keeponkeepingon

keeponkeepingon

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Robert Kempen: this lens will be ideal for the game parks of Africa on an XT1

Get up close to the waterholes and shoot lions and other predators - good enough for those landscapes and sunsets also

Weather sealing perfect for the constant dust problem

OIS excellent for shooting freehand from the window of your vehicle

I've never been on safari but isn't 135mm a little too short for shooting "lions and other predators"????

I think the 55-250mm is a little short for my kids soccer and they don't even bite.....

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2014 at 17:23 UTC
On Sony a5100 First Impressions Review preview (537 comments in total)
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keeponkeepingon: One thing I really like about the 3n/5000/5100 bodies is the zoom control for the power zoom allowing full one handed operation.

While I want the EVF and Flash shoe offered on the A6000 I don't have the luxury of using two hands to control the camera.

Why sony would go through all the work to make the power zooms then not put a zoom control on new models such as the A6000 is very puzzling.

"Operating a camera with just one hand, destabilizes the camera and will give you more blurry results." maybe with your full frame DSLR and F2.8 600mm zoom but with the sony NEX and diminutive 16-50 the weight is almost non existent. One handed, two handed my results are all about the same.

Longer shutter times require no-handed, a tripod, and even there using just one hand for everything, and not needing to reach around to the front of the camera to zoom is a nice feature.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2014 at 09:53 UTC
On Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review preview (228 comments in total)
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km25: The camera is a $500.00 with a nice f2-f2.8 zoom lens. It is for grabing quick shots. The cameras that have large sensor have larger price tags, so why have a 1" sensor when one may have a APS-C. Point is how does it work for the person shooting with it. I would have only hoped the movie side of the camera would get better.Oh that $500.00 price tag in 6 months or so, will be $449.00.

"The cameras that have large sensor have larger price tags, " Sony RX100. Same price. Double the sensor area, almost double the resolution, brighter on the wide end (where my pocket cams sit 90% of the time).

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2014 at 09:47 UTC
On Sony a5100 First Impressions Review preview (537 comments in total)

One thing I really like about the 3n/5000/5100 bodies is the zoom control for the power zoom allowing full one handed operation.

While I want the EVF and Flash shoe offered on the A6000 I don't have the luxury of using two hands to control the camera.

Why sony would go through all the work to make the power zooms then not put a zoom control on new models such as the A6000 is very puzzling.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2014 at 22:47 UTC as 54th comment | 3 replies
On Sony announces Alpha a5100 compact mirrorless camera article (106 comments in total)
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OrdinarilyInordinate: This just looks like a Samsung NX3000/NX300M hybrid to me in a Sony package (shape and compact power zoom lens of the same range like NX3000, hybrid AF and touch screen like NX300/NX300M and many other Samsung versions, and 180 selfie screen like NX300M/NX3000).

Samsung copied Sony. This is like the 3rd or 4th iteration of this model. The 3n (which this is externaly a picture perfect copy of) predates the NX300 by 9 months and pre 3n models had similar features.

I know it's incredible to think of samsung as any thing but a leader in photo technology but it is what it is......

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2014 at 22:35 UTC
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abortabort: I find it somewhat interesting that there is no price mentioned when talking about the two adapter modules XLR-K1M and DMW-YAGH. The rest of the article makes it blindly obvious whenever the Sony is more expensive, with the price of the base unit itself then comments about the cost of a 4K recorder (at the moment at least), but when it comes to these adapter modules no mention of price is given only that "The Panasonic DMW-YAGH module is rather more extensive addition" - Is this because the price doesn't fall in Panasonic's favour in this instance? It makes it seem like a positive spin for Panasonic (again) by not acknowledging the massive price difference between the two.

For someone who shoots 1080p and wants XLR mic inputs this not only evens the playing field between the two, but actually swings the other way making the Sony the cheaper of the two - Not saying this is every scenario, but this would certainly be a popular configuration.

Good point! Thanks for pointing it out.

The sony XLR module is $798 and includes a micrphone while the panasonic module is $1995 (amazon prices).

While a +$1100 difference is huge, the panasonic also includes video out but if you don't need those.... wow.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 08:15 UTC
On Samsung Galaxy S5 camera review post (83 comments in total)
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Mike FL: "31mm focal length"? Samsung just did not get it as most of Samsung none P&S cameras.

For some reason I never take selfies with the front facing cam. I've got long arms and I gota have all 8mp for this beautiful face. (The real answer is I spent way way too long with my 3Gs (no ff camera, old habits die hard...)).

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2014 at 21:00 UTC
On Canon EF-S 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 sample gallery article (99 comments in total)
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iudex: I rarely praise Canon, since it´s gear, especially lenses are very expensive, but now I have to applaud. Decent image quality for an unrivalled price, nice job. I wondered why wideangle lenses always need to be that expensive (e.g. Pentax offers only one wideangle lens, which is great as regards the quality, but very expensive and there is no budget alternative, so i fI wanted a cheaper wideangle zoom, I would have to choose at Sigma) and hope other producers will follow this example.

It's more like 22% more (Selling for 399 CAD at henrys) and I would think better build and much better optical quaility and a more useful long end are pretty darn good reasons for an increase in price?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2014 at 20:55 UTC
On Samsung Galaxy S5 camera review post (83 comments in total)
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Mike FL: "31mm focal length"? Samsung just did not get it as most of Samsung none P&S cameras.

Lars, I think both this and the iPhone review are well done; I was just theorizing as to the posters logic.

Regarding wider: wider is better for selfies hence wider is better for smartphones.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2014 at 18:23 UTC
On Samsung Galaxy S5 camera review post (83 comments in total)
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Mike FL: "31mm focal length"? Samsung just did not get it as most of Samsung none P&S cameras.

To me it looks like a fair review but I can follow his logic:

Amazon does not sell the iphone*.
Amazon does sell the Samsung Galaxy S5
Amazon owns dpreview so Lars works for the anti iphone pro S5 Amazon

*You'll find the iphone on amazon.com but all are sold by 3rd party sellers. Here's a search on iphones sold by amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_st_undefined?keywords=iphone&qid=1405071127&rh=n%3A2335752011%2Ck%3Aiphone%2Cp_76%3A2491146011%2Cp_6%3AATVPDKIKX0DER&sort=price-desc-rank

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2014 at 09:34 UTC

woot! Some EOS-M love.

I stumbled on an EOS-M with the excelent 22mm/F2 for $199 and could not resist. Gosh am I happy, what a fun little camera. It's my around the house and out and about camera. Sure it's slow as nails but I knew that going in.

I've been dragging my feet on buying other lenses though. I'm tempted by the 18-55 (cheap!) or the 11-22 but then I'm destroying the three advantages the M has over my T2i ($199, size! and a 35mm FF equiv fast prime).

IQ from even the old canon sensor is better than anything M43 and with the 22mm F2 prime it's a nice little package and (for what I paid for it) tremendous bang for the buck. There is no way that $200 could get you a better "New in the box" fast prime performance with large sensor IQ.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 10:33 UTC as 19th comment | 3 replies
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mantra: hi
i still have lightroom v4 64bit ,for it permorms better then v5
honestly i did not find new v5 feature to push me to buy v5

is really v5 more powerfull then v4?
is worth to upgrade?

by the way thanks for the video!

Here's a meandering video discussing the new stuff.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EcbMyqoWP8

Spot healing/removal is much much better. Pre LR5 you got to fix a dot but with LR 5 you can drag the spot removal which is incredibly useful for all sorts of stuff, from removing a hair to a light pole.

Spectro is way underselling the "straighten your image a little easier". The new tools go way way beyond just twisting your picture a bit, it can analyze buildings and correct for some forms of perspective distortion making crooked lines straight. Sometimes it falls on it's face but when it works it can be great.
I also find myself resorting to the radial filter a lot. If you take pictures of people it's so easy to just select a face and lighten shadows without affecting the entire picture. You can do this with the adjustment brush in LR 4 but it would take 4evah compared to LR5 with the radial filter.
Nice explanation of the "upright" tool
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pVX4za3Y54

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2014 at 14:28 UTC

This video is 8 months old why post it now when there are so many other good LR videos?

Because you are regurgitating reddit 4 days ago:
http://www.reddit.com/r/photography/comments/27huyh/this_is_a_fantastic_runthrough_of_the_development/

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2014 at 13:26 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply

This word "bullet time". I do not think it means what you think it means!

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2014 at 08:09 UTC as 76th comment
On DxO Optics Pro 9.5 now integrates with Adobe Lightroom article (60 comments in total)

According to the DXO web site only linear DNG is supported.

They should really be more upfront about this in the press release.

Given the limitations of Linear DNGs I suspect most folks will stick with TIFF which makes this just about as integrated as any other external editor used with LR.

DP bestflow . org has a nice explanation of Linear DNGs here:

http://www.dpbestflow.org/DNG#three-types-dng
"Linearize
Linearizing a DNG bakes in much of the conversion from a raw file. Adobe has buried that option three screens deep in the DNG converter because they really don’t suggest you do it unless it’s absolutely necessary. Only do this because you have to make the file compatible with some software, when no other method works. (Backwards compatibility will make use of Linearization only when it absolutely must do so, to make a file compatible)."

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2014 at 12:35 UTC as 16th comment | 4 replies
On Never forget a Photoshop or Lightroom shortcut again article (70 comments in total)

Nice job!

CC: For LR it would be great if the global buttons were available in the shortcut mapper for every module.

For example I'm in the library module and want to know the short cut for crop, I should not have to go looking around for it, it's right there on the R key in the library module but with your system I need to bop over to the develop or global module to see how to crop from the library module.

This would make the tool a better workflow aid (something to have up while using LR) instead of a learning module (Now I will learn the global keys, here is the map, now I will learn the develop keys, here is a map).

Yeah, sorry for nit picking, really though I think this is great and thanks for nifty creation!

Direct link | Posted on May 19, 2014 at 09:51 UTC as 32nd comment | 1 reply
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2970 comments in total)

Bravo Sony!

It's great to see there is still something new under the Point and Shoot sun.

While I love seeing the advances and innovation I hope they go back and give some love to a R100 MK1 style camera. (wish list: make it a little thinner, a little faster, make the lens a bit wider and knock a few bucks off the MSRP)

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 08:45 UTC as 683rd comment
On Canon announces 16-35mm F4L and 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 lenses article (367 comments in total)

MTF charts of the 10-18mm and the EF-M 11-22mm

(Cut and pasted from canon HK and US web sites):

http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/4955343973/photos/2922114/mtf-ef-svsef-m-uwapg

It looks like the EF-M is a bit better? Would it be enough of a difference (.5 vs .7 at some points) to see a difference with the naked eye?

Thanks!

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2014 at 09:03 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply
On Canon announces 16-35mm F4L and 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 lenses article (367 comments in total)
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Olgierd: For $300 I'll buy 10-18 for my little EOS-M. Small and fairly light, cheaper than EFM 11-22 and available in US. Good option to take while I'm hiking.

I am leaning towards the EF-M even though I loose some versatility.

http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/4955343973/photos/2922114/mtf-ef-svsef-m-uwapg

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2014 at 09:00 UTC
On Canon announces 16-35mm F4L and 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 lenses article (367 comments in total)
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Retzius: The 10-18 is a very smart move. There is not a "budget" ultra-wide for aps-c in any other mount.

There are a lot of 12-XX options so the samsung sort of gets lost in the crowd.

This is the cheapest way to get to an unfishedeyed 10mm on any body (16mm FF equivalent). Bravo canon!

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2014 at 06:14 UTC
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