peterwr

peterwr

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spencerda: Hi all,

Enjoyed the video. Bit of a puff piece. Would any pro really use instead of a full frame for their own paid work? Is the Fuji any better or worst than say the Oly 10 or what ever is the competing model? Anyway I did enjoy.

Own the XT-1, do mostly travel and landscape work, still trying to get the best from the camera. Great Jpegs best I have seen. Canon Jpegs suck big time.
Still need to find a good Raw converter, any advise is appreciated. As a long time Canon user always shot and worked with Raw.

Dave

@nerd2:
"50-140 2.8 is only (almost) equivalent to 70-200 f4"

In terms of depth of field, maybe. In terms of exposure, it's a 2.8. Though nit-pickers may insist on measuring it. :-)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 17:10 UTC
On Panasonic DMC-CM1 to go on sale in UK article (159 comments in total)

London, the South-East and Edinburgh. That's "good geographical coverage", is it? Ha.

And what just about everyone else has said.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2014 at 08:18 UTC as 29th comment | 2 replies
On 01_ISO1600_P1000216 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (5 comments in total)
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SomethingBeautiful: Why the negative exposure comp on a shot with ISO 1600?

Assuming the camera was running in auto mode, the auto exposure would have tried to expose as if the pic was taken in broad daylight. As the photo was taken in a dark interior(?), dialling in compensation makes the scene darker-than-daylight, as it was in reality. It's quicker than faffing about with manual settings.

HTH

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 11:18 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A professional's opinion article (511 comments in total)
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raybies: waterproofing is improved, she must have tested it.

Well, she does work for the *Seattle* Times... :-)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 09:27 UTC

"The ability to render color in near darkness is useful in automotive cameras that must make do with light on moonless nights."

Since most cars (and drivers) use headlights to deal with moonless nights, I'm guessing we're talking about *military* automotive cameras here. That and/or autonomous vehicles. Interesting, nevertheless.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2014 at 08:42 UTC as 32nd comment | 1 reply
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UnitedNations: It seems for Fuji to do a Full Frame fixed 35mm lens rangefinder all they need is a body generally the size of a X-Pro1. Since Sony already makes a smaller RX1(smaller than x100), I think it is possible for Fuji to make a Full Frame 35mm x100 with a slightly bigger body the size of a x-Pro1. I think the only reason Fuji is not doing this is because such a camera will damage the hype/religion/sales of their other APS-C cameras. I don't think it is because they are worried the camera would get too big.

"I think the only reason Fuji is not doing this is because such a camera will damage the hype/religion/sales of their other APS-C cameras."

I think the main reason Fuji is not doing this is because, like the RX10, it wouldn't sell. And because APS-C is perfectly adequate for almost any photographic situation.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 12, 2014 at 22:04 UTC
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samhain: Great questions!
Unfortunently not so great answers, especially the one about not bringing out a full frame x100. That, in a word- SUCKS. That completley sucks.

Sony flopped on the RX1 by leaving off the viewfinder(evf or ovf).
If fuji brought out a full frame x100 it would sell through the roof.
I honestly dont know what they're thinking.

Not happy about the answer reguarding different focal lengths either.
The adapters dont cut it.

I like that they are improving usabillity. But this camera is getting long in thw tooth and the little tweaks to the x100t are no where near enough to warrant an upgrade from x100s. I wouldnt even upgrade from the first gen x100.

+1 from me too. This fetish people have for "full frame" is completely unnecessary. APS-C is more than adequate for everything that used to be done on 35mm film, including all editorial work and even some advertising and fashion.

IMHO, APS-C is the new 35mm and hi-res full frame (e.g. the Sony A7s and Nikon D800s) can reliably take the place of medium format in terms of image quality. Pretty much the only situations in which this doesn't hold true are where the particular look-and-feel of a long-focal-length lens is needed to simulate the look of a 6x6 or 5x4 shot, where the end use is a large, close-quarters billboard or where the pics will undergo heavy post-production.

You lug your full-frame bricks around and look like a dinosaur if you like; I'll carry my light, high-quality APSs and get the shot whle you're still changing lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 12, 2014 at 21:44 UTC
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Saffron_Blaze: The winner highlights that fact that there is little truly wild in England. Excepting London, it is one giant farm.

Saffron, you know a "forest" in Britain doesn't necessarily include trees? Historically, it was simply the word for an area set aside for noblemen to hunt in, and thus was often mostly treeless (save for a few stands to give some cover for the game) to allow the horses free movement.

But I agree, there's not much left of them these days... :-(

Direct link | Posted on Sep 8, 2014 at 16:36 UTC

<blockquote>The M-P Digital also features weather-sealing for protection against water and dust incursion...</blockquote>

About time! Now at last I can buy a Leica. Just as soon as my ship comes in... :-)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2014 at 09:58 UTC as 50th comment
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2307 comments in total)
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Deardorff: How does the touch screen work with gloves or mittens and 20 below zero temperatures?

On the subject of the touchscreen focusing not working with the EVF: presumably that could be fixed by having the position of one's finger (or, more likely, thumb) on the screen tracked by a marker in the EVF. Pressing the shutter would lock the focus on the current thumb position.

The point being that the issue is surely fixable in firmware, at any rate, even if not by that particular method.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 22:20 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2307 comments in total)
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quezra: How is making it so reliant on touchscreen in any way bold? Sony NEX-5N did it years ago. Samsung Galaxy NX did it the most recently. Even the upcoming Lytro camera is going to do it. I think DPR were desperate to say something nice about Leica, but honestly this isn't bold. It's a design choice that many have tried, and eventually rolled back in favor of more physical controls which a VF necessitates for tactile feedback.

OK, I give up. How *do* you do text formatting hereabouts?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 22:14 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2307 comments in total)
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quezra: How is making it so reliant on touchscreen in any way bold? Sony NEX-5N did it years ago. Samsung Galaxy NX did it the most recently. Even the upcoming Lytro camera is going to do it. I think DPR were desperate to say something nice about Leica, but honestly this isn't bold. It's a design choice that many have tried, and eventually rolled back in favor of more physical controls which a VF necessitates for tactile feedback.

As Barney says, it's bold <i>for Leica</i>. It also fits with Leica's design philosophy of longevity, inasmuch as it can be easily upgraded via firmware without either Leica or the customer having to replace the hardware. As it's basically just a (high-quality) shell with software and a lens on the front, Leica can go on banging these things out for years to come like they did their film cameras, without having to make major hardware revisions the way other manufacturers do, and yet frequently refresh and improve both new <i>and existing</i> cameras, possibly via paid-for upgrades.

Cost-effective from both Leica's and the customer's point of view.

Good move, I reckon.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 22:13 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 real-world samples gallery article (64 comments in total)
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Maverick_: Very disappointed! Perfect reason why no one uses the MF4 for stills professionally. The images are just a couple of notches above my cell phone pics.

Top MF3 cameras will only be used professionally for video use. And hence the top grade video features on this camera.

BTW, I use a Pana GH and totally dislike its image quality, but it's great for video.

"The images are just a couple of notches above my cell phone pics."

Don't be so damn silly. They're way better than phone pics, as I'm sure you know. And perfectly usable for editorial (as are decent phone pics, but that's another thread...).

Fashion/advertising/billboards? Probably not, if only for voodoo reasons - the client expects you to turn up with a Hasselblad, even if you're going to cover the lens with vaseline - but with an understanding client and a good idea of what you're trying to achieve, why not?

As any real professional knows, the best camera is the one that does what you need done on the day, regardless of format or the badge on the front.

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2014 at 00:21 UTC
On Leica M Monochrom now available in grayscale (sort of) article (137 comments in total)

"Have you been lusting after a Leica Monochrom but anxiously hoping for its release in a new body finish? Well your long, nightmarish wait is over. "

Oof. Would you like a saucer of milk with that? :-)

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2014 at 08:30 UTC as 47th comment | 1 reply

WANT. That is all.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 08:44 UTC as 32nd comment
On Up close: The beauty of butterfly wings article (47 comments in total)

Little-known fact: the irridescent colours of butterfly wings are produced not by pigments, but by nanometric structures on the scales' surface that reflect different colours of light, much like the microscopic pits on a CD.

God, I love nature.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2014 at 10:24 UTC as 22nd comment | 6 replies
On Apple applies for dual-sensor camera patent post (71 comments in total)
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sportyaccordy: Why not just do 4 sensors... R, G, B, luminance

Less filters -> more sensitivity; more resolution too.

*cough* Every colour video camera since the days of tubes...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2014 at 09:56 UTC
On World Press Photo Multimedia winners announced article (6 comments in total)

Loved the Staff Riding doc - but I just took a look at the NYT High Rise thing and although it's good, the rhyming commentary makes it sound like a fairy tale, which makes me doubt its veracity. Also, if you try to go back to a previous section, the commentary goes out of sync by a whole section or more. Disappointing.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 12:48 UTC as 5th comment
On Oppo Find 7 features QHD display and 50MP images post (61 comments in total)
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peterwr: "With a 13MP *1/3.06-inch* Sony Exmor CMOS sensor..."

FFS. When are camera manufacturers going to start quoting sensor sizes in millimetres? This 1/x.x business is needlessly confusing. OK, so maybe that's the point - big numbers sound more impressive to the inexperienced, even if they have a 1 over them - but still, millimetres (or even millimeters) would make imaging chips a lot easier to compare. It would make it easier to estimate the 35mm equivalent focal length of the lenses, too.

C'mon DPReview - how about you start doing it unilaterally? You're influential enough that maybe you could change industry policy.

Hi Lars - how come DPR *doesn't* quote sensor sizes in millimetres? It would make comparisons - which is what the site is all about, after all - a lot easier.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 23, 2014 at 14:36 UTC
On Oppo Find 7 features QHD display and 50MP images post (61 comments in total)

"With a 13MP *1/3.06-inch* Sony Exmor CMOS sensor..."

FFS. When are camera manufacturers going to start quoting sensor sizes in millimetres? This 1/x.x business is needlessly confusing. OK, so maybe that's the point - big numbers sound more impressive to the inexperienced, even if they have a 1 over them - but still, millimetres (or even millimeters) would make imaging chips a lot easier to compare. It would make it easier to estimate the 35mm equivalent focal length of the lenses, too.

C'mon DPReview - how about you start doing it unilaterally? You're influential enough that maybe you could change industry policy.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2014 at 08:03 UTC as 27th comment | 9 replies
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