Dan Tong

Dan Tong

Lives in United States Chicago, United States
Works as a Computer Consultant, Photographer
Joined on Jan 3, 2003
About me:

Olympus 2100UZ
Minolta Dimage 7i
Canon S400
Canon EOS 300D

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BlackMagic is certainly innovative. They're potentially doing what RED has done.

A modular camera which allows replacing/upgrading the sensor, and the lens mount. This is really good and only RED has done it before at prices lower than the then available competition.

Of course, this BlackMagic video camera is far cheaper than any of RED's offerings.

Having a 10" display is Wonderful. Now you can really see what you're looking at. Totally different than a 3" or 3.5" monitor.

BlackMagic is paying attention to independent filmmakers working on a small budget, so pricing below $6k is very impressive, yet this is a tool for serious video production. I expect this camera to be very, very popular.

Congratulations Black Magic !

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2014 at 22:59 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
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brycesteiner: I don't get this:
"Introducing the world’s first digital film camera ..."

What does "digital film" mean? Oh sure, it's for the cinema, but there is no film anymore in the theatres. Right?

It would be cool to have a camera that could record to digital and film at same time!!!

Do you have any idea how much film stock costs?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2014 at 22:47 UTC

HDR is an attempt to properly expose various parts of a photographic shot. Of course our eyes do this without our awareness because sensitivity is controlled locally in the retina as well as the fact that the eye scans a scene and does not necessary stay locked in position, so that the eye can adjust to local variation in brightness.

We also need to keep in mind, that the eye's highest acuity region (the fovea) is always brought to bear on areas of interest in the visual field.

Surprisingly, the eye has a built-in constant, micro-tremor,, which when eliminated (stabilized images in laboratory experiments done with people) leads to the disappearance of the image altogether.

Hence Olympus's idea once again gets us a bit closer to the "perfection" of biological visual performance -extremely fast, focusing, rapid auto exposure.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 15, 2014 at 18:06 UTC as 25th comment | 5 replies
On Engineering a Difference: Ben Von Wong Part 2 article (38 comments in total)
In reply to:

Eric Calabros: Looks more CGI Art than Photography

Partly it is because you can see major Photoshop touch ups with increased local contrast stuff.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 15, 2014 at 17:49 UTC
On Engineering a Difference: Ben Von Wong Part 2 article (38 comments in total)
In reply to:

Lee Jay: To me, a carefully preplanned setup shot is just as bad as CGI. Neither one is real or spontaneous and they look equally fake.

Lee Jay,

"Just as bad as CGI" Why is CGI bad?
Nothing wrong with CGI, perhaps you have never done any CGI. It takes a lot more work and talent than a lot of "photographic art".

Also, your assumption that real or spontaneous is what makes great Art is also questionable. Many paintings are not "real" and most painting are not spontaneous".
Much art is preplanned. Great films are pre-planned.
I suggest you think a bit before you post such nonsense.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 15, 2014 at 17:47 UTC
On Cinetics Axis360 review article (55 comments in total)

A useful review, however, why the extreme wide angle with all of it's distortions in all of the videos?

I can understand the need in really small spaces but not outdoors etc.

Thanks

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 02:08 UTC as 21st comment | 4 replies
On Russian Mother captures atmospheric photos of sons on farm news story (592 comments in total)

These are some of the best photos on Dpreview in my opinion. Everything about them is gorgeous -Technically as well as Artistically and therefore Emotionally. You can't ask for more.

Absolutely Beautiful. Elena Shumilova is a photographer's photographer.

Congratulations !

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2014 at 22:00 UTC as 70th comment

It's good to hear that at least one company is not content to sit back and only work with currently accepted sensor design. Constant re-thinking is the crucial factor behind all of the innovation that improves technology. Of course, some lead to dead ends, or are superior, but market forces sometimes, though not often, cause inferior technology to win out.

Keep in mind that the primate visual system uses receptor arrays, and that the receptive fields of ganglion cells (which constitute the output of the optic nerve) vary a lot in size, sensitivity, and distribution. The optic nerve provides the input for additional processing, to the rest of the "brain".

The visual system works a lot better than any current digital imaging system (signal to noise, rapid accurate focusing etc.), so obviously we have far to go, to even catch up.

Most of the negative comments about many innovations, generally appear to come from people who don't really understand much of what is being discussed.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2014 at 23:28 UTC as 20th comment | 8 replies
On Backdraft at 1,000 FPS in full 4K resolution news story (91 comments in total)

Thanks for posting this. Amazing.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2013 at 22:08 UTC as 22nd comment

This reflects very poorly on an otherwise great, innovative company like Nikon.
I hope they rapidly correct this very stupid move.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2013 at 18:56 UTC as 19th comment
On Adobe hack affects 38 million users, not 2.9 million news story (158 comments in total)
In reply to:

Marla: I just purchased (local store) a copy of PSElements. Am I correct in assuming uploading and using this on my pc will not be a problem if I do not register it. Correct?

Maria

You're right.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2013 at 21:48 UTC
On Adobe hack affects 38 million users, not 2.9 million news story (158 comments in total)
In reply to:

drdancm: I'm currently still on hold with Experian who is the provider for the complementary 1 yr credit monitoring. This is the fourth time I am on the phone with them and they are still unable to get me to login under my newly created account, at protectmyid.com.

I have wasted at least 4 hrs on the computer and on the phone. It has been 3 days that I have been unable to get the account working. I spoke with 3 different very nice reps who have done all they know to fix the problem but I still get the same message that my login is unsuccessful and I need to either e-mail support or call them at the provided phone number.

Day 5 and Experian tech support left a message telling me to call them at a different phone number. I did, and it got me to the same non-tech support people who once again sent me a new temp password which failed the exact same way.
I heard on the news that Experian was screwing up with authenticating the Affordable Care web site stuff -as if that effort wasn't having enough competency problems.
However, Experian supervisor told me that my account is monitored, even though I cannot login, and that if any suspicious activity is detected they will send an e-mail. I asked her to look and she said there wasn't anything suspicious at this point.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2013 at 21:46 UTC

Impressive. The Canon people are doing some serious innovation.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2013 at 05:22 UTC as 39th comment

I need a clear answer to the question:

Can the BMagic Pocket Cinema Camera EF autofocus with Canon lenses that autofocus with Canon 60D, 5DMkII, MkIII etc. ?

The blurbs make it sound like they will, but it is not 100% clear. Please don't speculate but speak from hands on experience.

Thanks

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2013 at 18:33 UTC as 9th comment

This sounds much, much better than the previous deals, but I still prefer to buy an upgrade for <$ 185 which I can use for 3-4 years or more.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 5, 2013 at 21:34 UTC as 103rd comment
On Preview:canon-eos-70d (1333 comments in total)

It's too bad the video samples really are not appropriate for showing how well the autofocus with the subjects moving closer and farther away from the camera within 10-30 ft range, but instead are moving parallel and at a great distance.

Posted on Aug 15, 2013 at 21:32 UTC as 258th comment | 1 reply
On KaleidoCamera teaches your DSLR new light field tricks news story (46 comments in total)

Very interesting.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2013 at 08:45 UTC as 18th comment

Extremely smart idea, and it works, too!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2013 at 04:59 UTC as 10th comment
On Preview:canon-eos-70d (1333 comments in total)

For some reason DPREVIEW fails to give the complete specs, esp annoying with respect to video resolution/frame rate specs.

Go here to see it all:

http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/professional/products/professional_cameras/digital_slr_cameras/eos_70d#Specifications

Posted on Jul 4, 2013 at 20:21 UTC as 377th comment
On The GigaPan EPIC Pro article (39 comments in total)

Carsten,

This is a superb review. Not only do you go over all of the important details of the product, but supply excellent illustrations of the resulting images. Furthermore you appear to have a really good objective approach giving both the pros and the cons of the device as well as the bundled software and the forum features.

Great Job.

My question is it not possible to configure the controlling process to increase the "settle down" time between each shot? This would allow any vibrations to settle down after moving from one position to the next, assuming that the vibrations are cause by the position stepping, and thus eliminate the motion blurring.

Thanks very much,

Dan Tong

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2013 at 00:50 UTC as 11th comment | 3 replies
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