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On article Leica releases Elpro 52 close-up lens adapter (45 comments in total)
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Dpreviewmember: Does is work with the Olympus 14-150mm, using a 52-58mm step-up ring ?

Currently I'm using the Raynox m150 but it is a 43mm thread so it vignettes up to 100mm

Thanks !
The Leica is big and very expensive, much better to buy the Oly 60mm f2.8 macro lens instead of the Leica adapter.
But the 500D is much cheaper and easy to carry, seems a good idea with a 58mm thread like the one on my lens.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2018 at 22:53 UTC
On article The PureView trademark is now owned by HMD Global (89 comments in total)
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Marty4650: I suppose this proves our attention span keeps getting shorter and shorter.

We now get nostalgic about things that are only five years old like a Nokia 1020. And we call them "retro."

You are absolutely right !

I just called my Lumia 1020 "vintage".

I guess it has to do with our change in the perception of time. Time is measured by our brains by noting how something changes, since things are changing faster, more new models every year, with new gimmicks and all we have the illusion that it went way more than 5 years since Nokia1020.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2018 at 22:49 UTC
On article The PureView trademark is now owned by HMD Global (89 comments in total)
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Jake2046: I really missed the old Nokia...they lead the innovation in smartphone camera. Too bad MS/Nokia missed the train...and could catch up.

Believe it or not, I also liked the Windows Phone OS 8.1, I can believe I'm saying this but it was actually good, secure and showed a lot of potential. Too bad it ended so fast. Others like Ubuntu Phone when down faster.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2018 at 22:39 UTC
On article The PureView trademark is now owned by HMD Global (89 comments in total)
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CaPi: The 1020.. I never should have sold that.

Yeap, I still use mine when I travel, as a phone and camera, camera grip included. Veeeery slow image processing compared to iPhone but low light photo IQ and the manual camera UI and manual focus (including infinity focus) are awesome.

Friends usually ask if I used a real camera to take the photos I send, my answer is 'nope, a vintage smartphone with a real sensor'.
They never ask this question when I send them iPhone photos !

Bad thing is that some apps are going to stop working at all.
Whatsapp is ending support next year and will stop working :(
Spotify, Skype, Viber and many others still working but is a matter of time they end too.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2018 at 22:29 UTC
On article The PureView trademark is now owned by HMD Global (89 comments in total)
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MikeDPR: I think there's a solid demand for a 808/1020/950 successor (with Android obviously). I've moved on to Samsung S8, but the 950/950XL camera is still probably the best all around phone camera. Combine a large sensor like the one from the 808 with the latest computational photography tech and they could sell quite a lot.

And do away with thin and slippery body designs that require you to put on a fugly case that makes the whole thing thick, ugly and heavy ; just design in a built-in case (like the old Galaxy Active series but less unduly) and, even with a big camera module, it shouldn't be much thicker and heavier than than the current phones with fugly cases on.

I changed to iPhones, mostly by the pragmatic and security of iOS, but I still use the 1020. The new PureView doesn't need to be extremely thin like my iPhone but also not too thick, instead they could sell a new Camera grip case. Mine is still working adding protection, extra grip, extra battery and tripod thread. Very useful addition. Only thing missing was a filter thread for filters and adapters, a rotating lens adapter would be a good idea I think, similar but lighter than the Ztylus Revolver case attachment for example.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2018 at 22:23 UTC
On article Leica releases Elpro 52 close-up lens adapter (45 comments in total)
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Mortal Lion: $395 but it doesn't do a better job than a $60 raynox. More money for Leica.

Probably vignettes less since it is 52mm vs 43mm on the Raynox but certainly if it is the same IQ or marginally better it doesn't justify the price difference.
Raynox 150 works very well with the 14-150mm Olympus zoom, without vignetting from 100mm (200mm equivalent). Good to take on hikes and travel, not as easy to use and high IQ as a dedicated macro like the Oly 60mm f2.8 but much smaller and lighter for eventual macro work on the road. Raynox 250 is not so useful for this lens, it works better on small sensor zoom cams.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2018 at 15:33 UTC
On article Leica releases Elpro 52 close-up lens adapter (45 comments in total)

Does is work with the Olympus 14-150mm, using a 52-58mm step-up ring ?

Currently I'm using the Raynox m150 but it is a 43mm thread so it vignettes up to 100mm

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2018 at 21:28 UTC as 21st comment | 4 replies
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seethroughme: 48mp? Really? I doubt it will top 12mp of actual lines of resolution

You are quite right currently 12MP = 5-8MP effective resolution max., they should keep sensors of this size with a max o 4K resolution in 16:9 format but with better dynamic range and low light IQ.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2018 at 23:57 UTC
On article Report: Apple won't release the next Mac Pro until 2019 (216 comments in total)
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EasyClick: I didn't jump on the 2013 trash can bandwagon. Back then, I knew full well it was going to be too expensive and painful to upgrade. Having seen and tested the 2017 iMac Pro, I'm still choosing not to jump on that one. Again, same reasons. My 12 core 2012 mac pro has now been relegated to answer emails and watch youtube videos. Why? Because I've built a PC workstation far more powerful and price competitive than what Apple is offering. So far, I can't see any proof they are listening to pro users. And if they are, the price will be so prohibitive that I'll have to make the same choice all over again: build my own PC.

One more thing, I don't understand what was wrong with the old cheese grater design? I mean were we complaining to Apple about it that they had to forego that design? All we asked was for them to keep upgrading their internal hardware to match current technology. But no...they had to be too clever for their own good.

Yeah, RISC vs CISC the old story is not dead, there are companies playing with the CISC to RISC move again.
One advantage would be to run smartphone apps in desktops/laptops that also do traditional computing.

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2018 at 00:04 UTC
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Mike FL: "Light L16 Review: The most-hyped camera ever? - Imaging Resource"
https://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/light-l16/light-l16A.HTM

"Review: The Light L16 is Brilliant… and Braindead"
https://petapixel.com/2017/12/08/review-light-l16-brilliant-braindead/

"LIGHT L16 CAMERA REVIEW: FUTURISTIC FRUSTRATION"
https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/4/10/17218758/light-l16-review-camera-photos

DPR?

Hi Mike,

Thanks for the links to those good reviews of the actual product !

Fantastic prototype, not a finished product and not ready for marketing with a U$2000 tag. Probably have to wait for faster+efficient CPUs, computational photography takes a lot to achieve a good final IQ. they probably had to settle with limited algorithms that could finish the final image in a reasonable time with current CPUs.

Nokia 1020 was slow to process 41/38MP raw into 8/5MP final JPGs, compared to other phones that was a turn down. What would happen if they used today's CPUs + better algorithms on that Lumia ?

Who cares about 50+ MP images ? Effective resolution and dynamic range is what matters. I'd be happy if they come up with great IQ 8 & 16MP final images, 16MP in good light conditions and 8MP (4K) in poor light or extreme zoom crops, like Lumia 1020 did but with much better IQ and faster.

Hopefully they can manage to turn that into a market product with a reasonable price tag.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2018 at 23:45 UTC
On article Report: Apple won't release the next Mac Pro until 2019 (216 comments in total)
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EasyClick: I didn't jump on the 2013 trash can bandwagon. Back then, I knew full well it was going to be too expensive and painful to upgrade. Having seen and tested the 2017 iMac Pro, I'm still choosing not to jump on that one. Again, same reasons. My 12 core 2012 mac pro has now been relegated to answer emails and watch youtube videos. Why? Because I've built a PC workstation far more powerful and price competitive than what Apple is offering. So far, I can't see any proof they are listening to pro users. And if they are, the price will be so prohibitive that I'll have to make the same choice all over again: build my own PC.

One more thing, I don't understand what was wrong with the old cheese grater design? I mean were we complaining to Apple about it that they had to forego that design? All we asked was for them to keep upgrading their internal hardware to match current technology. But no...they had to be too clever for their own good.

Hi EasyClick, I think Apple read your comment I heard they have plans to build their own processors !

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2018 at 01:15 UTC
On article Report: Apple won't release the next Mac Pro until 2019 (216 comments in total)
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Quantum Scientist: Early on in computing, Apple was THE computer for graphics and design professionals. It is now painfully apparent that Apple has abandoned the professional and turned to selling iPhones and iTunes music to gum-chewing dweebs with tattoos.

Hi brycesteiner, you can make a live bootable usb drive with a Linux operating system very easily, such as Ubuntu, and boot that in your Windows PC having immediate access to ALL drives, files and folders without the need of any passwords. Yeap, any Windows system is that easy to crack, unless it is encrypted of course ;-)

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2018 at 01:10 UTC
On article Does sensor size still make a difference? (1060 comments in total)
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breschdlingsgsaelz: What a stupid question. I just came back from vacation. Did some photos with my phone (Nokia 8), some with that of my wife (iPhone 7s) and some with RX100. Took with me my 5DII and never used it, not even for a single shot - useless ballast.

Looking at the results I would say whoever needs to ask this question should apply for an ID for disabled/blind people. The pictures from the phone are horrible, everyone with two working eyes sees huge difference even in bright daylight. Especially when you need a telephoto lens.

I use iPhones and still use the Nokia Lumia 1020 1/1.5" 41MP sensor, not exactly small for a phone, mostly for small 5MP computationally processed (averaged) final images. But all of those pictures just pale in comparison to the IQ that I can achieve in the same conditions with my OM-D M10 with 14-42mm EZ kit, or better with the 17mm f1.8 lens which is a small/light camera system.
No phone will also give you anything close to what this small cam with a 14-150mm zoom can. Even with they toy lens cap 9mm f8 results are far better than using any of the phones with lens adapters, so there is absolutely no question that image quality no matter who or how you look at it is still way better for larger sensors with faster lenses. However, the gap is surely closing down. At least until camera makers start including the same processing techniques with larger sensors.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2018 at 00:58 UTC
On article Report: Apple won't release the next Mac Pro until 2019 (216 comments in total)
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Quantum Scientist: Early on in computing, Apple was THE computer for graphics and design professionals. It is now painfully apparent that Apple has abandoned the professional and turned to selling iPhones and iTunes music to gum-chewing dweebs with tattoos.

That is actually right, iPhones saved Apple !

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2018 at 13:48 UTC
On article Report: Apple won't release the next Mac Pro until 2019 (216 comments in total)
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EasyClick: I didn't jump on the 2013 trash can bandwagon. Back then, I knew full well it was going to be too expensive and painful to upgrade. Having seen and tested the 2017 iMac Pro, I'm still choosing not to jump on that one. Again, same reasons. My 12 core 2012 mac pro has now been relegated to answer emails and watch youtube videos. Why? Because I've built a PC workstation far more powerful and price competitive than what Apple is offering. So far, I can't see any proof they are listening to pro users. And if they are, the price will be so prohibitive that I'll have to make the same choice all over again: build my own PC.

One more thing, I don't understand what was wrong with the old cheese grater design? I mean were we complaining to Apple about it that they had to forego that design? All we asked was for them to keep upgrading their internal hardware to match current technology. But no...they had to be too clever for their own good.

Maybe they don't want us to upgrade components because they think they'll make more money by selling a entire new machine ?

I ended up doing the same, building my own up-gradable PC rig with top quality components for a fraction of the price :-)

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2018 at 13:42 UTC
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Triplet Perar: CHALLENGE — If one can take a serious photograph with a 9fps 12MP Nikon D3 or 16MP D4 to be on the cover of National Geographic or Vogue, then that person can surely take one more serious photograph with a 8.6fps 16MP E-PL to be on the cover too.
CONCLUSION — If one whines about the EPL's specs being "inadequate", then that same person would fail miserably with D3 or D4 or any other professional's choice.

Just watch this on computational photography, the gap between phones and cameras+lens (costing less than U$2000) is truly closing :

https://www.dpreview.com/videos/5549134738/dpreview-on-twit-tech-trends-in-smartphone-cameras?comment=2873987321

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2018 at 00:20 UTC
On article DPReview on TWiT: tech trends in smartphone cameras (36 comments in total)
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Nic727: Sad to see that cameras, especially compact one don’t evolve that much compared to phone cam.

What I mean, is that even with this tiny sensor and small lenses, they can can take fast picture (f1.8-2.8), have a zoom (x5 or more numerical zoom or optical depending of phone), good night capabilities and amazing HDR colors.

Compact cameras have a bigger lens and sensor, but they hardly achieve that. Why?

If they put the CPU and software they use in current top phones inside most compact cameras, 1" and M43, they will probably have even better performance and IQ. On the other hand, that CPU will add a considerable amount on the price point and then not many people will buy them, simply because the increase in IQ doesn't compensate that phones are always with you, much more portable, internet, apps, WhatsApp and they make calls !

The future of compact cameras is to go into oblivion.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2018 at 00:15 UTC
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Triplet Perar: CHALLENGE — If one can take a serious photograph with a 9fps 12MP Nikon D3 or 16MP D4 to be on the cover of National Geographic or Vogue, then that person can surely take one more serious photograph with a 8.6fps 16MP E-PL to be on the cover too.
CONCLUSION — If one whines about the EPL's specs being "inadequate", then that same person would fail miserably with D3 or D4 or any other professional's choice.

I believe Tedolf is right, Apple calls that macimun ressolution density Retina Display

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2018 at 15:50 UTC
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tonyz1: I'd love to see a comparison from DPR of the TG-5 vs the GoPro Hero 6 vs the iPhone X. I recently purchased this from Costco and found the image quality lacking in my quick 15 minute test compared to my iPhone X and returned it. Would love to see how this compares given that an iPhone X has a 28mm and 56mm optically stabilized lens with extremely high ease of use. Also, would be interested in seeing how the TG-5 with fisheye attachment compares to a GoPro.

Even if these are not directly comparable, I would think most consumers would either take a GoPro + iPhone in a waterproof case or buy a TG-5 + fisheye.

For videos I liked more the GoPro Hero 5 Black than tg4, would go for a TG5 if it is really better than the TG-4 in that. Test them riding my bike in various light conditions, city and dirt trails, and also skiing. Much better in the GoPro :
- adapt quickly and efficiently to changes in dynamic range
- automatic video stabilization
- size/weight
- battery life
For pictures I don't think Tg-4 Tg-5 is going to be much better than current iPhones really. Check zoomed samples, specially in tree leaves and you will see how mushy they look ! If you look outside the center of the image then it looks as terrible as any smartphone to me.
My phones are NOKIA 1020 and iPhone6 + Ztylus revolver adapter having fish-eye, wide, macro and circular polarizer. But when I want good IQ I use my Olympus OMD 10 which is far far superior than TG-4 sensor-lens combo or phones, there is simply no comparison and is quite hard to like smartphone and small sensor IQ after using a better M43 camera ;-)

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 01:03 UTC
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Jefftan: I can't believe anyone would say TG-5 has bad IQ unless defective
Of course for a small sensor camera if u take dark pics at ISO 1600, IQ is bad

Actually in bright well exposed ISO 1600 pics, IQ still OK, I turn NR off in camera for maximum detail

for low ISO 100/200 those famous nice Olympus color is worth the money, also good detail (with NR turn off in camera which is a new feature in TG-5, make big difference in detail)

The jpeg color has noticeable improve from my TG-2 which is already decent

I like TG form long time ago since TG-2
I wish there is a big sensor version but for now I recommend anyone to buy it

Hi Jeff,

Last year I was in doubt between TG-4 and GoPro Hero 5 Black which I ended up buying, since at the time I did like the fullHD video dynamic range and IQ of the GoPro much better than the TG-4.

I found that for choosing an adventure/travel/action camera main points are :
- video with good fast auto dynamic range adjustment, you can then use frames as stills if needed.
- portability / wearability , so you could almost forget you have a camera on you and concentrate more on the activity.
- battery life, GoPro's last much longer and spare one is minuscule.
- accessories, no comparison here.

Is the TG-5 considerable better in video IQ and auto DR than TG-4 ?
Would you still recommend it over the GoPro Hero 5 or 6 if it's just for video & high speed bursts considering the points above ?

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 00:28 UTC
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