Dvlee

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I'm finally getting rid of my olf XP machine now that Microsoft, Google and others have ended support for the ole XP platform. Of course the new computer I buy will be running Windows 10.

With regards to NIK, I'll be going from an old platform that this current version isn't comapatable with, to a brand new state of the art platform that this new version isn't compatable with!

It doesn't make sense to not make this compatable with Windows 10.

Time to take another look at Topaz.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2016 at 02:13 UTC as 51st comment | 5 replies
On article Instagram is changing its feed to use algorithm (45 comments in total)

It doesn't work on facebook, it doesn't work of Pinterestn, why do they think it will be any different on Instagram?

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2016 at 03:40 UTC as 17th comment
On article Canon announces budget-friendly EOS Rebel T6 (1300D) (895 comments in total)

As they say, "the large print giveth and the fine print taketh away”. Buyers need to beware of the small letters behind the primary camera model designation; it can be confusing and misleading.

I understand the market strategy of making different models of the same basic camera to match consumer’s needs and budgets. But I think the naming practices that Canon uses are intentionally misleading. The T6, is not really a variant of the T6i/T6s model lines. The body may be the same but it is a quite different camera.

When I got a T3i when it was just released, a young friend really liked the camera and was excited when she found it “on sale” at Walmart, and rushed right out to get one. But what she got was the T3, which was based on the old 12mpx sensor instead of the 18mpx of the T3i and did not have the articulating viewscreen, etc. Much less camera.

These cameras are made for the budget retailers like Walmart to fool unsuspecting consumers into thinking they are getting a deal.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2016 at 20:08 UTC as 15th comment | 2 replies
On article Second time lucky? A closer look at Sony's new RX1R II (543 comments in total)
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jesus_freak: It's puzzling why Sony is so dead set against touchscreens, yet so innovative in many other areas..

I've no use or desire for a touchscreen amd would only consider a touch enabled camera if it has the means to disable it.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2015 at 16:19 UTC
On article Second time lucky? A closer look at Sony's new RX1R II (543 comments in total)
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s_grins: EVF that does not inspire, and does not belong here
Fixed lens makes camera suitable for studio only

@ Nikon Power, the EVF may be off the lens axis but what you see is what the lens see.

Even if the actual view was off center, I have had many cameras through the years that had off center viewfinders and it never posed a problem.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2015 at 16:15 UTC

I'm sure this is a very nice camera, but...

...with the typical Phase One system including back, camera and lens running nearly 50K plus the cost of a pro grade drone....

...rather than spend $50K plus on a camera and drone, I would settle for a lower megapixel but much more flexible and feature rich camera like the Canon 5Ds, a couple of premium lenses and with the rest of the money, I would buy about 150 hours of time in an R22 helicopter...which is way more fun than playing around with model aircraft!

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 16:56 UTC as 7th comment
On article Adorama launches Flashpoint Ring Li-On 400ws ringflash (57 comments in total)
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Dvlee: Thumbs up for the real circular flash tube instead of a pair of tubes under a diffuser or a ring a LEDs.

Thumbs down to no TTL.

Besides freezing the motion of constantly moving little creatures or flowers swaying in the breeze, one of the advantages of using a flash for macro is being able to hand hold the camera while stalking bugs flitting from flower to flower. At a close working distance a small variation in the distance between the light and the subject can result in a large difference in the brightenss of the light.

I used a manual flash for macro for many years, but TTL has been a game changer! No more fiddling with apertures and power settings between shots.

If I have to weigh having a true ring flash tube against TTL, I'd choose TTL. It seems like a half decent unit otherwise. A bit pricey for no TTL.

It mentions "macro work" in the article. I was responding to that.

In the description on the Adorama website it says; “a 'must-have' for nature and field shooters in macro and close-up situations.”

”The circular photographic flash has been the light of choice for medical and dental photography”

And; “As the flashtube surrounds the optical axis of the lens, when the subject is very close to the camera, as is the case in macro photography, the distance of the flash from the optical axis becomes critical.”

I’ve also done medical and forensic photography and it has always been handheld, subject to the same problems as macro in the wild.

It’s true that this flash will more useful for studio work than for macro, but Adorama is indeed marketing this as a ring flash for macro, not just for studio fashion.

But you’re right. It’s not a flash for macro, which is what I said.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2015 at 18:41 UTC
On article Adorama launches Flashpoint Ring Li-On 400ws ringflash (57 comments in total)

Thumbs up for the real circular flash tube instead of a pair of tubes under a diffuser or a ring a LEDs.

Thumbs down to no TTL.

Besides freezing the motion of constantly moving little creatures or flowers swaying in the breeze, one of the advantages of using a flash for macro is being able to hand hold the camera while stalking bugs flitting from flower to flower. At a close working distance a small variation in the distance between the light and the subject can result in a large difference in the brightenss of the light.

I used a manual flash for macro for many years, but TTL has been a game changer! No more fiddling with apertures and power settings between shots.

If I have to weigh having a true ring flash tube against TTL, I'd choose TTL. It seems like a half decent unit otherwise. A bit pricey for no TTL.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2015 at 21:56 UTC as 8th comment | 3 replies
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Edymagno: In my opinion, Pentax should focus on the 645Z system:

1.- Three or four new strategic lenses could make it into a Super FF camera. It could well be the 1Ds of this decade. The 1 Series is only now for sport photography.

AND/OR

2.- Three new digital-formula lenses with leaf-shutters and strengthening the tether capabilities and medium format users will switch to Pentax in hordes.

As psychology says, some individuals start diverting and branching in order to not achieve their goals to full potential. I think it's called fear of success.

@canonpro...even if the sensor is exactly the same the camera itself will be different. With the sensor being the same, its all about build, features, function and price. So if it has the same sensor as the Nikon it will have to have something else to make it competitive with Nikon. Features can make or break it.

Think back to the days before digital when it didn’t matter what camera you had, you could load the same film in all of them. So the big differentiator was optics, features quality and price.

If the Pentax ends up having the same sensor as the Nikon and Sony, at a price point between them, then the Pentax could do quite well.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 21:02 UTC
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Edymagno: In my opinion, Pentax should focus on the 645Z system:

1.- Three or four new strategic lenses could make it into a Super FF camera. It could well be the 1Ds of this decade. The 1 Series is only now for sport photography.

AND/OR

2.- Three new digital-formula lenses with leaf-shutters and strengthening the tether capabilities and medium format users will switch to Pentax in hordes.

As psychology says, some individuals start diverting and branching in order to not achieve their goals to full potential. I think it's called fear of success.

The 645Z has been a nice , less expensive alternative to the Hasselblads and Phase One. But the new crop of high megapixel cameras from Nikon, Sony and Canon are creating some competitive pressure from below. Even if the 645Z sports better DR and less noise, many of those who were on the fence about the 645Z due to cost will make the leap for new Canon and Nikon, especially if they already have a stable of lenses.

Pentax needs to tap into that market. A Pentax high megapixel, FF DSLR not only taps into the market for a reasonably priced alternative, but it also keep Pentax loyalist happy and may even create new Pentax loyalists who might grown into the 645Z.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2015 at 21:18 UTC
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Dvlee: It says Konost is an American startup but exactly where is it going to be made? China? Does anyoneat all make cameras in the US?

I'm not sure how much of a market there is for such a basic camera. It seems like it might appeal to senior citizens who are overwhelmed by complicated features and functions of modern cameras and feel nostalgic for their old rangefinders.

Still I admire their gumption to attempt to start up a camera company in the environment in which the only new camera companies are started by giant corporations that can pour tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars into the project. I'm afraid however , that in order to make it in today's market they would have to come up with something that is more innovative and advanced.

Mescalamba,

Yes the problem is deeper and more widespread but it really does;t have to be that way.

Take the guitar industry as an example. Brands like Gibson and Fender are hybrid companies. Theyhave outsourced the production of their budget models to Mexico, Korea, China, etc while still manufacturing their premium lines in the US. Discriminating guitarists insist upon US made guitars and are willing to pay a premium price for them. There are still many companies like Rickenbacker, that refuse to compromise their products by outsourcing or making budget lines and there are literately thousands of boutique guitar makers who produce handmade products of ultra premium quality and price.

And just as there are American made guitar amplifiers and electronic devices, so too are there American made flash systems and accessories...so why not cameras? Not cheap consumer products, but premium quality, premium price should be possible.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 05:21 UTC
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Dvlee: It says Konost is an American startup but exactly where is it going to be made? China? Does anyoneat all make cameras in the US?

I'm not sure how much of a market there is for such a basic camera. It seems like it might appeal to senior citizens who are overwhelmed by complicated features and functions of modern cameras and feel nostalgic for their old rangefinders.

Still I admire their gumption to attempt to start up a camera company in the environment in which the only new camera companies are started by giant corporations that can pour tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars into the project. I'm afraid however , that in order to make it in today's market they would have to come up with something that is more innovative and advanced.

HowaboutRAW,

Yes Aptina makes sensors, I think in the US. Aptina was a division of Micron, and was acquired by On Semiconductor in 2014 for a cool $400 million. So we'e talking some seriously big money behind Aptina. Aptina does not make cameras.

The Konost is reportedly using a sensor from Belgium.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 04:43 UTC

It says Konost is an American startup but exactly where is it going to be made? China? Does anyoneat all make cameras in the US?

I'm not sure how much of a market there is for such a basic camera. It seems like it might appeal to senior citizens who are overwhelmed by complicated features and functions of modern cameras and feel nostalgic for their old rangefinders.

Still I admire their gumption to attempt to start up a camera company in the environment in which the only new camera companies are started by giant corporations that can pour tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars into the project. I'm afraid however , that in order to make it in today's market they would have to come up with something that is more innovative and advanced.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 20:54 UTC as 129th comment | 7 replies
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Hugo808: How about 40mp HDR?

Ah! I understand.

But HDR tone mapping is not only a very subjective process, it’s also one that requires a lot of finesse to get the desired effect without introducing artifacts or looking overcooked. I don’t even trust the camera to make a decent JPEG or B&W, much less tone map an HDR image!

For example, for an artistic cityscape of decaying buildings I would push the limits for a gritty edgy feel, but for an architectural interior I just want to give it that “well lit” look to bring the dark interior shadows and bright widow views of the exterior into balance, without having that “HDR look.” There is no one size fits all HDR process.

As for the editing time sink, I know all too well how that goes! With digital it’s easy to over shoot things and then end up with a lot of editing to do. In post that’s just a workflow issue, but in shooting I just had to slow down, be a little bit more deliberate; shoot slower but shoot better. And when shooting multi shot techniques, keep notes

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2015 at 05:21 UTC
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Hugo808: How about 40mp HDR?

Stefan...that all depends upon what you're using to do your HDR merge...what software, what hardware? I use Oloneo HDR and even on my old XP machine its pretty quick. It as quick and as easy as opening and processing a single image in Camera Raw.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2015 at 21:18 UTC
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brycesteiner: I think they might be able to do this by also using 4 shots instead of 8 and still get the desired resolution. This will probably end up in all camera within 5 years just like liveview and sensor cleaning.

There are two ways to create super-resolution. One way is to precisely reposition the sensor exactly halfway between the normal sensor positions on both axis.
Easy to do with a large sensor at slow speed. With a small sensor alignment is much more critical and using the in camera stabilization, its happening much quicker.
But super-resolution software that is used to create high resolution stills from video does so by taking 16 or more frames that have been subject to minute vibrations between frames. Super-resolution software actually depends upon random differences between the frames to ensure that the data in each is different. It then “averages” the data andt condenses 16 pixel sets down to 4. It actually works better with a light small format camera that is more prone to vibration than with a large format camera that is rock steady
The Olympus system is a hybrid. It uses both sensor movement and super-resolution processing. Less precision is required if more pixel sets are made

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 21:18 UTC
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Hugo808: How about 40mp HDR?

HDR would require even more exposures. That might be possible in the future when the sensor is capable of capturing thousands of frames per second. It's also take a lot of processing power. Olympus is probably pushing the limit on how fast all the operations can take place, and one still has to consider that all the exposure have to take place within an exposure time short enough to freeze any movement between exposures.

One step at a time.

However, you could still do HDR by making three separate exposures in the high MPX mode. I've not been satisfied with in camera HDR processing in autio HDR modes. I get better results by post processing HDR. So you might be better of sticking t the standard way of doing HDR.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 20:26 UTC
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Tilted Plane: The question does linger--is a $900 camera, without a lens, entry level? The Rebel line seems to beg for a true entry level--in terms of price--without having to buy a 2 or 3 year old model. No?

Peter62...the 2009 sensor in the T5 is just fine for an entry level shooter.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2015 at 20:13 UTC
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Mssimo: Very good deal since no one really wants autofocus for really high mag macro work anyway.

pulsar...I'm a bit confused about what you're saying.

If you're saying that by mounting the lenses face to face , it's only possible with an AF lens? As I stated above, I did this with old Olympus lenses, which are manual focus, so it simply isn't true that one has to be an AF for that to work.

If on the other hand you're saying that in order to use the Magic Lantern the lens has to be AF, then that's a completely different matter. Of course if you are using a remote program to operate the camera and do the focusing, then its obvious that it has to be an AF lens.

As I said before, unless you are using a touch screen , or a remote system with a touch sensitive focusing system, AF isn't going to work very well, but if you are using a touch screen, the touch system will only work by using AF.

But I'm not using Magic Lantern or any other kind of remote system. Not everyone can use Magic Lantern, in which case you'll have to shut auto focus off and do it manually.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2015 at 06:44 UTC
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