Geekapoo

Geekapoo

Lives in United States Boston, United States
Works as a Mad Scientist
Joined on Jun 10, 2005

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I'd pick the Olympus 12-40 f2.8 if using my EM-1 and the 24-120 f4 if restricted to use of only my D750. Hmmm, some consistency here for me..which is not always the case. In truth, I'd cry if I only could use one lens per camera

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 17:35 UTC as 78th comment
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Leandros S: As I've said several times before, you need a REPEATABLE methodology for doing these tests. Your outdoor bike test has too many variables that you are unable to sufficiently control, such as the lighting conditions and exact movement of the rider.

Additionally, your previous representations to the effect that you take about two weeks doing this test with each camera to ensure that you have shot in all different conditions and about how many repeats you do, are not plausible. On top of that, there is a problem with selecting just one specific run that happens to fit your conclusions rather than, if repeated runs are really conducted (which, as stated, I'm not convinced on), representing the entire data collected.

I think it pretty easy to develop a standardized test. First, make it a "laboratory-like" setting where conditions (such as lighting, object speed and trajectory) can be standardized and duplicated. I could imagine an object that progresses on a track, with a background of different contrast (vs object) throughout the course, using different amounts of light per test and speed at a number of defined settings.

Don't think photography, think laboratory test.

Again, this would be baseline data for comparative purposes across camera models...also, sorry but I do criticize dpr's testing methods. Too variable, too subjective and too user-specific.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2017 at 17:02 UTC
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Leandros S: As I've said several times before, you need a REPEATABLE methodology for doing these tests. Your outdoor bike test has too many variables that you are unable to sufficiently control, such as the lighting conditions and exact movement of the rider.

Additionally, your previous representations to the effect that you take about two weeks doing this test with each camera to ensure that you have shot in all different conditions and about how many repeats you do, are not plausible. On top of that, there is a problem with selecting just one specific run that happens to fit your conclusions rather than, if repeated runs are really conducted (which, as stated, I'm not convinced on), representing the entire data collected.

@Uniqumm is missing the point. The whole idea is to perform the test scientifically (well controlled, no variability). YES there will be differences in real life use. The data collected form a controlled test will be comparative and quite informative (as will results from individual use. Get the baseline data...and build from there, not all of this subjective variable crap that too many people collect.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2017 at 13:20 UTC
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Leandros S: As I've said several times before, you need a REPEATABLE methodology for doing these tests. Your outdoor bike test has too many variables that you are unable to sufficiently control, such as the lighting conditions and exact movement of the rider.

Additionally, your previous representations to the effect that you take about two weeks doing this test with each camera to ensure that you have shot in all different conditions and about how many repeats you do, are not plausible. On top of that, there is a problem with selecting just one specific run that happens to fit your conclusions rather than, if repeated runs are really conducted (which, as stated, I'm not convinced on), representing the entire data collected.

They need to take a scientific approach, complete with an SOP (standard operating procedure). I imagine some object going through a field of view at a defined speed, where there are different degrees of contrast under various lighting conditions. I am reminded of a train on a track but it would be much more dynamic with respect to movement and (challenging) backgrounds vs the object. Cameras would be tested re keeper rate using different lenses and amount of light. The analysis would be objective and quantitative. The whole point would be to remove real life use and user skills , be consistent and comparative.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 13:34 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Our first cameras (386 comments in total)

A Minolta 16-II

http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Minolta-16

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2017 at 23:52 UTC as 40th comment
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Geekapoo: Would be great if "professional" camera reviewers had standardized AF tests for different AF settings and lighting conditions (of course the lens used would remain a variable). Would love to see % in focus (keeper rate). Would be informative.

I agree (and pointed out) the issue about use of different lenses affecting results. Still, a scientific approach that minimizes variables and is standardized would be a great comparative tool. I strongly assume dpr will eventually add such a test for reviews.

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2017 at 21:53 UTC

Would be great if "professional" camera reviewers had standardized AF tests for different AF settings and lighting conditions (of course the lens used would remain a variable). Would love to see % in focus (keeper rate). Would be informative.

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2017 at 12:00 UTC as 57th comment | 3 replies
On article Super Bowl Halftime lit up by choreographed drone show (96 comments in total)
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Bombastic: Damn fine half time show.
NOW if only that incredibly obscure sport would be half as interesting.

Amazing halftime show, historic football game. 100 plus million people watched the telecast and we're rewarded with a special experience (well, maybe not Atlanta Falcons fans). Those who were not interested were not forced to watch. Peace.
Geekapoo out..

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2017 at 13:06 UTC
On article Nikon D5600 sample gallery (164 comments in total)
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Satyaa: The D3x00 and D5x00 are mass-produced commodities. It looks like they are just trying to run out all the series numbers ;)

My complaint is not about their abilities - these cameras are at the top of their game. Even the entry-level cameras have 24MP with no AA filter. They score very high on all tests.

Nikon is producing quick iterations with minimal improvements to the extent that potential buyers can lose interest. Owners of a 6-year old model in this series have no compelling reason to upgrade. If Nikon believes that there is a good reason to produce the new version to address a problem (publicly known or not) then they should stop selling the older versions (like the multitude of 18-55 lenses).

The bigger problem - my opinion, of course - is that they take away resources that could be focused on the next big thing (whatever that is) and QC continues to suffer.

The best thing Nikon produced since D810 is the D500. Everything else, the market could live without.

I agree with your post EXCEPT that I'd include the D750 to the list of D810 and D500...form factor and function = excellent and distinguished from other iterations IMHO

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 14:41 UTC

OK, you got me here..a camera flashback that clearly resonates (having owned the Nikon Coolpix 950). Those were the days of frustration, moving from the versatility and joy of film cameras to the dark days of digital cameras. I found my early digital cameras somewhat depressing. A big step back versus film cameras. In contrast, today's digital technology is incredibly enabling. We've come a long way baby!

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2017 at 12:34 UTC as 93rd comment

Wow, read some of the comments below...is a 360 degree, high clarity, zoomable view of Mars now passe? LOL. AMAZING...thank you NASA.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2016 at 17:32 UTC as 39th comment | 1 reply
On article 2016 Roundup: $1200-2000 ILCs part 2: Full-Frame (368 comments in total)

A7 II??? Been there, done that (paid to play)...and rejected the camera like a bad habit. Low light AF was just not good enough,.at times borderline defective in behavior. I usually think that dpr provides good guidance/conclusions of this type...but...next! Carry on dpr. Be better next time? -Richard

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2016 at 15:28 UTC as 89th comment | 2 replies
On article 2016 Roundup: Consumer Long Zoom Compacts (91 comments in total)
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perry rhodan: OMG. You dropped a fujifilm from the roundup and forgot to rewrite the P900 part!? Better wake up. And this took 3 writers? This is sooo not DPR. What's wrong people?
This is my definitie last remake on this roundup. Feel like I have put more effort in this than the 3 staffmembers already 😨😤
Out.

Anyone can be rude online (I know I have been at times). Takes class to admit when you have been rude and apologize. Cheers.

Link | Posted on May 21, 2016 at 13:52 UTC
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1123 comments in total)
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surlezi: Great abilities, gread IQ, too bad it's not mirrorless !

Beauty is in the eye and sometimes hands of the beholder. Therfore, for some, DSLR is better ..

Link | Posted on May 16, 2016 at 16:57 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Consumer Long Zoom Compacts (91 comments in total)
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perry rhodan: OMG. You dropped a fujifilm from the roundup and forgot to rewrite the P900 part!? Better wake up. And this took 3 writers? This is sooo not DPR. What's wrong people?
This is my definitie last remake on this roundup. Feel like I have put more effort in this than the 3 staffmembers already 😨😤
Out.

Go find another camera review site and whine there..they would be blessed, you'd obviously be doing them a favor as you are soooo insightful

Link | Posted on May 15, 2016 at 02:20 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Consumer Long Zoom Compacts (91 comments in total)

Even though I own a FF (D750), two m43 (E-M5 and G3), lenses that give me reach and an RX100, I've always found my bridge zoom cameras to be invaluable (have owned an HX200V and an FZ1000, currently own an FZ200). DPR, thanks for the update for this class of camera.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2016 at 14:14 UTC as 30th comment
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TheDarmok74: I'd wish the assignment would be "take photos that best show the camera's capabilties" and not "show what good a photographer you are".

damned if you do, damned if you don't..

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2016 at 14:06 UTC
On article Opinion: Enthusiast compacts have finally come of age (479 comments in total)
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Bram de Mooij: Please stop looking at smartphones as being cameras. They are not. They are phones. OK, they are the reason for the decline of the cheap point and shoot cameras. That only shows me that these point and shoots were not really cameras either :-) They were just toys with limited use. Most obvious shortcomings of those toys was the lack of features like mp3 playing, navigation and making phone calls. Just kidding of course.

The fact that the iPhone is the most popular camera on Flickr is misleading in my view. Since the iPhones and other smartphones exist a lot of people that never owned a camera in the first place started to shoot images. They were never potential enthousiast compact camera buyers. Maybe they will be some day :-)

LOL. I own an RX100, ZS3, FZ200, G3, OMD E-M5 and a D750...and still use my camera phone all the time. Love my camera phone as I love all of my other cameras..IT'S ABOUT HAVING FUN TAKING PICTURES!

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2016 at 00:57 UTC
On article Field Test: The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV in Mexico (135 comments in total)

Nice video...thanks. In particular, love the placard reading and discovery of content in english...nice add of some humor.

Link | Posted on Feb 29, 2016 at 15:41 UTC as 75th comment
On article Opinion: Enthusiast compacts have finally come of age (479 comments in total)
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Bram de Mooij: Please stop looking at smartphones as being cameras. They are not. They are phones. OK, they are the reason for the decline of the cheap point and shoot cameras. That only shows me that these point and shoots were not really cameras either :-) They were just toys with limited use. Most obvious shortcomings of those toys was the lack of features like mp3 playing, navigation and making phone calls. Just kidding of course.

The fact that the iPhone is the most popular camera on Flickr is misleading in my view. Since the iPhones and other smartphones exist a lot of people that never owned a camera in the first place started to shoot images. They were never potential enthousiast compact camera buyers. Maybe they will be some day :-)

Digital cameras are so old school. LOL. No..more seriously, folks were taking great photos with old film cameras (I'm not taking dSLRs, think Kodiak instamatics)...and smart phone cameras can deliver better quality and ease of use. Most important, the best camera is the one you have with you. Smart phone cameras = the main type of camera people will use, with sales of higher end cameras dropping as the population of photographers increases.

Link | Posted on Feb 29, 2016 at 14:30 UTC
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