UnclePhil

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pulsar123: A few people mentioned in-camera focus stacking. Unfortunately Canon doesn't provide one natively (at least not in my camera, 6D), but for many models Magic Lantern (a third party firmware for Canon DSLRs) provides such functionality. But using in-camera focus stacking is rather limiting - quite often you cannot get the total depth of field you need, especially at higher magnifications. At 2:1 and higher, you pretty much limited to focus stacking rails.

If anyone is interested, I built my own focus stacking rail (good for up to 20:1 magnification) quite cheaply (~$150): https://pulsar124.fandom.com/wiki/Fast_Stacker

That’s one brilliant piece of kit you built there! :-)

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2020 at 08:03 UTC
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pulsar123: A few people mentioned in-camera focus stacking. Unfortunately Canon doesn't provide one natively (at least not in my camera, 6D), but for many models Magic Lantern (a third party firmware for Canon DSLRs) provides such functionality. But using in-camera focus stacking is rather limiting - quite often you cannot get the total depth of field you need, especially at higher magnifications. At 2:1 and higher, you pretty much limited to focus stacking rails.

If anyone is interested, I built my own focus stacking rail (good for up to 20:1 magnification) quite cheaply (~$150): https://pulsar124.fandom.com/wiki/Fast_Stacker

So does the M6 Mkii :-) a great little camera.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2020 at 07:46 UTC
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John K: Excellent article! Just want to point out that you can shoot macro without focus stacking provided you can make the most out of the limited depth at 1x and higher mag. There are some compositions stuck in my head that I'll have to stack but those shots are about .1% of the images that I take, and at this point focus stacking would feel like I'm taking two steps forward and three steps back. If you're curious I'm extrememacro on IG and this is my flickr gallery: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dalantech/

Ditto, amazing shots

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2020 at 14:31 UTC
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Lajos Hajdu: A rail and focus stacking can be great under fully controlled conditions, for object photography. But there is a major branch of macro photography - insects in their natural environment - where there is no space or time for such time-consuming practices. All of these are single shots of mine, most hand-held: https://www.pbase.com/laja30/inbox

Some superb shots there Lajos if I may say so :-)

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2020 at 11:34 UTC

The problem with this is it will get to the point where every photo you look at will leave you wondering how much of the photo is genuine. I can’t help think this is for lazy arsed photographers who can’t wait or plan for the right weather. I am here in the Lake District with perfect mist over a scene but the sky is bland and clear. Never mind, take the shot and change the sky, no one will ever notice!

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2020 at 07:56 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
On a photo in the Canon EOS R5 sample gallery sample gallery (1 comment in total)

Not very sharp!

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2020 at 19:16 UTC as 1st comment
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Greg Eddinger: I'm dissapointed in DPRs review. This is really just an overview opinion of a camera that's been out for 6 months.

I was hoping to find the normal DPR comparisons of video and photos to previous models. Zilch.

To make things worse, inaccurate information about the backward compatibility of previous generation batteries doesn't help endorse DPRs credibility either. While notiing that the new lens isn't replaceable seeminly lost in translation is that the new lens is twice as thick and tempered glass lens protectors are available.

No mention of the UI changes or other additions or more choices for field of veiw.

I feel like I've been clickbaited to this site. Nothing in the "review" has influenced me on purchasing this camera. I would have been happy to click a referal link to credit DPR but truthfully, this review seems more like Chris felt bothered with having to do it.

I thought is was a pretty good summary actually. There's not a lot to write about a GoPro after all. I suppose the only thing lacking is, has the absolutely abysmal menu system improved from the Hero 4 along with the software support to be able to actually work the thing without having to rely on 3rd party packages. Has the iPhone app improved and have they sorted out their web site yet? DPR could have included those points as quite frankly I can't be bothered to find out, I'm done with GoPro. Anyone want to but Hero 4 Black, used twice with loads of accessories and looks brand new?

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2020 at 19:28 UTC
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paul13walnut5: I'm still on a hero4 black and session 5.
Nothing I've seen has made me feel I need to upgrade.

I like the look of the Sony RX0 series, especially now the mk2 does internal 4k, also the new modular Insta 360 also offering the very good 1" sensor.

GoPro need to raise their game.

Really? I'm surprised you haven't hurled yours in the bin like I have nearly done with mine every time I tried to use it. Simply horrendous interface on an entirely over marketed piece of junk

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2020 at 19:18 UTC

I do hope they have sorted out the software for these devices. Historically, GoPro software has been the absolute pits. They even recommended 3rd party software when I opened a support ticket with them some years ago. I have barely used my GoPro Hero 4 black due to the crappy, totally confusing software and the horrendous control interface and menu system. I got seriously wound up every time I tried to use the damn thing. The next worst thing to the software was their web site. Totally impossible trying to work out what software to use with which device. Never again will I waste my money. I'm surprised they haven't gone under quite frankly. I'm an IT professional with lots of knowledge and experience, and also an experienced DSLR and mirrorless camera user, but this thing beat me!

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2020 at 19:10 UTC as 6th comment
On article Fujifilm X-T4 review (1490 comments in total)
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UnclePhil: The bottom line is (the line that’s right at the bottom!). No, the bottom line is, if everyone spent less time bickering and went out and took a decent photo, no one would be able to tell which camera took which! Some people favour one make to another due to on paper spec, feel, colour, size, brand or whatever. But with today’s modern cameras, they are all pretty much indistinguishable between models. It’s not about the camera, it’s about the user and the end result. Just choose a make, then a model and get out there and use it and spend less time trying to convince others you are right! Now then, where’s my perfectly usable M6 Mk ii, 5D mkiii or even 40D...

That is a very valid point, I think there is practically nothing worse on a modern camera than a horrible use interface. That’s exactly why I recently sold my Olympus Pen 5 ( even though I also had a gorgeous prime lens for it) and bought the Canon M6 Mk ii. Using the Olympus was a real chore. The only thing that stopped my researching the Fuji route was the fact I have many EF lenses and with the M - EF adapter the M6 is perfect for me in every way. It however certainly has weaknesses against the XT-4 for video.

Link | Posted on Feb 29, 2020 at 09:13 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T4 review (1490 comments in total)
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Daft Punk: Too many people here failing to understand the X-T4. This is a hybrid stills / video cam and is targeted at people that shoot both. Like me.

In terms of video let us be absolutely clear - this is THE best mirrorless cam for video you can buy in terms of features and value. In some respects it beats even cams designed for video like the S1H.

The X-T4 simply crushes ALL of the Sony's because it does internal 10 bit. Sony's only do 8 bit. This makes a huge difference when grading. Canon is not even in the game and the RP is woeful at video.

The simple bottom line is the 10 bit image quality from video with the X-T4 in terms of grading, working the files from different log profiles, keeping shadows and highlights and having decent skin tones, is noticeably better with the Fuji than ANY current Sony mirrorless. Sure the Sony will make nice files but if you have to grade them hard, 10 bits rather than 8 really matters. It is not always about sensor size, you know...

Err, I said what I said to answer a very specific point someone made, and to highlight the fact that most of the discussion is based on futile points or in some cases arguments. But then there is always someone like you who comes along and makes a point about me adding nothing by adding the very thing I’m accused of! Pot kettle black!

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2020 at 20:26 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T4 review (1490 comments in total)

If every person in the world of photography had identical abilities, all the arguments about specs would be valid.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2020 at 13:43 UTC as 187th comment | 1 reply
On article Fujifilm X-T4 review (1490 comments in total)
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Georgescanvas: Well specced cameras from Fuji. They offer these crop options at various price points with the xt30 etc however here in Australia they're asking the same price as a z6 / a73 and 500 AUD more than an eos RP which are all 35 mm cameras.

Doesn't matter how good the video specs and Retro good looks are, it's a crop camera with limitations in low light.

LeoNL Exactly, and the biggest limitation is usually the user. The biggest limitation of any camera, whether film, DSLR or mirrorless is dynamic range and the inability to faithfully capture what you see with one shot. The rest is just frills, and gimmicks and features to work around dealing with the above. If every person in the world of photography had identical abilities, all the arguments about specs would be valid.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2020 at 13:40 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T4 review (1490 comments in total)
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LeDatas: OMG! I'm so angry this camera has a sensor smaller than a format that was invented in 1965!

Why?

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2020 at 13:27 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T4 review (1490 comments in total)
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Daft Punk: Too many people here failing to understand the X-T4. This is a hybrid stills / video cam and is targeted at people that shoot both. Like me.

In terms of video let us be absolutely clear - this is THE best mirrorless cam for video you can buy in terms of features and value. In some respects it beats even cams designed for video like the S1H.

The X-T4 simply crushes ALL of the Sony's because it does internal 10 bit. Sony's only do 8 bit. This makes a huge difference when grading. Canon is not even in the game and the RP is woeful at video.

The simple bottom line is the 10 bit image quality from video with the X-T4 in terms of grading, working the files from different log profiles, keeping shadows and highlights and having decent skin tones, is noticeably better with the Fuji than ANY current Sony mirrorless. Sure the Sony will make nice files but if you have to grade them hard, 10 bits rather than 8 really matters. It is not always about sensor size, you know...

I don’t disagree with your positive comments about the XT-4 but It doesn't crush anything, it does what it does and they do what they do. Give one to a novice and the other to a pro and suddenly it makes a big difference. The person using it is the most important spec feature of any camera.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2020 at 13:24 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T4 review (1490 comments in total)

The bottom line is (the line that’s right at the bottom!). No, the bottom line is, if everyone spent less time bickering and went out and took a decent photo, no one would be able to tell which camera took which! Some people favour one make to another due to on paper spec, feel, colour, size, brand or whatever. But with today’s modern cameras, they are all pretty much indistinguishable between models. It’s not about the camera, it’s about the user and the end result. Just choose a make, then a model and get out there and use it and spend less time trying to convince others you are right! Now then, where’s my perfectly usable M6 Mk ii, 5D mkiii or even 40D...

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2020 at 13:17 UTC as 188th comment | 3 replies
On photo Final Approach in the Centered challenge (17 comments in total)

This is very similar to one from Tom Way, wildlife Pro photographer. You captured the character of the bird. Very nice

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2020 at 12:27 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On photo 2015_1125_105763AA in the Alphabet soup. Letter D - Illustrate "Dreamy" challenge (7 comments in total)

Yes, very nice. One for the living room wall! :-)

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2020 at 11:56 UTC as 3rd comment

As someone very new to flash photography, I recently bought the V1-C, the 860ii-C and the XPro-C for exactly £450 and I must say I am very impressed. Having watched Daniel Norton YouTube videos I am now a flash expert!

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2020 at 11:53 UTC as 3rd comment
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derfotograf: I don't need that nonsense because I use real cameras (LF) where I can rotate the back. Using a rock solid 24 year old heavy tripod, I can even use the gear head to move the LF camera to the left into vertical mode without any stability issues due to the »off center« weight. Just invest into the best gear you can get and you don't have to complain anymore. And no, this sort of gear definitely is NOT mainstream or Canon, Nikon, etc.

There’s always one. Go to the back!

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2020 at 08:28 UTC
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