Fred Mueller

Fred Mueller

Lives in United States MA, United States
Works as a Recording Engineer
Joined on Apr 5, 2007

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On article Top 5: Hands-on with Nikon D500 (786 comments in total)
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Tyr-Sog: Wish there was a version without the flip screen, touch screen, and video for a little less $$$.

flip screen - on my 750 never deploys accidentally and I practically forget it is there - until I need it - and then can do things that are really useful and impossible with OVF - like interior photography, on tripod, backed up against a wall, to get the whole room = switch to LV and flip the screen up to compose ... brilliant!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2016 at 02:32 UTC
On article Canon EF 35mm F1.4L II USM real-world sample gallery (128 comments in total)
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Fred Mueller: no idea if the lens is worth the money ... but boy there sure is a lot of blocked shadow and blown highlight in these samples ... nasty!

"matter of taste" - but also a matter of just how the camera body tends to "look" - ie great resolution, but not so great dynamic envelope; I was surprised.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 1, 2015 at 15:52 UTC
On article Canon EF 35mm F1.4L II USM real-world sample gallery (128 comments in total)

no idea if the lens is worth the money ... but boy there sure is a lot of blocked shadow and blown highlight in these samples ... nasty!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 30, 2015 at 02:49 UTC as 6th comment | 4 replies
On article Nikon D610 Review (386 comments in total)
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ebuliavac: This seems to be the first review of a Nikon DSLR on this site in a long time that did not complain about overexposure by 1/3 stop. Is it true that this camera does not do this? Interesting that the new D750 overexposes according to dpreview. It would be helpful to know about the D610 for a number of reasons: 1. Setting exposure compensations to - 1/3 EV constantly is bound to underexpose some shots. 2. It will be hard to tell from the LCD readout whether a scene is overexposed by such a small amount. 3. If details are in fact blown out, you can't get them back. Please let us know dpreview. Thank you so much in advance.

Some follow-up thoughts are: Why would Nikon produce cameras consistently with this problem? Seems easy to address?

Why doesn't anyone else complain about this?

Thanks again. My D70S is spot-on with exposure. I have a Sony NEX 7 for high ISO needs. Still, an optical viewfinder and Nikon (or Canon) colors are hard to beat.

i have a 600 and a 750 ... my perception of both cameras is that they both under expose slightly. Don't agree with the DPR claim of overexposure at all.

I shoot Real Estate professionally. The 750 is a fine fine camera. I upgraded from the 600 because the bracketing feature is more complete in the 750, and the tilt screen is useful while on tripod ...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2015 at 20:31 UTC
On article Nikon D7200 Field Test: Desert dance photo shoot (100 comments in total)

great !

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2015 at 10:25 UTC as 23rd comment
On article The travel photography of HDR guru Trey Ratcliff (235 comments in total)

good eye for composition ... processing a little too flashy for me in some of these

who cares about the method finally ... ?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2015 at 11:40 UTC as 8th comment
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Renato60: I have used the 5dsr for a couple of weeks and the combination between the sensor and the latest Canon lenses is simply breathtaking, not only in terms of resolution. Images are almost three-dimensional, resembling the effect of an old Kodachrome. I suggest not focusing only on specific aspects (i.e. DR, noise, ...), all things that can be easily adapted in Photoshop, but on the final result.

Apparently the same photo of the tulips has been shot with the 5DS and with the 7S. I also made the same consideration.

Agree ... and I have Nikon gear ... 750 right now. There is some validity to pointing this out (endlessly) I guess, but if I was a Canon shooter I wouldn't jump ship for 2 ev in shadow recovery at base iso. These issues really don't affect our photographic abilities much. Just a touch of NR in the Canon "Tulip" shot and it's good to go IMO, and has the same visceral photographic appeal (kudus Rishi) even without that. Plenty of photographers (who can easily grasp the technical significance) will ignore it or compensate where necessary, and do splendid work with these new bodies ...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2015 at 13:16 UTC
On SampleImage:9747695436 (2 comments in total)

lens looks like it performs as advertised, but so much over saturation, blocked shadows and blown highlights - why ?

Posted on Jul 23, 2015 at 12:22 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On SampleImage:2254859004 (7 comments in total)

Just a little NR and then sharpen at radius of 2 pixels (cause they are so small) and you get a really great result in the iso 400-800 landscapes. But why shoot landscapes in daylight at 400-800 ?

People will do great things with this camera in the studio ...

Posted on Jul 21, 2015 at 02:21 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On SampleImage:1479985612 (7 comments in total)

Just a little NR and then sharpen at radius of 2 pixels (cause they are so small) and you get a really great result in the iso 400-800 landscapes. But why shoot landscapes in daylight at 400-800 ?

People will do great things with this camera in the studio ...

Posted on Jul 21, 2015 at 02:21 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On photo 20150715Canon5DsTest_Stead_07 in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (7 comments in total)

Just a little NR and then sharpen at radius of 2 pixels (cause they are so small) and you get a really great result in the iso 400-800 landscapes. But why shoot landscapes in daylight at 400-800 ?

People will do great things with this camera in the studio ...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2015 at 02:21 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On a photo in the Canon EOS 5DS Sample Gallery sample gallery (7 comments in total)

Just a little NR and then sharpen at radius of 2 pixels (cause they are so small) and you get a really great result in the iso 400-800 landscapes. But why shoot landscapes in daylight at 400-800 ?

People will do great things with this camera in the studio ...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2015 at 02:21 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply

Barney,

Love the videos you guys are doing, just generally ... people who crit. the new G7 need to get a life ... so what if the G7 is not quite up to Sony spec ... still mighty fine, and no excuse to not come back with some great keepers ... but more to the point - you had a great trip. Thanks for sharing.

Fred

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2015 at 00:19 UTC as 21st comment
On article Video: Tamron SP 15-30mm F2.8 Di VC USD Field Test (96 comments in total)

thanks guys ... these videos are a cut above ... for their aesthetic, insight, and lack of hype

what a pleasant, effective way to have a look at new photography gear ... (even though I've fortunately had a 14-24 for quite some time)

hope you keep it going

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 16:29 UTC as 14th comment
On article Battle of the titans: Top ball heads tested (286 comments in total)

great review but missing some obvious big names for whatever reason

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2014 at 09:40 UTC as 120th comment
On article Sigma announces all-new 50mm F1.4 DG HSM 'Art' lens (244 comments in total)
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eaa: Min. aperture F16?
That is not normal for an FF lens, where F22 or 32 are the norm.
Why a min aperture even below the diffraction limit?
Must be a typo (like the initially wrong weight (85 gr), now corrected to 470 gr.

for the cameras that this lens will like benefit most (24 mpx +) f/16 is well into difraction

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2014 at 23:35 UTC
On article Sigma announces all-new 50mm F1.4 DG HSM 'Art' lens (244 comments in total)
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mikdes26: I just wonder why they haven't stabilized these. I have a slight hand tremor and need IS in all focal lengths. I chose the slower Canon 35mm f/2 IS over the Sigma 35mm in large part due to this (plus it was less money and receives great reviews). I love it. Any chance they'll go this direction with the next generation?

less to break long term !

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2014 at 23:33 UTC
On article Nikon Df Review (1627 comments in total)
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sunhorse: I do not understand the people who hate a camera they've never handled or used, and will never buy.

Happy Holidays everyone!

it's not hate - it's disappointment that the Df is not REALLY what the "tease" set it up to be

Direct link | Posted on Dec 22, 2013 at 05:16 UTC
On article Nikon Df Review (1627 comments in total)
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Richard Murdey: Just back from the local Bic Camera store for a quick hands on. The dpreview crew were spot on with their criticism of the design and (perceived) build quality.

Where my D200 feels like a solid metal bar, the Df feels tinny and strangely delicate. It is surprisingly light, which is arguably a good thing - but it does not feel "solid". And the top plate dials! At least the shutter speed dial rotates unlocked through the manual settings, but the ISO and even the EV is locked at all settings: every change requires a press-and-turn routine... or for the PASM dial, lift-and-turn. I found it drove the picture taking process to a screeching halt: You are basically locked out of the camera whenever you want to do anything more than adjust aperture/shutter speed.

Finally: as I suspected and dpreview already noted: its too big, its unbalanced and the grip / shutter button is simply the wrong choice for a camera of these dimensions. What works for an small MF dSLR doesn't work on a FX dSLR.

spot on assessment

Direct link | Posted on Dec 21, 2013 at 15:34 UTC
On article Nikon Df Review (1627 comments in total)
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MarkByland: Interesting review. I have questions about the low light AF performance of this versus the D600/610. With the same AF engine, why the difference in performance? Seems the 600/610 rated satisfactorily. Why the lack of similar performance in the Df? Were all AF modes tested? Phase detect, etc? Do they perform differently with older lenses under varied circumstances?

I'm not willing to fault this camera based upon retro appearance merit, alone. I understand its place in the market. I think the retro movement is capturing what got skipped over by all-things-plastic at the onslaught of digital. I also think full backwards compatibility with all F mount lenses is a major feat to have accomplished. The fold-away aperture control tab is top notch engineering, IMO. If some one were looking for the finest thing to hang their collection of Nikkor glass off the front of, they've found their calling.

except it's only awkwardly compatible w manual lenses just like all the modern Nikon digital bodies - no true optical focusing aid, and no auto indexing when you mount AI-s lenses ... I don't understand why the position of the "tab" can't reveal the max aperture of the (manual) leans attached (so you have to menu dive when you attach a manual lens).

this is really a "parts bin" exercise by Nikon with some not very well thought out knobs attached, and to my eye, ugly finish in the "chromed" version.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 21, 2013 at 15:24 UTC
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