Sarge_

Lives in United States Jackson Hole, WY, United States
Works as a Photographer
Joined on Apr 14, 2007

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So, clients include? Top Gear, Michael Bay, Grand Tour, various car manufacturers, etc... I've seen a variety of cars used for filming, but this is next-level, for sure.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2018 at 15:27 UTC as 6th comment

Jesus. I hope that kid gets jail time. I'd be surprised if it was someone over age 18, but then again this is Las Vegas, Nevada, America...

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2018 at 21:40 UTC as 67th comment | 2 replies
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Sarge_: The internet is basically expecting a Mavic 2 with the 1" sensor camera from the P4pro, followed later by a P5 with, you guessed it, a better camera and more obstacle avoidance (see also, Inspire 2 II).

Cat videos shot by flying drone cats would be huge! But not if they're shot on a small sensor. There's already such a dearth of low quality flying-cat-fail videos...

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2018 at 17:30 UTC

I was hoping for a Spark Pro with a full frame sensor, 120fps@8k, and a 60 minute flight time. So disappointed.

In all seriousness, a Mavic with a 1" sensor would be of real interest...

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2018 at 20:31 UTC as 17th comment

The internet is basically expecting a Mavic 2 with the 1" sensor camera from the P4pro, followed later by a P5 with, you guessed it, a better camera and more obstacle avoidance (see also, Inspire 2 II).

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2018 at 06:39 UTC as 19th comment | 4 replies

I have a very hard time trusting this kind of tech where I cannot see a screen verification showing the contents of the drive (to be sure all files were in fact backed up).

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2018 at 23:26 UTC as 25th comment | 1 reply
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Sarge_: This should be no surprise; As smartphones continue to improve, fewer people reach for their existing pocket cameras.

I have a Sony RX100 II that rarely sees the light of day anymore. It's no faster to capture a fleeting moment than my iphone, and if I know I'm going to want to take photos, my a6000 or D800 will do a far better job so I take them instead.

IMO they need to invest in higher IQ, better AF, and faster startup in the smaller alpha line - the compelling reason to buy a new camera is to buy something that takes photos you simply can't get even close to with a smartphone.

A more pocketable RX1R, with better video stabilization at a lower price point might move a few units, but the 'camera' universe is going to continue growing smaller as smartphones dominate. If I were in the business, I'd be trying to 'brand' a smartphone with a Canon/Nikon camera, if I could make one that soundly defeated Apple/Samsung/Sony. That's where the market went.

I wouldn't disagree with any of that.

When I say 'smaller RX1R', I'm just thinking of something that is slightly more pocketable, perhaps even with a collapsing lens to achieve that. I know there's reasons not to do that, but simply with regard to 'moving more cameras', makers need to create 'still small but vastly more capable' cameras to build on top of smart phones.

The quality of photos that can be achieved with the faux bokeh dual lens tech is phenomenal when you consider the packaging size. So, to make buying a separate camera worthwhile for masses of people (i.e. not pros doing dedicated shoots), they need to create a stils + video tool somewhere in the size range of the RX100, with *better* stabilization for video than cell phones, and larger sensors (full frame of APS-C) that rival cameras like the D850 and 5D range.

That sounds like a pipe dream, but who would have believed ten years ago we'd be taking the photos we are from cameras the size found in cell phones?

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2018 at 19:04 UTC

This should be no surprise; As smartphones continue to improve, fewer people reach for their existing pocket cameras.

I have a Sony RX100 II that rarely sees the light of day anymore. It's no faster to capture a fleeting moment than my iphone, and if I know I'm going to want to take photos, my a6000 or D800 will do a far better job so I take them instead.

IMO they need to invest in higher IQ, better AF, and faster startup in the smaller alpha line - the compelling reason to buy a new camera is to buy something that takes photos you simply can't get even close to with a smartphone.

A more pocketable RX1R, with better video stabilization at a lower price point might move a few units, but the 'camera' universe is going to continue growing smaller as smartphones dominate. If I were in the business, I'd be trying to 'brand' a smartphone with a Canon/Nikon camera, if I could make one that soundly defeated Apple/Samsung/Sony. That's where the market went.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2018 at 17:59 UTC as 67th comment | 2 replies

Seriously impressive kit for the price.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2018 at 03:21 UTC as 7th comment
On article A fully loaded iMac Pro will cost you $13,200 (572 comments in total)
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Sarge_: If you would have told me a few years ago that a top spec iMac with a 4tb hard drive would cost $13k I would have laughed in your face... I guess rich kids will con their parents into buying them. I can't figure out who else is intended to buy this...

Well, I had a 1TB SSD in a MacBook Pro several years ago, for around $4k, so I would have thought by now a 4tb would be around the same price. The money Apple charges for drives in ALL of their products is near criminal.

If they want to upcharge for the fancy cases and other legitimately expensive aspects of their hardware, that's one thing, but what they charge for basic upgrades is always multiples of what the rest of the marketplace charges. It's absurd.

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2017 at 05:49 UTC
On article A fully loaded iMac Pro will cost you $13,200 (572 comments in total)
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Sarge_: If you would have told me a few years ago that a top spec iMac with a 4tb hard drive would cost $13k I would have laughed in your face... I guess rich kids will con their parents into buying them. I can't figure out who else is intended to buy this...

Look no further than 'outside the Apple biosphere'. Everything I have is Apple, and I've invested six figures into their equipment over the years, for pro use, but I'm looking elsewhere for the next go around. The value just isn't there...

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2017 at 02:34 UTC
On article A fully loaded iMac Pro will cost you $13,200 (572 comments in total)

If you would have told me a few years ago that a top spec iMac with a 4tb hard drive would cost $13k I would have laughed in your face... I guess rich kids will con their parents into buying them. I can't figure out who else is intended to buy this...

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2017 at 22:47 UTC as 28th comment | 4 replies
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Cue the haters... It's a cell phone camera.

It does better than any other camera that you also use to inspire yourself in public bathroom stalls, keep abreast of the latest fake news, send pictures of your man vegetables to people you haven't even met, and inform your mother what time you'll be home. No other device that you use for those things takes pictures like this, except a few others almost exactly like it.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2017 at 15:17 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply
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Paul Richman: Adobe has been releasing very buggy software for the last year or so and we should all be complaining. For example, opening two or more files as layers from lightroom fails half the time. Sometimes auto advance will kick in when you’re rating files and then later kicks out all by itself. (Note that Auto advance is not a feature offered in the menu system). Re-running a filter using command F will sometimes crash Photoshop. These are just a few examples.

Start complaining!

I have complained. Not sure they care. It's completely unacceptable, considering professionals are relying on these things working properly, and with the resources they have at their disposal thanks to all of us 'rental software' customers, there's absolutely no excuse.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2017 at 02:21 UTC
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Sarge_: What kind of power do you get with Godox HSS? I run pocketwizards to a mix of NIkon, Profoto, Bowens and the Godox AD200, and the Godox won't sync past 1/200. The Nikon and Profoto will sync at 1/250 with pocketwizard, which is not HSS, but it makes me question the Godox HSS...

If I put the AD200 in HSS, the power is cut dramatically, which negates the purpose (new Pocketwizards will sync in HSS but HSS is a function of the speedlight's capacity, too, so most won't deliver 1/1 power regardless).

Just curious what others are seeing from Godox...

I get full power sync with pocketwizard and Nikon SB-800 speedlights, but only 1/200 with PW to Godox AD200, profoto 7b and bowens (Calument rebranded) studio strobes. At 1/200, the AD200 is about twice the power of my SB800's, which are among the most powerful speedlights ever made (that I'm aware of). Also, the AD200 battery life is amazing. I have one extra cell, and never go through both batteries in a day, and the charge time is fast enough that two is all you'd ever be able to use.

Also, I typically shoot at f13-f16 (and sometimes higher), so 1/200 is generally fast enough for me.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2017 at 17:17 UTC
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Sarge_: IOS Lightroom? I can take RAW photos with the camera. I can't imagine why I'd really need anything else, or why I'd want to edit RAW files on a tablet or smartphone? I hope he succeeds - it sure was a shame what Apple did to Aperture (and users like me who have had to abandon and rebuild their entire libraries).

I say all of that as someone who has invested close to six figures in Apple hardware over the many years I've used them, and I've watched them go from a company that prioritized powerful tools for professional creatives, peaking around 2009 or so, to one that treats professionals as something of an afterthought. I can get more power, at a much lower cost, from other providers (Adobe, Windows, Dell, etc). My family is still all Apple, but after fifteen plus years of being with Apple, I'm getting very very close to moving everything back to Windows.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2017 at 16:16 UTC
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Sarge_: IOS Lightroom? I can take RAW photos with the camera. I can't imagine why I'd really need anything else, or why I'd want to edit RAW files on a tablet or smartphone? I hope he succeeds - it sure was a shame what Apple did to Aperture (and users like me who have had to abandon and rebuild their entire libraries).

It's widely acknowledged that adobe's suite of video editing tools offer a vastly more comprehensive possibility set, especially in the realm of not just editing, but content creation like special effects.

One of the biggest complaints about FC was how they dumbed that down a couple years ago too.

Moreover, as someone badly burned by Aperture, I wouldn't ever consider committing to Apple's software ever again. They're a capricious company focused on volume sales to soccer moms, with the stale 'mac pro' trashcan to wit.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2017 at 16:10 UTC
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Sarge_: IOS Lightroom? I can take RAW photos with the camera. I can't imagine why I'd really need anything else, or why I'd want to edit RAW files on a tablet or smartphone? I hope he succeeds - it sure was a shame what Apple did to Aperture (and users like me who have had to abandon and rebuild their entire libraries).

Aperture ceased any further meaningful development years ago. 'Supported' it was, but in the most meaningless ways.

As a professional creative, when you see the writing on the wall, and know you've been screwed, you make the change well before things become 'unsupported'.

As it stands, the export and import to Lightroom cost hundreds of hours in cataloging, and I still have my Aperture libraries, but they will be completely obsolete and inaccessible eventually. The only choice is to eat the incomprehensible losses Apple dealt us, and as scheduling time permits, start grinding through the transfer.

It was a professional betrayal of the highest order by Apple to everyone in my position. As much as I am frustrated with the terrible performance of Adobe products these days, I cannot afford the time involved in switching to software that may not be around five years from now.

Apple has wholesale abandoned the professional creative market, in favor of selling trinkets to soccer moms.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2017 at 16:57 UTC
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Sarge_: IOS Lightroom? I can take RAW photos with the camera. I can't imagine why I'd really need anything else, or why I'd want to edit RAW files on a tablet or smartphone? I hope he succeeds - it sure was a shame what Apple did to Aperture (and users like me who have had to abandon and rebuild their entire libraries).

I didn't say it was a bad thing. The implication is there is already tough competition...

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2017 at 02:45 UTC

IOS Lightroom? I can take RAW photos with the camera. I can't imagine why I'd really need anything else, or why I'd want to edit RAW files on a tablet or smartphone? I hope he succeeds - it sure was a shame what Apple did to Aperture (and users like me who have had to abandon and rebuild their entire libraries).

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2017 at 04:42 UTC as 13th comment | 7 replies
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