MikeFairbanks

Joined on Oct 1, 2012

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MikeFairbanks: They need to make it run full-scale Lightroom and Photoshop. If it only has 4gb of ram it will be slow (not sure if it has 4 or more).

I'll have a Surface fairly soon through work.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 23:27 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: Compact Enthusiast Zoom Cameras (502 comments in total)

I have the Canon G9X ii. It takes good pics like any other one-inch-type sensor, although limited by focal range and shutter speed. It has the same basic sensor as the Sonys that cost significantly more.

The huge advantage of the G9X is how small it is. I have medium size hands and it's very small. It can fit in pretty much any pocket (except super tight jeans, which I don't wear anyway).

I had the original G9X (mark I) and it actually survived about twelve hours in a violent storm on my patio table. I thought it would be destroyed. But after pulling the battery and drying it out it roared back to life.

I bought the mark ii because it has a significantly faster frame rate. That's really the only difference I can tell.

It's very small but quite heavy (for its size). I like that.

This is my outdoors camera. I was sick of lugging the 6D and lenses on hikes.

Currently it's $429. Good price.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 20:07 UTC as 16th comment

They need to make it run full-scale Lightroom and Photoshop. If it only has 4gb of ram it will be slow (not sure if it has 4 or more).

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 19:54 UTC as 17th comment | 7 replies
On photo Nogueira in the Super fast lenses only challenge (8 comments in total)

Nice photo. There will never be another him again, and there has never been a him before. Portraits like this immortalize us and tell stories about who we are.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2017 at 15:21 UTC as 3rd comment
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jbieber: Can we post porn? Autopsy pics of kids? Clearly anything goes right?

Or does it only have to attack the winner of this election?

What are your actual rules Dpreview? We r curious.

We know the news has no rules. No need for facts. Just rumors and lies.

Is Dpreview the same?

Get it together, JB. DP Review simply posted a news story. Don't start getting uptight and irate at DPreview. They aren't taking sides.

In deep through the nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Repeat until calm.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 13:31 UTC
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janist74: I made some real life test photos with the A9 to see how far I can push the shadows at ISO100 and the conclusion is:
- A7rII is for sure better, but the A9 is still completely ok for (my non professional) needs of landscape photography. IMHO the difference between the 2 cameras one wouldn`t see even at A2 print size.
- the sharpening what I can apply in LR without amplifying the shadow noise is quite limited in comparison with the A7rII, but still enough to produce good Q images.

Sony stated, that the sensor is optimized for speed, but I think they made a good compromise and the camera can be used as an all-arounder without a problem.

ps.: the camera can track my chaotically running kids in all directions and EVERYWHERE in the frame without an issue at 10/15 fps. Just show me an other camera which can do it. :)

One could make the same argument about a sports car. Why own one if you don't need (or can't handle) its capabilities?

Because it's freaking cool.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 13:26 UTC

Yeah, well they won't stop me from drinking hot cocoa.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 13:18 UTC as 53rd comment | 1 reply
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janist74: I made some real life test photos with the A9 to see how far I can push the shadows at ISO100 and the conclusion is:
- A7rII is for sure better, but the A9 is still completely ok for (my non professional) needs of landscape photography. IMHO the difference between the 2 cameras one wouldn`t see even at A2 print size.
- the sharpening what I can apply in LR without amplifying the shadow noise is quite limited in comparison with the A7rII, but still enough to produce good Q images.

Sony stated, that the sensor is optimized for speed, but I think they made a good compromise and the camera can be used as an all-arounder without a problem.

ps.: the camera can track my chaotically running kids in all directions and EVERYWHERE in the frame without an issue at 10/15 fps. Just show me an other camera which can do it. :)

It's also perspective. My family grosses about 100k a year, so my $1300 Canon 6D (body) is a fairly big chunk of change. Someone making half a million a year? Well, there's your Sony.

My father never eats a meal at home. Eats out twice a day at sit-down restaurants. Probably spends thousands a month on food. That's what he likes and can afford it.

To each his own.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2017 at 12:49 UTC
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Chaitanya S: that tiny sensor though. I would love to see atleast a 1" sensor inside one of these rugged compacts.

That Sealife camera looks good.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2017 at 12:32 UTC

Can it go manual? I need shutter priority at the very least for water sports.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2017 at 12:27 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply

No photos of Tiger Woods? ;)

Link | Posted on May 30, 2017 at 18:37 UTC as 1st comment
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2654 comments in total)
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MikeFairbanks: This camera will be a revolution in a few industries, and won't be unnoticed. It will immediately become the standard for unit still photographers in television and film. Whereas they used to use DSLRs and sound blimps (unwieldy/ heavy), they dramatically lost weight by switching to mirrorless. Unfortunately, only the Sony A7s and A7sII had a silent mode without losing IQ. But it was 12mp. Not good if you need to crop or make a giant billboard.

Other choices in the crop range were Sony and Fuji (again, silence is golden). But then it's difficult to nail the shot in low light with a crop (no flash allowed on set)

Finally, a camera with enough resolution to allow cropping and/or enlargements while shooting full frame, fast fps, and 100% silent.

It should also become the standard for press conferences of all kinds. No more hordes of photographers making a clickity clackity racket.

Sports? It won't matter (except golf. Again, revolutionary).

Sony will take the lead this year.

Good point

Link | Posted on May 30, 2017 at 18:36 UTC
On article Google will no longer develop Nik Collection (389 comments in total)

Google should just combine the reveal date and cancellation date with each program they develop.

"Google announces (fill-in-the-blank) software, available July 1st of this year and will be discontinued July first of 2019."

Makes more sense that way.

Hey, Google: if you're reading this, please do me a favor. Could you announce the discontinue dates for Google Drive, Google Earth, Google Docs, Google Calendar, and Google when you get a chance?

Thanks

Link | Posted on May 30, 2017 at 18:27 UTC as 160th comment
On article Facebook Live: Sony a9 impressions so far (104 comments in total)
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FantasticMrFox: Okay, I have always defended DPR against the countless shouts of Sony favouritism and PR. But this is getting silly. Can you at at least put a big 'Sponsored by Sony' button on it, to make it obvious that this is marketing?

Well, if the camera lives up to its specs, then it's a revolutionary breakthrough in mirrorless cameras. It may be the real DSLR killer that people have waited on for years.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2017 at 11:54 UTC

Just buy a pano-head for your tripod, take the photos with your camera, and stitch them yourself. Do it right.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2017 at 02:06 UTC as 14th comment | 5 replies
On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (805 comments in total)

I wonder if it would be feasible to retrofit one of these things with newer technology. Can you imagine how cool it would be (if only for aesthetic value) to walk around with an old Canon AE-1 but with modern 35mm guts inside? Might be fun.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 14:39 UTC as 66th comment
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Stejo: Excellent article, but isn't anybody proof reading this stuff? So many broken sentences and syntax errors.

Obnoxious is a subjective term. Goes both ways, really.

Too many negative nellies on DPreview.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2017 at 16:54 UTC
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MikeFairbanks: Thank you so much, Mr. Butler. I know you worked hard on this. I appreciate it.

With all the mirrorless cameras coming out, including the big new guy (Sony A9), people are going to need this kind of information.

I'm probably in the minority, but I look forward to when silent shutters are the standard. Weddings, churches, sound stages, recitals, plays....NASCAR races. The list goes on. A silent shutter is needed.

No worries. Miscommunication, I guess. Peace

Link | Posted on May 22, 2017 at 16:20 UTC

This technical information explains why the Sony A7s (and A7sII) have such a low resolution. It was the first full-frame camera with the option of a completely silent shutter.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2017 at 14:18 UTC as 41st comment | 2 replies
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Stejo: Excellent article, but isn't anybody proof reading this stuff? So many broken sentences and syntax errors.

He put a lot of work on the article in a short amount of time. Give the guy a break.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2017 at 13:08 UTC
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