Michael Ma

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 Photokina 2014: Samsung stand report article (69 comments in total)
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Michael Ma: I was hoping they put their Samsung SSD's in here somehow and gave us raw 4K video recording out of the box. They could have really made the huge dent in the entire film making industry. But still, not a good first try. Would I buy it over a A7s? Hard to say. Over a battlefield tested GH4...tough one. maybe after some good reviews dismissing all my concerns.

SSD's are about 5-6x faster than the fastest and insanely expensive SD/Compact Flash cards. Samsung makes ultra low power SSDs for a good price. Black Magic Designs puts SSD's in their cameras that do 4K at high bitrates and bit depth.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2014 at 09:07 UTC
On Photokina 2014 Video: The Samsung NX1 article (83 comments in total)

So...it looks like Samsung knows that cameras should know how to focus:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMYhZ18tKk4

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 01:05 UTC as 8th comment
On Photokina 2014 Video: The Samsung NX1 article (83 comments in total)
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Just a Photographer: Samsung might have had the biggest stand at Photokina, it was also the most empty stand. Next to the fact that the NX1 didn't focus when I tried it. Might be due to the fact that the touch screen can't be turned off, I don't know. It didn't work for me at least.

Samsung seems to be a gadget company, not a camera company. Its just a thing they do too.

I agree with Stephan. If they're gonna spend, 10's, maybe 100's of millions of dollars on R&D, manufacturing, and marketing on a camera, they probably have a camera that can focus? Not sure why that has to even be pointed out. It's like getting in a car pressing on the gas pedal, and saying it didn't move forward. And then blaming the car company for not knowing how to make cars.

It just sounded like you forgot to hit the AF switch, and didn't care to even find it. User error dude.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 19:24 UTC
On Photokina 2014: Samsung stand report article (69 comments in total)

Oops, I meant, good first camera. I mixed "not a bad first gen" and "good first try" together and ended up saying something completely different.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 21:36 UTC as 8th comment
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II beta image samples article (35 comments in total)

So seeing that consumer products have been doing 4K video now for at least a year (smartphones being the first), we can safely say Canon chose to not include 4K on purpose. Good move Canon?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 12:34 UTC as 3rd comment
On Photokina 2014: Hands-on with RED's Epic Dragon article (46 comments in total)

The design of RED cameras are a little over the top. I guess the guy that gets the job is the guy with the most number of wires and carbon fiber on his camera.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 12:11 UTC as 13th comment | 3 replies
On Photokina 2014: Samsung stand report article (69 comments in total)

I was hoping they put their Samsung SSD's in here somehow and gave us raw 4K video recording out of the box. They could have really made the huge dent in the entire film making industry. But still, not a good first try. Would I buy it over a A7s? Hard to say. Over a battlefield tested GH4...tough one. maybe after some good reviews dismissing all my concerns.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 07:37 UTC as 9th comment | 3 replies

Looking forward to the samples! Kudos for the interesting videography features.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 13:24 UTC as 4th comment
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (1739 comments in total)

I waited for this camera pretty much daily for 3 years. Since then, my hobby has expanded to both photography and videography and it would have been awesome to see the high bitrate raw recording people were doing through a hacked 5D3 and even a hacked 7D, however, I don't think that's the case. There doesn't seem to be anything revolutionary in the video department compared to something like a Sony A7S with S Log2 or even the comparably priced GH4. I just cannot buy this camera because it only meets half the need of buying and carrying a camera today.

I'm sure I'm in the minority. If you only do photography and already have a collection of EF-S lenses, I'm sure this camera definitely is to die for.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 13:15 UTC as 386th comment
On Rare Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM goes on sale in UK article (218 comments in total)

99000 pounds. Sounds about right.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 16, 2014 at 21:23 UTC as 23rd comment | 2 replies

Nice...this is something new that looks very useful.

Only for fast-forward (time lapse) effects though

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2014 at 08:30 UTC as 39th comment | 1 reply
On Photographing Thailand with the Nokia Lumia 1020 article (155 comments in total)
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Michael Ma: It should be a requirement to post pics into your gallery before you can post comments.

Before you hit upload for the first time, you'll make 2 realizations:

First, it's harder than it looks, and if you have anything worth uploading, you'll at least realize the time and the work that goes into each picture and never again leave such hateful comments because you can see the effort. It's impossible to leave hateful comments when you can see the effort that was put into it, no matter how bad the picture is.

Second, those pics that you haven't posted thinking they are better, are almost certainly much worse in the eyes of the general public. It almost always is. It's probably lacking composition, highlights are probably blown out, the dynamic range isn't being maximized, pics show no understanding of color, etc.

If you think your pics are great or terrible, you should upload them. Because putting yourself out there really helps you elevate your own standards in an incredible way.

@Black Box. Nice pictures. I think I remember you. Have you made any progress other than photographing things on your desk with an iPhone? I guess we all need to start somewhere.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2014 at 11:39 UTC

I own a GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition and about half of all mounts they sell. The reason I don't use it much is that the mounts and the camera are too pronounced and clunky as a casual hands on first-person-view capture. I want something more stealth and less involved.

Seeing how everyone is going crazy about the Sony A7s and S-Log2, maybe GoPro should have included some presets in Cineform Studio to let people who shoot in Protune and Protune RAW color profile draw out some additional dynamic range.

Right now, if you shoot in Protune + Protune RAW color profile, then use the Protune preset in GoPro studio, all the additional dynamic range is lost. You might as well have shot without protune. Only people who know how to color correct really well with curves know how to pull additional dynamic range out of it, and it requires a complex symphony of RGB curves to get Protune RAW color profile to match Rec 709 without blownout highlights and natural shadows. A preset would be nice.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2014 at 15:25 UTC as 26th comment | 1 reply
On Photographing Thailand with the Nokia Lumia 1020 article (155 comments in total)

It should be a requirement to post pics into your gallery before you can post comments.

Before you hit upload for the first time, you'll make 2 realizations:

First, it's harder than it looks, and if you have anything worth uploading, you'll at least realize the time and the work that goes into each picture and never again leave such hateful comments because you can see the effort. It's impossible to leave hateful comments when you can see the effort that was put into it, no matter how bad the picture is.

Second, those pics that you haven't posted thinking they are better, are almost certainly much worse in the eyes of the general public. It almost always is. It's probably lacking composition, highlights are probably blown out, the dynamic range isn't being maximized, pics show no understanding of color, etc.

If you think your pics are great or terrible, you should upload them. Because putting yourself out there really helps you elevate your own standards in an incredible way.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 2, 2014 at 14:35 UTC as 59th comment | 5 replies

Probably one bad seed. It happened to me when I subscribed to BMG music club, where they send out 8 CD's for the price of 1. When it happened two times in a row where the bottom of the box mysteriously fell out, they just told me they cannot fulfill my order. We all knew who was at fault.

Greed will do them in. Maybe they can get away with 1. 2 or more, and they can easily track the flow of mail. It is usually handled by one person outside the processing center. And inside, they probably have the facility wired with many cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 2, 2014 at 02:21 UTC as 11th comment

The colors out of the box are kinda cold. Having lived in the US and Korea for more than a decade each, people who live in Korea vs the US have a huge difference in the average lighting indoors/outdoors and general color temperature preference.

Koreans who live in Korea prefer white fluorescent lighting indoors, even for the home.

US household on the other hand prefer much warmer lighting. Seeing a lot of these samples.

Korea, especially Seoul where the half the population lives and Samsung is likely headquartered, is very overcast or hazy on most days of the year.

Just the other day, I looked out and saw clear blue skies, and for the first time this year, I felt like I was back in San Diego where deep blue skies are daily occurance.

Seeing these samples from Samsung cameras vs what we normally see from other manufacturers, I can't help but see that some of what's mentioned above have some influences of how colors sample images look out of the box.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 2, 2014 at 01:21 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply

Samples overall look a generation or two behind the latest smartphones. Sacrifice that for refocus, dof, 3d....maybe worth it for some, not worth it for others.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2014 at 03:29 UTC as 17th comment | 2 replies

Instead of shrinking the sensor size to a fraction of what it is now, why not just put a 4x4 array of existing 1/3.2" sensors? Wouldn't that be cheaper than building your own sensor from scratch?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2014 at 22:25 UTC as 22nd comment | 3 replies
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sierranvin: Sorry Kris, but to my assessment your image is just a dorky first pass HDR rendition. None of the reverence, subtlety or deeper thoughts the Japanese ponder about Fujiyama come across from this exposure with its boorish frontal assault coloration that appears to have simply popped out of Nik or Photomatix!
Reinforces my impression that the general public has taste like flies around the HDR phenomenon - and we all know what flies like to land on quickest!

I agree that when I first saw the image, the post-processing seemed...not optimal. Blue shadows...image lacking overall contrast.

But, looking at the overwhelming positive comments on reddit, and looking at his flickr and seeing that he's actually very good with color and post processing, I chalked it up to something maybe I might not get, but other people are connecting with emotionally.

If he had photoshopped it a little better to your tastes, would it have been more successful on reddit, or less? It's hard to capture lightning in a bottle.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 26, 2014 at 22:57 UTC
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bford: How can people online get access to your full resolution image if you don't post it online? Anyone with an obviously desirable image that posts the full resolution version online is a fool.

He posted a 3.5MP image from a 16MP camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 26, 2014 at 22:34 UTC
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