jwalker019

jwalker019

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Joined on Sep 8, 2004

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On Fujifilm X-T1 Real-world Samples Gallery news story (187 comments in total)

Besides the design and features of the camera, I have to comment on the handling of noise at high ISO. Now seeing shots at ISO 6400 that look like 400 just a few years ago. Amazing what APS-C cameras can do these days!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2014 at 19:21 UTC as 61st comment
On Pictures emerge showing widely-leaked Fujfilm 'X-T1' news story (373 comments in total)

I'm short of cash right now :( but this goes on my wish list if it performance is even equal to X-E2 (and it sounds like it will be better) :)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 20:46 UTC as 94th comment
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera news story (921 comments in total)

I was thinking this would be large, but looking at other rumor sites on the web (that have apparently real leaked photos), it's actually *smaller* than the X-E2! Ergonomics look great - *very* tempting for me :/

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2014 at 16:17 UTC as 151st comment | 1 reply
On Fujifilm launches updated grips for X-E and X-Pro cameras news story (118 comments in total)

I think it's great they're finally releasing an upgraded grip, but why would they not just have designed the camera properly in the first place?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2014 at 05:17 UTC as 23rd comment | 4 replies
In reply to:

belard: My 2014 resolution:

Ditch the word 'phablet'.

Partially yours,
The World

"Commonly used"? By whom? Have never heard this term before except in "print" / on the web.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 29, 2013 at 23:04 UTC

Sounds like I'm in the minority, but Xtrans is the reason I bought my X-E1. An X-series camera without XTrans? Why?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2013 at 11:28 UTC as 31st comment | 5 replies
On Check out the first images from the iPhone 5S post (71 comments in total)
In reply to:

Menneisyys: Also note that the high-speed video modes may be suffering from pixel binning. That is, the 720p120 mode may, in reality, only capture at half the resolution in both directions; that is, 640*360.

At least that's the case with the iPhone 5 running on iOS7 (see http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/87/will-ios7-indeed-support-60fps-video-recording-yes-it-will for some precise resolution measurements.)

All in all, the photo-related improvements are indeed minimal, even if you take the, compared to the iPhone 5, double-Megapixel panorama mode, the somewhat (not much - the difference is WAY smaller than, say, between 1/3" and 1/2.3" or 1/2.3" and 1/1.7") larger sensor and brighter lens into account:

- still no double capturing (which would HIGHLY be useful when you'd like to include the image of the person taking the shot in the final video / pic too), unlike in LG G2

- no OIS (see LG G2 and Lumia 1020 - or, if you're looking for something cheaper, the Lumia 92x or the HTC One)

(contd below)

You keep mentioning "OIS" - on this and the other thread. iPhone has had image stabilization for years - what specifically are you looking for?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 21:03 UTC
On Adobe Photoshop CC: What it means for photographers news story (1879 comments in total)

Yep, confirmation they're abandoning photographers and only providing old and or dumbed-down versions of the software I (used to) use. Hopefully another company will be able to pick up the slack.

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2013 at 00:40 UTC as 804th comment

Guess that's the end of Photoshop for me - no way in h*ll I'm paying a monthly fee to use it :/

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2013 at 18:36 UTC as 750th comment

So cool - I bought Color EFex a couple years back, and now I have the whole suite for free :)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2013 at 00:47 UTC as 67th comment
On Nikon posts sample images from new D7100 news story (95 comments in total)

That second / middle shot is stunning - be sure to check it out full-sized.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2013 at 20:27 UTC as 35th comment
On Hands-on with Fujifilm's X100S article (62 comments in total)

I love it - I know they can't retrofit the Digital Split Image and faster focus to existing X-E1, etc., as those are hardware-enabled, but hope they give us a firmware update for focus peaking, which can certainly be done with the existing hardware :)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2013 at 21:59 UTC as 32nd comment | 1 reply
On Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM preview news story (151 comments in total)

I was *very* happy with the 24-105 when I shot Canon - can't imagine paying $600+ more for shorter focal length. What were they thinking?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2012 at 22:59 UTC as 26th comment | 1 reply
On DxO Labs unveils Optics Pro 8 with Smart Lighting news story (35 comments in total)

Some of the new / updated features look like real improvements (Smart Lighting, enhanced detail / sharpening, etc.) - I've recently re-instated DxO 7.x in my workflow, and look forward to the new version :)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2012 at 17:51 UTC as 24th comment
On Shooting with the Leica M9-P article (647 comments in total)

I checked out an M9 at a local camera shop to see what all the fuss was about. It was a lovely experience: the camera is clearly a fine piece of work, the rangefinder experience is enchanting and the lenses are to die for. But it's also heavy like a brick, has no hand grip to speak of, and has a *very* noisy sensor which was outclassed even when it was released.

I just can't buy into the idea of an $8k camera (no matter how seductive the look and feel) with a fixed, antiquated sensor. Unless you simply have money to burn, it doesn't make sense with a device you'll need to upgrade every 2-3 years.

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2012 at 15:16 UTC as 143rd comment | 5 replies
On Canon EOS 5D Mark III preview (923 comments in total)

Looking at the raw comparison, D800 is better even at 100% starting with ISO 3200 (not to mention D4, which is a high ISO *monster*). Resized to the same output, the D800 tromps all over the 5D III.

To be clear, they're all amazing :)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 28, 2012 at 16:50 UTC as 135th comment | 3 replies
On First Impressions: Using the Nikon D800 article (310 comments in total)

I was thinking I was going to sit out this round - but now that I've seen the actual output and had a chance to play with it, I may actually go for the D800(E). Downsampled to 16MP (which I would want to do anyway, 'cause who needs those honkin' files!), the D800 has virtually identical noise characteristics to the D4 but much better detail retention. So you get the best of both worlds: great high ISO performance when needed, incredible detail when needed, even a good-sized DX crop mode. I like it.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2012 at 21:17 UTC as 121st comment
On Just posted: Nikon D800 test samples news story (440 comments in total)

Very nice. Especially instructive to take the raws and compare with D4 *at the same output size* (e.g., 16MP). In this scenario, D800 noise performance is virtually identical with the D4, but retains more detail. If I were buying, I"d get the D800(E), shoot raw, and downsample all my high ISO shots to 16 (or even 12) MP - best of both worlds.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2012 at 13:41 UTC as 43rd comment | 1 reply
On Just Posted: Nikon D4 Studio Test Samples news story (331 comments in total)
In reply to:

lensberg: The Nikon D4 is essentially an overhyped camera... but i suppose that was to be expected considering the fact that it was propped up prematurely to assume the high ISO crown from the D3S.

Considering the fact that there is a 2½ year time span between the D3S & D4 ... Nikon seem to have made virtually no advances regarding ISO performance...

Just look at that furry patch that resembles tiger skin at ISO 6400 on the D4 and you'll notice severe ammounts of noise reduction at work... blurring out the fine textures & fibres completely... by contrast the D3 & Canon 1D Mark IV manage to preserve the textures whilst delivering a natural looking image...

The intricate pattern on the green & purple fabric is totally smeared out by the D4 though funnily the white cross fibres remain intact ... Now compare it to the D3s sample which is excellent... even the 1D IV manages to retain more detail...

You must be looking at the JPEGs, the NEFs tell a completely different story. The D4 retains quite a bit more detail and better color accuracy than the DS3, pretty much across the board, and is comparable in noise when viewed at the same resolution.

Looking at the 1D Mark IV, though, I'd say there's not much to choose between the D4 and 1D Mark IV, given appropriate noise reduction and sharpening, etc.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2012 at 22:15 UTC
On Just Posted: Nikon D4 Studio Test Samples news story (331 comments in total)
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ivan1973: D4 is definitely no better than D3S despite having a larger sensor. Can't wait to see 1Dx performances.

HowaboutRAW, showing your ignorance of raw processing software? Nikon Capture NX 2 2.3.1 has been out for some time and, *yes* we do have the raws and have been working with them, thank you.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2012 at 21:58 UTC
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