Raist3d

Raist3d

Lives in United States Canyon Country, AK, 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 Nikon D750 Review preview (1014 comments in total)
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R Stacy: " ... downsides are limited buffer capacity, slow live view AF, and poor camera control from a smartphone."

And yet you give it a 90%........... wth ???

No bias here of course.

FWIW I sold my D7000 with a premium Nikon lens because the images frankly sucked along with Nikon's ridiculously complex menu system.

@R Stacy- all the things you said are hardly big things (only the buffer capacity really) that should detract from a 90% score given all the incredible positives they found with the camera in the review. So yes, no bias. I don't know what exactly you are doing to think that's so biased.

You may have noticed that 90% is not the same as 100%.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2014 at 07:08 UTC
On Have your say: Best High-end Compact Camera of 2014 article (71 comments in total)
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Raist3d: How is the Panasonic FZ1000 a compact category camera????

In that comparison yes, but it's still not compact as the category of camera compact implies.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2014 at 06:09 UTC
On Have your say: Best High-end Compact Camera of 2014 article (71 comments in total)
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Raist3d: How is the Panasonic FZ1000 a compact category camera????

halfwaythere- I am more than aware that it's their rules. That doesn't make it any more sensical :-)

BarNET- the FZ1000 for some reason does not quite strike me as meeting that definition either. Anyway, I think in digital we have been calling compacts, cameras that are .. well ... compact, single lens, etc. But the FZ1000 ain't it.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 05:22 UTC
On Have your say: Best High-end Compact Camera of 2014 article (71 comments in total)
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Raist3d: How is the Panasonic FZ1000 a compact category camera????

No, but it's certainly NOT compact. Just because you don't change lenses doesn't mean it's a compact camera.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 16:15 UTC
On Have your say: Best High-end Compact Camera of 2014 article (71 comments in total)
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Raist3d: Also no Ricoh GR here... what?

Ok- good call. However, it's easy to see with a headline that a voting for 2014 of best high end compact refers to what in this year is best high end compact, not just what was released.

But all right, you win on hour call. Thanks for calling me on it :-)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 16:15 UTC
On Have your say: Best High-end Compact Camera of 2014 article (71 comments in total)

Also no Ricoh GR here... what?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 06:41 UTC as 23rd comment | 2 replies
On Have your say: Best High-end Compact Camera of 2014 article (71 comments in total)

How is the Panasonic FZ1000 a compact category camera????

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 06:39 UTC as 24th comment | 8 replies
On Have your say: Best Consumer ILC of 2014 article (21 comments in total)

This is really weird guys. You include the Nikon 1 V3 in consumer camera category but not the J4? Weird. (not that I am particularly defending the 1 system, just that it seems odd).

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 06:35 UTC as 6th comment
On Lytro software update introduces Focus Spread feature article (92 comments in total)
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LaFonte: It is obvious what they are doing, isn't it? Basically trying to sell customers an inadequate proof of concept with hopes that someone big will buy them off. As we had seen wit foevon, this "catching up" can go on for perpetuity. The underlying tech is interesting, but at the end professionals still use tried and true and amateurs loose patience faster than you can say rip off.

I am afraid I can't agree with you on the color constancy issue. I shot using ETTR with Merrill and ran on occasion with the problem, though it's harder to see. I found it depends on the colors/subject you are capturing.

I really wish it had the same level of this of the DP2 (not merrill) sensor but it doesn't. It's too bad as it otherwise looks amazing. Then the shadows have almost no range. If you burn highlights for shadow, then you of course lose some highlight DR. etc.

Anyhow, I think in good controlled light at the lowest iso is where the Merrill shines.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2014 at 05:54 UTC
On Lytro software update introduces Focus Spread feature article (92 comments in total)
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LaFonte: It is obvious what they are doing, isn't it? Basically trying to sell customers an inadequate proof of concept with hopes that someone big will buy them off. As we had seen wit foevon, this "catching up" can go on for perpetuity. The underlying tech is interesting, but at the end professionals still use tried and true and amateurs loose patience faster than you can say rip off.

If you shoot strobes, I can understand your like.. That's a good case for Foveon. But in normal day to day shots both Merrill and Quattro have false color problems of their own with magenta/green splotches. But in a studio with strobe situation that's unlikely to happen, so it's certainly an excellent match for your needs.

Just to keep in mind not everyone has that issue. AS for Pentax- Pentax doesn't have that issue with a good raw converter.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 23:54 UTC
On Lytro software update introduces Focus Spread feature article (92 comments in total)
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Everlast66: The biggest Lytro problem is that they are trying to solve a problem that does not exist!

A lot of the fun when taking photos is to decide what do you want in focus and how much separation (or no separation at all). It would be much less exciting to just snap photos around and then spend most time on the computer fiddling with sliders.

If it was giving you quality (resolution, DR and ISO) comparable to APSC or FF cameras and in addition give you some limited focus adjustment to correct slight back/front focus issues it would have much more success.

@Roland- not saying the Lytro stuff necessarily goes that way but you bring an excellent example of something "new that could have been misunderstood by the people lacking vision" yet it did not pass the test of time. Just because it seems cool doesn't mean it will stick.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 09:29 UTC
On Lytro software update introduces Focus Spread feature article (92 comments in total)
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Raist3d: No offense but it looks pretty bad (the effect) as they show it. Looks almost like a bad photoshop filter.

You are going by a logical fallacy here- it's what I was telling Barney and Rishi- not all technologies scale up.

My only observation is that the video for promotion of this feature makes it look bad.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 07:40 UTC
On Lytro software update introduces Focus Spread feature article (92 comments in total)
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Raist3d: No offense but it looks pretty bad (the effect) as they show it. Looks almost like a bad photoshop filter.

And just to be clear- I am not talking artwise- I am only judging it on technical side of what I see the technical blur end result.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 04:54 UTC
On Lytro software update introduces Focus Spread feature article (92 comments in total)
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Raist3d: No offense but it looks pretty bad (the effect) as they show it. Looks almost like a bad photoshop filter.

What I meant is- that I would expect them to show case their new effect well. What I am seeing looks like the results of a bad photoshop filter, at least within a wide range of settings.

That said, I can't fault you for playing with the software. I am only saying given they are going to try to present a good foot forward, I am not too inclined to put time into it, unless they really screwed up their marketing and what you can do yourself with their own tech is really notably better.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 04:54 UTC
On Lytro software update introduces Focus Spread feature article (92 comments in total)
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Raist3d: No offense but it looks pretty bad (the effect) as they show it. Looks almost like a bad photoshop filter.

Well I am going by what Lytro is showing. I mean, it's the same company that makes the technology, and they made a video marketing it, I am not expecting it to change then.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 04:38 UTC
On Lytro software update introduces Focus Spread feature article (92 comments in total)
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NetMage: These are the kind of features I expected to see. Imagine being able to output video where focus moves smoothly from subject to subject - a lot of work now, but it could be automated.

Video resolution does not need to be very high? We are already running at 1080p and about to enter 4K.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 04:31 UTC
On Lytro software update introduces Focus Spread feature article (92 comments in total)
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LaFonte: It is obvious what they are doing, isn't it? Basically trying to sell customers an inadequate proof of concept with hopes that someone big will buy them off. As we had seen wit foevon, this "catching up" can go on for perpetuity. The underlying tech is interesting, but at the end professionals still use tried and true and amateurs loose patience faster than you can say rip off.

Meuh- if you add the Foveon ISO and color constancy issues, I don't think it's as good as you say. I wish it could have kept up the same way like the previous to Merrill sensor in those areas.
And the Quattro has its own issues.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 04:29 UTC
On Lytro software update introduces Focus Spread feature article (92 comments in total)
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Everlast66: The biggest Lytro problem is that they are trying to solve a problem that does not exist!

A lot of the fun when taking photos is to decide what do you want in focus and how much separation (or no separation at all). It would be much less exciting to just snap photos around and then spend most time on the computer fiddling with sliders.

If it was giving you quality (resolution, DR and ISO) comparable to APSC or FF cameras and in addition give you some limited focus adjustment to correct slight back/front focus issues it would have much more success.

Not buying the luddite argument here Rishi. You should ask of those top wedding photographers how many would love to play in post with the focus. Better yet- ask a reasonably good but not in that circle you mentioned wedding photographer if he can afford the extra post time.

Also if you mention the Nikon D750 gets around the issue you mentioned above, wouldn't that be a better solution than this then?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 04:27 UTC
On Lytro software update introduces Focus Spread feature article (92 comments in total)
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NetMage: These are the kind of features I expected to see. Imagine being able to output video where focus moves smoothly from subject to subject - a lot of work now, but it could be automated.

At what resolution?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 08:24 UTC
On Lytro software update introduces Focus Spread feature article (92 comments in total)
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Henrik Herranen: Look at the transition zones between the hands and the background trees in the "Shallow depth-of-focus" shot. Even at this small size, they look pixelated and quite fake.

I am still sceptical.

@Rishi- that's what I meant when I asked above on "does it scale?" As he mentioned it's not trivial. There are several technologies out there that hit a wall once you need to scale up. This could be one of them. But at least for web/monitor delivery it could work.

As for editing depth maps- AFAIK this has been done already in other fields (video games), so yes, no reason why it couldn't be done here. More work in the computer, less work in photography though.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 08:23 UTC
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