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Alphoid: A review without looking at competition seems less than helpful. There are a ton of cheap pen tablets on eBay/Amazon/Aliexpress, and they mostly seem to be very, very good.

I'm a big fan of the XP-Pen Deco Mini 7, which is a comfortable size for me, and XP Pen has excellent support. It runs $40-$50.

Huion makes a bunch of tablets which work identically (and look a little bit nicer), but without the same level of support. There's Gaomon, 10mmons, and a ton of others. Not a huge difference.

For most people, it's worth buying a random $30-$100 tablet. I'm not sure a $100-$250 tablet is worthwhile unless you're a very, very serious artist, CAD designer, or similar, and have specialized needs. Even then, it's worth starting with a cheap one so you know what you want. My first tablet was fancy, expensive, but since I didn't know what I was doing, I got one too big for comfort. My $40 one is better since it fits.

I'll also mention: For all of these, I recommend NOT installing drivers.

Alphoid is right on target, while providing useful comparisons. Appreciate the objective thoughts.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2022 at 02:40 UTC
On article Nikon Z 24-70mm F2.8 S field review (506 comments in total)

So glad to see Allison Johnson involved in this evaluation. Perhaps I have been reading articles too quickly. I have missed seeing her contributions in recent years.

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2022 at 18:46 UTC as 73rd comment | 1 reply

Roger, thank you kindly for sharing your knowledge, and experience. Your honesty and practicality of your real world perspective is needed and refreshing. Photo of the effect from the dislodged lens element is dramatic yet easily confirmed with a test pattern image. My take away, handle lenses with care, and take a controlled shot of test pattern when image softness is suspected. Most of my better dslr lenses are more than 10 years old. Your writing always leaves me looking forward to your next article.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2020 at 07:19 UTC as 16th comment
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TOF guy: There may be a business opportunity there ... automate the testing process. Then sell "verified" lens at a premium.
I'd would buy a "certified" lens if the premium is reasonable.

Then hope your "verified lens" has not been altered due to rough handling by the delivery service...

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2020 at 06:36 UTC
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(unknown member): If Nikon can put an EVF in the camera it is difficult to know why this is so often such a problem for Canon. Having used their add on EVFs in this way they are very clumsy and vulnerable.
All cameras are pretty good nowadays so the Nikon wins because Canon show no sign of finishing the product, relying on a lash up by the customer, or any concern for its ease of use. You have to then think what other cutbacks and deficiencies in specifications are buried elsewhere. The Canon looks a bit amateur and Heath Robinson in concept.
Looking at them side by side the Canon looks a bit of a joke really. Reminds me of it rolling up late to the mirrorless party in that spoof video.

If the M6 II needs the add-on EVF for low light, how does a person use a flash in low light, or anytime the add-on EVF is in the hot shoe? Want to use a remote flash, the hot shoe is needed for a transmitter. Apparently Canon decided M6 users have no interest in using a real hot shoe flash. What am I missing? B Bob is right, unacceptable design compromise in 2019.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2020 at 23:28 UTC

Kudos Dale for a properly written commentary pointing out a useful feature that was removed from the XT4. Persons using the XT4 for video should not be required to buy an adapter or accessory grip to connect their headphones. It's no more complicated than that. I wish all reviewers were as straightforward and honest with their critique. Now, there are always trolls who don't agree with anything that differs from their opinion - So bring it on !

Link | Posted on Feb 29, 2020 at 06:43 UTC as 83rd comment | 3 replies

Rishi - Nice commentary. Bless your daughter and your family. Happy Holidays

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2019 at 05:51 UTC as 39th comment | 2 replies


Please complete update before pointing out a studio scene comparison. This work in progress, is visually misleading.

I rarely disagree with DPR's work or opinion, this is one of those cases.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2019 at 18:40 UTC as 35th comment

Well done Chris and Jordan, Excellent simplification of terms. It's possible that more than a few newcomers / camera buyers could benefit from a understanding of how sensor size influences depth of field and effective aperture?

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2019 at 03:15 UTC as 37th comment

Have seen no posts pointing out the lack of IBIS in the XT-3. I don't understand why the XH-1 has IBIS while the newer XT-3 doesn't. Are they intended for different types of shooting? Panasonic, Olympus, Sony, and now Nikon offer IBIS. I find lens or body image stabilization normally results in sharper images, regardless of manufacturer.
Only my Fuji zooms have IS, the primes I have don't, thus having IBIS could drive me to replace an XT-2.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2018 at 15:08 UTC as 9th comment | 5 replies
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Zoom Zoom Zoom: :
Yep, this is all very cute, smart, endearing, adorable, lovable, sweet, lovely, darling, twee, kawaii and cutesy teasing, EXCEPT that no matter how good the new Pixel will most like be, it will also probably be just as inexplicably, unaccountably, unexplainably, incomprehensibly unfathomably, impenetrably, insolubly, bafflingly, puzzlingly, perplexingly, bewilderingly and unseemly just as ugly as the current one, which instantly destroys all other potential valid arguments, except for geeks.

Smartphone are commodities and should be priced as such, not treated as a luxury item. Manufacturers laugh all the way to the bank - saying Got You Again.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2017 at 17:35 UTC
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Slapstick Noir: Whatever latest and greatest technology there is to "wow" us in the new pixel, nothing is going to make me change my Lenovo P2. The moment you taste one week battery life with 4G/WiFi/GPS turned on, plus serious browsing and YouTube watching daily, you'll never going back to any other phone, trust me!
I still can't comprehend why Google and Apple don't do this?! The P2 has 5100 mah battery and it's .2 mm thinner than the pixel. When I hear people with 7+ or Pixel bragging about two days battery life, I chuckle: really, in 2017, for so many $? Imagine Nikon D5 with 400 shots battery life; or Lamborghini with 5 gallons tank.
Those are seriously crippled phones!

OK Pete - Battery life not important ? Wait until you have been through a hurricane where the power is out for days or weeks - then give us your opinion.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2017 at 17:28 UTC
On article Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF bokeh demystified (357 comments in total)
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Rishi Sanyal: I can confirm this lens focuses wide open (albeit stops down after initial acquisition in AF-C)!

Reply to a different post, that is without a REPLY button.

What other lenses would you guys like to see a shootout between? TIA

How about the Fujifilm 56 and 90mm primes on the X-T2 or X-Pro2?

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2017 at 21:58 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review (888 comments in total)
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brilliant sunsets: New 5Mkii user; who cannot determine how to set the metering mode while looking through the EVF. Metering can only set within the Gears menu, or from the SCP where it is necessary to click on one of the smaller areas, then a thumbwheel can be used to select metering. Either way, I have lost the composition and the shot I wanted. What am I missing or overlooking? Have been using an E-M1 for 6 months where a rocker button on left side brings up the metering so a change can be made without taking eye from the EVF. If Olympus would allow access to metering when assigning the Fn button that would accomplish what is needed. Am I the only one who frequently changes the light metering when shooting? My shooting techniques must be flawed. Suggestions please !

Marcus, I change metering to determine which provides the preferred look. Once I like the overall image, I will shoot other images without changing metering, until encountering another scene with different lighting, then repeat the comparison. I might be experimenting more than necessary while shooting. Still trying to get my sea legs, so to speak.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 05:38 UTC
On article Have your say: Best prime lens of 2016 (152 comments in total)
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bdbender4: It is hard to vote when I don't have any of the lenses, it would just be based on speculation from internet info of various kinds. But I understand the spirit of these polls is for fun. So what I will say is: the best recently released prime lens that I BOUGHT in 2016 and now use is the Fuji 90mm. It has four, count 'em, four linear focusing motors! Darn sharp, too.

Edge to edge sharpness of the Fuji 90mm from f2 to f11 is the most important characteristic, just my 2 cents. Outstanding 135mm equivalent in the Fuji X world.

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2016 at 01:20 UTC
On article Have your say: Best prime lens of 2016 (152 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Carey, you wrote about the Olympus 25mm f/.2 PRO lens:

"This lens is perhaps most significant in that it's the first Olympus prime lens to carry the 'Pro' designation."

Wasn't the Olympus 300mm f/4.0 PRO lens announced 8 months earlier, and therefore "the first Olympus prime lens to carry the 'Pro' designation? Meaning the 25mm f/1.2 has to be the second one.

Cary, I have the Olympus 12-40mm 1:2.8 Pro. I believe Olympus considers this one a Pro lens?

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2016 at 01:10 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Olympus C-3040 Zoom (127 comments in total)

Very interesting, these 16 year old images hold up well against some current camera images. Yet, some of us continue to justify re-placing our current gear whenever the latest technology becomes irresistible. Is that what separates a professional from an enthusiast with their toys? Not to my credit, I fall into the latter category.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2016 at 22:22 UTC as 18th comment
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Lan: When the most innovative part of a camera is a lens cap, and even that appears to have been nicked from the Panasonic parts bin, maybe it's time to just call it a day?

Leica engineering dept would never have approved this camera. This is the result of some marketing idiot and their perverse idea this item will attract new Leica buyers. Not

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 22:16 UTC

mk2 MSRP indicates Oly has little interest in growing M/43 market share with this highly spec'd new body. High price does not increase demand or exclusivity for photo equipment. Buyers simply want value for their money.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 05:56 UTC as 25th comment | 3 replies
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Alphoid: Perhaps my next camera, in half a decade, when it hits $600.

Near-perfect camera, but about double the price needed to pick up serious marketshare.

You won't have to wait that long before the M1mk2 is worth $600, More like 3 years... Cheers

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 06:14 UTC
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