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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Mach Schnell: Holy cow! Are they serious? $1,700. That is 3 times what I paid for the extremely good Sigma 150mm f/2.8. I can't fathom why it would cost so much more. I don't think they'll get many takers at that price.

Just like todays typical consumer. Wants everything for nothing.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 13, 2012 at 22:13 UTC
On Zebras on the MacBook Pro - how the picture was taken article (69 comments in total)
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Karl Gnter Wnsch: How ironic that the Macbook Pro Retina Display as it is currently used is useless for editing photos as you either can have a sharp picture but impossibly small control elements and unreadable menus or usable control elements but an upscaled picture which isn't rendered sharply...

HCMS:
Asus, Dell and HP also make decent panels under the $1000 mark that display a much wider gamut than any Apple screen.
Sony made a ~16" laptop a few years ago with a semi high pixel density, and it covered 98% of the Adobe RGB space. ie 10-bit.
They make nothing like that now however. I guess when pros are buying into macs on the basis of the 'Guy at the mac store told me it was best for photo editing' then consumer buying patterns dictate what tech we have on the market, and what gets shelved.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2012 at 23:58 UTC
On Zebras on the MacBook Pro - how the picture was taken article (69 comments in total)
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Karl Gnter Wnsch: How ironic that the Macbook Pro Retina Display as it is currently used is useless for editing photos as you either can have a sharp picture but impossibly small control elements and unreadable menus or usable control elements but an upscaled picture which isn't rendered sharply...

cont.
The result? Paid people in the industry who don't know what they are doing, and when things are pointed out to them, respond with 'Oh, it's meant to look like that.' Really? That white plate is meant to look orange? etc.
I've come across plenty of people like this. From pro wedding photographers, to photography teachers.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2012 at 23:53 UTC
On Zebras on the MacBook Pro - how the picture was taken article (69 comments in total)
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Karl Gnter Wnsch: How ironic that the Macbook Pro Retina Display as it is currently used is useless for editing photos as you either can have a sharp picture but impossibly small control elements and unreadable menus or usable control elements but an upscaled picture which isn't rendered sharply...

Dennis Linden: Not sure if you are replying to me or not, but I have a gen 3 ipad that I bought specifically for the high PPI count to use as a digital portfolio. Even though I shoot film.
High pixel density screens are long overdue in the consumer and pro market, and it's true that it brings us closer to print quality viewing. Having said that, colour is also of vital importance to serious photographers, so when a product is touted as being aimed for that market segment, but so conveniently disregards any mention of colour accuracy, then I see that as marketing deception. If a manufacturer truly makes a product that is worthy of pro use, then it is up to their marketing department to educate and inform their customer base on the merits of the product.
When a product does not meet said pro requirements, but they will want to market to that segment, then important info will be left out and consumers will be misled.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2012 at 23:52 UTC
On Zebras on the MacBook Pro - how the picture was taken article (69 comments in total)
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Karl Gnter Wnsch: How ironic that the Macbook Pro Retina Display as it is currently used is useless for editing photos as you either can have a sharp picture but impossibly small control elements and unreadable menus or usable control elements but an upscaled picture which isn't rendered sharply...

Interfaces will have to be changed to accommodate the high res screen, which will happen over time.
What irks me more is the fact that this is being marketed to the photographic professional, yet does not even cover the entire sRGB colour space and has a glossy coat on the screen. More marketing brainwashing. Same with the iMac screens. Just low end 8-bit IPS panels.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2012 at 08:37 UTC
On Zebras on the MacBook Pro - how the picture was taken article (69 comments in total)
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tongki: this is how a professional do the job,
perfect gear, perfect tools (chopter) and perfect moments

EOS 1N is the latest EOS film, right ?
this one with the eye focus system ?

The EOS 5 has eye focusing. Not sure about other models.
The feature pretty much sucks though. I've turned it off on my camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2012 at 08:22 UTC
On Zebras on the MacBook Pro - how the picture was taken article (69 comments in total)
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Rowbear: It sure is a nice shot :)

replied to wrong comment.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2012 at 08:19 UTC
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gl2k: The WiFi adapter alone is a very cool selling argument. AFAIK no other vendor makes it so easy to get the pics where the average consumer wants them. No high class prints, no post processing ... just fun on my Android or iPad device.

Very clever Nikon.

Cameras with built in wifi have been around for several years.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 29, 2012 at 11:04 UTC
On Just Posted: Nikon D3200 preview samples gallery article (497 comments in total)

Check out the centre of the playing card at ISO 100 RAW.
The D3200 completely breaks apart the red, has less contrast, and less sharpness, compared to the D3100.
This is completly unnacceptable from a world reknowned camera/lens maker.
Nikon should be ashamed of themselves for producing a worse product than the previous model.
Suckers are gonna lap up the marketing hype and bigger numbers though. So I can imagine it selling well.

wildbird: When is the last time you had your eyes checked? As good as a 4x5 camera? Wow. Hahaha

Direct link | Posted on Apr 28, 2012 at 05:22 UTC as 57th comment | 1 reply
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gordon lafleur: ewelch
Your Nikon 14-24 compared to the 18mm Zeiss
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/lenses/distagon-18mm.shtml

Autofocus, electronic coupling, equal image quality, and a range of focal lengths that would require 3 Zeiss lenses to match. Only the amateur gear weenies buy ridiculous stuff like these Zeiss lenses, and only because it says Zeiss on it. Same as when there was the Contax/Yashica. I remmember the tests showing that there was nothing special about the Zeiss lenses except the price.

The 14-24 has considerably more distortion than the 15mm and 18mm Zeiss lenses.
I would think that for close to $3000 an architectural photographer would find it more compelling to buy a tilt shift lens.
The 15mm does seem to be a stellar performer.
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=794&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=0&API=0&LensComp=794&CameraComp=453&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=4

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2012 at 01:20 UTC
On Just Posted: Lytro Light Field Camera review and video article (309 comments in total)

I'd really like to see someone attach a few of these to a roomba with motorised height adjustment, add a compositional algorithm, and have them replace your average cookie cutter wedding photographer. Only it would be slightly more useful as it would clean the floors as it went by.
Yeah I know, ouch.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2012 at 00:33 UTC as 76th comment
On NHK working on 8k video sensor capable of 120fps article (101 comments in total)
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Henry M. Hertz: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image_resolution
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spatial_resolution

the resolution is 4x times that of HDTV... who ever made that 16x should get some basic math education or stop lying.

A 1 X 1 square, extended out to 4 X 4 = 16
There are exactly 16 of those 1 X 1 square pieces contained within the 4 X 4 structure. Therefore it's 16 times greater.

You can't just factor in one dimension and call it a day.
Have to take both horizontal and vertical into account.

Simple geometry.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2012 at 11:17 UTC
On NHK working on 8k video sensor capable of 120fps article (101 comments in total)

Interesting that they had to custom build a lens that was sharp enough to get all the 33mp detail.
Now wondering how the D800, and especially D800E will perform with existing lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2012 at 02:10 UTC as 24th comment | 3 replies
On Nikon D4 & D800: What do the Professionals Think? article (391 comments in total)
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aliraqi: hope there prices can be lower, for Full frame camera 5000+ are too much.
and the D700+D800 are way too expensive .
they can compete with canon in the price

Xsimplyjosh: Didn't you hear from that wedding photography article the other month? Photographers don't make much profit at all, and have to scrape to make ends meet.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 23, 2012 at 05:09 UTC

Wow, this camera has been out a while.
It is practically discontinued.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2012 at 05:43 UTC as 33rd comment
On CIPA starts to report growing mirrorless sales article (207 comments in total)
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gbvalli: A lot of us cannot renounce the DSRL's optical viewfinder !!!!!!!!! It's another world !

Optical viewfinder brightness can be increased by using faster glass.
The size of the viewfinder can be increased by purchasing a $30 magnified eye piece.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2012 at 12:47 UTC
On CIPA starts to report growing mirrorless sales article (207 comments in total)

Lets see a chart showing which brand of lenses sell more than the other.
That should give us a clearer indication of what serious camera users are purchasing, as we all know a serious photographer would not limit themselves to the kit lens.
In regards to Japan, I've always seen it as a region that is obsessed with the newest, best looking gadgetry. I would gather that when the X Pro 1 is released, it will sell like gangbusters over there.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2012 at 12:41 UTC as 16th comment | 5 replies
On CIPA starts to report growing mirrorless sales article (207 comments in total)
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photo nuts: I want to see a mirrorless full frame camera. I can't wait to buy one. :)

But please.... give us the lenses too.

I can't help but look at 70's SLR cameras and wonder why they can't make them that small now, while maintaining a 35mm sensor.
Are zoom lenses, autofocus, and in lens IS really a good trade off considering the glass ends up being smaller?
Personally I would love a full frame mirrorless system that embraces fast manual focus glass. Where optical quality and handling are the main priority. Call me old fashioned if you will.
Sure, it's a risky move, but so was the X100 with it's fixed focal length lens in this age of zoom lenses. And I'm sure Fuji do not regret their decision.
And yes, I am talking about affordable cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2012 at 01:33 UTC
On CIPA starts to report growing mirrorless sales article (207 comments in total)

Would be interesting, further down the line, to see how fixed lens non compact sensor cameras will also fit into this chart.
System cameras or not, they will eventually take up a section of the pie as serious camera options.
I'm talking about the X100, G1X, DP1 etc cameras.
Not many on the market right now, but in time.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2012 at 01:20 UTC as 47th comment | 1 reply
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fmian: This camera will sell very well. There are plenty of hungry M43 users out there.
It still does not hold a candle to the ease of use that the Canon 1100d or Fuji X10 offers (just a couple examples of good design)
There is simply no way that Olympus will pounce on Canon or Nikon DSLR sales with this. Some may sway themselves into thinking it's a serious camera, with the way it looks and the options it presents, but it is ultimately still a toy for gadget freaks and M43 loyalists.
Those people already have a hard time understanding what good camera design is, so while the OM-D is good in relation to existing M43 models, it's ultimately not a very satisfying experience compared to an OVF and larger, brighter sensor.
Who cares about the size of the camera, as long as it feels good in the hand and is intuitive to use.
The OM-D accomplishes neither.
It looks nice though.
Maybe that's all it takes for people to spend money though.

Oh, that should have read '2 bigger fingers'. Index finger and forefinger.
Don't know when we will get the camera for retail. Usually it's later in Aus than the rest of the world. But you never know.

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 at 05:32 UTC
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