cxsparc

cxsparc

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cxsparc: I welcome this FW update by Fuji to enhance the cameras in spite of them being quite old. On the other hand, enthusiasm might be a little excessive when considering that the camera now gets features and functions that competing cameras like the Sony A6000 had from the start, like Eye AF.

Furthermore, considering that the A6000 today still sells cheaper than the XE2, one could argue that Fuji merely closed the gap somewhat.

Well, frankly, why do we have to get back to long product cycles? Of course it makes sense to use equipment as long as it works from an ecological perspective. But tech does not really slow down. My Lumia 625 has a mere 512 MB of RAM and I still installed Win 10 beta on it. But my new 640 runs quicker and you simply can't upgrade RAM of the processor in those things.
With cameras it may be somewhat different. But if the XE2 for example really is now as fast in AF as the XT1, then this means that the SW department at Fuji initially did a lousy job. Already 2 years ago, Sony was able to offer a A6000 with superfast AF and Eye AF for a low price.
One can add SW features, but not HW. More PDAF points, faster processors and better cooling to support new Video codes, IBIS, connectors remain a thing for the next camera.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2016 at 15:29 UTC

I welcome this FW update by Fuji to enhance the cameras in spite of them being quite old. On the other hand, enthusiasm might be a little excessive when considering that the camera now gets features and functions that competing cameras like the Sony A6000 had from the start, like Eye AF.

Furthermore, considering that the A6000 today still sells cheaper than the XE2, one could argue that Fuji merely closed the gap somewhat.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2016 at 14:19 UTC as 22nd comment | 6 replies
On photo Chappel in the Post Processing Salvation - #1 challenge (16 comments in total)
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cxsparc: Or simply use the HDR highlight and shadow recovery sliders of Capture One. That takes only one RAW file and 10 seconds.

No criticism intended :-)
You can do WB selectively also in Capture One on ONE Raw file. Paint a mask e.g. of the sky and select a different WB for it. Same for NR, sharpening. My point was only that similar results can today be achieved when using even a single RAW file.
I have made this observation with my A6000, but assume that most other current cameras have similar DR. I used to have a different experience when still using PS CS5 where highlight/shadow recovery is by a magnitude less capable, and using multiple files was a still a must to cope with high DR scenes like those of the OP.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2016 at 13:20 UTC
On photo Chappel in the Post Processing Salvation - #1 challenge (16 comments in total)

Or simply use the HDR highlight and shadow recovery sliders of Capture One. That takes only one RAW file and 10 seconds.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2016 at 06:50 UTC as 2nd comment | 3 replies
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chriscotec: I don't think C1 is quite there yet, in terms of versatility, but I can't wait for any of the "alternative" image editing applications to come of age and knock adobe (lower case intentional ; ) off its ivory tower. I hope it never gets back up when that happens. It would be one less controlling annoyance in a photographer's life.

If you drag and drop a file via explorer from your current directory onto C1 window, it automatically moves to that directory and reads all files there. Simply chose then the one you like. C1 also remembers that directory and opens it next time, so you can continue to work there.
I also have setup the input folder of C1 to the directory where my Sony SW moves the pictures from the camera to. So C1 is then automatically where it should be.

I just checked, and with Capture One running in the background, I can right-click in the windows explorer on a JPG or ARW file and say open with C1 and it does just that, wherever that file is located.
It also works if Capture One is not running. Version 8.3 used.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 1, 2015 at 18:30 UTC
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chriscotec: I don't think C1 is quite there yet, in terms of versatility, but I can't wait for any of the "alternative" image editing applications to come of age and knock adobe (lower case intentional ; ) off its ivory tower. I hope it never gets back up when that happens. It would be one less controlling annoyance in a photographer's life.

Depends on what you are waiting for. As a Sony user, I switched from Adobe to Capture One 8 Pro for Sony for ridiculous 25 Euros. Motivation was however not the price, but the far better shadow & highlight recovery sliders, default sharpening and contrast rendering.
Also that C1 still allows me to operate file-based without mandatorily requiring importing as LR does. For me, using C1 is much faster and yields better results in less time - after having adjusted to the different GUI.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 1, 2015 at 13:51 UTC
On photo Woodland Path in the A fresh take challenge (23 comments in total)

While the first is overly falt, the second is an orgy on saturation. Couldn't imagine putting up a poster of that.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 2, 2015 at 07:35 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
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photomedium: This little guy's gonna need back surgery by the age of 10. That camera amounts to child abuse.

Errr... Amazon says 2 pounds? That would be quite a bit for a 4 year old neck

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2015 at 10:06 UTC
On article Capture One Pro 8 software review (317 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 article Capture One Pro 8 software review (317 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 article Capture One Pro 8 software review (317 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 43rd comment
On article Capture One Pro 8 software review (317 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 article Capture One Pro 8 software review (317 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 article Capture One Pro 8 software review (317 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 47th comment | 11 replies
On photo 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 photo 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 photo 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 article The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 (1297 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 69th comment | 5 replies
On photo 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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