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On article F is for '4th': Hands-on with Fujifilm X100F (424 comments in total)
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deep7: Lots of comments but none referring to the short focal length as a disadvantage. Personally, I'd be sorely tempted if it had a more normal focal length (30-34mm) as that would be genuinely useful for general purpose photography. The field of view of this 23mm lens is too wide for most things, yet too narrow if I want to go wide.

As far as I can see, only Sigma make a large-sensor compact with a standard lens but that has other limitations! I know you could get a PenF + 25/1.8 combo or an XE2 + 35mm lens but they aren't so tiny.

I understand Fuji would have done their market research and I am clearly in a minority here but I am curious if anyone else agrees?

The 35mm equivalent angle of view is my favorite... Horses for courses. I would have zero interest if this camera had a 50mm or 28mm equivalent angle of view. This is a highly specific tool, perfect for some, and not even on the consideration list for many. I am just glad Fuji still supports this kind of endeavor.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2017 at 16:48 UTC

I am a Fuji fan, but did you really just equate the release of those two new finishes to last year's announcement of the D5/D500? Hyperbole anybody?

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 13:10 UTC as 81st comment | 2 replies
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tom43: Many thanks, Kodak! And guys, come on: Slide film has to be seen on a light table or by projection in all its beauty. By digitalization 90% of its character gets lost...

A Fuji Velvia on a light table is still unsurpassed by any digital file seen on a display. Most seem to have forgotten the colors and brilliance of slide film. Film is colorful, but misses the candy look seen too often today.

I still have my light table, projector and magnifier but I don't think I have used them in at least 5 years... I agree that the look of a well exposed Velvia slide is something that should be experienced at least once :-)

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 22:10 UTC

Nothing wrong with bringing this slide film back but as others have mentioned, development is not easy to find and is expensive. And ektachrome was not that unique of a look for me to really enjoy the hassle; in the end you have to scan them anyway to do anything as cibachrome printing is not available anymore. At least with B&W you can develop your own and print your own if you are brave enough...

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 22:06 UTC as 111th comment | 8 replies
On article Flickr reveals its top 25 photos of 2016 (190 comments in total)

Those are pretty and a couple have some original elements (at least that I have not seen in quite this way before). What strikes me is that there is not a single human visible. Sometimes "hinted" at but no human story in those pictures. I wonder if it is a decision by Flickr to avoid having to deal with "consent" from people in the pictures or if it is truly a reflection of viewers only wanting to see prettified views of the world.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2016 at 14:10 UTC as 75th comment
On article Photokina 2016: Hands on with Sigma's latest lenses (82 comments in total)

I am assuming all the comments on the size of the 500 F:4 come from people, including the journalist reporting,who have never held a 500 F:4
The sigma specs are about 700g lighter than the previous generation Nikon and only 200g heavier than the newest FL version that has been held up high for its dramatic weight reduction. Sigma just delivered 75% of the weight reduction and cut the price in half versus Nikon. Obviously optical performance is paramount but at least on paper they are setting up to disturb Nikon and canon's complete dominance of that market space.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 18:02 UTC as 13th comment
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Expat Nomad: $550 in Canada. I was hoping for a bit less, but such is life with the Canadian peso these days.

Dial in 13% sales tax on $550... And things don't look so good any more.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 18:04 UTC
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mchung: I agree for the most part, but I have to comment on the customization aspects of the cameras. Custom shooting banks are a mess on the Nikon and much better implemented as custom modes on the Canon. I tried, but could never use them well on Nikon; on Canon, they are easy and useful.

I have C1-C3 assigned to different features (e.g. For still subjects, Single AF + Single shot + Quiet shutter = C1; For sports, Continuous AF +Dynamic AF + high speed drive = C2, etc.). You can literally switch camera personalities with a single button press.

On Nikon, the above is impossible; for example, drive mode is a physical dial, so you cannot switch it through a custom bank.

There is also customizability of the AF (registered AF function) through buttons which I find similar to the Nikon, but due to button placement is easier on the Canon to implement what I call dual-back-button focusing, each with a different AF pattern/mode, using the AF-On and the "*" (AE-Lock) button.

Interestingly the D750 offers a very convenient option with U1 and U2 setting banks that does exactly what you described. For some reason Nikon decided those were not features desirable in their pro cameras... I assume they just did not want to change the handling and ergonomics of their pro cameras that much (which is fair, for folks who make a living from their gear being able to switch seamlessly is a big thing).

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2016 at 12:41 UTC
On article Microsoft Pix aims to capture better people pictures (54 comments in total)

I just wonder what's in it for Microsoft? Get gps coordinates of all pictures to send location relevant advertising in real time? Something does not add up, they must have a way to make money here that is not exactly obvious.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2016 at 10:14 UTC as 6th comment | 4 replies
On article Comparison Review: Sony FE 50mm F1.4 ZA vs 55mm F1.8 ZA (264 comments in total)
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JP001: The first time I tried an A7, it was with a Zeiss 50 F2 ZM. I fell in love with the small size and impressive IQ. But after testing I stuck with the 55, just because it was even better. But I still yearned for smaller lenses. What I wanted was something of a modern Leica I guess, with an EVF and small but high quality lenses with AF. Alas, it's not to be. Sony's best lenses are getting bigger and bigger, and the same is happening with Leica (SL is some sort of short for Obese Camera System, System Large maybe). Still, I hope Sony will make a really fine but small 85 F2 or F2.8 to accompany my 35 F2.8. The I just have to get the Loxia 21 for a potent but small travel kit. One can always hope, can't we?

It seems at least Fuji has caught up with this concern that I share with you. They were going down the path of bigger and bigger lenses, losing even the benefit of the crop factor, and suddenly with the unexpected success of the 35 f/2 they are back into small, cheap primes with two more f/2 primes coming... I hope other manufacturers see the value of not throwing compact size and weight out of the window.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2016 at 22:33 UTC
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FBoneOne: This is very impressive for sure! I will be interested to see it in uncontrolled, outdoor conditions - it will take a very stable tripod and head to make sure the camera is absolutely stable during the process - stable to the 1 pixel level. Couple that with long exposures it will put a level of demand on set-up that most of us are probably not used to.

I honestly do not know if it will be hard to use in practice, I am just reacting to the need to maintain image stability on a 1 pixel scale. Maybe it just diminishes the benefit if you don't, that would be a bummer but it would not be the end of the world.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2016 at 02:01 UTC

This is very impressive for sure! I will be interested to see it in uncontrolled, outdoor conditions - it will take a very stable tripod and head to make sure the camera is absolutely stable during the process - stable to the 1 pixel level. Couple that with long exposures it will put a level of demand on set-up that most of us are probably not used to.

Link | Posted on May 9, 2016 at 14:59 UTC as 112th comment | 2 replies

DPR: Canon you need more DR, Canon you need more DR, Canon you need more DR (repeat 1000 times over 5 years)
Canon: Here, we have improved DR in our flagship
DPR: Nice improvement in your DR but you need better high ISO noise performance. You need more high ISO performance.
Canon: but... nobody can get both with very high reading speed (see Nikon D5)
DPR: You need better high ISO performance (repeat about 1000 times over next 5 years)

I know a product manager somewhere is about to jump from the window of a very tall building. On the other hand, if they don't ask, progress won't be made.

Link | Posted on May 5, 2016 at 18:53 UTC as 34th comment | 1 reply
On article Making a splash: Nikon D500 real-world sample gallery (225 comments in total)
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aris14: The only disadvantage I see in this cam is that's overpriced...

Compared to what really? This is not meant as a generalist cameras that does everything somewhat OK. It is a camera that does a number of things amazingly well, and has no real downside in performance (at least compared to APS-C cameras of like resolution). You can't get a D500 featured camera from anybody else. If you don't need those unique features then it is over priced, but so is a D5 or a canon 1DX mkII... If you need this level of AF performance, FPS and buffer depth with high ISO quality, then this is the cheapest way to get those features.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2016 at 21:31 UTC
On article Making a splash: Nikon D500 real-world sample gallery (225 comments in total)

It is obvious that DPR is on Nikon's payroll by posting pictures of both a cat AND a dog and refusing to take sides and tell us which animal it is better suited for, therefore pandering to Nikon's evil plan to take over pet photography... why would they have paired a cropped sensor with ultra fast AF, ultra fast FPS and deep buffer otherwise?

Link | Posted on May 3, 2016 at 18:54 UTC as 42nd comment
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Glen Barrington: I downloaded the NIK tools last night. I hadn't used them before and was surprised at how unmoved by them, I was. I was expecting to be blown away, I guess I'm a victim of the hype. The NIK tools have taken on this cult like status ever since Google bought them, but I'm not sure they are any better than similar Topaz or OnOne toolsets.

And frankly, many of the native tools found in the ACDSee toolset make more sense and offer a much better editing/development experience than the NIK tools. For instance, I would hate to give up Pixel targeting and Light EQ in favor of Viveza. I also found them slow compared to Topaz plugins (which aren't exactly speed demons themselves)

Don't get me wrong, I'm glad they're free, and I won't uninstall them, its better to have tools you don't need than to need tools you don't have. On the whole, It was a nice gesture on Google's part. Clearly they don't see much of a future for NIK. but I think compared to other toolsets, NIK is showing its age a bit.

Practice will likely change your mind. Topaz tools (that I have too) often leave ragged edges in transitions which NIK tools don't. In addition, once you understand all the controls, I think NIK is more flexible and adaptable.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 12:57 UTC
On article Opinion: Enthusiast compacts have finally come of age (471 comments in total)

Let's all marvel at the revelation that you cannot get long lens, bright lens, large sensor, wide lens, pocketable in one single camera. I am glad somebody wrote an article about this.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2016 at 13:25 UTC as 137th comment | 4 replies

At least this time they are waiting for feedback before putting a price out. Anybody remember the SD1 $8000 launch debacle...? Foveon has a unique place in the market, it meets needs that nothing else quite matches and for that reason it does not really have to follow market prices (and Sigma has proven they are just happy with a marginal, niche penetration of the market), but even in that model, there is a limit to market acceptance. They clearly found it with the SD1, hopefully these will not be priced solely based on the dreams of a product manager somewhere in a cubicle in japan, so that folks who have the need and value for what Foveon uniquely brings actually get a chance to use them. Time will tell.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2016 at 18:04 UTC as 33rd comment | 1 reply
On article Pocketable APS-C: Fujifilm X70 real-world samples (218 comments in total)
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Godiwa: Must be a newbie taking those pictures... "dude sitting on mountain" 1/1000 and ISO 800? wtf? slap ISO down to 200 and shuttertime would still be plenty fast.

"Chick with dog in snow" 1/1000 ISO 400, again LOWER THE ISO!!!

"Tractor and nature" 1/1600 ISO 800... What kinda idiot uses so high shutterspeeds for non moving objects? it just raises the ISO for no reason. I could understand if it was night shots OR a fast moving subject.

"house and nature" 1/2000 ISO 800... so it just continues throughout the gallery.

there was atleast one picture with 1/25 and 1/100 shutter times which is fine... but man not impressed... the "subject" in the pictures doesnt need to be interesting but atleast learn something about shuttertimes and ISO before doing a gallery like this :-/

Congratulations, you just discovered how Fuji manages high DR scenes when on auto DR. The pictures are really taken at ISO 200 but under exposed by 1 or 2 stops due to the "offset" ISO rating. Then the picture exposure is rebalanced in the camera Jpg converter or a 3rd party converter with the proper tone curve (except in LR which does not read that meta tag and delivers a picture underexposed by 1 or 2 stops). It is not a perfect solution but it allows not messing up with speed and aperture while taking advantage of the sensor high DR. It works well to keep highlights under control - not so well obviously for shadows.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2016 at 12:35 UTC
On article X-Factor: Canon's EOS-1D X Mark II examined in-depth (576 comments in total)
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Hugo808: Why does anyone think they need exposure compensation in M mode? Think about it.....

But disabling it seems pedantic.

Wildlife photographers use it often too. Set the speed based on FL and type of action you are shooting, set the aperture based on DOF you want, let auto ISO do the rest... And at times you still need exposure comp to offset the exposure picked by the camera.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 12:08 UTC
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