Tom Ames

Joined on Oct 16, 2005

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lol101: Up next : give the copyrights to the animals who were photographed by using trigger traps.

After all, it was the animal who activated the shutter and not the photographer...

Nice profile photo Bobthearch :-)

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2017 at 07:47 UTC
On article Ten things we're hoping for from the Nikon D850 (479 comments in total)

Announcing an upcoming announcement. Isn't that the same they did with the DL cameras.......
May be a long wait....

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2017 at 07:02 UTC as 157th comment
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Philnw2: Mirrorless has had 4 months of very nice increases in sales (in the 40% plus arena) in 2017. After each month, the "deniers" state that its an anomaly and meaningless. Well the dslr owners may consider such information to be too short term for any conclusions, but i'm pretty certain that the number of articles criticizing Nikon shows that the mfr are not ignoring the mirrorless trend.

One criticism i've seen of mirrorless is these "compare pictures" posts which typically show a f1.4 85mm lens on a Sony FF camera compared to a DSLR - and the conclusion by that writer says: "See there is no value to a mirrorless camera". Well the thing is small mirrorless camera designs such as the Sony FF cameras, will allow one to put large or small lenses on. Its your option. An FE 85 F1.4 is going to weigh more than an A-mount 85 f2.8 or even an FE 85 f1.8.

It will be interesting when Canon and Nikon go FF with a mirrorless, whether they try to go with a small body or large body or both.

And you don't have that noisy mirror at silent events and you have the evf that shows you what you get! The two most important features of mirrorless

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2017 at 21:51 UTC
On article Phase One introduces 'Styles Packs' for Capture One (62 comments in total)
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jadot: I'm usually fairly supportive of Capture One, but I think they're late to the game with this and have got the pricing completely wrong.

When you understand how presets work (you can make your own given a little time) the price looks cynical.

I understand that C1 is probably the benchmark in image quality and workflow together, and these presets will no doubt push the boundaries for some people, but if the tiresome ubiquity of VSCO in lightroom is anything to go by then maybe Phase One might have come up with a more innovative module that perhaps better analyses individual images intelligently. Otherwise it's just another filter in the end.

Bottom line - if it improves workflow speed, then I'm up for it, but not if it flattens my images into a common denominator reference point. The same as everybody else's, etc.

And ultimately, not at this price.

Agreed.
I have the DXO Filmpack, and will keep using this and also the few styles already included in C1. Too expensive to buy many sets of these styles from C1.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2017 at 19:08 UTC
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Artem Holstov: I have a genuine question, which I have struggled to find a direct answer to in the internet:

Can you upload and edit raw files directly from a memory stick or card into an iPad Pro and save them with full resolution? If so which apps are compatible and will not require the use of a PC/Mac anywhere to import the files etc.?

If anyone uses an Ipad Pro for raw editing, let us know about your experience :)

What camera did you download from? Sony? I'll might give it a try then

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 19:11 UTC
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Artem Holstov: I have a genuine question, which I have struggled to find a direct answer to in the internet:

Can you upload and edit raw files directly from a memory stick or card into an iPad Pro and save them with full resolution? If so which apps are compatible and will not require the use of a PC/Mac anywhere to import the files etc.?

If anyone uses an Ipad Pro for raw editing, let us know about your experience :)

Mathieu18
No, I just checked the compatibility list:

https://cascable.se/help/compatibility/

But I have Snapseed and the apple SD reader, so that works fine.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 19:01 UTC
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Artem Holstov: I have a genuine question, which I have struggled to find a direct answer to in the internet:

Can you upload and edit raw files directly from a memory stick or card into an iPad Pro and save them with full resolution? If so which apps are compatible and will not require the use of a PC/Mac anywhere to import the files etc.?

If anyone uses an Ipad Pro for raw editing, let us know about your experience :)

Keith57,
I have the one Fuji camera and one Sony camera, and it seems Cascable cannot transfer raw from either Sony or Fuji. Any similar app's out there that supports Sony and Fuji?

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 11:16 UTC
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Artem Holstov: I have a genuine question, which I have struggled to find a direct answer to in the internet:

Can you upload and edit raw files directly from a memory stick or card into an iPad Pro and save them with full resolution? If so which apps are compatible and will not require the use of a PC/Mac anywhere to import the files etc.?

If anyone uses an Ipad Pro for raw editing, let us know about your experience :)

Snapseed works for raw files

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 08:37 UTC
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artwalaszek: It's an interesting thought experiment ... but why not just get a Ricoh GR? It has an outstanding sensor-lens combination, is smaller and cheaper than the Fuji X100f, and has a very intuitive UI. Not surprisingly, it is superb as a street camera - and I've also found it to be great for landscapes and for monochrome conversions. (For what it's worth, I shot my top two photos on Flickr with respect to number of favorites with the Ricoh GR.) If you must have 35mm, the Ricoh GR has a crop mode, or you can just crop during post-processing.

Admittedly, the Ricoh GR is overdue for a significant update - but I think it remains the best serious, pocketable camera on the market.

Yes, I am serious, but taste differs of'course :-) Main focus should of'course be that it works well, but looks matter to me and GR is not to my liking. But we are all different, so good that someone likes the GR.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2017 at 10:34 UTC
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artwalaszek: It's an interesting thought experiment ... but why not just get a Ricoh GR? It has an outstanding sensor-lens combination, is smaller and cheaper than the Fuji X100f, and has a very intuitive UI. Not surprisingly, it is superb as a street camera - and I've also found it to be great for landscapes and for monochrome conversions. (For what it's worth, I shot my top two photos on Flickr with respect to number of favorites with the Ricoh GR.) If you must have 35mm, the Ricoh GR has a crop mode, or you can just crop during post-processing.

Admittedly, the Ricoh GR is overdue for a significant update - but I think it remains the best serious, pocketable camera on the market.

It looks very ugly!

Link | Posted on May 16, 2017 at 08:07 UTC
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PaulDavis: Just buy a used x100t for $500-600.

To have an option to do some cropping is always welcome, 24mp gives room for this. I have wanted to X100 serie for a long time, but 16mp just didn't cut it, but the X100F is on my shopping list now.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2017 at 08:06 UTC
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Fujica: No serious pro would ever consider slow lenses like the:
- Sony 35mm F2.8, S while there is a 35mm f1.4
- 85mm F1.8, while they will most often use a 85mm f1.2
- Sony Zeiss Batis 135mm F2.8 where they will use a 135mm f2.0
- Sony 16-35mm where they will use a 16-35mm f2.8
- Sony 100-400mm where they can use either a 200mm f4, a 300mm f2.8 or a 600mm. Then there are also zooms available that do perform better.

This article is nothing more then shameless promotion article.
DP reviews is getting another low score for credibility and objectiveness.

You need to read up on Sony lenses:
Sony FE 35mm1.4
Sony FE 85mm 1.4
Sony 24-70 2.8GM
Sony 70-200 2.8GM
The 16-35 2.8 will be released later this year

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 13:03 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1909 comments in total)
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elementare: I cannot lol because I'm in the middle of a lot of people.

"It can shoot at 20 frames per second for more than 200 Raw frames" for a camera that with battery grip will have something like 1000 stills before requiring to substitute the battery, which will mean 500 stills for the next session assuming that you are not so fast to dismount the battery grip, put another battery for a complete reload and reassemble it to the camera.

Nikon d5 has 3750 stills before you need to change the battery.

20 fps for a camera like this means too much pictures in short time that shorten in turn a yet poor battery life camera.

Without counting that you will need a number of batteries equivalent to the price of the camera itself to be "in game"

Brian Smith did more than 2000 shots and had 30% left on the battery. Putting the grip on the A9 with two batteries you're up there in number of shoots and size of a D5.
You do not have a valid point.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 19:16 UTC
On article Nikon D7500: Should I upgrade from my D7200? (292 comments in total)
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TN Args: The general rule that it's worth upgrading every second generation, but not every generation, still applies, and I don't see why Nikon is being criticised for fitting to the general rule.

Well said Elliot!

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2017 at 17:12 UTC
On article Sigma 135mm F1.8 Art Sample Gallery (123 comments in total)

Very nice gallery!

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 12:28 UTC as 8th comment
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Fujica: Sony will have lots of troubles staying in the position they are in as soon as Nikon and Canon will enter the mirrorless market with some serious cameras.

I am pretty sure that a majority of people who made the move from Canon to Sony or from Nikon to Sony will be back to Canon or Nikon, the moment that 'CaNikon' will bring out some super professional mirrorless systems.

People have hold on to most of their lenses. They have never fully made the switch, and I am sure many dislike the way their Sony camera works and operates - they do like the IQ though - But that will be not enough for Sony to keep growing the moment the two giants wake up from their sleep.

By not willing to open up a roadmap people will not give Sony enough trust and confidence for future commitments.

Where is Nikon's roadmap? :-)
You have good points, but Sony has had so many years alone with FF mirrorless and the lens selection is getting quite good, so it will take Nikon and Canon some effort to win back marked shares.
By the end of this year, there will be a few more lenses for the Sony system, a few more new and very likely very good sensors. And also there is rumored a pro body FF mirrorless from Sony. All this will count positive for Sony, when Nikon and Canon goes FF mirrorless this or next year.
Your points would have been more valid one or two years back.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 08:20 UTC

Shouldn't this have been posted 1.april....

Some 100th anniversary logos on existing products, wow :-)

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2017 at 08:50 UTC as 66th comment | 6 replies
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W5JCK: To date the only Sony app I have found to be useful is the Time Lapse app which I use as an internal intervalometer. But that app is totally clunky and kluge and has limited value. I merely use it for the intervalometer feature to time my photos. Once done shooting I transfer the RAW images to my computer, process them in Lightroom and/or Photoshop, then create my video with another app. I don't ever allow Sony apps to process my files as they will make a mess of them.

This new app seems to be in the category of useless to me. I can just shoot bracketed images or multiple images from a tripod, then better process them in LR and/or PS. Sony apps like this will take too long to set up and will be too clunky to use. The moment will be long gone by the time you get that darn app set up to take the photo. Sunset will have already passed and the middle of the night will be upon you!

The smooth reflection app is sweet. I use it a lot.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 17:45 UTC
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Sir Nick of High Point: I'm digging this revival. As digital sensors get better/cheaper, film scanning should theoretically get better and cheaper. And that's kind of an ideal setup in my mind. You get the large latitude of film, capturing more dynamic range in a given scene, and the high resolution and bit depth of a digital sensor for pulling the most out of the film. Plus, there are so many great analogue cameras on the used market.

http://pic.templetons.com/brad/photo/pixels.html

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 08:52 UTC
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Photomonkey: For all the "advice" posted here about what Nikon or any other camera manufacturer should do it seems obvious that the posters are unaware of the high costs of development and the uncertain markets the planners have to contend with.

It is always easy to be an armchair engineer and make pronouncements but sadly the real world doesn't work out that way.

EVF
Silent Shooting
Electronic shutter for shooting fast lenses wide open at daylight
Electronic shutter for reducing vibration
Eye tracking focus
In body stabilization

I hope Nikon will pull it off.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 12:35 UTC
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