Jeff Seltzer

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On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2501 comments in total)
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aerorail: why is 82% a silver award for some cameras and also a gold award for others?

Richard, that's the problem! A camera that takes great images and yet is a pain to use is like a car that drives great but has poor ergonomics. Or, like a restaurant that has great food, but poor service. Or, like a gymnast that is great technically, but has poor artistic ability. Or, like dozens of other things that are judged and awarded. If a camera takes great pictures and has poor handling, it should not receive a high score. There are lots of examples of scoring that include both objective and subjective metrics. Point is this: if you are going to give a score and award, the two should absolutely be connected, i.e., a certain score results in a certain award. Or, of course, there are lots of examples of awards given with no scoring. Just pick a system.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2016 at 17:41 UTC
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2501 comments in total)
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Andrei L: I'm eagerly anticipating the dumping prices three to four years from now plus the firmware updates this will be receiving by that time, not to mention upcoming smaller form factor lenses to double as cheaper WR alternatives to the current 1.4's, as the 35mm has seen :)

I'd really rather enjoy it if they ever released a proper SLR for the optical bit and saving that battery while always seeing the actual framing. Not to mention truly functional PDAF and continuous tracking, as the hipster image thing really starts getting in the way of what can be otherwise called a solid and moderately compact camera system.

Why not eagerly anticipate 3-4 years from 3-4 years from now, when a newer camera will be less expensive? Or, maybe even 3-4 years from that point? At 46 years old, I'm hardly a hipster. The XPro2 is probably my favorite camera.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2016 at 16:55 UTC
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2501 comments in total)
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aerorail: why is 82% a silver award for some cameras and also a gold award for others?

I've never noticed that! It makes no sense to not connect the scoring system and award. I can't think of any judging system that does't use the score to determine the award. It's like scoring a 92 on a test, and the teacher giving you a B+ as a subjective grade. What?? I mean the whole camera review is subjective in a sense, right? There's no official scoring system for various features, etc.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2016 at 15:14 UTC
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2501 comments in total)
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Jeff Seltzer: I actually own the camera. As a professional photographer, I can say it's my most favorite camera ever owned. The OVF is not a gimmick, and I like to use it in conjunction with the EVF. The camera's handling is great, and images are fantastic. It's more fun and engaging to use than my old Canon DSLRs. It might not win on every objective spec, but the whole is more than the sum of the parts. It's a great camera. Is it "worth" the price? Value is subjective. I think it's worth it.

@Arkienkeli - I'm in a similar situation. I had original Xpro1, then bought Xt1, and sold Xpro1. Now, I have Xpro2, and feel I might sell Xt1. Ugh! What will happen when Xt2 comes out!! It might never end! Lol. But, that's part of the fun, right?

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2016 at 15:12 UTC
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2501 comments in total)
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Jeff Seltzer: I actually own the camera. As a professional photographer, I can say it's my most favorite camera ever owned. The OVF is not a gimmick, and I like to use it in conjunction with the EVF. The camera's handling is great, and images are fantastic. It's more fun and engaging to use than my old Canon DSLRs. It might not win on every objective spec, but the whole is more than the sum of the parts. It's a great camera. Is it "worth" the price? Value is subjective. I think it's worth it.

@RStyga - I use Lightroom. I'm aware of all the fuss, and I've seen all the comparisons. But, for me at least, LR does just fine.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2016 at 15:10 UTC
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2501 comments in total)
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Jeff Seltzer: I actually own the camera. As a professional photographer, I can say it's my most favorite camera ever owned. The OVF is not a gimmick, and I like to use it in conjunction with the EVF. The camera's handling is great, and images are fantastic. It's more fun and engaging to use than my old Canon DSLRs. It might not win on every objective spec, but the whole is more than the sum of the parts. It's a great camera. Is it "worth" the price? Value is subjective. I think it's worth it.

I shoot only RAW, and the files look beautiful.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2016 at 05:03 UTC
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2501 comments in total)

I actually own the camera. As a professional photographer, I can say it's my most favorite camera ever owned. The OVF is not a gimmick, and I like to use it in conjunction with the EVF. The camera's handling is great, and images are fantastic. It's more fun and engaging to use than my old Canon DSLRs. It might not win on every objective spec, but the whole is more than the sum of the parts. It's a great camera. Is it "worth" the price? Value is subjective. I think it's worth it.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2016 at 02:18 UTC as 79th comment | 14 replies
On article Readers' Showcase: Tom Goodman (91 comments in total)

I haven't even looked at the photos, but I'm sure they are mostly boring, and no doubt I could create the same images if only I was at the same location. Also, they look just like everything else, and I don't see the big deal.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2015 at 05:36 UTC as 29th comment | 3 replies
On article Readers' Showcase: Tudor ApMadoc (41 comments in total)
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Jeff Seltzer: It takes an unusual amount of courage to agree to be featured on this section. It seems like no matter what, each portfolio is met with the same, "Some nice images here, but for the most part, nothing new" and "anyone can take these, you just have to be at that same location" and "I could do that." Anyway, I think the images are great! Nice work, and congrats.

I understand your point, and don't necessarily disagree that the shots are "original." But, many of the comments have a condescending tone and imply that "I could take that shot." I guess my point is that the general tone here is negative and insulting, much more so than at other photography sites. And, generally (again, generally), the negative remarks are made from those who (1) did NOT take the shot, even though they think they can; (2) have never been featured in any kind of publication; (3) have a "portfolio" of mostly cats, butterflies, flower macros, etc. It's like the same people that stroll into a modern art museum claiming, "A monkey could do that!" Sorry, just frustrates me (and I speak from personal experience)

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2015 at 16:52 UTC
On article Readers' Showcase: Tudor ApMadoc (41 comments in total)
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Jeff Seltzer: It takes an unusual amount of courage to agree to be featured on this section. It seems like no matter what, each portfolio is met with the same, "Some nice images here, but for the most part, nothing new" and "anyone can take these, you just have to be at that same location" and "I could do that." Anyway, I think the images are great! Nice work, and congrats.

A photographer should be judged on his portfolio, not an individual picture. His portfolio is excellent.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2015 at 15:52 UTC
On article Readers' Showcase: Tudor ApMadoc (41 comments in total)

It takes an unusual amount of courage to agree to be featured on this section. It seems like no matter what, each portfolio is met with the same, "Some nice images here, but for the most part, nothing new" and "anyone can take these, you just have to be at that same location" and "I could do that." Anyway, I think the images are great! Nice work, and congrats.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2015 at 22:36 UTC as 5th comment | 6 replies
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RedFox88: Meh...

...said the person who as cast nearly 1,000 votes in the "Challenges" section with exactly zero entries. If you don't like the images, fine, but at least offer some substantial feedback. And, would be nice if that feedback came with some stated credibility, as you'd be disagreeing with some pretty well respected judges.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2015 at 22:35 UTC
On article Photo prodigy: The images of 17-year-old Taylor Gray (165 comments in total)

I wonder if Taylor (or any the photographers here) apply to these kinds of spotlights, or are they found by DPR? The reason I ask is that it seem that here, more than any other site, featured photographers get hit with a lot of negative comments. I've been featured on many blogs, etc. and receive nearly all encouraging or positive responses. But, one time my website was featured here in a forum, it was 50% negative comments all basically with the same theme as we see here, i.e., "okay, but not that special" or "I could do that if only I had been at that location" or similar. Given the tone of the comments (which seem typically negative no matter how good the photography), I bet potential photographers think twice about being featured here, which is too bad.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2015 at 00:38 UTC as 26th comment | 3 replies
On article Readers' Showcase: Dale Johnson (39 comments in total)
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Jeff Seltzer: Hey, DPR: what happened to the more recent "Readers' Showcase?" Did you take it down for some reason??

Wow! Thanks for posting. Incredible. I strongly believe DRP should issue some kind of statement. Just deleting the post as if it didn't happen is not good enough.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2015 at 14:07 UTC
On article Readers' Showcase: Dale Johnson (39 comments in total)

Hey, DPR: what happened to the more recent "Readers' Showcase?" Did you take it down for some reason??

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2015 at 03:06 UTC as 3rd comment | 2 replies
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Prairie Pal: I fail to see ANY imagination and I couldn't skim past the images fast enough. Yeah we've all heard of photoshop, isn't it marvelous what it can do, Gosh-Darn! Slow news day? I mean REALLY? Really dpreview, you were impressed by this? It's all cutting room floor material.

@splendic - a very weak minded analogy. This is a photography website presumably filled with photographers. We are, in essence, colleagues. If a crappy filmmaker who made crappy films and then childishly criticized an accomplish filmmaker, I'd have a problem with that, too. Look, I get that it's all subjective. But, if you are a fellow photographer who takes flower macros or generic engagement photos, at least have a little respect for someone actually showing some success in his career. If there is a valid criticism for this work it's that it's not that original, and maybe a little "5 years ago." But, it's well executed and his other work is very strong (if anyone bothered to visit his website).

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2015 at 14:17 UTC
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Prairie Pal: I fail to see ANY imagination and I couldn't skim past the images fast enough. Yeah we've all heard of photoshop, isn't it marvelous what it can do, Gosh-Darn! Slow news day? I mean REALLY? Really dpreview, you were impressed by this? It's all cutting room floor material.

Well good or not is subjective. But, it you are going to critique a photographer with the kind of resume of Achraf Baznani (galleries, books), you should do so from a place of credibility and be a little bit more articulate in your critique. It's a predictable as the sun rising that you read the, "this is stupid and anyone can do it" type comments here this discussion board. Well, the truth is you did NOT do it, and your macro pictures of flowers, etc. will never be featured anywhere. Have a little respect.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2015 at 16:51 UTC
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Prairie Pal: I fail to see ANY imagination and I couldn't skim past the images fast enough. Yeah we've all heard of photoshop, isn't it marvelous what it can do, Gosh-Darn! Slow news day? I mean REALLY? Really dpreview, you were impressed by this? It's all cutting room floor material.

...said the person whose work was not featured.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2015 at 15:34 UTC
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Skipper494: It does not impress me when a company keeps bringing out new firmware versions, means they didn't get it right the three times before. The lenses are excellent, the performance clean, but it's still a 16MP camera.

It's not about right vs. wrong. It's about incremental improvement. Seems strange to complain about a company offering free incremental improvement for their product.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2015 at 23:56 UTC
On article Readers' Showcase: Oscar Cwajbaum (33 comments in total)
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citizenlouie: Well, I want to point out something about copyright comment on the Photo 9. Yes, you do need model release, and it's not misconstrued. That's one of the lessons you learn when you take your photography class (and property release, for that matter). The tabloid is in constant legal fight (and they don't mind paying that if they believe they can earn more money selling the paper or blackmail the celebrity in question. It's not the norm of a proper photography practice!). Let's not forget those people paparazzi shot are "public" figures. Their legal right to their image is much more limited to that of regular individuals like us or the cosplay models. Because court judge would definitely ask how much privacy does the person in the photo expects, and that will affect the outcome of the law suit. Lesson... model release is a yes because it's respectful, if not legal.

Yawn. I don't think you need a release at all. It's art. It's not being used for commercial or to sell anything. She's out in public.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2015 at 20:18 UTC
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