HubertChen

HubertChen

Lives in China Guangzhou, China
Works as a CEO
Joined on Jun 29, 2011

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On Pictures emerge showing widely-leaked Fujfilm 'X-T1' article (373 comments in total)

What am I missing? The X-T1 has the viewfinder in middle of the camera, which is ergonomically bad, as now my nose is colliding with the display. The previous X-Models have the viewfinder in the corner of he camera, which is way better.

Other then than the bad placement of the EVF, what is the difference?

And do not get me wrong. I love the Fuji X-Cameras. They are very well designed and work like a charm. Just do not see the excitement of bad placement of the EVF and why to create a new camera family? If they want to increase sales, work on cost down of the wonderful X-Gestalt.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2014 at 10:52 UTC as 36th comment | 9 replies
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tornwald: So far none are able to come close to the Foveon design Sigma has.
I am not sure they ever will because they want the best of both worlds.
Foveon is uncompromising, it has its weak points, but when used right, the output is unmatched by anything out there.

Since my new camera has great Image quality at high ISO I regularly shoot at 1600 ISO. To me and my colleagues higher IQ at high ISO is more important than increasing the resolution. My camera has 16MP and most images I publish are for the internet and published below 1MP. I practically never publish > 3MP. The Foveon is weak at high ISO and as such would not be my choice. I have seen images of the Merrill and understand for landscape it is amazing. Just not everybody does landscape exclusively.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2014 at 10:42 UTC

Fuji keeps impressing me by making a practical innovation of something that has not been improved by all other companies for decades. This new layout makes lots of sense. In Video compression regularly more information is given to luminescence than color information with great success.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2014 at 10:38 UTC as 50th comment | 7 replies
On Using third-party lenses on Sony Cyber-shot a7 / a7R article (497 comments in total)
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xmeda: If only usable lens was

"Other lenses in my collection, like my SMC PENTAX 1:2/35, give excellent results, despite the extraordinary demands of high-resolution digital imaging compared for the film that they were designed for. This shot was taken at F4."

then simply buy nice Pentax K5IIs or K3 and save a lot of money having great DSLR .)

I am using a latest Pentax DSLR and have the really amazing 35mm f/2. Your comment is lovely, but sadly only half true.

It is true that the Pentax will give you a superb user interface. It will also give you camera shake reduction as a bonus.

However, the Sony has an EVF and the Pentax sadly does not. Shooting with live-view on the Pentax is great considering the UI, except with no EVF it is clumsy in handling. The Pentax is also APS-C. The 35mm full frame is simply more useful than cropped!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 14:23 UTC
On Using third-party lenses on Sony Cyber-shot a7 / a7R article (497 comments in total)
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snow shoe man: congratulations ! your portrait of the young woman shot with the konica 57 mm at f1.2 is stunningly gorgeous ! its got everything going for it at all kinds of levels. its been a long time since i have admired a portrait of such magnificent, subtle grace. once again, WOW! ... PS. i shoot with a new GX7 and 35 and 40 year old pentax lenses ( yes, i am that old to have bought these lenses new ).

Exactly!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 14:18 UTC
On Using third-party lenses on Sony Cyber-shot a7 / a7R article (497 comments in total)
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igor_s: Much the same what I thought about this. No sensor-shift IS, poor ergonomics, not-so-good focus aids implementation. An A-mount camera would be much better for IS and handling, but you would not be able to use any Canon, Konica or Minolta lenses with it (at least for infinity).
Anyway, it Sony offered the Z-axis sensor-shift AF, that would be awesome.

This is a great idea! Never thought about it. Make the rough focus manually and let the camera do the accurate fine focus. I hope any of the camera makers are reading this :-)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 14:17 UTC
On Using third-party lenses on Sony Cyber-shot a7 / a7R article (497 comments in total)
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Niala2: What did I miss..? I'll ask my question naivaly:
How come the issue of "MODERN thirt party lenses" is not even mentioned? Is it anounced as an other, in depth article?
Is it logic that modern lenses just work perfectly and thats it?
I cannot imagine to be the only one to wonder how for instance Zeiss' ZE/F 35MM f1.4 or 50mm macro, or Canon TS 24mm( all with Metabones smart-adapter) perform on the 7R...

The 35mm f/2 from Pentax is an excellent lens. Very comparable with a Zeiss in performance. There are two images in this Article shot with this lens. You can see this lens delivers smooth bokeh combined with high sharpness. This should answer your question how high quality lenses perform with an adapter on the A7R.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 14:13 UTC
On Using third-party lenses on Sony Cyber-shot a7 / a7R article (497 comments in total)
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HubertChen: Thank you for this great Article. I was contemplating to buy the Sony a7. I am currently using a Pentax DSLR and got very used to shoot exclusively with manual focus lenses in Live-view. Pentax has no EVF option. So I am using a very big LCD viewfinder. The EVF of the Sony is very renowned and considering that the Sony is Fullframe and all my lenses are full frame I was very tempted. Until I read your Article that is.

There are a couple of things I love about my K30 that apparently the Sony does not have:
1) With one button press I can engage magnification for manual focusing
2) I can dynamically adjust magnification in an instance with the rear wheel
3) Shake reduction works exceptionally well. I frequently shoot with my 50mm lens in 1/15s and get razor sharp results
4) Almost no jelloing in magnification view up to 200mm.

A pity the Pentax has no short flange mount. You would be very happy with the User Interface. Buttons are where you want them.

Ah, here is a hint to focus peaking you might find useful. I used focus peaking on the NEX5 and K-30. In all settings I found it to be useless when focusing f/2.8 or wider. At this shallow depth of field it simply seems not to be accurate. I got way better result turning focus peaking off and focus like in the old day with a coarse matte screen. When shifting focus I can see the plane of focus "walking" through the scene. So I stop when it hits where I want the focal point. If not sure I move the focus point slightly forward and backward. After a while you will get used to the change on the screen and identify the focal point. With this method I nail the focus every time with 50mm f/1.4. That is on not moving subjects. As you mentioned, at these settings your own movement can throw your focus already. The above method works very fast once you got used to it. Much faster than using magnification, focus, turn off, adjust framing and then shoot. Hope you will find this useful. Cheers!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 14:01 UTC
On Using third-party lenses on Sony Cyber-shot a7 / a7R article (497 comments in total)
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igor_s: Nowadays the IS is essential for almost any general-use system. That's it.

@ttbk
I just thought like you until I got in-body camera shake reduction. I could not go back anymore. It gives me 4 stops and I use them!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 13:54 UTC
On Using third-party lenses on Sony Cyber-shot a7 / a7R article (497 comments in total)

Thank you for this great Article. I was contemplating to buy the Sony a7. I am currently using a Pentax DSLR and got very used to shoot exclusively with manual focus lenses in Live-view. Pentax has no EVF option. So I am using a very big LCD viewfinder. The EVF of the Sony is very renowned and considering that the Sony is Fullframe and all my lenses are full frame I was very tempted. Until I read your Article that is.

There are a couple of things I love about my K30 that apparently the Sony does not have:
1) With one button press I can engage magnification for manual focusing
2) I can dynamically adjust magnification in an instance with the rear wheel
3) Shake reduction works exceptionally well. I frequently shoot with my 50mm lens in 1/15s and get razor sharp results
4) Almost no jelloing in magnification view up to 200mm.

A pity the Pentax has no short flange mount. You would be very happy with the User Interface. Buttons are where you want them.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 13:51 UTC as 58th comment | 4 replies
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wansai: let's be real. 1/2 a minute convrsions saving out is just not practical. do this on proper win8 x86 hardware tablet and it's literally a 2 second conversion. 25 seconds waiting on an image is just a huge waste of time and only really usable in absolute dire circumstances.

if i'm out in the field, i will have an x86 tablet. we are just not there yet by any stretch on any other hardware.

@ Lars Rehm
Thanks for this. With very fast desktops I forgot about batch processing in the background. Yeah, this is also acceptable indeed when travelling. So instead of bringing a tablet during the shoot and a laptop for processing in the evening, this will actually work in terms of processing speed. I would not mind if the little guy need hours to churn out the finished JPGs for uploading.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2014 at 08:44 UTC

Can you add EXIF data?
I just spend 4 hours to find a way to add EXIF data to images in Lightroom. It can not do it and I needed to use a shell script based utility (Exiftool). It is a pain in the neck. How about add this feature to Photo Mate R2:

Motivation:
Many photographers shoot with lenses without any electronic coupling. And this trend is increasing, not decreasing, thanks to SonyE or M43 cameras with short flange mount can mount literally any lens with the proper adapter, which you can buy for a few dollars. Shooting comfort is actually quite good with these cameras cameras. But you loose one thing: EXIF data of which lens was used. Adding this feature should be straight forward, especially with the open source cross platform Perl code of Exiftool. Adding this information in the field will be great, as the memory is still fresh which picture shot with which lens. And it is something Adobe Lightroom is missing out, so a good feature for a product comparison table :-)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2014 at 08:39 UTC as 4th comment | 2 replies
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HubertChen: Thank you for this review. I am more interested in what Library Photo Editing function this application has. E.g. can you compare two images side by side and pick a candidate, then keep the candidate and compare to the next image in the series and then keep doing it until you have found the best image of a series of same images?

This part seems to be missing. I would use such an app when travelling. I would ingest the shooting of the day and then edit down the keeper and delete the images that did not made the cut. RAW editing I would do later in Lightroom on my Desktop.

Posts from anybody who knows the answer to this app or who uses another app with this workflow are highly appreciated!

@ TSGames
Thanks. This is what I am looking for. Last question. Can I zoom in during the side by side comparison. I shoot a lot with prime lenses wide open and I shoot always several pictures in a series and then choose the one with the best focus. In Lightroom this is a snap with side by side comparison, zoom in and then scroll with both images to be locked in scrolling simultaneously. If this works, count me in :-)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2014 at 08:27 UTC

Thank you for this review. I am more interested in what Library Photo Editing function this application has. E.g. can you compare two images side by side and pick a candidate, then keep the candidate and compare to the next image in the series and then keep doing it until you have found the best image of a series of same images?

This part seems to be missing. I would use such an app when travelling. I would ingest the shooting of the day and then edit down the keeper and delete the images that did not made the cut. RAW editing I would do later in Lightroom on my Desktop.

Posts from anybody who knows the answer to this app or who uses another app with this workflow are highly appreciated!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 18, 2014 at 02:25 UTC as 16th comment | 2 replies
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JaimeA: Dear Mr. Britton,
Apologies for my tirade of today. At the time of Phil Askey (yes, we go that far back) it was possible to get a prompt review of new cameras. Even at that time, those reviews were unique, as they not only gave actual figures and comparisons, but also commented and instructed on aspects of the use of the cameras and, crucially, discussed their quirks. They were, as today, an invaluable decision and teaching aid. Of course, the reviews were not as sophisticated as they currently are. DPR is still our favorite site for the thoroughness of the analysis and the friendliness of the approach. On that count, our circle feels that certain groundbreaking new equipment needs to be addressed in a more timely fashion. You see, we have grown dependent of the very high quality of your reporting and the sincerity of your advice. Thank you.

@ JaimeA: Very nice writing! @ dpreview: I second JaimeA

Direct link | Posted on Jan 18, 2014 at 02:16 UTC
On CES 2014: Sigma Stand Report article (40 comments in total)
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Just Ed: I really like the idea of Sigma's ART lineup, but the appeal of a 50mm f/1.4 jumbo sized lens eludes me.

Ok, if it had close flocus/macro and didn't have much vignetting when used ff, then possibly.

Indeed. This lens is 50% of the weight. If it is 90% of the quality at 25% of the price of the Otus, it will have many buyers. And Sigma is the company who could pull this stunt off :-)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 11, 2014 at 15:34 UTC
On FED 3 in the A Photograph of your old Camera challenge (2 comments in total)

Lovely still life. A joy to look at.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 29, 2013 at 02:50 UTC as 1st comment
On PapasZeissIkonta in the A Photograph of your old Camera challenge (2 comments in total)

This is a picture that was growing on me. I first did not liked it too much, but I just kept looking at it and that to me is a hallmark of a great picture. I love composition and tonality. It is also possible that I am melancholic, as this is the camera I learned photography on ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 29, 2013 at 02:47 UTC as 1st comment
On My Grandads Old camera in the A Photograph of your old Camera challenge (2 comments in total)

This was my original number one. Especially when viewed at small size it is great. But when I looked at it at large size it fall apart a bit for me. The contrast was just too harsh. Still a very lovely shot. Thanks so much for sharing.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 29, 2013 at 02:43 UTC as 1st comment
On My Old Ghost Kodak in the A Photograph of your old Camera challenge (2 comments in total)

Nice camera and very creative effect. Thanks so much to tell us how you did it! I will try it some time.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 29, 2013 at 02:38 UTC as 1st comment
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