AshleyMC

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On article Canon EOS R5: Go big, or go home (708 comments in total)
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PremiumBitter: Whenever I see "I have NO interest in video" around here, I translate that as: "I hate learning new things, video editing is too intimidating. Just let me spray and pray and move some sliders. I don't care about personal growth."

Seriously y'all, COVID-19 is the perfect time to learn a new skill. Not sure why everyone is so violently against good video in a stills camera. The idea that it adds massive costs is a myth. A myth mainly perpetuated by forums like this.

@PremiumBitter: "suggested video editing"

Suggestion? You know how suggestions should be made. You are in no position to pass judgments on anyone, be it here in this camera gear forum or elsewhere, especially in your work environment.

Speaking of learning, learn to avoid expressing yourself like this: << I translate that as: "I hate learning new things, video editing is too intimidating. Just let me spray and pray and move some sliders. I don't care about personal growth." >>

Please refrain from reacting to my "suggestion" above, for I may take you as one of those below-average engineers who "don't care about personal growth." OK?

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2020 at 23:32 UTC
On article Canon EOS R5: Go big, or go home (708 comments in total)
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mikegt: Mr. Baskin wrote a diplomatic version of Canon's history in this area. Here is the uncensored edition:

In 2008 Canon released the 5D Mk 2, which for the first time permitted video recording on a full-size sensor with interchangeable lenses at an affordable price tag.

Canon could have built upon that with a line of products that would of brought high-quality filmmaking to the masses at reasonable prices.

Alas, Canon's management chose a different path.

They saw the huge margins being made on Hollywood gear.
They saw the chance to hang out with celebrity filmmakers.
In short, they "went Hollywood".

They released "cinema" camera bodies with six-digit prices and lenses priced to match.

Then things got really ugly.

To protect the high-priced Cinema line they screwed-over their regular camera customers by releasing camera after camera with purposely crippled video capabilities.

Now we are supposed to believe they have turned-over a new leaf with the R5. I'll believe it when I see it.

@mikegt: Exactly.

It's writing, alright - but a writer should not be confused between "fiction" and "reporting."

Ah, okay, it is an "opinion" piece. But then, some opinions are closer to the facts, some are to altered realities.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2020 at 20:48 UTC
On article Canon EOS R5: Go big, or go home (708 comments in total)
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PremiumBitter: Whenever I see "I have NO interest in video" around here, I translate that as: "I hate learning new things, video editing is too intimidating. Just let me spray and pray and move some sliders. I don't care about personal growth."

Seriously y'all, COVID-19 is the perfect time to learn a new skill. Not sure why everyone is so violently against good video in a stills camera. The idea that it adds massive costs is a myth. A myth mainly perpetuated by forums like this.

"Projecting, maybe?" But of course! :)

Seriously, though, my initial response to this thread was prompted by this condescending statement: << I translate that as: "I hate learning new things, video editing is too intimidating. Just let me spray and pray and move some sliders. I don't care about personal growth." >>

Now go take some excellent photographs. (Or, learn to do some decent videos.)

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2020 at 19:43 UTC
On article Canon EOS R5: Go big, or go home (708 comments in total)
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PremiumBitter: Whenever I see "I have NO interest in video" around here, I translate that as: "I hate learning new things, video editing is too intimidating. Just let me spray and pray and move some sliders. I don't care about personal growth."

Seriously y'all, COVID-19 is the perfect time to learn a new skill. Not sure why everyone is so violently against good video in a stills camera. The idea that it adds massive costs is a myth. A myth mainly perpetuated by forums like this.

"we don't need the complaining"

It is up to you to see those posts as "complaints." It is also up to you to ignore such "complaints." Apply your own wise advice: Take lemons and make lemonade. No?

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2020 at 18:58 UTC
On article Canon EOS R5: Go big, or go home (708 comments in total)
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PremiumBitter: Whenever I see "I have NO interest in video" around here, I translate that as: "I hate learning new things, video editing is too intimidating. Just let me spray and pray and move some sliders. I don't care about personal growth."

Seriously y'all, COVID-19 is the perfect time to learn a new skill. Not sure why everyone is so violently against good video in a stills camera. The idea that it adds massive costs is a myth. A myth mainly perpetuated by forums like this.

"a better use of that time and energy would be better spent on learning . . ." to reconnect with your loved ones, to appreciate the sacrifices of frontline people in this time of global crisis.

At the same time, respect people who have different tastes than yours, those who say "I don't need video." To them, video is not worth wasting time on. No need to mount the high horse and persuade them to embrace videos.

OK?

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2020 at 18:15 UTC
On article Canon EOS R5: Go big, or go home (708 comments in total)
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PremiumBitter: Whenever I see "I have NO interest in video" around here, I translate that as: "I hate learning new things, video editing is too intimidating. Just let me spray and pray and move some sliders. I don't care about personal growth."

Seriously y'all, COVID-19 is the perfect time to learn a new skill. Not sure why everyone is so violently against good video in a stills camera. The idea that it adds massive costs is a myth. A myth mainly perpetuated by forums like this.

@Thoughts: I usually expect "great" thoughts from you, but don't see one this time!

When you have a hammer, you tend to see everything around you as a nail. So they say. Same with you.

There are many things worth learning in one's spare time. To certain people, "learning to do videos" is not on the list. Do NOT imply that they are lazy, or hate learning new skills, or refuse to develop themselves. I am not averse to videos, but I find reasonings like yours too limiting. Small heads make this crazy world even crazier.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2020 at 17:16 UTC
On article Canon EOS R5: Go big, or go home (708 comments in total)
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PremiumBitter: Whenever I see "I have NO interest in video" around here, I translate that as: "I hate learning new things, video editing is too intimidating. Just let me spray and pray and move some sliders. I don't care about personal growth."

Seriously y'all, COVID-19 is the perfect time to learn a new skill. Not sure why everyone is so violently against good video in a stills camera. The idea that it adds massive costs is a myth. A myth mainly perpetuated by forums like this.

"perfect time to learn a new skill"

Come back in 3 months and converse with me in Mandarin, or Fiji, or Cambodian, OK?

My grandmother - who was great at cooking and sewing and many other things that you have very little intellectual and artistic capacities for - had zero interest in taking photos. She DID NOT HATE learning new things.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2020 at 16:46 UTC
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(unknown member): Any book is important and makes a difference in a world where reading nowadays is a miracle. Most people that go with photography are 15-45 old males who usually do not read at all. So if we males start reading anything...start from Hemingway for instance..it makes associations better and faster. We need more general education and sensitivity to see more of the world around us. Without those abilities the pictures are the same, just plagiarism... Reading is essential, especially fot male. Women see more, are more educated and more sensitive. That´s why they do not write comments here because this is one sided and technical only. They dream pictures and make them much better and more beautiful than we goofy and rude men do. The future of photography..meaning pictures is in women. We men have no chance anymore. Most of us cannot even read at all. 32 million americans for instance.

“Literacy” means one CAN read and understand a piece of text in the native language.

It does not mean one DOES read books often and seriously and with an appreciative level of understanding. Many of people today do not enjoy reading - even an executive report - and have a low level of comprehension.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2020 at 12:03 UTC
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Dericali: It's a bit depressing when you realise a large portion of people who at least own a camera, who are on a photography website commenting on a story about a photojournalist who had his equipment cancelled while taking photographs that were viewed by million of people around the world, and may be among the defining images of the coronavirus pandemic, don't understand the first thing about photojournalism, it's function or it's purpose.

Or for that matter, democracy.

"who work as pro photographers" - only the pretenders need to overuse the adjective 'pro'. Physician are physicians - they spend many years working hard to acquire their medical qualifications for saving human lives, yet they never need to use the term 'pro'. Some guy just spends a handful of euros to buy camera gear, calls himself 'pro' and considers himself better than other people who can teach them photography. That is what 'pretense' means if you need a plain explanation.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2020 at 20:12 UTC
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Gesture: Photography, like other kinds of mark-making, is a translation of reality.

One's sense doors are imperfect mark-makers - more so when they are impaired. One lives in bad translations of reality. :)

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2020 at 18:36 UTC
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Horshack: Fine and good but when is a review of the next polycarbonate box of semiconductor chips coming out? I have a backlog of cat photos to take and need a camera with 0.17EV more dynamic range to capture the backlit whiskers correctly.

Should be slightly paraphrased and put underneath the DPReview logo at the top of every page. :D

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2020 at 18:22 UTC

Thank you very much, Mr Britton, for this article.

There are many excellent photography books that DPReview should recommend from time to time.

I sincerely hope DPReview will continue to extend its coverage along this dimension of photography. Sometimes, I feel "bad" that intelligent people like yourself spend most of their time discussing technical minutiae and presenting commercial products that typically have half-life of 2 years.

During this time of self-isolation, I revisited the photographs - "bokeh" and "sharpness" and all - that I had created with a 3.2MP PowerShot many moons ago, and reminded myself that there was something else - not IBIS, not Eye AF tracking, not near-optically-perfect lenses - during those moments that helped me create such memorable photographs.

"in the end, it's a book about love." Wow! Let's bring love to DPReview.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2020 at 18:15 UTC as 52nd comment
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Dericali: It's a bit depressing when you realise a large portion of people who at least own a camera, who are on a photography website commenting on a story about a photojournalist who had his equipment cancelled while taking photographs that were viewed by million of people around the world, and may be among the defining images of the coronavirus pandemic, don't understand the first thing about photojournalism, it's function or it's purpose.

Or for that matter, democracy.

@MikeRan: "Guy broke the law. And got his drone confiscated."

Yeah. Boring as it is, that's the "story". And when you wipe away the gravy, you will see the ego pursuing Instagram likes.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2020 at 20:01 UTC
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Dericali: It's a bit depressing when you realise a large portion of people who at least own a camera, who are on a photography website commenting on a story about a photojournalist who had his equipment cancelled while taking photographs that were viewed by million of people around the world, and may be among the defining images of the coronavirus pandemic, don't understand the first thing about photojournalism, it's function or it's purpose.

Or for that matter, democracy.

@Dericali: Even embulance drivers, who help save lives in emergencies, must obey rules: they must receive "clear" code by the police before they can drive into any area of contention. Taking photographs with the pretense of having them published in some magazine - so what if it was National Geographic - does not give that guy the rights to invade any spaces. Photojournalism is not the hero of the day nor the bearer of democracy. And democracy does not mean doing whatever one damn well pleases. Oh and before you step on that soapbox to teach anyone about journalism, learn how to spell.

@Kara Murphy: One cannot put oneself above the laws by citing a "righteous" cause. This story is not about the "bravery" of photojournalists in the pursuit of portraying stories. This story is about some guy getting his drone confiscated, plain and simple. Having a gun does not mean I can shoot anyone. Similarly, having a camera (or a drone) does not mean I can shoot whatever or whomever I want.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2020 at 19:50 UTC

National Geographic or National Pornographic is not an authority. Taking photographs with the intention of having them published in such a magazine does not give one the rights to invade any spaces.

Get prior written and signed authorization. Also, respect the self-isolation and lock-down directives - they are not about any one person in particular - “Stay Home and Save Lives.” Or, want to help? Volunteer at a hospital.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2020 at 00:29 UTC as 74th comment | 2 replies

“Will the X-H line continue to be video-centric, in the same way as the X-H1 when it was originally released?”

X-H1 video-centric? As originally released?

Where does this kind of wisdom come from?

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2020 at 21:16 UTC as 24th comment | 2 replies
On article DPReview TV: The gear that changed my life (157 comments in total)

Gordy's FTW!

Gordy's hand-made leather straps are great - better with age.

Oh and have a toggle in your video to switch DPR screenshot background between dark and light - or make two versions - extremely important. :)

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2020 at 14:49 UTC as 85th comment

Glad to see this post that points to Pete Souza's video.

I have been admiringly following Mr Souza's work for quite some time. It is quite nice to see and hear the man in person in this video.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2020 at 22:39 UTC as 47th comment | 1 reply
On article DPReview TV: Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN Art review (45 comments in total)

Nice video and beautiful photographs, as usual.

Please stay inside.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2020 at 14:51 UTC as 14th comment
On article Fujifilm X-A7 review (269 comments in total)
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xmeda: No IBIS no purchase. Learn that dear manufacturers.

OK, no "i"

You pretended that your "impersonal" statement was a general statement having universal applicability.

I, this person, don't need IBIS. Your strict IBIS "requirement" does not apply to me. I purchase non-IBIS cameras.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2020 at 20:55 UTC
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