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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On article Photoshop CC 2015.5.1 available (89 comments in total)
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Franks38: Maybe ON1 PHOTO RAW? Ever since Adobe moved to its subscription model for software, various posters have been looking for an effective alternative to Photoshop CC (to which I have a subscription). Perhaps in the fall, the new ON1 Photo Raw program will provide the desired solution. Not sure how this will work out, but the current ON1 program seems to have a lot of Photoshop-like capabilities. Plus their customer support has been extremely responsive in my experience. I have no connection with ON 1 other than being a customer.

Affinity Photo from Serif is fast becoming a Photoshop replacement, and Affinity Designer seeks to replace Illustrator. Neither app is a perfect replacement yet, but I bought both apps to encourage development and I participate n their forums. Subscriptions are evil. Long live Affinity!

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2016 at 12:05 UTC

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.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2016 at 08:49 UTC as 8th comment | 3 replies

As a satisfied owner of 2 Manfrotto tripods, I considered yet another Manfrotto branded product while pondering the purchase of a carbon fiber version. But after spotting a recommendation in the comments under another article here on DPReview, I began to investigate (gasp!) a "Made in China" (and designed in China) alternative. Here's my review of what I purchased, with a brief comparison side by side with my Manfrotto tripods:

http://youtu.be/6xS3R1kUlBI

Here's a follow-up video focusing on the center column:

http://youtu.be/9Lfx4P-2MxY

I still like Manfrotto, but I saved money by going with an off-brand; and the quality, to my eyes, was not sacrificed at all. The AliExpress buying experience is not on par with B&H or Adorama, and the shipping carton that arrives will win no beauty contests, but the product was undamaged and it met my expectations on features, construction, aesthetics, and price. I would not buy an off-brand camera, but a tripod is a different matter altogether.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2016 at 02:53 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
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James Wages: This article doesn't sufficiently emphasize the biggest limitation of the tech: you are saving a still from 4K video, which limits the resolution of the still to 8MP. For some uses that may be acceptable. But let's face it, a lot of us haven't used an 8MP camera for some time. Greater MP's allows for more creativity in cropping a pic while keeping noise in check. I still think it is useful, just with a resolution caveat.

The best camera and lens are what you have with you, Coyote. Sometimes we crop because we did not have control over the lens used. Please don't downplay that reality.

String, 4 mentions would have been perfect. ;-)

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2015 at 20:50 UTC

This article doesn't sufficiently emphasize the biggest limitation of the tech: you are saving a still from 4K video, which limits the resolution of the still to 8MP. For some uses that may be acceptable. But let's face it, a lot of us haven't used an 8MP camera for some time. Greater MP's allows for more creativity in cropping a pic while keeping noise in check. I still think it is useful, just with a resolution caveat.

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2015 at 20:58 UTC as 43rd comment | 5 replies
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Eric Glam: Better to buy a Dic&Mic P303c. 175cm extended height, Carbon Fiber legs, ball head that's rated for up to 15Kg, and much more. $188 shipped.

Per the recommendation here, and after having read about the product and watched a couple YouTube reviews, I bit the bullet and made my first AliExpress purchase: the P303C carbon fiber tripod/monopod. I got a $15 discount. It was $154.40, including FedEx shipping to my address in Japan. It arrived yesterday. Very happy with the purchase. I posted my review on YouTube here (read my comments under that video too): http://youtu.be/6xS3R1kUlBI

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2015 at 22:58 UTC
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Eric Glam: Better to buy a Dic&Mic P303c. 175cm extended height, Carbon Fiber legs, ball head that's rated for up to 15Kg, and much more. $188 shipped.

$188 shipped for the P303c? Where? I only see $242:

http://bit.ly/1MWj2T9

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2015 at 11:36 UTC
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Danny: With Affinity Photo (in beta) and Affinity Designer, Adobe's CC-days are count.
https://affinity.serif.com/en-gb/photo/
https://affinity.serif.com

Say NO! to CC, you know why.

Ah the Pee See users... Always touting their badly-copied-from-Apple OS... CS6 is still pretty decent software, so saying a relatively new app is roughly the same is saying a lot of good about that app, especially since it is constantly evolving. I use the CC apps and own Affinity Designer and use the Affinity Photo beta. I look forward to the day CC can be done away with once and for all.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2015 at 12:14 UTC
On article Microsoft launches its Hyperlapse app (28 comments in total)

Sounds great. But it's certainly not ground-breaking on mobile until it comes to iOS. Like it or not, iOS commands the lion's share of the mobile space.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2015 at 14:07 UTC as 13th comment | 4 replies

What's really new? What makes this Manfrotto more compelling than say the Velbon Ultrek UT-53Q Travel Tripod?

http://youtu.be/-UH_1M4dBjs

I ask this as someone who already owns a full size Manfrotto tripod and monopod. I don't yet own the Velbon, but I've yet to see a travel tripod that beats it on size, weight and features, and with it being ¥20000 on Amazon Japan (8% tax included with free shipping) it's a good deal as well. It may not have carbon fiber legs, but that would drive up the cost.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2015 at 01:04 UTC as 5th comment
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minzaw: LX100 for me all the way 4K

You must live in the EU? From what I understand that silly camcorder tax only applies there. I live in Japan where no such tax exists. Furthermore, the GH4's sold outside the EU have no such recording limits as per this:
http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3621987

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2014 at 10:09 UTC
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minzaw: LX100 for me all the way 4K

You're overlooking what I'm saying. But obviously, only those who have an LX100 can answer me this:

After you shoot 4K video for 15 minutes and then the video automatically turns off, are you able to immediately start a new 4K video? (It doesn't matter what you SHOULD do. I am pondering what you CAN do.) Or does the firmware stop you from starting another 4K video for a fixed delay? If it prevents you, what is that fixed delay?

Guys, please ponder REAL WORLD APPLICATIONS here. Say at the end of the year I want to shoot a 4K video of my child's 60 minute long school Christmas performance. I shoot 15 minutes of 4K and then the video stops. But how long must I wait to start another clip?

Regardless, solving these overheating problems us as easy as choosing 14nm silicon over the now aging 28nm. But we'll have to wait for the LX200 for that, I guess. but if you're eyeing the LX100 it's for 4k capability, be forewarned about the 15 min. limit. I see it as a HUGE problem.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2014 at 22:38 UTC
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minzaw: LX100 for me all the way 4K

Overheating issues? Well, what prevents me from shooting in 4k for 15 minutes, stopping the recording but then starting yet another 15 minute recording session SECONDS later? Makes no sense.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2014 at 11:30 UTC
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Stokis: As the most important future for me is 4k video, the only compact camera below 1100$ with great lens and great features with 4k video is the LX100. I suppose that in 2015 there will be more compact 4k cameras to choose, but i have waited 1,5 yeras to see 4k in mainstream, and don't want to wait any longer. The LX100 looks like very great deal for the price/performance.
The only problem i see is that in Europe it is 4k 25fps, but i need 30fps. Will need to buy it from USA somehow.

For me too, but the stupid 15 minute recording limit will most likely keep me from buying it. If only the engineers at Panasonic could have chosen 14nm silicone to keep heat at bay!

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2014 at 10:23 UTC
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DavidNJ100: Just to keep in mind, it lens is not 24-75mm, it is 10.9mm to 34mm. Its full-frame equivalence is 22-68mm F3.3/F5.7. Or it would be if it used the whole sensor. Because it uses less, it becomes 24-75mm F3.7/F6.1.

But isn't F2.8 always F2.8? On light per square millimeter it is. However, the sensors have different numbers of millimeters. Using the DXOMark numbers used by DPReview, the highest ISO for a GM1 to achieve"an SNR of 30dB while keeping a good dynamic range of 9 EVs and a color depth of 18bits" is 660. For a Sony A7 it is 2248, for the Nikon 800E it is 2979.

So from a depth of field or overall low light or depth of field capability, the equivalent apertures are F3.7/F6.1. This is great for a compact camera, especially one with stunning 4k video. However, it is not equivalent to a 24mm/F1.7 or 75mm/F2.8 on a full-frame camera.

I don't follow your technojargon but my eyes don't betray me. This F1.7 photo taken by the LX100 at 10.9mm "appears" to my eyes to have the same beautiful level of bokeh as the 20mm F1.7 pancake on my GF-1 (certainly NOT the kind of bokeh you'd see at F3.7):
https://www.flickr.com/photos/cameralabs/15534985645

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2014 at 10:22 UTC
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thecameraeye: This is very nearly THE perfect advanced compact. The Achilles heel is none other than the lack of a touchscreen, IMO. You can ignore it for everything else but setting the AF point by touchscreen is so convenient and useful that it's very hard to go back.

It's not "the perfect compact" like I too originally thought it was due to my recent discovery of idiotic video recording time limits, imposed to keep their chip from overheating. I guess we need to wait another year for them to use 14nm silicone so we can eliminate the stupid heat issues.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2014 at 10:02 UTC
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minzaw: LX100 for me all the way 4K

I had heard there's a video recording limit on cameras sold in Europe but not on the US models or Japan models. But wow... Look at the Specs tab and Further and Specifications on the US site for the 29:59 AVCHD limit and 15 minute limit on MP4 4k recording. That is so stupid.
https://m.shop.panasonic.com/shop/model/DMC-LX100K

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2014 at 09:41 UTC
On article Delkin introduces new 'Black' range of rugged SD cards (52 comments in total)

I'm shocked none of you mentioned the LOCK switch. I have a brand name SANDISK EXTREME 16GB class 10 SD card that I've used for a few years along with my Lumix GF-1. I had locked and unlocked the little slider switch on the side of the SD card about 10 times when the ultra thin plastic holding the slider switch in place broke and the switch popped out while switched into the LOCK position. Being very dexterous and having a good eye, I was able to put the switch back in place and superglue the fractured piece which allowed me to unlock the card and continue using it.

Suffice it to say, I don't care about being dustproof or waterproof or crushproof. I only want a card that last a long time without that lock switch which breaking off! Which card guarantees that?

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2014 at 01:40 UTC as 17th comment
On article Manfrotto announces carbon fiber BeFree tripod (111 comments in total)
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JapanAntoine: I looked at the Befree very carefully and even went to the shop to buy it a few months ago, but then I discovered the Velbon UT-53Q (thanks to the sales guy there).
I can't even understand why Velbon isn't better known (probably a distribution issue). Their UT series have a very good ballhead, are sturdier than the Befree and much much more compact!
To anyone considering a travel tripod, have a look at the Velbon UT!

Thanks for the link to your excellent UT-53Q review, Antoine!
I'm strongly compelled to make a purchase now, and since I live in Japan, the upside is that the shipping is free if I buy from Amazon Japan!

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2014 at 04:45 UTC
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