jalywol

jalywol

Lives in United States Capital District, NY, United States
Joined on Sep 10, 2005

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On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (819 comments in total)

Pentax MX! I know, you have the K1000, which is similar, but the MX is smaller, has a better metering indicator, huge viewfinder, and is an overall just wonderful camera.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2017 at 18:25 UTC as 298th comment | 2 replies
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (890 comments in total)
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jalywol: When I had my first SLR, a Pentax MX, which had a huge, bright, OVF, I always struggled to get sharp focus. When I got an AF film Nikon about 20 years ago, I no longer had to MF, but realized that OVF was even worse for MF. That held true for my D200 and D90 too...but, before I got the D200, I'd had a Sony DSC-F717, which had an EVF. By today's standards it would have been laughable, but I fell in love with it. I could see actual exposure, and it made getting exactly what I wanted in my image much easier.
Somewhere during my tenure with the D90, I bought an M43 camera, and re-discovered my preference for EVF. I ended up going entirely mirrorless since, with both M43 and A7 bodies. I find that looking through an OVF now feels like going back to stone knives and bearskins. There is so much information, both in terms of the image and the settings, in the EVF that I really feel like I am shooting blind when I use an OVF now. Another added bonus, too; MF is super easy with EVFs!

I use focus peaking to get to an approximate focus range, but it's not accurate enough for more than that.

Where the real EVF MF advantage is in the magnified view during focusing, which makes it super easy to get exact focus on your target. This is especially easy to use when using native lenses, as the magnification function can be automatically activated just by turning the focus ring, even if the camera is in AF mode (this function is implemented slightly differently depending on camera brand, but it is always an option) .
Focus magnification is a great feature, and totally has transformed using MF for me on both native and adapted lenses. Peaking is a nice feature, but it's the focus magnification that's the real star here.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 14:26 UTC
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (890 comments in total)

When I had my first SLR, a Pentax MX, which had a huge, bright, OVF, I always struggled to get sharp focus. When I got an AF film Nikon about 20 years ago, I no longer had to MF, but realized that OVF was even worse for MF. That held true for my D200 and D90 too...but, before I got the D200, I'd had a Sony DSC-F717, which had an EVF. By today's standards it would have been laughable, but I fell in love with it. I could see actual exposure, and it made getting exactly what I wanted in my image much easier.
Somewhere during my tenure with the D90, I bought an M43 camera, and re-discovered my preference for EVF. I ended up going entirely mirrorless since, with both M43 and A7 bodies. I find that looking through an OVF now feels like going back to stone knives and bearskins. There is so much information, both in terms of the image and the settings, in the EVF that I really feel like I am shooting blind when I use an OVF now. Another added bonus, too; MF is super easy with EVFs!

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 06:48 UTC as 33rd comment | 7 replies
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Trk: Softfest (probably because of GX8, try other camera please)

No reduced bit depth with e-shutter on the GX8.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 18:26 UTC
On challenge Blossoms blossoms everywhere (13 comments in total)

Some clarification in the challenge instructions would have been appreciated. A blossom, according to many dictionaries, can ALSO mean just "a flower", so technically, my image (which was disqualified) of a group of flowers should have been acceptable.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2016 at 06:16 UTC as 4th comment

No BSI sensor, no IBIS, and more expensive? Meh. I guess they really want people to buy their FF models.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 15:42 UTC as 404th comment | 10 replies
On article Design, looks and desire: Olympus does it again (391 comments in total)

Not sure why anyone would be surprised to see this sort of styling from Olympus. The problem is, it's expensive, has a gimmicky knob on the front where your fingers will want to sit, and, it doesn't really have any new technology in it. IF they had managed to put in a BSI sensor with better noise characteristics, and PDAF on sensor, then they would have really had something. Instead, this feels like a prettied up version of the same old same old. Sorry Oly. Looks aren't everything....

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2016 at 17:15 UTC as 122nd comment | 2 replies
On article Here at last: Nikon announces D500 (1174 comments in total)
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RStyga: I hope the next model (D510) will address the apparent issue of small body and weight of D500; we need at least a 40% larger body and 1Kg weight to be ergonomic enough for pros and pro amateurs otherwise why bother with this "small" and "compact" camera?

I suspect he was being sarcastic.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 04:02 UTC

The link on this page goes to the DMC-ZS100 / TZ100, not the 100-400mm....

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2016 at 19:20 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply

Any image samples from it?

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2016 at 19:03 UTC as 41st comment
On photo disney_castle in the Victorian House challenge (1 comment in total)

This is not even remotely Victorian.

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2015 at 07:14 UTC as 1st comment

Interesting solution that a DPR user is working on:

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/56389545

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2015 at 16:26 UTC as 119th comment | 4 replies
On photo First Bud! in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (2 comments in total)
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Andre W: Just beautiful - great capture.

Thank you!

Link | Posted on May 6, 2015 at 05:59 UTC
On photo Pattern in the Macro - Mystery Photo challenge (4 comments in total)
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valenttin: Some part of a flower. Few little drops of something sticky make me think at a sunflower...

Actually, you are correct. It is the inner part of the sunflower head, after the seeds are gone. It was sitting on a table in my yard with the sun hitting it obliquely from behind, and it lit up really nicely like that, so I took this shot.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 00:49 UTC
On article Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path (1622 comments in total)

I moved to M43 from a D200 and D90 when they gave me wrist and elbow pain. I loved many things about M43, including the freedom it gave me to carry (and use) many lenses on an outing, and still feel unburdened by the end of the day. However, I kept wanting more IQ...better shadows, better tonal gradation, better dimensionality...so I kept upgrading as new sensor technology was released. Each upgrade was better...but not there yet. Finally, after 4 years with M43, I switched systems to the Sony A7. I knew I would need some adapted lenses and the system would be heavier, but the body was still small enough that it did not give me pain, even with its larger lenses.

Well, for the first time since going to digital from my old film SLR, I am delighted with the IQ I am getting. As an added bonus, I am no longer looking at cameras to upgrade to. Lens lust, yeah, I still have that, though....

Moral of the story: For me, the tradeoffs were worth it, but they would not be for everyone.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 07:27 UTC as 108th comment
On photo THE BRIDGES in the Wide Angle Photograph challenge (6 comments in total)

What a beautiful picture! Where was this taken?

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2015 at 01:11 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
On photo AsmGLSP 006 in the Panasonic Lumix GH Series challenge (6 comments in total)
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juju: I guess you have found the challenge winning spot then :)

Actually, I wasn't going to enter this one, since it has won before, but it's so rare to get a GH-only challenge, I couldn't resist putting it in :)

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2014 at 01:01 UTC
On photo AsmGLSP 006 in the Panasonic Lumix GH Series challenge (6 comments in total)

No, you are not seeing double. They were both taken at the same place, but a couple of years apart. The light was serendipitously wonderful both times :) .

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2014 at 01:41 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo Rowboats in the sky. in the Sony A7 Series challenge (5 comments in total)
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Wormsmeat: Congrats, I knew it was a good 'un when I first saw it.

Thanks, Wormy :)

Funny thing, my second entry almost came in dead last, and I like it much better....it looks wonderful printed, too. ( Speed Shop Window, (#32) http://www.dpreview.com/challenges/Entry.aspx?ID=871307&View=Results&Rows=25 )

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2014 at 09:18 UTC
On photo Asmcr056 in the Storrmy Landscape challenge (3 comments in total)
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db.: Interesting title... ??

Oops, sorry about that. It's my coding system for size and processing status.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2014 at 14:39 UTC
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