zilver

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Aaron801: To each their own, but if I had 25k+ to spend on something that was just going to be on display, I'd buy some art. A photo or maybe even a couple of photos by a really great (or a few greats) photographer(s) would have far more meaning for me than something that's essentially just a utilitarian object devoid of any utility...

I understand your point. But saying not to use it and to say it has no utility is simply a different thing.

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2017 at 00:59 UTC
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Aaron801: To each their own, but if I had 25k+ to spend on something that was just going to be on display, I'd buy some art. A photo or maybe even a couple of photos by a really great (or a few greats) photographer(s) would have far more meaning for me than something that's essentially just a utilitarian object devoid of any utility...

Not sure why you feel some art or photo has more utility than a working camera, even film ones.

As for collection and resale should you need to use the money, I think a Leica is less risky than a lot of the art or photos out there, not all art or photos of course.

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2017 at 02:35 UTC

“This feature, combined with the increasing inebriation, led to me laughing/near-cheering with the announcement that my flight was further delayed.”

I stopped reading at this point. Just a written ad, not a review.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2017 at 03:35 UTC as 20th comment | 2 replies
On article Hands-on with Zeiss Milvus 25mm F1.4 (119 comments in total)

I thought big lenses are dead, and suddenly all the announcements are about one big lens after another?

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2017 at 11:47 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply

This is just absurd.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 14:21 UTC as 272nd comment
On challenge Your City - Railway/Train station (B&W) (2 comments in total)

How do I enter the challenge?

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2017 at 05:18 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
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zilver: Let's hope this stunt does spread to other places.

I mean does 'NOT' !!!

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 04:43 UTC

Let's hope this stunt does spread to other places.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 04:18 UTC as 92nd comment | 2 replies
On article Roadtrip Review Redux: The Fujifilm X100F (174 comments in total)

Beautiful pictures, 'almost' better than your work pics!

Link | Posted on May 28, 2017 at 12:55 UTC as 51st comment
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zilver: I value DPReview's writers, but the piece about Fuji GFX not necessary being better than full frame, or this piece about how expensive to switch to Sony maybe discouraging early adopters and therefore slowing innovations.

Please at least try to balance things out by making a piece about how much it will hurt Nikon and Canon if they don't innovate, or how customers would hurt in the long run if they are investing in old mirror technologies today.

@Thomas Rose, and what does it matter if it's an SD card or an on board storage or even the cloud? Convenience should not be confused interfering with image quality or quality of the photographers.

Link | Posted on May 3, 2017 at 14:00 UTC
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zilver: I think the decline is just taking a pause and will resume again when phone cameras get noticeably better with bigger sensor and higher quality lens, which is inevitable.

You have think outside the box, not only bigger single sensor or single lens, iPhone already began to use 2 lens. Future phones could use arrays of sensors and lens like the LED is to the light bulb. There could be 4, 8, 12 lens and sensors each one optimized for certain focal length, specific ISOs, or even certain light rays, with software combining the image to create extremely high quality photos.

And this is just one example, imagine what we can do and have done.

Link | Posted on May 3, 2017 at 03:55 UTC
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zilver: I think the decline is just taking a pause and will resume again when phone cameras get noticeably better with bigger sensor and higher quality lens, which is inevitable.

The last person who said something like you probably can't believe phones today is many times more capable than the mainframes once that fit the entire floor of their office building.

I understand that there are law of physics, but I also have full confidence that human beings are more than capable to invent things that pushes us to the edge of those laws if there are market demands, and there are certainly demands for better low light and better overall photos using phone cameras.

Link | Posted on May 3, 2017 at 03:10 UTC

I think the decline is just taking a pause and will resume again when phone cameras get noticeably better with bigger sensor and higher quality lens, which is inevitable.

Link | Posted on May 3, 2017 at 01:11 UTC as 75th comment | 8 replies
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entoman: It's incredibly unlikely that anyone, pro or enthusiast, would make a complete and sudden system switch. The logical route would be to buy an a9 body and a metabones adaptor as a starting point. After acclimatising to the new camera, native lenses, extra bodies etc would then gradually be added, and about halfway through this process, the photographer would sell his old system. Until then, he/she would retain the old system as backup.

I think Sony needs a trojan horse for the pros, maybe a small interchangeable lens A9 'mini' for when the pros want to shoot their kids but are tired of carrying their big gears.

Once the pros realize Sony's AF catches their little kids as fast or faster than their pro cameras, then nothing's off limit.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 13:21 UTC
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zilver: I value DPReview's writers, but the piece about Fuji GFX not necessary being better than full frame, or this piece about how expensive to switch to Sony maybe discouraging early adopters and therefore slowing innovations.

Please at least try to balance things out by making a piece about how much it will hurt Nikon and Canon if they don't innovate, or how customers would hurt in the long run if they are investing in old mirror technologies today.

No, I prefer we all who love photography to encourage change and innovation in the age where cameras are seen as dinosaurs. My teenage kids are making fun of the SD cards on my 10k cameras, they can't believe I have to either remember to put in the cards or wait to get home to load the hi-res pictures. I'm waiting for the days where all cameras come with built-in storage, phone and cloud connectivity. So I can make the kids drool at my bokeh delicious images as soon as I shoot them, or edit pictures on my computers anytime I'm in front of the screen.

It's easy to find faults with new innovations like no doubt people will with things like driverless cars, but why not also complain about the existing cars that hurt innocent people on the street when drivers have a drink, didn't sleep well, spill a coffee or even just look down for a second to text the loved one that they'll be late for dinner??

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 13:14 UTC

I value DPReview's writers, but the piece about Fuji GFX not necessary being better than full frame, or this piece about how expensive to switch to Sony maybe discouraging early adopters and therefore slowing innovations.

Please at least try to balance things out by making a piece about how much it will hurt Nikon and Canon if they don't innovate, or how customers would hurt in the long run if they are investing in old mirror technologies today.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 12:05 UTC as 217th comment | 8 replies
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S Review: Modern MF (916 comments in total)
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iShootWideOpen: I see no reason to invest in cropped medium format cameras where a high end FF DSLR can get 90% of the image quality with 500% better performance, i.e. speed, FPS, AF, size, lens selection, and pro support. A FF 645 (ML or with mirror) with 50MP is a lot more usable and distinguishes itself from a high end FF DSLR by a wide margin. Most portrait, and editorial photographers would much rather have 50mp FF 645 than the ridicuolos 100mp. Please, someone build a 50mp FF 645 camera with 1/2000 flash sync and fast glass.

m43 users have said this about APS-C, APS-C users have said this about full frame, full frame users are now saying this about cropped medium format, cropped medium format buyers are saying this about full medium format, and guess what? Full medium format users have probably said this about large format!

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 01:01 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S Review: Modern MF (916 comments in total)

I think DPreview's decision to give the GFX gold star based on its innovations is a good one. As for the shortfalls of this very young system, oh well, that's why we have this comments section!

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 23:53 UTC as 92nd comment
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S Review: Modern MF (916 comments in total)
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IdM photography: If the AF is "sluggish in moderate light", how can the camera be useful for studio shooting where don't always have lots of light? Phase detect AF is necessary for studio shooting... (e.g the Pentax 645Z) in order to focus precisely in the eye.

I think they mean light on the subject for the camera to find contrast to focus on. Studio itself could be dark, but most subjects being photographed in studios are usually well-lit.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 23:40 UTC
On article Hasselblad X1D-50c First Impressions Review (313 comments in total)
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Gionni Dorelli: Hasselblad is a small company. Cannot compete with Sony, Canon and Panasonic.
It was ok before the 90ies when cameras were a box with film and a lens.
What they are trying to do and are struggling to, is to retain the status of luxury item, but they do not have the heritage, the means of brands like Rolex, Luis Vuitton or Aston Martin. Leica is doing a much better work at it.
When Louis Vuitton or Rolex produce a 10k item, they sell several tenths of thousands instead of just a few hundreds maybe 1000, although their marketing overhead is much higher than Hasselblad, yet there they have lot more margin and wealth to work with.

It's my humble opinion, but I think you maybe wrong. In fact, it's the opposite to what you are saying, X1D is selling much much better than they expected (they expected to sell 3,000 units in the first year but instead had pre order of 30,000 units globally on launch day, according to their UK manager).

Also they have the heritage and status, it's resources and technical expertise that they lack. Resources for production that they need quickly is somewhat solved since DJI is brought on as partner. Now it's the technical, firmware side of things that needs major work, quickly as these cameras are getting into people's hands. They hired Ming Thein, I assume he will need to hire many more people, but Hasselblad has been around so they are good at the long game so I won't worry too much.

Just my 2 cents, oh, and I bought and sold the X1D, loved the design and the hardware but usability is mightily disappointing, for now.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2017 at 05:59 UTC
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