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  1. J

    xcd 38 experiences, and compared to 30 and 45

    The 38mm is an interesting lens. In my case, I really like the choice of focal length as it is a bit easier to compose with than the 30mm and has nearly the same “natural” feeling perspective as the 45mm. I find it replaces both focal lengths quite well. I can imagine others disagreeing. As to...
  2. J

    Reasons for MF in 2021

    Yes, I'd say that in most situations solid technique is required from the photographer for the camera to be the limitation in most situations. That's true across formats. Even a 24 megapixel APS-C (most common resolution now, I believe) won't come close to showing off 24 megapixels worth of...
  3. J

    Reasons for MF in 2021

    That seems like saying, “Yes, you have a fancy sports car, but if you don’t drive it quickly my sedan can be faster.” Wouldn’t you have to compare like-for-like to have a meaningful comparison? ETTR in both? Or at least use the same exposure in both?
  4. J

    Reasons for MF in 2021

    Generally speaking, sensor designers make essentially the same sensor in multiple sizes. For example, the Sony IMX411, IMX461, IMX455, and IMX571 are all basically the same sensor, just in 48x60mm, 33x44mm, 24x36mm, and APS-C sizes. Same pixel pitch, same bit depth, similar read noise and full...
  5. J

    Leica m10r vs X1D

    They are VERY different cameras in their handling, size, strengths and weaknesses so it should be pretty easy to choose one based on how you will use it. Strengths for the X1D(ii) over the Leica M10R: - Dynamic range - Tonality - Technical image quality - Lens adaptability - Cost (nor normally...
  6. J

    CFV II 50C flash sync

    I have had no problem using the 3.5mm to 2.5mm cable and running it from the the flash out in the CFV50C II to the input on my Profoto Air Remote, the older, non-TTL version. Works great for controlling my A1 and my B10. There is no input on the newer TTL Air Remote, so had to resort to the...
  7. J

    907x 50c now available

    I am not aware of anyone making a dedicated L bracket for the 907 yet. You could use a universal bracket, though--it would fit easily enough. Wouldn't look super 'elegant' but it would be perfectly functional for this use. The only issue would be that the rear screen would be tilted at an odd...
  8. J

    Fujifilm GFX100 Pixelshift Firmware is out

    The major benefits to the SL2 for me were (in no particular order): - IBIS - Ability to turn off long exposure noise reduction (I actually use it for wide field astrophotography) - Improved viewfinder - Better UI Others may have been after the higher megapixel count. I wasn't. As to justifying...
  9. J

    Fujifilm GFX100 Pixelshift Firmware is out

    Yes, the repro requirement makes sense to me. Rob mentioned that as well. The improvement in aliasing, in particular, would be of value. Product photography surprises me a bit, but I don't have clients in that area so I'm certainly not an expert.
  10. J

    Fujifilm GFX100 Pixelshift Firmware is out

    Very cool. What does one do with a 45 GP image (or any very high pixel count image)? And how does one make one? Panoramas stitched together or using pixel shift or a combination? I’m not asking anyone to justify their needs or desires—just explain them because I’m curious.
  11. J

    Fujifilm GFX100 Pixelshift Firmware is out

    Wasn’t suggesting that it was valueless. Was wondering which of the possible values people were looking for? And what the use case was? I know my use cases do not match everyone else’s. I can absolutely agree that it provides flexibility for cropping, that it will reduce aliasing, and that the...
  12. J

    Fujifilm GFX100 Pixelshift Firmware is out

    I know people were looking forward to this. Why? This is not just baiting—I want to know what one hopes to get. Reduced aliasing? More resolution? For what intent? Future proofing for 12K monitors? Cropping? Wall sized landscape prints? It’s certainly cool, but what would one actually use it...
  13. J

    Fun with the Hasselblad 907x

    Actually, for reasons that have never really made sense to me, Hasselblad does not support auto ISO in manual mode. So this isn’t an option. So, if one wants auto ISO and wants to shoot exclusively at f/4 the best choice is to put it in aperture priority, set it to f/4, and set the appropriate...
  14. J

    907x 50c for Art reproduction?

    Of the XCD lenses I would think the 120 would be the best choice. It is among the best Hasselblad produces in terms of edge sharpness and flatness of field, and it has the lowest distortion of any current XCD lens. As to color, that is indeed likely to be 5e most difficult challenge, but the...
  15. J

    Digital back servicing

    It’s probably worth asking to be sure, but I would expect the “extra calibrations” would allow them to re-map hot pixels and dead pixels so their values can be automatically interpolated based on surrounding pixels. All CCD and CMOS sensors of significant megapixel counts have defects, even when...
  16. J

    Fun with the Hasselblad 907x

    Sorry to post this a month after, but I only recently started to play with Phocus and my 907X... There is a way to get focus assist magnification working, just not the way you may be expecting... 1) Connect the Phocus app on your phone or iPad to your 907X as you (probably) already we’re...
  17. J

    Fun with the Hasselblad 907x

    I took this one yesterday on a walk in Redwood Regional Park in the East Bay hills near Canyon, California. I liked the soft glow of the late afternoon light and the texture of the moss on the tree and, especially, how the trunk and branch framed the warm light in the background. This was taken...
  18. J

    Hasselblad 907x (the bad and the good)

    It is a really nice camera. I love mine. I was just listing all the negatives I could think of to “get them out there” so to speak. Most of them are either intrinsic to the design (lack of viewfinder) or make little difference for the intended uses (slow speed of operation). I didn’t really list...
  19. J

    Fun with MF images - ARCHIVED - FOR VIEWING ONLY

    Three cameras at the same time? I’ve seen people do that for astrophotography when capturing red, green, and blue separately using the same mount. Can’t think of a reason to do that with terrestrial photography, though. Maybe different focal lengths? Who knows. I agree with you that full frame...
  20. J

    Fun with MF images - ARCHIVED - FOR VIEWING ONLY

    I was a little farther down the hill than you for the first two shots I took, but left before you as the fog was climbing too high to show much of the towers. My third shot was taken from just above the Baker-Berry tunnel. I was driving home by then but pulled over when the light got so nice...