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technocamper: A fine collector's kit. If only digital cameras were half as reliable as film cameras, they might be worth collecting.

Actuallly Mike Penn is quite correct about the fragility of the GR film cameras. This is well documented on the web. I had 3, 2 of which died completely, 1 of those had a complete, out of warranty, lens assembly change, and the remaining one I still have. It barely works and suffers from the common GR LCD failure. The film advance mechanism was also very fragile. Actually the GR-Ds were not a lot better. Again, the lens retract mechanism is very failure-prone.

The APS-C GR, on the other hand, has been 100% reliable for me so far.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2015 at 06:00 UTC
On article Capture One Pro 8 software review (318 comments in total)
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edorf_71: Wow! Bought CaptureOnePro 8.3.2 64-bit today and have just tested it on some rawfiles from Fujifilm XE-1. All I can say is BIG difference to LR 4.4.1. in; Colors, smoothness and sharpness,effectively more resolution. Nice and easy UI. Happy camper :-)

I think U can't go wrong with this software if looking for ultimate image quality is your highest priority.


I've been using C1-8 in depth on Olympus files (E-P5, E-P3, E-5 etc) and honestly I don't find it ideal. The noise reduction obliterates fine detail at all settings, the default "film curve" setting (which you get with Auto) is film in the sense of wildly over saturated Velvia, and the highlight recovery, while initially impressive, is very artificial. Also the way it renders reds is a bit weak. And finally, C1 has no lightness or LAB curves, which is really stone age. Although it is less rapid, I prefer to use Iridient Developer. I'm absolutely not a pixel peeper, but even so the differences are obvious. However, Iridient requires some investment in time to learn.

Note, all the above is specific to ORFs from my cameras. YMMV.

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2015 at 07:24 UTC
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Papi61: What's the target clientele for this product? It's definitely not a travel camera. And let me get this right, you'd have to buy FOUR CAMERAS AND A TELECONVERTER to have multiple focal lengths?

Am I the only one who believes all of this makes absolutely no sense?

some photographers spend their whole lives working with 1 or 2 focal lengths. It depends on your personal objectives. If you want a camera to record all and everything you might encounter on travel, then this one is going to be a severe disappointment. On the other hand, if you're developing a personal style based around ultra wide, high resolution images, then this pretty much hits the target. Obviously it's a small target in market share terms, but that's Sigma's problem, not ours, and I for one am very grateful for them for thinking outside of the box. A great company with a truly passionate management.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2015 at 07:13 UTC
On article Winds of Change: Shooting changing landscapes (62 comments in total)
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mononk: Interesting indeed. But may I suggest you post an identical article with examples from places not so exotic as Iceland and Africa? I.e. NY City, Paris, London, Rio... The average Jo will more likely visit these places a few times in his life and will try his luck in finding a new point of view. Many thsnks.

Far, far too much "landscape" photography these days is about bragging rights on who got how far first and how epic and difficult is was (especially the 95% of the journey by Business Class flight). The actually photos are the usual formulaic super-saturated, painting-by-numbers stuff designed mainly as adverts for so-called workshops. Strip away the exotic locations and there is little content left...

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2015 at 20:34 UTC
On article Winds of Change: Shooting changing landscapes (62 comments in total)
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babart: Absolutely terrific images. Traveling to all these places, however, could very well cost more than a new Leica and a slew of lenses. It's great that photographers can reach these areas, and I've been to Iceland myself. I suspect, however, that most landscape photographers would find equally good images close to home if they paid attention. I know. No one looks at anything close to home, right. But there is the place you know best in all it's many varied faces, and it's there one should start.

Too, I'm wondering if landscape photography has become the province of the wealthier among us, just like the latest good equipment. Pardon my mild cynicism, but I'm retired and have to be more frugal. If that sounds envious, well it is, frankly.

I think you're absolutely correct. Seems to me that landscape photography has become more "trophy hunting" than anything else. A large part of the results have the "wow" effect not really down to the photo, but done to the location. Fine, but I've got NatGeo for that.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2015 at 20:28 UTC
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brian1366: Paid $79USD last night to download and install the STANDALONE version of Lightroom 6 Upgrade.
Sure Adobe isn't promoting the standalone version much and they put the link at the bottom of the webpage, but it wasn't that hard to find. A lot of whiners on here.

ROTFL that's so funny. Lightroom's UI is many things but "beautifully engineered" is not the first description that comes to mind...

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 15:50 UTC
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Tom: For me, iPhoto had insufficient capabilities. Later, I used Aperture 2 and 3 with success and satisfaction. That is until I sat with a friend who showed me Lightroom. Aperture by then was 'long in the tooth,' so the change to LR was an easy decision.

Also, like the old school way of saving images in regular folders.

Very satisfied.

Upon loading Photos - and waiting hours for it to ingest my 20k images, I deleted it from my iMac.

Very interested to know how you accomplished that ... (Deleted it)

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2015 at 19:19 UTC
On article Island life: Samsung NX500 Shooting Experience (168 comments in total)
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nunatak: "With this in mind, Samsung's choice of sunny Hawaii (aloha!) for a 48-hour shooting event to introduce the viewfinder-less NX500 to journalists was perhaps unfortunate."

thanks. i was wondering when you were going to get around to mentioning this was a "paid for" photo junket. the early "tip-off" was the short time DPR had to play with the new Samsung 300mm. :)

Wow - using "alliterative" on a photo gear review site. That must be a first. You're destined for greatness, Barney :-)

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2015 at 07:18 UTC
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Aur: looks over-retouched, the biker is at a horrible and confusing angle and none of the scenery fits

just because you can, doesn't mean you should, this isn't a good picture in my opiinion

Just because it is hard to do doesn't make it a good photo....

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2015 at 12:03 UTC
On article Apple reveals Photos beta for developers (125 comments in total)

Beware of C1 if you use a system with software lens correction, such as MFT. C1, uniquely, does not read the manufacturer lens metadata, but develop their own corrections. So many lenses are not supported. Not sure why they do this, there seems to be zero benefit.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2015 at 20:21 UTC as 8th comment
On article Beautiful Dreamer: Garret Suhrie's moonlit landscapes (57 comments in total)

David Clapp must be feeling really strange, seeing hordes of people making carbon-copy duplicates of his Kirkjufell / aurora photo. The original was breathtaking. The clones are just sad...

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2015 at 18:16 UTC as 24th comment | 2 replies
On article Alien Skin offers Exposure 7 with Raw support (51 comments in total)

Hmm. Just tried all the examples on Alien Skin's site, and in every case I prefered the original... And in second place the emulation that cam closest to the original. I actually do shoot film, regularly, mainly Provia 400X, Portra 400 and Kodak E100G, and the emulations just don't give me at all the same impression. There's more to it than saturation and grain....

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 22:02 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Apple to cease development of Aperture (425 comments in total)
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robogobo: Please, everybody calm down. Back away and look at the big picture. Much like FCPX, Pages 5, etc, the new Photos app will likely be anemic in the beginning and then have stuff added back in by request... level headed requests. For all intents and purposes, Photos is Aperture 4. Look at the screenshot. Look at the official statement. All your Aperture edits will carry over, and they'll be treated exactly like the move from Aperture 2 to Aperture 3. Old sliders will be treated as legacy and new sliders there to replace them.

All this panic and negative speculation doesn't do anybody good. Aperture will keep working just like it does now, even in Yosemite, and maybe Photos will even be better. Who knows? Let's wait and find out. And give Apple feedback through the official channels in a constructive, adult manner. https://www.apple.com/feedback/aperture.html

So basically, we should not only carry on with Aperture's no longer cutting edge processing toolset for another 6 months, then tolerate an even weaker set from Photos for x years, all in the hope of what, exactly? And while continuing to build up creative investment (metadata and non- destructive edits) in the hope that Apple might one day deliver us to the Promisec Land? Well, that might work for Apple fanboys, not so much for photographers... Apple is basically spitting on 8 years of invested effort from my side here. It is a totally, but absolutely, untrustworthy company, and anybody who sticks with them out of some religious fervour needs their head examined.....

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2014 at 21:16 UTC
On article Apple to cease development of Aperture (425 comments in total)

Can somebody (DPR staff, perhaps?) point me to this reported "Apple Announcement" ? It doesn't appear that Apple has announced any such thing. This is all coming out of a rumour-level blog post by Jim Dalrymple of The Loop. Which may be more credible than most, but still, it is not an official announcement from behind the Iron Curtain.

Still, maybe it will force Apple to do some damage limitation. Not that I'm holding my breath.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2014 at 09:42 UTC as 29th comment | 1 reply
On article Apple to cease development of Aperture (425 comments in total)

Well, there goes the last reason for my next computer being a Mac. Then again, I doubt Apple will make computers either for much longer.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 18:03 UTC as 146th comment | 1 reply

Hmm. It starts off really well with the hint of a paradox between unambiguously modern scenes captured with an obsolete process which defines a past time. But then the photographer seems, by & large, to seek out architectural subjects which are pretty much unchanged since wet plates were cutting edge - in others words, he's seeking out 19th Century England with a 19th Century process, very little 21st Century in there. Even Star Wars is pretty much 20th Century culture. So, without wanting to be impolite, it does indeed seem to be more about technique than anything else. There's a lot more potential in there.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2014 at 10:10 UTC as 40th comment | 1 reply
On photo DSC00130_ISO125 in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

Nice photo!

Link | Posted on May 31, 2014 at 18:38 UTC as 2nd comment
On a photo in the Sony Cybershot DSC RX100 III samples gallery sample gallery (2 comments in total)

Nice photo!

Link | Posted on May 31, 2014 at 18:38 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Portfolio: Photography student Luke Evans (157 comments in total)

Interesting, sometimes compelling, and very erudite.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2014 at 17:35 UTC as 40th comment
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