Tom_A

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On article Sigma releases price and availability for sd Quattro H (369 comments in total)
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Tom_A: If like the cheaper SD brother it is only really good (albeit slow in operation) at ISO100, then that seems to me overly restrictive for most uses.
Sometimes I still use my medium format film cameras, the results are beautiful, but when I use an ISO100 film for that utmost in quality on relativey sunny days there are always shots in one roll where I curse that I cannot quickly set the iso to say 800. Hence, wondering if this camera will be just as frustrating.

Landscaper1, this limitation is in essence what I read in 2 or 3 reviews of the SD variant which has a slightly smaller sensor. Plus that one was it seemed slow in operation as well (not necessarily such a problem depending on your photo style, but still nobody complains about quickly operating cameras).
Because of the way the sensor works, I don't expect a huge improvement in higher iso performance but I would be happy to be proven wrong.
I think that for reasonable modern flexibility, good performance up to 1600 ISO is a minimum requirement.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 03:00 UTC
On article Sigma releases price and availability for sd Quattro H (369 comments in total)

If like the cheaper SD brother it is only really good (albeit slow in operation) at ISO100, then that seems to me overly restrictive for most uses.
Sometimes I still use my medium format film cameras, the results are beautiful, but when I use an ISO100 film for that utmost in quality on relativey sunny days there are always shots in one roll where I curse that I cannot quickly set the iso to say 800. Hence, wondering if this camera will be just as frustrating.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 01:25 UTC as 49th comment | 4 replies
On article Have your say: Best prime lens of 2016 (152 comments in total)
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creepy.sol: If the poll is based solely on popularity, then it's wildly unfair. For example, if a manufacturer builds an incredible lens for a system used by only a small slice of the market, that lens could be the best but will be killed in a popularity contest.

It is a readers poll purely on gut feeling: I expect that 70% if not more of the voters have not tried any of the lenses, 20% 1 of the lenses, and 10% more than 1 lens...

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2016 at 07:19 UTC

Mapplethorpe.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2016 at 02:29 UTC as 45th comment
On article Field Test: Wedding Photography with the Fujifilm X-T2 (233 comments in total)
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elefteriadis alexandros: One of the most important aspects in Wedding and professional photography is the perspective and depth of field control, and for a serious photographer anything smaller than medium format is not acceptable for that reason. Smaller formats is only for sports and speed situations.
Of Course young people they don't understand that because they didn't have the opportunity to compare small format with big one.

Davinator, it is not as simple. There is a splendid subtle look to medium format, which is not only the resolution.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2016 at 15:05 UTC
On article Next level: iPhone 7 Plus camera review (189 comments in total)
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ExNewt: One thing not mentioned is a very interesting feature, which really works well if you also use iCloud for your image storage: I've got over 100,000 photos also taken with other cameras, and scanned in.

In the Photos app search for a phrase: snakes, airplane, flag, license plate; and almost instantly the matches will be shown.

And I don't mean these are pictures you tagged with those words. The image processing tries to match the word with what the picture contains.

It's not perfect but you'd be amazed how well it works.

wow, I tried it and it works. remarkable if if it is not yet perfect. this is superb usage of machine learning AI - I hate tagging my pictures, this is how it should work.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2016 at 14:44 UTC
On article Field Test: Wedding Photography with the Fujifilm X-T2 (233 comments in total)
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elefteriadis alexandros: One of the most important aspects in Wedding and professional photography is the perspective and depth of field control, and for a serious photographer anything smaller than medium format is not acceptable for that reason. Smaller formats is only for sports and speed situations.
Of Course young people they don't understand that because they didn't have the opportunity to compare small format with big one.

In the days of film you could indeed see quite a few medium format cameras in the church, because yes the results were so much better.
In most cases the wedding customer will nowadays be largely happy with the output of a full frame dslr.
As an aside, I still love to use my MF film cameras next to my digital gear. The tonality of skin tones is splendid.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2016 at 14:34 UTC

A friend has the Q. It is indeed a very nice tool for street photography, which is hos main interest. The picture quality is largely good enough for most anyone. I also loved the ergonomics. He barely uses his multilens Nikon set anymore, prefers just this, and I can see why.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2016 at 04:58 UTC as 48th comment

I still use my film medium format cameras: Fujis and Rolleiflex in 6x4.5,6x6, and 6x9. Even occasionally a Lomo Belair 6x12 with a better Belairgon lens.
It is interesting that this review echoes the film experience in the sense that, yes the resolution can be tremendous, but it's the tonality, for example very subtle skin tones that are truly elevating medium format cameras over smaller sensors/film surfaces.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2016 at 14:40 UTC as 104th comment | 2 replies

Refreshingly honest and humble comments about the Lunar.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2016 at 13:51 UTC as 33rd comment | 1 reply
On article Flickr Marketplace image licensing program shuttered (87 comments in total)
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JeremiahL: Given Yahoo's history with their other acquisitions, and some of their decisions with Flickr, it's really amazing that Flickr is still around.

I was happily paying for a "Pro" account that I rarely used until Yahoo stepped in and cancelled it a few years back.

Fortunately I moved everything over to SmugMug a long time ago. I keep the Flickr around because there's no reason to delete it.

Sonyshine, run out and find me that child!
(Actually a Groucho Marx joke)

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2016 at 01:00 UTC
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Tom_A: This is a rebranded chinese product.
I still have and occasionally use a classic Rolleiflex, which was probably the camera that gave me most joy. Compact for being medium format, very high quality results, - such a pleasure to see the results in the darkroom, usable without tripod, and a camera that made me slow down.
For me a perfect medium format "dream" camera would be a Rolleiflex with a full 6X6 sensor behind it (36p is more than enough)

Joe, I agree about a classic rolleiflex being a superb companion.
The results are so very good.
Even back then in the 1990s when i mainly used it, many people thought the Leica M6 was the ultimate walkaround camera, and of course it was great. However I found the mechanical construction of a rolleiflex at least as impressive as an M6 and the results, at least for pictures where you can take a bit of time, blew all the 35mm cameras away.
Btw an SL66 was splendid but a nightmare to get serviced nowadays. Don't be tempted.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 02:50 UTC

This is a rebranded chinese product.
I still have and occasionally use a classic Rolleiflex, which was probably the camera that gave me most joy. Compact for being medium format, very high quality results, - such a pleasure to see the results in the darkroom, usable without tripod, and a camera that made me slow down.
For me a perfect medium format "dream" camera would be a Rolleiflex with a full 6X6 sensor behind it (36p is more than enough)

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 21:47 UTC as 14th comment | 3 replies
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padang: I don't get it.

What is the point of a larger sensor which gives you 1 extra stop of light vs fullframe, but the lensea are 1 stop slower ?

Dudes. Please. F4 is f4, if you use a hand light meter you don't need to set the film/sensor size. It will expose like f4.
Only equivalence of note is for depth of field.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 09:17 UTC
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qwertyasdf: This is a medium format with the best pedigree IMO (Better than Hassy)
Just look at the impressive range of MFs offered by Fuji in the film days,
The GW645 is my all time favorite film camera, I also have the GW690,
but I still lust after the GX617 and the monster GX680.

O, it would be so good if they made this a megasized X-Pro2 rather than X-T2

I also love the the film medium format fujis. I have and still enjoy the mechanical GW645, GW690III and the autofocus GA645
Excellent travel cameras!

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 07:51 UTC
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kristof93: 1.7x larger sensor (and relatively low resolution) isn't really worth all the hassle this brings over well developed FF systems that have brighter lenses anyway.

Kristof, frankly, what are your credentials? Don't you think it is ever so slightly arrogant that you as an amateur user if a mft system understand it better than pros who would be prepared to pay for this? Google: Dunning-Kruger for the symptoms I see here.
The low iso quality and dr and the subtle tonality of even a "small" mf system like this is beyond the FF experience. Just like an FF system pictures will look better than a same generation mft or aps system.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 01:39 UTC
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TN Args: Yes yes yes. Although the Hasselblad would be extremely tempting as the price points seem to be in the same ballpark. Blad is far more compact and its leaf shutter is vibrationless unlike the Fuji -- and no chance of shutter shock.

Good on you Fuji.

I can imagine they would also add a lens with shutter eventually to the range.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 00:12 UTC
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kristof93: 1.7x larger sensor (and relatively low resolution) isn't really worth all the hassle this brings over well developed FF systems that have brighter lenses anyway.

It's not that simple, typically MF sensors can deliver a subtle tonality that is beyond what you'd get with admittedly already great FF cameras.
Do you really think that the target audience for this kind of camera knows less about photography than you do?

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 00:10 UTC
On article This film camera is 100% 3D-printed, including the lens (137 comments in total)

Despite resulting limitations, a very cool project, for example check the shutter mechanism on his blog!
I can see in the future and with better 3d printing tech other designs coming like medium format bodies etc. Very cool.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 07:48 UTC as 32nd comment
On article ESPN publishes iPhone 7 Plus photos from US Open (341 comments in total)
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Tom_A: The quality is pretty good for a camera that you can always have with you, without any effort.
Of course out dslrs are better, but at least I don't have mine with me all the time. In practice I take many pictures with my iphone 6+, 2 generations older yet within its limitations also quite good. I use it when simply on the go such as on the way towards a business meeting if I notice something interesting. It's really quite good as a backup camera, it is also very easy to share and with apps like hipstamatic I can immediately make a decent conversion to black and white or other processing.
Here are 2 pictures I quickly grabbed with the iphone in 2 airports when coming back from business trips, both postprocessed in hipstamatic. I think they look quite acceptable. Yes my fuji or a scan from my medium format film cameras would be better, but i don't carry them in my suit pocket. For info these pictures were shot through glass, you can notice that a bit for example in the sky.

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Actually I don't disagree with what you say. My dslr is better, less "thin" as you call it. But, as a backup device that I always have with me, it is quite acceptable; and now v7 is 2 generations newer which from the samples should yield even more acceptable image quality for a non-primary device, and likely sufficient for basic users without any real photography interest.

If you are interested, here are some ore of my iphone pics. I had posted these links in a previous thread on the topic.
The first one below is taken at the same place as my number 2 above, yet I prefer this zoomed one into the above scene because it becomes abstract even while suffering from the digital zoom:

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Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 07:30 UTC
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