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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While I'm not a fan of Jonathan's technique (visit Troy Paiva's site for more of the aesthetic I enjoy), I still think that his urbex instinct is right on. To give light to the unseen is what urbex is about, and Jonathan's work embraces that ethos. Yes, we push past the No Trespassing sign, the deteriorating gate of an old Air Force base or into the darkness of a tunnel or dark hallways of an abandoned hospital. To all the negative posts here, hey, you don't have to like it. Maybe it is good, even, that you don't. But sharing urbex work on DPR isn't a "race to the bottom", it is just another viewpoint and is, after all, what photography is all about.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2017 at 14:36 UTC as 20th comment | 8 replies
On article Now we know: Sony a9 is sharper than we thought (394 comments in total)
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pixtorial: Sorry, but just more evidence that the technical reviews from sites like DPR should be weighed heavily with skepticism. There are so many variables in the shots from the test scenes, and it would take substantial scientific rigor to create true apples-to-apples comparisons, much more than has been applied. The closest we have to more objective testing are Roger's posts over at LensRentals and a few trusted forum members who have the optical engineering know-how to provide meaningful data.

As many here have suggested, the only true way to evaluate a camera and lens combination is to get out and shoot, process, evaluate, and share.

And I disagree with the conclusion of the author at the end of the article. In the real world, we do evaluate our digital photos at high magnification, because it ultimately does impact the ability to confidently throw away pixels in cropping, latitude in post-processing, and the acuity of the image across multiple publishing channels.

Rishi, my point is not whether or not a mm of focus will make a difference, or that our final images undergo the scrutiny by our audience that we provide them in post. It is that consumers with a wide range of knowledge are using the DPReview comparison tool to make decisions about what camera to purchase. So in my opinion the conclusion comes off a bit cavalier about the gravity of the miss. Just my opinion, of course, I present it as nothing more or less.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2017 at 12:42 UTC
On article Now we know: Sony a9 is sharper than we thought (394 comments in total)

Sorry, but just more evidence that the technical reviews from sites like DPR should be weighed heavily with skepticism. There are so many variables in the shots from the test scenes, and it would take substantial scientific rigor to create true apples-to-apples comparisons, much more than has been applied. The closest we have to more objective testing are Roger's posts over at LensRentals and a few trusted forum members who have the optical engineering know-how to provide meaningful data.

As many here have suggested, the only true way to evaluate a camera and lens combination is to get out and shoot, process, evaluate, and share.

And I disagree with the conclusion of the author at the end of the article. In the real world, we do evaluate our digital photos at high magnification, because it ultimately does impact the ability to confidently throw away pixels in cropping, latitude in post-processing, and the acuity of the image across multiple publishing channels.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 12:38 UTC as 28th comment | 10 replies
On article Nikon announces midrange D7500 DSLR (396 comments in total)
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pixtorial: Confused why Nikon chose to remove the second SD slot, and disappointed that the AF module gets no update. It isn't that the AF on the 7200 is bad, just that the D500 shows how much better it can be. I didn't expect D500 AF but still expected some level of improvement. Trading pixel density for an incremental improvement in high ISO ability is an ok trade for me, but for some they will be disappointed. I've been shooting NIkon DSLRs since I came to digital, but increasingly worried about their product roadmap. I see little to justify the D7500 over the D7200 unless you really need that higher FPS and maybe 1/2 stop of high ISO. Otherwise, spend the extra $500 and get the D500.

NikonMan09... the metering system is an important upgrade, but the AF module is separate from that. The AF is the same as the 7200, which was for practical purposes much the same as the 7100. Again, it is not a bad AF module, but I've shot the D500 and it is light years ahead. Somewhere in-between would have been nice.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2017 at 01:08 UTC
On article Nikon announces midrange D7500 DSLR (396 comments in total)

Confused why Nikon chose to remove the second SD slot, and disappointed that the AF module gets no update. It isn't that the AF on the 7200 is bad, just that the D500 shows how much better it can be. I didn't expect D500 AF but still expected some level of improvement. Trading pixel density for an incremental improvement in high ISO ability is an ok trade for me, but for some they will be disappointed. I've been shooting NIkon DSLRs since I came to digital, but increasingly worried about their product roadmap. I see little to justify the D7500 over the D7200 unless you really need that higher FPS and maybe 1/2 stop of high ISO. Otherwise, spend the extra $500 and get the D500.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 13:56 UTC as 43rd comment | 6 replies
On article Throwback Thursday: Nikon D70 (220 comments in total)
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photogeek: Yup. Had this one. Great colors and sharpness.

The Color Filter Array (CFA) is independent of the AA filter, it implements the Bayer pattern across the monochromatic CCD (or CMOS) sensor. The only sensor tech for color digital photography that works differently is the old scanning camera backs (a pass for each of RGB through a global filter) and Foveon (multi-layer sensor with full color sensitivity at each pixel location).

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2017 at 01:55 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Nikon D70 (220 comments in total)
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photogeek: Yup. Had this one. Great colors and sharpness.

Color science in digital cameras is more than just what processing is applied (in camera or post). The optical system ahead of the sensor is very important, including how a lens transmits light across the visible spectrum, the available light in the scene, and the color filters in the Bayer (or other) array over the monochromatic sensor. You can mimic this to a point in RAW processing, but at the same time you can't exactly duplicate the effects of physics throughout the optical path.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2017 at 21:01 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Nikon D70 (220 comments in total)
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Therion256: That adorable little camera was my first DSLR I bought in 2005 with some income tax refund money. It was the start of photography as a hobby for me. I remain in the Nikon lineage, upgrading to the D200 nine short months after buying this (D200 had some features I really wanted like mirror lockup, better viewfinder.) Then I continued from the D200 to D300, then D800 and D810.

The choice of the D70 over the Canon Digital Rebel was an easy one...My brother had a Nikon film system, and I had seen the D70 and had a chance to look at and hold it at a wedding reception a few months prior to purchasing mine. The D70 just felt that much better in my hands than the Canon Rebel.

No question the D70 outclassed the 300D and 350D in handling. I had a 300D for a short while, and never could come to terms with Canon's layout. Years later I tried a 350D as a candidate for my kids to shoot with, and still found the Canon ergonomics of their entry-level DSLRs frustrating (as did the kids, they grab my D7100 whenever I'm not looking).

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2017 at 12:52 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Nikon D70 (220 comments in total)
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samfan: After I got into digital photography, I was thinking about getting the D70 in late 2005. But that year I had a chance to get my hands on the D200 (possibly a pre-production sample), and that completely ruined the D70 for me.

Definitely a legendary camera however that showed the difference between the attitudes of Canon and Nikon at the time. Canon tried to strip as much as possible from the lower models to highlight the more expensive ones. 300D was indeed extreme in this regard. Nikon on the other hand tried to provide as many features as possible while still maintaining advantages in the higher model. Just like in the film era (e.g. F80, F100, F5). Later when they began pushing FF so hard they sort of forgot it however.

Also maybe even more interesting than D70 itself was the 18-70/3.5-4.5 lens. Sadly unappreciated today while I think it's a worthy classic. Canon had the muddy 18-55/3.5-5.6 lens, much crappier than today, and good APS-C lenses were scarce.

Really nice photos too!

I agree with you Samfan, that 18-70 was so nicely paired with the D70. It was my lens of choice for both the D50 and D70 bodies I shot with, and I'm sure I've made thousands of images with that combo. Today I view the 24-120 f4G as the equivalent, underappreciated "kit" lens. It is equally well matched to the 24mp bodies, is affordable, and has a character not too unlike the old 18-70.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2017 at 12:50 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Nikon D70 (220 comments in total)

The gateway DSLR for many, and one with a color response that I've missed ever since. While my first love DSLR was the D50, I've owned a few D70 and D70s bodies over the years, and while they of course don't measure up to today's bodies, they still have a character, a quality, that I feel is missing from contemporary CMOS DSLRs.

Or maybe I'm just nostalgic...

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2017 at 12:47 UTC as 100th comment

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 45th 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 (200 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 (2142 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 (2142 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 428th 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
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