GaryJP

GaryJP

Lives in Hong Kong Hong Kong
Works as a TV Production, Directing, Shooting, Editing
Joined on Mar 11, 2006

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Thoughts R Us: My guess is that reviewers would give different opinions if they had to use a camera over a long period of time, say at least a year. I understand why they cannot do that, but the very nature of their work is prone to what I will call spec bias. They ignore the very factors that determine long term user satisfaction.

Take the case of the Sony A7iii and the Fuji X-H1. Most reviewers gave the Sony the clear edge and more praise.

The Fuji has a much better EVF. The EVF in a mirrorless is the window on the world for the photographer; it goes along way towards creating the user experience.

The Fuji has better ergonomics. This too determines user experience.

Yet when adding up all of the specs the edge goes to the Sony, so the reviewers praise the Sony.

I bet that if these reviewers had to use those 2 cameras over the course of a year, that over time they would tend to choose to take the Fuji out more and more and ignore the Sony.

BlueBomberTurbo, which part of " I shoot everything raw and Sony files demand the most work to give me what I want" was too complicated?

Link | Posted on May 21, 2018 at 22:11 UTC
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Thoughts R Us: My guess is that reviewers would give different opinions if they had to use a camera over a long period of time, say at least a year. I understand why they cannot do that, but the very nature of their work is prone to what I will call spec bias. They ignore the very factors that determine long term user satisfaction.

Take the case of the Sony A7iii and the Fuji X-H1. Most reviewers gave the Sony the clear edge and more praise.

The Fuji has a much better EVF. The EVF in a mirrorless is the window on the world for the photographer; it goes along way towards creating the user experience.

The Fuji has better ergonomics. This too determines user experience.

Yet when adding up all of the specs the edge goes to the Sony, so the reviewers praise the Sony.

I bet that if these reviewers had to use those 2 cameras over the course of a year, that over time they would tend to choose to take the Fuji out more and more and ignore the Sony.

Yeah, and you were all saying there was nothing wrong with it before. Even DPR says "Color is improving, particularly skintones" when so many were denying ANY issue before.

Those blind tests tend to perform remarkably differently from the average page of Sony shots, where the browny grey cast is immediately obvious. Sony users seem to like it, which is fine.

I have problems with Sony's reds, which sometimes look stuck on and fake, their LED blues, and the fact that even despite that greeny cast I dislike their standard rendering of green in landscapes. And the idea that this is only a jpg issue is ridiculous. I shoot everything raw and Sony files demand the most work to give me what I want.

I shoot Sony still, particularly for video, but actually have walked into stores a couple of times planning to go for the hype and get another Sony body and instead walked out with an excellent Fujifilm lens. I just don't worship at the Sony church.

Link | Posted on May 21, 2018 at 06:43 UTC
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Thoughts R Us: My guess is that reviewers would give different opinions if they had to use a camera over a long period of time, say at least a year. I understand why they cannot do that, but the very nature of their work is prone to what I will call spec bias. They ignore the very factors that determine long term user satisfaction.

Take the case of the Sony A7iii and the Fuji X-H1. Most reviewers gave the Sony the clear edge and more praise.

The Fuji has a much better EVF. The EVF in a mirrorless is the window on the world for the photographer; it goes along way towards creating the user experience.

The Fuji has better ergonomics. This too determines user experience.

Yet when adding up all of the specs the edge goes to the Sony, so the reviewers praise the Sony.

I bet that if these reviewers had to use those 2 cameras over the course of a year, that over time they would tend to choose to take the Fuji out more and more and ignore the Sony.

Frankly I prefer the image quality from my Fuji cameras to that from the Sony ones I've owned. And that includes the A7RII and the A7SII.

Link | Posted on May 21, 2018 at 01:51 UTC
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LDunn1: This article does lend itself to introducing a game of “Fantasy Camera” - build your ‘ideal’ camera by cherry picking from the current parts bin of all the manufacturers.

I’d have Canons dual pixel tech on a Sony full frame 42mp sensor but with the Sony A9 fast read memory buffer, Sony E mount, a mix of Sony AF & Nikon’s 3d tracking tech, a mix of Canon & Fuji handling (I like the Fuji dials with a locking pin that can be toggled on/off), Canon menu system (just because I’ve used Eos for 30 years up until getting an A7R3 end of last year), in a body the size of the A7R3 (with option of adding larger grip), with body durability (weather sealing) from Nikon/Canon, and maybe Olympus IBS.

Did I miss anything? ;-)

Colours.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2018 at 12:25 UTC
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GaryJP: Writing a lot about Sony is one thing. Being unable or unwilling to see that people have different emphases and very sound reason for choosing other brands is another and renders this site ever more irrelevant for my interests. This "Top Ten"/horse race obsession approach gets rather silly. Believe it or not, photography is not "Sony and a bunch of also-rans". Some of us have even tried it and dropped it.

And then the true believers come in and do exactly what i was talking about. Let me guess. You guys spend most of your time on the Sony forum calling heretics "trolls". And no. I read the entire article. The thing is that unlike you guys I seem to have read many others too. The lady doth protest too much.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2018 at 11:18 UTC

Writing a lot about Sony is one thing. Being unable or unwilling to see that people have different emphases and very sound reason for choosing other brands is another and renders this site ever more irrelevant for my interests. This "Top Ten"/horse race obsession approach gets rather silly. Believe it or not, photography is not "Sony and a bunch of also-rans". Some of us have even tried it and dropped it.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2018 at 10:10 UTC as 58th comment | 4 replies
On article How the 50mm lens became 'Normal' (62 comments in total)
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GaryJP: A whole lot of words to come to the conclusion: “Under the right circumstances, a 50-mm lens does create a perspectival relationship that, more or less, approximates the ways the majority of people see their everyday world.” Which is precisely what “best approximates” means.

In other words: “It isn't but it is.”

PS I would think if we want to see what best approximates human focal length we should pay at least a little attention to the entire history of representational painting, at least from the Renaissance on. It pre-dates lens manufacture for cameras.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2018 at 23:45 UTC
On article How the 50mm lens became 'Normal' (62 comments in total)

A whole lot of words to come to the conclusion: “Under the right circumstances, a 50-mm lens does create a perspectival relationship that, more or less, approximates the ways the majority of people see their everyday world.” Which is precisely what “best approximates” means.

In other words: “It isn't but it is.”

Link | Posted on May 14, 2018 at 22:15 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply
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SaltLakeGuy: Sorry, ACDSee Ultimate still has ya beat ;-)

Stu 5, I wouldn't care personally. I don't work with companies I consider unethical. And I don't encourage quasi-monopolistic situations. And Capture One (for one) is a better program anyway.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2018 at 23:47 UTC
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sh10453: To ON1 folks:
Do the right thing.
Make the fee for the upgrade from the buggy 17 to 18.5 a nominal fee. A $25 upgrade fee should be good enough.
Attract some user base. $80 seems to be the subject to many complaints.

I like Corel's PaintShop Pro upgrade policy and offers a lot better.
You can't beat their Ultimate version offers.

PSP is on my Windows computer but it's no use for Mac.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2018 at 02:37 UTC
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SaltLakeGuy: Sorry, ACDSee Ultimate still has ya beat ;-)

I have it but I don't like it much.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2018 at 02:32 UTC
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Roland Karlsson: First message

Or sixty going on 14

Link | Posted on May 11, 2018 at 23:29 UTC
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Imager of: Register to see the photos! No thanks!! What’s the point of this post dpreview?

I needed to register too, despite having an AdBlocker. I went to the NatGeo site instead.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2018 at 00:43 UTC

Better to view it on the Nat Geo site. No need to register.

http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/photographer-of-the-year-2018/wallpapers/week-5-all/10/

Link | Posted on May 10, 2018 at 00:41 UTC as 2nd comment
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anticipation_of: Possibly the most useful class I ever took in high school was Creative Imaging, which was an elective that basically boiled down to How To Use Photoshop. This was back around 2000 or so. I've used those skills in every single job I've ever had since (none of which have been photography or graphic design jobs) plus lots of personal projects. For better or for worse, Adobe's tools are the industry standard and being able to edit photos and make decent graphics is a skillset that almost anyone would benefit from. It's like MS Office—sure there are good arguments that the programs suck and so does the company that makes them, but if you don't have basic proficiency in Word and Excel you are going to have problems.

"Indeed, no lock-in is a key objective for a well managed and forward looking business."

In a nutshell. Yes.

Link | Posted on May 5, 2018 at 00:50 UTC
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George Zip: Smart business decision by Adobe. 1) they get all that student revenue 2) customers for life

You were apparently not around in the early days. These weren't given to the pupils but to the schools. I agree with you completely that subscription sucks

Link | Posted on May 5, 2018 at 00:18 UTC
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George Zip: Smart business decision by Adobe. 1) they get all that student revenue 2) customers for life

Apple already did it. Used to give free computers to schools, knowing fully they could hook them on peripherals etc.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2018 at 00:20 UTC
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String: Gotta love how the majority of comments are "I hate Adobe. I'll never use Adobe. Adobe is evil. You are wasting your money on ransom ware. Etc. Etc." Mostly from the same people who will argue every minutia of the lastest sensor/camera/lens and never actually have any images to show.

I've seen as many empty galleries from the Adobe shills as from their critics.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2018 at 00:18 UTC

I teach, and I deliberately teach my students to understand principles and be software company agnostic. Hence I teach them multi-software skills. Anyone who trusts just one company or any almost monopolistic situation, particularly a company with a track record like Adobe's, is crazy.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2018 at 00:17 UTC as 26th comment
On article DPReview TV Episode 1: Sony a7 III review (346 comments in total)

24 mega-Niccolls BSI?

15' 25"

Link | Posted on May 1, 2018 at 02:42 UTC as 38th comment | 2 replies
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