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Scottelly

Scottelly

Lives in United States United States
Works as a Photographer, videographer, photo/video editor
Has a website at http://ffphotos.zenfolio.com
Joined on Aug 26, 2011
About me:

Shooting photos for about 30 years (with a little hiatus in my twenties), I am an "aspiring" art photographer with a little experience shooting products, portraits, fashion, weddings, glamor, landscapes and various other stuff.

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On The new Canon 35L II will be a thing of beauty article (216 comments in total)
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slippedcurve623: Now if Canon updated their 24mm 1.4, 50mm 1.2, 85mm 1.2, and 135mm f2 to the same level as this lens (particularly in the wide open sharpness and CA control) i think canon will have an winner here and might even make some nikon owners swap systems :-)

I think that is probably Canon's plan, now that they have the 5 D s and 5 D s r, which really need some spectacular full-frame lenses to perform at their peak.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2015 at 13:44 UTC
On The new Canon 35L II will be a thing of beauty article (216 comments in total)

I'm sure this new Canon lens will out-perform the Art lens, but only by a little bit. This new lens is surely going to have weather seals too, which the Art lenses don't have. Does this all make the high price worthwhile? Think about the cost of a Leica lens. At $5,000 are THEY worthwhile? People pay whatever it costs to get the best lens for their camera, because compared to their $75,000 Tesla or their $130,000 Porsche, or their $350,000 Ferrari, it's chicken feed.

Ferrari sells about 4,000 cars per year, and they have a 3 year waiting list.

That's easy to understand, if you know that in just one city in China (Shanghai) there are 116,000 millionaires. Imagine how many millionaires there are in New York, Tokyo, London, and Moscow combined? I know that not every millionaire is a photographer, but if just 1% of them are . . .

I have no doubt that Canon is going to sell thousands of these lenses over the next few years. They might sell a few thousand in the first year of production.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2015 at 13:31 UTC as 20th comment | 1 reply
On The new Canon 35L II will be a thing of beauty article (216 comments in total)
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straylightrun: I wonder if the newly announced Tamron 35mm f/1.8 and 45mm f/1.8 will steal some of Canon's thunder?

I'm sure it will take sales from both Canon and other competitors, because it will surely be cheaper than the f1.4 lenses, but better than any other lenses in their class. I bet they will be significantly lighter and smaller than the f1.4 lenses too, and for most landscape photographers that is pretty important. I think Sigma should make a series of prime f1.8 Art lenses, which would be about $300 less than their f1.4 lenses, while also being smaller and lighter.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2015 at 13:22 UTC
On _DSC6439 photo in rick decker's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

This is a tiger shark, is it not? You're nuts! ;)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 16, 2015 at 05:06 UTC as 1st comment
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PhotoKhan: Errr...You might have caught a major "misdump" there.

Fire retardants are not supposed to be deployed over residential areas, since the retardant viscosity (...as can be clearly seen in the drops over the lens...) is such that it can preclude ground teams to operate in the area.

It is specially worrisome that an uphill street is displayed in footage.

Ground vehicles would have extreme difficulty in access the area, should they be warranted before pavement decontamination.

How does that prove the pro-filter lobby right? I'd say it would more likely prove the pro-seals lobby right. Unfortunately, even Canon's L series aren't all weather sealed, like I used to think. The fact is that only Pentax seems to be serious about weather seals. Most of Nikon's pro level lenses don't have weather seals. Many of Canon's L series lenses don't have weather seals (such as their 24-70mm f4 L IS, 24mm f1.4 L, 35mm f1.4 L, 100mm f2.8 L macro, 135mm f2 L, 200mm f2.8 L II, 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS, etc. etc.), and almost no Sony or Zeiss lenses have weather seals. http://canon5dtips.com/review/list-of-weather-sealed-lenses

Direct link | Posted on Aug 15, 2015 at 16:12 UTC
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Smeggypants: What moron would expose themselves to that toxic deluge?

What's in that stuff?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 15, 2015 at 15:56 UTC
On Opinion - Erez Marom: Whatever it Doesn't Take article (190 comments in total)
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maxnimo: I pretty much agree with the author, but I'd like to add that in most landscape photos the real artist is Nature, not the photographer.

Totally untrue. I've seen boring photos of mountains, and then I've seen amazing photos of mountains. Some landscape photographers make the landscapes look spectacular, while many make it look blah.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2015 at 05:31 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV First Impressions Review preview (1551 comments in total)
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Scottelly: "Sony defined a category . . ." - really? What was the Canon G series, which existed long before these Sony RX100 cameras then?

I'm not saying the RX100 is not a good step up, but it's not a category-defining camera!

O.K., you all schooled me. Thank you. I was under the impression that Canon was already making the G series with sensors larger than 1/1.7" before the RX100 came out. I guess not. It appears they STILL aren't making a compact zoom camera with a bigger sensor than 1/1.7" huh? Weird.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2015 at 15:42 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV First Impressions Review preview (1551 comments in total)
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acinod: So I've been tossing up between the RX100 IV and LX100 for a while.

I'm planning to take one on my Japan trip where I will be carrying it in my coat pocket (both cameras can fit in fine). I'm also new to photography but I'm willing to learn; I think the manual adjustments in the LX100 will be helpful for learning.

Here in Australia, the LX100 is $800 while the RX100 IV is $1200.

Due to pricing, a large sensor and size not being a concern, the LX100 seems like the superior choice. However, this review has made me start considering the RX100 IV again.

Should I get the LX100 or Rx100 IV?

Why would you pick a 12 MP camera over a 20 MP camera? The Sony gets the win here, for sure. This is not from experience with both, but just the fact that the 12 MP photos probably won't be able to compete with the 20 MP photos in most situations. Yes, sometimes you will shoot at ISO 800 or above, but very rarely, unless you only go out at night or shoot exclusively indoors or something. I'd pick the Sony RX100 IV for sure . . . though the price is a bit high.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2015 at 02:51 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV First Impressions Review preview (1551 comments in total)

"Sony defined a category . . ." - really? What was the Canon G series, which existed long before these Sony RX100 cameras then?

I'm not saying the RX100 is not a good step up, but it's not a category-defining camera!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2015 at 02:44 UTC as 151st comment | 5 replies
On Wasp and Frog photo in Mr Low Notes's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Oh, man! What a shot! Horrible! That wasp looks like it's about to lay its eggs in that frogs head. I wonder. What a scene! Nice shot.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2015 at 07:00 UTC as 1st comment
On RainbowSprings-DSC07201-web800 photo in Scottelly's photo gallery (2 comments in total)
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Mr Low Notes: Very nice Scott!! Where is this?

Rainbow Springs, Florida. It's northeast of Tampa.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2015 at 06:55 UTC

They've had something similar to this for many years. They call the holographic statues, but they are made by lasers in a block of glass or acrylic, and they are not full-color statues, like this.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2015 at 14:36 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
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Francis Carver: Sculptors of the World -- Beware !!!!

Anyhow, one things is obvious here for all: the good people of Japan have too much -- no, make that way too much idle time on their hands.

So would you agree that the good people of the United States have too much idle time on our hands too, because we built the Space Shuttle?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2015 at 14:31 UTC
On fromthepeak photo in mike's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Very cool photo.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2015 at 00:16 UTC as 1st comment

This "post focus" technology seems like a gimmick that won't actually work. I'll be interested to see what it actually does, but for now I'm not buying into it. It doesn't seem like something that will actually be practical.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 23:52 UTC as 9th comment

But where's the Mysterium 617 Monstro?!? THAT thing would be the Mac daddy! (especially if it could do all this stuff)

Too much compression I guess. (Or Peter Lik paid them to stop making that thing, after he bought five or six of them.)

;)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 23:36 UTC as 1st comment
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV First Impressions Review preview (1551 comments in total)
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Charles Hull: I have a RX100 IV, a very nice camera. But I've measured the rolling shutter level, and it has rolling shutter just like any CMOS video camera. The 4K rolling shutter is very high; the HD rolling shutter is better. I'm confused about the statement 'all with virtually no rolling shutter'. The video quality is very good, but there is no miracle.

Thank you for this. Please post a sample on YouTube for us! For now, here is one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZnD1dWMmJU

Here's another pretty good 4K video from the RX100 IV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SL9vRRKBrvs

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 04:42 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV First Impressions Review preview (1551 comments in total)
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photoshack: Well I bit the bullet and bought this little dude. It is tiny...I am not a big man so tiny to me must be microscopic for the big guys.

The EVF while is perfectly sharp and usable, seems way too small (after the other Sony EVF's and naturally my Canon 5dMKIII).

I was bummed that there is no support in Lightroom yet, but that will come. The Phase One (express) I hadn't used in many years, but it was easy to pick up again.

I look forward to putting it through some tests.

Please do, and a follow-up post here and in the Sony Cyber-shot Talk forum would be great! Thanks in advance!

;)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 04:42 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV First Impressions Review preview (1551 comments in total)
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Timmbits: I am really not saying this to criticise, but I wouldn't mind having something like this at a lower resolution (like 10-12MP) so it has even larger photosites (with all the benefits that accompany that - less noise, better sensitivity... smaller file sizes).

The performance of this isn't _that_ impressive, when you consider that the Nikon1 was offering frame rates like this for years now (probably also using a Sony sensor). I suspect when Sony-semi signed Nikon there were certain performance non-compete clauses in effect for X-years.

Only 70mm lens equivalent (remember, that is like a 45mmAPSC). OK for portrait, but not for wildlife or sports (games, etc) and the other stuff. That is understandable, because if you want more, Sony wants to sell you the RX10, and if this did that, there may be no RX10.

Price will come down over time. Maybe I can afford one in a couple years. ;)

With this new sensor Sony has chosen a balance between high resolution for large prints and low light performance. They could have gone much higher, but that would have increased file sizes and hurt low-light performance. Most people don't seem to care for more than 20 MP today. I think that's why they chose that number. 24 MP still seems like a lot for most people. They figure 20 MP is close enough (probably). Could they have made it 12 MP? Sure, but I don't think so many people would buy it. Think about how often the camera will be used above ISO 200 . . . pretty rarely. I checked ISO 800, and it's not bad, even when compared to Canon's flagship APS-C camera, the 7 D Mk II. That's quite acceptable. Compared to the Nikon 1 V3 it's just plain superior. Remember that Sony has been making 20 MP sensors for point-and-shoot cameras for a while now. This new sensor is a nice step up and a really good performer. I think it's good enough for most high-ISO work for such a compact camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 04:39 UTC
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