keeponkeepingon

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On article iPhone X sample gallery updated (188 comments in total)
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keeponkeepingon: Looking at the gallery there is a surpising dearth of photos shot inside with indoor lighting. The bar shots and most of the other indoor shots have a hefty dose of natural lighting from large windows (I'm guessing just from the angle of the light).

The only good example of an indoor available light photo is the last photos by rishi of a woman at a restaurant or bar. The picture is at 800 ISO (resulting in a water paiting effect if zoomed in that pixel peepers will moan about but still looks ok at full screen) and at an amazing 1/4 seconds shutter speed. Try that shutter speed home with kids or pets running and see what kind of photos you get.

"running" was not meant literally. More like kids just being kids. Even when sitting they are moving more the lady who enabled a decent image at 1/4 second.

Again Michael I'm not arguing the camera should be able to take the shots but if this is to be a realistic "sample gallery" show a few where it falls flat on it's face.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2018 at 07:38 UTC
On article iPhone X sample gallery updated (188 comments in total)
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keeponkeepingon: I was really torn but ended up going with the 7s plus, woops I mean 8 plus.

Reviews I looked at seemed to think the X camera was a minor upgrade over the 8 plus (IS added to the tele camera, wide about the same, better front facing camera). Analazing just based on specs the minor upgrades did not seem to warrant going with the newer, unproven design.

So for folks that have used both (I'm sure some of you got the 8 then upgraded to the X a few months later) did I make a mistake by not getting the X or was that a good choice for my always with me ready at a moments notice picture taking solution?

(So far I am fairly happy with the 8 plus. Adding the 2nd camera is a nice upgrade over my 6s non-plus and I'm having fun using the computational portrait modes).

Sorry Sarah Terra, I think the proper apple terminology is "Portrait Lens". And I have been using that a lot but that may just be because it's new (to me).

Michael: Thanks for the info. I would like the IS on the portrait lens but I don't think I want it enough to upgrade. Maybe when they come out with the iphone 10 (I normally skip an upgrade cyle or two).

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2018 at 07:35 UTC
On article iPhone X sample gallery updated (188 comments in total)
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keeponkeepingon: Looking at the gallery there is a surpising dearth of photos shot inside with indoor lighting. The bar shots and most of the other indoor shots have a hefty dose of natural lighting from large windows (I'm guessing just from the angle of the light).

The only good example of an indoor available light photo is the last photos by rishi of a woman at a restaurant or bar. The picture is at 800 ISO (resulting in a water paiting effect if zoomed in that pixel peepers will moan about but still looks ok at full screen) and at an amazing 1/4 seconds shutter speed. Try that shutter speed home with kids or pets running and see what kind of photos you get.

"I think you're being a bit unrealistic"

I'm not sure what you mean by this? Are you saying it's unrealistic to show smartphone pictures in situations many folks try to use them in?

I'm not saying the smartphone should be as good as a DSLR, I'm saying dpreview should show us something more than well lit "keepers".

I've lost track of the number of cr@ptastic pictures I get from my relatives, taken with smartphones in exactly the conditions of the last picture.

I'm not sure why picture galleries should only show good pictures with copious lighting. It's doing none of us a favor.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2018 at 17:23 UTC
On article iPhone X sample gallery updated (188 comments in total)

Looking at the gallery there is a surpising dearth of photos shot inside with indoor lighting. The bar shots and most of the other indoor shots have a hefty dose of natural lighting from large windows (I'm guessing just from the angle of the light).

The only good example of an indoor available light photo is the last photos by rishi of a woman at a restaurant or bar. The picture is at 800 ISO (resulting in a water paiting effect if zoomed in that pixel peepers will moan about but still looks ok at full screen) and at an amazing 1/4 seconds shutter speed. Try that shutter speed home with kids or pets running and see what kind of photos you get.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2018 at 11:30 UTC as 35th comment | 7 replies
On article iPhone X sample gallery updated (188 comments in total)

I was really torn but ended up going with the 7s plus, woops I mean 8 plus.

Reviews I looked at seemed to think the X camera was a minor upgrade over the 8 plus (IS added to the tele camera, wide about the same, better front facing camera). Analazing just based on specs the minor upgrades did not seem to warrant going with the newer, unproven design.

So for folks that have used both (I'm sure some of you got the 8 then upgraded to the X a few months later) did I make a mistake by not getting the X or was that a good choice for my always with me ready at a moments notice picture taking solution?

(So far I am fairly happy with the 8 plus. Adding the 2nd camera is a nice upgrade over my 6s non-plus and I'm having fun using the computational portrait modes).

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2018 at 11:20 UTC as 36th comment | 3 replies
On article Canon launches refillable ink printers in the UK (134 comments in total)
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Rensol: Can bet is is as junky as Epson refillable ink!
Epson puprosely uses ink that degrades in a matter of 2-3 weeks in contact with air.
I used epson ink in epson photoprinters as well as in ecotanks. GARBAGE
Freshly profiled they give good color gamut but fade in a matter of couple weeks.
They are fine once you laminated them.
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Put is this way. Neither Canon nor Epson are not ididots to sell cheap ink to those who refill cartridges.
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This is the unfortunate reality.

> epson purposely limited photoprinting ability of ecotank printer

rensol, I thought the EcoTank ET-7700 / ET-7750 are decent photo printers? How are they limited?

Thanks!

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2018 at 19:08 UTC
On article 18 useful Lightroom shortcuts for beginners (87 comments in total)

The one on here I don't use is capslock.

It's lame of adobe to re-purpose the key, especially for an action most people use once in the life of their LR.

It's an easy menu option to find and you only need to use it once

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2018 at 10:00 UTC as 3rd comment
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Dirk Nuary: Why comparing Dog and Cat? I think this comparison is not apple to apple, Full frame versus micro 4/3

Apples to apples dogs to dogs and cats to cats. The cost is similar, who cares what the tech is behind the camera when you are paying the same $$ for either solution.

($2500 msrp for the panasonic body only, A7S II is $2695 on amazon today)

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2018 at 08:37 UTC

They make it harder than it should be to find and dpreview is no help so here's the compatible iphones:

Compatible devices: iPhone X, iPhone8/8 plus, iPhone 7/7 plus, iPhone 6s/6s plus, iPhone 6/6 plus

It's confusing that the SE is not included as it has the same inards (almost) as the 6s and is the most in need of some sort of camera augmentation.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2018 at 08:16 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply

These always look interesting then flop.

Has any iPhone attached camera done well????

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2018 at 08:13 UTC as 4th comment
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tedolf: It's a weird focal length for a 2x crop factor, and quite frankly I never understood the need for really fast wide angle (if this can be called wide angle) lenses.

Why wouldn't somebody want the 12mm f/2.0 over this?

Tedolph

Since the kit starts at 16 when you turn on the camera and you can't change it without fidling with the lense (as I could on my old sony camera) at least 1/2 the shots from my A6000 are taken at 16mm so to me it seems like a really natural focal length for walking around.

I'll also take faster, again just from my experience using the 16mm focal length on the kit lens F3.5 (or whatever it is) often does not cut it.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2018 at 01:08 UTC
On article Sony releases silver version of the popular a6300 (211 comments in total)
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HarveyLouis: How about a new A6300 that doesn't overheat?

Maybe the silver is super reflective leading to cooler operating temps in bright sunshine?

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2018 at 18:27 UTC
On article Sony releases silver version of the popular a6300 (211 comments in total)

"maybe a new color is the nudge"

Only if there is a silver 18-135 to match. That big black lens on the silver body makes me want to puke.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2018 at 18:26 UTC as 28th comment | 1 reply
On article A letter from the Publisher (332 comments in total)
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desertsp: Throwing in my vote to test MULTIPLE RANDOM COPIES of lenses!

" 3 to 4 times longer " they say they are automating so why not if it takes 3 to 4 times less time....

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2018 at 07:09 UTC
On article Why you should own a 135mm F2 lens (384 comments in total)
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Dr_Jon: I had a Canon 135/2 for a while, but I decided I preferred the 100 L used not as a Macro but a normal lens (which my non-L USM 100 Macro was quite poor for). It's sharp, has very low aberrations, no real distortion and the bokeh is very nice. Oh and it's stabilised. (Actually if I can live with the DoF I prefer it to my 85/1.2 too, as there is much less bonus colour.) Although if Bokeh and sharpness is your thing and you can live with MF the Laowa 105mm f/2 Smooth Trans Focus (STF) is amazing. (For Nikon users there's the new 105mm too.)

wew.. I thought I had to sell my 100/F2.8 macro L but thanks for letting me know I can keep it.

The thing is, on my APS-C body the 100mm is challenging enough. I actually have to walk 1/2 way up the stairs to be able get folk in the frame. With the 135 I imagine I'd have to get up on the roof.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2018 at 06:50 UTC
On article A letter from the Publisher (332 comments in total)
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Iloveaircraftnoise: Happy 2018 !

Just pitching in some reader feedback here: Your studio test scene is not that great. Certainly not as good as the old one.

Additionally, reviewing new cameras in the studio scene with native lenses is pointless. Unless you use the same lens for each camera body it's a waste of time.

Regards.

" Ultimately, most people shoot using native lenses "

This gave me a chuckle because your lead today is a Canon lens on a sony body.

Why does it have to be either or? If you are automating your test, assuming to reduce manpower required, why not do both both native and some common non/native lens (such as the canon 85) where it makes sense? It does not have to be

I'm guessing the main reason you won't do this is your relationship with your manufacturers. For example, I can't imagine sony or canon would be happy with any cross platform lens tests.....

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2018 at 00:55 UTC
On article 2017 in review: a look back at November (12 comments in total)

I can't wait for "2017 in review a look back at December" that month when we got all the 2017 a look back content; in other words a look back at our look back.

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2017 at 20:21 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
On article Buying Guide: Best cameras for parents (254 comments in total)
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keeponkeepingon: The EOS-M6 is a bit of surprise.

If you are lovin canon so much why not the SL2? You get all of the features of the M6, a better selection of native lenses, and OVF

Besides the OVF (essential for the beach) you also get full compatibility with canon speedlights. Unlike the EOS-M6 the SL2 can use the nice AF assist beam built into speedlights which is nicer than the lamp built into their cameras; a real asset for focusing in low/available light. For example I've had folks yell at me to turn off the flash when it was just the on-camera af assist lamp.

Finally there is the price. The high MSRP of the EOS-M6, especially if you include the adapter puts it in a league where there is a ton of competition arguably better for parents. Sitting at the low end of the canon ILC pricing spectrum the SL2 is has a lot fewer similarly priced alternatives to compete with.

The other thing I thought about as I was cursing my original EOS-M

Battery life versus a DSLR. With my T2i I could grab it and it would almost always have a charge that can get through the day. I know that's not true for my EOS-M and I doubt the EOS-M6 is much better

Link | Posted on Dec 24, 2017 at 10:09 UTC
On article Buying Guide: Best cameras for parents (254 comments in total)

The EOS-M6 is a bit of surprise.

If you are lovin canon so much why not the SL2? You get all of the features of the M6, a better selection of native lenses, and OVF

Besides the OVF (essential for the beach) you also get full compatibility with canon speedlights. Unlike the EOS-M6 the SL2 can use the nice AF assist beam built into speedlights which is nicer than the lamp built into their cameras; a real asset for focusing in low/available light. For example I've had folks yell at me to turn off the flash when it was just the on-camera af assist lamp.

Finally there is the price. The high MSRP of the EOS-M6, especially if you include the adapter puts it in a league where there is a ton of competition arguably better for parents. Sitting at the low end of the canon ILC pricing spectrum the SL2 is has a lot fewer similarly priced alternatives to compete with.

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2017 at 08:09 UTC as 39th comment | 10 replies
On article Buying Guide: Best cameras for parents (254 comments in total)

Regarding the A6000 suggestions in the comments:

"they said it was the fastest camera you can buy but it doesn't take very good pictures"

That's a word for word quote from from a mom with 2 kids about the A6000. Oh sure YOU can get good pictures with the A6000 but give it with the kits lens to a parent that knows nothing about photography and have them take some pictures of kids running around indoors in the evening and see what you get......

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2017 at 09:28 UTC as 40th comment | 1 reply
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