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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jjl: They should have targeted microscopy & other technical fields first. This technology could be really helpful in technical applications where depth of field is a big issue - mostly in extreme macro situations. Imagine looking at photos of bacteria or plankton with this?

But as a consumer product, there just isn't an easy way to view/share the images, and after refocusing an image a couple times, it's like.. ok, that's pretty cool, but what's the point exactly?

Yes, yes & yes.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2013 at 19:59 UTC

Here's one for a start Lytro- don't make me have to upload *my* photos to *your* website to share them or show them.

Also get rid of this tag line in your website: "The Lytro camera lets you create and share living pictures that you and your friends can endlessly refocus after you take them."

Nobody wants to look at photos "endlessly refocusing them." That's just nonsense. You should re-package is as the ability to modify focus as a post process operation- with the idea of *still baking it into a final product*, or say produce two-three interesting shots out of one capture by different *baked final selections of focus*.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2013 at 19:49 UTC as 51st comment

Here's something to consider dpreview. Mix SPORTS psychology (think about it: why people rally behind a team they never coached or trained with because "it's from their town?") with cognitive dissonance ("I spent a lot of time and money on this so it must be good... what? not as good as... er.. < brain pain> ") along with the wonderful myth that a "better camera makes you a better photographer." This last one makes attachment and the fact you press and "get a product" a bit too easy.

Add the sprinkle of normal internet nonsense, shake and you got the cocktail.

SPORTS kicks in as companies unveil new models and groups "root for their teams."

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2013 at 19:47 UTC as 55th comment
On Olympus stems losses but PEN sales disappoint article (233 comments in total)
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marike6: Olympus "blamed the fall on its delay in releasing the E-P5".

So an even pricier E-P5 is the reason sales are off? I appreciate that they had to find some reason to say in public for the benefit of investors, but how exactly does the late release of a $1500 E-P5 cause the entire PEN line to underperform?

"I look at the competition and I don't see anyone else making 5-axis IBIS that actually work, "

5-axis IBIS is hardly the end all be all feature. It's better IBIS, but the improvement from good OIS or good IBIS is not that much. Just 5 axis IBIS doesn't justify the price, particularly when other competitors that do not have the 5-axis IBIS may have other advantages. The EVF for the Pen5 as we know, it's not built in- it's external, and the same resolution of what Fuji released about a year ago built in.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 11, 2013 at 09:03 UTC
On Olympus stems losses but PEN sales disappoint article (233 comments in total)
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Maaku: Out of Sony, Panasonic, Fuji, Oly, which, if not all, will be out of the camera business...?
With the consumer market in turmoil, these four are really in trouble, Panasonic and Sony might leave the entire consumer market. I think Fuji has a chance although cameras are only about 4% of their business and losing money, They'll
stay in because of the X line. Olympus is toast, they keep pumping out new models of mirrorless, and the market just isn't growing like they thought.
Maybe Samsung will by one of them

", though I think Fuji's X line is mostly rubbish we can live without."

Good to know may pro photographers apparently disagree with that assessment.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 11, 2013 at 09:01 UTC
On Pentax Q7 Review preview (240 comments in total)
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Raist3d: 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.

Forgot to add- intervalometer (and more flexible than the one even on the just released Pen5). Not all high end DSLRs have that but some do- and the Q has had this since day one.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 10, 2013 at 16:56 UTC
On Pentax Q7 Review preview (240 comments in total)
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Raist3d: 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.

"You mean what DSLR class features?" - complete manual controls. Shooting speeds up to 1/8000th shutter (a couple of years before m43rds had it btw). External sync flash to 1/250th (again, a couple of years before m43rds had it). Great customizability of user interface including custom dial for quick full camera state changes (which goes a LONG way btw for the ergonomics).
Better ergonomics than several other cameras (look at those "Canon powershot cameras" with the flimsy wheel in the back- I am talking here on some m43rds, Nikon 1).
Well thought out interface- pretty much the K-5's.
Your assessment of "a simple P&S zoom" is more versatile- complete nonsense- many of those simple P&S zooms lense are worse than the Q, and you can't throw he background anywhere near as much as the 06 *constant* F2.8 zoom for a portrait.

You are making a lot of claims on equipment you haven't used. I have used every single bit of what I mentioned.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 10, 2013 at 16:55 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.

That's fine but keep in mind the Q7 sensor size is the same as the G15. Also the original Q sensor did outclass a few cameras with a bigger sensor. These two points are not up for argument - these two are facts. I politely agree to disagree with you on the rest.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 10, 2013 at 16:49 UTC
On Pentax Q7 Review preview (240 comments in total)
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Katier: I have to say I find the review surprising. I use a basic Q and find it's performance excellent. It's ultra-compact nature with the 1.9 is very useful and I find IQ to be very good.

OK it obviously starts to get limited, especially ( in the Q with the smaller sensor) past around 800 ISO, but considering it's got such a small sensor high ISO performance isn't what it's about.

That said, the fact it runs with a 1.9 lens means that it's at least a stop better than the MLC competition unless your willing to spend over $1000 for a lens.

You can also do crazy things like put a 50mm f1.7 lens on it via an adapter and get a 210mm f1.7 (approx Q7) or 275mm f1.7 (Q/Q10).

In short, due to having high speed lenses the limited ISO range problem is reduced.. plus the compact size is a huge strength. I should add that have large hands and have zero problems with it.

Currently the Q is my main camera due to a DSLR theft, but I really only miss a view finder when compared to the DSLR.

The Q doe snot have "terribly mediocre lenses"- stop making things up you haven't used.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 10, 2013 at 16:47 UTC
On Pentax Q7 Review preview (240 comments in total)
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peevee1: This system would have had some sense with a macro, a superzoom (for example 24x f/2.8 a-la FZ200) and some superteles (up to maybe 2000mm equivalent). Incidentally, none of those are available, so the system does not make any sense whatsoever.

It's "only all disadvantages to m43rds" because you selectively ommit things that stand out for the Q. The Q has better ergonomics that several m43rds models and the 06 telephoto zoom is a pretty unique lens. The Q as a system is still much smaller. You also get things like 1/250th and 1/2000 flash sync which m43rds doesnt have.

You keep pointing out to the "man y lens options of m43rds" ignoring that many of those are revs and copies of each other and the fact that a photographer does not necessarily need that many options at all. It's like you are going by just numbers and saying "ok this has more therefore much better" - that all depends. Someone may not even care one bit about it since the lenses they need are covered.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 10, 2013 at 16:44 UTC
On Pentax Q7 Review preview (240 comments in total)
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RFC1925: "Pentax offers two 'toy lenses' for the Q-mount - the 04 Toy Lens Wide and the 05 Toy Lens Telephoto."

How about the Fisheye Toy Lens?

Also the 06 zoom is practically ommitted in the Lenses and Accessories page.

For me those two are the most interesting lenses in the lineup with the standard prime.

Allison- the 06 telephoto lens is one of *THE* lenses that show the potential of the system. IN all your size comparisons, that lens compared to any of the other cameras longer range zoom lenses would have beaten them by a mile.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 10, 2013 at 16:40 UTC
On Pentax Q7 Review preview (240 comments in total)
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supeyugin1: Allison doesn't understand the point of this camera. This camera is about fun, size, weight and price. The most useful lenses for the camera are 01, 03 and 06. Those lenses are extremely small, light and inexpensive. The camera is customizable much more than any compact camera, including Sony RX100, and is on par with DSLRs. None of the MILCs come even close in fun, size, weight and customization department. This is the most enthusiast MILC bar none!

@peeve A lot of the cameras you mention don't even flash sync to 1/250, let alone 1/2000 which the entire Q line can do. The ergonomics in a lot of the models you cite are sub par- Use them before you write this stuff.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 10, 2013 at 16:38 UTC
On Pentax Q7 Review preview (240 comments in total)
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peevee1: If DPR were not politically correct, the conclusion should have been clear:

It is a compact system camera, closest competitors in terms of price, handling, size and looks being Nikon J1/2/3 and S1, Oly E-PM1/2 and Panasonic GF3/5, and even NEX-3n. Of course all of those destroy any Q in any possible way, image quality, lens choice, autofocus, shooting speed, even size with a kit zoom given how small Nikon 1 11-27.5 and Panasonic 14-42 X PZ are (even NEX 16-50 is shorter than Q 5-15).
Q is only good if you want to buy the worst possible camera, with all the disadvantages of changing lenses and none of the advantages.

Said like someone who hasn't used those cameras or a Q. Handling of a Q completely crushes handling of the first Nikon 1 system. Particularly that J1. And of course, there is complete ignorance of the 06 telephoto lens in this comparison which for size and range completely beats the other options you mentioned.

But it's a lost case.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 10, 2013 at 16:35 UTC
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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