CeeDave

CeeDave

Lives in United States Quincy, MA, United States
Works as a Geoscientist
Joined on Jan 12, 2007

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I love the LAOWA 9/2.8 lens on APS-C (Fuji Mount), where of course it is more like 13-14 mm /4. It is very good there, low distortion and sharp. Tiny and well made.

However: It’s not very flare resistant, and it vignettes a lot at wider apertures. Perhaps the slower aperture here is to keep the lens small and make vignetting acceptable on 24x36 sensors?

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2020 at 15:13 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
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landscaper1: I have a feeling that it's just as easy to equip each lens with it's own step-up filter(s) to whatever the largest filter size that would fit at least one of the lenses. Then leave those on all the time.

Then there's the same idea taken one step further where the filter is fitted with a metal ring designed to mate to a magnetic adapter on each lens, which makes the process of changing filters much faster than screwing and unscrewing threaded filters.

@landscaper1, Exactly, I just step all lenses to 77 for exotic, expensive filters, and simple step up rings seem perfectly adequate, cheaper, lighter, more compact, and less complex to use. I guess if you just needed one size of these it might make sense, but not for *me*. I have wide and telephoto thread in hoods to use with the step ups if needed,

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2020 at 20:52 UTC
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Jeff Greenberg: ---
Lock MSNBC & FOX in a room
with empty bucket & bog rolls.
Don't let them out until they
slip a written mutual agreement
about ANYTHING under the door...

Both sides! What about! Blah blah blah.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2020 at 21:06 UTC
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Niko Todd: All the mainstream media must be banished on a very remote island, and then create a Jurassic park type of tourist attraction: "when the fake news ruled the world!"

Mainstream media is a Trumpism meme, you tip your hand when you use it.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2020 at 20:57 UTC
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landscaper1: In the face of all the yelling about Fox vs. MSNBC vs. whoever else, it might be helpful for all of us to remember that ALL television news, whether national or local, is driven by two imperatives: (1) Keep it brief; the audience doesn't have much of an attention span. (2) Keep it sensational so that the audience is wide awake when the next commercial hits; that's what pays your salary.

Newspaper may also have their biases, but they're much more likely to print the whole story if only because the more pages they print the more advertising they can sell.

False equivalence. MSNBC is obviously biased, but they are nowhere near as dishonest as Fox. The both sides argument let’s the worse offender off too lightly.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2020 at 20:56 UTC
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Astrotripper: LOL, if only all photo manipulations were so obvious.

BBC's editing of London protest photo was much more subtle and undetectable without access to the original photo.

And CBS at least went to the trouble of staging the photo shoot to illustrate their fake news about COVID-19 testing. Although they too pulled lazy moves like using photos from Italy for coverage of pandemic in New York.

Fox team should aim for the best and put some effort.

Fake news and propaganda is what mainstream media is. Not easy to be a journalist with integrity nowadays.

The “fake news” meme is a distraction being used by authoritarians around the world, like Duterte in the Philippines, Bolsonaro in Brazil, and Trump in the US. Only suckers fall for it, sucker.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2020 at 20:54 UTC
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Camillo: News stations are split between left and right wing propaganda. It´s all politics, no news anywhere.

The distortion is way greater on one side than the other, the “both sides” argument is both false and lazy.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2020 at 20:48 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Fujifilm X-T4 review (239 comments in total)
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sirkhann: First off - where is the beloved XF 16-80/4 that you have reviewed recently? Seems like you chose the Brick (16-55/2.8), which is not bundled with the X-T4, and even 18-55/2.8-4 instead.

Second - the best APS-C on the market? Is this because all cameras with the XTrans III are discontinued? And since when XTrans is better than a Bayer sensor? Maybe for video, but definitely not for stills - the micro detail is missing, and the higher sensor amplification takes its toll, resulting in lower DR and SNR compared to cameras with native ISO-100.

Third - AF is improved? Ok! This is what we are hearing every time a new Fujifilm X camera is released. Is it competitive with the current generation of similarly priced cameras, or it would be one of the major reasons to upgrade to X-T5 when it's launched next year? I'm personally sick of upgrading to the next Fuji only because how mediocre the AF speed and accuracy on these cameras is!

And no comparison to similarly priced FF cameras either...

Sirkahn, yes, that’s what I intended to convey. The amplifications and DR for the sensors are the same at their respective bases. Sony and Fujifilm Just label the base of the same (or very similar) sensors with different numbers, because they use different protocols within the ISO document. Of course you get lower DR shooting below base, that is well known. I wrote about DR at base, and it appears we agree that there’s no meaningful difference in that case. What was your point?

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2020 at 15:10 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Fujifilm X-T4 review (239 comments in total)
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sirkhann: First off - where is the beloved XF 16-80/4 that you have reviewed recently? Seems like you chose the Brick (16-55/2.8), which is not bundled with the X-T4, and even 18-55/2.8-4 instead.

Second - the best APS-C on the market? Is this because all cameras with the XTrans III are discontinued? And since when XTrans is better than a Bayer sensor? Maybe for video, but definitely not for stills - the micro detail is missing, and the higher sensor amplification takes its toll, resulting in lower DR and SNR compared to cameras with native ISO-100.

Third - AF is improved? Ok! This is what we are hearing every time a new Fujifilm X camera is released. Is it competitive with the current generation of similarly priced cameras, or it would be one of the major reasons to upgrade to X-T5 when it's launched next year? I'm personally sick of upgrading to the next Fuji only because how mediocre the AF speed and accuracy on these cameras is!

And no comparison to similarly priced FF cameras either...

Sirkahn, any documentation for your (third) claim that Fujifilm uses more amplification at their base ISO than other manufacturers?

Everything I’ve seen indicates that at the same ISO and exposure, Fujifilm RAWs are darker, I.e., less amplified (compared to same gen sensor in a Sony, for instance). My understanding is that base ISO means unamplified, so sensors with base ISO 100 and 160 should have the same amplification (I.e., none) at their respective bases. That’s what base ISO means, I thought.

Are you claiming that is not true?

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2020 at 14:45 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Fujifilm X-T4 review (239 comments in total)
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sirkhann: First off - where is the beloved XF 16-80/4 that you have reviewed recently? Seems like you chose the Brick (16-55/2.8), which is not bundled with the X-T4, and even 18-55/2.8-4 instead.

Second - the best APS-C on the market? Is this because all cameras with the XTrans III are discontinued? And since when XTrans is better than a Bayer sensor? Maybe for video, but definitely not for stills - the micro detail is missing, and the higher sensor amplification takes its toll, resulting in lower DR and SNR compared to cameras with native ISO-100.

Third - AF is improved? Ok! This is what we are hearing every time a new Fujifilm X camera is released. Is it competitive with the current generation of similarly priced cameras, or it would be one of the major reasons to upgrade to X-T5 when it's launched next year? I'm personally sick of upgrading to the next Fuji only because how mediocre the AF speed and accuracy on these cameras is!

And no comparison to similarly priced FF cameras either...

Sirkahn, Fujifilm has often been accused of “cheating” because they use a particular (and ISO approved) calibration method, which is intended to protect highlights; their iSO 160 gives exposures, and thus DR and noise, similar to some other manufacturers at about 100. Gotta love the ambiguity of that standard! That said, I would welcome a lower base, even at the price of poorer ultra high ISO performance.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2020 at 12:22 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Fujifilm X-T4 review (239 comments in total)
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Ruekon: The baby on the first photo of the sample gallery says it all ;-)

When will we see the first camera with EVF, claiming wysiwyg, that makes "Raw processed with ... (LR). Shadows Boosted ..." obsolete?
E.g. with a camera dial for shadows like on the Pixel 4?
Would love to give up the ISO dial for this as Auto ISO works well.

Fujifilm offer their DR ranges and other tone adjustments, most of which can be accessed with button presses on their highly configurable cameras like the T4.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2020 at 12:11 UTC
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WHeyland: It's compatible and works with MacOS Photos.

Thanks for the info, I may give it a go. I’m still working with the old (free, standalone) versions.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2020 at 16:25 UTC
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Heliar: Does it work with Affinity Photo?

Their online user guide says it does,
https://help-nikcollection3.dxo.com/system-requirements

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2020 at 16:25 UTC
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WHeyland: It's compatible and works with MacOS Photos.

Are you sure? It’s not included in the list in their online user guide...
https://help-nikcollection3.dxo.com/system-requirements

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2020 at 16:24 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Video tripods vs photo tripods (87 comments in total)

I’m surprised that there’s no mention of L brackets, which make pan heads work for portrait format and are more stable than flipping a ball head into the side notch. And they are compact, light, and inexpensive compared to the other kit discussed.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2020 at 12:38 UTC as 32nd comment | 13 replies
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cosmaracoare: Ahem. As a foreigner in America, entering with a valid passport and visa, I learned it’s not productive to antagonize the border guards. Once, being smart resulted in a secondary inspection and few hours in the back room. I got irritated but in the end the border control is doing their job and have to deal with lots of people and lots of situations. Their fuse while shorter than customer service at your favorite private company is still pretty decent compared to border control in other countries.

Do you have any reason to think the photojournalists were in any way provocative?

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2019 at 01:47 UTC
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tangbunna: damn, sand in this country is bigger than peanuts, try sand somewhere else that sand is smaller than dust particles.

Really, “dust” has no meaning for particle size, perhaps you mean silt? There are specific sizes attached to sand vs silt vs clay, e.g., the phi scale https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grain_size . If the particles are smaller than “dust,” it is not sand. It is clay. Words have meaning.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2019 at 19:57 UTC
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RecklessCoding: They look rather nice, but also overpriced for what they are. Both fStop and Mindgear offer similar solutions cheaper. Even better (for your back and wallet), you can get a snowsports backpack, like the Gregory Targhee, which fits ICUs from fStop and PD and has rear access.

PS: What's up with the hipster music at the background of the promo video? I found it distracting; even more so than other KS videos.

I am a happy user of “ordinary” packs, with simple pouches (neoprene, etc) and padding (small towels or jackets) for lenses, flashes, bodies and tripods rather than bulky, expensive, and awkward divider systems. Say something like an Osprey 30 L internal frame pack—you get much better suspension, a rain cover, great quality, and save a lot of money, too.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2019 at 12:43 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Lensbaby Omni review (43 comments in total)
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Horshack: Using the magnet positioning system it seems too easy to accidentally tilt one of the glass attachments into the camera lens and scratch a front element.

Put on a mega cheap clear filter, if you must. It’s not like it’s going to compromise the image...

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2019 at 01:50 UTC
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HaroldC3: Release a quality kit lens with it and they’d have me but not until then or a killer deal presents itself.

That’s only a ~10 percent difference in linear resolution, and the same pixel count on a Nikon, Sony or Fujifilm crop would be even less demanding. I’m not persuaded we are at the limits of good or even most lenses, especially at the center of the frame. I’m pretty sure the Fujifilm 90/2 and Rokinon 135/2, for example, will do just fine. Kit zooms, maybe not, but I don’t care.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2019 at 04:25 UTC
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