Photomonkey

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

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Old Cameras: People talk a lot about “crippling” a camera by purposely leaving out or disabling features that might otherwise be added through firmware. I don’t understand this complaint, this is common practice with almost all products. They disable or leave out a feature and then charge less in order to access the sub market for the product. Some people may not want the camera for its video features, some may not care about having IBIS. If I didn’t care about video and could buy the same camera for less money with “crippled” video features - and pay less money for it - I’d absolutely go for that. There’s nothing sneaky or dishonest about that.

Kind of like people buying a Honda Civic and complaining it is a crippled Accord.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2020 at 21:04 UTC
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Grummbeerbauer: Disclaimer: I am not writing this to bash Canon, but out of curiosity.
I wonder why a new fully electronic lens mount (or rather the protocol for camera-2-lens communication) requires firmware updates for the camera to support new lenses. The lens should be able to tell the camera everything it needs to know about it to use it properly (lens profile incl. distortion and vignetting correction info, AF characteristics, and OIS properties if the camera is involved in OIS control or needs to sync it's IBIS (which the R doesn't have...) with the lens etc. )
I would also understand that if they added a totally new feature to the protocol (e.g., assume they hadn't thought of the "3rd lens ring" ).

So what could be the reason for this update? And what does an EOS R do if you use one of the new lenses without updating?
That would also be an interesting question once 3rd party lens mfgs reverse engineer the R mount.

Cameras from all makers routinely need FW updates for things like AF compatibility, profiles and other subtleties that optimize performance. They also may add new code to add functionality.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2020 at 21:03 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG DN Art (320 comments in total)
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BrentSchumer: This is why RF and Z are doomed. By the time they got their boots on Sony had loaded up their rucksack with plenty of affordable third-party glass and were halfway up the mountain.

What proportion of full-frame buyers can afford native F2.8 glass from any of the three companies? Not enough to sustain a mount. And any budget buyers are choosing between slow / budget native lenses on Z / RF or quality third-party nice zooms and primes on FE mount.

I would rather go Canon over Sony but am 99% likely to go with Sony full frame to save thousands of dollars. As a hobbyist I can't justify exotic RF glass.

Third party lenses are available to Z and RF mounts via adapters. One of the heavily touted advantages of mirrorless.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2020 at 22:14 UTC

"It should be noted that Canon did not design either the EOS R5 or R6 to be professional video tools"

This is the crux of the problem. Video shooters for the most part are amateurs.
Pros are not going to leave their gear in the sun.
Pros are going to use an external recorder.
Many pros will not use a DSLR for their high end work.
Yes, I know a ton of people will claim that they are, or know pros that use DSLRs to make great video.
Yes, I have also seen feature films shot on an iPhone.
But real high end productions for national brands are shot on real video specific cameras.
The DSLR narrative is actually part of the general DIY approach so popular with everyone. Yes, you can DIY a fine fine film just as you can make a dining room set with a Swiss army knife and a tree but the proper tools make the job a ton easier.
These are still far more camera than the usual buyer will be able to take advantage of much less outpace.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2020 at 17:49 UTC as 264th comment | 5 replies
On article DPReview TV: Canon EOS R5 review (933 comments in total)

The R5 looks to be a winner. Even in video despite the concerns they had.
They kept harping on "production environment". The fact is the sales of this (and every camera) is supported by hobbyists who rarely push the device to its limits.
Most are shooting short clips. Yes, I know I will get a lot of people saying they shoot whole football games on one take but then you can get any old video camera to do that with.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2020 at 15:52 UTC as 39th comment | 3 replies
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pookipichu: Not loving the OOC jpegs, the skin tone looks way too magenta.

@pookipichu. AWB is entirely dependent on subject so the results will be variable no matter what because the algorithms used to compute WB have zero idea what they are looking at and are statistical guesses. Your results may have been more pleasing because the subjects you choose more readily conform to the statistical models the JPG engines use. DPR, to their credit, choose a range of subjects and conditions to reveal strengths and shortcomings of cameras despite what some feel are uninteresting photos.
Depending on AWB and JPG images from a camera really designed to be used with RAW image production in mind is like using a leaf blower to dry your hair. I would note that almost any of the modern phones reliably deliver JPGs with superior color and tonality than any DSLR because the were designed for that task. DSLRS were not.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2020 at 15:48 UTC
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pookipichu: Not loving the OOC jpegs, the skin tone looks way too magenta.

@real342 "Professional sports shooters" both of them? Custom WB would be the order of the day for a person needing to shoot JPGs thus eliminating the complaint of OOC JPGs shot on AWB.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2020 at 15:39 UTC
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pookipichu: Not loving the OOC jpegs, the skin tone looks way too magenta.

Why spend over $1000 to shoot JPG? You already own a phone.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2020 at 16:04 UTC

I noticed that when my internet connection went down LR and PS still worked but very slowly and crashed a lot. Researching this online I saw that the workaround was to sign out and then sign right back in thus resetting the counter for 99 days.
It does not work if your connection gets cut off and it is trying to ping Adobe.
Makes me want to use C1.

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2020 at 22:46 UTC as 20th comment | 1 reply
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Photomonkey: Thus is the state of our disbelief in media.
If we are lied to long enough we no longer believe the information presented.
Everything is a conspiracy.
Occam's razor is dead.

@zxaar. Media did not state that infection rates went down because of protests. In fact they warned of potential rises, which, in fact may have been the case in some areas. What they have done almost with a single voice is note that science was correct. That has proven to be the case with the soaring infection rates in those states that chose to ignore science. Meanwhile the usual subjects of misinformation and the propagation of conspiracy theories is easily found in the media of the right. Aggregate the narratives of this cohort and you will find endless unprovable claims ranging from the silly to the insane. We have always had the witless believers in conspiracy because of the intellectual laziness of the believers. Note too, that the right is the party that argues consistently for cuts to education as the educated society is the kryptonite to their need to deceive the public.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2020 at 14:09 UTC

Either the specifications that check virtually every box on the fantasy checklist have resulted in huge pre-orders or Canon sadly misjudged the veracity of online posters claiming to want these sainted cameras.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2020 at 22:35 UTC as 56th comment

Thus is the state of our disbelief in media.
If we are lied to long enough we no longer believe the information presented.
Everything is a conspiracy.
Occam's razor is dead.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2020 at 22:30 UTC as 57th comment | 3 replies
On article Hands-on with Canon's new RF 85mm F2 Macro IS STM (190 comments in total)

Ahhh... a visit to the comments section where one can always find those people claiming to find the rust in the rainbow of our lives.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2020 at 13:04 UTC as 10th comment
On article Canon EOS R5 initial review (1769 comments in total)
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JE River: I'm surprised at the low amounts of complaining that a 5 series Canon finally came with a tilty-breaky screen. People would have been punching their fists through their monitors if that screen was allowed on a 5 series body 6 years ago. Seems the world has softened up to them these days, which is good.

I am glad for the change over to fully-articulated screens. It just makes certain types of low and high angle shots exponentially easier to nail with no guessing or sore arms or bad knees. Even just the regular tilt screens that only work in landscape orientation are very limited and useless in a lot of cases.

Apparently the fan boy word is a swear word.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2020 at 16:38 UTC
On article Canon EOS R5 initial review (1769 comments in total)
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JE River: I'm surprised at the low amounts of complaining that a 5 series Canon finally came with a tilty-breaky screen. People would have been punching their fists through their monitors if that screen was allowed on a 5 series body 6 years ago. Seems the world has softened up to them these days, which is good.

I am glad for the change over to fully-articulated screens. It just makes certain types of low and high angle shots exponentially easier to nail with no guessing or sore arms or bad knees. Even just the regular tilt screens that only work in landscape orientation are very limited and useless in a lot of cases.

Religious dogma changes as fast as the newest trend on f@nboy "issues".

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2020 at 16:37 UTC
On article Canon EOS R5 initial review (1769 comments in total)
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Old Cameras: 45mp images at 20fps for 9 seconds with full autofocus (180 raw images). This is an everything camera.

@cdembrey, Can CL photographers actually afford a $3900 camera? As for SoCal I think the pricing is also pretty frothy in DFW and FL.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2020 at 16:36 UTC
On article Canon EOS R5 initial review (1769 comments in total)
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caver3d: Buyer Beware: There are serious overheating issues with the R5 with either 4K or 8K, See Andrew Reid at eoshd.com to get the real-life story on this. When Canon claimed 8K, it made me suspicious. Now you know why the S-series cameras from Panasonic are large, and why there is a fan in the S1H (running at 4K and 6K, NOT 8K). Everyone seems to be overlooking this. This technology is not trivial, and the heat has to be diverted and go somewhere. As time goes by we will hear more about this. Time for a reality-check.

Not shooting video so no problem.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2020 at 02:38 UTC
On article Canon EOS R5 initial review (1769 comments in total)
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Sarman 2525: The 8 stop IBIS might be the most overlooked feature in the long list of class leading features.
This should allow for long hand held exposures shooting water and night photography. And it should means smooth gimbal like video hand held. I find most jerky video unwatchable.

Most video is unwatchable because it is a poorly made 21st century version of a 20th century home movie.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2020 at 16:01 UTC
On article Canon EOS R5 initial review (1769 comments in total)
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Photomonkey: Video,blah,blah, blah, video, blah blah, 8k, video, blah, blah, IBIS, blah, blah, video.
Did you hear that the R5 has 8k video?
One might be excused in thinking this camera does not shoot stills.

The irony is that so many were eagerly awaiting this camera hoping for some sensor breakthrough yet it seems that Canon felt that stills performance plays second fiddle to an admittedly remarkable 8K capable video camera.

IOW, Canon is saying that apart from meeting the specs from the competition (IBIS, good AF, better res) nothing needs to be done.

Scant reason for me to buy it despite my certainty earlier that I would.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2020 at 15:59 UTC
On article Canon EOS R5 initial review (1769 comments in total)

Video,blah,blah, blah, video, blah blah, 8k, video, blah, blah, IBIS, blah, blah, video.
Did you hear that the R5 has 8k video?
One might be excused in thinking this camera does not shoot stills.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2020 at 14:06 UTC as 303rd comment | 3 replies
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