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KAllen

KAllen

Lives in United Kingdom Norwich, United Kingdom
Works as a Aerial Photographer
Joined on Mar 25, 2004
About me:

Photographer looking for a plan "B"

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On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (3439 comments in total)

I can see the advantage in having a high dr and there are many times I could of used it. But..... I shoot with a 1D X and I find I can often pull more out of the shadows than makes pictorial sense. I'm thinking the alien landscape is becoming very common in the search to max out captured detail.
Yes I would like the option for more dr, but its not the be all... we jump from one fad to another often driven by marketing hype.
I can remember when 3mp was a MF killer.. supposedly, fast frame rate was a must and so it goes on. Now DR is the buzz.

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2015 at 09:15 UTC as 233rd comment

pointless

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 06:32 UTC as 2nd comment

Its a turd, what more do you need to know. How can a pro upload many TB to the cloud.Would Apple be responsible if it was hacked and stolen?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 06:21 UTC as 40th comment | 1 reply
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (814 comments in total)
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bronxbombers4: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/blackmagicursamini

XC10 still seem like a big deal??

For only 20% more money the new BM camcorder will deliver 4k 60p at 12 stops with fully decked usability features and pro connectors (things the Canon fanboys claim are so expensive they cost $20,000 to produce....) and 150fps 1080P RAW!

Oh and it will also take all of your Canon lenses!

Oh and it will also use an APS-C sized sensor instead of a 1" sensor!

So for only 20% more money it beats the XC10 on every single spec, often by miles, other than for it being a bit bulkier (it's not like the XC10 is GoPro portable though).

This is why some of us have been trying to wake Canon up and push them forward, not because we hate them, but because we have a sense of what is going on and what could be done. Acting all fanboy does not do any favors for any Canon user! It just lets Canon sit back and be lazy.

The Blackmagic on paper is an absolute bargain even if you do have to add a lens. Not only does it beat the Canon, it beats a lot of other dedicated video cameras as well from all makers.
I suspect the Ursa requires a lot more computing power to deal with its data.That could add to the cost.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 20:32 UTC

Its a turd and will need a lot of polishing to even look viable for Aperture users.
Unbelievable that Apple swopped the best for worst.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2015 at 22:36 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (3439 comments in total)
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Deardorff: 50 MP - crippled dynamic range. Like buying a pickup truck with short bed to use on the farm. Stupid.

Its not crippled, great pictures have been taken for decades on far less dr. There is always something people jump up and down about, it use to be noise or mp's now the fashion is to throw your toys out of the pram because of dr.
This camera will work just fine in most conditions when used with some photographic knowledge.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2015 at 22:46 UTC
On Apple reveals Photos beta for developers post (125 comments in total)

Thats just poor from Apple, they still have the best pro package in Aperture and they want to replace with this junk. How the hell am I supposed to get 6tb of stored and sorted library images on this toy town solution.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 22:59 UTC as 4th comment
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (3439 comments in total)
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GlobalGuyUSA: Does this new Canon really have SAME dynamic range as the Canon 5DMIII?? If so, you may want to take a look at comparison with Nikon D750, before getting too excited about the megapixels:

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikon-d750/14

The dynamic range is a pretty big deal, if you're not shooting for skyscraper billboards.

Here's the thing, I shoot with a 1DX the DR is not an issue, I can pull more out of the shadows than is practical.
Something odd about the darks competing with the mids I always think. So not a deal breaker for me. What it does do now I know Canon direction is move the Pentax Z to the top of the list for max mp. I would keep the Canon system because the X is truly a fantastic camera. I do have clients that specify lots of pixels for no good reason all the same.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 09:36 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (3439 comments in total)
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dougster1979: So if I upgrade from my 16mp D7000 my photography skills will improve by a factor of 3, obviously!!

Is anyone claiming it will?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 09:25 UTC
On Canon EOS-1D C sees $4000 price drop in North America article (249 comments in total)
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Jahled: Word was sales were very poor. A strange beast the 1Dc, never quite figured it out as a DSLR or a footage camera at that price

Sorry for the typos , early morning on my phone without me glasses.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2015 at 07:34 UTC
On Canon EOS-1D C sees $4000 price drop in North America article (249 comments in total)
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Jahled: Word was sales were very poor. A strange beast the 1Dc, never quite figured it out as a DSLR or a footage camera at that price

Was should not of had the x and c, it could of just been the C it covers all of the X. It could of been priced at x levels. It wod of sold very well. Weddings/portrait photographers would of been pulling stills off the video. It could of changed how people work.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2015 at 07:31 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1303 comments in total)
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Mirrorless Crusader: Canikon still doesn't get it - the future of digital photography is MIRRORLESS! Not ugly black clunky leviathans!

EVF are totally useless for fast action photography. Making this mirror less would of crippled it in one of the areas it works well at.
Besides some of us like to see a real image. One day mirror less will rule, for now it isn't as good so why wish for it?
Some of us are more interested in the picture and not wishing for technology for technology sake.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 09:59 UTC
On High Flyer? DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Drone Review article (180 comments in total)
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fpvnoob: Kinda ironic people are trying to get into a hissy fit about these drones being unsafe or needing permission, when most of our own gvt's are spying on our every move, not to mention the CAA and FAA, approve testing of drones that actually kill people. Did I mention that thousands of planes fly over your head every day rammed full of jet fuel?

Its really boils down to double standards of the highest degree, we can do whatever the FK we want, and you're not allowed to do anything without our permission or paying is us thousands of pounds to fly something you could teach a child to fly in a matter of hours. And somethign which can flown inside your own living room.

That's right kids, the CAA and their affiliates will charge you the best part for 1500-2000 pound to obtain a license, so instead of pricing it sensibly and fairly to encourage more safe flights, they totally alienate everyone so its easier to control and criminalise them when they step out of link.

FK the CAA & FAA.

Lets see a commercial pilot is trained and trained and trained. They know to stick to the rules regarding safety. Fullsize aircraft have to pass lots tests to fly, and a host of inspections all through their life. The technology is fairly simple and proven. You don't control with a phone. A phone that often can't do what it is designed for let alone fly an aircraft. Idiots flying a cheap drone with no training are not comparable to real pilots. I've seen two drones piloted by experts bury themselves into the ground for one reason or other. I've not witnessed any Cessnas Squirrels Pipers etc crash. When they do come down the pilot usually has some say in where that will be. Drone pilots don't, when it goes wrong they just fall.
The CAA FAA are quite right to keep a lid on it.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2014 at 18:45 UTC
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1656 comments in total)

At Canon we see impossible....then give up.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2014 at 22:01 UTC as 17th comment | 4 replies
On High Flyer? DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Drone Review article (180 comments in total)

Where you are allowed to shoot with these legally in the UK makes them no real alternative to shooting from an aircraft.
Surprisingly it is often more cost effective to shoot commercially from a Cessna.
The BBC use a lot of drones to film with, which is fine because they are in control of the area. Joe public will not often have that luxury, which limits their use.Good little toy if you use them far from people and buildings. Limited for anything else.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2014 at 17:54 UTC as 54th comment | 1 reply
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1656 comments in total)
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KAllen: Not sure how many feet Canon has, but shooting yourself in the foot will decrease the usefulness of any number.
Well done Canon this might of been impressive if launched with the D30, but it's 2014 now.

Actually I'm shocked at how dated a concept this is, I fear for Canon if this is what they think innovation and inspiration is. Not only is the idea not worth shouting about, it's not especially slick or "WOW" to engage anyone.
I can only advise Canon in a way I think they might might be tuned in enough to understand. Canon "Think Different"

Direct link | Posted on Oct 13, 2014 at 12:30 UTC
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1656 comments in total)

Not sure how many feet Canon has, but shooting yourself in the foot will decrease the usefulness of any number.
Well done Canon this might of been impressive if launched with the D30, but it's 2014 now.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 13, 2014 at 12:21 UTC as 25th comment | 1 reply
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1656 comments in total)

A new phone and mp3 player.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2014 at 08:38 UTC as 866th comment
On Zeiss introduces 'no distortion' Otus 1.4/85mm article (339 comments in total)
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tmurph: I don't usually comment on whether a lens or camera is expensive or not.
What I will do now is comment on this one though.
I have spoken to a few pros during my visits to various camera shows and checked out some high end pro stuff, I was lucky to handle a digi Hasselblad and was impressed at what it can do. Will I ever own one? I don't think so purely on the fact that I can't afford it. Negative thinking? yes indeed but also, I'm realist and this stuff is way out of my league.
As regards munro harrap about a class system within our hobby I don't agree, for the most part you'll never get a pro talking down to a hobbyist, if anything they're only too happy to pass on some good advice.The ones who hang this stuff around their necks to show off with well, they're easily ignored.

I could put forward a better reason if I was a hobbyist photographer for buying expensive gear more than I can being a pro.
If I look at Phaseone or expensive lenses and ask myself the question "how much will it add to my bottom line" I get the answer "nothing it will reduce it". I don't have a single client willing to pay me more because of the gear I use. I think some would be happy with the iPhone if it meant getting it 5 minutes after capture.
A hobbyist can justify it because they just want it.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2014 at 13:17 UTC
On Zeiss introduces 'no distortion' Otus 1.4/85mm article (339 comments in total)
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tfeltz: Focus needs to be tack-on to reap the full benefits of this lens. Even with a 13cm DOF, there will be a considerable drop off in sharpness with every cm towards the DOF boundaries. Extremely accurate focusing is required (tripod work, static subjects) to achieve the theoretical sharpness of this lens. It's definitely a niche product, even when not considering the price.

I think focus has to be bang on with all lenses to get the best out of them if you want a sharp picture. Even cr*p ones.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2014 at 13:10 UTC
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