xtoph

xtoph

Lives in United States seattle, WA, United States
Works as a anthropologist
Has a website at www.phloiterer.tumblr.com
Joined on Sep 22, 2004

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m-cameras are unusual, and most people are likely to misunderstand what they're capable of due to inexperience, not to say, ignorance.

which is why when a specialist site like dpr posts what is supposed to be an expert review or samples, it is all the more important to have some clue how to use the camera, since most folks can't be expected to have personal experience to go on.

you should pull these botched samples and re-do them properly. you also should not be guessing about the shutter speed--at least not with the whole stops.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2016 at 08:00 UTC as 5th comment | 2 replies
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Ron Poelman: This is blindingly simple.
We'll control what the public sees, not you.
Call me when there's a guarantee they will publish with no further alterations.
Just another brick in the wall.

If you can point to any instances where Reuter has altered the content of a submitted photo before publishing, I'd like to see it.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 23:52 UTC
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NoMirror99: This camera makes sense if you want: a super quiet small camera that makes superior images and fits in your pocket. The only other camera similar to it is the Leica Q. Unlike the Q the RX1 RII has the best sensor available today with the best 35mm F2 lens available today. It's 1,000 $ less than the Leica, while having vastly superior specs. If you'll only settle for the very best, it's $3300.

@stnif--while i can't really imagine finding the q 'quite big and heavy', it's true that it is slightly larger than the rx1 (not as much if you include the profile of the vf). i guess is that's your tipping point, have at the sony. personally i found the rx1 to be hard to handle--but i am not a small fellow, so it's a subjective call. compared to my m, it is much smaller and lighter (akin to my film ms). if it is true that the new vf doesn't require the pull-back of the rx100, that would be a big deal--i found that unusable with my glasses unless i gaff taped it.
for me, the awkward handling and impossible mf (and indirect manual exp) of the rx1 made it a non-starter. we'll have to wait and see how the af stacks up--i've been very impressed with af on the q.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 19, 2015 at 07:09 UTC
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NoMirror99: This camera makes sense if you want: a super quiet small camera that makes superior images and fits in your pocket. The only other camera similar to it is the Leica Q. Unlike the Q the RX1 RII has the best sensor available today with the best 35mm F2 lens available today. It's 1,000 $ less than the Leica, while having vastly superior specs. If you'll only settle for the very best, it's $3300.

The q has a built-in vf, not that rinky-dink pull-up, slide out, wobbly job. It is more than small enough, and unlike the rx1 has genuinely usable absolute position manual focus along with wicked fast af. Not to mention the faster lens and superb controls.
Nothing against the Sony, and I am sure it will post staggeringly detailed, high quality files. But as a working camera, it does t obviously trump the q in any way.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2015 at 18:30 UTC

i am sick and bloody tired of people saying that rangefinders, or manual cameras generally, are "obsolete" technology. they are not obsolete; they are old. like pencils, old technology is not necessarily obsolete technology. it would be merely pedantic pickiness, except that it betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of what rangefinders are good for, how people (who know how to use them) use them, and why. and then to propose that slr focusing, let alone af, is more 'straightforward'? think that through again, why don't you.
i can easily understand if people cannot justify the $12k to spend on a leica m240+lens--it's a lot of money, and people have to work with what they can. but enough with the false rationalizations. oh, and while we're on the subject, this weekend i shot a fast-moving dance rehearsal at f/2, on my m, and had no problem nailing focus. in fact i outperform my 5d2 with it by a considerable margin (the 5d3 pulls even, and for certain types of sequences, is better.)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 03:20 UTC as 55th comment | 3 replies
On article Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on (706 comments in total)
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LukeDuciel: How does the size of M-M compare to M9? I feel it is smaller? is it?

they are the same size.
the official specs make it seem like there is a difference, but it is because of different protrusions, not the size and shape of the body. misleading, and something that worried me before i upgraded mine and compared carefully.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 2, 2015 at 20:27 UTC
On article Readers' Showcase: Documentary and Street photography (108 comments in total)
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Pedagydusz: I feel that #12 violates one common rule of decency: photographing someone inside his/her own house is an intolerable invasion of privacy.
And I don't feel anything special about them in general

just FWIW, that photo is a wide angle (28mmFF) view from a busy public sidewalk, and the person you see probably doesn't live there.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 19, 2014 at 23:36 UTC
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xtoph: I am somewhat curious as to the basis of the editorializing characterization of these cameras as "popular".
I know people doing professional work on cheaper cameras, and i know people doing projects on arri and red systems, but i don't personally know anyone working with these.
Which doesnt mean much, but as i said, popular according to whom?

Okay, interesting to hear. It isnt too unbelievable that people might want to use them, i just havent run into anyone doing so personally.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 5, 2014 at 17:35 UTC

I am somewhat curious as to the basis of the editorializing characterization of these cameras as "popular".
I know people doing professional work on cheaper cameras, and i know people doing projects on arri and red systems, but i don't personally know anyone working with these.
Which doesnt mean much, but as i said, popular according to whom?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 5, 2014 at 07:17 UTC as 10th comment | 5 replies
On article What is equivalence and why should I care? (2141 comments in total)
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xtoph: Where this article stumbles is in not clearly addressing at the start the fact that the two systems compared have different aspect ratios, and thus the 'equivalent' shots will not look at all the same (different things will be included and excluded in each; they will decidedly not "have the same framing").
This maybe should be obvious, but i doubt it actually is obvious to many of the people who might actually benefit from reading this (people just geting started choosing a camera).

Joe--the difference between aspects might be minor to you; it isnt to me, at all. I am sure you wouldnt like having all your 2:3 format pictures cropped off at the edges the way they would be on an oly. Afair panasonic made (makes?) odd-size chips specifically so they do not have to actually crop in--but i havent tracked where they are these days with that. (or maybe both p and o use multi-aspect chips now with no lost pixels--in which case i withdraw my complaint.)
But otherwise, when your topic is 'equivalence', and the very first statement about that equivalence is absolutely, incontrovertibly not true--the framing will *not* be the same--then it is time to make a minor modification to the article ao that it is no longer incorrect.
Richard--if this is supposed to be about 'all' systems, then aspect ratio needs to be dealt with.
Otherwise, i think it is a good resourse for people to have. All else equal, i am all for more information.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 02:02 UTC
On article What is equivalence and why should I care? (2141 comments in total)

Where this article stumbles is in not clearly addressing at the start the fact that the two systems compared have different aspect ratios, and thus the 'equivalent' shots will not look at all the same (different things will be included and excluded in each; they will decidedly not "have the same framing").
This maybe should be obvious, but i doubt it actually is obvious to many of the people who might actually benefit from reading this (people just geting started choosing a camera).

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 22:19 UTC as 182nd comment | 9 replies
On article Kodak Pixpro S-1 First Impressions Review (184 comments in total)
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Glen Barrington: To those who believe this is aimed solely at the "Asian" Market. I suspect it is difficult for outsiders to understand the appeal of the name "Kodak" in North America among people who aren't Professionals or even 'enthusiasts', but who still want a "nice" camera. (Nice defined by THEIR standards, not yours).

I also suspect this brand will find its way to the North American market as quickly as possible and it is to the benefit of Olympus and Panasonic. with the Kodak m43s brand established globally, that takes the pressure off Olympasonic to go to the expense of developing, producing, and marketing the low end introductory cameras that they find difficult to make a profit with. This will allow them to concentrate their resources on the more profitable enthusiast and professional cameras.

If Olympasonic is smart, they will bend over backwards to help JK Imaging to establish this brand in as many places as possible.

You might be surprised by how *few* people, even in america, recognize the kodak brand. I work with classes of young students learning photography, and also teach at the university level (in usa); for a recent class trivia question, asked 'which is the american camera brand?', out of minolta, canon, nikon, and kodak, not one student chose kodak; the majority answered minolta, some canon. When i inquired after, not one student in two classes recognized the word "kodak"; they only had the vague sense that it sounded foreign.
Its easy to forget how time flies... I still shoot tri-x and portra.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 07:53 UTC
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wansai: this is a complete non issue. most ppl who have photoshop would know how to do this even without the tutorial. it is a simple process, something i would, at most categorise as intermmediate level ps skill, but likely one that any basic user should know.

i havent seen his blog post. unless he specifically states to do the shop then pass the image off as your own, i see no issues with it. also, if it is a picture of you and you have not signed a release, the photographer has no merits in trying to use it for commercial purposes. you have as much claim as the photographer.

You don't understand what a model release releases. You dont own every picture someone else snaps of you, and it is indeed more than legal for them to sell that photo they snapped (and own) without your permission. (applies in the us and most countries)
It is largely because of pervasive misunderstandings such as this that the issue in the op is in fact worth denouncing.

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2014 at 23:15 UTC
On article Shockproof flagship: Olympus 'drops' new Tough TG-3 (107 comments in total)

Yeah, raw would be nice, but beside the point unless oly offers true manual exposure control or AT LEAST aperture priority mode. Seriously, what is the point of advertising your f/2 lens if there is no way to take advantage of it? I got some good UW pics with the tg2, but also lost a whole lot of them to motion blur because the camera inexplicably decided it needed to shoot at f/5.6 and 1/30 sec or slower ... Underwater. Good luck with that. (Also tended toward severe overexposure underwater, to the point where even -2 ev comp wasnt always enough. How hard is it to just let the user set exposure?????

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2014 at 23:38 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
On article Review: Ona Lima camera strap (148 comments in total)
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samfan: I pity anyone who uses the original strap that came with the camera and doesn't know better. Those straps prove the camera manufacturers have just contempt for their users. So uncomfortable they might as well be made of chains and poison ivy, but of course, with a huge colorful logo or several.

the leica strap is one of the best designed and best made straps out there. (it is slightly less grippy on the pad than an upstrap, which is why i don't use mine, but it looks better and wraps better around the wrist.) possibly the only piece of good advice kr (he who shall not be named) ever gave: no matter what brand camera you use, you can get yourself a leica strap (and often for less than other brands, for a change).

Direct link | Posted on Mar 28, 2014 at 23:46 UTC
On article Review: Ona Lima camera strap (148 comments in total)
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Jim Evidon: This is a case of over-design. For my money, the best strap is one that is sized for the camera and user; i.e., no adjustment. One of the best straps I have used was one of the earliest sling straps made out of soft webbing with a simple ring that slides up and down the strap and attaches to a camera lug. The strap was hand made somewhere in VT and for all I know,they may be out of business.

The second best strap is another simple gem that I use on my Fuji XPro-1 made by Lance (http://lancecamerastraps.com/classic-non-adjust/).

It is simply a nylon woven line that does not adjust. You order it by length and color desired. It is nicely finished. Because of the large diameter of the nylon line, it is soft and comfortable and requires no shoulder pad. I carry it sling fashion while walking and around the neck while shooting. I have used Optech, Tamrac, Sun-Sniper, etc., and this Lance Strap beats them all.

Now, if someone would only make the perfect camera bag I'd be very happy.

the problem with non-adjustable straps is that you do sometimes need a different length, such as when you put on a bulky jacket, or when you are carrying two cameras at one time.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 28, 2014 at 23:43 UTC
On article Review: Ona Lima camera strap (148 comments in total)
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vroger1: My prime need is for a strap to remain on my shoulder while I am using another camera, or just for carrying around. The ONLY strap I can recommend is the "UPSTRAP" found at upstrap.com. It really works and I own UPSTRAPS for all my digital cameras, all sizes (the straps vary in width) from my Leica D-Lux digicams through my Canon DSLRs. The are not expensive and actually work!!.

i agree with the recommendation for the upstrap. i've bought about 6 over the years (a couple for my brother and a friends camera). it is the only thing i've found that actually works as a shoulder strap. and no obnoxious branding, not superfluous gadgets, no ridiculous 'quick release' fail points.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 28, 2014 at 23:42 UTC
On article Nikon video hints at long-desired 'digital FM' (551 comments in total)

I dont understand the article comment about ergonomics improving since the fe2. Sounds to me like they are already missing the point. Aside from the focus turning the wrong way on nikons (:p), the fe/m2 were almost perfect cameras ergonomically speaking. Getting back to that is what such a camera should mostly be about.

I suspect that nikon is hoping to tap a market of folks who are sick of the upgrade cycle, who want to go back to buying a single camera to use without anxiety for a decade or so. Build in the quality construction, and at this point there are off the shelf pieces which could deliver more than ood enough quali pics for that kind of time frame. At which point the cost makes sense, becomes a rational investment rather than a two year tax on keeping up with the state of the art.

This could be brilliant for them--extremely well timed in terms of current capabilities, market saturation, and getting in while sony still doesnt have the stable of relevent lenses on offer.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 25, 2013 at 20:56 UTC as 181st comment | 3 replies
On article Ten things we learned this week (91 comments in total)

I have to add my objection to the new "click and load 12 pages to view content worth maybe 2" design i have seen a few times here recently.

Not only is it tedious and timewasting, but it is incovenient if you want to compare anything or review anything you just read as you go along.

Please dont go this way--just makes your site look like "10 wardrobe malfunctions" clickbait nonsense.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 12, 2013 at 05:53 UTC as 36th comment | 3 replies

(based solely on the pairs displayed here: )

eric wins!!!
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and there in a nutshell is the absurdity of photography as a competitive sport.

(though this does seem to be all in a good lot of fun. )

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2013 at 01:52 UTC as 24th comment
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