chrisnfolsom: absolutely beautiful and informative - I am waiting for this feature to be automated as with the panoramic features now currently in most new cameras... I know to "purists" that would be wrong - I still make my own pans, but it is so damn easy working with the automatic tools and they get your pretty close. I even on occasion use my phone to take pictures/document *gasp* ;)
Magic Lantern firmware for Canon cameras can now do this focus stacking for you automatically.
mjoshi: Does this thing have a capability to display focus point in RAW file same as Digital Photo Professional does for RAW files created from Canon camera ? It is important and comes handy when editing to see what was point of focus.
I doubt it, since this is extremely manufacturer-specific. Not to mention silently wrong if you've focus-recomposed.
EDI: Amadou Diallo bet me to it.
Nice summary! I'd love to see a view through the viewfinder, however.
Does soft proofing allow the result of converting the image to the sRGB colourspace to be previewed? In Lightroom 3, the histograms are unhelpfully based on the much larger ProPhoto colourspace, so images can be silently clipped in sRGB with no warning on the histogram to help you out.
EDIT: Tried out the beta. Yes, it does! Woohoo! No more clipped reds on my red flower photos!
sensibill: The high ISO (both JPEG *and* RAW) samples are quite noisy. I expected more out of this camera.
"Even when its files are downsampled to 16MP, images the A77's 24MP sensor still display slightly higher noise levels at ISO 12800 than the 16MP sensor of the A55"
lamah: The two Fly Geyser images were taken at different times (and the after has some quite curious cloning), which makes a before-and-after comparison a bit trickier.
I'm sorry that you're unwilling to even glance at the images you posted. The first image was shot 2010-05-08 16:52:51, the second image was shot 2010-05-08 16:52:56, this confirmed from the EXIF data. They don't even have the same exposure, the first one being shot at 1/45th of a second at f/20 and the "after" version being shot at 1/40th at f/19. The clouds have moved in the sky from wind. The geyser is at a radically different height. These are two different photographs.
Have you actually looked at the image files that you have attached to the review? Do that now and flip between them. The wind-blown clouds move along slightly between the images, the signature has shifted, there is a dust spot cloned out in the cloud at the right and several in the cloud at the top, there are circular cloned areas at the bottom of the image, and the water has clearly moved. These are two different photos.
I don't doubt that you intended to upload a comparison of a single image (because there would be little point in faking this result), but that is not what you have uploaded to your actual article.
The two Fly Geyser images were taken at different times (and the after has some quite curious cloning), which makes a before-and-after comparison a bit trickier.
RaptorUK: Can I create an article about how DPReview refuses to enforce it's own published rules ?
Images of children - We absolutely do not allow any nude / semi-nude / voyeuristic pictures of children or links to such galleries
You must only submit images that are safe for general public viewing, e.g. no nudity.
How do these rules allow this Challenge and it's Entries to remain: http://www.dpreview.com/challenges/Challenge.aspx?ID=5270
Presumably this rule exists so that they can remove any images of naked people that they find offensive, without actually needing to give a rigid definition of what an offensive image is, which is pretty difficult.
dbateman: This photo is amazing! 24MP at 16000 ISO, there is only fine grain noise and no blochy color noise. This could be cleaned up with Topaz denoise. I am very impressed with the NEX7
If you can't see the blotchy colour noise, you're not looking hard enough. Regardless, this is a very impressive result at ISO 16,000 on APS-C
CarstenKriegerPhotography: It's not just you. The backgrounds are overexposed deliberately, it's the whole idea of this technique. It's all explained in the article.
There's a difference between achieving a white background, and having a background lit so hot that it destroys the edges of the subject.
I've seen the foam of spittlebugs many times before, but I had never seen the bug itself, it's fascinating! Did you clear the foam by pouring water on the bug, blowing away the foam, or pulling it away with fingers?
ozgoldman: The entire world, well almost, changed to the metric system of measurement almost 50 yrs ago, after a push by the UN. Consequently 95% of the world now works in the easy to use metric system.Unfortunately, the USA has been sadly lagging behind the rest of the world in changing to this system. The old Imperial measurements for those who have only ever used Metric measurements is impossible to understand and thats a lot of people who read this forum.Perhaps it's time the the US to wake up and join the rest of the world.Don't get me wrong. US is a great place, but in weights and measurements they are almost 50 yrs behind the rest of the world now.
Amazon (and by extension, DPReview) couldn't care less. They're trying to sell tripods to Americans. They'll ship some units overseas, sure, but mostly they are spending their advertising money to ship inside the US.
That leather case/lenshood combo is absolutely gorgeous
"A silhouette is the image of a person, an object or scene consisting of the outline and a featureless interior, with the silhouetted object usually being black."
I really like that accusatory look in its eyes.
Tilted? It doesn't look tilted to me, it looks like the flowers are growing on a slope. You can see a level horizon in the distance.
I love the concept of shooting the reverse side of these flowers! The picture looks great, superb colours.
> Cool photo! How did you get the trees in the background blurred like that while the dirt and leaves in the foreground are not? Especially with such a long exposure time of 1/5 sec while panning? Again, nice shot! Thanks!
If you light a foreground which is reasonably darker than the background with flash, the short flash exposure freezes that part of the frame. You can try it out without any action at all - set your camera to manual with a slow shutter speed (like 1/4 - 1/5) and arm your flash, be reasonably close to your subject so your flash can light it without adding too much to the subject's surroundings. Release the shutter, then, while the exposure is happening, zoom in with your lens. Result: A sharp subject with wonderful motion streaks pointing to them. You can enable second-curtain sync to change the effect.
Wonderful shot, OP :).