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Raist3d

Raist3d

Lives in United States Canyon Country, CA, United States
Works as a Photographer & Game Developer (Programmer)
Has a website at http://raist3d.typepad.com
Joined on Dec 9, 2001
About me:

To continue loving video games, their programming while doing & improving my
professional photography, punish the guilty, reward the good, educate kids and fight for
all that is good. :-)

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On Bang for the Buck: Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Review article (530 comments in total)
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bernardf12: Can you please measure the level of light it needs to focus in at f2.8? Oly was way behind Panasonic here. Also cannot find the RAW bit depth. (Or did I miss these in the review)
Thanks

RAW bit depth is 12 bit. Why would it be any different from the flaship models on an entry level model?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2015 at 14:19 UTC
On Bang for the Buck: Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Review article (530 comments in total)
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Raist3d: I would really love for DPREVIEW next time they are interviewing Olympus to ask two questions:

(i) Are you considering working on the menus and the UI to make it better/simpler to use?

(ii) If (i) is correct, are you considering a firmware upgrade for current OMD cameras to do so?

Wrong with the menu? You guys haven't read almost every single review on Olympus camera? I have a share of usability issues to point out myself and I am "used" to the Olympus menu.

- Many things aren't grouped properly -like display settings/shot preview
- Change how you select drive mode for silent/self timer shutter. It's unnecessarily long
- Many menus are organized in such a way that it yields into unnecessary sub-menus
- There's a bunch of other stuff to pick here. There's a you tube review of the OMD EM MKii that highlights in very concrete terms 2-3 scenarios where it's easy to see some of the issues.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2015 at 14:16 UTC

dpreview/Dan- a comment on the ISO 8000 shot- it does look nice but it's also F2.8 @1/320 shutter speed. That's pretty much equivalent to shooting a camera at ISO 1000/ F2.8 / 1/40. I find that when shooting high iso at short shutter speeds on any camera because the light of the state (in this example) is strong, the camera performance benefits immensely.

Try something like a restaurant scene with indoor lighting that requires something like F2.8/ 1/30-1/50 @ ISO 6400 or more and see how it looks.

It still looks nice, but a lot of cameras do much better shooting in that condition too, particularly with the strong stage light, keeping that detail and making the blacks go darker.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2015 at 16:58 UTC as 20th comment
On Bang for the Buck: Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Review article (530 comments in total)

I would really love for DPREVIEW next time they are interviewing Olympus to ask two questions:

(i) Are you considering working on the menus and the UI to make it better/simpler to use?

(ii) If (i) is correct, are you considering a firmware upgrade for current OMD cameras to do so?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2015 at 07:24 UTC as 29th comment | 6 replies
On Fujifilm X100T successor rumored to feature new lens article (283 comments in total)
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JMichaelsPhoto: I would love to see a full-frame sensor, personally. If Fuji, and others, don't want to invest in full-frame sensor technology because of the cost of also developing an entire line of full-frame lenses, as Sony did, it makes the most sense to develop a fixed-lens full-frame compact, as Sony did with the RX1r, from a competitive standpoint. That's just my opinion. I'm okay with the 35mm equivalent f/2 lens, but a camera designed around a 35mm f/2 full-frame lens that says Fujinon on it would be pretty sweet. I'm just saying...

Photo perzon- you really need to try Xtrans conversions on a current raw converter. It's good. Overall I see better output than Bayer. Bayer with no AA has much more color moire and sometimes when it happens is very nasty to remove.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2015 at 07:19 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T successor rumored to feature new lens article (283 comments in total)

So dpreview reporting on the rumor = rumor is true ;-)

As for lenses an f1.7 higher quality would be great if possible to keep size small.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 25, 2015 at 22:53 UTC as 100th comment
On Fujifilm X100T successor rumored to feature new lens article (283 comments in total)
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JMichaelsPhoto: I would love to see a full-frame sensor, personally. If Fuji, and others, don't want to invest in full-frame sensor technology because of the cost of also developing an entire line of full-frame lenses, as Sony did, it makes the most sense to develop a fixed-lens full-frame compact, as Sony did with the RX1r, from a competitive standpoint. That's just my opinion. I'm okay with the 35mm equivalent f/2 lens, but a camera designed around a 35mm f/2 full-frame lens that says Fujinon on it would be pretty sweet. I'm just saying...

I would go one step further. I would love a medium format camera like this. But not holding my breath. F2.8 or even f4.0 would be fine.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 25, 2015 at 22:52 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 II: What you need to know article (133 comments in total)

I think at the asking price/body only, this is really good.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 25, 2015 at 06:24 UTC as 24th comment
On Crazy 8: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 sample gallery article (104 comments in total)

@DPreview- thanks for making RAW files available!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 24, 2015 at 17:40 UTC as 11th comment

Any chance you could test vs the Pentax K-5ii (or I would think K-3?) DSLR? The AF of that camera is rated at -3 ev, as noted by Pentax, and as noted by your own review :-)

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/pentax-k-5-ii-k-5-ii-s/7

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2015 at 08:50 UTC as 91st comment
On War Rigs: The tech used to shoot Mad Max: Fury Road article (53 comments in total)
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Gollan: I've been reluctant to see the new Mad Max movie because I felt it would be swamped with cartoonish CGI in an effort to top the wonderful, practical special effects in Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior. These photos make it look like computer imagery is being used to complement acting, rather than replace it. If the whole thing is like that, I really should give the move a chance.

And that's how it was. Most stunts were all real. And it shows. It's truly a quality film in its class.

Go see it. Same director of All Mad Maxes says something.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2015 at 18:23 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T10 Review preview (441 comments in total)
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photo perzon: I would pay exactly twice for any Fuji camera with Bayer than with Trans.

I prefer they keep on Xtrans. I have seen moire from AAless bayer and it's not fun when it happens.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 13, 2015 at 07:38 UTC

Great news for Olympus after several years of Imaging Division loss. They should really party all night over this. Good for them.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2015 at 10:30 UTC as 57th comment
On Fujifilm X-T10 Review preview (441 comments in total)
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Caerolle: Lol, highly entertaining review. I guess we now know the absolute definition of what a 'real camera' is, versus an electronic device that takes pictures. Funny how I feel so engaged when taking pictures with my Canon and Olympus abominations.

Seems to me this camera is mostly a JPEG camera for hipsters and nostalgia buffs to play around with, at least based on this review. Which seemed to be about the X-100T as much as the X-T10.

The review loved the JPEGS, but they also clearly mentioned RAW advantages, when it comes to how Fuji implements amplification, higher ISO and the extra DR modes.

And honestly I don't know what you mean by "more choice" I mean, Fuji gives plenty of choice. As do other brands. Seems again, you are acting pretty defensive here. Its' a review. Go and look at the OMD EM5 MKII review here. Someone with your attitude could pick plenty here too.

And you keep hampering on "based on the review" yet you are getting replies from people with direct experience. Anyway...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2015 at 06:57 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T10 Review preview (441 comments in total)
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nixda: I highly recommend having the comments here read by your computer. Lean back and enjoy! It's just totally hilarious to listen to all that "Sony is better, Panasonic is faster, Fuji has the best lenses, you suck, no you suck, you have no idea what you are talking about, mine is bigger", and so on.

I would suggest an obnoxious military-style voice. Also try a sultry female voice for extra kicks.

Highly entertaining!

;-)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2015 at 03:52 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T10 Review preview (441 comments in total)
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Caerolle: Lol, highly entertaining review. I guess we now know the absolute definition of what a 'real camera' is, versus an electronic device that takes pictures. Funny how I feel so engaged when taking pictures with my Canon and Olympus abominations.

Seems to me this camera is mostly a JPEG camera for hipsters and nostalgia buffs to play around with, at least based on this review. Which seemed to be about the X-100T as much as the X-T10.

Not defensive? Read the comments you wrote but shift the brand names and see if you don't read anything but that into it. If you are saying the X-T10 is "mostly for hipster and nostalgia" it's pretty clear you are quite blind to the possibilities of it.

If you don't like the review thats one thing, but that's independent from the camera. Your very hyperbolic first paragraph has "defensive" spelled all over it.

It's really good to not care about brands and care about photography. Really.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2015 at 03:51 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T10 Review preview (441 comments in total)
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chj: AF is better in a Nikon, Sony, Panasonic, Samsung, and Olympus. So basically Fuji has the worst autofocus in the industry. So it's good for stationary subjects and cameras. Just about ANY camera can take good photos if the subject and camera are completely stationary. Fuji's reputation for the best color in the industry doesn't make up for it even remotely. You can easily adjust color. You can't fix bad focus. There is nothing more frustrating than a camera that can't lock on.

I can guess the response from many at DPR. "Use manual focus." Well it seems you have to with a Fuji. P.S. I'll put my money on Panasonic's AF against any experienced manual focuser in a tight focus shootout anyday.

@chj - "So it's good for stationary subjects and cameras. "

Clearly you don't know what you are talking about as you haven't used one. I am able to shoot moving subjects at night using Zone focusing with PDAF. In fact, I am surprised dpreview recommends single point focus over zone focusing for tracking anything.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2015 at 03:31 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T10 Review preview (441 comments in total)
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Caerolle: Lol, highly entertaining review. I guess we now know the absolute definition of what a 'real camera' is, versus an electronic device that takes pictures. Funny how I feel so engaged when taking pictures with my Canon and Olympus abominations.

Seems to me this camera is mostly a JPEG camera for hipsters and nostalgia buffs to play around with, at least based on this review. Which seemed to be about the X-100T as much as the X-T10.

Seems like you are pretty defensive about your favorite gods instead of seeing the advantages of what Fuji brings to the table.

Disclosure: I have an OMD EM5 MKII and this new X-T10.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2015 at 03:29 UTC
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chipmaster: Ah one can make money in the imaging business. Just need to know what your angle is!

The imaging business is booming with smartphones capturing so much of it. Where are the historical strong companies; Kodak, Fuji, Canikon? Oh all pi$$ing away their future...

@BarnET- Fuji using Sony sensors is irrelevant to the point I was replying. "Where is Fuji" is about the company itself. Well Fuji is doing rather well. Moreover, Fuji has more than sensor know how for development (which they have used and continue to use with Xtrans- Sony based or not), more than know how for lenses (and they are clearly using it) - and have the know how for film/color which has been a great success for them in the Instax.

Not to mention all the other areas Fuji covers at this point. Basically someone isn't paying attention, as I pointed out. To put Kodak and Fuji in the same sentence shows a severe lack of understanding of the recent and current history of the two companies.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2015 at 08:45 UTC
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chipmaster: Ah one can make money in the imaging business. Just need to know what your angle is!

The imaging business is booming with smartphones capturing so much of it. Where are the historical strong companies; Kodak, Fuji, Canikon? Oh all pi$$ing away their future...

@Just a Photographer- There's one big difference- Canon made sensors mostly for themselves. Sony makes sensors- as a dedicated division- to a very wide market. This drives sales, R&D, push to do better, etc.

Having someone else come from ground zero is not easy.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2015 at 08:41 UTC
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