FBoneOne

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Very well written and very much aligned with my views but as many pointed out, for photographers who put food on the table by selling pictures, they may need to settle for less at times just to ensure monthly cash-flow, but the key is to detect when the opportunity warrants more and to hold your ground. How replaceable are the pictures offered is a huge factor. I just sold a series that although made up of pictures that each were not that unique, all together they built the full Project illustration a company was looking for (pure luck on my part) saving them a lot of time and effort - I licensed each for $100 but since they bought all 30, that was still a very good day :-) Just paid for my new lens, but I am glad I have a reliable day job.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2020 at 14:09 UTC as 44th comment
On article Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG DN sample gallery (DPReview TV) (203 comments in total)

I don't care about the lens (although the samples look superb) or the camera and its color science (or lack thereof, pick your favorite), but Chris shows here he's not just a great street photographer but he also has an amazing talent with people. This gallery has soul! Isn't that what matters in the end?

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2020 at 13:39 UTC as 61st comment | 2 replies

So blockchain for images in short? Good initiative, very badly needed. Hopefully it sticks.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2020 at 19:40 UTC as 27th comment
On article Hands-on with the Canon EOS R5 (537 comments in total)
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pentaust: Is there a plan for a Canon EOS R5 variant without video recording and 30% cheaper, for photographers only? If not, why should photographers pay almost $4000 for using half of the EOS R5 camera. Why should all people who never asked for video have to pay for it?

That's not necessarily a bad idea; manufacturers turn off software features all the time to create lower price point items (and we hate them for doing it but it has marketing merits). So they could do it - but why would they if they anticipate being sold out for the next 12 or 18 months? In the current environment they'd be crazy to increase production capacity, so why not milk it, especially on an item that has such high appeal. If they are wrong on the appeal... then it's going to hurt but I don't think they are.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2020 at 12:57 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Canon EOS R5 (537 comments in total)
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Handsome90: On paper the camera looks great but it seems we did not have any objective reviews yet. Apparently Canon is using gagging orders for some reviewers and Jordan isn’t allowed to comment on rolling shutter. So DPR is this an objective review?

"Gagging orders" are a legal action - I doubt Canon had courts issue orders to all the reviewers... what they use is embargo of information either to a certain date or on certain topics (and in this case they used both). Considering there is no full production R5 available that's not unreasonable that they would preclude commentary on the aspects they know are not final. The R6 is production and they have established no such limits. I don't think there is a need to see evil in action here.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2020 at 12:50 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Canon EOS R5 (537 comments in total)
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barrym1966: Priced themselves out of the market with this one

Time will tell but I suspect they will be sold out at full price for quite a while. And when they are not sold out anymore, they can always offer a summer or year-end discount. And if i am wrong they can always offer a year round discount... But based on the press and forum commentary on this one, I have a strong feeling they will do just fine even at that price.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2020 at 14:48 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Sony 12-24mm F2.8 review (111 comments in total)

The lens is outstanding but nobody talks about the true revelation in the video. We now have a Disney princess who shaves. That’s a gazillion miles under the sea bigger news that the lens.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2020 at 12:52 UTC as 28th comment | 1 reply
On article Hands-on with the Canon EOS R5 (537 comments in total)
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mgblack74: Congrats Canon! I'm a long time Nikon user with a couple of Z6's, and the R5 looks like an amazing beast of a camera. I have several industry friends with R's and I've been telling them this is the first Canon to tempt me. Very happy for Canon users today! Can't wait to hear of production models in use.

I shot canon for twenty years but switched to Nikon when the D750 came out because to me canon had fallen too far behind in image quality at the time. But I always preferred canon ergonomics and colours. So this R5 is the first to scratch a serious itch to go back :-)

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2020 at 13:48 UTC
On article Canon EOS R6 initial review (463 comments in total)

nothing wrong with 20mp in absolute - 1Dx mk3, D5, D500... nobody credible would claim that those cameras seriously lack in the sensor department. But, they are also quite specialized cameras where speed and precision trump resolution. But R6 is supposed to be more of a generalist, an all-rounder for enthusiasts and then 20MP will show its limits at times. Cropping capability is more limited, landscape resolution is also limited... It's not a deal breaker in any way, just that 24 to 32mp is a bit more forgiving for those types of needs. That's why I don't use my D500 as a walk around camera - not because it is APS-c, but because I like 36MP in an every day camera much better (I'd do with less but with Nikon it's either 24 or 36, nothing on between). That said, it looks like R6 is armed to take amazing pictures - hopefully Nikon will take notice and try and close the gap. I love competition amongst the giants, we usually get better gear out of it.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2020 at 16:40 UTC as 73rd comment | 1 reply

I think the idea has merit but probably not as broadly as one might think. The reason to use fast aperture telephotos for wildlife is not just for phallic satisfaction or autofocus speed on SLRs, but because the best light is at dawn and dusk, with little available light (but beautiful) and limited contrast. Your f:11 telephotos might work well to track animal in Tanzania at 2pm, plenty of light, high contrast and nothing moving fast because they are too hot... but at 4am? Yet to be seen. And even if it tracks, catching 1/2000s will require ISO 3200 or above - very much possible but certainly not as clean and flexible as a shot at iso 400 or 800. I see the nikon 500 F;5.6 as the right level of compromise.
At the other range of the focal range, when one enters more reportage and street photography, I certainly can see the value of a small zoom going from 20mm to 50mm with modest aperture and sharp from wide open. It would be easy to carry, balances ok on a D750 or Z6

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2020 at 17:06 UTC as 22nd comment
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Ruekon: "In a Lightroom minute" ... provided you are of sufficient age and set up a subscription plan first ...

Today Adobe brought me further away from it's photo software than ever before: making the best out of the current lockdown situation, an art teacher started a project about digital image processing. He proposed to use GIMP or PIXLR. Could I get a better task for homeschooling?

As GIMP doesn't really work on iPad, I thought that "the original" Photoshop might be a good option. 30 days trial or alternatively an Express version sound promising. But: only with online subscription and Adobe doesn't allow my kid to have one ...

Just for comparison: Apple offers Family Sharing, which is great. Microsoft grants Office365 accounts for kids at schools, which appears clever. And Adobe?

PIXLR did a good job in the end.

The subscription is for 2 devices registered at the same time, but they can't be editing at the same time. I have my desktop registered and my daughter's laptop - as long as we don't try to edit at the same time it's fine. Comes in handy that I am a morning person and she is a late night person :-)

Link | Posted on May 31, 2020 at 13:50 UTC
On article Canon EOS R5: The long game ends with a big leap (682 comments in total)
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FBoneOne: Nice piece but I hope it isn't premature. We haven't seen DR, high ISO performance, AF performance etc... there is little reason to believe those would fall backwards but as pointed out, this is a BIG leap in data processing and speed so some sacrifices may have been made to get there which would deter still shooters, or not. Time will tell. I miss shooting Canon and I'd love a reason to jump back in (and for me video is irrelevant, it will all be about still photography) but such a big leap in video has me a tad worried about how much corners they may have cut elsewhere... The very reason I jumped from Canon to Nikon a decade ago; i hope they are not repeating history (just from a selfish need perspective, it might be right for Canon business-wise).

Not suggesting it is an automatic negative correlation or that it should be. Just remembering that Canon's leap forward on video a decade ago also happened when they fell behind on DR and high ISO performance. An observation that I hope doesn't repeat.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2020 at 18:00 UTC
On article Canon EOS R5: The long game ends with a big leap (682 comments in total)

Nice piece but I hope it isn't premature. We haven't seen DR, high ISO performance, AF performance etc... there is little reason to believe those would fall backwards but as pointed out, this is a BIG leap in data processing and speed so some sacrifices may have been made to get there which would deter still shooters, or not. Time will tell. I miss shooting Canon and I'd love a reason to jump back in (and for me video is irrelevant, it will all be about still photography) but such a big leap in video has me a tad worried about how much corners they may have cut elsewhere... The very reason I jumped from Canon to Nikon a decade ago; i hope they are not repeating history (just from a selfish need perspective, it might be right for Canon business-wise).

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2020 at 14:39 UTC as 135th comment | 3 replies
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Nikita66: I went Sony over Fuji because the 18-135 was about $300 less than the Fuji version.
But now that I have it, I don't like it (a6400). It's sucked the joy out of photography for me. I can never remember all the settings, and settings change and I don't know what I did. It's more like a computer than a traditional camera, and computers ain't fun to me.

And BTW, no one makes an AF UWA prime for APS-C, like 10mm 2.8.

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Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2020 at 12:54 UTC

Stunning work. I didn’t know her but this award is clearly deserved - the galleries on her website are inspiring.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2020 at 12:41 UTC as 12th comment
On article Is the Nikon D780 right for you? (212 comments in total)
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Per Inge Oestmoen: The Nikon D780 has many good qualities, but why has Nikon chosen to do away with the option of a vertical grip with controls and shutter?

A vertical grip makes a camera immensely more comfortable and easily handled while the photographer shoots in the vertical position.

The Z6 and Z7 also lacks the possibility of a vertical grip with controls, too. Why, Nikon?

It is truly disappointing to see how reviewers fail to mention what major flaw it is, if a camera has no possibility of a functional vertical grip.

They are too busy complaining over the Fuji XT4 having a headphone dongle instead of a headphone jack that they didn’t notice this “small omission” by Nikon :-)

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2020 at 01:42 UTC
On article Is the Nikon D780 right for you? (212 comments in total)

A brand new D850 goes for $2300 on eBay today... unless you need the improved video capability of the D780, there aren't many still photography scenarios where the D780 makes sense. Once it drops $500 it will be a different story but right now I see it more as a way to push inventories of D750 and D850 without having to discount them even more deeply than they already are.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2020 at 20:48 UTC as 35th comment

And now you get how segmentation works. The XH2 will get you all you are asking for and cost $500 more... and will still be a heck of a great option for pros. Profit maximization dictates that Fuji doesn’t simply hand over all the goodies at a price point that is 1/3rd of their and other companies’ flagships. Now if Fuji has the production capacity to get to 30% share they could consider just blowing up the market for everybody and give everything for $1500. In a shrinking market that’s the surest Path to mutually assured destruction unless you know for a fact you can be one of the couple survivors... watching it unfold real time is a fascinating case of game theory in action.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2020 at 18:49 UTC as 127th comment
On article Hands-on with the Nikon D780 (346 comments in total)
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Dougbm_2: Lack of flash. : (
I think this was more important to keep than to have better weather sealing.

Lack of grip. : (
Poor choice for wedding pros etc

Dedicated ISO button on top plate. : ).!
Much better than the previous hard to find button.

Same resolution sensor. : -
It's enough for many but could have been bumped to 30mp now the D850 is at 45mp.

Not all Pros have a glamorous, roll in money life and job. Most do not work for big agencies who lease their gear and lend it to them for assignment, most don’t have the name and brand to be booked months in advance. Many offer their services in developing countries where they can’t charge prices supporting a system costing 20 grand. Many live contract to contract, take extreme care of their gear and are very value conscious. the D750 was an amazing tool for them, you could build a system 90% equivalent to a D750 in terms of output for a client, at a significantly reduced cost. Now you will need to spend a bit more with flash controllers and the lack of grip will be an issue for some. It doesn’t make the D780 a poor choice, just a slightly less “no brainer” one for that specific group of Pros.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2020 at 11:29 UTC

That was fun. What you guys pick for each category is really not the point here, it is just worth watching for the banter. And Chris clearly can’t hold his alcohol as well as Jordan :-)

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2019 at 16:58 UTC as 78th comment
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