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-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2979 comments in total)
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Raist3d: My main concern with this camera is that it apparently handles very similar to the RX100 MKII. I'll be frank and say that trying the RX100 MKII, I was pretty underwhelmed with the workflow/ergonomics/shooting experience to the point that it made me wonder what are the reviewers focusing about when reviewing the camera.

I do respect what Sony has done with this line from a technical point of view, but from a photography point of view, I feel they need to address some issues.

The RX100 MKIII Does address the lens issue (good), puts a very cleverly designed EVF (good). To me that wouldn't be enough to get out of the bad RX100 MKII shooting experience- but if the menus are much more responsive now, that would be a step forward that together wight the new enhancements would put the RX100 MKIII as the first Sony model in this line I could recommend and perhaps even consider. I found the menu response of the previous models a bit laggy.

JamieA - Apparently you need to consider that not all people have the same needs/wants and photographic experience. Yes, I know how the camera operates. Oh and I happen to have computer programming experience so not understanding computers is hardly the deal breaker here.

Maybe you should not assume what my background is before typing and consider that perhaps some people have a legitimate point of view when pointing these things out. And the RX100 MKII is hardly the only camera I have used, so I think I have quite a perspective on this.

Here's also some pictures from my portfolio. I do street photography-

http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/portraitofawoman.jpg
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/dsc_2109.jpg
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/flankedbyshadow.jpg
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/dscf5480.jpg

I have seen more and more that people that tell me comments like these don't seem to do much photography, but if you have a good link to yours I welcome it.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2014 at 18:40 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2979 comments in total)

My main concern with this camera is that it apparently handles very similar to the RX100 MKII. I'll be frank and say that trying the RX100 MKII, I was pretty underwhelmed with the workflow/ergonomics/shooting experience to the point that it made me wonder what are the reviewers focusing about when reviewing the camera.

I do respect what Sony has done with this line from a technical point of view, but from a photography point of view, I feel they need to address some issues.

The RX100 MKIII Does address the lens issue (good), puts a very cleverly designed EVF (good). To me that wouldn't be enough to get out of the bad RX100 MKII shooting experience- but if the menus are much more responsive now, that would be a step forward that together wight the new enhancements would put the RX100 MKIII as the first Sony model in this line I could recommend and perhaps even consider. I found the menu response of the previous models a bit laggy.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2014 at 08:10 UTC as 490th comment | 9 replies
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2979 comments in total)
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larrytusaz: The existence of quality "always with you" options like this, the 3rd version of the RX 100 III, is why there's no excuse for EVER using your freaking PHONE for photography pursuits because "the best camera is the one that's with you." As small & potent as this is, using the smartphone's camera is so lame. (As for price--you can now get the 1st RX100 for a relative song.)

By the way, someone with the portfolio of photos like yours shouldn't get all high up on the stand of speaking "for the art form". I just took a cursory look and I am not seeing much that can be called all that great. Not trying to be a jerk- just what I saw.

For reference here's some of mine- rhmphotos.com

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2014 at 07:53 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2979 comments in total)
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larrytusaz: The existence of quality "always with you" options like this, the 3rd version of the RX 100 III, is why there's no excuse for EVER using your freaking PHONE for photography pursuits because "the best camera is the one that's with you." As small & potent as this is, using the smartphone's camera is so lame. (As for price--you can now get the 1st RX100 for a relative song.)

And there are very valid reasons why he chose the iPhone in those situations he did. If you were not so hung on on "ultimate image quality" of a device you would realize that tools have their use in their right moment, according to the preferences and needs of a photographer.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2014 at 07:51 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2979 comments in total)
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larrytusaz: The existence of quality "always with you" options like this, the 3rd version of the RX 100 III, is why there's no excuse for EVER using your freaking PHONE for photography pursuits because "the best camera is the one that's with you." As small & potent as this is, using the smartphone's camera is so lame. (As for price--you can now get the 1st RX100 for a relative song.)

"The device matters, because people who care about excellence will use tools commensurate with the aspiration. People who use a phone for "photography" are making a mockery of the art form and people who actually try, acting like some snapshooting toy is a capable "photography" machine. "

What a bunch of nonsense. You should tell that to award winning photographer Brooks Kraft that covered the past presidential cmapaing for Time Magazine, partially using iPhone for it with Time Magazine printing even a full page with his iPhone 4S photos (not even 5S which has a better camera!).
These are tools, and the tools go with needs/wants/and feel. You can buy an expensive Nikon D4S and make as much mockery of the art form with it as your proposed art form used- the photographer is by far the bigger determinant in whether a photograph is a photograph, not the tool.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2014 at 07:48 UTC
On Flickering fireflies in time-lapse article (34 comments in total)

Pretty cool!

Direct link | Posted on May 17, 2014 at 10:04 UTC as 19th comment
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Retzius: pop up viewfinder.

bravo sony, damn cool

Oh nice! I was wondering if they included the ND this time.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 05:57 UTC
On Light Field Cameras - Focusing on the Future article (134 comments in total)
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forpetessake: A solution in search of a problem.

Of course there's also other key questions left Unanswered even as of now even in lytros website- like what is the iso range. Also will this tech scale up in resolution? I suppose 5 MP is enough for most weddings though.

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2014 at 19:44 UTC
On Light Field Cameras - Focusing on the Future article (134 comments in total)
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forpetessake: A solution in search of a problem.

I am sorry but I don't see as part of a wedding photographers dream to go trough 250-1000 shots doing another post processing operation if I can get the focus right in the vast majority of the shots at the moment of capture.

Yes I am talking from experience. If Lytro has a good interface to set a nominal focus at the moment of capture so you only have to worry about fixing only the mis focused shots that's different but I have not read they do that anywhere.

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2014 at 19:41 UTC
On Light Field Cameras - Focusing on the Future article (134 comments in total)
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Raist3d: Not buying it yet as presented. I still stand that nobody wants to spend endless time refocusing hots in their own. Its work.

Now, the automatic perspective focus playbak I saw in the guy Ina car shot that is loteninteresting- but unfortunately for Lytro some of those effects can be had in post with regular photos - or similar enough that many people won't care.

And as far as a wedding photographers dream- no lore out of focus shots - tht sounds good but if a wedding photographer with a good autofocus camera is getting the shots- tht other photographer has a big leg up in time to deliver/ competitiveness over the Lytro- must post process every shot for focus wedding photographer

Unless the new Lytro camera can at least simulate fous well

Yes. I have tried it several times with a few samples. It doesn't make sense. Its gimmicky. People so not wantto spend endless time refocusing.

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2014 at 19:12 UTC
On Light Field Cameras - Focusing on the Future article (134 comments in total)

Not buying it yet as presented. I still stand that nobody wants to spend endless time refocusing hots in their own. Its work.

Now, the automatic perspective focus playbak I saw in the guy Ina car shot that is loteninteresting- but unfortunately for Lytro some of those effects can be had in post with regular photos - or similar enough that many people won't care.

And as far as a wedding photographers dream- no lore out of focus shots - tht sounds good but if a wedding photographer with a good autofocus camera is getting the shots- tht other photographer has a big leg up in time to deliver/ competitiveness over the Lytro- must post process every shot for focus wedding photographer

Unless the new Lytro camera can at least simulate fous well

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2014 at 17:57 UTC as 48th comment | 2 replies
On Olympus PEN E-P5 Review preview (494 comments in total)
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peevee1: I am surprised that the unreasonably high price is not listed among the cons. A lot of higher-class cameras such as Sony NEX-6, Fuji X-E1 and now even Pana GX7 are actually cheaper, making E-P5 very bad value.

Actually the GX7 IBIS is pretty good. Other reviews have put it much higher than the 1 stop you quote. Moreover, the work around for the blurry shutter shock introduces lag in taking a shot...

And if you think IBIS (which the GX7 has anyway) is important how about a silent electronic shutter for photographing a classic music concert, theater, or candid shooting?

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2014 at 07:09 UTC
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bluevellet: Man, it's ugly.

Hopefully, it still takes great photos.

Taking great photos is up to you- the photographer.

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2014 at 10:22 UTC

The prices are wrong. Nikon USA lists them in a way that makes much more sense (maybe their press release was originally wrong?):

Nikon J4 + PD zoom - $599.95
J4 + dual kit zoom = $849.95
J4 + all in one lens kit zoom (10-100) = $1049.95

- Ricardo

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2014 at 09:12 UTC as 9th comment

Nikon! I think you got the pice right for the pd kit lens but not for the dual lenses. I mean $400 usd diff?

No matter no guess people can buy the cheaper one and the other lens cheaper separately (but that doesn't make sense)

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2014 at 04:56 UTC as 13th comment | 2 replies
On Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R real-world samples gallery article (272 comments in total)
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The Name is Bond: An 85mm is not for headshots or even head and shoulder shots.

It's for head and half torso at the most.

You need a 135mm equiv minimum for headshots.

If you don't believe me then try it with your consumer zoom. It makes a huge difference.

That depends on the intent of the photographer. You can totally do a headshot with an 85mm focal.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2014 at 09:03 UTC
On MIT algorithm predicts photo popularity article (97 comments in total)

Basically sex and p*ssy sells :-)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 29, 2014 at 09:27 UTC as 45th comment | 1 reply
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2271 comments in total)

I have to applaud Leica for including 16GB ram built in. This means you never forget to take that menaced with you.

I always wondered if anyone would do this and I have to say 16Gb is pretty usable generous even for raw+jpeg shooting.

This may sound stupid until that day you have the camera with you and you realize you have no memory and you have some killer shot in front of you.

Very few things are more frustrating to a photographer than seeing a shot s/he can't take in front of him or her.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 19:47 UTC as 544th comment | 4 replies
On Lytro announces Illum light field camera article (346 comments in total)
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samfan: It is a nice toy, but how often do you really need to change the focus after the image is taken, unless it's misfocused? There have been some nice examples, but honestly if I am viewing photos, I like to look at them and not play with them. For interactivity, we have videogames.

Plus the largest issue of this system is the proprietary format. Without uploading those image-thingies to Lytro web site, you can't share them. I'm not sure if you can even view them. If the company goes bust, you basically lose the option to use the original images.

And there's the resolution thing... And the new price thing. Original Lytro was at least inexpensive.

Napil- full stop faster is meaningless if the ISO performance of the Sony is still better, which it may very well be.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2014 at 15:27 UTC
On ISO1600MoneyAtSunset - Nikon 1 V3 test photo in Raist3d's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

DPreview as I just found out re-compressed JPEGs. The original JPEG is even more detailed.

I can't use my website at the moment as it uses type pad which is under a denial of service attack.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2014 at 07:23 UTC as 1st comment
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