keepreal

keepreal

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Amateur with a passion for pictorial photography of more than fifty years.

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On Nikon unveils 24.1MP D5200 DSLR with optional Wi-Fi article (392 comments in total)

iGNORE WHAT I JUST SAID IN THE MESSAGE BELOW.

I have just learned that Nikon are going into partnership with Yamaha and will be coming out with a new KSLR range with a touch screen and an 8 octave keyboard on the rear LCD so you can play a musical sound accompaniment and add it to your video clips. You can even take stills with the new models and through a 5.1 speaker system that plugs into the camera, you can even use it to have a rave up gig on location without lugging around your full size amplifiers and speakers.

According to the press release I got this information from, Nikon were not going to announce this until next April but thought there were enough fools out there already not to wait until then!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2012 at 15:51 UTC as 58th comment
On Nikon unveils 24.1MP D5200 DSLR with optional Wi-Fi article (392 comments in total)
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Cane: Why do all the Nikon designs now look like they're plastic melting?

Because they have a deal with stores that sell them and through them take back all the models people dispose of. They melt down the plastic and use it again.

They do this because the planet will run out of many of the natural resources civilisation relies upon by mid-century and so that they can put a little sticker on their products claiming to be green. It is nice to have companies with a conscience, isn't it?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2012 at 15:36 UTC
On Nikon unveils 24.1MP D5200 DSLR with optional Wi-Fi article (392 comments in total)

Save £399 on the D3200 and £719 on the D5200. Similar deals outside the UK.

If you already own a camera that preceded either in their respective Nikon ranges go to the Warehouse Express to see what you can save just by not buying there. Give the dosh that is burning a hole in your pocket to the Haiti Earthquake Fund, Mary's Meals or something like that instead.

Cameras like these are pretty advanced and not inexpensive. They are only described as entry level to tempt you into something more exotic to keep up with ? Well nobody really, because I am pretty sure most of you never get to the point of regularly taking decent pictures running into two digit numbers in total (not per session) by the time you trade up to something new in a few months time.

And take note. Amazing though it may seem, reliable sources indicate that manufacturers such as Nikon and Canon make quite a lot of money selling to people who have cheap compacts or no cameras at all. They do not need your spare cash.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2012 at 15:27 UTC as 60th comment
On Nikon unveils 24.1MP D5200 DSLR with optional Wi-Fi article (392 comments in total)
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Devendra: I loved my D5000 as a backup to my D300. Often time it was the go-to camera for trips and it never failed to disappoint. Worked consistently well despite being refurbished.
The swivel screen is perfect for composing shots and doing the video from unconventional angle.
I sold off both and have a D800E now. This lil camera might be my replacement instead of the D300/D7000 hybrid. Will wait for the hybrid specs to come out before get this one. But either one of them will certainly be my backup camera!

Once again.. GOOD JOB NIKON! Giving spot metering at all AF points, large bracketing D7000 AF etc in a small affordable bundle!

Once again.. GOOD JOB NIKON! Getting people to trade up and line your pockets.

I'd love to see if these guys actually get around to taking pictures of sufficient quality to justify their spend!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2012 at 15:00 UTC
On Nikon unveils 24.1MP D5200 DSLR with optional Wi-Fi article (392 comments in total)
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MichaelKJ: I'm sure this camera has a lot going for it and will do very well, but personally think most buyers would be better off with 16MP

I am not sure in most circumstances that you need more than 12MP. I have a D5000 as a second lighter weight alternative to the heavier bodies and lenses but A2 size prints (23.4 inches long) from either that or my D300 look pretty sharp enough for me.

Other than for professionals into top notch imaging for Vogue magazine or the like, I think that the higher numbers for MP are more to get foolish people to upgrade and thereby for manufacturers to get more sales. And there are plenty such people. For example, budi0251 above asks if he should trade in his D3200 which he has had a few weeks. By the end of 2013 he will probably be onto the D5400 and heavens knows what he is going to do after that. Take any decent pictures?

It's a bit like Felix Baumgartner travelling faster than the speed of sound. They didn't even have time to put the kettle on for a cup of tea when he landed, so what he gained is very open to question.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2012 at 06:02 UTC
On Adobe announces Photoshop Elements 11 article (68 comments in total)
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Bangers and Mash: I think I will stay with Elements 10. It does fine for me so why change or upgrade, unless, of course, its absolutely necessary. I switched from 8 to 10 only because of the RAW editing feature for the Olympus E-P3, which was not available in version 8.

Perhaps I'm old school, but I don't understand why they incorporate an organizer. I'm sorry, but I like to take care of my own filing/organizing and not let a program take it over for me. That's just me I guess. Why, when loading the program, don't they provide the option for selecting or deselecting the organizer. Like I said, that's me.

In case anyone reading my comment above wants to try Oloneo PhotoEngine (PE) I should warn you of its pros and cons.

Its tonemapping is superb even from a single frame and it is lightning fast so adjustments are hugely easier than anything else. Tonemapping is very intuitive and often the results are amazing even from single RAW. Usually it recovers so much detail in highlights/shadows you did not even know you had. PC only, not MAC.

For HDR and bracketing you cannot rely upon PE unless you use a tripod. It will not align properly but there is a no-cost solution. Use the Photomatix Pro trial version and save HDR (32 bit) as it is very good on ghost removal automatically or manually - you choose which. Just be sure when you start a project you check to say you want to save an HDR before mapping and stop there. It looks awful when you get there before saving but only because the monitor image is not 32 bit or tonemapped. To open the hdr in PE just drag from Explorer into the PE editor.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 02:41 UTC
On Adobe announces Photoshop Elements 11 article (68 comments in total)
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Bangers and Mash: I think I will stay with Elements 10. It does fine for me so why change or upgrade, unless, of course, its absolutely necessary. I switched from 8 to 10 only because of the RAW editing feature for the Olympus E-P3, which was not available in version 8.

Perhaps I'm old school, but I don't understand why they incorporate an organizer. I'm sorry, but I like to take care of my own filing/organizing and not let a program take it over for me. That's just me I guess. Why, when loading the program, don't they provide the option for selecting or deselecting the organizer. Like I said, that's me.

Like inohuri I would not spend the price for PS. I have CS2 only because I won it in a photo competition judged by Martin Evening for what I showed I could do with PSE2.

I too dislike the PSE organizer but have one use for it in PSE8 which came free with my Wacom Bamboo tablet. For RAW conversion and tone mapping I usually rely upon Oloneo PhotoEngine but I want to view NEF thumbnails from my Nikon D300 and D5000 and PSD bigger than I can with FastStone Viewer. CS2 Bridge will not open my NEFs, so I use the PSE8 organiser merely to view thumbnails as large as I choose but there is no point for me in the editor when I can have 16 bit in CS2.

Adobe line their pockets selling upgrades to gullible customers mostly by adding bells and whistles. Forget them and learn ALL you can with what you already have. I have run trial versions of later PS/PSE but did not like any of them. The GUI has become too busy, less space for the image you want to edit where CS2 is streamlined, neat and tidy.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 02:05 UTC

The 10-18mm and 16-50mm are good news for NEX afficionados who like wide angles for landscapes and shoot JPEG.

But I also imagine they and the 35mm F1.8 will retain the absurd curvilinear distortion that I believe makes most Sony E lenses and many others for APSC and Four-Thirds a joke for serious work where you want to shoot RAW. I also insist upon a RAW developer of my own choosing, not SONY's because I am out for the best tone-mapping on the planet, IMO currently Oloneo PhotoEngine.

For that and want of a decent OVF since the NEX-7 EVF is also a bad joke, I will stick to my DSLR in spite of the size and weight which I admit is a serious nuisance.

By the time EVFs get up to 14 mb instead of the present 1.4 mb, maybe they will be able to distill electronically every last ounce of refinement and equal an optical viewfinder system. By if/when that ever happens, I will no longer be around, so who cares? Just get a caddy and keep to shooting through mirrors.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2012 at 11:34 UTC as 4th comment
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keepreal: No way I would spend the huge price for Photoshop. Far too expensive, good though it is. I originally had Elements 2 and but won a copy of CS2 in a competition in a photo magazine where Martin Evening judged the entries. He said he could not see any evidence of where I had done extensive editing to remove several distracting elements from my picture even though I also sent him a copy of the original. That was what I could do with just PSE2.

I am still using CS2, would not dream of upgrading and paying out serious money. I have run later trial versions but saw no benefit except a complicated interface replacing the streamlined one with CS2 that screamed out "don't feel the quality, just the width" to borrow a phrase. I now use Oloneo PhotoEngine beforehand and that converts more recent RAW while giving superb tone mapping.

You can do a lot without lining Adobe's pockets with upgrades. Many people who do have their heads in the clouds, now it seems some rather more literally.

By ArmandN, you are totally right of course but I am talking about the amateurs who just have an urge to spend, spend, spend. That is probably one good reason why the manufacturers update their models every few nanoseconds.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2012 at 07:18 UTC

No way I would spend the huge price for Photoshop. Far too expensive, good though it is. I originally had Elements 2 and but won a copy of CS2 in a competition in a photo magazine where Martin Evening judged the entries. He said he could not see any evidence of where I had done extensive editing to remove several distracting elements from my picture even though I also sent him a copy of the original. That was what I could do with just PSE2.

I am still using CS2, would not dream of upgrading and paying out serious money. I have run later trial versions but saw no benefit except a complicated interface replacing the streamlined one with CS2 that screamed out "don't feel the quality, just the width" to borrow a phrase. I now use Oloneo PhotoEngine beforehand and that converts more recent RAW while giving superb tone mapping.

You can do a lot without lining Adobe's pockets with upgrades. Many people who do have their heads in the clouds, now it seems some rather more literally.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2012 at 23:25 UTC as 11th comment | 2 replies
On Photokina 2012: Interview - Dirk Jasper of Nikon article (216 comments in total)
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keepreal: Quite interesting. Without a doubt, if I did not already have my D300 I would be very interested in the D600 especially as all I have are three FX lenses (12-300mm is quite enough) from when I used to use film, even though nearly £2000 is a lot of money. Now "entry" level DSLRs go for £700+. How absurd. They are not entry level at all. That's just marketing.

I cannot agree with Dirk Jasper on one thing. 12mm on DX is quite wide enough for landscape photographs in which I specialise. Before, when I used my Sigma 12-24mm f4.5-5.6 EX DG at its widest with my F80 and film, I had to be careful not get my feet or own shadow in the frame. If you are interested in freakery going that wide on DX may be useful but the landscapes I like to take are real and believable.

(BTW the Mk I version of that Sigma 12-24 is brilliant, at least mine is. Some say they vary. I now use it 95% of the time as the results in landscape shots with very near objects in them brings the perspective to life .)

Francis. It is very simple. I put the three lenses in a bag - Sigma 12-24mm f4.5-5.6 EX DG, Nikkor 24-85mm f2.8-4 D AF and Nikkor 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 G AF-S VR IF-ED. Then I contrived a device to switch from one to the other and thereby achieved the 25x range. The device is an interchangeable lens mount. If you have a Nikon DSLR, you might have seen one.

Judging by your comment, you are a clever fellow so I am sure you could do this yourself or are you just some idiot who when he has nothing to say, still has to say it?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2012 at 23:09 UTC
On Photokina 2012: Interview - Dirk Jasper of Nikon article (216 comments in total)
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Chris Donnet: Why these corporate guys dont' seem to understand that some of us DO need DX systems?

Since I can make fine quality A2 prints (ie. 60cm wide) from my D300, I am not in the market for any more pixels or even an FX camera. Many of those who trade up to the latest have more money than sense. You just do not need that kind of quality unless you are a professional and want A-5 size prints The "-" is a minus sign. Get the point?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2012 at 19:10 UTC
On Photokina 2012: Interview - Dirk Jasper of Nikon article (216 comments in total)
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Jogger: Should have asked him about the Nikon 1 system and what he thinks of the RX100.

Are you joking or is it only Nikon with the 1 system who are? They should stick to serious cameras or just point and shoot. The 1 is a zero as far as I am concerned.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2012 at 19:06 UTC
On Photokina 2012: Interview - Dirk Jasper of Nikon article (216 comments in total)

Quite interesting. Without a doubt, if I did not already have my D300 I would be very interested in the D600 especially as all I have are three FX lenses (12-300mm is quite enough) from when I used to use film, even though nearly £2000 is a lot of money. Now "entry" level DSLRs go for £700+. How absurd. They are not entry level at all. That's just marketing.

I cannot agree with Dirk Jasper on one thing. 12mm on DX is quite wide enough for landscape photographs in which I specialise. Before, when I used my Sigma 12-24mm f4.5-5.6 EX DG at its widest with my F80 and film, I had to be careful not get my feet or own shadow in the frame. If you are interested in freakery going that wide on DX may be useful but the landscapes I like to take are real and believable.

(BTW the Mk I version of that Sigma 12-24 is brilliant, at least mine is. Some say they vary. I now use it 95% of the time as the results in landscape shots with very near objects in them brings the perspective to life .)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2012 at 19:00 UTC as 50th comment | 3 replies
On Sony Alpha NEX-5R preview (145 comments in total)

My comment pertains to NEX and the best of other mirrorless compacts using APS-C or similar. I write here because this is a recent thread.

I can get weary lugging around my Nikon D300 plus three heavy zoom lenses where a good mirrorless with 2 or 3 lenses would be far more compact and only weigh about 40%. But I do like an accurate viewfinder I can see through in all light and being able to steady the camera against my body.

So finally I had a look at the NEX-7 as I am sure that if lenses were
available for it equal to those I already have, the results would be as good. However, one serious concern is excessive barrel distortion which from RAW would not be corrected in SONY lenses when I use my chosen RAW developer which I insist upon because of the quality of its tone-mapping.

However, as I expected, the EVF on the NEX is quite dreadful compared to a DSLR and no viewfinder on other models just is not on. Finally, any interest I had in mirrorless or Four-Thirds is dead and buried.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2012 at 15:35 UTC as 13th comment
On Shooting with the Leica M9-P article (629 comments in total)

I would gladly replace my Nikon D300 and three zoom lenses for a M9-P with the 21mm, 35mm and a 90mm if I could afford it but I cannot.

Nevertheless I had a look at an M series Leica sometime in the 1960s. Even the first time I tried it, to focus just one turn of the focusing ring was sufficient to get the rangefinder images to coincide with no doubts about hitting the right spot, such is the precision. And here, of course, I am only talking of the viewfinder! What an absolute joy to use.

Nonetheless, I do find amusing the suggestion that a Leica makes you think about each shot carefully. For there is nothing to stop you doing that with any camera. I came home from a three week trip to the South Western USA with only about 100 shots plus extras for exposure bracketing on my D300. Most were a success and many were a great success.

Even if like me, you cannot afford a Leica, there is nothing to stop you shooting with the kind of care as if you did have one. I always have done.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2012 at 07:34 UTC as 30th comment | 2 replies
On Just Posted: Fujifilm X-Pro1 review article (271 comments in total)
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calking: what *many* of you ding dong, pixel-peeping nerds need to do is check out what a REAL pro photographer can do with this camera that you can't, because you're too busy looking for something that doesn't exist on any level (aka the "perfect camera for every occasion at a price you love that's so small you can carry it in your pocket").

To: Digital Suicide -- if the "joy of photography is in the process and not the result", I'd say you're more of a gearhead than a photographer. Try selling that notion to someone like Ansel Adams or Galen Rowell, or any professional photographer for that matter. If you actually focused on results, people might be impressed with your photos instead of your gear.

Ryan Brenizer:
http://www.ryanbrenizer.com/2012/04/provisional-review-fuji-x-pro-1/

Mansurov: http://mansurovs.com/fuji-x-pro1-review

Steve Huff: http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/tag/x-pro-1/

It is very reassuring to see comments like yours. I do get tired of having to write them all myself.

I dare say if he were alive today, Ansel Adams would still be using a large format camera like a Linhof with a super lens like a Schneider Kreuznauch Symmar in it, one shot for every 100 most people take today, probably far, far less. He in landscape photography, Yousuf Karsh for portraits - noboby can touch them.

I have a few pictures at http://www.flickr.com/photos/contrajur/6791366809/in/set-72157627418118502. I am only interested in equipment as a means to an end. You and me that is.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2012 at 01:44 UTC
On Just Posted: Fujifilm X-Pro1 review article (271 comments in total)
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calking: All of these awesome "smaller" APS-C and 4/3 camera systems are VERY expensive for those already vested in DX or FX full-sized systems. Cost increases even more when adding options like hand grips, flash units, niche lenses, etc. They're only compact when shooting small primes vs zooms. There's little justification in buying redundant systems just to save what amounts to mere ounces in weight and only slightly less bulk when the cost is this substantial (other than gear lust).

A nikon D3200 is only fractionally larger than these cameras, has a 24mp sensor, high-ISO, fast AF, video, EVF/LV, etc and yet costs only $700 WITH an 18-55 VR lens new. Samsung NX20 with 18-55 is $995, Oly EM-5 is $1100 body-only, and Fuji X-pro1 is $1699 body only.

I say a good P/S like the Fuji X10 or similar model is a "compact". Otherwise, shooting standard DX with a prime lens for most non-pro photography is so much easier and cost-effective for the vast majority of normal people.

Not only most of the comments but much of the contents of "serious" reviews too.

Nor should I be reading them but I do because I am no Luddite and occasionally there is real progress hidden among all this chaff. Not this time though!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2012 at 01:25 UTC
On Just Posted: Fujifilm X-Pro1 review article (271 comments in total)
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Sergey Borachev: Fuji obviously rushed this, could not wait to show off its great sensor even though the AF and manual focusing designs were still half baked. This is cutting edge, i.e. way too rough and too niche.

However, you can see a X-Pro2 coming with the focusing problems solved, some new zooms and more primes, and yes some of them will have lens IS. The moaning and blasting will then stop, except from those still making expensive APS-C DSLRs.

Fuji needs to learn to do better than continually releasing cameras with significant problems in spite of their nice sensor features, e.g stuck shutters in X100, orbs in X10, and in X-S1, and this pro X-Pro1 camera with such poor focusing.

Brilliance in design and in the parts, but not really well put together as a whole product that we have come to expect from the "Made in Japan" label displayed in these cameras.

N.B. Price is not the real issue here, since there is a market for those who want higher quality and pay higher. Poor performance is.

I have raised a few comments of my own, taking a rather sarcastic tone because I am exasperated that the king again has appeared in his new clothes - for those who do not know the story, completely naked.

But for a neutral, balanced and appropriate summary of this beast, you could not have put it better.

Only thing missing is that there also is a market for those who want to spend lots of money, for whom quality is not the issue, nor price and probably most of them will never take a decent picture, just like to spend. The XPro-1 is just made for them.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2012 at 01:16 UTC
On Just Posted: Fujifilm X-Pro1 review article (271 comments in total)

"There is a school of thought that using software corrections counts as 'bad' design, and that all lenses should be fully optically-corrected for distortion in the traditional fashion. We simply don't agree. This approach was essential when shooting film simply because there was no other option; there's no sensible way of correcting distortion on slide film or when printing a negative. Likewise, SLRs ideally need fully-corrected lenses so that the viewfinder image allows accurate composition (distortion correction inevitably discards parts of the recorded image)."

"Because of this, it makes perfect sense for lens designers to leave a little distortion behind..." I think he meant excessive distortion, not a little.

I imagine the author of this review would be happy with a Ferrari even if he has to put Fuller's Earth in the gearbox.

On second thoughts, maybe he'd insist on it.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2012 at 00:23 UTC as 61st comment | 3 replies
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