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brendon1000

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On article Confirmed: Bowens is going out of business (45 comments in total)
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Hanoise: The issue here is clear.
We are all choosing low cost over quality. Not just lighting, but with everything.
Everyone blames china for the damages it causes to quality companies and to quality period. But then, like a dog following the ball, we all go fetch our Chinese equivalent product because we "think" we are saving a lot.
What we are actually doing is paying MORE. Because we have to replace that Chinese equivalent much much sooner than the long lasting quality option.

Then companies go bust and we throw our arms up in the air and say: whose going to service our stuff?!

Well, why not get a Chinese company to service it....

The problem is Bowens is a quality product that smaller studios can afford.

A $400 cheap pair of Elinchroms will probably last a decade or so easily and costs a fraction of the cost of a Bowens head. You can buy some 10 pairs of Elinchroms for the cost of a decent pair of Bowens heads.

So unless you are making decent money from your studio set up it is hardly cost effective to spend so much money.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2017 at 17:49 UTC
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xsamie: These are five reason to become a sysadmin.
There is only one reason to use a Mac -> not to become a sysadmin

Geekbench, Ryzen, CPUs, Ram speeds, render times, SLI, builds, stats -> that is all PC users talk about.

Most mac user don't even know how much ram they have, much less the speed of their memory.

Please prove me wrong: any PC photographers that are not advanced windows users? Are you the guy that people come to for "fixing" issues.

I used to be, when I was in the pc world. No more

^^ Totally agree. I am a hardcore PC guy. My PC is where I game and work but I have a macbook for backup. Don't like the OS or anything much BUT it just works. Have it for 6 years and still runs very fast. When it dies I will pick up another macbook for backup. But my main working station will always be a PC

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 07:50 UTC
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john Clinch: I've never used any of these cameras. I bet they are all great in their own way. I see no evidence that the conclusions here are wrong.

But I do think the term "cropped" seems wrong.

You can argue that the D500 is cropped in that its a smaller sensor than the mount allows. But the Fuji and Olympus aren't a crop of anything. They are just systems build round a certain size sensor.

Should the could be called "medium size sensors". "APs-c and mft" or just a linear dimension or area range

Its considered crop cameras simply because those sensors are smaller than 35mm which is merely a standard chosen decades ago.

You can easily use lenses designed for 35mm sensors on any of the above cameras and none of their sensors them will cover the coverage of the lens.

Its a term used for easier understanding.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2017 at 18:47 UTC
On article Review: Nikon D7500, speed and capability (451 comments in total)
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rhurani: On the articulating display: I have a camera with such display; I glued it to prevent its articulation

So you don't use an articulating screen? Guess everyone doesn't use it either

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2017 at 12:20 UTC
On article Review: Nikon D7500, speed and capability (451 comments in total)
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JoaoPedroAB: I do like your tests but I have a remark on them. I am a big fan of Jpeg files. Even though, in theory, raw files can allow better results, in a large number of cases that I tested, the differences are really negligeable. Then, when you present pictures in raw 'treated to taste' (and of course they are much better than Jpegs 'directly out of the camera') you induce that jpeg is much worse than raw. I proposed that you present the 'jpeg treated to taste' too. Readers would see that they may be even better than the raw one, in several cases.

While I do agree in some aspects JPEG are about as good as raw you can't do better JPEG than raw since JPEG is derived from the raw file itself.

So basically you can get 100% of raw or less. You can't really get better since raw!

And while you can get close to JPEG results you can also get much worse results if you have clipped highlights or shadows.

Landscape photographers in general will laugh at your suggestion to shoot JPEG since the dynamic range of landscapes are generally more than what the sensor can capture.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2017 at 12:19 UTC
On article Review: Nikon D7500, speed and capability (451 comments in total)
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Ruekon: The comparison table under Intro&body seems to ignore the display resolution: the D500 has outstanding 2.36M-dot, compared to about 1M-dot of all others. This is very valuable for checking focus directly in the camera and should qualify the D500 for a green entry.

Also the magnification of the view finder is missing in the table: 1.0x for D500 compared to 0.94x for D7500/D7200, 0.95x for 80D and only 0.7x for A6500! 1.0x makes you forget about the cropping, whereas 0.7x cropped places the photographer out of the scene onto a rear seat in the audience.

Specs aren't everything you know. The Sony magnification is given as per FF. In APS-C terms it is 1.07x which is much bigger than the d500 viewfinder.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2017 at 04:37 UTC
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plusalpha: I can't understand why someone should buy this camera. Its definition is "entry level ff dslr". It costs like a E-M1 Mark II and there is no comparison. It's our fault cause we are too tied to the idea of the full frame camera as the only system with enough quality to be professional. But today full frame means also full weight, full size and huge lenses. Last year I sold my D810 with all the lenses after something like 20 years with Nikon and with something like 3k€ I do weddings, events, nature and street photography with a light and indestructible camera with small lenses. In my humble opinion Nikon and Canon are years back and they have to rethink to the mirrorless offer because IT IS the future.

^^ if the em1 is the Ford then the Canon 6d is the Ferrarri after it collided with a truck and has just one wheel :p

Honestly the EM-1 has 100% more card slots than the Canon!

The Canon does come back very strongly and smashes the em1 in the size and weight department as the 6d looks like it ate the em1 for breakfast lunch and dinner!

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 17:30 UTC
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hansip87: As an a6300 owner, i do wonder if going with A7ii will be considered as an upgrade or downgrade in spec/quality dept? Of course it's going to be a lot more expensive but i don't want to talk about price here, only the overall quality (i.e. AF speed, ISO speed). Anybody has an opinion on this matter?

Hi. You are most welcome ! :)

I am a small time pro and so I have three cameras with me - A7, A7 II and A7rII. The A7 gets hardly any usage though. I feel the A7 II is a significant enough upgrade to the A7.

Adapted lenses is not the best solution for Sony and there are quite a few that don't work too well.

However most of the newer ones work just fine. You get decent (but not great) focusing speed. However for the most part focusing is very usable. Just don't use tracking too much.

My usage of Canon lenses are very limited. I used a Canon 70-200mm f2.8 II which worked beautifully with the A7rII, a Sigma 50mm f1.4 which also worked well but did freeze after a while and a Sigma 24-105mm f4 ART which also worked very well.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 16:49 UTC

Bad news for xqd card users if Lexar is discontinued.

That would leave just Sony as the sole manufacturer of xqd cards. Never a nice thing to have a sole manufacturer. Sony will not have any real incentive to price their subsequent cards at good prices in the absence of competition from Lexar.

And since Sandisk is supporting the competing CFast cards I don't think Sandisk will enter the xqd market

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2017 at 04:56 UTC as 27th comment | 1 reply
On article Finishing the line: Nikon 28mm F1.4E ED sample gallery (128 comments in total)
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Scottelly: I wonder if Sigma will now make a 28mm f1.4 Art lens that offers better image quality and sells for $899.

;)

^^ For pros of course it makes perfect sense to go with Nikon lenses as the reliability is paramount.

However for an amateur its a very hard price to digest. The Nikon 28mm f1.8 is also available but its performance is nice but not great. Sigma art lenses are very good performers at almost half the price.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2017 at 16:19 UTC
On article Finishing the line: Nikon 28mm F1.4E ED sample gallery (128 comments in total)
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vFunct: This lens by itself is a good enough reason to sell your other cameras and lenses just to get this with a Nikon full-frame camera. It's at a very useful focal length - 28mm is standard for cell phones - and has some of the finest bokeh of any lens.

It should be the default lens of any photographer. Other camera & lens manufacturers are garbage compared to this Nikon setup, and I'm glad Nikon exists for REAL photographers out there, who knows that the focus is about art instead of math.

If you are trying to measure this lens's quality, you have already failed.

^^ Come on obvious troll post. Don't feed the trolls !

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2017 at 16:15 UTC
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Edmond Leung: In this virtual era, A-Sign seems very successful to attract the eyeballs of other audience. Perhaps he/she is also creative in other area. Regardless the approach is good or bad, it makes dpreview more attractive to the new generations. New generations are essential to keep those giant companies (Canon, Sony, Nikon, Panasonic....) to surive.

I feel the amount A sign keeps posting points out to it actually being a semi intelligent self learning computer virus masquerading as a person.

I think the reason it tries to be a troll and posts so much only this camera is that it is trying to incite people to respond so it can start learning how to type better.

I fear for the human race if such intelligent computer viruses exist :(

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2017 at 08:04 UTC
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hansip87: As an a6300 owner, i do wonder if going with A7ii will be considered as an upgrade or downgrade in spec/quality dept? Of course it's going to be a lot more expensive but i don't want to talk about price here, only the overall quality (i.e. AF speed, ISO speed). Anybody has an opinion on this matter?

^^ Exactly ! :)

Specs wise the A7rII destroys the A7 II but in actual usage the differences are a lot lesser. Sure the A7rII has some really good features like internal 4k video that the A7 II simply lacks and the 42 MP sensor IS better but not by a huge margin.

The specs say the A7rII viewfinder is better, AF is better, and it is but side by side using both cameras I really can't tell reliably which camera i am actually using.

But ill also mention the caveat that it could also be down to my shooting style. I don't really stress the camera to its full potential so for someone else maybe their experience would be different. And for using adapted lenses and for video at least the A7rII is MUCH better

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2017 at 06:04 UTC
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hansip87: As an a6300 owner, i do wonder if going with A7ii will be considered as an upgrade or downgrade in spec/quality dept? Of course it's going to be a lot more expensive but i don't want to talk about price here, only the overall quality (i.e. AF speed, ISO speed). Anybody has an opinion on this matter?

I have the Sony A7 II and the Sony A7rII. Honestly other than the sensor being a bit lower in resolution and a bit worse at high ISO the AF system is very capable and I can barely tell if I am using the A7rII or the A7 II when shooting.

Unless you shoot a lot of action the AF system is going to be more than adequate and I generally shoot in low light and the A7 II is right up there with the A7rII

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 14:38 UTC
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JochenIs: In this price range a used D800E beats them all and is cheaper than most.

These roundups are confusing enough. Adding used options would make these downright ridiculous.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 14:36 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2725 comments in total)
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Dave C 150: As a wildlife, mainly bird photographer, I've never actually considered mirrorless. Rather than tell me what it can do what are the actual real world advantages over a DSLR, my D500 for example.?

^^ Not all silent shutters are same you know. The A9 is specifically designed to shoot with E shutter and the penalty for using an E shutter is practically nil. My older A7rII does have a few issues when using the E shutter but the A9 is much improved.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2017 at 19:45 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2725 comments in total)
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Raul: One more toy camera for "pros" hahahaha

^^ Raul is a troll. Avoid such useless characters

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2017 at 14:22 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2725 comments in total)
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Chris59: Is it just me, but comparing the new Sony with the (old) APSC Samsung NX1with its standard zoom, the Samsung runs away and hides in terms of resolution and sharpness at low ISOs both in the centre and in the corners. The Sony is clearly better at high ISOs but it seems to me that there is something "wrong" with the Sony's resolution. Could it be that the lens wasn't focussed correctly with the Sony.

Highly possible. If you check the Sony A9 to the old A7 you will see the A7 is much sharper. Probably something wrong with the lens used.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2017 at 18:22 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2725 comments in total)
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scoobysnapstories: I'm so confuse with this 89% rating? first, so many cons and yeah significant? still cons! then there is video, not mentioning about slog etc? yet other cameras in this site gets cons for video. whats going on here?!? am i being fooled by this review? and no I'm not trying to hate, I have a a7r mark 2 , please dont get me that bs. seriously, how are they missing some pros and cons? giving video a good rating yet no comments done about video itself. does this mean the video is so perfect that it should not be mentioned? or the reviewer does not have a clue about it and just slap whatevers in hand?

They have a video section if you so care to read. Yes there is no Slog but its possible via a firmware update in future. Otherwise IQ is excellent. Its 4k video footage is more detailed than even the A7sII and there is no crop. You get full sensor width at 24p and a 1.2x crop at 30p.

No Slog as mentioned but it has all the required ports like mic and headphone jack along with HDMI.

However as mentioned this is positioned as a video camera. The Sony A7sII is what Sony wants you to buy if you want good video on a budget.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2017 at 18:15 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2725 comments in total)
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Dave C 150: As a wildlife, mainly bird photographer, I've never actually considered mirrorless. Rather than tell me what it can do what are the actual real world advantages over a DSLR, my D500 for example.?

Why talk about the camera but leave out the lens ? Sony has no real birding lenses. The 100-400mm is decent but its not a great lens for birding. Hopefully Sony will launch a decent 400mm f4 or 500mm f4 lens in future to satisfy hardcore birding shooters.

For the time being a Sony 100-400mm with a 1.4x TC is a decent option as AF will work on a body like the A9 but IQ will not match a proper dedicated prime lens even with a TC.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2017 at 13:55 UTC
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