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    For the fourth year in a row......

    Great idea.. Gary
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    Micro 4/3 Difficult decision - Stylus 1 as perfect travel camera (vs EM10)

    I've gone on vacation w/ nothing more than the old Panasonic 25-300 10mp p&s when I needed the zoom range. I always figure your on vacation w/ your family...enjoy it w/ the family... If u get a good shot w/ the p&s that's a plus :D Gary
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    Micro 4/3 Difficult decision - Stylus 1 as perfect travel camera (vs EM10)

    I bought a Panasonic lx100.. Though people don't seem to think much of it because of the 12mp sensor (16mp m43 sensor but only 12mp used). The Panasonic lx series has always been known for how well they match the lens to the sensor and IMHO, the lx100 really doesn't disappoint. I originally...
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    Fuji 27/2.8 - Second Time a "Charm"

    The 27 is just about permanently on my xe1 :). The 16, 23 and 56 seem to get all the rave reviews followed by the 35. Gary
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    Raw processors compared

    One thing I noticed was in Aperture, there is a raw preprocessing that can be added to processing pipeline. There is additional fine tuning for sharpening that u can do. He used the normal sharpening tools, which I guess he did to keep everything uniform in terms of the testing procedure. I...
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    Micro 4/3 For an LX100 - JJC ALC-LX100 Auto Lens Cap? Filter?

    I own the jjc auto lens cap. For me it works well. I use it w/ a uv filter attached. I also bought one for the 12-32 Panasonic as well. The jjc is design to work w/ a filter attached. If u don't use a filter, it is probably better to get the Panasonic version. Gary
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    Fuji The Fujifilm X series image thread.

    If u don't mind a two stage solution... There is Adobe camera raw that is a standalone program which converts a raw file to their dng file format that u can run thru LR. Gary
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    Sigma Advice please on a DP.

    U can batch process the files from 3xf to tiff.. My workflow for Merrill files - shoot jpg+raw - import the jpg into your photo editor for browsing and selection of the keepers - import the raw to same or separate directory where spp has access to it - select raw u want to back process in spp...
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    New Lightroom dehaze feature

    Sounds like the license server and one of your pc's had an exchange issue. There should have been a protocol acknowledgement hand shake between the two before final logout completed. The help desk should have been able to force a logout though. Anyway not a cc user, just a guess on my part...
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    Panasonic FZ1000 Vs. ILCs With Superzoom Lenses

    When I use the LCD screen tilt up method, I have never used such a long focal length. I tend to hold it away from my body, so that no part of the camera touches me, however, I use my arms to tension creating a triangle between the support of strap around my neck and the two points where my hands...
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    Panasonic FZ1000 Vs. ILCs With Superzoom Lenses

    Have fun w/ the fz1000.. There are common features in many of the Panasonic cameras like the 4k picture mode (if I remember correctly).. Normal movies are 16:9 aspect ratio and the Panasonic will,allow u during playback to extract an 8mp jpg (lx100 can't remember about fz1000). But the 4k...
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    Panasonic FZ1000 Vs. ILCs With Superzoom Lenses

    Sue, I recently acquired a lx100. It ended up retiring my Fuji x100 and Panasonic lx3. Both zoom ranges should take care of around 80% or more for most people. It's the super wide or the tele end where it could be an issue for some people. Given u already have the Nikon One system, have u...
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    effing blown highlights

    http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/fujifilm-x-e2/11 Luke.. Here is a good writeup on the xe2 dynamic range... I most likely applies to all the Fuji x cameras. I shows the effect of changes due to changes in the dr value. Which should work for raw or jpg as final output. It also shows other things...
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    Sony Showcase Sony A7 and 7r Image thread

    Serhan Thanks for posting about the Contax. Overall how would u rate the new adapter compared to other mirrorless Sampras such as m43 or x100 or a7 using native lenses. Of all the shots I liked the last the best. Gary
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    Sigma Sigma dp2 Quattro JPG and raw testing

    Two methods 1 - menu - camera settings - second tab - image quality --> raw or raw+jpg Image size --> low 2 - qs button - use the same setting for the image quality and size icons Gary
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    Sigma Sigma DP Series Image Thread

    DP2Q - Cropped OOC S-Hi JPGs - In camera B&Ws Gary
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    Micro 4/3 Rumor - Panasonic LX8

    Now this is getting a bit confusing. Will we get two announcements (1 inch and 4/3) lx8 and lx1000 Or just this new lx1000? http://www.mirrorlessrumors.com/panasonic-is-going-to-announce-the-new-lx1000-soon-and-records-4k-video-too Gary
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    Sony Any Downside to using i+ (Superior Auto) Mode as a default?

    I can't use center af in this mode. The af point it thinks is right, may not be what u intend. It is what I set the camera to when I give it to someone else to take a picture of my wife and I. I normally use aperture priority or program mode. The thing that drive me crazy about the RX, Nex and...
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    Sigma Interesting Fovean B&W blog articles

    I looked into it w/ spp 5 to c if I could write a script a long time ago, but from my preliminary look, it did not look like it could handle a cmd line input. If I have time and remember, I c if they changed anything in spp 6. Gary
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    Sigma Interesting Fovean B&W blog articles

    Are u asking to do a monochrome blue layer (color wheel blue at 100%) only tiff extract? Gary
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    Sigma Interesting Fovean B&W blog articles

    Interesting article.. Thanks for sharing. Unlike the Merrill cameras, I find the occ jpgs of the Quattro are so good, that one does not need to use spp 6.0.5 except for certain situations. With the Sigma dp cameras, I tend to shoot somewhere between 70-90% monochrome mode. The monochrome...
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    Sigma Sigma dp2 Quattro JPG and raw testing

    It is one in the same since these were extracted jpg from the raw file. If I had taken these in fine jpg mode only vs raw only and extracted the jpg. If u would like.. I can post the specific shot that way. Gary
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    Sigma Sigma dp2 Quattro JPG and raw testing

    I am not sure what u are asking... First let me clarify what I have done so far. The jpg that u c in the large vs small raw are the ones that were embedded by the camera during the creation of the raw file. They appear to be the equivalent to a "fine" jpg. I accidentally shot in raw only...
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    Sigma Sigma DP Series Image Thread

    Forgot one Gary
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    Sigma Sigma DP Series Image Thread

    Shots taken w/ Dp2 Quattro. These are all small raw, which end up as around 22mb files depending on the size of the embedded jpg. Monochrome pics converted using Silver FX Pro 2. Almost all images have some level of cropping between 50-70%. The crop images hold up very well...
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    Sony Just pulled the trigger on A7. Which NEX lenses can I use?

    Where did u gear the contax af adapter, Serhan? I agree the contax G 45 and 90 are really good. I use them w/ the metabones adapter. Gary
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    Sigma Sigma dp2 Quattro JPG and raw testing

    On top of my previous post about this subject, I forgot to mention.. The small raw is equivalent to the 15mp pre-Merrill sensor that is in the sd15 and dp1x/dp2x. Where that sensor showed a very smooth creamy look to them, so far I have not seen this in the Quattro small raw files. Gary
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    Sigma Sigma dp2 Quattro JPG and raw testing

    I forgot to mention, where tiff 16 from raw are better than the ooc jpg from the new Quattro cameras is once u get past iso 1600. The spp noise adjustment capabilities are much better. Gary
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    Sigma Sigma dp2 Quattro JPG and raw testing

    Outside of the stupid sd card door design, the dp2 Quattro looks like it will work out nicely for me. I really don't have a need to print big. My normal print is 8x11 and I do occasional 13x19. I actually really like the results I am seeing in low raw mode. Using low raw as my default...
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    Sigma Sigma dp2 Quattro JPG and raw testing

    The small raw do have more detail in certain situations. I think it is due to the 1-1-1 relationship. In large raw where 4-1-1 is used, the algo needs to guess at true relation of a pixel location to its neighbor. Sometimes it will guess wrong just like a Bayer array sensor would. I have seen...
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    Fuji Full-Frame of Full-Size Sensor Cameras From Fuji?

    Very True.. But they do have a 16-50f2.8 weather resistant one on their lens roadmap for next year. One could also hope Sigma will do a x mount of their 18-35f1.8 if u want a faster fstop. Gary
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    Sigma Sigma dp2 Quattro JPG and raw testing

    Did some testing of Large vs Small RAW files today and was blown away from what I saw from the SMALL RAW file.. Right now I actually like it better than the LARGE RAW, go figure :p The colors are truer and places where the 4:1:1 algo lost the fine detail, the 1:1:1 small raw retained it. Gary...
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    Sigma Sigma dp2 Quattro JPG and raw testing

    The new S-Hi OOC JPG looks pretty good to me. S-Hi mode essentially doubles the effective size of the image using in camera processing. Gary ISO 100 1/100@F4 60% Crop 100% Crop
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    Sigma Sigma dp2 Quattro JPG and raw testing

    During initial testing, it sure looked to me that the TIFF 16 file was slightly better than the OOC jpgs. Today, I took some different type of pictures. They are so close, I can't really tell the difference.. In fact in some instances the OOC jpg maybe even better :D The JPG engine is a vast...
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    Sigma Sigma DP Series Image Thread

    Some DP2Q shots - from around the house.. Nothing special. Just wanted start posting some samples. Gary
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    Fuji Full-Frame of Full-Size Sensor Cameras From Fuji?

    Of course it is also just their marketing speak for apsc is their true ff as mentioned in the blog post. Gary
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    Fuji Full-Frame of Full-Size Sensor Cameras From Fuji?

    I think they are committed to apsc for their normal x bodies. However, there were two rumors awhile back that this could be about.. - There was a rumor about 2-3 months back about Fuji doing a gf670 like camera using the Sony 50mp sensor. - a ff version of a x100 --> known as x200 Of the two...
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    Micro 4/3 Rumor - Panasonic LX8

    http://www.43rumors.com/ft3-panasonic-lx8-to-be-announced-within-a-few-days/ Hmmmm... I guess by next week we will know the truth about this one. Slightly bigger than the lx7. Would that put it between the gm1 and lx7 in size? But most intriguing update is that it maybe a m43 size sensor...
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    Ricoh The Ricoh GR image thread

    Nice set. I really like the father and son. Gary
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    Sony Just pulled the trigger on A7. Which NEX lenses can I use?

    It is too bad that Sony does not support more aspect ratios. I would like to c 4:3 and 1:1. On certain e mount lenses, the worst of the e mount image circle are at outer edges and corners of a 3:2 aspect ratio. The top edges are fine. Even if u use raw image file, there are photo processing sw...
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    Sony Just pulled the trigger on A7. Which NEX lenses can I use?

    Luke I am mainly a legacy lens user on the Sony camera body and only have the one FE (full frame E mount), the 35f2.8. The Nikon line has both the dx and fx branded lenses for a very long time. The Sony E and FE mount are the equivalent designations... I assume he is hoping that the image...
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    Sony Showcase Sony A7 and 7r Image thread

    Nice.. Have not been to space and air museum for a very long time. Gary
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    Sigma Sigma dp2 Quattro high iso test results

    Just as an FYI I posted my initial impressions from a existing Merrill user's perspective over at rff. Since there was already an initial impressions post here, I decided to not post mine here. Instead just the high iso test from it to supplement what has already been posted here...
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    Sigma Sigma dp2 Quattro high iso test results

    So a different test - the extracted JPGs from the RAW files. Normally the embedded JPGs that are in a RAW file from other manufactures tend to be the smallest they support since it is normally just used as a preview. In Sigma's case, they have embedded the full size "FINE" jpg inside their RAW...
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    Sigma Sigma dp2 Quattro high iso test results

    I decided to do a retest.. I have lowered the lighting in the room to the point just before the AF focus will not lock. This time I have started the test at ISO 800 instead, since this is where the issues on the Merrill start to be seen in certain situations. I have included the color shots...
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    Micro Four-Thirds With 600mm Vs. Superzoom With 1200mm

    Well said.. It really does get down to intent vs what is acceptable vs how much weight u are will to carry in the field and we all have different requirements. Gary
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    Micro Four-Thirds With 600mm Vs. Superzoom With 1200mm

    I have tried bridge cameras w/ super zooms and have never been that happy about the results. Some shots have been fine but others not so. I have not tried the Nikon One V for this yet.. I have thought about it. Currently, I have an Olympus em5 w/ a Panasonic 45-200 for this. The Olympus 5 axis...
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    Sigma Sigma dp2 Quattro high iso test results

    I can post 100% crops of the center and edge around the turtle if u would like Ray. As a reference, the Merrill - color -- good to ok up to 400 (depends on situation) -- noise started to be obvious at 800 -- very noticeable chroma by 1600 -- absolutely horrible from 3200 and greater -...
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    Sigma Sigma dp2 Quattro high iso test results

    I recently picked up a Quattro. So here are the High ISO test shots. All taken at f2.8 Aperture Priority, AWB setting. In the past everyone agreed that from 100-200 ISO was the best ISO range. So I am not posting anything from that range. The ISO range being tested starts are ISO 400 and...
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    Micro 4/3 Micro 4/3 samples

    I think someone already asked..but Andy do u superglue them? :) Gary
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