Madaboutpix

Madaboutpix

Lives in Germany NW, Germany
Works as a teacher of English and Geography, secondary level
Has a website at needacreate.com
Joined on Apr 26, 2012
About me:

An amateur travel-slash-family-journalist photographer who just needs to create and share. Am based in Germany's beautiful Lower Rhine region.

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Hm, seems as if those gleeful comments about DxO's imminent demise were, well, a bit premature.

I, for one, am all for choice, and I'm glad they're still in business. Even if the new or improved features may feel incremental, they add to what already was an excellent product, IMO.

Just activated my upgrade and having no regrets whatsoever.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2018 at 21:31 UTC as 35th comment
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uncleskull: So glad I switched to DXO.

@Reilly Diefenbach: You would think intuitive RAW conversion software that produces excellent results isn't the meanest feat. Also, I appreciate to be given choices to pick from. What would be wrong with that?

This senseless bashing of particular brands or makers, be it Adobe or DxO or whoever, is merely a detraction from photography.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2018 at 16:34 UTC
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joneil: I bought and paid for the new NIK collection, and I am sorry I did. I have been using NIK since google days. win and Mac.
I do NOT have an issue paying for software, but here is what peaved me off
#1) like others said, my old NIK including some custom presets I have were all over written
#2) the new Nik does not include the HDR module like the old one. Yeah, I should of paid more attention, but I did not. So now the HDR module is more money, and yet another download, and lost my presets there too. so I got less than I have now.
#3) I used DxO Optics Pro 10 - fully paid and registered. My old NIK worked fine, the new one does not inside DxO. Seriously. Yeah, I know, I am doing something wrong, but the old NIK was flawless.

My main issue however is the disruption to my workflow. That cost me a heck of a lot more than any money I paid. i am really P'od at NIK.

@#2: Simply not true, generalized this way, I'm afraid. Nik Collection 2018 does include HDR Efex Pro. The shots inside the church linked below were rendered with it, as part of the 30-day demo version that plugs into my old LR5. Final adjustments on the shots were performed on the resultant TIFs in PhotoLab. Actually those were my first HDRs (aiming at a realistic look), and I came away pretty impressed by how intuitively and neatly the software worked:

https://needacreate.smugmug.com/Dresden-Saxon-Switzerland-2018/i-xsSvdFb

That said, yes, I would love to be able to export images directly into HDR Efex from PhotoLab, or if DxO made the HDR module a feature of PhotoLab itself, but I remain hopeful that, after consolidating the Nik package, they will find a way of doing so in the future.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2018 at 07:04 UTC
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Madaboutpix: Had already ended my subscription in the light of the 500px.me-Chinese-sister website crap and the recent price hike.

Now a clean Chinese takeover. How am I supposed to trust a business hosting and supposed to protect my images when it is based in a country where companies are more and more becoming extensions of totalitarian state influence? Where the political leader has just declared himself dictator for life? And big data offered as a sweetener for remaining? C'mon.

Just deleted my 500px account. Good luck for everyone who stays.

Just liked your comment, Igor. You're certainly right about the pitfalls of Western ethnocentrism, including our political thinking. History can teach us a thing or two about how fragile democracy can be even in places where we may take it for granted, but also about how it can be won back if people get involved.

Your joke is definitely poignant, and I'm a little ashamed to admit that at first I suspected you were trolling, when in fact you're just deep-thinking and have a keen sense of the inconsistencies and challenges in Western thought. May your great country find that the sacrifices made on the Maidan, and elsewhere in your history, will ultimately lead into a brighter future.

Not fit for a photography comment section? Maybe so, but at least we have injected a dose of of above-average civil and intelligent discourse, don't you think? ;)

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2018 at 07:11 UTC
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Madaboutpix: Had already ended my subscription in the light of the 500px.me-Chinese-sister website crap and the recent price hike.

Now a clean Chinese takeover. How am I supposed to trust a business hosting and supposed to protect my images when it is based in a country where companies are more and more becoming extensions of totalitarian state influence? Where the political leader has just declared himself dictator for life? And big data offered as a sweetener for remaining? C'mon.

Just deleted my 500px account. Good luck for everyone who stays.

Actually, I'm a German citizen, and my country has certainly, over the course of her bumpy history, wrestled with democracy, terribly so, in fact. However, since 1945, I'd say, we've learnt our lesson reasonably well. Admittedly, our Grundgesetz (basic law, or constitution) doesn't limit the number of terms a chancellor can serve, but then our system of checks and balances is arguably more pronounced than the Chinese.

BTW, I wasn't intending to hand out marks for democracy in countries other than China. Of course, you're right, Igor, when you're saying that, ultimately, it should be up to the Chinese to figure out whether they want to live in their current political system. A regime that sent tanks against it's own students in Tiananman Square (remember that iconic photograph?).

And yes, I'm using zillions of Chinese products, too, but that doesn't mean that I'm willing to entrust Visual China Group with the fruits of my photography, as humble as they may be.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2018 at 18:44 UTC
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Madaboutpix: Had already ended my subscription in the light of the 500px.me-Chinese-sister website crap and the recent price hike.

Now a clean Chinese takeover. How am I supposed to trust a business hosting and supposed to protect my images when it is based in a country where companies are more and more becoming extensions of totalitarian state influence? Where the political leader has just declared himself dictator for life? And big data offered as a sweetener for remaining? C'mon.

Just deleted my 500px account. Good luck for everyone who stays.

Well, I should have probably inserted "effectively" before "declared himself dictator for life", which was somewhat hyperbolic in itself, for deliberate rhetorical effect. Unarguably, Xi Jinping has instigated an ammendment of the Chinese constitution which drops the two-term limit for presidents. That may seem a small thing, but if you put this into the perspective of recent Chinese history since Mao, the communist regime's last "leader for life", it may appear as a scene from a familiar playbook.

Do other supposedly democratic countries have political leaders that cling so much to their power that they will not shy away from changing their constitution to cement it? Well, certainly they do, but they are not necessarily countries where my images are hosted, which is what really matters here, on a photography-related website.

Otherwise, please spare us that "CNN overdose" propaganda.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2018 at 16:23 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1542 comments in total)
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thegreat26: Who turned @dpthoughs off?
I started to worry.....

At some point of my use of the internet I learnt to distrust total-and-persistent hate comments and user reviews. More often than not, the people writing them are pursuing some sort of vendetta, often with limited user experience of the product, dismissing that their might be a learning curve before you get the best from it, quoting selectively from lab tests that of course confirm their conclusions, and the like.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2018 at 11:47 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1542 comments in total)
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ecka84: And the "Overall Score" still doesn't make any sense whatsoever :).
So, K1II's messed up image quality, AF system, etc. are not as messed up as 6DII's (for example), but then why it got 1% lower score? Are the "bells and whistles" more important than the actual images and usability these days?

@dpthoughts: Nah, considering the general unworthiness of anything Pentax and the sorry pee-ons who use it, the score should have been in the low twenties, or even lower!

Hmm, yet somehow, for no particular reason, some photogs out there are still shooting these cameras and lenses, and - wait for it, that's the best part! - they even manage to take the occasional accomplished photo with them. Strangely enough, they may not feel their gear is curbing their creativity, but instead helping them to express it.

Seriously, do you ever tire of your keyboard warfare and negativity? I don't know what you are shooting, nor, frankly, do I care. I'm just curious why you are focussed so much on gear and putting down particular gear, and so little on creating? Life can be fun, you know ...

Link | Posted on May 13, 2018 at 22:09 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1542 comments in total)
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ecka84: And the "Overall Score" still doesn't make any sense whatsoever :).
So, K1II's messed up image quality, AF system, etc. are not as messed up as 6DII's (for example), but then why it got 1% lower score? Are the "bells and whistles" more important than the actual images and usability these days?

'Are the "bells and whistles" more important than the actual images and usability these days?'

Er, to the majority of camera buyers, sadly, they are. Almost as important as wearing the camera strap with the right logo on it. Fact.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2018 at 12:22 UTC
On article Sample gallery: Pentax K-1 II (155 comments in total)

Thanks for making the sample images available prior to your full review of the camera. IQ looks very promising, from what I see.

Can't understand some of the posters' complaints about the colours being oh-so off or over-/undersaturated. Not only does the colour fidelity that you are seeing strongly depend on your monitor and its calibration, but colour profiles by software manufacturers will already be in the making, and I bet the K-1 II's DNGs will rock big time in post.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2018 at 14:26 UTC as 6th comment

Wish them all the best for restructuring, and am looking forward to them further evolving their great PhotoLab and Nik Collection software suites.

What the habitual haters don't get is that choice actually enriches photography.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2018 at 16:37 UTC as 34th comment

Thanks for covering this, DPReview. Even if Dynamic Pixel Shift Resolution mode does not work under all circumstances, it seems to be a worthwhile addition to the feature set. Would be interesting to know at what ISO the fruit display at the market was shot, but I think it looks pretty amazing.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2018 at 06:37 UTC as 17th comment
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ZilverHaylide: Mr. Arai looks worried.

So I'll repeat what I've said previously: Pentax should make agreements with lens OEMs such as Tamron, Sigma, and Tokina whereby those companies would make many more of their better lenses available in K-mount, branded and sold as Tamrons/Sigmas/Tokinas. The customer would certainly get much better warranties and probably pay less than with the present arrangement; the current rebadging scheme just frosts my b*lls. And with Pentax presumably providing the full lens-body interface protocols to these lens OEMs, the customer would also have better lens-body compatibility and assurance of upgrade capability than with the reverse-engineering that occurs when these secondary lens manufacturers create unlicensed versions in Canon and Nikon mount.

Pentax could thereby very quickly flesh out its lens options, and could concentrate its obviously-limited R&D and manufacturing capabilities on truly innovative new camera bodies, which has traditionally been its strength.

Capable lenses with true character, particularly prime lenses, be it their Limited or * lenses, to name just a few more recent lines, have actually been a Pentax forte for much of its history. And what makes you believe Mr Arai to look worried, apart from your obvious agenda, eludes me.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2018 at 22:20 UTC
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Madaboutpix: A simple thanks for including Ricoh/Pentax in your interviews, DPReview.

Reading some of the comments, I can't help wondering about the source of all that bashing of, impatience with, and whining about all things Pentax. As far as I am concerned, as someone who has been happily shooting Pentax DSLRs and lenses for nine years now, I see nothing in the interview that would discourage me from going on to do so.

Yes, Ricoh Imaging remains a niche player, which means they cannot and will not roll out a stream of built-in obsolenscence product at breakneck speed, but they seem to have a strategy and some nice stuff coming and more under development.

There is a remedy for the negativity out there: grabbing your existing Pentax and Ricoh gear and creating the stunning photography that it will deliver in capable hands any day.

Oh, I've been around here quite a while, actually. But I still find the keyboard warfare baffling whenever I go here. How can people be so much preoccupied with incrementally-improving gear, and so little with photography? ;)

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2018 at 22:05 UTC

A simple thanks for including Ricoh/Pentax in your interviews, DPReview.

Reading some of the comments, I can't help wondering about the source of all that bashing of, impatience with, and whining about all things Pentax. As far as I am concerned, as someone who has been happily shooting Pentax DSLRs and lenses for nine years now, I see nothing in the interview that would discourage me from going on to do so.

Yes, Ricoh Imaging remains a niche player, which means they cannot and will not roll out a stream of built-in obsolenscence product at breakneck speed, but they seem to have a strategy and some nice stuff coming and more under development.

There is a remedy for the negativity out there: grabbing your existing Pentax and Ricoh gear and creating the stunning photography that it will deliver in capable hands any day.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2018 at 17:28 UTC as 46th comment | 4 replies

Had already ended my subscription in the light of the 500px.me-Chinese-sister website crap and the recent price hike.

Now a clean Chinese takeover. How am I supposed to trust a business hosting and supposed to protect my images when it is based in a country where companies are more and more becoming extensions of totalitarian state influence? Where the political leader has just declared himself dictator for life? And big data offered as a sweetener for remaining? C'mon.

Just deleted my 500px account. Good luck for everyone who stays.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2018 at 21:37 UTC as 2nd comment | 8 replies
On photo Swan Lake in the Fall Time Snow challenge (4 comments in total)

Wow, what an impeccable composition, wam7! Frankly, I wasn't prepared for hitting on a gem like this between the usual drabness of photo industry news. Well done.

Link | Posted on Jan 2, 2018 at 14:12 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Madrid subway in the Your City - Public Transport challenge (6 comments in total)

Stunning image, no doubt. Perfect moment, impeccable composition and technique. Love it.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2017 at 00:02 UTC as 1st comment
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aegarcia: Waiting for the your review of 11-18mm F2.8 hoping its better on all aspects than my DA 15mm F4 Limited. Already an F2.8 should gather more light than my F4

You make it sound as if the DA15 was a lackluster lens "on [in?] many aspects". I beg to differ. While it is perfectly possible that your personal copy happens to be decentred or otherwise defective, my smc copy happens to be a solid performer that delivers (once you stop it down a little) more than enough resolution, microcontrast in spades, beautifully saturated colours, low and easy-to-correct distortion, and a degree of flare resistance that I haven't seen in any other wideangle lens that I've used. Did I mention the gorgeous starbursts? And you get all of this in a beautifully crafted, compact lens.

Admittedly, it's not a fast-aperture lens, and the upcoming DA*11-18 F2.8 is certainly a welcome addition.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2017 at 23:32 UTC
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Benjamin Kanarek: Very nice Tamron & Tokina re-badged lenses. Should be really good then.

If the implication is that Pentax isn't capable of producing great lenses themselves, you're mistaken. (On what in-house-designed Pentax lenses that you have personally used are you basing your statement, I wonder.) But, yes, like many Japanese companies, Pentax/Hoya/Ricoh have cooperated with other companies in the industry and will likely continue to do so.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2017 at 23:11 UTC
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