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On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2212 comments in total)
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Carl Mucks: DPR: "color detail capture seems to be the cost you pay. The X-T2's noise performance is very good. Almost too good... suggesting it's being suppressed somewhere along the line."

Correct observations, but DPR should have dug deeper to understand the issues. It's the raw conversion that presents the problem that leads to poor color definition and, ironically, lower color noise. At this point there is only one slow and sophisticated RAW processor for X-trans, and the is RawTherapee. It's able to process colors well in most cases -- close to Sony cameras with the same sensors. Interestingly, RT not only processes colors well, it also reveals a lot of color noise, more noise than you see in Sony samples processed in Adobe.
P.S. I know about Iridient, and despite all the ballyhoo, I find it pretty lousy when it comes to colors. It does sharpening well, but that's the only thing it does well.

Carl, I have to disagree. Capture One works very well with the X-T2 files, and if you install Scottie Wang's color profiles, you get color that is very, very close to the Fuji JPEG film simulations.

In particular, if you download the DPR test-scene raw file, it's trivial to remove the "glitchy antialiasing" and "color detail capture" problems noted in the review. Just set chroma NR to 10 or lower, detail to 100, and luminance NR to zero. For sharpening, I prefer Threshold to 1, Amount to 100 or so (lower for foliage), and then bring the radius up to get the detail you are after.

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2016 at 01:43 UTC

f-stop has a whole line of backpacks that work this way, and a whole set of inserts that let you tailor your pack for your needs.

However, the main reason for such a rear opening - in the case of f-stop's offerings, anyway - is that you don't have to put the backside of the pack on the ground in order to get at your camera gear. This is important if the ground is wet or muddy, as it keeps the back of the pack (which will shortly come in contact with YOUR back) clean & dry. It's a great design - I use my f-stop all the time.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2016 at 16:43 UTC as 4th comment
On article Accessory Review: Tenba Cooper Messenger bag (82 comments in total)

I have the Cooper 13 Slim, and am quite happy with it. The Slim version is the perfect width for a mirrorless kit. It can easily store a Fuji X-T1 with large grip & 16-55 mounted, the 55-200, and the XF 90/2.0, all lenses with the lens hoods in the "ready" position. The extra height of the bag makes it great for longer lenses. It's a bit overkill for shorter lenses, however. You can use the included partitions for stacking shorter lenses, but I'd probably choose another bag for such a kit. Getting at a lens that is tucked away under a Velcro-fastened partition is a bit of a pain.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2016 at 23:36 UTC as 24th comment
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2485 comments in total)

I have a question for the reviewers:

Let's say I assign drive mode to one of the customizable buttons.

After I click that button, the Drive mode menu will appear. I'm hoping that I can then immediately change the drive mode just by turning the command dial - which is to say, use the command dial to scroll through the options, and then select my preferred mode by clicking the same command dial.

Is that how it works, or do I need to use the d-pad to navigate the menu, and then use the shutter button or OK button to make my choice?

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2016 at 22:29 UTC as 398th comment | 1 reply

No question - it's about user experience. From the use of the device itself, to how you process (or not) the images after they have been taken, to how those images are finally used & distributed.

People are willing to pay for cool gadgets, but they have to fit into the current tech landscape, and most digital cameras do not do that - they still work the same way, more or less, they did 15 years ago. Allot has changed since then.

To be fair, the wireless carriers have not exactly made it easy for the camera industry - most people will balk at adding another device to their plan, and if that is what is required to connect the camera to the internet, it will be an uphill battle.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2015 at 19:15 UTC as 92nd comment

There is an error above - the contest is open to cameras "at least' 16 Mp, as opposed to "over" 16 Mp.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2015 at 22:43 UTC as 34th comment | 3 replies
On photo Cat Cruiser in the Ship wrecks challenge (3 comments in total)
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clear glass: That was a Hobie cat?

Best I could learn is that it is a concrete life boat from a large vessel.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2014 at 02:37 UTC
On photo Cat Cruiser in the Ship wrecks challenge (3 comments in total)
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clear glass: That was a Hobie cat?

I'm not sure what it was. I do know it's a hulking chunk of steel so I don't think it was a Hobie cat.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2014 at 05:56 UTC
On article Nikon Df Review (1618 comments in total)
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DaytonR: Interesting , its amazing how this camera is said to have been 4 years in the making yet its sensor is borrowed from the D4 and the autofocus is borrowed from the D610 ! I wonder which bits took 4 years to get right ? :)

Judging by the combination of features, I'd say they spent 4 years arguing over the target market/persona. In the end, they ended up with a collection of features that don't quite make sense. But they had to ship it eventually, so...

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2013 at 23:58 UTC
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trac63: I think the price, size and weight are going to be deal-breakers for me.

Quite frankly, if I were in the market for something like this I would spend the extra money for the Nikon 24mm f/1.4, and I'm not even a Nikon snob or anything. Two of my favourite lenses are Tamrons.

I dunno, if you get the eqiv of a 18, 24, 28, and 35 mm prime in one lens, I suspect that will make for a lighter kit overall.

But of course, there's no substitute for how the camera feels with a light prime on it.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2013 at 17:59 UTC

It all depends on how good the out-of-the-box experience is. If you can pick up a GH-3 turn it on, and get pleasing shots right away, this should work great. But if it requires even a few tweaks before you get good jpegs, it could backfire.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2013 at 23:07 UTC as 16th comment
On article Nikon Coolpix S800c Android camera first look (103 comments in total)

Awesome. Makes perfect sense. I wonder how long it will take before most cameras take this approach. Would love to see an android based DSLR.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2012 at 05:56 UTC as 47th comment
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