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On article Sony a9 shooting experience: Here's why I'm impressed (765 comments in total)

I dunno. Competition is so keen that at this point I'd like to compare the educations, career accomplishments, lifestyle choices, and political leanings of the top execs at the various camera companies. I'd like to know more about the character of their investments. An overview of their most witty or poignant tweets and Facebook posts. What kind of candy bars they like. That sort of thing.

How about a new web site called DPPR, for Digital Photography Personna Review?

:-)

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 21:44 UTC as 68th comment
On article Sony a9 shooting experience: Here's why I'm impressed (765 comments in total)

All the Sony a9 is going to do is change the photography gear landscape forever, set the course for all future camera evolution, and finally fully legitimize the mirrorless format once and for all. Other than that, the big question for me is how long it will take this tech to trickle down to my favorite brands and price sector.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 20:46 UTC as 77th comment

Planet Earth is blue
And there's nothing I can do...

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2017 at 19:51 UTC as 22nd comment | 2 replies
On article GoPro unveils Fusion, a 5.2K spherical VR camera (43 comments in total)

I understand everyone's concerns about the quality, etc., but I think it's a given that the tech is going to continually improve. I am more interested in the larger view, e.g. VR's intended and perhaps unanticipated applications. Where can I read some quality discussion about where VR is going?

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 23:05 UTC as 4th comment
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1868 comments in total)

I am a goofball consumer enthusiast, so, in this case, I am only going to say, "Hey, mom, look at me, I'm on DP Review!" and then defer all judgment to the good and decent working pros who actually use this caliber of equipment on a regular basis. Is that okay?

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 01:07 UTC as 125th comment
On article Hasselblad X1D final production sample gallery (142 comments in total)

I think this camera nicely fills a gap few people really ever get on about, and predictably so, for the price, I suppose. The subject matter in some instances evokes a more noticeably poignant response from me than the IQ, which seems to lag a bit behind my expectations. But I've been called a moron plenty of times, too, so I dunno. This could be one of those items where your checking account balance affects your impression the most.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2017 at 07:05 UTC as 15th comment
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davids8560: Despite whatever inherent truths may be in play, both the Canon and Nikon brands invoke an almost immovable and generally unquestionable prestige and leadership in the minds of consumers, whether it is articulated or not. Changing this perception could take a generation or two, and maybe it is near impossible, truth be told.

I am sure it would serve Sony better to put the name Nikon or Canon on their cameras, even if Sony bought and owned either company outright, e.g., in the sense that a "Canon" or "Nikon" A7III would propel the mirrorless format through the roof.

It's the big elephant in the room people touch on but nobody actually wants to talk about.

Public perception.

Recently USAirways bought the much larger but failing American Airlines, but applied the American brand to all its planes. That was a smart move.

Japanese car makers created new "brands" for their higher end models. I am not so sure this ploy ever worked as well as hoped against the likes of BMW, for example.

Whoa, String! You're sounding combative. :-)

The subject is perceptions, not facts.

Brand perception is a very real commodity.

Does anyone deny that Sony and Panasonic are widely perceived as mass marketers of everyday consumer electronics, while companies like Fuji, Canon, Nikon, and Olympus are more widely perceived as dedicated camera companies?

Why wouldn't Walmart sell cameras widely perceived as "the very best"?

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2017 at 01:59 UTC
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davids8560: Despite whatever inherent truths may be in play, both the Canon and Nikon brands invoke an almost immovable and generally unquestionable prestige and leadership in the minds of consumers, whether it is articulated or not. Changing this perception could take a generation or two, and maybe it is near impossible, truth be told.

I am sure it would serve Sony better to put the name Nikon or Canon on their cameras, even if Sony bought and owned either company outright, e.g., in the sense that a "Canon" or "Nikon" A7III would propel the mirrorless format through the roof.

It's the big elephant in the room people touch on but nobody actually wants to talk about.

Public perception.

Recently USAirways bought the much larger but failing American Airlines, but applied the American brand to all its planes. That was a smart move.

Japanese car makers created new "brands" for their higher end models. I am not so sure this ploy ever worked as well as hoped against the likes of BMW, for example.

While such may be true, I would venture that each time you see SONY on a TV or a video game or a car stereo or DVD player, it reinforces the perception that SONY is a mass marketer of average consumer electronics, and dilutes the perception that the established leaders enjoy: that they are imaging companies dedicated solely to producing photographic gear of the highest order.

As far as I know you only see the BMW logo on cars. It's what they do. It's all they do. (If this is true or not, I don't know) And people view BMW as strictly top-tier, and one of the best.

Perhaps that is why there are no Playstation games by "BMW" (even if they indeed make them! That would be a revelation - LOL!)

Perhaps that is why SONY is resorting to circulating what some here dismiss as a slanted re-hashing of incomplete statistics. To move perception.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 23:19 UTC

Despite whatever inherent truths may be in play, both the Canon and Nikon brands invoke an almost immovable and generally unquestionable prestige and leadership in the minds of consumers, whether it is articulated or not. Changing this perception could take a generation or two, and maybe it is near impossible, truth be told.

I am sure it would serve Sony better to put the name Nikon or Canon on their cameras, even if Sony bought and owned either company outright, e.g., in the sense that a "Canon" or "Nikon" A7III would propel the mirrorless format through the roof.

It's the big elephant in the room people touch on but nobody actually wants to talk about.

Public perception.

Recently USAirways bought the much larger but failing American Airlines, but applied the American brand to all its planes. That was a smart move.

Japanese car makers created new "brands" for their higher end models. I am not so sure this ploy ever worked as well as hoped against the likes of BMW, for example.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 20:47 UTC as 117th comment | 10 replies

What happens to people who don't go with the winner?

How much credence should we give to popularity?

Despite popular opinion at one time, the earth turned out to be round.

So! Popularity? I'm just sayin'.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 19:57 UTC as 124th comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon D7500: What you need to know (533 comments in total)

A lot of people are schlamoomphs! I mean, whadda they know?

That old Wright Brothers plane had two wings! So old! Two SD card slots? Mozart was bi-polar! We know that now!

But they were afraid. You got nothing to fear. You'll be fine!

You'll get one of those new 516 GB SD cards. There's your two 64 gig cards, and then some!

See? Everybody's happy!

Let me tell you! Half these schmucks miss the slot anyway!

I like this new guy! You?

Whatddya think? Cash, or credit?

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 11:26 UTC as 90th comment | 1 reply
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davids8560: You know a great photo when you see one. You know there's a chance nobody else will see what you see. Aesthetics are totally subjective. Sorry, boys. Auto tagging is cool, but you're barking up a ridiculous tree. But then, that's the gimmick here, right? Got it. Probably works, as far as drawing our attention goes. Neural networks? You will drum up interest in this challenge even if the scores are completely random.

All this stuff is leading to a sterile social conformity. It's anti-art.

Despite popular notions, the earth turned out to be round.

That's my two cents.

Ask me again in a few years.

Thanks for the civil discourse, though.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2017 at 00:23 UTC
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davids8560: You know a great photo when you see one. You know there's a chance nobody else will see what you see. Aesthetics are totally subjective. Sorry, boys. Auto tagging is cool, but you're barking up a ridiculous tree. But then, that's the gimmick here, right? Got it. Probably works, as far as drawing our attention goes. Neural networks? You will drum up interest in this challenge even if the scores are completely random.

I'd think twice about that art director if they actually desire a tool that makes selections on what an algorithm tracks as popular trends rather than his or her own tastes. That person is not an art director. This thing is good for a diffident, artless bean counter type tasked with making some sort of presentation. Only hacks would want to supplant 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder' with 'beauty is in the eye of an algorithm that tracks popular tastes'! Do something else if you don't like the work.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2017 at 19:15 UTC

You know a great photo when you see one. You know there's a chance nobody else will see what you see. Aesthetics are totally subjective. Sorry, boys. Auto tagging is cool, but you're barking up a ridiculous tree. But then, that's the gimmick here, right? Got it. Probably works, as far as drawing our attention goes. Neural networks? You will drum up interest in this challenge even if the scores are completely random.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2017 at 14:04 UTC as 46th comment | 5 replies

I bought a used 10D with a battery grip for a pittance off eBay in 2015, for like $65 USD. I bought it on a lark, really, simply because it was so cheap. The first thing I learned about the 10D was that it did not work with EF-S lenses. So an old EF zoom lens that started at 28mm was the widest lens I could get for it. This being the case, the camera still worked well, and IQ was solid. But I had no real need for it, so I ended up just giving it away. And what a gratifying gift it made! The old guy I gave it to was on a fixed income. I had to assure him I had not "blown the bank" buying it for him! But then the 10D stopped reading CF cards, and I found out this was common to this model. It wasn't worth fixing. So then another guy gave my friend a used Nikon D100 that works fine and my friend happily uses that now. And I went on to buy a used 30D for just $50 which takes EF-S glass and still works pretty well. Every now and then I take it for a stroll. Oh well! Thanks for reading.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2017 at 11:08 UTC as 20th comment
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S Review: Modern MF (899 comments in total)
In reply to:

justmeMN: "Generally lackluster AF is par for the course when it comes to the current crop of digital medium format cameras on the market, though." -DPR

IMHO, cameras that cost that much shouldn't be lackluster in anything.

I've been drafting legislation along these lines. Possibly involving state minimums for AF-C and burst rates. I'm thinking "camera amnesty" programs for offenders involving government "buyback" programs so the anonymous will come forward. So far, not much traction for my ideas, though. Thank you.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 17:59 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10/LX15 Review (382 comments in total)

The Canon G9X MARK II is clearly the winner at the moment if SMALLEST SIZE/BEST POSSIBLE IQ are the *sole* parameters.

(Those aren't the sole parameters for me, however)

But ask me again tomorrow, by all means!

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2017 at 19:24 UTC as 10th comment | 2 replies
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davids8560: If there was a need for any more movies I guess these lenses would be okay. But every story has been told. There's nothing new under the sun. Besides, most people can't even focus on something fior 90 minutes or two hours, much less read a book. Everybody tweets now, from the top on down. YouTube videos shot with mobile phones go viral and have more views than some of the biggest box office hits ever made. Quality or content mean nothing. Bob was right. It's all over now, baby blue...

Of course you're right. I was just trying to see how well I could communicate my presently despondent outlook. Maybe things haven't been going so well. But it will pass. Que sera, sera. Right? Tomorrow's another day.

Am I the only one who comes here for free psychotherapy? :-)

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2017 at 15:52 UTC

If there was a need for any more movies I guess these lenses would be okay. But every story has been told. There's nothing new under the sun. Besides, most people can't even focus on something fior 90 minutes or two hours, much less read a book. Everybody tweets now, from the top on down. YouTube videos shot with mobile phones go viral and have more views than some of the biggest box office hits ever made. Quality or content mean nothing. Bob was right. It's all over now, baby blue...

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2017 at 22:31 UTC as 5th comment | 2 replies
On article Pentax KP Review (648 comments in total)

I think everyone, after passing some sort of state-administered rudimentary photo skills exam, should be issued one of these KP's, along with two or three limited primes and a fast zoom; a X100T; an E-M1 Mark II kit; a RX100; and maybe a Nikon or Canon DSLR (for those random "more demanding" days everyone talks about). Then, if your FB likes-to-friends ratio does not expand at a prescribed minimum rate, your oxygen and water rations should be reduced until some improvement is seen. Or you can opt for the off-grid hinterlands beyond the wall.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2017 at 08:00 UTC as 18th comment
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