paul simon king

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Mon Dieu !
How much????

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2016 at 19:01 UTC as 1st comment
On article Fujifilm X-E2S: What you need to know (86 comments in total)
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Boss of Sony: Is this an advertisement by Fuji? This camera is old news. It's basically an X-E2 with wifi isn't it? i.e. a 3-year old decent camera with crap video (to which wifi has been added).

contrarywise I love this handy format

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 09:22 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-E2S: What you need to know (86 comments in total)
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peterwr: Pic 3: << Don't be fooled, they won't necessarily give you transparent, true-to-life colors >>

Unless you're shooting for ads, catalogues or scientific research, "true-to-life" colours are something of a red herring. What matters is that you get a pleasing, high-quality picture that comes out as you intended. All the Fuji cameras and lenses (still and video) I've used over the years have delivered that, in spades. My Nikons and Ricoh GR, though excellent cameras, invariably take some tweaking - time that I could be using for something more productive.

they used to say Kodak film for true to life colours but I always bought Fuji film anyway

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 09:13 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-E2S: What you need to know (86 comments in total)
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I like things in a nutshell-thanks

I dipped my toe in the X-trans waters with the M1 and with the pancake the results are not bad at all, but I missed a VF. I could just about live with the older generation models but, I'm ready for an upgrade.

I want a camera for exactly the reasons you state, quality whilst just carrying easily about without all the paraphernalia that goes with taking a 'system' around.

BUT now the new models are out I have the *LUST*: for the new controls, new menus (and yes that includes the ISO button - purely for nostalgic reasons and I'm not a frequent ISO changer ) and the 24MP sensor.

If they'd brough this upgrade out before the T2 and Pro2 then I'd have snapped it up, it would have been exactly what I was after, then.

Fuji did however bring out those other new models so I have to wait, just have to, because surely they will eventually I hope bring out the X-E3 which WILL have the X-Pro2 goodness in a smaller more convenient body.

I can wait

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 12:27 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-E2S: What you need to know (86 comments in total)


Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 12:06 UTC as 30th comment | 1 reply
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Golfhacker27: I have Aurora HDR Pro and four other Macphun products.
But I certainly will NOT buy this upgrade.
1. I have to pay more than half the standard purchase price to upgrade?!?!
2. Aurora is a disaster with skies - purple banding. Has this been fixed in this update? Who knows. The only way to find out would be to buy it, because....
3. Macphun is just about the only company selling such products who don't have a user forum and technical support forum.

say what you will, people who like me recently bought Aurora HDR Pro (mainly to see if it was any better at hloes and skies than the rest) will baulk at a the relatively high upgrade price

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2016 at 20:41 UTC
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FantasticMrFox: I don't get stand-alone HDR software. Many other packages can do HDR, which is simply combining several exposures for increased dynamic range. E.g. Lightroom combines your exposures and gives you a RAW file that looks exactly like your original RAW, but is 32-bit with more information, then you just edit the result as you please.

It seems apps like Photomatix and this one are just the lazy way to get the cliché look that is usually associated with HDR nowadays, rather than actually offering any real advantage over built-in HDR.

LOL , I mean lol

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2016 at 20:37 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1275 comments in total)

I think I'll wait until I can check and compare with the smaller versions yet to come. Fancy an X-E3 with a 35mm f2 methinks... don't really need all the bells and whistles but that sensor looks juicy.....mmmm

I will use mostly for travel so lightness is paramount, like a parapluie, or parenthesis, p, p, I'm stuck on 'P' (help!!)

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 09:29 UTC as 50th comment | 1 reply
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nicolaiecostel: I warned you, in the article that announced the purchase of SanDisk by WD, I said that they will interfere and mess things up, and you contradicted me.

Here is the proof !

thou art wise beyond thy ears

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2016 at 09:28 UTC
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stormy_weather: Frankly, I have trouble believing much of what the Hasselblad man said. For all I know, Hasselblad is a very, very small company now and should have nothing like the resources needed to develop a new camera system. Also, Hasselblad has not designed lenses in the past, so why would they start now in an area where they never had expertise?
This "Made in Sweden" sounds much like marketing speech to me and my feeling is that in fact engineering and manufacturing were done elsewhere (on the other side of the globe), same as the business decisions leading to that camera were taken by the investment company owning Hasselblad now.

Which doesn't make the camera worse, for sure.

...........except where the Big Pharma companies publish results that suit them - they call that science too - (until they get caught out).

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2016 at 17:45 UTC
On article Patents hint at camera on future Apple Watch (34 comments in total)
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Kodachrome200: I have an apple watch. i like my apple watch. not once have i thought you know what would be handy? if i could take a picture with my apple watch

which is why you don't work for Apple design

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2016 at 13:37 UTC
On article In Fine Detail: Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R In-Depth Review (740 comments in total)

I wish I wish....that th Fn button next the shutter button could not just cycle crop formats but switch between only two

Link | Posted on May 16, 2016 at 19:28 UTC as 17th comment

Obviously same as Ventile. There are several different grades but all working the same way, very tightly woven, the cotton swells when wet, preventing water penetration for typically 8 hours. Different grades affect the duration of prevention of water permeation.

Pros: Natural material. High breathability. Wind proof. Strong. Rain proof. (want water proof? then you must get a wartime flight pilot version with neck, wrist and ankle closures and made of the military grade - which is not what the public are usually served )

Cons. Ventile absorbs water (once the modern water repellency surfacing wears off) once it is wet it swells and won't allow water to penetrate. single layer ventile will FEEL wetish even though it isn't on the inside. Double layer ventile doesn't FEEL wet for much longer. Because it has absorbed water, wind creates a chill factor. After a while in rain it absorbs water,swells, this makes it very stiff. Expensive.

Not the best material in cold, wet climates

Link | Posted on May 13, 2016 at 21:54 UTC as 55th comment | 2 replies
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2487 comments in total)
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paul simon king: This really is a quite exceptionally high quality review. Thank you for all your effort!

Might not be for you then

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2016 at 22:31 UTC
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2487 comments in total)

This really is a quite exceptionally high quality review. Thank you for all your effort!

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2016 at 17:45 UTC as 38th comment | 3 replies
On article Hands-on with the Fujifilm X-Pro2 (77 comments in total)
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paul simon king: I have asked at the shop and looked online but can't find out what the 35mm (FF) 'lens equivalent' of the whole of the OVF is

i.e. what is the AOV of the OVF and what lens focal length does it relate to?

In the blurb it says 29.1mm, but that makes no sense as thats the AOV of around 70-85mm FL I think

I assumed it would be proud 24mm lens in 35 (FF)mm format but I can't see anything definitive on this anywhere

had another look at one in the shop and AFAICS with the 18 or 35 (f1.4) lenses on the amount of VF you can see at a glance without twisting one's eye or head is actually equivalent to the bright frame of the 18mm lens almost exactly

Short of having eyes on stalks I don't see how the image outside the 18mm bright frame would be any usable advantage to anyone

So really AFAICS it is effectively an 18mm OVF - that is not what I was expecting. Not so impressed really. Perhaps theres something I haven't understood about how to use it but I found the shop fellow a little patronising and difficult to question.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2016 at 15:32 UTC
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Sannaborjeson: Did anyone use it?
Any advantages over Lightroom + RNI BW Films presets?

thanks for comments: ColourEfex has a 'tonal contrast' filter which is equally as useful in mono or colour. II use frequently for mono. Don't think Nik SEP has the same filter.

Iv'e not found SEP to be better than LR, in fact I find the controls in LR more intuitive and for global effects easier to gauge and use. Not found anything in Nik that I couldn't do in LR (yet)

I realise that really it's a personal choice and for me it probably bills down to UI as much as anything as the other (processing) differences are minimal IMO

Having said that Im very happy to try anything out if I can get better or easier results that way

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2016 at 16:01 UTC
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Sannaborjeson: Did anyone use it?
Any advantages over Lightroom + RNI BW Films presets?

thanks for the replies greybalanced. Interesting.

Have you ever compared Tonality with Nik colorFX and the 'tonal contrast' effect/filter? I find it's the only filter in the whole Nik collection that I use with any regularity (usually right at end of workflow). I have tried Topaz clarity too but don't notice enough difference generally to bother firing it up from LR

Certainly I am doing a LOT more in LR now than I used to where I used to do nearly everything in photoshop.

Certainly I can see room in LR for a few more tools for GLOBAL tweaks but without layers/masks there's only so much can be done globally (without resorting to the little adjustment tools in which, unless very quick fixes, case might as well use Photoshop)

I'll check Tonality out-cheers

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2016 at 09:25 UTC
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Sannaborjeson: Did anyone use it?
Any advantages over Lightroom + RNI BW Films presets?

" because LR just does not provide the same level of granularity over tonal quality." - what does that mean?

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2016 at 19:34 UTC
On article Adobe Camera Raw 9.5 introduces new color scheme (127 comments in total)
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Niko Tod: The patch doesn't work for CS6.

you're right - it doesn't- there is the usual suggestion to uninstall /reinstall, apply hand brake, stand on your head and turn around three times .. repeat the process another three times and sing a shanty whilst balancing a teacup on your head
....but I just don't have time for all that Rollocks

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2016 at 10:09 UTC
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