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 Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Pentax 645Z vs Hasselblad X1D (340 comments in total)
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Bobthearch: "The Pentax 645Z is the granddaddy of 'affordable' medium format."

If you say so. I've had $200 burning a hole in my pocket since I did a professional shoot last year. Lol.

I'm amazed they didn't put 'affordable' in inverted commas.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2017 at 23:44 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Pentax 645Z vs Hasselblad X1D (340 comments in total)
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weisman: In the “Studio shooting - AF Coverage” graphic, “Hasselblad” is misspelled as “Hasselbald”.

Yay! It's in a diagram for which I've converted the text to curves **and** failed to save the psd file.

(It'll be fixed once I stop being so annoyed with myself).

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2017 at 20:58 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Review (1160 comments in total)
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Yxa: "The new battery grip holds two batteries for extended power"
Can the grip really hold two batteries?

Argh, didn't spot that error had made it into a picture caption. I've corrected it.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2017 at 19:00 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S Review: Modern MF (899 comments in total)
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left eye: RE: battery life, Fuji GFX 50S.

I’ve recharged my GFX battery twice now (the first charge doesn’t usually hold as many shots as subsequent charges), so now with the 2nd full charge, I thought I’d count how many shots I got with it…the battery was good for two days and got me…

1,179 shots

yep, one thousand one hundred and seventy-nine shots, on one charge.
This was normal usage, eyeing up angles for 20 secs, then shooting a few shots in succession, etc. I had the EVF on eye-sensor, so when I put the camera down for a moment it would use less battery. All in all I’m very impressed with the battery life.
The official '400 shot' rating, is way too conservative, it’s double or triple this.

I'm hearing reports from the X1D of 150 - 300 shots per charge, I guess it will be in this range. Also the X1D battery takes 6 hours to charge, the GFX battery takes less than 3hrs.

CIPA figures are always very conservative (or, at least, overestimate how much most people use flash or look at the review image). However, they tend to be comparable between cameras (more so if you're comparing mirrorless with mirrorless).

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2017 at 18:48 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Review (1160 comments in total)
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s.seng: I am really surprised at the poor rating by the reviewer for the movie/video performance. He think there are many camera in the market which would do better. This finding is inconsistent with the article.

Where are you seeing a poor rating for movie/video performance? I'm seeing what I think is the highest score we've ever given.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2017 at 17:54 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Pentax 645Z vs Hasselblad X1D (340 comments in total)
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Eloise: In your "Operability (with Gloves)" section ... surely the Hasselblad falls down due to its extensive use of / reliance on touchscreen controls? Yes you can get gloves which work with touchscreens ... but they are poor compared with using your ungloved fingers.

The camera isn't particularly *reliant* on the touchscreen: it's just sometimes quicker to use it. (You can move the AF point by rolling the front and rear dials when in AF point mode, for instance).

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2017 at 17:27 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S Review: Modern MF (899 comments in total)
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Hinesbelike: I have a question specifically for Richard Butler.

In the XT20 review you specifically said "Lens lineup isn't factored into the scoring."

Yet in this review the con list states:
-Slow native lenses do not take full advantage of camera's sensor size
-Limited lens selection at launch

It was also mentioned in the
The only thing truly holding back the GFX 50S from reaching its potential is a limited lens selection (at launch) with slow maximum apertures.

So in one review you specifically state this is all about the camera and the lenses don't matter. Yet literally the first and last thing you speak to in this review is about the lens line up. So which is it? Does the lens ecosystem matter or doesn't it?

Was there so little to complain about with the GFX that you had to break from the review norms to produce a few extra cons?

Lens lineup isn't factored into scoring, so the GFX 50S wouldn't have received a different score if there were more lenses available.

However, that doesn't mean we don't think lenses matter. The pros and cons lists are things that we believe a would-be purchaser might want to know, before making a decision. As always, if a con doesn't matter to you, then you can (and should) ignore it.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2017 at 17:17 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Review (1160 comments in total)
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Albert Valentino: Wish Olympus would update their menu system to be closer to Panasonic. Their last new camera, EM1 mark ii, they made it worse by getting rid of any color coding ☹️

We agree. It's interesting to see two manufacturers move in opposite directions: Panasonic adds an index page for its custom settings menu, making it easier to find the setting you're after, Olympus does the opposite, removing the index and one of the visual cues.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2017 at 16:54 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Pentax 645Z vs Hasselblad X1D (340 comments in total)
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GEONYC: Why not say the amount of shots of the hasselblad or at least an estimate. What kind of comparison is this?

To estimate it, you need to have run the battery down to zero. Because we had it on such a short loan, we were all conscientious about keeping it topped-up.

Given this and how little faith I have in three-segment battery indicators (does two bars mean 60-odd percent charge remaining or 'find a plug, I'm about to shut down'?), I didn't feel I could be confident with an estimate.

As such I'm fairly confident to conclude it's less than 400 shots per charge and probably sub 300 shots, in terms of CIPA ratings. If you were to tell me it was low 200s I wouldn't immediately dismiss it, but I can't be anything like certain.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2017 at 22:35 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Pentax 645Z vs Hasselblad X1D (340 comments in total)
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Reop: Why not mencioned Leica S?

This article is about sub-$10,000 medium format. With a list price of $16,900, the Leica S doesn't really fit.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2017 at 21:48 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Pentax 645Z vs Hasselblad X1D (340 comments in total)
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lightandaprayer: This is a good overview of the three cameras. The only question I have is why don't the camera companies just come out and tell us how well their gear is protected against the elements?

If none of them are particularly suited to use in inclement weather, then no single company will benefit. If a camera has been designed with more seals, etc. one would think that the manufacturer will want to trumpet the fact. Vague assurances that all three are designed with some degree of "solidity and resilience" is not very helpful for outdoor photographers.

The conclusion I come to is that none of these cameras are particularly resistant to dust and moisture. (But apparently anecdotal evidence tilts toward the Pentax when compared against the Fuji and Hasselblad.) Fortunately, there are DSLRs and lenses that do offer some additional protection against the elements. Mere mortals should be certain that the extra pixels are worth the potential sacrifice of thousands of dollars worth of camera/lens.

I thought it was only Ricoh's [industrial 'G' series](http://industry.ricoh.com/en/dc/g/g800se/specs.html) models that ever actually test to IP standards. But it seems the (ex Pentax) WG-30 is JIS 6/8 rated, which seems to correspond to IP68.

My point was more that there is a framework for measuring durability but camera makers don't use it (which would seem to suggest they're not dependably protected enough for the manufacturers to be willing to shoulder the warranty consequences of making the claim).

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2017 at 21:44 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Pentax 645Z vs Hasselblad X1D (340 comments in total)
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lightandaprayer: This is a good overview of the three cameras. The only question I have is why don't the camera companies just come out and tell us how well their gear is protected against the elements?

If none of them are particularly suited to use in inclement weather, then no single company will benefit. If a camera has been designed with more seals, etc. one would think that the manufacturer will want to trumpet the fact. Vague assurances that all three are designed with some degree of "solidity and resilience" is not very helpful for outdoor photographers.

The conclusion I come to is that none of these cameras are particularly resistant to dust and moisture. (But apparently anecdotal evidence tilts toward the Pentax when compared against the Fuji and Hasselblad.) Fortunately, there are DSLRs and lenses that do offer some additional protection against the elements. Mere mortals should be certain that the extra pixels are worth the potential sacrifice of thousands of dollars worth of camera/lens.

If you have a look, IPX1 would indicate resistance from dripping water. It's not until you reach IPX7 that the device would need to survive immersion in water.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2017 at 20:58 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Pentax 645Z vs Hasselblad X1D (340 comments in total)
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obsolescence: Love the functional comparison. Now I'd like to see image comparisons using all three cameras in the same scenes, with Raw files provided. Maybe throw in a FF camera while you're at it.

We had a look at the amount of work required, then looked at our test scene and concluded that there would be so little image quality difference between the three medium format cameras that it made more sense to focus this article on the functional differences.

We may well publish an article building on the testing we did for the GFX review, showing where the differences are and aren't between these cameras and full frame.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2017 at 20:06 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Pentax 645Z vs Hasselblad X1D (340 comments in total)
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RidgeRunner22: Still no comment on manual focus, probably far more important than a JPEG engine for MF cameras.

I've added some details about manual focus.

Yes, both of the mirrorless cameras are focus by wire. The difference is that the Hasselblad seems to work pretty well, whereas I've had frustrations with the Fujifilm.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2017 at 20:03 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Pentax 645Z vs Hasselblad X1D (340 comments in total)
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JimKasson: You say: " Fujifilm has built an adapter for using its own leaf-shutter Fujinon HC lenses, allowing flash sync at up to 1/800th". Have you gotten this to work? I have not, and not for lack of trying. I have to admit that I've been using the Fuji-build Hasselblad lenses, and they're on Fuji's compatibility list. I can't even get the camera to fire the leaf shutter, although the lenses work fine with the FP shutter.

Sadly we don't have either the adapter nor any HC lenses. We just have to take it on faith that it can achieve what they promise. (We will be requesting one for a future project but that may hinge on us getting the X1D back, too).

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2017 at 19:59 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Pentax 645Z vs Hasselblad X1D (340 comments in total)
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lightandaprayer: This is a good overview of the three cameras. The only question I have is why don't the camera companies just come out and tell us how well their gear is protected against the elements?

If none of them are particularly suited to use in inclement weather, then no single company will benefit. If a camera has been designed with more seals, etc. one would think that the manufacturer will want to trumpet the fact. Vague assurances that all three are designed with some degree of "solidity and resilience" is not very helpful for outdoor photographers.

The conclusion I come to is that none of these cameras are particularly resistant to dust and moisture. (But apparently anecdotal evidence tilts toward the Pentax when compared against the Fuji and Hasselblad.) Fortunately, there are DSLRs and lenses that do offer some additional protection against the elements. Mere mortals should be certain that the extra pixels are worth the potential sacrifice of thousands of dollars worth of camera/lens.

There already are standard designations and test for '[ingress protection](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IP_Code),' however, I'm assuming that if you claim your product is waterproof, then many countries would then take that as an implicit guarantee against water damage, which is a lot more expensive than showing a picture of your product with water droplets on, next to some text that talks vaguely about environmental sealing.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2017 at 19:57 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Pentax 645Z vs Hasselblad X1D (340 comments in total)
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Mrrowe8: Instead of this stupid everyone is equal , all get a trophy ,academic look at these cameras .. just give us a bottom line total bang for the buck if you decided on this style of camera conclusion..

That's precisely why we're not calling this a review. It's just a look at where each has strengths and weaknesses.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2017 at 17:18 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Pentax 645Z vs Hasselblad X1D (340 comments in total)
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pkcpga: Too bad Fuji didn't release leaf shutter lenses with the gfx that's an extremely important spec for myself with medium format. Hopefully Fuji will in the near future.

Up to 1/800th, [according to their press release](https://www.dpreview.com/news/3019005387/fujifilm-releases-first-round-of-g-mount-medium-format-lenses).

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2017 at 15:21 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Pentax 645Z vs Hasselblad X1D (340 comments in total)
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princecody: Who makes Hasselblad glass Mr. Butler?

Nittoh, according to [the interview they gave us](https://www.dpreview.com/interviews/2280876023/hasselblad-interview-at-photokina-2016).

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2017 at 15:11 UTC
On article Fujifilm X100F Review (744 comments in total)
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enossified: Is there something wrong with the test chart results? I was comparing the X100F against the Olympus E-M10 and the Olympus was noticeably sharper at all ISOs, either RAW or JPEG. 50% more pixels and double the sensor area should look a lot sharper?

The X100F's lens seems to exhibit some curvature of field at relatively close focus distances. The lens is sharper in most use cases than our flat target suggests.

(Also, it's not double the sensor area, it's around 60% larger)

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2017 at 23:21 UTC
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