Piet Maartens

Piet Maartens

Lives in Malaysia Malaysia
Works as a Consultant
Joined on Oct 30, 2011

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Justin Francis: Both completely outclassed by the RX100

Not necessarily. Last year I could not make up my mind between the Canon G15 and the Sony RX100 and in the end bought them both. The G15 serves me well as an all-purpose camera with its superior ergonomics, longer zoom range and faster lens. The RX100 on the other hand is truly pocketable; it has become my favourite travel camera. All in all I can say that I am very happy with both cameras; it’s very much a question of your personal style of photography, how much IQ you need and whether you can live with the inevitable compromises inherent to both designs.

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2013 at 10:55 UTC
On Olympus announces Stylus XZ-10 enthusiast compact article (198 comments in total)
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wymjym: I will seriously consider this camera if---IF---it has a built in nd filter and it doesn't have some big 'gottchas'.

wj

Me too. According to the Olympus UK website the XZ-10 has a ND filter, see ‘Extra exposure control’ at the bottom of the following page:
http://www.olympus.co.uk/site/en/c/cameras/digital_cameras/creator/xz_10/xz_10_features_l.html

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2013 at 05:45 UTC

One aspect that is often overlooked is that Ansel Adams worked mostly with large format view cameras – I think up to 11 x 14 inches. This probably limited the amount of film he could take with him and the Zone System enabled him to get every exposure spot-on. Exposure bracketing would not only have been impractical, but also very expensive. Such limitations hardly apply to 35 mm photography and digital imaging. Whilst it is always good to have a sound understanding of the theory, the practical relevance of the Zone System nowadays seems to be limited. The only benefit I can see is that it trains the photographer’s eye and mind. Or am I missing something here?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2012 at 03:17 UTC as 23rd comment | 3 replies
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Francis Carver: US$19,900 just for the lens, huh? Bitchin'....

Just found this digital camera WITH a Carl Zeiss lens for US$129.99.

http://www.logitech.com/en-us/webcam-communications/webcams/3480

I guess CZ products are all over the map when it comes to pricing.

@ slncezgsi: Nice try, but he just does not get it…
@ Maloy: Technical quality of a cine lens and artistic quality of a movie (if that’s what you mean) are not related.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2012 at 03:43 UTC
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Francis Carver: Wow, a real brute of a "Compact" lens -- large & heavy. With only a really modest 2.85x zoom factor and an 'almost bright' T2.9 max open aperture.

FOR HOW MUCH???? TWENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS!!??

"designed for the owner- operator"

"There has never been a zoom lens on the market with similar features."

Oh yeah, whatever. I just knew that our German friends were always good for a good crack-up, he-he-he.

One good thing with these CP.2s is the interchangeable lens mount... and that is the major part of it.

Francis Carver, we Krauts all feel so sorry for you, du armer Mensch ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2012 at 12:24 UTC
On Fujifilm firmware attempts to fix X10 white discs article (264 comments in total)
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rodek: Francis, apart from having a problem, you have a big filty mouth.
quote Oh, and BTW... why don't YOU shut the heck up, Fuji's most stalwart fanboy? unquote

I am not paid by Fuji or do work in the photoindustry-

My message is that you dominating this forum with stupid negative remarks,
whilst ventilating your opinion once or twice is sufficient, not giving your well known opinion after every posting.

I do like this cam, so do many others. So what.

Get a life and do something more usefull . As far as I can see you do not own any cam. So what is your experience? Where are your pics showing your problem?

Think you never owned a cam or ever took a pic in your life.

Back up your remarks with evidence or go to another forum annoying people.

I wish you a nice positive day without too many orbs

Rodek, I fully agree with you. Let’s keep this forum technical and civil. No need for insulting remarks and rude attacks on fellow commentators, whatever their opinion may be.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2012 at 11:58 UTC
On Fujifilm firmware attempts to fix X10 white discs article (264 comments in total)
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Björn Magnusson: I wonder when Dpreview:s review of the X10 will be up?

Francis, thanks for your valued advice, this would never have occurred to me ;-). The ‘orbs’ pictures I have seen indeed look pretty bad; the question is how representative they are. Arguably I could find occasional flaws in pictures taken by the best cameras and selectively post these on the Internet, giving a biased impression (I don’t say this was deliberately done here).
The fact that some people report regular occurrences of the white disc problem and others none at all suggests to me that it may be a question of a few batches of faulty sensors. In this case Fuji should recall these cameras and replace the sensors free of cost (wishful thinking, I know). Or are the ‘problem-free’ users just not critical enough or never take pictures that are prone to ‘blooming’?
Again, looking forward to DPreview’s verdict.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2012 at 06:04 UTC
On Fujifilm firmware attempts to fix X10 white discs article (264 comments in total)
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Björn Magnusson: I wonder when Dpreview:s review of the X10 will be up?

Me too! If only I knew whom to believe! Are the negative comments about this camera from people who work for Fuji’s competitors or the positive comments from Fuji employees, as some people suggest? I am not prepared to spend all that money to find out myself, can’t wait to get the DP review!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2012 at 09:15 UTC
On Fujifilm releases X-S1 premium EXR 26X superzoom article (383 comments in total)
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Shewsbury: Superzoom bridge camera is a matter of compromise. Why so many people complaining about the image quality of this kind of camera while in fact they don't even have to buy it. This kind of camera are for certain targeted consumer and not for those of you who have nothing to do but spend lots of time analyzing all the dots and pixels just to find flaws in any particular photo. For most "John Doe" on the streets or a typical family man wanting simple picture of their family and a little scenery that only will end up in Facebook, this and many other "typical camera" is good enough. If IQ is the highest priority, then shut up and go live with the DSLR or what ever "bigger format". Stop bullying this kind of camera coz you wont buy it anyway, in fact why are people so unhappy every time manufacturer release new super zoom bridge camera? Llet others enjoy this kind of camera coz they will be happy with it, it is something that you will never understand.

Shewsbury is right. There is too much emphasis on technical details nowadays and too little on photography. Let’s not forget that a technically perfect photograph may still be boring and banal, whilst a good photograph (good composition, ‘decisive moment’ etc.) remains a good photo in spite of some (usually minor) flaws. I am considering buying this camera for a South Africa safari next year – I cannot justify spending more money on top notch equipment than on the rest of the trip – and I am sure it will give satisfying results for my amateur needs.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 30, 2011 at 12:47 UTC
On Just posted: Fujifilm X10 hands-on preview and video article (69 comments in total)
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Piet Maartens: Looks very promising, this may just be the camera I have been waiting for. One question: Does it have flash exposure compensation? Nothing mentioned under specifications. I often use balanced fill flash to brighten up the foreground. Thanks!

Thanks very much. I have only just now discovered that theFuji x10 pdf manual is already available on the Internet. Here the link for all those of you interested in more details:
http://www.fotoez.net/fujifilm-finepix-x10-digital-compact-camera-users-manual-6975

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2011 at 05:22 UTC
On Just posted: Fujifilm X10 hands-on preview and video article (69 comments in total)

Looks very promising, this may just be the camera I have been waiting for. One question: Does it have flash exposure compensation? Nothing mentioned under specifications. I often use balanced fill flash to brighten up the foreground. Thanks!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2011 at 05:13 UTC as 19th comment | 3 replies
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