Francis Sawyer

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FLruckas: If it was a Sony it would have overheated....

Then uh oh!


If it WERE a Sony...

Stay in school, kids.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 04:45 UTC
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n3eg: Should I say it? Should I? I'll say it.

If it was micro four thirds instead of a DSLR, NOTHING WOULD HAVE HAPPENED.

There, I said it.

If it WERE Micro Four-Thirds...

Literacy is your friend.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 04:43 UTC
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Valiant Thor: If it was a Canon camera, the plane would have crashed.

If it WERE a Canon camera.

Grammar and humor failure.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 04:43 UTC
On article Photoshop CC 2015.5.1 available (89 comments in total)
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APenza: For the price of $9.99 I pay monthly for PS and LR I find it a reasonable cost for the quality of the program's content. And as a hobbiest I probably only use about 20% of what PS has to offer as I use Lr for most of my editing. I'm also slow to adapt to the benefits of the upgrades but after I start using them it is hard to go back to the previous versions.
If Adobe significantly raised the subscription price I may consider going back to the last LR and PS that I own. Many do not like this subscription model and I too prefer to own the program outright, however, I know of so many 'photographers' who have said they used pirated PS that it makes sense that Adobe would protect their business. In the end we all have to pay for those that steal.

"When an update is published, don't update. Wait, go to the forums, see what issues are included then decide"

That's a problem when these jagoffs make EVERY update's file format artificially different, to break compatibility and force teams to update if ANYONE updates.

It's disgraceful. There no excuse for changing file formats every few months. If Adobe thinks this is truly necessary, it represents gross engineering incompetence.

But then again... it's Adobe we're talking about.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 03:16 UTC
On article Epson's 4K home projectors to go on sale next month (59 comments in total)

Fix the clearly wrong headline or stop writing for the site. It's that simple.

Who's going to rely on a site that puts (and KEEPS) bullshít on its pages?

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2016 at 09:04 UTC as 7th comment
On article Epson's 4K home projectors to go on sale next month (59 comments in total)
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REDred Photo: I generally like Epson products... but I'm not a fan of manipulative marketing claims. "Incredibly long lamp life" ... "Watch a movie every day for 7 years." And that's only in low-power mode.

Do the math. That's less than 4500 hours of lamp life. That's perfectly fine... but it's nothing special either. Average lamp life for home and office projectors is 3000-4000 hours at full power and 4000-6000 hours in "eco" mode.

I'm sure it's a beautiful projector. Why go out of your way to manipulate consumers with 'emperor's-new-clothes' claims on specifications? Just seems sleazy to me.

Now look at LED projectors from LG... 30,000 hours lamp life. The Barco projectors go for 100,000 hours! That's "incredibly long life" for a projector.

The "rainbow effect" doesn't come from "alternative lamp technologies." It comes from spinning color wheels, which are used on DLP projectors (which this isn't).

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2016 at 09:00 UTC
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tjwaggoner: I'm sorry but the level of hurt feelings on display in these comments from people who are so desperate to have their decisions validated by strangers is simply sad and pathetic. These are nothing but opinions of people. That's it. No different than when I say I like X brand of hot sauce on my food and the guy at the next table like his brand. My goodness some people need to grow up. To those saying "it's not unbiased" blah blah. It's not supposed to be unbiased. They're not journalists. This is their opinion.

Welcome to DPReview. If you criticize anything, the crybabies will assail you with infantile claims that you work for a competitor, or you don't own a camera, or you don't know what you're doing, or essentially "you're holding it wrong."

Cognitive dissonance at its finest. People paid a lot for something, and how dare you come in with opinions or even FACTS that call their decision into question? KILL THE MESSENGER!

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2016 at 01:00 UTC

"Top ten favorite" doesn't make sense.

It's just "the ten favorite."

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2016 at 00:49 UTC as 29th comment | 1 reply
On article Adobe boosts Lightroom Mobile with Raw editing for iOS (60 comments in total)

And these raw photos get onto your gimped iOS device HOW, exactly? And where, since Apple has deemed a file system "too scary" for its apparently retarded users.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 10:02 UTC as 3rd comment
On article 8K Helium Super 35mm sensor on the way from RED (86 comments in total)
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Fotoni: Almost every camera has a Bayer filter which cuts the color resolution and you need a quad resolution downscaling to get the full color resolution. 8K does that to 4K and 4K does that to 1080p.

BMPCC is probably one of the few consumer level video cameras which output high quality 1080p video, but GH4 or NX1 4K video downscaled to 1080p beats it easily when talking about sharpness and clarity. BMPCC still has its high quality video compression benefit for post-processing, but the video is always a bit blur.

You keep it as 8K because you can use different deBayering algorithms to get the 4K result you want. Also, you might want to recompose a shot in post; this is very commonly done, and can save your ass.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 03:09 UTC
On article 8K Helium Super 35mm sensor on the way from RED (86 comments in total)
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mosc: What's the crop and aspect ratio of this sensor? Somebody want to save me from calculating it based on the pixel size?

They said it's just slightly larger than 35mm cinema size (Super 35).

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 03:00 UTC
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SASand: Where does one find these product numbers? They aren't on my two SanDisk CFast 2.0 cards.

Who keeps the box of such a small product for more than a day or two?

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2016 at 08:44 UTC
On article Sony warns against use of unauthorized third-party apps (183 comments in total)

Dear Sony:

You suck.

- the people

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2016 at 05:23 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
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Caerolle: I very much like the new theme!

I am guessing the 'I hate EVFs'/'I hate touchscreens'/'I hate tilt screens'/'I hate mirrorless' folks are all not so fond of it, though.

No, people who don't want to read text off a light bulb aren't fond of it.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 10:45 UTC
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rainer042: I have been waiting since I know dpreview for a change of colors. I always found the white letters on a black background were much harder to read than vice versa. So finally my wishes have come true and I think this is really good news for everyone. The readability of dpreview articles has really been improved significantly by this change.


Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 10:42 UTC

"a switch to a more conventional ‘black on white’ design"

That's backward. Light text on a dark background is more legible and comfortable to read, which is why it was the default on computers for many years. This black-on-white stupidity is a vestige of a failed late-'80s/early-'90s attempt to make an analogy between the screen and a piece of paper. It fails because paper doesn't EMIT light.

Why would you want to read black text off the surface of a light bulb all day?

Black text on a white background is called INVERSE for a reason. And it's not something to use everywhere, every day.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 10:40 UTC as 90th comment | 3 replies
On article Sony warns against use of unauthorized third-party apps (183 comments in total)
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dulynoted: What kinds of apps are people wanting on their cameras? Focus stacking? Something similar to olympus live composite? I really can't think of anything I would want on a camera that isn't on current high end devices other than the ability to send raw images over wifi. I would really like to do that.

How about TIME LAPSE (intervalometer), a feature that should be standard on every camera sold today at every price range?

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 10:32 UTC
On article Sony warns against use of unauthorized third-party apps (183 comments in total)
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tech_head: Here in America that means nothing.
The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act requires them show that the modification lead to the failure.–Moss_Warranty_Act

So if the dial falls off they cannot void the warranty because you used different software. If they can prove the malfunction is dues to third party software, then and only then can they void the warranty.

No, it's always true. That's why it's a law.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 10:28 UTC
On article Sony warns against use of unauthorized third-party apps (183 comments in total)
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Francis Sawyer: That's what they get for selling crippled cameras and then trying to charge customers to un-cripple them.

Their ridiculous time-lapse "app," for example: No camera sold today should lack an intervalometer; it's essentially FREE to implement.

Yes, Canon has its head up its āss for not including an intervalometer. And its $80 external controller is an embarrassing piece of feces, with a 99-exposure limit in its total-number-of-pictures mode.

So what's your point?

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 10:26 UTC
On article Plugin allows direct Instagram posting from Lightroom (50 comments in total)

The term is "plug-in."

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 10:42 UTC as 4th comment
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