Eric Glam

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On article First pictures from the new Nikon 8-15mm fisheye (139 comments in total)

Am I the only one to notice that this lens doesn't cover Full-Frame at 8-12mm, which for most film-makers it means "Don't Buy, avoid".
Or am I missing something?

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2017 at 14:29 UTC as 17th comment | 2 replies
On article A Taste of New York is a stunning Big Apple time-lapse (89 comments in total)

Loved it.
The transition effects are really awesome.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2017 at 10:13 UTC as 38th comment

I still dream of a Full-Frame camera with a fixed 18-85mm f/1.8 lens, a 4.0" 1920x1280@72fps HDR articulating touch-screen and a good 2.5MP @ 120fps EVF.

UHDp72 10bit 4:2:2 432Mbps video, sampled from full-width of sensor (6144 x 3456).

6144x4096 3:2 25MP 14bit losslessly-compressed DNG RAW stills at 10fps (200 RAW frame buffer).

5-axis stabilized sensor (steadicam smooth).

Body & fixed lens perfectly matched in factory for best fit.
Weather-sealed body & lens, with good button layout & sturdy dials.
Good body materials (Magnesium allow, Titanium, Carbon-Fiber).
Iris, zoom, focus dials on lens + built-in ND.

2x CFast 2.0 card slots (512GB card supplied in the box).

22Whr battery for 2000+ RAW stills / 2.5 hours of video.

I don't care about the size & weight of this thing.
I just must...beat...mobile phones!!
Price - under $6000 USD.
That's all...

Link | Posted on May 16, 2017 at 08:21 UTC as 59th comment
On article Western Digital launches its first portable SSD (143 comments in total)

I think I'd rather buy this SanDisk Extreme Pro 256GB USB3.1 flash drive: http://www.1hd.biz/2017/01/new-256gb-sandisk-extreme-pro-usb31-ssd.html

Says it can get to up to 420 MB/s reads and 380 MB/s writes.
Much more convenient, if you ask me.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2017 at 07:04 UTC as 4th comment

Looks like they're using "Puppet Warp", a feature which has been available in Photoshop for quite some time. The new thing here is that the algorithm does the warping on itself, in order to give a more pleasing focal length for portraits.

As of the dynamic blurring of the background - I'll hold judgement until I see how it really fairs, with the photo presented on a large screen (32" or more). Flaws become much more apparent on a large screen. I've seen what the iPhone 7 does, and the results there are not always great.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2017 at 06:57 UTC as 1st comment

I've just tried the Guetzli compression on a high-quality 9490KB JPG file from my Nikon D5300. I ran it at default quality (95) on my Windows machine with an i5-3570K CPU.
The "conversion" took a really long time - about 20 minutes for just this single file, but the result is undeniable: I cannot see any differences between the original JPG (9490KB) and the output JPG, which is 4388KB in size. It's roughly 46% of the original, which is better compression than they advertised.

I tried to look at all the details and little subtleties, in whites, in shadows, in colors, in focused areas, in out-of-focus areas, at 100%, at 200% - every pixel seems exactly the same. Bravo, Google team!

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 15:08 UTC as 8th comment
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barrym1966: I think google forgot that 99% of people arent IT illiterate enough to download a git depository and run the necessary commands to get the program to work

maybe they should have made a GUI with a friendly installer (thats if they want it to be widely used anyway)

From a command line to say, Photoshop plugin, it's not much of a stretch.
My guess we'll see a Photoshop plugin which will allow to save a "Guetzli JPEG" soon...

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 14:02 UTC
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Fujica: How can one call this lens a champion when its full of terrible chromatic abberations as is clearly seen here:

https://www.dpreview.com/files/p/articles/2895939821/DSC07028.jpeg

To me all this halleluja feels like product placement and plugging of a far from perfect lens. I agree the sharpness is there and the overall colour rendition is fine. But you can't use this lens wide open or else your images will be full of terrible chroma. Now let the 85mm be one of those lenses that you would like to use full open pretty often in its use...

I agree.
I would say the usable range for high IQ would be from f/2.0 to f/11.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2017 at 10:22 UTC
On article Sigma 85mm F1.4 Art DxO results: a new king is crowned (249 comments in total)

I would call this lens an "F4 lens", which happens to do OK with wider apertures.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2017 at 17:10 UTC as 54th comment | 9 replies
On article Nikon D5600 DSLR announced, though not in the US (297 comments in total)
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Samuel Dilworth: Still no built-in GPS. Even action-camera makers know the importance of this today.

Baffling.

I've got the D5300, which has a built-in GPS.
But I never use it, as it drains the battery faster.
Anyway, it's not a must-have feature, trust me.
You can still use your phone's GPS to geo-locate your travel, if you must.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2016 at 09:34 UTC
On article Nikon D5600 DSLR announced, though not in the US (297 comments in total)

I've been using the D5300 for about 3 years now.
When the D5500 was announced, I told people to skip it.
Now I'm looking at the specs of this new D5600, and I would still advise to skip it.
The D5600 would give you the same stills & video quality as the D5300.
And I'll bet that Live-view still sucks...

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2016 at 09:30 UTC as 69th comment | 6 replies
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1644 comments in total)

The battery life says it all - meaning, it's not for me.
Thanks, but no thanks, Canon.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 17:48 UTC as 288th comment | 4 replies
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (722 comments in total)

I like it fine just the way it is now....The light theme is an eye-sore.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2016 at 06:22 UTC as 321st comment

I'd like to chime in and offer my thoughts on this new RX10 mk3:
If you look at the core specs - sensor, processor, LCD, battery..they are exactly the same as the previous RX10 mk2. The main difference here is the lens, which is great at offering a x25 zoom, but loses the constant aperture. So win some, lose some. Some would gladly trade off the longer reach for a constant aperture.
The video capabilities are exactly the same as the previous RX10 mk2, so nothing new here.

On the plus side - The weather sealing is a welcome upgrade.

I wonder if some people would actually like the Panasonic ZS100 over this RX10 mk3. Pocket friendly with x10 zoom and cheaper price could be the better balance.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 20:33 UTC as 46th comment | 1 reply

Impressive AF and frame-rate, but:
- LCD is very low-res.
- Flash sync limited to 1/160th.
- No touch-screen
- Battery life is too low. Should be at least 600 shots.
- No mention if the 14 bit RAW is lossy or lossless compressed.
- No mention if the menus have been re-arranged to make them easier to navigate and quickly find what you're looking for.
- No IBIS like in the A7r mk2.
- $1000 for the body is a little expensive.

All in all, the camera should be fun to use, but too many negatives to really want one.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 19:34 UTC as 228th comment | 5 replies
In reply to:

Eric Glam: Better to buy a Dic&Mic P303c. 175cm extended height, Carbon Fiber legs, ball head that's rated for up to 15Kg, and much more. $188 shipped.

James,
I'm happy for you. You made a good decision.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2015 at 06:49 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II added to studio test scene (209 comments in total)
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Eric Glam: The lens is such a disappointment!
Every (p)review I've read so far praised how good the fixed lens is and how sharp it is corner to corner. So not true!!! People can compare the photos but they pay more attention to the words, which are so misleading.

I've compared photos both here on DPreview and on Imaging Resource, and the conclusion is that the fixed lens on the Sony RX1r mk2 is NOT good enough. From about 75% and outwards, the photo is fuzzy and blurry.
The good news is that the sensor produces excellent blacks, and noise performance is also excellent. But the lens is simply not up to par.

0lf,
Yes. For example, open the Comparometer and put the still life shot @ 6400 ISO next to the A7R mk2 with the same still life shot@6400 ISO.
The shot from the RX1R mk2 has fuzzy/blurry edges.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2015 at 19:54 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II added to studio test scene (209 comments in total)
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Eric Glam: The lens is such a disappointment!
Every (p)review I've read so far praised how good the fixed lens is and how sharp it is corner to corner. So not true!!! People can compare the photos but they pay more attention to the words, which are so misleading.

I've compared photos both here on DPreview and on Imaging Resource, and the conclusion is that the fixed lens on the Sony RX1r mk2 is NOT good enough. From about 75% and outwards, the photo is fuzzy and blurry.
The good news is that the sensor produces excellent blacks, and noise performance is also excellent. But the lens is simply not up to par.

Rishi,
When I say that I compared photos, I meant that I compared high ISO (3200, 6400, 12800, 25,600) RAW shots in the low light scene. It is here that blacks get affected by all kinds of weirdness: Chroma noise, Luma noise & brightness shift. The RX1r mk2 seems to hold blacks very well.

I don't believe you have a faulty unit with regards to lens softness, as I saw the same thing with the previous RX1R.

As someone who only shoots RAW and spends an awful lot of post-time in ACR and PS, I can tell you that holding the blacks is very important, and so does color-separation, for that matter. Sure, you can move a slider or stretch a curve, but the starting point on this camera should be great to begin with.

zodiacfml,
For the price of this camera, I expect Otus-like performance (or at least Batis). It's fixed and cannot be replaced, so if your're going to be "stuck" with it, it better be top-notch. For now, an A7r mk2 coupled with a Batis 25mm or the FE 55mm 1.8 would be a better combo.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2015 at 11:25 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II added to studio test scene (209 comments in total)

The lens is such a disappointment!
Every (p)review I've read so far praised how good the fixed lens is and how sharp it is corner to corner. So not true!!! People can compare the photos but they pay more attention to the words, which are so misleading.

I've compared photos both here on DPreview and on Imaging Resource, and the conclusion is that the fixed lens on the Sony RX1r mk2 is NOT good enough. From about 75% and outwards, the photo is fuzzy and blurry.
The good news is that the sensor produces excellent blacks, and noise performance is also excellent. But the lens is simply not up to par.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2015 at 07:15 UTC as 19th comment | 6 replies
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Eric Glam: Better to buy a Dic&Mic P303c. 175cm extended height, Carbon Fiber legs, ball head that's rated for up to 15Kg, and much more. $188 shipped.

James,

Here:
http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/DiC-MiC-P303C-Carbon-Fiber-Tripod-monopod-For-camera-professional-Camera-stand-suitable-for-tall-photographer/332269_32376630772.html

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2015 at 11:55 UTC
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