ljclark

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donCortizone: I've never seen more whining over a non-issue than the complaints about the ISO control.

"Woah woah woah, you mean I have to LIFT IT UP AND TURN IT?!?"

It's certainly easier than pressing a dedicated button and keeping your eye to the finder to make sure you've pressed it properly, and then spinning the miniature dial on the back of the camera to move your ISO to where you want it. Good on Fuji for implementing the change. Total bandwagon complaint issue.

By using one of the "soft" dials to set the ISO, you then make the setting on the physical dial inaccurate. I think the X-Pro2 and X100F are steps in the right direction (and I own both -- and owned predecessors to both).

In dim light with the X00F you can just look through the viewfinder, lift the dial, and watch your setting change -- camera never needs to leave the eye.

I DO wish that the X100F would work with that little baby EF-X8 flash (that works with the X-T1/T2 and X-Pro2).

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2017 at 10:45 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Fujifilm X100 (173 comments in total)

I took a chance on the X100, got one of the first batch at my local store, and was glad I did. As soon as I picked it up I knew what it was all about. The first (other than in the store quickies) picture I took was a kinda technical shot of some mods to the inside of a motorcycle tail light housing...Black plastic, reflectors, LED bulbs (lots of little details) and even some silver painted areas. I figured that I'd need the flash for fill. So I just framed it, focused, pressed the button, and looked at the shot. Perfect. One shot. I even made a 13 x 19 print and took it back to the store so they could see what the X100 could do.

90% of the time, if I'm going to step out with just one camera, it is the X100.

I figured the X100S was a big enough upgrade, but held off on the X100T. But I'm all in for the X100F.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 15:03 UTC as 30th comment

Actually, I'm a bit more interested in the new camera as an upgrade from the Theta S. I've made a few short videos with the Theta S, but the quality is too poor even for desktop monitors -- so I just use it for spherical 360 stills. I got a Nikon KeyMission 360, which is a little bit better for video, but has inferior stitching and a dismal user interface.

Ricoh often has a slightly different approach and they have grown into the spherical 360 market at a good pace -- they appear to listen to their customers. Not so much Nikon with the KeyMission 360 -- which originally didn't even tag the image metadata with "equirectangular". At the demo with the Nikon rep, he was over the moon about the ability to upload directly to social media -- as if we need more unedited videos online. It may be "4K", but that 4K image is kinda like applying a light coating of Vaseline to your eyeglasses before you start watching.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 13:04 UTC as 2nd comment
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Boris F: Very good camera for stills, it would be very nice to have one.
But, I'm just wondering, why joystick and not a touch screen?
Is it a big deal to add a 4K video?

Because the joystick is tactile.

You can find it by feel and work it without taking the camera from your eye.

To work a touch screen you must take the camera down and do a visual sighting to place your fingertip at the correct point of operation. (Meanwhile, the guy who really IS Elvis has rolled away in his wheelchair and is lost in the crowd.)

IMHO the only place for a touch screen on a serious camera is for reviewing photos (not taking them) where familiar touch gestures would make that process easier and intuitive.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2016 at 20:52 UTC
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2485 comments in total)
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ljclark: "The X-T1 was described at launch as a flagship model..."

I must have missed something because I don't recall Fujifilm making that statement at the X-T1 launch. The only mentions of "flagship" in relation to the X-T1 came from the peanut galleries and some of the less perceptive online media (who feel it is their mission to jump to conclusions).

Could DPReview staff clarify this for us?

The answer to your question is "no". (Didn't anyone ever teach you to wait for the answer? And since I have both an X-Pro1 and an X-T1, I'm not sure which "...model you have..." you are talking about.

However, I am glad that I never had to buy a camera from you. ;~)

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2016 at 17:29 UTC
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2485 comments in total)
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ChuckTa: It's a bit hefty price for the spec.
With 24mp, I can see a Fuji do away the xtran and just make one without the filter in the future. It will certainly make the image a bit sharper.

You don't by for spec.

You buy for performance and suitability to task.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2016 at 11:34 UTC
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2485 comments in total)

"The X-T1 was described at launch as a flagship model..."

I must have missed something because I don't recall Fujifilm making that statement at the X-T1 launch. The only mentions of "flagship" in relation to the X-T1 came from the peanut galleries and some of the less perceptive online media (who feel it is their mission to jump to conclusions).

Could DPReview staff clarify this for us?

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2016 at 11:28 UTC as 517th comment | 2 replies
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ljclark: I have the current Theta M15 and have been having a blast with it. True, the resolution is just barely adequate for web -- and it certainly isn't an image where you want to zoom in much -- but it is fun and folks like the pictures.

Doubling the resolution and adding more processing and image management options is a good move forward.

We DO need (listen up Pentax/Ricoh) some kind of little vertical grip so we can minimize thumb-in-the-picture for those time when we can't tripod mount it.

If you fire the Theta with your smart phone or tablet you don't need a timer. The Theta will do time lapse and video, though I haven't tried those features.

Tripod? Not sure, but that may be a small footprint tripod (tabletop) with an extension. The height of the camera lens is about at the waists of the two gents -- no too much of a reach to support a lightweight camera.

That particular shot might let you PhotoShop out the tripod altogether since the floor looks like it might work with the healing brush. I go into some of my original files, apply noise reduction, and do a little work on layers, etc. I just don't mess with the cropping.

Take a look at my gallery to see that tripod and hand held shooting looks like.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2015 at 22:35 UTC
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ljclark: I have the current Theta M15 and have been having a blast with it. True, the resolution is just barely adequate for web -- and it certainly isn't an image where you want to zoom in much -- but it is fun and folks like the pictures.

Doubling the resolution and adding more processing and image management options is a good move forward.

We DO need (listen up Pentax/Ricoh) some kind of little vertical grip so we can minimize thumb-in-the-picture for those time when we can't tripod mount it.

It sounds like the new "S" will have better apps than the current M15. But right now you CAN fire the Theta M15 remotely using WiFi and the iOS or Android apps on a smartphone or tablet. (In my shots look for the green glow.)

Remember that this is a 360 x 360 view and the picture will always show whatever you are using as a support (your hand, tripod, etc.). If you mount a Theta on a conventional tripod, the tripod legs will be quite noticeable -- so while YOU may be hiding somewhere, the camera support can't.

The Manfrotto Pixi tripod works well for me because I can use it as a comfortable hand grip. When I use it as a tripod, the legs don't have that "industrial" look. If I was shooting interiors, I would use a microphone stand (one with the round iron base) or a smaller light stand with shorter legs. Outdoors, if the ground is soft you could use a 3/4" or 1" wood dowel -- sharpened at one end and with a 1/4-20 stud threaded into the top.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2015 at 12:09 UTC
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ljclark: I have the current Theta M15 and have been having a blast with it. True, the resolution is just barely adequate for web -- and it certainly isn't an image where you want to zoom in much -- but it is fun and folks like the pictures.

Doubling the resolution and adding more processing and image management options is a good move forward.

We DO need (listen up Pentax/Ricoh) some kind of little vertical grip so we can minimize thumb-in-the-picture for those time when we can't tripod mount it.

Good Lord, NO. Selfie stick doesn't apply to one of these anyway since the FOV and DOF make every photo you take a selfie -- unless you mount the Theta on a tripod, go off somewhere to hide, and then trigger the camera remotely.

When you hold the Theta in your hand and fire it with the button part of your hand always shows. Since the center of the shutter button is only about 1 1/2 inches away from the center of the lens, that's not an inconsequential chunk of the frame. (The Theta even shows a little bit of itself, which is probably one of the reasons black is an available color with the S.)

Right now I use a 4 inch handle with a 1/4-20 thread, or a Manfrotto Pixi tabletop tripod to get my hand a little farther away from the lens, but I still must either extend my finger up to the shutter button or trigger the camera with a tablet or smart phone -- with that bright green Theta screen showing.

Good or bad, see: https://theta360.com/users/22539#

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2015 at 07:58 UTC
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aliasfox: This, a drone, and some proper laws would mean Google could do Streetview an order of magnitude (or two) cheaper than it does now.

Dang! Where did those droids take off to? The boss is gonna kill me. And this has to happen two months before retirement. :(

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2015 at 01:17 UTC

I have the current Theta M15 and have been having a blast with it. True, the resolution is just barely adequate for web -- and it certainly isn't an image where you want to zoom in much -- but it is fun and folks like the pictures.

Doubling the resolution and adding more processing and image management options is a good move forward.

We DO need (listen up Pentax/Ricoh) some kind of little vertical grip so we can minimize thumb-in-the-picture for those time when we can't tripod mount it.

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2015 at 21:06 UTC as 13th comment | 6 replies

I've had a blast with the Theta so far. The "Wow" factor is gratifying.

I'm hoping that Ricoh will come out with a new one that notches the image up a bit. Right now, it is good enough for the default viewer size, but if you make it full screen, it suffers. I'd pay for an increase in IQ.

I'd also pay for a grip with a trigger, and maybe a little (shielded) LED that would light up when you were within a few degrees of vertical.

BTW...I run the Theta files through PhotoShop to perform noise reduction, set the black and white points in Curves, and do minor adjustments. The image files upload and play perfectly in the desktop application and in the online gallery. My guess is that any attempts to crop would mess up the stitching.

See if my gallery will open for you:
https://theta360.com/users/22539#

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2015 at 00:37 UTC as 2nd comment

Oh...The Humanity!!!!

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2014 at 12:20 UTC as 126th comment
On article Price released for Brikk's 24k gold Nikon Df (385 comments in total)

If this was around the first of April instead of around the first of November...

Considering how ugly the Df is anyway, this has got to be one of the best illustrations of "lipstick on a pig".

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2014 at 11:52 UTC as 31st comment | 2 replies
On article Fujifilm announces weather-resistant XF 50-140mm F2.8 (226 comments in total)
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maxnimo: 23 glass elements? Anything over 6 glass elements makes me real nervous. I hope they know what they are doing.

The perfect lens has the perfect number of glass (and plastic) elements.

What was so hard about that?

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2014 at 15:25 UTC
On article Fujifilm announces X30 enthusiast compact camera (43 comments in total)
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RadPhoto: Also, I woudn't trust the first batch coming from Fuji! I got the X-T1 and had the the faulted keypad and Fuji is still in denial!

Try supporting the weight of the camera with your left hand (like it shows in the manual).

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2014 at 09:30 UTC
On article Rare Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM goes on sale in UK (218 comments in total)
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HaroldC3: I don't think that would fit in my Christmas stocking...

If that was the only factor, I'd MAKE it fit in mine.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2014 at 23:31 UTC
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RichRMA: With ISO capabilities what they are today, why would you need a tripod collar on a lens with a maximum 200mm focal length and stabilization? Night shots?

Why? How about ease of use handheld? When I shoot soccer (from a stool) I have one camera with a 300 f/2.8 on a monopod and another body with a Nikon 70-200 beside me. When I shift from the 300 to the zoom, the foot of the tripod ring sits in the palm of my left hand. My fingers extend upwards and manipulate the zoom ring. Used in this manner, I'm not supporting the camera with a moving part of the lens (the zoom ring). (I've thought about taking a small piece of hardwood and sculpting it to a contoured base for more comfort...Maybe one of these days.)

Link | Posted on May 17, 2014 at 14:04 UTC
On article Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review (2257 comments in total)
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Frank_BR: "The use of premium materials and their processing in an elaborate manufacturing process are unique in the history of camera construction" (Leica press release)

Hmmm… aluminum is a cheap material. Aluminum raw costs only 0.84 USD/LB!

My wife also uses a lot of "premium materials", aka kitchen aluminum foil, everyday. Lol.

I use premium materials to craft the custom helmets that prevent "THEM" from reading my thoughts.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 21:30 UTC
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