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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Only a few occupations have persisted for much of humankind's existence, and soldiering is one of them. (Other examples are agriculture, fishing, metalworking and pottery-making.) Setting aside one's aversion for war, it's a fascinating look at the pace of change in technology, and the increased complexity of one's possessions as technology advances. Nicely done.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2014 at 15:41 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply
On Behind the Shot: Flames of the North article (67 comments in total)

Thanks for the images and for the explanation. One doesn't think of focus stacking with a super-wide angle lens, but this is clearly a situation that called for it.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 11, 2014 at 18:24 UTC as 18th comment
On Nikon D810: What You Need to Know article (142 comments in total)

Nice summary. Thank you.

For those of us in the Canon world, it will be interesting to see how soon Canon follows suit with an update to the 5D Mark III.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 14:53 UTC as 16th comment
On Step into Edgar Martins' Time Machine article (34 comments in total)

What these wonderful images need is an explanation of what we're looking at. The control panel, is pretty clearly a control panel, but the beautiful arched hall in the second frame is photographed with exquisite precision, but what was or is its function? It's not obvious to me, and I've actually been in a hydroelectric power plant.
Please, if you can, add captions that tell us what we're looking at -- what the function is of the bigs halls, in particular.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2014 at 01:43 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On A GoPro Hero's journey into a dishwasher article (167 comments in total)

Not news, but I for one was thoroughly entertained. Now please try a washing machine.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2014 at 15:38 UTC as 44th comment
On Site Update: notifications article (125 comments in total)

Sure, the change is nice, but let's focus on whats' really important.
Where's the Nikon D4 review?

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2014 at 21:23 UTC as 45th comment | 3 replies
On 900MP portraits show human face in extreme detail article (285 comments in total)

Many of the comments seem to miss the point. What's interesting is that it's possible to take such detailed images of an object that's the size of a human head, plus or minus an order of magnitude. The technique and the robotic tool will certainly be put to use for purposes other than making this mildly repulsive yet intriguing demonstration.

A challenge: What do you think the technique & tool could be used for, either for art or for science?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2014 at 03:11 UTC as 89th comment | 6 replies
On Chicago-based Calumet Photographic closes U.S. stores article (195 comments in total)

Too bad to lose a store where there were some knowledgeable people, but the handwriting has been on the wall in Boston (Cambridge). There's been a declining amount of stock on the shelves and a lack of enthusiasm when customers enquired about goods the store would have to order in. Perhaps that was because suppliers were getting nervous about Calumet's ability to pay the bills - a typical precursor to the failure of a business. So... sad but not surprised.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 02:50 UTC as 67th comment
On CP+ 2014 interviews: What we learned article (92 comments in total)

OK,executives want to know what dPreview users want... Canon, Nikon, listen up!

I have a Canon 5D Mark II and Canon lenses. I live in the US and I'm unhappy to read what Canon said about not introducing a mirrorless camera aimed at prosumers. I bought a Sony NEX-6 as a walk-around camera, and an adapter for Canon lenses. Canon could have had the money I paid for that gear. And when it comes time to upgrade the 5D Mark II, the inevitable successor to the Fuji X-T1 will be a refined, capable tool that's compatible with a line of very good X mount lenses.

Canon and Nikon can ignore the mirrorless market and hope US/European photographers will as well, but over the long run, mirrorless cameras have intrinsic advantages. The two big guys worry that if they made mirrorless cameras, they'd cannibalize their DSLR market. But there's a question they need to answer: Shouldn't they eat their own lunch rather than let someone else eat it?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2014 at 21:22 UTC as 11th comment
On Fujifilm X-E2 Review preview (310 comments in total)

Nice review - thank you. I have an NEX-6 and am thinking about switching. After this review, still thinking... One thing the review may have covered but which I missed -- how do you change the shooting mode (Aperture preferred, speed preferred, etc).? There doesn't seem to be a dial for this.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2014 at 01:03 UTC as 67th comment | 5 replies
On Integrating the MacBook Air into a pro workflow article (347 comments in total)
In reply to:

Frank C.: I wish DPR would spend more time reviewing cameras and lenses rather than worry about satisfying/plugging their sponsors, I miss the DPR of old with Phil Askey running the site... oh well I

Certainly true that there's room on dPreview for articles on workflow and on specific devices like the Air. After all, no one forces me to read articles in which I have no interest. My only criticism is that the praise for the Air seemed a bit over the top. But I still read it, and as a Windows user about to migrate to Apple, I found it useful despite its giddiness.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2014 at 17:29 UTC
On Integrating the MacBook Air into a pro workflow article (347 comments in total)
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Frank C.: I wish DPR would spend more time reviewing cameras and lenses rather than worry about satisfying/plugging their sponsors, I miss the DPR of old with Phil Askey running the site... oh well I

But Simon, with all due respect, someone on staff presumably took time to look at the article. The Air's attributes aren't news, and the article is over-the-top giddy with praise. Seems a bit silly for dPreview.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2014 at 03:11 UTC
On Battle of the titans: Top ball heads tested article (269 comments in total)
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SteB: On the subject of lag and post locking. These are big problems in macro photography especially when you approach or go past life-size. It can be very difficult to frame something, because of this sag that occurs when you take your hand away. The best ball head in the world can only do so much to eliminate it because some of the sag that occurs after you take your hand away is because of flex in things other than the ball head, such as camera and lens.

However, there is a solution, a geared head. In this respect a moderately priced geared head such as the Manfrotto 410 is better than the most expensive ball head money can buy for macro photography, simply because you do not have that problem and have precise framing. The price you pay is more weight, and slower adjusments.

I agree with OP comment that a geared head is a good solution for the problem of sagging after the ball head is locked down. A geared head like the Manfrotto 410 has zero sag, and Manfrotto makes a couple of heavier variants. You have to modify the 410 to use it in portrait mode for panoramic shots with a plate fom Hejnar Photo. One note of caution: Geared heads are heavy, and the 410 makes even a farily hefty set of tripod legs feel top heavy.

I second the many complaints about omitting Acratech. The GP2 ballhead is very solid and mitigates sag by including a drag adjustment that works quite well.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2014 at 16:20 UTC
On Canon EOS 70D Review preview (672 comments in total)

Clarification, please:

The review says, "The remote shooting section of the app gives a reasonable degree of control over the camera. You can set the camera's focus point and get it to focus..." and trigger the shutter.

It's not clear (at least to me) from the screen captures whether you can use the WiFi link to see the live view image on a remote smart device like an iPhone/iPad, and fully control it from that device, like you can with a CamRanger.

Can you clarify that point?


Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2013 at 19:32 UTC as 151st comment | 2 replies

I use a CamRanger and it's very versatile and helpful. Works great on both an iPhone or iPad, where the ability to see the image before taking the shot is great advantage. Highly recommended for night, landscape & architecture.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2013 at 15:21 UTC as 26th comment
On Weye Feye connects your DSLR and smartphone post (42 comments in total)
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Mike Sandman: Looks like it has the same features as the $399 CamRanger (which lets you see the image and control the camera on both phones & tablets). Nice to see an alternative to CamRanger that's a bit less expensive.

You're right about the current price. Sorry!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2013 at 21:30 UTC
On Weye Feye connects your DSLR and smartphone post (42 comments in total)

Looks like it has the same features as the $399 CamRanger (which lets you see the image and control the camera on both phones & tablets). Nice to see an alternative to CamRanger that's a bit less expensive.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2013 at 16:02 UTC as 22nd comment | 2 replies
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Wayne B.: Can anyone describe what effect that the CC announcement back in - what was it, May? - actually had on Adobe? Their stock doesn't seem to have suffered much. In what other ways can the effect on their business be objectively measured?


The barrier that inhibits companies like Adobe (and Microsoft) from switching to a subscription model is that in the short term, revenue and profit drop. Adobe bit the bullet, but they started at too high a price for people who are primarily photographers. To be fair, the CC subscription offers a huge package of products, and if you regularly use even a few of them, the annual fee is not such a horrible deal. But if you only use Photoshop, well, the original deal was way overpriced.

Now they've retreated to a price/package for photographers, and I'm surprised at all the negative comment. If they'd done this in the first place, many of the critics would have applauded.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2013 at 01:36 UTC
On Sony QX100 preview (159 comments in total)

Wrong turn, Sony. If I'm willing to carry two devices, #1 will be my smartphone and #2 wlll be a small camera that I can fully control - a Canon Powershot 1xx or an almost-small Sony NEX 3 or 5. And a cylindrical clip-on makes no sense, as users will find out the first time it rolls off a table.

BUT: The NFC part is interesting. How about giving me a camera that I can control fully with NFC-enabled my smartphone, and let me compose the image on the phone's screen??

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2013 at 20:22 UTC as 67th comment | 2 replies

The billboards are both amusing and sad. I've visited "emerging" cities for the last 40 years, from Sao Paulo to Bangkok. and the story has been the same. Duringl industrialization air and water pollution is similar to what you see in China. CO2 is not the problem -- it's particulates in the air from manufacturing & from coal-fired power plants and cars/motorbikes.

Much of what you see in Hong Kong's air drifts in from plants in Shenzen (just over the border from HK). Over time, public pressure mounts and air quality improves, sometimes rather dramatically -- witness Los Angeles in 1970 vs today, or London. Boycotting China may be emotionally gratifying to some, but it won't help Hong Kong as much as public pressure in the locality itself. Wait a few years and you'll see better skies in China. Meanwhile, visit HK in the winter and you'll have a good chance to see Victoria Peak. http://www.flickr.com/photos/99183821@N00/6246665966/in/photolist-avZNam

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2013 at 14:53 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
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