Raist3d

Lives in United States Canyon Country, CA, United States
Works as a Photographer & Game Developer (Programmer)
Has a website at http://raist3d.typepad.com
Joined on Dec 9, 2001
About me:

To continue loving video games, their programming while doing & improving my
professional photography, punish the guilty, reward the good, educate kids and fight for
all that is good. :-)

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stevo23: Hmmm - if they want to kick at Adobe, non-subscription is the key.

It's not widely accepted at all. You aren't entitled to use Adobe software- you have to pay for it. They have no obligation to give you their software for free- other alternatives exist if you don't like them.

Adobe can do with their software as they want. You can do with your wallet as you wish. What you are doing is stealing instead, plain and simple.

If a retail store overprices their products from your point of view, you don't go around and steal their stuff. You simply walk away. You are simply getting away with stealing because it's easy for you to do so in this case.

Link | Posted on May 1, 2016 at 23:04 UTC
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stevo23: Hmmm - if they want to kick at Adobe, non-subscription is the key.

If you think Adobe is price gouging don't buy it and use it. If you pirate it you are stealing- plain and simple. You are not entitled or have a right to Adobes copy or terms. You don't have to buy but if you are stealing that's another matter.

Link | Posted on May 1, 2016 at 03:19 UTC
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stevo23: Hmmm - if they want to kick at Adobe, non-subscription is the key.

Capture One, Iridient Digital, Dxo.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 07:55 UTC
On article Small but mighty: hands on with the Panasonic GX85/GX80 (312 comments in total)
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beni Wittenberg: Very nice BUT
The pictures of the Panasonic are Misleading. they were taken
with a Sony A7.

I myself owned a LX7 that was Defective from the 10'st. shot.
Panasonic made a fool of me. and demanded funds for repair.

@OP - Huh? What?

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2016 at 05:10 UTC

Brian, love love photo #7 and love your ethics.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2016 at 06:19 UTC as 36th comment
On article Fujifilm X70 Review (346 comments in total)
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ozturert: Look at "Cons". They have been more or less the same since XPro1:
Critical detail at 100% suffers
Waxy-looking skin in high ISO images
AF tends to hunt
X-Trans sensor design limits Raw-converter choice
And lens... X100s and X100T's lenses were good but not very good in my opinion. Strange though, as Fuji's X-series prime lenses are usually very good (except from 18mm f2.0) but X100s and this X70 are not as good as rivals.

So you used LR... known to not do well. I have to agree to disagree. Iridient is quite good. So is capture one.

I have some *very* sharp shots and that was with the XE1. The XT10 JPEG engine is phenomenal. I had a B&W shot that I had a hard time making better on the output on Iridient vs the internal JPEG engine.

I am sorry our experiences differ, but I do think Fuji's hype on Xtrans (within reason) is indeed guaranteed.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2016 at 03:40 UTC
On article Fujifilm X70 Review (346 comments in total)
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ozturert: Look at "Cons". They have been more or less the same since XPro1:
Critical detail at 100% suffers
Waxy-looking skin in high ISO images
AF tends to hunt
X-Trans sensor design limits Raw-converter choice
And lens... X100s and X100T's lenses were good but not very good in my opinion. Strange though, as Fuji's X-series prime lenses are usually very good (except from 18mm f2.0) but X100s and this X70 are not as good as rivals.

dave8- which raw converter did you use?

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2016 at 07:55 UTC
On article Fujifilm X70 Review (346 comments in total)
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Mach Schnell: How much harder would it have been to make the lens f/1.8 instead of f/2.8?

Pretty damn hard. it wpuld be bigger nd defeat one of the kwy purposes of this model. it would also increase the price unless you like bad lens performance.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2016 at 19:07 UTC
On article Fujifilm X70 Review (346 comments in total)
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ozturert: Look at "Cons". They have been more or less the same since XPro1:
Critical detail at 100% suffers
Waxy-looking skin in high ISO images
AF tends to hunt
X-Trans sensor design limits Raw-converter choice
And lens... X100s and X100T's lenses were good but not very good in my opinion. Strange though, as Fuji's X-series prime lenses are usually very good (except from 18mm f2.0) but X100s and this X70 are not as good as rivals.

mgl- not true at all. with the right raw convwrter xtrans with no AA sure gives more detail than bayer with AA. And Bayer with No AA sure has more color moire issues than xtrans.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2016 at 16:42 UTC
On article Fujifilm X70 Review (346 comments in total)
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Battersea: The photo compositions are excellent. Maybe that says a lot about the camera's usability.

I think it says far more about who took the shot.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2016 at 04:56 UTC
On article Fujifilm X70 Review (346 comments in total)

Though I dont agree with dpreview about xtrans lacking detail (please see xt10 jpegs or use a better raw converter than Adobes stuff), I agree with the score of this particular fuji model. No ND filter tp shoot wide open (electronic shutter easily prone to rolling shutter on paning round)- the ricoh gr has a better leaf shutter speed.

The fuji lens here is definitively not as good as the Ricoh. I wish Fuji would have gone for another focal- 18mm is already pretty covered.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2016 at 01:41 UTC as 59th comment | 1 reply
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Raist3d: Alright dpreview, where are the images from the Mississippi Pen-F field test? Or they are just not there?

thanks.

Hey smart person, I asked only twice. Actually more like once since the other was a comment.

Yes, I clicked on that which you mention. Thank you very little. That's why I am asking. Duh!. Those shots at least when I saw them said Austin. Last time I checked Mississippi and Austin are two different places.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2016 at 03:34 UTC

Alright dpreview, where are the images from the Mississippi Pen-F field test? Or they are just not there?

thanks.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2016 at 06:41 UTC as 58th comment | 2 replies

Hmmm.. I can't seem to find the still shots from this field test.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2016 at 06:29 UTC as 60th comment
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2057 comments in total)
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Retro1976: Sony makes remarkable cameras: class leading sensors, features galore, I mean it's everything one could want right ? Yet I go back and forth and buy one of these bodies and always end up dissapointed, I know it's purely subjective but I often find myself happier with Fuji, Olympus or Canon. Its not just me, friends and fellow photogs always end up switching back. I think Sony is close to arriving at the right formula, but still have some work to do.

both shooting experience and results are important. as fas as creating photographs go the shooting experience is important. and the results- nidt image quality- doesnt equate in any way a good photograph by itself.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2016 at 16:16 UTC
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Yake: This was so predictable, even on the day the Lytro camera was announced. Lytro was a solution to a problem that didn't exist.

Most (nearly all) consumers don't want to adjust focus on their photos post-exposure. They don't want to adjust focus on their photos ever. Instead, they want their photos to simply BE in focus. They don't want to have to think about focus at all. Consumers want pictures, just pictures, not work. And Lytro always sounded like needless work.

The only people who like to work on pictures are some (not all) professionals and a small percentage of photography hobbyists. And those are exactly the people who tend to get focus right, thus not needing a post-exposure focus solution.

That said, the same technology may have other applications, just not in consumer cams.

Rishi- I still think the assumption the technology would scale up (resolution/iq) for the consumer level product is huge.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2016 at 07:25 UTC
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Everlast66: "we were competing in an established industry where the product requirements had been firmly cemented in the minds of consumers"

So its customers' fault for not realising the great potential of your product?
If I understand correctly, they introduced their innovative product, superior to everything else at same price-point, or maybe solving customers' "big focusing problem", and we customers, with our backward cement-brains simply could not grasp their grand idea?

Sorry, Lytro, but this is totally the wrong attitude!
Every decent entrepreneur knows that you can not argue with the market. You have to read it, understand it, and then add something that solves REAL problems better then competitors.

I'd applaud every innovator, even if they fail, but take the lesson out of that failure. But Lytro don't seem to be willing to admit their mistakes and are not showing they learned their lesson, despite its worth of $50 million of investors' money.

Rishi- you are assuming the the technology would have scaled say in resolution. I know from a couple of very knowledgeable engineers this is not trivial at all.

Also Lytro made several mistakes about the use of the consumer photographic products- workflow issues. "Upload to our website to view"- right right. Things like that.

I don't see exactly how they showed something with new axis for creative freedom if they couldn't get the workflows right... and again the resolution limitations.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2016 at 07:16 UTC
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Free Jazz: Why all of you long for the 20mp sony sensor?
It's just far from excellent except for some minor resolution improvements only when using low ISO.

no SS, 5-axis IBIS(still working when recording 4K video), DFD(way better AFC performance)
Those are really astonishing features for a GX7 user and all of these new things don't mean a bulky camera(like GX8).

I suggest you look around different reviews and don't just go by dpreview. Also to download the RAW files and see them for yourself. And please speak for yourself, don't say "told us"- don't agree- sorry :-)

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2016 at 02:49 UTC
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Free Jazz: Why all of you long for the 20mp sony sensor?
It's just far from excellent except for some minor resolution improvements only when using low ISO.

no SS, 5-axis IBIS(still working when recording 4K video), DFD(way better AFC performance)
Those are really astonishing features for a GX7 user and all of these new things don't mean a bulky camera(like GX8).

Because the 20 MP sensor does have a bit better chroma noise for high ISO *and* being higher resolution when you resample down you get a bit better image quality. Also the DR seems a tad better.

Also because it's 2016 and m43rds should keep moving forward. But yes, it looks like a nice camera anyway.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2016 at 01:47 UTC
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Raist3d: So some questions- did they allow exposure compensation in manual mode with auto ISO?

And is this the same old m4/3rds sensor or a new 16MP sensor?

Why? Well first of all several cameras in the market already do this. Pentax did it a while back. The X Fujis now do it. The Olympus PenF now does it (first for olympus).

Why? For the same reason you use EV compensation in other modes- to tweak the exposure- particularly in some scenes (for me) to protect against highlights. It's not a heady mix. It's happening. Panasonic isn't doing it yet and they are falling behind here.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 07:05 UTC
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