Mescalamba

Lives in Czech Republic Czech Republic
Works as a wnb photographer :D
Joined on Sep 21, 2009

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Yea that happens if you cant really make new tech for CMOS. Or dont want to.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2017 at 13:03 UTC as 232nd comment | 5 replies
On article Hot mess: Remembering the Leica M8 (155 comments in total)
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dmanthree: Yes, the M8 can be had relatively cheaply, but not because it was superseded. It's because it's crap.

Also sensor was made by Kodak and its CFA is close to Kodak own cameras and Leica DMR. If I dont mind IR problems (fixable) then it produced really nice colors.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2017 at 11:47 UTC

Couple of maybe interesting thigs about NX10..

- sensor inside is same as used in Pentax dSLRs (K20D or GX20D (so it was far from new)

- its sorta hybrid between CCDs and CMOS, not just regular CMOS

- had very impressive performance for long time exposures at night (unfortunately not shared with later models)

- very nice colors for CMOS, but rather bad noise for regular shooting

Kinda regret Samsung gave up, NX1 was really something, but even this old NX10 was really decent. Also a lot of Samsung was pretty cheap (in EU at least), their cost-performance ratio was rather insane..

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2017 at 11:45 UTC as 59th comment | 1 reply
On article Hot mess: Remembering the Leica M8 (155 comments in total)
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dmanthree: Yes, the M8 can be had relatively cheaply, but not because it was superseded. It's because it's crap.

Far from it.

You can extract some pretty strong magic from M8, if you know how. Sure its not easy, but then no Leica camera was ever easy.

Also easy cameras somehow rarely produce anything worth it.. mostly cause they are mainstream and thus there are compromises towards something.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2017 at 17:50 UTC
On article Hot mess: Remembering the Leica M8 (155 comments in total)
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bolt2014: I personally think that ALL digital cameras should have a shutter speed dial and ALL lenses for ALL digital camera lenses should have aperture control dials! Call me old fashion in some ways. I, however, think that ALL digital cameras should have fully articulated view screens!

Its simply more practical that way. Reason why I loved my old KM 7D. No aperture dials on lens tho..

Closest from modern cameras was Samsung surprisingly. Shame they ended it.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2017 at 17:48 UTC
On article Hot mess: Remembering the Leica M8 (155 comments in total)
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Wild Light: still a brilliant camera

Photographers retire from active duty. Then they keep shooting till they die. :D

Unless its rare phenomena of "only shoot for money". But they mostly crap..

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2017 at 17:36 UTC
On article How do you know you need a new camera? (409 comments in total)
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Mescalamba: IMHO, you should have get better lens. You havent reached maximum possible with D700.

Always invest in lens, body is usually secondary.. (also in fact even most expensive of camera bodies are still less expensive than lens).

Beside that, even mediocre camera body with great lens produces great pictures.. it doesnt work other way around. If you use subpar lens on top of the line camera, you get subpar pictures.

Photography isnt that different from film times. Yes, film used mattered, but lens and skill mattered so much more.. and still does.

Substitute "mediocre" for "old" and you get what I mean.

Also DR of D700 isnt mediocre even today. Neither is color, contrast.. or anything rly. Only department that might be short is mpix count. But you would be really hard pressed to find something as good in everything else today.

Its not only camera with this "problem" there is actually a lot of old cameras that apart mpix are very much literally amazing. And plenty of new cameras that have only that mpix but sadly kinda suck in everything else.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2017 at 13:27 UTC
On article How do you know you need a new camera? (409 comments in total)

IMHO, you should have get better lens. You havent reached maximum possible with D700.

Always invest in lens, body is usually secondary.. (also in fact even most expensive of camera bodies are still less expensive than lens).

Beside that, even mediocre camera body with great lens produces great pictures.. it doesnt work other way around. If you use subpar lens on top of the line camera, you get subpar pictures.

Photography isnt that different from film times. Yes, film used mattered, but lens and skill mattered so much more.. and still does.

Link | Posted on May 27, 2017 at 17:22 UTC as 119th comment | 3 replies
On article Shooting motorsports with a hundred-year-old camera (2 comments in total)

Its beyond impressive..

Link | Posted on May 19, 2017 at 13:44 UTC as 1st comment
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JackM: Does anyone have an example of who uses $50,000 backs like this? And who might plump for a monochrome one? Don't just say "architecture/landscape/studio", I want actual examples.

By the way "The $50,000 camera..." it's not a camera, it's a back.

People that can sell prints for 10.000 USD or more. Its not like they dont exist. There are ppl that sell prints for far more than that.

It will have its very small market.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2017 at 13:50 UTC
On a photo in the DPReview photographs Seattle's cherry blossoms sample gallery (1 comment in total)

Like color palette of either author or Hasselblad.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2017 at 14:38 UTC as 1st comment
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cshyde: Just to show the stupidity of that famous on-line auction site that starts with an E. There are A900 cameras selling for more than used A7 II bodies.

Might be cause they are still superior in some things to everything made after it..

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 14:39 UTC
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steelhead3: I do wonder if the Pentax K1 had to pay design royalties to Sony or at least to some Soviet designer.

Heh no, K1 is actually made after their behemoth of 6x7 camera. :)

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 14:39 UTC

One of best color accuracy/color separation CFAs in digital camera. Only comparable would be something like SLR/n or 645 back from Kodak.

Sadly they cooked a bit too much in camera. Also its compressed bits are meh.

Sensor was shared with D3x btw.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 14:33 UTC as 61st comment | 1 reply
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S Review: Modern MF (904 comments in total)
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tokumeino: How can a camera with "sluggish AF", "unuseable AF-C", "slow native lenses" can get a golden 85% while "it would be hard to declare a winner between the GFX 50S and a7R II" [IQ section] which is 2.5x less expensive ?

It really depends how accurate is that AF.

Slow AF isnt problem when its spot on. You just wont use it for sports. But then, you probably not going to buy MF camera for sports, would you? :D

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 12:22 UTC
On article Sigma sd Quattro H real world samples gallery (108 comments in total)
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Zdman: Well that 35mm has horrendous CA towards the edges. Is Adobe unable to do corrections on foveon files?

You dont get the essential thing.

Bayer sensors have real resolution much lower than mpix count. Foven has resolution exactly as stated. When they say something about comparable Bayer resolution, they not kidding.

So reason why you see that CA is cause Foveon having truly insanely high resolution plus there is no CA correction, which in most manufacturers case is either done in camera (half-baked into RAW) or in some SW later.

If you want perfect lens, you need to look elsewhere than Sigma. They make very good lens for very good money. I dont think they ever stated they make best lens. :D

Also many lens from today main manufacturers are kinda crap without SW.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2017 at 14:28 UTC
On article Sigma sd Quattro H real world samples gallery (108 comments in total)
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Zdman: Well that 35mm has horrendous CA towards the edges. Is Adobe unable to do corrections on foveon files?

Not really, just Foveon sensor makes it really visible. On standard Bayer you wont notice it.

Dxomark has same lens reviewed and they are actually really good. Just Foveon is absolutely punishing for any regular lens.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2017 at 12:04 UTC
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Infared: If this was a Canon EF mount I would buy one as I would have 12 lenses to hook up to it. They would sell like hot cakes! ....:-(

Pretty sure there was way to convert SD to EF. At least on original Sigma cameras.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2017 at 12:01 UTC
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zodiacfml: Spent an inordinate amount of time analyzing the DNG files through Lightroom, I realized that there seems to be none of any compromise versus SPP. It recovers highlights quite well and there is no issue with noise or color either.

I wonder then what causes SPP to be too slow despite blazing fast in the other software. The file size is also a concern.

DNG has all colors already "decoded", while SPP must do that. I suspect it takes a ton of processing power.

Apart that, it might be just.. ehm.. less advanced software. :)

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2017 at 02:22 UTC
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Contra Mundum: What's the hubbub? DNG can only represent Bayer raw formats. The Sigma DNG is a just a TIFF in DNG container. Your raw is already cooked in DNG.
The difference with jpeg is mostly in the number of bits. So you could as well edit the jpeg files from the camera with the same success, except for the pictures that require a serious surgery, which are probably not worth saving anyway.

DNG can contain pretty much everything, including demosaicing instructions for software. So not only Bayer.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2017 at 02:21 UTC
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