Alex Permit

Alex Permit

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Biowizard: Curious how, with smaller-than-35mm sensors, every focal length is usually quoted with its "35mm equivalent" length alongside, but with larger-than-35mm, this is not the case. No-one has ever said of a Hasselblad 70mm lens, "50,mm equivalent". Nor should they!

So why is this always done for smaller-frame cameras?

Brian

"Usually because 35mm full-frame lenses are frequently mounted to smaller-than-35mm camera bodies. When that happens, it becomes important to explain why the resulting image is not the same between the two bodies. "

But in the film days you could mount "Full frame" F mount lenses on APS sized Nikkor cameras, yet they didn't "convert" the size for you then. So why now? I doubt people have become "too stupid" to multiply now.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2016 at 14:44 UTC
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Biowizard: Curious how, with smaller-than-35mm sensors, every focal length is usually quoted with its "35mm equivalent" length alongside, but with larger-than-35mm, this is not the case. No-one has ever said of a Hasselblad 70mm lens, "50,mm equivalent". Nor should they!

So why is this always done for smaller-frame cameras?

Brian

i remember in the film days lenses were NOT quoted in 35mm equivalents, even for camera systems that used smaller frame sizes. Examples that come to mind include the half frame size Pen F system, the APS size Nikkor IX, and the 110 size Pentax Auto 110.

Not sure why this convention was switched in the digital era.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2016 at 04:17 UTC
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OBI656: Dpreview should hire the photographer of at least good quality. These test shots are a total misrepresentation of this lens of what this lens is capable of.

Ha ha, so true. I'm reminded of Digitalrev's "Pro Photographer, Cheap Camera Challenge", it so well illustrates the point.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 20:47 UTC

$1000?? Oh wow.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 05:18 UTC as 83rd comment | 5 replies

Manipulated or not, I find this shot boring. The levels adjusted shot which exposed the fraud is artistically more interesting.

As far as a "perfectly timed shot" goes, here are a few that are true contest winners
http://www.innamag.com/20-funny-timed-photos-captured-at-just-the-right-moment/
http://www.boredpanda.com/perfectly-timed-photos-3/

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 05:53 UTC as 22nd comment
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dvassafor: Are those radiation suits or is that s.o.p?

S.O.P. It's called a cleanroom suit, keeps the hair and skin dirt out.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 02:36 UTC
On article Design, looks and desire: Olympus does it again (396 comments in total)
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rpm40: The look of this thing does work for me- retro, sturdy, attention to detail yet the dials still make it feel a bit utilitarian. I like it.

I am surprised, looking at that photo of the x100 in the article- in light of the Pen F and a few other recent models, the x100 is starting to show its age. It looks downright bland and doughy to me.

A retro design "showing it's age"? How do you "update" the look of a camera whose design is from the seventies? To you go back to the sixties, or forward to the eighties?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2016 at 17:21 UTC
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Boss of Sony: I think the photos are deliberately low res and amateur-ish to spark controversy and get people talking.

Ricoh using the "Trump" strategy?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2016 at 23:16 UTC
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The Name is Bond: I love Fujis, but with the high prices and weird feature absences (no RGB histogram?!?!? FFS) plus customer manipulation (plastic skin textures on the 2nd gen high ISO jegs, denied by Fuji), I would jump ship but for one thing.

There's no getting around the fabulous portrait OOC jpegs that are a combo of fuji skin tones, autoDR, and wonderful jpeg engine. No need for RAW (in fact I can't get as good in RAW as I can in fuji jpeg).

Even Lightroom's Fuji modes don't come anywhere near the OOC jpegs. I did try, ladies and gents, since the plastic textures on the 2nd gens were a deal-breaker.

Thanks goodness this camera doesn't have the plastic texture issue because I was stuck. But it's time for fuji to get their finger out of their collective butts and give us an RGB histogram. I need to go lower on the ISOs to get a decent 4K image but I would then be troubled by blow-outs, particularly in the red channel. ISO 400 does not reach 4K except when shot in portrait orientation.

Nope, no live color histogram. Just a luminance histogram in live view in when you're in exposure preview.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2016 at 03:13 UTC
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The Name is Bond: I love Fujis, but with the high prices and weird feature absences (no RGB histogram?!?!? FFS) plus customer manipulation (plastic skin textures on the 2nd gen high ISO jegs, denied by Fuji), I would jump ship but for one thing.

There's no getting around the fabulous portrait OOC jpegs that are a combo of fuji skin tones, autoDR, and wonderful jpeg engine. No need for RAW (in fact I can't get as good in RAW as I can in fuji jpeg).

Even Lightroom's Fuji modes don't come anywhere near the OOC jpegs. I did try, ladies and gents, since the plastic textures on the 2nd gens were a deal-breaker.

Thanks goodness this camera doesn't have the plastic texture issue because I was stuck. But it's time for fuji to get their finger out of their collective butts and give us an RGB histogram. I need to go lower on the ISOs to get a decent 4K image but I would then be troubled by blow-outs, particularly in the red channel. ISO 400 does not reach 4K except when shot in portrait orientation.

had a late night out, I'll check tonite :-)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 15:12 UTC
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The Name is Bond: I love Fujis, but with the high prices and weird feature absences (no RGB histogram?!?!? FFS) plus customer manipulation (plastic skin textures on the 2nd gen high ISO jegs, denied by Fuji), I would jump ship but for one thing.

There's no getting around the fabulous portrait OOC jpegs that are a combo of fuji skin tones, autoDR, and wonderful jpeg engine. No need for RAW (in fact I can't get as good in RAW as I can in fuji jpeg).

Even Lightroom's Fuji modes don't come anywhere near the OOC jpegs. I did try, ladies and gents, since the plastic textures on the 2nd gens were a deal-breaker.

Thanks goodness this camera doesn't have the plastic texture issue because I was stuck. But it's time for fuji to get their finger out of their collective butts and give us an RGB histogram. I need to go lower on the ISOs to get a decent 4K image but I would then be troubled by blow-outs, particularly in the red channel. ISO 400 does not reach 4K except when shot in portrait orientation.

By the way, now that I think of it I'm not even sure the D4s has a live color histogram. Maybe I'm just remembering it's in playback. Like I said, I've never really used it. I'll have to check that tonight.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 26, 2016 at 16:14 UTC
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The Name is Bond: I love Fujis, but with the high prices and weird feature absences (no RGB histogram?!?!? FFS) plus customer manipulation (plastic skin textures on the 2nd gen high ISO jegs, denied by Fuji), I would jump ship but for one thing.

There's no getting around the fabulous portrait OOC jpegs that are a combo of fuji skin tones, autoDR, and wonderful jpeg engine. No need for RAW (in fact I can't get as good in RAW as I can in fuji jpeg).

Even Lightroom's Fuji modes don't come anywhere near the OOC jpegs. I did try, ladies and gents, since the plastic textures on the 2nd gens were a deal-breaker.

Thanks goodness this camera doesn't have the plastic texture issue because I was stuck. But it's time for fuji to get their finger out of their collective butts and give us an RGB histogram. I need to go lower on the ISOs to get a decent 4K image but I would then be troubled by blow-outs, particularly in the red channel. ISO 400 does not reach 4K except when shot in portrait orientation.

Vertilens, yes I think the only time I've even seen a live color histogram is on the D4s shooting studio in live mode. Of course, that's the last place I need a histogram, since I'm shooting on a tripod, have total light control, and have plenty of time to make a series of test shots. I just noticed it and thought, "hey that would be cool outdoors". I suppose it could be useful in outdoor receptions but I've never tried using the D4S in live mode while hand holding it.

I'm really liking the a7r2. The EVF is nice and big, even bigger than my D4s. The image is very usable, and manual focusing with it is a dream. IBIS works very well. Generally very pleased, but I admit I'm still getting to know the camera since I go it in September.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 26, 2016 at 16:03 UTC
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The Name is Bond: I love Fujis, but with the high prices and weird feature absences (no RGB histogram?!?!? FFS) plus customer manipulation (plastic skin textures on the 2nd gen high ISO jegs, denied by Fuji), I would jump ship but for one thing.

There's no getting around the fabulous portrait OOC jpegs that are a combo of fuji skin tones, autoDR, and wonderful jpeg engine. No need for RAW (in fact I can't get as good in RAW as I can in fuji jpeg).

Even Lightroom's Fuji modes don't come anywhere near the OOC jpegs. I did try, ladies and gents, since the plastic textures on the 2nd gens were a deal-breaker.

Thanks goodness this camera doesn't have the plastic texture issue because I was stuck. But it's time for fuji to get their finger out of their collective butts and give us an RGB histogram. I need to go lower on the ISOs to get a decent 4K image but I would then be troubled by blow-outs, particularly in the red channel. ISO 400 does not reach 4K except when shot in portrait orientation.

Zebra is extremely distracting, far more then histograms.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 26, 2016 at 15:22 UTC
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The Name is Bond: I love Fujis, but with the high prices and weird feature absences (no RGB histogram?!?!? FFS) plus customer manipulation (plastic skin textures on the 2nd gen high ISO jegs, denied by Fuji), I would jump ship but for one thing.

There's no getting around the fabulous portrait OOC jpegs that are a combo of fuji skin tones, autoDR, and wonderful jpeg engine. No need for RAW (in fact I can't get as good in RAW as I can in fuji jpeg).

Even Lightroom's Fuji modes don't come anywhere near the OOC jpegs. I did try, ladies and gents, since the plastic textures on the 2nd gens were a deal-breaker.

Thanks goodness this camera doesn't have the plastic texture issue because I was stuck. But it's time for fuji to get their finger out of their collective butts and give us an RGB histogram. I need to go lower on the ISOs to get a decent 4K image but I would then be troubled by blow-outs, particularly in the red channel. ISO 400 does not reach 4K except when shot in portrait orientation.

Vertitlens

Yes, I do shoot street. In fact I probably enjoy it the most. Especially late afternoon, evening, and sometimes early morning. No, I don't use histograms when I shoot street, I generally shoot manual and auto Iso. Histograms could be useful at night but scenes are changing so fast and composition is so fleeting that any other approach leads me to lose more shots. My go to street camera is my x100s, and before that my x100. In my younger film days it was my canonet ql 17. I was a school kid and couldn't afford a leica.

Indoor receptions, as well as studio, my go to camera is my D4s. Of course, live histograms is not an option unless I''m shooting in live mode, which at receptions I generally don't.

I do find live histograms useful in landscapes, especially the snow, desert, or beach. My latest outdoor nature toy is my a7r2, it only shows luminence. I would prefer a live color histogram.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 26, 2016 at 05:59 UTC
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The Name is Bond: I love Fujis, but with the high prices and weird feature absences (no RGB histogram?!?!? FFS) plus customer manipulation (plastic skin textures on the 2nd gen high ISO jegs, denied by Fuji), I would jump ship but for one thing.

There's no getting around the fabulous portrait OOC jpegs that are a combo of fuji skin tones, autoDR, and wonderful jpeg engine. No need for RAW (in fact I can't get as good in RAW as I can in fuji jpeg).

Even Lightroom's Fuji modes don't come anywhere near the OOC jpegs. I did try, ladies and gents, since the plastic textures on the 2nd gens were a deal-breaker.

Thanks goodness this camera doesn't have the plastic texture issue because I was stuck. But it's time for fuji to get their finger out of their collective butts and give us an RGB histogram. I need to go lower on the ISOs to get a decent 4K image but I would then be troubled by blow-outs, particularly in the red channel. ISO 400 does not reach 4K except when shot in portrait orientation.

Thank you for being upfront and honest about your attitude and intention.

By the way, I don't see how you would use a P7000 for live metering. It is, as you said, used to post process.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2016 at 22:34 UTC
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The Name is Bond: I love Fujis, but with the high prices and weird feature absences (no RGB histogram?!?!? FFS) plus customer manipulation (plastic skin textures on the 2nd gen high ISO jegs, denied by Fuji), I would jump ship but for one thing.

There's no getting around the fabulous portrait OOC jpegs that are a combo of fuji skin tones, autoDR, and wonderful jpeg engine. No need for RAW (in fact I can't get as good in RAW as I can in fuji jpeg).

Even Lightroom's Fuji modes don't come anywhere near the OOC jpegs. I did try, ladies and gents, since the plastic textures on the 2nd gens were a deal-breaker.

Thanks goodness this camera doesn't have the plastic texture issue because I was stuck. But it's time for fuji to get their finger out of their collective butts and give us an RGB histogram. I need to go lower on the ISOs to get a decent 4K image but I would then be troubled by blow-outs, particularly in the red channel. ISO 400 does not reach 4K except when shot in portrait orientation.

"may I suggest using an auto mode, or a point-and-shoot, or something else that would allow you to shoot without... thinking."

"may I suggest an Epson P-7000"

veritalens, there's no need to be insulting.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2016 at 21:36 UTC
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The Name is Bond: I love Fujis, but with the high prices and weird feature absences (no RGB histogram?!?!? FFS) plus customer manipulation (plastic skin textures on the 2nd gen high ISO jegs, denied by Fuji), I would jump ship but for one thing.

There's no getting around the fabulous portrait OOC jpegs that are a combo of fuji skin tones, autoDR, and wonderful jpeg engine. No need for RAW (in fact I can't get as good in RAW as I can in fuji jpeg).

Even Lightroom's Fuji modes don't come anywhere near the OOC jpegs. I did try, ladies and gents, since the plastic textures on the 2nd gens were a deal-breaker.

Thanks goodness this camera doesn't have the plastic texture issue because I was stuck. But it's time for fuji to get their finger out of their collective butts and give us an RGB histogram. I need to go lower on the ISOs to get a decent 4K image but I would then be troubled by blow-outs, particularly in the red channel. ISO 400 does not reach 4K except when shot in portrait orientation.

Eric, then I'm sure you remember carrying graduating filters.

Like you, I prefer a histogram.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2016 at 19:23 UTC
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The Name is Bond: I love Fujis, but with the high prices and weird feature absences (no RGB histogram?!?!? FFS) plus customer manipulation (plastic skin textures on the 2nd gen high ISO jegs, denied by Fuji), I would jump ship but for one thing.

There's no getting around the fabulous portrait OOC jpegs that are a combo of fuji skin tones, autoDR, and wonderful jpeg engine. No need for RAW (in fact I can't get as good in RAW as I can in fuji jpeg).

Even Lightroom's Fuji modes don't come anywhere near the OOC jpegs. I did try, ladies and gents, since the plastic textures on the 2nd gens were a deal-breaker.

Thanks goodness this camera doesn't have the plastic texture issue because I was stuck. But it's time for fuji to get their finger out of their collective butts and give us an RGB histogram. I need to go lower on the ISOs to get a decent 4K image but I would then be troubled by blow-outs, particularly in the red channel. ISO 400 does not reach 4K except when shot in portrait orientation.

"I wonder how all of the generations of photographers before the digital age got by without those histograms"

With (slide) film, we used to (occasionally) blow out the highlights and just feel bad.

With film negatives, blowing out highlights weren't so much of an issue because they could be (somewhat) recovered.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2016 at 19:12 UTC
On article GoPro's poor holiday sales lead to staff layoff (124 comments in total)
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KrisAK: What on earth is "GoPro Entertainment"?

Did they start to perceive themselves as content-creators? The press release also mentions "a team dedicated to pursuing new formats and revenue streams from user-generated content and the Company's large cache of digital entertainment."

Meanwhile, their core product was run over by the competition.

To justify their valuation, they were sold as a social media/content company. As a hardware company, they wouldn't be worth anything close to their $3bn ipo price. To place that number in context, nikon was worth $6bn when gopro when public.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2016 at 21:43 UTC
On article Nikon 24-70mm F2.8 ED VR real-world sample gallery (137 comments in total)
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PhotoUniverse: One of the best real-world sample galleries I have seen on DPR. Excellent job, Rishi.

I whole heartedly agree. Just because this is a gear forum, doesn't mean that the real life photos shouldn't be nice to look at.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2016 at 23:10 UTC
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