Charles2

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Enthusiast photographer.

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On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1345 comments in total)
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matt_j: I highly recommend RAW Therapee :)

Lightroom stores (most) edits in the .XMP sidecar file associated with a raw file. XMP files are text, a collection of tags similar to Exif. Search this webpage for xmp to read more explanation:
https://www.sno.phy.queensu.ca/~phil/exiftool/TagNames/XMP.html
That webpage is by the author of Exiftool, a wonderful program for reading and manipulating all Exif data. The one drawback is that it works within a Command Prompt dialog box under Windows. And it works on XMP files, too.
Raw Therapee associates a sidecar file with each image file it works on, too. The .pp3 file is plain text. There is probably not a good one-to-one correspondence between the tags in an .xmp file and the lines in a .pp3 file. You can, however, read the .xmp file, understand what a group of tags does, and write corresponding lines for a .pp3 file. Alternatively, make Raw Therapee adjustments on an image and judge by eye when you have duplicated a preset that is recorded in an .xmp file.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 19:40 UTC
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1345 comments in total)

Time to split the two functions you identify. One, assemble a database procedure for your files. Think OS file structure and database environments here, not photography. Two, look at the variety of post-processing programs out there. Some are independent, like the excellent Raw Therapee and Picture Window Pro. The program that comes with your camera is worth a look, too. In the case of Fuji X cameras, the Fuji Raw File Converter 2 program is excellent for raw development and for global image adjustments; the user interface is a one-time hurdle.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 22:53 UTC as 429th comment
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1345 comments in total)
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matt_j: I highly recommend RAW Therapee :)

RT will edit TIF and JPG files, too. Database needs are another issue.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 22:47 UTC

There was an infamous problem with the A700: the dials would fail intermittently, and when they did, the camera was either unpredictable or totally inoperable. Mine had this problem, I paid Sony's US repair station, and the problem soon recurred. I decided then that never again would I buy a Sony camera.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 15:54 UTC as 50th comment | 2 replies

Fuji's free Raw File Converter (based on Silkypix) offers the same thing. Presumably, the Silkypix team had information from Fuji when it put the simulations in. Is Pick's product its best guess at the simulations?

(And one correction: the Classic Chrome film simulation is loosely based on the original film, which would be Kodachrome, not a Fuji film.)

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 15:48 UTC as 23rd comment | 4 replies

Here is an article by a warehouse employee. He describes their successful drive to form a trade union - but now B&H says they will close the unionized warehouse rather than negotiate a contract:
http://labornotes.org/2017/07/bh-workers-fight-save-camera-warehouse-jobs2

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 20:55 UTC as 84th comment | 2 replies

"market segmentation ... by disposable income" - The distribution of incomes has become more polarized compared with ten, twenty, and thirty years ago. Therefore...

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2017 at 15:26 UTC as 116th comment
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britepixels: Craigslist is also a huge source of scammers. I posted a camera to sell and had several reply's that were blatant scammers. Never got 1 legitimate response, until I re-posted 2 times then I got a good response.

Just insist on a local, cash transaction. CL is not for inter-city business; use a photography forum that specializes in your gear for that. On CL, my standard reply to emails and texts about price is: no negotiation before you inspect the item.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2017 at 21:39 UTC
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SmilerGrogan: As always, I'm confused by human emotions. A $1950 24mp camera with 4K video that opens the door to the exquisite world of Leica lenses? How is this in any way a bad thing? You say it can accept M42, but what about Leica's M39?

Fuji X-Pro does the same for M and other lenses, delivers better camera JPGs, and has two built-in viewfinders (hybrid EVF/OVF).

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2017 at 15:32 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-A3 Review (238 comments in total)
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Charles2: Something is wrong with your statement, "The camera has chosen to focus on the grass rather than the subject in the foreground." The Exif data for that photo (raw file) records:
Focus Mode: Auto
AF Point Set: Yes
Focus Pixel: 957 632
In portrait orientation, the focus pixel is at (y,x) from origin at the bottom left, at least on my X-Pro2. You set AF point/box there -- which is not on the grass -- and the camera duly focused the lens per your choice of location for the focus box.
From the online manual for the camera:
Choose the AF mode for focus modes S and C. -> SINGLE POINT The camera focuses on the subject in the selected focus point.
http://fujifilm-dsc.com/en/manual/x-a3/menu_shooting/autofocus_setting/

The Fuji AF guide says the camera in zone mode aims to identify the subject at the center of the focus zone (which the user sets to one of three sizes)(http://fujifilm-x.com/af/en/af_mode/af-c_zone.html ). Then the camera tracks the subject as it moves. The reviewer apparently used zone mode, and we do not know whether he got the statue at the center of the zone. Yet the review still claims the camera wildly chose to focus on the grass.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 19:20 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-A3 Review (238 comments in total)
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Charles2: Something is wrong with your statement, "The camera has chosen to focus on the grass rather than the subject in the foreground." The Exif data for that photo (raw file) records:
Focus Mode: Auto
AF Point Set: Yes
Focus Pixel: 957 632
In portrait orientation, the focus pixel is at (y,x) from origin at the bottom left, at least on my X-Pro2. You set AF point/box there -- which is not on the grass -- and the camera duly focused the lens per your choice of location for the focus box.
From the online manual for the camera:
Choose the AF mode for focus modes S and C. -> SINGLE POINT The camera focuses on the subject in the selected focus point.
http://fujifilm-dsc.com/en/manual/x-a3/menu_shooting/autofocus_setting/

Yes, Richard, I was. The reviewer still seems to blame the camera without foundation. For zone focus too, the user positions the zone. The Exif for the JPEG in the Conclusion states:
AF Point Set : Unknown (256)
Focus Pixel : 3491 1641
It appears that the part of the pillar as well as the face were both in the focus zone. The pillar just to the left of the face is sharp. The fact that the grass came out sharp too is incidental to what happened. If the user includes areas at different distances in the focus zone, how can the camera know which one is desired?
The worst you can say is that in zone focus mode the camera does not discern and choose the shortest distance in the zone. That is hardly a blanket condemnation of the auto focus system.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2017 at 00:30 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-A3 Review (238 comments in total)

Something is wrong with your statement, "The camera has chosen to focus on the grass rather than the subject in the foreground." The Exif data for that photo (raw file) records:
Focus Mode: Auto
AF Point Set: Yes
Focus Pixel: 957 632
In portrait orientation, the focus pixel is at (y,x) from origin at the bottom left, at least on my X-Pro2. You set AF point/box there -- which is not on the grass -- and the camera duly focused the lens per your choice of location for the focus box.
From the online manual for the camera:
Choose the AF mode for focus modes S and C. -> SINGLE POINT The camera focuses on the subject in the selected focus point.
http://fujifilm-dsc.com/en/manual/x-a3/menu_shooting/autofocus_setting/

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 22:42 UTC as 47th comment | 3 replies
On article Embracing the Lensbaby Velvet 85's glow (54 comments in total)

Does sample #3, the flowers, prove the lens at f/18 does not have a center sharp spot at all, or was focus deliberately avoided?

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 18:24 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
On article Hasselblad X1D-50c First Impressions Review (316 comments in total)

"hasn't had it[s] rough edges eroded by exposure to wave after wave of customer. " Which of you three authors is writing a novel at night?

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2017 at 16:17 UTC as 78th comment
On article The Leica Summaron 28mm F5.6 is old-fashioned fun (190 comments in total)

This lens makes a bargain of the Perar and other MS-Optical lenses that a one-man operation in Japan produces. His lenses, too, are tiny and vignette severely. And his two 28mm lenses are f/4 and f/2.8.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2017 at 16:40 UTC as 45th comment
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (487 comments in total)
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Irakly Shanidze: It is just too bad that nobody explained to the author that focusing with a rangefinder is faster and more reliable than AF when done right. All you have to do is to set the lens to infinity after each shot. That way, there is only one direction the focusing ring can go.

When it comes to guessing and zone focusing, the simplest and most reliable technique is positioning a standing person between horizontal frame lines and focusing on it. After that, any person of approximately the same height will be at approximately the same distance. No need to recompose.

There is an escape from this binary argument: the Fuji hybrid viewfinders. Manual focus in the magnified EVF, use the OVF to frame and wait for the right instant for shutter press. Of course, the Fujis do not cost enough, so adapt Leica lenses.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 18:00 UTC
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Jonathan Mac: Some of the images are very nice but I suspect most would be nicer with a different lens. This is massively over-priced for what it is and it's hard to imagine why people would pay the kickstarter price, never mind the full price. There are loads of old 35mm lenses on e-bay and gathering dust in second-hand shops and even if they need a full service they would still work out much cheaper and produce results likely better than this.

I also don't understand them being manufactured in native mirrorless mounts. As a Pentax and Fuji X user (if I had more money than sense) I'd buy it in K mount and use an adapter for my Fuji. It will still take up the same space and I can use it in two mounts. Even if I used only Fuji or m4/3 I'd still buy it in one of the other mounts and use an adapter so that I could use it in the future if I change or decide to get an SLR.

For the financially unchallenged, it might make sense to buy it in Leica M-mount. The adapter to Fuji is thin, and you can use your Fuji X-Pro 2 while mentioning that your Leica M is in the shop for rangefinder alignment.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2017 at 18:38 UTC
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Jonathan Mac: Some of the images are very nice but I suspect most would be nicer with a different lens. This is massively over-priced for what it is and it's hard to imagine why people would pay the kickstarter price, never mind the full price. There are loads of old 35mm lenses on e-bay and gathering dust in second-hand shops and even if they need a full service they would still work out much cheaper and produce results likely better than this.

I also don't understand them being manufactured in native mirrorless mounts. As a Pentax and Fuji X user (if I had more money than sense) I'd buy it in K mount and use an adapter for my Fuji. It will still take up the same space and I can use it in two mounts. Even if I used only Fuji or m4/3 I'd still buy it in one of the other mounts and use an adapter so that I could use it in the future if I change or decide to get an SLR.

" As a Pentax and Fuji X user ... buy it in K mount and use an adapter for my Fuji. It will still take up the same space and I can use it in two mounts." The adapter will be pretty long, in relation to the length of the lens, because of the SLR mirror box.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2017 at 16:23 UTC
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Charles2: Leica makes great lenses, and fortunately, you can get and use them in a reasonable wide-angle to short-telephoto range of focal lengths on the APS-C Fuji X-Pro 2. Thanks to the buyers of Leica cameras who provide funds so the company can develop its lenses.

I used an M8 -- which Leica produced despite it not being FF, so I have some basis of comparison. It is less of a crop factor than APS-C. Anyway, the Fuji X-Pro 2 sensor is excellent. As for the microlenses, 1) that might be a problem on Sony but I have not seen it on Fuji, and 2) the very fact that the Fuji is APS-C means the edges of a full-frame lens are not used!

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 00:50 UTC

Leica makes great lenses, and fortunately, you can get and use them in a reasonable wide-angle to short-telephoto range of focal lengths on the APS-C Fuji X-Pro 2. Thanks to the buyers of Leica cameras who provide funds so the company can develop its lenses.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2017 at 23:45 UTC as 162nd comment | 2 replies
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