solsang

solsang

Lives in Denmark Odense, Denmark
Has a website at www.solsang.dk
Joined on Feb 4, 2007
About me:

Massage teacher and bach flower therapist
Computer supporter and hobby photographer

Small useful guide to Fujifilm x10
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RYxbNsSGs2FtpkjpsLlA-yrkjXO_DKiBaVpMdLPA5P4/edit#

Collected sigma forum advice for the dp1 and dp2 series
http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0ARddveJWxIl_ZGZuN3Y0ZG1fMTA1ZmRyOHNkaHE&hl=en_GB)

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love_them_all: 4:1:1, so there is no full RGB per every pixel anymore.

There is a full true pixel 5mp RGB RAW file by selecting raw low recording:

RAW HIGH T:5,424×3,616 / M:2,712×1,808 / B:2,712×1,808
LOW T:2,704×1,808 / M:2,704×1,808 / B:2,704×1,808

http://www.sigmaphoto.com/product/dp2-quattro-compact-digital-camera#

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2014 at 10:50 UTC
On Sony DSC-RX10 preview (725 comments in total)
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orion1983: comparing the latest image resourcing fullsize-samples of the rx10 and some pix of the fz200, i can definitely say that with cropping, the IQ of 200mm pix of the rx10 is that of the fz200 at 500 or 600mm. you can...you SHOULD not crop fz200 pix whereas 200mm pix of the rx10 can be well cropped until you reach a 500 to 600mm equivalent not worse than the fz200! ...and this is just for extreme tele if you need once.....24 to 200mm is another planet concering the IQ of the rx10 compared to the same-aperture-fz200! and the stylus1...? also far away from the IQ of the rx10.....thus, there IS no reals competitor of a high-IQ-24/200-F2.8-fixed cam. i´ll get one!!

The clear/extended/digital zoom use the correct area for white balance and exposure, thus it can be much better than cropping depending on the light situation.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2013 at 10:13 UTC
On Classic photographs recreated in Lego news story (123 comments in total)

The full lego set with titles are here http://www.flickr.com/photos/balakov/sets/72157602602191858/with/3016234514/

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2013 at 11:57 UTC as 18th comment
On Welcome to our studio test scene article (274 comments in total)

It would be really useful to have a lamp shining somewhere in the setup, that would show reflections which happen in real life, especially indoor and at night.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2013 at 13:14 UTC as 21st comment
On Welcome to our studio test scene article (274 comments in total)
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JGonzo: It would be nice if there was an option to show the comparison windows to the right of the overall window - most of us use a wide format screen (16x9) on our computers. Scrolling up and down to access the cursor is a major pain when changing the viewing area - maybe your web site page can be rearranged when using this great tool !!! Thanks

What about the full screen mode :)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2013 at 13:05 UTC
On Studio Test Scene article (55 comments in total)
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KrisAK: Please consider a RAW workflow for non-Adobe supported cameras (yes, I'm thinking Foveon.)

I've read R Butler's comments about the need for "like-for-like", but I’m still puzzled: this tool allows me to make comparisons between a FF mirrored Canon, an APS-C Translucent-Mirror Sony, a mirrorless micro 4/3’s, and a Fuji X-Trans. Those very different hardware technologies are considered "like-for-like." But if a camera's RAW files don't pop open in Adobe, it's considered too exotic to shoot.

Why the emphasis on software? By all means, standardize methods where possible, but please don't ignore the outliers.

Now adobe is using bayer and missing foveon, then simply add those few sigma cameras with spp editing and explain that "all sigma camera raw are developed using spp, which is the default actions for foveon files".

There are currently only two different sensor groups, the foveons and bayers so this would be easy to do and adobe is making a decent job of all bayers, even xtrans.

You could use iridient instead of spp if you want indenpedence from company, and if someone makes a new techonology you should add them too, so you do what a normal photographer is doing instead of forcing an ideal.

Most professionals are using different developer programs and plugins, yet still adobe is the most widely used for bayer and spp is the most used for foveon, so presenting them in any different way or omitting them totally is illogical!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2013 at 09:08 UTC

There is a hidden link in the article to a real version being croudsourced right now!!

This really ought to be highlighted so people have a chance to evaluate, comment or support it, most comments show that people didn't see the vague text link:

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/digipod

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2013 at 16:11 UTC as 14th comment
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thomo: I would buy one or more in a flash! I've still got my Nikomat, F, F2, FM2, FE2, FA, F3, F4 & F5 and 18 manual AIs lenses. I just need a digital or insert to go with them.

I'd pay $500 for it if it was full frame!

There is a link in the article about one being made right now!! The digipod is actually becoming real if 1000 backers support it http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/digipod
(it cost 200 pounds for the first backers:)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2013 at 16:06 UTC
On 10 Photosynth panoramas that will blow you away post (9 comments in total)

So they force you to install silverlight to see pictures, totally unnessesary, just microsoft imposing more security risks...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2013 at 11:07 UTC as 9th comment
On Fujifilm X100S Real-world Samples news story (205 comments in total)
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arpikusz: Is it just me or do these pictures have two things in common?

1. bad light
2. bad composition

And sometimes bad white balance. :(

Many of the photo examples at dp suffer from haphazard shooting, to mimic real life? Any normal user would at least look for interesting compositions and compose accordingly, which would give much better examples, since we are used to work with the balanced and interesting photos taken with our own cameras.

This is one of the reasons i started distrusting dp reviews, sadly...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2013 at 09:25 UTC
On Google pulls plug on desktop version of Snapseed news story (65 comments in total)
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Tony Rundle: Lets hope they include the good stuff from Snapseed into Picassa

This is exactly what i suggested to google 4 years ago, when i was trying out the nik plugins ! And i use picasa with snapseed as one of my main editing modes!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 16, 2013 at 21:29 UTC
On The Lightroom catalog article (315 comments in total)
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Pythagoras: how is this better than picasa? free software integrated with my email and websharing that has allowed metadata (tags) for years. as well as multiple organizing options and simple editing tools.
this is a real question. i haven't used lightroom, and i want someone to explain to me why i should use lightroom instead of picasa.

I use picasa for all my photos, and invoke other editors from inside picasa when i need to (rightclick), the file management is far easier than using lightroom, which i gave up on after trying several versions.

The import and export of LR is painfully slow compared to the simplicity of picasa auto-indexing, saving simple edits, selecting many photos and using for email/print/albums

When changing computers, picasa just indexes all the photos without any risk of loosing a database or using the wrong files

Picasa lets me do destructive editing, saving files that are useable outside of the program, making a copies on the spot which are right in the folder on my harddisk ready to use (while i can look up the original if i want)

I would love to pay for a pro version of picasa with more editing and a faster way of tagging, using letters for each tag and be able to tag while running the photos full-screen, that is a great way of doing it in LR

On mac i use Hazel to rename&sort my photos:)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 30, 2012 at 21:25 UTC
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Snaaks: 1.000 bucks for an P & $ camara. Not a winner i'm afraid.

Thanks for telling Basalite, i love the thousands of photos i got from my dp1 and dp2, and comparing to leica then was only at small resolutions.

Now with resolution tripled and still edge sharp, i can see how it could equal the m9 with a leica 28mm lens at iso 100, though leica owners might cringe at the fact (i actually find it hard to believe, yet images i have found are comparable:)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2012 at 21:19 UTC
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OldZorki: Just checked images on (very slow) Sigma site.
Image quality is absolutely STUNNING. Sharp from corner to corner, beautiful color and almost no distortion.
Comparing it to compacts, even advanced as RX100 is completely unfair. THis one is in different league.
I do not know about operational quirks (never had Sigma in my life), quality after ISO 400 (probably bad) and not sure if Lightroom or DXO will support it - but if they do, I will buy this little gem in heartbeat. If they not - well, I may still do.

The merrill model lacks the mf numbers on the focus ring, requiring you look at the screen for distance or focus confirmation, though rotating the ring while using af changes to mf, very useful indeed!

And merrill has the fixed lens which means no more waiting and screaming motors, now the only wait is the raw write time (which is 10 seconds with a good card yet there is a 7 pic buffer, so one can go on shooting, i have missed that so very often on the old :)

Battery life 100 shots on merrill does simply reflect the fact that is takes longer time to process images, though the chip does have some work with the 50mb raw files:)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 1, 2012 at 19:28 UTC
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Azfar: 1000$ fixed focal lens camera with VGA video recording. Seriously ?

The old dp1 and dp2 had QVGA, this is huge;)
The video is good for documenting things, the lack of stabilizer makes is almost useless unless tripod mounted, though possible in the right hands, see how the old video could be: http://www.rytterfalk.com/2008/03/01/sigma-dp1-movie-clip/

Direct link | Posted on Sep 1, 2012 at 18:51 UTC
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Snaaks: 1.000 bucks for an P & $ camara. Not a winner i'm afraid.

Sigma is a totally different beast, small and yet slow, annoying and yet incredible, somehow makes leica quality photos (in good light) yet too slow operating to be named p&s, i have tried, a lot...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 1, 2012 at 18:46 UTC
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OldZorki: Just checked images on (very slow) Sigma site.
Image quality is absolutely STUNNING. Sharp from corner to corner, beautiful color and almost no distortion.
Comparing it to compacts, even advanced as RX100 is completely unfair. THis one is in different league.
I do not know about operational quirks (never had Sigma in my life), quality after ISO 400 (probably bad) and not sure if Lightroom or DXO will support it - but if they do, I will buy this little gem in heartbeat. If they not - well, I may still do.

I have used the dp1 and dp2 a lot, there is Lightroom support, though the raws can seem to be benefit from using the supplied sigma raw converter (which is as slow as the camera...)

Portraits done with foveon can be truly stunning, yet in low light it tends to loose colour saturation, though keeping clarity for good black and whites - i seldom used iso 800 on the old models, and the cameras auto iso was only selecting between 100 and 200!

Battery life could be 200 shots, spare batteries are fair priced and unlocked so copy batteries work fine, though there has been loads of things going wrong with the old models, especially the motor wearing out (they so much should have put a fixed lens instead of the extending, that is my main turnoff)

Manual focus by thumbwheel is great, though 1,2,5 meters is the settings which are written on it for longer distances, useful enough for zone focusing.

It has no grip, so a franiec is a must, as well as a autolenscap, and of course a viewfinder:)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 1, 2012 at 18:38 UTC
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RStyga: Good (not ultra fast, just 'good') AF speed and high-ISO (at least between 800-2500) IQ? Brace for another huge disappointment...

Though do buy if a fair price, wait for something like the $400 german sale of dp1 and dp2, and use only in good light :)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 31, 2012 at 17:28 UTC
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toomanycanons: I can see the niche buyer carrying this along with other cameras. Suddenly the right scene comes up, he whips out this camera and gets the shot. Puts it back in his pocket. Quicker than changing lenses.

This camera needs zone-focusing for people shots and street; as mentioned earlier it fares best at architecture or landscapes, plus clouds, which can get truly astonishing:)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 31, 2012 at 17:24 UTC
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tkbslc: What's funny is that people were lining up to buy a similar camera from Fujifilm for $1200+. Sigma just needed to go with 60's rangefinder styling and an optical finder and photo-nerds would be all over it! :)

I fully agree, with an optical viewfinder i would love to try this camera, with a rangefinder definitely use it, have been pondering the x10/x100 yet lack of manual focus is a no-go!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 31, 2012 at 16:47 UTC
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