thielges

thielges

Lives in United States San Jose, CA, United States
Has a website at http://www.thielges.com
Joined on Feb 24, 2004

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Folks, this is not absurd at all. This is intended to be used to preview the effect of a lens and perspective without moving the whole camera in place. It is not for filming directly on a smartphone.

If you watch documentaries about films are made you will notice that the director often carries a lens attached to an eyecup to make quick checks on lens settings, angles, and perspective before shooting. This widget is just the next step in the evolution of that eyecup, turning an OVF into an LCD display.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2018 at 00:34 UTC as 42nd comment | 7 replies
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thielges: Some excellent photos there, I especially liked that nighttime temple scene.

Still I do not see the advantages of a monochrome camera versus doing a B&W conversion in post. I get that there's loss in the Bayer conversion. However there are advantages too, notably that you can separate the RGB layers and remix in post. That's basically emulating the effect of using colored filters at capture time. For example a red filter would darken blue skies and you can do the same simply by reducing the blue channel in the RGB mix.

For me it comes down to simplicity and flexibility. I travel light and move fast. Carry one camera, capture in RAW color. Adjust later when there's more time.

(coincidentally my avatar icon was shot in Japan. And would look terrible in B&W :-)

SafariBob - I do not doubt that a monochrome sensor can produce a better image right out of the camera. It makes sense because there's no unnecessary color mask to interfere.

What I mean is that the extra flexibility of RBG channel mixing outweighs the out-of-camera advantages of a monochrome sensor. I guess a monochrome shooter could achieve the same effect by going back to using old fashioned colored filters at shot time, but that is certainly not for me.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2018 at 19:55 UTC

Some excellent photos there, I especially liked that nighttime temple scene.

Still I do not see the advantages of a monochrome camera versus doing a B&W conversion in post. I get that there's loss in the Bayer conversion. However there are advantages too, notably that you can separate the RGB layers and remix in post. That's basically emulating the effect of using colored filters at capture time. For example a red filter would darken blue skies and you can do the same simply by reducing the blue channel in the RGB mix.

For me it comes down to simplicity and flexibility. I travel light and move fast. Carry one camera, capture in RAW color. Adjust later when there's more time.

(coincidentally my avatar icon was shot in Japan. And would look terrible in B&W :-)

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2018 at 19:53 UTC as 16th comment | 4 replies

This is a pretty amazing example of photoduplication. Kudos to Ron and Eric for getting to the bottom of this apparent mystery.

One aspect I've realized about my chosen subject matter is that hardly anyone else is interested in shooting the same. There's rarely anything close to duplication though once and a while I stumble across a like minded shooter who chose a similar perspective on the same subject. With digital there's so many more exposures made and it is harder to come up with a truly unique image.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2018 at 21:50 UTC as 34th comment
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PhotoFactor: Just imagine when a government puts guns on the same technology, you have ther Terminator scenario.

At $2500 it isn't the government you should be worrying about.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2018 at 21:45 UTC

A feature like this should be opt-in, not opt-out. Its gonna catch a lot of instagram users snoozing who may be upset when they find out after the fact that their content is shared.

The choice of opt-out is simply a way to extract extra $$ from their user base.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2018 at 20:45 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
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Photato: If iPhones had user replaceable batteries none of this debacle would be an issue.
It is ridiculous !

Karroly - You can replace iphone batteries, it just requires extra technical skill.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2018 at 20:15 UTC
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Photato: If iPhones had user replaceable batteries none of this debacle would be an issue.
It is ridiculous !

I'm on the fence. The downside of a replaceable battery is the need for a battery door, spring contacts, and the associated hardware. That makes the phone larger and less reliable.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2018 at 00:47 UTC
On article Kodak shows off Super 8 camera in first sample reel (210 comments in total)

I was among the last people shooting R8 and super-8 film when Kodak and Fuji discontinued producing new film stock. In fact part of the reason I shot 8mm was because camera stores were closing out their inventories and selling off film stock for one dollar a roll.

Even shooting $1 film on $5 flea market market cameras felt expensive and extravagant. I cannot imagine paying modern/artisinal prices for the same today.

All I can guess is that Kodak is taking random stabs at niche markets hoping to strike it rich and become somewhat relevant again. That's sad considering how much Kodak has done for the early years of imaging. Surely there are niche commercial/scientific markets that would be a better bet.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2018 at 00:28 UTC as 74th comment
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evogt500: Why is it always referred as a "fake Leica"? Its obviously a sculpture. No one is going to thing its a real Leica camera.

The Treachery of Sculpture.

Ceci n'est pas une camera

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2018 at 22:21 UTC
On challenge Pareidolia finding faces in everyday objects (2 comments in total)

Just to be clear, cropping is not allowed and would disqualify an image?

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2018 at 23:59 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On article FAA bans drones from flying near 7 nuclear facilities (121 comments in total)
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Lee Jay: So, harmless 2-pound models are banned from these sites but you can still fly a 777 over them and look up their imagery on Google Maps/Earth.

Makes sense.

Without going into details lets just say that there are things that a drone can do but a 747 (or Cessna 152) cannot.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2017 at 20:38 UTC
On article FAA bans drones from flying near 7 nuclear facilities (121 comments in total)
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Lee Jay: So, harmless 2-pound models are banned from these sites but you can still fly a 777 over them and look up their imagery on Google Maps/Earth.

Makes sense.

Drones are capable of more than just collecting photographic data.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2017 at 20:22 UTC
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jmknights1954: The start of the death of Adobe. It can now go rot!

Eh. Adobe will be just fine. Their photography tools are just a small slice of their product line.

But this might be a sign that Adobe is moving out of the photography market. They could be shifting their focus towards more profitable markets.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2017 at 21:47 UTC
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photophile: OK - after reading this article, how many of you rushed over to your old camera drawer/bag, fired up an older model you have't touched for a few years and thought - wow, this is wonderful. Then 10 minutes later, started wondering - hmmm....the autofocus takes forever....this screen is tiny...only ISO400 ? and what on earth is a TIFF ?

Well....I did just that with my 13 year old Olympus C-750. I'm still waiting for the TIFF to finish writing on the xD card. Time to put the kettle on - might take a while.
;-)

Totally. Thought the chronology is reversed, I recently repaired my old Samsung EX-1 after reviewing some of the excellent photos that came out of that unit. Though it remains slow and sluggish, it produces great images.

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4231772#forum-post-60476774

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2017 at 20:48 UTC
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MikeFairbanks: They never heard of drones? (not sure if flying a drone there would be legal either).

As someone else mentioned, do some research first, or perhaps hire a pilot who can help. I can't imagine they didn't know that what they were doing was illegal.

Someone else should be fined for sending out 36 personnel for a potential jumper. Seriously? Thirty-six people for a couple jokers on a bridge? That doesn't seem very efficient.

I'm not sure there were that many law enforcement officers assigned to the Golden Gate Bridge when the apes took over on their way to the redwood forest.

I'm not too surprised by 36 people being brought out to take care of this event. A lot of people tend to be dispatched for emergency events. Even something small and contained like someone with chest pains in an office building will result in 6-12 emergency responders.

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2017 at 21:07 UTC

Seems like Leica is transitioning from a maker of expensive photography gear to a maker of expensive collectables.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2017 at 19:17 UTC as 103rd comment
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composed: Does anyone here use a NAS to serve up your photos?

I have tried them numerous times over the years and found them WAY to slow to be useful in my workflow.

I know what you mean. I have an older (6 years old) Synology box and it is way too slow for direct editing. So instead I work on smaller folders of photos directly on my laptop's super fast SSD and then copy to the Synology NAS when done. It works great as an archive but not very good as a working disk.

This new unit however has significantly faster file transfer rates so maybe it can also be used as a working disk.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2017 at 21:26 UTC

I think many commenting here are missing the point. You are not the target market for this product. It is for people with Lomophilia. That's a combination of fetishism over the object (plenty of that in the DPR readership), obsession over the process (some of that here too, but not so much), and a disinterest in acquiring the talents to produce a great image. This camera is primarily a conversation starter.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 15:40 UTC as 44th comment | 1 reply
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photo_rb: I gues DxOMark needs to add "Test for Flare" to their checklist.

I call focusing on a 1 point difference "myopic metric madness". We see it in my business sector (not photography) too. Customers beat us up about minor differences in metrics. We remind them that they should focus on producing a successful product, not a single metric. Metrics are useful to get a general idea of performance of a single factor, but they don't tell the whole story.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 19:54 UTC
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