Luke Kaven

Lives in United States New York, United States
Works as a Researcher/educator, music producer, photographer
Has a website at http://www.lukekaven.com
Joined on Mar 11, 2004
About me:

Researcher/ Educator
President at Smalls Records | www.smallsrecords.com
Featured artist in the HDRI Handbook by Christian Bloch (2nd Ed)

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Luke Kaven: I can't believe the rate-of-climb on take-off! They climb like fighter jets. I wonder what kind of chase plane they were using and how they were set up?

Nice spot! At first I thought "T33, seriously?", but you're right, it is the Canadian T33 variant, and after thinking about it, it's probably the best thing for the job. That airframe has to be over 50 years old. It's interesting to see it chasing its great grandkid around.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2017 at 07:30 UTC
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Luke Kaven: I can't believe the rate-of-climb on take-off! They climb like fighter jets. I wonder what kind of chase plane they were using and how they were set up?

Possibly the airport shots. I thought there were also some shots taken nearly at cruising speed which would be hard to achieve with a drone or helicopter. Hmm. Maybe I should take another look.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2017 at 21:32 UTC

I can't believe the rate-of-climb on take-off! They climb like fighter jets. I wonder what kind of chase plane they were using and how they were set up?

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2017 at 21:10 UTC as 33rd comment | 4 replies
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beavertown: Nikon would have been today's Sony if they had started to produce their own sensors 20 years ago.

I don't think Nikon had or has the kind of capital required to do R&D or manufacturing on this scale. They could not have kept up with Sony.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2017 at 09:13 UTC
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Luke Kaven: This camera, and the Nikon D3X, had the most beautiful colors of any DSLR I've seen before or since. There was something magical about that version of the Exmor sensor that none have matched since.

These were special cameras as well.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 01:42 UTC
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Mescalamba: One of best color accuracy/color separation CFAs in digital camera. Only comparable would be something like SLR/n or 645 back from Kodak.

Sadly they cooked a bit too much in camera. Also its compressed bits are meh.

Sensor was shared with D3x btw.

Prettiest colors I ever saw in a DSLR, along with the D3x.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 15:10 UTC

This camera, and the Nikon D3X, had the most beautiful colors of any DSLR I've seen before or since. There was something magical about that version of the Exmor sensor that none have matched since.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 15:09 UTC as 58th comment | 3 replies
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Luke Kaven: Nikon has not introduced a new FX DSLR since the D810/D5. The D810 is still a top contender of course. But Nikon won't see an FX sales bump until they introduce a new FX camera. I think this is next on their list. And I really think they are going to invest in a "seriously, this time" mirrorless design.

Good news for Sony, who has achieved impressive things. But don't count Nikon out of the full-frame camera market.

If Sony is going to be building the preferred sensors, then Nikon is going to have to differentiate themselves somehow. If Nikon wants to commit to optical finder DSLRs, then they should have the best optical finder in the business. If Nikon wants to add mirrorless FX, then I think they'll have to design a pro-spec body that beats the A7-whatever. As noted, they are short of lens products in this area, and wasted a lot of time, but they could make it happen.

They misidentified the 1" sensor market somewhat, and let Sony take that with the RX. My suggestion is that Nikon moves its pro-DNA into every part of its line.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2017 at 18:45 UTC
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Luke Kaven: Nikon has not introduced a new FX DSLR since the D810/D5. The D810 is still a top contender of course. But Nikon won't see an FX sales bump until they introduce a new FX camera. I think this is next on their list. And I really think they are going to invest in a "seriously, this time" mirrorless design.

Good news for Sony, who has achieved impressive things. But don't count Nikon out of the full-frame camera market.

If Nikon were to come out with a professional-grade mirrorless camera, that would generate a sales bump. I think Nikon could also introduce a new class of pro-grade DSLR body, not as big as the D5, but a bit more robust than the D8xx class, and with a very high-end finder.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2017 at 11:31 UTC
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Luke Kaven: Nikon has not introduced a new FX DSLR since the D810/D5. The D810 is still a top contender of course. But Nikon won't see an FX sales bump until they introduce a new FX camera. I think this is next on their list. And I really think they are going to invest in a "seriously, this time" mirrorless design.

Good news for Sony, who has achieved impressive things. But don't count Nikon out of the full-frame camera market.

My point is that Nikon's FX cameras are past their initial sales bump. The D810 sold like hotcakes when it first came out. It's still a killing camera, but most of the people who want them already have them. The introduction of a new camera would stimulate 100k or perhaps 200k camera sales, and that would move these statistics significantly.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2017 at 20:33 UTC

Nikon has not introduced a new FX DSLR since the D810/D5. The D810 is still a top contender of course. But Nikon won't see an FX sales bump until they introduce a new FX camera. I think this is next on their list. And I really think they are going to invest in a "seriously, this time" mirrorless design.

Good news for Sony, who has achieved impressive things. But don't count Nikon out of the full-frame camera market.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2017 at 18:20 UTC as 37th comment | 9 replies

Field users will be happy to learn that a portable power-supply is planned to untether your creative horizons. The new half-ton lithium PowRPak will afford you minutes of carefree shooting.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2017 at 10:24 UTC as 79th comment

Nice featuring-writing Allison Johnson! DPR is upping its game all the time.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2017 at 23:58 UTC as 20th comment | 2 replies
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rfsIII: Lars,
I'm confused why this particular computer got singled out for special attention? 16gb of RAM is barely adequate to run Photoshop let alone Premiere and there is no mention of the GPU which is as important or even more important than the CPU for imaging editing.
Did I miss something?

Only two cores in the 7500U i7. It's got about half the performance it should have. This one must be a 924 Porsche at 911 prices.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 10:20 UTC

For a Porsche, it's kind of underpowered with only two cores. So where's the design deficit -- cost, thermal load, power, or mystique?

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 10:15 UTC as 26th comment | 1 reply
On article Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF bokeh demystified (355 comments in total)
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MrBrightSide: It will be fun to see a shootout between this lens and the new Nikon-two completely different approaches to the same type of lens. DPR should post a bunch of identical portraits shot with the two lenses and let readers vote on their faves.

Nikon 135/2 DC is a special favorite, comes together at about f/3.2.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2017 at 20:40 UTC

I see it features a "short-fingered" mode with a sycophantic, self-effacing digital assistant. It spends its idle time googling you, and uses state-of-the-art anti-reality filters to deliver only the most glowing praise. It takes blame for things you did. In Conway mode, it thinks up too-long excuses for your worst transgressions.

Now that's value-added.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2017 at 08:47 UTC as 13th comment
On article GIMP seeks funding for future advanced features (239 comments in total)
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Kaso: "Future advanced features"? I recommend the GIMP developers spend some quality time on the stability, performance and usability qualities of the current implementation. It's exciting to work on new features, but if the baseline is buggy and slow and painful to use, the program will remain a sideline curiosity.

For years, I've tried hard to reach a "critical mass" level of interest in and proficiency with GIMP. No smiles yet.

Alex, thank you for the clarification. You are obviously an authoritative source. Although I seemed to recall that there were serious problems coming up with a 16 bit workflow. Obviously, this was a very late feature to arrive. And I recall other members of your project explaining it in a way very similar to the way I did. I don't mind being set straight, though I don't feel the question is answered.

Nevertheless, I always liked GIMP, believed that many ideas that have gone into it are brilliant, and I feel that plans for the future are strong. I look forward to its next major version very much. Adobe's designers abandoned the idea of innovation a long time ago in Photoshop.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2017 at 11:08 UTC
On article GIMP seeks funding for future advanced features (239 comments in total)
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Kaso: "Future advanced features"? I recommend the GIMP developers spend some quality time on the stability, performance and usability qualities of the current implementation. It's exciting to work on new features, but if the baseline is buggy and slow and painful to use, the program will remain a sideline curiosity.

For years, I've tried hard to reach a "critical mass" level of interest in and proficiency with GIMP. No smiles yet.

Thanks for the correction, TommiK1.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2017 at 10:41 UTC
On article GIMP seeks funding for future advanced features (239 comments in total)
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Kaso: "Future advanced features"? I recommend the GIMP developers spend some quality time on the stability, performance and usability qualities of the current implementation. It's exciting to work on new features, but if the baseline is buggy and slow and painful to use, the program will remain a sideline curiosity.

For years, I've tried hard to reach a "critical mass" level of interest in and proficiency with GIMP. No smiles yet.

A rewrite wasn't optional, as the original GIMP was built on an 8-bit engine, embedded so deep that there was no way to replace it without a complete rewrite. A number of very good updates were proposed to go along with it, most importantly the node-based dataflow language that can be used to specify arbitrarily complex operations that can't be done in any way with Photoshop. But the poor user interface, which I think was originally based in Tk/Tcl was going to be a lead weight on the project. I suspect the present initiative seeks to fix that.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 12:34 UTC
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