NDT0001

NDT0001

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On Yongnuo creates near-clone of Canon EF 35mm f/2 article (169 comments in total)

If companies like canon let these chinese companies copy their products, and sell for 1/2 the price, who will fund future R&D for future technological improvements? Sure the chinese make a quick buck and your happy you got a $600 lens for $300, but a portion of that extra $300 pays for R&D. I most definitely put my money where my mouth is and wouldn't take this chinese lens if you gave it to me as a gift.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 06:46 UTC as 25th comment | 2 replies
On Red introduces 'Weapon' camera with 8K sensor option article (104 comments in total)
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Peiasdf: Who is making Red's 16 DR and nearly FF sized sensor? How come that sensor company isn't selling sensor to DSLRs?

ITS not just the sensor doing the work here, there is some very sophisticated image processing and colour science going on inside the camera, specifically tailored to moving pictures. Red would never divulge this , but the camera is probably doing separate processing for highlights and shadows before putting down the image. Im sure you could adapt this somehow to putting it inside a still camera but whoever does it would probably have to completely redesign the architecture of their still cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 23:44 UTC
On Red introduces 'Weapon' camera with 8K sensor option article (104 comments in total)
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lovEU: Btw, how does 8K translate into storage requirements?

heres the storage chart from their "new" 6k camera to give you some idea. Most feature films shoot at a compression of 5:1 and small screen maybe 8:1 for reference
http://www.artbyphil.com/temp/redDragonGraphics/phfx_redDragon_RecordTimes256GBREDMAG.png

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 23:21 UTC
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (810 comments in total)
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PieterB: The datastreams for 4K are, if I am not mistaken, 16x the datastream of 1080P.
It seems to me that if you want edit videos, you will need a very powerfull computer and a very large HD.

There are many factors which contribute to the size of a 4k file. The bit depth, compression, file format, container type etc.. For example there is a huge difference between 4k 16bit raw and 4k 8bit prores. Compare the output of 4k Arriraw (1.79 Gbit/s ) to what comes out of a Panasonic Gh4 (200Mbp/s). The GH4 file can easily be handled by even the most standard laptops with a GPU

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 06:44 UTC
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RichRMA: I bought a ball head out of China on Ebay that looks a lot like the FLM unit. Has dual ball tensioners/locks and works perfectly. $25.00 and free shipping. Pay $350 for an Acratech ballhead? Not likely.

You ultimately do what suits you and your purposes. Personally, i have always bought the best gear i can afford (within reason) and have had a very low (actually virtually non existent) repair status. I get to use the best gear and then a couple of years down the track i resell it for at least than 50% of what i paid for it. (sometimes more) As hobbyist love buying cheaper used pro gear.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 09:25 UTC
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RichRMA: I bought a ball head out of China on Ebay that looks a lot like the FLM unit. Has dual ball tensioners/locks and works perfectly. $25.00 and free shipping. Pay $350 for an Acratech ballhead? Not likely.

You have to question the reliability and longevity of such a cheap product. As a professional who derives his income from making photographs, i would rather spend more on a reliable bit of gear that i know won't die on location when I'm a long way from home.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 00:24 UTC
On Lensbaby introduces Velvet 56mm f/1.6 article (166 comments in total)
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KingOfAtlantis: I am new to photography so correct me if I am wrong.

Isn't the main objective to capture the most true image possible with the lens and then apply effects in post?

Naaa.. you can't replicate the random flares, softness and aberrations of this lens. Thats the point. Once you get past at ooing and ahhhhing of looking at a models pores from super sharp digital images, you can try something more organic and soft, and create a nice mood, like this lens does. Happy shooting.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 00:17 UTC
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AbrasiveReducer: People spend $25,000 for an old Nikon 220 degree fisheye that isn't good for anything; now that's expensive. Actually, they were supposed to be great for photographic inspection of the inside of pipes.

But about this 11-24. Why not just rent one or wait for a Canon rebate in the fall? At least that's $200-300 off the price.

If you do buy one now, for $3500, it will always be worth at least $2800-3000 used. The value of a $3500 camera body will drop like a rock, and used Sigma and Tamron lenses won't hold much value either.

Because the sooner you have it, the sooner you can put it to work. It will make me back that measly $200 in the first day i use it.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2015 at 00:33 UTC
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Snikt228: Hopefully Lightroom 6 is soon to follow?

be lovely if it had facial recognition. would be super handy.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2015 at 23:05 UTC
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HowaboutRAW: Ambitious!

Wonder if Atomos has a simple way for reversing this firmware "upgrade" if it doesn't work or causes problems.

It's never a good idea to simply install a new operating system without first testing the new OS on a back up clone or blank drive. And this sure looks akin to that kind of leap.

No the firmware notes on the website don't really inform--there's a video.

Firmware and computer operating systems are two totally different beasts.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2015 at 04:00 UTC
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HowaboutRAW: Ambitious!

Wonder if Atomos has a simple way for reversing this firmware "upgrade" if it doesn't work or causes problems.

It's never a good idea to simply install a new operating system without first testing the new OS on a back up clone or blank drive. And this sure looks akin to that kind of leap.

No the firmware notes on the website don't really inform--there's a video.

Why would they release firmware that "doesn't work or causes problems"? Its not the first recorder they have released you know. Im sure it has been thoroughly tested. They have a good reputation amongst professionals with quality products.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2015 at 01:05 UTC
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Calvin Chann: Travelling photographers need somewhere for their travel documents, audio equipment and headphones too.

What do you mean? the top section of the bag is designed specifically for that...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2015 at 08:16 UTC
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NDT0001: too many whiners on this forum. arm chair experts who give their opinions on something they'd never buy. No one bag is going to be perfect.
I have a roller bag, several pelican cases, 2 shoulder bags and 2 backpacks. One day I'm walking in a rainforest, next day I'm in a mine site, next day I'm in a studio, you get it. Every job is different, and i need a different bag depending on the job.Im not brand loyal but Lowepro make excellent products, particularly their backpacks in ballistic nylon.

yes, i have recently been using the fastback 350. Ive taken it out shooting on a glacier recently on a job and it was an excellent bag, carry on the plane and walking around in the mountains. It was kitted up with 5dmk3, 24-70, 70-200, 18mm zeiss, 21mm zeiss, some filters, The top section is good for overflow or a rain jacket and some food etc.. On the plane all this plus a 17" macbook with cables and travel documents. I like the fact you can obscure the zips to the camera access with the flap that covers it, and I've never found side access for the laptop to be a problem. i think this is just nitpicking.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2015 at 08:13 UTC

too many whiners on this forum. arm chair experts who give their opinions on something they'd never buy. No one bag is going to be perfect.
I have a roller bag, several pelican cases, 2 shoulder bags and 2 backpacks. One day I'm walking in a rainforest, next day I'm in a mine site, next day I'm in a studio, you get it. Every job is different, and i need a different bag depending on the job.Im not brand loyal but Lowepro make excellent products, particularly their backpacks in ballistic nylon.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2015 at 22:03 UTC as 8th comment | 4 replies
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yslee1: *sigh* It's 2015, and Manfrotto are persisting with that useless QR platform of theirs.

why it it useless? Ive been using it for years now with no problems on 3 different heads.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 22:25 UTC
On Behind the Shot: Clouds over Skagsanden article (117 comments in total)
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Tom Goodman: At the end of the day this is a forgettable photograph, fungible like so many others. Those posters who say it is art have never seen art. Those who criticize critics of the image are simply jealous of the technique, not the vision, which is pedestrian. No matter how impressive the technique, this sort of photograph is the visual equivalent of an internet joke: read 'em (or see 'em in this case) and delete 'em!

There isn't anything indelible here. What most of the enthusiasm for is the how-to. That's great as far as it goes, which in an age of countless and relentless imagery ain't much.

Ill never fully understand why people feel the need to disparage other peoples work like you have. It really adds nothing to the discussion and speaks more of the insecurity in the detractor, rather than the shortcomings of the work in question. Opinions are subjective and the author of the image has taken the time put together a very informative article, even if not to you.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2014 at 21:28 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Review preview (484 comments in total)
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utphoto: "Is 100 Mbit/s 4k downscaled to 1080p really better than 200Mbit/s 1080p24 GH4 can record? Especially when fast panning or a lot of movement in the scene is present?"

Yes, 24 fps, no matter what the Mbit rate, sucks for fluid movement.

HFR was a proven failure with LOTR. People hated it.It looked unnatural and cheapened the look of the experience. There is no indication that the film industry is moving away from 24p capture. There is no indication that the general public want to adopt higher frame rate, the major tv brands put high scan rates in their TVs and it looks absolutely ridiculous, and most people with a modicum of taste turn it off. Eliminating motion blur doesn't look natural in the slightest and makes the moving image look terrible.What people want is more RESOLUTION, through processes like IMAX and 4k projection/display. HFR doesn't get you anymore clarity or resolution.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2014 at 21:26 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Review preview (484 comments in total)
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utphoto: "Is 100 Mbit/s 4k downscaled to 1080p really better than 200Mbit/s 1080p24 GH4 can record? Especially when fast panning or a lot of movement in the scene is present?"

Yes, 24 fps, no matter what the Mbit rate, sucks for fluid movement.

You do realise that motion pictures are filmed at 24fps don't you?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2014 at 22:43 UTC
On Apple iPhone 6 Plus camera review post (205 comments in total)
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bmoag: I just looked critically at a bunch of images from a brand new large iPhone 6. When it comes to smart phone cameras that emperor is buck naked: these are jpeg crushed noisy things with no dynamic range that are useless for anything but viewing on the phone screen itself, Kodak Instamatics for the 21st century. There is nothing wrong with that but they are nothing more than that either. It is astounding technology that these things can also record hi def video but again that is snap shot quality video best viewed on the small screen of the device itself.

Totally disagree. I think these new phones outperform most low-midrange compact cameras available these days and are EASILY acceptable to view large on a retina screen or a tv. The only reason i would EVER spend money on a <$500 compact camera these days is for the zoom capability.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2014 at 22:05 UTC
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Wye Photography: £174 for ONE filter. Are you taking the P!$$?

Its a very reasonable price for a filter of that size. Look it up.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2014 at 00:54 UTC
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