Doug Pardee

Doug Pardee

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

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Clyde Thomas: In this age when latest Nikon/Sony continue using outdated protruding metal strap lugs from 1940's... This little retro Yashi finally does away with them.

Not judging... Just noting.

That seems to be only on the prototype. Toward the end of the Kickstarter page, you'll find shots of the Y35 with leather strap attached to ordinary strap lugs. It might appear that the strap lugs are only on the limited edition, but in the Kickstarter comments Yashica says, "strap lugs is on all models, no worry".

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2017 at 18:36 UTC

Nobody else was amused by this bit at the very end of the NikonRumors translation: "Nikon has a lot more failure experience than Sony."?

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2017 at 19:38 UTC as 155th comment | 2 replies
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Androole: The only thing I'm interested here is the supposedly new Bayer Filter technology they're talking about...

Any chance we could get a tech article?

So if the red sensel sees the yellow and the green sensel doesn't, how is that different from seeing red?

Or if the red sensel doesn't see the yellow, and the green sensel doesn't see the yellow, how is that different from seeing black?

It's absolutely mandatory that the color responses overlap. As stated, digital color is determined by the difference in the responses to the wavelength. To do that, the wavelength *must* be picked up by sensels of more than one color. The cones in the human eye have very wide response:
https://deron.meranda.us/ruminations/purple/eyecurve.png

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2017 at 12:45 UTC
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Androole: The only thing I'm interested here is the supposedly new Bayer Filter technology they're talking about...

Any chance we could get a tech article?

That "pure colors" stuff doesn't sound at all right to me. The ability to produce a full spectrum from just three colors absolutely depends on overlaps in sensitivity.

As an example: yellow isn't either red or green. But without overlaps, it'll only activate either red or green, so it'll appear as either red or green. Or, if it falls in between the red and green sensitivity, it'll appear as black.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 15:28 UTC
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love2travelfar: Anyone cares about those? Honestly there is only room for something high-end,
an amazing medium format RX1 or something similar for example.
Everything else is covered by iPhones...

This camera has 24-600 (35mm-eq) optical zoom. The iPhone... not so much.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2017 at 14:36 UTC
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Grumpyrocker: The new app is poor. It doesn't offer the option to ignore RAW files and just upload JPG files to Google Photos. The previous app had this.

This one caught me when I switched over some months back. I got a nastygram from Google saying I'd used up all my space. And I'm like, "But I said to upload in the smaller, unlimited space resolution. How can I be out of unlimited space? Is this like my wireless phone company where 'unlimited' means 'limited'?"

So I looked around, and I didn't see many new files in my photos. After more rooting around, I found a backup section separate from photos, and it was full of Raw files and whatnot. I shut down the process on my computer, then deleted the backup section on the Web. (Deleting it all wasn't easy and it wasn't fast.)

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2017 at 22:54 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-E3 First Impressions Review (337 comments in total)
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Mikhail Konovalov: Does the "Auto" switch disable RAW recording? If so, it shouldn't be listed under advantages. Flip it by mistake and lose the RAWs you thought you would have.

In the year+ that I've owned my X-T10, I've never accidentally flipped the Auto switch. On my camera, it's pretty hard to do. The switch doesn't move easily, and there's not much space between the dials on the "push to Auto" side of the switch to allow you to accidentally snag it. There's a lot more room on the "push it back off of Auto" side.

And for the record: yes, Auto produces JPEG only. Further, it's only Provia film simulation with all adjustments set to 0, except in the SR+ super-auto scene mode, where you have the option of selecting B&W or Sepia as alternatives to Provia.

Fuji Provia JPEGs are fairly malleable in post. Obviously you lose a bit of shadow DR. Perhaps more of an issue, you get some Fuji noise reduction baked in, and Fuji's NR isn't widely beloved. Still, given that the Auto mode is going to get pretty close to the appropriate exposure, not having Raw isn't a disaster.

To my knowledge, the Canon DSLRs that have scene modes also are JPEG-only in those modes.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2017 at 22:18 UTC
On article Hands-on with new Fujifilm X-E3 (202 comments in total)
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Absolutic: Just finished watching the 30 min long big taco video on YouTube comparing xe3 with xt20 I have. So xe3 is the first Fuji xe camera NOT made in Japan, now made in China. He suggests it is because it is a consumer model now. The auto mode suggests consumer too. Also flash xsync is 1/180 which again says consumer. Ok, but if you are doing a cheaper consumer model, why remove a built-in flash? It is not like xe3 is a weatherproof body and you need to remove
The flash for better sealing.

The X-T10 was made in Thailand, not China.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2017 at 13:56 UTC
On article Hands-on with new Fujifilm X-E3 (202 comments in total)
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Absolutic: Just finished watching the 30 min long big taco video on YouTube comparing xe3 with xt20 I have. So xe3 is the first Fuji xe camera NOT made in Japan, now made in China. He suggests it is because it is a consumer model now. The auto mode suggests consumer too. Also flash xsync is 1/180 which again says consumer. Ok, but if you are doing a cheaper consumer model, why remove a built-in flash? It is not like xe3 is a weatherproof body and you need to remove
The flash for better sealing.

A very minor point: the X-E2S also had the Auto mode. It was activated by a button rather than a switch.

Flash sync is 1/180 on all Fujifilm ILC models except 1/250 on X-Pro2 and X-T2 and 1/125 on GFX 50S. Many people report no problems using 1/250 on the cameras spec'ed for 1/180.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 13:11 UTC

It should be made clear that this isn't THE Lily. It's a Mota drone with the Lily name.

Mota acquired the rights to Lily marketing assets including the customer list and the Lily brand name.

The technical assets were sold to a different company: LR Acquisition LLC. I haven't seen much information as to who is behind LR Acquisition aside from the name "Michael Bailey".

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2017 at 17:27 UTC as 19th comment | 11 replies

They probably would've gotten off more lightly if they'd been able to come back down and be quietly arrested. However, according to other reports, they got scared about the descent, so the bridge had to be closed while the Port Authority's High Angle Rescue Team brought them safely back down.

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2017 at 20:29 UTC as 88th comment | 1 reply
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FuhTeng: Good idea, but still wouldn't be of much use in a house fire or tornado or other crisis with no or little warning - your files are still toast. How to handle that?

This isn't a backup device. It's a primary storage device with large capacity and convenient network access.

You should have separate backup arrangements.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2017 at 19:43 UTC
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deep7: The real headline could have been that Canon beat Sony to that title. After all, the A99Mk2 would have been a pretty serious contender, surely? More so than any recent Nikon anyway! Nothing against the Canon though. It is a very well-developed product which does an excellent job.

The A99-II isn't a DSLR. The viewfinder is electronic, not reflected optical.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 10:38 UTC
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havoc315: Does it really make sense to separate "compact system" from dSLR? Especially, look at the award for the Sony 70-200/2.8 -- This lens is not "compact"... it's the same size as a 70-200/2.8 lens for a Canon or Nikon dSLR... And it's unfair to compare this to lenses that are built for m4:3 systems..
Calling the A9 the camera of the year.. but the 5div the best professional dSLR...
But the A9 is a professional camera?

The A9 is not a DSLR. It would be in the category of Professional Compact System ("mirrorless") camera, for which there was no separate award, probably because it would merely duplicate the Camera of the Year award.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 20:34 UTC
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Anadrol: What is the best HDR software ? Who tried several ? Thanks :)

Would be great for this site to review them by the way.

@Sannaborjeson I've seen grotesque pictures that were clearly Photoshopped to death. Does that mean that Photoshop=bad taste?

HDR is a powerful tool for dealing with scenes that have higher dynamic range than your camera can capture, and for rendering HDR scenes into a viewable and printable dynamic range. Even with non-HDR photos, It lets you lift shadows and open highlights without sacrificing the overall contrast of an image.

Yes, if you push really hard, you'll get unrealistic results. The same can be said for ordinary contrast and saturation controls. But used deftly, HDR tools can produce some excellent results from challenging source images.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 10:41 UTC
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maxnimo: So what's the output format? HDRjpeg? And on what sort of monitor/TV can you view this HDR output?

It's a regular JPEG. That's the fundamental thing that an HDR program does: it reduces the dynamic range in an HDR image down to something that is storable and displayable. The trick is doing it so that the image doesn't lose contrast.

Typically, there's an optional step ahead of that to let you build an HDR image by combining multiple captures at different exposures. But you can start with a single ordinary capture and skip the fusion step.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2017 at 21:25 UTC
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PhotoUniverse: I thought photography HDR is a 2010 thing and nobody cares about it anymore?

@tinternaut HDR is two complementary processes. Exposure fusion increases the dynamic range over what could be captured with one exposure, then tone-mapping reduces the dynamic range to what can be printed or displayed on a screen. Obviously (?) the trick is to make the limited dynamic-range output image reflect the extended dynamic range in the capture(s).

Tone-mapping will remain a valuable process regardless how good sensors become. Alas, it's (generally) the tone-mapping step that can produce "unnatural" looks, either intentionally or accidentally. So that will also remain with us.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2017 at 20:49 UTC
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Anadrol: What is the best HDR software ? Who tried several ? Thanks :)

Would be great for this site to review them by the way.

As with just about all software, there is no "best."

From what I can tell, Photomatix is the most popular. It seems to be easy to use, although other packages might be more powerful and give better results in at least some cases.

Nik HDR Efex Pro is also popular, perhaps because it's free, and in spite of some complications getting pictures in and out.

Aurora (which this news item is about) is also well-regarded, but until now it's been Mac-only, and that has limited its audience.

Me, I use Franzis HDR Projects. But that program is extremely technical, with quite a learning curve unless you're satisfied with simply using the presets.

Pretty much all software offers free trials -- well, Nik HDR Efex is completely free. Your best bet is to download the packages you're interested in and try them out yourself. Then you can see what YOU like.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2017 at 16:42 UTC

Where are the 6D mk II jokes?

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2017 at 16:33 UTC as 17th comment
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daleeight: I couldn't trade in any of my Olympus bodies, including an E-M1 mk II, or a GH-5 or 4 for that matter, for a Sony a9....? Maybe they know someone wouldn't trade it in? or they think that less of the micro 4/3 crowd?

You can't trade in a Sony A6500 on the A9, either. With the exception of the Canon 1D Mark IV, the list is all "full-frame" digital cameras.

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