focuspulling

focuspulling

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Joined on Apr 16, 2002

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I was so disappointed when Manfrotto abandoned this rear-opening design that they deployed on my favorite photo/video backpack ever, their Agile VII, and it's great to see the feature coming back, though it's a smaller opening and I preferred the one along its complete length (for larger video cameras than just a regular/small camera body). The Agile VII also had a travel tripod compartment for the 99% of us who think that hitching a tripod onto the outside of a bag is no solution. I completely disagree with the other comments that there are meaningfully similar alternatives on the market. The Dakine looks like a football jersey, and the Lowepro is...well, Lowepro.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2016 at 22:19 UTC as 15th comment

I'm surprised by how insistent folks are here about the size issue. Yes, Micro Four Thirds is a smaller sensor, but Panasonic deserves lots of credit for being first-to-market with mirrorless, portable, CONTINUOUS f/2.8 aperture zoom lenses that are not priced into the stratosphere. Their G lenses, especially 12-35mm and 35-100mm, are a dream team.

Someone in one of my camera user groups said it best: evidenced by the launch of the a6300 simultaneously today, which is a jaw-dropping bargain, it's clear that Sony is in a panic to keep its coffers full from high-tier revenue, while its margins on electronic bodies is slipping away (just like HDTVs and smartphones where they can't make their big wealthy margins anymore). All the marketing jargon about these lenses is motivated by profit, to justify dramatically inflated pricing on these "G-Masters," but actual tests will mean everything.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 21:23 UTC as 63rd comment | 9 replies
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tkbslc: Since I am sure someone will say it is too expensive, how much is a high-grade 21mm f1.9 for FF?

Yikes! I had high hopes for the new Voigtlander 10.5mm f/0.95 hyperprime, but look at these sample pictures: awful! http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/review/lens_review/20150611_706326.html

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2015 at 01:28 UTC

Since I haven't seen anyone mention it, wondering if anyone has comments on whether I should upgrade from my ultra-compact Oly 9-18mm zoom that starts at f/4. Am I gaining much more than a couple of mm on the low end, and a wee bit more brightness?

Link | Posted on May 13, 2015 at 15:24 UTC as 3rd comment

Their bags from a few years ago were brilliant, including the Lino and Veloce, because they were cleverly idiot-proof (myself being a frequent idiot) by putting the main compartment zipper on the straps side, so that you couldn't just walk away with the bag and let the other unzipped side flip down and drop all your lenses. Why they abandoned this clever design idea is beyond me (apart from the inevitable whining from people used to conventional bags, which they should have ignored).

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2014 at 21:17 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply
On article Quick Review: That Steady Thing (70 comments in total)

Lost opportunity: they should have called it "Monomate"! As it is, "That Steady Thing" sounds like the title to a rom-com.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 17:27 UTC as 28th comment

dpreview digested the news incorrectly on multiple fronts. For instance, the sensor size of the BMPCC is not smaller than the BMCC models. They are all, however, smaller than the BM4K.

Also, there is no software update for the BMPCC "available on the Web site." It's just shipping with the "update."

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2013 at 05:01 UTC as 19th comment | 3 replies
On article Photoshop Express available for Windows 8 tablets (10 comments in total)
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ryanshoots: Good news for those five folks with the Windows tablet.

On a more serious note. Real photo editing is going to take place on a dedicated computer with lots of processing power and large monitor.

The kind of editing done on tablets is already handled by a plethora of apps. (not sure about the Win tablet, it's got limited apps, so maybe not the plethora that are available for IOS or Android)

On the tablet, Adobe would be conspicuous by their absence. They are only going to bring a "me too" effort so they can tick the box and that is about it.

Some people who are extremely serious and detailed about photography also live part of their lives in mobility, needing simplified equipment on-the-run for modest outputs. Duh.

Windows RT paired with this new program is fantastic. If I want to share anything quickly while away from the desktop, this is ideal. And using Remote Desktop, truly the best in its class, I get my monster computer at home on a remote connection with a symmetrical screen -- looks identical to sitting in front of the workstation, minus the three-panel array.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2013 at 21:46 UTC

Let's not forget that Kipon is on the way. Metabones will see some healthy price competition.

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2012 at 16:37 UTC as 7th comment
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Kinematic Digit: How exciting! The Conurus partnership is working well with Metabones. I wonder how long before AF is possible. I know Conurus has always been indicated as a distinct possibility down the road that AF might be possible. If he can make Contax N lenses work on EOS, I have all the faith that Conurus will make AF work for NEX/EOS combination. I wonder if that side accessory port will allow for upgrading which might be for AF down the road?

n/m

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2012 at 16:37 UTC
On article Sony launches NEX-VG20 Handycam Camcorder (9 comments in total)

Much better info on the NEX-VG20, including full video trailer, specifications, and link to product page:

http://vimeo.com/groups/nexvg20
http://facebook.com/pages/Sony-NEX-VG20-User-Group/246566922050085
http://twitter.com/nexvg20

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2011 at 07:23 UTC as 6th comment
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