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On article 2015 Roundup: Advanced Zoom Compacts (135 comments in total)

Or put it another way. Put a Sony M43 BSI 20MP sensor and processors into the LX100, add an ND filter and better VF, and I'll buy 20 of them to give/sell to my friends when they ask me which camera they should buy.

But for now, I pass.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 15, 2015 at 08:50 UTC as 11th comment
On article 2015 Roundup: Advanced Zoom Compacts (135 comments in total)

It's sad that in 2015 Canon insist on loading a near class-leading body with a class trailing sensor. I've not bought a Canon in years (5DMk2), guess I wait a few more.

The G1X2 is very capable under typical usage, but for me, the point of a camera like this (lens, sensor size, controls, features) is for when you have to take it places where larger equipment can't go. As such it will get pushed to extremes and a substandard sensor (banding and noise) will let you down after all the hard work was done.

I have similar thoughts about the Panasonic. M43 sensors reached their (imaging) Peak over 3 years ago with the OM-D but have been static since. I'd really hoped we would have seen a 20ish MP BSI (or better) M43 sensor by now.

I wouldn't put anyone off buying these cameras a their main camera, it's hard to find a bad camera these days and these all look excellent. But they all just fall a little short of ideal, suspiciously so, like the manufacturers are deliberately holding back.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 15, 2015 at 08:22 UTC as 12th comment
On article Hands-on with new Olympus PRO 8mm and 7-14mm lenses (286 comments in total)
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keepreal: Why did Olympus not produce an f/4 PRO lens and kept the size, weight and price down? Built to the same quality, I probably would have been able to dispense with my DSLR kit. Lenses this gargantuan or even bigger on MFT are a bad joke.

A few months ago I asked "Panasonic 7-14mm on Olympus - how good?" on the DPR forum for "Micro Four Thirds Talk" and was put off for a number of reasons. It is not quite good enough for my liking. I had been considering it with my Olympus E-PL3 plus the VF-4 viewfinder.

That was because I would have preferred to use it instead of my Nikon D300 and Sigma 12-24mm f4.5-5.6 EX DG. Since I bought that lens, I have used it almost all of the time. That should not surprise you, since most of my pictures are of landscapes, most shot near to or at 12mm.

See the more recent at, all but very few with this lens. Most people do not need large apertures or more than 12 megapixels, even for high quality very large size prints.

I know it's an old thread but just wanted to make a reply to this.

The Panasonic 7-14/4 is a really excellent lens and I doubt it really warrants the 'not quite good enough' label.

It does have one real issue on Olympus bodies, which is a nasty purple flare when the sun hits the front element at various angles. But there is a DIY fix for this that reduces the purple tint of the flare and makes it look closer to the type of flare you get with most wide lenses in any system.

The 7-14 is an absolute joy to shoot with, with aprox 15 of my top (favourite) 50 OM-D shots having been shot with this lens.

Dumping the larger SLR cameras for M43 is very liberating and the Panasonic 7-14 extols this ideal perfectly. 'Not quite good enough'? I'd say 'a lot better than you have been led to believe'.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 14, 2015 at 11:17 UTC
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Zvonimir Tosic: Interestingly, Pentax representative said that they have already experimented with sensor shift technology to achieve same goal as this, now advertised by Olympus (and Hassy in the past). But, Pentax admits, the result is a large size dataset, plenty of megapickles, but the quality of the picture does not improve.
So instead of delivering that — which obviously is not difficult — they would rather focus how to make native resolution even better.

Which is interesting, as it better sheds light on what Olympus really wants to achieve: a perception that their small cameras (which are indeed limited by sensor size and performance worse that others), are also competitors when it comes to large image sizes.

'Megapickles' my new favourite typo.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2015 at 05:37 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Review (499 comments in total)
In reply to:

aussiedean: Hi all my first post here on the forums and just to let you all know I have a very basic knowledge of Photography at this point and was just interested to see if anyone has come across a problem mentioned here:

In relation to the Carl Ziess logo? I have been looking into the camera and looking at purchasing until I saw this. Haven't seen anyone else mention it though which I find odd.

Why would this put you off. He identified a silly design oversight (when using filters) but's it's an easy fix now you know about the issue and so won't affect your photography at all.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 6, 2014 at 02:20 UTC
On article Integrating the Apple MacBook Air into a pro workflow (347 comments in total)

So there's a little bit of bitching from the PC community about an article praising an Apple product. It's all good.

Despite being a long term Apple user I welcome these comments, bitchy tho they may be. I think it's really cool their PCs stayed running long enough to write and post a whole comment. PCs have clearly come a long way.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2014 at 12:57 UTC as 30th comment | 6 replies

All I can say is you guys got it well wrong. A7 is a spectacular camera.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 28, 2013 at 15:29 UTC as 11th comment | 4 replies

Hold up, wasn't the 'Foldio' the name of a product created by one of the Teams on BBC's 'The Apprentice'? It was a folding chair or table or suchlike.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2013 at 15:22 UTC as 4th comment
On article Roger Cicala cynically re-defines photography (54 comments in total)

He missed: Fujian

Fujian - One who promotes mythical juxtapositions of intent and implementation.


It can't AF : It's for expert photographers only
It's slow to MF : It's for contemplative photographers only
It can't render fine detail : Those details weren't meant to be seen
AF fix held back two years to promote new model sales : Great customer service
Defective aperture blades : Great customer service

(Examples sourced courtesy of DPR's Fujifilm X System forum)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2013 at 01:55 UTC as 26th comment | 2 replies
On article Adobe expands Photoshop and Lightroom offer (628 comments in total)

The problem with subscription pricing is it exploits people whose circumstances change, essentially requiring an action on users part to stop paying.

When mother-in-law had her second stroke and went into a care home, it took me months to get her Sky TV subscription service cancelled (their bureaucracy), during which time they carried on collecting the subscriptions.

Or my Safari books online subscription. When I got my iPad, I used SBO less and less and eventually a year had gone by without me actually using it. $200 for nothing. Yes, it was my 'fault' but the model exploits it for financial gain.

All Adobe have to do to get me on board is to make it fair (and secure). The software has to dial home to check for entitlement/updates, so they know when you're still using it.

If they made it their policy to only bill for the months you actually use the software, this would set a precedent for treating customers with respect, not exploiting their circumstances.

I'd sign up tomorrow.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2013 at 00:47 UTC as 101st comment | 1 reply
On Connect post Google working on RAW imaging for Android (84 comments in total)
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npires: Can already decode RAW files taken with my Sony NEX-5 on Android using an app called Photo-Mate. Have a look.

EDIT: Whoops I see it's already been mentioned.

That app is for images taken with raw capable cameras.

This story is about making Android phone cameras raw capable. Either the built in camera, or a clip on like the Sony QX

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2013 at 07:06 UTC
On article Canon Korea teases new camera, EOS M2 or SL1/100D? (257 comments in total)
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Najinsky: I love it when DPR engages in the rumour mill. The one thing it tells us for certain is you don't have one yet, or it would likely be covered by your NDA.

Probably just a white SL1 for the Asian market.

Yes, a fair point, it is an official teaser, but what is that if not a device to get the rumour mill and its surrounding buzz started?

Most companies seem to engage in the rumour business at some level now, if not through teasers then through stage managed leaks, pre-announcements and semi-exclusive interviews.

And I didn't call it a rumour, I said you were engaging in the rumour mill, you folks need to learn to read before you post ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2013 at 09:06 UTC
On article Canon Korea teases new camera, EOS M2 or SL1/100D? (257 comments in total)

I love it when DPR engages in the rumour mill. The one thing it tells us for certain is you don't have one yet, or it would likely be covered by your NDA.

Probably just a white SL1 for the Asian market.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 10, 2013 at 00:13 UTC as 87th comment | 6 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Review (606 comments in total)

Remember Guys, the scores and awards are just DPR's own take on how it all comes together.

The real gem in these reviews is the effort DPR put into making it, and time spent documenting it in all those pages before the conclusions.

I remember the Ricoh GXR review, where it got a shockingly low score (bad DPR)

I had the GXR/A33 APS-C and it was fantastic. Great IQ, a belter of a lens, superb ergonomics with the twin control dial and grip. It was a great camera hidden inside an unusual and for some, flawed, concept.

The conclusions and scores were as much a reflection of DPR's take on the concept and what they chose to treat as its peers. But behind the scores it was all still there, in the detail of the review. Great IQ, great ergonomics and so on.

And so it is with this GX7 (which has hardly been given a bad score).

There's plenty in the review to help you reach your own conclusions. So just be happy all this work has been done for you, look at the detail and take what you need.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2013 at 06:26 UTC as 188th comment
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SergeyMS: I am very impressed by RX1R and RX100II, but consider QX, RX10, and new A7 as a mistake of Sony.

The biggest issue with the RX100 was the quality of the lens. It really didn't do the great sensor any favours at many focal lengths.

RX10 is a dream combination of sensor and lens.

I know ex R1 users wanted APS-C, but the lens would be just too big and/or limited for a fixed lens camera.

If the operation isn't compromised, I think the RX10 will be pure Gold.

Very few people will see the difference between an APS-C with kit lenses and the 1" sensor, and given the superb lens, most of the time that difference will actually be in the RX10's favour.

It's destined to become my family camera for all those the occasions I don't want the inconvenience of interchangeable lenses

"I'll be with you in a minute dear, just changing lenses again"

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 13:53 UTC

Sony and Software, a marriage made in hell. Opening up the API may yet prove to be the smartest thing they ever did.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 13:30 UTC as 32nd comment | 2 replies
On photo DSC00020 in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (7 comments in total)

Shutter speed too low, or shutter shock?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2013 at 12:21 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On a photo in the Sony Alpha 7 samples gallery sample gallery (7 comments in total)

Shutter speed too low, or shutter shock?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2013 at 12:21 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply

Is anything actually being painted here?

When I paint with light, I paint an object. So the object is in the scene, and during the long exposure I paint it with light from a flashlight. The object being painted is in the scene, the flashlight isn't.

But here it looks like the flashlight itself is the subject. I'm guessing he wore a dark outfit, went into the scene, drew the shapes in the air and then left the scene.

The mind boggles at how much effort this must have taken. Bet he got a lot of out-takes too!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2013 at 18:35 UTC as 35th comment | 1 reply
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Tandua: I use Aperture, I like it...but:

No Automatic Lens Barrel/Distorsion/Aberration control...yet

LR yes
Dxo Yes
Capture Yes

...only aperture doesn't have.

Is it possible deactive face detection process, it spends 100% (8 cpu processor)?

No layer..(always must export to tiff format for applied a filter)

I hope to see Aperture 5.0 in the future

Faces - Goto Preferences.General.Enable Faces select/deselect

Lens corrections - Aperture does this automatically when correction data is supplied in the raw by the cameras. Eg: M4/3, Sony RX100, many premium compacts. The practice seems to be very slowly being adopted by others too. Certainly beats all the manual testing DXO, Adobe, etc have to do to build profiles. Perhaps one day all raws will carry the correction parameters and manual profiles will be a thing of the past. If Apple sees it the same way, I doubt they'll spend time investing in the past.

Shared Layers - would require enormous cooperation between the app makers (Apple, Adobe, DXO, etc) and the filter makers. No app currently does this. If you build it they will come?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2013 at 08:36 UTC
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