Smoothmoose

Joined on Apr 5, 2011

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Maksim Yankovskiy: Cheap sensationalism. "The end of DSLR for most people...". Is that what it takes to get people to read your blabber? Just come out and say it, mobile phone cameras are getting better, there are people who prefer it for variety of reasons. But hey, truth does not sell. On the other hand, if you say, "The end of the world is near", then people will read on. "The new processor in iPhone renders iPad obsolete". "The iPad Pro kills MacBook line". "36MP camera from Nikon obliterates 100M PhaseOne in controlled high temperature tests".

How many smartphones with camera are sold per year vs. DSLR? I think the statement can qualify the statement "...for most people."

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2017 at 23:01 UTC
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cosinaphile: I genuinely believe phones without headphone jacks should be ostracised ... further id like to see folks who were considering this phone let Motorola know copying apple caused you to buy elsewhere

i will not buy a phone or tablet without sd support or a headphone jack

i also am a lillte bit hmmmmm about all theses specs and descriptions and this very important point is ignored

i really enjoy dpr .... but this little thing has shaved off a tinge of trust they might have otherwise retained

it raises questions about the balance of interests between readers and advertisers
hiding this served neither interest in my estimation...im left with a very mild ....very slight sense of betrayal here

Headphone jack - MUST have, DAMN Apple
SD card slot - I've gotten over this - with unlimited photo backup with Google and Amazon, you're all covered.
Replaceable battery - I'm mostly over this. Phone needs to have good battery run time to start - after 2-3 years when your battery has aged through cycling, it's time to look for a new phone anyway.

I'm very much enjoying my Google Pixel and running on Project Fi service.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2017 at 15:54 UTC

Maybe. They also show a silver version of the 25mm, but when I ask their Amazon seller, they only had black. Pictures are only worth it when you can sell it.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2017 at 21:42 UTC as 12th comment
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big aperture: I am only interested in the 25mm f1.8...i need something equivalent to 35mm FF fov

I do already adapt my sony 35 f1.8 SAM to my NEX 5R and it's stellar but i need something wider

You don't want to pay for Zeiss 24f1.8 either eh? I think I'm going to bite the bullet and lend $70 to betterment of the DPR community.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 23:28 UTC
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Smoothmoose: Tempted to try the 25f1.8 - since the Sony doesn't have a budget option. Still I doubt it will match the Sony 28f2 I have, but this is cheap.

I know. I like the Sony 28mm F2, but it hard to justify keeping it as I have the 35f1.8 for low-light. If this 25mm comes close to IQ of the Sony 28mm, I would consider selling the 28mm.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 02:11 UTC

Tempted to try the 25f1.8 - since the Sony doesn't have a budget option. Still I doubt it will match the Sony 28f2 I have, but this is cheap.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2017 at 22:28 UTC as 44th comment | 2 replies
On article Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm F1.7 sample gallery (180 comments in total)
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Martin Zimelka: Just like some Leica and all (to my knowledge) newer Fujifilm cameras, the RAW files have baked in lens profiles that can't be turned off in Lightroom or ACR.
It's quite astounding how much this lens costs and how much of the original image is gone after lens profile adjustments.
If you're on MacOS, try RPP or any other RAW editor that ignores the lens correction tags.

I'm not sure doing lens corrections in RAW is unethical. Maybe discretional. Why do you have an objection with digital correction? Do you feel it is inferior to building superior optics? Things like barrel and pincushion distortion I would argue are much better to correct digitally which out sacrificing anything. Optical correction and adding lens elements is never perfect, you are sacrificing transmission, and dispersion/refraction induced optical anomalies like CA, etc. And of course costs and weight. It's actually hard to engineer against the laws of physics.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 18:22 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2675 comments in total)
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farcanal: Over 2300 comments, I haven't eaten this much popcorn since highschool...

This speaks volumes (literally) on it's own.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2017 at 19:12 UTC
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Smoothmoose: The art and skill will be lost? I don't think so. Yes, this is an advanced auto-mode with deep machine learning. Why do you think latest generation smartphones DO take better pictures in the hands of an amateur than if you gave the same person the top of line DSLR or mirrorless?

Being still new to interchangeable lens - see this as an accelerated learning tool, that appears to make make recommendations and set the knobs, based on the experience of millions, but also lets me adjust the knobs as I need to.

Still the art is in the composition and that will likely still be human driven, until the drone take over.

Also it would be interesting to see how it works in handheld app free mode. Vs. tripod w/ smartphone app mode. Other than landscapes and astro I think most will still shoot handheld. Providing feedback via the camera EVF/OVF and LCD would be limited by the camera UI itself.

Even so if it makes for smarter auto-mode, and better auto-HDR stacking (than in-body HDR), then this can be well worth it on it's own.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2017 at 00:39 UTC

The art and skill will be lost? I don't think so. Yes, this is an advanced auto-mode with deep machine learning. Why do you think latest generation smartphones DO take better pictures in the hands of an amateur than if you gave the same person the top of line DSLR or mirrorless?

Being still new to interchangeable lens - see this as an accelerated learning tool, that appears to make make recommendations and set the knobs, based on the experience of millions, but also lets me adjust the knobs as I need to.

Still the art is in the composition and that will likely still be human driven, until the drone take over.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2017 at 00:24 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply
On photo Sit on rainbow in the Perspective challenge (14 comments in total)

I like it. Excellent perspective.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2017 at 00:07 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
On article Sony a9: Why being better might not be enough (756 comments in total)
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rbach44: I think this article outlines why, at least for now, Nikon and Canon will remain the top choices for sports pros. Despite what the Sony fans say, the A9 is NOT going to be the death knell of the pro SLR. Perhaps what Sony is actually doing is staking their claim, that at least they are planning on making a serious effort at the pro market. Its an ambitious move, but one that will most likely not pay off immediately.

What I would also like to know is how many pros feel that the advantages of the A9 are worth leaving the gear that they are presumably comfortable and happy with (and dealing with some of the glaring disadvantages that the A9 + system undeniably has…). How many shots have they missed due to the 10 vs 20FPS frame rate? How much of annoyance do they see viewfinder blackout being? And, something I seriously wonder myself, will the shooting experience (without blackout or a shutter sound to give some feedback) feel a little too far off from what they are used to?

If we look at the first look videos, there is both audible and visual indication of shutter going off with the A9.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 17:20 UTC
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FoxShutter: "Our focus is to increase the overall market".
Sony! You'd better focus on your Q.C. departments, especially those located in China.

It's almost as if this thread is talking about religion or politics....oh wait...

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 23:38 UTC
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Smoothmoose: I don't know. I know there's lots of pros and "true" enthusiasts on this forum that feel otherwise. But I think if Sony is doesn't see the applicability of in-body computational approaches, then the Smartphone has already won. The camera market is more and more becoming a bimodal market, with large glass and big sensors for the pros willing to spend the effort and money, and everyone else that will get "good enough" photos with their smartphones. We already know both Canon/Nikon has missed the boat on innovation.

Rishi good interview btw. Some people want to nitpick about why didn’t you push them on things like a 200/1.8 prime. But this is about the big picture and not flower macros :-) Sony will address the needs and gaps for the pro market, some sooner (lens selection) and other later (tech support). As a casual shooter trying to become an enthusiast, the future doesn’t look quite so bright. The trouble is I don’t think any of the other camera vendors are doing a better job either.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 23:17 UTC
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Smoothmoose: I don't know. I know there's lots of pros and "true" enthusiasts on this forum that feel otherwise. But I think if Sony is doesn't see the applicability of in-body computational approaches, then the Smartphone has already won. The camera market is more and more becoming a bimodal market, with large glass and big sensors for the pros willing to spend the effort and money, and everyone else that will get "good enough" photos with their smartphones. We already know both Canon/Nikon has missed the boat on innovation.

Part of it is poor marketing and market ignorance. But let's face it, Sony themselves state they don't want to segment the market...and their actions speak louder than their words...they are focusing in on Pro highend and full-frame. Buy a FE lens and it'll work fine with our APS-C. Sure, but that doesn't solve the consumer problem. Lightweight, fast, easy-to-use camera, that takes better pictures than my smartphone. There are bunch computational features they can add like digital stabilization, digital shutter, geo-tag, better multiframe processing for HDR, ISO noise reduction, panorama, etc etc. that the smartphone vendors put all camera vendors to shame.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 00:16 UTC

I don't know. I know there's lots of pros and "true" enthusiasts on this forum that feel otherwise. But I think if Sony is doesn't see the applicability of in-body computational approaches, then the Smartphone has already won. The camera market is more and more becoming a bimodal market, with large glass and big sensors for the pros willing to spend the effort and money, and everyone else that will get "good enough" photos with their smartphones. We already know both Canon/Nikon has missed the boat on innovation.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2017 at 22:31 UTC as 14th comment | 7 replies
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