Amnon G

Amnon G

Lives in United States Bellevue, WA, United States
Works as a Program Manager
Has a website at www.spacepirations.com
Joined on May 19, 2005
About me:

Family man, space enthusiast, technologist and photography buff seeking simplicity.

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Almost all mounts but Fuji X...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2014 at 19:45 UTC as 15th comment
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Amnon G: Still happy to get the X-E2 upgrade, but look carefully and face the truth - X-T1 is getting a ton of updates, X-E2 a few and X-E1 even fewer.
This means that either Fuji is still (albeit less than others) doing market segmentation, i.e. artificially limiting products according to their market segment band (top, mid, bottom), or development is structured as verticals like other camera makers, where unlike PCs where the same binaries work on an Intel i3, i5 or i7 (or even the Q6600 of 9 years ago), here the firmware is very much married to the camera, making updates to 3 cameras cost 3 times more than to 1 camera.
It's probably something in-between.
Again, I got more updates to my X-E2 than 4 years of my Nikon D90, and it's not because there was nothing to improve on the D90.

I am actually not blaming Fuji of marketing tactics and artificial segmentation by software, I would really like to understand the process. If you take 2 computers they can be vastly different, have different hardware capabilities and yet except for device driver which provide hardware abstraction the software is identical. If cameras, especially close siblings such as X-E2 and X-T1 (and X-100S/T?) have their software layered like that, there should be no reason why X-T1 gets (for example) Q-menu customization but X-E2 doesn't. Take another set of devices - iPhones - The 4s, 5, 5s, 5c, 6, 6+ all have arguably bigger differences in their hardware than the X-E2 to X-T1 guts (not talking about the external dials), and yet all of them, i.e. 4 iterations of the iPhone runs the same software, probably on top of a hardware abstraction layer of some sort. Fuji is the closest to continue improving released cameras than anything I've seen, but still nothing close to an iPhone or Windows.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 21:33 UTC

Still happy to get the X-E2 upgrade, but look carefully and face the truth - X-T1 is getting a ton of updates, X-E2 a few and X-E1 even fewer.
This means that either Fuji is still (albeit less than others) doing market segmentation, i.e. artificially limiting products according to their market segment band (top, mid, bottom), or development is structured as verticals like other camera makers, where unlike PCs where the same binaries work on an Intel i3, i5 or i7 (or even the Q6600 of 9 years ago), here the firmware is very much married to the camera, making updates to 3 cameras cost 3 times more than to 1 camera.
It's probably something in-between.
Again, I got more updates to my X-E2 than 4 years of my Nikon D90, and it's not because there was nothing to improve on the D90.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 08:21 UTC as 32nd comment | 8 replies
On Amazon Fire Phone camera review post (59 comments in total)
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vFunct: lol reviewing a product 2 months later that absolutely no one bought.

With technology advancing beyond the good-enough stage (which arguably cell-phones, compact cameras, etc. have for many different uses), sensor size (and the resulting physics of DoF, for example) will gradually become a tool rather than a topic for an argument. The numbers - dynamic range, megapixels, RAW-bits, will become moot argument points just like which computer is better for games - a beefy desktop, laptop or an iPad or even what is a better medium for art - oil paint, crayons or chalk.
At the end of the day, it is possible to make art with a cellphone as much as it is possible (and usual) to make photos no one will look at with the best, most expensive camera, or not make photos at all because the darn thing weighs 10lbs and is at home most of the time.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2014 at 17:31 UTC
On Opinion: Bring on the 70-200mm equivalents article (328 comments in total)

It's all about compromises in photography. Fuji also has the 50-230 and 55-200 lenses that are lighter and cheaper, with the sacrifice being the variable and slower aperture.
I realize the lenses here are of constant aperture so they are different lenses.
Also, it would be important to note that APSC at F2.8 has DoF comparable to FF at F4, which adds some food for thought in these comparison. Considering FF chips have double the surface area of APSC chips and it becomes clearer that if size and weight are out of the picture (no pun intended), FF trumps APSC.
The bottom line is that the best camera is the one you have with you and doesn't get in the way of photography (i.e. you are so familiar with the controls that you can use your brain to take the photo rather than think about the controls), so the best newest camera at home that you are not intimate in operating is in many cases worth far less than the compact (OK, make it an APSC mirrorless :-)) that you carry with you.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2014 at 21:35 UTC as 38th comment

Is carrying an unsightly item like that really better than taking pictures with your phone and sharing?
Not for me, looks as awkward as taking pictures with a tablet.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 17:02 UTC as 9th comment

Is the 440 photos battery life with a phone serving as a screen, i.e. constantly using wireless communications to show stuff on the phone LCD?
Interesting design, which of course sacrifices physical controls.
Heck, maybe this is the dawn of the build-your-own-camera age - get a screen size of your choice (a phone), get the camera core (like the QX1) and then a bunch of physical controls that will work with the app. This could be seen as an extension to vertical grippers which connect to a camera and add features like physical controls, battery life, etc. Sony itself or third party companies could be making several bodies for this camera with fewer or more physical controls or other features.
Of course, that depends on the size of the market as a chicken-and-egg problem.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2014 at 18:02 UTC as 62nd comment | 1 reply
On Behind the Shot: Flames of the North article (67 comments in total)

I've seen more pictures similar to this with ice and a background (yes, I'm grossly over-generalizing), and the ice looks flat and not really connected in these cases. It's almost like two pictures in one and I don't know where to look - there is no line or focal point, in other words I don't know what is the subject of the photo - a lot of stuff is in the middle - the ice piece, the horizon - it's indecisive for me.
A lot of technical parts to the image, but the lines in the photo (which are visible without any focus stacking or improvements) don't entice me, so the final product (beyond the beauty of its parts) doesn't either.
Yes, it's easy to be a critic, I should produce something better and then talk, etc. :-)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 11, 2014 at 16:38 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)

8MP frames from a video creates a whole new capability of extracting the best photo out of a video instead of continuous shooting. This could be very handy for many things, from sports to kids to animals.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 01:17 UTC as 54th comment | 6 replies
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Amnon G: Fun doesn't have to be practical and art doesn't have to make sense to everyone. I'm personally the engineer type and don't do such things but it looks like they had fun. And the results are great, and I personally don't care whether Photoshop was involved or not.
Kuddos!

OK, then I guess I am not the type that does these things, regardless of being an engineer. better? :-)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 14:41 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1578 comments in total)
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57even: Perfect. Such a relief. I have no need to upgrade my D800.

Now back to the 1980s when I only had to upgrade a camera every 10 years because I wore it out. That's worth spending $3k for.

Disruptive should come in the form of better "film" - imagine a 10-stop (~1000X) improvement in signal to noise ratio, enabling ISO to be essentially a thing of the past in terms of being a major decision point in less than ideal light - already that's one of my favorite aspects of my Fuji X-E2 - you're right it's not the resolution but the consistency over a broad range of ISO - when high ISO doesn't compromise shots anymore and as a photographer you can think of the two creative parameters shutter speed and F-stop and not care whether the result requires ISO 100, 1600, 6,400 or even 102,400. Noise will become an artistic tool that's completely orthogonal to other parameters, like it is today at the ~1,600 range compared to film days.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 22:25 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1578 comments in total)
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57even: Perfect. Such a relief. I have no need to upgrade my D800.

Now back to the 1980s when I only had to upgrade a camera every 10 years because I wore it out. That's worth spending $3k for.

So if the camera had 2X resolution, 4K video, etc. you'd need to upgrade? Regardless of what Nikon or any company releases, your camera is still as good and your photography skills are the same, so what difference would it make?
Makes it sound like making improvements is a bad thing, which seems strange. After all, the same progress is what produced your camera of choice.
Personally this "tapering off" of progress rate just means that it's time for another disruptive technology advancement.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 16:15 UTC

Fun doesn't have to be practical and art doesn't have to make sense to everyone. I'm personally the engineer type and don't do such things but it looks like they had fun. And the results are great, and I personally don't care whether Photoshop was involved or not.
Kuddos!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 17:17 UTC as 29th comment | 2 replies
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Dr111968: I wonder why mirrorless camera body should be small while the lenses are huge! what is the point!

Unless glass ends up not being the answer - ceramics, liquid lens elements, perfected Fresnel lenses, etc. - theoretically we could have much lighter and/or smaller lenses if a new material is found or perfected.Alternatively, replacing the metal parts (not sure what role these have in the lens weight) with newly developed materials like Graphene composites may help with at least weight if not size.
Physics with current materials is, as you write, unavoidable.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2014 at 18:15 UTC
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mosc: I thought it would be f2.8-f4, like the sped up 55-200 they offer. This is just a double price pentax lens. I'm sure it will be a little sharper throughout than the pentax version (which is a much older lens to be fair), I just think Fuji at it's best is pushing APS-C past the capabilities of it's competitors offering a nice niche between the APS and FF products of other lines.

With no FF system to worry about, Fuji's focus on APS-C should mean they can beat the standard offerings. Fuji's a little more expensive but that makes sense if they're delivering brighter apertures on the same size sensor.

Not impressed.

The Fuji 55-200 that I have is 3.5-4.8. Is there a new one coming that you know about?
I agree, though - I thought it would be faster like their other zooms are compared to the competition. Instead they tout the 5 stop OIS, which is no substitution for lens speed in many cases (when stuff is moving). I do wonder whether there's anything to be read between the lines that the next gen cameras (not some repackaging but updated sensor) would perform 1 stop better, but I'm over-assuming here for sure.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2014 at 18:09 UTC

I like the notion of getting off the ever-faster train we're on today by 15 minutes per photo, meaning there aren't many photos taken and each gets a lot of thought.
That is not to say that it is not possible to do the same with any camera (discipline or thinking before taking a photo), however I do feel there's a miss here in terms of subjects - where are some distinctively 21st century items, like a Tesla car, the London Eye, or (had to search for what's in Newcastle on Tyne) - airport control tower, Gateshead Millenium Bridge, etc.?
See here for some buildings
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tallest_buildings_and_structures_in_Newcastle_upon_Tyne

Also taking photos of decidedly non-19th-century people (punks, business people in modern suits, kids on skateboards, etc.) would also provide the nice oxymoron the title of this post refers to.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 2, 2014 at 20:37 UTC as 11th comment
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alpha90290: No. 4 - a rainbow at the end of a desert :-D

Pretty stunning photo.

I hope that guy in the picture find a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Or you can visit the park in November (like we did) and see sand-dunes with an ice crust over the "dark side" that doesn't get enough sun to melt it.
It was 11F when we went there the first time.

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2014 at 14:41 UTC
On Lytro Illum in the hands of five leading photographers article (166 comments in total)
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MrSkelter: The problem Lytro have is their marketing is wrong. They're selling depth control the way movie studios tried to sell 3D (in the 50's and more recently). Composing photos so subjects are on different planes is, at best, contrived. Like selective color it encourages the worst instincts in the worst shooters.

They should sell this tech to enthusiasts as a fix. Control the focus point in post, photograph like you always have. Missing focus is a real problem Lytro can solve. Zooming through photos is a solution for a problem that doesn't exist.

What if we had a hybrid camera that would effectively capture a band of focus sacrificing some resolution for it? that would allow fixing focus.
More broadly - Is it possible to use the captured information to improve resolution or only change focus or control depth of field?

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2014 at 20:27 UTC
On Drone films SpaceX rocket launch and landing article (73 comments in total)
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Amnon G: It would be even cooler if there was someone strapped on waving at the camera maybe a Kerbal ;-p?

Awesome! Next test a live human - heck, this can be a great ride at the SpaceX amusement park!

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2014 at 03:19 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2307 comments in total)

Hmm... I thought that the lens was slower than the Fuji 18-55 because it was a different compromise - slower but no software correction. Now I don't understand why. 18-56 3.5-5.6 is nothing to write home about.
Yeah, I know I'd pee my pants if I held that solid aluminum block in my hands. But doesn't that wear off and then I'd be left with the images that my mind can conjure and the camera hopefully can deliver?

Direct link | Posted on May 2, 2014 at 19:36 UTC as 303rd comment
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