Archive for the ‘EVIL cameras’ Category

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.

Another Dimension

May 5, 2012

The Nikon 1 V1 camera body pales in comparison to the huge 1 Nikkor VR 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens. And yes, I black out all my cameras with a sharpie pen. Didn't stick on the "1" though ;)

The Nikon 1 V1 camera body pales in comparison to the huge 1 Nikkor VR 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens. And yes, I black out all my cameras with a sharpie pen. Didn’t stick on the “1″ though ;)


The second lens I got for my Nikon 1 V1 EVIL camera was the Nikkor VR 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens. As you can see, this is no longer a compact camera system now, (more…)

Pocket Rocket*

March 23, 2012

The Nikon 1 V1 really is much smaller than it looks here. That's a mini bottle of mineral water behind it.

The Nikon 1 V1 really is much smaller than it looks here. That's a mini bottle of mineral water behind it.


Ok, another photographic gadget that has to prove it’s worthiness. First impressions: I think it will! (more…)

GUIs, Cycle Touring and Photography

June 20, 2011

Wide-open Skies

Wide-open Skies


This is one of only three photos I took on a 98 km bicycle loop yesterday. (more…)

Apple’s Blue Man Group

September 11, 2010

Christian, Workshop Instructor at the Hamburg Apple Store

Christian, Workshop Instructor at the Hamburg Apple Store


Out of sheer curiosity, I visited an Apple Store for the first time today. The Apple Store in Hamburg is located in a mall at the northern outskirts of the city. It’s not so large and flashy as Apple’s latest openings, but right from the start it was brimming with customers and employees in blue t-shirts. They quickly found each other using a ticket system for sessions that needed a lot of advice. Off the shelf purchases were quickly accounted for by blue men (and women) prowling the store with mobile terminals.
But I didn’t come to buy something (originally …), (more…)

Amusement Park

July 23, 2010

In the Queue

In the Queue


Some things you got to do. For example, visit an amusement park with your youngest daughter when on holiday. Took the opportunity to try out ART filter 3 some more on my Olympus E-PL1. So here are some results: (more…)

Family Resemblance

July 16, 2010

My Apologies to Andreas Feininger

My Apologies to Andreas Feininger


The Olympus E-PL1 with a Voigtländer 40 mm viewfinder reminded me of this famous photo.

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Olympus E-PL1 is a Poor Man’s Leica M9

July 15, 2010
"Ludwig the Jumper" on the Wartburg, Eisenach

Well, that is fun! I can use all my old Leica M bayonet lenses with my new Olympus E-PL1. Above is a photo of a mural relief of the duke that built the Wartburg that I took with the Voigtländer Nokton 35 mm f/1.2 at open aperture. (more…)

Pen’s Looking at You, Kid

July 10, 2010

The 20 mm f/1.7 Panasonic Pancake Lens on the Olympus E-PL1

The 20 mm f/1.7 Panasonic Pancake Lens on the Olympus E-PL1


As promised in the previous post, here are some more impressions from getting used to the Olympus E-PL1. (more…)

Pen Light

July 10, 2010

Art is like Art Does, the Olympus' E-PL1 Black & White ART Filter

Art is like Art Does, the Olympus' E-PL1 Black & White ART Filter


To replace the Ricoh GRD III that I have given away, I bought an Olympus E-LP1 yesterday. It is an EVIL camera. (more…)


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