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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On Fujifilm X30 (beta) real-world samples article (94 comments in total)
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ZAnton: strong NR even at ISO200

On my X20 i have default always set to minimum noise reduction, that gives way clearer photos, yet i understand that the japanese market prefer the clean waxy look...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2014 at 21:55 UTC
On Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review preview (372 comments in total)
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Robert Garcia NYC: I don't understand this says it would need a bigger lens for a 1". Sony's are pretty small and very high quality. I don't see why Fuji can't do this.

Fuji currently doesn't make a 1" sensor and would have to develop at new, and given the tragedy of X10 orbs because of using a new sensor they are understandably very cautious of doing the same mistake again!!

They have optimised the current sensor and firmware very well so there is less green smudging and less shadow noise in the X30, much cleaner than the X20 and absolutely useful at iso 1600

The autofocus is WAY better, even in low light, and by using the same sharp 28-112 they can keep it free from CA and corner softness which might have been a problem using a new 24mm (although i had really hoped that they made it 24-150mm:)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2014 at 12:38 UTC
On Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review preview (372 comments in total)
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splendic: Despite the fact that in the Body and Design section you wrote:

"The camera's I/O ports are kept under a plastic cover on its right side. They include a remote/mic input, micro HDMI, and micro USB."

...on the Specifications page, the "Microphone Port" is labeled as "no."

Can you say for sure which it actually is?

Fuji sells a microphone for the X30 mic input:

http://www.fujifilm.com/products/digital_cameras/x/fujifilm_x30/accessories/

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2014 at 09:36 UTC
On Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review preview (372 comments in total)
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Sannaborjeson: Got lost in Fuji's model range.
Too many same-looking cameras with nearly identical features and IQ.

There are 3 different fuji X cameras; the X30, the X100s and the ILC, then you select based on how much money you have:)

Fuji themselves said in an interview that they have too many ILC models now, and was going to cut down, the A, E and M are quite alike, while the PRO and T1 share the high end, mainly separated by the optical viewfinder

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2014 at 09:25 UTC
On Fujifilm announces X30 enthusiast compact camera article (43 comments in total)
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RadPhoto: where is the GPS? How hard/expensive is it to get a fre&^%$ GPS in Fuji cameras? Just a cheap chinease chip will do the trick!

Ouch, I found numerous sites about the ineffectiveness of the fuji geotagging feature, most stating the benefit of using a dedicated geotagger instead of gps on any camera or phone...

Fuji implements it so a location gotten from the phone is remembered in the camera for one hour, and depending on the stars may or may not renew the coordinates meanwhile, pretty annoying and one may pray for a sensible upgrade

"Geotagging will work using the remote to photo by first connecting, then have the phone provide coords to the camera, then reconnect using the remote control part of the app, then while the camera continues to remember the coords they get embedded. This will not work if you go straight to the remote control."

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2014 at 00:59 UTC
On Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review preview (372 comments in total)
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Lightime81: I'm a more than a tad into this camera, hoping it might sub for my fiddly RX1002. I see Fuji seem to have added 24/25p video recording, that's a hopeful sign. Along with the EVF, +/-3 exposure compensation, stronger battery, etc. I may be the only person looking at the 2/3" Fuji over the 1" Sony?!?!?

Sadly no, i found the specs page stating that:

"One press of the shutter captures 3 shots of the same scene at different exposures. AE bracketing can be set in 1/3, 2/3 and 1 EV steps."

Thus there is only a minus 1, normal and plus 1 exposure, that is too small a variation for making decent shadow liftning or hdr :(

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2014 at 00:37 UTC
On Fujifilm announces X30 enthusiast compact camera article (43 comments in total)
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RadPhoto: where is the GPS? How hard/expensive is it to get a fre&^%$ GPS in Fuji cameras? Just a cheap chinease chip will do the trick!

The X30 can use the remote fujifilm app where you can add gps coordinates to the photos!

I was also mentioning the possibility of manually turning a gps on and waiting a bit but using a smartphone is better than nothing:)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2014 at 13:16 UTC
On Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review preview (372 comments in total)
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Lightime81: I'm a more than a tad into this camera, hoping it might sub for my fiddly RX1002. I see Fuji seem to have added 24/25p video recording, that's a hopeful sign. Along with the EVF, +/-3 exposure compensation, stronger battery, etc. I may be the only person looking at the 2/3" Fuji over the 1" Sony?!?!?

I am also considering it, waiting to see whether exposure bracketing will handle more than the +/-1 that my X20 offers

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2014 at 13:09 UTC
On Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review preview (372 comments in total)
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twadger: I wa really looking forward to the x30 but to be honest I'm a little disappointed with the sensor size. i would have prefered a bigger sensor even if it meant a smaller zoom range or even using a less "beautiful" viewfinder to keep the costs down.

I expected 25mm-125mm zoom with this sensor, the wide angle of eg. panasonic LX7 is incredibly useful, so when using the same small sensor fuji could have made this a good selling point

I was even hoping for 25-200mm, this being a fixed lens for walkabout where you dont expect extreme quality but need flexibility (even though the camera could be somewhat bigger)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2014 at 13:05 UTC
On Fujifilm announces X30 enthusiast compact camera article (43 comments in total)
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RadPhoto: where is the GPS? How hard/expensive is it to get a fre&^%$ GPS in Fuji cameras? Just a cheap chinease chip will do the trick!

GPS use much battery if they are always ready, otherwise you'd have to wait for it after the camera if switched on or manually engage it, or make it only apply coordinates if has got the signal right, indoor that can be tricky, while travelling in any vehicle it is also prone to errors, i have tried and gave up using it on other cameras, it really makes most sense in phones that are already using the gps, better to omit gps than to have all those faults or difficulties or being able to take the gps reading from a phone

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2014 at 12:04 UTC
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wildbild: I was really hoping for this next generation of sigma cameras to hit the shelf until I saw these first image samples today .. magenta and green blotchy crap. Oh boy did they blow this!
I better get myself 5dmkii i think …

Those green and red patterns visible in the shadows of the feathers are sadly very familiar, i am afraid that is not amendable as these seem like official examples by sigma

Have been trying to clean up dp chroma noise for years and had high hopes for this camera, sharpness and details are amazing yet i wont stand for more impossible colours as well as the tricky hardware and waiting forever on spp to do something or crash

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2014 at 22:04 UTC

This really demonstrates how bad the cameras are at taking a shot at the same time as they should, great demonstration of the bad quality and unreliability of these phones.

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2014 at 08:58 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
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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 article (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 (275 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 22nd comment
On Welcome to our studio test scene article (275 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
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