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 Sony a6000 Review preview (717 comments in total)
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Maklike Tier: I love the 'concept' of this camera, but if you have to stick a $1000 prime onto it to get quality shots from it, then you're looking at a $1600 package....with only one lens. For that sort of money you could get an EM5/10 with THREE f1.8 primes, or the EM5 Elite with the Pro 2.8 zoom.

I think Sony is an incredibly innovative and adventurous company, but they really do lack the 'X-Factor' that companies like Fuji and Olympus have.

Yup, you are wrong. Never look at JPEGs to call ultimate sensor performance.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2014 at 14:05 UTC
On Sony a6000 Review preview (717 comments in total)
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Marty4650: This A6000 is a really nice camera, but so is the NEX-6, which can be bought at a huge discount now. Amazon is currently selling it for $520... with lens, and $440 without.

Sony continues to amaze me with their incredible values in camera bodies (but not so much for lenses.)

They have so many irons in the fire right now (SLT Alpha, E mount, FE mount, FF SLT, high end compacts, etc) that you wonder if they risk becoming a jack of all trades, but a master of none?

I think so far they have done a pretty good job of offering innovation, performance and value. I just hope it all works out to profitability for Sony, so their users can look forward to another decade of great cameras.

Marty, the A6000 is much nicer than the Nex-6. It's not just a cursory look at the specs but the usability/UI/workflow is vastly improved.

As for Sony keep also in mind they are the #1 sensor maker for cameras in the world, in marketshare and overall tech.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2014 at 14:04 UTC
On Am I missing something here? article (636 comments in total)
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Marla2008: 1" sensor.... yawn....

Marc- yes, the X20 is silent (but not quite pocketable- at least not as pocketable). Yes, the Panasonic Lumixes are silent, keep in mind what the Nikon brings to the table though- bigger sensor than the Fuji, interchangeable lenses, hyper fast AF.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 1, 2014 at 12:37 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2978 comments in total)
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orion1983: Seems like the M3 has the same new but inferior "area specific noise reduction" as the RX10.

What a step backwards!!

Of course there's always raw.

Direct link | Posted on May 30, 2014 at 16:30 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2978 comments in total)
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mauijohn: Finally after a year of hagling sony personels agreed to adapt a 24mm to the wide end of their not so pocketable camera with a price just right with a bright lens through out. But the zoom is a little bit anemic. Why can't they make up to 120mm like canon s110 or longer zoom is beyond me. Just my thought.

Because- its a bigger sensor than the canon an te lens would be too big
Because- it would compromise image quality

I bet you could crop to 100mm and still look better than that canon.

Direct link | Posted on May 30, 2014 at 16:28 UTC

Well dpreview. What kind if question is that? ;-). "Someone went around stealing pies from bakeries. What you think? Does that deserve criticism?"

;-).

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2014 at 22:36 UTC as 113th comment | 1 reply
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dwightlooi: I do not doubt the optical quality of the lens. But it seems that despite eliminating the mirror box and having the lens sit a lot closer to the sensor plane, Sony and Zeiss are not able to make the lenses smaller or faster.

F1.8 is not fast for a 55mm. And the FE 1.8/55 is not small by any standards. Personally, I will rather have either a larger 50 that is a F1.4, or a really compact 50mm F2.8. A really big standard lens that isn't fast is simply a lousy compromise. Given the advances in sensor technology and the more than usable high ISO settings in contemporary cameras like the A7, I'll probably opt for the latter -- a slow, but optically exceptional and compact 50. Afterall, gone were the days of rewinding with the film leader out so I can swap between Velvia 50 and some ISO 800 film.

The lens I miss the most fro the film days was the Contax MM mount Zeiss 50mm F1.4 Planar T*. It/s 3/4 the size of this 1.8/55 and it was $350 (new).

dwightlooi - what's your experience doing lens design? Have you designed and shipped any lens?

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2014 at 21:48 UTC
On Street photography tips with Zack Arias article (149 comments in total)

I have been doing more and more of the #1 tip. It sure is interesting, I actually recently talked to a magician and commented I could use some of the tricks from his trade to combine with street photography. I have to follow up with him.

The eye-opener to me though was the sharing of the Instax shot- if something says something good about film, that's it! That sure feels good- to share something instantly with the people you are taking their shots of and leaving behind, no computer needed, right there and then. That alone makes me consider one.

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2014 at 15:53 UTC as 56th comment
On Site Update: notifications article (127 comments in total)
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Ralf B: Hello at DPR,

please add an option to turn them OFF completely - just like the e-mail notifications. Or an option to "put notifications on ignore" - that would be my first entry in my ignore list.
Forcing your site visitors to mark them as unread or to delete them individually as there seems no way to delete all in one swipe (!!) is unbalanced. Be prepared for a lot of us to just grudgingly ignore them, not even mark them as unread, not delete them, and have the leftovers eat your server memory.

Double plus ungood. Thanks but no, thanks.

I have to 2nd this request. ;-)

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2014 at 09:37 UTC
On Lytro Illum in the hands of five leading photographers article (163 comments in total)

Saw the video beginning to end. Not buying the "revolution" here. At best a slightly different medium but not a photographic revolution.

A lot of the shots they were doing as someone well pointed out, something that can be done with film (as in moving film) or video. The ones that I see more hope in are the ones of instants in time of moving subjects (parachuters, fashion shot with dress in the wind), and those to tell a story like the shot where the woman is looking at the mirror in the car and the focus changes to reveal a guy in the back seat.

A lot of the moving/rack focus/tilt shift moving stuff they were showing was just plain visually disorienting - and I think that's why I am not quite seeing the revolution in photography on that end. People that want to look at photographs don't want to watch a movie, much less one that is disorienting.

This technology has many applications but it sure is being hyped out of photographic proportion.

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2014 at 03:49 UTC as 11th comment
On Lytro Illum in the hands of five leading photographers article (163 comments in total)
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km25: In 1932, just picked a date, the motion picture director would have the lens puller change focus on the car head lights and then pull focus on the man and women. Just do it slowly. Years latter some one transfers this motion picture to DVD. Now that it is digital, the footage was shoot in 1932, it would look like what these guys are doing, why is this earth stopping news. Kate Hepburn was hot when you could do this with a movie camera.

Good point.

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2014 at 03:46 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2978 comments in total)
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Raist3d: My main concern with this camera is that it apparently handles very similar to the RX100 MKII. I'll be frank and say that trying the RX100 MKII, I was pretty underwhelmed with the workflow/ergonomics/shooting experience to the point that it made me wonder what are the reviewers focusing about when reviewing the camera.

I do respect what Sony has done with this line from a technical point of view, but from a photography point of view, I feel they need to address some issues.

The RX100 MKIII Does address the lens issue (good), puts a very cleverly designed EVF (good). To me that wouldn't be enough to get out of the bad RX100 MKII shooting experience- but if the menus are much more responsive now, that would be a step forward that together wight the new enhancements would put the RX100 MKIII as the first Sony model in this line I could recommend and perhaps even consider. I found the menu response of the previous models a bit laggy.

Ah the Canon. I saw it last weekend. It just didn't feel right. It's like it has some things done right but some just... What I find weird is that I feel the G16 "feels" more right than the G1X MKII.

The AF wasn't really all that either.

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2014 at 03:16 UTC
On Light Field Cameras - Focusing on the Future article (134 comments in total)
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forpetessake: A solution in search of a problem.

Oh and BTW, the post process operation you talk about is not going to be 1-2s. Let's keep that in mind too.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2014 at 02:12 UTC
On Light Field Cameras - Focusing on the Future article (134 comments in total)
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forpetessake: A solution in search of a problem.

@Rishi- I also process some photos and I can say at least for me with shooting weddings a photography that has to do one less post process operation is $TIME SAVED$ and a leg up over the competition. If Lytro has a good interface to focus on the camera and save that setting- which I believe you mentioned- so normally you don't have to post all the time, ok good. But if you have to do that, sorry but I am still not seeing the benefit.

Autofocus has gotten really good lately at least in some cameras. Ill just agree to disagree then.

As for the future- I think there are great uses for this for computer vision. Robots, sure. That's not photography though. I agree on the video ideas you mentioned in the other thread though.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2014 at 02:11 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2978 comments in total)
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Tonkotsu Ramen: Is it possible to have the camera turn on with a set focal length? vs having 24mm as the beginning FL then having to change it afterwards?

Dale- thanks for confirming that. It should be on the mmiii then.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2014 at 02:08 UTC
On Lytro Illum in the hands of five leading photographers article (163 comments in total)
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VideoSam: So has no one mentioned the idea that this may someday be applied to shooting video? imagine if no focus puller were ever needed - you could just pull focus perfectly in post - in NLE's they would have to add a focus slider with keyframes!!!!

For photos - yea.. not as exciting.

Ok now that, I can totally see.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2014 at 23:05 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2978 comments in total)
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Raist3d: Here's an idea Sony. Make the RX100 Pro (or whatever you want to call it). It would be an interchangeable lens camera with 3 fast primes - a 28mm F2.0, a 50mm F1.4 and a 100mm F1.8. Maybe 18mm and 140mm options later.

Don't make it a super blown up new lens system, just key primes and maybe one good zoom and done. Put a nice grip area.

Oh and a new sensor variant with phase detect AF.

@GodSpeaks- I hear you to some extent. But that's why I was thinking to do something extremely focused- i..e 3 lenses + maybe a general zoom and call it done, nothing more.

Kind of like that Qualia camera of a while back- expect not $1,500-$2000 or whatever the Qualia was.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2014 at 08:25 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2978 comments in total)
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Raist3d: Here's an idea Sony. Make the RX100 Pro (or whatever you want to call it). It would be an interchangeable lens camera with 3 fast primes - a 28mm F2.0, a 50mm F1.4 and a 100mm F1.8. Maybe 18mm and 140mm options later.

Don't make it a super blown up new lens system, just key primes and maybe one good zoom and done. Put a nice grip area.

Oh and a new sensor variant with phase detect AF.

@Impulses- m4/3rds is not as small, and yes it would be a much more focused, narrowed down lens selection. As for lens size, I am trusting Sony's know how here for making things small- as far as the part that goes to stick the lens in the mount.

My comment on this should not exclude the current RX100 MKIII type model.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2014 at 08:24 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2978 comments in total)
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Raist3d: Here's an idea Sony. Make the RX100 Pro (or whatever you want to call it). It would be an interchangeable lens camera with 3 fast primes - a 28mm F2.0, a 50mm F1.4 and a 100mm F1.8. Maybe 18mm and 140mm options later.

Don't make it a super blown up new lens system, just key primes and maybe one good zoom and done. Put a nice grip area.

Oh and a new sensor variant with phase detect AF.

@HowAboutRaw- yes, in a way the Samsung Mini NX is very interesting but the primes are slow.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2014 at 08:22 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2978 comments in total)
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Raist3d: Here's an idea Sony. Make the RX100 Pro (or whatever you want to call it). It would be an interchangeable lens camera with 3 fast primes - a 28mm F2.0, a 50mm F1.4 and a 100mm F1.8. Maybe 18mm and 140mm options later.

Don't make it a super blown up new lens system, just key primes and maybe one good zoom and done. Put a nice grip area.

Oh and a new sensor variant with phase detect AF.

@SDF- no, it's not the Nikon system. The Nikon system does not have the Sony sensor, nor does it cost $800 MSRP (for the upper tier that would be the one comparable). Nor it uses the Sony white magic LCD (though the V3 LCD isn't bad).

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2014 at 08:21 UTC
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