Sean Nelson

Sean Nelson

Lives in Canada Vancouver BC, Canada
Works as a (mostly) retired
Joined on Oct 15, 2006
About me:

email address: sean.2002[loopy-a-thingy]shaw.ca

Equipment list:

Samsung Galaxy S3 Smartphone
GoPro Hero 3 Black Action Camera
Panasonic X900M Camcorder
Sony RX100M2 Compact Camera
Panasonic GH3 camera
Panasonic 7-14 f/4 lens
Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 lens
Panasonic 14-140mm f/3.5 lens
Panasonic 100-300mm f/4-5.6 lens
Pentax 28mm f/2.8 lens
Pentax 50mm f/1.4 lens
Pentax 100mm f/2.8 lens

Comments

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On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2970 comments in total)
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Marvol: I've got some olde manual lenses for my NEX-6, one with a clicky aperture ring and one smooth. I prefer the smooth, although that has also to do with the fact that it gives fully "analogue" aperture setting.

Which leads me to the question, does the clickless ring in the RX100 also translate in to stepless aperture setting or does the aperture change in 1/3 intervals, just without the tactile feedback?

And worse, if it's like the Mk.2 ring it's very inconsistent in its operation. You have to turn it a fair distance at a certain speed to get it to do anything, then subsequent changes come with less rotation. It's pretty much impossible to use intuitively, you have to pay close attention to what you're changing (I have mine set to EC compensation) to make sure you've reached the desired setting and haven't overshot it. And if you do overshoot then it's back to square one to correct.

It's not a show-stopper for me, and it's better than having to push the buttons to make the same change. But it annoys me every time I use it. Fortunately the rest of the camera is so good that it more than makes up for this deficiency.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2014 at 16:27 UTC

Based on Microsoft's track record in this area, this sounds like the kiss of death. Zune, anyone?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2014 at 03:48 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
On Cinetics Axis360 review article (73 comments in total)
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tecnoworld: It would be nice to control the Axis360 with an android device, instead of the 250$ controller...

The controller is going to be required because it's what sends the control pulses to the stepper motor. By the ability to PROGRAM the controller from a USB-connected phone or tablet would be a hige plus, IMHO.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2014 at 01:04 UTC

STILL no 1080p60 video from Canon. Get with the program, guys!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2014 at 09:22 UTC as 15th comment | 5 replies
On 10 essential time-saving Photoshop tips article (88 comments in total)

Scrubby zoom and temporary tools are terrific tips. Scrubby hand is too, but I already knew about that one. BTW scrubby hand works in a lot of other Adobe products too, such as Acrobat Reader.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2014 at 07:01 UTC as 45th comment
On Canon announces EOS M2 in Japan article (616 comments in total)
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nickthetasmaniac: the most boring release in the last 12 months has 402 comments.

wow

It's because a lot of people have really, really been hoping that Canon would get serious about mirrorless cameras. After being disappointed by their first model, this is even more of a let-down - especially since it seems to suggest that there's little or no future for the line outside of Asia.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2013 at 08:55 UTC
On Enthusiast compact camera 2013 roundup article (236 comments in total)

I don't have any experience with the other cameras, but AFAIK the RX100M2 is plenty enjoyable to shoot with. I've customized the dials on mine to the functions I use most often and find it easy and pleasant to use. But I will admit that it takes the optional (and inexpensive) Sony grip to really bring it to life.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2013 at 04:08 UTC as 90th comment
On Panasonic DMC-GM1 preview (631 comments in total)

Yup, Panasonic again makes the mistake of thinking that a small camera has to be a dumb camera. I see a dearth of controls and crippled video. The Sony RX100 and RX100M2 showed that people are willing to pay good money for a compact camera that's designed for enthusiasts, not point-and-shooters. When will Panasonic get the message?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2013 at 04:21 UTC as 224th comment | 4 replies
On Sony DSC-RX10 preview (725 comments in total)

The price is in line with what this camera offers over and above an RX100M2 - namely a built-in EVF, top LCD display panel, and a very long range, constant-aperture f/2.8 zoom. Trying to get that combination in any other camera with a sensor at least this large would be a lot more expensive.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 06:53 UTC as 245th comment | 6 replies
On Can computer corrections make simple lenses look good? article (162 comments in total)
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Roland Karlsson: Interesting.

I wonder how it performs if it is applied to a rather good lens, like an average zoom kit lens?

I know nothing about how this works, but I suspect that a more complex lens would have a more complex point spread function and that might make reconstructing the image significantly more difficult.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2013 at 18:45 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Review preview (513 comments in total)

I recently purchased an RX100M2 and am very pleased with it. It delivers still and video results that surpassed my expectations, and has a quick menu and enough assignable function buttons and dials to provide a very capable shooting experience even for those who never go near the "Automatic" modes.

I agree with the criticisms of the front control ring - it is frustrating to use because of the lack of feedback and rather erratic response to movement. And the camera really needs to have the optional Sony grip affixed to be decently "ergonomic". But those are really the only two negatives on an otherwise very impressive product.

It's an expensive product, but it's really in a class of its own.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2013 at 23:25 UTC as 182nd comment

Yet another promising Nikon camera that I have to exclude from consideration because they didn't bother implementing 1080p60 video. Only Sony and Panasonic seem to be getting this right...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2013 at 16:58 UTC as 9th comment

Too little, too late. I've been waiting for what seems like forever for Canon to get with the 1080p60 video programme, but I just bought a Sony RX100M2 because it's the first compact to have both that and a flip LCD.

Sorry, Canon - you snooze, you lose!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2013 at 01:47 UTC as 31st comment | 7 replies
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CameraLabTester: Try dropping one magnetic tripod on the soil during a hike and see all the gold nuggets attached to it when you pick it up.

Great for prospecting.

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Gold is not a ferrous material so magnets won't attract it. If gold were magnetic then prospectors wouldn't need to spend all that time swishing water and streambed gravel around in pans.

Heck, not even US coins will stick to a magnet. Might find some nails, though!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2013 at 02:02 UTC
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Tim Ashton: nice strong magnets wont corrupt cards???

I suppose if you used something like an MRI machine it might induce enough current in a flash memory card to damage it, but normal magnets like the kind found in these tripods won't affect it because the data is not stored magnetically. Heck, normal magnets won't even affect hard drives, which DO store data magnetically.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2013 at 01:58 UTC
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Juck: Make the bloody ink affordable and non of this would be necessary.

Absolutely. A good deal of the recycling problems we have are due to planned obsolescence, including unavailability of ink / toner supplies, proprietary batteries, etc.

Many of our environmental issues aren't just the recycling of this stuff, they're caused by the big environmental cost of having to manufacture the new stuff that takes its place.

The real solution to our problems is to lessen our dependence on being a consumer economy.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2013 at 23:18 UTC
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1201 comments in total)
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Lukino: Beautiful! This is like, the camera I always wanted. My only complain, why just tilting LCD and not a fully articulated one like on others Panny? It is really useful if you want to take interesting shots while in a crowd. Oh hell, like I can afford a new body anyway... Let's phone home:
-Hi honey, just saw the new GX7, mind if I get a new camera?-
-And do you mind if I get a new husband?-
-I love my red G3!-
-I love you, bye!-
True story.

I'd prefer a fully articulated LCD, but tilting is far better than nothing and it will cover most of my needs.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2013 at 08:20 UTC
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1201 comments in total)
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pixelcollector: How were they able to implement IBIS? I read that Oly had exclusive rights to this tech or that they (pana and oly) had agreed to use different IS methods.

This camera sure packs a hefty wallop. I'll be extremely interested to see if it trumps the E-P5 by leaps and bounds or if the E-P5 will still be the camera to get, if the price drops considerably of course.

Pentax has also used sensor-shift stabilization on its cameras since well before M43 came along.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2013 at 08:17 UTC
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goshigoo: From Dof prespective; it will act like 85 f/2.4 on 35mm FF

a 6D + 85 f/1.8 will have shallower Dof
Also, IQ wise, 6D + 85 f/1.8 @ f/2.4 could be better than this lens

35mm FF still has it's value when shallow Dof is needed

While it's certainly true that FF has more flexibility when it comes to DOF control, it's less of an issue at these relatively longer focal lengths. Where M43 is most constraining is when trying to shoot wide angle shots of large subjects while trying to blur out the background. That's not really the task that this lens is aimed at.

Yes, I'm sure you can concoct some specific counter-examples, but I suspect that they'd be much more the exception than the rule for the people who'd buy this lens.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2013 at 07:30 UTC
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1201 comments in total)
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happysprinkles: The silent mode is a wonderful addition, but why disable other features at the expense of it. I can understand a stealth mode, but why not simply a silent shutter only mode. This makes no sense to limit other features to make the shutter quiet. The sound of my GX1 drives me crazy, it's not always a stealth issue, I just find it annoying. The flash, the AF light, ISO, give us these options with a silent shutter. Just because I don't want to hear the camera, doesn't mean I am trying to be discrete. I'd just leave the silent shutter on all the time. My Canon MKIII is so much nicer to use, not having to listen to the shutter. The technology is there, please let us have the options and use it. It's also going to be hard to go from a GX1, to a GX7, with only the few changes at the projected cost. While the user experience will be nicer with new features, what will that $1000 or so do for my file quality?

The silent shutter mode clears and reads the sensor electronically - it's not some sort of magic "dampening" of the regular mechanical shutter. Because of this, there are some restrictions on what you can do with it due to how the sensor data is read out.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2013 at 07:21 UTC
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