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 Walmart sues photographer's widow over family pictures article (200 comments in total)

I hope this gets all the publicity it can get and see how far Walmart is willing to deal with the PR backlash.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2014 at 08:05 UTC as 81st comment
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2979 comments in total)

Here's an idea Sony. Make the RX100 Pro (or whatever you want to call it). It would be an interchangeable lens camera with 3 fast primes - a 28mm F2.0, a 50mm F1.4 and a 100mm F1.8. Maybe 18mm and 140mm options later.

Don't make it a super blown up new lens system, just key primes and maybe one good zoom and done. Put a nice grip area.

Oh and a new sensor variant with phase detect AF.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2014 at 02:54 UTC as 431st comment | 12 replies
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2979 comments in total)
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cheetah43: A fast 35mm-105mm equivalent lens would please quite a lot of people.

How about start the Telephoto edition at 50mm equiv? :-) I wouldn't mind.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2014 at 02:51 UTC
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.

I did see the galleries. But to be clear- image quality was never the issue with the RX100M2 I brought up, other than being a bit slow for tele at night.

Glad you like them, but maybe you should try something like a Ricoh GR for street life (or even a Pentax Q7) to see what I mean by usability.

Looks like Sony improved the usability with the new customization options. I hope the menu responds faster because it was laggy on the previous models.

Finally- here's another example and I hope it's configurable- Richard pointed out every single time you turn the camera on you start at 24mm. That's an example of *bad photographer* usability. I am hoping it's a menu config, it should be.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2014 at 02:50 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2979 comments in total)
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Tonkotsu Ramen: Is it possible to have the camera turn on with a set focal length? vs having 24mm as the beginning FL then having to change it afterwards?

No memory of focal length? Ugh. That's not good.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2014 at 02:36 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2979 comments in total)
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stippi: Hi, sorry if this has been asked before, I see no way to search the comments.

Is the ND filter used while shooting video? When shooting in bright/good light, will there be motion blur (due to the ND filter)?

Thanks!

Richard- thanks for confirming it has auto ND filter. I only have seen that in the Ricoh GR and I have to say it's a major win.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2014 at 02:36 UTC
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
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