/4 which almost matches the original F43 version from Olympus.

The 12-60 is good but not great. It says Leica on it which will be enough for a lot of people but I sent mine back.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2017 at 17:57 UTC
On article Leica M10 in Japan: Updated samples gallery (151 comments in total)

Nice shots (like you can really miss in Japan.) I'm not sure I see anything camera-specific about them, though.

One thing I found that improved my "skill" a lot is that there is virtually no crime, so you can walk anywhere in Japan with $20,000 worth of gear and not worry at all. No looking over your shoulder or needing bags with buckles, clips and locks.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2017 at 18:58 UTC as 28th comment | 6 replies

It had a pretty long run. I remember seeing 4/3 at PMA while they still had OM-4Ti bodies on display. The concept behind telecentric made sense and Olympus staff sold it hard, but history shows it was a Betamax idea (Arguably better but consumers didn't notice.)

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2017 at 18:48 UTC as 47th comment
On article Throwback Thursday: the Olympus C-2100UZ (106 comments in total)
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adriantilley: This series needs to stop. DPR, I know that you need to fill up your news feed with something, but who cares about the specs on a camera from 10 years ago or whatever? Have some self respect.

Even Sony can't produce a new camera every week. Without stuff like this, DPR could be on it's way to being the next Popular Photography.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2017 at 04:08 UTC
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