North of 46

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You won't see a selfie like that everyday! Thank you for posting.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2020 at 15:17 UTC as 5th comment

I do sympathize with those who see this as a violation of individual freedoms and rights. Unfortunately, some drone pilots have demonstrated (repeatedly) a cavalier disregard for the freedoms, rights and lives of other people by flying their drones in restricted airspace.

Some sort of check on such behaviour is warranted. Perhaps the proposal put forward could be reworked to reduce the cost without reducing its effectiveness. I'd be all for that.

But regulation is necessary. I am certain, as well, that no one here thinks it is okay for unscrupulous operators to invade privace and enganger lives. Regulation is perhaps the least imperfect way to address these and other challenges.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2020 at 15:05 UTC as 84th comment | 1 reply
On article Sony a7R IV: What you need to know (760 comments in total)

Yeah, Sony is definitely irritating. This camera is not cheap, yet they were content to 'stand pat' in the realms of video, RAW output and (the justifiably maligned) menus.

It's too bad the Nikon Z7 has been problematic since roll out. It's also too bad the lens selection is so limited (relative to Sony). If these problems sort themselves out, perhaps Sony might be a little less... you know.

PS: I wish I could afford the GX-100.

I'll stick with the RII--it is still a fine camera for most needs.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2019 at 03:57 UTC as 27th comment | 2 replies

An intriguing new body (I wonder why Sigma didn't consider Nikon's new mount, instead--that looks like the best of the new mounts going).

I'm a little miffed that Sigma requires people to pony up more cash just to get a decent hand-grip. That's just nonsense, in my view.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2019 at 03:38 UTC as 33rd comment | 2 replies
On article DPReview TV: Fujifilm GFX 100 review (132 comments in total)

That does look like an awesome piece of kit. I'm with Chris on his assessment of the hand-held capabilities: that Fuji was able to make a medium format camera that will provide good results hand-held is certainly a big deal (and one that potential purchasers ought to take advantage of).

Thanks for this.

PS: Alberta looks great, mozzies notwithstanding. I'll have to take my family up Okotoks way.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2019 at 03:29 UTC as 9th comment

Fascinating first look. The ergonomics will likely please those with big hands and habits honed by years (or decades) of using big DSLRs. I'm not sure about those who don't share these features.

The lenses will likely make (or break) this system (as will the weight).

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2019 at 22:52 UTC as 65th comment | 4 replies

Great review, thanks. Calgary looks great, by the way. Where did all the snow go?

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2018 at 22:52 UTC as 30th comment
On article The best lenses for Sony mirrorless cameras (233 comments in total)
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LookintotheMirrorlessoften: So, the best Prime is the 28/2?! A lens with huge distortion and onion bokeh?

Best Prime is the 85 1.8: extremely sharp, most consistent &reliable af lens & great value.
Best value prime is the samyang 35 1.4, it’s the best focusing samyang, sharp wide open and cost nearly half of the sigma and only a third of the zeiss.
Best lens for any money could be the sigma135art or the Voigtländer65apo or a 400gm
The 35mm sigma isn’t focusing very well...

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I am very glad that you mentioned the Voigtländer 65 apo and the Sony 85mm 1.8; both are lovely lenses.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2018 at 23:06 UTC
On article The best lenses for Sony mirrorless cameras (233 comments in total)
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North of 46: Picking the "best" lens is, to the say the least, a tricky business, in part because choice of lens, like much else, is quite a subjective endeavour.

I agree with your assessment WRT the 28mm, if we consider "best" to be an assessment that balances price, size and value.

Not a few will take exception to your "wedding photographer's" choice of the 24mm to 105mm zoom. Versatile, yes, but clearly an "all things to most people" lens (not fast enough for low-light, not light enough for travellers and not crisp enough for the most demanding shooters).

Perhaps you might have considered a few other primes (85mm? 35 to 50mm? 135mm?).

PS: A little too "Sony" heavy, too, I think. There are quite a few third-party lenses avaialbe for the Sony A7/A9 series. Surely more of these could have been considered (I'm thinking of "native" manual lenses, such as the Loxias, Voigtlanders, and "native" autofocus lenses, such as the Batis and Sigma).

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2018 at 23:04 UTC
On article The best lenses for Sony mirrorless cameras (233 comments in total)

Picking the "best" lens is, to the say the least, a tricky business, in part because choice of lens, like much else, is quite a subjective endeavour.

I agree with your assessment WRT the 28mm, if we consider "best" to be an assessment that balances price, size and value.

Not a few will take exception to your "wedding photographer's" choice of the 24mm to 105mm zoom. Versatile, yes, but clearly an "all things to most people" lens (not fast enough for low-light, not light enough for travellers and not crisp enough for the most demanding shooters).

Perhaps you might have considered a few other primes (85mm? 35 to 50mm? 135mm?).

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2018 at 23:02 UTC as 54th comment | 2 replies
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sharkcookie: Birds cause approx $600 million to the airline industry every year just in the US. Airplanes get hit by bird all the time. Emergency landings have been caused by birds many times. We all remember the passenger plane having to land in the Hudson river in NY. Despite having millions of drones out there, so far we have zero collisions in the US and one in Canada. I think we need to assess danger, probability and statistical risk vs dramatic news reports.
Cars cause more than 40,000 deaths in the US every year. 4.2 million seriously injured. $440 billion damages. Let's tackle the real issues and not start a war against recreational photographers flying their drones in completely harmless areas.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHTWJ8qDcfk

This is an unfortunate comment.

Birds are a part of nature. They are also integral to the global ecosystem. Without them, our world would be out of balance.

Drones, on the other hand, are machines made for people, many of whom use them like children use toys. Very, very few people in the world "need" to have drones, except those who are taking photos for professional purposes.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2018 at 02:03 UTC

Which is why these things should be more strictly licensed (and the owners charged an annual licensing fee).

Camera drones are a menace (and often an invasion of privacy). They should only be operated by licensed and responsible personnel who are also held accountable for their behaviour.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2018 at 01:59 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon Z7 Review (4440 comments in total)

Zee? Sorry, old bean, but many north of the 49th will call it "Zed".

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2018 at 02:12 UTC as 761st comment
On article Nikon Z7 Review (4440 comments in total)

This looks like it could become the core of a loverly mirrorless FF system. Having become very attached to the lovely Zeiss Batis 135mm on my A7rII, I wonder whether Nikon (or third-party manufacturers) might be considering the same focal length for this new system?

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2018 at 00:37 UTC as 836th comment | 1 reply

It was unfortunate that those who advise PETA (including the unscrupulous or, dare I say it, stupid legal counsel they selected to serve them in court) allowed this to go forward.

By overreaching, PETA (the organization) has ended up with (another) self-inflicted wound, one that undoes much that well-meaning members of the group sought to achieve.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2018 at 11:35 UTC as 33rd comment

What a dreadful and disturbing development. I hope many here who have read this will send letters to the Egyptian government to release this man and recognize that he was not involved in the protests that they have accused him of.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2018 at 01:05 UTC as 20th comment

This set up looks most promising.

I hope that Digital Photography Review staff spend a little time looking at the astro-photography potential of the new camera (the K1 has been well-reviewed in the past).

It would be really good if you did a Milky Way panorama shot using the K1 Mark 2 together with this appealing new lens.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2018 at 12:15 UTC as 20th comment

I can imagine that Sony might wish to roll out this technology in the A7S (mark 4?).

A full-frame 12 MP sensor built to do low-light video work using this perfected global shutter system would be quite attractive to filmmakers (as a supplement to proper video camera set ups using the same global shutter technology).

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2018 at 12:47 UTC as 14th comment | 11 replies
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digilt: Kudo to the Calgary Police Service!

Hear, hear.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2017 at 00:54 UTC

Let's hope that the owners of The Camera Store can recover their stolen property and that those who did this are caught.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2017 at 00:57 UTC as 34th comment
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