JimW-203

JimW-203

Lives in United States Tarpon Springs, FL, United States
Works as a Retired
Joined on Jun 4, 2011
About me:

I have been doing photography since the early 50s while in school and later traveling the world in a variety of positions in the government and private industry. Moved from Boston to Florida in 1988; first, St. Petersburg then Orlando, and now, Tarpon Springs.

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On Clean me please in the Dirty portrait challenge (1 comment in total)

Duplicate?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2015 at 23:23 UTC as 1st comment
On 3155305 photo in JimW-203's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

Thanks for the kind comment; I understand what you mean. Life in Beirut in the sixties was often a mix of poignant and vibrant. Multi-generational families were common and very supportive - this, I think, illustrates that.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2015 at 06:51 UTC as 1st comment

Thanks for the kind comments; while living in Beirut I spent a lot of time wandering the streets looking for opportunities like this.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2015 at 06:36 UTC as 4th comment
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Papi61: Here's a great tip for you: change the name.

Perhaps to something as elegantly alliterative and exciting as "Google." ...oh, no! That's already been taken.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 21:34 UTC
On ND, 2 challenge (3 comments in total)

I assume you mean "neutral density," not "natural density."

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 04:01 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
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0mega: I just don't see how this can compete with Sony mirror-less.

HowaboutRAW:

You are right, even though the body/lens cost is close to 1:1, the cost/quality ratio is appealing. In absolute terms an experienced user who is familiar with what they would be getting would probably find it exciting. I do think, however a relative novice user might find the 20 1.7 more appealing if they were buying early in their experience with the camera. Generally, I think there may be two distinct groups of potential buyers:
1) the experienced and discriminating user who is looking for a casual, take-everywhere second body with a broad range of lenses that could yield excellent results.
2) the novice user who is looking for a camera that will fit easily into a busy lifestyle - all while allowing them to memorialize their activities under a broad range of conditions and expectations.
In both cases the m43 mount allows access to a very broad range of lenses that can stimulate and support growth in photography - they need never fear they will be an orphan anytime soon.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 16, 2015 at 22:13 UTC
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0mega: I just don't see how this can compete with Sony mirror-less.

HowabouyRAW:
"Anyhow the best PanaLeicas aren't on that list. "

You are right about that.
However, I can certainly understand it. If I were showing samples that illustrated the capabilities of a camera, I would pick lenses from those most likely to represent the space in which the user would be operating: for a camera body costing somewhere in the $450 range and possessing the physical and feature characteristics of the GF7, I would probably not include lenses that cost 2 or 3 times the body cost. For a buyer to be willing to accept the premise that the ultimate cost of the camera could reach into the thousands in order to get acceptable pictures stretches credulity too far. That would just drive the consumer away. That said, once purchased and used, if the user ultimately feels the need for more (IQ, speed, sharpness, fill in the blanks), that opens the door to that never-ending search that we all know.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 16, 2015 at 20:26 UTC
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0mega: I just don't see how this can compete with Sony mirror-less.

@HowabotRAW:
" ...these samples were shot with a kitzoom."

In addition to the 12-32 kit lens, I note the use of The Lumix 7-14, 45-200 and Olympus 75mm

Direct link | Posted on Mar 15, 2015 at 06:58 UTC
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JimW-203: There are several bits of information I think would be useful in evaluating this camera using this set of samples:
1) Were all pictures taken on automatic or were there differences other than ISO in exposure determination?
2) Did one person process all images or did the person taking any given image process it? In other words, are we seeing one version of "to taste" or several?
3) In the case of image 2, I would like to know if the dramatic underexposure was intentional to evaluate how much could be pulled out of such dense shadow. What was the decision process?
4) So much of the dullness I see in the out doors shots, particularly distance scenes, I attribute to atmospheric haze - given that most persons viewing these images may not live in climates like Seattle, might there be some few examples to illustrate just how good the images could be with judicious de-hazing. Not just this camera, but all cameras - I can't think of a single camera that automatically clears haze.

I use the term "haze" as a general, not specific one. Many of the comments regarding the flatness, softness, lack of vibrancy, etc. I attribute to the atmospheric haze seen in many untouched jpegs straight out of the camera. It is the generally blue haze one sees with pictures taken in areas like Seattle and other areas of relative high humidity. Consequently, I believe one cannot appropriately evaluate a camera/lens combination unless one deals appropriately with this phenomenon. I merely generalize the phenomenon to reflect this belief regardless of the absolute source of the "hazing" effect

Direct link | Posted on Mar 15, 2015 at 02:18 UTC

There are several bits of information I think would be useful in evaluating this camera using this set of samples:
1) Were all pictures taken on automatic or were there differences other than ISO in exposure determination?
2) Did one person process all images or did the person taking any given image process it? In other words, are we seeing one version of "to taste" or several?
3) In the case of image 2, I would like to know if the dramatic underexposure was intentional to evaluate how much could be pulled out of such dense shadow. What was the decision process?
4) So much of the dullness I see in the out doors shots, particularly distance scenes, I attribute to atmospheric haze - given that most persons viewing these images may not live in climates like Seattle, might there be some few examples to illustrate just how good the images could be with judicious de-hazing. Not just this camera, but all cameras - I can't think of a single camera that automatically clears haze.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2015 at 17:58 UTC as 17th comment | 6 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 real-world samples article (113 comments in total)
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Menneisyys: Would it be possible to (automatically) add suffixes to image name to show not only their ISO, but also other parameters like FL? A compact superzoom like this will be most interesting for us at the long end. (Otherwise, many of us already having a much more decent but not THAT big MILC would not bother with superzooms.) Regretfully, you need to click thru almost all images to find out which of them has been shot at (around) the long end.

My principal interest in this is as a means of evaluating the ZS50 as an added camera. I currently use DxO OpticPro 10 as my default RAW processor. It supports all my current and past cameras for which I have RAW files and offers some very intuitive options that I find very appealing. I currently have a ZS19 (an older predecessor to the ZS50) that I don't use often but like for its range of capabilities. I see the ZS50 as a way of regaining those capabilities while adding a significant improvement in IQ. That said, if I need to complicate things in order to process the files, it's just not worth the hassle. DxO OpticsPro 10 process ZS40 files just fine; what I don't know is will they add support for the ZS50 going forward. Only time and the sales volume of the camera will tell. From what I have seen, with judicious PP, IQ is definitely an improvement over the ZS40 and any of its predecessors - I think it is well worth the price as very capable travel camera and will serve nicely.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2015 at 20:43 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 real-world samples article (113 comments in total)
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Menneisyys: Would it be possible to (automatically) add suffixes to image name to show not only their ISO, but also other parameters like FL? A compact superzoom like this will be most interesting for us at the long end. (Otherwise, many of us already having a much more decent but not THAT big MILC would not bother with superzooms.) Regretfully, you need to click thru almost all images to find out which of them has been shot at (around) the long end.

I downloaded RT 4.2.1 and they opened the DPR samples with no problems. However, it clearly would be a steep learning curve for me to use it well. Additionally, it is seems to apply no lens corrections of any type.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2015 at 18:43 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 real-world samples article (113 comments in total)
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Menneisyys: Would it be possible to (automatically) add suffixes to image name to show not only their ISO, but also other parameters like FL? A compact superzoom like this will be most interesting for us at the long end. (Otherwise, many of us already having a much more decent but not THAT big MILC would not bother with superzooms.) Regretfully, you need to click thru almost all images to find out which of them has been shot at (around) the long end.

Which build of Therapee with support for ZS50 is most stable?
a further question to whomever processed the pictures in the ZS50 gallery: what did you use for these pix?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 22:54 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 real-world samples article (113 comments in total)
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Menneisyys: Would it be possible to (automatically) add suffixes to image name to show not only their ISO, but also other parameters like FL? A compact superzoom like this will be most interesting for us at the long end. (Otherwise, many of us already having a much more decent but not THAT big MILC would not bother with superzooms.) Regretfully, you need to click thru almost all images to find out which of them has been shot at (around) the long end.

I second the request for some RAWs to download. The correct RAW processing does wonders for IQ. As an example, I noted several images that appeared to be duplicates, but their designation had an ACR suffix which implied to me that they were processed using Adobe Camera Raw. I believe these were comparison shots to show the difference between out of camera jpegs and jpegs from RAW. In most cases, the improvement in those from RAW was obvious (at least to me).

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 19:51 UTC
On Nikon_D5500-ISO100-DSC_0108 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (3 comments in total)
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iAPX: Same as Nikon_D5500-ISO100-DSC_0110: even at f/7.1 ISO 100, nothing is really sharp (even if excessive sharpening is applied as in this case), proving that there's no real-world 24MP resolution on APS-C sensor.

I definitely disagree - I put the jpeg through DxO OpticPro 10 and applied the ClearView preset - the haze cleared and crisp, clear colors emerged - there was lots of detail in all areas including the chain link fence between the house and lighthouse. As a comparison, I took the original jpeg into PSCC 2014 and applied the "landscape" preset of the Athentech Imaging Perfectly Clear V2 filter - the results were much the same. The image was there, it just needed to be "de-hazed."

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2015 at 17:41 UTC
On - Rich Vivid Colours - Painted Buildings (+ Border) challenge (7 comments in total)

Does the reptile need to be alive or can it be, for example, a man-made representation

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 18:50 UTC as 2nd comment | 2 replies

Does the reptile need to be alive or can it be, for example, a man-made representation?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 05:10 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On Pairs II - subtle situations in the street challenge (2 comments in total)

Do the pairs need to be outdoors?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 21:47 UTC as 2nd comment
On Natural Shadows #2 challenge (9 comments in total)

There must be some incredibly fragile egos out there. It makes no sense for someone to go to such extraordinary lengths to just increase the likelihood of winning what is just a fleeting moment in the sun that, at best, won't even give you a tan.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2015 at 22:44 UTC as 2nd comment
On Tub Edge over Tile in the Last Position challenge (2 comments in total)

cjf2,
Thanks for the kind comment. I may be biased, but I, too, was surprised to see it score so poorly in the first challenge. I can think of only two rationales: maybe the noobie was being shown the error of his hubris in daring to submit in a challenge populated by those clearly above his skill. OR
The level of Panasonic camera entries was so elevated compared to my simplistic offering that it could only but score so low.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 08:58 UTC as 1st comment
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