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On Adobe Camera Raw 9.2 adds local dehaze article (29 comments in total)
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Gesture: What an endless update cycle just to have the current RAW converter.
1-Use the RAW converter supplied by the camera maker. I hope that tradition never ends.
2-Use Adobe DNG converter.
3-Shoot JPEG only.

Would like to see Adobe offer Camera RAW as a standalone, but never happening.

Unfortunately, HowaboutRAW is right. And it's a shame, because stuff like localized haze filter isn't enough to justify paying for.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2015 at 16:20 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7R II Review preview (939 comments in total)
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Saea ba ithi: Criteria might be more useful than the rants.

A description of the use case and the value proposition in the evaluation might focus some of the subsequent discussion. And consideration of the product for users.

Some of the marketing pseudo-science- such comparing chips isn't possible.

A discussion of the Total System Considerations and then the components would have been more constructive.

For incoherent light sources- a system should include a source, collection optics, beam handling and processing optics, delivery optics and a detector. It is important to analyze the entire system before selecting pieces of it. The best collection optics for one application can be of limited value for another. Often you find that collecting the most light from the source is not the best thing to do.

There is a difference between total radiant flux collected and useful radiant flux collected.

And Boltzman's constant was omitted from the analysis so- who knows shot noise from ?

I've been saying this all along but all people want to discuss is image quality and ergonomics.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2015 at 20:28 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7R II Review preview (939 comments in total)
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SeeRoy: Lloyd Chambers' take on this latest "must-have"...
"I’ll take the Nikon D810 operational behavior and buttons and responsiveness any day over the A7R II. I’ve wasted time constantly with clicks and button presses and trip-me-up lag-time issues in the field—these are simply, ludicrously just wrong and badly designed, unnecessary issues. Especially for a camera that costs a bundle (and more than a Nikon D810!).

Moreover, with cold stiff hands the A7R II sucks (its badly-sized and badly placed buttons and dials are a bane with stiff fingers and/or gloves). Even the weight of the A7R II is not much of a win when extra batteries are accounted for and/or a lens adapter. So while it is a fine camera, it cannot be called a mature and sensible design by any means."

Sometimes he hits the nail squarely on the head.

Sometimes, Ken Rockwell says something that's accurate. It happens.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2015 at 16:18 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7R II Review preview (939 comments in total)
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MBell: Does it get a Gold in the full review though? Can't wait to read it.

Of course it does. The technology in this camera is a review writer's dream. You could not ask for more buttons, menus and features.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2015 at 18:16 UTC

Photoshop Fix seems like an unfortunate name, but if it's part of the monthly rental worth a try, I suppose.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2015 at 16:20 UTC as 11th comment

Its a wonderful camera like all the GRs. But here we have a lesson in how to take a compact camera and make it take an entire briefcase. You can say it's just for collecting but in that case 1,200 is too many. Make 300 and you have something a little exclusive.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2015 at 21:18 UTC as 9th comment | 2 replies
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turvyT: Baloony that statement about the poor quality of GRD1. To begin with, there has been five previous generations of Ricoh GRDII. Four of them, with the small sensor, one with the APSC one. Unbelievably, Ricoh Grd1, with its small sensor and slow writing, is able to render brilliant images. Denser and more interesting than all the other generations --sometimes and with the right exposure. Very interesting cameras, all of them, and very misunderstood, specially by this webpage, that seems to prefer a crappy zoom than a good prime..

Its because a lot of the pros don't go back far enough to when there was no software correction to hide the flaws in zoom lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2015 at 21:13 UTC

Q: Is any image posted on the web effectively in the public domain since taking effective legal action is cost-prohibitive?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 1, 2015 at 16:36 UTC as 11th comment

You realize that anyone who buys this (the Japanese I presume, but even they seem less interested in limited editions these days) will have to leave it in the attache case because if you get so much as a nick in the orange leather it will be tough to sell when the time comes.

If he doesn't already, the guy in Italy who makes the Leica cases can duplicate this one. It does look nice.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 1, 2015 at 16:34 UTC as 17th comment
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Marty4650: You could buy two of these kits for the price of one Leica X.

And in both cases you would end up with a nice compact camera, with a fixed lens and an APS-C sensor. Except Ricoh would give you a case plus accessories, and a another one as a spare.

But you must act before midnight tonight!

--And being digital cameras, neither will hold their value. The Ricoh is a lovely camera; almost as nice as the film ones. But this James Bond package will end up on the cover of the KEH catalog.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 1, 2015 at 16:27 UTC

Wouldn't it be something if we found a planet like ours and the reason it looked like a speck of dust was because it was a speck of dust.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2015 at 16:19 UTC as 10th comment
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Cariboou: Like for Nikon compliments even to Adobe, hoping they improved and working any day for make better, fast and responsive them software


Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2015 at 16:15 UTC
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dlb41: Why do underwater cameras look so goofy?

Functionality aside, if you've ever been to Japan you'll understand the bright color. Surprised there aren't pink and blue ones. Yet.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2015 at 16:19 UTC

Hopefully, they'll donate the junk people turn in to a school or charity. Still, an expensive promotion.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 28, 2015 at 21:40 UTC as 59th comment | 1 reply

It must be a dilemma for Adobe; how much to leave out of Elements. I don't know about this version but with the previous ones, there are plug-ins that get Elements even closer to Photoshop.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2015 at 16:21 UTC as 20th comment | 1 reply
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Ocolon: HD PENTAX-D FA 24-70mm F2.8 ED SDM WR – such a poetic name.

Sounds like a Tamron name. Simple, concise.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2015 at 22:47 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7R II Review preview (939 comments in total)
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Johannes Zander: I'll buy a Sony a7R II after the next review/preview/roundup/hands-on...

Gold award. Of course the replacement for the D810 will get a gold award as well.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2015 at 16:18 UTC
On What difference does it make? Sony uncompressed Raw article (609 comments in total)
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matthew saville: Bravo to Sony for listening and answering.

I gotta say, each of the "problems" with this camera have turned out to be fixable or work-around-able. I personally tested the long exposure noise issue and the overheating issue, and considering what the A7R II has to offer, the haters are really missing the point. This camera's feature set offers something no other camera can fully match. If you need that feature set, shut up and get the camera!


I neither love nor hate Sony cameras because, well, they're cameras. But you have to hand it to Sony for listening to consumers and fixing things fast, whether its shutter shaking or raw options. They are throwing tons of money at making the #3 spot a bigger piece of the pie. I'm not sure why, frankly, but credit where credit is due.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2015 at 20:30 UTC
On DxO ONE real-world sample gallery article (183 comments in total)
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lensberg: Honestly... integrity... and transparency are DXO's 3 main mottos... How dare any of you chastise them for distorting sensor scores... A camera of this caliber comes around only once in a generation... if you're lucky... :)

I think you're confusing DxO with the Boy Scouts of America.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 22, 2015 at 20:16 UTC
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KAMBIC: I hope you guys have all been practicing your MF skills. F1.2 MF only? Hahaha

I've been using a 50/1.2 Nikkor with adapter on the Canon M3. Even if it didn't have focus peaking (which it does) I find a fast lens with very shallow depth of field is easier to focus than slower lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 22, 2015 at 00:20 UTC
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