rfsIII

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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On Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 real-world samples article (91 comments in total)
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Gavril Margittai: These images are very similar to each other. I did not learn from them too much. With plenty of daylight my wife's Iphone6 can do just as well. Maybe not if you pixel peep, but these are not images worth pixel peeping.
I would expect DPR to take the trouble of putting more variety in. How about some night shots? how about a nice portrait in available (low) light inside a subway station?

Should I learn from these "real world samples" that the G7 is only good for snaps? I don't believe this is true.

Don't be so hard on old Sammy...I shot a job last weekend in a similar situation and full midday sun is one of the hardest environments for any camera because the range of tones from light to dark is HUGE. So on the one hand it makes certain aspects of the camera look better (like autofocus and grain) on the other it really tests metering algorithms, and ability to hold highlights. The only useless tests are the ones they do on overcast days in Seattle where everything really does look good.

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2015 at 15:57 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 real-world samples article (91 comments in total)

Thanks again for getting out and shooting test photos in the real world.

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2015 at 15:49 UTC as 3rd comment

As noted below, there are once again concerns about whether Google can use the photos you store for their promotional purposes. To me it sounds very ambiguous which means that Google will push to the limits and a little beyond.

Executives in Silicon Valley are actively hostile toward the property rights of artists and photographers, so I'm going to wait a little while before I start uploading to this service.

Here's what the user agreement says:
"The rights you grant in this license are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting, and improving our Services, and to develop new ones."

"promoting" is the operant term here. Sounds to me like they can use your pix to promote their service without paying you.

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2015 at 15:43 UTC as 9th comment | 2 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 camera review post (162 comments in total)
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Artak Hambarian: Close, but not yet there. Adding even a very limited optical zoom would be welcome. A bit of additional size is OK IMHO.

The world is waiting for someone to create an adapter for this phone that would let you attach converter lenses like Panasonic's VW-T4314H Tele Conversion Lens. Maybe it could be you?

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2015 at 21:38 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 camera review post (162 comments in total)
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rfsIII: So Lars, if I'm a multi-media journalist on deadline, know how to use a tripod, and have good camera skills, would this camera phone be the best choice to shoot and upload stills and video for use by newspapers and television stations?

Thanks! Great way to balance pluses and minuses.

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2015 at 21:34 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 camera review post (162 comments in total)

So Lars, if I'm a multi-media journalist on deadline, know how to use a tripod, and have good camera skills, would this camera phone be the best choice to shoot and upload stills and video for use by newspapers and television stations?

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2015 at 14:00 UTC as 9th comment | 2 replies
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10thumbs: The T6s is $100 more than a Pentax K-3. Other than a touch screen, why would anyone purchase this over a Pentax. Even if you owned an extensive canon lens collection is of no use on this model.

Because people don't realize a good thing when they see it. If photographers were more perceptive and had a better understanding of their inner selves, we would all own Pentaxes.

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2015 at 14:53 UTC
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km25: This looks like an other fine lens in the Fuji road map. Maybe I should not say this, a carload of optical experps will leave their lack of knowledge with me. Like mouths to a flame. I have the 23 f/1.4 and 56 f/1.2, should I sell my 14 f2.8. THis lens looks a lot bigger. I will take awhile and think it over and wait for the lens to come down a little in price.

You are really going to argue about less than 4/10 of a centimeter

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2015 at 18:04 UTC
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photominion: I fear I'll end up a fatty from all the popcorn I feast on while enjoying the endless show of super bash brothers on dpr.

why don't people just accept that all the "progress" in resolution and dynamic range and noise handling won't do them any good when they don't (know to) use the gear they have?!

I always recommend to buy something around an antique Canon 50D, Nikon D90 or D300 when my students ask what to start with.
These cameras handle great, they offer all the important settings on the body and are really cheap to be had, so there's a lot of money left for a nifty fifty, a strobist starter set and a really good tripod and radio trigger.

And I can guaran-damn-tee you that many of my students deliver better results after half a year than most of what I've seen from the gear-hoes on this site. ;-)

rant complete

Seven or eight years ago I went to an exhibit of winners of a NatGeo amateur photo contest. The prints were all 20x24 or bigger and they all looked stunning even though they were shot on the motliest assortment of cameras you can imagine—including point and shoots. True they had the benefit of NatGeo's imaging staff, but it's further proof to me at least, that arguing about pixels and IQ may be fun but it's not relevant to people actually taking pictures. To take great photos, all you need is wonderful lighting, a meaningful subject, and a feel for the decisive moment.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2015 at 15:28 UTC
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Mssimo: for the price, I would just get the Fuji T10, Pani G7 or the awesome Oly OM5 MK2. Electronic viewfinders are now better than most small penta mirror style optical VF.

So many nice cameras on the market, canon needs to re-invent the rebel line of cameras to keep up. One thing is for sure, they cant keep this basic design and sensor around for another 6 years.

It always comes back around to the universal truth that Pentax cameras are still the best. I continue to use my old screw-mount Pentax lenses on my modern camera because they really shoot beautiful pictures.
Attention DPR editors! Wake up and smell the Takumar!

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2015 at 01:56 UTC
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drivecancel: Kind of depressing to see such little improvement in sensor tech from Canon, their best sensor is still only a slightly improved version of the 2008 5D II...

You must be very young. After the brilliant image quality—especially the delicate skin tones—of the 10D, it's been all downhill for poor Canon. Though the first 5D was not so bad....

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 15:26 UTC

Great shots. But I have decided you guys at DPR need to have a standard stress test for all cameras similar to what Thom Hogan does with his basketball shot.

But instead of a basketball in a badly lit gym, you need to shoot a salmon. Specifically, the workers at Pike Place Market throwing salmon. It's got everything—a mix of daylight, incandescents, and fluorescents; low light levels, fast, unpredictable action; and the salmon have lots of detail in their scales.
So, could we start that with your next review?

Thanks

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 15:24 UTC as 7th comment
On Sources of noise part two: Electronic Noise article (231 comments in total)
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rfsIII: Hmm let's think about what's going on here....

1. Discovery that manufacturers' exposure and processing recommendations don't always create best photo.
2. Extensive testing to determine response of light-gathering medium under various illumination conditions.
3. Fine tuning of processing techniques to get optimum results for highlights, shadows, and midtones.
4. Beautiful photos from improbable ISO, f/stop, and shutter-speed combinations.

Congratulations! You have reinvented the Zone System.

You should be proud. It only took you guys a year or two to figure out in the digital realm what took Ansel Adams decades of work in the film world. So yes. You did a good thing. I'm OK if you start advocating incident light meters, but please, please don't start with the 1-degree spot meters; that was nuts.

Direct link | Posted on May 19, 2015 at 16:31 UTC
On Sources of noise part two: Electronic Noise article (231 comments in total)

Hmm let's think about what's going on here....

1. Discovery that manufacturers' exposure and processing recommendations don't always create best photo.
2. Extensive testing to determine response of light-gathering medium under various illumination conditions.
3. Fine tuning of processing techniques to get optimum results for highlights, shadows, and midtones.
4. Beautiful photos from improbable ISO, f/stop, and shutter-speed combinations.

Congratulations! You have reinvented the Zone System.

Direct link | Posted on May 19, 2015 at 03:31 UTC as 8th comment | 3 replies
On Sources of noise part two: Electronic Noise article (231 comments in total)
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zodiacfml: another high quality article from you guys.

a bit off topic but from my perspective noise is becoming less of an issue these days especially with the CMOS sensors.

from these noise control developments, I discovered that i place more value now on highlight behavior than noise. viewing an image on an excellent but small screen such as smartphone or tablet, noise is not much of problem. in short, I appreciate the highlight handling of CCD cameras regardless of screen size or sensor format.

i hope you could also look into this as I believe there is a difference between CCD and CMOS regarding this aspect. i'm sure Leica fans would love to read such an article.

I'm with you. You see it less nowadays, but there were a lot of cameras that completely destroyed skintone highlights. As you got closer to the highlight, the gradation curve got really notchy and you could see the steps between each value. The worst part was the step before the true highlight which was usually a field of garish light orangey-pinky-mauve.

Direct link | Posted on May 19, 2015 at 00:01 UTC
On Hands-on with new Olympus PRO 8mm and 7-14mm lenses article (269 comments in total)

I hope that your hand model realizes that she should be expensing her manicures. Every hand model I've ever worked with has been reimbursed for having her nails done before a shoot and accounting has never kicked it back.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 23:39 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2983 comments in total)
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Discovery Of Light: I really feel like the whole shoot for the highlights, boost the shadows in post is growing tiresome and making us all a little lazy. Yes a little sparingly is fine but it gets in the realm of unnatural pretty quick when you push the shadow slider too far and that's with all cams. I know it's just my opinion but I would rather have more highlight headroom and give my shadows more exposure. That way shot noise IS reduced because you gave the sensor more light and less amplitude. Have I gone mad for thinking this way?

So Rishi, if I'm interpreting you correctly, you're saying that most of the digital camera makers use about the same characteristic curve, IOW they all calculate their curves for a certain number of stops above middle grey where the highlights are recoverable?
If so, thanks and please tell us how many stops that is.
If not, I apologize for being an idiot.

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2015 at 22:08 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2983 comments in total)
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www_zeeshan_de: Presenting a downsized image is the same like presenting an image in thumbnail size. My eyes ache when i clicked on the real size image... in general the whole image is DENOISED BY SOFTWARE (ALGORITHMS) AND STILL CONTAINS MASSIVE NOISE!!

Rishi, you should have taken the same scene also with a Sony A7R (also without OLPF as 5DSR) and also with the Sony A7S.

I am sure the image A7S image would contain 2 Stops less Noise.

Now Imagine a new A7IIS with IBIS AND WITHOUT OLPF!! Only a a CAM with a REAL RGB-Sensor would top it.

There's still no equal to 8x10 view camera film. Perhaps he could take one of those along too.

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2015 at 22:01 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2983 comments in total)
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misolo: Rishi - The functionality of graduated ND filters (for landscape orientation only) could easily be implemented on the sensor for any camera that has electronic first curtain. All that's needed is to adjust the timing of the electronic first curtain ahead of the shutter closing accordingly. With an option to turn this feature on, plus two or three parameters in the menus (n. of stops, where in the image to make the transition, how quick the transition) you'd have every possible graduated ND filter in the world built-in into the camera. Unfortunately it wouldn't work for your tulips unless you took the image in landscape mode, but grad NDs are most often used in landscape mode anyway (and with the resolution of the 5DS you could alway shoot in landscape and then crop). Something you may want to pass on as a suggestion when you meet the technical people from Canon or any other manufacturer.

Great thoughts. In the olden days, really cool photographers had their filters custom made, I wonder if it's still possible to order up a vertically oriented ND grad.

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2015 at 21:59 UTC

On my MacBook I can call up "About this Mac" and it tells me the make and model of all the componets installed in the box. Is there something in the cell-phone world?

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2015 at 03:52 UTC as 5th comment
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