Matthew Miller

Matthew Miller

Lives in United States Boston, United States
Works as a Systems Architect
Has a website at http://mattdm.org/
Joined on Aug 25, 2006
About me:

1996-1999: Casio QV10A
1999-2004: Nikon Coolpix 950
2004-2007: Olympus C-5060
2006-2006: Fujifilm F20
2007- : Fujifilm F31fd
2007-2007: Pentax K100D (mostly with DA 40mm f/2.8 Limited)
2007-2009: Pentax K10D (mostly with DA 40mm f/2.8 Limited)
2009-2012: Pentax K-7 (still mostly with DA 40mm f/2.8 Limited)
2009-2011: Fujifilm F200EXR
2012- : Pentax K-5ii (+ 15mm, 40mm, 70mm Limiteds)
Now you know. :)

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On Ricoh announces 'HD' update to Pentax DA Limited primes article (192 comments in total)
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fakuryu: Slow lenses? Make those lenses a f1.4 and what do you get? Yeah, bigger lenses.

@tkbslc I don't think you appreciate how small, light, and enjoyable these lenses are to use. I have a set of the older series, and I wouldn't trade 'em for a top-of-the line f/2.8 zoom at any price.

Well, maybe if the zoom were pricey enough to resell and buy the upgraded versions of these.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2013 at 01:38 UTC

"Best" lenses as scored by easily-measurable characteristics only -- resolution, distortion, vignetting, transmission, chromatic aberration. Sure, those things are important, but it's a remarkably reductionist way of ranking artistic tools.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2013 at 14:58 UTC as 6th comment
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Nathaniel George Weir: Canon makes better lenses than Nikon, and if you don't agree with me, then check out SLRGear.com and the Digital Picture's "ISO crops" and then compare Canon and Nikon glass. You shall see that Canon lenses are consistently sharper and have less CA.

Sharpness and CA are boring. They are only fixated on as the most important aspects of lens design because they are so easily measured, and the techie population which makes up the core audience of online photo sites gravitates to "serious" and "scientific" reviews based around measurable numbers — never mind that aspects which are not so easily measured are often more interesting and more important.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2013 at 22:49 UTC
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justinwonnacott: What kind of business model is this! Lomo is cyber begging and people are falling head over heels for it.Hilarious.

So, clearly, the kind of business model it is is "very successful".

Direct link | Posted on Jul 27, 2013 at 21:21 UTC
On Leica announces X Vario zoom compact with APS-C sensor article (757 comments in total)

Sooo, if we use the 1.6x linear difference in sensor size between this and the Canon G1 X to compare apertures, we get:

Leica: f/3.5-f/6.4
Canon G1 X in equivalent terms: f/4.7-f/9.8

As we all know from so much forum arguing, this equivalence is right-on for depth of field effects assuming same-size prints, *and* roughly for noise performance because of the inherent advantage of the larger sensor.

That's last year's competition, I know, but it does look like the Leica isn't entirely wasting the larger sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2013 at 20:18 UTC as 182nd comment | 2 replies
On Leica announces X Vario zoom compact with APS-C sensor article (757 comments in total)
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vroger1: Is it 6.4? I thought it was 5.6- Utterly useless.VRR

Really? The line between okay and "utterly useless" is in that one-third of a stop?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2013 at 20:08 UTC
On 10 Photo Editing Programs (that aren't Photoshop) article (451 comments in total)
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BJN: Raw is not a file type. Raw is not an acronym. Raw is an adjective.

It's also a class of digital files. You might not like it, but there it is.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2013 at 23:43 UTC
On 10 Photo Editing Programs (that aren't Photoshop) article (451 comments in total)
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shakyone: I really enjoyed the article. I'm a long time GIMP user, and it does what I need, when I need to get my hands dirty.

Not meant to argue with the author, but it is worth knowing, GIMP v2.10 will have 16/32 Bit color support. It is working in the development version
(http://www.gimpusers.com/news/00422-16-bit-goat-invasion-ready)

You can get GIMP for OSX at: http://gimp.lisanet.de/Website/Download.html

I'm glad to see DPReview finally acknowledge GIMP as a usable alternative. It much more capable than most realize.

It has a steep learning curve, but so does Photoshop. If you are starting from ground zero, there are plenty of tutorials on the main website and on the web to get you going. There is also a great book by Akkana Peck about how to use it. It is a fantastic reference for novice advanced photo editors.

I like many of the other proposed options.

One more suggstion: A free RAW editor to consider is RawTherapee.

@HowaboutRAW 2.10 isn't 3.0 -- the dot isn't a decimal point.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2013 at 22:51 UTC
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lspoden: This will cost the average photographer that uses Lightroom and Photoshop around $600 over five years. This is a total money grab by Adobe. They have no competition so they can get away with it.

Here is my analysis: http://www.lenspoden.com/photo-topics/

@CFynn That is typical for a software company, and actually very high for companies overall. The money is _definitely_ "going there".

How does Corel manage it? Well, aside from repeatedly going bankrupt, they've made a lot of acquisitions over the years.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2013 at 17:46 UTC
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TFD: Everyone thinks the cloud is a great, no one knows what it is. I would not want to get tied into this one. I would guess that the performance would be less than exciting.

Personally I am now using Corel Paint Shop Pro, it as a better interface than Adobe and it does everything I need for about $100.

Here, they're just using the word "cloud" to mean "subscription software", and they're only using it because it's a more-palatable buzzword. The software is still actually installed locally, so performance isn't an issue.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2013 at 14:17 UTC
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lspoden: This will cost the average photographer that uses Lightroom and Photoshop around $600 over five years. This is a total money grab by Adobe. They have no competition so they can get away with it.

Here is my analysis: http://www.lenspoden.com/photo-topics/

$600 over five years? So, literally, a third of a dollar a day? Really, cry me a river here.

Adobe's R&D takes money, and with digital goods a subscription model makes more sense than pretending you're selling an object.

If you would prefer something else, there *is* competition in for example GIMP, which has a recently reworked user-interface and will shortly gain full 16-bit support.

Sure, it's a little bit behind in some of the greatest cool features in Photoshop — but that is _literally_ the difference that R&D makes.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2013 at 13:57 UTC

I wish the Bang! one said Click!

That is all.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2013 at 20:12 UTC as 12th comment
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Johan Borg: Note: The Sigma DP1 Merrill has only been added to our test scene in JPEG mode, since we're too lazy to fire up Sigma Photo Pro and press Save Image with default settings.

Sigma DP1 Merrill must be the single most meaningless camera to add to a JPEG only comparison, given how much that model benefits from RAW.

@Johan: no, that's not the case. DNG is just a container format. Proprietary RAW formats are *also* just container formats. Once the container is decoded, the actual conversion path is identical regardless of input file type. Bits are bits.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2013 at 21:41 UTC
On Preview:ricoh-gr (295 comments in total)
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wildeye: It's great that manufacturers are listening to photographers and responding with better image quality in smaller packages. All these cameras look interesting as does Sony's RX1. For sensor tech though, the 'writing' is literally 'on the wall', (or more to the point, you can't see the words!), for the APSC Bayer samples on page 10. So, like others here, I'm wondering why the DP compact cameras have largely been ignored on this site when it comes to serious review to this point? Agreed Foveon is not perfect, but it has had a fraction of the investment that all the other makers have poured into Bayer and it does seem to offer something of genuine value to photographers that deserves some further interest, if not support. The micro detail of the writing from the Foveon on page 10 is truly impressive compared to the Bayer. NB. The last people who tried to sideline a different technology simply because it didn't fit into their existing workflow were the Luddites!

Yeah, but set the ISO to something like 400 and watch the advantage tip _steeply_ to Bayer.

Posted on Apr 23, 2013 at 12:02 UTC
On Preview:ricoh-gr (295 comments in total)
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Grobb: There is no fine detail in any of the cameras tested. Drag the comparison window over the watch in the lower right hand corner. Then, choose the Olympus OM-D E-M5, Pen E-PM2, or any other "Good" camera and see the difference. Not impressed one bit, especially for the price and features the GR and DP offer.

I think what you're seeing is mostly the effect of Olympus's excellent JPEG engine. Switch to RAW and there's no striking difference.

Posted on Apr 23, 2013 at 11:59 UTC
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Johan Borg: Note: The Sigma DP1 Merrill has only been added to our test scene in JPEG mode, since we're too lazy to fire up Sigma Photo Pro and press Save Image with default settings.

Sigma DP1 Merrill must be the single most meaningless camera to add to a JPEG only comparison, given how much that model benefits from RAW.

I disagree. The _value_ of the RAW image samples is that they're all converted with the same software in the same way. If you want to see samples converted using the manufacturer's individual algorithms, that's what the JPEG samples are for. (In camera vs. desktop software doesn't make much difference for this purpose; if that software happens to have different behavior that's interesting but not really relevant.)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2013 at 11:53 UTC
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Emopunk: Why no A-mount Sigma, why? We really would love the last two aps-c lenses you made, too; the other one being the update 30mm 1.4.

Yeah, no Pentax K mount either. They're aiming at the big two brands because that's where the money is.

And of course their own mount, because, hey.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2013 at 13:49 UTC
On Just Posted: Ricoh GR preview article (159 comments in total)
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Richard Murdey: I wonder what magic they used to pull this off?

Ricoh GRD-1,2,3 and 4 were all 1/1.8" sensors, and since the beginning people were asking, whining, pleading, hoping for a bigger sensor "since the film GR was 35mm ... "

Suddenly, Ricoh goes "oh, wait, actually we _can_ fit an APS-C sensor in there after all." Not 1", not even 4/3", just "poof" all the way up to APS-C like it was meant to be that way all along.

I'd love to know what made that possible in 2013 when it was not possible in 2008 or even 2010.

Maybe they bought Pentax for a reason.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2013 at 00:14 UTC
On Review in progress: Pentax K-5 II and K-5 II S article (42 comments in total)
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mmitch: Pentax needs to catch up to the rest of the Camera Companies and release a Full Frame body! I really got tired of waiting and switched to Nikon. I owned a K5 it's a great camera, but it's limited lens selection and lack of interest by Pentax to further the company along I can no longer support.

There's a pretty amazing lens selection, including, ironically given the wording of your complaint, the Limited series.

It's fine for you to switch to Nikon for full frame if that's what you want, but it's silly to expect Pentax to beat the big two companies in that niche market, especially because what everyone seems to want is for them to make a cheaper full-frame camera, which isn't an economically-solid plan. Following forum whining blindly into making a full-frame camera doesn't seem like a wise way to "further the company along".

I'm happy to see them making the best possible APS-C SLRs.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2013 at 17:26 UTC
On Just posted: Nikon Coolpix A real-world samples gallery article (105 comments in total)
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(unknown member): I love my G1 X.

How is posting "I love my [competing camera]" on a thread "rational discussion"? It's irrelevant noise at best.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 4, 2013 at 23:09 UTC
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