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Lan

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On ISO320_300.0mm-tam16to300(4) photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Nope, this clearly isn't the lens to choose if you photograph pine trees. The CA means that the colour is completely missing some of the pine needles - go on, admire the blue needles near the top left of the frame.

This would make an amusing companion to an X-Trans sensor though ;)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2014 at 21:44 UTC as 1st comment
On Tamron 16-300mm Di II VC PZD real-world samples article (102 comments in total)
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Howard111: Frankly I'm pretty impressed. I would have bought this had I seen these examples in the summer - opting instead for the Panasonic FZ1000. OK, not perfect but very very good for such an amazing zoom length. At 300mm, I copied the original size into photoshop and sharpened it a little bit, and I reckon it would have been as good, probably better than my Nikon 18-200 (only) zoom.
But there you go - I'm still very pleased with my FZ100!

Edgar, for an opposing view, did you look at the pine needles shot? I'd moderate that enthusiasm a bit. The CA is so strong that the pine needles are entirely the wrong colour in places - see top left!

The big cat is also not happy with her purple eye liner ;) The CA is so great in places that the colour fringes of the CA are overlapping each other! (see OOF area to the left of her)

I'm not even sure that all the kings horses and all the DxO team's men could put that colour back together again ;)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2014 at 21:43 UTC
On Tamron 16-300mm Di II VC PZD real-world samples article (102 comments in total)
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h2k: Why not mention the lens' s widest apertures in the headline or at least in the text?

Possibly because no one would be crazy enough to use it wide open? ;)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2014 at 21:36 UTC
On ISO400_300.0mm-tam16to300(68) photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

Spectacular CA! I love the purple eye liner it's given that big cat ;)

The bokeh to the left of her is particularly unpleasant - I don't think I've seen jangling colour in bokeh before. Fixed colours yes, almost striped, no. Pine needles are clearly not the strong point of this lens.

I know you have to make compromises to get such a large zoom range, particularly in this size and price range, but there must have been better compromises than this?

Why do lens manufacturers not realise that most people want a long zoom so they can take pictures of something at the long end of that zoom range? Most of these lenses have terrible long ends - sadly this lens wouldn't appear to be an exception to that :(

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2014 at 21:32 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On Real-world test: Nikon D750 at the Museum of Flight article (274 comments in total)
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nicolaiecostel: Love these videos. Much better than a 25 page review, although much less informative.

It would be great if you could post your usual in-depth reviews along with these videos.

Thank you Barney; that's perfect!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2014 at 01:29 UTC
On Real-world test: Nikon D750 at the Museum of Flight article (274 comments in total)
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nicolaiecostel: Love these videos. Much better than a 25 page review, although much less informative.

It would be great if you could post your usual in-depth reviews along with these videos.

Conversely I'd rather have the 25 page review. If I wanted to watch videos, I'd be on Youtube, or staring at the TV...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2014 at 23:53 UTC
On UK Landscape Photographer of the Year winners announced article (159 comments in total)
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Joni...: Usually DPReviews choices of this kind of news are not great examples of good photography, always open to discussion and I think that's the main reason they post it. And that's why I never comment on them.
But seeing comments from people that don't see any beauty in pictures like 1 or 9, I need to say: You guys should rethink why you photograph and what is photography...

Joni: Everyone's taste is different; but your taste isn't any more important than anyone else's.

People can love all of the images, they can hate all of them; but I don't think anyone who's been critical of some of the images should have to rethink anything. At least they're thinking...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 16, 2014 at 20:32 UTC
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MediaDigitalVideo: Great idea that mobile device as viewer.

If it had a *tablet* holder I could see an advantage; having a significantly bigger screen attached would be nice, but an iPhone holder... Yay, I get to replace a small screen with an almost as small screen but with extra lag.

I'd have thought a cup holder would be more useful than an iPhone holder ;)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 16, 2014 at 20:24 UTC
On BETASAMPLE_ISO100_SAM_0672-ACR photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (9 comments in total)
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Lan: Surprisingly high levels of noise, and worse still there's quite a lot of noise reduction at base ISO here too. For a camera with professional pretentions this is not looking good at all...

Thank you; I'm aware of that; but RAW or JPEG doesn't really matter in this case. My point was that there's noise where there shouldn't be any, and NR where it shouldn't need to be any...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 23:38 UTC
On BETASAMPLE_ISO100_SAM_0672-ACR photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (9 comments in total)

Surprisingly high levels of noise, and worse still there's quite a lot of noise reduction at base ISO here too. For a camera with professional pretentions this is not looking good at all...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 18:44 UTC as 4th comment | 4 replies
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MadManAce: Best DXO upgrade yet! About time that I can fully use DNG files, I have been trying trials for sometime and the sharpening artifacts, DNG incompatibility, slow processing, not impressive noise reduction (including PRIME), and many others things have been addressed. I may actually buy it this time, unless I am forced to get the elite version to use with my E-M1, if that is the case, then I will skip again.

Ironically I suspect the reason you've been having NR problems is almost certainly *because* you're using DNG. I don't know what camera you're using, or how you're creating the DNG files, but many DNG files are demosaiced. PRIME's unlikely to work well on those.

I find PRIME works spectacularly on my 5D2's CR2 files - sufficiently so that I bought a copy of DxO9! It's far better than ACR, DPP, NoiseNinja, NeatImage or indeed anything else I've tried...

One thing you may (or may not) have missed is that DxO rather stupidly (IMO) defaults to not using PRIME. You need to specifically select it in the Customize options; otherwise DxO defaults to "HighQuality" noise reduction; which isn't high quality ;)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2014 at 20:48 UTC
On Richard Franiec offers Canon PowerShot G7 X custom grip article (110 comments in total)
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Lan: I know I'm swimming against the tide here, but I can't understand why anyone would buy a camera because it's small, and then deliberately go and make it bigger?!?

Use two hands to hold the camera (any camera) and the grip problem is solved. You don't need to buy a grip, you need to get a grip ;)

Richard: A good question. To be honest I don't know. I don't tend to use these cameras in my pockets; as I feel the lens mechanism is too flimsy for that... I think cameras like the S100 are a bit too big for my pockets already!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2014 at 20:23 UTC
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Mike FL: "Lytro Development Kit features a 41MP Toshiba sensor". It is interesting to see Toshiba is joining the game of sensor war.

It's almost certainly the same Toshiba 41MP sensor that was in the Nokia Pureview 808. Not new in other words ;)

If they are looking for a hardware partner, Nokia should be familiar with that particular sensor!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2014 at 20:16 UTC
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KonstRuctor: And what about Canon sRAW and mRAW?

Actually a bit of both :)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2014 at 18:55 UTC
On Richard Franiec offers Canon PowerShot G7 X custom grip article (110 comments in total)

I know I'm swimming against the tide here, but I can't understand why anyone would buy a camera because it's small, and then deliberately go and make it bigger?!?

Use two hands to hold the camera (any camera) and the grip problem is solved. You don't need to buy a grip, you need to get a grip ;)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2014 at 18:52 UTC as 18th comment | 6 replies
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Lebkuchen: How can I get "Olympus colours" while processing images with DXO? Any hint?

Possibly by using an Olympus Camera Profile in the Color Rendering section. I don't have an Olympus camera, so I can't comment on the accuracy of the profile though...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2014 at 18:48 UTC
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KonstRuctor: And what about Canon sRAW and mRAW?

Or "not RAW" as they're correctly known...

The best part of DxO 9 IMO was the PRIME noise reduction, and that isn't available when you shoot sRAW/mRAW because they're not actually RAW files.

Cards are cheap. Storage is cheap. Why are you using sRAW or mRAW?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2014 at 18:44 UTC
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massimogori: Yes, amazing... example of journalism. Which Natural History museum? Imagine a newspaper writing an article about the murder of "John" rather than "Kennedy".

The one in London is branded the Natural History Museum:
http://www.nhm.ac.uk/
It has nothing to do with cultural imperialism, at least not mine ;)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 26, 2014 at 17:47 UTC
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massimogori: Yes, amazing... example of journalism. Which Natural History museum? Imagine a newspaper writing an article about the murder of "John" rather than "Kennedy".

For those of us in England, it's obvious which museum it is, it's the Natural History Museum :)

For those of you from elsewhere, it's in London, England...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 25, 2014 at 20:59 UTC
On Google launches Nexus 6 with 13MP and OIS post (101 comments in total)
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Jostian: Pricey... and this obsession with LED flashes, Xenon is the only way to go if a company is serious about the photographic capabilities of their phones! and Xenon is tougher on battery but seriously its not like you use the flash the whole day, come on Android, get serious with photography on your phones, give us a flash not a light!

Jostian; tricky because almost all the LEDs people are using now are being used in continuous rather than flash mode. Very few people are using decent LEDs as true "flashes".

In reality a bare LED die should be very similar in speed terms to a LASER which people use to provide millions of flashes per second - albeit at far lower power.

The only slight fly in the ointment for most white LEDs is that they're usually blue/UV chips with a white emitting phosphor - and that phosphor is going to be the limiting factor for most LED flash performance - in speed terms.

If I get some spare time, I'll have a play and see what I can put together. No promises though. I always seem to have more things to do than time to do them in... Also don't want to splat one of my nice LEDs ;)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2014 at 20:22 UTC
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