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On article Fast Five: Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V Review (407 comments in total)
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valenttin: More than five years ago I buy Olympus XZ1. After so much time (and after so much technical evolution) my expectations was to find that camera, with those specifications, at a somehow similar price, even if the sensor is 1". But is more than double. So, don't judge me for my big NO...

A bit of a smear job (no pun) on the XZ-1, surely.

I shoot an XZ-2, which has wonderful image quality, and there are many who are very enthusiastic on the XZ-1, some even by comparison.

The pity is only that the gorilla entered the market, so that Olympus didn't pursue the "1in-type" XZ-3.

Which by the way would have continued a very usable and capable touch screen, among the other finely thought out aspects of the design, serving all levels of photographic ability and interest.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 00:24 UTC
On article Fast Five: Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V Review (407 comments in total)
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amatoer: Cons: 'Green yellows & cool greens in JPEG aren't the most pleasing'

One could perhaps add: Maybe not so good for JPG-shooters and unskilled RAW-shooters, where pleasant color (accuracy) may be the most important aspect of a camera. More than bells and whistles.

I'm probably falling into the forum trap (drain?), but...

Why on earth is it that so many don't seem to realize they can _adjust_ the default JPEG colors once to suit their tastes, and then enjoy whatever it is they like without attention?

Each manufacturer provides these, and if I remember, the Sony ones are particularly nicely arranged.

Makers assign base color tendencies according to their own tastes, which are often regional, having to do with actual skin tones as well as traditional differences in 'look' from early photography. This is particularly so in Asia, and not less with the feeling that their home markets are becoming very important -- just as has been true before in the 'west'.

It was the same with many film brands. I could ask why they don't tune for each market, but then we are on another subject, the tendencies of corporations.

I would say, buck up, live in the world as it is, and first adjust that precision instrument you buy -- then enjoy it.

No?

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 00:11 UTC
On a photo in the Panasonic Lumix G85 sample gallery sample gallery (1 comment in total)

Must say, it's very nice to keep seeing 'that girl' again, and with her smile quite returned... ;)

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 20:52 UTC as 1st comment
On a photo in the Panasonic Lumix G85 sample gallery sample gallery (2 comments in total)

Have a look next door, same image with a little correction that could as easily be set for JPEGs in the camera.

Also, it may just be a white balance problem in the cloudy day, plus that the model's skin tends to be that of a redhead. See image 67 for an also-fpeg-from-camera that looks quite rich.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 20:51 UTC as 1st comment
On a photo in the Nikon 105mm F1.4E ED real world sample images sample gallery (3 comments in total)
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NarrBL: Dan, you are not getting worse as an artistic photographer.

This is far from the only example. Cherish that eye ;)

Most welcome, and well deserved...

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 20:45 UTC
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abortabort: "The camera was the surprise launch of Photokina this year, as many assumed Sony had abandoned its SLT cameras in favor of the more popular mirrorless models."

Sorry DPR but you need to stop listening to internet pundits that claim these things and seemingly everyone repeats until it is 'fact'. I mean what was it exactly that made DPR think it was dead? Honestly question? And why was it a surprise? I mean that's like saying the 5D IV was a surprise. Was it really?

So was it that all models were clearly up to date? Or that Sony clearly spent a lot of time / money / effort developing a new AF sensor module for a 'dying' system, something you questioned when the A77 II came out. Something that 'surprised' you when the A68 came out and now 'surprises you' again when the A99 II was announced. Will you be 'surprised' when the A77 III comes out?

I guess the only time you won't be 'surprised' is when they finally do stop making them.

This is after being 'surprised' by Sony introducing a whopping third camera to their APS-C E-Mount line up, I mean that's way too many right? This of course not that long after DPR made claims that Sony seems likely to be dropping APS-C E-Mount all together (just prior to A6300 being announced).

It seems to me that if Sony don't release something every 3 minutes they are abandoning it, but releasing 'too much' is equally a terrible injustice to your expectations.

Stop listening to internet pundits, maybe it might be worth listening to people when you interview them and they say...

"We are continuing to support XYZ, even though we can't talk about upcoming products".

I think there is a point here, as much as I appreciate the un-dry enthusiasms of the DP crew these days. Liveliness is worth a lot ;)

The kind of thing I'd personally like to see less of is the 'now-about-to-be-antique-only-16MP-sensor, quite repetitively, whose denouement turns out to be a 20MP sensor a year later.

Not exactly a grand distinction, yet priming people to wait and wait, not helping the flow for the camera maker either. Marketing departments...often operate on the flimsiest of premises, and with an allergy to many realities even if they could know them, so you have to keep your wits and salt handy, not for the bird's tail....

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2016 at 22:55 UTC
On article What is equivalence and why should I care? (2326 comments in total)
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richshep: If I blank off a full frame sensor in a, say, Sony R7, to 5mm by 8mm, does that mean it will suddenly become a less efficient sensor and produce more noise? This total light stuff is total nonsense.

OTOH grain of pushed-developed Ilford grey-scale film back then led to some very apropos pictures of birds flyng among beach dunes, where the 'sand' extended throughout the image.

It makes me think of a possible treatment for digital noise, to bring the small cameras into even more of the appreciation we have for them. Instead of adding noise thus reducing resolution, as film style plugins presently do, what if they grain-replicated by altering the actual digital noise elements position and sizing? That with some clever desaturation of its colors might turn out to be interesting, no?

In any case, many thanks for an eminently clear description of all the relations of equivalence, in terms that can really build the internalized mental model of it for persons regardless of where they begin from in earlier concepts, just given the chance. This with your patient reply in conversations is a fine thing for us all to appreciate, and I do.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2016 at 23:36 UTC
On article What is equivalence and why should I care? (2326 comments in total)
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richshep: If I blank off a full frame sensor in a, say, Sony R7, to 5mm by 8mm, does that mean it will suddenly become a less efficient sensor and produce more noise? This total light stuff is total nonsense.

I think this is a very important reply to read carefully, Richard. It brings in the extra dimension Rishi has recently articulated: the random quality of light itself, evident in the darker scenes digital cameras let us explore today.

I like what my Olympus XZ-2 can do very well indeed, but I still can wish for repeal of enough of physical optics that it could return the soft background choices my equally miniature for its time Olympus OM-1 once made possible, interestingly with nearly the same focal length range (35mm and 100mm then, great 'eye-attention-matching' lenses).

With the color films of the day, I seldom noticed noise, subsumed anyway as grain, which as we realize wasn't often unaesthetic.

I saw some wonderful slides from that era, in projection boxes to A1 or A0 size at an exhibition in Basel, and with today's attention the grain was very evident -- but not disturbing.

(cont’d)

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2016 at 23:36 UTC
On a photo in the Nikon 105mm F1.4E ED real world sample images sample gallery (3 comments in total)

Dan, you are not getting worse as an artistic photographer.

This is far from the only example. Cherish that eye ;)

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2016 at 04:06 UTC as 1st comment | 2 replies
On article Field Test: Shooting action with the Nikon D5 (118 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.

No??

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 108th 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 109th 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.

/s/

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 06:04 UTC as 111th comment | 1 reply
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Paul_S57: for a review you can look at https://imagealchemist.net/capture-one-pro-9-2-review/

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 101st comment | 1 reply
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
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