tomservo33

tomservo33

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On Olympus Stylus 1 Preview preview (326 comments in total)

Interesting camera, but why are the samples so dull in color cast?
I would expect Panasonic to respond with the successor to the LX7 soon, for Holiday sales, correct?
But why is the image quality of the LX7 (in the studio scene), so soft in comparison to most others, almost like they made a settings error or had its IS on causing blur in a tripod shot? and the XZ-2 shot looks superior to most compacts, and some DSLR shots as well in the comparison tool?!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2013 at 16:41 UTC as 28th comment
On Niki Feijen's haunting images of abandoned houses article (218 comments in total)

Stunning, lonely....cold....but I cant help but lust after all the beautiful antique hand carved furniture that we 'humans' used to make and keep for generations...dust settles.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2013 at 04:29 UTC as 14th comment

Just speaking to the GR's features alone, it is a solid camera for landscape and vacation shots, but Why cant they afix a 10-12X (power) collapsable zoom to it and sell that as an alternate version. Considering the engineering now available, and the shrinking flange distance in APS-c format...maybe soon? Basically, I would Love a pocketable compact with a m4/3 sensor (or APS-C) and a good 10x zoom! Similar to an LX7 or GR feature set but with the big sensor....that would probably crush sales of low end DSLR? or would it?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2013 at 15:02 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1201 comments in total)
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pgphoto_ca: For me, the E-P5 has a slight better ISO over the GX7 at 800 ISO. approx 1/2 stop diff.

Image quality is prime for me. I just hope Panasonic will improve a bit the ISO before they release the GX7...

go go go Pana !

From the test images on Imaging Resource, The P5 seems to have a little better resolution and sharpness, at low iso, or perhaps less anti-aliasing or NR than the GX7, side by side (but that could be lens based or some setting. I was looking at eyelashes on the mannequin, so not sure if that is relevant, since the leaves on the trees on outdoor house shots look identical, perhaps a lighting response?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2013 at 16:48 UTC
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1201 comments in total)
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lxcellent: This is an ugly camera. I know that you should not judge a book by its cover, but why not make it look more like the classic rangefinder like they did in the LX1. Shoot. Follow Fuji's lead on this.

...and yes, the way a tool looks DOES make a difference!

Looks great to me, except the eyecup bulge....but if it feels anything like the GX1, which is by far the most comfortable mirrorless I ever held, it will be a great shooting camera and perfect for those us with large hands who can't safely grip many of OLY's offerings while climbing up a small cliff to grab a shot of some birds nest or baby mammals!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2013 at 16:41 UTC
On Behind the Shot: Nautilus article (49 comments in total)
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Lochgoyle: The eternal divide between the HDR enthusiasts/exponents and the HDR police goes on forever it seems. The simple fact is that regardless of the method, Erez has produced a stunning image which effectively allows the viewer to enjoy the same view that Erez had when creating his RAW files. To me the logic is simple . . . why not 'see' what the photographer saw when the means is available to do so? If HDR techniques were outlawed by the HDR police as 'not photography' then how would one ever visualise this scene? Would the blown out sky be appealing? Would the black foregound be appealing if the photographer exposed for the sky? No. Without Erez's technique this image would not exist.
As for the choice of technique, everyone has their own ways, and if the outcome pleases them, then so be it. After all, there are many ways to skin a cat :-)) Just my 2 cents.

Very good points, I agree that the goal is to render that magic vision that the human eye and brain perceive, aka, the moment, as you saw it...and a camera just can't do that in one shot with such difficult lighting conditions, so we innovate to recreate.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 15, 2013 at 05:52 UTC
On It has long stopped time in the Once upon a time challenge (2 comments in total)

Very nice image, well done, and shows what can be done with a good P&S!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2013 at 21:21 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1201 comments in total)
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pjsalty: I like it. It's basically a nex 7 for those of us that prefer the smaller m43 lenses, plus it has ibis and more external controls.

I don't know why dpreview isn't more excited about it. Perhaps they are in a refractory period after spouting with excitement over the latest Fuji. They mention "small tweaks" but I would hardly call the addition of ibis, wifi, NFC, a new sensor, and an evf (which articulates!) "small tweaks"!

" Perhaps they are in a refractory period after spouting with excitement over the latest Fuji. "
Hilarious, best line of the day, Thanks!!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 2, 2013 at 15:05 UTC

Well, the numbers are very impressive, especially at the wide end, and much more afforadable than the Canon in the same range. I feel this would be a great lens for me for indoor use, some street, and landscapes as well, with the deep resolution and (probably) nice bg. blur. Well, Tokina, it is your turn to impress, and it has been a while boys!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2013 at 16:42 UTC as 33rd comment
On 2009_04_10_142413 station small photo in tko's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Very nice image, I love the etheral quality; but could you help us newbies and post any additional information about post-processing, if any, so we can learn? Thanks!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2013 at 16:16 UTC as 1st comment
On Roundup: Enthusiast Zoom Compact Cameras article (421 comments in total)
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davids8560: I ended up going with the RX100. My life changed a lot soon after buying it. Women paid more attention to me. The local paper did a full-page feature about me in the Sunday edition. The mayor started inviting me down to city hall for lunch every couple of weeks. People I'd had differences with in the past came to me and asked for forgiveness. It's been really great!

Are you sure you bought a camera, or a Kilo of Bolivian marching dust?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2013 at 21:13 UTC
On Turtle Peeking in the Turtles challenge (3 comments in total)

Beautiful shot; bkg. blur, sharp skin, and punchy color are all a perfect combo!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 7, 2013 at 02:18 UTC as 3rd comment
On Just Posted: Pentax K-5 II / K-5 IIS Review article (268 comments in total)
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DDWD10: This camera deserves a lot more attention than it gets. The first "real" camera I had was a Pentax ME Super that my 5th grade librarian gave me in 2000. Compact and sturdy, attributes apparently shared by the K5II.

I like that, in 2000, people were using and learning with film.
I still see college kids using film and I sold my EOS Elan 7 to one, who loved it and was thrilled to be doing a retro art photo project for a class. You learn a lot about exposure when every shot cost you $$, before and after.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2013 at 16:20 UTC
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HL48: Does any camera have a macro bracketing routine? The photographer would indicate the front and back of the target using a touch screen for example and the camera would produce some small number exposures at intermediate positions?

Thanks,
Harry

Yes, It would be cool if the selectable focus points could be numbered and assigned to a series of shots, area 1 (shot 1) area 2 (shot 2) and so on, I'll bet some app developer is making it now!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2013 at 20:44 UTC

Great article, and I agree with bobbarber that a P & S camera can be perfect for this kind of work. Lightweight, super shalow DOF, in particular, the Olympus XZ 1 and 2 are quite well suited and have sharp fast optics and good color. The issue is always taking even a few photos of the various regions of the insect before it moves, very frustrating, but pulling back or using a tripod can keep them calm; also good to have the magic hour afternoon sun at your back, blinding the creature to your advantage, works great with some furry ones.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2013 at 16:41 UTC as 9th comment
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tomservo33: Well, it is quite strange, how Sony can make such innovative, comfortable to use, generally feature rich cameras, that consistantly deliver SOFT images. I suspect that the issue is Software, not the sensor, lens, etc... Maybe I'm wrong, maybe it is not an "Issue" but an intentional feature/style. I have heard many discuss the AA, the agressive sony noise reduction; and compared to other APS-C cameras, and m4/3, the Sony shots all suffer from a general softness that seems to be caused by either aggressive and unnecessary noise reduction, or an odd JPEG engine. I feel that the RAW files are all quite good if I had to do Post-P. and I would have bought a Nex-6 if the Jpegs didn't look a little bit softer, consistantly.

Like many here, we rely on review data, samples, and user portfolios to inform our decision, since most of us cannot afford to spend big money on a new system without knowing if will be a satisfying improvement and a wise investment; over what we have sunk $$$ thousands into already...I would love to rent a Nex6 for a week but there are few shops left, and none of them rent anything other than Canon/Nikon system gear.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 27, 2013 at 15:50 UTC

Well, it is quite strange, how Sony can make such innovative, comfortable to use, generally feature rich cameras, that consistantly deliver SOFT images. I suspect that the issue is Software, not the sensor, lens, etc... Maybe I'm wrong, maybe it is not an "Issue" but an intentional feature/style. I have heard many discuss the AA, the agressive sony noise reduction; and compared to other APS-C cameras, and m4/3, the Sony shots all suffer from a general softness that seems to be caused by either aggressive and unnecessary noise reduction, or an odd JPEG engine. I feel that the RAW files are all quite good if I had to do Post-P. and I would have bought a Nex-6 if the Jpegs didn't look a little bit softer, consistantly.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2013 at 20:16 UTC as 13th comment | 8 replies
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jonikon: I'm not impressed at all with the image quality of the Oly XZ-2. I see a lot of smearing of details, very poor IQ at high ISOs, a de-centered lens causing OOF areas, poor color rendition, poor micro-contrast, lots of distortion, etc.

Why in the world would anyone buy this camera when the excellent Sony RX-100 can be had for about the same price and blows the XZ-2's image quality away! This camera would not be desirable even if it was priced at the current XZ1 price of $200, IMO.

-Jon

You must be looking at the wrong photos, or your monitor is defective; since most of the comments here, and Robin Wong's blog shots, seem to give strong evidence of the exact opposite! Seriously, examine http://robinwong.blogspot.com/

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2012 at 16:53 UTC

You must be looking at the wrong photos, or your monitor is defective; since most of the comments here, and Robin Wong's blog shots, seem to give strong evidence of the exact opposite! Seriously, examine http://robinwong.blogspot.com/

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2012 at 16:50 UTC as 9th comment
On Photokina 2012: Casio Stand Report article (30 comments in total)
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InTheMist: There are... Um... No people watching her "attract attention".

Exactly what I noticed, unless they just do the presentations all day, every 2 hrs and try to attract attention, like the feeding of the dolphins at SeaWorld ;) Still, I feel kinda sorry for her, and the Casio photo division as a whole....it can't be selling many units, can it??

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2012 at 20:46 UTC
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