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PWPhotography: Congrats to Canon, not only make for Canon but for Sony system as well :-)

Ironically Canon TS-E lenses actually are much easier to use on Sony A7/A9 series due to EVF, much easier for precise MF, full-time liveview, focus peaking (much easier for Tilt function) and WYSIWYG exposure as well as IBIS to gain a few stops in hand-held under dim light, and you don't need to leave eye from EVF. On Canon DSLRs you'd need to use back LCD for precise focus (magnification) and accurate exposure when T/E out.

Actually, on a M5 focus-peaking works fine. I just checked it out on my old ts-e 24

You are right, focus- peaking is a great way to use these lenses. On my m5 focus peaking would be better if it showed just the things in absolute sharp focus instead of everything in mostly sharp focus. I don't know how other camera mirrorless systems work, but varying the brightness of the peaking as to the sharpest focus point works, but I would like an option to just show the sharpest area.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2017 at 14:33 UTC
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davids8560: Internet wisdom?

Here are some thoughts:
1. This camera is for high end Pro Nikon users to give them an incremental upgrade. How many more images will they sell? Probably not many.
2. How many will Nikon sell into its base, probably quite a few but certainly not enough to make a big increase in their net operating profit.
3. How many Canon or Sony Pros will they convert to Nikon, my bet is not too many.
4. From what I can tell, Canon is trying to sell into its massive base with lots of new lens and my guess their sales of new (improved??) lens will have a significant effect upon their income statement.
5. And finally, this article is the icing on the cake to prove the bias of DPR for Nikon vs a neutral product evaluator. How can one trust an evaluator who is so one sided!!!!

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2017 at 12:44 UTC
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George1958: Helpful review. Surely the all round improvement to IQ only falls short in low ISO situations and in raw flexibility in post? From what I have read and seen the 6D mkii is substantially better IQ at high ISO and in low light?

I have a 7d2 and a 80d. Except for sports and bif, they are gathering dust and my perfectly good m5 with the same sensor as my 80d works great. It is smaller, lighter and focuses better (no lens micro adjustments.) I used to use full frames Canons, but smaller and lighter wins the day with me. If one is not selling ones pictures or entering into some type of photo contests, then buying a full frame benfits canon the most.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2017 at 20:21 UTC

Adobe should just buy photo mechanic and integrate into its from end. But, then again Adobe will probably mess a good product up.


PS Rental payments (aka ransomware) is fine with me if Adobe would add the features in PS that many photographers use. We pay for PS anyway. But going from one to the other and back is a waste of time.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 17:27 UTC as 31st comment

Now that they get my money with their yearly rental, other than bug fixes and adding new cameras/lens they seem not to be motivated to update their feature set in LR. For someone that uses LR and not PS there are quite a few functions in PS that could be ported over to LR.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2017 at 13:44 UTC as 5th comment
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UncheckedError: I've run into this issue before. Inconsistency between frames, usually in terms of exposure is pretty jarring. I wish there was an automated way to accomplish this task in Lightroom; this is a good start though.

Now if only they could panning and zooming around in an image more fluid in the Windows version.

The download for the update is nowhere to be seen...vaporwear...bp

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 20:51 UTC
On article Canon EOS M5 real-world sample gallery (240 comments in total)
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PhotoRotterdam: This seems to be as good as an 80D. The ergonomics and performance of the M5 will decide if this is a winner or a runner up in the Canon line up.

People who dislike Canon for whatever reason will dislike this camera as well. The images look distinctly like any other Canon camera. The image quality is on par with other Canon camera's at least.

I have taken quite a few photo classes whose instructors are known world wide. When students show their photos I cannot tell what brand of camera they used be they Sony, Nikon or Canon or whatever. So to me except for special circumstances all modern cameras can and do capture great images.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2016 at 02:19 UTC
On article Behind the Shot: The Shadow Towers (69 comments in total)
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alcaher: Great article and wonderful pictures. I really really want to visit La Patagonia, it seems it offers alot of landscape photographty opportunities. The shot of Torres del Paine and the stream in the foreground, its also a beautiful unique landscape.

I like the second one better as my eyes go to the spires as they are much lighter and are the subject of the photo. The lake leads my eyes upward to the spires and glaciers (or snow fields?)
Great, fantastic images. I have seen slide shows of people climbing them. They are quite something.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2016 at 23:28 UTC
On article DxOMark confirms Canon EOS 1D X II sensor advances (217 comments in total)
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alcaher: sensor scores comparison are great. Right now the latest canon offering are great and close to Sony and nikon. But the biggest news so far with 1dx2/d5/d500 is the Af performance

Why not Dpreview doing an article showing in the field comparisons between the 3 cameras regarding Af. wich one you consider the best in focus tracking, focus speed, etc

DPR just admitted that high end camera users don't pay much attention to dpr's reviews. Wonder why? From my perspective, dpr has always been a Nikon fan, but recently they have gone out of their way to belittle Canon. Not sure why. But, dpr is a business and if they continue to have lopped sided reviews if I were Amazon I would change management.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 04:28 UTC

The review as far as the canon is concerned the hands on review is suspect. They spent one day shooting with the canon. From their dialogue they did not use Canon's cases and the other af option settings. They published just 23 canon pictures to around 90 Nikon pictures because that had the Nikon camera quite a big longer (to learn its in and outs.)

Maybe Nikon's camera is different with less setup time/learning time required---a good thing if true,, but the canon takes some learning to use its af system correctly for different situations. They mad the same mistake with the 80d review.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2016 at 13:23 UTC as 27th comment | 7 replies
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CaMeRa QuEsT: I was expecting Canon to have leveled-up to Nikon's AF performance by now, given how much improvement they have brought forward with their latest sensors' DR, but, alas, Nikon still seems to have the upper hand in AF capabilities and DR across its range, only now it also has caught up to Canon in skin colors while Canon is actually doing worse? Bravo for Nikon. Now if they could only up their QC and have something to counter Canon's Dual Pixel LV AF, they might stave their terrible sales slips of late...

The problem with this hands on review is the same problem that dpr had doing the canon 80d review. That is, the shooters did not have the knowledge to set the af settings correctly. If you look at Arthur Morris's images using the new canon camera and read his comments you come away with a different impression than what this review said about canon's af. As far as I am concerned even a hands on review should not be done by someone who does not understand the ins and outs of the camera he or she are reviewing even for first impressions.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 19:23 UTC
On article X-Factor: Canon's EOS-1D X Mark II examined in-depth (615 comments in total)

Obviously, the reviewer is trying to find something wrong. There was a picture of pros at the recent super bowl game where about 70% of them were using Canon lens. These are professionals and they can pick whatever camera system that fits their needs. They make their living taking images. If they or their gear does not capture money making photos, they starve. I trust their judgments more than any review, good or bad.


Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2016 at 15:10 UTC as 9th comment | 3 replies
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2496 comments in total)
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JakeB: I'd be interested to see the results from Capture One Pro 9.

Too many camera brands and not enough profit to support all of them. It isn't a question of who is best, but who will be around a few years from today. My bet is that the big three will be (Canon, Nikon and Sony) unless one of the remaining exploit a niche market and I don't see that occurring. Happy junk pile for those who bought into a brand that leaves the market. Perhaps, the current economic downturn will speed this up.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2016 at 13:52 UTC

To me this article is just trying to justify dpR (EVIEW). Pros know what system to buy. Those who bought point and shoot are moving to smart phones. So that leaves a small segment that applies to this web site. And, that segment is getting smaller and smaller. To complicate things there are too many brands going after this segment and many will not be profitable and leave. So even if there is a small need for this web site, they should include the financial health of the company brand as part of the review. But, DPR will dispute this, but they exist because Amazon wants camera sales. So this poses a big problem for DPR and its reviews.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2016 at 14:36 UTC as 63rd comment
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Alfa1: I am probably going to be alone in this thinking, but maybe DPR should not be recommending or giving awards to cameras at all but should instead just report the test results and leave it to the reader to decide. A beginner seeing a Gold award may sway them from looking at other cameras that may be better for them even if they are not technically "the best". After all the R in DPR stands for review not recommends.

If each camera has strong points and weak ones and if the buyer needs to match wan he need to those points, then your reviews should reflex this (eg strong fast af, poor high iso noise, etc). Giving an overall score means it averages out each strength and weaknesses and if someone picks a camera on an average score then your whole point of the article is undermined.

On the other hand, I believe except for people with specialized needs (mostly pros, bif, sports, etc) any modern camera will do including a smart phone camera and the market sales bears this out. The need for dpp review is getting less and less.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2016 at 16:43 UTC
On article Nikon D7200 Review (645 comments in total)
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(unknown member): Thanks for another in depth review.
(1st comment whoohooo!)
The D7200 edges out the D5500 and NX1 as the leader in APS-C image quality, and is a good bit better than the Canon and Sony options. It even matches a very recent FF body (surpassing it in DR) I am enjoying the new comparison tool. Very informative.
Good job Nikon. Add on-sensor PDAF or DFD and and it will be an overall winner.

I think all of the above is tech stuff. Except for special situations (e.g. fast bif) all modern cameras in the right hands can and do produce wonderful images. This review and perhaps all camera reviews make too much out of this technology vs another cameras technology. So if the underlying technology for all modern cameras works, then the size, weight, feel, easy of use become much more important. Further, when one buys a camera one buys a system. I have cameras and lens and flashes from camera makers who are no longer in business, sustaining power of the company is also important. These reviews are technical reviews and not a review through the eyes of a photographer (pro or novice)

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2015 at 00:30 UTC
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Hugo808: Another problem is; profits are down with the big two and how much does it cost to develop a MILC?

I imagine heads rolled at Canikon when it became obvious their mirrorless offerings were not going down well with the punters. But how could they get it right without making their own product lines less attractive to the serious buyer of any MILC they came up with?

That's their problem, coming up with a challenge to the now established herd with the money they've got left that doesn't make everything else they've got redundant. Good luck with that but I wouldn't want to be responsible...

Th market is saturated with camera brands and cameras. The market will consolidate around say four or five brands. Only the top three will be profitable. So if people think the small mirrowless cameras will survive, but butter buy their stock. If you think the likes of Sony, Canon and Nikon will be the survivors better sell your other manufactured cameras before they become useless. Being the best does not===success.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2015 at 05:52 UTC
On article Camera shipments continue to fall (133 comments in total)
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Atlasman: The industry (SLR) is stalled by Canikon and their lack of interest in producing mirrorless systems: the future of photography.The old pond is drying up!

Bye, bye all the manufacturers who are not making any profit on their cameras. Bye, bye those whose return on capital for cameras is poor. And, bye, bye sites like this that will have fewer and viewer visitors. The only market left will be smart phones and high end pro cameras. And, what sites and camera manufacturers can survive on just pro cameras?

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2013 at 14:16 UTC
On article Nikon says it wants to 'change the concept of cameras' (134 comments in total)
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Dennis: “We’ve centralized our ideas around cameras but can change our approach to offer products to that bigger market.”
“We want to create a product that will change the concept of cameras. It could be a non-camera consumer product.”
“Rapid expansion of mobile devices is a change in business environment given to us. Our task going forward is to find an answer to that change.”

Sounds like they're more than ready to produce something revolutionary. As soon as they figure out what it is.

Just like polarid and Kodac tried to do. Unfortunate, Nikon's camera division has not shown any expertise outside of its own space. Further, whatever they try, they will be up against the likes of Samsung who has shown the ability to enter other spaces quickly, effectively and mostly profitable. In my opinion, Nikon should significantly cut their expenses and ride the dsrl space until the very end or sell the division (maybe the best idea.) And, if Nikon is having future problems, what do you suppose smaller brands are going to face.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2013 at 13:27 UTC
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