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marike6: "but arguably they're also the only audience that still buy dedicated cameras of any type".

Content creators, new parents, parents of athletes / actors or musicians, students, etc, there are endless categories of people who still buy proper cameras, this idea that dumb, soul crushing smartphones are ubiquitous is not my experience here in New York, it's not my experience selling gear on fleabay where interest in DSLR gear, film cameras, mirrorless gear is extremely high. Either there are countless photographers in the world or Richard's premise is not accurate. Not sure why DPR loves to push these kinds of narratives, but I guess it's time to close up shop guys. ;)

DPR "Shop" closes April 10, 2023. Hope you're happy. I'm sad.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2023 at 21:35 UTC
On article to close (5186 comments in total)
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Stevie Boy Blue: What a sad loss to the staff and the whole community here, as well as the many would-be members who could have benefited from using/signing up to the website and forums in the future.

In particular, I wish the very best of luck to ALL DPR staff who will be forced to seek alternative employment as a consequence of this closure. My heartfelt thoughts are with you.


Kind regards,


I'll miss your informative posts Stevie!

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2023 at 19:11 UTC
On article to close (5186 comments in total)
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skypix: This really sucks. Thanks Amazon.

I am cancelling my Prime account this month!

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2023 at 17:51 UTC
On article to close (5186 comments in total)
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Full Stop: If only someone had 200 billion $ to help here.
Oh, wait...

If I win the Mega Millions lottery Wednesday, I'll buy DPR! (I only play one ticket during my birthday week.) The will be my 80th; so I could be "discontinued" soon too!

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2023 at 17:49 UTC
On article OM System OM-5 in-depth review (848 comments in total)
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wats0n: I would have to respectfully disagree on the dynamic range assessment, I find I have more headroom then some crop and FF bodies I have used. High ISO is the Achilles heel of these sensors, but if you can live below ISO 1600 or use some AI NR software you will find image quality to be pretty close (in most cases) to larger sensors (and better JPEGs than many brands). While FF bodies have become quite small, I still find micro 4/3rds lenses to be tiny and cheaper in some cases by comparison which is still a strong selling point for me.

Between 1954-2002, I only used ASA 400 or less except for some experiments with Tri-X and Diafine (ASA 1250). Since switching to digital, ISO 400 remains my usual top speed unless light conditions or DOF, without focus stacking, require ISO 1600. Learning the fantastic (to me) features of the E5III while I can still see and walkabout. Probably past my "BBD", but still enjoying my lifelong hobby.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2023 at 18:41 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot Pro90 IS Review (1 comment in total)

Regret selling mine 10 years ago. Would buy an updated version - 28-200 zoom, new sensor, larger EVF, no LCD monitor, use current Canon ETTL flash. Ergonomics were fine. Start up was too long.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2023 at 03:21 UTC as 1st comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-G95/G90 Review (690 comments in total)
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Boss of Sony: Anyone who buys this over the G9 at current prices will be very unlucky.

G95 with kit lens = $1200

G9 body only = $1200 (current price)

Advantages of G95 over G9 = built in V-Log, 100g lighter

Advantages of G9 over G95 = High resolution mode, larger EVF, higher resolution EVF, no 4K crop, 4K 60fps, higher bit rate and larger selection of frame rates, better slow motion video, 6K photo mode, 60 fps RAW shooting with AF-S, 20fps with AF-C using e-shutter or 9 fps with AF-C using mechanical shutter (for 600+ frames), better battery life, better build/weather proofing, top LCD, dual card slots, AF joystick

Seems like there is no comparison here. If you're considering the G95, just get the G9 instead and pick up a 2nd hand kit lens for $50 or $100, and you have a way better camera. Almost makes me want to go out and buy a G9.

Fast forward to May 2022. $698 with 12-60 kit lens - cheaper than used!
Fits my small hand perfectly - all 3 lower fingers on grip.

Link | Posted on May 7, 2022 at 17:32 UTC
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whoosh1: Bravo Canon! As a Nikon user, it is good to see Canon will continue to push Nikon (and Sony, Panasonic and others). It is great for us consumers to have good choice. I particularly like what Canon has done making some of the common lenses very portable choices for the users - the 14-35mm f/4 L IS and 70-200mm f/4 L IS make a nice two lens travel set. As is the 70-200 f/2.8 RF a good step towards more portability.

For portability, I'm keeping my Canon M6II with the 11-22 IS lens. Ditched all my "full-frame" Canon stuff a decade ago.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2022 at 17:47 UTC
On article Seagate is planning to release 18 and 20TB HDDs in 2020 (114 comments in total)
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arhmatic: "My first drive back in 19xx was only xx Mb and I had to do x to get around x..."

In my first IT job, 1966, storage for 5,000 items were on 80-column punched tab cards.
Programming was by breadboard wiring and punched paper tapes loops. Photos were "stored" on Tri-X 35mm negatives taken with a Miranda SLR.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2020 at 16:44 UTC
On article Best lenses for Micro Four Thirds (360 comments in total)
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Stubb: M43 continues to lack a telephoto macro that gives a working distance suitable for skittish critters—something like a 150 f/4 that focuses down to 1:1.

Lighting static subjects in natural environments, let alone scaring ones that can move, becomes very problematic for anything shorter than the 60 f/2.8 currently offered.

I'd be happy with a 100mm f/4 (200mm FF FOV). Weather resistant and focus limiter. {Even 1:2 magnification would be acceptable (for me).

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2019 at 15:09 UTC

I might go for a 12L version for my 2-body + 5 lens m4/3rd outfit.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2018 at 02:56 UTC as 5th comment
On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (922 comments in total)

Minolta 7000i (my first AF camera).
Nikon F2 (battery only needed for meter).

Link | Posted on May 21, 2017 at 03:28 UTC as 313th comment
On article CP+ 2017: Olympus interview: 'We chose to be bold' (352 comments in total)
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HS Wells: I sold my GX85 move to E-PL8.

I replaced my Oly M1 gen.1 with a Pan G85. Much better menu system.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 15:11 UTC
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disraeli demon: I'm hoping that, if this does result in change, it will push Panasonic to concentrate on higher-end enthusiast and pro-level cameras. I've got a big investment in µ4/3 lenses, and I'd hate it if there were no capable Panasonic bodies to use them on going forward, but with µ4/3 least there's always Olympus to fall back on.
(Of course there's always the risk that Olympus might eventually pull out of the ILC market too, but at least at the moment I've got one more level of backup than, say, Samsung users had a year ago)

Just turned 74, I'll be happy if MY body last 10 years. In 60-some years of taking pix, my recently acquired G85 is the most fun I've had with ANY previous camera.
Post-focus, iBIS, in-body stacking, 4K video - stuff I never imagined as a sprout! (And the G85 with12-60 is more weather resistant than I am.)

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 16:00 UTC

Lumix 12-60 on my G85 - both more weather resistant than I am. (24-120 for you FF folks). If limited to a single prime, my Lumix 42.5mm f1.7. I have been acutely myopic since birth so notice details and prefer close-up composition. My first zoom was a Nikkor 43-86 on a F2 - good for 5x7 prints.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 14:29 UTC as 178th comment | 2 replies
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (896 comments in total)
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VacationViking: I really prefer an OVF. For me, it is simply a nicer experience than holding your eye up to a miniature screen.

Most OVF's have a fine matte focusing screen & condenser lens. Some top tier models have interchangeable screens. My first SLR's finder went black until I advanced the film by knob.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2017 at 05:05 UTC
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PropaPH: yeah really enjoy that mag even today... just read the March issue. Valuable insights always and great depth of knowledge... and they don't run on ad infinitum like some other sources do....

I began to suspect POP Photo was going to fade away when B&H quit placing dozen+ pages of ads. Wouldn't be surprised if Shutterbug follows within my remaining subscription.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2017 at 03:24 UTC
On article Square Format: not so weird (8 comments in total)

Started with Brownie Starflash, baby Rollei, Kowa 66, YashicaMats, lastly a Hassy 503CX. Now shoot my Pany G85 in Square - only about 12 mpxl but avoids edges of image circle. Will use 16:9 if subject matter/composition warrants.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2017 at 19:30 UTC as 2nd comment
On article CP+ 2017: Hands-on with Sigma's newest lenses (198 comments in total)

Well, 15 years ago I would be having G.A.S. pains over some of these monsters. I shrunk 25mm in height since the turn of the century. Shrunk my camera equipment to micro 4/3rds - what a relief!!

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2017 at 16:47 UTC as 53rd comment | 3 replies
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Autriche78: I understand that people have always, and will always, build residences in areas that are inherently more risky than others for a variety of reasons, one of which certainly can be lack of a safer alternative.

What I do not understand is building a business/plant that produces a product requiring very precise technical calibrations in an area that is known to be prone to earthquakes. Even if the building could be made perfectly safe for human workers, which should be the first priority, I would imagine that proofing the assembly process against violent shocks would be prohibitively expensive and likely impossible.

Why not build the plant someplace where there is less likelihood of devastating earthquakes, or at least have more than one plant in operation in diverse locations to have some degree of redundancy?

I am clearly not a businessperson, and realize that maybe the economics of such a solution don't work. It seems to me that adding the cost of such damage and the rebuilding process over repeated instances must certainly be far more costly than the cost of a relocated or second plant...

If I were 40 or 50 years younger, I'd leave.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2017 at 05:09 UTC
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