SamTruax

SamTruax

Lives in Canada Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Works as a Art Director
Joined on Jul 2, 2008
About me:

Own or have owned...
Casio QV 300
Canon A5
Casio EXlim7
Nikon Coolpix 5000
Nikon Coolpix 8800
Panasonic Lumix FZ18
Canon G9
Canon A570 IS
Canon A720 IS
Olympus E510 - w/kit lenses, 70-300, Panny Leica 14-50 f 2.8
Panasonic Lumix LX3
Fuji S100fs
Fuji S2 Pro
Fuji S5 Pro
Nikon 50 1.8, Tamron 90 2.8 Macro
Olympus E330
Olympus E520 w/kit 40-150 (new), Zuiko 18-180, Zuiko 50 f2
Canon G11
Pentax K-x w/kit 18-55, 55-300, FA 50 1.4, multiple old K and screw mount manual lenses
Canon G7
Sony R1
Canon EOS 10D
Olympus E-PL1
Panasonic G1
mZuiko 14-42, 17 2.8
Panny 20 1.7, 45-200
Sony TX5
Sigma DP1s
Fuji S200EXR
Panasonic LX5
Olympus E620, kit lenses, 50 f2, 14-54 Mk I, FL36R
Olympus E420
Sony HX100V
Olympus XZ-1
Panasonic G2
Panasonic 14-45

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SamTruax: I think the software version of these type of images are almost getting as good as what the Lytro light field cameras are producing...doesn't bode well for light field cameras.

I think that is the big thing missing from the Lytro cameras...the backgrounds are just 'smoothly' out of focus. Not everyone likes bokeh or certain types of bokeh but for those of us who do, the light field blur just doesn't cut it. I guess we will see what the future brings.
A light field camera with a four thirds mount might be interesting...if it were possible. Best of both worlds with the use of legacy glass.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 11, 2014 at 19:20 UTC

I think the software version of these type of images are almost getting as good as what the Lytro light field cameras are producing...doesn't bode well for light field cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2014 at 14:24 UTC as 4th comment | 2 replies
On Photographing Thailand with the Nokia Lumia 1020 article (155 comments in total)

The only drawback to the 1020 is it's DR and overall operational speed.
The ignorance of some of the responses here is astounding. I am guessing that most of you don't realize that the sensor in the 1020 is larger than almost all point and shoot cameras including some of the higher end ones...never mind being larger than every other camera phone (except the original Nokia 808).
The fact that I have a large sensor and RAW capabilities with me at all times and I don't have to carry an extra device is invaluable.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 3, 2014 at 18:05 UTC as 23rd comment
On Photographing Thailand with the Nokia Lumia 1020 article (155 comments in total)
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MichaelIsGreat4: Honestly, going to Thailand and ending up taking pictures in black and white is the stupidest idea possible!!
It is like some stupid idiot who would decide to still watch a black and white TV today when there are now only color TVs available, not to mention 1080p color TVs!!

More, these pictures would be SO MUCH BETTER IN COLOR!!!

There is this false idea (most of the time even snobbish, falsely "hip" idea) that quality pictures ought to be in black and white! Wrong!! It is much worse when a good picture is in black and white than if it would have been in color.
Why? We live in a world full of colors, WE DO NOT LIVE IN A WORLD THAT IS BLACK AND WHITE!!!!!!

When I see black and white pictures from a photographer, I think to myself "another idiot who thinks he wants to pretend being an "artistic photographer" by using black and white pictures instead of color pictures!!!"

Thanks for sharing anyway these pictures but I stopped watching them as soon as I saw that they were in B&W!!

The Lumia 1020 shoots in RAW so I wouldn't cry too much about the photographer being "dumb" enough to only take black and white photos.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 3, 2014 at 17:54 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Review preview (350 comments in total)
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Galbertson: If connected to iPad via NFC, will Voice Over speak data reflected on LCD?

I don't think the iPad has NFC.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 18:52 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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driftnomore: weather -sealed,huh.... with a non weather-resist expensive lens? what's the use? sell it to the morons,FUJI !

So I guess you should just read the whole piece rather than just picking out the part that supports your statement. Weather sealed lenses are coming. Fuji has been very aggressive with getting lenses out for this system...and good lenses at that. Sony could learn a few things.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 17:33 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot RX10 Real-world Samples article (162 comments in total)

This is not a good start. I don't see anything promising in these samples. Hopefully we will see something in better light soon. The Stylus 1 samples looked great in comparison and I am a big Sony fan.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2013 at 19:02 UTC as 48th comment | 13 replies
On Just posted: Fujifilm X20 hands-on preview article (127 comments in total)
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kemal erdogan: The Fuji site says that the 12MP sensor use the same technology as XPRO1 and X100S.

it is likely that the sensor is exactly the same APS-C sensor used in the X100S.

I come to this conclusion by the fact the X20 supports all of 9/16, 2/3, 3/4, 1/1 aspect ratios, which implies that the sensor is at least as large as the diameter of the image circle both in height and width.

Least costly option to achieve this is just to use a bit bigger sensor and I think Fuji took that path. Lower pixel count is also consistent with that possibility.

And, I am thrilled at the possibility of having the low light capabilities of Xpro1 in such a small camera

Sorry, you are confusing me. How exactly can the 2/3 sensor of the X20 be the same as the APS-C sensor in the X100s? The size isn't even close. Maybe they are using the same techonology, processing, whatever but I don't think it is possible to have the same sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 11, 2013 at 16:17 UTC
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SH Photo: Any idea what the bit-rate is for the video?

I was wondering that myself. The X20 is 36 Mbps but I don't think this one will be that good...different sensor and processor. If it is at least up to 24 o r28 then it might be decent.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2013 at 22:58 UTC
On 19DSC00792_rb photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

Is that bartender dressed as a boyscout?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2012 at 16:13 UTC as 2nd comment
On 02DSC01105_rb photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (5 comments in total)
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pascal b: is it an example supposed to be good from this new "beast" associated with such an expensive lens ???
nothing is crisp !
or did I miss something ?

Have a look at the first photo of the girl's face and tell me there is any detail lacking in her right eye. It's pretty remarkable.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2012 at 15:50 UTC
On DSCN0940 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

This image really speaks to me :-)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 26, 2012 at 17:06 UTC as 2nd comment

Considering they are all going to be connected in probably the very near future, why do they need a special name at all?

Its just another function on the camera.

WiFi enabled
App enabled
GPS enabled

just functions or specs.

I do like CAMOphone from below though :-)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2012 at 17:48 UTC as 21st comment
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tkbslc: "In the field of digital cameras, we will seek to achieve collaboration in a manner that further improves the competitiveness of the two companies."

Considering that NEX and m4/3 directly compete, I wonder what that means.

It would be nice if it meant a Sony NEX with a respectable kit lens like the ones Olympus usually puts together.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 28, 2012 at 18:47 UTC
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jquagga: I think many folks give you guys/gals way too much grief on what you do and I try to be positive. However you did ask for feedback so, I'm sorry in advance!

I think this moves the ball the wrong directly. "Community-based moderation" will be abuse city. Trolling, fanboyism - if you're going to enable this I'd like the option to completely disable it. i.e., I want to view the forums without the moderation at all. I don't care a troll mod'ed something down. I want to see it.

Blue on black is harder to read than yellow on black. At least there is the option to revert. Can we make that part of my default profile so I'm always reverted?

Where's the mobile layout or tapatalk integration? That's one of the major limitations of the current layout.

As others have said, why aren't you moving to something standard? Why not leverage work others have done and implement a modern forum system many already use?

Why not ask for input before pouring months of work in?

The font size should be changed within your browser settings. It isn't something that can be set at their end and affect every different browser that reads it.
Just make the change within your own settings.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 28, 2012 at 14:09 UTC
On Hasselblad responds to Lunar criticisms article (628 comments in total)

So we all know that the most important elements with regards to IQ are the sensor and the lens... and both of those are exactly what you can get with the NEX 7 (they even admit to NOT tweaking the Sony sensor)...heck, you can get a pretty good combo with the F3, 5R or the 6, for that matter.
I think they are totally out of touch with reality.

Sad thing is they will definitely sell a few of them and declare it a great success.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2012 at 20:36 UTC as 287th comment | 3 replies
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peevee1: "In addition to superior still image quality, the 1080p Full HD Movie capability with stereo sound captures movies in the best quality currently available in compact cameras. "

That is simple not true. Looks like the press-release was written before RX100 either. Another era, simpler times... :)

Poor shmucks caught with their pants down...

In Marketing Speak anything that produces full HD 1080 p would be considered the "best quality currently available". It's based on the spec...not the actual video that comes out of that camera.
Unfortunately if the video is anything like what the XZ-1 produced it will be crap... at least in comparison to any of the Sony models.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2012 at 16:11 UTC
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qwertyasdf: When P&S and camera phones are moving on to larger sensors
Someday, the Q might have the smallest sensor not just amongst other CSCs, but all photo-taking gadgets....
Way to go.

@ Edgar Matias
Actually Panasonic DOES sell a similar lens that actually has a range of 25 mm to 600 mm (equiv) constant f 2.8 and I think it sells for around $599 as part of the FZ200. Same size sensor...
I think the Q series are definitely cute but I wish people would put some perspective on what they are getting. It is definitely a niche market and a fun camera to play with but it doesn't miraculously do things that other similarly sized and speced cameras don't do at a lower price...and maybe those cameras are a load of fun for some people too.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2012 at 14:56 UTC
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Sdaniella: Finally a flexible screen that has Face-FORWARD utility topside and works while on a tripod... (rather than bottom side which doesn't work with a tripod)

now all they need to do is offer a flexible vari-angle swivel screen, VASS, like Canon PowerShots... and Sony CyberShot DSC-R1

given the NEX is a very small-form factor... such a VASS would make more sense on larger alpha-SLT models instead (which all currently STILL lack full flexibility, just up/down tilt only or flexible, but stuck 'bottom-side' (SLT-A65)).

however, given NEX are close to most digicams in size... a VASS isn't that unreasonalbe (PowerShot G series... Samsung TL500 (EX1) to mention a couple)

@ TrojMacReady
Please show me a NEX 3 that has an LCD with face-forward utility.
sdyue is wrong in stating that this camera is the first to have it but the NEX 3, 5, C3, 5N definitely don't have it. I believe the first NEX with the flip up LCD was the F3.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2012 at 20:40 UTC
On Review: Nokia 808 PureView article (354 comments in total)

I'm all for technology and I think that this little camera phone is a good achievement but I really can't say I am impressed by the images it produces.
The higher ISO images are not bad...they are terrible.
Low ISO shots are definitely acceptable...especially considering the amount of detail you can get with that many MP but the colors don't look very accurate and WB looks to be an issue in anything but bright sunlight.
I am just amazed that some are comparing detail against something like the D800. We need to get some perspective on exactly what this camera/phone can produce.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2012 at 16:34 UTC as 84th comment | 2 replies
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