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 Canon PowerShot G3X real-world samples posted article (158 comments in total)

I don't wish to be snarky but would it kil DPR to finally deep-six Flash? Many of us use mobile devices and Flash doesn't work. Yeah, yeah, it works on Android or at least some of them but Adobe is no longer developing for mobile. It's very laborious to click on pictures one at a time. hTML5, guys.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2015 at 00:15 UTC as 38th comment | 3 replies
On Sony a7R II has 42.4MP on full frame BSI CMOS sensor article (1265 comments in total)
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Steven Blackwood: But that $3200 price tag, That's $900 more than the current model.

Very true but one of the selling points was price, so this upward push on price resembles Canon's strategy on lenses. What will the A7s ii cost?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 20:28 UTC
On Sony a7R II has 42.4MP on full frame BSI CMOS sensor article (1265 comments in total)

But that $3200 price tag, That's $900 more than the current model.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 19:54 UTC as 241st comment | 2 replies
On Readers' Showcase: Nicolas Alexander Otto article (35 comments in total)

all excellent but I was especially struck by #9.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 1, 2015 at 18:11 UTC as 14th comment
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (1444 comments in total)

Was this shot with the updated firmware?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2015 at 20:24 UTC as 83rd comment
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1295 comments in total)
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Steven Blackwood: I can't fault this review too much but, given how poorly WiFi is implemented by Canon, the lack of WiFi is no loss. Agree that a touch screen would have been great. And one area in which Canon's video shines is in the DualPixel AF which, in my opinion is top of the line. It will be interesting to see if the Samsung NX1 does better.

@nandbytes I can't comment on all mirrorless cameras but I recently owned a GH4 and I published a video comparison on Vimeo of the GH4 and 70D autofocus capabilities. Try as I might, the GH$ would NOT focus on a hollyhock flower without pressing the shutter button halfway while the 70d had zero problems.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 00:31 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1295 comments in total)

I can't fault this review too much but, given how poorly WiFi is implemented by Canon, the lack of WiFi is no loss. Agree that a touch screen would have been great. And one area in which Canon's video shines is in the DualPixel AF which, in my opinion is top of the line. It will be interesting to see if the Samsung NX1 does better.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 20:07 UTC as 182nd comment | 4 replies
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A professional's opinion article (502 comments in total)

One observation. She uses a 5d iii but that camera lacks audio annotation as well.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2014 at 21:24 UTC as 128th comment
On Post-Photokina polls - Tell us what you think article (198 comments in total)
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Zdman: Why is nobody else bugged by m43 camera's mostly having a 4:3 ratio as well? The specification is for an image circle so it could also be 3:2 like the others but all current models are 4:3. I would pick m43 if it was 3:2 but as it is I find it hard to compose. In all the comments by lovers and haters I've read (and that must be over a thousand by now) why have I not seen one comment on this?

You can also set your ratio to 3:2.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 12:23 UTC
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 10th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1267 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 (1267 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 139th 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 (592 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 (592 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
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