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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Kudos to dpreview for researching and saying something like this.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2016 at 06:21 UTC as 42nd comment
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Limburger2001: I'm very tempted to get this as a replacement for my X-M1. Killer features for me apart from the MPs are wifi remote control, panorama, timelapse and touch screen.

It is weird that people are dissing the X-Trans sensor - just compare the X-A2 vs X-M1 raw and jpeg results in DPreview's studio tests - definitely less false colour noise with X-trans, esp in high ISO and in fine patterned areas. I look forward to seeing what the reviews are like for the X-A3 :)

@Androole- color moire is not as easy to remove as you make it sound- it depends on the subject. Worse- let's say you were shooting a wedding- now you just added to your workflow to look for color moire. Moreover, the detail that Xtrans will resolve overall will be better and will have a certain "presence" thanks to the lack of an AA.

X trans doesn't do noise reduction decision for you- the latest JPEG engine in an XT10 or Iridient/lastest Fuji Raw converter proves the point. And Adobe stuff is still sub optimal for x trans though it has improved.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 17:48 UTC
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phoenix15: I have never considered Fuji all this time, because the price were always ridiculously high. But this camera changed my mind. Good move Fuji.

@Androole - not with Fuji. Fuji lenses are very good. In fact a lot of them better than a few m43rds primes.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 17:44 UTC
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noflashplease: With only contrast detection, the X-A3 won't be any autofocus speed demon. However, it's worth remember that the X-A(x) series has sold well specifically because of its conventional Bayer sensor. If only Fujifilm had dropped the X-Trans sensor concept for their entire product line?

I don't think it's fair to say the X-A line has sold well
Simply for being Bayer. It's the low
Entry model and sports completely different exposure controls. There are different markets.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 14:09 UTC
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noflashplease: With only contrast detection, the X-A3 won't be any autofocus speed demon. However, it's worth remember that the X-A(x) series has sold well specifically because of its conventional Bayer sensor. If only Fujifilm had dropped the X-Trans sensor concept for their entire product line?

But given the X-trams sensor Fuji cameras also sell well why should Fuji drop X-trains?

X-trains gives a real benefit. otherwise Fuji wouldn't have bothered. I rather have them X-Titans.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 14:08 UTC
On article Epson's 4K home projectors to go on sale next month (59 comments in total)
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DualSystemGuy: Too bad it's not actually 4K. They are playing the same games as JVC. Epson makes phenomenal projectors though.

Lamp life is still horrible on all models except those with LED/Laser light sources.

You may be right but how can you tell? The press release lends itself to two interpretations from what I read.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2016 at 17:37 UTC
On article Epson's 4K home projectors to go on sale next month (59 comments in total)
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Edgar_in_Indy: Many people are debating in the comments whether these are actually 4K. Here's the deal:

These new Epson projectors use "pixel shift" technology on the LCD panels, apparently similar to the high-resolution pixel-shift we're seeing in cameras such as the K-1, in order to achieve higher resolution than 1080p LCD panels would normally be able to provide.

I've read some objective accounts from journalists in the industry, and in an A/B comparison with a true 4K projector, there was no perceivable difference...both looked equally sharp and detailed with 4K content, and both enjoyed the same picture quality advantages over 1080p projectors.

Sooo...if the price is good, and the picture and features are competitive, I would certainly consider one of these as a replacement for my Panasonic PT-AE8000U.

If that's what it is doing there is no way you can't see a difference if you have true 4K content. What's the point of 4K anyway? No amount of interpolation will make up for true data being there.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2016 at 17:36 UTC
On article Epson's 4K home projectors to go on sale next month (59 comments in total)
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DualSystemGuy: Too bad it's not actually 4K. They are playing the same games as JVC. Epson makes phenomenal projectors though.

Lamp life is still horrible on all models except those with LED/Laser light sources.

Looks like they may be true 4'k also. Te link posted above is also for an older model.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2016 at 23:24 UTC
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Richard Murdey: Given the small amount of money I'm inclined to take their story at face value:

If it turns out after the project is greenlighted that the design infringes on a patent you are in a bit of mess. It means a total re-design, costly even if it's practical, which it may not be if the patent is carefully written. The money may have already been spent and the bag could have been in production, before they were made aware of the infringement.

I would imagine that this happens to Kickstarter projects moderately often, as the people behind them likely neglect to search patents before going ahead.

I think that can happen. What about the refunds though?

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2016 at 03:44 UTC
On article Getty Images sued again, this time by Zuma Press (68 comments in total)
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SVPhotography: This does look interesting - Stock agency vs. Stock agency.

Wonder when someone is going to ask the photographers themselves if they signed an exclusive distribution license deal with any one of these agencies.

The way the lawsuit reads, it implied that Zuma Press owns the copyright or has exclusive licensing deals with the photographers for all 47K photos...they also seem to be asking for statutory damages but show no proof of copyright registration in their legal filing...

Wonder if the photographers will see any of the money if there is a settlement or award?

Photographers with Zuma will see whatever terms they signed with Zuma when they gave them their photos.

For Getty if this is all true, apparently you don't sign anything ;-)

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 00:47 UTC
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Bart2016: Whats it matter. The photographer decided to give her photos for free and someone else is making a dollar of of it. Highsmith is not a good business woman giving it away for free to begin with. All of a sudden someone else is charging for it, Oh well. With as much time on the Earth as you have get over it and admit the error to begin with. If she thought her work had value she would have charged for it even $1 a image.

Just because you give the photos for free like she did doesn't mean someone else can pick them up and sell them. But that's not even the issue

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2016 at 03:33 UTC
On article Accusations fly over Fukushima photos (88 comments in total)
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inohuri: All photographs are lies. They are a facsimile. They will never be what was actually the subject.

This would seem to vary by intention. Here they are intended as documentation and they may have broken rules for that. Or intended as a scam in which case the photog did well.

My surreal photographs (near infrared high contrast with power lines and chain link fences) would completely disgust many followers of rules. I like them.

Oh, and by the way, I don't know what your rules are so could you please post them so I might have the opportunity to obey.

Remember the lemmings. Disney lied to you.

I did read what you said. You made a wrong analogy (which I pointed out). Maybe you didn't read what I said.

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2016 at 22:21 UTC
On article Accusations fly over Fukushima photos (88 comments in total)
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inohuri: All photographs are lies. They are a facsimile. They will never be what was actually the subject.

This would seem to vary by intention. Here they are intended as documentation and they may have broken rules for that. Or intended as a scam in which case the photog did well.

My surreal photographs (near infrared high contrast with power lines and chain link fences) would completely disgust many followers of rules. I like them.

Oh, and by the way, I don't know what your rules are so could you please post them so I might have the opportunity to obey.

Remember the lemmings. Disney lied to you.

There are light years of difference between the shots you described that would disgust people with rules of photographic style vs posting photographs with a knowingly false context. It's not about rules in that case. It's about flat out lying.

Now- I don't know whether the photographer in question did that but seems to me you are mixing two different things.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2016 at 01:54 UTC
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eno2: The video quality is disappointing (after high hopes), Fuji is definitively pixel bin or line skip, there is doubt about that now. I've downloaded and compared it to A6300 (which is definitely resizing the 4K from higher res) and even after strong sharpening in PS, the XT 2 is nowhere near as detailed and free of artifacts as the Sony.
The crop factor in 4K is bigger than I thought it wold be (around 1,79x), so you loose some wide angle in the shots.

Well, I'm probably to harsh on them. The camera and photo quality are both very good, the video image is OK, comparable to GH4 but unfortunately there is nothing exceptional to make people think about changing systems + there is the big question about video overheating?!

I think you should speak for yourself and not speak for other people and whether they would jump to it or not. Of course, in a sea of *excellent* cameras of different brands, there's really not much need to jump in either case, but not because the XT2 doesn't look good.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2016 at 06:20 UTC
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Raist3d: Fuji please- make a wearer sealed xe3 that it's a tad smaller than the xe2/xe2s. Make it a stealthier xpro2. You can even shrink the evf of you want. Art LCD like the x70.

If it comes to priorities- remove the evf but make this an xpro2 feature set otherwise. It would go great with the new primes.

willed nl - no, I don't want an X-A3. What I want is a camera that has the tech of the Xpro 2 in a very small body. More like a Pro XM1. I want Xtrans. I want weather sealing. I want well built. The price can be higher, that's ok - if it has all that. And to re-iterate- it *can* have an EVF- I only said that as if it comes to that getting in the way of size, consider it out, but it could have one- that's fine.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 10:16 UTC
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Raist3d: Fuji please- make a wearer sealed xe3 that it's a tad smaller than the xe2/xe2s. Make it a stealthier xpro2. You can even shrink the evf of you want. Art LCD like the x70.

If it comes to priorities- remove the evf but make this an xpro2 feature set otherwise. It would go great with the new primes.

I didn't say they have to necessarily do it with evf but the priority is small. Also using lcd only should not mean in any shape or form "using the camera at arms length" necessarily at all.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 05:21 UTC

Fuji please- make a wearer sealed xe3 that it's a tad smaller than the xe2/xe2s. Make it a stealthier xpro2. You can even shrink the evf of you want. Art LCD like the x70.

If it comes to priorities- remove the evf but make this an xpro2 feature set otherwise. It would go great with the new primes.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 19:14 UTC as 85th comment | 5 replies
On article Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens (293 comments in total)
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Raist3d: I just don't understand why Sony gave priority to do with lens with the great FE 55mm f1.8 around.

The FE 55 f1.8 is one of their very best lenses and much smaller. I don't get it. Can someone with a need for this new lens that shoots Sony with real world photography experience tell me what his promises that would be wanted over the 55mm?

Thanks (honest question)

MrReality - so a bit of a marketing "we can do this" statement maybe? I can see that.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 00:14 UTC
On article Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens (293 comments in total)

I just don't understand why Sony gave priority to do with lens with the great FE 55mm f1.8 around.

The FE 55 f1.8 is one of their very best lenses and much smaller. I don't get it. Can someone with a need for this new lens that shoots Sony with real world photography experience tell me what his promises that would be wanted over the 55mm?

Thanks (honest question)

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 23:07 UTC as 18th comment | 10 replies
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Raist3d: Funny to see this considering how many like to criticize Apple, but Aplle does use real iPhone taken photographs.

Sorry, but got a link to support the original claim you made? Thanks.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 11:09 UTC
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