photogeek

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photogeek: Tried it (without DAM) and frankly it’s inferior to LR Classic in every way but price. That ain’t gonna cut it for people who buy $3K bodies and lenses at the drop of a hat (AKA people who bother shooting raw). Quality, performance and ease of use need to be better as well. Currently the only product that really competes with LR for serious photography is Capture One Pro. I hope the new CEO steers the team in the direction of actually producing a product in which price is not the only positive trait.

A few big ones:

1. It’s slower
2. Its UI uses nose bleed font sizes on Retina Mac
3. No color management as far as I can tell
4. Automatic tone adjustment doesn’t work as well as LR counterpart. Not to be confused with LR 6 where it’s basically unusable, I mean LR Classic here specifically

But more importantly, as I said, there’s not a single thing other than price that’s better. Capture One, for instance, produces better color/contrast/sharpness out of the box, which many people like a lot, so it’s easier to overlook its price.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2018 at 02:20 UTC

Tried it (without DAM) and frankly it’s inferior to LR Classic in every way but price. That ain’t gonna cut it for people who buy $3K bodies and lenses at the drop of a hat (AKA people who bother shooting raw). Quality, performance and ease of use need to be better as well. Currently the only product that really competes with LR for serious photography is Capture One Pro. I hope the new CEO steers the team in the direction of actually producing a product in which price is not the only positive trait.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2018 at 20:07 UTC as 20th comment | 14 replies
On article Hands-on with the new Laowa lens collection (101 comments in total)
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photogeek: No AF — no deal. Better luck next time.

Nah. Real cine lenses specify T-stops. I’m not sure what these are for, aside from macro where the lack of AF doesn’t hurt usability that much.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2018 at 19:01 UTC
On article Hands-on with the new Laowa lens collection (101 comments in total)

No AF — no deal. Better luck next time.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2018 at 15:51 UTC as 42nd comment | 10 replies
On article Nikon Z7 Review (4476 comments in total)
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photogeek: That's a pity. A7R3, for instance, does not show this defect. So it's not just because it's PDAF per se, it's because it's first-gen PDAF designed by Nikon. By version 3 they'll make it work pretty well.

Azathothh: the "market" is not worried but landscape and wedding photographers should be. As should be just about anyone who often finds themselves in situations where high dynamic range is handy (strong backlight, combnation of pitch black and white in the frame, etc).

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2018 at 14:20 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 Review (4476 comments in total)
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photogeek: That's a pity. A7R3, for instance, does not show this defect. So it's not just because it's PDAF per se, it's because it's first-gen PDAF designed by Nikon. By version 3 they'll make it work pretty well.

Peter1976: "positive" for Nikon and Sony, not in absolute.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2018 at 14:18 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 Review (4476 comments in total)
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Michiel953: I’m firmly convinced banding is a Sony problem, not a Nikon problem.

"What can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence" -- Christopher Hitchens

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2018 at 14:17 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 Review (4476 comments in total)
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photogeek: That's a pity. A7R3, for instance, does not show this defect. So it's not just because it's PDAF per se, it's because it's first-gen PDAF designed by Nikon. By version 3 they'll make it work pretty well.

On the positive side, Canon's entry into the market is going to suck much, much worse, if 5D Mark IV is any indication. See the same comparo: it's basically white noise at EV6, with purple discoloration to boot.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2018 at 07:38 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 Review (4476 comments in total)
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photomedium: Folks, please try to relax. This is just the side the effect of on-sensor phase arrays dedicated to AF. Every MILC has the issue, canon sony and Nikon. I suspect in FF one notices it more because of the low noise overall. In m43 and 1" the noise level is probably high enough to mask the problem.
There are probably ways around it like randomizing the AF pixel so they blend in the noise.

You can bring up A7R3 in the same comparison UI and see for yourself that it does not have this problem.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2018 at 07:34 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 Review (4476 comments in total)

That's a pity. A7R3, for instance, does not show this defect. So it's not just because it's PDAF per se, it's because it's first-gen PDAF designed by Nikon. By version 3 they'll make it work pretty well.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2018 at 07:33 UTC as 552nd comment | 6 replies
On article Nikon Z7 Review (4476 comments in total)
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Michiel953: I’m firmly convinced banding is a Sony problem, not a Nikon problem.

What's your conviction based on? Sony A7R3 doesn't have this problem.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2018 at 07:32 UTC

$51 for the camera module and $1B for the chip and software that actually make it deliver the results that it does. I'm actually surprised it's even $51.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2018 at 07:31 UTC as 31st comment

I bet they'll sell dozens of these. My wife would hate any strap that goes across her chest like that (for what I hope are obvious reasons), let alone one that costs $80+.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2018 at 03:58 UTC as 33rd comment
On article Photokina 2018: hands-on with eight stylish new bags (90 comments in total)

Some of my lenses cost less than those bags. Facepalm.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2018 at 03:50 UTC as 23rd comment
On article Zeiss expands Batis lens range with 40mm F2 Close Focus (214 comments in total)
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kevin_r: Seems as if there's some kind of hoodoo about producing a 35mm f/1.8 or f/2.0 lens for Sony FF cameras.
I guess the 40mm f/2 is the next best thing whilst avoiding that prickly subject.
Who knows, maybe Sony has some kind of legal prohibition on that item that prevents anyone (including Sony!) from producing a 35mm f/1.8 lens.
Just NUTS!

Let’s also hope it’s followed by a cheap and excellent 50mm f/1.8. What they have right now is not “excellent”.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2018 at 15:04 UTC
On article Zeiss expands Batis lens range with 40mm F2 Close Focus (214 comments in total)

Yeah, at that price I think I'm gonna pass.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2018 at 02:08 UTC as 17th comment | 3 replies
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PWPhotography: Eye-AF that also works for animals will be amazing in wildlife and safari photography. One main reason ML will replace DSLR completely is that ML allows better and better AI-based pattern recognition from the main image sensor that something much smaller auxiliary AF/AE sensor in DSLR much difficult to achieve. Eventually top ML cameras AF-C tracking should be able to follow a specific athlete or a bird-in-flight or a running lion, tiger or bear reliably.

You have a strange definition of "integrated": RISC-V doesn't have any chips publicly available with the exception of Arduino-grade HiFive1, and ARM CPUs with integrated NPUs aren't yet available for purchase either, and even if they were, they're not camera chips suitable for use in DSLRs and the like. To produce such chips would take rather scarce (and very expensive) deep learning know-how and several years of time. I don't expect anything really "intelligent" in DSLRs until at least 2021 or so, longer if sales decline further than they already have.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2018 at 09:22 UTC
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PWPhotography: Eye-AF that also works for animals will be amazing in wildlife and safari photography. One main reason ML will replace DSLR completely is that ML allows better and better AI-based pattern recognition from the main image sensor that something much smaller auxiliary AF/AE sensor in DSLR much difficult to achieve. Eventually top ML cameras AF-C tracking should be able to follow a specific athlete or a bird-in-flight or a running lion, tiger or bear reliably.

In what way is it "on the market"? :-) They just give you some Verilog files under a proprietary license that nobody will ever touch with a 10 foot pole. Verilog is the _easy_ part. There's quite a bit of work to turn that into something that can be run in sub-1W power envelope, especially if you don't have access to the latest lithography. And then to the issue of "inference isn't really that hard". It depends on what kind of inference, and in what kind of power/thermal budget. Inference on the desktop for Imagenet classification is so easy a high schooler can do it. Doing realtime segmentation in varying lighting conditions and in a 1W power budget, on the other hand, is _very_ hard, to the point where it requires a cool billion dollars in semiconductor research and manufacturing and 2-3 years of time to really finesse the hardware, the model and their integration into the pipeline. Before you do inference you need to have something to run it on, and a model that doesn't suck.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2018 at 08:52 UTC
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PWPhotography: Eye-AF that also works for animals will be amazing in wildlife and safari photography. One main reason ML will replace DSLR completely is that ML allows better and better AI-based pattern recognition from the main image sensor that something much smaller auxiliary AF/AE sensor in DSLR much difficult to achieve. Eventually top ML cameras AF-C tracking should be able to follow a specific athlete or a bird-in-flight or a running lion, tiger or bear reliably.

That was sorta true until A12 (which is in iPhone XS that has come out a week ago). A11 had the previous version of NPU, and that was available only for FaceID (and it's also the reason why it works so well). The only other phone with any kind of NPU is Huawei Mate 10, and due to its sales volume nobody is going to bother to write specialized software for it to take advantage of the hardware.

A12 has a _general purpose_ NPU which several times faster than the one in A11, and it is now available for use with MLKit (Apple's embedded deep learning framework). It is used quite extensively in their imaging subsystem in particular. Think things like magically accurate white balance, image segmentation, object recognition (i.e. recognize there's a person in the image even if face is not visible), intelligent HDR merge, intelligent sharpening and noise suppression, etc, etc. There's a lot you can do with today's AI tech that Canon/Nikon/Sony can't.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2018 at 07:50 UTC
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PWPhotography: Eye-AF that also works for animals will be amazing in wildlife and safari photography. One main reason ML will replace DSLR completely is that ML allows better and better AI-based pattern recognition from the main image sensor that something much smaller auxiliary AF/AE sensor in DSLR much difficult to achieve. Eventually top ML cameras AF-C tracking should be able to follow a specific athlete or a bird-in-flight or a running lion, tiger or bear reliably.

To be fair, next year or so there _will_ be some non-Apple chips with decent neural acceleration built in, but AFAIK none of them will be specific to high end photography, and will not therefore include high-bandwidth/high dynamic range ISPs (image signal processors) that such cameras require, and all of them will be far less impressive than Apple A12. Another fun fact: at the moment the fastest Android phone is slower than iPhone 8 (to say nothing of XS) for anything that involves a lot of number crunching. Apple A12 is the only CPU that can currently do _sustained_ deep learning for minutes or hours on end without thermal throttling and excessive battery drain. And by golly, they're going to use this capability to the fullest extent possible, because they know for a fact no one will have it in the next couple of years (typical product cycle for silicon).

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2018 at 05:58 UTC
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