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photo perzon: The Panasonic LX100 is gonna have to fight the Fujis in order to play at the same IQ. Fuji colors, skin tones, are immaculate. So far Pana jpegs have been at best "not as bad as before."

That's opinion at best. Many people don't like Fuji skin tones and green reproduction

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2014 at 09:03 UTC
On article Camera roundups: What to buy and why (282 comments in total)

How is it updated? I would have thought that new camera releases would replace obsolete ones. For example why aren't the Fuji XT-1 and Sony a6000 added in to "Take Control" or the D810 in "Tried and True"?

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2014 at 17:31 UTC as 54th comment | 2 replies
On article Rare Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM goes on sale in UK (218 comments in total)
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p5freak: I took some shots with thats lens back in 2004 with a 10D at a german Canon forum festival. Not so much impressive, its not as sharp as the 500 and 600mm primes. It has no IS, which means its very prone to camera shake.

You took pictures with that monster handheld? Wow in the old days men were men!

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2014 at 11:58 UTC

I might get this for my OM-D. I guess it depend if it superior in some way to the Olympus (which is apparently not that great optically) or the Pannies

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 11:08 UTC as 42nd comment | 4 replies
On article Adobe CC Announcements: What you need to know (181 comments in total)

I would guess that the main motivation for the price cut is to capture the many people who use pirated versions of CS5 or CS6. This is very similar to how iTunes helped the record industry reduce the amount of illegally downloaded music.

At 9.99 I would consider subscribing, but since my version of Lightroom is sufficient for me now, I'll wait for a little bit. It's highly likely that they'll slowly raise the price when subscriber numbers stabilize.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 05:41 UTC as 35th comment | 4 replies
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DotCom Editor: I was a bit surprised neither Rick Friedman nor Joe McNally were hired to shoot this cover. Good thing it wasn't raining!

I believe Heisler has a very strong relationship with Sports Illustrated (he did a lot of covers and spreads for them). McNally is more associated with National Geographic.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2014 at 18:30 UTC
On article Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review (2257 comments in total)
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LarryLatchkey: From an environmetal point of view aluminium is one of the most problematic materials, and milling this thing from a block ... Germany has been a lot about sustainability, but the richer the customer the less important the green credentials.

Is this uni-body really about more than marketing and appearance? I could see it as a body that you can send in to get the aging/broken interior replaced in 5 years. This is made to last, so why not develop a system where the body can be re-used? the flange focal distance won't change, and APSC will stay around for a while, or not?

Huh, can you explain? Aluminum is one of the better metals from a recycling point of view and is chemically stable in normal atmospheric conditions. Now some of the alloying elements in aerospace grade aluminums can be environmentally challenging to dispose of but aluminum itself is relatively innocuous.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2014 at 12:29 UTC
On article Hands on with the Pentax 645Z (705 comments in total)
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Frank_BR: 1550g body only?!
I bet only prism and mirror mechanism weigh half that.
If Ricoh wanted to launch a new camera, it should be a MF mirrorless, as Sony will do in the coming months.

The only justification for the 645Z is it will help to reduce a bit the inferiority complex of many fans of the Pentax brand, which never had a FF DSLR on the market. Now, Pentax fanboys can say to Nikon and Canon fanboys:

- "Mine" is bigger than yours.

I think the only inferiority complex is yours; suddenly your FF seems small and you can't hammer Pentax users for their "crop frame" camera anymore.

Fear not! As a Olympus shooter I will continue to make you feel like your "big".

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 04:51 UTC
On article Hands on with the Pentax 645Z (705 comments in total)
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Artistico: The old 645D is no slouch either, and comparing it to 35mm full-frame DSLRs, it still holds its own rather well. It will be nice to see what kind of image improvements are under the hood of this one.

By the way, with that kind of price for what is a camera with a sensor basically half as big as the 645 format, wouldn't it be possible to get one that actually was full-frame similarly priced to the Hasselblad? now, that would be game-changing!

Anyway, I really like the Pentax cameras. I was seriously considering splurging out on a 645D a while back, but I'm still waiting for that elusive lottery win so I know I can afford it...

Then your tech minded friend is not a photographer. The 645D, at low ISO is better than D800e in is niche (low ISO portraiture and landscapes). However it is definitely less flexible outside that niche.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 18:26 UTC
On article Adobe launches Lightroom for iPad (130 comments in total)
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Impulses: I don't have much of a problem with a cloud model or cloud services being offered as a subset of LR, Adobe's shaky security practices notwithstanding... But the price has gotta be right. It'd cost me $80 every year to upgrade LR, so for $40 more per year this isn't worth it to ME (nevermind that I'd have to wait for Android support anyway).

Sure it includes PS, but I'm fine with PS Elements, which I only upgrade every other year (and can be found as low as $80, even bundled with Premier for that price). I don't need LR to import some photos unto my tablet for browsing or even to play around with the RAW files a bit, there's already apps for that on Android.

Catalog sync and 20GB of cloud storage would be nice, but not at $40 more per year. Specially when I already have 45GB on Dropbox and 25GB on Skydrive & Goggle Drive for free (thru various offers & promos), plus 50GB on Amazon for much less... Adobe's gotta up their storage game or lower prices to convince me. I imagine 20GB would be worthless to pros too.

If you are a pro you are not taking the 9.99 subscription but the 19.99 which gives you access to the professional Adobe products

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2014 at 09:45 UTC
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km25: It has a AA filter, good for movies bad for stills. Low light king, yes until some else comes out with a FF 8mp camera. The world, grasshopper, needs balance. The Sony pendulum singes massively to the other side of FF madness. The best camera they have come with is the RX10. It does what it should well.
But just think, Sony makes their next camera for stills, mostly. 18-20MP. Good low light with usable resolution. And they have more then two lens for it, with a loon bin adaptor.
I am not just saying this because I am a Fuji Fan Boy. But if I take out my X-T1 I will have three things going for me enough resolution to create fine image, fine dynamatic rang, low noise and accurate color all in good balance. I will have excellent optics to use. The camera will have a good level of performance.
Give me that Sony, I will think about jumping ship. Balance Grasshopper.

Sorry but the XT-1 RAW image quality can't stand up to the A7/A7R in any of the 4 criteria you mention except in your Fuji fanboy universe. As for lenses, it has only been 8 months since the system was launched. I admit Sony's track record on the NEX has been poor but Fuji didn't have many lenses out 8 months after the X-Pro1 was launched (and there are still gaps in the lineup).

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2014 at 18:57 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Review (502 comments in total)
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Shield3: F7.6 equivalent on FF - pretty tough to really blow out the background unless one uses the "zoom in tight" trick. F/8 on my 5d3 and damn near everything is in focus.

The DOF at 1050 f/8 and 200@f/7.6 is not the same (somewhat obviously). I am also curious why you are making such an irrelevant comment. Its pretty obvious that you can "blow out" backgrounds better with a FF body and wide aperture. You just can't have it in such a compressed package.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2014 at 06:34 UTC
On article Chicago-based Calumet Photographic closes U.S. stores (196 comments in total)

In the end if the day, they were a mismanaged business that couldn't figure out how to leverage their physical locations into an advantage against lower cost internet rivals. It IS possible, just very hard; there are very good camera stores in Canada that compete effectively with amazon (like Lauzon in Montreal and TheCameraStore in Calgary) because they know how to add value in a purchase.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 05:44 UTC as 64th comment

Is this photography as an app? Can multiple purchasers buy rights to the same photograph or is it exclusive? If its the former, I guess its okay but the photographer should set the price.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2014 at 09:39 UTC as 25th comment | 1 reply
On article Fujifilm X-E2 Review (305 comments in total)
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zither: pretty much all the pros and cons can be copied directly to future XT-1 review.
Imagine the diff in XT-1 conclusion:

huge EVF +1
wifi remote control +1
weather seal +1
better build +1
faster SD support +1
more dials control +1
Awkward 4-directional buttons -1
redundant ISO lock button -1

So, here you go you got XT-1 review already and it will get 80+6-2 = 84% gold award.

Actually, if I had to guess I think it will do worse than the XE-2. Something like Silver Award 79%. My estimation is that the Fuji control paradigm works better on rangefinder style bodies which are more "artiste" cameras and the comparison is to Leicas and RX1s, which are more deliberate style shooting. DSLR style bodies shooters will prefer faster control access, custom settings which the XT-1 doesn't have and better ergonomics.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2014 at 04:03 UTC
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Leo fish: This industry is ripe for disruption with the Internet of Things and mobile telephony- just like the walkman was displaced by iPod.

I would summarize trends as this

1. Film camera
2. Digital Cameras
3. Connected Cameras

While Sony A7 is a game changer in #2 above, mirror less, full-frame, camera app marketplace, etc. The "links" mentioned by MM between camera and the ability to share are weak, hard to use, not intuitive enough for mass market. Even doing the pairing between NFC and mobile phone each and every time is clumsy at best- needs to be more seamless.

A note for Canon, this is a time to be seriously worried if you do not see the camera as a threat or enemy. The Nokia 1020 is remarkable and far far easier to share and is the foray into a bigger trend. In my view, a great portion of the multi-billion point & shoot market will go away over shorter time than imagined.

I leave on this note: As Scott McNealy, former CEO of Sun, used to say "Eat Lunch or Be Lunch"

Ironic considering SUN got eaten.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2014 at 16:20 UTC
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DaytonR: I was amazed by the comment that Professional users wanted lighter lenses ...... :)

True. But for all the talk about mirrorless I only see Canon and Nikon (maybe the odd Pentax) at red carpet events, sports or in the hands of parapazzi. I do understand that some working pros (weddings/studio) have moved to Fuji or Olympus for weight reasons but they are either early adopters or older people who are starting to struggle physically. In both cases I think most pros/enthusiasts are skilled enough to 'work around the camera' both from a performance and ergonomic perspectives. The question is whether other people are willing to compromise for the size,

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2014 at 04:13 UTC
On article Shooting Raw with the Nokia Lumia 1020 (76 comments in total)
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bigley Ling: based on what I can see from the crops, the out of camera JPG is superior to ACR converted raw with noise reduction. ACR without noise reduction is sharper and has more details than out of camera JPG but then the result seems rather noisy.

Be aware that the 1020's ISO 1600 may be close to ISO 400 on comparable cameras.

As for the ISO, I'm not sure but are 1600 and 3200 extended ISOs?

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2014 at 10:47 UTC
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