Cultured Vulture

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Sergey Borachev: Focus tracking does nothing for me. Never used it.

I think before each shot and use only single AF. I may repeat the same shot with different settings but never spray and pray, or shoot in bursts.

You don't need AF then. If you take that much time, you can easily MF. By the way, nothing wrong with that. There are many ways people take photographs.

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2017 at 21:19 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: $1200-2000 ILCs - Crop-sensor (594 comments in total)
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runbei99: Ugh, really? Fuji over the D500 and 7D Mark II? Did you consider lens price and availability, color quality, autofocus tracking, low-light shadow detail at all?

The just use your phone. It's even smaller.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 14:23 UTC
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Olymguy: Looks more likely both reputation damage and economic gain. What I wonder is why fraudsters left such noticeable traces on their fake production? They could have imitated those trademark logos look as genuine! And needles to say that Canon can take some fake lens samples and send it to forensic labs. Trace element analysis of the lens body could reveal likelihood origin of the lens. They may also need to get other similar high end counterfeit product and do analysis on them as well. ;)

Trump= counterfeit human being.

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2016 at 18:08 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2016 (271 comments in total)
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davids8560: So if I was to dump my D5100 and pick up a D500 to grow into, how would my existing three lens kit (35 1.8, 18-200 VR II, and 55-300 VR) compliment the new body? They aren't good enough to do it any justice, are they?

Does that mean the D7200 is a specialized landscape camera? No, it's a good all-around camera. The D500 is just a little better all-around camera.

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2016 at 02:56 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2016 (271 comments in total)
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TN Args: Part 1 of 2

Congrats to Nikon and to the D500 for the overall award. It clearly impresses many and tempts many more again. There are two major reasons why it is a poor choice.

1. If you put aside its one trick, accurate action autofocus, you suddenly have a *very* ordinary camera: lowish resolution, over a stop more noise than similarly priced FF options, cumbersome brick of a body, no long lenses especially designed for its sensor format, missing an EVF (and let's face it, the arguments for an OVF look puerile these days when the best EVFs effectively avoid blackout and can be used in conjunction with a red dot finder for superb target tracking), generally lacking innovation, and a burst speed that, by the end of the year, was decidedly short of the top tier.

I have rarely read a more silly, self important comment on these forums. And, I have been around for over a decade. I have yet to see an EVF that will minimize VF blackout and accurately track fast moving objects.

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2016 at 02:51 UTC
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RandyPD: Spec/dollar, nothing comes close to the A99II. I mean, it's a 42mp camera that can shoot at 12fps. The only common mantra against is is that it 'lacks lenses'. Seriously, what lens is not available for the A-mount that can't get the job done?

Native 400mm f/2.8

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2016 at 04:08 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: $1200-2000 ILCs: full-frame (421 comments in total)
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Richard Murdey: D610 with 87%/gold vs. "Best overall full-frame" 82,84/silver of the K1, A7ii.

Okay. I guess you are going to finesse that by telling me they are somehow classed different so the scores are not compatible yadda-yadda, but I mean come on: the only reason not to get a D610 in that group is because you already bought a refurbished D750 for $1400 on Black Friday.

The review mentioned :
Hesitant Single-AF acquisition
Continuous-AF not up to contemporary standards

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2016 at 16:58 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: $1200-2000 ILCs: full-frame (421 comments in total)
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Richard Murdey: D610 with 87%/gold vs. "Best overall full-frame" 82,84/silver of the K1, A7ii.

Okay. I guess you are going to finesse that by telling me they are somehow classed different so the scores are not compatible yadda-yadda, but I mean come on: the only reason not to get a D610 in that group is because you already bought a refurbished D750 for $1400 on Black Friday.

Great for landscape and still life. Poor AF and limited modern lens selection. ILC cameras are meant to be system cameras. A lot of the system is missing for Pentax.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2016 at 01:26 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: $1200-2000 ILCs: full-frame (421 comments in total)

Why doesn't the Sony win if they are so even since it's $500 cheaper? That was the reasoning you used giving the nod to the Fuji over the D500.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2016 at 01:22 UTC as 43rd comment | 2 replies
On article 2017 Roundup: $1200-2000 ILCs: full-frame (421 comments in total)
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sirhawkeye64: Why isn't the D750 in this category, rather than the 2000+ category. Yes, it was over $2000 when it was released, but now can be purchased for under $2000 (body only). I think it fits better here, or just include it here as well. The D610 is a great body, but it's also somewhat obsolete being based on technology that is 4-5 years old now.

And the K-1 has gone up in price since release. It is about to exceed your limit.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2016 at 01:08 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: $1200-2000 ILCs: full-frame (421 comments in total)
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sirhawkeye64: Why isn't the D750 in this category, rather than the 2000+ category. Yes, it was over $2000 when it was released, but now can be purchased for under $2000 (body only). I think it fits better here, or just include it here as well. The D610 is a great body, but it's also somewhat obsolete being based on technology that is 4-5 years old now.

Lame. How tough can it be for DPR to check the current Amazon price in Europe and the US.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2016 at 00:59 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1378 comments in total)
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Tactical Falcon: I LIke this camera. Not for $2000.00. I can get allot camera for the same or less money. The Fujifilm XT-2. Nikon D500. I could go full frame with Black Friday, and all. This is the best camera I have seen from Olympus, I'll never buy. At this money a smaller camera isn't the only consideration especially when it is as good as all, finally, but costs more. An offer I don't understand.

Melchiorum. The other side of that coin is you have to be willing to put up with AF tracking that you can't depend on, IQ that doesn't match similarly priced cameras of both APS C or FF sensor size, poor high ISO performance and quite a bit else. The Oly is a great camera for what it is. It is not the best camera for $2,000.00.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2016 at 14:56 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1378 comments in total)
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Seeky: This camera would have been impressive, if there was a 35mm sensor inside.

Greg, you are right, the public thinks IPhone photos are just fine and anything else is overkill. So what's the point in Oly, Nikon, Canon..et.al.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2016 at 14:45 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1378 comments in total)
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Cultured Vulture: Isn't it time for DPR to stop giving mirror less cameras points for having great AF "for a mirrorless". Just as it has past time for DSLR's to be given a pass for poor video or live view focus. The camera either performs or it doesn't. It either produces great images or it doesn't. If you want to make comparisons, base it on price for a given performance. The Mark II is expensive, does it perform to its price or doesn't it? I'm not saying one way or another but that's the way I would be looking at it no matter what camera was being reviewed.

I wasn't even speaking specifically to the Oly. My objection is the way DPR qualifies their statements about cameras. Not only mirrorless but mirrored too. A camera either gets the job done as well as its peers in price or it doesn't. It either tracks AF as well as it peers or it doesn't. It produces image quality as well as it peers or it doesn't. Video, Live view AF, you name it. I see this particularly with mirrorless and mirrored but also between FF and the various crops.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2016 at 14:38 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1378 comments in total)

Isn't it time for DPR to stop giving mirror less cameras points for having great AF "for a mirrorless". Just as it has past time for DSLR's to be given a pass for poor video or live view focus. The camera either performs or it doesn't. It either produces great images or it doesn't. If you want to make comparisons, base it on price for a given performance. The Mark II is expensive, does it perform to its price or doesn't it? I'm not saying one way or another but that's the way I would be looking at it no matter what camera was being reviewed.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2016 at 00:01 UTC as 83rd comment | 7 replies
On article 2017 Roundup: $1200-2000 ILCs - Crop-sensor (594 comments in total)
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runbei99: Ugh, really? Fuji over the D500 and 7D Mark II? Did you consider lens price and availability, color quality, autofocus tracking, low-light shadow detail at all?

So $200 less would have you buy a less capable camera? Witha a much smaller lens and accessory ecosystem. Strange.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 16:14 UTC
On article DPReview Asks: What was your first camera? (766 comments in total)

First camera of any sort was a Kodak Brownie. First 35mm was s Mamiya-Sekor. Then a Nikon FE, which I loved and still do.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 22:25 UTC as 326th comment
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Yxa: There where some Kwanon guys here at DPR stating that there would be no FW update giving 4k @ 30 min as the D5 sensor would overheat
Ha ha

Hi WalterSrChat. The D5 takes 2 XQD cards that can be set to overflow. Since XQD cards come in 128GB sizes, are you saying that a 30 minute 4K video will require more than 256GB of space to record. The question was not whether or not the D5 or 1DxII is better at it or not. You stated that the D5 could not record for 30 minutes at 4K due to camera storage.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 19:06 UTC
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (805 comments in total)

This camera has a real chance to be a dream camera for landscape, architecture and studio photographers. That is if they support it with a lens set to match. Finally a digital MF that won't weigh you down. It's also the first mirrorless that interests me.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 00:21 UTC as 192nd comment | 1 reply
On article Rare Nikon 1200mm F11 pops up on eBay (120 comments in total)
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mosc: A used Canon 400mm f4 is like half this price and offers similar capabilities with modern AF.

It is completely a niche lens, and while I am sure it could be done by stitching several shots together, it is not a single shot so nothing better move. It's also 220 degrees in all directions not a pano.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 20:14 UTC
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