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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On article Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF bokeh demystified (349 comments in total)
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Aroart: Bokeh is so overrated.. I Have a very strong fine art background and started getting getting serious about photography for the past 6 years.. Out of all the elements that make a great photograph bokeh is dead last.. Even photo contest winners rarely win because of, ooohhh look how blurry it is... Subject matter, Light, Composition, Story, will make or break your photograph..

Bokeh is just one more variable that is part of the composition. Whether you use it in a shot or not is up to your needs and wants.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2017 at 06:02 UTC

This may be an infomercial, but man at least it's talking about doing real photography and doing some real shots. Well sold/well done.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2017 at 06:07 UTC as 12th comment
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dark goob: Tombstone will read:

Here lies Nikon: the Sega of cameras. Killed by Sony in 2018. RIP

Wow you guys, these are references that not everyone will get :-) Nicely done (I like Sony Playstations but I still have my Dreamcast).

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 06:15 UTC
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Wu Jiaqiu: news like this is the tip of the iceberg for the camera industry, sales are falling so gear is going to get more expensive, some might treat this as good news having no love for Nikon, but it's symptomatic of the whole camera industry

Except Canon reported a profit I believe along with like 50% market share? Forgot (can't remember the exact number so give or take 10%).

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 06:13 UTC
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fullstop: Weird people complained about the micro four thirds sensor size yet are OK with the 1" sensor size .............. my Panasonic GM5 is great, small, interchangeable lenses, etc etc

By the time I need to replace it technology will offer better things and it would not be a 1" sensor

They may not be the same set of people.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 06:09 UTC
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falconeyes: There is a lesson to take home for Nikon:

Even a market leader can be too late to adopt a new technology and become extinct in that niche.

Sony turned the 1" premiums into a cash cow, still Nikon failed to materialize any profit from that market.

The next, more important exercise will be enthusiast full frame mirrorless cameras. Aka 4k video, 50 MP stills hybrids.

Why should we believe you? I mean, you say you are a journalist. Says you. Another name on the internet.

Let's look at the facts of the every increasingly expensive premium line of 1'' Sony cameras, along with the fact they have come out with that many. Why on Earth would Sony bother if they are not making a profit?

Reviews praise them. Sony makes the camera *and* the sensor, so they have quite a control on cost for its manufacture. And they are best sellers.

Yeah, sure, as are sign of a very unprofitable line :-)

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 06:08 UTC
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Raist3d: Call me when ferrania finally delivers on the original kickstarter film. Still waiting.

What I mean I I don't believe anything coming out now until it comes out ;-)

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 02:44 UTC

Call me when ferrania finally delivers on the original kickstarter film. Still waiting.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 02:28 UTC as 16th comment | 3 replies
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Jorginho: "Admittedly the smaller Four Thirds sensor lags behind many cheaper APS-C and Full Frame solutions with regards to low light and noise performance",

APS-c? Not per DxO, not per Mathieu Gasquet, not per Gordon Laing. We are talking about significance or not. DxO shows it is insignificant. A7II is better but by 2/3 of a stop or so mostly.

Would be nice if dpreview was as thorough as some other reviewers are or as they used to be some years ago. I have the cam and GH4. The Em1.2 just gets you better output. Not by a lot but this effectively closes the gap with APS-c for the time being.

Otherwise: nice interview and good to see Oly is working on things and it is good to note this is not surprising.

@Androole - thanks for the link to mirrorless website comparing X-T2 vs EMII.
Seems like they missed just one thing perhaps- the fact you get a little notch up on the XT2 if you resize to similar resolution to the EM2 but that's minor.

It's really amazing how far Olympus has come, though the high Iso is still better on the Fuji side.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2017 at 08:30 UTC
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Jyrki Leskelä: That Amazon ad of E-M1 Mk II body only with price of $500 is too good to be true.

Of course!

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 18:24 UTC
On article A comfortable fit: Panasonic Lumix GX850 overview (117 comments in total)

@dpreview staff - yes, the flash can be tilted upwards like some. Check out this video at around the 2:98 mark.


Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 08:02 UTC as 2nd comment

I got two new things out of this interview: An X-E3 will come and a Medium Format X100F type camera will come (within two years is my bet).

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2017 at 10:06 UTC as 11th comment
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dash2k8: Every time a rare drone accident happens, drone haters come out in droves. I'm going to guess that drone-related severe injuries are probably not even 0.1% of vehicular-related injuries. Now, some people will say "that's because there are more cars and bikes on the road," which sort of proves the point: proportionally there are so few drones that injuries almost never happen. When was the last time you or someone you know got hurt or killed by one? I don't hear anyone complaining about airshow-related casualties or theme park injuries (both of which do happen, and have injured or killed more people than drones) for the same reason: they're rare. It's OK if people don't like drones, but some people make it sound like a drone is a serious injury waiting to happen. I do agree that pilots of drones need to practice caution in public spaces just as we don't wield knives in parks, but let's keep things objective.

Dash- I think you missed the point brought up that nobody paid to go to a gun show the same way someone goes to a gun show. As for cars- we don't see someone without being arrested driving a car through a crowd outside of the roads designed for car travel.

This is not the case with these drones flown in public areas. And if someone hits someone else with a car in an accident you bet there's a court case.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 20:47 UTC
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Nicholas Wilson: There sure are a lot of folks commenting on this that don't know what they're talking about. The DJI drones automatically enter Return To Home (RTH) mode if they lose the control signal. Sometimes that happens when the pilot tried to fly around a tall building, such as the Space Needle, and the building blocks the signal exactly when it's on the opposite side from the pilot. If the drone then tries to RTH it then flies directly into the tall object, unless it is a Phantom 4 that has obstacle avoidance to prevent that. The pilot has no control when the drone is in RTH and there is no control link radio. As for height limits, they are not hard and fast. The FAA suggests not exceeding 400 ft. above ground OR 400 ft. above a building. The pilot was not in violation of FAA rules or the law. This was an accident. I have a private pilots license and I fly a DJI Phantom 4 drone for photography. In over 20 hours and 60 flights, my drone has never once gone out of control or flown away.

Someone flew their drone into this structure. That someone needs to take reaponsibility. As a drone owner or pilot you need to be aware that you can lose signal control and how the equipment you bought or rented could potentially behave.

If I am driving on the highway under ice conditions I can't say I am not responsible saying "it was an accident that the car track control didn't kick in as I thought it wouldn't" while driving changing lanes at over 30

You are flying a drone to a tall structure with people around.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 20:40 UTC
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Wild Light: This is probably the best digital M and I can't wait to get it.

if you don't understand it, good for you. You save yourself a ridiculous amount of money and the lifetime of obsessive lust you catch for ever more.

But you will never experience the love and feeling you get when you look at your pictures and cast your eyes over what is probably the best rendering you will ever likely witness and can only be described as poetry and magic.

I was with you until the last part at the end. I give you that the Leica draws in a particular way but to make any camera quirks and characteristics of drawing poetry and magic requires a photographer.

Now- to experience poetry and magic of the ergonomics of the photographic tool that would be different. If talking about the rendering in isolation there's many cameras that do that poetry and magic in their own way. None of this creates a photograph.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 18:15 UTC
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SiberiaWolf: A 2017 camera that costs around 1k, without IBIS - that might be deal breaker...

@everyone - the gx85 is a fantastic camera and a great value. But it's possible both the x-t20 and gx85 are fantastic cameras and great value.

Pick the pros and cons of each that match what you need and want at the price. One being good doesn't mean the other is bad.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 18:13 UTC
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SiberiaWolf: A 2017 camera that costs around 1k, without IBIS - that might be deal breaker...

Xentinus - on cameras with excellent jpeg engines I sometimes do or convert in camera the raw to share.

Whether I shoot jpeg or not is irrelevant to the point this is an area the xt20/ Fuji Excell

Jpeg is a valid workflow depending what you are doing. Reuters demands jpegs now.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 18:11 UTC
On article Fujifilm X100F steps up to 24.3MP, adds AF joystick (34 comments in total)

@dpreview - the shutter release is "shutter release time lag of 0.01 seconds a". The 0.2 seconds is about shooting interval (whatever Fuji means in that context). It's in the very press release you are publishing from them above.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 06:09 UTC as 19th comment
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SiberiaWolf: A 2017 camera that costs around 1k, without IBIS - that might be deal breaker...

Are you kidding me? It's a camera that has a premier 24 MP APS-C sensor, the best JPEG image quality in town, one of the best usabilities around, great system of lenses.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 06:04 UTC
On article A comfortable fit: Panasonic Lumix GX850 overview (117 comments in total)
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SteveY80: Micro SD? Yuck.

Not the end of the world, but they fitted a full size SD card in the smaller GM1 so I don't understand this decision...

Anyone know if it has auto-ISO in manual + exposure compensation like its much bigger brother the GH5?

That can be really handy for street photography (to maintain a deep depth of field and motion freezing shutter speed in changeable lighting), which is what I'd mainly want to use this for.

Steve- you are correct. I missed that he meant non-cpu lenses- me bad.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 09:47 UTC
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