MikeFairbanks

MikeFairbanks

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On Sony: An eye on focus article (663 comments in total)

Is that the dude from House of Cards?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2015 at 02:07 UTC as 60th comment
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MikeFairbanks: Years ago I saw a nice Jaguar (sports car), and admired it (even though I knew I couldn't afford it, and wasn't a big fan of luxury symbols).

Then a guy told me, "It's the exact same car as the Mazda 929."

For that particular year (I don't remember exactly) they really were the same car, with some superficial differences (decor).

Hasselblad did the same thing.

Honda did it once, too. They hired Izusu to make a car for them, and it did not run or maintain as reliably as Hondas.

Lessons learned the hard way.

Don't do stuff like that. It's disingenuous.

Thanks.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2015 at 22:15 UTC
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MikeFairbanks: Years ago I saw a nice Jaguar (sports car), and admired it (even though I knew I couldn't afford it, and wasn't a big fan of luxury symbols).

Then a guy told me, "It's the exact same car as the Mazda 929."

For that particular year (I don't remember exactly) they really were the same car, with some superficial differences (decor).

Hasselblad did the same thing.

Honda did it once, too. They hired Izusu to make a car for them, and it did not run or maintain as reliably as Hondas.

Lessons learned the hard way.

Don't do stuff like that. It's disingenuous.

I think they shared a lot of the same parts and such. But now I'm not sure. It was a long time ago and I might have muddled it up a bit (bad memory).

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2015 at 02:12 UTC

Years ago I saw a nice Jaguar (sports car), and admired it (even though I knew I couldn't afford it, and wasn't a big fan of luxury symbols).

Then a guy told me, "It's the exact same car as the Mazda 929."

For that particular year (I don't remember exactly) they really were the same car, with some superficial differences (decor).

Hasselblad did the same thing.

Honda did it once, too. They hired Izusu to make a car for them, and it did not run or maintain as reliably as Hondas.

Lessons learned the hard way.

Don't do stuff like that. It's disingenuous.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 21:44 UTC as 63rd comment | 5 replies

This is awesome. I imagine it took a lot of work and time. I have done this myself on a much smaller scale, and it's a lot of fun.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2015 at 14:10 UTC as 38th comment
On Canon announces 50mm F1.8 STM lens article (310 comments in total)

Wow. Just wow. Thank you, Canon. And that price? Again, wow. This is really good news. I love my current nifty fifty, but it obviously has issues (build quality and autofocus), but the photos it helps produce have always been good.

So now you've added more blades for better bokeh, and put in stm focusing for more accuracy AND less autofocus noise, all for about the same price?

I think there's only going to be one problem: Keeping it stocked. :)

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2015 at 13:55 UTC as 34th comment

Finally, we reached the end of the internet. Awesome. That's one more off the bucket list.

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2015 at 14:15 UTC as 45th comment

I currently use Smugmug, but am paying roughly five bucks a month for unlimited jpeg storage. However, I only have about 50gb stored there. I might go to a self-storage with backup situation to avoid paying.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 29, 2015 at 12:33 UTC as 18th comment | 3 replies
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Danny: Apart from color correction, how far do you want to go with editing on a smartphone screen?

Wrong question, Danny. Since the product is already introduced, and people are interested in discussing it, there's no point in diverting from the original topic.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2015 at 17:48 UTC

I didn't know it was possible to live stream on YouTube. How does one do that?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2015 at 14:23 UTC as 3rd comment

I'd like to find an editor that lets me target each individual color like Photoshop and Lightroom do. I don't mean a color shift (such as green on one end of the slider and another color on the other end), but each color on its own slider, including saturation, brightness, and hue shift.

I haven't found it yet.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2015 at 14:17 UTC as 10th comment
On A closer look at the Nikon Coolpix P900 megazoom article (193 comments in total)

Good for paparazzi

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2015 at 01:05 UTC as 40th comment

Something a lot of you might not know is that, for video, an EVF might not be necessary in the near future (or even now if you can hook it together) because of video glasses. They make them. I haven't tried any, but they are readily available. I don't know how well they hook up to a camera, but I could see it becoming a lot easier to film when using video glasses while mounting the camera on a steady cam.

As long as you can see what you're filming and where you're walking it should work great.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 23, 2015 at 19:12 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
On Opinion: Canon EOS 750D and 760D article (318 comments in total)
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Der Steppenwolf: "EOS 5D III, when it comes to the number of pixels on the sensor. That will take some explaining in camera stores all around the globe!"

If you need explaining why more pixels does not equal better quality then you are a moron.

What camera stores? There aren't that many left that are real camera stores.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2015 at 17:40 UTC

my only complaint is that they aren't selling it here in the USA.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 16:05 UTC as 241st comment | 1 reply
On Hands-on with Canon's 'not-coming-to-USA' EOS M3 article (553 comments in total)

Won't it be available through Ebay? I believe the M2 was. Nobody else would sell it, but some Chinese and Japanese retailers would send it to you.

It might present strange warranty issues, but you probably won't need the warranty anyway.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2015 at 19:56 UTC as 37th comment
On Apple reveals Photos beta for developers post (125 comments in total)
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ecube: Cloud? Why give control of your files? I have two 1-½ terabyte, USB portable drives about 10% larger than a cigarette pack. One in my computer bag, another a back-up that stay at home. No need for on-line connection to access my files.

You can make your own cloud now with redundancy. They sell the equipment all over the place. A couple wi-fi hard drives in your home, all your photos stored on both, and you can access from anywhere in the world. I'm eventually going to set one up. Right now I use Smugmug, but it won't hold RAW files unless I pay extra.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2015 at 19:45 UTC
On Apple reveals Photos beta for developers post (125 comments in total)

Oh, brother! Here we go again.

I've never liked Apple's iOS versions of photo management. They make you have certain folders (favorites is one) and your camera roll (or whatever it's called right now) stays at the top and all photos have to remain in that folder.

Just let me organize my folders and photos how I wish, please.

I'm still an Apple user (my phone) and am going to purchase an iPad soon (but nothing with a mere 1 gb of RAM), but all this changing of the native photo app is annoying.

Just ask your customers what they want.

And while you're at it, please make Safari on iOS a better browser. It has very few custom features.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2015 at 19:42 UTC as 24th comment | 2 replies
On Hands-on with Canon's 'not-coming-to-USA' EOS M3 article (553 comments in total)
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MikeFairbanks: I currently shoot with a 6D and the included kit lens (24-105L). It's a great setuo, obviously, but previously I had the original EOS-M with 22mm lens, and I really loved that camera.

I would have kept it, but I needed every penny I could scrape up for my current outfit. I wasn't interested in rejoining the M series when the M2 was released because it wasn't a major upgrade (and was pretty much only available through ebay). But this 3 might be a winner.

I am starting to believe what I once thought was just hype: Mirrors are coming to an end soon.

The only limit is autofocus speed. Once that matches the SLR, then the days of the big box cameras are over.

Finally, there is a huge advantage of mirrorless thst is rarely discussed: shutter sound. If you shoot performance, weddings, political events, and still photography for film and TV, silence is golden. Mirrors make noise.

Some excellent points above. Yes, most of the Sony A full frame mirrorless cameras have an audible shutter, but the A7s is soundless.

I have a friend who shoots production stills for film and TV. She is very successful (Tina Rowden), working on shows like The Walking Dead and more.

I was surprised when, a few weeks ago, I saw her feed on Instagram with a Sony hashtag. I asked her, "Did you leave Canon?" she certainly did, and this is a pro who was shooting with an extensive lens collection, sound blimps, etc.

She asked if I wanted to buy her blimp. She doesn't need it anymore. The Sony A7s is not only silent, but has a built in EVF, and therefore is unobtrusive in every way on a film set (or wedding, etc.). No sound, no light. It's the most stealthiness money can buy. And it's not too expensive.

Canon needs to get with it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 16:49 UTC
On Hands-on with Canon's 'not-coming-to-USA' EOS M3 article (553 comments in total)

I currently shoot with a 6D and the included kit lens (24-105L). It's a great setuo, obviously, but previously I had the original EOS-M with 22mm lens, and I really loved that camera.

I would have kept it, but I needed every penny I could scrape up for my current outfit. I wasn't interested in rejoining the M series when the M2 was released because it wasn't a major upgrade (and was pretty much only available through ebay). But this 3 might be a winner.

I am starting to believe what I once thought was just hype: Mirrors are coming to an end soon.

The only limit is autofocus speed. Once that matches the SLR, then the days of the big box cameras are over.

Finally, there is a huge advantage of mirrorless thst is rarely discussed: shutter sound. If you shoot performance, weddings, political events, and still photography for film and TV, silence is golden. Mirrors make noise.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 13:35 UTC as 120th comment | 5 replies
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