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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On CP+ 2013: Interview with Canon's Masaya Maeda article (489 comments in total)

Mr. Maeda seems to miss the reason for the limited success of the EOS M. Canon was very late to the mirrorless party, and it allowed the 4/3 and NEX cameras to become established in the market. Furthermore, the first EOS M is designed for people who want a simple point & shoot experience - just the opposite of the kind of user who will swap lenses (and buy new ones with an M mount).

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2013 at 17:25 UTC as 80th comment | 3 replies
On CP+ 2013: Interview with Canon's Masaya Maeda article (489 comments in total)
In reply to:

WilliamJ: I note no camera maker ever had the idea - isnt' business made to earn money ? - to design a camera that could be upgradable. The 1970-80's where the years of disposable items (lighters, razors, cameras and so on) but why not making the 2010's the era of items that could be upgradables ? Your camera is too slow ? Change of image processor. The sensor is too old ? Have a new one... That way, camera makers could get some more money to make a living without having to produce unrestly new now-super-complicated models with the bad results we can see far too often.

Hey, Mr Maeda ! That's a concept for you !

Upgrading a sensor might be nice, but it's not a very powerful feature vs. a new camera. New cameras typically include new features - GPS, hybrid focusing systems, peak focusing assistance, wifi... The list goes on. You can add new features to a desktop computer because it has a standard bus into which you plug in a wide range of cards, but engineering a standard bus into the confined space of a camera would be quite a task. And even with a standard bus, desktop PC's become obsolete when faster memory and new processors are developed. And all of those constraints leave out the technology changes like mirrorless cameras that change the whole design of the camera body.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2013 at 17:11 UTC
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Andreas Stuebs: I think this could be a good idea. It would be neat to be able to use a Shift/Tilt lens witrh my Micro4/3 camera without loosing too much of the angle of view. Only question is: is there any issue with the image circle? Would it work if effectively the booster is not colinear with the lens?

The white paper addresses this specifically and says that the tilt/shift effects are unchanged, so a 24mm lens will work just it does on a full frame camera, except for a slight loss in field of view -- about 25 mm vs 24.

The white paper answers a lot of questions. There's some hype in it, but also some technical info that seems convincing. This seems like an impressive development for cameras with a short flange distance between the lens and the sensor (generally mirrorless cameras).

Direct link | Posted on Jan 19, 2013 at 08:34 UTC
On Accessory Review: Kata Digital Rucksack 467-DL article (48 comments in total)
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Cane: Does everyone here bring that much camera stuff with them to places you would bring a backpack? It's like women who carry giant purses and you ask, "do you really need all that stuff?"

"Do you really need all that stuff?" Yes, sometimes, and so do "women who carry giant purses." A laptop & power supply are needed on a business trip. (An iPad doesn't quite do it yet.) Add a phone charger, and a plug adapter for overseas. Add a DSLR and a couple of lenses; maybe a monopod & cable release for night shots. You have a moderately heavy load that is easier to haul in a purpose-built backpack that squeezes under an airplane seat. It's overkill for a stroll around the block or when you're happy with a camera and a single lens. But it's pretty useful for any sort of real travel when you anticipate using a wider range of gear.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 28, 2012 at 16:59 UTC
On Accessory Review: Kata Digital Rucksack 467-DL article (48 comments in total)
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Mike Sandman: For all of you who laughed at seeing the OM-D in the photo at the beginning of the article:

I have the slightly smaller version of this bag, the D466, and it holds my Canon 5D Mark II with 24-105 lens attached in the bottom compartment along with at least one and sometimes two other short-barrel lenses. It's a tight fit and it's heavy, but it works. It also holds a 15" laptop, a quart-size Ziplock bag with assorted cables, and the computer's power supply. Sometimes I can even squeeze in an apple (the edible kind). It's my go-to backpack for long business trips when I will have a day off or a weekend to explore a new place. The chest strap is very helpful in keeping it on and comfortably in place. It's been around the world at least five times (all the way around...) and it still looks like new. One can sneer at the concept and at OM-D in the photo, but people who own these bags have the last laugh.

You may be right - and I should have recognized it, because I owned am OM-1 myself. But with all due respect, you miss my point. "Digital" branding silliness aside, this backpack is a great design if you want a fairly small package to carry a DSLR, a laptop, and a couple of lenses, and still have room for a snack.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 28, 2012 at 03:25 UTC
On Accessory Review: Kata Digital Rucksack 467-DL article (48 comments in total)

For all of you who laughed at seeing the OM-D in the photo at the beginning of the article:

I have the slightly smaller version of this bag, the D466, and it holds my Canon 5D Mark II with 24-105 lens attached in the bottom compartment along with at least one and sometimes two other short-barrel lenses. It's a tight fit and it's heavy, but it works. It also holds a 15" laptop, a quart-size Ziplock bag with assorted cables, and the computer's power supply. Sometimes I can even squeeze in an apple (the edible kind). It's my go-to backpack for long business trips when I will have a day off or a weekend to explore a new place. The chest strap is very helpful in keeping it on and comfortably in place. It's been around the world at least five times (all the way around...) and it still looks like new. One can sneer at the concept and at OM-D in the photo, but people who own these bags have the last laugh.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 28, 2012 at 00:48 UTC as 12th comment | 6 replies
On Adobe releases Lightroom 4.3 and Adobe Camera Raw 7.3 article (69 comments in total)

Sony NEX-6 raw files are also supported, it seems.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2012 at 18:24 UTC as 12th comment
On 2012 Holiday Mobile Photography Gift Guide post (33 comments in total)

Fun.
Small correction -- the Restoration Hardware lens is a microscope in your pocket, not a telescope as the current caption indicates.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2012 at 01:27 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply

Awful scene. Publishing it is in bad taste, but that's often what readers buy. Republishing it seems to extend the reach of the Post, which is unfortunate.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2012 at 21:40 UTC as 90th comment
On Metabones adds autofocus to Canon-NEX adapter article (63 comments in total)
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Deleted-pending: One reason I would never buy such a small camera : you are holding the lens and not the tiny camera !
It looks like a sheet of paper holding a metal tube.

If you think it looks ridiculous to mount a large lens on a small body, well, it's the appearance of the image that's important, not the appearance of the device that's producing it.

The adapter & a big lens are not something to stick in your coat pocket all the time, but it will be useful, especially for those who have full frame Canons and sometimes want the 1.5x focal length multiplier you get with an APS-C sensor.

If the price seems high, consider the cost of a Canon L-grade lens, or Zeiss lens for the NEX.

Of course you could use Canon EF and Ef-S lenses on a Canon M, but that too requires buying an adapter. And unfortunately the Canon M is designed as an upgrade for point & shoot camera, not as a small-package alternative for full-featured DSLRs.

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Mike Sandman

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2012 at 19:54 UTC
On Mirrorless Cameras: A Primer article (183 comments in total)

This article, posted only 10 months ago, is pretty good but it needs an update. A growing number of models now have electronic viewfinders for those who prefer to put the camera up to an eye. They cost more than models that don't offer viewfinders but they may be more suitable for serious photography. And three or four now have hybrid auto-focus systems that promise faster focusing speeds, including the Nikon 1 mentioned in the article, but also including the newest Sony NEX models and the Canon M.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2012 at 16:59 UTC as 25th comment | 1 reply

Fun article. I've been waiting f or something like the CameraMator so I could easily use the iPad screen as a fine focusing aid without having to tether to a laptop. Very nice.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2012 at 14:13 UTC as 12th comment
On Interview - Phil Molyneux, President Sony Electronics article (133 comments in total)

Well, I'm one of those business people who use terms like "disruptive."

At the macro level [an economics term in this case], Sony is changing the nature of the products we can buy.

The NEX line challenges consumer/prosumer DSLRs with high IQ in a small package. The RX-100 changes the game for quality point & shoot cameras. Alpha 77/99 challenge pro-level DSLRs with far better live view functionality. An interchangeable RX-1 will soon offer a Leica-like camera.

In each market segment, Sony makes us think about switching from "incumbent" brands. Its a lot like what Apple did to Sony -- think iPod vs. Walkman.

Even if you sneer at terms like "synergy" and "disruptive," consider how much Sony has shaken up the market. That's good for us. Competitors will have to respond by improving their products.

Good interview. Thanks, Sony, for shaking things up.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2012 at 20:15 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
On Just Posted: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 review article (187 comments in total)

A quibble: It would have been nice to have the usual discussion in the conclusion section about how this camera stacks up against its direct competitors, and perhaps how this class of camera fares vs. the Sony DSC-RX100 (OK, a more expensive small camera but with a far larger sensor). Instead we get links to other reviews, which is OK, but... that's not a replacement for a more robust comparison.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2012 at 00:12 UTC as 61st comment | 1 reply
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jonikon: The worst of the lot by far is the E 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 PZ OSS, which does not even come close to doing an APS-C sensor justice. Only the very center is reasonably sharp and it quickly gets softer going out from there. I was surprised how much distortion the E 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 PZ OSS has, even at 50mm. I have pocket cameras that have better lenses than that!

With all due respect, I downloaded that image, displayed the grid in Photoshop and carefully rotated the image to align the window frame, inside shutter and pool cue with the grid. I did that because it's hard to judge distortion when the straight lines are at a slight angle due to rotation of the image. The lines of those vertical elements are straight, not distorted. Take the time to try it yourself and you may change your mind.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 12, 2012 at 21:13 UTC

Thanks for posting these. I've ordered the NEX-6 hoping that the 16-50 lens would be better than the 18-55, and despite the complaints here, the shots are useful and I'm somewhat encouraged about the 16-50.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 12, 2012 at 18:03 UTC as 13th comment | 2 replies
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TKinVA: Just one comment.

Please don't use dark blue. dark grey, or any other dark color for type on a black background.

It's very low contrast, and it's very hard to read. Especially for us older folks.

For instance, the list of threads in the forum uses a dark blue font, and the "(1 hour ago)" uses a dark grey font.

Agreed!

Along the same lines, it would be great if the whole site was converted to the colo[u]r scheme see in "Print View"

Direct link | Posted on Oct 1, 2012 at 01:48 UTC

Overall, the changes look like they will enhance the value of the forums. Thank you!
The increased spacing, however, will slow down the process of scanning for threads that catch one's eye. Perhaps you ought to reconsider that, at least on the top page.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 28, 2012 at 14:10 UTC as 170th comment | 1 reply

September 19 is the day Swedes play April Fool's Day pranks.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2012 at 01:13 UTC as 192nd comment
On Canon EOS 6D preview (1035 comments in total)

Canon offers the 6D, a relatively affordable full frame camera with improved technology vs. the 5D II. Forum readers complain that it doesn’t have everything the Mark III has and more; dPreview raises a skeptical eyebrow.

Sony offers the NEX-6, a more affordable version of the NEX-7 but with 2/3rds the sensor pixels and no touch screen. Forum readers cheer about the price and dPreview applauds the arrival of a less fully featured but less expensive model.

Like Sony, Canon’s filling in its product line by offering something less expensive and less fully featured. Nothing wrong, stupid or venal in that, any more than there’s anything wrong with Sony’s product strategy.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 12:26 UTC as 234th comment | 2 replies
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