cxsparc

cxsparc

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cxsparc: Question: Why is it that the lighted bridge arches in the center mid image section, background, are much darker and therefore more detailed in the Canon shot compared to both Sonys?

Everything else in the shots is similarily exposed.

Was the Canon shot done later with the arches lighting being dimmed at that time?
Just curious....

Ok, thanks for replying :-)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 12:30 UTC

Question: Why is it that the lighted bridge arches in the center mid image section, background, are much darker and therefore more detailed in the Canon shot compared to both Sonys?

Everything else in the shots is similarily exposed.

Was the Canon shot done later with the arches lighting being dimmed at that time?
Just curious....

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 06:17 UTC as 30th comment | 2 replies
On 1939: England in Color (part 1) article (220 comments in total)

Thanks Barney for sharing! Always makes me sort of melancholic thinking how fast life speeds by, now that the young woman of the photos has died as an old woman with grandchildren around....
Had sometimes good results after cropping of borders with the auto-color correction functions of PhotoShop.....

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2014 at 06:40 UTC as 77th comment
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1610 comments in total)

So now that we all know what utter rubbish these cameras are, please also ignore this thread:
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1255248/108
They can't be serious, shooting those pictures with one of those :-)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 21:37 UTC as 184th comment | 5 replies
On Using third-party lenses on Sony Cyber-shot a7 / a7R article (493 comments in total)

Well, another somewhat confusing post by dpreview staff.
As others have mentioned, if you want to see how the A7 performs using legacy lenses, most of those interested in this application happen to own a cupboard of brand lenses, e.g. Canon (FD), Nikon, Pentax lenses.
I use Canon FD primes on the 5N and also have tried them on the A7.
Performance is great, MF quite easy, corner performance usually much better than current zooms.
So this is the major flaw in your review, using garbage lenses instead of the decent legacy manufacturer lenses.

I do agree that the ergonomics of the A7 should be improved (playback button back from C2 to center control wheel; memorising MF frame selection...) but your article consists of a lot of ranting about how bad focus peaking and MF works with the A7.

To me this sounds, especially since I know both 5N and A7 MF, strange because please show me which camera performs better in MF with the same lenses you used?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2014 at 07:18 UTC as 106th comment
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2372 comments in total)

Look at the right top side at the birds feather. It is strongly oversharpened for the A7 (introducing vertical strips) that are gone when you switch to RAW.
Strange effect which I have seen sometimes in other sample shots.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2013 at 16:13 UTC as 94th comment
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2372 comments in total)
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Olga Celle: I own a Nex 7 and despite the fact that it is a great little thing, I have to say that Sony never worked fast enough in providing the NEX 7 with decent, semi-pro lens. I am not picky, the NEX 7 was intended as a semi-pro camera. Firmware was never actualized to properly meet customers' wishes expressed in hundreds of blogs. As a result, Nex 7 owners were looking forward the next NEX 7 model; instead, Sony produces the A7/A7R promising a new line of full frame lenses in the near future...Considering that the NEX 7 and its lens were not cheap, this means that those NEX 7 owners who were expecting just a change in camera body are (again) let down. I'm keeping my NEX 7. I am buying a Nikon full frame.

@Olga & Rad: You complain about missing firmware upgrades now but you did not even notice that Sony has provided such firmware upgrades quite some time ago, especially for the bracketing thing? Actually , providing meaningful firmware upgrade has been a positive Sony thing even with the first Nex 3 & 5. I use a 5N and have upgraded twice since buying it. Sony has pro lenses for the Nex (Zeiss 24/1.8), but where it lacks is cheap wide angle. Love the 50/1.8, but the 35/1.8 is just not wide enough for me, the Zeiss too expensive.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 15, 2013 at 07:29 UTC
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2372 comments in total)

Strange review. Sounds to me like a general negative attitude towards the A7s. Example: "initial disappointment over twodeck custom menu", or "EVF as means to an end". Then, I also noticed that the A7 shots (example bearded man shot from right side at Jack Daniels) were badly focussed. But in that case, I also noticed that the shot was done with the kit at maximum zoom = 70 mm and 1/60 or similar, so probably simply shaken. And if I would notice such a problem, I'd make a to b tests with the same lens and check out what is going on.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 15, 2013 at 07:18 UTC as 222nd comment | 5 replies
On iPhone 5s Studio Comparison article (263 comments in total)

The totally differently sized crop for the Lumia and Sony compared to apple due to the different resolution renders the visual comparison more or less useless. It would have been better to set the lumia to an equivalent resolution for this purpose

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 15:21 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply
On 10 Photo Editing Programs (that aren't Photoshop) article (353 comments in total)
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cxsparc: Hi, to all you promoters of Photo Ninja and Raw Therapee:
I did a simple, unscientific test comparing the results with Photoshop using a problematic file. RT is off-color to me, Photo Ninja has good color and detail, but I have problems with both yielding higher chroma noise.
Maybe I am doing something wrong?
RAW and JPG file are on my blog:
http://luxorphotoart.blogspot.de/2013/05/tech-stuff-adobe-and-alternatives-for.html

For the time being, my setup works but if I ever buy a new camera not supported by my ACR CS5.1, I will retest again and possibly go the route of the free DNG converter to maintain my workflow.

Thanks! I will sent you a PM straight away. The XZ-1 is a compact camera and its limitations drove me to buyng a Nex 5N, worlds apart!
As you noticed, noise even at ISO100 and low margin to increase exposure are limitations of the Olympus. I am curious how ar you can compensate this with Photo Ninja.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2013 at 16:38 UTC
On 10 Photo Editing Programs (that aren't Photoshop) article (353 comments in total)

Hi, to all you promoters of Photo Ninja and Raw Therapee:
I did a simple, unscientific test comparing the results with Photoshop using a problematic file. RT is off-color to me, Photo Ninja has good color and detail, but I have problems with both yielding higher chroma noise.
Maybe I am doing something wrong?
RAW and JPG file are on my blog:
http://luxorphotoart.blogspot.de/2013/05/tech-stuff-adobe-and-alternatives-for.html

For the time being, my setup works but if I ever buy a new camera not supported by my ACR CS5.1, I will retest again and possibly go the route of the free DNG converter to maintain my workflow.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2013 at 12:15 UTC as 48th comment | 2 replies
On Just posted: Fujifilm X-E1 Review article (527 comments in total)

Took alook at the exif of the ISO800 picture:
Fuji 35mm f8 1/125 ISO800
Nex 5N 50mm f8 1/200 ISO800

So the Fuji appears to be 3/4 EV less light sensitive in reality
(false ISO calibration)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2013 at 16:13 UTC as 96th comment | 2 replies

It makes me sick in my heart to read stuff like this where an iphone-Enthusiast writes like there never was any compact camera available before:
"mobile photography" "bigger than the invention of the digital camera"
"The iPhone shoot gave us a chance to move around and try out different things quickly," .. "Because of the spontaneity, we had a great time and it shows, versus pictures with posed fake smiles. Also we love the Polaroid effect."

All this could also have been shot with a simple unobtrusive compact camera, which have been available for at least 7 years.
And recognizing this cliche filter effects on yet another picture
shows what apparently so many iphone users mistake for "creativity".

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2013 at 13:43 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply
On DSC02779b photo in Alupang's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Beautiful picture! Well composed, nice colors, thoughtful girl.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2012 at 19:25 UTC as 1st comment
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TimT999: I love the fact that so many people have such strong, antagonistic opinions on a subject based on a few paragraphs -- on a tech site that hasn't even used the device.

I see the same simplistic comments when I go to sites devoted to political issues. Thoughtful, considered judgements have become a rarity. And the fact that people get so angry about a phone seems particularly bizarre. Oh well.

@mng...:
Yes, this mindless adoration of a company and its products, elevating Jobs to near-god like status as well as the self-centered relationship of some I-phone users is hard to stomach.
There is great post on the latter by Bjorn Utpott:
http://www.bmupix.com/journal/2012/2/29/texting.html

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 06:26 UTC
On Just Posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 review article (373 comments in total)
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amblepath: No Hotshoe? No viewfinder? I have the XZ1 and would never consider this Sony as an option. I use the excellent viewfinder for the XZ-1 most of the time. Or for fun I'll attach the XZ-1 to my full size flash (not the other way around) and get great bounce flash portraits. The lens on this sony is also very slow at the long end. I'm sure the image quality is good but I would find this camera too limiting. Of course Sony may have a better equipped model in the works.

You would find this camera to be too limiting?

I used to own the XZ1 and found THAT camera to be too limiting: Visible shadow noise even during bright sunlight, noise everywhere, heavy JPG smearing OOC in fine detail sections, impossible to recreate the color rendering from raw files, heavy contrast pictures.....
The lens is fast at the wide end and allows plaing with lower DOF. But - this just got me started redicsovering my love for photography and I then switched to Nex with legacy and SEL50F18 lens.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2012 at 07:54 UTC
On Just Posted - Sony NEX-F3 review article (129 comments in total)
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cgarrard: Menu systems on NEX cameras - "gag me with a spoon". Ruins an otherwise nicely designed camera line that has excellent image quality. I'd score it lower based on the useability of its menu system alone.

Great review though overall.

Carl, aren't you the one to bash the RX100, it having the excellent menu system of Sonys DSLR/SLTs?
Appears to me like you have a massive grudge against Sony due to unknown reasons. Sony can't make it right for you.
Rx100 good premium compact with good menu: fail for you.
Nex cameras: good APS-C camera with different menu: fail for you.
I have absolutely no issues with my 5Ns menu once I set up the custom keys. Maybe it is time to get around to actually shoot photos with those cameras instead of living out your grudges.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2012 at 06:35 UTC

Well, I DID take a look at the Abu Dhabi pictures and to say I am underwhelmed would be an understatement.

His pictures from the seventies are sort of interesting in allowing a glance at that time. But then, just about any photos from that period would be similarily interesting.

I do not know for what others consider him to be exceptional in any regard. His Abu Dhabi pictures IMHO lack BOTH esthetics and message.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 15, 2012 at 07:33 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply
On Canon EOS M Preview preview (551 comments in total)

+ EOS-Lenses can be attached and used (requires adapter)
+ EOS flashes can be attached
+ Mic connector and volumen control options
- uncompetitive price (5N with kit zoom 630 Euros,
EOSM with 22mm 799.-, kit zoom 300 Euro)
- no EVF
- LCD not tiltable
- User interface probably not faster then 5N

So as summary, IF you already own EOS lenses (which worldwide a lot of people do) you might consider this camera. There are enough people who bought the microbones adoater for 300 $ and it cannot even perform AF.

The question though is why would you buy this camera if you already own an EOS DLSR? Going to another brand would be cheaper. Only the weight reduction could be a point in favor. EOS lenses are big.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2012 at 10:37 UTC as 210th comment | 1 reply
On Scientists demonstrate 'paint-on' batteries article (108 comments in total)

Part 2...
With my last trip to Turkey, I ran out of space with my 16 GB card! So what do you do with built-in memory? How big will the memory be to satisfy most customers and still be cheap enough?
But again, my biggest point is ecological. The speed at which we generate toxic electronic waste and consume rare metals will not be sustainable in the future to come. Even now they start to go through old waste heaps to recover stuff. Think about lead become rare as of now, but being the base of most car batteries all over the world....

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2012 at 07:33 UTC as 55th comment
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