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 Just Posted: Fujifilm X-E1 hands-on preview article (277 comments in total)

I tried the X1 Pro but not with the very latest firmware upgrade. I think the image quality is fantastic and a first look the controls look great- until you realize the camera just feels laggy in overall response. I could live with bad AF itf the manual focus was first class but it isn't- it's fly by wire and there's a distinctive lag between rotating the lens focusing and the UI response/lens response.

Fuji is promising fixing a lot of these issues with the new firmware and new model, so we'll see. If they fixed that, great. If not, as much as I like the output, it drives me a bit nuts.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2012 at 08:17 UTC as 60th comment | 1 reply
On Just Posted: Fujifilm X-E1 hands-on preview article (277 comments in total)
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Karl Gnter Wnsch: Another epic fail on the sensor side. Again - just like the SCCD's introduced ages ago - the resulting images show abundant artifacts because of Fujis choice of a different sensor layout. Previously the sensor cells were hexagonal and orientated mainly diagonally - trading off resolution for tighter packing and requiring an rotational interpolation.
Now they are sacrificing color fidelity on the altar of luminance resolution. Sorry but this concept doesn't pass muster for me! The traditional demosaicing algorithms are well researched and can deliver exceptional results. The Fuji concept is not free from moiree though they claim it to be better - which it may well be but the tradeoff to not have well defined color edges ruins this whole concept for me.

Not quite sure what color fidelity you are talking about. Have you actually tried the X1- Pro? In Lightroom you see some color issues, but not in JPEG. The raw issue will improve over time.

The real main issues of this camera is the UI response, in particular manual focusing. The sensor is fine.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2012 at 08:15 UTC
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NeilJones: All the complaints about the cost. I just bought the Sony Carl Zeiss 24mm 1.8 lens for my Nex 5n. That little lens cost me $1100! I can buy this whole sigma setup for $1000. Not that bad in the big scheme of things!

@Basalite- I think at least one point is, you really can't compare a slower lens to a faster one as if they where equal like that. Obviously the faster lens is harder to design and provides (assuming the lens quality is good), advantages in lower light shooting and DOF control.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2012 at 07:46 UTC
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Marty4650: My predictions:

The Sigma fans will swear that the image quality from this P&S camera tops anything else, due to it's unique "film like quality." Everyone else will have a good laugh.

After the initial batch of suckers buy this P&S camera for $1000, Sigma will announce that they have "made manufacturing efficiencies" and are lowering the price of a new version of this camera (the DP1M2) to $349.85.

Those who paid $1000 for the camera will get a free camera strap with the Sigma "Dick " logo on it, if they send in their proof of purchase and original receipt.

I really think you are way off on this one Marty. I mean the price, and lowering it. Yes, there are a set of Foveon religious fanatics, but taking those out, I still think the camera has a set of pros for some domains where it does very well.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2012 at 07:42 UTC
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HBowman: A whole trolling mafia work against SIGMA here ? Just to be clear none of many of the trolls over here are notorious in photography, just anonymous ppl.

Lets get this clear >>

Steve Huff find the camera kinda clunky (DP2m, the 1m is the same with another focal) but he is awesomed by the IQ.

His words :

"Id say that this lens and sensor are a perfect match and will give equal or better detail and DR than even an M9 with good glass. Corner to corner is sharp and the detail is amazing as are the tones (see the full size ship image). If it were responsive or even snappy I would own it. It could be used as sort of a view camera as we all know those are NOT speedy and meant for a certain type of photography. Great camera and amazing output"

Mr Reichmann from luminous landscape is also amazed by the IQ and say :

I have to say that I am knocked-out by the image quality ... this is not a camera for pussys.

I guess there is a load of pussys on this forum :D

That really goes both ways. There's a set of people that seem to go on an elitist banter about the Sigma ignoring any cons, and promoting the brand virtually working for the company. Fortunately some new DP2M/Foveon owners seem more clear-headed. The term SigMafia didn't come out of nowhere after all and it's been around for years now.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2012 at 07:40 UTC
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Azfar: 1000$ fixed focal lens camera with VGA video recording. Seriously ?

For a camera that can approach or do the lower end of medium format with a real good lens, I think it's wroth it. Whether the camera pros/cons are good enough for your needs and wants as a photographer is a different matter, but I think the price is right.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2012 at 07:35 UTC
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DancingPhotoPanda: What worries me more in terms of comments here aren't the people pointing out possible issues with this camera, but the near fanatic herd of holier-than-thou "supporters" (who I'd like to think are paid shills for some other company) describing why this camera is so awesome and what you shoot with isn't in what are possibly some of the most condescending and insulting ways imaginable. No amount of actual insults towards Sigma or negative reviews could possibly hurt the brand as much as its "supporters" are.

OTOH, I'm having trouble imagining which company would waste money on trollish astroturfing given the market performance of the last few Sigmas. Have you people considered calming down, realizing that people have differing opinions, and letting people decide for themselves what they like? Right now you're just hurting the image of the company you claim to love.

Actually ddolde, he's partially right.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2012 at 07:32 UTC
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kewlguy: I don't see K30 has better IQ than T4i. At base ISO the 650D/T4i is sharper (check the RAW comparison). Also, Pentax likes to apply NR in raw files above ISO800. The 16MP sensor is good at high iso, why the raw NR? I prefer to keep all the detail intact and apply the NR myself...

Actually Pentax does NR coming ISO 3200, not ISO 800. The RAW NR can be beneficial if they are doing a very low level RAW noise reduction. BTW, Canon also does per pixel RAW noise reduction.

I say if this lower level noise reduction works due to the extra data at the moment of the capture and gives good results, why not?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2012 at 04:38 UTC
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marike6: I wonder if the X-5 has the same sensor as the Pentax Q. The Q has outstanding IQ relative to it's sensor size, so a camera with such a long zoom might be interesting. I wouldn't buy this because there is no raw, but I'm curious for future Pentax cameras.

Speaking of the Q, I still cannot believe that DPR has no intention of reviewing the Pentax Q. All the generic cameras they review, yet the first ILC to feature a BSI 1/2.3" sensor, a camera loaded with features and a first rate build quality and because of some assumptions about sensor size and the Q was essentially ignored by DPR. Talk about dissing both readers and Pentax. Oh well, at least we've been consistently updated on what's happening at Instagram or with the latest Samsung P&S.

The Q doesn't have a magic sensor but it does indeed has a very good sensor in it class. It's not just the lens and focusing quality- check the DXo results. As an LX5 owner I can say the Q does a notch better sensor wise than the slightly bigger LX5.

We really need to stop looking at the sensor size in isolation and realize different companies making sensors have moved forward at different speeds. Remember the Q sensor is Sony's. Sony is known for making some rather good sensors no? (K-5's, Olympus EM-5, K-01, Nikon D7000…)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2012 at 05:51 UTC
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Revenant: I find it rather amazing, that the announcement of this Pentax superzoom has generated more comments than the Nikon Android compact, and more than ten times as many comments as the simultaneously announced Olympus superzoom. We've seen so many of this kind of camera, from Fujifilm, Panasonic, Canon and others. What is it about this one that got people talking?

If you ask me, probably the form factor, the ergonomics, the AA batteries, and the fact it's Pentax re-entering this segment at the price it is. All combined.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2012 at 05:48 UTC
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marike6: I wonder if the X-5 has the same sensor as the Pentax Q. The Q has outstanding IQ relative to it's sensor size, so a camera with such a long zoom might be interesting. I wouldn't buy this because there is no raw, but I'm curious for future Pentax cameras.

Speaking of the Q, I still cannot believe that DPR has no intention of reviewing the Pentax Q. All the generic cameras they review, yet the first ILC to feature a BSI 1/2.3" sensor, a camera loaded with features and a first rate build quality and because of some assumptions about sensor size and the Q was essentially ignored by DPR. Talk about dissing both readers and Pentax. Oh well, at least we've been consistently updated on what's happening at Instagram or with the latest Samsung P&S.

Dpreview has indicated I the past they organize review cameras for reviews by expected readership interest. So, I imagine, they believe (maybe correctly) there's not enough interest in the Q. Looking at the sensor size comments of many one may have to agree.

But also that was then and when the Q was also much higher priced. Price has come way down, I think makes for a more interesting propitiation. And there's some more people I see popping up now with one.

Maybe dpreview can review one. I honestly don't expect much to get past the small sensor mentality but over the years I have seen dpreview give more priority to the whole as a tool and not just focus on the particular sensor. Which is kind of weird That in the end anyway the Q sensor performs rather well, in its class

Direct link | Posted on Aug 24, 2012 at 23:07 UTC
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Cane: The comments on this are bordering on a comedy routine. It's a cheap $350 bridge camera, with specs like every other camera just like it, and you all act as if it's somehow a giant flop! Where you expecting a FF waterproof touchscreen camera with a constant F1.4 from 15mm to 600mm? This place is like a clown car.

Francis, doesn't it remotely occur to you that by correcting him on the price- which is lower than what he said at first, you are if anything, making a stronger case for his point? Can't you see this?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 24, 2012 at 22:53 UTC
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Marty4650: A superzoom that looks like a DSLR!

The next thing you know, Pentax will make an ILC that looks just like a P&S camera. Then they can call it something cute like the "Pentax Q."

I'm really amazed that there are so many new superzoom cameras coming out. I thought this market had died four years ago. I guess it must be back.

I guess there must be an awful lot of consumers who want one camera that can do everything, even if it doesn't do everything well.

Different strokes for different folks....

I can tell you that the camera does much better as a tool than you are honestly giving it credit for. You got the wrong price, you got the idea of a sensor spec = bad. You need to see it for yourself and pick one up in your hands. It's very very different.

It *is not* like "another P&S" at all.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 24, 2012 at 08:08 UTC
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Marty4650: A superzoom that looks like a DSLR!

The next thing you know, Pentax will make an ILC that looks just like a P&S camera. Then they can call it something cute like the "Pentax Q."

I'm really amazed that there are so many new superzoom cameras coming out. I thought this market had died four years ago. I guess it must be back.

I guess there must be an awful lot of consumers who want one camera that can do everything, even if it doesn't do everything well.

Different strokes for different folks....

Marty, the Pentax Q does not cost $700 anymore. It has come as low as $380 USD even and right now you can get it for $399 *right now* at Amazon ($400 USD).

You can't just say "if it were a $200" because the Q quite frankly *IS NOT* a $200 USD camera. You need to pick one up and see how well built it is, see how good the Prime lens is and how well thought out the ergonomics are. All these things add value and cost money.

You may be surprised to find for example, the external flash sync is 1/250th of a second. Well? That's semi pro DSLR territory.

The lens you get is fast and good. Most importantly, you get all this in an interchangeable lens camera that is the smallest out there. That by itself again, has its own value. I wear mine all the time.

You need to get past the sensor size, because the sensor does better than people think. Better than the LX5 sensor for example which is bigger.

Finally as the photographer taking those shots and having other cameras….

Direct link | Posted on Aug 24, 2012 at 08:07 UTC
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karlitoz: guess ricoh really did kill pentax, shame cause the k-r was one of the best dslr i have ever used, and still think that it takes better pics than my 60d

Well Roland teah but nobody mentioned the k-5 but the k-r

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2012 at 18:44 UTC

Aha. I missed there's no raw. Thats a bummer

Anyway for those interested Pentax Japan has some samples up. The image quality seems ok for the price. If you ate postin for the web it's fine. If you ate going to pixel peep, expect not much more than the usual, but the price seems fair.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2012 at 18:39 UTC as 33rd comment
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Marty4650: A superzoom that looks like a DSLR!

The next thing you know, Pentax will make an ILC that looks just like a P&S camera. Then they can call it something cute like the "Pentax Q."

I'm really amazed that there are so many new superzoom cameras coming out. I thought this market had died four years ago. I guess it must be back.

I guess there must be an awful lot of consumers who want one camera that can do everything, even if it doesn't do everything well.

Different strokes for different folks....

You should really touch/use a Q before you make such a statement about it Marty. The Q has proven as a tool to be far more capable than a lot of people think.

Start here and the next page:

http://forum.getdpi.com/forum/pentax/33158-fun-q-3.html

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2012 at 16:23 UTC
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garyknrd: I was hoping Ricoh would take Pentax into a more quality camera. Wait until the replacement for the k-5 comes out. But it does not look good. Ricoh is in financial trouble. I know that, but was hoping buying Pentax would help Pentax. I am not so sure now.

So basically the K-30 release is meaningless to you (you know about that camera, right?) and you make a claim about Ricoh that needs to be proven. OK.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2012 at 16:20 UTC
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karlitoz: guess ricoh really did kill pentax, shame cause the k-r was one of the best dslr i have ever used, and still think that it takes better pics than my 60d

So Pentax comes out with the K-30 which is way better than the K-r… and Ricoh killed Pentax again, how?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2012 at 16:17 UTC
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Ropo16: Raist3D.
Exactly what you have spent years doing on 4/3 forum!

"Most" is meaningless. Look at the history of threads I have posted and you will realize that when I was "praising" the brand it was all good friends. There is no "token interest"- I said the EM5 would be a big seller way before it was, even if it had the GX1 sensor.

I don't need to "save myself" - those people in the forum are pretty harmless nor do I care about them. There are people in the forum that appreciate my contribution and personally, I think it's good to put truth forward on the brand. I am glad Olympus is doing much better now.

As for the Pentax Q, nah, again, you like many others completely overstate any attachment I have with tools. If I was attached to brands I would have never bought Olympus and would have stayed with Fuji or Canon. Of course, to see this requires a modicum of ability to think, which is some work….

However, still waiting for what matters- photos! Where's your gallery?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2012 at 10:30 UTC
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