Lee Jay

Lee Jay

Lives in United States CO, United States
Works as a Electrical Engineer / Wind Energy Research
Joined on Oct 17, 2003

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On Happy Holidays from dpreview article (114 comments in total)

You're late - Chanukah was over weeks ago.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 26, 2013 at 14:33 UTC as 24th comment
On The best in smartphone photography 2013 post (54 comments in total)
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Lee Jay: The S4 zoom is the only modestly interesting development in phones with cameras and it didn't even get a mention that I saw. A fixed lens with a fixed focal length makes a cell phone a nearly useless device for photography for me and, in fact, I don't use my S3 for photography at all. I'd like to see a pureview style approach with a short fast zoom like the one in the S120. Then cell phones might begin to be useful for photography. Until then, I'll continue to carry a small but vastly superior compact camera.

Well, I'll tell you this. For me to use a cell phone for photography, it's camera is going to have to be no worse than my pocket compact which is a Canon Elph 500 HS. With a zoom range of 24-105mm, f/2 at the wide end, a great BSI sensor, great processing, and features (like 120 and 240 fps video modes) and a tripod mount, no cell phone even comes close, but the S4 zoom is the closest since it's at least not stuck at one focal length. I keep my Elph in the same pocket as my S3. If someone releases a phone that has as good a camera as my little Elph, I could combine them and probably be happy carrying it even if it were as thick as my Elph and as large as my wife's Note 2. Until then, cell phone cameras area non-starter. They're useless to me and I didn't buy my S3 for its camera.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 25, 2013 at 20:41 UTC
On The best in smartphone photography 2013 post (54 comments in total)
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Lee Jay: The S4 zoom is the only modestly interesting development in phones with cameras and it didn't even get a mention that I saw. A fixed lens with a fixed focal length makes a cell phone a nearly useless device for photography for me and, in fact, I don't use my S3 for photography at all. I'd like to see a pureview style approach with a short fast zoom like the one in the S120. Then cell phones might begin to be useful for photography. Until then, I'll continue to carry a small but vastly superior compact camera.

" it's got a smaller screen than any other recent high-end phone."

The iPhone 5S has a 4" screen, while the S4 zoom has a 4.3" screen.

Of course, I agree that an iPhone isn't a high-end phone, but some people seem to think so.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 25, 2013 at 15:48 UTC
On The best in smartphone photography 2013 post (54 comments in total)
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Lee Jay: The S4 zoom is the only modestly interesting development in phones with cameras and it didn't even get a mention that I saw. A fixed lens with a fixed focal length makes a cell phone a nearly useless device for photography for me and, in fact, I don't use my S3 for photography at all. I'd like to see a pureview style approach with a short fast zoom like the one in the S120. Then cell phones might begin to be useful for photography. Until then, I'll continue to carry a small but vastly superior compact camera.

How is the S4 an actual phone and the S4 zoom, which is basically identical except for the lens, not an actual phone? You can place calls, with it. I would argue they're all hybrid devices - phones, computers, cameras, though all the ones mentioned in the article are really weak cameras since they are permanently stuck at one focal length.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 24, 2013 at 22:37 UTC
On The best in smartphone photography 2013 post (54 comments in total)

The S4 zoom is the only modestly interesting development in phones with cameras and it didn't even get a mention that I saw. A fixed lens with a fixed focal length makes a cell phone a nearly useless device for photography for me and, in fact, I don't use my S3 for photography at all. I'd like to see a pureview style approach with a short fast zoom like the one in the S120. Then cell phones might begin to be useful for photography. Until then, I'll continue to carry a small but vastly superior compact camera.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 24, 2013 at 04:11 UTC as 8th comment | 10 replies
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koolbreez: If the IQ is up to par, and the VC works good, this will make a nice addition connected to my Nikon D7100, set on the 16mp 1.3 crop setting, essentially making it a 300mm-1200mm at F5-6.3 and then in focus at 2.7meters away, decent macro shooting comes to mind at a good working distance. Now that is a respectable "reach out and grab it" wildlife optic. It even makes it more enticing at 1680mm at F8 with a 1.4 tele-converter attached, although manual focusing hand held might have to be completely reconsidered depending on the VC quality...hehehe.

"Any half decent 70-300mm @ 300mm and cropped will give sharper telelphoto images than a Canon SX50 at its max zoom."

Baloney. A 100-400L + 1.4x on an 18MP 1.6-crop sensor is about equal to the SX50 in sharpness, with just a slight edge to the SLR system.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2013 at 01:13 UTC
On Want to remember something? Don't take a photo article (185 comments in total)

What a crock! I can't remember everything I see whether I'm shooting or not, but if I'm shooting, at least I'm paying attention and can look back at my shots to jog my memory and recall things that never sunk in in the first place.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2013 at 15:04 UTC as 90th comment

I'd agree, if it started at 15mm (24mm equivalent on Canon 1.6-crop). All these crop-sensor lenses that start in the 28mm-equivalent range really, really annoy me. Even most compacts start at 24mm by now!!!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2013 at 20:38 UTC as 37th comment | 5 replies
On Canon announces EOS M2 in Japan article (616 comments in total)
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ronny hermans: It's so simple, they still think that mirrorless isn't for a real photographers.

Once Pentax didn't think a digital slr was the way to go and got left behind, (and had to work hard to get back in the game).

Who will be left behind now ?

They're just hedging and prepping technology (like dual pixel sensors and short backfocus wide angle lenses) in case MILCs ever catch on in major markets. For now, MILCs are a distant last behind smart phones, compacts and dSLRs so why should Canon put any effort into making impactful products in a space in which there's no money to be made by anyone?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2013 at 14:45 UTC
On Tamron to develop 150-600mm F5-6.3 ultra-telephoto zoom article (193 comments in total)
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Lee Jay: For it to be useful, it has to be sharp wide open at the long end on high pixel density sensors. If it isn't you might be better off with a sharp 400/5.6 and upresing. If it is, it could be a game changer.

My 100-400 performs well at all focal lengths. So does my 70-200 and 2x.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 9, 2013 at 13:44 UTC
On Tamron to develop 150-600mm F5-6.3 ultra-telephoto zoom article (193 comments in total)

For it to be useful, it has to be sharp wide open at the long end on high pixel density sensors. If it isn't you might be better off with a sharp 400/5.6 and upresing. If it is, it could be a game changer.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 8, 2013 at 02:33 UTC as 31st comment | 2 replies
On 5 photography apps to download to your new iPad post (157 comments in total)
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Lee Jay: "5 must-have iPad apps for every photographer"

I'm a photographer. I don't have an iPad, or any other Apple products of any sort. In fact I don't have a tablet of any sort either. Getting a decent smartphone got rid of any interest I had in a tablet.

Guess it's not for every photographer, huh?

It said "for every photographer" not "for every photographer that has an iPad".

Direct link | Posted on Nov 4, 2013 at 01:10 UTC
On 5 photography apps to download to your new iPad post (157 comments in total)
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aeschylus: If you've a desktop computer and conventional screen I struggle to see the point of manipulating images on any tablet. Better to use the former and then transfer them.

Only Apple laptops are $2k. My most recent quad core Ivy Bridge full HD 15 inch Dell was $699. It's only about 100 times more powerful than an iPad and came with a terabyte of storage too.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 3, 2013 at 13:56 UTC
On 5 photography apps to download to your new iPad post (157 comments in total)

"5 must-have iPad apps for every photographer"

I'm a photographer. I don't have an iPad, or any other Apple products of any sort. In fact I don't have a tablet of any sort either. Getting a decent smartphone got rid of any interest I had in a tablet.

Guess it's not for every photographer, huh?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 3, 2013 at 13:53 UTC as 50th comment | 8 replies
On Canon PowerShot S120 real-world samples (UPDATED) article (69 comments in total)

After looking at these samples and the samples from other sites, I'm more and more convinced that DPReview's copy has a decentered lens. None of the other samples I found on other sites have the same non-uniform sharpness or the large amount of axial chromatic aberration that these samples display.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2013 at 17:34 UTC as 13th comment

So what does it look like? The picture seems to be just a placeholder as it looks as though it is a graphic created in seconds by an engineer with no artistic talent whatsoever. It's a white and gray box. That can't be it, can it?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2013 at 01:09 UTC as 182nd comment
On Canon PowerShot S120 real-world samples (UPDATED) article (69 comments in total)
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ThaQuest: don't know why i would get this when i could get the eos M + 22 f2 for less money...and still stuck with an S100.

How about so you aren't stuck at 35mm equivalent all the time, and how about so you have something that's thin and pocketable?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2013 at 14:50 UTC
On Canon PowerShot S120 real-world samples (UPDATED) article (69 comments in total)
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SHood: For a camera model that has changed so little from the previous version, I am surprised dpreview is spending time on it.

New lens, new processor. That's hardly a small change.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2013 at 13:01 UTC
On Canon PowerShot S120 real-world samples (UPDATED) article (69 comments in total)

Looks to me like the lens is decentered. I've had lenses that looked like that before and they were repaired or replaced. If this is the lens performance of the actual in-spec article, that's not good at all.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2013 at 13:00 UTC as 35th comment
On Editorial: Why I can't stop taking iPhone Panoramas article (300 comments in total)

The theater shot is exceptionally noisy and lacking in detail and saturation.

All the panoramas suffer from not having enough vertical field of view.

Not being able to control the final projection used for the finished panorama would be a show-stopper for me.

What about multi-row or vertical panoramas? I probably do more of these than any flavor of single-row.

Every one of the examples suffers from one or more of these deficiencies, not to mention the stitching errors mentioned above.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2013 at 20:51 UTC as 68th comment | 12 replies
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