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 Pentax Q7 Review preview (240 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: Great Review. I really didn't even know this camera existed until I saw the review. I love the fact that the camera and lenses are small and both really are not that expensive.

Then I compared the image quality to the LX7. When you factor in how fast the LX7's lens is and the fact that it can be had for less than $300 it isn't even a contest.

That is without even considering the Sony RX100 II. The Pentax is an awesome camera and great design. However, it just simply can't compete when Panasonic has been practically giving the LX7 away.

The 06 doesn't take the camera out of pocketable believe it or not. And you get that very long zoom range that allows for portraiture with good bokeh control you won't get even on the rx100. I am not saying the Q system is perfect but this is short hanging it

I felt the review was very unfair comparing the camera sizes. They should also have compared with the 01 an the 06. With the 06 there is simply nothing like it- log zoom and constant f2.8.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2013 at 19:05 UTC
On Pentax Q7 Review preview (240 comments in total)
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mcshan: I just don't get having a system camera with this size sensor. The samples are not as good as the G15.

I know Pentax fans might like it and if it makes them happy good for them.

Well first of all when the original Q came out with an 1/2.3" sensor it outclassed several bigger 1/1.7" sensored cameras in sensor performance.

Two- you get an interchangeable system that you can carry in very small space but most importantly

Third- the camera has a semi pro feature set in many ways in that impossibly small size with great ergonomics to acces it. 1/250th external flash sync. Full manual controls in an ergonomic set tht is just great to use. As a photographers tool it works better than many of the "P&S options."

This has nothing to do with being a "Pentax fan"- in fact many of the more recent Q owners have come wen from the skeptical side as price dropped and most importantly: tried one.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2013 at 09:54 UTC
On Pentax Q7 Review preview (240 comments in total)

I really feel the review misses a lot of points in really understanding the value proposition of the Q line, but then they are in great company.

The Q is not only about a camera that can do much better as a canvas of light than people at first think (and I am also talking about the very first one- yeah, that one with the 1/2.3'' sensor)- but a camera that combines a DSLR class feature set in an impossibly small size, while keeping ergonomics that in some cases exceed that of bigger cameras.

It's a ton of potential in a little pocket. It allows for a lot of play and behaves reliably so. For many when you pick up a Q and compare the use of it, how you can zoom instantly with one of the other lenses, how much sense the interface and ergonomics make as a photographer's tool is when you realize you got something special in your hands, as it is capable. Unfortunately this is missed in this kind of review.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2013 at 06:43 UTC as 71st comment | 4 replies
On Pentax Q7 Review preview (240 comments in total)
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vapentaxuser: It would be neat if they would release a weather sealed Q. That would really shake things up.

a Pro Q would be awesome.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2013 at 06:39 UTC
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SirSeth: I would have thought Olympus had patented the 5-axis IS through the roof. Do you think they are sharing with Casio in some joint venture?

Of course this is better than a cell phone, and the super zoom lens dictates a small sensor. There are trade offs for all cameras.

There can be more than one way to do 5 axis. 5 Axis IBIS as a concept is hardly "hard to think by." And Pentax already had more than 2 axis already including tilt.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2013 at 02:07 UTC
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Jun2: cost?

You know why they say. If you need to ask... ;-)

J/k

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2013 at 17:38 UTC

Kawai! :-) That's pretty cool

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2013 at 18:35 UTC as 99th comment
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zodiacfml: Hmmp, great dynamic range in a MFT sensor. APSC or FF formats should have this by one or two years ago if not for the obsession with the MP count.

What you mean? APS-C had this like two years ago- in fact 14 stops, not 13.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2013 at 09:46 UTC
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1200 comments in total)
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webrunner5: Hmm, looks pretty impressive.

Canon EOS M is that cheap because it didn't sell and it's on its way out (to make way for their new model). Keep in mind the kind of extra performance you get on a GX7 vs the Canon. The AF is light years ahead of the Canon model. And no EVF on the Canon? Remember it's not just any EVF either- its the highest resolution EVF of all cameras as of right now. That surely means a premium, don't you think?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2013 at 08:40 UTC
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1200 comments in total)
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Raist3d: The #1 feature that is catching my attention is the silent shooting mode. It's the reason why I have come to appreciate leaf shutter cameras. I know it has its limitations (max ISO 3200 and can have some tearing if you move) but it does make a difference in several situations.

@Shawn- for street life such mode is priceless :-) It's the reason I love leaf shutter. I realize it has its limits and you can get tearing/rolling shutter/issues with fluorescent lights-frequencies but still, it can be so nice in several situations.

I am crossing my fingers Fuji could do a firmware update with this for their current Xtrans but it's up to whatever that sensor can do I guess.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2013 at 08:37 UTC
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1200 comments in total)

The #1 feature that is catching my attention is the silent shooting mode. It's the reason why I have come to appreciate leaf shutter cameras. I know it has its limitations (max ISO 3200 and can have some tearing if you move) but it does make a difference in several situations.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2013 at 06:24 UTC as 398th comment | 5 replies
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1200 comments in total)

Well see how good (or not) the sensor in this camera is, a Panasonic new design. Hopefully no banding. If the sensor is ballpark as good (ditto if better) as the EM-5/Pen5, I just can't see anyone in their right mind picking a Pen 5 over this model.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2013 at 06:15 UTC as 400th comment | 5 replies
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tkbslc: The DSLM lingo makes me chuckle. Some marketing guy was so proud of that, wasn't he?

LOL.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2013 at 06:08 UTC
On 5 Reasons why I haven't used my DSLR for months article (592 comments in total)
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kenyee: (4) you still get perspective distortion unless that girl has an unusually alien-like large forehead :-)

m4/3s cams like the GX1 and OM-D aren't a bad compromise either, though none have the X100s' leaf shutter because they have interchangeable lenses :-(

The big surprise is the Q here- it has interchangeable lenses *and* a leaf shutter (the leaf shutter is in their premium lenses, not on the body). But electronic shutter shooting can help (Panasonic is providing that now in their GH3).

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2013 at 19:26 UTC
On Fujifilm X100S Review preview (492 comments in total)
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Adrian Tung: I don't get why this is a con: "Focus must be acquired for every exposure in AF-S mode (use AFL to get around it)"

Isn't that practically how all cameras behave in single shot mode, unless you engage some form of focus lock (e.g. manual focus, AF-L, etc)?

I really think this should be on Fuji's firmware "todo" list.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2013 at 09:33 UTC
On Fujifilm X100S Review preview (492 comments in total)
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IchiroCameraGuy: If you can go without retro styling, cool viewfinder, extra dials and buttons maybe grab a $1,000 cheaper EOS M with 22mm F2 lens. You get a fun touchscreen, much better detail, smaller size for pockets.

You can do that homework- Capture One 7 is free for 60 days (!) and Iridient is free except is water marked. Download the raws yourself from Imaging Resource.

That said, this is just dealing with the statement you made. I will agree with you for $300 USD the EOS M is a very nice proposal. Do keep in mind the reason the EOS M is so cheap is because it's discontinued *and* a market failure. But I also agree that, that doesn't necessarily mean it's bad for someone.

Funny though you talk about a "fun touch screen" and ignore the many other advantages in usability the X100s proposess. BTW, not everyone likes touchscreen- easier to change something by accident imho- but that's all besides the point.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2013 at 09:32 UTC
On Fujifilm X100S Review preview (492 comments in total)
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IchiroCameraGuy: If you can go without retro styling, cool viewfinder, extra dials and buttons maybe grab a $1,000 cheaper EOS M with 22mm F2 lens. You get a fun touchscreen, much better detail, smaller size for pockets.

Sorry but these comparisons do not use a better raw converter for xtrans like capture one or iridient but adobe which is know to still smear out detail. So yes, I you must use Lightroom/ace I can see your point.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2013 at 08:58 UTC
On Fujifilm X100S Review preview (492 comments in total)
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IchiroCameraGuy: If you can go without retro styling, cool viewfinder, extra dials and buttons maybe grab a $1,000 cheaper EOS M with 22mm F2 lens. You get a fun touchscreen, much better detail, smaller size for pockets.

Sorry for all the posts. The dpreview site was going me an error when it was still posting the text. No intentions of repeating.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2013 at 08:57 UTC
On Fujifilm X100S Review preview (492 comments in total)
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IchiroCameraGuy: If you can go without retro styling, cool viewfinder, extra dials and buttons maybe grab a $1,000 cheaper EOS M with 22mm F2 lens. You get a fun touchscreen, much better detail, smaller size for pockets.

Just repeating yourself doesn't make it true. Again - where you get the idea. Of course you are also ignorin all other aspects like aF, viewfinder , etc but we can still start with this claim.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2013 at 08:56 UTC
On Fujifilm X100S Review preview (492 comments in total)
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IchiroCameraGuy: If you can go without retro styling, cool viewfinder, extra dials and buttons maybe grab a $1,000 cheaper EOS M with 22mm F2 lens. You get a fun touchscreen, much better detail, smaller size for pockets.

Just repeating yourself doesn't make it true. Again - where you get the idea. Of course you are also ignorin all other aspects like aF, viewfinder , etc but we can still start with this claim.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2013 at 08:55 UTC
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