Chris Noble

Chris Noble

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Imaging Sales are down 5.8% and Operating Profit is 8.3%. The company was basically break-even in 2017, so any profit is an increase. Nothing to get excited about... Indeed, they comments in the report: "conditions are expected to remain harsh for the digital camera-interchangeable lens type market and compact digital camera market."

A tough business to be in. I wish them well! They are one of the iconic brands.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2018 at 09:59 UTC as 11th comment
In reply to:

Olivier GALLEN: Why upgrade lenses that don't need upgrades? (both are already top-notch)

The companies with the highest quality are always improving it. It's the losers that are always playing catch-up when they have no alternative. This is the same in every industry. Applies to individuals and relationships as well.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2018 at 15:05 UTC
On article Hex Raven DSLR Bag Review (89 comments in total)

Do the gear makers pay DPR for these cream-puff "reviews"?

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2018 at 15:27 UTC as 30th comment

"The Natural History Museum will no longer display taxidermy, since we have recently discovered that it misrepresents nature. We'll replace them by live animals (those our civilization has not driven to extinction -- sorry about that one)".

How sad.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2018 at 11:28 UTC as 62nd comment
In reply to:

Lou Cohen: This is so sad.....

Yes... The Rolleiflex was an incredible piece of robust and precise German engineering and ergonomic design, down to the last details, such as two different lenses, one optimized for the ground glass and the other for the film plane. This is... a Chinese toy thought up by the current "Rolleiflex" trademark owner. At least they call it a "Kamera" rather than a camera.
Like those "Polaroid" products...

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2018 at 20:21 UTC

HP does not make monitors; these panels come from Samsung or LG. And there is no advantage to a "pop-up" calibration sensor compared to an external one. Looks like fluff to me...

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2018 at 22:16 UTC as 10th comment | 4 replies

f/2 lens on a hand-held camera... could you shoot in dark-enough conditions for glow-in-the-dark markings?

Sorry, just pointing out the obvious, but Leica makes "authentic" cameras, so I presume none of that matters.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2018 at 12:47 UTC as 32nd comment
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entoman: Always wondered about the logic behind changing the Fuji name. Originally the film-manufacturing branch was just plain Fuji, and the camera manufacturing branch was Fujica (as in FUJI CAmera). Then they changed the branding of the cameras to Fujifilm - although none of them accept film. VERY odd

Fujifilm is a much larger manufacturer of industrial films (not specifically for cameras) than it is a manufacturer of cameras and lenses.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2018 at 15:15 UTC

"faux leather wraps around the body"... Good thing that "faux" means fake rather than some endangered species.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2018 at 11:38 UTC as 51st comment | 1 reply
On article Canon patents fingerprint reader for cameras and lenses (191 comments in total)

Please don't refer to a patent application as a patent. There are many steps and years between the application and the patent grant. The application may be abandoned, rejected, significantly reduced etc.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2018 at 13:21 UTC as 22nd comment

"It's good but, in spite of anything you may have read, it's not magic." Strange, I must have missed the article that claimed that it was magic.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2018 at 16:27 UTC as 38th comment | 1 reply
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 Review (1025 comments in total)

Sort of pathetic when the "Editors' picks" comments are the ones that just restate the DPR position on their scoring methodology, verbatim.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2018 at 21:27 UTC as 60th comment | 2 replies
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 Review (1025 comments in total)

Firestorm on Gold vs. Silver ratings! The detractors have some very valid points, and I am surprised at the defensiveness of the DPR staff. Your very precise ratings (down to a single percent point!) based on subjective criteria from different reviewers at different times are misleading (and frankly a bit silly -- your are confusing accuracy with precision). Scoring in each dimension should be standardized, and relative to the camera's 2-3 most direct competitors for sale today, with explanation. People care which camera is better. today, in various dimensions. Drop the numbers -- "79%" and "82%" and all the others that are picked subjectively.

Also, you have decided to assign Gold vs Silver ratings that try to account for when the camera was released (completely irrelevant to someone making a buying decision today). Roger Federer's current rating vs. Rafael Nadal does not consider when each of them turned pro, and it would be incomprehensible if it did.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2018 at 14:34 UTC as 75th comment

The DPReview Editorial Board must be starting 2018 with a very small list of quality stories...

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2018 at 02:26 UTC as 32nd comment

Available, one open-box Leica M-P.

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2017 at 01:52 UTC as 30th comment
In reply to:

Imager of: Why don’t the people comparing just buy the new iPhone X?
Problem solved!

Hey, keep on buying Apple or... Think Different.

Link | Posted on Dec 26, 2017 at 17:50 UTC
On article Season's Greetings from DPReview.com (85 comments in total)

Thank you Simon, from one of this site's avid enthusiast fans, and thanks also for acknowledging Phil. A great memory I am sure. Best wishes.

Link | Posted on Dec 26, 2017 at 02:17 UTC as 17th comment

"Military version"? That would be in khaki, or camouflage. And scratches on the diaphragm blades? Yecch...

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2017 at 21:55 UTC as 53rd comment | 1 reply
On article Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III review (621 comments in total)

In DPR's opinion, there is a better alternative to this camera in every possible dimension, yet it still gets a 79% score. Looks like a severe case of grade inflation.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2017 at 04:50 UTC as 108th comment | 1 reply

Surreal... By his own admission, Barney has hardly used his "Gear Of The Year", and all the variants are "OUT OF STOCK" in his employer's store listing below the article (as of when I write this). Disconnect between marketing and merchandising departments?

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2017 at 12:04 UTC as 37th comment | 1 reply
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