fmian

fmian

Lives in Australia Sydney, Australia
Works as a Photographer/Re-toucher/Consultant
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.

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On article D500 owner formally accuses Nikon of false advertising (473 comments in total)
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Le_Kilt: Canon have finally done a good job on the 80D, whether connection to a PC or to a phone, with warning symbols to save battery in case you've left it on (after some horrendous chunky and very expensive add-ons for some of their DSLRs in the past). I expect all future Canons to have the same implementation.

Nikon, you can do it too... :-)

Install Magic Lantern on Canon and it has an intervalometer...

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2016 at 08:16 UTC
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webber15: Not so "mobile" with all the add'ons...might as well use a real camera...

What is a 'real' camera?

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2016 at 04:45 UTC
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Marksphoto: so if it's equivalent to 24 mm on full frame, what does that make the f-stops equivalent to 3.5?

@kpaddler I'm open to receive some actual insight from you since you're making such a suggestion.

@waitformee Point is your test only works if the scene is evenly illuminated and only then shows that exposure meter does not change. Just wanted to mention that since you didn't.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2016 at 22:59 UTC
On article D500 owner formally accuses Nikon of false advertising (473 comments in total)
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odpisan: Once upon the time I had Nikon & I sold it because I do not like their market strategy.

They are the first pirates on the photomarket & they organize products only to suck so much money as possible from customers ... with using some despicable marketing tricks. 4 ex.: they say that Nikon has the biggest selection of lenses on the world .. BUT when a new customer buys a Nikon-body, he recognize that only few of lenses are compatibile with his new camera. So .. if customer wants a better lens, he is forced to buy a new - more expensive - body.

It is simply not fair.

But Nikonisti do not see something like that - as some religious believers do not recognize the science & they believe that 6000 years old Earth is flat ...
;o))))

OK .. I told it .. now I am waiting to be embarrassed of Nikonisti.

@Eric, do a search for Nikon Lens Compatibility Chart.
eg. G or D series autofocus lenses will not autofocus on entry level autofocus bodies. Just because it fits doesn't mean it will work.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2016 at 04:34 UTC
On article D500 owner formally accuses Nikon of false advertising (473 comments in total)
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CIASpook: I agree with the premise but not the lawsuit. What one SHOULD do is either wait (as I am) or if this really does impede on their use of the device, return it and wait until it is resolved or buy something else that meets your needs.

This lawsuit is stupid and thankfully not in an American court as we have enough stupid here.

Perhaps some people value their time more than you do and don't appreciate it being wasted by misleading advertising and incompetent engineers...

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2016 at 04:23 UTC
On article D500 owner formally accuses Nikon of false advertising (473 comments in total)
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Marty4650: My prediction..... Nikon will deny there is any problem. Then, the Chinese government will ban the sale of the D500 in China. Then Nikon will reluctantly admit there is a problem.

Nikon will offer replacement cameras that use standard WIFI, and then clearly mark their old stock as "Bluetooth Only" models. When no one buys them, they will dump them for $999 through a Hong Kong ebay vendor.

Then the incident will be completely forgotten, and the D500 Mk II will get stellar reviews.

You took the words right out of my mouth Marty :)

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2016 at 03:08 UTC
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Marksphoto: so if it's equivalent to 24 mm on full frame, what does that make the f-stops equivalent to 3.5?

You're cutting out a huge amount of real life variables here.
What if the outer parts of the full frame were highlighty areas and the centre of the frame was a shadowed area?
In this situation the FF mode will capture more light than the crop mode, and the recommended exposure reading from the meter would be different (assuming it's not set to spot or partial meter mode)

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2016 at 06:25 UTC
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Photomonkey: A lot of people act like they are being forced to buy this lens.
I think they should be thankful that they can just complain for free.

I for one am happy that users of the m4/3 toy camera system are getting over the top lenses to feed their complexes. Hooray!

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2016 at 03:58 UTC
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Mister Roboto: How are those rising FOV photographs possible? The camera was placed on the construction site and was moving up as the building structure goes up? Some scenes are kinda like CGI to me. ^_^

Elevator?

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2016 at 22:56 UTC
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Thanatham Piriyakarnjanakul: More light loss, bigger, added weight and need to increase ISO or change shutter speed when use teleconverter that very great idea. face palm.

Sounds like someone doesn't know how to control a camera and lens...
If you don't like it buy something else.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2016 at 01:41 UTC

It feels like I just watched one of Roger Cicala's dreams! :o

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2016 at 22:53 UTC as 5th comment

This will go perfect with my Caravaggio series....

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2016 at 23:07 UTC as 14th comment
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Thematic: Well over 50 Full Frame E-mount lenses available now. Impressive in such a short time how much support Sony is getting from various manufacturers as they grow their Alpha brand.

@EthanP99, you're right about the split screen on the DSLR. Won't work on video.
But to reiterate what I wrote above, installing magic lantern on a Canon DSLR gives you focus peaking, without adding to or modifying the body of the system - having said that, most people who would be compelled to buy these lenses will be adding focus gears to their setup, which means they'll be adding rails, and they'll want a bigger view of the screen etc etc etc...
For the most part, a self contained camera for professional video without adding something to it is very uncommon.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2016 at 23:00 UTC
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jim bennett: "Now that the D5 has 20.8 megapixels a shutter speed of at least 1/2000th is needed to freeze most fast moving sport. What many people don’t realise is that the more megapixels you have the faster shutter speeds necessary to freeze the same action. "
This is the first time I have heard this. I have always been under the impression that it was about having a high enough shutter speed in relation to the focal length of the lens, and taking into account any crop factor that changes the equivalent focal length, but needing a faster shutter with more megapixels is news to me.

I'm pretty sure the D800 series manuals suggested a shutter speed faster than the usual 1/focal length for handheld and tripod for anything critical.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2016 at 07:02 UTC
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Thematic: Well over 50 Full Frame E-mount lenses available now. Impressive in such a short time how much support Sony is getting from various manufacturers as they grow their Alpha brand.

@thematic 'Agreed but focus peaking is stunning on Alpha products - Canon doesn't have anything close with MF lenses. I own the MK3.'

Huh? Install Magic Lantern on Canon - gives you focus peaking.
or
Get an external monitor that has focus peaking.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2016 at 05:12 UTC
On article Nikon offers free battery exchange for D500 owners (95 comments in total)
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pkcpga: I think it's very nice that Nikon is exchanging out old batteries that are long out of warranty for new ones, most companies would not extend this exchange on 3-5 year old batteries.

So.. kind of like the crazy compatibility variations with F-mount lenses then?

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2016 at 05:30 UTC
On article Nikon offers free battery exchange for D500 owners (95 comments in total)
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pkcpga: I think it's very nice that Nikon is exchanging out old batteries that are long out of warranty for new ones, most companies would not extend this exchange on 3-5 year old batteries.

So they change the internal specs of a battery without changing the fitting, and then design a camera that doesn't operate to spec with the old battery, but lets you fit it in there anyway.. is that right?

I mean.. wouldn't it be easier just to issue and update to the manual saying that you'll get XXX battery life with a certain battery revision and YYY battery life with another?

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2016 at 04:21 UTC
On article Looking Sharp: A focus stacking tutorial (219 comments in total)
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(unknown member): 1) Olympus OM-D
2) Press shutter
3) Instant automatic focus bracketing from 1-999 frames or with E-M1 a automatic 8-frame focus stacking.

4) Copy pictures to new directory and call ImageMagick to process all automatically to stacked picture.

@Rusk, I said focus stacking, not focus bracketing. Two different things. Seeing as how you love the EM1 so much I'm surprised you got confused.

Ps. My battery has been in the camera for 3 years and hasn't gone flat. I've taken thousands of photos with it. Oh.. and it cost me less than $5

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2016 at 11:10 UTC
On article Looking Sharp: A focus stacking tutorial (219 comments in total)
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(unknown member): 1) Olympus OM-D
2) Press shutter
3) Instant automatic focus bracketing from 1-999 frames or with E-M1 a automatic 8-frame focus stacking.

4) Copy pictures to new directory and call ImageMagick to process all automatically to stacked picture.

Nooo!
Auto focus stacking in camera is a shortcut method which is prone to errors and and gives almost no control to the user. How are you going to properly assess the final result with such a small screen on the back of the camera? If you care about your work at all and want it viewed on anything bigger than an iPhone you'll make sure you do it manually.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2016 at 17:21 UTC
On article Looking Sharp: A focus stacking tutorial (219 comments in total)
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Thermidor: I don't get it. Why would you want to have everything tack sharp and in focus? Nothing stands out in the frame when everything is sharp. There should be something in the frame that naturally draws the eye there.

Selective focus isn't the only way to draw the eye to where you want people to look. In this case the contrast and texture/detail of the cactus in the lower portion of the frame draws the eye first, then the highlight + colours + contrasted mountain lines draw the eye to the top. The centre of the frame is really just negative space, and if one were to use focus/defocus to draw the eye around a shot like this it would only make sense to have the middle frame area out of focus.. which would obviously look silly (but if someone wants to break the rules of perception.. Go for it)

Link | Posted on May 30, 2016 at 15:11 UTC
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