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On article Pentax K-3 Mark III initial review (877 comments in total)
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Johans81: If you are new to photography or invested in Another brand dont buy this camera , if you are already heavily invested in Pentax lenses buy it and you Will have a good camera for years

I think that's sage advice. I had a Pentax Spotmatic back in the day. Lovely camera. Pentax has some great lenses and I hope they succeed. But I'd be concerned about their economic viability.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2021 at 17:17 UTC
On article Sony a7C review: Compact size, big sensor image quality (2234 comments in total)
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entoman: The Sony boys will slam me for saying this, but this seems to be a step *backwards* from Sony's already mediocre ergonomics:

Shallower grip.
Three dials, but all thumb controlled.
No AF joystick.
Small EVF with no proper rubber eyepiece.

Kudos to Sony for making an almost pocketable FF camera, and one which undoubtedly will perform well, but it looks fiddly and awkward to operate.

I'm not a Sony user or fan boy but this camera has me intrigued. Sure it has a smaller grip, a smaller EVF, no AF joystick, etc. But all cameras represent some set of compromises. There are lots of options with all of those features missing here. But most of those bodies are considerably larger and heavier. And generally more expensive.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2020 at 11:50 UTC
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lnsmr: So many comments lamenting the SaaS model. Are there deeper analysis of ONA performance? In terms of pricing, this is actually pretty close to LR (the $9.99 LR comes with 1TB or PS). Does ONA perform better than LR?

There is nothing wrong with company adopting the SaaS model. Adoble profit went through the roof after switching business model, and obviously the increased profit comes out of our wallets. But that is not a bad thing. If you are willing to rent a lens for $20/day, what's the big deal paying $10/mo for LR?

I do have a problem with this cloud workflow thing. Do people actually benefit from transition between ipad and desktop? I suspect this cloud thing has more to do with Adobe wanting our files so it would be hard for us to switch. I have long resisted the LR CC flow due to speed. My raw files are 80MB each (my iPad pro crashes), and it takes forever to download/upload to have a reasonable workflow. BTW, AWS backs up photos for free with unlimited storage.

I've been using On1 Raw for quite a while. There have been growing pains but the most recent versions have been pretty stable. And I really like the integration of layers within a single application. I'm more interested in using software like this to display images on portable devices. So this seems very promising to me.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2020 at 22:11 UTC
On article Olympus 12-40mm F2.8 Pro sample gallery (229 comments in total)
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dspiljar: Please excuse my ignorance and probably a redundant question - I'm new to M43.
What is the level of compatibility of Olympus optics with Panasonic bodies (and vice versa), especially with regards to image stabilization?

Olympus lenses don't do dual stabilization on Panasonic bodies, and vice versa. IBIS works with all lenses regardless of brand. A few early Panasonic lenses had bad CA on Olympus bodies. The 7-14 f/4 was noted for this. Theoretically, Panasonic lenses will focus faster on Panasonic bodies than Olympus lenses because of DFD. I don't notice any real world difference with relatively modern lenses. I have the Olympus 12-40 and don't find any issues using it on Panasonic bodies. I certainly don't notice any difference. I'm pretty agnostic about mixing and matching between Panasonic and Olympus gear. Again, there are a few limitations and a few of the early lenses had some less than desirable habits with bodies from the other manufacturer.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2020 at 23:20 UTC
On article Olympus 12-40mm F2.8 Pro sample gallery (229 comments in total)
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Ad12: Ive started to look at M4/3 a lot. I feel for travel versatility, and low light none action shooting, IBIS could compensate for the smaller sensor than my APS-C f2.8 OS setup a little. I guess the APS-C 2.8 OS would be better, but a very small m43 setup could be so good, especially with the crop factor.

I’m unsure about the 16mp options though, the 20mp options seems as expensive as FF cameras. IBIS though makes unstabilised fast primes also so useful.

Is Panasonic or Olympus currently the best option for travel?

Of course it depends on what you value. I've used both Olympus and Panasonic bodies. Often when traveling, I try to go really light and have been using a GX9. Love my GX9 but I think if were buying an m43 body for travel right now I'd probably go for the Olympus E-M5iii. Better IBIS, better EVF, weather sealed... I've travelled with only 14-140 and PL15 f/1.7, so how much weight will you tolerate? In many situations IBIS with fast primes is a huge asset, especially for old guys like me.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2020 at 23:05 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T4 review (1490 comments in total)
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Max Iso: Damn, Fuji just threw down the gauntlet. I see this as a big adversary to the EM1III. Both have very good IBIS, only $100 between them body only, with the Fuji surely having the better video spec and AF, while the Olympus has that amazing HHHR. The Fuji has a bigger sensor and better EVF as well.

Another advantage for the Olympus IMO though is they tend to have better prices available on lenses where Fuji are lacking in the moderately priced stuff.

I shoot m43 and have since the original E-M5. I often prefer a small, light, and inconspicuous kit. I'm currently using a GX9 and G9. The Fuji system was very undeveloped when I bought into m43. IBIS is often sneered at by folks who've never used it. And for some types of photography it's totally useless. But, I've found it indispensable. IMO, the XT-4 is a really compelling camera. I have a bunch of m43 gear and have no plans to change systems, but if I were buying now? I've thought of adding a FF as a complement to, not a replacement for, my m43 gear.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2020 at 11:05 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T4 review (1490 comments in total)
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LingoDingo: I had high hopes for this new X-T4 camera but then found out that it still has the same video recording limitations as the X-T3 does. ( 4K 60p has a 20 minute limit, while every other format has a 30 minute recording limit )

I shoot live events from time to time, so I need a camera that can record for at least 2-3 hours...

Also, why did they get rid of the headphone jack ??? ( you only get it back when you add the battery grip )

A complete aside triggered by comments about film length: Have any of you watched Hitchcock's movie "The Rope." There were a few cuts, though they are well hidden. It basically all takes place in a single room.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2020 at 10:57 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T4 review (1490 comments in total)
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Daft Punk: I have three full frame systems on the go - Panasonic, Nikon and Canon.

I also have an XT3.

I’ve been a photographer for 35 years.

I will say this - this Fuji is all the camera 99% of people on this site need.

Given most people look at images online, seldom print and tend not to find themselves in extreme situations, most people saying “ I wish it was Full Frame” are kidding themselves that it would make a difference to their photography.

This Fuji is a fine camera. It’s video features are very compelling. I think i will buy a couple of them.

You make far too much sense for DPReview. Be careful or you could get banned.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2020 at 10:48 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T4 review (1490 comments in total)
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goldiethedog: to be fair i'd be 100% annoyed 100% of the time that a lens that says 35mm on the front doesn't align with my expected FOV.

There's really nothing about the 135 format that should make it some kind of gold standard regarding focal length. 4 x 5 inch, 8 x 10 inch, 6 x 6 cm, and likely many other formats predated 135. It was first used for film and then pretty arbitrarily chosen for the first SLRs. The field of view differs for all formats. One could view 135 as a "crop" of larger formats. It just kind of became a de-facto standard for describing he field of view.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2020 at 10:45 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T4 review (1490 comments in total)
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philo123: Really like Fuji and great specs on this latest release. However, lets be honest virtually all bodies from M4/3 through to FF can create great images. Me personally, after switching around different systems, realise that "investing" in lenses is now my preferred option. Well done Fuji though

Yep. We have tons of great systems from which to choose. And great images are great because of the story they tell, not because of the camera that made them.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2020 at 13:04 UTC
On article Leica M10 Monochrom sample gallery (DPReview TV) (173 comments in total)
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Alwina H: Great colors.

Oversaturated out of the camera. Red channel is a little overcooked too.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2020 at 22:12 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 III (189 comments in total)
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Fred the Swede: How do you readers view this camera in relation not only to the mark II but also in relation to the Panasonic G9 which can be purchased on and off for under 1000 EUR in Europe? This has a huge 0.83x OLED EVF and many headline sports features as well and the same mount (though the AF does require Panasonic lenses for good AF performance).

I've not used the E-M1ii, but have several Olympus bodies. II bought a G9; it's about the size of APA-C dSLRs; larger than the E-M1ii or iii. It lacks live time, bulb, and comp; great features for lower long exposure photography. OTOH, the 6K photo features on the G9 are great. .Ergonomics are very idiosyncratic but I find the handling and control layout of the G9 excellent. I also like the Panasonic menu system and touch screen lcd better than any Olympus body I've used, though, if you're comfortable with one system, either is going to present a bit of a learning curve. Yes, the EVF has a lot of pin cushion distortion. It's also big and bright. And, it works with polarized sunglasses, which is actually a huge deal for me. My suggestion would be to make a list of the features on each camera that you think would be especially useful for your style, and try to handle the bodies if possible, because there just is no other way to get a feel for how the ergonomics will work for you.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2020 at 19:01 UTC
On article Hands-on with Olympus' tiny 12-45mm F4 Pro lens (199 comments in total)
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paul613: The new lens has a maximum equivalent magnification of 0.5x at both ends of the zoom. For most of us, that means we can leave our macro lens at home ... or we can not buy a macro at all. That's a game changer.

I didn't pick up on the 35mm equivalent clause. I did just look at specs for the 12-40 and 12-45. On the 12-40 it's just under 7.9 inches and just one 4.7" on the 12-45. I think of the 12-40 as having pretty close focusing distance. It's around 9.8 on the Lumix 12-35.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2020 at 12:56 UTC
On article Hands-on with Olympus' tiny 12-45mm F4 Pro lens (199 comments in total)
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paul613: The new lens has a maximum equivalent magnification of 0.5x at both ends of the zoom. For most of us, that means we can leave our macro lens at home ... or we can not buy a macro at all. That's a game changer.

Specs seem to imply the magnification is constant. I don’t recall the numbers but minimum focus distance is much closer at 12 than at 45mm.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2020 at 00:58 UTC
On article Hands-on with Olympus' tiny 12-45mm F4 Pro lens (199 comments in total)
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TN Args: This looks like the replacement for the 12-50 Oly that was much needed.

It would seem to, at least in spirit. I believe they listed that lens at $500 as a stand alone lens. I'm not sure it's sold anymore. I had one with an original E-M5. Optically, it was the worst lens I've ever used. I suspect this will be much better.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2020 at 16:51 UTC
On article Hands-on with Olympus' tiny 12-45mm F4 Pro lens (199 comments in total)
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paul613: The new lens has a maximum equivalent magnification of 0.5x at both ends of the zoom. For most of us, that means we can leave our macro lens at home ... or we can not buy a macro at all. That's a game changer.

Agreed. The close focusing capabilities make the lens much more attractive. 12mm would give a pretty unique perspective for a lot of close focus work. Won't replace a true macro lens for folks that are doing true macro work. But I could see this really being a useful tool for many, including me.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2020 at 16:41 UTC
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justmeMN: "...rather than a revolutionary advancement." -DPR

Camera companies don't do revolutionary advancements.

What would be revolutionary, at this point? Organic sensor? Global sensor? I'm not sure that even the really high mp sensors are really revolutionary. I just don't see much camera tech I'd really call revolutionary these days. I do agree that this one doesn't look like it's going to bring much of anything new. Perhaps with the plastic body they're aiming to bring many of the E-M1ii to the market in a lighter and less expensive body.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2019 at 22:16 UTC
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dbateman: I am really surprised an aperture ring wasn't added to place it in line with other Leica branded lenses.
This needed an aperture ring announced with a classic body using ISO and shutter dials.

Hopefully the lens hood has been upgraded.

That might have required a complete redesign? It's fundamentally the same optical design as the earlier version.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2019 at 22:54 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII Review (992 comments in total)
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kobakokh: very good rating system - this tiny sensor camera rating is higher then Fujifilm GFX 50S Review (!!!), Canon 5Dm3, Nikon Z6 and Z7, Nikon D7500 and many other aps-c and FF cameras... Bravo!

Richard, this may not be the place to ask, but have you ever considered dropping the % rating and gold/silver awards. I just don't see that it adds anything other than stimulating arguments and inane comments trying to use that summary to compare cameras in completely different categories. And frankly, I'm much more concerned about how well or poorly a camera meets my needs than some numerical rating that would seem to be of limited interpretation. My camera got an 89 and yours only got an 87; mine's better. What does an 89% vs 87% mean? As a statistician, I'd say nothing.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2019 at 22:12 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-G95/G90 Review (687 comments in total)
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dpr4bb: That DFD wobble is no good.

Everyone craps on CDAF and I wonder if this is from personal experience or if it's just become one of those things everyone knows from reading reviews. Yes, the best PDAF and PDAF/CDAF hybrid systems are clearly better for CAF. Yes the earlier CDAF only systems were pretty awful at CAF and my experience is that the Olympus CDAF only systems still are. And yes when using CDAF in CAF there can be a slight wobble. The BUT is that CDAF generally never suffers from back focus and front focus. They will lock focus on the highest contrast area in your focus area. And the current systems are dang fast. For most general use, I think it's a much better system. I hear folks complaining about front/back focus issues all the time with PDAF only systems. And the CAF on the newer Panasonic bodies has improved greatly as well. If you do lots of sports or birds in flight kind of stuff, CDAF only systems are still disadvantaged. But for almost all other uses it's simply not an issue.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2019 at 11:49 UTC
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