spitfire31

spitfire31

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On Sony DSC-RX10 preview (725 comments in total)

I am thoroughly puzzled by the fact that Dpreview apparently hasn't found this interesting, off-the-beaten-track camera worthy of a proper review.

What's going on, guys?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 23, 2014 at 00:40 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
On Sony DSC-RX10 preview (725 comments in total)
In reply to:

spitfire31: I'm also sorely disappointed that there's been no in-depth DPR review yet.

Amy Davies in her Dec 20 in-depth at TechRadar <techradar.com/reviews/cameras-and-camcorders/cameras/compact-cameras/sony-rx10-1189945/review/2#articleContent> spotted a real captcha, that may well be a dealbreaker for me:

"To change the autofocus point, you will need to use a combination of buttons and the scrolling dials/arrow keys on the back of the camera.

First, you'll need to have the AF mode set to flexible spot, which you can do via the main menu or by assigning one of the custom buttons to this function. From there you can use the arrow keys to move around the screen and set the point.

Unfortunately, once you've done this, there's no super quick way to change the point; you'll have to set AF mode again to flexible spot, then move the point around the screen."

Anybody know how good (or bad) Sony usually is at listening to criticism and making amends via a firmware update?

Your method, which of course is the standard one (I'm a pro since more years than I care to remember, so you're carrying coal to Newcastle), is too slow if you want to shoot, say, a series of a subject offset in the frame.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2014 at 15:37 UTC
On Integrating the MacBook Air into a pro workflow article (351 comments in total)
In reply to:

brycesteiner: This laptop is fantastic! I've been doing the same thing with mine. This really is a Photographer/journalist computer.
I upgraded the SSD. I wish I would have upgraded the ram when I bought it. Everything works great even with the lower RAM.
One comment people always make is it has an Intel graphics chip and how bad it is. To be honest, it's the faster than my NVidia and ATI in my other macs. I use it to run windows in virtualbox with 3d games and it's perfectly smooth.
There are really no laptops that come close in battery life and size/weight. Sony has something reasonable, but to get the battery life you have to carry a separate accessory. And the Sony isn't built of metal, just cheap materials.

But for video people, the integrated Intel GPU unfortunately can't play with Adobe Premiere Pro's CUDA dependent Mercury engine and so, Full HD editing in the field is much slower than otherwise. OTOH, a separate graphics chip would probably have sabotaged the battery life.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2014 at 22:30 UTC
On Sony DSC-RX10 preview (725 comments in total)

I'm also sorely disappointed that there's been no in-depth DPR review yet.

Amy Davies in her Dec 20 in-depth at TechRadar <techradar.com/reviews/cameras-and-camcorders/cameras/compact-cameras/sony-rx10-1189945/review/2#articleContent> spotted a real captcha, that may well be a dealbreaker for me:

"To change the autofocus point, you will need to use a combination of buttons and the scrolling dials/arrow keys on the back of the camera.

First, you'll need to have the AF mode set to flexible spot, which you can do via the main menu or by assigning one of the custom buttons to this function. From there you can use the arrow keys to move around the screen and set the point.

Unfortunately, once you've done this, there's no super quick way to change the point; you'll have to set AF mode again to flexible spot, then move the point around the screen."

Anybody know how good (or bad) Sony usually is at listening to criticism and making amends via a firmware update?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2014 at 13:26 UTC as 17th comment | 2 replies
On Olympus Stylus 1 Preview preview (324 comments in total)

Very sparse information about the video features here. External mic input? Manual audio input level? Earphone monitoring while shooting?

If not, it look like RX10 will have the serious photo-cum-video camera market all to itself, never mind the extra dollars.

/Joachim

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2013 at 10:03 UTC as 85th comment | 2 replies

Still no local adjustment features. So, no more DxO for me, thank you very much.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2013 at 11:47 UTC as 23rd comment
On What the new Nexus 7 tablet means for photographers post (100 comments in total)

No.

I'm not interested.

Now you've heard from me. ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 26, 2013 at 13:34 UTC as 30th comment
On Adobe releases subscription-only Photoshop CC news story (408 comments in total)

I suggest that a mod ban this character calling himself 'tell the truth' and purge the thread of his posts. His infantile drivel is hurting this discussion, causing it to lose any pretensions of being taken seriously.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2013 at 05:44 UTC as 44th comment
On Nokia EOS rumors surge post (93 comments in total)

Petrogel wrote (1 day ago)
"EOS is a Greek word for "light" NOONE can claim anything out of this"

No, it's not. Eos is the name of the goddess of dawn, derived from a word that means exactly 'dawn'.

One of the many words for 'light', though, is φως (fos). Combined with γραφίς (graphis, 'brush') it's the foundation of the word photography.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2013 at 08:26 UTC as 12th comment | 2 replies
On Adobe publicly confirms stand-alone future for Lightroom news story (615 comments in total)
In reply to:

Lea5: To STU 5. You CAN run Corel DRAW on a Mac. Read:

http://corelblogs.wordpress.com/2013/05/13/you-can-run-coreldraw-on-a-mac/

And the most important statements:

"We also make sure to test new releases on our design software on Apple computers."

and

"Adobe’s recent announcement will put the discussion back on the table."

Adrianf2 in sublime ignorance writes: "Pixelmator may not be a direct competitor to PS, but it sure beats the hell out of LR."

You obviously don't have a clue what either program does. LR is a sophisticated cataloging database and an advanced RAW developer.

Pixelmator, in its current 2.2 Blueberry guise, has no cataloging features AT ALL, it is only 16 bits/channel, not 24, and it's dependent on the Mac OS RAW engine, which is a far cry from the latest Adobe CR.

Pixelmator shows a lot of promise for the future but there is virtually NO overlap between LR and Pixelmator. You're comparing apples and blueberries.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2013 at 16:24 UTC
On 10 Photo Editing Programs (that aren't Photoshop) article (352 comments in total)

If Adobe, as a kind of atonement to enthusiast amateurs and part-time pros, would add 24 bit ability to PS Elements 12, PSE + LR would go a long way to easing the pain of the Photoshop CC debacle.

Also, PSE can be significantly enhanced by Andrei Doubrovskis Elements+ (http://simplephotoshop.com/) which unlocks a host of hidden Photoshop features in any version of PSE.

DxO Optics Pro unfortunately still lacks local adjustments and thus can't compete with LR on that account.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2013 at 11:32 UTC as 100th comment
On Using a perspective control lens for wedding photography news story (124 comments in total)

Not to sound negative (some good ideas in the article, I think), but that heading profile photo, with a distracting strand of hair going right through the model's eye…

Personally, I'd have sent it straight into the Lightroom trash can for that reason.

/Joachim

Direct link | Posted on Mar 16, 2013 at 18:48 UTC as 35th comment | 3 replies

Yawn. Most consumers can't tell 1080 from 16:9 SD anyway.

Just imagine if a fraction of this R&D money was devoted to paying script writers, educating producers and training actors.

Then people might sit up and notice.

Pat Cullinan Jr: "I believe it [8K] is about equivalent to a Kodachrome 25 slide shot with a Summicron 50mm on a Leica mounted on a tripod."

Possibly. But displayed how?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 11, 2013 at 07:33 UTC as 40th comment | 1 reply
On The Lightroom catalog article (315 comments in total)

Just as an aside, avoid the Phase One Media Pro if you can! I've got a huge number of catalogs in the original iView Media Pro format and need it for that purpose.

The problem is that the Phase One version is frustratingly slow in rendering the media. Quite absurdly slow. Apparently, the Phase One people are aware of it and promised improvements early on, when I wrote a shocked message to support. But nothing noteworthy has happened.

I hate working with it, also because Phase One are notoriously glacially slow to add RAW support for new cameras.

There, I got that off my chest. ;-) Avoid it if you don't want to stare at a pixellated screen image while Media Pro is struggling to render it.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 29, 2012 at 07:38 UTC as 59th comment

Let's hope that for DxO OP 9, our French friends will finally see the light and provide DxO with versatile local adjustments à la CR/Lightroom.

Until then, I won't bother with it.

No matter how sophisticated, automatic or semi-automatic adjustments can never replace the artistic eye of the editing photographer.

/Joachim

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2012 at 06:39 UTC as 7th comment | 2 replies
On DxO Optics Pro 8: What's New article (110 comments in total)

I certainly will not buy another upgrade to DxO OP until the day that they FINALLY see the light and give it LOCAL ADJUSTMENTs, à la Lightroom.

Smart this and smart that can never replace the artistic eye of the photographer.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2012 at 07:05 UTC as 20th comment

What an ideal tool for triggering IED:s.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2012 at 13:32 UTC as 6th comment
On DxO Labs unveils Optics Pro 8 with Smart Lighting news story (35 comments in total)

I use DxO, sometimes, for specialised jobs.

But really – in 2012, how can you take a workflow/RAW editing piece of software seriously that doesn't include ***local adjustments***?

The 'intelligent one slider' philosophy can't read my thoughts and decide if I want to brighten just a particular face or darken a part of the sky.

I won't do any more upgrades until local adjustments are there.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2012 at 22:16 UTC as 6th comment
On Phase One releases Capture One Pro v7 news story (106 comments in total)

"Incorporating powerful digital asset management features found in Media Pro…"
Powerful it may be (Media Pro) but ***slow*** it is!
I've been with that program since it was iViewMedia and what happened when Phase One eventually took over, was that image rendering became ridiculously slow – even for JPEGs!
Still, with the latest Media Pro on my Early 2011 17" MB Pro with 16 GB RAM, I have to sit and twiddle my thumbs waiting for an image to finally render.
Elements Organizer 11 and LR 4 both run rings around Media Pro.
So, the fact that it's now included in C1 is, let's say, a very mixed blessing.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2012 at 22:09 UTC as 15th comment
On Panasonic DMC FZ200 preview (155 comments in total)
In reply to:

consulting: The 200 is more a gimmick than an advancement.
The only advantage is the "better" F-number (if you REALLY need it; do YOU?).

Not to forget the new viewfinder, though. The one in the FZ 150 is less than state of the art, to put it mildly…

I'm eagerly waiting for the DPR test. I'll get an FZ200 additional to my FZ150 fro two-camera video shoots. The 1080P50 video quality is just amazing.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2012 at 13:18 UTC
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