Andy Crowe

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On article CES 2017: Hands-on with the Kodak Super 8 (417 comments in total)
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sop51: Kodak "failed to identify digital photography as a disruptive technology" and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2012.

It seems they're failing to identify digital video as a disruptive technology in 2017. History repeats.

More like they've actually recognized the current retro trend and trying to cash in on it.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 14:18 UTC
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tex: Errr.....why counterfeit THIS lens....?

Would you be able to tell one cheap 50 1.8 from another? If they tried to counterfeit more expensive glass anyone buying it would notice straight away and take it straight back.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2016 at 23:21 UTC
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Eloise: You have to "love" counterfeiters mentality... they go to all the trouble of making a lens look identical to the Canon, then fail to put a space in the most basic of detail!

Plausible deniability? "Oh no, we weren't pretending this was a CANON lens, our company is called CANONINC, it's completely different!" :)

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2016 at 23:20 UTC
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Marty4650: Isn't the genuine lens pretty cheap?

This is like counterfeiting $1 bills. If the criminals had any sense they would be counterfeiting L series lenses.

That's what I thought at first, but thinking about it the kind of people who buy L lenses are also the kind of people who would be able to tell something wasn't right almost straight away.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2016 at 23:18 UTC
On article DPReview Asks: What was your first camera? (764 comments in total)

Olympus C220, nice enough camera though it didn't take long to upgrade to a Canon A70

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 17:44 UTC as 431st comment
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SETI: Insane price for small sensor! Let's speak just about stills quality...
Cheaper FF cameras: Nikon D750, Sony Alpha a7 II, Canon EOS 6D
Matching prices: Canon EOS 6D with 24-105mm f/4L and Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan Kit, Nikon D610 with 24-85mm, Sony Alpha a7 II with FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS, Sony Alpha a7R

The Oly has interesting USPs like the 6.5 stops IBIS and 60fps full size raw shooting, which combined with its other features like weather sealing and an electronic shutter might be more useful for someone than having a FF sensor.

I have a Sony A7 and a Panasonic GX7, I tend to use the GX7 more often due to the combination of IBIS, electronic shutter and small but sharp lenses. If I need super shallow DOF, more DR, or to shoot in very low light I'll use the A7, if I'm doing event photography and need to be quiet I have no choice but to use the GX7, the smaller lenses are a big bonus too.

Basically horses for courses.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 12:04 UTC
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imsabbel: Okay, looing at that dial, this is clearly based on 2 polarization filters rotated against each other.

How do they avoid issues with reflections? Another lambda/4 plate afterwards? And whats the color fidelity?

I'd imagine it's the same as every other polarizer based variable ND filter

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 09:10 UTC
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dansclic: Come on, is someone really going to put that big bertha on a A7 body ???? (Unless you have a spécial steel bayonet)

Actually its light weight would make it an ideal camera to mount on this lens :)

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2016 at 16:29 UTC
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nathantw: Since when has photo equipment start being called "kit?" It gives the impression of small, lightweight amateur stuff. It should be "heavy photo equipment." People will think, "big photo gear."

It's been called "kit" for as long as I can remember, I mean here's a post calling it kit from 2003 https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/5405291

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2016 at 11:36 UTC
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1599 comments in total)
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Boky: So, how can L glass be attached to this camera? Possible?

They have an EF mount adapter with full aperture/IS/auto-focus support. Hopefully the on-chip PDAF will help with focus speed as DSLR lenses tent to perform badly under CDAF.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2016 at 22:28 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Canon PowerShot Pro70 (111 comments in total)
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Kharan: It's a really interesting design. It looks like a very solid package, especially considering how crude the whole digital thing was at that time.

I was left wondering about the CYGM sensor, that's really unique. It'd have been nice if you had added some more information about it.

There's actually a fair few cameras of the time that had CYGM sensors, I'm sure one of them had a write-up on the sensor tech but I can't remember which one. Here's a list of some of the reviews - https://www.google.com/search?q=%22C+-+Y+-+G+-+M%22+site:dpreview.com+inurl:reviews

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 22:37 UTC
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Andy Crowe: I think it's a at least a bit ironic that my 'proper' camera can charge from a standard micro-USB cable and has a headphone socket, while the iPhone 7 doesn't/can't...

I know, that's why it's ironic ;)

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2016 at 15:02 UTC

I think it's a at least a bit ironic that my 'proper' camera can charge from a standard micro-USB cable and has a headphone socket, while the iPhone 7 doesn't/can't...

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2016 at 13:34 UTC as 234th comment | 4 replies
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Negative287: Will they auto focus? If not, I can't see paying all that money for these things.

All that money? It's cheaper than a lot of 1.4x teleconverters and even some 0.7x front mounted wide angle adapters...

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2016 at 23:23 UTC

Uncrop! https://youtu.be/2aINa6tg3fo :)

Link | Posted on May 26, 2016 at 19:11 UTC as 41st comment
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HB1969: 2003: ISO800 is terrible! I wouldn't shoot anything above ISO400 with that camera
2010: ISO25600 is pointless! I wouldn't shoot anything over ISO1600 with that camera
2016: ISO3mil is shockingly bad! I wouldn't shoot anything over ISO200K with that camera

(the years and ISO might not be accurate but you get the idea)

@HB1969 I disagree, ISO 25600 on the 5DII (its maximum ISO) is very usable for small images (you can even read some of the text in the test scene) while with the D5 ISO 3M you can barely see the test scene in the thumbnail.

Again where to cut the ISO off is subjective, but to claim ISO 3M as a regular ISO setting (not even ISO boost) is a little disingenuous.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2016 at 12:42 UTC
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HB1969: 2003: ISO800 is terrible! I wouldn't shoot anything above ISO400 with that camera
2010: ISO25600 is pointless! I wouldn't shoot anything over ISO1600 with that camera
2016: ISO3mil is shockingly bad! I wouldn't shoot anything over ISO200K with that camera

(the years and ISO might not be accurate but you get the idea)

In this case ISO3M really is quite bad, I'm not sure I've seen a top ISO setting with such a high noise level, there's basically no detail there. 2009's Canon 5DII ISO25600 looks miles better. Yes it's always going to be subjective where to draw the line on maximum ISO setting, but Nikon are taking the biscuit a bit here.

http://i.imgur.com/tdtx9ZZ.png

On the other hand there is a ~2 stop noise improvement in general, which is nice to have.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2016 at 09:27 UTC
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uzzy88: What's the point of having a small sensor with same aperture lenses than aps-c?...
m43 area is lower, they should push more the brightness of the lens.

They should be able to do longer zoom with higher sharpness and brightness than aps-c, as we see in the 1-inch compact camera market. This would be appealing for switching to m43 system.

It's been a long time since DPR did a lens test, but m4/3 standard zooms appeared to be sharper than APS zoom lenses wide open, especially in the corners. Also this lens is a 5x zoom so you're getting extra reach compared with the usual 3x 3.5-5.6 zooms.

http://www.dpreview.com/LensWidget/Fullscreen.ashx?reviews=61,86&fullscreen=true&av=4,3.667&fl=14,18&vis=VisualiserSharpnessMTF,VisualiserSharpnessMTF&stack=horizontal&&config=LensReviewConfiguration.xml%3F1

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2016 at 11:50 UTC
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Mike FL: It is sad to see Panasonic is aged and going down.

It was a good camera maker.

BTW, Olympus has Beauty mode for years for all P&S, but not in the newer OMD that I guess Beauty mode is not too popular.

FWIW, below is OMD EM5 Beauty mode:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pKveWO9spU

"It is sad to see Panasonic is aged and going down."

Why, because they have a line that is targeted at a particular demographic who happen to be quite big camera buyers in Japan?

This isn't replacing the G, GX or GH line....

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2016 at 17:01 UTC
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Jefftan: Most interesting product from all company thus far
surprising it takes so long for the 1 inch sensor to be put in a super zoom
10X zoom much more useful than other large aperture 1 inch sensor camera

Price is high but it probably would fall to $500 eventually
I will buy, good product

There are lots of 1" superzoom cameras already, all the others are just "bridge camera" style rather than compact.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2016 at 23:31 UTC
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