Peter K Burian

Peter K Burian

Lives in Canada Toronto, Canada
Works as a Photographer, writer, editor
Has a website at www.peterkburian.com
Joined on Feb 11, 2002
About me:

Stock photographer and regular Contributor to PHOTO LIFE, Shutterbug, Here's How, Australian Photography and Marketnews magazine.

Also, Author of Magic Lantern books about Sony and Pentax DSLRs (but I test all brands of products for the magazines.)

www.peterkburian.com

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Research confirms that Phase Detect AF is not available. (The a7s is the same as the a7R in this respect)

25-area contrast AF

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2014 at 14:32 UTC as 31st comment | 6 replies

Your specs indicate Phase Detect and Contrast Detect AF...but in other materials this morning, the info says only Contrast Detect AF, like the a7R.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2014 at 14:11 UTC as 32nd comment
On Mockups emerge of new Olympus OM-D 'OM-G' news story (331 comments in total)

Yeah, this was an April Fool's day prank.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2014 at 13:15 UTC as 33rd comment
On Canon launches XF205 and XF200 HD professional camcorders news story (69 comments in total)

A lot of photographers wish Canon were spending time/money to develop new lenses for DSLRs instead. Like the LONG awaited replacement for the 100-400mm L zoom.

Is there really a huge demand for expensive video gear that's not already being met by Canon AND the many competing manufacturers? Just asking...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2014 at 13:07 UTC as 23rd comment | 3 replies

I would not invest in this. People who prefer to use a cell phone vs. a camera to take photos will not want to carry another device. Or pay $200 for it.

And people simply do not seem to want prints these days; they are happy with digital images on a screen.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2014 at 13:43 UTC as 3rd comment
On Nikon D4s unboxing: It's arrived! news story (265 comments in total)

Must be a slow news day when unpacking a camera becomes an item.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 15, 2014 at 19:09 UTC as 21st comment

UK has a body-only kit too : The Nikon 1 V3 will cost £800 for body and 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 power zoom kit, or the same kit, optional grip and electronic viewfinder bundle for £1050.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 14:19 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply

Nikon CANADA will offer a body-only option (and no kit that includes the viewfinder). QUOTE: The Nikon 1 V3 body only is scheduled to be available at Authorized Nikon Canada Dealers in April 2014 at an MSRP of $899.95 CAD*.

The DF-N1000 Electronic Viewfinder is scheduled to be available at Authorized Nikon Canada Dealers in April 2014 at an MSRP of $329.95* CAD.

The GR-N010 Camera Grip is scheduled to be available at Authorized Nikon Canada Dealers in April 2014 at an MSRP of $169.95* CAD.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 14:13 UTC as 22nd comment

Yes a cool idea but I would not invest in it. Who buys 90% of GoPro cameras? Teens who are involved in sports such as mountain biking and go-karting. I see them often when shooting events. Maybe 10% are sold for serious purposes (in my estimation).

The kids who buy most of them simply would not appreciate the need for a stabilizer AND they would not want to spend the extra money or tolerate the extra size or weight on a helmet.

Unless the Stubilizer folks can convince the market that *numerous* GoPro cameras are sold to pros who would be willing to pay for an accessory, I don't see this as a viable business plan.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2014 at 13:39 UTC as 6th comment
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MrMojo: What amazes me is that any photographer with half of a brain would agree to Getty's terms and conditions. Essentially, the photographers assume all of the risk and cost of creating the images. Then Getty pays a fee that comes nowhere close to covering those costs, much less the photographer's time. Getty is doing very well under its business model while its content creators earn very little.

When stock licensing started out photographers saw it as a way to earn more income by licensing images that were outtakes from paid gigs. Then some photographers began producing images on "spec" in the hope that they would recoup their investment. The downside of stock photography is that clients can license images at less cost than assigning someone to create the photos. It didn't take long for companies to switch from assignments to sourcing images from stock agencies and photographers.

Now that images have been commodified and fees are so low stock is lose-win business model. Guess who wins!

Agreed. And do a google search for the Dreamstime stock agency. They have millions of images that a commercial buyer can use ... some for free OR others for 23cents per image per use. The photographer gets 11 cents per use, I suppose. (The Toronto Star newspaper, with a daily circulation of 500,000, uses Dreamstime stock constantly and I assume other major stock photo buyers do as well.) Anyone who sends images to Dreamstime must be crazy. If your photos sell 100 times per month, ** and I doubt that's possible** that's $11 per month for all the work required to get it.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 8, 2014 at 15:25 UTC

Let's face it; the ability to make any meaningful income from stock photography is gone. The 500px deal is a fabulous opportunity **by comparison** http://www.dpreview.com/news/2014/03/08/500px-prime-goes-live-photographers-now-get-70-not-30?utm_campaign=internal-link&utm_source=news-list&utm_medium=text&ref=title_0_1

500px is not a good deal for photographers -- by conventional standards (of the past) -- but today, it's something that tens of thousands of shooters will probably go for.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 8, 2014 at 15:21 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
On 500px Prime goes live, photographers now get 70% not 30% news story (91 comments in total)
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Peter K Burian: Well the entire market for stock images has crashed since so many agencies give photos away for free or for $2 or $3. A lot of high volume users (including the Toronto Star newspaper) work with Dreamstime for example, which is penny stock: ...... <b>Purchase a plan to download stock photos: free high resolution stock images or from 23 cents per image. Choose the Corporate account option for an easier administration of your company's stock photography needs.
Download any stock image from our amazing collection of 21 million images & illustrations.</b>

Anyway... I suspect that 90% of sales from 500px will be from photo enthusiasts (not pros) who would be thrilled to make $175 from an image (for perpetual use). Better than getting 10 cents per image every time that Dreamstime sells it, for example.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 8, 2014 at 14:49 UTC
On 500px Prime goes live, photographers now get 70% not 30% news story (91 comments in total)

Well the entire market for stock images has crashed since so many agencies give photos away for free or for $2 or $3. A lot of high volume users (including the Toronto Star newspaper) work with Dreamstime for example, which is penny stock: ...... <b>Purchase a plan to download stock photos: free high resolution stock images or from 23 cents per image. Choose the Corporate account option for an easier administration of your company's stock photography needs.
Download any stock image from our amazing collection of 21 million images & illustrations.</b>

Direct link | Posted on Mar 8, 2014 at 14:47 UTC as 20th comment | 2 replies

What a waste of bandwidth. Why use color infrared photos? They are just weird and do not provide a rendition of what the scene looks like. Just a gimmick, IMHO.

I cannot imagine why DPReview felt it worthwhile to feature this web site.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2014 at 15:02 UTC as 1st comment
On Battle of the titans: Top ball heads tested article (269 comments in total)

These ARE all important brands but what about Vanguard? They also make some very good heads (NOT just pistol grip type heads).

Their BBH Series is excellent. Its Rapid Level System enables photographers to guide their camera to be perfectly level with the base, quickly and efficiently.

AND a lot of nature photographers buy Kirk Enterprises tripods, heads and accessories; they also make their own ball head (just as RRS does).

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2014 at 14:51 UTC as 39th comment | 3 replies

The 4K Production Camera will be available soon. Great but ... it will be $4000 http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/964119-REG/blackmagic_design_blackmagic_production_camera_4k.html

AND What do we do with 4K video? You can buy a computer monitor for 4K video (Asus PQ321Q 4K) but it's $3500 .... Sony will have a consumer-grade 4K TV soon (KD-65X9000A) but it will be over $5000.

Someone mentioned a 4K TV for $700. There is a Review of it at http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2421100,00.asp Perhaps this will make 4K video more practical for the consumer.

I guess the name (Production Camera) implies that it's for professional applications

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2013 at 14:25 UTC as 10th comment

The RX1 with a huge 24x36mm sensor is a fabulous camera for sure and is $2800. But, the sensor is SO big, that the lens is large. That's why they do not make it with a zoom lens: the camera/lens combination would be too large/heavy and expensive. That would make the camera unattractive to most buyers. I don't think we need sensors this large in a camera with integral lens.

I am testing the 20.2 megapixel Sony RX 100 II now, and it uses a moderately large 1" sensor: 13.2x8.8mm. So even with a zoom lens, it is not a large/hefty package and it's relatively affordable ($750) . I am impressed with the image quality! The pixels are moderately large. **If this were a 16 MP camera (plenty of resolution for most uses) the pixels would be even larger.***

With the current technology, the 1-inch sensor size seems like the ideal compromise in my mind.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2013 at 13:29 UTC as 26th comment | 4 replies
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Esign: Come to think of it, as a weekend project, I can make my own grip from a piece of scrap wood and stick to my Canon EOS-M. Now, what should I call it when it's ready?

Call it a Hasselblad.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2013 at 19:19 UTC
On DPReview launches GearShop news story (327 comments in total)
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michaelp42: Until this day I always thought that DPR was a UK based site...

Well, it always looked like it was written in England, to me. They always published UK prices, and mentioned USA prices. Even now, some of the Reviews use so many Brit-speak phrases, it sounds as if it were still published in the UK. (Some of the reviewers are still British, of course.)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2013 at 15:13 UTC
On DPReview launches GearShop news story (327 comments in total)
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Josh152: The thing about this is that what matters most isn't how objective DPR's reviews actually are, it is how objective they are perceived to be by the readers and users and frankly if the comments here are any indication DPR has a real problem on their hands. Now every positive review of a product the gear shop sells will be colored with the suspicion that it got a good score because DPR wants to sell it in their gear shop no mater how much DPR claims that isn't the case or whether it actually is or not.

I understand your premise, but what about the many cameras that do not get a rave review? For example, how many of this camera will Amazon.com sell, after people see this Review:

....Because it's such a niche product, it almost doesn't make sense to recommend (or otherwise) the Sigma ... ..With its fixed focal length and unusual sensor the DP2's design was never going to be a product for the vast majority of people. Sadly though, its implementation and the appearance of slicker, more flexible products in the same market mean that it's not even a camera for the vast majority of keen photographers.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2013 at 15:09 UTC
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