Michael Barker

Michael Barker

Lives in Canada Canada
Has a website at http://www.tonalscape.com
Joined on Sep 14, 2004
About me:

I am an amateur outdoor photographer based in the Toronto area. By day, I do software R&D at a computer networking devices manufacturer.

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Very nice to see the AEB button made it on the NX20. Direct control is good! And yes, Digital Zoom on a 20 MP camera just makes sense, and makes those pancake prime lenses that bit more useful ... 9 MP at 1.5x zoom ... my only question is - does the digital zoom work in RAW mode?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 20, 2012 at 12:26 UTC as 11th comment
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thewhitehawk: It's a shame that the compact models don't seem to have as many manual controls as the Nex cameras, at least the Nex 7's. This seems more user-friendly oriented than enthusiast-oriented, it seems to be more in line with the Nex 5 or the Olympus Pen series.

They do look nice though. Not that it matters much to some photographers, but the construction quality and design seems to rival (or borrow heavily) from Sony's cameras, like Samsung usually does.

"borrows features"? Or "brings features to market later"?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 19, 2012 at 18:42 UTC
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CarVac: 1920x810 at 24fps??? What on earth?

The Lord of the Rings, on Blu Ray:
Aspect ratio: 2.41:1. Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Direct link | Posted on Apr 19, 2012 at 15:00 UTC
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thewhitehawk: It's a shame that the compact models don't seem to have as many manual controls as the Nex cameras, at least the Nex 7's. This seems more user-friendly oriented than enthusiast-oriented, it seems to be more in line with the Nex 5 or the Olympus Pen series.

They do look nice though. Not that it matters much to some photographers, but the construction quality and design seems to rival (or borrow heavily) from Sony's cameras, like Samsung usually does.

actually, two dials plus iFn dial on the lens...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 19, 2012 at 14:58 UTC
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Nikonworks: Will the sensor smear high ISO JPEG images in the NX20 as the same sensor does in the NX200 as reported in DPReview's review of the NX200?

I hope not. This is what may make me wait rather than my intended pre-order.

If there is "smearing", that would be the image processing engine, specifically the in-camera noise reduction, not the sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 19, 2012 at 14:57 UTC
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GrahamDuthie: Damn, my mac is an obsolete 10.5.8, so no updates for me. Should teach me for keeping a computer for more than three years.

Upgrading the OS just to get support for a new camera isn't always a tasty proposition. I'm glad they are still updating 10.6.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2012 at 16:46 UTC
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Roland Karlsson: A Suiss army knife is a best seller. Its considered high quality and a good buy. It contains lots of tools, such as knives, scissors and screw drivers. Very neat.

But yet - a knife, a screw driver and a scissor is a better tool. So --- the Suiss army knife is just an emergency kit.

The same goes for all multi tools. They are handy. But if you really want to fasten some screws - a real screw driver is the right tool.

So - if I want to take pictures I want a camera - not a multi tool. But - of course - if I see something I want to photo - and the only thing I have is my phone - I use it.

Just as the Suiss army knife and a real knife both have their place so do a phone with a camera and a a camera.

Then you can discuss whether a non connected camera is useless. To some it may be. But absolutely not to me.

But what if the swiss army knife does well enough in non-emergency situations to satisfy the vast majority of shoppers, and therefore economy of scale simply causes scissors to become a premium niche product used only by seamstresses and professional custom greeting card designers? And the scissor companies react by no longer skimping on materials, and raising the price, and reducing availability in department stores?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2012 at 14:01 UTC
On Just posted: Our Samsung NX200 in-depth review article (175 comments in total)
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Michael Barker: Hi folks,

It deserves to be noted that you *can* change lots of settings while the camera is writing files, as long as you don't try to change certain settings.

Let me explain. Let's say you just took a RAW shot and the green light is flashing, file being written to the card.

All the dials work. You can change Aperture, Shutter, or Exposure Compensation using the top or rear dial. You can press also the iFn button on the lens and get access to ISO, WB, EV with the ring on the lens.

As soon as you press any other buttons though, such as AF/MF or OK or Menu, you see the "Processing" message and you lose access to everything.

So whether this "lockout" is a deal-breaker probably depends on *which* settings you frequently change when shooting RAW.

It seems to me that an obvious firmware improvement would be to cancel the Processing message as soon as the user tries to do something that is allowed - so the "lose access to everything" doesn't happen.

So I guess we can all agree that for some people this buffer handling behaviour isn't a big issue and for other people it is.

For me, most of the time it's not a problem, but the one time it really bugs me is when I am doing shallow DOF work and want very precise focus and to move the point of focus, because I'm unable to use the AF point selection during buffering. This means I am often forced to focus-recompose or be patient. At least with the DMF option turned on, I can focus-recompose and then adjust for parallax error, but this is still an imprecise and hacky workaround. Kind of like shooting wide open with a Leica, I imagine. I'm still a fan of this camera, despite this very unfortunate and annoying shortcoming - it is just ridiculous that you cannot change the AF point until the last shot has been written to the card.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2012 at 15:09 UTC
On Canon EOS 5D Mark III low-light ISO series samples article (319 comments in total)
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HowaboutRAW: Why on earth is anybody commenting on noise in high ISO jpegs?

Wait for the raws, and the software to extract those raws.

Hard to take anyone who makes this jpeg comment mistake as being seriously interested in digital photography. It's a big mistake, and shows profound ignorance.

(If I missed someone who commented, "well these high ASA jpegs are noisy, I'll wait for the raws and good extraction software", then my comment doesn't apply to that someone.)

The scene is worst case, as the article stated, and by using OOC JPEG we have worst case processing also.

The worst case examples do reflect something about the potential. No final conclusions can be drawn, but the samples are very impressive. If this is the worst case, it's good news for Canon.

Even when JPEG-from-RAW-via-ACR examples are posted, they will not show the full potential, since as dpReview admits repeatedly, they use a pre-canned process which is not fully optimized.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2012 at 16:04 UTC
On Canon EOS 5D Mark III hands-on preview and video article (270 comments in total)

Finally a still camera useful for video production, i.e. one with a headphone jack.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2012 at 14:46 UTC as 32nd comment | 3 replies
On Just posted: Our Samsung NX200 in-depth review article (175 comments in total)
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Michael Barker: Hi folks,

It deserves to be noted that you *can* change lots of settings while the camera is writing files, as long as you don't try to change certain settings.

Let me explain. Let's say you just took a RAW shot and the green light is flashing, file being written to the card.

All the dials work. You can change Aperture, Shutter, or Exposure Compensation using the top or rear dial. You can press also the iFn button on the lens and get access to ISO, WB, EV with the ring on the lens.

As soon as you press any other buttons though, such as AF/MF or OK or Menu, you see the "Processing" message and you lose access to everything.

So whether this "lockout" is a deal-breaker probably depends on *which* settings you frequently change when shooting RAW.

It seems to me that an obvious firmware improvement would be to cancel the Processing message as soon as the user tries to do something that is allowed - so the "lose access to everything" doesn't happen.

So you don't see a "Processing" sign if you try to change to a different drive mode or AF point for example while a RAW shot is being written to the card?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2012 at 02:16 UTC
On Just posted: Our Samsung NX200 in-depth review article (175 comments in total)
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hattem: Can somebody explain me how to open the Samsung Raw-files? I have LR 3.6 and PSE 7,Faststone and Picasa , but no CS5. With my Panasonic RW2-files no problem.

Adobe DNG Converter can convert them to DNG, and then you can open them with a wide variety of programs.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2012 at 20:06 UTC
On Just posted: Our Samsung NX200 in-depth review article (175 comments in total)

Hi folks,

It deserves to be noted that you *can* change lots of settings while the camera is writing files, as long as you don't try to change certain settings.

Let me explain. Let's say you just took a RAW shot and the green light is flashing, file being written to the card.

All the dials work. You can change Aperture, Shutter, or Exposure Compensation using the top or rear dial. You can press also the iFn button on the lens and get access to ISO, WB, EV with the ring on the lens.

As soon as you press any other buttons though, such as AF/MF or OK or Menu, you see the "Processing" message and you lose access to everything.

So whether this "lockout" is a deal-breaker probably depends on *which* settings you frequently change when shooting RAW.

It seems to me that an obvious firmware improvement would be to cancel the Processing message as soon as the user tries to do something that is allowed - so the "lose access to everything" doesn't happen.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2012 at 16:06 UTC as 4th comment | 4 replies
On Just posted: Our Samsung NX200 in-depth review article (175 comments in total)
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Najinsky: The iFn button is really useful. I test the handling when the local shops get a stock copy, and of all the Mirror-less cameras I've tried the Samsung is one of the easiest to pick up and use, thanks to the iFn. If you haven't tried it, check it out next time you see one.

I'm another that eliminated this due to no eye level finder option, although it would now have been eliminated due to the buffer/pipeline clearing issue, quite shoddy that. And a little concerning for the NX20 or whatever the version with a finder gets called.

I use the iFn when I have the kit lens attached, to get a three dial control system for aperture, shutter and ISO in manual mode.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 29, 2012 at 22:03 UTC
On Just posted: Our Samsung NX200 in-depth review article (175 comments in total)
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orishka: Am I missing a word about this (expensive) samsung camera having an articulated/moveable display?

They chose a much larger display (4:3 vs. 16:9) vs. NEX at the expense of not tilting.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 29, 2012 at 15:39 UTC
On Just posted: Our Samsung NX200 in-depth review article (175 comments in total)
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lupin_le_vorace: Cool! I am glad to see that you are still doing reviews! ;))

When was it exactly that dpReview claimed to be a site that promptly reviews every single camera that gets released?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 29, 2012 at 14:56 UTC
On Just posted: Our Samsung NX200 in-depth review article (175 comments in total)
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Retro Joe: I owned the NX200 for a short time. Great pics at lower ISO is a fact and its AEB makes it well suited for HDR shooting. The ultimate reason for selling was the highly reflective screen which makes it impossible in some lighting to compose a shot.

I was hoping for the NX12 or whatever it is to be released with an evf and the NX200 sensor, but that hasn't happened!!

In my opinion the NX200 AMOLED screen is fantastic - unbeatable. Its quality and size almost makes up for lack of EVF and non-tilting.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 29, 2012 at 14:55 UTC
On Preview:canong1x (1032 comments in total)

On x86 Linux, it works with Firefox 3.5 but not with Chrome 16.

Posted on Feb 16, 2012 at 13:04 UTC as 76th comment
On Pentax announces K-01 K-mount APS-C mirrorless camera article (874 comments in total)
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RonHendriks: Last october I went to Paris to visit Pentax at the Salon the la Photo. Only took K-5 with DA40mm/f2.8 Ltd.
http://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/post-your-photos/162001-travel-paris.html
I even used liveview on some of these pictures. I went to Bobbejaanland in Belgium last year and only took K-5 and DA40mm
http://www.pentaxian.nl/index.php/topic,17522.msg201936.html#msg201936

So for me I do see a good use for this K-01 with DA40mm/f2.8xs in my favorite colour (yellow).

Using the K-5 for real work and K-01 for leisure.

I view the K-01 as a proper upgrade from K-r. It would make more sense with a 24mm or 28mm pancake though.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2012 at 19:18 UTC
On Pentax announces K-01 K-mount APS-C mirrorless camera article (874 comments in total)

A mirrorless design with that depth is a waste of space, since one can assume there is nothing but air where the mirror used to be. Despite that, I think this is exactly the right thing for Pentax to do. At least empty space doesn't weigh anything and doesn't cost anything. Camera dimensions aren't everything, in fact they're really nothing when you've got a 100-400mm lens mounted. Besides all the lenses in the picture, you've also got Sigma and Tokina lenses, plus plenty of legacy Pentax lenses that give full Program mode ability. Who knows, if Pentax manages to stick around with this lineup, I may be interested in a few years. They certainly make well configured, ergonomic interfaces, as well as affordable lenses with pleasing quality and handling.

(Samsung NX user, casual photo hobbyist, and yes, I talk more than I shoot sometimes!)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2012 at 19:01 UTC as 179th comment | 2 replies
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