pixtorial

pixtorial

Lives in United States Carmel, IN, United States
Works as a Software Development Manager
Joined on Feb 7, 2012
About me:

Avid amateur photographer and enthusiast of everything photography and design related. A former professional sound engineer, I have spent the last two decades in business software development and consulting.

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I had a TZ1 during a time when I changed compact cameras like some people change clothes. Like many of the Panasonic compact cameras it struggled with managing image noise, but made up for it to a degree with that incredible lens and zoom range. The form factor was perfect, thanks to the folded optical design, and we took a lot of great family photos with ours.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2017 at 13:19 UTC as 44th comment
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Ilia Snopchenko: The FZ series were big back in the day as well. I remember using the one that originated that line, the DMC-FZ1, for a few years. Maybe that one will make it to TBT one (Thurs)day. :)

The FZ1 was a category defining camera, and was capable (at low ISO) of creating remarkably good images for being only 2mp. That lens was spectacular. It was my bridge camera to my first DSLR, and even after I picked up my first Nikon DSLR I still used that little Panny for some time.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2017 at 13:16 UTC
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User9273908891: The Epson P5000, looks like a solid printer, but like so many others I am concerned with nozzle issues. I guess if i use it every day maybe not a problem. Years ago I worked a large commercial printer and we used these VideoJet printers for customer address info on magazines. Great printers, but a lot of maintenance - mostly nozzle cleaning.

The Z3200 is a fantastic large format printer, but it is in a completely different class than the P5000 (in both features and price).

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2017 at 13:33 UTC
On article Pinnacle Prime: Olympus ED 25mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery (201 comments in total)
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Angrymagpie: $1200USD for a MFT standard prime... That price is so not MFT.
I think most would be happy to stick with summilux 25 f1.4..

I'm confused, how is a pro grade, weather sealed, f/1.2 lens at just over $1000 not make economic sense? I can't come close to the price of this lens for a gold ring Nikkor f/1.4 prime. I shoot both m4/3 and Nikon, and no, the E-M1 is not a D810, but it isn't just a toy camera either. This new lens is well priced for the performance it offers on current and future Olympus bodies.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 13:39 UTC
On article Miser's Macro: Olympus 30mm F3.5 Macro sample gallery (38 comments in total)
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Henrik Herranen: What's the minimum working distance - the second most relevant thing for a macro lens right after maximum magnification?

The post specifically states the 14mm working distance and 1.25x magnification.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 01:48 UTC
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (2128 comments in total)
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pixtorial: Unfathomably expensive considering the breadth of highly capable cameras on the market today, regardless of the heritage of the 5D series.

Really? I do shoot m4/3, and FF Nikon, and for a while I danced with Canon during the film to digital conversion because of the EOS lens story. I actively keep track of Canon's developments as one of the two DSLR standard bearers. *Doesn't make my point less valid* I feel the 5DmkIV is overpriced for what it is, in terms of added value over bodies like the 6D. Didn't say it sucked, that DSLRs are dead, or that Canon shooters hate bunnies or anything. My opinion, take it or leave it.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2016 at 11:19 UTC
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (2128 comments in total)

Unfathomably expensive considering the breadth of highly capable cameras on the market today, regardless of the heritage of the 5D series.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 12:35 UTC as 422nd comment | 2 replies
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(unknown member): How long until Lightroom is no longer proposed as a perpetual license? Then it's going to be $150 a year, instead of $80 for the paid upgrade every other year. There's not even a mention on when LR7 will be released, despite the fact that it's already late and despite the numerous novelties brought to CC.

Adobe software rocks my friends, but the adobe route is far from being future proof if controlling your costs and owning your software is a priority.

I'm not saying it is great for consumers, often times shifts in business models are not. As a software industry insider, I can tell you that it is a landscape that the software publishers are forcing on consumers and businesses. Investors are no longer interested in the old software release cycles and licensing models. I'm surprised actually it took this long for the software licensing paradigm to change. There will always be some outlying products and publishers, but the vast majority are moving to subscription only.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2016 at 13:13 UTC
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ajoe: Being a stubborn Linux user, I use Darktable as a more user-friendly alternative to GIMP. After all. a good-looking graphic interface stimulates creativity.

There are other open-source alternatives to GIMP also, but Darktable is fairly common.

Darktable is an awesome Lightroom clone as long as the feature set meets your needs.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2016 at 12:54 UTC
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(unknown member): How long until Lightroom is no longer proposed as a perpetual license? Then it's going to be $150 a year, instead of $80 for the paid upgrade every other year. There's not even a mention on when LR7 will be released, despite the fact that it's already late and despite the numerous novelties brought to CC.

Adobe software rocks my friends, but the adobe route is far from being future proof if controlling your costs and owning your software is a priority.

$9.99 a month for Photographer's Creative Cloud (Lightroom and Photoshop). $120 a year. I'm in year number three and haven't ever looked back. The reality is that perpetual software licenses will be all but gone within five years, the software publishers are addicted to the recurring, more predictable revenue of subscriptions, and in fairness, can you blame them? Somewhere along the way people seem to have forgotten that the software publishers are businesses that are expected to be sustainable and profitable.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2016 at 12:53 UTC

I prefer Pfaffenbach's photo, the composition of it is better, he (or his editor, as I'm sure it is just one frame of many) chose the better shot. The color pops a bit more (important in this context, it was Rio after all), the background gives more context while still giving that sense of speed, and Bolt is isolated more from the other runners.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2016 at 12:14 UTC as 81st comment | 2 replies
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razadaz: I find it surprising how many people will criticise a lens they have never seen or used.

Well, I voted with my wallet, I own no DX primes, indeed no DX camera, as my Oly kit has filled that need. The price/performance of my OM-D E-M1 and triumvirate of compact f/1.8 primes easily fulfills my crop sensor needs, and my D610 caps the other end for the things that (for now) only a FF DSLR can manage. The outstanding D500 aside (and yes, I have shot it and it is great), DX format feels like a dead end and market data suggests that as well. Solely my own opinion though, and others may find it fills their needs. That's fine.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 15:46 UTC
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razadaz: I find it surprising how many people will criticise a lens they have never seen or used.

Not snotty, just realistic. From the Thom Hogan's outstanding blog:
"Our problem as photographers is that the digital camera buying craze is over and the sales numbers just plummet every time you look, putting more pressure on those dealers. We now have four months of CIPA data for 2016. Look at these numbers:

Compact camera shipments down 34%
Mirrorless camera shipments up 2.3%
DSLR camera shipments down 10.1%
Lens shipments down 10.5%"

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 13:52 UTC
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razadaz: I find it surprising how many people will criticise a lens they have never seen or used.

@Suntan I never described myself as a professional, just a long time Nikon enthusiast. But I think you're missing my point. Nikon has sold tons of DX cameras to "average" people, as you put it. But that business model is failing, and failing fast. The glut of prior gen D3xxx models on the market is just one symptom. The growing popularity of more compact, and arguably more versatile, mirrorless ILC options is eating the entry-level lunch of Nikon and Canon. I firmly believe, as do many industry observers, that mid-range to pro-level DX is the future of that format of DSLR, and for that to grow Nikon has to be more serious with their lens options.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 20:38 UTC
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SmM: The AF-P 18-55mm is nice, lightweight and very small. My D5500 came with it and it has great image quality. Surprised it is being launched only now. I have not missed VR. Big drawback, doesn't work with the D7000.

Thank you, I stand corrected. It sounds like an ok lens from what I can gather, the MF override is a long overdue feature. Is it focus-by-wire like the Oly m4/3 lenses?

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 13:18 UTC
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razadaz: I find it surprising how many people will criticise a lens they have never seen or used.

I've been in the Nikon DSLR system since 2005. In ten years Nikon still hasn't managed to give us a meaningful DX lens lineup. This constant rehashing of the entry level DX lens lineup with no mid-level or pro-level models introduced, is endlessly frustrating and disappointing. That they would, in 2016, even introduce a 70-300 without VR, especially for lenses targeted to novice users, is a great example of choices being driven by a marketing arm that is disconnected from the expectations of photography users today. So yes, we are being critical before we've even seen the lenses because it is evident what they are not.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 12:41 UTC

This is an "upgrade" over the D3200/D3300? They've given up ultrasonic sensor cleaning on their entry level model? This is total rubbish, what the heck is going on at Nikon these days? Olympus and Panasonic must be loving this.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 10:57 UTC as 72nd comment

Nikon revamping entry-level DX lenses that were fine. The 70-300 makes no sense, you're losing an entire stop on the long end. These are pointless, give us some real DX glass.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 10:54 UTC as 31st comment
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vscd: F4.5-6.3 for even APS-C, only? Why not f11, so we could emulate the iphone-look? ;(

I know, the loss of what, an entire stop on the long end compared to the current model?

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 10:52 UTC
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SmM: The AF-P 18-55mm is nice, lightweight and very small. My D5500 came with it and it has great image quality. Surprised it is being launched only now. I have not missed VR. Big drawback, doesn't work with the D7000.

Um, this lens is not yet available, either in kit or individually. The D5500 ships with an AF/S lens.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 10:51 UTC
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