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cxsparc

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On Adobe celebrates 25 years of Photoshop article (356 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 (356 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 (356 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 | 5 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 (274 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 (310 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 47th comment | 6 replies
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cxsparc: Holy cow! I would have bought the A7 MkII if if had a better mount and less glare than the old sensor. It now has a better body design and Ibis. To those who think they don't need it: Try MF on a legacy zoom lens at 200mm, you are shaking already just because your hand is twisting the focus ring. A stabilised EVF allows for better and faster MF.
Hope however that the sensor glare HAS been improved. And would like silent shutter, too :-).

Well I have known Sony since 1983 and it keeps churning out innovation: Walkman, DIskman, then a phase of aborts like minidisc, memory stick and other proprietary stuff solely designed to grab the customer by the neck. THis has changed again and I can only say: Go on impressing me.

Really wonder why Nikon and Canon are stuck like deer in the headlights? They should have the resources, the knowhow to do the same and quickly finish Sony to die in the sun. But then, Japanese Companies are ruled by other factors.

Integrating an IBIS system into a camera that did not have this before, and this being a FF, too, is a significant step forward not only technologically, but also for the user.
This makes all those legacy lenses suddenly stabilised.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2014 at 06:59 UTC
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cxsparc: Holy cow! I would have bought the A7 MkII if if had a better mount and less glare than the old sensor. It now has a better body design and Ibis. To those who think they don't need it: Try MF on a legacy zoom lens at 200mm, you are shaking already just because your hand is twisting the focus ring. A stabilised EVF allows for better and faster MF.
Hope however that the sensor glare HAS been improved. And would like silent shutter, too :-).

Well I have known Sony since 1983 and it keeps churning out innovation: Walkman, DIskman, then a phase of aborts like minidisc, memory stick and other proprietary stuff solely designed to grab the customer by the neck. THis has changed again and I can only say: Go on impressing me.

Really wonder why Nikon and Canon are stuck like deer in the headlights? They should have the resources, the knowhow to do the same and quickly finish Sony to die in the sun. But then, Japanese Companies are ruled by other factors.

Yes I know:-) That makes it all the more impressive that Sony acts different, and has for quite some time. There must be a company culture compensating for the usual Japanese fellowship and...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 17:36 UTC

Holy cow! I would have bought the A7 MkII if if had a better mount and less glare than the old sensor. It now has a better body design and Ibis. To those who think they don't need it: Try MF on a legacy zoom lens at 200mm, you are shaking already just because your hand is twisting the focus ring. A stabilised EVF allows for better and faster MF.
Hope however that the sensor glare HAS been improved. And would like silent shutter, too :-).

Well I have known Sony since 1983 and it keeps churning out innovation: Walkman, DIskman, then a phase of aborts like minidisc, memory stick and other proprietary stuff solely designed to grab the customer by the neck. THis has changed again and I can only say: Go on impressing me.

Really wonder why Nikon and Canon are stuck like deer in the headlights? They should have the resources, the knowhow to do the same and quickly finish Sony to die in the sun. But then, Japanese Companies are ruled by other factors.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 16:54 UTC as 146th comment | 4 replies
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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 33rd comment | 2 replies
On 1939: England in Color (part 1) article (222 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 79th comment
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1606 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 194th comment | 5 replies
On Using third-party lenses on Sony Cyber-shot a7 / a7R article (495 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 109th comment
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2371 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 95th comment
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2371 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 (2371 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 223rd 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 (355 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 (355 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 49th comment | 2 replies
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