cxsparc

cxsparc

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On article In praise of shooting monochrome landscapes (335 comments in total)

Well, I may be different than most since I also dream in color. But to me, b&w pictures are simply lacking. And to those comments of Otto about leading the eye etc, you can do all that with a color picture, too.

So everyone is free to do B&W, if even out of boredom with taking color pictures. But personally, I found not the urge to do so.

Link | Posted on May 1, 2017 at 19:48 UTC as 32nd comment

Of course the A9 will not make all photographers switch system. There are still quite some open holes to plug, namely those tele f2.8 primes. But what is not realized by some here, is that Sony offers a camera actually superior to what the two established brands offer. So if you are not cash-strapped, not sports-specialized, you might switch over to Sony FF mirrorless.
There has been a steady migration especially of those a bit older, well-off photographers that simply literally couldn't bear anymore the full weight of their 5D system and moved to Sony FF or APSC, or Fuji. That was already nibbling at the DSLR user base.

The A9 now is targeting actual professionals. I imagine especially wedding photographers will be the first group dipping their toe into this water.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 11:13 UTC as 236th comment | 2 replies

Bad choice. How could they?
The selected winner assassin picture is a promotion for terrorism. The guy does not look half as maniac as he is. The black and white atmosphere of the clean exhibition room lends a studio-like, almost-rational cool background to the bloody murder of a man. It is also disrespectful of the victim.
Newspapers in Germany have stopped showing pictures of terrorists and IMHO that is the right way to go. Do not offer the publicity to those idiots which they crave for.
Really a pity that this picture was selected.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2017 at 12:40 UTC as 5th comment
On photo winter4_blue in richmot's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

Lovely, well processed.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 18:24 UTC as 1st comment
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alvareo: "the extra reach (at a given focal length) the APS-C sensor gives" That "extra reach" is a cropped image. You can accomplish the same in your computer by chopping off the border.

@alvareo; You don't quite get it.
The APSC sensor concentrates e.g. 24 Mpx into a 0.7 area compared to a FF sensor with 24 Mpx. Even the A7RII has still less pixels in that APSC area.

So if you take a shot at tele you will have more INFORMATION in this area. You then can still crop further on your PC, but then you reduce the amount of data for your remaining picture. Using APSC, you don't lose information, so you have a better starting point and therefore can crop further with loss of data.
So it is NOT the SAME.

And the point is that an APSC sensor with similar number of pixels as a FF one does have this gain. Fact. Cropping gain is of course a factor of APSC sensor pixels / xx sensor pixels within the APSC area. For APSC/FF A7 = Sqr(2).

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2017 at 18:11 UTC
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 review (1181 comments in total)
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FoxShutter: The announcement of a6500 was like a "knife in a back" for many a6300 users who just recently bought their "class leading" Sony. As a result of that announcement I sold mine. After reading the review I don't regret the decision to sale it at all. A touch screen that barely works compared to competition . IBIS that isn't needed, just because almost every Sony or Sony-Zeiss Lens has OIS. No decent zooms: Sony 18-105mm and 16-50mm are mediocre lenses and 16-70 Sony-Zeiss is sharp only in the centre across all the focal lengths if you are lucky enough to find a good copy. FE lenses work better on a6300 and that's probably why we see them in most of the reviews and promotional ads, but what's the point of the system than? 24-70 FE becomes 36-105mm and 16-35 becomes 24-50mm and they are big, heavy and expensive. It would be much better if Sony would work on their aging and never excellent APSC lens selection rather than releasing every few months a few premature (again) bodies that don't really keep their value due to these frequent releases.

What exactly does this test tell you? Have you checked photozone or DXO where you actually get some resolution figures for this lens? Did you happen to use this lens or are you relying on hearsay?

You can check my blog for sample pictures, this zoom combined with the 1018 makes for an ultimate travel combo and I haven't found yet resolution to be wanting.

And your last line is a joke: No extremely good lens for the Sony APSC system? You can use any FE lens like the 55/1.8 or the Zeiss ones, too. Then there is the Sigma line of cheap and high res primes including the 30/1.4.

Or you go the adapted route and use the SAL1650/2.8 which becomes stabilized on the A6500, something you can't get with Fuji.

I still think personally that the A6500 is too expensive, yet when comparing to the competitiors like Fuji XT2 or OMD 1 II is seems a bargain considering what is on offer as they are priced even more over the top, But as long as there are buyers....

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2016 at 05:59 UTC
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 review (1181 comments in total)
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ABM Barry: Pro's ..You said high quality jpegs and RAW. (Lets not loose sales for your parent company!)
Con's You said colour issues in jpeg and the loss of details due to lossy compression in RAW! ??????
What's it to be DPR, Are you a truthful and real evaluation site that we can depend on.
Or, ... an advertising arm posing?

DPR You need to make a decision which side you are on and which game you are really playing.

Your reviews are getting worse, since you were bought (sold your soul ) you have certainly sunk quite low in the credibility stakes. We may as well just look at the proliferation of self proclaimed reviewers on YouTube, in most cases there isn't much differences and in some instances, DPR is quite a way short these days.
It's a real pity, DPR used to be a good trustworthy source, ... now just an advertising site.

Maybe real life is too differentiated for you and you'd prefer a black&white version? I own the A6000 and this camera already delivers great JPGs out of the camera with very finde detail. If you make the effort to turn NR to low and edit the color profile to your linking, colors are quite decent, too. RAW also delivers resolution down to pixel-peeping. And this with even lower bits used for the lossy RAW file than the A6500. So what does this tell you if you take the time to think this through:
If the sensor is a mess, uncompressed raw will not help you. If the sensor is good, lossy raw will lose you some iq under extreme conditions, otherwise you won't notice. But I understand, conspiracy thinking is an obsession followed by many :-)

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 08:43 UTC
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 review (1181 comments in total)
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FoxShutter: The announcement of a6500 was like a "knife in a back" for many a6300 users who just recently bought their "class leading" Sony. As a result of that announcement I sold mine. After reading the review I don't regret the decision to sale it at all. A touch screen that barely works compared to competition . IBIS that isn't needed, just because almost every Sony or Sony-Zeiss Lens has OIS. No decent zooms: Sony 18-105mm and 16-50mm are mediocre lenses and 16-70 Sony-Zeiss is sharp only in the centre across all the focal lengths if you are lucky enough to find a good copy. FE lenses work better on a6300 and that's probably why we see them in most of the reviews and promotional ads, but what's the point of the system than? 24-70 FE becomes 36-105mm and 16-35 becomes 24-50mm and they are big, heavy and expensive. It would be much better if Sony would work on their aging and never excellent APSC lens selection rather than releasing every few months a few premature (again) bodies that don't really keep their value due to these frequent releases.

Can't help but wonder why you even bought the A6300 in the first place? Didn't you know in advance what lenses are available? Now you got frustrated which I can partly understand, but you are now dissing just about everything and spread nonsense. The 18105 is a very good lens, it outperforms the Canon 24-105 by a wide margin while being much lighter. To others talking about m43 cameras: If you really believe IQ is better than with the Sony, good luck and have fun.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 08:38 UTC
On article 6 tips for shooting fall color (109 comments in total)
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cxsparc: Sorry, but quite worthless article IMHO.

The biggest challenge with fall colors is getting the camera to properly record it.

In most cases, bright yellow will turn out brownish-red-orange, possibly due to IR sensor overload. Color editing is needed.

Examples: Nr 14 of Herbstrausch is overexposed to the extent of the lower right branches looking like snow.
Nr 22: The leaves show a color range of orange to yellow-green, like a Limone. And that illustrates the problems. If leaves are being turned off by the tree you get yellow and at a later stage or farther out on the branches, orange-brown. Having orange and yellow-green is not what it looks like in nature.
Nr 23: There is yellow but strongly surrounded by a majority of orangebrown leaves. Now this could be like it was in reality, except I have seen the same with my shots: The extent of yellow leaves is much lower in the picture than it was in reality, probably due to color mapping or Sony's tendency to overemphasize orange.

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2016 at 13:24 UTC
On article 6 tips for shooting fall color (109 comments in total)
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cxsparc: Sorry, but quite worthless article IMHO.

The biggest challenge with fall colors is getting the camera to properly record it.

In most cases, bright yellow will turn out brownish-red-orange, possibly due to IR sensor overload. Color editing is needed.

Thanks. But your pictures actually illustrate my point as in almost none are the lumnious yellow leaves to be seen. In fact, your pictures look very muted in saturation. Almost as if you used Adobe RGB instead of sRGB.
Also, the yellow is surrounded by strong orange tones.
When I work hard on the color editing - on the RAW files to be noted, I can recreate some of that yellow luminosity, but still fall short of what can be seen.
Here is a former post illustrating the topic with examples, the last two coming close of what it was like in reality: backlit bright yellow leaves.
https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/56691412

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 19:26 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1395 comments in total)
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cxsparc: I find it a bit strange what manufacturers are doing. Each new camera seems to get much more expensive and overstuffed with features. Yes it may be nice to shoot 60 fps, but honestly, life on earth was possible before that. Similar thing with the A6500: Extremely fast with everything, but who really needs this?

Maybe the manufacturers are targetting the increasing number of aging baby-boomers, who - with kids out of the house - went back to photography and keep buying the next and the next new camera regardless of what it costs? New toys for the boys.

Yet where would it all end for the manufacturer if people would simply be happy with their purchased cameras? Compact Camera erosion due to smartphones eating aways sales volumes and profit, the midrange already occupied with a flood of available used high quality cameras, so where to go for sales and profit?
To the high-end, using existing tech, adding features and selling that at ourageous prices. Bingo, high profit is there.

To me, this bears similarities to the car industry, with standards having reached such heights that people actually buy such things like low-tech Dacias.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 19:04 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1395 comments in total)
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cxsparc: I find it a bit strange what manufacturers are doing. Each new camera seems to get much more expensive and overstuffed with features. Yes it may be nice to shoot 60 fps, but honestly, life on earth was possible before that. Similar thing with the A6500: Extremely fast with everything, but who really needs this?

Maybe the manufacturers are targetting the increasing number of aging baby-boomers, who - with kids out of the house - went back to photography and keep buying the next and the next new camera regardless of what it costs? New toys for the boys.

..

Frankly, I think it was not long ago that there was a debate about the A6000 being the fastest AFing mirrorless camera. Nothing has changed with that performance, yet it is dirt cheap. And all this talk about sturdyness and sealing....
The composite plastic of the A6000 still has to get a dent from anything, nothing has become loose after prolonged usage around the world.

Maybe I am only a cheapo, but I'd rather buy an interesting lens or go on vacation than to spend this money. Of course, for those who already have everything, getting a new toy does not need to be justified by photographic improvements.
And that is exactly where this camera is lacking in my view. It is still inferior to outdated APSC cameras regarding image quality, similar to the A6500/A6300 offering only minute IQ improvements on the A6000.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 19:04 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1395 comments in total)

I find it a bit strange what manufacturers are doing. Each new camera seems to get much more expensive and overstuffed with features. Yes it may be nice to shoot 60 fps, but honestly, life on earth was possible before that. Similar thing with the A6500: Extremely fast with everything, but who really needs this?

Maybe the manufacturers are targetting the increasing number of aging baby-boomers, who - with kids out of the house - went back to photography and keep buying the next and the next new camera regardless of what it costs? New toys for the boys.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 19:03 UTC as 254th comment | 8 replies
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PieterB: I just wonder why Mac users put up with all the idiocy from Apple.
If Windows machines would do the types of stupid stunts that Apple does, everybody would protest.

They design a beautiful, very nice looking very slim device. But in order to get all your peripherals working, you need tons of adapters. Unless you want to replace all your devices every time. Which is clearly what Apple hopes you will do.

And they give you a less functional device but charge you a couple of hundreds dollars more. And most Apple fan-boys seem to swallow this every time.
I can't get it. I think you have to be infected with the Apple bug to understand this.

But that Apple trend that form always goes before functionality just seems stupid. At least in my eyes.

The MBP is not the equivalent to the Surface Pro 4, it is the Surface Book to compare: Ports:
Two full-size USB 3.0
Full-size SD™ card reader
Surface Connect
Headset jack
Mini DisplayPort
Hall effect
Link: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/surface/devices/compare-devices

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 10:44 UTC

"bold risk"? Bold would have been if they would have done something innovative improving the notebook. What is bold in removing an internal SD card reader that could have serviced 90% of all camera owners?
I would say, an arrogant risk, or a stupid one.
It is sad to read such a failed attempt at explaining away their failure to think about function, not primarily design.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 09:04 UTC as 11th comment
On article Tiny marvel: Panasonic LX10 sample photos (78 comments in total)
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Chuckmet: I turned the T.V. off because I'm so tired of hearing all the mean spirited political talk, even though the election's over, it continues. I thought I'd visit DP review to check out the articles and it didn't take long before I encountered more mean spirited talk, this time over the opinions of a camera or the reviewer or the photos.

I get your point, but only can advise you to ignore the bad and keep the good. Yes there are thoseon the forum that try to up themselves by putting down others. But there are also those with meaningful contributions and polite tone. Think of it like free TV: You have to ignore the spam adverts there, too :-)

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2016 at 07:59 UTC
On article 6 tips for shooting fall color (109 comments in total)
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cxsparc: Sorry, but quite worthless article IMHO.

The biggest challenge with fall colors is getting the camera to properly record it.

In most cases, bright yellow will turn out brownish-red-orange, possibly due to IR sensor overload. Color editing is needed.

Can you possibly post examples especially of yellow foliage?

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 08:32 UTC
On article 6 tips for shooting fall color (109 comments in total)
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cxsparc: Sorry, but quite worthless article IMHO.

The biggest challenge with fall colors is getting the camera to properly record it.

In most cases, bright yellow will turn out brownish-red-orange, possibly due to IR sensor overload. Color editing is needed.

What camera do you use Chris?

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2016 at 21:23 UTC
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cxsparc: One of the frustrating things about humanity is that Apple will continue to find buyers for their product, regardless how they milk their customers or detached ignorance of their needs.

As long as it is "cool" to own an Apple product, they will sell it to those in need of that.

Logically, upping the price of the MBP by 200 USD, dropping all current port standards except for the headphone, requiring the "Pro" customer to hang a set of expensive dongle on each USB-C port just to get SD/USB/ext HDD/HDMI connectivity should result in raising a finger to Apple and boycotting.

And that status bar thing is a joke compared to the added functionality of a touchscreen - and even that isn't even included in the 200USD raise.
Jeeezzz...

During my last encounter with an Ipad I learned that NO you can't quickly share pictures from your camera or another smartphone over bluetooth with an Apple product.

Conrad is referring to the dpreview article that Apple has reduced the prices of the dongles from outrageous to above market :-)

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2016 at 16:15 UTC

Haven't seen any mentioning of the AF failing at f2 with AF-S when used on the A6000. This bug is in the mean time even admitted by Sigma themselves.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2016 at 13:40 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
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