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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On article Gear of the Year: Carey's choice - Canon PowerShot G9 X (201 comments in total)
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fdmilder: My gosh, this is a strange review.

This review struggles terribly to compare the Canon to the Sony Rx100, frequently saying things like the Canon uses the same sensor as a 2-generations-ago Sony. Similarly it says that the f2.0 to 4.9 lens on the Canon is faster than the f1.8 to 2.8 lens on the Sony, by going through some bizarre gyrations about f-stop each camera uses at the 28mm lens length. Really?

Now, I don't really care who "wins" this comparison, but you can't miss that by trying too hard, this review manages to make the Canon sound comparable to a couple of years old Sony.

By all means, if you really like the Canon because it feels good in your hands, and it's skinnier, or some other reason, then go with it. But PLEASE don't make up truly strange comparisons for the Canon to win, or even be equal. It undermines confidence in your review, and frankly, it makes the Canon sound worse, not better.

But Carey with all due respect - trying to make the Canon look like te one with a faster lens seems very contrived in the article. The Sony has the faster lens anyway and what's the difference between the two at 28mm? The Sony performs a. Little better sensor wise so that small difference won't even matter.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 23:55 UTC
On article Gear of the Year: Carey's choice - Canon PowerShot G9 X (201 comments in total)
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rgump12: Why don't people just go out and buy a gently used "USED" Fuji xe2 orANY other Fuji
digital camera... or a brand new one if you have the money and STOP all the time and energy and money waste on all of these little cameras that are Already obsolete.... if you really just want to be a photographer?? keep it around your neck or under your armpit...in the olden days we carried cameras like this. Or stick it into a little army surplus bag to carry it around. That works well even if you wear those stupid looking pre slashed $200
jeans ! By purchasing the great things Fuji is making, all the other companies would understand what they Need to be doing.

Some people like the smaller pocketable size. The photographer matters more than the camera.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 23:51 UTC
On article Gear of the Year: Carey's choice - Canon PowerShot G9 X (201 comments in total)
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samfan: Canon is more of a camera company than Sony and it shows. I always liked their compacts a lot better, even though Sony tends to have more impressive tech.

The lens starting at 28mm is a huge bummer though and a dealbraker unfortunately, even more so than the missing EVF. Also not sure whether I could live with a fixed screen anymore.

Yeah. That confused me too ;-)

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 01:57 UTC
On article Gear of the Year: Carey's choice - Canon PowerShot G9 X (201 comments in total)

Given the the better lens and speed of te Sony any day. I also love small cameras but the Sony is still pretty small.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 01:57 UTC as 18th comment
On article Tiny marvel: Panasonic LX10 sample photos (77 comments in total)
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evilmagicnut: What's the reason for so many jpg rendered with vivid, noise -5? Did the other jpg modes render unpleasing results?

I have to say good job on picking that. I thought Panasonic had improved their JPEG engine but I see now it's part workaround on your part.

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2016 at 03:53 UTC
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Raist3d: Dpreview- you are really downplaying he danger involved in the product with the battery issues. There's a reason why it was completely recalled. It doesn't help that the so called replacements were also having the same issues.

It's all fun until it happens- someone had it explode overnight while sleeping and ended up in ER for asphyxiation/poisoning treatment.

Imagine that happening in another enclosed place like an airplane. What do you think could happen to the people. You make it sound like it's ok.

It's not.

Once again, I wasn't talking about batteries in general. I think the article made good points there. I was talking about one device specifically, which dpreview seemed to downplay as a risk in the article.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2016 at 00:33 UTC
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Raist3d: Dpreview- you are really downplaying he danger involved in the product with the battery issues. There's a reason why it was completely recalled. It doesn't help that the so called replacements were also having the same issues.

It's all fun until it happens- someone had it explode overnight while sleeping and ended up in ER for asphyxiation/poisoning treatment.

Imagine that happening in another enclosed place like an airplane. What do you think could happen to the people. You make it sound like it's ok.

It's not.

Sorry but this is not a knee jerk reaction. I am not against the other aspects of the article. Note I am talking specifically about a device in question.

Please read about the device in question that was completely recalled to see the extent of the issue before replying to my post and taking it as a knee jerk reaction.

The risk in the device that was recalled is "hardly a perception" but a reality.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2016 at 20:55 UTC

Dpreview- you are really downplaying he danger involved in the product with the battery issues. There's a reason why it was completely recalled. It doesn't help that the so called replacements were also having the same issues.

It's all fun until it happens- someone had it explode overnight while sleeping and ended up in ER for asphyxiation/poisoning treatment.

Imagine that happening in another enclosed place like an airplane. What do you think could happen to the people. You make it sound like it's ok.

It's not.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2016 at 17:13 UTC as 19th comment | 4 replies
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2176 comments in total)
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Spectro: looks like a nice camera made some nice improvements over the original.

for IQ, xtran filter doesn't seem to really hold any advantage anymore, once the bayer on the same sony sensor took off the aa filter of the 24mp aps-c. Actually the nikon d7200 and d500 looks a tad sharper even at the astroturf grass detail in raw (I don't shoot OoC jpeg). Sony a6300 raw has some weird color artifact or chroma noise. The grey scale text of the fuji while less sharp somehow has less color artifact then the nikons.

@hifimacianer - I don't quite buy that particularly later version of Capture One Pro. LR/Adobe has had a problem with X-trans. It has gotten better- in particular as they got Fuji color profiles which help a lot get good color now from the get go - which was also a problem.

But detail wise they are still behind Iridient, though a technique to slide up the detail slider helps.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2016 at 20:41 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2176 comments in total)
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Spectro: looks like a nice camera made some nice improvements over the original.

for IQ, xtran filter doesn't seem to really hold any advantage anymore, once the bayer on the same sony sensor took off the aa filter of the 24mp aps-c. Actually the nikon d7200 and d500 looks a tad sharper even at the astroturf grass detail in raw (I don't shoot OoC jpeg). Sony a6300 raw has some weird color artifact or chroma noise. The grey scale text of the fuji while less sharp somehow has less color artifact then the nikons.

Also dpreview continues to use LightRoom/Adobe stuff for the raws presented in the studio test shot - which is not the best set of apps to get the most detail out of X-trans.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2016 at 07:20 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2176 comments in total)
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Spectro: looks like a nice camera made some nice improvements over the original.

for IQ, xtran filter doesn't seem to really hold any advantage anymore, once the bayer on the same sony sensor took off the aa filter of the 24mp aps-c. Actually the nikon d7200 and d500 looks a tad sharper even at the astroturf grass detail in raw (I don't shoot OoC jpeg). Sony a6300 raw has some weird color artifact or chroma noise. The grey scale text of the fuji while less sharp somehow has less color artifact then the nikons.

X-trans does offer the advantage of more resilience to color moiré.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2016 at 07:18 UTC
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WryCuda: Seems that "smart" phones aren't so smart.

My 10 year old Nokia does everything that I require, and it only needs charging every 10 days or so.

Don't throw all the smart phones in the same category. They are talking about a very specific model.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2016 at 17:14 UTC
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Mark Eberts: I am sure they could have updated the FW for older Fuji cameras too - they just did not want too do so - sad !

Why would there be trouble in paradise? Because Fuji didn't update older camera models when they have generally been updating them for free anyway?

I guess some people want something for nothing forever.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2016 at 07:40 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (657 comments in total)
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aramgrg: Now Oly says it is 15fps. Hmmmm...
http://www.getolympus.com/us/en/e-m1-mark-ii.html

Never mind I also acknowledge and agree- that there is certainly a difference form m43rds to APS-C and FF. Yes, a lot of m43rds users do not see that- I will agree to that, but I am not one of them.

I rather be faithful to something more factual and my photography than to particular companies.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2016 at 07:06 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (657 comments in total)
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aramgrg: Now Oly says it is 15fps. Hmmmm...
http://www.getolympus.com/us/en/e-m1-mark-ii.html

This si what you said above "The difference between sensor sizes of M43 and Nikon 1 is less than bw FF and APS-C btw."

This is patently false by the surface area which is what matters in the difference in the sensor quality.

I have experience with both sensors. I agree with you that the original 12.3 mp sensors in Pens weren't that great by the time they came out. But maybe you don't know- it wasn't until the Sony sensor-J5 that the Nikon 1 also caught up to where 1'' was (they were quite behind with the Aptina sensor by the time the V3/J4 came around).

So yes, if you are going to compare with an early generation Pen m43rds, sure. But that was years ago. The V3 was relatively recent and was pretty behind.

So your analogy not only fails on the fact that the sensor area is not what you claimed, but also by the complete contrived mismatch in technologies in time you decided to compare.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2016 at 07:04 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (657 comments in total)
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aramgrg: Now Oly says it is 15fps. Hmmmm...
http://www.getolympus.com/us/en/e-m1-mark-ii.html

aramgrg - Hmm.... as for myself you would be wrong. I sure mention that. You can read my history in the Olympus 4/3rds and m43rds forum if you don't believe me so you are barking up the wrong tree :-)

Keep in mind it was you who made the false claim that the difference was less between 1'' and m43rds sensor size and m43rds to APS-C. I find that also pretty interesting to then switch subjects :-)

I hold no alliances. I like some stuff. I would not be regularly using Fuji but I love what they are doing (size is the main issue). That doesn't mean just because I am at the moment using a m43rds system I would throw trash at them. I realize many people in dpreview do that, but I don't think I am one of them. Also I am talking from a position of experience with the Nikon 1 system.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2016 at 05:43 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (657 comments in total)
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aramgrg: Now Oly says it is 15fps. Hmmmm...
http://www.getolympus.com/us/en/e-m1-mark-ii.html

Given the major re-work and specs, I wouldn't be surprised Olympus claims for the most part are spot on. I am still curious how much they pushed DR though given they are still capturing- AFAIK - 12 bit raw.

As for leap in Mpix? I honestly think 20 MP with no AA filter is a good place to be. They are covering the landscape/product shooter needs by speeding up super resolution which can work great for those purposes (along with fixing movement in images for landscapes).

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 11:11 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (657 comments in total)
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AngelicBeaver: I'm really hoping they'll let you dial back the noise reduction in JPEG mode. The E-M1 still applies a ton of NR, even when noise filtering (or whatever their special noise reduction term is) is turned off. That's my biggest gripe about the E-M1. I don't mind the noise as much as I mind the visible loss of fine detail due to smearing. Just give me an option to leave the grit (luminance noise).

Some people like to shoot JPEG for a variety of possible- still valid- reasons over RAW, and it's always good to have a good JPEG engine. The Pen_F pushed the Olympus JPEG engine up, and Fuji has been quite actively pushing theirs.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 10:42 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (657 comments in total)
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aramgrg: Now Oly says it is 15fps. Hmmmm...
http://www.getolympus.com/us/en/e-m1-mark-ii.html

Yxa- Yes, I understand that, but a camera that can do 10fps C-AF with mechanical is still doing less (the rest being equal which I will admit it won't be) than one that can do 10fps C-AF with mechanical *and as an option* 18 fps with electronic.

As for rolling shutter effects it all depends how they implemented it because they could compensate for it.

Most rolling shutter is usually affected by panning a lot so if you are shooting a sequence of someone coming at you at an angle that you don't have to pan too much, the results may very well be quite quite acceptable anyway.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 10:38 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (657 comments in total)
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aramgrg: Now Oly says it is 15fps. Hmmmm...
http://www.getolympus.com/us/en/e-m1-mark-ii.html

Yxa- Olympus says in their USA website they can do up to 18fps C-AF Tracking mode (electronic shutter).
Update- I see you said that. 18 fps with electronic shutter C-AF is quite good. the Nikon 1 system can only do 6 fps with mechanical and only does 20 fps with electronic.

So basically if the EM1 MKII can do C-AF "like the Nikon D500" with a mechanical shutter, I understand your point on Olympus marketing, yet this is the state of the art as far as that speed goes (we'll see how well they do it though). Can you can still get C-AF with 18 fps electronic which could still be useful.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 09:57 UTC
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