Technology for lItterbugs.
This has the potential of making my Instagram account interesting.
Spectro: LED is a nice addition for any macro. But the 28mm even with the 1.6x factor is just too close. You need a tad longer for insect or live creatures. A short length can be use for static macro which you can control with your own DIY lighting. I guess it will be good for macro flower shots outdoor.
A longer lens with a larger working distance will require more powerful LEDs.
if you double the working distance, you will need to increase output by 4x.
"Two curved flash units surround the front element of the lens, with the ability to illuminate both simultaneously, or one at a time. Users are also able to adjust the brightness of the Macro Lites between “bright” and “dim” settings."
This doesn't really specify, but can bright and dim settings be applied to each LED independently? Or do you have to choose between bright or dim for both, with the option of independently turning each on and off?
There are at least 7 possible configurations for the LEDs, and possibly up to 9. Yet there appears to only be one "light" button. Anyone know how that's supposed to work?
1.2x macro on a 1.6x APS-C body will yield almost 2x equivalent magnification in 35mm terms. Now if only I can figure out what the equivalent aperture would be.
Canon has found that adding LEDs to lenses is easier than improving the dynamic range of their sensors.
Jonathan F/2: Seriously, I think we can stop buying the latest and greatest. I can barely tell the difference between all these modern cameras! They all look good. Sensor tech has plateaued!
"Sensor tech has plateaued!"
Only if you are satisfied with a 5 stop exposure correction in post. I am not so complacent. I am waiting for a sensor so good that I can correct an image that I took with the lens cap still on.
Dester Wallaboo: Judge a photographer by their portfolio and skill.... not by their gear. Next.
"Yes it would be nice to see more portfolio's from the experts in here so we can judge their skills as photographers."
But only if they list what gear they used to take their photos, so we can give credit where credit is due (i.e. the holy sensor).
emfor: What are the most exciting features to test when a 1D X II makes its way through my door?Right! AF performance, framerate, speed, handling, reliability, 4k video, 120fps 1080p, ... Do I get every shot? What is the hit rate? And much more ...
So I'm very excited after DPR tests this new monster.But hey, what is that? Studio tests? Exposure Latitude? ISO Invariance?|-O
"What are the most exciting features to test when a 1D X II makes its way through my door?"
If you are DPReview, you would test the features that give you an opportunity to tell the world how great Sony is.
Can't wait to see how many pros shoot with Sonys at the Olympics this year.
jackgreen: Sensor still lagging behind A7R2
That's okay, the primary target market for the 1Dx2 probably doesn't care how it fares against the A7R2.
Gesture: Good article.
Gear in this story. Why not post links to Photoshop and computers?
"All the really good photos are hard to get to."
Sounds like an excuse. Lots of great and interesting photos are at your doorstep.
Too blue for my taste. I would've boosted the color temp on the foreground. Back in the film days, I would be happy with this color balance for this high altitude+shade photo with daylight chrome film+warming filters. But with digital's flexibility, I think I would prefer a more neutral color balance, while still conveying cool tones. In my opinion.
Additionally, as someone who has used this type of post processing for images used in the greeting cards/postcards, I generally never felt it translated well to the types images intended to be printed to larger formats. For the image shown in this example, I prefer 'No Orton applied.' Again, just my opinion.
CameraLabTester: Leica will soon be coming out with a PATCH for older models of their cameras...
It is a sturdy tough black tape to PATCH over your existing LCD screens.
A bargain at $857.99 on line stores only, while supply lasts.
I will wait for the Chinese knock offs to show up on eBay, for $2.99.
How will the chimps survive?
OMG, I'm going to get one of these
if I see it on sale for 99 cents.
brazzy: DO NOT FLY DRONES ABOVE CROWDS. NEVER.I do not know about FAA rules, as I don't live in the US, but this is the first unwritten requirement that every operator should have in his mind.Mr. Johnson did something very good by going at dawn on Friday to take his footage, then something very wrong by flying above people on Saturday afternoon. He has been unlucky he couldn't get what he wanted on the very first time, but hey, this happens to all landscape photographers.I am not against drone photography and I appreciate his work. I fly my Phantom 4 in Tokyo area and I get the same smooth videos - it works just great. But it's just too dangerous, you never know what may happen: Phantom 4 is reliable but the unexpected is always behind the corner.I do hope that watching this beautiful video and picture won't stimulate other people to do the same. Dpreview should be careful about promoting this kind of footage.DO NOT FLY DRONES ABOVE CROWDS.
"...drones are so scarce in relation to cars that the risk factor also drops significantly."
The risk of any one person being involved in a motor vehicle incident is much greater...
But how about the risk of any one drone being involved in an incident vs any one vehicle?
Again, my point was mainly about the public benefits of autos vs drones.
" 'Idiot operators' are the risk, not drones or anything else."
Many more if you bother searching for them.
A while back, when I was reading reviews of one of the DJI units on various websites. There were enough stories about drones that have gone rogue and the drone + GoPro were lost forever (and they have to come down or fall down somewhere). Not sure if this is all due to "idiot operators" or faulty hardware, but it seems to be enough of an occurrence that drones should generally not be operated over people.
"Don't see them trying to outlaw motor vehicles anytime soon though..."
Think about the public benefit that motor vehicles provide.
Now think about the same with drones.
Risk–benefit analysis, something many photographers don't understand.
"According to US statistics 4500 people were killed last year just crossing a street."
You should be comparing probabilities between the likelihood a drone will injure someone below vs an auto injuring a pedestrian. Absolute numbers don't make for a good argument here. auto-pedestrian-incidents/auto-hours/day vs drone-incidents/drone-hours/day.