Photomonkey

Photomonkey

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

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On Interview: Canon's Chuck Westfall on the new XC10 article (347 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: I think the biggest problem I have is that Dpreview doesn’t understand its own audience. We simply don’t want to hear about this camera. It isn’t something that we would ever consider buying. We accept that you don’t EVER talk about products from RED or the high end Panasonic video cameras because we know that not many people here would ever buy those.

So why is this camera so special? What makes Dpreview think that their readers want to have this camera shoved in our face every couple of days. For once and for all. Stop pimping this camera to us. We get it that you think it is revolutionary. However, we simply don’t see it that way.

Stop feeding the troll.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 21:39 UTC
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fuego6: Bah... typical Adobe minor adjustment features that should just have been made available in an incremental update. How about allowing floating toolbars (like the rest of the CC package)? How about beefing up the library function? How about speeding up the export option (takes FOREVER to export photos)?

See Ya LR... I'm out!

I looked at Sagelight. While it has some appealing features it is clearly an amateur outfit with no Mac support, incomplete website and only the slightest passing reference to RAW image processing. It looks from its website to be an image editor and not a LR competitor. Adobe gives me pro product and except for C1 the rest are amateur hour.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 22:15 UTC
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fuego6: Bah... typical Adobe minor adjustment features that should just have been made available in an incremental update. How about allowing floating toolbars (like the rest of the CC package)? How about beefing up the library function? How about speeding up the export option (takes FOREVER to export photos)?

See Ya LR... I'm out!

I am sure you will be happy with any of the LR killers out there.
Oh! Wait, there are none except maybe a peer in C1 but then what is a few hundred bucks for a cutting edge power user such as yourself.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2015 at 18:05 UTC
On Manfrotto unveils Digital Director for iPad Air article (46 comments in total)
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Tiderace: DSLR Controller costs less than $10 and does more than this for all android devices. Yes, it only works as a monitor for iPads right now. That said, get a Nexus on eBay for $50 and you are good to go. Or use your large Phablet Android phone as your monitor. It has a large number of controls for your camera and in addition works beautifully with video mode as well.

Manfrotto is actually a company that pays its employees to design and build stuff. DSLR controller, while a nice-ish product, does not seem to.
I doubt that we can really build a business on the products of hobbyists whereas I am sure a hobbyist is just fine using it.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 16:20 UTC
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (813 comments in total)
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IEBA1: I agree with all the posts that wonder about the point of this article. Given how few "opinion" pieces are on DPreview, why the XC10 gets a positive opinion piece makes the whole web site suspect.

I laughed out loud at: "The XC10 represents an important step on the path to convergence between the still and video imaging worlds, though it’s important to recognize that it’s an early step."

Wha? Can you even find a camera any more that doesn't do both?

Years ago, I hacked a GH2 for fantastic video, stills, and augmented it to use cine servo zoom lenses for capabilities still lenses simply cannot provide. Last year I upgraded to a GH4 and haven't looked back. It is a stellar tool. You can see gobs of my technical videos here:

https://www.youtube.com/user/IEBAcom/videos

The only unique feature is the rotatable grip. Something I had on my first HD camcorder, the JVC GR-HD1. Yes, I'm an early adopter. Thats why it bugs me when I see article like this that are _years_ behind the curve.

Apple was also accused of overpriced and under featured products so this is no different. While enthusiasts can criticize the product much as they did the Cx00 series of cameras from Canon the fact remains that the people in the industry have a high regard for Canon products. The actual specs are sure to deliver quality video in a useful form factor that offers a lot of flexibility despite the spec critics here.
As for matching the GH-4, that is an excellent camera but still has the SLR form factor that requires a ton of additional kit to work smoothly in the video world. It is still an eye-level SLR form and has all the compromises that brings. Note that purpose built video cams do not look like the GH-4.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 22:54 UTC
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (813 comments in total)
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IEBA1: I agree with all the posts that wonder about the point of this article. Given how few "opinion" pieces are on DPreview, why the XC10 gets a positive opinion piece makes the whole web site suspect.

I laughed out loud at: "The XC10 represents an important step on the path to convergence between the still and video imaging worlds, though it’s important to recognize that it’s an early step."

Wha? Can you even find a camera any more that doesn't do both?

Years ago, I hacked a GH2 for fantastic video, stills, and augmented it to use cine servo zoom lenses for capabilities still lenses simply cannot provide. Last year I upgraded to a GH4 and haven't looked back. It is a stellar tool. You can see gobs of my technical videos here:

https://www.youtube.com/user/IEBAcom/videos

The only unique feature is the rotatable grip. Something I had on my first HD camcorder, the JVC GR-HD1. Yes, I'm an early adopter. Thats why it bugs me when I see article like this that are _years_ behind the curve.

While others may have introduced features first, Canon has the market muscle to make things happen.

Apple did not invent the computer, phone, music player or tablet but that didn't stop them from succeeding at it.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 15:45 UTC
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (813 comments in total)

It is a notable camera because Canon is doing it. THIS is why Canon was working on when everyone was hoping for a new sensor.
This is a far more meaningful step as it has far greater implication for photographers everywhere.

The sensors will come, the lenses will come and the price will come down (and go up). But in the end this will be seen as a landmark.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 15:43 UTC as 83rd comment | 3 replies
On X-Transformed? Fujifilm X30 Review article (334 comments in total)
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rallyfan: I suspect a used X10 would be a more reasonable proposal given the high pricing of this, and the modest IQ.

As to the layout and controls, we are rapidly approaching the stage when neither will have any sort of context, in that generations of photographers are coming that will have never used "classic" controls and will have never used a film camera.

This is great news, because we'll finally break free of the "film" mentality and move forward. The nostalgia is not just pointless, it's counter-productive at times.

Anybody here work as an X-ray tech, an orthopedic, or a radiologist? Do you miss the days of developing and fixing X-ray film and autorads? Do you wish you could get the "feel" and "control" back today, or would you rather use a modern interface and have your patients get their results instantly, with the possibility of further analyses using a computerized interface? Hm...

Why are photographers still stuck when everyone else that uses imaging isn't? Must be hobbyists.

One IS paid for the process as there is no image without process.
To the extent process needs to aid the production of the image the inclusion of controls to effect that is important.
Film processing is no longer a part of photography for the most part, however control of the camera with adjustments derived from film cameras that actually are effective is useful to the creation of the image.
Your question has been answered several times in this thread and your insistence that it hasn't does indicate trollish tendencies on your part.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 30, 2015 at 18:15 UTC
On X-Transformed? Fujifilm X30 Review article (334 comments in total)
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rallyfan: I suspect a used X10 would be a more reasonable proposal given the high pricing of this, and the modest IQ.

As to the layout and controls, we are rapidly approaching the stage when neither will have any sort of context, in that generations of photographers are coming that will have never used "classic" controls and will have never used a film camera.

This is great news, because we'll finally break free of the "film" mentality and move forward. The nostalgia is not just pointless, it's counter-productive at times.

Anybody here work as an X-ray tech, an orthopedic, or a radiologist? Do you miss the days of developing and fixing X-ray film and autorads? Do you wish you could get the "feel" and "control" back today, or would you rather use a modern interface and have your patients get their results instantly, with the possibility of further analyses using a computerized interface? Hm...

Why are photographers still stuck when everyone else that uses imaging isn't? Must be hobbyists.

If you were a professional photographer you would pay a lot of attention to process as it is intimately involved in the final result. Photography is often conducted in disparate environments that require quick, reliable adjustments. Radiology is comparable to studio photography in that the conditions are tightly controlled thus changes are minimal after initial setup.
Snarky comments about artistry don't make you look clever, they make you look like a troll.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 30, 2015 at 15:53 UTC
On X-Transformed? Fujifilm X30 Review article (334 comments in total)
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rallyfan: I suspect a used X10 would be a more reasonable proposal given the high pricing of this, and the modest IQ.

As to the layout and controls, we are rapidly approaching the stage when neither will have any sort of context, in that generations of photographers are coming that will have never used "classic" controls and will have never used a film camera.

This is great news, because we'll finally break free of the "film" mentality and move forward. The nostalgia is not just pointless, it's counter-productive at times.

Anybody here work as an X-ray tech, an orthopedic, or a radiologist? Do you miss the days of developing and fixing X-ray film and autorads? Do you wish you could get the "feel" and "control" back today, or would you rather use a modern interface and have your patients get their results instantly, with the possibility of further analyses using a computerized interface? Hm...

Why are photographers still stuck when everyone else that uses imaging isn't? Must be hobbyists.

Actually radiology and photography are not similar at all. Radiology is a job where the process is generally uninteresting to the practitioner. Photography is generally intimately tied to process for most photographers. I want to get paid for my work as simply as possible and the traditional dials and layout of film cameras do this with far greater efficiency than a multiplicity of buttons and menus. One does not need endless options, just a few easily accessed ones. Thus I CAN get my work done more quickly.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 30, 2015 at 00:05 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Review preview (668 comments in total)
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McQuestion: One of the stats that I find misleading is the "maximum" electronic shutter speed, listed at 1/32,000 sec. That is the maximum exposure rate per scanned line of pixels. However, the actual scan rate per frame is more like 1/10 sec. This hinders any functionality that people usually associate with high shutter speed, freezing action.

I tried this with the XT1, which boasts an even faster electronic shutter speed, any motion registers as a slur across the sensor.

While I agree, the real advantage is for those wanting to shoot wide open in bright sun where the scanning limitations do not come into play. Fuji is very aware of the attractiveness of shooting wide open with its customer base.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2015 at 16:18 UTC
On Elinchrom announces new ELB 400 portable flash system article (23 comments in total)

This was earlier:
http://flashhavoc.com/godox-rs400p-rs600p-xenergizer-released/
price is better and it already represents a third generation.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 14:23 UTC as 3rd comment
On Elinchrom announces new ELB 400 portable flash system article (23 comments in total)
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ethanolson: I prefer an integrated head. Yeah... it's not good for handholding but I like 'em better. Also, these are a bit on the expensive side.

I agree on the price as the Chinese already have units out there with specs like this for$500. However I do like the idea of a light weight head and at the poet pack at the bottom of the stand for stability.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 14:20 UTC
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fredlord: Well, it's less expensive than the C1 Cube or even the PhotoClam geared heads. I do dislike the Manfrotto QR system though.

Absolutely. Their QR system is nearly useless.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 23:52 UTC
On CP+ 2015: Canon shows off new EOS 5DS and 5DS R article (124 comments in total)
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Just a Photographer: More resolution at the cost of image sharpness of everything over f8.0 due to diffraction. People will soon find out that the more megapixels doesn't automatically imply more sharpness and detail.

To start learning about physics and the laws of nature and why diffraction kicks in with this camera. Read this:

http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/diffraction-photography.htm

FYI. The Canon 5Ds sensor pixel density is 4.1uM.

Yeah, its a gear forum with a storm of noise of repeated anecdote untested or unverified or unobserved by virtually everyone here. Great way to increase the knowledge.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2015 at 01:38 UTC
On CP+ 2015: Canon shows off new EOS 5DS and 5DS R article (124 comments in total)
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Just a Photographer: More resolution at the cost of image sharpness of everything over f8.0 due to diffraction. People will soon find out that the more megapixels doesn't automatically imply more sharpness and detail.

To start learning about physics and the laws of nature and why diffraction kicks in with this camera. Read this:

http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/diffraction-photography.htm

FYI. The Canon 5Ds sensor pixel density is 4.1uM.

Wow! So many lectures from armchair optical experts! We are so fortunate to have harnessed the collective wisdom of repeated anecdote at every posting of new DPR article.
It's like magic!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 20:35 UTC
On CP+ 2015: Canon shows off new EOS 5DS and 5DS R article (124 comments in total)
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Francis Sawyer: Canon is so far out in the weeds, it's pathetic.

Still no intervalometers in their cameras (a simple, essentially free feature that every modern camera should have). Their lenses still have shitty servo rings instead of real mechanical focusing action.

They don't even have a reasonable 35mm lens. They have two overpriced boondoggles with IS systems in them. At 35mm? Really?

It's as if no one over there knows anything about photography OR video.

We are waiting for you to save us from the nightmare of Canon's evil rule.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 20:32 UTC
On CP+ 2015: Canon shows 11-24mm in cross-section article (63 comments in total)
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nunatak: priced at more than twice it's weight in silver — it's a steal. :)

Especially since silver has no workmanship. ;)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 06:55 UTC
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justmeMN: Canon estimates that they will sell 6.4 million interchangeable lens cameras this year. Not bad, for a company that does everything wrong. :-)

@nekrosoft. So the market is wrong? You might not like their preferences but it is the market demand that gives us things like reality TV the Vege-matic and Canon EOS-Ms.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 19:34 UTC
On Sigma goes wide with 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens article (184 comments in total)
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RichRMA: The FF pleas continue, 24mm isn't "wide" enough. The wide angle fetish that has infected so many photogs continues to plague the hobby. Whatever happened to people shooting landscapes for instance, with 50-100mm lenses? Do we REALLY need more distorted-looking seascapes with long-exposure blurred water?

Use the Rokinon 14. Its plenty sharp and you don't really need to focus.
Also cheap.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 04:49 UTC
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