Najinsky

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On article Fujifilm X70 Review (342 comments in total)
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Greynerd: The thing that wins for me with the FX70 is that the lens is not pumping air in and out of the camera. It is impossible to know how much of a problem sensor dust is with these cameras but we keep hearing about it and the manufacturers are never going to say anything about it, Probably better just to err on the side of safety and take a marginaly softer edge to the image against the unknown possibility of random blobs all over the place with the Ricoh if one needs to stop down. I am not saying there is a problem just that there is no way of telling the scale of a perceived problem.
I wonder if it may be prudent to factor in a 50% premium on the price of a collapsing fixed lens for future cleaning costs?

While the retracting lens may be one more vector for dust ingress, it's only one vector. There is no reason to assume the X70 won't suffer from dust ingress, it isn't environmentally sealed either.

Most PS compacts are not environmentally sealed.

The retracting lens of the GR makes it pocketable. If you want pocketable it's a great design.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2016 at 12:42 UTC
On article Fujifilm X70 Review (342 comments in total)
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PaulDavis: Looking at the Ricoh and X70 next to each other I can't help but think I would want the pick up the X70 instead of the GR. Logically the GR seems like the better choice but it is one of the most unexciting cameras I have seen. Some cameras just get you more excited to go take pictures.

@Thermidor,

I guess if you are the kind of shooter who likes to stop shooting, adjust how how are holding the camera, make the changes you want, then resume the shooting grip, then the Ricoh won't be for you.

Ricoh's controls are geared towards the shooter who wants to change settings on the fly, without having to change shooting grip and potentially miss the action.

For sure its not a 3 dedicated dial position all over the camera approach, but it works well for me.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2016 at 12:35 UTC
On article Fujifilm X70 Review (342 comments in total)
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Greynerd: The thing that wins for me with the FX70 is that the lens is not pumping air in and out of the camera. It is impossible to know how much of a problem sensor dust is with these cameras but we keep hearing about it and the manufacturers are never going to say anything about it, Probably better just to err on the side of safety and take a marginaly softer edge to the image against the unknown possibility of random blobs all over the place with the Ricoh if one needs to stop down. I am not saying there is a problem just that there is no way of telling the scale of a perceived problem.
I wonder if it may be prudent to factor in a 50% premium on the price of a collapsing fixed lens for future cleaning costs?

It's not an unreasonable point, but I think the proof lies in a quantity analysis. How many X70 shots will suffer from edge softness? 100%. How GR shots will suffer dust issues? >1%?

I'm sure you can do the math

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2016 at 12:24 UTC
On article Fujifilm X70 Review (342 comments in total)
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Jefftan: Don't understand what Fujifilm think? Who will buy this?
The very over-priced X-pro2 camera at least got some captive buyer that have XF lens

with nothing better than GRII, only worse
Really they think there will be hardcore fujifilm fans that will buy this?
Reality will wake them up

Fuji fans may disagree, most in the photographic community still prefer Bayer sensor
X-trans not a feature but negative

In this and some other Fujifilm cameras, I agree that X-Trans is a negative. However, it is primarily the 16MP APS-C versions of X-Trans that have issues.

The new 24MP APS-C X-Trans III is very impressive. Also the 12MP 2/3" sensor in the X30 performed well for its size.

It's just a gut feel, and anecdotal based on these 3 examples, but I think the X-Trans concept works better for smaller pixels.

Whatever it is, X-Trans III is in a different league to previous incarnations.

Here's an example with the studio comparison:

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/image-comparison?attr18=daylight&attr13_0=fujifilm_xpro2&attr13_1=fujifilm_xpro1&attr13_2=fujifilm_x30&attr13_3=fujifilm_x70&attr15_0=jpeg&attr15_1=jpeg&attr15_2=jpeg&attr15_3=jpeg&attr16_0=200&attr16_1=100&attr16_2=100&attr16_3=200&attr171_0=off&normalization=full&widget=1&x=-0.48740510697032435&y=-0.8165969710669077

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2016 at 10:13 UTC
On article Fujifilm X70 Review (342 comments in total)
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Skipper494: Still the same old 16MP sensor. The E-X2 from two years ago is a better buy, as was the Samsung 200 et al from four years ago.

Little point putting in the much better X-Trans 3 sensor given the lens' optical performance. This is built down to a price and unfortunately it probably show just a little too much.

Id love a version with the 24mp X-Trans 3 and higher quality lens, even if it hikes the price.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2016 at 03:41 UTC
On article Fujifilm X70 Review (342 comments in total)
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Arizona Sunset: Isn't there a Nikon like this, too, that is years older, half the price, and equal in performance?

No, the Nikon coolpix A is a little better in performance than this Fuji. But Ricoh GR is a little better still, so they use only the GR for comparison. All three are very nice, but the GR has better ergonomics and snag-free design befitting a pocket compact.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2016 at 03:26 UTC

Re: Stopped down AF.

Does this vary by body/lens combination. For example, on an A7R ii does it open up some lenses for AF but not others, like this one?

In your review of the A7R ii you noted this as a criticism only for AF-C

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2016 at 04:07 UTC as 45th comment | 2 replies
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Najinsky: Gotta love April

Yes, a lot of the diagram works, but the text is so badly written it could be taken either way. Usually on any other day you would question it, but on April 1 you just let them be. Like I said above, TLL? Is that an intentional typo, like a lot of the other parts of the text, or a clue, who knows/cares?

The other story they posted is the Ilfod paper custom sizes, again reported sloppily to make it look like a joke.

Yet both products exhibit a slight ring of truth, so this year I think the joke is that both of these strange reports are actually true.

I'm still waiting for the round sensor they reported on a few Aprils ago. I saw real potential in that.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2016 at 13:46 UTC

What's TLL? Thru Lotsa Lenses?

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2016 at 06:48 UTC as 41st comment

Gotta love April

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2016 at 23:11 UTC as 67th comment | 4 replies

Silly me. I thought that as there was already an article about this as a stills camera, the video feature would feature the cameras video feature.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2016 at 15:03 UTC as 6th comment

Innovation 1: Don't put the blown highlights on top of the guys head.

Innovation 2: Choose a poster image that relates to your cause/story

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2016 at 08:24 UTC as 1st comment

I've been storing all my loose change in an old coffee jar which is now nearly full and I've been wondering what to do with it.

Any other loose change hoarders want to club together?

I'm most interested in the ck, so preference will be given to those interested in the f, l, i and r letters.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2016 at 11:02 UTC as 44th comment
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nimrod1212: Now that we have the "pencil" why is there still no screen recording app for the iPad?

They are not my arguments. Apple don't permit it via their curated store, that's simply a fact, not an argument. I'm just try to help you understand why they do that, by pointing out some of the reasons.

Obviously I'm doing a poor job of it because you still seem confused about your options.

You have TWO legitimate FRONT door options for software.

1. The curated Apple store.
2. The open web.

In addition, you have 1 BACK door option.

1. Jailbreak/hacks

So, forgetting the back door option, you still have a choice of two.

1. The curated App store run by Apple. This is the same as you opening your own shop. It is entirely your choice what you choose to sell there and what safety standards you put in place.

Apple have decided not to sell software they deem as potentially dangerous/unsafe/competition. Their shop, their choice.

You can still get your potentially dangerous software from the open web. It's not a back door, it's the original front door from before the app store existed.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2016 at 02:58 UTC
On article DPReview is hiring! Software development manager (109 comments in total)
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Najinsky: Very tempting, but I'm based in Thailand at the moment.

LOL. Not sure about that. My photography skills are pretty average, but my IT skills were well sought after when I was working full time.

I have the experience and the passion, but I'm not moving to Seattle.

We just had a weird cool spell a few hours ago where it dropped to 24c and I had to drive back home to get my wife's hat and coat!

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 14:08 UTC
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Keith Cooper: With a lot of people new to the software I hope this info is of help. I still use them regularly, with Sharpener Pro being a frequent part of my print workflow from small snaps to 3 metre prints. I've written up details of how I use many of the plugins.

Hope it helps?

Silver Efex Pro
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/plugins/silver_efex_2.html

Sharpener
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/plugins/sharpening_nik3.html

Viveza
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/plugins/viveza-2.html

Color Efex filters
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/plugins/color-efex-pro4.html

Noise
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/plugins/dfine_2.html

HDR
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/plugins/hdr-efex-pro2.html

Other uses

SFX and halos
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/article_pages/photo-tips/sfx-halo.html

SFX with dull colour images
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/tutorial_pages/sfx-colour.html

Good man.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 10:00 UTC
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nimrod1212: Now that we have the "pencil" why is there still no screen recording app for the iPad?

Lots of small reasons that add together.

For example, because mistyping is a lot easier on a soft keyboard, even hidden characters get shown temporarily. So your password would be part of the recording. This doesn't happen on computers.

Hoewver, letting Apple be your nanny is completely optional.

You can sack the nanny by jailbreaking.

Alternatively, you can install iPad/iPhone apps direct to your device from the Web. This is actually how apps were developed and distributed before Apple introduced the app store.

So if you are really happy to leave the safety of the Apple curated app store, simply google to find the kind of apps you are after.

Here's a YouTube video for a screen recorder you can install from the web:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqLZByJKrao

Links to the install site are in the comments.

But I reckon each time you click install from these kind of sites, you may start to have 2nd thoughts about who you really trust out there.

Be safe.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 07:01 UTC
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HowaboutRAW: Why are these raws so small. Imaging Resource posted 80D raws a few days ago, and they're on the order of 32MB to 46MB per file?

Cool, let us know when you figure it out.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2016 at 15:55 UTC
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HowaboutRAW: Why are these raws so small. Imaging Resource posted 80D raws a few days ago, and they're on the order of 32MB to 46MB per file?

Are you sure you are looking at the right files?

This one is fully exposed and is 32MB:

http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/canon-80d/80DhSLI00100NR0.CR2.HTM

On the other hand, if you are reading the size inside PS or LR you will be seeing the uncompressed size.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2016 at 13:43 UTC
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Najinsky: Our monitors fill a good proportion of our field of vision (well, mine does) so our eyes are likely already adjusted to that.

Less likely for a tablet where much more of the periphery will be in the field.

This seems more of a comfort feature so there is less contrast between the device and the surroundings. A bit like the TVs that throw out ambient backlighting based on the content being viewed, but in reverse.

It's also used for the night shift feature to help you fall asleep quicker when reading at night.

I can't decide if it's a good idea to use it when processing images, I'll just have to wait and see when I get one. But at least it's a push in the direction of having more control over the viewing experience, which must be better than not having the choice.

PS: Remember to look away from your monitor frequently to the furthest thing away from you in the room. And at least 6 mins per hour get up and look at something outside far away. Exercise and protect your vision.

The true tone feature makes use of new ambient light sensors (2). I'd anticipate that when these sensors are present on the device, there will be a setting for controlling using them. I'd guess probably more like auto-brightness, rather than a white list.

But it's just guessing until the new devices are here.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2016 at 09:37 UTC
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