GaryJP

GaryJP

Lives in Hong Kong Hong Kong
Works as a TV Production, Directing, Shooting, Editing
Joined on Mar 11, 2006

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On Sony Alpha 7S Review preview (467 comments in total)
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GaryJP: I have been very tempted to go the A7II route, but I have to say the reports of cooked raws, plus my own experience that Sony raws are not as flexible as others', concerns me.

http://www.rawdigger.com/howtouse/sony-craw-arw2-posterization-detection

You might want to do the usual troll thing of having no gallery before you talk, as you so often do, about others who shoot for professional use requiring good cameras for "Facebook snaps".

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2015 at 02:44 UTC
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mosc: It's gunna be f6.3 or something crazy at 400mm isn't it? Canon powershot team doesn't seem to understand what focal lengths and apertures people want, only "more zoom".

I continue to believe this is a dummy lens, and - from your posts - you have a down on this camera for no good reason whatsoever.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2015 at 11:25 UTC
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mosc: It's gunna be f6.3 or something crazy at 400mm isn't it? Canon powershot team doesn't seem to understand what focal lengths and apertures people want, only "more zoom".

Based on the sun coming up, the Roman goddess Aurora exists. Before they actually existed the G1X MkII and the RX1000 were "impossible".

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2015 at 00:58 UTC
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Thoughts R Us: It's funny to read the comments and see how many times people can post virtually the same thing...a variant of "this guy is clueless...out of touch...head in sand, etc." And then go on to complain about Canon sensors.

So the main indictment from what I see is that Canon sensors have less DR at low ISO than the competition. OK. But does that merit the vitriol? Does that mean their cameras are worthless? Aren't there other measures of a camera system...like lenses, support, ergonomics, color signature, QC, etc?

There's also the indictment that Canon doesn't pursue mirrorless with enough seriousness...with no admission that the mirrorless market isn't that big and is stagnating.

If you need more DR, then fine, go to another brand. But Canon has the most customers and most pro's stick with Canon, and it's not because they cannot switch. It's because Canon is for them the overall strongest system.

Now Canon is not perfect; no company is. But let's have some perspective.

My experience of Sony raws is that they are never as flexible as those from my other brands (with the exception of Fuji which is a disaster). And I have been saying this since long before the "compression" controversy. I have long used Sony for video shooting. I shoot 4K video on an AX100 right now. And I am tempted by the A7 range because I can use my EF lenses on them. But this really does put me off.

And if "everyone" cooks their raws. only some websites seem aware of how they may cheat dynamic range measurements by doing so.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2015 at 06:42 UTC
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Thoughts R Us: It's funny to read the comments and see how many times people can post virtually the same thing...a variant of "this guy is clueless...out of touch...head in sand, etc." And then go on to complain about Canon sensors.

So the main indictment from what I see is that Canon sensors have less DR at low ISO than the competition. OK. But does that merit the vitriol? Does that mean their cameras are worthless? Aren't there other measures of a camera system...like lenses, support, ergonomics, color signature, QC, etc?

There's also the indictment that Canon doesn't pursue mirrorless with enough seriousness...with no admission that the mirrorless market isn't that big and is stagnating.

If you need more DR, then fine, go to another brand. But Canon has the most customers and most pro's stick with Canon, and it's not because they cannot switch. It's because Canon is for them the overall strongest system.

Now Canon is not perfect; no company is. But let's have some perspective.

@Great Bustard. Sony has those cooked raws.

"But every argument against Sony's sensors not being any big deal over Canon's sensors is the same argument that can be made that FF has nothing over APS-C"

But I thought Canon were dumb because "mirrorless is the future", smaller sensor or not?

Too much of the debate here is "He who wants to beat, finds a stick".

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2015 at 03:45 UTC
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Thoughts R Us: It's funny to read the comments and see how many times people can post virtually the same thing...a variant of "this guy is clueless...out of touch...head in sand, etc." And then go on to complain about Canon sensors.

So the main indictment from what I see is that Canon sensors have less DR at low ISO than the competition. OK. But does that merit the vitriol? Does that mean their cameras are worthless? Aren't there other measures of a camera system...like lenses, support, ergonomics, color signature, QC, etc?

There's also the indictment that Canon doesn't pursue mirrorless with enough seriousness...with no admission that the mirrorless market isn't that big and is stagnating.

If you need more DR, then fine, go to another brand. But Canon has the most customers and most pro's stick with Canon, and it's not because they cannot switch. It's because Canon is for them the overall strongest system.

Now Canon is not perfect; no company is. But let's have some perspective.

The DR issue is situational and for me very rarely an issue. Half the people who bang on about it do not understand that. More would be nice but it's not a deal breaker. It is still preferable to cooked raws. It is the new pixel count. For those who believe, nothing else matters.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2015 at 04:46 UTC

Bit confused. Why are all the people who REALLY know how to run Canon posting on DPReview message boards and not earning a CEO salary?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2015 at 04:42 UTC as 63rd comment | 4 replies
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Zvonimir Tosic: It is the Japanese nuance.

When the gentleman says he learns nothing from competitors, he actually is learning a lot. That is how Canon succeeds to be only imaging company today able to report profit. "Never thought of that mirrorless-fanboys, huh?"

When the gentleman says "they are investigating", it means "it is well under way but we won't tell you that. We'll introduce it at our discretion".

When he says "it is difficult", that means "you actually do not know what are you talking about; there are better ways than that".

When he says "they will see", that means, "Not in a hundred years".

And when he says he does not know which camera will best sell in the USA, he actually said, "We make sure it is not our competitor's".

Having interviewed some myself, I have noticed that Japanese CEOs are remarkably good at playing their cards close to their chest. They won't be hurried into an answer. It's very usual there will be a long pause after your question where many other people would jump to fill in the space. They formulate their answers very precisely first. Often, maybe not always.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 09:45 UTC
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electrophoto: Oh my, half of the comments read like kindergarten stuff...
My camera is better than yours...
my canon is better than your nikon...
mirroless is better...
Silly.

Why I spend less and less time here. Retired dentists shooting their doggies and kids, trashing equipment on which Magnum photographers get breathtaking results.

And then often trashing the Magnum photographers.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 09:35 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7S Review preview (467 comments in total)
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GaryJP: I have been very tempted to go the A7II route, but I have to say the reports of cooked raws, plus my own experience that Sony raws are not as flexible as others', concerns me.

http://www.rawdigger.com/howtouse/sony-craw-arw2-posterization-detection

Think I am going to wait.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 02:29 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7S Review preview (467 comments in total)

I have been very tempted to go the A7II route, but I have to say the reports of cooked raws, plus my own experience that Sony raws are not as flexible as others', concerns me.

http://www.rawdigger.com/howtouse/sony-craw-arw2-posterization-detection

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2015 at 02:11 UTC as 24th comment | 4 replies
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (664 comments in total)
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TheHossein: i was thinking to save for a 5D III over my 7D but now after reading this im thinking to wait more and get this, cuz most of the times im shooting outdoors but at night with NO lights on, it costs about 1dx a bit more in that range but has huge advantages over it, i guess it worth waiting more,

Wait A LONG TIME more, unless independently wealthy.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2015 at 11:08 UTC
On FAA proposes regulations for commercial drone usage article (119 comments in total)

I am less worried about the drone risk to aircraft than the drone risk to civilians. I have nothing against them being used freely but most do not have instant response to controls, and people have already been smashed in the face. Certainly, all rotors/propellers should have guards.

Incidentally, most of the drones I have seen in use are very quiet.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 23, 2015 at 01:52 UTC as 7th comment
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art99: Where's the 4K video feature ??

4k down-rezzed to HD usually still looks better than native HD, particularly on the Panasonic GH4. Many of us shoot it for precisely this reason. It also gives you more latitude in editing for cropping video.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 01:29 UTC
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mosc: It's gunna be f6.3 or something crazy at 400mm isn't it? Canon powershot team doesn't seem to understand what focal lengths and apertures people want, only "more zoom".

That's the way to always judge how a camera works. Even when it has a clearly dummy lens on it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2015 at 03:56 UTC
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mosc: It's gunna be f6.3 or something crazy at 400mm isn't it? Canon powershot team doesn't seem to understand what focal lengths and apertures people want, only "more zoom".

It's not a point. It's an assumption. Based on nothing more than rather immature bashing.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2015 at 23:56 UTC
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mosc: It's gunna be f6.3 or something crazy at 400mm isn't it? Canon powershot team doesn't seem to understand what focal lengths and apertures people want, only "more zoom".

Anyone who does not want the "more zoom"will hardly be pushing it to 400mm then will they?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2015 at 01:10 UTC
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razadaz: You cannot compare the cost of this to Photoshop. Photoshop is a rental plan with no fixed rate. It can go up at a moments notice in the same way that long standing CS6 upgrade privileges to long time users evaporated over night and without warning. As far as I can see with this software is that it performs well, and that’s the most important factor. You can always add features but base performance is hard if not impossible to improve.

To those who believe Photoshop is so established it could never be knocked of its throne I have one word to say; Quark.

When I first started in computer graphics QuarkXpress was the de-facto DTP. No one ever thought its position at No 1 could ever be threatened.

I can't trust Adobe. They proved it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 01:59 UTC
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lawny13: I mostly do photo editing and simply use LR. I sometimes dive into PS but I do not by any means take full advantage of what the software can do.

At $108 a year or here in the EU €147 ($169 a year) I am certainly not going to switch to the adobe CC band wagon.

There is a reason why companies DO NOT upgrade their CAD software (or any software) every time there is a version/revision release. The added features do not justify the cost to benefit. They always wait for when the incentive is big enough. I have a feeling that for a lot of people this holds true for adobe products as well. I had upgraded from CS3 to CS6 because I couldn't be bothered with CS4 and CS5.

Adobe is simply taking advantage of their leading position. As for updates for CS6... no need. I am fine with the way it is running now. I hope affinity progresses so it is an option in a year or 2 when I would consider an upgrade. Rent software? Haha... those who want to get locked into the product further go ahead.

Of course. Rented software is an admission the product is mature and they can't make people shell out for updates with small incremental improvements. It's a mug's game. If it were not, they would offer both options.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 01:39 UTC
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maxnimo: Any competition to the Adobe monopoly is most welcome.

Still won't make me rent my software. Keep trying though. Nine times out pof ten when people complain about poor interfaces they mean "One I do not use regularly". These is much that is hardly instinctive about Photoshop too.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 01:36 UTC
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