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On article Canon EOS 5D Mark III low-light ISO series samples (302 comments in total)
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samhain: Blows me away people whining about this cam. Personally, I'm impressed. Good job canon

Looking at images with a critical eye is not the same a "whining". And Henry, how could you possibly know the finances of other DPR members?

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2012 at 20:52 UTC
On article Canon EOS 5D Mark III low-light ISO series samples (302 comments in total)

First thing studio shots with flash lighting is not a good test of a camera for low light / high ISO performance. A camera will always look better, less noisy in artificial flash lighting.

Secondly, the only way to view these samples is by downloading the full-size images, and opening them on your computer. They look OK, but I'm hearing a ton of super positive comments, but upon viewing the full size images like ISO 6400, it's clear that NR is heavy, and it is smearing away fine details like the mouses fur. I don't remember my 5D Mk II having such heavy NR in JPEG, but then I hardly ever use JPEG, so...

Lastly, a comment below states these to be on par with the D3s. They are not. They may be an improvement of 1 stop over the 5D Mk II, but nowhere near the D3s. The D3s high ISO images are clean WITHOUT smearing fine details.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2012 at 20:49 UTC as 46th comment | 4 replies
On article Canon EOS 5D Mark III low-light ISO series samples (302 comments in total)
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focuscz: I have found another noise test CANON EOS 5D MK III
The first noise test of CANON EOS 5D MK III See our fan site

See facebook fan page CanonClub,

I don't think to samples you linked to or the ones here on DPR are doing Canon any favors. Not the performance I expected at all.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2012 at 17:40 UTC
On article Canon EOS 5D Mark III low-light ISO series samples (302 comments in total)
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tiklid: ISO800:

Chroma Noise visible over the snow at ISO 800.

I'm not sure about the chroma noise, but I downloaded the the ISO 6400 Aurora image last evening. I couldn't believe this image camera from a 5D Mk III. The lack of detail, presumably from NR, makes the ice look soft and overall the image doesn't look like it was produced by a FF camera in 2012.

Also a surprise was the ISO 100 image of the female model in the red jacket did not nearly as good as what I was getting from my 5D Mk II. In fact it doesn't look like it's from a 5D camera at all. The official D800 samples, on the other hand, were spectacular.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2012 at 17:35 UTC
On article Canon announces EOS 5D Mark III 22MP full-frame DSLR (457 comments in total)
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lensberg: This 5D Mark III will blow the Nikon D800 away as far as high ISO goes... if i were to speculate, it would probably be by a 2 stop + margin... Dynamic range also greatly favours this new 22 MP sensor... Why is everybody complaining... if the tables were turned and Nikon was introducing this 22MP sensor in the D800 ... all these Nikon fanboys would have been drooling over the thing... making flamboyant predictions that it would destroy the competition... canon's days were numbered, etc. etc.. etc... Kudos to Canon for making IQ of prime importance... instead of hiking the MP count to ridiculous proportions... Just a couple of years ago everyone was saying 12 MP is more than enough for most peoples requirements... all of a sudden short of 30 + MP nothing will suffice to justify the $3500 price tag... The pixel quality of the 5D III will be fantastic... can't say the same for the Nikon based upon the sample images... and the video will probably be the best we've ever seen from a DSLR...

It's been a long time, many years that any Canon DSLR beat a Nikon in high ISO performance, and now you have the 5D Mk III already 2 stops better than a D800? The 5D Mk III sample images show heavy NR smearing ISO 6400 (Iceberg image) on Canon Japan's website so I wouldn't be so confident.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2012 at 11:38 UTC
On article Canon EOS 5D Mark III hands-on preview and video (264 comments in total)
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VivaLasVegas: I bet my right nut it will out sell it's main competitors 3x over.

Knowing the price and specs of the D800, you might want to reconsider.

And I'm guessing you won't make that bet after seeing the 5D MK III Sample Images on Canon's website, this I can guarantee. No man would.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2012 at 07:17 UTC
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tmurph: Proof if proof were needed that the Nikon V1 was a bit of a rush job.
I personally think the whole system needs to be looked at again in light of what's already out there and what's going to come on line.

There are some clever things on the V1 the small sensor not being one of them.
Fuji are going to steal the limelight from Nikon, if they haven't already done so, if I was in the market for a camera of this size with all that entails, I would give the Nikon a wide berth.
This is just a personal view so for anyone who's already invested in the system I wish them well.

A rush job because of the grip? That's your "proof"? Anyway, your wacky theory aside, this N1 camera was in development for years and includes technology like phase detect AF on the sensor that none, that's zero of the other competitors were able to implement.

Small sensor? It's been proven right here on DPR and in other comparisons that the Nikon 1 is as good or better in low light/high ISO than much of the m43 competition.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2012 at 20:04 UTC
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Peanut88: Isn't dumb for Nikon not to have a grip on the V1 in the first place.
Would really like to hear their reason for omitting it ? DUH !

Oh I understand now ... so that Nikon can sell their own grip to you at US$119 ! ! ! Highway robbery if you ask me !

Why does everyone quote manufacturers suggested price when they want to make a point. The GR1000 grip for the V1 sells for $89 USD.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2012 at 19:57 UTC
On article Just posted: Our Samsung NX200 in-depth review (175 comments in total)
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Aaron MC: Why oh why would Samsung ruin its decent sensor performance with AWFUL jpegs?! The NEX-5n just obliterates it on that playing field.

When I upload new images to Lightroom, and realize that I somehow changed to all JPEGs, I fell completely disappointed, especially images that I care about or ones that came out particularly nice. I would always rather export to JPEG from RAW. Improved detail, DR, and control of things like WB are important to me. Write speed is not.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2012 at 00:02 UTC
On article Just Posted: Lytro Light Field Camera review and video (309 comments in total)

So the images it produces, like the samples on the Lytro website, are essentially mini Flash applications, where the viewer can click to change the focal point? Is that the gist of it, the "Living Picture", as they call them? Or are there other uses for this camera?

Link | Posted on Feb 29, 2012 at 23:55 UTC as 78th comment
On article Just posted: Our Samsung NX200 in-depth review (175 comments in total)
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J Patagonia: I find it somewhat contradictory to make or buy a camera like this one. If you care about image quality enough to buy a camera with a big sensor, why would you buy one without a proper EVF and be prone to camera shake and blurred images?

If you care so much about image quality, you use a tripod where camera shake is not really a concern.

Link | Posted on Feb 29, 2012 at 11:08 UTC
On article Just posted: Our Samsung NX200 in-depth review (175 comments in total)
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lupin_le_vorace: Cool! I am glad to see that you are still doing reviews! ;))

I guess you missed the Panasonic GX1 last week and Nikon J1/V1 review the week before.

Link | Posted on Feb 29, 2012 at 02:24 UTC
On article Just posted: Our Samsung NX200 in-depth review (175 comments in total)
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Retro Joe: I owned the NX200 for a short time. Great pics at lower ISO is a fact and its AEB makes it well suited for HDR shooting. The ultimate reason for selling was the highly reflective screen which makes it impossible in some lighting to compose a shot.

I was hoping for the NX12 or whatever it is to be released with an evf and the NX200 sensor, but that hasn't happened!!

I'm surprised to hear someone not liking the NX200 LCD. I had a NX100 and I was really happy with the OLED LCD. I had zero problems composing on the NX100 under most conditions, and I just assumed the NX200 LCD was even better.

Link | Posted on Feb 29, 2012 at 02:22 UTC
On article Nikon D4 & D800: What do the Professionals Think? (376 comments in total)
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lys: What a waste of my time reading this. Shame on you, DP. Who's bright idea to publish this.

This is a free website. If an article doesn't interest you, don't read it. But the only one who should feel anything remotely close to shame is you for such a silly comment.

I'm sure everyone who has purchased a D800 (or D4) enjoys reading anything related to it. If the article wasted your time, oh well. Nobody made you read it and you don't pay a penny for this content. Why do you think you are owed something by DPR? You don't pay a subscription fee for free hosting of your images, forums, and reviews. DPR has the right to publish whatever they think might interest the majority of us or whatever they feel like.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2012 at 01:21 UTC
On article Nikon D4 & D800: What do the Professionals Think? (376 comments in total)
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(unknown member): This always makes me laugh.

A professional photographer is a person who earns his living from photography, not some sort of photographic demigod with inherent genius.

Some of the finest photographers I know are amateurs - i.e. they have day jobs (and why wouldn't they? Photography is not a great way to earn a living in terms of earning capacity when compared to accountancy or the law!).

I make my living from photography and it really is hard, and whilst my clients have no cause for complaint I certainly do not believe that professional status confers automatic genius on me. Most of the time I think it calls into question my sanity, to be honest!

We may have some better skills than many amateurs but mainly because we get a whole lot more practice. One likes to believe that there is some talent as well, of course, but practice is what refines talent like nothing else can.

I actually don't understand the problem many in these comments seem to have with DPR's use of the word "professional". Who better than to talk about what these cameras might mean for their photography? Why do amateurs always feel so threatened and cop attitude at such characterizations. There are different tiers as well of pros. Sherry shooting kids portraits at Chucky Cheese is technically a pro, as is Stan, a staff photographer for The Guardian or BBC. But...

DPR never said anything about genius, just that photographers such as these, who work in multimedia environments are particularly well suited to talk about the two new Nikons.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2012 at 01:15 UTC

If you like the ergonomics cell-phones for photography, then there is certainly nothing to complain about with this new Nokia. Many are complimenting the colors, but to my eyes, they look strange. The models look a bit sickly with too much yellow in the skin tones. Interesting nonetheless.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2012 at 23:51 UTC as 146th comment

I'm surprised the D7000, skin-tone police aren't commenting on the yellowish, jaundiced look of the models.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2012 at 22:13 UTC as 174th comment
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Earthlight: Okay, this is the end of the normal, pocketable point and shoot cameras. I hope iPhone 5 will be competitive.

@wallbergrep Apple also has better software, interface, and apps for anything imaginable. And most non-photography people are satisfied with the iPhone's images.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2012 at 21:58 UTC

I'm hoping these two DP cameras are a fairly inexpensive way to get access to the outstanding IQ of the SD1. Just to see what these new Merrill cameras are potentially capable of I downloaded some SD1 Sample Images from Sigma's website and the clean, artifact free images are really superb.

These SD1 sample images, viewed full-size, are just amazing.

Of course portraits like these were made with the 85 1.4 EX, but I guess you can't have everything.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2012 at 17:28 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon D800 and D800E 36MP full-frame DSLRs announced (269 comments in total)
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raztec: Ridiculous and typical of Nikon. I can't make out this company. Honestly. They don't seem to consider the needs of amateur photographers.

Who needs 36mp other than studio photographers, or those that blow up their images to bill board size?

Why not give us the D4 sensor in a D800 body?

We want full frame, max 24mp, fast AF, 1.5x crop factor option to use our DX lenses, excellent high iso.

Is that asking too much? They have the technology to do it. So why don't they?


Why should Nikon consider amateurs with their professional line? Their APS-C line is not good enough for you?

Why would Nikon make a 24mp FF when Sony is getting set to release a 36mp FF camera? With the D800 Canon will not have anything to touch the resolution of the D800. I am so glad you guys don't run Nikon because I'm positive they'd be bankrupt now if you did.

Besides, you are not required to shoot at max image size. I need remember to just wait for my camera to arrive without DPR as these endless "I want less MP" posts are well past annoying at this point.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2012 at 01:43 UTC
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