Cal22

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On article CP+ 2016: Nikon shows off new D5, D500 and DL compacts (115 comments in total)

The lens of the 24-85 DL should have a screw-in thread for filters, lens hood etc.!

I appreciate especially the option for a tilting EVF; it's such a helpful accessory (and essential for the wide-angle model)! Moreover it indicates that Nikon aim at enthusiasts and 'serious' photographers with their new DL compacts. And this gives hope that the lenses deliver decent IQ without too much deterioration from image center to the corners (as a result from keeping the lens small enough for a compact).

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2016 at 12:03 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On article Readers' Showcase: Scott Matthews (45 comments in total)

These photos remind me somewhat of Jay Maisel who on and off photographed NYC from his residential building.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2016 at 17:48 UTC as 5th comment
On photo Naughty Cat in the That Darn Cat challenge (2 comments in total)

Yes, it's likely bringing a gift; that's what I think the cat is doing there. Cats do this (mostly with mice), when they want to please a loved one.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2016 at 00:00 UTC as 1st comment

'Thanks Barney for sharing your experience with the RX1R II!

I agree with him in many respects as to this camera's aesthetics, the EVF, tilting rear screen, manual controls, a 35mm lens being versatile etc.. And yes, a stabilizer is to be desired (as is dust and weather sealing, for this compact isn't designed for studio works).

Now my questions: Some of the pictures Barney has made show a lot of noise - not only at ISO 6400 but also at ISO 400 (steel bridge after dark). At ISO 400!? I really don't know what to think of it! And as to the dog photo: Am I right that the CA in the trees is easy to fix?

As to focusing Barney speaks about the AF performance. But what about MF with the RX1R II? Is MF a convenient way to go? (In the wide angle range I'd always prefer MF)

Finally: Couldn't an A7 II with a 35mm lens attached be a good alternative to the compact (with the option for changing the lens)?

I know, of course, the RX1R II is a tempting thing indeed!

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2015 at 02:23 UTC as 47th comment | 1 reply

These B&W photos of wild animals are extraordinary!

So is his answer to the question on #10 :)

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2015 at 02:32 UTC as 31st comment
On article Second time lucky? A closer look at Sony's new RX1R II (543 comments in total)
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mediasorcerer: this is a subjective opinion based on personal observation and use, however, im finding the 5 axis i.s. in my sony tends to make some photos have a doppelganger outline around the edges of foreground subject matter and i now dont use it much at all even handheld in the evening because of this aftereffect i have noticed in arw files onscreen.
i think images are sharper without out it, just have to develop the skill of holding the camera very still-technique.
It tends to show up even more when using editing effects like contrast etc.
its not as handy as you would think, maybe it works better when there is slightly more movement rather than less, ie if you are holding the cam very still the ibis creates the effect, thats all i can think of, but its there for sure.

Do Sony (and other camera makers) know of the issue with IBIS you're describing here? Are you sure it's the 5-axis i.s. that's causing the 'doppelganger outline' in your images? Or does the stabilization system automatically stop '...if you are holding the cam very still ...'? In any case your experience with Sony's 5-axis i.s. needs to be researched.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2015 at 15:41 UTC
On article Second time lucky? A closer look at Sony's new RX1R II (543 comments in total)

Do Sony (and other camera makers) know of the issue with IBIS you're describing here? Are you sure that it's the 5-axis i.s. that's causing the 'doppelganger outline'? Or does the stabilization system automatically stop '...if you are holding the cam very still ...'? In any case your experience with Sony's 5-axis i.s. needs to be researched.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2015 at 15:25 UTC as 12th comment | 2 replies
On article Second time lucky? A closer look at Sony's new RX1R II (543 comments in total)
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Cal22: 'Sadly ...there is no in-body stabiization!' That's right! I don't understand Sony: A camera with an image resolution that high should have built-in stabilization; it's a must!

@RubberDials
Not any leaf shutter is guarantee for a smooth shutter release. But this is not my point: A handheld camera, small and lightweight, providing high image resolution of 42MP requires image stabilization to help the photographer avoid blurred images at shutter speeds of 1/30sec, 1/60sec (and maybe even at 1/125sec). Whoever purchases this promising camera doesn't want to photograph with high ISOs most of the time or use it on a tripod.

It's a fine camera, indeed, but I'm afraid there's a dealbreaker in it. Hopefully the Dpreview-team will be telling us more about my concern in their upcoming review.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2015 at 16:03 UTC
On article Second time lucky? A closer look at Sony's new RX1R II (543 comments in total)

'Sadly ...there is no in-body stabiization!' That's right! I don't understand Sony: A camera with an image resolution that high should have built-in stabilization; it's a must!

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2015 at 02:00 UTC as 25th comment | 20 replies
On photo harp seal pup whiskers in the Whiskers (Nature Challenge) challenge (3 comments in total)

Why I like this image:
The big amount of white is like telling us a story of innocence!

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2015 at 23:41 UTC as 1st comment
On article Meet Milvus: Hands-on with Zeiss's Milvus lenses (255 comments in total)

The Milvus MF lenses seem to be an offer to pros in the studio or on location (with an assistant). These lenses are too heavy for travel or landscape photography. The 50mm weighs about 900 gr.! As to IQ the 21mm and the macro lenses are on top of the line.

Having studied all the data sheets provided by Zeiss it's the Batis line where you get the most for the buck. It's the best package for mirrorless IMO. The lenses are top in IQ, weathersealed, and half as heavy as the Milvus lenses. But Batis lenses are AF lenses.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2015 at 02:24 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply

Due to volume and weight these lenses are primarily designed for studio photographers!

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2015 at 07:19 UTC as 27th comment | 2 replies

It's an interesting insight into the world of advertising and photography. I didn't know of Caesar Lima till now. His studio works seem to be O.K. - in
technical respect. But images like these could have been made decades ago already, there's nothing new or special in them, or am I overlooking something? Of course, you can't criticise a commercial photographer for doing what his clients want him to do. And his success speaks in his favor. Nevertheless, Caesar might be looking for new inspirations when he's been pursuing a 365 project and takes a camera with him whenever he leaves his studio. A photographer like him is expected to be both craftsman and artist; he can't afford to run out of ideas, for the competition never sleeps.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2015 at 01:09 UTC as 6th comment
On photo Sunrise in Monument Valley, Utah. in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (13 comments in total)

It's all in the right moment - a great shot!

Link | Posted on May 27, 2015 at 03:48 UTC as 7th comment
On photo Hawaii-June 1969 & June 2014 in the Memories challenge (35 comments in total)

Looking at this comparison of pictures and persons you wouldn't think that about 46 years have gone by. Congrats!

Thanks for sharing the personal story behind it!

Link | Posted on May 10, 2015 at 04:22 UTC as 14th comment
On article Readers' Showcase: Rodger Kingston (53 comments in total)

Rodger Kingston images in the showcase and the information that he uses an X10 and an X20 made me curious about his book (mentioned at #10). The title "Searching for Edward Hopper" has somewhat of a marketing trick: There's the cover photo that quotes the famous painter, with a number of pictures following that might be seen as Hopper style; other pictures let me think of Walker Evans. Overall, the book contains a mass of pictures which are just good if not great snapshots. By the way, in Part II, #28. Morning Coffee, Belmont, MA 2007, there's a picture of Stephen Shore's "Uncommon Places" on the table, if I'm right!

Well, Rodger, I'm not an expert on selling art, but I guess, there are too many (good) images in just one book. Maybe you had better done with a book containing not more than about 35 pictures and an additional print; later on a second package of that kind (and a third one?). Nevertheless, your photos stand for a capable photographer!

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 04:29 UTC as 5th comment
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Cal22: The high resolution mode of the OM-D E-M5 II is really fantastic as everybody realizes who checks the studio test scene out (in comparison with ff cameras). The caveat with this mode is, you have to use a sturdy tripod and your object may not move otherwise it gets blurred.

Well, I remember an Olympus representative saying (here on Dpreview), their engineers want to build a 4/3 camera that allows to shoot in high resolution mode at 1/80th sec (which means handheld). The technical problem and its solution has certainly to do with sensor size. Since Olympus and Sony go together in some respect I could imagine Sony to launch a 1inch RX with high resolution mode at 1/125th sec.; the IQ would be equal to an APS-C sensor. Let's hope for such a capable compact at the next Photokina!

No, I haven't!

I suggest taking the studio test scene (in full screen mode) within e.g. the Samsung NX1 review. Compare the IQ of the NX1 and of E-M5 II (in High Res. mode) and of Sony A7 II or A7 R.

Concentrate on the playing cards in the upper part of the studio scene and therein on the middle card (jack of hearts). I'm sure that will convince you! You can also change from High Res. mode to Normal in order to see how huge the difference is.

Are we at the eve of a revolution? A Sony RX 100 model will likely be the first camera providing that great IQ handheld - with Olympus 4/3 cameras following. Soon photographers won't carry a bulky DSLR around anymore unless they have to.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2015 at 01:05 UTC

The high resolution mode of the OM-D E-M5 II is really fantastic as everybody realizes who checks the studio test scene out (in comparison with ff cameras). The caveat with this mode is, you have to use a sturdy tripod and your object may not move otherwise it gets blurred.

Well, I remember an Olympus representative saying (here on Dpreview), their engineers want to build a 4/3 camera that allows to shoot in high resolution mode at 1/80th sec (which means handheld). The technical problem and its solution has certainly to do with sensor size. Since Olympus and Sony go together in some respect I could imagine Sony to launch a 1inch RX with high resolution mode at 1/125th sec.; the IQ would be equal to an APS-C sensor. Let's hope for such a capable compact at the next Photokina!

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2015 at 04:49 UTC as 11th comment | 2 replies
On article Samsung introduces NX500 with NX1's 28MP BSI sensor (144 comments in total)
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Cal22: Samsung should offer an EVF as an accessory: Many potential customers will turn their back to this interesting camera because you can't buy an EVF!

You're right as to the NX100! But nowadays EVFs are way better than they were in 2010, and if Samsung want to be regarded as a serious camera maker they'd better not ignore the various demands of serious photographers. The NX1 might be a good camera, but its SLR-style is not for everybody. I had hoped for a capable alternative, the NX500 unfortunately can't be because of its lack of an EVF.

Generally I'd prefer an external EVF over a built-in one because the latter is a bit uncomfortable for a lefteyer who I am. And since I like composing with my eye at the vf, I'd rather buy me an Olympus PEN (with VF-4) than an OMD.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2015 at 20:40 UTC
On article Samsung introduces NX500 with NX1's 28MP BSI sensor (144 comments in total)

Samsung should offer an EVF as an accessory: Many potential customers will turn their back to this interesting camera because you can't buy an EVF!

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2015 at 13:26 UTC as 6th comment | 5 replies
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