JoEick: I want to know which of these 2 things are most true:
A. DPR allows paid advertisements loosely disguised as articles.
B. DPR staff can't find better or more variety of photographers for these "behind the shot" segments.
Erez is a good photographer, but still has a very long way to go to match the skills of even many amateur photographers. DPR has good writers too. But these articles have no place on the front page without some disclaimers about why they are there.
It's obvious to only a small fraction of us readers who can clearly see this, so maybe I just answered my own question. :)
I really am not following your comment about paid advertisements for a few reasons:
A. Surely you wouldn't expect a freelance photographer like Erez to be capable of spending the amount of money required to advertise his business on a site as large as DPReview, where pretty much the only advertisements are from major electronics companies?
B. Paid advertisements are just that, advertisements. This is an editorial piece about photographic workflow published to our homepage. How this could be seen as an advertorial, and what for, is beyond me, but taking a step back, we don't and never would, do advertorial on DPReview, it doesn't make sense for our brand or editorial approach.
Other than that, I think SmilerGrogan pretty much covered the thought process behind working with a writer like Erez.
Brian OReilly: Guys
Enjoyed the Review/PreviewBut one item I found curious.This is a commercial web site, reviewing a named product.So, why, in the interview at the end was there a most distracting piece of black tape over the logo of the laptop (A MacBook I presume) used to present the images?
Legally, we really shouldn't have any brand names in these videos unless we have consent from said brands. Just the nature of making videos in the U.S.
Rasskot: Pros and No cons. I'm glad I live in an age when the perfect camera is invented:) this website site used to mean something to me:( I really am sad. I used to know each review by heart(that is the reason why i bought 550D). Now I barely bring myself to read them and then go somewhere else on internet.. I still do read it, but it is not the same...
Our reviews contain the same analysis as they always have. This was an experiential shooting video with the goal of highlighting how an actual pro uses the gear, not a review, technical or otherwise.
mpgxsvcd: I would love to see this type of video done with a Panasonic GH4. People would be surprised at how close Micro Four Thirds has gotten to Canon's A-PSC offerings.
We will be doing more of these videos in the next two months with additional cameras, stay tuned!
maxnimo: I wonder what camera the director used to shoot the whole video... it was most impressive, with perfect lighting and exposure, especially the indoor scenes.
It was a mixture of 7DMKII and C300
Marathonianbull: I enjoyed (and trusted) this farmed-out review format, DPReview; please, keep it that way!
Half of the piece is written by a DPReview camera tester, FYI. Not completely "farmed out". ;)
DonnCath: Thanks for the kind comments, folks.
I'll just say that my personal fave is number 15. The hands in the bottom left corner...seriously wonderful, Gerald.
We're working on an expanded view with higher resolution, thanks for the feedback!
ThomasSwitzerland: Ken Rockwell has just published snapshots on the D750 with the 20mm f/1.8.
To me this represents outstanding journalistic quality in time and precision. Why cannot the so much larger <dpreview> deliver?
I'm interested in learning about your definition of outstanding journalistic quality in time and precision as it pertains to 5 snapshots of skyscrapers taken at 1/20th of a second. Can you elaborate?
(unknown member): Sorry to say, but I'm not convinced and actually I don’t see much value anymore in the reviews. This is mainly caused by the way the comparisons are made. DXO has a bit more value for me, the lenses are tested in combination with the body.
And don’t misunderstand me, I like the Sony camera’s a lot!
First of all I don't see any example pictures with tele-lens. 70mm is max or do I miss something? The Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm F4 ZA OSS is BTW one of the better lenses. It is difficult to compare this configuration with the bad-commented Olympus E-P5 configuration with less qualitative good lenses and then draw conclusions. Try the E-P5 with the new Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm 1:2.8 PRO!And... in picture DSC00032-ISO100 it looks that the so called ‘shutter shock’ issue also pops-up in the Sony cameras. There are plenty other pictures online shot with longer lenses that have the same effects. But I don’t read anything in the review about this effect?
Here's the link to our scoring system overview: http://www.dpreview.com/articles/4416254604/camera-scores-ratings-explained
xpanded: But how do I get the white background?
Once you reach 1,000,000 notifications the site magically will turn white.
Thomas Traub: what do dpreview think ist "free" if you have to purchase for download?
The course is free today and tomorrow, and costs money to watch after it is completed/archived.
InTheMist: Steve Huff's review is up. I find his review is closer to my own reaction to the Dƒ.
"I can have any DSLR or camera that I want and for me, the Df wins it. If I designed a DSLR for my own use it would be 75% Df and 0% Canon 5D. Enough said."
I think you missed the sarcasm. :)
Bamboojled: Some of the comments in the review are interesting, especially the focusing comments in low light, as I find the focusing on the Df to be as quick and as accurate as my D800.
I wonder if this is going to be scrutinized as much in the A7/r review as it was on the Df review.
"DPR form's an early opinion"
This is part of doing a first impressions preview. You have to share your thoughts on the camera at that point in time. But the idea that after sitting in a studio testing the gear hours on end, going out for photowalk after photowalk, testing specific features, weeks on end, that a reviewer and his/her supporting team are not able to form an informed stance on the gear? I'm not following the logic.
Timmbits: A bit ironic that SONY has such poor videoconferencing equipment for the video link (for Marc who couldn't be there).
This is actually the result of us using Skype to conference in our guests, nothing they can do to improve the quality.
TLD: For goodness sake lift your heads up and talk to the camera!!!
It's hard when you have so much gear in front of you! ;)
tom1234567: Hi all Your doing a great job, as I live in the U.K. what's the best time to tune in liveand watch from the beginning.Will you be recording the live view so we can catch up on what we missCheersTom G
Hi Tom, we're about to start the 3rd segment in 15 minutes, 1:15 PST, which will run for 90 minutes roughly. We will then begin a re-broadcast of the entire show immediately after.
BrianSA: This was pretty awful. I stood about half a minute of the rubbish presentation. The video is disjointed, stopping after about 5 seconds and waiting for the download to catch up. This happened every 5 seconds, so made it almost impossible to watch. Pausing it, unlike professionally run video sites, did not allow the whole video to down load in order that I could watch it seamlessly.
Completely pointless. Even the little I was able to see seemed to be aimed at 9 year olds.
Brian, we're sorry the streaming wasn't working too well for you. That's one of the pain points of streaming video, it is difficult for us to control the quality for all our viewers. Thanks for giving it a shot and for the feedback.
Timmbits: I'm just curious as to why you guys blatantly refuse to talk about Samsung. Your owners Amazon sell the line. They have some nice value models in MILC. For example, the NX20 competes with the other MILC, offers better resolution than most models (just not Sony nex7), and they have some very nice lenses! I'm just totally in love with the new 45mm f1.8They have their faults, of course. But in terms of bang for the buck... last year I paid $400 for an NX20 (body). Compare that with the $800-$1500 for other MILC cameras with as much controls, tilt screen, viewfinder (and most often 16mp instead of 20mp).
PS: mind you, in all fairness, I get it, that you can't cover every camera. but you did include samples from every manufacturer except that one.
We definitely are not avoiding Samsung, we've even invited them today to be a part of our panel discussion so stay tuned in! I think the reality is that there is a crowded and competitive market and not every camera gets the spotlight.
JohnEwing: Good luck indeed.
But folk who visit DP Review are generally quite knowledgeable about photography, so do we really need to have all that elementary stuff in "Product roundups..." explained? I watched for two minutes then went elsewhere.
We'll be working our way up through the classes and experience levels, but we do have to speak to the products and technology in a manner that doesn't assume too much about the viewer's familiarity with the gear. Either way, thanks for the feedback John!
Corkcampbell: Does anyone know when this will be rebroadcast? I am in Seoul and won't be able to see it at 2:00 AM, although will give a try. Creative Live usually rebroadcasts directly after the live event same day, but I would also miss that. Will it be broadcast a third or more times?
I checked Creative's website but couldn't find the info.
Thanks for any help; really looking forward to this and also really support the idea.
We are going to begin a re-broadcast immediately after the first broadcast finishes. It may run long or short, but we're aiming for 3:00 PM PST.