pntbll248

pntbll248

Joined on Jul 15, 2011

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Interesting applications in the ecological sciences too, if it's somewhat weatherproof. Neat idea, I'm intrigued to see where it goes.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2012 at 17:32 UTC as 31st comment | 1 reply
On Hasselblad responds to Lunar criticisms article (628 comments in total)
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pntbll248: I guess I'm confused why there is so much negativity over this camera. From what I gather, it's meant to be a luxury item. No, from a practical standpoint it doesn't make the most fiscal sense for your average photographer, but it's not in any way geared towards your average photographer. It's a luxury -- plenty people buy expensive cars, jewelry, etc... A lot of expensive cars are not practical for picking up groceries after work, but you don't buy a Lamborghini for everyday errands. Even if 99.9% of photographers can't reasonably afford the Lunar, that doesn't make it worthless to them. I imagine 99.9% of photographers have little interest in owning a gold or osmium camera, but this is still a case of two companiea with vastly different niches in the photographic community creating a partnership. Innovation and cooperation in technology is hugely important in developing new and improved gear which could someday make its way into the hands of others photographers. Innovation will be scarce if we view the D800/E and NEX-7 as the final discussion of today's camera technology.

The folks at Hasselblad seem like relatively intelligent people. They see a niche that they believe they can turn to a profit -- an ultra-luxury mirror less camera with modern features. Maybe they'll succeed, maybe they'll fail miserably. I certainly won't be buying one, but I'm interested to see what comes of it.

Oh, right, I do agree that it's quite ugly. Maybe it looks better in person? *shrugs*

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2012 at 20:37 UTC
On Hasselblad responds to Lunar criticisms article (628 comments in total)

I guess I'm confused why there is so much negativity over this camera. From what I gather, it's meant to be a luxury item. No, from a practical standpoint it doesn't make the most fiscal sense for your average photographer, but it's not in any way geared towards your average photographer. It's a luxury -- plenty people buy expensive cars, jewelry, etc... A lot of expensive cars are not practical for picking up groceries after work, but you don't buy a Lamborghini for everyday errands. Even if 99.9% of photographers can't reasonably afford the Lunar, that doesn't make it worthless to them. I imagine 99.9% of photographers have little interest in owning a gold or osmium camera, but this is still a case of two companiea with vastly different niches in the photographic community creating a partnership. Innovation and cooperation in technology is hugely important in developing new and improved gear which could someday make its way into the hands of others photographers. Innovation will be scarce if we view the D800/E and NEX-7 as the final discussion of today's camera technology.

The folks at Hasselblad seem like relatively intelligent people. They see a niche that they believe they can turn to a profit -- an ultra-luxury mirror less camera with modern features. Maybe they'll succeed, maybe they'll fail miserably. I certainly won't be buying one, but I'm interested to see what comes of it.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2012 at 20:26 UTC as 292nd comment | 9 replies
On Desert Princess in the Human face, side view or profile challenge (2 comments in total)

Love the color in this shot, excellent capture!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2012 at 15:07 UTC as 1st comment
On Candace Thinking in the Human face, side view or profile challenge (3 comments in total)

Great photo SigmaChrome, your subject really glows!

Also, really? We're going to tattle over such an inconsequential photography contest? No one won any prizes, we're all just here to have fun, make and enjoy photos. Really?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2012 at 14:47 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply

I'm most interested in the larger LCD, vastly improved manual focus, and better continuous shooting capability. If Sigma managed to put a decent LCD on the camera, that's far more important to me than higher resolution (though, I do appreciate the MP jump!). I love the results that come out of my DP2X, but its LCD is a complete dog.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2012 at 16:01 UTC as 15th comment
On Canon launches EOS 60Da DSLR for astrophotography article (227 comments in total)
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mahonj: Why don't camera companies make the occasional monochrome camera - no bayer filter, no quarter wave plate, just very sensitive, very sharp images.

It would be very specialist and would sell in small-medium numbers, but if you can build an astro version, you should be able to build a mono version.

Apart from the different software/firmware, can anyone think of a reason ?

Canon sell so many 60Ds and 600Ds, they should be able to run a few mono versions.

@Joseph: I was replying to Mahonj's comment regarding dedicated monochrome cameras ("if you can build an astro version, you should be able to build a mono version"). I'd hate to use the SD1/M for any kind of astrophotography, photos turn purple after about 8 seconds of long exposure :P But for what it's worth, the SD1/M makes a wonderful B/W dedicated camera for less exotic subjects.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2012 at 14:52 UTC
On Canon launches EOS 60Da DSLR for astrophotography article (227 comments in total)

Glad to see Canon making a niche product.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2012 at 14:01 UTC as 41st comment | 1 reply
On Canon launches EOS 60Da DSLR for astrophotography article (227 comments in total)
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mahonj: Why don't camera companies make the occasional monochrome camera - no bayer filter, no quarter wave plate, just very sensitive, very sharp images.

It would be very specialist and would sell in small-medium numbers, but if you can build an astro version, you should be able to build a mono version.

Apart from the different software/firmware, can anyone think of a reason ?

Canon sell so many 60Ds and 600Ds, they should be able to run a few mono versions.

You could try a Sigma SD1/Merrill with white balance set to monochrome. No bayer array, no anti-aliasing filter, and high ISOs are usable in monochrome (no color banding or color noise that foveon produces). Without the need for color filter array interpolation, per-pixel sharpness is outstanding.

Other than new software/firmware, you would want to remove the RGB color filters from the individual photodiodes on the sensor. I mean, it's not like you're building a whole new sensor, so it shouldn't be too hard to do (but again, I'm no sensor engineer). By removing the filters, you get full luminance information at each pixel, leaving you with an extremely sharp image with slightly better ISO performance. Kodak tried it back in the day with one of their DSLRs, the few that they sold are still sought after today.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2012 at 13:58 UTC
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