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showmeyourpics

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On Adobe CC Announcements: What you need to know article (163 comments in total)

I am a part-time pro and mostly work in fine art, reproductions of artwork and restorations of old photos. I shoot mostly in Raw and have been using PS for a bunch of years. For a time, it was great to be a NAPP member and participate in various Adobe's events. The feeling of "belonging" was good. Like many photographers, I was royally annoyed with the onset of the subscription-only formula. I updated from CS5 to CS6 and decided to stick with it for as long as possible. After the initial annoyance abated, I realized/accepted the fact that Adobe is a for-profit business whose main goal is to maximize stockholders' value. Their marketing and finance decided to go that way ad there is nothing to complain about, excluding the hassle of changing platforms if one does not want to subscribe. Even the model of a low intro price and subsequent increases was not invented by them. The somewhat bitter lesson is: we are not a large happy family of creative people, profit is the name of the game.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 21:31 UTC as 41st comment | 1 reply
On Enthusiast compact camera 2013 roundup article (227 comments in total)
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dwm2020: I fail to see how the RX10 is considered a 'compact' camera, beside it having a small sensor.

Why is the sony different from other Bridge cameras and not considered one?

Disrespectful, misguided comment that disregards the feelings of most of our fellow commentators. I do not not know who the "us who understand this art" are. I have been a successful fine art photographer for decades, have worked with more film and digital gear that I can shake a stick at, have a truckload of awards, write about and teach the art but still agree with dwm2020 100%. Please stay out of this forum if you cannot maintain a civilized discourse.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2014 at 13:18 UTC
On Enthusiast compact camera 2013 roundup article (227 comments in total)

While offering a unique and excellent feature set in a relatively small body, this is not a camera that most of us would call a compact. By size and price, I think that comparing it to a small MFT would be more realistic. Now the problem is wrapping your head around a camera that is so capable but has a fix lens. But the EVF and LCD are great and the zoom is a magnificent 24-200mm f/2.8, a range that encompasses most photography, and try to buy it as an interchangeable lens ... The body is weather-resistant too ... It looks to me that this camera, while clashing with a generally accepted camera design, offers a tremendous bang for the buck for landscape, travel, family and associated photography. It warrants a trip to B&H and some playtime.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2014 at 02:31 UTC as 9th comment
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 Review preview (318 comments in total)
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showmeyourpics: For a long time as an outdoor photographer I could not find a better balance of features, ergonomics and price than with the Olympus OM2n and its Zuiko lenses. I am happy that with their E-M camera system Olympus is back to that level of quality. I love exploring and my photography is always challenging, requiring getting up at some ungodly hours, a well supplied backpack and being ready for some tough weather. I am lucky to live close to B&H and visit monthly to check out the new toys. Last week, I had the E-M10 in my hands for a while. I left asking myself how it was possible not to fall in love with it. Minimum size and weight but excellent build quality, beautiful EVF and LCD, good control layout, awesome features and customization, and a sensor that can give you fine-art quality poster prints through a good ISO range. If I compare my beloved Pentax K5 with the two DA* f/2.8 zooms to the E-M10 (or the weatherized E-M1) with the equivalent M43 pro zooms at comparable prices ...

For me, Pentax is in the APS-C system what Olympus and Panasonic are in the M43: a winning combination of features, ergonomics and prices. I find it difficult to give up my Pentax gear - I would get the K3 in a heartbeat if I could afford it - but handling the E-M cameras with the available selection of M43 lenses makes it really tempting. If I had the budget for it I would keep them both just for the pleasure to shoot with such amazing tools.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 12:00 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 Review preview (318 comments in total)

For a long time as an outdoor photographer I could not find a better balance of features, ergonomics and price than with the Olympus OM2n and its Zuiko lenses. I am happy that with their E-M camera system Olympus is back to that level of quality. I love exploring and my photography is always challenging, requiring getting up at some ungodly hours, a well supplied backpack and being ready for some tough weather. I am lucky to live close to B&H and visit monthly to check out the new toys. Last week, I had the E-M10 in my hands for a while. I left asking myself how it was possible not to fall in love with it. Minimum size and weight but excellent build quality, beautiful EVF and LCD, good control layout, awesome features and customization, and a sensor that can give you fine-art quality poster prints through a good ISO range. If I compare my beloved Pentax K5 with the two DA* f/2.8 zooms to the E-M10 (or the weatherized E-M1) with the equivalent M43 pro zooms at comparable prices ...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2014 at 21:26 UTC as 62nd comment | 4 replies
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)

It looks like another jewel of a camera to me. If we accept the fact that different people have different shooting styles and favorite subjects, then the proper question for judging this or any other camera would be: what is it good for? As a "mature", fine art photographer, I like to "sip" my photography. I also love the look of mechanically refined gear which gives me a sense of fine craftsmanship. I appreciate the functionality of button and dial controls but still enjoy the feeling of older-style controls. This camera would not be my first choice for fast action photography but there are caveats here too. I do take publication-quality action photos of animals with slower cameras because I spent the time to learn and predict animal behavior, and "be there" at the right time and place with the camera ready for the shot. It seems like the X-T1 can offer high IQ together with a very enjoyable shooting experience for my kind of photography. It needs a good set of weatherized lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 15:17 UTC as 78th comment | 2 replies
On Readers' Choice: Best Gear of 2013 Awards article (210 comments in total)
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Frank C.: m4/3 = poor dof control. I would never buy m4/3 just because of that, FX is ok, DX is borderline, m4/3 is plain ol' bad

Dear JB, Frank C. forgot to explain that shallow depth of field, which gets shallower and blurs the background more with the increased size of the sensor, is paramount to him personally. Millions of photographers (including me with my award-winning fine art photography) are very happy with the other side of the coin: increased dof for the same f/stop, the ability to stay closer to the lens IQ sweet spot (f/5.6, f/8) and avoid extreme f/stops (f/16 or f/22) were diffraction rules and kills sharpness. If I need shallow dof with my m4/3 and APS-C gear, I do not mind just using a longer lens. The E-M10 looks like an excellent first camera to me (quality/size/weight/price balance), and it comes with a comprehensive selection of dedicated lenses which you would greatly appreciate as your technique grows.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2014 at 17:35 UTC
On Readers' Choice: Best Gear of 2013 Awards article (210 comments in total)
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oselimg: A camera (K3) never revieved by Dpreview wins it. Isn't this a proof that people don't refer to this site when buying a camera or at least a DSLR? Can infantile trollheads and gearheads take some lessons from this phenomenon and finally grow up or is it a wishful thinking?

My research is not particularly attached to any one specific web source but I have noticed that on this site, which I particularly like, the review lead time for Olympus and Pentax has been on the long side. DxO suffers from the same delays. The imaging resource K3 review is not complete either.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2014 at 17:04 UTC
On Readers' Choice: Best Gear of 2013 Awards article (210 comments in total)

I don't believe that DPR ever asserted that these are scientific surveys. With all their limitations though, with almost 30K voters they do offer a fun view of the readers' sentiments. I am glad that what wins is actually common sense. We know what to expect from FF cameras but innovation in that sector has been slow recently. As a mostly outdoor photographer, I find that the truly exciting stuff has been happening in the mirror-less category, including the new 4/3 models and the FF Sony A7. Feature sets and IQ have been going up while size and weight remain contained or are shrinking. IMO, Pentax is not an overall replacement for Canon or Nikon vast systems but keeps producing a limited number of APS-C models with killer characteristics and performance at unbeatable prices - just check out what the K50 offers, including a 79 points DxO sensor, for about $500 -. The dedicated lens selection is 1st class too with its great choice of primes.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2014 at 16:55 UTC as 22nd comment | 4 replies
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 First Impressions Review preview (622 comments in total)
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ybizzle: Buy a new EM-5 body for $799 (B&H) or a used one for $500 and call it a day. Pricing for this doesn't make sense when the body is only $100 cheaper than the EM-5.

I just want to share the purchasing strategy that has been working FOR ME as a part-time pro on a tight budget. I have been buying good quality bodies exactly at the time of the introduction of a new model to take advantage of the price drop. The savings go toward upgrading my lens collection (at an average rate of $1000 a pop). When the Panasonic GH2 came out, I got a GH1 for half the original price (with a better sensor than the new model according to DxO). More importantly, I purchased a new Pentax K5 for $800.00 in similar circumstances (DxO sensor score of 82). As long as the core features of a camera body are solid, lenses are more important to me and good glass is expensive. I believe that getting the best out of the EM camera sensors requires pro-level glass. A basic set of 2 bright zooms and a prime macro is now worth $3000+. BTW, more than drooling over new gear, I really love to get out there and take pictures.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2014 at 14:16 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 First Impressions Review preview (622 comments in total)
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pacnwhobbyist: Maybe I'm in the minority on this, but unless you do a lot of critical low-light work and plan on spending money on additional lenses, I think the Stylus 1 is a better choice in this price bracket for most casual photographers. Not to say this is a poor choice or a bad camera, it's neither. But if you're willing to put up with a smaller (but still good) sensor and the limitations it has you get a lot of the features from the OM-D series and a nice constant aperture 28-300 lens. That sort of lens option just doesn't exist in the M 4/3rds realm right now.

Words of wisdom. I wouldn't take my Nikon P7800 (same sensor size, 28-200mm lens) to a formal photo shoot but I use it almost every day for "fun" photography that regularly gives me publication-quality pics. I do some teaching and recommend beginners to start with a camera with a feature set that allows them to learn the trade but is (relatively) easy to use and comfortable to carry around. Upgrade to a more powerful, expensive, larger and heavyer system only when you are certain of your commitment to photography and your technique has surpassed your first camera (which you should keep as a spare anyway)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2014 at 18:53 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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REDred Photo: I'll never understand why so many people feel the need to trash new cameras from venerable companies. I understand that not every camera will be what everyone wants. But MANY people have been asking for a camera like this for years. Is it perfect in every way? NO... but "not perfect" is certainly not the same as awful.

To those who can only tear something down: If you don't like this camera, then it's safe to say that Fuji didn't make this camera for you... so don't buy it... Legitimate constructive criticism and suggestions for improvement are welcome... but please acknowledge that you are not the most important person in the world, you are not the only customer out there, and not everyone shoots the way you do. Why trash something that wasn't made for you?

A few generations of Photoshop ago, I realized that the software had become so good that, instead of deserving complaints, learning it's features offered me a number of aha! moments and inspired me to push the envelope of my creativity. The same thing happens with most modern digital cameras. Just reading the manual cover to cover can show most photographers how much room for improvement there is for their own technique. By reading all this bitching and moaning, it looks like the ideal camera would be the one that you turn on, put on the floor, and runs around taking breathtaking pictures all by itself.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 21:16 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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showmeyourpics: I cannot believe all the negativity in most of these posts. All the new digital cameras are miracles of engineering with performance and function sets that most photographers will never fully learn and use (the glass is 90% full). The X-T1, together with the E-M1, clearly shows where the real progress is today: strong, smaller, lighter, weather-resistant bodies with EVF's that are already excellent and in a short time will surpass optical viewfinders in every application. I am a seasoned photographer who began with manual film rangefinders and light meters. Photo gear is the tool that allows me to transform my vision into fine-art quality prints. My main system is a pro-level APS-C but even with my Nikon P7800 I regularly take home publication-quality pictures of snow and ice in temperatures near 0dF and snowstorms. I am always thrilled of what my cameras can do and marvel at the advancements that every new generation brings forth. Make no mistake, this camera is a true jewel.

Hi JaimeA, I had no more room to say it but, having the money, I would buy it too for exactly the same reasons.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 20:48 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)

I cannot believe all the negativity in most of these posts. All the new digital cameras are miracles of engineering with performance and function sets that most photographers will never fully learn and use (the glass is 90% full). The X-T1, together with the E-M1, clearly shows where the real progress is today: strong, smaller, lighter, weather-resistant bodies with EVF's that are already excellent and in a short time will surpass optical viewfinders in every application. I am a seasoned photographer who began with manual film rangefinders and light meters. Photo gear is the tool that allows me to transform my vision into fine-art quality prints. My main system is a pro-level APS-C but even with my Nikon P7800 I regularly take home publication-quality pictures of snow and ice in temperatures near 0dF and snowstorms. I am always thrilled of what my cameras can do and marvel at the advancements that every new generation brings forth. Make no mistake, this camera is a true jewel.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 17:39 UTC as 315th comment | 7 replies
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1600 comments in total)

After having read the review and the readers' comments (thank you all), it looks to me that this situation is similar to most introductions of revolutionary gear. I believe that every one here is at least partially right. The A7 is a 1st generation, ground-breaking camera and Sony should be recognized for it. It shows that MILC's are maturing quickly and approaching state-of-the-art performance all the way to FF format. On the other hand, as a 1st generation, the camera tends to be somewhat unbalanced offering cutting-edge features next to others that are not (yet). DPR conclusions mirror this reality. I would be very surprised if Sony did not take care of these shortcomings in the upcoming reiterations, and beef up the choice of (pro grade) lenses. With the often tough outdoor photography I do, this is the first camera model that would make FF approachable to me.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2014 at 17:12 UTC as 85th comment | 2 replies
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera article (921 comments in total)
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pcblade: only APS-C sensor...too tiny nowadays... Come On Fuji it's full frame time !

Let's see, if I want a full frame camera, it means that I am quite serious about my photography. Hence, I will pair the camera with a number of pro-grade, bright lenses. Obviously, I will not travel to Alaska, Venice or the Great Wall without a second body. I will shoot Raw, develop and process my pics in Camera Raw+Photoshop with a calibrated 28" full Adobe RGB monitor, make poster-size fine art prints with my 24" pro inkjet printer, win awards and, hopefully, sell my pics to magazines (which, BTW, it's what I do with my Pentax cameras and lenses). Otherwise, why would I need such a camera for?
Man, it sure is heartwarming to see that the dpreview members are on their way to vote the Olympus E-M1 the overall best camera of 2013, its midget 4/3 sensor notwithstanding. My friends, I would love to show you the pics that I am getting out of my go-anywhere Nikon P7800 which print beautifully up to 16x24".

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2014 at 20:23 UTC
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Beckler8: I like all the meaningless talk here about larger sensors and faster lenses. That exists already in Sony RX100 type models. Those have very small zoom ratios and so represent trade-offs, as does this one. So do all cameras. This class offers a unique feature set - a combination you can't find elsewhere. Maybe don't dismiss an entire class because you happen to want a different set. You might as well just say 'this is no SLR so this is garbage'. Oh wait, people do say that.

Dear Beckler8, the feature set is great on paper but it does not work in practice because of the limitations of current digital photography technology and lens design. Today, a compact camera with a 12Mp BSI CMOS sensor and a 28-200mm f/2.8 zoom is more or less the sweet spot. 45mpg small cars are great but for some uses you do need an SUV. I resent the fact that manufacturers propose overspecified small cars (cameras) as a general alternative to SUV's (DSLR's).

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2014 at 05:46 UTC
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showmeyourpics: I like and own Panasonic camera gear but this one is an absurd design straight out of marketing genius. Let's use a really small 1/2.3 sensor to reduce size and weight and then let's pack it up with 18MP (= noise fiesta). Let's add an EVF, which is a really good idea, but let's make it miniscule with only 200K dot (the Nikon P7800 EVF needs 921K dot to be just decent). And, dulcis in fundo, let's slap on a 24-720mm nice and dark (f/3.3-6.4) zoom lens on a very small body that weighs nothing and will probably be a stability nightmare (at 720mm and f/6.4, one will have to crank up the ISO setting through the roof to get a workable exposure time, but the noise will turn the picture into mush). There are MUCH better balanced compacts out there for the enthusiast photographer, everyone else is better off sticking with a good smart phone camera.

Dear @technic, my web name should tell you what I really care about (and it is technic and creativity over gear). You don't know the amount of personal angst it cost me to came to that conclusion but here is real life: most people in my family and most of my friends laud my award-winning (and money-making) photography but are thoroughly happy with their smart phone cameras (which they have with them all the time and are so simple to operate). Along the same line, I have with me a couple of Pentax K5 and a bunch of DA and DA* lenses when I go out to photograph (and I am very satisfied with the system), but taking unplanned pics while strolling around with the virtually weightless P7800 around my neck and a spare battery in my pocket is sooo comfy and sooo much fun!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2014 at 05:10 UTC
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bilcobarnes21: @showmeyourpics
You are talking complete rubbish, The TZ range is one of the best available in superzoom terms, it might not appeal to the real photo enthusiast, but as a happy snap camera with some brilliant features, great zoom, and now a vf, seems like a winner to me. don't be so quick to slate a camera just because it doesn't appeal to you, Pratt!

@technic: you are right that comments on new gear should be subordinated to the availability of reliable reviews but we are here to have some early fun. To make a boring story short, you have to explain to me why on Earth the go-anywhere cameras that most pros choose, such as the Nikon P and Canon G series, are bigger, have bigger sensors, cost more, but limit resolution to 12MP and zoom range to 200mm? Is it masochism or maybe they know something about what sound camera design is?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 21:52 UTC
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bilcobarnes21: @showmeyourpics
You are talking complete rubbish, The TZ range is one of the best available in superzoom terms, it might not appeal to the real photo enthusiast, but as a happy snap camera with some brilliant features, great zoom, and now a vf, seems like a winner to me. don't be so quick to slate a camera just because it doesn't appeal to you, Pratt!

Dear bilcobarnes21, sorry to upset you. As a part-time pro photographer with 40 years of experience and an electronic + quality engineer who used to make a living specifying very expensive electronic equipment on the balance of features, ergonomics and cost of ownership, I tend to judge camera gear the same way. Am I wrong when I state that packing a bunch of (unnecessary*) MP's on a very small sensor is a bad idea because of the greatly increased noise? Or that a 200K dot EVF looks like coarse sand? Or that at 720mm you need to shoot at least at 1/1000sec to block the subject and that, at f/6.4, this means cranking the ISO setting up to 800 or more with consequent horrendous noise out of such a small sensor**? Is this sound science or what?
* With a 12MP file properly exposed, processed and upsized, I can make fine-art quality prints up to 24x36".
**With a bigger and excellent 1/1.7 BSI CMOS 12Mp sensor, the Nikon P7800 starts showing noise at ISO400.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 15:57 UTC
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