Photomonkey

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

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On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1905 comments in total)
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(unknown member): How bad will the rolling shutter be?
Most A7 series were pretty lousy, some 24MP versions measuring over 30ms. The A6300 was 39ms.

And this is bothersome: Electronic shutter mode. At apertures smaller than F11 (F-numbers higher than F11), focus will not track the subject and focus points will be fixed on the first frame.

@Josh, this was my question as I see rolling shutter in action images from my Panasonic GX7 and FZ1000 when using e-shutter.

I guess we will have to see how it works IRL.
Seems a brilliant camera but not what I need as high speed sports etc are not my job.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 17:42 UTC
On article Fujifilm GF 120mm F4 Macro sample gallery (113 comments in total)
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J A C S: The skin colors are inconsistent - sometimes just right, sometimes too reddish. Maybe the Provia profile is not the best, have not downloaded the RAWs to check myself.

Maybe they are using AWB. That is a recipe for varying color.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2017 at 23:05 UTC
On article Light's L16 camera is in final stages of testing (305 comments in total)
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noisephotographer: Disadvantages of the L16:
-Allegedly (that's what Light said last year) only 3 MP in-camera images (you need to connect the camera with your computer in order to get more megapixels)
-at 150mm you likely get only 13 megapixels, so you don't get 5x lossless zoom at 52 megapixels, at 150mm noise will be likely worse, too
-macro: not all cameras have the same minimum focus distance, therefore not all can be used => more noise and probably only 13 megapixels
-flash: only dual led
-no optical image stabilization
-shutter speed only up to 15s
-iso only up to 3200
-No evf, no tiltable display
-battery not replaceable, though you can buy a camera grip which has an additional battery
-the internal storage of 238 GiB is for only 1000+ images, so you could expect that one raw image likely requires more than 150 MiB
-video: probably only 1 camera at the same time => bad image quality
-some sample images show visible artefacts / much noise although only 3mp, and there is a 6.7 mp image with noticeable corner softness

Maybe, but it is still very compact and that may be enough to sway people if the IQ is stunning.
We will have to wait and see if it is another Dale.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twentieth_Century_Motor_Car_Corporation

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2017 at 17:47 UTC
On article Light's L16 camera is in final stages of testing (305 comments in total)
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Fredrik Glckner: Can it take 3D images? If not, sounds like a missed opportunity, given the number of camera units.

On the other hand, perhaps 3D is simply so yesteryear that it isn't on anybody's map anymore.

Note the resounding thud that met the 3-D TVs.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2017 at 17:43 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Pentax 645Z vs Hasselblad X1D (347 comments in total)
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Robemo: Impress would-be clients with gear? Really? Is it just me having bad luck for more than 40 years with much more cirtical and smarter customers? The first thing most clients ask is your portfolio and references. Rarely do they show any interest in the gear I use. Actually most of them don't give a hoot .... unless they have photographic knowledge and very specific demands. Again, that's rare ...

True, except for the flood of newbies in the field who are gear-centric and beleive their potential clients are as judging as they are.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2017 at 03:41 UTC
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justmeMN: "But Sigma is that rare company that listens to its customers." -DPR

They listen to all twelve of them. :-)

I think you meant both of them.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2017 at 01:10 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S Review: Modern MF (904 comments in total)
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Contra Mundum: Why is Fuji so hung on film simulations? Those films in the past were really restricted to kind of colors and tonalities they could reproduce. A digital image has so much more flexibility that restricting the processing to flawed films of yesteryear is really bizarre.

When I was shooting weddings (~2000 images) I had no problem adjusting images in LR.
Depending on a "look" from Fuji is akin to the noob asking "What settings are best?"

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 04:34 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S Review: Modern MF (904 comments in total)
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Contra Mundum: Why is Fuji so hung on film simulations? Those films in the past were really restricted to kind of colors and tonalities they could reproduce. A digital image has so much more flexibility that restricting the processing to flawed films of yesteryear is really bizarre.

Largely because this is being sold to amateurs.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 23:29 UTC
On article Hasselblad X1D-50c First Impressions Review (316 comments in total)
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Infared: I still can't get the "READ THIS BEFORE YOU BUY" article about the Fujifilm GFX out of my head...
I have been considering a 5DS R or a 5D IV instead. I have a killer collection of modern wide primes and zooms in EF-mount. It just makes more sense for to me to upgrade my 5D III body. Everyone has different needs and desires, I guess.

I decided to wait for the 5DSRmkII. Though I have to admit that LS lenses are very cool.
But maybe Canon will blow up the FF world with a global shutter. ;)

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2017 at 01:01 UTC

If this came out on any other day.....

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2017 at 17:26 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
On article Ming Thein joins Hasselblad as Chief of Strategy (346 comments in total)

Ming is a thoughtful, talented and creative person. His real world insights into the creative process and the role gear plays will be immensely helpful to Hasselblad.

They are moving in the right direction but he will benefit Hasselblad by inspiring those already there that he is on their side and being a voice for the product as opposed to the accountants.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2017 at 20:55 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
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tkbslc: If you want to use Canon lenses, why not save a bundle and buy a 5DS R instead of a GFX? You aren't going to get 50MP on the Fuji after the 1.3x crop.

@shigzeo, True but then we are looking at another level of investment and bulk.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2017 at 16:19 UTC
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tkbslc: If you want to use Canon lenses, why not save a bundle and buy a 5DS R instead of a GFX? You aren't going to get 50MP on the Fuji after the 1.3x crop.

The FF and MF world do not have a lens comparable to the 17TS-E on the GFX.
This lens with the possibility of some movement AND excellent IQ means it is a uniquely useful lens for some users.
Yes, you can shift and stitch with FF but with this lens on an adapted GFX you will be able to get the same view in a single exposure.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2017 at 14:36 UTC
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DFPanno: Well, that was an expensive article for Fujifilm.

Maybe, but never underestimate the power of rationalization.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 15:02 UTC
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Photomonkey: As a long time Canon user I have to agree their AF tracking leaves a lot to be desired.
Never has it live up to its reputation for accurate AF. Fast yes; and for the most part accurate.
But try following tennis or volleyball and you are hosed.

@Yossarian1, Volleyball and tennis are complicated by fast moving subjects with overlapping objects in the frame. AF tracking simply loses its mind irrespective of the setting used.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 14:48 UTC
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Photomonkey: As a long time Canon user I have to agree their AF tracking leaves a lot to be desired.
Never has it live up to its reputation for accurate AF. Fast yes; and for the most part accurate.
But try following tennis or volleyball and you are hosed.

You are right that I do not have the latest as I use 5DmkIIIs. However the mkIII was very highly touted as a great leap forward in AF.
I had also used the 1D x but it too fell short. Got rid of it as I wanted another 5D and did not need the speed.
I did have good luck with swimmers but never with tennis or volleyball.

Most of my work does not rely on quick AF much less tracking AF but in those cases where I need it, it still falls short of the claims.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 03:38 UTC
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Geekapoo: Would be great if "professional" camera reviewers had standardized AF tests for different AF settings and lighting conditions (of course the lens used would remain a variable). Would love to see % in focus (keeper rate). Would be informative.

Yes, except then manufacturers will"tune to the test".
Does help but can add distortions to the performance.

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2017 at 18:12 UTC

As a long time Canon user I have to agree their AF tracking leaves a lot to be desired.
Never has it live up to its reputation for accurate AF. Fast yes; and for the most part accurate.
But try following tennis or volleyball and you are hosed.

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2017 at 18:08 UTC as 42nd comment | 10 replies
On article Fujifilm X100F Review (771 comments in total)
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LarsDaniel: It is the perfect camera for me. Full stop. X100T was great, but with the joystick and 24MP I had to have the F. Tell me: Where else should I go for a 24MP camera with LEAF SHUTTER? (Those who uses leaf shutters and flash know what I am talking about.)

Ricoh GR also but none have the all round utility of the X100F.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 18:32 UTC
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virtualreality: DPreview staff:
Surprised to see that the AF sports tests were conducted at an outdoors location, iso 200 f/5.6 whereas Sony tests were conducted indoors with poor lighting, iso 1600 f/2.8!
Yes, that's a 5 stop bias for Panasonic...

Wah wah wahhh.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 02:22 UTC
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