cpkuntz

cpkuntz

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On Readers' Showcase: Portraits and People article (215 comments in total)
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HowaboutRAW: did #1 really have to be cliché softcore?

Talk about projection. The woman is in a relaxed posed. I see nothing sexual at all about this. When middle aged men look at a photo of a young woman and immediately associate it with sexual passion, or think it "odd" or somehow inappropriate to post on a photography web site, this is what feminists and younger people are talking about when we refer to a cluelessness bordering on a sense of sexual propriety. It's also just plain creepy.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2014 at 21:43 UTC

I've never heard of this problem. Glad I bought a D810 for good IQ rather than a Sony.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 19, 2014 at 00:21 UTC as 46th comment | 5 replies
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cpkuntz: Typical Canon dull colors, plastic skin, mushy details, and blown highlights. In 2012 these sensors were badly beaten. Now they are embarrassing.

If trolling consists of being honest about differences in image quality across brands, there are a lot of trolls, both among people making comments at dpreview as well as the scores of professional and enthusiasts photographers who are no longer willing to accept second-rate image quality from Canon when so many better options are now available. I am dual system user. I like my Canon gear, and have a lot more of it than Nikon gear. I want Canon to catch up with the rest of the pack in image quality. Making excuses and false justifications for a company not providing the products that consumers are asking for is no way forward. Canon users in denial - who refuse to accept that Canon is far behind - are the ones the executives at Canon are counting on to keep buying gear. I will accept many compromises, but I won't compromise on image quality - not when far cheaper cameras are now available that are so much better. Pity you can't defend Canon without resorting to name-calling.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2014 at 02:51 UTC
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cpkuntz: Typical Canon dull colors, plastic skin, mushy details, and blown highlights. In 2012 these sensors were badly beaten. Now they are embarrassing.

A survey doesn't decide on objective matters of image quality. I'm sure some people like Canon skin tones since it smooths out blemishes, I suppose. I prefer skin to look like skin. Show me portraits from Canon with the tonality and texture of these portraits and I might be convinced. This photographer uses a D800.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/25386313@N08/

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2014 at 01:11 UTC

Typical Canon dull colors, plastic skin, mushy details, and blown highlights. In 2012 these sensors were badly beaten. Now they are embarrassing.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 15, 2014 at 21:50 UTC as 22nd comment | 13 replies

To those claiming that film is "crap", I offer this modern working photographer as one of many possible rebuttals. I prefer digital for my hobby most of the time, but I like film, too.

http://canlasphotography.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-ektar-summer-on-my-rollei.html?m=1

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2014 at 19:21 UTC as 19th comment
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1667 comments in total)
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cpkuntz: Apple has always had insufferable advertisements, but at least the company behind them makes products meeting contemporary standards of quality. They don't put Intel 150 MHz 486 processors in their iPad. Canon still puts ancient sensors in full frame cameras, leading to the laughable situation in which entry-level crop cameras from everyone else have better IQ than Canon's $3000-$7000 pro cameras.

Here is a list of crop sensor cameras that beat all three of Canon's current full frame bodies (6D, 5D Mark III, 1DX:

Nikon D5200
Nikon D5300
Nikon D7100
Nikon D3300
Pentax K-5 II
Sony A77 II
Sony A6000
Pentax K-5 IIs

http://www.dxomark.com/Cameras/Ratings

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 19:40 UTC
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1667 comments in total)

Apple has always had insufferable advertisements, but at least the company behind them makes products meeting contemporary standards of quality. They don't put Intel 150 MHz 486 processors in their iPad. Canon still puts ancient sensors in full frame cameras, leading to the laughable situation in which entry-level crop cameras from everyone else have better IQ than Canon's $3000-$7000 pro cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 19:18 UTC as 291st comment | 7 replies
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1667 comments in total)

A peace plan for the Israelis and Palestinians. Or a new electronic paper to display photos.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 04:40 UTC as 573rd comment

So it's an M240 with more ram built to look like an MP? I'll take a real MP, a truly spectacular instrument.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2014 at 00:04 UTC as 74th comment

This monkey's selfie looks better than at least 90% of the selfies I've seen taken by human beings.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2014 at 00:21 UTC as 463rd comment | 1 reply
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1571 comments in total)
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phoman: It really is a silly thing to say that D810 is not suited for wedding photographers

One of the best in the business, Ben Chernivsky, uses a D800.

http://love.chernivsky.com/

Direct link | Posted on Aug 2, 2014 at 13:45 UTC
On Nikon announces full-frame D810 with no OLPF article (98 comments in total)

Looks like a great update to the D800/E. I hope Canon is eventually able to match this sensor in terms of dynamic range (I'm less needful of more resolution, although it's always nice to have and not need). I'll see what the 5D Mark IV looks like, and make a decision then. I think a lot of Canon users feel the same.

As a side note, wow, some mirrorlesss enthusiasts are laughably insecure about their choice. Different tools for different shooters, people.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 01:58 UTC as 5th comment
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (686 comments in total)
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Sergey Borachev: Canon really really need to put sensors that are competitive in their cameras. It seems all their cameras are DR challenged, from compact to FF. Time to consider buying Sony sensors and just give up on making your own sensors, Canon.

Sony won't sell sensors to Canon until their market share has gained and Canon's is smaller. Right now the imaging sensor partnership with Nikon is a business strategy to weaken the current market leader. Since Canon invests all of their R&D in videography equipment, their sensors are stuck in the last decade. Sony and Nikon are hoping to gain market share by offering the best image quality available. I hope it works, and forces Canon out of its complacency.

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2014 at 03:51 UTC
On Updated: Creating the Leica T article (196 comments in total)
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pinnacle: If you need a "prestigious" name to brandish like a fine piece of jewelry, this is another piece of jewelry from Leica.

A brand new mount?
No viewfinder option?

For those who feel inclined to use Leica lenses, why not use adapters on existing cameras with better offerings in ergonomics and more features?

When I see the rare Leica in public I am not impressed in the way the owner may hope to impress me. I am wondering for a few seconds if the user has a skill set to produce quality images with their camera. I am sure that some Leica owners are fine photographers as well as wealthy enough (or vain enough) to have purchased the brand in the first place. I do believe that the vast majority of Leica owners are a lot more driven by a potential badge of social status than the desire to produce compelling photographs.
Dan

The same could be said for owners of a lot of cameras from brands without a red dot. Thing is, Leica makes some beautiful lenses. I don't think you can say that most M-system Leica owners are out to impress someone. Non-M system Leicas? That's another story. I can't for the life of me understand why someone would buy a Leica branded point and shoot except for the red dot.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 20:27 UTC
On A travel-sized large-format 4x5 camera? article (219 comments in total)
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Rawmeister: Hard to believe anybody would shoot anything with film.
Oh well - some people still listen to vinyl on turntables too.
People will be people.

It's not that hard to believe considering that large format still offers the best resolution for a single shot, assuming you have a good lens and good technique. Fine grain 35mm film is only now being matched by digital (the D800 was the first camera to reach the equivalent of a 5000 dpi drum scan of Ektar 35mm). Medium format film at its best (again, meaning fine grain, low-sensitivity, high quality lens and good technique) still isn't matched by 35mm-format digital, let alone large format.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2014 at 01:42 UTC
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (661 comments in total)
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JonB1975: Want, want, want....... My first dream camera since the 1Ds MkII! As for those people saying Ansel Adams would never touch something like this - How the hell would you know???

I'm glad that Ricoh are offering a sub-$10,000 digital medium format body. Hopefully this opens the door for such offerings from more companies. Competition is wonderful.

Also, even now it is difficult to beat the image quality offered by 8" x 10" rail cameras, or even 4" x 5". An 8" x 10" contact print is something to behold. A lot of fuss to use, though. The thing about digital is that it is convenient, and that matters when you need to get the shot.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2014 at 01:25 UTC
On Ryan Brenizer on how to shoot engagement sessions article (72 comments in total)

I wonder what threshold is crossed that makes portraiture involving a recently engaged couple somehow "lame", "false", or "nauseating" as opposed to any other type of portraiture? The hostility (perhaps jealousy) of the rank amateurs here of professionals in their craft is something to behold. I say this as a rank amateur hobbyist, myself, but at least I have the humility to appreciate this work and - gasp - maybe learn something from it.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 19, 2014 at 22:27 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1610 comments in total)
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tesch: So they gave it a bad review. What did you expect? It doesn't mean your pictures suck.

Is a Silver Award bad now? They brought up some fairly minor issues, and acknowledged they were relatively minor.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 15:36 UTC
On Sigma announces all-new 50mm F1.4 DG HSM 'Art' lens article (244 comments in total)
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Sonylover1: Otus killer?

I doubt this lens is apochromatic. They wouldn't be able to offer a reasonable price if it was, and the point of the Sigma Art line is to offer outstanding performance but still at a price accessible to enthusiasts. Still, I have a feeling this will be the best normal focal length lens other than the Otus.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 17:27 UTC
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