Photomonkey

Photomonkey

Lives in United States CA, United States
Works as a Photographer
Joined on Oct 28, 2002

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Wye Photography: £174 for ONE filter. Are you taking the P!$$?

Thank you for your data point in Lee's market research.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2014 at 17:22 UTC
On Delkin introduces new 'Black' range of rugged SD cards article (47 comments in total)

The issue I have had with SD cards is the "teeth" separating the electrical contacts breaking off. Have had one jam in the camera and it was a pain to remove. If these solve that problem, I'm in.

Most of my cameras use CF cards. Only one issue with one was when I broke one in half when a Pelican case closed on it. I was still able to retrieve the data.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2014 at 22:35 UTC as 17th comment
On GoPro announces Hero4 lineup article (109 comments in total)
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maxnimo: I was just browsing the GoPro website and apparently all their cameras have a fixed super wide-angle lens. They don't even mention the focal length, nor do they give you a choice. They must think everyone wants, needs and loves super-distorted ultra wide angle views.

This probably explains why all GoPro videos look so terribly distorted.

"Eyes rolling in disbelief!"

Well. clearly you have the model for the perfect competitor in your head. Go make it and then tell everyone they are dumb.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 1, 2014 at 03:50 UTC
On GoPro announces Hero4 lineup article (109 comments in total)
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Menneisyys: So, $100 rise. After all the bad news on their financial problems, this all means they don't really want to save their own business / make them significantly more profitable by just making use of the law of vastly increased sales at slightly decreased prices? (See http://www.dpreview.com/articles/4919944138/gopro-points-to-increased-costs-as-it-reports-deeper-losses-in-financial-results fpr more info on their losses.)

Their low-cost Chinese competitors pump out, for the price, unbeatable action cameras. I much prefer using a $100 SJ4000 than a $500 GoPro while, say, fishing, climbing or swimming, because I'm not afraid of it getting wet / damaged and can put up with the _very_ slight decrease in IQ (the SJ4000 produces some very good-quality footage) and "only" 30p framerate. Against those competitors, they just shouldn't ask for so much money because 95% of their prospective clients will get the much cheaper camera.

I would presume that the basic would have the same quality as the earlier models just because it would actually cost more to make it poorer. Re-badging an earlier model means all development costs are covered.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2014 at 20:44 UTC
On GoPro announces Hero4 lineup article (109 comments in total)
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maxnimo: I was just browsing the GoPro website and apparently all their cameras have a fixed super wide-angle lens. They don't even mention the focal length, nor do they give you a choice. They must think everyone wants, needs and loves super-distorted ultra wide angle views.

This probably explains why all GoPro videos look so terribly distorted.

"Eyes rolling in disbelief!"

And knowing the FL would do what for you? I suppose you can choose another action cam that has interchangeable lenses so you can put on a longer FL. Oh, wait! No one does that!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2014 at 20:38 UTC
On Opinion: Bring on the 70-200mm equivalents article (328 comments in total)
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Andr3w: The Pentax 50-135 f/2.8 has been out since 2007 and is very well regarded. Unfortunate that it gets written off because it "doesn't sell very well". Any data to back this statement up? It is the second most rated Pentax lens on B&H.

I can't imaging Fuji or Samsung will sell significantly more anytime soon since Pentax has had a 7 year head start.

jtan163, true I am not sure why I wrote Sigma. My point is that other makers of great gear get overlooked in the frenzy that surrounds some releases.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 22:14 UTC
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GothtinPowers: So how do these compare to dedicated film scanners like the Nikon coolscans?

With the fluid mount option The Epsons can do very well with film and above 120 they are undisputed among affordable scanners.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 20:59 UTC
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Roland Karlsson: I sometimes scan drawings. Then it is important that the lens system is rectilinear, or there is some compensation. For my old Perfection 3200, it is not. So, the resulting scan gets slightly compressed along the long side.

Any way to find out how linear scanners are?

It seems that this is a problem with the timing of the software/hardware in that as the scanner moves along the scanning axis it is placing the lines too close to each other. I am not sure if there is an adjustment available to the user but there may be.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 20:44 UTC
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white shadow: This is a great camera for those people who cannot afford the Canon 1DX or who like a lighter body.

Great for fashion shows, sports and wildlife photography.

Canon knows how to fine tune the 7D to be even better. There is no need to join the megapixel race. Those who want a flip screen can always buy the 70D. Those who prefer an EVF and even lighter camera can buy a mirrorless camera. Those who prefer what the 7D Mk2 can offer are happy that they have the camera they want.

Spot on analysis.
It's interesting to note that there is no comment on how the flagship models of any manufacturer need to have EVF, IBIS, tilt screens, GPS, 4K video and the other must-have items of the hobbyist.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 02:17 UTC
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Photomonkey: Canon did not set out to build an A7. They set out to create the next generation DSLR and as such seem to have improved every aspect of it.
Not adding the features that the hobbyists are clamoring for is not an oversight but a deliberate statement about their idea of what the camera should be.

If you are looking for the Swiss Army knife of cameras, look elswhere.

"old technology sensor"? As there have been no real tests AFAIK it seems a bit premature to make such claims but this is the internet so I expect that.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 02:14 UTC

Canon did not set out to build an A7. They set out to create the next generation DSLR and as such seem to have improved every aspect of it.
Not adding the features that the hobbyists are clamoring for is not an oversight but a deliberate statement about their idea of what the camera should be.

If you are looking for the Swiss Army knife of cameras, look elswhere.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2014 at 13:59 UTC as 38th comment | 7 replies
On Opinion: Bring on the 70-200mm equivalents article (328 comments in total)
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Andr3w: The Pentax 50-135 f/2.8 has been out since 2007 and is very well regarded. Unfortunate that it gets written off because it "doesn't sell very well". Any data to back this statement up? It is the second most rated Pentax lens on B&H.

I can't imaging Fuji or Samsung will sell significantly more anytime soon since Pentax has had a 7 year head start.

Sigma and Samsung could sell very well if they get the buzz that Fuji got.
Pentax makes wonderful gear but has never pushed the button of consumers the way Fuji, Olympus and Sony have in the last two years.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 17:28 UTC
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Chaitanya S: Finally a multi-aspect sensor from Panasonic. good looking camera.

Unlike the GH-2 that had an 18MP sensor this one seems to have exactly the same dimensions as the other 16MP sensors. The public indifference to the sensor in the GH-2 trumped any difference there may have been and certainly in light of the increased cost of a sensor unique in its application to one model. IIR there were some complaining that we should have had the full 18MP on the GH-2!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 03:18 UTC
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Chaitanya S: Finally a multi-aspect sensor from Panasonic. good looking camera.

>>And, again, there is sizable difference between 13 and 16 Mpixels (just like with 34/38 vs. 41 Mpixels WRT the Nokia 808.)<<

If true, then it still is inferior in that at 4:3 on the regular sensor I get 16MP while the multi-aspect sensor yields 13MP. I get 14.5MP when cropping to 3:2 and 11.8MP at square. Both numbers scarcely being trounced by the "multi-aspect" sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 02:30 UTC
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Chaitanya S: Finally a multi-aspect sensor from Panasonic. good looking camera.

I take your points but IMO scant IQ improvement would be visible if at all over cropping or choosing other aspect ratios in camera. After all we are talking about 13MP vs 16MP. We are also talking about going to the edge of the image circle where IQ falls off sharply unless the image circle is larger anyway thus negating that "feature".
I still stand by my assertion that the sensor is more valuable for marketing than actual improvements in IQ.
As to the impossibility of explaining the benefits to consumers I would argue that most see the distinction but fail to see the difference.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 19:49 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G7 X First Impressions Review preview (646 comments in total)
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Mike FL: If Canon want to beat Sony in High ISO IQ, cut the sensor pixel count by half.

Or stop buying their sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 14:10 UTC
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Chaitanya S: Finally a multi-aspect sensor from Panasonic. good looking camera.

Multi-aspect? Sheer marketing hype. Anyone can have " Multi-aspect" just using the crop tool, just as Panasonic has done in firmware.
Why does anyone believe there are some magical properties to a " Multi-aspect" sensor?

There is no free lunch.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 15:15 UTC
On Fast and full-frame: Nikon announces 24MP Nikon D750 article (406 comments in total)
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pgphoto_ca: Any information about the Quiet mode?

it's supposed to be a new shutter

is it quiet like the D4S ?

They don't mention it but I hope they do.
It is the only fashion in photography that I have hoped would catch on and it finally seems to be doing so.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 15:12 UTC
On SanDisk unveils 512GB Extreme Pro card article (160 comments in total)
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Jogger: I still have a 4 MB Memory Stick i keep around.

I still have a 2MB Fuji Smart film card.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2014 at 22:08 UTC
On SanDisk unveils 512GB Extreme Pro card article (160 comments in total)

Yay! now I can shoot JPGs till I die. Last. Card. Ever.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2014 at 19:08 UTC as 48th comment
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