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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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Barry Goyette: I think whats not being answered with all this focus on Dynamic Range and SNR is "does 14 stops of DR produce a photo that LOOKS BETTER than one taken at 12 stops. Sure I get that the Nikon/Sony will let you shoot directly into the sun while you focus on your tulips...but when I look at that shot....I see a very strange looking sky, which is where most of that DR is being utilized. I shot some tests with the 5dsr today in stupidly backlit situations and was able to get very satisfactory results exposing for the highlights and pulling up the shadows. The shadows had a bit of noise in them sure, but at this resolution, who flipping cares...you're never gonna see it won a print shy of 24x36.

But here's the thing, when I maximized these images with their paltry 11.7 stops of DR, frankly...they looked a little fake to me. They looked a little like DPR's tulip photo...(HDR anyone?) My question is this. Would stuffing 2 more stops of DR into that shot make it look any better?

That depends on the shot. A shot that can fit in a 11 stops DR won't benefit from having 14 stops DR in the camera. But there are many types of shots out there that do, so yes, it would look better on a 14 stops DR camera assuming ballpark equal quality optics.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 06:31 UTC
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RyanBoston: People are missing the most important upgrade to this new camera.

No Banding!!!!!!!

It's the first full frame Pro Body that does not have banding.

A joke surely :-) Maybe he meant the first Canon Full Frame with no banding :-)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 06:30 UTC
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SmilerGrogan: I don't understand the monomaniacal fixation on dynamic range as the be-all and end-all of a camera's image quality.

The staff at DPR has already proven that you can get gorgeous images out of the new 5D and pros and amateurs will be taking jaw-dropping photos with them for years to come despite the wailing and gnashing of teeth on the internet, so could we please move on?

It shouldn't be an obsession, just like people shouldn't get defensive. It is what it is, and for a lot of shots out there that are high contrast, this is not the camera to get because of that DR. Doesn't mean it's useless. But just like there shouldn't be a monomaniacal fixation on DR, there shouldn't be a mono maniacal fixation in defending the reality that it's something - a characteristic - of lack acquisition where Canon sensors are lacking vs Sony's.

Make your choices with that knowledge accordingly.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 06:29 UTC

Amazing how many people are still so attached in their identity to a brand. This is simple- Canon sensors are behind Sony's in dynamic range. That doesn't mean your Canon camera (if you have one) stopped working. It does mean for those looking for a camera, that's one thing to weight against the Canon vs the Canon advantages it may or may not have over what they are considering.

Pick what works for you. All cameras are good now. DR is not a Canon advantage- just put it as a cons in your list vs the Canon pros and make your choices accordingly. If the Canon in the end works pick that. If it doesn't, pick something else. If you already have one and love the glass, get out and shoot.

There's no need to have a heart attack for the performance of a product of a capitalist company.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 06:27 UTC as 71st comment | 4 replies
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oselimg: And here is someone who doesn't know anything about photography, DR by most people's standards here but also doesn't give damn about gear lovers' current fetish. If you can bare not seeing any mention of DR, SNR etc.

http://cpn.canon-europe.com/content/interviews/salgado_genesis.do

Here is some help for those who doesn't want to read it.
"His advice to young documentary photographers is, predictably, not technical: “You should have a good knowledge of history, of geopolitics, of sociology and anthropology to understand the society that we’re part of and to understand yourself and where you’re from in order to make choices. A lack of this knowledge will be much more limiting than any technical ability.”

Certainly. You can find great photographers at a Nikon website, a Fuji website, an Olympus website, and a Pentax website. If am going to spend my heard earned cash on a camera system I want to pick the one that matches my needs best. I am well aware the camera doesn't make the photographer but for my money, there is nothing wrong with picking one with better (notably better) DR if one exists and I need that.

And still not give a damn in the end about the term DR.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 06:25 UTC

Now that's a feature I never thought about...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2015 at 03:27 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
On Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? article (1085 comments in total)
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Dimit: Uncompressed 14 bit raw ???
No thanks...no need for 100 MB files for something won't even notice in 90% of the cases..

Rishi Wins. Flawless Victory: Fatality. ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2015 at 09:09 UTC
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Raist3d: Hi Adobe. How about giving the new Lightroom CC only features to the stand alone Lightroom?

To both of you: don't agree. Adobe used to update standard Lightroom with features like these in .xx releases. And there is zero reason technically speaking why this is should be difficult.

It's clear this is a push to make people go CC after vouching for no cloud LR support.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2015 at 01:01 UTC

Hi Adobe. How about giving the new Lightroom CC only features to the stand alone Lightroom?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 02:39 UTC as 24th comment | 3 replies
On Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? article (1085 comments in total)
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Dimit: Uncompressed 14 bit raw ???
No thanks...no need for 100 MB files for something won't even notice in 90% of the cases..

Pdf Ninja- sorry to quip but I don't think that's quite right. It's right if the sensor is up to the task but if it isn't, the extra bits go to waste. Pentax actually had an APS-C DSLR with a 21 bit DAC if I remember correctly. You bet they were not capturing 21+1 stops of DR.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 06:56 UTC
On Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? article (1085 comments in total)
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Dimit: Uncompressed 14 bit raw ???
No thanks...no need for 100 MB files for something won't even notice in 90% of the cases..

ET2- that scientific paper is from an era of when 14-bit RAW just came about. That's years old. That's not the case anymore today.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 15:14 UTC
On Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? article (1085 comments in total)
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Dimit: Uncompressed 14 bit raw ???
No thanks...no need for 100 MB files for something won't even notice in 90% of the cases..

Oh I am clever myself me thinks :-) But looks like I misread the comment because we are not on the same context. I thought you were meaning this as a response to him- on the Sony compressed raws... and how the OP prefers the compressed raws vs full 14-bit.

So if you mean that vs plain 12-bit, ok. But if you mean that vs Sony lossy compressed RAW then I don't agree.

I honestly think the OP was referring it in the context of a Sony lossy vs non lossy proposition though.

PS: Would be good if instead of saying "Rishi told me so" that there's a nice article on this- on the DR, bits and the Sony lossy format. Just a suggestion for what I think will answer some Q's and make for a nice article in dpreview. :-)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 07:39 UTC
On Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? article (1085 comments in total)
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Dimit: Uncompressed 14 bit raw ???
No thanks...no need for 100 MB files for something won't even notice in 90% of the cases..

@Baney- no you don't. The lossy Sony compression is relative to a slice of the image. You still can get a wide DR for a full photo. I think you do lose something but it's far more specific than saying you miss 2ev wholesale and that would be on the cases of more extreme processing.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 00:05 UTC
On Leica Q First Impressions Review preview (579 comments in total)
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jon404: The Ricoh GR has far better ergonomics, a decent grip, and fits in your shirt pocket...

Price doesn't invalidate ergonomics.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 15:28 UTC
On Leica Q First Impressions Review preview (579 comments in total)
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topstuff: For some inexplicable reason, people like to attack Leica because of its prices, seemingly immune to the fact that the same people probably willingly pay "premium" prices for other items like cars and clothes, even though often it is the brand they are paying for. It is a strange irony.

This Leica looks like it stands up on its own merits. It really does seem to be a beautifully designed, high quality item that performs very well.

Leica haters have nothing to hate here. They aren't going to like that ! :)

28mm has its merits. It may not be my favorite but it's one of those key street focals too. Look up Garry Winogrand.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 06:30 UTC
On Leica Q First Impressions Review preview (579 comments in total)
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jon404: The Ricoh GR has far better ergonomics, a decent grip, and fits in your shirt pocket...

I think from what I see here, both have great ergonomics in the different directions they pursue them.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 06:28 UTC
On Leica Q First Impressions Review preview (579 comments in total)

I have to say this looks really nice and glad Leica didn't price it $7k USD (I was betting on $5k USD).

I do have only one issue with it- banding on shadow recovery/high ISO. After having used a lot of cameras in the past that had banding, not having it is a god send for image quality in a lot of the shooting i do at night. I suppose ISO 6400 here is ok, but if I was going to plunk down $4k+ of cash, I would have expected this sensor wouldn't band no matter how hard pulled.

Most current Sony sensors usually don't.

Really love the looks of that build and usability though.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 03:38 UTC as 112th comment
On Readers' Showcase: Nicolas Alexander Otto article (35 comments in total)

Love #5.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 06:19 UTC as 9th comment

I like how so many find the price too high but don't seem to understand this lens is hand made in Germany with most likely well paid workers - and I bet hand tested quite a bit before it leaves the factory combined with Leicas legendary customer support. Its probably one of the best lenses ever made in this class.

This cost money. Doesn't mean you can't do great photography with cheaper lenses but I think there are reasons beyond "luxury brand" why this lens is pricey.

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2015 at 01:23 UTC as 43rd comment | 2 replies
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Pat Cullinan Jr: The sample photos need heavy post-processing.

Pat- I dunno. They shots look reasonable here on my display.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2015 at 23:05 UTC
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