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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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 (1480 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 (1480 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 27th 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 9th 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 (74 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 (2298 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 299th comment
On 'City of Samba': Rio Carnival in tilt-shift article (48 comments in total)

Someone should remake Thunderbirds with real people :-)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 29, 2014 at 03:37 UTC as 9th comment
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2298 comments in total)

What's the reason for a new mount?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 20:20 UTC as 539th comment | 7 replies
On Drone films SpaceX rocket launch and landing article (74 comments in total)

It would be even cooler if there was someone strapped on waving at the camera maybe a Kerbal ;-p?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2014 at 14:51 UTC as 16th comment | 4 replies

BTW, the OneDrive link the video talks about is in the video details on YouTube.

Tried to paste it here but got this funny message from DPReview - "Failed to post new comment because it contains swear words."

Go to the YouTube video page and tell me what swear words I am missing here...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2014 at 20:11 UTC as 3rd comment
On Ryan Brenizer on how to shoot engagement sessions article (72 comments in total)

I enjoyed this video as it gives me some ideas too for any photos with people (mostly my own family).

It is somewhat strange to see DPR show a video from B&H, though DPR is nowadays going for more than reviews and shows - there are rumors, news, etc.
Everything which links to Amazon.com (hey, something has to fund all these hard working people, and believe me, Amazon employees are hard working people, I was one).

Amnon

Direct link | Posted on Apr 19, 2014 at 18:09 UTC as 25th comment
On IMG_0391_1 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Interesting - some of the strings seem to have disappeared. Is that an artifact of NR or just the lighting at the scene?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 20:20 UTC as 1st comment

I personally bought this:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/251378301900?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

More pleasant to hold than without it, gives the camera protection, full access to the battery/memory card, and comes with a matching leather hand-strap.

It doesn't make the grip bigger (only by its thickness and extra height), doesn't move the tripod mount or add compatibility with tripod heads, but I think it's related to this as it's (like these new grips) permanently connected to the camera somewhat altering its ergonomics and use.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2014 at 01:06 UTC as 35th comment
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