SirSeth

SirSeth

Lives in United States Hagerstown, United States
Works as a Teacher
Has a website at wallygoots.smugmug.com
Joined on Feb 8, 2004
About me:

My plan is to ever improve my trade, my hobbies, and my relationships with family, friends, and my God. My trade is teaching Math and Computers. My primary hobbies are lutherie (guitar building) and photography. My God is slow to anger and abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor His anger forever; He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us for our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth so great is His love for those who fear him. As far as the east is from the west so far has he removed our transgressions from us. If you have questions or gripes about my God, I always enjoy talking with someone who is a seeker. Rock throwers are rarely convinced of anything spiritual and I can respect their desire to believe differently than myself.

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On article Panasonic's Post Focus feature arrives November 25 (218 comments in total)
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fuego6: I would not want to be a PRO photographer these days... the need for a pro are dwindling and dwindling...

Exactly Fuego6, those who are unwilling or unable to change and adapt will struggle. But that's nothing new.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2015 at 14:41 UTC
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Rob: What Sony needs to improve more than anything else are the egregious ergonomic issues, not image quality issues. The menu system is a confusing mess, the customizable buttons missing very important options (such as Super 35 mode, video modes), the M1-M4 custom settings stored only on SD card thus will get erased when you reformat the cards, the lack of orientation-linked AF points or direct control over AF points, the lack of touchscreen for instant AF point selection and/or firing shutter--all of those are far more important--at least for me.

I don't agree--for me. Ok, maybe a little on the menu system, but my take on that is that all camera manufacturers should take a page from the Google and Apple play book on UI because they are all in the dark ages.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2015 at 22:50 UTC
On article Panasonic's Post Focus feature arrives November 25 (218 comments in total)
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Brian Mosley: This could be used to create a simulated narrow depth of field... Finally demolishing one of the last FF features without having to carry heavy, expensive and bulky fast lenses.

Well done, keep going Panasonic!

It's exciting development even if it isn't magic imo. Mirrorless has come into it's own so fast because the limitations are demolished by Moores law (processing power doubles periodically quite predictably). Whereas DSLRs have been pretty much sorted, mirrorless is only bounded by processing power and imagination. I think it would be so stupendous if selective focus after the fact, focus stacking or isolating, super resolution merging functions really delivered on a level what we can only imagine now. Imagine! I think it's a bright future.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2015 at 22:46 UTC
On article Panasonic's Post Focus feature arrives November 25 (218 comments in total)
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fuego6: I would not want to be a PRO photographer these days... the need for a pro are dwindling and dwindling...

I couldn't disagree more. (Well, I could, but I'd have to clone myself). Technology is enabling for snap shooters and pros alike--but so much more so for those with vision and skill. Where there was a chasm between armatures and pros 2 decades ago, there is now a wall that you have to have a greater variety of skills to climb. Technical acumen and post processing alone are two that one has to be dedicated in to really nail down. What makes a good picture is also not something features or wizbang marketing specs are going to do much for. The one thing that does even the playing field is that better equipment is getting less expensive.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2015 at 22:37 UTC
On article 2015 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $1200-2000 (327 comments in total)
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Henrik Herranen: The title for the last page is: "Which camera should I buy?"

Regardless of how good a camera is, how can you with clear conscience recommend putting money into a system that the manufacturer has abandoned, without even mentioning the fact? Yes, Samsung NX1, It's you I'm talking about!

Having zero consideration of a manufacturer's commitment to the camera system and lens selection they sell is doing a great disservice to Canon and Nikon, who have built camera systems and wonderful lenses for decades, and who will be there long after the little charlatans of the 2010's have disappeared.

Pulling out of the German market is different than throwing thyself upon thy sword as many of you have seemed to indicate is happening with Samsung.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2015 at 22:19 UTC
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SirSeth: What kind of garbage is this? It's as daft as sending journalists out with iPhones and firing all the staff photographers.

It makes a case for the mediocre--people are generally willing to put up with lower quality images as long as the news scratches their itch. Tabloids have shown this to be true for years. Do you think people view the reduction of quality as more authentic? Or are they just so used to content being sloppy that they have just accepted low quality as being normal? I think it opens up opportunities for those who really are good at photography (and organizations who value that) to shine. Not every news outlet or publication has to be great in every area I suppose--and sometimes a stirring picture is not a great one.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2015 at 13:55 UTC

What kind of garbage is this? It's as daft as sending journalists out with iPhones and firing all the staff photographers.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 20:57 UTC as 83rd comment | 2 replies
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Lee Jay: 700 shots on 3 batteries? I shot 2,250 shots at an airshow on one battery.

700/3 = 233 shots per battery. I wasn't dead at 2,250 and some of those were videos, so it looks like the battery life difference is about a factor of 10 between this camera and my 7D Mark II.

I usually carry 3 batteries. No way I'm buying a camera for which I'd need to carry 30!

You have an extraordinary battery sir! ;) But really, if one shoots in a certain way, they can get 700-800 shots from their mirrorless while others get 200-300. Even so, smaller batteries mean less shots and battery technology has not seen a lot of innovation in the past decade.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2015 at 13:28 UTC
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Lee Jay: 700 shots on 3 batteries? I shot 2,250 shots at an airshow on one battery.

700/3 = 233 shots per battery. I wasn't dead at 2,250 and some of those were videos, so it looks like the battery life difference is about a factor of 10 between this camera and my 7D Mark II.

I usually carry 3 batteries. No way I'm buying a camera for which I'd need to carry 30!

Reviews claim ~700 shots per charge on a 7D Mark II battery. However, if you are firing away at a game, have GPS turned off, and are not reviewing images or using IS, then it's possible to get into the 2000+ images. Part of the issue with mirrorless is that you can't not use an LCD because the EVF is one. That and the batteries are smaller and you are taking a reading off the main sensor.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2015 at 00:03 UTC
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bed bug: Despite all the garbage written about dynamic range; the images really lack contrast and are very flat. With such a retrograde AF system, I will be certainly staying with my Canons. This story really demonstrate why the vast majority of pros have not moved.
Regards

I agree that more DR in a file doesn't usually appear more "contrasty." There are tons of DR in the file (more than Canon) which may mean that one could do more with the file even if it starts out looking more neutral. Even in RAW, manufacturers make a choice on the starting point. Sony RAW is quite neutral and Canon less so. This may mean that some will prefer Canon images which tend to show higher contrast in RAW even if they have lower measurable DR. I'd say, if you like what you see or can achieve with any platform, then go with that. No biggie.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2015 at 21:13 UTC
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Lee Jay: 700 shots on 3 batteries? I shot 2,250 shots at an airshow on one battery.

700/3 = 233 shots per battery. I wasn't dead at 2,250 and some of those were videos, so it looks like the battery life difference is about a factor of 10 between this camera and my 7D Mark II.

I usually carry 3 batteries. No way I'm buying a camera for which I'd need to carry 30!

I agree. It's one of the areas in which smaller mirrorless cameras require a trade off. Some will find it worth it because of what and how they shoot. Others will not find it nearly acceptable. ~500 shots with a vertical grip is ok for most of my shooting situations.

BTW, three batteries for your DSLR offering ~6750 shots isn't what I would consider "normal" power requirements. Of course no one is going to carry 30 batteries for their mirrorless. If you have a requirement of shooting 6000+ shots on a single assignment, it's not the fault of mirrorless cameras (or Sony) that another tool is better for you. Same with if you need card redundancy and excellent AF-c which the above article illustrated perfectly.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2015 at 21:02 UTC

Man! I love the northwest in the fall!

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2015 at 16:26 UTC as 39th comment
On article Video: What's in the future for Sony's Alpha system? (269 comments in total)
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SirSeth: Rishi! Great questions, and I have burning questions of my own. So, not as criticism, but as curiosity, here's what I was wanting you to ask in addition to the well phrased questions already in the interview. 1. In all the areas that Sony is innovating, what has the discussion been in regards to the operating system and settings menus? Cell phone OSs focus heavily on usability and customization; what limitations in a camera preclude a similar level of usability and customization? 2. I've recently wished that focus peaking could make out-of-focus areas opaque and in focus areas clear rather than obscured by a color mask (kind of like reverse focus peaking). With the improvements in EVFs and processors, is it possible to enhance focus aids in new ways to maximize usability and focus accuracy with legacy lenses? 3. It's amazing that the A7Rii can natively focus Canon lenses. Is expansion to other mounts possible? How much can you say about where this is going in the future? :)

I was thinking about a light opacity layer in out-of-focus areas which would make in-focus areas pop. My gripe with the current peaking system is that it obscures what we want most to see. Therefor, when using peaking we have to trust the color mask without observing if what is colored is really in focus. I now find focus peaking to be a rough guide which could be refined. I'm not suggesting that a reverse peaking opacity mask is the ultimate solution, but I do think this is an area that could see innovation.

Just a brain storm. Thanks for the above thoughts and carry on with your fine work. I wish you the best. ;)

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2015 at 20:34 UTC
On article Video: What's in the future for Sony's Alpha system? (269 comments in total)
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SirSeth: Rishi! Great questions, and I have burning questions of my own. So, not as criticism, but as curiosity, here's what I was wanting you to ask in addition to the well phrased questions already in the interview. 1. In all the areas that Sony is innovating, what has the discussion been in regards to the operating system and settings menus? Cell phone OSs focus heavily on usability and customization; what limitations in a camera preclude a similar level of usability and customization? 2. I've recently wished that focus peaking could make out-of-focus areas opaque and in focus areas clear rather than obscured by a color mask (kind of like reverse focus peaking). With the improvements in EVFs and processors, is it possible to enhance focus aids in new ways to maximize usability and focus accuracy with legacy lenses? 3. It's amazing that the A7Rii can natively focus Canon lenses. Is expansion to other mounts possible? How much can you say about where this is going in the future? :)

Oh, I have nothing to berate! Nothing really even to request... just curiosities. So thanks a million, Rishi, for the goodly response and for the work you do. I'm quite aware that there is an art to interviewing.

Out of curiosity, have you discussed the possibility of reverse peaking with the staff there? Do you have an opinion as to this being possible (or even desirable)? I've always wondered why this isn't the way peaking works since the current method obscures exactly what I want to focus on with a color mask.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2015 at 02:01 UTC
On article Video: What's in the future for Sony's Alpha system? (269 comments in total)

Rishi! Great questions, and I have burning questions of my own. So, not as criticism, but as curiosity, here's what I was wanting you to ask in addition to the well phrased questions already in the interview. 1. In all the areas that Sony is innovating, what has the discussion been in regards to the operating system and settings menus? Cell phone OSs focus heavily on usability and customization; what limitations in a camera preclude a similar level of usability and customization? 2. I've recently wished that focus peaking could make out-of-focus areas opaque and in focus areas clear rather than obscured by a color mask (kind of like reverse focus peaking). With the improvements in EVFs and processors, is it possible to enhance focus aids in new ways to maximize usability and focus accuracy with legacy lenses? 3. It's amazing that the A7Rii can natively focus Canon lenses. Is expansion to other mounts possible? How much can you say about where this is going in the future? :)

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2015 at 03:06 UTC as 32nd comment | 4 replies
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1512 comments in total)

I would love it if someone gave one of these to me! Just to look through the viewfinder! Then I would sell it and buy an A7Rii and a set of Batis primes. Maybe an A7Sii also. And a new computer... and... a new guitar. And a trip to Costa Rica with my family... and...

$13,000 for the kit is a lot of money folks!

I hope the EVF heralds things to come in future mirrorless development though.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2015 at 19:27 UTC as 459th comment | 1 reply
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1512 comments in total)
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photomedium: It's like the space odessey monolith. Useless.

Hey, didn't the space odyssey monolith cause leaps in evolution to occur? This could cause DSLRs to become extinct. ;)

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2015 at 19:21 UTC
On article Photo prodigy: The images of 17-year-old Taylor Gray (165 comments in total)
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BigOne: Those are very pretty photos, but what they lack is originality. Mist over the water, the circle of moving stars, a ship's reflection on still water, a lettice of girders on a bridge - it's all very picturesque, but we've seen it all before. The skill is definitely there and it's really nice, especially for a 17-year-old. Now he needs to come up with fresh ideas.

Agree that "20 Under 20" is fantastic. There are lots of really talented young photographers. I think Taylor has some good hits above but that he also has a lot of room to develop. I wonder how he became feature here? Just curious. Is he part of the DPR community? I like seeing up and coming community members featured.

BTW, the photographer who did my wedding was one of my students and was 17 or 18 at the time. I kind of got her into photography and was very pleased with her work.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2015 at 00:22 UTC
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mailman88: That's funny...if you print 13x19 @ 300ppi., all you need is 24.3 mp.

I'll let DPR explain it.

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/4613822764/high-iso-compared-sony-a7s-vs-a7r-vs-canon-eos-5d-iii

And I concure. The reason one should consider the A7S is video, silent shutter, and maybe uber ISO values not available on other cameras.

Make a living? HA! Who said anything about that. I use a Canon FD 500mm f4.5L and mirrorless because it's the most affordable route to great big glass and I still want more MPs for the reasons described. Has nothing to do with being a "Pro" but that doesn't mean it's less valid a reason. Money or status doesn't make an opinion more correct.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2015 at 12:37 UTC
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mailman88: That's funny...if you print 13x19 @ 300ppi., all you need is 24.3 mp.

@photominion. I realize that it used to be believed that increasing resolution above 8mp necessitated a compromise because smaller pixels created more noise. You could extrapolate that from pixel pitch comparisons back in 2004 between 8mp compact camera sensors and 8mp APS-C sensors. I no longer believe this to be the case, especially as we've seen sensors triple and quadruple the resolution yet still improve high ISO noise. What I have come to realize is that smaller pixels and newer sensor generations mean noise is finer and if the larger image is viewed as a whole image, the noise could even be worse per pixel and the image appears cleaner when viewed as a whole. But it turns out that with new sensor generations, even per pixel today's pixels are cleaner than back in the day meaning smaller pixels are not necessarily more prone to visibly disturbing noise at the image level. (Meanwhile software has also become more capable at managing it when you do have to use screaming high ISOs)

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2015 at 03:59 UTC
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