rfsIII

Lives in United States Midland, MD, United States
Works as a Writer and Photog
Joined on Sep 9, 2006
About me:

I take a lot of pictures. Sometimes for money.

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aramgrg: Sorry but I can achieve the same effect with lightroom.
Just download the no orton jpg and do Clarity -10, Dehaze -10, highlights -20, exposure -.10. Now you can't tell apart the two.

Dude, not everyone has the latest Lightroom CC. I have LR6 and it doesn't include the Dehaze command. But that's good to know if Adobe ever does give it to us.

Link | Posted on May 9, 2016 at 02:32 UTC
On article First sample images from 20MP Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III (197 comments in total)
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clauderobidoux: Hello everyone! This comment might seem a little out of context but I am posting it here because this camera looks interesting to me and I'll explain why, and would love to have some advice from you guys. I just sold my DSLR gear, D610, 14-24, 50 prime and 70-200 f/2.8 VR II. Now the main reason may seem strange but here it is: DUST !! I just couldn't stand it anymore, it seemed to be ruining my fun of doing photography. Basically it was at the point that I would miss photo opps because I was scared of switching lens outside. I got my camera cleaned by Nikon, when I downloaded my latest pictures I counted over 60 dust spots. The other reason is weight while hiking. I am ready to buy something new but I'm scared about that dust problem that I've had with this one, and my previous 30D, 40D and 5D II. Does anyone have a good DSLR or mirrorless to suggest that is better regarding this problem? Or should I be looking into something like this Sony or the new DL's. Any suggestions? Thank you

I second the idea of two lightweight, inexpensive bodies with two really nice lenses. Or just buy this camera. It looks awesome.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2016 at 02:33 UTC
On article First sample images from 20MP Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III (197 comments in total)
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PhotoDiod: Is it coincidental that the only female portraits in the set (which are usually good for evaluating skin tones) are done either in extreme overbearing golden light (#63) or in extreme backlit/underexposed darkness (#68)? Doesn't anyone care about skin tones anymore?

I have a feeling we're reverting back to the 80s when skintones just kind of were supposed to follow along with the tonality of the rest of the picture. It didn't look bad at the time, but going back and looking at magazine from that era is painful.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2016 at 02:31 UTC
On article Ultra-compact: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review (519 comments in total)
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Anadrol: While I like the camera, 3500 euros is way too much for me !

Seems that money has no more value...

You should start DigitalTacoReview.com

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 02:15 UTC
On article Ultra-compact: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review (519 comments in total)
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tbcass: $3300 for a fixed lens camera is something I could never justify. I'd rather have an RX100IV which is smaller. 1/4 the price, far more versatile and has IQ that is 90% as good. This is a camera for people with lots of money burning a hole in their pocket.

I would gladly trade the RX1 for a nice Wide Rolleiflex with the fixed 55mm Distagon and a gallon of D76. The pictures would be much more compelling than anything a Sony camera could ever produce.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 02:00 UTC
On article Ultra-compact: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review (519 comments in total)
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Tungsten Nordstein: Does every camera have to be criticised for not having a touch-screen now? Hardly the most important aspect of a camera, especially considering things like battery life are in the same list.

You people who live in temperate climates can all go jump in a lake. I was shooting last week and it was so cold that I couldn't take off my mittens to get at my gloves so I could take them off to use the touch screen on my camera.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 01:49 UTC
On article Ultra-compact: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review (519 comments in total)
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kadardr: Sony RX1R II is not a FF point & shoot camera. It is NOT a replacement of or alternative to any Leica camera. This is a miniature MF class camera what you use to make large prints. You have to rig it up like with a RRS BRX1 and a good tripod etc etc. Not a point and shoot. 5 DS R class.

You don't need a heavy tripod. What is the rule of thumb? It's something like your tripod needs to be twice the weight of your camera? But because the camera is so light you can use one of the smaller carbon fiber tripods like a baby Gitzo and a lighter ball or gear head from someone like Kirk or RRS. If you're trekking, you could also stabilize it using a bean bag or shot bag that you fill with river sand at your destination.
Use the remote shutter release and the result will be some very serious, high-resolution photos. No stress at all!

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 01:46 UTC

Interesting, but I doubt that Adobe as an old-school tech company is prepared to offer the same awesome level of customer service that Squarespace does. In fact Adobe doesn't seem to offer ANY customer service, they rely on a bunch of sanctimonious volunteers in their forums who specialize in snide comments and victim blaming.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 04:53 UTC as 10th comment
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rfsIII: I love DPR and think it has really reached greatness in the last year or two, but the whole premise of this article is wrong. When choosing a camera system, you have to start from the lenses because they are what make the photo.
Cameras have always been and will always be just light-tight boxes holding a sensor (or a piece of film). But you can take five different lenses and put them on the same camera and get five different renderings of the same scene—some lenses have more pop, some are more ethereal, some are three-dimensional, some resolve more detail...
It is the lens that actually gathers the light and paints the picture onto the sensor, and if you don't like the way the lenses render you're never going to be happy with your pictures.
If you try to pick a camera first you risk entangling yourself in a lens system that makes you unhappy, and dooming yourself to chase the next body, and the next, in an ever-tightening spiral of financial ruination and artistic despair.

Excellent points from both of you.
What I'm trying to say in my own inarticulate way is that it is most prudent to pick the lenses you like the look of first and then get the body that meets your needs because the pictures you capture are all that really matters in the end and the only legacy most of us will leave behind when we die.
Take for instance pictures from Rolleiflex TLRs. They're immediately identifiable because of the magnificent way they render the space between objects. Nothing like it and it can't be duplicated by any other camera. Or the "you are there" look of a great Nikkor...or the gorgeous way that a Canon lens renders human skin.
Bodies come and go and camera makers change their specs and functionality all the time, but lenses are what turn our vision into reality.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2016 at 20:25 UTC

I love DPR and think it has really reached greatness in the last year or two, but the whole premise of this article is wrong. When choosing a camera system, you have to start from the lenses because they are what make the photo.
Cameras have always been and will always be just light-tight boxes holding a sensor (or a piece of film). But you can take five different lenses and put them on the same camera and get five different renderings of the same scene—some lenses have more pop, some are more ethereal, some are three-dimensional, some resolve more detail...
It is the lens that actually gathers the light and paints the picture onto the sensor, and if you don't like the way the lenses render you're never going to be happy with your pictures.
If you try to pick a camera first you risk entangling yourself in a lens system that makes you unhappy, and dooming yourself to chase the next body, and the next, in an ever-tightening spiral of financial ruination and artistic despair.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2016 at 16:14 UTC as 20th comment | 6 replies
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zakaria: dpr please put a pictures for any pentax camera even if you the talking intend to be negative about it.

I second this idea. More Pentax!!!

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2016 at 00:46 UTC
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LF Photography: "So please, don't be happy with your current camera. There is a better one for you out there. Buy, buy, buy! We need the ad revenue!" - This is what I heard.
And I'm not falling for it. If there's one thing I've learned it's that a camera body really is only 20% of the final image quality. The other 20% is the lens, and the remaining 60% is the photographer; Their experience, their knowledge of light, composition, their willingness to learn and experiment. Yes, there are specific types of photography where certain camera features are required, but 90% of people who own DSLR's/Mirrorless don't have a need for these. And frankly, an average prosumer camera today has less ISO noise and faster AF speed than the best cameras of 10 years ago.
So if you want better pictures, no amount of camera gear will ever replace experience, knowledge and talent. And this fact is poison for the camera manufacturers, as they must sell new gear constantly to stay in business.

I would argue that it's 75 percent soul, 15 percent lens, 8 percent training and education, and 2 percent body/sensor.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2016 at 00:43 UTC
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gbvalli: For me it's impossible to appreciate the images' quality by the DP' viewer. "Fit to screen" doesn't work. My browser is Google Chrome version 46.0.2490.86 m, under Windows Home Premium .

I just get a loading screen that never finishes loading but I'm on a 13-inch MacBookPro (10.10.5 (14F27) running Safari Version 9.0.1 (10601.2.7.2). I thought it was because a lot of systems switch me to mobile view because I have a small screen....

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2015 at 19:33 UTC

Thanks for including a shot with a lit candle in the frame. That's a good repeatable test to show how lenses react to bloomy light sources. Please consider including a candle shot in all your camera evals. And thanks for getting more shots with backlight for the same reason.

Now, all you need to make it complete is a brick wall (for lens distortion) and a cat (to test fine detail rendering: does the cat fur come out coherent and luxurious—yet detailed—or splintery and stiff like tiny porcupine quills).

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2015 at 19:28 UTC as 10th comment | 4 replies
On article Sony Alpha 7R II Review (2155 comments in total)
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rev32: DPR You continue to compare everything to the D810 but have not published the complete review yet!!!!
Why is that????

Can we please stipulate that a camera is much more than just a sensor. I think my D810 is awesome because I can put the focus on an eye and the camera keeps the focus on the eye, not the lashes, doesn't jump to the nose...It's also awesome because the RAW files can take a lot of adjustment, it's the first camera I've ever owned with reasonably accurate auto white balance, the video from it is gorgeous, and the exposure is generally spot on. Dynamic range I can adjust by using fill light and scrims, high ISO same thing. I wish it was about two pounds lighter, however.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 01:43 UTC
On article Sony Alpha 7R II Review (2155 comments in total)
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RC Photography: Very nice review. Thanks Rishi Sanyal, Richard Butler, and Dan Bracaglia.

For anyone looking for a new system with $3400, this should be at the top of the list.

To TheGreatfulBread , I saw the D750 on eBay for $1600 recently. Anyone on a smaller budget looking at stills only could not go wrong with that.

So @EvilTed tell us, which ARE the good ones? (But not too loud because we don't want the prices to skyrocket)....

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 01:38 UTC
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kierenlon: I just bought an oppo with vooc fast charge - its awesome.

My old nexus4 would would pull charge at about 760mA /hr which meant 2.5 hours charge time. The oppo charges at over 3100mA. I look forward to what Huawei bring to the table - everyone benefits

What is an oppo? And a vooc? Sounds Australian...

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 01:15 UTC

GuraGear acquired Tamrac? It seems like it would be the other way around.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2015 at 20:45 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply
On article Readers' Showcase: Philip Ewing (45 comments in total)

Beauteous.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2015 at 15:43 UTC as 26th comment
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