Fred Mueller

Lives in United States MA, United States
Works as a Recording Engineer
Joined on Apr 5, 2007

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On article Making a splash: Nikon D500 real-world sample gallery (228 comments in total)

Certainly going to be a great camera for action and general use ...

Just from what I can see here, I'd still go for my 750 for file quality that is just a little bit better all around ... but can't hold a candle to the speed and, likely, AF accuracy of this new body

Will be interesting to see the DXO scores when they appear ...

Link | Posted on May 3, 2016 at 16:44 UTC as 49th comment | 1 reply
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Charrick1: I wonder if Nikon is trying to wean themselves off of Sony sensors and not doing a good job of it... I don't know. Whatever the case, this is a big deal and whoever doesn't think so - and wants to keep people in the dark who are considering a $6,000 purchase - must be saying that just to satisfy their brand loyalty. I even read someone's comment saying that this camera is better than a camera that came out in 2007, and that no clients ever complained about pictures from that camera. Well said! Now you can go back to your cave and play with your 2007 technology and never have to buy another camera again in your lifetime. For the rest of us, we're actually interested in the cutting edge and what performance specs a camera has. We're not interested in keeping quiet so as to not hurt your feelings.

D5 has exactly the same DR at ISO 200 as the D700 ... and probably produces magnificent files ... all this bother about base iso DR is overblown

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2016 at 17:02 UTC

exactly the same dynamic range as my old D700 at base iso and about two more clean stops a high iso ... I'd say its a fab camera

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 02:40 UTC as 140th comment
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Yake: I'm happy to see Canon improving their sensors, but this testing is still unrealistic & over-rated. A 5- / 6-stop underexposure represents an extreme situation — something that most photographers won't need in a photography lifetime.

Virtually all of the history of photography was made without this extreme "shadow lifting". That includes millions of photo books, advertisements, news pics, portraits, wedding pics, record/CD covers, magazine covers, etc. And nearly every fine art photo in books, galleries & museums.

Some people will point out that this tech lets them make certain photos more easily — and that's good — but it's not as if photographers had no way of dealing with extreme contrast for the past ~180 years. For one thing, photographers weren't persnickety about showing detail in *everything*, but rather made artful decisions about what should go black & what should go white. Besides that, they had other tools: bracketing, lighting, reflectors, graduated filters, etc.

you can actually think of "all of the history of photography" as one long exercise in managing a lack of dynamic range ... think of all the things you can hardly take a successful picture of that we can plainly see; dramatic light is usually very high in contrast, or contra ... if we had displays that had 14 stops of brightness, you'd vey quickly understand why you might want ever higher dynamic response than the current state of the art ...

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2016 at 04:02 UTC
On photo DSC_5398_1 in Fred Mueller's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

the most "3D" Nikon lens ...

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2016 at 21:50 UTC as 1st comment
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2608 comments in total)

5 User memory recall positions - thats pretty impressive

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 10:18 UTC as 444th comment
On article Top 5: Hands-on with Nikon D500 (783 comments in total)
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Tyr-Sog: Wish there was a version without the flip screen, touch screen, and video for a little less $$$.

flip screen - on my 750 never deploys accidentally and I practically forget it is there - until I need it - and then can do things that are really useful and impossible with OVF - like interior photography, on tripod, backed up against a wall, to get the whole room = switch to LV and flip the screen up to compose ... brilliant!

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2016 at 02:32 UTC
On article Canon EF 35mm F1.4L II USM real-world sample gallery (128 comments in total)
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Fred Mueller: no idea if the lens is worth the money ... but boy there sure is a lot of blocked shadow and blown highlight in these samples ... nasty!

"matter of taste" - but also a matter of just how the camera body tends to "look" - ie great resolution, but not so great dynamic envelope; I was surprised.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2015 at 15:52 UTC
On article Canon EF 35mm F1.4L II USM real-world sample gallery (128 comments in total)

no idea if the lens is worth the money ... but boy there sure is a lot of blocked shadow and blown highlight in these samples ... nasty!

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2015 at 02:49 UTC as 6th comment | 4 replies
On article Nikon D610 Review (404 comments in total)
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ebuliavac: This seems to be the first review of a Nikon DSLR on this site in a long time that did not complain about overexposure by 1/3 stop. Is it true that this camera does not do this? Interesting that the new D750 overexposes according to dpreview. It would be helpful to know about the D610 for a number of reasons: 1. Setting exposure compensations to - 1/3 EV constantly is bound to underexpose some shots. 2. It will be hard to tell from the LCD readout whether a scene is overexposed by such a small amount. 3. If details are in fact blown out, you can't get them back. Please let us know dpreview. Thank you so much in advance.

Some follow-up thoughts are: Why would Nikon produce cameras consistently with this problem? Seems easy to address?

Why doesn't anyone else complain about this?

Thanks again. My D70S is spot-on with exposure. I have a Sony NEX 7 for high ISO needs. Still, an optical viewfinder and Nikon (or Canon) colors are hard to beat.

i have a 600 and a 750 ... my perception of both cameras is that they both under expose slightly. Don't agree with the DPR claim of overexposure at all.

I shoot Real Estate professionally. The 750 is a fine fine camera. I upgraded from the 600 because the bracketing feature is more complete in the 750, and the tilt screen is useful while on tripod ...

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2015 at 20:31 UTC
On article Nikon D7200 Field Test: Desert dance photo shoot (101 comments in total)

great !

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2015 at 10:25 UTC as 24th comment
On article The travel photography of HDR guru Trey Ratcliff (235 comments in total)

good eye for composition ... processing a little too flashy for me in some of these

who cares about the method finally ... ?

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2015 at 11:40 UTC as 8th comment
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Renato60: I have used the 5dsr for a couple of weeks and the combination between the sensor and the latest Canon lenses is simply breathtaking, not only in terms of resolution. Images are almost three-dimensional, resembling the effect of an old Kodachrome. I suggest not focusing only on specific aspects (i.e. DR, noise, ...), all things that can be easily adapted in Photoshop, but on the final result.

Apparently the same photo of the tulips has been shot with the 5DS and with the 7S. I also made the same consideration.

Agree ... and I have Nikon gear ... 750 right now. There is some validity to pointing this out (endlessly) I guess, but if I was a Canon shooter I wouldn't jump ship for 2 ev in shadow recovery at base iso. These issues really don't affect our photographic abilities much. Just a touch of NR in the Canon "Tulip" shot and it's good to go IMO, and has the same visceral photographic appeal (kudus Rishi) even without that. Plenty of photographers (who can easily grasp the technical significance) will ignore it or compensate where necessary, and do splendid work with these new bodies ...

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2015 at 13:16 UTC
On SampleImage:9747695436 (2 comments in total)

lens looks like it performs as advertised, but so much over saturation, blocked shadows and blown highlights - why ?

Posted on Jul 23, 2015 at 12:22 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On SampleImage:2254859004 (7 comments in total)

Just a little NR and then sharpen at radius of 2 pixels (cause they are so small) and you get a really great result in the iso 400-800 landscapes. But why shoot landscapes in daylight at 400-800 ?

People will do great things with this camera in the studio ...

Posted on Jul 21, 2015 at 02:21 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On SampleImage:1479985612 (7 comments in total)

Just a little NR and then sharpen at radius of 2 pixels (cause they are so small) and you get a really great result in the iso 400-800 landscapes. But why shoot landscapes in daylight at 400-800 ?

People will do great things with this camera in the studio ...

Posted on Jul 21, 2015 at 02:21 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On photo 20150715Canon5DsTest_Stead_07 in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (7 comments in total)

Just a little NR and then sharpen at radius of 2 pixels (cause they are so small) and you get a really great result in the iso 400-800 landscapes. But why shoot landscapes in daylight at 400-800 ?

People will do great things with this camera in the studio ...

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2015 at 02:21 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On a photo in the Canon EOS 5DS Sample Gallery sample gallery (7 comments in total)

Just a little NR and then sharpen at radius of 2 pixels (cause they are so small) and you get a really great result in the iso 400-800 landscapes. But why shoot landscapes in daylight at 400-800 ?

People will do great things with this camera in the studio ...

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2015 at 02:21 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply

Barney,

Love the videos you guys are doing, just generally ... people who crit. the new G7 need to get a life ... so what if the G7 is not quite up to Sony spec ... still mighty fine, and no excuse to not come back with some great keepers ... but more to the point - you had a great trip. Thanks for sharing.

Fred

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2015 at 00:19 UTC as 21st comment
On article Video: Tamron SP 15-30mm F2.8 Di VC USD Field Test (100 comments in total)

thanks guys ... these videos are a cut above ... for their aesthetic, insight, and lack of hype

what a pleasant, effective way to have a look at new photography gear ... (even though I've fortunately had a 14-24 for quite some time)

hope you keep it going

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 16:29 UTC as 17th comment
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