Ali

Lives in United States CA, United States
Joined on Oct 8, 2001
About me:

A few of my photos, mixture of compact and DSLR, infrequently updated, available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/17164973@N00/sets/

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I wonder if it does RAW. One of the reasons I went for the Olympus TG-5 back in the day was because it did RAW, and the WG-70 didn't. But the Ricoh (WG-70 and now WG-80) has some better specs, at least on paper.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2022 at 01:09 UTC as 39th comment | 1 reply

Wasn't clear from the description here or on Netgear's site ... but can you send photos to this from far away, or do you need to be in the same room/network as the frame? I currently use Nixplay frames for displaying family photos at parent's house, and other than an occasional reboot to restore network connectivity, it's pretty good hands-off.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2020 at 01:13 UTC as 17th comment

Canon TX1 was a sexy camera, and with that all metal body, felt great to hold ... despite the subpar ergonomics. Of my cameras thru the years, it is one that I haven’t been able to part with - sitting in my own personal museum (aka drawer) of memorabilia.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2020 at 14:14 UTC as 188th comment | 1 reply
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John Bean (UK): Ok, after much testing it’s gone. Better luck with X6... ;-)

Now the annoying part: it politely creates subfolders for its data but still dumps individual xmp sidecars next to every single image. Horrendous. Thank goodness I don’t use xmp sidecars (Lr embeds xmp in its dng files) so I can remove them all with a simple ‘find’ command.

I agree that would be unfortunate. I just started playing with this a few hours ago ... but I am not noticing xmp files next to individual images - just in the "Exposure Software" folders in each image folder. On a Mac at least.

Link | Posted on May 2, 2020 at 18:18 UTC
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Reilly Diefenbach: Sounds like the author needs to get over the Adobe subscription. It will be a cold day in hell when I give up all the things that Lightroom and Photoshop can do that this program cannot (I'll spare you the laundry list) just to save the equivalent of two or three dollars a month. And presets? Who uses "a truly mind-boggling number of fun and useful presets?" Okay, I do use a preset or two occasionally, but between Topaz Adjust and the free Nik collection I have way more than I'll ever use.

To me, it is not about the price difference between subscription and buying outright - they are similar. It's about being held hostage - you need to continue paying to be able to fully use the app you rely on heavily. I am willing to pay $100 or whatever yearly to buy and own the latest copy of the app, as long as it continues to work fully on the setup I bought it to use it on.

Link | Posted on May 2, 2020 at 17:31 UTC
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StefanW: Noise reduction seems not really good with Exposure X5. I am still using LR 6 as the last non-subscription version but bought LR mostly for one of the best noise reduction more than 10 years ago. But would be happy to get a faster raw processor. So just tried X5, and X5 is indeed much faster, but noise reduction is not really on level of LR 6.

JohnBean (UK) - As far as LR6 on Catalina - I have the "latest" (now 2+ years old) LR6 - 6.14 - and it seems to be working fine ... Am I missing something?

Link | Posted on May 2, 2020 at 17:22 UTC
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StefanW: Noise reduction seems not really good with Exposure X5. I am still using LR 6 as the last non-subscription version but bought LR mostly for one of the best noise reduction more than 10 years ago. But would be happy to get a faster raw processor. So just tried X5, and X5 is indeed much faster, but noise reduction is not really on level of LR 6.

Just playing with trial version of Exposure X5, and I agree, StefanW - noise reduction doesn't seem to be on par with LR6, at least for bad cases (very high ISO, low light). Unfortunate, since I usually care about noise reduction (that was the main reason I switched from Aperture to LR many years ago).

Link | Posted on May 2, 2020 at 17:21 UTC

Glad to hear there’s a full review in the works!

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2019 at 14:49 UTC as 27th comment

I'll likely update from the M6 to the M6II, but sad to see the camera gained a bit of bulk and weight, assuming the spec sheet is accurate on that front:

M6: 390 g, 112 x 68 x 45 mm
M6II: 408 g, 119.6 x 70.0 x 49.2 mm

The small size of the M6 is one of the most important things about it, to me.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2019 at 18:27 UTC as 75th comment | 2 replies
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phototransformations: The strangest thing about this April Fools review is that not only does the Petzi cam actually exist, there are about a dozen similar products out there.

As I was first reading the review, I thought “this seems cool” and was happy. Then it dawned on me that this was a April 1 joke, so I was sad. Then I realized there are products that do this, so got happy again. Then I read this comment and realized that this product does exist, as described! Not sure how to feel about that...

In any case, nice job DPReview!

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2018 at 16:49 UTC
On article Cinematic 4K footage shot with the Apple iPhone X (310 comments in total)
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BadScience: Tangerine was shot with an iphone S5.

And it looks amazing.

Photography has changed and will continue to change. Nerds with their massive cameras aching over distortion and resolution graphs are on the wrong side of history.

I think there's room for both those "nerds" with their fancy equipment and those who can make great movies with their phones.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2017 at 23:17 UTC
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1607 comments in total)

Agreed with the article. I dislike the idea of paying monthly to get at my library.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 05:43 UTC as 423rd comment

Seems fine to me for dpreview to post this. I don't get a chance to look at a lot of sites or youtube, so without this news item I would have likely not seen this, at least for a while. Yes, it is likely illegal, and people shouldn't be doing it. But the nightly news is full of stuff like that, and dpreview is as much a photo news site as a gear site.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2017 at 01:07 UTC as 66th comment

Love the picture of the cat sleeping on the chair!

Photo books are cool. They clearly don't give you the flexibility of thousands of images on a digital frame, but something to be said about large printed photos on nice thick paper.

I do like control though when I put together photo books, so Mosaic seems just a bit too limited for the likes of me.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2017 at 16:55 UTC as 24th comment | 2 replies
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Ali: I loved the metal bodies on both this and the Canon S100 from a few years earlier. Felt very solid and somewhat retro, in a “they don’t make them like this anymore” sense. Agreed with most of the downsides listed, but to me they were merely annoyances. And this article reminded me that I still have hours of video footage from a 2008 vacation that I have to finish putting together... I hope I can still open those old iMovie projects!

I remembered I had written a user review of the TX1 --- https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/51058082 --- and that in turn reminded me that I had bought two 8GB SD cards for it, at $100 each, which was a deal at the time. Still have those...

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2017 at 16:08 UTC

I loved the metal bodies on both this and the Canon S100 from a few years earlier. Felt very solid and somewhat retro, in a “they don’t make them like this anymore” sense. Agreed with most of the downsides listed, but to me they were merely annoyances. And this article reminded me that I still have hours of video footage from a 2008 vacation that I have to finish putting together... I hope I can still open those old iMovie projects!

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2017 at 14:39 UTC as 29th comment | 3 replies
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Lan: For some reason this feels more like a 3d render than a video to me. Not sure why...

I felt that way for a few seconds too, like playing GTA even. I guess it goes to show that rendering is getting close enough to mimic reality in some cases.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2017 at 14:35 UTC
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straylightrun: I think this is an all new low. Remember when dpreview used to be good?

It's OK to have fluff once in a while, especially on a Friday. And I for one did not know about this and do like some of the photos, for instance: https://i.redd.it/y2tkkhjgiayy.jpg

Link | Posted on May 19, 2017 at 15:10 UTC
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Ali: My first DSLR! Moved from the Sony 707, which was no slouch, but the 10D was in a separate league image quality wise... Loved the low-light response and speed of operation as well.

Nice write-up and photos!

Sorry to hear your 10D experience wasn't as good. Along with the 10D I got a Sigma 70-200 with the 1.4x, and they worked fine. Like you, I did miss wide-angle; in fact my widest was 28-135mm for a while, which was frustrating. I eventually got a Sigma 12-24. Not an amazing lens quality wise, but satisfied the wide-angle need. Was built like a tank.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 17:22 UTC

My first DSLR! Moved from the Sony 707, which was no slouch, but the 10D was in a separate league image quality wise... Loved the low-light response and speed of operation as well.

Nice write-up and photos!

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 16:59 UTC as 126th comment | 2 replies
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