Adrian Van

Adrian Van

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On Nikon D750 real-world samples gallery posted article (337 comments in total)
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PowerG9atBlackForest: That photograph with the seemingly happy young lady and the painted horse on the beach may meet the comtemporary feeling of modern good life today but from an equestrian (and photographic) point of view it is a no-go.

NEVER use a wide-angle lens for photographing a horse! Unevitably, it will disturb the otherwise harmonic proportions of the animal.

The way the horse moves and (because) the lady takes her seat (as she takes it) she must feel uncomfortable while bumping up and down.

I know this is how today's photographers who do not know about horses usually take pictures - easy and cool but profoundly improper. Sadly, it is the expression which counts.

Despite the wide angle creating unusual proportions to horse front and back body in photo 1434, I actually thought the use of wide angle successfully gave it a very dramatic viewpoint and added to the sense of motion of the horse. Well done. Rules can be broken when the photo works!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 15, 2014 at 04:00 UTC
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mikeydread: What will ultimately happen to that beautiful fixed lens is it will go in the trash in a few years time when the LX100 is outdated. What a waste.
Why could they not just make it removable, then it could be in use for decades.

I love the sarcasm. It is like saying the top DSLRs from Nikon and Canon that are 5 years old stop making good photos in 3 years. Even Rebels 3 years and older can make great photos. A camera like a LX100 will still be taking great photos in 5 years, if the photos look great today they will look the same in 3 years.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2014 at 03:53 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Real-world samples (beta) article (269 comments in total)
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Ontario Gone: For the love of all that's healthy, how can we tell anything with smaller samples like that? Not to mention it's jpeg of course which further muddles the water. Considering it's a Canon sensor im not expecting miracles, but we know nothing till full size samples hit the web.

I find the colour saturation or density of the images a little weak in the Canon line (or maybe these samples anyway) for default jpeg settings, and much prefer the Nikon cameras for better richer colour and colour density in jpeg or raw.
I imagine that could be reset to more saturation in camera on Canon though. My personal thoughts anyway. Other peoples opinions may differ.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2014 at 17:54 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Real-world samples (beta) article (269 comments in total)
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George Veltchev: here’s a compilation of the best selling DSLRs based on Amazon Reports, where Canon has managed to convince the users with 11 models, Nikon 4, Pentax 1 and Sony with a single model .... Long live 7D MarkII ...the rest is just a fudge.

1 Canon EOS Rebel T3i
2 Nikon D3100
3 Canon EOS Rebel T2i
4 Canon EOS Rebel T3
5 Canon EOS Rebel T1i
6 Nikon D5100
7 Canon EOS 60D
8 Nikon D7000
9 Canon Rebel XS
10 Nikon D3000
11 Pentax K-5
12 Canon Digital Rebel XTi
13 Canon Digital Rebel XT
14 Canon EOS 7D
15 Canon Digital Rebel XSi
16 Canon EOS 5D Mark II
17 Sony Alpha SLTA33L

A list of inexpensive camera bodies (or recent sale items for clearance) in the top 10 at least. This list does not mean much for best camera or IQ of camera, however maybe it shows popularity for consumers based on price. Regardless Canon and Nikon are the top consumer choice for the masses that I agree.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2014 at 17:50 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Real-world samples (beta) article (269 comments in total)

The 3200 iso bar room scene looked good, not sure about 6400 iso and above as a bit noisy or fine grain as you may call it. Some of the other portraits looked quite good for sharpness at lower iso. I am sure Raw would be better for 3200 iso after post processing. This camera is a high speed shooter, so lots of value for sports shooters, once samples become available for evaluation. Performance should be good with a bit more resolution than previous 7D.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2014 at 03:42 UTC as 56th comment
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Deardorff: Until these cameras can autofocus quickly enough to be used in the field with reliable results - they will remain niche products for people with plenty of time to wait.

From what I have seen on other websites and asking friend photographers, are that there are some pros buying the XT1 and using it as a lighter weight second body in the field for recording pro work when speed is not critical, as the excellent image quality produces very usable pro results. For a lighter less bulky camera, great also for travel and personal use for image quality exceeding top m43 compact cameras and images comparable to bulkier body top APSC cameras from Nikon/Canon. Rapid speed is not always needed to get many types of shots however I agree with you that accurate AF is. I am considering Fuji again as an personal camera after having 2 in the past 10 years - S2Pro and S5Pro which are older DSLRs. Love the Fuji colours.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 15:27 UTC
On ACDSee Pro 8 and ACDSee 18 announced article (51 comments in total)
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Keytsa: Picaview??!!
That program i had way back then in '90s. It was the best program they had. They must've think no one would remember it?! ACDSee was good 'till version 3, after that it was a joke...

I have a friend who may say the same (but that might be only if you do not have one of the latest computers with enough Ram such as 8 to 16GB to run the software fast enough), however as I regularly use ACDSee Pro to finalize some of my workflow for final tweaks (I also use Lightroom and DXO first before going into ACDSee Pro for final checks and tonal tweaks). This combination lets me avoid going into Photoshop, except for very localized or advanced edits. The product is great for much of my workflow. For the cost very good software.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 17:01 UTC
On ACDSee Pro 8 and ACDSee 18 announced article (51 comments in total)
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meagre offerings: does ACDSee pro8 support the fuji x-trans RAW files??

its been 2.5yrs without x-trans support, in my eyes this is disgusting behaviour from ACDSee, if this version doesnt support the x-trans files then im going to have to look for alternative PP software.

one cant wait forever for something that may never turn up.

Lightroom supports the X trans cameras (version 5), not sure on earlier versions of Lightroom, and of course the bundled Raw converter that comes with the Fuji camera - Silkypix I think it is. Not sure on ACDSee Pro latest version.
DXO Elite Pro I think does not as yet either, as I checked.
Maybe in future? Anyone know?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 16:55 UTC
On ACDSee Pro 8 and ACDSee 18 announced article (51 comments in total)
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GabrielZ: So no OS-X compatibility then...that's a shame, I was considering one of these packages until I read - 'Both require Windows operating systems'.

There is a version 3 for Mac available for latest OS. I use ACDSee Pro on both systems windows and mac and both have their strengths. The windows versions now at version 8 has the most developed features. However for the low cost of either software definitely worth buying. There is also an online interface for sharing photos I really like. Try the trial version to see if you like it. I really like the quick slider adjustments for Highlight, Midtone and Shadow and instant processing file by file as you work in ACDSee Pro.
I also have Lightroom 4 and DXO Elite 9. All have their specific uses for what I do.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 16:49 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1151 comments in total)
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ScottRH: I would like to know when the replacement for the D700 will be. This D750 is essentially a D620.

Anyone using a D700 would use only FX mode. The DX mode on D700 is about 5.5 MP, while on the D800 is 15MP. The DX mode on D750 is 10MP.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 17:38 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1151 comments in total)
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Adrian Van: While this new camera might not be considered a true successor to the D700 in body build quality like D810, however many will think it is an upgrade to D700 as it has many of the D810 features - back screen same type and resolution, same video at 1080 60P, and power aperature control for video and tilt screen, most features but expect body of D810 and a CF slot.

However raw files now full frame at 24MP for smaller files in a pro/semipro body, and faster workflow for heavy shooters, and the top AF system and 6.5fps, at a $2299 body price (much lower than D810) and not too much more than a D610 which is good.

With limited high quality Nikon DX lenses (only a few), and lots of great FX lenses, including primes not too expensive, this could be the camera to get for upgraders from D700 or D300. Or a second camera to your existing D700 or D810. Pros need 2 for backup purposes anyway. And enthusiasts have a better choice then D610 now for a very modest increase in price. I say worth it.

Now the dilemma that many might face - which to get?
The rugged D810 with ideal button configuration, and 25MP in 1.2 crop mode, and 36MP at full frame with CF/SD slots, or the lighter D750 at 24MP in full frame and tilt screen which is useful and dual SD slots.
For the amateur enthusiast or semi pro, or travel photographer, the D750 might be the choice. For the full time pro, the D810 may make more sense. Then again, for a pro with a D810 already, the D750 might be useful for second body. I realize this is my opinion, and other people's views would be different.

If they had put the insides of a D750 into a D810, I would be willing to pay more. Some may not.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 15:50 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1151 comments in total)

While this new camera might not be considered a true successor to the D700 in body build quality like D810, however many will think it is an upgrade to D700 as it has many of the D810 features - back screen same type and resolution, same video at 1080 60P, and power aperature control for video and tilt screen, most features but expect body of D810 and a CF slot.

However raw files now full frame at 24MP for smaller files in a pro/semipro body, and faster workflow for heavy shooters, and the top AF system and 6.5fps, at a $2299 body price (much lower than D810) and not too much more than a D610 which is good.

With limited high quality Nikon DX lenses (only a few), and lots of great FX lenses, including primes not too expensive, this could be the camera to get for upgraders from D700 or D300. Or a second camera to your existing D700 or D810. Pros need 2 for backup purposes anyway. And enthusiasts have a better choice then D610 now for a very modest increase in price. I say worth it.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 14:04 UTC as 216th comment | 4 replies
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (466 comments in total)
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tedolf: The more I look at this, the more I think I can't do it. Front-OK. Top plate-OK. But, look at the back of this thing. Look at those tiny buttons crammed together and that shiny, slippery ring thing. That is supposed to be a 4 way controller? How am I supposed to use this thing with gloves on? At least my humble E-pl1 has reasonably sized buttons. And what about all that real estate where the flash should be? Why not put some buttons there that you wouldn't use with the camera at eye level with an EVF (like delete) to free up some real estate for a larger controller, more buttons, etc.?

I don't care about the lens b/c I am going to buy it body only anyway. Besides, the regular kit lens is fine as kit lenses go.

Really, it looks like they designed this thing as a fashion accessory for a Japanese teen age girl!

TEdolph

I have an Panasonic LX5 with tiny buttons for my medium-large hands and do not have problem clicking. Until you try the camera for a day, then you will know if it is a problem or not. I actually think the back design layout of EPL7 is bit better than the EPL5 which button layout looks more crammed.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2014 at 13:57 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (466 comments in total)
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EricoftheNorth: I'm just going to whine about that lens on every post related to this camera. The only thing that sells these cameras is the touch screen. The lens in the American market is hands down the ugliest kit lens PERIOD.

Aesthetics aside, it makes the camera far larger than a Sony equivalent, and the Sony has a better grip. O-MD is all I can sell Olympus!! Get it together! EZ lens or go home!

My FL36R is still working okay, as I only take in out indoors in dim lighting to do portraits of family gatherings, as I do not have F2/F2.8 lens yet. Have taken it out for social weddings when I am just the guest. Do not really have misfire, however with only 2 batteries this does not last too long, and I change batteries every so often, as I like to shot a lot and my main lens is 14-150mm which is F4-5/6. Taking photos at 640 and 800 iso can help make batteries last longer. But smaller than a 4 battery flash and I like the easy rotate dial on back of flash for flash compensation power + or -. I did not want to put too much more money in lenses as yet, as I also have bigger Nikons also. 14-150mm is a sharp lens, best for outdoor day use. The flash has very good bounce to ceiling power to spread light especially in low ceiling rooms. Happy overall, but on a pen, flash can look large still, but balanced well with a long 14-150mm lens on my EPL1. A new sensor EPL7 could also help.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2014 at 00:09 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (466 comments in total)
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Adrian Van: Anyone know what type of adaptor you need to plug in an external microphone with 1/8 plug slot. Is it possible? I cannont find a socket anywhere on body or the hot shoe area. Would this be an adaptor to the hot shoe and what is the product code of it. They finally have 1080 30P, but I prefer small external mic for clean sound.

Or would I have to consider another model with this feature.

Perfect. Thanks for info.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 17:52 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (466 comments in total)

Anyone know what type of adaptor you need to plug in an external microphone with 1/8 plug slot. Is it possible? I cannont find a socket anywhere on body or the hot shoe area. Would this be an adaptor to the hot shoe and what is the product code of it. They finally have 1080 30P, but I prefer small external mic for clean sound.

Or would I have to consider another model with this feature.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 16:57 UTC as 49th comment | 3 replies
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (466 comments in total)
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EricoftheNorth: I'm just going to whine about that lens on every post related to this camera. The only thing that sells these cameras is the touch screen. The lens in the American market is hands down the ugliest kit lens PERIOD.

Aesthetics aside, it makes the camera far larger than a Sony equivalent, and the Sony has a better grip. O-MD is all I can sell Olympus!! Get it together! EZ lens or go home!

I was just wondering which flash you meant that you have which is poor quality.
I have the Oly. FL36R which is same flash in Oly and Panasonic and should work with either body. Some of the others I know may not be in both product lines. I thought the FL36R has good build quality.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 16:52 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (466 comments in total)
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EricoftheNorth: I'm just going to whine about that lens on every post related to this camera. The only thing that sells these cameras is the touch screen. The lens in the American market is hands down the ugliest kit lens PERIOD.

Aesthetics aside, it makes the camera far larger than a Sony equivalent, and the Sony has a better grip. O-MD is all I can sell Olympus!! Get it together! EZ lens or go home!

Which flash? Unless you are talking about the one that comes with the new Pen camera as attachment, there are also several that can be used on this pen, including FL36R (Panasonic has the same flash, I like my Oly version), FL300R (small), FL600R (newest and bigger and can be used with video in close range with LED of front, plus flash titlable at top). Some of these are small and some may appear big on a Pen.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 14:01 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 compact mirrorless camera announced article (80 comments in total)

A very attractive looking body, should appeal to a lot of people, even nicer looking than EPL5. Video at 1080 HD 30P is good. At this price you would not get 4K but I do not need it. Lucky number 7 or Epl-7 should do well for consumer or enthusiast and personal use second camera for semi-pro or pro who do not want to spend more for body.

Capable camera, save the rest of your money for lenses to add, or upgrade your old body. Time to move up from my Epl-1, as this sensor I already know outperform in low light (as did the epl5). Maybe not for APSC sensors with bulkier lens, but I think this will meet a lot of peoples needs, and able to keep zoom lenses much smaller than apsc mirrorless which has always been m43 strength.

Adding an option to have epl7 body with the retractable lens in a kit at a cost savings instead of buying separately, might be something they may want to add to make this camera more attractive at a small form factor. That would be ideal for everyday carry around.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 14:16 UTC as 15th comment
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StevenMajor: I understand the image having value but not the camera. The buyer will be someone's vain moneyed attempt to associate themselves with greatness. Or maybe an investor who will seek a similar client.

Nice to see some cameras go up in value.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 12:21 UTC
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