Photomonkey

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

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This will be the new fashion among photographers tiring of fake fogged film tropes, Bleached film cliches, ultra low saturation fads and the grand daddy of them all, ultra shallow DOF.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2017 at 03:36 UTC as 72nd comment
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mainger: Apple should buy it. That way, they could add the red dot next to their camera lens and nobody would complain about the price of the iPhone X :D

They could buy Leica with the change they find in the sofas at headquarters.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 16:02 UTC

Godox A-360 boasts 360 ws, Li-Ion battery and offers TTL and HSS on some models.
The base model with manual control is currently on sale for $249 at Adorama. Add their killer triggers and Profoto has a hard row to hoe.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2017 at 18:52 UTC as 26th comment | 1 reply
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Photomonkey: Meh, all that tech then goes into a file that is corrected by a human with all their tastes, biases and perceptual characteristics and then shoved onto a medium that has all its own limitations, errors and variables.
Or we just look at it on the web.
All that "excellence" is lost as soon as it meets reality.

@Blue bomber. I don't think any monitor is perfect out of the box. Many are good but all need calibration.
But I agree that a phone is the least likely to have a screen that will do justice to anything short of the Sunday funnies.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2017 at 16:42 UTC
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PhotoUniverse: "base ISO level of just ISO 35"

Wow. That would be nice

Slow films are not much fun. However a 100MP Phase would be. At least for a while.
I currently shoot a 50MP Canon and processing those files gets tedious.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2017 at 03:45 UTC
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Sdaniella: why not have a triple filter wheel (3 color + 1 blank non-filter) of R+G+B used on an achromatic (B+W) Sensor?

given medium format is so slow-poke static subject shooting, taking triple exposures is not so bad, like pixel-shift shooting, multi-shot NR shooting, and HDR shooting, all have limitations with "moving subjects"

having no bayer array, means every pixel does a rapid color light "tour-of -duty" during capture, and less complicated than pixel shifting sensor rigs

combine all three "color" data capture into a "color" output pic

Early digital cameras used variations on a filter wheel.
The first Foveon camera used a beam splitter to send the image to three sensors.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 21:09 UTC
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falconeyes: Eventually, an MF camera emerges which isn't equivalent to an FF.
Equivalent iso 22 may yield a new kind of medium format feel again.

I am not sure how apart from the lens characteristics on a 645 format.
The rest of the tonal properties we enjoyed on prints can already be equaled by current technology.
I recently printed a 20x20 inch photograph from a 1 inch sensor. It was a seascape that had little detail but lots of tonal gradations. Several of my professional photographer colleagues asked if I had used my Rolleiflex.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 21:07 UTC
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Photomonkey: Meh, all that tech then goes into a file that is corrected by a human with all their tastes, biases and perceptual characteristics and then shoved onto a medium that has all its own limitations, errors and variables.
Or we just look at it on the web.
All that "excellence" is lost as soon as it meets reality.

Haha.
The sad truth is that excellent color vision is possessed by a minority of the population. The rest have average to poor color discrimination if not color blindness.
Even those with superb color vision will be challenged in environments other than tightly controlled viewing bays. So, yeah.

Possibly the happiest bit of this story is that Phase did not raise the price for this oh-so-subtle "upgrade.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 18:12 UTC
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PhotoUniverse: "base ISO level of just ISO 35"

Wow. That would be nice

Yeah, I love the necessity of working always on a tripod of static subjects.
Did you ever use Kodachrome 25?
Total PIA with color that fell far short of competing E-6 emulsions.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 16:23 UTC

Meh, all that tech then goes into a file that is corrected by a human with all their tastes, biases and perceptual characteristics and then shoved onto a medium that has all its own limitations, errors and variables.
Or we just look at it on the web.
All that "excellence" is lost as soon as it meets reality.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 16:21 UTC as 48th comment | 4 replies
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Triplet Perar: 1.2/35? 0.9/52? This is Nikon's Noctilux, most likely a premium lens that will cost arm and leg. But has so many lens elements, that will surely be overcorrected. But everything to please the same crowd of 'users' who sing all the same song, and seem to cast the spell on minds of management in the entire camera and optical industry.
So mirrorless FF it will be, with superfast lenses large as wine bottles, and everyone will buy them to take premium shots of their cats or afternoon snacks.

There is overcorrection in the idea of a lens that is so good that its reviewers brand it as "soulless".
Frankly, I enjoy old Pentax lenses that have a creamy smooth rendering and also some bitingly sharp Leica lenses. I have used old Nikon lenses that had warmth and Old Vivitar lenses that performed with charm.

I currently use a lot of Canon lenses that are sharp and contrasty but I never feel that they have any particular character.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2017 at 03:45 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-E3 First Impressions Review (310 comments in total)
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LakeSuperior1: Please, those of you complaining about the X-Trans sensor or the lack of a tilt screen just stop! The X-Trans sensor is who Fuji is. It's a big part of what has helped them grow. Don't like it? Don't buy a Fuji. And as for the tilt screen, they have stated in the past if you want a tilt screen then the X-T line is what you want. If a tilt screen and no X-Trans sensor are what you want in a small form camera, then there is a company called Sony that makes just what you are looking for.

The ultimate feedback is poor sales.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 17:46 UTC

More evidence that a"good guy with a gun" is not a benefit to civil society.
This PO is allegedly a highly trained professional yet he fires wildly because "he feels threatened".
Now transfer this attitude to an untrained gun owner with a robust belief in a "crime wave sweeping the country" (falsely claimed by Jeff Sessions) and a "take no mess from no one " attitude and you have a recipe for disaster. Multiply that by 300 million and assuming .1% idiot owners and you still have a massive public danger.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2017 at 22:48 UTC as 124th comment
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paul boris: "doesn't want him to lose his job" Wut..?!
I want that officer fired > arrested > imprisoned.
I want city sued for lots of $$$$.
You may have a high tolerance for incompetence, criminal negligence, and reckless endangerment. But that's not what the public is paying for.

Taken ride alongs. I get it.
The fact is that there are a lot of great POs doing great work every day. However there are some mediocre to bad ones too.
They do a hard job but to excuse sheer incompetence, negligence or whatever is to give them a blank check.
More than ever we are seeing reports of POs acting more like statist thugs than public servants protecting the general welfare within the constraints of the Constitution.
Yes, many are wonderful but they do not get a blanket amnesty.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2017 at 22:41 UTC
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Aroart: I was really hoping that they would have added the 1inch sensor.....

@Bmxer241 I agree, however in my terrestrial testing of µ43 cameras and the current Sony 1 inch sensor there is little to choose from between them.
I shoot primarily still images and the P4P will do the job for me.
It is also quite cost effective compared to the Inspire/Zenmuse combo and certainly the Matrice.
A short zoom would be very helpful in that I could choose my position/perspective and zoom for maximum IQ.

The real truth is that drones are video centric and for all the noise about cameras/ sensors and lenses video is less demanding than still imagery given the current level of IQ from the P4P class of imagers.

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2017 at 17:51 UTC
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ThatCamFan: No thanks, I want a drone that you don't control but the buyer controls. (DJI is shutting down drones by force to update the firmware and they will not function until you update the firmware)

https://www.dpreview.com/news/5099311626/dji-releases-mandatory-safety-update-for-the-spark-update-by-9-1-or-else

I prefer to have a CHOICE in updating and actually OWN the drone instead of basicly being renting it until DJI decides I need a new one and shuts it down like the spark.

The government is not interested in your good behavior.
They are interested in stopping bad behavior.
You have no right to an aircraft per FAA regs. Even more with the concerns of the weaponization of drones.
DJI wants to sell drones so they have to convince the government that they are being proactive in making drones safe. Thumbing their nose at the government will just ensure they lose their very lucrative market and you have to back D&D.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2017 at 05:11 UTC
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arhmatic: No thanks DJI. You need to ensure our privacy and remove restrictions. Policing what we do is not your job. "aircrafts" are dangerous, yes, but I haven't heard of a casualty ever... meanwhile, people die in car accidents all the times. Toyota is not policing the use of their cars. Because we have actual police... DJI needs to take a step back. Then we can talk...

There is no 2nd amendment for a toy.
DJI wants to sell loads of toys.

If they make no effort to keep the government happy they can lose the ability to sell loads of toys because regulation will kill the market.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2017 at 03:56 UTC
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Aroart: I was really hoping that they would have added the 1inch sensor.....

While I think the IQ from the P4P camera is good, the camera offerings on drones seem to revolve around whether they are offering 4K or not. Ultimate IQ is not in their to do list.
I would have hoped that somewhere, someone would have thought to offer a short zoom.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2017 at 15:55 UTC

Looks like a troll to me.
Foqus? Really?
I think it is pronounced f--- US.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2017 at 11:53 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
On article Canon unveils stabilized EF 85mm F1.4L lens (530 comments in total)

Given its specs, this is very well priced in the context of the competition.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2017 at 15:05 UTC as 35th comment
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