MikeFairbanks

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On article Canon debuts EOS M6 mirrorless with optional EVF (635 comments in total)

I'm possibly different than many because I like a screen that doesn't articulate, but a viewfinder (optical or electronic) built in.

I like how my 6D works. Viewfinder and live view. I can choose. But nothing bulky to move around or keep track of.

That's how I'd like my mirrorless, but it hasn't really been done on a Canon yet. There is always something weird (in my opinion).

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 16:19 UTC as 53rd comment | 3 replies
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MikeFairbanks: It's very difficult to get most consumers to invest in an enthusiast point and shoot when their phones take excellent snapshots.

This leaves the photographers, and they probably aren't a big enough market for this series.

My personal standard is that I want a quality DSLR or mirrorless, and for snapshots: if it doesn't fit in my pocket, I don't want it.

The Canons and Sonys with a 1-inch type sensor can fit in the pocket (except the Canon GX5). Those are great and make a big difference in photo quality. I like those pocket cameras, but even I don't have one anymore (because I rarely used my G9x I sold it).

I use my DSLR and my iPhone. I think phone cameras will continue to improve until the 1-inch type sensor is either somehow worked into the phone or discontinued altogether.

Abrasive Reducer: You're right, of course, that digital cameras aren't investments as far as retaining or increasing in value. They are financial investments for those who use them to make money, but what I meant by invest was essentially investing the money for a return on satisfaction or quality of images.

So what I meant was that for the ordinary person who isn't into photography but loves to take a lot of snapshots, having a phone with a good camera is about all they need. A point and shoot is just going to be a pain. That's why the point and shoot is a dying breed and will only be a niche market for enthusiasts who know photography and need that extra punch that a larger sensor, raw shooting, a zoom, etc. can give.

I'd like to see phone manufacturers stop obsessing over thin phones and make them thicker in order to fit in better sensors and zooms. That would be sweet.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 15:35 UTC
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 review (1145 comments in total)

Holy smokes that thing is expensive.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 20:03 UTC as 17th comment
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Tactical Falcon: Smart move by Nikon. They need more relevant profitable products. How about smart phone lenses and accessories and more? Forget about following thel Go Pro model with the fail Mission cameras.

They need to ride the wave of sharing, and social connection. That is where the action is. Imagine a 1 inch Nikon sensor phone with one of the smartphone heavyweights. The camera that is with you, is the one you share with. My DSLR stays at home allot more than my S7.

That's the thing. I think a lot of guys (I can't speak for women) wouldn't mind having a thicker phone at all, especially if it has a quality sensor, optical zoom, and perhaps added battery life as well. That would be awesome.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 18:21 UTC

It's very difficult to get most consumers to invest in an enthusiast point and shoot when their phones take excellent snapshots.

This leaves the photographers, and they probably aren't a big enough market for this series.

My personal standard is that I want a quality DSLR or mirrorless, and for snapshots: if it doesn't fit in my pocket, I don't want it.

The Canons and Sonys with a 1-inch type sensor can fit in the pocket (except the Canon GX5). Those are great and make a big difference in photo quality. I like those pocket cameras, but even I don't have one anymore (because I rarely used my G9x I sold it).

I use my DSLR and my iPhone. I think phone cameras will continue to improve until the 1-inch type sensor is either somehow worked into the phone or discontinued altogether.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 18:17 UTC as 53rd comment | 3 replies
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MikeFairbanks: If you're an American, heck out Domke and Copper River. All of Copper River's bags are made in the USA and most Domkes are as well. There are many American camera bag companies that manufacture right here in the U.S.

This isn't to discredit other nations and their manufacturing. I'm simply suggesting that if you are going to buy an American brand, make sure it was actually made in America. Otherwise you're really paying for a label on an import.

My second paragraph explained my fair thoughts. I have nothing against imports from foreign nations. I buy Canon gear from a Japanese company. Where they make their product isn't of concern to me.

If I wanted a European product, I would want it made in Europe. I wouldn't want to buy a German product made in Taiwan. However, I would buy a bicycle from Giant because they are a Taiwanese company.

I'm well-aware that DP Review is an international site. I'm just suggesting to my fellow Americans to buy American products made in America.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 15:35 UTC
On article Prime or zoom? LensRentals investigates (232 comments in total)
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LaurenceSvirchev: It is not 'mind-numbing numbers' but excessive ego and hubris that makes Mr. Cicala's difficult to read. The first three sentences of the roles of quantitative and qualitative sciences demonstrate a poor understanding of their respective roles in understanding what our eyes see. Example, Einstein played piano constantly while pondering the concepts that were revealed on his three papers in 1905 ('annus mirabilis') that changed the way society looks at the world. Use of rage-filled phrases like "setting my teeth on edge" are a wonderful way to fog an issue: no one really cares about Mr. Cicala's frustrations except perhaps the author himself.

I read the article and was still confused. Is he saying that even the best zooms don't compare to a good prime?

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 00:39 UTC
On article Prime or zoom? LensRentals investigates (232 comments in total)
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LaurenceSvirchev: It is not 'mind-numbing numbers' but excessive ego and hubris that makes Mr. Cicala's difficult to read. The first three sentences of the roles of quantitative and qualitative sciences demonstrate a poor understanding of their respective roles in understanding what our eyes see. Example, Einstein played piano constantly while pondering the concepts that were revealed on his three papers in 1905 ('annus mirabilis') that changed the way society looks at the world. Use of rage-filled phrases like "setting my teeth on edge" are a wonderful way to fog an issue: no one really cares about Mr. Cicala's frustrations except perhaps the author himself.

I think you're being too judgmental. He's dedicated to the craft.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 00:07 UTC
On article Prime or zoom? LensRentals investigates (232 comments in total)

I love Roger's analysis on lenses. He's honest, direct, and doesn't try to sugar-coat a lens, even the very lenses he is trying to rent.

I have rented from them before, and it's funny to read things on obscure lenses in which Roger says, "If you don't know what this is, you don't want it."

i appreciate that refreshing honesty. He always has a good take on gear.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 00:06 UTC as 14th comment

If you're an American, heck out Domke and Copper River. All of Copper River's bags are made in the USA and most Domkes are as well. There are many American camera bag companies that manufacture right here in the U.S.

This isn't to discredit other nations and their manufacturing. I'm simply suggesting that if you are going to buy an American brand, make sure it was actually made in America. Otherwise you're really paying for a label on an import.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2017 at 23:38 UTC as 13th comment | 4 replies
On article This camera is made of 32,000 drinking straws (178 comments in total)
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PowerG9atBlackForest: Ha! Here we are and finally, Green people cannot say that nature's straws would be better! Unless they ignore light obstructing knots and bends and twists - they normally would deny anything, wouldn't they?

PowerG9 should win some kind of award for taking the least-political internet post in history and making it political.

Yes, i'm being sarcastic.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2017 at 13:41 UTC
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MikeFairbanks: That's a really good idea. It needs some time to develop, but getting the consumers the ability to livestream using any camera is a huge advance. It's the zooming that makes the difference. If using a dedicated camcorder with a large zoom range or a DSLR, mirrorless, etc. with a zoom lens, this can be great.

At 720p it is a bit weak in resolution, but the limit, at this point, is understandable because of relay problems. The device has to both take in a signal and send out a signal at the same time. Therefore, it's a good idea for live broadcast of news events. Unfortunately, live news events demand portability. This unit isn't really portable.

Again, however, it's a step in the right direction. Within a couple years consumers will be able to live broadcast at 4k using a quality DSLR and lens setup.

Technology continues... :)

Dale, you are right, now that I think about it, because most of the livestreaming you would do (or most people) would be viewed on a smartphone, tablet, or laptop; maybe a desktop with a big monitor, but probably not a television.

I wonder how the low-light capability of a sensor would do as it worked it's way through the system. For example, if using a 6D and a prime lens, how would it look to the viewers (since depth of field could be controlled well and, in theory, the lowlight capability of that setup should also work).

I always wondered if there was simply a way to tether a smartphone directly to the dslr and livestream. Since most newer cameras and smartphones can already communicate, it seems like a software solution could do it in the phone itself (as an app).

But I don't know what I don't know. I assume the resolution from the camera to the phone is cut severely in the first place.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2017 at 20:37 UTC

That's a really good idea. It needs some time to develop, but getting the consumers the ability to livestream using any camera is a huge advance. It's the zooming that makes the difference. If using a dedicated camcorder with a large zoom range or a DSLR, mirrorless, etc. with a zoom lens, this can be great.

At 720p it is a bit weak in resolution, but the limit, at this point, is understandable because of relay problems. The device has to both take in a signal and send out a signal at the same time. Therefore, it's a good idea for live broadcast of news events. Unfortunately, live news events demand portability. This unit isn't really portable.

Again, however, it's a step in the right direction. Within a couple years consumers will be able to live broadcast at 4k using a quality DSLR and lens setup.

Technology continues... :)

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2017 at 17:47 UTC as 14th comment | 4 replies
On article Shealah Craighead named Trump's official photographer (25 comments in total)

I'd love that job, regardless of who or what party was in control of the White House. What an opportunity. Although, it would have to pay extremely well and I'd need a wide parameter.

Part of the downside would be setting up and doing a ton of portrait sessions with all the lighting gear, backdrops, etc. for the many events. That wouldn't be fun, but with enough assistants perhaps it wouldb't be so bad

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2017 at 20:51 UTC as 117th comment | 1 reply

Remarkable photo. Thanks for sharing. It's odd to think that every single one of them are no longer living. Even their kids are no longer living. Crazy to think about.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 02:46 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply

I want one but that camera is a pain in the a--.

Why?

Everytime I try to look it up online, my wallet bites me in the behind.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 20:02 UTC as 13th comment
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lacikuss: Regardless of IQ 3 fps is a serious limitation for any photographer.

Mgrum, I thought I was crazy, and so did everyone else when I told them the mountains fly by. Thank god I'm not the only one who sees this. ;)

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 20:00 UTC
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Wallybipster: Glad to see more competition in the MF marketplace. As someone who finds M4/3 to be plenty for a workhorse, do everything and take it everywhere system, this is looking like my likely next system as an ultimate IQ and damn the portability system for landscape shooting.

Are you confusing this with micro four-thirds? Or am I misunderstanding? Thanks

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 19:59 UTC
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The Jimmy 86: Really and truly, it's more than a bit disheartening to read the comments here.

It's not that people disagree with Trump, because that's natural, and to be expected. It is not that people are upset their party lost.

It's the insanely caustic vitriol vomited upon Trump and his supporters.

Every time politics are raised in a photography or art related forum, I have to wade through piles of cruel, sneering invectives courtesy of the 'tolerant left.' If it's not that, its the inevitable invocation of Godwins law.

I don't believe Nikon sponsored this by the way, so all of you drama queens can spare us your histrionic declarations of separation from Nikon equipment.

All the liberal anger will calm down soon (not go away, of course), but it will be interesting to see what the Republicans and the radio/TV focus on, getting things accomplished or focusing on what people are saying about Trump.

For now it's all a mess, but after tomorrow, if people on the right in radio/TV and the internet continue complaining about liberals, then it will likely be a diversion from what is or isn't getting accomplished.

If you ask an Atlanta Falcons player right now about Seattle fans being angry from last week's game, the Falcons player is definitely going to say he's not concerned with it and that he has to look forward to the next game.

Something to think about.

I think a lot of Republicans are upset because they know they have to carry the entire weight of the country alone for a minimum of two years, and they won't have anyone to blame. Liberals will be on vacation and can't be blamed.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 21:41 UTC
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Aroart: I am very passionate RC Pilot.. I've owned over 10 helicopters and 5 mutilrotors and love the hobby before they called them drones.. The only solution to have safer pilots is to make people train threw proper flight simulation and then be tested to obtain a license.. Every drone should have a pin # that you obtained. When you pass your license than you can unlock your drone for flight.. DJI has a flight sim in there ap and is easily doable on there part. I doubt DJI will do that, there only concern is to sell as many as possible and give people the assumption that everyone should fly.. IF you can't fly with out GPS you should not be flying...

It's very rare that an RC operator allows someone else to fly his plane or helicopter, especially helicopter. The 3D helis are so hard to fly that it's like being in a log rolling competition (where two people balance on a log on the water) while juggling three cats that not only hate water, but think you're a hawk.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 17:22 UTC
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