TwoMetreBill

TwoMetreBill

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On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)

After comparing the images to those from a Nikon D90/D300/D300S, IMHO it exceeds the IQ of those cameras if only slightly. These are amazing results for a $900 all in one camera, I doubt whether Panasonic is making any money on it. Just shows what 8 years of sensor technology advancement can do.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2014 at 04:21 UTC as 174th comment | 1 reply
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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ISK: More FZ1000 samples here:

http://www.focus-numerique.com/test-1933/compact-panasonic-fz1000-exemples-photos-15.html

The RAW files are there for download, just click on the link. Unfortunately Lightroom doesn't yet support this camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2014 at 03:25 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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Timmbits: I like more controls...
but I prefer the large LCD on the Sony, and I hate swing-out screens with a passion - no matter what you tell me about these two, I couldn't live with that LCD.
I guess we all have our preferences... but for me, it would be the Sony.

I too vote for a Fuji X-S2 with a larger sensor and a larger and faster RAW buffer. A battery grip would be a nice option and of course the latest in EVF technology. The ergonomics and size are terrific, a camera for adults instead of these little toy cameras for folks with the hands of an 8 year old.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2014 at 03:19 UTC
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starwolfy: Before talking about isos people should learn what a correct exposure is. I shoot iso400 film hand held at night with no tripod on a 55 years old film camera. Look at my results on my gallery (just night examples of what I do, me who is just an amateur).

iso 400.000. Is it what you guys need ? Really ? Really ???

What a joke.

Go up into the Rocky Mountains to photograph wildflowers. Set up your RRS or Giottos tripod with your favorite camera and lens, compose and calculate exposure. Then notice that you'll need 1/4000 to 1/8000 sec to stop the fluttering flowers and leaves from the ever present wind. I forgot to mention that you are in the shade to get the deepest and richest colors and that some flowers only bloom in the shade such as the Lady Slipper Orchid or a Coloradian's favorite, the Columbine. The shadows are a good 8 EV darker than sunlight.

Of course multiple image HDR is impossible under 4,000 frames per second due to ghosting.

A beautifully clean ISO above 400K? I'd take out a second mortgage were it available. For now I'll keep saving my nickels for a D3S or D4S.

from a former D300S user

Direct link | Posted on Jun 22, 2014 at 18:28 UTC

8GB of RAM for serious image editing, NOT!

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2014 at 23:08 UTC as 52nd comment | 5 replies
On Blood moon eclipse: Night of April 14-15 article (64 comments in total)
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MLWestphal: What a shame it will be cloudy in NJ.........

Or didn't buy a Tesla. Wonder when the press is going to get wise to Teslagate. Christie is just another pawn of the oil companies aka Bushy and Ronnie.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 04:55 UTC
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (648 comments in total)

Maybe the price of used 645D's will drop to a more affordable level. That and a 200mm macro would be just fine for me.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 04:33 UTC as 186th comment | 3 replies
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vadimraskin: What is the point in small camera that needs big lenses? Balancing it is a pain!

The point of a small camera is that they are basically jewelry as Leica discovered 40 years ago. Designing camera bodies for the hands of an 8 years old is an admission that few buyers are serious about photography. This is all about sales and not usability. They even lossy compress the raw images from the A7 bodies and nobody complains.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2014 at 03:58 UTC

While WayneHuangPhoto hit most of the top issues, there is still the almighty stupidity of the camera makers.

10's of thousands of Nikon D300/D300S owners did not replace their cameras because of the tiny raw buffer on the D7100.

Fuji is covering every silly mm and f/stop below 60mm with nothing meaningful above 60mm. Where is the 80-400/100-500 long lens, where is the 150mm macro...? If those lenses had existed, I would have purchased the X-Pro and then replaced it with the X-T1 even with the silly top shutter speed of 1/4000th sec. It's got an electronic shutter Fuji, give us high shutter speeds so we can actually use your f/1.2 lenses and eventually long telephotos.

Canon hasn't built a new camera in several years, just 60's Detroit styling changes and miniscule technical upgrades.

Sony,they can't do anything right.

Olympus, the only company getting almost everything right. They now have almost 50% of the interchangeable lens mirrorless market share. I wonder why?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2014 at 19:43 UTC as 110th comment | 2 replies

No different than what Jony Ive designs for Apple. Fashion is more important than function. Leica has been in the jewelry business for 40 years.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2014 at 05:28 UTC as 156th comment | 2 replies
On Adobe expands Photoshop and Lightroom offer article (628 comments in total)

By pumeco "Yes indeed, alternatives, paid or free - just alternatives"

What alternative is there to Lightroom? Nothing compares at any price. Though Aperture is almost there, Apple's approach to removing features from their photo and video apps with each new release makes that a silly option.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2013 at 21:24 UTC as 143rd comment | 5 replies
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)
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mpix345: I heard they will soon offer a limited edition version with no LCD for only $1000 more.

And they are going to hire Hasselblad to make an $8000 wooden grip so that it can be held comfortably by an adult.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 05:40 UTC
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)
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nathantw: WTF, no XQD card? And SD instead of CF? What the heck?

You got it. SD = toy camera. At least the other FX cameras have 2 slots so that one can be used as a backup. Clearly the shutter is from the D610 as well. Getting D4 IQ for $2000 less would be a deal if not for the toy memory card and the top shutter speed of 1/4000. As all but one of my lenses are FX, this would have been a no brainer move from my D300S.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 05:33 UTC
On PPE 2013: Hands-on with new Manfrotto 190 tripods article (18 comments in total)

For a Nikon D300S and Sigma 180 macro, I found this rig to be insufficiently sturdy and went with the Manfrotto 055XB. Heavy yes but I stop so often to take pictures that it is not really noticeable.

I use the Manfrotto 3275 Gear head (replaced by 410jr). Tripod and head weigh 126 oz (7 lbs 14 oz) or 3.6 kg.

While the light Manfrotto ball heads lack stiffness and security, I found the 498 to be both sturdy and secure. There is a safety catch on the release lever so that it takes 2 hands to remove the camera. Though, this is a heavy head, it compares favorably against heads costing twice as much.

Sometime in the next few months, I hope to have the opportunity to do some wildlife photography with a Sigma 50-500 on my D300S. I will bring both the gear and ball head for some parallel testing. My GUESS is that I'll be sticking with the gear head for landscape work and the ball head for wildlife. Yes a gimbal head would be nice but any under about $600 seem to not work that well.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2013 at 23:38 UTC as 6th comment
On First Impressions: Using the Nikon D4 article (185 comments in total)

See Thom Hogan's review at:
http://www.dslrbodies.com/cameras/current-nikon-dslr-reviews/nikon-d4-review.html

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2013 at 06:32 UTC as 13th comment
On Can computer corrections make simple lenses look good? article (162 comments in total)
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Henry Falkner: They are re-inventing the wheel. Such corrections are incorporated in the firmware of my 24x zoom Olympus SZ-30MR pocket P&S and a multitude of similar dedicated cameras, and presumably in all cell phone cameras.

Academe is sometimes so isolated, they have no clue as what is happening around them.

Too bad you had to demonstrate to the world that you didn't understand the article. This is known as trolling.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2013 at 21:10 UTC

When are we going to get fully functional lens adapters for Nikon and/or Canon lenses? Fuji is just not addressing the pro market for either longer zooms (70/80-200 and longer) or long macro lenses (150mm).

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2013 at 22:10 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
On First Impressions: Metabones Speed Booster article (357 comments in total)

My wish is for a Nikon to Fuji adapter WITHOUT the focal reducer so I can use my Nikon D and G lenses on the Fuji. I'd pay $400 for a quality adapter that passes through the electronics and the autofocus motor drive.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2013 at 18:18 UTC as 49th comment | 1 reply

My comments below are because of a desire for the X image quality, not a petite camera. Like even my small X-10, tripod use will be almost 100%. So size is not an issue with me as I might be mounting 1-3 KG (2-6 lb) lenses. For me it is all about IQ and replacing the mechanical Rube Goldberg devices known as DSLRs.

I'm not expecting anyone else to agree with my perspective and I certainly respect that others have different motivations for selecting a given camera. Given that...

While the improvements are appreciated and I'm close to replacing my Nikon gear for the IQ and modern technology (bouncing mirrors and inaccurate PD autofocus are as obsolete as carburetors and drum brakes on cars). But there are still, for me, critical problems to be solved first, problems that don't require a new body though I would like a larger body and 3-4x battery capacity.

1. Exposure bracketing: must add 3, 5, 7 exposures and a range up to at least 2 EV for each exposure.

2. Must have a first rate RAW processor. While Lightroom would be preferred, DXO would be acceptable with output to DNG.

3. Lens adapter with full electronic coupling for either Canon or Nikon lenses. This is to enable lens types which might be years away such as the Sigma 150-180mm macros and Nikon 24-85 and 70-180 zoom macro lenses.

Bill

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2012 at 15:40 UTC as 1st comment
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bradleyg5: Can it correct bokeh fringing?

While a terrific tool is some ways, it is mostly obsolete due to the latest versions of Lightroom, Capture NX2, Aperture and the Nik tools. However the Fuji X cameras desperately need a great RAW image processor which saves the edited image as DNG. DxO is wasting their time investing in dying markets for their products while markets crying for a great solution are going begging. As a historically arrogant company they will probably whine until opportunities are gone. Personally I expect Nik to jump into the breech before DxO wakes up.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2012 at 23:45 UTC
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