iAPX

iAPX

Lives in Canada Montreal, Canada
Works as a Photographer
Has a website at http://hairshooter.com
Joined on Jan 29, 2012
About me:

Photography is a side-line, fashion photography as a job (won awards), portraiture and street photography as an "amateur" hobby. Strangely I "create" pictures, but on the long term, I discovered other things in my pictures, I am not constructing them or choosing them, when I look at the past 20 years, they have things in common, the creation is probably more than the creator, even an hidden part of him...

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Image stabilisation is less mandatory with such a wide angle, but it's an impressive tool to have, especially with that price.

Will be for my D610 (and maybe future D750) the equivalent of the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 I have for my APS-C D300!

I trust Tamron to do great lenses, using a stabilized Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 on my D300 for daily use, and also a stabilized Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 on my D610. They are both great with incredible features and quality/price.

Notice that "shallow depth of field" might not be what do you think it is, with a 15mm to 30mm focal lenth ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2015 at 22:13 UTC as 26th comment
On Adobe details OS support for next version of Lightroom article (196 comments in total)
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GodSpeaks: Capture One Pro is far superior to lightroom. Plus you are not forced to 'catalog' everything.

@Marcin 3M
Effectively you are right, last time I took a look, probably 1 or 2 years ago, there was many of my compact cameras not supported, and now it seems only the Samsung GX-1S is still not supported (maybe could be done by EXIF modifications as it's a Pentax clone!)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2015 at 11:57 UTC
On Adobe details OS support for next version of Lightroom article (196 comments in total)
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GodSpeaks: Capture One Pro is far superior to lightroom. Plus you are not forced to 'catalog' everything.

Capture One Pro might be superior, event if journalists reviews on magazines doesn,t seems to agree on that for every kind of photography, but only for the few supported cameras.

For myself, I value more the ability to mix-and-match photos of different periods with differents cameras (that may includes compact cameras that output RAW), instead of just doing well on some selected cameras ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2015 at 03:26 UTC
On Adobe details OS support for next version of Lightroom article (196 comments in total)
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iAPX: I am awaiting for better performances for LR6 on OS X (actually using LR5 on OS X 10.10 Yosemite).
- using more than 4GB of RAM (checked on a 16GB and 24GB configurations that I use everyday)
- using hyper-threading, still it seems limited to number of PHYSICAL cores, thus not taking account the work Intel did to make hyperthreading really efficient (4-core w/hyperthreading vs 4/-core w/o)
- using multi-threading and overlapped IO to speed-up Exports (actually you have to launch many parallel Exports to try to feed the fast CPU you pay for!)
- using the GPUs for RAW decoding and processing, even if it's an opt-in option (openCL developer here!)
- working correctly on retina display, not hiding the "loading" label while it's displaying a non-retina image, and awaiting seconds to have the true retina display to be done. (iMac Retina)

LightRoom seems to be based mainly on old Photoshop CS4 or CS5 base-code that is mono-threaded, except for some filters.

Test-bed configurations includes:
- MacBook Pro retina 13" Haswell 2-core hyperthreading (4 threads)/8GB/512GB SSD
- MacBook Pro 17" Sandy Bridge 4-core hyper-threading (8 threads)/16GB/480GB SSD/Radeon HD 6750M w/1GB VRAM
- iMac 5K retina Haswell 4-core/24GB/1TB Fusion Dirve (128GB SSD Cache)/Radeon R9 290MX 2GB

An naturally local SSD, Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 storages for my pictures, that seems all to be pretty fast ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2015 at 00:59 UTC
On Adobe details OS support for next version of Lightroom article (196 comments in total)

I am awaiting for better performances for LR6 on OS X (actually using LR5 on OS X 10.10 Yosemite).
- using more than 4GB of RAM (checked on a 16GB and 24GB configurations that I use everyday)
- using hyper-threading, still it seems limited to number of PHYSICAL cores, thus not taking account the work Intel did to make hyperthreading really efficient (4-core w/hyperthreading vs 4/-core w/o)
- using multi-threading and overlapped IO to speed-up Exports (actually you have to launch many parallel Exports to try to feed the fast CPU you pay for!)
- using the GPUs for RAW decoding and processing, even if it's an opt-in option (openCL developer here!)
- working correctly on retina display, not hiding the "loading" label while it's displaying a non-retina image, and awaiting seconds to have the true retina display to be done. (iMac Retina)

LightRoom seems to be based mainly on old Photoshop CS4 or CS5 base-code that is mono-threaded, except for some filters.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2015 at 00:42 UTC as 18th comment | 12 replies
On Adobe details OS support for next version of Lightroom article (196 comments in total)
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SantaFeBill: "The announcement suggests Lightroom 6 will continue as a standalone application ... ."
Why? CC requires certain operating systems. The fact that LR 6 will also has no relevance as to whether it will be stand-alone or cloud-based. You still need an OS on your computer to access cloud-based applications.

I checked for LightRoom 5 on Adobe websites and could not find a non-upgrade download version! Strange?!?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2015 at 00:29 UTC
On Nikon D750 flare investigated: Why we're not worried article (339 comments in total)

The 24MP sensor on D750, D610 and D600 is really interesting, as I checked ISO Invariance on my own D610:
http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/5255636843/photos/3124594/iso-invariant

I think the D750 have a little default in some case, but still is an awesome camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2015 at 16:00 UTC as 56th comment
On iso-invariant photo in iAPX's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

While there a little more noise on the 200 ISO version (and a little banding), there is a clear difference in terme of captured dynamic for the orange sky, and the gray levels on iTunes.

ISO invariance is an interesting new way of exposing photography for RAW processing, worth exploring!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2015 at 15:58 UTC as 1st comment
On Real-world samples: Sony Alpha 7 II in Kauai article (213 comments in total)
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Just Ed: Test...RIGHT!
We get the excuse for a trip to Kauai!

Enjoy your vacation :)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2015 at 00:22 UTC
On Real-world samples: Sony Alpha 7 II in Kauai article (213 comments in total)
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ozturert: Well, Sony needs to remove all AA filters ASAP. These samples are way too soft. Even the ones with Zeiss 55mm. Actually they need to switch to something like Faveon to remove that "smoggy-smudgy" look. I'm saying this to all, Canon-Nikon-Sony-Pentax etc..

I have a asking for DPReview, it'S the ability to upload photos with more than 20MP resolution. As a photographer, I shoot with 20MP+ camera daily, and I want to show off the level of details I could get with it.

When working on my photos, I use an iMac Retina with it's incredibly sharp display (great constract and colors too, calibration just changed the color temperature!!!)

Pixel peeping is one thing, to be able to share and display a picture with it's full native intended resolution is another. Because I am proud of the sharpness I obtain with a 85mm on portraits, event at f/2 or under (not that easy!), and it makes a difference between theorical resolution and real definition!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 19, 2015 at 23:54 UTC
On Real-world samples: Sony Alpha 7 II in Kauai article (213 comments in total)
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blink667: IBIS is a great addition, but same sensor as the A7... any evidence of an IQ uptick?

This sensor is similar to Sony's sensor on D600, D610 and D750. I think it'S great sensor generation, have to check ISO-invariance tonight.

Sony is creating awesome sensors actually, in fact I suspect there are the best of their crown actually, there are many incredibly popular model that use them.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 19, 2015 at 23:49 UTC
On Real-world samples: Sony Alpha 7 II in Kauai article (213 comments in total)
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Kwick1: People criticize Fuji for having ugly greens, but these are the worst I've seen. Hard to make Kauai look that bad, but you did. Waxy, dull, lifeless. Thanks for posting these - I was temped before, but not any more.

There's one point with Fuji: their JPEG are top-notch usually (could say that for Fuji F10 as well for X100s!), and in fact many users seems to shoot JPEG due to the high quality you have directly out-of-camera. And I do it too and was really surprised!

Sony is not as good, but their lenses and moreover awesome sensors deserve quality RAW processing.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 19, 2015 at 23:44 UTC
On Real-world samples: Sony Alpha 7 II in Kauai article (213 comments in total)
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neo_nights: Let's face it: sensor technology has got to a point where you simply CAN'T decide between cameras based on image quality alone. Unless you pixel peep (which is expected from a gear forum, I know), a picture *well taken* with a Canon 1000D and a Sony A7 is negligible for most people's eyes.

So, while those galleries (by 'galleries' I mean: from all the recent cameras that have been posted on DPR) are nice to give SOME idea about a camera, it can't be the decisive factor.

Alpha 6000 is doing awesome photos with the right lens. Too thick for my messenger bag front pocket, that was why I didn't bought one.

In fact, except for lens offering, Sony is probably the best camera manufacturer if you consider what they have and for which price. I would probably die for a RX2R with a 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom inside, even if it stay the 24MP sensor (shared with D600/D610/D750) our the 36MP sensor (D8xx).

Direct link | Posted on Jan 19, 2015 at 23:41 UTC
On Real-world samples: Sony Alpha 7 II in Kauai article (213 comments in total)
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mediman30: Sony, it's time to rock the boat again, we are enjoying it...release the A9 soon! Yipeeee!!!!

@HowAboutRAW

I said it clearly, don't pretend, just say what YOU think, your doubt, your asking, or your endorsement. Will be smooth and it could pave the way for a constructive discussion.

I like to discuss with people that don't think like me (maybe because I am french, don't know for sure), but not with people pretending without showing.

Trust me, it's a friendly message.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 19, 2015 at 23:37 UTC
On Real-world samples: Sony Alpha 7 II in Kauai article (213 comments in total)

Would like to see RAW results, I am pretty sure the Alpha 7II sensor deserve more than out-of-camera JPEG.

(and yes I don't understand mirrorless small cameras with big lenses, no weight gain, no price gain, and it's not as balanced that a dslr with grip with equivelent lenses. But still Sony have really great cameras!)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 19, 2015 at 23:34 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply

As I am asking myself, as a professional photographer to show-off some of my photos (or series), would you consider using flickr or 500px? or another one?

Thanks for the answers :)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 19, 2015 at 13:04 UTC as 11th comment | 4 replies
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iAPX: Would be interesting to know the proportion of cameras related to users, not the proportion of cameras related to posted pictures.

On the other end, I would like to see this result (cameras by posted pictures) weighted by number of view of each picture; even a ratio of number of view per posted picture per camera;

There are interesting metrics that could give us more insight into who is owning what on flickr, and which cameras generates pictures more interesting on flickr.

Good point!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 18, 2015 at 00:13 UTC

Would be interesting to know the proportion of cameras related to users, not the proportion of cameras related to posted pictures.

On the other end, I would like to see this result (cameras by posted pictures) weighted by number of view of each picture; even a ratio of number of view per posted picture per camera;

There are interesting metrics that could give us more insight into who is owning what on flickr, and which cameras generates pictures more interesting on flickr.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2015 at 13:30 UTC as 46th comment | 2 replies
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57even: No surprises here, surely? Compact small-sensor digicams were bread and butter to all these companies. Since most of them don't make phones (except Sony and Samsung) this chart merely reflects the loss of that market.

I suspect there is a lot more margin on high end products. The XT1 is Fuji's best seller, and the A7 is even more expensive. The EM5 wasn't cheap either. Add lenses and the CSC business model is fairly clear.

Of camera makers, only Fuji and Sony maintained overall market share (which is a good result considering) and actually increase CSC market share (which for Fuji meant coming from nowhere in 3 years).

I can't see Apple getting into dedicated cameras, but I reckon Samsung is a potential threat to all the established players, simply because of their phone market customer base and huge resources. Integrating cameras and phone/tablet function is something they are uniquely placed to do. What is the most logical upgrade path for a Galaxy phone owner?

Apple did dedicated cameras (some with Kodak or Fuji!) as the Apple QuickTake 150 that I used for a motorbike website 20years ago, have to post some pictures on Flickr ;)

Papi61 will tell you that QuickTake 150 has been designed and manufactured by Samsung, or that Samsung's digital cameras were way better in 1995! lol

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2015 at 13:22 UTC
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iAPX: There's an interesting point in here, besides the debate about smartphone versus "real cameras", or Apple vs. Android.

I think this is an incredible chance most young have, pre-teen or teenagers, to be able to do photography, to play with some Apps that enable manual focus and manual exposure (wether it's Android or iOS doesn't matter).

I seriously think that behind all that numbers, we will see a new breed of photographers, that experiment without fear (or loosing money on each film they have to buy), maybe jumping on mirrorless cameras later or even dslr, but still experimenting on framing, trying to find the right exact moment to shoot.

And I am pretty happy about that!

Oh! I have to put pictures on flick done with an Apple QuickTake 150 (many on 320x240 Low Res, others on high-res 640x480!). looollllll

There are some that experiments and do real photography, as for any generation, there are a little minority that do something interesting, and I am waiting to see that and be enjoyed!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2015 at 00:57 UTC
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