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Paul Petersen: They eliminated a lot of different ports again and did not learn from the MacBook experience, other than having more than one port.
If they just shipped it with an adapter that has USB 3.0 jacks, the old thunderbolt and an SD card slot everyone would be happy since their old stuff would work until the market catches up with the new tech.

A lot of us don't want to use adapters. They are "cumbersome". I don't like stuff hanging off my laptop. Built-in slots are better.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 20:05 UTC
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DotCom Editor: Apple's Phil Schiller explains why the new MacBook Pro doesn't have an SD card slot?

How about if I explain to Phil Schiller that I not buy this product because it lacks card slots and lacks USB 3.0.

Dongle me to death, Phil.

Same here. I hate having to use dongles and add-ons.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 20:03 UTC
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dbo: Honestly, the missing SD slot was my least critizism. And Schiller is partly right. SD is not staying for eternity. The next Sony pro FE is rumored to carry XQD, Nikon has cameras with XQD and CF, Canon FF have CF, so what.

My main critizism was the missing transition phase on interfaces. More clever would have been 2 TB3 + 2 USB 3. And - and that's my biggest annoyance - apple is missing to provide certified adapters. Why only single TB to USB3, why no direct cable TB3 to HDMI, TB3 to DP, etc.
Plugable provides a very clever dock (GB Ethernet, USB3, Alt Mode and PD on main TB3, compatible with Macbook) - why did apple not order them to create a charging power (87W) supporting doc for the new Macbook Pro? Would have been easy to adapt with appropriate port spec information in advance.

"SD is not staying for eternity."

Really? That's your justification for ditching the current most widely used memory card format in the world? That it won't be here "for eternity"? Who cares about "eternity"? Why not meet the current needs of users?

You also have to keep in mind that it isn't just top-tier pro camera users who buy a MBP. The overwhelming majority of photographers will never use an XQD camera. The overwhelming majority of photographers and cameras use SD. All these other card formats are basically niche formats that are used by a minority of cameras and photographers. If you count up all the cameras that are sold that use SD, they easily outnumber all other cameras using other card formats combined.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 19:57 UTC
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (871 comments in total)
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Robert Zanatta: Did Apple do away with the 3.5mm headphone jack?

That'll probably be removed next time :(

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2016 at 06:36 UTC
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (871 comments in total)
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TimT999: It's such a surprise to read the DP comments. So many folks who know exactly what's wrong with the new Apple laptops. ... But none of the commenters (including myself) have used these new machines. We don't know how fast these laptops are. Don't know how well integrated the new touch bar functionality and the OS are.

The folks who harp about this or that being missing don't get how Apple works, their all-around approach. These machines are gonna hit the sweet spot for most photographer users. And the fact that the new 13" model is about the same size and weight as the 13" Air (but with retina display and all that power) is particularly appealing to photographers like me who travel.

A "sweet spot for most photographer users" like me who travel a lot would have included an SD card slot. An SD card slot does not take up a huge amount of space like an optical drive does. It would have been nice if they had spared the SD slot, and one USB slot. I love the convenience of just slipping my SD cards into my 13" Macbook Pro Retina, without having to carry an SD card reader, fish the SD card reader from my bag when I need it, plugging it into the laptop, and having it dangle off the side of the laptop, with the possibility of it accidentally detaching while in use. Next time around, they'll probably remove the headphone jack, too :(

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2016 at 06:35 UTC
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (871 comments in total)

I'm seriously going to miss the SD card slot. I hate having to carry an external SD card reader. I also would have preferred at least one USB slot. And I don't buy the excuse that "USB is too slow!" It's been plenty fast for me. I don't need to transfer files to a thumb drive in nanoseconds. As much as I love my current Macbook Pro, I find this latest one far less attractive. The changes that Apple are implementing (no SD card reader, no USB slots) are a situation of diminishing returns. My usage situation is not made better now that I can't stick an SD card or an existing thumb drive or portable USB HDD directly into the laptop; it's been made worse, or less convenient. I want more convenience, or at least to maintain current conveniences. The things that Apple are doing now, like removing headphone jacks, etc., are getting really annoying. I would gladly accept devices that were slightly thicker or larger that could still give me these things.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 00:52 UTC as 151st comment | 4 replies
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2194 comments in total)
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munro harrap: Seems to me that a 36x24mm sensor is called for here to keep a decent level of colour noise etc, AND better subject tracking (with greater distanced tracking points AND less depth of field, errors tend to reduce), but I still cannot justify a cost that gets me a D500, especially as the huge range of extremely good secondhand lenses further reduces my costs, because like the Sony E mount, Fuji's lenses are useless on anything else, once you have reached its limitations or simply gotten fed up!!

"the huge range of extremely good secondhand lenses further reduces my costs, because like the Sony E mount, Fuji's lenses are useless on anything else, once you have reached its limitations or simply gotten fed up!!"

Conversely, using a mirrorless camera opens up the possibility of using a much broader range of lenses because short lens register distances make them so adaptable. I use Sony E-mount, but I also use Canon EOS. Smart adapters mean I can use Canon EOS lenses on my Sony E-mount body. Also, manual focus lenses are much more practical on mirrorless bodies thanks to focus peaking and focus magnification. That means you can use all kinds of manual lenses, including rangefinder lenses. There are even smart adapter that allow auto focus with rangefinder lenses. So as we move forward, I think it will be mirrorless cameras that will have fewer lens limitations than DSLRs.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2016 at 22:55 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2194 comments in total)
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felix from the suburbs: I know you should never buy a camera based upon "looks" but this one is certainly a winner in that regard. Besides, it seems to take great photos, too. Double bonus.

I don't think there's anything wrong with considering a product's looks when buying it. We do it with so many other products. I recently bought a new refrigerator. Yes, I considered its looks. I also recently bought a new clothing washer and drier. Yes, I considered its looks there too. We take into consideration looks when buying cars, too. Aesthetics can certainly be a consideration, especially as products achieve a certain level of performance to satisfy our basic needs. I wouldn't recommend choosing a product *exclusively* based on looks, though. But looks can be a contributing factor.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2016 at 22:46 UTC

I really dislike photo backpacks that require you to take them off in order to get any camera gear out of them. Sure, that used to be the norm with backpacks. But newer backpack and sling-style bag designs allow you to access your gear without taking off the bag because they have side-access doors. You swing the bag around to your front, and that side-access door becomes a top-access door that is right there at your chest.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2016 at 02:32 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Throwback Thursday: Fujifilm F10 (121 comments in total)

I had a Fuji F20. I really enjoyed it. Great little camera. I still have it in a drawer somewhere.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2016 at 02:27 UTC as 36th comment
On article Video: Sony a6500 First Look (339 comments in total)
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tom1234567: There is just no way the Sony a6500 is worth a £100 more than the Fuji X-T2.

Tom G

Does the Fuji have 5-axis IBIS and a touchscreen?

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2016 at 01:26 UTC
On article Video: Sony a6500 First Look (339 comments in total)
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Digital Imaging Technician: I'd love to buy one, but I'd only do it if there was a smaller sized 35mm equivalent lens available. That 24mm looks terribly unbalanced on that beautiful small camera body. The new Fujifilm 23mm f/2 lens is an excellent example.

@Digital Imaging Technician- "The A6500 would be a lovely X100 replacement if it had a pancake style 35mm equivalent lens. The 24mm Zeiss doesn't compel."

The Sony 20/2.8 pancake gives you a 30mm equivalent lens. And now that the A6500 has 5-axis IBIS, this makes the 20/2.8 more attractive because it becomes a stabilized lens.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2016 at 01:24 UTC
On article Video: Sony a6500 First Look (339 comments in total)
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Cheyne: I think I would of preferred a joy stick rather than touch screen like on the X-T2.
95% of the time I adjust focus points with my eye to the view finder while im composing the frame, so a touch screen isn't really going to help there. The joy stick is perfect for that type of shooting. Of course touch screen makes sense for video and more point and shoot style shooting.

The nice thing about having a side-mounted EVF, like on the A6500, is that it gets your face off the rear LCD, and makes things like touchscreen focusing easier to do. Center-located EVFs put your face right over the rear LCD, making touchscreen AF a bit more difficult.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2016 at 01:16 UTC
On article Hands-on and in-depth with the Sony a6500 (553 comments in total)
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Fujica: The Sony way of doing business guide:

- Act as if no problems with the A6300 exist

- Do not talk about 'Product Recall' nor give customers a solution for the overheating problems of the A6300.

- Stick you head in the ground and scr€w your existing customers.

- Bring out a new model, call it A6500 and bail out of the problems with the existing model. A6300 is now EOL anyway.

- Act if this is normal business practice

- Tell your 'fans' and potential customers this is innovation.

- Don't look back at your current customer base they are a bunch of 'No...' anyway.

- Tell your investors you have made some money over the back of your customers and reward them with dividend.

- This will make the investors feel happy and on the short term they'll not notice there are problems at hand.

- If new problems arise with the new model then re-execute this guide. (change model numbers for old and new model).

No, the A6500 is clearly not a replacement for the A6300. Sony now offers three versions of the A6000 series: the A6000, the A6300, and the A6500. You pick the one that best fits your budget. If you are on a tight budget, get the A6000 for $550. If you want all the bells and whistles, get the A6500 for $1400. If you want something in the middle ground, get the A6300 for $950. Stop with al the conspiracy nonsense.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 23:27 UTC
On article Video: Sony a6500 First Look (339 comments in total)
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Digital Imaging Technician: I'd love to buy one, but I'd only do it if there was a smaller sized 35mm equivalent lens available. That 24mm looks terribly unbalanced on that beautiful small camera body. The new Fujifilm 23mm f/2 lens is an excellent example.

I just don't understand the concern with "balance". Cameras aren't like a see-saw where there's a single point-of-contact pivot point. With camera/lens combos, there is no pivot point! You hold a camera with two hands: one on the grip, one under the lens. That's true with any camera/lens combo, including a lot of DSLR lenses that are a lot bigger and heavier than their camera bodies. I used to use a Canon 24-70/2.8L on Canon XXD bodies, and even Rebel bodies! Same with the Canon 70-200/2.8L IS! Both these lenses are very large and "front-heavy", ie "terribly unbalanced" . But you just put one hand under the lens, and the other hand on the grip; balance is not an issue. Of course, the whole body/lens combo is heavy (which is why I now mainly use mirrorless gear-- less weight and bulk), but balance is not an issue with proper holding technique.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 18:20 UTC
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gn28: What a major disappointment. Sure, the body is small, but when you add some decent lens it becomes huge all of a sudden. It is easier to just make the body a bit bigger and, at the same time, fix the major drawbacks of this platform:
- add faster storage (CFast 2.0 card) and use it on all cameras
- add a darn all axis articulated touch screen to help with easy focus and use it on all Sony cameras to make it really easy and cheap to mass produce
- add a standard battery that allows people to take 600-800 shots
- add QuickCharge 2.0/3.0 and USB charging so people can use their phone's charger or external USB batteries to charge the battery to 80% in 15 minutes

I suspect many of these changes will come with the MKII generation, just as it did with the A7 series MKII generation.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 11:31 UTC
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caravan: My a6000 can be stabilized with a compact(cheap) tripod.

Nice work Sony

Right, because tripods can be used anywhere and are totally weightless, invisible, take zero time to set up and take up zero space.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 11:29 UTC
On article Hands-on and in-depth with the Sony a6500 (553 comments in total)
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ekaton: Fuji releases major FW upgrades and takes care of its customers. Sony spits out new cameras instead. My a6300 will go on sale. Am done with their aps-c line.

I would love it if Fuji firmware could add a touchscreen and 5-axis IBIS.

There's only so much you can do with a firmware update.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 06:34 UTC
On article Hands-on and in-depth with the Sony a6500 (553 comments in total)
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nametaken: This seems like a wonderful camera, but I wonder why they continue with this form factor. I mean I like it for my a6000 - having a capable camera that's portable enough to take more places than a DSLR is nice - but I feel like the type of people who would use all of these new features are the type that would also appreciate a larger battery, more buttons, more memory card slots, and other advantages a big body can offer. So why not include this in an a3000-like body (and using some of that extra space for a bigger battery)?

There's plenty of small bodies in this lineup now, so why not another big one like the a3000 (only more serious)? I feel like the true advantage to mirrorless isn't just that it can be smaller than DSLRs, but that you have the OPTION to stay small OR go big as needed while staying within the same system.

"This seems like a wonderful camera, but I wonder why they continue with this form factor."

I think they are doing the same thing with the 6000-series as they've done with the A7 series: using one form factor for three different versions. With the A7, they had the A7, A7R, A7S, all using the same form factor. Then when they moved to the MKII form factor, they did it all over again with the A7 MKII, A7S MKII, A7R MKII. So now in the 6000 series, we have the A6000, A6300, A6500 to choose from. Eventually, they'll move the 6000 series to a new MKII form factor of its own, just like they did with the 7 series.

One reason to do this is that it cuts down on R&D costs. They maximize the use of a particular form factor, which cuts down on the need to redesign new bodies and retool their production lines.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 06:31 UTC
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ButtonEyes2016: I am so glad I left Sony's mirrorless system. After the Next-6 and the a6000, Sony has become greedy. The price on this is outrageous and the benefits for the additional $400 over the a6300's price aren't worth it. I'll stick with Nikon, thanks.

@tobicy68- companies are all "greedy". They need to all maximize their profits. And even more so today, in the shrinking camera market where unit sales continue to decline. You're deluding yourself if you are expecting companies to be charities. Grow up, man. Frankly, I like rapid product iteration. In the long run, I think it works out well. Sure, there are always going to be people who feel sore about their model being upstaged by a newer model. Boo-hoo. Frankly, I don't think it's a big deal. I always skip every other product model introduction. I basically did that when I was using Canon DSLRs, starting with their 10D model. For example, after the 10D, I bought a 20D, but skipped the 30D, then bought a 40D, skipped the 50D, then bought a 60D. Now I'm doing the same with Sony. Bought an A6000, ignored the A6300, because I knew guessed that there'd eventually by an A6500. Are these companies being "greedy"? No, they gotta get products out there to sell and make money.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 06:09 UTC
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