entoman

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Joined on Feb 7, 2010
About me:

Semi-pro wildlife & nature photographer, author, wildlife tour operator, entomologist, conservationist, world traveller, dog lover.

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entoman: I think 4K Photo Mode will be a short-lived phenomenon.

A shot extracted from this only yields an 8MP image, which is pretty small by today's standards. It's perfectly usable for modest-sized uncropped prints, but there are plenty of cameras that can shoot at very fast burst speeds while retaining the full megapixel count.

The Sony a9 can already shoot 24MP stills at sustainable burst speeds of 20fps, and the Olympus OMD EM1Mkii can shoot 20MP stills at sustained 60fps bursts in single-AF mode, or 18fps in C-AF mode.

If someone can convince me that Panasonic's 4K Photo Mode is anything other than an ephemeral gimmick, please go ahead and try.

Jordan - Try reading my post again.

I said "I think *4K Photo Mode* will be a short-lived phenomenon"...

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2018 at 17:03 UTC
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entoman: I think 4K Photo Mode will be a short-lived phenomenon.

A shot extracted from this only yields an 8MP image, which is pretty small by today's standards. It's perfectly usable for modest-sized uncropped prints, but there are plenty of cameras that can shoot at very fast burst speeds while retaining the full megapixel count.

The Sony a9 can already shoot 24MP stills at sustainable burst speeds of 20fps, and the Olympus OMD EM1Mkii can shoot 20MP stills at sustained 60fps bursts in single-AF mode, or 18fps in C-AF mode.

If someone can convince me that Panasonic's 4K Photo Mode is anything other than an ephemeral gimmick, please go ahead and try.

whyamihere - I'm unconvinced. You might squeeze acceptable fashion prints from 8MP, but fashion is a genre that generally doesn't require high resolution - in fact it often benefits from being a bit on the "soft" side as I'm sure you'd agree.

As I said "It's perfectly usable for modest-sized uncropped prints", but I shoot highly detailed subjects, and often need to crop heavily and produce large prints, so I need FF or APS with at least 20MP, and a decent burst rate - the higher the better for catching eyes, legs and wings at the decisive moment.

But sure, you can get away with less if you're willing to sacrifice detail or settle for modest prints. I'm not.

I don't advocate M43 for my genres of photography (wildlife, macro, landscape) but I mentioned the Olympus because it has the fastest burst speed of any current camera, and offers 20MP *and* up to 60fps, which is a pretty damned amazing combination, and infinitely better than 4K Photo Mode on an M43 Panasonic...

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2018 at 16:25 UTC

I think 4K Photo Mode will be a short-lived phenomenon.

A shot extracted from this only yields an 8MP image, which is pretty small by today's standards. It's perfectly usable for modest-sized uncropped prints, but there are plenty of cameras that can shoot at very fast burst speeds while retaining the full megapixel count.

The Sony a9 can already shoot 24MP stills at sustainable burst speeds of 20fps, and the Olympus OMD EM1Mkii can shoot 20MP stills at sustained 60fps bursts in single-AF mode, or 18fps in C-AF mode.

If someone can convince me that Panasonic's 4K Photo Mode is anything other than an ephemeral gimmick, please go ahead and try.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2018 at 15:19 UTC as 29th comment | 13 replies
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rallyfan: The sooner we can use a video feed to select whatever still image we want, the better.

The sooner cameras become embedded hardware at, say, fields and racetracks rather than expensive kit that we have to carry around, set, and fuss with, the better.

The best camera is no camera.

The way forward in photography is to get rid of the camera as we've known it.

rallyfan - "It'd certainly be better for the animals if you sent the money by wire transfer and remained at home, yes"

You couldn't be further from the truth. Wildlife in Africa e.g. is almost entirely dependent on "safari tourism" for survival. The animals and wild places would soon disappear to be replaced by urban sprawl if tourism ceased and we all "remained at home". Tourism brings essential income and ensures the survival of the animals and the habitats where they live.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2018 at 14:58 UTC
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Rick Knepper: Redding seems to be getting all of the news attention. Those homes are insured and can be quickly rebuilt. There is no property and casualty insurance on Yosemite National Park where the Ferguson Fire has closed the park. NPS goes on and on about unhealthy forests and the effects of fire suppression but that posture suspiciously arose and coincides with Republican efforts to cut the NPS budget.

Idiot republican conspiracy theorists will always think the Russians, the Islamics or the Democrats are responsible for every catastrophe that befalls the human race.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2018 at 23:20 UTC
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PhozoKozmos: lest folks forget
anytime rainstorms offer water relief to desert like regions
accompanying lightning with such rainstorms is very much a source of firestarters
on hot desert lands so severely dried, even the little rain that touches it can readily evaporate very quickly, and still serve as fire kindling

meanwhile, there has been a little mentioned escalation of deliberate arson behavior
not just by regular fire-bugs, ...

but more specifically,
by ideologically based "war-against-enemies", aka: arson-fire jihad (=islamic: muhammad himself resorted to using arson to burn "unbelievers/apostates" kaafars homes, FARMS/GROVES, villages, and even "rival mosques")

this happens typically in third-world countries, but "arson jihad" has already spread to western countries
common in Israel, daily
Europe: also has "vehicular jihad"; spilling over to UK/USA/Canada
not just "knife/gun/bomb" jihad

opportunistic fire jihad that passes as "natural" or "irresponsible arson" (=plausible deniability)

PhozoKozmos - it seems to me that your posts, if read by terrorists or just plain arsonists, would simply prompt them to perform acts which they might not otherwise have even thought of.

Are you actually trying to put ideas into their heads?

Are you going to publish plans for home-made nuclear bombs next?

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2018 at 21:39 UTC
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EskeRahn: So sad, but is this the right forum for images like this?

Daniel - Are you by any chance "liking" your own posts?

It's a sign of insecurity in your own beliefs.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2018 at 18:56 UTC
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EskeRahn: So sad, but is this the right forum for images like this?

PhilDunn - Actually what PLShutterbug said DOES represent what educated people around the world think about America.

I too have travelled very widely, and engaged in long conversations with highly educated people in countries on all continents (including America), and almost without exception, and without solicitation on my part, they condemn the direction in which Trump has led America.

The vast majority of those who agree with Trump's policies are poorly educated people with narrow outlooks, who Trump has used and abused by using Hitleresque tactics to spread fear and hatred.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2018 at 15:12 UTC
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entoman: Only a tiny minority of wildfires are caused by lightning or other "natural" causes. It's virtually impossible to prove, but I believe 99% of these devastating fires are either started deliberately (arson) or are due to utter stupidity (discarded cigarette butts, campfires not extinguished etc). Those who cause loss of life & property, and destruction of wildlife habitats due to these fires, deserve a life sentence.

PhilDunn - I'm fully aware of the controlled burn and natural burn processes and their necessary role in stimulating regrowth. The isssue is that towns and cities are built within fire-prone areas, and therefore highly prone to attacks by arsonists and those who discard cigarette butts etc. The issue is further exacerbated by the fact that climate change is attributed by the overwhelming majority of scientists to causing more severe and frequent droughts. Your blind loyalty to your president is touching, but VERY misplaced.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2018 at 10:07 UTC
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EskeRahn: So sad, but is this the right forum for images like this?

Phil Dunn - "Funny how for the anti-American foreigners the world is somehow always united against America".

So anyone who disagrees with Trump's ignorance of climate change is "anti-American"?

It's certainly true that there is a great deal of anger against America felt by its traditional allies as well as by its percieved enemies, but almost all of that is attributal to your current president, (and those who voted for him). The anger is not directed towards normal intelligent Americans such as those who voted for your widely admired previous President.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2018 at 09:59 UTC
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EskeRahn: So sad, but is this the right forum for images like this?

PhilDunn - "Read more carefully what I wrote"

I was expanding upon what you wrote, not contradicting it :-)

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2018 at 09:53 UTC
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EskeRahn: So sad, but is this the right forum for images like this?

PhilDunn - The overwhelming body of scientific opinion is that climate change causes extreme weather events such as floods and droughts to become more frequent.

But droughts and high temperatures are not the direct *cause* of the fires. A few may be the result of lightning strikes, but the vast majority are caused by arson or neglect (discarded cigarettes etc).

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2018 at 00:43 UTC
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EskeRahn: So sad, but is this the right forum for images like this?

Eskerahn - Yes, this is a perfectly valid place to publish these images and to discuss the fires and their causes.

Photography is not only about scenic landscapes, portraits, wildlife and sports etc, it is also about photojournalism, which includes war, crime, social, documentary & political genres etc.

Furthermore, although this is a gear-orientated site, we should all consider and discuss *what* we photograph and *how* we photograph it, rather than just which *gear* we use!

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2018 at 00:27 UTC

Only a tiny minority of wildfires are caused by lightning or other "natural" causes. It's virtually impossible to prove, but I believe 99% of these devastating fires are either started deliberately (arson) or are due to utter stupidity (discarded cigarette butts, campfires not extinguished etc). Those who cause loss of life & property, and destruction of wildlife habitats due to these fires, deserve a life sentence.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2018 at 00:20 UTC as 25th comment | 5 replies
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entoman: "identifies subject matter and sorts the photo into one of 20 categories automatically. Saturation, white balance, brightness and contrast are adjusted accordingly."

So if I take a photo that doesn't "fit" into one of the 20 categories (which is highly likely unless I'm shooting groups, portraits or landscapes), then the phone will set inappropriate saturation, white balance, brightness and contrast?

I'd put it another way - 95% of the people who only take snaps of people or scenery should get slightly "improved" results by using this feature, but anyone who has any imagination and wants to photograph anything else is likely to find it a waste of time.

What comes next - automated composition? What a great idea that would be - if the composition didn't conform to the smartphones little list of 20 categories, it would refuse to take the snap!

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2018 at 22:38 UTC
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panther fan: The function that automatically warns you that somebody has blinked, whithout needing to review the picture is very usefull.

Would be a great addition for future cameras

I'd guess that future cameras will take a rapid sequence of shots and then automatically select the one in which no one in the photo is blinking. Very useful for those who shoot people pics.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2018 at 18:44 UTC
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Imager of: I just don’t understand who would buy this when you could just get the Apple x phone which is way better!

Don't feed the troll...

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2018 at 18:42 UTC
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LFPCPH: Imagine 10 years into the future. If any SLR camera system has survived the mirrorless succes - is it the Nikon F, or the Canon EF ?

T3 - Well it will certainly be interesting to see how things develop in the next 5 years. The number of people buying new DSLRs will plummet but I'd guess that new lenses will continue to be launched for the diehards and pros who demand a time-proven workhorse rather than the latest specs.

I'm very much looking forward to the new Nikons and Canons. But switching from one camera to another that is very different in layout and feel requires a fairly long adaptation period while "muscle-memory" is relearnt, so they will have to provide very significant advantages in real world usage and results if I'm going to make the switch.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2018 at 18:23 UTC
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LFPCPH: Imagine 10 years into the future. If any SLR camera system has survived the mirrorless succes - is it the Nikon F, or the Canon EF ?

T3 - Yes, of course it is dependent on people buying or at least continuing to use DSLRs. But as long as there is demand from DSLR users, lenses for those systems will continue to be developed.

That demand from DSLR users will continue for many years, because:

A) Most Canon and Nikon users will be reluctant to switch to FF mirrorless until Nikon and Canon versions are both fully established (many, rightly or wrongly, just don't like Sony ergonomics, or are brand-loyal to Canikon).

B) Many simply can't afford to regularly upgrade or switch bodies, whereas purchasing new lenses is a lot cheaper and makes better economic sense if they consider their current DSLR to be adequate for their needs. Is it better to increase your photographic versatility by getting extra lenses, or by getting a different camera body? I'd go for extra lenses every time!

I agree with your last paragraph, but I don't think the death of the DSLR or the death of DSLR lens systems is as close as you think.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2018 at 16:23 UTC
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LFPCPH: Imagine 10 years into the future. If any SLR camera system has survived the mirrorless succes - is it the Nikon F, or the Canon EF ?

T3 - Let's not be silly and try to turn a neutral comment into a Nikon vs Sony flame war. I've got better things to do with my time than play fanboy games. I don't use either brand currently (although I've used both previously) so I have no axe to grind.

I was simply pointing out that continued production of a large number of lenses indicates that a manufacturer has no immediate intention of shutting down the camera line, whereas cessation of lens design of a particular mount does indicate that a manufacturer has no real commitment to that lens line.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2018 at 15:21 UTC
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