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In short, the effect is a combination of local contrast enhancement (or selective sharpening) and what is often called the soft focus technique.

Picture Window Pro, an inexpensive replacement for PS and in many ways more precise, makes a good environment for the Orton effect - which is really a general name for a variety of specific operations under the two categories above.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2016 at 05:05 UTC as 22nd comment
On article Ultra-compact: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review (519 comments in total)

Is the lens truly a Sonnar design? I thought Sonnars had a practicable floor on focal length, longer than 35 mm FF.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2016 at 19:47 UTC as 132nd comment
On article Going Pro: We interview Fujifilm execs in Tokyo (367 comments in total)

The Fuji X-Pro 2 is the first camera I pre-ordered and purchased new (after working my way through six or seven brands with purchase of used cameras, including Fuji X, over about as many years). And thanks to dPreview for pointing out the significance of the changes for selecting the focus point (good coverage of frame and the joystick for moving the focus point) that displaces focus-and-recompose.

To help APS-C, can some of their lenses have graceful falloff from in-focus to out-of-focus that rivals larger formats? Although image quality in technical terms might not require full frame, the transition effect just mentioned is attractive to many of us enthusiast photographers.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2016 at 05:36 UTC as 71st comment
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papa natas: I liked it.
Not enough to go and buy the camera, but guys...Thanks for not using "cool" and "sexy" about the camera's features.
Mystery question:
How do they get a British accent guy in...Seattle?

"How do they get a British accent guy in...Seattle?" I believe the the website was started and developed into maturity in Britain, then Amazon bought it and moved it to Seattle.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2016 at 18:24 UTC
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2457 comments in total)
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arhmatic: People should stop calling this "retro".

It has great look and it's appealing to me, but otherwise it's a square looking camera, both digital and analog controls, large screen and such... Only two elements might be considered "retro" --- dial for exposure, and maybe the optical view finder - but OVF (with pentaprism) is really everywhere in the DSLR world. So no, it's just a modern camera. Better styled one, but not "retro". It's a buy for me.

"retrogressive" or "retrospective"? :)

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2016 at 19:13 UTC
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2457 comments in total)
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alextardif: That last paragraph in the Overall Impressions, LOL! Drinking your own cool aid a bit, no? I've no doubt it's a fine tool when paired with the primes you've mentioned, yet it leaves me wanting for more, in the "XT1 Mk2 more" sort of way, which no doubt will follow. Looking forward to trying it out nonetheless...

Did you find yourself shooting a little further back to be sure to include what you wanted?

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2016 at 19:00 UTC
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djrocks66: I'm just wondering... I have never used a Leica before. Are these lenses really the sharpest and do they have the best color/contrast? I am pleased with my Fuji system and find the prime lenses very sharp with great color and contrast. Is it part hype or are they the real deal? Just wondering.

The older - as far back as the Summaron 35/3.5 - and "budget" - Summarit 35/2.5 - Leica lenses I've tried work fine on Fuji X cameras with generic adapters. There is the APS-C 1.5x crop factor. ... And there are fine M-mount legacy lenses from other manufacturers, too.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2016 at 00:36 UTC

Tried it on a couple of photos. Size reduction was 2 or 6 times - seems to depend on how much detail the original has. Fast Stone reported the JPG quality levels. The less detailed photo went from 100 to 88, the more detailed from 97 to 90. Then I opened the originals in Picture Window Pro and saved them at the corresponding JPG quality number. The PWP file sizes came out approximately 10 percent less than JPGmini (but PWP lost my comments added to the Exif).

Both reductions were remarkably similar to the original, certainly acceptable for Web use. The JPGmini was slightly sharper than the PWP reduction and the original. No halos, but you might or might not like it. I wonder whether the image is deliberately sharpened a bit, or that simply happens within their algorithm.

Incidentally, the more detailed photo was taken with a Sigma DP2 Merrill camera with a Foveon sensor.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2015 at 20:15 UTC as 55th comment

Spend less for a better lens of the same type: a Minolta Rokkor 40/2, which is a copy of Leica's Summicron 40. In M-mount, and of course a focus ring. Wonderful images.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2015 at 04:52 UTC as 23rd comment | 3 replies
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rgibbons: Is the flat lens efficient at passing light? My camera lens with coatings can pass over 95% of the light. Do the flat lens antennae block some light, and are less efficient?.

Note that the research was funded in part by grants from the National Science Foundation and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Commercialization and the bulk of the profits after a small royalty to Harvard University will be taken by Google and other corporations. Same story as with many of Apple's "innovations."

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 04:43 UTC
On article Get more accurate color with camera calibration (265 comments in total)
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Ingemar Edfalk: "I will have the camera set to the AdobeRGB color space and not sRGB, which is better suited to JPEG shooting. AdobeRGB gives a wider color gamut..." As far as I know this is not correct. The RAW file is not an RGB file. The choose of colorspace comes later in the conversion to RGB. The posibility to choose in camera targets JPEG shooting.

The author wrote, "AdobeRGB gives a wider color gamut, and is the best option for raw images that will subsequently be edited on a computer."

Just underlining how badly the author misunderstands raw files.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2014 at 15:56 UTC
On article Using third-party lenses on the Sony a7 / a7R (532 comments in total)

Third-party MF primes are so much more effective and fun on a Fuji XE-1. New firmware allows min shutter speed to trigger ISO increase. Mag rocker button is immediate, 3X and 10X. It's an APS-C camera, but a Voigtlander 21/4 works fine on it.
The reviewer gives details that make his case about the Sony. Sony is a new-tech gizmo company, not a camera company.

50 mm sample

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2014 at 06:10 UTC as 126th comment | 2 replies
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Charles2: In Etchells' second paragraph we learn the factory is only 90 minutes by car from Fukushima, ground zero of a nuclear disaster slipping toward an even more disastrous sequel. Ah, the radiation!

Nothing negative about Sigma intended. If only the nuclear industry had the same attention to detail, Japan and the world might have been spared the ongoing disaster emanating from Fukushima.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2013 at 15:42 UTC

In Etchells' second paragraph we learn the factory is only 90 minutes by car from Fukushima, ground zero of a nuclear disaster slipping toward an even more disastrous sequel. Ah, the radiation!

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2013 at 03:36 UTC as 15th comment | 6 replies

In the film days, did newspaper darkroom staff routinely dodge and burn?

In the digital era, if you forbid any change to a camera JPG, you choose a style set by the manufacturer - Olympus colors, Nikon exposure, or whatever.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2013 at 23:00 UTC as 34th comment | 1 reply
On article 10 Photo Editing Programs (that aren't Photoshop) (352 comments in total)
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YetiYeti: Raw Therapee seems also an obvious candidate for this comparison. In latest V4.0 edition, it is stable, fast, free, and becoming more and more Lightroom like in workflow and experience (but has no "catalog" concept, like Lightroom) . In some cases I get better results with RT, than with Lightroom. It even supports Adobe lens profiles. Available for Win, Mac, Linux.. 32 or 64 bit... Lively community participating on their forum too.

If you find it hard to believe, go and try. I have no affiliation with them, I just admire their work...

Raw Therapee exposure adjustments can be very precise, .01 stop if you wish. All its exposure and brightness tools together bring just about any image (raw file or TIF) into appropriate dynamic range.
The LAB curves are another fine RT tool.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2013 at 02:50 UTC
On article Will the next smartphones measure in ultrapixels? (16 comments in total)

"in a Foveon sensor, every pixel captures a true color because the red, green and blue filters are stacked above the light-gathering photodiodes."
My understanding is that there are no such filters in a Foveon sensor. Light travels deeper into the silicon depending on its wavelength (color); the readouts gather the intensities at several depths.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2013 at 03:42 UTC as 4th comment

The K-5 has been wonderful and will remain so for me. Evolutionary changes will serve new buyers well.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2012 at 22:25 UTC as 87th comment | 1 reply
On article Introduction to Food Photography (58 comments in total)

"The good news for those staring out" is that most likely no one will stare back in at you.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2012 at 02:35 UTC as 25th comment
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