Sergey Borachev

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Sergey Borachev: Why am I reading so much brainless stuff on DPR lately? Consider data privacy, data backup so it's safe from loss or theft of phone, use in remote locations with no connectivity, reusability of sd cards in new devices, speed or transfer, and of course cost. micro SD card surely disappearing? That's what phone makers want, but Samsung actually had to put it back after buyers revolt when they tried. I say, everyone, vote with your feet if Samsung tries again. I would rather get a Xiaomi, Huawei or whatever phone than lose the micro.SD slot.

Recommending a camera with no mike input and tilt-only LCD (as well as a poor EVF).as the best video camera (Panasonic GX85) in its category is another example of silliness in a recent DPR article. There are much better cameras for video on that category, including one from the same brand, G85.

$300 for someone buying an ilc (not talking about cheap fixed lens compacts) is not a big deal if you look at the differences: better or improved IBIS, DFD and AF, IQ, shock resistant shutter, EVF, articulated screen, WR build, ergonomics and handling, and mike input. And if I remember correctly, the camera was chosen as the best in a category limited by a $ price point. It's simply ridiculous IMO to select a camera crippled for good video (like input), as the best camera for video.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2017 at 03:39 UTC

Why am I reading so much brainless stuff on DPR lately? Consider data privacy, data backup so it's safe from loss or theft of phone, use in remote locations with no connectivity, reusability of sd cards in new devices, speed or transfer, and of course cost. micro SD card surely disappearing? That's what phone makers want, but Samsung actually had to put it back after buyers revolt when they tried. I say, everyone, vote with your feet if Samsung tries again. I would rather get a Xiaomi, Huawei or whatever phone than lose the micro.SD slot.

Recommending a camera with no mike input and tilt-only LCD (as well as a poor EVF).as the best video camera (Panasonic GX85) in its category is another example of silliness in a recent DPR article. There are much better cameras for video on that category, including one from the same brand, G85.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2017 at 22:01 UTC as 4th comment | 4 replies
On article 2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras under $1000 (116 comments in total)
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Sergey Borachev: Again, the Panasonic GX85, instead of just the much better G85! The alternative winner, Olympus E-M10 III is not as good as the G85.

This is so embarrassing. Ask anyone in the M43 forum and you will learn that the G85 is clearly the best M43 model under $1000. WR, mike input, IQ, video, AF, ... ...

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2017 at 22:09 UTC
On article 2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras under $1000 (116 comments in total)

Again, the Panasonic GX85, instead of just the much better G85! The alternative winner, Olympus E-M10 III is not as good as the G85.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2017 at 21:24 UTC as 10th comment | 2 replies
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Sdaniella: $3000 Samsung Galaxy is far more affordable than $200,000-$300,000 for a Nokia-based gem encrusted Vertu cellphone (not yet fully "smartphone")

at least for the far less than super-rich

in China (first-time i ever saw a Vertu store* in Beijing (China) shopping mall)

*and a Porshe store, an Audi store, even a Nikon store, etc, etc ... on the lower levels of my hotel**

the largest single language market in one region on the planet

pocket change

**in another Beijing hotel ... i saw a Lamborghini store, beside a Bentley store, beside a Ferrari/Maserati store ... so, i thought ... hhhmmm, we don't have all that in my "cosmopolitan city" except spread out separately in downtown core or suburbs store (singular)

There's is big difference in millionaires. Some get filthy rich from money in brown envelopes. When money is so easy, you spend it like crazy.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2017 at 04:35 UTC
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Sergey Borachev: I wonder how the combined setup (smartphone, gimbal, clip-on lenses, and weights) compare in terms of IQ, convenience, stabilisation, weight, bulk, setup time and cost, with a small zoom camera with good IBIS, day a GX85 worth a 12-32 mm lens, or something smaller from Sony or Canon, fixed lens or ilc. 🤔

Somehow, I feel an all-in-1 solution may be more enjoyable. Smartphones are after all supposed to be good for spontaneous shooting.

It would be great if DPR can do a comparative review of these smartphone gimbals.

Someone, DJI?, may come up with a complete package, ie dedicated/matching weights for a lens that screws on a dedicated phone case for particular phones, and also balanced and customised configured Blutooth connections to do setting changes, zooming etc without lots of time configuration, attaching, experimenting and remembering what to do next time, after dissembling.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2017 at 05:38 UTC

I wonder how the combined setup (smartphone, gimbal, clip-on lenses, and weights) compare in terms of IQ, convenience, stabilisation, weight, bulk, setup time and cost, with a small zoom camera with good IBIS, day a GX85 worth a 12-32 mm lens, or something smaller from Sony or Canon, fixed lens or ilc. 🤔

Somehow, I feel an all-in-1 solution may be more enjoyable. Smartphones are after all supposed to be good for spontaneous shooting.

It would be great if DPR can do a comparative review of these smartphone gimbals.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2017 at 03:18 UTC as 11th comment | 5 replies

Surely, TIME must have many photogs and analyst who use Canon gear. So how can they find this Sony the greatest?? Ah.., I get it. Those Canon users are adults.

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2017 at 02:02 UTC as 96th comment | 2 replies
On article 2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras for video (135 comments in total)
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hetedik: How can you recommend this camera for video???

The reason I did not buy it is that the GX85 has no mic input!

Besides a mike input, the GX85 also does not have a fully articulated screen, which is better for video than its tilting screen. The G85, on the other hand, has both of these.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2017 at 04:12 UTC
On article 2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras for video (135 comments in total)
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Yes, G85 is defintely better than GX85, but it is selling very well, being the best value for an enthusiasts all-round camera, and therefore needs no advertising here. ;-)

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2017 at 21:10 UTC
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caver3d: Remember when DxO refused to publish the results with the original Olympus E-M5? Well, those of us that bought the camera knew we had a good one on our hands (I still have mine and use it for cave photography under extreme conditions - with beautiful results, BTW). DXO couldn't believe - at the time - that a m43 camera (4/3 sensor) could do so well (and the APS-C/Full Frame bias was in full force at DxO at that time). Of course, the pioneering 5-axis IS by Olympus had DxO totally confused too.

A camera can be very interesting even if it has limited sales. The Samsung NX1 is a good example. Just because Nikon makes and sells a lot of d800 does not make it the most interesting camera. It is a much improved upgrade of the D700 for sure, but using mostly the same formula. The Em5 broke new grounds, being the first compact camera of its type to feature WR, 5-Axis IBIS, and a sensor performance just about equal to that of the best APSC camera at that time, the D7000, as shown by two well known reviewers in direct comparisons. It was the most interesting camera in 2012, though not necessarily the camera that the most people want to know more about. It was a new camera, in a brand new line,.and it is affordable and beats everything else at that price. It was the camera that saved Olympus and that many consider a game changer. You comprehend now?

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2017 at 10:56 UTC
On article Sony a7R III added to studio scene comparison (453 comments in total)
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Sergey Borachev: Why doesn't DPR just use the same physical lens when possible, e.g. The same Canon 85mm lens mounted on the Sony camera as well as on the Canon camera?

Keep returning until.you get a good one. I mean DPR can find a good adapter, can't it? And also a good one for Nikon lenses. Shouldn't be too hard for DPR, I think,.esp since that can make its test results much more reliable or meaningful than tests results that used different lenses. And no more arguments any more about lenses affecting test results in future, for tests between FF cameras from these 3 top camera sellers.

Cheap food for all the apologists' complaints each time, but will the camera makers allow DPR to do that? No where to hide any more.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2017 at 05:21 UTC
On article These are the best smartphone cameras you can buy now (156 comments in total)

For me, a phone cannot be best if it does not have these basics (without dongles/cables):

- memory card slot
- USB port
- 3.5mm output
- robust build
- timely software updates

I must have these, before I look at any.other things like the display, camera, CPU speed and other features because these other things are all really good these days. So good that it's like comparing 95 with 93 or 96. Having no memory card slot is like comparing 0 with 100, no vs yes. Having a poor build is like 30 with 90 (% risk of damage). Reliability, both in a physical sense and a system software stability sense, is important to me, as a phone has become a major tool in life. I don't need system freezes, outage, or reboots.

So, Apple and no El Cheapo phones, no thanks, no matter how good its.camera is.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2017 at 03:50 UTC as 19th comment | 4 replies
On article Sony a7R III added to studio scene comparison (453 comments in total)

Why doesn't DPR just use the same physical lens when possible, e.g. The same Canon 85mm lens mounted on the Sony camera as well as on the Canon camera?

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2017 at 09:56 UTC as 26th comment | 4 replies
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caver3d: Remember when DxO refused to publish the results with the original Olympus E-M5? Well, those of us that bought the camera knew we had a good one on our hands (I still have mine and use it for cave photography under extreme conditions - with beautiful results, BTW). DXO couldn't believe - at the time - that a m43 camera (4/3 sensor) could do so well (and the APS-C/Full Frame bias was in full force at DxO at that time). Of course, the pioneering 5-axis IS by Olympus had DxO totally confused too.

I was just about to say something about the same thing. DXO delayed publishing what was the most interesting camera that year, when everybody was kept waiting but eager to know how EM5's sensor performed. Other cameras, including some inferior ones from the bigger brands competIng with that camera, was reviewed first. Very very strange.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2017 at 08:18 UTC
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snapa: Not sure if I could tell the difference when viewing an 80MP image on a 2k or even 4k monitor. I suppose if you need to print wall size images or bill boards of stationary only pictures on a tripod, it might be a good feature to have. Besides that, it's just another gimmick (useless feature) AFAIC.

I’d rather have a better 24MP image with faster AF, better IQ, lower light capability and better DR for everyday normal shooting.

Yes, Scintilla, exactly. Just wish there would be more native lenses soon. Or Sigma would make lenses for it.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2017 at 05:03 UTC
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snapa: Not sure if I could tell the difference when viewing an 80MP image on a 2k or even 4k monitor. I suppose if you need to print wall size images or bill boards of stationary only pictures on a tripod, it might be a good feature to have. Besides that, it's just another gimmick (useless feature) AFAIC.

I’d rather have a better 24MP image with faster AF, better IQ, lower light capability and better DR for everyday normal shooting.

My point as well. I am tired of reading about 80 MPs and 60 fps and ISO 51200, etc and all their limitations. I'm more interested in something like 20 MPs that can be used easily for common situations to give more quality like some extra DR, less noise,.etc.

Perhaps Panasonic or whoever can give us just the same 20 MP size image but with better quality after all the pixel shifting. I don't mean a simple resizing, but something that reassembles the image from all the shifted pixel info, by taking account of how the image was formed, for better quality. Few of us do posters and those who do it more than a couple of times a year can do much better with a larger format camera than working around all the limitations. These sample photos do not show any benefit in IQ.

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2017 at 01:11 UTC

It would be great if Sony puts this in their RX10 V or another 1 inch camera. Hopefully, the smaller sensor and a more conservative approach (4 shots only and less MPs) can actually produce more usable images with higher DR, colour depth, and not just very high resolution and huge files.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2017 at 22:58 UTC as 47th comment | 2 replies
On article Sigma's new 16mm F1.4 will cost $450, ships this month (359 comments in total)

Seems like a nice lens for the new Panasonic G9.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2017 at 11:42 UTC as 13th comment
On article Sigma's new 16mm F1.4 will cost $450, ships this month (359 comments in total)
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Sergey Borachev: Is there any good reason to buy Olympus' $1200 17mm f/1.2?

The Sigma is only "dust and splash proof".

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2017 at 22:32 UTC
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