mdcromer

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neophil: Great choice. I have the Tamron 70-200 2.8 G2 lens, and it's perfect, except its weight of 1.5 kg. I'd be more than happy to exchange those 20mm zoom range for 700 grams, and, once I switch from D750 to Z6, I can also lose IS in the lens.

It's not offered in Z-mount or R-mount, only E-mount.

The downside of CaNikon's decision to lock out third party lens manufacturers.

Link | Posted on Dec 25, 2020 at 04:08 UTC

"Now how about a version for Z and RF mounts next?"

Buy an open system like Sony E-mount not closed proprietary mounts like Canon and Nikon offer.

Link | Posted on Dec 25, 2020 at 04:06 UTC as 11th comment | 4 replies
On article Have your say: Most important cameras of the 2010s (416 comments in total)
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squidbrand: This entire comment thread: "I have fond memories of this one camera I owned that added a few neat generational spec upgrades over the 99% identical previous model. Therefore, it's the most historically important camera of the decade."

Meanwhile the iPhone 4, a device that near-singlehandedly destroyed the most popular camera category and kicked off a transformation of the entire role of photography in society, is somehow going to finish third.

Just look at sales of high end cameras. They have gone down significantly over the last 8 years while global population has increased. They've done better than low end interchangeable lens cameras and far better than compact cameras, but the entire market has shrunk.

Can I prove it's from phones? No. Is it obvious that phones did it? Yes it is.

Link | Posted on Dec 25, 2019 at 23:23 UTC
On article Have your say: Most important cameras of the 2010s (416 comments in total)
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squidbrand: This entire comment thread: "I have fond memories of this one camera I owned that added a few neat generational spec upgrades over the 99% identical previous model. Therefore, it's the most historically important camera of the decade."

Meanwhile the iPhone 4, a device that near-singlehandedly destroyed the most popular camera category and kicked off a transformation of the entire role of photography in society, is somehow going to finish third.

It's basic economics.

Fewer camera sales to amortize development costs = higher prices.

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2019 at 20:27 UTC
On article Have your say: Most important cameras of the 2010s (416 comments in total)
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squidbrand: This entire comment thread: "I have fond memories of this one camera I owned that added a few neat generational spec upgrades over the 99% identical previous model. Therefore, it's the most historically important camera of the decade."

Meanwhile the iPhone 4, a device that near-singlehandedly destroyed the most popular camera category and kicked off a transformation of the entire role of photography in society, is somehow going to finish third.

Even for DPReview readers, the iPhones and Android phones are far more important than anything else, as they have determined the entire direction, product mix and pricing of standalone cameras over the past decade.

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2019 at 14:38 UTC
On article Have your say: Most important cameras of the 2010s (416 comments in total)
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squidbrand: This entire comment thread: "I have fond memories of this one camera I owned that added a few neat generational spec upgrades over the 99% identical previous model. Therefore, it's the most historically important camera of the decade."

Meanwhile the iPhone 4, a device that near-singlehandedly destroyed the most popular camera category and kicked off a transformation of the entire role of photography in society, is somehow going to finish third.

This is so true.

iPhone and smartphone cameras in general is 10x as important as any of the other cameras on this list.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2019 at 15:20 UTC
On article Have your say: Most important cameras of the 2010s (416 comments in total)

Anyone who didn't vote iPhone as #1 is in total denial.

There is no question that camera phones have had far more impact on the industry than any other factor.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2019 at 15:19 UTC as 80th comment | 4 replies
On article Best cameras for landscape photography in 2021 (1105 comments in total)
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Tiger1: I don’t have one, but on balance, the Panasonic S1R seems to be the best "static" landscape camera. Why? It combines portability, lens selection via the L mount alliance, and by far the best multi shot performance with real motion compensation out there.
Just download some of the hi res files and see the detail and it’s unbelievable. The Sony has more native MP but its multi shot performance in the real world is unusable. I known it has much faster autofocus but for landscapes you need accuracy and the contrast based autofocus of the Panasonic is extremely accurate and doesn’t suffer at all from PDAF artefacts. The Leica SL2 would even be better as it’s a smaller version of the same thing but would be too expensive in comparison. So if you don’t shoot fast moving action and you are a pure static landscape photographer, the Panasonic seems perfect.

The Panasonic multishot files delete image data. The Sony multishot files don’t.

What the Panasonic files do in camera should be done on a computer where you have the ability to adjust the conversion, movement detection algorithms, and use different programs and upgrade how the conversion is done as imaging science progresses.

This is the main reason for RAW, not just white balance adjustment.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2019 at 01:36 UTC
On article Best cameras for landscape photography in 2021 (1105 comments in total)
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Tiger1: I don’t have one, but on balance, the Panasonic S1R seems to be the best "static" landscape camera. Why? It combines portability, lens selection via the L mount alliance, and by far the best multi shot performance with real motion compensation out there.
Just download some of the hi res files and see the detail and it’s unbelievable. The Sony has more native MP but its multi shot performance in the real world is unusable. I known it has much faster autofocus but for landscapes you need accuracy and the contrast based autofocus of the Panasonic is extremely accurate and doesn’t suffer at all from PDAF artefacts. The Leica SL2 would even be better as it’s a smaller version of the same thing but would be too expensive in comparison. So if you don’t shoot fast moving action and you are a pure static landscape photographer, the Panasonic seems perfect.

A Panasonic multishot “RAW” file is not a real RAW file. It has had irreversible processing in camera. As better algorithms come out for processing multishot images and removing motion artifacts, it will be impossible to take advantage of them.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2019 at 11:17 UTC
On article Best cameras for landscape photography in 2021 (1105 comments in total)
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Tiger1: I don’t have one, but on balance, the Panasonic S1R seems to be the best "static" landscape camera. Why? It combines portability, lens selection via the L mount alliance, and by far the best multi shot performance with real motion compensation out there.
Just download some of the hi res files and see the detail and it’s unbelievable. The Sony has more native MP but its multi shot performance in the real world is unusable. I known it has much faster autofocus but for landscapes you need accuracy and the contrast based autofocus of the Panasonic is extremely accurate and doesn’t suffer at all from PDAF artefacts. The Leica SL2 would even be better as it’s a smaller version of the same thing but would be too expensive in comparison. So if you don’t shoot fast moving action and you are a pure static landscape photographer, the Panasonic seems perfect.

1) Sony has much better native lens selection.

2) People should process RAW images out of camera on a real computer. The Panasonic multishot violates that principle.

3) The Sony is much better if you also focus things that move.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2019 at 23:19 UTC
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mdcromer: You have to wonder at Canon's commitment to maintaining two separate mirrorless mounts and delivering quality glass for both.

Nikon and Sony don't have that problem, their mirrorless cameras and lenses will work interchangeably (with a crop factor).

I have multiple Sony FF and APS-C cameras and I use the FF lenses on the crop camera all the time (various Loxia and CV lenses as well as the 100-400).

It only makes sense to have both systems use the same glass and you can mix-and-match depending on what size of camera / lenses you feel like carrying at any particular time.

Canon really dropped the ball here!

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2019 at 16:12 UTC

You have to wonder at Canon's commitment to maintaining two separate mirrorless mounts and delivering quality glass for both.

Nikon and Sony don't have that problem, their mirrorless cameras and lenses will work interchangeably (with a crop factor).

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2019 at 12:46 UTC as 24th comment | 3 replies
On article Hands-on: What you need to know about the new Leica SL2 (525 comments in total)

The "Leica" SL2 looks very familiar. A lot Like the "Hasselblad" E-mount cameras of old.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2019 at 22:24 UTC as 75th comment | 1 reply
On article Sony a7R IV review (1513 comments in total)

Ridiculous to use "Compressed RAW in continuous mode" as a con. People use continuous mode for action photography, generally at high ISOs. The compressed RAW artifacts are only noticeable with low-ISO landscapes and cityscapes.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2019 at 18:55 UTC as 49th comment | 3 replies

No in-camera RAW conversion? They also don't allow you to make cell-phone calls from the camera or play video games on it.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2019 at 18:52 UTC as 74th comment | 1 reply
On article Sony a6400 review (1241 comments in total)
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justmeMN: "Not so good for: Those photographers seeking a more engaging or more fun shooting experience, those with larger hands and shooters that need consistently pleasing JPEGs out-of-camera." -DPR

So, this camera is for people who want a no-fun shooting experience, and crummy JPEGs. :-)

This is of course utter nonsense, this camera takes superb images (RAW or JPEG).

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2019 at 19:20 UTC
On article Sony a6400 review (1241 comments in total)
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nandbytes: Too bad Sony APS-C lacks good zoom lenses :-(
Otherwise I'd have got this.

The 18-135 is one of the best and most compact superzooms out there. The 10-18 is a great ultrawide APS-C zoom lens.

And you have all the superb Sony FF zooms like the 100-400 to pick from!

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2019 at 19:20 UTC
On article Sony a6400 vs Fujifilm X-T30: Which is best for you? (454 comments in total)
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onlyfreeman: You might end up using big, expensive FF lenses with the Sony, isn't that a huge issue for anyone buying these midrange cameras?

I don't think a 50-150 is more useful than a 70-200 on APS-C.

And the Fuji 100-400 is smaller than the Sony because it isn't as good, not because of an APS-C design.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2019 at 14:56 UTC
On article Sony a6400 vs Fujifilm X-T30: Which is best for you? (454 comments in total)
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onlyfreeman: You might end up using big, expensive FF lenses with the Sony, isn't that a huge issue for anyone buying these midrange cameras?

FF telephotos and APS-C telephotos are the same size. So it is a complete waste to make APS-C only telephoto glass. And telephoto lenses are by far the largest lenses.

Only in normal and wide glass are APS-C only lenses smaller. And there are plenty of top-rate E-mount normal and wide APS-C lenses.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2019 at 14:55 UTC
On article Sony a6400 vs Fujifilm X-T30: Which is best for you? (454 comments in total)
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Zed Man: It is this simple.

If you don't know what you are doing, poor at focusing and are confused by too many controls pick the Sony.

If you understand how to work a camera and want the best looking pictures and video, the Fuji is the obvious choice.

Yes, great photographers don't need fast and accurate AF.

[facepalm!]

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2019 at 14:51 UTC
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