Stu 5

Stu 5

Lives in United Kingdom United Kingdom
Works as a Photographer
Joined on Apr 11, 2005

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Cane: Why does Sony let Zeis make almost all their FE lenses. It's like Ford having Ferrari make all their engines. Just because a camera is FF doesn't mean only $1000 + lenses are the only thing you should attach to it.

Maybe this is such a great plan that Canon should follow and only sell L lenses.

Everlast66 Sony produce these Zeiss lenses. They are just approved by Zeiss.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 20:22 UTC
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tom1234567: You pay for the name always the same Sony is one camera I would never buy

No they are not. They desperately need a 24-105mm or 24-120mm. That should have been their first lens out. They also need a proper portrait lens rather than having to make do with a heavy/bulky 90mm macro lens. These are the lenses that would sell in numbers as long as the quality was good and they were not overpriced. They also need to have a decent non overheating flash range. Random just about sums Sony up at the moment. They have a huge opportunity but there is a risk they are going to mess it up at this rate. They need to start thinking like a camera company and not an electronics company.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 15:23 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7S Review preview (405 comments in total)
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cbenge: I am a Unit photographer in the film industry and this camera is a game changer for me. It is totally silent, which enables me to discard my blimps. Usually around hour 8-9 I have a burning between my shoulder blades from my 21 pound Nikon in a blimp, and by hour 12 forward it is agonizing. With my 2 Sony7s I can get out of bed the next morning without any pain..

It is also less intimidating to my actors than the huge Nikon DSLR in a blimp.

by using the tip out screen I can get shots without climbing a ladder, I can shoot around a corner if I need to be more discrete.
I find that the low light capabilities are much more than my D4S Nikon offers.
I love this camera and I never shoot video, so I can not comment on that aspect.

I have large hands and found I needed the power grip for balance as well as the extra battery power.

It is not a total game change for film stills photographers. One the camera maybe silent but the lenses are not. That is what the lens tubes are for on the Blimp. Two the silent shutter cannot be used for everything either. It is not good for subjects that are moving because of rolling shutter artefacts. Hence why most film stills photographers will not touch them.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2015 at 11:13 UTC
On Adobe celebrates 25 years of Photoshop article (356 comments in total)
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MnTony: OMG - this whining is still going on? Folks, the adoption rate for CC was much faster than Adobe predicted. They aren't going back. Buy into it or don't - you have the power of your choice. But whining every time Adobe is mentioned is getting very old. Alternatives may pop up, and competition is always a good thing.

Well I would not bet too much money on it as you will lose.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2015 at 17:15 UTC
On Adobe celebrates 25 years of Photoshop article (356 comments in total)
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Martin Datzinger: I can even predict the next icon: https://affinity.serif.com/static/img/about/icon-affinity-photo.jpg

Not as the program stands. Full of bugs and missing features. It is way short of PS. Plus Serif support is a joke.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2015 at 17:13 UTC
On Opinion: Canon EOS 750D and 760D article (316 comments in total)
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Boss of Sony: Although I think the option to have a top-mounted LCD screen is great, I think this is a bit late, most entry level budding photographers will be more attracted to mirrorless cameras right now or if not now, then very soon as the technology takes off.

But they are not are they. The entry level DSLR cameras are still far out selling entry level mirrorless cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2015 at 08:49 UTC
On Apple reveals Photos beta for developers post (125 comments in total)
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brycesteiner: I still like Aperture and I feel it will work for years to come even if Apple quits making it.
Say that, I want to also work on another program to make sure I have something that keeps working.
I have LR and I really don't care for it. I find it very slow in comparison to Aperture.

For speed, how is LR compared to Capture1?

I don't care about the Library functions of any of the programs. I will use the Finder or Explorer and arrange my own files in my own folder names. That is not a factor.

It will not work for year if you update the OS. The Yosemite update was the last one for Aperture.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2015 at 19:36 UTC
On Gary Fong launches virtual camera tutorial service article (147 comments in total)
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Clint009: Many bashing critics by people who don’t like mirorless, don’t like Gary, don’t like Sony products, BUT did anyone used this virtual tutorial? That could be an interesting comment!

So their wedding book was a conventional photo album with a story board? Where as Gary Fong was using the storyboard method with conventional book publishing.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 19, 2015 at 08:49 UTC
On Gary Fong launches virtual camera tutorial service article (147 comments in total)
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Clint009: Many bashing critics by people who don’t like mirorless, don’t like Gary, don’t like Sony products, BUT did anyone used this virtual tutorial? That could be an interesting comment!

So you parents had it printed in book form rather than in a photo album... in the 1960's... when small scale book publishing was not around. I can imagine they would have had it in a traditional photo album though.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2015 at 23:02 UTC
On Gary Fong launches virtual camera tutorial service article (147 comments in total)
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Clint009: Many bashing critics by people who don’t like mirorless, don’t like Gary, don’t like Sony products, BUT did anyone used this virtual tutorial? That could be an interesting comment!

The content is accurate. He did come up with the concept of the storyboard wedding book, which is the basis of how many wedding photographers shoot now. He was a director at Pictage, Inc.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2015 at 19:15 UTC
On Gary Fong launches virtual camera tutorial service article (147 comments in total)
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Clint009: Many bashing critics by people who don’t like mirorless, don’t like Gary, don’t like Sony products, BUT did anyone used this virtual tutorial? That could be an interesting comment!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Fong

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2015 at 10:15 UTC
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Peiasdf: Sony a6000 is winning this thing at ISO 1600 and above. APS-C and JPEG only of course.

That is because it uses heavy handed noise reduction which reduces detail but is good on noise.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 25, 2014 at 17:17 UTC
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SteB: Olympus are the most innovative of all the Camera manufacturers. Remember live view first appeared on an Olympus camera. Olympus film SLRs had TTL flash metering long before the other manufacturers. When Olympus innovates, all the others soon follow. The original Olympus OM 35mm film SLR was the first compact film SLR, soon all the others followed. They may not have the resources of the bigger manufacturers to sustain their technological leads, but they are always ahead of the curve with innovation.

But not to anywhere near the degree of Olympus. TTL metering, TTL flash metering, ESP metering, Spot metering, multi spot metering, Video on a DSLR, although they did not think there was a market for it! Flip out screen on a DSLR, dust filter for the sensor, live view etc etc.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2014 at 16:09 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7 II real-world sample gallery posted article (244 comments in total)

Noise reduction has been set too high on the Jpegs.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2014 at 21:36 UTC as 55th comment
On Real-world test: Nikon D750 at the Museum of Flight article (281 comments in total)
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Jogger: ... but, DPR commenters keep telling me that FF DSLRs are dead.

When on earth did DPR say that?...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2014 at 16:22 UTC
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Marcos Villaroman: Is this the same company/device that advertised Android compatibility during the Kickstarter and then backed away from Android support soon afterwards?

If so, this is not the kind of company I want to support, especially given the $150 price tag.

srados that is why there is an option to wear the Lumu around your neck. It is less difficult to use than plugging in a set of headphones.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2014 at 16:34 UTC
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llamacide: I'm sorry but I think I'll stick to a tool designed for the job-
Minolta meter V - light meter
Iphone - phone calls and email/ messaging

The Polaris does not have as wide a metering range though and does not do video.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2014 at 16:32 UTC
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paulbysea: Yet again this site assumes all readers use Iphones, despite the fact that more Android phones are out there. If you are going to review a product make sure it supports the dominant mobile operating system.

So that means all the pro photographers that use handheld meters still have got it all wrong and are all lousy photographers.

It's amazing Gossen and Sekonic did not go bankrupt years ago with no demand in their products... oh wait there is... all those photographers that know a cameras built in light meter is reflective readings only and that live view screens are not calibrated and are not reliable outside and would not be stupid enough to rely on a histogram and clipping indicators to do a paid job.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2014 at 16:28 UTC
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Marcos Villaroman: Is this the same company/device that advertised Android compatibility during the Kickstarter and then backed away from Android support soon afterwards?

If so, this is not the kind of company I want to support, especially given the $150 price tag.

The Luxi uses the camera on the phone so it is only as good as the sensitivity of the camera sensor. It is also using the lower quality front facing camera at that. So it's usability varies from phone to phone. It's EV range is not as good as the Lumu which goes from -4EV to 20EV, which is better than a lot of separate handheld meters.

The Luxi has also been shown to be inaccurate. About one stop out. Where as the Lumu has been shown to be as accurate as any separate handheld meter.

The Luxi is just a piece of plastic where as the Lumu is measuring the light level and then converting that to an audio signal and sending it down the headphone jack. That is the reason it cost more money.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2014 at 16:15 UTC
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Marcos Villaroman: Is this the same company/device that advertised Android compatibility during the Kickstarter and then backed away from Android support soon afterwards?

If so, this is not the kind of company I want to support, especially given the $150 price tag.

I suppose you are aware that a lot of Android phones do not provide sufficient power through the headphone jack. Lumu have no way of controlling that.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2014 at 16:11 UTC
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