Articles tagged "opinion"

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HDR is enabled by default on the iPhone 8 Plus, and that's a really good thing

Apple's HDR effect in the iPhone 8 Plus is on by default and more aggressive than in previous generations. It's also good enough to convince DPR contributor Jeff Carlson to leave it on all the time.

The Yashica digiFilm Y35 exemplifies everything wrong with retro styling

Yashica recently released the digiFilm Y35: a camera that tries to simulate the "experience" of shooting film... and it's just the worst.

DJI is now a camera company, and we should probably pay attention

This week in Hollywood, DJI introduced its new Zenmuse X7 camera, a Super 35 format cinema camera of its own design that can also capture 24MP still images in APS-C format. Is it time to start thinking of DJI as a camera company?

The 7 Commandments of Great Photo Walks

Seven simple rules to make sure you get the most out of your next photography outing.

An open letter to Canon: What happened to your innovation?

"Dear Canon [...] since the launch of the Canon 5DMK2 way back in March 2008 it has been extremely hard to be genuinely excited about any new cameras you have released."

There's no right way to be a photographer, and no right way to shoot (or not shoot) an eclipse

DPR staffers enjoy photography in different ways, so it's no surprise that we took different approaches to photographing the eclipse. For us, it was a welcome reminder to enjoy photography how each of us enjoys it best.

Don't buy another lens, buy a flash instead

The days where you're more or less locked into premium or first-party flash units has gone. They're less than $50 now, so there's one less excuse not to get one. Here's our case for adding one to your kit, and a few pointers to get you going.

Smartphones killed the compact and now they're coming for entry-level ILCs

We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but here it is: the $500 interchangeable lens camera is about to go the way of the $200 compact.

Why you should consider adding a drone to your photography toolkit

Have you thought about adding a drone to your collection of cameras? Photographer Reza Malayeri thinks that you should probably consider it, and that if you're a pro, it may even be necessary to remain competitive.

Unsplash is (still) bad for photography

PhotoShelter's Allen Murabayashi responds to Mikael Cho's controversial defense of his company Unsplash in an unflinching look at why Unsplash is [still] bad for photography and photographers.

Marketing isn't a dirty word (but camera companies are not your friends)

Camera makers' product decisions are regularly criticized and second-guessed, but some of this angst stems from a misunderstanding of the role marketing plays. Camera companies want your money, but they're rarely stupid or malicious, argues Richard Butler.

Opinion: The future of photography and the value of a free photo

Unsplash founder Mikael Cho responds to the criticism that his creation devalues photography, and shares his thoughts on the future of photography and the true value of a photograph that's given away for free.

I made a book of pictures of my cat, and I think it's going to make me a better photographer

As with any creative pursuit, sometimes you find your photography stalled. And sometimes making a book of your cat photos is just the thing to get inspiration flowing again.

Outraged about photo theft? Register your damn copyright!

Outraged about the latest photo theft scandal? Great. PhotoShelter founder Allen Murabayashi suggests you put that frustration to good use and register your damn copyright.

Advice for photography workshop and conference organizers

"There is a lot of nonsense going on in the workshop world, and it needs to stop."

What makes a great photo: Wise words from a veteran photographer

Photography veteran Charlie Howse shares nuggets of wisdom and insight from decades of teaching and practicing photography. His subject: What makes a great photograph.

Why I swapped my 'pro' DSLR for the cheapest one out there

Photographer Ion Paciu was sick of workshop students commenting on how great his gear was... so he got rid of it. He swapped his 5D Mark III for a lowly SL1 and couple of kit lenses.

Travel photography and the journey towards a new review style

A recent vacation gave Richard a chance to think about the needs of travel photography – and how our reviews might recognize the perfect travel camera.

Opinion: 6 reasons why VR isn’t ready to succeed, and 1 reason why it will

Virtual reality has the potential to redefine the way we interact with digital imagery, but has struggled to gain traction with consumers. Why hasn't it succeeded, and what will it take to catch on?

Steve Huff: 'Why I love my Micro Four Thirds System'

An honest defense of the system's merits, with photos as proof.

Maintaining a legacy or building for mirrorless, who benefits?

Rumors abound that Canon (and maybe Nikon) may produce a mirrorless camera based using their existing DSLR mount. Does this guarantee immediate great lens choice or a perpetually second-rate experience?

Can you build a cheaper X100 with a mirrorless body and pancake lens?

Everyone loves a big sensor compact with a prime lens. But can you put together a better combination with a cheap-ish mirrorless camera and a pancake prime? Read more

Film vs. digital: Can't we all just get along?

Which is better - film or digital? It's a question that won't go away, and thanks to the recent surge in popularity of film, it's an argument that we might be having forever. Film fan and blogger Hamish Gill has had enough.

UPDATED: Sony a9 offers powerful pro-level customization

The new Sony a9 not only offers powerful technical capability, but also carefully thought out ergonomic improvements. We've updated the story with a deeper dive into Memory Recall abilities. Read more

Opinion: Shooting DNG on the Sigma sd Quattro H is a game changer

The Sigma sd Quattro H offers a little update that makes a big impact: the ability to shoot DNG Raws. If Sigma wants to bring Foveon tech to the mass market, then this was definitely a step in the right direction. Read more

Ask the staff: Pick one focal length or lens to rule them all

If you could only shoot with one specific lens or focal length for the rest of your life, what would you choose? The staff of DPR sounds off. Read on

Opinion: Thinking about buying medium format? Read this first

Recent medium format digital announcement has turned a lot of heads, and for good reason. However, some of us are less excited than others. Technical Editor Rishi Sanyal explains why he's not quite convinced. Read more

Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder?

Few features of digital cameras are as polarizing as the viewfinder type. Do you prefer an electronic or optical one? We've polled ourselves, so jump on in and let us know why we're each wrong (or, for a nice surprise, let us know why we're right). Read more

Opinion: Nikon's 'back to basics' approach is a no-brainer

In its first public statement to the Japanese press since the DL-line cancellation, Nikon states that it will be focusing on medium-and-high end DSLR cameras, lenses and mirrorless cameras. To that, we say: it's about darn time. Read more 

Dear Nikon: Please let us keep the 20mm F1.8G, Love, Dan

There’s no such thing as a perfect lens, but a lens can certainly be the right tool for a specific job. DPReview's Dan Bracaglia found that in the Nikkor 20mm F1.8G. Read more

This image is why the world needs professional photographers

The world needs professional photojournalists now more than ever. Please note, the image that follows is graphic in nature. Read more

Photokina 2016 highlights: What we saw (and what we didn't)

We're taking a look back at Photokina 2016 and reflecting on what came out of the show – and whether we saw everything we really, really wanted. Read more

Opinion: The EOS M5 is Canon's best ever mirrorless camera, and a big disappointment

The EOS M5 represents Canon's most serious move into the mirrorless interchangeable lens camera market yet, but why is Barney feeling so let down? Read more

Opinion: Park vandals need to be stopped

It seems like only yesterday that a film crew walking across the Grand Prismatic Hot Springs was all over the media. With recent news of vandalism on the Oregon coast, landscape photographer Chris Williams has had enough. Read More

Design, looks and desire: Olympus does it again

You really can't tell whether a camera is any good just by looking at it, and most professionals won't base a buying decision on a camera's looks. So why have companies like Olympus and Fujifilm gone to great lengths to create such undeniably attractive cameras? The new Olympus PEN-F got DPR senior contributing writer Damien Demolder musing about the looks of cameras and the role they play in our photography. Read more

All cameras are great, but that doesn't make choosing one any easier

It's often said all modern cameras are good, and it's true. But it's also close to meaningless. It seems to imply that it doesn't matter which camera you buy, yet that's as far from the truth today as it's ever been. DPReview writer Richard Butler feels quite strongly about this. Read more

Opinion: Pour one out for Samsung cameras

DPReview attended the Samsung 2016 press conference at CES today in Las Vegas but among all the talk of smart devices and Internet-connected fridges, one specific consumer product category was not even mentioned: digital cameras. Staff writer Dan Bracaglia wonders what it all means. Read on

DPReview Gear of the Year Part 1: Dan's choice - Nikon D750

Kicking off our 2015 series of articles highlighting some staff favorites of the past year, DPR editor Dan Bracaglia writes about his experience with the Nikon D750. But this is less a story about his favorite piece of gear from the last 365 days, and more about a photographer and system owner holding out several years for the perfect camera. Read more

What's missing? Ming Thein on the state of mirrorless

Commercial Photographer and camera blogger Ming Thein has shot with almost as many mirrorless cameras as we have, and has put together a list of all the things they get wrong or, at least, all the things he thinks they should all do. It's a fairly comprehensive list that we very much agree with. Thein echoes a lot of our own concerns about camera handling, behavior and operation, as he works through camera design point-by-point. Read more

Can the iPad Pro be a serious editing tool for imaging professionals?

Apple's new iPad Pro comes with powerful hardware, but is it enough to entice professional-level image editors?

The new Canon 35mm F1.4L II will be a thing of beauty

Canon recently announced an update to the wildly popular 35mm F1.4L lens, originally released in 1998 and undoubtedly designed back in the day for film. The original was always a favorite of our technical editor Rishi Sanyal, so join him as he takes a stroll down memory lane and recounts his favorite aspects of that lens, and what he looks forward to in the update. Read more

Opinion - Erez Marom: Whatever it Doesn't Take

One of the common ways landscape photographers seek to set themselves apart from others is to shoot from hard-to-reach locations. The notion that a 'good' photographer is one that pushes his or her physical boundaries - hikes farther, climbs higher, endures pain - all to get a unique shot. In this opinion piece, photographer Erez Marom calls this idea into question. Read more

Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible?

The Sony a7R II is the company's newest addition to the popular full-frame mirrorless line, and caused quite a stir with its introduction earlier this month. In this opinion piece technical editor Rishi Sanyal explains exactly why he thinks this camera is potentially groundbreaking in many ways. Read more

Opinion: The future of DSLR or: how I learned to stop worrying and love the ILC

Despite some sales growth, mirrorless isn't taking over photography. Equally, DSLRs aren't flying off the shelves the way they used to. But if you've found yourself arguing about whether mirrorless is the future, you've probably been addressing the wrong question. DPReview's Richard Butler argues that convergence is coming and that it's not the mirrors that matter. Read more

Editorial: Why I want a Leica Q (in which I mostly don't talk about the Leica Q)

The Leica Q offers classic M-series styling in combination with a thoroughly modern feature set including a full-frame 24MP sensor and a 28mm F1.7 lens. After a bruising experience with previous digital Leicas, DPReview's Editor Barnaby Britton has been very impressed by the Q. Click through to read why

Opinion: Is the M Monochrom Typ 246 an anachronism or a modern marvel?

Before the popularization of color film, most cameras shot exclusively in black and white. Leica's M Monochrom (Typ 246) and its predecessor, the M Monochrom, are remarkable not only because they shoot in black and white, but because they offer no option for recording in color. Is the black-and-white-only digital camera a radical concept, or a costly novelty? We ponder its existence. Read more

Winds of Change: Shooting changing landscapes

There are more people taking pictures now than ever before, and as a consequence, some of the world's most beautiful views have been photographed to death. In this article, nature and landscape photographer Erez Marom explains the value of shooting 'changing' landscapes, which offer different perspectives every time you visit - or even from day to day, or minute to minute. Click through to read his article

Opinion: Can an Aperture user be happy with Apple's new 'Photos' software?

One of the most talked about subjects for photographers using Macs to process and archive their photos is the loss of Apple Aperture and its replacement, simply known as Photos. This new software strongly resembles the iOS software of the same name and while it still offers some of the features from the enthusiast-grade Aperture, quite a few things are missing. Learn more about Photos - both what it offers and doesn't - in this opinion piece from senior writer Jeff Keller. Read more

Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal

Today Canon released the XC10, a camera that for all practical purposes is equal part a stills and a video camera. It promises to deliver not only both types of media, but an appropriate user experience for either type of shooting. It may be the first true 'convergence' camera. Learn more about this camera and why it's a significant milestone of technology. Read more

Opinion: Canon EOS 750D and 760D

In the new EOS Digital Rebel T6s and T6i (EOS 760D and EOS 750D in Europe) Canon has produced beginner and enthusiast versions of what is essentially the same camera. Is this really necessary, why has the company done it and who will notice the difference? Damien Demolder gives his opinion. Read more

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