PIX 2015
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 Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? article (1085 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 (1085 comments in total)
In reply to:

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 50th 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 157th 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 (237 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 109th 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 82nd comment
On Alpha dog: Hands-on with Sony a7R II article (1089 comments in total)

Excellent, assuming it's actually put together well, Sony knows how to grab users from the CaNikon camp.

Though I have a D800, sorry Nikon, Sony's getting $3K from me that isn't going to you.

Probably going to have to sell the EM1 or GX7 and some glass to help afford this. It will be excellent to take into the mountains and the theater . . . .

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 23:06 UTC as 197th comment

Hmmm . . . 7mm doesn't look all that sharp - hopefully it's just this copy.

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2015 at 05:57 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply

Is it just me or does almost all of the shots from this lens lack contrast, pop, or whatever - is it the DO effect or the post processing?

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2015 at 00:17 UTC as 24th comment | 2 replies

Really? The sun didn't come out once while you had either of these lenses? As a Seattle-ite we had some pretty good stretch of weather that you could have pointed these at the sun to see what kind of ghosting/flare resistance they have.
No night shots either? These would have really shown how good the ghosts/flare and aperture spikes would look like stopped down.

I can only suspect you had just a short amount of time with these before Oly took them back.

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2015 at 07:51 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply

This says to me that they have not maxed out the capabilities of the camera processing power and are getting their firmware much more efficient and refined to add more features.
Bravo for making it better. They certainly need to have very very good software in the camera to compete with other camera manufacturers.

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2015 at 21:19 UTC as 61st comment

Looks a little dreamy and low contrast wide open, but for some that's just fine.

Direct link | Posted on May 5, 2015 at 20:41 UTC as 41st comment

Your last full paragraph above is what frustrates me about Nikon sometimes - poor implementation of a great feature. What camera expert at Nikon OK'd the EFCS implementation on the D810? The EFCS on the D810 is one of the killer features, but it's so poorly implemented that it's just not worth it to upgrade from my D800.

Regarding other systems - the same happens with the A7r and the 70-200/4 OSS - completely unusable with OSS on.

And regarding the statements below that this was not seen with 12 or 16MP FX sensors - true it will be less noticeable, but it will very much be there and noticeable. From 16 to 36MP is only a 50% resolution increase and this OSS/shutter-induced blur seen is far more than 1 pixel at 36MP.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2015 at 23:42 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply

I see nothing inherently wrong with citizens photographing/making video of public servants performing their duties as long as:
(1) They do not interfere with the police action
(2) They, while photographing/making video, do not shirk their citizen responsibility to act if needed to assist the situation if necessary - meaning don't stand there with a camera while someone is getting beaten, abused, needs medical assistance, etc.
Though I'm an avid supporter of the police in general, they are human too and bad apples need to be rooted out. Here in Seattle there have been multiple incidents where the police clearly have gotten out of control or behaved inappropriately - as well as many equal incidents where the people the police are trying to arrest are out of control. Taking images of police goes both ways - both supporting the police AND supporting those being arrested, etc. by the police.
People tend to "behave" better when recorded - and that's a good thing.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2015 at 16:56 UTC as 22nd comment | 3 replies
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Ben O Connor: Cheapest set achieved for landscape photographers (architecture, various engineering, etc.)

EM-5II + 10,5 F O.95 Voightlander+ Dead steady tripod!

Total of 2.500€, worth every dime.

One of the real issues with ultra-wides is how it deals with ghosting and flare since invariably for many many images this lens will be used for there will be some sort of bright light in the frame - sun, lights, etc., etc.
The other is distortion - it it gets out of control it can be a real problem even for landscape-type shots.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 5, 2015 at 00:03 UTC
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JhvaElohimMeth: Still waiting for a compact and moderately fast ultrawide fixed lens for 4/3

+1
Don't need utra-fast 10mm, just give me f/2.8 (heck even f/2 would be great) and excellent wide open performance in a reasonably compact/light design.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 5, 2015 at 00:00 UTC

All I wanted for my m43 bodies was a 10mm f/2.8 that was excellent wide open and did not weigh 500+ grams . . . .

Still, this could be pretty cool . . . if it really is very very good wide open.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2015 at 23:50 UTC as 13th comment
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