Richard Schumer

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jyw5: This isnt really medium format...just larger than FF. The price is good...but then you have to buy more glass.

For those complaining the price is too high, may I remind you it is the same as a Nikon D5 and only $500 US more than a Canon IDx-II . I doubt the FF cameras can duplicate the IQ of its larger sensor.

Some pros are stuck in the studio all day; for this use, the Fuji system makes a lot of sense -- especially since it can use Fuji's excellent leaf-shutter glass through adaptation.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 09:14 UTC
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Richard Schumer: Here's what puzzles me and makes me doubt Kodachrome's return:

The spokesman said Ektachrome was reintroduced because of professional demand. Ektachrome came in many sizes including 120 and 220, which were favorites of wedding photographers at a certain time. OK, after working with both chemical and digital photography, I can see where chemical processes have been automated and might take less of a pro's time than digitally post-processing images.

But Kodachrome was only available in 35mm and I can't think of a pro use for it in that format except calendar work.

Can someone explain -- I guess I just don't get it.

@Paul -- I didn't get the word that K200 was 120. Thanks for the correction.

And I didn't even think about magazine work, where 35mm K"chrome had a monopolistic hold. Of course, there are fewer print magazines today, but Kodachrome slides might make a good-looking digital zine, too!

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 06:46 UTC

Here's what puzzles me and makes me doubt Kodachrome's return:

The spokesman said Ektachrome was reintroduced because of professional demand. Ektachrome came in many sizes including 120 and 220, which were favorites of wedding photographers at a certain time. OK, after working with both chemical and digital photography, I can see where chemical processes have been automated and might take less of a pro's time than digitally post-processing images.

But Kodachrome was only available in 35mm and I can't think of a pro use for it in that format except calendar work.

Can someone explain -- I guess I just don't get it.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 06:19 UTC as 66th comment | 9 replies
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TheWhiteDog: If they really bring back Kodachrome I will revisit my film past. Still have my light box, just need to get a camera and 2-3 primes. Will never displace digital for me but more choices in the toolbox make for more creativity. And the tactile feel and the constraints of working with film breed discipline and what is learned there can makes ones digital photography better. So, do it Kodak, bring back Kodachrome!

TheWhiteDog wrote "just need to get a camera and 2-3 primes..."

OMG, you just opened my eyes! Film is the ultimate retro-hipster pose, but, you are right, and, if so, buyers will need film-capable cameras -- new one that look old, as the pawn shops are now picked clean of working old ones YMMV. Next, Kodak will be bringing back the infamous Ektra....http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/Kodak_Ektra...and famous Retinas. ;0}

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 06:12 UTC
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ProfHankD: At 4:19: Nee-kahn? Is that really how it's supposed to be pronounced?

"Nikon" was a mashup of its full name -- Nippon (Japan) Kogaku (Optical Works) -- so it would be pronounced like the first syllable of "Nippon".

Another explanation is if the Japanese language has a long-I sound, it is not transliterated into English with the western letter "i."

We Americans seem to pronounce things any way we choose and think it's correct.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 04:21 UTC
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Irakly Shanidze: now, that's cool. in my opinion, every photography student has to go through at least 20 rolls of kodachrome

@Rolliex: Kodak has always held the processing of Kodachrome to in-house, for reasons that are probably technical but secret nonetheless. Whether they will license the process in future (considering the investment probably necessary) is open for discussion.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 04:05 UTC
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Irakly Shanidze: now, that's cool. in my opinion, every photography student has to go through at least 20 rolls of kodachrome

entoman wrote "photographing on film, and then developing and printing it...."

Kodachrome is a slide film which can only be processed by Kodak itself, unlike Ektachrome, which can be souped in a very well-equipped home or commercial darkroom. Making prints of a slide film is a pretty finicky process, as well, and not for the faint-of-heart.

A color-negative film like Kodacolor is easier, even for university-level darkrooms.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 00:08 UTC
On article DJI reportedly takes majority stake in Hasselblad (191 comments in total)
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Trued1: As a swede I was actually thinking about taking the step from a7rII to the ever so awesome X1D. But after this news that is NOT going to happen. Chinese Hasselblads NO way. Just like both Volvo and SAAB Cars taken over by chinese.........
Please find some SWEDISH investors for Hasselblad!

China is NOT a democracy it is a country who put opposition i labour camps and copies anything made and developed in the western world. last thing I saw was a copied Porsche Cayman. Apparently they have te guts and we should have the guts to refuse their products and apply pressure on "our" companies to pull out of the dictatorship.
I always look where a thing is made can I avoid any product from china I am pleased. Sony has some products still made in Japan and my MacPro is made in the US with pride.

@lancet: In my long lifetime, my dad had a new ca. 1960 122S (Amazon) I drove as a teenager; I was impressed most by its build quality. Eight years later, my sister bought a new 144. She loved it. Around 1990, I was given a ca. 1970 164 with 200000 miles on it and it ran great if a little slowly. Fifteen years later, I bought a 1983 240 and owned it for ten years, selling it for more money than I paid for it while doing zero repairs. When it became too beaten-up by San Francisco parkers to drive, I changed to a 1999 S70, which now has 178000 miles without a squeak or rattle. The paint still shines and everything works as well as new.

Needless to say, I am sold on the brand.

I never had a Hasselblad, though, as Volvos are cheaper!

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 20:33 UTC
On article DJI reportedly takes majority stake in Hasselblad (191 comments in total)
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Trued1: As a swede I was actually thinking about taking the step from a7rII to the ever so awesome X1D. But after this news that is NOT going to happen. Chinese Hasselblads NO way. Just like both Volvo and SAAB Cars taken over by chinese.........
Please find some SWEDISH investors for Hasselblad!

China is NOT a democracy it is a country who put opposition i labour camps and copies anything made and developed in the western world. last thing I saw was a copied Porsche Cayman. Apparently they have te guts and we should have the guts to refuse their products and apply pressure on "our" companies to pull out of the dictatorship.
I always look where a thing is made can I avoid any product from china I am pleased. Sony has some products still made in Japan and my MacPro is made in the US with pride.

I disagree. especially about your comparison with Volvo. First, I'll take on your implied generalization about Chinese ownership with respect to Hasselblad. If we were to believe the article's speculation, DJI would be foolish to invest more money in what they saw as a sinking ship; let's assume, then, that the X1D's public response was worth the added cash in terms of future sales and profitability.

Now, last I checked, Volvos were stilll designed and assembled in Sweden. Their Chinese owners are taking the long view, IMO, and developing autonomous luxury cars. These cars may be for sale in China and it might be a significant share of Volvo's future sales (like GM's Buick division) but it will still be a Volvo, not a Geely.

With respect.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 01:08 UTC
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scottcraig: I've generally stuck to extension tubes primarily due to the cost of Cannon Macro lens. However given the performance and price of this lens I may just make an exception.

H'mm. Has my memory failed me in this matter?

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 23:53 UTC
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scottcraig: I've generally stuck to extension tubes primarily due to the cost of Cannon Macro lens. However given the performance and price of this lens I may just make an exception.

I used the first version of this lens (sold by Vivitar as "Series 1" in the 70s). I sold it and regretted its sale for years; ten years or so ago I bought a later, autfocus version marketed by Tamron though it was a f:2.8 sted of f:2.5. Performance is superb though it only reached 1.4:1 on my Pentax K10d.

Were this version available in KAF mount, I would doubtless buy it again.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 22:14 UTC
On article New kid on the block: YI M1 review (700 comments in total)
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Model Mike: DNG. Brilliant!

@Fujica -- Have you tried other, proprietary formats? Do you have the same problems with them? If so, it sounds like a software issue, or inexperience.

Developing a raw file is just the first step in post-processing.

Perhaps you might stick to out-of-camera JPGs.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2016 at 15:19 UTC
On article New kid on the block: YI M1 review (700 comments in total)
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Model Mike: DNG. Brilliant!

@Fujica -- What exactly do you mean? I import Pentax DNG files in Darktable, Irfanview, Raw Therapee, Gwenview, and other "developers" without any problems or artifacts at all. I imagine Leica's DNGs are similar in this respect, but I've only tried a few examples.

Again, what are you talking about?

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2016 at 21:06 UTC
On article Cokin launches vintage-styled Riviera Classic tripod (93 comments in total)
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Favorable Exponynt: It ain't no Gitzo

A third Tiltall user, here. I also keep a 25-year-old Velbon in the car, just in case I need support while out in the country. Never did yet, though....

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2016 at 06:59 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras around $500 (274 comments in total)
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brownie314: Does anyone know if exposure is linked to face recognition point on Sony a5100?

I do not know whether. However, to do so does not seem like a good idea to me, as exposure for light-skinned people would be very different from that for darker-skinned people. It does not seem practical or even desirable to me.

Can you enlighten me on the benefits of such a scheme?

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2016 at 23:46 UTC
On article Shaking up the market: Pentax K-70 Review (335 comments in total)
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ThatCamFan: Shaking up the market? Hardly. Sure cheaper and good value but ive tried processing images from that camera and with highlights and whites it just messes up unlike other brands.

Sorry for the double-posting: I thought I had lost the first while collecting links, so I wrote it again. Dumb!

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2016 at 01:20 UTC
On article Shaking up the market: Pentax K-70 Review (335 comments in total)
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ThatCamFan: Shaking up the market? Hardly. Sure cheaper and good value but ive tried processing images from that camera and with highlights and whites it just messes up unlike other brands.

@ThatCamFan -- Uploaded for your edification, one Indian Wedding scene photo, highlight recovery.
https://www.dpreview.com/galleries/1333851067/photos/3547772/imgp1018-dpr
Compare that with the original JPG published with the article:
https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/pentax-k-70/8

I dunno what you're doing wrong. Over and Out.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2016 at 01:08 UTC
On article Shaking up the market: Pentax K-70 Review (335 comments in total)
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ThatCamFan: Shaking up the market? Hardly. Sure cheaper and good value but ive tried processing images from that camera and with highlights and whites it just messes up unlike other brands.

@ThatCamFan -- Uploaded for your edification: one processed Indian wedding scene with cloud recovery.

https://www.dpreview.com/galleries/1333851067/photos/3547772/imgp1018-dpr

compare to the original as published by DPR: https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/pentax-k-70/8

I simply played with curves.

I repeat: You Are Doing Something Wrong.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2016 at 01:03 UTC
On article Shaking up the market: Pentax K-70 Review (335 comments in total)
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ThatCamFan: Shaking up the market? Hardly. Sure cheaper and good value but ive tried processing images from that camera and with highlights and whites it just messes up unlike other brands.

@ThatCamFan<<the whites become "dirty gray" while they do not do that on a nikon, canon, fuji nor olympus cameras.>>

I don't use Lightroom, so I can't tell you what you're doing wrong, but I suspect you're using a JPEG sted of RAW; if you disallow any "reconstruct highlight recovery" option in raw processing, you can manually bring the highlights down until the cyan (blue) channel just begins to clip and then bring it back a skoshe, you have maximum highlight values as pure white. I only get "dirty white" when I then try to bring a highlight down by burning in with GiMP.

I don't know exactly what you are doing wrong, but you *are the only one* who has this problem.

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2016 at 16:06 UTC
On article Shaking up the market: Pentax K-70 Review (335 comments in total)
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ThatCamFan: Shaking up the market? Hardly. Sure cheaper and good value but ive tried processing images from that camera and with highlights and whites it just messes up unlike other brands.

I just checked out your claim about highlights in Darktable and Gimp and the highlights are brilliant: lots of information to play with. I processed the raw Indian Wedding scene against the high-cloudy sky and I can not only achieve startling detail in the cirrus clouds against a lifelike blue sky, but was also able to keep detail in the shadows of the gown.

I don't know how you process (or even if, in fact you did) but you are not correct.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2016 at 01:38 UTC
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