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On article Nikon D5600 review: making connectivity a snap? (346 comments in total)
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samfan: I still like the DSLR format, even in this class. I prefer a OVF over EVF most of the time.

But I've always felt the 5x00 line is such an odd duck. Still has all of the disadvantages of the 3x00 line (only AF-S lenses support, weak viewfinder, limited controls) while the cost tends to be quite a bit higher.

And furthermore even these smallish DSLRs are still quite gigantic compared to the MILCs such as the Oly M10 or Sony A6x00. I know it's an advantage for some users but also quite a hard sell for most who are looking for a small ILC.

I think the D5x00 series really needs to improve, almost to the level of the D7x00 series - at the very least add a 2nd roller and some extra bits. The times of the D40 are long gone.

And D3x00 on the other hand really needs to get smaller and probably lose the mirror. Yea, I'm not saying anything new, I know.

I am continually using the 2nd dial to control exposure compensation when in either aperture (most of the time) or shutter priority. If using strobes I'm usually in full manual. The ability to do that with a 2nd dial without mucking around with anything that might require me to take my eyes away from the viewfinder is darn important to me. Heck, I'd like a 3rd dial dedicated to iso. We all have our own individual needs and wants, and sometimes it's just that we've not learned another way, but two control dials is an important ergonomic feature for me.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 23:11 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1570 comments in total)
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ovlov: I find it interesting that Sony continues to keep the A-mount on life support. What's really needed is a revamped lens lineup. I left the A-mount for the EF-mount years ago partially because scrounging ebay for used Minolta lenses gets old. Some of the issues that required service visits to Laredo got old too.

All these years later Sony still doesn't seem to have a road map for the A-mount.

I wouldn't consider buying into the A-mount system at this point. I was surprised we saw another A mount body. Sony has some great tech and this is likely a terrific camera. But they just seem to veer one way, then another, then another. The APS-C bodies are very attractive and small, and light. But they have seemed to have stopped developing lenses for APS-C sensors that compliment those bodies. Sure, EF lenses work, but they don't compliment the bodies.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 16:33 UTC
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TheDarmok74: I wish dpr would show more consistency when talking about sensors.
In the review of the Panasonic GM5, a camewra that's over 2 years old, they said "sensor is starting to look dated". 2 years on in the G80 review that doesn't bother them- 2 years on!
As for the 20 MP sensor used here: in this article it's a nice step up, in another review they said the difference is almost indiscernable.
So what is it now? Sesnor resolution coupled with aspect ratio IS an issue in micro 43.
Personally I don't care that much and am happily awaiting my E-M10 Mk II arriving tomorrow, but a review site should make its mind up, I think.

I think the DPR reviews have really slipped. They are not consistent. The raw files they posted for the E-M1ii were processed using a beta version of ACR. I've seen them post in one of their comment sections that the final results would likely be different. Yet, folks are evaluating the camera based on the beta processed files. They also use different lenses and don't really identify the lenses they use. Lenses are at least as important in evaluating IQ as sensors.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2016 at 12:01 UTC
On article Bang for the Buck: Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Review (717 comments in total)
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1ManMusic: Please help me. I shoot a lot of macro. I was shooting with the Panasonic Lumix ZS40, but it died after a little more than a year. Since I forgot to buy the extended warranty, I now have a worthless piece of Panasonic gear.

By the way, is buying the extended warranty recommended here?

I always assumed that the transition to digital interchangeable would be prohibitive in cost. However, another photographer convinced me to THINK before I bought another point-and-shoot. I was finally convinced when he told me that mirrorless rigs are more readily adaptable to my Minolta MD/MC system lenses than DSLR.

After investigating and reading and comparing, I landed on a great deal for a refurbished E-M10. I do not get anywhere near the sharp images I got from the Lumix P&S. Everything on close magnification is fuzzy no matter what I do. This is with the kit 14-42 and adapted MD/MC lenses. I am returning it for a refund.

Is this species or specimen? Does the Mark II do any better?

I see you've not had any comments. You may get more help if you post on the micro 4/3 forum. I have an E-M10 and it's certainly capable of producing very sharp images. You either have a faulty camera, a faulty lens, or it's user error. Post some pics with settings and such in the micro 43 forum and you might get more help.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2016 at 22:18 UTC
On article Modest Updates: Nikon D3400 Review (379 comments in total)

Seems like an excellent sensor wrapped in a very disappointing, and downgraded, body. What are they thinking removing the sensor cleaning mechanism? Perhaps they think anyone buying this will only use the kit lens. A kit lens that doesn't even come close to exploiting the sensor. The 3300 seems like a better overall package.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2016 at 13:27 UTC as 56th comment | 4 replies

Should make a nice 4 x 6 print if you keep the iso low.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2016 at 23:02 UTC as 50th comment | 1 reply
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JamesD28: Can we please just stop the camera war for one moment. I can't remember the last time I viewed an article about a new camera and didn't see "Nikon has better DR", "Canon colours", "Sony sensors are a holy relic and a sacrifice must be offered for maximum resolution" etc etc.

Canon is great. Nikon is great. Sony is great. Pentax is great. Fujifilm is great. Stop the petty arguments and take a moment to appreciate how far technology has come.

Yep, no one every took a good picture with a D40 and no one will ever take a good picture with the 5D iv. The tools and technology currently available is amazing. And it comes in all kinds of flavors and with different sized sensors. My photography is far more limited by my lack of creativity and time than any technology. People take great pictures with cell phones, small sensor compact cameras, SLRs that are by now generations old., and sometimes even with the best currently available technology. They also make cruddy, boring photographs with the best technology available. Yep, every new camera brings out the brand/format wars. New technology is fun, but the vast majority of us would be better off practicing the art of photography rather than focusing on the technology.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 12:03 UTC
On article Samsung NX500 shown as discontinued (273 comments in total)
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petr marek: I have mine already ...
NX1 and NX500 have really no competition in price/value/technology ...
Are some of the Samsung shareholders or top managers from rival companies to make such a brand damaging decision - give up when becoming respected leader in technology?

The technology was very good but it's a dang tough market to break into. Competition and historical momentum from Canon and Nikon are tough to challenge. And I looked at the bodies and thought they were real nice, but until the end the system was very limited. And with interchangeable lens cameras you need a system to sell bodies and you need to sell bodies to make it profitable to expand the system. I do think it would make good sense for someone like Nikon to buy the technology. Could really jump start their entry into the mirrorless market, if they want to go there.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2016 at 12:48 UTC
On article Worth the wait? A look inside the Pentax K-1 (643 comments in total)
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Mrrowe8: We often throw the word game changer out there .. "IF" This camera is all that the bill says it is .. is about to kick the door down and take Nikon Canons ,and possibly Sony's lunch money .. I am not a Pentax home boy , in fact I am only loyal to the manufacturer that gives me most quality image bang for my buck .. And this monster in the weeds might capture my money as I am in market to upgrade ..after much reading and research I was landing on either D750 or D500 Nikon , but this may have thrown one of those cameras outta the boat .. And start DSLR Thunderdome.. 2 cameras enter one camera leaves

Certainly looks like a very compelling camera. As an Olympus shooter I find the IBIS really valuable in many situations. Put a fast prime on a FF body with good IBIS, and... But I agree with the thoughts that it'll be hard for Pentax to acquire much market share. Folks invested in systems have lots of inertia to not jump systems. Canon, Nikon, and Sony all have much more name recognition and market presence. Just very skeptical that any company without a huge marketing budget can jump into the current FF market with much success. Looks like a heck of a body, however.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 18:23 UTC
On article Bang for the Buck: Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Review (717 comments in total)
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stupidisanart: The lack of weather sealing is a deal breaker for me, this would have be a great camera as a walk around otherwise.

Do you really expect a camera in this market segment to be weather sealed?

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2015 at 16:54 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Review (481 comments in total)
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Valentinian: the specs comparison table seems to show that the E M-10 lcd is the tilting type. Isn't it fully articulated?

Nope, tilting. Of the OMDs, only the E-M5ii is fully articulated. I prefer the tilting LCD, though I can see that some folks would prefer the full articulated LCD.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2015 at 23:12 UTC
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Top Dog Imaging: An opportunity to purchase twice the camera for half the price of a T6/s or T6/i:

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 I (kit lens included), $499 at B & H.

See the DPR "studio scene" and compare the output between the T6 Rebels and the Olympus OM-D E-M5.

BTW, The Oly has 5-Axis Image Stabilization, it's dust and weather sealed, and it's constructed from magnesium and aluminum alloys. The electronic viewfinder is very good.

The OM-D E-M5 debuted in 2012.

As to depth of field differences between 2 factor m43 and 1.6 crop factor APS-C, there's not a huge difference. Assuming an equivalent field of view (not focal length but equivalent focal length), an m43 body at f/2, a 1.6 crop factor APS-c body at f2.5, and a FF body at f/4 all have about the same depth of field. So the difference between m43 and 1.6 crop APS-C, in terms of depth of field, is only about 2/3 of a stop. Perhaps meaningful but not substantial. If you want narrow depth of field, FF is really the way to go.

Link | Posted on May 29, 2015 at 17:27 UTC
On article A second glance: two takes on the Leica X (403 comments in total)
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Glen Barrington: When I was 20, I would have killed for a Leica, but now that I'll be turning 65 in a week, I find, oddly, I have absolutely zero interest in owning a Leica. I don't need a beautiful, well built, reasonably competent, digital camera that is obsolete within 2 months of its release.

I feel I can get by with an uglier, less well built, but still reasonably competent camera that is obsolete within 2 months of its release.

Besides, most of my friends who would likely be impressed with my owning a Leica are either dead or confused by my inability to give up the passions of my adolescence. A couple are just confused.

My new E-M10 will likely last until I'm dead. And after that, it won't matter much, will it?

I've never touched a Leica, and perhaps if I hadd I'd feel differently. But it strikes me that if you buy a Leica you're paying a heck of a lot for that red dot. But, I don't get the attraction to really expensive watches either.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2014 at 12:40 UTC
On article Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review (510 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Should the lack of an accessory port be a negative for the EM10?

Ask yourself why the accessory port exists....

1. To attach a flash
2. To attach a Penpal WIFI connector
3. To attach a microphone

The EM10 has all three built right in, making the accessory port totally unnecessary. And by removing it, Olympus "toned down" the hump, which was actually makes the EM10 look more like an OM1 than the EM5 does.

You can still use external strobes. There is a hot shoe and the built in flash will work as a trigger to fire off camera strobes in RC mode. To my knowledge, the only flash that even uses the accessory port is the small flash that comes with the E-M1 and E-M5 (and probably with the P-L7).

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 10:34 UTC
On article Sony drops list price of Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 (201 comments in total)
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wallbreaker: rx10 was overpriced from the beginning...thanks panasonic

I thought so too. Seemed like a great concept for a lot of folks who wanted a good non-interchangeable lens camera, but I thought the price was too high for that market.

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2014 at 09:51 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review (862 comments in total)
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JJLMD: Canon and Nikon are tomorrow's IBM and Kodak unless they undergo an extreme makeover. I rekindled this hobby in earnest about 2 years ago after decades of disinterest. When I started researching gear, I started researching only Canon and Nikon but it didn't take me very long to realize that Sony, Fujifilm and Olympus were making the most exciting products. Look, there are still people who still see Cadillac as THE prestige brand so it'll take awhile but there's no doubt in my mind that Canon and Nikon are on the same path as IBM and Kodak. These companies were once dominant and during their reign, it was unimaginable they would fall all the way to the bottom.

I generally agree with the trend. Canon and Nikon have generally been very conservative in terms of technology innovation over the past several years. And when they have "innovated" the designes have generally not been well conceived. The Canon mirrorless is a prime example. They have the most comprehensive systems and the systems have been the bread and butter tools of most working professionals. Most working professionals care less about innovation than have stable and reliable systems that meet their needs. But it also stifles innovation. They have well established user bases and name recognition that will carry them for some time. But I do think they are clearly loosing the technology innovation battle right now. Heck, if Sony could get their act together with lenses they'd really have a compelling product. Very innovative bodies but the lens lineup can be a little thin.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2014 at 22:27 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 Review (346 comments in total)
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itsastickup: It's a beautiful camera.


Show me the bokeh, show me the bokeh, show me the bokeh!!!

And not at $900, FFS. These clowns won't crack mirroless until they realise that the common man wants everything but his kid's face out of focus. And he gets it from APS-C for less than $200

How much less DOF does APS-C have than m43 at approximately equal effective focal lengths? The difference is a bit less than 1 stop.

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2014 at 23:07 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 Review (346 comments in total)
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nathondetroit: I miss the days when cameras used to suck—I mean REALLY suck. Back when megapixels doubled weekly and ISO 200 was intolerable. Those reviews were exciting.

Now I just think, “Wow, most people will never take interesting pictures with this.”

Don't know that I agree with missing the days when cameras really sucked, but I do agree with your bottom line. We have tons of amazing tools, some better at certain tasks than others, but so many wonderful cameras. But I sense many don't get used in ways that produce very interesting images.

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2014 at 21:45 UTC
On article DPReview Gear of the Year Part 3: Olympus OM-D E-M1 (394 comments in total)
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Jim Salvas: Following the enthusiastic reviews on DPReview and the user reports in the forums i will be buying an EM-1 outfit in January to replace my D300 and its big bag of lenses. The only reason for the delay is that I will receive about $4,000 from an investment in early January, all of which will go toward the new outfit.

For the next month, I expect to go through the tradeoff comparisons, figuring out how best to allocate that money on lenses and other accessories.

One thing I'm afraid to leave behind is the excellent Nikon flash system, as my SB800 and SB600 have been responsible for some of my best images over the last four years. I am a big believer in creating my own light, but I see very little in the Olympus reviews or user reports about the flash system. Will I be disappointed?

You might be disappointed. I've not used the Nikon flash system but by reputation it's the best going. I find rc flash mode with the Oly system generally satisfactory but it sometimes misses badly. I know there are some debates on the forums but many of us find the system tends to underexpose in TTL mode. Seems to really want to protect highlights. Slave and manual flash work as expected. I love the system but I think you'll have some adjustments coming from the Nikon system.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2013 at 22:14 UTC
On article Camera roundups: What to buy and why (286 comments in total)
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photo nuts: There seems to be a massive push by DPReview to promote mirrorless cameras. Just saying. :)

well there's lots of subjectivity. That's what I see when I really try to compare. But I tire of the "almost as good as APS- C was a decade ago" kind of response. The technical IQ of all these cameras is amazing. Mostly, real image quality is far more limited by operator skills. And I know that's true about my photography.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2013 at 20:56 UTC
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