saltydogstudios

saltydogstudios

Lives in United States New York, NY, United States
Works as a Photographer
Has a website at http://sodium.nyc/blog/
Joined on May 2, 2018

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Craig from Nevada: I get the feeling that somehow after a decade, the X-system is running low on gas.

The novelty of the X-Pro has worn off.

The X-Trans versus Bayer is a distinction without a difference in terms of quality and an inconvenience to users.

The 50mm F/1 was a silly attempt to be "full frame"

The 200mm lens is a gem but the Fuji never built a body worthy of this excellent lens.

The X-H1 was everything the X-T2 should have been but wasn't. It was a technical and commercial failure.

The first-generation primes are very good but if I own one, why would I buy a second generation prime?

What long lenses? The 100-400mm is a nice lens but not the sort of lens that will bring a wildlife sports photographer into Fuji. There might be a niche here for Fuji with the crop sensor. T

The autofocus lags behind competitors is a matter of consensus, how far is a matter of contention.

Where is the energy?

In the GFX system.

Is this the video you're talking about?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtNYu_7SPNc

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2022 at 02:57 UTC
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Craig from Nevada: I get the feeling that somehow after a decade, the X-system is running low on gas.

The novelty of the X-Pro has worn off.

The X-Trans versus Bayer is a distinction without a difference in terms of quality and an inconvenience to users.

The 50mm F/1 was a silly attempt to be "full frame"

The 200mm lens is a gem but the Fuji never built a body worthy of this excellent lens.

The X-H1 was everything the X-T2 should have been but wasn't. It was a technical and commercial failure.

The first-generation primes are very good but if I own one, why would I buy a second generation prime?

What long lenses? The 100-400mm is a nice lens but not the sort of lens that will bring a wildlife sports photographer into Fuji. There might be a niche here for Fuji with the crop sensor. T

The autofocus lags behind competitors is a matter of consensus, how far is a matter of contention.

Where is the energy?

In the GFX system.

"Those old links about "worms" have been posted here and debunked so many times"

I didn't post those links to to talk about "worms"

I posted them to point out the different way X-Trans algorithms handle sharpening. It is a different look from Bayer - as you point out. I'm not saying one is better than the other. I'm saying they're different & it helps to know how and why they're different and then decide which you prefer.

Right tool for the job and all that.

"honestly test for yourself which way you lean personally"

I did. I tested for myself. And then I wrote those articles.

"just because you don't understand"
"It's always a good idea to learn more"

No need to go all ad hominem or make assumptions about my level of "understanding" and "learning".

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2022 at 21:43 UTC
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Maoby: I still use the famous Fujifilm X-Pro1 and I made seven comparisons with different cameras from my collection.
My last comparison with my Nikon D3s.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/maoby/albums/72157719878921526/with/51495678966/
I can't wait to see the new generation of Fujifilm, it promises!

Someone said that Fuji "caught lightning in a bottle" with the X-Pro1 and I still stand by that statement.

It hands down won a camera JPG portrait shoot I did (vs Nikon, Canon, X-Pro2, Olympus).

It was a bit downhill for Fuji after that - the new colors are a bit more modern, punchy and slide-film and the new film sims push the old ones to more orange and saturated with the newest film sim being the least saturated.

I much prefer the subdued X-Pro1 colors. And Nikon colors are nice too - especially for natural light where they do sun-drenched warm well.

Nice comparison, I may need to bookmark that...

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2022 at 18:24 UTC
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Craig from Nevada: I get the feeling that somehow after a decade, the X-system is running low on gas.

The novelty of the X-Pro has worn off.

The X-Trans versus Bayer is a distinction without a difference in terms of quality and an inconvenience to users.

The 50mm F/1 was a silly attempt to be "full frame"

The 200mm lens is a gem but the Fuji never built a body worthy of this excellent lens.

The X-H1 was everything the X-T2 should have been but wasn't. It was a technical and commercial failure.

The first-generation primes are very good but if I own one, why would I buy a second generation prime?

What long lenses? The 100-400mm is a nice lens but not the sort of lens that will bring a wildlife sports photographer into Fuji. There might be a niche here for Fuji with the crop sensor. T

The autofocus lags behind competitors is a matter of consensus, how far is a matter of contention.

Where is the energy?

In the GFX system.

X-Trans has drawbacks and IMO the drawbacks outweigh the benefits - as you noted only Capture One does a good job of demosiacing it (and Raw Therapee) - something about the sharpening algorithms is dramatically different from Bayer.

Depending on the kind of work I do, I would absolutely think about the difference between X-Trans and Bayer. Also the trend of removing the AA filter on Bayer sensors has changed the game for Bayer sharpness vs 10 years ago.

I deep dive into X-Trans and the sharpening algorithms in these two articles:

https://medium.com/ice-cream-geometry/x-trans-and-wormies-a-theory-e81dcba84944

https://medium.com/ice-cream-geometry/x-trans-vs-foveon-a-mostly-monochrome-photowalk-1a931f8fb277

I agree though that the X-Trans system seems to have "run out of steam" - or at least ideas. Improvements are incremental and a bit "me too" - wide aperture primes, video. Hybrid viewfinders & X-Tranz were innovations. Adding video? Not as much.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2022 at 18:16 UTC
On article Leica M11 pre-production sample gallery (DPReview TV) (90 comments in total)

Am I the only one who hates Leica colors? Skin tones are either too magenta or too yellow with nothing in between.

I noticed this with the Leica SL2 as well. The photo of Jordan on the floor in particular. Why is half of his skin purple?

https://www.dpreview.com/sample-galleries/2631304070/leica-sl2-pre-production-sample-gallery-dpreview-tv/3549781995

The transition from yellow-ish to purple-ish is abrupt and jarring.

This can be worked on from RAW in post, but it's not easy - I downloaded the sample photo and opened it in ACR and just small tweaks to the white balance settings led to major shifts in skin tone - getting something pleasing was difficult and fiddly.

I've been making a study of skin tones in cameras for a while (see link in profile) and to me Leica is by far the worst.

In the (p)review video I see this as well - the boat is reddish in the Olympus and magenta in the Leica photo.

https://youtu.be/wzSv9rc4VyU?t=569

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2022 at 17:16 UTC as 13th comment | 11 replies
On a photo in the Leica M11 pre-production sample gallery (DPReview TV) sample gallery (3 comments in total)

I've always hated Leica skin tones - something about the Yellow / Magenta axis - photos are too saturated in on both ends of the axis so people end up looking strangely ill. It seems that the M11 is no exception to this.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2022 at 20:14 UTC as 3rd comment
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james _: "In fact, it was the first camera that some members of the DPR staff called their own."

adorable. baby DPRers

@Gannon Burgett What did you do to Link that he had such a grudge against you?

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2021 at 17:44 UTC
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Jon555: The MFD is a bit annoying, maybe that buys you some advantages elsewhere - has anyone seen them saying anything?

@Sjak - yes good point - the area that's in focus gets smaller as you focus closer, so such a wide aperture would mean the mechanical nature of rangefinder focusing is less reliable at close distances.

@Jon555 - I'm on the side of getting a helicoid adapter if one wants a lens like this + wants to adapt it to other cameras + wants to focus it closer.

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2021 at 22:44 UTC
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Akgbkd: Holy expensive

I took this with the Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 (version 1) and i'm surprised how good it is. what's in focus (not much) is sharp - what isn't is nice and toneh.

The voigtlander is tempting... but I have too many 50mm's to even remember what makes each special, and the minimum focus distance is annoying. i do prefer M mount which makes it more portable to whatever platform I end up on

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bd_xOXijSaE/ (nsfw)

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2021 at 18:19 UTC
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Jon555: The MFD is a bit annoying, maybe that buys you some advantages elsewhere - has anyone seen them saying anything?

It's standard for rangefinders to have a 3 foot minimum focus distance

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2021 at 18:08 UTC
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Michiel953: I'm sure it'll turn out to be a wonderful lens, but why the 90cm closest focusing distance? I need closer than that for portraits.

@theBitterFig - sure but Fuji's lenses are in the short telephoto range on crop.

The Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 (which I measured at a T/1.2) has a MFD of 1.6" - half that of the Voigtlander

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2021 at 18:08 UTC
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saltydogstudios: The first Digital Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera. Completely mechanical focusing, even the interface is mechanical.

This camera is a joy to use and produces good (6 megapixel) files - good colors, and better high ISO than the Leica M8 which came out later.

@Jon555 - yes the rangefinder patch & the distance from main viewfinder to the rangefinder patch is lesser than a Leica (less accuracy due to less parallax). That said the 1x magnification viewfinder was glorious, giving it a natural 43mm field of view (28mm lens x 1.5 crop).

@Henning W - I've never owned the M8, yes the crop factor was less insofar as I remember, the RD1 was 1.5 APS-C, and the M8 was 1.33 APS-H. As for high ISO noise, the RD1 had a nice naturalistic grain to it and of the photos I've seen online, the M8 had an issue with banding.

My favorite high ISO noise hands down of any camera is the Ricoh GXR

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4371341

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2021 at 06:10 UTC

The first Digital Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera. Completely mechanical focusing, even the interface is mechanical.

This camera is a joy to use and produces good (6 megapixel) files - good colors, and better high ISO than the Leica M8 which came out later.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2021 at 03:15 UTC as 37th comment | 3 replies

Finally - the definitive "Leica Look" reference photo.

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2021 at 01:53 UTC as 24th comment
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Keith Meinhold: What happens when the megapixels are identical and the sensors are not the same size, say comparing a 24MP a6600 to 24MP a7III? Size matters.

@GenaricName - agree that often the lenses usually don't exist on crop sensor cameras. The low light benefit of full frame cameras is being able to get those larger aperture lenses. Most people just look at both sensors at the same ISO and think crop sensors are worse, without any discussion of the role of the lens.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2021 at 18:19 UTC
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Keith Meinhold: What happens when the megapixels are identical and the sensors are not the same size, say comparing a 24MP a6600 to 24MP a7III? Size matters.

The same amount of light reaches both the small and large sensors. The inverse square law applies to sensors.

The smaller the sensor, the closer you move it to the lens (reduce the focal length) to achieve the same angle of view. If you keep the aperture constant (same mm), then this is reflected the reduction of the f-stop number (from f/2.8 to f/2.0).

The f-stop just being the ratio between aperture and focal length, f-stop actually describes this phenomenon perfectly. But most people seem to think they should keep f-stop constant across cameras when making comparisons, or ignore the lens entirely when making sensor comparisons.

If you reframe your thinking from "a lens is a thing I attach to a sensor" to "a sensor is a thing I attach to a lens" it becomes obvious - both sensors receive the same amount of light. The smaller one is closer and the light is more intense. The larger one is further and the light is less intense. But the same amount of light reaches both.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2021 at 20:32 UTC

DP Review has finally figured out how to get the trolls to stay quiet - compare actual prints.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2021 at 17:47 UTC as 136th comment | 3 replies
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saltydogstudios: I broke myself by owning too many cameras. I decided to buy a camera from every major manufacturer 2 years ago and test them against each other - specifically for portrait skin tones.

I now find photography to be boring. Or at least not as much fun as when I had 1 camera and 1 lens and shot with it for something like 5 years.

@wjan - I agree. Capture One is more designed around getting good skin tones than Lightroom. Though I still think each camera has subtle differences that just profiling with a colorchecker can't eliminate.

As for the results of my shootout + general thoughts, check out my blog archive.

http://sodium.nyc/blog/archive

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2021 at 16:31 UTC

I broke myself by owning too many cameras. I decided to buy a camera from every major manufacturer 2 years ago and test them against each other - specifically for portrait skin tones.

I now find photography to be boring. Or at least not as much fun as when I had 1 camera and 1 lens and shot with it for something like 5 years.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2021 at 00:43 UTC as 78th comment | 7 replies
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peter zuehlke: they are shooting over 700 test images to map and make a lookup table for the sensor and that is separate from the hot pixel map out. guess raw is not quite that raw.

@Nikoolix - I never liked when people claimed that sensors in two different manufacturer's cameras are the "same" sensor. Even if much of the underlying technology shares the same platform, and the actual manufacturing process is carried out by e.g. Sony, a camera manufacturer will have specified many things about the sensor, such as the exact dyes to use in the CFAs or the microprism array designed to work best with their lenses.

So before it even gets to the "RAW" file, the actual sensor itself would differ.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2021 at 21:39 UTC
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