Richard Butler

Richard Butler

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On article Gear of the Year 2017 - Richard's choice: Sony NP-FZ100 (247 comments in total)
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Impulses: Ehh, a lot of mirror less cameras achieved this level of battery life earlier, granted none FF and as advanced as the A7R III but still... I'm hardly one to cry about brand biases (I think you do a fair and balanced job in general FWIW) but praising Sony for catching up with other mirrorless players in this regard or simply addressing what was an obvious flaw in their lineup seems a little unnecessary.

This was one of the first mirrorless cameras I've used where I've not ever had to think about batteries (which, in hindsight, is a bit unfair on the Panasonic GHs, which I've tended to use for video and therefore be more demanding of).

I chose this because I thought it would be something that would become more prevalent across all mirrorless cameras, not because I think it's something magical that Sony specifically has achieved. That said, it is all the more noticeable because Sony (along with Canon's mirrorless models) have been so poor in terms of battery life before.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2017 at 18:29 UTC
On article Gear of the Year 2017 - Richard's choice: Sony NP-FZ100 (247 comments in total)
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ttran88: It's getting beyond silly when Canon releases hot items like the 6Dm2 & 5Dm4 and we have DPR staff picking a freaking SONY BATTERY over them. The love for Sony has gone to silliness levels around here!!!!

There are cameras from Fujifilm, Nikon and Sony that I'd choose as my Gear of the Year before any of the Canon models you've listed (though the EOS M6 would be in the running).

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2017 at 18:25 UTC
On article Gear of the Year 2017 - Richard's choice: Sony NP-FZ100 (247 comments in total)
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giorgionerd: Uses all the available cameras, prints hundreds of subjects on fine photographic paper, shoots an infinite amounts of photos.
And his gear of the year is: A F*KING BATTERY.

It's something I allude to in the story. I was essentially writing a Gear of the Year based on the D850 and a7r III and finding it near-impossible to choose between them, but then found myself thinking about what a leap forward the inclusion of a decently-sized battery was for the R III.

It's so easy to get wrapped up in excitement for the latest tech and overlook the smaller changes. If a move to larger batteries eliminates a key performance difference between DSLR and Mirrorless (all mirrorless, not just Sony), then it'll be a change that benefits a lot more people than the arrival of two $3000+ flagships.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2017 at 18:23 UTC
On article Gear of the Year 2017 - Richard's choice: Sony NP-FZ100 (247 comments in total)
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Miki Nemeth: Oh, I am the first to comment, how cool. This morning this was my exact feeling, after using my A9 on a single battery for a week or so, I can say, I fully understand your choice. Originally, I was quite suspicious to handle another kind of battery. I hate what Nikon does, for each and every camera they invent a new battery.

Just to be a little pedantic, there are essentially two versions of the Nikon EN-EL15 battery, the older of which essentially don't work in the D500 and D7500 (they work but drain extremely quickly).

Nikon appears to have made the difference explicit by changing the case colour and re-naming the newer type 'EN-EL15a,' but although they work to a degree, it's not *quite* true to say that Nikon has used the same battery from D7000 onwards.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2017 at 18:16 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Review (594 comments in total)
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danieladougan: I bought the SEMA-1 microphone and adapter kit for my Olympus E-PL5. Would that kit work on this camera?

I don't think so: there's no accessory port under the hotshoe on the E-M10 III.

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2017 at 17:59 UTC
On article Sony a7R Mark III review (1118 comments in total)
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dcolak: Did you check how the focus selection joystick works?

I find it really lacking, specially trying to move the focus point downwards!

Same here. I've used two samples across a variety of shooting situations and the joystick has always worked fine for me.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2017 at 14:57 UTC
On article Sony a7R Mark III review (1118 comments in total)
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Daniel Ockeloen: Most places in europe are now setting the A7R iii with a 5 year warranty and a extra level (free) 5 year against falling, bumping and water damage. I guess sony feels comfy in adding this as a freebee and assume not many will return with water damage and a few drops of rain won't hurt it.

From what I've seen, European prices start higher but then are able to drop, after a couple of months. In the US it's much more common for them to remain at MSRP.

For example, when I was shopping last week, both the Canon G7X II and Sony RX100 III were cheaper in the UK than in the US.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2017 at 14:55 UTC
On article Sony a7R Mark III review (1118 comments in total)
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Ari Aikomus: Hi DPR,
Thank you for nice review. Well done...But one question for you:
What RAW converter you used with these RAW files of Sony A7R3?

If you press the [*i*] button next to the studio scene image, you'll see that we used Adobe Camera Raw.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2017 at 14:50 UTC
On article 2017 Buying Guides: Best cameras for any budget (34 comments in total)
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RPJG: DP Review really needs to change the way they review and recommend cameras.

In this case, it shouldn't be "best cameras for any budget", it should be "best cameras for any requirement". OK, maybe "...for any requirement/budget".

It's hopeless to rate and recommend cameras without reference to what it will be (mainly) used for, e.g. sports, landscapes, portraits, everyday/family,etc.

We already have a page in each review that looks at how well it performs in a variety of use-cases but a score that varies by use-cases is on its way.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2017 at 04:20 UTC
On article Sony a7R Mark III review (1118 comments in total)
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FOTONOTO: How much FPS does it do AF/AE detection?
A9 does 60FPS, which means the camera does 3 times AF detection between the shots to make sure the focus is nailed if you're shooting at 20FPS.
How about A7R3? Is it 10FPS? Or maybe 16FPS? Can't find anything about it anywhere.

We asked Sony at the launch. They wouldn't give a comparable number for the a7R III.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2017 at 15:21 UTC
On article Sony a7R Mark III review (1118 comments in total)
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a777: Review is good, and done quickly. But I still have feeling, that older reviews were more extensive, more detailed, polished. May be I read not carefully, but what about electronic shutter in mark3? Improved? What's sensor read speed? 1/13? Can't see any examples neither in gallery, nor in studio comprasion. RAWs are lossless? (except for star eater). Not compressed still? Where is performance timings table? Shutter count not given by manufacturer? Again, why using compressed images for RAW section of studio comprasion?

Raws are either lossy compressed or totally uncompressed. The images in our test scene are based on the uncompressed files.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2017 at 15:19 UTC
On article Sony a7R Mark III review (1118 comments in total)
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Jefftan: when one is using "lock on AF" in AF area should one use
"wide" or specify an area like "center"

I always use wide and don't know if it is correct

If I choose "center" do I have to keep moving to camera to position the subject in the center
or don't need to because the camera will track the subject even if it is off center area?

Anyone know? Thanks

The Lock-On versions of each area mode attempt to recognise their subject then follow it (so you don't need to move the camera, or can move the camera to improve the composition).

The choice of Wide or Center area defines where the camera looks for that initial subject.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2017 at 15:16 UTC
On article Sony a7R Mark III review (1118 comments in total)
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MyLifeUncut: In section 6: "Features" of the review there is a paragraph titled "HLG Mode as a hack for perfect Raw exposure", which I read with great interest.

My problem / question: If I choose a picture profile and set gamma to "HLG" in that profile, I can no longer choose ISO 100 (= base ISO), only ISO 125 and up. In the review it reads as if this "hack" had the sole purpose of finding the perfect exposure without altering the way in which the RAW file is captured. This would be great -- but does not seem to be the case if I can only chose ISO 125 and up. Can anyone clarify?

That's something we should have made clearer in the review. ISO can change if your tone curve is a different shape, even if the level of amplification being applied stays the same.

We've shot HLG ISO 125 and Standard ISO 100 files alongside one another and the Raw data appears identical. In other words, HLG ISO 125 appears to be genuinely base ISO, not 1/3EV above.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2017 at 14:09 UTC
On article Sony a7R Mark III review (1118 comments in total)
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everybodyisone: "A7R2 4K/30p 1080/120p" It seems a typo unfortunately... AFAIK 720/120p

It's definitely 1080/120p: there's an example clip on the video page.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2017 at 05:58 UTC
On article Sony a7R Mark III review (1118 comments in total)
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zeratulmrye: I'm curious about how the af performance stand against D850

Carey's probably better-off than me to answer that question. It's also likely to depend on what you're shooting.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2017 at 23:31 UTC
On article Sony a7R Mark III review (1118 comments in total)
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learningthegame: If this only had the colors, skin tones, I see from Canon it would be perfect for what I want. I’m not trolling, I am currently debating on getting my first ff & it’s between this and the Mark 4. Such a hard choice, I really love everything about this camera and the available quality lenses gets better each day. The D850 looks great as well, just not what I want or need.

We provided the images on which we assessed the camera and they show the ways in which the 6D II falls behind its contemporaries. Those findings are consistent with DxO's.

Our review made clear that Dual Pixel improves the camera over its predecessor but Raw quality (particularly in terms of DR) and video performance are significantly behind its peers.

You liking the camera more than we did doesn't justify your insinuations of corruption.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2017 at 22:45 UTC
On article Sony a7R Mark III review (1118 comments in total)
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Trued1: DPreview comparison score with a7rII shows 90% Gold score for II and III. Looking att the bar graphs they differ a lot. I do not follow this, place explain.

The big differences are in the factors given least weight by our scoring system (value is a personal decision, build quality and ergonomics are the least objective of our assessments). Image quality makes up the bulk of the score and both cameras are very good in this respect.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2017 at 21:30 UTC
On article The Leica CL is (almost) what the TL should have been (421 comments in total)
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Biowizard: SERIOUS TECHNICAL POINT: quote "... 18mm F2.8 pancake, ... and the ~F4 aperture (in 35mm terms) limits ..."

No, the F rating does NOT undergo some weird "crop factor" division. F2.8 is F2.8, and never F4 or F anything else. Because it's a ratio of Focal Length divided by Lens Optical Diameter, and has nothing to do with frame size.

Jus' sayin'

Brian

And is pixel performance the best or only way to compare two sensors with radically different pixel counts?

If a 42MP sensor's pixels perform less well than the larger pixels of a 12MP sensor, but perform in direct proportion to the different pixel counts, which is better? The 12MP sensor with it's 'better pixels' or the camera with more image detail, whose high ISO images look the same if printed at the same size?

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2017 at 21:21 UTC
On article Sony a7R Mark III review (1118 comments in total)
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zeratulmrye: I'm curious about how the af performance stand against D850

It very much depends on what aspect of autofocus you're looking at. Eye AF is hugely powerful but subject tracking is less good (though D850 isn't sports camera level, either).

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2017 at 21:16 UTC
On article Sony a7R Mark III review (1118 comments in total)
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Anadrol: Needs much better weather sealing for A7R4 !

I love the size of the A7 series but I'd prefer a camera a bit bigger that resists a minimum to rain.

"*Remains to be seen*" is the key concept.

This camera shares its body with the a9: Sony's pro sports model. As yet, we don't simply don't know to what degree it's been improved.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2017 at 21:07 UTC
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