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 Readers' Showcase: Giulio Magnifico (78 comments in total)
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Kris Sky: Good luck. Try film.

+1
IMO the subject matter demands it.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2016 at 04:09 UTC
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WillWeaverRVA: This lens is indeed surprisingly good. Sure, it's not going to make a smartphone produce DSLR-quality photos but the results are better than most of the garbage floating around in the world of lens attachments, and it's a pocketable wide angle lens, which is no mean feat.

That being said, though, I still can't see any reason why anyone would want to buy one of these. You're basically now carrying two devices instead of one...wouldn't you rather have that second decide be a real camera?

What is a 'real' camera?
Something that actually takes 'real' photos?
...As opposed to what? Something that takes 'imaginary' photos?

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2016 at 13:05 UTC
On article Miggo wants to 'DSLR your iPhone' with the Pictar grip (135 comments in total)
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fmian: I can definitely see a use in making a smartphone camera experience more intuitive and tactile.
But it would be even better if this looked like it was part of (or an extension of) the iphone itself. Considering it's only made for that one camera.
Looking at most camera grips will show you how their design flows along with the main item to eventually make it look like it's not an additional part.

Sure thing, I mean it looks like you'll meet your Kickstarter target so there are enough people out there who like your product enough despite my thoughts. In this case the functionality seems to have won people over :)

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2016 at 12:14 UTC
On article Miggo wants to 'DSLR your iPhone' with the Pictar grip (135 comments in total)

I can definitely see a use in making a smartphone camera experience more intuitive and tactile.
But it would be even better if this looked like it was part of (or an extension of) the iphone itself. Considering it's only made for that one camera.
Looking at most camera grips will show you how their design flows along with the main item to eventually make it look like it's not an additional part.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2016 at 06:31 UTC as 29th comment | 3 replies
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obsolescence: Nice metal construction instead of the cheap plastic ones currently available, this should be able to hold a fairly large softbox safely.

Softboxes produce more even light when used with bare bulb flash, though.

'1 stop drop in surface brightness with the 60" octabox between the center and the extreme corner'

'(and no obvious hot spots anywhere)'

Is 1 stop brighter in the center of a softbox not an obvious hotspot??

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2016 at 23:03 UTC
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obsolescence: Nice metal construction instead of the cheap plastic ones currently available, this should be able to hold a fairly large softbox safely.

Softboxes produce more even light when used with bare bulb flash, though.

'Softboxes produce more even light when used with bare bulb flash, though.'

This is what I was thinking too. Most light modifiers are not designed for fresnel light/lens arrangements. And I know the reverse can also be true. A flash designed as bare bulb will produce uneven light when a fresnel is attached to the front of it.

Would like to see some sort of comparison that points this out, as light quality is an important thing.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2016 at 23:16 UTC
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meanwhile: A smaller one of these would be perfect.

I agree. Was excited about this when they had them on Kickstarter. The research and thought gone into it impressed me, as well as all the functionality.
Alas.. It's just a little too wide to be perfect for me and my SLR cameras.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2016 at 13:38 UTC
On article Swirly bokeh: Lensbaby announces Twist 60 lens (121 comments in total)
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clicstudio: I don't understand who would buy such a lens and produce an effect that can't be removed. Basically if u don't want it, you are stuck with it.. In photoshop you can do the same and have control over the effect.
All of the lens baby line is the same. Photoshop can emulate all of their effects with a lot more precision and control.

@clicstudio:

'I don't understand who would buy such a lens and produce an effect that can't be removed.'

Those who know what they are doing and know they won't be removing the effect..

'Basically if u don't want it, you are stuck with it..'

No.. it's more like, If you don't want it, don't press the shutter button.

'In photoshop you can do the same and have control over the effect.'

The same <-- that's a pipedream..

'All of the lens baby line is the same. Photoshop can emulate all of their effects with a lot more precision and control.'

Why buy a 1DX when you can do the same thing with an iphone and a pair of binoculars?

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2016 at 03:15 UTC
On article Student takes 2016 Zeiss Photography Award top prize (228 comments in total)
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fmian: A lot of nice photos but the winning one on the train jumps out as being overprocessed.
My brain thinks 'This is a photo and it was manipulated in some software' but considering the presitige/name/theme attached to this award I would expect a winning image to make me think 'Wow.. look at that scene.. where is that place?'.
The last thing I want to think is that I'm looking at a photo, let alone it be the first thing.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but there were 3 people that judged the prize.
Compared to the 16 people above who seem to share the same problem I have with my brain..

ZoranHR: 'Otherwise,a very nice capture.'

Agreed.

Plus I must say the rest of the series leaves this image behind. Those images are gold.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2016 at 11:47 UTC
On article Student takes 2016 Zeiss Photography Award top prize (228 comments in total)
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fmian: A lot of nice photos but the winning one on the train jumps out as being overprocessed.
My brain thinks 'This is a photo and it was manipulated in some software' but considering the presitige/name/theme attached to this award I would expect a winning image to make me think 'Wow.. look at that scene.. where is that place?'.
The last thing I want to think is that I'm looking at a photo, let alone it be the first thing.

The image does not appear to observe the inverse square law of light. Objects further away from the light source are brighter than things further away. That's based on where I can see the shadows falling.
Either fill flash was added unevenly and not corrected for, or the shadows were lifted when they should not have been.
Either way the scene has been altered and the output looks uncannily unnatural.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2016 at 06:57 UTC
On article Student takes 2016 Zeiss Photography Award top prize (228 comments in total)

A lot of nice photos but the winning one on the train jumps out as being overprocessed.
My brain thinks 'This is a photo and it was manipulated in some software' but considering the presitige/name/theme attached to this award I would expect a winning image to make me think 'Wow.. look at that scene.. where is that place?'.
The last thing I want to think is that I'm looking at a photo, let alone it be the first thing.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2016 at 01:03 UTC as 52nd comment | 21 replies
On article Crossing the Bridge: Canon XC10 Review (258 comments in total)
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Joe Ogiba: TheCameraStoreTV gave it the award as worst video camera of 2015 and the lens was awarded one of the top three worst lenses of 2015 !
https://youtu.be/Mexs7HvHR2I?t=1316

I watched some of that video and those guys have terrible reasons for why they rank cameras and gear.

#3 worst stills camera. Pretty much the first words he says about it are 'There's nothing wrong with this camera' and goes on to say it's 3rd worst because 'it has wi-fi compared to the old model which didn't, so why would anyone want to upgrade?'
Newsflash.. not everyone is upgrading their camera from that exact previous model.

Scanned through that video some more and saw the petzval lens vs cardboard cutout comparison. Called it the worst lens because it could be replaced for effect with a cardboard cutout held in-front of the lens. Then they show two comparison samples of the same thing which look nothing alike.
Newsflash, a cardboard cutout doesn't give you the field curvature or swirly out of focus highlights that a petzval lens design gives.

Not impressed...

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2016 at 06:58 UTC

Lol.. most commenters are against the idea saying it's horrible and pointless and tacky. Meanwhile Lomo will make a million bucks doing this. Obviously there is a market for this type of stuff so any negative opinions from you lot are irrelevant to the matter.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2016 at 03:17 UTC as 27th comment
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fmian: It was a terrible business decision for them to market and make their products for consumers in the first place. I still don't understand why they didn't push the technology in the security, investigation and surveillance realm.
Instead they ended up making toys for peoples curiosity.

@Stefan Fuhrmann & Soggoth:
Most security cameras/systems these days are at low resolution anyway. Plus they are set to hyperfocal - smaller aperture, less light, wide lens.. which means they have to go monochrome or infrared and lose even more detail in the capture. Not to mention losing even more detail when having to crop.

Lytro tech could easily be used to overcome all those limitations.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2016 at 22:58 UTC
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vadims: I'd give Lytro all props in the world for innovation, but to say "product requirements had been firmly cemented in the minds of consumers by much larger more established companies" instead of a humble "we screwed and are going to learn from our mistakes while starting over" is a bad omen... I can see a quote like "Hollywood got brainwashed by larger companies and did not appreciate our excellence" in their future.

I was thinking about getting original Lytro to just play with it, but what finally stopped me was their insane inertial zoom touch-slider. I can barely live with anemic zoom ring of my Sony RX100II, and zoom-by-touch is definitely too much for me. Taking into account all the other craziness of the design, my weird-o-meter went into red zone, and I bailed out.

Sure, it's more noble to think they went against Canikon et. al., but fact is, they got lucky to be able to "compete" only with themselves, and still lost.

'Sure, it's more noble to think they went against Canikon et. al., but fact is, they got lucky to be able to "compete" only with themselves, and still lost.'

Wonderfully put..

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2016 at 06:11 UTC

It was a terrible business decision for them to market and make their products for consumers in the first place. I still don't understand why they didn't push the technology in the security, investigation and surveillance realm.
Instead they ended up making toys for peoples curiosity.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2016 at 06:06 UTC as 21st comment | 8 replies
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (722 comments in total)
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fmian: Excellent. Now can you correct the white balance please?

j/k :)

Would that be before or after you start reviewing film cameras? ;)

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 00:44 UTC
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (722 comments in total)

Excellent. Now can you correct the white balance please?

j/k :)

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2016 at 23:02 UTC as 498th comment | 2 replies
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fmian: This is how Nikon fanboys seem to comment:

Nikon camera with high DR:
- This makes Nikon THE BEST camera maker.
- DR is always good and always useful to have.
- Canon is so far behind and need to catch up otherwise they will lose sales.

Nikon camera with low DR:
- Who shoots at low ISO anyway?
- PJ and sports photographers don't need high DR.
- This camera is perfect for intended target audience of vampires who don't shoot in sunlight.

Nikon deniers are funny people...

You two clearly haven't been here long.
I'm an analog fanboy. Not a Canon fanboy.
My gear list should have made that clear...

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2016 at 21:40 UTC
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