StevenN

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On article Fujifilm launches X-A10 as entry-level X-series model (163 comments in total)

With the exception of the "selfie" flip-up LCD screen, this camera is not too much different that the X-A1 or X-A2.

I hope they improved the focusing speed on this one because the X-A1's low-light focusing performance is horrible. Outdoors on a sunny day, the camera produces some beautiful images and I take it with me when I don't want the weight of my D750, but want better IQ than my micro 4/3 cameras.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 21:19 UTC as 53rd comment
On article 2016 Holiday Gift Guide: up to $100 (30 comments in total)
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WillWeaverRVA: That Cam Caddie Scorpion Jr. looks very useful for DSLR videography considering the low price tag. Might have to pick one up.

I purchased a nearly identical item (only difference, it is all black) on Amazon for $11.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2016 at 19:15 UTC
On article DPReview Asks: What was your first camera? (762 comments in total)

My first camera, when I was about 6 years old, was a Herco Imperial 620 box camera.
My first "real" camera, as a pre-teen, was a Nikon S rangefinder, with a Kowa 35mm lens.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 15:00 UTC as 525th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (677 comments in total)
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Adgadg: One serieus problem Panasonic has to adress - Awful autofocus during video. It completely fails to track, it is the biggest letdown of my gx80.

Which lens are you using? My GM5 does terrible autofocus using the 12-32mm kit lens.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2016 at 19:31 UTC

I had one of these when I was about 12 -- actually, it was a Nikon S -- but looked pretty much the same. My cousin was in the Navy, stationed in Japan. One week he came home, and presented me with the Nikon. After having only owned box cameras, I was on Cloud 9. I used the camera for about a year, when I noticed some dust in the rangefinder windows. So, using a little screwdriver, I took the front and top plates off the camera. Little springs and other metal pieces popped out everywhere! Unfortunately, I was never able to put the camera back together. At that moment, my camera repair career came to a crashing halt.

Actually, my father had once worked at Willoughby's Camera in New York, arguably the prestige camera store of the day, and still had many friends there. He probably could have gotten my camera repaired for me, but I was too ashamed to let him know what I had done.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2016 at 03:01 UTC as 6th comment
On article Fujifilm X70 Review (372 comments in total)
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Andrei L: To be honest, unless you're like REALLY desperate for an extremely compact experience and metal build, the new X-A3, paired with either XF 18 or XF 27, should be about a dozen times better, except for the leaf shutter high flash sync and missing shutter speed selector, replaced by PASM/AUTO whatever dial. And... maybe no PDAF, but judging by the reviews of X70, you're not missing out on much. X-A3 has got every single touch-related feature, as well as stuff as interval timer shooting or multiple exposure. Also, all film simulation bar Acros. Plus bounce flash onboard, with commander mode. Say what, early Christmas?

All of that in a whooping 24 Mpix non X-Trans sensor that does render fantastic colors in film simulation modes and poses no issue with any raw converter. Are you kidding me? I'd have to be crazy not to invest in A3 to X70's detriment.

Well, let's see. An X-A3 (which comes with a kit zoom; you can't buy it body only), costs $600. An XF 18 lens costs $600, for a total of $1,200. So it's not an even comparison.

I have an X-A1, which I love, and am considering getting an XF 18 lens for it. But if I can get the X70 with its 28mm lens in a more compact package that will fit in my pocket ... which is the better deal?

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2016 at 16:51 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V (236 comments in total)

I'll carry on with my Panasonic GM5. Thanks.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 15:26 UTC as 36th comment
On article PhotoPlus Expo 2016: What to expect at the show (65 comments in total)

I'll be at the show. Wonderin' which camera to carry around with me . . . ?

I love picking up brochures for the long Amtrak ride home!

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2016 at 15:13 UTC as 3rd comment
On article 6K here we come: Here's the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 (175 comments in total)

Glad they got rid of that long overhang on the EVF housing (phony pentaprism).

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 18:36 UTC as 21st comment

I still have my Olympus Stylus Epic, and had bought one for my Dad. We both carried them everywhere. I also still have my Olympus XA, complete with the original plastic box it came in. Both cameras are in near-mint condition.

I also had a Yashica T4, which took incredibly sharp photos. But it developed a light leak, and the cost to repair was prohibitive.

I hate that both of my Olympus cameras (in addition to my OM-1!) sit on a shelf, not being used. But I never shoot with film any more. My everyday carry digital camera is a Panasonic GM5; previously it was a Panasonic LX7. But I wish I had a small, large-sensor camera with a fast, non-protruding lens.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 16:28 UTC as 104th comment
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Old Cameras: I have a Vanguard that does the same trick.

Yes, so do I. My Vanguard Alto PRO 263AT tripod has a tilting center column. It's one of the reasons I bought it and is very convenient.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 23:58 UTC
On article Nikon D500 versus D750: Which one is right for you? (378 comments in total)
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StevenN: For the type of work I do, image quality (and the ability to crop) is more important than the number of focusing points or frame rate. That's why I chose a D750.

Sorry if I hurt your feelings. Really.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2016 at 13:09 UTC
On article Nikon D500 versus D750: Which one is right for you? (378 comments in total)

For the type of work I do, image quality (and the ability to crop) is more important than the number of focusing points or frame rate. That's why I chose a D750.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2016 at 12:24 UTC as 105th comment | 2 replies
On article A photographer's intro to the world of video (100 comments in total)

Great article, great tips. Thanks!

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 14:23 UTC as 4th comment
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StevenN: When I check update on my standalone version of Lightroom, it says I already have the current version -- 5.71

I guess LR6 is the CC subscription version only.

Thanks. But I am curious, what do you "hate" about the new version? I'm pretty satisfied with the version (5.71) that I have. Is there a major change in LR6 that will make me wish I never upgraded? :-/

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2016 at 23:22 UTC

When I check update on my standalone version of Lightroom, it says I already have the current version -- 5.71

I guess LR6 is the CC subscription version only.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2016 at 23:34 UTC as 6th comment | 4 replies
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ihv: Provided the perpetual license will continue I do hope in the next major LR version there are more things than currently released to the CC only.

Nooooooooooo!

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2016 at 23:01 UTC
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (722 comments in total)

Wow. I suggested that dpreview do this years ago! But my suggestion was met with no response. Thanks for finally seeing the light ...

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2016 at 14:14 UTC as 340th comment

Nice lens. I have a 24-120mm lens on my Nikon D750, and, for me, it's the perfect all-around focal length.

I've often wished my 14-140mm Lumix was a little wider, and lighter. I shoot 75 percent of my shots at the wide end, so I wouldn't miss the 140mm that much.

I hope the price comes down before too long.

--StevenN

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2016 at 22:25 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply
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alextardif: Taking bets on how many warranty claims will be filed after people start busting LCDs when they ram their schnozes smack in the middle with that interesting EVF placement, LOL!

Cool tech nonetheless!

Actually, Sigma has made a very poor choice for EVF placement. Many people, like myself, are left-eye dominant. Trying to look through this EVF will have your nose and thumb competing for space.

Don't designers take into account that not everybody uses the same eye to focus?

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2016 at 23:10 UTC
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