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

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On Readers' showcase: Dan Hogman article (36 comments in total)

Number 1 is awe inspiring, and 3 is quite striking as well. The others fall a bit short of this standard. Would like to see a more consistent set of images chosen. But the design based eye in the photographer is apparent and I'm sure he'll take more excellent images. Thanks for sharing.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 12, 2015 at 23:32 UTC as 19th comment

Reminds me of the nuclear blast playground scene from T2.
Great shot. A little wobbly but it still works.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 12, 2015 at 23:27 UTC as 34th comment
On Nikon D750 service advisory warns of shutter issue article (336 comments in total)
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fmian: I guess it could be worse... I mean what if their serial numbers were rubbing off too?

Mitch: Hypothetically, if the D750 serial numbers were also rubbing off then users wouldn't be able to pinpoint what batch these errors are occurring in, and therefore (potentially) every D750 would need to be taken in for service. That's why I said 'It could be worse..'

Direct link | Posted on Jul 12, 2015 at 23:21 UTC
On Nikon D750 service advisory warns of shutter issue article (336 comments in total)
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JBKLUX: Two observations:
1. This is the result of the very short time to market due to the fast pace of technonlogy and thereby the relatively short life of each generation of any new electronic product.

2. Completely different attitude in comments compared to any Canon thread where it takes 4ms before the first comment (off topic) about either or both: Canon sucks because of n steps of dynamic range or they are just a greedy company. This statement below says it all: "...What is the problem, lift the shadows. This is not a Canon after all."

Final word: If you own a D750 and there is no problems, enjoy shooting with - according to reviews - an excellent image device. If you have the problem, it will be fixed without a cost for you except the inconvenience, and you can continue shooting with an excellent image device.

HowAboutRaw: You are also conveniently forgetting the flare issues earlier this year with the D750. A problem that other cameras exhibit as well but to a much greater degree with the D750. Nikon appear to be pushing the boundaries of what is considered acceptable quality control over and over again. It's not acceptable that other high end cameras also have issues, but they don't seem to have repeated issues and it looks like most other companies learn from their mistakes.
So this is exactly the second time in <1 year this camera has had a service advisory which requires it to be taken in for repair.
'So by that logic Nikon has had exactly one problem with a very limited subset of D750s.'
Perhaps Nikon have also forgotten what has occurred in the last several months? Not very logical or conducive to building trust at all.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 12, 2015 at 23:19 UTC
On Nikon D750 service advisory warns of shutter issue article (336 comments in total)
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ryan2007: How do Nikon users stay faithful and how does Nikon not have a command over what they have been doing for 50 plus years.

So if it's the computer that's causing an issue with the D750 they can just issue a firmware update for it right?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2015 at 01:45 UTC
On Nikon D750 service advisory warns of shutter issue article (336 comments in total)
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JBKLUX: Two observations:
1. This is the result of the very short time to market due to the fast pace of technonlogy and thereby the relatively short life of each generation of any new electronic product.

2. Completely different attitude in comments compared to any Canon thread where it takes 4ms before the first comment (off topic) about either or both: Canon sucks because of n steps of dynamic range or they are just a greedy company. This statement below says it all: "...What is the problem, lift the shadows. This is not a Canon after all."

Final word: If you own a D750 and there is no problems, enjoy shooting with - according to reviews - an excellent image device. If you have the problem, it will be fixed without a cost for you except the inconvenience, and you can continue shooting with an excellent image device.

1. Technology and the market can't be blamed when other brands are not pushing out high end iterations this quickly and see to take their time.
2. What do you expect? Lol.
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What if someone has an affected unit and it's grey import? What if you have to hire another camera to do a shoot? What about the time wasted in putting it through insurance if possible?
There are flow on issues to this one little mistake, which is now become a series of mistakes. Will Nikon compensate their end users for these things? Saying sorry doesn't always make things okay especially when people are out of pocket as a result.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 23:57 UTC
On Nikon D750 service advisory warns of shutter issue article (336 comments in total)
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Pandimonium: That would be a problem with the stepper motor. (controlling the shutter speed).

Strange that they say they are replacing the shutter and not he stepper motor. Is it all one part?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 23:48 UTC
On Nikon D750 service advisory warns of shutter issue article (336 comments in total)
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ryan2007: How do Nikon users stay faithful and how does Nikon not have a command over what they have been doing for 50 plus years.

Dude, the computer is not the shutter. I'm talking about the actual physical shutter which is what Nikon are replacing here. Stay on topic.
Last longer: My 30-40 year old SLR's still work without service.
Faster: Pentax was making SLRS with 1/8000s in 1991.
Quieter: Most noise reduction is from the dampener around the mirrorbox, not the shutter.
More accurate: Proof? If anything id say timing is more accurate without the electric stuff that adds a delay.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 23:44 UTC
On Nikon D750 service advisory warns of shutter issue article (336 comments in total)
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ryan2007: How do Nikon users stay faithful and how does Nikon not have a command over what they have been doing for 50 plus years.

Howaboutraw:
What has become more complex about the shutter and mirrorbox over the last 20-30 years?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 22:35 UTC
On Nikon D750 service advisory warns of shutter issue article (336 comments in total)

I guess it could be worse... I mean what if their serial numbers were rubbing off too?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 22:30 UTC as 63rd comment | 4 replies
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Barry Goyette: I think whats not being answered with all this focus on Dynamic Range and SNR is "does 14 stops of DR produce a photo that LOOKS BETTER than one taken at 12 stops. Sure I get that the Nikon/Sony will let you shoot directly into the sun while you focus on your tulips...but when I look at that shot....I see a very strange looking sky, which is where most of that DR is being utilized. I shot some tests with the 5dsr today in stupidly backlit situations and was able to get very satisfactory results exposing for the highlights and pulling up the shadows. The shadows had a bit of noise in them sure, but at this resolution, who flipping cares...you're never gonna see it won a print shy of 24x36.

But here's the thing, when I maximized these images with their paltry 11.7 stops of DR, frankly...they looked a little fake to me. They looked a little like DPR's tulip photo...(HDR anyone?) My question is this. Would stuffing 2 more stops of DR into that shot make it look any better?

@Rishi, I respect what you are saying and I don't disagree that there is a difference or that it's of benefit in some situations. I just think it's beneficial in VERY limited situations. Like someone else said there are tone mapping processes that benefit but that technique in itself is a finely skilled art if you want to get it right.
I really don't think you can say without a doubt that those photos would look worse on a camera with 2.5EV less range unless you stood there and did some metering or unless you took the same shots with the Canon. Let me know if you did this.
Here is an image from the 5DS in similar low light with light sources in the distance albiet @ISO800 and I really can't see any shadow noise issues here. Or maybe I'm missing something *shrugs*
http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/reviewsamples/photos/3234724/sam_023_iso400?inalbum=canon-eos-5ds-r-real-world-sample-gallery

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 07:07 UTC
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bernardf12: Why do the Nikon/Canon ranges have to look and feel like plastic lunch boxes (compared to Olympus OMD cameras -that lacks picture quality)?

We just can't have it all can we?

Bernard, the pro bodies are made from Magnesium Alloy and feel quite different to the plastic bodies in the lower end models. Maybe it's just the colour that is telling your brain that it's plastic? *shrugs*.
BattleBrat, I understand what you are saying about APS-C. I feel there are WAAAAY too many models on the market and at the very least the bottom barrel models need to be culled. But it's just there in the history of DSLR's as a necessity before the full frame sensors got cheaper, and that history lingers. They sold MASSIVE amounts of them, AND there is still good compromise between sensor size and specs to be had from certain models (D7xxx and 7D) which have been incredibly popular among both enthusiasts and pros. Also... it's good to have a smaller lighter ultrawide APS-C solution alongside a full frame prime solution during events. Plus there is an advantage in having a 100mm lens usable on FF and Crop with totally different angle of views.
I feel you, but there are advantages.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 02:27 UTC
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bernardf12: Why do the Nikon/Canon ranges have to look and feel like plastic lunch boxes (compared to Olympus OMD cameras -that lacks picture quality)?

We just can't have it all can we?

To me, the OMD range feels like junk compared to the 35mm OM range. Plastic components, fiddly buttons, cramped design. Even in my small hands the OMD feels like it will slip out. The pro DSLR bodies feel like workhorses that you can rely on.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 00:37 UTC
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Barry Goyette: I think whats not being answered with all this focus on Dynamic Range and SNR is "does 14 stops of DR produce a photo that LOOKS BETTER than one taken at 12 stops. Sure I get that the Nikon/Sony will let you shoot directly into the sun while you focus on your tulips...but when I look at that shot....I see a very strange looking sky, which is where most of that DR is being utilized. I shot some tests with the 5dsr today in stupidly backlit situations and was able to get very satisfactory results exposing for the highlights and pulling up the shadows. The shadows had a bit of noise in them sure, but at this resolution, who flipping cares...you're never gonna see it won a print shy of 24x36.

But here's the thing, when I maximized these images with their paltry 11.7 stops of DR, frankly...they looked a little fake to me. They looked a little like DPR's tulip photo...(HDR anyone?) My question is this. Would stuffing 2 more stops of DR into that shot make it look any better?

'I think whats not being answered with all this focus on Dynamic Range and SNR is "does 14 stops of DR produce a photo that LOOKS BETTER than one taken at 12 stops.'
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Another interesting point to make is, how many people are going to be meter checking their scene to make sure it's not more than 14 stops range? The Nikon/Sony sensor will only benefit you over a Canon in this small window between 12-14 stop DR range, so if it's over 14 what are you going to do? You'll have to carry fill flash or an ND grad filter anyway, so really all it means is that a Canon user has to set their fill flash 2 stops higher, or get an ND filter that's 2 stops stronger.
Please don't tell me 'but when I push +4 ev in post the Nikon looks better!' cause no self respecting photographer shoots that way intentionally.
The DXO scores between these cameras are essentially no more than numbers on a screen with almost no advantage in real world shooting situations (unless you make a lot of heavy exposure errors).

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 00:30 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS R sample gallery updated article (162 comments in total)
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maxnimo: Taking portraits wide open with a FF camera is just silly. Sharp left eye, blurry right eye; sharp nose, blurry eyebrows; sharp lips, blurry nose ... ridiculous.

^^^ Completely arbitrary and subjective nonsense. Not taking into account angles, context, lighting, tone, expression. You're missing a lot.
You're entitled to your opinion but what you think is 'right' is also just your opinion and not to be confused with some industry standard of correctness.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2015 at 03:41 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS R sample gallery updated article (162 comments in total)
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maxnimo: Taking portraits wide open with a FF camera is just silly. Sharp left eye, blurry right eye; sharp nose, blurry eyebrows; sharp lips, blurry nose ... ridiculous.

I think the terms 'great' and 'always' have to be considered as incredibly subjective now. Cinema film makers should also throw out all their high grade lenses and invest in bokeh software right? Sheesh..

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2015 at 00:38 UTC

Wouldn't have happened if they had a Leica QA inspector at the end of this production line...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2015 at 23:46 UTC as 39th comment
On Instagram stores higher resolution images post (20 comments in total)
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fmian: I kind of prefer the lower res.
Instagram has never been about sharpness and pixel peeping so it forces one to rely on all the other attributes of an image to succeed. Oh well.. things always change..

Ahh.. I see.
I kind of see its limitations as a challenge to take and post images that don't have to be high res to be appreciated. If your images can look good even as thumbnails then that's an accomplishment.
Never had compression issues and I add black borders when I don't want square format.
@f_mian if you're curious.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2015 at 20:38 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS R sample gallery updated article (162 comments in total)
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maxnimo: Taking portraits wide open with a FF camera is just silly. Sharp left eye, blurry right eye; sharp nose, blurry eyebrows; sharp lips, blurry nose ... ridiculous.

'Taking portraits wide open with a FF camera is just silly.'
If you can't take an adequate image this way then you need to work on your technique, but don't bash camera settings and a particular look.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2015 at 04:36 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS R sample gallery updated article (162 comments in total)

Not buying unless I see photos of brick walls and black cats.
I'll buy two if you combine those elements...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2015 at 04:26 UTC as 15th comment
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