luchs

Lives in Germany Germany
Works as a Software Developer
Joined on Oct 25, 2007

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BrownieVet: "it may well be the model best positioned to convert remaining F-mount holdouts to Z-mount."

Dan Bracaglia - Are you nuts?
F mount lens are for OVF camera whereas Z-mount is for mirrorless electronic finder camera. OTOH, those who want mirrorless will get mirrorless no not because of the mount. If ever I purchase a Z Nikon, I'll use my F mount lens with the adapter.

My F-Mount Sigma 1.4 HSM is on my Z6 better than it ever was on my DSLR, a real gem. And fits well to the FTZ adapter, too.
So mirrorless has a big advantage.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2020 at 10:35 UTC

What a wonderful camera. I already love my Z6, but without XQD this Z5 has a wider audience. I hope Nikon produces some smaller - non S class - primes to go with it.

To complement my Z6 I wait for the 50mm 1.2 though.

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2020 at 06:55 UTC as 19th comment
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yoshizen: Have you heard about this ?
>>> https://yoshizen.wordpress.com/2020/05/30/deteriorating-nikon/
Is there anybody having the same trouble ? I want to know.

Some of the first Z6 and Z7 bodies had a problem with the rubber coting.
Nikon Service repaired my Z6 quickly for free.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2020 at 09:21 UTC
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FujifilmXT3: After the crap Z6 and Z7 what do you expect? Truly awful products

BS troll comment. The Z6 overall is the best camera I ever owned. I also used Fuji and respect those cameras, especially X100 and S5.
I wish Nikon the best, a company which is really connected to cameras.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2020 at 07:41 UTC
On article Best online printing services (140 comments in total)

In Germany I really love to use saal-digital. They make high quality picture books and the software is good. They put only a tiny QR code on the last page and the back cover, and you can get rid of that, for extra euro 5. Unlike with some services, the first page of the book (inner cover) does not have to be white.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2020 at 12:50 UTC as 64th comment

I would recommend to rather pay a few bucks and get Photoline (www.pl32.com) which works for Windows and OSX. I find it very easy to use yet it is extremely powerful.
It's user interface looks a bit dated, but works well.
Although I really like Affinity Designer and their Publisher, I find Photoline easier to use for Image manipulation.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2020 at 10:47 UTC as 21st comment | 9 replies
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Ben Herrmann: Outstanding! Time somebody said this - whether on this site or in general across the media. The media have managed to panic almost everyone and to watch some of their behavior, you'd think the world was ending.

Granted, the public needs to be informed as to what's going on, but now it's became 24-7. Being informative is one thing, but leading the general populace into panic is another. Both my wife and I are senior citizens, yet in addition to trying to be as careful as possible, we are going on with our lives (me to the gym) and she as a cosmetologist.

As an aside, I happened to wander into Wally-World (Wal-Mart) yesterday and I saw a huge crowd standing along one of the aisles - waiting while the staff unloaded a pallet of toilet paper. When they opened the aisle, folks were panicking, tripping over each other to grab what they could - it was pathetic. Two men must have grabbed 20 packs of toilet paper, filling 3 shopping carts, while others didn't get anything.

It is absolutely mandatory to avoid public personal contact, wash the hands with soap and keep distance. Some countries were hit before others and learned the consequences earlier, but it will, unfortunately, spread.
So please be careful!

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2020 at 13:54 UTC

Thanks for the great job you are doing and the valuable information.
Where I live most of the shops, cinema, basically everything is closed.
When this is finally is over I think we all have to remember that's then the time to support those who lost their income so badly now, such as restaurants, local shops etc.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2020 at 13:47 UTC as 218th comment
On article DPReview TV: Scan film negatives with the Nikon ES-2 (279 comments in total)

If you like to use that with Z6 or Z7 you can use Nikon Picture Control Utility to set up an inverse setting. So you can have live view of BW and Color negatives and keep the extra control you get by using RAW.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2020 at 10:51 UTC as 10th comment
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Einride: I love my Z6. After over a year of constant use I can say its easily the best and most fun camera I ever had. If it somehow disappeared I would buy it again tomorrow. Fantastic camera and the lenses are even better.

I totally agree, and I still feel so bad about that undeserved bad press at launch. Banding is a non-issue.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2020 at 13:06 UTC

Great product - most effective image browser.
It would be nice if the "AI Match" could be applied to a selection of images, though.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2019 at 14:30 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply

I like the possibility to edit multiple images at the same time, I think only C1 can do this. The GUI is simplistic - close to LR, nice. I don't care about the blurring effects.
Image quality wise I prefer ON1.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2019 at 06:12 UTC as 6th comment

When the Z came out it became so bad press because of the "banding". But actually, that is a non-issue and the whole discussion about it, especially here, goes way out of proportion. I think dpreview made a mistake to report about that as they did (headline and all). I took +10000 images now with Z6 and have 0 problems with banding, literally never banding shows up no matter how much I process the images. (Only in the test images shot on day #1 banding was visible, but that was because the RAW converter did not know the camera yet.)

So I think it is good that dpreview review there review to rectify the situation a bit.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2019 at 06:51 UTC as 27th comment
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scotthunter: All the haters probably can’t afford / justify a new MacBook Pro and just look at the base specs and say, “I can have a Dell Windows notebook for $... less than a MBP”. Well those people have probably never owned one. Those that do probably think it was money well spent. Put simply, MacOS runs faster and the user experience is way better than Windows. It’s also paired perfectly with the hardware, which is incredibly well made, from the huge touchpad and the multitude of gestures you can use, to the exceptional Retina display. The user experience is unparalleled: it makes you want to use it, instead of it being a chore.

I have to work with a MacBook and, yes it used to be ok. But now Apple is breaking things with their updates. Since Mojave Parallels became slow, I get constant 32bit warnings with Adobe software (yes, newest subscription) and then there is that USB support which sometimes work and often does not. OSX can even corrupt your hard drive and you will then need a windows PS to repair it.

Well, Windows, Version 10 is nice but the constant updates are a pain. Who had the idea to replace the whole thing every six months? So both sides have their problems.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2019 at 09:44 UTC
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luchs: ON1 RAW has a fantastic and fast Image browser - this alone makes it worth to use it.

But also the RAW development works very well, imo. (I tested Nikon files). The Effects are great, yesterday I even found sunrays (Luminar has its own effect) - they are hidden inside the flare effect. The new version is much much faster and there are fewer "wait...." popups.

I just wish they improve the catalog a bit. First need to be able to select on which drive the catalog is saved and I need different ones. A catalog at a default location is problematic, for backup reasons and also because the main system drive does not have so much space.

Second I think the export should run in the background. It is easy to develop:
First create a batch file with all the recipes and then send that file to a background task (or a different instance of the program) to work on it.

Found the progress bar - perfect :)

Link | Posted on May 20, 2019 at 10:18 UTC
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luchs: ON1 RAW has a fantastic and fast Image browser - this alone makes it worth to use it.

But also the RAW development works very well, imo. (I tested Nikon files). The Effects are great, yesterday I even found sunrays (Luminar has its own effect) - they are hidden inside the flare effect. The new version is much much faster and there are fewer "wait...." popups.

I just wish they improve the catalog a bit. First need to be able to select on which drive the catalog is saved and I need different ones. A catalog at a default location is problematic, for backup reasons and also because the main system drive does not have so much space.

Second I think the export should run in the background. It is easy to develop:
First create a batch file with all the recipes and then send that file to a background task (or a different instance of the program) to work on it.

I found the background export:

Only if the right panel is wide enough, there a drop down button on the export button. It is not visible if the window is too small. But here you can select "Export in Background" to be used the next time you press Export.
The background export works - but does apparently not show a progress bar. So there is some room for improvements.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2019 at 06:11 UTC

I think this is a great feature, I just wish they would add the face/eye detection to the "Wide L" AF mode, too.

BTW: If the AF locks to background and does not find a face anymore, it is enough to turn the focus wheel to help, no need to change the AF mode.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2019 at 05:05 UTC as 10th comment

ON1 RAW has a fantastic and fast Image browser - this alone makes it worth to use it.

But also the RAW development works very well, imo. (I tested Nikon files). The Effects are great, yesterday I even found sunrays (Luminar has its own effect) - they are hidden inside the flare effect. The new version is much much faster and there are fewer "wait...." popups.

I just wish they improve the catalog a bit. First need to be able to select on which drive the catalog is saved and I need different ones. A catalog at a default location is problematic, for backup reasons and also because the main system drive does not have so much space.

Second I think the export should run in the background. It is easy to develop:
First create a batch file with all the recipes and then send that file to a background task (or a different instance of the program) to work on it.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2019 at 04:54 UTC as 6th comment | 3 replies
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Jason Z: PhotoScape X, Luminar, DXO PhotoLab, Affinity Photo, On1, DarkTable, ACDSee, Raw Therapee, Capture One, Alien Skin.....
Adobe's software-for-rent philosophy and nonsense like this is why these software contine to grow and improve, and with some features that below Adobe's offerings out of the water. Keep up the good work, Adobe.

photoline - www.pl32.com
in my opinion is the best option, not to process RAW, but for the retouching of pictures. It is also very suitable to create (multi page) print work.
It is a combined vector and graphics tool.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2019 at 16:28 UTC
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Jason Z: PhotoScape X, Luminar, DXO PhotoLab, Affinity Photo, On1, DarkTable, ACDSee, Raw Therapee, Capture One, Alien Skin.....
Adobe's software-for-rent philosophy and nonsense like this is why these software contine to grow and improve, and with some features that below Adobe's offerings out of the water. Keep up the good work, Adobe.

Don't forget photoline - www.pl32.com

Link | Posted on May 15, 2019 at 06:27 UTC
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