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On article Google AI adds detail to low-resolution images (150 comments in total)
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AlanG: Run the Zapruder film through this and see if Ted Cruz's dad is holding a gun on the grassy knoll.

Will generating pictures this way from unrecognizable pixelated images actually be evidence?

Most excellent comment!

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2017 at 07:09 UTC

Another Sigma miracle and I'm not talking about sharpness. From Roger's review:

"One of the biggest changes Sigma has had in the last few years comes in the build quality of their lenses. Before the Art series and rebranding, Sigma was plagued with stories of back focusing, and inconsistent build quality. However...Sigma has risen to be one of the most respected and beloved third-party lens options."

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2017 at 17:51 UTC as 129th comment | 1 reply
On article Super Bowl Halftime lit up by choreographed drone show (103 comments in total)
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(unknown member): Will DPR ever be able to stop droning on about drones at every opportunity in the future. Watch this spot.

The drone craze will pass (although, yeah, even the name drone sounds kinda boring.) But for now, I want to see more unusual applications like the one described here, or drones delivering pizzas or flying over the Playboy mansion on hot summer days.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2017 at 18:25 UTC
On article Super Bowl Halftime lit up by choreographed drone show (103 comments in total)
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skanter: Does anyone really watch this obnoxious, overblown "entertainment"?
I find it repulsive.

Who is the vice-president? Is he in charge of vice?

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2017 at 18:19 UTC
On article Leica Summilux-SL 50mm F1.4 sample gallery (368 comments in total)
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cirtapfotos: My first impression. Dark and Muddy. Are you sure you even hit a 1.4 at anytime? 5 Grand...I will take these Sigma Lenses please and have Burger King Lunch Money left over...Sigma Art Line of 35mm, 50mm/ 85mm, 24-35mm . Steve Huff is the perfect lil spinner for Leica Fan Boys. I have tested Leica and their huge over priced products and it does not make sense still today. But to be fair. If you have a huge budget in wasting your time and funds...go with Leica. Red Dot!

Steve Huff loves absolutely everything. If I wanted a review of my product, he's the man I'd send it to.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2017 at 16:00 UTC

This could be a great asset for wedding photography if the people aren't very attractive.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2017 at 18:10 UTC as 26th comment | 3 replies
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falconeyes: The value of consumer electronics is going down everywhere. From smart phones to cameras to PC to TVs. I wonder what could be the next big thing driving sales? Wall-sized screens?

In Japan, they have pet washing machines which could have a big future if the animal cruelty people would stop fussing. Also, the smart lawn that DPR saw at CES sounds promising.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2017 at 05:30 UTC
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chipmaster: Sony at least has something going for it. Can't do photography without sensors... more than you can say about Nikon or Canon, LOL. Hard to be a photography company without owning the very core of it, the sensor. It is interesting times in the photography business.

Thing is, if you make digital cameras but don't make the sensors that go in them, there's always the possiblity that the supply of those all-important sensors will get cut off. Not that this would ever happen, but imagine how vulnerable a company would be if it did.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2017 at 05:24 UTC
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TwoMetreBill: Panasonic not only makes sensors but they have the most advanced sensor technology as well. While they previously cut back on camera sensor manufacturing, they are expanding again. While trustworthy info is a little thin right now, it looks like they will return to supplying Fuji and probably Olympus.

Furthermore Sony loses money on camera sensors not just cameras. With the continuing decline of the camera industry, there is little point in them continuing to pour money down the drain. There is no point where profits can be projected at any time in the foreseeable future.

Olympus is fast running out of money and needs to be acquired or shut down. Fuji is a hobby business that can run with less than one percent market share forever. Same for Ricoh/Pentax. Nikon is in rapid decline and has clearly lost interest in cameras, they have other fish to fry. It is hard to figure out where Panasonic is going. Even though they have a terrific system, who knows where they are making money. With 4K full sensor readout, full frame sensors; is the video industry going to continue so heavily with four-thirds?

That leaves Canon with 50% of the business and growing. Their obsolete mirrorless M series is the only camera line with strong growth. They are projected to go from #3 to #1 this year while Sony drops to #3. The M6 is expected any day, a camera which should best Olympus and Fuji. If it meets expectations and can be delivered in volume, as they say, there will be no #2.

Nevertheless I'm buying a Sony RX10 III as it meets my need better than anything currently on the market and will upgrade when something else comes out that improves the experience. It won't be more megapixels.

Example of how this "fan" reasoning works: "Their obsolete mirrorless M series is the only camera line with strong growth."

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2017 at 05:18 UTC
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Donnie G: Canon is on track to become the #1seller of mirrorless ILCs worldwide before the end of this year as predicted. Their soon to be released M6 will help to seal the deal for them, but the M5 was clearly the right product at the right time. So while the couch potato CEOs here bashed Canon for being 'too late to the mirrorless party" or for not trying to match its competition spec for spec, Canon steadfastly stuck to their plan and grew a substantial base of real customers for their mirrorless products. Canon's ILC marketshare continues to grow. So who's marketshare is shrinking? :))

It's no suprise that Sony, Olympus, Fuji, Pentax, etc, etc are not big players in this declining market. Sony has a higher profile, with endless new models, and everybody owns something made by Sony so expectations are a bit higher. But I was surprised to read Thom's stats about how well Canon is doing with mirrorless cameras. Slow and steady, I guess.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2017 at 05:15 UTC
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Magnar W: Wow, many Canon people commenting here, just to convince others that their camera brand the best! Why? Are they worried about something, or do they just feel sorry for us who doesn't know better? :-)

It's not hype. Sony releases new models about once a week which is a huge help to websites that need content. Imagine trying to come up with interesting new products 6 days a week, all year long. Without Sony, DPR would have throwback Monday-Friday. This isn't a Photokina year so we're counting on you, Sony.

(I'm not saying these products are great or even necessary, just that there are lots of 'em.)

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2017 at 05:06 UTC

Well, obviously. Whatever camera you buy, chances are pretty good it will have a Sony sensor. But will it be a Sony camera? Probably not.

And here's the kicker...it costs Sony almost nothing to promote use of their sensors and companies like Nikon have nowhere else to go.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2017 at 05:00 UTC as 22nd comment | 4 replies
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EssexAsh: No prices revealed. So clearly aimed at the "tragic hipsters with more money than sense" market

Aside from the fact that hipster is meant to be insulting, there is no reasoning at work here. How can a person have more money than sense when the cost of something is unknown? And as for inkjet not just surpassing but greatly surpassing platinum prints, I don't think so. I wouldn't even bet on the permanence being superior although we won't be around to check.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 23:18 UTC
On article Grab a free copy of DxO OpticsPro 9 while you can (187 comments in total)

This is an odd thing, even for DxO. Like free food, just a little past the expiration date.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 20:14 UTC as 60th comment | 1 reply
On article Grab a free copy of DxO OpticsPro 9 while you can (187 comments in total)
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DanielFjall: Does it work with Leica M3?

It even works with a Leica M2R.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 20:11 UTC

In the US, the question for photo hobbyists is: $12.95 or $14.95 and when. When it hits, if you buy Adobe stock, the gains should easily cover the price increase unless Donald tanks the market.

Even Affinity Photo has raised the price of their excellent photo app. Now it costs a whopping $49. Fifty bucks and you own it for life.

I wonder how much Adobe cares about hobbyists. On the one hand, nobody likes being vilified, but on the other, professionals just pay, tell everybody what a bargain subscriptions are, and take it off their taxes.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 18:00 UTC as 39th comment | 8 replies

Looks superb. And it's expensive enough that you can boast you are a professional if you buy one.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2017 at 21:33 UTC as 17th comment | 2 replies
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Slouch Hooligan: Regarding opinions on the Oly menu:
Olympus and all camera manufacturers could learn much from internet usability studies. Rational item association combined with a shallow menu structure could improve the menus of all cameras.
Resisting the marketing allure of creeping featurism could also make menu diving more snappy.

Unneccessary complexity rocks. It must, because people keep buying the stuff. It wasn't that long ago (ok, it was a long time ago) that manufacturers boasted about program mode because it gave you something to fall back on.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2017 at 06:42 UTC
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mandm: Wow, No comments that it will not sell because it’s priced to high; where are all the hundreds of people who gave their reasons it would not sell when you could get a D500 or D750 for the same price or less.
FYI: It’s on Backorder at B&H, Adorama and others.
There was 1 comment of ‘For too many, price is high at half the price’.

Its a new product an you have no idea how many were made or sold. Even if it sells a lot, this is normal early adopter behavior and still doesn't prove anything. But unless you own stock in Olympus, who cares?

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 23:36 UTC
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villagranvicent: For the money they are charging for their cameras I would expect a much nicer meeting room.

After what they went through 18 months ago, they're lucky to have a room.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 17:17 UTC
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