SRT201

SRT201

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On article Corel PaintShop Pro X9 arrives with improved workflow (45 comments in total)
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SRT201: YES, PLEASE Corel... get this right! We seriously need somebody to provide a good path AWAY from the Adobe weasels. ON1 RAW may be another way out of the Adobe gulag.

Good questions. ON1 is supposed to be by the end of the year. Don't know exactly when.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 02:05 UTC
On article Corel PaintShop Pro X9 arrives with improved workflow (45 comments in total)

YES, PLEASE Corel... get this right! We seriously need somebody to provide a good path AWAY from the Adobe weasels. ON1 RAW may be another way out of the Adobe gulag.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 19:20 UTC as 22nd comment | 2 replies
On photo Long Beach National Park, Vancouver Island in the Canada: Pacific Coast challenge (5 comments in total)

Agree with previous comment. It's a wonderful shot that shows 10MP is still more than enough. Don't feel the need to sharpen so heavily to compensate for resolution. It's not needed and is a little obvious even when viewing the full shot. Your composition and exposure blow past any resolution limits. It's very frame-worthy.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2016 at 12:52 UTC as 1st comment
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barrym1966: APsc camera's are for non professionals and non professionals don't want to manual focus. Samyang fail

Aside from all the professionals who use APSC cameras and enthusiasts who like manual focus your blanket statement is of course perfectly accurate.
:-)

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2016 at 17:24 UTC
On article 2016 Roundups: Fixed Prime Lens Cameras (115 comments in total)

Really DPR? You do a decent job of mentioning the Pro's and Con's except the most important one. How about almost medium-format levels of detail without any of the Bayer filter blurring we have all come to simply accept. A 19.6 megapixel Bayer image isn't even in the same league as a Quattro image. These images truly have to be seen to be believed. Taking landscape shots with the DP2Q and zooming in later is like visiting the place again. The details simply go on for miles because the Foveon sensor has been expertly matched to a truly stellar lens in each Quattro.

Yes, the high ISO performance is poor, the leaf shutter takes getting used to, it's a strange ergonomic design, and yes it requires thought and technique. It's not a "day at the theme park" camera. When used properly though, the results are like nothing else. I wouldn't give mine up and highly recommend the Quattro line to anyone looking for a second camera that does something truly special.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 13:20 UTC as 4th comment
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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Fujica: Great camera, but I doubt this is enough for Pentax to stay in the race.

Sure it will attract lots of Pentax owners that currently shoot APS-C, but is this enough to attract completely new customers to the Pentax brand? For this to happen I am not so sure.

Personally I think they gambled on the wrong horse by opting for a traditional DSLR instead of a less 'proven' mirrorless system. Though with the current rapid development of on sensor phase detection AF. This type of AF now has come very close to that of any high end DSLR system (look at Sony A6300 and in lesser extend the Fujfilm X-Pro2 and forthcoming X-T2.)

Next to that there is also good improvements on EVF's over the last years that can nowadays deal with bright light situations much better then years ago and refresh rates have gone up over 100mhz.

NOT saying the DSLR is a dead horse btw.

But I think that if Pentax had gone MILC with this camera they could have won over more hearts and interest.

Barry, I've long been an avid Pentax user but the truth is, a simple Sony P&S provides a refreshingly confident AF relative to my K5 IIs or any Pentax I have owned for that matter. Again, my Olympus E-M10 simply destroys my Pentax DSLR's when it comes to AF. There's simply no reason for that at this point in camera technology. For unfathomable reasons, Pentax has held tightly to the weakest element of their cameras, the SAFOX AF system.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2016 at 18:53 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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Fujica: Great camera, but I doubt this is enough for Pentax to stay in the race.

Sure it will attract lots of Pentax owners that currently shoot APS-C, but is this enough to attract completely new customers to the Pentax brand? For this to happen I am not so sure.

Personally I think they gambled on the wrong horse by opting for a traditional DSLR instead of a less 'proven' mirrorless system. Though with the current rapid development of on sensor phase detection AF. This type of AF now has come very close to that of any high end DSLR system (look at Sony A6300 and in lesser extend the Fujfilm X-Pro2 and forthcoming X-T2.)

Next to that there is also good improvements on EVF's over the last years that can nowadays deal with bright light situations much better then years ago and refresh rates have gone up over 100mhz.

NOT saying the DSLR is a dead horse btw.

But I think that if Pentax had gone MILC with this camera they could have won over more hearts and interest.

A smart mirrorless design that kept the lens communication protocols would have allowed Pentax to design a converter like Olympus that uses older lenses with no loss in functionality. That would have been a smart more for transitioning existing users and providing time to develop a new line of lenses. My E-M10 shoots AF Olympus 4/3 glass faster and more accurately than my Pentax gear!

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2016 at 18:31 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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Fujica: Great camera, but I doubt this is enough for Pentax to stay in the race.

Sure it will attract lots of Pentax owners that currently shoot APS-C, but is this enough to attract completely new customers to the Pentax brand? For this to happen I am not so sure.

Personally I think they gambled on the wrong horse by opting for a traditional DSLR instead of a less 'proven' mirrorless system. Though with the current rapid development of on sensor phase detection AF. This type of AF now has come very close to that of any high end DSLR system (look at Sony A6300 and in lesser extend the Fujfilm X-Pro2 and forthcoming X-T2.)

Next to that there is also good improvements on EVF's over the last years that can nowadays deal with bright light situations much better then years ago and refresh rates have gone up over 100mhz.

NOT saying the DSLR is a dead horse btw.

But I think that if Pentax had gone MILC with this camera they could have won over more hearts and interest.

Agreed. I own a number of Pentax bodies, but the AF has always been the disappointing element of being a Pentax user. I doubt SAFOX 12 is much better. The AF has never been close to Nikon or Canon and any honest Pentax user knows it. Constant reviewing was the only way to deal with the AF.

IF they had gone with a midrange mirrorless APSC with on-chip AF and completely discarded the aging SAFOX system I think it would have been a win for bringing new users to the brand. Unfortunately the K-01 (which I have and like) was saddled with a terrible aesthetic and the resulting sales probably soured Pentax from pursuing mirrorless. They are now too late to mirrorless game IMO.

In all honesty, a new SAFOX AF system in 2016 is an enigma. It has been obviously subpar for quite some time. Pentax designers should have ditched it LONG ago, but they keep drinking their own Koolaid and iterating little changes to SAFOX. Why? It's a mystery to be sure.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2016 at 18:12 UTC
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aris14: Three top of their line cams each one aiming in 3 different niche of users. Given what they offer more compared to existing rivals I say that Pentax has a clean advantage overall mainly due its price and specs .

pkosewski,
Agreed Sony menus are utterly tragic. No matter how many times I visit the a6000 menu system it remains an adventure finding things in it. It is truly terrible.

Comparing Pentax to that mess is way off IMO. The Pentax quick menu system and general menu system is well organized but very deep. Pentax provides options you don't often see like being able to fine-tune NR for each ISO level. Indeed that makes for deeper menus.

I think Olympus may have the best menu system personally.

AF is indeed the weak point for Pentax but the K-1 is a considerably more advanced AF system than previous models so I don't know how that compares to Canikon.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2016 at 15:31 UTC
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gravelhopper: I am a Pentax user myself. I understand users here expressing their high spirits about the K1 and Pentax / Ricoh overall development. But why pitting Pentax against other brands and provocing their followers? We should be better than that. Especially since we see many users of other brands expressing good wishes towards us Pentaxians.

Cheers

Indeed they are which is why I have never gone the Canon or Nikon route and I have used MANY other brands. Still, Pentax is not lily white. You couldn't pay me to own another lens with an SDM motor and Pentax never did take responsibility for those failures.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2016 at 12:10 UTC
On article Bang for the Buck: Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Review (721 comments in total)
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PEMoriarty: I purchased an original M10 and had terrible battery issues. It went back to Olympus with no good results. Is mine a singular experience? I really liked the camera but eventually had to return it which was an unbelievable pain.

Recently shot for about 4 solid hours at an Air Show with one battery lasting until the final moments of the show. I was pleased with that.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2016 at 13:38 UTC
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gravelhopper: I am a Pentax user myself. I understand users here expressing their high spirits about the K1 and Pentax / Ricoh overall development. But why pitting Pentax against other brands and provocing their followers? We should be better than that. Especially since we see many users of other brands expressing good wishes towards us Pentaxians.

Cheers

Agreed... as a long-time Pentax user. Pentax has had it's unique advantages over the years. It also has had it's limitations in other areas (SDM, weak AF?). So, frankly there is no room for fanboys. Take the instrument for what it is. The K1 appears to be a great machine though I don't see myself getting one anytime soon.

Pixel shift looks awesome and a great way to get the same kind of pixel resolution you see in Foveon shots (without the noise issues). Still, it's limited by the multi-shot nature of the feature.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2016 at 12:40 UTC
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SRT201: We all know that Leica can make a very good camera and excellent glass. There is no arguing it. There are many professionals who use Leica as those cameras meet their needs for usability and image quality.

On the other hand, It's the galling level of Leica pretense that is hard to stomach. This is truly one of those emperor-has-no-clothes moments but because it's a new Leica MUST mean this is pure brilliance and the faithful will fawn all over it. Apparently having a much higher probability of missing the shot is an improvement, Bravo!

For many it has nothing at all to do with the camera's capabilities. It is simply about being seen with one and knowing that it pairs so well with your new Pradas or something along those lines. It's about the "experience" of using a camera that projects an heir of luxury and exclusivity. Sadly, it doesn't do anything better than any other well-crafted camera/lens.

It's honestly just foppish insecurity on parade.

I'm not even sure if I agree or disagree with that. :-)

Link | Posted on May 5, 2016 at 14:40 UTC
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SRT201: We all know that Leica can make a very good camera and excellent glass. There is no arguing it. There are many professionals who use Leica as those cameras meet their needs for usability and image quality.

On the other hand, It's the galling level of Leica pretense that is hard to stomach. This is truly one of those emperor-has-no-clothes moments but because it's a new Leica MUST mean this is pure brilliance and the faithful will fawn all over it. Apparently having a much higher probability of missing the shot is an improvement, Bravo!

For many it has nothing at all to do with the camera's capabilities. It is simply about being seen with one and knowing that it pairs so well with your new Pradas or something along those lines. It's about the "experience" of using a camera that projects an heir of luxury and exclusivity. Sadly, it doesn't do anything better than any other well-crafted camera/lens.

It's honestly just foppish insecurity on parade.

pnphoto,

I certainly respect that you have used their fine cameras professionally. Many have and they have made some excellent tools.

Still, In a specific case like this, for apparently no other reason than the vain projection of exclusivity, a respected camera maker produces a design that throws out one of the most important developments in the last 30 years of photography. You can't even tell if your subject blinked while using this innovative camera! :-)

Regarding this thread and others like it, there is indeed no point in artificially high blood pressure. However, I also believe it's a valuable thing to have people note instances where the emperor has no clothes. Without that public recognition absurdity is slowly allowed to become normalcy.

Link | Posted on May 5, 2016 at 13:04 UTC
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SRT201: We all know that Leica can make a very good camera and excellent glass. There is no arguing it. There are many professionals who use Leica as those cameras meet their needs for usability and image quality.

On the other hand, It's the galling level of Leica pretense that is hard to stomach. This is truly one of those emperor-has-no-clothes moments but because it's a new Leica MUST mean this is pure brilliance and the faithful will fawn all over it. Apparently having a much higher probability of missing the shot is an improvement, Bravo!

For many it has nothing at all to do with the camera's capabilities. It is simply about being seen with one and knowing that it pairs so well with your new Pradas or something along those lines. It's about the "experience" of using a camera that projects an heir of luxury and exclusivity. Sadly, it doesn't do anything better than any other well-crafted camera/lens.

It's honestly just foppish insecurity on parade.

Hmm... You created this account two days after this article went up. It appears you did so specifically to defend Leica from all those who are petty or simply don't get it as you haven't commented on anything else.

Clearly your are an ardent fan or maybe even an employee who feels the need to swoop in an defend Leica when their silliness becomes apparent. As has been suggested elsewhere why didn't they add a "feature" that limited the number of exposures to 24 or 36? Now that would be taking photography back it's essence. :-)

Clearly everyone who see this as absurd is just angry they don't own one. Yeah that's it.

http://www.threeguyswithcameras.com/2016/04/leica-runs-out-of-ideas-releases-the-lcd-less-m-d-typ-262-camera

Link | Posted on May 4, 2016 at 18:24 UTC

We all know that Leica can make a very good camera and excellent glass. There is no arguing it. There are many professionals who use Leica as those cameras meet their needs for usability and image quality.

On the other hand, It's the galling level of Leica pretense that is hard to stomach. This is truly one of those emperor-has-no-clothes moments but because it's a new Leica MUST mean this is pure brilliance and the faithful will fawn all over it. Apparently having a much higher probability of missing the shot is an improvement, Bravo!

For many it has nothing at all to do with the camera's capabilities. It is simply about being seen with one and knowing that it pairs so well with your new Pradas or something along those lines. It's about the "experience" of using a camera that projects an heir of luxury and exclusivity. Sadly, it doesn't do anything better than any other well-crafted camera/lens.

It's honestly just foppish insecurity on parade.

Link | Posted on May 3, 2016 at 21:35 UTC as 19th comment | 9 replies
On photo Same tree 30 years later in the Photo of a Photo challenge (1 comment in total)

I'm guessing 30 years in the life of that tree is like a day to me. Bristlecone Pine?

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2016 at 12:33 UTC as 1st comment
On article Samsung NX500 shown as discontinued (273 comments in total)
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arbux: So much hate in the comments from Sony fanboys...

yes, be happy, now sony will charge you even more for fuzzy zoom with f5.6. but you'll get zeiss brand, yeeeee

reading comments like those from nandbytes makes me sick.

I have multiple brands so no fanboy here. Sony is by no means an ideal case. They are not very good about firmware updates with new features but in their defense, Sony's QA process is much better than Samsun IMO as it appears most Sony stuff goes into production rather fully tested. Samsung lets the users do a good portion of their testing because they are in such a hurry to dump another product into the marketplace. Frankly I think that is really harming them across product lines but I don't think they understand that in the slightest.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2016 at 21:07 UTC
On article Samsung NX500 shown as discontinued (273 comments in total)

Frankly good riddance. Samsung handled cameras like they do everything else. Rush one product after another to market in an attempt to crush competition. If a rushed, bug-ridden product doesn't catch on, leave the users hanging without any support or updates and move on to the next thing. Your mileage may differ but that was my experience.

The EX2F was literally the most bug-ridden camera I ever owned. Modes that didn't work properly, crashes, etc. It's only use to me now is because of yet another Samsung design mistake. It has an extremely weak or missing IR filter which makes it useful for IR shooting but seriously degrades the quality of color imagery.

I learned my lesson and would never have bought another Samsung.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2016 at 20:26 UTC as 18th comment | 6 replies
On article Great Eight: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review (539 comments in total)
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User3723086768: MFT fans can say whatever they want, but you can get a Sony A6000 for half the price with way better noise performance... and thinner.
I guess this is a great camera if you don't mind the low light quality and the depth of field implications.

I have both an a6000 and m4/3 stuff and the lens point is well made. Note Tomaz, ALL of the small lenses you mentioned are NOT Sony lenses. The 16-50PZ is just an okay lens, while the 18-55 and 16 2.8 are NOT thought of well at all. The m4/3 equivalents are MUCH higher quality and even smaller. I like both systems, but m4/3 wins the size argument easily in this case.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2016 at 19:18 UTC
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