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On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 First Impressions (220 comments in total)
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braisim: I don't understand why Sony don't just use the A7 family form factor for their top of the range APS C mirrorless line. It would solve some of the ergonomic issues of the A6000 family quite easily (e.g. viewfinder placement, twin control dials). The current A6000 form factor might be good for a consumer entry-level camera like the A6000 or the A5000, but surely not on a camera like the A6500 costing some $1400.

All the comments make sense here, but for Sony fans we still have A68 & A77II for those preferring APSC and a traditional slr-like body, with dual controls. That said, an "A7" E-mount would be nice...but then again might as well buy a real A7.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 00:24 UTC
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 First Impressions (220 comments in total)
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jay jay02: As usual with Sony they seem to have forgotten what "ergonomics" means, little fiddly buttons, appalling menu system and touch screen that is only a marketing con and pretty useless in real life. Nevermind a A6800 is just around the corner.

You're right, although it might be an "A6700" to stay in sequence.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2016 at 22:36 UTC
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 First Impressions (220 comments in total)
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ttran88: It clearly looks like the author doesn't enjoy shooting with Sony. Not just from this write up but also from prior comments in other cameras comment section. I hope he writes the final review too. It'll be interesting to get a take on a camera where the author dislikes the camera.

The reviewer states "And for that reason, while I like the a6500, I don't love it." Still, I hope we see the final review front this author, as suggested.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2016 at 22:26 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Nikon D40 (174 comments in total)
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camcom12: I had a D40 for a while then I became familiar with the term chromatic aberration and learned the D40 did not correct for it, nor did it correct lens distortion. I also found the dynamic range was only fair. So I traded up to a D5000 and that solved virtually all of my requirements. Wonderful camera.

Indeed. And let's not forget the D5K's HD video, live-view, active d-lighting, articulating screen, in-camera editing & sensor cleaning, etc., all of which I've found useful. D40 is a fine unit, but a relic.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 00:37 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Nikon D40 (174 comments in total)

I had a D40 for a while then I became familiar with the term chromatic aberration and learned the D40 did not correct for it, nor did it correct lens distortion. I also found the dynamic range was only fair. So I traded up to a D5000 and that solved virtually all of my requirements. Wonderful camera.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 17:19 UTC as 54th comment | 2 replies
On a photo in the Sony RX100 Mark V Real World Samples sample gallery (1 comment in total)

An alternate interpretation is to make the photographer the subject, rather than the dancer; e.g. a 'fast' slow sync shot.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 19:37 UTC as 1st comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (677 comments in total)
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AbrasiveReducer: If I'm reading this correctly, after years of saying "expose to the right" which often results in blown, unrecoverable highlights no matter how careful you are...now you are saying "expose to the left and pull up the shadows because there is no noise penalty."

I'm with Androole. Much of my u4/3 images are from mid-day outdoor events. Blue sky or cloud detail is preferred - I'll take the muddy shadows. -2/3 to -1 is about right. Circular polarizers help. YMMV.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 00:19 UTC

Cool camera but lens selection specific to the Sony E-mount APS-C bodies is a bit sparse. What new lenses should Sony offer in the next few years? Suggestions:
1) Improve the 16-70mm f/4 and perhaps the 'pancake' primes, to MkII.
2) 85mm f/2.8 Macro OSS
3) 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 or f/4.5-6.3 OSS
Yours?

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2016 at 21:24 UTC as 27th comment | 4 replies
On article 2016 Roundup: Consumer Long Zoom Compacts (80 comments in total)
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entoman: Very sensible recommendations! I know several people who use the FZ300 for wildlife photography. Obviously it's not for those who demand the highest quality images or the ultimate in durability, but for those who simply want a camera to provide record shots while birding, mammal spotting or butterfly-watching it is an excellent choice.

The HX90 is an excellent camera to supplement a DSLR or advanced mirrorless ILC. The EVF is tiny but very handy in sunny conditions when it's difficult to see the rear screen. A great little camera for the pocket.

HX90V is a fantastic little camera for crowded places (concerts) or when you want to pack light (hiking). Long zoom, EVF, WiFi, tilt screen, GPS make it a favorite of mine.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2016 at 21:56 UTC

Nice gallery overall showing the attributes of the camera & lens options. Image 29 definitely has a story behind it, perhaps worthy of more fill-flash or enhancement in post.

Shadow/highlight-corrected images are improvements if the goal is to document; though hue & saturation shifts here suggest a slight HDR effect....all depends on the goals.

For jpeg shooters, in-camera Active D-Lighting in Nikon DLSRs is well executed, but can be relatively weak compared to Sony's or Olympus's implementations (as evident in DPRs Dynamic Range test comparos...which are very useful btw).

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2016 at 20:06 UTC as 16th comment
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LWanTeD: People arguing here are arguing about 2 different points.

One camp is saying it's expensive for what it is, while the other camp is saying it's a great travel lens, which won't make you swap lenses on the go.

I thinks both opinions are correct. The fact that it's one lens solution for the m43 system doesn't mean it's not expensive for what it is.

Absolutely.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2016 at 02:00 UTC
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panther fan: Would be interesting to see this against a RX10 II

1 Inch 24-200 "F2.8"
vs
M43 24-200 "F4"

Absolutely. Echoes my comment made in last week's DPR product introduction articles. $1300 + body or ~$1300 for the whole kit?
It's a fair comparison for a limited set of enthusiasts.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2016 at 01:42 UTC
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Craig from Nevada: I have spent a fair amount of time visiting US National Parks. The one constant is a complete lack of awareness and common sense of visitors. They simply ignore or disregard signs and warnings (don't swim, don't walk here, don't feed the animals) It is a though they believe the signs were left for someone else and not them.

Indeed, but in recent years (2003-2013 apx) national park attendance has been way down compared to previous decades. Visitors demographics were become older and fewer. However in the past few years, the parks have been aggressively promoting themselves, with no-entrance-fee days, 100-year anniversary events & more, trying to attract more visitors, 1st time & younger folks. Google just released a new online video series (see DPR article, a few weeks back).
Well guess what - it's working !!

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2016 at 00:57 UTC
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MikeFairbanks: Sign of the times. The current political climate developed over the last few years dictates that it's okay to do what you want and that "big government" is always wrong about everything. So if "big government" says no motor vehicles, then someone is going to passively-aggressively rebel. Just like the coal rollers (guys who purposely emit extra amounts of smoke from their big pickup trucks in order to make a political statement).

Some people would love nothing more than to see rapid, uninhibited development and destruction of the National Parks and other preserved areas.

Where we see beautiful greenery, others just see green. $

It's doubtful these violators were "...being pushed by powerful energy extraction interests who want all public lands opened for business...". It's more likely a hideous form of graffiti or tagging - backlash against extreme enviro-elitism and/or the perceived heavy hand of government rules & regs. Some people are simply hell bent on making a mockery of signs that say "No XXX Allowed", where XXX is smoking, hunting, shooting, vehicles, bikes, dogs, campfires, dumping, trespassing, fishing, swimming, diving, etc --- you name it. Have you ever seen a "No Shooting" sign on rural roads that's not riddled with bullet holes?
The "Rolling Coal" theory is a good analogy here too.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 09:37 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (657 comments in total)
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sknai16: I tried the EM1 and have come back to Nikon at great cost. The sensor size is too small for large prints and the AF system is far from equivalent to the D500 or any Nikon DSLR for that sake. I did good tracking with the D300S and the D700 and never felt I had to go to the D4 or D5.
Anther issue for me is pricing. The new Olympus pro lenses are all more than a 1000 dollars. I can buy Sigma ART lenses opening at f1.4 for much less.
The lenses are also getting heavier and larger and all in all, I feel that Nikon or Canon are still the best bet for anyone who prints large, shoots wildlife or needs AF tracking for some reason..
It is a lovely camera, but so are all modern cameras and I'll carry the extra pound.

Generally agree. I'd rather invest in a mid range APSC kit than a big pricey u4/3 setup, and get superior results. But an EM 10 with a 12-32 f/3.5-4.5 is a sweet little rig.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 00:03 UTC
On article Video: First look at the Panasonic G85/G80 (32 comments in total)
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garyknrd: That looks to be a very nice travel camera.

'graybalanced' has it right. Indeed, we don't need GPS for the Eiffel Tower, Golden Gate Bridge, you brother's wedding, etc. But for the 1000's of unique places we may go to, in the backcountry, foot trails, etc, I'd rather not carry and/or leave my smartphone powered on all day, especially when there's no cell service there anyway. Yes GPS is a niche feature, but I use it alot. I also put together online exhibitions for an outdoor recreation group, so on-camera GPS is just very handy.

That said the G85 looks like a great unit, despite no on-board GPS.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 20:28 UTC
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Photo_AK: A 24-200/8 equivalent lens .... ideal for taking pictures, that look like being taken with a compact camera ...
Tamron 28-300 takes 4 mm on the wide end and gives 100 mm more on the tele end; is a full frame compatible lens, weighs less, is smaller, cheaper, takes smaller filters and offers lesser DOF - all while being equaly "fast" or "faster" in the 28-200 mm range.

So, what's the point, really ...?

@ptox : Fair enough. Since we don't have lab tests yet that would provide a direct comparison, the new conjecture is "...should perform NEARLY as well in the travel & events role".
I'd love to have the 12-100mm for my u4/3, but $1300 is up there for casual users as I. Certainly it will be an excellent unit.
If I were in the big leagues with a full frame, then $1300 is about right for a 24-200mm/f4. Nikon's 24-120 f/4 is $1000; Sony's FE 24-240/f3.5-6.3 is $900, (and not including all the 28-2xx models for similar money). Hopefully the price will drop in 2017 and everyone will be happy. Of course all of this has little bearing for pros or fully-budgeted enthusiasts.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 18:43 UTC

Actually more stunned by the few commenters who wish inhumane and vile punishments upon these mis-guided violators. Yeah this is the 'internet', but wow. A stiff fine and community service is what will occur, should they be located & convicted. Fortunately, after a few good rains the damage probably won't be visible.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 02:34 UTC as 53rd comment | 4 replies
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geekyrocketguy: Being angry on the internet is unlikely to make a difference. However, if we contact Death Valley, things might actually change. DVNP's contact information can be found at https://www.nps.gov/deva/contacts.htm.

I emailed them and suggested that they allow Racetrack Road to degrade (which would reduce the traffic out there) and fence the playa to further discourage people from driving onto it.

Why do you want to prevent 99.9% of the rest of the law-abiding public from visiting there? The solution is education, not more fences.
And a fence would look horrible there. The tire tracks, as awful as they are will be gone after the first good rain.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 02:11 UTC
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Photo_AK: A 24-200/8 equivalent lens .... ideal for taking pictures, that look like being taken with a compact camera ...
Tamron 28-300 takes 4 mm on the wide end and gives 100 mm more on the tele end; is a full frame compatible lens, weighs less, is smaller, cheaper, takes smaller filters and offers lesser DOF - all while being equaly "fast" or "faster" in the 28-200 mm range.

So, what's the point, really ...?

Indeed. The 12-100mm looks nice, but if its used as the lens users "keep-on-the-camera"...heck, get a long zoom 1" model and barely lose a stop for less money & less weight: RX10-II/III @ f/2.4+ or FZ1000/2000 @f/2.8+ for example. The RXs, FZs & DLs(?) should perform equally well in the travel & events role.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 20:55 UTC
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