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On article Field Test: Shooting action with the Nikon D5 (114 comments in total)
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PhotoKhan: Very thorough, detailed and useful evaluation. Kudos.

Now for a request. Would it possible to get a Canon pro to tag along when making a similar 1DXII action real-life test?

I am not saying this with malice or second intentions, so please don't be offended but given that many of you use Nikon as a private choice and from what I've read in the past, I am starting to get the feeling that you don't "get" the operational side of 1D cameras.

A photographer familiar with them would be, at least, as useful as this one, accustomed as he is with Nikon.

Once more, thank you for this informative and brilliant piece.

Rishi, your points all seem well taken -- yet I think PhotoKhan has a very good request for you as well.

There's fairness -- if you use Nikon guys for Nikon, Canon guys for Canon would be natural, as well as not unhelpful in allowing a more open mind all around, considering the realities of human politics..

On the point of knowing more than pros, well, I am sure that's probably true in a flavoring of cases. But when it comes to the photography that the pro is expert in, surely the shoe can go on the other foot -- and we will all learn, DPReview staff included.


Kind regards, and very often find your commentary quite interesting.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2016 at 10:21 UTC
On article Gallery update: Nikon 300mm F4E PF ED VR (54 comments in total)

You know, I think some of the biggest treats on DPReview are these lens galleries. They get better and better, with each of staff contributing their personalities of talent. Richard's polo shots, all one could ask for further is a field of view with the mallet, but the spirit and leather are there, the first one back to Lutyens and the Maltese Cat. Samuel's motorcyles are as he sees them, and the urging to speed. Wen-Mei's images of children and women are precious and interesting. Dan Bracaglia, well, the beauty grows, steadily, Dan. Perhaps from a time of winning from another. It's that growth in each person, that means the most, will mean the most. Thanks to each of you -- Clive

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2016 at 09:36 UTC as 8th comment

(Cont'd on density...)

I actually think that having survived Amazon and present ad load (partly by wisely hiving some of that off to the attached site) that you are pretty much at an optimum, and should save redesign for the actual content, rather than more appearances.

And, you are doing that. The last year has brought immense improvements in what the site is actually about -- and it keeps getting better, as the encouraged imaginative types keep growing and learning.

I meant the writers and creators of content ideas here particularly, but must say the work on viewers and test comparators has also been a very good job. It's all very much nicer, and has the style and feel of your magazine, to make another deserved (and yes, a little pointed...) compliment.

In all of this, in my opinion, and including those more titularly responsible, you are doing a great job.

Thanks ;)

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 06:45 UTC as 107th comment

One thing you might give a try to is an intensity (grayness) control for the white on the black screen. Hot screens unaided may well give uncomfortable contrast, defeating the better actual optical comfort of dark screens.

For some reason I don't think this works as well as a tactic to defeat white screens. Behavior of lcds may mean you lose too much contrast if you lower the white to anything like a printed page with incident light (why books work). Also probably why kindles have unusual screen technology.

One more thing you mustn't do is create any more density than there is. You are right at the edge of blowing iPads not the newest away, and it is beyond annoying what happens then -- can't read through forums or long articles, as the browser 'has had a problem', and forces entire reload, only to do the same again....

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 06:39 UTC as 108th comment

That unstoppable pop up was the worst. Please don't do that again.

White? Bad for long viewing (ask even youthful programmers). Bad if you have any sight problems like diabetes, incipient cataracts, normal issues of maturity when many persons do photos, etc.. Particularly bad if you want to sleep after viewing -- read the ample research.

I would,have defaulted black for those reasons, not to say that this is a _photo_ site, with all its well acknowledged reasons.

I know you wanted to look like too much of the web does these days.

Just, I beg you, don't go any small step whatsoever further on grayish, low value and color contrast, no matter what the 'kool kids' seem to have.


Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 06:04 UTC as 110th comment | 1 reply
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Paul_S57: for a review you can look at

Yes, he's very good -- convinced me amply for the original Capture One 9 upgrade.

This time the job is tougher, because the improvements are about things very useful once you understand the program enough to use its accelerating features...and he succeeds.

From the way he illustrates and describes, you will really understand the new abilities also.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 05:57 UTC

Dan, this just strikes me as a particularly well detailed, well put together, very nicely storied, and entirely useful review, all portions in sensible depth and balance. You really feel you know something about the camera afterwards..

Great job truly. Also i am getting more used to what you go for in your photographic styles (including your personal websites), and quite enjoying many of those also. It's great to see instincts followed and artistry develop.

On these white balance/color balance tendencies of different brands, I wonder if the subtle color capabilities of software like Capture One can't be used to neutralize them. As we are not going to get for example casts preferred by Asian photographers out of many of the offerings, Fuji though also having a right idea with their in-camera 'films'.

Anyway, thanks for what you do, what you add around here, Dan. Life develops....

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2016 at 21:02 UTC as 98th comment | 2 replies
On article Nikon D500 real-world sample gallery updated (68 comments in total)

Looks like true Friday postings here, doesn't it...

Would like to say this is a really nice set of varied images, especially for dynamic range and dark time shots.

Thanks, each of the guys (and any gals I missed on this one).

Link | Posted on May 13, 2016 at 23:19 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (722 comments in total)

p.s. I wish you would at least make that pop-up annoyer for this feature test sticky in popping down, once we've seen it and set it so.

Thank you to your programmer for fixing this.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2016 at 02:56 UTC as 85th comment
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (722 comments in total)

If you have diabetes, cataracts, elder gravitas ;) , the white site is going to be very hard to look at.

On this point alone, I hope you never lose it, especially at the information density pictorially or in text necessary to appreciate what you put together here.

Greys are no answer either, on these counts: they lower contrast which is used to focus, and do so especially on less than the most expensive laptop screens.

Last but not least, the dark site favors looking at the color in the images. Note that Adobe's defaults use a set of quite dark greys for their image apps.

Good you make the variety, for those who want to try it, though. And again, even the young who must look at screens, the computer types, prefer dark backgrounds, not just because it became a hit thing....

Link | Posted on May 13, 2016 at 02:54 UTC as 86th comment
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Mike FL: Interesting finding:

"Xiaomi CEO"net worth is estimated to be 35 billion US dollars. In 2011, Lei was ranked #201 on Forbes list of China’s 400 Richest. In 2014, he was named Businessman of the Year by Forbes."

"Xiaomi was co-founded by eight partners on April 6, 2010. In the first round of funding, institutional investors included:

- Temasek Holdings, a Singaporean government-owned investment vehicle,
- the Chinese venture capital funds IDG Capital
- Qiming Venture Partners,
- mobile processor developer Qualcomm.
- ...

The company has over 8,000 employees, mainly in mainland China, Malaysia,and Singapore, and is expanding to other countries such as India,Indonesia, the Philippines and Brazil."

"According to IDC Xiaomi is now the third largest smartphone maker."

This turned into an interesting conversation.

Thanks, guys

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2015 at 00:28 UTC
On article Apple iPhone 6s Plus camera review (161 comments in total)
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PWPhotography: When review Samsung S6/S6 Edge and Note 5 as they share the same camera and lens?

And much appreciating your photos from there. Besides the charm and interest, they bring back another life, or the kind of companionable mix I think we are headed for -- not least on DPReview. Thanks, Lars, and think you hit the target on judgment. Oh, and Apple's intention of convenience as far as photo download would be iCloud. You can download for your PC, and these days it does work; photos just appear. The arcane arrange of it is, well; but if you stick to the PhotoStream folder shouldn't have to worry about that. I use it with an iPad..

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2015 at 20:45 UTC
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JEROME NOLAS: This photo viewer is hopeless, but on the other side all pics from all cameras look great..!

Android result sounds similar to iPad result. This may help your web devs by recognizing a common cause.

My observations on landscape orientation, high should be best fit. Portrait (vertical) orientation worse, and looks like same basis, so don't they're recognizing that properly yet.

But fix the horizontal, anyway,first. Looks like media query problems.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2015 at 21:28 UTC
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JEROME NOLAS: This photo viewer is hopeless, but on the other side all pics from all cameras look great..!

And, once more, this new viewer does not work with iPads. It's very confused there, and gets worse if you try to use what there is.

The old one did work fine, even if I've forgotten it ;)

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2015 at 08:01 UTC
On article PIX 2015: Tim Grey and reframing your story (16 comments in total)
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Osa25: I disagree with the presenter's example of point #2 (the "Space Needle" image. In fact the typical approach has the effect of telling a linear story that is first dominated by the the foreground in the left, and then from there, your eye is progressively drawn from the top of that building all the way right across the frame in a vigorous arc. It matters neither here nor there that there is a building behind the space needle - after all it's a depiction of urbanity on that side and this is actually enhanced by the jumble of buildings

In contrast, the presenteed recommended approach to framing the scene results in a more static image. The space needle is not as strong a focal point and the arc that your eye naturally follows is more shallow, less dramatic.

So IMO I think the "default" framing is actually spot on.

When I hear you talk, i imagine a different picture, one much more telephoto, where the Space Needle 'creeps' into consciousness beyond the magnified tops of buildings. Focus depths and distractions like clouds might enter the picture.

In the lecture's shot framed as it is, I think that Tim Grey made an excellent point, and that his revised placement indeed much improves the image.

Critique can always have different views, can't it...

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2015 at 23:55 UTC
On article PIX 2015: Tim Grey and reframing your story (16 comments in total)

My, my, Seattle a tough audience, for sure.

But this fellow is quite worth listening to, and letting what you could do, which is what he is trying to encourage, seep in.

Things to do with that camera-power we tote around these days, sometimes really give it some exercise, to build up an image where we are proud...

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2015 at 03:54 UTC as 11th comment
On article Sony Alpha 7R II Review (2162 comments in total)
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The Silver Nemesis: Finis coronat opus, DPR edition.

Nice thinking, Silver, and much in tune with a broader North Asian view in your character's meaning. Enjoyed looking that up - the web even nicer than the radical-strokes book dictionaries we used to use.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 20:21 UTC
On GalleryItem:3321064 (1 comment in total)

This one of all, really bears looking into...

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 08:01 UTC as 1st comment
On article Sony Alpha 7R II Review (2162 comments in total)
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jakegrahamphotography: Why is everyone whining about battery life?
Toss a few spares in your pocket and problem solved, the things are tiny

Roland, I think you are at the moment getting too much involved with the infighting part of comments here.

The point on the batteries would be that there are in camera-accessories-land many ways to deal with any capacity issues -- if you have them.

I was also truly interested that by removing and replacing a battery, you are also swapping out what may be one of the main heat sources contributing when in hot climates to thermal protection interruptions.

Practical things for persons using practical cameras, yes?

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 00:01 UTC
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