Michael Ma

Lives in United States San Diego, United States
Works as a Multimedia Professional
Has a website at http://rawxmp.com
Joined on Jan 18, 2005


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On article The Canon that can: Canon EOS 80D Review (538 comments in total)
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D Horne: I'm a video and stills guy, and I'm not fussed about the lack of 4k - I have other cameras for that, and to be honest, "future-proofing" isn't really a compelling argument. I care about what I actually need now as opposed to what I might theoretically need one day.

But what really disappoints is the lack of clean HDMI out, zebras and focus peaking. These aren't a hardware burden on Canon - they're simple software features that Canon could easily implement if they chose to.

Hell will freeze over before we get zebras, focus peaking, clean HDMI out, C.Log on a camera without a C label (1Dc, C100, C300, XC-10, etc.)

Unfortunately, Canon sees all those features (including 4K) as professional videography features with a minimum entry price of $3000. It doesn't matter to them if their competitors are putting cameras out at $1000 that can do this. For them, they think can make that demand on their customers. Sales are not proving that to be the case but if these features ever do arrive, they will make damn sure it doesn't work for professional applications. Such as the XC-10. It's got everything, but you can't change lenses. :/ Sorry...

I think 4K may be possible in the future because at this point, Canon looks ridiculous trying to tell everyone that the newest DSLR of that line for video only does 1080p such as the 80D.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2016 at 23:34 UTC
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RobLW: Not sure if it's just my naff work monitor, but on the first page on this studio test, the Sony 6300 and the Nikon 7200 both appear to look noticeably better in sharpness and clarity in picture quality, the edges of lines/circles look sharper and neater?

I feel like I've completely missed something here, or the test was just poorly executed, or are we really saying that the D500 is lesser quality than the D7200 and the Sony 6300?

Wow. a6300 is back on my radar...

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2016 at 15:01 UTC

I think it would be useful in your studio after you find the right surface, but in the wild, you breaking this out of your pocket to use it anywhere is going to lead to a lot of disappointments. Needing an incredibly picky surface at the exact spot where you want the shot will almost always require the track.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2016 at 23:59 UTC as 15th comment
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pocoloco: If the iPhone had a microsd slot... this would be obsolete...

But Apple makes $100 for every ~64GB. That wouldn't be fair to Apple as Apple would make less money.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2016 at 07:20 UTC
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rsf3127: It seems that the factory had no IBIS.

You guys are being over-the-top with the criticism. It was a light-hearted joke and you make it sound like he's physically poking a stick at the dead bodies. Laughter heals. Other comments below about moving the factory to another country may be more insensitive to people that actually live and work Japan whose lives have been affected.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2016 at 07:00 UTC

It looks like one giant Lytro camera. I'm guessing most film makers are incredibly picky when it comes to lenses. Would they rather shoot with this than the lens of their choice? DPs use Arri just for the brand name and default color profiles.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2016 at 06:47 UTC as 42nd comment | 1 reply
On article Miggo wants to 'DSLR your iPhone' with the Pictar grip (134 comments in total)

It's missing the most important part, the full frame sensor and the lens mount.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2016 at 14:25 UTC as 58th comment | 1 reply
On Connect post DxOMark Mobile report: HTC 10 (8 comments in total)

According to the graphs, the HTC 10 shouldn't deserve the #1 spot by a long shot.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2016 at 06:35 UTC as 3rd comment | 2 replies
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peeyaj: And where is RAW support in XC10?

It's in the canon 1DC for $6k more.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2016 at 00:55 UTC

I would just like some UI speed improvements to Photoshop and Lightroom CC. So sluggish these days.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2016 at 00:49 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On article Student takes 2016 Zeiss Photography Award top prize (223 comments in total)
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fmian: A lot of nice photos but the winning one on the train jumps out as being overprocessed.
My brain thinks 'This is a photo and it was manipulated in some software' but considering the presitige/name/theme attached to this award I would expect a winning image to make me think 'Wow.. look at that scene.. where is that place?'.
The last thing I want to think is that I'm looking at a photo, let alone it be the first thing.

Nothing wrong with trying to make pictures look surreal with HDR. It's just a way the photographer chooses to present the photo and deliver the message. In the same way, wouldn't you say a black and white photo is over processed? It's not realistic and the colors are altered to make the photo look more interesting.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2016 at 04:47 UTC

It makes a lot more sense for video than for photos. Recomposing a photo, as it turns out is almost always unnecessary. A recomposed badly-composed photo is mostly still a badly composed photo. And doesn't have a chance of holding up in image quality compared to a well composed photo shot with an industry standard camera and lens.

The whole "we'll shoot this as quickly as possible and make it interesting later" still applies for video. There might be more reason to do this as so many movies these days are shot on a green screen and so many decisions are made in post, but will the DP want to shoot with this all the time "just in case" rather than shoot with an Alexa? I've seen many DPs make decisions on Alexa over RED just on color nuances alone.

Maybe what this can be used for....a movie that has to be shot so quickly before all the decision in direction is made. Like reality TV where they wait for interesting things to happen and hope to be recording it at the time.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2016 at 00:40 UTC as 49th comment
On article Crossing the Bridge: Canon XC10 Review (259 comments in total)
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Jaythomasni: First expensive camera from canon that is not made in Japan. This is from china, like an experimental knock off . and it shows In all respects.

The Camera Store TV (YouTube channel) did a video where it ranked the worst camera of 2015 and the camera imploded as he tried to pull off the lens. With all that said, if you want C.Log and 422, you can't get it any cheaper.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2016 at 06:00 UTC
On article Crossing the Bridge: Canon XC10 Review (259 comments in total)

I think the likely reason this camera doesn't do RAW is because they are afraid that it might get hacked and it might start shooting RAW videos. I just don't like the intentions behind the reason. It's just terribly not in favor of the customer.

Also, for the skin tones test of the samples, the skin was underexposed. Good luck fixing that in lossy 8-bit.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2016 at 02:04 UTC as 39th comment | 2 replies
On article DPReview is hiring! Software development manager (109 comments in total)
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SergioSpain: "3 years of work experience for every 1 year of education"? So let me get this straight. In your mind, a recent college graduate on web design with zero experience would be as valuable to you as someone who's actually been designing websites for 12 years?

0 x 4 = 0


Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2016 at 03:07 UTC

How is the CLog and the 4K on this camera?

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2016 at 23:16 UTC as 155th comment
On article Adobe Camera Raw 9.5 introduces new color scheme (132 comments in total)
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Michael Ma: ACR/Lightroom needs skin color correcting features such as a vector scope and maybe even an eyedropper tool for skintones.

Well, more of a reason to put that on ACR/Lightroom then. :) I'll check out Capture One.

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2016 at 23:37 UTC
On article Adobe Camera Raw 9.5 introduces new color scheme (132 comments in total)

ACR/Lightroom needs skin color correcting features such as a vector scope and maybe even an eyedropper tool for skintones.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2016 at 22:47 UTC as 25th comment | 4 replies

I hope Invisage can get Sony and Samsung to put QuantumFilm on their smartphone sensors. I would love my dynamic range for video. HDR doesn't cut it for proper face/skin exposure.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2016 at 16:00 UTC as 50th comment
On Connect post Samsung announces in-house 12MP dual-pixel sensor (48 comments in total)
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Snikt228: There's a poll on XDA Already

30 people out of 45 have Sony IMX 260 and the other 15 have Samsung BRITECELL sensor

I just checked my S7 Edge got from Verizon today and I have Sony IMX 260

Too bad. It looks like the Samsung produces better images this time around.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2016 at 04:34 UTC
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