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On article Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200/TZ200 Review (595 comments in total)

While the real world images here look quite decent, the studio scene comparison tells a different story. You may enjoy better JPEG colors now, but when it comes to resolution the predecessor wins: Compare king of hearts in the upper part of the studio scene!

You may doubt if this new camera model is worth a Silver Award!

Link | Posted on May 16, 2018 at 17:53 UTC as 76th comment
On photo Greenwich Village Winter in the Your City - Snow challenge (14 comments in total)

Wonderful!

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2018 at 02:56 UTC as 7th comment
On article Olympus 45mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery updated (345 comments in total)

A lens wide open at f 1.2 shows purple fringing in aereas of high contrast? So what? If correction is easily done in PP, there's no need for gripe.

I'm wondering why high performance lenses are made up of so many lens elements nowadays. In the film era a normal lens (50mm) consisted of 6 or 7 lens elements. Therefore I was somewhat surprised at the Otus 55mm with 12 lens elements. And the new Olympus 25mm/f1.2 PRO has unbelievable 19 (!) glass elements. Do so many glass surfaces not degrade the optical performance as they did in former decades?

The PEN F is said to be best combined with a prime instead of a zoom. But in terms of size and weight those new PRO lenses are more like a zoom than a typical MFT prime lens. How do PEN F and 45mm PRO go together?

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 14:34 UTC as 10th comment | 3 replies
On article Photo story of the week: I Am Legend (170 comments in total)
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(unknown member): Google ‘landscape photography’ and you see what the general public like, but maybe as photographers we should know better than to value the over-processed, over-saturated, ultra-wide-angle, decorative sunset-y Disney-scapes. Judging by the comments here though, that is exactly what this audience wants.
Many comments (“Reddit fodder”, “forgettable” “a joke”, “yawn”, etc... Ad-nausiam) are just uninteresting sicking up of unsubstantiated opinions. Thing is, “I like it” or “I don’t like it” isn’t helpful unless you explain your reasoning, it’s just tiresome self-validating playground name-calling. Not a great read.

As for the picture, it does capture the romantic ‘man above nature’ ideology of Friedrich’s painting. The shapes, textures and colours are quite evocative, and there is a real sense of depth. I’m thinking that it would have been more engaging without the figure, so that we could just let our eye wander around landscape without the distraction of the clichéd ‘symbolism’.

'Man above nature' was certainly not Friedrich's ideology; it's to be found in the baroque era and not in romanticism. The strictly geometrically and symmetrically designed baroque parks claim humans superiority over nature.

Otto's website is evidence that he's a capable photographer and he's right as to C.D. Friedrich can be a good teacher for landscape photographers. Friedrich intensely studied the various manifestations of nature on location, but painted in his studio. He composed paintings that made natural sites look like being sort of holy sites awing the depicted humans. And these humans are representatives of the viewers.
In the photo here rocks and trees are natural elements in the sense of Friedrich. But since we can't see what the wanderer is seeing there, we can't identify with him. Here Otto's going together with the famous painter ends.

I agree with you as for the taste of the general public. And just saying "I like it" or "I dislike it" is consumers behavior.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2017 at 03:39 UTC
On article Photo story of the week: I Am Legend (170 comments in total)
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loafer: Rukenfigur is the style that Freidrich popularized and it is one the hallmarks of Romanticism. Romanticism has not always been the favored photographic style. Realism and Moderism are generally more evolved genres for the medium. But in the digital age, Romanticism has come back strong. It dominates social media posts. So much so that pundits ponder whether this symbolizes the connected loneliness of the virtual world

Yes, the Rückenansicht (Rukenfigur) was typical for C.D. Friedrich, and there was a banal cause for that: The painters capability of painting humans in front view was a bit limited. However, Friedrich made the best of it; his paintings made people have an emotional approach to nature. (BTW, Friedrich also made a lot of religious kitsch)
As for the photograph here, it's a fine composition, indeed, with rocks leading your view upwards to the wanderer; and the fog provides for a light background the trees are silhouetted against. However, maybe since the wanderer is far away, we don't put ourselves in the position of him, and the fog is just a white background instead flowing and turning as if it was a creature, and the sky - an important element in Friedrich's paintings - isn't visible. That's why we aren't being drawn that much into the picture, IMO. There's not that emotional echo inside of us that C.D. Friedrich knew to spark inside his contemporaries. Times and people have changed.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2017 at 03:25 UTC
On photo Seattle I5 in the Your City - Highways challenge (24 comments in total)

A composition to enjoy, with wonderful perspective, linear guiding, moment, colors, whatever! Look at how the row of the clouds in the sky correspond to the row of the cars on the highway!

Congratulations!

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2017 at 11:52 UTC as 7th comment
On article Nine new lens adapters announced for the Fujifilm GFX (83 comments in total)
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tkbslc: Given that 24x36mm film has a 43.3mm imaging circle, you could get considerable extra real estate with different aspect ratios and still staying inside the native imaging circle.

2:1 crop would be 19.3x38.7mm sensor area (vs 18x36mm crop)
16:9 crop = 21.2x37.7mm sensor area (vs 20.2 x 36mm FF crop)
4:5 crop = 27x33.8mm (vs 24x30mm FF crop)
3:4 crop = 26x34.5mm (vs 24x31.9mm crop)
1:1 crop = 30.6x30.6 (vs 24x24 FF crop)
(numbers rounded)

And given that you'd likely be able to oversize crop at least a little on most lenses, you'll probably go a bit farther. If you planned to shoot everything at 2:3, then you'd be gaining little if anything on the larger sensor. but anything else, you'll have a lot more data to work with.

If you like to shoot 1:1, then a ff lens at 30.5x30.5 is only a 1.08x crop factor from the native GFX cropped to 1:1. And I'm betting the vast majority of lenses could tolerate 8% overcrop farily well, leaving that at full GFX sensor height.

What about adapting ff shift lenses (such as Nikkor PC35 / PC28)? Their image circle is certainly big enough to cover the whole GFX sensor, but maybe because of the lens' build construction only 24x36mm crops are viewable.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2017 at 02:00 UTC

Maybe each lens needs its own dedicated curved sensor. So, what about making a dedicated curved sensor part of each interchangeable lens? After a few years you could screw the sensor out of your lens and screw an improved one in. Maybe the sensor has to be combined with the processor.

I don't know if that idea is worth to be realised and if it is technically feasible.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2017 at 02:33 UTC as 34th comment | 1 reply
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Mazenmazen: ... and he's still standing and filming towards the snipers' line of fire.. unless the go pro processor and battery detonated under 45+C°

Yeah, they were standing in a snipers line of fire and didn't move to get out of it? Is that credible?

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 15:02 UTC
On article Comparison Review: Sony FE 50mm F1.4 ZA vs 55mm F1.8 ZA (261 comments in total)

Put the widget upon a roof in the foreground: Here the Planar 50mm is better than the 55mm lens; both lenses are on a par not before f4! In the background, though, it's the 55mm that's always ahead.

This makes me wonder if and to what extent the sharpness results here might be affected by distance settings which weren't the same at both lenses.

BTW, these lenses vary a lot as to their weight which IMO indicates what they are made for: The Planar 50mm is rather a specialist for portraiture, fashion, studio works, and the 55mm is rather an all-rounder.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2017 at 02:08 UTC as 10th comment
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Marty4650: The camera seems OK, but the most impressive thing is Carey Rose's skill as a photographer. He has a great sense of composition.

This is why we gearheads prefer cold blooded test shots of color charts, wine bottles, and coins and currency for pixel peeping!

Can't agree more!
I'm astonished to see what a capable photographer can do with this small Sony device.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2016 at 01:45 UTC
On photo From Maroon to Yellow in the Fall colour challenge (14 comments in total)

I can't judge whether the criticisms posted here are justified, because I'm not competent when it comes to post processing. In my eye most of the entries are overprocessed. It seems to be a common phenomenon to oversaturate colors and exaggerate dynamic range. Everybody wants to stand out of the crowd, and software makes it easy to pimp photos.

IMO, the winner's photo isn't perfect but it's a well done composition with the clouds corresponding to the mountains. However, many contestants could have made #1 as well. Nevertheless congratulations to the photographer!

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 17:52 UTC as 4th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 sample gallery (5 comments in total)

There's something wrong with the details in the gallery: The photographer used aperture f/2,8 with the Vario 12-60 mm F 3,5-5,6 (23/52, 28/52, 44/52 . . . )!

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 15:00 UTC as 3rd comment | 2 replies
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Mikael Risedal: The Sony lens does not look as been properly centered; look at left and right
take another example of the lens for test

Yes, the Sony lens seems to be decentered; resolution near the right-hand edge drops a lot.

Furthermore, the review doesn't consider how both lenses perform with bright light sources in the frame.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 03:28 UTC
On article Comparison Review: Sony FE 50mm F1.4 ZA vs 55mm F1.8 ZA (261 comments in total)
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ThatCamFan: I went to a meeting Sony had in Iceland a few months ago, they introduced lenses & some sony bodies.
They claimed "our new lenses are so perfect that they dont have any onion rings unlike ""all"" other lenses" Basicly they're claim and they talked for 2 HOURS about how they had superior lenses and how there were no onion rings, they made sure to beat every point into people including the onion rings not existing.

It was 4 hours of talking that could be a 10 minute thing because they hammered the same claims OVER and OVER about the cameras and lenses, half the room had left before they were done talking before we got to test the gear because everyone had gotten annoyed that they wasted everyones time.

I managed to get onion rings right away with they're lenses & cant say I am impressed. I demanded to test it with uncompressed & full res which makes a huge file but yea.

I think they had it on different settings which would mask the onion ring effect. My faith in Sony is gone sadly.

Panasonic were the first. They said to be eliminating (or reducing?) those onion-rings in bokeh by preparing the relevant aspherical lens elements; since it's handwork it's costly and reserved for pricey lenses. Not much later Sony declared they had found a way to let a machine do that. Therefore you might expect the 55mm and other high quality lenses will get improved in the said sense.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2016 at 02:16 UTC
On article Comparison Review: Sony FE 50mm F1.4 ZA vs 55mm F1.8 ZA (261 comments in total)

Taking price and weight into account I can't see why anyone should prefer buying this 50 mm lens.

I guess it's a lens for studio works, maybe optimized for short distance shooting.

IMO Sony should take more care of quality control in lens production (rather than designing any new lenses there's no need for). There's much complaining about Sony lenses to be decentered. If Sony want their brand name stand for high optical performance, they must deliver!

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2016 at 02:20 UTC as 27th comment | 1 reply
On article Faster flagship: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X-T2 (121 comments in total)

There's a lot of high-quality lenses in the Fujifilm system and the new 24mp sensor lets them shine. The more I hope for a camera that suits me. I'm a left-eye shooter and I'd like to have a camera that allows to attach an optional tilting EVF (with high resolution).

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 01:22 UTC as 10th comment
On article CP+ 2016: Nikon shows off new D5, D500 and DL compacts (114 comments in total)

The lens of the 24-85 DL should have a screw-in thread for filters, lens hood etc.!

I appreciate especially the option for a tilting EVF; it's such a helpful accessory (and essential for the wide-angle model)! Moreover it indicates that Nikon aim at enthusiasts and 'serious' photographers with their new DL compacts. And this gives hope that the lenses deliver decent IQ without too much deterioration from image center to the corners (as a result from keeping the lens small enough for a compact).

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2016 at 12:03 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On article Readers' Showcase: Scott Matthews (44 comments in total)

These photos remind me somewhat of Jay Maisel who on and off photographed NYC from his residential building.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2016 at 17:48 UTC as 6th comment
On photo Naughty Cat in the That Darn Cat challenge (2 comments in total)

Yes, it's likely bringing a gift; that's what I think the cat is doing there. Cats do this (mostly with mice), when they want to please a loved one.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2016 at 00:00 UTC as 1st comment
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