Monthly Archives: October 2013

Why I canceled Sony A7r camera order

When Sony announced their new A7r, I got excited and placed an order. I was going to use it with my Leica M lens collection.

But a week later I realized that what new camera is not really that much more than my old one (I use Ricoh GXR with M module). Tech is the same, I decided to wait out for something Revolutionary, not just evolutionary.

So the camera order got canceled, and the money will be saved for something more useful.

What I would like to see from Apple

All these years I have been trying to justify owning an iPad.

Sure, they are cool, but I could do most of thingsĀ  on my iPhone.

I thought I could use an iPad when iPhoto came out as my mobile processing station, but, alas, iPhoto for iPad just did not have enough functionality to replace my laptop with Aperture. And iOS 7 still does not have color management built in, so editing photos on unmanaged device is like playing catch in the dark – you might get lucky once in a while, but there will be no consistency.

So this is what I would like to see: a color managed iOS device that would be supported by X-Rite colorimetersĀ  (via USB), mobile Aperture, SD card slot for accessing raw files to be edited.

If iPad can not do it, I would wish for – a 11-12″ retina Macbook Air. But seriously, I need a productivity tool, not a gaming platform. For games I still prefer dedicated game pads and high quality games of Nintendo 3DS.

So there, I am still waiting for that killer photo app for iPad. C’mon Apple, you can do it, and free us from looming Adobe Opressive Cloud.

How many patches do you need to get a good profile?


Depends on the printer – I had better luck with Epson Photo Stylus printers with 900-1300 patches while with Canon Pixma Pro-1 would need twice as many more patches to get even close to Epson.

Also depends on profiling software. My gold standard is Gretag Profile Maker. To get a good profile with an Epson I would use custom 1302 patch target. I have tried Gretag supplied TC9.18 target, but it is not the optimal solution – sometimes it would get a good profile, sometimes it won’t. Custom 1302 patch target would get a job done. I also create profiles with 2604 patch target, and I see it is pretty much identical to 1302, so why bother? Well, on Canon printers you have to as 1302 is just not enough.

Using Argyll, I was able to make some good profiles too (around 1600 patches), but I still like Gretag PM profiles more. So for now I am sticking with PM and 1302 patch target.

I have i1Publish coming and I’ll evaluate it against ProfileMaker in quality of profiles it produces. Will it dethrone PM? We’ll see…

Profiling Metallic Papers

I have purchased a pack of Arista II Metallic Glossy paper. Metallic paper has a beautiful, high tech feel to it, and it is quite suitable for high key prints.

Folks behind Arista brand (Freestyle army led by Eric Joseph) suggest you use your printers “glossy” setting for it, but I know that “canned” profile is usually less than ideal.

There seems some rumors that you can not profile metallic paper. That is not true. I was able to build beautiful profiles with Gretag Spectrolino and Profilemaker4 software. I experimented with “no filtration”, “polarizing” and “d56” filters, and no filtration produced the best results.

So I don’t see any reason why i1 or color munki could not profile metallic papers either.