Bernie Ess

Lives in Germany Garmisch, Germany
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On article Sony a7 IV initial review (1563 comments in total)

Looking at the sample gallery, I see a big sea of greenish tones. Unattractive. Don't care whether the camera is fast or not, low noise or not.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2021 at 17:57 UTC as 32nd comment | 1 reply
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S II review (473 comments in total)
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ProfHankD: This is so tempting... until I add my Sony A7RII into the studio scene comparison tool and find it overall doing about the same (better in some ways, worse in others). A new A7RII is less than 1/3 the cost of the GFX50S. I think the GFX100S is much more compelling against the >=42MP FF bodies.

@Mr. Bolton: same here - Fuji Jpegs have been - since ages - the best of all brands by far. Yes the first X- cameras had more limited DR therefore tendency to stroong contrast - in Raw no problem whatsoever. The newer ones are supreme in every way (like X-H1, X-T3/T4). Color seems to be a very subjective thing, but I have yet to see another brand that renders subtle nuances in tonality and hue as well as Fuji cameras. In coparision, Sony and even Canon are way more uniform. They can be edited to "ok"; but never up to the level of Fujifilm. Even the latest Sony a7IV is no better. Greenish mud all over....

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2021 at 22:32 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S II review (473 comments in total)

I can only wonder how people can find this overpriced. It has a great sensor, IBIS, a nice processor that delivers film simulations that no other manufacturer has, that alone is enough. For the lowest price of any MF camera body ever. Simple as that.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2021 at 15:34 UTC as 40th comment | 8 replies
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S II review (473 comments in total)
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MohsinWadee: Could this be the first real lapse from Fujifilm. It doesn’t seem compelling enough at the price, medium format or not.

It has an excellent sensor, IBIS (no other MF camera maker can do this), and is relatively compact. I'd take this any day over a NIkon Z7 or whatever.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2021 at 15:30 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S II review (473 comments in total)
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ProfHankD: This is so tempting... until I add my Sony A7RII into the studio scene comparison tool and find it overall doing about the same (better in some ways, worse in others). A new A7RII is less than 1/3 the cost of the GFX50S. I think the GFX100S is much more compelling against the >=42MP FF bodies.

I had the a7rII for 2 years, had to fight with the unattractive colors all the time, the viewfinder is dim in comparision, AF not good either. Once you shoot with a Fuji color is always right OOC, then the 4:3 ratio is just very different and I like it more. IBIS is good for all adapted lenses as well etc etc. The a7rII IBIS was alway quite bad.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2021 at 15:23 UTC
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Boss of Sony: Before watching Andy To's video: "Smartphones, with their tiny sensors and low IQ, will never compete with a real camera."

After watching Andy To's video:

Of course it has. But what it doesn't have is that silky look with naturally shallower DOF. Images just look less "brittle". However as Andy To's videos show, there are more different things than "the look" - because on the other hand there are zillion amateur videos of large sensor cameras out that drool over their 10x slomo, razor thin DOF meditative pans, but absolutely zero to tell. No story, not even an idea what to show than just what happened to cross their lens.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2020 at 23:01 UTC
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Boss of Sony: Before watching Andy To's video: "Smartphones, with their tiny sensors and low IQ, will never compete with a real camera."

After watching Andy To's video:

Technically, they really will not. However videos like the one's by Andy To show that it is maybe 85% director/ creativity, and only 15% camera specs.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2020 at 17:53 UTC
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Lassoni: Not impressed by the lack of periscope lens. Huawei has P/Mate 40 Pro+ models that each have a 240mm 10x zoom lens. That's insane tele reach for a camera you will be carrying in your pocket 24/7 . Androids are currently in a race for periscopes, most other manufacturers have 5x, but next year Samsung and Yiaomi are confirmed to bring at least 10X's to match the Huawei's two flagships 240mm, and it's entirely possible Huawei or some other manufacturer will bring longer than 10x next year.

This all, while there's tech journo articles saying, that Apple's bringing periscope lenses in their own smartphones in 2022. So it goes without saying that even Apple acknowledges the periscope lenses to have merit, it's just that Apple is late to the party / falling behind in smartphone trends. For that reason, I cannot quite understand anyone paying high dollar for these phones, when there're alternatives with better feature set and lenses.

"I cannot quite understand anyone paying high dollar for these phones, when there're alternatives" - what is so difficult to understand: In the end, how good will the periscope photos of a Huawei or Samsung really be? Are they good enough for a photographer? And: With fully engaged in the Apple ecosystem, what would I do with let's say a chinese phone without even Google Maps that cannot communicate with my AirPods Pro, my iPad, iMac etc? I absolutely enjoy the ease inside the Apple system, I will not step out of it for a 5x zoom on a still tiny sensor.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2020 at 17:02 UTC
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jim seekers: I Personally believe that the Huawei Mate 40 Pro has a better camera than the iPhone 12 Pro Max, well the Huawei Mate 40 Pro destroys the iPhone 12 Pro and yes I know about no Google on the new Huawei Smartphones, here is the video https://youtu.be/EI5CbFACyTg

It doesn't "destroy" the iPhone 12 pro max (in night mode more the other way round), it is a bit better in certain situations, but if you're in an Apple Eco system, what are you going to do with a Huawei phone with no Google Maps (!!!) - useless! Any APSc mirrorless camera still produces way way better IQ than any phone. iPhone 12 pro is in my opinion a much much better compromise of size, weight, price and IQ.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2020 at 16:17 UTC
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Horshack: How painful must it be for camera makers to fight each other for table scraps in a declining market while watching Apple make hundreds of billions in profit using camera features as the primary driver to that profit.

I agree. Camera makers while having a much superior hardware (with much larger sensors) are lightyears behind in "computational power". And I doubt they have the know- how to get close to what Apple does. What used to be a gimmick 3-4 years ago has become a technical wonder. Look at how small the sensors in the iPhone 12 are, then compare IQ coming out of them. Yesterday i tested my iPhone 11 against my Fujifilm X-T3 in dim light (dusk). The results off the iPhone while a bit less natural were better than the Fuji results thanks to fusion and night mode. Quite incredible. Will get iPhone 12pro. In 5 years camera makers will have to have upped their game in computational functionality, or they will loose the battle. If Apple ever releases a real camera with a sensor of 1" or larger + A14 or A15 chip, this could be a camera distroyer.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2020 at 22:07 UTC
On article Apple iPhone 12 sample gallery (266 comments in total)

Half full or (still) half empty? I'd say easily half full. Phone shots and simulating techniques get a bit better every time, and this is also true for iPhone 12. Maybe with 12pro max IQ is even a bit cleaner with more latitude. I personally think if one uses the DOF effect a tad more carefull it can look quite good, specially if you don't stare at it to see the imperfections. A while ago I had forgotten my SSD card for my mirrorless on a walk, so for one whole trip, all I had was my Asus Zenfone. I then processed the JPEGs to black and white, postet them in a photo forum and posted them mixed with older photos ade in the same landscape with an APSc camera. All the guys who thought it was so clear mixed up everything. It is mostly in the head :-) Except for low light and noise, obviously.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2020 at 17:36 UTC as 48th comment
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P10004K: On set with three-time Academy Award ® winner Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubezki and the iPhone 12 Pro - the first device ever to capture, edit and playback in Dolby Vision.
https://youtu.be/3m07zMRXXP0

" first device ever to capture, edit and playback in Dolby Vision.
https://youtu.be/3m07zMRXXP0"
Can anybody tell what gimble they use in this video? Thanks...

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2020 at 23:51 UTC
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mxx: In the make believe world of smartphones 52mm is still "telephoto". How pathetic.

@DarnGoodPhotos: And how is the lens speed/ f stop of those periscope zooms? My guess would be it goes down/ darker. Already the 2,5x zoom of the pro max looses 1/4 of a stop. This is probably half of the gain in sensor size. Which makes the decision even more difficult which one to get. I may end up with the Pro non-max...

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2020 at 10:03 UTC

I jut read: the tele lens on the Pro max is longer (65mm vs 52mm) BUT the lens is only f2,2 versus f2 on the smaller one. While I understand that technically it is more difficult to make a bright lens on a larger sensor it is yet dissatisfying that the camera specs are all over the place between the new model. Too much confusion.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2020 at 21:09 UTC as 122nd comment | 2 replies
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tkbslc: Have they fixed portrait mode yet?

4/5 shots I take with it on my 11 Pro has some deal-breaking transition or edge error. Fortunately I can edit it after the fact and turn off the effect, but it's very frustrating. It's so good when it actually nails it, but it just misses so often that I rarely even attempt to use it anymore.

"Bokeh by software will remain poor forever."
Don't underestimate progress. With a bit more AI (comparision scenes of the holes between arms and body, body shapes and such) it will certainly and quickly get better, seen the performance increase with every processor generation. Hair is obviously more difficult because of extremely fine detail at resolution limits, but it will nevertheless get better. With my iPhone 11 I took photos for the first time that I considered worth keeping in my image archives.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2020 at 20:41 UTC

It is a pity the 12pro doesn't get the larger sensor and not the slightly longer tele lens. But that is probably due to need of space inside. I wait for the samples in order to see whether the larger sensor delivers visibly better images in bad light.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2020 at 20:01 UTC as 140th comment | 3 replies
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NexUser: With lots of stuff but without charger and earphones!!!

" Did the price decrease accordingly?"
Obviously not, they paid the 5G modems with the lack of charger/ headphones. "Many people" without 5V charger and cheap earbuds? No kidding... I only know people who have drawers full of them.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2020 at 19:59 UTC
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mxx: In the make believe world of smartphones 52mm is still "telephoto". How pathetic.

Seen how flat smartphones are it kind of like is. Itis just hard to stuff longer lenses in flatter phones. The 12pro max actually has 63mm or so... Which is decent and much better than the generic WA lens on most phones.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2020 at 19:57 UTC
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Bernie Ess: I have Exposure X4 but refuse upgrading until they offer a HELP file (which they haven't in the past). If you have a question, you have to write to the user support or go to the Facebook group and ask and wait for an answer. For a program that costs 100+, this is unworthy.

Oh, really? This is good news after all. Till V5, this was not the case which is why I did not upgrade. I will then install the demo...

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2020 at 13:37 UTC

I have Exposure X4 but refuse upgrading until they offer a HELP file (which they haven't in the past). If you have a question, you have to write to the user support or go to the Facebook group and ask and wait for an answer. For a program that costs 100+, this is unworthy.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2020 at 17:00 UTC as 9th comment | 2 replies
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