mikesco

mikesco

Lives in United States South Hadley, MA, United States
Joined on Dec 20, 2003

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On Tamron 16-300mm Di II VC PZD real-world samples article (102 comments in total)
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Mike FL: The price is the same but "The Sony mount does not include the VC image stabilization functionality".

Interesting.

I would also think that the production volume demand might also negate the price difference.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 15:56 UTC
On Tamron 16-300mm Di II VC PZD real-world samples article (102 comments in total)
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MarioV: A rather ordinary effort by Tamron.

I really wanted to like this lens, but the image quality is "ok" only if viewed at normal screen size (maximum pixel density) or reduced size.

Nothing compelling enough to make me want to upgrade from the Sigma 18-250 macro.

Glad to hear Sigma's quality control is improving, I have had more issues with Sigma lenses and no Issues with Tamron. Yes this Tamron does have more CA than I would like, but I'll tale the extra 2mm at the wide end.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 06:06 UTC
On Tamron 16-300mm Di II VC PZD real-world samples article (102 comments in total)
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photofan1986: Don't see the point: that's p&s quality. You'd be better off with a good bridge camera.

Tom, I just picked up this lens, It is actually quite sharp with good contrast for a consumer lens. It's only real weakness is CA, which is to be expected with this amount of zoom range and can be removed easily these days.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 05:20 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A professional's opinion article (509 comments in total)
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ozturert: She thinks 7D's shutter is loud, but 1Dx's is not? She thinks 7D's high ISO performance is not good enough, how big does she print them? She thinks 7D's AF was slow and cluncky, has she used other APSC sensor bodies? 7D's AF unit was the best and is still one of the best in APSC bodies (bested by MarkII now), though slow and less precise compared to 1D bodies.
She needs to tell her reference point when she says "bad", "slow" or "noisy".
She is a very young pro, I need to wait for others who have been in this sector longer and used 10s of bodies.

@jennyrae I do not believe there has been any sensor revolution, only noise engine processing improvements. Of course this is important because of time savings, but I believe one could use good noise reduction software on a original 7D raw image and get extremely close to the same results of a 7D II. That goes for any other APS C size sensor. I believe Sony still has a leg up on Canon when it comes to their noise processing engine,

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 12:27 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Real-world samples (beta) article (268 comments in total)
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mikesco: I've got to say, I think the ISO improvement reported on are over rated. I think all they have done is improve their noise reduction processing engine. I can take a ISO 12800 image with my 7D and use some good noise reduction software and get at least the same quality image as the ISO 12800 images posted here.

There is a balance of course between removing noise and loss of detail. I do not see the need to reduce any further noise from the images samples shown here, however the detail that has been lost through the noise reduction is just as bad as what I could post process with the old 7D. Perhaps the production model will be slightly better especially with Raw, but this is not a stop better performance as some people are claiming, this is primarily a heavier handed noise reduction. not a huge sensor improvement.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2014 at 20:43 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Real-world samples (beta) article (268 comments in total)

I've got to say, I think the ISO improvement reported on are over rated. I think all they have done is improve their noise reduction processing engine. I can take a ISO 12800 image with my 7D and use some good noise reduction software and get at least the same quality image as the ISO 12800 images posted here.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2014 at 18:03 UTC as 101st comment | 3 replies
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Real-world samples (beta) article (268 comments in total)

I don't think the 7D is quite that old, it was announce in 2009 not 2007.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2014 at 17:43 UTC as 105th comment | 4 replies
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Joseph Black: In order for art to exist, artists have to exist. If someone wants to create artwork for free and distribute it to the unwashed masses they should be commended for such charitable work. If someone wants to devote their life to creating art they should have the ability to use that work to fund their continued existence in the form of purchasing food and shelter.
If someone is going to create a situation in which art can be created then by not protecting that type of art the law is effectively disincentivizing anyone to create it. The language in the above article says to the world that you may own the camera and you may own the physical image by association, but nobody on Earth owns the intellectual property rights to it. If this image could have kept the artist in clothing, fed, and housed to create more art another day then the lack of rights to the image also means he lost that money and the ability to be a professional artist. Great pictures, but you get no credit pal. Go starve.

Anyone can take enough closeups of an animal that will eventually turn up a cute funny expression. The only reason this photo was remarkable and turned viral was because it was a "selfie" taken by the monkey, after the monkey stole the camera. This decision is hardly going to cause the incentive to create future works to diminish, unless you plan on lending your thousands of dollars worth of gear to a monkey. I do not believe that that was this photographers intent, even though he has tried to shape his story a bit over the last few weeks to make one think so.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2014 at 16:58 UTC
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Poss: Perpetual until it suits them to move to subscription… such as the time Apple ends Aperture for good.
With no viable competition, Adobe can do EXACTLY as they please, when it tickles their fancy…
The way I read this piece of news is this: There is already a LR CC even it was not supposed to ever exist. Ever. (Adobe’s words) So, let’s all trust a corporation to keep their word.

@Lee Jay, the word indefinite only means until they change their mind. It is not a promise. Note, they did not use the word forever.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 12, 2014 at 14:34 UTC
On AP cuts ties with Pulitzer-winning photographer article (166 comments in total)

While I agree that integrity of an image is important, in this case I see no difference from the function of cropping and cloning, it is simply the removal of unrelated content. Cropping in some situations could do a lot more to remove context from a photo than the cropping did in this case.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 23:12 UTC as 84th comment | 3 replies
On Tamron to develop 150-600mm F5-6.3 ultra-telephoto zoom article (193 comments in total)
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Hadarmil: Frankly, I'd give up some mm on both ends if they could make a faster super tele zoom. Oh, and keep it for crop sensors. We still don't have fast super telezooms for crop which would probably make them cheaper and lighter.
Maybe Sigma will understand the market hole(as they occasionally do) and act to fill it. Right now I doubt the Tamron will be as good and cost effective to become a serious success for serious photogs. feels more in line like the old tactics of shoving larger unusable focal lengths to catch press attention. 200-500 f/4 sounds a little better even if you can't upgrade with it to FF.

Heck, why doesn't anyone make a crop fast prime? A sharp 2.8 300 for crop will get my money and probably a lot of others'.

Rant rant rant. Sure do hope I'm wrong.

Most could not afford a 200-500mm F4 and the size and weight would be huge. My guess is that this lens will sell in the $1500-$2300 range and the quality will be decent and the focus speed much better than their old model, I don't think Tamron would invest in this as a loser. The lens you are talking about would be in the $8,000 range at a minimum even from Sigma.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 8, 2013 at 12:39 UTC
On Tamron to develop 150-600mm F5-6.3 ultra-telephoto zoom article (193 comments in total)
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Karl Gnter Wnsch: Why not make it f/5.6 at the long end, then at least all focusing systems would be within their working range! At f/6.3 nobody should buy this lens as it will not focus reliably on all but the top of the line DSLR...

The 6.3 is only a third of a stop difference, I owned the Tamron 200-500mm and it also had 6.3 at the long end, it focused fine on my Canon 20D and later 7D. I sold it in anticipation of Tamron coming out with a VC version.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 8, 2013 at 12:34 UTC
On How many megapixels do you need? post (221 comments in total)

For typical photos 300 dpi is overkill. Many photo labs only have equipment that prints at either 240 or 256 dpi. It is rare for 210 dpi not to give great results and with larger prints you can often get away with 180 - 150 dpi.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2013 at 20:27 UTC as 40th comment | 1 reply

What can you do with them? They are all essentially someone else's copyrighted work. If some one wants to keep them for another 50 - 100 years for the copyright to expire perhaps then they will have some value. In reality he has a duty to his past clients to destroy them.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 7, 2013 at 00:23 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
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Timmbits: The adobe execs attended a seminar that was sponsored by the server farm industry, convincing them that this is the future.
Autodesk is headed this way, with $5000 software packages... but there is a huge difference between that, and something mainstream like adobe products.
This move is quite naïve, and quite frankly, stupid.
I predict that some of Adobe's upper management won't be around anymore next year... and if they still are, it'll only if they own the company, but nevertheless less rich as a result of their move.

Yes Autodesk is just as bad, They released an affordable version of Acad Light years ago and within a view years raised the price 300%. Now I use Draftsight and it is free.

Direct link | Posted on May 19, 2013 at 11:06 UTC
On 10 Photo Editing Programs (that aren't Photoshop) article (451 comments in total)

Thank you DPReview, Now it is up to us to avoid the Adobe products if at all possible.

Direct link | Posted on May 19, 2013 at 11:00 UTC as 59th comment
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Heleno Costa: What about a daily subscribe option for U$ 1-2 . For sure, I would pay for it!

I also realize that this model would not address all of the concerns people are bring up, but I think at this price point it would satisfy most here if they truly thought about how they use Photoshop. I believe that most are mad, including myself, because we want to be able to use the best. The old upgrade program was at the edge of affordability for us casual users, and this subscription rate at how we use it, cannot be justified and we feel ripped off and left behind. If we could subscribe as we need a day at a time for $1 a day even if we had to do it with a 30 use card or something along those lines, I think it would make it a fair offering for us casual users and not alienate us.

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2013 at 17:56 UTC
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Heleno Costa: What about a daily subscribe option for U$ 1-2 . For sure, I would pay for it!

I think that model would work well for most casual users. I tend to do my work in batches. I likely use Photoshop for editing no more than 50 days per year and could likely compress that. So yeah, I could handle that price, it would work out cheaper for me than the current perpetual upgrade method.

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2013 at 17:40 UTC
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Heleno Costa: What about a daily subscribe option for U$ 1-2 . For sure, I would pay for it!

There you go, $1 for 1 app or $3 for the suite, as I need, I could live with that myself. It would be the only way I could see the cloud being a benefit for the casual user. Unfortunately Adobe would want around triple these rates, if they even considered it at all.

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2013 at 21:26 UTC
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Otto Fabricius2: Again we see the arrogance of company which has reached a near monopoly status.
Furthermore, cloud computing is really not ready yet. There have been to many serious problems, and many areas in the world do not have sufficient bandwidth for this use of the internet.

I am not defending Adobe, I will never support this new model, however, they are not requiring anyone to compute over the cloud. They only require a monthly subscription verification similar to an activation. Using their included cloud storage is completely optional and all programs are installed locally on the computer and can be used offline. So that doesn't bother most, it is the idea of perpetual fees and outrageous price that is more of the issue.

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2013 at 18:11 UTC
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