Souciantmag

Souciantmag

Lives in Germany Berlin, Germany
Works as a Editor
Has a website at souciant.com
Joined on Sep 17, 2011

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PurplePhase: This is such a retro 90s article and discussion. It completely neglects the rise of mobile computing and the monopoly Apple has there. Most photos and video today is shot on mobiles and leans heavily towards the iPhone. There, Windows isn't even a player.

The majority of photos uploaded to sharing sites are taken with iPhones. The data is clear. Some great work is indeed done professionally on the iOS exclusively, not laptops or desktops. Android is the only competitor. The Macs vs PC thing is very Dad Rock.

That's absolutely correct. The majority of photos uploaded to Flickr and Instagram are from iPhones. Apple doesn't have a majority of the market for smartphones but it dominates the mobile photography field in terms of user publishing. This article and video bypass that entirely.

As for the idea that mobile photography is not a field for professionals or DPR, that's nuts. Mobiles are an increasing part of the professional workflow and will only take up more of it over time. They'll never take over but their rule and influence is huge. Apple is the most influential brand here.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2017 at 23:34 UTC

Nine out of ten professional photographers use Macs for editing and processing. This had been the case for over two decades. Apple has made some mistakes with their ports recently but that's not a platform switch incentive. Windows is still a dog of an OS and most creative pros ignore it because of the menu system and clunky user interface.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 18:24 UTC as 84th comment | 7 replies

The Pentax K1 really is the best full-frame on the market right now. The RAW files are amazing. But that's always been a Pentax strength.

I only wish the body was as small as the Sony A7. I'd buy one in a heartbeat. Not surprised to hear the A7 raw files are inferior.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 11:29 UTC as 27th comment | 4 replies
On article Pentax KP sample gallery (95 comments in total)

Fabulous samples. Image quality is what counts, and the KP definitely delivers.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 12:18 UTC as 44th comment
On article Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? (1069 comments in total)
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Souciantmag: Again, I think enthusiasm for the new A7 should be tampered by the criticism of the RAW issue. It's a good camera, but...The compression problem remains huge and unwarranted for a camera this costly, and it's a deal-breaker for commercial photographers. I'm glad that this article addresses the issue, but the tabloid headline, and buildup with the mirrorless revolution op-ed on Friday, feels designed towards supporting Monday's Sony announcement. Where is my old DP Review?

It feels more commercially oriented editorially. I love the writing here, for the most part, but I agree with some of the other comments that post-Amazon, it seems a bit different.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 11:28 UTC
On article Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? (1069 comments in total)

Again, I think enthusiasm for the new A7 should be tampered by the criticism of the RAW issue. It's a good camera, but...The compression problem remains huge and unwarranted for a camera this costly, and it's a deal-breaker for commercial photographers. I'm glad that this article addresses the issue, but the tabloid headline, and buildup with the mirrorless revolution op-ed on Friday, feels designed towards supporting Monday's Sony announcement. Where is my old DP Review?

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 04:31 UTC as 152nd comment | 6 replies
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Steve Sanacore: In my opinion, Sony is what pro's were waiting for with the A7II and A7RII. They are the perfect step into mirrorless for those of us shooting Nikon and Canon. Better sensors and the ability to use our current lenses to test the waters. It will probably benefit all the other mirrorless brands as more people adopt and realize the advantages of digital viewfinders and small size while giving up nothing as far as image quality.

I don't agree at all. Most pros I know and work with won't touch the A7 series for their work because of the RAW compression issue. It's a huge problem, because of the artifacts. For large scale print, advertising, packaging, that's an absolute no go. Sony need to change that if they want the A7 series to be taken more seriously as a professional tool, for work outside the web.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2015 at 20:03 UTC

I'm really ambivalent about Butler's op-ed. The market may be improving for mirrorless, but there's nothing indicating that its share will overtake that of DSLRs anytime soon, especially in North America and Europe. Right now, it remains more of a niche product, not just amongst professionals, but consumers, too, amongst whom entry level Canon and Nikon DSLRs prevail. I own both types of cameras, and use them for different things. I don't see them as competing. Compacts are dying, which is a shame, but inevitable. That doesn't mean that innovation isn't being concentrated in the mirrorless sector - witness Sony - but it's important not to generalize from that economically.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2015 at 19:07 UTC as 54th comment
On article Ricoh GR II: What's new and what does it mean? (207 comments in total)
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Craig Atkinson: there's still no better camera, even though it's a modest update!

IBID. Let's not forget the image quality has by no means diminished. It's hard to imagine improving on it, given the size and price, of the GR series. If consumers want a bigger sensor, & more dramatic feature additions, demand a new GXR model. That'd be more productive.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 04:54 UTC
On article DPReview recommends: Best smartphone cameras (370 comments in total)
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Souciantmag: Apropos the Apple 6+, why don't you guys ever discuss how raw shooting apps extend its range? I have a 6+, and I use both 645 Pro, and Camera Pro, both of which produce highly detailed shots, far exceeding the phone's JPEGs and HDR mode images. They output as TIFF files.

Good point. Thanks for making it. Yes, it's a huge improvement, but not quite the real thing. The 645 TIFFS are called D-RAW by the software's manufacturer. I assign the app to the journalists I work with, who carry iPhones on their assignments.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 17:33 UTC
On article DPReview recommends: Best smartphone cameras (370 comments in total)

Apropos the Apple 6+, why don't you guys ever discuss how raw shooting apps extend its range? I have a 6+, and I use both 645 Pro, and Camera Pro, both of which produce highly detailed shots, far exceeding the phone's JPEGs and HDR mode images. They output as TIFF files.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 17:18 UTC as 47th comment | 2 replies
On article Enthusiast compact camera roundup (185 comments in total)
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Dan Bracaglia: We’ve gotten a lot of feedback about the exclusion of certain models, most of which will be included in our high-end pocket camera roundup, which we will be publishing shortly. Stay tuned!

Thanks. I'm a GR owner and was also concerned about its omission.

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 19:50 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review (1004 comments in total)
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Souciantmag: I'm absolutely in agreement that the LX100 looks like a great camera. But the praise lavished on it in this review is irritating, particularly the best of the best rhetoric. The 12MP sensor issue is a big problem. Not that we need megapixels, but for such a costly camera, with a great lense, it's a huge drawback. A Sony A6000 would be a better bargain. I say this being a big fan of Lumix cameras.

Exactly. I've heard this criticism made several times, in comparison to the A7s.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 20:12 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review (1004 comments in total)
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Souciantmag: I'm absolutely in agreement that the LX100 looks like a great camera. But the praise lavished on it in this review is irritating, particularly the best of the best rhetoric. The 12MP sensor issue is a big problem. Not that we need megapixels, but for such a costly camera, with a great lense, it's a huge drawback. A Sony A6000 would be a better bargain. I say this being a big fan of Lumix cameras.

If I'm going to pay 900$ I'd rather have the option of changing lenses. Video ain't my thing. This is the new G11/G12. I'd price it similarly.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2014 at 19:54 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review (1004 comments in total)

I'm absolutely in agreement that the LX100 looks like a great camera. But the praise lavished on it in this review is irritating, particularly the best of the best rhetoric. The 12MP sensor issue is a big problem. Not that we need megapixels, but for such a costly camera, with a great lense, it's a huge drawback. A Sony A6000 would be a better bargain. I say this being a big fan of Lumix cameras.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2014 at 18:38 UTC as 157th comment | 11 replies
On article Pentax unveils blue and white K-01 in Japan (260 comments in total)

It's great to see the K-01 is still in production. There was no reason to can it, really. In Japan, it certainly makes sense, as the camera has been quite popular there. I know lots of photojournos in Europe who will be happy to hear this.

I had a funny feeling the K-01 wasn't killed off yet. Pentax UK still lists the K-01 as an active product. The K-01 just won a Gold Award, from the 2013 German Design Awards, despite the naysayers. I expect Pentax were happy to hear that.

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2013 at 13:20 UTC as 106th comment | 1 reply
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snapshtr: If Pentax ever releases a K-02, they don't need to come up with some ground-breaking k-01 or GXR type configuration. Just stick in the awesome K-5 II sensor with 14-bit color and it will give the X-Pro 1 and NEX-7 a run for its money.

You're absolutely right. It'd make sense. Unfortunately, a Pentax forum poster, (who sounded like he works at Pentax) said that a K-02, or an upgraded K-01, had been ruled out by the firm.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2013 at 07:19 UTC
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fakuryu: The Pentax K01, the camera that was judged more on its aesthetics rather than its capability. The body that looks and feels like a brick (in a good way) with the image quality and low light capability the OMD5 can only hope for.

Ibid on the superior low light capability. The OMD5 can't touch it.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2013 at 10:50 UTC
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