Blue Swan Media

Blue Swan Media

Lives in United States Upstate, NY, United States
Has a website at www.blueswanmedia.com
Joined on Jul 8, 2011

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On article Fujifilm X-T100 sample gallery (187 comments in total)
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blink667: It's the best $699 camera-lens combo on the market today. Unfortunately it's success with 24mp bayer's very good IQ puts Fuji XTrans in a precarious position for the future.

@Nikoncanonfan I'll make sure to LOL at your comment again this weekend when I'm being paid $4000 to shoot a wedding with my casual snapper-format cameras.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2018 at 15:14 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T100 sample gallery (187 comments in total)
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blink667: It's the best $699 camera-lens combo on the market today. Unfortunately it's success with 24mp bayer's very good IQ puts Fuji XTrans in a precarious position for the future.

You guys are so ridiculous. The % of camera buyers who give a damn about bayer vs. Xtrans is tiny. It's a nerds-only argument. They use Bayer arrays in these cameras because they're cheaper, that's it. Want to buy one to take pictures of trees because 'no worms'? Go for it, Fuji will thank you for the $$$. But make no mistake, Xtrans is a differentiator for them when it comes to most other types of photography where critical sharpness is less important.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2018 at 22:30 UTC
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sirkhann: Finally! A good budget landscape mirrorless camera with ergonomics that will not make you sacrifice image quality for it. Up to now, you had to choose between Sony for IQ or Fujifilm dials and lenses.

I totally dislike all the colour artefacts and mushy greens that XTrans produces for landscape work, plus it takes ages to process their XTrans raw files.

That is my next travel camera.

Simply put, X-trans is for people, not plants.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2018 at 23:25 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Fujifilm X-H1 Review (550 comments in total)
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van Ark: Honestly, I do think this camera is going to have a hard time, with the new A7 III out. Looks nice though.. Always liked what Fuji did - but the marked really changed lately.

I don't think there's any denying that the Sony lineup in general, and a7iii in particular, are incredibly impressive in terms of technical innovation especially in terms of price (that's why I own one LOL). But I also think cameras are more than the sum of their specs.

I'm reminded of when I needed to buy a new car in 2007. I test drove the Mazdaspeed 3, which had the best 0-60 time in its class with 262 hp or something. It was fast indeed, but the interior seemed cheap and it felt like all that power was poorly controlled through the steering, brakes etc. Then I drove the Volkswagen GTI and despite having much less hp - just 200 - it was much more satisfying to drive while still feeling plenty quick, and the fit and finish of interior materials was far beyond the Mazda.

Link | Posted on May 7, 2018 at 10:58 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Fujifilm X-H1 Review (550 comments in total)
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van Ark: Honestly, I do think this camera is going to have a hard time, with the new A7 III out. Looks nice though.. Always liked what Fuji did - but the marked really changed lately.

The EVF on my a7iii is simply awful and the skin tones leave much to be desired. It feels like a budget camera with skimpy, cheap parts. The images are sharp and have nice DR but feel limp compared to Fuji. The Sony AF is great and the battery life incredible. . . still, my X-H1 blows the a7iii out of the water as a camera I actually want to use and so when I needed to grab a camera for the scout trip this weekend it was Fuji all the way.

Link | Posted on May 7, 2018 at 02:12 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Fujifilm X-H1 Review (550 comments in total)
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ZilverHaylide: From the point of view of the photographer who wants to operate as compact and light as possible, is mostly stills-oriented but might want to occasionally record a high-quality video, the omission of the headphone jack is no small matter, doubly-so at this price point. A user ought to be able to pull earbuds out of camera case or pocket, plug them in, and be set to monitor audio in real time. I don't think there's any mirrorless APS-C camera that allows that. The Sonys have no headphone jack at all, the better Fujis require the grip. BOTH FAILS. If I have to add a grip, as with the Fuji, I might as well use a full-frame Sony instead, which has a jack on the camera body itself. I hope the upcoming mirrorless Nikons and Canons include a headphone jack.

'wants to operate as compact and light as possible, is mostly stills-oriented but might want to occasionally record a high-quality video'

And pull out headphones so you can listen to what, the internal mic? A shotgun you also just happened to stick in the bag? This seems like an odd use-case in no man's land. For most users, I imagine they're either doing work that's informal enough they can forego the mic (mostly because there's no external audio to monitor) or the production value is high enough that they're using a law, boom etc. and at that point the grip is no big deal.

Link | Posted on May 7, 2018 at 02:01 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Fujifilm X-H1 Review (550 comments in total)
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DiffractionLtd: Mirrorless had the capability to be different, but that opening shot for the video, this mirrorless and its lens looks exactly like a DSLR of 10 years ago.

Well it's big, but t be fair it's by far the biggest model in the range. Others which use the same lenses are much smaller.

Link | Posted on May 7, 2018 at 01:25 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Fujifilm X-H1 Review (550 comments in total)
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Richard in UK: I didn’t watch this video, though I did watch the previous one out of curiosity. So my question to the DPR community is this: What do we learn from these videos that we don’t learn from the written reviews? Looking forward to the replies ;)

It's a fair question, I'd say it's just a different medium for different taste. I've always found Chris and Jordan informative, knowledgeable and entertaining. Glad DPR signed them and happy to watch a few ads to support their work.

Link | Posted on May 7, 2018 at 01:24 UTC
On article DPReview TV Episode 1: Sony a7 III review (348 comments in total)

One question - will we see a Wooden Niccolls episode for the a7iii?

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2018 at 17:48 UTC as 48th comment | 2 replies
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Portion Control: The lack of a bullet point for Eterna on any of the update lists is worrisome. Stills made on the Eterna setting can look good, even if it is marketed as the Film Simulation for Video.

Eh, I’ve tried it and agree with Fuji that for stills Eterna is pretty lackluster

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2018 at 17:39 UTC
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movingpictures: I think it’s great that the X-T2 gets FLog and 120. Shows that Fuji isn’t afraid of possibly cutting into XH1 sales.

But at the same time, I’d be pi$$ed if I’d already gotten an XH1 because of internal Flog and 120fps. I’d just laugh and cry if another firmware update 6mos from now adds eterna to the XT2. (Un)fortunately, you can’t firmware IBIS.

I would bet that a significant percentage of X-H1 customers have X-T2 already.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2018 at 14:07 UTC
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endofoto: Fuji should produce FF cameras too in addition to MF. XT2 are expensive but large DOF of crop sensor will not satisfy wedding pros. They are not produced for birding which is the advantage of crop sensors bec of conversion factor. XPRO2 come on, what is pro about this cam? it is good very good, but with too large DOF for portraiture, too narrow view angle for landscapes.

I’m a wedding pro and I’m satisfied with DOF of Fuji crop sensor, am I wrong?

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2018 at 14:05 UTC
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Edymagno: As the world plunges into "ban" mode, we will have to go back into the studio and use green screens. Seriously folks.

Where else has photography been banned?

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2017 at 13:14 UTC
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Dave Sanders: Sweet, so like a less functional, way more expensive version of what Godox has been doing for years? I love Profoto's studio gear but, yeah, I'll take an AD360 or AD200... Or a bunch of them, as it were. I'm guessing this is designed for people with more money than me who are already deeply invested in Profoto. For them, a nice addition to the kit.

I use my three AD200s every weekend for wedding work, and let me tell you. . . if Profoto made something similar, I'd seriously consider it. Godox is a great system for the money and the AD200 is just awesome, don't get me wrong, but the lights have habit of misfiring / not firing at all.

My experience with Profoto on the other hand has been relentlessly positive. Their stuff simply will not let you down. If you're making $$$ with your kit, rather than just taking photos of your cat, reliability and support are worth a lot, and Godox comes up short on both.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2017 at 02:16 UTC
On article Updated: Nikon D850 sample gallery (316 comments in total)
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sts2: I'm always amazed at how much hate seems to pile up in sample galleries.

I know first-time DSLR buyers expect their images to become magically better now that they have a "real camera", but you guys are supposed to be people who understand photography. People who know that it's almost impossible to determine camera/lens/brand/processing/whatever by just looking at the image. These are just that: sample images (and pretty decent ones I think too). Whatever camera you buy will have far less impact on the quality of the photos you take than you think.

Next time let's have top commercial photographers post the sample images, so you can hate on the fact that they have access to high end lighting equipment, and talented makeup artists and models.

I don't think of it as hate, rather as a critique, and it's entirely fair.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2017 at 12:57 UTC
On article Updated: Nikon D850 sample gallery (316 comments in total)

Thank you, DPReview for saving me $6,000 (D850 + 70-200). Coming from Fuji, these colors are just awful and viewing that gallery remind me why I left Nikon in the first place.

Not the fault of the reviewers of course, just the way these cameras render. The only Nikon I've seen lately with decent color is the D5.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2017 at 09:49 UTC as 16th comment | 4 replies

The first tip is good.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2017 at 04:23 UTC as 28th comment

Ugh those catchlights are rough though. . .

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2017 at 22:24 UTC as 7th comment
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(unknown member): The biggest problem with carry-on hardcases is they weigh too much to carry on! The top of the line SKB is about 15 lbs, most airlines have a 25 lb limit for carry on. You can't even fill that case 1/2 full and stay under 25 lb. I've had to check my Pelican "carry on", at a cost of $200.
I also bought Pelican's ultra-light weight carry on that weighs only 10 lbs, and it is very hard to keep it under 25 lbs.
The best way I've found to fly with gear is to use a regular lightweight camera bag or two, and put them both in a light weight nylon duffle. The duffle bag i use is 280g, and I use a backpack that weighs 4 lb inside the duffle. This gives a little over 20 lbs for camera gear in your carry on. Then I also use a second camera backpack as my "personal bag," which also carries my computer. This setup allows me to carry on 30 to 35 lbs of delicate camera gear. All audio, tripods, cables, and other grip are checked in luggage.

The whole point of these is that you can feel good about checking them.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2017 at 12:31 UTC

As time goes on ever-smarter image processing will allow small sensors on mobile devices to overcome the limits of physics, driven by massive economies of scale and the vast profits at stake. We're already halfway there. Hats off to Adobe for continuing to push the boundaries of photography!

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 19:00 UTC as 25th comment
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