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On article Newly enthused: hands on with the Canon EOS 80D (689 comments in total)
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vapentaxuser: I guess one thing that really bugs me is the fact that this new 18-135 lens is $600 extra regardless of whether you buy it in a kit of separately. I think Canon should've shaved about $100-$200 off the kit price as an incentive for buying the 80d. Or maybe this is just a little game they are playing to see how many people will drop $1800 for it before they drop the price a few months down the road. In other words, it might be wise to wait a little while for the inevitable price drop on this kit.

Yes, and the fact that is only F5.6 at the long end highlights that this probably is more of a kit zoom, so even by itself the $600 seems a little steep. Previous model was $499 but could be picked up for around $400 from time to time. It was quite well rated for a mid price lens.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2016 at 07:18 UTC
On article Week in Review: One for the history books (161 comments in total)

Is there a way we can use this click-through widget? It basically seems to be a an embedded viewer for the gallery. It would be a great compact way for presenting our photo stories, but I don't see a way for us to embed the viewer when making posts.

Just a thought.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2016 at 06:49 UTC as 14th comment
On article Worth the wait? A look inside the Pentax K-1 (651 comments in total)
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MacM: I'd like this camera. I've never used a Pentax. One the other side, I have used Canon for awhile. So I really want to stay with Canon; however I really wonder what it'd be like with another system

Many prospective wives for rent here in Thailand.

Oh, you meant the camera? I'll get my coat.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 03:09 UTC
On challenge Random Items- Challenge 1 (3 comments in total)

I have an idea for this challenge, but won't get the chance to try it so I give the idea for others to try.

Pot - is a slang name for a type of drug
Power - is a form of some types of drugs
Border - is made from line, an arrangement often used for powdered drugs
Guitar - is used by musicians, some of whom are famous for taking drugs.
Copper - is UK slang for police, who like to catch people who take drugs.

Seems like there may be an opportunity to combine all random elements into a single image/story!

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 06:22 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On photo Crystal Mill (condensed) in the A babbling brook challenge (36 comments in total)

Jeez, I can't believe this kind of nonsense is still going on.

Haven't visited DPR much in the last few years, but I kinda thought people woulda grown up a bit.

So 3 people rated it just 1.5, and 2 others rated it only 2.5 stars. Has to be either jealousy or attempted sabotage. They should be taken outside naked, have honey and pollen spread on their genitals and a thousand hungry bees released near them. Let get get their own chance of catching some nature!

Lovely shot, and well done with the effort you put in to get it.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 06:07 UTC as 12th comment | 2 replies
On article Pocketable APS-C: Fujifilm X70 real-world samples (255 comments in total)

Something is very wrong with these samples. I think out of fairness to Fujifilm they should be pulled until the problem is addressed.

I haven't examined every image, but Ive looked at about half, and downloaded a dozen and I see issues all over the place.

A few examples:

20 - Very grainy and lacking in crisp detail. Like it was first printed on canvas and then a photo taken of the print!

26 - like an over-sharpened OOF image. Foreground foliage lacking in detail, sharpening halos around the stone ridge which also has un-natural texture. Background like a watercolour painting with almost no detail but lots of sharpening.
34 - Rendering of OOF area behind tractor, the bend in road and chevron signs - double rendering - camera shake at 1/1250s?

There are also many questionable exposure decisions, why use 1/2000s iso800 for a static scene? And many images lack a discernible focus point.

Really, a very poor set of images all round, and I sure this camera is capable of much better.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2016 at 04:47 UTC as 3rd comment
On article 2015 Roundup: Advanced Zoom Compacts (148 comments in total)

Or put it another way. Put a Sony M43 BSI 20MP sensor and processors into the LX100, add an ND filter and better VF, and I'll buy 20 of them to give/sell to my friends when they ask me which camera they should buy.

But for now, I pass.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2015 at 08:50 UTC as 20th comment
On article 2015 Roundup: Advanced Zoom Compacts (148 comments in total)

It's sad that in 2015 Canon insist on loading a near class-leading body with a class trailing sensor. I've not bought a Canon in years (5DMk2), guess I wait a few more.

The G1X2 is very capable under typical usage, but for me, the point of a camera like this (lens, sensor size, controls, features) is for when you have to take it places where larger equipment can't go. As such it will get pushed to extremes and a substandard sensor (banding and noise) will let you down after all the hard work was done.

I have similar thoughts about the Panasonic. M43 sensors reached their (imaging) Peak over 3 years ago with the OM-D but have been static since. I'd really hoped we would have seen a 20ish MP BSI (or better) M43 sensor by now.

I wouldn't put anyone off buying these cameras a their main camera, it's hard to find a bad camera these days and these all look excellent. But they all just fall a little short of ideal, suspiciously so, like the manufacturers are deliberately holding back.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2015 at 08:22 UTC as 21st comment
On article Hands-on with new Olympus PRO 8mm and 7-14mm lenses (295 comments in total)
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keepreal: Why did Olympus not produce an f/4 PRO lens and kept the size, weight and price down? Built to the same quality, I probably would have been able to dispense with my DSLR kit. Lenses this gargantuan or even bigger on MFT are a bad joke.

A few months ago I asked "Panasonic 7-14mm on Olympus - how good?" on the DPR forum for "Micro Four Thirds Talk" and was put off for a number of reasons. It is not quite good enough for my liking. I had been considering it with my Olympus E-PL3 plus the VF-4 viewfinder.

That was because I would have preferred to use it instead of my Nikon D300 and Sigma 12-24mm f4.5-5.6 EX DG. Since I bought that lens, I have used it almost all of the time. That should not surprise you, since most of my pictures are of landscapes, most shot near to or at 12mm.

See the more recent at, all but very few with this lens. Most people do not need large apertures or more than 12 megapixels, even for high quality very large size prints.

I know it's an old thread but just wanted to make a reply to this.

The Panasonic 7-14/4 is a really excellent lens and I doubt it really warrants the 'not quite good enough' label.

It does have one real issue on Olympus bodies, which is a nasty purple flare when the sun hits the front element at various angles. But there is a DIY fix for this that reduces the purple tint of the flare and makes it look closer to the type of flare you get with most wide lenses in any system.

The 7-14 is an absolute joy to shoot with, with aprox 15 of my top (favourite) 50 OM-D shots having been shot with this lens.

Dumping the larger SLR cameras for M43 is very liberating and the Panasonic 7-14 extols this ideal perfectly. 'Not quite good enough'? I'd say 'a lot better than you have been led to believe'.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2015 at 11:17 UTC
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Zvonimir Tosic: Interestingly, Pentax representative said that they have already experimented with sensor shift technology to achieve same goal as this, now advertised by Olympus (and Hassy in the past). But, Pentax admits, the result is a large size dataset, plenty of megapickles, but the quality of the picture does not improve.
So instead of delivering that — which obviously is not difficult — they would rather focus how to make native resolution even better.

Which is interesting, as it better sheds light on what Olympus really wants to achieve: a perception that their small cameras (which are indeed limited by sensor size and performance worse that others), are also competitors when it comes to large image sizes.

'Megapickles' my new favourite typo.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2015 at 05:37 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Review (499 comments in total)
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aussiedean: Hi all my first post here on the forums and just to let you all know I have a very basic knowledge of Photography at this point and was just interested to see if anyone has come across a problem mentioned here:

In relation to the Carl Ziess logo? I have been looking into the camera and looking at purchasing until I saw this. Haven't seen anyone else mention it though which I find odd.

Why would this put you off. He identified a silly design oversight (when using filters) but's it's an easy fix now you know about the issue and so won't affect your photography at all.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2014 at 02:20 UTC
On article Integrating the Apple MacBook Air into a pro workflow (346 comments in total)

So there's a little bit of bitching from the PC community about an article praising an Apple product. It's all good.

Despite being a long term Apple user I welcome these comments, bitchy tho they may be. I think it's really cool their PCs stayed running long enough to write and post a whole comment. PCs have clearly come a long way.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2014 at 12:57 UTC as 30th comment | 6 replies

All I can say is you guys got it well wrong. A7 is a spectacular camera.

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2013 at 15:29 UTC as 11th comment | 4 replies

Hold up, wasn't the 'Foldio' the name of a product created by one of the Teams on BBC's 'The Apprentice'? It was a folding chair or table or suchlike.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2013 at 15:22 UTC as 4th comment
On article Roger Cicala cynically re-defines photography (53 comments in total)

He missed: Fujian

Fujian - One who promotes mythical juxtapositions of intent and implementation.


It can't AF : It's for expert photographers only
It's slow to MF : It's for contemplative photographers only
It can't render fine detail : Those details weren't meant to be seen
AF fix held back two years to promote new model sales : Great customer service
Defective aperture blades : Great customer service

(Examples sourced courtesy of DPR's Fujifilm X System forum)

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2013 at 01:55 UTC as 26th comment | 1 reply
On article Adobe expands Photoshop and Lightroom offer (628 comments in total)

The problem with subscription pricing is it exploits people whose circumstances change, essentially requiring an action on users part to stop paying.

When mother-in-law had her second stroke and went into a care home, it took me months to get her Sky TV subscription service cancelled (their bureaucracy), during which time they carried on collecting the subscriptions.

Or my Safari books online subscription. When I got my iPad, I used SBO less and less and eventually a year had gone by without me actually using it. $200 for nothing. Yes, it was my 'fault' but the model exploits it for financial gain.

All Adobe have to do to get me on board is to make it fair (and secure). The software has to dial home to check for entitlement/updates, so they know when you're still using it.

If they made it their policy to only bill for the months you actually use the software, this would set a precedent for treating customers with respect, not exploiting their circumstances.

I'd sign up tomorrow.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2013 at 00:47 UTC as 101st comment | 1 reply
On article Google working on RAW imaging for Android (84 comments in total)
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npires: Can already decode RAW files taken with my Sony NEX-5 on Android using an app called Photo-Mate. Have a look.

EDIT: Whoops I see it's already been mentioned.

That app is for images taken with raw capable cameras.

This story is about making Android phone cameras raw capable. Either the built in camera, or a clip on like the Sony QX

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2013 at 07:06 UTC
On article Canon Korea teases new camera, EOS M2 or SL1/100D? (257 comments in total)
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Najinsky: I love it when DPR engages in the rumour mill. The one thing it tells us for certain is you don't have one yet, or it would likely be covered by your NDA.

Probably just a white SL1 for the Asian market.

Yes, a fair point, it is an official teaser, but what is that if not a device to get the rumour mill and its surrounding buzz started?

Most companies seem to engage in the rumour business at some level now, if not through teasers then through stage managed leaks, pre-announcements and semi-exclusive interviews.

And I didn't call it a rumour, I said you were engaging in the rumour mill, you folks need to learn to read before you post ;-)

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2013 at 09:06 UTC
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