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On What is equivalence and why should I care? article (2004 comments in total)
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chewdoggydog: how about we all just worry about the cameras that we are shooting with. you know, the one that you spent thousands of dollars on....and not one that you don't own.

Some shoot in multiple formats. Whether film, digital, or a mixture of both. I do usually worry about only the format I'm shooting in at the time...but it never hurts to have an open mind, and understand to the best of our abilities why things are the way they are

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On What is equivalence and why should I care? article (2004 comments in total)
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jtan163: Richard Butler:
OK, I follow most of that then I hit this: "you can't try to flood a small sensor with extra light in order to get better images, because it'll just overexpose. ".

I might have just accepted before Brian Caldwell and MetaBones released the Speed Booster, which is it claimed - and every article I've read that discusses them tends to agree - gives you back some wide and a stop or so of light.

The most common explanation for this - and it sounds reasonable - is that it is taking the wide beam of light from the larger lens circle and focussing it on the smaller sensor - intensifying the number of photons hitting a square mm.

So why don't SpeedBoosters cause overexposure?
Or should your statement be qualified e.g. "you can't try to flood a small sensor with extra light in order to get better images, because *for a given ISO* it'll just overexpose."?

Or am I denser than the pixels on an M43 sensor?

Yep. I've been trying to say this for a while, using a different example. It demonstrates total light from the larger entrance pupil of a "FF" lens. I think this is the best proof, and most simple example for those who don't understand the 'total light' concept.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 27, 2014 at 18:09 UTC
On What is equivalence and why should I care? article (2004 comments in total)

To simplify:
To those who can't understand about total light: If using a "FF" lens on a smaller system, a focal reducer like the Metabones, not only increases FOV...it gives an extra FStop or so. Ask yourself why?
For resolution: If you take a large image (bigger sensor of the same ilk) and reduce it, it will appear sharper . Conversely if you blow up a smaller image (smaller sensor of the same ilk) it will appear softer. Ask yourself why?
Yes I shoot with M43 primarily at present for various reasons (it's good enough in IQ) But I do realize that other formats have other strengths and weaknesses. I think a lot of people are thinking equivalence is a "put down" of their system, when it isn't, if used in a way to compare what one system does under a similar set of conditions compared to another, and why.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 27, 2014 at 10:28 UTC as 57th comment
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dmanthree: In order for the aerosol can to explode, you'd need oxygen inside the can. It is highly unlikely that the can would explode since there is no oxygen inside it, and the pressure of the gas coming out also deters the flame from retreating back into the can. Same reason the flame on a gas stove doesn't travel back down the gas pipe; it needs oxygen to burn. However, the open flame is another matter...

When I was a kid, I knew another kid that used his mouth with gasoline in it for an aerosol can many, many times, the last time, it didn't work. He survived, but not by a lot. He's OK now as far as I know...couple of skin grafts I guess. A person had better guess well at how far the aerosol can shoots. :-) Or where (make sure the nozzle is not aimed at oneself)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 15, 2014 at 18:48 UTC

http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/1387692077/photos/1937084/diffuser-reflector
This works. Cheaper than a Gary Fong.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 15, 2014 at 18:40 UTC as 2nd comment
On What is equivalence and why should I care? article (2004 comments in total)

In my previous post I should have said "relevant or irrelevant" ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 10:56 UTC as 117th comment
On What is equivalence and why should I care? article (2004 comments in total)
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carabas: Sorry, but that article means I'm removing DPr from my favorites...

Not because I'm a small format fan or whatever, but because I'm a photographer.

That article and for that matter Equivalence and Total Light make perfect sense from a Physics/Engineering point of view, but from a purely photographic perspective, which only relies on a simplified optics model (except of course for the actual design of the thing) it's utter nonsense, if only because it brings the sensitive surface noise characteristics into the equation.

So, between fairly useless (and usually very late) reviews and the fact that you made the last step from being a photography site to being a tech one, I no longer see any value in what DPr has to offer, there are thousands of other tech sites around, that wasn't what I came here for, I can read a spec sheet myself, thank you very much.

Well to much of a degree, I agree that equivalence is really only important when comparing formats..and not too important to me. There are so many other considerations involved, ergonomics, size, etc. etc. and some of the smaller formats are very close to the larger ones in IQ. Agreed, most photographers think about the format they're shooting in, rather than comparing it to another when they are doing what they do. I know when shooting in M43 now, I never think in 35mm (or larger) terms, nor did I when I shot with a bridge camera, or as I'm doing lately with film medium format. Why should we? But if comparing formats, I suppose equivalence is useful to some. My way of looking at things is that cameras just do what they do, and we use 'em like they are.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 10:49 UTC
On What is equivalence and why should I care? article (2004 comments in total)

The trouble is, when someone explains something relevant here, it seems everyone (well a lot) of people just import what they want someone else to 'have' said, rather than what they actually say. To prove that total light matters with larger entrance pupils. The speed boosters gain around a stop of light, by focusing the light cone from a larger entrance (35mm) on a smaller sensor, and increasing the FOV in the meantime...Total light doesn't depend on the sensor, but on the lens in relation to it. It is simple when a person thinks in those terms. Gaining a stop, means you can decrease your ISO a stop (less noise) for the same exposure using a speed booster with a 35mm sized lens of the same relative FOV and physical aperture to a lens designed for your smaller system (like the one I use mostly now) .irregardless of any capabilities your camera may or may not have.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 10:39 UTC as 118th comment | 1 reply
On What is equivalence and why should I care? article (2004 comments in total)

Ok. I was once a doubter of the Equivalence thinking (as I think were many). But it is more than thinking. As a simple proof. Take a Legacy (I don't like that term so I usually say manual) lens. Put it on an APS-C or M43 camera, but with a Metabpnes Speed Booster and presto you gain an F-Stop or so. Why is that? Go figure. There are other reasons to use certain cameras, ergonomics, live view functionality, blah, blah. Lots of reasons one person may like one, and another another. But why do you gain an F stop, putting a 35mm lens on a smaller format with a Speed booster?...it ain't magic. (and yes you are changing the FOV to more so, but not quite represent the 35mm lens field of view) At least that's how I think about it.
Wow this is an active topic ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 18:49 UTC as 149th comment | 2 replies
On What is equivalence and why should I care? article (2004 comments in total)

We also learned in art production, to do the image large, and reduce it for sharpness. Which a larger sensor sort of does, if all else is the same. The same would apply in blowing up an image, the larger the original the sharper the result, again if all is the same. It's why an 8X10 view camera can be printed very large, why a medium format camera (either digital or film) bests a 35mm or smaller. This is irregardless of noise or grain. Simple. To some degree, smaller formats have gotten much better, higher resolution, less noise, so that they can be very useful, well balanced according to size and IQ. Good enough for many purposes. But the larger format, under equal conditions will win...the question really is to many..how much does it matter? And how much does portability matter when weighing IQ - ain't no free lunches. Just my 2 cents. Thanks for the article, has elicited some spirited responses :-)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 01:12 UTC as 173rd comment
On What is equivalence and why should I care? article (2004 comments in total)

The only part of Equivalence that I have a difficult time in understanding is why would more light fall on an equal sized cropped area of a larger sensor, if the sensors were of the same exact design, than on a cropped sensor? with the same exact lens? at the same aperture? Yes for an equivalent FOV with different lenses I can understand that more light would fall on the larger sensor, since the entrance diameter of the lens would be larger. All the other stuff I can understand more easily, the DOF being different, diffraction being different...and of course FOV. I'm not trying to argue, but rather trying to understand...or perhaps no one is really saying this ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 08:59 UTC as 214th comment | 3 replies
On What is equivalence and why should I care? article (2004 comments in total)

I kinda think products like the Metabones adapters for APS-C and M43 are an interesting side-track in the Equivalence debate.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 08:24 UTC as 216th comment | 4 replies
On AP cuts ties with Pulitzer-winning photographer article (167 comments in total)

I would think that the cloning out of the camera in no way alters the truth of the shot...but then rules are rules and once bent soon may be broken. A shame though for such a small infraction on such a powerful shot.
For some other thoughts research the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima shot back in the 40's ?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2014 at 04:37 UTC as 28th comment
On Hand-painted Olympus E-P5 comes with bonus... Vespa? article (51 comments in total)

I refuse to buy it, the grip doesn't match either the camera or the Vespa.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2013 at 23:38 UTC as 16th comment
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Mr Tudor: I just discovered that clicking on "Edit" on your "You" page will bring up the old page layout.

If it's still available, it's strange why they don't let the viewer customize it, if they like the old look better. Think you will win your bet though.

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2013 at 20:06 UTC
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brudy: It's so awful from so many perspectives I don't know where to begin.

:-)

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2013 at 20:01 UTC

I still like Pbase. Old and clunky, Once in a great while breaks down...but the user interface is very easy to customize, you get 800mb a year (not like Flickr but who has 1TB of good photos?), the navigation is easy, the display qualities good for 24.95 and NO adds. I'm just using this to illustrate a point, since there are many equally good photo services available Zenfolio, Smugmug etc. etc....maybe some better...and many not mentioned. From what I've seen on the new Flickr, it's flashy etc. It all seems like Flickriver now sort of to me, endless. Is it going to hurt the groups and communities that have grown up around them? Has Flickr shot itself in the foot?

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2013 at 19:54 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply
On Introducing... What The Duck on dpreview.com article (62 comments in total)

Hee hee. The irony

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2013 at 21:01 UTC as 30th comment
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Alternative Energy Photography: Here's a thought. How many people here have at least once in their lives lost their job and it took 3, 4, 8, 12 months to find a new one? Yes, I am raising my hand too.

During that dry period, did you do like I did and cancel the cable, the newspaper, and even consider cancelling all non-essential memberships, retirement plans, kids' soccer, and other subscriptions except for the electric, water, and gas services? Yep, me too.

Maybe the "pros" will consider their Adobe membership critical, and will cancel their health club memberships instead. They cost about the same, $50 per month, depending on where you live.

But I think for most people, when family finances get tight as in this example, the priority will be to feed the wife and kids, not Adobe. So the Adobe subcription model might end up hurting Adobe in down times.

But then again, I still see a lot of apathy. Most of you will probably just put your Adobe membership on the credit card even when you have no job, right?

I think you are right. Especially in this case.

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2013 at 09:36 UTC

Borg

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2013 at 02:26 UTC as 18th comment
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