Al wants a bagel

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On article Photokina is cancelled indefinitely (368 comments in total)

As an annual regular at CP+, I beg to differ. Photokina’s demise IMO is largely self-inflicted.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2020 at 15:40 UTC as 6th comment
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EZGritz: I went hiking in the Cascade Mountains Sunday. Most of the images I took could have been made with the Z5 and the normal zoom kit lens. I didn't need anything faster. But I did use a 14-150 on the M43 kit I carried and a 140mm fisheye. There is no way I would have been willing to carry fisheye and a 28-300 in FF format on a 6 mile hike 1500 feet up a mountain. I'll stick with M43 for that.

I think you will find many landscape photographers like to take FF, myself included, because many of us like to take pictures with good DR without resorting to multiple exposures. Because trees sway, birds fly, animals run, etc. You may not find these things important. That’s fine too.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2020 at 16:11 UTC
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EZGritz: I went hiking in the Cascade Mountains Sunday. Most of the images I took could have been made with the Z5 and the normal zoom kit lens. I didn't need anything faster. But I did use a 14-150 on the M43 kit I carried and a 140mm fisheye. There is no way I would have been willing to carry fisheye and a 28-300 in FF format on a 6 mile hike 1500 feet up a mountain. I'll stick with M43 for that.

I carry FF on my hikes all the time, depends on what you carry a camera for.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2020 at 17:40 UTC
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schack: I still have a hard time understanding Fuji's reason for this lens. They already produce the excellent 56mmF1.2 which translate close to the traditional 85mm portrait lens.
The 50mm is an odd 75mm? Its bigger and heavier than the 56mm and will probably also be more expensive.

I would soo much have preferred a modern version of the original 35mm f1.4, weather sealed, with internal focusing and with a silent linear focus motor.

It’s not going to be a cheap lens. It does not have to sell well. What it does have to do is set a standard as a paragon of IQ for Fuji prime lenses. We shall see.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2020 at 18:09 UTC
On article Ricoh GR III review (658 comments in total)
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beavertown: No EVF is a con for this kind of zoom range? Seriously? There were many camera reviews done by early days of dpreview back then and there were a lot fewer cons as the cameras were so good, now for some reason, they have to put as many cons to equal the pros.

All my years using a GR I've never had any issues without using a EVF. In the most extreme situations, since you can use any GR single handed, you just raise your other hand to use as a sunshade instead of leaving it in your pocket. It really is that simple, and it is why this camera remains truly pocketable.

Link | Posted on May 29, 2019 at 00:47 UTC
On article Ricoh GR III review (658 comments in total)
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egk4260: If Thom Hogan numbers on actual sales dollars are accepted it appears Ricoh is about the only camera company to generate more year on year sales revenue in past quarter. Now, they may have been sinking far faster than the rest, but it must be encouraging that the intended audience may be actually purchasing the camera. Ricoh appreciates the vocal supporters, hears the detractors, but needs the buyers if they are to continue.

Here in Hong Kong, the camera is still sold out two months after its' debut. with most preorders for the next shipment also sold out. That's pretty unheard of for a Ricoh product, they are definitely gaining customers.

Link | Posted on May 29, 2019 at 00:42 UTC
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TomCodyPleasedToMeetYa: Ricoh should stick the GRIII in a waterproof housing and be done with it - would dominate this segment. I would certainly get one.

I’ve taken my GR’s underwater before. Excellent image quality too. Unfortunately, not to scuba depths, which I’ve taken my TG-3 down to. The results were night and day, really wished they made a decent hard case for the GR. Really need a larger sensor to shoot underwater, the environment just calls out for one.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2019 at 01:48 UTC
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ozturert: With the same logic, people should be banned to take any photo in any war-related historical place.

The thing about battlefields is that they are everywhere. But usually sites that are dedicated to the rememberance of the fallen deserve respect. Auschwitz itself is preserved as a menorial (and an objective lesson in the horrors of genocide), like war memorials and cemeteries are places that deserve respect and dignity. You can go play around the fields of Vimy Ridge, as it is now mostly farmland. But don’t desicrate the memorial. That is disrespectful and bad form.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2019 at 14:35 UTC
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ozturert: With the same logic, people should be banned to take any photo in any war-related historical place.

What do you think will happen if some idiot decided to try balancing himself for a selfie on top of a cross at Arlington Cemetary?

Is it that hard to understand what this is all about?

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2019 at 06:43 UTC
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scrup: Are they serious or are they are doing a publicity stunt? What is so offensive about the selfies. They should be happy the next generation is taking some interest by visiting the place in the first place.

They are highlighting the fact that it isn’t taking selfies that is disrespectful, but that people are playing around in the pictures. doing stupid crap. If my ancestors died in that place, I would be offended at such insensitive behaviour. Not so different than someone taking a selfie dancing on my father’s grave.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2019 at 06:06 UTC
On article Ricoh GR III sample gallery updated (253 comments in total)
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LucaPCP: These photos are really rather horrible. Not the camera -- the photos are not technically bad. They are just esthetically rather horrible. The kind of photos you get when you do a "quick, let's get out of the door and photograph the first random 30 things at random I see", adding a pinch of bad taste to that.

I expected a bit more taste from dpreview.

Technical guys trying to review cameras don't make for amazing photographers. But I come to this site for the tech analysis, not because the writers here are legendary photographers. Pro photographers who do vlogs I find generally are biased towards certain systems, and so I find their reviews to be rather predictable.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2019 at 13:02 UTC
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samfan: Apart from rebranding something and selling it from 3 times the price, what exactly is so horrendous about the whole ordeal?

The surprise that the Chinese can make good products?

Or that Made in Germany doesn't give much bragging rights?

Many people still have no clue how many genuinely excellent, high tech products aren't just manufactured, but also designed in China. Very often for reasonable prices.

I love it. Communist Party makes Fuji X-T3’s. Some of you need to get out more.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2019 at 20:45 UTC
On article Nikon dominates World Press Photo 2018 camera breakdown (382 comments in total)
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Al wants a bagel: I think one thing lost on a lot of people here is that battery life makes a big difference in the field. It’s not that mirrorless is not relevant, but they do have their disadvantages for certain uses.

Ok, let me try to respond to you in a logical and reasonable manner.

DSLR changed photojournalism, partly because of the fact that correspondents were able to send their photos back to their publishers by digital means, and also because they no longer had to carry an inordinate amount of film every time they went on assignment.

The issue I raised is that instead of carrying an inordinate amount of battery packs on assignment, they can instead carry something that doesn’t use an EVF, which eats up a lot of juice whenever it is on (which is usually quite often when you’re a photojournalist). The smaller form factor of most mirrorless cameras also means that the battery packs are often smaller, which means that each battery can only take so many shots per charge. It could mean missed shots, and less issues when you travel to a locale where electricity is not guaranteed.

However, carrying a compact or mirrorless as a secondary camera is still a regular practice for most.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2018 at 09:32 UTC
On article Nikon dominates World Press Photo 2018 camera breakdown (382 comments in total)

I think one thing lost on a lot of people here is that battery life makes a big difference in the field. It’s not that mirrorless is not relevant, but they do have their disadvantages for certain uses.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2018 at 06:31 UTC as 64th comment | 2 replies
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(unknown member): From Europe. .. there are just too many weapons in thr US and people tend to see weapons in the hands of anyone (and photographers as well!).

Whereas in Europe, almost no one has a gun... and so cops are not afraid about tripods..
So no one want to get a gun to protect himself. .. because others do not have guns either...

Regards

You have it all wrong nikonmojo. I support the (mostly) men and women fighting for what we have today every single day. Where your ignorance lies is that somehow, in the way Americans helped to win the war by vast amounts of men and materiel, you just happen to slip in the fact that citizens donated their private firearms to the fight as a point that your gun culture works. Tell me something, in terms of arms delivered by citizenry, what were the numbers, what was the tonnage, what were they used for, and to what end did they end up being used? I can tell you that basically, it was all a footnote in history. And the guns delivered were never used in combat.

So you’re terrible with history, and you’re terrible at being a patriot. If anything, you’re just a dud waiting to find a justification for your right to bear arms.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2018 at 17:34 UTC
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(unknown member): From Europe. .. there are just too many weapons in thr US and people tend to see weapons in the hands of anyone (and photographers as well!).

Whereas in Europe, almost no one has a gun... and so cops are not afraid about tripods..
So no one want to get a gun to protect himself. .. because others do not have guns either...

Regards

Ah, what is your point? Are you saying that soldiers who fought to liberate Europe are ‘armed civilians’? Can you be anymore disrespectful than that to the men and women who served your country and died for that privelege?

They went and fought for ideals you can probably never comprehend. And no, they weren’t over there fighting for your second amendment rights. For you to even bring them up as a prop for your ‘point’, whatever it is, makes you an ignoramus of the highest order.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2018 at 15:42 UTC
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(unknown member): From Europe. .. there are just too many weapons in thr US and people tend to see weapons in the hands of anyone (and photographers as well!).

Whereas in Europe, almost no one has a gun... and so cops are not afraid about tripods..
So no one want to get a gun to protect himself. .. because others do not have guns either...

Regards

You mean you guys sent well armed civilian gun enthusiasts and gang bangers over to fight the Axis? Well done.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2018 at 07:44 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-H1 Review (1584 comments in total)
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Nashfilm55: I think calling this an "enthusiast" camera is way off the mark.

I'm a working Stills photographer on film and TV projects, and can tell you--after years with high end Canon cameras enclosed in Sound Blimps to prevent mirror slaps interfering with audio while rolling--that the Fuji xt2 was a game changer for all of us who do this job. The e shutter is essential for silence, obviously, and the Fuji lens system optimized for the bodies present spectacular results.

the xh1 is even more well suited for this particular application.

We all know that these x series cameras are absolutely professional grade, as do our clients.

An obtuse argument if there ever was one. I own both brands and love them both, but to say a Ricoh GR is a professional camera compared to a XT-2 or XH-1 is stretching it by a large margin. Thanks unless if you think taking all your photos within a 2M distance is possible in a film studio.

The man loves the camera for his job. It is a good thing. Why would you disagree with any of it?

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2018 at 10:27 UTC
On article CP+ 2018: Nikon's space cameras (255 comments in total)

I was looking at that F3. The buttons were so small, how would the astronauts work the winders for example with the big fingered gloves?

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2018 at 18:26 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply
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Shlomo Goldwasser: The K-1 makes clear that camera manufacturers should start merging now that the market is shrinking. 4k is sorely lacking on the K-1, and it is the main reason why this is not an Uberkamera.

Pentax needs to breed with Panasonic to get its video specs up. Their mirrorless lovechild would be the baby Jesus of digital cameras. Then you only need Sigma as godfather so it gets some decent lenses.

Inb4 I don't use video ever: gramps why are you touching my digital camera get back to film?
Inb5 k-1 is not made for video: why the mic and headphone sockets?

You know the arguments, you know the market. When I was at the Pentax booth today (you could apply that to the Fuji booth also), I saw mainly well dressed middle aged gentlemen proficiently lipping the switches on their test rigs to take some pictures of the models on the stage. All very discreet and rather civilised.

The ones that put their cameras on gimbal mounts all went over to the Panasonic booth to watch big stage shows and videography tips. The ones who carried accreditation or were carrying their DSLR’s around their necks all went to the Canon and Nikon booths to act important. The younger generation hung around the Sigma booths trying out the new lenses. The Sony booth just had a mishmash of everything.

I like my cameras to be nice and civilised tools for my work thanks. If you want video and all the pizazz, you really should follow the crowd to get what you want. I have not come across many amateurs who are into both video and stills. And the market bears that,.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2018 at 18:20 UTC
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