tonywong

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On article An introduction to our studio test scene (106 comments in total)
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2eyesee: I love the photo of the test scene at the top of the page - I'd be interested in how it was done? Is it just simply combining 2 images, with one semi-transparent?

looks like dragging the shutter to me.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2016 at 22:34 UTC
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Fujica: "The makers of the app claim the technology is so good that users are starting to replace their Wacom tablets with Astropad"

The makers DID forgot to tell you that you also need a Mac Book Pro, or Imac running on the background... and that for the price of a:

MBP + iPad Pro + Pencil + App.

You could also easily buy a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 tablet with i7 processor run all software native on your Surface Pro without delays or hickups therewith an even better experience and still have money left....

@Fujica, if you understood the original quotation, replacement of a Wacom Cintiq with Astropad/iPad Pro implicitly means that you are running a MacOS device.

The Cintiq is not a standalone tablet, it is a tethered device that requires a PC to run.

Astropad is not does not run on Windows either. Although the Surface Pro is adequate as a tablet, it doesn't come close enough to the Cintiq's performance, as MeganV points out. The iPad Pro with the pencil is quite good though.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2016 at 16:58 UTC
On article Rock Solid: Canon 1D X Mark II Review (408 comments in total)
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Jim Hully: How was the "silent" drive mode? I found the older 1D models to have loud shutters that can startle my subject. The "silent" mode on the 7DII is significantly quieter than regular drive.

Silent shutter on the 1Dx II is basically 'less loud', I would say it is still quite noticeable, probably more so than the regular shutter sound on the lesser bodies.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2016 at 21:57 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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pentaust: I can see a lot of offended replies following the review of Pentax K1 AF performance. On the one hand some Pentax users feel offended from the poor review given to Pentax K1 AF performance. And DPR feel offended when their methodology is questionned. Well, every AF servo module is designed to perform best for a set of use cases. For example, Pentax Single Point AFC tracking is not meant to be used for tracking a fast moving subject such as a bike or car or motorbike etc... Single point AFC is used in focus prio mode to focus on slow moving target, such as at weddings, so, if you (DPR) got poor AFC single point results on a bike, you did not use the proper mode that is planned by Ricoh engineers. If you used multipoint AFC tracking and selection focus priority instead of FPS priority, you'd already get a lot more keepers. And if you'd use focus preset, your keeper rate would increase even more.

Rishi, you should know this by now. Any criticism of any product will bring out the fanbois in droves who will defend their product to the bitter end, no matter how bad it is. The K-1 scored higher than the 5Dsr. Both did not get gold awards and both are still very good cameras, albeit ones with flaws.

This is the internet and the era of idiocracy. Reasonable and reasoned individuals are no longer welcomed. :-/

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 17:48 UTC
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oscarc: Nice politically driven contest. Makes sense that the photos with the most death and destruction would get the most attention just like in the news. Aside from this, pictures like these help promote the climate change/global warming hoax. Forget that satellite images show more ice than ever, or that the earth was actually cooling, hence the "global warming" label change. Never mind that "scientists" manipulated data to support their position. Pesky facts. And yes, there is politics in everything.

This thread really brought the drew the fringe element out of the woodwork.

@oscarc, if people are calling you *all* of those names, maybe they problem isn't so much with them as there is a problem on your end.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2016 at 21:18 UTC
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oscarc: Nice politically driven contest. Makes sense that the photos with the most death and destruction would get the most attention just like in the news. Aside from this, pictures like these help promote the climate change/global warming hoax. Forget that satellite images show more ice than ever, or that the earth was actually cooling, hence the "global warming" label change. Never mind that "scientists" manipulated data to support their position. Pesky facts. And yes, there is politics in everything.

Typical of many dogmatic individuals to try to shoot the messenger rather than the message. The Bloomberg article just aggregates the relative charts to show the variance in sources so one can graphically identify the primary sources of global warming. Not everyone who is here lives in the US.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2016 at 19:01 UTC
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oscarc: Nice politically driven contest. Makes sense that the photos with the most death and destruction would get the most attention just like in the news. Aside from this, pictures like these help promote the climate change/global warming hoax. Forget that satellite images show more ice than ever, or that the earth was actually cooling, hence the "global warming" label change. Never mind that "scientists" manipulated data to support their position. Pesky facts. And yes, there is politics in everything.

You could always start here:
http://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2015-whats-warming-the-world/

Hard to change anyone who's inoculated themselves from science and reason but one can always hope that one can do their own math and figure out what is real and what is propaganda.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2016 at 17:50 UTC
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nicolaiecostel: I warned you, in the article that announced the purchase of SanDisk by WD, I said that they will interfere and mess things up, and you contradicted me.

Here is the proof !

I think you should put away your tinfoil hat. The merger of WD and Sandisk happened on Oct 21, 2015.

Check this page here:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1087556-REG/sandisk_sdcfsp_064g_a46_64gb_extreme_pro_cfast.html

First product reviews show up on November 25, 2014, almost an entire year before the merger. Maybe the WD ninjas dropped into Sandisk headquarters to pre-ruin this product because the Nikon time wizards wanted to mess with the Canon 1Dx2?

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2016 at 16:31 UTC
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Fujica: Why Canon why?
Second BIG problem with the 1Dx MKII and playing the blame card is really poor.

IF this problem is caused by Sandisk then why oh why Canon do other cameramanufacturers NOT suffer from this problem?

Its really poor to blame others while the problem described more sounds like a buffer problem with the 1Dx MKII.

I don't think I've ever heard of :o))) meaning a joke emoticon.

I even tried to search google for this emoticon and I came up empty.

Nothing shows up here either:
http://www.netlingo.com/smileys.php

I think you've outsmarted everyone here, odpisan.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2016 at 06:53 UTC
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Joe Ogiba: Canon should have used UHS-II SDXC slots. The 2000x UHS-II SDXC cards are very reliable and more than fast enough with much lower cost.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1191363-REG/lexar_lsd128crbna2000r_pro_2000x_uhs_2.html

If 800Mb/sec is fast enough then there would be no need for XQD nor CFast. The 1Dx2's 16fps at ~30MB is 480MB/sec and the D5's 12fps at ~43MB is 500MB/sec. Faster cards help maintain the buffer so the cameras can keep shooting at top speed. It's not a common occurrence but I've hit the buffer limit on my 1Dx and 1D4 occasionally.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2016 at 02:29 UTC
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photomedium: They are fixing it, it's all good. Anyways, sandisk cards are just fine.
No need for Canon to play the blame game.

@ AprilW,

I have no problems with my 1Dx2 and Lexar 3400x 256GB cards.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2016 at 23:17 UTC
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Fujica: Why Canon why?
Second BIG problem with the 1Dx MKII and playing the blame card is really poor.

IF this problem is caused by Sandisk then why oh why Canon do other cameramanufacturers NOT suffer from this problem?

Its really poor to blame others while the problem described more sounds like a buffer problem with the 1Dx MKII.

@Odpisan,

They are not even CFast spec cameras, and besides, Pentax cameras don't count anyhow. :-)

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2016 at 23:16 UTC
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Joe Ogiba: Canon should have used UHS-II SDXC slots. The 2000x UHS-II SDXC cards are very reliable and more than fast enough with much lower cost.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1191363-REG/lexar_lsd128crbna2000r_pro_2000x_uhs_2.html

Minimum write speed guarantee of 30MB/sec. That is really slow compared to CFast (2.0). The Lexar 256GB CFast cards are writing in excess of 400MB/sec.

The 1Dx2 is way better with CFast, just some teething pains with any new(ish) standard.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2016 at 23:14 UTC

If anyone had bothered to read the linked article you can see that they were basically hanging on since *1991*.

"The decay in the heritage institution had, however, started to set in much before the advent of digital technology. A fire in 1991 not only broke the studio financially, but also destroyed pieces of history stored in the building in the form of negatives."

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2016 at 16:36 UTC as 23rd comment
On article Video: Canon EOS 7D versus leaf-cutter ants (47 comments in total)
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James Benet: The reason they took the plastic and the other bits is because you left a sweat or smell imprint on it. The ants do not eat the leafs or insects they take. They hoard it deep into their nests and let it rot to grow a fungus that is their true food source. The plastic and other parts by having bacteria and human oils and sweat would also help in growing the fungus. As a nature photographer myself the water containers help but are just a starting defense. You need to use White Petrolatum or Vaseline in the tripod legs to stave them off as that is something they easily stick to and thwarts their advance.

I have a research scientist friend who trapped tsetse flies in Africa and they created a ring-like barrier around the steel legs with dollops of axle grease to prevent ants from crawling up into the traps.

1/4"-1/3" thick dollop all the way around each leg, about 6"-8" off the ground, and clear the area around it.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2016 at 17:25 UTC
On article Canon USA launches new online photography courses (25 comments in total)
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DamianFI: Make it free and a large chunk of customers who use it will most likely buy Canon products.

Charge them and they won't bother, you can learn it all on YouTube university.

Canon should charge for it but give certificates to everyone who has registered their warranty in the last 2 years and also with every new SLR/ILC.

That way it adds a perceived value to the course, and to the new camera sale.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2016 at 17:16 UTC
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nir-vana: I will take the Sigma 120-300/2.8 S
Similar image quality, less than third of the price, T2.8 vs T4.7

http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/1996031733/photos/2488317/a94b6560

Taken with the 1D4 and Sigma 120-300/2.8 OS in declining light. We were on a rubber zodiac slowly motoring by after the light had declined to the point where we had head back to the ship. ISO 5000 wasn't ideal for the time but I needed the faster shutter because of zodiac's bobbing and the how low the light level was.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2016 at 23:02 UTC
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Nobby2016: the lens elements show dust.

i worked for a video production company and i did such stuff as CGI in maya,
it´s a mess to do stop motion when you see every dust spot and fingerprint.

so as nice as it looks the dust gives me the creeps.
no way i could have presented that to my former boss.

they should have done most of it as stop motion but do the lens elements as CGI.
im pretty sure canon has full CAD models of this lens so they could have done it 100% animated easily. but i see the reason why they wanted classic stop motion.

it´s just that the dirty lens elements don´t look good.

Good eye...even the aperture blades after that show some wear.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2016 at 18:13 UTC
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nir-vana: I will take the Sigma 120-300/2.8 S
Similar image quality, less than third of the price, T2.8 vs T4.7

I have the original 120-300/2.8 OS and the 200-400 IS. My 120-300 is a freakishly sharp copy, but the 200-400 is definitely better in AF and the built in TC means the lens is extremely versatile. Before the 200-400 I used the 120-300 on a 1D4 as a 'poor man's' 200-400. Now the 200-400/1Dx(2) is a near unbeatable combo whilst on safari.

If you need a zoom and can't afford the 200-400 I'd recommend the 120-300 Sport or the 100-400 II. There is an embarrassment of great lens choices today.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2016 at 18:07 UTC
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robbo d: Glad i'm not the only one finding that i'm needing to up my shutter speeds to get sharp images with this new breed of high mp cams ....

Higher resolution means that something that was sharp across one pixel might be blurry across 2 pixels if the new sensor is twice as dense (4x megapixels), if the subject is in motion.

Therefore increasing shutter speed would be the solution to freeze the motion even further.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2016 at 16:47 UTC
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