Tom Ames

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'simplicity of operation,'?
I have owned the M9 and the Q and can't see how Leica is better to operate than other brands.....?
And the M body is very uncomfortable to hold.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2017 at 22:09 UTC as 74th comment | 1 reply
On article Sony a7R Mark III review (1223 comments in total)
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Iloveaircraftnoise: This camera, and the models before it carry a fantastic spec list. However what a lot of people fail to grasp is that Sony is constantly playing catch up. Any way you look at it. Sony's imaging division has more than likely been bleeding money over the last few years just to capture market share from the big two.

At the moment their products are not quite as reliable as the big two but over time this will probably change. Pretty soon Canon will release a camera with a hybrid viewfinder configuration . Let's see how the market reacts.

But isn't Sony making money these days (cameras, lenses and sensors) and also slowly taking marked shares from Nikon and Canon each year? With the A9 and A7rIII, I'll say they are done playing catch up.
Now we all see that mirrorless is the future and Nikon (and partly Canon too) have some work to be done, to get into that marked. If Nikon release a fullframe mirrorless at the end of next year, Sony will have no problem to match it, what so ever.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2017 at 13:40 UTC
On article Sony announces lightweight FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens (297 comments in total)
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Island Golfer: Looks like the same lens as the Sigma 24-105 ART. Wonder if Sigma makes it for Sony?

The weight of the Sigma is 885 grams and Sony 663 grams, so I don't think it's the same lens. Too much weight difference. Not the same number of elements either.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 13:47 UTC

Smart move of Sony. Sensor is very good and not sure there is big need for the rumored 60-70mp sensor as of today.
I 'm very tempted by this new camera. I missed in the A7rII some responsiveness and AF speed. They have fixed this. And almost everything have some improvements, I like it!

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 12:57 UTC as 185th comment
On article The Nikon D850 could be the only DSLR you’ll ever need (1086 comments in total)
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Samuel C: I thought sponsored ads were supposed to be labeled as such.

Same complaints when the Sony A9 was covered.
You're suggesting that dpreview should not write about cameras? Or atleast not write positive about new cameras....?
I suggest to just read it all and make up your own mind.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2017 at 13:17 UTC
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lol101: Up next : give the copyrights to the animals who were photographed by using trigger traps.

After all, it was the animal who activated the shutter and not the photographer...

Nice profile photo Bobthearch :-)

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2017 at 07:47 UTC
On article Ten things we're hoping for from the Nikon D850 (482 comments in total)

Announcing an upcoming announcement. Isn't that the same they did with the DL cameras.......
May be a long wait....

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2017 at 07:02 UTC as 157th comment
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Philnw2: Mirrorless has had 4 months of very nice increases in sales (in the 40% plus arena) in 2017. After each month, the "deniers" state that its an anomaly and meaningless. Well the dslr owners may consider such information to be too short term for any conclusions, but i'm pretty certain that the number of articles criticizing Nikon shows that the mfr are not ignoring the mirrorless trend.

One criticism i've seen of mirrorless is these "compare pictures" posts which typically show a f1.4 85mm lens on a Sony FF camera compared to a DSLR - and the conclusion by that writer says: "See there is no value to a mirrorless camera". Well the thing is small mirrorless camera designs such as the Sony FF cameras, will allow one to put large or small lenses on. Its your option. An FE 85 F1.4 is going to weigh more than an A-mount 85 f2.8 or even an FE 85 f1.8.

It will be interesting when Canon and Nikon go FF with a mirrorless, whether they try to go with a small body or large body or both.

And you don't have that noisy mirror at silent events and you have the evf that shows you what you get! The two most important features of mirrorless

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2017 at 21:51 UTC
On article Phase One introduces 'Styles Packs' for Capture One (62 comments in total)
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jadot: I'm usually fairly supportive of Capture One, but I think they're late to the game with this and have got the pricing completely wrong.

When you understand how presets work (you can make your own given a little time) the price looks cynical.

I understand that C1 is probably the benchmark in image quality and workflow together, and these presets will no doubt push the boundaries for some people, but if the tiresome ubiquity of VSCO in lightroom is anything to go by then maybe Phase One might have come up with a more innovative module that perhaps better analyses individual images intelligently. Otherwise it's just another filter in the end.

Bottom line - if it improves workflow speed, then I'm up for it, but not if it flattens my images into a common denominator reference point. The same as everybody else's, etc.

And ultimately, not at this price.

Agreed.
I have the DXO Filmpack, and will keep using this and also the few styles already included in C1. Too expensive to buy many sets of these styles from C1.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2017 at 19:08 UTC
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Artem Holstov: I have a genuine question, which I have struggled to find a direct answer to in the internet:

Can you upload and edit raw files directly from a memory stick or card into an iPad Pro and save them with full resolution? If so which apps are compatible and will not require the use of a PC/Mac anywhere to import the files etc.?

If anyone uses an Ipad Pro for raw editing, let us know about your experience :)

What camera did you download from? Sony? I'll might give it a try then

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 19:11 UTC
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Artem Holstov: I have a genuine question, which I have struggled to find a direct answer to in the internet:

Can you upload and edit raw files directly from a memory stick or card into an iPad Pro and save them with full resolution? If so which apps are compatible and will not require the use of a PC/Mac anywhere to import the files etc.?

If anyone uses an Ipad Pro for raw editing, let us know about your experience :)

Mathieu18
No, I just checked the compatibility list:

https://cascable.se/help/compatibility/

But I have Snapseed and the apple SD reader, so that works fine.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 19:01 UTC
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Artem Holstov: I have a genuine question, which I have struggled to find a direct answer to in the internet:

Can you upload and edit raw files directly from a memory stick or card into an iPad Pro and save them with full resolution? If so which apps are compatible and will not require the use of a PC/Mac anywhere to import the files etc.?

If anyone uses an Ipad Pro for raw editing, let us know about your experience :)

Keith57,
I have the one Fuji camera and one Sony camera, and it seems Cascable cannot transfer raw from either Sony or Fuji. Any similar app's out there that supports Sony and Fuji?

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 11:16 UTC
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Artem Holstov: I have a genuine question, which I have struggled to find a direct answer to in the internet:

Can you upload and edit raw files directly from a memory stick or card into an iPad Pro and save them with full resolution? If so which apps are compatible and will not require the use of a PC/Mac anywhere to import the files etc.?

If anyone uses an Ipad Pro for raw editing, let us know about your experience :)

Snapseed works for raw files

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 08:37 UTC
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artwalaszek: It's an interesting thought experiment ... but why not just get a Ricoh GR? It has an outstanding sensor-lens combination, is smaller and cheaper than the Fuji X100f, and has a very intuitive UI. Not surprisingly, it is superb as a street camera - and I've also found it to be great for landscapes and for monochrome conversions. (For what it's worth, I shot my top two photos on Flickr with respect to number of favorites with the Ricoh GR.) If you must have 35mm, the Ricoh GR has a crop mode, or you can just crop during post-processing.

Admittedly, the Ricoh GR is overdue for a significant update - but I think it remains the best serious, pocketable camera on the market.

Yes, I am serious, but taste differs of'course :-) Main focus should of'course be that it works well, but looks matter to me and GR is not to my liking. But we are all different, so good that someone likes the GR.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2017 at 10:34 UTC
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artwalaszek: It's an interesting thought experiment ... but why not just get a Ricoh GR? It has an outstanding sensor-lens combination, is smaller and cheaper than the Fuji X100f, and has a very intuitive UI. Not surprisingly, it is superb as a street camera - and I've also found it to be great for landscapes and for monochrome conversions. (For what it's worth, I shot my top two photos on Flickr with respect to number of favorites with the Ricoh GR.) If you must have 35mm, the Ricoh GR has a crop mode, or you can just crop during post-processing.

Admittedly, the Ricoh GR is overdue for a significant update - but I think it remains the best serious, pocketable camera on the market.

It looks very ugly!

Link | Posted on May 16, 2017 at 08:07 UTC
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PaulDavis: Just buy a used x100t for $500-600.

To have an option to do some cropping is always welcome, 24mp gives room for this. I have wanted to X100 serie for a long time, but 16mp just didn't cut it, but the X100F is on my shopping list now.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2017 at 08:06 UTC
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Fujica: No serious pro would ever consider slow lenses like the:
- Sony 35mm F2.8, S while there is a 35mm f1.4
- 85mm F1.8, while they will most often use a 85mm f1.2
- Sony Zeiss Batis 135mm F2.8 where they will use a 135mm f2.0
- Sony 16-35mm where they will use a 16-35mm f2.8
- Sony 100-400mm where they can use either a 200mm f4, a 300mm f2.8 or a 600mm. Then there are also zooms available that do perform better.

This article is nothing more then shameless promotion article.
DP reviews is getting another low score for credibility and objectiveness.

You need to read up on Sony lenses:
Sony FE 35mm1.4
Sony FE 85mm 1.4
Sony 24-70 2.8GM
Sony 70-200 2.8GM
The 16-35 2.8 will be released later this year

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 13:03 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1865 comments in total)
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elementare: I cannot lol because I'm in the middle of a lot of people.

"It can shoot at 20 frames per second for more than 200 Raw frames" for a camera that with battery grip will have something like 1000 stills before requiring to substitute the battery, which will mean 500 stills for the next session assuming that you are not so fast to dismount the battery grip, put another battery for a complete reload and reassemble it to the camera.

Nikon d5 has 3750 stills before you need to change the battery.

20 fps for a camera like this means too much pictures in short time that shorten in turn a yet poor battery life camera.

Without counting that you will need a number of batteries equivalent to the price of the camera itself to be "in game"

Brian Smith did more than 2000 shots and had 30% left on the battery. Putting the grip on the A9 with two batteries you're up there in number of shoots and size of a D5.
You do not have a valid point.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 19:16 UTC
On article Nikon D7500: Should I upgrade from my D7200? (295 comments in total)
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TN Args: The general rule that it's worth upgrading every second generation, but not every generation, still applies, and I don't see why Nikon is being criticised for fitting to the general rule.

Well said Elliot!

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2017 at 17:12 UTC
On article Sigma 135mm F1.8 Art Sample Gallery (123 comments in total)

Very nice gallery!

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 12:28 UTC as 8th comment
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