peterpainter

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Great stuff, thanks. Even I understood it!

Link | Posted on May 22, 2017 at 15:49 UTC as 32nd comment
On article Canon EOS M6 Review (383 comments in total)

So what is this telling those of us who aren't looking at the M6 as a 2nd body or for v-logging? Look elsewhere for a camera or look elsewhere for a review of this one? I must admit I don't like the format of the review at all. I understand the idea of targetting the review to 'types of users' but that means those of us who don't fit in with your idea of 'what type of user' may be better off elsewhere. There are millions and millions (and millions and millions...) of people in the world - lots of variation there, I'd suggest.
My preference would be for you to review it from your own point of view as pros, be consistent so that people can find things where they expect them to be, and recommend (perhaps in the summing up at the end and perhaps also elsewhere with the metric that makes it suitable) what types of usage the camera really shines at.
Anyway, grump over. Thanks for the review. Gives me an idea of what the camera is like, I guess, just don't like the format.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2017 at 20:27 UTC as 18th comment
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peterpainter: Great stuff, thanks DPR. Exactly what I asked for in a recent comment under the Fixed Lens comparison. Well, almost. The missing bit for me is the super-quiet shutter - can any of these choices do that - with an E-shutter shutter, presumably? I still miss my old and now defunct Yashica Minster.

Thanks, Richard, I look forward to reading the article on electronic shutters. There are also I think issues with them using flash but I never used it with the old Yashica so to me it wouldn't be a problem. The subject reminds me of the difference between the Yashica and an old Zorki 4 I had at the time - the latter was nice enough in it's way, but it had the most vicious shutter I've ever come across.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2017 at 11:57 UTC

Great stuff, thanks DPR. Exactly what I asked for in a recent comment under the Fixed Lens comparison. Well, almost. The missing bit for me is the super-quiet shutter - can any of these choices do that - with an E-shutter shutter, presumably? I still miss my old and now defunct Yashica Minster.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2017 at 19:03 UTC as 45th comment | 6 replies
On article 2017 Roundup: Fixed Prime Lens Cameras (463 comments in total)
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Phily: No mention of my fixed lens setup: EOS M3 + 22mm

Oh well ...

All the same, I reckon a round-up of small ILCs with (small?) primes that would do a similar job would make interesting reading. I guess that would require a fair amount of research on the part of DPR and probably meet with 'why didn't you try...' comments, but it could be rather useful.

Link | Posted on May 1, 2017 at 11:51 UTC
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Peiasdf: Anyone remember the marketing spin Samsung gave when rumor begin to go around Samsung is leaving photography? Yeah, Ricoh is doing the same spin to clear stock.

Japanese photography insiders know for a while Pentax is going under. Tamron and Sigma haven't made any lens for Pentax even thought that sounds like free money.

It's an odd situation. Since I bought a Pentax just over a year ago I have noticed very little complaint about lack of Sigma/Tamron etc. When a new 3rd party lens comes out there is the usual outcry of 'hmph no Pentax version,' but for the most part people seem to be more interested in which Pentax brand lens they are going to buy next. Sure it could be because that's all there is, but I think on the other hand the level of interest may not be that great except where there are gaps (and, yes, there are gaps!). Before buying I was wary of the lack of 3rd party lens support, but for the ones I am or am likely to be interested in it didn't actually matter. IMHO always better to check what's available before entering a system rather than worry about generalities.....if they've got what you want, go for it!
Just my view (I know, Fanboy etc. etc.)
Anyway, I hope they continue - it would be sad to see them go.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2017 at 15:47 UTC

It would be interesting to know what it's macro capabilities are. I'm tempted to get a camera that would fit in my pocket - the long zoom would come in handy for birds / wildllife and macro for butterflies etc. and I like the results I get from my Canon SX50. OK, it's not like an FF with a 960mm lens, but my pockets ain't that big in both senses.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 21:17 UTC as 20th comment
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PeteHolland89: Just a personal thing, but if you take a picture at 960mm focal length, can you really say you were there?

Selfies at 960mm!! Just needs a 20foot selfie stick;)
---or close-up macro selfie at 960mm - noooooooooooo

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 20:55 UTC
On article Pentax KP Review (659 comments in total)
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Arastoo Vaziri: I like this new Pentax style. This camera has a retro look while being thoroughly contemporary. I'm glad they quit the absurd colour schemes and garish LEDs of a few years ago.
Any information on the viewfinder's clarity? That's usually APS-C cameras' weakest point, and it's a factor when it comes to enjoying the shooting experience.

I have to admit I rather liked their colour games. Spent a happy hour or so configuring them (yes, I know, 'small things amuse small minds' etc.) - some nice (as in mostly pretty) colour combos on the Q, and one or two of those for the K50 would have been nice for camouflage (e.g. dull green). That said, I ended up buying a black one because it was reduced but I would have been quite happy with a coloured one as long as it looked macho enough.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2017 at 21:57 UTC
On article Canon EOS M6 sample gallery (114 comments in total)
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peterpainter: Nice gallery. Number 32 confused me, though....
Oh, the camera? Yes, does a good job. TBH I've started looking at these galleries because I like the photos.

Thanks. Still a bit puzzled still as to why it is presented rotated by 90° (at least that's how it appears to me) though - my neck kind of ached trying to look at it!

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2017 at 19:04 UTC
On article Canon EOS M6 sample gallery (114 comments in total)

Nice gallery. Number 32 confused me, though....
Oh, the camera? Yes, does a good job. TBH I've started looking at these galleries because I like the photos.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2017 at 12:58 UTC as 4th comment | 2 replies
On article Pentax KP Review (659 comments in total)
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Hellraiser: Pentax,
Please make a lighter DSLR. You managed to do it with K-S1 we know youcould do it with another or just put K-S1 back on the market.

@Hellraiser
I use an OP/TECH neoprene strap for my K50 and hardly feel the weight. However, if I were carrying it in a bag with lenses (which I don't at the moment) I'd be looking for a bag either with a neoprene strap (or similar) or the ability to put one on it. I don't know if such a thing exists.....some day I'll get round to looking for one.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2017 at 14:17 UTC
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Satyaa: When I first read this article yesterday, there were two comments. 2!
I got on the train thinking that I'll respond later. When I got back to it this evening, there are over 850 comments! WOW!!

"...personally I’m in need of a little convincing" was exactly how I felt when I read the first impressions review a few days ago. However, my feeling was for reasons totally different from what this article says. I was stuck with the point about sluggish AF. I went back to do more reading on MF cameras. Considering my type of use, and what a MF camera typically offers, it would be an overpriced-overkill for my needs.

I still like the idea of a MF camera. When I find an affordable deal on a reasonably small camera like this one (or X1D, may be used) with a landscape lens and a portrait lens, I will buy it. For today - not because of this article - I will stick with my original thought that I am not convinced to spend that amount on a MF camera.

Continued...

The content of the article was couched in technical terms it is true, but I would imagine that many people when comparing systems would (as I do) investigate lens availability, ISO performance, DR and so on* and come to conclusions themselves actually based on similar principles but possibly not using the same terminology, so I'm not sure that it really is that controversial, revolutionay or what have you. But useful to some people, I think, and relevent.
Btw. usual disclaimer: I'm a Canon / Pentax user, not a Fuji user, but even I thought the original headline a bit outré.
*the 'and so on' may be quite a long list;) colour depth, AF, flash systems...and, of course, how others are getting on with it.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 16:04 UTC
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Satyaa: When I first read this article yesterday, there were two comments. 2!
I got on the train thinking that I'll respond later. When I got back to it this evening, there are over 850 comments! WOW!!

"...personally I’m in need of a little convincing" was exactly how I felt when I read the first impressions review a few days ago. However, my feeling was for reasons totally different from what this article says. I was stuck with the point about sluggish AF. I went back to do more reading on MF cameras. Considering my type of use, and what a MF camera typically offers, it would be an overpriced-overkill for my needs.

I still like the idea of a MF camera. When I find an affordable deal on a reasonably small camera like this one (or X1D, may be used) with a landscape lens and a portrait lens, I will buy it. For today - not because of this article - I will stick with my original thought that I am not convinced to spend that amount on a MF camera.

Continued...

I'm pretty sure that if the initial headline hadn't appeared to be saying 'don't buy this (newly released top-end) Fuji camera until' followed by an exposé of why Rishi had reservations, there would not have been so many (negative) comments. The title has changed, thus making a lot of those comments (and even more of the angst behind them) look a bit daft - which is kind of unfair on those of us who commented, but that doesn't seem to bother DPR. Reading the thread now one gets the 'what are those guys getting steamed up about?' feeling.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 16:04 UTC
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peterpainter: I'm lost here. Why is DPR trying to spoil Fuji's party? Interesting read, and all that, but why are they taking a shot at Fuji? The other MFs have been out for quite a while, now, and when poor old Fuji show up we get a party-pooper article. No, I'm not a Fuji user, although I admit I like them very much, and the same goes for all camera manufacturers for giving us such a wonderful choice of gear (sigh, if only I could afford it!), but really.....
Anyway, I'm sure potential buyers will look at this and make up their own minds, but I hope the world doesn't end up with everyone using Sony A7 / Nikon 810 - let's have some variety out there, folks. Sheesh, what a bunch of killjoys! Reminds me of the old hifi days when I was told by some expert or other that I should buy a Pioneer 12D because it could track a Sure M75ED at 1.5 grams or something:(

OSV - yes, indeed, they do, but where do I even imply that they don't? In fact I made that very point, so why did the headline single out those considering buying the Fuji?

User0406267055 - I'm pleased for you.

Please note that the headline of this article has been changed so that it no longer 'targets' the new Fuji camera, so if you read my comment above in the light of the new headline you might think I'm bonkers. Well, I probably am, but as my comment was based on the original report it's slightly unfair to draw the conclusion of 'bonkersness' .....

I'm glad they changed it (after many had complained) but it doesn't half make some of the old comments (like this one) look odd. Still, they wound people up and got lots of clicks - journalism, hey?

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 20:12 UTC

I'm lost here. Why is DPR trying to spoil Fuji's party? Interesting read, and all that, but why are they taking a shot at Fuji? The other MFs have been out for quite a while, now, and when poor old Fuji show up we get a party-pooper article. No, I'm not a Fuji user, although I admit I like them very much, and the same goes for all camera manufacturers for giving us such a wonderful choice of gear (sigh, if only I could afford it!), but really.....
Anyway, I'm sure potential buyers will look at this and make up their own minds, but I hope the world doesn't end up with everyone using Sony A7 / Nikon 810 - let's have some variety out there, folks. Sheesh, what a bunch of killjoys! Reminds me of the old hifi days when I was told by some expert or other that I should buy a Pioneer 12D because it could track a Sure M75ED at 1.5 grams or something:(

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 21:17 UTC as 295th comment | 5 replies
On article Pentax KP sample gallery (95 comments in total)

Nice gallery, good variety - many thanks. Looks like the KP may be a good 'un and as though Pentax may have set up their default JPEG processing differently (better?).

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 15:31 UTC as 36th comment | 1 reply
On article Fujifilm X100F Review (774 comments in total)
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peterpainter: Nice camera. From the the pcitures it looks like you came across a guy with a beard, a yellow wooly hat and a Pentax KP - which is interesting because I've come across a number of people saying that they've never seen anybody using a Pentax DSLR.

Yes, I know. It was meant to be an amusing comment, kind of failed. Sorry, I should have put a ;) smiley on or something:(

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2017 at 17:48 UTC
On article Fujifilm X100F Review (774 comments in total)

Nice camera. From the the pcitures it looks like you came across a guy with a beard, a yellow wooly hat and a Pentax KP - which is interesting because I've come across a number of people saying that they've never seen anybody using a Pentax DSLR.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2017 at 17:36 UTC as 79th comment | 2 replies

Nice. A quick play - I selected all the strawberies en masse and placed them on a white background. They still looked, well, red, to me.
A single one surrounded by a lot of white background looked like its true inedible colour, but zoomed in and out a few times and it wasn't so clear. Fun, thanks, but the eyes didn't like that too much.....
Anyway, I'm now truly impressed by my cameras' white balance systems, but will continue to swear at them when they mess up. Raw can be very useful;)

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 21:39 UTC as 64th comment | 1 reply
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