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riknash

riknash

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By losing its emphasis on the square format, Instagram may yet become another boring flickr. I'm not surprised that the emphasis is to increase acceptance by all those who felt it was just too restrictive a format. Something will be lost and something will be gained by this change.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 13:48 UTC as 8th comment | 4 replies
On 500px launches redesigned iOS app post (11 comments in total)

Yet another app I won't put on my phone. Gawdawful...sigh.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2015 at 18:37 UTC as 4th comment
On Sony: An eye on focus article (763 comments in total)
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Jonathan F/2: Why are all the shots focused on the nose? Seems a bit gimmicky to me.

Yes, autopoint selection on DSLR doesn't do eyeball recognition and doesn't do any better with tracking. I rely on "stickiness" of AF point selection to track object where I initially started the focus tracking. On DSLR's I use (7DII 5DIII), it works ... kinda OK but not as reliably as I would like it to. I expect more from Sony A7II. I want to continue to use my Canon long telephoto lenses on the Sony and expect as good as or better than Canon PDAF performance. I that asking for too much? :)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 19:08 UTC
On Sony: An eye on focus article (763 comments in total)
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Jonathan F/2: Why are all the shots focused on the nose? Seems a bit gimmicky to me.

So continuous AF with 3rd party lens can have only the nearest part of the subject tracked? That's useless...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 18:12 UTC
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craytonmccant: Relax Masaya Maeda, you can now continue to take your time with improvements and upgrades as far as I am concerned. This month I have switched to Sony for my body's, and Sigma Art for my lenses. I will continue to use my Canon lenses with the Sony A7II. I also just picked up a Sony RX100 III to replace my Canon S100. I could not be happier with the image quality now. Till you can look at Canons competitors and see where you are being passed, you will not be able to compete as they jump ahead of you in improvements and image quality. I am very sad to see Canon fall behind.

You switched to Sony because you couldn't sleep at night using the Canon gear. I do hope you are now getting a better nights sleep. Has your photography improved immensely?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 15, 2015 at 15:55 UTC
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bronxbombers4: George Lepp: " The dynamic range when working on the files in Canon’s DPP and Photoshop CC 2014 was quite good and pretty much matches my EOS 7D MKII."

There appeared to be perhaps be further confirmation that the RAW files are always a large 60MB even in crop mode which only applies to JPGs for some unfathomable reason.

Anyway, as many speculated, the sensor seems to basically be, more or less, the 70D/7D2 sensor at FF size.

How often do you get to chose ISO 100 for sports/action photography? In my experience, its very rare as one needs fast shutter speeds. Maybe if you are doing some special effect or its a setup shot with lighting one would be using ISO 100. Bottom line is that at ISO settings where it counts, the 7DII is a far better camera for sports/action than the present equivalent Nikon's or Sony's.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 15, 2015 at 15:47 UTC

Thanks for the interesting interview. You kept alluding to on and off the record dialogue. Was there anything off the record you'd like to share but can't? :)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 15, 2015 at 15:34 UTC as 41st comment | 1 reply
On Making 'Art': We go inside Sigma's lens factory article (193 comments in total)
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Scottelly: Interesting that these photos were shot with an Olympus E-M5 Mk II, rather than a Sigma SD1 with the 17-50mm f2.8 OS.

Factory photos using the Olympus E-M5 Mk II with the 17-50mm f2.8 OS look excellent.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2015 at 15:16 UTC
On Making 'Art': We go inside Sigma's lens factory article (193 comments in total)
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mr.izo: so, sigma's secret is.. hoya (zeiss manufacturer). that's shocking.

I would speculate that the glass is produced to Sigma's specifications.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2015 at 15:12 UTC
On Making 'Art': We go inside Sigma's lens factory article (193 comments in total)

Thanks for the excellent virtual tour. Too bad we can't see the A1 inspection photo but regardless, I believe the A1 system was the turning point in Sigma, from producing well built lenses with wide variances in optical performance, to instead, very consistent and well performing lenses. Did you ask them about any new products? A 600mm f/4.5 OS lens would be a great addition to their product line-up. hint hint

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2015 at 15:07 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply
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Aur: I don't understand the point of them having to provide raw files. I know canon has provided all the data any developer wants about their RAW format and how to parse if. It's not some kind of secure format that is not open to tinkering. All the info on how to tinker with RAW files and do so without detection is out there.

The only way to force them to be honest is to force ppl to shoot JPEG or film, by limiting the medium, some predetermined cameras, once you allow ppl to shoot in RAW, manipulation can't be stopped. It's pointless trying to stop it otherwise, since the RAW format can be tinkered with without detection.

A good reason that this RAW post processing should be stopped, an Italian photographer took pictures of Belgian city charleroi, and manipulated them , ppl of the city and the mayor were upset.

"“You will not find one single inhabitant who will recognize his city in these pictures, not to mention the captions that look more like a settling of scores than a reportage.”

I don't understand. Are you saying the Italian photographer manipulated the RAW image and it remained a RAW file after manipulation, and therefore it should be stopped?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2015 at 02:02 UTC
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riknash: Wow.. Not even a headphone jack! Another camera built by committee missing key components to bring it into step with its competitors. Sure, it's 50 Mp ...and.. almost $4000 and it's crippled for video with a very pricey 1080P at about $1000 overpriced for a slimmed down video camera. A first gen 50Mp DSLR sensor which hopefully doesn't suffer from banding or other impairment. Crop modes, but for which purpose on a studio landscape architecture intended use, camera?
It will be interesting to see what the photos look like.

OK, it is a specialists camera. Now unlike the companies that make laundry washers and video games, this camera's feature set seems to try and cater not only to that specialists area but has new features which make no sense on such a camera, more like a general use camera. That's showing a lack of commitment to the targeted market segment.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 06:54 UTC
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AllOtherNamesTaken: DPR's interview with Canon says the DR is the same as 5DM3. Sorry folks.

Max native ISO 6400
5 Fps, no mention of crop mode FPS increase
1/200 flash sync
1080/30P max

"Meh"

Skip to 1:00
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=99NUDmVYwDM

I'd be surprised that it would outsell the D810. The D810 has a sizable head start. With delivery starting in June, this downtime would assist Nikon won't just sit there and likely has preplanned a response to this.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 06:26 UTC
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WalterSrChat: The haters are out in force!
:)

Walter Sr.

Just because many comments are negative doesn't mean we hate it. Its simply "constructive criticism" from the forum participants. Canon UK video interview is very clear that this is a specialists camera, regardless if there are new features which would be useless for those specialties. Crop mode, anti-flicker don't seem to be at all in the realm of useful features for the cited specialties.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 05:54 UTC
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TristanW: seems the battery life of Canon's new body, is gettting shorter & shorter.

Have no fear, a studio camera can run off A/C with the $300 adapter attachment... ;)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 05:38 UTC
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riknash: Wow.. Not even a headphone jack! Another camera built by committee missing key components to bring it into step with its competitors. Sure, it's 50 Mp ...and.. almost $4000 and it's crippled for video with a very pricey 1080P at about $1000 overpriced for a slimmed down video camera. A first gen 50Mp DSLR sensor which hopefully doesn't suffer from banding or other impairment. Crop modes, but for which purpose on a studio landscape architecture intended use, camera?
It will be interesting to see what the photos look like.

Yup... and like duh, why did Canon introduce 1.3x and 1.6x crop modes on a camera as you say, "only if you want ultra high res stills"? ... and it can't mount EF-S lenses? Must be part of that committee mentality that puts in new features not useful for the intended application of these models. ..duh...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 05:34 UTC
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AllOtherNamesTaken: DPR's interview with Canon says the DR is the same as 5DM3. Sorry folks.

Max native ISO 6400
5 Fps, no mention of crop mode FPS increase
1/200 flash sync
1080/30P max

"Meh"

Skip to 1:00
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=99NUDmVYwDM

I'm guessing the crop modes are simply post digitization, discarding the portions of the sensor not part of the crop. This would keep the frame rate the same. Tell me something like this explanation isn't so.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 04:56 UTC
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moimoi: I am sure some believe they may become better photographers with 50 MP...:-)

More interestingly, the 5Ds and 5Ds R would best suit studio photography.

Ya, studio photography is a huge market segment? In a town with a population of one million, there may be 100 studios. I hope they're good with limited sales, far less than the 5DIII market segment whatever it may be. On a positive note, we can look to an early price reduction if sales figures fail to meet target expectations.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 04:49 UTC

Wow.. Not even a headphone jack! Another camera built by committee missing key components to bring it into step with its competitors. Sure, it's 50 Mp ...and.. almost $4000 and it's crippled for video with a very pricey 1080P at about $1000 overpriced for a slimmed down video camera. A first gen 50Mp DSLR sensor which hopefully doesn't suffer from banding or other impairment. Crop modes, but for which purpose on a studio landscape architecture intended use, camera?
It will be interesting to see what the photos look like.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 04:33 UTC as 64th comment | 7 replies
On DPReview Live 2014 videos now available article (25 comments in total)
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DouglasGottlieb: I like DPReview and have watched a few interviews from this series so far. None ask any tough questions -- lots of fluff.

For Olympus:

Whatever happened to the rumored "Trip D" fixed lens, 4/3 sensor, enthusiast compact?

What's happening with the Pen "rethink" you promised? How can it challenge the Panasonic GM1, GM5 and LX100? Users repeatedly ask for a Pen with integrated EVF. Why not do it? If a Pen body had EM1 ruggedization and performance, wouldn't enthusiasts and pros buy it? Why do you assume that centered EVF with a hump appeals to pros and smaller, boxy rangefinder style is for selfie shooters?

Where is 4K?

Where are fast, ultra wide primes?

Why not do f/1.2 or f/0.95?

Why not weather seal your primes to match the EM1 and EM5 bodies?

Is 16 megapixels the limit of M43?

Thanks for putting these videos out. Product reps are very limited to discuss anything beyond the scope of allowed disclosure. If they did, most likely their employment would be quickly terminated. Corporations just like governments are very strict about controlling the message.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2014 at 09:53 UTC
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