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Indohydra: I am sorry, but there is too much missing in this story. Cameras are not broken like this due to bad luggage handling. The owner must have checked this camera in a plastic bag to an angry ape specifically trained to do this. Something very unusual, I hope, must have happened to break this camera.

@XXTwnz. I have done the same as you, and have been treated to an impromptu slam-dunk contest. Guess it's a pretty boring job sometimes ...

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2017 at 19:50 UTC
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M Chambers: Lesson #1, read laws about reproducing federal currency in print and digital form.

@ MChambers. Clearly you don't take your own advice.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2017 at 15:12 UTC
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Rensol: What is the point of this article?
I thought they will give some suggestions on how to buy say $2000 lens for $1500 only. Or what particular brand not do buy on eBay/imported versions.
Instead author offers to buy a flashlight! :)
Or colored plexiglass...... What if newby wants to be a landscape photographer?
Can they purchase plexiglass sheet big enough to cover background shot with fisheye lend?

If you are writing an article for a newby then would be wise to suggest reading books about composition, get familiar with paintings of medieval time painters works, go to museums, develop taste for what's beautiful, etc...
Yes this is longer path and buying red plexiglass is faster and cheaper.
Everyone to their own.

How about an article titled, "Cheap Ways to Improve Your Myopic Self-centred View of Everything"

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2017 at 15:04 UTC
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julianstravels: Have been using CR for many years for everything from cars to computers. They are truly independent since they do not receive any corporate funding nor do they accept any advertising. In many ways this is perhaps one of the last best ways to gauge a product and have insight into testing methodology. They also purchase all the items they test. Compared to this web site for example, they are far more likely to be truly independent. If they say there's a problem with this device, I would trust their view.

So ybizzle loses the argument in the thread he started, and moves on to this one. nice.

Here is the point you are missing : CR may have flaws, but it's an actual sceintific approach, with specific questions and methodology. You can quibble about the details, but it has a statistical underpinning that Amazon reviews do not. I use Amazon reviews a lot, but they are not a substitute for CR's TYPE of reviews.

As a counter example, go look at the reviews for a product with lots of feedback. Count how many reviews are 1 star for things like delivery, return policy, shipping damage, etc. Statistically, those are irrlevant to measuring PRODUCT quality, but usefull for PURCHASE experience. However there is no available analysis that differentiates the two; Amazon just lumps them all into an average rating.

You have set up a false dicotomy; there is little overlap between Amazon and CR. They are complimentary

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2017 at 14:33 UTC
On article Vintage lens shootout: three lenses, one model (76 comments in total)
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Peiasdf: The Canon have the best color, detail and contrast

Compared to the same shot made with the other two lenses ? Cause the Soligor has way better details on the foliage, "compared" to the Cannon.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 17:32 UTC
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Trundling: Unbelievable crap. You are asked to answer whether you think a photo has been altered. I said, no, I don't think it was. Next, they ask you how sure you are. I said, 100%. Next, they ask you to show which area, do you think, was altered. Hmm... didn't I just say I don't think it was altered? And then comes the best part: "If you don't think the image has been altered, please just make a guess about which area might have been changed."

Did Trump University change the name to Warwick?

Yes, but not of that one. Please don't be jealous.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 16:31 UTC
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dpainter: 7/10

There were three possible responses but when they revealed your response they did not show the correct response. They also did not reveal if your selection of the manipulated area was correct. While that information could be interesting to you they would still have if for use in their study.

Manipulation is an interesting issue. Is a HDR image manipulated? There is a lot that happens between the light entering our lens and the photons captured by the sensor. The question in the end is does the final result display what the photographer envisioned during that brief instant in time that the shutter was open.

On the final score page, it showed my answers ( yes / no ) and indicated right or wrong. If I had to guess, the two variants of yes are to test "overall impression" vs finding specific problems.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 21:05 UTC

7 out of 10!

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 21:01 UTC as 36th comment
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Trundling: Unbelievable crap. You are asked to answer whether you think a photo has been altered. I said, no, I don't think it was. Next, they ask you how sure you are. I said, 100%. Next, they ask you to show which area, do you think, was altered. Hmm... didn't I just say I don't think it was altered? And then comes the best part: "If you don't think the image has been altered, please just make a guess about which area might have been changed."

Did Trump University change the name to Warwick?

Unbeleivably narrow minded idiocy.

It's a test of subjective judgement. Of course you will be asked to judge.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 20:17 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-A3 Review (238 comments in total)
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girlperson1: $600 is not "inexpensive".

Compared to ?

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 15:10 UTC
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NeilJones: Funny it got a "highly recommended" with performance close to poor range!

I think this quote from the review explains it :

All in all the GH1's continuous shooting is slightly slower than most of the current generation entry level DSLRs but this is very unlikely to be an issue for any 'typical' users of the camera.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2017 at 19:56 UTC
On article Ask the staff: wedding season weirdness (273 comments in total)
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Steve in GA: The best line I heard back when I was doing weddings came from the bride's mother.

We (bride, her mother and me) were in a small back room of the church, waiting while the guests assembled. I was there hoping to get a few good candids.

The bride was obviously nervous, and began talking to her mother about whether the marriage was a good idea. Her mother also obviously had reservations about this wedding, and told the bride to call it off if she wasn't sure.

But, the bride said, "Oh, I can't do that. People have given us gifts and they have traveled from all over the place to be here today, and besides, we already have that huge cake for the reception."

To which her mother replied, "Honey, if you want to call this off, I will personally eat that whole damn cake."

The couple did marry later that day, and there was a nice reception afterward. And sure enough, they were divorced within a year.

@ Arun H
I think you are being a bit argumentative, but since it's friday...

1. Lets go with your take on Home Inspections. That make Joel's comments pointless. You've missed the intent of the whole argument. That's the problem with similes.

2. Lets go deep in the weeds and and argue about Home inspections: You don't live in my jurisdiction.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2017 at 15:10 UTC
On article Ask the staff: wedding season weirdness (273 comments in total)
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Steve in GA: The best line I heard back when I was doing weddings came from the bride's mother.

We (bride, her mother and me) were in a small back room of the church, waiting while the guests assembled. I was there hoping to get a few good candids.

The bride was obviously nervous, and began talking to her mother about whether the marriage was a good idea. Her mother also obviously had reservations about this wedding, and told the bride to call it off if she wasn't sure.

But, the bride said, "Oh, I can't do that. People have given us gifts and they have traveled from all over the place to be here today, and besides, we already have that huge cake for the reception."

To which her mother replied, "Honey, if you want to call this off, I will personally eat that whole damn cake."

The couple did marry later that day, and there was a nice reception afterward. And sure enough, they were divorced within a year.

@Joel
Whereas you equate counseling to a home inspection, which in fact does have a guarantee.

I think the question of life-long compatability is far too complex to be resolved with a simple thing like pre-marital counselling. People change, eh ?

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2017 at 14:32 UTC
On article Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm F1.7 sample gallery (180 comments in total)
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Martin Zimelka: Just like some Leica and all (to my knowledge) newer Fujifilm cameras, the RAW files have baked in lens profiles that can't be turned off in Lightroom or ACR.
It's quite astounding how much this lens costs and how much of the original image is gone after lens profile adjustments.
If you're on MacOS, try RPP or any other RAW editor that ignores the lens correction tags.

@martin Zemalka, so to summarize,

No actual photography related benefit, but because it supports your morals.

I can think of no practical reason to not correct the raw file, so that it is as close to physical reality as possible.

Also, there are more tradeoffs than what you mention. Adding optical elements to correct flaws leads to ... a heavier lens, a larger lens, less light transmission, a bigger more power hungry focussing motor, more cost, more variation lens to lens.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2017 at 01:30 UTC
On article Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm F1.7 sample gallery (180 comments in total)
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Martin Zimelka: Just like some Leica and all (to my knowledge) newer Fujifilm cameras, the RAW files have baked in lens profiles that can't be turned off in Lightroom or ACR.
It's quite astounding how much this lens costs and how much of the original image is gone after lens profile adjustments.
If you're on MacOS, try RPP or any other RAW editor that ignores the lens correction tags.

Why would you want to ignore the lens profiles ... Don't they correct for lens distortions ?

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 17:03 UTC
On article Now we know: Sony a9 is sharper than we thought (394 comments in total)
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Rascati: Thank you for the transparency on the focusing issues, but your admissions really bring up some questions for me. 1. If ANY camera has these types of focusing issues wouldn't that be something that should show up in the "cons" section for that particular camera. Rather than stating "Camera X is sharper than we thought", shouldn't you really change the headline to read "Camera X can achieve really sharp images, but only after some trial and error to achieve best results." 2. If, as Rishi points out in some of his comments that you'll never see this issue in everyday shooting then why bother taking the time to reshoot the tests? I'm sure that the Sony A9 is a great photographic tool and if I had an extra $5-6k on me I'd buy one today, but I don't understand DP Review's need to retest this particular camera. As has been pointed out by others in the comments section they all feel that their camera should be retested with the best lens combo. Why this one? Respectfully, Randy

"If by trial and error you mean properly focusing the camera, then I'd say yes, they should reword it :)"

This is the intersting part ... the level of difficulty of those trials is just not practical in most situations ( especially involving 3d objects). So in a sense this is unusable performance.

On the other hand, maybe the next big camera feature will be "human useable super accurate focus".

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2017 at 18:33 UTC
On article How do you know you need a new camera? (410 comments in total)
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BeaverTerror: I read this article expecting some good advice from a professional camera reviewer, to hear the experience of someone who handles more cameras than I ever could. To my disappointment, the advice is simply to "upgrade when you feel like you need to". Thank you for wasting my time. I'm finding myself visiting this site less and less these days. It used to be that this site was a great resource for accurate, impartial information. These days the small number of real articles are drowned out by a vast horde of filler.

I don't get your anger - you were expecting a formula ? Afraid to trust your own judgement.
This is actually great advice : upgrade because you see the need; not because of someone else's need, or your need to keep up with them.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2017 at 04:16 UTC
On article Sony a9: more speed, less dynamic range (666 comments in total)
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bilcobarnes21: Am I the only one getting a little tired of DP Reviews obsession with the A9 and Sony in general?
It makes me wonder what involvemt Sony have with DPR 🤔

Are you getting so tired of understanding technological advancement that you are simply categotizing articles by manufacturer ?

Could you maybe share your thoughts on how many angels should be allowed on the head of a pin.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2017 at 14:13 UTC
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VisualFX: Another camera without a viewfinder. What a shame.

because your personal preferencees need to be supported in 100% of cameras produced, and your choices for a camera with a VF is so limited.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2017 at 16:00 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Minolta DiMAGE X (134 comments in total)
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TheAlligator: How can "Below Average" be a rarity? Are only the best cameras are reviewed? but I can't remember a mainstream DSLR that hasn't been.

yes, I think as a practical matter, DPR always pre-filtered obvious dogs and "me too" products. OTHERWISE the fd-31 review would never have ben published :-)

As an example, count how many cameras HP sold, and how many got reviewed here.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2017 at 15:32 UTC
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