Ken Phillips

Ken Phillips

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JRFlorendo: This is a SLAM DUNK class action law suit, an engineering flaw by Nikon engineers, can't get any easier than that. Nikon just needs to slow down, it seem like they are coming out with a new FF camera every six months, at that rate, something is bound to get neglected. Sony and Toshiba already providing you with top grade sensors, slooow down and get the engineering and quality control right.

Actually, there's little "damage" for folks to collect (as the issue isn't usually apparent) and the only folks that will benefit will be the shysters. So I'll assume that you are an attorney.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2015 at 16:45 UTC
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AbrasiveReducer: Sounds good. I know they want to sound prestigious but I don't think I would have chosen this name.

Bill & Melinda Gates used their names on their foundation.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 6, 2014 at 13:55 UTC
On Price released for Brikk's 24k gold Nikon Df article (390 comments in total)
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Joseph Black: Or donate that money directly to starving people who need medical care. I'm sure we're all kind of hypocritical about things since we all own riches that would make people hundreds of years ago think we were all kings, but this camera really is on one of the upper tiers of being a rich douche.

There is nothing wrong with being a one-percenter ... I'm busy working my way upward, having started in the bottom half! And yes, Kim L., many are poor because they are lazy. Some are poor because they aren't smart. I already give enough to them via redistribution of my tax money.
To whomever can afford this type of bangle, more power to you. (I'm not a fan of shiny things for the sake of shiny things; I'd never buy something of this sort anyway.)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2014 at 19:34 UTC
On First Hasselblad in space goes to auction next month article (84 comments in total)

How is this NOT property of the citizens of the USA? Was it merely lent by Hassy, and then changed hands a few time? Curious minds want to know.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2014 at 13:09 UTC as 14th comment | 3 replies
On Zeiss introduces 'no distortion' Otus 1.4/85mm article (338 comments in total)
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47872Mike: I would love to understand the point of such a lens.

Hmmm ... it's the best performing 85mm lens to fit our DSLR's. The BEST. And it costs more, of course - the best of something is always priced to what the market will bear. So some of us will buy it, as we want the best 85mm lens on the planet. And you will not.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 23:27 UTC
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Biowizard: Kudos to the ESA - grabbing all the interesting space headlines this summer!


Yeah, but here in the USA we have Obamacare!
Seriously, I'd like to see NASA's budget go up; perhaps something we can check on our tax returns: "Send $10/100/1000 to NASA? Y/N"

Direct link | Posted on Aug 15, 2014 at 13:27 UTC
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The Name is Bond: Gimmickry, not photography.

In the same way that Ansel Adams' stuff was gimmickry, as it also didn't reflect what was captured by his cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 3, 2014 at 12:08 UTC
On Dronestagram contest winners announced article (120 comments in total)
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Bernard Carns: Interesting points of view.

But the images are really flat.

Where's the dynamic range?

These are the poorest quality images I've ever seen National Geographic endorse.

Maybe National Graphic has become the zombie....


But, again, the points of view are somewhat interesting.

I wanna see the picture of the eagle chasing the guy on the ground controlling the drone...

Generally speaking, you cannot tell the actual dynamic range of the scene in an image from looking at a monitor or print (unless it contains, say, the sun, the moon, and some stars, all properly exposed!)
In terms of "flatness", it could be your monitor; they're OK for me. Save one and up the contrast if it pleases you.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2014 at 21:04 UTC
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Ken Phillips: I have used a mirror with a "window" sash pattern and real curtains taped on the thing for indoor portraits, 'cuz the light coming through the window is never quite right (or, like me, your studio has no windows!)

I needed a much sharper projection; the image of the window was part and parcel of the shot (a girl sitting on a bed reading a book.)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 13, 2014 at 11:54 UTC

I have used a mirror with a "window" sash pattern and real curtains taped on the thing for indoor portraits, 'cuz the light coming through the window is never quite right (or, like me, your studio has no windows!)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 12, 2014 at 13:43 UTC as 32nd comment | 2 replies
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1585 comments in total)
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Zoron: 2014 is transition year to 4K, and this is the last chance for Nikon to milk money from 1080p, in 2016 when D900 is released with 4K.....D810 will be obsolete..

I have a 39" Seiki Quad HD television that I use as my monitor, so I'm 4K ready. For $500, you just gotta have one. Slower data rate due to the ancient version of HDMI it uses (limits QHD to 30 FPS) but as I am cinema-oriented, I'm good with that. Darned good monitor for ancient eyes, as well.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 11:46 UTC
On Nikon announces full-frame D810 with no OLPF article (99 comments in total)
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peevee1: Huh. 2014 and no built-in WiFi, when every point and shoot has it already?!

And they still continue to play games. 5 fps at 36 mpix means that sensor and processor are able to produce 7.2 (not 6) fps at 1.2x and 11.2 fps (not 7) at DX crop. Artificial limits on a $3200 camera. Huh.

Actually, it's likely that the entire sensor may need to be read for each frame - a finite time; and at one point you'll run into the physical limitations of the moving hardware. The only time you save is from not processing the entire frame.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 11:22 UTC

The ultimate setup: Curved tri-layer sensor (RGB layers) that will also take care of chromatic aberration without special correction. Very, very simple lenses (essentially a monochromatic camera at that point, times three!)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 12:58 UTC as 80th comment | 1 reply
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vroy: This is very useful for morons that wouldn't protect their costly lenses by filters.

I've never used a filter unless I needed it to alter what was hitting the film or sensor. I have damaged exactly one lens (out of hundreds!) in 40+ years, and that I did by tossing it! Filters not necessary for an image capture may do nothing, may hurt the image, but they cannot help the image.
Otherwise, which filter would you recommend for my Canon 600mm F4L? I think it needs to be 170mm or so in diameter.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2014 at 11:41 UTC
On A travel-sized large-format 4x5 camera? article (219 comments in total)
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Cheng Bao: Since when digital photography review drops 'digital' from name?

Funny you say that. In the late 1980's my father (a professional photographer / film maker) urged me to "go digital". Back then, it meant some sort of rather unobtainable scanning system, and grotesquely expensive software! I've scanned all of my 4x5's ... much more convenient for printing, and no "spotting" of prints needed.
A scanning back on that little plastic camera would be much more fun.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2014 at 22:02 UTC
On Camera from NASA's moon missions sold at auction article (110 comments in total)
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peevee1: Now, the billionaires ask to lower taxes on them, put more tax load on middle class and poor people. Seems like they have way too much money as it is. :)

The wealthy subsidize everyone with a taxable income under $110,000.00 as it is. Give us a break.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 14:23 UTC
On Judge strikes down fine against drone photographer article (131 comments in total)
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racketman: Amazon will be hoping the appeal by the FAA is unsuccessful assuming they intend to go ahead with their drone delivery service.

In the US, one cannot fly a plane closer than 1000 feet above an inhabited area (unless landing or taking off). I actually hope to see some regulation relating to flying drones over private property; the 1000 foot rule would work well enough.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 12:25 UTC
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tinternaut: Only 6MP digital files from a medium format film scan?

Well, that's all you get without an upcharge!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2013 at 11:42 UTC
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Langusta: Unnecessary complication I guess; just one more thing that can break down and that costs extra money...right software can do same trick just fine and most people (who can afford such camera) probably already have it.

Actually, you want to quash moiré at the source ... software has no clue as to what image created the values on a given spot on the sensor. Of course, if you are diffraction limited, you no longer need an AA filter (you've effectively got one!)
Personally, I'd rather have it "in or out" selectable (flip up like the mirror?) than have several more layers in front of the sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2013 at 10:54 UTC
On Battle of the Wi-Fi Cards: Eye-Fi vs. Transcend article (179 comments in total)
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wlad: there's a whole paragraph about "speed" and it does not have the most important information - average transfer speed.
Which would be a pathetic 1MB/s at most.

I have an Eye-fi connect x2 card that has been gathering dust for the last 2 years.

Not useless for me; I used an earlier, slower version to transfer small jpegs to a 24" monitor during events (with software to display the latest files for a few seconds, or until a new picture arrived.) Got a crowd around monitor quickly! Downloaded the RAW files via adapter, later. I've also used the quicker, later version.
That's really the only use I'd ever have for WiFi, until they get to full power wireless N with real speeds. I no longer do events, so I gave mine away.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2013 at 12:20 UTC
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