Photomonkey

Lives in United States CA, United States
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On article Taking your drone to a wedding? Read this first (85 comments in total)

Advice for filming a special day with traditions based on romance, religion and family?
Don't use a drone.

Frat party? Go for it.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2018 at 19:25 UTC as 8th comment
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rugosa: Greenland is the new Iceland.

@Shigzeo, not talking about the political/social aspects, just the next hipster photo destination.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2018 at 13:51 UTC
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rugosa: Greenland is the new Iceland.

You typed the words right out of my fingers.
The next checkbook destination.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2018 at 00:19 UTC
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John C Tharp: It looks sharp- and also like a carbon copy of Canon's 35/2 IS USM. Not a bad thing.

But it's hard to imagine there being a niche for this product. Focus accuracy is going to be questioned on the DSLRs, with acuity being balanced against the sharp (if aberration ridden) 85/1.8G, while focus speed will be balanced against the snappy 85/1.8 USM.

And then there's the AF module itself: while Sigma and Tamron have been able to build ultrasonic motors that work well with mirrorless systems, most other third-parties have used DC motors that are generally trash for focusing using the sensor on anything that isn't static and already partially in focus.

As they say "details are a little thin on the ground". However, I would not be surprised if they did use USM. The sharpness of the 85mm FL has been solved for decades so no serious magic needed there.
Overall it looks promising at the early stage.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2018 at 22:16 UTC
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panther fan: Why exactly does this 16-35mm F3.5-4.5 weigh 990g?
That is a lot heavier than the 680g the Sony 16-35mm F2.8 GM weighs, which is over a stop faster and designed for the same flange distance.

Does somebody really believe this lens is sharper than the 16-35 GM or Canon 16-35 F2.8 III?

Maybe we need to wait for an actual test.
I have no doubt about its excellence but in the real world where the average photographer has meager skills (but a mouth to claim otherwise) the lens will deliver images indistinguishable from even budget third party glass.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2018 at 15:18 UTC
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Bgpgraebner: I find it amazing how they managed to go to the complete opposite direction the camera industry is heading. Instead of making smaller, faster and lighter lenses they managed to make a big, slow and heavy. Way to swim against the tide, Leica!

I would note that the recent lenses from Sigma, Canon and Nikon created for those who demanded no limits IQ are not particularly svelte either.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2018 at 15:15 UTC
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anticipation_of: I don't know if they *will* do it, but I think Canon and Nikon *should* go after the pro mirrorless market right out of the gate. Sony is already there, and if they want to minimize that advantage Canon and Nikon should really push the boat out with their initial offerings. Their pro gear has some advantages over Sony in terms of durability and ergonomics, not to mention a dedicated customer base that mostly still hasn't moved away from their systems. If they can bring the refinement that their pro-level DSLRs have to the full-frame mirrorless space while also being at least as good as Sony in terms of technology, they'll be in good shape in a year's time. If not, Sony will have another camera generation in which they can try to widen their lead at the high end of the market.

Canon and Nikon may offer a mount upgrade service to its CPS and NPS customers whereby a new mount is added to the lens. In effect a permanent adapter. This would scarcely be a penalty for most lenses as we have seen from Sony, there are only size advantages to some lens formulas.
Canon and Nikon would then only have real pressure to create a few native lenses.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2018 at 15:39 UTC
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adhemar: That took a while! I remember stating in a forum that DSLRs were dinosaurs. It must have been 2011 or 2012. My comment was derided, of course.

Next roadblock, the interchangeable lens. Only dedicated lenses can offer the ultimate hardware/software integration that digital cameras are capable of. The RX10, the light L16, the weird Ricoh with its integrated lens/sensor unit are little steps in that direction. The smart phone is already there. It is one reason for its success, shooting way above its weight.

It will be another 5 to 10 years before it happens and we finally enter the digital camera age. No more film camera with a sensor slapped in. The canikon of the world will try to stop the trend since they make money from lenses. Just like they tried to stop mirrorless. And now they start the race with a 5+ years handicap…

My friends and I dreamed of EVFs and global shutters back in the 80’s. LCDs were just introduced and a lot of hype about their potential was being bandied about.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2018 at 15:30 UTC
On article Report: Apple won't release the next Mac Pro until 2019 (208 comments in total)
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Samuel Dilworth: All anybody wants is a tolerably attractive box with current desktop-class components, current ports, and modest expansion options for special uses or the unpredictable future. Instead Apple, a company with more development resources than the rest put together, is taking literally years to come up with a new desktop PC.

All of this makes me suspect the next Mac Pro will be as fussy and precious and inappropriate as the 2013 model. I don’t know why Apple insists on being so clever in this space. There isn’t big money to be made either way, so why not just give the content creators roughly what they ask for? Save the cleverness for future-defining products like wearables, the car, even the iPhone, etc.

I like macOS as much as the next guy – which is to say less than anyone liked it in the glory years of Snow Leopard but a lot more than the alternatives – but waiting for hard-hitting Mac hardware would try the patience of Job.

Apple’s neglect of its computer business is largely a consequence of its focus on phones and music.
The Mac Pro is halo product that most likely never generated the returns they expect from their products. With the plateauing of the phone market they are refocusing their efforts on existing markets in an effort to drive profits from a mature market.
They are actually likely to make some very significant products that will re-energize consumers.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2018 at 19:25 UTC

No flip out screen? Deal breaker.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2018 at 17:10 UTC as 6th comment
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Bilbo_bobbins: So really these Profiles are just Presets but they are made to look similar to other software alternatives?

One CAN edit camera profiles with the DNG profile editor. And yes, you can make a profile for your Sony to render skin tones the way you want.
Most people just don't want to.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2018 at 16:02 UTC
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Jefftan: I suggest any Lightroom user to also get DXO Photolab for PRIME NR for mid to high ISO pics

NR in Lightroom not even close
I would just leave Lightroom NR at default (luminance 0)

when i can't tolerate the noise, I switch to DXO PRIME
pretty early for me, I can't toleratenoise at about ISO 800 for A6500

I never even touch my noise sliders until I am at 6400 ISO with an iffy subject. Even then I use it only slightly and then re-size down and the problem disappears.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2018 at 15:59 UTC
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PhotoKhan: The US is becoming scarier by the day.

The US is safer than it has been in years yet the NRA unceasingly tells Americans that we are but one step away from failed state anarchy. Thus the panicked sales of guns that, in turn, creates the the very real truth that almost anyone a police officer encounters could be carrying a gun.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2018 at 04:22 UTC
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NDT0001: When a company sells their IP it is usually the beginning of the end.

And this would be different than GoPro doing the same thing?
There are a long list of companies doing exactly what GoPro is doing and making good money at it.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2018 at 15:29 UTC
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NDT0001: When a company sells their IP it is usually the beginning of the end.

You mean like Bose radios in Toyotas? Or like Zeiss lenses made by Sony?

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2018 at 03:07 UTC

The perfect opportunity to lose all the data in your lifetime.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2018 at 20:54 UTC as 40th comment | 4 replies
On article Sigma interview: 'This is just the beginning' (339 comments in total)

I appreciated the his praise for his competition. A very classy person.

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2018 at 14:41 UTC as 119th comment

Canon can achieve a 50% share of the market by dint of the financial weakness of it’s competition. People may decry it’s slow pace of innovation but their size and depth of resources are a huge advantage in surviving a shrinking market.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2018 at 15:22 UTC as 169th comment | 1 reply
On article CP+ 2018: Hands-on with Laowa 'Magic Shift Converter' (119 comments in total)
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MightyMike: I have the 12mm, I don't have the shift converter because I don't have a mirrorless camera however I found it to be just as effective to perform the perspective correction in post processing, maybe even better so long as you take your composition into account when taking the original photo.

Another way is to shoot level and crop what you want. Yes, you lose some resolution but for most applications it is not significant.

I use both the Canon 17 TS-E and the Canon 11-24 and the IQ at the extremes is similar. In fact a stitched pano with the 17 is slightly poorer than the 11-24 at 11 at the edges. Of course the resolution is higher with the stitched image but as I use the 5DsR it is not meaningful to me.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2018 at 05:33 UTC
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sportyaccordy: I'm still miffed it's 28 at the wide end. Hopefully someone follows up with a 24-xx F/4. Happy they have made this though and that there appears to be a signal that Canikon will be jumping into the fray. In the meantime I will keep adapting my 24-105 STM and shooting fast native primes.

Sell a lens and get Sony’s 24-105 f4. It is reported to be excellent.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2018 at 22:08 UTC
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