VENTURE-STAR

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Sony is a significant shareholder in Tamron, so why is this such a big deal?

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2018 at 12:18 UTC as 5th comment | 3 replies
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Deanaaargh: I would really like it if we could include area for all sensors in these types of announcements. especially as terms like 1/2.7" 1/1.3"... do not accurately represent the size of the sensors. Furthermore the sensor area is what is of ultimate significance when it comes to things like DR.
I know it is relatively simple to calculate the values for myself, but it still represents a bit of unnecessary obfuscation to someone trying to compare formats. I do appreciate the inclusion of the diagonal measurements.

Totally agree. Maybe it's also time to stop using inch sizes for things like monitors. These days, Imperial measurements are a real pain and should be scrapped by all manufacturers.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2018 at 01:09 UTC

I'm just astonished by some of the comments here. People want to rush out and buy something that has no detailed technical spec to support it, appears to make small sized copies as jpegs, that are of unknown quality and there are no proper reviews of the product - that I'm aware of. Okay, maybe quality isn't an issue when you're buying cheap badged equipment to digitize endless numbers of so-so holiday snaps?

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2018 at 22:55 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
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Bob A L: 12 things and still no flash - That should be #1.

How many cameras don't have a built in flash these days?

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2017 at 12:54 UTC

A spare battery should be top of the list, but hang on a minute, you've just bought a Canon that uses rip-off priced chipped batteries. So perhaps it's better if you just return the camera and forget about trying your hand at any photography!

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2017 at 11:47 UTC as 23rd comment | 2 replies
On article Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II Review (277 comments in total)

A little late to be reviewing this camera I would have thought? A replacement can't be that far off. If the reviewer was really familiar with this camera, they would point out that the UK price of suitable chipped Canon batteries has been excessively high and has only dropped a little recently due to customer protests. The lens lacks enough range and is not very fast. Yes, you can buy the over-priced Canon G7X, which is a better camera, but it has serious issues with dust entering the lens assembly. Another option is the pleasing Sony RX100 with several mechanical failure possibilities or a Panasonic, which may also have lens sealing issues. And should you have faults, the after sales service from all three companies could be a lot better. My advice would be to buy a budget Nikon or Canon SLR, unless the size is absolutely critical. The performance is far better and there's less to go wrong.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2017 at 14:02 UTC as 26th comment | 3 replies

This would appear to be straightforward assault. My advice would be to get a good lawyer and seek damages.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2017 at 23:07 UTC as 138th comment | 1 reply
On article These are the best cameras you can buy right now (476 comments in total)
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ovlov: Sounds like I upset dpreview by pointing out how many "shop now" links there are to Amazon under every one of these articles. LOL.

There's no subtle hint there... no none.

Apparently it's a highly sensitive topic and I'll be banned soon for commenting on it.

The problem is that it's a little hard to avoid noticing the blatantly obvious on this page and pointing it out, is hardly insulting to anyone, just factual reporting. I've not read Allison's article, as I really don't need the information, but I'm sure it's written to the usual high standard we would expect to find on this site.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2017 at 22:59 UTC

Lovely camera. Shame about the price!

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2017 at 15:30 UTC as 29th comment
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GarysInSoCal: A ruthless, lawless, assbackward, uneffectively governed, criminally overran, disease infested, garbage piled, shethole country like Brasil is gonna be hardpressed to find ANY intelligent company interested in doing business there. A smart move by Nikon indeed... ;)

http://www.americasquarterly.org/sites/default/files/manaus.jpg
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d0/LixaoCatadores20080220MarcelloCasalJrAgenciaBrasil.jpg/640px-LixaoCatadores20080220MarcelloCasalJrAgenciaBrasil.jpg

To be perfectly honest, there are (possibly) some parts of the Middle East I'd feel safer visiting than Brazil. If I had to visit Brazil, I would want an armed bodyguard.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2017 at 23:41 UTC

This does seem a little strange to me. Nikon has been moving away from the amateur market in recent years, but there must be a market in Brazil for pro quality cameras? As I recall, Canon were starting to make or assemble cameras in Brazil a few years ago, so there should be a strong market down there. I assume Nikon will continue to operate in the other South American countries like Argentina, Chile, Peru, etc?

Might this actually say something about Brazil's economy, the political situation, or the level of crime in the country? Or does it mean that Nikon has its own problems and this is the start of a considerable business contraction?

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2017 at 23:31 UTC as 122nd comment | 3 replies

The average user of a phone for photography or video hasn't got a clue how to do either properly. Stupid selfies and video of everything shot in an upright position. Who really cares about the wonders of new phones? They were originally designed for making phone calls, weren't they? Wasn't that enough? Never intended to be clumsy cameras. Does DP Review - sorry Amazon, really think that most of the people coming onto this site are bothered one way or another about phones?

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2017 at 10:00 UTC as 55th comment
On article Hands-on with the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III (204 comments in total)
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embie: Never judge a book by his cover but, this Oly looks like an ex Soviet designed camera from early seventies.
Still, I'm an Oly fan.

Cameras made in the Soviet Union - especially Ukraine were crude developments of earlier, mostly German pre-war designs. The engineering was dreadful, they were built for a price from cheap metals and very unreliable. They generally handles with the finesse of an AK47. On the other hand, some of their optics weren't too bad.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2017 at 16:24 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III (204 comments in total)

Looks like a clumsy version of the OM-1 35mm film camera with junk added for effect. Not for me thanks!

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2017 at 16:20 UTC as 4th comment
On article Photo story of the week: Hyena at Night (99 comments in total)

An outstanding, very impressive piece of work. Using a wide lens put you right in with the animal. Excellent stuff!

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2017 at 16:15 UTC as 5th comment
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Thematic: @Dpreview - any plans to do a comprehensive review of this? Granted many of us can download the trial and compare to Photoshop and C1 pro and Silky Pix etc but your analysis is always welcome.

Thank you.

Thematic, that would indeed be very useful.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 at 16:05 UTC
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VENTURE-STAR: I made the huge mistake of buying PSP Pro Ultimate X7 a couple of years ago. It turned out to be over complicated, clumsy and offered no improvement in capability over PSP Pro X2. After an update, I was constantly nagged to upgrade to the next version and ended up uninstalling the package as I just couldn't put up with this nonsense. What also annoyed me was the very poor system of vertical correction and distortion control that was excellent on PSP versions like Pro 8, but was dropped for no obvious reason. Corel just seem to have a moment of madness when they took it out and replaced it with a third rate substitute, for no obvious reason.

As I have no expectation of Corel having made the kind of improvements I want for doing serious work on photographs, I don't think I need this new release, even if they want to give it to me for free.

Prognathous - I have used Corel and Adobe for many years. At one time, there were significant improvements to everyone's software. Now I see things on recent PSP editions that are simply there for the sake of it. PSP X8 does very little better than X2 and it's simply more cluttered and gimmicky - IMHO.

I don't doubt there are certain things on 2018 that will be judged as considerable improvements by Corel and some users, but I can see nothing that is likely to encourage me to start using it and I really don't think Corel are listening to users too often. They are pre-occupied with the appearance of their products rather than good solid features, and often simplicity that provides good results is more useful than having something that looks like the control panel from a space shuttle.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 at 16:02 UTC

I made the huge mistake of buying PSP Pro Ultimate X7 a couple of years ago. It turned out to be over complicated, clumsy and offered no improvement in capability over PSP Pro X2. After an update, I was constantly nagged to upgrade to the next version and ended up uninstalling the package as I just couldn't put up with this nonsense. What also annoyed me was the very poor system of vertical correction and distortion control that was excellent on PSP versions like Pro 8, but was dropped for no obvious reason. Corel just seem to have a moment of madness when they took it out and replaced it with a third rate substitute, for no obvious reason.

As I have no expectation of Corel having made the kind of improvements I want for doing serious work on photographs, I don't think I need this new release, even if they want to give it to me for free.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 22:55 UTC as 23rd comment | 4 replies

Is there any point to any of this? Does anyone risk getting run over while the driver frames the shot with the windshield surround?

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2017 at 01:17 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Canon unveils ultra-compact EOS Rebel SL2 / EOS 200D (112 comments in total)

It's spec is okay for a basic amateur DSLR, but it's overpriced and doesn't represent especially good value for money I'm just not blown away with this product and I would personally recommend a cheaper Nikon DSLR to anyone just getting into photography. Soon, the mirror box will be a thing of the past anyway!

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 14:20 UTC as 13th comment
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