vincent__l

vincent__l

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Joined on Apr 10, 2010

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On Canon PowerShot G7 X First Impressions Review preview (561 comments in total)

The most interesting point about this camera is Canon using a Sony sensor (if true). If this is going to be the beginning of a broader business relationship, and Canon puts Sony sensors in their FF DSLRs, much of Nikon's advantage will be gone. A 5D Mark IV, with a Sony Exmor sensor, would be a worthy upgrade.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 17:49 UTC as 109th comment | 1 reply
On Sony a5100 First Impressions Review preview (582 comments in total)

The A5100 has three significant improvements vs the A6000 - full sensor readout in video, XAVC codec, touch screen for focus point selection. The full sensor readout, in this 24MP APS-C sensor, is a pretty significant feature and seems to be ignored. The RX100 mk3 and RX10 have full pixel readout but they are small 1" sensors. The A7s can do it with a FF sensor but the resolution is only 12MP. Also, video in FF results in 33ms of rolling shutter The A5100 seems to be the first ILC that can do full pixel readout using a relatively large and high resolution sensor. I'm interested to see the rolling shutter effect in the A5100.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2014 at 07:29 UTC as 128th comment | 2 replies
On Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio article (129 comments in total)

Let me know when it's possible to mount a strobe, battery pack, and large soft box on the drone. That would take "voice activated light stand" to a new level.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 08:02 UTC as 49th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1533 comments in total)

Does the D810 fix the interpolated crappy live view, when zoomed in, from the D800 ? This makes manual focusing with live view very difficult with the D800.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 04:57 UTC as 353rd comment | 1 reply
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)
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Alphoid: Would you mind comparing to the Hasselblad Lunar? And perhaps a few models like the Minox DC1011?

The reason Nikon management used the D4 sensor is because it's the oldest sensor that they could find to include with their retro D600. Rumor has it that Nikon begged Canon to sell them some 5DIII sensors, with its antiquated 10 year old technology, but Canon refused.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 07:55 UTC
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)
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Alphoid: Would you mind comparing to the Hasselblad Lunar? And perhaps a few models like the Minox DC1011?

Hassy Lunar = reskinned point and shoot w/ 10x markup
Nikon Df = reskinned D600 with 1.5x markup

Nikon didn't want to copy Hassy's strategy that became a laughing stock so they swapped out the D600 sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 07:05 UTC
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)

"As such, although I hate to say it: from a cold, hard practical point of view, I can't shake the feeling that the Df is a little bit... silly."

Barnaby, it's about as silly as Hollywood with their non-stop production of remakes. When you run out of ideas you reach back in time and try to remarket ideas that have previously worked (i.e. Noct and this product). With the compact camera market gone and DSLR sales plunging these manufacturers are starting to show how desperate they are to find a new cash cow.

Next year we should be seeing a return of the twin lens reflex because simplicity is overrated. Further in Nikon's roadmap is full return to film because real artists don't use sensors. Of course they can't use any modern chemistry or optics because it's too sharp. They'll reintroduce "new" optics that resolves less than a Coke bottle. The collateral damage will be that Instagram's vintage filters become obsolete.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 06:37 UTC as 893rd comment

It's about time Nikon. The DPR forums are constantly saturated with people screaming for an f1/4 standard lens for close to $2k and you finally delivered. Good call on ignoring the very small minority of whiners who think an updated 24-70 f/2.8 is necessary.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2013 at 06:45 UTC as 45th comment | 4 replies
On ThinkTank introduces TurnStyle sling bag article (24 comments in total)
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plasnu: Please release lightweight version of Retrospective.

The Retrospective line is very popular but it suffers from two major flaws.

First, the flap closes with velcro. Any bag that uses velcro for closing should be immediately burned with the ashes sent back to the vendor. Not only is velcro less secure compared to clasps and zipppers you have to suffer through the loud noise every single time you access your bag. The only benefit is to the manufacturer who saves some money.

Second, the bag is very thick. Not only does this make the bag bulky but your lenses will move around in the compartments.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 16, 2013 at 21:40 UTC
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mr.izo: so, no need for d800 any more, hehe? if this new feature can solve shadows etc like mentioned nikon, than 6d is more an more option for me..

As with the new Aptina Clarity+ sensor just announced, Sony's BSI sensors, Foveon sensors, Fuji's X-Trans, and most likely Canon's new dual diode phase detect sensors, there's no free lunch. It's a trade-off. You will improve something while sacrificing something else that is hopefully less important to you.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2013 at 20:54 UTC
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vincent__l: It looks like this is a feature that Canon has implemented in hardware but disabled in firmware. I'm wondering how Canon will react to this given that they often use firmware to differentiate their product line.

ML claims that the feature, which requires "dual ISO amplifiers", is implemented in hardware but disabled by Canon. They also claim that only the 5D3 and 7D have this feature. Seems like Canon has been experimenting with it but were not ready to go into production.

Source:

http://www.canonrumors.com/2013/07/magic-lantern-improves-5d-mark-iii-dynamic-range-to-14-stops/

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2013 at 20:47 UTC

It looks like this is a feature that Canon has implemented in hardware but disabled in firmware. I'm wondering how Canon will react to this given that they often use firmware to differentiate their product line.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2013 at 20:03 UTC as 29th comment | 4 replies
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AngryCorgi: Is it just me or is Marissa Mayer insanely cute?

It's just you. The headshot used for this article was shot by a "professional photographer." Here's what she really looks like.

http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/About/General/2012/7/17/1342541762374/Marissa-Meyer-new-CEO-of--008.jpg

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2013 at 21:11 UTC
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jm67: How can it be both a "misstatement" and "out of context"? You've either slipped up and said something you shouldn't have or you have said something that has been snipped and is only part of a paragraph. In either case, should anyone care what she thinks? You know if you're a pro, amateur, hobbyist, student and so on. You don't need Marissa to tell you who you are. It's kind'a funny.

You seem to be stating her statement about her misstatement out of context

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2013 at 21:09 UTC

It was a simple misunderstanding. When she reviewed the pictures on Flickr she noticed that they were all snapshots of cats, with the subject in the middle, shot from an iPhone, and run through 10 different filters. What she meant to say was,

"There is no such thing as a professional photographer on Flickr"

Agreed

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2013 at 20:41 UTC as 95th comment

Storage and high rez was never an issue for the amateur market that Flickr now serves. Many of the "serious" photographers have left Flickr years ago. I think it's too little too late.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2013 at 05:23 UTC as 106th comment | 2 replies
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ysengrain: "Adobe Product Manager Tom Hogarty stressed that Adobe has, 'no plans to make Lightroom subscription-only at any point in the future.'".

Error !! the right sentence is: Adobe Product Manager Tom Hogarty stressed that Adobe has, 'no plans YET to make Lightroom subscription-only at any point in the future.'

I doubt that Adobe gives a damn about Lightroom. If you look at the retail price of LR compared to Photoshop, or the other CS tools, you realize what pays the executive salaries at Adobe.They claim to have about 12 million customers for CS which must account for a large portion of their $4.5B annual revenue. They can sacrifice LR just to try to calm the angry masses.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2013 at 09:04 UTC
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Greg Henry: I've said it before, but it stands repeating... I've been impressed at how quickly Corel has stepped up to the plate regarding this issue with an official statement, and now only days later, offers for CS users...

http://www.corel.com/corel/pages/index.jsp?pgid=14900014

I think Corel and others had a "defeated" attitude in the past, thinking "why bother" to try to overthrow Photoshop when it was so firmly entrenched. But now that Adobe has stepped in the Cow pattie, so to speak, it gives Corel an excellent opportunity if they are smart and put enough resources into it, to actually overthrow the King. I wish them the best. Have Paint Shop Pro X5 Ultimate now on my system and can say it's certainly an improvement over past versions.

If I were Corel, or any Adobe competitor, I would be hiring a headhunter to recruit Adobe's top programmers. Most employees would be willing to make a job change with as little as a 10% pay increase. With companies freezing salaries over the past few years, I'm there are some talent at Adobe looking to make a change. This is especially true if ADBE stock price starts to tank in the next 6 months (very likely). All those stock options, RSU's, ESPP's will be looking less desirable. Adobe has made themselves completely vulnerable to the competition.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2013 at 03:52 UTC
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vincent__l: Adobe should go one step further by making ACR an independent product that is sold with a perpetual license. That way the existing users of Photoshop CS6, which is likely to be the last Photoshop upgrade for many people, can continue to use it without become obsolete. ACR is really the only product that users need updates for. Yes, we can always use another app for RAW conversion but some of us want a unified workflow.

I'm sure Adobe doesn't *want* to support ACR for CS6. In fact, they would rather just kill CS6 today. However, it would be something they are forced to do in an attempt to mitigate the public outcry. Right now Adobe is trying to diffuse the anger by claiming that Photoshop CS6 will be available "indefinitely." However, that is a hollow statement considering that, without ACR updates, CS6 will eventually become obsolete. Allowing people to pay for an upgrade for ACR would be a middle ground Adobe could offer.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2013 at 03:31 UTC

Adobe should go one step further by making ACR an independent product that is sold with a perpetual license. That way the existing users of Photoshop CS6, which is likely to be the last Photoshop upgrade for many people, can continue to use it without become obsolete. ACR is really the only product that users need updates for. Yes, we can always use another app for RAW conversion but some of us want a unified workflow.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2013 at 00:50 UTC as 132nd comment | 7 replies
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