cgarrard

cgarrard

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PhotoKhan: I am amazed on how, amidst all the bubbling-coffee-house-hipster sea of gadgetry that recurrently hits our tech shores, people seem to be failing to see how actually radically-innovative this particular proposal truly is.

Sometimes people can't be told, they need to use or see for themselves before they "get" it :).

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 13:36 UTC
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Art Malone: now if it was waterproof, to say 100m .....

good luck lighting up an area down at 100m :)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 13:34 UTC
On Pentax launches K-S1 Sweets Collection article (135 comments in total)
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Beat Traveller: Still better than the K-01.

Oh well I still disagree then :). I think the K-01 is better looking than the K-S1, for sure.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 00:49 UTC
On Pentax launches K-S1 Sweets Collection article (135 comments in total)
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Beat Traveller: Still better than the K-01.

who?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2014 at 23:44 UTC
On Pentax launches K-S1 Sweets Collection article (135 comments in total)

Targeting Japan and Women I think, but I can't tell. I can't get past wanting to laugh at this announcement.

Sorry Pentax/Ricoh. You lost me on this one :). Good luck in your endeavor here though- hope it pays off.

C

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2014 at 22:46 UTC as 72nd comment
On Pentax launches K-S1 Sweets Collection article (135 comments in total)
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Beat Traveller: Still better than the K-01.

I'd argue otherwise.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2014 at 22:44 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A professional's opinion article (326 comments in total)
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AbrasiveReducer: Interesting what one person finds essential is unimportant to someone else. What bugs me about my 5D3 is no pop-up flash. Seriously. I know a pro would never use it, but on my Nikons, it saves me having to carry a small flash and flash trigger.

Funny to hear that about the flash now, when Minolta introduced the Maxxum 9, they were lauded by pro's for including one. To me a pop up flash ought to be standard on every DSLR made. If anything, to trigger radio/wireless flashes.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2014 at 17:41 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G7 X First Impressions Review preview (839 comments in total)

Richard:
"At which point you try to compensate for the excessive compensation you've applied and are reminded that the dial operates the opposite direction to every other camera you've ever used, meaning you have to compensate for your compensated compensation.

Ok, I exaggerate. "

LOL!

Oh the intangibles when reviewing so well captured in this line. Well done, and made me laugh first thing this morning. Right now I'm writing up the G16 review and it's hard not to feel happy in my choice of a compact. ;)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2014 at 13:37 UTC as 13th comment
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cgarrard: Check out all the armchair QB's below. :)

Can't wait.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2014 at 01:27 UTC
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Zeisschen: My observations:

- Sharpness on pixel level is very bad, actually it's incredibly soft. I hope I can't blame the lens as a Canon lens at F8-F10 should be sharp! Other reviews suggest that's due to the stronger anti aliasing filter compared to 7DmkI that shall give less moiré in videos.

- The dynamic range, even at ISO 100, is really bad. Even my now 3 years old Sony NEX-7 wipes the floor with this sensor looking at the amount of contrast and color I can pull out of shadows without getting noise at ISO 100. There is no banding visible like on the 7DmkI, but that's proabably just due to a better processing.

My conclusions:

- 7DmkII has very old and outdated sensor tech with some improved processing power inside. It's made to be a fast camera with very fast AF for action and sports shooters. For them this camera will be just fine and certainly do the job.

- More picture quality demenading photography like Portrait, Landscape and Macro should be done with better sensored cameras.

It's a heck of a value for a DSLR. I've run the gamut ;) lol.

No I understand what you are talking about completely, and again I believe you. What we can do today with Sony's sensors in DSLRS in post is pretty incredible, no doubt. Canon have been troublesome in raw files not so much in DR for me personally, but for banding. I think they have got better though. Banding is a no go for me, total deal breaker.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2014 at 22:40 UTC
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Zeisschen: My observations:

- Sharpness on pixel level is very bad, actually it's incredibly soft. I hope I can't blame the lens as a Canon lens at F8-F10 should be sharp! Other reviews suggest that's due to the stronger anti aliasing filter compared to 7DmkI that shall give less moiré in videos.

- The dynamic range, even at ISO 100, is really bad. Even my now 3 years old Sony NEX-7 wipes the floor with this sensor looking at the amount of contrast and color I can pull out of shadows without getting noise at ISO 100. There is no banding visible like on the 7DmkI, but that's proabably just due to a better processing.

My conclusions:

- 7DmkII has very old and outdated sensor tech with some improved processing power inside. It's made to be a fast camera with very fast AF for action and sports shooters. For them this camera will be just fine and certainly do the job.

- More picture quality demenading photography like Portrait, Landscape and Macro should be done with better sensored cameras.

Beautiful shot. Seriously. Excellent.

However, to my eye, I'm not seeing major DR in that scene, not to the extent that a red sunset would pose. That said, I know you said you have further shots coming, so we'll wait for those.

Hope you are printing that one btw, its a dandy.

Here is a post I did in the Pentax forum showing some sunset images processed from Raw with the K5IIS, although they are "usable" and that sensor is impressive, I still wouldn't rely on either for gallery printing. I want more DR. :)

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/54520379

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2014 at 22:08 UTC
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zackiedawg: Personally, I have no issues or negative criticisms of the photographs - compositionally and subject-wise I find them pleasant to look at and well taken. I also refrain from criticizing the quality of the shots as I understand that a slideshow might not be showing the optimal quality of the original shots, and processing levels are unknown.

I don't have any issues either with the writer extolling the virtues of the camera as it relates to his experience and travels with it, or that it mostly references the good points of the camera without really getting into any negatives or comparisons to competition.

My only problem is that Dpreview should not have titled it a 'review' in the sub-title on the article's first page. The main article title is fair: from a traveler's perspective' indicating it is just a personal experience about a particular camera. The word 'review' implies testing, comparisons, highlights, and warts. Leave that word out, and things are fine.

Well said.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2014 at 21:01 UTC

David- I think the photos are excellent from a compositional and timing standpoint (the hardest part of being a photographer if you ask me).

Banding to me is destructive of images. Its worse than having a scratch on a negative. This is something that may show up in reviews (sometimes), and never on DXOMark, and when it does show up in reviews it's downplayed in my opinion.

Banding should be a MAJOR issue noted loud and clear in reviews. Its clear to me the sensor in the G1X MII has a big problem lifting shadows, and that's a deal breaker for me.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2014 at 20:58 UTC as 26th comment | 1 reply
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cgarrard: Check out all the armchair QB's below. :)

So you are going to show us what it's like to use another camera to prove a point about this camera and photographer? Cool.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2014 at 20:51 UTC
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Zeisschen: My observations:

- Sharpness on pixel level is very bad, actually it's incredibly soft. I hope I can't blame the lens as a Canon lens at F8-F10 should be sharp! Other reviews suggest that's due to the stronger anti aliasing filter compared to 7DmkI that shall give less moiré in videos.

- The dynamic range, even at ISO 100, is really bad. Even my now 3 years old Sony NEX-7 wipes the floor with this sensor looking at the amount of contrast and color I can pull out of shadows without getting noise at ISO 100. There is no banding visible like on the 7DmkI, but that's proabably just due to a better processing.

My conclusions:

- 7DmkII has very old and outdated sensor tech with some improved processing power inside. It's made to be a fast camera with very fast AF for action and sports shooters. For them this camera will be just fine and certainly do the job.

- More picture quality demenading photography like Portrait, Landscape and Macro should be done with better sensored cameras.

I'm not anxious Rishi, it's Friday. Take your time, it's no bother to me. I think much is lost in written communication at times.

I'm totally impressed with the K5II's ability to lift shadows and still retain a degree of color information in even the most demanding scenes. That's with 14 stops of DR available in the raw files. I guess what I'm looking forward to seeing is quality... quality in lifted shadow regions free from noise and color loss- while retaining detail. All the while having control over highlights and no blown out color channels.

That is what I consider DR good enough for one exposure. Otherwise, bracketing is still in order for me, in the most demanding scenes. Maybe that has been achieved as you say with the D810, and that's great.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2014 at 20:44 UTC
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cgarrard: Check out all the armchair QB's below. :)

So, show us.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2014 at 03:27 UTC

Check out all the armchair QB's below. :)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2014 at 23:55 UTC as 36th comment | 6 replies
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Zeisschen: My observations:

- Sharpness on pixel level is very bad, actually it's incredibly soft. I hope I can't blame the lens as a Canon lens at F8-F10 should be sharp! Other reviews suggest that's due to the stronger anti aliasing filter compared to 7DmkI that shall give less moiré in videos.

- The dynamic range, even at ISO 100, is really bad. Even my now 3 years old Sony NEX-7 wipes the floor with this sensor looking at the amount of contrast and color I can pull out of shadows without getting noise at ISO 100. There is no banding visible like on the 7DmkI, but that's proabably just due to a better processing.

My conclusions:

- 7DmkII has very old and outdated sensor tech with some improved processing power inside. It's made to be a fast camera with very fast AF for action and sports shooters. For them this camera will be just fine and certainly do the job.

- More picture quality demenading photography like Portrait, Landscape and Macro should be done with better sensored cameras.

I'm looking forward to it. :) I want to be wrong in this case and I trust you are right. I guess that leaves the question of just how high of quality the overall file is after conversion? I.e, how badly did pushing back the highlights and raising the shadows have on overall image quality? Guess Ill find out! :)

That said, I contested Canon needs to improve their sensors, I still stand by that comment.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2014 at 21:24 UTC
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Zeisschen: My observations:

- Sharpness on pixel level is very bad, actually it's incredibly soft. I hope I can't blame the lens as a Canon lens at F8-F10 should be sharp! Other reviews suggest that's due to the stronger anti aliasing filter compared to 7DmkI that shall give less moiré in videos.

- The dynamic range, even at ISO 100, is really bad. Even my now 3 years old Sony NEX-7 wipes the floor with this sensor looking at the amount of contrast and color I can pull out of shadows without getting noise at ISO 100. There is no banding visible like on the 7DmkI, but that's proabably just due to a better processing.

My conclusions:

- 7DmkII has very old and outdated sensor tech with some improved processing power inside. It's made to be a fast camera with very fast AF for action and sports shooters. For them this camera will be just fine and certainly do the job.

- More picture quality demenading photography like Portrait, Landscape and Macro should be done with better sensored cameras.

Hi Rishi, you want me to post you an example of a real life scene with extreme range of light out of the range of the best sensors here?

Sorry that is impossible. :)

However, sunrise and sunset shots are a great example, especially sunsets when the red channel gets blown out completely. I've got a K5IIs that has very decent DR in the raw files and sunset scenes are very difficult to get looking similar to the DR we see with our eyes- with one shot- color and contrast especially.

I'm not saying you aren't correct, but maybe if you posted a sample of a scene light metered to have 16 stops of DR total, processed with one raw file from whatever sensor you choose, that may be a better way to end this debate :). The goal being that a scene is one image, that has extreme range of light, looking similar to what we see with our eyes. To date, I've not seen a sensor capable of doing that in one raw file.

C

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2014 at 20:59 UTC
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topstuff: This seems like a camera from another era.

Huge and heavy. Average image quality. Only saving grace is probably class leading AF. Now that is great if you are really into shooting sports or birds flying around, but for everyone else this camera seems a colossal waste of time and money.

I don't doubt we will see people wandering around Disney with these things.

Canon will sell plenty of these people who just want a big fancy camera. They'll pretend in their minds that they are just the same as the guys at sports events with the big white lenses, figuring if its good enough for them, its good enough for me.

But for anyone who doesn't shoot sports or birds, this camera is a huge let down simply because it seems from another generation. Cameras like the Samsung NX1 show what technology is bringing down the line with next-gen sensors, 4K stills etc etc. Canon have chosen to deny their customers this stuff. I think that is a shame.

This is the world we live in. I'm not condoning it, but good luck in deciding on who or who should not speak on the internet. To me, its easier to ignore and just lead by the best example possible. Good luck!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2014 at 18:02 UTC
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