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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On Samsung NX1 Review preview (1199 comments in total)

My feeling is that this camera won't have much of an impact on anything but specification comparisons on a chart.
As far as video goes the Sony A7S release has overshadowed the GH4 for serious compact video work. Pros want lens adaptability and a good frame size to suit the image circle of most lenses out there.
APS-C sits in an uncomfortable middle ground where there are lots of lenses for M43, HEAPS of lenses for full frame, and very few lenses for APS-C.
Sure, it's very close to Super35 size but why would anyone serious enough to use those kinds of lenses look at this over the A7S that can also use every full frame lens ever made to their maximum capability??
While Samsung have created a very good product in it's own right, it ends up being a bit of a black sheep that many people wish was a dark horse.
Just my 2c.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 00:29 UTC as 213th comment | 9 replies
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fmian: A much better product than that silly modular LED one that was written about earlier.
I'd consider buying one and I don't do much macro work at all.

Title of article: 'Adaptalux introduces portable lighting studio for macro photography'

First lines of the article:
'Adaptalux has introduced a new portable lighting studio, likewise called Adaptalux, which is designed specifically for macro photography. The design is modular in nature, allowing photographers to 'rebuild' it in different ways to meet their current needs.'

No mention of video use in the DPR article.
*shrugs*

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 02:39 UTC

A much better product than that silly modular LED one that was written about earlier.
I'd consider buying one and I don't do much macro work at all.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 01:17 UTC as 16th comment | 3 replies
On Lensbaby introduces Velvet 56mm f/1.6 article (166 comments in total)
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fmian: Anyone know what size the image circle is?
Will it cover 135 format?

Thanks for the link drh681 but that doesn't make anything clear. It classes 5D and 7D cameras in the same category so they are not taking sensor size into account with that table.
I only ask because never seen a 56mm lens be put in the 'classic portrait' category. Usually that's 85-135mm equiv.
Scottelly: Really don't want to crop. What's the point of using a full frame camera then? Might as well buy a proper one made for 135

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2015 at 23:54 UTC
On Lensbaby introduces Velvet 56mm f/1.6 article (166 comments in total)

Anyone know what size the image circle is?
Will it cover 135 format?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2015 at 23:14 UTC as 36th comment | 4 replies
On Readers' Showcase: Rajesh Bhattacharjee article (45 comments in total)

Very nice use of foreground and background elements. And colour. And time of day :)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 6, 2015 at 23:56 UTC as 8th comment
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fmian: Seriously needs to have a faster lens.
When I can buy a medium format system camera with f/2.8 lens for $250 why would I want this? Add a bit more money and I can get a polaroid back for it as well. And that would be a well known brand as well instead of an unknown.
Anyway, good luck to them. At least it will get more people interested in analog photography.

The Davinator - With a polaroid back, yes it will make an instant print. Which is what I said in my comment.
Khizer - Bronica ETRS system. KEH.com - Eat your heart out.
Edit: In fact, for $252 you can get a body, polaroid back, waist level finder and F/2.8 lens. So it's cheaper than I thought.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2015 at 01:57 UTC

Seriously needs to have a faster lens.
When I can buy a medium format system camera with f/2.8 lens for $250 why would I want this? Add a bit more money and I can get a polaroid back for it as well. And that would be a well known brand as well instead of an unknown.
Anyway, good luck to them. At least it will get more people interested in analog photography.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2015 at 00:05 UTC as 17th comment | 10 replies
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fmian: Overkill for something you could make out of LED torches and gaffa tape.

That's right, a torch and gaffa tape will give you much more positioning options, it'll be potentially much more powerful, it will have user replaceable batteries, will let you use more than 5 lights at once, and you can use them for just normal torch use as well.
What happens to all your light arms and modifiers if the power hub box breaks? The entire system stops working because it is dependent on one component.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 30, 2015 at 23:27 UTC
On Readers' Showcase: Raymond Pang article (62 comments in total)

Some lovely photos like 1 and 6 (my fave) but a couple of 'meh' ones in there too. Takes a long time to develop ones style though. Keep it up Raymond.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 29, 2015 at 22:23 UTC as 10th comment

Overkill for something you could make out of LED torches and gaffa tape.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 28, 2015 at 01:26 UTC as 17th comment | 4 replies
On Fujifilm X100T Review preview (649 comments in total)
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fmian: I loved the entire concept of the X100 series. The hybrid finder is the only thing in the last several years of camera releases that has excited me.
Good to see this release tweaking the usability of the camera.
My only personal wish would be for the lens to be a little easier to control. I'd be happy if it was slightly bigger with the aperture ring and focus ring more prominent. Also a good focus ring travel distance that stops at either end of the scale so pre focusing can be done without looking at the camera.
Basically more tuned for manual focus use.
But... still tempted to get one of these.
If only I didn't just order 20 rolls of Fujifilm...

True, although sometimes situations call for a smaller more discrete leaf shutter option. I would use it for street. DSLR for everything else.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2015 at 04:55 UTC

How long does the image last before it fades away?
The older stuff was pretty bad in this regard.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2015 at 01:25 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
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pkosewski: Ah... the "eyes are sharp" thing.
I looked at some shots in the gallery. We are talking about DoF of 2-3 meters. It's not really about nailing focus as getting something in focus or being totally lost. Players are isolated very well...
As such, 20% rate of "being totally lost" is quite a lot. Especially at 5 fps.

I'm pointing this out because Olympus is planning to release the 300/4 and
600mm FF equivalent is not exactly a general-purpose lens. With this quality of focusing I don't think it will win over many nature photographers...

nerd2: I'd like to clarify that by AF failure I'm talking about AF not being spot on accurate.

See this:
'Still, that gives us a "missed focus" rate of 20 percent in this little test, and that's using center point AF with a still target. That's not a big sample size obviously, and we repeated it with several other 50mm f/1.4 lenses and got "missed focus" rates of between 10 and 20 percent for all of them.'
from - http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2012/07/autofocus-reality-part-1-center-point-single-shot-accuracy

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2015 at 00:52 UTC
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D Gold: I was quite positive about the 40 meg feature in the actual review of the new Olympus, but looking at the trees and water in the picture of the temple, the sensor movement becomes painfully obvious and ruins the image.

(fixing typo)

badi - I was looking at the trees without leaves in the center of the frame compared to the trees without leaves on the left of the frame.
Yes, nitpicking. I'm sure there are other factors at play here.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2015 at 00:40 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Review preview (649 comments in total)

I loved the entire concept of the X100 series. The hybrid finder is the only thing in the last several years of camera releases that has excited me.
Good to see this release tweaking the usability of the camera.
My only personal wish would be for the lens to be a little easier to control. I'd be happy if it was slightly bigger with the aperture ring and focus ring more prominent. Also a good focus ring travel distance that stops at either end of the scale so pre focusing can be done without looking at the camera.
Basically more tuned for manual focus use.
But... still tempted to get one of these.
If only I didn't just order 20 rolls of Fujifilm...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2015 at 00:32 UTC as 70th comment | 4 replies
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pkosewski: Ah... the "eyes are sharp" thing.
I looked at some shots in the gallery. We are talking about DoF of 2-3 meters. It's not really about nailing focus as getting something in focus or being totally lost. Players are isolated very well...
As such, 20% rate of "being totally lost" is quite a lot. Especially at 5 fps.

I'm pointing this out because Olympus is planning to release the 300/4 and
600mm FF equivalent is not exactly a general-purpose lens. With this quality of focusing I don't think it will win over many nature photographers...

@SmilerGrogan, 'As far as testing lenses like the upcoming 300mm, I think it would have higher rate of keepers because a lens like that has to be shot off of a high-level tripod with a Wimberly gimbal mount, or at the very least a hell of a monopod.'

But but but... Olympus Head Honcho said that lens is for handholding unlike other equivalent FF lenses. So you must be wrong... :p

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2015 at 03:01 UTC
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pkosewski: Ah... the "eyes are sharp" thing.
I looked at some shots in the gallery. We are talking about DoF of 2-3 meters. It's not really about nailing focus as getting something in focus or being totally lost. Players are isolated very well...
As such, 20% rate of "being totally lost" is quite a lot. Especially at 5 fps.

I'm pointing this out because Olympus is planning to release the 300/4 and
600mm FF equivalent is not exactly a general-purpose lens. With this quality of focusing I don't think it will win over many nature photographers...

I thought I read that a 20-25% AF failure rate was normal for pro cameras/lenses. Either from a lens rentals article or wikipedia.
At the very least wiki says 'Autofocus accuracy within 1/3 of the depth of field (DOF) at the widest aperture of the lens is not uncommon in professional AF SLR cameras'
So modern AF is not 100% spot on 100% of the time.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2015 at 22:24 UTC
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Ayoh: Its a shame the interviewer didn't call him out on the nonsense about the 300mm lens being the same as a 600mm lens on full frame. The "effective focal length" is obviously just a function of pixel density and not sensor size. A full frame sensor with the same pixel density as the four thirds camera has the same resolution.

I was thinking more about how he totally disregards the existence of mirror reflex lenses which in 500-800mm range for full frame are very much hand holdable.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2015 at 05:31 UTC
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J A C S: The "Editor's Note" leaves a bad taste in the mouth. If you had something more to say, you should have said it during the interview.

This remark is not restricted to this interview only.

I agree ^^^^
In short, let the reader read between the lines of the interview.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2015 at 05:28 UTC
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