Stan Wong Photography

Joined on Nov 8, 2011


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Nick Brundle - Photography: Great tech indeed!
Something to look forward to in the near future

Near future or distant future. Either way I look forward to the day energy storage devices last far longer than 1,000 cycles (capacitors are typically good for 100,000's of cycles), have higher energy density than any current batteries (A significant shortcoming of capacitors) and maintain their advantage on max charge & dis-charge rates.

I've see these types of articles over the past decade, so far they've all been puff pieces used to raise money.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 22:37 UTC
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Jothi: Can we shoot photos with a very shallow dof?

In reality, the long end of the zoom is equivalent to 108mm F2.8. My experience is that for head and should shots, you could blow out the background somewhat, but if isolation using limited DOF is important to you, you would be much better off using a camera with a larger sensor.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2015 at 05:26 UTC

My biggest issue with the FZ200 is the bundled software for processing RAW images, SILKYPIX Developer Studio. Its interface is a little slow but the deal breaker for me is that the user must make adjustments one image at a time. And with these tiny sensors, I have to play with the noise reduction setting on all images.

In contrast, with Canon's bundled Digital Photo Professional, I could make the same adjustments to a group of images together.

IMO, this is critical for efficient work flow.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2015 at 05:20 UTC as 20th comment | 2 replies
On article Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 (102 comments in total)

I'm glad the resolution of the Electronic viewfinder is ~ 2X higher than the EVF on my FZ-200, which is already very usable, hopefully the responsiveness of the EVF is better also. The slight delay in the EVF display requires a little more anticipation and make sports photography harder. BTW, the short delay in FZ-200's EVF is pretty acceptable and is better than any other camera w/ EVF I've used, but the extra ~.1 sec is noticeable when shooting actions especially when compared to optical viewfinders on my DSLR.
But I guess asking a superzoom to do everything as well or better than my DSLR is asking a bit too much.
IMO, Panasonic made pretty good compromises in designing the FZ-1000, chip size & max aperture vs. bulkiness of the camera, and the price is competitive.
We'll have to wait and see how well the actual production version perform.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2014 at 01:52 UTC as 4th comment
On article Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 (102 comments in total)
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justmeMN: Big camera: 17% wider and 9% taller than a Canon SL1 /100D DSLR.

The SL1 is a little bit too small for my hand, my pinky doesn't fit comfortably on the grip.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2014 at 01:31 UTC
On article Canon launches PowerShot SX40 HS 35x CMOS superzoom (160 comments in total)
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SLOphoto1: The Manual setting does NOT "offer[s] the complete flexibility of full manual control" for the SX40. There is now a governor on it. Try to set the ISO at 400 for a night shot, and then spin the dial towards a 15 second shutter speed. It stops it at 1 second and drops the ISO to 100. Then a message appears on the LCD which says, "ISO speed is limited due to slow shutter speed." I verified it with Canon today. Canon also verified that all previous Canon cameras DID allow full Manual control in setting both the ISO and shutter speed, but no more. This has halted a large portion of the sunset and night photography I have been doing of the Monterey Bay Harbor for the past 2 years. It is condescending and insulting to long-term Canon users to presume to say to us, "We think you don't know what you are doing, and we are no longer going to let you use those traditional manual settings anymore." Obviously if we use a Manual setting it is precisely because we DO KNOW what we are doing!

Currently, this is the primary issue keeping me from purchasing the SX40.
What's the point installing a lower noise sensor if the manufacturer's firmware doesn't let you take advantage of higher ISO during longer exposures?
Personally, I most likely wouldn't be using it to photograph astro objects but I do enjoy photographing late evening skyline, around ISO 400, 2 - 8 sec exposures.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2011 at 23:24 UTC
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