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Paul Harcourt Davies: Understanding Bokeh Part 2

Sun September 22, 2013

Here is Part 2 of Paul Harcourt Davies’ Bokeh article published at Imaging Resource.

It gets a little more complicated now with “Circle of confusion.” He discusses why often cameras with small sensors cannot give the same bokeh as those using larger sensors and how to use image stacking to get both great bokeh and amazing depth of field. I also learned a neat trick: choose a simple clutter-free background so you can use a smaller aperture (because the background is already clutter-free, you don’t need to blur it so much with a large aperture) to get more depth-of-field and therefore get more of your subject in focus.

As in Part 1, the article is accompanied by some beautiful images to illustrate the various points.

I especially love his parting advice: “It’s too easy to listen to what others tell you with apparent confidence about subjective qualities such as sharpness and bokeh. Remember that what matters in your photography is what you like — whether it’s good, bad, creamy, latté, macchiato or whatever. It’s your taste, so enjoy it!

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Paul Harcourt Davies: Understanding Bokeh

Thu September 12, 2013

Paul Harcourt Davies has published an article (Part 1) on Imaging Resource that is probably the most succint explanation of bokeh I’ve ever read, accompanied by some beautiful images to illustrate his points. Looking forward to Part 2.

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Canon ELPH 520 HS / IXUS 500 HS Review @ Imaging Resource

Thu August 9, 2012

Canon ELPH 520 HS

Canon ELPH 520 HS

A good take-anywhere camera with some extra zoom punch.

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Imaging Resource has posted their review of the Canon ELPH 520 HS / IXUS 500 HS [Specs], an ultra compact ultra zoom digital camera with 10.1MP resolution (1/2.3-in. CMOS), 12x wide-angle optical zoom (28-336mm equiv.), optical image stabilization, 3.0-in. Touch Panel LCD (461k-dot), Smart AUTO, P, High Speed Burst at 6.8fps, Super Slow Motion, Color Accent, Movie Digest mode and Full HD 1080p Movie 1920×1080 @ 24fps.

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2012-08-20 Canon ELPH 520 HS / IXUS 500 HS CameraLabs
2012-08-09 Canon ELPH 520 HS / IXUS 500 HS Imaging Resource

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Nikon Coolpix P510 Review @ Imaging Resource

Mon July 30, 2012

Nikon COOLPIX P510

Nikon COOLPIX P510

Once again, Nikon makes a great ultrazoom camera that is fast, has a massive zoom range, and turns out impressive image quality.

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Imaging Resource has published their review of the Nikon Coolpix P510, an ultra zoom digital camera with 16.1MP resolution (1/2.3-in. CMOS), 42x ultra wide-angle optical zoom (24-1000mm equiv.), 3.0-in. Vari-angle LCD (921k-dot), Optical Image Stabilization, PASM, Scene Modes, Continuous Shooting 5fps, Easy Panorama (seamless 180° or 360° image), built-in GPS and geotagging features, and Full HD 1080p video 1920×1080 @ 30fps with stereo sound.

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Panasonic ZS20 / TZ30 Review @ Imaging Resource

Thu July 12, 2012

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS20

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS20

We really had high hopes to return with an enthusiastic recommendation once again for Panasonic’s formerly excellent travel zoom line, but regret that we have to add the caveat that the ZS20 is fine so long as you don’t plan to enlarge beyond 11×14 inches.

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Imaging Resource has posted their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 / TZ30, a compact ultra zoom digital camera with 14.1 MP resolution (on a 1/2.33-in. MOS), 20x wide-angle optical zoom (24-480mm equiv.), Optical Image Stabilization, 3.0-in. (460k-dot) Touch LCD, 10 fps burst mode at full resolution, Intelligent Scene Selector, Intelligent AUTO (iA) mode, GPS, and Full 1080p HD movie 1920 x 1080/60p.

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2012-04-03 Panasonic ZS20 / TZ30 CameraLabs
2012-02-24 Panasonic ZS20 / TZ30 DigitalCameraReview
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Fujifilm X10 Review @ Imaging Resource

Sat June 16, 2012

Fujifilm FinePix X10

Fujifilm FinePix X10

A pleasure to shoot with for the most part, and capable of very pleasing images, if perhaps with more blown shots than I’d expect. Unfortunately, the white disc problem means that–for now–I won’t be adding it to my arsenal.

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Imaging Resource has posted their review of the Fujifilm X10, a premium prosumer compact camera with 12 MP resolution (on a 2/3-in. EXR CMOS image sensor), a F2.0 4x optical zoom (28-112mm equiv.) lens (not interchangeable), 2.8-in. (460k-dot) LCD, PASM, Fly-by-wire manual zoom ring, Optical Viewfinder, Electronic Horizon Leveling Gauge, built-in popup flash, a hot shoe to attach an external flash, 360° Motion Panorama, and Full HD 1080p Movie 1920×1080 pixels at 30fps with stereo sound.

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Review @ Imaging Resource

Fri June 15, 2012

Olympus OM-D E-M5

Olympus OM-D E-M5

It’s notable how many photographers are choosing the Olympus OM-D EM-5 as their new camera of choice. [...] It got our attention to be sure, and will remain one of our favorite digital cameras for some time to come.

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Imaging Resource has published their review of the Olympus OM-D E-M5, a Digital Interchangeable Lens Compact System Camera with 16.1MP resolution (on a 17.3 x 13.0 mm 4/3 Live MOS Sensor), Sensor-shift Image Stabilization, Dust Reduction, an extra large 3.0-in. Tilt/Touch OLED (610k-dot), Eye-level electronic viewfinder (approx. 1.44M-dot, 120fps refresh rate), Intelligent AUTO (auto scene recognition), PASM modes, Scene Modes, Art Filters, Shutter speed range of 60 – 1/4000 sec. plus Bulb, Continuous Shooting at 9fps, RAW file format, Digital Leveler, MF Assist, a hot shoe, Multiple Exposure, Wireless flash control, and Full 1080 HD Movie (1920×1080/60i) with stereo sound in a Magnesium-alloy and Aluminum construction coupled with advanced splash and dust protection.

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Sony RX100 Review @ Imaging Resource

Wed June 6, 2012

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100

We’ve added a new Sony DSC-RX100 [QuickPrice Check] review to our Reviews Matrix.

All things considered, we think the Sony RX100 is an impressive achievement.

Imaging Resource has posted their review of the Sony DSC-RX100, with 20.2MP resolution (1.0-in. CMOS), 3.6x wide-angle optical zoom (28-100mm equiv.), fast F1.8 max. aperture, optical image stabilization, 3.0-in. LCD (1,229k-dot), PASM modes, Scene modes, RAW, built-in Flash, and Movie 1920×1080/60p.

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Canon ELPH 510 HS / IXUS 1100 HS Review @ Imaging Resource

Thu May 31, 2012

Canon PowerShot ELPH 510 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 510 HS

Image quality, overall, is very good for a slim “style” camera and I even felt comfortable shooting with the Canon 510 at up to ISO 800.

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Imaging Resource has posted their review of the Canon ELPH 510 HS / IXUS 1110 HS [Specs], an ultra compact ultra zoom digital camera with 12.1MP resolution (1/2.3-in. CMOS), 12x wide-angle optical zoom (28-336mm equiv.), optical image stabilization, 3.2-in. Touch Panel LCD (461k-dot), Smart AUTO, P, High Speed Burst at 7.8fps, Super Slow Motion, Color Accent, Movie Digest mode and Full HD 1080p Movie 1920×1080 @ 24fps.

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2012-03-01 Canon ELPH 510 HS / IXUS 1100 HS DPReview
2011-11-21 Canon ELPH 510 HS / IXUS 1100 HS CameraLabs
2011-10-24 Canon ELPH 510 HS / IXUS 1110 HS ePHOTOzine
2011-08-23 Canon SX150 IS Press Release

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Canon SX150 IS Review @ Imaging Resource

Fri May 18, 2012

Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

I can’t personally get very enthusiastic about it, given its quirks and slow response.

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Imaging Resource has posted their review of the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS, with 14.1MP resolution (1/2.3-in. CCD), 12x wide-angle optical zoom (28-336mm equiv.), optical image stabilization, 3.0-in. LCD (230k-dot), Smart AUTO, PASM, Scene Modes, and HD 720p movie 1280×720 @ 30fps.

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2011-11-16 Canon SX150 IS ePHOTOzine
2011-11-09 Canon SX150 IS CameraLabs
2011-08-23 Canon SX150 IS Press Release

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Pentax Q Review @ Imaging Resource

Thu April 26, 2012

Pentax Q

Pentax Q

In terms of image quality, pitting the Q against the mirrorless competition is playing it against a stacked deck: it simply can’t win.

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Imaging Resource has published their review of the Pentax Q interchangeable lens prosumer compact camera, with 12.4MP resolution (1/2.3-in. CMOS), Sensor-shift Image Stabilization, Pentax Q-mount, 3.0-in. LCD (460k-dot), optional shoe mounted optical viewfinder O-VF1 available for 01 Standard Prime lens, built-in Flash, PASM, Scene Modes, RAW, In-camera HDR, Continuous Shooting 5fps, in-camera Bokeh Control Filter, Smart Effects Mode, Shutter Speeds of 1/2000 to 30 seconds plus B, Hotshoe, and Full HD 1080p Movie 1920×1080 @ 30fps in a magnesium-alloy body. There are currently 3 lenses for the Q-mount: 01 Standard Prime lens 47mm (equiv.) F1.9 with 5 aperture blades, 03 Fish-Eye lens 17.5mm (equiv.) F5.6, and 05 Toy Lens Telephoto 100mm (equiv.) F8.

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Fujifilm X-Pro1 Review @ Imaging Resource

Wed April 18, 2012

Fujifilm X-PRO1

Fujifilm X-PRO1

Fujifilm successfully [produced] a surprisingly excellent digital camera system that we recommend very highly to anyone who enjoys photography enough to try something new.

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Imaging Resource has posted their review of the Fujifilm X-PRO1, a retro rangefinder-style APS-C digital camera with 16.3 MP resolution (23.6 mm x 15.6 mm X-Trans CMOS), No optical low-pass filter, X-Mount accepting interchangeable Fujifnon XF lenses, Hybrid Multi Viewfinder (0.47-in. 1440-dot EVF), 3.0-in. (1230k-dot) LCD, Eye Sensor, PASM, One-touch RAW, In-camera RAW Converter, Selectable AF with a 49-point Metering Matrix, ISO100-25600, Continuous Shooting 6fps, Aperture Ring, Shutter Speed Dial, Exposure Compensation Dial, Motion Panorama, Film Simulation Mode, Multiplex Exposure, 4 Auto Bracketing Functions, Motion Panorama, and Full HD Movie 1920×1080 @ 24fps with stereo sound.

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