aftab

aftab

Lives in New Zealand (Aotearoa) Thames, New Zealand (Aotearoa)
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On Panasonic DMC-CM1 to go on sale in UK article (148 comments in total)

I think Panasonic is testing the waters with this device. They should be serious about phone market with similar and other innovative devices. I always thought Panasonic should have gone FF along with MFT with their mirrorless. In collaboration with Leica they could have produced some amazing FF lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 24, 2014 at 20:36 UTC as 48th comment
On Samsung NX1 real-world sample images article (330 comments in total)
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rwbaron: Looks good so far but I don't get the love for the zoom's bokeh as it seems rather nervous IMO. The detail and sharpness in the shots is excellent and I look forward to seeing RAW files in the comparator.

Sorry Bob, misunderstood you. I thought you were talking about IR.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 21:57 UTC
On Samsung NX1 real-world sample images article (330 comments in total)
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aftab: Few observations.
1. The lens is great. Combined with high MP the camera renders excellent detail in good light.
2. JPEG engine is below average, seems to be struggling with noise in low light. The monument scene is ISO100 and the sky and water are full of posterization, a sign of heavy NR. Despite this black/dark areas are full noise starting from ISO200 (first series, sides of the building).
3. Incidentally, all RAW images involve some shadow lifting and NX1 sensor appears to be way behind Exmor or Toshiba (D7100) in this regard. Lady in the beach for example (ISO200), side of her hair got shadow lifted and any modern Japanese sensor would have done better.
4. While skin tone is good some colors appears unnatural. Monument night sky for example.
5. Barney is a very good photographer. I like his sense of composition.
6. There is more to sensor technology than BSI and 60nm manufacturing process. Samsung still needs lots of work to do.

I am using Chrome with Vista64. I opened it in Internet Explorer, in it the image appears darker than that of Chrome, so posterization effect is slightly hidden, but it is still there especially in the lower quarter of the frame. After reading your comment I downloaded the picture and viewed with Faststone and windows image viewers, not much difference. So, the difference in our perceptions could be coming from different monitor we are using. Mine is a 24" calibrated HD monitor.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 18:56 UTC
On Samsung NX1 real-world sample images article (330 comments in total)
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jennyrae: imaging resource has pictures with production firmware 1.01. but imaging resource is going redo High ISO shots due to lighting problem. although initial shots at High ISO look very promising and cleaner (less noisy) by 1/2 stop than 7D MK2. in comparison, D7100 look terrible in terms of color fidelity and noise management at High ISO.

Thanks for the explanation.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 18:09 UTC
On Samsung NX1 real-world sample images article (330 comments in total)
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rwbaron: Looks good so far but I don't get the love for the zoom's bokeh as it seems rather nervous IMO. The detail and sharpness in the shots is excellent and I look forward to seeing RAW files in the comparator.

Comparator never shows RAW files.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 08:30 UTC
On Samsung NX1 real-world sample images article (330 comments in total)
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victor china: so from brightening shadows in ACR,how does the dynamic range look like ?
worst comparable better to D7100 ?

my impression is that the color shift is similar to what i used to get from my D3 when opening up shadows.

I think DR will be good enough for most users in most situations. But it doesn't appear to be as good as D7100. Look at the lady in the beach, left side of her head or the background greens, these are shadow lifted areas. D7100 would do way better than this. This was not even a low light situation. You can also look at the airplane museum shot, people and other areas are shadow lifted, they are full of noise. From what I have seen, D7100 would be significantly better.
I think NX1 sensor is pretty noisy, it shows lots of noise in ISO200 and ISO400 JPEG shots (under the wings of the bird,
BETASAMPLE_ISO400_SAM_0435-ACR ) in daylight.
Samsung appear to have tweaked the JPEG engine. In an effort to combat noise they rendered plastic images even in low ISO when the samples first appeared in the web. Now they they have gone less heavy handed with NR, but this shows the real picture of their 28MP BSI sensor.
Samsung, its not that easy!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 08:24 UTC
On Samsung NX1 real-world sample images article (330 comments in total)
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jennyrae: imaging resource has pictures with production firmware 1.01. but imaging resource is going redo High ISO shots due to lighting problem. although initial shots at High ISO look very promising and cleaner (less noisy) by 1/2 stop than 7D MK2. in comparison, D7100 look terrible in terms of color fidelity and noise management at High ISO.

I agree Rishi, they are neck to neck. On one hand 7DII gets more light and on the other hand D7100 understates actual ISO more than 7DII does. For ISO6400, measured ISOs are 4516 for D7100 and 5105 for 7DII.
Anyways, the question arises, why did 7DII get more light? A mistake?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 05:53 UTC
On Samsung NX1 real-world sample images article (330 comments in total)

Few observations.
1. The lens is great. Combined with high MP the camera renders excellent detail in good light.
2. JPEG engine is below average, seems to be struggling with noise in low light. The monument scene is ISO100 and the sky and water are full of posterization, a sign of heavy NR. Despite this black/dark areas are full noise starting from ISO200 (first series, sides of the building).
3. Incidentally, all RAW images involve some shadow lifting and NX1 sensor appears to be way behind Exmor or Toshiba (D7100) in this regard. Lady in the beach for example (ISO200), side of her hair got shadow lifted and any modern Japanese sensor would have done better.
4. While skin tone is good some colors appears unnatural. Monument night sky for example.
5. Barney is a very good photographer. I like his sense of composition.
6. There is more to sensor technology than BSI and 60nm manufacturing process. Samsung still needs lots of work to do.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 05:45 UTC as 54th comment | 5 replies

Amazing!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 12, 2014 at 10:23 UTC as 75th comment
On Tune in to DPReview Live this Thursday and Friday article (238 comments in total)

Enjoyed all of it so far. But real inspiration was Art Wolfe and Lytro. Among the manufacturer spokesmen most likable were Sony and Panasonic folks.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2014 at 11:18 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1667 comments in total)
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aftab: Most comments here remind me what the ad meant by 'cynic', 'critic', 'pessimist', 'so called experts' etc. :)

Or maybe, just maybe, Canon will surprise you. :)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2014 at 10:54 UTC
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1667 comments in total)

Most comments here remind me what the ad meant by 'cynic', 'critic', 'pessimist', 'so called experts' etc. :)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2014 at 10:35 UTC as 802nd comment | 3 replies
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1667 comments in total)
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aftab: Others have reported 9am ET, not 6am. I wonder if DPR got it wrong.

That sounds right. :)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2014 at 07:14 UTC
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1667 comments in total)

Others have reported 9am ET, not 6am. I wonder if DPR got it wrong.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2014 at 06:58 UTC as 889th comment | 5 replies

Is it possible that photographer himself took the photo? Was there any witness?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2014 at 08:39 UTC as 93rd comment | 4 replies
On Canon India teases 'something big' coming soon article (150 comments in total)
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aftab: I think this is going to be a camera. A camera in the background is the most obvious hint. EOS-1 is another hint, it means that this will not be an upgrade of any existing model, it will be a new line which would as important as EOS-1 was for Canon. That's why it is BIG.
'Get your camera ready' is simply an aphorism meaning a star will emerge.

As I said don't take it literally. We all use it. For example, get your camera ready, game is about to start, bride is about to enter, XYZ is about to walk on red carpet ..... etc. etc. It simply means that something important is going to happen soon, be ready, you don't want to miss the moment.
Moreover, when we say get your camera ready we don't mean camera without a lens.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2014 at 02:05 UTC
On Canon India teases 'something big' coming soon article (150 comments in total)

I think this is going to be a camera. A camera in the background is the most obvious hint. EOS-1 is another hint, it means that this will not be an upgrade of any existing model, it will be a new line which would as important as EOS-1 was for Canon. That's why it is BIG.
'Get your camera ready' is simply an aphorism meaning a star will emerge.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2014 at 01:46 UTC as 33rd comment | 4 replies
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1571 comments in total)

High ISO noise is better than D800 and better than A7r starting from ISO400.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2014 at 22:11 UTC as 152nd comment | 8 replies
On Blast from the past: Photographing steam locomotives article (72 comments in total)

Excellent. Superb images on his site too.
#2 is breathtaking.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2014 at 11:09 UTC as 39th comment
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JEROME NOLAS: Overall excellent creative approach to photography! From #1 to #7 flawless, #9 and #10 OK.

I actually liked #10 a lot. :)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2014 at 20:19 UTC
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