smatty

smatty

Lives in Germany Germany
Joined on Oct 20, 2003
About me:

Equipment used:

Canon 5D Mark II, 5D, S95
Fuji X-Pro 1 (XF 14mm, XF 18mm, XF 35mm XF 56mm)
Fuji X100S
Fuji FinePix X10

Canon ef 15 mm f/2.8 FishEye
Canon ts-e 24 mm f/3.5 L II
Canon ef 35 mm f/1.4 L
Canon ef 50 mm f/1.4
Canon ef 85 mm f/1.8
Canon ef 100 mm f/2.8 macro
Canon ef 100 mm f/2.8 IS L macro
Canon ef 135 mm f/2 L
Canon ef 17-40 mm f/4 L
Canon ef 24-105mm f/4 IS L
Canon ef 70-200mm f/4 IS L
Lensbaby 2.0 ;-)

3 X 580EX II Speedlite

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Kudos to Epson for finally updating this "Pro" scanner(s)! The V600 & V550 had long overtaken it in terms of LED and speed.

But the biggest shortcoming of the V800/850 has not been discussed. The new holders may be more sturdy but they also hold fewer film strips!!!

The 35mm negativ holder looses one strip (from 4 to 3) of 6 frames and the MF 120 film holder looses 1 strip from 2 to 1!!!

This kills one of the mayor advantages for me why I want a flatbed scanner: batch scanning!

May as well go for a V550. It will have a bit less resolution but flatbed are no resolution kings to begin with.

Why has the development team chosen to take film strips out from the holders???

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 20:25 UTC as 22nd comment
On Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R real-world samples gallery article (270 comments in total)

No offense to the staff who shot those snapshots. But this lens is capable of much better portrait quality in natural light SOOC!

I have been using it for 2 month now.

www.flickr.com/photos/internationalphotos/12854954283/

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2014 at 14:22 UTC as 25th comment | 3 replies
On Adobe launches Lightroom for iPad post (131 comments in total)
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Kodachrome200: The #1 reason i bought the iPad was to have an easy way to show people especially clients and potential clients images on the retina display. This is a absolutley beautiful way to make that easy. i love it

And the camera connection kit allows you to upload your photos directly to the iPad and show photos to your clients. And there are even some very nice Portfolio apps to arrange them into projects and look pretty for less than $5. And you get to keep the app without having to renew anything ;)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2014 at 08:53 UTC
On Adobe launches Lightroom for iPad post (131 comments in total)

The CC renting software discussion aside, what serious photographer would really use an iPad to integrate a photo workflow?
We have color calibrated and profiled monitors and printes (labs) to get a consisten color and contrast results and now we want to trust an unpfofiled iPad display???

I got a replacement unit from Apple the other day and held my old and new (replacement) unit next to each other inside the Apple store. The new display was at least 800 kelvin warmer than the old one! This will seriously flaw your results when the file is loaded back to your Mac.

To me LR for iOS is a more of a toy than a serious solution.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2014 at 08:50 UTC as 12th comment | 3 replies
On Adobe launches Lightroom for iPad post (131 comments in total)
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String: So half the names on here bitching about Adobe have no issue giving Canikon $2000 plus every time a new camera comes out but balk at subscribing to the most powerful/useful software out there at $10/month?

Unbelievable...

$99 bought me a non time restricted version of LR.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2014 at 08:40 UTC
On P1110973.acr photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (6 comments in total)

Most of these photos are not focused the way a portrait photographer would focus them - straight on the closest eye.

On this one the teeth and glasses are most in focus. And the lighting on the venue seems to have been pretty bad (only from top giving bright foreheads and dark eyes).

The lighting could have been compensated by exposing for the eyes maybe +1.5 stops on this photo (uppinf the ISO to 640), but blowing the highlights at the same time...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2014 at 09:51 UTC as 2nd comment
On P1090036.acr photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

From that distance and f1.2 wide open I find the DOF still too great to separate subjects enough. That is why I will not go below APS-C for shallow DOF work.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2014 at 09:43 UTC as 1st comment
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smatty: @Dpreview

The new "high speed wide angle lens" only at f2.8???

We have the XF 18mm at f2 and the XF 14mm at f2.8 already.

I have a feeling that we are talking f1.4 - 1.8 here :)

I suspect it to be a 16mm f1.4. It's the classic 24mm f1.4 equivalent to the Canon and Nikon fast wide angle lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2014 at 11:51 UTC
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ijustloveshooting: if it had an effective image stabilization like sony sel50 has, it would be my reason to switch to Fuji...a dream low light street lens, it would be...

In street situations you have to choose your shutter speed according to people movement in order not to get blurry images. 1/100s or faster should eliminate visible camera shake and most motion blur.
An IS would be useful for landscape and this will not be the domain of this lens.

So if you are a street photographer, the lack of IS does seem to be neglectible. ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2014 at 08:50 UTC

@Dpreview

The new "high speed wide angle lens" only at f2.8???

We have the XF 18mm at f2 and the XF 14mm at f2.8 already.

I have a feeling that we are talking f1.4 - 1.8 here :)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2014 at 08:41 UTC as 28th comment | 7 replies
On Fujifilm announces XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS wideangle zoom article (172 comments in total)
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DVT80111: F4
F4
F4
what's the excitement?

The only reason for f2.8 would be low light indoor shots where you can't use a tripod (churches, museums etc.) But the OIS will cover some of that.

It is a very interesting lens, but I have the XF 14mm and Samyang 8mm Fisheye, so no 10-24mm for me ;)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2013 at 08:53 UTC
On Nikon Df preview (2816 comments in total)

Fuji has done the intuitive "classic" design right and it improves usability in my opinion.

Nikon tried but the lack of Aperture control on modern AF lenses makes this only a half herated attempt...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 09:57 UTC as 796th comment
On Nikon Df combines classic design with modern technology article (313 comments in total)

Fuji has done the intuitive "classic" design right and it improves usability in my opinion.

Nikon tried but the lack of Aperture control on modern AF lenses makes this only a half herated attempt...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 09:57 UTC as 85th comment
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Daniel from Bavaria: Very nice. And Fuji is also thinking about the "minor" issues.

i.E.: The exposure compensation dial now goes from -3 to +3 instead of -2 to +2. That's a great thing.

I am still fine with my X-Pro1, only hoping for an FW-update for the minimum shutter-speed in auto-iso (what is also finaly fixed on the X-E2).

Daniel

I would give you +1000 on both statements if I could!

Let's hope that the min-shutter speed in Auto ISO gets resolved for the X-Pro 1, soon. We all have requested this to Fuji hundreds of times so far...
Grüße :)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2013 at 11:12 UTC
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Walsh_uk: At least they 'came out' and gave it a new name, not a blue dot on the box ( 1D MKIII ) LOL...

.

But the new name will most likely hurt D600 owners in resale value. Psycologically the D600 has problems that were fixed whith the D610. And this bad reputation will most likely lead to lower D600 resale prices...

A blue dot on the box would have been my prefered choice as owner ;)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2013 at 15:33 UTC
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smatty: Great!

Now that the extended bottom end of the Fuji X-Series line up is taken care of can we please get the X-Pro 2 now?

Pretty, please!!!

Does the organic CMOS sensor require feeding? ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2013 at 10:32 UTC

Great!

Now that the extended bottom end of the Fuji X-Series line up is taken care of can we please get the X-Pro 2 now?

Pretty, please!!!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2013 at 14:47 UTC as 19th comment | 3 replies

What about print quality, amount of cartridges, economy, speed, noise...?

Has innovation for those features stopped? Are the innovations now only that I can print snapshots directly from my facebook account?

This is going into the wrong direction...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2013 at 08:18 UTC as 7th comment | 4 replies

Quoting Ken Rockwell as an expert probably caused a lot of the harsh feedback as he is very controversial on how he does his reviews (sometimes of products he hasn't event touched) and the way he SEO optimizes his "reviews" ...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 13, 2013 at 09:29 UTC as 29th comment
On Fujifilm X100S Review preview (489 comments in total)

As a 4 month long intensive photographer with the X100S and over 2 years with the X100, I took the time to comment on the DPREVIEW conclusion 'Cons' from my point of view in this thread:

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/51896120

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2013 at 10:49 UTC as 123rd comment
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