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Stephan Def

Stephan Def

Lives in Europe
Joined on Aug 27, 2011
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On Fujifilm X-T10 Review preview (448 comments in total)
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Stephan Def: I hope very much that Fujifilm continue this concept in future models. For me the key feature is the very good OOC jpegs & film simulations, also the EVF and swivel screen. Also the overall very good build quality. (High-end AF is not important on this kind of a Camera).

If one can use a TV screen & do post-processing in-camera without the need for an addtional computer & software then that is a huge benefit for any user.

I don't think Fujifilm has to jump on the 4K bandwagon, just decent enough Video qualtiy would be good. Also the ability to record a short sound clip with a still image is very nice to have and would be technically easy to do.

What I would like to have is film-simulation bracketing, so that I do 5 shots in rapid succession using various film simulations & settings. At the end of the day I could then just choose which ones I want to keep. More stuff like that, neat features to have implemented by exploiting existing hardware thru better software.

Cool, thanks for that Info.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2015 at 05:54 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T10 Review preview (448 comments in total)

I hope very much that Fujifilm continue this concept in future models. For me the key feature is the very good OOC jpegs & film simulations, also the EVF and swivel screen. Also the overall very good build quality. (High-end AF is not important on this kind of a Camera).

If one can use a TV screen & do post-processing in-camera without the need for an addtional computer & software then that is a huge benefit for any user.

I don't think Fujifilm has to jump on the 4K bandwagon, just decent enough Video qualtiy would be good. Also the ability to record a short sound clip with a still image is very nice to have and would be technically easy to do.

What I would like to have is film-simulation bracketing, so that I do 5 shots in rapid succession using various film simulations & settings. At the end of the day I could then just choose which ones I want to keep. More stuff like that, neat features to have implemented by exploiting existing hardware thru better software.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2015 at 10:18 UTC as 26th comment | 11 replies
On Sony reportedly shifting focus to full-frame cameras article (453 comments in total)

Surprise! Sony is focusing on FF because thats where the money is. Also, obviously Sony has no taste for competing with Samsung in APS-C, because Samsung would take them down on price and tech.

Interesting to note that Sony aren't saying that they will try to compete in Sports-Photography any time soon.

So now theoretically Sony could sell a highend APS-C BSI Sensor to Fujifilm, because they are no longer competing in that segment? Or should somebody else sell it to them? Or, Fujifilm will develope their own?

What can we conclude from this? APS-C is being left to Fujifilm and Samsung?

p.s. I certainly agree with what many others have said here about Sony being extremely proprietary, closed systems and with very little or no customer orientation.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2015 at 09:47 UTC as 39th comment
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV First Impressions Review preview (1551 comments in total)

I read thru this review, yes the specifications are very impressive. Then I looked at the images, there is no wow factor for me in them. At the end of the day, would't it all have to be about the outrageously good images? Then I checked the price and thought no.

I might like to have this as a Museum Camera, you can get good enough Foto's at the museum with it, likely without drawing any unwanted attention. Yet there are always smartphones, which are always somehow good enough, and continously getting better. Maybe a Samsung nx500, which you can even swap lenses on, and its farily pocketable too, at 28MP BSI, and a much lower price.

90% of all people will not have the computing power at home to post process 4K. However the casual user will likely try to post process 4K on his tablet computer (ipad) anyway, because they don't get it.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 12:25 UTC as 220th comment | 1 reply
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nixda: The article points out that one would need to ask for permission when posting to certain "social media sites, such as Facebook or Twitter, as those sites carry advertising that is attached to the content of its pages."

Does it not occur to people here that any problem can be avoided by not posting to such sites?

Are people not aware of the fact that such sites strip the user of all rights to their own creations?

Are people so cheap and greedy that they prefer to be stripped of their rights, rather than support regulation that protects the rights of creative people? Besides, there are sites that are free and do not strip people of their rights. Best of both worlds.

To me it seems that social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter have people in a stronger bind in many instances than some totalitarian regimes. Go after those sites first.

@nixca you are a troll, because you are resulting to personal attacks instead of staying matter of fact.

Just read your insame ravings to see what is actually paranoid in your posts above.

I think it wil be better if you take your medication before getting carried away

Direct link | Posted on Jul 6, 2015 at 21:51 UTC
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RichO: Is there a lawyer in the house? If I understand the current law, buildings older than 70 years past the death of the architect would be in the public domain and not affected by the this. Perhaps the clarification that is needed is what constitutes commercial use. A photograph taken for advertising or for publication as a postcard would be clear examples. However a photo taken and posted on a news site or travel blog would near clarification. If a news agency responds to an incident in front of a public building does that constitute fair use or require prior authorization? Would all travel blogs about EU countries have to post without photos or obtain prior authorization?

really I don't see how you could copyright a building, one could copyright the building plans perhaps, but even that depends on all kinds of nitty-gritty legal details.

How to copyright a foto of a building I don't know, especially not under international copyright treaties. The U.S has very liberal fair use laws, so if you publish in the U.S, any litigant would be put to a hard test to be sure ,and even then it varies from state to state. Good luck with that.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 6, 2015 at 19:46 UTC
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nixda: The article points out that one would need to ask for permission when posting to certain "social media sites, such as Facebook or Twitter, as those sites carry advertising that is attached to the content of its pages."

Does it not occur to people here that any problem can be avoided by not posting to such sites?

Are people not aware of the fact that such sites strip the user of all rights to their own creations?

Are people so cheap and greedy that they prefer to be stripped of their rights, rather than support regulation that protects the rights of creative people? Besides, there are sites that are free and do not strip people of their rights. Best of both worlds.

To me it seems that social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter have people in a stronger bind in many instances than some totalitarian regimes. Go after those sites first.

@nixda you are refuting you own arguments, they are self-contradictory. "Posting on a private website without any intent to commercially utilize these pictures is totally fine." So who has to prove what to whom at what cost in such a case? You know that the cost for the potential litigations cannot be carried by the normal people.

"They can harass you for violating privacy laws, but not for taking pictures from public places." ... I have been harassed under current laws in Germany, for no good reasons more than once and I am a very obvious non-comercial hobby photogapher. So give these suckers more legal leeway and the harassment will only increase exponentially for sure.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 6, 2015 at 19:31 UTC
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nixda: The article points out that one would need to ask for permission when posting to certain "social media sites, such as Facebook or Twitter, as those sites carry advertising that is attached to the content of its pages."

Does it not occur to people here that any problem can be avoided by not posting to such sites?

Are people not aware of the fact that such sites strip the user of all rights to their own creations?

Are people so cheap and greedy that they prefer to be stripped of their rights, rather than support regulation that protects the rights of creative people? Besides, there are sites that are free and do not strip people of their rights. Best of both worlds.

To me it seems that social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter have people in a stronger bind in many instances than some totalitarian regimes. Go after those sites first.

@nixda I think you got it wrong, the proposal as it stands will enable for everyone to be harassed. You photograph a street scene with some landmarks in it, post it on your own website and get sued for royalties, damages whatever.

But an individual hobby photographer may even get harassed whilst in the process of photographing a panorama by some assumed authority asking to see his permit, authorization etc.

Any way you cut it, it sucks. Its taking away basic freedoms and rights from the people.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 6, 2015 at 17:12 UTC

Here is how it works: Angela Merkel is member of the CDU, Axel Springer Print house has huge power within the CDU, defacto they tell Angela Merkel what politics they want and they get it. Axel Springer sees themselves in aggresiive competition against Google amongst other U.S. Internet companies. Therefore Axel Springer is pursuing a political Strategy against Google using Angela Merkel (CDU) as their executioner for that strategy.

Then Angela Merkel makes Günther Öttinger EU Komissioner for digital economics and he in turn makes proposals to change copyright laws against fair use policies that have been in place for hundreds of years, the goal being to squeeze out Google and other U.S Internet entrepreneurs to make Axel Springer happy in Germany.

If that becomes the law, then there will be collecting company's similar to the mpaa and gema that specialize in sueing Internet service and content providers to paying their dues. This will change ground rules in the digital space.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 6, 2015 at 09:48 UTC as 35th comment
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FujLiver: Shows everything that is wrong with the EU.

The UK is smart, as it will become the most photographed country it will continue to be the number one destination for tourists.

You reap what you so. Have pity on us who live in the EU dictatorship

No not necessarily, the UK has to legislate a law of their own which has to be compatible with the laws of the UK. If the UK would say no then it creates a political disagreement EU/UK thats all. The EU cannot force the UK to do anything.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 6, 2015 at 09:26 UTC
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Johan1967: Who cares. In practice it doesn't matter at all.

Yes ist does. You are wrong.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2015 at 15:00 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T10 First Impressions Review preview (544 comments in total)
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Stephan Def: 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.

I agree, what I have seen looks stellar to me too. And I would probably love it anyway, its just a bit of a downer.
I always read these before doing a purchase:

http://www.amazon.de/product-reviews/B00HXBROLC/ref=cm_cr_dp_see_all_summary?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1&sortBy=byRankDescending

One mixed review is never a problem, however if you have a bunch of reviews and a there are a fair number of gripes based on very indepth knowledge I tend to have a lot of respect.

Bokeh is very important to me... But I just read that there seems to be a APO version in the pipeline, so maybe Fujifilm thinks so too. .. Cheers

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2015 at 14:02 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T10 First Impressions Review preview (544 comments in total)
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Stephan Def: 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.

@all Thank you very much, some really excellent answers here and very good information. I think I'd like to order one with the XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS Lens and see if it works for me.

I'd also like to have 56 1.2, unfortunately that lens has gotten some mixed reviews, I'd rather pay more and get more.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2015 at 13:35 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T10 First Impressions Review preview (544 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 29th comment | 15 replies
On DPReview recommends: Best smartphone cameras post (360 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 (360 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 (103 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 (103 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 (103 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
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