Joseph Black

Joseph Black

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On article Extreme made easy: GoPro HERO4 Session review (59 comments in total)
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5andi: Still waiting for a model with optical image stabilisation.

It's called the Garmin Virb XE.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2016 at 20:35 UTC
On article Framing fashion with Dixie Dixon (29 comments in total)
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Gosman: She is from Dallas and we are proud of her. But it does amaze me how youth will trump age and experience in the fashion photography business. I've heard her speech before, and she has worked hard but mostly been at the right place at the right time with a lot of luck. She obviously made a decision very young in life to be a photographer while most of us had to make hard decisions about growing up and having a family and making a good living. If she is still active in the business at 45, I will consider her a success.

Photography as a field is also beholden to market forces, and in modern times that leans heavily in the direction of young, hip, fresh, and easy to push on social media. It's no longer just the product but also everything has personality attached now. If video killed the radio star, then Facebook killed the anonymous master craftsman. I've read studies about music popularity and how throughout modern history the popularity of a song has less to do with quality than finding the right audience at the right time...which some term luck. Luck doesn't happen without skill, or at least rarely happens, so whether or not she's the greatest photographer on the planet doesn't really matter if all the stars happen to align.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2016 at 18:46 UTC
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fairfaxian: I get excellent result from my GoPro. I have MANY accessories, some custom. I use the cam for auto racing, mtn biking and even nature scenics shot with a custom boom & steadicam. But the innovation & options from GoPro trickle out very slowly -esp. compared to the rest of the camera industry. I had hoped for other lens options, and a weather proof motorized gimbal would rock (I use the Feiyutech, which although very effective, only accepts GoPro without housing. OSMO made a self contained unit that should have come from GoPro years ago. A sturdy, 3 axis, weatherproof motorized gimbal from GoPro would be irresistible. GoPro studio is excellent software for what it is. But I would like to see more diverse high end options from the "industry leader".

If they'd include GPS, either onboard or as a module, ANT+, optical stabilization....any number of obvious changes they'd corner the market again. Their only current advantage is distribution/availability: you can find them everywhere. Trying to find the Garmin Virb XE locally was impossible so I had to order it.
The Garmin Virb XE has some advanced image options, ANT+, optical stabilization, integrated waterproof housing, internal desiccant option for defog, replaceable door, up to 128GB microSD, mount compatible with gopro accessories, wifi and app...they're only really lacking 4K, which isn't a big deal for me. The 1080P on the Garmin is actually better than the 1080 on the Gopro 4 Black (aliasing issues).

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2016 at 20:43 UTC
On article X-Factor: Canon's EOS-1D X Mark II examined in-depth (598 comments in total)
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hiplnsdrftr: Is there a reason they made it so ugly? The top used to be clean and smooth. I was set to buy it, but can't justify owning such an ugly camera regardless of it's performance. I guess they just saved me several thousand $. Will settle for another 1Dx original at half the price I guess.

The point is you don't need it. You may want the abilities, but if you needed those abilities you'd forgive a small aesthetic issue. If you can do everything you need to do with a 1D X, then why on Earth would you blow more money on a newer camera? Seriously. The fact is logic has dictated what you're buying and irrational desire is the only thing that would motivate you to buy the newer 1D XII. Now your own cognitive dissonance is trying to give you a good explanation for what ends up amounting to a good decision....although you probably don't even NEED the 1D X, it sounds like.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2016 at 17:03 UTC
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scrup: Cmon guys the A6300 has more comments than Canons flagship. Lets buff this post more so it looks competitive.

By sports photographers do you mean soccer moms at their 5 year old's game?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2016 at 14:47 UTC
On article X-Factor: Canon's EOS-1D X Mark II examined in-depth (598 comments in total)
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Lens Fanatics: Be patient ! For under $599. In the next 3 years you can get all these features with more megapixels, better sensor & smaller body with the upcoming all new Mirrorless Rebel MXXX

it comes with lens & free bags too.

Except 1.6, not 1.2. And no dual Digic processors to power all of that. So exactly the same except the many meaningful ways it's completely different.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 21:50 UTC
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scrup: Cmon guys the A6300 has more comments than Canons flagship. Lets buff this post more so it looks competitive.

Professionals are out making a living rather than verbally sparring with the squibs of the photographic middle ground.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 21:02 UTC
On article X-Factor: Canon's EOS-1D X Mark II examined in-depth (598 comments in total)
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dwill23: Sad canon won't release this dual-pixel AF in any FF camera under this price point like Sony does. It's left to APSc cameras like my 70D and EOSM3 cameras. I'm about to ditch canon because they hold back that tech just to sell these type cameras. I had my credit card in hand for the new 5DS/R until I found out no live view AF, or at least, their fast "dual pixel" which Canon can 'magically' turn on with a firmware update on their $5000 video cameras. PFFF

I want the 6D mark II (if there'll be such a camera) to have dual pixel AF or i'm selling all my gear.

It's too bad a fairly new technology hasn't made it into every segment at every level yet? Sony doesn't distribute features anything like Canon does, as Canon uses features appropriate to each segment and price point rather than a shotgun random approach like Sony.
If you don't get what you want and sell your gear, you're just being a brat.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 20:58 UTC
On article X-Factor: Canon's EOS-1D X Mark II examined in-depth (598 comments in total)
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Lens Fanatics: Be patient ! For under $599. In the next 3 years you can get all these features with more megapixels, better sensor & smaller body with the upcoming all new Mirrorless Rebel MXXX

it comes with lens & free bags too.

You can get a FF sensor with DP PDAF in a Rebel? Wow, that's amazing. <dripping with sarcasm>

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 20:55 UTC
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ScottTomlinson: "Oh, wow..." There's some unbiased reporting for you.

I'm sure it is objectively thebestcameraohmygodshotyourface! (My impression of DPR staff as they opened the box.)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 02:18 UTC
On article X-Factor: Canon's EOS-1D X Mark II examined in-depth (598 comments in total)
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aramgrg: Isn't X factor Fuji's?

Or a common saying belonging to no one.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 02:10 UTC
On article X-Factor: Canon's EOS-1D X Mark II examined in-depth (598 comments in total)
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hiplnsdrftr: Is there a reason they made it so ugly? The top used to be clean and smooth. I was set to buy it, but can't justify owning such an ugly camera regardless of it's performance. I guess they just saved me several thousand $. Will settle for another 1Dx original at half the price I guess.

Nobody who actually needs this cares about that. You saved yourself thousands by being full of it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 02:10 UTC
On article Inching forward? Canon PowerShot G5 X review posted (386 comments in total)
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Ghostboo: I'm glad to see Canon inching forward. My first DSLR (three decades ago) was a Canon and I loved it but they seem stuck in the past...just like Nikon. These two behemoths need to get with the game. Sony is setting the world on fire by giving photographers what they want and need. I will not reward a manufacturer my hard earned money until they give us products that are cutting edge. Sony is guilty too. How long has Gordon Laing and other top reviewers been touting fully articulated screens? Sony is stuck on tilting screens which is only marginally better. It makes sense once you get over traditional "old thinking". Try shooting at ground level if you are a bit older and less agile without a fully articulated screen. Panasonic has led the way and Olympus has adopted it for the Em5 Mk II. Still improvements are needed. Bigger buffers, faster write times, 4K video, etc. 2015 was a landmark year for photographers. Manufacturers began to give us what we want. Lets hope 2016 is better.

Thanks. I try to interject critical thought into an otherwise knee-jerk comment section. People in general don't have a thought in their head about what anyone in the past experienced, even if that refers to themselves only a few short years ago.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2016 at 01:25 UTC
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LFPCPH: My favorite camera is my old Olympus OM-1. Alas it is not digital ... but sometimes I just play with it to get over my abstiences.

I honestly thought the OM2000 was going to be the last Olympus SLR ever. I'm really tempted to get a new Olympus ILC just for old times sake. That and I hear they're great cameras. Going back and looking at my old film bodies now, I'm not sure I could handle the really poor ergonomics though. Those tiny cameras were only tolerable when I had no other good point of reference.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2016 at 15:35 UTC

The thing most people don't recognize about scores and recommendations and "all around best" cameras is that the reviewer can not weigh different factors in a way that will reflect the preferences and priorities of any one real person, so they guess. This is the same principle as the average or mean: rarely does that individual actual exist in the data set. For example, if you have ten people of different ages and take the average age of all individuals it is extremely unlikely that any person will have the average age. This is especially true the more significant figures you start working into the data.
No single person is represented by a score or an average or even a weighted decision matrix that someone else devises. It would be far more useful for reviewers to give each individual feature a relative measure when compared to other cameras on the market and then allow a reader to input their own weights...if we must have a score at all. Present data and allow people to think.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2016 at 14:52 UTC as 168th comment
On article GoPro's poor holiday sales lead to staff layoff (124 comments in total)
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Joseph Black: I normally hate GPS in devices, but in the case of an action cam I think it's a pretty important feature. As I shopped for an action cam I kept coming back to the GoPro for price and features but couldn't handle not having any GPS options. If they can add an LCD back then why not a GPS back? Garmin stole a sale away from GoPro in my case.
I can use it as a head-mounted action cam for the recording of my perspective when I produce presentations of how I create my various artistic works, I mount it to my bike to record the insane drivers constantly trying to kill me, and I can use it in the car during road trips to record any incidents along with my exact speed and location.....all of which can be added in post production to the video so my map location and speed are all on screen.

When I drive cross country I am sometimes in Russia.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2016 at 17:56 UTC
On article GoPro's poor holiday sales lead to staff layoff (124 comments in total)
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Joseph Black: I normally hate GPS in devices, but in the case of an action cam I think it's a pretty important feature. As I shopped for an action cam I kept coming back to the GoPro for price and features but couldn't handle not having any GPS options. If they can add an LCD back then why not a GPS back? Garmin stole a sale away from GoPro in my case.
I can use it as a head-mounted action cam for the recording of my perspective when I produce presentations of how I create my various artistic works, I mount it to my bike to record the insane drivers constantly trying to kill me, and I can use it in the car during road trips to record any incidents along with my exact speed and location.....all of which can be added in post production to the video so my map location and speed are all on screen.

The XVR Sony has GPS and you pay out the nose for 4K. You also get maddening Sony controls and menus and .....what a redundant discussion. As I said, I did look at Sony. Thanks for the information. Where else could I find such a wealth of knowledge? Is Garmin another choice? I though GoPro was the only choice. Can you people read? I'm glad I didn't read several very detailed reviews for each action cam in existence. I mean, this rotary phone I'm typing on has no access to that kind of information.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2016 at 04:42 UTC
On article GoPro's poor holiday sales lead to staff layoff (124 comments in total)
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Joseph Black: I normally hate GPS in devices, but in the case of an action cam I think it's a pretty important feature. As I shopped for an action cam I kept coming back to the GoPro for price and features but couldn't handle not having any GPS options. If they can add an LCD back then why not a GPS back? Garmin stole a sale away from GoPro in my case.
I can use it as a head-mounted action cam for the recording of my perspective when I produce presentations of how I create my various artistic works, I mount it to my bike to record the insane drivers constantly trying to kill me, and I can use it in the car during road trips to record any incidents along with my exact speed and location.....all of which can be added in post production to the video so my map location and speed are all on screen.

Their. How embarrassing.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2016 at 20:36 UTC
On article GoPro's poor holiday sales lead to staff layoff (124 comments in total)
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Joseph Black: I normally hate GPS in devices, but in the case of an action cam I think it's a pretty important feature. As I shopped for an action cam I kept coming back to the GoPro for price and features but couldn't handle not having any GPS options. If they can add an LCD back then why not a GPS back? Garmin stole a sale away from GoPro in my case.
I can use it as a head-mounted action cam for the recording of my perspective when I produce presentations of how I create my various artistic works, I mount it to my bike to record the insane drivers constantly trying to kill me, and I can use it in the car during road trips to record any incidents along with my exact speed and location.....all of which can be added in post production to the video so my map location and speed are all on screen.

GoPro offers a lot of different models with a ton of accessories, although I did look at Sony too. The problem with Sony, as with almost all of there products (with the exception of televisions and their Playstation) was the horrible interface. Operating temperature was also an issue with Sony. GoPro and Garmin had fewer issues with shutting down at high temperatures.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2016 at 19:42 UTC
On article GoPro's poor holiday sales lead to staff layoff (124 comments in total)

I normally hate GPS in devices, but in the case of an action cam I think it's a pretty important feature. As I shopped for an action cam I kept coming back to the GoPro for price and features but couldn't handle not having any GPS options. If they can add an LCD back then why not a GPS back? Garmin stole a sale away from GoPro in my case.
I can use it as a head-mounted action cam for the recording of my perspective when I produce presentations of how I create my various artistic works, I mount it to my bike to record the insane drivers constantly trying to kill me, and I can use it in the car during road trips to record any incidents along with my exact speed and location.....all of which can be added in post production to the video so my map location and speed are all on screen.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2016 at 19:21 UTC as 55th comment | 8 replies
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