Spectro

Spectro

Lives in United States WA, United States
Joined on Jul 9, 2012
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architect and photonerd

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historianx: OK you guys have a good video on fashion *studio* applications with the X-T1, but as a fashion photographer I need to know how it will perform with the 50-140 F2.8 on the *runway* at shows with inconsistent lighting condtions, especially with focus speed and accuracy (I already shoot with Fuji so I know high iso will be fine). In eventually replacing my Olympus E-5 and 50-200 F2.8-3.5 SWD Zuiko for that work, which is lightning fast focus wise and accurate, but noisy as all get out above iso 800, it has come down to the X-T1/50-140 F2.8 with grip or a Canon 7Dmkii with grip and 70-200 F2.8 IS.
I have no interest in going with m4/3 and the E-M1 because 1) Im moving away from 4/3 (thanks Fuji), 2) Im not big on the m4/3>4/3 adapter for the otherwise stellar 4/3 50-200, and 3) I have a colleague that shoots runway who tried that combo out and was disappointed with the focus lock lag and that anything above 1600 was too noisy, at least for his use. thanks :)

I think fashion runways AF might be tough on MILC. If they are moving, ok if they are posing. I have a friend that shoot m4/3 at same event I do. He takes great images, but if I was picky I would say they don't do well with noise. To shoot with ambient you either need a slow shutter speed or jack the iso up a little. I also balance it with flash, but not too much so I get the flash in the face look (unnatural). I don't use my Sony a7, because of the lack of lenses and flash I have for it, but use my d750 now (was d600). I recommend going full frame. I used to do these event with an aps-c, the full frame is worth it. Nicer narrower DoF, and the iso is cleaner.

People think the D600 AF system is entry level, but I think it is pretty good. Most of the early shots were ISO, by the end of the night I mixed flash with it. There was a glass curtain wall on the south side.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/camerarch/sets/72157645428214971/

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 18:04 UTC

wow, best 6 photos series I seen on here. Science photos are always fun to see, the funny ant. Not as easy to capture, so you don't see much of it as other genres (landscape, street, portrait, etc).

Direct link | Posted on Dec 6, 2014 at 21:19 UTC as 8th comment
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jonathanj: Women's backpacks, fine, but can we have a bit less of the obscure made-up jargon? What exactly is a side pocket "drainage weep hole"? Googling the term just gives a lot of information about a technique in masonry wall construction.... I even looked at the kickstarter page, but it just looks like a normal pocket to me... Does it mean if the water gets in, there's a hole to let it drain out? Wouldn't a waterproof cover be a better addition?

yes, I use the term weep hole in architecture masonry wall system. Building needs to breath or otherwise it gets mole, stain and other water moisture by-factors. But yes if a water/drink is sprill inside your backpack and you don't noticed it, then a weep hole is a good design for drainage. Also a product with material like gortex block water to a degree (water proof not water resistant) and this might trap in heat so you get sweaty. That's why jacket has air vent like building have air vent. Otherwise trap moisture creates mole...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2014 at 22:05 UTC
On Real-world test: Nikon D750 at the Museum of Flight article (274 comments in total)
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Schwany: Looks like a nifty camera. The hands on and interview videos are fun to watch, and I mean that in a positive and supportive way. Thanks

Does DP Review have any plans to post the image examples that were shadow lifted and shown in this video?

I'd like to see what they really look like after 2 minutes of post processing.

If I could throw away everything I've learned and had to deal with regarding exposure by purchasing a Nikon, hey I'm all over that. The image examples from this video might help with making such a decision.

Because you have more dynamic range (DR) to play with doesn't man you don't have to shoot exposure correctly. Still need a fast enough shutter to get sharp image, etc. I do shoot with -0.3 or sometimes -0.7 exposure comp with nikon quite often.

But I do have a real world d750 samples when equipment failure that I was able to recover something back with the DR. The color profile wasn't as good as base iso.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/camerarch/15795838205/in/set-72157649378533016

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2014 at 18:50 UTC
On Real-world test: Going pro with the Samsung NX1 article (352 comments in total)
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Spectro: Cameras tested in Seattle's late fall and winter outdoor are at a disadvantage. The sun just don't shine much, mostly cloudy days. Colors are not going to pop. It doesn't stop from me taking photos in Seattle though.

Ok,

It was a dark and cloudy noon as I held my camera next to me on a BR strap, wanderlusting a rural decay. The clicks of my shutter echoed like chirping birds...

Barney,
nice, but should of asked DPR for the Rishi's d750 Puerto Rico treatment.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 00:45 UTC
On Real-world test: Going pro with the Samsung NX1 article (352 comments in total)

Cameras tested in Seattle's late fall and winter outdoor are at a disadvantage. The sun just don't shine much, mostly cloudy days. Colors are not going to pop. It doesn't stop from me taking photos in Seattle though.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 00:22 UTC as 114th comment | 8 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (822 comments in total)
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Spectro: with the lens cropping the sensor it got closer to size of a 1" series. Anyways with this camera out and the gm5, Panasonic dropped the gm1 to $500 and I was able to pick one up.

Gm1 can actually fit in my jean pocket, albeit uncomfortably, but it is tiny. This looks a little bigger with a smaller sensor. 4k isn't a selling point for me, so last year models are still good. This is the tick not tock of company release.

RAW, jean/ pant pocket not jacket. If Iwas talking jacket there are many other camera I would look at over this. If I was just talking better lens, I would stick to the d750 and my f2.8.

The size of the gm1 still amazes me, not so much this camera.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 23:47 UTC
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ecube: What about a Gold colored Danskin that fits over the body? At least the Danskin will protect the camera, moreover, is replaceable when it is worn. It seems to me that Marketing is dictating the design.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/121270504218?lpid=82

You can get a leather half case. Got one for the A7 by Garzia and it is very nice. I am not really taking your comment seriously.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 20:57 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (822 comments in total)
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FRANCISCO ARAGAO: It is time to DPR to provide cameras sensor *total* area in mm² (besides the old ones), terms like 1 / 1.7, 4/3 are very misleading.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image_sensor_format

like the Wikipedia chart and photo does a good job.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 20:47 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (822 comments in total)

with the lens cropping the sensor it got closer to size of a 1" series. Anyways with this camera out and the gm5, Panasonic dropped the gm1 to $500 and I was able to pick one up.

Gm1 can actually fit in my jean pocket, albeit uncomfortably, but it is tiny. This looks a little bigger with a smaller sensor. 4k isn't a selling point for me, so last year models are still good. This is the tick not tock of company release.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 20:44 UTC as 191st comment | 2 replies
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jamriphoto: I'm wondering if you people who keep saying the Fuji XT-1 is better, have actually tried both it and the DF. I have and I can say the DF is much more responsive, than the mirrorless Fuji. DSLRs still feel much more responsive than mirror less cameras. Yes mirrorless cameras have improved in autofocus speed recently, but the total experience of mirrorless hasn't convinced me to switch yet. However compared to my D700 the DF is not as good. Actually the only cameras that could entice me away from my beloved D700 are the D4, D4s, or the D810. None of Canon's line up could, but I haven't tried the 7D Mk II yet. The Pentax K-3 is a great camera, the only non Nikon I'd consider at the moment. The Nikon D750 is almost a great camera, but it's shutter sound has me worried. I've been fortunate enough over the last few years to be able to test with no obligations almost any cameras I've wanted to from Nikon, Canon, Sony, Pentax, Panasonic, Olympus and Sigma. But alas not Leica.

I have a milc panasonic gm1, sony a7 and nikon d750. Milc is like an electronic toy. Something about shooting in the dark, sport action, looking at a real ovf and not having to turn off the camera after every shot makes a dslr feel like a camera. Grant i wished the d750 looks like a df or fm2.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 16:37 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 rumored to be out of production article (211 comments in total)

well that is a nice long run, almost 3 years. Most models are replaced within 1.5 years today.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 16, 2014 at 02:01 UTC as 18th comment
On Canon PowerShot G7 X Review preview (412 comments in total)

Glad more 1" sensor cameras are coming out, the the price will drop on older/other models. Now the nikon 1 system looks afforable(used to laugh at those prices), g7x is too much of a premium priced now. Waiting on sony price drop.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 14, 2014 at 02:08 UTC as 31st comment
On FroKnowsPhoto guide to DSLR video now available article (160 comments in total)
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neo_nights: People saying "Why pay if you can get that info for free?". Well... so, why go to school, college, university and pay teachers if you can find everything on the Internet for free?

a lot of professional jobs need a degree to back it up. Photography not so much. Most here are self taught or from peer in photography. Maybe some need to take an art class to be more creative.

Fro is fun to watch because he has a goofy character, but I don't watch his long raw talk.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 2, 2014 at 06:30 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A professional's opinion article (511 comments in total)

Go hawks

Direct link | Posted on Oct 27, 2014 at 00:41 UTC as 24th comment
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2709 comments in total)
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Yves P.: As far as détails go, the Nikon seems to be showing a little more details than the 7D MKII from my screen at least. That is what I see from the RAW files. Jpeg seems equally good. The blacks are deeper and darker from the Canon.

Most of this is manageable thru ACR or any Raw editor.

I just don't like their bodies, hate the Wheel in the back.

I see the same too. D7100 has no aa filter and is 24mp so you see detail even at 12800 raw. The text and thread r sharper. Or maybe canon applied more noise reduction in raw, which they can do, which some calll raw cooking.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2014 at 15:26 UTC
On Canon announces EOS C100 Mark II article (274 comments in total)
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Cheng Bao: For those complaining about AVCHD and no XAVC codec:

XAVC code is licensed by sony only, so it is fair to any company other than sony not offering XAVC

Any company can negotiate a fee and then use it. A lot of time there are cross patent, you use mine i use your etc. Cross licensing is the term.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 17:00 UTC
On Pentax launches K-S1 Sweets Collection article (231 comments in total)

the left handle is disappearing, looking like a nex or a small 645. The disco light buttons and grip is still a plus for me.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 03:44 UTC as 64th comment
On Canon announces EOS C100 Mark II article (274 comments in total)
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marcio_napoli: Typical DP review crowd. They all look for specs, actually knowing very little how to use it in the real world.

It's just about numbers, on gear heads minds: DR numbers, MP numbers, ISO numbers, and now, 2k vs 4k.

In just a few years, 4k vs 8k... numbers, bla bla bla, numbers.

If my statement above doesn't cut it, the mighty ARRI Alexa is a 2k camera only.

Do you know what the "obsolete" 2k Arri Alexa means to the movie industry? It's basically the most acclaimed digital movie camera ever.

And guess what, few, very few Hollywood level movies are actually produced in 4k.

Very, very few.

If Hollywood is not ready yet for 4k, do we really think a bunch of gear heads on DP review are really in THAT need for 4k ?

Oh dear...

Hollywood movie studios are usually ahead of the consumer. So is arri, they just announced the arri alexa 65 which is 6k. I dont care for 4k for my dslr, but if i am a movie producer i would want the best for my viewers. Sony samsung r pushing 4k tv. 1/3 or so studios are under sony. I expect 4k from them moving forward. When studio upgrade they are going to look at 4k or better movie cameras. This canon market will not be for the blockbuster studios upgrading maybe the local filmmakers with smaller budget.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 01:35 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A professional's opinion article (511 comments in total)
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Daniel L: she is cute.

Usually in an interview you show the person face first as that is the norm and they are the topic of the article. This isn't an interview, but a writer/ blog. Dpreview put a huge profile photo of her and that is the first thing people see here. Not sure if they are advertising her or what their agenda is. Other dpreview articles on local or photography genre you don't see any profile picture as your first impression. Even blog have a little icon somewhere but not a big me photo on the top page. This distract from the body of work to being a personal ad. I would move the profile photo to the end and make it a tad smaller. Using the world "hated" in the article does sound like a Ken Rockwell post. Maybe avoid that.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2014 at 17:59 UTC
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