Biowizard

Biowizard

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Canon's DSLRs are all 3:2 aspect ratio; its Selphys are all 4:3. What i WOULD buy is a dye sub that produced slightly larger prints in 3:2 format or 4:3, depending on media loaded - say 6" x 9" or 6" x 8".

This latest Selphy does nothing I cannot do with my original Canon baby dye-sub printer I bought over 10 years ago.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 16:27 UTC as 1st comment
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Biowizard: Very little info here behind the pics ... What resolution sensor? Lens fish-eye or rectilinear? Focal length? Sensor physical size? And so on ...

Pretty pic, though.

Brian

Thanks John - that includes some of the info (eg, sensor), but nothing about the lens type or focal length/field of view.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2015 at 00:08 UTC

Very little info here behind the pics ... What resolution sensor? Lens fish-eye or rectilinear? Focal length? Sensor physical size? And so on ...

Pretty pic, though.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2015 at 16:08 UTC as 16th comment | 3 replies
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Biowizard: "... located to the *left* of the lens mount. Also on the *left* is a full-sized HDMI ..."

That's a very "selfie" oriented decription! With the camera pointing at a subject other than oneself, I'd say those buttons and the data ports are on the RIGHT hand side of the camera! Just as I think of the shutter release on my DSLR as being on the right hand end of the top-plate!

Brian

EDIT: Indeed, as in your OM-D E-M10 review: "The camera's ports (a micro-HDMI socket and combined USB/AV output) move to the *right* flank" ... same (relative) location as those sockets on the Blackmagic!

Fairy Nuff - but it's a bit like asking someone, "Is America to the RIGHT or LEFT of Europe"? Obviously this depends on which way you are facing at the time, but many people simply assume the "North Up" view and say "Left".

I work a lot in theatre, and "Right" / "Left" are always relative to the STAGE view (ie, the performers). Stand on the stage, face the audience, and "Right" is to YOUR right (THEIR left), and vice versa.

The SAME is true for about 99% of DpReview's reviews. Right/Left is described from the PHOTOGRAPHER'S viewpoint, not the SUBJECT'S.

This consistency is helpful - and the CURRENT article gets it back-to-front compared with the DpReview norm.

Jus' sayin'

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2015 at 01:09 UTC
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DaGurney: Two major problems with this story.

1. It doesn't tell us what the recording format is! None of these specs mean much unless we know what the codec and bitrate are. COME ON, DPReview! That's amateur hour.

2. It compares the weight of the camera to that of the GoPro. But what about the BMPCC? People are already mounting it on drones, and it offers lossless recording.

christiangrunercom, that's true of EVERYTHING we read on DpReview. But surely the whole point of a news digest website, like this, is for trained writers to do that research, and then correctly write it up, for the benefit of us readers?

For all the efforts put in to describe the latest cellphone, I can't help feeling I nearly MISSED this significant camera because of lack of detail in the review.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 15:30 UTC

Just been reading the Blackmagic website about this camera - and think I am falling in love with it! It even has a GLOBAL shutter, meaning good-bye to distorted, curved wheel spokes and drone props, and no more "Jello Effect".

With a suitable underwater housing and compact, rectilinear, manual focus wideangle lens, this would be my perfect PRO "GoPro". It's what I would buy for my drone ... if I had a drone!

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 10:27 UTC as 11th comment

Further to my earlier complaint that a cinema camera costing $20K should have a GLOBAL shutter, not a Rolling shutter - I see the brand new, Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera (just announced in DpReview) DOES ... at a mere $995. Hurray!

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 10:07 UTC as 3rd comment

"... located to the *left* of the lens mount. Also on the *left* is a full-sized HDMI ..."

That's a very "selfie" oriented decription! With the camera pointing at a subject other than oneself, I'd say those buttons and the data ports are on the RIGHT hand side of the camera! Just as I think of the shutter release on my DSLR as being on the right hand end of the top-plate!

Brian

EDIT: Indeed, as in your OM-D E-M10 review: "The camera's ports (a micro-HDMI socket and combined USB/AV output) move to the *right* flank" ... same (relative) location as those sockets on the Blackmagic!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 09:41 UTC as 12th comment | 3 replies
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Biowizard: Nothing from Manfrotto or Gitzo, two of the best known tripod makers? This is like doing a comparison of 6 midrange DSLRs and omitting Canon & Nikon!

I won't stoop to say it's all a load of balls, but ... oops, I just did!

Brian

Maybe I'm being thick here, but I don't quite get your irony. OK, you were reviewing ballheads, NOT tripods. But my Manfrotto tripods are accompanied by two VERY nice, solid, ballheads made by ... Manfrotto!

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 09:28 UTC

Nothing from Manfrotto or Gitzo, two of the best known tripod makers? This is like doing a comparison of 6 midrange DSLRs and omitting Canon & Nikon!

I won't stoop to say it's all a load of balls, but ... oops, I just did!

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2015 at 15:23 UTC as 6th comment | 2 replies
On Lensbaby introduces Velvet 56mm f/1.6 article (166 comments in total)
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Biowizard: I've paid my money for lenses that were bright, crystal-clear and sharp to the point of agony - why would I want a piece of lens-design failure at THIS kind of price?

C'mon world, this is Emperor's Clothes time: BAD lenses sold at BIG prices for "Artistic" purposes?!

I've always found a big of old nylon stocking does a brilliant job of softening down a Zeiss Planar or Olympus Zuiko 50mm. And it costs a whole bundle less.

Brian

drh681, you miss my point of the word "agony" - it was an ironic description of pin sharpness, that in the real world (ie, pins) can hurt.

The key point is, I buy SHARP lenses; there are many ways I can soften their images when I want to. If I start with a SOFT lens, then I have no way to sharpen. That's a lot of money wasted on inferior imagery.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 16:31 UTC
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Biowizard: $2.5K - and still a ROLLING shutter? ...

... meaning distorted movement, like curved propellers and wheel spokes.

C'mon guys - what video needs is a decent GLOBAL shutter, even at the expense of "only" being "HD".

Rolling shutters are for GOPROs, not REAL PRO cameras.

Brian

Dr_Jon, correction: ROLLING shutters read sequentially; but GLOBAL ones read a whole frame at once. They cost more money, but are available in scientific cameras. I am just disappointed they are not yet appearing in high-end movie cameras.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 12:37 UTC
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Biowizard: $2.5K - and still a ROLLING shutter? ...

... meaning distorted movement, like curved propellers and wheel spokes.

C'mon guys - what video needs is a decent GLOBAL shutter, even at the expense of "only" being "HD".

Rolling shutters are for GOPROs, not REAL PRO cameras.

Brian

What I am talking about are GLOBAL shutters. Electronic Shutters that read the ENTIRE frame at one instant in time. If you don't know the term, do some research. It is what you need for ACCURATE motion capture.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 17:05 UTC
On Lensbaby introduces Velvet 56mm f/1.6 article (166 comments in total)

I've paid my money for lenses that were bright, crystal-clear and sharp to the point of agony - why would I want a piece of lens-design failure at THIS kind of price?

C'mon world, this is Emperor's Clothes time: BAD lenses sold at BIG prices for "Artistic" purposes?!

I've always found a big of old nylon stocking does a brilliant job of softening down a Zeiss Planar or Olympus Zuiko 50mm. And it costs a whole bundle less.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 17:03 UTC as 11th comment | 4 replies

Gimme gimme gimme a GLOBAL shutter. Curved distortion of moving or rotating objects (like helicopter blades) is for $250 GoPros, not $20K cameras.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 14:49 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply

$2.5K - and still a ROLLING shutter? ...

... meaning distorted movement, like curved propellers and wheel spokes.

C'mon guys - what video needs is a decent GLOBAL shutter, even at the expense of "only" being "HD".

Rolling shutters are for GOPROs, not REAL PRO cameras.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 14:40 UTC as 39th comment | 6 replies
On X-Transformed? Fujifilm X30 Review article (315 comments in total)

Cameras made (mostly) of metal, with real dials, real focus rings, etc., are so much nicer than blobs of amorphous plastic controlled via menus. Just being retro styled does NOT mean you are cut off from the latest in electronic wizardry, as my wonderful OM-D E-M1 shows. It looks and handles a LOT like my 1976-vintage OM-1, and yet I can control it remotely via an iPad, process and play with raw images on board, and do so much more than simply spend all my pocket money on spools of Kodachrome 25.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Mar 28, 2015 at 18:18 UTC as 17th comment | 2 replies
On Manfrotto launches miniature Lumie LED lights article (46 comments in total)

Zebralight SC52, H52 and similar. IP68 Rock Solid LED Torches. ALL you need for LED assistance if you can't be assed to pack a real flash.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2015 at 22:38 UTC as 13th comment | 2 replies
On Flasher smartphone flash launched on Kickstarter post (73 comments in total)

(1) As others have said: GET A REAL CAMERA

(2) And if you DO want supplementary light for your iPhone/Galaxy freecam, buy any one of a myriad LED flashlights or multi-LED worklights.

THIS piece of kit does NOT need Kickstarter - items like it are all over eBay and Amazon.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 09:48 UTC as 23rd comment
On FAA proposes regulations for commercial drone usage article (119 comments in total)
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Calvin Chann: Recently a flight landing at Heathrow airport was aborted due to a drone. While I have no problems with them, it is true that a lot of owners are idiots.

A flock of 5kg geese would do a lot more damage than a 900g plastic flying toy. And no-one seems to have worried about petrol-powered model planes, which have been around for decades!

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 17:23 UTC
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