du four

Lives in Saudi Arabia
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Joined on Oct 19, 2017


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On article Canon EOS Rebel SL3 review (369 comments in total)
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FoxShutter: I’d boycott buying any Canon or any other camera that doesn’t have in camera charging these days. Maybe this is how they’ll understand that it’s 2019 and not 2009.

Well, it depends on what your requirements are. I've used DSLRs, usually 2-3 in parallel, since 2001 and I've never charged a battery in-camera. Using an external (double) charger is much more convenient and faster. You just load a fresh battery and are ready to go again within 25 sec. or so. The external charger is connected to an electrical outlet in the car, at home, a power bank etc.

Users have individual requirements. Absolute statements like "boycott" and "not 2009" don't make sense. Everyone checks what's important to him and decides accordingly. The results may be widely different.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2019 at 03:51 UTC
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UncoyDP: DxO has fleeced its most loyal customers. Those of us with PhotoLab Elite licenses and with up to date Nik licenses are stuck paying full update prices AGAIN with almost no new features. This should have been a point update and free. There was a paid update just six months ago.

The package is okay for new users but beware entering the DxO corral. Once you're inside, you'll find the conditions onerous. CaptureOne is pretty awful as well but at least they are down to one tool and the upgrade pricing on sale is almost okay.

The only one of the bunch treating its licensed users fairly at this point are Affinity (Photo and Design). Oh and Brian Griffin over at Iridient Developer ($60 every 1.5 years or whenever you need the update which comes after 1.5 years, worked out to 2.3 years in my case).

What is wrong about Capture One ? A major update once a year, in late Nov./early Dec. It seems fair to me that it comes at a price. Previous Capture One versions ran on the last 3-4 OS versions (Mac). There's a subscription model and a conventional license model including minor updates. Value for money is quite reasonable in my modest opinion. Filters are overpriced, yes, but they're entirely optional.

I cannot see any reason to complain. Anyone who doesn't want to spend any money on image processing software can switch to non-commercial software. You'll miss quite some functionality, but it's your choice in the end.

I've switched from Lightroom to Capture One in early 2017 and have never regretted it. Neither in terms of the software, nor in terms of the cost.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2019 at 17:34 UTC
On article Leica Q2 review (1651 comments in total)
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M Lammerse: Besides photography it's a great tool for testing out your marriage (that is when purchasing.)

Buy your wife a diamond ring and then yourself the Leica - no issue.
Small print: if you belong to the very few who can afford one or both of it.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2019 at 04:47 UTC
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du four: Dynamic Range ? A key feature where Canon is lagging behind. I guess more than one Canon user (e.g. me) is considering to switch to Sony for their superior sensor quality.

Who's, what an extensive "discussion" I seem to have triggered without any intention. However, I'm not quite sure if the word "discussion" still applies.

Just a last modest observation: nothing seems to push Canon users more towards angry comments than a Canon user who's considering to switch to Sony ... It kind of reminds me of the ridiculous Apple vs. Windows (or the other way round) wars of the past.

Link | Posted on May 7, 2019 at 14:06 UTC

Dynamic Range ? A key feature where Canon is lagging behind. I guess more than one Canon user (e.g. me) is considering to switch to Sony for their superior sensor quality.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2019 at 16:22 UTC as 99th comment | 11 replies
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semorg: PTGUI is my preferred tool when doing tricky panos. That includes HDR (till now) and masking. Doing it in adobe ecosystem is easier, especially keeping it all raw.

So this HDR stuff is great, but I still think for serious pano shooters, PTGUI remains the best tool and I don't see Adobe changing the UI/UX process that is needed to provide more powerful stitching features.

Photoshop may be fine for single row, simple panoramic images. When it comes to multirow 360x180 panoramic images PTGui, or previously Autopano Pro, is an indispensable tool. The advantage is not for "maybe three extra features" [sic] but in the order of several tens. Just a single example: the option to edit panoramic parameters for every single image and to keep/optimize/reset customized subselections of images.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2019 at 03:29 UTC
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its_a_knife: The original Osmo was riddled with artifacts. I assume it's going to be way worst on this little guy.

I've used the original Osmo for almost 3 years now. It has worked reliably and produced good to excellent video footage of skiing and off-roading activities. A it's bulky compared to this little device but hey - 3 years is a long time when gimbal and camera technology develops so quickly.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2018 at 03:43 UTC
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Chris_2017: No optical image stabilisation on that rear camera it seems. Big disappointment. To lose TouchID is ridiculous too.

Apart from that, looks promising. Much more so that the over-priced Mini and the Air without its MagSafe or SD card slot. Wonder how many students they're going to have coming to them with damage from tripping over charging cables. I'm holding on to my 2015 MacBook Pro for dear life, hoping it never dies, the way Apple has been heading these past few years. Also love my iPhone SE, which to me is a far more attractive design than any iPhone since. Can't believe people are paying crazy money for something with a notch in the display.

TBH for the first time ever I am going to make a move to PC (keeping the MacBook Pro for lighter tasks), as there I can actually select my own powerful graphics card, and upgrade the graphics, RAM, and storage as needed. Seems like for graphically demanding software (anything above Lightroom and Photoshop) it's the much smarter choice.

MacPro 2010 with ... Nvidia Quadro 4000 and CUDA.

Outdated, but the most reliable piece of IT equipment I've ever had. Only major upgrade - graphics and SDDs.

Still perfectly fine for running Capture One Pro, PTGui, Pano2VR, Adobe CC 2018 etc. with individual 50MP RAW image files and 360x180 panoramic files, 16 Bit color, with layers up to 7 GB per file.

Expensive at the time, although not a lot more than a Dell workstation. Very inexpensive over 8 years of use. It's just working ...

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2018 at 03:28 UTC
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jimread: I heartily detest the word 'workflow' intimating that the same technique can be applied to many images on a 'production line basis'. I work on each one of my images as though it is unique gem and demands special treatment. I can spend a whole day on one image and not get it 'right'. I have to leave it with the thought that there is something good there I just haven't found the right way into it yet.

And what a glorious moment it is to finally see the image emerge just how I wanted it to be. It's one of the joys in my life,.

Just an arbitrary example - First, you make an series of adjustments including hue. Second, you change temperature and tint. Third, you adjust exposure. Conclusion: please consider to stick to jpg files and to drop image processing entirely.

Any established workflow, and there are many, includes key adjustments in the following relative order: exposure, temperature, tint, hue of individual color (ranges).

Workflows make sure you get the best possible result in the shortest time possible. You will also want to apply workflows as templates to a whole series of images before you start fine-tuning additional parameters.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2018 at 14:40 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC RX100 VI review (517 comments in total)

If one spends 1200 USD on a camera like the Sony DSC-RX100 VI, why would one need in-camera raw conversion ?

You almost certainly prefer to process raw images in Capture One Pro, Lightroom or any other comparable software. If you want quick-look images in addition, you just shoot raw & jpg in parallel.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2018 at 13:59 UTC as 135th comment | 8 replies
On article Why smartphone cameras are blowing our minds (412 comments in total)

Smartphone cameras are ok for the large majority of point & shoot photographers. However, even with machine learning and artificial intelligence, the more serious photographers (not just professionals) will not be content with them for four reasons: 1) noise, 2) tiny sensors, 3) limitation to 2 or 3 fixed focal lens and, yes, 4) usability.

So far, there are no zoom lenses for smartphone cameras - for good reasons (space for moving lenses, image quality). Forget about any optical zoom, the image quality is not acceptable.

A few physical buttons and and wheels for key camera settings as well as a some sort of viewfinder are also essential features for advanced photography. Not to forget about batteries which can be changed

The market for mirrorless cameras and possibly even a few DSLRs will remain - but it is going to serve a smaller group of users than today. Serious amateurs and professionals.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2018 at 14:02 UTC as 140th comment
On article Quick look: Canon's new compressed Raw format (235 comments in total)
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girlperson1: Compressed RAW..... The ultimate oxymoron of 2018!!

spot on - like “negative growth“

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2018 at 16:50 UTC
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du four: It‘s easy to see what will happen. Using a tripod will be regarded as proof for „professional“ photography. A reason not to visit Positano.

Your comment reflects your expertise in photography.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2017 at 12:45 UTC

It‘s easy to see what will happen. Using a tripod will be regarded as proof for „professional“ photography. A reason not to visit Positano.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2017 at 10:12 UTC as 56th comment | 7 replies

Adobe customer since 1994. LR since v1. Full CC subscription. My trust in Adobe is gone. In the best case, a marketing disaster. In the worst case, willful misleading of customers. I’m not going to wait and see whether Adobe keeps its promise to continue and further develop LR CC classic long-term. Whatever “long-term” means, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years ? Until the next disastrous change of mind by management - tomorrow ?

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2017 at 18:20 UTC as 155th comment
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tinternaut: Having checked out Classic, it seems to have had an awful lot of effort put into it for a product about to be sunsetted. In the meantime, I’ve upgraded to the 1TB plan. The idea of a cloudy/mobile workflow appeals. First results are promising, but the new Lightroom CC is lacking a few things I consider important. To make 1TB work, I’m going to have to get awfully good at culling.

It doesn‘t appeal at all to other LR users. 1 TB ? Well, it’s 35 TB or more for others. Cloud ? With ADSL bandwidths of max. 10 MB/s ? Not so uncommon, still. No way. Pay Adobe to store and access my photos ? For smartphone images, maybe. For professional or serious amateur photography, never.

All in all, three major reasons against a cloud-based workflow.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2017 at 18:12 UTC

I’ll keep LR Classic for existing catalogs (as part of Adobe CC subscription) for some time. All new image databases will be built with Capture ONE Pro. Within the next few months, I’ll transfer all existing LR catalogs (35 TB) to Capture One Pro. Then it’ll be bye-bye Adobe LR. Image databases which are cloud-based may be fine for smartphone photographers. But certainly not for professionals and serious amateurs. Miserable product policy by Adobe !

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2017 at 08:23 UTC as 36th comment
On article Hello Lightroom CC: Embracing the future (505 comments in total)

This is a weird decision by Adobe - and I’m saying this as an existing CC subscriber. I have approx. 35 TB of Lightroom libraries (incl. images) which cover 2004 to today. Organized in several catalogs because Lightroom would become way too slow if they were organized in a single catalog. Irrespective of all other issues, I‘ll never be able to upload and maintain a cloud-based image collection given the total amount of data. So far, it has seemed that Lightroom was focused on professionals and serious amateurs. A cloud-based image collection is suitable only for smartphone „photographers“. Yes, I have tried out other software (Capture One, ON1 etc.). While they have specific advantages, they could not match Lightroom in the combination of archiving and processing. In addition, Adobe as a company seemed to guarantee long term market presence and development lines. Unfortunately, I will now have to drop Lightroom and go for another software. Disastrous product policy by Adobe !

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 07:42 UTC as 122nd comment
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