Greg VdB

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Joined on Sep 6, 2002

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John Vickers: Sorry DPR, this is lightweight clickbait.

No need to appologize, John, lots of comments are.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2016 at 16:40 UTC

I'd kinda be happy for the same to happen to pbase, which I've been using since 2002, but hasn't seen any real development in the past decade...

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2016 at 10:09 UTC as 1st comment
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sportyaccordy: Now the big question. Do you think these were taken as single shots, or captures out of the series of a burst?

Indeed! And with fast-paced action, they have to be able to press the shutter-release button up to fourteen times per second, so you can recognize the best sports photographers by their huge index fingers :-)

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2016 at 13:49 UTC
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moranjr: I am not sure these photos were shot at the same instance. They look one stride apart to me . https://www.dpreview.com/galleries/4780558529/photos/3502127/one-stride-apart

Why, yes, Cameron took his shot about half a stride earlier than Kai, going by the athletes' legs and the background. They cover 100 meters in less than 10 seconds, so as Allison said - captured "a fraction of a second apart"...

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2016 at 13:26 UTC

The interesting thing here is how the workings of the internet make that one photo becomes credited(/used?) more than the other. Sure, you could split hairs in a direct comparison and conclude that one pic is better than the other, but in terms of newsworthiness and viral-ability (is that even a word?), they are absolute equals.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2016 at 13:15 UTC as 64th comment
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sportyaccordy: Now the big question. Do you think these were taken as single shots, or captures out of the series of a burst?

As bursts of course - why would a professional risk missing the "moment décisif" when present day technology makes sure they won't?

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2016 at 13:06 UTC
On article Canon EOS-1D X Mark II: What you need to know (144 comments in total)
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Alexis D: Are we going to get a "What you need to know" article after every review of a camera by DPReview from now on?

Why is such info not included in the review itself? Already we have several articles for the same camera besides the main review, like Hands-On, Field Test, Real World Sample, and now another one?

I for one don't have a problem with the new format, Carey. One thing I would suggest though is to make it more apparent on the Camera pages:
- in the camera hub, add something like "Camera highlights" above or below "Read review";
- on the camera page itself, add "Highlights" as one of the section titles (atm "What you need to know" is just shown in the "Product timeline" section, but this is pretty much lost on the page)

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2016 at 08:52 UTC
On article Canon EOS-1D X Mark II: What you need to know (144 comments in total)
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Nick Brundle - Photography: Looking forward to the new Canon 5D Mk IV coming on August 25, 2016, the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III & the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II.
That is news.....

If that date is correct (and it might well be), I'm sure DPR staff are at this very moment playing with one or more toys that they can't tell about due to a press embargo.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2016 at 19:57 UTC
On article Canon EOS-1D X Mark II: What you need to know (144 comments in total)
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Nobby2016: why don´t you let a working professional, someone who has a real clue, write such articles?

get a canon pro sports photographer to write about his experience with the 1 DX II.... get a nikon pro sports photographer to write an article about the D5.

i doubt that you guys at DPreview, sitting at your desk most of the time, have as much experience with the cameras as they have.

I agree Chris, but the OP asked for articles by sports photographers, oblivious to the fact that DPR have done so already for one of his requested cameras. That said, for really tough challenges that demand the most of a camera's abilities, contact wildlife photographers...

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2016 at 13:40 UTC
On article Canon EOS-1D X Mark II: What you need to know (144 comments in total)
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Nobby2016: why don´t you let a working professional, someone who has a real clue, write such articles?

get a canon pro sports photographer to write about his experience with the 1 DX II.... get a nikon pro sports photographer to write an article about the D5.

i doubt that you guys at DPreview, sitting at your desk most of the time, have as much experience with the cameras as they have.

Also, unlike you (I guess), I enjoyed Barney and Carey's recent field test, but if you *must* have an opinion of a "real" pro:
https://www.ormsdirect.co.za/blog/2016/04/25/canon-eos-1d-x-mark-ii-review-with-sports-photographer-kent-locke/

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2016 at 12:42 UTC
On article Canon EOS-1D X Mark II: What you need to know (144 comments in total)
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Nobby2016: why don´t you let a working professional, someone who has a real clue, write such articles?

get a canon pro sports photographer to write about his experience with the 1 DX II.... get a nikon pro sports photographer to write an article about the D5.

i doubt that you guys at DPreview, sitting at your desk most of the time, have as much experience with the cameras as they have.

Nikon D5...
https://www.dpreview.com/opinion/2791960115/nikon-d5-a-pro-photographers-opinion

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2016 at 12:33 UTC
On article Review: Simple Booth Event Edition photo booth app (21 comments in total)
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Eric Hensel: I don't get it, I don't want it, and will argue vehemently with anyone who does.

The "each to their own" approach is only difficult to adhere to if you personally have problems to respect the "each to their own" approach...

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2016 at 14:08 UTC

Some nice pictures here - not too shabby for a collection of techheads ;-)

And not that it's a competition, but my personal top-3 is:
1) #10 (Wenmei's girl with fountain)
2) #29 (Rishi's motorcross rider)
3) #24 (Samuel's industrial reflection)

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2016 at 00:48 UTC as 25th comment | 2 replies

That camera used in the re-creation... is that a Hasselblad with full mahogany shell?

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 06:30 UTC as 39th comment | 1 reply
On article 6 tips for better wildflower photos (58 comments in total)
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Gray Photography: Great tips. Too bad you published them a month or two after the flowers bloomed. Timeliness is everything boys and girls.

Try Cotopaxi National Park in Equador - a friend of mine has been working in that area the past year and has shot some splendid wildflower-mountain scenes there. If you want to broaden your horizons further, a blooming Atacama desert after a wet Winter is quite the spectacle, and even as far south as Patagonia you can find beautiful wildflowers.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2016 at 13:51 UTC

Nicely balanced article, Richard. And I love the sixth image - in my mind the a6300 is saying something like "I'm more pocketable and have better ima...", when the 80D shouts "IT DOESN'T MATTER!!" over it.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2016 at 13:17 UTC as 85th comment
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Nobby2016: i owned the A6000 for quite some time, then i decided to update to the A6300 this year. mainly becasue of the 4K video... boy what a disappointment.

not that the quality is bad but i was visiting the USA this year (arizona, texas) and i had constantly overheating problems.
and i did not even shoot 30 min at once.
but filming a few minutes, stopping for 20 seconds, flliming again for a few minutes was enough to oveheat the A6300. i was very disappointed to be honest.

Good idea to choose one's vacations according to the specific qualities of one's camera ;-)

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2016 at 12:55 UTC
On article 6 tips for better wildflower photos (58 comments in total)
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Gray Photography: Great tips. Too bad you published them a month or two after the flowers bloomed. Timeliness is everything boys and girls.

On top of that, they bloom all year around near the equator, and Spring is approaching in regions even further South.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2016 at 17:53 UTC
On article 6 tips for better wildflower photos (58 comments in total)
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RichyjV: Sprinkle with Orton effect too it seems :)

Enjoyable introductory article, but yeah... that second shot in particular - ouch!

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2016 at 15:03 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: when studio lenses retire (203 comments in total)
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Richard Murdey: "Hopefully you're a fan of hexagonal bokeh"

Those, Carey, are septagons.

"Septagon: A polygon with seven sides and seven angles; a heptagon.
Usage notes: Because septagon is formed by combining Latin septem, seven, with Greek (gonia), angle, it is considered by many to be very much inferior to the normal synonym heptagon which has a fully Greek etymology."

Sorry :-)

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2016 at 12:48 UTC
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