Steven Blackwood

Steven Blackwood

Lives in United States Milwaukee, AK, United States
Works as a Library
Joined on Sep 19, 2001

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On Sony adds XAVC S support to Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 article (88 comments in total)

A very welcome update. Now, how about movable focus points in video mode?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 31, 2014 at 00:17 UTC as 8th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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Steven Blackwood: This is a real conundrum. While most specs seem to favor the RX10, the absence of OSS seems a real oversight in a camera priced so high.
I have a video at Vimeo that illustrates why this is important, esp. at telephoto.
The camera used is a 70d with the 18-135 IS lens (which is pretty close to the 200 equiv. on the RX10. The video was originally made to illustrate what people with Nystagmus (wobbly eyes). The video is only 38 sec. long. Oh, and the video is handheld; obviously on a tripod the issue would be irrelevant.

https://vimeo.com/98885579

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EDIT: Now I am confused. The specs fir the RX10 does say it has OSS but in the head to head video comparison, it seems to say it does not. Does this mean that OSS does not operate in video mode? If not, ny criticism remains. If it DOES operate, forget I said anything: RX10 wins on points (It does have an ND filter!)

Thanks for the clarification!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 01:26 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)

This is a real conundrum. While most specs seem to favor the RX10, the absence of OSS seems a real oversight in a camera priced so high.
I have a video at Vimeo that illustrates why this is important, esp. at telephoto.
The camera used is a 70d with the 18-135 IS lens (which is pretty close to the 200 equiv. on the RX10. The video was originally made to illustrate what people with Nystagmus (wobbly eyes). The video is only 38 sec. long. Oh, and the video is handheld; obviously on a tripod the issue would be irrelevant.

https://vimeo.com/98885579

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EDIT: Now I am confused. The specs fir the RX10 does say it has OSS but in the head to head video comparison, it seems to say it does not. Does this mean that OSS does not operate in video mode? If not, ny criticism remains. If it DOES operate, forget I said anything: RX10 wins on points (It does have an ND filter!)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 01:14 UTC as 138th comment | 4 replies
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cherrydn: Could you guys please tell me where can I buy this lens for Nikon mount?. I'm looking around but I couldn't see any one in stock.

It will not be available until November.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 15:27 UTC
On Ten one-of-a-kind cameras from the 21st century article (248 comments in total)

The Olympus c210o IS was sort of a unique camera. A Canon made IS system coupled with a 10x zoom. I got a lot of use out of it.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2013 at 01:12 UTC as 43rd comment
On 5 Reasons why I haven't used my DSLR for months article (591 comments in total)

For the price, the Fuji X100s should have had Image Stabilization.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2013 at 23:05 UTC as 179th comment
On 5 Reasons why I haven't used my DSLR for months article (591 comments in total)

Re: #4. The conventional wisdom is that you should use an 85mm equivalent for portraits. although CW is sometimes wrong.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2013 at 23:02 UTC as 180th comment | 1 reply
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justmeMN: "a non-camera consumer product." I know, Nikon brand guns and ammunition. (grin)

Advertisement: "Whatever you shoot, make it a Nikon."

The NSA is keeping a REAL close Eye on U. :)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2013 at 21:11 UTC

Interesting product in that it uses Bluetooth and doesn't require line of sight. It is small and compact enough to fit in a pocket. Too bad it can't be used to control Lv and video functions. If it could do that, it would be a Camranger killer (which costs $300).

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2013 at 00:30 UTC as 14th comment

Why don't they just fire the reporters and give the photographers "lessons" on reporting?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 2, 2013 at 15:59 UTC as 36th comment | 4 replies
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Gary Goodenough: While not a firmware issue, my greatest disappointment is not having a complete printed manual.

BUTm if they do not have a printed manual, they should have a better pdf, one that has hot links. Canon did this with some of their manuals.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2013 at 14:22 UTC
On Cine System Tripod Dolly and Mount Review article (70 comments in total)
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prohidium: I have not gone to the website to look, but if you already have a gorilla pod, can you just buy the rest of it separately? Such as the suction cup set or the wheel set?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007F0IMK8/ref=s9_simh_gw_p421_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-3&pf_rd_r=1J1FP99MGYF0470J3TRF&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938811&pf_rd_i=507846

Direct link | Posted on Mar 10, 2013 at 03:19 UTC
On CamRanger offers DSLR control from iPad post (22 comments in total)

Should note that the Cameramator does not actually use the hot shoe.It simply has a hot shoe connector. Also, the Camranger has the added benefit of controlling video, making the ipad virtually a camera monitor. Thus, same money, better features. Both devices are overpriced IMHO but I do own a Camranger. They should also support non-Canon/Nikon DSMRs.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2013 at 00:42 UTC as 10th comment | 2 replies
On Best Camera of 2012: And the Winner is... article (1412 comments in total)
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webrunner5: Oh my God! I was in a good mood before I read this result.

LMAO!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 1, 2013 at 20:10 UTC
On Best Camera of 2012: And the Winner is... article (1412 comments in total)
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Steven Blackwood: I was one of those that voted for the Olympus and I don't own one. It was the one camera this year that actually looked like a new product (even with its retro styling). It just looked innovative with its fast touch focus. The "contest" between the OM d Em5 and the Canon M was quite revealing.
Yes, the Canon and Nikon entries are more powerful cameras in every way. OTOH, the Nikon was actually the less practical camera because very few of their lenses can actually resolve the pixels of the 36mp sensor.
I owned the 5d Mark iii for awhile and its a lovely machine but I finally got fed up with the inferior flash system that Canon utilizes.
Anyway, Kudos to Olympus!

The latter. The lack of on-board flash is not in itself a problem, except it requires finding an alternative way to trigger external flashes.
My main gripe is taht it just doesn't meter as well. IMO.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 1, 2013 at 20:08 UTC
On Best Camera of 2012: And the Winner is... article (1412 comments in total)

I was one of those that voted for the Olympus and I don't own one. It was the one camera this year that actually looked like a new product (even with its retro styling). It just looked innovative with its fast touch focus. The "contest" between the OM d Em5 and the Canon M was quite revealing.
Yes, the Canon and Nikon entries are more powerful cameras in every way. OTOH, the Nikon was actually the less practical camera because very few of their lenses can actually resolve the pixels of the 36mp sensor.
I owned the 5d Mark iii for awhile and its a lovely machine but I finally got fed up with the inferior flash system that Canon utilizes.
Anyway, Kudos to Olympus!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 1, 2013 at 03:33 UTC as 449th comment | 3 replies
On Photo contest: Enter for a chance to win $5,000 article (130 comments in total)
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Mapel: It have to be in a square format? (It says minumun 600x600 max 2048x2048)

They mean 2048 on the longest side.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2012 at 16:08 UTC
On Photo contest: Enter for a chance to win $5,000 article (130 comments in total)

This contest is not going to get many entries because of the onerous rules regarding getting permission from identifiable persons in the photo.
"May I 'connect' with you? Yes? Well, first sign this release. It's for a contest. The prize? The grand prize is $5000. What? You want a cut if I win? Well, I guess I needn't 'connect' with you. Next?"
Yeah, this contest wil get lots of entries.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2012 at 22:57 UTC as 50th comment | 3 replies
On Manhatten moment in the Movie scene re-creation (B&W only.) challenge (1 comment in total)

Excellent choice for this scene.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 13, 2012 at 03:26 UTC as 1st comment
On Psycho in the Movie scene re-creation (B&W only.) challenge (3 comments in total)

This is really clever!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 11, 2012 at 20:54 UTC as 2nd comment
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