Stephan Def

Stephan Def

Lives in Europe
Joined on Aug 27, 2011
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On Fujifilm X-T10 First Impressions Review preview (503 comments in total)

I am trying to understand what the compelling argument for Fujifilm is, scratching my head. Megapixels matter, if its just only for the cropping capability alone. 16MP seems not to be cutting edge stuff anymore, except if they are on smartphone camera.

I used to think what matters is what the image looks like that comes out of the Camera. Strangely for me, so many here are going on about if the Camera itself is nice looking or not. And so on.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 08:13 UTC as 16th comment | 11 replies
On DPReview recommends: Best smartphone cameras post (355 comments in total)
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Terry Breedlove: I can't think of any reason for a micro SD card slot anymore. That is so old school and nowadays just not needed.

That comment makes exactly zero sense. I cannot see how such reasoning is sound. Why would anyone want to have less options? Especially for storage, which never seems to be enough.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 30, 2015 at 12:29 UTC
On DPReview recommends: Best smartphone cameras post (355 comments in total)
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SergioBR: Note 4 ??? (http://www.phonearena.com/news/iPhone-6-Plus-vs-Samsung-Galaxy-Note-4-vs-DSLR-blind-camera-comparison-you-choose-the-best-camera_id65832)

Samsung Galaxy S6 ??? (http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Samsung-Galaxy-S6-edge-vs-Apple-iPhone-6-Plus_id3968/page/3)

Panasonic CM1 , Lumia 1020, 808 ??? http://smartcam.club/node/3225

I am very interested in the Note 4, because it has a fantastic large display. I think on a smartphone the size and quality of the display is a major factor to consider. Because one of the reasons I would buy one is to have my photos with me all the time for show & tell purposes. So you might consider weighting display quality into your assessment of value with a stronger factor. Also the possibility of using the smartphone for RC and tethering with other equipment is a very big deal for a lot of people I think. I know that it will be for me.

I am looking forward to your review of the Note 4. Thanks.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 30, 2015 at 12:13 UTC
On Island life: Samsung NX500 Shooting Experience article (164 comments in total)

No EVF is a real problem, from what I understand it makes the Camera unusable in bright light. So even if I want to buy the nx500 that would have me worried.

The next step up is the nx1, which is a bit of a pricey move, considering that there are good alternatives. Something coming in between with EVF?

I see Samsungs strengths in their state of the art technology, the connectivity, they need to leverage that more. Tethering and RC with smartphones. Immediate image processing and display on tablets, TV's etc.

I had a second look at the Canon 5D mk 3 yesterday, and even though the image quality is good or even benchmark, technology wise they are a joke.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2015 at 08:39 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon releases ViewNX-i image browsing software article (102 comments in total)
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Stephan Def: Nikon would be better off to support Darktable.org, its already there and it works.
After Nikon discovered that they can no longer continue with Capture-Nx2 they should have changed something conceptually in their Software-Cubicle. Free and open Software is the way to go.

It's obvious that Nikon can't compete in the Software space, they don't have the skill or the experience or the budget apparently.

check this out: https://plus.google.com/+darktable/posts

user base is steadily growing at a nice rate.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2015 at 19:20 UTC
On Nikon releases ViewNX-i image browsing software article (102 comments in total)
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Stephan Def: Nikon would be better off to support Darktable.org, its already there and it works.
After Nikon discovered that they can no longer continue with Capture-Nx2 they should have changed something conceptually in their Software-Cubicle. Free and open Software is the way to go.

It's obvious that Nikon can't compete in the Software space, they don't have the skill or the experience or the budget apparently.

@y HowaboutRAW ... I think most people probably would run it on a Mac. However it also runs on a Linux PC.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2015 at 11:35 UTC
On Nikon releases ViewNX-i image browsing software article (102 comments in total)
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rugosa: It's free and works well. As usual mostly bitching in the comments section!

Conjecture is more like it. Loss of trust and lack of confidence based on recent events. See also D600 class action lawsuit. You see, its not so much that they had a defect in the product, the real problem was how Nikon management thought they could get away with it. There are more reasons not to trust them, than there are reasons to trust them.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 16:48 UTC
On Nikon releases ViewNX-i image browsing software article (102 comments in total)
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rugosa: It's free and works well. As usual mostly bitching in the comments section!

"The reason thet Nikon dumped Capture was the company that owned it decided not to support/distribute it any more. "

I doubt that Story, and Nikon has never come out and said what really happened. Nikon could have bought out the Capture-NX2 product, the IP and the developers working on it. In the real software industry such deals happen all the time, especially if the new owner had no interest in pursuing that product line themselves and could have made some nice cash by spinning it off to Nikon. Looks to me more like someone was stubborn, greedy and unwilling. Its just so much easier to leave customers standing in the rain.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 14:06 UTC
On Nikon releases ViewNX-i image browsing software article (102 comments in total)
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rugosa: It's free and works well. As usual mostly bitching in the comments section!

Since you seem to be so clever, please explain why Nikon had to dump Capture-Nx2? (which was really a strong product)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 12:18 UTC
On Nikon releases ViewNX-i image browsing software article (102 comments in total)

Nikon would be better off to support Darktable.org, its already there and it works.
After Nikon discovered that they can no longer continue with Capture-Nx2 they should have changed something conceptually in their Software-Cubicle. Free and open Software is the way to go.

It's obvious that Nikon can't compete in the Software space, they don't have the skill or the experience or the budget apparently.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 12:15 UTC as 30th comment | 5 replies
On Aloha! We go shooting with Samsung's new NX500 article (186 comments in total)
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Stephan Def: I'm so underwhelmed I don't know what to say. Wonder whats going on.

its hard to tell what all may be going on, 28MP may very well create a lot of issues with camera shake.

There may also be some issues with backlighting and lens flare. I know when I do backlit scenes that will always flatten the image.

Other than that maybe samsung just needs to treat themselves to a more advanced jpeg engine, which will allow for more tweaking in the settings.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2015 at 08:04 UTC
On Aloha! We go shooting with Samsung's new NX500 article (186 comments in total)

I'm so underwhelmed I don't know what to say. Wonder whats going on.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 16, 2015 at 21:19 UTC as 29th comment | 1 reply
On CP+ 2015 Sigma Interview article (197 comments in total)

Thanks for the Interview, it is very good to get a deeper insight into what kind of a company Sigma is. I learned many things from the Interview that I did not know before. Thank You.

I plan to buy one or two of Sigma's lenses. I consider the USB dock to be a key advantage. I think you forgot to mention that Sigma offers a mount conversion service. This is of huge value, all Sigma lenses should participate in that offering.

I found the part about how Sigma has been using Computers for lens design particularly interesting. Good thing that 'Moore's Law' is affecting lens design at Sigma.

I am very confused about the Sigma Foveon Sensor, is it better or not? Why? What about BSI?

Finally I feel though, that it is not enough to produce good hardware, software is also of primary importance. If everybody depends on Adobe to render their final images, then that is not a good situation. There are very good open source packages for image rendering that need to get some key support.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 10:24 UTC as 37th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon D7200 First Impressions Review preview (1114 comments in total)
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justmeMN: I guess Real Photographers aren't supposed to use articulated LCD screens. I don't understand why.

(The Nikon D5500 has one, but this camera doesn't.)

dropping the Camera?? I wouldn't expect it to survive a drop.

Actually if you fold the screen inward it is even more protected, because then the display is not exposed.

I have had an articulated screen now for 3 years, it is still in perfect condition.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2015 at 13:29 UTC
On Nikon D7200 First Impressions Review preview (1114 comments in total)
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justmeMN: I guess Real Photographers aren't supposed to use articulated LCD screens. I don't understand why.

(The Nikon D5500 has one, but this camera doesn't.)

If it is indeed such a big problem then why does the D750 have it??

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 15:01 UTC
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QuarryCat: so true!

a man with the courage to speak out why is fact!
Thank you Mr. Iida

Fujifilm has really good prime lenses, but they are all slow and the are all missing stabilization!

And a even better camera with a better AF won't change this on the lenses we have right now. That should be clear.
It is not a camera fault alone - so for faster AF they will need new lenses.
It was the same with Nikon before AF-S, Sony, Olympus E-Mount and others more.

And Fujifilm needs to think about the stabilization - if the built an even higher resolution sensor - people have to use tripods or very fast times - so it will be better to have stabilization in every lens or even in the body.

And Fujifilm should rethink the aperture -
I don't like 1/3 steps,
I don't like the loose aperture rings and
I dislike the sunshades on Fujifilm lenses.
They should be harder and get precise in place.

I tend to agree on some of those points. It seems to be not possible to put stabilization in the body for some reason. Maybe its just the patents, who knows. IBIS would be the perfect solution, however sony is also not doing it and Samsung is also missing this on their Mirroless. It would be interesting to get some more info as to the technical why??

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2015 at 12:01 UTC
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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.

@JDThomas "@Just a Photographer: The D5300 focuses faster than the XT-1 and it's half the price."

Nope, with a comparable standard zoom it sure isn't half the price.

The point is though that very many Nikon Users are disappointed. Because Nikon is not wholeheartedly giving it their all. Why is it taking Nikon forever to announce the D7200? Where is the enthusiast aps-c Camera loaded with all state-of-the-art innovations available in today's day and age? Such as the latest Toschiba or Sony bsi-Sensor, IBIS, articulating screen, deeper buffer, wifi, nfc, focus peaking etc etc ????

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2015 at 19:04 UTC

I always enjoy reading Interviews with Toshihisa Iida, please keep them coming. It looks like Fujifilm is having very good success with their strategy, especially that they take care to have excellent color rendering, film simulations etc.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2015 at 12:37 UTC as 79th comment
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J A C S: " We think that our 16MP X-Trans sensor delivers a higher effective resolution than conventional Bayer 16MP sensors ..."

LOL! This guy would make a very successful used car salesman!

Some of the very best Salesmen I ever met were used Car salesmen working for name brand dealerships, those guys have to kick butt. No irony whatsoever intended.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2015 at 12:30 UTC
On Opinion: Canon EOS 750D and 760D article (318 comments in total)
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(unknown member): I have sold my D80. Yes. My first and last, trusty Nikon. I wanted a second hand D90, but the current offers are inconsistent. I would buy a new one if possible... Now, I still have the 700D. I am seriously considering to sell it. So... D80+700D = 760D (good enough camera with top display)? What do you think?
P. S.: it might sound stupid, but the sec display is a handy tool...

I just happened to read this thread here: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/55269447 ...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 11:28 UTC
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