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On article DJI launches Phantom 3 SE entry-level camera drone (79 comments in total)
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RGiskard: So how does that differ from the P3A? Sounds pretty similar. Quite the deal for a solid drone.

I think the P3A features a Lightbridge connection which has slightly better range but much lower latency than WiFi.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2017 at 15:41 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: the iPhone 4S (87 comments in total)
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Brando10: Still using my 4S!

4S' lens is more like 28mm.

I used mine until a couple of months ago when I went for a 7. A bit bigger indeed but so much more usable when browsing the Internet... Now shooting DNGs with Lr Mobile and quality is even more impressive!

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 at 11:29 UTC
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Vanitas Photo: It is a shame, the good thing:backers got the product, he sold the company (instead of bankrupting it or worse) but this a productalso for a niche market, the demand would have wither once the hype passed away.

Greg, crowdfunding platforms are not webshops. People investing in startups through Indiegogo and Kickstarters have to realise that getting the claimed product (and service) is the best possible outcome.
Panono should really be praised for attempting to deliver most if not all the ordered products before gracefully shutting down or handing over the business. Other companies have burnt all the money without delivering anything. And, when a company is bankrupt, end customers are usually at the very end of the list of investors/suppliers to receive compensation.

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2017 at 12:23 UTC
On article Ask the staff: wedding season weirdness (273 comments in total)

I only ever accepted to take pictures at friends' weddings if I was not the main photographer. This way I could focus on the unusual and escape the mandatory posed photo sessions (which I'm not good at anyway).

Most of them happened before digital (at 46, I have fewer friends getting married ;-) ), and I would typically only shoot b&w with a single cam and lens, and offer the negatives, scans and a few home-made baryte prints as part of my presents.

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2017 at 09:22 UTC as 17th comment
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Vanitas Photo: It is a shame, the good thing:backers got the product, he sold the company (instead of bankrupting it or worse) but this a productalso for a niche market, the demand would have wither once the hype passed away.

Not necessarily. Looking at the Indiegogo page, there seemed to be only 498 units claimed (no idea how they reach 2608 backers, perhaps sharing on a social network is enough to be considered as a backer?).

What I understand is that, at some point, Panono prioritised new clients ordering units at full price over backers. Probably makes sens from a cash flow point of view but hopefully all backers got their Panono before they filed for insolvency protection.

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2017 at 08:45 UTC
On article Video: Removing a stuck lens filter... with a band saw (139 comments in total)
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dgumshu: I was waiting for him to destroy that lens barrel and lens itself in the process of applying all that the torque. Luckily, I've never had that problem, but accidents do happen.

Also, I don't tighten my filters. I stop turning as soon as it stops.

I had lenses eventually getting loose from the torque applied when mounting and unmounting the bayonet hood. Applying this much torque on a lens can't be good.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 08:24 UTC

I wouldn't rule out on-sensor PDAF to be good enough for many legacy lenses.

As a matter of fact it is already more or less the case with some SLR lenses on some Sony mirrorlens cameras (or some Nikon F lenses on some Nikon 1 cameras).

Given that Canon and Nikon's SLR mounts are now fully electronic (incl. aperture control with Nikon E lenses), I think the best approach would be to develop a "short" version of the existing mounts (as the MFT was to the FT mount), and have a fairly simple adapter for SLR lenses.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 10:41 UTC as 193rd comment

I'd think many photographers considering the X100 would do it for the hybrid viewfinder, in which case there is very little competition out there.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2017 at 11:35 UTC as 192nd comment | 1 reply
On article 2017 Roundup: Fixed Prime Lens Cameras (466 comments in total)
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ybizzle: I gave up on these fixed lens cameras a long time ago. Sold off my X100S and Coolpix A and bought a Leica M. Way more flexible with endless lens choices. Go M or go home.

Not exactly the same budget or purpose.

I travel with my M set when I can, but keep my Coolpix A for those short business trips or improvised walks where bringing a Leica M would be too risky or impractical.

The Coolpix A has essentially the same IQ as the GR and is an equally good choice IMHO (it is more a matter of taste between the two, in particular concerning ergonomics and menu layout). It is no longer regularly available new but occasional deals pop up (less than 300€ on the Nikon refurb store)

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2017 at 08:34 UTC
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barrym1966: I can answer this having just switched from Nikon to Sony

the cost was all the nikon gear + about £8000 - £10,000

but well worth the change

Would be interested to know what you considered was worth the expense.
I have a closet full of Nikon gear, and could easily afford a switch by rationalising a bit but am perfectly happy with the Nikon so why changing for the sake of changing?

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 11:35 UTC
On article GoPro launches camera trade-up program in the US (25 comments in total)

I was about to reach out for my old Hero HD... until I realised it was a US-only offer...

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2017 at 22:17 UTC as 8th comment
On article Throwback Thursday: Our first cameras (392 comments in total)

My first own camera, received as a gift when kid, was a GAF Memo 35 ET - a small rangefinder with a fixed 38 f/2.8 lens (see avatar!).

I later borrowed my father's Nikon SLRs (Nikkormat and Nikon F301) before buying my own F601.

My first digicam was a 3Mp Kodak DX3900. An expensive pile of plastic junk with a so-so 2x zoom, but the colours were actually pretty good by the time's standards. That Kodak Digital Science wasn't entirely myth, I guess ;-)

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 12:17 UTC as 272nd comment
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flektogon: I am not sure why everyone is suddenly so keen on such, for a long time considered mediocre lenses. Those triplets (3/3) used to be basic, cheapest lenses during the film era. The Tessar-like (4/3) were far better lenses, but the Biotar-like (6/n) used to be far superior to everything else. Do you like the bokeh of this Trioplan? Because I don't.

I guess some people like vintage lenses with character, for a change. I do as well, occasionally, but would use an old Nikkor or Russian lens perhaps. This looks to me way overpriced (Schott glass cannot cost that much more than Japanese glass, if at all).

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 22:50 UTC
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falconeyes: To help understand the article:

The Indiegogo campaign was for solidLuuv, the Luuv Action Gimbal actually is this:

The combination of both into an ultraLuuv is nice although a bit expensive. And as usual, DPR quoted the US price wrong as intern'l buyers outside EU won't pay VAT. I.e., the US price is 19% less than quoted.

Yes, it also struck me that this looked a lot like Feiyu's wearable gimbal. Nothing wrong with that, but wouldn't it make more sense to simply use a Feiyu SGP or a DJI OSMO mobile than this contraption?

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 21:13 UTC
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janbanan: Good for learning flying?
Is there Amy Good remote controllers able to connect to the computer?

You can use it with Hardware-In-The-Loop, i.e. by connecting your real drone flight controller to the PC (and your actual remote to the latter).
More info, including supported hw, here:

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2017 at 10:09 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Minolta's prosumer DiMAGE 7 (209 comments in total)
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Triplet Perar: Its sister, Minolta A1, was fantastic! Very first camera with SR, and especially beautiful zoom lens with perfect focal range, macro mode, and smooth manual focus! I wish there were a similar camera today!

More like a daughter but a great little camera it was! Mine worked for a long time... until it developed the infamous Sony sensor disease.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2017 at 13:14 UTC
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RPJG: Strange. Why wouldn't they make the level of down-conversion selectable, e.g. 1080p/xx or 720p/xx (or even no conversion, if desired)?

Well, the Intensity Shuttle is MUCH cheaper (less than 200$ for the USB 3.0 model) and appears to allow streaming the HDMI input... Same with the even cheaper UltraStudio Mini Recorder (SDI and HDMI input but Thunderbolt to the machine). The UltraStudio Express adds video outputs and XLR connections for a similar price.

I guess this Web Presenter targets those who will need both the convenience of USB Webcam connection and the "pro" SDI + XLR inputs (to allow skyping with a studio camera ?!?)

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2017 at 09:20 UTC
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Le Kilt: What, no wifi or GPS ???

More seriously, fabulous camera, lots of thought and work went into making that, lots of attention te detail and different options. I would love to put one of the films through it and see what results you get.
I did that with a 1936 Super Ikonta, and got good results, here it will depend on how well the film has survived :-)

At least the selfie stick is included!

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 16:37 UTC
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upgrader: Got both, the A7RII and the 7+ but shooting with the iPhone in such locations would be a waste of time IMHO... The A7RII is too good to be left @home.

I found that always smiling but kindly declining most offers for help was the best way no to give away small change all the time. My rangefinder with a small prime did not attract to much attention either, but it is virtually impossible to pass for a local. Still, a fascinating country with an extremely developed sense of hospitality I'd love to go to more often.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2016 at 10:57 UTC
On article DPReview Asks: What was your first camera? (766 comments in total)

A GAF Memo 35 ET (look at my avatar), a simple 35mm rangefinder from the early 70's (I was 7 when I received it). I quickly got attracted by my father's more serious Nikon SLRs (Nikkormat then F301) which I kept borrowing until I bought my own Nikon F601. First DSLR was the Nikon D70.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 23:31 UTC as 310th comment
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