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 Lytro software update introduces Focus Spread feature article (91 comments in total)

No offense but it looks pretty bad (the effect) as they show it. Looks almost like a bad photoshop filter.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 08:15 UTC as 10th comment | 8 replies
On Medium well done: Two takes on the Pentax 645Z article (240 comments in total)
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Roland Karlsson: Hmmmm .... whatever it can do - it sure is ugly.

Well Roland, maybe some people don't find it ugly, particularly those who see it in person. Ergonomics trump usability in my book. Check what Michael Reichman from Lula has to say about it.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 02:32 UTC
On Medium well done: Two takes on the Pentax 645Z article (240 comments in total)
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draschan: the test images do no justice to this truly amazing camera. the pentax 645d has alreadybeen an amazing machine. it is a wonderful tool when not abused to make random snapshots without focus, composition, subject etc. everyone who knows what MF can do would be glad to have this camera. it is a huge step forward to have such quality (in the hands of capable photographers) available for such a low price. if I'd have the money I'd get it immediately.

@iAPX, @Samuel- what iAPX just mentioned reminds me when I fist went from the Olympus 4/3rds original system w/Zooms into a Pentax K-5 with primes. It took me about 7-9 months to get the K-5 at an intuitive level with those primes. It wasn't the camera. It just goes to show just how used I got to the idea of using zoom lenses with a 4/3rds system and what skills you have within what constraints. I feel I am now more aware of focal lengths, etc. since using primes forced me to see things very differently. I even see how I use zooms differently. In either case neither tool was the one who "made me a better photographer" or my skills automatically increased by virtue of just buying the camera. I had to work with it.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2014 at 08:41 UTC
On Leica M9 users report sensor corrosion issue article (368 comments in total)
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nunatak: leica has no choice but to fix their jewelry. they can't afford to have the next generation perceive them as tarnished. JMO.

Why would they perceived as tarnished with this awesome honest forthcoming customer support? You know who could learn here from them? Nikon. Remember all those Nikon D600 issues? Or how about "don't care" attitude that seems to exude on their Nikon 1 system?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2014 at 08:37 UTC
On Leica M9 users report sensor corrosion issue article (368 comments in total)
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tompabes2: I wonder if Leica will be able to survive this.

@tom- you kidding? of course. Why? Their forthcoming customer support is the beginning of why.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2014 at 08:35 UTC
On Medium well done: Two takes on the Pentax 645Z article (240 comments in total)
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turvyT: The first guy sounds like someone who knows what he's talking about --regardless you agree or not. The second guy sounds like someone has never used a MF format before. What's the point of such a piece of test? Trying to deter a John Doe from getting the 645? There is no need for that. Every camera does its natural selection by itself.

The point is that even walking with that expectation (for any camera) seems to me like misplaced hopes and faith. It's not just the 645z, and it drove the point home only by banging your head against the wall if you will. Why was that approach taken to begin with is, why even think the camera would do the photos for you, and why not think the same about any camera is the point. Probably why those expectations where at the beginning- thinking this only applies to the 645z.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 09:23 UTC
On Medium well done: Two takes on the Pentax 645Z article (240 comments in total)
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Cooleator: I can see the logical differences compared to lower mp FF, however I'm pretty sure a 30mp+ FF Foveon sensor would trounce this 50mp MF sensor at low ISO...

I wouldn't make the claim it would trounce it even at low ISO. Not even Sigma claims equivalence to a 50MP Bayer sensor, let alone one without an AA filter.

Even at lowest ISO depending on subject, Foveon has color constancy issues (Merrill and Quattro).

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 06:50 UTC
On Medium well done: Two takes on the Pentax 645Z article (240 comments in total)
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draschan: the test images do no justice to this truly amazing camera. the pentax 645d has alreadybeen an amazing machine. it is a wonderful tool when not abused to make random snapshots without focus, composition, subject etc. everyone who knows what MF can do would be glad to have this camera. it is a huge step forward to have such quality (in the hands of capable photographers) available for such a low price. if I'd have the money I'd get it immediately.

Samuel- I think the main point to me is that what you said on the camera, can be said bout any camera. If you shoot better photographs with a smaller camera is because you are used to that tool. But not camera takes "good photographs"- that's the photographer. From iPhone to Large View Film.

A lot of what you wrote seemed like you were expecting a good photo as you said- by the camera itself. So it's not just knowing the 645Z as a tool, but that the expectation of any camera taking a good photograph for you is already on the side of a misconception.

Said with respect and as someone who fell in that trap in the past.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 06:48 UTC
On Medium well done: Two takes on the Pentax 645Z article (240 comments in total)
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Roland Karlsson: Hmmmm .... whatever it can do - it sure is ugly.

You should see one in person.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 06:45 UTC
On Medium well done: Two takes on the Pentax 645Z article (240 comments in total)
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hooverfocus: Basically, second writer, who's usually an average Ford Focus driver, decides to take a Ram for a ride into granmas' tiny European village. Just for fun, y'know. Nothing wrong with that, I guess, except he also expects the whole driving experience to work out just fine. Then, since it doesn't, he feels compelled to note that, in fact, this 300hp pickup truck isn't performing like that other 300hp sports car he once tried. Oh, but the truck was still pretty cool, y'know, even though—he concludes—you should learn how to drive it, in order to, well, drive it. Too bad 90% of the article goes on about how he's not getting what he want out of the thing because he doesn't know how to use it or what it's made for.

Sorry, but no.

I hate to say it but that's a great analogy. I would also add, this is how you should treat any camera anyway- those who still think great photographs are taken by the camera are stuck in their evolution of their skills.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 06:44 UTC
On Medium well done: Two takes on the Pentax 645Z article (240 comments in total)
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turvyT: The first guy sounds like someone who knows what he's talking about --regardless you agree or not. The second guy sounds like someone has never used a MF format before. What's the point of such a piece of test? Trying to deter a John Doe from getting the 645? There is no need for that. Every camera does its natural selection by itself.

No offence to dpreview but he did sound as turvyT is saying (except for the very end). But I would add a bit more- Dr. Spencer - "What I found was that this incredible camera wasn’t going to produce good photography by itself. It wasn’t going to let me passively walk in to a situation hoping to make a little bit of art out of it. I couldn’t just wander about with it and let set and setting determine what picture I was taking. The 645Z doesn’t like that. No, you have to be deliberate. The photo has to be in your head as an end goal, and only at that point does the 645Z become the tool to get the job done."

That's how near every camera should be treated. Of course good photography doesn't produce by itself :-)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 06:43 UTC
On Ten things you need to know about the Sony Alpha 7 II article (263 comments in total)
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sierranvin: Why oh why does Sony so consistently fail to offer a model with all the premium features in ONE ELITE PACKAGE??? What happened to the 36MP sensor from the a7R? Why do they add these nice new features, then drop the sensor back down to 24MP??? Is the Sony corporate culture programmed to always earn a B+, never an A?

@sterra- chill out son. I am merely explaining that your extreme "team B+/A" whatever is a bit overboard. One thing is to express your desire for your needs, another to think that Sony is just incompetent because they can't satisfy your specific needs.

As for Sony losing money you need to be more careful and expand which areas they lost money. For example- maybe their cameras are successful while other divisions are dragging Sony. Did possibility remotely occur to you? Apparently not, since you know what Sony should do apparently.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 07:17 UTC
On Ten things you need to know about the Sony Alpha 7 II article (263 comments in total)
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sierranvin: Why oh why does Sony so consistently fail to offer a model with all the premium features in ONE ELITE PACKAGE??? What happened to the 36MP sensor from the a7R? Why do they add these nice new features, then drop the sensor back down to 24MP??? Is the Sony corporate culture programmed to always earn a B+, never an A?

@sierra- before you go around accusing of B+ teams or A's, did you consider perhaps that a 24 MP sensor may be cheaper than a 36 MP one? And that perhaps for business profit it's good to have different models / tiers by different prices and cost of manufacture? Apparently not.

Is it that unreasonable to think there may be an improved model with the 36MP resolution? I mean, come on.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 04:38 UTC
On Ten things you need to know about the Sony Alpha 7 II article (263 comments in total)
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Raist3d: What I think- I want Sony to have all their cameras with an e-shutter silent option. Looks nice though.

Oh also get rid of the AA already.

Not sure what that has to do with AA or electronic shutter. The Nikon 1 does this.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 02:15 UTC
On Ten things you need to know about the Sony Alpha 7 II article (263 comments in total)

What I think- I want Sony to have all their cameras with an e-shutter silent option. Looks nice though.

Oh also get rid of the AA already.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 00:13 UTC as 68th comment | 2 replies
On Enthusiast compact camera roundup (2014) article (185 comments in total)
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Raist3d: DPreview no offense but- where is the Ricoh GR? You can even thrown the Nikon competitor in now that it has been dropped in price. The Ricoh GR is simply an outstanding tool for street photography though not sure if you mean to throw it in the pro category, in which it could easily also be.

Thanks Dan. I only say this because at $600-$700 USD, the Ricoh GR is amazing. Disclosure: not saying this from a branded point of view- I own an X-E1 after all and I like the Fuji also.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 22:24 UTC
On Enthusiast compact camera roundup (2014) article (185 comments in total)

DPreview no offense but- where is the Ricoh GR? You can even thrown the Nikon competitor in now that it has been dropped in price. The Ricoh GR is simply an outstanding tool for street photography though not sure if you mean to throw it in the pro category, in which it could easily also be.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 19:33 UTC as 19th comment | 2 replies
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Raist3d: Why? Who is buying these things...

Miwok- ok that's a good point :-)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 18:17 UTC

Why? Who is buying these things...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 09:30 UTC as 53rd comment | 3 replies
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 rumored to be out of production article (211 comments in total)
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Mirrorless Crusader: This camera stands alone as the greatest digital camera the world has ever seen.

Except there are many other mirror less cameras that some do worse, some better, image quality for you know- photographers. *shrugs*, same delusional thing stands.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 16, 2014 at 01:56 UTC
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