jhinkey

jhinkey

Lives in United States Seattle, WA, United States
Works as a Aerospace Engineering Consultant
Has a website at www.hinkey.zenfolio.com
Joined on Dec 27, 2005

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On Otus Readings: the Zeiss 85 F1.4 Otus Comparison article (202 comments in total)

Seems some field curvature is at play. Would love to see how the PF of the Nikkor and Canon change with different focus settings.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2015 at 15:43 UTC as 44th comment
On Otus Readings: the Zeiss 85 F1.4 Otus Comparison article (202 comments in total)
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Xentinus: Nikon 85mm 1.8 G is a real gem!

Not if you dislike PF wide open - it's sharpness is really good, but man that CA!
That being said, I wonder how the PF is when focused just slightly differently on the Nikkor.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2015 at 15:38 UTC
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jhinkey: Sorry, no sympathy to the photographer. Don't like it, don't sign the contract.
Don't like these kind of contracts, form a union and boycott Ms. Swift, but don't whine.
What happened between Apple/Swift has no relation to the disagreement that this photographer has with Swift. He's just using the Apple/Swift coverage to promote his unhappiness with the contract he signed.

ThatCamFan - Walk me through step by step how the situation with Apple and Swift is related to the situation with Swift and the photographer?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2015 at 16:05 UTC

Give me a compact digital MF rig I can take into the mountains or on a hike for a reasonable price. Find a way to get MF into the masses (or at least those of use that can even remotely afford it).

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2015 at 00:03 UTC as 51st comment
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jhinkey: Step 1: Admit you have a problem
Step 2: Close the Italian design office
Step 3: Fire whomever hatched such a plan and whomever supported it
Step 4: Figure out what kind of Med. Format products you can sell to the masses through innovation & strategic partnerships
Step 5: Have lots of patience, 'cause it's gonna take a long time to right the Hassy ship back onto course

I would love to own a lightweight medium format system, but it's always been out of reach $$-wise.

Well, if they are to survive they might need to figure out how to offer such a system to more people. But you're likely right!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 17:02 UTC

Step 1: Admit you have a problem
Step 2: Close the Italian design office
Step 3: Fire whomever hatched such a plan and whomever supported it
Step 4: Figure out what kind of Med. Format products you can sell to the masses through innovation & strategic partnerships
Step 5: Have lots of patience, 'cause it's gonna take a long time to right the Hassy ship back onto course

I would love to own a lightweight medium format system, but it's always been out of reach $$-wise.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 14:25 UTC as 101st comment | 3 replies

Sorry, no sympathy to the photographer. Don't like it, don't sign the contract.
Don't like these kind of contracts, form a union and boycott Ms. Swift, but don't whine.
What happened between Apple/Swift has no relation to the disagreement that this photographer has with Swift. He's just using the Apple/Swift coverage to promote his unhappiness with the contract he signed.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 23:40 UTC as 48th comment | 5 replies
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lacroix75: Never been happier since moving from Nikon a year .
Sony, please continue to innovate, don't stop.

Along with my on order A7R II and Batis lenses, I still need a native 14mm f/2 prime; hope Mr. Maki or Zeiss are listening!!!

Yes, some native WA primies:
~15mm/2.8 prime
Native fisheye (no converters please)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 17:19 UTC

My customer voice says, slow down the technology addition a bit and work on rounding off all the sharp technology edges that you now have in the A7 series:
- Software UI and external body ergonomics
- Battery life (better battery & power saving features, etc.)
- RAW file issues
- Weather resistance
- Lenses - native ones that is
- Connectivity - wired or wireless
- Larger size body (A9?) that's better for ergonomics, battery life, performance, weather sealing, etc. to compete with CaNikon

Great start, particularly with the A7RII (that I hope to have soon), now let's refine some things.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 16:55 UTC as 24th comment
On Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? article (1030 comments in total)
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RichRMA: More than a few people mentioned that the A7R's lack of in-body I.S. was detrimental to its huge resolution potential. The idea of any camera having more than 5mp and no stabilization is horrible, unless you always use a tripod or shoot in bright light. When I got my old Olympus E-510 many years ago, the first thing I noticed was the vast increase in the number of "keeper" shots in iffy lighting, thanks to in-body stabilization.

The only real shutter shock issue I had with the A7R was with the Sony 70-200/4 OS. All my manual focus glass acted just like with my D800 when I used proper hand-holding technique.
The real value of IBIS to me is stabilization with non-OIS manual focus glass AND, perhaps even more importantly, the ability to have a stabilized image at 100% view when trying to achieve critical focus hand-held (even on a tripod when fiddling with the focus ring).
Stabilized video with legacy glass, though way down on the list for me, is also a plus.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 02:05 UTC
On Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? article (1030 comments in total)
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yslee1: "As someone who loves placing subjects well off-center, and refuses to use the simple 'focus & recompose' technique due to focal plane shifts and subject movement that easily throw off focus when shooting at fast apertures, this is huge."

And then you run into Sony's UI for moving AF points. Hint: It's horrible.

Good talk BTW on Saturday - unfortunately I missed the first half hour or I would have peppered you guys with several questions.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 22, 2015 at 21:25 UTC
On Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? article (1030 comments in total)
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yslee1: "As someone who loves placing subjects well off-center, and refuses to use the simple 'focus & recompose' technique due to focal plane shifts and subject movement that easily throw off focus when shooting at fast apertures, this is huge."

And then you run into Sony's UI for moving AF points. Hint: It's horrible.

That would be an A7 series. Yes there is the A mount versions, but for those of us with non-Canon, non-A mount glass this is an issue.
I'm a Nikon shooter, but want to use the A7rII with my F-mount glass.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 22, 2015 at 21:24 UTC
On Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? article (1030 comments in total)
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yslee1: "As someone who loves placing subjects well off-center, and refuses to use the simple 'focus & recompose' technique due to focal plane shifts and subject movement that easily throw off focus when shooting at fast apertures, this is huge."

And then you run into Sony's UI for moving AF points. Hint: It's horrible.

Subject tracking doesn't work so well with my Zeiss 135/2 APO ZF.2 lens, and focus/recompose not so well either. Being able to quickly more the AF point to the subject, hit the magnify button to critically focus, then take the image is a commonly used feature for me. I too found the UI poor for these types of things.
As great as AF automation is, it's not the most perfect of tools, especially when AF fails or is not applicable. If it can lock onto an eye or a face and track it reliably at f/2 135mm then that sounds good, but not sure this camera is there quite yet until someone does some critical testing.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 22, 2015 at 21:03 UTC
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jhinkey: Unfortunately I wasn't able to get to the talk until 5, but the part that I did get to see I found too many verbal generalizations used during the discussion.
Case in point: the use of the word "DSLRs" was being used to describe all segments of photography currently using a DSLR when clearly the segment appears to be divided up into low end, enthusiast, and professional.
I think the fate of the DSLR will be different in each segment.

Also, the three speakers seem to be of the thinking that mirrorless is supposed to be equal to small, which clearly does not have to be the case.

I also found some of their remarks to show that they perhaps are experienced n a different market that Nikon and Canon wish to sell to - do these guys have kids, go to soccer games, school concerts, etc. where people try to take photos? Unless I missed it, there was a tendency to lump all photographers into one bucket - those that use cell phones, those willing to have a dedicated camera body, enthusiasts, and pros - clearly each of those segments has different needs, wants, and buying power and Sony, Pany, Oly, Nikon, Canon, Samsung, etc. are trying to figure out who to sell to.

The audience demographic was telling - mostly older folks like myself seemed to be in attendance.

That being said, it was a good discussion and good to see the DPR folks in person - they are pretty good speakers.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 21, 2015 at 17:12 UTC

Unfortunately I wasn't able to get to the talk until 5, but the part that I did get to see I found too many verbal generalizations used during the discussion.
Case in point: the use of the word "DSLRs" was being used to describe all segments of photography currently using a DSLR when clearly the segment appears to be divided up into low end, enthusiast, and professional.
I think the fate of the DSLR will be different in each segment.

Also, the three speakers seem to be of the thinking that mirrorless is supposed to be equal to small, which clearly does not have to be the case.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 21, 2015 at 17:10 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply

I believe I can carry a 20/1.8G and 35/1.8G for less weight than the Sigma and perhaps have better IQ. We'll see how well it does.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 17:36 UTC as 49th comment | 3 replies

What matters is if I can tell between two images taken with different camera so I can see the sharpness, noise, DR differences between them. When I shoot side-by-side with my m43 and FX gear and process essentially the same image there can definitely be differences in the final image depending on what ISO I had to use and how hard I had to push the shadows or clip the highlights.

Also, there are lenses not available across both mirrorless (of any sensor size) and FX DSLRs platforms.

Anyone who just casually shoots and just wants to record an image likely won't care. But if someone is shooting for more enthusiast and/or professional end use then they will definitely care between cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 17:03 UTC as 155th comment

I will try to make it!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 07:08 UTC as 6th comment
On #1 in France: Hands-on with DxO ONE article (193 comments in total)

I foresee a lot of snapped-off connectors . . . . . if it was designed specifically for an Iphone then a more secure connection should be possible.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 15:11 UTC as 78th comment | 3 replies

Or, like many I suspect, I would equate the Q to that over-priced sports car that would sit in my garage most of the time because it's only good at a few things, and my Subaru is more than adequate (and in many ways better) at everything else for far less $$.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 20:26 UTC as 81st comment
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