rfsIII

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Joined on Sep 9, 2006
About me:

Please do not respond to this guy's postings. Something about coming to this site makes him looney and his fingers go out of control on the keyboard. As a matter of fact, if you meet him on the road with the Buddha, kill them both.

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Is it powered by nuclear fission? Why do you have to wear those funky gloves to handle it?

Link | Posted on May 24, 2017 at 13:32 UTC as 11th comment
On article Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM sample gallery (85 comments in total)
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Jacques Cornell: At just $1,800, PanLeica's 100-400 is starting to look like a bargain. It's slower at the long end, but brighter at the wide end.

I completely disagree with the "equivalent" balderdash, but it's true that if you want to match lenses across formats—equivalent aperture for equivalent aperture, freedom from lens aberration, and identical field of view— the lenses will be the same size.
A good example is the Olympus 14-35 f/2 which is about the same size as the Canon and Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 lenses.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2017 at 13:28 UTC
On article Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM sample gallery (85 comments in total)

This is like going to the optometrist except we're comparing the lenses to their Nikon/Canon equivalents. So is it it better? Worse? Or about the same.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2017 at 13:25 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply

The ephebic Mr Butler commits blasphemy with his mini-screed against full frame lenses on small-sensor cameras.
He forgets—or was never taught by his elders—that APS-C cameras use the "sweet spot" of a full-frame lens.
It was an oft-repeated mantra at the dawn of the digital age and people back then didn't lie like they do now.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2017 at 01:14 UTC as 46th comment
On article What gear do filmmakers rent most often? (15 comments in total)
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rfsIII: I would like to know when it makes sense to rent vs. own. The growing inventory of gear I've purchased in the last three or four years is starting to make me question my business smarts. I used to go out with just one Domke bag and a tripod case, now I probably have six or seven cases, bags, and plastic crates full of equipment I bought for one job or another. The main challenge is that the closest rental house is three hours away.

Excellent insights. Need vs. Want is always a dilemma even though we all know the correct answer.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 16:36 UTC
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haylebob: what is a DIY lapel mic for?

Vloggers or if you need to conceal a microphone on an actor and you don't have the $25 for a lapel mic. Even the worst lapel mic sounds better in the field than trying to use the external microphones on an iPhone. They're fine if you have a silent indoor location, but otherwise they pick up too much ambient sound.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 16:29 UTC
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rfsIII: Cameras have never been the same since they abandoned the M42 screw mount—screws have been serving mankind since 400 BC. Why the sudden need to "improve."

Darn... You have me there. I wonder if a laser measure would work under the ultra-bright, glaring sun of the savannah.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 16:24 UTC
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rfsIII: Cameras have never been the same since they abandoned the M42 screw mount—screws have been serving mankind since 400 BC. Why the sudden need to "improve."

Another questionable techno-advance—that's what a tape measure is for (invented by the Romans). As a matter of fact my new-to-me Canon C100 has a tape measure hook on the side aligned with the focal plane and every camera I've ever owned has had the focal plane marked somewhere.
But I suppose autofocus might be useful for photographers who don't care about millimeter-level precision and will settle for close enough.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 15:38 UTC

Cameras have never been the same since they abandoned the M42 screw mount—screws have been serving mankind since 400 BC. Why the sudden need to "improve."

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 14:40 UTC as 118th comment | 8 replies
On article What gear do filmmakers rent most often? (15 comments in total)

I would like to know when it makes sense to rent vs. own. The growing inventory of gear I've purchased in the last three or four years is starting to make me question my business smarts. I used to go out with just one Domke bag and a tripod case, now I probably have six or seven cases, bags, and plastic crates full of equipment I bought for one job or another. The main challenge is that the closest rental house is three hours away.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2017 at 23:02 UTC as 3rd comment | 5 replies
On article Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G sample gallery (60 comments in total)

Yes fine lenses. Much more important: how were the Roblar sparkling wines? Did you prefer the rosé or the blanc de blancs?

Link | Posted on May 17, 2017 at 21:06 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
On article Canon EOS M6 Review (343 comments in total)
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rfsIII: Copy editing notes: filmmaking is one word. GorillaPod is a trademark so needs capping. remove ALL quote marks from around words that are not actual quotes—it's not "funny" or "ironic" anymore. There are more, but let this be a gentle reminder that as a website born in England you are expected to be an exemplar of writing excellence for we barbarians here in the colonies.

When quotes are used in the manner you describe they are not only a cliche, but they make the sentence ambiguous. It is never clear whether the writer intends them to be ironic, to signal disagreement with the word as used, or just to add emphasis.
Such use also signifies that the writer is the contemptible sort of person who uses air quotes in spoken conversation because he lacks the vocabulary and imagination to convey his thoughts without resorting to trite hand theatrics.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2017 at 16:02 UTC
On article Canon EOS M6 Review (343 comments in total)

Copy editing notes: filmmaking is one word. GorillaPod is a trademark so needs capping. remove ALL quote marks from around words that are not actual quotes—it's not "funny" or "ironic" anymore. There are more, but let this be a gentle reminder that as a website born in England you are expected to be an exemplar of writing excellence for we barbarians here in the colonies.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2017 at 15:29 UTC as 89th comment | 4 replies
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Arastoo Vaziri: I stopped reading when I hit the chart and read "equivalent F-number". The nonsense doesn't seem to ease away.

Well said. All of you.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2017 at 02:04 UTC
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CCD FTW: One of the weirdest, most pointless and badly researched articles I've ever read on DPR.

Questions (basically why haven't the below been included, yet last minute it's X-A3 and 23mm... what?!)

Leica X
Leica X-U
Olympus 12mm
Panasonic 15mm
Sony 20mm
Leica T / TL
Leica 23mm
Fujifilm X70
A7 series + 35mm f2.8

Then there is the heavy soap bar of shame that is the GX85 which is supposedly 'better in the hand' than the A6000... in whose hands?! Heavy, slippery and zero grip is 'better in the hands' whaaat?!

Then there is the selectively choosing what constitutes a 'pancake'. There is a slight at pancakes being unit focus (most of them are, ones that aren't also aren't pancakes), when the fixed lens cameras are ALSO unit focus designs. Oh except for many of the options that were seemingly forgotten, Sony 20mm, Leica X, Leica Q, Sony 35/2.8...

I appreciate the thought, but this is just like rambling wrote it down and hit publish and it's acceptable because it's an 'opinion piece'...

Great! A worthless, unnoteworthy and pointless opinion. Bravo.

"Soap bar of shame" What a great metaphor!

Link | Posted on May 16, 2017 at 01:54 UTC
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BobT3218: The term "35mm equivalent" irks me. A 25mm lens is a 25mm lens whatever format camera it sits on. By 35mm equivalent, we are alluding to the field of view. So why don't we just use field of view? It's a far more practical criterion anyway.

Field of view or true focal length is the only correct way to state lens characteristics because there are now so many possible in-camera crops: square, 4:3, 5:4, 16:9, 3:3. It's up to you, the photographer, to do the sample math needed. It's worked just fine for almost 200 years—photographers knew how lenses performed on various sizes of film.
This whole thing of equivalent focal lengths is just the writers' way of saying “I have decided you the reader are too stupid to understand the lens-sensor interaction so to punish you all I'm going to advocate a confusing new system untethered to reality but guaranteed to breed exposure mistakes and internet feuds for decades to come.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2017 at 01:49 UTC

The clear winner is the X100F...The lens focuses so quickly and accurately that we can see the bicycle rider has very handrolled-looking "cigarette" hanging out of his mouth. But that's Seattle for you.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2017 at 01:28 UTC as 73rd comment | 1 reply
On article Updated: Sony a9 samples with Raw support (447 comments in total)
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Spicer: to the pros out there....do you shoot JPEG often? if so is it for speed of shooting and publishing sports and news? does it ever get tweaked before publishing and do you run into JPEG limitations? the latest processors seem to be very good at JPEG so there must be a case where + outweighs - ......

AFAIK Reuters demands that their photographers shoot jpegs with absolutely no color correction. Other news agencies might have similar policies.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2017 at 01:47 UTC
On article Updated: Sony a9 samples with Raw support (447 comments in total)

OK, we all hate the colors as processed through ACR. But has anyone tried making a profile with our old friend the DNG Profile Editor? It has always brought the colors into line for me....

Link | Posted on May 9, 2017 at 15:04 UTC as 17th comment
On article Updated: Sony a9 samples with Raw support (447 comments in total)
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vadims: Bringing in (and using) a gray card would have been nice.

I'm generally OK with "processing to taste", but not when green cast is replaced with magenta cast, as is the case with the first image. Having a gray card would have removed an unnecessary variable.

As to the second sample (tennis), I'm a bit surprised you draw attention to the background track: the biggest difference (to me) is the table color, which looks almost purple on the OOC JPEG, while (properly?) blue on RAW conversion. But... the biggest difference in perception comes from the increased contrast of the second (processed RAW) image; I have a feeling we're comparing apples to oranges here.

Getting WB right by the camera *is* important, whatever folks relying on PP-only WB adjustments of their RAWs might think; it's a a big extra bonus that should not be underestimated. Hence properly testing it is important. So, DPR team, please do bring gray card next time ;-)

Agreed! People want the fantasy, not the reality—we sell the sizzle.

All I'm trying to say is that if you don't like the white balance you're getting out of your camera—many are complaining about the WB of this Sony—there are tools you can use which make your life much easier. A calibrated gray card like the WhiBal from Michael Tapes gives the magic fairies inside your camera a known color from which to start doing their calculations.

Maybe its just with Nikons, but I personally find that if I throw a gray card in the scene, and angle it so that it captures the various colors of light that will hit the subject (including a little reflection from the red carpet and the blue walls) I can get a much more pleasing result—the colors knit together better is the only way I can describe it.

But again, maybe it's just Nikons that are better with a custom white balance, my Canon friends don't seem to be as obsessed as I am.

Link | Posted on May 9, 2017 at 14:50 UTC
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