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On article CP+ 2017: Olympus interview: 'We chose to be bold' (350 comments in total)
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mapgraphs: Building a camera more capable of using HG & SHG lenses and then dropping that pro lens line while jacking up the price of the camera body is BOLD?

So, why build a camera around improved PDAF when the new lenses need only CDAF?

As to replacing the Zuiko Digital Super High Grade lenses, why replace telecentric designed f/2 zooms with software corrected f/2.8 lenses with a PRO sticker glued on them? We'd have to ask the Olympus bean counters to get an answer to that probably. I'm guessing you never owned one of the SHG lenses... ; - )

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 14:12 UTC
On article CP+ 2017: Olympus interview: 'We chose to be bold' (350 comments in total)

Building a camera more capable of using HG & SHG lenses and then dropping that pro lens line while jacking up the price of the camera body is BOLD?

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 13:17 UTC as 54th comment | 4 replies
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PhotoKhan: I am working on a piece on what deep sea diving and music composing have in common.

I am having a bit of trouble because I practice neither. :)

Seriously, Allison, you can interrelate any 2 human experiences, if you use as a far-fetched "bridge" as needed but, no, roller derby and photography don't have much in common except for instances, like in your case, where someone practices both.

2 facts and a piece of advice:

1. No matter how one excels at roller derby, it will never be "Art".
2. Contrary to Roller Derby, one's photography will never improve as a direct function of one's fitness.

Disconnect these two great hobbies in your head ASAP. The more you interrelate the two, the more your photography will suffer.

This geeky rant ended, I must say...I would love to see you "roller-derbying". :)

(PS: There are no "heroes" in neither Photography nor Roller Derby. It is more a concept related to Military and Public Service activities.)

So there is no art to practicing a skill and no fitness needed for practicing an art?

The concise Dunning-Kruger might be paraphrased as "Those most lacking in knowledge and skills are least able to appreciate that lack."

In other words, perhaps the inability to see the art in something is somewhat proportional to the inability to comprehend what is and isn't the practiced skill of doing anything creative.

If there is no creativity in participating in Roller Derby, then the corollary would be that there is no creativity in pointing a camera and pressing a button.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2017 at 13:14 UTC
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (487 comments in total)

"When the M10 is used like this, photography becomes a very immersive experience ...and much more immediate... "

Something "rangefinder" and "vinyl" might have in common is "immediacy."

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 11:42 UTC as 142nd comment

A clever design using trend data. Lost on the Powerpoint crowd apparently. Yup, another brave one ; - )

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 19:51 UTC as 36th comment
On article Women Photograph is a directory of female photographers (218 comments in total)

Brave post Allison ; - ) More.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 04:06 UTC as 27th comment | 2 replies
On article Prime or zoom? LensRentals investigates (237 comments in total)
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mapgraphs: 42 Roger. Eight times five is forty too ; - )

Yes, that and the improbability factor of finding the perfect zoom. There probably aren't enough hitchhikers here to get Roger's guide. . . ; - )

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 16:44 UTC
On article Prime or zoom? LensRentals investigates (237 comments in total)

42 Roger. Eight times five is forty too ; - )

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 13:12 UTC as 67th comment | 2 replies
On article 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $900-1200 (478 comments in total)
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PhotoKhan: What the "Best overall" does in actual users hands:

What a Canon 80D does in actual users hands:

What a Nikon D7200 does in actual users hands:

Use your eyes. Use your brain.

My gawd, what a novel idea! Look at numerous photos taken by a variety of people actually using these devices! Without comparison charts, DXO scores, ranking numbers, medals and excessively obtuse descriptions of hardware and software minutia with prominent links to Buy Amazon?

Never work. Too many photos to look at, not enough text to read. Where's the banter? Arguments? Likes?

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2016 at 13:29 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 Pixel Shift Resolution: Updated Field Test (211 comments in total)
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reptile9985: SilkyPix not only renders better raw developing with pixel shift on, but there's a huge difference even in normal mode compared to acr.
I suggest you guys to re-do all the studio scene tests with SilkyPix as well both with and without pixel shift!

"Using SilkyPix in our studio scene would unfairly make the K-1 look far better than it is"

Hyperbole aside, what this really implies is that ACR is not that good... If the bundled software blows away ACR in this specific case, where else does ACR fail? RAW (RLE) files are at the mercy of the capabilities of the conversion software which is part of the reason why each brand of camera offers their own conversion path. The bundled software is the baseline.

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2016 at 00:02 UTC
On article Lens shootout: Sony RX10 III destroys the competition (502 comments in total)
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Jon Stern: DPReview destroyed by writers feeling that it's necessary to create clickbait headlines.

"and the traffic will speak for itself"

That's probably a close definition of clickbait.

"noun: clickbait; noun: click bait
(on the Internet) content, especially that of a sensational or provocative nature, whose main purpose is to attract attention and draw visitors to a particular web page."

Link | Posted on May 26, 2016 at 22:17 UTC
On article Design, looks and desire: Olympus does it again (391 comments in total)

Would retro faux brassing help on the rolled edges? A rewind knob? Hope history doesn't repeat with the e-pl6 trajectory. And, whatever happened to the special Titanium OM-D E-M5 II?

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2016 at 18:53 UTC as 84th comment

In Camera Finder (flickr), the top 35 Samsung "cameras" listed are Galaxy xxx. The NX1 comes in at around #80. I suspect Samsung has a small clue about what consumers are buying. Conversely, Sony has the Xperia sitting in the top three slots with the A6000 and a7 in the 4th & 6th spots. The market has been trending in this direction for at least a couple of years, there's no real news here.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2015 at 12:35 UTC as 179th comment | 1 reply
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Stacey_K: I'm glad someone understands that some people (myself) value size over blazing fast speed. It defeats the whole purpose of mirrorless to only make f1.4-1.8 giant size lenses for them.

The 15 & 12 came out around 1999-2000 in screw mount. These are truly tiny. See

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2015 at 16:20 UTC
On article Sony Alpha 7R II Review (2181 comments in total)
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palie: now i'm on a roll. what practical price all that detail in any case ? if we're talking giclee, you can blow up a 6mp image to a massive size before it begins to pixellate. step back to a normal viewing angle, and they disappear in any case. litho ? sorry to tell you this, but printers' RIPs write all images down to the equivalent of 300 dpi ... that effectively means you can shoot a double page spread in national geographic with a 10 year old canon rebel ... and unless you specifically tell it not do so, the highest quality adobe acrobat PDF preset for litho printing turns your precious raw based photoshop file into - wait for it - a JPEG !!! think i'm joking ? ask a printer ...


But what I want to know is how those RAW pixels look on my state-of-the-art 1.01mp HD IPS.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2015 at 11:06 UTC
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DesmondD: It would be interesting to know the exact percentage [to population] of cameras being sold compared to 20 years ago. Digital got a lot more people involved in photography initially, now mobile phones have drawn many of those people away from "real cameras". Now perhaps we are back to the original percentage of people actually interested in using "real cameras" for their photography.[?]

Not the exact percentage of cameras sold relative to population but instructive enough:

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 20:37 UTC

Since you were over at photographylife I'm surprised you didn't check out Thomas Stirr's "Is There Really Anything ‘Wrong’ with Digital Camera Sales Volumes?" (

The CIPA chart of camera sales from 1933 to 2014 puts it into perspective. Digital camera growth was a result of compact digital sales, not DSLRs. Simply put, mature consumer markets are a whole different animal than growth markets. And no, mirrorless isn't going to do a Mighty Mouse.

Consumer electronics have moved on to tablets and watches, consumer photo needs have been met. We can get back to photography and leave the gadgets to Apple. And yes, Canon, Nikon and Sony will do okay.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 14:37 UTC as 222nd comment | 1 reply

It would seem that Olympus has finally cleaned out most of the overstock, at fire sale prices no less. The E-PL6 kit is selling for less ($299) than a "reconditioned" E-PL5 body ($359) on the Olympus North America site. The E-PM2, which Olympus apparently couldn't give away is no longer listed but is available at KEH for $199 (LN-).

Some anecdotal items like Cameta no longer offering anything as "factory demo" for OMD or PEN would seem to point to Olympus finally cleaning out stock also.

As for solid sales of the newer items like the E-M5 II, flickr stats don't exactly back that claim up. There are about as many E-500 users as E-M5 II users according to Camera Finder. In fact the E-PL5 and E-PL1 are right up there with the E-500. The "I Own It" stats here on DPR tell a similar story. 44 people claim to own the E-PL7 and 303 for the E-M5 II. If all this is contributing to returning to profitability, something somewhere doesn't add up.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2015 at 15:22 UTC as 42nd comment | 5 replies

Judging from your samples I'd say the Voigtländer 10.5mm Nokton is in the same league as the 17.5. A good range of subject matter to show it off. With the 17.5, the short throw of the focus means that things pop in and out of focus quickly.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2015 at 14:02 UTC as 27th comment
On article Sony rides wave of US Mirrorless sales surge (727 comments in total)
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Timbukto: I have been busy with work, but sorry DPReview staff, the paraphrasing of the PR is misleading at best, but really from a financial reporting point of view an absolute butchering. The PR states 66% increase in *SALES* for mirrorless. This can be a WORLD of difference from 66% boost of income!

In addition an increase of 16.5% in mirrorless with a decline of 15% in DSLR is not in any way a *SURGE*. Again it requires someone with some financial acumen. Lets say DSLR's sold about 1 million units during a shopping season month last year, and mirrorless sold about 250k. A decline of 15% in DSLRs is pretty horrific, but an increase of 16.5% in MILC is pretty measly as well and indicates still the overall *weakness* of the entire market. I am in no way a CPA or hedge fund manager, but the paraphrasing should be this point, just say here is the Sony PR release and leave it at that. I think Bythom may give a more fair assessment of this PR, but as it is now, its butchered.

DPR editorial policy with it's use of Press Releases as factual articles appears to perhaps be an attempt to play to the readers. Newspapers have been doing this for years. It's also a good way to play to the choir. Case in point is some anecdotal info pointing to Sony with the A6000 & A7 grabbing market share from m4/3 which has been loosing market share to Fuji here on DPR. If one looks at the numbers, the Mirrorless segment here on DPR is near the median of all ICL camera ownership (per ownership claim). That's far different from some other sites which put Mirrorless ILC cameras at a 10-12 percent level, well below DSLR usage and almost non-existent compared to camera phones. “Articles” like this are feel-goods. A reason to click through.

(Disclaimer – I have three “mirrorless” cameras and yes, I would buy an A7. I just don't need one.)

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2015 at 10:42 UTC
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