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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abortabort: Genuine question, but why are Sony the only brand to offer constant aperture or near constant in these kinds of crop lenses? They have the 16-80mm f3.5-4.5, 16-70mm f4 and 18-105mm f4... yet everyone else seems to be f3.5-5.6 (or not offer one at all)?

Fuji 18-55 F/2.8-4
Canon 17-55 F/2.8
Nikon 17-55 F/2.8
Olympus 12-40 f/2.8
Panasonic 12-35 f/2.8
Leica 14-50 f/2.8-3.5

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2014 at 00:54 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A professional's opinion article (500 comments in total)
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fmian: Good to have such a perspective on the camera, but.

Pro:
Cropped sensor is a pro when you need a little more reach on lenses, like a 70-200 in the end zone

Con:
The cropped sensor is a negative point for me, for the most part

Makes it sound like she doesn't shoot tele sports action much.

I read the article, for the second time. And my initial point still stands. She mentions shootings sports a lot. So much so that the lack of audio tagging (which she says is essential for sports) is a major downside to her. So it's obvious she shoots a lot of sports.
Then she mentions that she prefers the look of full frame.
Her saying that a crop sensor is a pro for sports shooting (which she does a lot of) seems to contradict her con that the crop sensor is a negative for the most part (as if to say that most of the time she doesn't shoot sport)
Sure, I'm picking at symantecs. I'm not having a go at her, I liked reading about her thoughts. I just found it slightly odd seeing those specific pros and cons from the same person.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 13:26 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A professional's opinion article (500 comments in total)
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elanel: Wrong person to write a review - pretty negative. She's into her 5D III and 1DX; how is she really going to do justice to this camera? Next time get someone who's not biased and/or knows what she's talking about.

I thought it was a fairly positive opinion. She liked the camera improvements and saw it as a good option that she would buy herself rather than her work paying for 1DX cameras.
The list of pros is larger than the cons, and to top it off the cons are not that big a deal anyway.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 05:34 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A professional's opinion article (500 comments in total)

In regards to voice notation, could one not take a photo, and then record a video (with lens cap on if you want to minimise file size), using the file timestamp to know which photo it belongs to?
Just a possible workaround...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 05:31 UTC as 96th comment
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A professional's opinion article (500 comments in total)
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fmian: Good to have such a perspective on the camera, but.

Pro:
Cropped sensor is a pro when you need a little more reach on lenses, like a 70-200 in the end zone

Con:
The cropped sensor is a negative point for me, for the most part

Makes it sound like she doesn't shoot tele sports action much.

Please enlighten me Michael_13

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 04:07 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A professional's opinion article (500 comments in total)

Good to have such a perspective on the camera, but.

Pro:
Cropped sensor is a pro when you need a little more reach on lenses, like a 70-200 in the end zone

Con:
The cropped sensor is a negative point for me, for the most part

Makes it sound like she doesn't shoot tele sports action much.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2014 at 22:38 UTC as 122nd comment | 5 replies
On Lomography adds Lomochrome Turquoise film to lineup article (90 comments in total)

Yeah this stuff just gives film a bad name.
For all the years spent on making reliable repeatable consistent emulsions and bases, this stuff just throws it all out the window. And overcharges for it as well..

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2014 at 01:11 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply
On HTC introduces the RE digital camera article (103 comments in total)
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Wes Syposz: "... equivalent to a 6.5mm focal length on a full frame body" - I thought this focal length gives you 180 degrees view on FF...

I was dubious about the calculation as well..
http://petapixel.com/2012/05/08/160000-nikkor-6mm-fisheye-in-action-on-a-nikon-d800/
Says here that the Nikon 6mm Circular Fisheye lens gives 220 degrees FOV (yes it can see behind itself apparently)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2014 at 23:04 UTC
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goloby: All I'm asking is for every hobbyist or professional photographer out there that has never tried film to give it a go. Get an old film camera, they are cheap. Most of your digital lenses will work. Buy a few rolls of Provia slide. Or some negative film, Portra, Ektar, Pro400h. Send them to a proper lab for dev and scan. You might be pleasantly surprised.
Or if you are into instagram and filters get some cheap film, kodacolor, superia200/400, colorplus 200, vista 200. See where all the hype comes from.
Are you a b&w buff? Then you have to try T-Max and Tri-x. There's no substitute.

Bulk Roll black and white film comes in at about $2-3 per roll.
Process at home for next to nothing.
$350 plustek scanner for better than minilab scans.

Film being expensive is a myth.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 06:03 UTC

'Dual lens system for optimised film (6400dpi)'

Highly inaccurate and misleading.
I don't know why companies can't list the true resolution...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 05:57 UTC as 35th comment | 10 replies
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Avobanana: "We use the best sensor"
"Our sensor is the best"
"We have been very serious in mirrorless from the beginning"

Lies and denials. I was holding on switching away from Canon. But maybe I should do it now. It's one thing to lag behind at something and totally another to deny it.

BronxBombers4, How about a forest interior shot straight into the late afternoon sun, with the objects in front of the sun not turning into a silhouette. No adjustments, and seeing more shadow detail than I could see by eye?
Closest shot I've got to what you described.
http://instagram.com/p/mEBJO3PMCT/?modal=true

Actually, I recall a photo like the one you ask for shot by Martin Parr. A whole bunch of people sitting under the trees having picnics. With the broken sunlight and shadows creating a stark contrast and a very busy looking photo, but you could still see people sitting in the shadows, as you could see people sitting in the light. It's an old photo so likely shot on 35mm film, and I don't know what it looked like by eye, or if adjustments were made. Just can't find that photo now..

I've also taken perfectly usable photos on 400 speed 35mm shot inside a darkroom with just a single safelight. Handheld. The image looks brighter than what I could see by eye.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 05:52 UTC
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Avobanana: "We use the best sensor"
"Our sensor is the best"
"We have been very serious in mirrorless from the beginning"

Lies and denials. I was holding on switching away from Canon. But maybe I should do it now. It's one thing to lag behind at something and totally another to deny it.

You're right dude, I'm seeing things from a different angle here.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 04:32 UTC
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Avobanana: "We use the best sensor"
"Our sensor is the best"
"We have been very serious in mirrorless from the beginning"

Lies and denials. I was holding on switching away from Canon. But maybe I should do it now. It's one thing to lag behind at something and totally another to deny it.

Avobanana, I think you will be forever chasing something better if you keep thinking the camera is the main limitation.
Try taking your backlit window portraits with natural light on wet plate collodion which has a sensitivity of ISO 3, and asking your model to stay still for 2 minutes. Then tell me how difficult is it to get a good looking shot with the technology you have now.
It's consumerism and technology that has created an expectation that there will always be something better than what we have. Some would say technology has spoilt us, and we are unable to appreciate what we have and how much easier it makes our lives.
Bronxbombers4, light bulbs have not become dimmer over the years, the sun has not become noticeable darker either. So why is demand for shooting in darker scenarios handheld at high ISO with no noise and super clarity something that everybody desires? Shadows exist in life. No need to push them into midtones. The difficult situations that we create for ourselves.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 03:27 UTC
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Avobanana: "We use the best sensor"
"Our sensor is the best"
"We have been very serious in mirrorless from the beginning"

Lies and denials. I was holding on switching away from Canon. But maybe I should do it now. It's one thing to lag behind at something and totally another to deny it.

Where exactly is a current sensor lacking that it has a negative affect on your photos?
Do you walk around taking photos of things, look at them and then think 'Oh no! I should have bought xx camera with xx sensor!'.
If so you should instead be thinking, 'Oh no! How can I become a better photographer and learn how to use my gear properly?'

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 00:05 UTC
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cgarrard: "We select the best sensor, whoever the manufacturer is. That’s our policy."

I think that is mostly true, Canon have bought sensors from Sony (etal) for a long time (mostly with the powershot division, but early DSLR's from Canon had Sony built sensors, correct?). The only thing new here is that the sensor is larger than usual for Powershot cameras.

C

Yet Canon still sells more cameras to professionals than the others.
Whatever minuscule difference there might be in DR at specific ISO's only matters to those who purchase based on there being a bigger number on the box or on the DXO score.
Everyone else is a good enough photographer that they can compensate for things by actually taking a well composed and compelling photograph, or by changing their method to suit the situation at hand.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 23:59 UTC
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Gesture: D3X, more than 20 buttons, dials whatever on the back alone. The console of the space shuttle was less complicated.

And true Maji, no one wants to have to deal with the Nikon menu systems. It's a catch 22, lots of buttons to avoid menu system, or more clumsy menu to deal with less buttons.
I think cameras should go back to being much more simpler.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 08:36 UTC
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Gesture: D3X, more than 20 buttons, dials whatever on the back alone. The console of the space shuttle was less complicated.

Yeah, I had really hoped that Nikon would find some fresh appeal with the Df. That concept had so much potential.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 05:34 UTC
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Gesture: D3X, more than 20 buttons, dials whatever on the back alone. The console of the space shuttle was less complicated.

Nikon has always been in the habit of covering their cameras with buttons and dials and switches, some of them unlabeled or with doubled up symbols. Highly cryptic layout at the best of times, and some cameras are even difficult to hold without accidentally pressing buttons.
Nikon should concentrate on better ergonomics. Even non traditional camera companies like Samsung best them at that game.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 03:22 UTC
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BCSeah: second pic, the one with the fishing rod, says "24mm FX format".
isn't it 35mm format? or 135?

135 format is 24x36mm, while that sensor is 24x35.9mm so I guess one could use the number 135, or 24mm, or 35mm, or 36mm or 35.9mm... ?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 03:19 UTC

If the zink system is the same as in previous products, then the quality will suck.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 23:10 UTC as 6th comment
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