bcalkins

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On article Canon EOS 5D Mark III low-light ISO series samples (319 comments in total)
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nicolaiecostel: The test is no good. I am an event shooter for many years and I have yet to shoot a box of crayons lit by an incandescent lamp, with the camera on a tripod. The real low light is in the evening, in a pub, or at a disco, at a pool-alley, on a walk down the Thames with the girlfriend. I shoot at wedding receptions, at meetings, in dimly lit orthodox churches, not in a studio. That is why these images are no good, a compact camera could perform flawlessly in a studio too.

I want to see images with backlighting, with spots of different colors on the subject, shot at f 2,8 handheld.

Repeatability may be the key to any testing - but do you want a test ? Or to see what this camera does in the hands of a photographer? A test of a studio shot with strobes at base ISO is interesting to me. But useless for comparing high iso shots for many reasons:

1. If I'm using high ISO I'm not on a tripod (though I can think of people who would be).
2. I'm using a fast lens wide open, not a super sharp macro at f/11.
3. Noise reduction behaves very differently when you have a little subject or camera motion. If you take a very sharp shot with a lot of detail you can hardly see the noise reduction even at very high ISO. A very slightly blurred shot of a face in low light is a whole other story.

I agree with nicolaiecostel - this is not a great way to compare High ISO, and certainly wouldn't make me switch brands :)

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2012 at 16:25 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 (207 comments in total)
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jsis: So, I still don't get it. People are getting this instead of Sony and Canon's low-end offerings. Mirrorless cameras are not exactly pocketable once you start adding the lenses (you're gonna carry a bag anyways). It has all the features and settings in DSLRs.

Between Panny's power 14-42mm zoom, 20mm and 14mm primes plus the Oly pancakes you have a very portable option. Even with my GH2 and a pancake lens I can carry it in my coat when skiing... And you get a bunch of features Canon doesn't have - like the EVF for eye level video. If you are going to carry a bag anyways, then I agree there isn't a whole lot to be gained over a light DSLR. Still, I'd much rather fall skiing with a Panasonic 20mm in my coat pocket than my Canon 28mm f/1.8 :)

It is expensive, though, to maintain a whole extra system for portability alone. I think you really have to be making use of the unique features (face detection, EVF, aspect ratio preview, live black and white, more DOF, etc). Another difference is that the higher end MFT bodies are still smaller than the dslrs and offer more direct controls.

It isn't for everyone, naturally...

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2012 at 00:11 UTC
On article An In-depth Discussion of M + Auto-ISO for Canon SLRs (39 comments in total)

I used to traditionally shoot in either Av or M with my Canon cameras and avoided Auto-ISO with my Canon 40D. It was only when I got a Panasonic MFT camera that Auto ISO was useful, and now the Canon 7D. What I discovered, though, is that given that my reason for using Auto-ISO was to get the LOWEST possible ISO in a low light situation, I've actually started using Tv with Auto-ISO. This allows exposure compensation, and also lets me dial in the best shutter speed for focal length (in your 17-55mm example it would make a big difference if the subject was static or not, and if you were at 17mm or 55mm). In low light, I find the aperture will tend the the maximum, which is fine in low light with a good quality lens.

I do disagree with your thoughts on the meter accuracy in manual. Even with a spot meter the subject color/brightness impacts the exposure - if it is a white dress, or black suit, or your hand you may need exposure compensation. Hence I tend to avoid Auto ISO in manual.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2012 at 20:16 UTC as 12th comment
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Marek07: Does anyone know how I can get Pocket Wizards(Plus 2) to work with my Fuji X10???

Not sure how much you've used the X10, but it is worth making sure the other points in that thread are followed as well:

External flash control must be set to on in the menus.
External flash will not operate in Super Macro mode.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2012 at 23:25 UTC
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Marek07: Does anyone know how I can get Pocket Wizards(Plus 2) to work with my Fuji X10???

I had the same problem and asked the question here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/1773207@N23/discuss/72157628083320777/?search=pocket+wizard

Someone suggests about half way down that they found the PW needed to be turned a little bit in the shoe... Seems to work for some and not for others. I had rented the PW so couldn't try it after the fact.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2012 at 21:55 UTC

In the few months I've had this camera, a few pictures have been ruined by the orb issue - and there is no question that this issue affects my ability to shoot at ISO100 in some daytime situations. There are a few cases in broad daylight where I've run into this problem, as well as in some night shots. In the few situations where I ran into this, I could not work around it - or didn't notice the issue until back home. In one case, for example, a backlit subject had half of their eye cut out by a hard edged disk from the back light. The image was pleasing enough and fine for web use, but it would not have held up at larger sizes. The biggest disappointment for me is that this issue means I must constantly be on guard, and turns this otherwise 'analog' camera into another piece of technology...

A quick example of blooming/orbs in action with the latest firmware: http://www.flickr.com/photos/47706598@N08/6906307173/

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2012 at 15:58 UTC as 36th comment | 6 replies
On article Mirrorless Roundup 2011 (426 comments in total)
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Mannypr: I must admit mirrorless cameras are starting to produce photos of pretty good quality but after having seen samples carefully from all of these camera they still have a long way to go to compete with DSLR cameras . The problems that mirrorless camera confront is that when the mirrorless camera technology takes a step forward , DSLR do the same and get better , always keeping in front of the image quality produce by the latest mirrorless camera has to offer.

Interestingly, the Sony NEX actually has a LARGER sensor than the Canon APS-C cameras :)

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2011 at 00:06 UTC
On article Buyer's Guide: Enthusiast raw-shooting compact cameras (283 comments in total)
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dark goob: The Olympus PEN Mini is $449 right now. Why on Earth would anyone buy one of these tiny sensor cameras over an intechangeable lens model that costs less, has a much larger sensor, supports wireless flash control, 7-frame bracketing, etc., and is much faster?

I'll put the PEN Mini RAW files against any of these things, any time...

"I'll put the PEN Mini RAW files against any of these things, any time..."

Even when you have to shoot two ISO notches slower with the Mini? The Pen Mini with the 50mm macro looks great in the DPReview test lab, but I found the Fuji performs as well in real life in most scenarios. I didn't like the lack of physical controls on the Mini, nor the lens lock PLUS on switch to get started using it out of the pocket. The Mini is a much better choice if you are heading into an MFT system, and by adding a viewfinder and one or two fast primes you can do a lot more with it - but if you compare it solely as a compact P&S replacement it doesn't offer a whole lot more. It doesn't even offer more depth of field control than the Fuji or Panny/Oly fast lens P&Ss until you add more lenses.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2011 at 19:30 UTC

With a wide open aperture of f/6.3 I hope it is sharp wide open :)

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2011 at 02:57 UTC as 37th comment | 5 replies
On article Adobe releases Lightroom 3.6 and ACR 6.6 (40 comments in total)

Nice to see the X10 in there...

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2011 at 16:58 UTC as 13th comment
On article Just Posted: Olympus PEN Mini review (112 comments in total)
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D R C: I still don't understand this small body big lens thing!

If you are moving to the Pen Mini from an advanced P&S like the Panny LX5, Oly XZ-1 or Fuji X10 (all having fast zooms) I don't think the Pen will make any difference in your photography. Be prepared to spend money on additional lenses. To me, the larger sensor size alone does not offer any compelling quality differences over the fast lens P&S cameras out there. Most images these days look good in bright light at low ISO, and when the light dims the fast P&S's above all have a two stop advantage. After trying both the Pen Mini and the Fuji X10 I stuck with the Fuji.

With faster, sharper primes the Pen can really take off compared to the P&S's, but one needs to be willing to invest in those lenses and carry them with you. I think the Pen Mini is a great option if you plan to move into the MFT system, but by itself it offers little advantage, in my opinion. It is worth noting that the Fuji is more expensive, though :)

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2011 at 16:16 UTC
On article Fujifilm X10 Preview Samples Gallery (113 comments in total)
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BryceM: Meh... I guess I just saved me some money. Not enough of an improvement over my G11.

The main difference between this and the G12 all comes down to the lens (for me). I much prefer the manual zoom and aperture range on the X10. If you shoot wide it won't matter as much, but at moderate telephoto you are able to shoot at lower ISO in marginal light...

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2011 at 15:22 UTC

One more vote for the X10...

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2011 at 16:08 UTC as 9th comment
On article Stock or assignment - what's right for me? (15 comments in total)

Interesting that you chose to use a Microstock image to illustrate this article... Personally I think that this is exactly the niche microstock should be filling - but curious if that was a conscious choice or not, given the content of the article?

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2011 at 03:21 UTC as 3rd comment

Being able to do multiple filters should be handy when using the lightroom plugin (without layers)...

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2011 at 20:57 UTC as 12th comment
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buzzinhornet: Interesting idea, but... They spend all that R&D and decide to go with switches instead of traditional rings to control the zoom and focus. Pentax used rings on the FA*28-70 F 2.8 and their other powerzoom lenses years ago. Using switches means you have to hold the camera a certain way to activate the zoom or focus, rings are what we are all used to on lense, Wake up Pannasonic, I like your tech, but spen more time on the user interface next time.

I like that it is configurable variable speed, though...

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2011 at 03:58 UTC
On article Sony gives more detail of its OLED viewfinder (79 comments in total)

I'm not sure this added any information for me - seeing it in action will be the interesting part...

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2011 at 03:54 UTC as 20th comment
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