tonywong

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Jakub Kubica: Fuji GFX 50S + adapter + Canon 85L - this is what I'm waiting for !

Canon Tilt-Shift lenses should cover the frame. 24mm II TS-E has an image circle of 63mm and as a tilt shift lens is very good across the frame.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 00:16 UTC

Must be a slow news day.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 23:10 UTC as 63rd comment
On article Canon granted third most US patents in 2016 (138 comments in total)
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Debankur Mukherjee: Where is Nikon ?

@GREG HUTCHINS, thanks for the Nikon info. It is odd that notable Nikon analyst/consultant Thom Hogan says otherwise,
http://www.dslrbodies.com/nikon/about-nikon/nikon-faq/is-nikon-a-subsidiary-of.html

But Mitsubishi seems to agree with you:
http://www.mitsubishi.com/php/users/category_search.php?lang=1

I think I'll side with you on this one. ;-)

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 18:22 UTC
On article Canon granted third most US patents in 2016 (138 comments in total)
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steelhead3: I see Canon is copying Kodak and trying to cover everything so in the end they will have a portfolio that the lawyers can fight over.

I certainly hope Canon survives, I am heavily invested in Canon ILCs and printers even, but I know the entire market is undergoing massive changes.

I agree that Canon is the best poised to survive out of all the traditional camera makers, and I think Olympus, Pentax and even Nikon are starting to feel a lot of pain.

Sony is a new enough entrant and diversified enough that lower camera sales isn't the end of the world for them.

However, I am just pointing out that 20 years ago if you told anyone that Kodak would be kaput you'd be laughed out of the room. Kodak made the first digital camera in 1975, but could not capitalize on it. The pace of change is so fast that any company that gets too comfortable and complacent gets tanked before it can respond to market changes and new competitors.

A brief history of Kodak:
http://www.rbj.net/article.asp?aID=190078

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 18:05 UTC
On article Canon granted third most US patents in 2016 (138 comments in total)
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steelhead3: I see Canon is copying Kodak and trying to cover everything so in the end they will have a portfolio that the lawyers can fight over.

@Revenant, There are signs that camera sales are in steady decline because of camera phones. Just like Kodak got toppled because film was replaced by digital, Canon might be seriously hurt by the decline of almost all camera segments as smartphones overrun the consumer market.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 00:45 UTC
On article Canon granted third most US patents in 2016 (138 comments in total)

And not a single one of those patents were for expanding the dynamic range of their sensors.

Just kidding! I'll be here all week, folks!

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2017 at 22:35 UTC as 48th comment | 1 reply

Surprised no one has linked to this video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awq90APEVgw

and this one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PovspE6IVg

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2017 at 06:38 UTC as 40th comment

Subscription. Forget it.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 19:17 UTC as 22nd comment
On article CES 2017: hands-on with the Canon PowerShot G9 X II (193 comments in total)
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justmeMN: "This image gives a good indication of the G9 X Mark II's slim construction. When turned off (shown here) the body is a mere 31mm thick." -DPR

Its niche is that it is a true pocket cameras, 25% thinner, and weighing 30% less, than a Sony RX100 IV.

This is exactly the reason why this camera exists. My friend rejected every single camera other than the original g9x because none of the others were compact or light enough for his suit jacket.

Everyone who is complaining that it doesn't do as much as a Sony or Panasonic should buy one of those cameras because Canon has a different niche and was years late to the 1" sensor party anyhow.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2017 at 23:05 UTC
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abluesky: I have an iPhone 6 plus and just experienced the black screen preview issue about one hour ago.

Yes my iPhone 6 Plus has done this too. Force quit the camera app and launch it again, it should work OK. I believe that that is an iOS10 issue.

Link | Posted on Dec 31, 2016 at 22:10 UTC
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otto k: Everybody is taking about the wrong thing - the takeaway is that he doesn't sweat whether he chose the right lens or camera since *CPS has him covered*
That's the difference between "pro" and others at this level, it has nothing to do with mirrors, viewfinders, battery life or whatnot. He is there to take great photos and not to brag about equipment.

Yes the cost to support events aren't trivial, CPS really is very strong and a reason why working pros will not consider other brands.

CPS was there the entire week leading up to the SuperBowl.
http://www.cps.usa.canon.com/events_calendar/event_details/superbowl.shtml

NPS would probably like to show but the NFL's Canon sponsorship precludes that.
http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=14188

Link | Posted on Dec 26, 2016 at 17:42 UTC
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Poweruser: Totally irrelevant outside of the US

I heard that football is popular all around the world. ;-)

Link | Posted on Dec 26, 2016 at 17:36 UTC

Pretty looking design. Never will work well. You can google Universal socket wrench to find a lot of competition, some sort of similar.

Most of the time you will have a hard time getting a correct sized tool on a nut/bolt because it won't be conveniently located on a flat open location. So that honking giant sized tool will never ever fit into the area you need.

Reminds me of all those newfangled portable ladders that they flog vs a simple ladder. Winds up costing 5x as much and takes 10x the weight for maybe 1/2 the volume savings of 2 or 3 ladders.

Just get the right tool for the job. Universal tools are for universal tools.

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2016 at 19:42 UTC as 68th comment | 1 reply
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Tony Northrup: Too bad they didn't stick with it! This is like discovering that someone invented flight in 300BC but dropped it because it wasn't as fast as a horse.

300BC flight was easily faster than any horse could run. Only in one direction. Down. Test pilots did tend to stick afterwards too...well, became sticky goo.

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2016 at 18:18 UTC

Although it is modular, I think they should have put 4 lenses (2 dual) on each module instead of 2 (1 dual). That way you could just flip the module 180° to swap to the other set of lenses. Decent enough retail price, I guess.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 19:49 UTC as 12th comment
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stevo23: Always a dilemma with photography and events like this. Why was he taking pictures and not helping? Why did he publish those photos and thereby give the guy a forum? If you're not asking these questions, you should worry. Journalism is at heart voyeuristic, crass and burlesque, but without it, I think we would be overrun by tyrants.

In this case, what would helping entail? Confronting the gunman when none of the security had done? The only thing he might have done is helping someone else get out of there if they were in trouble, but I don't know if anyone else was in distress, other than the assassinated ambassador, and the gunman was not letting anyone near the man he shot.

Also, as a (photo) journalist, his job does help people know what is happening, which is an important act in itself. I know you're implying 'when does duty trump immediate need', that is always a question for the person within the context of the situation and may be criticized or praised afterwards.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2016 at 21:02 UTC
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Henrik Herranen: Chris M Williams: In the comparison widget, at 35mm, corner sharpness goes _down_ when you stop down from f/2.8 to f/4, then _further_ _down_ when stopping down to f/5.6, then significantly up at f/8. It makes no sense, neither doesn't it seem to correlate with the Image Comparison Tool in Real World Tests. Are you absolutely sure DxOMark's test methodology is sound?

One could be seeing evidence of (the changing) field curvature affecting the corner sharpness as the lens is being tested at various apertures.

Unless you were shooting flat brick walls all the time, you would be seeing this issue a lot more but most images will have something along the field curvature which would be in focus and create a decent enough image.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2016 at 07:06 UTC
On article Gear of the Year 2016 - Barney's choice: Nikon D500 (216 comments in total)
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princecody: Other than better dynamic range & a tad better focus system @Barney how could you pick this over the Olympus EM1 MII? 🤔

@mandm, yes the 1 is being serviced (underwater seal leak, ugh) and the D300 is rarely used because it is so old (exposure on fluorescent materials is not very good).

Between the 1DxII and EM1.2 there isn't any real reason to use a D500 for me. Will not invest in Nikon because they really railroaded third party repair (no parts for them) and warranties are very country specific (I buy US/Canada and Canon has no issues with warranties or CPS for me).

Going to pair the EM1.2 with the Panasonic 100-400 as a very compact (daylight) version of the 1Dx2 and 200-400IS.

The D500 would be great for that but the Nikon 200-400VR is not as good as the newer Canon equivalent, especially near infinity focus, although I hear the 200-500 is quite good for what it is.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2016 at 21:56 UTC
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José Ramos: Diffraction after f5.6?! So, if I'm a landscape photographer and want decent depth of field, meaning something like f/11-f/13, I will get a considerably less sharp image?!

Don't forget the increased resolutions of the modern sensors allowing diffraction to show up too. These are good first world problems to have.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2016 at 21:46 UTC
On article Gear of the Year 2016 - Barney's choice: Nikon D500 (216 comments in total)
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princecody: Other than better dynamic range & a tad better focus system @Barney how could you pick this over the Olympus EM1 MII? 🤔

The Olympus is different from the D500, the Nikon is a better camera for AF and low light and battery life, but the Oly is highly weather sealed and is a much smaller system all around (along with IBIS). In bright conditions the Oly will be almost as good in AF tracking but also has 60fps and the 'pro capture' half-press may be a killer combo.

The pentaprism is not dead by a long shot, but electronic viewfinders have come a long way too. Choice is good.

If I was to start over and had to pick only *one* system and body it'd be the D500 (merits on the camera alone). However, I'm shooting almost everything but Nikon now. :-/

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2016 at 16:40 UTC
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