Scottelly

Scottelly

Lives in United States United States
Works as a Photographer, videographer, photo/video editor
Joined on Aug 26, 2011
About me:

Shooting photos for about 30 years (with a little hiatus in my twenties), I am an "aspiring" art photographer with a little experience shooting products, portraits, fashion, weddings, glamor, landscapes and various other stuff.

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On photo SDt2x2+50+FFCAUSTIC in LasseS's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Wouldn't THAT be amazing!

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2016 at 21:51 UTC as 1st comment
On article Pentax K-1 Pixel Shift Resolution: Updated Field Test (209 comments in total)

Thank you for the information. More and more I like that K1, but this software limitation of pixel-shift photos from the Pentax cameras reminds me of Sigma cameras and the lack of software support for their raw files.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2016 at 18:10 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
On article Pentax K-1 Pixel Shift Resolution: Updated Field Test (209 comments in total)
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spencerda: Forgive me if these questions have been answered.

1) Can the pixel shift feature be translated in numbers as far as increase resolution vs the 36mp sensor in standard mode if so are there any formal numbers?

2) Does the crop mode which I understand gives 15mp surport pixel shift?

Dave

This thread should help you understand:

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57422335

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2016 at 18:08 UTC
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1083 comments in total)
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Boss of Sony: How do people carry these cameras around all day without getting annoyed? Do you have massive arm muscles? Don't you get sore shoulders from holding up heavy cameras/lenses? I can well understand my pro friend's move to APS-C, although I find APS-C even too heavy for me.

Why not just get a Sony RX100 IV? It's got a 20 MP sensor and does 4K video, but it's MUCH lighter and won't break the bank? ;)

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 14:08 UTC
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1083 comments in total)
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jeffwunder: I think I'll stick with my D7200 for now. The noise looks about the same as the D500 on these limited tests. It does amaze me how poorly other cameras do against the D500, D7200, and even the D5500 here. But I'm just seeing too many other negatives. The 1.5x crop on 4K - why?? (Same deal with the D7200 in 60fps 1080p). The messed up connectivity. Even the illuminated buttons are only lit up on one side of the camera. Disappointing. It's as if Nikon is doing a half-hearted job on too many things. If they can't do it right, they should leave it out of the final product.

So they give you something extra, and you complain it isn't done "right" . . . because they should have given you more or they should have just left it out. Wow.

I'll tell you why the 4K isn't full-sensor. Nikon has included digital video image stabilization. This also gives them the ability to make another camera in the future, which has the ability to shoot with the whole sensor. Besides, the APS-C sensor is for people who want long distance shooting capability, with telephoto lenses, right? If you want wider angle shooting ability, then get the right wide-angle lens, or get the D5. That's one way Nikon will get some people to upgrade to the more expensive, full-frame camera. There are probably SO many more reasons Nikon has done this too. Interestingly, you can get a Sony A6300 and have 4K video with a wider view. It's half the price too. ;)

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 14:06 UTC
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1083 comments in total)
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norman shearer: A very impressive camera, well done Nikon. Now let's see some more APS-C lenses to go with it. Some choose APS-C because they find FF bodies and glass just too big/heavy.

But those Art lenses from sigma just weigh in at ridiculous specifications! That's not what Norman is asking for at all. Instead, let's see some true competition for the big, heavy, full-frame lenses. It seemed like it would happen at one time, but now it just seems like a pipe dream. Too bad. I guess you have to switch to m4/3 to get that kind of thing.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 14:00 UTC
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1083 comments in total)
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Nick Brundle - Photography: This totally outguns the 7d mkII. Canon have a fair bit of catching up to do if they want to maintain the competion.

This is true, and probably the only reason this D500 was made. Unfortunately it falls short of the old Sony A77 in many ways, which came out years ago. This Nikon SHOULD have been made at least two years ago. At least it can do 4K video. I find it so sad that so many people seem to have blinders on, and unless the camera says Nikon or Canon on it they won't even consider buying it. Still, the new mirrorless cameras are gradually taking a bite out of that market, as people discover a better, faster, lighter, and less expensive world of options out there. Sony need only make weather sealed A9 and A9000 series cameras to totally blow away cameras like this. They already have the lenses, now people can use Canon L glass on their mirrorless cameras with electronic adapters.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 13:57 UTC
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1083 comments in total)
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Mlumiere: Nikon D500 is just to late, because most bird photographs switched to Canon 7D and 7D2.

No . . . most bird photographers switched to the faster shooting, higher resolution, much less expensive Sony A77 years ago and then replaced that with the newer A77 Mk II. Still, this new Nikon is a good answer to the pathetic Canon 7 D Mk II, because it has a bigger raw shooting buffer, same resolution, a tilt screen, and it does 4K video, which no Canon can do.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 13:48 UTC
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1083 comments in total)
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Sean65: Who needs proof readers with a readership like this lot. Half the comments aren't even about the camera. You can't criticise the camera so you criticise the journalism.

I can criticize the camera. It uses a whacky memory card, and it SHOULD have been put on the market two years ago!

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 13:46 UTC
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1083 comments in total)

Really, this is sad. Sony already has a camera capable of faster shooting and higher resolution (24 MP with no AA filter). It has a tilt screen, like this D500, and it does 4K video too, but it weighs less than this D500, and it's only half the price! How great is THAT? Nikon REALLY needs to catch up to Sony!

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1222744-REG/sony_ilce6300_b_alpha_a63000_mirrorless_digital.html

I think the ONLY thing Nikon has going for them now is that their weather seals and deep raw shooting buffer might attract a few hard-core professionals. The rest will go to Sony. Sony needs only to create a line of A9 and A9000 series cameras with weather seals, and they'll have the whole market wrapped up.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 13:29 UTC as 191st comment | 8 replies
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alcaher: The idea of that constest is nice but i dont see great pictures. well maybe because i just like wildlife and nature photography.... and What the hell a car is doing in a winning picture ? That is a comercial picture i guess

Huh? Cars NEVER make it into documentary films either. Poor cars. They just don't get the credit they deserve for carrying us around out of the rain and in the hot sun.

;)

Link | Posted on May 4, 2016 at 06:09 UTC
On photo ThePeir-web7500 in Scottelly's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

I recently scanned this old photo on a new HP G4050 scanner I just bought. This is a scaled down 2,400 dpi (ppi) version of the photo, which shows an improvement in the scan quality (when you compare it against the older scans I have here in this gallery). One thing I have found is that the software that came with the scanner does not allow me to scan a 48 bit (16 bits per color) TIFF image of a large area, like this 4x5 sheet of film. I had to scan this at 2,400 dpi, but I had to scale that down anyway, so DPreview would let me post it. They have a size limit based on total pixels (no more than 50 MP), so I scaled it down to 7,500 pixels wide. Soon I'll be experimenting with wet mounting the film to scan at the best quality. I'll be shooting some Ektar too.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2016 at 18:46 UTC as 1st comment
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Jim Salvas: It would be nice if it allowed direct uploads to Apple's iCloud, where I have a lot more storage space than I have on my mobile devices.

It would be, but I doubt Apple will let you store raw files on iCloud . . . or are they letting you store just about anything there now? That's the way it SHOULD be. After-all, why would they want to limit you to just photos and contacts and stuff like that?

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2016 at 21:22 UTC

Awesome! Now people can really use their iPad Pro for 4K video editing and transferring files to Wi-Fi hard drives like this one: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1076399-REG/wd_wdbdaf0020bbk_nesn_2tb_my_passport_wireless.html

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2016 at 21:14 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply
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the decent exposure: which camera is using microSD?

The GoPro cameras and the one in my DJI drone. I've been using Micro-SD cards in adapters for many years now, since I used a CF to SD adapter in my Canon 5 D, and it worked just fine. Since then I have had a Nikon D5000, Sigma SD14, Sony A55, and Sony A65. I have used various brands of Micro-SD cards in ALL of those cameras, and they work fine. I use an SD to MicroSD adapter, and if the camera takes a CF card I put that SD adapter in a CF adapter. That might seem like a lot of layers to you, but it seemed to work fine. Now I am using cameras that take SD cards though, so there's just the one adapter. I don't have to use an adapter with my DJI drone though. Many more cameras are coming that use only MicroSD cards . . . and that's just fine. MicroSD cards are just as fast as SD cards, and some of the SD cards are incredibly fast - 1800x. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1211505-REG/lexar_lsdmi32gcrbna1800r_32gb_professional_uhs_ii_microsdxc.html

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2016 at 21:10 UTC
On article Pelican lightens up with Air cases (53 comments in total)

Yay! One thing about the Pelican cases is how heavy they have been. I think this addresses what is probably the number one problem with them. Good job Pelican!

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2016 at 16:51 UTC as 18th comment
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2122 comments in total)
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Dirk Nuary: I guess it'll reach up to 2k comments. I think Sony now is the most popular camera.

Yeah, I think Nikon and Canon fanatics are jealous. The A6300 outperforms the Nikon D500 and the Nikon isn't even available yet. lol The Nikon D500 is basically a clone of the Canon 7D Mk II, but with the ability to do 4K video, so people will think the extra cost is justified. The Sony A6300 is cheaper than both of them, but it has that great, fold-out screen, for shooting from high and low angles.

Of course, none of this is new. Sony camera bodies have been cheaper and still out-perfoming Nikon and Canon APS-C bodies since the A55. (maybe since before that) What Sony really needs to do its build a really great lens system. Maybe we're seeing that happen now. I sure hope so. Sony doesn't have a good track record of sticking with things so far. It takes years of development and introduction of new, high-quality lenses to do what they need to do. Fortunately for Sony, they have Sigma to help, with their new adapter for their great line of Sigma SA mount Global Vision lenses.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2016 at 15:52 UTC
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2122 comments in total)
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Dan DeLion: Even dpreview’s own data doesn’t support their ratings and conclusions. On the image quality page of this review compare the a6300 to the D7200. The resolution at ISO 100 is comparable with a very slight edge to Nikon (see the resolution chart at 44 and 50.) At higher ISOs the Sony has more noise (compare any part of the dark background at ISO 6400.) In addition, the a6300 has terrible ergonomics, can’t be trusted to shoot 14 bit stills, overheats, has terrible battery life, and has a third rate menu system. How then can the Sony be rated at 85 (Gold Star) and the Nikon at 84 (Silver Star?) Apparently dpreview doesn’t examine their own data.

Because it shoots 4K video, 1080p video at twice the frame rate of the Nikon D7200, weighs less, and lets you shoot a LOT faster than the Nikon. Those are advantages. Can you mount almost any lens on the Nikon with adapters? Can you put Canon glass on it? If you want to shoot from a low angle how do you compose the shot with the Nikon? Do you think the flip-out screen is meaningless? If so, then why did Nikon put one on the D750?

I don't buy your argument. I do think I'll buy the A6300. It shoots at 11 fps. No Nikon under $2,000 can do that. Even the new D500 can only do 20 MP photos, and it can only squeeze out 10 fps. This costs half as much and can out-perform it in video and stills. Nikon, if you're listening . . . THAT'S PATHETIC!

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2016 at 15:30 UTC
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Timbukto: First normally priced normal lens. The most reasonably priced lens in the lineup is also the focal length of one of the most available and adapted legacy lenses. It doesn't fix the problem at 35mm and 85mm focal lengths. At 35mm you have a $700 35mm f2.8, and at 85mm you have a $1200 1.8. For DSLR's you get a Sigma 35mm 1.4 for $800, or a significantly cheaper 35mm f2 option. And the Canikon 85mm 1.8's are 300-500, which is 1/3rd to 1/4th the price.

Unfortunately lens lineups are what dictates the *system* and IMO if Sony wanted to dominate, they should have made *normal* priced 35mms and 85mms.

I don't think we will ever see normal priced versions of say a 35mm f2 or 85mm 1.8 with the Zeiss versions out there which IMO is unfortunate being as it is one of the few IBIS FF systems available.

Sony is in no hurry, obviously. They've been taking years to get to where they are. They must realize it's going to be a long haul, by now. Certainly they're introducing camera bodies fast and furiously, and this new lens is just one of many new lenses they're bringing on the market. It will take time to build a system. I have no doubt that we'll see a great 35mm or 28mm f1.8 come soon (a year or two maybe). Certainly it seems that they're moving toward a very competitive system of lenses to compliment their excellent new full-frame bodies. I have no doubt that the new lens system they're building will be much more complete in a few years, when they're ready to introduce crazy cameras that can shoot at 20 fps, include stuff like GPS, and all sorts of other cool things.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2016 at 20:25 UTC
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J A C S: Sony: 68.6 x 59.5 mm, 186g
Canon: 69.2 x 39.3mm, 160g, half the price

So a smaller body means a larger lens with the same design?

The A7II is actually deeper (!) with that lens than the 6D with the 50 STM.

http://camerasize.com/compact/#634.580,380.471,ha,t

Nikon D810 + 50mm f1.8 G = 1065 grams
Canon 5Ds + 50mm f1.8 = 1007 grams
Sony A7r II + 50mm f1.8 = 911 grams

I guess the savings in weight is only about 10%.

Still, I think I'd get an A7r II with a 24mm, 35mm, and 50mm before I'd get a Nikon D810 with similar lenses, because there is still a weight savings and there is a lot more capability in the Sony kit. (i.e. more resolution, tilt screen, and 4K video capability)

Take a look at this lens and tell me about Nikon and Canon lenses that are small and light:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1008123-REG/sony_sel35f28z_sonnar_t_fe_35mm.html

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2016 at 17:05 UTC
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