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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On article Sigma unveils 105mm F1.4 Art 'bokeh master' (326 comments in total)
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SergeAP: It's a pity that there is no stabilization - for studio work or on the Californian beach it does not matter of course, but in conditions of insufficient illumination it will not be possible to fully realize all the qualities of this lens and capacitive sensor. Do not say that you can raise ISO to the necessary values ...

On the sunny California beach, you have to contend with the on-shore wind blowing that giant lens around, that is when you wish the hardest for image stabilization.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2018 at 03:18 UTC
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cosinaphile: not sure why an "elevated bamboo stage " fails to meet the requirement of
"any aerial platform "

but wrong year? indefensible !!

Fascinating. Sounds like it's used one way in the United Kingdom, another in her former colonies. That's what happens when you try to cheap out and skip the services of a copy editor.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2018 at 03:00 UTC
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cosinaphile: not sure why an "elevated bamboo stage " fails to meet the requirement of
"any aerial platform "

but wrong year? indefensible !!

Please don't use Wikipedia as a source. That site is the opposite of knowledge.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2018 at 23:36 UTC
On article Sony a7 III sample gallery (554 comments in total)
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HatWearingFool: If nothing else good comes from this fiasco hopefully we wont be subjected to posts accusing DPReview of being Sony fanboys on every Sony article. If they are willing to derail--with good cause--a major product launch I think we can safely say they aren't fanboys nor are they paid off.

EDIT: Of course I suppose conspiracy nuts will say this is false flag operation... but hopefully it cuts down on the volume of fanboy claims.

Like the way you casually snuck the "false flag" accusation in through the back door. You, sir, are a master conspiracist.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2018 at 23:22 UTC
On article Sigma unveils 105mm F1.4 Art 'bokeh master' (326 comments in total)
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keepreal: Why do none of the leading lens manufacturers make a series of high quality, compact lens of f/4 or smaller?

In my opinion, this is a conspiracy. How is this possible? Quite simply, there are lots of folk out there who have little sense. I am not talking of the people who have a genuine need for a wide aperture but the 80% I reckon who do not. I cannot back up that figure but that is my best guess.

Benjamin Kanarek wants this lens and he appears not to be the only one. Not yet is this the case here, but when DPR gives the numbers who own a product, used to or want to, people jump to say they have it or had it before the product even is available.

This is a Sigma Art lens. That means it must be good, not that all in the series are especially, certainly not up to what you would expect for the size, weight and prices.

Between the one kind of madness and another, is it any wonder that so many of these monoliths are produced. The manufacturers are laughing all the way to the bank.

Excellent point. I think it's partly sociological and part engineering. These Sigma lenses are so big because "get their optical sharpness from being effectively a longer slower lens, with a built in Metabones speed booster" according to a poster over at NikonRumors.com
The sociology is that in America, at least, everyone wants huge—our lenses are big, we all drive huge SUVs, we're enormously fat and getting fatter—we like to see big all around us because, thanks to the greed of the 1 percent, our paychecks just keep getting smaller.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2018 at 14:51 UTC
On article Cactus announces palm-sized RQ250 wireless monolight (85 comments in total)
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cdembrey: Always good to see something new in lighting. But in the first world I think flash is dead—you can't shoot video with a normal flash (specialized 24 fps flash was available over 20 years ago).

I hope they succeed, but I doubt it.

The one benefit of continuous lights is that you tend to get smaller pupils and hence bigger, more colorful irises.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2018 at 14:42 UTC
On article Cactus announces palm-sized RQ250 wireless monolight (85 comments in total)

If this flash works as well as promised it will be conclusive proof that God loves us and that She wants us to be happy. If it turns out to be a piece of over-hyped junk, that will mean our world is under the dominion of the Antichrist and the Apocalypse is nearly upon us.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2018 at 14:33 UTC as 9th comment | 2 replies
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rfsIII: 4:2:0 video? You would get better color from a kindergartner and a box of finger paints.

Agreed. After switching fro a DSLR to a canon cinema camera for video, I'm never going back.
I'm just thinking that maybe there's a really good reason that camera makers cripple their lower end cameras.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2018 at 14:25 UTC
On article Sony a7 III sample gallery (554 comments in total)
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rfsIII: Sony really knows how to target specific journalists. they obviously hired that motorcycle dude because they know DPR editors are helpless to resist his powerful beard voodo.

Nope.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2018 at 14:19 UTC
On article Sony a7 III sample gallery (554 comments in total)

This hysteria over the ghosting (or whatever it is) highlights the leadership hole left by the tragic and untimely departure of Phil. If he were still here, he would remind you all that we survived the Great Nikon D200 Banding Crisis of 2005 and that some smart engineer will find a solution to this problem as well.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2018 at 14:10 UTC as 60th comment | 1 reply
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rfsIII: 4:2:0 video? You would get better color from a kindergartner and a box of finger paints.

On the other hand perhaps Sony knows something we don't, maybe this little guy has more in common with their cinema cameras than they like to admit and if it DID have 14-bit 4:2:2 color they wouldn't sell any 6K Venice cameras.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2018 at 02:54 UTC
On article Sony a7 III sample gallery (554 comments in total)
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rfsIII: Sony really knows how to target specific journalists. they obviously hired that motorcycle dude because they know DPR editors are helpless to resist his powerful beard voodo.

Sorry, I grew up in the 70s around a lot of very smart, emphatic women who wouldn't put up with male BS. I've tried to honor their spirit ever since.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 19:28 UTC
On article Sony a7 III sample gallery (554 comments in total)
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princecody: I don't own the Sony a7 M2 or a9. Has the color science improved BIGLY on the a7 M3 in your opinion dpreview readers?

Color science is the method by which scientists and engineers try to make intelligent decisions about taking the 1s and 0s from your camera electronics and assigning translating them into a picture that will be perceived as accurate and pleasing by people with reasonably good color discrimination.
Because electronics are far from perfect and because human vision is so idiosyncratic, those engineers have to make tradeoffs about accuracy versus beauty. Smarter tradeoffs, better color.
Skin tones? No one is ever happy with those. I don't know why photo software makers don't include a skin tone line like they do with video software.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 19:25 UTC
On article Sony a7 III sample gallery (554 comments in total)
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rfsIII: Sony really knows how to target specific journalists. they obviously hired that motorcycle dude because they know DPR editors are helpless to resist his powerful beard voodo.

I would prefer their uncomfortably frequent photos of beardly dudes to their embarrassing objectification of women. They try to present themselves like they are all "gum wall, ganja, and gentrification" but then they post endless photos of women, it's as though1952 never ended.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 16:40 UTC
On article Sony a7 III sample gallery (554 comments in total)
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lakkot: I will never get over how awkward photographing models is. Expecially testing cameras on real life people.

You have to sit down and create a rapport with them before you shoot where you each talk about your goals and come to a consensus about how you’re going to get there, sketches out a few things on a napkin, tell a couple of funny stories....then you shoot.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 14:39 UTC
On article Sony a7 III sample gallery (554 comments in total)

Sony really knows how to target specific journalists. they obviously hired that motorcycle dude because they know DPR editors are helpless to resist his powerful beard voodo.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 14:19 UTC as 132nd comment | 8 replies
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rfsIII: 4:2:0 video? You would get better color from a kindergartner and a box of finger paints.

You’re right. With the appropriate lens and experts doing the lighting, you could make Lawrence of Arabia with this thing and no one would know it was done with a consumer camera.
The secret, I think, would be keeping your contrast ratios under control and putting your saturation values exactly where you want them in your final print.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 14:15 UTC

4:2:0 video? You would get better color from a kindergartner and a box of finger paints.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 04:10 UTC as 220th comment | 6 replies

Shhhhh.... Hear that hammering sound? That’s Canon putting a 4K nail into Nikon’s coffin.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 03:49 UTC as 4th comment | 3 replies
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Scottelly: Interesting innovation. I wonder if it can tell the color of the wall/ceiling that it's planning to bounce flash off. I can see these new features and more becoming standard in high-end on-camera flashes. The new stuff makes sense, now that cameras and their accessories are so computerized and getting more advanced all the time.

That is why Joe McNally recommends stealing the whitsheet from your hotel bed and taking it with you to your assignment. You use the sheet to cover any colored walls and voila! Your color cast problems are solved.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 03:43 UTC
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