semorg

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DVT80111: No image stabilizer still?

it has IS it's called WR on pentax.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2015 at 04:43 UTC
On article Behind the Shot: Crystalline (46 comments in total)
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semorg: thanks of sharing, but I don't think it's a great article.
I'm not sure if the article is about composition, HDR technique or post-processing.

1 - if it's composition, for me it doesn't work and the image has no draw. At least for me.
2 - if it's about HDR technique. I think the HDR is not that great and it doesn't add that much more DR to the image with all the blown-out highlights.
3 - if it's about post-processing technique, then it's EVEN WORSE. Because I noticed you are using different color temperature in your different frames. ANY ONE knowing anything about panorama stitching knows not to leave their Color Balance in "As Shot" mode. It's a biggest no-no.

However, your article remind me. Perhaps I should write something on panorama and HDR panos. As I have done a bunch of them and it seems like yourself and others can benefit from it.

fair enough

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2015 at 21:59 UTC
On article Behind the Shot: Crystalline (46 comments in total)

thanks of sharing, but I don't think it's a great article.
I'm not sure if the article is about composition, HDR technique or post-processing.

1 - if it's composition, for me it doesn't work and the image has no draw. At least for me.
2 - if it's about HDR technique. I think the HDR is not that great and it doesn't add that much more DR to the image with all the blown-out highlights.
3 - if it's about post-processing technique, then it's EVEN WORSE. Because I noticed you are using different color temperature in your different frames. ANY ONE knowing anything about panorama stitching knows not to leave their Color Balance in "As Shot" mode. It's a biggest no-no.

However, your article remind me. Perhaps I should write something on panorama and HDR panos. As I have done a bunch of them and it seems like yourself and others can benefit from it.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2015 at 16:19 UTC as 16th comment | 3 replies
On article Picture this: Our revamped galleries system is now live (115 comments in total)

Best DPreview update in years.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2015 at 00:43 UTC as 63rd comment
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semorg: I'm not sure what use these images are. They're not raw. They're not shot with tripods, and many of them have the focus on the wrong place.

Seems to me the DPreivew guys just took the camera out during an event and shared a few photos. "Real world" is meaningless

interesting....I'm on retina. About tripod with 42 MP smallest shake (even with image stabilization) will impact sharpness. Especially given prior edge issues with the A7R and some lenses, it's critical to eliminate all variables.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2015 at 15:31 UTC
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semorg: I'm not sure what use these images are. They're not raw. They're not shot with tripods, and many of them have the focus on the wrong place.

Seems to me the DPreivew guys just took the camera out during an event and shared a few photos. "Real world" is meaningless

@seamew thanks for the thoughtful reply.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2015 at 03:54 UTC
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semorg: I'm not sure what use these images are. They're not raw. They're not shot with tripods, and many of them have the focus on the wrong place.

Seems to me the DPreivew guys just took the camera out during an event and shared a few photos. "Real world" is meaningless

Actually the contrary. I only looked at original size. The zeiss Batis 25/2 samples are often focused on the wrong area. The hair is the sharp part of the image while the eyes are not in the focal plane. There is no good sample that shows the resolving power of the edges of the image to see if they are impacted and how sony is handling them. A lot of these photos are taken without purpose of showing what the camera can or can not do. It seems like everyone was happy to meet Guy Kawasaki and took a camera along. Especially not including RAW files was/is a big omission.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2015 at 01:29 UTC

I'm not sure what use these images are. They're not raw. They're not shot with tripods, and many of them have the focus on the wrong place.

Seems to me the DPreivew guys just took the camera out during an event and shared a few photos. "Real world" is meaningless

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2015 at 00:24 UTC as 80th comment | 7 replies
On article Quick Review: Photographers.pro (60 comments in total)
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semorg: There is no information about the people behind photographers.pro. There is no "about" section, who are the founders or who is the CEO, etc.
What are they hiding?

Till then, I'll give my support to SmugMug who has been a family operated business for past 12-13 years and are very transparent about their team

I want to know who is behind them. SmugMug provides a lot of info under their "About" section

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 01:29 UTC
On article Quick Review: Photographers.pro (60 comments in total)

There is no information about the people behind photographers.pro. There is no "about" section, who are the founders or who is the CEO, etc.
What are they hiding?

Till then, I'll give my support to SmugMug who has been a family operated business for past 12-13 years and are very transparent about their team

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2015 at 20:11 UTC as 8th comment | 2 replies
On article Leica Q In-depth Review (1146 comments in total)

This was probably the first Leica I was excited about, until I saw the nasty BANDING on the chair image above (only ISO 320).
Just look at the black chairs and all you see is banding. I wish they would have used a different sensor. Sigh!

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 16:45 UTC as 339th comment

This is an incredible shot! So well planned and so difficult to execute. Well done!

I just don't understand what's with all the haters???

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2015 at 22:36 UTC as 14th comment

any backpack that opens from outside I would never use for traveling. There are so many stories of stolen equipment. Also, traveling backpack should be more discrete and not carry a sign, "come rob me I have camera here".

Aside from that, I don't see what improvements they have made here. It's really a shame. Maybe this is a problem of a "design by committee" or maybe Lowepro just can't innovate anymore.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2015 at 00:41 UTC as 18th comment

A nice way to ruin an otherwise good design with a gimmick like color changing flap (switch). All they are doing is weakening the seal and the construction by introducing a zipper divider.

As many have said, maybe the primary target is the women photographers which is not a bad strategy.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 22:50 UTC as 32nd comment
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semorg: Maybe it's just me, but I see a lot of CA. I have the Sigma 50/1.4 art and that's an amazing lens. However, this feels not at the same level. Of course it harder to design a 24/1.4 than a 50/1.4 but the expectations are just high these days. really like to see what Zeiss Otus will do next (yeah, I know not in the same price range)

Thanks for your reply.
1 - the images are not that comparable so it's really hard to make a real comparison.
2 - the photo of the man has a strong CA around his neck. maybe not as much as your photo sample, but still very strong. Even around his head and hair he has more CA than the photo of the women you posted.
3 - your other photos at infinity the front railing has a strong purple fringe even in in-focus area and a visible one on the out of focus flag poles.
4 - perhaps sigma is the victim of its own success. My 50/1.4 art (on D810) is an amazing lens and this 24/1.4 is not there.

This lens doesn't seem exceptional or have any special character. Technically it might be a better lens than a 5-10 year old lens designs from canon/nikon, but I think Sigma Art benchmark should be 90% of Zeiss Otus. We have to wait till Zeiss releases their 24 Otus at some point, but I'm betting it's going to be a lot better than 10% of this Sigma.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2015 at 07:58 UTC
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semorg: Maybe it's just me, but I see a lot of CA. I have the Sigma 50/1.4 art and that's an amazing lens. However, this feels not at the same level. Of course it harder to design a 24/1.4 than a 50/1.4 but the expectations are just high these days. really like to see what Zeiss Otus will do next (yeah, I know not in the same price range)

That Sigma images in the samples above are almost showing as much CA

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 19:10 UTC

Maybe it's just me, but I see a lot of CA. I have the Sigma 50/1.4 art and that's an amazing lens. However, this feels not at the same level. Of course it harder to design a 24/1.4 than a 50/1.4 but the expectations are just high these days. really like to see what Zeiss Otus will do next (yeah, I know not in the same price range)

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 05:47 UTC as 9th comment | 5 replies

1/3 inch sensor at 1.27 megapixels = 63.5 megapixel Full Frame sensor!

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2014 at 05:32 UTC as 39th comment | 29 replies
On article Ricoh surfs into action camera market with WG-M1 (108 comments in total)

I think the 10m water proof with ease of access to buttons is a plus, however GoPro's level of accessories and third-party attachments make other platforms less desirable. Not having a 720/120 is a big miss or not adding image stabilization. Seems like it was another one of those things designed by a committee and not by singular vision.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2014 at 09:06 UTC as 31st comment
On article Quick Review: Zenfolio's Photographer Central (16 comments in total)

LOL $400???? This is not going to last

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2014 at 15:11 UTC as 6th comment
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