Barbu

Lives in Romania Bucure?ti, Romania
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Thoughts R Us: Sony always finds a way to make their products more fragile and vulnerable than just about anyone else's. That has been true for years and not just their cameras.

I would have a hard time trusting Sony equipment, given their track record.

It's a shame: I remember growing up I really respected their products. The first Walkman was a breakthrough. They helped invent the CD format, and also came out with the first really small consumer camcorder. But at some point, maybe in the 1990's, they took a turn for the worse. They became more prone to breakage, and more difficult to operate. That legacy continues to this very day.

Pardon me if I've never seen such problems in Minolta 7D, 5D and a a superzoom Z3 (which was Konica-Minolta). Yet, soon after the name change, the mode dial on an A700 proved to be a flimsy job, first starting to refuse actually changing the mode and finally broke off completely. Oh, and a 70-400 which simply refuses to focus at random, after weeks/months of functioning just fine and sometimes refusing to budge for an entire day.
Again, stuff seen with my own eyes, not tales from some forum.
So, if you wanna believe in marketing, feel free to vote with your wallet. My own conclusion is know that everything touched by the Sony name will mandatory have some booby trap. Not enough data to say that every Sony product is designed with the intention to fail, but seeing enough cut corners, even in their most expensive products, that I actually expect the worse.
If they somehow start building cars, I expect that they would bring down the Japanese reliability statistics.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2018 at 02:03 UTC
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Thoughts R Us: Sony always finds a way to make their products more fragile and vulnerable than just about anyone else's. That has been true for years and not just their cameras.

I would have a hard time trusting Sony equipment, given their track record.

It's a shame: I remember growing up I really respected their products. The first Walkman was a breakthrough. They helped invent the CD format, and also came out with the first really small consumer camcorder. But at some point, maybe in the 1990's, they took a turn for the worse. They became more prone to breakage, and more difficult to operate. That legacy continues to this very day.

Just listed a ton. And someone (with tons of experience) got to disassemble a camera and shown you directly the flaw. But you still insist that I'm the troll... Sure, I give up, I'll go under a bridge. Under which I'm sure I'll find you.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2018 at 01:46 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 Mark II: What you need to know (422 comments in total)
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Gesture: Great news. Ricoh has really done its best with the Pentax brand. BRAVO.

They say something about an improved AF-C algorhytm... But then again, they say that about basically every new camera since *ist/K100, and I've yet to see any tangible effect.
To their credit, the 55-300PLM lens seems to focus *way* better at airshows (tested personally, and thrilled to see that it focused at least as fast and accurate as a Canon 70-200 f/4L IS, which I personally used for more than a dozen airshows). So maybe the problem is the lens design, not (just) body-related.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2018 at 01:39 UTC
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JensR: The current ISO performance is great for me, but at the same time, I'll never be satisfied: There is always more to squeeze out of images. tests will reveal how much of it is marketing and how much is real improvement.
If the improved pixel shift works better for my landscape photos, I'd be interested.
Big question is how expensive this will be in Europe... ...if it is offered.

It's a big IF until we know for certain about the European upgrade.
For now, the sites in Europe don't seem to be updated; fingers crossed we'll have the option.
Sure, a good chunk of money, but still only a fraction for a new camera.
The only thing I'm truly curious if this time they really made a difference in the continuous autofocus algorhytm; each camera claimed the same, yet no camera truly stepped much further than basic AF-C (at the level of medium or even entry-level performance from other manufacturers).

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2018 at 01:26 UTC
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Thoughts R Us: Sony always finds a way to make their products more fragile and vulnerable than just about anyone else's. That has been true for years and not just their cameras.

I would have a hard time trusting Sony equipment, given their track record.

It's a shame: I remember growing up I really respected their products. The first Walkman was a breakthrough. They helped invent the CD format, and also came out with the first really small consumer camcorder. But at some point, maybe in the 1990's, they took a turn for the worse. They became more prone to breakage, and more difficult to operate. That legacy continues to this very day.

Planned obsolescence, proven again by the unbelievable fault in Sony's (camera division!) latest creation. And yet I'm the supposed troll... Sure.
When it quacks like a duck and it has a looooong history record of hidden flaws like a duck... ;)

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2018 at 01:18 UTC
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Thoughts R Us: Sony always finds a way to make their products more fragile and vulnerable than just about anyone else's. That has been true for years and not just their cameras.

I would have a hard time trusting Sony equipment, given their track record.

It's a shame: I remember growing up I really respected their products. The first Walkman was a breakthrough. They helped invent the CD format, and also came out with the first really small consumer camcorder. But at some point, maybe in the 1990's, they took a turn for the worse. They became more prone to breakage, and more difficult to operate. That legacy continues to this very day.

Had the first Sony Xperia X1 (Windows Mobile, before Android) and in less than a year the sliding hinge gave up, the screen registered only very firm touches and finally gave up and shown only magenta/black.
Sony laptop a few years ago: great build, but no drivers for Win7 or WinXP; it was Vista or nothing.
Ten years later, got a Sony car player (FM/Bluetooth/USB, no disc or anything) which sounds amazing, but almost all buttons got stuck.
Sony 500mm f/8 mirror lens: amazing for wildlife, and the only autofocus of its kind; after the 3rd time with the dummy/clear filter lost (in the wild, even with duct tape), it was finally retired from active duty as you can't find the filter to buy anywhere, and previous times it was priced like it was gold.
The recipe looks to go on unabated: beautiful products, but with a mandatory hidden flaw wich will assuredly bite you in the...
Buyer beware.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2018 at 05:58 UTC
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Achiron: I liked the footballer example, great usage of strobe. The backlit model scene was much less impressive after I pulled the shadows with ACR:
https://i.imgur.com/Dqb1v5L.png
Much less impressive now aint it?

At 11fps? Even on the lowest setting, various flashes fail to sync every frame... But yes, when you need ISO6400 for a full-body from less than 5m away, one can safely say that it's the most pathetic flash ever.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2018 at 04:15 UTC
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Mike Ronesia: I just did a new build and loaded a new 10 Pro and it does not offer "ultimate", and shows "high" instead. I hope they add it in an update.

Probably not a Windows Insider tester.
I am running Windows Insider (Fast ring) on a desktop PC, but even then: that feature is for Win10 Pro *for Workstations* only.
People are simply too lazy to read and understand what is written. Everybody just clicks next>next>next.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2018 at 17:50 UTC
On article Shaking up the market: Pentax K-70 Review (369 comments in total)
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ronniemac: In response to the following criticism:
".... the silly LED ring around the power switch signaling the camera is on remains.
"If you asked me for my opinion, no, it doesn't look nice. No, it isn't very helpful. No, the switching color between stills and video isn't 'cool', it's cheap, tacky, and detracts from the utilitarian essence that makes a Pentax a Pentax. If any LEDs should be making the jump from Pentax model to Pentax model, it should be the handy LEDs from the K-1 that illuminate crucial parts of the camera for working in the dark, not decorations."
Note the following
The lights are optional and can be turned off from the Wrench menu 3 (on K-S2), so not worth getting upset about really. Others may prefer to have these to indicate the camera is on stills or video. Typically Pentax offers users a choice, no bad thing.

I've kept the WiFi light on to remind me to turn it off as soon as I'm done with the (sadly, painfuly slow) transfer, and I also kept the on/off ring dimmed; useful for when I forget to turn it off and I see it shimmering when putting it in my bag. And in the dimmed state, the ON light is discreet enough to not attract unwanted attention, not even in a dimly-lit bar.
And after almost a year with the camera, I'm more than happy with it, except for the battery life; soon we'll see a camera that empties its batteries after a single burst... :(

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 19:36 UTC
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mristuccia: Yes, performance improvement, and of course on super-powerful 8+ cores workstations.
And an export test without image resizing in action is almost useless.

Once again, like everybody said: quite often the export it the least relevant action, since many of us just go grab a coffee (...in the next town, if exporting hundreds of images) while the computer crunches away.
On the other hand, the many micro-freezes ruin the workflow: waiting for the computer to show the result of the healing brush (dozens of times, if retouching skin or simply cloning dust from high-resolution product photography). Or, God forbid, making some geometric corrections...

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2018 at 15:23 UTC
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SarahTerra: Welcome to the new world where liberal whining is how you resolve problems.

What goes around comes around....

Go back to the cave.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2018 at 04:48 UTC
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FrequencyDancer: "Leaked"

"Alleged thumbnails"

"Unknown if retouched"

"Unknown if paid work"

So it's basically fact-free hearsay and gossip in a foreign language?

A stunning return to form for DPR after the temporary "Hassleblad factory tour" blip of excellence!

Clickbait.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2018 at 04:44 UTC
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Luceres: More dynamic range doesn't apply to more dynamic weather circumstances.

...and then buy a hotshoe cover ;)

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2018 at 21:09 UTC
On article Review: Rylo is a 360º camera done right (72 comments in total)
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brn: I almost didn't click on this article, as I feared it was yet another Kickstarter campaign.

Thank you! It's a real product with real potential. Keep doing these.

Very nice, but it looks like it needs a handle.

Wow, a product that actually exists and it's thought out right from the start?
I would vote it for President...

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2018 at 12:09 UTC
On a photo in the Rokinon AF 50mm F1.4 FE sample gallery sample gallery (1 comment in total)

Nice, the purple-green fringing (around the text on the windows) goes perfectly with the chameleon paint!
Shows that even some flaw can be useful when the photographer knows his stuff.
'grats!

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2017 at 07:59 UTC as 1st comment
On article Canon patents 400mm F5.6 catadioptric 'mirror' lens (220 comments in total)
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photoMEETING: Central obstruction brings image contrast down.

Wow, rehashing a lot of the bile you already spilled...
I suppose my grandparents aren't interested in buying a train, even if it's a quite nice transportation solution.
I also suppose most people would not take the train to visit their next door neigbour.
And most trains make quite some noise, a glaring fault.
Does that mean that we should jump at the throats of people that use the train in their daily commute? Or that we should lock up the train enthusiasts?
We get it: you need to somehow flame here, and you use some pseudo-arguments (mostly debunked) and...
Right. BYE.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2017 at 08:18 UTC
On article Canon patents 400mm F5.6 catadioptric 'mirror' lens (220 comments in total)
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photoMEETING: Central obstruction brings image contrast down.

While Max Iso is a bit too far down the supposition lane, he still has a point: even if we, the mirror-lovers, are a tiny fraction of the market, you can bet your... jewels ;) that we are still in the tens of thousands (buyers), too many to ignore.
We get it, @photoMEETING has a score to settle, but when a telescope man and evidence from sales go against the crusade for eliminating catadiopter optics...
Small and easy thing to check: what do you think it would sell best: a lens like 400DO or a future 400 CAT?

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2017 at 11:08 UTC
On article Canon patents 400mm F5.6 catadioptric 'mirror' lens (220 comments in total)
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Stejo: -Look, we gotta go mirrorless soon
-But what are we to do with all these mirrors?
-Maybe if we bundled bathroom mirrors with every camera body?
-Too large. I have a better idea...

Very, very wrong topic to bring up „only AF points left are CDAF”; even if I switched from Canon before they came up with dual-pixel tech, I worked a bit with two cameras that have it and... „Slow and awful” seem to be any other AF solution compared to that.

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2017 at 11:02 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III sample gallery (78 comments in total)
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Richard-on-Thames: The new gallery format is really (really) awful. Please dpr, draw the line somewhere - your readers aren't a 'given'. Information and reviews please, it's why we come here.

Indeed, why do you reserve an entire column just for comments? „Engagement” at all costs, even if it means we either choose to see the whole pic OR see the shooting info? Why DPR, why?

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2017 at 11:35 UTC
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M Chambers: Nothing says Christmas like a franchise that should have died 30 years ago. I'm sorry, I meant 34 years ago!

So... You don't like some movies. Kudos!
...but you also want to ruin the fun for anybody else. Mission failed; care to share some more hate? A top 3 of your hated movies, just so we know what to enjoy next ;)

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2017 at 07:27 UTC
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