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Pentax K10D (Sigma 17-70, Pentax 50 f1.4 & 55-200),
Pana GF1 (Lumix 20 & 14-45),
Pana TZ3


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Maybe technically they are amazing, but to me except for the few humorous compositions most are really tacky.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2015 at 22:04 UTC as 8th comment
On article Stunning 360-degree view from One World Trade Center (69 comments in total)

Why is it "Top of the World" and not "Top of Western Hemisphere"? It's by far not the tallest building on earth.

Everyday I see 1WTC from my home across Hudson and it still amazes me how they managed to commemorate such a tragedy with such a bland, ungraceful and uninspiring slab of modern architecture that also inexplicably looks unfinished because of an abrupt top. And it took them more than 10 years to design and build it. One only needs to check modern Shanghai and Dubai skyline to see how unoriginal and disappointing this building is. And that in the city graced with Chrysler building and other Art Deco needles. Heck, if you want modern just near by there's an amazing New York By Gehry residential tower (http://img.streeteasy.com/nyc/image/66/70473966.jpg).

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2014 at 20:44 UTC as 14th comment | 6 replies
On article Exposing another side of Sochi (170 comments in total)
In reply to:

dpreviewblog: DPreview and politics? Strange combination.... IMHO

Where do you see politics?

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2014 at 18:45 UTC
On article CP+ 2014: Hands-on with Sigma DP2 Quattro (249 comments in total)
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57even: Nice one Sigma. This will instantly make every other camera on the shelf look more attractive.

@57even - Have you ever saw Sigma camera on the shelf?

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2014 at 15:43 UTC
On article 2014 Sony World Photography Awards finalists revealed (66 comments in total)
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Kavu: Overprocess much?

By over processed you mean they don't look flat, boring and unprofessional?

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2014 at 05:17 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T1 real-world samples gallery (185 comments in total)

Imaging Resource also posted their first batch of X-T1 sample images - http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/fuji-x-t1/fuji-x-t1GALLERY.HTM

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2014 at 21:24 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply
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barry reid: Seriously, i wonder how this is going. The development costs of this thing and the rest of the family are huge. First off there's an entire Italian design studio, prototypes, brochures, market research… Oh.

Maybe not the last one, because if you've ever seen one of the Lunar/Stellar line in the flesh you'll realise that no-one outside the design team ever saw one before they went into production. The Lunar is bad but the Stellar, which looks OK on screen is actually worse. The body and grip look plasticky and the plasti-wood grip held on by IKEA quality chromed hex head screws which shine so brightly they are all you can see.

I know how crass the rich can be (I work near Bond Street in London), but his stuff is egregiously shoddy for high ticket item, and being based on a widely available platform really does diminish it. If I'm gonna drop that kind of wad on a bit of male jewellery I'm gonna have a Leica M TYP240 & Summilux. I REALLY don't want it to be the same as some oik's Sony.

And Abu Dhabi is full of ATMs that dispense gold, no really. You can get cappuccino or mud cake with gold shaves on top.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2014 at 18:59 UTC
On article Challenge of Challenges 2013: the results are in (39 comments in total)
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alberto_b: Overprocessing rules.

Image is either strikes with beauty or emotion or story or not. Whether this was achieved by over or under processing is irrelevant as well as the gear used to take the shot.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2014 at 18:30 UTC
On article Readers' Choice: Best Gear of 2013 Awards (194 comments in total)
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justinwonnacott: This kind of content is nothing but click bait . When we "pay" to use this site.... by selling our eyeballs to the advertisers it is a shame that our attention goes for such a low price. I am increasingly visiting other sources for real news and technical information to avoid this kind of meaningless bumpf.

Anybody forces anybody to take a "click bait"? Is it like trove of other interesting and helpful information to be enjoyed on the DPR suddenly becomes unavailable to you as a punishment for not clicking on a poll?

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2014 at 15:19 UTC
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AlliHjelm: Both Russian and a mother!! How is this possible?? :) :)

Nice photos though.


Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2014 at 19:05 UTC
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Samuel Dilworth: Retch. It looks like something a nouveau riche Russian would make if she just discovered photography. Wait a minute…

I bear no ill will for people who like this kind of thing, since they know no better. But the DPReview staff does know better, and would better use its clout by exposing talented photographers making strong and relevant work.

You could start with Chloe Dewe Mathews if you want something good and likely to be enjoyed by many. I was mightily impressed by her ‘Caspian’ show recently.


Andrey, I would agree with you but then you got me totally lost with your strange (if not downright offensive) phrase that somehow "being "Russian" certainly helps, since it suggests that the baseline level of photographic skill is higher". Higher by which Russians (all? only photogs? only pros? few of them?), compared to whom and why (genetics? mythical "духовность"?). I think we all can do without false national superiority here.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2014 at 19:04 UTC
On article Adobe leaks 'Lightroom Mobile' app (209 comments in total)

What substantially new can mobile LR bring to the table(t) especially for ridiculous $99 per annum?

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2014 at 04:41 UTC as 15th comment | 3 replies
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nerd2: FF body + 50mm 1.8 lens has better IQ, more control of DOF and is way cheaper overall. Stupid people are stupid.

@nerd2 -Will your FF combo be similarly small, light and cheap? It's all about needs and compromises. What really stupid are blanket generalizations.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 22:22 UTC
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Joachim Gerstl: Not interested. I have a m43 camera now for size. This lens is big and heavy and still slow when compared to FF.
It's prize is rather optimistic too.

How come f1.2 is slow, because it's not f0.95? f1.2 on smaller sensor isn't any slower in terms of exposure than f1.2 on FF, it juts has deeper DOF which has nothing to do with how fast is the lens.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 22:17 UTC
On article Sigma announces all-new 50mm F1.4 DG HSM 'Art' lens (244 comments in total)

"will be available in Canon, Nikon, Sigma and Sony mounts"

Seems like nobody cares about Pentax anymore. A pity.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 21:44 UTC as 20th comment | 2 replies
On article From NEX to Alpha: Sony introduces 20 megapixel a5000 (151 comments in total)
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peevee1: " The versatile new Sony a5000 camera (model ILCE-5000) is the world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera to feature the convenience of Wi-Fi connectivity.1"

Of course they lie, Panasonic GM1 is smaller, lighter and has WiFi.

@Shamael - Yes, GM1 sensor is smaller but so are lens

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 21:40 UTC

Why do they all produce new compacts, anybody still buys them?

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 21:34 UTC as 5th comment | 4 replies
On article Hands-on with the Nikon D3300 and 35mm F1.8G lens (141 comments in total)
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JDThomas: The most interesting thing about this announcement is the collapsible kit lens. Nikon is taking a page from the Leica book with this.

I'd like to see this feature on a higher end FX lens like a collapsible 16-35 f/4.

More likely Nikon copied from MFT world, collapsible kit zooms are plenty there especially from Olympus.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 21:28 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Nikon D3300 and 35mm F1.8G lens (141 comments in total)

Wonder how it stacks size/weight wise against Canon SL1?

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 21:26 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
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