LouMeluso

LouMeluso

Lives in United States Chicago, IL, United States
Works as a Director of Imaging Technology
Joined on Jun 11, 2012
About me:

Professional photographer for over 35 years in commercial, industrial and technical imaging. Currently the Director of Imaging Technology for the Art Institute of Chicago.
I hold B.A. and M.S. degrees in Photography from Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, CA.

Comments

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Nice lens! Very nice examples. Thank you so much. I have the Sony GM and I like it's rendering a bit more for portraits but it's also more money. If this came in FE mount, I could do fine work with it and would happily add it to my bag. Cheese and Rice, Sigma! Come on with the FE mount lenses already!

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2016 at 02:54 UTC as 40th comment
On article Spoilt for choice: which Sony RX100 is right for you? (305 comments in total)

With the RX100II I have found a camera with a size, focal range, feature set and image quality that has made it a constant companion in my pocket for years. I can't tell you how enjoyable this camera has been to carry and use. Others can shoot with phones if they want, I don't care. I will use it till it dies...then get another. Worth every penny!

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2016 at 12:14 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
On article Fast Five: Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V Review (406 comments in total)
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AdrianPocea: I couldn't believe that Sony came out with a fifth(!!!) model of this camera, only under one year since the previous model. Sony are compulsory camera makers, they make cameras cramming features, in a nervous way, without experience, making their customers uneasy. No respect for the act of making a camera, for the owners. If you come out with a mark5 only after three years after the mark 1, that means you have no knowledge whatsoever, no balance, no rhythm. They are electronics manufacturers that desperately jumped into the camera business. Their first cameras are now junk value. Look at the A7 series, now you cannot even sell the initial A7, nobody is even talking about the A7R mark 1, they force their buyers to throw away their so called old cameras(only like 9 months old) and invest in new cameras. Look at Canon, Nikon, the respect they have for their customers, there are people stiil shooting with 40 D or Nikon D80. There is no emotional attachement to this company

Happy user of both an RX100II and A7. Where did you get the inaccurate notion that Sony "forces" you to upgrade? Oh, I see now, it's because "no one is talking about them" anymore. Spoken like a gear geek, not a photographer. Newer models do not render my cameras obsolete. I get great results from them today as when I first purchased them. Apparently, you believe hedonic adaptation is required for successful image making...it isn't.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2016 at 11:20 UTC
On article Video: Sony a6500 First Look (353 comments in total)

This looks like a no-brainer upgrade to my A6000. IBIS, faster focus with large buffer and silent shutter being the main features for me. I'm a still shooter, so the video end is a nice-to-have but not a need-to-have addition. Nice they re-organized the menus but I thought the originals were fine. The price also seems fine to me. I love the image quality of my Sonys. The A6000 has been fantastic! I'll keep it for a backup.

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2016 at 16:14 UTC as 27th comment
On article Throwback Thursday: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 (207 comments in total)
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LouMeluso: While early digital cameras are undoubtedly interesting, this is the recent past. Some folks are still using this camera. There is over 100 years and thousands of cameras to throw back and look at. Why limit this column to the recent past when you could present cameras and technology many people would know very little about and might actually learn about the history and evolution of cameras. For DPR, that would break new ground. Opportunity lost.

I'm glad you got the "mission" memo. I didn't. I didn't recommend covering thousands of cameras for collector interest. Just the keying in on the essential technology that has been evolving over the decades. Lots of topics come to mind like AF systems, partial mirror slr's, metering evolutions, light sensitive media. This might be instructive in understanding how we got to where we are today. I got the name of the site. I said this would break new ground by offering an opportunity to learn the genetic DNA of the systems we use today. Certainly, early digital systems are a part of that historical flow too. I just think a bit more of a deeper historical element would give it proper context and increase the interest/educational level.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2016 at 20:17 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 (207 comments in total)

While early digital cameras are undoubtedly interesting, this is the recent past. Some folks are still using this camera. There is over 100 years and thousands of cameras to throw back and look at. Why limit this column to the recent past when you could present cameras and technology many people would know very little about and might actually learn about the history and evolution of cameras. For DPR, that would break new ground. Opportunity lost.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2016 at 21:41 UTC as 10th comment | 3 replies
On article Throwback Thursday: when studio lenses retire (202 comments in total)

2008? Not really much of a throwback. Maybe if you're 20 or so. I got boots older than 2008 I still wear. For all practical purposes, this is a modern lens and it's not going to look much different than today's equivalent. I like the idea for the article but how about putting a real vintage lens through its paces. You can start with a Pre-Ai Nikkor-S Auto 50mm f/1.4. Now you've got some vintage throwback rendering to see and to write about.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2016 at 23:54 UTC as 44th comment | 1 reply
On ChallengeEntry:937861 (12 comments in total)

Nice!

Posted on Oct 11, 2015 at 07:57 UTC as 11th comment
On article Sony Alpha 7R II Review (2165 comments in total)

Thanks for the preview and I look forward to the full review. I'm still enjoying my original A7 so I'm in no rush. The A7 is still a very fine tool and I have no regrets with my decision to go with Sony. None. I'm not interested in video but I do like to make big prints so I see this camera in my future. I'll just wait till the early adopter premium expires. I'll keep the A7 for a backup and it's small size. With the FE 35mm f/2.8 it's a wonderful street shooter.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2015 at 09:53 UTC as 397th comment | 2 replies
On photo Art nouveau in the Nature's Delicate Beauty challenge (28 comments in total)

Beautiful color and composition. Bravo!

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2014 at 03:26 UTC as 5th comment
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LouMeluso: Wow, I need boots to wade through this guys BS. Canon should have cut this guy years ago. Nothing like getting your head handed to you by Sony to get you off the dime on mirrorless. At least they have the good sense to use a Sony chip in the G7X. I predict we'll be seeing more Sony chips in Canon cameras.

Of course I meant to say, silly me, I predict we'll be seeing more Sony's latest technology chips in Canon as we see in Nikon 800 series. I forgot where I was for a minute. Yes, Sony has been providing their small, everyday chips to Canon and other camera makers for a long while. From the looks of the G7X, it seems the chip was not the only thing copied from the Sony RX series.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 21:02 UTC

Wow, I need boots to wade through this guys BS. Canon should have cut this guy years ago. Nothing like getting your head handed to you by Sony to get you off the dime on mirrorless. At least they have the good sense to use a Sony chip in the G7X. I predict we'll be seeing more Sony chips in Canon cameras.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 01:27 UTC as 81st comment | 3 replies

I applaud the reach for new ideas. Unfortunately this looks like a reach. Sort of a anti-Monster's University theme. Photographers, like other artists, are desperate to find ideas and style that set them apart.These aren't to my taste but commend the creative courage to try.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2014 at 22:07 UTC as 25th comment
On article A look inside Sigma's lens factory (89 comments in total)
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Rytterfalk: Beautiful!

Beautiful video production, beautiful visuals, beautiful lenses. I love my newer Sigmas! They have come a long way from cheesy third party starter optics to a premium brand. Well done.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2014 at 04:16 UTC
On article Challenge of Challenges: vote for the best shot of 2013 (121 comments in total)
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PERCY2: I'm getting Submit Vote Error and how will i know if my vote has been successfully submitted?..

Regards
Percy

Ah, whine and moan! A favorite pastime on DPReview. A nice selection of images. Congrats to all that were picked and THANKS to DPReview for sponsoring the contest!

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2014 at 12:49 UTC
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Ian: I was reading this article as a serious piece right up until I saw the name Ken Rockwell listed as an expert - LOL.

It's easier to be passionate over a camera than it is to be passionate over picture making. Anybody with a credit card can become part of the "fan club". It takes no talent, no commitment, no real effort. Most good photographers don't care much about equipment, just results. You can learn chapter and verse about a camera and sound smart but your pictures will tell more about the photographer than what gear they own.
That's not to say cameras aren't interesting machines but I find the most fervent fans are simply gear fans. Not all that interested in photography, they identify themselves with the qualities of a "brand" and thus a bad remark about the brand is taken personally. Nothing wrong with having a camera hobby. Pretty harmless but also sad in a way if they never understand the difference between being a photographer and being a camera owner.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2013 at 20:12 UTC

The title of this tome is an immediate turn off to me. I'm not sure why the authors felt use of a pseudo-sanitized vulgarity in the title was appropriate but it is lost on me and marginalizes whatever good content that may lie within.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2013 at 22:59 UTC as 18th comment | 7 replies
On article CP+ 2013: Interview with Canon's Masaya Maeda (490 comments in total)
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Rachotilko: Really surprised by the answers given by Mr. Maeda.

Especially given the popularity of their own G15, Olympus OM-D, Fuji X10 and Sony RX100. Even the Nikon 1 is doing quite much better than EOS M.

OTOH, it is exactly 1/2.3 that is about to die, in my opinion. It's only saving grace (compared to smartphones) is telephoto. I don't think that suffices.

OT-Not for nothing, but with all their photographic savvy you'd think they'd spring for a professional portrait of one of their top executives. I've seen passport photos and damp wash cloths with more personality.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2013 at 18:45 UTC
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Model Mike: Guys, you have a nice lightweight cruiser - please don't turn it into an overweight battleship.

For example, the idea of pre-classifying posts into Q and A - it's one of those ideas which sounds good, but is too open to misuse, willful or otherwise. A more intelligent search function could do the job of finding answers just as well or better without complicating the posting process.

As for the idea of the questioner 'rating' the answers - the questioner is not necessarily the right person to 'rate' an answer as he/she is by definition not an expert. And it fits badly next to the crowd-sourced ratings.

Kudos to DPR for striving to keep the forum system fresh. Some of the ideas are pretty good, but please remember KISS - keep it simple.

"The biggest problem with DPReview forums is the lack of active and swift moderation."

Ditto. The troll factor here is very high and I've avoided these fora because of it. I hope the new moderation makes good headway. If so I'll participate more.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2012 at 03:14 UTC
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