Joel Benford

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Meet the new boss, a bit better than the old boss.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2016 at 15:30 UTC as 36th comment

Nice bokeh, for my tastes. Low to medium contrast. I find the colours a bit strange.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2016 at 15:18 UTC as 26th comment | 3 replies
In reply to:

SHUSH: Is this 50mm lens compatible with the a6000 and the a6300, or just the full frame models?

Yes it is.

But note that if you only need APS coverage, there is also a APS 50/1.8 available already, and it's a *very* nice lens at about the same price point. Sharp, stabilized, nice bokeh... It's perhaps Sony's best APS lens.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 17:21 UTC

I wonder if there is a compromise in lens quality.

I wonder what the AF is like at the long end.

I wonder what handheld photography with a 600 is like, even with IS.

If all those work out OK, then I guess if you need (almost) everything it does and (almost) nothing else it's probably fair value for you.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 15:22 UTC as 111th comment
On article Pocketable APS-C: Fujifilm X70 real-world samples (255 comments in total)

I think the only picture that really works here with 28mm framing is the disabled parking sign on the ground in front of the hut. And I think that would have worked better with a 35mm standing slightly further back, to keep the foreground and bring the background in.

In its way this is a very useful gallery -- it shows what you'll get if you try to use a 28mm to do a 50mm's job, and warns people to stay away from the X70 unless they know what they're buying it for.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2016 at 20:31 UTC as 54th comment | 1 reply

It seems expensive for 2016. It could have IBIS at that price and not seem cheap.

I wonder if there will be an A6100/A6200/both at a lower price?

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 20:00 UTC as 217th comment | 6 replies
On a photo in the Fujifilm X-Pro2 beta sample gallery sample gallery (2 comments in total)

Mr Spencer, if you're out there...

That last shot of the skateboarder in the samples is focused on the board/foot in the foreground with the face a little OOF.

Was that deliberate, or a failure, or did you just not care?

If you had wanted to get the face in a shot like that, would it be something you could do reliably given this camera's controls and performance?

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2016 at 15:51 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply

Is that a joystick for direct selection of AF points I see below the AEL button? Or am I thinking wishfully?

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2016 at 15:08 UTC as 19th comment | 6 replies

There's some moire in the rooftop sample if you look for it. Apparently 100MP just isn't enough for that lens... ;)

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2016 at 19:44 UTC as 103rd comment | 1 reply
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Joe Van Wyk: I think it is interesting how such dynamic range allows for certain contrasty shots to "expose for the highlights" such as the sky. Then, bringing shadows up in post, resulting in a balanced exposure. The power of RAW combined with that sensor is quite a modern marvel.

I agree that it is a marvellous ability to have.

But I think the DPR guys often (not always) lay it on a bit too thick, taking some drama from from the picture. Things end up looking a bit flat. Maybe they would make sense if you were processing pictures to be seen print magazines, or on phones in bright light. But on my monitor in controlled light they look a bit squished.

Still, as you say it is a wonderful option to have; and I would sometimes want to use it to the full.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2015 at 09:14 UTC

Instead of an adapter to take it from "too wide but I guess that helps keep the size down" to "even wider", could we maybe have a x1.5 converter to make it a standard lens?

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2015 at 22:51 UTC as 44th comment | 7 replies
On article Google announces Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P smartphones (87 comments in total)

What is the (35mm equivalent) focal length of the main cameras?

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2015 at 20:20 UTC as 20th comment | 12 replies

I've been waiting patiently for this camera announcement. And do you know what day it is? It's my birthday.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2015 at 17:37 UTC as 103rd comment | 5 replies
On article Fujifilm X100T successor rumored to feature new lens (334 comments in total)

I'd like a true standard 43mm equivalent lens with natural perspective, i.e. about 28mm on Fuji's current sensors.

I find I like this better than 35 mm (pushes the background away) or 50mm (brings it in).

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2015 at 20:07 UTC as 151st comment | 3 replies
On article Samsung introduces PM1633a, world's first 2.5" 16TB SSD (121 comments in total)
In reply to:

Mister Joseph: Very nice, how much?

On the order of four thousand pounds, I believe. Less than some Leica lenses :)

It's for things with huge update rates. It's not actually very appropriate for normal photo storage since photos-by-the-terrabyte mostly just sit there. Of course, if you were running a database of all security camera facial captures in Central London and creating/scanning it in realtime for matches...

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2015 at 20:37 UTC
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fmian: When shooting through a window, you could just use a flexible hood/bellows pressed up against the glass so light from around the room doesn't enter the shot. This product already exists.
When shooting through a wire fence, you could just place the lens right up to the fence so that you're shooting through it, or you should use shallower dof which would make the fence in the foreground almost invisible.
Complex software/computational solutions when simple practical solutions already exist.

I like to photograph things in glass display cases at times, e.g. museum exhibits. They don't take kindly to you placing things against the glass.

I find polarising filters are some use for cutting reflections off the glass, but they cost light when I'm already in a low-light environment.

So I would be interested to see what a software solution could do instead (or as well).

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2015 at 16:14 UTC
On article Fujifilm XF 90mm F2 LM WR real-world samples (182 comments in total)

That is really a very nice looking lens

/slightly envious Sony owner

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2015 at 13:46 UTC as 38th comment | 8 replies
On article Feature film shot on iPhone 5 coming to cinemas (64 comments in total)

Whilst it is impressive that a dog can play piano, it does not play the piano very well.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2015 at 18:18 UTC as 36th comment | 3 replies
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