Glad to see anti Newton ring plates being included. That was a popular after market addition for those scanning film.
I like the concept of articles of this type, but so far they have all been from the same photographer. It seems like the line of "behind the shot" articles would be best if it provided a variety of types of photography and processes. How about alternating them with skilled photographers in portrait, wildlife, sports, macro, travel, etc? This gives variety not just in the type of image, but also the differing techniques that are important to different situations.
As others have mentioned, there are better "on the go" battery-powered drives with card readers out there for photographers. I have had one of the older model Hyperdrives for at least seven years.
You can watch a preview on the film's website. Hopefully it isn't geographically restricted:
TangoMan: Why are the photos so small? 442x448 pixels for the first one. That is 9.5% of my monitor's available pixels. Can we get a full screen mode please?I can't tell for sure, but they look like very interesting pictures.
Follow the link to the Flickr source where dpreview got the pictures and you can see larger versions.
email@example.com: Interesting Mr Dickman does not use a tripod.
I was at an in-person session with Jay Dickman and Nevada Wier run by National Geographic a while back. Neither photographer uses a tripod when doing NetGeo style work because their kits need to be very portable and manageable by a single person. They talked about hand-holding shots up to 1 second in exposure.
budi0251: sooo, any marketing analysts have any ideas what sells a camera (phone)?
Guess pretty soon if not yet, connected mobile device will take more pictures than any dedicated camera system.
Any guesstimate when a cellphone camera will be use for space mission, or may be in mission to mars (so you can always call home while make selfie on mars for you social network profile pict)?
I think most of the innovation with consumer tech will stay on the Earth for a while. Space tech is largely pretty old relative to consumer tech because it needs to be tested for extreme conditions (rocket launch vibration/G forces, extreme temp, alternate atmosphere, etc) and the data transmission links are very slow. See this article by DPReview about the Mars Rover camera - http://www.dpreview.com/news/2012/08/08/Curiosity-interview-with-Malin-Space-Science-Systems-Mike-Ravine
I think the issue that you've demonstrated with Ufocus is because the depth measurement is so much lower resolution than the actual photograph, not capturing small objects like the bicycle parts or doing a good job detecting exact edges. Because the Google app uses motion/parallax with the main camera sensor to identify depth, it's at the same resolution as the image and can (in theory) do a better job in these aspects.
Frank_BR: Pinhole lens is an oxymoron.
The aperture isn't different, it's the distance between the aperture and the film/sensor. On most cameras, the size of the sensor and the distance to the aperture mean there isn't a lot of difference between the center and corners, but in a medium/large format, wide-angle camera, the distance between the aperture and corners is noticeably longer than to the center (like 50% longer). Also, you start to view a very small aperture at an angle, causing it to be a smaller, oval cross-section.
vroger1: I cannot understand why 35mm (focal length) has become the new "normal" for street photography. I have had tremendous trouble in adapting. 50mm has always been my normal because I shot that way for most of my life. There is an indication in the article that the author agrees. (PS samples-IQ good but not great). VRR
I don't think it's new, my Canonet GIII from the early 70s is a 40mm fixed lens.
You can certainly think of it that way, but large and historic cameras don't necessarily combine the glass and the aperture into a single unit as is standard in modern cameras.
BTW: while the f-stop is f/160 at the center for this camera, it's f/253 at the edges and f/320 at the corners.
Actually, it can be both, it's just uncommon to combine them. Here is an image of my 0.15mm pinhole (24mm focal length on 120 film 6x6 frame) with a lens attached - http://bradjudy.smugmug.com/photos/i-FhTFsJB/0/L/i-FhTFsJB-L.jpg
Artistico: It's better than the performance of many a compact camera. An iPhone truly eliminates the need for a low-end compact for snapshots, and I do believe that at times, you can get a shot with an iPhone that you simply couldn't with a bigger camera, either because it's always with you, or because it's unintrusive and doesn't cause a change in your subject's behaviour before you get the picture, as particularly large cameras with big lenses do have a tendency to do at times.
It might just be my next phone. I just have to wear out, lose or accidentally break my current one first...
There is a simple solution to the concern of "flooding" and "diluting". Just use the DPReview news filter feature to turn off the "Connect" part of the feed for your view. You won't see any more of the Connect phone related stories.
While the quality of the article isn't the greatest, I applaud the fact that DPR has spent some more time on the process of photography and the results these days and not just on equipment reviews. Unless you are a serial equipment buyer, you likely spend far more time behind the viewfinder than buying equipment.
I think there's still some tuning to do on the selection of articles, but I'm glad an effort is being made.
If you only want reviews, just click the "Filter News" option on the front page and choose "Reviews and previews".
I saw Weingarten portrait work when it came through the High Art Museum in Atlanta. It reminded me a lot of mixed-media artwork and I think it makes the most sense in that context instead of the photography context. Photography is a tool being used to combine items that cannot be combined physically as in traditional mixed media.
I do feel like it fails in being a "metaphorical" representation of a person as the content is very literal (the baseball, the jersey, etc). Perhaps this is an inevitable result from the goal of being able to recognize who the person is rather than just convey an impression of the personality.
ICE will also work with RAW under Windows if you have the FastPictureViewer codec installed. Of course, you'll likely get better results doing your own RAW conversion and then using ICE. I have done dozens of panos and other stiches with ICE and I've been quite happy.
Of course, the point of the article is not seamless stitching, but intentionally giving the effect of a pile of prints lined up to form a larger image.
For those who think the camera is BS, snakeoil, trickery, etc; there are many resources on microlens array imagery out there. You can start with the academic paper published by the guys who founded Lytro: http://graphics.stanford.edu/papers/lfcamera/lfcamera-150dpi.pdf And also look at the industrial application from Raytrix (which came before Lytro) - http://www.raytrix.de/
Of course, even the high resolution industrial ones only go up to 7MP. Raytrix notes on their site that adding a microlens array to a sensor cuts its effective resolution to 1/4 of the original. So, a high resolution one is possible, but you have to start with an extremely high resolution sensor - not a cheap proposition.
I don't know much about Lytro, but I have a friend who also worked on microlens array imaging in graduate school.
I haven't seen it mentioned much, but this technology can also be used to generate an image with essentially infinite depth of field, rather than choosing a particular focus point and using a conventional depth of field. That's how it's used in industry (and why it was developed in the first place) to create very large depth of field without super small apertures (and thus long exposures).