HS50EXR and F900EXR reviews ...

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part 6 -- how about that reach?
In reply to Kim Letkeman, Mar 30, 2013

Saw a hawk of some sort perching at the top of a tall tree several hundred feet away ... shot it through a thick glass window and the results are surprising ...

http://kimletkeman.blogspot.ca/2013/03/hs50exr-and-f900exr-review-part-6-how.html

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part 7 -- the raw hack
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Re: Part 5 -- Macro
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I guess, ignoring the sensor size differences, we could just see what the smallest width of capture is in macro mode at the ideal spot for the camera.  So for this camera it would be 200mm at 12 inches focusing distance, for prior HS series cameras it would be 150mm at 3 inches focusing distance.

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Re: part 6 -- how about that reach?
In reply to Kim Letkeman, Mar 30, 2013

Nice work- one question about the CA though- is that a property of the lens being so extreme, or is it because of your WB settings from the night before? It seems worse than I've seen with other HS series cameras, but it could also be due to those WB settings you mentioned.

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Re: part 6 -- how about that reach?
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Nice work- one question ...

One question? ONE QUESTION? Just one???

Hah hah. Hah hah hah hah hah hah. OMG, hah hah hah

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Re: part 7 -- the raw hack
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Great work, thank you!

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Re: part 7 -- the raw hack
In reply to Kim Letkeman, Mar 30, 2013

Kim Letkeman wrote:

... is an EPIC FAIL

http://kimletkeman.blogspot.ca/2013/03/hs50exr-and-f900exr-review-part-7-raw.html

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Life would be so much easier, (in fact I could have processed the RAF for you) using SilkyPix.

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Re: part 6 -- how about that reach?
In reply to photoreddi, Mar 30, 2013

Just one question in that post lol

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Re: part 7 -- the raw hack
In reply to Kim Letkeman, Mar 30, 2013

Kim I take it you didnt notice any blooming/orb problem?

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Re: part 6 -- how about that reach?
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Just one question in that post lol

Yes, the most recent of your 2,186 posts. If tallied, do you think the number of posts containing questions or requests would be closer to 1,000 or 2,000? The request that takes a minute or two to dash off takes an awful lot longer to fulfill and when you make several per day or per thread it could take hours. I am not saying that you shouldn't ask, just that it would be nice to be more considerate by keeping your request rate no more than three times greater than the next most frequent requester. Have you ever considered creating a second ID, alexiscurious?

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Re: part 6 -- how about that reach?
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haha maybe- it sounds like a catchy name a lot of them were also requested by others also, it's actually how a comprehensive review works.  Something Dpreview should be doing- but they ignore these cameras in favor of the corporate monopolies.

I see Good ole Phil Askey hangs out in the cell phone camera "connect" part of the site.  It's too bad this site isn't what it once was, under his leadership, and he now hangs out in the faux camera forum.

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Re: part 6 -- how about that reach?
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haha maybe- it sounds like a catchy name a lot of them were also requested by others also, it's actually how a comprehensive review works.  Something Dpreview should be doing- but they ignore these cameras in favor of the corporate monopolies.

I see Good ole Phil Askey hangs out in the cell phone camera "connect" part of the site.  It's too bad this site isn't what it once was, under his leadership, and he now hangs out in the faux camera forum.

Just so you know what I think of that "connect" part, on the rare occasions when I see something that might be interesting over there, if at all possible I'll strip out the leading "connect." part of the URL. This doesn't often work but here's an example of where it does. There are a number of differences in the way the pages are displayed.

http://connect.dpreview.com/products/samsung/compacts/samsung_galaxycamerawifi

http://dpreview.com/products/samsung/compacts/samsung_galaxycamerawifi

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Re: part 6 -- how about that reach?
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haha thanks, Im bookmarking that, I dont use "connect" much either, but I like that you can remove that word from the site name

and I find the colors on connect rather annoying

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Re: part 7 -- the raw hack
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Kim Letkeman wrote:

... is an EPIC FAIL

http://kimletkeman.blogspot.ca/2013/03/hs50exr-and-f900exr-review-part-7-raw.html

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Life would be so much easier, (in fact I could have processed the RAF for you) using SilkyPix.

The RAW hack was meant to explore. Adobe has said that support is coming very soon. Why on earth would I have you process anything for me?

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Re: part 7 -- the raw hack
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Kim I take it you didnt notice any blooming/orb problem?

Haven't shot any lights yet ... so no.

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part 8 -- astro
In reply to Kim Letkeman, Mar 30, 2013

really like the HS50 for moon and planetary images. Wow ...

http://kimletkeman.blogspot.ca/2013/03/hs50exr-and-f900exr-review-part-8.html

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Re: part 6 -- how about that reach?
In reply to Kim Letkeman, Mar 30, 2013

Kim Letkeman wrote:

Saw a hawk of some sort perching at the top of a tall tree several hundred feet away ... shot it through a thick glass window and the results are surprising ...

http://kimletkeman.blogspot.ca/2013/03/hs50exr-and-f900exr-review-part-6-how.html

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From the birder/photographer perspective - you are right about the great reach to get that sort of detail from that distance. Wow. Even more impressive is that the bird is a Merlin which is the smallest of the falcons/hawks you'd get in your area (not much bigger than American Robin).

I am now slightly annoyed at you as I'd given up on the HS50 as not being special enough over the HS30 I have. This however...

Regards

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Re: part 7 -- the raw hack
In reply to Kim Letkeman, Mar 30, 2013

I used to hack RAWs with a HEX Editor , I`d have thought swapping the 5 in HS50EXR to a 2 or 3 would have worked

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Re: part 8 -- astro
In reply to Kim Letkeman, Mar 30, 2013

yay! I LOVE this- from looking at comparison images, it does look like the HS50 lens is a lot sharper than previous cams in this series! Kim, can you test to see if the sensor is also more sensitive at longer exposures (that is, shows more stars?)

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Re: part 8 -- astro (starry fields and looking forward to Comet ISON)
In reply to Kim Letkeman, Mar 30, 2013

Kim, both the moon and Saturn looking breathtaking! This lens really is sharp and it looks like it even shows detail on Saturn at ISO 3200!  I hope it will surprise with its long exposure (starry field) performance too.  I want to use it on that Great Comet we have coming in November (it's supposed to be the brightest comet in over 100 years, brighter than the  full moon and even visible by daylight!) Its tail is going to pass through both Saturn and Mars- what wonderful photo ops!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comet_ISON#Brightness_and_visibility

During August 2013, it should become bright enough to be visible through small telescopes or binoculars, becoming visible to the naked eye by late October or early November and remaining so until mid-January 2014.[7][12]

In October, the comet will pass through the constellation Leo, passing near Leo's brightest star Regulus and then passing near Mars in the night sky, and these brighter objects might make the comet easier to locate.[11] In November, when the comet is brighter, it will sweep another bright star in our sky, Spica in the constellation Virgo, and another planet, Saturn.[13] Around the time the comet reaches its perihelion on 28 November, it may become extremely bright if it remains intact, probably reaching a negative magnitude.[5] It may briefly become brighter than the full Moon.[7][8]

It is expected to be brightest around the time it is closest to the Sun; however, it may be less than 1° from the Sun at its closest, making it difficult to see against the Sun's glare.[14] In December, the comet will be growing dimmer, but, assuming that it remains intact, it will be visible from both hemispheres of Earth, possibly with a long tail.[11]

Predicting the brightness of a comet is difficult, especially one that will pass so close to the Sun and be affected by the forward scattering of light. Comet Kohoutek and C/1999 S4 did not meet expectations, but if comet C/2012 S1 does not fragment, it could look similar to the Great Comet of 1680, the Great Comet of 2007, or C/2011 W3 (Lovejoy).[5][15] The brightest comet since 1935 was Comet Ikeya–Seki in 1965 at magnitude −10.[16] Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) will be well placed for observers in the northern hemisphere during mid to late December 2013.[17]

In a recent study, 1,897 observations were used to create a secular light curve. The resulting plot shows the comet increasing its brightness relatively quickly at R+4.35 [Unit?].[18] If this continues up to perihelion, the comet could reach magnitude −17, brighter than the full moon.

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