Tony Northrup

Tony Northrup

Lives in United States Waterford USA, United States
Works as a Photographer/author
Joined on Jan 6, 2002
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I'm patting myself on the back just for getting up before sunrise and NASA takes a camera to the FAR SIDE OF THE SUN. Can't they get a DPReview photographer of the week award or something? Seriously though NASA is mind-blowing πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2020 at 19:34 UTC as 25th comment | 6 replies
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Jones Indiana: Interesting, but an f4 lens stays an f4 lens.
This is the advantage of having a smaller sensor size.

However with the high resolution sensors found these days in Full Frame cameras like the Z7 and A7Riv, you'd basically also own both a 20.1MP+ APS-C camera and 24MP+ MFT camera.

That makes you already own a 400mm f2.8 for MFT and a 300mm f2.8 APS-C lens if you own the 70-200mm f2.8.

If you are not fortunate enough to be able to afford a 70-200mm f2.8 there is always the choice for going with an 70-200mm f4.0. which is a lot more affordable (and saves you a ton of weight), but still giving you the 400mm or 300mm equivalent focal length at f4, just by cropping the image.

So why bother for slow lenses while you can have fast lenses with the same focal length, just by cropping the image.

2020 and people are still arguing about whether to apply crop factor to the aperture.

If Volkswagen imported cars to the US and left the speedometer set to KPH instead of MPH, they could brag about having a 0-60 time of 2 seconds... but people would immediately realize they were using confusion around conversions to overstate the capabilities of their vehicle. Journalists would test the car and set the record straight. Buyers would sue because they were misled.

But in photography, some people buy into the marketing so hard they argue that only the numbers matter, not the units. 0-60 is 0-60 no matter whether it's KPH or MPH! Being in KPH is actually an advantage because you get a faster 0-60 with a smaller engine!

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2020 at 13:51 UTC

Now waiting for Max Yuryev to test the new GPU to see how much it improves performance #makemaxdoit

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2020 at 18:10 UTC as 31st comment | 4 replies
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Tony Northrup: "Both can directly Wi-Fi their video footage to a smartphone, for anything you've pre-recorded, in FullHD or 4K." In my testing, the Sony WiFi app was going to take 30 minutes to transfer a 4 minute video clip (but it crashed after 18 minutes). I haven't tested the WiFi app on that specific Canon model, but testing other models reveals similarly awful WiFi bandwidth. They seem to have REALLY old WiFi radios.

I think product management didn't think people would complain about the old USB/UHS-I/WiFi so they didn't "waste" any R&D updating it from the older models. In fairness, none of us reviewers have been habitually testing the WiFi performance, so the fact that I suddenly tested it probably caught them off guard. The transfer wasn't just slow, it failed with an out-of-memory error, so clearly nobody at Sony even bothered to test the WiFi.

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2020 at 15:05 UTC
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seanleephoto: I often see people complaining how there are so many cameras being released that are seemingly targeted at vloggers (see the comments sections for articles on ZV-1 or the X-T4). However, it seems to me that there is a reason why camera manufacturers are putting effort toward meeting this need. There is an entire generation of people growing up (many of them already adult age) who consume a huge amount of peer-generated content. This can be anything from what is typically thought of when people use the term "YouTuber" to educators, marketers (aka product reviewers), comedians, and artists of every ilk. Whether or not you yourself are a producer of peer-generated content like vlogs, we all have to understand that this is a huge market and a growing need in the camera space. Just as some camera specs are intended for sports photographers (ex. portrait shooters need not 30fps black-out free shooting), some specs are for vloggers, for better of for worse.

I think it's even more annoying for vloggers that every camera company adds some weak feature to a stills camera and then tries to tell us that it's the ULTIMATE VLOGGING CAMERA! I've seen so many "ultimate vlogging cameras" that didn't have a flip screen or had the flip screen behind the tripod or shotgun mic. Vloggers don't want every camera to become a vlogging camera, we just want ONE camera designed for our specific needs. The Sony ZV-1 was the biggest effort so far, but it still falls short in a couple of ways. It's a good start, though.

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2020 at 14:07 UTC

"Both can directly Wi-Fi their video footage to a smartphone, for anything you've pre-recorded, in FullHD or 4K." In my testing, the Sony WiFi app was going to take 30 minutes to transfer a 4 minute video clip (but it crashed after 18 minutes). I haven't tested the WiFi app on that specific Canon model, but testing other models reveals similarly awful WiFi bandwidth. They seem to have REALLY old WiFi radios.

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2020 at 14:01 UTC as 36th comment | 9 replies

Honestly who wants jerky, jumpy, too fast, too short but ultra high-res timelapses? I can only imagine this was the product of someone in marketing wanting to use "8K" in the promotional material and some poor developer saying, "Well, technically we could...".

Link | Posted on May 28, 2020 at 12:12 UTC as 10th comment | 4 replies

It seems like the fact that it's the smallest FF camera is offset by the fact that you had to use a massive designed-for-DSLR 24mm f/1.4. For example, the Sony 24mm f/1.4 designed-for-mirrorless lens is significantly smaller, and the total size and weight of a rig with a Sony camera would probably be less than the Sigma.

Not that the Sony has all the video features of the fp, just saying, if size is really the headline for this platform, Sigma is going to need to put out a series of compact video-centric L-lenses to compliment it.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2020 at 14:44 UTC as 54th comment | 8 replies

I use the Lexar PHR1. It's $35 instead of $500. It's not as fast, but it supports 4 cards which helps when we're unloading multiple cameras. Also it's $35.

Link | Posted on May 7, 2020 at 20:47 UTC as 4th comment | 11 replies

Please keep doing what you're doing; I need a distraction from all the heavy news! Can we please just go back to a world where our biggest concerns were fighting about camera brands and crop factor? :D

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2020 at 12:40 UTC as 245th comment | 3 replies

OK maybe they've paid already for the venue but nobody's going. Just about all the big upcoming conferences for other industries have already been cancelled. Photokina was already struggling (they cancelled the 2019 Photokina and switched to a 2-year schedule). Now they're saying that it's more for smartphones than cameras, and they're attacking manufacturers who don't attend (like Fuji) by saying they're not attending because they're struggling financially.

I suspect 2018 will have been the last Photokina ever.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2020 at 18:45 UTC as 29th comment | 2 replies

I'm going way out on a limb, but maybe they're spending extra time tweaking the firmware of the Z cameras to perform well with the 70-200. It's their first telephoto S/Z lens and on-sensor PDAF becomes increasingly more challenging the longer the focal length. We found the Z cameras, even with the latest firmware updates, struggled with our latest-gen F-mount 70-200. Nikon knows they really need the AF to work perfect from day 1.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2020 at 21:33 UTC as 32nd comment | 11 replies

Great analysis! A couple of additional factors that I think of:

1) Overcharging a captive audience. Just like a soda costs 3X more in a movie theater, if you feel locked into the Nikon F-mount (for example), they can get away with overcharging you for a new body because literally nobody else makes Nikon camera bodies.

2) Overcharging irrational enthusiasts. As the camera market shrinks, enthusiast early adopters make up a larger and larger percentage of the potential audience. If a camera is realistically worth $1,100, some enthusiasts will be willing to pre-order it for $1,900 just because they're excited for the latest and greatest. So, you make the MSRP $1,900 (and ideally control pre-release reviews so consumers believe the camera to be flawless). After the enthusiasts have been overcharged and flaws have been exposed, you drop it to a more competitive price to keep selling it. Think X-H1, Z6, Z7.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2020 at 17:28 UTC as 158th comment | 7 replies
On article 2010-2019: The decade in review - the camera industry (249 comments in total)
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bladerunner6: Where on earth do you get off saying Pentax sort of doesn’t exist??


Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2019 at 15:59 UTC
On article The year in photos: Jordan Drake and the art of crying (115 comments in total)
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Ben Herrmann: Good Lord - now I've seen everything. This goes to show that some folks will write about anything? Who the heck GAS about this? (pleasantly advanced of course). I wouldn't be surprised if the next story may address effective macro lenses will include a segment about shooting turds in poor lighting conditions.....sigh. Then you know we will have hit the lowest point in trying to find things to talk about. Sorry, I don't mean to appear overly negative, but really?

I mean to say, here we are in the Christmas season and it's not that many of us are concerned with Jordan's crumpled up in a ball on the ground acting in pain. As an aside, addressing that issue, I often assumed that was Jordan's way of indicating he had gas....

Admit it, Ben: You love this so much you just wanted to make Jordan cry even more.

Link | Posted on Dec 26, 2019 at 15:31 UTC

The desire for high-quality strobe lighting has been one of the last remaining reasons for the Instagram generation to buy a "real" camera with a hot shoe, and now that's going to disappear, too. (We do have Godox's trigger for the iPhone but it's terrible.)

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2019 at 17:20 UTC as 18th comment | 10 replies

Thanks for clarifying this - many assume US drone laws don't apply to the Mini. I'd like to see a breakdown of other country's laws where the <250g weight has a a bigger impact that bypassing a $5 registration fee.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2019 at 13:39 UTC as 20th comment | 8 replies
On article Best cameras for landscapes in 2020 (1125 comments in total)

Did y'all actually produce good landscape results with 240 megapixel mode? I've tried again and again, with no wind, heavy tripods, remote triggers, and static landscape scenes, and there are always artifacts showing movement when shooting outdoors. Huge buildings move too much, I guess. I've only produced usable 240 megapixel photos when shooting in my basement on the concrete floor.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2019 at 14:51 UTC as 161st comment | 3 replies
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Steven Blackwood: I'm confused. For years we've been told not to use SSDs for anything but system and program file, not for heavy read/write operations. Which is it?

This was an issue many years ago because SSDs had limited rewriteability. It's much better now (because of both improved hardware and software) and isn't really a concern. Still, always have a backup.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2019 at 15:38 UTC
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MannyZero: Easy to see that the new standards of quality; the last benchmark testings for a new camera model, what they call now ITERATIONS.
(Iteration can include repetition of a sequence of operations in order to get ever closer to a desired result) are based on how far and how the camera makers wine & dine photo guys.
I remember the days when testers reported on behalf of consumers. It has all changed now; we are, in fact, getting infomercials, thinking we are the most informed. On the contrary: we are the most entertained generation EVER.

"I remember the days when testers reported on behalf of consumers" <- I don't know when this would have been. For many decades the editors of those photography magazines we all read were attending similar press events and paid their bills using massive advertising campaigns from camera manufacturers. Infomercials still exist, certainly, but you're more likely to be aware of them now because of legally required disclosures. Now there are many review outlets that do not accept paid advertisements. It's still difficult to navigate, but there's never been more unbiased review information available to the consumer.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2019 at 13:46 UTC
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