PaulSnowcat

PaulSnowcat

Lives in Russian Federation Moscow, Russian Federation
Works as a Game Designer
Joined on Nov 10, 2007
About me:

Amateur photographer, used quite alot cameras, starting with primitive film ones, then some film SLRs, some P&S digitals, Samsung GX-10, then used Olympus gear and was happy with is but when Olympus killed it's wonderful E system, I moved to Sony and currently I am a happy owner of A-7II.

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Debankur Mukherjee: How can you compare M1 with Ryzen 9 ? Is it not Apple vs Orange story.

It is, but why one cannot choose an Orange over Apple? ;)

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2021 at 08:17 UTC

Packing THIS power (CPU and 3060) in THIS small package may be a very good idea for marketing but is a very bad idea for real life. You cannot use this power on a constant basis. For example you cannot launch DXO for a large batch of files or you cannot play games on it.
Why? It will overheat heavily. It's case will be so hot that you will not able to touch it and eventually it will receive thermal damage. I've seen MANY damaged ultrabooks that were too powerful for an ultrabook concept.
I prefer ultrabooks that use JUST AMD Ryzen with no discreet GPU, they are MUCH more stable for long 100% system load sessions. Ryzens, unlike Intels, have quite good acceptable GPUs built in them...

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2021 at 08:14 UTC as 55th comment | 6 replies
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PaulSnowcat: WHEN it is going to be released? With NN AI ON1 becomes a real competitive RAW processor and I think - the best one for Fuji Files, really comparable with DXO on other platforms.

By "comparable" I mean that ON1 will generate results from Fuji files comparable by quality to what DXO generates from, in my case, Nikon files.

It's true, ON1, when it was released, was quite a poor tool. In my case, I've switched to Fuji S-X10 from Nikon Z50 half a year ago. And, my greatest trouble was to figure out what RAW converter should I use instead of DXO (it cannot process X-Trans files). I tried ALL (literally ALL!) of them. I've found that on high ISO only one converter can give comparable results - Silkypix (I was surprised also!). BUT silkypix is not very comfortable to use, it's logic is COMPLETELY different...

I also tried ON1 RAW. And I enjoyed using it. Currently it has only one GREAT flaw - extremely poor denoising. It is just blurring, nothing more. BUT their newly released NoNoise AI gives wonderful results on RAW files. So, after it will be integrated into ON1 Raw converter - it will become a very good instrument and I plan to buy it.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2021 at 10:40 UTC

WHEN it is going to be released? With NN AI ON1 becomes a real competitive RAW processor and I think - the best one for Fuji Files, really comparable with DXO on other platforms.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2021 at 00:08 UTC as 3rd comment | 2 replies
On article Nikon Z fc Review (2132 comments in total)

They removed that extremely nice hand grip! WHY!? How this pretty toy can be uses with a Tamron 100-400 or Sigma 50-100? Thanks, but I'll pass. I am staying with Fuji X-S10, Fringer FTX1 and Nikon F lenses.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2021 at 18:07 UTC as 125th comment | 4 replies

I think the way to go is a "transformer" sensors. As SUPERCCD was back in long-ago days. Now we have new technology called QuadCMOS. Imagine having a 80Mp camera that can easily become a 20MP one with much better low light performance a OR with much better dynamic range (your choice). For me this would be a very tempting technology. It already began making it first steps on mobile market so I think it can appear in future cameras also... Hey, Fuji! You're THE best at non-standard wondrous sensor AND you said you're creating something new for us in 2022 in that field, maybe this is what it's all about?

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2021 at 15:39 UTC as 78th comment
On article A photographer's guide to buying a smartphone (152 comments in total)
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PaulSnowcat: Photographer's guide for buying a smartphone.
1. Think about what screen you want to have, IPS or OLED? Larger or smaller?
2. Think about battery... Do you need a large one or no?
3. Think about external memory card. Do you need one or you can live with internal memory only?
4. Think about quality of sound output. Great sound quality can really help during some situations,
5. Camera? DON'T think about it, as you use real cameras and lenses, so you don't need to think about how you telephone can take photos.

I DON'T use special sound players and don't use separate loudspeakers. That's why I pay attention to sound quality of my smartphone.

If I was an audiophile, I'd be using hifi player and i'd pay zero attention to sound quality of my smartphone, really.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2021 at 11:06 UTC
On article A photographer's guide to buying a smartphone (152 comments in total)

Photographer's guide for buying a smartphone.
1. Think about what screen you want to have, IPS or OLED? Larger or smaller?
2. Think about battery... Do you need a large one or no?
3. Think about external memory card. Do you need one or you can live with internal memory only?
4. Think about quality of sound output. Great sound quality can really help during some situations,
5. Camera? DON'T think about it, as you use real cameras and lenses, so you don't need to think about how you telephone can take photos.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2021 at 13:47 UTC as 44th comment | 2 replies
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Imager of: Not possible to beat topaz de-noise. Simply the best out there.

No, not at default setting. Unfortunately I have to figure out settings for each picture with high ISO individually. That's a huge drawback. I just manually find the best setting.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2021 at 20:45 UTC

Great review! Now THIS is the proof that phones shoot better then photo cameras :P

Link | Posted on May 22, 2021 at 10:06 UTC as 21st comment
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Imager of: Not possible to beat topaz de-noise. Simply the best out there.

@TwoMetreBill, you are right, X-trans 4 with Topaz AI can be used up to 6400. BUT Silkypix can handle 12800. Here is the sample of extremely difficult picture (difficult for denoising), developed by SilkyPix - http://www.alphatraveller.org/gallery/upload/2021/03/13/20210313015630-0694c9f9.jpg
Shot with X-S10, which has the same sensor as X-T3 does.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2021 at 07:24 UTC

Well, I'll check it out for sure... I cannot use DXO with my new Fuji camera, so this IS quite a problem for me. I have to use SilkyPix instead, it can give results that are at least comparable with DXO. But SilyPix's logic is... strange... So I'll be glad to try another tool. As it (as DXO) removes noise while demosaic is done, I think there IS hope.

And, maybe it will encourage DXO to start working with Fuji X-Trans also? I know this IS alot of work for them... But one can dream!

Link | Posted on May 19, 2021 at 18:17 UTC as 36th comment | 1 reply
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Imager of: Not possible to beat topaz de-noise. Simply the best out there.

Topaz is NOT the best. I recently switched to Fuji camera and I had to try EVERY noise removal software (stand alone or integrated in RAW processor) to get something that can be at least comparable to DXO DeepPRIME that I've used before.
Topaz is not even rear when you use ISO 12800. Cannot be compared to DXO - a lot less details, large ugly color deviations in night sky.

Among all (literally ALL!) denoisers only SilkyPix could give results that are at least comparable with DXO DeepPrime.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2021 at 18:12 UTC
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PaulSnowcat: When I saw the title i was thinking "Wow! At last PRIME for X-Trans!". But alas, still no PRIME for X-Trans... Too bad. DXO is my favoured soft for RAW processing. And I had to switch to Silkypix with my new Fuji X-10. Silkypix is comparably mighty software, but a lot less comfortable to use! As soon as DXO will implement support for X-Trans, I am switching back! DXO guys, pleeeease???

That's VERY strange... It should not be this way :)

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2021 at 12:38 UTC
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PaulSnowcat: When I saw the title i was thinking "Wow! At last PRIME for X-Trans!". But alas, still no PRIME for X-Trans... Too bad. DXO is my favoured soft for RAW processing. And I had to switch to Silkypix with my new Fuji X-10. Silkypix is comparably mighty software, but a lot less comfortable to use! As soon as DXO will implement support for X-Trans, I am switching back! DXO guys, pleeeease???

Yep they've said it many times in the past, but last their statement was about time that passes and that they cannot say that this will never happen and that they are working on it. So hope re-appeared.
As for noise reduction, I've tried EVERYTHING (topaz also of course) and only SilkyPix gives results that are on par with DXO.
YET I must say, Silky is much harder to master then DXO...

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2021 at 11:43 UTC
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PaulSnowcat: When I saw the title i was thinking "Wow! At last PRIME for X-Trans!". But alas, still no PRIME for X-Trans... Too bad. DXO is my favoured soft for RAW processing. And I had to switch to Silkypix with my new Fuji X-10. Silkypix is comparably mighty software, but a lot less comfortable to use! As soon as DXO will implement support for X-Trans, I am switching back! DXO guys, pleeeease???

Jeff, I've tried it and was VERY disappointed with it's ergonomics. I prefer classic shapes or camera bodies with deep grip. X-S10 is an ideal camera for me :)

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2021 at 08:38 UTC

When I saw the title i was thinking "Wow! At last PRIME for X-Trans!". But alas, still no PRIME for X-Trans... Too bad. DXO is my favoured soft for RAW processing. And I had to switch to Silkypix with my new Fuji X-10. Silkypix is comparably mighty software, but a lot less comfortable to use! As soon as DXO will implement support for X-Trans, I am switching back! DXO guys, pleeeease???

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2021 at 14:31 UTC as 53rd comment | 8 replies
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PaulSnowcat: Smartphones can't replace a normal camera... Yet, Xiaomi IS including some real innovations in their products. Bravo, Xiaomi! I used the first Mi MIX and it was a very nice phone with a fully ceramic body - something Apple has claimed to be impossible earlier that year...

@Ted, true, Apple will not send any data to China. But it will gradually intentionally make your phone slower and slower with new firmware releases. I am not sure what's worse actually )

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2021 at 16:42 UTC

Smartphones can't replace a normal camera... Yet, Xiaomi IS including some real innovations in their products. Bravo, Xiaomi! I used the first Mi MIX and it was a very nice phone with a fully ceramic body - something Apple has claimed to be impossible earlier that year...

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2021 at 09:45 UTC as 25th comment | 16 replies
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PaulSnowcat: Dear DXO developers! Your product IS great in every aspect. But you really have to add support for Fujifilm X-Trans cameras. Fuji is a serious player on the market and you have to support their cameras. I understand that such a development requires money. Maybe run a crowdfunding campaign for it and I am sure there will be lost of people who will back you!

@Raist3d, you are wrong, telling that it is a non-issue. I currently have Nikon Z50 and Fuji X-S10. They have very close noise levels. I can use Nikon Z50 up to ISO 12800 freely wit DXO conversion. With X-S10 I have to use C1 instead of DXO. And that's a TWO stop difference! Up to 3200 - acceptable, but not higher. Sure, I can add Topaz Denoise AFTER C1, but that is 2 programs instead of one and they are still less effective then DXO and can't do 12800. The issue is dark night sky. After LOTS of trials and errors I have found the best software for Fuji finally. (Thankfully they all have trial versions!) And it is Silkypix 10. It allows using of 12800 with X-S10 as DXO allows it with Z50. Yet Silkypix have a very different logic and frankly speaking, I like DXO logic more...

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2021 at 02:32 UTC
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