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On article Capture One Pro 8 software review (317 comments in total)

Just found the following on dpreview's own forum:

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3677928#forum-post-53765761

"(...) The difference is like having a good copy of a lens versus having a bad copy of a lens on the camera."

Seems like nice summary :)

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2015 at 18:51 UTC as 23rd comment
On article Capture One Pro 8 software review (317 comments in total)

I came across this article recently on PetaPixel, which in sort of wired and confused way seemed to suggest that C1 does a better job in rendering colors because it "understands" specific camera response, in other words it has build-in camera profiles. I don't know whether it's true or not, but it got me curios enough so that I decided to check it out myself during the weekend.

I have to admit that there is very substantial difference between images produced by C1 and LR. The difference is particularly surprising in two aspects: color/skin tone, and fine detail. The default rendering of skin tones is just miles away from LR. I really had to work hard to convince LR to give me similar results. The images from C1 are just so much more pleased to the eye, both on the screen and on prints.

I am with LR since v1.0 (2007) but seems like I'll just dump it. I guess you can try the C1 yourself and decide which you prefer. Its free for 30 days then 12 EUR/month. Final image counts...

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2015 at 23:20 UTC as 51st comment | 1 reply

If by any chance Sigma marketing is sweeping through forums in order to gather hints for product demands then I'd suggest next Prime Art lent to be 135mm/2 or maybe even /2.8

Any supporters? :)

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 10:37 UTC as 43rd comment | 6 replies
On article Sony plans March firmware update for Alpha 7 and 7R (120 comments in total)

I hope they will address the issue of 11bit (!) RAW recording with this FW release, as per http://www.rawdigger.com/howtouse/sony-craw-arw2-posterization-detection

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2014 at 21:58 UTC as 10th comment
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_P: I consider myself a long term and loyal Olympus customer. I starter with them back in 2005 with E-1 + 14-54 and 40-150/3.5-4.5 double kit. What a wonderful piece of photographic equipment! Especially the lenses. Then, to be honest, I could hardly find a candidate for upgrade… I got E-PL5 meanwhile for my wife and 25/1.4 and 75/1.8 primes for myself waiting for something like E-M1. Then, when it came out I was hoping to put my 14-54 back to work again…

Yes, I have to admit, it is quite liberating not to be forced to push ETTR to the limits at every shot and still have 2EV advantage in shadows which I can pool with literally no penalty up to ISO800.

Again, all those goodies for about the same money …

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2014 at 15:24 UTC
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_P: I consider myself a long term and loyal Olympus customer. I starter with them back in 2005 with E-1 + 14-54 and 40-150/3.5-4.5 double kit. What a wonderful piece of photographic equipment! Especially the lenses. Then, to be honest, I could hardly find a candidate for upgrade… I got E-PL5 meanwhile for my wife and 25/1.4 and 75/1.8 primes for myself waiting for something like E-M1. Then, when it came out I was hoping to put my 14-54 back to work again…

They are far apart enough to justify the decision.

I'd be happy to shoot MF to be honest, but for obvious reasons I am not. It will be perfect for landscapes actually. IQ and price are adequate in this case which is something we cannot say about E-M1 vs D610.

Can't recon though when I was saying something about convenience... or when I have opened some doors for that matter. I have just chosen less convenient system, bobbarber... And FYI, DR of a film is much less than digital sensor.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 20:06 UTC
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_P: I consider myself a long term and loyal Olympus customer. I starter with them back in 2005 with E-1 + 14-54 and 40-150/3.5-4.5 double kit. What a wonderful piece of photographic equipment! Especially the lenses. Then, to be honest, I could hardly find a candidate for upgrade… I got E-PL5 meanwhile for my wife and 25/1.4 and 75/1.8 primes for myself waiting for something like E-M1. Then, when it came out I was hoping to put my 14-54 back to work again…

Well then, following this logic let's suggest SP-100EE for all wildlife shooters. They'll have 1200mm equivalent, smaller and lighter body and sensors are not that much apart? Are they? Only pixel peepers will complain...

FYI, some people are choosing a camera specifically for its IQ because they see the difference and it matters to them. Some don't but some do. Hence paying same for less or much less IQ is just not an option

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 19:28 UTC
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_P: I consider myself a long term and loyal Olympus customer. I starter with them back in 2005 with E-1 + 14-54 and 40-150/3.5-4.5 double kit. What a wonderful piece of photographic equipment! Especially the lenses. Then, to be honest, I could hardly find a candidate for upgrade… I got E-PL5 meanwhile for my wife and 25/1.4 and 75/1.8 primes for myself waiting for something like E-M1. Then, when it came out I was hoping to put my 14-54 back to work again…

So I have 7 20x30cm prints in front of me right now, all from E-PM5. Five are perfect, two are flat in highlights and very dense to black in shadows. Composition and subject are nailed on all. Thing is that those differences between sensors, which some pass over as meaningless, do exist and they do matter and we don't have to pixel peep: good print is enough.

We can now push the argument towards shooting technique but it will equally improve results from D610 as well. As a matter of fact you get less or much less IQ for the same money here in Europe. This is wrong.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 15:59 UTC
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_P: I consider myself a long term and loyal Olympus customer. I starter with them back in 2005 with E-1 + 14-54 and 40-150/3.5-4.5 double kit. What a wonderful piece of photographic equipment! Especially the lenses. Then, to be honest, I could hardly find a candidate for upgrade… I got E-PL5 meanwhile for my wife and 25/1.4 and 75/1.8 primes for myself waiting for something like E-M1. Then, when it came out I was hoping to put my 14-54 back to work again…

This is how D610 looks like when pooling shadows by +4EV @ISO100:
http://www.optyczne.pl/254.8-Test_aparatu-Nikon_D610_Zakres_i_dynamika_tonalna.html

and E-M1 for compare:
http://www.optyczne.pl/245.8-Test_aparatu-Olympus_OM-D_E-M1_Zakres_tonalny.html

I have E-PM5 and D610 and can confirm the above. To me it is also pretty good definition of "far, far behind".

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 13:53 UTC
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_P: I consider myself a long term and loyal Olympus customer. I starter with them back in 2005 with E-1 + 14-54 and 40-150/3.5-4.5 double kit. What a wonderful piece of photographic equipment! Especially the lenses. Then, to be honest, I could hardly find a candidate for upgrade… I got E-PL5 meanwhile for my wife and 25/1.4 and 75/1.8 primes for myself waiting for something like E-M1. Then, when it came out I was hoping to put my 14-54 back to work again…

Thing is, here in Europe a camera with sensor 4 times bigger than the E-M1 one costs the same… You have to pay about 1300 GBP for E-M1, D610 and 6D. So as much as I love Oly lenses they will not pool shadows for me by 3 stops at ISO 400 with little to no penalty… At the end of the day the final photograph is what really matters, so I can hardy justify to pay the same for, unfortunately, much worst result. Despite of all the hopes m43 IQ is not negligibly close to D610. It is not even behind. It is far, far behind.

So now I have to deal with colors I don’t like (I’ll deal with them eventually though), big and mediocre/awful kit zoom, not too bad primes and bigger size and weight, but I will pay this price gladly, because final photograph is what really matters.

If I could have a word of advice for Olympus: don’t price yourselves into oblivion please. The industry needs you.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 11:32 UTC

I consider myself a long term and loyal Olympus customer. I starter with them back in 2005 with E-1 + 14-54 and 40-150/3.5-4.5 double kit. What a wonderful piece of photographic equipment! Especially the lenses. Then, to be honest, I could hardly find a candidate for upgrade… I got E-PL5 meanwhile for my wife and 25/1.4 and 75/1.8 primes for myself waiting for something like E-M1. Then, when it came out I was hoping to put my 14-54 back to work again…

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 11:32 UTC as 66th comment | 18 replies
On article Sony Alpha 7 Review (1597 comments in total)

Some people get wobble because A7 is being compared with DSLRs. Well, it has one of only handful of sensors capable of delivering high end results as far as IQ is concerned. Who cares if it has a mirror in front of it or not?

So let’s compare it with E-M1 in terms of everything else except IQ itself: ergonomics, lens lineup etc. What’s to compare???

Now, what would most people love, would be the E-M1 body/ergonomics/one-third-of-the-lens-choice-would-suffice with A7(r) sensor in it. THAT would have been a hit and a real blow into CaNikon duopoly!
In such case those wobbly people would be first ones to put it in a pole position with D800 and D5m3.

Anyone reporting his/hers amazement coming from personal A7 usage exclusively focuses on the IQ, ignoring obvious design faults. This is good enough indication for me to respect review findings. DPR has a duty to report and elaborate on every area where A7 excels and disgracefully fails. That’s what they did, and should be respected for.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2014 at 11:20 UTC as 144th comment | 11 replies
On article Sony Alpha 7 Review (1597 comments in total)
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zink: The review is not as bad as some say, but the reviewers compare this camera not in its own class. It is a mirrorless camera after all. They should compare the A7 with the top class mirroless camera's like the Fuji X-Pro 1, the Oly OM-D and the NEX-7. Maybe even throw the Leica M9 in the ring. But when it comes to image quality, they compare it with heavy FF SLR beasts that are not in the same category (not mirrorless) and price class. If you take that in account, I think the A7 deserves better than a silver award.

Depends on the point of view and priorities. The way I see it: it is a FF in the first place, then and only then it is a mirrorless. So I do appreciate the way the review was conducted. To be honest, if IQ is an absolute priority than E-M1 does not stand a chance and you have to focuse exclusively on and both Sonys on the mirrorless side. Those on the other hand are just first attempts. The second, third or even later incarnation will be OK. Just like E-M5 was the first mature m43 camera from Olympus...

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 10:34 UTC
On article Sony Alpha 7 Review (1597 comments in total)
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AlpCns2: Quite a few people here are bashing the review as "overly critical" and "unfair", and more of that kind of language. Personally I think DPR is doing a great job exposing the (doubtlessly many) strengths of this camera, as well as the weaknesses.

It seems many disagree about the JPEG engine. To be fair to DPR, I have heard the same from several other users. It might (or might not) be a bug in the firmware which can be easily solved. Nevertheless, the JPEG performance is below par at the moment.

It is excellent -actually completely professional- that DPR finds and points out such issues. It's not a (simplistic) matter of "Sony bashing", because that is utter and complete nonsense. When the D600 had some flaws, it was pointed out as well. Same with other brands.

Come on people. Many here claim to be professionals, or pretend to be. Let's act professional then, too.

Hear, hear.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 10:16 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review (2096 comments in total)
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vesa1tahti: Sensor ratings by DxO: Oly E-M5: 71, Nikon D7000: 80, Nikon D800E: 96. Rely on that. Small sensors- weaker IQ. Micro Four Thirds can't be competitive, sensor size MUST be APS-C or FF. Camera size has no matter, normal people can carry DSLR- cameras, others are too small.

So I have couple of E-PL5 and D7000 prints, spitted out from Epson L-800 in 20x30cm sizes, in front of me right now. Even DxO guys couldn't say which is which simply because it is not possible... I'd call it "print therapy". Helps to stop wetting pants over DxO numbers and makes you free... :-)

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2013 at 12:48 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review (2096 comments in total)

Believe or not but I am still holding close to my old "grandpa" camera, E-1. This new OM-D is the one I have been waiting for... Meanwhile I got E-PL5 for my wife and D7000 for myself. D7000 is going on ebay now and the new OM-D body will pair with my 14-54. E-1 will go on display behind glass window as it deserved it well. Can you believe I never got a speck of dust from it for the last 8 years?

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 12:28 UTC as 473rd comment | 5 replies

Quick question, does the D600 still smear lubricants and plastic debris over it's sensor?

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2013 at 14:42 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply

Still no support _from_ Fuji (X-Pro, X-E1). Scandal ... Good analysis of the problem can be found here: http://www.dmcgaughey.com/2012/11/07/fuji-x-trans-raw-conversion

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2012 at 20:32 UTC as 5th comment | 2 replies
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beckmarc: Any improvement in Fuji x-pro 1 support?

Well, then read this carefully: http://www.dmcgaughey.com/2012/11/07/fuji-x-trans-raw-conversion/

Personally, I think Fuji's attitude to customer care in terms of supporting those customers workflow is nothing short then pure scandal ...

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2012 at 20:29 UTC
On article Pentax announces K-01 K-mount APS-C mirrorless camera (874 comments in total)

I guess you can’t have all the sweet spots in one dream body, right? Just the Panasonic G3 kind of thing with EVF + K-01 sensor and K-mount for lenses that’s my dream…

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2012 at 12:29 UTC as 83rd comment
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