paul simon king

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On article Fujifilm X100F Review (660 comments in total)
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paul simon king: too many flipping' buttons for my liking

yes agree physical buttons better than touchscreen, but still one focus point has always been enough for me but you're right I do want to check the histogram so I concede one more button needed-thats IT!

;)

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 12:32 UTC
On article Fujifilm X100F Review (660 comments in total)
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paul simon king: too many flipping' buttons for my liking

well Im showing my age of course. I don't like so many dials especially front and back, its a digital thing , rarely seen in old analog days

I'd be happy with just the shutter speed/iso-dial and aperture dialled on the lens, maybe also one ev compensation dial. That's it , everything over that is just things to get in the way of my fingers

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2017 at 21:05 UTC
On article Fujifilm X100F Review (660 comments in total)

too many flipping' buttons for my liking

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2017 at 00:05 UTC as 17th comment | 4 replies
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (887 comments in total)

I have gone to the store again and again to try to persuade myself to buy a Fuji camera with EVF, because I like the rest of the specs in their EVF cameras. I am sold on Fuji as a second (lighter+smaller) system (dipped my toe in the water with the M1) but am not yet sold yet on EVF.

Neither though am I sold on the Fuji OVF that I have seen in the X-Pro. It seems cramped and stingy, but then I am coming from the OVF in my DSLR (5DsR) which I absolutely love. I'll check out the 100f soon and see if that can change my mind.

I love the feeling of looking through the OVF , what it does for me as the experience of photography, rather than practical/technical considerations, it gets me 'in the zone' better and until I get a similar experience from EVF I will shun it.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 22:14 UTC as 56th comment
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photo_rb: They must be rolling this out gradually because I can't get the update to show on my system...the Photoshop/Camera Raw update was there yesterday but so far no Lightroom.

I specs its so their servers don't crash

Annoying though as my standalone LR never picks up upgrades, not before 3-6 months at any rate

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 09:49 UTC
On article Fujifilm XF 23mm F2 R WR sample gallery (284 comments in total)

Congrats on a. beeeooootiful baby!

yes the sunstars are nice. Yes the colours be lovely too.

The shots may not be masterpieces ( or maybe they are -dunno -eh? ;) ) but I like this one

https://www.dpreview.com/sample-galleries/3541606881/fujifilm-23mm-f2-r-wr-sample-gallery/6808596573

We'll have to wait for the studio tests for measurebating

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 12:26 UTC as 63rd comment
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njp73: Since I was a boy I wanted to own a Leica M. To me it is iconic, a masterpiece of engineering and most importantly for whatever illogical reason encourages my passion for photography. I take photos because I love photography, I love the process of capturing an image as much as the result, sometimes more. ISO, Aperture and Shutter speed. Focusing and composing the image.

Simply put, cost, specs, IQ comprisions are distractions from what's really important to me as a photographer... enjoyment. Obviously this is not something that can be measured in a review, but I justed wanted to say if this camera or any camera will increase your passion and enjoyment for photography please don't let the technical and fiscal distractions deter you.

Khun_K, well you sure bought the marketing speil hook line and sinker

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 00:51 UTC
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njp73: Since I was a boy I wanted to own a Leica M. To me it is iconic, a masterpiece of engineering and most importantly for whatever illogical reason encourages my passion for photography. I take photos because I love photography, I love the process of capturing an image as much as the result, sometimes more. ISO, Aperture and Shutter speed. Focusing and composing the image.

Simply put, cost, specs, IQ comprisions are distractions from what's really important to me as a photographer... enjoyment. Obviously this is not something that can be measured in a review, but I justed wanted to say if this camera or any camera will increase your passion and enjoyment for photography please don't let the technical and fiscal distractions deter you.

OK OK It's a Leica and we all want one but please quit parroting the marketing bull about 'tighter' tolerances: all high end cameras from all manufacturers have just as tight tolerances and modern engineering is exceptional across the board for top end cameras.

I have read enough Leica owners bitter complaints about the manufacturing quality problems with Leica (e.g. Fay Godwin of 'Land' fame for one) to have dispelled any notion of truth to superior manufacturing tolerance claims ( at least for their bodies)

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2017 at 22:03 UTC

it's ginormous!

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2017 at 15:59 UTC as 142nd comment
On article Feisty upstart: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X-T20 (354 comments in total)
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ChrisKramer1: I have totally lost patience with this company. They make cameras that are impossible to hold properly. Very frustrating, especially considering the xtrans sensor's infrared capability...

it's not the size squire, rather 'tis all the fiddly bits that get in the way

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2017 at 01:25 UTC
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AbrasiveReducer: In the US, the question for photo hobbyists is: $12.95 or $14.95 and when. When it hits, if you buy Adobe stock, the gains should easily cover the price increase unless Donald tanks the market.

Even Affinity Photo has raised the price of their excellent photo app. Now it costs a whopping $49. Fifty bucks and you own it for life.

I wonder how much Adobe cares about hobbyists. On the one hand, nobody likes being vilified, but on the other, professionals just pay, tell everybody what a bargain subscriptions are, and take it off their taxes.

I have always been PS hobbyist and always paid for PS and upgrades. I certainly don't need every bell and whistle of Ps but didn't mind paying for upgrades just to play with features or for OS compatibility or just for cool factor. I won't do a subscription however.

I just don't like not having the choice (to buy perpetual licence ). They lost this customer right there. I quite like Ps but it's not the be All and end all.There are indeed other options

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2017 at 11:51 UTC

Perpetual licence stopped one day, CC price hike the next... Hmmmm never saw that one coming...
:p

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2017 at 11:38 UTC as 18th comment
On article Feisty upstart: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X-T20 (354 comments in total)
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ChrisKramer1: I have totally lost patience with this company. They make cameras that are impossible to hold properly. Very frustrating, especially considering the xtrans sensor's infrared capability...

but then it's no longer such a tiny discreet camera and so might as well get the T2
;)

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2017 at 11:19 UTC
On article Feisty upstart: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X-T20 (354 comments in total)
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Autriche78: I have and generally love the X-T10.

But: if you have large hands, the back controls feel awfully cramped pretty quickly. So, I bought the add-on metal grip, and now have a different problem - my fingers can barely squeeze between the thicker grip and any of the larger diameter lenses that Fuji makes. So as much as I'd like to save money, I can't see myself purchasing another camera where ergonomics appear to be unchanged and not particularly large-hand friendly. The X-T2 feels much, MUCH better in the hand as I discovered at the local camera store.
So if you have large hands, and haven't tried holding the X-T10 before, do that before preordering the X-T20. After all, if you're not enjoying the feel of the camera, what's the point in buying it?

agree- I love everything about the X-T20 including its size -except there's actually no where to hold it

If you have long fingers or big hands you are left with unatural and awkward holding contortions that tire the fingers and distract from the act of phorgraphing and detract from the enjoyment of it.

yet it would be simple to resolve, by removing one or two wheels/buttons

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 13:28 UTC
On article Feisty upstart: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X-T20 (354 comments in total)
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ChrisKramer1: I have totally lost patience with this company. They make cameras that are impossible to hold properly. Very frustrating, especially considering the xtrans sensor's infrared capability...

I'm with you on that one!

they seem to be just for people with minute hands.

I don't think I'm THAT big handed though, And my long digits are dextrous enough but there's always some tiny button or wheel that gets accidentally moved and LO! - I can't work out why my exposures are all over the place yet again ( well I do know now obviously but anyhoo....

It's great to have options BUT there also needs to be a secure area for long fingered fellow to actually hold the camera, otherwise you need tweezers to hold the thing!

I LOVE the retro design but it has lost the simplicity of retro and is too all singing all dancing.. it's losing the reason for buying the retro design fuji, that was what promised to be different to the rest that also have a button or wheel for choosing everything from the colour palette of next years fasion-wear to sharing a cake recipe on twatter
!
Glad Im not the only one frustrated by this

I

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 13:22 UTC
On article Feisty upstart: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X-T20 (354 comments in total)
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mkirshteyn: I am also a bit torn guys and could use some advice.

I got the XT-2 with the kit lens for 1600 in 'like new' condition. The camera is great but I really wished it had touch screen capabilities like the xt20.

If I keep the xt2, I plan on getting the 23mm f2 prime for it as that's the range I prefer.

I've been questioning whether a better move would be to get x100f and xt20 for $500 more than it would cost me for xt2 with the 23mm prime.

It sounds like a small price to pay for having to 2 bodies and getting some additional versatility. I will likely never be getting the grip for xt2 or care about the dual SD. Weather seal is great but not a show stopper. I just don't know if xt20 will trully perform as fast and amazingly as xt2 does.

neither do I
;)

we'll just hazter waitnsee
:D

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 13:12 UTC
On article Fujifilm X100F pre-production sample gallery (235 comments in total)

What's the point of this gallery. OK so it can take pictures and we know Fuji colour os good but apart from that there's no way to differentiate or compare these images with ANY other camera, as there is the possibility of camera shake or out of focus areas negating any of the pixel peeping one might otherwise do.

Surely these images could just as easily have been taken with an iPhone or any number of other compacts? I certainly can't see anything to suggest these couldn't also have been taken with any of the previous iterations of the X cameras

Can't see the point really

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2017 at 01:57 UTC as 14th comment
On article Applying color theory to landscape photography (87 comments in total)
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paul simon king: The above example succinctly showshow a limited pallett used harmoniously has more impact than HDR style or luminosity-masked-super-saturated style images

@Chris M Williams, for sure, same as using Dan Marguilis LAB curves method, when used subtly and on appropriate images it's great, but it's it's the ubiquity of super saturation that I feel has lead to a rather garish palette becoming the norm.

It is all in an attempt for impact, which is fine, why NOT use the tools at our disposal, but we ( I include myself) are. engaging with high saturation techniques and getting frustrated both with our own efforts and others, simply because saturation alone does not have any where near the impact of a well edited (painted) restricted complimentary pallette>

Problem is it only has impact on the eye not the emotions. Your example above, I hope may set a new trend away from supersaturation in exploring new editing approaches. More articles with tis in mind please.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2017 at 18:17 UTC
On article Applying color theory to landscape photography (87 comments in total)

The above example succinctly showshow a limited pallett used harmoniously has more impact than HDR style or luminosity-masked-super-saturated style images

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2017 at 11:15 UTC as 34th comment | 4 replies
On article Sigma 85mm F1.4 Art sample gallery updated (94 comments in total)
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Ebrahim Saadawi: I much prefer the Canon 85mm f/1.2 L images. They beat L in the 35 and 50s but not this one sorry, not by a long shot. I am a bit disappointed but maybe going that long and fast is difficult to make.

Another thing: Very fast 85mm lenses are mostly about the aesthetic not the sharpness as they almost exclusively used for people photography, so "look" is much much more important than a little sharpness. The 85mil L gives a hell of a look at 1.2 portraits. People absolutely ADORE their photos and have a dreamy creamy colourfull rich look. This is plain.

agree. If its main objectif (French pun) is portraits then for Canon shooters the L f1.2 mk2 beats it hands down.
For more than portraits and super value the canon 1.8 version seems at least as sharp and focusses like a demon

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2017 at 09:42 UTC
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