Michael Long

Lives in United States Boulder, CO, United States
Joined on Oct 27, 2000
About me:

Canon 1D, 1Ds, SD10, G7, 16-35/2.8, 24/1.4, 28-70/2.8, 50/1.4, 70-200/2.8 IS,
300/2.8, 1.4EX, 550EX, 420EX, 220EX

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On article iPhone X sample gallery updated (127 comments in total)
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keeponkeepingon: Looking at the gallery there is a surpising dearth of photos shot inside with indoor lighting. The bar shots and most of the other indoor shots have a hefty dose of natural lighting from large windows (I'm guessing just from the angle of the light).

The only good example of an indoor available light photo is the last photos by rishi of a woman at a restaurant or bar. The picture is at 800 ISO (resulting in a water paiting effect if zoomed in that pixel peepers will moan about but still looks ok at full screen) and at an amazing 1/4 seconds shutter speed. Try that shutter speed home with kids or pets running and see what kind of photos you get.

His point was that most compacts, mirrorless cameras, and even DSLRs would find your "at home" shot challenging, as capturing a non-blurry "running" subject in equivalent low light conditions means that the ISO needs to be cranked up to 25,600 or so in order to boost the shutter speed up to acceptable levels.

Which is something that few cameras can pull off without considerable noise and artifacts in the image.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2018 at 22:35 UTC
On article Film vs Digital: Fashion photography shootout (309 comments in total)

Personally, I think Alex has the better personal "style", and it's not the camera. Better composition, better connection with the model, and a better eye for the moment.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2018 at 15:35 UTC as 8th comment
On article Film vs Digital: Fashion photography shootout (309 comments in total)
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rockjano: Is there ANY practical reason in 2018 to shoot analog??? I mean anything???

I know there are people who swear to vinyl records and old cars etc... those analog cams are real beauty but practical reason??? I just can't imagine...

Mike, unfortunately you're babbling about something that no one (0.0000001%) of the population) does anymore. It doesn't matter how good it looks in a loupe if it's going to be scanned and/or printed.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2018 at 15:32 UTC
On article iPhone X sample gallery updated (127 comments in total)
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mxx: How much fakery going on here? With über expensive phones you never know these days what's real or not.

Have you stopped to consider just how much "fakery" (image processing) your DSLR or mirrorless is doing as well? Images just don't leap off that Bayer sensor by themselves, you know.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2018 at 15:19 UTC
On article iPhone X sample gallery updated (127 comments in total)
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keeponkeepingon: I was really torn but ended up going with the 7s plus, woops I mean 8 plus.

Reviews I looked at seemed to think the X camera was a minor upgrade over the 8 plus (IS added to the tele camera, wide about the same, better front facing camera). Analazing just based on specs the minor upgrades did not seem to warrant going with the newer, unproven design.

So for folks that have used both (I'm sure some of you got the 8 then upgraded to the X a few months later) did I make a mistake by not getting the X or was that a good choice for my always with me ready at a moments notice picture taking solution?

(So far I am fairly happy with the 8 plus. Adding the 2nd camera is a nice upgrade over my 6s non-plus and I'm having fun using the computational portrait modes).

I have X, wife has 8 Plus. IS on telephoto improves some shots, marginally, but it also boils down to just how often you use telephoto?

I'd also ask if you do a lot of video on your phone? If so, having the additional battery life on the Plus is also of benefit.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2018 at 15:08 UTC
On article iPhone X sample gallery updated (127 comments in total)
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UllerellU: They are fine to be a phone ... But I would spend $ 150 on a phone (Moto G5 for example) $ 550 on a RX100IV or a G7X II or LX10, size to always carry on, maybe even on a Ricoh GRII, and the 300 € remaining for a weekend to use them in depth ....

Seriously, its price is so absurd ... To change it in a year.

Most people don't change it every year. The average phone upgrade cycle used to be 18 months (factoring repairs), now it's 24. Which means that most people skip at least one generation, and maybe two.

With that in mind, spending an extra couple of hundred dollars for something you'll own for two or three years isn't really that absurd. (Over three years the additional cost is just $5/mo, $8/mo over two.)

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2018 at 15:01 UTC
On article iPhone X sample gallery updated (127 comments in total)
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princecody: I read online this morning Apple is stopping iPhone X production so that means if I wait til September I’ll be able to get $1k phone for half price 👏🙂

The news was that when Apple comes out with the NEXT generation of iPhone X and iPhone X Plus, they'll probably stop production of this current generation.

(Unlike they did in the past, where you can, for example, still buy the iPhone 7. There's still has a finite supply of OLED panels, and that supply needs to feed new phones and not old ones.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2018 at 14:54 UTC

Like the idea (and the price), but would like to see image samples. (Can't find anything on the site.) The editing environment also seems somewhat limiting compared to the "go here" and "follow" / tracking modes available in the Rylo.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2018 at 22:35 UTC as 8th comment | 2 replies
On article DJI announces Osmo 2 Mobile smartphone camera gimbal (83 comments in total)

Someone should add a good external mic and/or mic jack to these things, since the mount completely blocks the Lightning Port.

I mean, think about it. If you're going to this much trouble to get better video, you're probably going to want better sound too.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2018 at 18:34 UTC as 3rd comment
On article iPhone X sample gallery (64 comments in total)
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MrBrightSide: We've apparently hit the camera phone plateau. They look like iPhone photos and seem to have about the same quality as shots from the 6 and 7.
Finally, we're ready for a compact camera renaissance.

People are still more likely to carry and use their phones as opposed to carrying, charging, and otherwise managing a separate device.

What's much more likely will be adding additional sensors to smartphones (aka Light 16) and advancing the art of computational photography.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2017 at 16:17 UTC
On article iPhone X sample gallery (64 comments in total)

The 2nd pic (8756763091) does a fairly impressive job of capturing shadow detail while not managing to blow out the sun reflecting off the end of the corridor.

The flash portraits, while not great photography, also aren't blowing out the skin tones like those on a lot of phone cameras.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2017 at 15:21 UTC as 22nd comment
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Josh Leavitt: Eager to see what they produce. I'm fairly certain this image fusion tech that Huawei is using will eventually get to a point to rival premium compacts. I think the next step are four-system sensor cameras: 1 monochrome, 1 red filter, 1 blue filter, and 1 green filter, rather than 1 monochrome + a standard Bayer RGB. It'll be costly, even for small 1/2.3" sensors, but it seems that's the best way to optimize dynamic range, light sensitivity, color fidelity, and resolution detail with small sensors.

If you have mono, red, and blue, then calculating green is simply an exercise for the reader....

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2017 at 19:53 UTC
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sunilkumar: Then make better cameras
1. with 1 inch sensor
2. which connects with wifi like smartphone
3. Keep it small like canon g9x.
4. Give option with zoom and single focal length fast lens.(28 mm f 1.8)
5. give OIS or sensor shift
6. put a VSCO like app for in camera processing.

You just cant survive by building same tiny sensor cameras...

Is that the same Nikon 1 that they recently dropped from production?

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2017 at 19:06 UTC
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wabre: Can't believe so many negative comments on here. How do you think your so fantastic DSLR or mirrorless became that great if it wasn't for people putting an amazing amount of time and ideas to get where we are. You think your DSLR is great, then give those who made the transit from film to digital some credit. Who knows what these guys of ETH might achieve..!

And many don't seem to realize just how much computational image processing is being done with their "high-end" DSLR or mirrorless camera. Or do they think their images just jump off that Bayer color mosaic directly onto their flash cards?

Seriously, with the rise of multi-sensor, multi-lens AI-driven computational camera systems, I suspect most of today's mid-level cameras are headed for the dustbin within the next decade.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2017 at 18:49 UTC
On article First iPhone X hands-on field test with sample photos (386 comments in total)
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Reactive: Is there any point in anyone doing any sort of review of an iPhone? Good, bad, or terrible, the fools who so love paying for them will still shuffle to the store, arms outstretched, so they can drool or ejaculate all over the shop front, days before it goes on sale. No critical review will deter them, nor any judgment on the obscene price of the product. Poke one of these zombies and ask them why they need it, and they'll look confused and say "but it's the latest iPhone innit?"

Is there any point to reviewing an Android phone anymore? Good, bad, or terrible, the fools who so love paying for them will still shuffle to the store, arms outstretched, so they can drool or ejaculate all over the shop front, all so they can get the latest Galaxy/Pixel/HTC/LG phone with the same Snapdragon processor, exploding batteries, and blue-tinted screens.

No critical review will deter them, nor any judgment on the obscene price of the product. Poke one of these zombies and ask them why they need it, and they'll look confused and say "OSS, dude."

Heck, true Android fanbois will even switch to the latest-and-perceived-greatest phone 2 or 3 times in the same year.

/s

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2017 at 18:41 UTC
On article First iPhone X hands-on field test with sample photos (386 comments in total)
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Photato: Chase Jarvis, just like some selected bloggers and reviewers got their unit from Apple. This is part of Apple's marketing strategy to get the buzz around the iPhone X started.
I guess DPR didnt get any yet cause they are more critical or might be still under NDA.
AFAIK the pictures should be the same quality as the iPhone 8, in other words, good but nothing like "the future we couldn't put words on"

One difference is that on the X the wide and tele lenses are both optically stabilized.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2017 at 18:27 UTC
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sunilkumar: Then make better cameras
1. with 1 inch sensor
2. which connects with wifi like smartphone
3. Keep it small like canon g9x.
4. Give option with zoom and single focal length fast lens.(28 mm f 1.8)
5. give OIS or sensor shift
6. put a VSCO like app for in camera processing.

You just cant survive by building same tiny sensor cameras...

You can do those things, but all of those things cost money and drive up the cost of the resulting camera to the point where you have a mid/upper range camera.

Which is where we're at now. Mid and upper range camera are selling fairly well, and lower-end cameras have fallen off the cliff, as smartphone cameras have generally replaced them for most users under most circumstances.

And with the rise of multi-sensor, multi-lens computational camera systems, I suspect most mid-range cameras will fall of the map within the next decade.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2017 at 18:15 UTC
On article Google Pixel 2 sample gallery (141 comments in total)

Their single-lens fake depth processing seems to have some significant issues. Note the hooded sweatshirt the guy is wearing in the sample photo. The hood goes from sharp to full background blur in zero seconds flat.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2017 at 14:50 UTC as 43rd comment
On article iPhone 8 Plus sample gallery (203 comments in total)
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Daft Punk: Very funny reading the comments from all the armchair Magnum expert photographers here on DPR, as they snidely complain and act so superior.

Look guys ( and I would bet that the majority are retired ageing North Americans ) the simple fact that the iPhone is the most popular image taking machine mankind has ever created.

Phones have commoditised photography. Indeed, perhaps phones have even killed off "photography" as we know it.

The way I see it, given the old cliche that the best camera is the one you have with you, I see absolutely NO POINT in complaining and sneering about the IQ. It is as good as phone cameras can be.

The whole point is this: Phone cameras take pictures no other cameras take. They do this simply by being available. Always in our pockets. Unless you guys carry your "oh so superior PROPER cameras" around with you ALL of the time, everywhere you go, then your attitude to iPhone makes no sense.

You go to McDonalds, you order food, you can eat it there. It is, in fact, a restaurant. And while it may not be haute cuisine, it is in fact "good enough" for many people when they need a quick byte to eat.

Similarly, many people take photos with iPhones, and those photos are "good enough" for a lot of their needs. In fact, those photos are better than photos previously taken with older cameras that were once considered "professional".

And not to mention all of the photos taken by professional photographers using Lomo's, Polaroids, and even 35mm film like Agfa 640.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2017 at 15:27 UTC
On article The Nikon D850 could be the only DSLR you’ll ever need (1100 comments in total)

The Nikon D850 could be the only DSLR you’ll ever need... at least until smartphone cameras take over.

[ducks and heads for the door]

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2017 at 17:09 UTC as 170th comment
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