Chris Butler

Lives in United States Austin, TX, United States
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Joined on Apr 25, 2001


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On article Chris and Jordan reflect on DPReview's past and future (192 comments in total)

Gear Patrol sells stuff for profit. dpreview reviews stuff objectively. I'm not encouraged, but maybe Gear Patrol will be clever enough to let dpreview continue being objective, and only reference reviews when it helps sell gear.

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2023 at 14:30 UTC as 34th comment | 1 reply

This is a game changer for Nikon, Canon, et al. Stereoscopic cameras will start with a future iPhone, but camera design just got interesting again.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2023 at 14:49 UTC as 110th comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon Z8 first look video (107 comments in total)

Nicely done, Richard.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2023 at 17:24 UTC as 36th comment
On article A history of the test scene (192 comments in total)

Your studio test scene has been instrumental in my own camera choices, and will be sorely missed. I still can't believe Canon/Nikon/Sony/et al won't chip in enough to keep dpreview running. It's the best advertising the industry has.

Also hard to believe Amazon (AWS) can't provide permanent cloud storage for your work. I'm not alone hoping closet negotiations are proceeding to find a new sponsor for dpreview.
As a BS/CS guy, I've been impressed with the coding effort behind your movable examination tool. Javascript, I assume? Have you considered releasing it as open source on GitHub? Many other potential uses out there...

Best of luck, folks -- and thanks.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2023 at 21:08 UTC as 83rd comment
On article DPReview TV: The end of DPReview (352 comments in total)

Early on, I asked Phil Askey (see what I did there) if I could use a photo on his original dpreview website on one of my own websites. He replied by email and said OK. dpreview has been a global treasure for photographers. Jeff Bezos has no clue.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2023 at 00:42 UTC as 113th comment | 2 replies
On article to close (5187 comments in total)

Crushing news, and lunacy. dpreview is the best advertisement on the planet for "real cameras".

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2023 at 16:26 UTC as 3818th comment | 1 reply

When I putter around town, I still use my 2012 Nikon P7800. Good zoom optics, 12 MP sensor is plenty, and manual control where I need it. If Nikon had put a decent electronic viewfinder in this thing, it might still find fans.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2023 at 14:33 UTC as 54th comment
On article DPReview TV: Canon EOS R5 C review (93 comments in total)

dpreview couldn't afford Gordon's entourage. Be grateful for his generosity to his "idiot younger brother".

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2023 at 16:26 UTC as 6th comment

Delightful. The geeky stuff is secondary. Thanks for sharing...

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2023 at 14:55 UTC as 27th comment

Much admirable expertise, as smartphones push "real cameras" toward "pricey professional cameras". Can't Nikon/Canon/etc produce an intermediate machine for the rest of us?

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2023 at 12:32 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply
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sircarlphil: Am puzzled why Chris thinks IBIS is important in a camera for street photography. However you define it, it most often refers to taking pictures of people out in public -- people who are generally not posing stock-still, but are either moving around or might move at any moment. All of which means you rarely have the option of using slow shutter speeds (unless you intentionally want to create motion blur), making camera shake a non-issue. In the many years I've done street photography, i can't remember a time when I shot at less than 1/60 of a second. I couldn't care less about IBIS.

Good point. I've also found shooting Austin musicians often requires 1/125th or faster to freeze motion. IBIS solves some problems, but not all.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2022 at 17:57 UTC

Photographing a face up close with a wide angle lens is a terrible idea -- nobody looks good. Most portrait shooters prefer a mid-telephoto range like 90mm, not 24mm. Why this isn't a standard option on computer cams, baffles me. I've heard some folks actually get cosmetic surgery to enhance their selfies. Stop the madness!

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2022 at 20:30 UTC as 46th comment | 6 replies
On article DPReview TV: Canon cameras - The good and the bad (578 comments in total)
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JDPhotographer: First time I hated Drake :)

Chris is picking on him more and more, though Jordan is the smart one. Time for a marriage counselor? Or a streaming soap opera?

Link | Posted on May 8, 2022 at 17:56 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Nikon Z9 Firmware 2.0 Impressions (163 comments in total)

Fun, especially for a firmware upgrade. Maybe needs more slide whistle?

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2022 at 18:14 UTC as 37th comment

Great fun. Camera obscura, indeed...

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2022 at 15:53 UTC as 58th comment
On article DPReview TV: Nikkor Z 800mm F6.3 VR S First Impressions (207 comments in total)

Fresh insights to an interesting lens, and valuable birding tips like flamingos are more commonly found on lawns in Florida. Thanks, guys.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2022 at 15:31 UTC as 35th comment

Landscape photos? Mostly tarted-up porn, to real landscapers.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2022 at 17:45 UTC as 90th comment

I miss Mel Blanc...

Link | Posted on Jan 1, 2022 at 23:41 UTC as 109th comment | 1 reply
On article DPReview TV: Cheap Camera Challenge (111 comments in total)

My 2012 Nikon P7800 is still my favorite for casual walkabout snaps. 12 MP sensor, excellent 28-200mm, image stabilization, decent video, nice prints up to 12x18, horrible EVF but the articulated LCD is peachy. Used, it would cost about what your two tested cameras cost, and I suspect you'd be happier campers. Another article about cheap/used?

Link | Posted on Dec 31, 2021 at 00:35 UTC as 13th comment
On article DPReview TV: Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 G2 review (85 comments in total)

A much older Tamron 28-75 was my most-used lens at weddings. I never had a client complain about sharpness or bokeh. They cared about expression, framing, spontaneity.

Photo gear is superb now. I mostly watch for the continuing adventures of Chris and Jordan. Same reason I watched Top Gear once upon a time, which was never about cars.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2021 at 16:06 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply
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