Greg VdB

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Joined on Sep 6, 2002

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Gmon750: What a rigged test. The iMacPro is NOT for photography. Are the editors and iHaters just itching to find any fault, even if it means skewing the results?

This is a workstation. Not some high-end home PC. It's designed for rendering and video, which clearly the results show that the author could not mask with smoke and mirrors.

This just goes to show the levels that people will go through to forward their iHating agenda. Test that Alienware setup with the the same WORKloads that the iMac Pro was designed for and come back when you're dealing with "reality".

Only people with money to burn will by an iMac Pro for games, or photo editing, or surfing the Internet and obviously, DPReview editors.

I give you haters less than one minute before you prove your ignorance by referring to me as some "fanboy" because I expect fair and unbiased reviews.

Why did you go off on a mega-rant when you basically agree with the reviewer?

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2018 at 21:24 UTC
On article A letter from the Publisher (332 comments in total)
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Greg VdB: Best of luck in your new role, Scott, and happy New Year to the DPR team and readers!

On the topic of lens reviews: I'll be happy to see those, but frankly, to present us with good data, you'd have to test like Roger Cicala does. There are several other sites that offer decent "single lens reviews", but Roger has clearly demonstrated that sample variation is so significant that numbers off a single test unit are almost nonsensical.

Color me intrigued!

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2018 at 19:08 UTC
On article A letter from the Publisher (332 comments in total)

Best of luck in your new role, Scott, and happy New Year to the DPR team and readers!

On the topic of lens reviews: I'll be happy to see those, but frankly, to present us with good data, you'd have to test like Roger Cicala does. There are several other sites that offer decent "single lens reviews", but Roger has clearly demonstrated that sample variation is so significant that numbers off a single test unit are almost nonsensical.

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2018 at 16:34 UTC as 110th comment | 5 replies
On article Why you should own a 135mm F2 lens (383 comments in total)

The 135's also make for very capable astrophotography lenses, especially the Samyang and CZ with their great sharpness and negligeable optical aberations. My next purchase will most likely be the Samyang 135mm and a tracker like the Star Adventurer Mini.

Link | Posted on Jan 2, 2018 at 19:36 UTC as 111th comment | 1 reply
On article Grand Canyon time lapse records rare cloud inversion (127 comments in total)

Rare it is not, beautiful it is!

(sorry, saw Star Wars yesterday...)

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2017 at 09:17 UTC as 28th comment
On article 2017 in review: a look back at May (26 comments in total)
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ChatBot: Am I the only one who didn't think the photo of Jupiter was very beautiful? I think a close-up of one storm might be more beautiful than a hemispherical shot. I know, I know, "to each his own", "beauty is in the eye of the beholder", "it is all subjective", yes we have all heard that before.

Check out the second image here: http://www.syfy.com/syfywire/magnificent-chaos-reigns-at-jupiters-poles

Link | Posted on Dec 24, 2017 at 18:15 UTC
On article Microsoft Surface Book 2 vs Apple MacBook Pro (10 comments in total)
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Robert Zanatta: He states that LR import and preview building is much faster on the Mac because of its faster storage. From what I can remember reading, the storage speed shouldn't have much of an effect on this; it's processing speed that's the main factor. Is he correct in his assertion?

It's one thing people always seem to underestimate: fast storage. A while ago I updated my 2008-ish Desktop to have the OS and other programs run from an SSD, and suddenly it was faster than a 2014 laptop I had. That laptop has been replaced by a mediocre-CPU one with 32 GB of RAM and a fast SSD for the programs + a 2 TB HDD for data. If I'd gotten a more expensive CPU at the cost of slower memory/storage, the performace would have gone down.

That said, latest-generation CPU's do have the advantage of consuming less power, as Nasim notes in his review.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2017 at 06:41 UTC
On article Microsoft Surface Book 2 vs Apple MacBook Pro (10 comments in total)
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SarahTerra: Oh look it’s a review site doing ...OMG A REVIEW.... wonder if Dpreview will ever get around to doing this too instead of just advertising product announcements

Funny thing is that Photography Life is foremost a landscape/travel photography technique website rather than a review website :-)

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2017 at 06:31 UTC
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turretless: Tools and their money...

Fools and their memory cards...

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 17:43 UTC
On article Have your say: Best smartphone of 2017 (58 comments in total)

I bought my first smartphone this year: a 65 € marvel of chinese origins (the Ulefone U007 Pro, fwiw ). The main camera has an 8 MP Sony sensor, it has a very decent 5" screen, and is perfectly suitable for my needs. Needless to say it's *my* smartphone of the year!

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 13:23 UTC as 15th comment
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ChatBot: Wait a minute, how old can these be? The mouse was around back in 2011 but was submitted for a 2017 contest.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/zampa_natureview/5517921764/

This is just for fun, really.

From the award's Terms and Conditions: "You must have taken the picture yourself within the last 99 years. (...) There are no restrictions on entering images that have been published before."

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 07:09 UTC

My favourite photo contest of the year, simply because it puts a smile to everyone's face, and that's very rare these days!

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 07:04 UTC as 20th comment
On article Have your say: Best compact camera of 2017 (142 comments in total)
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TonyC5D: Exactly where are we supposed to vote? All I see is the results panel.

I feel like I should get a prize for that. Maybe have your son buy me the winning camera? :-)

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 06:01 UTC
On article Have your say: Best compact camera of 2017 (142 comments in total)
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TonyC5D: Exactly where are we supposed to vote? All I see is the results panel.

Could it be that someone already voted using your IP? Are you at work/school/home where others frequent DPR?

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 21:19 UTC
On article Have your say: Best compact camera of 2017 (142 comments in total)

You'd have to be quite the salesman to successfully pitch the RX10 as "compact"...

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 12:20 UTC as 36th comment | 3 replies
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (527 comments in total)

Shall we focus next year on becoming better photographers?

Wrong site, I know ;-)

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2017 at 16:57 UTC as 67th comment | 1 reply
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Olymguy: I made some comments/critics on the test method and did a wee little analysis for the given data here in the following link, hope it would be helpful for some of you readers and enthusiasts:

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4233205#forum-post-60484443

I applaude your effort to annalyze the data with proper statistical methods. However, to make the results interesting to the average person, you should add explanations on the meaning and merrit of each plot.

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2017 at 06:00 UTC
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HB1969: Looks like an impressive lens.
I think the "meteor" he points to (around 9:25 mark) might actually be a satelite.

According to my phone's stopwatch, the meteor in the video lasted around 0.8 second, which is quite normal for a decent fireball meteor. Note that the distance travelled would have seemed much longer in real life than it appears in the video, as a result of the compression due to the ultra-wide field of view of the lens. Having observed multiple meteor showers each year for the past five years, I also don't recall seeing a meteor that noticeably decreased it's speed as it flared - though such observations are difficult to be certain of, considering their fleeting nature...

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 23:08 UTC
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Greg VdB: All fine with me, as long as Roger Cicala keeps having enough time to produce his fabulous test reports.

Thanks for clarifying, Roger. I consider that great news for the photography (and videography) community!

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 19:25 UTC

All fine with me, as long as Roger Cicala keeps having enough time to produce his fabulous test reports.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 15:43 UTC as 16th comment | 8 replies
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