Mike Perlman

Mike Perlman

DPReview Contributor
Lives in United States Bar Harbor, 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 High Flyer? DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Drone Review article (180 comments in total)
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Gavin Abegglen: Are you kidding me 24fps why on earth would I use 24 on a drone and long do you expect to fly 15 mins is good , you pay for what you get in the case of the Phantom a bit overpriced compared to other multirotors .

Have you ever worked on a short film that's shot at 24fps and needed aerial b-roll? And please give us an example of other multirotors with the same or better functionality.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2014 at 17:13 UTC
On High Flyer? DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Drone Review article (180 comments in total)
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steve_hoge: The first test flight looked like it took place in heavy fog. What kind of weather- or moisture-proofing do the camera and platform have?

And is there any speed variable on the pan/tilt controls so you can ease-in and ease-out of camera motions?

And, after all, DPReview is an Amazon site - so where't the BUY button?

There's not much weather-proofing to speak of, and DJI does not recommend flying if there's even a drop of rain present. That was light Maine fog––it's like a fluffy pillow. The tilt control is one speed, and there are no pan controls.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 15, 2014 at 23:03 UTC
On High Flyer? DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Drone Review article (180 comments in total)
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BJN: " I truly believe that if DJI were to double the battery life of Phantom 2 Vision+ and give it a camera that's in the mirrorless category in terms of image quality, they'd have a winner."

And I wan't to take pictures of unicorns. That's a delusional wishlist.

I don't find it to be that delusional, especially with the capabilities of modern battery technology. I guarantee they could squeeze another 5-10 minutes of flight time with a more advanced battery in the future.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 15, 2014 at 23:01 UTC
On High Flyer? DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Drone Review article (180 comments in total)
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ExTexan: A few points.
1. The wrench is not used to tighten the props, they are self tightening.
2. A smart phone is not used for control, strictly for FPV.
3. The transmitter is turned on FIRST, the model SECOND. Turn off in reverse order.

The wrench can be used to tighten and loosen props. The smartphone allows you to control the camera, move the gimbal up and down, toggle connection settings, and much more.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 15, 2014 at 22:58 UTC
On High Flyer? DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Drone Review article (180 comments in total)
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Juerg Alean: Mike, thanks for the review.

I use a DJI Phantom 2 rather differently. I need high quality still pictures. So I built a very lightweight contraption (using packing foam) which carries a Nikon Coolpix A.

The camera is mounted in portrait format, but tilted about 15deg down. Since there was not enough vertical clearance, the "camera mount" also adds an extra 4 cm of hight under the landing gear. It weighs 55g and the camera 290g, but the assembly still flies reliably for 15 mins.

I fly the drone with den Nikon's timer snapping every 3 seconds - I have no data downlink. When the drone is up I slightly turn it every 6 seconds or so. This is to avoid gaps in the panos when the camera shoots during turning.

I stitch and straighten in Photoshop. I typically get pano of 5500 x 20'000 pixels wide (depending on the horizontal angle used). Thanks to the quality of the fixed focus (28mm eq.) lens, the quality is remarkable.

Juerg

I'd like to see the results as well!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 15, 2014 at 22:56 UTC
On High Flyer? DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Drone Review article (180 comments in total)
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mpro: Thank you for this review, drones have the potential to be a very valuable addition to any photographer's toolbox, especially for corporate work.

I am just wondering what your statement could mean:

"As far as the camera, its overall image quality is good, but I almost prefer the latest GoPro Hero 3+ over it."

Btw: I find the GoPro image quality terrible (not the videos), even at base ISO. DJI is moving in the right direction offering RAW, despite the limitations of their humble beginnings.

In my experience, the Hero 3+ is pretty good for a super compact camera, and offers more video options. The image quality of the Phantom II Vision+ camera is not bad, but requires a lot in post to make it look somewhat professional. Regardless, something with a sensor bigger than 1/2.7 inches needs to be standard kit for future DJI models.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 15, 2014 at 22:54 UTC
On Accessory Review: Drobo Mini RAID article (149 comments in total)
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etegration: no offence to Mike the author of this but this is why Photography sites should NOT test storage things. You do not test extensively the RAID functions. The only test was the "just so happened" to have a disk fail incident. That's only one scenario.

Or the hours of speed tests I completed. But thanks for leaving that out!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2014 at 19:47 UTC
On Flashpoint Budget Studio Monolight Review article (42 comments in total)
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Klaus dk: Frequently questions about creating a small, low budget, home studio for portraits are asked on the forums, so the idea of testing entry level strobes is really good.

Usually, strobes are recommended for portrait photography because they provide power, speed and low heat dissipation, things that are irrelevant for product photography. It is generally accepted that continuous lights are cheaper and better for product photography because the photographer can immediately see the results of every little change in the lighting.

Why then, would DPR choose a reviewer, who shoots products and does not care for portraits, for this review?

The resulting review suffers from this, since two severe shortcomings of these strobes in portrait photography are not mentioned: the unability to mount modifiers other than those with a shaft, and the very narrow power variability of the strobes. A 300 Ws strobe used as a main will necessitate a narrow aperture and give no room for using DoF creatively.

I do shoot portraits, and I don't mind shooting them, but it's not my forte. That being said, this is a review focusing on beginner strobes with limited capabilities. I wanted to see if they could hack it from a very basic perspective, and they did the job nicely. Also, I mentioned the power ranges of the strobes.

And I use strobes for product photography, as do many other photographers. They give me the best results, and at the end of the day, that's all that matters.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2014 at 14:03 UTC
On Flashpoint Budget Studio Monolight Review article (42 comments in total)
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Mark Banas: That boombox selfie makes me wonder if "Iceman MikeP" is a missing member of the Beastie Boys... ;)

I'm only seeing three screw holes on the very small front. Can these lights take a conventional monolight speed ring (Bowens, etc.)?

Thanks, Mark! How did you know I'm a Beastie Boys nut?

As far as I know, they can't take advanced attachments, as their price point limits their capabilities.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2014 at 03:08 UTC
On FotodioX WonderPana FreeArc Filter System Review article (30 comments in total)
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cfh25: Maybe my monitor, but that landscape shot with grad filter looks very false. More subtle effect with Color Efex Pro 4, also using control points gets over uneven horizons (and saves $340)

It's your monitor.

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2014 at 10:38 UTC
On FotodioX WonderPana FreeArc Filter System Review article (30 comments in total)
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Simon97: how did you get the polarizer to work so well with the sky on a wide angle lens?

Claudio pretty much summed it up in a far more Bill Nye way than I could ever impart, but that's the gist of it. I do a lot of real estate photography and use a circular polarizer for all of the exterior pictures. It truly is a science. The sun must be in the ideal position and emitting the right intensity of light in order to reach the maximum capabilities of the filter. Depending on your angle and lighting, the polarizer can do nothing at all, or it could dramatically change your image by boosting dynamic range and providing x-ray vision into bodies of water and windows.

Check out the "Tower House Exterior" image in my gallery. It's not an HDR image, but rather an example of a polarizer used at just the right time and angle.

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2014 at 10:36 UTC
On FotodioX WonderPana FreeArc Filter System Review article (30 comments in total)
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OliverGlass: @Mike Perlman

The filters retain a good level of sharpness across the image except for the ND400 (10-stop) filter. I see a very slight reduction detail on the rocks --- or is it just an illusion because of the cooling of the tint after the filter was used?

Hey Oliver, I hadn't even noticed that––good eye! I think I lost a touch of detail due to the longer shutter speed with the ND 400 filter. It was quite blustery out that day and I was really testing the limits of the tripod.

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2014 at 10:11 UTC
On FotodioX WonderPana FreeArc Filter System Review article (30 comments in total)
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piXelDust113: In the last example, the polarized version is a 1/250 exposure vs 2 seconds. This alone will diminish some of the glare on the water. Did you try upping the iso to compare? I'm sure the D800 isn't that noisy.

The last example is the Neutral Density filter, hence the elongation of shutter speed in an attempt to smooth motion in bright light.

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2014 at 18:08 UTC
On Rumors hint at pair of new Canon lenses article (56 comments in total)
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peterstuckings: Anyone who needs Image Stabilizer on a 16-35mm lens probably shouldn't be spending so much money on high quality lenses.

I ride a motorcycle to most real estate shoots, so a tripod is usually out of the question. Even when I drive, I hate using a tripod because it hampers the flow. Usually, I use a fill flash with diffuser, but if I don't have a view to shoot, I rely on steady hand and 1/2-second shutter. To each their own...

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2014 at 13:50 UTC
On Rumors hint at pair of new Canon lenses article (56 comments in total)
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peterstuckings: Anyone who needs Image Stabilizer on a 16-35mm lens probably shouldn't be spending so much money on high quality lenses.

I actually prefer image stabilization when I've got three houses to shoot in one day and rely on a steady hand and slower shutter speeds.

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2014 at 14:36 UTC
On Phottix Mitros Flash for Canon Review article (40 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 (40 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 (39 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 (39 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 (68 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
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