MartinsB

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Denton Taylor: yeah, the trouble with Drobo's, and I've had three now, is that while they generally work, when they go bad they go very, very bad. I understand that they can't provide a lot of support for $500, but when you need it it's expensive. The times I have had problems I have reformatted the drive. Which means I never trust them with actual data, only with backups.

If you can't trust your backup-system reliability then why do you make them?
Because the only reason having backups is to have a possibility to recover.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 07:50 UTC
On article Belgian wins €15,000 Zeiss Award for Faroes project (51 comments in total)

That's a really nice series.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 07:29 UTC as 11th comment

Beautiful set of photos!

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2017 at 07:36 UTC as 5th comment
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rfsIII: Lars,
I'm confused why this particular computer got singled out for special attention? 16gb of RAM is barely adequate to run Photoshop let alone Premiere and there is no mention of the GPU which is as important or even more important than the CPU for imaging editing.
Did I miss something?

For tasks like RAW conversion CPU is much more important than GPU.
For my photography related work nearly any GPU which support my display(s) suites well.

Otherwise - totally agree. There's nothing spectacular regarding photography tasks, workflow etc. in this computer. And it isn't alternative to Macbook because they have different OSes. Because it delivers nothing spectacular to switch from the OSX to Win10, at least for the price. But when the connectivity is considered (one of the criticism against the new MBP), then there are much cheaper pro-level laptops available with full pro-level features (like docking stations).

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 06:44 UTC
On article CP+ 2017: Ricoh teases upcoming D FA* 50mm F1.4 (95 comments in total)

DPReviewers, can you see whether the lens (in the box) have glass inside or is it covered with lens cap?

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2017 at 07:03 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
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tkbslc: Remember when 50mm lenses were nice and compact?

There aren't and won't be any 4/3 equivalent to FF 50/1.4.
m4/3 Panaleica 25/1.4 equals to FF 50/2.8 only.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2017 at 06:51 UTC
On article This camera is made of 32,000 drinking straws (177 comments in total)

What's the photo sensitive medium in this camera?

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2017 at 10:39 UTC as 67th comment | 10 replies

DPReview, you have over-managed it. These 25 don't represent well the real quality and diversity of challenges. You don't indicate anything how you picked these 25 finalists. It could be much better and honest you included much more (for instance 100 which would be comparable to regular challenge) picked or based on clear or open qualities.
BTW by requesting 5 votes you are forcing to vote for images which aren't my favorites at all. However I did that.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 09:48 UTC as 9th comment

Article title quite misleading because the rules eliminates the majority of DPReview audience.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2017 at 10:42 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
On article Leica announces M10 with new sensor, slimmer design (113 comments in total)

Back in 2012: The company says all future M models will also simply be called the 'M'.
And now - they announced the M10 :)

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 07:51 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
On article GearEye is an RFID-based gear management system (45 comments in total)

These stickers are huge for some gear, probably especially for those mostly forgotten (some small accessories). Stickers can badly influence usability of some items (if not make them unusable at all) not to mention the appearance.
For example - the are batteries which are quite stiff, memory cards - don't imagine how to stick something on them, all smaller sized lens, mounting plates etc.
Not for me.

BTW, Good luck!

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2016 at 10:59 UTC as 19th comment
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falconeyes: I am seeing the expected comments here.

I am awaiting comments from real users of Photoshop with a new MBP if they observe any increase in productivity using the touch bar.

Moreover, I wonder if Apple has any plans to sell an external keyboard or touch pad with a touch bar. After all, many pros use MBP in clamshell mode with external keyboard and monitors.

@PhotoUniverse
I'm using many platforms everyday, but my laptop last five years was a Macbook. I'm not a fan of any particular platform or brand, I have some requirements and need the work to be done. Laptop needs to be lightweight, durable, quite powerfull and as much as possible portable (on-battery time, connectivity etc.).
If I bought the Macbook Pro it would be the basic with F-keys (because the tools are designed to use them) and I'll need to carry with me (and buy them all) quite many adapters, new cables etc. - my PROFESSIONAL workflow would required that.
The new Macbooks are loosing to other manufactures especially considering the price/performance ratio.
When someone is arguing that USB-C is the future - when the future comes I will respond to it buying necessary adapters or dedicated cables to use the USB-C devices, but currently I don't need that. And anyway - after some years I'll need to upgrade the laptop again and than probably the situation will be different.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 17:16 UTC
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FantasticMrFox: 2012 I bought a top of the line MacBook Pro 13' with almost maxed out hardware (i7, 8GB Ram, but no SSD etc.) for what I remember to have been between €1,500 and €1,700. The recent 2016 MacBook Pro 13' configured to maximum specifications now runs €3,279.

Have they gone insane? A price increase of 100% over just four years?! Who is supposed to be able to still afford that stuff?!

@JakeB
Actually Mac has the same security problems as Windows especially regarding the serious threats.
And your ignorance is an additional major security risk.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 16:57 UTC
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falconeyes: I am seeing the expected comments here.

I am awaiting comments from real users of Photoshop with a new MBP if they observe any increase in productivity using the touch bar.

Moreover, I wonder if Apple has any plans to sell an external keyboard or touch pad with a touch bar. After all, many pros use MBP in clamshell mode with external keyboard and monitors.

iamatrix, you are worng.

I hate needing new dongles (instead of old ones) and absence of F-keys.
The dongles I need are for external monitors and projectors when I visit my clients and for wired network connectivity, not to mention USB drives, flashes and SD reader.
F-keys are extensively used in many pro-software solutions.

Considering all of the above I switched to Dell Latitude with Win 10. I don't need any external dongles except for VGA which I kept from my old Macbook.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2016 at 07:44 UTC
On article Mobile Speed: Portable SSDs for photographers (204 comments in total)

There's also Corsair GTX - a USB 3 flash drive which has SSD controller.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2016 at 12:48 UTC as 50th comment
On article OWC's Thunderbolt 3 Dock adds 13 ports to your MacBook (151 comments in total)
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ZAnton: I think it is pretty stupid to buy super-duper slim laptop for a bunch of money, and then buy a pack of external adapters, card readers, power supplies etc. for another bunch of money. Why not just buy Asus, or Lenovo, MSI or ...any of other dozen of manufacturers.

I need following connectivity on daily basis, mostly visiting my customers (I'm software development project manager):
HDMI (external monitor or projector)
VGA D-SUB (video projector)
Ethernet RJ-45 (for secured internal networks)
1-2 USB (external drives etc.)
(and power adapter when battery is low)

With the new Macbook Pro I need to carry with me a dongle for each item I listed above (not to mention that I cannot reuse the dongles I currently have), but with my Latitude - only one for VGA (and I can use the one I have from my previous Macbook).

That's so simple - I chose and voted with my wallet what better suits for my professional work.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 08:17 UTC
On article OWC's Thunderbolt 3 Dock adds 13 ports to your MacBook (151 comments in total)
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ZAnton: I think it is pretty stupid to buy super-duper slim laptop for a bunch of money, and then buy a pack of external adapters, card readers, power supplies etc. for another bunch of money. Why not just buy Asus, or Lenovo, MSI or ...any of other dozen of manufacturers.

I did that - instead of a new Macbook Pro I bought DELL Latitude with all necessary ports buil-in.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 21:24 UTC
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Jordan Stead: Hands down, the ShapeShifter is best backpack for visual producers out there. Simply won't quit - even after years of reckless abuse - and the customer service is top-notch.

What kind of customer service for a backpack have you used?

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2016 at 06:27 UTC
On article Photographing fireworks: The basics and then some (57 comments in total)
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ovatab: + set focus manually to hyperfocal distance

Set to infinity not hyperfocal.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2016 at 17:53 UTC
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chadnchady: Let's don't fool ourselves here. If you're a fan of cameras and photography, you'll appreciate Leica. You might not agree with (or be able to pay for) the price, but if somebody gave you a Leica to own, you are lying if you tell me you won't want one. If the SL system was some 50% more for the equivilent canikon/sony system, I would easily pull the trigger. But at 3x the price, sorry leica, i'm not rich enough.

Are you kidding? M-lenses large? Compared to what?

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2016 at 09:15 UTC
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