Mike Sandman

Mike Sandman

Lives in United States Brookline, MA, United States
Works as a Manager
Joined on Mar 20, 2003
About me:

Canon 5D Mark II; Canon 24-105mm f/4 L IS; 70-200 f/4 IS; 17-40mm f/4 L; 24mm TSE II; 420EX; 580 EX II; Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro. Epson 3880 printer. Canon Powershot S-95. Started with a Balda 35mm rangefinder in 1956.


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In reply to:

Randy Veeman: For those who said Canon mirrorless is doing well in Japan, here you go. They are outselling Fuji, Pentax and Nikon.

3 kinds of falsehoods - lies, damned lies and statistics. Thus, Canon is "outselling Fuji, Pentax & Nikon."

Well, yes. The graph shows Canon had an 11% market share in 12/14, just about tied with Panasonic & Ricoh. Sony & Olympus together have a 55% share. Not a very stirring performance for Canon, but not dead either. The surprise (to me) is the low share held in Japan by Fuji. That may be a function of aiming for the top end of the mirrorless market.

Makes one wonder who has the highest profit. It's not always the market leader. Apple has 92% of the smartphone market profit despite having a much smaller market share than Samsung.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 22:21 UTC

Quoting from the editorial:
"By not participating I suspect these two giants hoped that the acidic CSC would just go away or at least not be encouraged to grow. Instead, Nikon and Canon have allowed new and struggling brands to multiply their wares like bacteria in a dirty petri dish."

So true... ! Excellent editorial. Thank you for giving Canon the kick in the rear that it deserves.

Canon has the classic problem of a market leader facing disruption: "Should we introduce a product that will eat our own lunch?" The answer is, "Do you prefer to eat your own lunch or have someone else eat it for you?" Apparently Canon still thinks Sony, Fuji, Panasonic, Samsung & Olympus will just nibble on the garnish, but ultimately they'll grab the whole sandwich.

Case in point: I'm have a Canon 5D Mark II (and Sony NEX-6). I was waiting for 5D IV, hoping for significant innovation. But now that the shape of the next generation of 5D's has been revealed, I've ordered a Sony Alpha 7ii.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 15:30 UTC as 252nd comment
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1873 comments in total)

Excellent explanation, and interesting even though I don't own the D750. Thank you.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2015 at 21:56 UTC as 115th comment
On Gary Fong launches virtual camera tutorial service article (147 comments in total)

Wow -- there are a lot of snarky comments about this! All you so very sophisticated critics, wouldn't you like to spend enough time fooling around with the controls on an expensive camera before you plunk down you credit card? Here's a way to do it, albeit within the limits of doing things virtually.

It's NOT just for a newbie trying to learn how to focus. I'm a Canon FF DSLR owner thinking about jumping to FF mirrorless, but concerned about Sony's hitherto odd ideas about how menus. I'd love to go through the Alpha 7ii menu to be sure it won't drive me nuts.
Take all the time you need - something you may have time to do in a camera store, or maybe not. Want to see the effect of different levels of focus peaking? Want to know if it's easy to go from single shot to time delay? To change focus points? Check it out. Obsess as long as you want without ticking off the photo store sales clerk. No matter what you think of Gary's "Tupperware," this idea has merit.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2015 at 04:53 UTC as 22nd comment | 5 replies
On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1405 comments in total)

True, it makes sense to match lenses to sensor size.

But Richard, I'd like you to comment on whether there is a newly viable "downgrade" path from full frame to APS-C. For example, the noise performance of Sony APS-C sensors and the excellent image quality of Fuji X cameras (and lenses) make me wonder whether to upgrade my Canon 5D Mark II to a future Mark IV, or whether it's possible to get equal IQ and some very nice features in a smaller, lighter, possibly less expensive package.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2015 at 19:22 UTC as 358th comment
On Editorial: 2014's Homepage Highlights article (72 comments in total)

Nice summary. Thank you. Keep doing the videos and the readers' showcases.

Biggest personal highlight (or perhaps realization) was when I picked up a Fuji X-T1 and an Apha 7 at B&H and hefted them in comparison to a Canon 5D Mark III. 2015 will be the year mirrorless makes a big dent in the market for big DSLRS.

But Barney, that's an old joke in Slide 13: "Oh, Photokina... warm sausage, cold potato salad and beer that tastes like someone drank it once already," attributed to Damien Demolder in 2008. I heard it in 1986 in slightly different form from an English colleague: "America beer: English beer after it's been processed by the human body." Probably originated shortly after the start of beer brewing (Egypt & Mesopotamia, 5th Millennium BC).

No complaints... another fine year of helping us sort through the changes in photographic technology and technique. And you can be sure we're reading what you folks write.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 1, 2015 at 04:59 UTC as 19th comment
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1873 comments in total)
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zdechlypes: I am Canon 5DM2 owner and have just recently found about the term "ISO variant/invariant". Canon is ISO variant and I know it very, very well ... unfortunately.
I did not know that Nikon is soooo much better. I am about to buy 5DM3 as the prices are getting better but not able to switch as I had heavily invested in L lenses, flashes and other Canon stuff. It would be bloody expensive swap. :-(

Good job Nikon!

I too am a Canon 5D-II owner, waiting for the 5D-IV to decide whether to go that way, or move to the Alpha 7-II (which, with an adapter, allows me to use my Canon lenses).
Canon needs to offer a very good 5D-IV to counter its competitors, and unless they go to a Sony sensor or have some breakthrough in their own sensor technology, it's going to be difficult to match Nikon & Sony. For a long time, Canon had a lock on the top end, and the current disruption is good for all of us -- ultimately including Canon owners.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2014 at 19:48 UTC

Very well done - nice to see something that's not all geek-speak. I have a Canon 5DII and L lenses used mostly for landscape/architecture & am on the fence about switching to Fuji (small + high IQ but requires a whole new kit; $$$,) Sony 7-II (high DR sensor; can use adapter for Canon lenses but not much net advantage regarding size); 5D-IV (optical viewfinder but size/weight penalty and uncertain timing; $$). Alas, this video only makes the decision harder. Let's have more of these.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 15:07 UTC as 54th comment
On ShareGrid offers peer-to-peer gear rental article (32 comments in total)

I'm an amateur with good gear - Canon L lenses, etc. I might borrow, but I'm reluctant to lend unless the rate is high enough to cover the perceived risk and I think others with good gear will feel that way. It only makes sense if lenders who have top-end gear are willing to participate. Not many people will want to borrow a cheap lens or camera.

Still, it could work for local rentals even if the rates are high, because the borrower would avoid the high shipping cost to & from firms like LensRentals. As one of the posts suggests, pros are unlikely to offer their gear for rental because of the time and effort it takes, although they too may be interested in borrowing.

So it's not going to be Uber for photo gear. but it might work in metro areas where there are enough lenders and borrowers.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 04:34 UTC as 13th comment
On High-end full frame roundup (2014) article (584 comments in total)
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ThePhilips: I have expected to see the Sony A99 as one of the picks on the last page. But otherwise, pretty unsurprising conclusions.

The most interesting bit for me is the explosion of the number of the FF cameras. I wish the manufacturers were as eager to bring their lens catalogs into the 21st century: some small and pancakes primes and zooms would have done much good to really expand the choices.

Pancake primes are interesting, and the Canon 40mm f/2.8 is quite good - check the review on dPreview. More lenses of that type would be interesting for mirrorless cameras, including FF mirrorless.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2014 at 15:36 UTC
On Behind the Shot: Dali's Dream article (102 comments in total)
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Mike Sandman: Excellent explanation, but I'd like to understand why HDR wouldn't work here. I've used in in situations where there was a high level of contrast. The result didn't look like over-cooked HDR, and the details were visible in areas as dark at the room to the left.

See https://www.flickr.com/photos/msandman/4592433976/in/set-72157646361874135

Isn't HDR for situations exactly like this?

(However, I'm not sure I could have squeezed off the five or six shots for HDR during the brief time when the sun was peeking through the rafters.)

I suppose that "easier" is in the eye of the beholder -:)

This is very good explanation of an alternative, and a superb shot (as usual), so thank you.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2014 at 22:23 UTC
On Behind the Shot: Dali's Dream article (102 comments in total)

Excellent explanation, but I'd like to understand why HDR wouldn't work here. I've used in in situations where there was a high level of contrast. The result didn't look like over-cooked HDR, and the details were visible in areas as dark at the room to the left.

See https://www.flickr.com/photos/msandman/4592433976/in/set-72157646361874135

Isn't HDR for situations exactly like this?

(However, I'm not sure I could have squeezed off the five or six shots for HDR during the brief time when the sun was peeking through the rafters.)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2014 at 22:13 UTC as 19th comment | 4 replies

This seems to have the functionality of a CamRanger on steroids. Given the price, there's a question in my mind of whether the motion, sound, light etc. sensors have the quality needed to perform consistently. If it's a rock solid device, it could appeal to pros. But when you watch the video on Kickstarter, is clear that the inventor is aiming for the amateur market, at a price amateurs would pay. And the video is a bit over the top in its wild-eyed enthusiasm for what are admittedly some really interesting features. If they all work properly and keep working.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 6, 2014 at 02:57 UTC as 14th comment | 2 replies
On Ten things you need to know about the Sony Alpha 7 II article (271 comments in total)

Helpful. Thanks. Learned something and therefore didn't mind getting hooked by the "clickbait"

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 04:23 UTC as 53rd comment
On Tune in to DPReview Live this Thursday and Friday article (238 comments in total)
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Jeff Keller: Just added the schedule of events (subject to change, of course). The show will loop after we're done for the day, and you will be able to stream each segment a few days later.

Yes, thanks. Very helpful.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2014 at 12:18 UTC
On Tune in to DPReview Live this Thursday and Friday article (238 comments in total)

It would be very helpful for dPreview to publish an approximate schedule/agenda. I don't have time to listen to all of the company reps, but I could make time to listen to the two or three I'm most interested in...if only you'd let us know when they'll be "on." Same with the photographers you're speaking with. Thanks.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2014 at 21:21 UTC as 46th comment | 3 replies
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1658 comments in total)

If it's a camera, I'm rooting for a mirrorless with something extra. Foveon sensor; no AA filter, FF... we'll see in 13 hours.

But whatever it is, you have to give Canon's ad agency credit -- they elicited 444 comments thus far, including this one, and people are still posting. And all of us will be watching - and hoping for more than a new photocopier.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2014 at 23:50 UTC as 617th comment | 2 replies
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mpgxsvcd: PR 101:

1. Don’t ever point out what your competitor’s product has that yours doesn’t.

2. Don’t ever admit that you made a mistake and you might keep making that mistake in the future.

3. Don’t ever say that you need to listen to your customers more. It is something that every company could do more of. Mentioning it just makes you sound like you know you should do it but you choose not to.

Well, he didn't pretend, that's true. He didn't pretend to acknowledge that Nikon screwed up in responding to the D600 oil problem, and he missed or deliberately ignored the chance to apologize and say Nikon would be more responsive in the future. It's hard for a corporate spokesperson to say "Sorry". It probably has to come from the top of the company first.

There's also a more serious problem here (for Nikon). Product breakthroughs are usually developed by the incumbents in an industry, but they're often brought to market by an outsider (like Sony & Panasonic with the MILC.) Fuji is an exception to the rule. In contrast Nikon seems to have accepted that others will lead the industry in innovations, and it will then follow, if it has to. That's not a winning strategy. Just ask Kodak... Digital Equipment Corp.... Underwood Typewriter

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 03:27 UTC
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: Hmm, what have we got here? A manufacturer that makes the best lenses south of Leica and Zeiss, with a wonderful tradition of quality throughout its history. They make no less than six full-frame models, all of them highly respected by their image quality; they are at the forefront of their industry in terms of effective, useful innovation and, despite relying almost exclusively on their cameras and lenses, they are still the second largest photography manufacturer. Professionals all over the world use Nikon for the most demanding jobs. I'd say they deserve some respect for all this, but how do people react to a simple interview?
- We want 4K;
- We want cropped sensors;
- We want crappy mirrorless;
- We don't care for wonderfully bright viewfinders, we just want dumb electronic ones;
- We want E-mount;
- And X- mount;
- We want useless features that add nothing to image quality.
The photography community has gone insane.

It's true that Nikon has a glorious history in photography... just like Kodak.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 02:59 UTC

OK Metabones, now please get to work on an EF to Fuji X-mount.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 20:35 UTC as 2nd comment
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