Revenant

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On article The whole nine yards: Canon 35mm F1.4L II USM review (280 comments in total)
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Victor Engel: "Image corrected for lateral CA, distortion and vignetting in Lightroom, at default sharpening." Why? For a lens review, shouldn't these items be uncorrected?

Many modern lenses, in particular for the mirrorless systems, are intentionally designed to be corrected digitally. Testing such a lens in isolation says little about the results you can expect when using the lens as intended. What would be the point of making the photos produced by a lens seem worse than they actually would be in normal use?

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 17:59 UTC
On article The whole nine yards: Canon 35mm F1.4L II USM review (280 comments in total)
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fiatLuxFoto: Ok Canon, outside recouping marginal R&D over the previous technology why are they charging $1,700? The physics has been known for decades, there is nothing new here so why charge so much for such incremental value? The majority of images from this lens will be viewed on a computer monitor or laptop monitor so how does this lens justify it's cost?

You don't just pay for R&D, but also for materials, assembly, quality control, marketing and many other things. And it's difficult to say anything about profit margins without knowing the costs involved. So basically it all comes down to whether the individual consumer thinks he gets reasonable value for money. Some do, others don't.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 17:47 UTC
On article Have your say: Best high-end compact of 2016 (77 comments in total)
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Nobby2016: RX10 a compact..? what are you smoking.....

'Compact camera' means that it has a fixed lens, i.e. it's not an ILC. This ought to be widely understood by now, since it has been used in this sense in the camera industry for at least a couple of decades now. It's a marketing term, not to be taken literally.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 16:40 UTC
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Marty4650: It is nice to know that Casio is still in the camera business.

According to the DPR camera database, this is their first new camera in over a year!!

Casio releases several new models every year, but only in the Asian market. The DPR database is not complete.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 22:08 UTC
On article Gear of the Year: Carey's choice - Canon PowerShot G9 X (190 comments in total)
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Kona Mike: see! He is just saying this to make you think he isn't a Sony guy!

Are you suggesting that this isn't in fact Carey's personal choice, and that he's been instructed to help Amazon move a few boxes out of the warehouse? Is it so hard to believe that DPR could be editorially independent, even though their mother company is an online retailer?

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2016 at 17:02 UTC
On article New kid on the block: YI M1 review (706 comments in total)
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MikeF4Black: Sony selling their sensors to Yi for this camera means they're closing down the NEX/A6... line as of now, and none too soon.

The Olympus E-M5 from 2012 used a Sony sensor. How come Sony continued to make APS-C E-mount cameras after that?

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2016 at 14:25 UTC
On article New kid on the block: YI M1 review (706 comments in total)
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Peiasdf: For $200 maybe. Anything above and an used E-PL makes more sense.

BTW, never buy a 1st gen Chinese/Korean product. One, 2 and 3 are all crap. Wait till 3T and finally it is competitive in quality.

"And worse of all there is no manual focus"

Not true, there is manual focus, it's just that you have to use the touchscreen rather than a focus ring on the lens.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2016 at 13:58 UTC
On article Lensrentals tears down the Nikon 105mm F1.4 (156 comments in total)
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rrccad: the SWM part was a bit eyeopening or .. eyebrow raising.

micro motor USM wasn't really what you'd think that Nikon was describing.

"So I guess using your method people don't care about those things either then right."

I don't think those things are huge issues in practice for the majority of camera buyers, either. Internet forums give a rather skewed picture of what photographers in general care about.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2016 at 23:34 UTC
On article Canon patent shows curved sensor design (97 comments in total)
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User6615804142: this is a joke? Anyway Canon is the past. They lose market of digital technology

"They lose market of digital technology"

Not if current camera market shares are anything to go by. Canon has actually increased their market share in recent years, while Nikon has lost some, and Sony is still a distant #3. Of course, things can change rapidly, but the current market situation don't support your claim.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2016 at 20:55 UTC
On article Canon patent shows curved sensor design (97 comments in total)
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Paul Petersen: The manufacturing of such a device would be hard without changing the substrate serously. Rolling up a silicon lattice like that would be No Bueno.

Sony already made a curved sensor, so I don't see why making a flat sensor with curved edges would be more difficult?

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2016 at 20:39 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Olympus E-10 (158 comments in total)
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munro harrap: I have mine still, and it still works, as do its own special batteries and their charger. This is pre RoHS build quality for you.

I took a few fruit bowl etcetera snaps a few weeks ago, and the image quality from RAW still impresses. It is in fact solid, well-built and very nice to use, or at least I think so, and I prefer it to the later E20 whose results were not so good.

When you think about it, with a few exceptions, the early digital camera WAS an Olympus- theirs were just so much better on all levels.

The disgusting shame of the 4/3rds decision and that tiny sensor that haunts Man still, rather than a full frame or at least APS-C sensor that works with their 35mm lens range- what are they thinking really? degraded the act of photography as much as anything ever has, because why do worse like the company when you can suceed, as they obviously can, on all levels.
I had the accessory lenses, wide and long, but not longer, but they do reduce resolution so not recommended by me!!

So an old camera with a 2/3" sensor still impresses you, but modern cameras with a much larger 4/3" sensor are degrading the act of photography? Makes no sense to me, unless I completely misunderstood your post.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 17:17 UTC
On article New kid on the block: YI M1 review (706 comments in total)
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Satyaa: It is a good start for a new player, or an experiment, depending on how you look at it.

The sensor seems like the best part of it. It is good that they started with the new 20MP sensor. That is not cheap. Some of the newer models from the two major M43 brands still use the older 16MP sensor to keep the cost down.

If you consider that it is really featured like a smartphone UI, it costs just few bucks to make. There are plenty of smarphone apps to base the design on. I wouldn't be surprised if it is based on Android.

If this picks up well, which I doubt with these features, they hit a jackpot. That will force prices down on other M43 brands.

If it doesn't pick up, they learn what the potential buyers did not like and re-design. The base is there and easy to build on. Then come the expensive models.

Until they figure out how this goes, they don't have to build a lot of lenses. When they do introduce new lenses, they can be cheap/unique designs and not PRO models.

I doubt that the old 16 MP sensor is still used in current models. Sony announced a new 16 MP sensor that supports faster read-out at the same time as the 20 MP sensor was announced. So, same resolution but newer tech.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2016 at 17:01 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Compact Enthusiast Zoom Cameras (355 comments in total)
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Timmbits: I guess this comparison would be pointless, if you had included the new Nikon models in the evals.

Yeah, this is a buyer's guide, so it would be pointless to include cameras that aren't available for sale yet.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 20:21 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1241 comments in total)
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Gazeomon: Over developed camera body, underdeveloped photographic sensor at an ultra developed price point. Good camera for machine gun photography who can afford it.

Underdeveloped sensor? Why? The latest 4/3" sensors perform pretty much as expected considering the sensor size and technology used.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 20:00 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Enthusiast Long Zoom Cameras (174 comments in total)
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M Chambers: The RX10 series really doesn't belong with the long zoom cameras as it's intended to be fixed lens version of the mirrorless Alpha series or a higher zoom version of the RX1 series. Both of which are closer to SLRs than high zoom point and shoots.

For the $1,000+ price point it better be more than just a high zoom camera.

Sony's high zoom point and shoot series is the HX series.

Well, the Canon and Panasonic models included here are much more similar to the Sony RX10 than to the HX series, including having a 1" sensor and the capability to shoot RAW, so what makes them point-and-shoots whereas the RX10 models are not? Both Canon and Panasonic make lower-end models that are more comparable to the HX series.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2016 at 21:38 UTC
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melgross: This is a really odd duck. Is the size stated the usable size, or the overall sensor size? Remember that all sensors are a bit bigger than the usable size. Otherwise I don't get it. What's the purpose making it obviously unusable with 35mm lenses, but way too small for 645?

Is it for electronic stabilization, where the sensor moves around a bit? That could be the reason. Then it would really be a 35mm sensor.

And how are the sensing sites arranged? Is this a "true" b/w sensor, meaning the sites are arranged just for b/w? If so, is the color version coming out a completely different sensor?

Not enough information yet.

All sensors are monochrome until you add a colour filter array on top. Except for Foveon-style sensors, of course. The colour version will most likely be the same chip with a Bayer CFA added.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2016 at 17:48 UTC
On article Shaking up the market: Pentax K-70 Review (333 comments in total)
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Midwest: "The in-body image stabilization works brilliantly, although telephoto shooters should take note that when using this system they will lose any assistance stabilization might provide with framing a subject in the viewfinder, as only the sensor is stabilized, not the viewfinder." And almost certainly that same IBIS (which is dandy on mirrorless) puts Pentax's continuous and tracking AF at a disadvantage since its AF sensors have to work with an unstable view of the subject. You gain the ability to use 'old glass' with stabilization, but you lose a stabilized viewfinder and good AF tracking. Myself, I am much more interested in a stable OVF than using antique lenses. :)

It's a DSLR, so of course it has a separate AF sensor which is used when not shooting in live view. And it's not stabilized.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 19:59 UTC
On article Fast Five: Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V Review (406 comments in total)
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lhkjacky: When Nikon is still fixing the circuit bugs in their DL-series camera. Sony has come out a new RX100M5 already.
When the Nikon DL-series available in market, you may see the RX10mk4 already.
Poor Nikon. RIP
No surprise why they called their Action camera "Key Mission".

What about the LX10?

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 17:34 UTC
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Robemo: I like the camera, but don't like the price. Here in Europe it's € 1199 = $ 1317. For less money there are more interesting models that fulfill my demands ..

Sony's strategy with the RX100, RX10, A6xxx and A7 series has been to not release replacement models, but instead building a line-up of sister models at different price points. AFAIK, all models in these series, even the first RX100, are still produced. It's an odd strategy, models a couple of generations old are usually discontinued when stocks run out.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2016 at 14:12 UTC
On article YI M1 Sample Gallery (138 comments in total)
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Jorginho: I do not think these smapels are bad at all. For those really focussed on sensors (and soem equating sensor to a whole cam) this cam means getting the really good 20 MP Sony sensor in a very cheap package. Do not expect Oly/Panny like bodyperformance but with the right lenses the RAW files should be really nice.
Also: if this new brand will get better at making the body more functional (seems to be really not the case) we have three mFT manufacturers that of which two are at the high(er) end and one that sells at the lower end. Not a bad proposition for m43 users I'd say.
But as it is, and back to the point: not bad IQ at all.Inspite of the lens and its flaws we can see the sensor performas well.

There are two manufacturers at the lower end; don't forget JK Imaging's Kodak S-1.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2016 at 21:53 UTC
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