mapgraphs

mapgraphs

Lives in United States CT, United States
Works as a Illustrator, cartographer and graphic designer
Joined on Dec 15, 2011
About me:

Thank you for visiting.

Started visiting DPR somewhere around the time of the reviews of the Olympus C2000 and C2100 UZ. Signed up in 2011.

I have some twenty five plus years of published work as an eLearning developer, graphic designer, Illustrator, cartographer and historiographer.

I received a formal BFA in Graphics (Printmaking) and aside from a pencil, pen or brush, I've had one camera or another in hand over the years and have been pushing pixels around since the early 80s.

To paraphrase advice photographer Norman Parkinson once gave Vogue Creative Director Grace Coddington - never close your eyes, you might miss something that will inspire you.

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On Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio article (120 comments in total)

Production Credits…

Lighting Director
Lighting 1st Assistant
Lighting 2nd Assistant
Lighting Pilot
Lighting Co-Pilot
Lighting Navigator
Lighting Programmer
Lighting Flight Crew
Lighting Props Grip

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 13:20 UTC as 34th comment
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Kurt_K: I think one thing that isn't often taken into consideration is just how many excellent models are available for peanuts on the used market these days. Surely that must be cutting into new sales to some degree. I would also agree with a previous poster in saying that some of these companies need to focus on fewer models and then push them with more aggressive marketing.

Would agree about the used market. My brand of choice has turned into KEH.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2014 at 18:57 UTC
On Using third-party lenses on Sony Cyber-shot a7 / a7R article (490 comments in total)
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mapgraphs: In theory, one might assume that an experienced digital camera reviewer would know how to effectively use a manual lens on any digital camera. But perhaps, an opinion piece is sometimes simply a chronicle of the angst of having to learn how to use something that isn't set to iauto?

I don't have the a7 but after reading the experience here, I wouldn't hesitate to put a 5cm Summitar or anything else on it, set everything to manual and go. Sounds like a very capable camera for legacy glass. Once one spends the time required to become familiar with it.

If you had spent the time needed to learn and work with the functionality you wouldn't be asking. Which by the way I know because the cameras I have used legacy glass on operate in much the same fashion as you described.

It isn't about being right or wrong, it's about methodology that works well, or doesn't. You obviously think well of your efforts otherwise you wouldn't be here firing off responses to the collective unwashed.

I would suggest working with the camera for six months on a daily basis limited to one or two lenses, say a nice Ultron 35mm, then come back and write your opinion piece. Just for yourself.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2014 at 00:50 UTC
On Using third-party lenses on Sony Cyber-shot a7 / a7R article (490 comments in total)

In theory, one might assume that an experienced digital camera reviewer would know how to effectively use a manual lens on any digital camera. But perhaps, an opinion piece is sometimes simply a chronicle of the angst of having to learn how to use something that isn't set to iauto?

I don't have the a7 but after reading the experience here, I wouldn't hesitate to put a 5cm Summitar or anything else on it, set everything to manual and go. Sounds like a very capable camera for legacy glass. Once one spends the time required to become familiar with it.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2014 at 22:14 UTC as 161st comment | 4 replies
On Olympus PEN E-P5 Review preview (494 comments in total)
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zavaell: I have an E-PL2 and E-PL3. I always have IS switched off and have never, ever had blur at any shutter speed that was not attributable to me. In other words at very slow shutter speeds (say, < 1/100) I can expect the possibility of camera shake even if I can usually achieve sharp shots at slower speeds. I find this E-P5 phenomenon puzzling and still not fully explained.

There is an inherent problem with making global statements based on opinion. For example, conjecture about blurry images maybe being caused by "shutter shock" or maybe created because there might be problems with image stabilization not correcting some vertical displacement, some of the time, with some lenses at some shutter speeds by some users is just that: conjecture.

The problem with the conjecture is that it doesn't answer why some users don't seem to have these problems and it doesn't explain for example, why all images taken at 1/160 with a specific lens aren't always blurry. If it's mechanical, the problem is always there. If it's user error, it may not be.

Sometimes reviews are more about someone learning how to use a specific camera than it is about the camera itself. There can be a value in that, but there are caveats, such as found at the bottom of DPR reviews: "Conclusion / Recommendation / Ratings are based on the opinion of the reviewer"

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2013 at 21:00 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-P5 Review preview (494 comments in total)
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pdelux: I think there needs to be clarified the difference between shutter shock and camera shake.
- the act of Pressing the shutter button causing vibrations through the camera is more like camera shake, as the camera is now moving. More likely with smaller/lighter bodies. This is what DPR is talking about and it is reasonable to expect the IS system should be able to compensate for such movements. Tripods and other methods can compensate as well.

- shutter shock, on the other hand is demonstrable even on a tripod, and and only involves the sensor moving due to vibrations caused butt the curtain opening and closing. Shutter shock is not an IS issue, though the IS may make it worse, or may not compensate for it enough. The root issue is the curtain.
Turn on Anti SHOCK which introduces a small delay should work around this issue.

I suspect part of the clue is that not everyone experiences "shutter shock" at certain shutter speeds. And the effect apparently is heavily dependent on lens used.

Light weight cameras with light weight lenses demand a deliberate shooting technique. Vibration from a shutter closing and opening sequence apparently only compounds poor technique. This is something that has been discussed quite a bit. And will probably continue to be.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2013 at 13:54 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-P5 Review preview (494 comments in total)

Robin Wong's review of the ep5:

http://robinwong.blogspot.com/2013/06/olympus-pen-e-p5-review-street-shooting.html

See his Initial Thoughts article also:

http://robinwong.blogspot.com/2013/05/olympus-pen-e-p5-initial-thoughts-and.html

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2013 at 02:37 UTC as 165th comment | 7 replies
On Editorial: Why I can't stop taking iPhone Panoramas article (300 comments in total)
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EssexAsh: or "why cant dpreview stop posting iPhone articles."

Really. GX7 First Impressions started back in August, still no full review. PEN E-P5 First Impressions, May, still no full review.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2013 at 22:14 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2142 comments in total)
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rfsIII: This isn't a pro camera. It doesn't even have mirror lockup.

More comments hidden? Who knew.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2013 at 21:27 UTC
On Fujifilm X-M1 Review preview (217 comments in total)
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Mirrorless Crusader: DPR why are you giving almost every half-decent camera a gold star now? Literally a large a majority of $600+ cameras now are getting gold stars, it completely dilutes the rating system and makes it look like you are just using it as a marketing ploy to sell cameras at Gear Shop. Can't you come up with a system where only a few cameras at most each year get the top award? Then we would actually know which you really think are best, because right now it looks like you're just trying to satisfy everybody and as a result satisfying nobody.

All that glitters...

Then there's the Previews that never seem to make it to completion...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2013 at 20:30 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2142 comments in total)
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photohounds: People who flaccidly try to equate amount of materials used in a lens to its price, are the same "thinkers" who think a Ferrrari should cost the same as an-150 truck.
After all the F-150 has MORE materials in it - so it is "better", right?

FACT is, the smaller you make something excellent, the MORE it costs (almost universally).

The f 0.95 DOF tirade is also getting stale (well it was a year ago).
I shot a theatre production this week, no DOF "issues" as imagined by pixel-peeping Bricks 'n' bazookas fans - none at all ...

To judge pictures instead of uninformed opinion:

At the link, select "performing arts", and "footloose", basically unprocessed except for density and a little NR ands I turn the camera NR off (better when there is smoke in the image).

Or here ...
http://photohounds.smugmug.com/Performing-arts/Footloose-Supa

Circle of yabokkie?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2013 at 17:53 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2142 comments in total)
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photohounds: People who flaccidly try to equate amount of materials used in a lens to its price, are the same "thinkers" who think a Ferrrari should cost the same as an-150 truck.
After all the F-150 has MORE materials in it - so it is "better", right?

FACT is, the smaller you make something excellent, the MORE it costs (almost universally).

The f 0.95 DOF tirade is also getting stale (well it was a year ago).
I shot a theatre production this week, no DOF "issues" as imagined by pixel-peeping Bricks 'n' bazookas fans - none at all ...

To judge pictures instead of uninformed opinion:

At the link, select "performing arts", and "footloose", basically unprocessed except for density and a little NR ands I turn the camera NR off (better when there is smoke in the image).

Or here ...
http://photohounds.smugmug.com/Performing-arts/Footloose-Supa

Like it or not, the range of DOF (that which is perceived to be focus) is relative to the size of the Circle of Confusion. Larger format, larger circle. Smaller format, smaller circle, and if one is not sure what that means, check with Zeiss:

http://www.zeiss.com/c12567a8003b8b6f/embedtitelintern/cln_35_bokeh_en/$file/cln35_bokeh_en.pdf

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2013 at 16:01 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2142 comments in total)
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Henry Richardson: A very good catch was posted in the link below and it is also a good point concerning the description of the Canon 70D LV AF and Olympus E-M1 AF with 4/3 lenses and adaptor:

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/52155871

Maybe the wording used in the 70D and E-M1 articles is just sloppy or maybe there is a strange inconsistency. Is the 70D AF disappointing or is the E-M1 similar to the 70D and "essentially as fast and accurate as conventional, optical-viewfinder phase-detect AF"? Thanks for clarifying this.

The money quote from the 70D Preview:

http://www.dpreview.com/previews/canon-eos-70d/3

"This, of course, is the million-dollar question - technology can be as conceptually clever as you like, but ultimately all that matters is whether it works in the real world. So far we've only had our hands on a non-final EOS 70D for a relatively short time, but our initial impressions are pretty positive. With the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit zoom, the camera is clearly much faster and more decisive at focusing in Live View than any previous EOS - or indeed any other SLR."

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2013 at 21:53 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2142 comments in total)
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Adrian Van: For more EM1 photos/reviews: Check out RobinWong.blogspot for photos of C-AF tracking of skate boarders and many photos from the new EM1 for sport and moving people/vehicles and also macro photos in his first 2 articles on EM1. It shows the large buffer around 41 photos in Raw S-AF and 50 Raw photos in C-AF high speed mode, and you can download images for review.

CAF looks like it works very well in his tests. Robin now an employee of Olympus only recently (a few blog posts ago) now has even faster access to Olympus gear it seems for review. Worth checking out and a great read.

Great job, finally getting that job at Olympus, you certainly do deserve it Robin!!

Thanks for the heads up - link to Robin's review, part 1:

http://robinwong.blogspot.com/2013/09/olympus-om-d-e-m1-review-introduction.html

Like the Ming Thein preview, well worth the read.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2013 at 14:54 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2142 comments in total)
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marike6: Two things stand out form the RAW files:

* the higher per-pixel sharpness and detail of the D7100 vs the E-M1.
* And how biased to red the EM-1 RAWs are.

(ducks)...

@ marike6
For someone who doesn't "care" you seem to spend a lot of time and effort, not caring. And not caring, and not caring.

A true comparison of output is done with jpg not RAW - if you want to compare the default the settings of the manufacturers. RAW files are cooked, by the software, by the users ability to work with the software and very dependent on display card and monitor. If you're not comparing prints, you're comparing pixels and that's about as meaningless as it gets.

If the e-pl5 output you were getting from RAW was too red, the first place to look is your workflow, methodology and software settings.

If I was shooting a D800, I sure wouldn't be arguing with Olympus users. However, definitely keep reminding us of our errors...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2013 at 20:48 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2142 comments in total)
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fibonacci1618: As usual, the m4/3 haters hv come out to bash the new E-M1 with the same old tired & irrelevant comparisons with FF cams. I see it as a compliment that some folks r so jealously flinging mud at the E-M1 by pitting it against the FF cams. It's like comparing a BMW M3 vs M5... each has it's merits & if you're in the market for one, it comes down to your personal preferences. Do you NEED one? Who CARES? That's your privilege! Just stop being so bitchy about everything, ESPECIALLY if you're not interested in one.

What really matters to Oly, Canon, Nikon et. el. is whe consumers adopt their products. If the numbers coming from Amazon US r anything to go by, then it's highly promising so far!

"12 hours after the announcement the Olympus E-M1 is the most sold (orders+ preorders) digital camera at Amazon US. The ranking includes all camera like compact cameras, Sony QX, DSRL and Mirrorless cameras... And the 12-40mm lens is on second place of the Lens ranking..." according to 43rumours.

Well, it appears to says something when the Equivalentists measure Olympus/Panasonic/Sony/Fuji etc. against FF but won’t do the same against Nikon or Canon crops. And they don’t dare compare FF to MF.

It will probably be another 10 years before any of them actually buy a digital camera.

Too funny.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2013 at 14:54 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2142 comments in total)

I'm liking the range of recent offerings from Fuji, Sony, Panasonic and Olympus. Good range of price points and mix of functionality and output. The short flange, "crop" sensor "mirrorless" may not be for everyone but then Medium format isn't either.

Good job Olympus, melding the 4/3 and m4/3. Nice to know I'll be able to use M, ZD and Cosina all on one body if I want.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2013 at 15:39 UTC as 355th comment
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Julian: I doubt somehow that they will be offering a service to put these into D800's somehow (as implied in this article), although I look forward to seeing this tech in future Nikon kit. They're for sure gonna need to have plenty of good new features to persuade me to upgrade my D800.

Perhaps the way the front page blurb for the story is written:

"The first design would allow for a D800 that become a D800E at the push of a button."

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2013 at 17:59 UTC

Another thought,

If you're going to be more involved with comments, and placing a higher priority on comments, will that be at the expense of doing reviews?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2013 at 15:37 UTC as 66th comment | 1 reply

Comments are a mixed blessing. Message boards usually go through cycles of activity that sees the more thoughtful participants wandering off to more lucrative pickings for one reason or another.

Comments create traffic, traffic can drive revenue and comments have an entertainment value. However, advertisers realize more click-throughs do not equal more sales. The longer term effect can be that participants stop reading the full article and just skim the Conclusion part of Reviews, and then wallow in the comments.

So, you may have more eyes, they may not be reading what you’re writing though. Or buying anything. As a business model, noise doesn’t really sell.

The downside perhaps is, if the site becomes known as the Photo Mud Slinging site, the buyers may move on.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2013 at 12:06 UTC as 109th comment
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