Robert Eckerlin

Robert Eckerlin

Lives in Switzerland Oberwill/BL, Switzerland
Works as a Retired
Joined on Jan 19, 2007
About me:

Before retiring, I was an independent developer of Database Management System Software (IMS and DB2) for the IBM Mainframes (but I have no special knoweldge of PC or PC Software).

Unfortunately, I am not a great photographer. But I nevertheless enjoy taking landscape photos and spending time with my photos. My main camera was a Nikon D5000 that I love and I is now a D5500. I use a Nikkor 18-200mm Zoom lense. When I do not want to carry the relatively heavy combination of my DSLR and Zoom lense, I use my beloved Google Pixel 3 XL handy to take photos. My main Photo-related Software is Photoshop Elements with the great "Viveza" and the great "Color Efex Pro" plugins/filters from NIK-Software/Google.

...And I love the great dpreview Website.

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Is such an intransparent behavior a hallmark of a company that one would love to be able to rely on?

Link | Posted on May 3, 2019 at 03:52 UTC as 207th comment

I too enjoy to shoot photos with my Pixel 3 XL.

...But...as long as handys will not offer a really compact View-Finder for use in a bright environment , they will not be able to replace for me a traditional camera. ...Something that with my 75 years, I will very probably not be able to enjoy.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2019 at 08:26 UTC as 20th comment

Any "2019 Android camera (and iPhone) manufacturer's New Year's resolutions"?

Link | Posted on Jan 1, 2019 at 06:31 UTC as 169th comment
In reply to:

Battersea: I would love to see a review of the new Epson photo scanner, the one that does several photos in a batch.

I too would love that.

And if there are more photo scanners, supporting the scan of slides (especially Kodachrome slides) and producing a good quality , that are less expensive than approximately 1500 $: I woud love to get them also reviewed

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2018 at 08:54 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC RX100 VI review (511 comments in total)

"Thank you" to dpreview and to its team for the excellent Review.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2018 at 06:46 UTC as 76th comment
On article DPReview TV: Sony RX100 VI review (348 comments in total)

Am I right? The "Sony RX100 VI Review" is only available as a Video and not in a printed Format? That would be a pity for users like me.

Why that?
1) Because English is only my third language. With speakers who speak as fast and who do not pronounce sufficiently clearly for a foreign-language audience, there are many details that I do not understand sufficiently well.

2) Also my 74 year old memory is become weaker. Therefore, I can not remember well enough all the details of what the speaker explained. It would be great to be able find all these excellent explanations in a searchable written Format.

After having said that: for me too the excellent and lively presentation was enjoyable....But I nevertheless enormously miss a written version of all these excellent explanations.

Please do not Forget, that Amazon is not only making business in the English language part of the world.

Thank You…..And by the way: thank you also for the excellence of the dpreview websiter
Robert

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2018 at 07:58 UTC as 36th comment | 4 replies
On article DxOMark Mobile report: Samsung Galaxy Note 5 (17 comments in total)

Why does dpreview not provide Reviews of newer Samsung Notes Handies?

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2018 at 01:16 UTC as 2nd comment

Does DXO PhotoLab runs as an "External Editor" of the PhotoShop Elements (PSE)Organizer? I am therefore asking the question, because my 100'000 PhotoFiles are organized with the PSE Organizer and I am therefore stuck with the PSE Organizer.

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2017 at 04:00 UTC as 32nd comment | 2 replies
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (896 comments in total)
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Robert Eckerlin: The reason why I am not interested in a camera with an EVF: the ugly blue-ish rendering by the EVFs of the subjects/scenes. Why that ugly blue-ish rendering? Why are camera makers not capable to build EVFs with natural color-rendering? I have many times be told: look at the modern EVFs of excellent camera makers and you will get positively surprised - that positive surprise never occured. .

When shooting, enjoying what I see through the viewfinder is an essential part of my enjoyment (am I the only one?). And the ugly bue-ish rendering by the EVFs just destroys my pleasure.

I would not mind at all EVFs with a true-life color-rendering.

Thank you very much to All of you, who explained me the impact of the White Balance camera settings on the EVF.

Based on your explanations, when I will shop again for a compact camera (which will complement my use of my larger D5500 DSLR), I will take again a look at cameras with good EVFs.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 07:25 UTC
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (896 comments in total)
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Robert Eckerlin: The reason why I am not interested in a camera with an EVF: the ugly blue-ish rendering by the EVFs of the subjects/scenes. Why that ugly blue-ish rendering? Why are camera makers not capable to build EVFs with natural color-rendering? I have many times be told: look at the modern EVFs of excellent camera makers and you will get positively surprised - that positive surprise never occured. .

When shooting, enjoying what I see through the viewfinder is an essential part of my enjoyment (am I the only one?). And the ugly bue-ish rendering by the EVFs just destroys my pleasure.

I would not mind at all EVFs with a true-life color-rendering.

Armandino
I am not sure to understand what you mean exactly by "your white balance might be off"

When I went (around one and a half year ago?) to a Sony Shop, I explained that I was told, that with modern and excellent Sony Cameras, I would not have problems with an EVF with ugly or poor color-Rendering. They handed me a couple of their best cameras (I do not remember which ones) to let me look at the EVF and assured me, that I would not see the Problem of ugly color-Rendering. That was not the case. After some discussions they agreed that this was still "a little bit" (according to them) the case. Then they told me something like how important an EVF was for Videos...I am however not interested in videos.

Did these Sony specialists (employees of Sony?) not set-up correctly the White Balance of the cameras that they handed me? I do not know.

The fact is, that at least for me, all EVFs that I looked at had an ugly Color casting

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2017 at 09:51 UTC
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (896 comments in total)
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Robert Eckerlin: The reason why I am not interested in a camera with an EVF: the ugly blue-ish rendering by the EVFs of the subjects/scenes. Why that ugly blue-ish rendering? Why are camera makers not capable to build EVFs with natural color-rendering? I have many times be told: look at the modern EVFs of excellent camera makers and you will get positively surprised - that positive surprise never occured. .

When shooting, enjoying what I see through the viewfinder is an essential part of my enjoyment (am I the only one?). And the ugly bue-ish rendering by the EVFs just destroys my pleasure.

I would not mind at all EVFs with a true-life color-rendering.

Well, perhaps my Memory is not exact. Perhaps with the Sony cameras that I looked at. it was not a blue-ish rendering and it was instead some other ugly color-Rendering.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2017 at 07:42 UTC
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (896 comments in total)
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Kirk Bruner: I grew up spoiled by superb Minolta prismatic viewfinders of the highest quality. Now, however, I no longer have to pretend I'm seeing something when the lights go out and I'm shooting in dark conditions. I can have it either way. I can have the EVF show me what's there, or I can set it to show me a decent image while I make settings and am able to see what I'm doing. I am now no longer used to the EVF. I'm spoiled by it and would have a hard time justifying doing without it. I'm reminded of this whenever I occasionally shoot film. By the way, does the writer of this article expect all of us to ignore that there are such things as Sony cameras? What's up with that? Some of the best EVFs in the world, some of the best cameras in the world, and NONE of these people know anything about them? Not even a mention?

I have often been told, to look at modern Sony cameras with their exellent EVFs....And I have always been disapointed by the ugly color-rendering of these EVFs, which destroy my pleasure of taking photos.

Please Sony (and other camera makers): manufacture EVFs with natural color-rendering.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2017 at 07:36 UTC
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (896 comments in total)

The reason why I am not interested in a camera with an EVF: the ugly blue-ish rendering by the EVFs of the subjects/scenes. Why that ugly blue-ish rendering? Why are camera makers not capable to build EVFs with natural color-rendering? I have many times be told: look at the modern EVFs of excellent camera makers and you will get positively surprised - that positive surprise never occured. .

When shooting, enjoying what I see through the viewfinder is an essential part of my enjoyment (am I the only one?). And the ugly bue-ish rendering by the EVFs just destroys my pleasure.

I would not mind at all EVFs with a true-life color-rendering.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2017 at 07:13 UTC as 176th comment | 9 replies

Does somebody knows, whether the "scan-results" have a reasonable quality, if the "scanned" image is not flat (as this often the case, if the scanned Image is in a thick book)?

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2016 at 13:06 UTC as 10th comment
On article Unfade for iOS scans and restores old prints (37 comments in total)
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Robert Eckerlin: Since I have very few color-photos printed on paper but a lot of Kodachrome slides: I am looking for a Software running under Windows that will restore the colors of scanned versions of old faded Kodachrome slides.
Are you aware of such Software?

Notes: my Kodachrome slides have been scanned with a Nikon "Super CoolScan 9000 ED" scanner. I am already using "Digital ROC Professional" as a filter to "PhotoShop Elements (PSE)"; but too often, I am not happy with its results. And even if the combined use of PSE and of the great NIK Filters is useful, their use to restore faded colours requires too much work/time.

m3: Perhaps the word "faded" is not accurate. Perhaps I should have instead written "a lot of my 35-16 year old Kodachrome slides changed their colors".

To answer your question: my Kodachrome slides have been kept at home, in the room that I am using as a kind of "private office", in closets. And within the closet either in the yellow plastic Kodachrome boxes that Kodak was using to return the slides; or in slide-tray containers. And the temperature of the "Office" was regular home-room temperatures.

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 15:20 UTC
On article Unfade for iOS scans and restores old prints (37 comments in total)
In reply to:

Robert Eckerlin: Since I have very few color-photos printed on paper but a lot of Kodachrome slides: I am looking for a Software running under Windows that will restore the colors of scanned versions of old faded Kodachrome slides.
Are you aware of such Software?

Notes: my Kodachrome slides have been scanned with a Nikon "Super CoolScan 9000 ED" scanner. I am already using "Digital ROC Professional" as a filter to "PhotoShop Elements (PSE)"; but too often, I am not happy with its results. And even if the combined use of PSE and of the great NIK Filters is useful, their use to restore faded colours requires too much work/time.

A sincere "Thank You" to Vasyl and Alwyna.
Robert

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 08:39 UTC
On article Unfade for iOS scans and restores old prints (37 comments in total)

Since I have very few color-photos printed on paper but a lot of Kodachrome slides: I am looking for a Software running under Windows that will restore the colors of scanned versions of old faded Kodachrome slides.
Are you aware of such Software?

Notes: my Kodachrome slides have been scanned with a Nikon "Super CoolScan 9000 ED" scanner. I am already using "Digital ROC Professional" as a filter to "PhotoShop Elements (PSE)"; but too often, I am not happy with its results. And even if the combined use of PSE and of the great NIK Filters is useful, their use to restore faded colours requires too much work/time.

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 03:51 UTC as 13th comment | 7 replies
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Tristan Jones: It's obvious they purcahsed the Nik collection to get hold of the software engines behind the software. Now they have that and most likely use that in many different google imagery products, this is no longer needed in terms of sales nor development lifecycles.
Companies do this all the time with patents, it is no different. Nik as we know it is dead. We're being fed the scraps. But, it is still a good offer, don't knock it, you can get a few years out of these before they are redundant.

Jeff, you are very probably right: the program would today be more capable if Google would not have bought the NIK company and if the program would continue to get developped.

But the Program is nevertheless still AMAZING. Much superior to other programs that continue to get developped and make only few real progress.

Can we say (as mentioned in another post): "Very sad and disgusting, Google!"?. It is the privilege of Google to decide, that for them it is not worthwihle to continue to develop the program. This is part of the rules of our capitalist Society. In contrast to what other companies would have done: Google decided to make the product available for free.

That is great but of course not the ideal. If allowed to day-dream: I could imagine another scenario, where Google could allow NIK developpers to continue to develop the NIK Filters at their own risk, while keeping the privilege/right to oppose developments that would be harmful to Google.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2016 at 08:53 UTC
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Tristan Jones: It's obvious they purcahsed the Nik collection to get hold of the software engines behind the software. Now they have that and most likely use that in many different google imagery products, this is no longer needed in terms of sales nor development lifecycles.
Companies do this all the time with patents, it is no different. Nik as we know it is dead. We're being fed the scraps. But, it is still a good offer, don't knock it, you can get a few years out of these before they are redundant.

Jeff

Even if NIK Software ist not developped further: the NIK capabilities and interace are still much superior to what Adobe Photoshop Elements offers.... while Adobe charges for what they call "new Versions".

Of course, I would have loved to get/buy from NIK a U-Point technology based total replacement of the Adobe PC products that use (and charge for every new version) last-century user-interfaces. But I am happy to be able to use for free since around three years the admirable NIK pLug-ins.

You really deserve to get blamed for your attempts to influence others to stay away from using the excellent NIK Plug-Ins (myself use only the Viveza and the "Color Effex Pro" plug-ins from NIK)

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 11:24 UTC
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davev8: what do these plugins do that can't be done with LR?

As far as my old experience with Lr showed me (an old experience which might not be up-to-date) the U-Point Technogy/User-interface implemented within the NIK Collection is superior to Lr). And it is free!

Of course, the Nik Collection does not provide all the functionality of PSE, Photoshop, and Lr. But it runs as plug-ins to PSE, Photoshop and Lr and is for me an extremly useful and nice complement to Photoshop Elements.

I should add the following: I do not know how well the use of the NIK Collection fits within a Lr workflow. Others will probably know.... But for a PSE user and probably also a Photoshop user: the NIK collection is really fantastic.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 08:41 UTC
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