HeezDeadJim

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On article Next level: iPhone 7 Plus camera review (185 comments in total)
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ZJ24: Like the review and images that demonstrate the features. I think the phone pic haters have to get that the smartphone has promoted photography in a way that nothing has probably since the Kodak Brownie in 1900.
My kids are 15 to 21 and take at least 5 to 10 photos every day with their iPhones and Galaxies - meaning they are selecting subjects, distance, composition, lighting several times a day every day.
They use my gear for shooting sports occasionally and are interested in the way certain Youtubers use manual focus in their videos so that's opened up a new set of conversations.
But for a lot of what they do, the quality, immediate feedback on a large high definition screen and access to filters and instant publication on social media is something we could have only dreamed of in the 80s.
It doesn't replace the skills and equipment of traditional photography, it complements them and promotes them. And also keeps you on your toes - there are some great phone pics out there.

I wouldn't say it compliments or promotes good photography. I'd compare it with "look how many kids are typing things today!" Thanks to the phones, people are typing more about their erroneous opinions, using improper grammar and punctuation to promote all the book writers out there!

With many phones that don't even offer shutter or aperture settings, how on earth are they actually going to learn how complex take a photo with controls is going to be? That's like picking a story with Adlibs and inserting your own words into blanks at certain points and then declaring it's a "story". That's fine for children, but hardly what a real writer or person wanting to get into photography even can use.

The new LG V10/20 have near full manual controls. THAT is a start. Because if people want to go full auto, they can. For the persons interested in doing a few manual stuff, they can too.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 21:32 UTC
On article Next level: iPhone 7 Plus camera review (185 comments in total)
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TSJ1927: I think DPREVIEW may soon stand for Digital Phone Review

And I use my toaster oven more than my conventional oven. That hardly classifies my toaster oven as a "proper" oven.

Don't mix common words or features as a baseline. You could cook with a BIC lighter, but to call it a "cooking" tool is a joke.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 21:24 UTC
On article Next level: iPhone 7 Plus camera review (185 comments in total)
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samfan: - No buttons
- No hand grip
- Terrible handling
- Abysmal battery life
- No viewfinder, not even optional

I wouldn't care if it had a medium format sensor and would see in the night. With ergonomics like that, I find it unusable.

You use your phone only for panoramas? Shame. You'd find out it does mediocre on darn well everything else and poor on certain things like low light or bar scenes. There's a whole slew of subjects you could be disappointed at with your phone :D

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 21:15 UTC
On article Samsung NX1 Review (1256 comments in total)

Finally! A kit lens that (hopefully) isn't a kit lens! The only problem is the price added from the base (body) only price almost makes it the same price as buying a better zoom range lens (like 18-50mm 2.8).

We'd only be lucky if the sales of this weren't as good as Samsung hoped and they'd drop the price a lot just to sell out old stock. (I'm not wishing that on them, BTW).

Link | Posted on May 13, 2015 at 23:28 UTC as 44th comment
On article Samsung NX1 Review (1256 comments in total)
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1Dx4me: all of these odd DSLRs (mirrorless, M 4/3...etc) won't go anywhere without full support of nikon/canon! as it is, these cameras have another 2 or so generations to go before they are somewhat competitive to regular DSLRs! but admittingly, this Samsung camera is enticing enough to have as 2nd camera to use while traveling, but needs more lens selection. using nikon/canon lenses with adapters won't cut it for me ;-)

As Howie mentioned, some of the others have already proven this wrong. Sony especially with Zeiss lenses being added every other year. Now that Sony has come out with a full frame mirrorless (alpha 7/R/S), a lot of professionals are giving up (or about to) their big DSLRs.

Sure one could say that people think a giant camera at a wedding shoot will look more professional, but these cameras are nearly the same size as pro film cameras like the Canon A-1, Nikon F3 and others.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2015 at 23:24 UTC
On article Yongnuo creates near-clone of Canon 35mm f/2 (170 comments in total)
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Dave Oddie: I don't get the cloning accusations.

If DPR hadn't mentioned it looked like a Canon lens would anyone have thought it wasn't just yet another independent maker producing a lens?

Many lens designs have been around for decades and Nikon and Canon in the early days used Zeiss and Schneider designs such as the Planar and Xenotar optical formulas to build their own lenses. Were they clones?

^Problem is, Sigma is making better quality lenses than the 1st party people (Canon/Nikon). I can attest to this since I used to have a Canon 50mm 1.4 till it broke and replaced it with a Sigma 50mm 1.4. It outperformed in both physical build and I could shoot it at f/1.8 with pleasing results instead of f/2.2 on the Canon copy.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2015 at 22:50 UTC
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Nindy: Samsung phones, tech student grade software design, over saturated colors, hardware that breaks down after 1 year of use.
Call me an apple fan boy, I don't care, the usual diehard obsessed Samsung trolls are on here.

Apple hardware does not last over a year either. Sure the case might being aluminum, but I've seen far more iPhones (any version) with cracked glass than Samsungs. The co-workers/customers with cracked screens tell me: "it still works, and I'll wait till next year when my contract lets me upgrade". Nice.

As for the "oversaturated colors"...I'm sure you mean the AMOLED displays most Galaxies tend to use compare to the IPS displays. IPS does display better color accuracy, but they also have worse black levels naturally. So there's a trade off: excellent pure black levels with slightly annoying reds, or faded blacks with proper color rendering.

Or you could do Pentile matrix screens (RGBW) and many people hate those screens. I'm fine with mine since 2560x1600 on a 10" Note, you can't really see the individual pixels and less aliasing since the matrix isn't a square.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2015 at 22:22 UTC
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flatrion: Debate over a sensor ? Are you guys have nothing better do ? Get a real camera if you are serious of photo.

A dedicated website to photography talking about different sensors used in a product?! Outrageous!

I can guarantee that when tablets and phones have different CPU's in the same models, people want to know if there's any difference...like an 8-core 1.9Ghz Snapdragon or quadcore 2.2Ghz Snapdragon.

Seriously. Go to a different site if you don't want to read about comparisons between camera sensors -_-

Link | Posted on May 8, 2015 at 20:56 UTC

Hmm....I'm actually relieved that they are keeping the Rebel series as "entry" level (wait, hear me out!). No one likes to save up hard earned money for something they've always wanted, only to find out the newer versions of lesser line products "borrowed" or uses the same "features" of what the higher products had a few years ago. This is quite apparent with phones and other smaller devices.

When I saw the 18MP that my 7D had, I was worried they would have a similar (if not the same) 19 AF points. Glad to see it's still 9-points (although for this price, bumping it to, let's say, 12-points would be justified). I worked really hard to get my 7D (upgraded from a modest Rebel XT (7-point AF), and would cry if some spooty Rebel out-spec'd it already. I guess that won't come till next year with the Rebel 5i, or 70D.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2012 at 15:35 UTC as 17th comment | 2 replies
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Sarge_: Tempting, but the deal killer is you can't upgrade the hard drives. Everything is glued/soldered in place (RAM too). This, I think, will prove to be a mistake that they correct in future versions. That might be fine for ipods and iphones, but this is another matter.

Not being able to upgrade the drives, and contemplating a D800? Not compatible plans, really.

In the prior Macbook Pro's, you could also replace the optical drive with a hard drive, making for up to 2 TB of storage (or 1.2 TB of SSD storage w 600GB x2 drives), and when the battery wears out, it's easy to replace (and/or have a charged backup at the ready).

I'm a fan of Macs overall, but I'm disappointed with the absolute lack of repairability and upgradability of this new machine. Looks like I may scoop up one of the last 17" MBP's before they're gone. Surely Apple will rethink this strategy eventually?

That's not a mistake. How else do they expect you to buy external HDD's via Firewire 800 (oh, I forgot, they killed that favored connection completely in their last iteration for plain USB2.0), I mean that Thunderwire connection (this laptop DOES have it, right?).

Besides, you're just going to upgrade to the new model when it comes out. You won't have enough time to fill up the space on this model by the time you get the new one. Who skips each version of Apple products? Clearly you're not a true Apple minion.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2012 at 15:00 UTC
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slobodanr: There have been some so-so stories in the news section at times, but this is really a step too far. What has this got to do with Digital Photography? Are we going to be getting an in-depth review of it? Is every laptop/monitor that gets announced with an interesting new feature going to be advertised here, or is that only reserved for Apple products?

@Northgrove:

You clearly don't realize that a higher rez is not going to magically make your thumbnails "sharper" and make workflow smoother. Even a 640x480 picture will look sharp/iin focus until you zoom in 1:1 on the original and see it has a slight camera shake. When I record video with my DSLR (don't judge me), even with the 3" screen, I can't tell if I have my subject in critical focus till I put it on a 1080p screen. I have a 7" 1024x600 rez monitor that I can focus better with. It's not the resolution, it's the screen size WITH a decent resolution that will let you focus properly.

Hence why looking at 640x480 2" thumbnails on your laptop aren't going to tell you if you got it in "perfect" focus. The exact detail is truncated (said averaged) in a thumbnail. There's a reason why you don't "see" the same detail on a 4x7 photo from film than the same photo in poster size. Film is endless resolution, but the bigger size lets you see more detail.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2012 at 14:45 UTC
On article Instagram app arrives for Android (29 comments in total)
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samhain: Instagram used to be really cool until it was taken over by teenagers, celebraties & companies using it for marketing. There's still some really good photographers on there, but they're hard to find as the popular page is no longer about good photos.

@Octane: Same original intent Photoshop was supposed to be: to edit photos. Now it's a tool to be used for creating digital paintings. You can bet some of those artists never use PS for editing or even touching ANY photos. They could use other art programs like Corel Painter or Paint Tool SAI for their purposes.

Since then, PS has included paint brushes, editing animation sequences (not using FLASH pro, or After Effects), and now the inclusion of "painting" 3D models. Maybe a few more iterations, and we'll get full 3D rendering and creations and people will quit using Maya or 3Dmax?

I'm still waiting for when my toaster can also be used as a paper shredder. That way the toaster won't be thought about being used to toast bread anymore.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2012 at 17:26 UTC
On article Flickr introduces users to Aviary as Picnik ends (15 comments in total)
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(unknown member): Not too sure why I would want to edit my work on a half-baked solution in Flickr rather than in proper software prior to posting the work there, but then that's just me!

@Edwaste: I'm going to assume you're saving a version of your final photos in sRGB? Saving in Adobe RGB or Pro doesn't translate well for most browsers.

@MPA1: Not everyone has the money for CS3/4/5 or care about spending too much time in PP. If it's free and offers simple features like color saturation, and adding brightness, and sharpening and not using the paid advanced features (again, that's too much work)...you'll have plenty of users that will use it.

Honestly, if Facehooker used Picnik, it would slightly make going to that site less painful (slightly....I don't have a FB anyways).

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2012 at 17:07 UTC
On article Dan Chung posts 5D Mark III vs. D800 video shootout (203 comments in total)
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Inars: As allways, Nikon have a better skin tone.

Except that most users will use PP to change the tones on everything. They'll add a bit more saturation and add cooling or warming in the final edit. Unless you were doing on the spot broadcasting for a Videoblog or Newscasting, I really don't see any real complaint about colour accuracy.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2012 at 16:42 UTC
On article CES 2012: Lytro Photowalk (140 comments in total)
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HeezDeadJim: For those suggesting that all this camera is, is shooting at a small aperture where everything is in focus, and then blurring it in post-pro...I just tried all the "blurring" techniques in PS5 (smart, gaussian, box, etc.) to replicate some "in focus" christmas lights into fake bokeh ones.

Alas, I could not get it to even remotely look like a melted orb (with the typical haloing) with such tools. Selective blurring is not any way, shape or form, the same as how the lens distorts the shape of out of focus objects. You're talking about edges of objects intersecting into other objects, depending how far/close it is from the focused area and creating our shallow DOF.

If I'm missing a method in PS to mimic this look fairly easy (not 5+ layers and 2 hours later easy), someone please tell me so I can experiment with it some more.

Also, for those that think this is going to make "lazy" photographers, how is this any different from pro cameras offering 7-10fps shooting?

Sure someone could just take a photo of a flower and "fling" the focus behind the flower to the front of the flower so that way one of those 10 frames will be in focus (given with fast enough shutter speeds to minimize "focusing blur"). The "lazy photographer" could do that instead of spending some time to compose and focus.

But if you are being paid for "that shot" of an eagle swooping down for a fish in the water, they will want that 10fps. I can sports photographer using this in case the AF didn't keep up with the players (the arm is in focus, but not the face) right when the player was making game winning catch or kick.

You can see it as lazy all you want, but I think some paid professionals wouldn't mind having this tech when it gets more advanced (i.e. more points and higher resolution).

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2012 at 01:52 UTC
On article CES 2012: Lytro Photowalk (140 comments in total)

For those suggesting that all this camera is, is shooting at a small aperture where everything is in focus, and then blurring it in post-pro...I just tried all the "blurring" techniques in PS5 (smart, gaussian, box, etc.) to replicate some "in focus" christmas lights into fake bokeh ones.

Alas, I could not get it to even remotely look like a melted orb (with the typical haloing) with such tools. Selective blurring is not any way, shape or form, the same as how the lens distorts the shape of out of focus objects. You're talking about edges of objects intersecting into other objects, depending how far/close it is from the focused area and creating our shallow DOF.

If I'm missing a method in PS to mimic this look fairly easy (not 5+ layers and 2 hours later easy), someone please tell me so I can experiment with it some more.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2012 at 01:40 UTC as 52nd comment | 2 replies
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Laz r: I was thinking someone should do this. I was hoping iit would be apple . I use my iPhone a lot and enjoy editing my pics with all the available apps running iOS . a micro 3/4 done by apple would sell. Wifi enabled and ability to download apps would be a big seller.. I also think this is the future of point and shoot cameras ...

Apple wouldn't make a camera running iOS on it. They'd just buy someone else's technology and claim it was theirs and slap it in a shell with yet someone else providing the hardware.

So have a smaller camera company (like Fuji or Pentax) to make the camera hardware, and slap iOS in it.

Did you really think Apple created multi-touch or Siri?

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2012 at 00:15 UTC
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qwertyasdf: Name it PolaDroid

or name it "Anol-roids"....wait... nevermind...

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2012 at 23:44 UTC
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