Model Mike

Model Mike

Lives in United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Joined on Jan 18, 2005

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Michael Ma: Samples overall look a generation or two behind the latest smartphones. Sacrifice that for refocus, dof, 3d....maybe worth it for some, not worth it for others.

Refocus is the least of it - it's the depth-aware editing that's the real killer.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2014 at 10:51 UTC
On Ricoh announces Pentax XG-1 superzoom article (195 comments in total)
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Hubertus Bigend: With all the effort they put into making such a camera (which I find nicely designed, by the way), I wish they'd strive more to find a more useful balance between versatility (i.e. zoom range) and compactness on one hand and image quality and low-light capability on the other, until by some miracle someone invents a 1/2.33" sensor with acceptable image quality some day. With a slightly larger sensor and a slightly smaller zoom range I might even become interested in a camera like that XG-1. As things are, I'd rather use this older camera that was named XG-1, too: http://www.rokkorfiles.com/photos/XG-1-image.jpg (via http://www.rokkorfiles.com/XG%20Series.htm).

I doubt Ricoh put any significant resources into designing this camera, let alone making it. It shows all the signs of being an 'add your own logo' deal.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 15, 2014 at 11:54 UTC
On Ricoh announces Pentax XG-1 superzoom article (195 comments in total)
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D1N0: Looks to be the same camera as this one:
http://www.kodakcamera.jkiltd.com/Americas/cameras/astroZoom/az522.php

kodak az522

Too true, and would explain the stupidly low price.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 15, 2014 at 11:44 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2298 comments in total)
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Will Taylor73: God Leica are tedious! They bring out these hyped-up 2nd rate cameras and the mindless Leica fan-bois come out in droves to clap their hands and congratulate a dying company on it's paltry efforts to make itself relevant. Leica are simply irrelevant to modern photography. When I see someone with a digital Leica I know (from experience and making an effort to chat to these folks) that they are cashed-up pretenders who care far more about the credence the brand 'lends' their photography than just about anything else. Let Leica dye I say.

"Let Leica dye I say". I'm sure they'll paint you a red dot if you ask them nicely!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2014 at 16:59 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2298 comments in total)
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jkokich: Do the pictures justify the price? No.

Yes the sample shots are awful. Looks like the photog about 5 minutes to spare and sandwiches in both hands.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2014 at 16:57 UTC
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Stephen787: if you want to ask that much money and deliver such sloppiness.You german deserve to lose your job by eastern european migrant. What disgrace, you might as well shift your plant to China.

Read the post properly before criticising - the omission was by the PR guys who sent the camera, not the Leica factory.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 22:40 UTC
On Adobe CC Announcements: What you need to know article (180 comments in total)
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mwgnz: "Overwhelming positive feedback..." I must be on a different planet, because it sure as hell ain't in this neck of the woods. But it's of little relevance anymore. With the introduction of the subscriber model, the longtime commitment I had made to successive upgrades of PS over the years (since 1998) came quietly to its end.

Nope... people who actually like - and use - CC don't waste their time moaning on forums.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 22:30 UTC
On Adobe CC Announcements: What you need to know article (180 comments in total)
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Joe Mayer: I must be a dino. I have no interest in manipulating any images on my i-anything. I don't see the point in using Photoshop AND Lightroom. LR is simply PS-lite and if you have PS, the "free" LR is of no use unless you really have poor cataloging skills and need a program to keep track of your stuff. As for the new features of PS, well, Adobe has always introduced new touch-feely stuff to attract people to update. In this case, they are giving it to those subscribed and are trying to tempt the hold-outs. I don't need to blur my photos and selecting according to sharpness is something I don't get. If I have a shot with great bokeh, I want to select the sharp part? Most people want to select the model so they can create fake bokeh. I'm sure there's a use for it but I can't figure any for my use so for those who can, enjoy. The only use I've seen for sharp masking is in the selection of a group of photos where you can immediately see which ones nailed focus.

"LR is simply PS-lite".... do a search for 'non-destructive editing' and you'll see this is really not the case. They are two entirely different types of product, each with their strengths and weaknesses. Having said that, for most photographers, LR + a cheapo bitmap editor - preferably but not essentially 16-bit - would be perfect combo. PS is overkill.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 16:00 UTC
On Adobe CC Announcements: What you need to know article (180 comments in total)
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PicOne: How do upgrade fees (to eg. LR6) get calculated if the upgrade becomes available somewhere in the middle of your 1yr contract?

IOW, to say this $9.99/month cost structure is "permanent" doesn't mean much if LR5 is about to be replaced, and this pricing is only valid for LR5 +CC (and no other future version of LR).

Just do a search for 'lightroom' and click on anything which says 'buy for $, £...' (substitute your own doolally currency). Well, Adobe never said they'd make it easy, did they...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 15:45 UTC
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Stephen787: if you want to ask that much money and deliver such sloppiness.You german deserve to lose your job by eastern european migrant. What disgrace, you might as well shift your plant to China.

Has the world totally lost its sense of humour?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 15, 2014 at 01:29 UTC
On National Park Service bans drones in Yosemite article (170 comments in total)
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mrschmo: The direction this is heading is banning drones everywhere.

I don't think so. Neither is it unreasonable in my view, and I say that as a keen RC sailplane flyer.

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2014 at 13:25 UTC
On Get more accurate color with camera calibration article (206 comments in total)
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fengchun: I guess the author forget one thing, RAW doesn't have any color information.

Basically this just create a custom profile of white balance plus some tone adjustment at most... not a bad way for lazy people though.

@badi Indeed I have some old Pentax lenses with a severe cast - I'd been wondering about profiling the camera for these lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 28, 2014 at 11:41 UTC
On 'City of Samba': Rio Carnival in tilt-shift article (48 comments in total)

I've been a fan of his for years. Good to see him getting wider exposure.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 27, 2014 at 19:07 UTC as 19th comment
On Lytro announces Illum light field camera article (347 comments in total)

The technology is very clever, but what's the point?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2014 at 15:47 UTC as 86th comment | 1 reply
On A look inside Sigma's lens factory article (89 comments in total)
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raztec: Of all the 3rd party lens manufacturers, isn't Sigma known as having one of the worst QC and being a bit hit and miss as to whether you're getting a good copy lens or not?

Maybe that was lens specific and could have changed in more recent years.

No longer.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2014 at 12:17 UTC
On Quarry Mountain Dead Rats photo in RG70's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Impressive!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2014 at 23:01 UTC as 1st comment
On Fujifilm X-T1 real-world samples gallery article (187 comments in total)
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Just a Photographer: Too bad these 'real world' samples were made by a bad photographer.
With these pictures shown you can't judge the camera - what a missed chance.

@woodpile: "I'm surprised at the defensive and arrogant nature of your reply". Unless I've misunderstood, Barney asked for constructive suggestions. Sheesh...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2014 at 22:24 UTC
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Ferling: I think it's time that we drop the "smart" or "cell" phone monicker and consider this and other collections as what they are: Photography. These articles tend to suggest that credit belongs to the tools, and not to the artist.

She admits, as expected, that it requires several takes and ensuring that the lighting is good. Because she has adequate access (being a chef and working in the environment for hours on end) she is almost guaranteed a result.

A real paid professional (and it's not just food) does not have such luxuries. Being limited by a finite amount of time and budget, must utilize a significant of gear to build/provide the required lighting and environment to get the shot, (a cell phone will not be one of those tools).

This by no means belittles April's work or technique, as she's good. It just means we have to step back and consider all the elements before we consider an all assuming title that smartphones are capable of killing the professional market.

"Because she has adequate access, she is almost guaranteed a result". What total nonsense.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2014 at 16:08 UTC
On Adobe expands Photoshop and Lightroom offer article (628 comments in total)
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Andrew53: Someone finds a way to migrate my LR work to different software and I'm gone.

> And why on earth are photographers
> using Lr database facilities when the database
> format is, as far as I am aware (correct me if I am
> wrong), not an open standard.

It uses SqlLite, which is public domain.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 25, 2013 at 16:18 UTC
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Model Mike: Be interested to know how they can achieve true 'online raw conversion' without requiring a super-fast broadband connection for image uploads.

Just to be clear, does the 'client side' include demosaicing etc. of the RAW data or is it just JPEG extraction? And if this all happens client-side, where's does the 'on-line' part come in?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 23, 2013 at 13:43 UTC
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