Daniel Lauring

Daniel Lauring

Lives in United States MI, United States
Joined on Apr 21, 1999

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RX100 competitor? Will it have the image quality? No 60p 4k? No slow mo?

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2019 at 13:55 UTC as 30th comment | 1 reply

Wonder if the image quality will make it an RX100 competitor?

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2019 at 13:51 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
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Indohydra: Assuming that this is true.....Is there something going on in lens technology or manufacture that would allow companies that were once thought make cheap, poor quality lenses suddenly (it seems) now make better lenses that compete with the major brands? In the past I would never buy Sigma or Tamron or whatever over a Nikon, Canon or Leica. Safely assuming that most of this is marketing hype, it still seems that much has improved, strangely, when the market for these lenses is collapsing. Has something fundamental changed to favor these much smaller competitors? Is it cheaper to make better lenses or are the major brands just grossly over priced? Both may well be true, but could it be something else?

Very true regarding technology improvements. One of the best examples is the original 50-500 Sigma "Bigma" compared to their new 60-600. The 60-600 is a much, much better lens optically due to developments in lens technology.

As far as the cost/quality ratio, smaller companies are often able to work under smaller margins and/or have lower overhead, so the ratio of cost to quality isn't exactly the same (giving them a quality advantage to the OEM's at the same price point.)

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2019 at 17:02 UTC
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Indohydra: Assuming that this is true.....Is there something going on in lens technology or manufacture that would allow companies that were once thought make cheap, poor quality lenses suddenly (it seems) now make better lenses that compete with the major brands? In the past I would never buy Sigma or Tamron or whatever over a Nikon, Canon or Leica. Safely assuming that most of this is marketing hype, it still seems that much has improved, strangely, when the market for these lenses is collapsing. Has something fundamental changed to favor these much smaller competitors? Is it cheaper to make better lenses or are the major brands just grossly over priced? Both may well be true, but could it be something else?

Bear in mind, sometimes these "smaller competitors" design and manufacture lenses for the manufacturers that are then sold as OEM. Also, these companies have had many products that are comparable optically. Their shortfalls are more often in compatibility, which can manifest itself in missing features or slower focus speed. Tamron's 24-70 gets rave reviews as does Sigma's line of Art lenses.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2019 at 15:41 UTC

This is the correct ruling. The problem is how much work is involved in finding and prosecuting cases like this. This will continue to be a problem as long as it is easy to find and copy photos. Maybe some day we will have image recognition tools that will be employed like they employ plagiarism tools on the web today.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2019 at 13:51 UTC as 36th comment | 5 replies

The problem with a manual focus lens is the average person loses the advantage of the resolution due to focus error. I owned the Zeiss 135mm F2 APO and while it was an incredible lens when I hit perfect focus, mostly I did not. The only way to get reliable focus was to stop it down which defeated part of the reason to have it. I now use a Sigma 135mm Art lens which is really, really good and much more reliable with respect to keepers.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2019 at 11:24 UTC as 20th comment | 3 replies
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ProfHankD: Nice hack. About six years ago I wrote a little program to convert grayscale images into continuous line drawings (as G code) suitable to be printed on a 3D printer. It uses a modified Hilbert curve to approximate the gray shades. Let me know if you'd care to try that algorithm... I'd have to dig around a bit to find the code because I haven't used it for at least four years; the resulting images look great, but were too fragile as 3D prints.

I would love it if he contacted you and integrated that algorithm. What he's done so far is super clever and unique but the translation to line art is severely lacking.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2019 at 12:22 UTC

Visited the National Geographic website. Wow. So many inspiring photos. Really makes one appreciate this planet we live on.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2018 at 12:12 UTC as 2nd comment

Only thing that would have made this "cooler" would be having Vanilla Ice as the photographer shooting portraits of Ice-T.

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2018 at 10:27 UTC as 31st comment | 3 replies
On article Ricoh announces development of long-awaited GR III (701 comments in total)

Finally a modern replacement for my Nikon Coolpix A. Who makes the sensor?

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2018 at 19:58 UTC as 44th comment | 4 replies

I open doors for women and men and have never been branded a sexist or a predator. Having said that there is a large difference between sexism and predatory behavior and the fact that the OP even mentioned the women's looks is a bad indication of his understanding of what is predatory.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2018 at 04:19 UTC as 38th comment
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mmarian: Open a door or offer a seat in a bus to a pretty woman and you are branded sexist and engaging in sexual harrasment, do the same to a not so pretty woman and it is called a good manners. I can't work it out, can you Mr. Britton?

I open doors for women and men and have never been branded a sexist or a predator. Having said that there is a large difference between sexism and predatory behavior and the fact that the OP even mentioned the women's looks is a bad indication of his understanding of what is predatory.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2018 at 04:16 UTC
On article Why brand market share shouldn't matter to you (547 comments in total)

I started out with Canon and really liked the ergonomics but was seriously disappointed in their stagnant sensor technology, and cost to feature ratio vs. Nikon. I actually went from Canon, to m43, to Nikon FF, to Fuji, to Sony. It is expensive and unwieldy to have multiple systems. Today I have Nikon and Sony for different purposes...with very little overlap. Mirrorless and eyeAF is superior for nailing precise focus. PDAF SLR's still have an advantage for sports and fast moving wildlife. I look forward to the day one platform will do both.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2018 at 15:19 UTC as 9th comment

ummmm...yeah...$500 card reader.....right.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2018 at 21:42 UTC as 21st comment | 2 replies

This is a very methodical approach but I find this one doesn't require as much eye hand coordination and sometimes can be much faster.

https://photoshopcafe.com/tutorials/masking/masking.htm

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2018 at 13:05 UTC as 5th comment
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ecka84: Smells like BS!
They are putting Apple's top workstation (among other "cans") against a mainstream gaming PC that costs 4 times less. What is the point of that? Maybe they want to fool us into thinking that if you have got a $1600 PC and you want more, the next step should be a $6400 iMacPro? Nonsense. $5000 PC would beat the crap out of this Mac. For that kind of money you can put a 16-core CPU in there.

You don't even need to go to $4k on a PC to smoke the Mac. There are definitely fairer comparisons. At very least you need to compare to a PC with an SSD.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2018 at 04:34 UTC

Here are the tradeoffs that can be seen with the iphone photograph. 1. Masking line around portrait is obvious. Hair is tough to mask and Apple makes compromises here. 2. Defocus is the same for everything...despite the distance. The curtain is equally "refocused" as the buildings in the background. 3. The colors are not as good on the iphone and it is noisier with the noise looking more digital. This is just a sensor size issue.

Having said all that, the average person wouldn't notice most of that and might even prefer the iphone look....especially when viewed at the lower resolutions of social media.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2018 at 15:30 UTC as 162nd comment
On article Film vs Digital: Fashion photography shootout (404 comments in total)
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Daniel Lauring: Put the model in a dimly lit situation and then see how sliver halide compares to CMOS. Besides the work flow, that is film's biggest weakness. You can emulate any film look in post. You can go as slow as you want with digital. I see zero advantages to film.

No need to apologize. I have no investment in your test...especially for something so academically obvious.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2018 at 16:57 UTC
On article Film vs Digital: Fashion photography shootout (404 comments in total)
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Daniel Lauring: Put the model in a dimly lit situation and then see how sliver halide compares to CMOS. Besides the work flow, that is film's biggest weakness. You can emulate any film look in post. You can go as slow as you want with digital. I see zero advantages to film.

Portraits are taken in all types of environments. Any effect can be duplicated digitally as long as the resolution and dynamic range is captured. That is just science. 6x7 will require the use of a larger digital sensor than FF if you want to compare apples to apples. No, I don't feel the need to demonstrate in Photoshop what is simply academic.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2018 at 16:19 UTC
On article Learn about Photoshop blending modes in just 8 minutes (11 comments in total)

This is a great introduction to blending modes with just enough examples and graphics to explain it well without overwhelming the student. Nicely done.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2018 at 14:56 UTC as 5th comment
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