nathanleebush

nathanleebush

Lives in United States Brooklyn, NY, United States
Works as a Photographer/Filmmaker
Has a website at http://nathanleebush.com
Joined on Nov 20, 2009

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On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2979 comments in total)

Video samples are not really useful in a vacuum. Set up neighboring price point/category cameras (like GM-1 and BMPCC) and shoot side by side at equivalent focal lengths, then show the same portion of the frame in the video. This way we can compare sharpness, noise, moire, banding, etc. Also, while I'm a fan of YouTube generally, Vimeo has better compression and higher bitrates, and of course a downloadable file is key.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2014 at 02:43 UTC as 154th comment
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2979 comments in total)
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okashira1: Please review video at different ISO. Compare to the II.

I have high expectations of good quality video at ISO 6400 / 12800 due to full sensor readout and downscaling.

If cameras like the C300 say ISO, I think it's fine to call it ISO. Two words for the same concept but the DSLR video revolution pushed us into a cross-pollinating period for terms, and now you can use them interchangeably.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2014 at 15:22 UTC
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (648 comments in total)

Can't wait to see images.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 21:54 UTC as 78th comment
On CP+ 2014: Hands-on with Sony a6000 article (99 comments in total)

I like the tri-navi system, so that's a shame. Relegating the mode dial to a software solution was fine with me. Hope the NEX-7 gets a sequel, still!.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2014 at 18:52 UTC as 4th comment

I'm a bit confused. How does it attach to the front of the lens? Is it exact or inexact? Also, can you (SLR Magic) compile a comprehensive, searchable database of lenses supported and post it somewhere?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2014 at 18:47 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
On Panasonic announces 4K-capable Lumix DMC-GH4 article (118 comments in total)
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Arpad Lukacs: Time to get ready for a replacement for Bluray discs as well probably if 4K is the new thing now.

Naw, I think new, more efficient codecs like vp9 and h.295 will allow 4K on blu-ray

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2014 at 21:52 UTC

The problem here is that stunt pricing like this diminishes the brand's value in the eyes of real photographers. When they knowingly present an existing product at many multiples the price, how do we know that their medium format pricing isn't as arbitrary and invalid?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2014 at 05:51 UTC as 154th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)
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Marla2008: This is not only very ugly, it's also insulting to the intelligence of its target audience. It SO screams "let's milk the money of the wealthy retirees". Faux retro and marketing cynicism at its worst. I initially thought the Sony A7 (which I have on pre-order) was ugly and looked put together from non assorted bits, but it actually manages to look rather sleek and sexy compared to this monstruosity.

@tjwaggoner .. shhh, just let them die off.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 06:53 UTC
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)
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vFunct: And no, you DON'T need video in your dSLR.

dSLRs are the absolute WORST bodies for videography purposes.

The reason is that dSLRs are designed for still photography, and their grips are close to the center of gravity. This allows them to be turned and rotated quickly. Basically it's an unstable system that works because still images generally don't need stability.

Any cinematographer that's tried video with dSLRs quickly learns of this hidden problem with dSLR video, when they go to edit and they see useless, shaky footage. This is a MAJOR complaint editors have with dSLR video (another complaint they have is that everything is out of focus because of the shallow DoF..)

Meanwhile, videography requires constant stabilization. That's why ALL professional video cameras include shoulder mounts, or are used with Steadicams.

People that think they need dSLR video have no idea how bad dSLRs actually are for video.

You really need a different camera for quality videography.

You're right about ergonomics, but any serious cinema camera you would "build out" anyway with a rig system of rails and accessories based on what you're trying to do. DSLRs are no different. Anybody who is handholding a DSLR for video has no idea what their doing. It's why there is a massive industry devoted to rigging up DSLRs. Their huge sensors are a great asset for filmmaking (in many situations.. full frame is indeed sometimes overkill).

If ergonomics mattered for a video camera pre-rigging, RED would not be releasing essentially a box, nor would Blackmagic.

To leave video off a DSLR in 2013 is criminal and a deal breaker for a huge swath of users.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 06:48 UTC
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)
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nathanleebush: No video? Exqueeze me? Is this 2007? I mean even companies like Fujifilm who couldn't care less about video tack it on. It's a software solution, for chrissake. You've got a D4 processor and won't enable basic video functionality? But, phew, they've got a fisheye and miniature effects in the firmware lol.

A7 it is..

Of course there are tradeoffs with everything (Sony's lens selection is a bummer), but to not include video just seems tone deaf. There are a lot of us out there who use both and video is a major consideration.

Companies like Nikon, Olympus and Fujifilm have a major advantage in video: they don't have to protect their pro video departments like Sony and Canon. There are a lot of people like me just waiting for someone to blow up the video equation. If Blackmagic can offer RAW video for $1k, and 4K for $4k, and Canon has been proved by Magic Lantern to cripple their own video capabilities, we know that the potential exists to steal the video market by traditional photo companies with nothing to lose. But for some reason they refuse to do it.

Whoever unlocks the video capabilities of the modern DSLR can have all my money! Panasonic is coming close, but still using 8 bit codecs. Somebody, please!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 04:51 UTC
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)
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Zvonimir Tosic: So I presume that in the DPR final score it will have negative points for not having a dedicated video button, as is usual DPR's punishment to DSLR designs?

It would have to have video to have a dedicated video button. If God is just it will lose points for THAT omission.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 04:27 UTC
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)

No video? Exqueeze me? Is this 2007? I mean even companies like Fujifilm who couldn't care less about video tack it on. It's a software solution, for chrissake. You've got a D4 processor and won't enable basic video functionality? But, phew, they've got a fisheye and miniature effects in the firmware lol.

A7 it is..

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 04:16 UTC as 1031st comment | 6 replies
On Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows article (1514 comments in total)

No video? Exqueeze me? Is this 2007? I mean even companies like Fuji who couldn't care less about video tack it on. It's a software solution, for chrissake. You've got a D4 processor and won't enable basic video functionality? A7 it is..

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 03:10 UTC as 15th comment | 3 replies
On Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows article (1514 comments in total)
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dannyboy5400: This camera is overpriced and will sell as well as hot chocolate in Phoenix on a summer day.

It's also the suicide capitol..

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 03:06 UTC
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2381 comments in total)
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Gesture: No OVF, no mirror box, no moving mirror, smaller platform, why do mirrorless cameras cost so much.

Why would an EVF cost less than an OVF? Is the mirror box a huge cost? I just don't get these points. I've never built a camera myself, but I'm thinking these are random speculative complaints.

I'd guess it's also a difficult engineering problem to pack this much technology (comparable to DSLR full frames) into such a small package.

But still, if you're getting essentially a D800E sensor for more than $1000 less, with similar overall specs, I'm not sure where the implied price gouging comes in.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2013 at 03:23 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Review preview (507 comments in total)
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M DeNero: Another niche model from Sony that is too expensive to generate strong sales and will contribute to Sony's financial problems. They have too many niche products.

Oh yeah, too niche. Wonder though why it's rocketed to the top of the P&S camera list on Flickr while everything else collapses? http://www.flickr.com/cameras

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2013 at 19:16 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Review preview (507 comments in total)
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nathanleebush: I've had it for over a week now and am blown away by its usability, compactness and build quality. I wanted a true compact that would really be a pocketable carry everywhere solution without much compromise on features and IQ – since I found myself not even carrying my relatively diminutive mirrorless – and it's absolutely been that. I've left the house without it exactly once since I've had it.

The only ergonomic touches that would have been nice is a clicked aperture ring and I prefer a rear thumb dial on the top right, rather than a scroll wheel. Also, quicker aperture change would be nice (though that might be something I can increase in the menu, haven't checked).

All the minor tweaks added to its value to me over the RX100. Foremost among these is the WiFi feature, and while iPhone integration is not as seamless as we've come to expect these days, it works pretty damn well, considering it's a relatively new feature, and the iPhone doesn't have NFC.

I don't know why anybody would buy another compact, given the substantially smaller sensors. Still, I'm sure I'll continue to see idiots with the G series cameras and S1xx in all auto telling me "it takes great pictures."

Sensor is huge compared to same-sized competition. Lens is fast and tack sharp. This is heads and shoulders above the competition, IMHO, and it's the camera I've waited a long time for. Kudos to Sony for innovating in a crowded but uninspired field.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2013 at 10:00 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Review preview (507 comments in total)

I've had it for over a week now and am blown away by its usability, compactness and build quality. I wanted a true compact that would really be a pocketable carry everywhere solution without much compromise on features and IQ – since I found myself not even carrying my relatively diminutive mirrorless – and it's absolutely been that. I've left the house without it exactly once since I've had it.

The only ergonomic touches that would have been nice is a clicked aperture ring and I prefer a rear thumb dial on the top right, rather than a scroll wheel. Also, quicker aperture change would be nice (though that might be something I can increase in the menu, haven't checked).

All the minor tweaks added to its value to me over the RX100. Foremost among these is the WiFi feature, and while iPhone integration is not as seamless as we've come to expect these days, it works pretty damn well, considering it's a relatively new feature, and the iPhone doesn't have NFC.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2013 at 09:51 UTC as 140th comment | 3 replies
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David Hurt: iPhones do NOT interest me. I am Samsung All the way!!

I like my bread butter side down!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2013 at 04:29 UTC

I'm no Apple fanboy, but the vitriol on here is crazy. All the companies are fiercely innovating and choosing different priorities as they go, since no company can do EVERYTHING. Apple is about simplicity, so your mother can use, so of course manual control will be limited. This is still among the top 3 cameraphones available in terms of final IQ, and there seems to be a lot of positive software solutions in this version. Rome wasn't built in a day. They can't completely reinvent the device every year. I'd like a bigger, higher res screen (they can start by getting it edge to edge) and a expandable memory, since that's where they really screw you, on memory upgrades many multiples the true cost. I, for one, am glad to not have a massive megapixel count on a fingernail sized sensor.

In the end, it's your unique photographic eye that matters. I got into a major NYC exhibit (Another NY) with 'just' iPhone pics, and nobody cared it wasn't shot on a Phase.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2013 at 04:29 UTC as 79th comment | 1 reply
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