Photomonkey

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

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On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (920 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 (920 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 (920 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 (920 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 (920 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 (920 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 (920 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 | 1 reply
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 (2092 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 (2092 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
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (2092 comments in total)

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.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 18:13 UTC as 352nd comment | 3 replies
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (2092 comments in total)
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raindance: Honestly to people who complain about Canon, I think Canon tries hard to perfect technology before releasing a new body. I just bought a Canon 6D, it's an old camera compared to most, but the features it does have are way ahead of what I had in my Sony, Olympus, Fuji bodies. It's a rock solid camera that does everything I need and does it very well. Nope it doesn't have some of the cool features the other bodies I owned had, but what it does it does better. Look at "other" companies, instead of perfecting a body they force their users to upgrade every single year. Canon makes a good quality product with a much longer life cycle, I appreciate that. Some people want bleeding edge, I get that and sometimes I like that as well, but I have grown to appreciate quality over quantity over the years.

I have 5dmk3 and mk2.
I use the mk2 every day in the studio and the mk3s on location.
The images are indistinguishable from each other and when we go to publication you have no idea whether they were done with a FF Canon, a Nikon, an FZ1000 or a Phase One.
Lighting and subject matter are the real determinants of whether your images look great or not. The gear is all good.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 17:56 UTC
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noflashplease: With only contrast detection, the X-A3 won't be any autofocus speed demon. However, it's worth remember that the X-A(x) series has sold well specifically because of its conventional Bayer sensor. If only Fujifilm had dropped the X-Trans sensor concept for their entire product line?

Speedy focus is relative. This camera will focus just fine for the target audience.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 16:30 UTC
On article Godox to launch AD600 battery-powered mono-block heads (40 comments in total)
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AngularJS: How do these strobes compare to B1?

The same was said about Japanese products.
If the specs meet your needs the products are great.
I have been using Godox in a production environment even day for two years and no failures.
As for duration, this is a meaningless spec for almost all photographers much like the need for f1.2 lenses.

As for saying the Chinese cut corners, they do in many products. Godox is a solid brand with performance that matches its claims.

Reliability is paramount and so far I have seen no reason to doubt the Godox products.
They certainly are far more durable than my Quantum products that required regular service. They are, so far, more reliable than my Hensel strobes and my Bowens strobes. Both brands held in high Euro-centric esteem.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 19:05 UTC
On article Godox to launch AD600 battery-powered mono-block heads (40 comments in total)
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AngularJS: How do these strobes compare to B1?

Much cheaper. Not as hip.
They have a family of strobes with the AD360/180 and 850 and 860 Speedlights that all have excellent 2.4 Ghz triggers integrated into them.

Profoto has the B2.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 01:34 UTC
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Truebar: I'm Canon shooter, I am not a landscape photographer. And even if I was I would still get this Nikon D5 over Mark II. Purely photographically speaking, a top of the range AF like this in D5, is on a very top of the list before everything. It really is a game changer and will deliver bounds over Mark II. Canon wins on looks tho and Canon knows that lots and lots of people will buy into their system because of that. That, plus their current market share gives them the leverage not to be the leader in innovation, but to always be one step back behind the latest and the greatest in terms of the camera technology.

No one will be able to see a nickel's worth of difference between these cameras. What makes the difference is whether the user feels comfortable with the tool.

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2016 at 23:51 UTC
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22codfish: These cameras are out and above my league. However, since it is a comparison between manufacturers' expensive, flagship cameras, I would expect the Pentax 645Z should be included.

If it is a comparison of flagship cameras, they missed a few flagships.

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2016 at 23:49 UTC
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MadManAce: A click bait article if I ever saw one. Comparing spec sheets and making grandiose claims without any side by side testing, that is sinking to a new level. How about doing getting some PROs to compare the AF in different real life situations with lighting conditions and some repeatable dark studio tests. Lastly, I know very few situations that any PRO would use Dynamic Area Auto 3-D Select Focusing that reviewers are so keen on the D5. How the heck can one be satisfied with the camera making the decision on what to focus on. Now, I am not saying the Canon will win, but given these parameters, I would like to see the true results, not some spec sheet speculating article design to create controversy.

Let's see.
Lots of info, no pop-ups, never see the phrase "what comes next...",

Yeah, its a real article. And worth twice the price I paid for it.

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2016 at 23:46 UTC
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Roland Karlsson: So, she donated her pictures away to the Library of Congress. That is very fine indeed of the lady. Then comes Getty and messes it up by selling her photos and also "forgetting" to give due Copyright notice. Bad, bad Getty. They probably do fully know what they are doing, and that it is wrong. So, suing them seems appropriate.

But. $1 Billion? That is unreal. How can this misbehavior have caused the photographer damage of that amount?

Perfectly good ideas.
But when Disney et al. get their lawyers going the laws are changed to suit their interests.

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2016 at 16:08 UTC
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