Archive for the ‘review’ Category

Slinging it

July 26, 2018
It actually will hold the iPad Pro that sits beside it.

It actually will hold the iPad Pro that sits beside it.

“My name is Christoph and I’m a photobagoholic.” No, really, (more…)

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Fujilux

May 27, 2018

By the hood, you can see (more…)

Second Shooter

April 8, 2018

Autofocus sensors right to the edge of the frame

My main DSLR, a Nikon D 800, is 4 years old and has 80000 actuations. Should I trust it to work flawlessly during this year’s photo projects (especially my son’s wedding)? Not without a backup body, no, I won’t.

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Motography

March 12, 2018
More than passing through

More than passing through

For the longest time, I’ve been trying to combine my two passions: motorcycle riding and photography. And failed at it, miserably.
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Color Loss and Gain

February 28, 2018
Ice Abstract

Ice Abstract

A word of warning first. You loose something when you get a Leica M monochrom. (more…)

Vodcasting from the Heart of Texas

February 16, 2018
May I introduce? Texas Leica.

May I introduce? Texas Leica.

A mixed bag of topics in this post. About two weeks ago, the Fuji GW6800III arrived from Japan. (more…)

Simulation And The Apple Watch

June 28, 2015

If Beaudrillard had Dick Tracy's watch...

If Beaudrillard had Dick Tracy’s watch…


Being the hopeless fanboy I am, it was an unavoidable purchase. (more…)

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.