Al Valentino

Lives in United States NJ, United States
Joined on Oct 25, 2012

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On photo I am an Elephant in the An A to Z of Subjects- Week 5, E challenge (17 comments in total)

One word, WOW 😱

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2016 at 00:55 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
On article Throwback Thursday: Olympus E-10 (154 comments in total)
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yslee1: Since it's Jeff Keller writing this, I'm going to link back to HIS review of the E10 for some added nostalgia. :P

http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/olympus/e10-review/index.html

From that review...

...The E-10 takes between four and five seconds to "warm up", before you can start taking pictures. Once you start shooting, there's no more waiting...

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 16:11 UTC
On article Venus Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D sample gallery (117 comments in total)

First impressions are positive. Waiting for the 7.5mm f/2 for MFT.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2016 at 14:39 UTC as 28th comment
On photo Dockside in the Dark in the An A to Z of Subjects- Week 4, D challenge (12 comments in total)

Cool!!! I love old train pictures

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2016 at 19:11 UTC as 6th comment
On photo Caterpillar in the An A to Z of Subjects- Week 3, C challenge (6 comments in total)

Wonderful capture. Congratulations.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2016 at 23:30 UTC as 1st comment
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Al Valentino: Good comparison. I for one do not like the Fully Articulating Screen at all. Since I am not a performance or video shooter, or the snappier response, and IQ is only marginally better, I just purchased a new EM1 mark i with 12-40 f/2.8 lens, for only $1,299. Does all I need and saved lots of money better used for great glass :)

Along this reasoning, i am thinking about finally upgrading my 6 year old 2010 15" MacBook Pro but doing so with last years model - especially if there is a huge black friday clearance sale. The new 2016 model just does not do it for me, plus it costs more.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2016 at 21:56 UTC
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Al Valentino: Good comparison. I for one do not like the Fully Articulating Screen at all. Since I am not a performance or video shooter, or the snappier response, and IQ is only marginally better, I just purchased a new EM1 mark i with 12-40 f/2.8 lens, for only $1,299. Does all I need and saved lots of money better used for great glass :)

Thanks. I believe we have finally hit an age that moat cameras are good enough for what we do and can keep them for many years, like the old days. Unless one truly needs or wants the new features, then last years models are often good enough, and also more affordable.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2016 at 21:08 UTC

Good comparison. I for one do not like the Fully Articulating Screen at all. Since I am not a performance or video shooter, or the snappier response, and IQ is only marginally better, I just purchased a new EM1 mark i with 12-40 f/2.8 lens, for only $1,299. Does all I need and saved lots of money better used for great glass :)

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2016 at 18:40 UTC as 45th comment | 6 replies
On article 2016 Holiday Gift Guide: $100-500 (18 comments in total)

Photoshop subscription as a holiday stocking stuffer - really!!! 🤔

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2016 at 21:12 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
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Alxy: The performance of the new sensor in RAW looks the same to me as their old 16Mpx pixel per pixel and the same as PEN-F sensor. Olympus advertised better performance than PEN-F. The sensor is behind the APS-C sensors from Nikon and Fuji. This all means that Olympus still stays in its place with sensor performance behind APS-C and full-frame.

No surprises. Smaller sensor means less signal to noise than larger sensors in similar generation sensors. To expect otherwise is silly. However, Olympus did try to hype a miracle - shame on them

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2016 at 17:53 UTC

I just switched to Olympus with the EM1 mark i, partly due to the incredible package deal of the mark i camera and 12-40 f/2.8 for only $1,299. $700 USD less than the mark ii body only. I don't care about 4k video or a few extra pixels or fast action shooting. Anyway, seeing the IQ differences are slim, I am happy I went with the mark i instead so I can put the price difference into lenses.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2016 at 17:12 UTC as 79th comment | 4 replies

Selfie

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2016 at 15:36 UTC as 73rd comment
On photo Fresia in the One Stem, Many Flowers challenge (16 comments in total)

Great picture - proving old tech is not the weak link in taking great pictures. The weakest link is often the photographer, then the lens, then the camera 😉

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2016 at 11:21 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply

Some people seem to have too much time on their hands 😈

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2016 at 11:17 UTC as 66th comment
On article 2016 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $500-900 (337 comments in total)
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Jefftan: "X-Trans sensors tend to struggle a little bit with fine green detail, so it's not perfect for landscape work"

Is this correct? I often hear X-trans people blame it on Adobe processing and using Iradient Developer would not have problem

But could it actually be the unique or "strange" sensor design that is causing the problem?

Like it may has less green pixel? I think it could be

At this point I am still skeptical of X-tans sensor in terms of color rendering. Changing the RGB bayer design would fundamentally affect how sensor "see" color

If I switch Fuji would only choose X-A3

Been shooting fuji for four years with the XE1, much if it landscape. The results are all about the raw processor used. I use Photo Ninja and no issues with fine foliage. Sometimes the greens are very slightly off but it takes two seconds to adjust - which i almost never bothered with. I found Photo Ninja to be excellent with DR, as was adobe, at least from my many testsdone several years ago.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2016 at 16:25 UTC
On photo Vatican Museum Stairway in the Look Up challenge (10 comments in total)

Well done. I love well done captures like this 😉

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2016 at 15:25 UTC as 3rd comment
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BJN: Can you guys quit using bokeh as a synonym for shallow focus? The word describes something much more subtle and very specific...the quality of out-of-focus areas. By misusing the word you also rob it of its utility.

You are correct. it seems few people understand the proper meaning if the word, whIch is about the quality of the transition of high contrast boundaries.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2016 at 23:27 UTC

Good article to help those understand how to get the most from their cameras.

For us old school landscape tripod shooters there is also filters. I own the Lee Seven5 system with 2-stop hard and 2-stop soft grad-ND which help a lot. Even a CPL filter can take the edge of bright reflected spots, such as the bright leaf in the picture above, or reflections from water. And don't forget the magic of regular ND filters for long exposures. My Lee 10-stop bigger stopper can produce magic. Anyway, my point is that all not Stabilzed bodies or lenses and software magic, that is how we did it in the old days - defined as about 10 or more years ago 😉

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2016 at 16:25 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
On photo Anthocharis cardomines in the An A to Z of Subjects- Week 1, A challenge (12 comments in total)

Well done.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 23:23 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
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Al Valentino: Wow, over 1,000 comments so far. Is this not a potent indicator of market discontent 😈

No, i didn't read a 1,000 comments but enough to realize the prevailing theme is not one of praise.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2016 at 00:06 UTC
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