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On article Canon EOS M6 Review (343 comments in total)
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Esign: In a camera, what's important to me?
1. Color, nothing compares to Canon.
2. Size, smallest possible and lowest weight please, DSLRs embarrass people.
3. Small but good lenses covering my needs, which are the 11-22 and 18-55.
4. Optional EVF for macro and repro.
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97. Video.
98. Burst rate.
99. Battery Life.

Fuji - with flesh-toned teeth and other color bleed issues? Not all it's cracked up to be.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2017 at 17:50 UTC
On article Canon EOS M6 Review (343 comments in total)

Why is 80% a gold for their DSLR but a silver for this one?

Link | Posted on May 16, 2017 at 16:28 UTC as 76th comment | 4 replies
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Najinsky: And here we see how Canon are just so much smarter than the rest.

While DPR have repeatedly got on their case for not jumping into the latest money draining not quite ready for prime time fads, Canon simply continue make extremely well targeted products that people actually continue to buy and continue to enjoy using.

And all the while, quietly in the background, Canon continued to innovate in key areas, but in such a low key way not even the pundits see it happening (that seems to be a common risk factor when pundits are enthusiasts too).

Even the headline that Canon were granted more patents in 2016 than Apple, Google and Microsoft managed to stay below the radar for many.

Or maybe DPR are simply playing the double bluff game, taking the opportunity to be the criticiser now, so as they can be seen as they influencer later. Maybe. But Occam's razor suggests they are more likely just GAS addicts, like the rest of us.

I always enjoy seeing someone else who uses Occam's Razor for their judgments. So many people come up with tortured, tenuous or convoluted arguments for everything ("well what if they are considering a merger and they are trying to make their numbers look good..."), things out of blue sky, when the actual answer (which they reject) is right in front of them.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2017 at 16:58 UTC
On article Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D review (381 comments in total)
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marc petzold: Dear Canon...thanks for...well....what...a plasticky 77D with inferior OVF?!...it's no rant, but look what Pentax deliver for that price.

100% All Glass Pentaprism OVF, 2 Dials, Weather Sealing "WR", not these heavy CAs at the edges. Named K-70. Also comes with IBIS _and_ PixelShift Feature, and also AA-less Sensor.

I really would have liked the new Kitlens, albeit F3.5 to F4 is very neglible, and from the specs, easier to design, reduced Lens Element count (now only 12) it should have give better IQ, from the CAs i've seen here, i must say i am disappointed. Nikon does this better with their Kitlens. (18-55 AF-P).

Anyway, i'd get the newer 18-55/4-5.6 as light Kitlens for my old 30D/40D, when the prices would come into the current 18-55/3.5-5.6 Range.

I've had hope that Canon would do a 15-55/4-5.6 STM, but we won't see this...sad, but true. Would be a good, cheap STM alternative for the 15-85 USM, albeit with less focal length reach.

I feel DPR is biased - 80% Gold Award?!

IBIS does not belong on a DSLR unless you want a tiresome jittery viewfinder and AF tracking that is worst among DSLR's. (The phase detect AF sensors get the same view as you do - is the subject moving or is the view of it just twitching?)

If you have a lot of 'old glass' and a tripod IBIS might be a good choice, but IBIS works against the things many or most people buy a DSLR for. It's just a bad fit for the camera type. On mirrorless, it's fine. Not on a DSLR. It's not as though OIS doesn't do a good job - it does a great job.

And Canon does 'too little too less' (sic)? What great things has Pentax done lately? Any real advances? Don't get me wrong, I've seen some great photos taken with Pentax, but where's the big advance? Even for regular AF, 'wait til next time' is getting old.

Link | Posted on May 3, 2017 at 19:44 UTC
On article Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D review (381 comments in total)
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onlooker: Now just put in an EVF, 4K video with decent codecs, IBIS, and it would be close to a 100 for many buyers.

IBIS on a DSLR makes no sense unless you want a nice jittery viewfinder and poor tracking. (See "Pentax"...)
If you want a mirrorless camera, there are plenty to choose from. Don't ask a DSLR to throw away its features to make yet another EVF camera.

Link | Posted on May 3, 2017 at 19:27 UTC
On photo Storm in the Storm challenge (17 comments in total)

Once again, an excellent photo which was given poor ratings by at least a few people. Pathetic.
This is a great shot. Viewed full screen it is amazing. I'll take a photo like this any day over yet another pretty scenic or waterfall... this is a photo I will remember. And I might add, I don't care in the least what camera was used - I never thought to look til just now.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 18:38 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On photo Hot Steam in Cold Snow in the Hot - Cold challenge (23 comments in total)

Two people actually rated this photo as 1/2 star and 1 star, which is an example of the BS that pollutes these challenges. This is an excellent photo and no reasonable person could give it less than a good rating, unless it was off-topic for the challenge - but it is spot-on.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 17:04 UTC as 4th comment
On article Pentax KP Review (656 comments in total)
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Deso: It seems like this is a camera everybody WANTS to love. Great design on this body.

That only matters if you're into taking selfies of your camera. I wouldn't trade my lumpy old Canon 7D for any camera on the basis of looks. Well, I might trade it for a mint Nikon SP rangefinder, on the basis of looks AND a huge difference in $$ value.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2017 at 16:21 UTC
On photo High Altitude Rocky Mountain Railroad in the On the Rails... challenge (23 comments in total)

Someone gave this only 1 and 1/2 stars? This is a really, really good shot.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2017 at 16:15 UTC as 4th comment | 2 replies
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Rich Rosen: I know some like the idea of retro...the idea of totally manual settings, of manual focus, of the old solid metal bodies, and of a minimalist user interface. I kind of like some of those ideas myself, but not at the cost of $6500 (US), plus lens, for technology that is not exceptional. Would I like to own a Leica? Sure. But I can also get much of the same feel from an Fuji XPRO 2, at 1/4th the cost, and get a very pleasing photo experience.

HowAboutRAW, you should add some photos to your gallery besides the four you have. I'm anxious to see the kind of photos that benefit from a $10,000+ camera and lens combo.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 22:59 UTC
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tbcass: Nothing I'd want but in these days of nostalgia and retro I'm sure it will have it's fans. Having shot with rangefinder cameras in the past (Leica M3) well, I hate them.

Nostalgia: "Sigh... remember when we had $6500 in the bank?"

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 22:41 UTC
On photo I am an Elephant in the An A to Z of Subjects- Week 5, E challenge (25 comments in total)
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Midwest: What sandbagging idiot gave this great photo a single star?!

Maybe someone doesn't like HDR, that does not reduce this photo to being worth only one star. And given the history of these challenges, it's more often than not the winning photo has 1/2 or 1 star votes.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 18:15 UTC
On photo I am an Elephant in the An A to Z of Subjects- Week 5, E challenge (25 comments in total)
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Midwest: What sandbagging idiot gave this great photo a single star?!

Whether someone likes the PP'ing or not (I do) it's certainly not a photo worthy of someone voting it just a single star.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2016 at 17:44 UTC
On photo I am an Elephant in the An A to Z of Subjects- Week 5, E challenge (25 comments in total)

What sandbagging idiot gave this great photo a single star?!

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2016 at 04:43 UTC as 6th comment | 7 replies
On photo Dockside in the Dark in the An A to Z of Subjects- Week 4, D challenge (12 comments in total)

As great a shot as this is, some clown gave it a 1/2 star. Hopefully whoever did came in far down the results with their entry.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2016 at 17:32 UTC as 7th comment
On article Shaking up the market: Pentax K-70 Review (342 comments in total)

"The in-body image stabilization works brilliantly, although telephoto shooters should take note that when using this system they will lose any assistance stabilization might provide with framing a subject in the viewfinder, as only the sensor is stabilized, not the viewfinder." And almost certainly that same IBIS (which is dandy on mirrorless) puts Pentax's continuous and tracking AF at a disadvantage since its AF sensors have to work with an unstable view of the subject. You gain the ability to use 'old glass' with stabilization, but you lose a stabilized viewfinder and good AF tracking. Myself, I am much more interested in a stable OVF than using antique lenses. :)

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 17:33 UTC as 87th comment | 3 replies
On challenge My Best Photo of the Week (2 comments in total)

I mean this in the nicest way... I would never enter one of these "best photo of the week" challenges. Suppose there are 50 entries, all of them excellent in their own way. Someone is going to finish dead last with an image that might easily win a themed challenge, but because it's not pretty or something it gets ranked as though it's junk.

But I know some people accept that and are willing to enter, and people get to vote on a bunch of good photos, so to each their own. I just feel a little bad for the one whose excellent image ranks as 'the worst'.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2016 at 17:52 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On article Rock Solid: Canon 1D X Mark II Review (446 comments in total)
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Bart2016: It seems on specs side to side with the Nikon D5 vs the Canon here, the D5 has more to offer perhaps

Sounds like some Nikon fans have stopped worshiping the DxO god.

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2016 at 04:28 UTC
On article The price is right: Canon EOS Rebel T6 / 1300D Review (421 comments in total)

I was hoping they'd go with the newer ADC on-chip to improve the sensor, but I guess that along with things like dual-pixel AF cost money. $500 list for even an entry level DSLR is not a bad deal and the target market will likely be very pleased with the deal.

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2016 at 16:15 UTC as 17th comment | 2 replies
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Marcel: I prefer RED BULL Motor Cross event shots where motorcrossers take dangerious loops and that kind of things.

Btw i notice that the shutterspeed is too high if i see that the spikewheeks are bloody sharp. The should be blurry in order to suggest speed of the rotating wheel. Everything else should be sharp.

I don't need motion blur to indicate that something is moving. I'll leave that failing for the cameras which can't do any better. I want razor sharp stopped action. Speaking for myself of course.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2016 at 16:29 UTC
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