LukeDuciel

LukeDuciel

Lives in China Beijing, China
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On Real-world test: Going pro with the Samsung NX1 article (354 comments in total)

As of now, there's nothing "Pro" about the Samsung system.

The Samsung body and the 2 lenses might well be on par with C/N offering at this range. However, the "Pro"-ness of a mature system punches at available tool for whatever you need to do.

When I get an event job, I grab my 2 flashes, 1 zoom, 2primes and go. When I am tasked to shoot two pieces of jewelry, I rent a 200mm macro, a ring flash and go. so on and on.

It is never about one body. Samsung needs to have and show dedication in this path. Otherwise, they will get stuck in the "pro"-"sumer" market.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2014 at 05:29 UTC as 56th comment | 4 replies
On Samsung NX1 real-world sample images article (330 comments in total)
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RichRMA: Nikon refused to build a D400, so Samsung did it. Actually, just kidding; Pentax did it.

well said

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 06:30 UTC

iPad could be such a wonderful productivity tool for photographers, if only camera manufacturers can get the app right and support a smooth tethered workflow.

I am not asking to be 100% same vs. cable tethered to Capture 1 workstation. Just give me proper wireless tethered shooting and editing (not retouch, only edit), it is good enough for experienced hobbyist.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2014 at 05:09 UTC as 14th comment
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MikeFairbanks: I'm going to move toward real computing tablets that can run regular applications, nut just the crashy ones and filter apps.

if you are talking about building a work flow for >24MP raw files, you will have to wait. State of art battery and mobile processor does not support smooth operation to that level.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2014 at 05:05 UTC
On High Flyer? DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Drone Review article (181 comments in total)
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RichRMA: I don't know what is so revolutionary about these devices. They've had remote-control toys for decades. The only thing new is they can strap on a $50 point and shoot with a wide angle lens. They're taking a relatively interesting subject like aerial photography and they'll wide-angle lens it into mediocrity like so much action photography today.

get one of the old toys and one of the DJIs. Fly them, then look back at your conclusion.

Sitting in front of the keyboard does not help here.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 15, 2014 at 06:46 UTC
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misha marinsky4: Ferrania house label films were generally lower quality. They made the Walgreens house brand, IIRC.

I have been reading the comments with amusement. To paraphrase Zone Zero, 'A film camera is like a mortgage, with payments for life.'

With a digital camera, it costs zero to press the shutter release. With a film camera, it costs even if it's a dud. I can't delete the shot for another. I still have to pay for development and a contact sheet. A memory card is quite literally an unlimited supply of 35mm film.

Like the look of film? There's DXO Film Pack, for starters. There's Kentmere, an inexpensive Ilford line. There's Freestyle, which sells inexpensive silver halide products.

With the Pentax MF, bodies have dropped below $10K. It's still not cheap, but Moore's Law applies to them, too. Sometime in the future, MF will compete with 35mm FF. The Mamiya ZD used a Dalsa chip; it was only usable at ISO 100, and they're cheap on eBay.

No one can stop the relentless march of technology.

I cannot agree more.

I still own a Voigtlander 135 film body. I even have a roll of 400TX loaded in it. But for more than a year I have not touched it.

True that the feeling of manipulating a delicate machine doing the photo-chemical miracle is ultra satisfying. BUT, it is just too much fuss nowadays.

For the things I do, travel, portrait, occasion events, I always have easier and better digital tools.

It will surely keep its place for some of my special personal projects but it sleeps more than being awake.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2014 at 02:50 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1869 comments in total)
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jvt: Your specs say that there is no "Timelapse recording", but there are several videos showing this option in action. You need to correct your specs.

I can confirm that on the unit they show on Photokina. There is a set of menu items for Time Lapse shooting parameters.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 08:50 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1869 comments in total)
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Roland Karlsson: It looks nice. Maybe made a mistake when buying RX100 III ?

Not a mistake if you need a pocket camera. From my short playing with LX100 on Photokina, the bulk is in line with a GF body + 14-42 collapsible. it is even a bit bigger than GM1 + small 12-32.

So don't worry and go out shooting~

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2014 at 15:13 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T (beta) real-world samples article (105 comments in total)
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princecody: Does it focus faster than the S? Better build quality?

@Peter.

The cameras you listed does not seem to fit what you expect as full metal or well finished.

Pen, QL, Minolta(whole 135 except XD), Yashica, they all uses quite a lot plastic structure and glued joint. And yashica PCB board surely does not look good, if you really tear them a part.

For me, there is simply no "good old times". Product is always a balance of what design wants vs. cost.

In the old times, top manufacture was even more limited to rich guys or professional agencies. Look at old Canon and Nikon. You get milled brass on top-of-line A1, F2, F3 etc; while the "ordinary man" cameras have significantly less impressive stamped alloy plates (nikon FM, FE) or even plastic covers (canon AE). But hey, the ordinary cam still takes great photo, right?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2014 at 08:34 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T (beta) real-world samples article (105 comments in total)
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princecody: Does it focus faster than the S? Better build quality?

well it's a series made product meant for profit. What do you expect? even your beloved little-red-dot Leica starts to use the ugly alloy.

Oh, their recent M-A gets back to brass though, Hefty little thing, with a 3800euro price tag, "cheapo", right?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 22, 2014 at 23:01 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T (beta) real-world samples article (105 comments in total)
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Kim Letkeman: Same sensor, same lens. Not much new in this model it seems where IQ is concerned. But I'm surprised at the struggle with tack sharpness in these images. The second statue is backfocused, none of the portraits have truly sharp eyes / eyebrows ... is it really that hard to lock focus on the subject with the X100T? Note: The baskets are nice, but that's rather a large target in a fairly flat plane :-)

I would second the comment of rjx. X100s AF is totally reliable in good light. In something dim as a pub, I am not sure.

But knowing I have 50% focus-missed shot out of D3+afs 35 combo in night events shooting. So it could well be the problem of me.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 22, 2014 at 22:58 UTC
On Opinion: Bring on the 70-200mm equivalents article (328 comments in total)

I do hope the mid-long zoom had a bit more reach, especially when I try to do landscape. The 200mm or equiv. 200mm is just a tack short. Equiv 300 would give much ease.

But I kinda agree with the author on the portability issue with full frame 70-200 lens. I have done some events with canon and nikon 70-200 2.8 IS/VR. Oh the sour hands.

I am currently on the fence of how to put together a CSC system. I love the IQ esp. color reproduction of X-Trans from Fuji. But the whole system portability of M43 is really really tempting.

hmmm... what should I do....

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 16:34 UTC as 78th comment | 1 reply
On Hands-on with Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 article (435 comments in total)

Is there any sample photo available from this cam?

I have not been very satisfied by Pana's automatic white balance performance, although my impression was mostly from GF1, 2 and (to some extent) the camcorder AF100.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 16:26 UTC as 99th comment | 4 replies
On Hands-on with Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 article (435 comments in total)
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Random Asian Guy: I wonder can the flash be used with any other system. Would love something tiny like that just for a bit of fill-flash on the A7s.

I doubt that. This little thing needs to draw power from the body, (I guess) via a proprietary port.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 16:24 UTC
On Photokina 2014: Hands-on with RED's Epic Dragon article (50 comments in total)
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dougster1979: If 100fps at 16mp filters down to everyday(affordable) cameras, say in a couple of years. Could it be the end of Still cameras?

You are right, on a pure technology level, Sony F65 has achieved this even earlier.

I should have added "on consumer level". Say, a cam in size and feature set like LX100.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 15:01 UTC
On Photokina 2014: Hands-on with RED's Epic Dragon article (50 comments in total)
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dougster1979: If 100fps at 16mp filters down to everyday(affordable) cameras, say in a couple of years. Could it be the end of Still cameras?

In near future, I believe there will be one camera that produce pictures. Whether you want motion picture or still picture, it delivers.

Look at the smart phones or even the RX100 series from Sony. Pictures picked from multiple shots; composed from multiple shots; algorithms to synthesize information from the sensor grows stronger and stronger.

Image is all about capture info, process it and present it.

As the speed of sensor and processor flies up, camera will eventually grow out of the daguerreotype procedure.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 13:55 UTC
On Size matters: Hands-on with Canon PowerShot G7 X article (175 comments in total)

For me, the design choice on G7X actually makes more sense than RX100III.

Canon delivered a seemingly much more direct photographic control with a much more useful zoom range.

EVF on a camera of this size does not make too much sense in ergonomics.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 10:41 UTC as 20th comment
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Mauro.B: I hope they nailed auto white balance, as in my M240 it is still the weakest link. And offer exposure compensation on the back dial, too.

Well, considering that 99,999% of Edition 60's will spend their life behind glass, my comment is totally useless.

this one shoots RAW only.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 11:02 UTC
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magneto shot: LCD'less is one of my wish list. My other was setting a possible shots of only 36,64,128. Limitations such as these gives u all the glory and film shooting experience, makes u a better photographer definitely without the fuss of film development.

just buy this one and get a 512MB sd.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 11:02 UTC
On Zeiss introduces Distagon T* 35mm F1.4 ZM lens article (58 comments in total)
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Serious Sam: I am sure it is worth 2,290.00 but SERIOUSLY!!!!

This cost more than my whole X-Mount set put together. I really admired you Zeiss and Leica boys(and girls) has that much money to throw into a camera/lens.The CV is about 1.2K, this one is double its price and the SUMMILUX again 2.5 times the price of the zeiss. I am certain you will not see the image quality increase proportion to the money you spent even I don't own a single one of these......

performance never goes linear with price. That's for sure.

Different people just have different value. Buying a Leica, for me, is more about the kinda sense of fulfilling/rewarding myself. Not really for the top notch optical quality.

Well, Zeiss is a bit different. I would expect Zeiss to balance better from a performance / price PoV. But in this lens, I don't know whether that is still true...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 10:49 UTC
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