Stephen McDonald

Stephen McDonald

Lives in United States Eugene, OR, United States
Works as a Videomaker-Writer
Has a website at None
Joined on Sep 21, 2006
About me:

Sony HX400V, HX200V, HX100V, HX1, TX100V, Webbie HD, Sony HC9, an HDV camcorder, Canon S5, Olympus C-2100UZ. Former Sony H5, H9 and Canon SX1 User. Raynox DCR-2020PRO, Raynox HD2200, Sony DH1758 & DH1774 telex lenses.

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On Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio article (129 comments in total)

Just wait until one of those blades cuts off the model's nose. Of course, that couldn't really happen. Who ever heard of an electronically-controlled device that didn't perform perfectly?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 06:46 UTC as 55th comment | 2 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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mpix345: If my only interest for now in 4K video is pulling 8 MP stills do I need a super-fast card or cutting edge video processing software?

Thanks.

This reminds me of when we were told that a special $25. cord was needed to connect co-axial digital audio. In fact, a cheap RCA audio cord will do just as well. They also told us we needed $13. high-grade HDV tape cassettes, to record that format. The $3.00 Sony standard DV tapes did it just as well and I never saw a dropout while using them.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2014 at 09:21 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
In reply to:

mpix345: If my only interest for now in 4K video is pulling 8 MP stills do I need a super-fast card or cutting edge video processing software?

Thanks.

You can capture 8-MP vid-caps from 4K video in the camera and surely also on the furnished software program. If you have a Class-10 card (30 MBps), that gives 240 Mbps capability, that should work. Some dealers are telling you that you need a special new card for it, but I don't think so.

I just used my cheap AVS Video Editor to edit and convert the 100 Mbps MP4 video into 16 Mbps MP4, with no problem and its companion program, the AVS Video Converter, to change it to 24 Mbps, both at 30p. The playback looked great. I have a quad-core computer and this is an important part of the necessary system.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2014 at 06:48 UTC

What's next is sensors that flex with the changing focal-length of the lens. Perhaps the sensors will be built right into the structure and mechanism of the lens, for maximum compatibility at all focal-lengths. This could lead to the capability for a photographer to change sensors in a camera, along with the lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 10:18 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
On Sony drops list price of Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 article (201 comments in total)
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Stephen McDonald: To me, this signifies that a new model is soon to come, with at least 400mm of reach and 4K. The RX10 price will probably drop another $200., after its release. I'd wait to buy, to see if the new camera's capabilities would offset the low RX10 price.

Lab D, I have seen photos at some review websites from version 1.0. They did look a bit better, but not all were focused well. I don't know if it's user error, but professional reviewers should be able to get the best out of the camera. If I had a finalized version, I'd try to do a better job, if possible. It's too early to be so positive about this camera. It has to prove itself much more than it has so far.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 5, 2014 at 20:24 UTC
On Sony drops list price of Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 article (201 comments in total)
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Lab D: Ken, the LX8 is coming with a vf and 4k video. Panasonic is on a roll.

Judging by the poor quality shown on all the many sample photos on review websites from the FZ1000, it's a roll downhill.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 5, 2014 at 05:39 UTC
On Sony drops list price of Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 article (201 comments in total)
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Stephen McDonald: To me, this signifies that a new model is soon to come, with at least 400mm of reach and 4K. The RX10 price will probably drop another $200., after its release. I'd wait to buy, to see if the new camera's capabilities would offset the low RX10 price.

Except that the FZ1000 is showing very erratic and flawed results in the sample photos on numerous review websites.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2014 at 19:50 UTC
On Sony drops list price of Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 article (201 comments in total)

To me, this signifies that a new model is soon to come, with at least 400mm of reach and 4K. The RX10 price will probably drop another $200., after its release. I'd wait to buy, to see if the new camera's capabilities would offset the low RX10 price.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2014 at 19:01 UTC as 3rd comment | 5 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)

There's no mention of a loss of resolution in the FZ1000 lens, beyond 300mm. This is mentioned in another review. In the samples, there's only a couple of full-zoom photos and they don't look very sharp. This issue needs to be examined closely and addressed in the next edition of a DPR review on this camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 19:15 UTC as 105th comment | 5 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)

Not a lot of difference in the comparison photos, except that those from the FZ1000 were a bit underexposed. A lot more comparison shots of varying subjects, would be more helpful.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 20:05 UTC as 159th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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ZenTao: There is something misleading when they say 4k. Figures doesn't match. A few cuestions had come up to me: How comes a 5K sensor delivers 4k video? How does a 1" sensor deliver 4k video?. Why do we need a higly compressed 4K video if even if we had a 4k TV the image would be a crap? When will the camera makers devote his time to make high quality stuff instead of making cheap marketing? etc, etc

Typically, when the wide end of the focal-length is 25mm for photos, it is about 29mm to 31mm for video, so maybe that would accommodate the 16X zoom and give it close to 500mm at the long end.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2014 at 08:24 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
In reply to:

ZenTao: There is something misleading when they say 4k. Figures doesn't match. A few cuestions had come up to me: How comes a 5K sensor delivers 4k video? How does a 1" sensor deliver 4k video?. Why do we need a higly compressed 4K video if even if we had a 4k TV the image would be a crap? When will the camera makers devote his time to make high quality stuff instead of making cheap marketing? etc, etc

By using a 3840 X 2160 inner sector of the sensor for video, there should be an additional magnification effect. There should be an equivalent focal-length for video of close to 500mm, but I don't see this specification listed anywhere.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2014 at 02:51 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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phazelag: I described this lens in about 10 different threads and had several optics nazis saying it could not be done and here it is! Amazing.

I also said about six months ago, that such a camera could be made and was rebuffed by almost all who replied. But we were correct that it could be done. Maybe Sony will respond with a lens on a similar camera that reaches even farther.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 09:30 UTC
On P9390961_ISO125 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (4 comments in total)

This photo reveals more than most others and looks better at full-size. Outdoors, a good, detailed subject in sunlight, is more useful than lots of artistic shots in less ideal circumstances.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 06:14 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On P9400075-ACR_ISO125 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Who cares about the camera? Just show us more pictures of her.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 05:57 UTC as 1st comment
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2970 comments in total)
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Stephen McDonald: I have another new Sony model that retains some settings between photo and video modes. They probably thought they were doing us a favor, but it can be really annoying. I usually use Spot metering for photos and Multi for videos. If I want to quickly start a video, the exposure may get sabotaged by the spot mode. Many times, I just don't bother grabbing a video of something I know needs a setting change before starting. A simple menu choice of blocking the setting carry-over would be nice.

If there's one thing I never do, it's to raise the ISO beyond the bare minimum, for anything. This isn't a D-SLR. And I never use pre-set memory for settings, as depending on that is a good way to get things wrong. It's a bad habit to not set things manually for each shot, as they're all different. Slow and methodical is the formula for
getting a small number of good shots.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 04:11 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2970 comments in total)

I have another new Sony model that retains some settings between photo and video modes. They probably thought they were doing us a favor, but it can be really annoying. I usually use Spot metering for photos and Multi for videos. If I want to quickly start a video, the exposure may get sabotaged by the spot mode. Many times, I just don't bother grabbing a video of something I know needs a setting change before starting. A simple menu choice of blocking the setting carry-over would be nice.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2014 at 12:04 UTC as 87th comment | 3 replies

Both of these seem like good ideas. But what's really overdue, is a separate forum for the Sony RX-Series of cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2014 at 06:51 UTC as 7th comment

I take issue with the claim that Flickr is a "social media site". It's a photo-hosting website for most of those who have used it for years. I hope that current attempts to turn it into a social media venue fail, or its function as a showcase for serious photographic works will be compromised even more.

This new Canon endeavor may provide a good alternative for many of us, but people should give it a chance to become mature and polished, before being critical.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2014 at 06:47 UTC as 28th comment | 1 reply
On SmugMug Films: Lava Light article (8 comments in total)

"The look-and-feel of the site is radically different, and somewhat resembles the recently redesigned Flickr".

Now what could possibly be good about that?

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2014 at 09:00 UTC as 2nd comment
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