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On Fujfilm interview: 'The only way is to keep innovating' article (228 comments in total)

How refreshing -- so transparent! Fuji has always made great lenses, and I own a Fuji medium format camera, so I'm more than familiar with the brand. There were two things that prompted me to buy the XE-1. First was the decision by Fuji to upgrade the X100, a discontinued model. That showed Fuji was in the market for the long haul, and, to me, proved they would stand by their customers with a high level of service. Second was the remarkable low noise of the 16mpix X sensor. I applaud the decision to stick with this low noise sensor rather than simply pump up the megapixels, until they can develop a higher megapix sensor that retains that wonderful low noise ratio. Kudos all around.

I echo others in their remarks to Fuji: thanks for a quality product and thanks for listening to your customers and treating us as people not just numbers. Your reward will be brand loyalty.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2014 at 13:38 UTC as 69th comment
On Battle of the titans: Top ball heads tested article (269 comments in total)

Great project, and some useful information as well. I especially liked the cold weather evaluation, being from Maine. In the winter I switch to an older tripod with all metal screw locks to avoid breaking the plastic levers so common today. It's good to know which ballheads continue to work smoothly in that climate.


Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2014 at 13:16 UTC as 44th comment
On Lady in the Full Body Female with Modern outfits walking on the street challenge (3 comments in total)
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BYRON MCD 77-81: Lovely ! Grecian pose with mobile phone.



I can hear her now, "Out, out, damn spot."


Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2013 at 14:06 UTC
On Blending modes: Tools for post-processing article (10 comments in total)

So. Precisely how does this take less time than, and improve upon, simply cloning the discolored area with large soft circles derived from the undamaged area? At least cloning would yield a repair with the same pattern as the rest of the paper.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2013 at 02:35 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 preview (99 comments in total)

Sigh. Or maybe yawn. Or both really. For my money, Panasonic would have been better off to put a better sensor in the GF-1, which still is one of my favorite cameras in spite of the (today) lower sensor quality and poor Hi-ISO response. It's that camera that's always with me. Of course, Pan needs to sell a lot of cameras to the smart-phone crowd, but couldn't they pay just a bit of attention to the significant number of photographers that bought something really useful -- the GF-1.


Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2013 at 13:23 UTC as 29th comment
On Accessory Review: Kata Digital Rucksack 467-DL article (48 comments in total)
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slncezgsi: I am confident that this backpack will be very well made, but I have in general not the best experience with small backpacks for heavy-ish gear - something like 10 - 15 kg - that have no waist belt, because all the weight hangs on shoulders. On top of that - the backpack is short for an average sized adult torso it pushes on your back just above the waist (the small of the back) - unpleasant after longer time.

just a thought ...

I noticed that, too slncezgsi. A serious mistake, in my humble. The response immediately above yours also reads well to me. I've been looking for a backpack that is ALSO able to store camera equipment, not the other way around.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 27, 2012 at 19:33 UTC
On The DSLR Field Camera article (180 comments in total)
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Rod McD: Thanks for this article. I used to use a 4X5 camera and later medium format with tilting lenses for landscape work. I've missed them in the digital era. Once you know the magic of the Scheimpflug effect, there's no forgetting it. It's always seemed to me that photography without tilt and shift has something missing...... I can't afford an FF DSLR and TS lenses, but am contemplating a mirror-less with a tilt adapter and 35mm lenses. I think that would suit me for the print sizes I'm doing these days). (A mirror-less with an even bigger sensor would be even better!)

I haven't tried stitching. Unfortunately, the downside I'm getting from all the learned discussion below is that rather a lot of time appears to be needed at the computer. Not my preference - I'd rather be out there hiking.........

Me, too, Rod. I looking forward to the Sansung t/s. Not certain it will completely eliminate using large format, though, especially for architectural work. The convenience of digital will be a nice addition to some perspective correction and, especially, the depth of field with the tilt function.

The more rabid of this articles detractors haven't the slightest notion of what they're talking about.


Direct link | Posted on Dec 27, 2012 at 19:22 UTC
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ebsilon: I think one needs actually two ideal cameras - a system camera and a compact travel/walkaround camera. Since I'm happy with my Nikon DX (although missing some lenses), I'll sketch out my ideal compact:

24-100mm f/2-f/4 range (alternatively 28-140mm)
1" sensor with PDAF - oversized both horisontally and vertically to provide aspect ratios fro 16:9 to 4:5
Sensor performance of current 1" is good enough, but will always wish for more
RAW format - maybe DNG?
State-of-the art EVF
Tilt or sviwel screen - with excellent visisbility in sunshine
Sized and design like Canon G12 or Nikon P7700
External controls like P7700
Weathersealed/splash proof
Hotshoe and remote CLS triggering

Actually, I think the technology is already more or less here - just hoping for someone putting this together. Maybe for next Photokina?

Panasonic missed a really good opportunity by NOT putting a updated 15mpix sensor in the GF-1. If you want the perfect compromise in usability (all the important controls are on the outside), size, and interchangeable lenses, the GF-1 takes the cake. It's a poor mans Leica M3.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2012 at 13:45 UTC
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Rachotilko: I am BTW, why do FF DSLR's have to be so HUGE compared to APS-C ? I mean, internals are roughly the same, why all the bulk ?

Rachotilko is right. My Pentax MX weighs 18oz whereas the K5 is 26oz, and the MX is smaller. I appreciate the metal frame and weather-proofing of the K5, and I understand there needs to be a motor to drive the focus device and room for the circuit boards .... I guess I'm answering my own question as to why the K5 is heavier and bigger. So. See above discussions about digital inserts for film cameras :). Full-frame (prime) lenses are also heavier than their APS-C equivalents.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2012 at 13:38 UTC
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rondhamalam: Do we really need FF ?
FF is coming from Film era. A bulky shape derived by the standard set of lenses that difficult to move away from. But eventually smaller camera will be the niche market.

DOF and everything else can be delivered from smaller cameras. Sony and Olly etc are leading the way toward miniaturization since Sony's Walkman time, and the concept continues.

So do we still need FF ?

For those of us that still use legacy (manual focus lenses that include -- OMG -- an aperture ring) a full-frame sensor "allows" a 28mm lens to be a wide-angle instead of a normal lens. And a 20mm a super-wide. Wide-angle lenses are harder to make well, are heavier, and cost more. Other than that, I see no overriding need to jump to "full-frame" from APS-C. I have "full-frame" film cameras I still use, and the APS-C models are smaller and lighter.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2012 at 13:25 UTC
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ageha: Wow, amazingly ugly. >.<

Ugly is in the eyes of the user :).

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2012 at 13:19 UTC
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Miguel Osorio: The camera of my life is my Nikon FM2n which I bought in 1996. I keep using it, and it is my main camera. I need it only to take photos, that's why I bought it.
The solution would be as simple as this,

develop this idea:

or this idea:

FF, APS-C, 12, 16, 18, 24, 36 Mpixel, variable ISO, whatever. There is enough technology, just look at Sony NEX or DSC-RX1.

OMG! Bring these to market, please!! I could shoot digital with my two MXs -- a small, light SLR with a REAL viewfinder. And my old Retina II, a pocket camera made with real metal. It would also be seriously great to have an insert for my Rollei. Not that I mind developing b/w film, but wow, having digital capability in cameras that, as Miguel mentioned, were made only to take photos. No video, scene modes, GPS, Wi-Fi, or indecipherable menus. I hope there are companies actively pursuing such devices, and encourage them in their development plans.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2012 at 13:14 UTC
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rowlandw: Modular design. I would buy a rugged, built-to-last body if I could easily swap in new sensors over the years.

What a superb cost-reducing idea. I'd buy one, as would many others who are tired of buying a new body just to get a new sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2012 at 13:01 UTC
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Chekr: After being out shooting tonight, I would love a very subtle backlight on function keys, as it stands i have to use the flashlight on my phone to work out which keys to press. I am sure more regular shooter have memorised where everything is :)

A good idea. The buttons could be translucent, and the light could be from a small LED illuminating the edge of a piece of light-conducting film.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2012 at 13:00 UTC
On Photoshop CS6: Top 5 Features for Photographers article (98 comments in total)
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curlyone: I was using photoshop 3 about 20 years ago,

Ditto what Art said. I'm a illustrator and photographer both and can't understand the flack that Photoshop is getting in this thread. I use it constantly in both endeavors, and it works well. Lightroom may be just fine, but I've used Photoshop beginning with version 7.0 and have few complaints.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2012 at 00:57 UTC
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Mwcfire: HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface)

Pretty much the standard for television connectivity.

:) Muy comico. Those are my initials, but kindly note you would have a clue to that in the Babart that appears as my sign in name (BAB was unavailable.) There is not the slightest indication of an explanation for HDMI. Point taken, however.
Bruce A Bartrug

Direct link | Posted on May 5, 2012 at 19:29 UTC
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babart: Oh, great. So what the hell is an HDMI port? High-Density Mitigating Instrument? Hot Darn Miniature Input? HillsDale MIchigan? Holy Demons Maintenance Incubator? I'm sorry. But can I ask you put in the real English translation before spitting out reams of acronyms. And thank you. Though I'm not holding my breath.

I could easily have looked up HDMI on the web. But why should I have to? See reply above to a post by michsh6.

Direct link | Posted on May 5, 2012 at 13:02 UTC
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Mwcfire: HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface)

Pretty much the standard for television connectivity.

Right on, Mick. The language in which we communicate here is English. It is not txtng English, nor is it fcbk English or eltst English. If you want to be understood by everyone with whom you are communicating, kindly explain yourself. Note that I didn't write FB, which I'm certain most people realize is FaceBook. But it could also be anything from football to feed bag.

My irritation with this practice of communicating in acronyms stems from how far it has spread. And, I suspect, really IS a result of texting and Facebook. I'm a medical professional who needs to read medical papers, and it's becoming almost impossible to scan an abstract and not encounter an acronym I have never seen before. "A patients CIA is often more constricted when his EPA is modified by his USA. It is recommended practitioners add a DVD to alleviate this condition."

Come on. Get real. How much longer does it take to write out the words? You don't even have to hit the shift key.


Direct link | Posted on May 5, 2012 at 13:00 UTC

Oh, great. So what the hell is an HDMI port? High-Density Mitigating Instrument? Hot Darn Miniature Input? HillsDale MIchigan? Holy Demons Maintenance Incubator? I'm sorry. But can I ask you put in the real English translation before spitting out reams of acronyms. And thank you. Though I'm not holding my breath.

Direct link | Posted on May 5, 2012 at 02:59 UTC as 22nd comment | 3 replies
On First impressions shooting with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 article (269 comments in total)
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AbrasiveReducer: Maybe Canon will buy Olympus' photo business and make the next model the OM-D E-M5 II mark IV. I get the retro thing but I'm a little suprised it resembles the OM-G, the "poor man's" OM camera and I wonder who would want a silver one.

This look is not "retro." It's been popular since the early 20th Century because it's simply the best way to build a camera that's both sturdy and easy to carry and use.


Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2012 at 23:31 UTC
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