D Cox

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Roland Karlsson: Now, first, I have to confess, I am too lazy to find it out myself :)

My question is, is affinity a photo editor or a graphics editor?

People keep comparing it to Photoshop. Now, Photoshop is a graphics editor with some photo functionality, just like Gimp. Not a photo editor, in spite of its name.

Lightroom and Darktable are a photo editors.

Now, is Affinity a photo editor or a graphics editor?

" To me also a photo editor handles RAW and JPEG in a similar way or even seamlessly as a combination. "

Adobe Camera Raw does this. You do have to set the Preferences in Photoshop to tell it to load JPGs and TIFs into ACR rather than directly into the main program.

The Affinity Photo developer loads only raw files.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2021 at 09:55 UTC

Good to hear that the developers have made improvements to what is already an excellent program. I find the stacking and stitching features particularly good.

The big weakness of Affinity Photo for me is the Develop module. It will only load single raw files, while Adobe Camera Raw can load a batch of several (and even hundreds) . You can then use the Synchronise button to make specific adjustments to selected files. I use this feature every day.

ACR can also use Camera Profiles generated by the software for the Color Checker, which can give you noticeably better colour in some cases.

Otherwise, Affinity does replace most of the main Photoshop functions, and sometimes does better.

Definitely worth the money.

Don Cox

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2021 at 10:03 UTC as 34th comment
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matsonfamily: I'm surprised that the Panasonic S1R and the Canon R5 are not considered landscape cameras, but the Nikon Z7ii is.

Maybe not rubbish, but ill-considered.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2021 at 12:41 UTC
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jonby: "For landscape shooting you might not think EVFs are that important" (3:00).

Not sure why people would think that. Any eye level viewfinder is a huge benefit for landscape IMO. Conditions are often too bright to get a good view from the rear screen, and most EVFs (and also OVFs) show far more detail than the screen, which can be critical in landscape, where important elements can often be quite small, and sometimes invisible on the screen.

A tilting EVF would be good for use with the camera on a tripod. Or of course for shots of plants and fungi.

Don Cox

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2021 at 12:37 UTC
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bigpigbig: I was surprised to hear you talk about lens selection. I have Leica, Ziess and F-Mount lenses for my landscape photography. The Ziess Milvus and Otus lenses are spectacular. The 25mm Milvus is as good as it gets.

Native lenses are more convenient and auto focus is faster than manual, but for landscape work. especially when using a tripod, the advantages are not significant.

Don Cox

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2021 at 12:33 UTC
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Tristimulus: Simple - if your existing lenses fit, get that camera.
The best landscape photos are taken by the best photographer anyway.

You probably have to go to medium format to find a camera with absolutely no video. However, the Sigma fp cameras have a video/still switch, which when set to Still cuts out all the video options from menus and controls, so you have the next best thing to a camera with no video at all.

The fpL has the same sensor as the A7R4 and seems to be particularly aimed at landscape photography. It is cheaper than the two cameras in this video, even including the optional EVF.

Don Cox

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2021 at 12:23 UTC
On article Sigma fp L initial review (615 comments in total)
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Impulses: I'd buy one with the A1 sensor, so it can sidestep the shutter issues...

The A1 sensor would obviously be ideal for an fp. I presume it isn't yet available for use by other companies, or it's extremely expensive, or both.

Don Cox

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2021 at 11:59 UTC
On article Sigma fp L initial review (615 comments in total)
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Sixpm: I was shopping in Star City (a well known 2nd hand camera mall in Hong Kong), one shop already has the FP-L with the viewfinder for sale. Definitely not a camera for the faint hearted, I consider myself a diehard fan of Sigma Foveon cameras and I waited for the Foveon sensor version of the FP, but as soon as I realised the release of the 60mp Bayer sensor, I just went ahead and bought the 24mp FP as the resolution is more than enough for printing up to 60 inches.

I really think Sigma have shot themselves in the foot with this 60mp camera because this camera lacks IBIS and wasted such a high resolution sensor, hence price new has dropped since launch. If Sigma cares about what we say, they should release a 100 ISO FP as I'm certain there'd be a huge cult following who would hand over their hard earned cash.

I think serious landscape photographers like to use tripods.

Don Cox

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2021 at 11:45 UTC
On article Sigma fp L initial review (615 comments in total)
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CaPi: The attention this device commands time and again does amaze me.

The product itself not so much - sadly. There's a thing called ergonomics.

The ergonomics are fine, provided you select a grip that suits you. Not everyone will want the same grip. Likewise for viewfinders, some will prefer the loupe while others prefer the EVF or just the plain LCD.

You do need to use the fp cameras, not just look at pictures of them.

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2021 at 11:26 UTC
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Andyyy: Nikon could have made some extra effort and design some truly retro-feeling lenses with metallic case, not just a repainted all plastic 16-50 and 28mm.

Maybe Sigma will manage to extend their I line of lenses (currently for E and L mount) to the Z mount.

Otherwise, why not use vintage Nikkor lenses ? Manual focus is quite easy.

Don Cox

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2021 at 15:20 UTC
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RolliPoli: I'm familiar with neither Nikon nor Fujifilm kit. Which APSc system is best for using MF adapted and vintage lens, M42 or M mount, for example?

I used an APS-C camera for adapted lenses for several years, but became frustrated that it didn't give the original angles of view of the lenses. I suggest looking for a small FF camera. if you can afford it.

Don Cox

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2021 at 15:15 UTC

While full size oil paintings were as you say expensive, miniatures and silhouette portraits were much cheaper in the 18C and were very popular.

Don Cox

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2021 at 09:21 UTC as 49th comment | 1 reply
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Kit Lens Avenger: I'd buy anything you wrote about tech history. I need Kindle food; all my fave authors are dead or dying.

Authors die but their books live on.

There are thousands of good books on the Gutenberg site. For instance, Life and Letters of Charles Darwin.

Don Cox

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2021 at 09:18 UTC
On article Sigma fp L initial review (615 comments in total)
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Djehuty: Looks like this was designed to be used with an external recorder as a cine cam set up, as a stills cam its a low spec A7R4 and the only way the L-mount alliance as access to the 61mp sensor.

The L is for landscapes, mountaineering, cityscapes and architecture.

Don Cox

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2021 at 11:44 UTC
On article Sigma fp L initial review (615 comments in total)
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mahshid: Designed like a brick, it has no handles, how to take a picture with this situation

When I first got the original fp, I had no grip or handles. I had no difficulty holding it and taking photos. The camera is much the same size and shape as the Rollei 35 film camera, which was excellent.

Of course a grip is useful, and there are plenty on the market, but it's not essential.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2021 at 11:06 UTC
On article Sigma fp L initial review (615 comments in total)

Mark James Ford has posted some excellent full size sample images, which show what the fp L is good for.

https://www.blauvista.com/html/the-sigma-fp-l-camera/

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2021 at 11:01 UTC as 105th comment
On article Sigma fp L initial review (615 comments in total)
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Astro Landscapes: I'm so glad they added USB-C direct power, that was killing me on the FP. I spent so much time sitting around waiting for the battery to charge for making my 4K RAW demo reel! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLtnzznoHDg

Now, this thing is even capable of 8K time-lapse, that's really quite exciting for an adventure landscape/nightscape/time-lapse photographer! I'll seriously consider the fp L (or two or three of them!) for wilderness adventures now.

I was hoping to see 4k 60p RAW, but at the rate this thing gobbles up my memory cards at 4K 30P, I'll survive...

Get a couple of spare batteries and a charger. Then you will never be waiting for your only battery to charge. This applies to any digital camera.

Yes, there is an A/C power pack with dummy battery available. It's called CN-21.
Or, the fp-L, but not the original fp, can be powered from USB.

Don Cox

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2021 at 20:00 UTC
On article Sigma fp L initial review (615 comments in total)
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Urbex Mark: I like how different it is but really wish it had a mechanical shutter. Seems like the usage options are pretty limited without that.

I don't think it needs a mechanical shutter. It needs a much faster electronic shutter.

But a lens with a leaf shutter would solve the problem for those who use flash heavily.

Don Cox

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2021 at 19:47 UTC
On article Sigma fp L initial review (615 comments in total)
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henrikbengtsson: No grip. It's a fullframer and I expect some heavy lenses will (or at least can) be mounted on that body. It will feel like trying to hold a front heavy creditcard with a lens on it.

Dear hipster-flirting camera makers. Re-think.

Besides the official grips, there are several grips available from independent makers.

Don Cox

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2021 at 16:39 UTC
On article Sigma fp L initial review (615 comments in total)
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joshxiv: I passed on the initial fp, much as I (surprisingly) loved using it. I'm just not ready to drop the cash on another mount, when I'm already in Sony and Fuji land ;D

But with the release of the Sigma 24/34/65, and the addition of the EVF and phase detect, I just might spring for the fpL. What can I say, I'm a gear head :p

For those who don't 'get' the fp, but haven't shot with one, I urge you to go and try play around with one, rent one, borrow one. It doesn't look it, it shouldn't, but it's really one of the most well thought out cameras (for STILLS) out right now.

And yes, I'm going to say it - it's Leica-like in simplicity and in shooting. A lot of people say the Fuji's are Leica-like - and as someone with an Xpro2 and an XE4 - I disagree with that, and I;m telling you, the two most Leica-like cameras out right now - are the Ricoh GR series and the Sigma fp series.

A lens with a built in leaf shutter would solve the problem. This is what Pentax did for the 67 medium format SLR, which had a slow-moving shutter. Without the leaf shutter, a 67 syncs at 1/30.

Don Cox

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2021 at 16:36 UTC
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