matt_j

matt_j

Lives in Spain Murcia, Spain
Works as a Freelance designer and photographer
Has a website at www.matt-jaskulski.com
Joined on Apr 9, 2009
About me:

I hold a PhD in vision science and physiology of the human eye, and am fascinated by everything related to imaging and its connection to the way our eyes see.

I started shooting digital with the Olympus E-500 and had owned, repaired, or infrared-modified almost every one of their cameras up until the first OMD. Then I went full frame and now enjoy shooting Nikon DSLR's. I currently shoot with the D800 pimped-up with a split-prism focusing screen and eyecup magnifier. I also own a pristine D1X and D2X, which I'm proud to have gotten for nothing and fixed up myself after a shattering blow to the side.

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Taking a smartphone to Nepal as your only camera is just such a waste of "right place right time" opportunities.

What if you're in the mountains and jungle and don't want to recharge your "camera" every day.

We get it, phone cameras with their tiny sensors are "up there" resolution wise, and they don't suck anymore image-quality wise so you can use them exclusively just as I can eat my pudding with a fork. But would I ever eat pudding with a fork if I didn't want to brag about it all over Instagram? Not really.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2018 at 20:20 UTC as 41st comment | 1 reply
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Toni Salmonelli: "Additionally, the 3-axis gimbal is fully compatible with both in-camera and in-lens stabilization systems."

How exactly does that work? I'm very curious.

Probably just means that it doesn´t interfere with them.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2018 at 18:26 UTC
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melgross: I haven’t read the paper yet, but I wonder what is meant by high resolution. Often, with experimentalists, that means, for them, high resolution. But that could be coming from an earlier experiment where resolution could have been 100 x 100. So this could be 600 x 600, and be called high resolution by them.

I’d also like to know the “f” number, and how it performs with other distortions.

All too often we get ahead of ourselves when reading the research news. I just think back to all of the battery breakthroughs we’ve read about during the past few years, only to see none of them pan out.

Resolution, or better said resolving power is usually expressed in angular terms as minutes of arc or lines/line pairs per mm in the image plane. Number of pixels is not resolution, it's image size. The aperture expressed as the F/# number depends on the diameter of the entry pupil relative to the focal length f, and since the article doesn't contemplate a pupil, the edges of the lens delimit the field aperture. You are free to be skeptical, but it would be good to get the nomenclature straight at the very least.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2018 at 03:23 UTC
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matt_j: My parents still use my Xiaomi Redmi phone (Android, with the MIUI customization). It is now 8 or 9 years old and still running the original battery. It lost some juice, for sure, but still gives them a full day of light use. The phone still has regular, automatic firmware updates and if it wasn't for the fact that I jumped into a swimming pool with it in my pocket (the screen has had a slightly yellow tint ever since) I would still use it for development purposes.

Sooo (Fry from Futurama meme) the iPhone 6S battery deteriorates how much 3 years after launch? Please... Apple users you have brought it on yourselves by being so gullible and buying everything by Apple regardless of price and number of extra dongles one needs to buy to make it work.

I stand corrected. So the phone has 6 or 7 years, but it's still twice as many years as the age of the iPhone 6.

Link | Posted on Jan 1, 2018 at 15:59 UTC

My parents still use my Xiaomi Redmi phone (Android, with the MIUI customization). It is now 8 or 9 years old and still running the original battery. It lost some juice, for sure, but still gives them a full day of light use. The phone still has regular, automatic firmware updates and if it wasn't for the fact that I jumped into a swimming pool with it in my pocket (the screen has had a slightly yellow tint ever since) I would still use it for development purposes.

Sooo (Fry from Futurama meme) the iPhone 6S battery deteriorates how much 3 years after launch? Please... Apple users you have brought it on yourselves by being so gullible and buying everything by Apple regardless of price and number of extra dongles one needs to buy to make it work.

Link | Posted on Dec 31, 2017 at 20:34 UTC as 21st comment | 7 replies
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SarahTerra: Sorry, i'll pass.

Nikon MB-D18 Multi-Power Battery Pack with EN-EL18b Battery Kit
USD 999

If you have multiple SB-5000's, which most will not, you can then pay USD 275 for the privilege to mount an unsightly, ugly flash control dongle via the Wireless Remote Adapter Set. Otherwise, SB-700 for commander at 329 USD. You could go with SB-500 but probably not enough power for most cases.

Grand total you are looking at an additional 1000-1400 USD if you would like your camera to use and control other flashes and be 9 FPS capable.

On a $3300 camera, these features should be standard.

Maybe next time nikon, but i wont be supporting this absurd price gouging. 99% of all photographers would be better served by going single body + nice glass or two"lesser" bodies

How about Godox Ving flashes. Better for a fraction of the cost.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2017 at 20:52 UTC
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evilmagicnut: Couldn't finish the article. Gagged on irrational Leica elitism. Sorry Barney if I missed the rationale that would have come had I finished reading.

I think what everyone is trying to say is the following... "If this camera was priced according to its crippled specifications suddenly most of the magic people feel towards it would disappear".

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2017 at 02:07 UTC
On article Photo story of the week: I Am Legend (169 comments in total)
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matt_j: How this is a photo of the week is beyond me. While I understand that some people like it, because it is a moody hike in what looks like a beautiful natural park, the technical and artistict aspects are either botched or absent.

The photo is overexposed 3 or 4 stops. It should have been exposed to the right and the shadows lifted. This way we would get some details in the sky, maybe some mountains even. The composition is too wide, the brambles to the left could've been cropped out to strengthen the focus on the hiker and the serpent-like root below him.

I took dozens of photos like this when I was hiking in Boulder, Colorado and discarded most of them. DPR deleting critique is worrying but nothing new. Just look up the Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 IF ED "review" controversy. The comments are still closed for that.

You bring some details in the sky or some mountains in the background by waiting for the perfect moment (high up what looks like fog may be a passing cloud that can reveal the landscape just for a moment) and making sure that the overexposure doesn't render these things pure white. We are talking about a photo of the week so standards/expectations are high.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2017 at 14:24 UTC
On article Photo story of the week: I Am Legend (169 comments in total)

How this is a photo of the week is beyond me. While I understand that some people like it, because it is a moody hike in what looks like a beautiful natural park, the technical and artistict aspects are either botched or absent.

The photo is overexposed 3 or 4 stops. It should have been exposed to the right and the shadows lifted. This way we would get some details in the sky, maybe some mountains even. The composition is too wide, the brambles to the left could've been cropped out to strengthen the focus on the hiker and the serpent-like root below him.

I took dozens of photos like this when I was hiking in Boulder, Colorado and discarded most of them. DPR deleting critique is worrying but nothing new. Just look up the Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 IF ED "review" controversy. The comments are still closed for that.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2017 at 12:12 UTC as 51st comment | 4 replies
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Mike Arledge: Wish they would make one for Pentax

Pretty sure you can buy the previous version, which is also great, for Pentax. I got mine along with the Ving 860 Flash. Check it out.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 23:21 UTC
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1607 comments in total)
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matt_j: I highly recommend RAW Therapee :)

Yes. In fact every photo you process is saved along a special, small, text file with processing settings. You can load them onto a different photo or a batch of photos or copy to clipboard whole or partially and apply to the current photo. There is no doubt in my mind that you can recreate LR presets in RT and then batch-apply them to a bunch of your raw photos.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 18:30 UTC
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1607 comments in total)
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matt_j: I highly recommend RAW Therapee :)

Well... RAW Therapee works with your own filesystem, so assuming your LR library is logically structured within folders, you would still be able to access and edit your photos using RT.

The processing capabilities are impressive, but the downside is that it crashes from time to time. Nevertheless it's free, open source and the IQ is all the way up there.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 22:46 UTC
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1607 comments in total)

I highly recommend RAW Therapee :)

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 22:26 UTC as 546th comment | 6 replies
On article Shooting with a used DSLR kit that cost me just $80 (282 comments in total)

That´s a very nice approach.
I got me a broken, but otherwise mint condition Nikon D2x and repaired it. It cost me $169 and I´m loving it. It´s weird but it feels like a good old friend ;)

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2017 at 16:50 UTC as 96th comment
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Tapper123: I'm just a hobbyist using mirrorless cameras. But, if I could justify the expense, I would love to own a D850 and a handful of good lenses for it. No doubt it will yield many amazing images for pros and enthusiasts. Best DSLR ever made, it seems. Maybe sometime I will rent one for fun.

Get a used D800. You will not be disappointed. A new nifty fifty for it will cost you only a hunded bucks.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2017 at 22:30 UTC
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Hugo808: The Jpegs posted here in the sample gallery were highly impressive to be sure, but when I had a go on a D850 I felt like I was witnessing the last of the lumbering dinosaurs. Not that it's a bad camera just that it's big, heavy, sluggish and the live view focusing is as awful as I remember all DSLR's to be.

The whole experience made me extremely glad I jumped to Fuji as it was a huge relief to pick mine up afterwards, both better made and nicer to hold and use IMO of course.

But I'm sure this score will make the sort of people who judge things by metrics very happy indeed.

(Meme of Futurama's Fry squinting eyes) soooo you went from Nikon to Fuji and call the Nikon "sluggish"?

Innovation is important. Fuji, Olympus, Pentax, the underdogs need to innovate because this is their selling point. Nikon's selling points are reliability and state of the art performance. Professionals who work with them appreciate these less ostentatious, more refined and long-term-benefitting qualities. To each their own. I, for one, will take that glorious large viewfinder over your live view autofocusing speed any single day because I don't do ocasional bugs or flowers.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2017 at 22:27 UTC
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SnakePlissken: Am I the only one who finds the Matt Granger YouTube videos really creepy? His videos always include scantily clad Asian women prancing about, while the corpulent Granger snaps away. He seems to be the only mainstream camera reviewer on YouTube who feels the need to feature women in bikinis.

It's a bit too close to the old stereotype about photographers and dirty old men in macs for me...

Way back he used to call himself "that nikon guy". I always found it a bit phony (however I admit I tend to be triggered too easily by such things) and at the time the quality of his videos and photos was mediocre to say the least. I recommend Moose Petersen instead.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2017 at 11:26 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: the Canon PowerShot G1 (171 comments in total)
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Bambi24: Can it shoot 4k?

In my experience (I was a 4/3 shooter, than m4/3 and now Nikon, and I have owned, repaired or IR converted most of the 20-30 bodies that I used) these forums are full of rabid brand-lovers that fight and quarrel all the time. It would be great if people realized that they don't have to justify their purchases to the rest of us readers. It would also be great if they withold smart-ass criticism and doom-and-gloom predictions of camera makers' future. You simply have neither the information nor capacity to be able to draw these conclusions. Enjoy your cameras and shoot and share more photos and be respectful and constructive. Anyways... to me the D850 looks sweet and I'm going to enjoy it after the price drops a bit, after one of you misguided souls trade it because of some minor Live View inconvenience. Damn, we didn't even have Live View in the D1X times... Anyone remember Kodak DCS760? ;)

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 22:56 UTC
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Mike Ronesia: I never felt a reason to move from M4/3's to FF. It is just not a big enough jump. This system has got my attention though.

Many FF users will will find fault in any camera that has a different size sensor. If the sensor is smaller they will tell you why you need a bigger sensor and if the sensor is bigger they will tell you why you don't need a bigger sensor. They seem to have Goldilocks Syndrome.

I do not agree. Today I got to play with the OMD E-M5 that I sold over a year ago when I moved up to Nikon D600. It felt like a toy. Even though I respect the OMD and consider it a worthy camera, there simply is no comparison both in terms of IQ and ergonomy between the FF and 4/3. I have used the latter from the E-500 era and having had all the flagships, and finally the OMD. Unless travelling light is your only, paramount consideration, sticking to that tiny format makes no sense at all. I expect the difference between FF and 433 (and in the future 645) to be just as spectacular.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2017 at 22:10 UTC

I don't get why a succesful company like Lomo has to crowdfund their own products, other than publicity of course.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2017 at 15:03 UTC as 22nd comment | 5 replies
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