Michael_13

Michael_13

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To all the 'equivalence guys':
Go and buy your equivalent lens and keep quiet here in the forum.
:-)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 07:47 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply
On Beginner's guide: shooting high-key at home article (67 comments in total)
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Steve Balcombe: Why use exposure compensation, which is hit-and-miss? Use spot/partial metering to select a manual exposure. That way, if you take a number of shots with different amounts of white background your metering won't keep changing.

Also, adjustment brushes in LightRoom are a pretty clumsy tool for this sort of job. Select the white area in Photoshop and fill it with pure white.

I'd still use exp.comp., because it is faster and more convenient to adapt when the light changes. In a studio, your approach may be better, though.

Are you sure that filling the background would not flow into the white parts of her clothes?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 8, 2014 at 18:33 UTC
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skytripper: Shockingly mediocre selection.

Shockingly dull comment from skytripper.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 7, 2014 at 18:35 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (416 comments in total)
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mosc: I still don't understand the point of <$1000 ILC cameras (with lenses). The kit lenses are crap and they're not likely to see other lenses. People with lots of lenses are going to spend a little more on bodies. There are no lenses that take great pictures, are cheap, and fit compactly on a body like this besides primes and as much as I focus on wide angle shooting that just doesn't cut it. Carrying around a couple primes with this already prices you into a different class camera which takes up a whole lot more room.

A lot of cameras are making less and less sense to me. The only ones that make sense anymore are cell phones, RX100s of various marks, the FZ1000/RX10, and at least a mid grade ILC (E-M10, A6000, 70D, etc)+ worthy of more money in lenses than those ILC's cost.

It just seems to me like this is either a bad RX100 (with it's kit lens) or a bad E-M10 for not much less money.

@mosc:
1. Wait a few more days. Panasonic will release a 4/3 compact with fixed zoom lens.
2. The PL7 makes a lot of sense, if you want a camera that is as capable as an E-M10 but still a bit cheaper, cause the EVF is left out.
3. Oly's kit lenses are not crap. An E-PL with kit lens will still beat any phone or RX100. Use a prime lens and you have the same IQ as an E-M1.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 19:00 UTC
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mosc: 12mp sure isn't much resolution for a stills shot these days. Comparing the detail in the A7S shots to the A7R at base ISO is... staggering. The A7S is a very specialized camera to me. I have much less interest than I did.

HFLM:
I think downsizing is only an option for evenly lit scenes.
See studio comparison with 810 downsized:
http://preview.tinyurl.com/oqpqb3n

Sony has quite an advantage here in the shadow areas. Brighter areas look quite similar though.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2014 at 18:46 UTC
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mosc: 12mp sure isn't much resolution for a stills shot these days. Comparing the detail in the A7S shots to the A7R at base ISO is... staggering. The A7S is a very specialized camera to me. I have much less interest than I did.

@mosc: I think 12MP is enough for most professional use cases, esp. when the final output are print media.
If you need more, pick another cam. But what good are 30MP if you mostly have to shoot in low light conditions?

I think Sony made a smart move with this:
No other company offers two bodies with such different specs. I can imagine professionals buy both models, provided that the lens selection is enough for them.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2014 at 08:27 UTC
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dash2k8: Another $0.02: after a certain point, AF becomes meaningless if one gets into movie making. Wireless focus racking starts to steal our money, and all that's left is image quality and detail. As Philip Bloom said, "Autofocus will never work because the camera doesn't know where I want to focus."

@Lucid: Yes, you can use "tap-focus", but only if you are satisfied with the resulting quick jump between focus planes.

I guess most professionals prefer controlled, manual focusing.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2014 at 18:01 UTC
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IEBA1: "In terms of video features, the GH4 looks slightly better equipped, whether in terms of a handful of pro-orientated features or the provision of more, and higher quality, output options. ... a7S look more attractive as a camera if your workflow is expected to include significant post-processing. The addition of a (currently expensive) external recorder also allows the a7S to close the gap ...

Beginner videographers are likely to find the a7S's Auto ISO in manual exposure extremely useful, ... We'll look into what a more experienced user can do with the cameras"

PLEASE decide who your review is for before writing it.
Paragraph 1- Pro features, significant post processing, expensive external recorder.
Paragraph 2- Beginner videographers.

These cameras are designed (and priced) for people who use them professionally to earn an income. An A7s + a separate, external 4K recorder is not something the beginner typically goes for. Write your article for pro users.

@IEBA1:
AutoISO is very useful - esp. for videography.
A blunt statement like "It's manual!" does not change this fact.
Some manufacturers offer it already for stills. You think their engineers are all stupid?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2014 at 17:35 UTC

Excellent sensor and lenses, but I think the camera handling suffers from size and lack of buttons. Tried it today in a store, but would rather take GM1 (if it had proper flash management).

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2014 at 16:10 UTC as 18th comment | 5 replies
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marc petzold: If only the prime would be f1.8 instead of 3.5....for 300 bucks the nx-m would
be great together with the zoom & the prime lens..perhaps when the successor comes out in 2015...

Marc probably means the 9mm prime.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2014 at 16:05 UTC
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Sdaniella: Canon dcam (and EOS LV dSLR) shooters are used to Full-Time (not part-time) ES-LV (Exposure Simulation Live (Pre)View) for exposure determination using the image sensor (not a light metering sensor of Auto-Gain framing-focus-only LV (auto-EV0)).

This makes any basic model Canon makes with such FullTime ES-LV, whether non-superzoom, or budget superzoom, or high-end superzooms competing with very limited choices, say with 1080p:

1) Competition with themselves (new Canon models vs previous Canon models: 3)
2) Competition with others: SONY model (just 1)

No other mfr of the same superzoom category 24mm-500mm+ has FullTime ES-LV:
Nikon has 0 models
Olympus has 0 models
Panasonic has 0 models
Fujifilm has 0 models
Pentax has 0 models
others 0 models

at any price category

they may offer a more awkward to use part-time "brief preview" ES-LV (half-depress shutter button to see it), or most likely none at all (no ES-LV whatsoever)

...

"if you have to half-press the shutter then you have only part-time ESLV"
I would not call it this way, because only DOF is "part-time". Exposure is live.

"DoF should be available full-time"
Not on a cam with contrast AF. A stopped down aperture would slow AF down. On most compacts, DOF is rarely critical and AF more important.
On a DSLR with an F1.8 lens, live DOF preview is surely more useful. Most have a button for this.

"adjusting speed or ISO or wb without use of opaque menu-only interruptions should show instant shift in sensitivities and exposure"
Works so on my Oly Stylus models.

"but degree of blowout brightness of a particular color or total whiteouts"
Don't understand you here. Blowouts of individual colors?

"long exposure simulation in low light should accurately exend to at least 4 to 6 seconds"
Would make no sense i.m.o., as this would freeze your view.
This is why Oly offers "Live Bulb" function. This is standard with Canon?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2014 at 06:49 UTC
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Sdaniella: Canon dcam (and EOS LV dSLR) shooters are used to Full-Time (not part-time) ES-LV (Exposure Simulation Live (Pre)View) for exposure determination using the image sensor (not a light metering sensor of Auto-Gain framing-focus-only LV (auto-EV0)).

This makes any basic model Canon makes with such FullTime ES-LV, whether non-superzoom, or budget superzoom, or high-end superzooms competing with very limited choices, say with 1080p:

1) Competition with themselves (new Canon models vs previous Canon models: 3)
2) Competition with others: SONY model (just 1)

No other mfr of the same superzoom category 24mm-500mm+ has FullTime ES-LV:
Nikon has 0 models
Olympus has 0 models
Panasonic has 0 models
Fujifilm has 0 models
Pentax has 0 models
others 0 models

at any price category

they may offer a more awkward to use part-time "brief preview" ES-LV (half-depress shutter button to see it), or most likely none at all (no ES-LV whatsoever)

...

I'm sorry, but I still don't see your problem.
I just tried with XZ-2:
It shows a rather good representation of the resulting picture and blown areas are highlighted. When I change exposure, it changes live view accordingly.
I also see white balance and even DOF (by half-pressing shutter).
Limitations:
- in dark situations (e.g. exposure times >1 s) the preview on the LCD is a bit too bright
- I don't see 100% accurate colors or noise. This is only feasible on a large screen with calibration.

I also have a C-5050 with a Sony sensor and remember that its LCD preview was much less accurate.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2014 at 21:30 UTC
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Sdaniella: Canon dcam (and EOS LV dSLR) shooters are used to Full-Time (not part-time) ES-LV (Exposure Simulation Live (Pre)View) for exposure determination using the image sensor (not a light metering sensor of Auto-Gain framing-focus-only LV (auto-EV0)).

This makes any basic model Canon makes with such FullTime ES-LV, whether non-superzoom, or budget superzoom, or high-end superzooms competing with very limited choices, say with 1080p:

1) Competition with themselves (new Canon models vs previous Canon models: 3)
2) Competition with others: SONY model (just 1)

No other mfr of the same superzoom category 24mm-500mm+ has FullTime ES-LV:
Nikon has 0 models
Olympus has 0 models
Panasonic has 0 models
Fujifilm has 0 models
Pentax has 0 models
others 0 models

at any price category

they may offer a more awkward to use part-time "brief preview" ES-LV (half-depress shutter button to see it), or most likely none at all (no ES-LV whatsoever)

...

Sdaniella, maybe I misunderstand you.
In my opinion most compact cams have what you call ES-LV:
They constantly show a live preview of current exposure settings. Some even show a live histogram.

Or do you mean something else, e.g. aperture preview?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2014 at 17:47 UTC
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quiquae: Never ceases to amaze me how people keep waltzing in to give self-righteous pontifications about this low-end superzoom that they were never going to buy anyway.

@BarnET: OK, G1X has a weak spot at 24mm, but which kit zoom is perfect?
Size: To me thickness is crucial, as I want to carry a camera on my belt. Some people even use their pockets.
G series is still much thinner than µ43. GM1 is a nice cam, but has limited flash use and gets deep with a standard zoom.
I'm ok that you say that these models do not offer the right features to you. To others they do.

PS: I did not say, that you mentioned "not decent". This was in mpg's post that I originally answered to.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2014 at 06:46 UTC
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quiquae: Never ceases to amaze me how people keep waltzing in to give self-righteous pontifications about this low-end superzoom that they were never going to buy anyway.

BarneET, I never had the G1Xmk2, but read quite positively about it - esp. about corner to corner sharpness and low noise.
S series is smaller than RX100, has touchscreen and is faster.
Size of G series is probably intentional for better handling. LX7 is a bad comparison (though a good cam) because of very limited zoom.
Every cam has strong and weak points, but saying that Canon's compacts are all not "decent" is plainly wrong.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2014 at 18:30 UTC
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quiquae: Never ceases to amaze me how people keep waltzing in to give self-righteous pontifications about this low-end superzoom that they were never going to buy anyway.

@mpg: 4 years? You're a being bit harsh.
Although I am not a Canon buyer, they have some nice cams, too:
G1Xm2, G-series, S-series.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2014 at 17:35 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1529 comments in total)
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eestlane: no need to find excuses not to upgrade to d810
its your problem if u dont have money
its absolutely way to upgrade, i did, and i have now d800, d810 and 5dm3
its no sense to have 1 body and change lenses
d810 has 300f4 constantly on
d800 has 85mm 1.4g
and 5dm3 135 L
i dont care about wide lens
i want to see closer whats over there, where u cant go

Yeah, great idea!
By this way you can even cancel your membership at the local gym!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 17:36 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2300 comments in total)
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UnitedNations: Fuji X100T is coming out soon. With its expected improvement over the x100s, why even bother with a Leica camera anymore which is way over priced for what it delivers?

Why even bother about X100T when there are excellent µ43 cameras with a great assortment of lenses?

You see, you prefer Fujis, others prefer Leicas. There is no 'best camera' for everyone.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2014 at 06:46 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 real-world samples gallery article (62 comments in total)
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Maverick_: Very disappointed! Perfect reason why no one uses the MF4 for stills professionally. The images are just a couple of notches above my cell phone pics.

Top MF3 cameras will only be used professionally for video use. And hence the top grade video features on this camera.

BTW, I use a Pana GH and totally dislike its image quality, but it's great for video.

@Maverick: Not a troll?
Maybe you should start arguing instead of simply posting silly claims like the one with the smartphone... then you might be able to convince others that you are NOT a troll.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2014 at 06:40 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (624 comments in total)

There's always something utterly idiotic about these Nikons:
V1 had a crippled mode dial this one has fiddly micro SD.

I'd really like to meet the guy at Nikon who is coming up with these "features".
;-)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2014 at 18:13 UTC as 60th comment | 4 replies
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