Meuh

Meuh

Lives in United Kingdom Kirkintilloch, United Kingdom
Works as a Photographer, studio owner.
Has a website at www.thekirkystudio.com
Joined on Feb 16, 2008

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On Lytro software update introduces Focus Spread feature article (93 comments in total)
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LaFonte: It is obvious what they are doing, isn't it? Basically trying to sell customers an inadequate proof of concept with hopes that someone big will buy them off. As we had seen wit foevon, this "catching up" can go on for perpetuity. The underlying tech is interesting, but at the end professionals still use tried and true and amateurs loose patience faster than you can say rip off.

Yea, I use them in situations in which they work really well and the color seems to be fairly consistent for me anyway.

The shadows do lose saturation on the Merrill compared to the Quattro or from what I've seen of the older sensors but if they had scaled the Merrill sensor up to 35mm with a bigger pixel pitch then I think the colors of the old sensor would come back as the lower layers seems to struggle a bit on the Merrill chip.

I'm rather fond of the Merrills rendering though and I like the noise and love the detail at low isp's, I shoot with a dp1m and dp3m, the dp1m is much better than expected but the dp3m is simply a gem.

I don't find shooting high dynamic range scenes bad with my Merrills to be honest, ofc they are not as good as my k5 at iso 80 (which is still up there with todays 35mm sensors in this regard) .

Also with the Merril being so good at ETTR it actually helps me with location shooting with strobes its like shooting at a lower iso.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2014 at 09:47 UTC
On Lytro software update introduces Focus Spread feature article (93 comments in total)
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LaFonte: It is obvious what they are doing, isn't it? Basically trying to sell customers an inadequate proof of concept with hopes that someone big will buy them off. As we had seen wit foevon, this "catching up" can go on for perpetuity. The underlying tech is interesting, but at the end professionals still use tried and true and amateurs loose patience faster than you can say rip off.

I've ran into moire problems with my gf1 and even my pentax k5 (with its very strong AA filter) on several occasions even without strobe use.

I've also used the Merrill's without strobes and never had a problem, sure I've had some blotching with the merrills but that comes mostly from trying to push shadows or shooting higher iso, if you Ettr with the Merrils (I shoot slightly hot and pull back) then the dynamic range is pretty good and the color splotching should be fine.

I'm not trying to say one tech is better than another as they both have their strong points.

Bayer lets us see great dynamic range, nice high iso and much faster read speeds (great for mirrorless with af) and foveon show's us just how much detail a digital sensor could get if we sampled full color at each pixel.

I would love to see a foveon sensor made with the latest tech much like samsung used in their new sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2014 at 18:12 UTC
On Lytro software update introduces Focus Spread feature article (93 comments in total)
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LaFonte: It is obvious what they are doing, isn't it? Basically trying to sell customers an inadequate proof of concept with hopes that someone big will buy them off. As we had seen wit foevon, this "catching up" can go on for perpetuity. The underlying tech is interesting, but at the end professionals still use tried and true and amateurs loose patience faster than you can say rip off.

This is true, at higher iso the Merrill isn't so good but I shoot at base iso mostly with strobes and the quality is pretty amazing, I can't really look at a bayer image the same again.

Lack of false color/moire on textures, lots of detail and the images seem to have more of a depth to them.

As for color, every camera is different (pentax has trouble with reds) I find it fine and there seems to be much more nuance to color changes which is missing from bayer shots.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 19:40 UTC
On Lytro software update introduces Focus Spread feature article (93 comments in total)
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LaFonte: It is obvious what they are doing, isn't it? Basically trying to sell customers an inadequate proof of concept with hopes that someone big will buy them off. As we had seen wit foevon, this "catching up" can go on for perpetuity. The underlying tech is interesting, but at the end professionals still use tried and true and amateurs loose patience faster than you can say rip off.

I have to disagree with you on the Foevon part.

I love the sigma DP camera's and the detail the camera delivers, sure its slower than a bayer and bayer has caught up some what but the Foveon Merill sensor still delivers better IQ at lower iso's than even 36mp 35mm sensors.

It would even scale up well, a 35mm or Medium format sensor would be simply stunning.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 19:30 UTC
On Kola Splash in the Q like Quattro challenge (3 comments in total)
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SigmaChrome: Outstanding shot. Congratulations!

Thank you @sigmachrome

It was a fun shot to make, and the 30mm of the dp1q ment the camera was pretty close to the action which scared me a little when tossing the drink about! :D

Direct link | Posted on Oct 15, 2014 at 09:40 UTC
On Sigma announces dp1 Quattro article (200 comments in total)
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Johannes Vetter: I prefer the DP Merrill Design. Smaller, more practical. This quattro Loupe seems a bit overengineered. But who cares, as long as Sigma is the only company that can put such a unique sensor in a consumer camera, they can even make it look like a yoghurt cup and it will sell.

Btw there is also a new Sigma hotshoe viewfinder called VF-41. it looks bigger than the old ones and should be in fact comparable to a Voigtländer (brighter, less distortion).

it does, I felt odd going back to my dp3m.

My hands on experience with the dp2q.
http://www.slrlounge.com/look-sigma-dp2-quattro/

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2014 at 17:39 UTC
On Sigma announces dp1 Quattro article (200 comments in total)
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Brandon c: Viewfinder looks just a tad big...

they have a smaller optical one if that's your preference.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2014 at 16:53 UTC
On Sigma announces dp1 Quattro article (200 comments in total)
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KameraFever: I love the imagge quality coming from these cameras.BUT...

After reading about the terrible handling and performance combine with the lack of raw support I will pass. I can even deal with the iso limitation. I just wish the foveon tech would get liscenced to a compamy capable of creating a good handling camera like canon, nikon, olympus, or fujifilm.

It's like you see the potential for an amazing landscape camera, but it then gets put together like Frankenstien. Can someone please make a great landscape foveon camera? I pray.

Sigma photo pro while rather simple compared to other raw converters and slow, it gets the job done and I don't mind waiting a little more for the quality of images I get but I wouldn't use it for shooting an event that would give me 300+ images to review.

Each to there own I guess.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2014 at 16:37 UTC
On Sigma announces dp1 Quattro article (200 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Sigma really has found their market niche.

Their cameras are designed for people who really value "being different" above all other considerations. It doesn't matter if they cost too much or perform too little as long as they are bizarre in some way.

No one can ever accuse Sigma of running with the herd. And the odds are, no one will ever be stealing their camera designs.

They probably should stick with what they do best.... making lenses, and leave grotesque camera designs for someone else.

I have to agree, the IQ from the merrills is pretty special and I can notice it even in 8x10 prints vs my bayer camerass.

The Quattro dosn't share the same unique look but has massive amounts of image detail and I've made a 45x30" print that was lovely to look at.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2014 at 15:37 UTC
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cgarrard: Only the Nikon mount- that sucks. Good lens otherwise it seems. Both Sony A-Mount and Pentax K-Mount need a constant f/4 lens in this range- you'd think they'd know and pick up on that gap in the market.

Um.. pentax have the 60-250 f4 constant lens.. same aperture wider zoom range, there would be no need for this lens on the K mount unless a FF pentax came out and even then the 60-250 might cover a FF image circle.

Also.. I don't see the point in a 70-200 f4 for FF, you would be as well to get a crop 50-135 f2.8 as the results would be very similar but smaller/lighter (like a k3 with 50-135 f2.8).

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 12:10 UTC

@Jokica people have been wanting pentax to do this for years now ;)

Hassled do something similar with there MF camera's,

http://www.dpreview.com/news/2011/5/26/hasselbladMS

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2014 at 09:18 UTC as 14th comment | 5 replies
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brycesteiner: At the end of the second sentence "Four thirds" should probably be "micro four thirds"

All the pentax versions have an A setting, we had aperture control from the start ;)

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2014 at 08:33 UTC
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Zvonimir Tosic: Nice, but never as beautiful as a dedicated 50mm lens.
All right, who dares to be the first manufacturer to make a compact camera with a fine, retracting 50mm lens? Or something around 40mm?
Film cameras were much more advanced / adventurous in this regard, with Contax T2 still being the king of the compact history's hill with its amazing 38mm Sonnar lens (IMHO, better than this Fuji's 35mm from X100).

It's not got a retracting lens but the sigma dp3m has a great 50mm f2.8 macro married to the foveon sensor which in good light is simply stunning and in bad light still delivers great BW images.

I would love to test this converter on the dp3m to get a longer focal length for headshots.

Direct link | Posted on May 2, 2014 at 12:26 UTC
On Fujifilm announces 1.4x teleconverter for X100/X100S article (130 comments in total)
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Meuh: Will this fit on my dp3m?, I'd love a little extra reach for head-shots without affecting my IQ much.

The chance's I'll find one in a shop is slim but worth a try ;)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 22:30 UTC
On Fujifilm announces 1.4x teleconverter for X100/X100S article (130 comments in total)
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Meuh: Will this fit on my dp3m?, I'd love a little extra reach for head-shots without affecting my IQ much.

x100 is 49mm, dp3m is 52mm, a step down ring could work (if its thin enough) but I'm wondering on the quality.. as the 50mm f2.8 lens is super sharp and would need a high quality adapter which this could be to keep delivering or I'm just as well to crop.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 16:53 UTC
On Fujifilm announces 1.4x teleconverter for X100/X100S article (130 comments in total)

Will this fit on my dp3m?, I'd love a little extra reach for head-shots without affecting my IQ much.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 13:59 UTC as 22nd comment | 4 replies
On Pentax K-3 Review preview (500 comments in total)
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Retzius: I can't believe you ended the review with this:

"It's not a camera to change systems for, but it's well worth upgrading to, and good enough to make the Pentax system worth considering if you have no existing commitments."

In effect, you are bluntly saying "don't buy this camera if you are a Nikon or Canon user."

Nikon and Canon will be happy now :)

And to brake up the In-body stabilization a little.

1) Composition Adjust giving a shift effect on all lens mounted? (unique to pentax)
2)Fast stabilized primes which is hard to get on canikon but also available on some m4/3 bodys and sonys.
3)Horizon correction (corrects for holding the camera a little squint)
4)AA filter simulation (great of your shooting fabrics among other stuff)
5)Stabilized video (sorry.. not in the k3 sadly as its switched to a software version but the k5 works great for this)

This is just what one small feature of the camera can offer people, never mind things like the gapless 3:2 display which is wonderful and other upgrades the k3 has.

I'm not saying its a perfect system as a whole (Id love grouping in wireless P-ttl) but its a dam better camera than what you can get from canon or nikon atm for a similar price and much cheaper for a proper weather sealed system.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2014 at 19:42 UTC
On Adobe Camera Raw 8.4 and Lightroom 5.4 now available article (70 comments in total)

some merrilll love would be nice :(

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2014 at 09:03 UTC as 12th comment
On Pentax K-3 preview (959 comments in total)
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Meuh: "The camera does offer sensor shift-based shake reduction (Movie SR) during video capture"

The k3 loses the mechanical shake reduction in video found in the k5 in favor of electronic based (movie SR) which isn't as good and is prone to artifacts (one of the reason's I haven't yet update).

I wish they would update the firmware to enable the option of mechanical SR in video as I don't care about the noise it makes when doing video as sound is recorded externally anyway for the stuff I do.

I got a little play with one yesterday and the SR is not mechanical from what I could tell.. One there is no noise of the sensor moving and two it didn't seem as stable or floaty as the k5 (i've used the k5 quite a bit for video).

Also watch Ayoh's link above, I've never had that with the k5.

The digital version is bad for two reasons.

1) a permanent extra crop (to allow for image movement).
2) its just not as nice as the real thing.

I really want a k3 after toying with one and working with a raw yesterday (thanks Heie2 it was great to meet you).. everything about it is much better than my k5 apart from the video (SR is why I use the k5 over gh2).

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2014 at 11:50 UTC
On Pentax K-3 preview (959 comments in total)

"The camera does offer sensor shift-based shake reduction (Movie SR) during video capture"

The k3 loses the mechanical shake reduction in video found in the k5 in favor of electronic based (movie SR) which isn't as good and is prone to artifacts (one of the reason's I haven't yet update).

I wish they would update the firmware to enable the option of mechanical SR in video as I don't care about the noise it makes when doing video as sound is recorded externally anyway for the stuff I do.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 21:35 UTC as 129th comment | 8 replies
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