Just a Photographer

Just a Photographer

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JDThomas: Even Fuji can admit the AF isn't on par with the SLR. Something it's Fuji-fans refuse to do.

No Fuji owner will deny this.

The problem is that DSLR users tend to want to compare the 5000 dollar Canon 1Dx or Nikon D4s AF with a camera that cost a near 1200 dollars. Those top end camera's from Nikon and Canon better perform better otherwise it would make them look silly.

Even compared to 5D MKIII or Nikon D810 the Fuji X-T1's body costs half. Still many DSLR users expect the same AF performance...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2015 at 16:25 UTC
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Robert Garcia NYC: I would've asked him about the noise reduction can you please turn it completely off. This is what makes the Fuji files looks smudgy.

No thats due to the fact that most people use Lightroom. LR is not the best RAW converter for x-trans as it was developed to work with bayer sensors only. Due to conversion problems between x-trans and bayer the files developed with LR look smudgy.

Using Capture One, Iridient developer, lightzone and photoninja all show better contrast, better sharpness, finer color rendition and overall better highlight to shadow details with x-trans files compared to LR.

So its up to Adobe to better their rendition engine for x-trans files if other raw converters can do the job with none of the problems you mention.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2015 at 16:20 UTC
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LeitzKameraAktion: I'm intrigued Mr Iida doesn't rule out Fuji making a Monochrome X camera.
I'd DEFINITELY buy one - click the 'Like' button if you would too!

I'd rather have they focus on the things that they are already doing. A little higher MP count (20 to 24MP), faster AF, less noise at higher ISO's, deeper DR and X-Trans (or Bayer). I personally don't have an issue with x-trans though some people seem to prefer a bayer pattern for their workflow.

No need for a black and white camera at THIS point in time.
'Click THIS 'Like' button if you wouldn't either ;)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2015 at 14:41 UTC
On Lytro sheds jobs as it shifts focus to video article (292 comments in total)
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pdelux: Making a 1/5th of your workforce rednundant sounds like a company that is on the RISE!

.... To then decide that smartphone camera's are the new strategy after their new strategy for video fails as well....

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2015 at 14:09 UTC
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plantdoc: Does this mean that Sony will disappear from AV receivers, headphones, movie disk players etc? More of a concern to me than cameras because I don't own any Sony cameras and probably won't buy any at retail price. Do they still make TVs? Another market they were going to abandon.
Greg

Sony is sort of like following Philips.
Only 10 years after. Philips is now doing well in lighting and medical equipment.

They now only sell branded TV's that are made by others.
I'll think Sony will follow the same route as Philips has done.

They are going to focus upon R&D and OEM component manufacturing and have all consumer electronic products manufactured by 3rd parties with a Sony brandname.

Their imaging business (camera manufacturing NOT sensor manufacturing) is prone to get outsourced too.

Sony can make money by selling sensors as an OEM to other camera manufacturers, but to keep profitable as a camera manufacturer only is much more difficult.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2015 at 10:11 UTC
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Tiefenunschärfe: No reason to be concerned.

They are only splitting out "Video & Sound" and NOT "Imaging Products & Solutions" !

see here: http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/News/Press/201502/15-017E/index.html

@quezra - You know that Hasselblad is also owned by a hedgefund? The Shiriro Group is just about to dump it according to the latest rumours.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 12:14 UTC
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uflux: The reaction on this forum is just bizarre. Sony's image division is making a sh*t load of money. They camera division is also doing very well, with A7 sales well above expectations. The idea that Sony is in trouble is a joke. They are one of the only Camera manufactures making good money....It is like you guys don't even read...

@Uflux - Sure and Forbes is making a joke announcement to the financial world.... When does reality kick in?

Anwer: Only after Sony has filed for insolvency.
The true Sony fanboy will never want to acknowledge that Sony is in an ocean of troubled waters.

Sony is not insolvent yet. But they sure are in financial troubles:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2014/01/27/sony-credit-rating-downgraded-to-junk-despite-strong-ps4-sales/

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 11:53 UTC
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aarif: the A-mount is officially dead

Those who believe that the A-mount will keep on existing are naive imho.

The A77II was Sony's last A-mount camera. The A99 has already been out for a near 3 years and will be followed up by the A9 which has an e-mount.

A-mount is dead. And those who still have a bunch of those lenses are better off by selling them ASAP before people start realizing that their lenses are becoming worthless and that their system has ceased to exist.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 11:32 UTC
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Tiefenunschärfe: No reason to be concerned.

They are only splitting out "Video & Sound" and NOT "Imaging Products & Solutions" !

see here: http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/News/Press/201502/15-017E/index.html

Sony will sell their Imaging Product division. Only not yet.
Their imaging division is just another consumer product line.

In the end Sony will end up as an OEM components manufacturer. Their sensor business and R&D is part of the components division not their imaging division.

And if you read behind the lines in their press release you will also learn that they will cut down on R&D and service.

" By capitalizing on its existing technological expertise in these areas rather than engaging in large-scale investments, and by optimizing fixed costs and enhancing inventory control, Sony will aim to maximize profits and return on investment.

Sony also intends to move forward with preparations for splitting out other business units thereafter"

Sony has been in financial troubles for a long time already and are rated 'Junk' on Wall Street.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 11:13 UTC
On Adobe celebrates 25 years of Photoshop article (352 comments in total)
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Just a Photographer: I don't like Adobe as a company and their company policy.

That said - There is nothing that beats Photoshop CC when it comes down to image editing and image manipulation.

The only reason why I do have a subscription on CC.

@DaveE1 - There is no other image editor, that I know of, other then Photoshop that can do calculation on channels. That function is very powerful and can really enhance your images.

I use that funcitonality very often and many of the plugins use the algorithm that is used by the calculation option.

Its the main reason why I will stick to Photoshop CC. Affinity designer is a good alternative to Illustrator, Affinity Photo is another interesting product to come. But that latter still can not make selections based upon calculations via channels.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2015 at 18:49 UTC
On Adobe celebrates 25 years of Photoshop article (352 comments in total)

I don't like Adobe as a company and their company policy.

That said - There is nothing that beats Photoshop CC when it comes down to image editing and image manipulation.

The only reason why I do have a subscription on CC.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2015 at 17:01 UTC as 54th comment | 5 replies
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Anastigmat: Fuji is making the same mistake Olympus made with the 4/3 standard. They straight-jacketed themselves with a sensor smaller then FF, and therefore they will always have the disadvantage of fewer megapixels. Canon has just announced a 50mp FF camera. No micro 4/3 or APS-C sensor camera can come close to that many pixels for the foreseeable future. Canon can also increase pixel density further in the future because 50mp still has much larger pixels than their 24mp APS-C models. A FF sensor with the same size pixel as a 24mp APS-C sensor can pack 63mp.

Maybe Fuji isn't APS-C after all....

http://www.thephoblographer.com/2015/02/16/fujifilm-x-mount-xf-lenses-may-support-full-frame-sensors/#.VOL1OkJfxEC

The method used in the provided link might not be scientifically correct. But it does show that the Fuji lenses do produce an image circle at 17mm flangerange that is covering the 36mm that is needed for FF.

Would be nice if somebody took this test a little more scientific to see if this 'demo' turns out to be correct.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2015 at 08:20 UTC
On CP+ 2015: Sony shows off new technology article (216 comments in total)
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Just a Photographer: No Marketing BS a la Canon. But pure technology on show at the Sony booth. There is something for Canon to learn here.

Not really Paul - Ditched Canon for Nikon a few years ago.
Already enjoying 36MP since 2012.

Canon seems stuck in sensor design. The 'new' 50MP sensor doesn't bring anything new, except for larger RAW files and some resolution gain. But nothing on better high ISO, deeper DR or solving the problems with shadow banding.

Still not seeing anything in Canon to be excited about. Too bad because they have been a good brand in the past as we need to owe Canon for giving digital photography a boost 10 years ago. Too bad they are now resting their laurels.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2015 at 11:08 UTC
On CP+ 2015: Fujifilm shows prototype roadmap lenses article (71 comments in total)
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Just a Photographer: The old 140-400 was supposed to be f4.5/5.6.
Unfortunately its still unknown if this 100-400 will be f4.0 across its total focal range.

Hope that DPReview can give us readers some clarifications about this?

True - But some can afford it and would like to start ditching their DSLR's. Next generation Fuji's will have AF that's fast enough to compete with higher end (not highest) DSLR's.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2015 at 10:58 UTC
On CP+ 2015: Sony shows off new technology article (216 comments in total)
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slippedcurve623: Haha "sony 4d tracking gives the top of the line dslr a run of their money"
Wow so many sonyfanboyism on the Internet, assuming its the same technology as the one found in the a6000, my nearly 8 year old 1d mark iii is in a whole diffrent league regarding af performance (accuracy/speed) compared to my a6000, despite all the press that the 1d iii has af problems, and dn't get me started on my 7d mark ii/1dx......there is an reason pro sports photographers use dslr on major sporting events.

You mean 'still use'.
There is lots of progress going on in the AF systems of mirrorless camera's. A market that didn't exist 5 years ago.

Give it two to three years from now and it has the same or faster AF modules then a DSLR.

Also its pretty stupid to compare the AF system of a 5000 dollar Canon 1D versus a 1000 dollar consumer oriented camera.

That 5000 dollar camera better performs better then a 1000 dollar camera otherwise it would make Canon look pathetic, wouldn't it?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2015 at 18:54 UTC
On CP+ 2015: Sony shows off new technology article (216 comments in total)

No Marketing BS a la Canon. But pure technology on show at the Sony booth. There is something for Canon to learn here.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2015 at 18:48 UTC as 16th comment | 5 replies
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Fogsprig: In less than 1/60 sec? It would be home run for Oly.

Every improvement is good.
But be aware that marketing can be at play here.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 16:45 UTC
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Fogsprig: In less than 1/60 sec? It would be home run for Oly.

Don't be too excited.
They'll probably use the electronic shutter for creating that image. There is a pretty big chance that rolling shutter will still cause image artefacts.

If they are then you will need to take your image at 1/16000 to be able to get a 40MP picture at 1/60s of a second. This is due to the fact that the sensor can only be read out line by line at 1/16000.

Each of the needed pictures then takes 1/16000 (0,000625 x the number of vertical lines).

So slowing down the shutterspeed by yourself due to the fact that it needs a longer exposure for a wel exposed image, will then also automatically cause a longer exposure time to create that 40MP image. Well beyond the 1/60s second as claimed by this Olympus manager.

If they are going to use the normal shutter then you will probably be limited by the fastest normal shutterspeed of 1/4000.

This is a first see to believe claim.
For now I'll think he is mainly talking marketing BS.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 14:53 UTC

Is the sensor of the OM-D E-M5 ll a global shutter?

If not then the electronic shuttertime of 1/16000 is going to be the same marketing feature as the electronic shutter of the Fuji's that go up to 1/32000.

All in all what it does is just reading out each line on the sensor at 1/16000 repeated by the vertical resolution and you have the total time it takes to create the image. Everything that will happen during the total readout time of the sensor will give a rolling shutter effect.

Only if its a global shutter the sensor can be read out in one go.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 14:38 UTC as 64th comment | 2 replies
On CP+ 2015: Canon shows off new EOS 5DS and 5DS R article (119 comments in total)
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Just a Photographer: More resolution at the cost of image sharpness of everything over f8.0 due to diffraction. People will soon find out that the more megapixels doesn't automatically imply more sharpness and detail.

To start learning about physics and the laws of nature and why diffraction kicks in with this camera. Read this:

http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/diffraction-photography.htm

FYI. The Canon 5Ds sensor pixel density is 4.1uM.

It doesn't bother me at all. Some people just don't want to acknowledge that this sensor is nearing the limits of being useful.

A landscapist doesn't gain anything in sharpness and only gains resolution. f11 to f16 is quite common for landscapes. Somebody who shoots in low light conditions as in journalism or weddings don't gain anything in high ISO nor are they going to be happy with the large RAW files. They do gain in resolution for large prints. Though those prints are now not going to be larger anyway then they where printing already. The sports photographer is going to be limited by the number of FPS, large RAW files and low native ISO. And those who want to use it in studio are better of with MF due to the larger sensor and therewith larger pixelsize giving your better IQ anyway.

So what is the point of owning this camera?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 14:09 UTC
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