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On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1230 comments in total)
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spontaneousservices: Must say these new Fuji's do start to look very convincing, as does their lens line-up...
I went the Sony APS-C mirrorless route a few years back, a decision just based on camera specs, but I always was jealous of the Fuji's handling. Maybe now it's time to switch?

Ya know ... the original A7 isn't that much bigger than the A6300, and it solves the lens issue.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2016 at 15:20 UTC
On article Sony Alpha SLT-A68 real-world samples (120 comments in total)
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Matsu: I didn't believe that Sony would continue to support their A mount. I still don't really think they will, but perhaps I'm wrong...


... so you became an A-Mount owner about 5 1/2 years ago.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2016 at 14:22 UTC
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (722 comments in total)
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jdu_sg: There is a reason most people prefer light text on a dark background. It's much easier to read for most people. And unlike most modern websites, it's not the boring, everyone-else-is-doing-it sheeple choice.

Hi Simon, that's sarcasm - I just took PDNMs statement and reversed the words to get the same grandiose statement, but supporting the opposite position. My point being that it's silly to take an absolute position, especially on the basis of "most websites choose X".

Not coincidentally, I do acutally enjoy the light on dark. I remember back in the days of Green CRTs, when Yellow (still my favourite colour for text when coding) phosphor was an innovation, then came the "Paper white" screens for some word processing systems. "Different" isn't "better".

As to your question about research into colour scheme preference, The best recent material I know of is from this link. It rings true to me, because the source material states that the preference is actually a result of several factors, including astigmatism, reading vs scanning, ambient light levels, individual sensitivity, and so on.


Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2016 at 20:06 UTC
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (722 comments in total)

There is a reason most people prefer light text on a dark background. It's much easier to read for most people. And unlike most modern websites, it's not the boring, everyone-else-is-doing-it sheeple choice.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2016 at 16:29 UTC as 25th comment | 2 replies
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jhinkey: Still a kludge of an approach since distance matters a lot with many lenses. Also, what about manual focus lenses that have CPUs where you want to use the green dot in the viewfinder to confirm accurate focus - that indicator needs major upgrades to really be useful.

Also, could this not be added to older models via a firmware upgrade? Doubt that will happen.

As long as the camera has CDAF in live view.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2016 at 16:23 UTC
On article Sony Alpha 7R II Review (2159 comments in total)
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REDred Photo: Why is there no mention of the serious overheating issues in 4k video recording? It's a pretty significant carrot for sony to dangle in front of hybrid video/stills photographers... this camera promises the combined core capabilities of $6k to $7k worth of other sony/atmos gear. Being a 5th generation A7 series camera, many people (myself included) will jump on this purchase with the expectation that sony has worked out all the kinks and brought a highly evolved and refined product to market.

Obviously, this isn't a full review, but shouldn't dpreview warn "early adopters" of a potentially fatal flaw? I've been reading this site consistently since its inception something like 15 years ago and I have a lot of respect... but right now I feel obliged to ask a potentially offensive question: Is dpreview really an independent review source, presumably protecting the interests of trusting consumers... or just another cog in the camera/tech industry's mass marketing machine?

Your suggestion that DPR should engage in internet rumour mongering is ridiculous. Their approach is to report facts. Observed, verified, correct facts.

What is offensive is your desire to make casual and random accusations. I seriously doubt that you have been a long time reader, or that you bothered to think rationally about what you did read.

If you want to make an emotional purchase, without a full set of facts (which would be in the full review when posted ) then that is your problem to solve. Perhaps you should figure out for yourself how to determine if this overheating is an issue for you, in your intended use, rather than engaging in thoughtless slandering ?

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2015 at 17:04 UTC
On article Sony Alpha 7R II Review (2159 comments in total)
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janist74: Dpreview should hurry up, otherwise Sony releases the Mk iii before the review is complete.
Come on guys. I remember when Dpreview was always the first with reviews...

I suppose there may have been a 3 day period soewhere, when DPR was wholly timely, but if you look at a good sample of published, it really never happened.

This is not slagging; I love DPR and accept that in their quest for accuracy and completeness, uniformly quick turn around was never possible.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2015 at 16:53 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review (865 comments in total)
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Tapper123: Perhaps the metallic awards system should be done away with? It just leads to contention. Seems the numerical scores are enough, not to mention the conclusion text, for people looking for a summation.

Personally I thought this was a fair review, and I own an EM5 II and enjoy it. Pair it with some really good lenses and it's as good as almost anything except for perhaps some extreme situations where a 35mm sensor has an advantage. I see it as a great all-arounder, a camera that does everything reasonably well, with world class IS, solid build and weather resistance. If you can't get a good image from this camera paired with a good lens, then I suspect the problem is not the camera.

Anyway, gold, silver -- it doesn't matter. It's a great camera, capable of great images, and has a remarkable lens selection. Enjoy it.

OR, perhaps we could not cater to those oblivious to nuance and context.

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2015 at 23:06 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review (865 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: I have one simple question. Why did the Canon 70D receive a MUCH higher score(83 vs. 81) and the Gold award? What does the 70D do that the E-M5 MK II doesn’t?

If I picked up the 70D right now and shot it side by side with the E-M5 MK II what would the 70D be that much better for? Both cameras are still at a similar price point today and they are in the same category. So what makes the 70D so much better?

Is the issue that the 70D was rated against the competition of 2 years ago and the E-M5 MK II is rated against the competition of today? Shouldn't the ratings value always increase if the cameras are always getting better? Why are cameras like the A6000 and the E-M5 MK II rated lower than the 70D?

I still cannot fathom why I should choose a Canon 70D over an Olympus E-M5 MK II. If I purchased solely based on your conclusions and ratings then I could see no other option. Thankfully, I didn't wait for the review and bought the E-M5 MK II sight unseen. I don't regret it that one bit.

The 70D ...
The 2013 70D ?

Is it possible that camera capabilities have advanced in the last year and a half ?

My primary P&S got "Highly Recommended", which is the same as Gold, so I'm just happy to be in that club.

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2015 at 14:27 UTC
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Ulfric M Douglas: So instead of paying salaries (and looming pensions) they will pay them, and others, for photos.
Is this a big deal? Change of arrangement, that's all.
What am I missing?

People deserve pensions for working.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2015 at 22:22 UTC
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Cipher: Do people buy magazines anymore?

Around 3 million per year, consistently since 2010.
Just in case you asked a question there, rather than snarking.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2015 at 20:28 UTC
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Mike FL: Good brand, but now I know why the company goes to downhill

>>> "guide number 26 with ISO 100 and 85 mm"..."Included tele attachment for 85 mm".

For GN, I do not like to see mfc makes SPEC senseless.

>>> "wide-angle diffuser for 24 mm".

For a diffuser, is it wider enough? what is "mm" w/o "diffuser"?

>>> it is "for a novice shooter"

IMHO, "novice shooter =/= zero knowledge" as mfcs hope so.

metz is one of the best at publishing this info. Did you go to their site and look for it ?

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2015 at 23:43 UTC
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stevo23: Why not? Makes sense, but...M43? Why commit to that? It has no future.

Obviously this is just a trial run to work out the kinks, then they'll target Sony, and it's triple-mount strategy, then Canon with it's only in europe mirrorless strategy, then Nikon with it's rapidlly expanding mirrorless ecosystem..

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2014 at 01:23 UTC
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Sergey Borachev: Looks great, but still not sure as DXO is involved in the lens testing. I will wait for Lenstip and Photozone to be sure.

Correction. These are DXO's test results, not DPR's.

yeah, I;m sure DPR is allowing DxO Mark to publish crap results for them.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2014 at 23:14 UTC
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LaMesa: With all due respect for the photographer's skill of arranging, taking and post processing attractive pictures, I do agree with some of the posters, who are not so enthusiastic about her work.

To me the pictures do not represent real life, but an unreal postcard type idyll of a dream world, not to be found in Russia, nor anywhere else - too sweet, too flawless. As opposed to the marketing claims, these pictures do not represent anything typical of Russian country life.

As an alternative, please find attached a link to a picture of Army photographer Bill Permutter, taken in Spain in the fiftees, one of my favorites forever.


The best photographs are a piece of art, built on a person's perception of the physical world. There is talent in these photos.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2014 at 20:29 UTC
On article Nikon Df Review (1621 comments in total)
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harold1968: the conclusion and summary of this camera isn't particularly good.
its not bad, its a good camera, but many people will form their own judgement based on cost and functionality.
Nevertheless it gets 81%. I really don't understand that, simply that dpreview are completely inconsistent with their summaries and their scores.

Another good idea is noticing this text + link that appears occasionally in some of the reviews

Click here to learn about the changes to our scoring system and what these numbers mean.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2013 at 23:59 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Review (357 comments in total)

The point in the review about the focus mode is pretty funny when you consider this quote from the G1 review, and that they changed it on the G2 :

The left shoulder of the camera is home to a slightly pointless focus mode dial (when we saw prototypes of the G1 we begged panasonic to put something more useful - such as ISO or even shutter speeds - on this dial).

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2013 at 23:48 UTC as 67th comment
On article Welcome to our studio test scene (275 comments in total)

Very impressive ! A lot of thought and effort obviously put into the scene. Great web interface as well - I have always enjoyed the DPR page layouts and widgets.

One of my favourite elements from the old scene was the Bailey's label. The foreground tree was good for seeing detail loss to noise reduction, and the background hills became more numerous across reviews, as the sensor resolutions starting climbing ( from 3 mp ). I would have liked it if the new scene included a Bailey's label somewhere, just for nostalgia's sake.

And to add my 2 cents, for historic cameras, I'd enjoy seeing :
Coolpix 990
Fuji f31fd
Powershot G6
Nikon D40x
Panasonic G1

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2013 at 00:31 UTC as 60th comment
On article Sony A3000 First Impressions Review (622 comments in total)

The return of the Maxxum3 !

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2013 at 20:27 UTC as 106th comment | 1 reply
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G3User: These images don't impress me. Camera manufactures strive to produce great images from their products and then this guys throughs a yellow instagram filter on them, very unprofessional. I would expect this from my teenage daughter but not a pro. The expressions of the 2 people at the top are not very nice, they are saying to the Frank " I have no respect for you, put that camera down".

I'm going out on a limb here ... T R O L L

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2013 at 23:40 UTC
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