Michael Barker

Michael Barker

Lives in Canada Canada
Has a website at http://www.tonalscape.com
Joined on Sep 14, 2004
About me:

I am an amateur outdoor photographer based in the Toronto area. By day, I do software R&D at a computer networking devices manufacturer.

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On 013 w photo in Noise No's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

LOL - right on - I admittedly pine for the OM-D for exactly this reason ... it reminds me of the ME Super

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2012 at 13:14 UTC as 1st comment
On Samsung NX 12-24mm to cost $600, 45mm F1.8 around $300 article (119 comments in total)

Unfortunate grammar error in the title of the press release ... "Samsung's Grows"?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2012 at 12:51 UTC as 4th comment
On Samsung NX 12-24mm to cost $600, 45mm F1.8 around $300 article (119 comments in total)

These seem like good prices if the performance holds up.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 25, 2012 at 20:41 UTC as 19th comment
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Mattoid: So its not a phone. You got my hopes up.

b534202: texting usually means receiving SMS messages, which requires a phone number... so how would you text with this?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2012 at 22:15 UTC
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Jman13: Where do you put your thumb?

I am so tempted to make a smart reply to this, but I won't.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2012 at 22:13 UTC

The best camera is the camera that you use.

These online features will get people to use their cameras more. It's a good thing!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2012 at 22:09 UTC as 61st comment
On Just Posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 review article (373 comments in total)
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Michael Barker: Seems as if it is mostly for folks who either are not enthusiasts or who don't mind owning two expensive cameras.

Exactly:
"enthusiasts looking for a secondary (or third?) camera that fits in a shirt/jeans pocket." == "folks who don't mind owning two expensive cameras"

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2012 at 15:45 UTC
On Just Posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 review article (373 comments in total)

Seems as if it is mostly for folks who either are not enthusiasts or who don't mind owning two expensive cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2012 at 13:12 UTC as 55th comment | 2 replies
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disasterpiece: I'm in for my first DSLR and this seems quite a treat - near D7000-like sensor (or maybe better) for less than 2/3 of its price. I'm only concerned about optics I'll be using.

Seems to me that the results are noticeably /better/ than the D7000.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2012 at 11:34 UTC
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Azfar: I can not, for the life of me, fathom this 'slr-like' class of cameras. Whats the point, really. They all have the small P&S sensors for crying out loud. Whats 'SLR-Like' about them...the body? then where does the 'bridge camera' gimmick come in? seriously. If anything, a large body must be required to house that zoom lenses but for all intent and purposes they should 'only' be called super zooms and nothing more.

Well, lots of people can use a 22-560mm range and would like it in a small package.
Lots of people know what an SLR looks like and what to do with the eyepiece without knowing what SLR stands for. SLR-like tells people the expected way to use the object.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2012 at 18:44 UTC
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dgreene196: Reminds me of Samsung's 20-50 mm for their NX cameras. More compact, less range, no IS. If the lens performs pretty well, it might appeal to those who want the absolutely smallest possible kit.

I think that this lens has a place, and Nikon knows what they are doing. The point of these mirrorless systems, to me, is that they fill multiple uses. With one lens the camera is compact but limited in zoom range. With another lens it is not pocketable but has more range. As high ISO performance increases, the usefulness of IS in still photography decreases, especially if one is concerned with "good enough" image quality and not have the best possible image quality just for the sake of having the best. RX100 cannot match Nikon 1 system versatility, and DSLRs and larger sensor mirrorless systems cannot match Nikon 1's portability with a telephoto zoom attached. And this lens is cheaper than Panasonic's PZ 14-42mm. Zooming with your feet isn't always possible or quick, and can change perspective and point of view, and digital zoom or cropping isn't much of an option with 10 megapixels.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2012 at 16:17 UTC
On Just posted: Quick Pentax K-30 samples gallery article (94 comments in total)
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stanic042: based on photozone review, this lens has bad reputation among some pentaxians, but this could be to sample variation
I like the results

It certainly seems fair to compare the DA 18-135mm with a newly released Canon lens, as the Pentax is still the latest and greatest. Until Pentax revises their lens, the many edge-soft examples will continue to make people hesitate, those who care about such things, anyway. It's all the more disappointing because K-30 + 18-135mm WR seems like such a "right" package.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2012 at 18:16 UTC

Apparently it is required to use the word "bespoke" in camera press releases now. LOL

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2012 at 15:00 UTC as 219th comment | 1 reply
On Is Instagram 'debasing photography'? article (291 comments in total)

I think they are part of the language, that's all. Neither good nor bad.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2012 at 20:08 UTC as 190th comment

Thing is, I wonder when Nikon and/or Canon might deliver a superzoom with phase detect AF on sensor ... which might affect the relative attractiveness of these. Just speculating!

I know, Panasonic says CDAF is the future, but what if they're wrong?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2012 at 14:09 UTC as 14th comment

The FZ150 looked like such a useful tool already, and now they revise it with a constant f/2.8. Awesome.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2012 at 17:05 UTC as 21st comment
On 100% crop from Elevator - Mushy NX200 JPEG at ISO200 photo in Michael Barkowski's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

This is an illustration of how shooting at ISO200 does not necessarily save you from mushy JPEG processing. Smearing still shows in deep shadow on low contrast detail on this shot, which was exposure compensated by 1.6 stops in order to avoid blowing out small areas in the sky. The local sensitivity of this crop is probably equivalent to a higher ISO.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 13, 2012 at 15:08 UTC as 1st comment
On Samsung releases 12MP EX2F 'Smart Camera' article (370 comments in total)
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Sergey Borachev: That's one impressive gadget. I am disappointed that it does not seem to have a 3.5 earphone socket and it cannot play DIVX, MP3, and also no games or diaries, calendar apparently. I think we are ready for an Ipod+compact camera.

Sergey, according to reviews, the Nokia 808 does play all kinds of multimedia including the formats you mentioned.
BTW, I think a headphone jack should be on every camera that records video. You should not have to audition your stuff to everyone around you just to review it.
And I think that since WiFi is being added to cameras, it would make sense for more in-camera RAW development features to be added as well.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 5, 2012 at 12:03 UTC
On Preview:pentax-k-30 (244 comments in total)

"It features the same 0.92x magnification viewfinder with 100% coverage" -- bravo! A worthy successor to the K10D, K20D line.

Posted on May 22, 2012 at 11:55 UTC as 80th comment
On Just Posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V review article (130 comments in total)
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Greynerd: It looks like the Canon SX IS superzooms are obviously being specifically excluded for review by DPR. The last one reviewed was the SX20 in 2009. As the SX40 is a popular contender in the class of cameras of which the HX200V is part it is starting to look conspicuous in its absence. The SX30 was never reviewed and it would be nice to compare the see how the SX40 compares against the Nikon 510, Panasonic FZ150 and the Sony whose reviews have been rushed online.

Well, since this Sony review is just an expansion of a dcresource review, you could go look at dcresource for the SX40: http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/canon/powershot_sx40-review

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2012 at 14:31 UTC
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