Kinematic Digit

Kinematic Digit

Lives in Canada Canada
Works as a Producer and Artist
Joined on Nov 9, 2010

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Jerry Pruce: The more pixels the better. But why does it have to be so expensive? If it was around $3000 I'd buy it. And I wish they would make it smaller. Maybe in the next year or two, they'll come out with the 200mp version and the 100mp one will drop in price more to my liking. I think their shooting themselves in the foot by not offering the camera at an affordable price for the masses.

The silicon platter accepts only a certain amount of sensors on it (4 is the maximum I believe), and the failure rate of each silicon platter is pretty high (I believe its around 1/3 of all chips would fail).

This is also the reason why FF 135 format chips are expensive (I think it's around 7)

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2016 at 18:22 UTC

blah, it's a 1.3x crop sensor... who cares ;)

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2015 at 20:57 UTC as 53rd comment | 1 reply

It's kind of a clever little app. It's going to be great for some mid-level shooters, and then there will be some that will just crap all over it as a concept because they hate anything with the name HDR in it or the mention of GNDs.

It's a bit of a misnomer of an app. I wish they called it Sky Layer Masking. That is closer to what it really is. It's not HDR, or is it a GND replacement. However the term 'Layer Masking' might also confuse some as well. Maybe Sky Blending? Either way, it's still a very valid tool to have, and for the price of a cheap lunch, it's worth checking it out. Layer masking is something that many professional landscapers have been using for a very long time, and I think good for Sony to make it an easy to use app vs the technical requirements of Photoshop.

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2015 at 22:16 UTC as 45th comment
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aut0maticdan: I don't know. I am a huge fan of the a7S and this gets the two things I thought would get me to upgrade to the mkII: IBIS and internal 4K.

in a post a7RII world, where we have "good enough" video and sensitivity in a 42MP body with great PDAF, this coming out lacking hyper fast readout speeds, high frame rate and PDAF leaves me feeling lukewarm.

This gen it seems so much more niche than the first time around. I think they spoiled us with the a7RII. This is really only going to sell to hardcore video junkies (but aren't they using gimbals and shoguns?). I can't see getting this over an a7S or a7RII for stills.

I'm not upgrading I don't think... I have the A7s and the Shogun and I have way more features than the minor update this camera offers. I also have the A7II so IBIS is also nothing I get excited over. I also have a 3 axis gimbal which is way better than IBIS anyhow.

Add to your point above about increased MP, 12 is not a magic number for 4K super 35. in crop mode it is 5 MP, this is why an increase to 16MP is needed. Regardless, I was hoping for a far bigger leap in innovation in this announcement.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2015 at 23:06 UTC
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Kinematic Digit: As I'm developing some grading and colour correction profiles for the A7 series of cameras, I'm running into the limits of stage 2 raw compression (stripe). It's not something I worry about too much, but this confirms what I've observed as I've been building SLOG profiles.

It's an annoying attribute, and reminds me of the pattern noise you see in Canon files but it also gives limits to what I can do from a profile building aspect.

Bottom line though is there is no free lunch. One either learns to manage or work with the limitations, or complain and whine about it. I've decided to go with working with it.

Although it would be great for Sony to give us an option to turn things off, it will likely mean rebuilding all my profiles for the new system if they do.

I build both RAW and LUTs for the camera. I'm fully aware of the difference of compression between RAW, JPG and Video. Regardless, it doesn't negate the fact they both come from the same source and both exhibit their limitations.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2015 at 22:44 UTC
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Kinematic Digit: As I'm developing some grading and colour correction profiles for the A7 series of cameras, I'm running into the limits of stage 2 raw compression (stripe). It's not something I worry about too much, but this confirms what I've observed as I've been building SLOG profiles.

It's an annoying attribute, and reminds me of the pattern noise you see in Canon files but it also gives limits to what I can do from a profile building aspect.

Bottom line though is there is no free lunch. One either learns to manage or work with the limitations, or complain and whine about it. I've decided to go with working with it.

Although it would be great for Sony to give us an option to turn things off, it will likely mean rebuilding all my profiles for the new system if they do.

I build profiles for both video and stills. I see the patterns in both. There is still some level of intervention from the sensor to the 8-bit XAVC conversion going on as well. It has similar but not identical properties with RAW still images.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2015 at 22:05 UTC

As I'm developing some grading and colour correction profiles for the A7 series of cameras, I'm running into the limits of stage 2 raw compression (stripe). It's not something I worry about too much, but this confirms what I've observed as I've been building SLOG profiles.

It's an annoying attribute, and reminds me of the pattern noise you see in Canon files but it also gives limits to what I can do from a profile building aspect.

Bottom line though is there is no free lunch. One either learns to manage or work with the limitations, or complain and whine about it. I've decided to go with working with it.

Although it would be great for Sony to give us an option to turn things off, it will likely mean rebuilding all my profiles for the new system if they do.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2015 at 20:22 UTC as 238th comment | 5 replies
On article Lens Rentals Canada closes its doors (178 comments in total)

Sadly it does not surprise me that shipping was one of the major factors.

We have a real issue with shipping in Canada, and sadly, Canada Post also owns Purolator a courier company that is 10 times better, but also twice the already expensive postal rate.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2015 at 21:10 UTC as 56th comment | 7 replies
On article Accessory Review: LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt (40 comments in total)
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Kinematic Digit: I refuse to buy or recommend any Lacie products anymore. They have one of the worst failure rates of their products out there.

The service support doesn't exist with them with issues, and in certain cases (such as out of warranty), they will advise people to buy a new product for 15% off instead of repairing problems that have been well documented and mentioned by other including on their own support forums.

NEVER BUY A LACIE PRODUCT until they have fixed their QA issues, warranty issues, and put in place a proper after warranty program.

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=lacie+failure+rate

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2014 at 19:16 UTC
On article Accessory Review: LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt (40 comments in total)

I refuse to buy or recommend any Lacie products anymore. They have one of the worst failure rates of their products out there.

The service support doesn't exist with them with issues, and in certain cases (such as out of warranty), they will advise people to buy a new product for 15% off instead of repairing problems that have been well documented and mentioned by other including on their own support forums.

NEVER BUY A LACIE PRODUCT until they have fixed their QA issues, warranty issues, and put in place a proper after warranty program.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2014 at 14:38 UTC as 16th comment | 8 replies

Expect a 2 or more year wait for this. Most of my associates that shoot with the S2 have been so frustrated by the timelines for their lenses.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 17:15 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply
On article MIT algorithm predicts photo popularity (90 comments in total)

My picture of the moon was more popular than Kate Upton. Go figure :)

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2014 at 07:26 UTC as 54th comment
On article A travel-sized large-format 4x5 camera? (219 comments in total)
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fratiodan: Will this only accept 90mm lenses? I have a kodak ektar 152mm f4.5 that i would want to use.

The focusing helicoid can't handle that focal length. It's optimized for 90mm to keep it compact.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2014 at 20:02 UTC
On article Adobe launches Lightroom for iPad (130 comments in total)
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erichK: The most important factor is Adobe's violation of their assurance that they would not compel Lightroom users to become captives of their "bleed-every-month" subscription system.

A very good reason to look elsewhere that this moster corporation for software. And an opportunbity for *real* innovators.

It's an added feature so you don't have to be tied to this.

Regardless, it wouldn't be possible to not be doing this on a CC because it requires cloud services to work. So if you need this feature you'll be paying for use of the cloud server.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2014 at 15:57 UTC

I put a D800 and a Nikon 1 system beside each other hoping for them to procreate and 'evolve' but all I got was disappointment.

I guess like in nature, evolution requires the big dinosaurs to face a major extinction event where something else comes out of the ashes and takes over... oh wait, evolution is happening over at FujiFilm and Sony.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2014 at 15:34 UTC as 143rd comment
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Cane: Hasselbad! Didn't they make their own cameras before, or did they just bedazzle other people's cameras?

You mean like this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dx45QUDHOhg

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2014 at 06:46 UTC
On article Sony a7R teardown! Roger Cicala gets his hands dirty (135 comments in total)
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Jim F: I'm trying to figure out what's the point of Roger disassembling this body? What's the objective here? Not being critical. Just curious.

They service a lot of their rentals, and in some cases a better understanding of serviceable parts expedites repairs rather than sending things back to manufacturers which can take longer than they can afford.

iFixit as an example does these teardowns not merely out of curiosity, but to determine if they can sell parts for self repair.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2014 at 02:55 UTC
On article Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera (910 comments in total)
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sharkcookie: Let's see if DPReview also calls it 'a bit silly'.

This can't be any good... they didn't spend 4 years of research into making this :)

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2014 at 18:15 UTC
On article Nikon AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G review (417 comments in total)

Very confusing review.... you guys generally gave it a luke warm review with a few stand out performance points like bokeh and coma, then proceed to give it 84% and a silver award??

By the sounds of the review, it's good for one type of shooting, wide open, portrait distance and in the evening. Seems like a very specialized lens for $1700.

From a consumer perspective, as a Nikon users, it just doesn't make sense to spend that kind of money for limited use. Although if Bokeh is the only reason, then perhaps it is worth the extra premium, but experienced shooters will tend to be at F/2 where it appears that the 1.4G is still the value choice.

For a new consumer, the difference of buying a D610 + 58 vs a D800 + 50 (or even a Dƒ +50 ) becomes a pretty obvious choice for value and image quality.

The score you folks put out there make sense if you're that tourist on the ski hill that goes to the shop to buy new gear and has no experience skiing.

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2013 at 19:54 UTC as 152nd comment | 2 replies
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