RichyjV

RichyjV

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

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On article Prime or zoom? LensRentals investigates (232 comments in total)
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RichyjV: This should be compulsory reading for any forum post including the words
"DXOMark Score", and a few others.

I remember some time ago DXO holding off on their review of the Nikon 70-200 2.8 VR II, saying that they had tested a copy and it didn't rate as high as expected, so they were going to get a better copy to test. I remember wondering how many other lenses were afforded the same treatment, suspect that the 70-200 was a special case as it is well regarded and people would have questioned the methodology if it had not scored well. DXO has perfectly valid information available for a variety of factors given the limitations of close distance flat field testing and probably not multiple samples tested. Unfortunately these are pretty big limitations then moved to the much less useful output of a single number score with a headline proclaiming a new king of sharpness.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 16:32 UTC
On article Prime or zoom? LensRentals investigates (232 comments in total)

This should be compulsory reading for any forum post including the words
"DXOMark Score", and a few others.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 10:53 UTC as 74th comment | 5 replies
On article Zeiss adds super-wide and tele- options to Milvus line (49 comments in total)
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DavidB2: Anyone know if the 135mm is optically identical to the Zeiss 135mm f2 zf.2 APO?

Its not like there was a glaring improvement it needed, makes sense for them to label it Milvus since thats the line brand they want to promote and calling it Otus just made the other Otus look expensive by comparison

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 23:56 UTC
On article 6 tips for better wildflower photos (62 comments in total)
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SirSeth: I've heard (but have yet to experience) that a tilt-shift lens can be a great gear choice for wild flower vistas. It lets you tilt the focus plane to include small foreground objects and distant mountains without needing to focus stack or use an f-stop that might bring in diffraction limitations.

It can, the issue is that you want a fairly flat plane with the flowers closest to you, heading up towards the distance, so if they are all different heights, or you have trees in the shot nearby, then it doesn't work as well. It also takes a bit of time to set up, you need to be careful with exposure and set it manually before tilting as it can impact it quite a lot on occasion, and sometimes focus stacking will take less time overall.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2016 at 14:28 UTC
On article 6 tips for better wildflower photos (62 comments in total)

Sprinkle with Orton effect too it seems :)

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2016 at 14:24 UTC as 25th comment | 3 replies
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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 (224 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 (71 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 (31 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 (743 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 (743 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
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