RamD

RamD

Joined on Dec 22, 2012

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Nolejd50: One could get a way better laptop for that kind of money plus have some left over. It's really funny how iSheep are attached to their shepherd brand.

How off the track your comment is. While we can wait for the tests, the fact is that Intel and others (perhaps not Ryzden) have fallen far behind in chip technology. Intel is now several years behind. While there's many good PCs out there, some paradigm shift is going to have to occur at the PC level to keep up with what Apple is now doing. It's all good to have competition, because it pushes the bar further higher. You can be an Intel-Microsoft fan or an Apple fan, but the bottom line is we all benefit from good old-fashioned competition.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2021 at 00:12 UTC
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Nolejd50: One could get a way better laptop for that kind of money plus have some left over. It's really funny how iSheep are attached to their shepherd brand.

How off the track your comment is. While we can wait for the tests, the fact is that Intel and others (perhaps not Ryzden) have fallen far behind in chip technology. Intel is now several years behind. While there's many good PCs out there, some paradigm shift is going to have to occur at the PC level to keep up with what Apple is now doing. It's all good to have competition, because it pushes the bar further higher. You can be an Intel-Microsoft fan or an Apple fan, but the bottom line is we all benefit from good old-fashioned competition.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2021 at 00:12 UTC
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Billy34: I fully support the use of AI algorithms to support photo editing. It would be stupid not to.

That said, I hope that in the next few years the technique becomes so ubiquitous that hyping it serves no competitive advantage. Iā€™d rather see them talk about what the software can do, rather than the type of algorithm it uses.

@rhedpixel What you are seeing in many of the posts is not so much a criticism of the software itself (though there's some - but that happens with every piece of software). Instead, people are just tired of a marketing strategy that, according to some of your responses, has competing software products on the market. It starts to sound like you eat your own. Why Skylum didn't do a major version change from AI 4 to Neo is, I think, what is ticking many people off. No matter what the explanation it doesn't sit right. No amount of evangelist explanation will change that.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2021 at 18:50 UTC

I'm a little surprised that this is presented as an entirely new idea. Lenzbuddy (https://www.lenzbuddy.com) has had lens caps (front and rear) for every possible camera/lens manufacturer for quite a while. Their price is only nominally higher than the sticker price. While I hear what some say about taking rear caps off and putting them on a different lens, if you're working out of a bag and your lenses sit face down, it is very useful to quickly see which lens is which when you go to pull one out. I just put the rear cap in the compartment the lens came out of. In any event, for those who might prefer front caps that identify the lens's focal length, that available at Lenzbuddy as well.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2021 at 17:15 UTC as 16th comment | 2 replies
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Light Pilgrim: Milking the same cow year on year:-)

@juarmwMN Yep. Drives you crazy huh? :-)

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2021 at 01:26 UTC
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thx1138: Canon picking a bad day to announce the R3, it will be whitenoise against Apple's launch.

@thx1138 - Love the sarcasm.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2021 at 01:23 UTC
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Mescalamba: Do they supply cheese with that grater?

Ha-ha. Juvenile. If you ever have anything intelligent to see be sure to let us know.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2021 at 01:24 UTC
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noegd: GNSS is a generic term that can be used for any satellite-based navigation system with global coverage. In that respect, GPS is a GNSS, as are GLONASS or Galileo. This means that the use of the GNSS term is by no means a guarantee of multiple constellations support.

@BJN Nikon isn't "saying" anything. The article didn't say Nikon announced something, it just says something about "reports out of Japan." The article goes on to say "if the reports are true." Seems like click bait that everyone is responding to.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2021 at 02:47 UTC
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Rod McD: Splitting hairs, IMO. Either camera is capable of excellent landscape photography. So are many others, even if they don't offer 45+ mpx. The greatest assets to landscape photography are being there, time and light. Heaven forbid, but even film cameras with lower res, lower DR, no AF, no pixel shift, slow lenses and minimal post processing made fabulous landscape images.

@RodMcD What nature displayed on any given day is not what nature displays the next day or the day after that, etc. I'm not sure what you mean that the great film photographers manipulated "In the context of what could be achieved in the dark room and within the time frame allowed by the development and printing process." So? You can look at Ansel's Moonrise Over Hernadez over the years he printed it (many) and the image changed DRAMATICALLY. Whether that was done in the print process or through PS, shouldn't matter. He had something to convey, and he conveyed it in differing manners over a period of decades. It is likely that none of the images were quite what he saw the early evening he took that photo. But no one argues that it is not among the most impactful photos of the 20th Century. Very few photographers were capable of what Ansel managed in the darkroom. But many more of us can manage that in the digital darkroom. But it does take a willingness to manipulate an image

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2021 at 01:19 UTC
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StoneJack: Nikon's new Z mirrorless system, barely 3 years old, beats Sony's mirrorless system built in decade? yes. Add the new hit camera Z fc and incoming Z9, we have a good progress on Nikon side.

@YingYon, no, actually that's not correct.. The Chevy Corvette LT-2 (probably the most comparable to a Porsche 911) had a list price of $117,000. The Porsche Carrera 4 was $117,500. Porsche 91s1 come in prices lesser and greater and Corvettes come in mostly less expensive, but if you gave me a choice between the Corvette LT-2 and the Porsche Carrera 4, there would be no comparison, though I appreciate that others might prefer the Corvette.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2021 at 19:33 UTC
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Rod McD: Splitting hairs, IMO. Either camera is capable of excellent landscape photography. So are many others, even if they don't offer 45+ mpx. The greatest assets to landscape photography are being there, time and light. Heaven forbid, but even film cameras with lower res, lower DR, no AF, no pixel shift, slow lenses and minimal post processing made fabulous landscape images.

Agree, other than "minimal processing." Landscape photography is not documentary photography. While this debate can go on ad infinitum, the photographer who wants an image to best express the emotion they saw when present or that they wish to convey can use these high bit images to create their own version of a landscape that has been shot millions of times before. And we know our RAW images from our cameras do not depict what we saw in the field. The processing is as important as the quality of the file you are working with. Get as much right as possible in camera, but don't let those who say, did you use "Photoshop" on that picture, be a badge of dishonor. Don't tell me Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and a slew of other great landscape photographers didn't do large manipulations of their prints. As Ansel famously said, the negative (digital file) is the score, the print is the performance.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2021 at 19:24 UTC
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StoneJack: Nikon's new Z mirrorless system, barely 3 years old, beats Sony's mirrorless system built in decade? yes. Add the new hit camera Z fc and incoming Z9, we have a good progress on Nikon side.

I love the guys saying "oh this can't be true because my camera is more popular on Amazon." Boo-hoo. If you believe sales figures are a direct corollary to quality I guess that makes a Chevy Corvette (21,000 sold in 2020) a better vehicle than a Porsche 911 (8,800 sold for same year) (even though both are great vehicles); a McDonald's Cheeseburger (billions sold) better than [insert name of your favorite cheeseburger joint] (thousands sold?). You have no idea how many of the sales were to people who wanted a general use camera versus landscape camera (and Sony is still a fine landscape camera so calm down) or bought a camera and stuck it in the closet to use three times a year, versus those who use it continuously. Sales figures are not correlative to the single use proposition in this video. Don't be snowflakes.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2021 at 19:03 UTC
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whitelens: DPReview:
Nikon Z7II: Silver award 89%
Sony A7R4: Gold award 91%
DPReview TV:
Nikon is the better Landscape Camera.

I guess it is like in real life, you can not always trust what you see on TV!

I get that the Sony fanboys are going to be upset with this, just like the Nikon fanboys would be upset with the opposite. It shouldn't require calling this out, but there's a difference between the "ratings" given by DPReview for the camera overall (video, focus accuracy and so forth) with limiting the use of the camera for landscape, where some of Sony's perceived advantages don't matter. You love your Sony? That's great, there is nothing "wrong" with it. It's a great camera. But appreciate the difference between the two different approaches to analyzing the cameras.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2021 at 18:33 UTC
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Kaj E: If he signed away his copyright in writing, he has no case.

And I hope you are licensed in France. U.S. copyright law is difficult enough and as a U.S. attorney I wouldn't begin to venture a guess concerning French copyright law. .

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2021 at 02:08 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 II review (1508 comments in total)

The Z7 II isn't even the intended Nikon competitor to the Sony A7R IV. The Z8 will be that. Yet if you compare the Z7 II to the A7R IV it is behind by a minuscule amount and has a higher value rating by DP Review. While Nikon was slow to the gate, given how long ago it's first entree was, it is really not that far behind. For those of us who appreciate Nikon ergonomics over Sony and Canon (each to his own), as a D850 user I'm fine with waiting for the Z8. The D850 has very high image quality and will serve me quite well until the Z8 arrives. If, as mostly a landscape photographer, the Z8 doesn't seem as impressive as I expect it to be my likely choice with be a Fuji GFX camera, not a Sony or Canon. in the meantime anyone having any of the current main competitor offerings have a camera that is likely beyond their current skill level that can provide many portfolio images. There's nothing to complain about today.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2021 at 02:35 UTC as 76th comment | 3 replies
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PhotoKhan: This is emotional exploitation at its most crude level.

Let me post something for consideration of all other Nate Townsends that might have been attracted to this manipulative sad, sad moment, one that has further belittled Leica in my eyes:

Phone your father and make an impromptu road trip with him while he's still alive.

Reduce any camera, from any brand...heck!...your phone even, to an optional, semi-irrelevant item.

So we open up a quarrel
Between the present and the past
We only sacrifice the future
It's the bitterness that lasts

So don't yield to the fortunes
You sometimes see as fate
It may have a new perspective
On a different day
And if you don't give up, and don't give in
You may just be okay

So say it loud, say it clear (oh say it clear)
You can listen as well as you hear
Because it's too late, it's too late (it's too late) when we die (oh when we die)
To admit we don't see eye to eye

I wasn't there that morning
When my Father passed away
I didn't get to tell him
All the things I had to say

Mike + The Mechanics

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2021 at 03:49 UTC

Yikes. The cognoscenti are all snorting their disapproval of the video. This is as much about photography as it is about Leica. So many commenters like to show they are above it all - "see, I can look down at Leica and its advertising, because I'm above it all." I'm not a Leica user and probably never will be, but although the video pulls at some obvious heartstrings - now we can't admit to be impacted by that, right? - it is mixing the advertisement with what is special about photography. A little cheesy? Sure. But an effective advertisement that lifts photography as a meaningful means of communication and art? Absolutely. Well done Leica. Didn't follow the usual Canon, Nikon, Sony line that "this new camera makes everything that came before obsolete." Good for you.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2021 at 03:36 UTC as 10th comment | 6 replies
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ecka84: Great snaps. I mean, they are tiny 1mp pictures, which shrinks the overall impact of a potentially amazing image down to almost boring.

Chriscotech - I agree. Calling these "snaps" demeans them. And while I'd love to have a real print of some of the photographs shown, I can appreciate them with their being in high res. It would be nice, though, if we were given the option of clicking on a higher res alternative, but then we'd have people stealing them.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2021 at 22:50 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Understanding diffraction (110 comments in total)

Don - Thanks for the excellent video. The obvious point of it was to educate concerning diffraction. Somehow that offends people because they get acceptably sharp photos using smaller apertures. What is "acceptable" is, of course, highly subjective. And depending on your type of photography may not be that relevant. While the macro example is used to show the extreme case, those of us who are mostly landscape shooters will see the detriment of diffraction in certain photos. Many photographers leaned that depth of field required f16 or above. Very often, to obtain depth of field f11 would be perfectly suitable without focus stacking. As others have said below, you can't get back missing detail with sharpening. If the type of photography you do depends on ultimate sharpness, then be aware of this. If it doesn't do as you wish. But diffraction is a scientific fact. If you live in a fact free world, believe what you want.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2021 at 17:51 UTC as 3rd comment
On article DPReview TV: Understanding diffraction (110 comments in total)
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Grimstod: Not sure about that laser illustration. Even fast F2 telescopes show an Arie disc on stars. And it is a common tool or optical phenomena used to climate them.

@Grimstod, interesting that you say that the "science doesn't add up," when the article you cite says the following: "When it comes to diffraction at small apertures like f/16 or f/22, it is true that your IQ drops at those levels. Diffraction puts an upper limit on the resolving power of a lens, and each narrower aperture lowers that limit. Diffraction, however, blurs an image in a very even, very predictable way. That means softening caused by diffraction can fairly easily be corrected with some sharpening while post-processing." This fellow believes sharpening solves it, not that the science isn't accurate. Test it yourself. Do a series of photo with high-frequency information (i.e. blades of grass, needles on a fir tree, etc.) and run through various apertures, then look at them magnified (what a large print might look like), and then try to sharpen the softer images and see what you get. I have tried this and it is beyond reasonable question that diffraction is real.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2021 at 17:35 UTC
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