rpm40

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Getty is slimey. I have had several clients threatened with legal action seeking payouts for accidental or fair-use uses of Getty online images. All coordinated by Getty bots who scan search engines looking for cash grabs. Glad to see someone is giving them a taste of their own medicine!

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2016 at 19:02 UTC as 76th comment
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photophile: Seem to recall the F31fd (might have been a later release) having impressive low light (max ISO 3200!!) performance - at full 6MP resolution. They were still holding their value up until 2010.

In fact, Dpreview wrote: "...the F31fd blows away all its competitors at anything over ISO 200, which is no mean feat."

My first Fuji digital, the F10, was a shiny, simple brick of a camera. Not long on features but it consistently produced beautiful photos straight from the camera with minimal fuss. Sadly, the sensor eventually began to fail, or I would probably still have it.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2016 at 17:26 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-Pro2 versus X-T2: Seven key differences (358 comments in total)
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rdupre: Warning: a friend and me, we where in Cambodia en I have a xE2, my friend has a XT1. One day it was like 40 degrees Celsius and both cameras did not function anymore.
Back in Holland we thought that a reset will solve that problem, but no.
My camera has to be fixt and that cost 488,36 Euro.
So we called Fuji and they told us that the Fuji cameras are not fit to function over 40 degrees Celsius.
The reparation of the XT1 from my friend is about the same price.
Fantastic cameras, but not for hot climates.
So, with pain in my hart I have to sell all my gear, my lenses and go back to Nikon.
Maybe it is a good thing when DPR will make notice of this shortcoming.

I'm sure it wasn't the temperature, but the humidity in a place like Cambodia where they have a monsoon season. I have heard the same troubles with Sony (even weather sealed which won't help against humidity), Panasonic, and I'm sure many other brands suffer as well.

Edit: Not buying your story? Why would you assume he made it up?

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2016 at 19:47 UTC
On article Canon G7 X Mark II added to studio scene (56 comments in total)
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justmeMN: I hope DPR will test this with Noise Reduction and Sharpening settings reduced, to see if they can produce JPG results that are better than the default.

That's the other thing that would make it difficult to compare tweaked jpegs. Everyone might have a different opinion anyway.

Carey Rose: "it certainly took me some time and trial and error to get my X100 JPEGs 'just right' for me)."

tbcass- "Maybe the default settings are what most people like but us DPR readers like something different."

...and maybe I like something different from the next user, and so on. Comments in the review about preferences or observations regarding changing jpeg settings could often be useful, but If you get into shooting studio scenes that way you will probably just get a lot of people complaining that it should be tweaked differently one way or another.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 15:34 UTC
On article Canon G7 X Mark II added to studio scene (56 comments in total)
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Will B Milner: Is it just me or my monitor, do the RAW files look quite soft?

I wish the g7x lens could be perfect, but it can't. It's ambitious, and sometimes tries to do too much. Still, given its size, range and bright aperture throughout, it does a pretty good job with just about everything you throw at it (just don't try wide open macros).

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 19:54 UTC
On article Canon G7 X Mark II added to studio scene (56 comments in total)
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justmeMN: I hope DPR will test this with Noise Reduction and Sharpening settings reduced, to see if they can produce JPG results that are better than the default.

If the default jpeg settings are clearly worse than what the camera can produce by tweaking a few settings, they should be criticized. That means the product is not optimized right out of the box, and many of the users who never change those settings will get subpar results.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 19:51 UTC
On article Canon G7 X Mark II added to studio scene (56 comments in total)
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justmeMN: I hope DPR will test this with Noise Reduction and Sharpening settings reduced, to see if they can produce JPG results that are better than the default.

It would be almost impossible for them to test each camera at every combination of settings to try to determine what they feel is the best result. Short of that, default jpeg and raw is the fairest way to do it.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2016 at 17:10 UTC
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Naveed Akhtar: Silver again .. really
Even the shutter shock is gone ..
and now the small size is cons? in GX8 the big size was?
dpppppp??

Panny is doing fine with their reviews. The last Panasonic they reviewed, the TZ100, got gold. So too did the lx100 (I think the reviewer essentially called it the best compact ever made).

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2016 at 15:28 UTC

Interesting. At the beginning it felt beautiful, but by the end it felt a little terrifying. Like a bullet train to the future. Does this planet have room for us?

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2016 at 13:35 UTC as 21st comment
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rpm40: The Lytro Illuium 40 is down from $1299 to $386 on amazon. Hmm....

I was trying to be diplomatic about it, but fine. A 17 year old cpu is not even worth discussing as far as current price. You want a reasonable comparison? How about the Sony rx10, another 1" cam with similar zoom range and speed. It was announced in October 2013 for $1299. Going rate for it now from most stores is $799.

The Illium was announced later, April 2014, and the release price was higher, $1599. Look around now and the prices are about $400. Prices have dropped like a stone.

I think it is an interesting product with some specific uses, and I would like to play around with one. But if price is any reflection (and I think it is), it has not sold well.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2016 at 16:17 UTC
On article Zeiss unveils super-wide Batis 18mm F2.8 (176 comments in total)
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mosc: For those who don't speak Zeis:

Batis: FF AF
Touit: APS-C AF
Loxia: FF MF

Nice lenses, but the names are terrible.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2016 at 16:21 UTC
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rpm40: The Lytro Illuium 40 is down from $1299 to $386 on amazon. Hmm....

Yeah, got it thanks, but that's still a big drop, relatively speaking. Edit: and for me, its the difference between a major purchase, and "might be fun to give it a try".

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2016 at 18:57 UTC

The Lytro Illuium 40 is down from $1299 to $386 on amazon. Hmm....

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2016 at 15:22 UTC as 20th comment | 6 replies
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Zorak: Well, had they put something more like that in their still cameras, I would have been interested. The problem they had was resolution, it seems solved. When will they be able to put something interesting in a small camera for consumers, that's what I want to know.

Edit : didn't see they stopped doing consumer products...

You probably won't want to know when you find out what this thing will cost!

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2016 at 15:12 UTC
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Gesture: $500.

$17.50.

....we're just shouting out prices, right? ;)

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2016 at 15:42 UTC
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shademaster: flare. ouch. worse than lx100? I think so.

I only see any flare in one image, shooting almost directly into the sun. I doubt its an issue.

Besides, I would hope the 3x zoom on the larger, more expensive LX100 would outperform this pocket cam with its 10x zoom.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2016 at 15:14 UTC
On article Opinion: Enthusiast compacts have finally come of age (492 comments in total)
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Sonyshine: ...or "where Sony leads others follow"

Its getting to be a crowded marketplace now - hardly a duff camera though, all are good.

Not sure why you assume that- Oly has put out a lot of very nice products lately, and they have been focused on making good small cameras for a long time. I expect good things from Fuji too (unless of course you are concerned much with video).

Link | Posted on Feb 29, 2016 at 22:27 UTC
On article Opinion: Enthusiast compacts have finally come of age (492 comments in total)
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webrunner5: None of these cameras are worth the price.They are P&S cameras. People other than few on here are not going to pay 850 bucks for a damn P&S. Ain't happening.

You can buy the best smartphone in the world for less money. You can buy a DSLR for 350 bucks. Way better IQ.

Yet DPR seems t have a shootout about every 2 months on them. Give it up, there is not enough crazy people in the world to support them anymore. If they had to survive on their own every company making them would be out of business in 3 months!

Many of the cameras in this segment can definitely go toe to toe with a DSLR with kit lens. I am not sure what advantage you would get with a kit over an lx100 or G1x. Even some of the 1" models can compete because of their faster and more versatile lenses. I expect these new Nikons will prove the same.

Link | Posted on Feb 29, 2016 at 13:48 UTC
On article Opinion: Enthusiast compacts have finally come of age (492 comments in total)
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Retro1976: Hey we need to figure out a way to create a new market segment of cameras to sell. I got an idea, we will market cheap inexpensive 1 inch sensors, throw them into a nice looking body, throw in an easy to design lens (buy rights to use a nice name, people always fall for that one). And then will can sell it for close to $1000. No way people will never buy that for a $1000 you can buy a nice crop body or even a Fuji or m43 compact at that price point besides even their phones technically have a lot to offer from the convenience of sharing pictures to editing on the fly. Don't worry photographers are morons, all we have to do and is make them think they need it and we can laugh all the way to the bank...

I want good image quality, but I no longer want to carry a big bag of gear full of lenses, filters and caps for all of them, etc. These cameras are FAR more convenient, and in many cases close enough in terms of IQ. I hope they keep continuing to push the capabilities of these high end compacts.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2016 at 20:11 UTC
On article Opinion: Enthusiast compacts have finally come of age (492 comments in total)
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Jonathan F/2: The DL 18-50 name really bugs me, why don't they call it the DL Wide or something like that? It's not an 18-50mm lens, but only in equivalency.

Is your user name listed in 35mm equivalent?

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2016 at 20:07 UTC
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