mike kobal

mike kobal

Lives in United States nyc, NY, United States
Works as a photographer
Has a website at http://mikekobal.com
Joined on Dec 22, 2002
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Mark II, unleashed.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2016 at 17:42 UTC as 44th comment

Crazy (Mark II)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2016 at 14:23 UTC as 64th comment

Crazy.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2016 at 14:19 UTC as 66th comment

Perhaps I missed it, can anyone elaborate on af speed?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 21:02 UTC as 21st comment
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66GTO: Very unimpressive photos here are probably doing a poor representation of what this lens might be capable of.

real photographers rejoice, looking at these samples, there is still a place for us on this planet 🙌🙌🙌🙌

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 14:14 UTC

Since the 1 system has been briefly mentioned, curious if and when we'll see a v4 or v5

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 14:31 UTC as 43rd comment
On article PIX 2015: A conversation with Devin Allen (18 comments in total)

Photo journalism from the heart. Respect, Devin Allen.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 2, 2016 at 17:01 UTC as 12th comment
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MiraShootsNikon: I bet Reuters is really trying to say, in a "Minnesota-nice" sorta way, that they've been getting a bunch of *TERRIBLY* over-cooked images baked from RAW.

You know: "Hey, why not just keep it to JPEGs and a small adjustment-or-two with the ol' Photoshop levels panel, okey?" is passive-aggressive code for "If we receive ONE more craptastic HDR-wannabe image with ACR-Lightroom Shadows slammed to 100 and Highlights yanked all the way down, our editors will have a collective coronary."

It might have more to do with trying to limit the temptation to alter content rather then excessive curve and level adjustments

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 22:28 UTC
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bfrankpoto: I just had my editor at Reuters confirm this. As someone who shoots for Reuters, and every dealing with every single person I've interacted with has been incredibly professional, I fully accept their statement at face value. It will be faster to use JPG, and will make it more difficult to hide over-manipulated images. I've never shot JPG before, so I have some learning' to do.

When I used to shoot for Corbis years ago there was no time to shoot raw and process . We shot jpegs plus raw o just jpegs then uploaded the jpegs as soon as we could, I don't think this idea is totally new, what's new is the rule to outlaw raw

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 22:18 UTC

Now the future pro will be much better off with two iPhones, a wide angle attachment and an unlimited data plan

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 21:38 UTC as 72nd comment
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Pandimonium: yeah let's peep at pixels. It's not as sharp as the rx100 IV. There i said it. But then more range so no need to crop :p

this studio scene appears to be slightly soft to begin with, it looks softer at any ISO in any field I roll the magnifier over in raw....

Direct link | Posted on Sep 7, 2015 at 17:48 UTC

Had version 1, sold it, got version 2, faster af, burst rate, 4k and pro looking slomo (up to 240fps) ......this one is a keeper. The main surprise being 4k at higher ISO (up to 1600), a great B cam alongside my A7rII and I almost forgot, we get a leaf shutter for hss with any flash or strobe, no headaches, great for studio shoots.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 7, 2015 at 17:40 UTC as 19th comment
On article Rode unveils RodeLink wireless audio system (21 comments in total)
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Miki Nemeth: The Rodelink will support "transmitting a 24-bit/44.1k signal". I tried to find similar information about the Sony UWP-D and Sennheiser G3 systems, but I found nothing. Maybe I didn't serch too hard.
I am eyeing on a Sony $100 ECM-AW4 (having an external mic jack, too) Bluetooth microphone set. Why should I pay four times more for the Rodelink?

Because this unit only works in auto gain mode. No manual level control.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2015 at 13:31 UTC
On article UPDATED: Real-world samples: Sony Alpha 7 II in Kauai (227 comments in total)

lets pretend for a second these photos are master pieces. Then the comments would probably read
"amazing photographer, he could have shot this with any camera, he waited a week to capture that shot, we want to see real life samples ......"
a knowledgeable photographer or enthusiast should be able to draw a few conclusions from looking at these nice and basic samples :)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 18, 2015 at 21:57 UTC as 36th comment | 1 reply
On article Accessory Review: LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt (40 comments in total)
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Paul Guba: I never owned a ruggedized drive. Problem I have with most company drives Lacie, WD etc is the drive inside the case is usually a very mediocre drive that you pay top dollar for. I found it better to buy quality cases and pick high quality drives to put in them.

such a logical statement, you must be a pc guy, apple people don't really know exactly whats inside ;)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2014 at 13:50 UTC

finally, a logical progression, Canon will be announcing the PRO selfie extension stick for the 7Dmk2 ;)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2014 at 19:52 UTC as 656th comment | 1 reply
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Dr_Jon: You could already shoot 16:9 video with still-friendly parameters, load it straight into Photoshop and pick stills to save. The added aspect ratios are interesting though, plus the loop option.

No mention of auto-ISO in M though :-(

you can already use auto-iso in manual mode (stills)
I use it all the time, however, the +- correction will not work

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 14:08 UTC
On article Zeiss introduces 'no distortion' Otus 1.4/85mm (339 comments in total)
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mike kobal: those Otus lenses would make so much more sense on mirrorless cameras with high def EVF, manual focusing one of these properly through the OVF - even on the best DSLR's - is going to be quite frustrating
not a problem for the lucky ones who actually can afford to buy one of these, they can surely afford to hire the best focus puller in the world ;) and a second shooter using an af lens as back up, just in case :)))

sorry. got carried away. of course you are right! esp those beautifully engraved numbers in neon yellow-green, so handsome.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2014 at 02:10 UTC
On article Zeiss introduces 'no distortion' Otus 1.4/85mm (339 comments in total)

those Otus lenses would make so much more sense on mirrorless cameras with high def EVF, manual focusing one of these properly through the OVF - even on the best DSLR's - is going to be quite frustrating
not a problem for the lucky ones who actually can afford to buy one of these, they can surely afford to hire the best focus puller in the world ;) and a second shooter using an af lens as back up, just in case :)))

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2014 at 00:51 UTC as 111th comment | 7 replies

You can't draw conclusions about sharpness from this comparison. Both cameras are tack sharp, at least the ones I have and the GH4 is every bit as sharp as the Sony A7s. Keep in mind the A7s doesn't come out of the coma until it hits ISO 3200. 3200 and up is where it starts to shine, I love the noise pattern at higher ISO's, those huge photo sites produce a very film like look. Even models have commented on the noise pattern and called it film like.
The real and very visible difference in challenging shooting situations is dynamic range and color depth, something the GH4 isn't great at and even at lower ISO's the A7s looks better and produces more manipulable raw files.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2014 at 20:25 UTC as 105th comment
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