utphoto

utphoto

Lives in United States UT, United States
Works as a Landscape, nature, travel, stock photography
Joined on Aug 17, 2006

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Erick L: They could cut cost by reducing the ridiculous amount of packaging.

I agree there. Their packaging is designed for retail showroom displays. Each additional accessory is in it's own expensive case. When you order from Amazon or wherever, a GoPro with accessories, you receive a box with all the retail packaging. There is no coherence and it's a clusterf..k of bits and pieces that don't go together with a great deal of ease. The company has also done some crazy things such as release a product with a foil label inside the battery compartment that frequently shorted out the battery causing freeze ups and other glitches. Unless you're really into action video or leading edge, adrenalin-producing sports, the GoPro is probably not for you, and more pain than it's worth. Go to eBay and check out how many used systems are for sale.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2014 at 19:01 UTC
On Apple to cease development of Aperture article (424 comments in total)
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OliverNZ: Hi,

No surprises here!!
They ditched their video editing program too a few years back - just when all the Apple users thought it was the best thing!

Adobe is going to love this!! I personally use Silkypix and LR. Very nice program.

My 2c.
Oliver

Perhaps...after you spend forever learning it. The most counter-intuitive GUI I've ever experienced.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 21:41 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1489 comments in total)
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utphoto: Amazing. The number of dismissive comments about 4K, especially the five to ten years before it will be here scenarios. First, it won't be even five years before it has a 30-50% penetration in to homes in the US. Within two years it will be the standard for virtually all sets 40" in size or larger except for entry level models. And these are not my guesstimates but from professional industry organizations.

The most important reason for 4K is that 1080 derived from a 4K master, even disregarding the cropping options, looks far better than 1080 shot natively. Serious video shooters are already shooting in 4K for archival purposes. As for 8K, don't hold your breath. 4K is the sweet spot for the consumer. 8K will be used primarily for commercial cinema production and presentation.

That will be repeated by greedy internet providers everywhere and will insure that delivery methods (satellite, disc, SS devices) for video, in addition to streaming video, survive. Streaming video, for the most part, is for lazy viewers, rather than those who prefer technical excellence.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 12:05 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1489 comments in total)

Amazing. The number of dismissive comments about 4K, especially the five to ten years before it will be here scenarios. First, it won't be even five years before it has a 30-50% penetration in to homes in the US. Within two years it will be the standard for virtually all sets 40" in size or larger except for entry level models. And these are not my guesstimates but from professional industry organizations.

The most important reason for 4K is that 1080 derived from a 4K master, even disregarding the cropping options, looks far better than 1080 shot natively. Serious video shooters are already shooting in 4K for archival purposes. As for 8K, don't hold your breath. 4K is the sweet spot for the consumer. 8K will be used primarily for commercial cinema production and presentation.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 11:27 UTC as 291st comment | 7 replies
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2970 comments in total)

The video looks soft, certainly not up to pro standards judging from the the files provided here. The plant growth on the hilll below the wind mill looks blotchy with no detail. 4K video from the GH4, down converted to 1080 simply blows this camera away, and another argument for shooting in 4K even if the final distribution format will be 1080.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 2, 2014 at 19:35 UTC as 194th comment | 3 replies
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TwoMetreBill: 8GB of RAM for serious image editing, NOT!

What kind of editing do you consider serious? I use a MBP with 8 gigs of RAM to edit files when on trips. It works perfectly well and quickly using LR with files from a 40 meg 645D. And today I put together two minutes of 4K video footage from a GH4 with no glitches in less than ten minutes.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2014 at 02:15 UTC
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (655 comments in total)
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BozillaNZ: So int he end Pentax still can't produce any full-sized sensor cameras! It's either Cropped 35mm or cropped 645, Pentax is for Croppers! It's sensor is far smaller than theactual '645' model number suggests, no matter how you fans spin it.

No matter how you spin, no one cares what you think. Hasselblad and Phase also call their cropped sensor systems DMF. MF film was also all over the map in terms of image size ranging from 645 to 617. Get over it.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 16:48 UTC
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (655 comments in total)
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Paul Guba: I almost purchased the earlier version. Not being an amateur it lacked one notable feature not being able to be tethered. Seems like there is still issues with LR and unlikely Capture1 is going out of their way to support Pentax. Which makes it a no go as much as I would like to have it.

Ricoh has announced tethering capability for the 645Z. Some photographers, amateur and pro, seem to forget the Pentax 645 original film versions and subsequent film, and the 645D, were primarily designed as field cameras for landscape, nature shooters. Wedding and studio photographers have criticized the camera over the years for not having swappable backs or tethering. Those applications/needs were not the primary design Pentax design objective. The 6454Z marks a distinct change and upgrade in features. The legacy Pentax 645 lenses can be very good and at some apertures exceed the performance of equivalent Zeiss products, the manual focus 35mm being a prime example. If Ricoh tightens QC standards for lenses they have the possibility of making Hasselblad very nervous in terms of their future place in a rapidly changing market.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 16:44 UTC
On Atomos launches Shogun 4K external recorder article (17 comments in total)
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utphoto: YouTube should not be considered a reference standard when comparing 720P to 1080P. The YouTube compression artifacts along with loss of detail pretty much render even YouTube 720P less than HD quality. Significant numbers of Bluray discs are sold to users who simply want the best current delivery method for 1080. I'm amazed at the number of people who watch degraded streaming video with poor quality on everything from iPhones to 55" plasmas and believe they're getting real HD quality. But a large majority of the public still assumes they're getting HD from DVDs just because their players are hooked up to a flatscreen TV. The public at large is completely technologically illiterate.

And your point...if there is one? The lowest common denominators in consumer technology may appeal to the masses but they don't necessarily advance the state of the art. Usually the state of the art evolves, costs come down and trickle down allows it to reach the mass consumer market.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 01:31 UTC
On Atomos launches Shogun 4K external recorder article (17 comments in total)

YouTube should not be considered a reference standard when comparing 720P to 1080P. The YouTube compression artifacts along with loss of detail pretty much render even YouTube 720P less than HD quality. Significant numbers of Bluray discs are sold to users who simply want the best current delivery method for 1080. I'm amazed at the number of people who watch degraded streaming video with poor quality on everything from iPhones to 55" plasmas and believe they're getting real HD quality. But a large majority of the public still assumes they're getting HD from DVDs just because their players are hooked up to a flatscreen TV. The public at large is completely technologically illiterate.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2014 at 12:24 UTC as 2nd comment | 2 replies
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mathlawguy: Music is awful and distracting. Cuts are too fast. Seems very teenage in its appeal. But the shots themselves are impressive. Maybe they need a remix for people over 25?

We have an entirely new generation of youth with inability to focus on anything lasting longer than a few seconds. Essentially attention deficit disorder perpetrated by MTV-style editing and reality TV shows.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 28, 2014 at 22:21 UTC

This is old news even if the individual promoting it doesn't realize it. I have a friend that built a home brew steady cam using a control system/circuit board from a Ukrainian designer and three gimbal motors. He uses the concept with his helicopter mounted GoPro camera as well as with a handheld version for his NEX-6. My friend built his system from scratch but if you go to ebay you can find numerous suppliers of two and three gimbal camera stabilization systems for GoPros and small mirror less cameras. They don't look as elegant as the system described here but they work essentially the same and for a few hundred bucks. Unless the product here can be delivered at a low, break through cost, it's of little interest to the average user. I'm sure GoPro would have used existing technology to create a similar product if they felt the market existed. Or, perhaps they feel the existing products on the market fill the need.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2014 at 12:29 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply
On Pentax O-FC1 FluCard: The wireless details article (120 comments in total)
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BFD: Does it work with Windows 8 pc and phones?
The article oly mentions Safari or Chrome but not Windows.

You can use Safari or Chrome browsers on Windows PCs. I would think it would work.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2014 at 19:38 UTC
On Pentax O-FC1 FluCard: The wireless details article (120 comments in total)

This review on YouTube will tell you all you need to know about the Pentax Flucard and how to transfer RAW files using the Flucard. Way too much mis-information and speculation about the Flucard on this thread. This video will clear up many questions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJKqvVhhwPM

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2014 at 18:27 UTC as 36th comment | 5 replies
On Pentax O-FC1 FluCard: The wireless details article (120 comments in total)
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Greg VdB: It's exactly five months ago that the K-3 First Impressions article was posted on DPR. Good to see that the wireless control app had priority over the full camera review...

DXO has tested the K3 along with quite a number of other competent camera sites that offered quite positive reviews. At this point a DPR review is almost irrelevant for the K3 or any camera, for that matter. DPR expertise is equalled or surpassed elsewhere on the web when it comes to reviewing hardware.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2014 at 12:17 UTC
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Treeshade: At least, Nikon announced something useful, unlike the other big company.

But wait, the other big company already has a 4K capable flagship...

It's not a matter of how 4K can be delivered now, 4K programming is being archived for the future. 1080HD (1125/60) was being archived almost ten years in advance of the digital implementation being released to consumers. Programmers won't wait till the last minute to start shooting 4K, even if you don't watch it for another ten years...and it won't be that long...two years max, there will be affordable 4K camcorders.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2014 at 02:22 UTC
On Pentax K-3 preview (961 comments in total)
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Hossein Zaka: Hello Pentax(or Ricoh ) Co.

Why you don’t improve low light capability or color depth or Dynamic range in this 24Mpix sensor!?
I though you known that I don’t need 24Mpix or more and 16or12Mpix enough for me. Because I don’t want to print on a billboard or other big walls, and I don’t have giant disk and space to archive that.
I just want to rock with my APS-C sensor and have better low light capability or Dynamic range than K5II/K5IIs or D7100/D7000

I think this time DPR dont give you more than a Silver Award!
Regars

The sensor is what it is, a 24 meg sensor designed and produced by SONY. Aside from tweaks on the processing side, there is not much Pentax, Nikon or SONY can do to change the basic dynamic range or color depth. 16 megs is more of the sweet spot in APSc sensor performance. The K5IIs or D7000 are about as good as it gets in the areas that are important to you.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 29, 2013 at 22:15 UTC
On Pentax K-3 preview (961 comments in total)
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stevelatinner: Why are all these reviews incomplete? They've remained useless first impression reviews for months with no update. Not like the Dpreview I knew for years.

Like others, I usually turn to Imaging-resource.com to view/download comparison shots. But considering that the K3 was selected by DPR readers as the DSLR of the year in their poll and the fact that it's getting extremely positive reviews almost everywhere else, that pretty much confirms that it's a great camera. Having just purchased one as a back up for my 645D, and having owned Canons followed by a K5, I can tell you the Pentax AF issues seemed to have been put to rest once and for all. The K3 is amazing.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 29, 2013 at 22:09 UTC
On Have Your Say: Best DSLR / SLT of 2013 article (339 comments in total)
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22codfish: When Pentax updates the 645D at an competitive price with Full-Frame; Goodbye Canon and Nikon!

It's not a matter of 'easy and fun'. I've shot with the D600, essentially the same IQ as the 610, and the images simply don't compare to the 645D when they're printed very large. In terms of ergonomics, the 645D is simpler and more straight forward to use. The balance in the average person's hands is perfect. You can easily shoot handheld with it. The autofocus is quick as MF systems go. As a landscape camera it is superior to the 610 and it's not meant to be a jack of all trades type of camera. If you re-read my response to your post, you'll note that I specifically spoke of ergonomics. In that respect, the 645D is the equal of the 610 or virtually any other camera.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 24, 2013 at 16:48 UTC
On Have Your Say: Best DSLR / SLT of 2013 article (339 comments in total)
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Nectar D Or: Pentax can enjoy their 15 minutes of fame...

Because the K3 (a fine camera, by the way) is going to be all forgotten about once the 7d mk II is introduced.

The 7d mkII will be all but forgotten unless Canon releases a new sensor that is finally competitive with SONY in terms of reduced read out noise. I gave up on my 5D2 for that very reason, went with a K5 and have never looked back.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 21, 2013 at 12:15 UTC
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