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brumd

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On article GearEye is an RFID-based gear management system (45 comments in total)

It's a great idea!
I do very different shoots, needing different gear (especially the number of flashes, light diffusers, triggers, stands vary greatly). This would save me a lot of time to check what's in my bags and what not.

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2016 at 08:57 UTC as 21st comment
On article Flickr reveals its top 25 photos of 2016 (190 comments in total)
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brumd: The cameras used in these 10 images:
-camera w/ m43: LX100
-camera w/ aps-c: D5100, D5200, X-Pro2
-camera w/ ff: D610, 6D, 5Dii, 5Diii
-drone: DJI FC330
(& 1 unknown camera)

which again shows that it really is the photographer that makes an interesting picture, not the camera.
Most cameras are older models, many are dismissed as "toys" by many a DP-review commenter.

that's exactly my point.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2016 at 19:26 UTC
On article Flickr reveals its top 25 photos of 2016 (190 comments in total)

The cameras used in these 10 images:
-camera w/ m43: LX100
-camera w/ aps-c: D5100, D5200, X-Pro2
-camera w/ ff: D610, 6D, 5Dii, 5Diii
-drone: DJI FC330
(& 1 unknown camera)

which again shows that it really is the photographer that makes an interesting picture, not the camera.
Most cameras are older models, many are dismissed as "toys" by many a DP-review commenter.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2016 at 14:05 UTC as 76th comment | 6 replies
On article 'Ethereal' takes you to Iceland in 4K (80 comments in total)

What I like about this video is that it mostly tries to avoid the biggest cliches, while giving a perfect image of what the inlands of Icelands are about, in all its glory. OK, it has a few seconds of Jökulsárlón and Askja/Vítí, but a lot of these canyons and valleys most people will never see.

In so many video's or image galleries Iceland gets reduced to again and again to the same views of Gullfoss, Dettifoss, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysír and a couple of more famous 'must see' landmarks. It gets boring after a while.

This is the Iceland I love. Well done!

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2016 at 14:23 UTC as 27th comment
On article 'Ethereal' takes you to Iceland in 4K (80 comments in total)
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Ad B: Holy Mozes,

Breathtaking movie...
When I'm coming back on earth after my death (not in the near future), I want to be a bird.
A very big bird, so I won't fit in someone's food chain...

Bit first I'm going to take a look there, already planned...
From 27-12 till 8-01.
Hope to see this all and make pics of it.

Hate to say it, but if you go end of this month you won't see anything that is shown in this vid. First of all, it is dark 20 hours per day. The landscape will be mostly covered in snow. And, most of this footage is shot in the highlands, which are closed until ~June.
Not that it isn't worth visiting Iceland in winter - it definitely is - but you'll be seeing a entirely different country.
Take a sturdy tripod and gloves to keep your fingers warm.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2016 at 13:36 UTC
On article Have your say: Best midrange ILC of 2016 (52 comments in total)

Bit off-topic:
How about a category of 'best Kickstarter project of the year'?
DPR puts a lot of Kickstarter initiatives in the spotlight, but afterwards you rarely hear anything again.
It would be nice to have a sort of a 'round up' at the end of the year to see how many of these 'best innovations since sliced bread' acually succeeded, and how many failed.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2016 at 21:30 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
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brumd: Looks very promising and affordable too. I can't seem to find a link to a demo/try-out version. Am I overlooking it?

O, too bad.
€40 is a very reasonable price, but I really would like to have at least 24h to check out if it works smoothly on my system (with Intel HD4600 as GPU), with my RAW images.

Edit: ok, I will be patient! Thanks for the info! :)

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2016 at 20:37 UTC

Looks very promising and affordable too. I can't seem to find a link to a demo/try-out version. Am I overlooking it?

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2016 at 20:08 UTC as 50th comment | 9 replies
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brumd: The price difference (at point of introduction) between the 1st generation EM5 and EM1 was ~€200-300.
EM5-II = €1100, EM1-II = €2000. That's almost double the price.
And honestly, I don't see it. Not in the stills at least, the difference in video, I don't know nor care.

M43 has gotten to a point where I decided to jump ship. It is getting way to costly to keep as a 2nd system. The cameras and "pro" lenses get bigger and bigger, so it's getting less and less that perfect travelling system. Cameras are more and more focused on video, which I don't care about. And IQ is still largely where it was in 2012. So, I am selling.

All the images in this gallery are taken in bright light. For a lot of these pictures a modern phone cam would be adequate. Any RX100, a LX10/15 or a G7Xii would have given great results, a lot of extra room in your bag, and a lot of extra cash to fly up that mountain a few more times.

@HAR:
Blowing snow isn't much of a challenge for a camera; these circumstances are much more a challenge for the photographer, so yes, it is all about operating a camera, about shape and button placement.
And: a smaller camera catches a lot less snow, and it is much easer to simply shake it off.

Also, in circumstances like these one is better off with tiltscreen rather than this stick out flipscreen, which only catches more wind and snow.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2016 at 07:40 UTC
On article Have your say: Best midrange ILC of 2016 (52 comments in total)
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DualSystemGuy: This is a very strange set of options for best Mid Range ILC. No D7200 that won DPR's own round-up in this price range?

The "round-ups" regard all cameras that are currently available.
This "Best .. Of 2016" only includes cameras that were released this year.
The D7200 was released in 2015.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 18:01 UTC
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brumd: The price difference (at point of introduction) between the 1st generation EM5 and EM1 was ~€200-300.
EM5-II = €1100, EM1-II = €2000. That's almost double the price.
And honestly, I don't see it. Not in the stills at least, the difference in video, I don't know nor care.

M43 has gotten to a point where I decided to jump ship. It is getting way to costly to keep as a 2nd system. The cameras and "pro" lenses get bigger and bigger, so it's getting less and less that perfect travelling system. Cameras are more and more focused on video, which I don't care about. And IQ is still largely where it was in 2012. So, I am selling.

All the images in this gallery are taken in bright light. For a lot of these pictures a modern phone cam would be adequate. Any RX100, a LX10/15 or a G7Xii would have given great results, a lot of extra room in your bag, and a lot of extra cash to fly up that mountain a few more times.

The EM1 was €1300 or €1400. The EM5 was €1100 at introduction (and €1300 with 12-50 kitlens; that's what I bought in May 2012).

"A significantly different camera". Really? There isn't a camera in the whole universe that is more similar to an EM1 than an EM5. You can give an EM1 to a blind person who is used to handling an EM5 and he'll still find his way around the camera.

And yes, in blowing snow. Snow in subzero temperatures isn't that wet. I wouldn't hesitate a second.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 12:38 UTC

The price difference (at point of introduction) between the 1st generation EM5 and EM1 was ~€200-300.
EM5-II = €1100, EM1-II = €2000. That's almost double the price.
And honestly, I don't see it. Not in the stills at least, the difference in video, I don't know nor care.

M43 has gotten to a point where I decided to jump ship. It is getting way to costly to keep as a 2nd system. The cameras and "pro" lenses get bigger and bigger, so it's getting less and less that perfect travelling system. Cameras are more and more focused on video, which I don't care about. And IQ is still largely where it was in 2012. So, I am selling.

All the images in this gallery are taken in bright light. For a lot of these pictures a modern phone cam would be adequate. Any RX100, a LX10/15 or a G7Xii would have given great results, a lot of extra room in your bag, and a lot of extra cash to fly up that mountain a few more times.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 12:08 UTC as 15th comment | 8 replies
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RamblinR: On their next tweak for VIDEO can they please add focus peaking and 60p ... EM5II has both. Now that the EM1-2 will have 4k etc it wouldn't hurt to add these to the EM1 to keep it updated.

Well, first of all, a lot of events either don't allow you to use flash, or, flash will hava a very negative impact on stage lighting.

And exactly, with f/4 you are stuck at ISO3200 to get enough speed, which is fine at full format. WIth m43 it makes a lot of difference if you shoot at ISO800 or ISO3200. With f/4 you are pushed at the very limit of the m43 system.

A 12-100/f4 would defininetly not in my bag when I use m43 (as a 2nd camera) on an indoor event.
Really, this lens isn't exactly an 'event photographer's dream', just as a 28-300/3,5-6.3 on a ff camera isn't an 'event photographer's dream'.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 06:58 UTC
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RamblinR: On their next tweak for VIDEO can they please add focus peaking and 60p ... EM5II has both. Now that the EM1-2 will have 4k etc it wouldn't hurt to add these to the EM1 to keep it updated.

"The 12-100mm f/4 on the E-M1 Mk2 will allow 6.5 stop of IS -- that sounds like an event photographer's dream."

well no.. maybe with well lit outdoor events, but good luck with even trying to shoot an indoor event with a f/4 lens; you lose ~2 1/3 stop compared to a f/1.8 prime, which is the difference between let's say ISO800 and ISO4000.
Max shutter time is limited by subject movement, so it doesn't really matter if you'd have 20 stops of IS.
Subject isolation at f/4 on a m43 sensor is another matter: good luck with that.

I used m43 a lot for (indoor) events, but the 75/1.8 was my main weapon of choice. Even wide open you often are forced to use ISO1600 or higher, which is kind of pushing the limits to get usable results (for web use it's generally ok).

So no, the 12-100/4, doesn't sound much as a dream for an event photographer.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2016 at 08:31 UTC
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 review (1126 comments in total)
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brycesteiner: Is the specs right on the Girls basketball image?
https://www.dpreview.com/files/p/articles/2470495990/DSC01179.jpeg
ISO 6400, 1/1000 sec at F2.2. Shot using the 85mm F1.4 G Master lens. JPEG edited to taste in Adobe Lightroom.
The DOF would be much more shallow on m4/3 with the 75 mm at 2.2. Even using the 45 would be.

--edited

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 19:48 UTC
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 review (1126 comments in total)
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Fujica: Funny to see how DPReview tries to mislead its readers with the provided feature table.

Flash - Most professionals prefer a clip-on or external flash above anything built in.

4K Duration - Read well 'Sony A6500 TEMPERATURE dependent UP TO 29.59 min/sec. So the question is how fast will the temperature sensor kick in. Can as well be after 10 minutes of use.

USB Charging Power = YES for the X-T2. Just plug it in and it will recharge your camera.

Battery Duration 350 to 310 => this most often means its more often 310 then 350 shots.

Not mentioning its fastest mechanical shutter speed. You can only guess why. The A6500 and A6300 do not go over 1/4000th the X-T2 goes up to 1/8000th

The Flash Sync speed is another one that DPReview carefully does not mention as its only 1/180 for the A6500 against 1/250 for the X-T2.

Very misleading table you put up mr DPreview.

The most capable camera is the X-T2 over the A6500 sorry to say so for all those who love their Sony.

The table reads: USB Charging (USB Power?) : yes/no" for the X-T2.
Meaning: USB power recharges the camera battery, but you can't operate the camera itself using USB power.

Being able to run your camera on USB power is definitely an advantage when doing time lapses or indoor studio-like settings (for example, creating stop-motion movies).

So, this would only be 'misleading' if DPReview is wrong and the X-T2 does run on USB power.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 09:42 UTC
On article Simple Studio Technique: Pet Portraits (90 comments in total)
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justmeMN: The purpose of this article is to display another "Buy A Sony Camera" link. DPR is obsessed with pushing Sony cameras, to the detriment of objectivity.

That is not the point. The point that DPR makes a deliberate choice *not* to inform their readers in advance.

Just like DPReview never chose to inform their readers about the partnership between them and DxOmark when writing an enormous amount of friendly articles about the DxO One. Regardless if there is an existing deal between them: it shows integrity if they are open about the relationship.

I'm not trolling, but it's exactly these things which makes me lose trust in DPR as an independent source. I am now very reluctant to advice other people to check this site if they are looking for good reviews. Much more than I was a year ago. And I find it a pity. Because there is a lot that I *do* like on this site (if I didn't I wouldn't bother to write all this).
But I stated my opinion, and I will leave it at this.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2016 at 14:35 UTC
On article Simple Studio Technique: Pet Portraits (90 comments in total)
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justmeMN: The purpose of this article is to display another "Buy A Sony Camera" link. DPR is obsessed with pushing Sony cameras, to the detriment of objectivity.

Yes it is their fault. It is a deliberate strategy: to trick people into reading an article while - at that point - neglecting to inform them they are reading an advertorial.
If the impartiality of this website is important - and it should be, because 'reviews' are the very core and raison d'etre for this website - you should make it a priority to readers to make clear what they are reading/seeing is actually sponsored content.
It is common practice, and for good reason, to inform your readers *before* they start reading. And that's the way it should be.
It is called integrity.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2016 at 13:55 UTC
On article Simple Studio Technique: Pet Portraits (90 comments in total)
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justmeMN: The purpose of this article is to display another "Buy A Sony Camera" link. DPR is obsessed with pushing Sony cameras, to the detriment of objectivity.

It is placed *after* the article. Yes, they put thought into the placement of this message, and they deliberately choose not to inform readers *before* they read/watch the article.
It should NOT be in 72pt times, but it should be made clear to all readers *before* reading the article. But I assume it is part of the sponsored deal to deliberately not do this.

If you want your reader's confidence that you are an independent review site, and you offer 'sponsored content' as well, it is your task to keep those things very well separated.
The way it is happening now, I really have no trust in the objectivity of articles featuring Sony cameras.

I am currently selling my m43 stuff, and looking for a 'high end compac't', so yes, a Sony RX100 comes in mind, and yes, I am looking for unbiased info on Sony.
1 year ago I would have been confident to find that info on this site. Now not so much anymore. Be independent, or be completely open what deal you make with a camera manufacturer.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2016 at 13:24 UTC
On article Simple Studio Technique: Pet Portraits (90 comments in total)
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justmeMN: The purpose of this article is to display another "Buy A Sony Camera" link. DPR is obsessed with pushing Sony cameras, to the detriment of objectivity.

@Barney: of course I am referring to the Nov 28 Dog Video article. It is paid by Sony. And instead of clearly mentioning this in the title, you just put a single line *after* the article. In other words: DPReview deliberately tries to trick its readers into watching/reading biased content without making it clear *in advance*.

And now, a few days later, there is another article, same author, same camera. And now we are suddenly expected to believe this *isn't* an advertorial.

You know what kind of deal you exactly made with Sony. We don't! And you are - obviously - not going to tell us what this deal exactly involves. So, we have to guess. And if I have to guess: and my first thought is: "o yes, this is coming from the same 'Sony advertorial guy'".

It is simply the result when a review site starts mixing its content with advertorials.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2016 at 09:21 UTC
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