Brian P Smith

Works as a Pharmacist
Joined on Dec 3, 2013
About me:

I'm *not* the Brian Smith that is a professional photographer, I'm just a lowly enthusiast that shares the name!

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Honestly the best takeaway from this for someone like me that won't be able to use it, is that the thing has 1TB of internal storage. It's beautiful to see more and more companies embrace internal storage, as they should. Storage is *cheap* these days and internal storage is a wonderful backup feature to have and there's not really any reasons not to have it on higher end cameras as the overall costs is paltry compared to many other components or R&D issues.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2024 at 16:20 UTC as 51st comment
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panther fan: What is happening with this site?

We had a big Viltrox launch this week, of probably the most exciting APS-C lens in a long time (27mm F1.2) and we didn't even get a copy and paste version of the press release

Tamron announced their FF 17-50mm F4. Also nothing

Doesn't this site still have a staff of 5+ people? Why is it averaging less than 1 article per day, especially with easy stuff like press releases?

Yeah, you’re definitely not getting your money’s worth, you should cancel your subscription….. oh wait, this site is free and uses ad revenue.

In all seriousness, the site almost died and is going through a huge transition period from one parent company to another, after losing some staff. Cut the team some slack. At least the site and forums are still here!

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2023 at 11:43 UTC
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Brian P Smith: Despite know it will ruffle feathers and bring out some chatty comments, I'll echo that Apple Silicon seems to handle this much better - I'm not sure if its optimization or an ARM type thing - running the denoise on an intel machine and my M2 on the same image, same parameters, the M2 is done in under a minute - the intel (as reported here) decidedly not so.

I was simply stating that unlike the article I was not experiencing hour-long wait times on certain devices. Obviously an intel or AMD based machine with 40 series GPU or equivalent is going to be faster - the intel machine I mentioned did not have the latest dedicated gpu- I assume like the machine in the article that took "hours".

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2023 at 15:24 UTC

Despite know it will ruffle feathers and bring out some chatty comments, I'll echo that Apple Silicon seems to handle this much better - I'm not sure if its optimization or an ARM type thing - running the denoise on an intel machine and my M2 on the same image, same parameters, the M2 is done in under a minute - the intel (as reported here) decidedly not so.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2023 at 13:43 UTC as 112th comment | 17 replies
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Brian P Smith: Haters are going to comment on the plastic mount but I’ve yet to have problems with it, and it keeps cost down these days. The same people complaining about plastic mount would complain it needs to be cheaper if it had a metal mount and was $350 anyway….

@mais51

Probably more likely somewhere in between, and scaled over mass production it makes a difference.

It’s a solid lens that is attainable to more because of price. Not every lens needs to be an S/L/GM beast that can survive until robots take over.

Lenses like this are needed to keep nikon at a healthy profit and attract/keep hobbyists on a budget. If they only produced more and more expensive lenses they’d have to produce less and less because profits were down…

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2023 at 09:43 UTC

Haters are going to comment on the plastic mount but I’ve yet to have problems with it, and it keeps cost down these days. The same people complaining about plastic mount would complain it needs to be cheaper if it had a metal mount and was $350 anyway….

Link | Posted on May 31, 2023 at 09:51 UTC as 71st comment | 7 replies
On article Weirdest cameras of the DPReview era (172 comments in total)
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bluevellet: I was genuinely curious about Pentax Q at the time. I thought it was a logical evolution of compact cameras. Never saw one in a store though. Ever.

Not sure if that was the fault of Pentax or the concept itself was doomed from the get-go.

Mattias Burling on Youtube has a wonderful series of video's on the camera - short and fun to watch,

Link | Posted on May 17, 2023 at 19:12 UTC
On article Nikon Z8 review: a supercharged D850 successor (1635 comments in total)

Full sized HDMI in there just for Jordan!

Also, 200-600 continues to be vaporware. Maybe in 2026

Link | Posted on May 10, 2023 at 12:42 UTC as 318th comment

I mean obviously we're going Jordan all the way, right guys?

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2023 at 18:50 UTC as 38th comment | 2 replies
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Jacques Cornell: Strictly for landscapes, for around $1000 I'd get a used a7RII AND a used Sony 28-60/4.0-5.6. Excellent IQ, and lots of other good, affordable lenses available. Pair this with a Tamron 70-300 and a Samyang 18/2.8 for a full-range high-rez kit under $2000. I have this kit with an a7RIII, which can be found used for only a few hundred dollars more.

For me, the battery upgrade alone is worth considering a newer A7R series - earlier A7 bodies just ate batteries for days. If you're doing car-based landscape, not bad. If you're out backpacking etc or up all night doing stars in the cold it can get really bulky

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2023 at 17:11 UTC
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Harry33: DPR may do what they want (or think they need) to do.
The truth, however, is that all these camera body tests kind of fail, where people get to see the image quality taken with different quality and different performance lenses.
It is of utmost importance to understand how really great impact the lens has on the photo.
You do not need to tell me that different camera bodies (Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Sony etc.) cannot be tested with the same lens.
But everyone should accept the fact that with different lenses we do compare potatoes to tomatoes.

There is also the fact that some lenses will perform well focused close in, some better when focused close to infinity, and some in between. Of course, in the end it is not practical to test all lens are varying focus distances (let alone focal lengths for zooms). All "optical testing" includes compromise, unfortunately.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2023 at 15:41 UTC

Not something I'd use in practice but definitely an interesting take on a zoom range at that price point..

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2023 at 15:11 UTC as 17th comment

Like the recent "Landscape of the Year" awards, some of these are just impossible based on the physics and nature of the lights. Unfortunately some appear to be heavily manipulated and color hued - pink aurora of that size are exceedingly rare and even more so in that latitude

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2022 at 17:41 UTC as 16th comment
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Hayden N: None of them look real. Seems People are no longer content with capturing natures beauty in a realistic way

#10 Looks like conditions that are physically impossible.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2022 at 12:32 UTC

Own and use the Retrospective 30 daily; might not be the most ideal camera bag, but as an every day messenger bag for carrying all my other stuff plus a small camera setup, it keeps everything safe and looks good yet discreet doing it. Love it.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2021 at 02:43 UTC as 59th comment
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(unknown member): Love Andy’s content and obviously his work. He pretty much single handedly wipes out all the trolling associated with the X system and it’s supposed limitations.

What a lovely conversation thread we have going here. I've shot with an X-T3 since release, and with Nikon and Sony before that.

If I was the type to blow up a huge print and stand 10" from it to appreciate it, or zoom in at 200%, I would NOT be using an X-Trans sensor. It can have issues.

Thankfully, I'm past that point in my life and now I focus much more on the composition and personal meaning of the photo, sometimes shooting even in *gasp* jpeg (sometimes on my iPad!). Pretty much any camera >16mp is going to give me results I'm good with, and I love the color and B&W tone I get from Fuji. Different needs for different breeds.

Link | Posted on May 7, 2021 at 01:12 UTC
On article Field review: Fujifilm XF 70-300 F4-5.6 R LM OIS WR (288 comments in total)
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DavidB2: The Con list including two complaints about the 2x teleconverter is a bit odd. 2x teleconverters always have noticeable detrimental effects, so you could put such cons on the review of ANY lens.

Also found this very odd in an article praising the performance of the bare lens. Either way, I've been enjoying the lens. It performs almost exactly as I expected for a $800 70-300. Not perfect, but perfectly usable and gives me a manageable 100-400 equiv when I need it.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2021 at 12:56 UTC
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PhotoRotterdam: If I was a psychology student, I could write a thesis by studying the comment section of DPReview. The anxiety!

Its a freakin' camera people, a tool, something to use while shooting. Who cares if one is marginally better than the other. Pick whatever fits your needs. In reality, the output of all modern cameras is indistinguishable, either admired at a screen or printed.

But I guess a large portion of the population here doesn't know how to enjoy shooting images and hit each other over the head with their 'thruths', calling each other names. Kind of sad.

Wait until they find out enjoy shooting landscapes with my Fuji, most often using JPEG, and editing almost exclusively on an iPad Pro....

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2021 at 20:08 UTC

70-300 for $800? Instant pre-order for me. Was expecting closer to $1,000.

Will finally have my kit of 16-80 and 70-300 for hiking, been waiting a while.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2021 at 15:22 UTC as 23rd comment
On article Fujifilm 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 sample gallery (111 comments in total)
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fPrime: $699? I have a Nikon 55-200mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S/G VR II that lists in the $300 range and cost me $150 used. If these prices are representative of Fuji’s lenses in general then in a substantial number of cases Fuji shooters are being taken to the cleaners.

Have a look at LensRental's teardown of the 55-200. You'll see that this lens is well beyond what the $300 Nikon "kit" lens contains. Fuji is putting some high-level build techniques and quality into a "mid range" product.

https://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2016/02/the-long-awaited-scary-and-amazing-fuji-lens-teardown/

Link | Posted on May 2, 2020 at 03:45 UTC
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