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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icexe: You know I can actually understand why the police don't want to be filmed. Videos can be edited or taken out of context to portray an incident as unprovoked police abuse.

Courts can view ANY edited video put before them with scepticism. Only an uncut time coded shot is really reliable evidence. Luckily, in the case of HK's protests, that has been available. And cops have been caught lying because of it.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 00:20 UTC
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stdavid: This a little off topic but still relevant IMO.
Police departments here in Canada are studying the use of police wearing cameras both still and video as part of their uniforms.
The City of Calgary is doing a pilot study:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/facial-recognition-body-cameras-used-by-calgary-police-target-of-privacy-probe-1.2824803

I have been working with video cameras of all sizes for decades. I also have a friend who supplies arms and resources to police departments and paramilitary organisations. Not the most moral of jobs, but it's his life.

The tech is available now. Time code is the easiest thing in the world to install. Even dashcams, not much bigger than police video cams, have it. Timecodes can also be external, i.e. synched to internet clocks, to avoid tampering. Whether people wish to apply it is another thing.

Not many "incidents" last longer than thirty minutes. Courts just need to make it clear that any break in time code compromises the evidence of video cams to the point of rendering "evidence" useless. I would think any defence lawyer worth his salt would.

If you view this footage, you see every camera, including body cams, has a time code.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=69b_1391652971&comments=1

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 00:03 UTC
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stdavid: This a little off topic but still relevant IMO.
Police departments here in Canada are studying the use of police wearing cameras both still and video as part of their uniforms.
The City of Calgary is doing a pilot study:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/facial-recognition-body-cameras-used-by-calgary-police-target-of-privacy-probe-1.2824803

Lawyers should insist all body cameras have time codes, and breaks in the time code automatically get video evidence thrown out. It really is that simple.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 12:16 UTC
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Marty4650: I really do believe that most people who believe "the cops are always wrong" will be shocked at the outcome here.

These bodycams will MOSTLY vindicate the police, and prove the suspects were lying about brutality or improper conduct. Of course, in a few cases they will support the suspects version. But the real incidence of police brutality may be much smaller than the police haters think it is.

I have seen first hand police behaviour at protests, most recently the Occupy Central protests in Hong Kong. YOU are wrong. The reason they don't want to be filmed is their lies get thrown out by the courts once the video makes them obvious.

As a language examiner, I have interviewed, and I do not exaggerate, hundreds of police officers. It certainly attracts people of a certain mentality and they certainly mostly believe courts and human rights are their enemy.

To be any use legally, police body cameras really should have time code running, and ANY jump in the time code should get them thrown out of court as evidence. Immediately.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 12:12 UTC
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icexe: You know I can actually understand why the police don't want to be filmed. Videos can be edited or taken out of context to portray an incident as unprovoked police abuse.

They can also prove misbehaviour, and I have seen DOZENS of videos showing that, and judges throwing out cases where cops said someone hit them and the video clearly shows they did not. .

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 12:09 UTC
On Nikon D7200 real-world samples gallery posted article (150 comments in total)
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Zvonimir Tosic: Sigma Art range? Better say, Sigma Industrial Microscope range.
I looked at the landscape pictures and waved off. Why?

Today's trend to insist so much on sharpness of the lens, turn scenes into a flat mishmash of sharply depicted details and no sense of atmosphere, or space someone would want to get into and feel cozy, and not cut onto sharp edges of everything.

Unless one focuses onto something in very close distance, and that blurs the background, the sense of space, much needed and is achieved by the proportionate lack of sharpness, is gone.

I absolutely hate new range of Zeiss and Sigma lenses just for that.

They don't offer the alternative of opening up? The fact that something is there does not make it compulsory.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 03:19 UTC
On DPReview Recommends: Selfie-Sticks article (136 comments in total)
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sethmarshall: amd we wonder why our forums are filling full of morons.

In the home of brand wars and fanboys this has to be irony

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 02:17 UTC
On DPReview Recommends: Selfie-Sticks article (136 comments in total)
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bernardly: Where are the selfie sticks for our DSLR and mirrorless cameras?

They are called tripods, gorillapods, long arms, random strangers, and self timers on cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 02:10 UTC
On DPReview Recommends: Selfie-Sticks article (136 comments in total)

Pretty sure this is an April 1st provocation but I am sick of the bellyaching about selfie sticks.

Photographers have ALWAYS taken pictures of themselves in front of assorted tourist features and the amount of room needed (as no one can be between the camera and the subject) has always been exactly the same. It certainly beats giving your camera or mobile phone to a random passer by to shoot you and your friends. (Particularly inadvisable if that passer by is wearing sports shows and can run fast.) It is also no bigger a problem in terms of space taken up than a tripod and a camera on a self timer.

Yes, they, and LCD screen cameras of ANY kind should be banned in venues such as concerts, but this isn't much of a real problem as most are shooting at the stage, not themselves in an anonymous crowd.

As a friend's kid once said to him: 'The fact that something didn't exist when you were born does not automatically make it a bad thing." The kid was right, My friend was wrong.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 02:08 UTC as 41st comment | 6 replies
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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 64th 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
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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 (474 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 25th comment | 4 replies
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