designdog

designdog

Lives in United States Chesterfield, United States
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Joined on Jun 3, 2002

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On Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? article (1045 comments in total)
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designdog: Sony innovations are driving the industry, but I would never own this camera:

1. not really 14 bit, and lossly compression of raw files

2. where are the fast prime lenses, after all this time

3. whoops, six months later there is an entirely new body and your is out of date

4. strap a 50mm 1.4 on it, with convertor, and it looks like an afterthought

"They are working on it" does not cut it for me, when you consider that Sony introduced the camera with this compression, and all of their other FF cameras also have it...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 13:27 UTC
On Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? article (1045 comments in total)

Sony innovations are driving the industry, but I would never own this camera:

1. not really 14 bit, and lossly compression of raw files

2. where are the fast prime lenses, after all this time

3. whoops, six months later there is an entirely new body and your is out of date

4. strap a 50mm 1.4 on it, with convertor, and it looks like an afterthought

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 13:23 UTC as 62nd comment | 15 replies

It occurs to me, in reading these posts (and the responses to mine, WAY down there) that the folks with the most to gain in preserving the DSLR market should look at the same comments and develop a new range of DSLRs in response:
size/weight/viewfinder features, etc.

So the ratio of a FF camera and high quality lens is somewhat fixed, for "equivalence", light gathering, whatever. Take the best FF sensor, the best FF fast lenses, the best in body stabilization, the best processors, etc. and package them in a new generation of lighter weight/ higher strength materials. (My thinking is that a lighter weight camera will need stabilization.)

With this strategy the investment side is on the packaging, not the sensor and lens technology. Hey, the result could be a mirrorless DSLR similar to the large Sonys, but lighter and smaller...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 21, 2015 at 13:43 UTC as 34th comment | 5 replies

There are other considerations. For the images I am after, I want a full frame camera. (Full frame vs APS-C and smaller sensors is another debate.) Even though Sony has made some full frame mirrorless "ILC" cameras, when you couple the bulk of the lens required to the camera, not only is the size/weight savings less helpful, there is a size/weight disproportion that comes with a huge lens and a tiny camera, in terms of handling etc.

Rather than making sensors larger (MPs) the technology of making smaller sensors equal to or exceeding the quality of full frame seems to me to be the key to the future of the ILC camera. Today Fuji seems to be the player that has the sensor technology and the lens collection that makes the most sense here. Their next sensor step, if dramatic, could be something special for this trend...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2015 at 15:30 UTC as 62nd comment | 4 replies
On Fujifilm X100T Review preview (668 comments in total)

People here who look simply at the specs or the price and compare this camera to smaller sensor point and shoot are missing the point. Really, comparing it to the X100S is missing the point as well.

This camera is about image quality, versatility, fun, and style. Fuji is just offering the best X100 at this point in time; later they may upgrade the sensor, but will that necessitate a lens and processor update as well?

Tilt/swivel LCD? I would never own a camera with one. For the 1% of the time you would use it, you carry the bulk and weight 100% of the time. Not to mention I never look at the LCD in shooting anyway...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 28, 2015 at 14:32 UTC as 18th comment | 2 replies
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Snikt228: Hopefully Lightroom 6 is soon to follow?

Another small bug fix and camera/lens profile update. Nothing spectacular. Did an AB comparison with this and C1 in Photoshop, CaptureOne still far, far ahead in raw conversion. Too bad...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2015 at 14:36 UTC
On DxO Optics Pro 9.5 now integrates with Adobe Lightroom article (63 comments in total)
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victor china: so will it be maybe possible to export fuji xtrans dngs to DXO>?

maybe (although i am not sure about it from the way the diagram looks).

The easiest (and best) way to do this is to use LR to ingest and catalog files. When you have a keeper, remember the file name, and switch over to DXO for processing. (I use Capture One.) Then output it to Photoshop for pixel processing, sizing, sharpening, output. The original raw files remains untouched, and catalogued by LR.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2014 at 18:02 UTC
On Sigma announces all-new 50mm F1.4 DG HSM 'Art' lens article (244 comments in total)

Speaking as a Nikon user, I have an option for very sharp 50mm primes (Nikon 1.8, 1.4, Zeiss 2MP) and "portrait" primes with character and bokeh (58 1.4, Sigma 1.4, Voightlander 58 1.4).

What I don't have is a lens that does both. Will this be the one?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 15:00 UTC as 29th comment | 1 reply

Now it auto focuses better than the camera it is targeted to compete with: the Leica M. Of course, it did before. Leicas don't auto focus.

Also auto focuses faster than a Leica M6.

Not faster than the Olympus. But my images look better, and I don't have a menu driven "P" mode system.

Get your expectations in line with the product you are reviewing.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2013 at 02:21 UTC as 9th comment
On DxO Optics Pro 8: What's New article (110 comments in total)
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designdog: What is missing, unfortunately discovered by me after I purchased it, is support for the Fuji X Pro1...

If you burrow down deep on their web site, which I just did this afternoon, you will discover a document that explaims their position. Here is the final sentence:

Although DxO Labs tries to respond to photographers’ requests to provide support for specific camera models, there are no plans for supporting the Fuji X-Pro 1 in the short term.

I have sent them an email asking for a refund, and requesting a bit more clarity on their web site.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2012 at 20:24 UTC
On DxO Optics Pro 8: What's New article (110 comments in total)

What is missing, unfortunately discovered by me after I purchased it, is support for the Fuji X Pro1...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2012 at 19:44 UTC as 46th comment | 16 replies

Most, if not all, comments here are supposition from people who have not read the new edition of the book. Just ordered mine.

Would not a good understanding of Zone principles help any photographer using spot metering rather than evaluative or average? Or in post processing? Or in merging HDR?

I doubt that most people using digital cameras have any idea about tonal range, EV, histograms — even aperture. The mere existence of a proven and well regarded system for visualizing this has to have a place in digital photography. The light is the same, even if the tools have changed.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2012 at 19:30 UTC as 14th comment
On Leica unveils X2 16MP premium large-sensor compact article (207 comments in total)
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Photozopia: No inbuilt Hybrid Viewfinder technology eh? Go Leica - make Fuji look like the shabby arriviste it truly is ..... (LOL - Sarcasm spoiler)

One thing that early reviewers/users of the Fuji X100 seem to miss is the improvements made with firmware releases, and the experience factor, as in reducing the focusing rectangle for faster AF.

Today, the X100 is a very responsive camera with excellent IQ, really nice JPEG rendering, great ergonomics and a great viewfinder. Fantastic low light capability.

Put the sensor of the X Pro 1 in an X200 and you are pretty much there...

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2012 at 13:33 UTC
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