Nuno Souto

Nuno Souto

Lives in Australia Sydney, Australia
Works as a IT damager
Joined on Jul 11, 2007
About me:

Nikon D80 and D200, Oly EM-5, all in RAW, with Corel Aftershot Pro 2 for processing.

Lots of F-series 35mm Nikon bodies, a Zeiss rangefinder, a few Leica and Voigtlander lenses and some Oly and Sigma Art MFT ones.
SLR lenses mostly Nikkor - MF and AF/AFS, some Tamron and Sigma.
Mamiya RB67 and 645 Pro-TL and Fuji 645S rangefinder.
Scanner is a beaut 9000 ED and a brand new plustek Opticfilm 120.
I use Neat Image, Irfanview, Focus Magic and Picture Window Pro for image processing

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On Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4 to offer Raw capture article (148 comments in total)
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Nuno Souto: Makers of these cameras need to be aware that 15m depth is NOTHING. They need to be at least capable of 30m like the Nikon AW130, to be of ANY use for scuba divers. Until that happens, they remain a toy capable of a lot more but requiring a very expensive case on top!

I've got a TG2 and it works great without flash. The thing is: it uses the led for macro. Which means I get back red colour AND I don't need to use the horrible miniature inbuilt flash!
The Nikon AW130 can use external flash, but it needs the best part of a grand in adapters and cables/brackets before anything can go blink. I find for macro the Pentax Optio system makes a LOT more sense: put small lights all around the lens, it works like a ring macro light. And it's built-in
But yes, the best solution is by far an external flash. Back in the days of film my setup was a Nikon F in an aluminum housing with two flashes on flexible brackets. Horribly awkward, but worked famously. And it cost a daughter's dowry!... :(
Ah yes: astrophotography!
What makes you think I'm not into it? :)
Horrendously costly! Just the tracking tripod head is worth a small car!
The Sony idea is promising, thanks. I just need to convince the finance director (aka wife) that I NEED one! ;)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 03:15 UTC
On Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4 to offer Raw capture article (148 comments in total)
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Nuno Souto: Makers of these cameras need to be aware that 15m depth is NOTHING. They need to be at least capable of 30m like the Nikon AW130, to be of ANY use for scuba divers. Until that happens, they remain a toy capable of a lot more but requiring a very expensive case on top!

Yeah, I'm aware of the case for the Oly.
That's why I said "expensive case". It's more expensive than the camera!
Which makes the whole show worthless. I'll stick to the Nikon AW130, thanks.
It can do 30 metres and although I never go deeper than 20 metres nowadays, it's just perfect.
And divers don't stick to larger sensors: for any detail or macro shot after 10 metres you NEED flash, period. Sensor size is immaterial when red colour just isn't there.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2015 at 23:36 UTC
On Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4 to offer Raw capture article (148 comments in total)
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Simon Zeev: For diving a camera that can go to depths of 30~40m is needed.
I don't understand why don't they make such a camera reinforced to take more pressure.

They do. It's called: Nikon AW130 and came out a couple of months ago. 30m depth, no case!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 02:07 UTC
On Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4 to offer Raw capture article (148 comments in total)

Makers of these cameras need to be aware that 15m depth is NOTHING. They need to be at least capable of 30m like the Nikon AW130, to be of ANY use for scuba divers. Until that happens, they remain a toy capable of a lot more but requiring a very expensive case on top!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 02:05 UTC as 11th comment | 4 replies
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review preview (797 comments in total)

Focus peaking is mentioned a coupla times, but nowhere is it shown what it looks like. Is it a-la Sony NEX7?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2015 at 03:43 UTC as 147th comment | 1 reply

Without a shadow of a doubt: IBIS.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2015 at 11:09 UTC as 21st comment | 2 replies
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iAPX: Seems lenses have progressed incredibly to resolve all those details ;)

Larger and heavier files, more storage, more processing power, this is a non-sense, Canon should have stayed in the 20-something MP league.

Exactly! The same lenses that 6 months ago couldn't resolve 24MP and autofocus accurately are now perfect for this.
Apparently, because one can downsample lens errors if the sensor is higher rez...
#facepalm
:)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2015 at 07:35 UTC
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SUNY Purchase Aperture: You guys are missing the point. This is the first full frame DSLR to give resolution once only possible on a 25,000 dollar medium format camera. Not even a D800 or D810 is this high. So what it has lower iso? So what it has fewer video specs? That isnt what its made for. Its for photographers who need pure quality and resolution. Its not for videomaking, not for selfies, not for sports. Its PURE photography.

Oh great! You just reduced its market penetration to 25 people...
:)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2015 at 07:31 UTC
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mgrum: Before the "50 megapixels can only be utilised by Ziess Otus lenses" crowd gets started, bear in mind:

- Worst case resolution of a Bayer sensor (when imaging a pure red/blue objects) is a quarter of the total pixel count, i.e. 12.5 megapixels.

- Oversampling reduces demosaicing artifacts for better quality images.

- sRAW mode allows you to benefit from oversampling and still have small filesizes if desired.

- People have been successfully shooting APS-C sensors with even smaller pixels for years without "outresolving" full frame lenses.

- A lot of the time corners are not critical. For portraiture/wildlife/sports the corners are almost always out of focus, centre resolution is what matters.

- 50MP provides offers the benefits of APS-C and full frame in the same body.

What part of "oversampling to reduce demosaicing artifacts" has NOTHING to do with lens resolution don't you grasp?
It'd be nice if you argued on topic when talking about lenses that can resolve 50MP. It's the lens, not the sensor! An oversampled sensor image will NOT improve the image captured by a lesser lens.
It's really not hard to grasp...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2015 at 07:29 UTC
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Fazal Majid: The weasel language around the low-pass filter on the 5Ds R suggests an arrangement like the Nikon D810, with two mutually canceling filters, rather than the better arrangement on the D810 without a LPF in the first place.

It didn't even cross your mind. #facepalm...
Modern *affordable* primes are waaaaay behind that sort of resolution. And of course so are just about all zooms.
They were designed when the highest rez was 16MP, back in the days of the 1ds2.
It'll take another 5 years before general lens rez even approaches 35MP, let alone 50. And I'm not even counting focusing errors caused by out of whack mirror assemblies.

No, we are NOT all rushing out to buy a Otus or a Leica just so we can use 50MP effectively.
THAT is the detail Canon and Nikon marketing have forgotten about.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2015 at 07:14 UTC
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Fazal Majid: The weasel language around the low-pass filter on the 5Ds R suggests an arrangement like the Nikon D810, with two mutually canceling filters, rather than the better arrangement on the D810 without a LPF in the first place.

and...
that couldn't be because both cameras are over-resolving the lens used?
Narh, not possible!
#facepalm

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 11:38 UTC

Ho-hum, another week, another megapixel "war".
Boring...
As if anyone can use that for anything!
When are these idiots gonna realize that photography has NOTHING to do with camera resolution?
Oh, BTW: that goes for Canon and Nikon.
Their marketing both suffer from early dementia.
Good luck selling lots of that to surveillance camera users.
Like Laforet and others of the same ilk.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 11:34 UTC as 34th comment | 2 replies

50 grand for a digital camera?
Someone is on fumes...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 23:21 UTC as 13th comment

#facepalm

(no money laundering going on here folks, move along!)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 05:56 UTC as 121st comment | 1 reply
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wootpile: Why overcomplicate this type of legislation? The US legislators should make a hint from Sweden's way of handling this through 2 types of wilderness protection.
1) national park, no commercial construction, no vehicles (apart from supporting tourism) allowed (I assume this is similar to US national parks)
2) nature preserve, usually smaller in area and often located near suburbia. just about equally restraints on commercial (or residential) building, no vehicles and often dis-allowing camping or tents

In both cases though, all areas free to use for recreation walks and of course photography.

If you let this go through in US what next? Will they also prohibit un-licensed painting? How about mental memories?

One can only wonder if the forest service lawyers drafting this have gone to a proper law-school.

Mental memories as well?
Will you stop giving them ideas?
;)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 07:09 UTC

This same nonsense was tried here in Australia. It's nothing more than pure consolidated revenue raising.
There is no way that "license" money will ever be used specifically to improve o help anything with the parks. It's pure bureaucracy.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2014 at 01:28 UTC as 88th comment | 3 replies
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Nuno Souto: Would be nice if ANYONE stocked the v750 or the v850 in Australia.
The 750 is impossible to find here and importing it is out of the question due to outrageous P&P prices.
As well: can Epson for once STOP giving Silverfast a free ride on their outrageous pricing?
That 850 would cost half its expected price if it didn't have that idiotic piece of software forced on it!
And I'd never purchase it to give Siverfast free money for software I'd never use!
Sorry, Epson: no go. Change, or you won't get a cent from me.

It's very clear you don't have a clue as to what makes the v750 a much better scanner.
Hint: it's got NOTHING to do with the wet mount holder.
But don't worry: sell the v700, it's obviously wasted.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 28, 2014 at 08:29 UTC
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colourgeek: Glad to see Epson continuing to make slight improvements, and continue selling scanners. A lot of comments on scan resolution. With smaller format films like 35mm optical resolved lines at 2200-2300 pip is really sufficient for negatives, and only a few positive films shot with excellent lenses would require more.
While I have an older 4870, I just don't scan film, not even my archives.

When I did I used to scan on my ICG drum scan which if correctly done outdoes all CCD scanners. Trick is with scanners like Epson to get the best scans, you need to wet mount. Since they include a wet mount for the 850 problem solved as well as a modern scanner with software to run it.
All the other great scanners of the day are long gone, so you have no choice, nor is it necessary to talk about the quality on those old scanners.

The Plustek Opticfilm 120 is a fantastic modern scanner, nearly as good as the discontinued Coolscan 9000.
I have both and have found them very similar in results, particularly for negative film (both colour and b&w).
For slides, the Opticfilm is not as good as the 9000 but it's mostly because vuescan can't do the equivalent of Nikonscan's Digital DEE.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 09:49 UTC
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Nuno Souto: Would be nice if ANYONE stocked the v750 or the v850 in Australia.
The 750 is impossible to find here and importing it is out of the question due to outrageous P&P prices.
As well: can Epson for once STOP giving Silverfast a free ride on their outrageous pricing?
That 850 would cost half its expected price if it didn't have that idiotic piece of software forced on it!
And I'd never purchase it to give Siverfast free money for software I'd never use!
Sorry, Epson: no go. Change, or you won't get a cent from me.

I said very clearly "the V750 is impossible to find here".
Nowhere did I mention anything about the V700.
Which part of that do you find hard to grasp?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 09:39 UTC

Would be nice if ANYONE stocked the v750 or the v850 in Australia.
The 750 is impossible to find here and importing it is out of the question due to outrageous P&P prices.
As well: can Epson for once STOP giving Silverfast a free ride on their outrageous pricing?
That 850 would cost half its expected price if it didn't have that idiotic piece of software forced on it!
And I'd never purchase it to give Siverfast free money for software I'd never use!
Sorry, Epson: no go. Change, or you won't get a cent from me.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 01:07 UTC as 38th comment | 4 replies
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