Photomonkey

Lives in United States CA, United States
Works as a Photographer
Joined on Oct 28, 2002

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On article Nikon 105mm F1.4E ED sample images (230 comments in total)
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Azathothh: Pics look really flat.

Seattle lighting lacks depth? Apparently you have never visited.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2016 at 05:13 UTC
On article Rock Solid: Canon 1D X Mark II Review (428 comments in total)
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Graham: Great review, but I am puzzled that RAW performance is tested using ACR, not DPP. The package consists of the camera body, a battery, RAW conversion software and accessories. The camera is tested with the supplied battery, not a third party substitute, so why are RAW files evaluated using third party RAW converters?

I attended a presentation of the new camera by Andy Rouse, who explained that his lovely high ISO images of kingfishers had been processed in DPP, that he could not achieve similar results with ACR or Lightroom, and that DPP seemed to be performing some kind of magic not available to Adobe.

Maybe that has changed since the beta version of the camera and ACR has caught up, but would it not be a more valid comparison to test ISO performance with the software supplied by the camera manufacturers instead of, or as well as, a RAW converter made by a third party? After all, everyone buying the camera will have the maker's software, but not everyone will have ACR.

Most RAW converters are 3rd party.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2016 at 23:29 UTC
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Photomonkey: "Can it best the Sony?"
It already did on price alone.

The fact that its optical performance is visibly better makes it a rout.

Doesn't cover APS-C.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 22:26 UTC
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Photomonkey: "Can it best the Sony?"
It already did on price alone.

The fact that its optical performance is visibly better makes it a rout.

Many want small and many want fast.
They need to choose one or the other.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 20:53 UTC
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FuhTeng: I rented it along with an a6300 for a family reunion. I enjoyed it but lack of OSS was frustrating the few times I wanted to use the a6300 for video (I usually use my RX100 m3 for video). Otherwise, I would be delighted with this lens rather than the Sony except that I already own the Sony!

I'm happy that someone released a new APS-C E-mount lens. Hey Sigma, how about a revised f/2.8 family with improved AF abilities?

You should be happy that your vacation vids had that shaky cinema verite look that the DPs seem to be stuck on these days.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2016 at 22:29 UTC
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Photomonkey: "Can it best the Sony?"
It already did on price alone.

The fact that its optical performance is visibly better makes it a rout.

I think OSS is useful but a ton of video is shot on tripod.

For that matter, IQ in video is far less demanding as the resolution is much lower and the subject is in motion.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2016 at 22:25 UTC
On article This film camera is 100% 3D-printed, including the lens (142 comments in total)

Cool project.
All about the real fun of photography.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2016 at 19:00 UTC as 68th comment | 1 reply

"Can it best the Sony?"
It already did on price alone.

The fact that its optical performance is visibly better makes it a rout.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2016 at 18:58 UTC as 66th comment | 6 replies
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (947 comments in total)
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Dimit: How come a cellphone offering less costs more??? God only and Apple know!

In the end demand for a lower price gets you just that; a lower price.
Apple is selling a ton of product despite the people asking for the lower price.
Photography is the same thing.
You can get all sorts of cheap junk online but you end up buying again because the cheap one didn't work well/broke/ DOA.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2016 at 01:42 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (947 comments in total)
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Raintitan: It is wonderful that nearly everyone has a good-enough camera in their pocket so that so many people can learn, enjoy and experience photography.

I don't understand why so many are being critical.

The reason for the carping is that many here think that they are knowledgable about photography and want to declare that to everyone out there.
The real advance here is that Apple have been clever to harness two simple cameras to achieve sophisticated results. Something that these "purists" get all wound up by for some reason.
Apparently rules they make up are to be followed by everyone.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 20:22 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (947 comments in total)
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halc: How is dual-cam revolutionary, after HTC did it two years ago?

And most of the Chinese phone makers (who sell more than Apple in China, btw) are shipping it in their models this fall too.

Most using Samsung's dual sensor modules, btw.

Apple is a king of marketing and cash-grab.

Removal of the 3.5mm plug is just stupid. There are phones thinner, with bigger batteries that still feature a 3.5mm plug and USB port.

You could still use Apple's "revolutionary advanced" AirPods with iphone 7, even if it had 3.5mm plug.

But it doesn't, because Apple wants you to buy their crappy Beats ("We paid $3 billion for them") headphones AND it wants to sell its force encryption license of lightning headphones to all headphone manufacturers.

And hey, if you want to talk on the phone with headset and recharge it at the same time? Sorry, you are using it wrong. You either charge it or listen to it.

Just plain stupid. I hope people wake up. It's a total cash-grab to justify their Beats purchase.

So, you are saying that all the phones are similar and "I hate Apple".
Got it.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 20:18 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (947 comments in total)
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PhotoPoet: Were did we go to complain before web forums? Its a phone that take pictures? A camera that makes calls and catches Pokemon's? Its ever present. Many of you railed agains the iPhone camera when it first appeared. Well here we are again, on the cusp on another camera advancement, not this aint it yet, but by the 8 or 9 there will be little you many of you criticize. Use it. Enjoy it. iPhone photographers are just that photographers... move on... the buggy has left the building... PS Was going to get the 7Plus, however after an hour in the Apple store, holding, pocketing, trying to one-hand the bigger phone, I will forgo the dual camera in favor of one handed operation with a better camera than the 6 but not as good as the 7Plus would seem to be....

I still yell at the TV.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 20:17 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (947 comments in total)
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Dimit: How come a cellphone offering less costs more??? God only and Apple know!

My car has only on keyhole yet it costs more than the one that had 4. It also has 6 cylinders, not 8.
And it uses less gas, not more.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 20:15 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (947 comments in total)
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Photomonkey: Hard to make a blockbuster product these days.
Incremental refinement is the best we can hope for.

No offense but there are no blockbusters in your list.
Everything in your list is already available.
Making an existing product faster, cheaper or with more bells and whistles hardly constitutes innovation.
The marketers know if they just added all that cr@p tomorrow (which they could) they would get a lot of "Meh" and have nothing to show for the next cycle.
Apple had a blockbuster with the iPhone in that it integrated a UI with apps that greatly leverage the communications ability of the phone.

They changed the phone and made it a style accessory to boot.

After that what?
More stupid apps?
Lower price? Is that innovation? That is the path to commoditization.
As for price, the competing phones are no bargain either.

Tell me what the phone should be other than faster, smaller, bigger,better camera, cheaper.
What does no one have that would make the next phone a must-have item?
That is innovation that leads to blockbusters. Merely turning up the knob of features is not.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 18:02 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (947 comments in total)
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bugsy46: Take a portrait with an iPhone, zoom in 50% inside PS, take the same photo with an entry level DSLR and equivalent field of view, zoom in 50% in PS. Post your results here. Comparing a DSLR to an iPhone camera is absurd. Yes they may look amazing on your tiny screen covered in it's Lo-Fi filter, but that's as far as it goes chaps.

The most important thing in photography is to get the shot.
No one knows from IQ.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 03:35 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (947 comments in total)

Hard to make a blockbuster product these days.
Incremental refinement is the best we can hope for.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 03:33 UTC as 111th comment | 3 replies
On article Updated: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV real-world sample gallery (485 comments in total)
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Ben Herrmann: Is it just me, or has the overall color tonality changed a bit - to a more richer almost Leica-like scenario?

I think that evaluating colors on the web from a camera that we have no control over is fairly useless.
We have no idea about the photographer's personal taste WRT exposure and color.
All cameras have slight rendering differences OOC and only the most timid amateurs will leave their cameras on default settings.
A slightly skilled person can tweak RAW images to look almost any way they want irrespective of the origin of the file.
In fact I find the galleries nearly useless except for getting a peek at the PNW on occasion.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2016 at 15:17 UTC
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Tiderace: Equal as video camera as photography?????????? oh my god not, no HDMI 4K, no log, no useful compression, no peaking nor zebras, strange limits on type of frame rates, giant crop poor audio out. Canon makes a mistake thinking that it will compete with the cinema line it would enhance it as a B camera to the C line. Canon with its advancing dual pixel sensor system could IMHO dominate both photography and video if they just realized it.

From my perspective it seems that Canon believes this camera is a stills camera first and video a distant second. They see the bulk of sales going to amateurs who are asking for 4K and they give them that feature.

In the end Canon has focus grouped this product to death and they feel that they are actually hitting the target.
For those people serious about video they don't think you are a large enough group to actually drive video development.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2016 at 17:12 UTC
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (1920 comments in total)
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Dester Wallaboo: My only disappointment is that the camera doesn't use CFast 2.0 cards. It may limit the ability for MagicLantern to do 4K RAW video.

The 4K capability (I do not do video) seems so limited in this camera that it seems Canon wants to sell you a 1Dc or C100 instead.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 20:54 UTC
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (1920 comments in total)
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Photomonkey: The dual pixel AF hints at the potential advantage Canon would have if it ever brings out a FF mirrorless camera.

Mirrorless would allow real time preview of the scene. Something an OVF will never do. Many of the issues in the wedding examples would be solved by a mirrorless camera even without a huge improvement in DR.

It is still "would be" for Canon.
When they bring out their FF mirrorless then the problems "are" solved.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 20:52 UTC
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