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 wrote something that confounded or intrigued you. You should know that much of what I say is uncomfortable truth laced with straight faced sarcasm. Don't take it to heart. If it helps you may think of me as just some guy on the internet.

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fmian: 'the sensor is 53.7 x 40.4mm'
'The 'full frame' MF sensor guarantees that the full field-of-view of MF lenses can be realized'

I'm pretty sure 645 format has a larger frame size than 53.7 x 40.4mm, with the longest edge of the exposed frame being 55mm or 56mm. So does this camera give a cropped field of view or does Phase One actually make their lenses for a smaller 645 format than everyone else?

Well.. I can and do use the entire frame + border for some of my 645 images, but the point I was trying to make was, does this sensor crop the field of view that the lenses are designed for?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 4, 2016 at 23:56 UTC

'the sensor is 53.7 x 40.4mm'
'The 'full frame' MF sensor guarantees that the full field-of-view of MF lenses can be realized'

I'm pretty sure 645 format has a larger frame size than 53.7 x 40.4mm, with the longest edge of the exposed frame being 55mm or 56mm. So does this camera give a cropped field of view or does Phase One actually make their lenses for a smaller 645 format than everyone else?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 4, 2016 at 23:20 UTC as 24th comment | 4 replies
On article In Fine Detail: Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R In-Depth Review (667 comments in total)
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armandino: Sometimes I think getting so far in the detailing out all the little aspects there is a loss of the big picture.
If you dissect the 5DS and the A7RII the Sony comes ahead no question asked. However:
if you asked any Pro heading into a big contract in a properly equipped studio to pic only one camera, either the 5DS or the A7RII, the photographer would pick the Canon without a blink. Why? If you are a pro you know the answer.
Since these camera are targeting the Pros and advanced users, the final score should reflect that a bit more in my opinion.
Note that I have chosen an A7RII over a 5Ds. But only because I have a 1DX, a 5DIII and a D645 of back it up.

Not to forget battery life..

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2015 at 04:47 UTC

What is this sorcery!!??

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2015 at 05:55 UTC as 20th comment
On article Behind the Shot: Prince of the Night (85 comments in total)

Thanks for the detailed insight into how you shoot and process.

In regards to the composition, and I realise this is just my opinion but it's the first thing I noticed....

...I don't think the rocks at the bottom add anything, but rather they detract from the image by being in shadows, taking up space and not really being anything interesting to look at. The idea that they add to the flow of composition by following a similar path as the mountains is not something I feel. The water reflection of the mountains just above the rocks is what creates flow/balance in that portion of the image.

IMO it would be better off cropped.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2015 at 23:05 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply

Would love to apply but.. US citizens only :(

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2015 at 22:42 UTC as 35th comment | 1 reply
On article Primer: Why would I buy a mirrorless camera? (551 comments in total)
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nafik: One thing needs to be mentioned: size matters.
Bid camera with big lens still suggest "a professional" no matter how ridiculous this can be. I managed to get access to some nice spots at sporting events only because of my equipment size. Actually I always attach the hood to my 2.8 tele to make it even bigger. Cops way more lenient to a "pro". Quite often I just climb over the fence and they look the other way.
Also I recently shot a wedding with the groom being a videographer. He commented on what I was shooting with (although I used nothing special really).
Try this with a compact or mirrorless.

Hilarious really. You're only taken as seriously as you present yourself. Obviously you're holding the camera with some confidence otherwise big or small you'll be seen with suspicious glances and such.
I hear about photographers in Sydney being stopped from taking photos all the time even if it's in public.
When on the street I shoot with a small 35mm film camera (Minolta X-700 + 35mm f/2.8) and have never been stopped. Film cameras aren't considered pro anymore thought right? In fact people will sometimes encourage me to shoot them and engage in conversation just because I'm out there looking like I know what I'm doing. Random brides I see leaving the reception don't mind if I take a shot when the official photographer is looking the other way. Photographers and models don't mind posing for me when I ask them after their shoot. Pretty women just sitting there or couples going for a jog don't mind stopping and posing.
It's not the camera you're holding, it's how you're holding it.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2015 at 00:41 UTC
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Marty CL: Sounds like Samsung's photographic division really is about to pull the plug.

I was jokingly referring to the DSLR cameras they exchanged for NX cameras at a recent camera/electronics show.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2015 at 21:59 UTC
On article Readers' Showcase: Tom Goodman (90 comments in total)
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fmian: Great compositions. Some may see them as simple snapshots but it's evident the thought that's gone in to bringing the elements of each image together in just the right way. Many of them make connections by evoking familiar moments and emotions, which is the core intent (my opinion) when creating art. Thanks for sharing :)

Well that's a shame.
Have you tried turning Google off and on again?
Maybe post them a hand written letter if the above doesn't work.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2015 at 02:52 UTC
On article Readers' Showcase: Tom Goodman (90 comments in total)
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fmian: Great compositions. Some may see them as simple snapshots but it's evident the thought that's gone in to bringing the elements of each image together in just the right way. Many of them make connections by evoking familiar moments and emotions, which is the core intent (my opinion) when creating art. Thanks for sharing :)

Yeah.. google it. Wikipedia has a thorough explanation of it.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2015 at 00:50 UTC
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Marty CL: Sounds like Samsung's photographic division really is about to pull the plug.

Perhaps they'll be handing out free DSLR cameras this time round?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2015 at 23:50 UTC

'gradual decline in the demand for digital cameras, camcorders and accessories'
Analog camera sales must be taking off in Germany.
Swings and roundabouts.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2015 at 23:18 UTC as 149th comment
On article Panasonic's Post Focus feature arrives November 25 (218 comments in total)

I'm pretty sure there are some Ricoh compact cameras that also have a focus bracketing feature.. is this trick by Panasonic just a souped up version of that?

'Panasonic is encouraging photographers to shoot first and focus later'

I read that as 'We think our user base is dumb and if they're not we encourage them to be.'

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2015 at 23:13 UTC as 14th comment
On article Readers' Showcase: Tom Goodman (90 comments in total)

Great compositions. Some may see them as simple snapshots but it's evident the thought that's gone in to bringing the elements of each image together in just the right way. Many of them make connections by evoking familiar moments and emotions, which is the core intent (my opinion) when creating art. Thanks for sharing :)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2015 at 23:07 UTC as 40th comment | 4 replies
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WastingTime: Studio pros won't even look at this system unless they add some modern Leaf shutter lenses to the lineup, that will make for a competitive system against Phase One. And yet they keep NOT doing that, what a shame.

You're right Stacey, my bad. Getting confused over here.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 15, 2015 at 23:18 UTC
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electrophoto: My guess is as good as anyone else':
Samsung makes a fine product, but certainly lacking big-brand CAMERA recognition. Whilst Samsung has been playing the camera game for a few years now, initially they only offered rebranded cameras.
There were a lot of changes to their "system" and honestly to this day I have to see ONE professional shooting samsung.

Competing against Canon & Nikon, Sony & Fuji ... even Panasonic & Oly...
up its sleeve to change that any time soon.

Simply this:
For CANON & Nikon you have an incredible lens array, from the both canon & nikon and a great number of third party manufacturers. same for accessories. Flash Systems...
...
Samsung is a bit of an Island in that regard
And I doubt Samsung will change that anytime soon.

So unless they offer something mindblowing at an exciting (Very competitive) price and full host of lenses, accessories, etc... I don't see how they can be competitive, even widely successful. So I can understand if Samsung pulls back.

All this arguing when you guys could be out taking photos and hand processing your own film to create real photos...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2015 at 05:13 UTC
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WastingTime: Studio pros won't even look at this system unless they add some modern Leaf shutter lenses to the lineup, that will make for a competitive system against Phase One. And yet they keep NOT doing that, what a shame.

Stacey_K, 1/125s would be a problem to some if you want to freeze fast motion... especially when synced to flash... not just to control the amount of ambient light.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2015 at 02:31 UTC
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electrophoto: My guess is as good as anyone else':
Samsung makes a fine product, but certainly lacking big-brand CAMERA recognition. Whilst Samsung has been playing the camera game for a few years now, initially they only offered rebranded cameras.
There were a lot of changes to their "system" and honestly to this day I have to see ONE professional shooting samsung.

Competing against Canon & Nikon, Sony & Fuji ... even Panasonic & Oly...
up its sleeve to change that any time soon.

Simply this:
For CANON & Nikon you have an incredible lens array, from the both canon & nikon and a great number of third party manufacturers. same for accessories. Flash Systems...
...
Samsung is a bit of an Island in that regard
And I doubt Samsung will change that anytime soon.

So unless they offer something mindblowing at an exciting (Very competitive) price and full host of lenses, accessories, etc... I don't see how they can be competitive, even widely successful. So I can understand if Samsung pulls back.

Optically, there are more than just colour and light (I assume you mean contrast?) aspects that make up the valued visual characteristics of a lens.
But I get what you mean. The lenses that Samsung have been making do seem to be the result of a high degree of care.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2015 at 00:13 UTC

Perhaps it's being replaced with the rumoured (I started this rumour - just now) NX1-PP model?? PP <--- Pixel Peeper

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2015 at 00:10 UTC as 300th comment | 2 replies
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electrophoto: My guess is as good as anyone else':
Samsung makes a fine product, but certainly lacking big-brand CAMERA recognition. Whilst Samsung has been playing the camera game for a few years now, initially they only offered rebranded cameras.
There were a lot of changes to their "system" and honestly to this day I have to see ONE professional shooting samsung.

Competing against Canon & Nikon, Sony & Fuji ... even Panasonic & Oly...
up its sleeve to change that any time soon.

Simply this:
For CANON & Nikon you have an incredible lens array, from the both canon & nikon and a great number of third party manufacturers. same for accessories. Flash Systems...
...
Samsung is a bit of an Island in that regard
And I doubt Samsung will change that anytime soon.

So unless they offer something mindblowing at an exciting (Very competitive) price and full host of lenses, accessories, etc... I don't see how they can be competitive, even widely successful. So I can understand if Samsung pulls back.

Better? Better in what way? Some narrow subjective point of view, or are you taking into account every attribute that concerns the usability of a product?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2015 at 23:07 UTC
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