jmellas

jmellas

Lives in Canada Langley, BC, Canada
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Joined on May 12, 2011

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On Canon G1 x preview updated, sample images to follow news story (288 comments in total)
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AnHund: It looks very good, but with quite a lot of smearing of fine detail even at ISO 1600.

Fibers on the mouse are not even "clear" @ ISO 100, but it's either the type of fabric used or focus in that area is a little off.
Regardless, the processor MUST deal with the noise produced by the sensor at those frequencies ...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2012 at 02:49 UTC
On Canon G1 x preview updated, sample images to follow news story (288 comments in total)
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R Johns: Pt. 2) I'll list out a few missed opportunities I feel Canon has either intentionally or unintentionally left off of this otherwise great camera.

*No Remote Capture ability with EOS Utility (Rebel has this feature)
*No ability to control Wireless Flash Groups (Rebel has this feature)
*HDR Mode does not record to a RAW file
*AE Bracketing limited to only 3 Frames (Pan "G" and Oly E-"P" go up to 7)
*No Video 3-10x crop mode in 1080P HD (Rebel has this feature)
*No 1080p @ 30fpx, or 720p/480p @ 60fps (Rebel has this feature)
*No Stereo Audio Input for External Microphone (Rebel has this feature)
*No TTL Viewfinder
*No 100% (or close to 100%) Frame Coverage in Viewfinder
*No Viewfinder Info??? Seriously???
*No ability to use a Lens Filter and a Lens Hood together

A G1X with all of these features (in it's first iteration) would make all of those Rebels, T2's, etc a lot less needed! Lol.

It'll take Canon a few years (say, G3X?) before they give us the juicy stuff! I just hope they are making the right decision...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2012 at 01:05 UTC
On Canon G1 x preview updated, sample images to follow news story (288 comments in total)
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Mrrowe8: bottom line is how does it compare to fujifilmsx10 ? and please only reply if ur really gonna buy one ...

X-10 and G1X? Apples and oranges, at least in terms of IQ, due to the large sensor size variance... but if the last 8x10 u printed and placed on a wall was more than, say, a year or two ago, then it's worth looking at the X-10 in my opinion, especially if Fuji addresses a couple of issues (incl. the ORB effect) in their upcoming F/W release.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2012 at 00:01 UTC
On Canon G1 x preview updated, sample images to follow news story (288 comments in total)

These results, though further analysis is needed, are fantastic, in my opinion! Now give us quick focus, and fast shot to shot times Canon and u have a buyer in waiting. Though next years likely iteration with a 24mm lens would be even better!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2012 at 02:51 UTC as 77th comment
On Canon G1 x preview updated, sample images to follow news story (288 comments in total)
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keepreal: It is Adobe's role to keep flooding us with updates. Now DP Review is doing it. Articles on the Canon G1 X, that and several threads already on the Fuji XPro-1 and who knows where else and all within less than a week. DP Review now also has a high proportion of useless articles like software to put on your mobile, rubbish to buy a week before Christmas and what you can waste up to $20 or more on.

I worked in Misinformation Technology for 40 years and hated it. (I only stayed because I could not earn enough to raise a family in another field.)

Changes on a whim every few days, too much information, too much email, even if correct or more up to date is not useful. It is a nightmare. Metaphorically, the ink has not even dried before it is updated or out of date.

It is bad enough with camera models being superceded every few months. Please just shut up. Those sample images above on their own are a complete waste of time.

The reason DPR is "flooding us with updates" is merely because we expect them too!! All one needs to do is check within the various forums to see the pressure that must be felt by DPR and others in their field. The competition to produce articles and reviews "now" is immense! I, for one, am glad that all I have to do is read them. So cut them some slack... after all why are you here?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2012 at 02:42 UTC
On Buyer's Guide: Enthusiast raw-shooting compact cameras article (286 comments in total)
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MainOlyGuy: I'm not an Olympus "Fan Boy" and I don't buy into the idea that a particular camera will make you a good photographer... BUT you did not do your homework.

The Olympus XZ-1 does have an EVF, though it is an accessory. That should have been at least mentioned to keep the article honest and it pushes the cost of the camera up a good bit in doing so. Both points would have helped us in deciding about this particular cameras.

It would have also been of interest to us that the XZ-1 is fully capable of controlling remote flashes and with it's Underwater case.... and remote flashes controls it becomes a very interesting and accessible and useful tool for underwater work.

I know it must be tough to know all of these cameras inside and out but that is the job you took on. These omissions make me wonder what was left out about the other models that would have left us much better informed and shakes my trust in DPReview. You provide a valuable service to us, please respect that and protect it.

with a login of "MainOlyGuy" it's hard to assert that you are not an Olympus "Fan Boy"... lol Just bugging u.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2012 at 00:20 UTC
On CES 2012: Lytro Photowalk article (140 comments in total)
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CameraLabTester: This type of camera has great many uses... like for security recording, monitoring capabilites, etc.

But for high end artistic photography, advertising, and media requirememnts... maybe not (yet).

It's a great invention... now it needs to find a reason for a great need for it...

There's always a need for convinience and options, e.g. where to focus AFTER the fact. What remains to be seen is whether it's implementation will be correct for current market conditions... and that remains to be seen.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2012 at 23:43 UTC
On Preview: Canon PowerShot G1X large sensor zoom compact news story (791 comments in total)
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Nimenion: Hi!
Very interesting - but I would have needed
about 24 - 110 mm (35 equivalent) and about
f:2,0 - better than 4,0 at tele-end...

So, a real wide-angle and more speed for the lense!
The xz-1 was almost my choice but I left it because of the 28mm wide.

So sad! Not mine this either....

And then there's those ORBs...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 12, 2012 at 06:18 UTC
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diforbes: G1X is DOA as far as I'm concerned. Same useless optical viewfinder as the current G series. Why didn't Canon develop a new viewfinder for this one?

This is the first iteration of this unit. Every year will likely bring something more to this camera, as is usually the case. Perhaps next year we'll see 24mm lens, maybe a larger screen, or other upgrades. All manufacturers drag things along so that they can make the most money while at the same time keep DSLR's still desirable. It's just that Canon does it more slowly than perhaps anyone else. Why? Because they can!
Just my thoughts.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 11, 2012 at 07:21 UTC
On CES 2012: Samsung stand report article (20 comments in total)

Where is the TL550 or 600? Now THAT would be nice!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 11, 2012 at 01:33 UTC as 8th comment
On Preview:canong1x (1044 comments in total)
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Xentrax: I could find only 5 flaws in the camera:

Unlike Samsung or Nikon, Canon decided to go with 4:3 aspect ratio(#1) which is wrong in the era of wide screens, considering that most compact camera users make only landscape shots. Hopefully this sensor does not end up in a mirror-less interchangeable lens camera by Canon.

This heavy(#2) camera has no GPS receiver(#3) or automatic lens cover(#4), has small battery(#5) but it features rather useless viewfinder.

A wider ratio (e.g. 3:2) would require an even bigger lens to cover the sensor...

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 at 21:46 UTC
On Preview:canong1x (1044 comments in total)
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ok55: Why can't someone make a compact with decent apertures at the tele end??
F5.8 at the tele end is useless for subject isolation. Isn't a constant f2.8 (or wider) possible??

Do u mean the Fuji ORBX-10?

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 at 21:42 UTC

The colour that I got from an older DX6440 from Kodac has still to be matched by any other camera that I have owened, incl. a couple of DSLR's! If only they got everything else in order (and I hope they do) this company would survive, given their background.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2012 at 19:47 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply
On Preview:canong1x (1044 comments in total)
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pekingduck: Too bad, no 24mm...

Couldnt agree more-24mm is a must... A manual zoom lens (X-10 like) would also be nice, but Canon has always done it this way. One feature at the time. If they gave us all we are asking, who would ever buy all those Rebels? Lol. I.m bettting that 2013 will give us 24mm, mark my words.

Posted on Jan 9, 2012 at 21:36 UTC
On Just Posted: Olympus PEN Mini review news story (112 comments in total)

I have completely lost count of the PEN system - way too many iterations, in my opinion. Pen 1/2/3 Pen little/medium/big - pls Olympus, give me a break. If I decided to get into the 4/3 size format today, I'd go crazy trying to figure it all out! Yikes!
DP thanks for all the hard work, but I feel that the reviews, though thoughtful & comprehensive, are few & far in between. The S100, X10, & others have been available for sometime now, and given that they appear to be cameras of interest, I would've hoped a review was already in the bag, sort of speak.

Or maybe I just need a cold beer...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2011 at 23:28 UTC as 19th comment | 5 replies
On Fujifilm X10 preview (425 comments in total)
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Mike Paterson: isaacimages,
What HDR feature?
I've done a search in the X10's Manual for HDR and I can't find anything.

The feature is called HDR or High Dynamic Range. It allows for typically 3 images that are shot at different exposure values, to be combined into one, in order to attain, you guessed it, a higher dynamic range. Which in turn means the image will be darker in very bright areas and brighter in very dark areas.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2011 at 00:39 UTC
On Lytro Light Field Camera first look with Ren Ng article (224 comments in total)
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roblarosa: I like the tech, I don't like the implementation or the form factor.
-No swappable battery
-No swappable memory
- LCD too small
- Not pocketable (at least in a pants or shirt pocket)
- Square format only!
- Proprietary software needed, so toss your existing workflow out the door.
- The requirement to share photos on their site too limiting.
- From the photos I've seen, you can't really call any of them sharp.

I think the tech definitely be around in the future, but this form factor and implementation have a lot to be desired. It seems more like a gimmick than a serious product.

This may be a limiting initial attempt, however, I believe that this technology is not only here to stay but it will change how ALL cameras are built! Not having to focus isn't just about time delay, shutter lag, etc, it's about building lenses in a completely different way! It'll mean, smaller cameras, smaller, faster, cheaper and better lenses, much faster operation, and therefore, more successes than failures. The days of out of focus, but otherwise, perfect shots will soon be over. I just hope they'll sell enough of these to keep them going.

Time will tell...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 19, 2011 at 23:10 UTC
On Preview:canons100 (323 comments in total)
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jmellas: 75% less noise than the S95!! If that's true I'll shed the $400-500 no problem. What non-professional DSLR zoom lens allows u to shoot at f2.0?

If shutter speed was a constant, say in a low light indoor situation, and the widest a typical zoom opens to is, say, to around f4 then:

Canon S100
f2.0 + 1/30s + 400 ISO = proper exposure
DSLR
f4 + 1/30s + 1600 ISO = proper exposure

Those two images should be a lot closer in quality than one may think! Keep in mind that the subject may run away when they see the DSLR pointing their way... :)

to Jeff -
f5 by 50mm is nearly impossible with a starting point of f2.0/ Jeff. The chart shows the worse of the lot (the Pani) at f4.7, but with a starting f-stop of f3.3 - no comparison. But here's the point, unlike a DSLR (or any other camera with a large/larger sensor and a decent noise reduction engine) high ISO effects, as you know, are more destructive with a P/S. So, one is more likely to get a better image by cropping a 24mm image than going two or more steps higher on the ISO scale. And though there are some possible drawbacks doing this, like a reduction of the shallow depth of field, and perhaps some barrel distortion (again, @ 24mm), there's another notable benefit; the camera is likely to focus (or be in focus) easier. This is important given that low light situations, is when all cameras, and especially P/S's, struggle to focus the most!
Finally, a 24mm shot has a much better chance at capturing all the action!
Give it a try, the results may surprise you!

Posted on Sep 25, 2011 at 03:34 UTC
On Preview:canons100 (323 comments in total)

75% less noise than the S95!! If that's true I'll shed the $400-500 no problem. What non-professional DSLR zoom lens allows u to shoot at f2.0?

If shutter speed was a constant, say in a low light indoor situation, and the widest a typical zoom opens to is, say, to around f4 then:

Canon S100
f2.0 + 1/30s + 400 ISO = proper exposure
DSLR
f4 + 1/30s + 1600 ISO = proper exposure

Those two images should be a lot closer in quality than one may think! Keep in mind that the subject may run away when they see the DSLR pointing their way... :)

Posted on Sep 23, 2011 at 21:48 UTC as 73rd comment | 7 replies
On Preview:canons100 (323 comments in total)
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Ted D300: Can someone help interpret the Exposure Bracketing spec for this:
"1/3 - 2 EV, 1/3 stop increments" . I understand the 1/3 stop increments part but I don't get the 1/3 - 2 EV. Thanks in advance for your help.

To Ted D300

It simply indicates the minimum (1/3) and maximum (2) EV (exposure Value) that the bracketing option will allow. They use EV since you can achieve this by adjusting any of the three parameters - aperture, shutter speed and ISO.

Posted on Sep 23, 2011 at 21:23 UTC
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