Is One Inch Enough?

October 26, 2014

Damaged beauty in bed... ;)

Damaged beauty in bed… ;)


Got myself a Sony RX100 Mark 3 compact digital camera. Read all about it here. It is compact enough to stick into a jacket pocket while motorcycling. Still, it has many advanced features. First to mention among them is the pop-up EVF (electronic viewfinder) that allows proper framing, not this holding-at-arms-length nonsense. They found place for a little (minuscule, actually) pop-up flash on the upper deck, too, that is good for fill-in. It does RAW as well as JPEGs, and the color space can be set to Adobe RGB. It has a 24-70 equivalent mm Carl Zeiss designed zoom lens (a feature I’m missing with the Ricoh GR) that deploys in a PG18-rated fashion from a pancake size.
So far, so good. But it has a one inch sensor. See if you can spot the results in the following screenshots from the RAWs being developed in Apple Aperture. We start with the lead photo. As always, pictures are clickable for full-size.
Fill-in flash at 800 ISO. With a beauty like that, you don't look for eyelash sharpness, but for string sharpness (focus lies between the two pickups). It is there, in a good compromise with shadow noise.

Fill-in flash at 800 ISO. With a beauty like that, you don’t look for eyelash sharpness, but for string sharpness (focus lies between the two pickups). It is there, in a good compromise with shadow noise.


And a photo 100 ISO lower:
"Glass of wine, bottle of red"... Yeah, Billy Joel...

“Glass of wine, bottle of red”… Yeah, Billy Joel…


At 400 ISO, not bad, but not devoid of shadow noise, either.

At 400 ISO, not bad, but not devoid of shadow noise, either.


ISO 200 works fine, ISO 125 and 80 show compression artifacts, take my word for it. I’ve excluded the latter two settings from the Auto-ISO range. What about high ISO?
This crab-like object is my motorbike at night on a thoroughfare.

This crab-like object is my motorbike at night on a thoroughfare.


That's actually not bad for a 6400 ISO night shot from a 1" sensor!

That’s actually not bad for a 6400 ISO night shot from a 1″ sensor!


So, the verdict: The Sony RX100 Mark 3 is surprisingly useable for a lot of subjects, brilliant at high ISO and good enough “in between” if you’re not viewing everything at 100% and counting ants.

JPEG Submarine

July 27, 2014

Baltic Sea Reflections

Baltic Sea Reflections


The long-awaited holidays I have written about in a previous post started with a visit to my parents, who live at the Baltic Sea. My youngest daughter came with me and while bathing in the aforementioned sea, I became inspired to take aquatic photos.
I got this to do them with.

I got this to do them with.


So, a NIKON Coolpix AW120. Who thinks of these names? Read the rest of this entry »

Late to the party, eight’s the lucky number

May 14, 2014

I’ve got legendary holidays to look forward to this and next year, so I got myself a full-frame Nikon DSLR to document them with, a D800. But results first:

4x5 inch proof plus A2 work print

4×5 inch proof plus A2 work print


This is what you get such a camera body for, to print big. Read the rest of this entry »

Canola Field

May 10, 2014

Canola Field

Nikon D3200 with a AF-S Nikkor 70 – 200 mm f/2.8 VR II

Tiles

March 29, 2014

An upgrade saving you 150 €!

An upgrade saving you 150 €!


Here’s another IT-related post. A while ago, Microsoft introduced it’s first computer in decades (or ever, I’m not sure). It is called “Surface” Read the rest of this entry »

Kodachrome™ for a New Age

January 19, 2014

Much easier to use than the book that props it up ;)

Much easier to use than the book that props it up ;)


Though it looks to be one of a million digicams, the Sigma DP2 (and it’s DP1 and DP3 siblings) are a revolution in digital imagery. All on behalf of the Foveon sensor. Read the rest of this entry »

Deluxe NerdBook

November 17, 2013

Checking up on gcc in a full-screen terminal. Nerdy enough for ya?

Checking up on gcc in a full-screen terminal. Nerdy enough for ya?


Hi, I’m back! I didn’t go AWOL, Read the rest of this entry »

Against the Grain

July 17, 2013

Nikon F6, Nikkor 105 DC at f/2.8, Kodak Tri-X developed in Diafine, scanned with  Nikon Coolscan 5000, Nik Silver Efex 2

Nikon F6, Nikkor 105 DC at f/2.8, Kodak Tri-X developed in Diafine, scanned with Nikon Coolscan 5000, Nik Silver Efex 2


Ricoh GR (APS-C sized sensor),  ISO 400, 18,3 mm lens at f/4.0. 1/40, camera flash as fill-in

Ricoh GR (APS-C sized sensor), ISO 400, 18,3 mm lens at f/4.0. 1/40, camera flash as fill-in


These two photos stand for two very distinct modes of photography I’m using currently. Read the rest of this entry »

newton:~ chammann$: locate fancontrol

April 10, 2013

The front plastic panel is a bit shoddy, but it's running well. And LOUD!

The front plastic panel is a bit shoddy, but it’s running well. And LOUD!


Fished myself a server out of the ‘bay, an IBM eSeries xServer 345. Two dual-core Xeons 3.2, Read the rest of this entry »

Swan Rising

February 3, 2013

Swan Rising

Swan Rising


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