vadims

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On article Google Pixel users reporting camera app issue (34 comments in total)
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sh10453: Aren't Google phone made by others (Motorola, LG, and Huawie)???

In case of Pixel, it's actually the company you did not mention: HTC.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2016 at 22:47 UTC
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mxx: Funny how everybody is always deriding the film age, yet they yearn to have that "film" look. What wrong with the digital look anyway? Suddenly not good enough anymore?

> Digital was never superior, just different.

Technically, it was, and most definitely is.

Whether or not it's more "pleasing" is a completely different matter. Tastes differ.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2016 at 21:11 UTC

One of great many things you can do with it: "Bullet Time" with the Chronos high-speed camera:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7bNRzbROBQ

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2016 at 01:41 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Video: Shooting Dog Portraits with the Sony a6300 (170 comments in total)
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entoman: Let's get this straight - I have no objection whatsoever to DPR using promotional videos from Sony or any other manufacturer.

The problem here is that DPR should make the Sony sponsorship much more obvious, by extending the title to "Shooting Dog Portraits with the Sony a6300 - a video sponsored by Sony".

If they fail to do this, readers will believe (many obviously already do, from comments in these forums) that EVERYTHING that DPR writes about Sony is biased in favour of their sponsors, and DPR will lose its reputation for honest reviews.

> I have no objection whatsoever

Oh good.

Otherwise, DPR would have to take the video down *immediately*, I guess...

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2016 at 22:32 UTC
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 First Impressions (220 comments in total)
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D200_4me: No matter how excellent a camera's image quality and feature set is, it does me no good if I can't stand the body. If I don't like the body/handling, I won't want to use it. Just saying...form/ergonomics has a big role to play as well. I had the a6000 and I enjoyed its image quality, etc...but I hated the body and ended up selling it. Still might be a Sony alpha (full frame) in my future...but I'm in no rush for now.

> If I don't like the body/handling, I won't want to use it.

Same is true for me.

But guess what, I absolutely love this form factor. If there was no a6x00 (currently shooting a6000, will get a6500 as soon as it's available), I'd have to get Panasonic GX80/85, I guess... Which is both slightly bigger and heavier while having inferior sensor. Or Fuji X-E2s. Heck, I'd even wish a6500 ratained the smaller grip of a6000.

Tastes differ. I shot with film rengefinders a lot, and my stints with Canon 5D and then 5Dm2 quickly showed those elephants are not for me.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2016 at 16:03 UTC
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old_slowhand: Just had the chance to hear a lecture of Dr. Kaufmann (ex CEO and big shareholder of LEICA) last Friday on a Congress. Believe me, these guys know exactly what they are doing ;-) This is why they survived (after standing of the verge of bancrupcy) and e.g. Kodak did not. Don#t let the superficiality of this red lens fool you...

> these guys know exactly what they are doing ;-)

Yeah, they do. Good for them.

However, what Leica is doing may, at some point, become a liability for them.

Even now when I see a Leica shooter, first thing that comes to mind is a question of whether the guy/gal has more money than brains, or whether he/she is a show-off. Fortunately, there are still enough Leica shooters who know what they are doing, who shot film cameras and their transition to digital did not involve changing the brand... But, that said, even for them it has become a religion; it is next to impossible to have a sensible conversation with them on forums. And, ultimately, their religion has nothing to do with photography as such.

Shooting with a red lens that's more expensive than "normal" one? I for one wouldn't want to be associated with that in any shape or form. That's exactly the "more money than brains" case. Let's see if Leica pushes all this farther than most of its followers would want to go...

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2016 at 16:53 UTC
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CameraCarl: My do I miss the days of slide photography where "what you see is what you shot" and the skills of the photographer were predominant... not the skills of the software developer. When I captured an accurately exposed image of a rainbow, you can be assured that there was really a rainbow there, and that I had the skills to expose it properly, and that my composition and crop were the result of years of work and art.

> What about Ansel Adams "dodge&burn" techniques?

CameraCarl is talking about *slides*, that the keyword.

> Should we call him a cheater?

He said nothing about "cheating"; why do you draw such far-fetching conclusions? There's huge difference between "not being real" and "cheating".

These modern tools are good and can produce spectacular if not stunning results. I for one have nothing against them -- as long as everyone understands what is what.

That said, I can definitely relate to what CameraCarl says; truth is, there ain't no such thing as a free lunch, somebody has to pay. Almost always when you get something you have to give something else away. In this case, it's knowing what exactly you're looking at. And that's something I'm not willing to give up easily.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 21:25 UTC
On article Nikon reportedly eliminating 1000 jobs in Japan (535 comments in total)
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Max Iso: No wonder they are downsizing, the WB is completely off on that shot...

You mean, not overprocessed beyond recognition to simulate daylight? Yeah, that's deadly sin for sure...

And BTW, the image was taken with Sony 7Rm2. Just look at EXIF.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 05:27 UTC
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Abdallah II: a minute of 4K video shot on the iPhone 7 is 375MB, 10min is 3.75GB, 30min is 11.25GB... that's an iPhone 50mbps media, what about the common 4k 100mbps files sizes on WIFI... how many steps to link a camera to a laptop on WIFI let alone the transfer time and locking the camera till the transfer time ends compared to slipping a memory card and automatically the image app would copy and clear that memory card ? that's for casual personal media, what about the mobile media creatives? I can hear from now 1000s (ooh forgot to bring that card reader...no no I found it but i forgot to bring the USB to USB-C adapter ), BTW card readers was there before almost all laptops makers added a card reader in there devices and i hardly find those readers on the shelves any more but i find loads of SD cards,almost all cameras has no built in memory storage .If WIFI is the way to go why supply a Lightning to USB cable with the iPhone? and why not a Lightning to USB-C cable if you waved out the USB?

> how many steps to link a camera to a laptop on WIFI

Should be zero.

> locking the camera till the transfer time ends

It does not have to be locked.

The fact that we do have all this cr@p does not mean it cannot be done right, using today's technology. It's just the case of lazy, unimaginative, and downright incompetent programming (or rather application design).

I am sympathetic to Mac users (BTW I'm not one of them), but I do think that this Apple's move does push the industry a wee bit in the right direction...

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 02:43 UTC

Bad for [some] photographers, but good for the photo industry as a whole.

The sooner Tokyo execs realize it's 21st century out there and their customers need seamless wireless connectivity between *all* devices, the better. Apple's move is much needed extra kick in their butts.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 22:32 UTC as 288th comment | 3 replies
On article Google Pixel XL real-world sample gallery (103 comments in total)
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Richard Murdey: I think they look really good, the night scenes especially. Apparently I'm not the only one to be impressed:

http://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2016/10/29/13466786/google-pixel-photo-better-than-iphone

Thanks for the link.

BTW, things like being able to quickly turn camera on with double-tap of the power button are at least as important as picture quality (just as the article you linked correctly suggests)...

My current LG V10 has similar shortcut: double-tapping volume-down located on back side, which I use constantly to catch a moment. In the new model they removed it (the volume rocker on the back). Well, what can I say? That was a differentiator for them, now it's gone. Guess my next phone will be Pixel XL.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 02:01 UTC
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VadymA: Hmm, according to Nikon, there are two distinctive categories of customers for their compact cameras. Those who value DSLR-like handling and IQ in a smaller body but don't like changing lenses will be buying the DL series. And those who don't care much about DSLR-like handling and IQ but enjoy changing lenses will be attracted to Nikon 1 series. Interesting.

> And those who don't care much about DSLR-like
> handling and IQ but enjoy changing lenses ...

That just cracked me up... Thanks :-D

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2016 at 04:58 UTC
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Marty4650: What is interesting is that your comparison tool only allows comparing phones to phones and cameras to cameras.

It might be useful to be able to compare phones to cameras, especially for those who insist that the phones "are just as good as cameras are."

Agreed. Long overdue.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2016 at 13:04 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Fujifilm F10 (121 comments in total)
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kodachromeguy: I had the later F31fd camera, and it's files look great even today. It was a remarkable little silver brick. My one complaint was there was no threaded adaptor to mount hoods it a polarizer.

Had it too. In F31fd they pretty much ironed everything out; I used to refer to it as to "a little jewel", and always carried it in my belt pouch.

It was, arguably, "rx100 of its day".

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2016 at 13:36 UTC
On article Hands-on and in-depth with the Sony a6500 (558 comments in total)
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Chillbert: Can someone tell me why IBIS is such a big deal? Is it mostly about getting value from existing (older) lenses? Sony E-mount is my first system and most of my lenses already have OSS. Forgive my ignorance - just interested in learning how people really use these cameras.

> getting value from existing (older) lenses?

Nope, not at all.

As for me, the biggest benefit will be for 24/1.8 Zeiss, a stunning lens that is unlikely to ever get an OSS "upgrade" (it's Zeiss, so...)

Then there is very large number of good third-party-manufactured lenses that would benefit from it (like, say, the current Sigma trio for APS-C E).

Edit: just to make it clear: I am specifically referring to "old" in your comment. There is nothing "old" about the lenses I mentioned, and any "new" iterations on them, or other lenses from same manufacturers will very likely keep lacking OSS.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2016 at 17:11 UTC
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vadims: My 24/1.8 Zeiss will finally get stabilized: GREAT!

GPS info via Bluetooth: VERY GOOD (on-board GPS would be great, but even BT is better than having to take a separate image with a phone just for GPS).

Eye AF in AF-C (and improved focusing in general): VERY GOOD (those who still dismiss eye AF/face detection/etc. just do not know what they are talking about).

Bigger buffer: GOOD (didn't have many hiccups, but not having to worry at all is good).

Free entertainment on DPR: GOOD (reading posts of clueless people complaining, say, about Sony release cycles etc. etc. and not getting it's another model in the lineup, not a replacement)

Better/cleaner menus: GOOD (though never had many problems with existing ones).

Menus/zooming/etc. not supported by touch screen: BAD! (and, knowing how notoriously bad are everyone except Fuji with FW updates, there's probably no hope...)

All in all, this will be a very worthy upgrade for me. Looking forward to November...

Thank you, Richard.

That's another step in right direction.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 23:11 UTC

My 24/1.8 Zeiss will finally get stabilized: GREAT!

GPS info via Bluetooth: VERY GOOD (on-board GPS would be great, but even BT is better than having to take a separate image with a phone just for GPS).

Eye AF in AF-C (and improved focusing in general): VERY GOOD (those who still dismiss eye AF/face detection/etc. just do not know what they are talking about).

Bigger buffer: GOOD (didn't have many hiccups, but not having to worry at all is good).

Free entertainment on DPR: GOOD (reading posts of clueless people complaining, say, about Sony release cycles etc. etc. and not getting it's another model in the lineup, not a replacement)

Better/cleaner menus: GOOD (though never had many problems with existing ones).

Menus/zooming/etc. not supported by touch screen: BAD! (and, knowing how notoriously bad are everyone except Fuji with FW updates, there's probably no hope...)

All in all, this will be a very worthy upgrade for me. Looking forward to November...

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 14:06 UTC as 24th comment | 2 replies
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Random Asian Guy: Does the A6500 have the same write to card speed limit as A6300 of around 32mb/s?

It's right up there, in the specs (see videography features).

4k @ 30fps ==> 100Mbps.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 02:42 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (920 comments in total)
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BeaverTerror: $769 for a phone? Thank but I'll spend a month on the beach in Cuba instead.

> $769 for a phone?

How about $769 for "a phone, a computer, a camera, a GPS navigator, a game console, an alarm-clock etc."? All fitting a pocket?

Still not interested? Well, there's no pleasing you...

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 04:07 UTC
On article Canon EOS 5D IV: What you need to know (185 comments in total)
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photoreddi: > In this article we've boiled down the new camera's key selling points.

It's a SLIDE SHOW, not an article. The way DPR's slide shows are implemented takes much more effort scrolling up and down each page to see the photo and all of the text. Turn your camera reviews into slide shows and the readers/viewers will be decimated.Funny thing, the text for slide #1 acknowledged that it was a slide show.

If you feel that it's necessary to keep using slide shows for the sake of advertising click-bait, at least make the text portion much shorter even if it requires more slides. Then at least it should be possible to only scroll horizontally through most of the slides without having to move the pages up and down before viewing the next slide. If I reduce the browser's font size enough to make the photo and text simultaneously visible without having to scroll up and down, the text would be too small to be legible.

What I needed to know wasn't enough to get me to advance beyond slide #1.

> The majority of slides in this article fit within your vertical screen
> height without the need for any scrolling.

Barney, I view your site at 175% magnification (the only way to get acceptable for *me* font size), and Yes, I do have to scroll down/up at each slide.

This is so annoying that I just skip altogether all slideshow-articles in which I'm not really, *really* interested.

Please take this at face value: it's not DPR bashing for the sake of it. Some people (OP and myself included) do have this issue with your site.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2016 at 20:07 UTC
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