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Film Equipment List (All MF Lenses unless noted or for EOS):

Sinar F1 4X5, Sinaron 90mm F6.8, Sinaron 240mm F5.6
Schneider 90mm F8, 150mm F9, 180mm F5.6, 210mm F5.6
Fujinon 90mm F8, 210mm F5.6
Nikkor 120mm F5.6, 210mm F5.6, 300mm F5.6

Pentax 67, 55mm F4, 90mm F2.8, 150mm F2.8, 165mm F2.8

Pentax 645, 75mm F2.8(AF), 45-85mm F4.5(AF), 80-160mm F4.5(AF), 150mm F2.8(AF), 200mm F4(AF), 75mm F2.8, 120mm F4, 150mm F3.5, 300mm F4

Pentax Super A, ME Super, 50mm F1.4, 50mm F1.7, 50mm F2.8, 35-105mm F3.5, Tamron 28mm F2.5, 90mm F2.5, 80-200mm F2.8

Nikon FA, 50mm F1.4, 28-85mm F3.5-4.5(AF), Tamron 60-300mm F3.8-5.6, 70-210mm F3.5, Tokina 28mm F2.8, 80-200mm F2.8

Canon EOS-1, EOS-RT, 20mm F2.8, 50mm F2.5, 85mm F1.8, 100mm F2, 200mm F2.8, 28-135mm F3.5-5.6, 8-16mm F4.5-5.6, 24-70mm F2.8

Canon New F-1, T70, 24mm F2.8, 50mm F1.4, 135mm F2.8, 300mm F4, 50-135mm F3.5

Digital Equipment List (All AF lenses):

Pentax K10D, 50mm F1.4, Sigma 24-70mm F2.8, 24-135mm F2.8-4.5, 135-400mm F4.5-5.6, Tokina 28-70mm F2.6-2.8, Tamron 17-35mm F2.8-4, 300mm F2.8

Nikon D50, 24-85mm F3.5-4.5, Sigma 28-70mm F2.8, 70-300mm F4.5-5.6, Tamron 17-35mm F2.8-4, 20-40mm F2.7-3.5, 24-135mm F3.5-5.6, 90mm F2.5, 180mm F3.5

Canon 550D, 18-55mm F3.5-5.6, Tamron 70-200mm F2.8

Panasonic FX37

Tripods: Cullman Titan 100, Slik 700DX, 300DX, Sunpak 7500pro
Elinchrom Chic1, Chic2, S3000N (x2), Style 600S
Visatec 400B (x3)
Canon 550EX, 300TL, ML-2
Pentax AF400T, AF200T, AF540FGZ
Sigma EF500 Super
Sunpak PZ 5000, PZ 4000
Vivitar 285


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On article These are the best smartphone cameras you can buy (178 comments in total)

Did I see FIVE phones in the Roundup? Why only three in the "Gear in this story" section?

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2017 at 05:25 UTC as 12th comment
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BlackKite: D5-33, A9-21, 1D-18

I am Nikon shooter, so it's match in my case.

Almost identical for me too. D5: 34. A9: 18. 1DX: 20. I was a Canon shooter, swiching to Nikon but kept a Canon body. Seems I am biased towards warmer and less contrast Nikon tone.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2017 at 03:52 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Our first cameras (395 comments in total)
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aglake: My very first camera was a Brownie Super 27. It used 127 roll film and had a built-in flash (for flashbulbs); I must have gotten it in 1959 or so.

The first camera that I bought for myself was a Canon EF 35mm with an 50mm f/1.4 lens. I also got my father's Vivitar 75-205mm zoom and 200mm prime. After misplacing it for many years, I found it a few years ago and now still use it from time to time.

My first digital camera was a big and clunky HP Photosmart (I worked for HP at the time) sometime around 2002.

Canon EF was the beauty of cameras. I had it at one time. Forgot why I sold it:-(

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 17:37 UTC
On article New 20mm F2 4.5x macro lens released by Mitakon (122 comments in total)

Under the DPR Lenses tab, there are "Hartbleiā€œ and "Irix" brand, but why no "Zhongyi" or "Mitakon"?

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2016 at 04:37 UTC as 21st comment | 3 replies
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WillWeaverRVA: "The 64GB version will set you back approximately $435 while the 128GB requires an investment of $480."

I'm not sure why anyone would want to buy the 64GB version...

Those who used to have 32GB on a 7 would not know what 128GB is good for.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2016 at 21:17 UTC
On article The long, difficult road to Pentax full-frame (609 comments in total)

On paper, the K-1 looks as good or better than D800/D810 on most features, except one thing: is the AF as good as the latter?

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2016 at 04:48 UTC as 25th comment | 5 replies
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Ayoh: Looks like it might do video judging by the Mic and Speaker holes visible on the left side of the body


And the new zoom has built in stabilization too looking at the switches

Should be a really impressive piece of kit, and 1/2-1/3 the cost of the competition.

The green dot button on the back could be used for video. If it can do video, it would be even better than the 5D2 for shallow depth of field shots.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2014 at 05:41 UTC

If the new 645D adds all those new features in the K-3, such as 200,000 shutter cycles, focus peaking, metering and focusing sensor, I don't see any reason to keep my Canikon system. Great move, Pentax:-)

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2014 at 03:20 UTC as 28th comment | 1 reply
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epozar: Nice, but what's revolutionary?

It's probably the first affordable lens with good image quality at 600mm. If it does what the MTF indicates, it will be the category killer. Expecting a long waiting list like the release of D800.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2013 at 14:39 UTC

How much for a picture? Standard development of 0.6x 2M Ilford paper is not cheap:-(

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2013 at 23:57 UTC as 23rd comment

Isn't it a standard X flash Hotshoe on the top? Sony finally ditched the awkward Minolta hotshoe, good move!

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2012 at 11:19 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply

New style cues, nice!

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2012 at 05:08 UTC as 25th comment

I used to have the non-VR version of 24-85/3.5-4.5, super fast focus and sharp on D50. Wait to see how much better this VR update will be...

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2012 at 05:08 UTC as 98th comment
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chiane: Am I the only one that doesn't want a camera that looks like it's from the '70's?

Actually, the name is not EM-5. It's E-M5. Seems more people got it wrong than right...

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2012 at 23:53 UTC
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chiane: Am I the only one that doesn't want a camera that looks like it's from the '70's?

Neither do I. I like to old OM series look, and have owned one before. But this halfhearted 70s look is so fake...
BTW, what's the name? OM-D or EM-5? Pick one, not both, please?

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2012 at 21:27 UTC

My current Samsung core i7 6GB RAM 750GB 15.4 display laptop costs $600. Why can't Samsung makes a 2880x1800 screen?

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2012 at 20:54 UTC as 63rd comment | 5 replies
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attomole: Is't it about time Canon consolidated there DSLR camera name conventions word wide, why do they cary on with the rebel brand in the USA and Eos XXX branding in the ROW? we are all pretty much reading the same stuff these days, its just confusing.

Yes, I totally HATE the rebel naming. It's confusing and degrading. I have bought two rebels before and just can not stand the naming, so gave it away.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2012 at 16:52 UTC
On article Just Posted: Canon EOS 5D Mark III review (672 comments in total)
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Halfdan Faber: Well, I decided to take the trouble and line up the ratings in an image editor, to attempt to extract the detailed figures. Below are my findings. I have used a uniformly weighted ranking of Poor=0 to Excellent=14. As others have noted, the D800 did indeed score slightly higher. DPR has responded to previous poster by stating that the scales have different starting points. If this is true then their ranking figures are deceptive. On the merit of the actual numbers, I would say that the rankings are not credible and the overall equal ranking appears to be a fabricated result.

_______________D800___5D Mk-III
Build Quality__10.0___11.0
IQ Raw_________12.65__12.15
IQ JPG_________9.40___8.65
ISO Perf.______11.0___10.85



When Phil started DPR, he used very objective methods to evaluate cameras and offer comparable measurements to readers in selecting a suitable camera. But this scoring is now becoming a math fiasco.

It not about bias against N or C, I am still using Canon and not going to switch soon. It's about a score that can not fit a common sense.

This comment section is keeping growing because DPR is not responding. DPR obviously made a math mistake and not admitting it.

While HF's calculation using equal weight, if DPR is using a weighted average, then IQ and ISO Perf sections would obviously carry more weight and D800 would score even higher.

Link | Posted on May 29, 2012 at 02:31 UTC
On article Just Posted: Canon EOS 5D Mark III review (672 comments in total)

I have been a Canon user for over 20 years, my first film SLR is Canon, my first DSLR is Canon, and my current gear is Canon, with over a dozen Canon glasses. I have followed DPR for many years, always believe DPR has the best unbiased reviews, until this 5D3.
DPR, your explanation of the scoring just not hold. I can understand the trade of FPS Speed vs MP, and I can overlook the $500 price difference. But you call 5D3 more featured than D800 just not hold. What about the build-in flash, which also commands slave? what about multi-format accepting DX lenses? The face-recognition AF, the superior metering from D4, and USB3? All these that 5D3 lacks, and with bad JPG.
I am not a C nor N fanboy, I am not worried about the scoring, which is just a number, and does not affect my purchase decision.
I am putting this because DPR lost my long time trust, and lost the high standard of unbiased journalism that I used to respect DPR with.
DPR, it's time to explain the scoring with evidence?

Link | Posted on May 24, 2012 at 01:37 UTC as 82nd comment | 6 replies
On article Just Posted: Canon EOS 5D Mark III review (672 comments in total)
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jenbenn: I have been a Canon shooter (currently 5d Mark II) all the way back to the analoge days. Still I am baffled by this rating. The Mark III has less dynamic range, worse shadow noise at low iso and similar high iso performance as the Nikon d800. Stilll it recieves the the same 82 % rating. Considering that feature wise both cameras are very close and the 5d mark III is about 500 Euros more expensive, I am truly lost. In particular since the d800 manages to achieve the samer or higher IQ as the Mark III with 14 additional MP.

Of course I will get the Mark III as an upgrade over my 5D Mark II but only because I am used to the canon user interface and I can continue using my lenses.

Barney, why don't you tell us what the formula and sectional scores were to reach the final score for the two cameras? So all questions about unfair scoring will stop.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2012 at 17:26 UTC
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