Stan Wong Photography

Joined on Nov 8, 2011

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Photato: You know, it doesn't have to have 4K but please give me at least better video quality than my phone can produce.
The Video this 6D II makes comes from 8% of the sensor surface which makes it pathetic at this point in time.
The camera seems solid as a still shooter despite the lack of sex appeal and innovative features.
Still waiting for Canon Full Frame Mirrorless body like Sony has.
Canon has turned into an extremely conservative and boring brand.

Hi Photato, How do you figure 8% of the sensor surface? Are you assuming they only used the central 8% of the sensor for 1080P video?

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 01:35 UTC
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miggylicious: Im predicting that Canon will launch a mirrorless dslr once their DPAF tech is good enough. It would be really exciting when that happens. Canon still has the most complete array of EF lenses.

I've stayed with Canon over the past few years because their camera are extremely reliable, they have an exceptional line of lens and they are large enough that third party supplier produce innovative products that function with their camera bodies.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 01:27 UTC
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Richard Kwon: I'm starting to think that there are not much things left to improve cameras just like PCs. If intel doubles the processing speed, it's like 1 sec becoming 1/2 sec and we will not feel the difference. If they put too much tech into lower line cameras, it will hurt the higher line sales.

The improvement might be better low light sensitivity, improved focusing system, spread of focus points, ease of focus point selection, correct selection of focus point, focus tracking.

Even though image quality is far more a function of photographer than camera equipment, the current generation of cameras still have a great deal of room for improvements that would improve the quality of images produced by the vast majority of the photographers.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 01:13 UTC
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Segaman: About the people who are bashing new cameras, if you cant take a great picture with Today's gear there is something really wrong with you.

You're correct to a point, photography is more of a creative/artistic process, and photographers have be producing amazing photographic images for well over a century

But on the other hand, I would like to upgrade my camera gear periodically, when technology are introduced that might enable me to get a few more shots in focus, recover a shot I had under exposed, allow me to produce larger usable prints, or allow me to tryout another medium, such as video.

If Canon want me to spend $2K+ for a new body, they will need to earn it. I'm perfectly fine with waiting until they produce something I want, or if they take too long, I'll switch to another manufacture.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 00:49 UTC
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ybizzle: LOL still no 4k! By the time they implement it in the 6D mark iii, Sony and Panasonic will have 8K cameras on the market!

Hi samhain,

For folk that would like to produce near professional looking videos, shooting at 4K enable the image to be cropped, rotated and down sampled to 1080P while maintaining excellent quality. And I totally agree with ybizzle, 4K TV might actually outsell 1080P TV's this year.

The 6D Mk II will stay in the market until 2020+, it'll be a dinosaur way before then. By trying to create separation between the 6D Mk II and 5D Mk IV, Canon left too much on the table.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 00:33 UTC
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ShaiKhulud: Wow Canon. Just wow. Some time ago, when my beloved 50D died I was eager to get 6D, but the strange array of cut features turned me away to more affordable and, well, interesting (back then) NEX-7. After that switch I've fairly speaking lost a lot of interest in DSLR's.

2 years later I've decided to jump FF ship and wow, brand-new Alpha 7 was cheaper than 6D and was packed with a ton of features, omitted from 6D. I thought 'well, I'm not into the system that deep so I'll switch back to Canon if things go South'. It was that classical 'entry level FF consumer' moment.

Now, all this 4 or 5 years later Canon finally announces the 6DMk2 repeating the same mistakes that drove me away from Canon all those years ago.

I'm not pro or anything, just an enthusiast with just a little but essential glass, but for that features and asking price? Thanks, I'll wait for A7III. What saddens me tho, is that Canon's interface and handling are still unmatched. Not so with the cameras and prices, sadly.

Hi HeyItsJoel,

Wider coverage for Phase Detection AF system, better dynamic range and 4K video, just to name a few.

Also, built-in flash would be nice. But the one feature I missed the most is Canon's own Eye Control focus that I used on my EOS Elan II film camera from the mid 1980's. IMO, tracking the photographer's eye movement is by far the most intuitive way to select focus points. I still haven't found anything easier to use and error free (in selecting the focus point) in the 3 decades since.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 00:21 UTC
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kelstertx: I think for $500, I'd rather have an 85mm f1.8 AIs and put my Tiffen SoftFX1 (or SoftFX2 - I have both) filter on it when I wanted the soft effects. Then I could take the remaining $350 and put it towards vacation...

Trying pretty hard to sell this lens.

Any images from your extensive experience with the unreleased Velvet 85?

I already have an 85mm that works pretty good, and the Cokin filters have softened the images nicely. Love to see what the Velvet 85 bring to the table.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2017 at 01:13 UTC
On article Caltech research team develops lensless camera (61 comments in total)

I wonder if this is something similar to active array radars used on our fighter planes, and Aegis class destroyers, except implemented to operate at optical wavelengths.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 21:25 UTC as 8th comment
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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 21st 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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