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 Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Hands-on Preview preview (626 comments in total)
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ssh33: Dream street cam, isn't it?

You typically want a second cam with wider lens in addition to your bread and butter portrait focal length DSLR. This is it.

Or maybe all this bullcrap with shrinking cameras that you have to hold with two fingers is for pu$$ies. Real men swing all metal pro bodies with heavy metal lenses in your face. Just kidding, or am I?

Should be at $2000 not $2800 for me to consider it.

If being a "real man" is to carry a heavy camera system around, that makes noise (no leaf shutter on those), I rather be the best pu$$ie ever for street life shooting.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2012 at 07:38 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Hands-on Preview preview (626 comments in total)
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mikerivera: No viewfinder, no shutter-speed dial, no sell.

IS is overrated. Also this is a fast 35mm F2.0 lens with a camera that can shoot at high ISO with good quality. You really don't need IS.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2012 at 07:35 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Hands-on Preview preview (626 comments in total)
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RedFox88: Can't match the 5D3 or d600. RX1 shows corner softness. Why pay $3000 for a fixed lens camera that is full of compromises that has IQ below the existing competition? $3000 is a lot to spend for a little device that could be stolen, lost, or knocked off a table easily.

None of the cameras you mention fit in a coat pocket, nor are they completely silent (leaf shutter on the Rx1). I would pick and RX1 for street shooting before any of the cameras you mention.

Also not quite seeing what you are seeing anyway.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2012 at 07:35 UTC
On Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G15 review article (338 comments in total)
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timo: At the risk of being dismissed as a Pentax fanboy, I would respectfully ask why the K30, which scored three points more on the (admittedly dubious) scoring system, got only a 'Silver Award'; while this Canon got a 'Gold Award'?

It would be ignoble to suggest that DPReview has regard to which camera companies butter its bread, so I won't. But I would welcome an explanation.

@Timo- they are not comparable because the scale of what determines the award is relative and within the cameras of their own category. So a gold awarded compact may mean this is better than other compacts, and a silver awarded DSLR may determine that it's good, very good vs DSLR's in it's class but not the "top dog." But if it was the top dog, in its class then it would get gold.

They are really not comparable because the variables in giving the award ultimately rest in how he cameras in that category are doing, and where the camera reviewed falls in place, not across cameras of different categories.

I think the explanation they gave is relatively obvious. I can't think of a simpler way to put it :-)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2012 at 17:31 UTC
On Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G15 review article (338 comments in total)
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Teru Kage: How much longer can prosumer DCs like this last? Traditionally, these have served as niche cameras to bridge the gap between compact DCs and D-SLRs. But with the introduction of MILC cameras, I can't see much of an argument in favor of buying pro-DCs. The size and price difference is negligible, and the performance of the MILCs are generally a few stops higher.

@Teru- there's still something to be said about a camera you can seamlessly put in your pocket with a wide range of options. Also some ergonomics on some of these cameras are actually better than other MILCs, ironically.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2012 at 17:28 UTC
On Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G15 review article (338 comments in total)
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PaulRivers: I know this has been mentioned in other comments here, that I don't see why this camera gets a "Gold" award when other more deserving cameras did not.

1. Canon removes the articulating screen, assumably for their "take stuff off, add it back on a year later" cycle.
2. They put a faster lens on it - but a lens spec that's a year out of date, f1.8 when other cameras come with f1.4.
3. Same smaller sensor, rx100 has a sensor 2x as big.

The rx100 is actually innovative, with a sensor that's 2x as large. And iit gets a Silver award? The lx7 is also innovative with it's f1.4 lens (it also got Silver). But Canon's recycled, removed-some-features g15 gets Gold??

I don't know how the rx100 - which is the physically smaller camera - is in a different category that makes it get Silver, while the g15 - which is larger - gets Gold, but that is messed up.

@AnHund- yes, SLOWER. It's not just about wide. Thorough the lens range the RX100 becomes slower than the G15.

Yes, you can shoot wide at the same Aperture, but since these are zoom cameras, it's worth considering the entire range. It's not nonsense, slower apertures take away from the expected better higher iso performance.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2012 at 17:25 UTC
On PA100052 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (9 comments in total)
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MrTaikitso: To be frank, I would have used the flash in a situation like this.

Yup, but that's you. What if you can't use flash? What if it's another low light situation with available light where you don't want to use flash as it changes the look?

Not putting down your use case, but there are valid use cases where you don't want to use flash- even if they don't apply to you.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2012 at 04:26 UTC
On PA100052 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (9 comments in total)

I 2nd that- big kudos for dpreview finally using high iso in a real life situation.

The Pentax Q does about this, I give kudos to Olympus for always maintaining nice JPEG color, though the Q has a few modes where it does well too.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2012 at 04:25 UTC as 3rd comment
On Just Posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 sample images article (294 comments in total)
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Shamael: http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/sony-rx1/FULLRES/yrx1-00208.HTM

http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/sony-rx1/FULLRES/yrx1-00012.HTM

http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/sony-rx1/FULLRES/yrx1-00215.HTM

I opened those 3 pictures in full size, a minute ago. Do the same and look at them. There is no sharpness nowhere in any of those shots, then, look at the darker parts of the shots, in black and dark brown, the usual NR artifacts show up everywhere. They look great in full size if you look at 5 meters distance, or if you reduce them in size that detail is not visible. For sure, RAW will do a better job, but at the price it costs, I await a better and sharper shot than those ones we have seen until now. The only correct ones I have seen where the ones from Sony.

Do you only look at one website's samples and reach blanket statement wide conclusions? Do you also realize these are JPEGS from pre-production firmware?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2012 at 09:17 UTC
On Just Posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 sample images article (294 comments in total)
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HBowman: A SIGMA DP2 Merrill do better for far less money. My two cents ..

@Marike6- yes, the Merrill is not for low light. Ever see how those who are fanatical about Foveon almost every single time they show a "low light shot" it's a tripod shot or a non moving subject or not a not-so low light shot? It's interesting.

It's like getting a good shot with a Canon S100 at a sport event and call the Canon S100 a great sports camera capable to outperform a Canon EOS Mark IV.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2012 at 09:15 UTC
On Just Posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 sample images article (294 comments in total)
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HBowman: A SIGMA DP2 Merrill do better for far less money. My two cents ..

What you do with your Merrill there doesn't seem that low light. You have a bright area of the window. And the shot has hardly anything that puts the Foveon ahead of what an RX1 could do in the same situation. But keep comparing pre-production firmware JPEGs of the RX1 to your Sigma DP2 Merill RAW files and keep telling yourself your DP2M is far better :-)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2012 at 09:12 UTC
On Just Posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 sample images article (294 comments in total)
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HBowman: A SIGMA DP2 Merrill do better for far less money. My two cents ..

A Sigma DP2 Merrill do better what? ISO 100/200 in good daylight assuming you have a scene that requires less dynamic range and the color splotches don't get in the way at ISO 200? Any moderate indoor photography situation and the RX1 is doing already way better.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2012 at 09:09 UTC
On Just Posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 sample images article (294 comments in total)
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ulfie: DP2 Merrill low-ISO shots may even exceed these in resolution.

Sure, but the DP2 Merrill don't have the same dynamic range at low iso, often has weird color splotches at ISO 200 and at anything ISO 400 and higher the Sony will start to pull ahead more and more and more.

The D2PM is great if you are shooting at ISO 100/200 in full spectrum daylight. Outside of that... the RX1 can shoot anything else...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2012 at 09:06 UTC
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zakk9: The Fuji X100 looks increasingly better, and I can have 3 of them for the price of the Sony with a "stick out like a sore thumb" viewfinder.

That is true but it won't give you the same low light performance or image quality of the Sony everything else being equal. The Sony gives you say 49mm equivalent focal length at 12 MP… the X100 has 12 MP. So it's like you have 2 lenses in one.

If you are interested in video the Sony is vastly superior here. This isn't to say the Fuji is bad, the Fuji is great, but I don't think the advantages are being seen properly.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 06:27 UTC
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Noirist: I hope they add a dedicated dial to set the shutter speed.

@Harry - well they already said one of the dials can be used for shutter control and the ring does have an aperture ring.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 06:24 UTC
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km25: Leaf shutters are good for flash sync.. But for very day use FP is so much better. I saw this "change" coming. In the olden days, Rolli came out with a 1/800 electro leaf shutter, it had the same caveats. This camera was not well thouht out.

@ageha- no, IS is not always good to have. If you have a high shutter speeds it may actually mess your shot. Depending on the shooting you do, you may forget and leave it on for a tripod shot or high speed shutter shot. It often gives a false sense of security.

So, not saying it's bad but it's not always good imho. But most importantly- it would have made the camera bigger and more expensive. Given the lens is relatively fast and the high ISO good, I think Sony got the priorities right. Small matters here. It's the unique selling proposition.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 06:23 UTC
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km25: Leaf shutters are good for flash sync.. But for very day use FP is so much better. I saw this "change" coming. In the olden days, Rolli came out with a 1/800 electro leaf shutter, it had the same caveats. This camera was not well thouht out.

@scott- I understand but I think people forget the miracle this camera is already engineering wise- look at the space! Honestly, would it be really all that easy to put IBIS or OIS? I don't think it's that trivial. The camera would be even more expensive and probably couldn't be made as small.

I say given this new sensor has apparently spectacular high ISO performance Sony got the priorities right. The lens is relatively fast, the high ISO is there. Sony is giving you a special mode to put 2 more stops of ISO by taking 6 consecutive shots.

I will agree with you we all have different needs, but most of the time i see stabilization used is as this thing that many rely a bit too much. But Thanks for clarifying your specific needs, you are right everyone's different. Do keep in mind the engineering challenges in putting IS though. Not a trivial thing to do on the non trivial full frame camera!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 06:22 UTC
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Gary Dean Mercer Clark: This camera makes me want to buy a Sigma DP2M and DP1M for $2000.00 and have $799.00 change left. DP2M will blow away the overpriced RX1 in image detail and quality.

@ageha- how so? I bet you it will actually be faster than the Sigma. Sony is touting as short as 0.13 secs and they already have much more experience doing contrast autofocus fast than Sigma.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 06:16 UTC
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Sam Carriere: Sony is a company that deserves to fail.
What do you suppose the ETA for this thing now is? 2017?
RIP Olympus.

I don't think they "deserve to fail" for the RX1, but they should have left the RX1 alone with 1/2000 shutter.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 06:15 UTC
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km25: Leaf shutters are good for flash sync.. But for very day use FP is so much better. I saw this "change" coming. In the olden days, Rolli came out with a 1/800 electro leaf shutter, it had the same caveats. This camera was not well thouht out.

@Scott- stabilization is a bit overrated. For this camera having an F2.0 lens, 35mm and very good high iso performance virtually eliminates in my book that need. If you are shooting street life (which is probably one of the biggest domain this camera will excel at), in body image stabilization or optical won't save you.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 02:19 UTC
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