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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Someday when I strike it rich . . . .

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2016 at 01:26 UTC as 14th comment | 5 replies
On article Pocketable APS-C: Fujifilm X70 real-world samples (210 comments in total)

Oh man, next time you are out on the top of Mt. Si let me know!
If you need a back-country/mountain top camera/lens tester I'd be happy to oblige . . .

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2016 at 01:24 UTC as 29th comment
On article Design, looks and desire: Olympus does it again (396 comments in total)
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eazizisaid: Another Olympus article ? Come on guys ;)

As opposed to talking about what else?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2016 at 16:25 UTC
On article Design, looks and desire: Olympus does it again (396 comments in total)
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Twong: I don't find it to be attractive at all. I actually find it to cumbersome and pretentious. I don't want a camera to attract attention - whether they are good or bad.

Cameras this size themselves don't attract attention (not nearly like a D5 or equiv.), but rather it's the lens on the front and how the photographer is shooting plus what photo bling he/she are wearing (big camera strap that has NIKON or Olympus, etc. on it . . .). From afar, there's no difference between this Oly Pen F and a Panny GX8 (of the same color at least).
I personally like a lot of external controls/dials which de-facto makes a camera body sort of look like this. I could totally do without the front dial (unless it can be re-purposed to be useful).

Now Pany needs to come out with their equivalent (maybe that's what the GX8 is supposed to be, but I don't think so).

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2016 at 16:22 UTC
On article GoPro's poor holiday sales lead to staff layoff (124 comments in total)
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martin001: Once they brought something innovative and reasonably priced. there was often bad customer support, but for starting product it was not shocking.
Then they focused on marketing, didn't improve support a bit (at least from outside), and products experienced very slow upgrades.
Market got oversaturated, prices went up, cheap competition went in, and in 2016 we still have 1/2.3" sensors that produce crappy pics/video if sun is not shining, in a world where cell phones had APS-C sensors for years and generally produce better output.
Sorry for the employees, but inevitable. I hope they will once again put money in innovation and bring something BIG for reasonable cash.

Cell phones with APS-C image sensors for years? Which ones were those?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2016 at 22:12 UTC
On article Behind the Shot: Prince of the Night (85 comments in total)

I've stood in that exact same place 15 years ago and wished I had the right gear (film) to take the same kind of shot. Nice, very nice.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2015 at 19:44 UTC as 23rd comment

Certainly an example of when you might want to use the add-on grip with the A7RII!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2015 at 15:56 UTC as 71st comment

Well, you can certainly compare it to the superb 135/2 APO Zeiss at f/2.
I do a lot of low light landscapes with moving elements, so speed is always welcome. Some night shots of the city might have been good to see the SA characteristics.
What was the expected price for such a beast?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2015 at 15:51 UTC as 73rd comment | 3 replies
On article Primer: Why would I buy a mirrorless camera? (551 comments in total)
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justmeMN: Thom Hogan put it "Mirrorless cameras are turning into smaller, lighter, excellent performers that do well in a limited range of focal lengths, typically 16-105mm. It’s when the subject starts moving fast and/or you need lots of reach that those three adjectives (smaller, lighter, excellent) tend to disappear."

Even Thom doesn't quite get it right some times . . . "do well in a limited focal range" what the heck is that supposed to mean.
My A7RII does well at all focal ranges for what I do with it - fisheye to 400+mm.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2015 at 22:47 UTC
On article Primer: Why would I buy a mirrorless camera? (551 comments in total)
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nerd2: Mirrorless are basically RF cameras. They have advantages at wide to mid tele focal lengths, but after that SLR still reigns supreme.

You have no idea what you are talking about . . .

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2015 at 22:44 UTC
On article Primer: Why would I buy a mirrorless camera? (551 comments in total)

You should have written this a few years ago.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2015 at 22:41 UTC as 105th comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon announces development of flagship D5 DSLR (442 comments in total)
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owenleve: 1) GET RID OF XQD card slot. Terrible design.
2) Don't make yet another batter that is only compatible with this camera. The D3 and D4 batteries are not compatible. I travel a lot for work which means packing another entire brick battery charger. Very apple, very lame of Nikon with this move.
3) Please give us something similar to the D810 with regards to resolution in an actual pro/flagship body. Why Nikon, WHY put such a great chip in toy camera body, why I ask..?

D810 a toy camera - you're so funny!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 17:08 UTC
On article Nikon announces development of flagship D5 DSLR (442 comments in total)
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jhinkey: Still waiting for the Nikon full-frame mirrorless . . . . give me the DM900!
Though I like my A7RII - I'd really rather have an equivalent Nikon body so I don't have to fight the ergonomics and menu system to operate the camera.

D5 - great to hear, glad they didn't keep us in suspense what the next camera name was going to be by pre-announcing it w/o any real details.

What about lenses for this new D5? 135/1.8G AFS VR? 16/2.8G AFS fisheye? 400/5.6G PF AFS VR? . . . .?

You are likely right, though who knows if all new lenses moving forward are going to be "E" lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 17:05 UTC
On article Nikon announces development of flagship D5 DSLR (442 comments in total)
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Mssimo: Let me translate Nikon's "announcement" to plain English: "Nikon asks users to be patient and stop going to Sony"

Some of us already have send some $$ to Sony that I would have been much happier sending to Nikon.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 17:03 UTC
On article Nikon announces development of flagship D5 DSLR (442 comments in total)

Still waiting for the Nikon full-frame mirrorless . . . . give me the DM900!
Though I like my A7RII - I'd really rather have an equivalent Nikon body so I don't have to fight the ergonomics and menu system to operate the camera.

D5 - great to hear, glad they didn't keep us in suspense what the next camera name was going to be by pre-announcing it w/o any real details.

What about lenses for this new D5? 135/1.8G AFS VR? 16/2.8G AFS fisheye? 400/5.6G PF AFS VR? . . . .?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 16:23 UTC as 87th comment | 3 replies
On article Sony Alpha 7R II Review (2124 comments in total)
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Bene Placito: But the lens lineup is soooooooo limited.

Unless you use adapted glass . . . .

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 03:19 UTC
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J A C S: Too many blown highlights and false color for a sensor promising to revolutionize DR.

You are likely seeing the raw footage that has not had any of the typical software correction for sharpness, color, contrast, CA, distortion, etc. I don't see blown highlights (except for the specular bright reflections, but our eyes would over-expose this as well as would any current sensor that is still showing details in the deep shadows).

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2015 at 23:11 UTC
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AngryCorgi: Good dynamic range but it "appears" to lack sharpness/definition.

That's likely what your smartphone images and video looks like in the raw before software processing sharpens it up, adjusts the contrast and color and removes CA.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2015 at 23:07 UTC
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BostonC: I've been following this company's technology closely. They've burned through $160mm. Hopefully the production will happen soon and the sensor holds good quality as promised, before investors lose faith in them.

Uh, that amount of $$$ is nothing for something like this.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2015 at 22:57 UTC

Short on details of why they are better and how. Some measurements and comparisons with competitors would be good to have, otherwise it's all marketing hype.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2015 at 15:15 UTC as 3rd comment
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