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 Leica Q First Impressions Review preview (568 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 (568 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 (568 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 (568 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 108th 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
On Video Overview: Fujifilm X-T10 article (127 comments in total)
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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
On Video Overview: Fujifilm X-T10 article (127 comments in total)
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Pat Cullinan Jr: The sample photos need heavy post-processing.

In what sense? They seem pretty good to me and they are JPEGS.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2015 at 06:31 UTC
On Video Overview: Fujifilm X-T10 article (127 comments in total)
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Papi61: I think that in 2015 many people would consider the absence of 4K video a deal breaker. Especially now that the Lumix G7 is out.

No, it's not. Sorry. I got an OMD EM5 MKII which has quite a state of the art m4/3rds sensor and a Fuji X-E1 which isn't 14-bit raw. There is a difference in color response and tone. I even shot side to side to help me decide if I was keeping that OMD or not. The whole "sub optimal array" is complete BS- use a proper raw converter to see it shine. And you get better sensitivity (more greens) for more B&W. The G7 has an AA filter anyway.

Video resolution & video - sure. G7 totally trashes the Fuji. But like I said, pros and cons. Some people care bout 4k video, some people don't and put priorities on stills.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2015 at 06:28 UTC
On Video Overview: Fujifilm X-T10 article (127 comments in total)
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Papi61: I think that in 2015 many people would consider the absence of 4K video a deal breaker. Especially now that the Lumix G7 is out.

Some yes. Others would consider the lack of better image quality, color and ISO performance for their still photography a deal breaker.

Along with usability. So I don't think it's that clear cut.

Oh and when I say color I am also talking about raw. Not all cameras have an easy to get color from raw either for many raw converters.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2015 at 00:36 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T10 First Impressions Review preview (544 comments in total)
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tedolf: Well, I will say it since no one else will. While I like retro styled cameras as much as anyone, it must be admitted that Fuji's film SLRs were never good looking cameras, unlike the Olympus OM models. So aping an ugly SLR does not make for an attractive MILC. Next, the very small Fuji bodies, e.g. XA-1, and this one make the lenses look huge.

The analog control system is nice though. This is Fuji's strong point.

Tedolph

I dunno, I like how this camera looks.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 07:44 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T10 cuts X-T1 features down to size article (41 comments in total)

I think this camera will sell rather well. Great Fuji lenses and great color out of the box or even from raw are big selling points to me along with this metallic glowing chronic look Fuji seems to do in their shots.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 16:56 UTC as 8th comment
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Tharaphita: As a Nikon users im happy for Fuiji users and can only hope Nikon would actually offer new features via firmware. ! Way to go Fuiji

@Just a Photographer- how mature am I? :-) WTF. Are you reading what I said? I was saying that what he said is great and that I wish more people like him existed in the forums. Why are you misreading it? Seems like we are both on the same side.

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2015 at 10:12 UTC
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nemist: If only they would quit re-iterating their old sensors with bogus RAW support I think quite a few more users would be highly interested, myself included. I do applaud Fuji's continuing care of customers though. Please take note, SONY!!!

@Ethan - "These were already common features already standard in many companies, so they really didn't have to add things that were already there."
Again, if you look at the competitors you could say the same thing about them. Not all of them have all the set of features you mention like that in the models. Moreover- Fuji had exclusive features they don't (and some they still don't) have. Just because competitor B has a certain feature doesn't mean competitor A can automatically have it- there are patents, secret research and development, etc.

It's not public domain knowledge. It costs time to market and money. And again, Fuji could pretty much NOT DO any updates and they still sold a complete camera that intelligent purchasers can make a choice to buy or not.

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2015 at 06:30 UTC
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nemist: If only they would quit re-iterating their old sensors with bogus RAW support I think quite a few more users would be highly interested, myself included. I do applaud Fuji's continuing care of customers though. Please take note, SONY!!!

What is silly is buying a camera that doesn't have those features, that clearly states in the box that it doesn't have them, then accuse Fuji of "fixing stuff" and saying an analogy that Fuji ships a half complete camera which is not the case.

The XT1 was a complete camera on release. Not all cameras have eye AF detect. Not all cameras have *all* the features you listed. And Fuji added them *for free* later on. What exactly here is silly? Whoever buys a camera wishing on a firmware upgrade then who apparently can't read what the camera they are buying is?

I am sorry but I find your argument pretty ridiculous.

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2015 at 06:28 UTC
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Tharaphita: As a Nikon users im happy for Fuiji users and can only hope Nikon would actually offer new features via firmware. ! Way to go Fuiji

Isn't it funny how some people just embrace something they bought to allegedly do photography as if it was their first born child? It's so ridiculous. Bravo for your maturity (disclosure: I am shooting mainly with a Nikon 1 right now).

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2015 at 06:21 UTC
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nemist: If only they would quit re-iterating their old sensors with bogus RAW support I think quite a few more users would be highly interested, myself included. I do applaud Fuji's continuing care of customers though. Please take note, SONY!!!

@Ethan- it is irrelevant that Fuji has added these features after release. If the XT1 has a compelling feature set- and it has from day 1, those photographers and customers who like that feature set buy it. They can also chose not to buy.

Fuji had several features that are to their proposition. I just enumerated a couple above, I don't need to go through all of it.
Comparing the totality of feature set adding all the competitors together is a bit of a stupid comparison, because said competitors will also have "lacking features" between themselves.

Finally, at least Fuji is adding these features which is more than can be said for those competitors which never add anything.

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2015 at 06:20 UTC
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nemist: If only they would quit re-iterating their old sensors with bogus RAW support I think quite a few more users would be highly interested, myself included. I do applaud Fuji's continuing care of customers though. Please take note, SONY!!!

@Ethan- I think a camera that has the best EVF that still to date you can find in any mirrorless, with the innovative phase detection-focus split and picture in picture in the EVF is hardly "just playing catchup with everyone else" said as a blanket statement.

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2015 at 06:18 UTC
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nemist: If only they would quit re-iterating their old sensors with bogus RAW support I think quite a few more users would be highly interested, myself included. I do applaud Fuji's continuing care of customers though. Please take note, SONY!!!

@Ethan- I am sorry but this is ridiculous. Fuji is under no obligation to add the improvements and people when they buy are to read the specs at time of purchase and decide right there and then if they want to buy the camera.

This goes for all companies/products.

There are certainly several things the XT1 did out of the gate better than the Sony too, no? It's the feature set at time of purchase.

The rest is gravy.

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2015 at 05:52 UTC
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Marty4650: If these were branded by Hassleblad, they could sell for $62,000!

Uh oh... does it also involve being a "lonely traveler" kind of concept?

Direct link | Posted on May 2, 2015 at 15:14 UTC
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