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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veritalens: The wrist strap is SOLD OUT on Amazon...

Eric Kim needs to get another leather-maker in Saigon to make a leather whip, so he can crack it on the first leather maker to speed up processing!!

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2016 at 05:33 UTC
On article Nifty fifty: Hands-on with the Hasselblad H5D-50c Wi-Fi (133 comments in total)
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Lan: I know it's an apples to motorcycles comparison (which is like comparing apples to oranges, but more so); but I would like to see how this performs against a 5DsR and the A7R2. I understand that they're not the same target market, but I'm still curious!

Don't worry about comparing it to the baby size formats. I want to see it compared to a 190 megapixel 4x5 scan back please.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2016 at 02:04 UTC

Would prefer my DIY solution made from silk rope bondage straps.
The years of use on them would tell their own story :p

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2016 at 06:01 UTC as 96th comment | 1 reply

It's good to see them 'serious' about lenses now, as opposed to whatever mindset they had before, but how much warranty will these lenses have and how long will spare parts be available for?

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 21:55 UTC as 101st comment
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taffytubby: I had to get my Manfrotto replaced by the shop three times- it broke as I left the shop the third time as I was checking that the same fault wasn't going to happen again- it did. The shop staff were beginning to think I was deliberately damaging the tripod until I reasoned with them that this would be utterly dumb thing to do. I got a Gitzo- never looked back.

That's true @Matthew. It also doesn't stop the one company from making a crappy range of products alongside a higher quality range.
ie. Manfrottos chinese made cheap (but relatively expensive) plastic tripods vs the heavy duty Italian made stuff.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2016 at 22:19 UTC
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taffytubby: I had to get my Manfrotto replaced by the shop three times- it broke as I left the shop the third time as I was checking that the same fault wasn't going to happen again- it did. The shop staff were beginning to think I was deliberately damaging the tripod until I reasoned with them that this would be utterly dumb thing to do. I got a Gitzo- never looked back.

Gitzo, Manfrotto..
Funny.. they are owned by the same company...

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2016 at 04:29 UTC

Wow.. some desperate times for Nikon. Their main DSLR competitor is getting further and further ahead, while a recent history of quality assurance issues has left many cautious. I hope they can find a comfortable sub category to sit in and flourish.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2016 at 23:49 UTC as 103rd comment
On article 1.4 and More: Canon EF 35mm F1.4L II comparison (242 comments in total)
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Rishi Sanyal: his is really weird - does anyone see what looks like double images in the out of focus areas with the 35L II, [here](http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/image-comparison/fullscreen?attr202_0=canon_ef_35_1p4_usm_ii&attr202_1=canon_35_1p4&attr202_2=canon_ef_35_1p4_usm_ii&attr202_3=sigma_35_1p4&attr203_0=1.4&attr203_1=1.4&attr203_2=1.4&attr203_3=1.4&normalization=full&widget=295&x=0.4338051061297219&y=43.38571449999995)? Not present in the original 35L or the Sigma 35 Art... Is this odd, or unexpected? Does anyone know what might cause this? TIA.

This is why I'd ultimately like to have a controlled scene with a lot of depth and detail at many focal planes to assess focus 'fall-off' and bokeh.

@ilza: saying you don't understand and asking for more information is a much more humble way to go about things than misquoting someone and claiming the person who gave the info was inebriated.

I haven't looked at the links provided by emfor yet, but the tilted optic reason makes sense to me.
If the top of the optic was out by +0.Xmm and the bottom out by -0.Xmm then 'I think' you would see a 'folding out' of the image on one side of the plane of focus and a 'folding in' of the image on the other side. Granted the centre is aligned correctly. Due to the light path meeting behind the sensor on one side, and meeting before the sensor on the other side. Which is kind of what you see in the link Rishi provided. Look at the effect on the middle ring, especially the larger circles on the right. At least that is what I'm seeing from the samples and my non professional understanding of optics. I haven't shown my colleague the sample photos.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2016 at 07:52 UTC
On article 1.4 and More: Canon EF 35mm F1.4L II comparison (242 comments in total)
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Rishi Sanyal: his is really weird - does anyone see what looks like double images in the out of focus areas with the 35L II, [here](http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/image-comparison/fullscreen?attr202_0=canon_ef_35_1p4_usm_ii&attr202_1=canon_35_1p4&attr202_2=canon_ef_35_1p4_usm_ii&attr202_3=sigma_35_1p4&attr203_0=1.4&attr203_1=1.4&attr203_2=1.4&attr203_3=1.4&normalization=full&widget=295&x=0.4338051061297219&y=43.38571449999995)? Not present in the original 35L or the Sigma 35 Art... Is this odd, or unexpected? Does anyone know what might cause this? TIA.

This is why I'd ultimately like to have a controlled scene with a lot of depth and detail at many focal planes to assess focus 'fall-off' and bokeh.

Keep theorizing @ilza, it might earn you a theoretical degree in some form of theoretical intelligence based on whatever theoretical logic you follow.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2016 at 05:50 UTC
On article 1.4 and More: Canon EF 35mm F1.4L II comparison (242 comments in total)
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Rishi Sanyal: his is really weird - does anyone see what looks like double images in the out of focus areas with the 35L II, [here](http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/image-comparison/fullscreen?attr202_0=canon_ef_35_1p4_usm_ii&attr202_1=canon_35_1p4&attr202_2=canon_ef_35_1p4_usm_ii&attr202_3=sigma_35_1p4&attr203_0=1.4&attr203_1=1.4&attr203_2=1.4&attr203_3=1.4&normalization=full&widget=295&x=0.4338051061297219&y=43.38571449999995)? Not present in the original 35L or the Sigma 35 Art... Is this odd, or unexpected? Does anyone know what might cause this? TIA.

This is why I'd ultimately like to have a controlled scene with a lot of depth and detail at many focal planes to assess focus 'fall-off' and bokeh.

@ilza: You completely misquoted me. Read it again and try to understand the words that form my sentences before making claims of who might be under the influence. Clearly you have a comprehension problem.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2016 at 03:59 UTC
On article 1.4 and More: Canon EF 35mm F1.4L II comparison (242 comments in total)
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Rishi Sanyal: his is really weird - does anyone see what looks like double images in the out of focus areas with the 35L II, [here](http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/image-comparison/fullscreen?attr202_0=canon_ef_35_1p4_usm_ii&attr202_1=canon_35_1p4&attr202_2=canon_ef_35_1p4_usm_ii&attr202_3=sigma_35_1p4&attr203_0=1.4&attr203_1=1.4&attr203_2=1.4&attr203_3=1.4&normalization=full&widget=295&x=0.4338051061297219&y=43.38571449999995)? Not present in the original 35L or the Sigma 35 Art... Is this odd, or unexpected? Does anyone know what might cause this? TIA.

This is why I'd ultimately like to have a controlled scene with a lot of depth and detail at many focal planes to assess focus 'fall-off' and bokeh.

I asked our lens technician at work and he said most likely one of the optics inside the lens is tilted slightly giving that secondary image. With most of the light coming through correctly due to the other elements being correctly in place, while a small amount of light is being offset due to the tilt.
'Like chromatic aberrations', I said?
'No. Not like that', he said.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2016 at 02:11 UTC
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Aroart: I find it rather amusing how many photographers think there so artistic and creative when most take snap shots with high end gear and mess around in photo shop a little ... Its funny how they say there telling a story when all there doing is documenting an event.. Von Wong is a true artistic photographer his images are worthy of fantasy art and graphic novel covers..

I find it amusing how so many people try to make a point with words but end up with a whole bunch of grammatical errors.
I'm having a hard time reading what you've typed.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2016 at 05:13 UTC
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fmian: While I appreciate Von Wong's creativity and how he pushes boundaries (usually of safety)... is it just me or do the images, especially the model and the dress look totally manipulated/illustrated. Not photo realistic at all. The look is of the environment being captured with a camera and the model/dress being inserted by hand.
Why go to all the trouble if the end result looks faked?

Yeah, what I'm getting at is that it doesn't sit right visually.
I don't even know if it's edited or not. Maybe they looked like this straight out of camera. Maybe it's just the lighting making it look that way.
Bottom line is it could have been lit/edited/shot/created in a way where the subject and environment were seamless to give realism to the final product.
Not my cup of tea, but it may taste fine for others. That's cool. I still have respect for what Von Wong does.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2016 at 05:11 UTC
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ourmanflint: Manfrotto do not innovate. All they do is copy something made by a Chinese innovator and rebadge it.

Well.. these are actually made by Litepanels, which the article fails to mention at all. Even though the byline on the name is supposed to be - 'powered by Litepanels'.

http://www.litepanels.com/en-US/News-and-Events/catch-a-sneak-peek-of-manfrotto-s-brand-new-range-of-led-lights-powered-by-litepanels1

Edit. Litepanels appears to be owned by Manfrottos parent company Vitec anyway...

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2016 at 00:33 UTC

While I appreciate Von Wong's creativity and how he pushes boundaries (usually of safety)... is it just me or do the images, especially the model and the dress look totally manipulated/illustrated. Not photo realistic at all. The look is of the environment being captured with a camera and the model/dress being inserted by hand.
Why go to all the trouble if the end result looks faked?

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2016 at 00:24 UTC as 29th comment | 14 replies
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Peiasdf: Can someone explain to me what's the difference I will see beside higher resolution between this camera + 80mm f/2.8 and a A7R II + 55mm Otus.

Max print size would be different but what else? Thanks

The difference you will see is that people around you will be going ooo.. ahh.. while stroking your camera/ego.
Alternatively you could get a $200-$500 medium format film camera to get the safe effect, but that wouldn't be helping consumerism...

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2016 at 05:44 UTC
On article The good, the bad and the analog: CES 2016 'Best of' (62 comments in total)
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chrshale: Seems a remarkably poor showing from the camera industry. We may be witnessing its collapse. Sad.

@chrshale - Throw your digital cameras in the bin and delete all the photos you've taken with them. The industry is dying.
There's a reason why analog cameras and darkroom gear are going up in price. Demand for them is increasing while pretty soon expensive digital camera users will be replaced with drones and smartphones users.
The future of photography is going to come from the past.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2016 at 22:49 UTC
On article The good, the bad and the analog: CES 2016 'Best of' (62 comments in total)
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Bernard Carns: I'm personally not interested in anything here but one thing.

Maybe the Nikon, Olympus and other users have things they like.

I'd like to see the Quantum Film idea implemented in an APS-C or FF sensor.

BC

I'd say starting small is the wisest business move.
Small sensors sell more than big ones, are cheaper for them to make and the smartphone area is where dynamic range is lacking the most right now.
I can't wait to use their technology in any capacity :)

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2016 at 22:45 UTC
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The Silver Nemesis: Own experience: if you want to follow HCB path, this is the camera. I am not that skilled at all ("much to learn, I still have")...but...this is it. You don't need more - maybe just the awesomeness of the b/w film grain... Maybe.

Shooting on Black and White film would definitely be more the HCB path.
Not just for the grain, but the tones and depth as well.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2016 at 05:45 UTC
On article Readers' Showcase: Scott Matthews (45 comments in total)

These are pretty good. Great use of colour. The first one in particular brings a lot of things together really well.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2016 at 04:21 UTC as 18th comment
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