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On Fujifilm X-T1 Review preview (460 comments in total)

Is it just me that misreads the name of the Toshiba memory card as Excretia? Talk about a crappy name ;)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2014 at 21:54 UTC as 77th comment | 1 reply

Faster charging usually results in shorter battery lifespan. I how many times you can recharge at that rate before it can't be charged at all?

"Yay, it charged in 30s first time!" Works until flat.

"Excellent it charged in 30s again." Works until flat.

"What do you mean battery error?!" Never works again.

I was going to say perhaps I'm being too cynical, but I'm not sure that's possible ;)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 19:22 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
On Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II real-world gallery news story (130 comments in total)
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iae aa eia: In my opinion no brand beats Canon when it comes to natural color. They only need a Foveon-like sensor to complete the perfectness.

Would that be the Foveon with dismal high ISO performance, or the Foveon incapable of producing reds? ;)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2014 at 23:26 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II real-world gallery news story (130 comments in total)
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HaroldC3: That is a good range of samples there. I think ISO performance is okay. The church shot at ISO640 is again, okay. The shot under the arches shows good DR.

A little concerned with IMG0094 and the dust speck that is above-left of the tree. Not sure if that's on the lens or sensor.

The ISO8000 image I'm sure was done just for kicks but there is so much NR that it looks OOF.

I just wish there was a pancake lens with these specs for MILC cameras!

Not sure whether the spot on IMG0094 is a dust spot; could it be an insect near the camera? Most dust spots are black, whereas that is yellowish, which is unusual...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2014 at 23:24 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II real-world gallery news story (130 comments in total)
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photoguy622: Looks promising. I did detect a slightly soft top right corner in some photos, though.

It's also nice to see some old test subjects back.

Particularly the palm trees on the right hand side of IMG_0135? If so, I was wondering whether that was partly down to movement in the palm tree fronds? The grass looks marginally softer on the right hand side of that frame, but nowhere near as much as the palm trees.

I didn't see anything major wrong with the right hand side in any other shots.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2014 at 23:21 UTC

In other news, Sony also announced Europe falling off the face of the planet ;)

What about 50p?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2014 at 00:53 UTC as 70th comment | 3 replies
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (819 comments in total)

There's no way they should be allowed to get away with claiming that ISO409,600 is available, because the image is almost completely wiped out by the noise. I can't even work out that the banknote is a banknote, let alone work out what the value was.

Time for someone to implement a "usable ISO" range. Set a resolution target of (arbitrarily) let's say half the sensor's resolution at base ISO. Once that target is no longer met, that's the upper validated ISO value.

Obviously there's a risk that manufacturers will exploit that; hello tiny sensor 40MP superzoom cameras, I know we'll be looking at you. And your lack of any detail resolution. Or we will be soon... Obviously half nothing, is still nothing - so ISO 20million; coming soon ;)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2014 at 00:46 UTC as 67th comment | 2 replies
On A look inside Sigma's lens factory news story (89 comments in total)

Well I guess that explains the sample variation; hand cementing doublets was not something I was expecting to see!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2014 at 14:55 UTC as 36th comment | 2 replies

Why did they bury the new Macro Ring Lite announcement in here?!?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2014 at 00:06 UTC as 9th comment
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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rubank: The X-T1 studio scene shots look awful. Is there something wrong with the demosaicing? Or is this typical of the Fuji sensor...?

Unfortunately I'd say they're fairly typical of the X-Trans sensor.

The novel colour filter array means you get lovely B&W detail, and bold colours in larger areas. Small areas of colour get smudged out of existence though.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2014 at 00:40 UTC
On P1260175 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (4 comments in total)
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MJ Jones: At this focal and 200 ISO setting, it's disappointing to see so much pixel smudge on the full-size image.

Agreed; the NR (or AA filter?) looks very heavy handed.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2014 at 00:39 UTC
On P1260162 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (5 comments in total)
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oluv: wow, looks extremely soft, but i have no idea if it is the lens, wrong focus or shutter shock?

Whatever the problem is, you're right, this sample image is remarkably soft.

Having looked at the other samples I'd say it's either NR or the AA filter. 2822827.jpg shows remarkably little detail as well, and that's with the 25mm f1.8 shot at 1/1600th + f/4.5. That's a good lens, and the shutter speed is also high.

I guess we'll have to wait until the full review is published before we see some ACR samples to rule out poor JPEG NR and some studio samples to rule out the AA filter.

It is possible to get camera shake even at 1/1250 if you're unlucky... I've seen it done; but for this and the 1/1600s shot to be camera shake seems unlikely.

The prime appears to be a good lens too, so I'm voting NR/AA

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2014 at 00:38 UTC
On Samsung launches daul-grip, 60x WB2200F superzoom with Wi-Fi news story (203 comments in total)
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BruceBorowski: I would insult all of the critics, intelligence here on dpreview.... but I can't think of anything dumb enough to say

Are you sure?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 21:01 UTC
On Samsung launches leatherette-coated WB350F Wi-Fi compact news story (32 comments in total)

Oooh, leatherette. Can we have one in vinyl please? Ideally something in a fake tiger pattern!

Sorry, I've just given Hasselblad more ideas haven't I...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 20:59 UTC as 5th comment
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Michael Ma: 42x? You rarely need anything over 3X.

Correct; *you* rarely need anything over 3x.

Anyone with an interest in wildlife photography generally wants a very long zoom. That said, I would be happy with a 3x zoom, if it were a 300mm to 900mm (equiv) 3x zoom ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 00:17 UTC
On DxO releases Optics Pro 9.1 news story (38 comments in total)
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Brainois: I may say that the PRIME function is astonishing.

I would like to show you somme of my very first trials. There:http://mdelfeld.smugmug.com/ARCHITECTURAL/Chruches-Elises

These images has been taken at Porto in one of these "golden" churches so specific of this country.

All images has been taken in CR2 with a 5DMkIII at 25.600 ISO and treated with DOP (DxO) and the PRIME tool.

Since then, I did many other trials in different conditions. Even using PRIME with low ISO values.

Agreed. I tried the demo version using PRIME with an ISO 25600 shot from my 5D2, and was staggered by just how good it was at removing noise whilst keeping the detail intact. I showed a couple of people the shots at 1920x1080 and they all guessed they were taken at ISO800!

On a couple of shots it pulled detail out of areas I thought were completely obliterated by noise too.

I was so impressed I went out and bought a copy!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2013 at 00:41 UTC
On Samyang announces 10mm F2.8 manual focus wide-angle prime news story (133 comments in total)
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Master Yoda: A lot of us have been waiting for a fast super wide lens for the APC and 4/3rds cameras that's not a fish-eye and is reasonably affordable! If the subsequent review specs say it's at least decent a lot of people will be all over this thing!

You need a lens for your APC? Doesn't all the armour get in the way?! ;p

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2013 at 01:34 UTC
On Samyang announces 10mm F2.8 manual focus wide-angle prime news story (133 comments in total)
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trulandphoto: This might just be my next EOS-M lens. But do I get EF mount so I can use it with my 7D and the adapter on the EOS-M or the EF-M mount version?

@zevobh: I'm not surprised they're looking at buying a manual focus lens either ;)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2013 at 01:30 UTC
On Roger Cicala cynically re-defines photography news story (54 comments in total)
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stevens37y: dpreview.com member.

Someone obsessed with photographic equipment but with little or no interest in the art of photography.

Is that why you're here?

Sorry, too easy.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2013 at 19:52 UTC
On Adobe now offers Photoshop and Lightroom for everyone news story (625 comments in total)
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dpalugyay: Give me a call, Adobe, when you stop renting your software and stop losing my confidential information. Maybe I'll come back.

In the meantime, I've found DXO Optics Pro 9 and Capture One Pro 7 that both kick Lightroom 5's butt, and my CS6 still works great on my Tiff exports.

... and if you haven't tried the new "Prime" noise reduction mode in DxO 9 give it a go - I'm amazed by just how good it is!

It's not as fast as the old NR mode (which is still the default mode), but the results can be amazing ...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2013 at 00:54 UTC
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