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On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1658 comments in total)

I couldn't help but notice that their stock is down slightly - apparently their investors weren't amused either...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 16:33 UTC as 392nd comment | 1 reply
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: You nay-sayers are tiresome. Want 4K? Buy a dedicated video camera, or the Panasonic GH4. Olympus makes photographic cameras with video as an afterthought to satisfy people who want to make a clip every now and then. And rightly so.
Besides, what part of "photography" did you miss in "Digital PHOTOGRAPHY Review?"

True Cliffwms! However, as a second camera (or as a primary, with audio recorded on the second) it would still be a great option. I have used an E-M5 for video before, and while the video codec was not quite up to my primary camera, the stabilization and color was awesome :)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 14:41 UTC
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: You nay-sayers are tiresome. Want 4K? Buy a dedicated video camera, or the Panasonic GH4. Olympus makes photographic cameras with video as an afterthought to satisfy people who want to make a clip every now and then. And rightly so.
Besides, what part of "photography" did you miss in "Digital PHOTOGRAPHY Review?"

If there is demand for solid video out of Olympus' cameras - and the E-M1 is apparently capable of it - then Olympus should capitalize on that - especially if it's as simple as releasing a new firmware. I assure you that you will still be able to take photographs with a camera that is capable of shooting video.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 13:08 UTC
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Jogger: Weird, the only reason to use the m43 mount is to use native m43 lenses.

If the m43 lenses doesnt cover the s35 sensor, then there is no point.

If the idea is to have a free, ready-made mount (and expect users to use non-native m43 lenses), then there are others mounts that already serve this purpose.

Actually, MFT is a pretty good mount for video, as many other mounts can adapt to it quite easily - most notably, B4 and PL.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2014 at 18:34 UTC
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kimchiflower: They look the same except for an added converter lens on the end. Aside from the 8.5mm, I can't see what the other can offer that is not already available.

I suspect these will be manual focus only, and the 12 & 25mm are already suitab;e covered by other MFT glass.

It's nice to see choice and another manufacturer signing up, but these would have to mainly compete on price.

@grafi @kimichiflower - yep, probably just mock ups for now. However, these lenses already exist for 4/3" sensors, but in C mount (industrial / computer vision lenses). They aren't cheap though - I expect they will come down in price for the consumer market:


Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2014 at 15:25 UTC
On CP+ 2014: Things we found that had been cut in half article (107 comments in total)
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BobORama: I want to know HOW they cut them in half. I've done this on a small scale for metallurgical specimen preparation. Same thing just bigger?

Airport security.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2014 at 15:43 UTC
On CP+ 2014: Things we found that had been cut in half article (107 comments in total)
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Buhl213: How can the Tamron be ENTIRELY useless when cut in half?

It turns out that it's only half useless!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2014 at 15:42 UTC
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fastprime: Critics in the use of Photoshop (or other pp sw) must all be jpeg shooters, 'cause last time I checked RAW files have to be converted and adjusted through a post-processing workflow. JPEGs go through an automated conversion process in-camera.

If the photog is not going to adjust the RAW file after opening it in software(i.e., file open>file save as) they'd actually get better results shooting straight jpegs, cause unedited RAW files look flat.

Look at Brooke Shaden. I love what she does - her work is absolutely brilliant. But I know that what she does is not just photography - she is an amazing artist with vision and post-processing technique, and she is recognized for this. It would be dishonest to look at her work and say that she is a wonderful photographer though, because her images transcend photography to the point that we can't tell what kind of photographer she is.

There is no hating here - I just think it is deceptive to simply call her a photographer, when she is clearly a digital artist (and a brilliant one at that).

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2014 at 18:24 UTC

BTW - Nikon needs to sue Leica too:

And someone who makes lipstick should sue Lytro - I'm positive my Grandma was trying to put Lytro on her lips the other day.

And Sigma - sue the pants off of Sigma until they make a camera that doesn't look like a brick with a lens glued onto the front.

And while we are at it, sue Sony too, for making cameras that look really good on paper but draw yawns in real life. I know they are capable - their video cameras are consistently top notch if you drop some proper coin.

And Canon - who do they think they are? Sue them! Don't care what for, they just have it coming.

Pentax, Panasonic and Olympus - sue them as well. I'm pretty sure their cameras look like something too.

I'll send my referrers fee to whichever lawyer picks these suggestions up.

You're welcome!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2013 at 04:14 UTC as 24th comment
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Expat Nomad: But there ARE differences to the design (e.g., mode dial, AF assist, port locations). Edit: I presume the menus are different too.

If this was the music industry, we'd be talking about the remix/tribute/cover.

But it's not like the music industry, where the art itself is ripped off. This is a camera we are talking about, not a fashion statement. Nobody flaunts their Nikon 1 because it looks cool.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2013 at 03:50 UTC
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Edmond Leung: Good !
Victory in anti-counterfeiting.
It prevents the fake products spread out to the whole world.
An excellent decision from the court.

Did you really think that camera was a Nikon 1 Series? Was it infringing on Nikon's business (rhetorical question, because it possibly was, but no more than any other camera)? At what point are manufacturers no longer allowed to make a camera that looks like a camera?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2013 at 03:47 UTC
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jkoch2: The "pocket" appellative merits clarification. The camera is small, but not pocketable, but is suitable mainly for pros with lots of money and batteries in their pockets. The camera body is only a fraction of what one must buy to make proper use. People without time or incentive to edit h.264 MOV or AVCHD video won't need ProRes or CinemaDNG any more than a kid on the lap of Kris Kringle (or Edmund Gwenn) will need a real locomotive or a B-29.

It is possible to admire this camera, as one might admire an RJ Corman GG10B, without having any impulse to buy one.

Folks anxious to capture or edit CinemaDNG, and who have the requisite equipment, time, and fine eye to take advantage, may be disappointed when the fruits of their labors fail to register in the 3mbps 480p version most people actually see, or the absence of any incremental pricing they'll be able to pass on to clients to cover the costs.

I think Francis may be bitter - but I am also guessing he has never used this camera, and has no idea what he is talking about...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 16, 2013 at 22:39 UTC
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matteusclement: I still don't understand if the Ninja with the BMPC gives you TRUE prores422.

Can anyone clarify?

10 bit HDMI, same framerate that would be recorded internally. No visual difference between Ninja ProRes 422 and internal ProRes 422

Direct link | Posted on Nov 16, 2013 at 15:21 UTC
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SteveNunez: It should be noted to capture RAW video the camera MUST use SD cards that are rated at 95/mbps and faster of only which the Sandisk Extreme Pro 64GB is recommended!

That's not entirely true - it seems that the newer Extreme cards rated at 80 MB/sec also work, at least in my limited testing (no more than about 4 minutes of continuous video so far, but no dropped frames). I'm still not 100% sure I would recommend purchasing these and expect to record raw, but if you already have them, it's worth a try...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 14, 2013 at 15:48 UTC
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stuntmonkey: If there was any justice, the Pentax K-3 should get the lions share of the traffic today, not the D610 announcement.

@anastigment - and yet, millions of wonderful and amazing photographs have been produced on APS-C, even from those old crufty 6 Mp cameras that couldn't shoot past ISO 640 without introducing horrible grain. I suspect that all the upgrading was not driven by incompetent gear, but rather by the status quo.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2013 at 13:20 UTC

I love "backyward astrophotgraphy"!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2013 at 02:27 UTC as 19th comment
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Weegee: I wonder when The New York Times will finally decide to do the same? People are so visually illiterate and tasteless that we knew it would come to this. Just look at the content of TV. "professional" photography is dying.

They aren't getting rid of professionals - they are getting rid of in-house staff. This has been going on in IT for years. Welcome to the 21st century.

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2013 at 12:58 UTC
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cplunk: "Yet, she's also had to answer detractors who question whether she should have intervened."

What good do those detractors think she could have done?

Someone called the police, they showed up. What else would she have done?

It's a sad situation, but this probably isn't the first time an incident like this has happened in this relationship. And it's likely it won't be the last. He's already an ex-convict, and should be well aware of the penalties for violent behavior (regardless of whether of not he was convicted of a violent crime, he undoubtedly met others who were during his incarceration), yet he continues to behave like this.

What could the photographer possibly do to resolve such a situation? What can anyone really do?

I agree - it's one thing to say she should have intervened, but unless she knows that she could take that guy down if necessary, she probably did the right thing by staying there - mostly out of the way - until the police arrived. Things could have gotten very ugly for all of them had she tried to stop him and failed. Besides - her just being there might have been enough intervention to keep the situation from being worse. I don't think we should be so quick to judge...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2013 at 01:56 UTC
On Just Posted: Pentax K-30 video preview article (37 comments in total)

Oops - I was expecting a sample video shot with the camera...

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2012 at 13:07 UTC as 8th comment
On Booohoo in the NO! (capture date rule) challenge (2 comments in total)

Haha - I like this one :)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2012 at 22:23 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
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