Kelvin L

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On article Corel PaintShop Pro X9 arrives with improved workflow (45 comments in total)

I just found this link on DPReview:

https://www.dpreview.com/articles/9984056437/corel-rawshooteressentials

Pixmantec RawShooter was later purchased by Adobe and turned into Lightroom. Corel seems to have a knack for screwing up their IP.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2016 at 07:09 UTC as 3rd comment
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User9083371449: I would buy an mjuD as soon as one were released.

They released it in 2004. u-mini D, with 4 megapixels.

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2016 at 01:06 UTC

I owned both the XA and Mju-II for an extended time period during the 90s and Noughties. Both overrated, in my opinion. Focusing the XA was never the easiest as the baselength of the rangefinder was tiny, and it was very prone to camera shake due to its ergonomics. The lens of the Mju-II (on my copy anyway) wasn't any sharper than the average P&S from that era. It would also underexpose with negative film - it had a bias towards highlights, and you couldn't really override the DX coding.

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2016 at 01:03 UTC as 60th comment
On article Corel PaintShop Pro X9 arrives with improved workflow (45 comments in total)
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rubank: I am very fond of Corel products, I use Draw a lot for making documents, broshures and so on; nothing suits me better. And for stitching photos nothing beats PhotoPaint IMO. The printing module of the Corel suite is just super.
But for developing RAW Corel has nothing to really compete - still IMO.
Unfortunately Adobe has.
And that´s too bad.

Corel Aftershot Pro is the package to look for if you want advanced RAW processing. It's basically Bibble Pro under new ownership.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 06:42 UTC

No close up photo of the original silica gel. #dealbreaker

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2016 at 01:56 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
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Kelvin L: I'd just get a used APS-C Nikon SLR body and not have to muck around with adapters. D300 bodies are cheap and plentiful.

As for the Leica R lenses - the benefits over other SLR brands is marginal. Several were in fact made by Minolta, Sigma, and Angenieux.

@arrr - yes, makes a bit of sense with 4K video on Lumix 4/3. Stills, not so much. 1080p is pretty sorted with current Nikon bodies.

@rfsIII here's what I have from the usual dodgy sources:
16 2.8 fisheye - Minolta
24 2.8 - Minolta
28-70 - Sigma
35-70 3.5 - Minolta
35-70 4 - Kyocera (AKA Contax/Yashica)
70-210 - Minolta
80-200 - Kyocera

I might have to retract the Angenieux claim - looks like I got mixed up with the Angenieux-branded R-mount zooms and teles, some of which are "unconventional" to say the least (e.g. 45-90mm 2.8, 180mm 2.3).

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2016 at 05:53 UTC

I'd just get a used APS-C Nikon SLR body and not have to muck around with adapters. D300 bodies are cheap and plentiful.

As for the Leica R lenses - the benefits over other SLR brands is marginal. Several were in fact made by Minolta, Sigma, and Angenieux.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2016 at 06:02 UTC as 11th comment | 3 replies
On article Throwback Thursday: when studio lenses retire (203 comments in total)
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Kelvin L: I understand what it's trying to achieve, but this article (along with a few other recent ones) reveals the youth of the current DPReview team.

Nothing wrong with that, but some older readers might find these stories a bit odd and amusing for the wrong reasons.

(I bought an AF-D 50 1.4 to update an ancient 50 1.8 AI, and it still feels space-age to me)

I just realized that saying "space-age" automatically makes me an old fart.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2016 at 01:19 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: when studio lenses retire (203 comments in total)

I understand what it's trying to achieve, but this article (along with a few other recent ones) reveals the youth of the current DPReview team.

Nothing wrong with that, but some older readers might find these stories a bit odd and amusing for the wrong reasons.

(I bought an AF-D 50 1.4 to update an ancient 50 1.8 AI, and it still feels space-age to me)

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2016 at 00:52 UTC as 41st comment | 2 replies
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Kelvin L: I'll definitely get on board with a mirrorless system once decent perspective control / tilt-shift lenses start appearing for them. I think the only mirrorless with a kinda-native TS lens is the Canon EOS-M (with adapter).

Good to see Fujifilm acknowledging tilt-shift, even if it's low priority.

As an addendum, this chap's blog post reflects my experiences fairly closely, with regards to not letting go of the technical camera and the generally poor state of small format wide PC/TS solutions: http://tashley1.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/7/the-24mm-pc-e

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2016 at 01:09 UTC
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Kelvin L: I'll definitely get on board with a mirrorless system once decent perspective control / tilt-shift lenses start appearing for them. I think the only mirrorless with a kinda-native TS lens is the Canon EOS-M (with adapter).

Good to see Fujifilm acknowledging tilt-shift, even if it's low priority.

SirSeth I've been working on a project requiring perspective control and short camera-to-subject distances. Currently the only way I can get some of the images I want are with a 75mm lens on 4x5" field camera (I think equivalent of 24mm focal length on a 35mm camera) on extreme shifts, to the point where I'm running out of bellows.

I've been looking out for a digital solution for a while, and the adapters aren't really an option. Canon 17mm TSE is looking like the best one so far but I would need a camera body to match (Nikon is in the bag right now!). In the meantime the 4x5" is getting the job done, although running to labs + scanning is getting old pretty quickly.

For longer focal lengths I've been thinking about getting one of those Kipon shift adapters so I can use some Pentax 67 lenses lying around on the D800.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 22:10 UTC
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Kelvin L: I'll definitely get on board with a mirrorless system once decent perspective control / tilt-shift lenses start appearing for them. I think the only mirrorless with a kinda-native TS lens is the Canon EOS-M (with adapter).

Good to see Fujifilm acknowledging tilt-shift, even if it's low priority.

Fair point re: adapters, but wide angle tilt shift options with sufficient image circle cover are lacking. Widest to date is Canon 17mm TSE (about 24mm equivalent on APS)

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 07:04 UTC

I'll definitely get on board with a mirrorless system once decent perspective control / tilt-shift lenses start appearing for them. I think the only mirrorless with a kinda-native TS lens is the Canon EOS-M (with adapter).

Good to see Fujifilm acknowledging tilt-shift, even if it's low priority.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 02:37 UTC as 54th comment | 7 replies
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SolidMetal: Can you do this with color film? I heard it was much harder to manipulate because its sensitivity to every form of light.

Looks like Ctein has made his book "Post Exposure" available for free access online, in case you're interested: http://ctein.com/PostExposure2ndIllustrated.pdf

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 01:47 UTC
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Kelvin L: Microwaving to assess print dry-down was on page 84 of the "The Print", 1983 edition. Not new information to some of us oldtimers.

No worries Carey - it's great to see a new generation of photographers rediscover the history of their chosen interest. There is a wealth of knowledge and experience out there. I hope that the 'new media' of blogging and video streaming acts as a gateway for new emerging artists to explore the knowledge locked away in both printed media (books!) and the life experiences of older practitioners.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 00:54 UTC
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SolidMetal: Can you do this with color film? I heard it was much harder to manipulate because its sensitivity to every form of light.

Yes it depends on which part you're referring to. Dodging and burning? Yes. Contrast control? Not really. The colour layers in both film and Type C print materials didn't respond equally to time and temperature changes during development. Grain and colour shifts were the problem. It could be done (there was a Ctein article in the old 'Darkroom Photography' magazine during the late '80s on "Color Zone System") but it wasn't practical as it had a very narrow margin of utility.

Eventually a practical colour zone system emerged, and it's called digital photography. Adams had basically laid the groundwork for the contemporary use of histograms with his zone concept.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 02:23 UTC

Microwaving to assess print dry-down was on page 84 of the "The Print", 1983 edition. Not new information to some of us oldtimers.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2016 at 02:55 UTC as 23rd comment | 3 replies
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (810 comments in total)
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Kelvin L: One thing that's desperately needed in the digital imaging world is a decent wide angle tilt shift solution. Hopefully Hasselblad will develop a modern Arcbody/Flexbody equivalent for the architecture and product photographer that's less clumsy than an Alpa or Sinar - something now possible with the short mount-to-sensor distance.

@Dianoda if I had a Canon TS-E I might as well use a Canon SLR. This Hasselblad body is an opportunity to create a new solution offering view camera movement range (extra large image circle, extreme movement range, and electronic body-lens integration) priced between a Canon setup and full blown Alpa tilt-shift setup - with image quality comparable to the Alpa.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 01:06 UTC
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (810 comments in total)

One thing that's desperately needed in the digital imaging world is a decent wide angle tilt shift solution. Hopefully Hasselblad will develop a modern Arcbody/Flexbody equivalent for the architecture and product photographer that's less clumsy than an Alpa or Sinar - something now possible with the short mount-to-sensor distance.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 00:04 UTC as 199th comment | 4 replies
On article Miggo wants to 'DSLR your iPhone' with the Pictar grip (135 comments in total)

Will.i.am iPhone add-on, 2012: http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/28/will-i-am-iphone-accessories-hands-on/

Nokia 1020 camera grip, 2013: http://www.phonearena.com/news/Nokia-Camera-Grip-for-Lumia-1020-is-official-priced-at-79_id45209

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2016 at 23:39 UTC as 33rd comment
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