stuntmonkey

stuntmonkey

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

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On Travel tripods: Comparing 5 aluminum kits article (104 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.

Direct 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.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 04:31 UTC
On Nikon AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G review preview (414 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.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 31, 2013 at 04:40 UTC
On Nikon AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G review preview (414 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.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 30, 2013 at 19:36 UTC as 154th 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.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2013 at 05:46 UTC as 52nd comment | 4 replies

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.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2013 at 18:15 UTC as 58th comment
On Nikon 1 AW1 preview (587 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.

Direct 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.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 5, 2013 at 04:23 UTC as 99th comment | 1 reply
On Ten one-of-a-kind cameras from the 21st century article (248 comments in total)

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

Direct 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.

Direct 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.

Direct 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.

Direct 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....

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2013 at 05:20 UTC as 63rd comment | 8 replies
On Preview:canon-eos-70d (1333 comments in total)
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Graham Meale: Of the sample videos, the only one that is much use is the one with the guy standing in front of the tower. In the racing boat shots, most of the action is left to right at infinity or close to it, and the depth of field is great enough for everything to be pretty much in focus anyway. I took a video of a band recently where I was side-on to the stage, with the musicians ranging from three to ten metres away. I tried to focus on each person when they did a solo, and found it quite difficult with the 5D Mark III. I'd be interested to see how the new focus system handled a situation like that.

A better test would be of people moving about within a 15 foot radius of the camera... closer to what most people would like to use these cameras for. Pretty much every video so far has established that the 70D is faster than the 60D or D7100, but that's a pretty low bar. I'm not sure if it's faster than the EP-5 for stills, though, but the 70D seems 'fast enough'. Also, what we really need to see is the 70D vs the GH3.

Posted on Aug 15, 2013 at 23:04 UTC
On Nikkor 18-140mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR hints at mid-range DSLR article (191 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.

Direct 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.

Direct 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.

Direct 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.

Direct 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.

Direct 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...?

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