TFD

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This sounds like a solution looking for a problem to solve. Adobe has too much market clout in this space allowing them to use a heavy hand.

For me this does not work, I use different applications and plug-ins to edit files and I bracket every photo making lots and lots of files. Having 2TB of files on a local drive (mirrored) works for me. The idea of a remote back-up in the cloud would be useful just a question of cost. Working remotely in the cloud not so interesting.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 08:49 UTC as 72nd comment

One solution to all of the lens complexities is to keep the same flange to sensor distance - no new lens required, no adaptors. Bigger body but maybe worth the trade off. Especially if is the replacement for D5 it is so big a mirror even with the same body depth would be smaller.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2017 at 08:46 UTC as 89th comment | 1 reply

I suspect what this means is that they will release the most expensive mirrorless camera ever and not try to complete on price. They will test the waters and will be wary to avoid eating their own DSLR market, releasing cheaper models only when sales in their DSLR market tank.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2017 at 08:32 UTC as 91st comment | 1 reply

Film photography was mostly daylight photography, This article does not say what film speed they will be reissuing probably ASA 100. Exposure latitude of < 1 stop - better get the exposure right. Lets say digital photographers are spoiled with ISO of 800-1600-10000 shot 100 images at least one will be good.

I always found Extachrome to be flatter than Kodachrome ASA 25/64! I would bet that Kodachrome in particular could out resolve any 50M sensor. But as one of the other comments said without equal print processes i.e. cibachrome it is a little pointless.

One place where sliver photography still exists is at Walmat those $0.12 prints are sliver prints. The last generation of photo printers of the film era scanned the film first, applied digital color correction before imaging them on the prints - these printers now just drop out the scanning step.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2017 at 08:32 UTC as 19th comment | 2 replies

I still have a pair of A700s and now a pair of A77s. I bought my First Sony after having been just too annoyed by my Nikons awful user interface.

Personally I find the Sony UI, which was partially lifted from Minolta as being the best. My Sony new camera open box process is; remove camera, install battery and throw out the instruction manual.

Hoping there is an A78 coming at some point,

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2017 at 08:43 UTC as 26th comment

In the film world you would do a lot for any light gathering remembering that ASA400 was about the top speed available without push processes something that led to not very good results and additionally stabilization was not in the picture.

Today in the stabilized digital world and with even at a moderate ISO (800-2000) you have several stops more reach than film can achieve, making a decision on F1.2 vs. F1.4 insignificant.

If you really need to shot in the pitch black select a higher ISO, and if necessary choose a multi-frame approach like Sony uses to noise cancel, there is almost nothing that is too dark for this solution.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2017 at 08:50 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply

I have used various versions of PSP, I still keep a copy of X2 which for me is the most user friendly and speediest, I have X8 it is ok but I like X2 better. I will probably try X9 to see if it is worth it.

I much prefer the UI of PSP over Photoshop.

Not sure how PS works but PSP offers a 32 and 64 bit version which sounds good except most of the plug-ins I use only run in 32 bit mode anyway.

The biggest concern about PSP is plug-in compatibility.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 at 08:43 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply

I can't tell if recycling a 50 year old optical design is a good thing or a bad thing.

Part of me thinks that this is a short cut, dust off an old optical design, create a little marketing hype cache, and it is manual focus.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2017 at 08:45 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
On article Google will no longer develop Nik Collection (392 comments in total)

I have used the Nik plugins for years, I find the control point function extremely useful in doing selective area editing; brightness, contrast, saturation, etc. I do not know of any other plugins that have this functionality,

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2017 at 08:45 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Alpha-better: Sony a9 versus a7R II (506 comments in total)

The A9 body is what the A7 always should have been, more controls, bigger battery. The A7 evolved out of the NEX which probably explains why they valued size over usability.

The A7 series one performance miss is their speed, while not everyone needs the A9 speed the A7 series are slow my A77 is twice as fast as any A7.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2017 at 09:06 UTC as 31st comment
On article The Leica Summaron 28mm F5.6 is old-fashioned fun (190 comments in total)

it would be a good choice at $50 on ebay.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2017 at 08:58 UTC as 12th comment
On article Oberwerth launches Donau line of leather lens pouches (56 comments in total)

Nylon has replaced leather for many applications and I think here as well, While it may not smell or feel as nice nylon works better for this application, stronger, more durable, etc. and cheaper.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 14:07 UTC as 5th comment

4/3 was born when DLSR's had 6M APS-C sensors and the pixel wars had not started and at a time when sensors were more costly and difficult to make. 4/3 was perhaps a reasonable size to squeeze 5-6M pixels into.
With the advent of APS-C and FF sensors in the 24-50M range the 4/3 is now penalized in its ability to complete (this applies to the M4/3 as well). What make the current M4/3 cameras doubly disadvantaged is they are not cheaper than their APC-C competition either from a camera or system perspective.

The one advantage 4/3 had was to offer smaller lenses and larger zoom ranges. Given that you can find multiple APS-C zoom lenses in the 18-250 and 16-300 range it should have been possible to make a 4/3 lens in the 12- >250mm (eq. 24-500++) range. As a travel camera a 4/3 camera with a long range zoom lens could have been an appealing product, sadly no one ever built one...

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2017 at 09:53 UTC as 32nd comment | 3 replies

Time to market and having a competitive offering is a make or break. The 24-500 was designed to out reach the Panasonic FZ1000 however once Sony released their 600mm RX10 that market position was lost. As for the other two Nikons they needed to be better and/or cheaper than Sony to enter a market 3 years late.

It goes without saying that in the non-DSLR space that smartphones are seriously eating into the market causing the shrinkage.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 11:10 UTC as 84th comment
On article Throwback Thursday: Minolta's prosumer DiMAGE 7 (214 comments in total)

I still have my A2 tucked way, after having sold my A1 . In some respects it was a very sophisticated camera looking externally like the 7 series. with a 8 M sensor and high resolution EVF. The versatility of the controls was beyond most of today's cameras. Its shot to shot times were a problem I think the electronics had not been scaled up to handle the 3M extra pixels. Image quality was ok, never quite got it perfect not withstanding all of the available settings.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2017 at 14:25 UTC as 105th comment | 1 reply

We this is one useless idea. I am not sure why anyone would want to pay $400 for a housing to take bad pictures underwater. Might just buy an underwater point a shoot good to 50 feet and save $150. At 100 Meters got to think there would be serious lack of light making this concept pointless.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2017 at 16:54 UTC as 3rd comment

While I have several pieces of software that can recreate film looks I have not used them. All films had some shortfalls that I created their looks but recreating that look in fau-digital does not excite me.

Slide film is not for the inexperienced, exposure latitude is about zero and with only 36 images to the role you need to be frugal about what you shoot. If it is ASA 100 better get out your fast lens.

Likely as not most people shooting film will sooner or latter scan them into a digital format. The Film eco-system (Film, Film Cameras, Printing chemistry, paper, etc) is what would be required. Cibachrome printing was the best silver printing technology but it too has been discontinued. So not sure it makes sense to shoot in film only to scan it into digital to use it.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 21:46 UTC as 114th comment
On article Google Pixel XL camera review (200 comments in total)

I am confused, I was labouring under the assumption that all smart phones had microscopic sensors. This article reference a 1/2.3 sensor (6.17 x 4.55 mm) making it the same size as a point and shoot camera.

If this is true then there would appear to be some optical magic to get such a small lens to sensor distance and small lens diameters. If they are same size sensor I would like to see a direct comparison between cell phones and point and shoot camera images.

And just as a point of curiosity what is the mechanical mechanism that allows movement between the sensor and lens to set focus.

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2016 at 10:32 UTC as 34th comment | 3 replies
On article New 20mm F2 4.5x macro lens released by Mitakon (122 comments in total)

what would have been more useful would be a 100mm lens with the same mag. ratio. longer macro lens have a flatter field and a larger subject to camera distance allowing for such niceties like lighting.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 10:07 UTC as 7th comment | 2 replies
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TFD: While picking up a $100 used MF Russian lens is interesting as a cheap and cheerful toy. The idea of modern and expensive manual focus lenses is just dumb. Regardless if it is an $800 Tokina or a $3000 Zeiss. Tokina knows how to make autofocus lenses selling a MF lens is just a marketing gimmick.

Maybe the next step will be uncoated lens, might as well just go further back in time.

The point here is that auto-focus lens are also manual focus. It would be smarter for lens manufacturers to design autofocus lens with well designed manual focus function and have the best of both worlds. Alternatively don't pay a premium price to get less functionality.

The comments about hyper-focal setting are valid and a better than nothing approach and for wide angle lens only, at 135mm it would be useless and it would be equally useless for zoom lens, or more correctly variable focal length lens.

The one group has not got on the manual focus bandwagon the DSLR manufacturers (Canon and Nikon) else we would see thier cameras being shipped with manual focusing aids - Remember Split screen and Microprism screens.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2016 at 10:27 UTC
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