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On Get the story behind the photograph news story (11 comments in total)

Don't worry nunatak, it's coming ;-)
http://newcameranews.com/2014/04/02/royal-society-of-pixel-peepers-proposes-truth-in-exif-act/

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2014 at 15:25 UTC as 3rd comment
On Mockups emerge of new Olympus OM-D 'OM-G' news story (331 comments in total)

I would love to see this- basically a digital SLR optimized for manual focus. The viewfinder of the OM cameras is amazing, still unmatched by any digital body. The sensor would have to be full frame to give a big optical viewfinder. Ditch the EVF as it would add a lot of unnecessary cost. Everyone got all excited by the Fuji cameras' phase detect aids, may as well just do it old school for much cheaper.

This would be an interesting Kickstarter for someone (if not an actually practical business idea), if you designed the mount so that adapters could be used for a variety of older lens mounts. Use a somewhat older sensor to save money, keep the controls simple and body small (just like an OM). If any camera maker actually did this, it would be Pentax since their current bodies even have M42 compatibility (I have a Pentax MX which is very similar to OM.)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2014 at 15:24 UTC as 17th comment
On Am I missing something here? article (563 comments in total)
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GRUBERND: i think the point the author and most of the commenters are missing:

this camera was not built for you.

not for your use-cases, not for your demographic, not for your culture, not even for your country. drop some expectations and biases how a camera is supposedly to work or be used and we all might be in for a treat.

@kadardr- a bunch of people who bought older bodies at $200-$300 firesale prices is probably not best target for a $1200 camera.

The V3 is even more niche than the V2 and V1 due to its price, even though it is significantly improved over the older models. We'll see how it goes.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 16:43 UTC
On Am I missing something here? article (563 comments in total)
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brownie314: The price strategy from Nikon is truly baffling. But the good news is that we will probably be able to pick up V3's on fire sale in about a year with kit lens for about $350. I have a V1 - bought on fire sale - really cheap. It is good, but IQ doesn't compare to other mirrorless systems. If Nikon is going to make me compromise on IQ, then they had better give me a system that is at least price competitive with some of the cheaper mirrorless systems that have much better IQ.

The 18.5mm is a good buy on Amazon for under $200, the 10mm and 30-110mm are good buys on the used market (under $150 each).

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 16:40 UTC
On Am I missing something here? article (563 comments in total)
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Sorin Vacaru: I am afraid the answer to your question is a resounding "Yes".

Before offering expert opinion, one should make sure to read and understand the specs.

For example, exposure compensation can be programmed to one of the Fn1-3 buttons and used in conjunction with the command dial, if you so choose. We complained about the V1 lacking programmable function keys. Now we complain about having too many.

Even the V1 can be a one-of-a-kind tool in certain situations (used properly, of course). At first glance, the V3 might be a huge improvement. If you disagree, please feel free to shoot 20fps with full AF tracking and exposure at 800mm with your preferred cameras.

The cliche applies more than ever: the photographer counts first, second his understanding of the available tools.

That cliche is used more than ever, that's what makes it a cliche. This is primarily a gear site that is also about photography, rather than vice versa. It's okay for someone (or lots of people) to not like a camera.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 16:23 UTC
On Am I missing something here? article (563 comments in total)
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rrccad: Personally I think Nikon got it right.

If the goal of MILC is to provide a small travel / working kit with reasonable image quality, then over time, the Nikon 1 will do it better than certainly APS-C and full frame sensored kit - which will be burdened down by it's much larger almost DSLR sized lenses (for normal and above focals)

the Nikon 1 system system will produce the smallest kit of any of the MILC's - and for most cases, the performance and quality outside of a few raging camera geeks is more than good enough.

Are you buying it? If not you, then you is paying that much? It's a nice camera, but the price makes it very niche.

For them to have fully 'gotten it right', that has to included an appropriate target customer base. Otherwise plenty of companies are capable of over designing a camera that looks great but costs too much.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 16:18 UTC
On Am I missing something here? article (563 comments in total)

Hypothetical question- could Nikon have introduced a Micro 4/3 body with al the features/performance of the 1" Aptina sensor? That could have been a pretty compelling M43 body IMO. Superfast AF with good tracking, high FPS, silent shutter with no jello and 1/16,000 sec...weather seal it and it's a great sports/outdoors camera IMO.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 16:17 UTC as 120th comment | 1 reply
On Russian Mother captures atmospheric photos of sons on farm news story (592 comments in total)
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Samuel Dilworth: This rampant kitsch (which runs amok on sites like 500px) is destroying our ability to see. It’s like the ‘loudness war’ in music: everything is turned up to eleven to attract attention. More is without exception more in this world.

So it follows that if a dog is good, and a pot-bellied toddler is good, putting the two of them together at sunset on a misty farm is even better. (Duh!) If you formulaically combine:

• fluffy pets
• children
• sunsets
• snow
• backlit mist
• flowers
• bucolic artefacts
• fabrics blowing in the wind
• blurred backgrounds
• very warm, highly saturated colours

… you arrive, as Shumilova did, at the apogee of this aesthetic – the equation can’t be denied! – even though you’ve truthfully created an absurd parody of beauty.

As this garish view of the world becomes normalised, it becomes harder for people to see other, better possibilities.

B craw, just for discussion sake. These photos probably don't impact your appreciation for other photography, actually these photos don't really bother me at all. But look at the horrible lowest-common denominator trash that goes in most movie theaters today. Sure it's just entertainment, a way to pass the time. But people end up forgetting that movies can be so much more, and anything remotely different or challenging is rejected.

I actually enjoyed the photos for what they are. Some of the discussion around it has actually been more interesting. ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 19:05 UTC
On Russian Mother captures atmospheric photos of sons on farm news story (592 comments in total)
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Samuel Dilworth: This rampant kitsch (which runs amok on sites like 500px) is destroying our ability to see. It’s like the ‘loudness war’ in music: everything is turned up to eleven to attract attention. More is without exception more in this world.

So it follows that if a dog is good, and a pot-bellied toddler is good, putting the two of them together at sunset on a misty farm is even better. (Duh!) If you formulaically combine:

• fluffy pets
• children
• sunsets
• snow
• backlit mist
• flowers
• bucolic artefacts
• fabrics blowing in the wind
• blurred backgrounds
• very warm, highly saturated colours

… you arrive, as Shumilova did, at the apogee of this aesthetic – the equation can’t be denied! – even though you’ve truthfully created an absurd parody of beauty.

As this garish view of the world becomes normalised, it becomes harder for people to see other, better possibilities.

I may or may not agree with Samuel's comment, but his is a legitimate post of artistic criticism. You can debate his point, but he's making an esthetic point which has nothing to do with being a pixel peeper, a jealous hater, or necessarily even about post-processing.

These photos are not reality, regardless of the post-processing. I'm personally okay with that though. I enjoyed the photos for what they are. I understand why he doesn't.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2014 at 19:28 UTC
On Fujifilm X20 Review preview (23 comments in total)

@inspireddan- I don't think the smudging is due to the lack of AA filter, it's due to increased noise reduction. The X20 RAW files are great. But the JPEG's are worse than the X10 in the opinion of many who have used both. It's too bad, I really like my X10 and would otherwise upgrade to the X20 (I mostly shoot JPEG).

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2014 at 22:35 UTC as 5th comment

So let me try to get this right- This company Sakar has licensed the basically defunct Polaroid brand name, to produce a vaguely Micro 4/3-ish camera 'system', running off an Android OS, and cosmetically resembling a Nikon 1?

Did I get it all in there? Is there any other company I have not credited?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2013 at 23:33 UTC as 4th comment | 2 replies
On New anamorphic adapter lens for iPhone 5/5S post (37 comments in total)

Um guys, we're talking about an anamorphic adapter here, not some sort of standard zoom or tele attachment. You can't do this with any pocket camera. You can do it with adapters mounted on mirror less cameras and DSLR's (typically on rails because the adapters tend to be big and heavy), but its not cheap or easy.

For around $100 this is a pretty cool adapter to mess around with, if the image quality is decent. You can't really tell from the video, but my guess is that it's a mirror adapter (to get the price low.)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2013 at 00:06 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
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Dennis: A strong blow to Hasselblad; camera manufacturers start releasing cameras with wooden grips on their own! How did this happen? No one saw it coming...

Wait, I thought this was the Hasselblad GR re-badge camera...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2013 at 17:55 UTC

Can someone answer me this- are any of these apps able to save images without the default built-in image processing (sharpening, noise reduction, increase contrast, etc.)?

I am guessing not, but just want to be sure. If any of them could, then that would be potentially a great improvement over the built-in app.

I get it would be better to go 1-step further and get actual RAW data, but to be able to strip out noise reduction, etc. would be plenty.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2013 at 17:51 UTC as 3rd comment
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Jaggr: You didn't actually "debunk[...] 645 Pro's raw TIFF option" in your earlier article. You misunderstood and misrepresented it, and then tried to dismiss it by performing an irrelevant test. It's important to understand how you got that wrong when looking at the claims associated with Digital Negative.

The maximum amount of photographic information that a developer can get from the iOS camera hardware is:

* an uncompressed 8-bit per channel RGB representation of the image data(1)
* at the maximum resolution of the camera sensor
* after it has been "developed" (de-mosaiced, white balance and gamma corrected, etc.)
* with associated metadata

(Although, because its easier—and good enough for most people most of the time—most developers actually work with an image that, rather than being uncompressed, has been converted to JPEG.)

645 PRO give the option to save that information, unaltered, in the form of a TIFF. Such an image contains more information than if compressed into a JPEG.

Hi jaggr,
I am way late but hopefully you see my response. Are you saying that 645 Pro is able to save an image without the default app processing/filtering? (noise reduction, sharpening, etc.) The biggest difference between RAW and JPEG modes in most digital cameras is not JPEG compression artifacts, but excessive image processing (noise reduction, sharpening,etc.) So if 645 Pro is able to eliminate this then that would be significant IMO. Thanks

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2013 at 17:45 UTC
On 5 new must-have photo editing apps post (99 comments in total)
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David Stephen: What!?!? No love for the best photo app. ??? VSCOcam for iPhone.

If I could only have 1 photo app on my iPhone, it would be VSCO...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 15, 2013 at 20:32 UTC

Couple of things-
1. The iPhone 5 with iOS 7 is capable of video zooming too. Obviously it's digital and not optical zoom, but can still be useful.
2. HDR mode on the iPhones produces pretty natural looking (restrained) output, and can compensate for the low dynamic range of phone camera sensors. I leave HDR on by default on my iPhone 5.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2013 at 19:59 UTC as 45th comment | 4 replies
On Slow-mo iOS videos, no iPhone 5s needed post (18 comments in total)
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Kendall Helmstetter Gelner: If you compare actual 5s slow motion video against this the difference is night and day. Your video is horribly choppy, as Joe mentioned it seems like it's not adding more frames, just slowing down the video... it's nice to be able to do this at all but it's nothing like the real deal. If you really want slow motion video for some reason the 5s video is far better quality.

So wait, how many apps are there that record true 60 FPS? SlowCam and SloPro? And I guess SlowPro and BetterCam are different apps?

Slowing down 60FPS footage to 24FPS gives pretty good slow motion (I messed around with it on my NEX-5N), if not quite the surrealistic feel of 120 FPS slowed down.

Thanks for all the detailed info in the other link, very interesting!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2013 at 16:00 UTC
On Editorial: Why I can't stop taking iPhone Panoramas article (300 comments in total)
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calking: Some of you are crazy. It's still possible to use an older DSLR and shoot panoramas. It's called a TRIPOD and STITCHING SOFTWARE.

I'm referring to the whiners below that are bemoaning the fact that their camera doesn't offer this. A panorama isn't magic and you don't need this built into a camera to be able to do I, and do it as well or better than in-camera stuff.

I shoot panos with my Sony rx100 and fuji xe1, but also with a nikon d80 on a tripod if that's what I have with me.

RTFA

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2013 at 22:39 UTC
On Editorial: Why I can't stop taking iPhone Panoramas article (300 comments in total)
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Just another Canon shooter: The iphone can finally take panoramas as any other phone? Good to know.

The main point was about the dynamic exposure, not that it can do panoramas. Or did you just rush to post after reading the headline???

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2013 at 22:38 UTC
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