MikeFairbanks

MikeFairbanks

Joined on Oct 1, 2012

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This is slightly off topic (in terms of Samsung and their products), but is more of a statement about mirrorless cameras.

1. My prediction is that eventually cameras will have no viewfinder or lcd screen on the back. You will see the image using your glasses (similar to Google Glass, but without the huge clunky processor attached to the frames). You will see what the sensor sees.

Yes, there are glasses out that can take pics or video, but we're still talking about sensor size here. It matters. So a camera that is full frame could take up a lot less space (in its chassis) if there was no lcd panel or viewfinder.

When you get home to your computer you could see the higher-quality image/results), or pull out a tablet when you have a chance to sit down (or whatever).

This technology is already available, obviously, as people fly drones FPV, but imagine the weight and size saved without an lcd screen.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2015 at 15:53 UTC as 2nd comment

Make the cameras at home, Canon.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 18, 2015 at 15:08 UTC as 5th comment

Wow, that is a man who can answer questions.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2015 at 17:45 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply
On Canon to move camera production back to Japan article (107 comments in total)

I support this move due to the fact that China still hangs its hat on the communist rack.

Yeah, yeah, I know. They are about as communist as Pee Wee Herman is a prize fighter. Nevertheless, I'd rather (if given the choice), purchase products from a democracy.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 12, 2015 at 23:37 UTC as 16th comment | 6 replies
On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1292 comments in total)
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D1N0: FF was just not very affordable up until about 2 years ago. It's also not an upgrade but a reclaiming of lost ground from the film era. I don't see manufacturers forcing me into an upgrade path either. That just forum talk. People who need this opinion to make up their mind should stick with their gear until they know it's limitations an possibilities. Then they will be able to make an educated choice. There isn't any myth but in the mind of some people.

Exactly. Full frame isn't an upgrade. APS (advanced Photo System) was a downgrade. It was a smaller film that was easier to load and unload into a camera. The "advanced" part of it was how easily you could swap out rolls of film without worrying about accidentally exposing a roll.

But that was the only advanced part of it. The image quality was a regression.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2015 at 23:26 UTC
On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1292 comments in total)
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marc petzold: If the rumors are true, then Sony would someday (perhaps in 2015) release a NEX-5 Style Fullframe DSLM, maybe named A5...with a cheap Kitlens together for as low as 799 EUR...i'd think that would go away like hotcakes.

Sony made this patent for a FF sensor inside a NEX-5 body sort-of back in 2013, as sonyalpharumors wrote back then in time already.

http://www.sonyalpharumors.com/sr2-first-rumor-about-a-super-cheap-ff-e-mount-camera-costs-799-euro-with-lens/

I think many ppl could live without an EVF, and a FF DSLM for that price including a decent Kitlens could be really bring the masses to Fullframe cameras, at least from Sony...if it would really being released for around 800 EUR only...nobody would buy a Alpha 5x00/6000 series APS-C DSLM then anymore, mostly.

But like i said into a previous post, each sensor size does have it's right to be on the market, different sensors for diff. needs & different cameras, it's alright.

If a Sony mirrorless can be small AND shoot as quicly (and focus as quickly) as a Canikon SLR then it will indeed do well.

But nothing is worse than a blurry photograph. A blurry photograph gets deleted.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2015 at 23:24 UTC
On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1292 comments in total)

I switched to full frame for the low light benefits. I frequently am able to get very good images with little to no noise in low light conditions at 6400 ISO.

I also love my iPhone (5S) and am looking forward to upgrading to a 6 or 6+ soon because they take great photos.

And they can connect (the 6D and the iPhone).

But I'm not really interested in anything in between.

I use the phone for snapshots and the 6D for portraits. I rarely need any kind of reach

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2015 at 23:22 UTC as 237th comment | 1 reply

Craigiri is right. After he wrote his comment I researched for verification. Indeed, Home Depot is selling it as well under a different name and color.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 17:50 UTC as 3rd comment
On Behind the Shot: Dali's Dream article (101 comments in total)

That was awesome. Thank you for showing the photo all the way through each stage.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2014 at 13:40 UTC as 26th comment

I drive a Honda Civic. Maybe as a social experiment I'll put BMW badges on the front and back of my car and see what happens when I drive slowly by people.

I bet I'd get compliments. It would be an easy mark to measure, because NOBODY compliments you when you drive by in a Honda Civic.

NOTE to DP Review: Just because it's news doesn't mean you really have to print it. I'm sure there are a lot of issues and announcements in the industry that you choose not to cover. Things like this should be included in the pieces you choose to disregard.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2014 at 23:38 UTC as 116th comment | 3 replies

Honda makes outstanding automobiles. People buy them and trust them.

Years ago when SUVs were becoming extremely popular in America (very late 90s and gas was under a dollar per gallon), Honda wanted to get in the SUV market, but they weren't ready.

They wanted in so badly and so quickly that they hired Isuzu to build them an SUV. It was the Isuzu Rodeo, and Honda slapped their own stickers on it.

It was junk and Honda looked foolish.

Now, Sony isn't junk, but Hassy should know better than to hire out what they should be doing themselves.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2014 at 23:35 UTC as 117th comment | 1 reply
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (876 comments in total)
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Tom Goodman: You give this camera a higher rating than the Sony RCX100 III yet in virtually every respect the Sony has equal or better performance specs. 85% vs 82%, the percentages are, as usual, misleading and completely arbitrary.

P.S. I don't own the Sony so all of you poised to accuse me of being a fan-boy are going to have to do better than that!!!!!!!

Wait, so you're saying that the Sony (which is truly pocketable) is scoring better in image quality than a camera that has a sensor 1.5 times the size?

That sounds like an argument in favor of the Sony.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 20:42 UTC
On DJI launches Inspire 1 drone with 4K video recording article (97 comments in total)
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MikeFairbanks: These are great, but there are cheaper and safer alternatives (but with less mobility). You can purchase a helium balloon with a four or five-foot diameter for a couple hundred dollars (totally reusable) that will fit in the back of a mini-van. It will only lose a bit of helium and then will retain most of it (once the pressure is gone). The thicker materials of these balloons (you see them occasionally at car dealerships with a trail of those colorful triangular flags) keeps most of the helium from escaping.

They can generally pick up a couple kilograms. It's easy to make an attachable platform for a dslr, and with a little work you can put rotating gimbals on it for panning, etc. Being tethered to the ground makes it much safer. But like with anything, the weather and wind can send you home early.

These drones will get cheaper and safer as time goes on, and they are something we just have to get used to seeing. They're here to stay.

All good points. I suppose it depends on your application, how often you need it, etc.

I used to do kite aerial photography quite a bit, but found it frustrating. Flying the kite was easy enough, but Murphy (he wrote at least one law) had amazing timing. Once the kite was up a couple hundred feet and I was getting the rig and camera attached, that's when Murphy's law would kick in and strange meteorological events would occur.

Helium balloons can actually be an inexpensive alternative to drones if you know how to source the equipment, make the equipment, etc. I could do an entire setup (without camera) for under 500. But it's very dependent on still conditions and more.

These little drones are great. The more the technology improves to prevent crashes the better. It's getting close to foolproof, but not quite yet.

And yes, helium is going to run out. We can't make it (unless we blow up a city. Then there's a lot made). ;)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 14, 2014 at 14:05 UTC
On DJI launches Inspire 1 drone with 4K video recording article (97 comments in total)

These are great, but there are cheaper and safer alternatives (but with less mobility). You can purchase a helium balloon with a four or five-foot diameter for a couple hundred dollars (totally reusable) that will fit in the back of a mini-van. It will only lose a bit of helium and then will retain most of it (once the pressure is gone). The thicker materials of these balloons (you see them occasionally at car dealerships with a trail of those colorful triangular flags) keeps most of the helium from escaping.

They can generally pick up a couple kilograms. It's easy to make an attachable platform for a dslr, and with a little work you can put rotating gimbals on it for panning, etc. Being tethered to the ground makes it much safer. But like with anything, the weather and wind can send you home early.

These drones will get cheaper and safer as time goes on, and they are something we just have to get used to seeing. They're here to stay.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 14, 2014 at 04:00 UTC as 16th comment | 4 replies

What's the deal with "backs" anyway? can't someone just make a medium format digital camera without having the back latch on or off? Or am I getting it wrong?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 00:18 UTC as 52nd comment | 4 replies

Sounds really good, and the price isn't as high as I thought it would be. Two grand for this lens (if it has better image quality than the older model) is a really great deal for such a wide range.

I doubt I'll afford it anytime soon, but it sure seems like a winner on the surface.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2014 at 15:14 UTC as 34th comment

but is a Lexus not a Toyota, an Infinity a Nissan, and an Acura a Honda!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 8, 2014 at 00:16 UTC as 188th comment | 9 replies

once upon a time, Jaguar released a car that was a Mazda 929 with the labels removed and Jaguar labels added. Wasn't a great idea.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 8, 2014 at 00:12 UTC as 192nd comment | 4 replies
On Price released for Brikk's 24k gold Nikon Df article (389 comments in total)
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DuxX: Someone dies of hunger, and someone buys gold plated camera. This world definitely needs a new ice age. Global reset and fresh start from scratch because mankind is definitely made some errors in the meantime. 8/

I'm not talking about opinion on pollution or global warming, etc. I'm just talking science for fun.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2014 at 18:32 UTC
On Price released for Brikk's 24k gold Nikon Df article (389 comments in total)
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Picturenaut: ROFL! This is made for rich Russian dons, fits perfectly to their golden Rolexes, guns, and teeth.

Don't forget the Addidas track suits. Gotta wear those as well.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2014 at 18:46 UTC
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