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Slightly confused, is it the new chip? Most reviews are saying that the new chip in the iPad Pro is only slightly more powerful than the previous iPad Pro. I'm assuming that the difference between the iPhone 11 and 12 is similar.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2020 at 12:42 UTC as 3rd comment
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daqk: @Chris you were wrong about both lenses you tested, they are screw driven lenses without AF motor. I have both lenses and love them all.
Too bad you could not correct the video comment but please add captions/text otherwise many folks will be confused ... see all the comment before.
You could have just looked at the lens before putting it on the body, there is a shining "pin" with a screw head ( slot in the center).

You could also test the 50F1.4 which is SSM - SAL50F14Z, then it makes a better review/test to cover both kind of ZA lenses.

This is one reason among many to return to written reviews and let go of videos as a primary review format.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2020 at 11:48 UTC
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2001: Interesting, yes the lenses are very close but ultimately I think the image quality is determined by the sensor. Would be good to try this on a camera with a higher quality sensor and see if the lens comparison still holds.

Thanks for pointing out Sensor Stack, this is a specification I was completely unaware of until you mentioned it and provided the link. It accounts for a lot! I knew there was something else at play other than anti aliasing filter in the different design of sensors from different companies.

I often prefer to use old 16mm and 35mm ciné lenses on digital cameras and there have been times when the math adds up -flange focal distance ect, but the lens itself doesn't focus. I use both aps -c and micro 4/3 for ciné lenses . The Switar 25mm 1.4 AR is particularly sympathetic to my Olympus PEN F. Thanks for this, I've got my work cut out for me as I factor in Sensor Stack when matching old lenses to digital cameras.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2020 at 12:02 UTC

Interesting, yes the lenses are very close but ultimately I think the image quality is determined by the sensor. Would be good to try this on a camera with a higher quality sensor and see if the lens comparison still holds.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2020 at 12:18 UTC as 69th comment | 3 replies
On article Film Fridays: 10 classic Olympus film cameras (134 comments in total)

Sad to here about the demise of Olympus, they made some great cameras both film and digital. My memory isn't the best but I vaguely remember them being devastated by an embezzlement scandal when an English director stole much of their assets. Did he ever go to prison was Olympus able to recover any of the stolen assets ?

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2020 at 14:01 UTC as 3rd comment
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Jersey Shore: A few things here from a long-time Pentaxian:

1) First, as others have said, this is not a bad strategy. Carve out a niche with DSLRs, as Leica has done with rangefinders. It may be the only way a small player can survive. But will the price of Pentax DSLRs eventually mirror that of cameras from the red-dot brand?

2) I'm willing to bet another reason Pentax is doing this is because it lacks the R&D budget to develop a competitive mirrorless system of its own.

3) I realize the line about feeling the viewfinder image in your heart is pure marketing. But how many photographers that we know - both in person and online - have told you they have problems with EVFs? It's a real thing for many people. Personally, I can go back and forth between OVF and EVF with no problem.

4). Assuming this strategy works, who among us would have predicted a couple of years ago that Pentax would be around longer than Olympus?

Interesting as Pentax is in a tough spot, Cosina who was considered a lowly after market camera maker is now one of the only film camera makers left making cameras for prestige re branding of legendary but dead German brands such as Zeiss and Vioghtlander. I wonder how Pentax will fare as it seems to be relying on nostalgia rather than innovative design. It's glory day seem to be in the late 60's as the German camera industry was breathing it's last breaths unable to compete with the Japanese camera industry Nikon, Pentax, Konica and a plethora of others.

Out of curiosity doe Pentax make it's own sensors or does it buy them from Sony as does Nikon

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2020 at 13:54 UTC

This was my first serious digital camera $500 US I if I remember correctly. Really loved the wide angle format 16x9? Much was made of this format at the time in almost all the reviews as it was the same aspect ratio as movies/cinema and widescreen tv. I was implied by reviews and blogs that this would be a still camera for the movie industry .

I loved this camera for landscape and took it with me on a trip and photographed the Sandhills of Nebraska and the Badlands of South Dakota

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2020 at 09:55 UTC as 13th comment

I really surprised there no Twin Lens Reflexes on the list, on the whole these are very robust and reliable cameras and give great negatives with their 6x6 12 frames on 120 format. Rolleiflex Automats, Rolleicords, Yashicamats and Minoltacords can all be found on eBay in good condition and inexpensively . TLR's were the press cameras of the 50's and early 60's until newspaper printing technology advanced and made using 35mm finally feasible.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2020 at 09:26 UTC as 16th comment

Nice idea, you can also buy old Kodak printing out boxes that take 10 watt bulbs and use translucent plexiglass or even old dark room safelights and replace the ruby glass with translucent plexiglass, or even best of all light boxes which were used to view slides and negatives. There are all sorts of things to experiment with .

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2020 at 09:10 UTC as 4th comment
On article DPReview TV: Video tripods vs photo tripods (87 comments in total)

If you want to spend a couple of hundreds rather than a couple thousands I would look at Majestic tripods as well as Birns & Sawyer on eBay , vintage but still very useable

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2020 at 12:49 UTC as 5th comment
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nitroman: Unsplash are bad news to those of us trying to earn a living from the creative industry. Just anothet cowboy corporation purely after making profit from other people's hard work and creativity.

I can understand your concerns, however if you look at the sources -Library of Congress, NOAA , NYPL ,these are images that we have already paid for via tax dollars in supporting these institutions , they're doing they're job by releasing public domain images to the public. I don't see these largely historical and scientific photographs as undermining the work of contemporary photographers.

I far as I can tell the only thing that is threatened are companies that dishonestly license public domain images.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2020 at 11:58 UTC

Slightly lost as I can get a Canon Selphy CP 1300 for $114 and cartridges for about $30 , this is $469, other than being bigger and bulkier I don't see any advantages

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2020 at 12:03 UTC as 10th comment
On article Canon EOS-1D X Mark III review (1372 comments in total)
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rospotte: This will be the camera for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo Japan. Perfection for the venue and prints for newspapers and magazines. Forget about fine detail and large prints.

20MP does seem low in the megapixel race. Perhaps this camera is for photojournalism and online images only.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2020 at 13:31 UTC

Although everyone seems to be criticizing this particular end result, who knows what this inventor might come up with. The French word is bricoleur and the result is bricolage. I'm reminded of the early days of Hewlet Packard and Apple when computer s were made in garages and what were doing now was a dream and also impossible with out the efforts of these eccentric early pioneers welding bits and pieces before actual silicon itself .

Link | Posted on Jan 1, 2020 at 16:07 UTC as 12th comment
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gaul: Note to myself: Do not offend uberly-sensitive Mac users.. Or they will get you banned from the Mac forum on DPR..

Not that it changes my life but it shows how narrow-minded this community is turning to.. reflecting its irrelevant market share I suspect

Btw, I have an iPhone, iPad and a MBP too.. But while i love my iPad/iPhone combo, I am forced to admit something has been going wrong with Mac for the last 10 years..

Yes Apple's first debacle along these lines was the release of Final Cut Pro X in 2011. Final Cut Pro went from winning an Emmy Award for engineering in 2002, being an industry standard to the radical downgrading to make it more user friendly to amateurs, jettisoning many features professional video editors relied upon making it useless for professional video editing and alienating and estranging virtually everyone who relied on Final Cut Pro to edit video.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2019 at 12:13 UTC
On article Sony a7R IV review (1508 comments in total)
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ZJ24: Just in terms of a review, obviously this looks like a fantastic camera. Is it possible though to consider the concerns that some professionals like Tony Northrup have noted about dust on the sensor in a review? * Cue outrage that any possible disadvantage of mirrorless is ever vocalised * I get it, great size, weight, tech, photo and video quality, lens selection, build quality etc etc. Yes I know how to clean a sensor, I just like to do it once every 6 months so just like every other feature of a camera, if that is in fact just an issue for a few unlucky photographers, be great to mention it.

Dust on the sensor!?!!! This sounds like a review from 2003, this problem was resolved years ago with various in camera solutions. Why!?

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2019 at 11:48 UTC
On article 2019 Guide: Apple iPad Pro for Photographers (259 comments in total)
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Elite83: Apple refusing to add useful ports to their devices in order to keep them aesthetically pleasing is about as smart as not including seatbelts in a car for fear of "cluttering" the fine Italian leather interior.

Yes I’m aware of the USB C, my question is whether it has an actual USB host that enables you to use portable hard drives or whether it’s the same system that as old as the iPad itself , the Camera Connection Kit , yes you can add photos but it’s certainly not a fully functioning USB host by any means.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2019 at 11:08 UTC
On article 2019 Guide: Apple iPad Pro for Photographers (259 comments in total)
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Elite83: Apple refusing to add useful ports to their devices in order to keep them aesthetically pleasing is about as smart as not including seatbelts in a car for fear of "cluttering" the fine Italian leather interior.

Slightly confused by Moon0326’s reply. Does i0S 13 have an actual usb host ? Or is it the same transfer mode as the camera connection kit?

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2019 at 18:26 UTC
On article 2019 Guide: Apple iPad Pro for Photographers (259 comments in total)

I have an iPad Pro 2018 it’s both fantastic and incredibly frustrating. The first thing that concerned me even before “bendgate” was how fragile it is, yes it’s light and magnificent to pick it up and use it with one hand, however I’ve been reluctant to leave the house with it. My 1st gen iPad Pro is far more robust.

Really frustrated by no usb host and opaque file system. I’m using Pad OS 13.1 Public Beta 3 which has a lot of aesthetic improvements but nothing really substantial. The photos app has more options as does video but it certainly isn’t up to the level desktop versions of Photoshop or Lightroom that you would get with a laptop or MacBook. The much anticipated Photoshop and Lightroom mobile haven’t really materialized yet. As far as I can tell none of the mobile apps other than Adobe’s really surpasses photos, perhaps one reason is that all apps have to go through photos first and are extensions. The only exception is Retouch an app I use with the Apple Pencil

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2019 at 19:20 UTC as 11th comment

Brilliant! The bricolueur at work! In the late 19th century early 20th century when darkroom photography was just beginning there were many such combination cameras where larger cameras were made to fit on smaller cameras and vice versa, for projection printing and using horizontal enlargers. www.piercevaubel.com a site devoted to early American cameras has some of these in the flesh and in pdf’s of old catalogs.

I have a few full plate cameras 6 1/2 x8 1/12 that l’m try to figure out how to make extensions for to take 8x10.
I came across this post looking for what I just mentioned.
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated !

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2019 at 11:58 UTC as 4th comment
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