fmian

fmian

Lives in Australia Sydney, Australia
Works as a Photographer/Re-toucher/Consultant
Joined on Mar 28, 2010
About me:

If you're reading this it's probably because I wrote something that confounded or intrigued you. You should know that much of what I say is uncomfortable truth laced with straight faced sarcasm. Don't take it to heart.

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On article Kodak teases first sample photos of Ektachrome (197 comments in total)
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Ken60: All good E6 processing houses had huge throughput, this gave constant replenishment to the chemistry and a clean E6 process.... with good control of course.
Most E6 houses in London have closed and throughput must have caused that... What made E6 popular over its Kodachrome cousin was the fast turnaround, with some Pro houses offering a while you wait 24 hour service. The world and clients have moved on since then 3 days for a process and then paying for a decent scan will find it hard to stand against an E mailed file into layout. Perhaps this is why Canon discontinued film cameras..... did anyone tell Kodak ? 120 roll and 5"-4" might have a niche following, if anyone remembers how do do it !

Ken60, you seem to be out of touch with the current pulse.
I know the guy who does most of the film processing here, having sold him the E6 processor he uses. Business has been increasing rapidly for the last 2 years at least.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2018 at 06:15 UTC
On article Kodak teases first sample photos of Ektachrome (197 comments in total)
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kristian2000: They posted the Ektachrome samples on instagram. That might be construed as being somewhat ironic.

Posting it on any form of digital media would be ironic..

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2018 at 22:52 UTC
On article Kodak teases first sample photos of Ektachrome (197 comments in total)
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ewelch: That lead picture for the article reminds me of why I'm glad I don't use film any more. That horrid color rendition is what happens when you don't have white balance. Way too many of my photos were ruined by not being balanced for the ambient light. Slide films specifically were the worst offenders.

Thank goodness digital has saved us from that nonsense!

I'm reading that as 'Colour and light is an afterthought for me.'

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2018 at 22:50 UTC
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BobVell: Just out of curiosity, I wonder when the posters here last shot a roll of film. For me, I admit that the last time I shot 35mm was sometime in the 1990s, but I shot a roll of 120 this past weekend.

I've slowed my photography down considerably, but I shot almost an entire roll a few months ago.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2018 at 23:15 UTC
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cosinaphile: supreme ? is it a burrito or a lens ?

now this is supreme...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZampeBvhDrU

You spelled 'pizza' incorrectly.

Link | Posted on May 29, 2018 at 03:43 UTC
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citizenlouie: What the person is showing in the video is not compression... (I've never heard of anyone who refers it to "lens compression" either). Compression refers to the way telephoto lenses tend to make your subject and background closer to each other than they really are, hence the term "compression." Your car rear view mirror typically says something like "the object may look closer than they appear." That's compression. And his video doesn't shows the compression effect. Compression is usually achieved by using a telephoto lens PLUS super small aperture (large F-number, for example, f/16). Since telephoto lens can create an image with very shallow DoF, and small aperture creates a very deep DoF, this particular combination creates an optical illusion that makes the subject closer to the background than they really are.

Thank you! This was my first thought on seeing the thumbnail. You can't even see the background.... Not sure why DPReview need to pick up on this and continue the fallacy.

Here's an article from a tabloid news website that explains it better with a proper example.
https://metro.co.uk/2016/07/11/this-picture-of-floating-boats-will-play-with-your-mind-5999265/

Link | Posted on May 24, 2018 at 04:43 UTC

I imagine it needs a massive power pack?
Perfect for candid street photography.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2018 at 23:16 UTC as 26th comment | 2 replies

So... it's bigger and heavier than similarly specced DSLR lenses.. okay..

Minolta AF 50mm F/1.7
2.6" x 1.5" 66mm x 39mm
5.8oz (165g) 6.4oz (183g) with caps

Link | Posted on May 13, 2018 at 23:09 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply

Most unintentionally humorous tech headline ever..

Link | Posted on May 10, 2018 at 23:03 UTC as 57th comment
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Peter CS: Hate to be a spoil-sport here, but if you can afford these big and expensive lenses, wouldn't one be much better off getting a D750 with grip for an extra $1100 - over the adapter, with the D750 offering much better autofocus and better weather-sealing, not to mention being far better in balancing the lenses, especially with the grip on the camera. Camera weight and dimensions are of little consequence here...

I don't hear mirror slap while taking photos in live view mode... *shrugs*

Link | Posted on May 10, 2018 at 02:27 UTC

'for the mirrorless medium format X1D camera' - with a babby sized sensor.. cute..

Link | Posted on May 8, 2018 at 23:40 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
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Peter CS: Hate to be a spoil-sport here, but if you can afford these big and expensive lenses, wouldn't one be much better off getting a D750 with grip for an extra $1100 - over the adapter, with the D750 offering much better autofocus and better weather-sealing, not to mention being far better in balancing the lenses, especially with the grip on the camera. Camera weight and dimensions are of little consequence here...

'A7III gets you silent shooting, 10fps, and in-body stabilization. '
But in most situations where these things are needed there is a high reliance on auto-focus.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2018 at 23:19 UTC
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dannyboy5400: For people who keep saying that you shouldn't put a Nikon lenses on a Sony or keep native lenses, I say you are not looking at the bigger picture.
1. No mirror slap with the Sony body, that is a big deal.
2. Sony has a non existent selection of lenses 2.8 and more than 200mm.
3. Sony lenses are ridiculously priced compared to Nikon and Canon counterparts.
4. More used lenses for Canon and Nikon compared to Sony.

1. No mirror slap with the Sony body, that is a big deal.
- No it's not a big deal. Just like shutter shock and sensor artifacts with Sony cameras are not a big deal.
2. Sony has a non existent selection of lenses 2.8 and more than 200mm.
- Don't buy a Sony body then.
3. Sony lenses are ridiculously priced compared to Nikon and Canon counterparts.
- Don't buy a Sony body then.
4. More used lenses for Canon and Nikon compared to Sony.
- Don't buy a Sony body then.

To me it sounds like you've given a lot of reason not to buy a Sony body.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2018 at 23:14 UTC

Studies also find that shooting and eating one animal per day improves wellbeing.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2018 at 23:25 UTC as 5th comment
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photoMEETING: Why sharpening a portrait?

For me, portrait photography is about emotions, not information.

Well, the sample image lacks any emotions. Trying to substitute the non-existent emotions with more information (=sharpness) is nothing I would do or recommend.

blah blah blah blah blah.
blabbidy blah blah blah.. blaaaaaaarrhhh...

Link | Posted on May 3, 2018 at 23:53 UTC
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Branko Mitic: Looks comfortable to hold in hand like any other E-mount camera.

Can someone make an add-on grip for veritcal shooting and autowind?

Link | Posted on May 2, 2018 at 23:24 UTC
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zsedcft: Photographers of the past would have would have sold a kidney to have a A7riii instead of their 35mm film cameras.

I would prefer to (and do) use a 35mm analog camera over a 'still in test stage' Sony A7 series camera.. or most digital cameras for that matter. The Bayer pattern filter produces flat lifeless images.

Link | Posted on May 2, 2018 at 23:21 UTC
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photoMEETING: Why sharpening a portrait?

For me, portrait photography is about emotions, not information.

Well, the sample image lacks any emotions. Trying to substitute the non-existent emotions with more information (=sharpness) is nothing I would do or recommend.

Contemporary portraiture is often totally void of emotion or substance and disconnected from what it means to be a human.

Link | Posted on May 2, 2018 at 23:10 UTC
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fmian: It's interesting to see that your staff is still largely made up of males, considering the articles you've published in the past calling out the tide of anti-female discrimination that is apparently present in the photo/journalistic fields.

Most of your readership seems to rebut accusations of there being gross gender bias in the industry, while your staff respond by saying that pro-female measures need to be taken in order to ensure that we aren't just seeing a 'male perspective' on things.

Yet here you are employing more males and seemingly going against your assertions made in the past regarding gender numbers in the workforce. I'm guessing you hire people that are most suitable for the job, which just so happen to mostly be males.

@Valis89: Assuming your comment is directed at me.. maybe you should try reading the last line of my comment?

Link | Posted on May 1, 2018 at 23:19 UTC

It's interesting to see that your staff is still largely made up of males, considering the articles you've published in the past calling out the tide of anti-female discrimination that is apparently present in the photo/journalistic fields.

Most of your readership seems to rebut accusations of there being gross gender bias in the industry, while your staff respond by saying that pro-female measures need to be taken in order to ensure that we aren't just seeing a 'male perspective' on things.

Yet here you are employing more males and seemingly going against your assertions made in the past regarding gender numbers in the workforce. I'm guessing you hire people that are most suitable for the job, which just so happen to mostly be males.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2018 at 02:19 UTC as 82nd comment | 10 replies
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