Doug Pardee

Doug Pardee

Lives in United States Wilmington, NC, United States
Joined on May 28, 2005

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photomedium: The MF initiative for fuji and Hasselblad is an good one. I think whatever distances you from cellphones but keeps the size down is an obvious direction to go.
Nice to see Canon and Nikon missing the boat on this one. I am not surprised by Canon given the corporate culture but Nikon should have had this one out in partnership with Sony.

(@mgblack74) Fujifilm and Nikon are different in a more fundamental way. Nikon is a digital camera company -- their digital camera business accounts for the majority of their corporate revenue and income. Nikon has to tread carefully lest they destroy their majority business, and camera R&D has to be paid for by camera sales. Fujifilm's digital camera business is a tiny percentage of their corporate revenue and income. Fujifilm can, and I believe does, operate their digital camera business primarily to honor their heritage and for the resulting prestige.

Fujifilm doesn't need commercial success in the digital photography market. If it comes, that's great, but their goal is to be thought of as a genuine option for the serious professional (both in APS-C and in MF).

No digital camera company is more dependent on their digital photography business than Nikon is, and none is less dependent than Fujifilm is.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 14:29 UTC
On article Canon EOS M5: What you need to know (548 comments in total)

I'm being picky here, but "It doesn't have the heft of one of Canon's DSLRs" (screen #3) depends on which one of Canon's DSLRs. The M5 is 20 grams heavier than the SL1/100D.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2016 at 17:54 UTC as 75th comment | 1 reply
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vermaden: Nikon released D500 instead of D400 ...
Nikon released D5500 instead of D5400 ...
But after D3300 Nikon released D3400 ...

Nikon ... So much consistent ...

4 is like 13 and 666. Certain numbers are routinely avoided in the commercial world because some people associate them with bad things. Maybe in this case it's appropriate?

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 11:24 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-E2S real-world samples (100 comments in total)

I notice that most of the images are taken with some negative exposure compensation. For the photos that are shown both SOOC and processed from Raw, the exposure of the Raw photo is always adjusted upwards, usually into positive EC territory.

The resulting impression is that SOOC JPEGs tend to be underexposed. Fujifilm does expose a bit darker than many other brands -- in part the result of choosing to use the Standard Output Specification for ISO, which targets an 18% gray output, rather than the "whatever looks good" REI approach used by almost all other manufacturers. But the large percentage of SOOC JPEGs (46 out of 57 by my count) with negative exposure compensation exaggerates the matter.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2016 at 12:39 UTC as 27th comment | 4 replies
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LF Photography: Good riddance. I'm surprised Yahoo lasted this long. Their search engine has been irrelevant for almost 15 years now and in that time Yahoo learned absolutely NOTHING from their mistakes, making one bad decision after another for years. Flickr is the only Yahoo service I use, and even it is far from ideal.

Yahoo doesn't have a search engine. They dumped it years ago and replaced it with Microsoft Bing.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2016 at 18:32 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-Pro2 versus X-T2: Seven key differences (362 comments in total)
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Joel Benford: I don't suppose anyone knows the eye relief on the X-T2's viewfinder?

Fujifilm says "Approx. 23mm (from the rear end of the camera's eyepiece)".
http://www.fujifilm.com/news/n160707_01.html

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 13:12 UTC
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Hugh2017: Fuji should concentrate on how to get that X camera DLSR like. The lines should be blurred to the point that even if you had Nikon D5 or Canon 1Dx money you would still buy a mirrorless camera. Photographers that shoot fashion week, ones that shoot major league / professional sports etc..

Fuji X is a good system but if they can take a Nikon DSLR pull the mirror out and make it a Fuji X camera is that even possible and if it was why is Nikon or Canon not doing it, like yesterday.

I hate the DSLR but not many if any options when you need that performance.

Mirrorless cameras have many great attributes (I just switched to one), but no technology is without its limitations. The shutter has to stay closed while the camera is reading out the captured image, keeping the viewfinder black and interrupting AF tracking on a mirrorless, while DSLRs would simply drop their mirrors in front of the shutter to restore viewfinder and autofocus.

Perhaps someday we'll see sensors with a global shutter with the image data being immediately transferred into on-sensor memory at the end of the capture, so the sensor can get back to feeding the viewfinder and the autofocus system. I haven't heard any rumblings to suggest that's around the corner.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 23:00 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1298 comments in total)
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pyloricantrum: Do the X-Pro2 and X-T2 sensors suffer from the same ISO inflation as prior models?

"ISO inflation" is more properly called "highlight headroom." Film users called it "exposure latitude."

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 23:07 UTC
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Hannu108: “ Mirrorless is 'probably' the future”

Battery technology has to improve a lot to achieve this...

With the 120-film Hasselblads, you have to change the film every 12 pictures or so. Changing the battery doesn't happen nearly as often, and it's quicker and easier than changing roll film. And unlike film, the batteries are reusable.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2016 at 12:27 UTC
On article Two in one: LG G5 camera review (83 comments in total)
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Doug Pardee: Caution with the back lens cover glass (or crystal or whatever it is). Apparently it breaks pretty easily. Mine broke, leaving a ragged hole over the wide-angle lens, while in my pocket. The normal camera still works, but the wide-angle is now prone to some nasty veiling flare on the right half of the image.

The local phone repair place tells me that their parts supplier tells them that all replacement lens covers in the US are sold out. I've been waiting for almost a month, and now it's going to be another week yet. They hope.

Sounds like it might be a weak point in the G5.

My G5 is now fixed. It cost about $45 (USD), which seems to be about the standard charge for most mobile phone repairs. It took less than 10 minutes to do the actual repair, once they got the part.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2016 at 19:00 UTC
On article Hasselblad to announce 'game changer' next week (460 comments in total)
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Johannes Zander: ..well I came her to read coments about wooden grips... No one?

The article notes that Hasselblad "abandoned its much-ridiculed attempt to sell 'luxury' versions of Sony-derived models." What more needs saying?

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2016 at 20:20 UTC

As noted in this article, "The research mostly focuses on use of a simple camera for taking snapshots."

The study went on to look at what happens if taking a picture is more than just a point/shoot. They found that "increasing the extent to which the act of taking photos interferes with the experience eliminated the positive effect of photo-taking on engagement and enjoyment." (p.12 of the report)

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2016 at 16:59 UTC as 14th comment
On article Two in one: LG G5 camera review (83 comments in total)

Caution with the back lens cover glass (or crystal or whatever it is). Apparently it breaks pretty easily. Mine broke, leaving a ragged hole over the wide-angle lens, while in my pocket. The normal camera still works, but the wide-angle is now prone to some nasty veiling flare on the right half of the image.

The local phone repair place tells me that their parts supplier tells them that all replacement lens covers in the US are sold out. I've been waiting for almost a month, and now it's going to be another week yet. They hope.

Sounds like it might be a weak point in the G5.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2016 at 20:55 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
On article Two in one: LG G5 camera review (83 comments in total)
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melgross: So, the main camera is good, but not great. The wide angle camera is fair, but not really good, but you really like the fact that it's there.

Considering just how bad the reviews for this smartphone overall have been everywhere, it doesn't seem as though these cameras are going to move the sales much. Very few people consider the camera as being more than one aspect of consideration, and rarely the biggest aspect.

Perhaps if this was a better phone overall.

From what I've seen, all of the latest flagship phones got great reviews and bad reviews. Different people like different things. (Shocking revelation)

I like my G5 just fine. Is it perfect? No. Would I be happier with an S7 or an HTC 10? I doubt it. Are there people who'd be happier with one of those? I'm sure of it.

I don't know where "the main camera is good, but not great" comes from. As smartphone cameras go, it's top-tier. The only complaints the review had were in JPEG rendering, and you can shoot DNG and avoid all of that.

And the wide-angle is better than fair. It's absolutely not on a par with the main camera, but it's infinitely better than the wide-angle lens on any other smartphone out there (because there aren't any).

For me, the modular design was a "so what" feature. But I bought my G5 when the "free battery and charger" promo was running, and I've found it quite liberating to not worry about how much charge is left in my battery, because I've got a charged spare.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2016 at 13:11 UTC
On article Two in one: LG G5 camera review (83 comments in total)
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Tiano L: Lars, interesting review. It seems that the LG G5 doesn't have a shutter prority mode (ISO adjusting automatically to any given speed). I find this omission to be quite irritating in a high end phone (at least, there are many times I wish my LG G4 had this feature). Is there any technical reason for that? Thanks, Tiano

You can do it with the Camera FV-5 app. But my experience has been that the five-stop adjustment range that ISO offers is too limiting. You really need to be able to vary the shutter speed as well in order to handle the wide range of scenes that the camera will encounter.

Give FV-5 a try on your G4 and see what you think.

Link | Posted on May 7, 2016 at 20:16 UTC
On article Two in one: LG G5 camera review (83 comments in total)
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Doug Pardee: I believe that the flash is single-LED. Also, as far as I know the laser-focus is exclusive to the 16-Mpix main camera; the wide-angle camera uses conventional contrast-detect focusing.

A non-photographic correction to this statement: "An area of the display is always on, showing notifications, even when the device is in sleep mode."

Although widely reported that way, it's not "an area of the display". The full display is dimly lit, with only a small area actually showing anything. This is an option, so you can shut it off. And the dim backlighting automatically shuts off whenever the proximity detector is triggered, such as when the phone is in a pocket or purse, or lying face-down. So it doesn't use nearly as much power as it sounds.

Link | Posted on May 7, 2016 at 12:52 UTC
On article Two in one: LG G5 camera review (83 comments in total)

I believe that the flash is single-LED. Also, as far as I know the laser-focus is exclusive to the 16-Mpix main camera; the wide-angle camera uses conventional contrast-detect focusing.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2016 at 19:08 UTC as 26th comment | 1 reply
On article Two in one: LG G5 camera review (83 comments in total)
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The Name is Bond: 78 degree field of view? What's that.

I think most of us here understand 35mm equiv better. And we're just fine with ignoring the comment arguments for those with 'equiv' issues.

The problem is aspect ratio. The two rear cameras are 16:9, so converting to a 3:2 35mm equiv is a bit of a challenge. By the way, the 78 degrees (and 135 degrees for the wide-angle) are measured diagonally.

If you look at the diagonal angle of view on a 3:2 aspect ratio, the rear cameras are approximately 27mm and 9 mm. But if you're going to crop your captures back to 3:2 or 4:3, you're going to get a tighter field of view than that.

When compared against a conventional 4:3 camera, the magnification of the main camera is more like a 34mm equiv than 27mm.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2016 at 18:27 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T10 Review (514 comments in total)

Going simply from the camera's manual, I believe the following is misleading: "In my limiting testing of the X-T10's subject tracking capabilities across the frame using AF-C [a bunch of stuff] Furthermore, when the camera is set to Wide/Tracking, it only uses contrast detect AF. "

According to the manual, the contrast-detect-only AF is for AF-S, Wide mode. As far as I can tell, in AF-C (Tracking mode) the phase-detect sensors are still used.

Notably, in CH burst mode, *only* the phase-detect sensors are used. That significantly limits the area of the viewfinder that the subject can be tracked across during a high-speed burst.

Link | Posted on May 2, 2016 at 19:47 UTC as 5th comment
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David Hull: This seems like a great thing but I wonder what it means for the future of the applications?

I had my editing computer die a couple months ago and I e-mailed NIK to see how they handled things since I was an owner and needed to re-install. I couldn't see where to put the codes in in the latest version. The lady I was in contact with just sent me a link to download -- no codes necessary.

Hopefully they will keep investing in these apps.

Robert: I said there was no *official* support for PSE 14. There have been reports of trouble with using Nik on PSE 14 on Macs.

I also said there was no *official* support for Windows 10. The reports I've seen indicate that it seems to work fine. But if any problems crop up in the future, I wouldn't count on Google to fix them.

My point was that by now, if Google was planning on continuing support of the Nik products, they would have official support for Win 10 and PSE 14. The fact that they don't is a red flag that Google support for the Nik Collection has ended.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 14:14 UTC
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