veroman

veroman

Lives in United States United States
Works as a Photographer, Teacher, Writer
Has a website at www.stephenmichaelgarey.com
Joined on Mar 23, 2004

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On Capture One Pro 8 software review article (290 comments in total)

Excellent review. I've been using CO since version 6 and have upgraded with each iteration. CO8 takes care of many of the issues that hampered the prior versions, and it's faster, too. Phase One is also very responsive when it comes to needing help. Better user service than Adobe in my experience.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2015 at 12:29 UTC as 72nd comment
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AbrasiveReducer: A generous helping of the obvious, from the scientists at DxO. There is no reason why anyone using Nikon or Sony would consider switching based on these "revelations" and who else is in the market for a 50mp FF camera?

Thom Hogan has a thoughtful piece today on how he always wants the best but darned if lots of great photos have been taken with cameras that aren't, at that exact moment, the best.

Ok, so DxO has told us what we already know. Will this public shaming cause Canon to produce a better camera? If they were in Sony's position--a distant third, maybe.

Do you have a link to Thom's article? I can't find it.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2015 at 20:40 UTC
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W5JCK: My Sony a7 original cost me half as much as the 5DS and it still out scores the top of the line Canon! Glad I dropped Canon and went with Sony.

I'm not so glad. Canon's service is head and shoulders above Sony's. I sold my Canon gear a while back and bought a Sony full frame and am having a devil of a time getting the shutter fixed. Canon would have had me in and out of service within two days. With Sony, I'm waiting weeks. There's more to camera gear than just the camera gear ...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2015 at 20:36 UTC
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Peter62: Once again, Canon fails.

Sad.

Failed? They more than doubled the pixel count while at the same time provided no losses in d/r, color sensitivity, etc when compared to the 5D III and 6D. Canon's "measurements" may not match up with the measurements of other high-end cameras, but are the other cams shooting 50MP or even close to 50MP?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2015 at 20:32 UTC

"Sponsored content, produced in partnership with Canon."

Well, no matter how you explain what this is, in the end it's an out-and-out commercial for Canon, no different than an "advertorial" in print media (an advertorial looks just like a magazine article, but it's really paid advertising space).

Call it a "Video Feature," call it whatever you like, in the end it doesn't really "add value" (one of dpreview's criteria for features like this). How can it when it's an extremely biased view of the product?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 16:21 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
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Frank C.: These toys are costing more and more every year, I've adopted the philosophy of buying the cutting edge technology of the decade past and it's worked out surprisingly well for me (both cost and performance wise) you just need to be patient and forget about keeping up with the Jones! Unless you're a pro and want to impress your client with your gear it's basically nonsensical to chase the latest tech all the time

Well said. Keeping up with the Jones' lifestyle is never a good way to live. And to do it with photography gear is sure to keep someone in hock for a long time ... unless you make your living by it, in which case the new gear should pay for itself within a few weeks of use, maybe sooner.

By and large, if you know what you're doing and have mastered technique, you can pick up an older full frame for peanuts, add a lens of similar quality and take great pictures every day of your life for the rest of your life.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 22, 2015 at 17:05 UTC

Really? Listening to customers? Then why did Sony transfer all of their DSLR repairs (perhaps repairs for other gear as well) to a company known for many decades for shoddy workmanship and extremely poor service?

Why doesn't Sony have a legitimate service department of their own? Why is it that my A850, which needs a new shutter after only a few thousand clicks, cannot be sent directly to Sony for repair?

Listening to customers? Hardly.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 22, 2015 at 17:00 UTC as 62nd comment | 5 replies
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villagranvicent: I think is neither.
I respect those you put their money for this camera and enjoy it, but in my humble opinion the difference between the M-Monochrome files vs the M240 BW conversions are small enough to prefer the M240 and have the option of shooting color as pleased. But I still prefer the old CCD sensor look like the one on my M8.

I think the switch from CCDs to CMOS and other MOS designs is a real loss to photographic integrity. I wish makers had figured out ways to improve CCDs rather than dismiss them.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 13:29 UTC

Until one actually owns a Leica digital, one is really in no position to judge its worth or its capabilities. It's so very easy to denigrate the brand based on price alone and even easier to conclude that other cameras are just as good at a fraction of the price. One poster here says, "Is it better built? Probably." Probably? There's no probably about it. The precision that goes into the design and manufacture of Leica products is unequalled. You need only hold one in your hands and give it one click. Look at the seams, i.e. where a latch door meets the body. The seam is practically invisible. Most of you will own 10 or 15 different cameras by the time a single Leica needs servicing, if it does at all.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 13:27 UTC as 51st comment | 4 replies

"Inspired by Hasselblad?" No ... COPIED by Fotodiox. But I'm going to assume that the fit and finish of the Hasselblad grip is superior. Ought to be at the price. Anyway, the Fotodiox grip is, to my way of thinking, a helpful addition to an RX100 III. Why so many of these types of cameras don't come already designed with proper grips is beyond me.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 13:22 UTC as 49th comment | 1 reply
On Samsung NX1 Review preview (1225 comments in total)

Looks good. Sounds good. Lots of good features and high-end quality. But unless 28MP has some magical lure for you, I do think there are better ways to spend nearly $3k.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 00:19 UTC as 228th comment | 5 replies

I thought the war was over.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 13:19 UTC as 31st comment | 1 reply
On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1463 comments in total)
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veroman: In the 15+ years I've been shooting digitally, I've shot with nearly every species of digital camera, from 2MP full frame to 2MP point and shoot; from 24MP APS-C to 24MP full frame, etc. I've also shot with a very wide variety of lenses, including full frame lenses on cropped sensor bodies.

Bottom line: if highest image quality is the goal, then full frame or medium format are the routes to take, no question of it. As good as my micro four thirds gear is, my full frame Sony A850 is significantly better. No contest.

As far as full frame lenses on crop bodies goes, the writer left out the important fact that full frame lenses on APS-C bodies provide superior sharpness and clarity at the edges of the frame. After all, you're only using the center to mid-edges of the full frame glass while, with a dedicated APS-C lens, you're using the whole glass, edge-to-edge.

There are other aspects of this topic that weren't touched on in this article. I'm sure other posters will mention them.

I had a Kodak DCS 520 way back when. I'm mistaken about it being full frame. Just looked it up. It's a crop camera. 1.6. Sorry for the error.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2015 at 20:25 UTC
On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1463 comments in total)

In the 15+ years I've been shooting digitally, I've shot with nearly every species of digital camera, from 2MP full frame to 2MP point and shoot; from 24MP APS-C to 24MP full frame, etc. I've also shot with a very wide variety of lenses, including full frame lenses on cropped sensor bodies.

Bottom line: if highest image quality is the goal, then full frame or medium format are the routes to take, no question of it. As good as my micro four thirds gear is, my full frame Sony A850 is significantly better. No contest.

As far as full frame lenses on crop bodies goes, the writer left out the important fact that full frame lenses on APS-C bodies provide superior sharpness and clarity at the edges of the frame. After all, you're only using the center to mid-edges of the full frame glass while, with a dedicated APS-C lens, you're using the whole glass, edge-to-edge.

There are other aspects of this topic that weren't touched on in this article. I'm sure other posters will mention them.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2015 at 19:50 UTC as 372nd comment | 7 replies
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lacikuss: Awesome, Sony is moving the dynamics of the FF market a la P&S....

They already own Nikon now is time to beat Canon!

They are like Toyota beating GM slowly and steadily.

Nikon and Canon are big ships. Very slow to turn. I'm not sure the handwriting is on the wall for these giants, but it sure appears that way.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 14:02 UTC

Has anyone made note of the price? Full frame for a little over a grand! Unthinkable just a few years ago. The A850, when it was released, was the most affordable full frame at $2k. Does anyone remember what $1k got you in 2004? Not much by today's standards. I can't help but wonder what the pricing will be on top-end cameras within a couple of years.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 14:00 UTC as 193rd comment | 1 reply
On Canon PowerShot G7 X Review preview (463 comments in total)
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veroman: Why no viewfinder and/or no hot-shoe for an external EVF????

I wasn't asking the dp crowd. I was asking Canon. I find that a viewfinder is one of the more critical components for ANY camera.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2014 at 23:11 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G7 X Review preview (463 comments in total)

Why no viewfinder and/or no hot-shoe for an external EVF????

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2014 at 22:34 UTC as 102nd comment | 5 replies
On Canon PowerShot G7 X First Impressions Review preview (947 comments in total)

There's no hot shoe! How could they have left that off?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2014 at 12:51 UTC as 130th comment | 3 replies
On Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review preview (471 comments in total)

I have yet to find any reason to go beyond my X10. The X10 gives me exceptional IQ in a wide range of environments and conditions and provides the best JPEGs of any camera I've owned so far, including my bigger Olympus E-bodies.

The X30 is almost certainly for newcomers and not X10/X20 owners like myself.

As the latest model in the series, I guess it fills the bill. But I don't see it as a worthwhile improvement over the older versions. I'm not even sure a 1" sensor would have made all that much difference. The X10 really does produce some remarkable imagery.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2014 at 13:07 UTC as 105th comment | 4 replies
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