Richard Butler

Richard Butler

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Lives in United Kingdom Seattle, United Kingdom
Joined on Nov 7, 2007

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On article Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI sample gallery updated (148 comments in total)
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Bershatsky: This looks like professionally lit and staged images - probably by Sony during an event. Thus, it is not a real world test and not going to accurately demonstrate the qualities of normal usage.

Most of the gallery was shot by me walking along the Highline in New York, asking strangers if I can take their photo. No additional lighting.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2018 at 03:19 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI sample gallery updated (148 comments in total)
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Ixhu: The problem with the first sample gallery was the lack of photos taken with faster than F4 aperture. If I counted right, this second series contains 1 (one!) F3.5 photo. All the others are >=F4.0 again... What's the reason of this?

The lens hits F4.0 at 40mm equiv (and max of F3.5 above 32mm equiv), so it may well have been shot wide-open for more of the shots.

There's a chance I didn't shoot at wide-enough angle or that I nudged the clickless front dial, didn't notice due to the complete lack of physical feedback and then accidentally specified F4.0, rather than 'wide-open.'

I'll trawl back through my images, so I have access to proper file management software, and see if I shot anything wider-angle and wider-open.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2018 at 19:24 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI sample gallery updated (148 comments in total)
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chrisno: the second series look really rough in a well lit indoor environment, almost all of the photos are around ISO 2000. The old V does a much better job in this kind of situation

Absolutely: that's the cost of the slower maximum aperture.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2018 at 19:20 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI sample gallery (239 comments in total)
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George1958: Seems there is no shortage of reportage on this “compact camera” , is it five or six sub reports? I have seen fewer numbers of reports much later on other gear ( non Sony that is). Just an observation.

Our coverage is primarily dictated by our availability (so can be more extensive away from busy launch periods) and our access to the product.

In this instance, we were handed a camera at the point of launch and were able to go out shooting immediately. That's inevitably going to result in more coverage than us being shipped a camera a month after launch.

It's not inconsistent with [our coverage of, say, the Fujifilm X100F](https://www.dpreview.com/products/fujifilm/compacts/fujifilm_x100f).

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2018 at 18:19 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI first impressions (264 comments in total)
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StefanD: " But the thing that most struck me about the using RX100 VI was how often, when I showed my images to the strangers I'd just photographed, was how often I got a smile and a response along the lines of "that's a really good camera." "

It appears to me that they should have said "you're a really good photographer".

sbansban - The main reason I mentioned it was that more than one person commented in a surprised manner about the results from the camera. I didn't intend to suggest that this is a significant validation of the camera, beyond it implying that the results were better than the smartphone images they're used to seeing.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2018 at 17:23 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI sample gallery (239 comments in total)
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4REEE: Not one shot at 100 to 200mm?!

Many cameras write two field in the EXIF: one with the actual focal length and another with it translated into 35mm equivalent terms. It appears the field our gallery is pulling is the actual focal length.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2018 at 15:50 UTC
On article Sony announces Cyber-shot RX100 VI with 24-200mm zoom (756 comments in total)
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Peter v.d Werf: Ok, the price is the Netherlands is €1300 (so almost $1550!!)

Anticipating yet another questionable price increase I was really hoping for a wow-factor package to upgrade from my RX100 M3 (after an M1 and 2)

I mostly shot at f1.8 for higher shutter speeds with the RX100 during low light. 200mm I don't need, certainly not when it means a smaller aperture at the wide end.

During my last holiday I left my RX100 at home to try to see how I'd fare with my iPhone 8 for evening shots/video combined next to my dslr. Certainly for low light detail the iPhone can't keep up but overall experience was much better then expected.
I shot a lot of video and this new RX100 can't even match the iPhone in 4K video framerate or recording duration. Not that I shoot full 5minutes clips, but no risk of having to wait for a camera to cool off. Why not fix that for €1300? And note how Sony clearly left out any mention of 4K framerate specs from the press release, a clear sign they aren't proud of that..

Peter v.d Werf - Does the price you quoted include VAT? Don't forget that US prices tend not to include sales tax.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2018 at 01:09 UTC
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vaughnnie: "A small, self-contained system solely aimed at a subset of photographers, rather than trying to be all things to all men."
REALLY?!? ... this is 2018, Mr. Butler. As a woman photographer, I was annoyed reading that . As it happens, I do have a Fujifilm with interchangeable lenses (as well as a Canon Mark II) ...guess I didn't need to read this article that was apparently for men only.

vaughnnie - I do apologise. I did think about this before using it but thought it was commonly enough recognised in that form (it's a quote from Corinthians, apparently), that it wouldn't be taken as being literally gendered. It seemed awkward to paraphrase to 'all things to all people.'

However, although I'd not *intended* to be taken as gendered, I appreciate that it could be. I'll try to be more careful.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2018 at 22:56 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI first impressions (264 comments in total)
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StefanD: " But the thing that most struck me about the using RX100 VI was how often, when I showed my images to the strangers I'd just photographed, was how often I got a smile and a response along the lines of "that's a really good camera." "

It appears to me that they should have said "you're a really good photographer".

In fairness, I had started the conversation with people by saying "I'm trying to get some photos with this camera, which was launched this morning," so I ended up making the conversation camera-centric, rather than about my own photographic skills (or lack of them, according to the internet). ;)

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2018 at 19:46 UTC
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Karroly: How did you manage to get the vertical lines parallel ? Any particular in-camera processing ?

No. I held the camera as far above my head as I could, to minimise perspective distortion.

Posted on Jun 7, 2018 at 18:30 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI sample gallery (239 comments in total)
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NCB: Impressed. Would like some landscape / out-in-the-wilds shots as well.

We'll be adding more shots as soon as we can.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2018 at 03:58 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI sample gallery (239 comments in total)
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HowaboutRAW: Could we get some raws, since both Rawtherapee and IDC 4 will extract them?

You should already find a Raw file associated with each image.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2018 at 20:48 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI sample gallery (239 comments in total)
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MacM545: Hmm...why don't they have photos done @ 200mm? I think that's what's more interesting.

[This shot is at 200mm equiv.](https://www.dpreview.com/sample-galleries/8189628340/sony-cyber-shot-rx100-vi/5179791507), and [this one](https://www.dpreview.com/sample-galleries/8189628340/sony-cyber-shot-rx100-vi/7112840346) is at 189mm equiv.

I'm hoping to post some more images tomorrow, when I'm back in the office.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2018 at 19:09 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI sample gallery (239 comments in total)
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zubs: Pics are really good, nice colours. Are these all OOC, processed?

The sensor is essentially the same as the Mk V, so I'm not expecting much difference in that respect. It looks like DRO has done a good job of conveying that DR into the JPEGs without them ending up looking too 'flat.'

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2018 at 19:05 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI sample gallery (239 comments in total)
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MacM545: Hmm...why don't they have photos done @ 200mm? I think that's what's more interesting.

I'll go back through and see if I have more at 200mm *equiv*. I selected my images based on what they looked like, I didn't have a chance to check whether I'd covered every focal length.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2018 at 17:12 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI sample gallery (239 comments in total)
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FrequencyDancer: Are these shot using only natural light?

Some have the appearance like modelling lights, or some kind of fill lights have been used.

No, all daylight.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2018 at 17:10 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI sample gallery (239 comments in total)
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MarioV: Looks excellent to me. Are these straight out of camera jpegs?

Yes

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2018 at 14:31 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI sample gallery (239 comments in total)
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zubs: Pics are really good, nice colours. Are these all OOC, processed?

As always, we indicate any images that aren't straight OOC. In this case, they're all standard JPEGS.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2018 at 14:31 UTC
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Dr_Jon: Are you going to have a more general policy on lenses to use following this? For example you still use the Canon 85/1.8 that even predates digital sensors and certainly doesn't allow for the cover glass?
Is the aim going to be consistency with previous results, or occasional updates to whatever's the best lens about 85mm (possibly with some cost limit)?

As I say, we've tried it and concluded it was less reliable.

Class A: we shoot Raw images with the same shutter speed and aperture, so that over-rides any difference in ISO ratings.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2018 at 23:31 UTC
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Dr_Jon: Are you going to have a more general policy on lenses to use following this? For example you still use the Canon 85/1.8 that even predates digital sensors and certainly doesn't allow for the cover glass?
Is the aim going to be consistency with previous results, or occasional updates to whatever's the best lens about 85mm (possibly with some cost limit)?

We've twice tried assessing the same lens design in multiple mounts and found it doesn't give the level of consistency you might expect (as mentioned in the linked article).

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2018 at 22:49 UTC
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