Barbu

Lives in Romania Bucure?ti, Romania
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On article Leica announces M10 with new sensor, slimmer design (108 comments in total)
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Light Pilgrim: Leica is an interesting products. If you read specifications, it is at least 5 years behind the top quality cameras. There is no innovation in any shape or form that I can notice. It costs a lot, twice as much as my a lot more capable Canon camera. And yet, there is a real market for it and I have to admit that I would totally love to get the Monochrom version myself. I guess it is not something that you need, because it is by far not the most capable camera...it is something people want. Marketing:-)

I haven't used a backdoor plug ;) either, but I still understand enough to know it's not for me. Of course, anyone is free to get whatever they need in order to obtain personal satisfaction.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 10:21 UTC
On article Leica announces M10 with new sensor, slimmer design (108 comments in total)
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princecody: I could buy the new GH5, EM1 M2, 25mm Pro, & 12-100mm Pro for that price 🤔

You have the JPEGs for the human eye.
14bit/16bit (for medium format, including Leica S) are *not* directly for the human eye, but for when a careful photographer is digitally developing his images. Yes, I'm talking about squeezing all the info from RAWs, and presenting them in a pleasing manner for the eye. For which, surprise, sometimes 12bit is not enough.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 07:50 UTC
On article Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom features dual-cam with 2.3x zoom (27 comments in total)
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Barbu: *** Stop using the "zoom" word for a product that has none! ***

Two focal lengths are just that: two fixed lenses, no zoom.
And if you dare saying something about the interpolation, then any camera phone already has digital zoom. No thank you!
As a photography equipment site, DPreview should educate people, not confuse them. Just like going against the marketing that went overboard in the early 2000s, by advertising the digital zoom.

Nope. It's not optical, however they might try to skew it and obfuscate.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 04:10 UTC
On article Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom features dual-cam with 2.3x zoom (27 comments in total)

*** Stop using the "zoom" word for a product that has none! ***

Two focal lengths are just that: two fixed lenses, no zoom.
And if you dare saying something about the interpolation, then any camera phone already has digital zoom. No thank you!
As a photography equipment site, DPreview should educate people, not confuse them. Just like going against the marketing that went overboard in the early 2000s, by advertising the digital zoom.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 22:34 UTC as 8th comment | 3 replies
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Toni Salmonelli: I guess I am not the only one around here who's camera is used a lot for documenting family gatherings and other events. For me, my first accessory flash was the single best photography investment (along with the nifty fifty maybe) and should definitely e on this list.

Out of about 35-40 various-type cards I used over the years (half of them nonames), I had exactly 3 failing (one Lexar, two Kingstons, zero noname). Out of about 12 to 15 HDDs, 2 failed on me (an IBM and a Seagate). And my first SSD (out of two to date) crashed spectacularly just a week after first use; replaced it, worked like a charm since then.
Long winded, I know, but please STOP telling people that memory cards never fail. Or any other kind of storage.

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2016 at 08:04 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2016 (271 comments in total)
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Fun 4 all: Once again we see the companies that understand photography at the top. Sigma, Nikon, Olympus, Canon and Fuji.

...and this year too ;)

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2016 at 08:26 UTC
On article Have Your Say: Best Gear of 2016 (100 comments in total)
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EskeRahn: Voting isn't easy for me, does not find any of the candidates interesting for me...
(And NO, before there are silly replies, I'm NOT claiming that they could not be interesting for others)

They are tools. Some might be interesting exercises of design, some might be some old and faded cult brand items, some might have the grayest battery poles amongst a sea of (sometimes fake) gold plating.
But... *Interestigness* doesn't make a tool to be _the_ best tool. Focus magic might prove to be D500's claim to the best photographic tool, or uncompromising optical quality might give the edge to Sigma's 85mm; but then again, if you judge a selection of tools based on interestingness, I'm sure that the Concorde plane would be the rightful winner (even if it doesn't take any photos).
On the other hand, couldn't agree more about the selection; a silly whole gamut of mirrorless cameras from a single manufacturer, another mirrorless that has the claim to be *almost* as good as a DSLR, and no mention of the tools that would be best for me. But I still voted for what would be best, from the silly-picked options.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2016 at 13:25 UTC
On article Have Your Say: Best Gear of 2016 (100 comments in total)

Yet again, „best product” will be actually just the most popular; everybody and their grandmother will be voting their favourite brand, without even bothering to check the other contenders. Just like it happened in elections around the world; a brexit camera or a Donald lens will come on top.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2016 at 12:13 UTC as 37th comment | 3 replies
On article Flickr reveals its top 25 photos of 2016 (190 comments in total)
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Shaul: Flickr also posted the top camera brands for 2016:
47% Apple
24% Canon
17% Nikon
and the top device types:
48% Smartphone
25% DSLR
21% P&S
3% Mirrorless

Very interesting.

Since we're on the Flickr selection of the year, we should check there: 15 DSLRs, 3 mirorrless and 2 photos taken with compact cameras, out of the 25 photos (the others had their details hidden).

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2016 at 09:49 UTC
On article Flickr reveals its top 25 photos of 2016 (190 comments in total)

Number of photos:
Canon 5DmkII: 2
Canon EOS 5DmkIII: 4
Canon EOS 6D: 2
Canon EOS 650D: 1
Canon EOS 1D X: 1

Pentax K-3: 1
Film: 1
DJI Phantom 4: 1

Nikon D5200: 1
Nikon D5100: 1
Nikon D800: 2
Nikon D610: 1
Nikon unknown/hidden model: 1

Fuji X-Pro 2: 1
Unknown/hidden: 1

Panasonic FZ1000: 1
Panasonic LX100: 1

Sony A6000: 1
Sony A7mkII: 1

Grand brand total:
Canon: 10
Pentax: 1
Film: 1
Nikon: 6
Fuji: 1
Panasonic: 2
Sony: 2
Film: 1
Unknown/hidden: 1

By type:
DSLR 15, mirrorless 3, compact 2, unknown/hidden/film 3.

And I almost forgot... Phone: ZERO ;)

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2016 at 09:26 UTC as 15th comment | 3 replies
On article Sigma releases price and availability for sd Quattro H (376 comments in total)
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deep7: This camera does have something that stimulates my interest. Something about the concept of doing photography for recreation, using a small handful of carefully chosen prime lenses, taking my time, just taking one or two carefully thought out photos, maybe even with a tripod.

Then I looked at the lens catalogue. There are two lenses there that might work for that (35/1.4 and 105 macro), otherwise lots of gaping holes. They really need something like a 19mm "Art" lens and a very nice 70mm. Nothing close! Plus, you can't really mount something off another system.

Give it time, I guess?

Sigma had a superb 70mm macro lens (which was perfectly corrected for all focus distances). They stopped producing it long before the wave of Art and OS updates, and was not replaced by anything; here's hoping that after all the tricked-out zooms and huge primes they will get back to their more resonable designs.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 08:27 UTC
On article Canon 16-35mm F2.8L III real-world sample gallery (121 comments in total)
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Favorable Exponynt: It will have to be pretty fantastic to beat the Tamron 15-30 2.8 at less than half the price.

I stand corrected: http://www.lenstip.com/493.6-Lens_review-Canon_EF_16-35_mm_f_2.8L_III_USM_Distortion.html
Looks like Canon has a winner on distortion too (contrary to what I wrote earlier).
And this has nothing to do with copy-to-copy variation; the distortion wouldn't change for any lens, or at least not before the alignment would be monstruously out of whack.
Looks like the only flaw left would be the vignetting, and for some that is not bothering (most of the time I'm not bothered by it either, and quite often I even add some corner darkening during postprocessing or by using stacked filter threads). Still, when your job requires clean corners, plan ahead: use lower ISO so you can push in post, or if you do architectural work try to work HDR-like: at least two shots (including a 2-3 stops overexposed one), and use a circular gradient.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2016 at 11:00 UTC
On article Canon 16-35mm F2.8L III real-world sample gallery (121 comments in total)
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Favorable Exponynt: It will have to be pretty fantastic to beat the Tamron 15-30 2.8 at less than half the price.

16mm wouldn't be such a pain in the... soft parts ;) versus 15mm; the bad thing is that it still has quite a high amount of barrel distortion, and if your framing can't be made to have straight lines only in the center, you kinda need to correct de barrel distortion (which further decreases the angle of view). Nota bene: I am talking about the geometric distortion here, not the perspective deformation.
The Tamron has some moustache distortion, which is quite hard to eliminate without a good lens profile, but when you get to correct it you lose very little of the initial 15mm FOV.
Then again: for journalism, geometric distortion is unimportant especially since the perspective distortion (inherent in any ultrawide) will dwarf the geometric inaccuracies.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 13:06 UTC
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rugosa: No pretty ladies or cute cat shots ? How am I supposed to judge the quality of this camera ?

While of course nobody would refuse a classy pin-up shot (which sadly is missing from the test galleries), I can't say anything less that „job *very* well done” for Carey; thanks for the breath of fresh air!
Good looking shots, nice processing, and there is a picture for every kind of technical quality analysis. Keep up the good work!

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2016 at 11:34 UTC
On article Canon EOS M5 added to studio scene comparison tool (87 comments in total)
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NoMirror99: First Impressions: Part 1 8 Dec 2016. I only have the 15-45.
Responsiveness and implementation of the touch interface are excellent. Equal to the best smartphones. The menu system is not as thought-out as it might be but is above average. The feel of the camera is very good in my hands. Since the camera can automatically find and focus on faces, taking a shot that is in focus is a breeze. And since you don't have to tell it what to focus on with a person in the shot you don't need to focus and then recompose. You go straight to compose while it finds and focuses on the face. Very nice. Focusing is instant. The manual doesn't go deep. Overall, I'm very impressed from a day-one Top Level Overview, perspective.

Hmm. I really appreciate the first thoughts after using the camera; I just hope NoMirror99 will come with even more impressions after using it a bit more.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2016 at 07:09 UTC
On article Canon EOS M5 added to studio scene comparison tool (87 comments in total)
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QuikFrame: I'm a complete novice, but I struggle to understand how to make good use of this information when the lenses themselves differ here.

Umm... It would be interesting to ALSO use the manufacturer-provided software that's in the box when you buy the camera (updated to the latest freely available version). But there are some problems:
1) Nikon and Olympus are charging extra for their software. Especially in Nikon's case, you are paying for an always-rushed beta version which will never be up to speed (pun intended).
2) We need a common measure for every camera; and since ACR/Lightroom is the most used software, seems like a good idea to check RAWs with that tool.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2016 at 09:10 UTC
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elefteriadis alexandros: What a lens!! Excellent bokeh, perfect combination between softness and hardness.
The price is very good for f0,95 lens, and i am sure the quality of construction is top notch.

Top notch sarcasm over there, on all points!
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Oh wait, maybe he was serious...

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 12:48 UTC
On article Have your say: Best high-end compact of 2016 (102 comments in total)
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iamatrix: Easy answer, Fuji X70, if anything it easily blow the rest away in terms of IQ. If I am going to go compact, I want IQ, otherwise I simply use my phone.

Did you actually check the „IQ” before commenting?

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 12:17 UTC
On article Lensrentals tears down the Nikon 105mm F1.4 (157 comments in total)
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vscd: ...seems the plastic thingy is not as stable as recent Canon builds, like the 35mm f1.4 L II. Thanks to lensrental.com to proove it with pictures... they definately made a great job. Nikon should use the huge amount of money for better buildquality than this.

Great article, HFLM!
Torque-wise, metal would break when the AF would require (let's say) 500 times more torque than what it would support. Why would I care if some plastic gearing would be able to cope with „only” 50 times more torque that whatever the micro-motor would be able to put out?
And the advantages are quite obvious: no need for leaky greasing (a single applying of silicone would last tens of years on the plastic surface), way less inertia (useful especially for quick rotation reversing), quieter functioning.
Again and again: if you need to carp on something, then slap the marketing/documentation department. And then covering it up, editing the page without mentioning that earlier they made a mistake. Sorry, I can not believe that it was an honest mistake; they pretended to have something, being informed that they used a better technology. It's not like they ommited something; they actively deceived the customers. What if Honda makes the claim that all their Accords are 4x4?

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 10:06 UTC
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Marty4650: No, the story doesn't say that.

The story says that Apple was the most popular brand of imaging device for 2016 uploads, and that "smartphones combined" accounted for 48% of all their uploads. Anyone with any knowledge of math knows this means "real cameras accounted for the other 52%."

And this shouldn't be surprising because you can upload smartphone pictures to Flickr with just one press of a button, but uploading photos from real cameras involves several more steps.

I am not denying that these devices are very popular, just that your headline is somewhat misleading. Smartphones are MORE polular than the other type of imaging devices on a hosting site that makes it easy to upload them and hard to upload anything else.

Just putting it in context.

X100 and RX1 actually are point-and-shoots, even if they're top quality.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 09:27 UTC
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