Tahir Hashmi

Tahir Hashmi

Lives in India India
Has a website at http://flic.kr/code_martial
Joined on Feb 23, 2010

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On article DxO OpticsPro 11 brings advanced Raw noise reduction (110 comments in total)
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Tahir Hashmi: Long time DxO Optics Pro user here and I just did a quick comparison between DxO 11 and DxO 10 regarding PRIME 2016 NR and Spot Weighted Smart Lighting. I'm happy to report that the improvements are real.

First off, my favourite High ISO Test shot for NR.
PRIME 2016 https://www.flickr.com/photos/code_martial/27142991210
PRIME 2014 https://www.flickr.com/photos/code_martial/15610784099

I've rendered this shot previously with PRIME (2014), LR 5 and Capture NX2 (links in the photo description). PRIME 2016 is head and shoulders above the methods I previously tried. It's got better details, colour saturation, shadow areas and smooth area rendering.

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As you rightly mention, this is not an objective comparison as in my other post (http://www.dpreview.com/news/7419541954/dxo-opticspro-11-brings-advanced-raw-noise-reduction?comment=4093240848). The goal here is to see what's the best I can get out of the package.

The input here is the exact same raw file, so the exposure is definitely the same. The brightness and colours are a consequence of PRIME's improvement. In all previous renderings, I had to pull exposure and desaturate a little to control luminance / chrominance noise. Essentially, what you don't see in other versions is not worthy of display.

Distortion correction (or lack thereof) is inconsequential and not worth dwelling over. It's only an aesthetic choice that I reverted between DxO 10 and DxO 11 conversions.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2016 at 00:32 UTC
On article DxO OpticsPro 11 brings advanced Raw noise reduction (110 comments in total)

[2/2] continued from http://www.dpreview.com/news/7419541954/dxo-opticspro-11-brings-advanced-raw-noise-reduction?comment=0010405114

Next up, Spot Weighted Smart Lighting.

See https://www.flickr.com/photos/code_martial/26810489144

Starting with the panel on the right (yup, I'm going backwards), we have default (HQ) NR and default Smart Lighting. There are 2 problems with this panel. The hair and black background have a slight green tint, and the skin has a patchy rendering instead of uniform gradients.

The panel in the middle has PRIME 2014 NR with default Smart Lighting. There's marginal reduction in patchiness of the skin but the tint remains.

The panel on the left has PRIME 2016 NR with Spot Weighted Smart Lighting. The tool automatically detected the face and adjusted lighting accordingly. The green tint is gone. The skin rendering with PRIME 2016 is quite smooth and the details (e.g. eye lashes) are well defined.

All-in-all, this looks like a worthy upgrade.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2016 at 16:55 UTC as 13th comment
On article DxO OpticsPro 11 brings advanced Raw noise reduction (110 comments in total)

Long time DxO Optics Pro user here and I just did a quick comparison between DxO 11 and DxO 10 regarding PRIME 2016 NR and Spot Weighted Smart Lighting. I'm happy to report that the improvements are real.

First off, my favourite High ISO Test shot for NR.
PRIME 2016 https://www.flickr.com/photos/code_martial/27142991210
PRIME 2014 https://www.flickr.com/photos/code_martial/15610784099

I've rendered this shot previously with PRIME (2014), LR 5 and Capture NX2 (links in the photo description). PRIME 2016 is head and shoulders above the methods I previously tried. It's got better details, colour saturation, shadow areas and smooth area rendering.

[1/2] continued...

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2016 at 16:47 UTC as 14th comment | 2 replies

What a scene! The banner image crop in the Resource Magazine article looks even better with the curvy bits at the bottom cut out. Totally worthy of living room wall-space.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2015 at 02:11 UTC as 61st comment
On article Nikon D750 Review (1989 comments in total)
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Hugo808: But why does it overexpose? Isn't that, like, a major drawback in a $2000 camera?

My old D40 did it and it drove me nuts. I don't want to fiddle around with +/- buttons when I'm shooting!

From what I've seen, the more expensive it is, the more fiddly a camera becomes – at least as far as initial customisation according to personal preferences is concerned. If you don't like fiddly, Sony has arguably the best Auto mode, that too in sub-$1000 cameras.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2014 at 17:31 UTC
On article Nikon D750 Review (1989 comments in total)
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Hugo808: But why does it overexpose? Isn't that, like, a major drawback in a $2000 camera?

My old D40 did it and it drove me nuts. I don't want to fiddle around with +/- buttons when I'm shooting!

Firstly, you can "fix" it by setting a bias for each metering method independently, so when the camera shows 0EV on the exposure meter, it's actually applying the under/over-exposure bias you specified.

Secondly, with the inclusion of highlight priority mode, it makes more sense to bias the default metering a bit brighter to get richer tonality in lower contrast pictures where highlight clipping is either minor or non-existent.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2014 at 07:02 UTC
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Chev Chelios: Is it just me who was expecting to see the obvious "sideways-on" photo of the converter mounted on the camera (to judge its overall depth once fitted), but found there wasn't one?

You can see that on Fuji's website. It's quite deep: http://www.fujifilm.com/products/digital_cameras/accessories/lens/conversionlens/x100wideconversionlens/index.html

Edit: oops, that's the wide angle converter. Never mind.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2014 at 10:12 UTC

Looks like the RX10's competition has arrived. Would be interesting to see how these two and the rumoured P8000 (1" sensor, f/2.0-3.0 24-120mm lens) would compare with each other.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 04:13 UTC as 89th comment
On article From NEX to Alpha: Sony introduces 20 megapixel a5000 (150 comments in total)
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greypixelz: This alpha bs is getting a bit tiring. It's clear they are using it to confuse the users. The fact they made the a5000 similar in look to the NEX 5 series shows intention on sony's part to confuse the new adopters. Wonder what they will call the NEX 5 line now.
Is the 20Mp sensor better than the 16Mp sensor in terms of dynamic range and noise performance?

*I jumped the trigger. Never mind.*

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 05:07 UTC
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Artistico: This is clearly aimed at someone who thinks their smartphone's built-in camera isn't good enough, yet they don't want the hassle of bringing along a compact camera as well as their omnipresent phone. I think it has good market potential and I wouldn't mind seeing more camera manufacturers getting in on this idea to give us a better choice of smartphone camera modules.

Now. If only the QX100 (and the RX-100 for that matter) had a more sensible 10 megapixels - it can't resolve any more detail than that anyway, so the extra megapixels only serve to reduce dynamic range and increase noise. I can't speak for the QX10 from experience, but 18 megapixels in a 1/2.3" is way to much.

I've never felt the RX100 lens lacking in any way to match the 20MP sensor. At 1:1, RX100 pictures look much sharper than what I get on the 24MP D7100 with any of 35mm f/1.8G Nikkor or 16-85mm VR Nikkor or 55-300mm VR Nikkor.

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2013 at 16:37 UTC
On article Just posted: Sony Alpha NEX-6 Review (330 comments in total)

I was trying to compare the build quality score for this camera against others, and it seems like the widget is not showing the difference against other cameras.

The build quality rating of this camera is shown as 10/15, which is even less than that of NEX-3 (11/15) and PEN EPM-1 (11/15). I'm wondering if it's a bug in the score widget.

Can someone qualitatively compare the build quality against cameras like Fujifilm XE-1, NEX-5, etc.?

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2013 at 05:33 UTC as 65th comment | 2 replies
On article Sony NEX 3N Hands-on Preview (51 comments in total)
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abolit66: another piece of....

... brilliant market research and engineering.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2013 at 15:14 UTC
On article Just Posted: Nikon Coolpix S800c Review (79 comments in total)
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javidog: Seriously guys. You cannot be serious on wasting an ounce of energy on reviewing such a camera. Surely there is better equipment out there for y'all to play with and write about.

marike6, all early reviews of this camera have given it "junk" rating. DPR could at least have deprioritised reviewing this camera over better ones. I doubt if their testing method is so unique that they might show a junk camera as a winner.

Oh, let me check the conclusion to see if they actually did this...

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2013 at 05:27 UTC
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GaryJP: Hmm. All these people banging on about it being a pocketable camera. Don't your pockets have pocket lint?

It's the last place I'd put a camera without a case, and with a case it isn't exactly pocketable.

I carry mine on the wrist strap, ready to shoot, which makes it only mildly more convenient than many other small cams.

I slip it in along with a piece lint-free microfiber cloth that I got free with my eyewear. That solves the pocket-lint problem and still leaves the camera more freely accessible than from a camera case.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2012 at 07:06 UTC

What a shame that people are declaring the camera ugly just by looking at pictures of the body that are over-sharpened and don't give a sense of scale.

Look at how it feels in actual proportions in this video http://www.engadget.com/2012/10/24/nikon-v2-mirrorless-compact-hands-on/

The white body actually has a glossy surface and, to me, looks very beautiful.

How do you feel after seeing it shoot at 15fps? http://vimeo.com/52067338

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2012 at 08:10 UTC as 37th comment
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Rupert Bottomsworth: Why would anyone buy this over a Sony RX100?

With the choice in lenses, it would be a great complement for the RX100.

While the RX100 remains a great carry-anywhere camera, you could use the V2 with the 18.5mm f/1.8 (or 32mm f/1.2) for portrait/low-light work where RX100 falls to f/3.2 (or f/4.5).

You can also use a 16-85mm DX on it as a small and light 45-230mm tele, or a 55-300mm DX as a small and light 150-810mm super-tele.

The announced 6.7-13mm 1 Nikkor (18-35mm equiv.) will also provide ultra-wide angle coverage.

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2012 at 09:47 UTC
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VadymA: I wonder how easy is it to use this tiny screen even without manual adjustments? Having a viewfinder instead of a screen seems to be much more functional for this tube-like design.

The screen is not only small, it's also low on pixel density, so it's quite difficult to use. I couldn't make out the difference in the on-screen image while switching between near and far focus points.

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2012 at 07:59 UTC
On article Fujifilm XF1 hands-on preview (133 comments in total)
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Jens_G: So far, I'm still leaning towards the Sony RX100 - will have to wait for in an-depth review to see how IQ and AF performance compare.

The preview mentions that the IQ is expected to be similar to that of Fuji X10, which looks quite a bit worse than RX100 as per DPreview's tests.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 08:18 UTC
On article Just Posted: Canon PowerShot S100 review (134 comments in total)

Going by the DPReview scoring, it seems like S90 is the best among S90, S95 and S100, with vastly better optics, and an overall score of 75 against 72 for the others.

How does that work out?

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2011 at 05:45 UTC as 39th comment | 1 reply
On article Lytro camera overview and discussion with CEO Ren Ng (103 comments in total)
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P Hartung: Please. It’s a novelty for a few Mac users, at best. The vagueness of ’11 megarays, 8x optics, etc.’ is laughable. If these specs were photographically significant then they would have been made clear in terms that photographers understand (corresponding to the 35mm standard).

And what segment of the market is this aimed at – the P/S users who know little more than how to click the shutter release? Those who don’t fathom spending more than $200.00 per throw-away camera?

Lytro has not realistically positioned/equipped this thing to snag a coherent portion of the market, and it certainly isn’t going to carve out an untapped segment.

The technology itself is intriguing, but this first application of it seems like a total blunder. Too bad.

Actually, they've very strategically targeted an audience that's willing to spend lots of money on good looking, "simplified" products. For that audience, the vagueness of "11 Megarays" is more gratifying than megapixels, ISO, etc.

They're not as likely to complain about lack of features and flexibility, as long as what they get is done nicely.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2011 at 09:36 UTC
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