GabrielZ

GabrielZ

Joined on Feb 3, 2012

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On Connect post Microsoft announces Surface 3 tablet running full Windows (176 comments in total)
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Just a Photographer: I think a 15.4" Surface Pro 4, with proper i7 processor, 512GB SSD, 32GB memory and 802.11AC would have been a better choice.

At least it would then make it an interesting device for photographers and illustrators.

You're describing a laptop - they already exist. Why on earth would anybody want a 15"+ tablet?

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2015 at 20:01 UTC
On Connect post Microsoft announces Surface 3 tablet running full Windows (176 comments in total)

This is what the Surface should've have been from the beginning. A good alternative to the iPad now. Microsoft, Samsung etc..have caught up with and are in places - surpassing Apple at their own game lately.

I hope Apple can counter these recent announcements with the upcoming large screened iPad 'Pro' and iPhone 6S. Next years iPhone 7 needs to be something very special!

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2015 at 19:59 UTC as 33rd comment | 6 replies
On article Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review (855 comments in total)

Only a Silver award then. A little surprised by that. I think its that old-hat sensor, the same as the original E-M5 I think, together with its relatively high price compared to the competition, that's influenced the reviewers here maybe?

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2015 at 17:12 UTC as 117th comment | 5 replies
On Connect post HTC One M9 comes with 20MP sensor and 4K video (9 comments in total)

Rather underwhelming next to the Samsung S6/S6 Edge. And that dual-tone gold and silver finish seems rather fake Rolex chintzy to me. Samsung definitely make the better Android smartphone for the time being. But then I suppose they do have the much-much bigger R&D budget compared to little HTC.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 17:24 UTC as 1st comment
On Connect post Samsung launches Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge with F1.9 lens and OIS (19 comments in total)

I'm an iPhone 5S user, Apple fanboy and really like iOS (7 and onwards) and won't be switching, but still think the S6, especially the Edge version pictured above, is gorgeous and so much more desirable a piece of kit than the iPhone 6 by a long shot! Bring on the iPhone 7 in 2016 Apple. I found the iPhone 6 to be very underwhelming when it was introduced last year.

The iPhone 6S maybe arriving at the end of this year with improved specs, but its still going to be an ugly duckling (those messy looking plastic antenna openings on the back especially) compared to this!

And what a fantastic specification too! Samsung really went full-out this time. Even though they seemed to of quietly dropped the water resistance of the S5, but thats still a relatively small price to pay for such an elegant design IMHO.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 16:57 UTC as 2nd comment
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GabrielZ: I was watching a review of the 645Z at TheCameraStoreTV channel on YouTube a while back, and was really impressed by the apparent image quality of this camera. Easily outdoing any FF DSLR I've seen lately. If I had the dosh I'd get one, despite the bulk!

@canonpro Back in the 70s, 80s and 90s all pro 35mm film SLRs from Canon, Nikon etc...came with a button or lever on the body to lock-up the mirror...very convenient.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 16:35 UTC
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GabrielZ: It seems to me now, that all those camera manufactures that incorporate in-body IS will be going the sensor shift way soon, as a way of adding value and improving the image quality/colour/sharpness of their cameras.

ToCouscousdelight: Yes...I've read online that Sony already has a patent for such a design and may release a sensor incorporating it soon (according to the rumour mill!) even though it seems to be targeted primarily at the video market and incorporates a global shutter too...we'll see.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2015 at 19:43 UTC

I was watching a review of the 645Z at TheCameraStoreTV channel on YouTube a while back, and was really impressed by the apparent image quality of this camera. Easily outdoing any FF DSLR I've seen lately. If I had the dosh I'd get one, despite the bulk!

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2015 at 19:33 UTC as 52nd comment | 3 replies

It seems to me now, that all those camera manufactures that incorporate in-body IS will be going the sensor shift way soon, as a way of adding value and improving the image quality/colour/sharpness of their cameras.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2015 at 17:08 UTC as 62nd comment | 3 replies
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Timbukto: Subjectively I think the Tamron sunstars look good and like that it gets slightly diffuse going outwards. Not a fan of the Nikon double spikes. On the otherhand I don't like the medium sized sun flare blob on the Tamron, prefer the very large and more diffuse Canon sun flare blob, and Nikon's sun flare blob is so small I would consider PPing it away (the sun was also at its lowest in that shot as well). Do these lens flare blobs change much in size with different aperture values?

The Canon overall seemed the best taking into account both sunstar + more diffuse lens flare that looks like a PP effect you'd want to keep, vs something you want to PP out entirely.

Ugh just opened up the larger images...stop trying to pull the shadows up on the Canon! ;p

Yes, that very noticeable sun flare blob on the Tamron has almost put me off the lens completely. I hate that sort of thing, its something you find in cheapo kit lens and should not be in a high-end pro one like this!

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 19:25 UTC
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Mike Sandman: It's very refreshing to read so many un-hedged, direct statements from a camera company executive. Thanks, dPreview, for asking the questions, and thanks Fuji, for answering them forthrightly. Mr. Iida even acknowledged Samsung. This kind of thinking is responsible for Fuji's successful transition from film to digital vs. Kodak's failure.

It would be very nice (and quite a surprise) to see an equally frank set of answers from Nikon or Canon about how their cameras stack up against the competitors.

Yes I agree with everyone on Mike's string. This is the most forthright and informative interview I've read so far from a photographic industry executive.

I'm glad I 've bought into the Fujifilm X-series family. Even if my X-E2s EVF dimness, even at its maximum brightness setting, in daylight while wearing glasses continues to be a major problem for me.

I'm also still not able to get the level of fine detail image quality out of the Iridient RAW converter I purchased specifically for its X-Trans de-mosaicing, that in reviews is supposed to be amongst the best available for that purpose. Which is also quite disappointing. But maybe that'll improve as I use it more and get to know it better over time.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2015 at 15:56 UTC
On article Lytro plans to shed jobs as it shifts focus to video (506 comments in total)
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AZPhotog86: I've used the Illum and it's a disaster with a terrible workflow--with eventual poor results. The inventors of this technology should have licensed it to Apple/Samsung as other have said. Would've saved them a lot of grief...

Yes, a missed opportunity on Lytro's part. I think this company is heading for the history books.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2015 at 18:37 UTC
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smorti: The main difficulty they face is avoiding vignetting and colour shift: because the lenses are so close to the sensor, these problems (which are avoided with film cameras and DSLRs) are very difficult to deal with. It's fine with smaller sensors, but not with larger sensors. Leica gets round this with some very innovative micro-lenses on the sensor - question is whether such a small start-up will be able to match that level of engineering.

Interesting point!

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 17:18 UTC
On photo DSCF7498_ISO200 in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (5 comments in total)
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GabrielZ: All the photos in this gallery here look flat and lacking in sharp detail.

Yes, didn't notice that. But still why take a landscape shot for instance (such as this) using such a wide aperture if its going to come out with such narrow depth-of-field? Just looks blurry and badly shot. I know its at sunset, but that's what higher ISOs and tripods are for.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2015 at 16:50 UTC
On a photo in the Fujifilm XF 16-55 f/2.8 R LM WR sample gallery (5 comments in total)
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GabrielZ: All the photos in this gallery here look flat and lacking in sharp detail.

Yes, didn't notice that. But still why take a landscape shot for instance (such as this) using such a wide aperture if its going to come out with such narrow depth-of-field? Just looks blurry and badly shot. I know its at sunset, but that's what higher ISOs and tripods are for.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2015 at 16:50 UTC
On Connect post Astropad turns iPad into drawing tablet for Mac (118 comments in total)

Nice idea, I hope it works with apps other than Photoshop. $50 seems a bit pricey though.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2015 at 17:06 UTC as 13th comment
On photo DSCF7498_ISO200 in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (5 comments in total)

All the photos in this gallery here look flat and lacking in sharp detail.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2015 at 18:32 UTC as 1st comment | 3 replies
On a photo in the Fujifilm XF 16-55 f/2.8 R LM WR sample gallery (5 comments in total)

All the photos in this gallery here look flat and lacking in sharp detail.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2015 at 18:32 UTC as 1st comment | 3 replies
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steveTQP: As for "advantages of mirrorless systems", are we forgetting a big one, IMHO...The lack of AF Adjustment (or AF Fine-Tune, as some call it)! In other words, since the mirrorless systems focus right off the sensor itself (no reflex mirrorbox like in a DSLR), assuming the system and lens are not faulty, the Focus is always spot-on....There can be no "back-focus" or "front-focus" issues, again, assuming the system and lens are not faulty. That, to my 57-year-old eyes, is of critical importance, if "Sharpness" is a criterion of one's photography. Thank you.

Good point!

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 17:43 UTC

I noticed on the second photo, you can still see a seam on the inner barrel. Does that mean plain old plastic is used like on the inner barrel of the XF 18-55mm R LM OIS kit lens? I thought these pro red-square lenses would use metal inner-barrels like most of Canon's L-series pro lenses.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 17:42 UTC as 13th comment
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