Francis Carver

Francis Carver

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On Sony Alpha 7S in low-light: See video at ISO 409,600 news story (234 comments in total)

Wow, whoever too this "video" -- if they had waited a bit until it got daylight, they could have captured the same exact footage at ISO 400. All they would have had to do was to poke the fire for a few hours till daybreak.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 03:21 UTC as 2nd comment
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z news story (453 comments in total)

If Pentax had designed this thing to take VIDEO as well, they would have a bona-fide winner on their hands. But this way -- who really knows?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 03:15 UTC as 46th comment | 1 reply
On Google applies for contact lens camera patent post (29 comments in total)

If Google had filed a patent about it -- you can rest assured the CIA field operatives are already using something like this for a year or two.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 03:11 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply
On AJA enters cinema camera market with 4K Cion news story (23 comments in total)
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Petka: Electronic hadrware prices are falling so fast that the only thing that still costs something is the lens. Prices of those (good ones) are not falling, alas.

They are going UP, UP, UP instead! I hear the reason for that is, the Chinese are buying up all the sand in the Gobi Desert!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2014 at 23:47 UTC
On AJA enters cinema camera market with 4K Cion news story (23 comments in total)
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BJL: Why is the sensor called "APS-C" size, when its output is in the wide-screen 1.89:1 shape of cinema 4K (4096x2160), not the 3:2 of "APS-C", and is likely instead to be something closer to Super 35mm format?

It is strange to describe a digital motion camera's format in terms of a failed still camera film format of different shape (3:2) when there is are well-established motion camera formats like Super 35mm that describe the situation better.

AJA made a mistake, no doubt -- a Super 35 cine-style sensor is similar than a Nikon-sized APS-C digital sensor, only larger with a larger image circle requirement.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2014 at 23:46 UTC
On AJA enters cinema camera market with 4K Cion news story (23 comments in total)
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jaaboucher: Is anyone else skeptical about all of these video cameras coming out at NAB with jaw dropping specs and low prices? Something this perfect seeming must be too good to be true.

Exactly. What's the use of an $8,995 camera body when a single Zeiss Master Prime single focal PL-mount lens for it can cost upwards of $26,000? And some of the zooms are close to $100,000 a pop.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2014 at 23:38 UTC
On AJA enters cinema camera market with 4K Cion news story (23 comments in total)
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Mike_V: Looks interesting.
However one of the most important things with a cine camera is reliability and ease of use / ergonomics.
In this regard, so far at least, you get what you pay for.
I wonder how much the mags are going to be?

$695 for the 256GB SSD magazine and $1,295 for the the 512GB SSD magazine. Those are the only two sizes that AJA will carry for the CION.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2014 at 23:36 UTC
On Blackmagic Design launches Blackmagic Studio Camera news story (22 comments in total)
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vFunct: The output is using a single cable?

Does that mean it's using 12-G SDI? That's not really standardized yet..

"Does that mean it's using 12-G SDI? That's not really standardized yet.

It is used by Blackmagic Design --and nobody else on the planet. All the others use 4x 3G-SDI cables/interfaces to carry 4K signals via SDI.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2014 at 23:16 UTC
On Blackmagic Design launches Blackmagic Studio Camera news story (22 comments in total)

Nothing has been "launched" yet -- and knowing Blackmagic's tarnished reputation when it comes to their incessant announcements and promises, nothing might be shipping, either.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2014 at 23:14 UTC as 1st comment
On Atomos launches Shogun 4K external recorder news story (17 comments in total)

Nothing has been "launched" -- although a product that will likely come out by year end 2014 has indeed been announced. Not exactly the same thing.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2014 at 23:12 UTC as 1st comment
On Canon recalls about 14,000 PowerShot SX50 cameras news story (54 comments in total)

"You mean we really should NOT have dipped the rubber viewfinders in acid?"

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2014 at 23:08 UTC as 2nd comment
On Sony Alpha 7S in low-light: See video at ISO 409,600 news story (234 comments in total)

Quick, someone please should tell Sony the following simple tenets:

1. At night, it is naturally dark.

2. During the day, it is naturally light.

3. When you want to shoot in the dark and yet want to see some of what you are shooting, just raid your local hardware store for some flashlights or work-lights, and pronto -- "Let here Be Light."

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2014 at 22:29 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On Stunning 360-degree view from One World Trade Center news story (66 comments in total)

Amateur Hour Central? I mean.... these folks spend a fortune on making some super-duper crane rig, take it atop a bridge in Portland, Oregon, take maybe hundreds of digital photographs to the flash card -- only to find out AFTER they had climbed back down that they had gotten a bum card and recorded absolutely nothing?

Quick, isn't one of the great things in shooting DIGITAL is that you can see what you had just shot in an instant? Without having to send the stuff to the lab and all that?

A classic case of the gear outsmarting the people who are trying to reign it in. Should have kept it simple and you would have gotten your pix first time out, huh?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2014 at 22:56 UTC as 8th comment
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jkoch2: Obviously the richest hybrid combination on the market. More all-in-one than any other model. A "killer" product, but perhaps not in the way its maker would like.

$1,700 is a very bold price. Add $300 for a lens, and the price simply equals what Sony wants for the FDR-AX1, which has fewer features. The pricing will daunt competitors from offering competiting 4k video features. It may result in more orders than Panasonic can supply for months, yet be too low for Panasonic to make money.

Meanwhile, the prices of 4k displays fall, and the buyers' set-up problems, product returns, and scarcity of 4k content make profits anything but certain. The notion of "future proofing" collides very roundly with the consumer urge to share instantly. The only 4k video that is quickly shareable online may turn out to be the stuff shot with $300 phones.

Hence, a many-pronged gamble. Why would Canon or Nikon be eager to join the perilous game?

The dedicated Blackmagic 4K cameras has a much, much larger sensor.... global shutter.... costs less.... and does more than the Panny GH4. It even looks better than the GH4 with the Baron von Frankenstein designed interface coffin hanging down from it.

What are the Panny people smoking over there in Nipponland, one begins to wonder?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2014 at 22:48 UTC

"....in the US the camera body will cost $1699.99, and the video interface unit will be $1999.99."

No wonder then that nobody can take this company seriously any more.

Wow, USD $3,700 for the camera and interface monstrosity only -- just to shoot some mystery-grade 4K video using a smallish, square sensor?

Suddenly, our Down-Under friends with Blackmagic are the Honest Abes in the bottom-priced 4K video arena.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2014 at 22:40 UTC as 6th comment | 5 replies
On Nikon launches new series of instructional videos news story (33 comments in total)

I love these cool videos from Nikon. The first one I am definitely going to watch is called "How to Escape the Ueber-priced Canikon Stranglehold and Become Extremely Happy."

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2014 at 22:36 UTC as 7th comment

So many insightful comments.... so few people who could ever actually AFFORD TO BUY something like this, huh? (Myself included.)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2014 at 19:47 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
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gerard boulanger: "smartphones, not enemy.." I think that statement is absolutely wrong.

Not that smartphones are capable of technically challenge high end DSLRs, but they already swallow the worldwide P&S business and they will continue to eat market of entry level DSLR and mirorless cameras in the near future.

To me the real threat for all the photography industry is that one day the IQ from very small sensors will be more than enough to share, publish even print 4x6 pictures without carrying another device, most of the time bulky and heavy.

Sony understood the trend with its Q series. Not a success now indeed, but the idea is there.

The last time I went on the golden gate bridge (last month), more than 50% of photos were made with a smartphone...

"Sony understood the trend with its Q series."

Wow, Sony also has a "Q series" now? Wow.... Which ones are those, please, the Sony NEX Qs or the Sony Alpha Qs or perhaps the Sony CineAlta Qs?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2014 at 20:31 UTC
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aftab: " There are many development tasks around that goal, such as increasing resolution, sensitivity, dynamic range and so on. Ultimately what we want is to have a camera that incorporates all of this. With unlimited resolution, unlimited sensitivity and unlimited dynamic range you can take photos of anything that exists on this earth. That's our ultimate goal. "

Canon users who worry about resolution and DR, worry not. Canon has you in their mind. :)

"With unlimited resolution, unlimited sensitivity and unlimited dynamic range you can take photos of anything that exists on this earth. That's our ultimate goal."

I am slowly beginning to think that maybe this interview with Maeda-san has been conducted in some flashy sanatorium or asylum?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2014 at 20:29 UTC
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Just Ed: Not as revealing at the recent interview with Nikon execs, but useful none the less. Both seemed to point out that the camera market and the public's desires do indeed differ by geographical region.

It is interesting that both Canon and Nikon express that mirror-less is less popular in the US than elsewhere. Possibly Canon was right not to put much energy into mirrorless technology, at least yet.

As to camera size, I find uses for both by medium sized 6D and small sized Sl-1. Each shines, but in different situations imo.

"It is interesting that both Canon and Nikon express that mirror-less is less popular in the US than elsewhere. Possibly Canon was right not to put much energy into mirrorless technology."

Well, you had probably meant to say than in the U.S., folks who know a little bit about their mirrorless cameras clearly prefer to buy mirrorless cameras from companies OTHER THAN Canon and Nikon. That's much more like it, right?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2014 at 20:26 UTC
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