Mark Chan

Mark Chan

Lives in Hong Kong Tai Po, Hong Kong
Works as a Teacher
Joined on Jan 29, 2010

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On Getting off the ground: Cheap drones for photography article (141 comments in total)
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bgbs: I'm waiting for the day to come when our Speed Lights could be like mini-drones (or like little humming birds) that could stand still in mid air without a stand. Via algorithms they could quickly reposition themselves to enable you to take different shots. And be able to follow the subject on their own...etc.

I suddenly imagine photographers reimagined as the V gundaml with its satellites lasers / flashes. haha

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2014 at 14:30 UTC
On Getting off the ground: Cheap drones for photography article (141 comments in total)

I purchased the parrot for the school i am working at, with the aim to produce footage of students participating in various activities. I have also purchased the HX-A500 from Panasonic so I can get footage 'at an angle' - 4K / 1920 60P no less. The beauty of the PANA is you can keep the main body on top of the quad, and have the lens / glass point downward, NOT covering any of the other sensors found on the belly of the flying device.

Hope I can get some decent images in the coming school year.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2014 at 13:48 UTC as 47th comment
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Mark Chan: Well, illegal migrants rick their lives for a better life.

There was a time in the distant past when people undertaking similar steps gained access to a world of opportunities.

The migrants these days still cling to that belief; or maybe they are betting everything (life, family, loved ones etc.) to get away from something.

Hong Kong is built on the efforts of migrants that flocked to what was then one of the few 'politically' stable outcrops of land close to Mainland China in the aftermath of the second world war and the start of the civil war.

The previous generation (at least those that are now well to do) speak of the hardships they endured; of their being part of the post war baby boom and having to live in squatters and stuff - all that are akin to what today's illegal migrants have to 'endure'.

It is a prime target; sadly people are getting in but making things worse along the way.

Pay equiv. 6 - 10 million HKD and you get in. And in the process you push up all property prices (a good excuse to legalize dirty money)

Get your kid to be born in HK and you are in (if you are of chinese nationality).

Have a family member in Hong Kong (Spouses often had families across the border)? You are in.

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2014 at 07:17 UTC
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Mark Chan: Well, illegal migrants rick their lives for a better life.

There was a time in the distant past when people undertaking similar steps gained access to a world of opportunities.

The migrants these days still cling to that belief; or maybe they are betting everything (life, family, loved ones etc.) to get away from something.

Hong Kong is built on the efforts of migrants that flocked to what was then one of the few 'politically' stable outcrops of land close to Mainland China in the aftermath of the second world war and the start of the civil war.

The previous generation (at least those that are now well to do) speak of the hardships they endured; of their being part of the post war baby boom and having to live in squatters and stuff - all that are akin to what today's illegal migrants have to 'endure'.

Yet it is a fact Hong Kong's current status as one of the world's financial hubs and a former dominant player in the garment industry was built on the sweat, toil and blood of these 'illegal migrants'. What I understand is if you were able to reach a police station before cops got you, you could register and get an id card. This was abolished after the late 70s / early 80s.

Now in Hong Kong, we are lamenting the fact that a 'mainland horde' of dependents are migrating into Hong Kong that just going to receive social benefits without contributing to society.

One has to wonder though, if there are no sufficiently paying jobs to be taken up and there are no opportunities to be provided, what do you expect when such migrants (legal or illegal) come knocking?

The problem really is that the 'Haves' are intent at all cost to keep themselves 'having', and don't want one bit to be given to the 'have nots'.

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2014 at 14:53 UTC

Well, illegal migrants rick their lives for a better life.

There was a time in the distant past when people undertaking similar steps gained access to a world of opportunities.

The migrants these days still cling to that belief; or maybe they are betting everything (life, family, loved ones etc.) to get away from something.

Hong Kong is built on the efforts of migrants that flocked to what was then one of the few 'politically' stable outcrops of land close to Mainland China in the aftermath of the second world war and the start of the civil war.

The previous generation (at least those that are now well to do) speak of the hardships they endured; of their being part of the post war baby boom and having to live in squatters and stuff - all that are akin to what today's illegal migrants have to 'endure'.

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2014 at 14:47 UTC as 20th comment | 3 replies

This is probably by far the best iption for a simple installation of a video camera on amateur drones like the AR Parrot; you strapp the camera above the case and hoodwink the camera at an angle underneath the drone'a own camera; beats having to damage / modify the hull when playing with gopro or jvc or any other sports camera.

On my shopping list! Now when is it available in japan or Asia?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 23:37 UTC as 15th comment
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1607 comments in total)
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harold1968: The e-m1 is the same size, weight and price.
The sony handling is better (I have used both, at most it's a taste thing), the e-m1 has slightly faster focuses (but still hunts in low light)
The sensor is far inferior compared to the A7, it even has noise in base ISO.
Yet dpreview describe its IQ as excellent and yet the A7s as very good.
For sure something is going on with this review.

Er handling is better? Nope; you may be right it may well be a taste problem, but no from the many others outside of this forum (kirk tuck, EOSHD etc.) is bound to mean something; so that's my consensus on poor handling there.

I am not going to compare FF with m43 or even aps-c on image quality; clearly it'll be a win - the interesting bit is the OOC JPEG lets it down; this is by far the best feature of OLY cameras, and no you haven't the experience with that that comes with more time with the camera.

The worst thing about the SONY is the sounds it makes and the generally lackluster responsiveness in comparison to the GH3 and the OMD E-M1. But wait a generation or two, it should get there and be up to task by then.

The funny thing at EOSHD is that they say the E-M1 (OLY is not known for its video) produces better video vs the A7(R?).

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 08:43 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-P5 Review preview (494 comments in total)

DPreview editors, could you please enlighten me (us) how to activate the tone curve settings? I haven't been able to get to the secret chamber...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 4, 2014 at 15:11 UTC as 46th comment | 1 reply
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lancespring: The UN clearly needs to punish China for its blatant destruction of the earth's environment. The Chinese are the world's worst criminals when it comes to promoting Global Warming, which threatens the lives of everyone on our planet.

Yet another clear indication of the corruption and lack of morality that exists within the Communist Party leadership in China.

Wow. Where millions ride a bicycle everyday - out of necessity; versus where millions drive a car everyday - out of necessity. Right China produced lots of CO2 out of spite of the world.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 5, 2013 at 05:53 UTC
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Mike Sandman: The billboards are both amusing and sad. I've visited "emerging" cities for the last 40 years, from Sao Paulo to Bangkok. and the story has been the same. Duringl industrialization air and water pollution is similar to what you see in China. CO2 is not the problem -- it's particulates in the air from manufacturing & from coal-fired power plants and cars/motorbikes.

Much of what you see in Hong Kong's air drifts in from plants in Shenzen (just over the border from HK). Over time, public pressure mounts and air quality improves, sometimes rather dramatically -- witness Los Angeles in 1970 vs today, or London. Boycotting China may be emotionally gratifying to some, but it won't help Hong Kong as much as public pressure in the locality itself. Wait a few years and you'll see better skies in China. Meanwhile, visit HK in the winter and you'll have a good chance to see Victoria Peak. http://www.flickr.com/photos/99183821@N00/6246665966/in/photolist-avZNam

Visit Hong Kong during July and August and your chances of seeing a Hong Kong backed by OLYMPUS blue skies are that much better. Winter in Hong Kong is droll with 8 - 11 km visibilities

Direct link | Posted on Sep 5, 2013 at 05:51 UTC
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acidic: It's obvious to anyone who understands HK politics that this is their way of making a point to mainland China about their pollution. What better way than to show the snap-happy mainland Chinese tourists what their country is doing to neighboring lands.

if only THEY were that smart...I mean the government.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2013 at 13:31 UTC

OMG; the editors at dpreview MUST be loonies to have this posted - the pictures are boarding for construction work.

Nothing else.

To attribute this to anything else is poor reporting. If you read the article it shows that.

This is not to say we don't have poor air quality - I live here and you have no idea how bad it can get on days like this. And YES I would love for the environmental protection department to get their act together, but THIS is not one of them, and rightfully shouldn't be - they have better ways of improving air quality than this.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2013 at 12:15 UTC as 17th comment | 2 replies
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Alexis D: Why I would not go to many places in that region unless there is no choice, whatever their attractions are or however much money can be made. It is not just about scenic photos, but health. Dubious food ingredients, bad air, radiated food chain, unscrupulous and unregulated food industries.

Oh, you mean that pink slush you take for meat in the US is actually good?

As a person from Hong Kong - I detest the manner you 'diss' the region; Hong Kong is rightfully known as a food mecca - western and eastern style nonetheless, because of the freedom it has in importing food from sources everywhere.

As a matter of fact, the smog in Hong Kong recently was a result of a tropical cyclone causing continental winds to blow in (i.e. offshore). In summer, the clarity of the air can be striking - one have 40km visibility, a fortunate result of onshore southeasterlies or easterlies.. This is not so in winter or any time that offshore winds are blowing - i.e. northerly / northwesterlies / westerlies, where it can be horribly smoggy.

Get your facts right before making comments - just like the first sentence I typed.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2013 at 12:14 UTC
On Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G15 review article (340 comments in total)
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Mark Chan: Obviously going to come off as an OLY fanboy, but I do not understand how your review did not mention the XZ-1 OR the newer XZ-2 as comparable competition, and have to actually resort to mentioning the Nikon 1 series or m43.

I have held the XZ-2, and its is equally built like a tank; has the fast AF akin to that of the PEN series if not the RX100, and has a nice f1.8 - 2.5 lens, albeit shorter (112 vs 140 at long end). I would expect that your reviews do mention competition in its entirety.

Oh btw, the XZ-2 is a lighter package WITH a similarly sized sensor.

Oh yeah, the XZ-2 is more expensive; oh wait...theRX100 is even more expensive than the more expensive XZ2; wrong price point not being the correct term.

To DPR; I cannot fault the fact that there are too many points to discuss, but I really don't agree with your statement that its difficult to mention them at the end; You guys have the most uptodate info of all new AND old cameras, its only fair to have them ALL mentioned - which most are, in the span of one or two sentences as notable 'competitors'.

If you were to mention nearest competitors, you should mention those in the appropriate range - i.e. the fixed zoom lens group. This was done, but it sort of shows that those mentioned were the only similar cameras; then your review added the Nikon 1 Series and the PENs and suggested they were very close.

This is seriously misleading. As much as the new sensors deliver competitive images to other cam types, your 'professional' reviews should make it clear who the competition is.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 24, 2012 at 15:24 UTC
On Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G15 review article (340 comments in total)

Obviously going to come off as an OLY fanboy, but I do not understand how your review did not mention the XZ-1 OR the newer XZ-2 as comparable competition, and have to actually resort to mentioning the Nikon 1 series or m43.

I have held the XZ-2, and its is equally built like a tank; has the fast AF akin to that of the PEN series if not the RX100, and has a nice f1.8 - 2.5 lens, albeit shorter (112 vs 140 at long end). I would expect that your reviews do mention competition in its entirety.

Oh btw, the XZ-2 is a lighter package WITH a similarly sized sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2012 at 01:35 UTC as 37th comment | 5 replies
On Photokina 2012: Olympus Stand Report article (48 comments in total)
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buongustaio: any news about the sooo much craved body that would better handle top-pro 4/3 lenses?
17mm aside, this is all i'm asking from this stand :)

I'll assume that's a 'hint' you are passing to us : )

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 23:40 UTC

WE Really Really REALLY need to know how it works on the EM-5.

Pretty please?

Any in camera software distortion required?

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2012 at 09:16 UTC as 44th comment | 1 reply
On Preview:olympusEM5 (1364 comments in total)
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Mark Chan: Dear Mr. Butler,

we would really really really like to have your review / images samples to (drool) view.

I would like to know in particular if C-AF tracking has improved significantly enough to video children running around.

Thank you

Dear Mr. Butler,

thank you for the information there.
Please see if you can make any observation on tone control and effectiveness e.g. compared to EP3 use of the same.

Regards

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 at 06:15 UTC
On Preview:olympusEM5 (1364 comments in total)
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Mark Chan: Dear Mr. Butler,

we would really really really like to have your review / images samples to (drool) view.

I would like to know in particular if C-AF tracking has improved significantly enough to video children running around.

Thank you

Mr. Butler,

it would have been great if the batteries were the same, but I guess they needed another source of income...
I await your response regarding the vertical grip!
You should take that up with OLY - they should be providing the WHOLE set of new items for review!?!! LoL
I'll dig something up regarding the EVF but it seemed to relate to the magnification and size of view...
Star Trek original for me!

Take a GOOD rest before you start your reviews of the new exciting products

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 at 07:48 UTC
On Preview:olympusEM5 (1364 comments in total)
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kenw: Awesome customization. One question: Can I implement a one push AF to something other than a half-press (like one of the custom buttons)? By which I mean, half-pressing will not cause AF, but pressing one of the Fn buttons will cause AF to occur (and never requires a two press "unlock-relock" like the G1 did). This is a common Canon custom function, and available on the GH2 with the right settings as well.

lol

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 at 07:45 UTC
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