Mark van Dam

Lives in Canada Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
Works as a Photographer
Has a website at www.imagesbyvandam.com
Joined on Jan 23, 2006

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Such sad news. I remember still shooting film when Luminous Landscape started and eagerly reading about the latest scanners of the day on his website. Some of his words stick with me to this day. When reviewing an early Canon full-frame camera, he was breaking down the cost of scanning vs the large investment in these early pro grade cameras. His conclusion: he couldn't afford not to go digital. At the time, there was great debate about whether to stick with film or to go digital. Michael's opinions were always strong, clear, and full of personality: he was a visionary when it came to the future of imaging technology's path. This is a sad day indeed. Though I never met him in person, through his words I feel like I did. I will miss him and my thoughts go out to his family and friends.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2016 at 00:07 UTC as 110th comment
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Henrik Melander: Fix your lens for Pentax DPR

Really appreciate the effort you're going to for this studio comparison. Not every review site would question their results if they seemed anomalous or unexpected. A lot of us don't have fully stocked camera stores nearby and this tool and the reviews serve as an excellent starting point in helping us make decisions that are as informed as possible. It would be interesting to see just how much sway camera reviews have on overall buying patterns.

Link | Posted on May 5, 2016 at 23:40 UTC

Thanks for posting, the Pentax K1 images are much softer than Nikon D810 in most parts of the image in raw, I would have expected this in jpeg, but not in raw, especially considering that the K3II is delivering super sharp output by comparison. I wonder if it's the lens, where the Pentax has focused, or maybe AA filter was engaged, or maybe this is the best the Pentax can do.

Link | Posted on May 5, 2016 at 19:48 UTC as 154th comment | 4 replies
On article Here at last: Nikon announces D500 (1175 comments in total)

I wonder if the new auto af fine-tune feature can fine tune a zoom lens at multiple focal lengths (ie. at short and long ends)? Anyone have more info. on this. Cool feature if it does.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 20:10 UTC as 55th comment | 2 replies
On article Nikon D5500 Review (397 comments in total)
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Mark van Dam: Love the fairly recent addition of the exposure latitude comparison tool. The D5500 is certainly doing a good job at 100 with exposure pushed 6 stops, but look at the NX1! It's the only camera of the ones currently in the database, including fullframes, that retains a pure black colour in the shadows when exposure is pushed. Even the mighty D750 falls way behind in this respect. Well done Samsung!

Great to hear this DR capability confirmed from your real world experience of the NX1. Even though I don't have an NX1 (yet), I would love to see how this finalized fw improves things even more. If it's as good as it's rumoured to be, I imagine a lot of people will be jumping ship and heading for Samsung, including me.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 18:41 UTC
On article Nikon D5500 Review (397 comments in total)
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Andreas Stuebs: I would have liked to see how this camera stacks up against the Pentax KS2.They cost approximately the same in Germany.

Agree, especially since the Pentax has AF micro adjust and anti-shake built into the body, which the D5500 does not.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 17:32 UTC
On article Nikon D5500 Review (397 comments in total)

Love the fairly recent addition of the exposure latitude comparison tool. The D5500 is certainly doing a good job at 100 with exposure pushed 6 stops, but look at the NX1! It's the only camera of the ones currently in the database, including fullframes, that retains a pure black colour in the shadows when exposure is pushed. Even the mighty D750 falls way behind in this respect. Well done Samsung!

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 17:04 UTC as 109th comment | 2 replies
On article ACD Systems issues ACDSee Pro 6 and ACDSee 15 (75 comments in total)
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Gothmoth: what a plain stupid company.. you can´t test their trial without an acdsee account. im not going to create an account .. not even a fake one... for testing their mediocre product.

i hope for the acdsee customers they have finally included a working color management..... the old one was broken.

Does anyone know if it's possible to incorporate an auto lighting and/or auto tone command into a develop preset. Alternatively, can anyone tell me, if it's possible, how to auto-light, and auto tone a selection of multiple raw images in ACDsee 6?

Thanks,

--Mark

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2012 at 15:35 UTC
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