Bhima78

Lives in United States Sacramento, CA, United States
Works as a Outreach Director
Has a website at www.paulfdesign.com
Joined on Mar 27, 2010

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On article Feisty upstart: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X-T20 (263 comments in total)
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marc petzold: Fujifilm X-T20 black, with the black 23mm/F2, settled! That would be kinda cool.
Or someday the X-T20 black alone....alas, 2nd Hand. Anyway, the most beautiful designed APS-C cameras are nowadays from Fujifilm - i do love my X-E1, and will stay with the System - before i'd upgrade my DX Nikons, i'd buy a new Fujifilm Lens or -body someday. Fuji(film) does it right ! Since the X100 Original they're on the right boat.

@marc
And that would cost you roughly the same as getting the new X100F, but now you have a tilting touchscreen and the option to add more lenses. I know there are quite a few X100 fans, but I just don't see the point when you could just get this combo and have much more flexibility.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 10:31 UTC
On article Feisty upstart: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X-T20 (263 comments in total)
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CJ Chen: I can't jump ship right now because of large investment in Canon lenses. But I am really fascinated by how Fujifilm and others overtaking Canon in digital camera technology. I will give Canon a couple of years to see if they can get their act together. Canon, are you listening?

@Intence
To be fair, I feel the Nikon D500 is one hell of a camera. Probably the best, recent price-to-features camera coming out of either Canon or Nikon.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 10:30 UTC
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SiberiaWolf: A 2017 camera that costs around 1k, without IBIS - that might be deal breaker...

@zzzxtreme

gX85 is better than the EM10 and can be found body only new for $512 (onedigitals.com). Can likely find it elsewhere as well, I just know onedigitals because my friend bought 3 lenses from them and was happy with them.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 10:24 UTC
On article Buying a second lens: what lens should I buy next? (295 comments in total)
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Bhima78: best way to determine the prime lens you would be most happiest with as a second lens:

Download a free program called ExposurePlot
Use the program to inspect a folder of your keeper photos taken by your kit zoom. The program will tell you exactly how many photos you shot at what focal length (and a bunch of other parameters, like which ISO you use the most as well). Then you can buy your second lens (if its a prime) with confidence, instead of just deferring to a 50mm right away.

@FLruckas
Yeah only JPEGs, but that works perfectly for my workflow as I normally shoot RAW only, work up the keepers in ACR, then save as maximum quality JPEG in a "FINISHED" folder.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2017 at 19:11 UTC
On article Buying a second lens: what lens should I buy next? (295 comments in total)

best way to determine the prime lens you would be most happiest with as a second lens:

Download a free program called ExposurePlot
Use the program to inspect a folder of your keeper photos taken by your kit zoom. The program will tell you exactly how many photos you shot at what focal length (and a bunch of other parameters, like which ISO you use the most as well). Then you can buy your second lens (if its a prime) with confidence, instead of just deferring to a 50mm right away.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2017 at 16:08 UTC as 74th comment | 3 replies
On article Canon EF 70-300mm F4-5.6 IS II USM sample gallery (131 comments in total)
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OlyPent: Canonians are lucky. The m4/3rds versions of the same focal length lens, not even supporting FF obviously is $100 more and in the case of the Olympus, slower on the long end.

@junk1
A 5DS can and retain detail, not so sure how well it works on their cameras with smaller pixel counts.

@Rajeshb
In academic terms you are correct, but at the end of the day, if the bird I want a photo of would be framed nicely at 600mm at F11 versus framed so far away it fades into the background at F5.6, it doesn't really matter.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2017 at 19:19 UTC
On article Canon EF 70-300mm F4-5.6 IS II USM sample gallery (131 comments in total)
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OlyPent: Canonians are lucky. The m4/3rds versions of the same focal length lens, not even supporting FF obviously is $100 more and in the case of the Olympus, slower on the long end.

?? Oly 40-150 is frequently $99. If you are referring to the Panny 100-300, its is going to give you a massively different FoV, and that extra $100 gets you a weathersealed lens + 600mm FoV reach.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2017 at 16:42 UTC
On article Fotodiox LED100WB-56 quick review (55 comments in total)
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techjedi: Aren't hot lights considered distracting as the primary light source for portraits? I thought one of the big advantages of flash was that the model isn't squinting or reacting to the light? I feel like the picture of the guy wearing the beanie cap is showing this tension in the skin around the eyes.

That said, these look great for product shots if they have enough power for 2 lights to enable ISO 100, f5.6-ish, 1/125-ish on APS-C sensor for a 3/4 body-size mannequin.

The other option is the set up the subject and the lights, then tell the subject to close their eyes, then tell them to open them. Fire off a burst of shots and you will get a few where their eyes look natural and not squinty.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 05:41 UTC
On article Dell's 8K monitor goes on sale in March for $5000 (235 comments in total)
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Graham Gibson: The main downside to an 8K monitor is that today's computers are going to be REALLY slow running anything even slightly intensive for photo editing like Lightroom. I splurged on Dell's 5K monitor, which is amazing to look at photos on, but even my Intel 6600K, 32GB ram, and nVidia GTX 1070 can be a bit slow to edit in Lightroom. Like others have mentioned, I think my next upgrade will be an OLED.

@bworthOZ
An NVIDIA 1070 is hardly mid-range. Its pretty much a top of the line GPU that isn't ridiculously overpriced.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2017 at 17:09 UTC
On article Dell's 8K monitor goes on sale in March for $5000 (235 comments in total)
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Graham Gibson: The main downside to an 8K monitor is that today's computers are going to be REALLY slow running anything even slightly intensive for photo editing like Lightroom. I splurged on Dell's 5K monitor, which is amazing to look at photos on, but even my Intel 6600K, 32GB ram, and nVidia GTX 1070 can be a bit slow to edit in Lightroom. Like others have mentioned, I think my next upgrade will be an OLED.

2D graphics displaying isn't really that intensive, and with your setup I'd be less than concerned. The BIGGER issue is firing up that monitor and using an application that doesn't scale. Text would look like fleas on your screen. Or if you play games (assuming you do since you have a 1070), you'll never get near native resolution.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 04:59 UTC
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OlyPent: Body is headed toward the ridiculous proportions (given they housed a 4/3rds size sensor) of the old Olympus E-3/5 DSLR's and we know how that went.

@OlyPent
1) The specs are already there for you to see. It uses IBIS in every video mode
2) Its Panasonic. They wouldn't use IBIS in video mode if it would overheat.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 21:00 UTC
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stevo23: Panasonic rocks. I'd love to see an LX100 update to increase the resolution at least to 16Mb...hoping, hoping.

They need to put in the 20MP sensor which should get the LX100 up to close to a full 16MB, and they NEED a flippy touchscreen and better EVF. LX200 would sell for $1,000 like hotcakes if they did that.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 20:49 UTC
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RGiskard: I shoot no video, so this may be an uninformed question, but... how far off is the GH5 going to be from "real" cinema cameras made by RED and others? Miles apart, or are the capabilities converging somewhat?

With good light, and a deft DP behind the camera, you can likely get footage that is virtually indistinguishable. Where the RED shines is in its ability to deal with not ideal light, and gives you a ridiculous amount of post processing control.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 20:48 UTC
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OlyPent: Body is headed toward the ridiculous proportions (given they housed a 4/3rds size sensor) of the old Olympus E-3/5 DSLR's and we know how that went.

You have clearly never held a GH4, its tiny by just about any standard except for a 1" P&S. This is barely any bigger than the GH4, and it can do things much smaller cameras cannot, like take 4:2:2 4K video with full image stabilization and not overheat.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 20:45 UTC
On article Google Pixel XL camera review (181 comments in total)
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Mac McCreery: I get the appeal of camera phones. I don't get the prices.............

A Snapdragon processor does not have the compute power of a laptop processor. They are great for what they are designed for (phones with no active cooling and less than 1/4" thick).

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 17:00 UTC
On article New kid on the block: YI M1 review (699 comments in total)
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Xentinus: Yes they need to improve many things in time,but hey none of those big boys was perfect with their first cameras.Competition is good for the customers.

@GRUBERND
History does tell them what people are are looking for in a camera in 2016, it also gives us examples of what works and what doesn't. I assume they tested their product before going to market, and I also assume they test it AGAINST their competition. Even with that, they still felt like it would be ok to sell this extremely sluggish device. I hope it works out for them so they can iterate, but they really should have baked that AF and overall camera responsiveness in quite a bit more. After watching a few vids on youtube of its speed/performance, it is unuseable in most shooting environments.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2016 at 21:26 UTC
On article New kid on the block: YI M1 review (699 comments in total)
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sportyaccordy: If nothing else, this camera is a clear demonstration of why there are next to no new players in the ILC market. I could see Google or Apple really revolutionizing autofocus algorithms, but the payback on a camera that would really haul the mail across all metrics- i.e. the NX1- is just not there.

@Paul Boddie
I wish Samsung did go that route because, they likely would have been the major supplier of sensors for the system as they were clearly ahead of the game with the sensor in the NX1.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2016 at 19:58 UTC
On article New kid on the block: YI M1 review (699 comments in total)
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Terry Breedlove: If this had a built in 17mm I would be very interested. Keep it small fast and portable. Something I can keep in my pocket. Would be nice if it shared easy to my iPhone for editing and sharing to social media. Wait a minute I already have an iPhone camera. Well I guess I don't really need this anymore.

The Oly 17 f2.8 is garbage and waaaay overpriced. The Oly 17 f1.8 is a good lens but is also overpriced. The Panny 15 is probably the best within that range, and can be found grey market for around $400. Expensive, but quite a good lens.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2016 at 19:55 UTC
On article New kid on the block: YI M1 review (699 comments in total)
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Xentinus: Yes they need to improve many things in time,but hey none of those big boys was perfect with their first cameras.Competition is good for the customers.

@GRUBERND
Yes, but this YI camera has the benefit of looking at the past mistakes/solutions of the first generation Olympasonics. Clearly, they didn't read their history and thus, were doomed to repeat it.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2016 at 19:53 UTC
On article New kid on the block: YI M1 review (699 comments in total)
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tinternaut: If nothing else, this camera perhaps makes a bit of a mockery of Olympus and Panasonic continuing to provide the 16MP sensor in all but their flagship models. The decision to use DNG is impressive. The flaws, particularly with the JPEG engine, are entirely expected.

It's a nice way to get the latest sensor tech on the cheap, but is the jump from 16 to 20 really worth it?

The old "megapixels don't matter, what we need is better low light" canard needs to die in a fire already. It has already been proven, that with current tech, there is little to no noise benefit to less MP, and what you get with less MP is much less image flexibility (ie: less crop potential, or shrinking the image to reduce the noise grain to be really fine, etc.). You might get some benefit at ISOs higher than 12800, but those ISOs are a very small usage case. And then you lose all the benefits a higher resolution sensor can provide.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2016 at 19:51 UTC
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