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micahmedia

Lives in United States Portland, United States
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Joined on Jan 25, 2010

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On Nikon J1 real-world samples gallery article (336 comments in total)
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PatrickP: This camera is basically designed for people with a lot of fast / long nikkors and wanna go lighter and longer , not the P&S / mirrorless crowd actually....

with the f-mount adapter :

slap on a 24/1.4G and it becomes 70m f/1.4, with AF
50/1.4G becomes 135mm f/1.4
85/1.4G becomes 230mm f/1.4

all of the above combined with the camera weight about 2 pounds in a fairly small package. even with the 24/1.4 , shooting at f/1.4 it's A LOT of subject isolation. at f/1.4 you would hardly ever shoot above ISO800....

also:
70-200 becomes 190-510mm f/2.8 VR
70-200 VR2 + 2X TC becomes 380-1080mm f/5.6 VR. (think telescope...)

i can't say i'm not excited....

...and final image noise is not purely a function of megapixels/surface area. Sure there's that whole light collecting in buckets model you hear oft referred to, but besides that is ADR, signal amplification, and heat. These things are constantly getting better and better and have nothing to do with anything on the other side of the shutter.

The proof of the puddin is in the tasting. Get out and eat more. Everyone. It's good for ya.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2011 at 00:19 UTC
On Nikon J1 real-world samples gallery article (336 comments in total)
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PatrickP: This camera is basically designed for people with a lot of fast / long nikkors and wanna go lighter and longer , not the P&S / mirrorless crowd actually....

with the f-mount adapter :

slap on a 24/1.4G and it becomes 70m f/1.4, with AF
50/1.4G becomes 135mm f/1.4
85/1.4G becomes 230mm f/1.4

all of the above combined with the camera weight about 2 pounds in a fairly small package. even with the 24/1.4 , shooting at f/1.4 it's A LOT of subject isolation. at f/1.4 you would hardly ever shoot above ISO800....

also:
70-200 becomes 190-510mm f/2.8 VR
70-200 VR2 + 2X TC becomes 380-1080mm f/5.6 VR. (think telescope...)

i can't say i'm not excited....

@ppastoris: I think it doesn't all mean what you think it means. Lens diameter effects the final image circle, but it does not have anything to do with circles of confusion. Clear aperture and any restrictions by an iris will have effects, and element diameter directly relates to light collection (and, at times, internal reflection!), but not circles of confusion, which are determined by the way the elements refract the light.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2011 at 00:14 UTC
On Nikon J1 real-world samples gallery article (336 comments in total)
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PatrickP: This camera is basically designed for people with a lot of fast / long nikkors and wanna go lighter and longer , not the P&S / mirrorless crowd actually....

with the f-mount adapter :

slap on a 24/1.4G and it becomes 70m f/1.4, with AF
50/1.4G becomes 135mm f/1.4
85/1.4G becomes 230mm f/1.4

all of the above combined with the camera weight about 2 pounds in a fairly small package. even with the 24/1.4 , shooting at f/1.4 it's A LOT of subject isolation. at f/1.4 you would hardly ever shoot above ISO800....

also:
70-200 becomes 190-510mm f/2.8 VR
70-200 VR2 + 2X TC becomes 380-1080mm f/5.6 VR. (think telescope...)

i can't say i'm not excited....

@ppastoris: ok, lets see a demonstration of these effects in actual images.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2011 at 00:10 UTC
On Nikon J1 real-world samples gallery article (336 comments in total)
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sar12611: Its easy to get lost in comparisons of 'sharpness' and 'quality' when you benchmark cameras against each other. The initial benchmark that needs to be established in with the tried and true 35 mm format that was popular years ago. I think today's pocket cameras are constantly being rushed to the market..a marketing department approach. There is such a vast range of quality all all price points. All additional features of video and such distract from what ultimately makes a good camera at any price point: Optics, Build Quality and Ultimately the results (influenced by 'in-camera' processing). Older point and shoot 35 mm cameras could produce incredible prints up to 20 x 30 based on the film utilized, (asa 50, 64 or 100) - and of course, optics. This fact needs to be kept in mind even though we have progressed to a digital era. Then we would have a proper perspective in conducting reviews and making assessments. Just a primer for thought....

I'd like to see a comparison done for real. Hmm. I wonder if I know anybody with a 35-point and shoot that still works? Most people have thrown away their throw-away cameras!

My educated guess is that the pocket 35 cams won't compare too well at reasonable apertures. A comparison I did years ago of 35mm negative to my D2x left me stunned at how much the digital images surpassed what I could get from Reala 100 with the same lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 22, 2011 at 23:39 UTC
On Nikon J1 real-world samples gallery article (336 comments in total)

I've read some criticisms of detail, but taken into PS and sharpened, the detail is certainly there. It's a bit smudged in the high ISO shots straight from camera. I wonder how ACR will do with the raws?! Tempted to download the Capture NX trial, but I suspect that will be the frustrating crap it has always been...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 22, 2011 at 23:36 UTC as 53rd comment
On Nikon J1 real-world samples gallery article (336 comments in total)
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terryoregon: Why is the ISO not showing up on some of the higher ISO photos?
Not showing up when I download it either, using Thumbs Plus.

...I see it fine in my browser with FxIF and once downloaded with irfanview. In irfanview the ISO for the 6400 shots shows up further down the metadata. And this is true for early 1 system shots on the Nikon site and others around the web.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 22, 2011 at 23:30 UTC
On Nikon J1 real-world samples gallery article (336 comments in total)
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PatrickP: This camera is basically designed for people with a lot of fast / long nikkors and wanna go lighter and longer , not the P&S / mirrorless crowd actually....

with the f-mount adapter :

slap on a 24/1.4G and it becomes 70m f/1.4, with AF
50/1.4G becomes 135mm f/1.4
85/1.4G becomes 230mm f/1.4

all of the above combined with the camera weight about 2 pounds in a fairly small package. even with the 24/1.4 , shooting at f/1.4 it's A LOT of subject isolation. at f/1.4 you would hardly ever shoot above ISO800....

also:
70-200 becomes 190-510mm f/2.8 VR
70-200 VR2 + 2X TC becomes 380-1080mm f/5.6 VR. (think telescope...)

i can't say i'm not excited....

GRWARGHHH! Let me attempt to set the record straight about DOF: Smaller sensor also means the likelihood of more image magnification, which also means you're magnifying the diameter of the circles of confusion.

2.7x image crop only means 2.7x stops less depth of field if you're printing at 37% the size of full fram. POW.

But (to take a phrase from Levar Burton) don't take my word for it. Try it and see!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 22, 2011 at 23:14 UTC
On Nikon J1 real-world samples gallery article (336 comments in total)
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walberty: The higher ISO shots look good from a noise standpoint, and generally the photos are okay looking. However, the Elmo picture looks really bad. Is it my monitor setting or is the red fur completely blown out?

The phase dectect/contract focusing is a neat idea, although am I correct to say that it is not original (see Ricoh)? Although obviously their implemenation is unique and patented, so kudos there. As others have pointed out it seems that the major issue is in the packaging. It holds no real size advantage (yet at least) to the M4/3 system or NEX and the photo quality will likely be similar over time. Will a p&s upgrader go with this camera, a cheap DSLR, a M4/3, NEX or something like the Fuji X10? Interesting to see where things go, but man the camera market is getting out of hand with too many models and systems so look out for some major fallout.

...I was just thinking the opposite: I just calibrated my monitor within the last week, and it looks good and detailed to me.

I'm not crazy about the high ISO stuff, but I haven't used a P&S or camera direct jpegs in years and wanna see what the RAW look like through ACR/LR. Probably won't see an Adobe update that includes it until Dec. is my guess.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 22, 2011 at 22:56 UTC
On Nikon 1 System First Impressions article (248 comments in total)
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goloby: I'm sure the sensor will focus fast, but there's no way the motor in those lenses will focus anywhere near as my d90 with the 50 1.8d, not to mention a D3x with some pro lenses, it's just marketing

1) tiny/light glass
2) tiny distances to move
3) a resolution which requires less precision than the d3x
4) depth of field is fairly large for an imaging area that size

Which all helps for speedy focusing...on paper. Time will tell! It's wholly possible (in theory at least) that their claims are true though.

Will they have glass 1.4 or faster? More compact lenses than what's shown? Higher resolution? Will AF-S lenses autofocus with it?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2011 at 22:14 UTC
On Preview:nikonp7100 (106 comments in total)
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h2k: The lcd should *swivel*, not just fold up and down. I suspect that some engineers still don't understand the usefulness of a *swiveling* (side-hinging) lcd (as seen on Powershot G12 or Panasonic Lumix G2, G3).

More flaws, if i see it right:
- no touch screen
- no electronic horizon
- no GPS

...you don't see it right:

- what on earth is the practical use for a touch screen? Tactile buttons are potentially operable blind

- GPS is and should be an accessory, not built in

- I like the idea of an electronic horizon, and it's a no brainer to implement using the tiny built in accelerometers used for orientation sensing. HOWEVER, they are never really as accurate as a bubble level and not as practically useful as using your (hopefully) much more sensitive eyes and brain to frame a compelling composition.

Posted on Aug 24, 2011 at 16:24 UTC
On Lytro plenoptic camera used for fashion shoot article (100 comments in total)

...check the bokeh. There's an odd (but subtle in these pics) diagonal banding in the bokeh. For example, the shot through the bike spokes, if you look at the channels in the concrete wall behind the model. It's not the spokes causing issues either, since I see the same in the one in front of the Flatiron building.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 26, 2011 at 00:27 UTC as 72nd comment | 1 reply
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