Mike Sandman

Mike Sandman

Lives in United States Brookline, United States
Works as a Retired management consultant
Joined on Mar 20, 2003
About me:

Sony Alpha 7Rii - switched in Sept 2015 from Canon 5D Mark II; Sony/Zeiss 24-70mm f/4; 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; Sigma 15mm f/2.8 fisheye. Epson 3880 printer. Sony NEX 6. Started with a Balda 35mm rangefinder in 1956.


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On Tune in to DPReview Live this Thursday and Friday article (238 comments in total)
In reply to:

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 (1656 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 3rd comment
On Cold War camera: 1950s Berlin in color (part 1) article (120 comments in total)

I spent several days in Berlin earlier this year, so these old photos are particularly interesting. The massive buildings on Strausenberger Platz were built by the East German government and are mostly apartments, built to show that the Communist system could provide good housing for the masses. They're part of a massive, half-mile long complex along what is still called Karl-Marx Allee in what used to be east Berlin.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 1, 2014 at 13:33 UTC as 34th comment
On Enthusiast interchangeable lens camera 2013 roundup article (467 comments in total)

A very odd "updated" list, and a very odd time to publish it given that Photokina is around the corner and both the Fuji X-Pro and XE-2 and likely to be updated, plus who-knows-what else from Canon. And why include the NEX-6 when the A6000 is here?

dPreview editors, can you enlighten us as to why you posted this now, and what the thought process was in developing the list?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2014 at 02:30 UTC as 79th comment | 3 replies

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 (68 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 19th 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 (284 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 (94 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 12th comment
On Fujifilm X-E2 Review preview (319 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 72nd 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
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