AbrasiveReducer

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It would be a shame to give this a silver award because the viewfinder behaves like a Leica M camera. In fact, its surprising people are surprised. If the appearance of the camera doesn't offer a clue, the film simulation should be indication. This camera will seem familiar to people old enough to have used a M3, M2 or M4.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2016 at 18:40 UTC as 48th comment | 2 replies
On article GoPro's poor holiday sales lead to staff layoff (116 comments in total)
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Vanitas Photo: It is surprising how this companies operate inside:

The CEO screws up the pricing the new camera and the ones paying for his mistake are the 7% of workers being laid off...

But not only that they have less revenue, IE financially speaking they are doing great... There isn't REALLY a reason to lay off 7% of the employees.

Truth be told the real problem of Gopro is their business strategy, they have focused on action cams and now 360 cams, problem is you can't expect the market to be forever like when you started...

These days, layoffs are the solution to every problem, every bad quarter. Photo is no different, except some companies are so short staffed, people have to fire themselves.

But it all pales in comparison to a giant like Carly, who laid off 25,000 in one pass. There are small cities that don't have 25,000 people.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2016 at 09:00 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Fujifilm X70 (262 comments in total)

A (relatively) simple optical viewfinder would have made this a cult camera and distinguished it from the GR and $300 Coolpix A.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2016 at 04:47 UTC as 35th comment | 11 replies
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role_of_72: "Image stabilization: Unknown"

F2.8

I hope it has one...

Not likely but brace yourself for the pros and experts telling you it's not needed with this focal length. Not correct, but they're entitled to their opinion.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2016 at 00:39 UTC
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johnvanr: How can it be called a camera in the vein of the X100 if it doesn't have a viewfinder? That viewfinder is a key part of the X100-series, the very essence of it.

Its like the X100 except for the lens and the viewfinder.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2016 at 00:36 UTC
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2495 comments in total)
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Dave Oddie: Another digital camera without a tilting or articulated rear LCD.

I honestly don't understand why. Having the ability to use it as a waist level finder or for other situations is a real boon and with digital it is not anything hard to implement.

Arguments about robustness are spurious in my opinion. The forums are NOT littered with stories of broken articulated LCD's.

This would make sense if Fuji knew a majority of their customers did, or did not want a tilting screen.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2016 at 23:09 UTC
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2495 comments in total)

P.S. I almost forgot. My clairvoyance tells me this will receive a gold award. Now we have "non-final image quality" to go with our pre-production cameras so I predict a virtual gold award.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2016 at 17:22 UTC as 491st comment | 4 replies

This one seems really nice. Reasonably light and without the fixed 35mm lens. Plenty of megapixels, plenty of dynamic range. Menus and options as complicated as Sony so there's something for everyone.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2016 at 17:20 UTC as 13th comment
On article Nikon 24-70mm F2.8 ED VR real-world sample gallery (111 comments in total)
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Geekapoo: Goll dang, what a tough crowd. Talk about nattering nanobs of negativity. LOL

Nice pics Barney...thx for the share.

It's true. You'd think for $2400 these guys expect perfection.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2016 at 22:11 UTC

I don't expect this to go anywhere but the same "pros" who disparage film are quick to accept pretty much anything electronic that has a long menu and a lot of button presses.

And it's not as if there were any big breakthroughs at CES. About the best that can be said is that Nikon's timing was good in that nobody else showed anything.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2016 at 17:30 UTC as 34th comment
On article Lensbaby Edge 50 Optic launches for pre-order (19 comments in total)

At least they won't have to deal with DxO. Besides, all this sharpness business is getting boring.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2016 at 00:40 UTC as 7th comment
On article Hands-on with the Nikon D5 (406 comments in total)
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Michael S.: Ahh...so far 28 CANON-fanboys "had it".

;-)

Oh boy, always those kiddies.

It was Ken Rockwell pressing the button 28 times.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2016 at 17:31 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Nikon D5 (406 comments in total)
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Henrikw: Awesome camera for the pro market. Can I just remind people that the pro segment value build quality and more than happy to carry the weight of it? The lenses they attatch to it will often diminish the size/weight of the body.
Seems people have become too accustomed to mirrorless/light weight/portability marketing and shocked when a camera of this caliber and purpose enters the market.
If you consider weight a disadvantage it simply isn't aimed at you. And that's when you move on.

You're right and people buying this camera will not hesitate to call themselves professionals. But I think you meant that some of the lenses are so large and heavy, the weight of the camera isn't that significant.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2016 at 17:29 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Nikon D5 (406 comments in total)
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spontaneousservices: I'm a bit surprised, or disappointed, that the thing still needs a mirror to smash up and down when exposing the image sensor. A bit of a retro camera!
Also, a fixed screen? Not quite my ultimate "swiss pocket knife"...

If you want a camera without a mirror, an SLR is probably a bad choice.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2016 at 17:24 UTC

Let's put them on eBay!

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2016 at 19:49 UTC as 18th comment

Well, if you can live without color, I guess you can deal with the shutter. But as with many of these "innovations" recently, I don't see this as a step forward.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2016 at 17:36 UTC as 65th comment | 1 reply
On article Readers' Showcase: Scott Matthews (44 comments in total)

Nice. The first is surreal, although I don't see the resemblance to the Battersea Power Station. I'll have to look at the album but wouldn't it need a fourth plume? Well, it's great anyway.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2016 at 08:09 UTC as 17th comment
On article Week in Review: 2016 CES edition (25 comments in total)

Thank you Nikon for salvaging the show. If DPR staff were there for days on end, I assume there is a lot more still to come.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2016 at 18:45 UTC as 15th comment
On article Top 5: Hands-on with Nikon D500 (784 comments in total)

I know they expect you to buy radio controlled flashes now but would it really have been that difficult to put a rubber gasket around the pop-up flash to keep water out, so you could still use the commander function with flashes you already own?

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2016 at 22:22 UTC as 128th comment | 4 replies
On article Top 5: Hands-on with Nikon D500 (784 comments in total)
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gordonpritchard: Gee, already 26 people say that they've "had it." Maybe they have a different meaning for the term "had it."

Ken Rockwell had two, sold one and made a tidy $6000 profit because he knows how to win at eBay.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2016 at 22:18 UTC
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