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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Raist3d: “In the pursuit of brash consumerism, this newly branded Yashica has forgotten a large part of why we take photos in the first place: joy.”

This author clearly misses what joy is. It seems. I had far more joy with a Pentax Q for over a year than any camera I used in the last 8 Years.

That the Q is a better camera is missing the point. How many people looked at Pentax Q ok release as an overpriced useless toy? Many.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2017 at 21:25 UTC

So to be clear - I think the author can make a valid point on the yashica but some of the reasons put forward don’t strike me as good or even valid (as noted below in my
Previous comments.

Classifying supporters of te yashica as fools seems to me also an unnecessary name calling to a group of people that simply wants something different than you.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2017 at 20:55 UTC as 131st comment | 1 reply

“In the pursuit of brash consumerism, this newly branded Yashica has forgotten a large part of why we take photos in the first place: joy.”

This author clearly misses what joy is. It seems. I had far more joy with a Pentax Q for over a year than any camera I used in the last 8 Years.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2017 at 20:51 UTC as 134th comment | 2 replies

“ The Yashica Y35 reminds me of those old DigitalRev videos where Kai and crew would purposely handicap themselves using inferior cameras like the Barbiecam for, well, no purpose at all.”

Are you ‘effing kidding me??!! What you mean no purpose at all. It’s right there in the video as told by Kai. It shows what photography skills are and make the counter to the point of being filled with obsession of tools over photography skills.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2017 at 20:35 UTC as 136th comment | 3 replies
On article iPhone 8 Plus sample gallery (195 comments in total)
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PaulSnowcat: Well... Honestly... I cannot imagine how ANYONE say that this can replace a real camera. I dug deep into my photo archive, VERY deep to compare quality. Well... Iphone 8 plus is better then Canon G2, better then Sony F707 and better then Panasonic FZ-10. And that's all. Panasonic FZ-30 (pictures from 10 (!!!) years ago) are better. And add the powerful zoom of FZ-30.

Phone pictures (I cannot call them photos, they are just pictures) look good only on phones.

@op- youbahould take a look at the annual *photography* iOS contest and see if those are pictures or photographs ;-)

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2017 at 16:55 UTC
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Sdaniella: RED: 40.96mm x 21.60mm (8k dci: 1.8963:1)
46.31 mm image circle
8192x4320=35,389,440 pixels
5.00 um x 5.00 um pixel

... with a typical cine camera MONSTRO cooling system ...
without which, it would not maintain either such "great" DR or IQ ... and over long periods of uncooled operation choke on its own heat ... and cpus would all quickly crash

... try achieving 8k dci 17+ DR with nothing but an unfanned heatsinked sensor in a typical modern consumer palm-sized dcam with video ... in a lightweight compact body

@sfaniella - seems like there is a complete misunderstanding of not only the market at- but the engineering feat this represents.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2017 at 23:54 UTC
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Sdaniella: RED: 40.96mm x 21.60mm (8k dci: 1.8963:1)
46.31 mm image circle
8192x4320=35,389,440 pixels
5.00 um x 5.00 um pixel

... with a typical cine camera MONSTRO cooling system ...
without which, it would not maintain either such "great" DR or IQ ... and over long periods of uncooled operation choke on its own heat ... and cpus would all quickly crash

... try achieving 8k dci 17+ DR with nothing but an unfanned heatsinked sensor in a typical modern consumer palm-sized dcam with video ... in a lightweight compact body

Unless you are being sarcastic ;-) I completely stand by what I said.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2017 at 20:59 UTC
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Stigg: imagine that! more rubbish to be filmed on super high spec equipment. its very funny or maybe not, how the spec never has anything to do with the story - except in marketing stories.

That doesn’t preclude good movies filmed here. Every single art domain has a bunch of clunkers with rare excellence.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2017 at 20:57 UTC
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Sdaniella: RED: 40.96mm x 21.60mm (8k dci: 1.8963:1)
46.31 mm image circle
8192x4320=35,389,440 pixels
5.00 um x 5.00 um pixel

... with a typical cine camera MONSTRO cooling system ...
without which, it would not maintain either such "great" DR or IQ ... and over long periods of uncooled operation choke on its own heat ... and cpus would all quickly crash

... try achieving 8k dci 17+ DR with nothing but an unfanned heatsinked sensor in a typical modern consumer palm-sized dcam with video ... in a lightweight compact body

@OP- do you really comprehend the market this camera is aimed at? (Ie not anyone here)

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2017 at 20:56 UTC
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photomedium: This would have been perfect if the guy had chosen CROP sensor at the end. As it is this sounds like the priest telling you: 'do what I say - don't do what I do'.
On course FF is better, the blur Is there in plain sight. You can get FF for 2k these days anyways, so ultimately the video was nonsense. I did enjoy the cleavage though...

I still think there's validity in what he was trying to say, but I have to conccur he sort of undid his own argument/proposition after a few seconds when he dived into why he still went FF.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2017 at 04:09 UTC
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Raist3d: @dpreview - "Every comparison is a 'real world' comparison. Test charts and studio scenes do not exist in some alternate dimension where the laws of physics are suspended—they, too, are 'real world' tests."

No, they are not. That's why they call the other tests "real world." Tests in a lab have controlled light, specific subjects, specific shutter/what have you and do not show well the countours of well lit subjects of other "real world" scenes, will not show you how the camera behaves in mixed lighting. Will definitively not show you other usability issues.

They are valuable in showing how certain parameters behave, but what may be an issue in a test lab test, may be completely utterly irrelevant for being too insignificant in a context of a particular photograph (just an example).

Again- they are valuable, in their context, but add me to the list of those who see them as a separate group of tests that are not "real world."

So yes, laws of physics are not suspended. But different laws of physics are stressed and weighted in importance differently in "real world" shots. That's why the proper context still needs to be applied, even lab tests are still important in the right context and provide meaningful data.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2017 at 04:06 UTC

@dpreview - "Every comparison is a 'real world' comparison. Test charts and studio scenes do not exist in some alternate dimension where the laws of physics are suspended—they, too, are 'real world' tests."

No, they are not. That's why they call the other tests "real world." Tests in a lab have controlled light, specific subjects, specific shutter/what have you and do not show well the countours of well lit subjects of other "real world" scenes, will not show you how the camera behaves in mixed lighting. Will definitively not show you other usability issues.

They are valuable in showing how certain parameters behave, but what may be an issue in a test lab test, may be completely utterly irrelevant for being too insignificant in a context of a particular photograph (just an example).

Again- they are valuable, in their context, but add me to the list of those who see them as a separate group of tests that are not "real world."

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2017 at 04:05 UTC as 78th comment | 2 replies
On article Fujifilm X-A10 sample gallery (165 comments in total)
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ZeBebito: Nicer than the trans sensor in my humble opinion. Fuji should have It in higher-end bodies too, at least one with evf.

This is an issue of the RAW converter. Iridient resolves much better detail with X-trans. Think about it- Xtrans has more green photosites which is what both Bayer and Xtrans use for detecting more of the luminance detail of the signal (the reason why both color filter arrays have more Green than any other color- because we humans are more sensitive to green for detail also).

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2017 at 05:50 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-A10 sample gallery (165 comments in total)
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Raist3d: This camera is $500 and people disappointed it doesn’t perform like the x-t2. The want something for nothing guys.

I think this camera can have pretty decent IQ. What I found abysmal was af speed/ response.

Bouvier- not what I see but ok :-) Having an AA filter takes a toll on detail, let alone 16 MP to 24 MP with a new sensor that has better ISO performance.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2017 at 01:33 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-A10 sample gallery (165 comments in total)

This camera is $500 and people disappointed it doesn’t perform like the x-t2. The want something for nothing guys.

I think this camera can have pretty decent IQ. What I found abysmal was af speed/ response.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2017 at 21:26 UTC as 23rd comment | 6 replies
On article Fujifilm X-A10 sample gallery (165 comments in total)
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Mateus1: X-Trans renders colour differently then Bayer that look more natural. X-Trans renders colours artificialy with "digital" feel. That's why I have never liked landscapes taken with X-Trans, they look like made in computer though many like its unnatural look. If I had to choose Fuji for landcape I wold buy X-A2/3 with 18/2, 35/1.4, 60/2.4 and 90/2 (best fuji primes with the "soul") or Touits. Or GFX.

Don’t agree. Try iidient and see.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2017 at 21:25 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Sigma SD1 (231 comments in total)
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The Davinator: Great resolution. Prone to aliasing. Color cast. Anemic dynamic range. Noisy beyond base iso. Really, it was a one trick pony...albeit barely.

If you need to bracket the Sigma you already lost severalmphotogeaphy domains. Not all domains or subjects are bracketable.

And like he said, the DR of the others will be better anyway.

Yes DR is not the be all end all but it sure to quite important if claims of image quality are going to be discussed.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2017 at 23:21 UTC
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rrccad: there's still not a camera that does clouds like a Merrill.

The Pentax is pretty great at highlight recovery also and the shadow range of the Merrill as standardly picked by sigma is abysmal. Truth is the dynamic range didn’t improve much from the dp2 series sensor but lots of people confuse more highlight range with more Total DR. When the Merrill is clearly trading highlight recovery for truly abysmal shadows compared to what others are doing.

There was a review website that showed a DR comparison between Merrill and Fuji xe1. It lost both in highlight and shadow range notably. This fuji uses as a sensor base the k-5 Sony sensor.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2017 at 18:09 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Sigma SD1 (231 comments in total)
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Scottelly: I have this camera, and I love it. There are no sharpening halos, even when the photos are super sharp. I shoot with a Sony A65 and the SD1 Merrill. The Sony is my "fast" camera, and it can do video too. I can't imagine a camera that could shoot better image quality than an SD1 Merrill for less than $3,000. Hopefully one day Sigma will make a camera with a full-frame Merrill sensor. You can still buy a Sigma SD1 Merrill at B&H: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/846208-REG/Sigma_C26900_SD1_Merrill_Digital_SLR.html

I plan to get an SD Quattro H, but I can see myself still using my SD1 Merrill in the future, to get its special look.

I can. It all depends what yourmphotographic domain is. Yes, there’s such a thing as iso 800/1600/3200/6400 photography

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2017 at 18:01 UTC
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rrccad: there's still not a camera that does clouds like a Merrill.

I know how to use them, and the DR doesn't beat the Sony sensor used in the Pentax K-5 years ago. And not even comes close.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2017 at 15:34 UTC
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