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Kabe Luna

Kabe Luna

Lives in United States Seattle, WA, United States
Works as a Grapher Designer + Photographer
Joined on Sep 25, 2006


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"My ideal camera is one that can take a picture in any environment from complete darkness to the brightest sunshine."

I translate this as: "Our priority is higher average specification across the operating range, rather than maximum results at any point in the operating range."

Mediocrity. Which is a good descriptor for the real-world performance of Canon sensors. So, it's actually heartening to know Canon aren't totally clueless, they just have a different outlook on what defines a great sensor than I do. Meaning I'll probably never have a Canon that can compete on image quality at low ISO with my D800. It'll be interesting to see if they apply a different concept to the design of whatever high-MP sensor they eventually field or if it'll simply have the same (if not worse at the pixel level) IQ of their current APS-C cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 19:03 UTC as 137th comment | 5 replies
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1418 comments in total)
In reply to:

astigmate: As a D700 owner, I feel...hum kinda betrayed by Nikon. So, this entry level, crippled camera is supposed to be the D700 successor ?! feel like an FF D5300 !! I'm tired of waiting for them. I'll keep my D700 until it dies and will look into fuji or sony stuff now on.

Oh, btw, the Sony Full-Frame A7 (24mpx also) cost HALF the price asked for the D750 and it has 1/8000s shutter, focus peaking, nice EVF etc

What the Sony A7 lacks, however–which for me is worth the cost differential, is a diverse range of AF lenses. A great body without a diverse and complete range of lenses is of dubious value.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 17:19 UTC
On Apple to cease development of Aperture article (425 comments in total)

There hasn't been a reason to choose Aperture over the alternatives in years - short of having built one's library already in Aperture. I won't miss Apple's terminally slow compatibility updates and frankly coarse NR and sharpening tools one bit. Capture One is the way to go for mainstream RAW conversion.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 05:14 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
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Wubslin: Another failure from Nikon. I guess I should be disappointed, but I can't even muster disappointment any more.

How Nikon are still in business is a mystery.

They are still in business because they continue to make some of the best products for portable still photography one can find. Show me another 35mm-sized SLR camera that can provide the image quality and lens system support possible with the D800/E and I'll switch.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 00:52 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1611 comments in total)
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Kaj E: The highlight weighted metering may be a good solution for optimizing exposure for RAW-shooters.

Much quicker than spot metering and recomposing.

Still add RAW RGB histograms and we are there.

My thought exactly. I may finally be able to rely on AE and still get exposures that don't blow highlights.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 16:20 UTC
On Adobe announces 'Photoshop Mix' for iPad post (4 comments in total)

Gee, a new whiz bang remix of existing features–offered tantalizingly free of charge–that, to be truly useful, requires an Adobe CC account. Which, of course, will cost me.

No thanks, Adobe. I've just gotten to the point where I need neither Lightroom or Photoshop (amazing just how finished one can get an image in Capture One Pro! Very often, I don't need to touch it once it's exported) for the vast majority of my work. I'm not interested in plugging back into your pay-to-play ecosystem.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 16:13 UTC as 3rd comment
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ssh33: I hope "simple" lenses paired with these sensors are going to be CHEAP.

Sony has a lot of cool (hot?) , competitively priced bodies that I'd love to get my hands on but the better lenses from Sony are overpriced. Other brands offer more bang for the buck on enthusiast/pro level just yet.

I wouldn't say Sony's high end lenses are overpriced. They simply sell fewer such lenses than Canon and Nikon, so–assuming similar R&D costs–must sell them at higher cost.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 15:30 UTC
On Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Lab Test Review preview (575 comments in total)

No surprise the Sigma outperforms virtually all other 50/1.4s and even the Canon EF 50mm f1.2L (which isn't awfully sharp wide open and has unattractively nervous bokeh)–my Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art, after a year of continual use, still impresses the hell out of me with its spectacular build quality, sharpness (especially wide open) and superb contrasts. Sigma is on a mission, it seems, and I'm along for the ride.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 21:51 UTC as 29th comment | 1 reply
On Canon USA brings white EOS Rebel SL1 to America article (119 comments in total)

Yay for (almost) white entry level DSLRs!

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2014 at 15:38 UTC as 32nd comment
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Edymagno: I had high hopes for this lens performance but the "lowly" price under $1k will keep my expectations at bay. There's no way the Sigma will approach the Otus IQ. After all, you get what you pay. I truly hope to be proven wrong. Maybe Canon will get it right at around $2k.

So far, there has been NO downside to Sigma's recipe. My Sigma 35/1.4 Art is fantastic on every body I mount it on. I owned the Canon EF 35/1.4L for a year and in no regard is it a superior lens, let alone a superior value. And I work with files from the Nikon 35/1.4G and I know, optically, it's not better than the Sigma. I expect the Sigma 50/1.4 Art to trounce all contenders short of the Zeiss. I'll be getting one for sure, since the 50/1.4 is my second most-used lens and I love shooting them wide open.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 20:22 UTC
On Nikon D4s: CP+ Hands-on and interview article (54 comments in total)
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Clueless Wanderer: The amount of time and money and cutting edge technology involved in this camera is mind boggling.

I have but one question:

Has Nikon solved the problem of the 'growing' rubber grips that plague all nikon's?

D200 and a lens had a whole new set and my D700 is on its third 'trim' with the scissors and carpet tape to hold the grip on and my 24-70mm focussing rubber grip is looking like a life saver on a cocktail stick.

..Sort it out Nikon, its beyond a joke.

Amen on the rubbers! The thumb hump rubber on my Dƒ is already starting to slide. It's barely two months along. Damn shame!!

To be fair, Canon seems to have moved in the direction of Nikon's stickier, grippier rubber as I've seen countless 60D cameras shedding their grip rubber and the vertical grip for my 5DIII was beginning to cough up its rubber at the time I sold it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 23:23 UTC

What's happened to the front command dial? How does one control shutter speed in manual exposure mode? Did I miss that detail?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 19:37 UTC as 26th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon Df Review preview (1627 comments in total)

Got a Dƒ yesterday. It''s not perfect, but I'll be damned if it's not a really well sorted product. It feels much smaller than it is. The shutter is nice and muted. The AF works exceptionally well within its limitations. Image quality is superb (even if I've gotten spoiled by the detail resolution of the D800's 36 MP sensor). The viewfinder, while not MF-era friendly, is easier to focus manually than any prior Nikon...and, more than anything else, it feels like a manual SLR in that it forces me to slow down and be more deliberate about my photography. This is the Dƒ's greatest trick. So far I'm loving this camera. The only thing I'd change is adding the 5:4 image area, as well as a 1:1 option, and reconfigure the position of the ISO lock, which really should be toward the front of the body so I can rotate the dial with my thumb.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 23, 2013 at 04:40 UTC as 122nd comment | 4 replies
On Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows article (1396 comments in total)

This is as close to ideal as I could expect (or imagine) a major manufacturer coming! Bravo, Nikon! Unless your asking price is absurd and/or the viewfinder is a sub-96% porroprism, you've just sold a Dƒ to me!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 4, 2013 at 16:33 UTC as 69th comment
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topstuff: The comments below are, in the main,very very depressing...

Is Photography not a creative thing?

Is it not fair to assume that aesthetic issues, or design issues, are a subject that should resonate with creative people?

If so, how is it that so many people so HATE CHANGE ?? Why do so many people accept the fact that camera design has not essentially changed for 60 years?

Why are people so accepting that the black plastic lump that is every single DSLR on the market, is so universally clunky and ugly?

And why is it whenever anything comes along that simply questions this ethos, it gets shot down by DPR?

The degree of conservatism and neophobia on DPR always surprises me. Maybe it shouldn't. Maybe this is truly a place for gear heads and their black plastic boxes, scared of change and the shock of the new.

As for Jony Ive's interpretation of Leica, It is pleasant and nice enough. Infinitely more attractive as an object than any Canikon out there, that is for sure.

As much as I like the look of classic, minimalist SLR and rangefinders, I actually far prefer the feel and ergonomics of the SLRs ushered in by the AF generation. They are vastly easier to hold for long periods, generally lighter and provide easier access to controls. I have no attachment to anything except whatever is best. When a form factor and/or UI comes along that makes photography easier and more enjoyable, I'll be first in the queue.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2013 at 20:02 UTC
On 6 things iPhone photographers want from Apple post (66 comments in total)

So many things could be better... AWB, control software (i.e., provision for easy and extensive manual control), color fidelity... More pixels are pointless when so many other more significant aspects of image quality are left unattended.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2013 at 21:30 UTC as 24th comment
On Sigma USB Dock quick review article (142 comments in total)
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Thomas Kachadurian: It is impossible to make every lens match every camera given today's high resolution. This is the best solution.

Yes, until the subject starts moving.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2013 at 21:29 UTC
On Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Preview preview (347 comments in total)

I'm so excited to see Sigma really delivering the goods with its current generation of lenses. The 50/1.4 EX (optically) and 35/1.4 DG (mechanically and optically) are both so great I have purchased not for their price but for their performance. If I were an APS-C shooter, I'd get this zoom in a heartbeat.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2013 at 18:39 UTC as 19th comment

Maybe this will work out for Adobe, but it won't get my continued patronage. I have never upgraded every 18 months because the updates aren't typically significant for the work I do, so a subscription actually will cost me MORE money than an outright purchase amortized over 24-36 months. I'll replace InDesign with QuarkXPress (thank goodness they managed to persevere) or whatever the best option is at the time I need new capabilities. Photoshop? Hardly use it anymore, but there are enough image editing programs out there to handle what I do use it for. Illustrator has always sucked (too bad Adobe bought Macromedia to kill Freehand, which was a far superior illustration software). And if Lightroom goes down the same road at some point, I've got Aperture and Capture One Pro. The integration of the Creative Suite has been convenient and mostly efficient this last decade, but its not so great that I'll have this subscription service forced down my throat. Cya, Adobe!!

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2013 at 16:08 UTC as 236th comment | 1 reply
On David East: Stills photography with a GoPro article (29 comments in total)

mook360, what do you feel is inherently more beautiful or different about these images compared to any other fisheye/ultra wideangle photos? The subject matter isn't particularly novel, nor is the lighting and/or mood evoked. Just wondering about the basis of your comment.

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2013 at 20:46 UTC as 17th comment
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