Gao Gao

Lives in Singapore Singapore
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Joined on Feb 22, 2003

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Dan DeLion: I believe the inks in these printers are dye based rather than pigment based. If so, these printers would be a step backwards for photographic purposes. Dye inks differently fade quickly whilst changing picture colors. Their advantage is that they don’t have solid pigments that settle out over relatively short periods of time.

These dye inks are worse than you'd think. These pretty much have the same gas fading performance as aftermarket inks. I have an L300 and prints left on the table without direct sunlight fades in less than a week.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2015 at 06:55 UTC

Words of caution - Do Not Use These For Keeper Prints. Basically the permanence is as bad as aftermarket refills. Epson does say on the website that the inks are NOT light fast.
I have an Epson L300 - four-color A4 ink tank printer. I guess they use different model numbers around the world. Prints made on microporous photo paper only last days before cyan fades dramatically, mainly due to gas contaminants. This fading rate is similar to Imaging Specialist inks, and nowhere near the performance of cartridge inks from Epson or Canon. So this is really just as good as aftermarket refills.
I managed to get some ancient stock of swellable papers, but they are a little expensive and will soon run out.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2015 at 02:37 UTC as 21st comment
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D1N0: If they can make a Sigma mount they can make a K&A mount too. Who the hell owns a Sigma dslr...

Sigma mount has the same electronics as Canon EF mount.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 02:20 UTC
On article Hands-on with Nikon's new D5500 (290 comments in total)
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Nindy5: I really don't understand why nikon hasnt released a video focused Dslr, canon want to protect their cinema line and so won't budge on giving consumer level anything except moosh. But nikon have no such cinema line to protect, it couldn't be more obvious the opportunity in front of them, they have better quality video on their consumer Dslrs but it's so poorly implemented. This d5500 release is another nail in their coffin.

The same can be said for Olympus...

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2015 at 07:21 UTC
On article Toshiba offers FlashAir III wireless SD card (52 comments in total)
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darngooddesign: I wonder what the write speed is.

Apparently not U1 or U3

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2015 at 02:35 UTC
On article Sony announces US pricing for full-frame Alpha 7 II (178 comments in total)
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chj: To Sony (and all camera manufacturers)

Put a damn touchscreen on your cameras. It is by far the best way to choose a focus point. Anyone that says otherwise has simply not used one and is exalting their "skill" in getting around their camera's limitations. Technology trumps skill. You can't get faster, more reliable autofocus than my GM1 (unless you have another Panasonic). Don't tell me about workarounds. The GM1 nails focus more often.

OK, manual focus can get tighter focus on a stationary subject that's willing to wait for you to set up. But with that kind of time, ANY camera can get tight focus.

So stop listening to photo geeks that equate touchscreens with bad phone photos. On a GOOD camera, a touchscreen is an immensely powerful tool that has more impact on photos than pixel peeping details.

Feedback from DPR photo geeks is 0.005% of the market. The other 99.095% are using touchscreen phones. The camera market is shrinking, because you are listening to the wrong market.

@afterswish1 On Panasonic GX7, you can still touch the screen to set AF point when using the viewfinder. The screen can be set to either absolute position (requires muscle memory to operate) or relative position (drag to move around by increment). I think a few other cameras also have this feature.

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 05:45 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Review (499 comments in total)

The video resolution is insane. It also shows even GH3 only has about 720p true resolution even though its aliasing is still better than the rest...

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2014 at 16:32 UTC as 156th comment

Oh! Good... Will Adobe make Panasonic profiles?

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2014 at 06:45 UTC as 10th comment

The best Strobist's camera?

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2014 at 17:35 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
On article Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II: a quick summary (533 comments in total)

Note to Olympus and Panasonic - Make an F/2 zoom already!

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 09:15 UTC as 134th comment | 2 replies

No phase detection?

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 04:47 UTC as 79th comment
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0MitchAG: This just goes to show the u4/3 Panasonic-Leica is way overpriced! Isn't it silly that a Panasonic lens should cost more than this, on a smaller system? By all means the PL is great, but I'm sure glad I didn't pay the asking price.

I don't know about the PL45 but the PL25 is really just an OK lens for an OK price. Nothing Leica about it.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2014 at 15:41 UTC
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gerard boulanger: Fuji 60 mm macro f/2.4: $600
Zeiss 50 mm macro f/2.8: $1,000
Assuming they give comparable experience and IQ, this is very unusual to see a non original lens 66% more expensive than the original brand name.
To me, it makes sense only if performance and IQ are way better than the Fuji one.
Zeiss magnification is 1:1, much better than Fuji, does that justifies the extra money?

Sigma is one thing, Zeiss is another. Now Sigma is trying to move up the ladder...

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2014 at 15:39 UTC

Now even APSc is getting F/2 zoom...

Link | Posted on Jan 2, 2014 at 17:38 UTC as 33rd comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon Df combines classic design with modern technology (314 comments in total)
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chaos215bar2: It would be nice if you could post just one article for new product launches, so all the comments ended up in the same place. Three is a little ridiculous (though I realize each one is technically something different).

That would be against "clicks".

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 04:09 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review (2096 comments in total)
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Gao Gao: It seems PDAF is not used during movie recording?

Pity but given that they still only offer 30fps and 24mbps (hopefully at least the codec does a better job at motion prediction), PDAF in movie probably isn't high on priority list.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 04:46 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review (2096 comments in total)
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Raist3d: "Ultimately, despite its authentically semi-pro appearance, the E-M1 is still a pretty small camera, if compared to DSLRs. The disadvantage the previous top-end E-series cameras had was that they ended up being as big as any other DSLR (the E-3 and E-5 were essentially the same size as a full-frame DSLR, at which point it became hard not to measure it against those cameras). The E-M1 may be large for a Micro Four Thirds camera, but it's not big in the grand scheme of things."

SPOT ON. Been saying this for years now :-)

And we are already seeing pocket-able cameras with larger sensors. I wonder whether or when Canon is going to make an EOS-M with 35mm sensor and Dual-Pixel CMOS PDAF.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 04:32 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review (2096 comments in total)

It seems PDAF is not used during movie recording?

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 04:29 UTC as 542nd comment | 2 replies
On article Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review (2096 comments in total)

E-M1, not E-M5. looks good

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 04:10 UTC as 547th comment | 1 reply
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Sergey Borachev: I think this booster does more for NEX than for M43 as it does not provide any wider FOV. It can provide more lens speed, which would make fast FF lenses even faster and that sounds good for re-using legacy lenses which are cheap and fast. However given the ghosting or flare issues when using those lenses on M43 cameras, I also wonder how good the end result will be with such speed boosting. Lots of question marks here. Are there independent tests yet?

They should make a 2x booster with 4x ND built in

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2013 at 02:26 UTC
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