Revenant

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steelhead3: These video cameras that shoot stills should be in a separate category in DP's review areas like phone cameras...this site has always been about still cameras. While the merger between the different genre blurs the differences, I believe most people on this site are still shooter first and foremost.

Where would you draw the line? How advanced are the video features allowed to be before you'd call it a video camera that shoot stills, rather than the other way around? It seems to me that the criteria would have to be rather arbitrary.
To me it's pretty clear from the form factor and ergonomics that this is at least as much a stills camera as a video camera; it's definitely not a camcorder.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2017 at 02:09 UTC
On article Canon granted third most US patents in 2016 (130 comments in total)
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Debankur Mukherjee: Where is Nikon ?

Thom Hogan doesn't really say otherwise at all. What he says is that Nikon is not a subsidiary of Mitsubishi, but rather an independently run company within the Mitsubishi conglomerate. That's not the same thing.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 19:23 UTC
On article Canon granted third most US patents in 2016 (130 comments in total)
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AstroStan: To become a patent troll after the real business collapses?
Or attempt "winning" in court instead of the marketplace?

But Canon has the largest market share by a wide margin in the camera market, and it has even increased in recent years. So for now at least, Canon is doing very well in the marketplace. And since imaging products only account for roughly 1/3 of their business, failure in the camera market wouldn't necessarily spell the end of Canon.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 16:47 UTC
On article Canon granted third most US patents in 2016 (130 comments in total)
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Paul B Jones: Jeepers, the folks whose main form of recreational activity is disliking Canon are taking this pretty hard.

I definitely see at least as much hate directed towards Canon as towards Sony. MFT usually are under extremely heavy fire, though, but not so much from Canon users specifically as from full frame "fans" and the equivalency police.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 16:24 UTC
On article Canon granted third most US patents in 2016 (130 comments in total)
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steelhead3: I see Canon is copying Kodak and trying to cover everything so in the end they will have a portfolio that the lawyers can fight over.

Yes, camera sales are in decline, but in this declining market Canon is still the largest player, and their market share has even grown in recent years. So in all likelihood, Canon won't be the first camera manufacturer to throw in the towel.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 02:10 UTC
On article Canon granted third most US patents in 2016 (130 comments in total)
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steelhead3: I see Canon is copying Kodak and trying to cover everything so in the end they will have a portfolio that the lawyers can fight over.

Except that there are no signs that Canon is going the way of Kodak anytime soon.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 00:00 UTC
On article Canon granted third most US patents in 2016 (130 comments in total)
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sierranvin: Meaningless. Good luck seeing any of it "trickle-down" (does "trickle-down" sound familiar to anyone?) to their innovation-starved camera division. I feel empathy for skilled engineers in Canon's camera division, who would no doubt bring us so much more if "Big Corporation" strategic budgeting didn't so effectively eviscerate their ideas and competencies. Dodder along, Canon, as you lose customer after potential repeat camera customer. The camera division should be spun-off so as to be independent and allowed to take risks and RUN with their ideas and technology.

The D5 uses a Nikon-designed sensor, as did its predecessors and the Df. They used to be made by Renesas, but I don't know if that's still the case.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2017 at 23:57 UTC
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Aroart: This camera would destroy all compitition if they put an apsc Sony sensor or if Sony made a camera in this format factor with there a6500 sensor...yeah I know, dream on...

Fujica, thanks for the information, but I'm already familiar with the sensor sizes, and as Androole pointed out, the difference isn't quite as large as you suggested.
And as I said before, the difference isn't large enough to make an APS-C version "destroy all competition", unless the current version is already pretty close to doing that.

Basically, my point is that the GH5 already is so competitive in its intended market, that an APS-C sensor isn't really needed.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2017 at 19:47 UTC
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Aroart: This camera would destroy all compitition if they put an apsc Sony sensor or if Sony made a camera in this format factor with there a6500 sensor...yeah I know, dream on...

The size difference between 4/3" and APS-C really isn't THAT huge, so the GH5 must be pretty close to destroying all competition already then.
Anyway, I don't see how destroying the competition would be good for the consumers.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2017 at 17:54 UTC
On article Buying a second lens: what lens should I buy next? (293 comments in total)
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VadymA: I like the summary of different lens characteristics, but I don't like the premis - so you bought an interchangeable lens camera with one lens and wonder why would you need more? What a stupid person that might be. I just refuse to believe that anyone would buy an ILC without any understanding why it even exists. But maybe I am too naive about mankind intelligence. Anyways, I think it would make much more sense if you said - so you are considering an ILC camera and wondering what benefits you can get from different lens types.

Actually, many beginners buy an ILC because they've been told that it will let them take better pictures than their compact or smartphone, not necessarily because they want or need to use different lenses. It's not a question of intelligence, they just lack knowledge about the technical aspects of photography.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2017 at 17:44 UTC
On article Canon EF-M 18-150mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM gallery updated (25 comments in total)
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Ebrahim Saadawi: Wow. Didn't see that coming when I clicked! These are some VERY nice images optical-aesthetic wise. These lush colours help the lens but still, it's a great lens I never thought of.

Some observations for the good and bad

The Good

-Bokeh: The number one winner here in this lens optics. Although the amount of bokeh will be little with a narrow lens but when it comes, it comes perfectly smooth and I don't know, just "creamy". As seen on fast Canon L fast primes somehow. So a great portrait lens to use at 100-150mm.

-Sharpness: The lens basically matches the sensor resolution, sharp images at 1:1 view on an Eizo monitor (I am viewing at work so have the luxury of seeing the real pictures with the bigass Eizo calibrated panel). As sharp as a lens buyer of this genre ever needs even for severe cropping when I did.

-Colours: I have no idea if lenses contribute to the colours but they look absolutely fantastic. It's probably the processor though. Contrast is also high.

-Size and cost and range is crazy. The 18-135mm EF-S (STM) doesn't have such a nice Bokeh or sharpness at the longest end while being MUCH bigger, weird. Mirrorless design advantages maybe.

The bad:

-I see a lot of Chromatic abberations and purple/Cyan fringing on high contrast edges especially white windows. It gets more pronounced around the edges.
(Upon ingesting RawTherapee takes it off but that's not an excuse. At least remember I'll use it in video you know!).

-Peripheral resolving power is somewhat soft in the corners at the long end.

-There's some distortion pronoucedly present at the wide-end.

-Eos-m mount is not adaptable to other cameras to use say, with a Sony a6500, awesome documentary filmmaking lens with that sweet 5 axis stabilization in 4K. But meh. No way to do it.
And no good video camera it can mount on (well m5/80D HD ain't bad for all purposes enough but we want more than "enough" to have some lee-way space to play in)

That's all I see from these and past pictures.

***So you travel/go out with friends with the M5, take selfies at 18mm with flip screen at Jpeg (which corrects most lens faults above - not sharpness), go out of the place and shoot some landscapes sharp and detailed at 18-24mm f/8 in RAW. Then take some portraiture shots at medium close ups or close ups with wonderful bokeh at 100-150mm. All stabilized so shooting a video handheld will make good instant files.

It's what's made for. Going out. Travel. A full purpose lens BUT at small size for EOS M1, M2, M3, M10, M5 bodies.

What it's not made for: Night Closeup portraits. Sports/moving subjects at night. Casual uset will see the camera acting slow (long exposures) and ending up with most of the image micro shaky.
No Shallow depth of field at 18-50mm, no 50mm f/1.8 aesthetic here. Not a ''beauty" prime.

Lenses certainly do contribute to the colours, but how to distinguish that contribution from that of the sensor and the processing in real-world sample pictures like these, I have no idea.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2017 at 17:32 UTC
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jcb9001: So I can watch satan assume control of our country...?

No thanks.

Considering the importance of the US for the global economy, and its role in international politics, I assume you're talking about a space flight.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2017 at 12:02 UTC
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haylebob: i preferred to watch a live-stream of the president-elect swimming with sharks in Oahu in 360

But wouldn't that count as cruelty to animals?

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2017 at 11:57 UTC
On article Canon EF 70-300mm F4-5.6 IS II USM sample gallery (131 comments in total)
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rrccad: what zoo animals are in the pictures 4, 8 and 10? ;)

Definitely primates of some sort, but I'm not familiar with these particular species. Must be extremely rare.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2017 at 15:42 UTC
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Bernie Ess: DxO-mark gets way too much attention, they never publish any details about their measurings and tests, no samples, just numbers. They could write anything. Doesn't make sense to call them a reference of any kind. They badly lack transparence.

DxO analyzes the raw values of unconverted files. The raw files aren't demosaiced, so there are no actual image samples to show. They do this to avoid the influence of any particular raw conversion software, since they are interested in the performance of the sensor (which may include processing applied by the manufacturer), not the image quality of the final photo.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 21:21 UTC
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a voice of reason: dxo? hahahahahahahahahahaahahahahaahahah

see their idiotic1 inch camera that falls of the iphone if you look at it wrong ... their assessments of sensors across product lines and sensor sizes is funnier than archer
the simpsons and southpark rolled up into one

thanks , wheeew .... i think we needed that cyril

Interesting choice of user name. :)

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 21:08 UTC
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ThatCamFan: I am sorry but They're scoring has become 100% null and void to me when they gave they're dxomark one camera the highest score a camera had ever gotten at the time and it was a 1" sensor.

And they gave their own camera two scores, one for the regular raw files and one for the "SuperRAW" files. They were fully transparent regarding the fact that the latter received such a high score because of temporal noise reduction.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 23:10 UTC
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a voice of reason: it will be the first thing targeted for destruction in any conflict , like a far side deer with a bullseye birthmark

Yeah, if they bomb hospitals and shoot at emergency personnel, they hardly will give safe passage to a journalist with a James Bond complex.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 12:24 UTC
On article SLT strikes back: Sony a99 II real-world sample gallery (272 comments in total)
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SaltLakeGuy: I must say I'm a bit surprised to see noise at a ISO100 shot in the sky, let alone ISO800 to the degree it has it. I had a A7RII prior to my Fuji X-T2 move and this is one of the things I feel was a step UP for me. Don't get me wrong, I've enjoyed Sony's cameras for years. I'm sure for some use it's great, but for the purposes shown in the samples I'm not the least bit impressed. Oh well......

But you do normalize for size in real life, if you display or print images from different cameras at a certain size. And isn't the IQ of the final output what really matters?

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 02:58 UTC
On article DJI reportedly takes majority stake in Hasselblad (191 comments in total)
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Julian: Does this mean we should stop calling Hasselblad Swedish?

The previous majority shareholder wasn't Swedish either, so if it's the nationality of the owners that matter, then we should've already stopped calling Hasselblad Swedish.
However, as long as the offices and factory in Sweden aren't closed down, and at least some product development and production/assembly are done in Sweden, I will still regard Hasselblad as a Swedish company.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2017 at 11:10 UTC
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