fireplace33

fireplace33

Lives in Austria Upper Austria, Austria
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On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review (999 comments in total)

This looks like a great camera. I was quite tempted.
Lots of nice „PROS“ but in the end put off by the same „CONS“ as mentioned in the conclusion
I’ve listed those CONS in order of imporatnce for me.

Anyone care to speculate if my "top cons" will be addressed and improved in the next version of this camera?

■ Lens range can be limiting
■ 12MP may not be enough for some users
■ Separate clip-on flash simply inconvenient
■ Manually positioning an AF point is awkward - no touchscreen
■ JPEG noise reduction and sharpening are rather crude at low ISOs
■ Noticeable lag switching from shooting mode to playback
■ Focus peaking often too subtle to see
■ Viewfinder can show 'tearing' effect, which will distract some users

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 15:29 UTC as 125th comment | 4 replies
On photo Cormorant taking off in the It flies!!! challenge (31 comments in total)

Excellent image !

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 18:22 UTC as 6th comment
On article Ghost Town: Shooting in Kolmanskop (71 comments in total)

Nice use of light in these shots

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2014 at 06:39 UTC as 18th comment
On article ACDSee Pro 8 and ACDSee 18 announced (53 comments in total)
In reply to:

Drazen Stojcic Buntovnik: Ever since about v4, ACDsee started cramming "feature" upon "feature" into what was once the best, fastest and lightest image viewer available. I remeber a time when ACDsee installation files were 5 MB in size. Nowdays it's over 100... It's just rediculous. Especially the "pro" version. If "pro" means a product is intended for professionals, then it's safe to asume they're using OTHER professional tools to edit and organize their photos. I have never ever used an "edit" funcion in ACDsee. All I want is is a super fast image viewer that instantly opens up any image file format and can equally quickly scroll through hundreds of images. And that's it. Unfortunately, ACDsee has steered away from performance and seems to be focused on being the jack of all trades, when all we need is a master of one: speed.

When I look at my raw images on the hard disk, their thumbs appear almost instantaneously because I use the database feature in ACDSee called
"catalogue folders" (or somthing like that, I'm translating here from the German version)
This feature goes through all selected folders and creates the thumbnails for each image on the disk. It can take a few hours, if you have thousands of images like I do, but it is only done once, while I'm sleeping, and then afterwards those thumbs all appear instantly.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 20:43 UTC
On article ACDSee Pro 8 and ACDSee 18 announced (53 comments in total)
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Drazen Stojcic Buntovnik: Ever since about v4, ACDsee started cramming "feature" upon "feature" into what was once the best, fastest and lightest image viewer available. I remeber a time when ACDsee installation files were 5 MB in size. Nowdays it's over 100... It's just rediculous. Especially the "pro" version. If "pro" means a product is intended for professionals, then it's safe to asume they're using OTHER professional tools to edit and organize their photos. I have never ever used an "edit" funcion in ACDsee. All I want is is a super fast image viewer that instantly opens up any image file format and can equally quickly scroll through hundreds of images. And that's it. Unfortunately, ACDsee has steered away from performance and seems to be focused on being the jack of all trades, when all we need is a master of one: speed.

@Peter v.d Werf
Glad to hear you have respect for the editing features of ACDSee PRO :-)
It is indeed very easy to use and has a multitude of useful editing and RAW development features.
Nice to have it all in one tool!
By the way, I have a decent computer with lots of RAM and hard drive space & fast processor & fast graphics card, certainly works fast enough for me.
One thing ACDSee doesn't have is working with layers like photoshop can, pity.
What do you think is even better in LR?

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2014 at 08:23 UTC
On article ACDSee Pro 8 and ACDSee 18 announced (53 comments in total)
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fireplace33: @DPREVIEW
In your DPReview product database the latest version of ACDSee is shown as only version PRO 5.

http://www.dpreview.com/products/acd_systems/software/acdsee_pro5

I've mentioned this already in the past on your feedback forum, after the version 6 and 7 came along, that an update of your database would make sense. Perhaps you can now update your database to show PRO 8 is here!

Oh dear ignored by DPREVIEW again on this issue :-(
Looks like the DPREVIEW software database will stay locked on the stoneage for now...

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2014 at 14:14 UTC
On article ACDSee Pro 8 and ACDSee 18 announced (53 comments in total)
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Glen Barrington: I've got to say, I'm underwhelmed. The interesting changes are for the users of the edit tab (the 'destrcutive', bit mapped editor). Nothing really new there for the person who shoots raw.

If you haven't used ACDSee Pro before, using this will be a great experience, because it's a good product. But frankly, the reason to upgrade from Pro 7 to Pro 8 seems non-existent for me as an existing user.

They've tried to incorporate their 'online' drive service a bit more seamlessly into the overall user interface, which is nice if you are a user of that service, I guess, but considering the recent price reductions for Google Drive and others, it seems pretty pricey to me. Too pricey IMO.

Do you mean there is already something like the 'pixel targeting' in the raw development mode of ver PRO7?

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 16:41 UTC
On article ACDSee Pro 8 and ACDSee 18 announced (53 comments in total)
In reply to:

Drazen Stojcic Buntovnik: Ever since about v4, ACDsee started cramming "feature" upon "feature" into what was once the best, fastest and lightest image viewer available. I remeber a time when ACDsee installation files were 5 MB in size. Nowdays it's over 100... It's just rediculous. Especially the "pro" version. If "pro" means a product is intended for professionals, then it's safe to asume they're using OTHER professional tools to edit and organize their photos. I have never ever used an "edit" funcion in ACDsee. All I want is is a super fast image viewer that instantly opens up any image file format and can equally quickly scroll through hundreds of images. And that's it. Unfortunately, ACDsee has steered away from performance and seems to be focused on being the jack of all trades, when all we need is a master of one: speed.

If you don't need the advanced features in the PRO version for developing your raw images or editing jpgs why not go for the cheaper non pro version with less features, or just use that that old version you have, or any other viewer of your choice.

I happen to like the editing/developing tools in ACDSee and find it to be fast enough as a general viewer/ organiser/ edit tool and don't want them to strip out any of these features!

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 16:38 UTC
On article ACDSee Pro 8 and ACDSee 18 announced (53 comments in total)

I really like ACDSee Pro.
It is easy to use and works well for my needs.
All my photos are processed, usually from RAW, with ACDSee
Looking forward to the new features in ver 8

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 18:29 UTC as 14th comment
On article ACDSee Pro 8 and ACDSee 18 announced (53 comments in total)

@DPREVIEW
In your DPReview product database the latest version of ACDSee is shown as only version PRO 5.

http://www.dpreview.com/products/acd_systems/software/acdsee_pro5

I've mentioned this already in the past on your feedback forum, after the version 6 and 7 came along, that an update of your database would make sense. Perhaps you can now update your database to show PRO 8 is here!

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 10:01 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply
On article Hands-on with Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 (442 comments in total)
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Alejandro Ruiz: Very interesting camera.
I first thought 75mm is a bit short, but them make some rough calculation and found that you can crop till something like 120mm and still having something like the same IQ (just considering mm² of sensor) of Sony RX100III !

Maybe someone can do the exact maths, but I guess if you cropped the image from 75mm so that it was equivalent to a 120mm focal length, then resulting image would have less than 5 Mpixels, which doesn't sound that good by today's standards

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 21:14 UTC
On article Photokina 2014 Video: The Canon G7 X (143 comments in total)
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Cane: What is the shape of this thing? It's like a slightly melted rectangle to me, as opposed to the crisp edges of the Sony. Makes it look very p&s.

Don't worry, before it becomes available next month, you'd have time enough to practice holding a bar of soap in the shower ;-)
When it arrives you'll be impressed about how much better the camera is.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 21:54 UTC
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Dan1964: I'll never buy another Canon pixma. Never had a printer that used so much ink just turning it off and on.

The 3rd party inks that I use cost about 1 Euro per cartridge. I have 6 cartridges in my MG6250. These 3rd party inks have a chip just like the original. Even if you multiplied that cost by 3 it would still be considerably cheaper than the OEM versions. Recently I put in some OEM inks and didn't notice that they lasted particularly longer?
They are just fine for the photo "proofs" and the other general office type I use.

here's a link to the German amazon
12 pieces for 12.90 Euro!

http://www.amazon.de/Druckerpatronen-F%C3%BCllstandanzeige-kompatibel-PGI-525BK-CLI-526BK/dp/B00BBVXK22/ref=sr_1_2?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=undefined&sr=1-2&keywords=526+12

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2014 at 19:39 UTC
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attomole: For a photographer even a budget restricted amateur I don't see the pont of anything less than A3+ Colour and B&W printer. Not that the all-in-ones are not fantastically usfull home office devices and even the cheapest branded ones I have used make nice colour prints, but A4 is not big enough to display.

There are not that many such devices out there (A3 photo printers) but I don't know of a review site that is across all the printers available and keeps pace with developments. I would have expected for the sort of people who come to this site it would be very useful data.

A3 is also too small for a decent sized print!
Any printer that can make bigger prints than A3, in a quality that you'd want to hang up, are so expensive that it is much better IMO to get those few prints, that you want large, done professionally.
The economics of that is obvious and the professional printers will be operated by someone capable, who's made hundreds of prints. and no worries at home about any wasted inks or calibration problems or blocked up print heads,... ;-)

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2014 at 19:24 UTC
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Dan1964: I'll never buy another Canon pixma. Never had a printer that used so much ink just turning it off and on.

I'm not a printer expert, but I read on some forums that the ink is used to clean out the printhead and all the tubes etc. that keep it free running and working when you need it!

If you buy the ready filled 3rd party ink it costs next to nothing! About 1 Euro per cartridge for my older MG6250 canon pixma Printer . So no big deal about that.

I use my printer almost every day to print out A4 size photos. I have stacks of them and use them more or less just as proofs. Photos from normal consumer ink jet printers will fade after a few months so if I want to hang a photo then it will be "test printed" with the pixma and then made much bigger and better by professional labs where the result also last much longer.

To buy a printer that would reach such pro levels (size and quality) would costs a fortune and is just not worth it for me,
so I'll stick with my pixma printer despite its faults.

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2014 at 22:03 UTC
On article Olympus debuts 'Anywhere Classroom' video series (43 comments in total)
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Sonnik: At the end of the video, when she's giving us the web address, she says "back slash". Sorry, but that is a "forward slash". Little details done wrong, degrade confidence.

That is such a lame reply!!
... even if you type in the slash the wrong way round your browser will correct it for you.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2014 at 19:08 UTC
On photo UK-London 2012 2-2w in the Capital City Series: London, England challenge (1 comment in total)

I like the colours and quiet mood in this shot !

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 09:04 UTC as 1st comment
On photo The Shard in the Capital City Series: London, England challenge (1 comment in total)

cool shot , love the colours & reflections

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 09:01 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Sunset over the Kohlaichbach stream in an Austrian forest in the Forrest Rivulet challenge (3 comments in total)
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tarakanchik: I think I remember this picture from the Landscapes forum, no? It had some sun spots too if I recall correctly :) Great shot, again!

Thanks for all the votes!

This is a shot from my series called “Forest Light”, you can see that series on my website.
http://www.fireplace-photography.com/p703090599

Yes, I added this to the Landscape forum a few weeks back and got some nice constructive feedback there :-)
One person mentioned that there was a bit of flare visible on one of the trees, so I removed that with a small amount of cloning. and a second person suggested a slightly tighter crop to concentrate more on the stream, which, by chance, happened to fit much better to this particular challenge.

So it just goes to show the value of the DPR forums to help and encourage us all to improve our photography :-)
Thanks

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2014 at 11:56 UTC
On photo Rocket launched at the Great Central Railway in the Rocket launch challenge (8 comments in total)

great entry, Good luck in the challenge!

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2014 at 16:34 UTC as 5th comment
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