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cxsparc

cxsparc

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On Capture One Pro 8 software review article (306 comments in total)
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cxsparc: Missing from above is the info that for Sony users, you can get the Sony version either free (Express) or for a minor amount (50 Euros for the Pro?).
I personally think the "HDR" sliders are great and allow much better results than with LR, also with less effort. And the out of the box rendering is crisper whereas with LR/PS I always had to wrestle with USM and still wasn't happy.

Pity. But then, it is always difficult to add to an existing system without causing issues with older equipment like cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2015 at 10:56 UTC
On Capture One Pro 8 software review article (306 comments in total)
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cxsparc: Missing from above is the info that for Sony users, you can get the Sony version either free (Express) or for a minor amount (50 Euros for the Pro?).
I personally think the "HDR" sliders are great and allow much better results than with LR, also with less effort. And the out of the box rendering is crisper whereas with LR/PS I always had to wrestle with USM and still wasn't happy.

Don't quite understand your problem with the lens correction. With the E-Mount lenses, Lens profile is included in the RAW file. Is this not the case for A-mount?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2015 at 07:39 UTC
On Capture One Pro 8 software review article (306 comments in total)

Tethered shooting: I tried with the A6000, it works but no live view :-(

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2015 at 13:37 UTC as 40th comment
On Capture One Pro 8 software review article (306 comments in total)
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mmarian: I've been using C1 since version 2.4!! Pretty much since I bought Canon 1DsMkII in 2004. The software has undergone some nice evolutionary changes and recently a major overhaul of the user inteface which I welcomed and embraced. I have always admired its ability to sqeeze maximum detail out of RAW files while maintaining control over noise and delivering pleasing colors not to talk about great file organization structure. What more do I need? Not much. But that is just me. I do not get it why people get so wound up and defensive of their preferred software. Use what you are familiar and comfortable with and if you think that something is missing give another software a go. C1 should be in that case definitely on your list. Expect quite steep learning curve but once you master the basics it is very intuitive and well thought through software. That is my 2 cents worth.

I found that watching some of the multitude of free youtube channel training videos on C1 helped me get at ease with the new GUI a lot.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2015 at 13:36 UTC
On Capture One Pro 8 software review article (306 comments in total)
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Nemesis2001: Would have liked a direct comparison with Lightroom. I read everywhere that C1 has better "IQ" than Lightroom, I did a very quick comparison but found nothing drammatically different.

For me quite apparent is the "pop" of the images. Even after applying USM in LR/PS, the images are not well-sharpened. With C1 at default I have the impression that a content-dependent algorithm is at work instead of overall irrespective sharpening like with my Adobe versions.
And also, to repeat myself, try the "HDR" sliders for highlight shadow recovery (which is their actual purpose). This is a really superior implementation compared to even current Adobe SW. Check this thread for samples:
http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3827792#forum-post-55630736

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2015 at 12:32 UTC
On Capture One Pro 8 software review article (306 comments in total)

Missing from above is the info that for Sony users, you can get the Sony version either free (Express) or for a minor amount (50 Euros for the Pro?).
I personally think the "HDR" sliders are great and allow much better results than with LR, also with less effort. And the out of the box rendering is crisper whereas with LR/PS I always had to wrestle with USM and still wasn't happy.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2015 at 10:04 UTC as 44th comment | 11 replies
On Stilll Going Strong in the Runners face challenge (10 comments in total)
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cxsparc: Am I the only one who finds this person pitiful and unhealthy?
The skull is clearly visible below the skin, there is no natural smoothness of the skin all over the body, all dried out and burnt away. The teeth are yellow and misangled, too.

Sorry, but this is not determination but rather looks like maniac behavior, not unlike drug addiction, with the body suffering as it does here. This person's body has been abused and when an illness hits him, will have a difficult time coping.

You did notice the heading for this picture: Stilll Going Strong?
And that further below the " looks like he can easily out-live his doctor" assumption was made?

Sorry, but I know how my no-sports chain-smoking-upto-60 all-sweets father looks like at 82 and he "looks" healthier than this guy. No offense intended, but this person "looks" to me (!) like he is either 90+ or quite near death or suffered a major disease and is in recovery. In any case, to me (!) he does not look like an ad for endurance sports.

But most important, he does not look like he is having fun or enjoying life - to me.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2015 at 15:12 UTC
On Stilll Going Strong in the Runners face challenge (10 comments in total)
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cxsparc: Am I the only one who finds this person pitiful and unhealthy?
The skull is clearly visible below the skin, there is no natural smoothness of the skin all over the body, all dried out and burnt away. The teeth are yellow and misangled, too.

Sorry, but this is not determination but rather looks like maniac behavior, not unlike drug addiction, with the body suffering as it does here. This person's body has been abused and when an illness hits him, will have a difficult time coping.

Note: Newer studies evaluating Troponin come to the conclusion that endurance sports participants lasting 3h+ have the same risk of dying during the activity and up to 24 h later than a lazy chain-smoker spending 24 h behind the TV eating trash food.
In contrast other studies often make the mistake of comparing extreme athletes with the average population, instead of applying finer granularity to determine the gain or loss of going from moderate to extreme sports.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2015 at 14:25 UTC
On Stilll Going Strong in the Runners face challenge (10 comments in total)
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cxsparc: Am I the only one who finds this person pitiful and unhealthy?
The skull is clearly visible below the skin, there is no natural smoothness of the skin all over the body, all dried out and burnt away. The teeth are yellow and misangled, too.

Sorry, but this is not determination but rather looks like maniac behavior, not unlike drug addiction, with the body suffering as it does here. This person's body has been abused and when an illness hits him, will have a difficult time coping.

Well, if to you that looks healthy, fine with me. Ask a doctor to take a look and he might have a different opinion.

Seems to me an example of popular misunderstanding equating total absence of any natural fat tissue = maximum healthiness. An extreme sports = extreme healthiness. Nonsense, but many believe in this. Probably the same that cite Darwins "fittest" and forget it means best adapted, not best phyiscal condition.

If you push yourself that hard into old age, you will look like that but you will certain not live any longer than a more moderate person simply since you revved your heart too often too hard, you wore out your joints a long time ago.

Is it the fear of dying to drive people to do this to themselves? Or simply the endorphines the body kicks out to keep moving assuming the need to flee from danger?

Keeping moderatly (!) on the move, walking, doing some jogging, swimming etc is healthy. Marathon running and other maximum endurance sports is not.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2015 at 14:17 UTC
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1252 comments in total)

Am I the only one who thinks that this will not be a big success?

This camera dwarfs in size and weight the Sony A6000 which also already bristles with functionality, yet the GX8 retains a lower res M43 sensor and has no longer a popup flash. And the price is 2.5 times as high, pushing well into FF land.

Not to speak about the (subjective) design, which is not exactly a hallmark for design museums IMHO.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2015 at 13:49 UTC as 50th comment | 5 replies
On Stilll Going Strong in the Runners face challenge (10 comments in total)

Am I the only one who finds this person pitiful and unhealthy?
The skull is clearly visible below the skin, there is no natural smoothness of the skin all over the body, all dried out and burnt away. The teeth are yellow and misangled, too.

Sorry, but this is not determination but rather looks like maniac behavior, not unlike drug addiction, with the body suffering as it does here. This person's body has been abused and when an illness hits him, will have a difficult time coping.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2015 at 10:12 UTC as 2nd comment | 6 replies

Funny thing to restrict a challenge to Canon and Nikon. Are you afraid that a Fuji or Sony might be able to provide a better shot?

Direct link | Posted on May 19, 2015 at 01:25 UTC as 2nd comment
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HowaboutRAW: "Adobe has released its Camera Raw 8.8 final release for Photoshop CC/CS6, the company has announced. "

Motivation to take a serious look at CaptureOne and DXO10 for future cameras, or perhaps some future AfterShotPro3.

@Josh: Wow, what an advertisement for Adobe:"So happy ...best tools available..tiny fee ...people boycotting Adobe ..left with inferior software because of their hate. ...latest and greatest tools ..most professional ..."
I still use an Edu-Version of PS CS5 (I think for less than 140 Euros), sometimes the DNG converter, but since I bought C1 Pro, seldomly feel the need to go into PS anymore.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2015 at 14:19 UTC
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HowaboutRAW: "Adobe has released its Camera Raw 8.8 final release for Photoshop CC/CS6, the company has announced. "

Motivation to take a serious look at CaptureOne and DXO10 for future cameras, or perhaps some future AfterShotPro3.

Well, I can only speak for Sony cameras, but with my 5N and A6000 I always had a hard time getting better pictures from ACR Raw than the OOC JPGs. With C1, it is a breeze.
So I bought that especially since it is so cheap (27 Euros for the Sony only version). Will give LR 6 a trial still.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2015 at 18:00 UTC
On Adobe celebrates 25 years of Photoshop article (366 comments in total)
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cxsparc: PS is a powerful SW. But similar to MS Office, in the last years I didn't notice substantial improvement. CS5 in. 32 bit never worked reliably. The SW is quite slow even in 64 bit version. Editing tools are really few in the sense of adding text. If you compare capabilities of LR or C1, those have made substantial progress instead, even adding editing layers in case of C1.
If Adobe doesn't make an innovative breakthrough, there will be a time in the future where even free or much cheaper SW is up to the task.

You Are wrong. Capture One Express for Sony IS free. The Pro for Sony costs 27 Euro for the upgrade. And the color editor is great.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 21:14 UTC
On Adobe celebrates 25 years of Photoshop article (366 comments in total)
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cxsparc: PS is a powerful SW. But similar to MS Office, in the last years I didn't notice substantial improvement. CS5 in. 32 bit never worked reliably. The SW is quite slow even in 64 bit version. Editing tools are really few in the sense of adding text. If you compare capabilities of LR or C1, those have made substantial progress instead, even adding editing layers in case of C1.
If Adobe doesn't make an innovative breakthrough, there will be a time in the future where even free or much cheaper SW is up to the task.

C1 has a great color editior. Don't remember whether it was included in the free express or the pro version for 27 Euro (for Sony)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2015 at 21:45 UTC
On Adobe celebrates 25 years of Photoshop article (366 comments in total)

PS is a powerful SW. But similar to MS Office, in the last years I didn't notice substantial improvement. CS5 in. 32 bit never worked reliably. The SW is quite slow even in 64 bit version. Editing tools are really few in the sense of adding text. If you compare capabilities of LR or C1, those have made substantial progress instead, even adding editing layers in case of C1.
If Adobe doesn't make an innovative breakthrough, there will be a time in the future where even free or much cheaper SW is up to the task.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 27, 2015 at 09:34 UTC as 3rd comment | 9 replies
On Corinne in the Linkedin Headshots challenge (8 comments in total)

Is this for a real person's linkedin profile, then where is the link to that page? Or is this simply Linkedin "style format"?
Confused...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2015 at 14:43 UTC as 5th comment
On Ten things you need to know about the Sony Alpha 7 II article (278 comments in total)
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Absolutic: Well you guys seems to have a preproduction unit. Is AF better with 55FE? What's your first impressions about AF, Dpreview? I am mostly interested in whether single AF acquisition is better. Also low light use, it went from EV 0 on A7 to EV (-1) on A7 II, is it slightly better in low light?? Also, Is shutter sound same as on A7 or quieter?

Dear Barney, the question most potential A7 Mk2 buyers are pondering, is whether the multiple reflections issue is the asme as with the A7 or improved? :-)
Thanks!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2014 at 13:36 UTC
On Enthusiast mirrorless camera roundup (2014) article (311 comments in total)

Very weird, where do I find the A6000? Given its performance is better than the Nikon 1 and at least on par if not better than the M1, and also that for the next part the A7 is supposed to be included, this selection is very odd.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2014 at 13:13 UTC as 53rd comment | 6 replies
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