GaryW

GaryW

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On Sony a5100 First Impressions Review preview (572 comments in total)
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km25: The lens is too slow, no EVF ( not even opinion ). No 4k. Yeasterdays camera, for the world of tomorrow.

There are more than enough lenses for most people.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2014 at 23:33 UTC
On Sony a5100 First Impressions Review preview (572 comments in total)
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Rob Sims: Just a word about the cheap $100 kit lens, that keeps getting bashed by photo purists. Yes, everyone knows this lens was designed with software correction in mind... it suffers from barrel distortion at the wide end, CA and also vignetting. But for the target audience shooting JPG (All corrected automatically in camera) won't see this, and those dabbling in RAW (corrected automatically in LR) will be able to work around it. More important, is that the is sharp at the center, and sharp at the edges when down even 1 or 2 stops. Doesn't seem any worse than most other kit lenses (Fuji's expensive F2.8-4.0 excluded).

All comparisons I've seen point to it being as sharp as the original 18-55... and certainly no worse than the Pana 12-35 m43 lens that keeps getting mentioned. First 3 reviews that popped up in Google:
http://erphotoreview.com/wordpress/?p=3618
http://camerahoarders.com/sony-e_pz_16-50mm-e-mount-lens-review/2/
http://www.photozone.de/sony_nex/842-sony1650f3556oss?start=2

Rob, the 18-105 sits in between those lenses in price. As for primes, I'm not sure what you want. There's not much room, for example, between the 50mm and 55mm. Sure, you can specify a price point in the middle, but the difference is not large.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2014 at 23:26 UTC
On Sony a5100 First Impressions Review preview (572 comments in total)
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M0P03: I want Sony to make this camera and A6000 without slow and bulky interchangeble lens. Fixed 24-100/2-4 same size would be much useful.

If you feel another system is better, buy it. There are many examples of fine photos that have come from the 16-50. Better lenses are available, and I recommend p rimes if you want real high quality.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2014 at 12:29 UTC
On Sony a5100 First Impressions Review preview (572 comments in total)
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M0P03: I want Sony to make this camera and A6000 without slow and bulky interchangeble lens. Fixed 24-100/2-4 same size would be much useful.

It's an inexpensive kit lens. What do you want? It actually works well, better than people seem to expect that it should. People seem to just assume that it must be a poor kit lens. It does have it's quirks that you can either work with, or you can buy a more expensive lens.

The lens suggestion made by the OP would be large, bulky, and expensive, and still missing a huge chunk of valuable wide angle range. I don't get that. You're not going to see an f2-4 lens in a pancake, collapsible lens form factor like the 16-50pz.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2014 at 10:41 UTC
On Sony a5100 First Impressions Review preview (572 comments in total)
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Rob Sims: Just a word about the cheap $100 kit lens, that keeps getting bashed by photo purists. Yes, everyone knows this lens was designed with software correction in mind... it suffers from barrel distortion at the wide end, CA and also vignetting. But for the target audience shooting JPG (All corrected automatically in camera) won't see this, and those dabbling in RAW (corrected automatically in LR) will be able to work around it. More important, is that the is sharp at the center, and sharp at the edges when down even 1 or 2 stops. Doesn't seem any worse than most other kit lenses (Fuji's expensive F2.8-4.0 excluded).

All comparisons I've seen point to it being as sharp as the original 18-55... and certainly no worse than the Pana 12-35 m43 lens that keeps getting mentioned. First 3 reviews that popped up in Google:
http://erphotoreview.com/wordpress/?p=3618
http://camerahoarders.com/sony-e_pz_16-50mm-e-mount-lens-review/2/
http://www.photozone.de/sony_nex/842-sony1650f3556oss?start=2

Wow, that's opposite my experience -- 24mm seems to be the sweet spot for the 18-55, as people reported since the early days of Nex. Anyways, yeah, stop it down a bit and keep away from the ends and it's pretty decent.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2014 at 01:26 UTC
On Sony a5100 First Impressions Review preview (572 comments in total)
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M0P03: I want Sony to make this camera and A6000 without slow and bulky interchangeble lens. Fixed 24-100/2-4 same size would be much useful.

"it's quite a bit heavier and longer (427g/110mm) than the 16-50 PZ - the one the OP has spoken of." The OP mentioned that he didn't want a "slow and bulky" zoom; the 16-50pz is not bulky, although it is "slow". Regardless, something has to give. Everything is a trade-off, but there are options.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2014 at 23:16 UTC
On Sony a5100 First Impressions Review preview (572 comments in total)
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M0P03: I want Sony to make this camera and A6000 without slow and bulky interchangeble lens. Fixed 24-100/2-4 same size would be much useful.

You can buy the body-only, and add the 18-105G, which is a lot better range than 24-100.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2014 at 11:55 UTC
On DSC09037_DxO photo in GaryW's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

This was shot as a JPEG, through a double pane window, cropped, and given some film-like post-processing from DxO (no RAW).

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2014 at 00:45 UTC as 1st comment
On Will consumer DSLRs be 'dead in 5 years?' post (133 comments in total)
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JohnHoppy: I suspect many respondents here have not actually read Andrew Reid's full article. It repays reading. It may well be true that traditional photographic devices are in terminal decline, but unless innovation is allowed to flourish, that decline is most certain. The advent of new technology such as mirrorless is only part of a process that seeks to perpetuate a specific device for the enjoyment of photography as we know it. Market leader Canon's EOS-M was a poor effort that really said, "Our SLR is the thing to buy" and Nikon's 1 series was weakly conceived too. By steadfastly opposing mirrorless and throwing its weight against what it represented rather than embracing and adapting it, Canon in effect has projected its own possible fate. Things will have to change or Reid's scenario may be a reality in a few years.

IQ in mirrorless is the same as DSLR, if the sensor size is the same. AF lags for the most part, but isn't bad. It's catching up and good enough for most use.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2013 at 02:11 UTC
On Will consumer DSLRs be 'dead in 5 years?' post (133 comments in total)
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marike6: Just got back from B&H in NYC, where everybody was walking around with their cameras. The overwhelming majority of people, lots and lots of people, were carrying FF and APS-C DSLRs, quite a few with high grade pro zooms.

Lots of armchair predictions about the direction the camera market is taking. But if DSLRs are dying, the huge number of people I saw walking around one of the world's largest camera shops apparently didn't get the memo.

You're looking at a very small niche of camera users. That's great that NYC can support a camera store, but around the rest of the country, camera stores have been closing. I don't think that's a sign of a healthy DSLR market.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2013 at 02:09 UTC
On Will consumer DSLRs be 'dead in 5 years?' post (133 comments in total)
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baloo_buc: There were a lot of people that have no idea of photography that bought dSLRs just to brag about. They are now sucked by the 41 MP in a smartphone. There will be a reduction of dSLRs sales in the following years because less people will need good quality photos when the only use is on facebook or other websites that are very low quality from the photographic viewpoint. I have a camera in a smartphone and I use it only in emergency cases.

I had an old phone camera that was really awful, but my newer ones are pretty decent. They do take the place of a P&S many times. They'd be fine for what most people use a camera for, the web or small prints.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2013 at 11:23 UTC
On Will consumer DSLRs be 'dead in 5 years?' post (133 comments in total)
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davids8560: I find Eye-Fi cards and cameras with built-in Wi-Fi solve the "instant uploading" problem rather handily, if need be, although I eschew editing on my iPhone unless it's absolutely necessary. I actually don't even upload much to the 'Net anymore, now that so many sites make legal claim to whatever pictures I elect to post. So now, generally speaking, if I want to share a pic with friends and associates, I just attach it to a regular email. And that suits me just fine,

A highly-placed friend of mine in Apple's iPhone camera department told me that keeping the slimness and overall size of a cellphone to a minimum precludes much advancement in smartphone camera features and capabilities.

So I think there always will be at least some demand for fully-featured, stand-alone digital cameras. The market is definitely going to shrink, however, and get quite a bit shook up, too, by and large, I expect. I'd say the days of the simple 3-5X zoom point-and-shoot are really quite numbered now.

Yes, the cameraphone will always be limited compared to a real camera, and yet most people are going to find that quite alright.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2013 at 11:21 UTC
On Will consumer DSLRs be 'dead in 5 years?' post (133 comments in total)
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sportyaccordy: Phones are successful because people HAVE to replace them often, and they can do a hundred different things. If Nikon wants to stay alive, it needs to make smartphones.

In the early days of digital cameras, people "had" to replace them because newer ones were so much better. I think the case will be the same for cellphones -- eventually, both products will mature and you won't feel a need to buy so often.

If Nikon made a smartphone, they'd have to make sure the camera was kinda meh to ensure that it didn't compete with their DSLR line. ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2013 at 11:16 UTC
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danieljcox: Without the artist creating this image, there is no image. Why should he not get paid for his vision and creativity? Would anybody have bought this stamp had it just been a blank, white stamp without any sort of art? No! They bought it because it had something of interest that the artist created. The artist should be paid. Without the art the artist created, there is no stamp to sell. People who create good ideas or good art deserve to be paid.

Daniel J. Cox
www.naturalexposures.com

Yeah, the USPS probably lost money, if you want to look at it that way. Even if they were to make a slight profit, it wasn't because that this particular photo was all that compelling, it was because people wanted stamps to mail a birthday card or whatever.

Should the sculptor get paid for the use of his work? Are photographers going to have to avoid photographing any public sculpture? Maybe any monument, building.... Hey, that was someone else's work! They deserve a cut. I already see notices on some tickets for certain venues that photography is for personal use only and you'd have to get special permission for commercial use -- I think that's fair enough if you have to buy a ticket to enter property, but if you're on "public" ground, that should be different.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2013 at 12:24 UTC
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M Lammerse: **Both new iPhones offer 8MP cameras — is Apple still innovative enough to entice photographers**

Maybe the following title would be better above this infotainment

"Both new iPhones offer 8MP cameras - is Apples marketing still good enough to lure people who take pictures with a phone."

It's good if it's what I happen to have with me and it takes a photo that I want. Every photo does not need to be fine art, printed at gallery sizes. Even in low-light, I've taken some photos I've enjoyed, using the iPhone. It's not my preference, but in a pinch, it does work pretty well. What do you want?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2013 at 11:45 UTC
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NAwlins Contrarian: Sorry, but he doesn't get to dictate the pronunciation just because he created the file type. Standard pronunciation rules apply. Insofar as the G in GIF is for "graphics", which has a hard G, then GIF should likewise be pronounced with a hard G.

Gary is not pronounced the same as Jerry, even if Geoff is pronounced like Jeff. English is inconsistent like that.

Anyway, it seems natural for most people to assume that GIF uses a hard-G. Although I can't say that I really care how it's pronounced, it's not as if people are nutty for picking one way over the other. (Nutty? No pun intended in comparison to Jif brand peanut butter.)

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2013 at 08:28 UTC
On Gifty concept camera produces instant flipbooks article (30 comments in total)

There used to be an internet service you could send a short video clip to and they would print out a flip book for you. The only negative is the time it took to edit video to get the clip you wanted. (Unfortunately, I forget the name of the service; I wonder if they're still around?)

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2013 at 01:37 UTC as 12th comment

My iPhone is 8mp. It's handy as the camera I always have with me, and it actually has good color.

Is that enough for the above photos? It seems so. I can count the whiskers and eyebrow hairs. What would you do with more resolution? Count the threads in the uniform?

Anyway, I don't think newspapers need quite the resolution that a magazine would, and magazines vary in quality themselves, so I guess I'm not too surprised that a phone photo could be used.

I like to think that at least some of my iPhone photos are worth taking and keeping, so I guess for some of us, maybe this will be some validation that it's not a complete waste of time. But if this is the only camera you have with you, you gotta work with what you've got!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2013 at 10:23 UTC as 31st comment
On Social media photo trend: Dragon Ball attacks post (13 comments in total)

Are you sure it's Dragon Ball inspired? This reminds me of the old Street Fighter games, which I recall before DBZ. The SF character even says "Hadouken" when you throw a fireball move. Anyway, I guess my point is that these kind of magical energy attacks have been in various Japanese media for a while.

An episode of Gumball (an American cartoon) recently did this meme, with the two main characters battling with words but kind of pretending to be in what appears to be a Street Fighter type game, complete with energy meters, scoring, etc.

Anyway, I agree, these photos look like fun at least.

As for other memes, "owling" came and went pretty fast too... Owling and planking had some surprise or shock factor ("What is he doing up there?") but I agree, they weren't that interesting for the most part.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2013 at 10:11 UTC as 4th comment
On DxO Optics Pro 8: What's New article (110 comments in total)

DxO version 8 doesn't feel like a huge upgrade over 7, but they have done a good job of giving simple controls that give great results quickly. Your preferred settings can be saved to a preset.

How much is your time worth?

As for the upgrade pricing, it's less than the retail price, although I wouldn't mind if it was cheaper. Compare it with the other software I use, Corel's Paint Shop Pro: the upgrade pricing is so silly, it's often just as cheap to buy it at full retail, if I can find it on discount. I just looked up Lightroom upgrade, and I paid less for DxO's (since I don't need the Elite version and caught them when they released the update when they put it on sale).

If the price is so burdonsome, go use one of many free RAW converters -- UFRaw, Raw Therapee, etc.

Adobe never gave me the rebate I submitted. Do I go on forums and post multiple messages about it? ;-) So if you want to make service the issue, I'm sure you can find poor service from time to time anywhere.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2013 at 12:25 UTC as 8th comment
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