Joe Braun

Joe Braun

Lives in United States Ann Arbor, MI, United States
Works as a photographer
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Joined on Dec 16, 2004


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On article Sony announces lightweight FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens (297 comments in total)
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Waterengineer: Sony (lenses) = bring your money.

The Nikon 24-120/4 goes for $1,100 new. This new Sony goes for $1,300. The Nikon is not half the price, unless you're buying a used copy off of eBay.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 23:40 UTC
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DesmondD: One situation isn't really a reason why you should ALWAYS shoot RAW. Sports shooters might switch to jpeg for their own reasons.

That's a point, but is it nice? ;)

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2017 at 19:49 UTC
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jwd8002: Again, i read this and weap. As a Sony A7r2 bloke can i ask Sony and/or Zeiss to please, please, please develop a 24-105 f4 zoom walk around lens for your awesome mirrorless cameras. Move on from making 50/55mm (there are at least 4) and 85mm (3 FFS!!) to a decent walk-around f4 lightweight zoom that's not a dog like the 24-70 f4 or a heavyweight like the other Sony zoom lenses. Please please please. Please please please. BTW the SONY/Zeiss small 35mm is a knockout walk around lens on the A7r2.

Yes, indeed! I second the notion. Sony has a lot of 24/28-something zooms, but I haven't been inspired at all by the cost or the quality of the corners. I miss my Nikon 24-120mm f/4 and would love to see something like that in the Sony world. Something that catches the sweet spot between the 24-70 f/4 and the over-the-top 24-70 f/2.8.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 13:00 UTC
On article Canon debuts EOS M6 mirrorless with optional EVF (669 comments in total)
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cosinaphile: idiocy not to have an integrated evf..... canon cant buy a clue ..... but neither can nikon

that how the contraction canikon makes the most sense

The big feature of the M3 and M6 is their size and weight. The EVF is deliberately gone and I welcome that to shoot with the smallest APS-C mirrorless camera on the market. If you want the EVF, the M5 is calling.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 15:58 UTC
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harry: With these pictures, Nikon can now be excused for delaying the rollout of the DLs. Despite challenges from other brands/models, the DLs still look solid with many unique and desirable features unavailable from others' latest and greatest.

The integrated circuit problem was several months before the earthquake. The earthquake could have compounded the delay, which it seems to have done.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2017 at 21:15 UTC

I'd give anything just for ACR and Lightroom to know how to process the green channel properly. I love Fuji, their cameras, and their lenses, but X-Trans raw files are killing me. Adobe conversion can squeeze good resolution out of the files, but leaves and grass always come out looking like a watercolor painting. Irident Transformer does a much better job with the detail in greens, but that extra step doesn't make the workflow any easier.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2017 at 21:10 UTC as 11th comment | 10 replies

Somewhat interesting idea, but the interface is so clunky. Meh. Would be more interesting if several rooms, halls, etc. were generated, organized by year or theme, etc. That would make it more compelling.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2016 at 13:39 UTC as 4th comment

"Oh, wow!!!" An article about a great product with a misleading title.

Link | Posted on Feb 29, 2016 at 13:55 UTC as 11th comment

The first compact camera to go wider than 24mm (FF-equivalent). If image quality is good at 18mm, the 18-50mm will be a breakthrough camera!

I think this deserves an "Oh wow!!!" header rather than a "DL or no DL" header. :)

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2016 at 14:44 UTC as 115th comment | 3 replies
On article Delayed: Nikon Japan pushes D500 to end of April (139 comments in total)

Just imagine how much longer we would have to wait if the D500 announcement had an "Oh, wow...!!!!!!!" in front of it. :)

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 17:17 UTC as 49th comment

One thing I love about the Sony's... they make a nice big grip so the camera won't fly out of your hands.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 18:14 UTC as 265th comment
On article Palm-sized: Hands-on with new Fujifilm X-T10 (91 comments in total)
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justmeMN: Judging by the retro styling, Fujifilm doesn't want young people buying their cameras.

LOL, but the hipsters love things that look retro and/or steampunk! (Disclaimer: I am a happy Fuji X shooter.)

Link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 16:57 UTC
On article ACDSee Ultimate 8 introduces layer-based editing (67 comments in total)
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thelooch: Hi, I'm a developer at ACD Systems and I think I should make it known that a RAW update is being worked on right now, and we should be releasing it very soon. I'm not making an official announcement for the company here, but I think the update should be out before Christmas.

I'm hoping that the Fuji X cameras will be supported?

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 03:19 UTC
On article ACDSee Ultimate 8 introduces layer-based editing (67 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: If I was ACDSee I would be scratching a check to Dave Coffin right now to get the RAW support for the latest cameras out.

I can’t believe a company would allow their entire product line to be dependent on an outside resource that is not obligated to make updates on ACDSee’s timeline. If Dave Coffin decides he doesn’t want to support DCRAW anymore then ACDSee will cease to exist for all customers that would ever want to buy a new camera in the future.

ACDSee needs to either hire Dave Coffin or hire someone else that can do the RAW development in house. I know there are other editing programs in the same boat. They need to make changes as well. One day we will find that Lightroom is the ONLY option simply because they do RAW conversion development in house.

Seriously ACDSee’s recommendation for converting RAW images that their software doesn’t support is to use their competitors software until they get around to fixing their software.

Interesting! That explains a lot. I used ACDSee for several years and while I enjoyed using it, the recurring problem is that a new camera comes out and ACDSee takes up to 6 months to support it. At this point, I've given up on it because they're totally ignoring the Fuji X line now. I can't rely on a product that can't keep up. I've contacted support and they don't have any timeline or idea if they will ever support Fuji. *sigh*

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2014 at 17:19 UTC
On article ACDSee Pro 8 and ACDSee 18 announced (53 comments in total)

Count me in the list of people who wish that ACDSee would finally support Fujifilm X cameras (X-E2 and X-T1 especially).

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 18:33 UTC as 13th comment
On article ACDSee Pro 8 and ACDSee 18 announced (53 comments in total)
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meagre offerings: does ACDSee pro8 support the fuji x-trans RAW files??

its been 2.5yrs without x-trans support, in my eyes this is disgusting behaviour from ACDSee, if this version doesnt support the x-trans files then im going to have to look for alternative PP software.

one cant wait forever for something that may never turn up.

@Steelhead3: The Fuji X cameras are hardly "off-brand" at this point. I'm a Nikon FX shooter who loves my Fuji X-T1 when I need something lighter. It's everything that I wish my DX cameras were (smaller size, high quality WA prime available, etc.)

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 18:30 UTC
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JDThomas: I like the fact that the lenses are starting to get bigger than the cameras. Everyone is always going on about how they want a light compact camera, but then they insist on having these enormous fast lenses. Where's you're weight savings gonna be when your lugging around a 90mm f/2?

The beauty of a mature mirrorless system (like m43 and now Fuji-X) is that you can have it both ways. You can get a pocketable camera and/or an SLR-like camera with small lenses and/or big bright lenses. Having both options in the same system is wonderful.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2014 at 13:23 UTC
On article National Park Service bans drones in Yosemite (170 comments in total)
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egzo: So, endless caravans of stinking cars, nutrient pollution etc. in the "wilderness" are OK. Most of the US National Parks are already heavily damaged by motorized mass tourism, and now they hyprocritically say that "drones impact the wilderness experience"!?

@Egzo: "Wilderness" actually is an official designation in NPS terminology. The front country where the masses congrgate, traffic jams occur, the lodge is located, etc. is NOT wilderness. Few tourists (and photographers, for that matter) make it more than a few feet from their cars. If you go on a long hike, you actually will discover wilderness and many, many spots where you will feel like you were the only person around, even in overly popular places like Yosemite and Zion. Drones here would be a pest to both people looking for solitude and the wildlife of the area.

Link | Posted on May 7, 2014 at 14:54 UTC
On article National Park Service bans drones in Yosemite (170 comments in total)

Drones are illegal in Zion National Park as well. And here's a recent example of why boys with toys can be obnoxious:

"Drone Harasses Bighorn Sheep at Zion National Park"

Link | Posted on May 6, 2014 at 19:26 UTC as 29th comment | 1 reply
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zoranT: Who keeps buying this bulky, generic, plastic stuff?

@Carlos -- To each his own, but a few points... The D3300 and D5300 and the new kit lens are breakthroughs in size and weight; that's their point to compete with some of the bigger mirrorless gear. While still bigger than NEX or m43, the weight is amazingly similar. So somebody like me who would use a m43 camera for "fun" light photography might grab a D3300 instead of a Pany GX7 or Sony NEX-7 because the D3300 is so cheap in comparison and I can still use all of my existing lenses if I choose.

On the durability argument, these low-end Nikons can handle a fair amount of rain, no problem and the D300s is almost as big and heavy as a D800, so I'd never use that as a fun light alternative.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 14:23 UTC
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