Jonathan Brady

Jonathan Brady

Lives in United States Sarasota, FL, United States
Joined on Dec 31, 2010

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On article X-Factor: Canon's EOS-1D X Mark II examined in-depth (584 comments in total)
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Kiril Karaatanasov: Great job Canon with this CFast lock-customers-in job.....

This is embarrassing in the 21st century.

Agree to disagree.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 14:43 UTC
On article X-Factor: Canon's EOS-1D X Mark II examined in-depth (584 comments in total)
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Kiril Karaatanasov: Great job Canon with this CFast lock-customers-in job.....

This is embarrassing in the 21st century.

@BarnET - how is the video an afterthought? 1st - CANON has said that this camera replaces the 1Dx AND the 1Dc. How is THAT protecting the cinema line? It just devoured it. Second, show me a DSLR or mirrorless with better video specs and better video focusing. Go ahead... I'll wait...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 14:21 UTC
On article X-Factor: Canon's EOS-1D X Mark II examined in-depth (584 comments in total)
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otto k: Why fixed AF and exposure in 16fps mode? They have DPAF and use it in video for both auto focus and metering, so why lock everything with mirror up?

I think it's to keep expectations in line. DPAF is AWESOME, but it's simply not FAST when it comes to tracking. I think besides the possibility mentioned by KAllen (processing power vs speed), Canon knew that people would want viewfinder-like AF from live view if Canon left AF tracking on, so they disabled it knowing it would fail.
This is all coming from someone with a 70D (which has DPAF) and loves it. I'm just realistic about it's performance capabilities.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 14:15 UTC
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Mike Sandman: Digital cameras - A company that can increase profits despite a drop in revenue is doing somethng right. In this case, they've succeeded in shifting from higher volume, low profit point & shooot to low volume, high profit ILCs.

Sensors & batteries - the slide shows an impairment charge aggainst the battery business. That means Sony's auditor looked at the battery business's book value vs. it's profitability and decided the book value was unjstifianly high. So they reduced book value via an impairment charge. This is a.very unhappy event for the managers of the battery business, but it doesn't have a direct effect on the camera business. And even though sensors and hatteries are combined into the same reporting unit, it doesn't mean that the sensor business is in trouble.

low volume typically means small market. Who are your customers once the entire small market owns one of your wares? A mix of products and markets is really preferred (much like a stock portfolio).

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2016 at 14:56 UTC
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Tom Holly: I wouldn't buy another after my a7r. The shutter shake issue and sonys response to it convinced me it's not the camera company for me.

Sony is NOT the company for the risk-averse consumer - ALMOST regardless of the product type.
Betamax, DAT, Sony CD's (rootkit disaster), UMD, Minidisc, Memory Sticks, Vaio, Bravia... Heck, many A-mount owners swear they've been abandoned and right now, it would be hard to disagree.
It's not BAD to own Sony stuff. You just need to be aware of Sony's history. Sony often innovates, often fails, and OFTEN fails by forcing proprietary accessories (that are often, inexplicably more expensive than alternatives).

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2016 at 14:51 UTC
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Tony Northrup: I must be the only pixel peeper on the planet who has never, ever felt the need to do a lens microadjustment. I work with shallow depth-of-field and I use a constantly changing assortment of sharp, fast lenses and high-megapixel bodies.

Have I just been incredibly lucky, or is this an over-diagnosed problem?

Do you frequently shoot with a flash or commander with assist beams mounted and on?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2016 at 16:56 UTC

This is how I AFMA - http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/54900380

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2016 at 16:51 UTC as 5th comment
On article Nikon releases D500 4K UHD sample video (203 comments in total)
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nicolaiecostel: How many of you guys actually have 4k monitors ?

@blackcoffee17 - I do agree that "future proofing" is a smart thing to do, but if we're talking about generic content creation, is it really necessary? For instance, let's say someone (a consumer - not a professional) wants to make a movie of XYZ (some ability for instance - rock climbing, skate boarding, surfing, whatever) this year. So they do it in 4k. Is it realistic to expect that in 5 years, they'll be even better at that activity? Is it also realistic to expect that in 5 years, they'll be producing even MORE content that is CURRENT (and lord knows, the internet basically revolves around the "now", yesterday is ancient history).
To be transparent, I'm not arguing against 4k and I'm quite excited about it as a technology hopefully available and workable by everyone, I just think the future proofing argument is pretty overblown. Very few people watch "old stuff" very often.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2016 at 21:23 UTC
On article 1.4 and More: Canon EF 35mm F1.4L II comparison (240 comments in total)
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Joed700: Now, all Canon needs is to upgrade their century old 50mm f/1.4 lens.

Decades, actually. But hey, why go with facts when hyperbole is more fun, right?
That said, I agree. That lens needs a complete overhaul! Adding IS would be nice too!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2016 at 02:48 UTC
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PeaceKeeper: Serious question... how much did they pay you to air this commercial?

My thoughts on this video? Basically no one reading DPR is going to buy this camera. DPR knows it. Phase One knows it. I doubt they paid them anything. No ROI.
To me, DPR posted this video because it's photography related.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2016 at 19:32 UTC

C'mon DPR... with the access you guys have to top level gear, there's no excuse for focus hunting in a video. I'm not a video guy but WOW, it was insanely obvious.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 17:09 UTC as 34th comment | 3 replies
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Daft Punk: Well done Canon. Demonstrating why they are still the market leader in my opinion.

I am a big fan of Canon lenses. The lenses remain the main reason to be in the Canon system.

While a massive fan of their lenses and a Canon user because of it, I still remain disappointed by their camera development and sensor advances.

Maybe the guy in charge of lenses can apply some advice to the camera design team..

Canon cameras have more noise at low ISO than their competitors which is what limits the DR at low ISO. That's what I was referring to.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2015 at 19:39 UTC
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estarkey: I've bashed Canon on many an occasion, but this is a fantastic feat of engineering and they deserve all the praise for their accomplishment.

Everyone bashes Canon, that's trite. But the only possible thing to bash is low ISO noise & DR in their cameras. Oh, and a lack of new mirrorless cameras every 6 months. Everything else is SOLID. Their cameras are fairly rock solid and don't have a lot of the issues that Nikon and Sony seem to have. And if something comes up, they SQUASH IT immediately. Their lenses are great. Their customer service is literally the best in the industry.
So bashing Canon is easy because all you have to do is jump on the bandwagon. But if low ISO noise and DR is (mostly) irrelevant to a person and mirrorless isn't your "thing", objectively, Canon is probably the best to buy.
Oh, they're the most financially stable. So, it begs the question, are low ISO & DR performance along with "innovative" mirrorless systems REALLY that important to the long term well being of a userbase? I won't buy Sony because I don't trust they'll be around, or at least the products they're currently marketing, in 5-10 years.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2015 at 11:37 UTC
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Daft Punk: Well done Canon. Demonstrating why they are still the market leader in my opinion.

I am a big fan of Canon lenses. The lenses remain the main reason to be in the Canon system.

While a massive fan of their lenses and a Canon user because of it, I still remain disappointed by their camera development and sensor advances.

Maybe the guy in charge of lenses can apply some advice to the camera design team..

I'm right there with you. For the most part, I'm completely unhindered by their lack of "keeping up with the Sony's" regarding low ISO noise and DR but it would certainly be nice to have. Also... If a lot of the patents which have recently surfaced are anything to go by, we might not be disappointed for much longer.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2015 at 11:25 UTC
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ttran88: Sony releases this RX1RII and Canon releases EOS M10. You have to think does Canon even know how to make anything without a mirror and wow us in 2015?

Yeah, the M10 is crap but come on, there's a MASSIVE difference in price. You're talking about completely different target markets.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2015 at 16:13 UTC
On article Super Raw? DxO ONE added to studio test scene (165 comments in total)

"1"-type sensor and 32mm equivalent F1.8 lens"

Interesting that the equivalent aperture wasn't stated, only the equivalent focal length. C'mon DPR, be fully transparent.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2015 at 13:42 UTC as 38th comment | 6 replies

http://www.canonrumors.com/samsung-leaving-the-camera-business/

Just saw this the other day. Giving away inventory to (theoretically) create long-term customers would be an odd move for a company looking to get out of the business.

However, giving away inventory (and creating headlines) that's not selling because you plan to leave the business... That's a write off I'm sure!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 28, 2015 at 19:15 UTC as 75th comment | 9 replies
On article Sources of noise part two: Electronic Noise (237 comments in total)
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Jonathan Brady: My first thought? MAN... DPR is REALLY going after Canon and just burying them! They must be in cahoots with Nikon/Sony.
My second thought? Instead... Maybe they're just trying to educate the masses who will then demand a superior product from Canon which will (hopefully) give them the swift kick in the *** that they obviously need and the whole market can move forward with better products.
Yes... Image sensor noise (and thus, exposure latitude and DR) is simply one aspect of a cameras performance, but when one company is so obviously outclassed, it's hard not to beat that dead horse.
PS, I'm a Canon user. And yes I recognize they're behind in low ISO noise performance due to the DOWNSTREAM noise added by their imaging pipeline.

Agreed. They didn't mention Canon. But if you know about the problem, it's obvious who they're talking about :-)

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2015 at 08:01 UTC
On article Sources of noise part two: Electronic Noise (237 comments in total)

My first thought? MAN... DPR is REALLY going after Canon and just burying them! They must be in cahoots with Nikon/Sony.
My second thought? Instead... Maybe they're just trying to educate the masses who will then demand a superior product from Canon which will (hopefully) give them the swift kick in the *** that they obviously need and the whole market can move forward with better products.
Yes... Image sensor noise (and thus, exposure latitude and DR) is simply one aspect of a cameras performance, but when one company is so obviously outclassed, it's hard not to beat that dead horse.
PS, I'm a Canon user. And yes I recognize they're behind in low ISO noise performance due to the DOWNSTREAM noise added by their imaging pipeline.

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2015 at 02:30 UTC as 45th comment | 8 replies

You STILL didn't ask (or at least didn't publish that you asked) about on-sensor ADC. You guys have asked them about DR in the past and when looking at the sensor, and ONLY the sensor, Canon keeps up. It's the off-sensor ADC that introduces all the noise and destroys the DR. So... why are you not asking about this VERY SIMPLE idea?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 01:38 UTC as 104th comment | 2 replies
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