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 Blackmagic Video Assist 4K review (24 comments in total)
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knoxphoto: For what the device is, and for the reduced price it's selling at, it's a good buy. I would choose the Atomos over it any day of the week VS the BMVA4K at it's full retail price. I've been using a BMVA4K for a month, it can feel like you are testing a product that's not completely finished, it has some quirks, it will occasionally baffle you... but it records beautiful video in 10-bit Pro Res onto "cheap" SD cards via your camera's HDMI out line.

The short life of the batteries is annoying, but not a deal breaker, I got 8 generic LP-E6 batteries for under $100 and they work fine, I keep the chargers going during filming. The 2 biggest annoyances to me are the (1) battery life indicator, which is a guess not a exact estimate (it changes based on your settings while shooting). (2) The image quality seems to be contingent on the cleanness of the HDMI line out, I got different IQ results from different cameras I tried, some good - some bad.

I recommend getting the Smallrig cage for it!

That's a useful perspective, thank you.

Sadly it looks to me like the Blackmagic Design summer sale has already ended (or, at least, I couldn't find the reduced price being offered anywhere). Hard to see it as a $900 device once you've seen it sold for significantly less.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2017 at 17:18 UTC
On article Blackmagic Video Assist 4K review (24 comments in total)
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Savannah0986: "nor can it shoot the wider-screen DCI flavor of 4K"
Can it actually "shoot" anything? It's not a camera, now is it?

Quite right. Sorry about that.

You can't shoot DCI 4K while using it but, as you say, it can't shoot anything.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2017 at 17:16 UTC
On article Fujifilm GF 110mm F2 sample gallery (153 comments in total)
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pictureAngst: So given APS-C and smaller format reviews typically include 'equivalent depth of field' in relation to FF (e.g APS-C f2.0 = FF f2.8, etc.) is this MF f2.0 lens equivalent to FF f1.4...?

(I'm not talking about light gathering and exposure, just DOF).

The crop factor for this camera is 0.79x, so this lens is equivalent to an 87mm F1.6, in terms of DOF **and** total light gathering (though, as you say, not exposure).

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2017 at 17:03 UTC
On article Leica TL2 first impressions (369 comments in total)
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solarider: Mike Johnston over at TOP says the TL2 is a copy of the Japanese NEX 7. Hows that for turnabout?

That's an, er, interesting assessment.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2017 at 17:17 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2732 comments in total)
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Average User: I am getting really confused. Maybe you can help by explaining Sony's thinking in leaving out S log 2 and S log 3 and related features. They do have it in the A6500. Especially ironic because now Canon has decided to include their version of it in the 5D Mk4, whereas, not before.

That's something we absolutely can't explain. As you say, they offer it across much of the rest of their range, yet not on the a9.

I guess it'll be interesting to see whether a9 remains alone as a flagship model (per a900 and a99) or whether it does get a more video-focused a9S sister.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2017 at 17:09 UTC
On article Ten things we're hoping for from the Nikon D850 (478 comments in total)
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ChrisDM: You didnt mention the number one thing on my wish list: Built in SB-5000 transmitter/control. You have to attach a separate controller module to the D5 and D500 cameras because of the fact that Nikon did not build a transmitter into the SB-5000 itself. Every other brand of major (and minor) radio controlled speedlights on the market have built in transcievers, so it is very frustrating that the SB-5000 doesnt. This would be forgiven if one was built into the D850.

We did discuss that as a possibility and agree it'd be nice. I guess it's a question of what proportion of owners Nikon think will use flash: is it enough to make all users have to pay for the feature or are they better-off selling an accessory to those who need it?

It'll be interesting to see.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2017 at 15:19 UTC
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Village9991: what if this kind of test is not correct? Sensors have more information in the highlight are than in the dark one so you can get better (much better) images DARKENING digital images instead of LIGHTENING. so exposing to the right let you obtaing much better images. It would be interesting (for me instead) this kind of test.

It looks a lot to me like your 'overexposed' image has only clipped white regions, so you won't notice if they're unrecoverable. Everything else in the scene is within the camera's dynamic range and is cleaner because you've given it more light.

From what you've presented, that doesn't demonstrate anything about highlight DR. All you appear to have shown is that you get optimal noise performance by exposing to the right.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 17:23 UTC
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Cswitch: Maybe 5DIV sales are not as high as expected ...
To cripple the 6D II sensorwise might be a way to "convince" potential buyers to purchase the (outside US too expensive) 5DIV

Given the decision over the chip would have been made long before the 5D IV hit the market, it's fairly safe to say that, whatever Canon's thinking was on this, it has nothing to do with 5D IV sales.

I also think it's supremely unlikely that Canon chose this chip with the aim of *limiting* DR: it's far more likely they decided to iterate on an existing design, concluding that people had seemed happy with it, previously.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 00:38 UTC
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Robemo: Can DPR please give the RAW file of the beach scene?

I'm really sorry about that. Looks like I missed the 'http://' off the beginning of the link. It should now be fixed.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 00:33 UTC
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Mais78: wow, I sold my 6D to upgrade but the Mk II seems even worse in the noise department. I regret selling.

It's true, you can add more noise reduction and hide the issue.

Bill's data is taken from different images than the ones we present and, so far as I know, are processed using different software. His findings our consistent with what we're seeing.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 00:26 UTC
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AwkwardSwine: In Seattle you can see Dunkirk in full 70mm at the Cinerama. In fact they have a full roster of classic 70mm films playing this summer.

AwkwardSwine - I think you're both describing the same thing. The second image down in the infographic *is* 70mm, which means it's cropped, relative to the 1.43:1 ratio it was shot in.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2017 at 01:47 UTC
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Robemo: Can DPR please give the RAW file of the beach scene?

I've added a link in the caption.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 22:51 UTC
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graybalanced: The article says the decision to shoot with film has "had unexpected benefits" but when I followed the link, the "unexpected benefits" seemed to be the ability to save the sunken film from the sea through an old technique of keeping it wet until developed.

In the link Christopher Nolan said "Try doing that with a digital camera!" But DPReview has published numerous accounts of digital camera cards being retrieved from various bodies of water with the images intact, some submerged for many months, without having to resort to any workarounds whatsoever, so the way the film had to be babied just to get it to survive doesn't seem like a "benefit."

What it sounds like was Nolan was happy about being able to save film with a clever workaround, without recognizing that the problem probably wouldn't have been a problem at all, if the footage had been shot on a digital camera card.

I'm not anti-film...just sayin'

Those SD card stories crossed my mind. Not sure the same is true for SSDs.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 20:59 UTC
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keeponkeepingon: So I look a the images at 0 EV 100 ISO and I notice that the 6DII has the sharpest, best looking rendering of the D750/80D/6D both in the center but especially in the corners.

My first thought isn't. Wow the 6DII is rocking the studio sample it's " wow Another useless dpreview apples and oranges comparison."

I'll voice dpreviews/fanboys reply for them: "Say what? It's a CONTROLLED studio test you idiot!!!!"

Here's the thing, in case anyone else has failed to point out the the dpreview studio test has no clothes:

D750 lens: 50mm F1.4 (T stop F1.4)
80D lens: 50mm F1.4 (T Stop F1.6)
6DII lens: 85mm F1.8 (T Stop F2.1)

Gosh even on the same platform you can't use the same lens? And even with the same size sensor you can't use the focal length?

At least for the 6D/6DII the comparison the lens is the same but the lighting looks a bit different and for some reason the 6DII "info" mentions mirror lockup while the "info" on the 6D does not (was mirror lock up used for the 6D?).

We use 85mm lenses on FF and 50mm lenses on ASP-C, wherever possible. The D750 was shot with the 85mm F1.8, not the 50mm (it was a data entry error - I've checked back against the EXIF).

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 19:51 UTC
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Scorehound_ca: I recall not too long ago the Sony a9 had one of its tests redone because of an error by DPR staff. Again, we have all these comments based on one person's use and not real world shooting in real situations.

I think it would be best to wait until real world reviews come out from photographers using retail shipped cameras.

Well, two independently conducted tests (ours and Bill Claffs, based on different methodologies and processes) and real-world shooting of two production bodies by a series of reviewers.

That, significantly, give results that are wholly consistent with older Canon sensor designs.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 17:47 UTC
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PhotoUniverse: WOW. My Nikon D500 is better and it's a APS-C!

I know it's not everything for a camera, but still

I've not seen any explanation of any design or technique for achieving good high ISO performance that impinges on low ISO DR. As such, I'm not sure any such trade-off is being made.

(Actually, that's not quite true: the huge pixels of the a7S and S II mean that it doesn't have sufficient bit-depth to capture all its DR at base ISO, but that's a different issue).

There might be a trade-off between *speed* and low ISO DR. Or, just as likely, it may simply be that Nikon iterated on the design of the D4S chip, rather than risk moving across to the column ADC that it hasn't used in high-speed applications.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 17:32 UTC
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RaghavBaijal: ROFL...

You're more than welcome. We provide the information and the files precisely because we can't second-guess everybody's needs and use-cases.

If this lets you achieve what you want to do (and, as the gallery shows, the JPEG colour is rather attractive), then that's great.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 03:11 UTC
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RaghavBaijal: ROFL...

We don't put numbers on DR. Bill's number is something like 9.1, since I think using a >1 SNR threshold makes more sense.

If you're printing to 5 or 6 EV paper then yes, you'll have some flexibility in terms of what you include and what you clip to black but you'll still have several stops less than if you used most other modern cameras.

As I said in the article, you'll have more than the ~8.3EV that typical JPEG would include (though perhaps not much more than a JPEG with ALO turned on before your shadows started to get noisy). If that doesn't matter to you, that's great and it means you can start with Canon's rather pleasant JPEG colour. However, it's significantly behind what contemporary cameras produce and gives you less processing options than an 80D. That's newsworthy.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 00:00 UTC
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ThomasH_always: This is getting ridiculous: Every technical solution has levels of compromise, and in this case we are looking at, what: corrective settings of +3EV, +4EV? When in gods name do you need it? Only when you deal with a badly failed photograph, which has a great personal value to you (memories, special situation). Technical perfection irrelevant, content priceless.

This craze resembles indeed the Hi-Fi madness in the 80thies: We red brochures and made decisions based on 0.012% versus 0.013% noise ratio or signal distortion. We do the same with the cameras these days. (Thanks Thom Hogan for reminding us about that in his great article "Stop complaining".)

6D II will be a success, despite these extreme corner cases, in which someone else has a better sensor. I cannot remember having have done a +3EV correction even once, and I just turned in "45 years of taking pictures", since the Nikkormat's ruled the planet.

If your pictures need +3EV, +5EV correction, rethink your technique.

Again, the point isn't about pushing an image by 6EV or by the lesser amount in the sunset image. It's that, as soon as you start pulling shadows up (and there are many instances where you might want to), this camera will be noisier, not only than the competition but also than the EOS 80D, which it should comfortably outperform.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2017 at 23:44 UTC
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Frank_BR: It looks like DPR is making a mountain out of a molehill. The ultra-professional Nikon D5 which costs $ 6500 has dynamic range more or less equal to the Canon 6D Mark II for ISO below 1600. Check out here:,Nikon%20D520Mark%20II,Nikon%20D5

[This is not news to us](

We think Nikon reverted to one of its older (high speed) designs, which means its results slipped behind the column ADC chips it'd used elsewhere. We called that out, too.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2017 at 23:40 UTC
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