Mark van Dam

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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On Nikon D7200 First Impressions Review preview (1114 comments in total)
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Mark van Dam: Question for dpreview. In the exposure latitude section of the review you state: "It's a touch ahead of the Samsung NX1 after a 6EV push, though the purple tinge (possibly a result of Adobe Camera Raw profiling), makes this a little hard to judge."
Sorry, I'm confused how you came to this conclusion. What elements of the D7200 image seem better? I'm sorry, I'm not seeing them. In this exposure latitude test, every camera has the issue of discoloration in the deepest shadows when exposure is really pushed, except for the Samsung NX1. If the D7200 profile is wrong, then maybe all of the other profiles are wrong too. Perhaps this test calls into question the feasibility of using a third party raw converter for this test.

I ran out of space in the last post, but when I was making the comparisons which I will be posting shortly, is that the raw studio comparison shots were shot with auto white balance. In my comparisons, I have taken a gray balance sample from the gray square in the center of the test scene.

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2015 at 14:26 UTC
On Nikon D7200 First Impressions Review preview (1114 comments in total)
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Mark van Dam: Question for dpreview. In the exposure latitude section of the review you state: "It's a touch ahead of the Samsung NX1 after a 6EV push, though the purple tinge (possibly a result of Adobe Camera Raw profiling), makes this a little hard to judge."
Sorry, I'm confused how you came to this conclusion. What elements of the D7200 image seem better? I'm sorry, I'm not seeing them. In this exposure latitude test, every camera has the issue of discoloration in the deepest shadows when exposure is really pushed, except for the Samsung NX1. If the D7200 profile is wrong, then maybe all of the other profiles are wrong too. Perhaps this test calls into question the feasibility of using a third party raw converter for this test.

Hi Rishi,
Thanks very much for your reply! I'll be the first to admit that the exposure comparison tool is a really great idea in theory. As a wedding photographer, this sort of comparison really provides some useful information for the type of shooting that happens at many events (ie. trying to recover detail in both dark shadows and bright highlights in the same shot, while avoiding burnt highlights in skintones).
What the use of Adobe software reinforces, however, is that there are other viable and sometimes much better alternatives that provide much better and accurate exposure increase adjustments for the purpose of comparison. For example, Silkypix. While most people despise this program, I for one think it is in many ways the best raw converter in terms of skintones, vibrance, presence, and the ability to pull accurate colour out of shadows. Since I can't post photos in this discussion, please head over to the D7200 forum and I will post exposure latitude comparisons.

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2015 at 14:25 UTC
On Nikon D7200 First Impressions Review preview (1114 comments in total)

Question for dpreview. In the exposure latitude section of the review you state: "It's a touch ahead of the Samsung NX1 after a 6EV push, though the purple tinge (possibly a result of Adobe Camera Raw profiling), makes this a little hard to judge."
Sorry, I'm confused how you came to this conclusion. What elements of the D7200 image seem better? I'm sorry, I'm not seeing them. In this exposure latitude test, every camera has the issue of discoloration in the deepest shadows when exposure is really pushed, except for the Samsung NX1. If the D7200 profile is wrong, then maybe all of the other profiles are wrong too. Perhaps this test calls into question the feasibility of using a third party raw converter for this test.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2015 at 22:38 UTC as 53rd comment | 11 replies
On Nikon D5500 Review preview (359 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.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 18:41 UTC
On Nikon D5500 Review preview (359 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.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 17:32 UTC
On Nikon D5500 Review preview (359 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!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 17:04 UTC as 95th comment | 2 replies
On ACD Systems issues ACDSee Pro 6 and ACDSee 15 article (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

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