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Forum: General Talk 06-23-2019, 09:11 PM  
Who here is a "Sven" fan?
Posted By MD Optofonik
Replies: 6
Views: 408
I sure am; love that show.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-23-2019, 06:58 PM  
Composition aside & no pixel-peeping, which of these do you prefer; technically...
Posted By MD Optofonik
Replies: 25
Views: 976

  1. Lumix TS2

  2. Olympus Tough 8000

  3. Canon A95


I purchased the TS2 because of a TS1 I owned awhile back and sorely missed. I originally bought it as a rainproof pocket camera for use during a 45 day train trip around the U.S.during the late fall and early winter of 2009. This time around I wanted a "proper" camera for hiking that was pocketable and tough enough to withstand the elements and some abuse. I couldn't find a used TS1 in good condition so I got a TS2 instead.

The Oly was the camera that got beat out by the TS1 back in the aforementioned day. Unlike the TS1 it's crushproof to 220 lbs. As much as I wanted to keep the Oly it's IQ wasn't as good as the TS1 so I returned it. If I could have afforded both at the time I would have kept the Oly as well. I liked it's form factor better than the TS1 and, now, the TS2. Although not as sharp when compared to the TS1 or TS2, the Oly's color saturation is a bit more accurate and, overall, images are good enough to preserve the kind moments for which it was designed to capture. The Oly takes pictures in places where other cameras shouldn't go (including the TS2) and, for snapshots, they look just fine.

The A95 was a camera I had become a bit nostalgic for and my original one was long kaput but I still have all the accessories including an underwater housing. It was cheap to get used so I did. I now suspect, however, that most of these are so old that they will all have problems of one sort or another. One other thing that it had going for it beyond being cheap as chips was a full manual control setting. However, since it doesn't work on any setting due to a bad sensor, I wasted $25. I least I cured myself of any nostalgia for it.

It was interesting for me to make some comparisons and I appreciate folks who indulged me and offered their opinions. The A95 is getting binned but I will still keep an eye out for a good CCD pocket camera from back in the day that can be had cheap. As for the other two, unlike 10 years ago, I can afford to keep both so I will.

Those last two landscape pictures I posted have been edited in GIMP with only one step each. I adjusted the exposure of one and applied unsharp mask to the other. I consider both usable for intended purposes but the TS2 is the better image overall.
Forum: General Talk 06-22-2019, 07:41 PM  
Who here is a "Sven" fan?
Posted By MD Optofonik
Replies: 6
Views: 408
Living, breathing, broadcast TV history. If you know of Sven... you know what I mean.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 06-22-2019, 07:39 PM  
Does a camera that only outputs JPG images actually capture RAW images?
Posted By MD Optofonik
Replies: 30
Views: 1,149
Welly, welly; this certainly veered off into interesting and enlightening territory beyond my initial query (which was answered quite well).

Thank you and, please, carry on.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-22-2019, 01:41 PM  
Composition aside & no pixel-peeping, which of these do you prefer; technically...
Posted By MD Optofonik
Replies: 25
Views: 976
These two were the top picks so I did a tiny bit of an adjustment to one or both. Which do you prefer? I'll explain everything Sunday night.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-22-2019, 11:36 AM  
Composition aside & no pixel-peeping, which of these do you prefer; technically...
Posted By MD Optofonik
Replies: 25
Views: 976
These are fixed lens cameras.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-21-2019, 10:51 AM  
Composition aside & no pixel-peeping, which of these do you prefer; technically...
Posted By MD Optofonik
Replies: 25
Views: 976
One of the cameras in it's full auto mode won't allow the flash to be disabled. I've never been a full auto kinda guy, though, and in "P" mode the flash can be disabled. Nevertheless I was testing the cameras' full auto modes, so the flash stays which makes these three more apple, oranges, and durian than the others.

The final set of three...
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-21-2019, 10:43 AM  
Composition aside & no pixel-peeping, which of these do you prefer; technically...
Posted By MD Optofonik
Replies: 25
Views: 976
Second to last set...
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 06-21-2019, 10:25 AM  
Does a camera that only outputs JPG images actually capture RAW images?
Posted By MD Optofonik
Replies: 30
Views: 1,149
I have always understood "RAW" to be synonymous with the term "raw data" in any other form.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 06-21-2019, 01:26 AM  
Does a camera that only outputs JPG images actually capture RAW images?
Posted By MD Optofonik
Replies: 30
Views: 1,149
If these early JPG only cameras were already capturing the RAW data then what was the reason for not providing access to that RAW data? It seems that providing access to the RAW data became a "premium" feature over the years but the data was already there to begin with.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 06-20-2019, 11:05 PM  
Does a camera that only outputs JPG images actually capture RAW images?
Posted By MD Optofonik
Replies: 30
Views: 1,149
Is a camera that only outputs JPG images actually actually capturing RAW images and internally processing them before output? Or, do these cameras forgo any sort of RAW file capture altogether?
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-20-2019, 10:35 PM  
Composition aside & no pixel-peeping, which of these do you prefer; technically...
Posted By MD Optofonik
Replies: 25
Views: 976
Thanks again for all the replies. I'm going to post a couple of more "sets" tomorrow in order to get a little more, for want of a better term, "peer review", but a clear trend is developing.
Forum: General Talk 06-19-2019, 03:01 PM  
What music are you currently listening to?
Posted By MD Optofonik
Replies: 4,607
Views: 389,858
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-19-2019, 10:23 AM  
Composition aside & no pixel-peeping, which of these do you prefer; technically...
Posted By MD Optofonik
Replies: 25
Views: 976
Thanks for replying. Which of the other two do you prefer?
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-19-2019, 10:08 AM  
Composition aside & no pixel-peeping, which of these do you prefer; technically...
Posted By MD Optofonik
Replies: 25
Views: 976
And "Set 3"...
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-19-2019, 09:55 AM  
Composition aside & no pixel-peeping, which of these do you prefer; technically...
Posted By MD Optofonik
Replies: 25
Views: 976
Thanks for the replies so far. Here are three more (again, no exif or pixel peeping, please). I'll do a "reveal" at the end of all this. Lets call this "Set 2".
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-18-2019, 09:59 PM  
A "Professional DSLR" for $26? - Full Review [bandwidth warning - many images]
Posted By MD Optofonik
Replies: 46
Views: 2,929
This is actually the, "Best Camera Review Ever".

Thanks for taking the time out to thoroughly insure that so many people can avail themselves of the opportunity to be ROTFLMAO by the end of it all.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-18-2019, 09:20 PM  
Composition aside & no pixel-peeping, which of these do you prefer; technically...
Posted By MD Optofonik
Replies: 25
Views: 976
Without pixel-peeping or looking at exif information, which of these do you prefer from a technical standpoint? I wasn't going for anything more than situations that would challenge the sensors and the cameras' full auto P&S modes. There's no post processing of the JPGs, they're all SOOTC.

This is "Set 1". Top to bottom, pics 1, 2, and 3.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-16-2019, 10:36 PM  
Canon Blindsided by Mirrorless
Posted By MD Optofonik
Replies: 42
Views: 1,547
How many different mounts has Canon come out with over the years? How many have been completely abandoned over the decades?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-10-2019, 07:09 PM  
ARRRGGGHHH!!! Dumbest thing I've ever done! May have ruined my camera. $%#^@#!!!
Posted By MD Optofonik
Replies: 27
Views: 1,928
Had to look up "Veet". Yikes! It might be getting grayer and grayer every month but it's all still there.

---------- Post added 06-10-19 at 19:26 ----------



That sucks. You wife, however, is awesome.

---------- Post added 06-10-19 at 19:26 ----------




I got mine on sale for $250.00 and it's turned out to be good money well spent. If I remember correctly, it didn't sell well and was discontinued after about a year. Thing is, the MX-1 was reviewed relatively well. I think it failed because it was a "photographer's camera" marketed during a time when compact cameras were trying to be everything to all people. It's video performance didn't stand up to other choices in the "compact camera" marketplace of the time and video was a hot feature at the time. I think it also hit the MP sweet spot for the 1/1.7" sized sensor. Finally, I think the MX-1 shares a sensor with the Q7 so it's sort of an adjunct of my Q System; no small thing in my world.

Over the past couple of days, thinking I might have to replace it, I did a little research. DPREVIEW has a wonderful comparison widget and I spent a lot of time availing myself of it to determine what might be a suitable replacement. My conclusion is that there isn't one.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-10-2019, 06:42 PM  
ARRRGGGHHH!!! Dumbest thing I've ever done! May have ruined my camera. $%#^@#!!!
Posted By MD Optofonik
Replies: 27
Views: 1,928
Well, it appears that there's no immediate damage to the lens and nothing pops out in these two OOC JPEG images that would indicate any damage to the sensor. Hopefully the camera's overall lifespan wasn't shortened (not that mine is particularly long at this point). Time will tell. At the moment, though, I feel like I dodged a bullet.

---------- Post added 06-10-19 at 19:01 ----------

Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 06-09-2019, 11:15 AM  
**The Great Cloud Backup Storage Post**
Posted By MD Optofonik
Replies: 62
Views: 2,328
Well, that's disappointing. I would have hoped 1700F would be adequate. I'm just not a fan of the cloud for myriad reasons.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 06-09-2019, 12:44 AM  
**The Great Cloud Backup Storage Post**
Posted By MD Optofonik
Replies: 62
Views: 2,328
How about something to suit your needs that provides benefits like these:
  • No subscription fees.

  • No market force influences.

  • No data breaches.

  • No down time for "routine maintenance" (unless you decide).

  • No loss of access due to internet service or electrical outages.

  • No need for upgrading or interface "improvements".

  • Simple.

  • Reliable.

  • Proven technology.


Wait for it...


A fire and waterproof safe designed for data storage hardware.

You can even set up an NAS station inside it; when in use the safe is open and hard drives connected. When backups are complete, the NAS station is disconnected, the safe is closed, and locked.

Don't be seduced by technology. There are simpler ways, proven reliable over time, to accomplish many of the things people are lured into using "latest technology" for.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 06-09-2019, 12:31 AM  
Nikon recommendation: sell! sell! sell!
Posted By MD Optofonik
Replies: 85
Views: 4,036
Silkypix has always been an OEM bundled horrorshow but for most people it's fine because most people (see my post above) don't care or know enough to care. For serious enthusiasts, however (and it should go without saying, high end professionals), the cost of Capture One is worth it. Also, as expensive as it is, at least Capture One still offers a perpetual license.

When my perpetual LR software stops meeting my needs, Capture One is what I'll be upgrading to. I did a several month trial with a "borrowed" version quite awhile ago. I really liked Capture One, better than LR, but couldn't afford to buy a non-borrowed version at the time so I purchased LR instead.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-08-2019, 11:55 PM  
ARRRGGGHHH!!! Dumbest thing I've ever done! May have ruined my camera. $%#^@#!!!
Posted By MD Optofonik
Replies: 27
Views: 1,928
Seems impossible but...

Superglue injuries of the eye
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