Douglas F Watt

Lives in United States Boston, MA, United States
Works as a Neuropsychologist
Joined on May 15, 2008

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On article All about that lens: Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III review (421 comments in total)

It's not that DPR criticisms are not valid, it's that the overall picture that emerges from this review seems just ever so slightly tilted . . . . in the direction of pet peeves and gripes about the interface, lack of touchscreen and AF tracking, instead of an emphasis on just how stunning the overall achievement is of having a sharp 24-600 2.4-4 that comes in at just over 2 lbs, and that provides superb video functionality with very good stills ability. Additionally, and indicative of their lack of time to really explore the full envelope of the camera's OS, there is a touchscreen interface available, through the smartphone remote control app, which at least IMO is class-leading, allowing for full control of many shooting parameters, including touch-location of AF point. That it won't replace FF or even APS-C equipment for great DR, S/N ratio in low light seems a sacrifice one must make willingly to get what the package does provide. As for the Sony menu system, it's not that bad.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 02:39 UTC as 75th comment | 10 replies
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noflashplease: The digital era didn't kill this studio, which was an artifact from the era of the British Empire. The firm was famous for taking pictures of colonial administrators, British celebrities and Maharajahs. It appears that Bourne & Shepherd lost their main source of business with the end of colonialism and the ensuing decades when India was a closed, socialist economy. The very fact that the Indian government owns the decrepit physical building, and as the landlord allowed it to hall into such a state of disrepair, proves the point.

You're suggesting that socialism killed the studio?

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2016 at 17:31 UTC
On article Lens shootout: Sony RX10 III destroys the competition (483 comments in total)
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dennis tennis: Less hyperbole, more info. It would be a sad day when DPR succumbs to the disease afflicting many DPR members, hyperbolitis. Examples are: I "dumped" my brand X gear. May I suggest a different title to this article: the Sony RX10 iii betters the competition. Must DPR resort to "destroy" to generate clicks? Will we find one day in the future DPR proclaiming in bold ALL CAPS " DPREVIEW is the most AWESOME photo forum in the universe, researchers conclude. Or All photo forum sites SUCKS with DPREVIEW the lone beacon of quality. I hope not.

Hyperbolitis? That's a good one :-) But don't leave out grumpiness, crabbiness, grousing, moaning, and bitching. These are essential skills in the blogosphere.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2016 at 19:37 UTC
On article Lens shootout: Sony RX10 III destroys the competition (483 comments in total)
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AKH: Sorry to say, but for the very high price of the camera Sony will not sell very many RX10 III even if it is a fine camera. It is also a very heavy camera at 1095 grams, so maybe not so well suited for travel in my opinion.

I guess that fact that this is sold out all over the place must be hard to explain given your statement?

Link | Posted on May 26, 2016 at 19:32 UTC
On article Lens shootout: Sony RX10 III destroys the competition (483 comments in total)

None of this is surprising to those of us who have been using this amazingly versatile camera (see many comments and postings in the cybershot forum). Sure beats carrying an A77ii with the two most comparable lenses (16-50 and 70-400 G2). When you put this pretty decent stills performance together with its razor sharp 4k video (better than the A77ii's for sure), you have an amazing package of abilities in a compact (but not pocketable) format.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2016 at 19:28 UTC as 135th comment
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1092 comments in total)
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Douglas F Watt: Nice camera, and no doubt a great choice for pro sports shooters with a big library of Nikkor glass, but once again, the video is kind of a kludgey compromise, and the cost is higher than a lot of FF bodies. I suspect it will still sell, since it's a Nikon, but given that the A6300 has roughly the same abilities for half the price, it doesn't seem like a great value.

Sure, that's a clear issue, but is being mitigated slowly. It doesn't change the question of whether it's a bit overpriced or perhaps simply not a great value. They'll still sell a lot of them at $2k. But that's a boatload of $ for an APS-C camera, even in a pro body. But still, since it's a Nikon, they'll get lapped up.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 18:38 UTC
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1092 comments in total)

Nice camera, and no doubt a great choice for pro sports shooters with a big library of Nikkor glass, but once again, the video is kind of a kludgey compromise, and the cost is higher than a lot of FF bodies. I suspect it will still sell, since it's a Nikon, but given that the A6300 has roughly the same abilities for half the price, it doesn't seem like a great value.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 17:59 UTC as 194th comment | 6 replies
On article Samsung offers NX1 and NX500 firmware updates (159 comments in total)

Very sad to see that Samsung has basically abandoned these two fine cameras. Hard to fathom except as a business decision that going all in (which would have meant a bunch of very expensive lens development projects to close the lens ecology gaps) was not worth it in the context of big body cameras being a constricting market, and where brand loyalty is so high (due to lens ecology costs) that they expected to not be able to dent the CaNikon hegemony.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 17:17 UTC as 15th comment

are you kidding? The K-1 simply blows the Nikon 810 away any time it utilizes the pixel shift technology.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2016 at 16:28 UTC as 25th comment

most impressive.

Link | Posted on May 5, 2016 at 19:32 UTC as 165th comment
On article Hands-on with the Sony RX10 III (308 comments in total)
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tom1234567: Same crap 1inch sensor IQ is. Not g.ood at all
if I buy an all in one camera
I want one with a decent sensor
And I want decent images

How about getting a decent spell checker first?

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2016 at 17:25 UTC
On article First sample images from 20MP Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III (194 comments in total)

Amazing image quality on the long tele shots for a bridge camera! This becomes a real alternative for shooting wildlife with just a cheap light weight tripod, when someone doesn't want to tote (or buy!) expensive tele primes like the 600 f4 or the even more expensive Sony 500 f4. I'm going to get one.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2016 at 17:24 UTC as 60th comment

Rishi - Many thanks for this report. It seems like a comparison just begging to be done is a really fine grained and detailed functional comparison of the latest Metabones adapter and this new Sigma adapter (with data on AF functionality esp). And it is a shame, as you point out, that Sony doesn't seem to really support adapting their decent library of A mount glass to the A7Rii without severe compromises of one kind or another. WUWT?

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2016 at 16:45 UTC as 98th comment
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chriscotec: I missed the fact that this probably only works for cropped sensor (E) bodies or full frame (FE) bodies in crop mode, looking at the size of the camera side aperture in the mount. Still, it is useful for video in cropped mode on FF bodies. A FE mount adapter would have been better though.

where is it posted that this is cropped only (APS-C sensor vs. cropped mode in FF)?? That would make this adapter of only marginal utility. It seems to me that you are making this stuff up on the fly?

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2016 at 16:29 UTC
On article Field Test: The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV in Mexico (134 comments in total)

Nice job DPR. It is an amazing camera. But it should be for that much $. We will take one of those on our trip to Europe next year.

Link | Posted on Feb 29, 2016 at 16:39 UTC as 61st comment
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bobfonte: "This site" disseminating information of a Sony engineer (“Distinguished Engineer”) demonstrates that is engaged deeply in Sony's product marketing. "This site" loses credibility and impartiality in its editorial line.

Shamael - this seems a bit of rant. Suggesting that the D500 and the A6300 are really competitors is hard to follow. And the notion that the A6000/6300 are marginal niche products ("that few will buy") as you suggest due to the less than great lens ecology doesn't remotely square with the sales of the A6000 - probably the biggest selling mirrorless camera. I agree that the lens lineup for APS-C isn't great, esp the lack of a great walk around lens that would equal the performance of the A Mount 16-50 2.8, but aside from that concession, not sure why you are so dismissive of the A6300. It's likely to be a major home run, just as the A6000 was.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2016 at 15:41 UTC
On article Heavy hitter: Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM first shots (350 comments in total)
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Douglas F Watt: And BTW,it's clear that Sony is concerned about having a reputation for small and light cameras with great sensors and a barely average zoom lens ecology. This lens kills two birds with one stone.

Too bad Miksto you don't have a sense of humor. That was a joke. It kills the small and light. Get it??

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2016 at 18:56 UTC
On article Heavy hitter: Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM first shots (350 comments in total)
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Douglas F Watt: And I thought the Sony Zeiss 24-70 2.8 for A Mount was heavy at ~1 lb, and expensive at $2k. More than twice the weight, at least not twice the price. I'm sure it will test out brilliantly, but really? Forget about the mantra of FE mount - light and compact. Oh well, it's all tradeoffs anyway.

Sorry, got the previous F4 FE Zeiss 24-70 and the A mount 2.8 Zeiss specs mixed up. Good reason not to post much past 9pm!

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2016 at 02:39 UTC
On article Heavy hitter: Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM first shots (350 comments in total)

And BTW,it's clear that Sony is concerned about having a reputation for small and light cameras with great sensors and a barely average zoom lens ecology. This lens kills two birds with one stone.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2016 at 01:45 UTC as 24th comment | 23 replies
On article Heavy hitter: Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM first shots (350 comments in total)

And I thought the Sony Zeiss 24-70 2.8 for A Mount was heavy at ~1 lb, and expensive at $2k. More than twice the weight, at least not twice the price. I'm sure it will test out brilliantly, but really? Forget about the mantra of FE mount - light and compact. Oh well, it's all tradeoffs anyway.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2016 at 01:37 UTC as 25th comment | 3 replies
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