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On article Lens shootout: Sony RX10 III destroys the competition (485 comments in total)
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TheDarmok74: Great idea this test.
3 questions if I may:
Why didn't you use another RX 10II sample if yours is sub par? Your parent company should be able to provide one for you.
Why didn't you take the comparison photos at the same time? That seems to be really a no brainer for such a test. If you didn't have all available at the time of the test, I refer to my first question
Finally, how many poeple have to voice their concern about the headline (a first for dpr IIRC) until you entertain the idea that they may be right? This is KR parlance, not dpr.

On the contrary, this is a rather bold move. DPR could easily get another camera and sweep this defect under the rug. But for some reason, they've elected to relate a real-world experience, not an idealized, fan experience.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2016 at 23:10 UTC
On article Lens shootout: Sony RX10 III destroys the competition (485 comments in total)
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Karroly: I do not understand why you, guys at DPR, insist on shooting (too) far subjects when testing zoom lenses at the long end. Haze definitely "destroys" IQ...

Seattle doesn't have much haze. Or sun, many times of the year. Used to call on Glazer's and people would say they saw the mountain, like it was an event.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2016 at 17:05 UTC
On article Lens shootout: Sony RX10 III destroys the competition (485 comments in total)
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Biological_Viewfinder: Why am I surprised that people continue to misunderstand the beauty of a fixed-lens solution?

These cameras are the beginning of the end for DSLR cameras.

They don't replace larger, heavier, bulky, multiple lenses in a backpack just yet; but as this technology matures, more and more people will come to appreciate these wonderful bridge cameras. I've waited for a decade for these cameras to arrive. It's still not quite there yet, but they are getting closer and closer to "bridging" the gap between good image quality and utter silliness of the DSLR's need for a backpack full of lenses just to take a picture.

A Nikon 80-400mm on an APS-C DSLR is 120-600mm. That one lens costs $2300. It's also large and heavy.

Some are suggesting 3rd party junk lenses like the 16-300mm. I would not ever use a super-wide to super-telephoto on a DSLR. The whole reason for a DSLR is changing lenses and image quality. Why put 3rd party anything on it???? Even a filter, even a battery. I *ONLY* use genuine!

Absolutely right. Not quite there yet, and for the price, decentering is unacceptable. But an all-in-one travel camera that produces high quality over a long zoom range is almost within reach. Its like discovering you don't need an amp, a pre-amp and a tuner because a good receiver will do the job.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2016 at 16:58 UTC
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1083 comments in total)
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Dan DeLion: Will it take two years to get a full DPR review? We had to wait two years for the D810 review. Probably because it put all the other brands to shame. But after two years some of the other brands don’t look quite so bad compared to the Nikon product. The delayed reviews are like a safe-space. – Nobody’s feelings get hurt.

Whatever the reasons for a delayed review, it's not because a camera put other cameras to shame. That's Nikon talk. That's fan talk.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2016 at 18:40 UTC
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PeaceKeeper: That looks very much like some sort of weapon.

"Phasers to stun!"

It's designed in a country where people don't have guns so they probably didn't consider that possibility.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2016 at 17:10 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras around $500 (195 comments in total)
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CameraLabTester: The winners here have one common trait: WiFi and NFC.

The Canon EOS M series and Nikon 1 series are remnants of the cold war era and should be frozen and the brand companies should let it go...


I have no use for Wi-Fi in a camera and no idea what NFC is. That said, for the money and sensor size the Canon M bodies are quite nice. Lenses are priced appropriately too.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2016 at 18:03 UTC
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CaMeRa QuEsT: I was expecting Canon to have leveled-up to Nikon's AF performance by now, given how much improvement they have brought forward with their latest sensors' DR, but, alas, Nikon still seems to have the upper hand in AF capabilities and DR across its range, only now it also has caught up to Canon in skin colors while Canon is actually doing worse? Bravo for Nikon. Now if they could only up their QC and have something to counter Canon's Dual Pixel LV AF, they might stave their terrible sales slips of late...

One might also conclude that setting the AF correctly is simply too complicated. My 5D3 manual has an entire chapter just on setting the focus.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 20:28 UTC
On article Primer: What is VR, and why should photographers care? (142 comments in total)
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daddyo: Most Excellent! By the time this is all perfected I will be able to live in a virtual nursing home! Can't wait -- better start stocking up on 'Depends' right now.

It Depends.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2016 at 19:11 UTC
On article Day at the track: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II samples (77 comments in total)

Well, this solves the dynamic range problem. You'd think, with the concern with dynamic range, that camera test sites would be headquartered in southern California. Or Australia. You might not get free trips to review cameras but you wouldn't need them if it was sunny most days.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2016 at 16:56 UTC as 15th comment
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1083 comments in total)
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fzrTom: So now the question is : how gold will be its gold award :D

The suspense of not knowing if it will get a gold award or maybe a gold award.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2016 at 19:02 UTC
On article SmugMug Films: Passport to Morocco (48 comments in total)
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Nikman20: Trey is far better at marketing (and making money) than photography.

Obviously, but its still a skill. A lot of folks only know how to take great photos; they don't know how to tell people how great they are. Even on DPR, there are people who like Trey's photos so you can imagine how the general public feels.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2016 at 00:34 UTC
On article SmugMug Films: Passport to Morocco (48 comments in total)

People are jealous because Trey goes to beautiful and interesting places and uses his skills to turn them into beautiful and interesting places. He's no Ken Rockwell or even Gary Fong, but he has sensational self-promotion skills which are just as important as being able to take a beautiful photo of something that's beautiful.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2016 at 00:20 UTC as 12th comment | 7 replies
On article Benchmark Performance: Nikon D810 review (1984 comments in total)

It makes sense that the level of sophistication of the top SLRs makes testing a very lengthy process. But when it takes this long, you have to ask what is the purpose? Nikon fans will run out and pre-order any new top-end camera so their decision is made.

And with Sony, I would not be surprised to see them replace camera models faster than DPR can test them.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2016 at 16:56 UTC as 78th comment

The plastic mount is a disappointment but it will probably be a typical Canon M lens; sharp, cheap, sell a ton. Even the lens hood is included. The 55-200 has a plastic mount too, and it's reasonably sharp and cheap.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2016 at 18:36 UTC as 18th comment | 2 replies

This type of camera makes a lot of sense to me. A lot of people want a small, lightweight camera and then they say "Its so small, I can carry 4 lenses and the whole thing fits in a pocket the size of a steamer trunk".

And then there's the issue of never having to change lenses which is nice regardless of how big the camera is.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2016 at 17:12 UTC as 74th comment

You have to give them a lot of credit. They realized, to have any chance at all in this market they'd better be good and priced low. Now, all they have to do is give out samples to build a base of unbiased pro endorsers.

If this turns out to be some sort of breakthrough, Sony and Nikon will need to get to work for Photokina.

Link | Posted on May 9, 2016 at 16:57 UTC as 92nd comment
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User3787089555: Why don't you just use the "glamour glow" filter in color efex pro? They are basically doing the same thing and it is free to download.

The Color Efex suite. And yeah, glamour glow does make things blurry.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2016 at 18:53 UTC

The original Kodak, not the Brownie, was a big deal. It came with film loaded, you sent it back to Kodak and they returned your photos with another camera, loaded and ready to go. This made taking photos so easy that it spread around the world in a couple years, even back then.

The Maxxum/Dynax was a big deal because it was auto-everything (and it made the cover of Time as well, or maybe Newsweek.)

And finally digital cameras which are like self-driving cars with a manual override for more serious users.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2016 at 22:53 UTC as 35th comment | 2 replies
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TheEulerID: Excellent results although, of course, inherently only suited to static subjects. I wonder if Sony might introduce something similar on their IBIS equipped cameras.

It also shows what would be possible should it be feasible to produce a sensor which senses all colour channels at each pixel (which Foveon can do) but without a huge amount of colour channel cross-talk (which Foveon can't). A big prize awaits for a company to solve that problem.

nb. Foveon's problem is it depends on a statistical relationship between the wavelength of photons and the depth absorption profile in silicon. It means a huge amount of inter-channel crosstalk which can only be cancelled with large signals. Nasty high-ISO colour in other words.

Its surprising how many things in the outside world are not totally still. Are the trees in the background of your landscape perfectly still? Is there a flag waving in front of that building? Anything else swaying in the breeze?

I think its great technology but its still a high megapixel camera for some things and a lower megapixel camera for others.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2016 at 16:43 UTC

If you use the pixel shift on a static scene, say a landscape on an absolutely windless day, will the camera tell you if something in the subject moved? Or do you get a surprise later, when you are pixel peeping?

Link | Posted on May 5, 2016 at 22:12 UTC as 125th comment | 4 replies
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