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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 (394 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 274th 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 (215 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? (765 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 311th comment
On article Throwback Thursday: Photokina's greatest hits (46 comments in total)
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photog4u: Kodak should have purchased Samsung's ILC camera division and ran with it.

The Kodak company left the consumer photo market 4 1/2 years ago, long before Samsung.

They later licenced the "Kodak" brand to JK Imaging which focuses on entry-level products (including a cheap micro 4/3 camera). I doubt the yound and small JK Imaging would have had the cash to purchase Samsung's ILC division.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 13:47 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Photokina's greatest hits (46 comments in total)

Having visited Photokina somewhat regularly since 1996 (gosh, 20y ago already!!!), this article brought some nice souvenirs back.

My first visit to the Kina was as a "press correspondant" for an obscure HK-based photo magazine, after having only exchanged a few mails with their redactor on a mailing list. At the time, the complete Koelnmesse was used by the show, and entire halls were dedicated to large format photography, photo printing and finishing , film or studio equipment. It was virtually impossible to browse through the complete exhibition in one day. This was the year Leica introduced the R8, and you could borrow one with the lens of your choice for 1h and were given a film for free!!! I wish they were still doing it (not with the R8 of course ;-)

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 13:35 UTC as 22nd comment
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Georgi K: One interesting detail is the very short flange distance. Would that open the doors to adapters for other MF lenses, Sony FE-mount style?

I immediatly thought about mounting my Mamiya 6 lenses on this beast, but one has to realise that this digital "medium format" 50 MP sensor remains a lot smaller than the 6x6 MF film the Mamiya 6 lenses were designed for.

Still, it would be interesting to see an adapter that allowed the use of the Mamiya 6 lens shutters, for a near silent operation.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 11:40 UTC
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JoeWall: What can you do with the GPS module? Other action cameras (Garmin mostly, also TomTom, Sony) can overlay a map, speed, elevation, jumps on their videos. The information makes videos more interesting, especially in sports and extreme sports. Would be interested in having gopro do that as well !

You can do that in post-processing.

I combined a GoPro (orginal HD!) footage and a Garmin sports watch GPS log in GARMIN's VIRB Edit software, and I could add all sorts of overlays.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 11:19 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: 4K action cameras (100 comments in total)
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Les Z: Yep, I believe SJCam should be here too.

The new site is ( was apparently run by the formerly exclusive distributor).

Their 4K cameras only have interpolated 4K, though.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2016 at 05:29 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: 4K action cameras (100 comments in total)
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raztec: I'm surprised more manufacturers aren't doing these action cams and doing it right. A simple screen, stabilization, super slow mo, water/shock proof etc. They could replace all point and shoots for traveling except when shooting macro.

Garmin's new camera with the ability to overlay speed and altitude is on the right path. Just have to wait and see how the image quality is.

If you have a sport watch and any action camera, you can use the VIRB Edit software to overlay speed, altitude and more on video. It works with my original HD Hero footages and Forerunner recordings. You don't necessarily need the Garmin VIRB action cams with built-in sensors.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2016 at 05:16 UTC
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Denis of Whidbey Island: Maybe I'm missing something, but it seems that a system using an A7RII could be cobbled together for about half the price and you'd be able to change lenses.

Hardly surprising that a solution built around an industrial-grade digital medium format camera costs more than one built around a prosumer camera, isn't it?

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 05:37 UTC
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Denis of Whidbey Island: Tried this solution but gave up when it never worked on several Nikons. Choked on the price of the Camranger but it worked and facilitated my work.
Now I shoot Sony and the wifi is inbuilt, though the app is weak. Is there a good 3rd party app for Sony?

I also had problems getting this to work when I tried a couple of years ago, but I had never found clear step by step instructions like linked above. I since sold the router and got wifi-enabled cameras.

Note that if you find Sony's app too limited, it might be possible to hook the above router to get more features.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 05:20 UTC
On article Samsung offers NX1 and NX500 firmware updates (150 comments in total)
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PKDanny: Not out of business?

Yet, they're still registered as a significant exhibitor for the coming photokina.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 05:35 UTC
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