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zos xavius

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On article A classic reinvented? Domke Chronicle Review (90 comments in total)
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AbrasiveReducer: Canvas is heavy and cheap (at least to the manufacturer.) This bag is over 4 pounds, empty. Canvas tends to soak up water too, even when treated. The only upside is that it looks like you're roughing it. Those big metal hooks add weight as well, and there's no shoulder pad. Ballistic nylon may not look as cool but it's much lighter and the good stuff is practically waterproof. To each his own.

Yeah I have an f-2 as well and its pretty light. Less than 4lb certainly.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2016 at 11:52 UTC
On article A classic reinvented? Domke Chronicle Review (90 comments in total)
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miles green: Lovely bags, but those heavy metal clips swinging around a bag full of glass... scary.

You *definitely* have to be mindful of them, but in reality they aren't such a problem.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2016 at 11:51 UTC
On article A classic reinvented? Domke Chronicle Review (90 comments in total)
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Osvaldo Cristo: If you are interested in that bag I strongly recommend you also consider Domke F-2... it is USD 90 in the USA and without the bad taste "color detail"...

The canvas on the F-2 is fine and so are the inserts. Its also a photojournalist classic bag that never goes out of style. Mine looks like hell because I never clean it which is exactly how I want it to be. Character!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2016 at 11:46 UTC
On article A classic reinvented? Domke Chronicle Review (90 comments in total)

I love my domke f-2. The only thing I would possibly replace it with is a black domke f-2. $350 is a lot more than the $100 I paid. Maybe I should buy a spare black F-2 before they decide those are worth tons of cash too! :)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2016 at 11:42 UTC as 6th comment
On article Gear of the Year Part 4: Dale's pick - Samsung NX1 (407 comments in total)
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Robert Zanatta: Some of the photos look great, but why is the pick of the toddler at ISO 4000 so grainy? Was there no noise reduction

I must add look at the iso640 shot. it actually looks a little cleaner than the two at lower isos. I'm not familiar with this sensor but it could be that shadow pushes in PP are causing some of the noise you are seeing. I don't really know. I get the feeling that iso100 can be pretty clean with correct exposure and not a lot of pushing. Didn't the NX1 rate lower on DR than sony's sensors anyways? That shows a much higher noise floor for starters. Quite frankly I'd be happy if aps-c sensors stayed around 16-20mp for a while and they just focused on DR and quality. I do like the resolving power my k-3 has but also miss the ability to push raw files all over the place with minimal noise present. That 1 EV of DR is quite useful. Especially when you are trying to expose for a bright sky against a dark background.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2015 at 17:27 UTC
On article Gear of the Year Part 4: Dale's pick - Samsung NX1 (407 comments in total)
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Robert Zanatta: Some of the photos look great, but why is the pick of the toddler at ISO 4000 so grainy? Was there no noise reduction

Good catch on the iso 100 shot. I would have never have looked. To be fair the iso4000 shot isn't bad and considering the pixel pitch of the NX1 its actually pretty impressive. There is a lot of fine detail captured there. It was an ACR conversion and I find the lack of luminance smoothing NR a positive myself. This is on par with FF performance from a few years ago and that's nothing to really complain about. The iso 100 shot though? Wow. Lots of noise in the shadows and lots of false artifacts in the fine detail. I have a K-3 and while it has some false detail and moire it is nowhere near this bad. Same for the 16mp k-5 IIs which I also use regularly and that should have even worse moire characteristics given its pixel pitch. Is that CA we are seeing? The rainbow patterns along the lower structure just look like moire to me. All that artifacting really detracts IMO. If you printed this large I don't think it would look very good but that's a rather subjective thing for most people.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2015 at 17:20 UTC
On article Kodak fits 50MP into dynamic range (1 comment in total)

RIP Kodak :(

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2015 at 14:30 UTC as 1st comment
On article Sony finalizes buyout of Toshiba's sensor business (91 comments in total)
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ProfHankD: The sad truth is that the semiconductor fab business is condensing to just a handful of players -- this isn't just an imaging sensor thing. The problem is that a new fab line costs billions of dollars, and you need to make a new line quite often, so you need gobs of sales volume to justify the investment. The answer has largely been to fab chips for others too, e.g., doesn't Sony already make some Fuji-designed sensors? Still, it is sad to see the fab choices narrowing....

This is how intel eventually dominated AMD. AMD at one point had a technological advantage and then within a short period of time intel just built up new lines that produced chips on a smaller process negating amd's advatages in both performance and power consumption. Cell phone sensors are what is driving innovation right now. Everything you are seeing in the A7R II is the same technology just scaled up. i was reading about the D1 sensor and it turns out it was just a cheap P&S sensor scaled up which is why it had 10mp in photdiodes and yet was masked off to only produce a 3.2mp image out of that. Kind of like the Nokia pureview.....

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2015 at 13:59 UTC
On article Sony finalizes buyout of Toshiba's sensor business (91 comments in total)
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sneakyracer: If anything happens to Sony then there will be no more digital cameras...

Yeah, because Aptina, Cmosis, Samsung, Canon, Panasonic, and quite a few others don't make camera sensors at all. Get real.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2015 at 13:53 UTC
On article Studio tests and samples: Leica SL (beta) (750 comments in total)
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odpisan: In studio comparison with Pentax K3 II / "Pixel shift" / RAW & jpg ... by 50000 - is Pentax the absolute winner .. by 25000 are almost the same ... by 12800 no diferencies ... by 6400 Pentax much better ... ofcourse is Leica better if Pentax take pictures in "normal mode".

But ...... you know what I mean ..
:o)

The D-day is comming .. the day when I'll get my Pentax K3 II. My be even Pentax 645Z ...
:o))))

That is a software problem that people are already looking at. The raw files contain each individual frame. It would be rather trivial to select the parts the move and cause error and use data from a single frame to fill in the gaps. Obviously with large movement this is not possible but say in landscapes not much is really moving all that quickly. It wouldn't be hard to implement an algorithm that does this in camera. There are obvious benefits to using it in the real world once you can control errors. If you are so inclined you can easily just take a single frame from a pixel shift raw and import both into lightroom and erase every last bit of error. You would just have some slightly softer areas of your image. No big deal right? Of course scenes with large movement are out but it is a start. I think the full frame will improve on PS hopefully.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2015 at 01:11 UTC
On article Polaroid Snap instant digital camera prints 2x3" photos (104 comments in total)

I got kind of excited about this and then realized its only 2x3 inches. *sadface*

$.50 for a 2x3 inch print isn't exactly cheap either.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 5, 2015 at 05:22 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
On article Sony Alpha 7R II: Real-world ISO invariance study (368 comments in total)
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alligator: How to do a +6EV push in ACR?

Thanks for the additional info. :)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2015 at 17:55 UTC
On article Sony Alpha 7R II: Real-world ISO invariance study (368 comments in total)
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alligator: How to do a +6EV push in ACR?

That's a very useful tip. I need to play with this sometime.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2015 at 01:20 UTC
On article A lot to like: Real-world Leica Q gallery posted (349 comments in total)
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rkny: This place is hilarious. They post real world examples of cats and barns and people complain the pictures suck. They post professional post processed photos and people "well of course it looks great; it was shot by a pro and post processed".

News flash. Cat and barn pictures ALL suck. From EVERY camera. And if you spend $4K on a camera and don't spend time processing your RAWs, you just blew $4K.

If you can't look at unprocessed RAWs and see a camera's potential, or can't look at processed RAWs and see a camera's potential, you can't see, period. So stop slagging cameras that are over your budget, and way over your head.

This is hands down the best comment I've read here in a while and sums up dpreview readers well. I'd love to see what kind of images they produce in the small time constraints that the editors have with these cameras. I have one problem with your comment though. I don't think its really possible for cat pictures to suck. From any camera. Cats rock. Barns are kind of cool subjects too. But hey, what do I know after 8 years of shooting every day?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2015 at 00:56 UTC
On article Corel releases ParticleShop brush plugin for Photoshop (83 comments in total)
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austin55: Since I have installed Windows 10 Pro upgrade, I have had absolutely -0- issues with the OS or with any software compatibility issues. I am about a week in... so far so good:) Everything seems snappier to open and my machine does not seem to be taxed at all. I use LRCC 2015 and PSCC 2015 daily.

Its a big problem. It doesn't seem video card related, more memory management related. Everything else is smooth sailing for me now. My video card drivers keep dumping at the login screen for no reason, but they will reload without a reboot. Oh well. I hardly reboot, so its hardly a problem to be honest. They should have worked out the major bugs first. A delay is better than total embarrassment. Always.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2015 at 19:32 UTC
On article Under the hood: A closer look at the Sony a7R II (600 comments in total)
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Fauler_Beamter: If the crippled RAW files concern you, let Sony know! Tell their Customer Support something like "Unless it has lossless RAW-Compression or uncompressed RAW, I won't buy it. Update your firmware and you've got me".

I've recently read an interview with some Sony Guy who basically said "If enough People want it, we'll deliver it."

Come on, Sony... unleash your Monster!

Thanks for the quote. Sony knows that it needs a more professional line IMO. I would expect to eventually see some kind of flagship beyond the A7. Just a guess though. It would be foolish for them to not address one of the ony real criticisms of their current line of cameras. I don't really like sony, but they are at least pushing technology forward at a fairly fast clip.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2015 at 02:01 UTC
On article iFixit tears down Sony's new a7R II to find its secrets (290 comments in total)
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Artpt: That's quite a bit of RAM - 4gb....

@ethanp99: i was exaggerating slightly. A lot of devices have 3gb now and last year 2gb was pretty standard. Memory is relatively cheap, so why not?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2015 at 01:56 UTC
On article iFixit tears down Sony's new a7R II to find its secrets (290 comments in total)
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Artpt: That's quite a bit of RAM - 4gb....

That's almost standard on $400 smart phones anymore.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2015 at 01:45 UTC
On article Corel releases ParticleShop brush plugin for Photoshop (83 comments in total)
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austin55: Since I have installed Windows 10 Pro upgrade, I have had absolutely -0- issues with the OS or with any software compatibility issues. I am about a week in... so far so good:) Everything seems snappier to open and my machine does not seem to be taxed at all. I use LRCC 2015 and PSCC 2015 daily.

Lucky you. Is your kernel leaking RAM? I bet it is. Every windows 10 machine I have is doing that. Also my laptop dumps its video card drivers every time I reboot, forcing me to uninstall them and have system update reinstall them. My sound card didn't work until the first update pack because they had a broken mixer. When I try to boot safe mode, I just get a blinking screen. Also, startup recovery fails and says that it is not compatible!? Oh yeah and my windows 7 profile caused some weird bug that sent the data sharing service into a loop writing log files over and over again to my C drive. That one was really, really fun to figure out how to fix. I'm kind of sick of writing bug reports and asking questions in their forums. But yeah, no issues at all! Its just perfect!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2015 at 15:44 UTC
On article Under the hood: A closer look at the Sony a7R II (600 comments in total)
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Fauler_Beamter: If the crippled RAW files concern you, let Sony know! Tell their Customer Support something like "Unless it has lossless RAW-Compression or uncompressed RAW, I won't buy it. Update your firmware and you've got me".

I've recently read an interview with some Sony Guy who basically said "If enough People want it, we'll deliver it."

Come on, Sony... unleash your Monster!

I'm no sony fanboy, but they have stated in an interview that they are working on a solution to this problem.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2015 at 13:26 UTC
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