PhotoKhan

Lives in Portugal Cascais, Portugal
Works as a Airline pilot
Joined on Mar 22, 2003
About me:

A good photograph shows what you saw.
A superior ones conveys what you felt.

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Very cool feature.

There's a significant difference in image quality between the stills and the video.

This lower visual quality, when put against with the sheer quality that can be perceived from other, quite simple, evaluative videos, like the one made right after the model launch By Dustin Abbott (link below) leads me to think that 4K filming and post-production flow is something that is difficult to master at that that fact might be impacting the evaluation of 4K performance from the 5DMKIV vis-à-vis other models.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDEsNj-MYbY

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 13:09 UTC as 28th comment
On article Lily Robotics sued over claims of false advertising (140 comments in total)
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moranjr: Anyone remember Ada?

Yes, I my pocket does remember Mr. Kamps.
Let's see if these guys can outsmart him over the latitude of the word "refund".

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2017 at 22:13 UTC

The little secret that the required further funds sources know?
DJI dominates. Any resistance is futile.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 20:20 UTC as 46th comment
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Najinsky: Very poor gallery.

First, it's an 18-150 lens, yet only two shots are over 50mm; one at 62/f11 and one at 150/f9.

The 150 f9 shot has nothing in sharp focus, is this a photographer choice or is the lens really that soft at 150 f/9? If it's really that soft there is no point having the lens go to 150 as an upsampled 100mm would look better. Well, that could be the case for this type of zoom, but in this case we have to guess because there is no 100mm shot, or 80mm, or 135mm, etc.

Also, to keep lenses compact and easier to design, software corrections are allowed for. This happens automatically during raw conversion for many cameras. For example, M43 images carry image correction data in the image file which is applied automatically by most major converters. How does it work with EOS-M, as some of these images would clearly benefit from some basic CA and diffraction compensation.

Guys, you know I love you, but I find this content quite sub-par on several levels.

It's not sub-par, it's sub-love.

DPR simply can not see what Canon "M" line brings to the table - a very useful addition to Canon's EOS system that just so happens to be a mirrorless APS-C.

When they finally will - and I know they will because they're a smart, highly engaged and mostly impartial bunch - there will be a somewhat condescending-I-told-you-so frown in my face.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 11:20 UTC

Yes, it is cheesy.
Yes, it is a corporate extravaganza.
Yes, its full of cheap epic thrills.

...but it feels "right".

It celebrates a company trajectory that many would kill to have. A trajectory of engagement in innovation, quality and, as the video says, open-mindedness to motivate humanity, something so lacking these days.

If I was a Nikon worker, I would be extremely proud.

As I am not, there's only "congratulations and 100 more" wishes to be expressed.

...from a Canon user.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 10:07 UTC as 63rd comment | 1 reply
On article 2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: People (93 comments in total)
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CanonKen: Does it make me a soulless husk of a human that none of these shots are even remotely interesting to me (the subjects, not the quality of the work)?

No, Larry Clark's work IS art, especially on account of the "inside" vector.

I was talking more about the need to cling on to "disruptive" narratives just for the sake of "disruptiveness" while in the process loosing the ability to also connect to the remaining pallette of emphatic feelings you mentioned above.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 00:24 UTC
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PhotoKhan: Simply stunning.

...and an apt "reality check" to those who happily keep claiming some shots are "photoshopped" just because they don't understand how Nature can, indeed, provide us with mind-boggling scenarios like the ones depicted.

AstroStan,

Have you been in the exact same spots at the same exact hours those photographs were taken?

Because that's the true marvel of Nature's displays: The ability to transform a common sight, in "predictable" place into a majestic scenario thorough a fleeting but magical combination of atmospheric condition and light quality that only last brief minutes or even just seconds.

Maybe Nick has the intuition and patience to "hunt" for those moments and you, living in the very same place, do not.

Instead of focusing on the always necessary PP steps that, clearly, were aimed at reinforcing what was already there and that might even have taken the images to, still, an "under-display" of what was actually happening (...it happens, believe me...) you should be focused on recognizing the kind of sensibility, technical prowess and, most specially, dedication it takes for us to be able to enjoy images like these.

Link | Posted on Jan 2, 2017 at 07:15 UTC

Simply stunning.

...and an apt "reality check" to those who happily keep claiming some shots are "photoshopped" just because they don't understand how Nature can, indeed, provide us with mind-boggling scenarios like the ones depicted.

Link | Posted on Jan 1, 2017 at 13:14 UTC as 43rd comment | 6 replies
On article 2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: People (93 comments in total)
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CanonKen: Does it make me a soulless husk of a human that none of these shots are even remotely interesting to me (the subjects, not the quality of the work)?

Let me guess...if there was a needle hanging from an arm it would automatically be "deeply engaging", "Art" even, perhaps?

Link | Posted on Jan 1, 2017 at 13:09 UTC
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PhotoKhan: So, a re-branded, hop-on version of a model of the actual innovative leaders in digital imaging makes the parasitic-brand the "pioneers"?

Is it some kind of tea Apple regularly sends you, tech-writers, in white flasks with a black apple logo? Do you have keep ingesting it weekly so the effects does not wear off?

Mr. Slouch,

Apparently, the whole field of Cognitive Science is not helping you much.

It's right there, on the title.

Design does not make cameras, otherwise most gin bottles would take awesome photos.

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2016 at 17:06 UTC
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PhotoKhan: So, a re-branded, hop-on version of a model of the actual innovative leaders in digital imaging makes the parasitic-brand the "pioneers"?

Is it some kind of tea Apple regularly sends you, tech-writers, in white flasks with a black apple logo? Do you have keep ingesting it weekly so the effects does not wear off?

Check these 2 links (...all 3 parts, on the second one...) and use your browser tools to find the words "Kodak" and "Apple".

You'll find multiple "Kodak" entries and just one "Apple" one, this single one correctly stating "1994: Apple releases the QuickTake 100 a color digital camera made by Kodak. "

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_camera

http://www.practicalphotographytips.com/practicalphotographytips/history-of-digital-photography.html

Far from harsh, I am actually being quite light on the reality-twisting fact that the stuff on those flasks is so powerful that even History might become a fluid perception.

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2016 at 13:57 UTC

So, a re-branded, hop-on version of a model of the actual innovative leaders in digital imaging makes the parasitic-brand the "pioneers"?

Is it some kind of tea Apple regularly sends you, tech-writers, in white flasks with a black apple logo? Do you have keep ingesting it weekly so the effects does not wear off?

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2016 at 12:17 UTC as 18th comment | 10 replies
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2016 (271 comments in total)

Isn't an ILC a bit about the "L"?

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2016 at 00:53 UTC as 50th comment
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Solar Ben: I really enjoy simply flying my drone and exploring out in the wilderness. I have found that generally people get really creeped out when there is a drone flying overhead. I don't look forward to the day when a bunch of drones are flying over my kids soccer games just so people can get cool pictures to get more Facebook likes.

Most countries are adopting quite reasonable UAV-flying rules in what comes to "droners" vs. general public interest, so you shouldn't be afraid of what you mentioned (if authorities enforce their own rules).

Here, in Portugal, the aeronautical authority just published new, revised dedicated ruling in earlier December and, as a very recent UAV user, I must say I find it quite reasonable, except for the very restrictive provisions to fly BVLOS.

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2016 at 21:40 UTC

I’ve had one for a little over a week now.

I am in complete awe about what it can do, the technology thrown into it.

It is extremely easy to fly and it’s almost unbelievable the quality of video I am getting out of such a tiny camera (I opted for 4K, UHD, 24fps).

Don’t be fooled by online reports about faults and misbehaves.

Some users think that being “cool” or having “swag” can be a replacement for reading and understanding the manual and, obviously, it isn’t.

Although there are some instance of actual failures, DJI has come a long way regarding customer support and it has been replacing faulty drones without question, upon inspection of the flight logs and determining that the loss was, indeed, attributable to faulty equipment.

As for the rest of the mishaps, there are some videos on YouTube that, given the unrepentant displayed lack of common sense, I almost root they end badly so that idiocy is not rewarded.

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2016 at 21:32 UTC as 16th comment

Ah, Ah Dan...You've been "caught"...It is a amazing, isn't it?
(...he says with a big smile on his face...)

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2016 at 12:28 UTC as 33rd comment

It's refreshing to see DPR departing from the general semi-established "truth" that Canon is currently no match for Sony.

...and the "deconstruction" of such "truths" always works better with solid, competent and in-depth articles like this one.

Well done.

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2016 at 15:29 UTC as 8th comment
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1600 comments in total)
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otto k: People seem to ignore the most important thing - this is compatible with everything EOS ever made. You need an exotic lens? Check. A TTL macro ring flash with this and that? Check. Cheap third party accessories? Check. Small compact non-tele kit? Check. Whatever? Check. And this thing will be ~800$ in no time (comparable to 80d and a bit more expensive than 760d).

I can already see how it's going to go in shops - people browsing rebels/70-80ds - salesman - this one has everything but it's also smaller AND lighter (especially with kit lens or 22mm they show it with) AND has better video (not really, but 5 axis something something) AND you can use VF in video AND see what you are going to get (exposure compensation and beginners?) AND you can use everything you would on 80d. Sold.
In shops this camera will be "yes and" model for most buyers. I predict very good sales for Canon.

I've been saying this for years. These are not "Mirrorless", these are "EOS Mirrorless".

The concept seems too difficult for many to grasp.

...meanwhile, Canon fills it's pockets with what is, most probably, the best strategy on the market.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 16:25 UTC
On article Have your say: Best midrange ILC of 2016 (52 comments in total)
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brumd: Bit off-topic:
How about a category of 'best Kickstarter project of the year'?
DPR puts a lot of Kickstarter initiatives in the spotlight, but afterwards you rarely hear anything again.
It would be nice to have a sort of a 'round up' at the end of the year to see how many of these 'best innovations since sliced bread' acually succeeded, and how many failed.

Let Kickstart be.
The valid projects will find a way of their own.
Publicizing Kickstart projects is actually something I am against and that DPR should be very careful with.
I was lead to the ADA precisely by a piece of news here and that turned out to be a complete disaster, one where the promoter did not even comply with the TOU that were in place at the time because he "felt" that he owned to his collaborators and clients keeping the company afloat, at the expense of his Kickstarter backers.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2016 at 09:25 UTC
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BadScience: I notice a two-dimensional theme amongst these images.

You'll have to talk with Wes Anderson about that :)

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2016 at 13:05 UTC
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