guyfawkes

guyfawkes

Lives in Birmingham, UK
Works as a Retired.
Joined on Feb 20, 2012

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lambert4: I always teetered on the edge of trying it but the low resolution result was just too imrtant. I hope they find success in whatever they choose, it was acompletely new platform for photography they tried to introduce. Now companies like panasonic have focus pull and other variations. Kudos and best of luck!

Good point. The pixel count isn't enough in itself to equal quality. Whereas a good lens, a la our Canon models, is.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2016 at 12:16 UTC
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daMatrix: Great! Hopefully the leather bellow did survive the wait on this service.

Well, if it didn't, you can always try here:

http://www.custombellows.co.uk/ :D)

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2016 at 14:36 UTC
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (597 comments in total)
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Mike Gerstner: Not good......all that "white" on a 16 x 9 monitor makes the pupil close up and shadow details in photos get harder to see.

People who work in digital labs work in darkened rooms with hoods on their monitors for a reason.

Great idea, having the option so the user can choose either black on white or white on black.

Kudos.........again

Same reaction here. I find white on black background far easier on my eyes, rather than a glaring expanse of white background. At least, DPR, please leave it as a selectable option.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2016 at 14:26 UTC
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stevo23: To all the folks who held up Lytro as the next revolution in still cameras...TOLD YA!!!

Next will be their exit from VR. It's just a dumb idea really.

@stevo23. "...it was about trying to market a solution that most people weren't even looking for.)

I suppose you could say this, too, about the digital stills revolution. I doubt many, if any, film users were falling over themselves for digital still cameras. A 1 hour turnaround for D&P was more than adequate for the vast majority. And when we look back and see just how truly bad the first digital examples were compared to even average film quality, it is amazing digital ever got off the ground.
And now we have seen it come full circle where most people are not really concerned with image quality, just an image i.e. smartphone one, is now good enough.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2016 at 14:21 UTC
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lambert4: I always teetered on the edge of trying it but the low resolution result was just too imrtant. I hope they find success in whatever they choose, it was acompletely new platform for photography they tried to introduce. Now companies like panasonic have focus pull and other variations. Kudos and best of luck!

I, too, thought about it, but it wasn't the 4meg images (my first digital camera, Canon G2, had this, and I was perfectly happy at the time, still am when I go back and view them) that bothered me so much, but the price, for what would have been a very restrictive camera in use. I thought about it for closeup work where the possibility of being able to play with variable DoF seemed a bonus. Glad I didn't pursue it now, as support has died with the camera.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2016 at 14:01 UTC
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guyfawkes: One of the UK dealers is already used by me, Yippee! Fantastic to see that 127 roll film is there, too. I still get my Yashica LM out from time to time, and will now not have to rely on outdated film.

I should have added for clarity that the 127 film is not spooled so users will need to keep spools and backing paper from used films for self spooling. Not a problem if, like me, you do your own developing.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2016 at 12:11 UTC
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tom42: Ilford HPS is fast but very grainy, especially when shot at ASA (ISO)3000 and developed in Acufine.
Circa 1957 from an old geezer

But Kodak Royal X Pan had an even faster base ISO of 1,250 or ASA as it would have been then. It had grain like golf balls, but shot with an 8X Red filter in sunlight (!) it could produce sharp images from roll film in my YashicaMat. Not really suitable for push processing, IMO.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2016 at 13:50 UTC
On article First sample images from 20MP Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III (197 comments in total)
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Jhaakas: It is not a 24-600 f2.4-4 .. but look closely, it is a 8-200 mm lens. The equivalent fstop is f7.2-12 (not 2.4- 4)and it is what it is.

The quality of still pics is great compared to a PS camera, however pretty ordinary compared to a APSC dslr. Zoomed photos have poor contrast, low sharpness and sort of a whitish opaqueness. Even a basic Nikon d3300 or a Pentax K-50 with a 55-200 zoom has much better pic quality.
Video is where the RX10 will have the upper hand.. and those capabilities are amazing. However you might get them also in a dedicated video camera for much less price.

@ FredSpain, here it is: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR. And in the UK it retails at a whopping £9,649. Ouch!

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2016 at 13:42 UTC

One of the UK dealers is already used by me, Yippee! Fantastic to see that 127 roll film is there, too. I still get my Yashica LM out from time to time, and will now not have to rely on outdated film.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2016 at 13:32 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
On article First sample images from 20MP Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III (197 comments in total)
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Orcio14: Really good pictures. I've a question: are they directly from camera, or after any PP, rather?

Carey, it may take a while for ACR to support the camera, but what was wrong in not using Sony's own RAW converter software and which I assume ships with the camera?

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2016 at 09:24 UTC
On article First sample images from 20MP Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III (197 comments in total)
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PhotoDiod: Is it coincidental that the only female portraits in the set (which are usually good for evaluating skin tones) are done either in extreme overbearing golden light (#63) or in extreme backlit/underexposed darkness (#68)? Doesn't anyone care about skin tones anymore?

Some do, but you need Fuji if skin tone is important.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2016 at 09:18 UTC
On article First sample images from 20MP Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III (197 comments in total)
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BostonC: The shots of birds at the zoo taken by the Ubergizmo's reviewer are just a bit better:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ubergizmo/albums/72157666411691282/with/25525433743/

An interesting comparison, and shows the Sony in a better light. Sorry about the pun. I can't explain why, but the dpr images look decidedly poor on my 1080p monitor. None appear that sharp and seem decidedly flat.

I appreciate that ubergizmo has likely pp'd his images, but at least it does show better than dpr just what the Sony is capable of.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2016 at 09:17 UTC

I'm mainly interested in converting images to b/w, in pp, and for this I use Black White Projects 4, a paid for German software program. Nevertheless, not wishing to look a gift horse in the mouth, I've downloaded Nik and whilst I don't find Silver Efex as fully useful as BWP 4, and which has 115 pre-sets compared to Nik's 38, and double the number of film type simulations, for example, Nik is still a great suite of software, and remarkable as now it is free.

I use W7 Pro but I've also downloaded it to a smaller W10 SSD laptop with an i5 processor and 8gb of RAM and it works fine, too.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 21:18 UTC as 10th comment
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vladimir vanek: Thinking of google's hobby to collect everything I wonder what the word "collection" stands for in the name of the app/service. O:)

Substitute "suite" for "collection" and it becomes clear.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 21:00 UTC
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PhalaNik: Really what is the point? Regardless of brand they all look so bad once the ISO hits the 100k mark that its clear the marketing dept have too much say in the specs. Nikon are simply loosing face here, why do you want your flagship camera to be capable of capturing images at the lowest quality possible by using ISO 3 bloody million. It's a total joke. If you want a real laugh pop over to imaging resource to see the samples at ISO 3m. I can’t see anything on offer from the D5 that would make a D4 or even D3 shooter feel the compelling need to upgrade. Save you cash and get a few lenses.

Well, we've seen manufacturers increase sensor size, cram in more pixels, and so I suppose this must be the next gimmick to persuade the unsuspecting this must be the next big improvement and a must have feature in your next. obligatory, bout of GAS. Ha, Ha.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 20:42 UTC
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Franz Weber: 1051 grams. Ouch!

The R1 weighs in at 2.2lbs. I still have, and use mine from time to time. Considering it cost $999 upon its release in 2005, this latest Sony isn't that expensive considering inflation and the feature set on offer.

Within its 10mp sensor constraint, and providing one sticks to low ISO's it produces exceptional IQ.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 17:50 UTC
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jaykumarr: Is there anyway to use this with no Adobe photoshop or any other software?

For example, if I have a new Mac with factory setup, with no software, how I can use this suite?

thanks for helping out my ignorance.

Just what I have done to try it out. But you can only import a single image at a time and unlike most regular software that will display a tree of your image folders, this does not, so it is a little inconvenient, but only a slight one, having to navigate back to the folders on my HD each time to select another image.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2016 at 09:32 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-Pro2 firmware update 1.01 now available (75 comments in total)
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straylightrun: I reckon Fujifilm intentionally puts these bugs in so they can release more firmware updates and people will think they are cutting edge and up to date because they are always “supporting” their products. Fuji fanboys eat this up!

@ Gerardjan. +1 And when the DEF NOT LIKE vote gets to 4, the system would delete the silly comments automatically.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 20:54 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-Pro2 firmware update 1.01 now available (75 comments in total)
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straylightrun: I reckon Fujifilm intentionally puts these bugs in so they can release more firmware updates and people will think they are cutting edge and up to date because they are always “supporting” their products. Fuji fanboys eat this up!

Now let me guess. You are a conspiracy theorist. Right?

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 20:51 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-Pro2 firmware update 1.01 now available (75 comments in total)
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JacquesBalthazar: I only had the reset once, on first day, but nice to have the fix so fast. Their speed of reaction is great here, and, more generally, I feel very safe, as a customer, in the knowledge they have consistently embraced constant improvements post release for all their X bodies and lenses. That is exactly how it should be in this fast paced digital world.

Well said.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 20:48 UTC
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