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On article Video: What's in the future for Sony's Alpha system? (266 comments in total)
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PhotoDiod: The main thing that keeps me from switching to Sony from Canon is Sony’s inferior colour science (interface being the other, albeit minor thing). It would have been amazingly awesome if the interview could address this issue instead of repeatedly singing praise to Sony’s rep about his company’s cameras. You know, more DPR, less Amazon.

Phase One's color science is quite good - no need to stick with factory defaults.
1ds3s are hard to get new after all...;)

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2015 at 16:36 UTC
On article Lensbaby rolls out Composer Pro II and Edge 50 Optic (19 comments in total)
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AksCT: Can one produce the same " tilt shift effect" by software, using a regular lens?

You could emulate the shift effect, although at the cost of resolution. Tilting otoh works with the depth information which gets lost during capture. For certain subjects you could archive something looking similar, but that's far from reliable.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2015 at 14:21 UTC
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Saintiwari: Rishi,
I have read somewhere that DSLR viewfiners are not built for focussing fast lenses. Even manual focussing. Any lens beyond f2.8, and you are doing guesswork. This is the reason perhaps that lenses like 50/1.2 are difficult to focus. The above is true for manual focussing as well, since the optical finder is only built for f2.8 lenses max. Will you confirm this?

The answer here consist of three independent parts:
A) manual focus relies on the ground glass. The stronger the matting the better the rendering of the in focus/oof zones. The cost is a darker viewfinder. Making all those shiny high iso settings pointless.
B) the AF points have their own secondary aperture. An f/2.8-point will always see that aperture if the lens can provide it. But the additional light a faster lens could provide never makes it to a dedicated AF sensor. For lenses faster then the rated aperture it's basically "if my calculations are good it will be in focus"
C) some lenses, the EF50/1.2 is among them, suffer from focus shift when stopping down. Combine that with b) plus potentially wrong compensation tables for 3rd party lenses and you've got a good reason to prefer methods that work from the imaging sensor.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2015 at 22:06 UTC
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alouette: Although I'm Swiss, I didn't know that company.

There's a very cool movie on

Scroll down to the Chapter "Behind The Scene" or open it directly here:

I've never met snyone there who hasn't a swiss accent; also the factory/service is in (extended) walking distance from friends near Basel.
(Elinchrome otoh has outsourced)

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2015 at 16:42 UTC
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alouette: Although I'm Swiss, I didn't know that company.

There's a very cool movie on

Scroll down to the Chapter "Behind The Scene" or open it directly here:

You might also want to check out broncolor for swiss quality engineering!

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2015 at 16:31 UTC
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dynaxx: Interesting and informative article ; thanks to you DPR.

I have read the comments and I have had it up to here ( gestures hand to eyebrow level ) with people writing that despite inferior measurements of almost everything measurable in a sensor that it still takes "gorgeous" photographs.

The raison d'etre of this site is to minimise the subjective and maximise the objective and I now believe that DPR is making a much better job of doing this. In particular, the SMI measurement of colour reproduction accuracy will, I hope, silence those arrogant folk ( like Ken Rockwell ) who keep throwing out comments like "I don't like the Sony/Olympus/etc. colours". It is a biological fact that everyone sees different colours.

And, Rishi, if you can dream up a unit of measurement that will silence the "but the Raws are compressed" sheep then you will remain my friend for life.

I'm afraid accurate measurements of color rendition won't have an impact on the taste debate - mainly because they're about two different things. SMI or similar metrics tell me how many shades of color the camera can differentiate, how good my starting point for post processing in a properly calibrated toolchain is.
The "I don't like that brands colors"-fraction otoh is preoccupied with the way how the camera does something for them that their own presets could (and should) do. Most likely better, as the custom solution doesn't have to encompass the same wide range as the camera defaults.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2015 at 04:22 UTC
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Franka T.L.: Well Samsung NX1 and now A7R-II VSI finally made it big ( literally ) .. really its quite an achievement by both of the S teams .. can't wait to see how well the BSI would work out on this sensor. Canon really can feel the heat now I would wager

Well, neither the 40-80 nor the75-150 are f/2.8 but that doesn,t stop them from being hot contenders for the title of best (AF) zoom...
Or I make use of that focus peaking and go for the cz.2 trinity.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 18:51 UTC
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ProfHankD: Automatically return to the preset hyperfocal point? Well, that's lame.

I was expecting the camera to do something like automatically find the hyperfocal point given a set of things that you indicated you want in focus (easy to do with a touch screen). A number of cameras already do things like that, for example, recognizing faces and automatically finding the focus and aperture settings needed to get all recognized faces in focus.

It sounds like what HAP-1 implements is just a focus memory position per lens. They should at least allow setting several focus memory points so that one could quickly pull focus between different objects in a studio setup, etc.

If you read Phase One's description of HAP-1 you'll get the actually interesting bits. Like the AF pattern being not that rigidily defined anymore.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2015 at 23:36 UTC
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DenisBBergeron: Looking at the lenses sheet (greatest DOF control is with 80mm f2.8) and the sensor size (1.5x linear of a 35mm).

I wonder what have the greatest DOF control and MP between this and an (know to come) A7RII (with IBIS multiple shot high MP) with a 85mm f1.2 for a still live poster?

As a function of lens and sensor the A7 would win. But then you should factor in subject related factors and you'll most likely bump into different limits.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2015 at 23:25 UTC
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noflashplease: Since the appearance of the Nikon D800 back in 2012, it has been increasingly difficult to justify the existence of the medium format camera segment. The Pentax 645Z is the only semi-sane medium format market entry, and even then, it is going to be pitted against a full-frame Pentax DSLR.

From a purely practical POV: For me the leaf shutters alone paid for the Phase One within a year. The Pentax, or 5Ds/r, otoh would come with a serious price premium over the baseline set by the D8x0.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2015 at 22:33 UTC
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SmilerGrogan: Sorry to be so thick, but what about in live view? The mirror is already up, right? So does that make a difference?
And also, what about portraiture? I typically hold the button down for at least 10 exposures at a time. I don't use a VR lens for people shots, but I'm curious how does VR react when shooting in bursts?

The A7r has it's own share of shutter shock softness - and there the mirror is obviously not the culprit.
Time for global electronic shutters, properly designed they'd make life so much easier.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2015 at 17:09 UTC
On article Relio is a powerful LED light in your pocket (26 comments in total)
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jpfaria: Dudes!
There are some awesome led torches that can do thetrick for lessthen a quarter of that price

You can go with LED replacement bulbs - they're surprisingly consistent in terms of color temperature. You can get even ones with good color rendition and the 12V ones can be powered by batteries.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2014 at 20:59 UTC
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Frank Hoff: isn´t it time that some journalist.. ask a few honest questions?

All interviews with canon executives are lame and nobody dares to really point the finger where it hurts.

When someone like that canon guys says "we make the best sensors" why is nobody asking if he is joking? :)

No honest... why not asking if he is serious?

You have to figure cultural conventions in - in a world based on politeness judo that certain question in the photokina14 interview was about as "subtle" as you can get without being charged for at least battery or so.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 19:58 UTC
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OceanFroggie: Nice camera wrong mount. If the non canikon also rans produced stunning cameras like this with either the Canon or Nikon mount they would sell more bodies.

the TS-Es are great - but they're even better when in front of an A7r.
ATM Canon benefits from market inertia. But how long that will last? Or worse: it's reversal would be quite expensive to overcome. For slow photography the adapters open a nice door, and for action...a A77+some native/3rd party lenses would be in the same price region as a 5D3, not to mention 1Dx, as it seems. Once people do the math the will turns...
I'd miss the RT system though, legoing some cactus V6 and Odin makes a less elegant solution..

Link | Posted on May 2, 2014 at 03:49 UTC
On article 1939: England in Color (part 1) (222 comments in total)
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BaldCol: Thanks for sharing. Very interesting.

Will future generations be finding hard drives in thier attics?

Perhaps they'll find data on some social media/cloud storage account that they got access to despite countless service provider aquisitions and such.
And they'll wonder why current sensors had the samecharacteristis and limitations as ancient color material. Or how they managed to run instagram on completely analog cameras&film.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 09:12 UTC
On article Can computer corrections make simple lenses look good? (159 comments in total)
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pulsar123: There is always a catch. With deconvolution, one of the catches is increase in the noise level (because noise scews up the deconvolution, which assumes perfect, noise free signal).

You can only subtract noise that occurs in the camera. Noise already there in the signal to be sampled can't be suppressed because it follows no rules, only longer exposure helps here.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2013 at 20:48 UTC
On article Fotodiox announces LED-based DY-200 Fresnel Lights (10 comments in total)
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Debankur Mukherjee: the future of studio lights will be LED.......

You can always look for Arri - the L7 have a CRI 95+, similar to all those discharge lights.
Boils down to budget, how much is the convenience worth to you, or are there technical requirements that can't be met otherwise? CRI 85 seems to work for quite a lot of people.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2013 at 11:05 UTC
On photo Final Moments in the Noise challenge (2 comments in total)

Yes, in a rather dark environment. With available light only you'd get a completly black frame.
With flash as your only source of illumination shutter speed doesn't matter. You open the shutter, do whatever has to be done and then close it again.
That way you get around the shutter delay.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2009 at 14:43 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Moment of Impact in the Noise challenge (4 comments in total)

How did you get the timing right?
Lots of attempts, pure luck or something more elaborate we should be aware of? :)

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2009 at 01:06 UTC as 3rd comment
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