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Aug 31, 2018 23:15:31   #
Imagine you're out in the dark wanting to shoot some stars or something equally nocturnal. After a while of sitting around, your pupils open up in order to gather as much light as they can. You start to see a little bit better, don't you? If you then start gazing into a bright lcd screen, what do your pupils do? They close down in reaction to the extra light. Now how do things look when you turn away from the lcd screen?

Your vision isn't permanently impaired, no -- you're right about that. But your eyes do have to adjust and then re-adjust -- no?
Aug 31, 2018 21:58:21   #
Chris T wrote:
Oh, I see, J ... and, is that - especially - effective, do you think?

Yes. You don't impair your eyes' night vision by staring at an overbright screen.
Aug 31, 2018 21:45:45   #
Considering the beating Nikon is taking for having only one card slot in the Z series, you'd have to go with the Pentax K-3ii. It's the only one with 2 slots. And, apparently, you can't be a "pro" with only one.

Plus, in camera stabilization is a nice feature -- for pros and for the rest of us.
Aug 31, 2018 20:07:46   #
Chris T wrote:

What do you mean by "articulating lcd with night vision" ... is this a reference to a boost, or to LEDs near the fold-out point?

This provides an inverted black-and-red color scheme on the lcd which is more suited to shooting in the dark -- reducing the screen's overall light output while remaining easily readable. Especially nice for astrophotography, but good for any night owls really.
Aug 31, 2018 17:03:05   #
Chris T wrote:
Of the following models, which would you consider to be the best, overall - for a relative newbie, to photography? ... Canon EOS Rebel T7, Nikon D3400, Canon EOS Rebel SL2, or a Pentax K-70? ... Please bear in mind, relative cost, and, of course - convenience of included features. Thanks so much!

Of the choices available, I'd definitely recommend the Pentax k-70. Reasons: in-body stabilization, weather sealed, incredibly sturdy, good selection of native and 3rd party lenses, articulating lcd with night vision, and pixel-shift for high resolution. The pixel shift is supplemented by motion correction which throws away the extra 3 shots for the area where motion is detected and builds that part of the image the same as it would have been without pixel shift. Nothing is perfect, but this is pretty darn close.
Aug 27, 2018 21:34:39   #
I like the image a lot. Especially the horizontal layers at the bottom. To emphasize that, I took it into LR and tried a couple of things that I ended up enjoying. 1. Cropped out the bits of foliage at the bottom of the frame. 2. Leveled it out a little in the transform tab.

Plus, I took out the little smidge of white cloud just up and to the right of the silo. It's a tad distracting, to me.

I like the grain. Did you use any of the film effects in Silver Efex Pro?
Aug 25, 2018 20:41:26   #
eskimoky wrote:
I hope this is the right thread!i
..i want to upgrade my gear,but to date i have seen a distinct shortage of bigger pentax im thinking should i stick with pentax or go back to canon becuz of its number of lenses and the features i like on my k5 like the shoulder or top screen.also if the rumors are true will pentax go away .one problem is the amount of money invested in pentax gear.btw i do shoot a bridge canon and use it as an alternative and spare also looking at sony as well.any thots?
I hope this is the right thread!i br ..i want to ... (show quote)

The rumors about Pentax going away have been around a long, long time. My guess is that they won't go away, at least any time soon. The problem is that they're pretty much locked into the dslr world (with an exception for their durable medium format camera). Their one foray into mirrorless fizzled big time, except in Japan, although it (the K-01) was not a bad camera and it took all the existing k-mount lenses. I don't see Ricoh trying again with ML.

I'd expect them to keep working on lenses, especially full frame lenses. But I doubt that there will be a lot of energy put into the brand from here on out.
Aug 22, 2018 22:17:47   #
stant52 wrote:
Would a move to a Nikon D5600 be a worthwhile investment ?
Or should I consider the 7500 ? Or just keep what I have ?
Appreciate your thoughts . Thank you

You are at a major crossroad. You can pour money into an upgraded dslr and take your next step on a road with a dead end. Choosing a d5600 or a d7500 will only make it more likely that you'll find it hard to justify getting off the dslr road and continuing on to purchase the d500 or the d850, with ever greater outlays of cash.

Or, you can turn onto the highway to tomorrow right now and buy a Z6 or a Z7 and have features like IBIS and something you will never have on a dslr: an EVF. It's only going to be a few more days, they say.
Aug 18, 2018 00:25:16   #
Angmo wrote:
“Jokingly”. I know of no pro who uses it

Derek Forss, British landscape & architectural photographer, uses it (program mode) a lot -- with pride. Sells a lot of books and calendars, I understand.
Aug 15, 2018 19:07:05   #
jdkoerner wrote:
I just downloaded the new, $69 [missed the July cut off date for the $49 version, but then, I had no idea there was an ANY dollar version, as I've been using the free Google download for years]. Frankly I am hard pressed to see anything different about this "new and improved" version other than some cosmetic variations. Has anyone else tried the DXO NIK? Are you seeing something I'm not seeing??

I got the DXO NIK a couple of months ago at the $49 price and am pretty pleased with it. I think I've read that some bugs have been fixed, especially in the HDR program; but I don't use HDR (yet), so I can't comment specifically. What is odd is that NIK plugins are not integrated into DXO Photolab. To use NIK, I have to go into LightRoom, create a TIFF file, and then edit using the NIK plugin from LR.

You'd think DXO would have the NIK plugins available through their own editing software, wouldn't you?
Aug 10, 2018 23:12:20   #
Bill_de wrote:
We often see folks mention having the 'latest and greatest' with the Adobe Subscription. But I never see anyone mention what those latest and greatest things are, nor show us how they improve an image.

Any volunteers?


Lightroom added camera support for the Fujifilm X-T100
Aug 10, 2018 20:03:55   #
Waschill wrote:

Other than the Pentamirror vs. Pentaprism and the speed of multishots, what am I gaining by going to say a D7200 or D7500?

If you shoot in manual mode, it's a big plus to have two dials for making shutter speed and aperture adjustments easily and quickly. The tilting lcd touch screen on the D7500 is worth the extra $200 over the D7200, IMO.
Aug 8, 2018 18:58:22   #
Sally D wrote:
Boy, after investing nearly $2000 in my Canon 100-400 L lens, I am shocked at how inexpensive the Tamron is! That's really a good idea since the gap between my wide-angle and my Canon is a problem sometimes. How good can I anticipate the quality of the Tamron to be? I love the price . . . but is the quality going to be satisfactory if I use the correct f-stop? I would still be using the Canon for most wildlife.

Before running to the store to buy the Tamron, please take a look at this video review

A reasonably priced alternative that will give you good sharpness would be the Canon 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM.
Aug 8, 2018 18:03:56   #
tandemrider wrote:
Absolutely. I can see Adobe gradually increasing their monthly fees over time so long as people continue to be willing to pay the price. I wonder how high they will go before people finally say they've had enough.

Welcome to America. If you have a good product, why shouldn't you ask the best price you can for it? No one is being "forced" to do anything. If you like LightRoom and want a relatively trouble-free version of it, go ahead and subscribe to it. If you don't like LR, or you don't like subscriptions, don't buy it. Why make it seem like Adobe is a bad guy for charging for their popular product? I don't understand people who say, "I like LightRoom, but I don't want to pay for it -- or, I want to pay for it my way", which is the same thing really.
Aug 6, 2018 20:16:26   #
anotherview wrote:

I would've added that she study composition and exposure along with the importance of subject if she later became interested in editing her photographs.

I might've also mentioned attending a workshop for novices to digital photography to improve her results.

I've found that beginners can absorb only so much guidance in the outset of their interest in photography. They need some hand holding.

There's a company in Reno, Nevada that teaches a combined course in natural childbirth and beginner photography -- so that Dad has something to do during the birth process.
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