Fotogeneticist

Fotogeneticist

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On article Pocketable APS-C: Fujifilm X70 real-world samples (252 comments in total)

It's great to finally see a competitor to the Ricoh GR series. High image quality to camera size ratio. The Ricoh GR has been the only truly pocketable APS-C for years. I use mine for street photography as well as while I am cycling.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2016 at 12:14 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
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TomasT: After 3 years it is still the smallest with an APS-C sensor.
And perhaps de sharpest. I just bought one!

If you think of cameras in terms of image quality (i.e., mainly sensor size) to camera size ratio, the Ricoh GR and GRII have little competition. I've owned the Ricoh GRD, GRDII, and the GR. Unlike some of the dinosaurs here, I'd rather like to see a full frame GRIII (as long as small size and max aperture are not compromised). I stopped upgrading my GRDs until the GR came out solely for that reason. Sony and Fuji understand this formula as well. Leica understood it way back when. It is where camera design naturally gravitates toward for mainstream use.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2016 at 19:35 UTC
On article Video: Cristina Mittermeier delivers PIX 2015 keynote (51 comments in total)
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Tronhar: I got two things out of this video: neither of which have anything to do with what equipment she uses or how well known she may or may not be. The significance of her messages is in their veracity.

1. I know we will not not destroy our planet, but it will change to the point where life as we know it will no longer be sustainable, and that is a tragedy for all species including our own. Denying that, or hoping someone else will sort it is not a solution and we all have a part to play.

2. Not only is a picture worth a thousand words, it does it in a hundred languages. There is a wealth of data on climate change, and there is no debate among 98% of scientists that we are in the middle of it. But the average person is not swayed with tables and graphs, they are moved by images showing these events in action. One such effort by James Balog in his series, Chasing Ice, shows in dramatic fashion the acceleration of glacial melt on a global scale. This is the power of photography...

Personally, I don't care as much about climate change as I do about the more tangible, immediate reality of pollution on what I drink or what I eat. Throughout history, the world has experienced dramatic climate change. Some of that change (all caused by nature) nearly wiped off all life on Earth. And the last ice age was not so long ago in terms of the total age of our planet. Perhaps the levels of man-made pollution now equals or exceeds that of natural volcanic activity or maybe it's less than the combined volume of dinosaur fart gas. I don't know. But I know that it's getting harder and harder to find fish that isn't poisoned with heavy metals. That is a reality and one that I care about. Whether we believe in global warming or not, I think we have reason to worry about pollution for more immediate reasons.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2015 at 05:42 UTC
On article LowePro expands ProTactic lineup with four new bags (23 comments in total)

The only other types of bags that I consider tactical are the sling type bags with side entry access. However, most of those bags are strapped for the wrong shoulder IMHO. There should be an option for which shoulder the strap hangs on.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2015 at 19:46 UTC as 4th comment
On article LowePro expands ProTactic lineup with four new bags (23 comments in total)
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Johannes Zander: Still no bag developed for all those proactive armchair photogs that coukd hang over the armrest!
I dont like the prominent buckles and logo of these

That's another thing. Tactical means stealth. Why not use the subdued logo style of the "Stealth" series of bags?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2015 at 19:44 UTC
On article LowePro expands ProTactic lineup with four new bags (23 comments in total)

Having climbed up the sides of ships during small boat transfers with my photography gear, I'd say these are no more tactical than any other backpack style camera bag. Points for the Molle straps, but true tactical means you can access all necessary gear one handed while the other hand is occupied by something else. It means you can access that gear quickly, with the least amount of encumbrances, NOT only that you can hang more gear on the bag. The most tactical bag I've used is the Lowepro Flipside. Although my Flipside is all tattered from deployments (the bottom pocket for the all weather cover ripped off), I just can't seem to justify getting anything else. The best thing about this bag is that you can simply rotate it on the belt in front of you, unzip it with the same hand, and rest it horizontally on your hip without any of the contents falling out. As an active duty photog, I'd rather see a Flipside with at least 2 Molle panels. Now that would be tactical.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2015 at 19:41 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review (992 comments in total)
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Fotogeneticist: An amazing camera with every function that a photographer needs and more. Yeah, a tilt screen would've been useful, touch screen... etc. Personally, I don't use those, so not a problem for me. The 4/3rd sensor is somewhat misleading, but I see the benefit of the suboptimal use of the sensor area in that it allows the use of different aspect ratios, which provides better results than cropping the main intended format... HOWEVER, what is with the 1:1 aspect ratio? The 1:1 aspect ratio mode is merely a crop of the 4:3. While I rarely shoot 1:1 except with my old Hasselblad, I could see a use for it with some of my subjects. It's a shame the 1:1 ratio was so poorly implemented.

The dimension of the native sensor could have accommodated a higher resolution crop than it does, at least based on the diagram above.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 04:37 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review (992 comments in total)

An amazing camera with every function that a photographer needs and more. Yeah, a tilt screen would've been useful, touch screen... etc. Personally, I don't use those, so not a problem for me. The 4/3rd sensor is somewhat misleading, but I see the benefit of the suboptimal use of the sensor area in that it allows the use of different aspect ratios, which provides better results than cropping the main intended format... HOWEVER, what is with the 1:1 aspect ratio? The 1:1 aspect ratio mode is merely a crop of the 4:3. While I rarely shoot 1:1 except with my old Hasselblad, I could see a use for it with some of my subjects. It's a shame the 1:1 ratio was so poorly implemented.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 01:43 UTC as 135th comment | 3 replies
On article Readers' showcase: Landscape photography (90 comments in total)
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Michael Piziak: I wish HDR was never invented.

Poorly done HDR can be an eyesore, but HDR used to overcome the disadvantage sensors have compared to the eye is a necessity in some scenes. With all tools, you must fight the tendency to misuse it.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2014 at 05:53 UTC
On article Ricoh GR comparative review (39 comments in total)

Here's the advantage most people don't notice:
Flash sync speed: 1/2000 sec!!! This means you can use fill flash in bright daylight without a neutral density filter! You can capture things no other camera can. This is better than every professional D-SLR on the market. And with the standard hotshoe (unlike my Nikon V1), you can do some off-camera flash using a wireless transmitter like a Pocket Wizard. This is a professional's tool. Perhaps once my Nikon V1 dies, I'll get one of these.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 05:24 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Ricoh announces Pentax K-3 Prestige Edition (166 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Ricoh clearly lacks the vision needed to cash in on commemorative editions.

They bundle a $1,000 camera with a $215 battery grip, and two Pentax batteries worth another $100, and then give the whole package a stunning finish. Then they sell this gorgeous $1,315 bundle for only $1,399!

That's right. A lousy $84 more than an off the shelf regular version.

Hassleblad would have given it an exotic wood grip, named it "The Constellation Edition" and sold it for $9,000.

Leica would have sold this for $20,000, or roughly a $10,000 premium over their usual price, and had a waiting list for it.

But Ricoh only tacks on 84 bucks!

(Seriously, this is a great deal. If I was in the market for a K3, I'd order one of these special editions immediately.)

I wish I was back in the Ricoh camp. I've been a fan of Ricoh since the original film GR21 cameras. They know how to make cameras for photographers, not just pixel peepers or hipsters. I got into digital with a Ricoh RDC almost 17 years ago. Then I jumped on the GRD and GRD2 10 years later as soon as they were released. If I wasn't spending all my money on cycling these days, I'd probably be purchasing a Ricoh GRD APS-C. And Ricoh knows how to do firmware updates. You buy a Ricoh and it's firmware support doesn't necessarily end when the latest camera comes around. They actually listen to their customers. I still remember when we were asking for a full press snap mode and not so long afterwards, it showed up in a firmware upgrade.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 04:12 UTC
On article Nikon 1 V3 Review (649 comments in total)
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DuxX: A good camera with incompetent sensor. The minimum size of the sensor for any serious camera should be APS-C. Sorry Nikon.

DuxX, as Andy points out, the word "never" is where you are wrong. My APS-C from 12 years ago is nowhere as good as the quality of my 1" sensor from 2 years ago. You're missing a key element, and that is technology improves. And the cycle of improvement has gotten so fast. With my old Nikon V1, I'm taking photos that are giving my D700 full frame camera a run for its money. Not quite the same at high ISO, but close enough to get me high quality landscape photos that I would feel comfortable printing at 13x19. See my V1 photos at https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotogeneticist

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2014 at 22:13 UTC
On article Nikon 1 V3 Review (649 comments in total)
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MikeReidDesign: Why do cameras cost so much these days? Seems like the prices keep rising every year.

That being said, for me, the J4 may be the way to go. IQ looks on par with the other 1" sensor (RX100) except in shadows, which is OK with care in your exposure (a basic photography skill). Most importantly, it's priced right.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2014 at 02:35 UTC
On article Nikon 1 V3 Review (649 comments in total)
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MikeReidDesign: Why do cameras cost so much these days? Seems like the prices keep rising every year.

It all boils down to "biggest capability, smallest size". Capability can be measured in many ways. Image quality, responsiveness, user interface, etc. Even image quality itself can be measured in different way (high ISO performance, low ISO performance, dynamic range, color). For most people, image quality is the main capability they want. Given similar pixel counts and sensor technologies, larger sensor equals better image quality. Thus, there is no way around it. The market wants a full frame camera in a compact (perhaps V3 sized) body with DSLR responsiveness. The first one to get there wins. Don't waste time on compromises. Start developing the inevitable end state.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2014 at 02:32 UTC
On article Nikon 1 V3 Review (649 comments in total)
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Banhmi: Puked in my mouth when I saw the low light IQ at ISO 3200.

Look at RAW Sony RX100 Mk III side by side with RAW V3 at all ISOs greater than 1600.

The RAW images at the higher ISOs look nearly identical, with the V3 resolving more detail. The real problem here is the JPG engine. They need a better one. A little less aggressive NR in JPGs would be welcome. I think the problem is more in the color detail. The NR for color noise is "muddying" the colors. I could easily use this camera's RAW images.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2014 at 00:24 UTC
On article Nikon 1 V3 Review (649 comments in total)
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Thematic: Bummer. I was interested in this camera. Seemed like fun...

But those sample photos are worse than apsc cams costing half as much.

I will rent one and try to keep an open mind.

The JPG samples have some heavy handed NR for sure, but I'm happy with how the RAW images look, especially in comparison to the other 1" sensors at high ISO. The difference between the Sony RX 100 and V3 decreases as ISO increases. Low ISO is already acceptable. It's the detail in shadows where the others have the advantage, which is only a problem if you do extensive post processing. For landscapes, I blend exposures so it wouldn't be a problem for me. I do miss the latitude I had with my D700 though, although I'm very happy with the decrease in the weight of my entire kit.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2014 at 01:37 UTC
On article Nikon 1 V3 Review (649 comments in total)
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Kay Fisher: I was excited to see the V1 but couldn't understand or live without bracketing.
I watched for firmware update for bracketing but...
Then the V2 came out - still no bracketing..
Then the V3 came out and still no bracketing and now they took off the viewfinder.
Go figure.

Richard, just for the record, I don't wear belt-and-suspenders. ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 19:37 UTC
On article Nikon 1 V3 Review (649 comments in total)
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Scottelly: Thank you DPreview! I was amazed to see that the V3 has superior resolution to the Nikon D7100 in the corners of the image, especially as the center of the V3 image shows there is not as much resolving power as the D7100. It looks like the V3 lens produces better resolution in the corners than the lens that was used on the D7100, which indicates to me that it is not so much the camera's limitations as the lens limitations. I was very surprised to see how good the images from this little 18 MP camera seem to be. Now I KNOW I want a V3.

Actually I've looked at images from the camera on Imaging Resource and image quality in RAW (not JPEG) seriously look great all the way up to ISO 1600. The limitations of shadow detail, however, leaves little room for post processing, so that is where the IQ difference is apparent, not in out of camera photos. That's my take on this. If you expose for the shadows and don't need to post process, out of camera photos are perfectly acceptable. This is a tool that has a good blend of acceptable image quality (minus post-processing latitude), blazing fast AF, and silent operation. So, image quality is not the reason I would not buy this camera. For me, it is the fact I already have a V1 and the things I am waiting for like CLS compatibility or standard hot shoe, bracketing, are still not there. Oh yes, and the price--it's approximately $300 more than I'd pay for with the kit lens. Actually, I wouldn't even buy the kit lens if I had a choice.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 19:00 UTC
On article Nikon 1 V3 Review (649 comments in total)
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sadatoni: What an ugly camera.

Not as "ugly" as the V2. But it's all in the eye of the beholder. For me, aesthetics is a function of utility. Something becomes uglier the more "decorative" it gets, where the exaggerated curves serve no purpose. Those curvaceous lumps that some companies call cameras are an example. I prefer the utilitarian aesthetics of cameras like the Olympus OMD, old film cameras like the Nikon F3, rangefinders like the Contax G, Leicas, etc. But like you, I only represent one segment of consumers.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 18:45 UTC
On article Nikon 1 V3 Review (649 comments in total)
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Kay Fisher: I was excited to see the V1 but couldn't understand or live without bracketing.
I watched for firmware update for bracketing but...
Then the V2 came out - still no bracketing..
Then the V3 came out and still no bracketing and now they took off the viewfinder.
Go figure.

For those of us who shoot high DR images (>11 stops DR), bracketing is VERY useful, and this camera, with it's limited dynamic range in the shadows makes it a requirement for some photographs. I often use the setting sun in my landscapes and even with my D700, used exposure blending to capture it simultaneously while capturing foreground detail. Bracketing is VERY useful for landscape photographers who want to go beyond the limitations of digital sensors. http://www.pbase.com/atmabini/image/111165379

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 03:31 UTC
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