Island Golfer

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Island Golfer: Looking at the sample portraits, it appears that the sharpness is too narrowly focused in the center, as the area of center sharpness fades to softness toward the edges too soon. It's as if the center of the facial expression is too distinctly framed by the soft edges.

If you look at the opening shot in the gallery (the one that is on the opening dpreview page) you see that the face itself is in perfect focus. Yet, that clear focus starts to fall off at the edges of the facial skin. The hair is completely out of focus. It's as if the sharpness area is too narrow. Shouldn't the hair, as well as the face, be in perfect focus? What's outside of the person's face and hair is what needs to be out of focus (soft), The hair should be considered as part of the portrait. Instead, it's as if it's separated from the face.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 23:18 UTC

Looking at the sample portraits, it appears that the sharpness is too narrowly focused in the center, as the area of center sharpness fades to softness toward the edges too soon. It's as if the center of the facial expression is too distinctly framed by the soft edges.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 14:00 UTC as 123rd comment | 4 replies
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f64manray: Dumbest thing I've seen today. I don't need my camera pulling down my pants. Black Rapid is the best thing since sliced bread for carrying a camera.

I agree. The thing screams....Geeeek!

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2016 at 22:48 UTC

I have used PSE since version 5. At first, I would upgrade each time a newer version hit the market. Then, I realized each update added next to nothing in features to justify the upgrade. So, I began updating with every other new version. Something I frequently recommend to others (actually, I could probably wait for two new versions to appear before updating). Version 15 is no exception. I have version 14; and find no real value in going to 15. So, PSE, I'll wait for version 16 before I waste money on something that offers very little. Hopefully version 16 will offer enough to make me buy again. My two cents worth.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2016 at 13:46 UTC as 9th comment

But, it comes in three color schemes.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2016 at 21:10 UTC as 20th comment

Had it; used (played) with it; thought it would flop. I mean, who wants to deal with clutsy cameras that use minimal storage space on large square disks? Sigh.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2016 at 12:52 UTC as 95th comment

Don't rush out to buy this, yet. A newer version is coming next week-one without a sensor.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 13:26 UTC as 133rd comment | 2 replies
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yslee1: It's been years, but they still don't get it.

I don't know about you all, but I buy mirrorless system cameras both for their performance and their size.

Given it's all about power in small sizes, why in the blazes the accompanying computing power is either a underpowered tablet of some kind (with a few exceptions like the Surface Pro 2) or an overweight 15" laptop?

11-13" laptops are the key market here, and bag manufacturers almost always ignore that. Especially so now that laptop makers are starting to get clued in on the smaller sizes (see the Dell XPS 13 and Apple Macbook as examples of laptops with smaller than expected footprints for their screens sizes), making bags to ignore those for small system cameras is just silly.

Exactly on point! I have purposely purchased an old Lenovo X220, put in a solid state drive and max'ed out the memory. Why? Because it is a 12" laptop that works better than any 10" tablet. But, good luck finding many (if any) decent bags that will carry 11" to 13" laptops. Since the tablet de jur is the surface pro (or, it's equivilent), the bag makers seem to think everything they put out should revolve around that.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2015 at 22:04 UTC
On article Lowepro launches Echelon luxury bag line (62 comments in total)

Why not ask an outrageous price for these. Look at the prices of lenses and cameras nowdays. Personally, I already feel that the price of the "normal" bags is getting a bit too high. Or, maybe I missed it in the discription-does a camera come included with these?!

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 19:14 UTC as 43rd comment
On article New samples from the Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens (232 comments in total)
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Island Golfer: The lens does not appear to produce images that are all that sharp-at least, not of the sharpness we see in their 35mm ART lens. I look at the samples, and see a lens that is much softer, especially as the image moves away from the center. Possibly this will improve once the lens is placed on the USB dock; or run through a software program such as LenAligm/FocusTune. Or, perhaps its just the available subject matter we're looking at. But, whatever it is, I don't see buying one at this juncture. I'm hoping we see better performance once it is into production.

Yes, it does have a Fluorinlayered low-pass filter. I think that Joe85 actually meant to say that; but mispoke himself. That was why I responded by mentioning my D810 (which does not); meaning that, on my camera, the images might be sharper. No harm done. I knew what he meant.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 22:25 UTC
On article New samples from the Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens (232 comments in total)
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Island Golfer: The lens does not appear to produce images that are all that sharp-at least, not of the sharpness we see in their 35mm ART lens. I look at the samples, and see a lens that is much softer, especially as the image moves away from the center. Possibly this will improve once the lens is placed on the USB dock; or run through a software program such as LenAligm/FocusTune. Or, perhaps its just the available subject matter we're looking at. But, whatever it is, I don't see buying one at this juncture. I'm hoping we see better performance once it is into production.

I agree. I think my D810 would give sharper image performance. At this early stage, I really can't be sure. But, judging from the 35 & 50 ART lenses, I have to surmise that the new 24 will eventually show the same sharp images. These early examples probably should not have been posted, as they are not really lab type conditions like DXO conducts. But, I applaud Dpreview for their apparent "scoop" of the rest of the industry.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 14:19 UTC
On article New samples from the Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens (232 comments in total)

The lens does not appear to produce images that are all that sharp-at least, not of the sharpness we see in their 35mm ART lens. I look at the samples, and see a lens that is much softer, especially as the image moves away from the center. Possibly this will improve once the lens is placed on the USB dock; or run through a software program such as LenAligm/FocusTune. Or, perhaps its just the available subject matter we're looking at. But, whatever it is, I don't see buying one at this juncture. I'm hoping we see better performance once it is into production.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 09:53 UTC as 28th comment | 8 replies
On photo BETASAMPLE_ISO100_SAM_0679 in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Wow!

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 02:59 UTC as 1st comment
On a photo in the Samsung NX1 Real-world Samples sample gallery (1 comment in total)

Wow!

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 02:59 UTC as 1st comment
On article Zeiss introduces 'no distortion' Otus 1.4/85mm (340 comments in total)

I really have no use for an 85mm lens. I had the 85mm ZF.2; and sold it off to get the much better 135mm ZF.2. It's hard to imagine that this new 85mm Otis lens shows any more sharpness than the existing Zeiss 135mm ZF.2 lens (at least anything anyone would be able to see). What Zeiss needs more than this focal length is a sharper 35mm lens.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2014 at 13:25 UTC as 46th comment
On article Quick Review: That Steady Thing (70 comments in total)

Seems kind of silly to carry this stuff with you, when you can simply bring along a lightweight tripod. It's very similar to the concept of the tripod whoes one leg screws out to become a momo pod. My Triopo does this; and folds into a very small package that easily fits into my on-board carry-on bag.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 13:33 UTC as 34th comment | 2 replies
On article Lowepro expands 'Passport Series' line of camera bags (10 comments in total)

I just received a notice from United airlines that they are cracking down on casrry-on luggage. They intend to inclue handles and wheels in their new dimensions. To go in the overhead, it has to be no larger than 22" long x 14" wide x 9" deep. To go under the seat, it has to be no larger than 17" long x 10" wide x 9" deep. If they actually do start looking at the carry-on sizes more closely, It appears as if neither of these will pass their scrutiny.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2014 at 01:34 UTC as 9th comment
On article Tamrac launches rugged-looking photo messenger bags (106 comments in total)

This is actually something I have been contemplating. However. on initial observation, I see two things I don't care for. First is the double-zippered rear slot that accomodates slipping the bag over the handle of your other luggage. Why the zippers? There is no need for it; and it is one more thing to unzip & deal with in the terminal. Lowepro has the same feature, without this nuisance. Second thing I don't like is that it appears as if even the Apache 6 is not deep enough to accomodate a D800 + a 24-70 + its attached hood. But, all manufacturers seem to short their bags in this way. All that's needed ia another 3/4 of an inch.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2014 at 14:37 UTC as 31st comment | 3 replies

$27 for folded paper?! I wonder how much they want for the shipping? What are these guys smoking? And, they put the entire design on their site. Anyone can simply make it themselves out of cheap white poster board and contact cement.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2013 at 23:23 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
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