maxotics

Lives in United States NH, United States
Works as a Computers/Data
Has a website at www.maxotics.com
Joined on May 31, 2011

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PhotoKhan: You can "change the game" as much as you want, resorting to DNG included.

All these samples show color casts that are very difficult to balance, as samples 63 to 65 clearly and aptly show.

Foveon sensors far from being a photographers ally make color an enemy to contend with.

It has been so for 15 years and, apart from proving that a significant part of the population is, indeed, color blind, it is a mystery tantamount to commercial suicide why Sigma insists on this technical solution.

I don't understand the hate here and why this post is popular. I'm not color blind and I love the images from Sigma cameras. What I see in 15 years is most photographers, like people, remain lazy. They want the instant gratification that modern noisy cameras give them (because as ISO 100, where the Sigma is meant to shoot, it crushes these other cameras in sharpness AND color). Sigma cameras take time and effort. If you don't want to take that time an effort, no problem. But to dump on other people's work that they are "color blind", well, have you no shame?

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2017 at 14:32 UTC
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maxotics: Don't know if DPReview is trying to save Nikon; however, the title implies one shouldn't buy the camera and I think that sad. Let the reader come to whatever conclusion they want.

DPReview does not have a test for the color distortions one gets when light hits a sensel at a sharp angle (small sensors with wide open lenses), or uses the Bayer method of color sampling. DPReview doesn't seem to get Sigma/Foveon technology either.

Anyone who shoots with medium format or Sigma understands these small, but very real benefits. Are they important enough for most people to spend thousands on a camera. Probably not. Yet it is hard for me to believe that people who shoot MF would if there were no real benefits.

On so many levels MF isn't better than full-frame, or full frame better than APS-C or APS-C better than MFT. One ONE level, it is! It's both a theoretical and practical advantage which is buried IN THE COMMENTS so one has time to read the non-Fuji advertisements.

I was commenting on a post before me that complained about calling out Fuji; DPReview obviously saw a problem too since they changed the title of the article. I don't believe DPReview is biased.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2017 at 19:53 UTC

Don't know if DPReview is trying to save Nikon; however, the title implies one shouldn't buy the camera and I think that sad. Let the reader come to whatever conclusion they want.

DPReview does not have a test for the color distortions one gets when light hits a sensel at a sharp angle (small sensors with wide open lenses), or uses the Bayer method of color sampling. DPReview doesn't seem to get Sigma/Foveon technology either.

Anyone who shoots with medium format or Sigma understands these small, but very real benefits. Are they important enough for most people to spend thousands on a camera. Probably not. Yet it is hard for me to believe that people who shoot MF would if there were no real benefits.

On so many levels MF isn't better than full-frame, or full frame better than APS-C or APS-C better than MFT. One ONE level, it is! It's both a theoretical and practical advantage which is buried IN THE COMMENTS so one has time to read the non-Fuji advertisements.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 22:33 UTC as 282nd comment | 2 replies

Watching Microsoft's debacle with Windows 8 obviously didn't leave an impression on Apple. Guess they're about to learn the hard way too.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 11:36 UTC as 193rd comment
On article Sony a7R II versus a7 II: Eight key differences (399 comments in total)
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PanoMax: Considering this camera is approaching medium format performance in terms of resolution it would be interesting to compare it to a Phase One or Alpa or Hasselblad or even Pentax 645. At the extreme, a Seitz Roundshot

The resolution of the A7RII sensor put a strain, so to speak, on the resolving capabilities of the lens, more so than the Sigma DP Quattro does (because it samples vertically). IMHO Sigma has finally put itself in a position to succeed with a camera in the right "shape", interchangeable lenses, and $800 body.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2016 at 13:48 UTC
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maxotics: As interesting as the device is, as an optical computer, most photographers would rather shoot with a pinhole camera made from a discarded shoe-box. As for being as good as a DSLR, what does that mean? People don't buy DSLRs because of what they do technically (which most people don't know or care). People buy DSLRs because the best photographer in their family used one to take some cool photo. As maligned and forlorn as the family photographer is, it is them who lead the way in camera equipment. It is them who "Light" has ignored. Ironically, Light probably feels this is exactly the people they're building the camera for. Maybe it will succeed. But I get the sense it's a company ill with group-think. It's a company that doesn't truly love photography. It feels above it.

Hello Kawika. I am certainly condescending to "Light", but I don't see how I was condescending to professional photographers, as if they're not used to a lot worse ;) My point is that "people" who buy cameras in quantity, who aren't professional, won't buy a complex camera they don't understand and which, I believe, will output too much data for them to deal with. As for my looking ridiculous, that's the price I pay for opening my mouth!

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2016 at 13:32 UTC

As interesting as the device is, as an optical computer, most photographers would rather shoot with a pinhole camera made from a discarded shoe-box. As for being as good as a DSLR, what does that mean? People don't buy DSLRs because of what they do technically (which most people don't know or care). People buy DSLRs because the best photographer in their family used one to take some cool photo. As maligned and forlorn as the family photographer is, it is them who lead the way in camera equipment. It is them who "Light" has ignored. Ironically, Light probably feels this is exactly the people they're building the camera for. Maybe it will succeed. But I get the sense it's a company ill with group-think. It's a company that doesn't truly love photography. It feels above it.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 21:38 UTC as 13th comment | 2 replies

Hey DPReview, I'll take a healthy increase in net income any day! Sony has played the camera business perfectly and your title leads one to believe they're "down" What?! Businesses, even DPReview I'll wager, succeed by growing net income (which lead to profits) Gross sales are interesting from an industry point of view, but they don't pay the bills. Would DPReview trade a 10% increase in clicks for a 10% increase in income? Please think about what you write about. You're misleading your readers.

If you want to talk about how a decrease in gross sales reflects a weakened camera market, fine, but that's a different story than a report on Sony's released financials.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2016 at 13:41 UTC as 41st comment | 1 reply
On article Opinion: Pour one out for Samsung cameras (321 comments in total)
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maxotics: I went on chat and asked the person if they're cancelling the NX line. She didn't know, then referred me to customer support. I called them. The woman said it is a rumor and Samsung has no plans to discontinue the camera. I told her I didn't see it on the CES show, but she reiterated that I shouldn't hesitate to buy the camera, that Samsung would continue to make them. This isn't any new news of course. However, it's not as if she said "we don't respond to rumors". She flatly said the rumor is false. Guess we'll see! Perhaps if everyone calls Samsung might say something just to save money on all the support time :)

I thought she would say "we don't respond to rumors" She was more forceful that the rumor was false than I expected. That isn't to say you may not be right, that they won't say anything until they sell their remaining inventory. However, Samsung doesn't need the money, so don't see them doing it for those reasons. I believe the NX line is going through what the EOS-M went through. It's going to slow down for a bit but new version will eventually be made

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2016 at 15:31 UTC
On article Opinion: Pour one out for Samsung cameras (321 comments in total)

I went on chat and asked the person if they're cancelling the NX line. She didn't know, then referred me to customer support. I called them. The woman said it is a rumor and Samsung has no plans to discontinue the camera. I told her I didn't see it on the CES show, but she reiterated that I shouldn't hesitate to buy the camera, that Samsung would continue to make them. This isn't any new news of course. However, it's not as if she said "we don't respond to rumors". She flatly said the rumor is false. Guess we'll see! Perhaps if everyone calls Samsung might say something just to save money on all the support time :)

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 19:36 UTC as 35th comment | 2 replies

All companies eventually get big enough where every employee knows, without saying, that certain clients/relationships are crucial to their income. DpReview seems to have become big enough that everyone working there uncounsioucly knows it could eventually hurt their paycheck if they annoyed one of the big camera makers. There's no rule, no edict from up high. No conspiracy. Everyone just knows and they turn a blind eye to certain things. In fact, the CEO might tell them to stay objective, but they won't. After all, annoying Nikon isn't going to financially hurt the top people at DPreview. If there is an enemy, it is always us.

All that said, DPReview is a fantastically well-done site. Unfortunately, it may have reached a tipping point where bigger is not better (for independent analysis). This seems to be a string of articles that is making that a question in everyone's mind.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2014 at 13:30 UTC as 52nd comment

What did Werner Heisenberg say, "What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning." There are other methods to getting multiple focus, like simple burst shots at multiple focus points, or aperatures. They all cost TIME. As one poster said, the amount of directional data you need to collect would necessitate a huge sensor and the large the sensor the slower the camera (to process the data).

For serious photographers, they'd rather make a quick judgement of focus shots and aperature than wait for a camera to get enough data to change later.

Heisenberg might point out that you can either get prepared to take another shot in 1 second, or wait for the previous shot to get all the focus points, but you can't do both.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2011 at 01:55 UTC as 48th comment
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