FBoneOne

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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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A J Fresnel: "Hydroplanes skim across the water at speeds in excess of 300 kph."

What is a kph? From the context, probably speed. Is this an imperial unit? In the SI system, this would be kilo pico hour, but it does not make sense to combine two prefixes to a unit, this would just be nano hour...

Although km/h is the most common and the SI approved short-hand there is no "official" abbreviation for kilometer per hour. kph is another acceptable although less common abbreviation.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2019 at 23:22 UTC
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Idontseegraininreallife: Can everyone here please tell us all how you personally don't need the camera? We are all interested.

I don’t need one because I want to stay married... but I so WANT one!

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2019 at 00:36 UTC
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Wil Helm: I am glad companies like fuji and Leica are bald enough to experiment with the concept of the digital Camera. I think this is a very interesting aproach to alter the workflow of digital picture taking towards the old way of taking pictures. When i have total control and direct Feedback from the Camera i tend to put a lot emphasis on the „technical perfection „ of the resulting file and less on the actual subject i am photographing and on the Message of feeling i wanted to capture in the First Place. So Sometimes less Control and Feedback might lead to actually better pictures.

What I don’t get is that nothing prevented anybody from shooting that way on the XP1 and XP2 while offering extra functionality to those who wanted it. Why take that away is a puzzle to me.
I shoot ovf only, no review, back screen off. And when I want to check I just hit playback. 90% of the time I don’t check until I am home but now and then I like to make sure focus was right because the XP1 is far from perfect on that front. It is quick, easy and the xp3 just made it cumbersome without any real benefit elsewhere.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2019 at 20:06 UTC

I really do not get the new design choices. I shoot my XP1 with the OVF most of the time; I have the back screen turned off but if I want to review a shot I just hit the playback button. No chimping; as close to a rangefinder experience as one can get for a quarter of the price of a Leica. So why mess it up? I was going to jump from xp1 to xp3... well I guess there will be cheap used xp2s available from those who have to upgrade.
The back screen and the single magnification ovf killed what made the XP so desirable to me up to now.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2019 at 20:01 UTC as 15th comment

I bought in very early on, under the promise of a full image management module that was “imminent “. It eventually came, a year later than planned and is pretty useless compared to Lightroom... now they are changing version number to charge us again, for features nobody asked for, while not having come close to delivering on the original promise. Fool me once, shame on you; you won’t fool me twice.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2019 at 22:04 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon Z 24-70mm F2.8 S sample gallery updated (137 comments in total)

Great gallery. What truly impresses me is the sharpness and detail considering that 25% sharpness in Lightroom is really a very light touch and the lens correction in software was turned off. You start seeing the power of IS with the high resolution sensor and a camera + lens system designed from the ground up to work as one. Very promising in my view.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2019 at 15:18 UTC as 45th comment | 1 reply
On article DPReview TV: Fujifilm GFX 100 review (132 comments in total)
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Franz Weber: Chris and Jordan are guys I would consider having a beer with. Great video.

I'm buying round 2 - you guys do an awesome job! I used to hate DPR video reviews - I have been reading written camera reviews for over 25 years, starting with "Chasseurs d'Images" in France when I was teenager and I honestly had no value for videos that had no real content and value, and you have sold me on well-done video reviews.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2019 at 00:56 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Fujifilm GFX 100 review (132 comments in total)

i don't care about others had to say about the first video, trying something that the camera is not supposed to be good at and actually finding it is doing better than OK at it is more informative than confirming it can do landscape on a tripod. That said, I love this video and the resulting pictures. Way out of my league budget wise but this is truly pushing the boundaries of image quality in a hand-holdable format. And i love the down-to-earth, honest content of those videos. Just keep it up!

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2019 at 00:52 UTC as 26th comment

This is a very poorly worded article (google translate at work?) confusing share and volume (shipments) in many places. According to this data:
The market is down 22% from 25.9 to 20.2 million units
Canon’s share is up from 36.6% to 40.5%
So if you do the math their actual shipments (in total units) are actually down about 1.3mm units (bigger fish in a much smaller pond).

Because those are units and not currency, it means nothing as far as revenue and profits. Canon could have dropped all loss leaders and sold a ton more high price, high margin cameras... no idea. Or just the opposite and profits may have plummeted. Or as somebody else pointed out, they may have grown share by slicing prices combining volume decline and price decline which is usually a recipe for disaster. This data provides no indication whatsoever as to what happened.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2019 at 14:09 UTC as 10th comment | 11 replies
On article DPReview TV: Panasonic G95 first impressions review (72 comments in total)

The ethnic charm moment is priceless.
And having spent many years in Canada, this felt like one of the delicious and uniquely Canadian "Meh" moments where you are too polite to say the camera is underwhelming yet still manage to say it :-)

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2019 at 14:28 UTC as 30th comment
On article Leica Q2 review (1671 comments in total)
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lighthunter80: Have they updated the viewfinder in any way. It's high-resolution but still 4 years old, unless it's an improved version, e.g. with better refresh rate.

Though the Q and Q2 both sport 3.68MP electronic viewfinders, the Q's was a field sequential-type display that only offered 1.04 million dots at any given moment. This is because it cycles through red, green and blue, which also makes it prone to displaying rainbow patterns when panning the camera. The Q2's updated OLED display doesn't have this issue, so it actually appears much higher resolution than its predecessor's. Sharpness and contrast are also improved, and the Q2's EVF is slightly larger with 0.76x magnification...

Of course you could also read the article...

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2019 at 01:31 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Best and worst of 2018 (468 comments in total)

If you are going to do bonus footage you need a Stan Lee cameo :-)

Nice to see folks enjoying what they are doing; well done.

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2018 at 14:57 UTC as 111th comment

I actually like Luminar but this filter, like everything else they do, will require the user to exercise maximum self-restraint. It is so easy to overcook pictures with their filters... but used right they have a good set of tools. The mindset has to be the opposite of using Lightroom. LR by default is very underhanded and often needs to be “pushed hard” to create pictures that pop. Luminar is the opposite, if you let your sliders go as you would LR, you’ll end up with caricatures. Once you know, it is manageable.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2018 at 19:16 UTC as 50th comment
On article DPReview TV: Canon EOS R review (719 comments in total)
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FBoneOne: Great video review; it really shows where the camera excels and where it falls short. The saddest comment for me was at the end; the company that changed video forever with the 5D has now "fallen behind on video". I wonder how many of those lackluster launches they can have before market share starts eroding. I shot Canon for over 20 years and changed to Nikon about 4 years ago for the D750 - nothing I have seen since makes me regret the switch which was both expensive and painful (ergonomics), but I am really glad I did.
That MF bar on the back reminds me (in spirit) of the eye-control AF of the Eos 5, 50e and Eos 3... which eventually went away as buggy and unreliable. A good idea on paper that may never deliver on its promise. Time will tell.

I was one of those folks for whom eye control did not work at all (and I also have glasses and heavy astigmatism) - I think the highly variable level of satisfaction killed the feature eventually. When I moved to the 1V was I simply delighted to not have to worry about it.
It is true that canon has brought ground breaking innovation like IS and the first USM lens motor. Even the leap to the EOS lens mount proved to be a brilliant change. I just don’t see that spirit any more. I don’t think they are doomed in any way, I just think they are blah... which may be what you need to be market leader in this market and let the others use resources on innovation while you strengthen brand recognition day after day.
One can’t argue their recipie is not successful after all.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2018 at 16:27 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Canon EOS R review (719 comments in total)
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RedFox88: So all camera reviews on now will be video? No thanks. I prefer to read my news not watch someone tell it to me!

I used to feel that way but unfortunately written reviews are becoming more and more about numbers and technical attributes, and less and less about handling and experience. That's where those two guys elevate the game over anybody else. I know that their reviews match 99% my own handling experience with the cameras they test, so that's a huge help knowing that what works for them is likely to work great for me too.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2018 at 14:48 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Canon EOS R review (719 comments in total)

Great video review; it really shows where the camera excels and where it falls short. The saddest comment for me was at the end; the company that changed video forever with the 5D has now "fallen behind on video". I wonder how many of those lackluster launches they can have before market share starts eroding. I shot Canon for over 20 years and changed to Nikon about 4 years ago for the D750 - nothing I have seen since makes me regret the switch which was both expensive and painful (ergonomics), but I am really glad I did.
That MF bar on the back reminds me (in spirit) of the eye-control AF of the Eos 5, 50e and Eos 3... which eventually went away as buggy and unreliable. A good idea on paper that may never deliver on its promise. Time will tell.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2018 at 14:45 UTC as 34th comment | 7 replies
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