James Wages

James Wages

Lives in Japan Nissin City, Aichi-ken, Japan
Works as a Managerial
Joined on Feb 14, 2002

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James Wages: Depth-to-Defocus (DtD) is marketing hype trickery for those of us who use the GH5 and know that Olympus PRO lenses, which are sadly incompatible with DtD, are superior to Panasonic’s lenses, by and large. Only Panasonic lenses are currently compatible with DtD, which is limiting and ridiculous. Hence the strong demand among GH5 users for phase detect AF that works with any lens. If Panasonic wants us, valued users who keep their business alive, to support them and their efforts to improve AF, Panasonic should freely DtD technical details to any u4:3 lens maker so most lenses can become compatible with it.

I don’t care if it’s bigger and heavier and more expensive. I want more quality lens options, which includes faster and sharper glass. Imagine if the wildly popular Sigma 18–35mm would become a native u4/3 mount version with all the speed booster goodness built in! A native version would become smaller and lighter and cheaper than the unwieldy and somewhat unreliable lens plus speed booster combo we have now.

If some of you gentlemen don’t care about truly great lenses, you can stick with Panasonic lenses. But just being smaller and lighter and less expensive does not make a Panasonic lens automatically “better.“

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2018 at 23:50 UTC
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James Wages: Depth-to-Defocus (DtD) is marketing hype trickery for those of us who use the GH5 and know that Olympus PRO lenses, which are sadly incompatible with DtD, are superior to Panasonic’s lenses, by and large. Only Panasonic lenses are currently compatible with DtD, which is limiting and ridiculous. Hence the strong demand among GH5 users for phase detect AF that works with any lens. If Panasonic wants us, valued users who keep their business alive, to support them and their efforts to improve AF, Panasonic should freely DtD technical details to any u4:3 lens maker so most lenses can become compatible with it.

Some of the comments here pretty crazy. To say a Panasonic lens is almost always better only because it smaller and lighter and cheaper is ridiculous thinking, in my educated option. I and many others feel the best u4:3 lenses are in the Olympus Pro series because they are noticeably sharper and sometimes faster than Panasonic versions, even if they are a little bit bigger and heavier and more expensive and lack DFD.

With that said I do think it’s truly stupid that there’s not more collaboration between Panasonic and Olympus to bring DFD to Olympus lenses.

My goodness, how much I want a 12-140 mm lens at F2.8! No one makes it. Why don’t we have it yet? Probably because some of you “Panasonic only lens” guys permeate the thinking out there which sadly misleads lens manufactures into thinking they can’t make money by having a slightly bigger and heavier and more expensive yet superior lens for u4:3! How sad!

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2018 at 23:47 UTC
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James Wages: Depth-to-Defocus (DtD) is marketing hype trickery for those of us who use the GH5 and know that Olympus PRO lenses, which are sadly incompatible with DtD, are superior to Panasonic’s lenses, by and large. Only Panasonic lenses are currently compatible with DtD, which is limiting and ridiculous. Hence the strong demand among GH5 users for phase detect AF that works with any lens. If Panasonic wants us, valued users who keep their business alive, to support them and their efforts to improve AF, Panasonic should freely DtD technical details to any u4:3 lens maker so most lenses can become compatible with it.

I have no idea what Panasonic offers outside Japan, but here in Japan they offer a pro support program. The only caveat is that it will cost you equivalent of US$150 per year. But they offer discounts when cameras are purchased through them, and they offer cameras with an English Ul upon request, which I feel is very important service indeed for those of us who prefer to have our cameras in English.

The lens I tend to use most often with my GH5 is also one of the most versatile lenses available for micro 4/3: the Olympus 12–100 mm F4. Compared to my Panasonic 14–140 mm, the Olympus is faster, and sharper, and allows me to get very close to the object being shot, almost to the macro level. It also has excellent image stabilization and a constant F4 throughout the entire zoom range. I often imagine how much better it would be if it also had DFD AF!

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2018 at 04:44 UTC
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James Wages: Depth-to-Defocus (DtD) is marketing hype trickery for those of us who use the GH5 and know that Olympus PRO lenses, which are sadly incompatible with DtD, are superior to Panasonic’s lenses, by and large. Only Panasonic lenses are currently compatible with DtD, which is limiting and ridiculous. Hence the strong demand among GH5 users for phase detect AF that works with any lens. If Panasonic wants us, valued users who keep their business alive, to support them and their efforts to improve AF, Panasonic should freely DtD technical details to any u4:3 lens maker so most lenses can become compatible with it.

Sorry but Panasonic lenses are NOT “just as good.” Evidence? People like me buy Olympus Pro lenses despite the fact they are incompatible with DFD. I own Panasonic and Olympus lenses and can compare.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2018 at 02:29 UTC
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SELEES: Adobe Software is without a doubt bloatware these days, but they are also an industry standard particularly in the pre-press graphic arts world, where I admit, it is difficult to change the way people work. (Although the industry did switch to InDesign and virtually killed off Quark who at the time where a very arrogant company, just like Adobe is now.)

But, most users of Photo software are in a position where change matters not. The end customer cares not about the software used, it is not relevant, they receive a jpeg or a tiff image and that is universal, unlike an InDesign file etc.

I am willing to bet that 98% of Photoshop users use nothing more than the standard image adjustment tools, the really sophisticated tools no one uses on a daily basis.

So why are so many people afraid of changing to what I believe is a better bit of software, Affinity Photo. It is not like your customers insist you use Photoshop, they could not care less what you use...why the fear?

I’ve got most of you Apple defectors beat in that I’ve been a Mac user continuously since my 128k in 1984. But I’m also one of Apple’s greatest critics. You really can be critical of Apple and send them constructive feedback without defecting to the Dark Side. I use Windows 7 and 8 and 10 at the office, and I am not impressed. There’s nothing to rave about when using Windows other than to say, “I support the world’s biggest monopoly in the PC industry.” Just because I think Apple is brain-dead stupid for gutting the MacBook Pro in late 2016 of “Pro” features doesn’t automatically dictate that moving to Windows is the answer to all my computing woe. Long live the Mac!

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2018 at 02:25 UTC

Depth-to-Defocus (DtD) is marketing hype trickery for those of us who use the GH5 and know that Olympus PRO lenses, which are sadly incompatible with DtD, are superior to Panasonic’s lenses, by and large. Only Panasonic lenses are currently compatible with DtD, which is limiting and ridiculous. Hence the strong demand among GH5 users for phase detect AF that works with any lens. If Panasonic wants us, valued users who keep their business alive, to support them and their efforts to improve AF, Panasonic should freely DtD technical details to any u4:3 lens maker so most lenses can become compatible with it.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2018 at 02:08 UTC as 43rd comment | 15 replies
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SELEES: Adobe Software is without a doubt bloatware these days, but they are also an industry standard particularly in the pre-press graphic arts world, where I admit, it is difficult to change the way people work. (Although the industry did switch to InDesign and virtually killed off Quark who at the time where a very arrogant company, just like Adobe is now.)

But, most users of Photo software are in a position where change matters not. The end customer cares not about the software used, it is not relevant, they receive a jpeg or a tiff image and that is universal, unlike an InDesign file etc.

I am willing to bet that 98% of Photoshop users use nothing more than the standard image adjustment tools, the really sophisticated tools no one uses on a daily basis.

So why are so many people afraid of changing to what I believe is a better bit of software, Affinity Photo. It is not like your customers insist you use Photoshop, they could not care less what you use...why the fear?

Fear is the reason. It keeps Pee See users from converting to the Mac. It’s absolutely incredible to me that in this day and age here in 2018 people still actually use Windoze.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2018 at 05:29 UTC
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princecody: Adobe sucking up more money than the latest Dyson lol

That must not be very much because Dyson sucks.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2018 at 03:39 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix GH5S vs GH5: What's new? (89 comments in total)

It would be nice to see a firmware update for the GH5 to allow use of a LUT during video playback, like the GH5S.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2018 at 03:59 UTC as 9th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 first impressions (377 comments in total)

Does the G9 have the same “focus pull“ video feature that the GH5 has?

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, see page 178 in the GH5 manual:

ftp://ftp.panasonic.com/camera/om/dc-gh5_en_adv_om.pdf

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2017 at 07:03 UTC as 13th comment

Still no good reviews on the mic/audio of the GP6. Attaching external mics defeats the purpose of an action cam like and therefore there should be some focus on how good or bad the built-in audio is.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2017 at 21:16 UTC as 16th comment
On article Is it time to adopt DaVinci Resolve for video editing? (33 comments in total)

Even though FCP X is still chided by those who love the old-style video editing of FCP 7, the fact is FCPX is an amazingly powerful tool that's easy to learn. Most of all, when comparing FCP X with Adobe Premiere or Resolve, it's important to consider that FCPX is by far much faster in terms of performance in any of the other video editors. This is not just my personal opinion. Google it. You'll find a lot of YouTube videos that prove that very clearly. Performance is key.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2017 at 22:56 UTC as 10th comment
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Frank C.: Which lens is better?

Seriously. That's what I want to know, and I'm not even a Canon user!

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2016 at 00:53 UTC
On article iPhone 7 Plus real-world sample gallery (262 comments in total)
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farandhigh: I closed the gallery after 4-th image.

I stopped reading the book so I could judge it by its cover.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2016 at 23:58 UTC
On article iPhone 7 Plus real-world sample gallery (262 comments in total)
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Dylthedog: How many of the folks here laughing at the quality (or lack there of) listen to MP3s? Same deal. People trade quality for convenience and then lower quality becomes normal.

Don't underestimate the power of 'good enough' for the general population. There are probably plenty who still enjoy vinyl and CD's (we all love our art, right?), but convenience is a real winner as MP3s have demonstrated.

Try saying 'bokeh' to the average person, let alone explain what a good one looks like.

This is just another chip away at our love, our art, for the masses. The saddest thing is I'll be using it I expect...

@jeffwunder But if my $1001 headphones cannot differentiate between a 320 MP3 with VBR and a good 24b FLAC, do I then need to step up to $10,001 headphones?

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2016 at 23:56 UTC
On article iPhone 7 Plus real-world sample gallery (262 comments in total)
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T. L. Rutter: Some good, some not so good. I received my iPhone 7 Plus the other day and one of the first things I did were to download the proper apps to give me full control, as well as shoot in RAW as needed. The apps that I downloaded also allows me to choose which lens or to combine them both. Having this control changes the quality of the picture drastically. I will continue to use my action cams and my a6000, but at least now, I will have much better control over my images and when taking pictures I will have the opportunity to post much better pictures on... you guessed it... Facebook and Instagram. At least now, I have a better tool in my hands and I am looking forward to more creativity to ooze out in my creations. Thank you Apple and Sony and thank you Samsung and Nokia for being competitive.

Ditto souk1501. Why mention apps without linking to them? Also post a link to a gallery of your photos, showing us why those photos are better with the apps you mention.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2016 at 23:43 UTC
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Ignat Solovey: The only alternative to Photoshop is Photoshop. Period.

Thank you for your explanation, but my point was that Affinity Photo is truly "an alternative to Photoshop" for some people right now, and for others it will be in the future as it evolves. We all should applaud that effort in that it pressures Adobe to make their software better and a non-Adobe option potentially frees us from subscriptions too. So Photoshop is therefore not the only alternative to Photoshop, even when considering the free CS2 version.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2016 at 03:06 UTC
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Ignat Solovey: The only alternative to Photoshop is Photoshop. Period.

Sounds like something a subscription-pitching Adobe would say. But Serif's Affinity Photo will take Photoshop down at some point. When the feature set is roughly the same but the cost difference huge, buyers will know the better deal. That may take another 3 to 5 years, but I have ever confidence it will happen. And recommending features to Serif is one way to contribute toward that subscriptionless future.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2016 at 22:18 UTC
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Glen Barrington: Why wasn't the article named 11 alternatives to Photoshop for Mac users? That's what it was.

Because the Mac is still better than Windoze. :-)

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2016 at 22:14 UTC
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James Wages: Sad to see all the negative posts by legalists and naysayers. I've lived in central Honshu for nearly 21 years and was here during that big quake. I for one appreciate seeing the photos. Best wishes to the photographer and to DPReview for posting his work.

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Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2016 at 08:26 UTC
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