Model Mike

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On article Panasonic Lumix G9 sample gallery (143 comments in total)
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Interim: Sample gallery does not really impress.. Is it not optimal lens that was used with the camera?

Lenses seem fine, corner sharpness on the 12-60 is good. The problem is noise in low light - you can't beat physics.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2017 at 12:28 UTC
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M Jesper: Fullsize sample gallery:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/carlzeisslenses/albums/72157687200730793

Gorgeous images!

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 20:28 UTC
On article Google Pixel 2 sample gallery (141 comments in total)

Remarkable - looking at these on my 1680 x 1050 monitor, it was easy forget these were taken using a phone. And that's the point, surely.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2017 at 13:48 UTC as 53rd comment
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cosinaphile: i hope they will keep the lowepro quality and design mindset

but I am pessimistic as manfrotto can churn out some junk .... it was once a venerable firm with self-respect .... let's hope they can turn it around is great ways like sigma did

once about 15- 20 yrs ago I asked a salesman friend why cameraland [lexington av in nyc] didn't carry a sigma lens i wanted to see

"we don't carry any sigma lenses only tokina and tamron lenses if yuo want non manufacturer stuff .. sigma makes junk .."[paraphrased}

id say things can sometimes change for the better....

I have an original Slingshot which is five years old and another larger LowePro bag, very happy with design and quality of boyh bags - not least the zips. Not impressed by the Manfrotto bags I've seen, poor ergonomics and zips.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2017 at 10:56 UTC
On article Opinion: DJI has abandoned professionals (404 comments in total)
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M W B G: So, people have been flying model aircraft such as airplanes and helicopters since I was a kid. As far as I know there were never any regulations other than maybe staying out of flight paths but that was it. Why is there so much fuss about drones? Basically a model aircraft Right? I never heard any news about rca' s before these drones. I'm not on either side I am just curious. Sorry if it sounds like a stupid question but I'm probably a little older than most here.

Obvious differences. Traditional RC is line of sight and typically takes place from a designated field. Drones can be flown from anywhere over longer distances. And too often their operators appear to be clueless, with little regard for or knowledge of local regulations.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 12:54 UTC
On article Photo story of the week: Green Mamba (81 comments in total)
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MarioV: Nice photo. Needs to be straightened a bit.

Optical illusion! Yep, it is straight.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2017 at 12:07 UTC
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Zorak: Nice to give it back to the owner.

Does it really matter who is or was the owner, or whether they may or may not be interested in the camera? She did the right thing - and brought closure to an interesting story.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2017 at 16:31 UTC
On article Re-make/Re-model: Leica Summaron 28mm F5.6 Samples (197 comments in total)
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Richard Murdey: The perfectly straight horizons are cool. Everything else - from the flare to the low contrast to the slightly faded color and the soft corners- can be had by anyone with $25 to spend and an eBay user account.

Have to agree, there's nothing particularly attractive or interesting about the results as displayed. I'm a great Leica fan (if only from a distance) but in this case I just don't get it.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2017 at 14:54 UTC
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Rod McD: Surely all of the arguments raised here comparing FF & MF can just as well be cited between any two formats? 1" upgrading to MFT, MFT to APSC, APSC to FF and FF to MF as you see them in print here. Despite all these points, the IQ certainly looks great in online images and the early reviews seem to be dripping with enthusiasm.

To think that the systems are competition rather complementary options would be a mistake. MF will never offer the lens range or lens speed of smaller formats and it's likely to remain costly. OTOH lovers of resolution - landscape, architecture and fashion enthusiasts might just find it just ticks their boxes. Personally, I can't afford it anyway, so I've no vested interest here......

The difference is the MF is bumping against physical size constraints which don't affect the smaller sensors. As physical size increases, so does difficulty and cost of manufacture.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 12:33 UTC
On article Fujifilm X100F Review (821 comments in total)
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Marty4650: A great camera just got a bit better, so that isn't anything to scoff at. And it lists for the same $1,300 that the first model did seven years ago!

For anyone who wants this sort of high quality, high styled compact street shooter than there really is no competition. You have to go all the way up to a Sony RX1R II to do better, and that will set you back $3,300.

Kudos to Fuji for creating a near perfect camera in this class. And what a shame that Nikon dropped the ball and gave up on their promising Coolpix A model.

The GR is a very different camera but also a worthy contender on account of its superb lens and super fast handling. And it has a Bayer sensor. Nice to have the choice.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 20:38 UTC
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Najinsky: This has the potential to be a polarising issue between enthusiasts and imaging professionals.

IPs have to eat many costs associated with providing their service, of which this is just one. The costs are factored into their pricing and so increases get passed onto their customers and for the most part they are not unduly impacted. However, customers can also shop around for a better deal, so if IPs are forced to raise their prices, it can impact their competitiveness in an already competitive field.

But a bigger impact is for enthusiasts, who are currently seeing price hikes come at them from every angle, and who don't have a way to offset those costs as it is primarily a hobby. I think it's feasible more and more enthusiasts may seek alternatives.

Personally, I've gradually been weaning myself off adobe products for many years. Their offerings border on cumbersome and overkill for me. And they are so slow to move. Lightroom still doesn't have full support for exploiting GPUs.

> This has the potential to be a polarising
> issue between enthusiasts and
> imaging professionals.

Really, for the hobbyist, CC is a non-issue. LR and Affinity are both available as one-time purchases, and integrate well, and Adobe (surprise surprise) offer a free DNG converter to deal with new camera releases. Add Nik suite and you have a really powerful combination without a subscription in sight.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 20:38 UTC
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Aroart: WOW.. Seriously can'take believe people are leaving negative comments.. probably one of the most creative, fun, photography I've seen this year....

Most art is derived, then becomes a genre. Judge each work on its own merits.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2017 at 17:02 UTC
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miles green: Sounds very interesting! This could be more of a Ricoh digital copier global vision initiative. As I shoot Pentax cameras, i suspect some kind of integration and wifi automatic synching in the future, maybe?

My mistake, I was shooting RAW. It works with my K-70 JPEGs. However the interface is worse than awful.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 01:06 UTC
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miles green: Sounds very interesting! This could be more of a Ricoh digital copier global vision initiative. As I shoot Pentax cameras, i suspect some kind of integration and wifi automatic synching in the future, maybe?

Judging by Ricoh's efforts with ImageSync, 'integration' is pretty low in their list of priorities - the interface comes from another universe, and you can't save images to the iPhone's native imagestore. Let's hope they've learned something in the meantime.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2016 at 13:51 UTC
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PhotoKhan: Congratulations to Chris Williams for some breathtaking aerial shots.

...but, most specially, kudos to the US Forrest Service for sticking with FAA ruling and not putting in place additional absurd restrictions on recreational UAVs.

I am about to get my first drone and am appalled and disgusted at the extensive "top-of-the-head" restrictions the countless agencies from several European countries decide to apply, "just because".

Not only do we, European citizens, have to fund and endure a plethora of Public Services, many of which have a mere logic of "self-employment, self-justification" for their existence but also seem to have to put up with their pressing need to exert a farcical "authority" just to amplify that very same worthless logic.

"he is also clueless on how the legislation is about to radically change by EASA". Not so, as an active and competitive RC model flyer I am aware of the potential impact on model aviation of the EASA proposals. That doesn't mean that some kind of regulation isn't necessary, and my understanding is that common sense is beginning to prevail. Paradoxically it's the increasing use of drones which are the driving force behind these proposals.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2016 at 12:21 UTC
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PhotoKhan: Congratulations to Chris Williams for some breathtaking aerial shots.

...but, most specially, kudos to the US Forrest Service for sticking with FAA ruling and not putting in place additional absurd restrictions on recreational UAVs.

I am about to get my first drone and am appalled and disgusted at the extensive "top-of-the-head" restrictions the countless agencies from several European countries decide to apply, "just because".

Not only do we, European citizens, have to fund and endure a plethora of Public Services, many of which have a mere logic of "self-employment, self-justification" for their existence but also seem to have to put up with their pressing need to exert a farcical "authority" just to amplify that very same worthless logic.

Seeing as you haven't even purchased your drone yet, I'd be pretty "appalled and disgusted" if you weren't subject to some sensible restrictions, if only for other peoples' safety.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2016 at 10:47 UTC
On article New kid on the block: YI M1 review (711 comments in total)
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Model Mike: DNG. Brilliant!

@Fujica. Well the DNG's from my new Pentax K-70 are handled fine with an copy of LR, an old copy of PS/ACR, and the (very new) Affinity Pro beta. No need to wait/mess around with software updates, and no issues with raw conversion. This is how photography should be! YMMV.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2016 at 22:32 UTC
On article New kid on the block: YI M1 review (711 comments in total)

DNG. Brilliant!

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 22:42 UTC as 108th comment | 5 replies
On article iPhone 7 Plus real-world sample gallery (262 comments in total)

It seems good enough that it could be a half serious tool albeit in rather specific conditions (low ISO, low scene DR). It's not going to make me throw away my GR (nothing would!), but it's another dent at the low end.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2016 at 18:31 UTC as 81st comment
On article Leica-branded instant camera rumored to launch soon (43 comments in total)

Leicablad!

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 08:08 UTC as 16th comment
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