Mike Perlman

Mike Perlman

Lives in United States Bar Harbor, ME, United States
Works as a Photographer/DP Review Contributor
Joined on Aug 28, 2012
About me:

Mike lives in Acadia National Park, home of some of the finest landscapes in the USA. In addition to working as a photographer, Mike is a contributor to DP Review and teaches photo and video classes to adults. He enjoys playing ice hockey, riding motorcycles and scrounging for dirt on the latest Canon models in his spare time.

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On Phottix Mitros Flash for Canon Review article (32 comments in total)
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misha marinsky4: "The general consensus that..."

'General consensus' is redundant. Consensus is a general agreement about something:

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/consensus

A sign on an English professor's door: Department of Redundancy Dept.

You're welcome.

Thanks for the lesson. You're cool!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2014 at 23:55 UTC
On Flashpoint 180 Monolight Review article (34 comments in total)
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GEAH: That's a clean KDX200!

Thanks. I rebuilt it from the crank up.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2014 at 16:33 UTC
On Orion DVC210 DLSR Crane Review article (33 comments in total)
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MikeFairbanks: It looks good, but the panning shots were funky (wavy). Looks ideal for more up and down movement and only a little side-to-side. Panning causes distortion.

I shot with a wide-angle lens, which enhanced distortion. It was also 15 degrees out, and my hands were about to fall off.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2014 at 17:48 UTC
On Orion DVC210 DLSR Crane Review article (33 comments in total)
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Mike Davis: For still shots, I'd rather use my Bogen/Manfrotto 3048 and a step ladder to get my camera to a height of 11 feet.

This review focused on DSLR video production. Obviously, a crane is not the ideal tool for still photography. Although, it can be nice to reach significant heights whilst remaining stable.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 30, 2014 at 20:05 UTC
On Cinetics Axis360 review article (55 comments in total)
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Dan Tong: A useful review, however, why the extreme wide angle with all of it's distortions in all of the videos?

I can understand the need in really small spaces but not outdoors etc.

Thanks

Check the Kickstarter page for the Axis360. They have more samples.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 17:37 UTC
On Cinetics Axis360 review article (55 comments in total)
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Dan Tong: A useful review, however, why the extreme wide angle with all of it's distortions in all of the videos?

I can understand the need in really small spaces but not outdoors etc.

Thanks

Honestly, I spent three straight days testing the ever-loving lights out of this thing, and happened to have a 14mm on without even thinking. Sorry about that. If I had more time, I would have tossed on different lenses. I'm also a self-proclaimed wide-angle junkie, which can be abrasive to some.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 02:18 UTC
On Cinetics Axis360 review article (55 comments in total)
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makofoto: No need to wait for Kickstarter. If you need it now: http://www.kesslercrane.com/Default.asp

Look at the Kessler prices compared to the Axis360.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 23:05 UTC
On Eye-Fi Mobi Wi-Fi SD card review article (95 comments in total)
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pwmoree: How to shoot RAW and at the same time send small jpegs to your tablet or PC I have never been able to find out. If you shoot large jpegs the transmission is rather slow. I liked the X2-pro but because of the above almost never use it.

It's fairly easy to do. With the Eye-Fi Pro X2, you can command it to transfer only JPEGs to a computer, tablet, or phone, while the RAW files will remain on the card and not transfer. I use a special image display command on my Mac through Preview so that the image pops up in fullscreen while I take them. Clients love it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2014 at 18:06 UTC
On Eye-Fi Mobi Wi-Fi SD card review article (95 comments in total)
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Nigel Wilkins: sarcasm

I know, lets all find fault with stuff we don't want or need, rather than accept that others have their own needs which may be different to our own!

After all, these things are clearly so useless there's no market for them...oh, hang on, why do they exist?

/sarcasm

Cane, that is hilarious! Made my day.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2014 at 18:02 UTC
On Hands-on with the GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition article (187 comments in total)
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dule: Epic barrel distortion. :D

It is much better than previous generation GoPros. Check out the still grabs in the SuperView section of the review.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2014 at 17:56 UTC
On Hands-on with the GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition article (187 comments in total)
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wudyi: Who's the drummer & is he the same guy riding the motorcycle?

Thanks is an understatement, mbanas! I WISH I could have even 1/64 of Neil's talent. I did all the testing in the videos, one of the fun parts of the reviewing process. If only the weather was better––hopefully GoPro's next update will come in the summer.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2014 at 17:53 UTC
On Hands-on with the GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition article (187 comments in total)
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Michael Ma: It's a great camera because it is very small, and mountable. The quality is amazing. However, don't buy it to replace a standard video camera for the specs. Consider it an addition to your video production.

The reason for that is the fixed ultra-wide lens with fixed focus. It's great for ultra-wide, first person view, and creative/abstract shots, but not your standard (master, medium, closeup) shot you get with a regular video camera. Sure you can fix the distortion and get descent HD video (I'll state my workflow below), but you won't want to do this with every standard shot. Also, lens distortion will never be 100% corrected, which is unfortunately very important when working with people's faces in standard shots.

Workflow: Shoot in 2.7K with protune, and protune/RAW WB. Use gopro studio to do the lens correction (not in your NLE because it is about 100x slower). Then you can import the 10-bit 4:2:2 Intermediate cineform file to your NLE like Premiere Pro, crop edges, and grade.

Great advice––thank you!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2014 at 17:50 UTC
On Hands-on with the GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition article (187 comments in total)
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oselimg: Good drum roll on breaks Mike Perlman but more work needed on your grooving :-))))) On a more serious note I've yet to hear a good bass recording from tiny equipments like the GoPro is. A good microphone alone would cost as much as the camera itself but then you'd need recording chip capable of handling high sound levels too. I guess some corners have to be cut.

I'm self-taught (no formal training at all) and was just tooling around. When I played some of it back, I cringed at a few off-time beats, but hey, look at Keith Moon at times! About the bass, I found that the bass was much better with the GoPro out of the housing, and better overall than previous GoPro models.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2014 at 17:47 UTC
On Hands-on with the GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition article (187 comments in total)
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charleswham: I have the GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition and with a mini USB to 3.5mm adapter and I have been able to attach an external microphone with very good results.

That is good to know an adapter exists in order to provide external audio options. Thanks!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2014 at 17:45 UTC
On Hands-on with the GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition article (187 comments in total)
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Zigmont: Interesting that most of the photos here except one are of the camera without its housing. The GoPro is basically useless without its housing and with it, it's bulky and difficult to mount. I have 3 different GoPros along with other action cameras that we use quite frequently. Although the Hero 3 series takes good video for an action cam, remember that with the housing, special GoPro mounts and a suction cup mount to hold it, this sucker is big and heavy compared to some other action cams.

With the housing, the GoPro is still tiny. I took product shots without the housing in order to display the terminals, battery bay and controls.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2014 at 17:42 UTC
On Hands-on with the GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition article (187 comments in total)
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Sdaniella: not sure why gopro , primarily a videocam not a stills dcam, is at all reviewed, never mind mentioned, when others aren't. and that specs not be included along with conventional dcams that also do videos, especially absent in the dpr comparison database.

how does it compare to, say Canon's new VIXIA mini X vcam/dcam for portability/mobile 'action' needs ? (includes liveview screen for realtime monitoring or review).

the gopro type has compactness only when recording without a monitor for playback or review later. one has to bring some additional computer hardware which means both reviewing and processing in the field for immediate sharing a bit less portable.

This is more of a hands-on account, as I am a freelance writer for DP Review. That doesn't mean I don't pour hours into testing and analyzing every single product I review, backed by years of experience in the photo/video world.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2014 at 17:41 UTC
On Hands-on with the GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition article (187 comments in total)
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Couscousdelight: Judged by it's image quality, for me, GoPro is pretty overrated...

Keep in mind that I didn't do any post enhancements. Ideally, shooting at 60P in well-lit environments with color correction and levels will yield some pretty awesome results.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2014 at 17:39 UTC
On Hands-on with the GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition article (187 comments in total)
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raztec: Lack of a built in screen is an absolute deal breaker in the GoPros. Not so much for playback as for setting up the right point of view.

Too bad GoPro doesn't get that one simple fact.

If you read the full review, there's a sizable section that addresses Wi-Fi and using your smartphone to act as an external monitor. Even if the GoPro had an LCD screen built into the back of it, how are you going to see what you're filming if it's on your head? That's where the Wi-Fi app comes into play.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2014 at 13:58 UTC
On Vanguard Abeo Pro Tripod Kit article (14 comments in total)
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Sugarsnapphotos: Whoever has AF tied to shutter release on their 5D M3 should have a look at the manual and try and figure out how use Custom Functions to assign it to another button. Then go ahead and update their review where they ding this tripod for activating AF with the remote shutter release.

We're not dinging it for activating AF on shutter release. It does not do a half-press to focus, then full press to shoot. It's all in one, so the camera immediately focuses, then shoots without spending any time to properly focus. Every other camera tested was able to have the shutter release half pressed, then fully pressed to shoot when ready. With the Mark III, it was focus, shoot, all in one, with no ability to focus, wait, then shoot.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2014 at 03:17 UTC
On Vanguard Abeo Pro Tripod Kit article (14 comments in total)
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KWEnz: "However, the ABEO Pro 283CT majorly one-ups the Manfrotto 190 series with the ability to move the center column vertically from 0 - 180º angles."

Not correct - the Manfrotto can also invert the centre column upside down. This is done by pulling it fully out of its holding "sleeve" and reinserting it upside down. It is not an all-in-one movement, but it nevertheless can be easily done.

Semi correct in that Manfrotto never listed this as a feature, and it's a royal pain in the butt to take out the center column and reinsert it upside down. I just did did it after reading your comment, but now I can't get the center column out, as it is stuck. I don't think it's designed to do that, but it is doable. I think it's safe to say that the Abeo can achieve this easily, as it was designed to perform upside-down reinsertion. Gosh, that sounds perverted. Anywho, now I have to go back to attempting to remove the center column from the 190--I think I'll try to pick it with my library card...

UPDATE: It has to be inserted a certain way in order to be removed. Still, it's a laborious task, and the Abeo can tilt and achieve upside down orientation in a matter of seconds. You are right, though--thanks for pointing it out.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2014 at 00:13 UTC
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