Richard Butler

Richard Butler

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

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On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (2146 comments in total)
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lhkjacky: It seem Sony A99mk2 just fixed all the cons in 5dmk4.

42.4MP BSI FF sensor, 12 fps, 5-Axis IBIS,
399+79 point Hybrid AF, AF sensitivity up to -4EV, Eye AF
4K MPEG 4 AVC/H.264, Slog2/Slog3, Gamma assist,
Full Tilt and Swivel Articulating LCD,
EVF, Peaking, Zebra pattern, Clean 4k HDMI output,
Slow~Quick Motion, 120P in Full HD.
Highlight-Weighted Metering,
Spot-metering link to focus area,
Shutter Life Expectancy 300,000 cycles

PVCdroid - So far, all the numbers I've seen have pointed to something around 30%, which sounds about right.

If you know of any sources supporting the 5% figure you're suggesting, I'd be interested to see them. Please send me a personal message.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2016 at 18:20 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (689 comments in total)
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silentstorm: Is this the 1st 43/m43 camera to feature 14bit raw? My impression is that both Oly & Panny have been stuck at 12bit for the longest time.

Sorry, that's a typo.

It's 12-bit to 10-bit that the camera drops in Electronic Shutter mode, so far as we understand.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2016 at 17:28 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (689 comments in total)
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WillWeaverRVA: The video quality is incredible. The video stills are comparable to the Nikon D5's full frame sensor. This is an absolute steal for anyone even remotely interested in videography.

The AF tracking for both stills and video is also pretty impressive for a mirrorless camera.

The D5's 4K video is taken from a 1.5x (APS-C/Super 35) crop region of its sensor, so the difference is likely to be more like 2/3EV, assuming they're both sampling their sensors in the same manner.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2016 at 17:25 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (689 comments in total)
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TheDarmok74: Yes, the names are confusing but dpr should be able to figure it out.
The link to the body only for $ 665.29 leads to another Panasonic model.
So the ad on top of this page that says "From $ 665" is misleading.

I'm not totally sure how those price boxes are populated. I'll try to get it fixed as soon as I can. Sorry about that.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2016 at 16:10 UTC
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surlezi: I humbly think X-T2 should be added to this review before Christmas...

I quite agree. We had a meeting about categoey winners on Friday and will be updating this roundup amd several others, in the next week or so.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2016 at 00:16 UTC
On article YI M1 Sample Gallery (137 comments in total)
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jor23: This is not necessarily cheap compared with street price of Pan and Oly models?

Don't make the mistake of comparing MSRPs (or prices immediately after launch) with street prices of established models: they're not the same thing.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 20:02 UTC
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Retzius: So I guess no DX primes then...

I agree it doesn't sound like it should be, but try shooting a headshot with a 50mm on 1.5x APS-C and it's usually apparent why people talk about 85-135mm being the range of classic portrait focal lengths. (You end up that tiny bit too close and distortion becomes an issue).

You can work around buy shooting a head-and-shoulders (and slightly more upper body than you'd otherwise perhaps choose), but I've just never got on with 50mm on APS-C. And, on that magical day when you get to full frame, suddenly you have a 50mm equivalent lens and no slightly-too-short portrait lens. Unless, of course you were using an 85mm as a 135mm equiv portrait lens, in which case you suddenly lack the long portrait lens you liked...

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 18:33 UTC
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iainlea: @DRPREVIEW you asked for comments so I wroteup a concise summary of my view on fb as a photographer and how it does not really fit due to numerous policies they have put into place over the last few years.

Problem is that you only allow 1000 characters so I take it you are only interested in soundbites and no deep insights :-(

Send me a personal message and, if you send the text through, we can consider it for publication.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 17:26 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2213 comments in total)
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Ross the Fidller: Richard, to quote you, "We're delighted to be able to report that the X-T2 supports charging over USB and includes an external charger, making it easy to ensure the camera is ready-to-go, whenever you need it."
Where does Fuji show that in their technical data? Can you give me a link?

The camera's internal battery can be charged by USB. The two batteries in the battery grip can be charged using the DC input on the side of the grip.

The camera's internal battery can't be charged using the DC input on the grip amd the batteries in the grip can't be charged over USB.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 06:17 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2213 comments in total)
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gmke: Hmm... Fuji priority on early lenses was image quality and that is why the focus was slow. What's this? Newer lenses with fast focus motors have poor image quality? No. You can have great glass and crappy focus motoring and great glass and excellent focus motors. Two independent variables. Its journalistic spin to avoid saying fast focus motors were not a priority on some of early Fuji lenses. Hmm. Absolutely and equally fast focus motoring is not known in any lens line-up. The lens business is full of jugglers. Faster motors cost money, and the lenses in question were targeted toward a price conscious segment. How shocking.

How confident are you that the variables are independent?

Fast autofocus is not just a question of good motors or brute force. The mass of the focus group (and hence its inertia) has a huge role to play in how fast the focus is, especially given the back and forth movement that's needed for CDAF or Hybrid AF.

The best possible optical design is not necessarily the one with a single, light focus element.

It is, as you allude to, a balance, however. And prioritising focus speed over optical quality doesn't necessarily mean you utterly ignore optical quality any more than the original statement (made to us, more than once, by Fujifilm) means that you completely ignore focus speed.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 00:33 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2213 comments in total)
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Ross the Fidller: Richard, to quote you, "We're delighted to be able to report that the X-T2 supports charging over USB and includes an external charger, making it easy to ensure the camera is ready-to-go, whenever you need it."
Where does Fuji show that in their technical data? Can you give me a link?

Ross the Fidller - as with lukecookphoto, I can't point you to Fujifilm claiming it but I have tested several X-T2s and that's the way they've operated.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 00:21 UTC
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wootphoto: "If we use Bluetooth you can use Wi-Fi at the same time."

I never understood why the camera needs to be an Access Point. Why can't it just connect to my home network. Then my phone and camera can both be on at the same time too. No need for bluetooth.

Some cameras can do this but its usefulness depends on how you're using the camera. I find myself using Wi-Fi (or Bluetooth) most when I'm away from home, either out and about or on holiday, in a situation where I want to share a photo and don't know when I'll next be near my computer or home network.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 23:20 UTC
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Retzius: Thanks for posting the interview but I have to ask why the questions we all want to know were not asked...

Mirrorless? DX primes? Future of the DSLR? Response to Canon's M5? Why haven't they embraced the touchscreen?

@samfan - we do our best to ask the questions, we just tend not to report the non-answers. We also have a fair number of off-the-record conversations about the things we've criticised in reviews, suggesting that firmware updates won't be interpreted as a sign that the original version was wrong and suggesting that lens roadmaps build confidence in developing systems.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 22:55 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Game Boy Camera (70 comments in total)
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Greg VdB: Ha, first time I hear about the Game Boy Camera!! (at the age of 18, I guess I had outgrown the platform by then) Looks pretty crappy at any rate, but I can imagine the joy it brought to the kids of that time. After all, I remember the unadulterated fun me and my siblings had when our first PC came with the sublime piece of software called "Paint"!

Btw, as you powered up that good old gaming buddy, did you perhaps have a little Tetris battle around dpreview HQ? ;-)

Henrik Herranen - DPaint, that brings back memories. I had to buy a 512K expansion board for my A500+ because my animations were so big.

I remember Photogenics, a few years later as being revelatory.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 22:44 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Game Boy Camera (70 comments in total)
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Edgar_in_Indy: Where's the sample images gallery?

That sounds somewhat anachronistic.

Is this an original accessory or a home-workshop special?

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 18:13 UTC
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Retzius: Thanks for posting the interview but I have to ask why the questions we all want to know were not asked...

Mirrorless? DX primes? Future of the DSLR? Response to Canon's M5? Why haven't they embraced the touchscreen?

No companies intentionally answer questions about future plans. Very few will engage with questions that acknowledge a shortcoming on their part.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 17:51 UTC
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Retzius: So I guess no DX primes then...

If they mimicked the handling or operation of DSLRs and there was a decent amount of mid- to high-speed glass, I'd be right with you.

The vast majority of photographers don't have full frame **and** APS-C systems in parallel. An awful lot of photographers also have budget constraints (I know I do). So if, as an APS-C shooter, I just buy lenses in focal lengths for a camera I don't have, it's better for the manufacturer than for me.

The lenses not quite behaving the way I want them to (an 85 and an effective 135 are very different, a 75mm equiv is neither one thing nor another...) is likely to make me feel pushed into full frame and pushed into staying in-system. So it's arguably a marketing benefit for Nikon not to make DX primes in useful focal lengths (a fast 85 equiv, a 24mm equiv, etc).

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 17:49 UTC
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HSway: That’s first time I see the purpose for V cameras explained: It’s for professionals who need to do a quick job with a telephoto without lugging a lot of gear.

Amateurs/enthusiasts sometimes don’t like the professional gear (mostly because it’s expensive or heavy) so the V could fit this category possibly for its reasons. That would then explain the limited market for the V and why Nikon may not be that concerned by this fact. OTOH, if the ambition was anything more, then the V line cameras would certainly struggle among the competition.

alexne - I probably didn't make my point fully enough. I'd totally accept the idea that, for some photographers, the D500 *is* effectively a back of F mount lenses with a 1.5x TC built-in (though it clearly also works as a camera in its own right for people who don't have a D5).

What I'm saying is that I don't see the D3400 that way.

The V cameras don't feel fully developed as stand-alone enthusiast cameras (and the lack of mid- to high-end 1 lenses reinforces that impression) but sure, as 2.72x TC 'second bodies' for sports shooters...

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 17:41 UTC
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Retzius: Thanks for posting the interview but I have to ask why the questions we all want to know were not asked...

Mirrorless? DX primes? Future of the DSLR? Response to Canon's M5? Why haven't they embraced the touchscreen?

nunatak - for the most part, I cut out the 'we can't answer that question' sections. The problem is that most of 'the questions DPReview members want answered most' are questions that they can't or won't answer.' It doesn't mean we don't try, just because you don't see them demur.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 17:35 UTC
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Jefftan: I never know any product that is not released after 1 year
can't trust this company just by this alone

The 1 inch sensor is not in short supply
If they want to cancel it they should do it

Jefftan - Looking back, the Sigma DP1 was announced in September 2006 but they didn't ship until February 2008, so long gestation periods are not unheard of. Also, to be totally fair, the DLs were only announced around eight months ago.

I believe 1" sensors *are* in somewhat short supply because production was interrupted and that caused something like a three month lag, during which time back-orders were building up for all the models that had actually entered production.

However, this doesn't appear to be the problem with the DLs. Nikon's statement, blaming 'serious issues with the integrated circuit for image processing' is as much as we know. It looks like the emphasis should have been on the word 'serious.' I'm sure they'd love to get them on the shelves if they could.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 17:31 UTC
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