deep7

Lives in New Zealand (Aotearoa) New Zealand (Aotearoa)
Works as a writer/photographer/ecologist
Has a website at deeppics.com
Joined on May 10, 2008
About me:

God makes it, I see it and photograph it. Sometimes that works well!

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armandino: "After this experience, I would frankly prefer not to use an AF joystick ever again. Even using a touchscreen just feels clunky"
Well if you are still doing that with cameras like the R5, R6, A9, A1 and even the A7RIV well I am not sure I can take your guys advice too seriously on this.

I completely disagree!

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2021 at 19:25 UTC
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armandino: "After this experience, I would frankly prefer not to use an AF joystick ever again. Even using a touchscreen just feels clunky"
Well if you are still doing that with cameras like the R5, R6, A9, A1 and even the A7RIV well I am not sure I can take your guys advice too seriously on this.

Not every photo requires tracking (most don't!) but they all benefit from having focus where the photographer wants it. Tracking technology can "guess" at what that is but being able to control it quickly is always going to be better.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2021 at 19:34 UTC
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deep7: Just a response to the comment " If I'm shooting a carefully framed landscape or architectural scene through the viewfinder, my eye is darting all over the place, often looking at extreme edges or corners to keep the composition just as I want it. Eye Control AF is obviously unnecessary here, and would end up being just plain distracting.": With my old EOS30, I'd look around the scene, find the spot I wanted to be in best focus, and half-press the shutter button. It would then lock focus there until I was ready to take the photo. I found that superb for landscapes.

Is it the same with this camera?

I haven't read up all about the latest iteration (because there is far more to life than the latest camera!) but I can't believe eye control is only available for tracking! My Sony allegedly has great tracking and it seems to work but I never ever use it. It's not my style. I used to use eye control with static autofocus - find the point quickly and nail it. It was superb.

Autofocus is far from useless for landscapes. Manual focus has its place but you can miss the moment faffing around too much!

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2021 at 19:28 UTC
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Malling: Also shows there is some time to go before this system
really is a usefull feauture for other then a very specific group. With constant issues surrounding people with blue eyes (generally there is issues with colour being blue, green, light grey or a mix), people with glasses or contact lenses, this excludes allot of people. No eye tracking has been able to be reliable for said people, so it’s not just Canon but a persistent problem, taking a blue eyed person with glasses and it renders as good as any Eye tracking system useless.. So we are going to see a mixed point of this, because the technology simply is there yet to be workable for all.
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I have blue eyes and it worked perfectly. They did say very pale blue...

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2021 at 21:26 UTC

Just a response to the comment " If I'm shooting a carefully framed landscape or architectural scene through the viewfinder, my eye is darting all over the place, often looking at extreme edges or corners to keep the composition just as I want it. Eye Control AF is obviously unnecessary here, and would end up being just plain distracting.": With my old EOS30, I'd look around the scene, find the spot I wanted to be in best focus, and half-press the shutter button. It would then lock focus there until I was ready to take the photo. I found that superb for landscapes.

Is it the same with this camera?

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2021 at 21:25 UTC as 23rd comment | 3 replies
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rsf3127: DPreview foruns and comments sections are much more toxic than instagram or Facebook or whatever else. Here, the bullying mode is always hard. Ok, maybe Twitter is a close second.

You're not wrong! This place is shocking. In fact, as someone who likes the advantages of smaller formats, I rarely visit the forum pages here because I know some armchair expert will make me grumpy soon enough...

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2021 at 21:16 UTC
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Djehuty: Don't get why it would need Prores.

Nothing "needs" it but some people will like it and find it useful.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2021 at 20:58 UTC
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ozimax: Incredible images. As good as you'll ever see.

Just what I was thinking!

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2021 at 20:45 UTC
On article Laowa Argus 35mm F0.95 sample gallery (DPReview TV) (38 comments in total)
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photofan1986: That's not just soft, that's completely blurred. I am using a dirt cheap aps-c TT artisan 35mm f1.4 and in comparison to this, it's a Leica M lens :D

That TT Artisans lens is ridiculously good but it is more than a stop slower and it's using a smaller image circle, so it's not a great comparison.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2021 at 21:39 UTC
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chadley_chad: And yet still no flip up screen. Ricoh keep forgetting this is meant to be a street shooter … 4th fail in a row!

Cracks me up. Next he/she will want a tilt screen on a camera phone...

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2021 at 21:43 UTC

A focal length that suddenly makes the camera vastly more appealing! I hope it does well for them.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2021 at 19:05 UTC as 113th comment | 2 replies
On article Panasonic Lumix S 24mm F1.8 sample gallery (35 comments in total)
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Theelderkeynes: To my aged eyes these look like typical Panasonic colour balance and rendering, in other words, again to my eyes, dull. Others may have a different view. I switched to Fuji and the results are stunning. I'm getting the sort of image quality I thought I would never see again after I sold my Sigma DP2. I think Fuji have acquired the classical European colour palette and it works. There, that should set the cat among the pigeons....

None of which matters when discussing the lens, not the sensor! Unless the lens produces a colour cast, of course, which isn't obvious here.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2021 at 21:38 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix S 24mm F1.8 sample gallery (35 comments in total)
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StoneJack: Panasonic is really playing a long game. Its reserves and capacities in camera market are virtually limitless, it is an extremely capable company and its main rival is Sony traditionally, not Nikon or Canon. Ultimately, it wants to become a major player in audio and visual space and is fine with a small market share in few years because it is already a strong player in other audio visual markets such as TV, broadcasting, etc and it just introduced new L mount ready for future expansion. I think in few years we'll have 4 major players left: Canon, Nikon, Sony and Panasonic. Right now Canon is a leader, with Sony and Nikon following, but I expect Panasonic to make major thrives in near future. Already many well known youtubers are using new Panasonic S cameras for video - that says something in terms of quality of video and stills Panasonic has achieved.

I'd be surprised if Nikon is there in the long term...

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2021 at 21:14 UTC
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Samuel Lucifer: After seeing the video I would say a completely useless lens for the GFX because you would need to put your camera in 35mm (full frame) mode as it doesn't cover the image circle of the GFX sensor.

With this kind of vignetting you will always have to crop into the image to get rid of the dark shadows covering the corners of the image.

In this case, 35mm definitely isn't full frame - it's crop frame! Which shows the silliness of sheep mentality of using a generic term as a name for one format...

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2021 at 19:36 UTC
On article Head to Head: Adobe Lightroom Classic vs Capture One 21 (423 comments in total)

Interesting, objective article, thank you.

I have also found Capture One saves me a lot of time in another important way. The default noise/sharpening is usually so good I don't have to touch it. With Lightroom, I have to apply my own preset (not a big problem) but find most files benefit from further tweaking, which is a giant pain. I still use an older, paid for version of Lightroom for file management.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2021 at 19:33 UTC as 89th comment
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Senior Software Developer: The image gallery much better than I was expecting to be. I guess some people learn how to find potentially interesting shots better than I could.

This company certainly puts the effort into producing great sample photos. Very imaginative too.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2021 at 21:11 UTC
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bs1946: Why anybody would want to put a cheap Chinese full-frame fisheye lens with a mount to fit the GFX on a medium format camera that costs between $8,000 and $10,000, depending on the GFX model is beyond me.

Someone might be curious and want to give it a try without blowing the budget. If a fisheye is something you would use very rarely (most of us) you might not want to spend a fortune on one but could justify a cheaper one in you bag. Or maybe the lens is actually good enough in its own right? "Cheap and Chinese" do not necessarily equate to "bad" anymore.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2021 at 21:09 UTC

That is a lovely, imaginative gallery!

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2021 at 19:03 UTC as 34th comment

Edit - whoops, wrong Artisans, deleted my comment!

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2021 at 20:57 UTC as 11th comment
On article Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN Sport sample gallery (65 comments in total)
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rubank: What a bummer.
At 600mm clear purple fringing, and lack of sharpness.

My "vintage" Tamron 150-600 G1 (F-mount) is very clearly better.
Back to the drawing board for Sigma this time.

You should look a bit harder...

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2021 at 19:05 UTC
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