Photomonkey

Photomonkey

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

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Photomonkey: The snarky comments here seem to be rather shallow efforts at sounding clever.
If you read the article he makes some very good points. First, that Hasselblad, like Porsche, can segment their models to appeal to different users. Second, specs are not everything (as we have seen many times before) and third (and IMO most importantly) they have a group of experienced people who have a deep knowledge of imaging that does not come from a copying machine background but rather from the diverse European perspective of optical instruments, toolmaking, and usability to fit the task.
He has his work cut out for him but his sensitive approach to rebuilding the brand may surprise us all.

@b0k3h. You missed his emphasis on that being in the past. The entire point of the interview being to re-emphasize their departure from investment group micromanagement that so damaged their image.
While it might not work, I applaud a person for taking on a project like this. The odds are long because the market is different. European engineering has a cachet still but the bulk of the consumer world is not willing or able to afford it. Thus we get an avalanche of smart aleck comments from armchair engineers and economists.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 22:30 UTC
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Photomonkey: The snarky comments here seem to be rather shallow efforts at sounding clever.
If you read the article he makes some very good points. First, that Hasselblad, like Porsche, can segment their models to appeal to different users. Second, specs are not everything (as we have seen many times before) and third (and IMO most importantly) they have a group of experienced people who have a deep knowledge of imaging that does not come from a copying machine background but rather from the diverse European perspective of optical instruments, toolmaking, and usability to fit the task.
He has his work cut out for him but his sensitive approach to rebuilding the brand may surprise us all.

Not condescending. I have an enormous regard for Asian engineering in every field. The point is that for the segment of the market that values an engineering viewpoint that does not arise from the electronics industry, they provide an alternative. Sony, Samsung, Casio, while very sophisticated and accomplished at making excellent products, come from a consumer electronics background. The great brands of Japanese cameras were engineered from the historical perspective of mechanical cameras building on the legacy of Leica (as all 35mm did) and Rollei.
Note his comment on specs. What he is highlighting is the internet driven preoccupation with context-free metrics advanced by an industry that knows how to push the buttons of GAS sufferers.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 22:24 UTC

The snarky comments here seem to be rather shallow efforts at sounding clever.
If you read the article he makes some very good points. First, that Hasselblad, like Porsche, can segment their models to appeal to different users. Second, specs are not everything (as we have seen many times before) and third (and IMO most importantly) they have a group of experienced people who have a deep knowledge of imaging that does not come from a copying machine background but rather from the diverse European perspective of optical instruments, toolmaking, and usability to fit the task.
He has his work cut out for him but his sensitive approach to rebuilding the brand may surprise us all.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 17:10 UTC as 77th comment | 7 replies
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (3324 comments in total)
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Photomonkey: So I guess I don't need the 645z

While your points are valid. They are only to a point.
Studio photography is about lighting, not DR. DR is controlled by lighting. As for leaf shutter lenses, they are useful but Pentax has only a couple of old designs that are not user friendly and I am not sure if they work with the 645z.
For me, I shoot architecture and commercial images. TS lenses:Canon-4, Pentax - 0. As for landscape, that is not a way full time photographers generally make their living. Fun but not moneymaking.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 15:23 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (3324 comments in total)
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Yanko Kitanov: It's a pity they couldn't reach a bit closer to the 645z. Pentax is still in another league...

From what I can see there is not much difference. In a print it will be invisible. As for zooming in PS, who makes money that way?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 06:08 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (3324 comments in total)

So I guess I don't need the 645z

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 06:04 UTC as 61st comment | 4 replies
On Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? article (1028 comments in total)

The real miracle that Sony put all these features into one body instead of dribbling them out over a period of years.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 15:03 UTC as 89th comment | 6 replies
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BigShooter: I really dislike articles like this...

Who cares what somebody shoots with, just create something and move on.

"Ever heard of an opinion?"
Really? Your opinion is that everyone's was irrelevant.
So the question is germane; why are you here?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 19:59 UTC
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EcoR1: Mirrorless are much cheaper to manufacture and assamble compared to DSLR. That thing alone will be a major driving force to make DSLR almost extinct in 10 years. What can Canikon do, when Sony starts putting their A7-series into 500-1000 euros category? Even now you can buy a new A7 just under 1000 euros. Full frame DSLR just can't compete with that.

I would agree with EcoR1 as electronics have steadily replaced mechanical components in every field if possible. The advantages cited being cost, size, reliability, and features. This has largely been borne out in many areas where prices are incredibly low for what was only recently deemed magical.
The ability to robotically manufacture tens of thousands of digital components with far more features than say a simple mirror box augurs well for the concept.
We all love beautiful machinery but today no one would dream of buying a camera such as a Pentax Spotmatic because even though it is well made and affordable (unlike Leica) it is impossible to have features the public demands. The world is changing and despite the warnings of the doomsayers at every new development, the photo world has not collapsed.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 19:56 UTC
On Going solo: DxO introduces 20MP 'ONE' connected camera article (124 comments in total)
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Photomonkey: "DxO also offers a Super RAW mode which composites four Raw frames captured in quick succession. The company claims a DxOMark Sensor Score of 85 for its Super RAW mode, which far surpasses any score for a current smartphone."

I wonder how many will suspect a manipulation of data to boost sales?

As a 5DmkII owner I will throw a tantrum about ANY camera that pokes me in my fanboy eye. ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 16:08 UTC
On Going solo: DxO introduces 20MP 'ONE' connected camera article (124 comments in total)

"DxO also offers a Super RAW mode which composites four Raw frames captured in quick succession. The company claims a DxOMark Sensor Score of 85 for its Super RAW mode, which far surpasses any score for a current smartphone."

I wonder how many will suspect a manipulation of data to boost sales?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 14:00 UTC as 52nd comment | 2 replies
On Week in Review: Sony FTW article (302 comments in total)
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Photomonkey: Sony's support of PDAF for Third party lenses hints at the potential opening up of camera platforms as a competitive position. I think they have noted the enthusiasm of customers for third party lenses that can be adapted to ML cameras. I see a future where people choose lenses and bodies independent of each other. This in turn would hopefully lead to open software for wifi and Bluetooth for even more functionality in our cameras

@Naveed, I think that will follow if it seems that Sony is getting the sales volume to support their investment. In the film days the support of another mount was fairly easy as the only things to worry about were meter coupling and aperture operation. With AF, IS, and attendant electronics such support gets a lot more expensive. Just ask the Pentax people.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2015 at 02:22 UTC
On Week in Review: Sony FTW article (302 comments in total)
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LuckyEight: Sony F.T.W. ...... :)

Way better than: Sony .....WTF?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2015 at 18:57 UTC
On Week in Review: Sony FTW article (302 comments in total)

Sony's support of PDAF for Third party lenses hints at the potential opening up of camera platforms as a competitive position. I think they have noted the enthusiasm of customers for third party lenses that can be adapted to ML cameras. I see a future where people choose lenses and bodies independent of each other. This in turn would hopefully lead to open software for wifi and Bluetooth for even more functionality in our cameras

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2015 at 16:04 UTC as 33rd comment | 2 replies
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Lee Jay: There are many root problems with this approach:

- File sizes and the resulting processing time
- Video compression and likely no raw mode
- Videos are often shot with slow shutter speeds to make for smooth video
- Slow video shutter speed often results in motion blur as seen in the first image
- Little or no ability to use fill-light
- What little fill a video light can provide pales compared to what a flash can do
- Can't use a flash to freeze motion
- Even 30fps is often too slow to catch the moment. Anticipating a single shot can be more reliable.
- Stuck using an EVF

I've taken stills from video before, but the situations in which it is a useful thing to do are extremely rare.

There are a lot of situations where 4K capture works just fine. Yes high shutter speeds may be necessary at times but there are so many candid situations in a wedding where this would be genius. In so many cases the old adage of "f8 and be there" is right on. A boatload of gear and specs doesn't guarantee anything. Presence and wit does.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 20:38 UTC
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czajunia: "Sony's engineers judge that their new 1-inch-type stacked CMOS sensor is roughly five years ahead of anything else on the market"

Those engineers sound like they have just been moved to the marketing :))))

Roughly means just that. maybe 56 months maybe 64 months. I think most would agree that the competition has a very long road ahead that may already be obsolete when they get there.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 01:51 UTC

I had an M4 back in the 70s and it was a complete joy. I sold it because I could never pull together the money for additional lenses. The irony was I sold it to. It a Nikkormat with a 35 and an 85 and found my self using only the 35.
I went on to enjoy single focal length cameras and earned my MFA with Rolleiex.
The idea of this camera is delightful and I fully agree that it has hit the precisely right notes for many peoples style of photography. The silence, precision and beautiful build are what makes it a great tool to transparently make he photos you love.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 18:50 UTC as 94th comment
On Sony a7R II has 42.4MP on full frame BSI CMOS sensor article (1254 comments in total)
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Anadrol: Am I the only one shocked by the price ? 3200 $ !!!

The A7R cost initially 2300 USD...

Cheaper than Canon and Nikon's competitive offerings when they intro'd a few years back. Today they are still more money than Sony's better bodies.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 23:55 UTC
On Sony a7R II has 42.4MP on full frame BSI CMOS sensor article (1254 comments in total)

Whoa, this has all the tricks.
Makes Canon look a little sad.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 23:53 UTC as 166th comment
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MAGMATCICO62: Greatly overpriced. The Pentax 645D is much much cheaper with the same CMOS sensor

I note that Priorate just announced compatibility with the Pentax-I stand corrected.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 9, 2015 at 23:16 UTC
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