RichyjV

RichyjV

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

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I don't understand why they would turn the grey-ish coloured hills into a strong blue that is so obviously unrealistic, equally a lot of the blacks in the buildings are now dark blue.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2017 at 05:45 UTC as 2nd comment
On article In praise of shooting monochrome landscapes (342 comments in total)
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h2k: "In an age of wide color gamut displays and HDR-everything.."
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In a way, these black-and-whites ooze HDR, i feel.

plus a few huge vignettes

Link | Posted on May 1, 2017 at 16:04 UTC

Shame on you DPR for re-reporting this baseless press release as fact. Anyone with any experience of statistics can see holes all over this immediately, its one data point!

Presume the next set of stats where Sony have a quiet month will have a headline "Sony is now the #4 full frame camera maker in Europe" or something similar?

Actually, by this logic just have a flash sale of your old inventory in a quiet month, and then post that you now are the leading seller (based on one month, once, and definitely not on the 6 months before or after).

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2017 at 02:42 UTC as 80th comment | 3 replies
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RichyjV: Portable, sleek, high quality screen, and with no dedicated graphics capability you can watch in amazement as it takes a mere two minutes to apply some filters on your 36mp images. For non photo processing needs however, looks quite convenient.

@tokyojerry: commenting that a new pc (which I described as quite convenient for non photo processing) that doesn't have a dedicated GPU will struggle with some photoshop tasks is not sensational, and certainly is not emotional, it is in fact accurate (emotional would be "its the end of the world, this is so terrible"). It might or might not be relevant to your workflow needs, it is to mine though I would love to have a pen use screen in portable form with a GTX1060 or so in it. Its a photography website, a fair assumption that a PC's photo processing capabilities are of some level of importance to the audience.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2017 at 07:35 UTC
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RichyjV: Portable, sleek, high quality screen, and with no dedicated graphics capability you can watch in amazement as it takes a mere two minutes to apply some filters on your 36mp images. For non photo processing needs however, looks quite convenient.

Adaptive wide angle, liquify, several blurs, smart sharpen, and Bridge loading of previews, these all use the GPU, and even with a good GPU can take a while on large images. In my case I have a GTX970 and these are still sometimes lengthy processes, much more so with panoramas; with my laptop sporting a GTX960M which is still a decent GPU that can get by in gaming at medium settings, these functions are all much slower.

So, while it depends on your workflow, image size and what you need as to whether a lack of decent GPU has a significant impact, for a lot of photographers it is a really big deal.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2017 at 04:49 UTC

Portable, sleek, high quality screen, and with no dedicated graphics capability you can watch in amazement as it takes a mere two minutes to apply some filters on your 36mp images. For non photo processing needs however, looks quite convenient.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2017 at 01:59 UTC as 29th comment | 7 replies
On article Prime or zoom? LensRentals investigates (237 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 (237 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
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