nicoboston

nicoboston

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nicoboston: Great technology, but isn't the electronic correction of aberrations more rational? And, more importantly, more flexible?
I like the approach of DxO OP and others. It's more realistic IMO.

I agree PazinBoise, but I can't figure out how the curved sensor technology will be optimized for every lens, every focal length, every aperture. Post-processing is extremely flexible. I don't say that this technology is bad.
Concerning the comparison with the eye, I think it's totally abusive. First, a biological system cannot make a flat surface. We cannot compare an industrial process with biology. Second, images generated by the retina are EXTREMELY post-processed. The brain performs more post processing than any computer. If we could see "raw" images from our retina, they would look extremely ugly.
Our sensor, the retina, has many "defects", including a big cluster of dead pixels (the blind spot)... What we "see" is what is generated by our eyes + brain.
So if we want to compare honestly with biological systems, a massive post-processing is actually more natural.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 14:30 UTC

Great technology, but isn't the electronic correction of aberrations more rational? And, more importantly, more flexible?
I like the approach of DxO OP and others. It's more realistic IMO.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 13:32 UTC as 73rd comment | 6 replies
On 2014 Waterproof Camera Roundup article (241 comments in total)

My old Powershot D10 was killed by sand in a door :-(
But, seriously, take a look at the 2009 group test:
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/Q209waterproofgroup
IMO, IQ was better 5 years ago. Or not worse.
I'm think of all the marketing gadgets (WiFi, GPS). I ordered a AW120 to replace my D10... and returned it after one week. IQ is bad beyond imagination, even in bright sunlight. The D30 does not look much better. The D10 was less compact but the lens was decent and I got very nice images from this camera.
Five years later, all we get is bad IQ, awful periscopic lenses, useless gadgets and slippery cameras.
Sigh.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2014 at 21:29 UTC as 44th comment
On Nikon Coolpix AW120 real-world samples gallery article (13 comments in total)
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photoguy622: Those pictures are atrocious. I thought the Olympus was bad at detail retention, the Nikon is even worse.

I got this camera and returned it after one week.
Pictures are actually atrocious.
It was a replacement for my Powershot D10, which died after 5 years. The AW120 generates large files with no detail, I miss the D10. I don't care about brands. The new Canon has also this crappy periscopic objective, and it's even slower.
I know that we should not expect much from these tiny waterproof cameras, but can't we expect a 2014 camera to be, at least, as good as a 2011 camera ? WiFi and GPS are gadgets, but IQ just sucks, even under bright sunlight !!!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2014 at 14:47 UTC
On Canon USA brings white EOS Rebel SL1 to America article (120 comments in total)
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veroman: Don't be too hard on Canon. They're doing the best they can.

So do you.

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2014 at 21:08 UTC
On CES 2014: Canon Stand Report article (48 comments in total)
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tkbslc: People freaking out because Canon knows this isn't a photography tradeshow.

Fair comment.
Only... Why writing a "stand report" for such an insignificant event?
To celebrate emptiness?
I like Canon a lot, an I'm perfectly OK if they have nothing new to show in this geek fair. But the stand report (and the stand) was useless.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2014 at 14:28 UTC
On French newspaper publishes issue with no photos article (208 comments in total)

The purpose was also to send a big "ENOUGH" following recurrent racism issues in France lately (as the country is more or less falling appart, it's very tempting to blame others).
Good photographers and photojournalists are not in danger. Talented people will always exist. They have to adapt. It won't be easy, but they have to! Everybody loves nice images. Now everyone can capture decent images with good cameras and phones... If everyone had access to good violins and pianos, it would be more difficult to become a recognized musician. It's competition... Don't give up, photographers ! Newspapers will disappear, you won't ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2013 at 19:47 UTC as 64th comment | 9 replies
On Just Posted: Fujifilm X20 review article (175 comments in total)

Poor review IMO.
Almost everything has been described elsewhere for weeks or months.
More importantly, there's not a single word about DYNAMIC RANGE, which was one of the most interesting aspect of X10, thanks to EXR.

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2013 at 16:08 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply
On Picasa web is now redirecting to Google+ post (42 comments in total)

There is major change that nobody seems to notice:
The unlisted gallery URL does not exist anymore.
Bottom line: you can send links for individual albums, but not an unlisted gallery. It was my favorite feature of Picasaweb ! Very unique.
I totally hate Google +.
Picasaweb was great, clean, simple and fast !
G+ is BS, slow, uselessly complicated, and lacks that sharing option that was so great.
Now my pictures are in iPhoto with PhotoStream galleries. It's not great, but I'm very disappointed with Google.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 8, 2013 at 18:52 UTC as 19th comment | 2 replies
On Just Posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 review article (546 comments in total)

Compare carefully 2 images using the "Studio scene comparison (RAW)" page.
Select RX1 vs. Canon Powershot G10, RAW, ISO 100.
We are talking about a $2,800 2013 camera vs. a discontinued 2008 Powershot.
Right, the RX1 is much better.
But is it really worth the price tag?

PS: repeat with the G15
Sigh... Sony knows marketing.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2013 at 20:08 UTC as 56th comment | 4 replies
On Nikon publishes Nikkor lens 80th anniversary video article (33 comments in total)
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dgeugene1: The video was mostly out of focus. I don't think they really want anyone to know what they are doing.

"The video was mostly out of focus."
Because they use Nikon lenses :-)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2013 at 21:41 UTC
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seilerbird666: It is strange to read all these moronic comments from people who are obviously do not know one thing about this mission. There are 17, count them, 17 cameras on board. So far only a few of the cameras are working. In a week or so when Curiosity has all her systems checked out and all her cameras working you are going to see some hi res images that will make you drool.

Is it really strange to read moronic comments on DPR?
Morons have always existed. Now they have the opportunity to show their moronity to the world. Luckily, talented engineers and genius have also always existed. Images from NASA and others make me drool on a daily basis. Enjoy and ignore the morons...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2012 at 14:42 UTC
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nicoboston: I see orbs.
The image is soft.
White balance is not accurate.

NASA sucks...

Hi guys,

I just want to let you know that, in my culture, we don't need to write "just kidding" at the end of a sentence to notify the readers that we are kidding...
I am amazed by the images send by Curiosity, as I was amazed by Spirit, Opportunity and the others...
It's pure magic to me, and NASA has always amazed me. Sometime I regret that I was not born earlier, just to see these guys running on the moon.
Obviously some of you do not understand sarcasm. A while ago a guy in France said "You can laugh at everything, but not with everyone". This is truer than ever.

NASA, please continue to amaze me!

And Curiosity deserves a DPR Silver Award :-)))

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2012 at 14:34 UTC

I see orbs.
The image is soft.
White balance is not accurate.

NASA sucks...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2012 at 11:35 UTC as 41st comment | 6 replies
On Canon issues allergy warning for EOS 650D/Rebel T4i article (176 comments in total)
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Zerblatt: I¨m allergic to all Canon products...

I'm allergic to idiots.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2012 at 15:43 UTC

The only question we should ask here is:
Does it make orbs ???
And if it does, will the DoD replace the 98 sensors to make sure that we get orb-free 1GP cat pictures ?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 22, 2012 at 18:12 UTC as 76th comment

All the point of having a DSLR is the ability to put a decent piece of glass in front of it.
This picture is scary:
http://www.dpreview.com/previews/canon-eos-650d-rebel-t4i/images/frontpage.jpg
Such a big camera for such a small front element?!

Compare with the 50mm 50mm f/1.4:
http://a.img-dpreview.com/reviews/CanonEOS30D/Images/frontview.jpg

Do we want to collect a lot of light?
Or do we want to put a compact camera lens in front of a good DSLR ?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 8, 2012 at 20:08 UTC as 37th comment | 1 reply
On Sony DSC-RX100 preview (544 comments in total)
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Matt1645f4: this is what the market has been screaming out for, good to see sony is listening. i just wish i knew it was coming out before purchasing the fuji x10.... (great camera and no orbs yet)

Seriously ?
Download the original DSC01194.
Look at the car grille, and the lights...
Nice "orbs" plus PF !
If this picture was from a X10, you would say it's a shame !

Direct link | Posted on Jun 7, 2012 at 15:29 UTC

"Fujifilm promises 'definitive solution' to X10:
March 12th, Fujifilm is going to release the X11 !
Please note that they said said that they will announce a solution to X10 problem.
They did not say that they will announce a solution for those who purchased the X10!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2012 at 19:51 UTC as 107th comment | 2 replies
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Jostian: I think Fuji's silence on this issue is abysmal! I'm shocked that a massive company like Fuji cannot just do a recall and fix the X10 (sure they lose a bit on money, a drop in the ocean to them) but they WILL earn back a little respect!! currently their silence is just dragging them further down the 'bad PR' blackhole, even loyal customers will think twice when the next cameras come out... I saved 3 months for the X10 but got me the P7100 instead, if Fuji had not been silent and come up with a plan (fixed sensor on new X10's & replacing the faulty sensors on those already purchased for e.g. I would have waited and got a new X10... but their silence and ignorance is astounding...

Who cares? Do you need DP Review to think? You cannot even have your own opinion?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2012 at 12:22 UTC
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