stuntmonkey

stuntmonkey

Lives in Canada Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Joined on Jul 31, 2008

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On article Fujifilm announces XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR lens (295 comments in total)
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Kurt_K: Overpriced, I would say, given the lack of stabilization.

Stabilization means making compromises in the optical formula. Compare the Tamron 24-70VC against the Canon 24-70L or the Tamron 17-50VC vs its previous versions... not direct comparisons, but basically we haven't yet seen a stabilized f/2.8 normal zoom that is every bit as good as best non-stabilized lenses. On a lighter mirrorless camera it would help, but on the DSLR's the heft of the pro bodies already makes for stable shooting platforms, and stabilization is less of a priority than outright optical quality.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2015 at 06:07 UTC
On article Travel tripods: Comparing 5 aluminum kits (109 comments in total)
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rhys1974: What about the Giotto YTL series?? The compact way this folds up makes it look like a good travel tripod. I have a a beautiful Manfrotto tripod, but it suffers the same fate as you mention here - too big and bulky to carry around on most days, so it sits at home gathering dust. Have been thinking about some more compact/lightweight options for a while now, but would like to see direct comparison of the Giotto with the above list..

I've had a chance to use the BeFree next to the Giottos VGRN pods.. Surprisingly, the VGRN pods are more resistant to vibration even though the leg sections are lighter and slimmer. I think it is because the Giottos leg segments are perfectly round, whereas the BeFree isn't.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2014 at 00:11 UTC
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Spectro: I would probably still pick the older Nikon 35mm f/2D AF over this, much cheaper. Not sure why all the new updates are 50-75% more the then one they replaced theses days (from any makers).

Aspheric and ED elements, plus AF-S motors. There's your increased component cost right there.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 04:31 UTC
On article Nikon AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G review (416 comments in total)
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stuntmonkey: If you've never used it, then it's not worth the money. If you've used it, it's still not worth the money, but you have to use it at night wide open to really know what this lens is all about.

I don't have to. I've actually used it to know what I'm talking about. I wouldn't actually buy it for myself, but there are people who will have a proper use for it.

Link | Posted on Dec 31, 2013 at 04:40 UTC
On article Nikon AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G review (416 comments in total)

If you've never used it, then it's not worth the money. If you've used it, it's still not worth the money, but you have to use it at night wide open to really know what this lens is all about.

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2013 at 19:36 UTC as 155th comment | 3 replies

If there was any justice, the Pentax K-3 should get the lions share of the traffic today, not the D610 announcement.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2013 at 05:46 UTC as 53rd comment | 4 replies
On Connect post Review: How does Apple's new iPhone 5s perform as a camera? (145 comments in total)

I've had both the 4s and the 5s side by side. In limited light, what I'm seeing is that the 5s (like the 5) doesn't render low contrast details as well as the 4s, but still produces hard edges and boundaries that the typical iPhone user would find pleasing. Agree that the flash seems to overexpose, but the dual led flash can sometimes get it *really* wrong a make the image look like it was shot with an orange gel filter.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2013 at 18:15 UTC as 58th comment
On article Nikon AW1 First Impressions Review (591 comments in total)
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SHood: "Although we don't have access to sales figures, we understand that the 1 System is doing pretty well for Nikon."

Ummm. Did you miss their press release saying they have 500k camera units unsold in warehouses, most of which are the Nikon 1. Nikon also said they are re-evaluating the Nikon 1 product and cutting back on Marketing and R&D.

This quote looks like it came directly from Nikon trying to save face.

Yes, launch is already interesting in itself, but this line pretty much tanked the readability of this article.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2013 at 05:01 UTC

I think the Nikon P series is rather underated. They've been overshadowed by other high end compacts, but the ergonomics and controls are pretty nice for this price range.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2013 at 04:23 UTC as 99th comment | 1 reply
On article Ten one-of-a-kind cameras from the 21st century (249 comments in total)

The F707 design -> eventually -> NEX. It was a great camera for it's day.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2013 at 16:40 UTC as 68th comment | 1 reply

I wish iOS provided lower-level access to the camera than it does. The reason why almost every camera app is a two-fingered tap is because exposure works by spot-meter with the regular camera and no other way. Apps that separate focus from exposure are really just doing two spot-meter/focus points instead of actually adjusting the exposure up and down as we know it.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2013 at 18:40 UTC as 18th comment
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stuntmonkey: Here's a question... this is basically an e-mount dressed up to look like an a-mount. That's fine and all, price will find it the right customers... but in principle, how is this any different than dressing up an NEX-7 into the Hasselblad Lunar? Both seem to be gilding the lily here... if you want small and e-mount, working off of something like the NEX-3 seems like a more logical idea. Unless, of course, you want to "play" at shooting a "real" DSLR....

You guys...sheesh.

With the lunar, you are using cosmetic changes to justify a huge price increase. With the A3000, you are appropriating the look of a DSLR to give the impression of elevating the camera above its NEX-3 roots. My point... is the consumer really being served by the pseudo-DSLR packaging? Sony could have tried for $400 with the NEX form factor. In both cases, the consumer is paying... paying more for emotional value with the dressed up NEX-7, and 'paying' more in lost portability with a dressed up NEX+. The great things is that it's incredibly cheap for APS-C, but if you stop to think about it, it's also on the big side for a mirrorless camera.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2013 at 06:55 UTC
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stuntmonkey: Here's a question... this is basically an e-mount dressed up to look like an a-mount. That's fine and all, price will find it the right customers... but in principle, how is this any different than dressing up an NEX-7 into the Hasselblad Lunar? Both seem to be gilding the lily here... if you want small and e-mount, working off of something like the NEX-3 seems like a more logical idea. Unless, of course, you want to "play" at shooting a "real" DSLR....

Re-read the question and key in on the word *principle*... it's a reading comprehension thing.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2013 at 05:46 UTC

Here's a question... this is basically an e-mount dressed up to look like an a-mount. That's fine and all, price will find it the right customers... but in principle, how is this any different than dressing up an NEX-7 into the Hasselblad Lunar? Both seem to be gilding the lily here... if you want small and e-mount, working off of something like the NEX-3 seems like a more logical idea. Unless, of course, you want to "play" at shooting a "real" DSLR....

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2013 at 05:20 UTC as 63rd comment | 8 replies
On article Nikkor 18-140mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR hints at mid-range DSLR (190 comments in total)

Probably like a modern version of the 18-135. I doubt it hints at the D400, it's more of a way of spurring kit lens sales with the D7100. Anybody buying the D7100 and D7000 right now are probably very knowledgeable and are passing over the 18-105.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2013 at 04:31 UTC as 87th comment | 2 replies
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Richard Murdey: I hadn't realized he was only 10 days in the job.

One the one hand I admire his sticking to principles.

On the other hand. 10 million. 10 days. .....

> I hadn't realized he was only 10 days in the job.

But he worked years within the company, so it wasn't like he was an unknown. The board miscalculated on his willingness to play ball.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2012 at 07:31 UTC
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MichaelKJ: The Oly scandal was of some interest while things were unfolding, but now it is yesterday's news. Woodford has his money and will soon be forgotten. I can't imagine why anyone would want to read his book and the comment in the article about a possible movie is nothing more than PR.

>why anyone would want to read his book

Because it was a years-long, if not decades long behind the scenes agenda to hide losses from public disclosure. The scope of it is still unknown, and it's common knowledge that many Japanese companies engage in this kind of behavior. When you overpay multiples for little companies, with mysterious consultancy fees going to undisclosed intermediaries, you know it's not a small thing.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2012 at 07:30 UTC

In retrospect, the signs were in plain view when Olympus starting buying nothingburger companies like Gyrus for obscene amounts of money. Woodford is a bit of a load mouth, but that shouldn't be an excuse for what happened. Carlos Ghosn is an even bigger loudmouth non-Japanese, but is loved at Nissan.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2012 at 23:13 UTC as 48th comment | 1 reply
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joe6pack: I must be missing something. If the photographer is being paid to take a photo, doesn't that mean he transferred the copyright to the buyer? Without the new law, can't the photographer pre-negotiate the contract before accepting the job?

Actually, under the old system, the copyright defaulted automatically to the commissioner of the work , and pre-1998, it didn't matter if they paid the photographer or not, because they commissioned the image, they automatically held the copyright. Presumably, what this does is swings the control back to the photographer; as the creator of the image, the photographer automatically has rights, and then can choose to assign them afterwards.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2012 at 00:16 UTC
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Reg Natarajan: Terrible change, and I type that sitting in my office in Vancouver. Copyright law and patent law are destroying innovation, exactly the opposite of what they were intended to do. Before copyright law, we had Beethoven, Bach and Mozart. Since copyright law, we have Justin Bieber, Avril Lavigne and Nelly Furtado, and it's not lost on me that the latter three are all Canadian. This is an improvement?

.... so you're against photographers having protections for the work that they create...?

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2012 at 00:07 UTC
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