RichyjV

RichyjV

Lives in Hong Kong Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Joined on Feb 1, 2013

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RolliPoli: With lenses there are three principal characteristics:
Sharp
Fast
Cheap
You can only have two of those three.
Which two would you prefer?

Normally this is a saying for tripods. Not sure there are that many sharp and cheap but not fast options around, or else there would be some fantastic and cheap f5.6 lenses around for landscape work. Equally the optical formula for 35 and 50mm primes is simple enough that they usually are fast, cheap and reasonably sharp as well.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2016 at 05:28 UTC
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DuxX: No AF = no interest

I'm a Nikon user and the D800E really doesn't have a good focus screen option. Fortunately I shooting landscape distances with my MF lenses and have live view and usually a tripod so its not really an issue as I have the time to get it right usually. For this 1.2 lens they state that its strong at close distances so studio/close portrait work presumably so less likely to have that luxury of taking the time over the shots. I love my 135 f2 Zeiss, but for portrait work I'd take the substantially inferior old Nikon 135 f2 with AF every day of the week (would prefer the Canon version as its the strongest AF option).

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2016 at 05:22 UTC
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DuxX: No AF = no interest

I use a Zeiss 135 f2, a Nikon 45mm PC-E 2.8 shift tilt, and a Zeiss 21 2.8, all manual focus, and I have my technique down but I've not been convinced by the focus screens available. The magnified eyepiece helps, but still 1.2 is a tiny tiny DOF at close distances (and they mention that the lens performs best at close distances).

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2016 at 00:40 UTC
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Pat Cullinan Jr: Made by slave labor. Xixiang Town, ShenZhen, Guangdong, China.

Before the Civil War in this country, many people in the North would not purchase the products of slave labor. Maybe it's not as simple as that.

Its not slave labour, plenty of half empty factories in Shenzhen with people moving back to their families in the West, the factories have increased pay to retain them, there have been a load of labour laws added, lots of auditing etc. Worst I can say about the labour is that it is hard to find good quality in the region, but certainly not slave labour.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2016 at 13:55 UTC
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DuxX: No AF = no interest

While I like and use manual focus lenses, at f1.2 that would be a real pain, and if you arent shooting f1.2 then why use this lens?

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2016 at 13:50 UTC
On article Looking Sharp: A focus stacking tutorial (220 comments in total)
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SirSeth: Oh for a tilt shift lens! This is what they are for and no worries about cloning out motion blur or matching exposures. Of course it's an investment, but so is Photoshop and the equipment used in the tutorial. Of course knowing how to do this is a fun skill to pick up and I'm also in favor of stacking apps like Zerene Stacker and in camera Apps like Olympus has been developing. But Sony should make an E-mount tilt-shift.

While I have a tilt shift lens and very much enjoy it, there are also downsides to shooting with it. It takes much more setup time to get the shot right, but then obviously less time in post processing. So if the scene is right in front of you right now and time is urgent, then spamming a focus stacking set is quick and easy, you pay the price later putting it together. If you have plenty of time then T&S is great, if the scene fits it. Sometimes you get a scene and maybe 80% of the elements you can line up in the plane of focus, but 20% are not..

So sure T&S is a nice tool (quite a steep learning curve), but focus stacking also has its place - although as others point out, getting absolutely everything in the image in focus and sharp isn't always great for making a good image!

Link | Posted on May 30, 2016 at 04:40 UTC
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RichyjV: Good to see smaller developers such as these guys and the FastRawViewer ones are still able to carve a niche improving on the Adobe offerings. I really haven't seen much innovation in Photoshop for a while (still use it as its the best one stop shop tool), and things like the save to web are really pretty poor and should have been improved upon a long time ago. I use Save As very often and almost every time I need to manually select Jpeg from a long list as I can't tell it to default there, really basic stuff that's easy to improve.

I use them, but in actions you are talking custom resize to say a set size. Usually fine to have one action for multi resize and saves for portrait orientation and one for landscape, but its less useful for panoramas where height = 2000 or length = 4000 can get the image into trouble. No 'set long edge = X pixels' as far as I can see. If an action could do long edge then I could batch save, as it is I have to use several different ones.

Link | Posted on May 21, 2016 at 07:37 UTC
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RichyjV: Good to see smaller developers such as these guys and the FastRawViewer ones are still able to carve a niche improving on the Adobe offerings. I really haven't seen much innovation in Photoshop for a while (still use it as its the best one stop shop tool), and things like the save to web are really pretty poor and should have been improved upon a long time ago. I use Save As very often and almost every time I need to manually select Jpeg from a long list as I can't tell it to default there, really basic stuff that's easy to improve.

Yeah this is correct and its an improvement allowing me to set 90% jpeg as default. Still actually lagging behind (of all things) Camera Raw save functionality where I can select my presets for long edge size, naming, type, quality etc. I use it for 4k length shots for a large tv, and full size jpegs with different labelling.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2016 at 08:40 UTC

Good to see smaller developers such as these guys and the FastRawViewer ones are still able to carve a niche improving on the Adobe offerings. I really haven't seen much innovation in Photoshop for a while (still use it as its the best one stop shop tool), and things like the save to web are really pretty poor and should have been improved upon a long time ago. I use Save As very often and almost every time I need to manually select Jpeg from a long list as I can't tell it to default there, really basic stuff that's easy to improve.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2016 at 06:22 UTC as 13th comment | 4 replies
On article Readers' Showcase: Phil Garcia (73 comments in total)

Charming work, I really enjoyed these.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2016 at 16:25 UTC as 48th comment
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Horshack: I'm guessing it wasn't socially acceptable to attribute the price increase to the real source - the decrease of the value of the yen.

Because they have to buy in various raw materials to make the lenses, and the weak yen means its much more expensive for them to do that. I'm heading over there in a few days, its crazy how cheap things are at the moment due to the weak yen.

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2016 at 04:48 UTC
On article Readers' Showcase: Giuseppe Milo (32 comments in total)

The compositions are really interesting, a few of them feel like the vignetting is ultra strong which is great for subject isolation but makes me wonder where, say, the rest of the bridge went

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2015 at 13:55 UTC as 31st comment | 1 reply
On article What's missing? Ming Thein on the state of mirrorless (744 comments in total)
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Mike99999: It is difficult to take Ming Thein seriously. His photos are terrible and his opinions a joke. A bit like Ken Rockwell but without the humor.

I take him seriously, his photos are consistently good, his thoughts well-articulated and usually very fair, and he had a good commercial sense and knows what it is like to work with demanding clients in project-orientated work. That gives him a heap more credibility that most others in these comments sections. He is a proven high-level pro, comparing him to Rockwell is the only humourous thing here.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2015 at 09:15 UTC
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Martin.au: No New Zealand?
Iceland?

Maybe too short a list. :D

Most beautiful places I've seen:

New Zealand South Island
Jasper National Park, Canada
Iceland, especially icecaps and interior
Assynt, Scotland

Still not seen Patagonia or Nepal, or a hundred other areas, but how can a list of the best not include the best?

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2015 at 05:17 UTC
On article What's missing? Ming Thein on the state of mirrorless (744 comments in total)
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sensibill: As expected with his usual inaccurate/unbalanced Sony-bashing style, Thein lists a photo of an A7 series in with the header 'Too slow and unresponsive, power hungry'... Sounds like someone fell out of favor and didn't get a review sample from Sony.

And then 'take a long time to fix – after a long period of denial...' referring to Sony RAW compression (there was no denial on Sony's part).

Not sure what he's talking about with UI delays, either. But then, he's baiting clicks like other 'shock blog' folks (Lloyd & Rockwell) with the whole 'no cigar' thing about mirrorless. Some of us definitely have our needs met these cameras and there will never be a ONE SIZE FITS ALL solution. Just 'one blog gets more clicks'.

You guys do talk some absolute rubbish. Only in a heavily populated Sony forum will you hear so many attacks against people who 'only quite like' the camera, which he BOUGHT and USES. He doesn't have any advertising, no revenue from the clicks, so click bait is hardly an accurate accusation, and the amount of rubbish he must be sent from little internet trolls can hardly be worth the ZERO revenue he gets from it. Seriously if you can't handle people who civilly and rationally disagree with you about how a camera matches THEIR use needs, and you need to attack them relentlessly for it, youve got issues.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2015 at 01:05 UTC
On article What's missing? Ming Thein on the state of mirrorless (744 comments in total)
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NoMirror99: Ming's lack of knowledge about Sonys as demonstrated in this article, brings the veracity of the entire piece into question. In spite of that, I agree with some items in his list. And these are not DSLRs, get over it!

The guy uses the Sony A7r II to a very high standard, has a discussion on what he likes and doesn't likes, isn't over the moon about it but its good enough to have a place in his kit. The guy knows almost everything there is about every camera he uses, if you read more than one review that would be absolutely obvious to you. Get over it, hes a great photographer writing an honest review and he only quite likes your brand. He has a list of exactly what it is that he doesn't like, its not like he is bashing for fun, unlike half of the posters in this comments section with a fraction of the understanding of the camera, the brand, or how to shoot. Androole above actually quotes the guy, he uses it because sometimes its the best tool for the job, but he doesn't think its nearly as useable as some other stuff yet.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2015 at 00:56 UTC

"Reported to be worth between $8-10m, the company has made massive strides in both the commercial and consumer markets, and is claimed to account for over 70% of drone sales. According to figures quoted by Reuters, the company is on target to exceed $1 billion in sales this year"

A company with a $billion in sales is worth between $8 and $10 million? Thats interesting maths there.

Hasselblad has been quite strongly promoted here in China, some really spectacularly overpriced average consumer cameras targetted at the very wealthy who don't know any better. Interesting to see how drone development continues now that countries are starting to consider legislating in view of privacy and some security concerns. The quality of drone photography is already very high in many cases, and people seem to be able to pick up the skills pretty quickly.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2015 at 09:45 UTC as 14th comment | 2 replies
On article Samsung launches enormous 18.4-inch Galaxy View tablet (87 comments in total)
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backayonder: Would be useful for showing clients large images before printing etc?

I think it would. I've never seen a client stick their face close enough into a device to make out the pixels on most devices. Now my 5.7 inch phone screen has a higher resolution, but I think 1080P is still fine for a device this size in real life. Most 21 inch computer monitors are the same rez. I'd rather see an image this size and rez than a much smaller much higher PPI image, there are so many images that don't work on small screens and need larger ones to look good.

Obviously I'd prefer higher resolution if I can get it and it doesn't otherwise impair the device, but I think this would work well for this job.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2015 at 05:25 UTC
On article Photo prodigy: The images of 17-year-old Taylor Gray (165 comments in total)
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fatdeeman: Most of this stuff is better than anything I'll ever take, a big part of that is down to the locations but then again that's always been half of the equation. This guy has a fantastic eye, is creative and technically proficient. I'm not as good as him at 32, I was comparitvely useless at 17.

I think a lot of people here feel very threatened by his talent.

Really, you think its threatening? Why is good work threatening? There's so much of it around, you will be feeling that way all the time.

I have to say that to me they look like well executed standard images. Nice locations, nice light, quite heavy post processing work, the usual night-time shots combining multiple exposures etc. Be in that location at the same time, 8 second exposure, f2.8, ISO 1600, some noise reduction, manual HDR, vibrance enhancements, pretty normal 'good' level photography. Really, pick any day and go to flickr's opening page of popular photos and you will see quite a lot of similar ones. I think the only 'talent' that cant be easily learned and is more innate is a *really* good eye, which is easier to see in street and harder to demonstrate in landscape.

I think the author should have just said 'we really like his work, what do you think?' rather than telling us that we should think he is a prodigy, thats not a conclusion that is easily reached.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2015 at 05:59 UTC
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