Mike CH

Lives in Switzerland Zürich, Switzerland
Joined on Mar 2, 2008

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On article Sample gallery: Nikon 180-400mm F4E TC1.4 FL ED VR (88 comments in total)
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Rich Rosen: 180-400 f4 at $12400, or 120-300 2.8 at $3600, with 1.4 TC at $300?

You need *two* 1.4 TCs 😉

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2018 at 13:56 UTC
On article Sony 'striping': here's the fix (677 comments in total)
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PhotoKhan: Quite curious how this was downplayed by DPR upon the camera's release (...up to the point of making it sound like it was OK because "we have seen it on other cameras" (!)...) and now, suddenly, it "was" bad news giving way to good news, in some kind of instantaneous sublimation, because there's a fix.

It is never too much to remember: Editorial responsibility relates to facts, not protecting brand's interests.

I don’t think they are covering any thing up. But the times where I thought they were rather unbiased - those are gone.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2018 at 16:56 UTC
On article Sony 'striping': here's the fix (677 comments in total)
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PhotoKhan: Quite curious how this was downplayed by DPR upon the camera's release (...up to the point of making it sound like it was OK because "we have seen it on other cameras" (!)...) and now, suddenly, it "was" bad news giving way to good news, in some kind of instantaneous sublimation, because there's a fix.

It is never too much to remember: Editorial responsibility relates to facts, not protecting brand's interests.

@abcjeff: As an owner of the 5D4, yes it should. Had DPR known about it at the time of the review, yes, then it should have been included in the review and also potentially influenced the conclusions.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2018 at 04:44 UTC
On article Sony 'striping': here's the fix (677 comments in total)
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justmeMN: The fix is to buy a different brand of camera.

No, I’m not - replies got crossed.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2018 at 19:13 UTC
On article Sony 'striping': here's the fix (677 comments in total)
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tex: What interests me most about this is not the problem or the fix---I've come to expect problems from one thing or another in my entire life, and appreciate fixes whenever they come about. Like other problems, this one seems to occur under certain circumstances? But when it does it does look a bit serious. Artifacts are of concern to those of us who have exacting standards, or who must work to imposed exacting standards.

What interests me more are the reactions, both from DPR staff and among posters here so far, which seem to me to be demonstrating implicit/unintentional bias in every direction, both in favor of Sony and against it. It is interesting to me because it puts the lie to the concept of complete and total objectivity and neutrality. I don't expect such from readers. But at this point in DPR's development, I do rather want to see more neutrality from DPR. It's (past) time for some independent editorial review mechanism.

I don’t know, that’s why I am asking.

But what we see here is that the problem is relevant enough to make DPR state that they have been talking about it for years, relevant enough for Prof. Deitz to develop a fix, and relevant enough for DPR to immediately post about the fix.

“Talking abouts it for years” and “no impact on reviews” seem to me both on first and second glance to be a bit skewed.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2018 at 18:18 UTC
On article Sony 'striping': here's the fix (677 comments in total)
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PhotoKhan: Quite curious how this was downplayed by DPR upon the camera's release (...up to the point of making it sound like it was OK because "we have seen it on other cameras" (!)...) and now, suddenly, it "was" bad news giving way to good news, in some kind of instantaneous sublimation, because there's a fix.

It is never too much to remember: Editorial responsibility relates to facts, not protecting brand's interests.

@RD
Prof. Deitz finds the problem relevenant enough, and can be assumed to understand it well enough, to go to the trouble of creating a fix. DPR has known and talked about it for years, and find it relevant enough to publish Prof. Deitz’ fix.

On that background it would be interesting to know what impact it has had on conclusions in the reviews.

My understanding is irrelevant, and I’ll happily bow to Prof. Deitz’ expertise - he after all found it relevant enough to create and publish a fix.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2018 at 17:59 UTC
On article Sony 'striping': here's the fix (677 comments in total)
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AstroStan: Looks like many Sony bashers are not even bothering to read the article before spewing ignorant "don't buy" dictates.

Apples and oranges, otto.

Prof. Dietz is repairing a fault in a product. ML is enhancing a product, and Linux is creating a completely new product. And repairing faults in products really is the responsibility of the producer.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2018 at 17:36 UTC
On article Sony 'striping': here's the fix (677 comments in total)
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PhotoKhan: Quite curious how this was downplayed by DPR upon the camera's release (...up to the point of making it sound like it was OK because "we have seen it on other cameras" (!)...) and now, suddenly, it "was" bad news giving way to good news, in some kind of instantaneous sublimation, because there's a fix.

It is never too much to remember: Editorial responsibility relates to facts, not protecting brand's interests.

@RD
DPR knows about the issue to the point of loudly proclaiming that they have been talking about it for years. But don’t appear to have let that influence their conclusions in the reviews. Why is that? And what should the casual observer conclude from that?

Whether I understand what causes the striping is totally irrelevant to that question.

But thanks for trying to sidetrack the question... if you hadn’t popped up with an attempt, something would have been missing from the discussion.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2018 at 17:29 UTC
On article Sony 'striping': here's the fix (677 comments in total)
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tex: What interests me most about this is not the problem or the fix---I've come to expect problems from one thing or another in my entire life, and appreciate fixes whenever they come about. Like other problems, this one seems to occur under certain circumstances? But when it does it does look a bit serious. Artifacts are of concern to those of us who have exacting standards, or who must work to imposed exacting standards.

What interests me more are the reactions, both from DPR staff and among posters here so far, which seem to me to be demonstrating implicit/unintentional bias in every direction, both in favor of Sony and against it. It is interesting to me because it puts the lie to the concept of complete and total objectivity and neutrality. I don't expect such from readers. But at this point in DPR's development, I do rather want to see more neutrality from DPR. It's (past) time for some independent editorial review mechanism.

@Scott While you have mentioned the problem in reviews, it doesn’t appear that you have actually handed out any demerits.

E.g. I can’t see in the A9 review that you have given any demerits; it’s not mentioned *at all* on the conclusions page.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2018 at 17:22 UTC
On article Sony 'striping': here's the fix (677 comments in total)
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PhotoKhan: Quite curious how this was downplayed by DPR upon the camera's release (...up to the point of making it sound like it was OK because "we have seen it on other cameras" (!)...) and now, suddenly, it "was" bad news giving way to good news, in some kind of instantaneous sublimation, because there's a fix.

It is never too much to remember: Editorial responsibility relates to facts, not protecting brand's interests.

@Rishi - yes , you have been talking about it - but have you actually given any camera a demerit for it?

I had a look at the A9 review, and while the problem is mentioned inside the review, it is not mentioned *at all* on the conclusions page.

To the casual observer it certainly looks like Sony is being given a pass on this by DPR...

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2018 at 17:17 UTC
On article Sony 'striping': here's the fix (677 comments in total)
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AstroStan: Looks like many Sony bashers are not even bothering to read the article before spewing ignorant "don't buy" dictates.

@Carey shouldn’t a highly paid professor, really, be doing other work than fixing issues with a multinationals products? Shouldn’t said multinational be fixing their own problems? Those are some of the most expensive cameras you can get at the moment, and even if the problem is rare - it’s still there...

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2018 at 17:00 UTC
On article Sony 'striping': here's the fix (677 comments in total)
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justmeMN: The fix is to buy a different brand of camera.

Claim and proof - two different things, really. For the second one you really need to show some examples...

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2018 at 16:26 UTC
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barringtonpro1: Personally I like this, but most people can't tell the difference between cell phone quality chip and medium format quality chip, images. The rules of 1950's format still apply but, too few notice anymore. The "photo drawing true compression" from it's long focal length lenses and short distance must be beautiful.

The window of opportunity with this is maybe, 7 years, serving the uber rich. Wish I could be there.

@Tom: yes, he is right, unfortunately...

Getting through to people what perspective actually is - how objects in the scene are rendered relatively to each other, and what influences it - only the viewpoint, and nothing else - is an uphill battle of epic, vertical proportions.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2018 at 07:59 UTC
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DotCom Editor: -- The first 19-inch, 4:3 flat-panel monitors were priced at more than $10,000 USD.
-- The first audio CD player sold in the United States (from Kyocera, I believe), carried a selling price of more than $1,200 USD.
-- Kodak's earliest digital cameras, the DC-20 and DC-25 offered a sensor resolution of 0.2 megapixels. Yes, that's 493 x 373 pixels. Yes, 0.2 megapixels.
-- The first color display for the original IBM PC (model 5150), introduced in 1981, offered a maximum resolution of 320×200 pixels in 4 colors chosen from a total palette of 16 color.
-- The first Hewlett-Packard LaserJet, introduced in 1983, offered a maximum resolution of 300 x 300 dots per inch at a price of about $3,495 USD. Bit-mapped, non-scalable fonts were extra.

All pretty crazy stuff. But, technology advances. So, too, will the technology used in this camera. Will many be sold? No. Will any be sold? Who knows. Nevertheless, the shot has been fired and the idea launched.

@MShot: yes, products like these are probably not for the impatient, want it all now crowd...

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2018 at 07:55 UTC

If you use light formers, is it then still ‘natural light’?

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2018 at 17:52 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
On article Video: 10 Lightroom features you may not know about (37 comments in total)
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JanMatthys: Another hidden gem is the ability to repackage 1998 technology with 2018 pricing

@JanMatthys - Are you old enough to know what technology was available in 1998?

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2018 at 17:02 UTC

I’ve only got one question - why?

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2018 at 20:22 UTC as 65th comment | 1 reply
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frankje: But ... DSLR sales were up 0,1 % while mirrorless sales were down 15,8 % as you published some days ago ...

@osv - LYAO - but you didn’t get the joke 😜

Oh, and you completely missed that I didn’t dispute any of the numbers.

Just like in the joke - both versions are true, what differs is the spin put on the numbers, and the vehemence with which they are brought to the fore.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2018 at 18:37 UTC
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frankje: But ... DSLR sales were up 0,1 % while mirrorless sales were down 15,8 % as you published some days ago ...

@osv - those kinds of sales number analyses always remind of an old German joke from back when there still was a West and an East Germany, the latter ruled by the Communist Party:

In the spirit of rapprochement it was agreed that a common sports event would be a good idea; 100m dash with one representative from each country. The event was held, and the West German guy won.

West German newspapers the day after: “At yesterday’s event, the West German participant won by 1.5 seconds.”

East German newspapers: “At yesterday’s competition between old and new systems, our glorious workers representative honoured his country with a magnificent second place, whereas the disgraceful capitalist lackey couldn’t manage better than second last”

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2018 at 18:12 UTC
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Studor13: I like it.

For action sports such as skiing I will be able to shoot a skier from behind or mount the unit over my back and record the skier following me.

Sure, you could do it with a helmet mount but the additional chest strap on the Seldi will make things more stable.

...an absolute obligation. True, it is. I don’t ski any longer, but I used to be quite fair.

I just wonder why so many people - both on the slopes and elsewhere - don’t look where they are going because they have their noses in a camera.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2018 at 20:37 UTC
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