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 GalleryItem:1833945 (1 comment in total)

Please take this photograph off your gallery as soon as convenient. This is my photograph and I want my work to have the proper credentials. I understand this was done during our conversation so it's not like a surprise to me, but I hope it's also understandable why I am asking this.

Thank you for your understanding.

Posted on Mar 24, 2012 at 22:53 UTC as 1st comment
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Martin Mojzis: Please, tell somebody to B. Britton, what is exposure correction. E. g. DSC_0346-ACRprocessed is overexposed, no ND gradual filter... This is professional camera and need professional skills. Advanced photographer can not take seriously these shots. Btw., on my D3X i have serious problems with lenses. All handpicked, precise on D700 and now it's very hard to get quality what I'm looking for. Talking about 28/2.8 D, 50/1.4 AF-S an 105/2.8 AF-S VR Micro. I know why is this and I'm working and learning how to do right. Using cheap zoom lenses for testing camera with 36 Mpix sensor is total fault, sorry. For serious test, we want to see pictures taken in correct exposition, with correct WB, tripod, with filters and adequate optics, handpicked lenses by Nikon or Zeiss. Raw.
Because I hate anonymous criticism, all my portfolio is on www.martinmojzis.com . I'm pro photographer and designer, 38 y. old., and still learning. Not satisfied. But shots like in this article ... please no.

Well for what it´s worth, at least apparently he knows some photography looking at his website. It beats being told by someone who has no clue (not saying it is any less rude because of that).

Also Barney, I think you are a very handsome man ;-) , now you can claim you have seen it all :-)

All respectfully said.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 23, 2012 at 07:51 UTC
On Pentax K-01 preview (383 comments in total)
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tkbslc: All the size and cost of a K-5 with none of the performance and handling! Where do I sign up!!!!???

I think the point you missed is that the K-01 should have a bigger drop after the initial sales at MSRP. The K-5 will drop further but not the same proportion of its initial drop.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2012 at 07:05 UTC
On Pentax K-01 preview (383 comments in total)
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Sergey Borachev: This Pentax K-01 and the Olympus E-M5 are both intriguing in being so special cameras that managed to see the light of day. One has so little value, so little features, such an unfriendly shape, so little appeal to most, and such a look that you wonder why it was made. The other has so much of everything that you wonder why any manufacturer would want to make it (and not try to spread the features out in different models and make more profit).

Aren't we lucky to have these cameras and have a choice to buy cameras that suits our tastes and needs, which can be so different!

I should also add the Fuji X-Pro1, a quirky camera that has unbelievable IQ and yet some unacceptable weaknesses for most of us. And it was actually released. That this camera is made show how weird and diverse consumers are.

I don't know about you but when someone says "so little value, so little features" I think it goes beyond that. For example the K-01 has focus peaking, has and out of the box enhanced HDR mode, best in class type image/sensor quality (pending more tests but photos sure look good so far), the IBIS of the K-01 also does tilt (not quite 5 axis but not the usual typical either), built in intervalometer (and ability to produce in-camera shots or movies out of it), multi-photo RAW development and deletion, ability to do Tonal Shift of DR for Capture (this also affects RAW, not just JPEG), ISO 100 (EM5 starts at ISO 200), probably better video (30, 25, 24 fps), longer battery life (like 50% more).

I don't know about you but I think he's mistaken on that end. Ah yes, you said lack of IBIS. The K-01 does have IBIS. And like I said, it also can do tilt.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2012 at 07:02 UTC
On Pentax K-01 preview (383 comments in total)
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ljmac: This thing must surely get the award for the dumbest camera design ever (and IMHO the ugliest too), at least in my lifetime. This thing quite simply misses the whole point of being mirrorless (less bulk and weight), introduces huge disadvantages (e.g. slow AF, no EVF), and compounds it with downright un-ergonomic design. It's hard to imagine how Pentax could have screwed this thing up more.

Not that I necessarily disagree with all the points, but the sensor at the price it is plus full K-mount lens choice out of the box aren't exactly disadvantages.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2012 at 06:44 UTC
On Pentax K-01 preview (383 comments in total)
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Mssimo: I love this new anti-theft system they implemented.

I gotta admit, that's a pretty funny thing to say :-)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2012 at 03:56 UTC
On Pentax K-01 preview (383 comments in total)
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Sergey Borachev: This Pentax K-01 and the Olympus E-M5 are both intriguing in being so special cameras that managed to see the light of day. One has so little value, so little features, such an unfriendly shape, so little appeal to most, and such a look that you wonder why it was made. The other has so much of everything that you wonder why any manufacturer would want to make it (and not try to spread the features out in different models and make more profit).

Aren't we lucky to have these cameras and have a choice to buy cameras that suits our tastes and needs, which can be so different!

I should also add the Fuji X-Pro1, a quirky camera that has unbelievable IQ and yet some unacceptable weaknesses for most of us. And it was actually released. That this camera is made show how weird and diverse consumers are.

The K-01 is not actually little in features. You should probably check the user manual.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2012 at 03:54 UTC
On Pentax K-01 preview (383 comments in total)
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noonecantellimadog: In the early 70's my first camera was a Pentax (1957 Asahi Original) followed by a Spotmatic. I shot Pentax digital from 2007... so I effectively shot Pentax all of my cognitive life.

I had transitioned to all primes pretty much. I waited for their mirrorless entry, and in the meantime played with an E-PL2 just to see if it was doable. As soon as I saw this I sold everything and moved on.

Oly is doable. This is NOT. Pentax has lost their way.

woof!

@Edmon - I beg to differ- the K-5 is ergonomically fantastic.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2012 at 03:52 UTC
On Pentax K-01 preview (383 comments in total)
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kenyee: "With the buttons arranged over such a large camera area, we found key controls difficult to manipulate without large shifts in your hand position. While you can reach both the red and exposure compensation buttons with your hand in the shooting position, neither of them are particularly comfortable, as they are set so far to the rear of the camera plate."

Soooo not like Pentax which used to have the best ergos around :-P

They still do. It's called K-5 and Q.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2012 at 03:49 UTC
On Pentax K-01 preview (383 comments in total)

Well I think this is an interesting camera at a very interesting price considering what I think we can expect of the image quality, but if dpreview in general found ergonomic issues (and I am not talking about the lack of view finder), made in the name of design, I think that's a fail.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2012 at 03:49 UTC as 109th comment | 1 reply
On Just Posted: Olympus OM-D E-M5 test samples news story (458 comments in total)
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djst: I don't really care if it's best in class or whether the sensor is new or the same as some other Panasonic camera. What I care about is that the E-M5 is *significantly* better than my current E-PM1. Its ISO 6400 output even rivals the E-PM1s ISO 1600 images! Plus, it has better dynamic range, higher resolution, and a seemingly very impressive image stabilization system. I'm sold. The E-M5 is no doubt going to be my next camera as soon as I can pick one up!

That would be pretty much the way I would look at this. Kudos.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2012 at 16:27 UTC
On Just Posted: Olympus OM-D E-M5 test samples news story (458 comments in total)
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Douglas F Watt: Clearly the best m4/3 sensor performance ever, and better in low light than Nikon D7000, Canon TS3i, Sony A65, and even the Pentax K-5. However, let's not get too carried away, as this is just the latest manifestation of the REAL story in DP, namely, sensor and (to a lesser extent) software evolution to improve low light performance. Systems have been, in that regard, leapfrogging each other for years, and although this is an impressive jump (one of the bigger ones for sure), someone will jump over this sensor's low light performance. Keep in mind that the Sony A65 is probably better in low light than the full frame Sony A900 (admittedly neither is a low light phenom). In 10 years, if one extrapolates from current trends, one might predict we will have APS-C sensors in the 36+ megapixel range with at least decent to good low light resolution in the 3200-6400 ISO range.

Keep that koolaid torch lit that this is as good as the D7000/K-5 sensor. No examination of the raw files reveals it as such and if you look at other websites like Focus Numerique, it certainly doesn't suggest so.

It is good, but I don't think this catches that Sony sensor in ISO, certainly will not in DR and color depth (the Sony sensor uses 14-bit RAWS after all with real data beyond 12 bits).

I personally want to see the DXo Scores roll.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2012 at 16:26 UTC
On Just Posted: Olympus OM-D E-M5 test samples news story (458 comments in total)
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ogo: Why can't people just admit that a 4/3 sensor can be good at high ISO, and instead of that just say that Olympus cheated on high iso ?

Now think about this :
- R. Butler clearly stated that you can't use those studio samples to judge ISO scale
- for those shots E-M5 exposure times are the same that Panasonic GX1. Did anyone accuse Panasonic to cheat here ? Just look at DXOMark of GX1 (DXOmark being the "reference" for those accusing Oly to cheat). GX1 is right on scale
- you can't compare exposure for 4/3 and other sensors because the aspect ratio is not the same (3:2 vs 4:3). 3:2 sensors have more white on the sides to expose, thus making the comparison impossible
- you ignore light transmission differences between lenses (T-stops) which can have a big impact
- studio samples on another site (focus-numerique.com) show same exposure times for NEX-5N and E-M5, and still the noise results are very comparable with what is shown here.

"Why can't people just admit that a 4/3 sensor can be good at high ISO, and instead of that just say that Olympus cheated on high iso ?

Now think about this :
- R. Butler clearly stated that you can't use those studio samples to judge ISO scale"

The first point you pointed out, is enough to question the performance shown. I think that's sort of the point.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2012 at 16:19 UTC

Ah dpreview, you crack me up with that Big Orb + X10 logo :-)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2012 at 02:26 UTC as 167th comment
On Ricoh reshuffle sees Pentax take control of cameras news story (163 comments in total)
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Edmond Leung: Good for Pentax. Ricoh is strong in sales and marketing.
But the recent new product (mirrorless camera) is no good. They should study the market more carefully.

Well yes Edmond, but the camera isn't even out yet :-)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2012 at 04:43 UTC
On Ricoh reshuffle sees Pentax take control of cameras news story (163 comments in total)
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Copiare: Pentax worked itself into the position it's in today, bottom of the barrel. Now Ricoh is letting Pentax take the wheel? This makes as munch sense as asking a drunk to drive you somewhere.

Not bottom of the barrel. Also remember Pentax was Hoya-crippled. Ricoh is serious about investing in them.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2012 at 03:23 UTC
On Ricoh reshuffle sees Pentax take control of cameras news story (163 comments in total)
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sedentary_male: Let us hope that Ricoh allows those companies in each market who import and sell Ricoh to continue do so by leveraging the Pentax brand name. Ricoh today only raises more questions than it answers by letting Pentax, a company that allowed itself to hit bottom, absorb Ricoh camera division. Pentax will do well to learn from Ricoh's management and it sales strategies and one hopes they don't throw the baby out with the bath water.

Meh, I think it will be all fine. Pentax was partially crippled by Hoya, remember? I think it's all good news for both.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2012 at 03:22 UTC
On Preview:olympusEM5 (1364 comments in total)
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cgarrard: No ISO 100?

Man I hate when manufacturers do that. It's really irritating. I like long exposure shots just as I do like to shoot in darker settings with higher ISO's.

ISO 50-25,600 would have been so much better.

Hmm doesn't Olympus choose the sensor?

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 at 03:23 UTC
On Pentax announces K-01 K-mount APS-C mirrorless camera news story (875 comments in total)
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Raist3d: The K-01 too big? Is it really?

VS K-5
http://camerasize.com/compare/#187,285

VS e-420
http://camerasize.com/compare/#206,285

VS Canon G1X
http://camerasize.com/compare/#257,285

@Warlberty - yes the G1X has zoom and a view finder, but the Pentax with the Pancake prime is not a bad option. This goes to zoom vs primes- and it really depends what the photographer is looking for. However, the K-01 can be small and have a fast high quality prime lens *and* use a lot of zooms that the G1X can't use.

Also the IQ of the K01 is going to be better.

As for the GX1 (panny) - sure, and it has its charms. But it doesn't have the same IQ. All I am saying is the K01 is not as big as some people make it out to be.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2012 at 05:55 UTC
On Pentax announces K-01 K-mount APS-C mirrorless camera news story (875 comments in total)
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jj74e: Man, all the specs look excellent. I even like the quirkyness of the design. For me, the biggest disappointment is the size. Sure, it's great to have access to Pentax's great range of lenses and pancakes. And sure, the amazing thinness of some of their pancakes somewhat makes up for the thicker body. But there's no point in it being mirrorless if it's going to be this big.

The great video, great lenses, presumably great sensor and solid AF performance based on the K-5 would all be so appealing to me, plus it's a bonus that Pentax/Ricoh is less a mainstream brand (for me anyway, I always like the "underdog brands" :P). But the size....oh THE FREAKING SIZE. it's like they said, "oh look, all these companies are taking the cholesterol out of their butter. Let's take the cholesterol out of OUR better, BUT THEN INJECT IT WITH 50 GRAMS OF SATURATED FAT"

The K-01 too big? Is it really?

VS K-5
http://camerasize.com/compare/#187,285

VS e-420
http://camerasize.com/compare/#206,285

VS Canon G1X
http://camerasize.com/compare/#257,285

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2012 at 03:56 UTC
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