fmian

fmian

Lives in Australia Sydney, Australia
Works as a Photographer/Re-toucher/Consultant
Joined on Mar 28, 2010
About me:

If you're reading this it's probably because I wrote something that confounded or intrigued you. You should know that much of what I say is uncomfortable truth laced with straight faced sarcasm. Don't take it to heart.

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On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (668 comments in total)
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fmian: Excellent. Now can you correct the white balance please?

j/k :)

Would that be before or after you start reviewing film cameras? ;)

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 00:44 UTC
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (668 comments in total)

Excellent. Now can you correct the white balance please?

j/k :)

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2016 at 23:02 UTC as 454th comment | 2 replies
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fmian: This is how Nikon fanboys seem to comment:

Nikon camera with high DR:
- This makes Nikon THE BEST camera maker.
- DR is always good and always useful to have.
- Canon is so far behind and need to catch up otherwise they will lose sales.

Nikon camera with low DR:
- Who shoots at low ISO anyway?
- PJ and sports photographers don't need high DR.
- This camera is perfect for intended target audience of vampires who don't shoot in sunlight.

Nikon deniers are funny people...

You two clearly haven't been here long.
I'm an analog fanboy. Not a Canon fanboy.
My gear list should have made that clear...

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2016 at 21:40 UTC

This is how Nikon fanboys seem to comment:

Nikon camera with high DR:
- This makes Nikon THE BEST camera maker.
- DR is always good and always useful to have.
- Canon is so far behind and need to catch up otherwise they will lose sales.

Nikon camera with low DR:
- Who shoots at low ISO anyway?
- PJ and sports photographers don't need high DR.
- This camera is perfect for intended target audience of vampires who don't shoot in sunlight.

Nikon deniers are funny people...

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2016 at 00:36 UTC as 15th comment | 4 replies
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nwcs: I'd love to see a D750 successor that has a modular viewfinder to let you use OVF if you want or remove and replace with an EVF if you want that. It would up the complexity a bit in engineering but offer a lot of versatility and would become an upsell for Nikon for many. EVFs have some value as do OVFs. Having both as an option without a hybrid could be a great option.

Why remove and replace it to have this feature?
The Fuji X100 series already combines optical and electronic finders in one.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 01:50 UTC
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ashokvashisht: Will watch this space for a Sony A7R II beater from Nikon & Canon. I know now it's only when not if..... Hope the handling, ergonomics and the build quality is top notch and so is the lens selection.

They already make cameras that beat the A7RII in terms of build quality and lens selection, plus a number of other categories...

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 01:48 UTC
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rleue: My brother and I had the Nikon 300 series several years back. We longed for the updated version (now the D500). News all over the internet said it was coming soon...we waited and continued waiting and continued waiting. They came out with the 7000 series, which was NOT a pro version at all. So we still waited for the new Pro version to arrive. It never did...until now. Only YEARS too late! Years ago we sold all of our Nikon gear and never looked back. Now we are Olympus and Fuji users. We were so uninterested in Nikon when we heard that they had come out with the D5 and D500 we marveled and joked, "Does Nikon even make cameras anymore? We thought they were into toasters now!" The real fact is, they will continue to lose market share until they decide to make a real pro mirroless camera. They probably can do it...well, probably. At this point maybe they could just get Olympus, or Fuji to make a camera for them and they can put their name on it! Or, they could just TRY making toasters...

Sounds like he and his brother didn't actually need a D300s replacement, but rather a downgrade.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 01:43 UTC
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Alfonso Bresciani: I don't why shooting low DR at ISO 100 should matter, this is clearly a camera designed for high ISO for photojournalism and sports!

Important photojournalism and sports moments occur in daylight as well...

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 01:27 UTC

>3 stop push
>modest

okaaay...

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 01:20 UTC as 150th comment | 1 reply
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fatdeeman: For anyone who can't be bothered to read all the comments it goes like this:

A lot of people said something along the lines of "it's an improvement but still not on a par with Sony sensors which is disappointing"

And then the some other people said stuff like this:

My grandpa took photos with a potato and he managed to sell photos to magazines so what's the point in Sony sensors?

Sony sensors are only better if you push shadows 17EV so what's the point in having anything better than a Canon sensor?

I sell my photography for a living and I shoot Canon so the superiority of Sony's sensors is irrelevant!

Dynamic range is a FAD!

If you knew how to process photos properly the higher noise floor and smaller usable dynamic range of Canon sensors would magically vanish!

If you knew how to expose properly it would magically cancel out technical shortcomings in Canon sensors!

If you want the best sensor you're not an artist!

Whatever, Canon sell the most so they're still the best!

@AbrasiveReducer
'It's that Canon sells the most, despite not being the best.'

The best at what?

'And...with the arrival of the internet and super useful sites like DxO (joking; smiley face) chances are, most people know Canon is not the best.'

From what I can gather that people 'know' it's that DXO's measurement of one tiny aspect on a camera in an extremely limited situation shows that it's behind the pack.

It would probably be just as (if not more) relevant for me to say Canon is the 'best' because it has an 8-15mm circular fish-eye lens. Because no one else makes one like it.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2016 at 23:34 UTC
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fmian: I guess this puts to rest concerns from the minority of Canon users who plan to shoot and process with a +5EV exposure push in mind.

For everyone else, if you often find yourself making a -5EV metering error, keep in mind that the Auto mode should prevent it from happening again.

@Don Sata.. comparing motion capture techniques and products to stills photography... okay...

Please tell me what Lubezki would have done if the scene had more DR than the camera could handle... the same thing someone with a lower DR camera would do right?

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2016 at 05:44 UTC
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fatdeeman: People keep asking who needs to make 5ev pushes but it's not just about that alone, it's about what that ability tells you about low ISO files in general.

I'll repeat this comment in the hope it explains why many people rave about sensors with lower read noise, aside from being able to save highlights and push shadows there are differences that are apparent even with much milder processing.

"It's not just about large pushes anyway. The high noise floor with older Canon sensors can be readily visible even with relatively minor processing, the noise is always there just beneath the surface and so areas of low detail like sky and clouds can show noise even with no processing at all.

Imagine it as unwanted detail or texture that is always there but sometimes lost in the texture of your actual subject. The problem is when you have a smooth sky and the only texture there is noise the software doesn't discriminate between unwanted texture from noise and texture you want to enhance so doing simple levels curves suddenly makes that noise grain pop even more and that's at ISO 100."

Yes you are correct @fatdeeman

But on a practical level where is this extra DR important?

There's still just a small window of DR stop difference between one sensor and another, before the better sensor will stop collecting information cleanly as well.

How many people are sitting there with a light meter at the scene making sure the SBR is not more than their camera allows? That's the only way you'll know if your camera is going to suit the scene. And if you have such a scene and the time to check this, then you'll likely have the ability to get around DR limitations by all the methods that people have been using for the past century.

There are very very few situations for stills photography where the benefit of an extra 1-2 stops DR isn't just seen in a pot luck 'camera saved my butt' scenario.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2016 at 03:59 UTC

I guess this puts to rest concerns from the minority of Canon users who plan to shoot and process with a +5EV exposure push in mind.

For everyone else, if you often find yourself making a -5EV metering error, keep in mind that the Auto mode should prevent it from happening again.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2016 at 03:38 UTC as 38th comment | 22 replies
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fatdeeman: For anyone who can't be bothered to read all the comments it goes like this:

A lot of people said something along the lines of "it's an improvement but still not on a par with Sony sensors which is disappointing"

And then the some other people said stuff like this:

My grandpa took photos with a potato and he managed to sell photos to magazines so what's the point in Sony sensors?

Sony sensors are only better if you push shadows 17EV so what's the point in having anything better than a Canon sensor?

I sell my photography for a living and I shoot Canon so the superiority of Sony's sensors is irrelevant!

Dynamic range is a FAD!

If you knew how to process photos properly the higher noise floor and smaller usable dynamic range of Canon sensors would magically vanish!

If you knew how to expose properly it would magically cancel out technical shortcomings in Canon sensors!

If you want the best sensor you're not an artist!

Whatever, Canon sell the most so they're still the best!

Love it. Thanks for the laugh :)

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2016 at 03:29 UTC
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2078 comments in total)
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chj: "Our final concern is the lack of joystick or touchscreen to re-position the AF point"

Sony would have gotten a sale from me a long time ago if they'd just fix this glaring omission in their lineup.

Sounds like it would be easier to use manual focus..

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2016 at 05:48 UTC
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2456 comments in total)
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vesa1tahti: I'll keep my D7200 with it's 10 lenses. Nikon is winner, Fuji takes the second place.

'1: Shooting on film is from the past, we live digital time now.'
This is why digital is still behind film in many regards...
I suppose you actually just follow the trends of others...

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2016 at 23:48 UTC
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2456 comments in total)
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vesa1tahti: I'll keep my D7200 with it's 10 lenses. Nikon is winner, Fuji takes the second place.

'Money doesn't matter. Winner in IQ, ergonomics, etc.'
Why aren't you shooting on film then?

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2016 at 07:16 UTC
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2456 comments in total)
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steven_k: Richard, excellent review. I noticed in one of you replies down bellow that you use your left eye for focusing. In general RF style camera are designed to be used with your right eye. For left eye shooters I would personally stay away from any RF camera and stick with DSLR type OV/EVF just my opinion of course

My right eye has poor vision compared to the left.
I've gotten into the subconscious habit of turning the camera clockwise and shooting in portrait with my left eye to the finder.
One might notice that very few of my photos are in landscape orientation for this reason.
No reason to let a fault get in the way of usability, even if the fault is with the user.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2016 at 07:12 UTC
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2456 comments in total)
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carlnor: I'm a Nikon/Fuji user, and I'm quite satisfied with both systems.
In Norway the X-PRO2 will cost only around US$ 60 less than the Nikon D750.
That does not make much sense to me. I think Fuji's gonna struggle getting this one off the shelves.

Well the D750 is now a recalled camera with design fault that requires part change/service. Possibly an ongoing issue as well.
How does that change the value comparison between the two when peace of mind about a products integrity can't be measured?

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2016 at 01:43 UTC
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Miike Dougherty: I purchased the 15 F4 directly out of China when it was introduced. First, it is not a general purpose ultra wide angle and should not be used for that purpose. It is a macro lens where you want a dominant foreground and a lot of out-of-focus back ground. It's fantastic for this purpose. I bought it in Sony mount to be used on my A77. Since I stop the lens down to F16, it would be too dark with an optical view finder but not with the A77's electronic viewfinder. The A77 also has "focus peaking" which really works quite well and not available on my Nikons.

@vscd
Why would someone use a free simple practical solution when a more expensive complicated technological one is available?

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2016 at 09:32 UTC
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