syberman7

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On photo Ekklisia Agios, Pavlos Beach in the Goosebumps challenge (21 comments in total)
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Lajos Hajdu: But you didn't see this image on the back of the camera. For one thing, the stars move visibly at anything over 20-30 seconds at this focal length... this is a composite image.

Great work and beautifully rendered from all your composite shots.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2021 at 11:33 UTC

Tested before and after FW 3.3>3.4 update for eye AF box in EVF on Z6. There is quite a substantial improvement in the yellow eye box finding and sticking to the eye at a much smaller eye size in EVF. If this is what can be achieved with just algorithm changes, then the series II versions of Z6/7 can also look forward to some improvements with twice the processing power.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2021 at 01:34 UTC as 32nd comment | 2 replies
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Leonp: In the Youtube video it's almost impossible to know what images are real or artwork. You have to know al lot about to figure it out. That makes it less interesting for me because mostly the best images turn out to be not the real ones. Or you never find out which are the real ones.

@ AstroStan It's interesting that you think there is such a thing as a 'real' image. There is a huge spectrum of EMR outside the visible spectrum that our eyes need help to see. We can also map other variables to an image, such as temperature for instance in the CMBR representation that is often cited by cosmologists. All these 'images' are a map of something real.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2021 at 01:33 UTC

Nice to see some well written journalism.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2021 at 02:08 UTC as 94th comment | 1 reply

All the things that have gone with the Z9 v D6 - good riddance:
1. Pentaprism
2. Focusing screen
3. Main Mirror and drive motor
4. Secondary mirror
5. PDAF module in base
6. Shutter
7. Mechanical AF screw drive and its mechanical M/A switch
8. Aperture drive lever
9. 180K pixel RGB sensor
10. Assembly and calibration of all the above

Saves a bit of production cost maybe ;). Of course we've added an EVF, IBIS, etc, but there's a lot less mechanical stuff net. (I posted this over on NR as well.)

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2021 at 05:47 UTC as 91st comment | 1 reply
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4sofnature: This might be the best overall 70-200 f/2.8 lens of all time.

Well it might be, but for the atrocious flaring into bright light.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2021 at 05:53 UTC
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thxbb12: lenstip just reviewed it, they were fast!

https://www.lenstip.com/617.1-Lens_review-Sony_FE_70-200_mm_f_2.8_GM_OSS_II_Introduction.html

Sony did it again: it looks like they managed to produce the best 70-200 f2.8 lens out there.
In fact, it beats the new Nikon Z 70-200 in all categories, while being smaller, lighter and with fewer lens elements (17 elements/14 groups vs 21 elements/18 groups)!
The "wide mount" talk from Nikon seems a bit difficult to swallow. Even if it allows for better theoretical designs, in practice Sony is manufacturing incredible lenses, often better than the competition, despite their so called limited mount.

Here is the Nikon Z review for comparison: https://www.lenstip.com/616.1-Lens_review-Nikon_Nikkor_Z_70-200_mm_f_2.8_VR_S_Introduction.html

Keep in mind I'm saying all of this while being a Fuji-X user. I don't use Sony nor Nikon gear.

I see that it flares pretty badly. Otherwise very nice.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2021 at 05:51 UTC
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Tony Northrup: 8K teaser - published in 1080.

Such a cynic.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2021 at 02:20 UTC
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syberman7: What I see in the vid https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoOyLw_tWZg :
1. Rear LCD screen is flip out in both horizontal and vertical like Fujifilm screens. This is not a fold out twist to front facing screen.
2. The data overlay on the rear LCD flips when the camera moves from landscape to portrait ordination. My Z7 II doesn’t do that. Nice
3. There are no buttons on RHS top plate beside the OLED screen. Weird blank real estate.
4. Buttons along the bottom below the LCD panel are: LAN, Mic, QUAL, WB. There’s a label for MIC next along beside actual Mic hole.
5. The playback button moves to the RHS of the camera below the menu button.
6. The LHS top panel has the traditional D5/D6 type drive control with S, L, H etc.
7. Below the drive knob on the top LHS rear are two buttons: Lock and Trash. The trash has dual function for formatting cards in combo with another button (as on previous DSLRs, but dropped on Z6/7). The Lock button is also Func 4.
8. That’s it for now. No other clues.

@Matt_007 I was wandering about that being a track pad, but the Olympics spy shot shows that area just having some white tape label stuck on it. You wouldn't stick a label on a track pad.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2021 at 13:14 UTC

What I see in the vid https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoOyLw_tWZg :
1. Rear LCD screen is flip out in both horizontal and vertical like Fujifilm screens. This is not a fold out twist to front facing screen.
2. The data overlay on the rear LCD flips when the camera moves from landscape to portrait ordination. My Z7 II doesn’t do that. Nice
3. There are no buttons on RHS top plate beside the OLED screen. Weird blank real estate.
4. Buttons along the bottom below the LCD panel are: LAN, Mic, QUAL, WB. There’s a label for MIC next along beside actual Mic hole.
5. The playback button moves to the RHS of the camera below the menu button.
6. The LHS top panel has the traditional D5/D6 type drive control with S, L, H etc.
7. Below the drive knob on the top LHS rear are two buttons: Lock and Trash. The trash has dual function for formatting cards in combo with another button (as on previous DSLRs, but dropped on Z6/7). The Lock button is also Func 4.
8. That’s it for now. No other clues.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2021 at 12:34 UTC as 126th comment | 7 replies
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Brett8883: Woah! This looks like it’s gonna be good! I’ve been wanting something like this for awhile. In a way this is almost like having layers. I just hope at some point they add all adjustments to selective adjustments. Like add curves and full HSL to selective adjustments. It’s frankly odd those aren’t available yet because you’d think that would be easy to implement.

What's wrong with using PS for layer work. It's far more sophisticated than any other product when working with layers. And you can take your work from LR to PS and back to LR seamlessly.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2021 at 05:26 UTC
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Charlie boots: If it was not for Skylum leading the way here would Adobe have put the effort into these changes?

@ Charlie - LOL, so PS being launched in about 1992 wasn't 'leading the way'?

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2021 at 05:23 UTC
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Camillo: Adobe features are like as seen on tv products since they introduced the content aware scale. Looks great in the demo but once you trye it results may vary, and vary like near useless to well I guess it'll do in the best case scenario.

But hey Im saying this in dpreview! Best place on earth to be roasted and insulted by people who dont have a picture in theyre name.

@ Camillo - I'd normally agree with you, but some of these AI features are quite effective, for instance the sky replacement in PS.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2021 at 05:20 UTC
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Art2d3d: Let's wait for IPhone 20. It will be called IDevice. I can control everything - your ID, your wallet, your Home, your Car, your camera, your food etc.

Aren't er almost there now. My vaccination passport is on my phone, my lights are controlled from my smartphone, my security cameras are accessed thru my phone. When I want to find out who 'that actor' is I turn to my phone. All my appointments are made and confirmed by SMS or WhatsApp. When I've got nothing better to do I play games on my phone, and listen to music streamed thru my phone. When I catch public transport my phone tells me when the next train/bus is coming......

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2021 at 03:29 UTC
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wcan: Interesting, but something about it just doesn't look authentic....maybe because the out of focus areas are a simple Gaussian blur?...not sure.

@TRU I agree that this field of technology will develop very rapidly. I can see parallels with what Tesla is doing with neural nets and environmental labelling. Traditional camera companies need to get their skates on or will go the way of Ford and GM when EVs and self-driving cars take over.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2021 at 03:25 UTC
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Funny Valentine: Hopefully this will be a wake up call for Canon RF. All manufacturers have internal silent AF, and sealing on their prime lenses now... except Canon. It's time to catch up to modern AF and build quality for Canon.

@TRU The Nikon has a plastic mount and only 6 elements compared to Sony's with metal mount and 9 elements. Should be cheap to churn out this one.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2021 at 06:02 UTC
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Kubicide: Hmm... a low light comparison without actually comparing them in low light conditions. This video is about (subjective) noise results but where's the actual testing of the light sensitivity? Also helps to point out there's a significant difference between the two sensors with the 60MP being one of the latest gen from Sony - that alone is likely the reason for the (observed) lower noise.

Really the right answer is yes bigger pixels are better in low light when everything else is equal. Much better. You can't cheat the physics.

One suspects that you don't understand the physics. Hint - it's all about the light collecting area of the whole sensor.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2021 at 06:50 UTC

Just excellent stuff. How lucky we are to have these two creators who take such great care to be accurate and entertaining all at the same time. No silly hairstyles or clickbait here.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2021 at 06:48 UTC as 54th comment
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englishfil: Good, but I predict in two months time there will be a Chinese clone on eBay (apparently other auction sites exist, but I cannot think of any) for $8 including shipping.

But it won't be machined and manufactured as nicely as this one. I wonder actually, although Rode is based in Sydney, and they have Australian manufacturing, I can't see where this is made.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2021 at 02:07 UTC
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Hubertus Bigend: Cheap plastic, designed to imitate the excellent, unbreakable old manual Nikkor lenses, and not even offering an aperture ring which would be mandatory for the dedicated dials of the Z fc camera to even make sense.

This new attempt might be slightly less stupid than Nikon's earlier one with the Df, which already could have been a really nice camera – but its concept and design failed in so many ways it's hard to even enumerate them. This new 'retro' approach still is more show than substance.

Fuji remains the only company that is doing 'retro' right – by not trying to make their cameras look like some old camera, by not imitating things, by just making the best use of those 'classic' design elements which make the same sense today as they use to back in the film days, from a usability point of view.

I think for this style of pancake lens, a plastic mount only adds to the intention - ie its very lightweight and compact. Plastic is not all bad everywhere. I'd be concerned if the 70-200 f/2.8 had a plastic mount, but not this one.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2021 at 06:43 UTC
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