Jim Salvas

Jim Salvas

Lives in United States West Chester, PA, United States
Works as a Photography/Writing
Has a website at camerajim.com
Joined on Mar 24, 2006
About me:

Serious photographer for 60+ years.

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DOA if there's no wifi in this market segment. Brain dead

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2014 at 05:22 UTC as 43rd comment | 1 reply

So, the sample pic is a selfie, with her friends out of focus. What a marvelous leap forward.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2014 at 19:43 UTC as 20th comment
On Readers' showcase: Landscape photography article (85 comments in total)
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Rutgerbus: Very proud to see two of my pictures (#1 and #2) in this Readers Showcase. The Crown on my work. Thanks you DPReview staff.

And that with Nikon D700....the oldy. Hopefully this shows that in the race for a better picture you don't really need that MP beast to take good photo's.

Congratulations! Your selection was well-deserved.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 27, 2014 at 16:31 UTC
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Jim Salvas: Most people are not aware of the problem Lytro solves. Those who are aware won't be satisfied with the solution.

At best, Lytro becomes like Polaroid: a camera bought but rarely used. Back in the day, I bought a lot of used equipment and resold it. The Polaroids were always in like-new condition, right out of the closets, and worth about $10 a dozen.

The thing is, the aperture is ALWAYS f/2. In order for the system to work, there is no aperture, so you can't stop it down. It's always a fuzzy f/2.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2014 at 19:27 UTC

Most people are not aware of the problem Lytro solves. Those who are aware won't be satisfied with the solution.

At best, Lytro becomes like Polaroid: a camera bought but rarely used. Back in the day, I bought a lot of used equipment and resold it. The Polaroids were always in like-new condition, right out of the closets, and worth about $10 a dozen.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 22:05 UTC as 18th comment | 7 replies
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2295 comments in total)
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lemonhooker: It is in no way difficult to handle. Leica designed it to fit right in your hand , much better than any of the competition .

The shape is a close match for the Sony A6000, but the Sony has a slightly better grip, and a built-in EVF. And, the Leica, with its kit lens and removable EVF, costs almost seven times as much, has no IS, and is apparently slow as molasses.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2014 at 18:44 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2295 comments in total)
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Jim Salvas: They got this wrong from the unboxing. You're not supposed to unbox a Leica. It's a collectible. It doesn't even have to work.

These are "Leica lenses" in the same manner that Sony has "Zeiss lenses." They are both made in Japan and both depend on software correction of optical imperfections. The only real difference is that you can get a Sony A6000 with a Zeiss lens for 1/5 the price of this Leica, considering that buying the EVF is almost a necessity with the Leica T and the EVF costs what the entire Sony body does.

When the review is done, it should be interesting to see head to head comparisons of results. Especially with Sony's optical IS and much faster AF.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2014 at 16:01 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2295 comments in total)
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Jim Salvas: They got this wrong from the unboxing. You're not supposed to unbox a Leica. It's a collectible. It doesn't even have to work.

It was a joke. It can be funny or not funny, but it can't be "wrong."

But, I"m not surprised humor is something a Leica fan doesn't recognize. After all, the entire marketing position of that company is a joke on the buyers.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2014 at 15:39 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2295 comments in total)

They got this wrong from the unboxing. You're not supposed to unbox a Leica. It's a collectible. It doesn't even have to work.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2014 at 14:14 UTC as 29th comment | 7 replies
On LensRentals tests Lomography's Petzval lens article (28 comments in total)

You can simulate some of the bokeh effect with homemade front-of-lens filters. I described one such in my "bad bokeh filter" post months back.

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/52712944

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2014 at 02:51 UTC as 10th comment

To all the pixel peepers: note that he is doing this with 12mp camera bodies.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 19:50 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply
On Apple to cease development of Aperture article (423 comments in total)

Great. I finally bought Aperture last month. Any refunds?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 18:00 UTC as 149th comment | 2 replies

I love DIY photography hacks and I've posted a couple myself. As with lots of things related to photography as a hobby and craft, it's often the enjoyment of doing it, as much as it is capturing the very best results with the very best equipment.

I think those who can't see this don't know how to have fun.

This was a great little hack. Congratulations to vkphoto for getting featured on the front page and for capturing some very good photos.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 16:47 UTC as 31st comment | 2 replies
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Jim Salvas: Has anyone noticed this is exactly 20 years to the day after the introduction of the Apple QuickTake 100, the first mass market digital camera?

"Mass market" was my key phrase. That Fuji was never marketed. The follow up model, which was sold, was priced at $20,000 for the kit.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2014 at 14:45 UTC

Has anyone noticed this is exactly 20 years to the day after the introduction of the Apple QuickTake 100, the first mass market digital camera?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2014 at 01:24 UTC as 2nd comment | 3 replies
On The British Museum in the Capital City Series: London, England challenge (8 comments in total)

I loved this shot when you showed it in the m43 forum. Great work!

P.S. I went right out and bought a fisheye lens.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 18:42 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On Ann-Margret Sees Me and My New Nikon in the My First WOW Image challenge (2 comments in total)

Thank you, Mike. The slide hasn't stood the test of time from a technical standpoint, but I love having this shot.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2014 at 03:33 UTC as 1st comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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pgphoto_ca: Be carefull....it's not a f2.8-f4 with this sensor (2.7x crop)....it's f5.6-f8 or more.......the crop factor need also to be apply to the aperture :)

A real 400mm f4...is much bigger ! :)

I will give you equivalence police one thing: the manufacturers no longer even bother to mention the actual focal lengths. This info does not appear in the press release and you have to look closely at the pics to see that it is 9.1-146mm. An f/2.8-4 lens in that range is still not shabby.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 05:21 UTC
On Flashpoint Budget Studio Monolight Review article (41 comments in total)
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Jim Salvas: There are a couple of important things missing from this review.

For instance, a 75W modeling lamp sounds useless for portrait work. Was it?

How do you -- or can you -- attach a softbox or any light modifier other than the umbrella?

Lighting is so,little valued around here. Case in point: the reviewer is using a $2,000 camera , outfitted with probably a $1,000 lens to shoot with a $100 flash.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2014 at 22:05 UTC
On Flashpoint Budget Studio Monolight Review article (41 comments in total)

There are a couple of important things missing from this review.

For instance, a 75W modeling lamp sounds useless for portrait work. Was it?

How do you -- or can you -- attach a softbox or any light modifier other than the umbrella?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2014 at 20:35 UTC as 10th comment | 9 replies
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