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noegd

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Tobias1234: A very (!) small and slow RAW buffer in combination with a fixed lens which is not a good option for underwaterphotography: for me (personal opinion after > 50.000 underwater shoots with 1" and mFT cameras), this camera is no good choice for underwater usage. Furthermore it's an expensive option.

If the size of an underwater solution is not the most important topic, every Sony RX100 wit a cheap Meikon housing will do a better job, even this solution is cheaper.

The only advantage of the Sealife is the size. Thats all.

This review is more looking at its potential as a ruggedized premium compact camera, some sort of modern Fujica HD (a range of waterproof 35mm compact camera from the 80s).
For purely underwater photography, your would want a wider lens, size and weight would be less of an issue so I'm sure there would be better solutions indeed.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2018 at 14:14 UTC
On article PanoClip is a 360-degree smartphone lens (24 comments in total)

I just got mine yesterday in Europe, 5 days after ordering it from China, not bad!

I bought the lite version (same price) which is smaller and comes with adaptors for all sorts of recent iPhones. The optics seem to be identical.

IQ wise the optics seem ok, the main issue being that the difference in resolution between the front and rear cameras is quite noticeable in the processed image. You also have to hold the phone steady as it seems the app takes two consecutive but not simultaneous shots.

I wonder if 360 video would ever be an option with such setup. Does iOS allow recording from both cams at the same time?

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2018 at 06:05 UTC as 2nd comment
On article PanoClip is a 360-degree smartphone lens (24 comments in total)
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Mariano Pacifico: This contraption is absolutely ridiculous! I'm fine with my GoPro and synch my video to my phone to mass-text it to my friends.

I think that as a cheap, fun 360 deg-capable device it may actually make sense, and I am not alone: https://actioncamguides.com/panoclip-best-cheap-360-camera-2018

Hey, I even ordered one to play with ;-)

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2018 at 15:14 UTC
On article SeaLife DC2000 sample gallery (155 comments in total)
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vessk0: I'm still waiting for the same combo of a 1" sensor and F1.8 lens to be implemented in a smartphone!!!

Panasonic almost did it (1" but f2.8 lens) with its DMC-CM1 and it was not particularly a huge success.

It probably still is a great camera, just not a very practical phone. And with a f/1.8 lens, it would be even thicker.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2018 at 12:30 UTC
On article SeaLife DC2000 sample gallery (155 comments in total)
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RussellP: Looking forward to the review although I already own one. I find it very good. I few samples here also. The RAW is slow but I'm happy with the jpgs. OIS is just for video I think but at 31mm you don't really need it.

My 3 part review.

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4194773
https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4216618
https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4219043

Fantastic long-term review! And great tip about purchasing the body only from Sealife's parts website.

Still a bit expensive compared to what I paid for my Coolpix A but way less than a Leica X-U of course.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2018 at 12:07 UTC

The sample videos and photos I have seen aren't really earth-shattering. A fundamental problem for a 2500$ drone designed for cinematic shots.

For that kind of money, I would like to have a 1"-class sensor, a real gimbal, and advanced controls on video and photo quality. Hopefully, an R2 will get closer to that dream.

As it is, the R1, as impressive as its collision avoidance technology is, looks more like a technology demonstrator IMHO.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2018 at 07:37 UTC as 13th comment

Being in the luxury position of owning both a Nikon DSLR with zooms and a Leica M with a few compact primes, I fully understand your proposal.

Still, mirrorless advantages are not limited to weight and size:
- Removing the mirror potentially lowers the design and production complexity and costs;
- On-sensor AF (whether contrast or PD-based) means focus should always be accurate and AF sensors can cover the full frame;
- Because you're always in live view, video can better be integrated; and
- An EVF can preview DOF and exposure effects (within limits).

I still prefer optical VF but see that mirrorless is now considered as the future by most, for good or bad reasons. Given that Nikon's and Canon's DLSR sales are continuously eroding, they probably need to do more than releasing a niche camera for prime afficionados like you and me.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2018 at 14:44 UTC as 96th comment
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J A C S: Well, there is no perspective distortion either...

Indeed, it is just called... perspective.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2018 at 21:31 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Waterproof camera shootout 2018 (175 comments in total)
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Mortal Lion: This category also seems to be languishing

The Nikon 1 AW1 was a decent option, and could be combined with standard zoom or a 28mm-equivalent prime.

Because the issue with these compact waterproof cameras is not just the sensor size or the lack of control, but also the folding zoom design, which has never given great IQ.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2018 at 20:40 UTC
On article Taking your drone to a wedding? Read this first (95 comments in total)
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noegd: An don't forget that operations are not allowed directly over people.

AFAIK Part.107 does not allow you to fly over people, you need a waiver for this.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2018 at 12:57 UTC
On article Taking your drone to a wedding? Read this first (95 comments in total)

An don't forget that operations are not allowed directly over people.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2018 at 11:55 UTC as 51st comment | 4 replies
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noegd: Could they actually share optics with the just announced SLR magic lenses? The range is suspiciously close, with the 18mm coming soon in both cases.

Well, according to this, the Kinefinity primes are made by NiSi, and are suspected to be re-housings of the Bokkelux Cine Primes:

https://www.newsshooter.com/2018/04/09/hands-kinefinity-mavo-mavo-lf-mavo-primes/

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2018 at 06:05 UTC

Could they actually share optics with the just announced SLR magic lenses? The range is suspiciously close, with the 18mm coming soon in both cases.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2018 at 20:13 UTC as 1st comment | 2 replies

I doubt they would get 50% of the market share thanks to full frame mirrorless cameras alone - isn't most of the volume still made of APS-C and smaller sensor cameras?

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2018 at 15:07 UTC as 175th comment | 5 replies
On article Why you should own a 135mm F2 lens (385 comments in total)

"If you are a Nikon user, of course have a look at the Nikon AF Nikkor 135mm f/2D DC and compare it to the other lenses mentioned in this article.

Whatever lens you pick in the end, you will make a great purchase. All of them are extremely sharp and produce mouth-watering bokeh, and all of them are reasonably priced for what you get."

I would be careful with the Nikon 135 f/2 DC (I have one). It is NOT extremely sharp wide open, it often requires massive AF adjustment on DLSRs (sometimes beyond what the body allows as micro-adjustment) and AF is not reliable enough to consistently ensure sharp focus at full aperture.

Still - a great portrait lens when used at f/2.8 or f/4, with a creamy bokeh indeed.

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2018 at 13:44 UTC as 41st comment
On article Have Your Say: Best Gear of 2017 (203 comments in total)
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Hemanth Annavarapu: I think you put the same point twice: best high-end ILC joint winner: Nikon D850. One of them should be the A7R III, right ?

Yes, and the picture for the X-E3 shows the X100F

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2017 at 13:25 UTC
On article A fully loaded iMac Pro will cost you $13,200 (572 comments in total)
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Schellenursli: I'd rather buy that monster:
https://www.dpreview.com/news/4907218890/hp-reveals-insane-z8-workstation-can-handle-3tb-of-ram-and-48tb-of-storage?
Even more expensive, but the price/performance ratio will most likely be better.

The price/peformance ratio of the iMac Pro is actually in line with other pro workstations... and you get a "free" 27" 5k screen in the package! You can get (much) cheaper PCs of course, but a Dell Precision 5820 configured like the base iMac Pro (8-core Xeon-W, 1TB PCIe SSD, 32 GB ECC RAM...) will cost about the same, with a slower graphic card and no screen.

The problem with the iMac Pro is more related to maintainability/upgradability than price.

... and service. Because the above Dell workstation comes with a 3y next-day on-site "ProSupport" service. Not sure AppleCare matches that...

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2017 at 09:25 UTC
On article Gear of the Year 2017 - Richard's choice: Sony NP-FZ100 (246 comments in total)
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skanter: What a non-issue. The only concern for battery life is long-form video, in which an AC adaptor should be used. For stills, start the day with a new battery and take some spares. Despite the great modern gear, there always seems to be something to whine about. Try 36 exposures and breathing in toxic chemicals as we did for decades if you want to complain.

It is not so much about carrying spares than having to stick to a daily routine of battery charging.

I once travelled with two cameras that each burnt through 2-3 batteries each day. Finding time (and plugs) to recharge (and swap) them each night was not fun.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2017 at 12:23 UTC
On article Buying Guide: The best cameras for people and events (82 comments in total)
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Nicolas Alexander Otto: I would assume that getting a camera with internal image stabilization is a key factor for low light hand held shooting. ;)

Been there, done that, and have learned my lesson: with people, don't go below 1/125s if at all possible (unless you're after a creative blur or shoot in a controlled, studio-like environment).

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2017 at 12:11 UTC
On article Buying Guide: The best cameras for people and events (82 comments in total)
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Dante Birchen: Nikon D750 and Pentax K-1. Both Full frame. Cheaper than the other full frame options and will do nicely. They are also more compact than the other full frame options except of course mirrorless.

Yes, quite a strange line-up. I too would have chosen the D750 over the D850 and certainly D500 for people and events.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2017 at 12:08 UTC
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