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On Winter in Texas in the January Sky challenge (4 comments in total)

Just superb, it's a shot you absorb for a long time. Well deserved.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2015 at 00:03 UTC as 1st comment
On Vacuum Tubes in the Old Household Tech challenge (5 comments in total)

Interesting shot, it would make a good background for a set, call the show
`radio people'. Lots of good memories there. I see the 12AU7 is still around, I remember those in 1970s.

It's amazing the current technology. Since 1 valve = 1 transistor, an Intel processor has 4 billion valves or transistors, 128GB of ram has 137 billion valves.

The power cable for a small fridge size valve computer was around 3 inches in diameter.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2015 at 20:26 UTC as 2nd comment
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1236 comments in total)
In reply to:

Sdaniella: looking forward to updates for better processing and newer PDAF of 7DMkII
still missing on 5DMkIII, 6D, 1DX

but add:

hoping Canon uses full sensor res dual-ISO (or beyond dual-ISO) without half-res line skipping to give us live realtime HDR stills and HDR video (long overdue since no mfr yet offers it*)

option for RAW RAWs, flatter profiles, not just slightly cooked peaky RAWs

*except Arri Alexa's Dual Gain Architecture (DGA) sensor wired to process two gain levels (two ISOs) instead of one from todays mfrs

*except Red HDR, Sony dosen't need it so that's about everyone.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 18:05 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1236 comments in total)
In reply to:

GabrielZ: The dynamic range/image quality deficit seen on this camera's sensor, is probably a byproduct of that dual-pixel layout. As I've being suspecting since this sensor design was introduced with the EOS 70D. Putting basically 40 million pixels on an APS-C sized sensor is going to have a cost - image quality wise.

I've been thinking the same. Could this camera have a 40mpx
mode with similar noise levels with slower fps? If so the noise performance is not bad. Marketing would have something to say about that.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 17:43 UTC
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solarider: How true is this TOP comment? "Mind you, they have yet to provide the option of an uncompressed RAW format which is an almost universal wish from those of us who want the option of extracting maximum quality from the A7r."

Many feature films are shot with Red cameras with 5:1 raw compression. DCP cinema distribution files are more compressed. DTV and Bluray are around 50:1. 4K mirrorless video even worse.

Sony has 2:1 compression, let's keep this in perspective. It's
harmless for 99.999% of shots.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 01:23 UTC
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Rage Joe: What! Still no elephant foreskin coverings option. Hassu, don't you get it, no deal like this!

Not without the ivory.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 00:40 UTC
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AngryCorgi: Wait...I thought they closed their studio! Someone step on this slug and put it out of it's misery. Hassleblad has become a total joke.

Maybe they had a truckload of endangered Mongolian pine and thought they might as well ship it.
Really, make a handcrafted bowl from wood, not a disposable camera.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 00:33 UTC

`exclusively for aficionados, collectors, and connoisseurs', ah so it's not for photographers. I thought H was going to stop doing this. That black H logo looks really ugly on a chrome body.

Now wooden grips for other cameras would be cool, though not necessary.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 00:21 UTC as 107th comment
On A second glance: two takes on the Leica X article (391 comments in total)
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ThatCamFan: Never seen more flat images in my life.

Yep, I prefer my Canon 300D shots, less blowouts. Just get an a6000 with only one lens if you don't want multiple lenses.

For the same money you could have it and some of the best
legacy primes and a viewfinder too.

I sort of get Leica digital but not this edition.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 8, 2014 at 20:52 UTC
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Ben O Connor: Yeah... Because they couldn't hide the "real stuff!" So they deserves to be closed down !

Man... Brands such as Hasselblad or Leica should also consider producing 3rd party stuff. For example; if hasselblad produce this amazing piece of wood and sold it (let's say for 99€ ) they would made jack of a money.

Or leica would produce stuff like thumb grip for also Panasonic m43 stuff (lets say for 39€) they would get serious amount of cash to their bank accounts.

Wooden grips for for Nikon,Canon, Sony dslrs at reasonable prices would work. The A7 with a wooden grip would look cool, but at only twice the price of the oem.
The previous attempts will now become collector's items.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 8, 2014 at 20:33 UTC
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Deardorff: We use FILM, not 'analog'. Get it right. You have never in your life gone into a store and bought a sheet of roll of analog for a camera. NEVER.

Digital cameras use analogue sensors too.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 8, 2014 at 20:16 UTC
On Nikon D750 real-world samples gallery posted article (346 comments in total)

I enjoyed the photography so much I forgot I was looking for imperfections. Especially the last shot.


Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2014 at 13:08 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1658 comments in total)
In reply to:

Mark Rosen: Unclear rambling gibberish. What is the message here?

or a bad Google translation.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2014 at 16:07 UTC
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1658 comments in total)
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T3: The fact that this is a double page ad in the New York Times makes it unlikely that it'll be a camera product. We photographers tend to think Canon are all about cameras, but they aren't. They do a lot of other stuff too. It's more likely that it has something to do with their business machines division (office copiers, office automation, etc.). If they had something photo-related to tease, they would have done it at Photokina. But my guess is that since this thing isn't photo related, they are teasing it in the NYT.

Or it could be a white 7D MKII with a matching Stella McCartney handbag.

with a wooden grip purchased as a job lot from Hasselblad.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2014 at 15:51 UTC
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1658 comments in total)
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falconeyes: With this comes a new "Canon See Impossible" box logo not seen before. That's not about a camera. Rather a new line of business products. IMHO.

If it is about a camera, then not a single specific new model. But rather a new technology incorporated in cameras. Or just a new logo art ...

If a camera, possibly RGB / Foveon capture, the logo reminds me of a dichroic mirror used in 3 chip video cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2014 at 15:48 UTC
On Photokina 2014: Hands-on with RED's Epic Dragon article (50 comments in total)
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luben solev: "We don't know what most of this stuff does (except for the keyboard and mouse) but it certainly looks expensive"

The three red balls are part of a grading (i.e. video colour correction) product. I've always been interested about how much more sophisticated video colour correction is than still one. for example, check out the grading panel from a former employer of mine (Quantel):

You should download Resolve Lite and try grading some stills with it. You need to convert to tiff first. Soft masking for grading regions and being able to select colours and alter them are commonly used tools. Gamma control is more sophisticated too. The node tree for combining different grades within a shot is very powerful.

Everything can be keyframed over time. Great for zooming and re-framing stills and creating a video - the ultimate slideshow, with audio.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 21:25 UTC
On Sony a5100 First Impressions Review preview (593 comments in total)
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jhohman: Just got my a5100 and an Atomos Ninja2 is on the way. I'm curious is anyone knows the equivalent Mb/s bitrate for clean HDMI output. I've been searching around but haven't been able to find anything. Given that is is 8-bit, I can't imagine that the 4:2:2 prores is going to be anywhere near, say, the BMPCC's prores internal recording.

About 800 Mbps for 25 fps. The 50mbps internal codec should be very good and similar to Prores in most situations.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 8, 2014 at 20:32 UTC
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Jonathan Mac: Looking at the timeline you've got to wonder how much bigger they can get.

and the DCS3 is Kodak electronics with a gutted clockwork job on top, the rest is history. The 5D2 should be in there two as the first affordable `cine' DOF vid cam. It was an unplanned run away success.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2014 at 23:58 UTC
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Omexis: I don't know why Canon doesn't update the Firmware of the 5D Mark III, it's nearing the end of it's production life. I would like to see some extra functionality added into these cameras. RAW video, Intervalometer etc without buying the official Intervalometer remote for £150, I know I can use Magic Lantern or a cheap Intervalometer remote, but that's not the point. Adding a few extras could help sell more cameras before releasing the new version.

You would think that an intervalometer would be a good business decision as people would need to replace their shutters more often.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2014 at 22:52 UTC
On Sony a7S used to shoot Chevrolet commercial article (278 comments in total)
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DaGurney: But it records to some low-bitrate, interframe-compressed, decimated-color garbage codec! Reportedly at the rather pathetic bitrate of 60 Mbps.

Not to mention that shooting motion pictures with a full-frame 35mm sensor is WORSE than using an APS-sized sensor (which matches 35mm motion-picture-sized frames), because the depth of field is often way too shallow to keep moving objects in focus, especially in the low-light conditions for which they're touting this camera.

This is ridiculous. Until these cameras have decent data throughput and a high-quality intraframe codec, they're not serious motion-picture tools.

Intra frame codecs are far less efficient than GOP based and transcoding at faster than realtime is easy too. For a given size, temporal codecs would have better quality.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2014 at 02:42 UTC
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