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Lan

Lives in United Kingdom South East, United Kingdom
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Joined on Jul 12, 2001
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On Pentax K-S2 added to studio scene article (71 comments in total)
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Mike FL: The zoom seems has BAD QC issue as always:

http://www.amazon.com/Pentax-Series-16-50mm-Digital-Cameras/product-reviews/B000NO5QV6/ref=cm_cr_dp_qt_hist_one?ie=UTF8&filterBy=addOneStar&showViewpoints=0

dagobah: It doesn't appear to be distortion correction; or if it is, it's being applied to both images - I just downloaded both the native SooC JPEG and the ACR JPEG, and the distortion is the same in both.

The ACR JPEG shows jaggies that are not in the SooC JPEG. Also the colour resolution appears better in the ACR JPEG. It looks like there's some minor NR being applied to the SooC JPEG.

I also prefer the colours from the ACR conversion, as the edges are better defined. Which I guess clinches it; it's NR!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 22:57 UTC
On Pentax K-S2 added to studio scene article (71 comments in total)
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Mike FL: The zoom seems has BAD QC issue as always:

http://www.amazon.com/Pentax-Series-16-50mm-Digital-Cameras/product-reviews/B000NO5QV6/ref=cm_cr_dp_qt_hist_one?ie=UTF8&filterBy=addOneStar&showViewpoints=0

naththo: I had just come to the same conclusion myself; in JPEG the concentric rings at the corners are noticably softer than the competition; a disadvantage that vanishes in the RAW image.

I was initially wondering whether the ISO100 JPEG sample was slightly shaken, but it's the same at ISO200 - JPEG soft, RAW sharp.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 20:17 UTC
On Red introduces 'Weapon' camera with 8K sensor option article (94 comments in total)
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Bernard Carns: Was I reading the specs right?
8k is somewhere near 35mp?
The Blackmagic URSA mini 4.6K is almost 12MP (pretty close to the A7s) and it can record 4.6 raw internally and has a global shutter, 15 stops DR and takes Canon lenses....hmmm.
Add autofocus and flash.
Who needs an slr anymore?

Perhaps someone who wants to spend less than $20,000 on a camera? You can buy a Sony a7R for a tenth of that price...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 21:28 UTC
On ISO 100-SAM_1542 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

ISO 100-SAM_1542 appears to be noticeably less sharp on the left hand side; any idea whether the lens is slightly decentered or if the camera twisted during the shot?

From the way the distortion appears to radiate from the centre, I'm guessing it's decentered...

I guess those 28MP APS-C pixels are demanding on the glass you put in front of them!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 23:12 UTC as 1st comment
On Summit meeting in the Beautiful Ties challenge (4 comments in total)
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Lan: Lovely composition and a well deserved 1st place; those are some very nice ties.

As a matter of interest, who makes the tie at the top of your photo?

Thank you for the info!

I do love ties... and I love photography. This shot makes me wonder why I haven't taken any pictures of them myself. Maybe this will be the inspiration :)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 18:09 UTC
On Summit meeting in the Beautiful Ties challenge (4 comments in total)

Lovely composition and a well deserved 1st place; those are some very nice ties.

As a matter of interest, who makes the tie at the top of your photo?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 21:21 UTC as 2nd comment | 2 replies

If they'd made it native 2:1 that would have been interesting...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2015 at 23:11 UTC as 15th comment
On Sony Alpha a7 II Review preview (773 comments in total)

No lossless RAW? No sale!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2015 at 19:51 UTC as 167th comment | 2 replies
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laueddy: Now, I want a 14mm for my 645Z

That sounds like a fair exchange ;)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2015 at 00:38 UTC

I'm worried; there are more than five consecutive positive replies from commenters on DPReview below. Isn't that a sign of the apocalypse?

Oh, right, I get it - my router's been hacked, and someone's playing a practical joke on me! Ha ha, very funny!

They are really good photos though :)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 01:13 UTC as 17th comment | 2 replies
On Lowepro launches Echelon luxury bag line article (62 comments in total)

I wonder whether these bags secretly send all your information to the government ;)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2015 at 00:38 UTC as 31st comment

>" the X-Trans sensor should be well-suited to native monochrome capture"

Surely *no* CFA would be best for monochrome capture? More light hitting the sensor, at more sensel positions. No CFA would mean greater sensitivity and greater resolution.

The only advantage would be if you intended to colour filter the results either in camera or post capture - even then it would be only a win if you were using green sensitivity. If you wanted to use the blue or red channels, you'd have better results with Bayer.

I accept that green channel mimics conventional B&W film, but I'd be looking for no CFA for preference.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2015 at 21:05 UTC as 50th comment | 1 reply

OK, so how many people looked at #7 and checked out the lines on the field to see whether the lens was front or back focussing?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2015 at 22:22 UTC as 28th comment
On CP+ 2015: Canon shows off new EOS 5DS and 5DS R article (124 comments in total)

> "Masaya Maeda - Chief Executive of Imaging Products ... tells us he's saving up his own money to buy one"

If even your Chief Executive can't readily afford one, you know you've pitched the price too high!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2015 at 19:57 UTC as 6th comment
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Jim: Rhetorical Question: I wonder how much better the G3X image quality will be over an SX50HS when compared at 600mm and below? Especially so, since the SX50HS can be had for $200. Maybe it's just me but I am not seeing the value proposition here.

I know you said rhetorical, but I can't help myself.

As you know, the G3X has a larger sensor, and a higher resolution sensor; so I would expect the image quality to be higher overall - assuming both lenses perform adequately. Of course if you want something cheaper and that might fit in your pocket the SX50HS might still be your best bet...

It's just another choice on the Price vs Pocketability vs IQ graph. Personally I think it looks interesting; but I'll reserve judgement until I can try it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 20:41 UTC
On CP+ 2015: Canon shows 11-24mm in cross-section article (63 comments in total)
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sneakyracer: Wow. Impressive. Canon's Lens Department, unlike their sensor department, is cutting edge. Mad props to them.

In all fairness to Canon, does your favourite sensor department have a full frame 50MP sensor shipping?

I reserve judgement on the performance of that sensor, pending reviews, but it's currently the highest resolution sensor on the market...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 20:14 UTC
On CP+ 2015: Canon shows 11-24mm in cross-section article (63 comments in total)
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Dr_Jon: Amazing stuff... working out what I'll have to trade-in to afford one... the left kidney never seemed much use... (Well, the 14mm f2.8 is perhaps a bit more likely.)

Unless you really need AF and electronic aperture control, give the Samyang (etc) 14mm f/2.8 a go. Mine's impressively sharp, and at a price the fraction of the Canon one.

OK, I haven't tried the Canon 14mm, but my Samyang's sharper than my 17-40f4/L at 17mm.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 20:10 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2356 comments in total)
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Anastigmat: If these cameras are aimed at landscape photographers, they should have built-in GPS, because the landscape photographers often take pictures where there are no roads, no buildings and no identifiable features. A GPS reading would allow the photographer to pinpoint the location of the camera from the EXIF data and return to the same places months and years later. Hope that Canon will include a built-in GPS when the time the camera arrives in the market place.

Conversely I don't want GPS in my camera; as it always seems to eat batteries wholesale...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 22:40 UTC
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Lan: @DPR: Go on, tell us; how many times did you have to beg Sony to make that headline happen? Or was the pun always there, just waiting patiently for its day in the pixels? Anxious minds need to know ;)

LOL!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2015 at 02:22 UTC

@DPR: Go on, tell us; how many times did you have to beg Sony to make that headline happen? Or was the pun always there, just waiting patiently for its day in the pixels? Anxious minds need to know ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2015 at 21:32 UTC as 105th comment | 2 replies
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