fmian

fmian

Lives in Australia Sydney, Australia
Works as a Photographer/Re-toucher/Consultant
Has a website at www.primephotography.com.au
Joined on Mar 28, 2010
About me:

If you're reading this it's probably because I've been a smart a$$ or rubbed you the wrong way from some uncomfortable truth. Don't worry. You'll get used to it and it doesn't mean I don't love you.

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'married at City Hall during the week of June 1 to June 5 2015'
'On June 4 and June 5, Nikon will bring the Nikon Wedding Truck Studio to New York City Hall'

Maybe this bus studio should be a boudoir for those on their honeymoon after getting married on 1-3 June...

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2015 at 04:56 UTC as 5th comment
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Valiant Thor: It appears that the target audience for this kind of advertising is the mobile home, couch potato crowd whom I doubt would purchase such a camera anyway. I cringe when I think what good could have come from the money and resources it took to produce and run these ads. I really miss the thoughtful age of elegance, sophistication and taste.

I rather enjoy the printed ad with the caption
'I gaze at the sunset with the woman I love and think, F/8 at 1/250'.
It connects with the mindset of knowledgeable photographers. As opposed to the low brow.

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2015 at 00:48 UTC
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fmian: Exactly why Olympus Imaging is losing money.
Disrespecting the intelligence of the audience they want desperately to jump ship and come to them.
And to top it off the video ends with the guy saying you should get that model camera to shoot professional photos and videos while he's not even holding the camera correctly.

'Still going strong.'
Hahaha.. I like your sarcasm friend :D

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2015 at 00:42 UTC
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Nukunukoo: Now, if Sigma starts offering NX mounts... Nikon will be in trouble. Canon seems to be fighting back in the 4K arena.

I stand corrected Nuku

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2015 at 23:11 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2981 comments in total)
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lightmatters: Canon makes me frustrated. Their sensor's DR is inferior but their lenses are superior.
But you know what, if their sensor's DR is just good as others then there will be no competition at all.

@balico
'better' if the only thing you are looking at is sharpness.
In pretty much all other aspects Canon and Nikon win out.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2015 at 06:28 UTC
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Nukunukoo: Now, if Sigma starts offering NX mounts... Nikon will be in trouble. Canon seems to be fighting back in the 4K arena.

@Vanitas 'Sigma soon will have to start selling their ART line in Samsung, Fuji and Sony E mounts'

You mean they should design and engineer a full frame lens and attach a crop mount and electronics to it?

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 23:33 UTC
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Jim Salvas: The defensiveness from DSLR users is almost deafening. Their brands have 90% of the market, but they still fear they may have made a poor choice.

Reminds me of the old Mac/PC debates, especially pre-Windows. Yeah, that graphical user interface stuff will never catch on.

Not so much defensiveness (really.. what is there to be afraid of?), I just feel sorry for Olympus and am cringing at their obvious desperation.
Other ads I've seen from them have been good. This sucks though.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 23:27 UTC
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msowsun: "half the the size of a DSLR, but with all the power"

How can it have all the power with a sensor that is almost 4 times SMALLER?

Same power as those Olympus DSLR cameras they used to make, before they ditched their lens mount and gave a swift kick in the nuts to their heavily committed user base.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 23:20 UTC

Exactly why Olympus Imaging is losing money.
Disrespecting the intelligence of the audience they want desperately to jump ship and come to them.
And to top it off the video ends with the guy saying you should get that model camera to shoot professional photos and videos while he's not even holding the camera correctly.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 23:15 UTC as 98th comment | 2 replies
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Nukunukoo: Now, if Sigma starts offering NX mounts... Nikon will be in trouble. Canon seems to be fighting back in the 4K arena.

'Now, if Sigma starts offering NX mounts...'
I don't think they will see any money back after spending the R&D on getting the electronics to work. How many lenses in NX mount do you think they will sell?
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'Nikon will be in trouble. Canon seems to be fighting back in the 4K arena.'
This would be the least of Nikons problems, and between Canon and Samsung in the serious 4k video use arena... Samsung is non existent. They didn't even have a stand at NAB 2015, whereas Nikon did.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 05:31 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2981 comments in total)
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lightmatters: Canon makes me frustrated. Their sensor's DR is inferior but their lenses are superior.
But you know what, if their sensor's DR is just good as others then there will be no competition at all.

From the help section:
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Help/ISO-12233.aspx

'The camera/lens is multiple-laser-aligned to the target'
and
'Tests are conducted using computer-aided Live View manual focusing (with center-point-only autofocus additionally tested). The best of the many re-focused shots (typically at least 10 sets and often 15-20) are used for the results for each camera/lens/focal-length/aperture combination.'

I'd say sample variation would be more of an issue than whether the tests were focused properly or not.

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2015 at 06:27 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2981 comments in total)
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lightmatters: Canon makes me frustrated. Their sensor's DR is inferior but their lenses are superior.
But you know what, if their sensor's DR is just good as others then there will be no competition at all.

@sykkys
"Nikon 80-400 seem like shooting through a bottom of a coke bottle." a bit of exaggeration dont you think?

Take a look here.
The Canon wide open in considerably sharper than the Nikon stopped down. Especially at the longer end (400mm)
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=972&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=2&API=1&LensComp=915&CameraComp=614&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=3&APIComp=3

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2015 at 02:59 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2981 comments in total)
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Deardorff: Still can't match Nikon for Dynamic Range. What are you Canon engineers doing?
As for "more DR is useful for people who can't expose their shots correctly in the first place" - those who can do so benefit from the files in many ways. Shooting one off productions/sports/wildlife and having the extra leeway in the shadows is more than welcome. Even more so in rapidly changing light conditions - like a player running in and out of shadow areas.

@Guidenet, You're the guy who enjoyed it the other day when I said most of the world sees Americans as low-bro with very little comprehension skills (presented as a subjective opinion), but took offense when I said more and more Americans are asking for looser gun laws with the intention of preventing deaths (which I provided factual evidence for).
So... I kinda established the other day that you are one of these people with 'limited scope of understanding basic logic'. So here I am 'calling you out on it.'

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2015 at 05:47 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2981 comments in total)
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Deardorff: Still can't match Nikon for Dynamic Range. What are you Canon engineers doing?
As for "more DR is useful for people who can't expose their shots correctly in the first place" - those who can do so benefit from the files in many ways. Shooting one off productions/sports/wildlife and having the extra leeway in the shadows is more than welcome. Even more so in rapidly changing light conditions - like a player running in and out of shadow areas.

@Rishi, here is the first sentence of the thread you are replying to.

'Still can't match Nikon for Dynamic Range. What are you Canon engineers doing?'
^^^^^^^
Is this a good example of people pointing out DR deficiencies and ignoring other things that the engineers are doing?

Here is another one not too far up.

'What's the point of this camera when you have the Nikon D810 & Sony A7r? Is Canon just saying mine is bigger than yours?'
^^^^^^^^^^
Quite mystifying to see people not grasp the concept of a camera system and only look at the sensor.

Sure, there are ignoramus and illogical defensive people on both sides of the fence. Every team has it's fools and heros.

'Does every mention of a deficiency of a product first have to be prefaced with a list of all possible benefits of said product?'

No it does not have to have a preface, but when it instead has a puzzling glance at the commentators extremely limited scope of understanding basic logic, then I'm going to call them out on it.

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2015 at 03:05 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2981 comments in total)
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princecody: What's the point of this camera when you have the Nikon D810 & Sony A7r? Is Canon just saying mine is bigger than yours?

Well you can't put Canon lenses on a Nikon body, and the A7r has relatively poor autofocus. Among other factors like poorer battery life.
There's more to cameras than just megapixels and DR.

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2015 at 01:22 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2981 comments in total)
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Deardorff: Still can't match Nikon for Dynamic Range. What are you Canon engineers doing?
As for "more DR is useful for people who can't expose their shots correctly in the first place" - those who can do so benefit from the files in many ways. Shooting one off productions/sports/wildlife and having the extra leeway in the shadows is more than welcome. Even more so in rapidly changing light conditions - like a player running in and out of shadow areas.

'Why so many get pis-sed when it is pointed out that Canon is pis-sing their drawers this way is beyond me.'

It's not the only important factor in a camera, and often people pointing these things out will ignore all other benefits over this minor deficiency. MANY people realise this, which is why Canon are still selling cameras and making money.

'Greater dynamic range makes for better photographs in ways many can see in print. Why not take advantage of it?'

Some people choose to take advantage of other things that give a camera system value. Or they are capable of working around the slight DR disadvantage with practical methods.

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2015 at 01:11 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2981 comments in total)
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Deardorff: Still can't match Nikon for Dynamic Range. What are you Canon engineers doing?
As for "more DR is useful for people who can't expose their shots correctly in the first place" - those who can do so benefit from the files in many ways. Shooting one off productions/sports/wildlife and having the extra leeway in the shadows is more than welcome. Even more so in rapidly changing light conditions - like a player running in and out of shadow areas.

And sometimes more resolution is welcome. Or more FPS. Or more lens choice. With some things you know you will absolutely benefit from a feature all the time. With DR, as you say it's a safety net for most people when they can't control the lighting of their scene.
Also, without a spot meter reading on a high DR scene, how will you ensure you're not going to blow the highlights?

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2015 at 00:41 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2981 comments in total)
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Deardorff: Still can't match Nikon for Dynamic Range. What are you Canon engineers doing?
As for "more DR is useful for people who can't expose their shots correctly in the first place" - those who can do so benefit from the files in many ways. Shooting one off productions/sports/wildlife and having the extra leeway in the shadows is more than welcome. Even more so in rapidly changing light conditions - like a player running in and out of shadow areas.

'Rapidly changing light conditions'
There will be more instances where the light in the scene is either under or way over the capabilities of your camera as opposed to fitting within the slim window of DR benefit that another camera gives you. Without high and low spot meter readings how will you know the scene is within your cameras range? You won't... and it's just pot luck that you will benefit from an extra 2 stops range.
ie. What happens if the scene is actually 20 stops DR? You do the same thing a good photographer does with a camera that has less range anyway.

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2015 at 00:00 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS R added to studio test scene comparison article (518 comments in total)
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fmian: Ok great, so we're topping out on megapixels now.
Can we move on to multi layered sensors already?
Eager to see what Sony and Canon's R&D department have to offer.

Dude, when did I gloss over anything and state that nothing was wrong?
It's all in your head man...

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2015 at 23:46 UTC
On Readers' Showcase: Sheila Murphy article (60 comments in total)

Wow.. nice to see someone who obviously has an eye for lines, geometry, space and composition :) Also effectively brings things together to work as part of a series.
9 & 10 are a little too bland and empty for my tastes but the others are fantastic.
Re: Her gear - Where is her film camera?

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2015 at 00:57 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply
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