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Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2017 at 19:27 UTC as 1st comment

How about something new for the 645Z? There hasn't been a new lens for that camera in years.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2017 at 03:28 UTC as 2nd comment
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mastix: I also think the samples are very poor. Motion blur and sharpness problems. Lets wait for more samples as I am sure we might see better shoots coming out from this camera.

Ebrahim; more power to you if you're able to get sharp images hand-held with the 5DS, but I think if you look at %100 zoom RAW on many of your shots you'd change your mind. I know when I shot with it many looked OK, but when I zoomed in at %100 and compared with others I could see the difference. The 5DS has a noise issue as well. Again, if you can do it, I applaud you!

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2017 at 19:45 UTC
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JerryCossey: Hello, one aspect of noise that I don's see discussed is the temperature of the sensor. As the sensor heats up the noise increases. I am not sure as to how to demonstrate this effect, but do know that it is probably more of a contributor to noise in photos that one might expect. Pay attention to the heat of your camera system when you are shooting and note if you find more noise say when the weather is hotter or when you are having a long active shooting session.

THANK YOU! Hence, the reason radio telescopes have dry-ice on the electrical circuits, to keep the noise down.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 18:21 UTC
On article Nikon D850: What we hoped for – and what we got (405 comments in total)

can't wait for the full review.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2017 at 21:14 UTC as 14th comment
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mastix: I also think the samples are very poor. Motion blur and sharpness problems. Lets wait for more samples as I am sure we might see better shoots coming out from this camera.

Ditto. A 50mp 35mm image is very, very difficult to shoot without motion blur which affects sharpness, thus negating the "benefits" of 50mp. I tested the Canon 5DS and even with a sturdy tripod and shooting mirror lock-up it was very difficult to get a sharp image. Noise is and always will be a problem with 50mp crammed into a 35mm frame. Tiny diodes can only capture so much light and all the magical wizardry in the world cannot change that. You can reduce it, sex it up, but the basic physics of light do not change. Just give me my Pentax 645Z... OMG what a camera.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2017 at 21:18 UTC

This is a LOOP!!! Can you guys not see that? Seriously?

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 16:33 UTC as 13th comment
On article In Fine Detail: Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R In-Depth Review (744 comments in total)
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gbdz: Two days ago I tried the DxO RAW converter for the first time. It has a clear advantage of producing less noise than the Lightroom. The difference is really noticeable. This while I am sort of getting impatient with the noisy shadows of the 5DIII. Within the next year I think I will get a Sony 7RII or, if Canon manages to create a replacement for the 6D...what a magic word, 'IF'...

Anything is better than Adobe at handling noise...

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 12:12 UTC
On article In Fine Detail: Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R In-Depth Review (744 comments in total)

I rented this camera for 3 weeks. It's a noise monster and incredibly difficult to get sharp images. The slightest, I mean THE slightest vibration causes blurred images. I passed and bought a Pentax 645Z.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 12:09 UTC as 24th comment | 3 replies
On article Pentax K-1 Pixel Shift: An update (96 comments in total)

ARRRGGHHH!! Make the RAW file available and let me run it through Capture One and DxO. I'll give you the run down on these files in 30 minutes.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2016 at 06:28 UTC as 35th comment | 3 replies
On article Canon announces budget-friendly EOS Rebel T6 (1300D) (874 comments in total)
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bernardly: Same 18 MP sensor
9 point AF,
only 1 point cross type
Digic 4+,
only 3 frames per second

I want you to get up, go your window, stick your head out, and yell:

"CANON, I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any more!"

Great performance, watch!


hilarious...and perfect!

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2016 at 23:36 UTC
On article Canon announces budget-friendly EOS Rebel T6 (1300D) (874 comments in total)


Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2016 at 23:35 UTC as 13th comment


Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2015 at 18:28 UTC as 26th comment | 2 replies
On article Canon EOS 5DS real-world sample gallery (217 comments in total)
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Just a Photographer: Are you sure these images are taken with the new 5Ds?
Looks like they come straight from an old 40D.

Much messed up and smeared details, blurred and mediocre in sharpness. Not something you would expect to see from Canons top of the line camera.

Amen, Just, I was thinking the same thing. Plus, tons of noise even at 100ISO. Chromatic aberration is everywhere. I'll pass. This is shaping up to be Canon's big failure. I would like to see some RAW images for download. Freaking DR never gives us the RAW files to download. They are large files, so what? I want to see the RAW files.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2015 at 19:06 UTC
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Robgo2: Since upgrading from DxO 9 Elite to DxO 10 Elite costs only $69, I felt that I didn't have much to lose and went for it. Right off the bat, I can see that tonal adjustments are improved with white and black points being more stable, i.e. they are less likely to shift with other tone adjustments. Highlight recovery seems better as well. Overall, I like the new version and think that it should serve most users well.

However, in head to head tests with Photo Ninja, PN is the clear winner, and that even includes Noise Ninja vs. Prime NR in super high ISO shots. Prime is hugely overrated (and overhyped), IMO. It may remove noise, but it does so at the cost of smearing detail and producing blotchiness. Neither program offers local adjustments. For that I use Perfect Photo Suite and get better results than are possible with raw convertors such as LR and C1. Sure, it means working on a converted file, but that's hardly a tragedy.

I'm not seeing any comparisons with Nik Software's dFine program. Very, very good noise reduction if you can't use DxO (as in with JPGs, etc). The thing I like about DxO is that if you boost the shadows, DxO automatically corrects for noise removal from those brightened dark areas. Other than glacial performance, DxO saves me lots of time in post for just this reason.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2014 at 15:26 UTC

Is anyone experiencing the incredibly slow performance of this software, especially when using an external HD? It's incredibly good software, but takes forever to load and load thumbs.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2014 at 15:16 UTC as 3rd comment
On article First Impressions: Using the Nikon D4 (183 comments in total)

WHY have you not done full reviews of the Canon 1Dx or the Nikon D4???

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2013 at 23:18 UTC as 18th comment
On article Canon EOS-1D X overview (379 comments in total)

WHERE is the full review???

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2013 at 23:13 UTC as 37th comment
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Poweruser: Still not sure where the point is with wide-gamut screens?

95%+ of users cant see any difference because their devices run SRGB at best (often times uncalibrated), think of tablets, phones, all Macs, etc.

Also, you cant "print" Adobe RGB.

Usually when printing, but there's a garbage-in-garbage-out concept here as well. I want to see it all. When you do your post with the most possible image information, the final result will always look better when converted down to sRGB or JPG for printing.

And don;t forget to get the highest quality video card you can afford.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2013 at 22:20 UTC

what was the brand name of that memory card???

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2013 at 20:58 UTC as 16th comment
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