Dan Tong

Lives in United States Chicago, United States
Works as a Computer Consultant, Photographer
Joined on Jan 3, 2003
About me:

Olympus 2100UZ
Minolta Dimage 7i
Canon S400
Canon EOS 300D

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On article Sigma releases price and availability for sd Quattro H (370 comments in total)
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Dan Tong: Congratulations to Sigma for this unique camera featuring the novel Foveon Sensor for keeping creativity alive. Along with Fuji, who also have designed a unique sensor, they have avoided the far safer "Me too" approach and have pushed technology toward constant improvement.
I sincerely believe that multiple approaches for tackling any problem are far more likely to result in surpassing yesterdays best, than a single path toward that goal.

Innovations of this type, as well as Pentax K1 shift technology, are needed to further improve photographic technology, and too many of these innovations are not coming from the biggest market share (richest ?) players such as Canon, Nikon, or the upstart Sony.

Perhaps many of the cameras that leave off the Bayer Filter, have been inspired by the Foveon Sensor.

-Continued

The Sigma sd Quattro H sounds very exciting, and if I read things right, appears to increase dynamic range by combining multiple exposure readings in a single DNG RAW file.

In contrast to the whiners and constant naysayers, I applaud and value these novel products and ideas.

Thanks for reading.

Dan

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2016 at 22:25 UTC
On article Sigma releases price and availability for sd Quattro H (370 comments in total)

Congratulations to Sigma for this unique camera featuring the novel Foveon Sensor for keeping creativity alive. Along with Fuji, who also have designed a unique sensor, they have avoided the far safer "Me too" approach and have pushed technology toward constant improvement.
I sincerely believe that multiple approaches for tackling any problem are far more likely to result in surpassing yesterdays best, than a single path toward that goal.

Innovations of this type, as well as Pentax K1 shift technology, are needed to further improve photographic technology, and too many of these innovations are not coming from the biggest market share (richest ?) players such as Canon, Nikon, or the upstart Sony.

Perhaps many of the cameras that leave off the Bayer Filter, have been inspired by the Foveon Sensor.

-Continued

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2016 at 22:19 UTC as 11th comment | 2 replies
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2213 comments in total)

The video looks fantastic, probably due to the excellent color grading. I can well understand why Richard Butler finds this camera so appealing.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2016 at 22:14 UTC as 34th comment | 2 replies

Excellent IS performance.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 02:59 UTC as 8th comment

The reason is that the people making this decision are MORONS.
End of story.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 01:06 UTC as 32nd comment | 1 reply
On article 6K here we come: Here's the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 (173 comments in total)
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Pierre Louis: According to the pictures, the GH5 will have the same design flaw that plagues the GH4 and GH3. Watch this to find out more and speak up to let Panasonic know you want this flaw fixed once and for all!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kDETQQiWhA&feature=youtu.be

Absolutely RIGHT. The microphone input gets in the way of the display screen, and his suggested alternate position makes sense. View the youtube video for details, and if you agree please add your voice to this request.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 22:25 UTC
On article 6K here we come: Here's the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 (173 comments in total)

The GH5 is the new camera I'm most interested in at this point, so I'm eagerly awaiting it's full debut and hope it lives up to our eager anticipation.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 22:18 UTC as 21st comment

Best of luck to Ms Highsmith I hope she wins the full amount.

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2016 at 01:32 UTC as 12th comment

The music is what I like about the video most !

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2016 at 22:28 UTC as 2nd comment

I filled out some answers to the founding member pages just to see what questions they asked etc. and found that after choosing Video, Pro level, they asked what was the subject of the work and they had Portrait, Editorial etc. almost all dealt with still photography, with very few choices relevant with Videography and filming (such as independent films).

Like too many other companies, the people that Parachut put in charge of this survey/questionnaires, do not appear to be familiar with the somewhat different scope of still vs video photography, the very reason for filling out these forms.

The company sounds interesting but if it is run by amateurs, to the extent that this experience suggests, they're not likely to be successful.

Here's my suggestion to Parachut, find competent people to do each task and then test everything, over and over until it works otherwise you're going to crash notwithstanding your company name. Best luck, in any case.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2016 at 00:21 UTC as 1st comment
On article D500 owner formally accuses Nikon of false advertising (473 comments in total)

Truth in advertising is an important concept, but unless it is enforceable it is pretty meaningless. The description is misleading.

This has nothing to do with the qualities of the camera, or of Nikon's innovations, and it applies to ALL COMPANIES. We want the truth, not BS.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2016 at 07:01 UTC as 102nd comment
On article Pentax K-1 Pixel Shift Resolution: Updated Field Test (211 comments in total)

Pentax is a seriously innovative company that pays more attention to photographers than most other companies. The Pixel-Shift feature is great, as long as you know when to use it.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2016 at 01:43 UTC as 14th comment

I can think of only 2 or 3 really useful features introduced by the Subscription PShop since CS6. So much for the promise of not being limited by the update cycle of the standard purchase model - just total BS.

I have not subscribed and just use PShop CS 6 and based on the announcements here, I don't think I'm missing much based on "my use" of PS, your experience may differ.

The sharpening feature (useful mostly for movement blur), is now available in PS Elements (the cost of a plugin when on sale) a feature which I found far less useful than I hoped. I expect Content Aware Cropping to be available on PS Elements soon, so if you really want it, that's one way you may be able to get it without subscription to PS.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2016 at 21:45 UTC as 1st comment

I'm sorry to hear about his ill health and passing. His columns were always enlightening, and practically focused on the usability of cameras as tools to do art.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2016 at 03:48 UTC as 88th comment

Cinema of the Future, Great stuff !

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2016 at 22:13 UTC as 16th comment
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Eric Hensel: Here come the armchair engineers, and box-thinkers...

PazinBoise,

Couldn't have possibly said it better.

Thanks

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2016 at 00:30 UTC

It's amazing how with hindsight, it's become clear that Lytro should have focused on exactly this part of the industry, rather than the consumer market.

How interesting to have witnessed, from a distance, the emergence of this amazing technology, from Ph. D. dissertation to a potentially huge shift in the way movies will be made in the near future.

There is little doubt in my mind that if not Lytro, then some other company will ultimately re-make film making, Changing both the technology and the artistry because choice and freedom inspires such things.

Congratulations to Lytro !

Dan

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2016 at 23:17 UTC as 8th comment | 2 replies
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Roman Korcek: What does DP stand for, please? I assume it's not "Digital Photographer" and a quick Google search was... not helpful.

Director of Photography or Cinematographer -the person behind the "camera".

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2016 at 22:47 UTC

I paid the full price many years ago, but I don't begrudge having it available for everyone. Handy to install for Adobe Photoshop alternatives that are plug-in compatible.

Great news for consumers, bad news for competing plug-in companies. What does Google get out of this besides great PR ?

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 20:58 UTC as 69th comment | 2 replies
On article Class 10 200GB microSD card on the way from Lexar (71 comments in total)

Fantastic ! Usually such a super high capacity, high speed card would be announced with an doubiously affordable price, but this is bargain priced, relatively speaking, and a dream come true for video makers.

Oops - just became aware that write speeds are NOT clearly spelled out.

As for the tiny size problem, if your camera, like most at this time, uses standard SD size, simply use an adapter, and it becomes easier to handle, and less easy to lose.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 20:13 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply
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