Matthew Miller

Matthew Miller

Lives in United States Boston, United States
Works as a Open Source / Linux Doer-of-Things
Has a website at http://mattdm.org/
Joined on Aug 25, 2006
About me:

1996-1999: Casio QV10A
1999-2004: Nikon Coolpix 950
2004-2007: Olympus C-5060
2006-2006: Fujifilm F20
2007-2010: Fujifilm F31fd
2007-2007: Pentax K100D (mostly with DA 40mm f/2.8 Limited)
2007-2009: Pentax K10D (mostly with DA 40mm f/2.8 Limited)
2009-2012: Pentax K-7 (still mostly with DA 40mm f/2.8 Limited)
2009-2011: Fujifilm F200EXR
2012-2015: Pentax K-5ii (+ 15mm, 40mm, 70mm Limiteds)
2015- : Fujifilm X-T10 (+ 23mm and 56mm)
2016- : Fujifilm X-T2 (+ 23mm and 56mm, and added 35mm WR)
Now you know. :)

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Lee Saxon: Are they just aping the appearance of the Canon, like the new Voigtlander 58 does the Nikon Ai ? Or does it actually rip off the optical design? I'm not a *huge* fan even of the former, but if it's the latter DPReview should not be promoting it (even if the patent is technically expired).

Lee, you say "even if the patent is technically expired" that DPReview should not "promote" this lens, with a strong implication of moral or ethical lapse.

But the entire point of the patent system is to encourage the publication of innovative designs for others to use! Were this a copy, that would be exactly system working as designed. Since the Canon lens in question here was released in 1991, surely any patents related to it are not merely "technically" expired but _actually_ expired.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 00:21 UTC
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M W B G: Lets hate it. It is not of a brand we own so I hate it.

And it's way too expensive for a thing I wasn't going to ever buy anyway, so anyone who does buy it is clearly not as smart as me.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 21:49 UTC
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Photo Aficionado: I noticed several samples were taken at F/8 and F/10. I am not sure why anyone would use those F-stops with shutter speeds less than 1/4000th. I hope the answer is not a concern for too shallow a DoF at 21mm.
For 21mm and a focal plane 20 feet away, F/5.6 would provide a DoF from 10 feet away to infinity.

That's only for a 0.015mm circle of confusion, which comes from a 2× crop factor and the traditional value for 35mm film. That's not necessarily up tp today's pixel-peeping standards.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 21:49 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2176 comments in total)

"Instead of the previous behavior, where you could hold down any of the Fn buttons to bring up the customization menu, on the X-T2 you instead hold down the 'Disp/Back' button to gain quick access to the button customization screen."

Oh thank goodness. I took me forever to stop from accidentally bringing up that screen.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 19:39 UTC as 133rd comment
On article Petzval 58mm real-world samples (58 comments in total)
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samfan: Nice samples. Seems like a fine toy lens but definitely more useful than the fad lens that was around a few years ago - what was the name, baby-something.

This one can be useful for actual artistic effect in the right hands. I probably wouldn't know how to use it well, although it can be used as a fairly regular lens with the bokeh dialed down. That's always nice when speciality lenses like this allow it.

Lensbaby. Still around and making interesting products evolved from that first one. http://lensbaby.com/

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 17:08 UTC
On article Samyang goes Premium with MF lens range (58 comments in total)
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Steenoe: The Laowa 12mm seems like a really interesting alternative to this. It accepts 100mm filters and has a hard stop at infinity!
http://www.venuslens.net/product/laowa-12mm-f2-8-zero-d/
My 14mm UMC Samyang, can focus 2 lightyears past infinity, and I dont really need that ;-) and the distance scale is way off at long distances. Hope Samyang took a look at those issues with this new lens.

_Plus_, the position of the hard stop can change with temperature. Do you want your infinity to be accurate for the summer, or for the winter?

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 16:27 UTC
On article Canon EOS 5D IV: What you need to know (185 comments in total)

I know I've said this before, but I'm going to repeat this plea until someone listens. :)

Please start rounding ISOs above 6400 or so. We do this with shutter speed and we do it with aperture. Why get all finicky with ISO. "102400" is excess precision. Just say 100,000, or "ISO 100k". Like this: 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12k, 25k, 50k, 100k.

Ahhh, so much more human.

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2016 at 18:34 UTC as 6th comment
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Herp Photos: OK Fuji now where is the X-T2 kit including this lens.

I don't think there will be one; this series is clearly designed for the X-Pro line. Doesn't mean you can't use it, of course, but I don't think it makes sense as a kit.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2016 at 19:57 UTC

I love Kickstarter for art, music, and creative technology products made by individuals or small teams. I've backed hundreds of projects and been happy even when they've not ended up as planned. It's not so great as a replacement for other funding for companies to launch new product lines.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2016 at 13:41 UTC as 16th comment
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2176 comments in total)
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JP Scherrer: Can we use Nikon lens on it ?

Yes, with an adapter. No autofocus.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2016 at 14:36 UTC
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Glen Barrington: I can't see me EVER using a service like this. Too many bad people in the world.

The open source and free software world is a true sharing economy, as is the Creative Commons artistic community.

"Sharing economy" as a term for what is really a "gig" or "peer rental" model is propaganda which deliberately misuses the word "sharing" in order to attach to the good associations most people have with it.

See also this Harvard Business Review article https://hbr.org/2015/01/the-sharing-economy-isnt-about-sharing-at-all which suggests "access economy".

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2016 at 15:15 UTC
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Glen Barrington: I can't see me EVER using a service like this. Too many bad people in the world.

Please don't use "sharing economy" to describe this. Renting is not sharing.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2016 at 21:33 UTC
On article Beyond the table top: 5 mini tripods reviewed (199 comments in total)

While not a tabletop solution, and not necessarily applicable everywhere, if you're in the market for something like this, you might also consider the Manfrotto Super Clamp + 155RC Double Ball Joint Head.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2016 at 17:25 UTC as 10th comment

Time to stop with the excess precision! Can we just call this "ISO 3M"?

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 13:29 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply
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Battersea: Fuji should over the "worn" version of the camera at a premium the way Fender Guitars has their Relic series. I know a bad idea, I'm full of them.

Leica has beat them to it - http://www.popphoto.com/gear/2015/02/new-gear-leica-m-p-correspondent-was-designed-lenny-kravitz-comes-pre-distressed

Link | Posted on Feb 29, 2016 at 16:41 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2660 comments in total)

The article notes: "and our initial impressions of shooting with one older 50mm Pentax prime aren't wholly encouraging."

That's because the classic 50mm f/2 is just plain, it pains me to say, not that great. I think it's probably even safe to say that it's the worst Pentax prime lens ever. Put that down and find the f/1.7 instead (still easily available for budget prices everywhere).

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2016 at 22:23 UTC as 689th comment | 11 replies
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2499 comments in total)
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Atazoth: I’m going to by an X Pro 1 and this is why;
Comparing studio scenes between the XPro 1 and D750 $1700 vs $2000, The Iso noise levels are very close. The D750 is only slightly better. At 12800 you can really notice the D750 has less noise but it looses a lot of detail (notice the lines on the cap of the tube of paint they are invisible on the D750 The XPro 1 is still pretty clear). The Fuji’s color also is better over all and much better in some situations. The type is also easier to read on the XPro 1. That is compared to a full frame body with an equivalent lens. The X pro 1 is also all metal body, the d750 is not and the Xpro 1 has better weather sealing. Fuji’s equivalent zoom lenses are also a *lot* cheaper and a little smaller.

Yes, +1000 to what Miles Green says. Additionally, the difference in price between the bodies you are looking at is negligible in the long term, so looking at that small percentage difference as "greater value" is missing the point. Look at the whole system. For many people, Nikon provides an immense value for the price; for others, it's going to be Fujifilm. Nothing wrong with that.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2016 at 10:09 UTC
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Matthew Miller: Nifty.

It'd be more a more interesting if the filters were attached to lenses at the time. A lot of the energy from the drop goes into the bounce....

@Greg Errr, yes, obviously. What's your point?

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2016 at 15:17 UTC

Nifty.

It'd be more a more interesting if the filters were attached to lenses at the time. A lot of the energy from the drop goes into the bounce....

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2016 at 00:04 UTC as 40th comment | 4 replies
On article Nikon fills in the blanks on professional grade D5 DSLR (538 comments in total)
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Matthew Miller: Can we please go metric with the ISO numbers? And I'm glad to see a little rounding instead of the ridiculous excess precision that 3,276,800 would be, but even there's _really_ no reason to not just to to nice even numbers, like 400, 800, 1600, 3K, 6K, 12K, 25K, 50K, 100K, 200K ... 1600K, 3M.

(The difference between 3M and precise 3276800 is about an eighth of a stop. Basically meaningless.)

@TheEulerID — shutter speeds ¹⁄₄, ¹⁄₈, ¹⁄₁₅, ¹⁄₃₀, ¹⁄₆₀, ¹⁄₁₂₅, ₁⁄₂₅₀, ₁⁄₅₀₀. Same thing and it's worked for years.

And apertures: f/5.6, f/8, f/11, f16, f22 instead of f/5.65685425, f/8, f/11.31370850, f/16, f/22.62741700. (Check out how that last one is traditionally truncated instead of rounding.)

All stops are "binary". The excess precision buys us nothing.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 01:51 UTC
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