monkeybrain

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thejohnnerparty: I'm seeing a trend in new lens designs and I'm not liking it. I see it in this Samy 35. I saw it in the new Nikkor 28mm F/1.4. And I've seen it other lenses - the flat look of the principle subject in the foreground. It doesn't look natural to me. The subjects almost look like an overlay on the photo. I hope I wrong about this, but before I buy any new lens I'm going to be looking for that characteristic. I'm just not fond of it. I think it is being caused by designers that provide enhanced background bokeh. ..... I'm not an optics engineer, so if this is nonsense please don't go ballistic. ;-)

Could you provide examples of lens and photos that do and don't exhibit this characteristic? I can't say I've noticed it, but maybe I haven't got my eye in.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2017 at 09:35 UTC

This needs to be featured more prominently. I wasn't aware of Ho before - these images are amazing. The best street I've seen I think.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2017 at 08:17 UTC as 1st comment
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Franglais91: Mirrorless make up 36% of shipments. So what?

When I go out in the field (Paris, Rome) I hardly ever see a mirrorless camera.

- Mirrorless cameras are still not mature. Every year there is a new model which is bought by a dedicated population of users.
- DSLR's are very mature products. It takes 4 years or more to develop something that is significantly better than the existing version. And many buyers are not even going for the new version straight away

You've answered your own question. Based on your descriptions, mirrorless represents an area of growth while DSLRs are stagnant. From a business point of view, which market segment seems more appealing?

Link | Posted on May 3, 2017 at 09:06 UTC
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OlyPent: More places ruining the skies for astronomers. This tiresome need to "light up the night" and ruin everyone's sleep patterns in the process. Pretty soon, all observatories will have to be on the dark side of the Moon.

While I can feel your pain (I live in the UK, where light pollution is severe), I don't think these drones will make things any worse in Guangzhou, a city of 14,000,000 and therefore already extremely bad light pollution. Also, drone displays like this would probably only last about 10-15 mins (because of battery) so wouldn't have much effect in any areas and certainly less than the smoke produced by large or many firework displays.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2017 at 00:28 UTC
On article GIMP seeks funding for future advanced features (239 comments in total)
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NaBalam: PROs go with Photoshop, it's way better. So GIMP could be aimed at the non-pro market (those with entry level DSLRs for example), but it's GUI is complicated and frustrating.

Free Lightroom? Then that would be Darktable.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 17:44 UTC
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MrBrightSide: As the US population ages, voice assistance will become the robot exoskeleton of the creative class.
You kids think this is silly now, but wait till a lifetime of swiping and tapping catches up with your joints. Arthritis is an equal opportunity disease—you will be storming the gates at Adobe headquarters begging them to let you buy this product.

I think this is the only comment that gets it. Voice control is slower, even useless, for most of us but for those with limited motor skills this will be liberating. That's why Adobe shows not a young, hip creative type in the video but an old man!

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 10:15 UTC

Enhance 224 to 176. Enhance, stop. Move in, stop. Pull out, track right, stop. Center in, pull back. Stop. Track 45 right. Stop. Center and stop. Enhance 34 to 36. Pan right and pull back. Stop. Enhance 34 to 46. Pull back. Wait a minute, go right, stop. Enhance 57 to 19. Track 45 left. Stop. Enhance 15 to 23. Give me a hard copy right there and post to Facebook.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 22:50 UTC as 71st comment | 3 replies
On article Samyang introduces full-frame 20mm F1.8 ED AS UMC (159 comments in total)
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cosinaphile: offering it in samsung nx mount ? i guess the nikon rumor was true but fell thru?

or something .... isnt nx a dead system? do enough people own cameras in that mount ......im stumped

Well it is Samyang, obviously another Korean company, so NX was probably quite popular in South Korea. This is manual focus so has appeal to video makers, where the NX1 still remains popular (resale values on NX1 and lenses remain high).

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2016 at 18:58 UTC
On article Never miss a video: Subscribe to DPReview on YouTube (10 comments in total)
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Sergey Borachev: I hate having to subscribe to any shop, service provider, website, hamburger place, ... ... ... and deal with incessant junk mail, and having to unsubscribe each account by ticking 50 boxes on their website, while risking personal data collected from being stolen by hackers due to poor system security.

So, I will rather miss some video. Thanks but no thanks.

Not what they mean. If you have a Youtube account you can subscribe to channels which just means you get a front youtube page with all the videos from your subscriptions on it. The number of subscriptions a channel has is also commonly used to gauge the popularity of that channel.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2016 at 16:55 UTC
On article Fujifilm X70 Review (377 comments in total)
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Digimat: Hm...i would never have thought that one day i would say this...but why should i use the x70 over my smartphone? i mean dont get me wrong, its a beautiful small camera, fine for traveling. but i also always have my smartphone with me when i travel. will the x70 have better image quality? yes. but will anyone see the difference on social networks or small prints? most probably not. and there is no viewfinder, no fast aperture, no image stabilisation and you dont get much DOF control.

so if i want to get "serious" i use the real stuff, and if i just want to take a quick picture i use my smartphone. but maybe its just me.

More dynamic range is an obvious answer. And I'm not talking about insane HDR ability, I just mean not having the blown out skies that accompany many small sensors in many situations.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2016 at 21:39 UTC
On article Small but mighty: hands on with the Panasonic GX85/GX80 (306 comments in total)
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Coyote_Cody: I still find it disappointing that Canon will NOT put IBIS in some models of their cams, especially since some models will never have L lens and may never have IS lens, such as the M or Rebel/xxxD cams - even a half ass version of IS, not the nice IBIS this or some Sony's have !!

Real greedy A'holes Canon !!

Incompetent AF in some cams, M's for one and no IBIS to name just 2 shortcomings !

Makes a user want to switch !!

IBIS requires the sensor to move slightly, therefore the image circle put out by the lens needs to be large enough to cover this and the mount needs to be wide enough to cover this. Perhaps Canon has determined that their mount cannot accommodate this, which is the argument Fuji is using for not having IBIS.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2016 at 09:39 UTC
On article Samsung NX500 shown as discontinued (273 comments in total)
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Dragonrider: The mystery question is who is taking advantage of the sensor fab, or are they just going to shut it down? Their latest phone has a Sony sensor for the main camera, so that may suggest the latter.

Their latest phone does not equal all their phones. Also sometimes phones listed as the same model have sensors from different manufacturers, i.e. some might not have the Sony sensor.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2016 at 20:45 UTC
On article Opinion: Enthusiast compacts have finally come of age (469 comments in total)
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Biowizard: Can someone remind me - just HOW big is a "1 inch" sensor? I know it is anything _but_ 25.4mm diagonal.

PLEASE can we start coming up with a STANDARD way of measuring sensor sizes that does NOT keep harking back to ancient vacuum tubes?

Brian

Well why not just use millimetres? 35mm film was easy to understand. I've always thought of m4/3 as being like 16mm. I totally agree that "1 inch" is extremely misleading. If Dpreview took a lead on referring to sensor size in another way it could filter across to other sites.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2016 at 20:18 UTC

GoPro should leverage the brand recognition their name has and their association with adventure sports to branch into rugged, weatherproof travel/adventure cameras with larger sensors (4/3).

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2016 at 11:54 UTC as 20th comment | 2 replies
On article 2015 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras around $500 (276 comments in total)
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vesa1tahti: They call EVFs to be modern technology. Maybe it is, because it is new. But OVFs are much better in practical use, in any situation. I've used Olympus VF-4 with my E-PM2, but it is much worse in use than e.g. D7200's OVF.

Wow, what an interesting subjective statement! I've never heard of anyone comparing OVFs and EVFs before.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2015 at 21:01 UTC
On article Second time lucky? A closer look at Sony's new RX1R II (543 comments in total)
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Photato: I like the concept of this camera.
Utmost quality in a small package.
The quality I am sure is there but the small, hmm not so much.
I would like to see this concept expanded for a larger market using smaller bodies with crop sensors and accesible prices.

RX1 Mini APS-C
RX1 Nano 1"

I think this would be a better value proposition.

I assumed you were talking about 1" with a fast prime. Making a 1" with a slow zoom is easy.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2015 at 21:06 UTC
On article Second time lucky? A closer look at Sony's new RX1R II (543 comments in total)
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Photato: I like the concept of this camera.
Utmost quality in a small package.
The quality I am sure is there but the small, hmm not so much.
I would like to see this concept expanded for a larger market using smaller bodies with crop sensors and accesible prices.

RX1 Mini APS-C
RX1 Nano 1"

I think this would be a better value proposition.

High quality fast primes can be had for the 1" Nikon 1 and the Samsung NX Mini (17mm prime, see very nice samples here on dpreview showing what these 1" sensors can do with good optics), but notice they are quite large (comparatively). Getting rid of the mount might shave some space off but perhaps not make it pocketable.

A news story from Feb mentioned an American startup that plans to make a FF rangefinder, APSC rangefinder, and 1" rangefinder, but that's probably all hot air.
http://www.dpreview.com/articles/2297085902/konost-full-frame-digital-rangefinder-in-the-pipeline-for-2016

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2015 at 20:33 UTC
On article Light L16 packs 16 cameras into a single portable body (397 comments in total)

Reminds me of a spider's eye, very cool.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2015 at 20:58 UTC as 145th comment
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photomedium: Boy what a dead week this was!

Why, did everyone stop taking photos?

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2015 at 19:18 UTC
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straylightrun: It's a shame that Samsung has a very strong APS-C mirrorless lineup with lenses and body, but nobody buys it simply because it's a Samsung. If this said Canon on the top instead of Samsung, it would sell like hotcakes.

Revenant, actually cameras have only been Leica's main business quite recently, after the company was split up. Leica also makes microscopes etc (different company, same brand) which is a bigger business I believe. Nikon is also very active in other imaging areas and they are probably very large earners. Nikon is also owned by Mitsubishi of course. But you're right that the image of Nikon and Leica is cameras. Keeping the camera companies going probably helps the prestige of the other, higher earning, branches. Maybe Samsung also hopes that producing top-quality cameras and lenses will also give it wider credibility.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2015 at 18:59 UTC
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