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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No more Silver and Black. Just Black Edition with LCD please. It was a confusing purchase. I always like to buy top of the line for just a little bit more to make my purchases future proof. I wanted the high speed features of the Black and the LCD of the Silver without the extra bulk of an external LCD. I ended up getting the Silver, but I feel as though I bought last year's model with a little better low light capabilities and an LCD screen.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2016 at 05:32 UTC as 5th comment
On article Heavy hitter: Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM first shots (102 comments in total)

It looks like the lens works!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2016 at 05:28 UTC as 24th comment
On article Video: A quick look at the Sony a6300 (182 comments in total)
In reply to:

straylightrun: It's a real shame Sony didn't include IBIS. Sony's real focus is on their FF system, not APS-C anymore.

@PhotoUniverse
I think there are 2 that are solid.
Pilotfly H1+. Supports 1.2kg. Battery life is pretty bad. 1-1.5 hours. But if you get the external battery attachment, it works pretty much all day. It's going to take some dedication to learn how to balance it. After you balance it for one lens/camera body, then you can just pick it up and use it as long as you don't change lenses.
Came TV Single. Supports 1kg. Doesn't need balancing each time. Just balances on the fly. Battery life is exceptional. Maybe 8 hours no problem I've heard.
I chose the Pilotfly H1+ over the Came TV Single because it is more compact to carry around and discreet during use.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 14:49 UTC
On article Video: A quick look at the Sony a6300 (182 comments in total)
In reply to:

straylightrun: It's a real shame Sony didn't include IBIS. Sony's real focus is on their FF system, not APS-C anymore.

IBIS will never replace a need for a properly stabilized system like a gimbal stabilizer. Get a gimbal and you'll never worry about IBIS or rolling shutter. A gimbal manages all that beautifully.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 23:46 UTC

No fully articulating screen like the GH4. I just need to know I'm in the frame all the time. Is that too much to ask? So with that flip down screen, good luck trying to mount it on a tripod or gimbal.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 16:19 UTC as 351st comment | 2 replies

Wow, exciting. Affordable camera with 100mbit S-Log3 and phase detection auto focus, 14 stops dynamic range? Wow.... Cropped sensor yes but I never wanted full frame for video. Looking forward to seeing some low light high ISO video.

Edit: And 4K and 120fps at Full HD, cheaper than the GH4.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 15:47 UTC as 383rd comment | 1 reply

It seems like a lot of people's only issue with this is that it was a composite? If it was a composite of his own two images, his original idea, and the contest didn't say composites weren't allowed, I'd have no problems with this. I see more talent when one imagines a plane to be somewhere where it had never been before, rather than a "causal photographer" having a camera out pointed at the right hole at the right place at the right time.

Big part of art is the creativity. It's about creating something out of nothing. It would have the power to inspire many people to grab their cameras and start shooting through tunnels. Just like it inspired Yu Wei.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2016 at 23:56 UTC as 35th comment | 2 replies

GoPro needs to spend some money on developing better color science for people's skin. It's kinda gray, often underexposed, especially indoors. What's required is facial recognition, and taking skin luminance and automatically adjusting exposure around that.

I'd rather use the Galaxy Note 5 has a 22mm equiv front facing camera that shoots video almost as nice as the class leading rear camera. Which does YouTube live streaming which was probably created to compete with Periscope.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 26, 2016 at 23:49 UTC as 5th comment

Damn, at my photography meetups, we only throw 50g metal balls around. I guess we're still screwed when someone lands a bulls-eye.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 26, 2016 at 11:45 UTC as 23rd comment
On Connect post Apple patent describes dual-camera design (32 comments in total)

Always something to look forward to. I dream of the day when my smartphone can shoot video as good as the A7S II at night with 13 stops of dynamic range, and is stabilized as if it were stabilized by a 3 axis gimbal. Maybe in 10 years. Can't wait.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2016 at 03:33 UTC as 3rd comment
On Connect post Panasonic to launch Lumix DMC-CM10 without phone functionality (132 comments in total)

Relax people. This model was not meant for the market most of us are in. Just the get CM1 with the phone feature.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2016 at 03:30 UTC as 45th comment | 3 replies
On article Vote now for Best Product of 2015! (130 comments in total)

I can't imagine that Canon is happy about how they are performing but I see no change in course.

What they seem to do:
1. Produce a camera every 3 to 7 years, better than their last model in the series, completely ignoring market trends and tech advancements already being deployed by their competitors.

2. Branch a professional line for their products that is out of the price range for consumers who bought their original product and would have bought a successor.

For example, they are charging a few thousand dollars for 4K, while other manufacturers throw it in for free.

3. Make sure their cheaper products don't outperform their professional/flagship products in any way, shape, or form. No matter how much better their competitor's model of a similar price performs.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 5, 2016 at 05:13 UTC as 29th comment | 5 replies
On Connect post DxOMark Mobile report: Samsung Galaxy Note 5 (14 comments in total)

It's such a marvel what these tiny cameras can do these days. With the DNG files that you can get in Pro mode, I was able to match the look (color and lighting) of the photos that I was post processing with my Canon DLSR. It wasn't easy, but it was possible. Something totally impossible from a smartphone camera just a year or two ago.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 29, 2015 at 10:03 UTC as 7th comment
On Connect post DxOMark Mobile report: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ (16 comments in total)
In reply to:

Michael Ma: I wonder how it performed a few points better than the Note 5? Isn't it the same camera?

Thanks Lars for the follow up. Another thing that shouldn't be missed about the Note 5/S6 Edge Plus cameras is that they can do DNG/RAW from the native camera app. And now Lightroom for Android being free, in the right hands, that's a good extra 100 points in my book. :)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 28, 2015 at 12:33 UTC
On Connect post DxOMark Mobile report: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ (16 comments in total)

I wonder how it performed a few points better than the Note 5? Isn't it the same camera?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 28, 2015 at 11:34 UTC as 9th comment | 4 replies
On Connect post Apple iPhone 6s Plus camera review (159 comments in total)

Apple likes their pictures with a little bit of warmth filter and a boost in the shadows. Kinda like a mild instagram for all their pictures out of their camera. Not really accurate so it'll always underperform according to accuracy. You talk to people out in the wild, they'll always say "I don't know what it is but iPhone always takes so much better pictures" because they judge based on emotion, not technical accuracy. The Galaxy S6 and Note5 (S6 with RAW/DNG output) is more of a best available camera on a smartphone to bridge the gap between cameras and smartphones, while Apple is just trying to produce a better jpeg files for mobile use. Different schools of thought. There are advantages to both.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 22, 2015 at 05:07 UTC as 10th comment | 3 replies
On article In Fine Detail: Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R In-Depth Review (668 comments in total)

1080p video? Oh good. I was worried they would start putting 720p video so people would buy more XC10s and C300's.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2015 at 06:50 UTC as 118th comment | 2 replies
On article Have your say: Best Consumer ILC of 2015 (17 comments in total)
In reply to:

Michael Ma: No Samsung NX1 in any of the categories?

Keen observation! I totally forgot about that. I think people only started buying it this year. ;)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2015 at 05:02 UTC
On article Have your say: Best Consumer ILC of 2015 (17 comments in total)

No Samsung NX1 in any of the categories?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2015 at 09:22 UTC as 5th comment | 2 replies
In reply to:

GCHYBA: When someone comes out with a pocketable, really good camera that can shoot true 1080p at 240fps for as long as the card has memory, then I will buy it, if it's reasonably priced (say under $1k.)...

Sony RX 100 IV? Should meet all your specs.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2015 at 03:23 UTC
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