JackM

JackM

Lives in United States Portland, United States
Works as a geek
Joined on Apr 1, 2005
About me:

Part time pro shooting youth sports, portraits, real estate, my family, and whatever else. Haven't quit my day job yet.

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scooper1: Has it really escaped everyone's attention that there's hardly an object in focus in the sample image? What on earth is that image supposed to prove?

No, I posted the same thing, below, scroll down. Yeah, you would think they'd post an edge-to-edge sharp landscape or something. This is weird.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 01:11 UTC
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dRomano: I don't see the benefit if the sensor is only curved in 1 axis. Wouldn't that necessitate lenses that are corrected differently for horizontal and vertical?

Pretty sure it is curved in 2 axis. Axes. Axies?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 01:10 UTC
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guyfawkes: It has been known for years that a simple lens images in a plane which is hemispherical. The optical trick in lens design has been to correct for this so-called distortion so that the image looks natural on a planar surface.

Some film cameras tried to overcome this problem with curved film gates, the bakelite Kodak Brownie 127 at the cheap end of the market and the Minox sub-miniatures at the other, being two examples that I know of.

So there is nothing magical in the effect Sony is describing, but its implementation will be. And if it does free lens designers to come up with superior imaging optics, then Sony should be applauded, not attacked.

"a plane which is hemispherical"?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 18:18 UTC

Kind of ironic that they chose an image with almost nothing in focus.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 18:17 UTC as 27th comment | 3 replies
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Sports Shooter: Zenfolio increased their annual subscription by 40%!! From $100 it's now $140 at the next renewal. Good things don't last forever.
I like Zenfolio and I've been with them for 4 years, but 40% hike? Unacceptable

SmugMug is ready when you are.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 02:29 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (848 comments in total)
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rpichlerphoto: What I fail to understand from the preview: are the shutter loudness levels finally down or is it still louder than the D600/D610/Df?

The loud shutter sound is really difficult to hide on certain occasions and it will be very getting even more important as the priests lose their patience during wedding ceremonies with our "clak clak" shutters buzzing all the time...

Love my quieter "silent" shutter mode on my 5D3. :-)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 14:16 UTC
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Sports Shooter: Zenfolio increased their annual subscription by 40%!! From $100 it's now $140 at the next renewal. Good things don't last forever.
I like Zenfolio and I've been with them for 4 years, but 40% hike? Unacceptable

Ba ha ha. When SmugMug raised their rates, the cheapskates threatened to storm off to Zenfolio. Told. You. So.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 20:03 UTC
On Huawei announces octa-core Honor 6 post (48 comments in total)

Are they related to the Fugawi tribe?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 04:06 UTC as 13th comment
On Budget M43: Kodak Pixpro S-1 First Impressions Review article (137 comments in total)
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JackM: The original Kodak targeted the same low-end digital market and look where that got them. Here we go again.

the market today is grossly different from the market then.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 02:18 UTC
On Budget M43: Kodak Pixpro S-1 First Impressions Review article (137 comments in total)

The original Kodak targeted the same low-end digital market and look where that got them. Here we go again.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2014 at 14:58 UTC as 33rd comment | 2 replies
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The Photo Ninja: I'll stick with Canon.

The point is, this isn't a compelling reason to switch systems, at all. I don't even see a need to have the a7s as a compliment to my 5D3, just for high ISO. I'd probably go with the a7 for traveling light.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2014 at 11:07 UTC

Invalid! The stoplight in the lower left isn't showing the same lights! ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2014 at 01:57 UTC as 64th comment | 1 reply

WOW, the highlight recovery now competes with Lightroom:

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53873298

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 11:50 UTC as 16th comment | 2 replies

Great, but... should we wait for more lenses for the a7/r, which won't be usable with this sensor, or should we wait for this system? Argh.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 00:13 UTC as 153rd comment | 9 replies
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Catalin Stavaru: Last time I checked, Canon DPP could not stand a chance against Adobe Lightroom. Bad noise reduction, bad colors. RAWs had much more information that what I could obtain with DPP. I would love to not depend on Lightroom but it would take a lot from Canon to achieve this.

I use both. DPP does not have bad colors or bad NR. LR does have vastly superior highlight and shadow recovery, and finer control over colors, like with the vibrance slider. LR's brush tool is invaluable for faces under hats and helmets and other stuff. LR's crop tool is infinitely faster. LR is faster in general, and has more useful keyboard shortcuts. DPP's sharpness is just as good, and the DLO module beats LR for ultimate sharpness and CA correction. Hopefully this update narrows the gap between DPP and LR.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2014 at 12:54 UTC
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MisoL: When we can expect Linux version? Canon, please wake up! The only RAW processor choice, Linux users have is Corel AftershotPro and it takes them many months to support new cameras (lost sales for you in Linux users). Free software like Darktable and RawTherapee is faster in supporting new cameras, but it's usability is not as mature yet.

I love Linux, but please, get real.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2014 at 12:49 UTC
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Jan Luursema: If only they would make DPP faster. I bought a new computer just to make DPP work faster, but it's still almost as slow to use as on my old PC! Only the batch processing is faster, but making edits in the program is annoyingly slow.
Maybe they need to hire someone from Adobe.

Switching from DPP to LR has given me hours of my life back. No idea what the two above are talking about.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2014 at 03:35 UTC
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Timbukto: Better highlight shadow controls is my #1 feature request of DPP. Anything that lowers my dependency on Adobe stuff is nice, and I love the price. Canon's DLO module (excellent lens optimization + wickedly good convolution sharpening) + LR like shadow and highlight manipulation and I'm there. That screenshot seems to indicate that it has raised a notch in UI functionality over classic DPP which is dated. I hope this thing is not a skin of SilkyPix like the other companies are using!

Indeed. Also if the crop tool can be as fast as LR's, that will be huge.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2014 at 03:33 UTC

You all have me to thank for this, because I just paid for Lightroom 5.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2014 at 03:09 UTC as 38th comment | 1 reply
On 2014 iPhone Photography Awards winners announced article (102 comments in total)
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Jogger: There are really images.. i.e. heavily processed and stylsed.. nothing wrong with that, but, I wouldnt consider them pictures or photographs.

because they're better than yours?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2014 at 19:05 UTC
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