ThomasH_always

Lives in United States Santa Clara, United States
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Any poll about white/black preference ratio is not representative, because clearly many people who "just visit" the site to get informed about photography would not jump into such talk. I just hope that our "choice" will be respected: no Blaxit on default. I call it here clearly: Whoever prefers white background does not understand how human senses work. They wish to have a White Lamp shining into their faces. Go ahead, don't let the door hit you on the way out.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 14:29 UTC as 74th comment | 1 reply
On article Lens shootout: Sony RX10 III destroys the competition (485 comments in total)

This article is not to the DPreview standard. Title says: Sony 'destroys the competition', I am looking at these images, and I do not see the "destroys" part at all. The author should avoid such formulations, especially in the title. The new Sony has some minute advantage over the FZ1000, but considering the dramatic price difference, I prefer the Lumix still.

That said, of course I have in mind my specific predicted use, what is web posting, thus effectively 2Mbyte-4Mbyte images. Someone planing to make huge prints might be persuaded by every even smallest increase in corner performance. And the Sony Zeiss is indeed a well balanced lens.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2016 at 01:01 UTC as 64th comment | 4 replies
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ACS Trainer: Sad to hear this. Back in the day when I worked at Vistek in downtown Toronto, Michael and I wrestled with the issue of metamarism when printing with the Epson 2000. It was supposed to be a fine art photo printer but it's ink mix fluoresced green under certain lighting conditions. It was an interesting time thrashing the issue about. Without a doubt his deep interest in photo printing helped us get to where photo inkjet printing is today. He was a really sharp and nice guy.

Indeed, he managed this amazing balance between technology and practice. His articles were really helping people to achieve better results throughout the process, including printing. LuLa spoke not only about cameras, but also about printers, monitors, calibration, paper, down to presenting results. Add to it the most esoteric issue of artistic value in composition and light, or specialized photography like night or astro-photography, and you will likely come to the conclusion that LuLa was one of a kind source of information in the digital time.

Link | Posted on May 21, 2016 at 14:39 UTC

Indeed: Its sad about Michael Reichman, he was really a great mentor and an excellent writer. I relied on his opinions for many years. After Uwe Steinmueller (Outback Photo) world of photography lost another prominent figure.

Link | Posted on May 21, 2016 at 14:00 UTC as 22nd comment
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (722 comments in total)
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Les Hall: There's a reason why books have white and not black pages. It may be just about using less ink, but it is also much more legible when it comes to text. Reading forums just wears me out with that inverted color set-up.

As for images, I think black is too much for that too. 50% grey would be perfect.

Well, a paper is a "passive display". It reflects or absorbs different percentile of the ambient light. That percentile stays constant regardless how much light we have. If you so want: The display quasi auto adjusts to the energy of the ambient light. Furthermore, the spectrum of the reflected light always corresponds to the spectrum of the ambient light.

That is never so with active displays, unless they have some active spectrometer attached to them, such as Pantone Huye for example.

I agree with gray: a neutral, luminance around 30-50% gray seems to be optimal for imaging.

True is that present day LED based displays do not impose the same side effects, which we have had with CRT based technology: They generated electromagnetic fields, even a spurious x-ray component. The darker the screen, the better it was for all of us...

There are many reasons for the popularity of Dpreview, I claim the dark "photo ambience" is one of these factors.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2016 at 17:41 UTC
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (722 comments in total)

I hate white theme. I love the dark one. The issue is that the display is active, isn't it? A white background is like a lamp shining into someone's face. Especially late evening, when one still works in a dim room, or maybe even, a noble idea: Makes photography with Lightroom , or any other photography application. Now, why is it so that these all programs reached their ergonomics by using a dark, color neutral background. These shining white backgrounds burn my eyes, literally, I am getting tears. This here is relaxing.

You are doing fine, do not spend money or "breaking what ain't broken".

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2016 at 13:30 UTC as 276th comment
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ThomasH_always: There it is again: No Viewfinder, No purchase. Got it, Nikon?

By the by, it always fascinates me that the new cameras are proudly presented how _others_ see them, not you, the photographer and user. I am interested in the outlook of the back side and of the top side rather. This is what I will see while using the device. Of course, in the vague understanding of physics, no LCD display will be able to compete with the energy of the sun light. The sun is bigger, and will always win. We need a viewfinder, or "the device" is not "a camera". I will not be plugging in some external contraptions for $200, which can get lost. Ridiculous.

Dear Studor13, Nikon is terrified of each and every customer, who is leaking to Sony (or any other competitor for that matter). And they do not care about a forum. Gross of Nikon's revenue are the cameras and lenses. Its not like Fuji or Ricoh, who run a "hobby department" with cameras.

Link | Posted on Feb 29, 2016 at 15:31 UTC

There it is again: No Viewfinder, No purchase. Got it, Nikon?

By the by, it always fascinates me that the new cameras are proudly presented how _others_ see them, not you, the photographer and user. I am interested in the outlook of the back side and of the top side rather. This is what I will see while using the device. Of course, in the vague understanding of physics, no LCD display will be able to compete with the energy of the sun light. The sun is bigger, and will always win. We need a viewfinder, or "the device" is not "a camera". I will not be plugging in some external contraptions for $200, which can get lost. Ridiculous.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2016 at 07:05 UTC as 136th comment | 4 replies
On article The long, difficult road to Pentax full-frame (617 comments in total)

I am glad to see that Pentax is still a player, not a major in terms of market share, but they really make splendid products. I used to own one of the really petite film SLR's, ages ago.

Regarding to the text of this commentary: Dpreview should not place links to paid web pages (luminous-landscape, the Contax review). Its not about "the dollar monthly", its about the potential hassle if we would have to subscribe to each and every web site separately. This is simply not the way, and such places do not deserve the ad by Dpreview.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2016 at 13:59 UTC as 20th comment

No Viewfinder: No Interest. That's that, short and simple, the definitive "don't buy" criterion.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2016 at 15:48 UTC as 37th comment | 3 replies

I do not think that this is "newsworthy". We have had several jpeg variants presented in the past, with the same claim. For example Jpeg2000. All of these failed due to lack of support. And than we have the png these days, created due to the patent-scavenging practice of a Forgent Networks company, and prior to that, Unisys's attempt to monetize on the patent.

For me the deal breaker is the 8-bit color depth in jpeg. Whoever is used to work on 14bit, or the older 12bit raw files, will not use such file format. The difference in processing latitude is drastic and obvious. Size of the customary jpeg files on the web is these days almost meaningless.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2015 at 15:25 UTC as 86th comment | 4 replies

This is a shockingly tiny, outright microscopic amount. Just think of Apple's multi-billion spending for some no-name headsets called, Bits or Bids, whatever.

I would rather expect a price in the range of 50 Billion. Even than this would be bargain for Sony.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2015 at 03:46 UTC as 22nd comment | 4 replies
On article RX aeternus? Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II review (271 comments in total)

Your "compare to FZ1000" table incorrectly omits the fact that FZ1000 also supports 4K video format.

For me, especially considering the sky-high price tag of the Sony, the RX10 is not a viable alternative to the FZ1000.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2015 at 13:41 UTC as 64th comment | 1 reply
On article Graava action cam automatically edits POV footage (47 comments in total)

Ok, dear Brittany: I have a MAJOR question:
What in God's name is POV??
Why can't you avoid usage of acronyms, which are not explained in the text?

In that context I always remember the 700-pages book with acronyms in one of my former companies. Our "star" was PIS, The Post Ignition Stage, what also could be Postal Index South. Have you already filed your pis measures with pis?

Please, we have a spoken language, use it please in full words. Or, introduce the acronym and than use it: "The camera can automatically use Personal Oven View (POV) in the kitchen and..." There, this is how unprepared readers can know what do you mean.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2015 at 16:28 UTC as 8th comment | 2 replies
On article Canon PowerShot G3 X: What you need to know (614 comments in total)
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ThomasH_always: 600mm without a viewfinder... Good luck to use 600mm at arms length. They are becoming totally insane. I said it before and I say it again: For me "No Viewfinder=No Buy". That simple, that decisive, that final. Another criterion of same kind is: "No Raw=No Buy". Either one of these disqualifies the device from being for me an object of interest.

One have to love the messages from youngsters here :-), the "post film generation," holding their cameras like babies in stinky diapers, away from the face.

Well, you both artists, clinching to the term "arms lenght", versus what? "half arms lenght?", is that you mean? There is also the issue of sun light on the lcd display, and a reading distance, especially for older folks, such as myself.

There is something for you to learn, I guess. Question back at you: Have ever photographed with a viewfinder, do you comprehend the massive difference in stability of such a hold? Have you ever, only once, tried out a long lens? I do not think so, otherwise you would have never written here such nonsense.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2015 at 14:05 UTC
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PhotoKhan: The pricing of these lenses (especially the 200-500, pending on performance) shows that Nikon knows exactly what to do to change the perception that Canon is more powerful, versatile and competitive when it comes to lenses.

As a Canon user, I would only wish that Canon had the same reciprocal savvy when it comes to cameras.

The 5Ds/r pricing might indicate they have...The final proof will be the chosen price point for the 5DMKIV.

Yes, the 200-500 is a fascinating appearance, especially when we compare it to the 80-400 with its astonishing price hike over the old version. The question is indeed: How will the 200-500 perform? If this price is real, and the optical performance is on pair to the Tamron/Sigma 150-600 offerings, this lens will become a huge hit for Nikon, regardless its weight.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2015 at 13:52 UTC
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backayonder: So the new 24-70 is what in Aussie dollars around $3400?
Makes the secondhand version that I am about to buy tomorrow for $1300 including UV filter a bargain.

...and makes you save on a gym equipment! That lens lens is perfect for arm exercises. No doubt, that was the Nikon's motivation for making it such a massive, massive monster.

(I am kidding of course, but monster it is. When I compare it to my vintage 35-70 f/2.8, petite by compare, I have to ask myself, why this 24-70 is so gigantic. On a D810 that pair 24-70f/2.8+D810 is indeed a yesterdays proposition. Left and right people leak from Canikon to m4/3, and I do not see a stop for this tendency. Number of my Nikkor's is down from 12 to 5 remaining, and I use a Canon these days anyways. Somehow none of the Nikon's appeal to me.)

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2015 at 13:46 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G3 X: What you need to know (614 comments in total)
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ThomasH_always: 600mm without a viewfinder... Good luck to use 600mm at arms length. They are becoming totally insane. I said it before and I say it again: For me "No Viewfinder=No Buy". That simple, that decisive, that final. Another criterion of same kind is: "No Raw=No Buy". Either one of these disqualifies the device from being for me an object of interest.

Hm... I would rather say, I shall redouble the number of complaints, so that they would reach the Islands Of Japan.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 19:24 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G3 X: What you need to know (614 comments in total)

600mm without a viewfinder... Good luck to use 600mm at arms length. They are becoming totally insane. I said it before and I say it again: For me "No Viewfinder=No Buy". That simple, that decisive, that final. Another criterion of same kind is: "No Raw=No Buy". Either one of these disqualifies the device from being for me an object of interest.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 19:18 UTC as 83rd comment | 8 replies

This is a very positive tendency to test a wider range of equipment, not merely the cameras. I am however somewhat stunned that the testers have not recognized just how... unique the UniqBall is. It is a ball head and a leveling plate in one, quite extraordinary in practice for panning and tilting. Ingenious like the legendary Rubic Cube. In my opinion, a special mention would be in place.

Correction: I just spotted a special mention for most innovative design in the summary, my fault that I have not spotted it prior to writing this comment.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2015 at 14:39 UTC as 7th comment
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