Earthrise

Earthrise

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Joined on Nov 11, 2009

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On photo Without in the Break the rules challenge (7 comments in total)
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chrisby: Great image, this was my favorite in this challenge; love this kind of long exposure pictures, saw many other wonderful examples in your gallery.
Kind regards
Chris :-)

Hi Chris, thank you, that's much appreciated. Gives me encouragement to keep experimenting with these :-)

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2016 at 02:09 UTC
On photo Without in the Break the rules challenge (7 comments in total)

Thanks everyone for the votes, much appreciated.
Al

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 08:18 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo Without in the Break the rules challenge (7 comments in total)
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Bren Dyer: Great shot, and a well deserved 2nd place...just to let you know, your shot was in the lead for most of the voting...
Kind regards,
Bren,
Challenge Host

Oooooohhhh, not sure I wanted to know that :-)

Thanks
Al

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 08:17 UTC
On photo Without in the Break the rules challenge (7 comments in total)
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Dutch Newchurch: Intriguing shot. I don't think I have the creativity to try something like this, but if I did, I'd be very pleased to get a result like this. I do like the colours and shapes.

Good luck!

Thanks for the good luck, almost enough :-)

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 00:05 UTC
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Peter 1745: Any info about the new 25MP high res mode, the one that combines 4 images rather than the 8 of the full high res mode?

Ah, thanks for the update. Still this may be of some use as the down size would help with noise. Looking for better quality data not just more of it :-)

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2016 at 17:35 UTC
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Peter 1745: Any info about the new 25MP high res mode, the one that combines 4 images rather than the 8 of the full high res mode?

I missed that, is the 4 shot mode in the specs somewhere? Fingers-crossed - a true colour mode like Pentax?

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2016 at 14:45 UTC

Most useful sample shots I've seen yet. The gig and pool hall ones in particular, thanks. And I have to say I'm impressed. Though some of the processing to taste is a bit heavy on the shadow slider and too mid-tone-tastic for me :-)

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2016 at 10:00 UTC as 30th comment
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jaqob: That price difference between US and Europe is insane, almost any way you look at it. I can literally fly from Europe to the US and buy it there for the same cost as just buying it here in Europe.

Part of the price difference is down to differences in warrenty. One year in the US, two years in Europe.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 11:36 UTC

Very very very interesting news. The price and the MC-11 adapter make this look very attractive. Personally I think the MC-11 adapter was a brilliant move. One set of lenses and a variety of different types of body.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 10:03 UTC as 59th comment
On article Striking: Photos from a lightning hotspot in Venezuela (34 comments in total)

Spectacular work, thanks for sharing.

Link | Posted on May 21, 2016 at 12:08 UTC as 27th comment

Dear Olympus, please implement this mode in the EM1 mkII. The benefits will be even greater for the M43 sized sensor.

Link | Posted on May 9, 2016 at 19:28 UTC as 67th comment | 2 replies
On article CP+ 2016: Pentax K-1 past and present (152 comments in total)
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Earthrise: The true colour sensor shift mode Iooks very very interesting. Anyone know if the print on the wall of the models in a studio (I think) shown when the mode is mentioned is taken this way? Just trying to work how broad a range of shutter speeds this can be used at.

Cool, thank you :-) Yep, you read my mind, as well as the 'proper' use for this tech I'd be very curious to explore using it in exactly the way you describe, and pushing it in different directions.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2016 at 19:44 UTC
On article CP+ 2016: Pentax K-1 past and present (152 comments in total)
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Earthrise: The true colour sensor shift mode Iooks very very interesting. Anyone know if the print on the wall of the models in a studio (I think) shown when the mode is mentioned is taken this way? Just trying to work how broad a range of shutter speeds this can be used at.

Hi, thanks for your reply. Yep even from the glimpse in the video it looked eye catching, and I wondered if the true colour mode was used.

This use of the sensor shift tech has more potential and use than simply upping the resolution alternatives. Even the fact it takes 4 shots rather than 8 broadens when it can be used.

For me there is a sliding scale of usefulness:
Still life & landscapes
Posed model studio tripod work
Handheld model work
And beyond

If the shutter speeds are fast enough for studio/tripod people stuff than that would be cool. Handheld would the icing.

Looking forward to your review :-)

Cheers
Al

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2016 at 15:17 UTC
On article CP+ 2016: Pentax K-1 past and present (152 comments in total)

The true colour sensor shift mode Iooks very very interesting. Anyone know if the print on the wall of the models in a studio (I think) shown when the mode is mentioned is taken this way? Just trying to work how broad a range of shutter speeds this can be used at.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2016 at 12:39 UTC as 31st comment | 6 replies
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Luddhi: But researchers have developed a new method of creating optics that are flat and thin yet can still perform the function of bending light to a single point, the basic step in producing an image. This is more useful for photography. The new lens could be used in cameras and other devices such as smartphones. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/02/160212093700.htm

Yep, this looks a lot more useful.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2016 at 12:38 UTC

Good view, thanks for posting.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2016 at 14:56 UTC as 27th comment
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tombell1: For me the things that stand out relate to my usage . I use cameras almost every day. Things happening in the village I live, landscape work, family and friend,rarely fast sport

So what makes a BIG difference given that most ILC cameras have good output up to 3200 ISO now ( amazing when you think of film!!!)

IBIS ... this means every lens you use is stabilised. You get clear shape photos at slow shutter speeds.

Thats why I love Pentax and Olympus is unmatchable

Small and compact. Pentax is great for a DSLR and Olympus is incredible as its lenses are all so small. Pentax small primes are lovely
Coherent menus

Thats why I like Pentax and Panasonic

Good grip .. easy to shoot one handed
Pentax and Panasonic G7 score high;y here .. Olympus OMD does not
Fast focusing

For none sports usage the m43 are fantastic and the Pentax is acceptable ...

So that is all logical ... but it does not explain why I enjoy the Fuji X100 . Slow focusing and no IBIS .... but thats how it is

:-) Yep, much the same for the GR I bought recently. On tech sheet specs it doesn't make sense, but using it puts a smile on my face. Despite all efforts reviewing cams is still a bit subjective, so why not give cameras a smile on face rating :-)

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2016 at 19:00 UTC
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User3754336485: I like the provocative aspect of this article and must comment.

Well the fact that all cameras are not great gives DPreview the chance to investigate & write about differences, then make recommendations. Viva les differences!

As a contrarian I do have to say that over the past decade the overall image quality of consumer/prosumer-level digital cameras has increased enormously, pretty much no matter which big brand camera you buy.

It seems to me the bulk of that improvement was not in lenses, but in the sensor and related computing element and that advance mirrors the advances in the semiconductor industry overall. I do wonder as the semiconductor industry has stalled in innovation if that will be reflected in cameras to come.

On the same note I do expect all consumer-level enthusiast sensors to trend towards full frame and APS-C (and especially M43) will vanish from ILCs within the next 7 to 10 years.

Great article!

Yep, totally agree. In doing so though they leave themselves open to outside disruptive tech and non cosy companies. I thought Samsung might shake things up, but I think they want to play a different game. Panasonic have nothing to lose so might be the best bet for current companies.

I think the change will come from outside though. There's lots of work and money going into multi-sensor/multi-lens computational cameras, e.g. light.co, and the plenoptic options will broaden soon. And I wouldn't bet against Apple taking one of these approaches and entering the camera market.

Inside 5 years and a camera that approaches current dslr IQ with the form factor of a smartphone will shake things up.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2016 at 17:05 UTC
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User3754336485: I like the provocative aspect of this article and must comment.

Well the fact that all cameras are not great gives DPreview the chance to investigate & write about differences, then make recommendations. Viva les differences!

As a contrarian I do have to say that over the past decade the overall image quality of consumer/prosumer-level digital cameras has increased enormously, pretty much no matter which big brand camera you buy.

It seems to me the bulk of that improvement was not in lenses, but in the sensor and related computing element and that advance mirrors the advances in the semiconductor industry overall. I do wonder as the semiconductor industry has stalled in innovation if that will be reflected in cameras to come.

On the same note I do expect all consumer-level enthusiast sensors to trend towards full frame and APS-C (and especially M43) will vanish from ILCs within the next 7 to 10 years.

Great article!

I'd agree with most of this, especially the first sentance :-)

And in that vein I'd disagree with the last sentence. Actually no, second to last sentence :-)

My take is that FF is an expensive red herring and in 10 years will have gone the same way as medium format. Size, cost of lenses, and convenience will make FF increasingly high end. Improvements in sensor tech, especially if some of the more exotic ideas come to pass will mean APS-C and M43 will become the sweet spot for IQ vs cost.

Consumer level enthusiast cameras are extremely price sensitive and smaller format systems will be always be cheaper.

Plus there is always the stuff we don't know yet factor.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2016 at 16:38 UTC
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Earthrise: It does make me wonder why manufacturers can't pull something together that ticks more boxes. Sony for instance. Leading edge technology, but the ergnomics and interfaces seem ill thought out. They are improving with each iteration, but why couldn't lesson have been learnt from the last 150 years of camera use, or at least the last 30, rather than learn from scratch. Fujifilm, read great but then shoot themselves in the foot with some choices. Ricoh, where thou art my mirrorless miracle.

I guess the simple answer is market. They have to make cameras that sell, and sell well to make money. The market research they do leads them to certain conclusions. But maybe they are asking the wrong questions. The same old same old questions that perhaps just re-inforce their own preconceptions.

Maybe its upto sites like DPReview and others to push a metric to cover this usuability/properness/fun factor. At least with this article you are beginning to ask the rights questions.

Thank you.

True, but its not about advancement as such, it's more about just getting the basics right. Is the AF upto scratch, if not why not and change it. Look at the ergonomics of successful designs and carry these through. I think Samsung did this, but they seemed to have gotten cold feet, maybe at the realisation of the size of the support infrastructure that is required.

Nikon and Canon get this, maybe its true that they are waiting for the tech to catch up with the requirements before they go mirrorless.

I'm not an Apple fan, but at least they start the process in the right way. The design and constraints of the complete finished product. Then work backwards to achieve this in the most profitable way.

Smartphones decimated the compact camera. If camera manufacturers don't even get the basics right, another disruptive technology will come along and do the same to the rest of the industry.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2016 at 16:11 UTC
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