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LJ - Eljot: The young lady in the picture is most probalby not showing a peace sign but just two fingers for the number 2. In the japanese language the word for 2 is "ni". When you say "ni" you smile. It is just the similar thing to "cheese" in english. So I was told once.

How about Monty Python "Ni"?

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 19:54 UTC

Dr. Evil: 2.2 BILLION dollars!!!!!

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 23:10 UTC as 27th comment
On article CES 2017: Hands-on with Nikon D5600 (322 comments in total)

"pentaprism hump" or penta-mirror hump?
I didn't expect nikon to be using solid glass pentaprism - n'est–ce pas?

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 01:07 UTC as 40th comment

Non-geek here - but has anyone been able to make a super fast mini computer using something like this? of course it needs an engine/brain, but some brilliant 10 year old might have. ; - )

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 01:03 UTC as 13th comment | 2 replies
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techjedi: With great respect, the photographer helped the assassin glamourize the murder and this photo will serve as a recruiting tool for terrorist groups. How exactly does this serve as an encouragement for pro photography? It is a great picture, but I am fairly sure the civilized world would have been no less off without it.

Our own minds "help the assassin to glamourize the murder". Your choice to glamourize or not. Think/filter/discern.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2016 at 19:35 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: $1200-2000 ILCs part 2: Full-Frame (366 comments in total)
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left eye: @DPR
re: K-1 jpeg quality

Pentax have 3 sharpening radius settings (with built in unchangeable NR), this is often missed - as other cameras don't have this radius control flexibility.

Get the image parameter screen up (-that allows control of Brightness, Contrast, Saturation etc), highlight the Sharpness control at the bottom of the list, then change the radius of the sharpening algorithm… by turning the Rear-thumb wheel to change from 'Standard' sharpness to 'Extra' sharpness.

Then dial the value down to -3 (otherwise it maybe too strong). Standard and Fine sharpness use a large radius, and apply NR (even if turned off), 'Extra' sharpness uses a tight radius and no NR (if NR is turned off).

Also manually turn off NR - even at higher ISOs
High ISO NR > Custom > set all on 1st page to off, then 2nd page increase to taste.

Do the above and in my view Pentax have the best jpeg engine; if you don't do the above it's one of the worst - it's up to you!

LeftEye... your notes should be reposted on the Pentax Forum here at DPReview and DPReview IMO could better write about Pentax JPEGS in a way that states that out of the box factory set JPEGS improves with judicious adjustments to settings or to your taste etc. Thank you for the invaluable information.
Still, DPR did tie the Pentax K-1 with the other top camera. I enjoyed this and the many great reviews here. Thank you for many jobs well done.
Nic

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2016 at 07:54 UTC
On article New kid on the block: YI M1 review (700 comments in total)
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Richard Murdey: The ability to convert RAW files to jpeg in camera is something of an emergency feature like being able to use alkaline AA batteries: technically useful, but something I have neither used nor factored in a purchasing decision for years.

These days when you can easily convert the RAW files on your phone even, I think we can safely consign the feature to history and no longer trot out a demerit if a camera is missing it.

Then there's the Gruntled-Disgruntled level bits of ungracious camera ratings

http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-dis1.htm

When does one get paid guest authorship? :- P

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2016 at 16:37 UTC
On article New kid on the block: YI M1 review (700 comments in total)
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Richard Murdey: The ability to convert RAW files to jpeg in camera is something of an emergency feature like being able to use alkaline AA batteries: technically useful, but something I have neither used nor factored in a purchasing decision for years.

These days when you can easily convert the RAW files on your phone even, I think we can safely consign the feature to history and no longer trot out a demerit if a camera is missing it.

Hi Richard,
Thank you for another fine review. Where else do we get such in depth reporting?
That's very good to know a bit more about the reviewing factor. This'll sound elementary but what would be cool would be an easy to gauge guide/cringe factor rating with your con's listings - that way everyone would know how heavily or not that con really is - sort of tongue in cheek/sort of not - maybe the cringe list would come in where truly difficult to use things pop up and weighs heavily on the score? Call it the DPreview Cringe or Binge scoring system? :- )
Cheers, Nic

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2016 at 15:32 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1301 comments in total)
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SteveNunez: Wow, I'm unimpressed.....for $2000 I thought we'd get much better detail and shadow/highlight detail retention and when compared to the old EM10 and the tiny Panny GM1, I see nearly identical results using the "comparometer".....I'm not seeing a jump in image quality to warrant a $2K price when cameras like the Sony A6500, Fuji XT2 and even the full frame Sony A7II can be had for less........this is a "no buy" for me.......for half the cost you could get the Canon M5 which seems like it would surpass this camera in still image quality............was really wanting this MKII- but not anymore. I'm sure it'll suit many buyers but the quality jump in m4/3 seems limited if this is the best Oly can do...........let's see what the GH5 can produce........if there's no jump in IQ then I see the m4/3 just stagnate or become video-centric cameras.

I gather for a super speed demon as this with improved video, it's a relatively expensive yet excellent option to have out there to choose from. What an amazing looking camera.
For pure landscape, (or even portrait or macro photographers), the Pentax K-1 FF camera is right up there at the top for image quality and worth considering IMO, especially for its pricepoint.
Edit: or even the aps-c Pentax K3II which also has pixel shift like the K-1.
I imagine a newer iteration of the K3II is in the pipeline for next year too?
Thanks.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 16:44 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1301 comments in total)

Excellent review.

Other review sites have mentioned the shutter release button to be overly sensitive ending up with much too many shots on a regular basis. I didn't see this on the cons list, was it something you didn't have issue with?
Edit: I see in the Performance page, that you did have this issue (I forgot this, but on re-reading refreshed my memory).

Thanks.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 16:35 UTC as 256th comment
On article Spoilt for choice: which Sony RX100 is right for you? (302 comments in total)

Very nice overview of the bunch. Lucky to have DPReview. Thanks!

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 01:19 UTC as 77th comment
On article 2016 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $900-1200 (352 comments in total)

It's amazing what is offered by the various manufacturers. Good cameras every direction you look. What an amazing word of photography we have.

Thank you for being here DPR :-)

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2016 at 20:56 UTC as 38th comment
On article DPReview Asks: What was your first camera? (764 comments in total)

Minolta Maxxum 2xi, 35mm AF SLR.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 15:07 UTC as 520th comment
On article Field Test: Birds in flight with the Nikon D500 (92 comments in total)

Nicely done. Thank you.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 00:58 UTC as 38th comment

Nice images.
Thanks.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2016 at 17:00 UTC as 33rd comment
On article Video: Sony a6500 First Look (339 comments in total)

May be the bee's knees for apsc.

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2016 at 15:38 UTC as 16th comment
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2663 comments in total)
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bigbikefan: If Sony don't change their stance on what represents a true DSLR design with their petty mirror-less cameras, I'd be seriously considering replacing my aging Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D with this beauty. I've tried holding in my hands all Sony's models introduced since, well, they took the charge, and only Alpha 9 feels quite convenient to operate, but that's also a yesteryear design and a set of features. Pentax K-1, being somewhat smaller than Maxxum 7D (the latter is really the best camera body ever created as far as I'm concerned) still carries a true character of a DSLR camera. Excellent control layout and features, and especially a lightning speed autofocus contribute to an amazing experience. I can't comment on all the aspects of the image quality, but so far, what I've seen is on par with all the best market contenders out there with a similar feature set in a significantly higher price bracket. Good job, Pentax!

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4060716

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2016 at 08:10 UTC
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muggicool: Pentax stole the design from this lovely "dslr" :-)

http://www.lightinthebox.com/da/digital-slr-kamera-upgradeversion-16mp-3-0-lcd-fuld-hd-med-16x-optisk-zoom-teleobjektiv-bred-engel-linse-dslr-kamera_p4543802.html?prm=1.5.1.1

Misspelled product - read "Pollo".

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2016 at 00:29 UTC
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entoman: The 645Z was and continues to be a great camera, but Fujifilm have shown the way forward with the GFX. Fujifilm are renowned for their build quality, optical quality, fine sensors and compact, stylish designs - they have a great reputation so it won't take long for them to become the medium format market leader. Pentax will have to follow suit and produce a mirrorless medium format camera now.

That's maybe a 3-5 year project in itself... unless of course, they've been hatching ideas and plans for some time.

Pentax seem to like the OVF.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2016 at 00:24 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Olympus E-M1 Mark II overview video (279 comments in total)

Some clarifications on the new camera

http://www.mirrorlessons.com/2016/09/22/olympus-om-d-e-m1-mark-ii-extra-information/

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2016 at 21:36 UTC as 11th comment
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