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ric h: Your opinion...what is the "lowest" compact camera that still beats these phones in image quality? In other words, you would rather carry this camera than those phones to take pics. "Lowest" here means, the point in which they haven't surpassed that particular camera.

You need a bigger lens to beat current phones, that's all. Even my old Canon G9 with raw shooting and a flash, can make better images a lot of the time, whilst it can also use an underwater housing. But dynamic range is inferior as is ease of use. I bought and returned a Panasonic underwater camera a couple years back, one of the thin ones; the images it produced were not to my taste, because it was jpeg only, oversharpened, and small lens / sensor. It was worse than a phone from the same era I guess.
Your question is a bit broad I suppose... but to categorically beat these software driven camera-phones, you would need a beginner slr or mirrorless that can produce better background blur than the iphone. Raw photo capture and processing would beat the HDR. I think you'd be looking at budget mirrorless, or Fuji x100 or depending on your definition of compact, even an original Canon Rebel or 10D or Nikon D70 would be much better for most photos...and cheap as anything used...

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2017 at 13:17 UTC

In the dxo link, under the bokeh heading, you can see the iphone has more natural colours and much much much better bokeh effect. I would delete the Note 8 photo however for looking like a bad case of Photoshop blur tool. Seriously it can't be just me that thinks that...I have never, ever bought an Apple product (being a Windows and Android users who values more open systems...) but the iphone photos are obviously better with regards to blur simulation and colours.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2017 at 13:07 UTC as 22nd comment
On article 6 things we want to see in the Google Pixel 2 (79 comments in total)

The new iphone is the first Apple product I've ever thought about buying, and that's purely because of the photos. Simple things are being done badly on Android phones in my experience (S6, Note 4), for example fill flash is too strong. I've seen ambient/flash balanced photos from the new iphones that are similar to how I would expose with my 5D and 580EX, i.e. underexpose ambient by 1 stop and use flash to expose foreground correctly, or underexpose flash say -2 and expose normally just to fill in shadows in a face. To stay in the game, Android needs to fix fill flash and bring a better blurred background as a minimum.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2017 at 12:41 UTC as 1st comment
On article The Nikon D850 could be the only DSLR you’ll ever need (1100 comments in total)
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T3: "The Nikon D850 could be the only DSLR you’ll ever need"...if you still want to lug around a huge 1-kilogram camera.

...but the increased costs from manufacturing moving SLR cameras are not a big deal perhaps, as Canon was selling the 1v for 1899 USD, versus the 5999 USD for 1dXMk2. Even accounting for inflation and exchange rates, and a sensor and digital pipeline and extras etc, that is a massive difference.

If as you say live view components are a problem, then Canikon can respond with a full frame stills-only DSLR without live view or video, priced competitively with mirrorless. The fact that they haven't yet suggests its not a big deal to add in something they've already developed.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2017 at 13:36 UTC
On article The Nikon D850 could be the only DSLR you’ll ever need (1100 comments in total)
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T3: "The Nikon D850 could be the only DSLR you’ll ever need"...if you still want to lug around a huge 1-kilogram camera.

@T3 I get you, and its definitely one of the advantages of mirrorless cameras; i.e. reduced costs for manufacture can result in lower prices, or better profits.

But my point about film SLRs like the 1V still stands. When film was a major cost of using a camera system, the cameras themselves were much, much cheaper. When DSLRs came out, economic demand due to the lack of film expenses meant that prices for pro DSLRs could be much higher than film slrs even accounting for the increased development cost of a sensor and associated digital what-have-yous. As demand for DSLRs reduces because film is not the alternative but smart phones which many people own already, then we might eventually see a gradual reduction in price of flagship cameras versus inflation, relative to mirrorless or other competition. The manufacturing cost of a DSLR is likely not very significant versus it's high price at the moment I suspect. Perhaps professional services costs and mindsets prevent price drop...

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2017 at 13:29 UTC
On article The Nikon D850 could be the only DSLR you’ll ever need (1100 comments in total)
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T3: "The Nikon D850 could be the only DSLR you’ll ever need"...if you still want to lug around a huge 1-kilogram camera.

@T3 you make an interesting point about the cost to manufacture a DSLR vs mirrorless, but I'm not convinced it matters. Remember these bodies are very similar to the flagship film cameras that cost nowhere near what their equivalent DSLRS are going for, adjusted for inflation plus the cost of a sensor...I think flagship Canikon bodies could (and perhaps for the sake of Canon and Nikon also should) come down a lot to retain or retake pro market share.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2017 at 17:22 UTC
On article The Nikon D850 could be the only DSLR you’ll ever need (1100 comments in total)
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T3: "The Nikon D850 could be the only DSLR you’ll ever need"...if you still want to lug around a huge 1-kilogram camera.

@t3. Perhaps. Or perhaps the newer folks have never looked through the viewfinder of a flagship Canikon body to know what they're missing. I would like to see the prices of such cameras come down. At price parity, I guess there are very few occasions when anyone would prefer a evf screen to the direct [speed of] light and dynamic range from a mirror.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2017 at 13:21 UTC
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Ansel Spear: I have a D850 on back order with Calumet. To say that I'm somewhat apprehensive is an understatement.

Sure, I understand. Wait and see I guess! If it's any consolation I just bought a posing stool from Calumet which is fine when children sit on it, but when anyone heavier tries to, it slowly sinks! Hopefully Wex -Calumet will sort it tomorrow. :)

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2017 at 20:18 UTC
On article The Nikon D850 could be the only DSLR you’ll ever need (1100 comments in total)
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wondrouslightdotcom: Hi, digital photography is a paradox. On one hand, there are already many cameras on the market that are more competent than most photographers. On the other hand, the technology has just began. High ISO, DR, speed, EVF's, LCD's, IS, feature sets etc. will keep improving with no end in sight. Higher resolution means huge files but who does not like more cropping ability? No matter what, the mind boggling camera of today will be vastly obsolete a few years from now. Back to "on one hand": as a part-time fine art pro printing inkjets up to 24x36" I use a couple of EM5II and K70 with a number of excellent lenses and am perfectly happy with the shooting experience and printing quality I get out of them. Believe it or not, the EM1II is already over engineered for me and, although I greatly admired it, I have no desire to get one. If I look at upgrading my systems my attention is all on lenses.

Actually that's only true as long as international markets justify R&D spend, markets and political environments stay stable enough to justify investment / debt, and competition - intent, resources, and abilities- are relatively high. There have been many periods in history where one or many markets simply do not develop that much. I'm not predicting the opposite from you, just taking exception to predicting anything about the future with absolute certainty...:)

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2017 at 20:13 UTC
On article The Nikon D850 could be the only DSLR you’ll ever need (1100 comments in total)
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T3: "The Nikon D850 could be the only DSLR you’ll ever need"...if you still want to lug around a huge 1-kilogram camera.

@t3 You can have the best camera in the world, but it's no good if it's sitting at home...
Actually it is still great for studio photography and photography-focused trips. For everything else there's a smart phone and Lightroom mobile. I don't understand the middle ground of mirrorless or digicams anymore. They're irrelevant, or just for fun, if your idea of fun is not looking through a beautiful, real-light viewfinder...

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2017 at 20:02 UTC
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Ansel Spear: I have a D850 on back order with Calumet. To say that I'm somewhat apprehensive is an understatement.

I understand your concerns but I wouldn't have thought you have anything to worry about, really.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2017 at 11:56 UTC
On article Updated: Nikon D850 sample gallery (320 comments in total)
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Wubslin: There is nothing in this gallery to convince me to by the D850, and there is nothing on DPReview to convince me to buy anything else.

Looks like Blue Swan Media is not the only person to be grateful that this site has saved them money.

@mr brightside, sounds heavenly . Although I've always hankered after the 35L myself. :) Still waiting for a Canon full frame with a built in fill flash though.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2017 at 21:07 UTC
On article Updated: Nikon D850 sample gallery (320 comments in total)
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Wubslin: There is nothing in this gallery to convince me to by the D850, and there is nothing on DPReview to convince me to buy anything else.

Looks like Blue Swan Media is not the only person to be grateful that this site has saved them money.

Well, this Canon user is impressed. It eats my 5d classic for breakfast, even with out of camera jpegs versus my raw edits. I liked the range of shots, and was bowled over by the dynamic range on show.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2017 at 13:33 UTC
On article Canon EF 35mm F2 IS USM gallery (152 comments in total)
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Light Bender: I like that you're reviewing a relatively affordable lens and not just the cream-of-the-I-can't-afford-those type lenses. I'd love to see a writeup about what sorts of kits you could potentially have if you wanted to keep everything as small as possible and other similar sorts of themes like that.

thanks Peter, that's very helpful and interesting. I didn't know it had improved in those areas.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2017 at 06:29 UTC
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glenn capers: When you see the image of the two kids in the water playing with the bird flying over head. You immediately no it's from the Indonesian area. Sometimes photo workshops are conducted, and everybody shoots the exact same shot. The question is who's shot is it, and should the shot have been used in a photo contest by anyone being that it is so public and generic. This is kind of like the Associated Press ,Routers and every other professional photo group shooting the same sports athletes standing at the podium. Who's shot is it really. We question. Should judging be in concept of the idea or actual shot if the same.
blindmanshooting.com

@ Clyde, in these instances, it is always the closest monkey who owns the photo, in combination with its legal representatives :) http://metro.co.uk/2017/07/14/man-sued-by-monkey-over-photograph-says-hes-now-penniless-6778444/

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 20:28 UTC

The photographer has my sincere sympathies and I wish him a speedy recovery. It's unfortunate but not surprising how many people want someone else's career to be taken away based on a single mistake. I would rather live somewhere specialists could improve and reflect upon what they do, rather than having to change career after every mistake.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2017 at 21:46 UTC as 131st comment | 3 replies
On article Canon EF 35mm F2 IS USM gallery (152 comments in total)
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Light Bender: I like that you're reviewing a relatively affordable lens and not just the cream-of-the-I-can't-afford-those type lenses. I'd love to see a writeup about what sorts of kits you could potentially have if you wanted to keep everything as small as possible and other similar sorts of themes like that.

I think it's interesting to hear how other photographers manage their lenses over time. I looked for fast 2-3x zooms eventually settling on the 24-70L but it's just so big; nothing like as small as the old Tamron 28-75 or Sigma 24-60 that I wanted to work but couldn't get microfocus to work way back when. For the past few years I've used a 35mm f2 non-IS and kept the L zoom in the bag. But recently I'm less and less impressed with the 35 absolute image quality, especially micro contrast, colours and bokeh. Everything is compromise, but it has been traditional to reduce compromise by choosing three Canon L primes. e.g. the 24, 35 and 85, or replace with 50 or 135.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 13:40 UTC
On article Canon EOS Rebel SL2 sample gallery (229 comments in total)
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Ben Herrmann: Although certainly not a beginner by any stretch of the imagination, I still intend on eventually getting an SL2 down the road. An acquaintance got one (ordered it from Japan via eBay). He's no beginner either and the IQ he's getting from the SL2 is stunning. He talks about how comfortable it is to shoot with this camera and he finds himself reaching for it more often than not.

I'm personally not impressed with the images shown on this user's review, but then many times the random images shot here can be....well, "different." Some can be so unusual at times that one can wonder when they'll start shooting turds laying on a road next - sigh....

Seeing what this SL2 is capable of (the guy referenced above uses the 18-135 on his) in the right hands, I think Canon have a hit on their hands with this one. It's funny in that although many of us shoot with advanced cameras, some of the best IQ I've seen, IMO, were captured with more entry-level camera models. Now go figure...

Gee. Whizz. My 5D classic has good image quality and it still works fine. Lots of cameras break sooner than Canons or have inferior handling or service... Sure I respect your right to moan about dynamic range or whatever, but it doesn't stop it from being a negative focus if that is all you can perceive. I'd rather Canon didn't break the bank on research unless it's necessary or the market can take it...else it may disappear as a company. In my view Canon has taken a sensible and cautious approach over the last decade given the world economic situation...

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2017 at 19:50 UTC
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Saurat: Image quality differences beween Sigma and branded lenses are insignificant unless one is enlarging photos to a ridiculous sizes. Not that real world facts make a difference to DPR commentariat and Angry Photographer fanboys.

I agree. Image stabilisation makes this a good addition generally. Buying a lens like this for me (if I didn't already own the original 24-70L) would simply be a matter of how much I wanted stabilisation versus the Canon original. For a general purpose zoom lens, it's a reasonable decision to pick the stabilisation. I'd probably still get one of the Canons personally but as a pro I would possibly want the stabilisation just in case...

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2017 at 22:05 UTC
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Richard Murdey: Never having heard of Venmo before, I visited their web site.

It makes frequent mention of being able to "send money to friends and family". But it also says "Use Venmo with anyone" and says you can use it to make purchases in mobile apps.

There is no outright mention of any restrictions, and I would not have guessed from all that I read that informal transactions for used items would not be allowed. It just seems like a Paypal alternative with an emphasis on person-to-person transactions.

At the very bottom of the page they acknowledge that "All money transmission is provided by PayPal, Inc."!

So yeah, I tend to find Venmo at fault here for facilitating the scam. They need to clarify what the limits of their service are and make that information readily available.

Really, if its powered by Paypal, isn't it Paypal's fault? It's kind of an odd-ball decision to allow another online payment brand (e.g. Venmo) to gain traction when you have first mover advantage and everything going for you...what value can Venmo add? Best case scenario for Paypal and its users is it becomes a successful competitor and that's not exactly good for Paypal...worst case, stuff like this...

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2017 at 21:06 UTC
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