Paul B Jones

Paul B Jones

Lives in Canada Ottawa, Canada
Works as a Union
Joined on Mar 4, 2012
About me:

My plan is to take interesting bird photographs.

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xyglyx: No, that's not phallic. Not at all.

Sometimes a microphone is just a microphone.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2017 at 13:53 UTC
On article Adobe achieves record revenue (168 comments in total)

Good for Adobe. They provide me useful products at a reasonable price. For naturally grumpy people, Adobe also provides something to complain about - so everyone should be happy.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2017 at 15:54 UTC as 25th comment | 43 replies
On article Through the lens of black women photographers (203 comments in total)

Super.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2017 at 03:09 UTC as 41st comment
On article Verizon officially acquires Yahoo including Flickr (54 comments in total)

I really like Flickr. Hopefully this will make the site even stronger.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2017 at 00:51 UTC as 2nd comment

This is another outrageous attack on the fundamental freedoms of photographers! We must resist!

Wait, it's meant to be a joke.

Never mind.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 15:55 UTC as 45th comment
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NottsPhoto: I think Canon have another miss here for the very market they created.. the businesses who started on 5d mk2's and whose model is predicated on low capitol equipment costs to fill the need for high quality web videos for business use.. a burgeoning market.

This camera doesn't really work in that context, it's value lies in high quality 4k raw productions which embrace a work flow and quality which is outside of the lower cost needs of the majority of business consumers... A Modest fs7 competitor, but nothing that fixes Canons really problem in the lower end pro market.

Until Canon catch up with panasonic and Sony in that arena and offer an alternative to the GH5, a7s2, and FS5 they will continue to bleed pro users. They can't expect to be able to keep a foothold in that market based upon users investment in lenses.

We need an update to the 7dmk2 and 6d which offer a useable 4k capability in a decent codec together with high frame rates, and a log format, Now.

Thoughtful post, but Canon can't fill every market need at once. I suspect they will fill the truly entry level spot once the technology is available to create something more than "novelty 4K" at an affordable price.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 10:50 UTC
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M Chambers: I'm sure Canon fanboys will love this. The form factor is horrible! It's clearly meant to look like a big SLR instead of a pro video camera.

Fanboys AND videographers will love it. Cranks, not so much.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2017 at 18:13 UTC
On article The DJI Spark is a $500 HD mini drone (96 comments in total)

I've been thinking about drone videography for a while. This is the product that will finally lure me in - small, relatively inexpensive, and quite capable. Cool!

Link | Posted on May 26, 2017 at 14:19 UTC as 6th comment | 2 replies
On article Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM sample gallery (101 comments in total)
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fjbyrne: Looks great. Now how am I going to convince the wife I need another lens? Hmmm...

Tell her you are thinking of getting a skull tattoo on your face, or a naval piercing with a discount used belly button ring, or a pet giant tree rat OR a new lens. New lens starts to sound pretty good.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2017 at 13:23 UTC
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Everlast66: If designing a new system from the ground up, it would be a clever move if someone comes up with a new sensor standard in between FF and APSC, with a crop in the region of 1.2 or so, to replace both standards.

This will be large enough to get many FF benefits, but also get many APSC benefits, like compactness, especially taking in account that it will be mirror-less system having the advantage of a shorter flange distance.

There will be a huge cost advantage for such a system as well. Firstly, due to the smaller lens and sensor sizes, but also additional saving from efficiency, combining FF and APSC lines, and respectively the extra R&D costs that 2 lines require.

Especially, if such company keeps along their existing DSLR FF/APSC lines for "professional" use and gradually establishing such new more efficient mirror-less system.

Interesting. I love the APS-H on my 1D IV and have never been fully comfortable moving to FF for nature photography.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 14:40 UTC

Great article, intriguing questions. The smaller size of mirrorless has always been a solution in search of a problem, so I don't care about that issue at all. Lens compatibility is a big one though, and it would be nice to be able to slap my collection of Canon glass directly on to a mirrorless body - assuming of course that there is eventually an advantage to mirrorless over DSLRs, something that hasn't been demonstrated yet.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 14:34 UTC as 127th comment | 2 replies

Cool. Love the tip to make the sharpening/masking matrix visible. Have already forgotten the rest of the gems, but they were awesome too.

Link | Posted on May 21, 2017 at 13:09 UTC as 2nd comment
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Frank_BR: Some dinosaurs still had happy moments soon after Earth was hit by a meteor. Today's meteor is the mirrorless revolution.

As long as you feel good about yourself, that's the important thing.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2017 at 02:30 UTC

These comments provide fascinating insight into how deeply the desire for group identity is hard-wired into the human brain, extending so far as to provoke deep brand loyalty to consumer products produced for profit by giant corporations - and also how great Canon is! Go Canon!

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2017 at 11:05 UTC as 19th comment | 2 replies
On article Alpha-better: Sony a9 versus a7R II (503 comments in total)

AF joystick! Fantastic innovation! Sorry, couldn't help it.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 13:37 UTC as 116th comment
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Weerterbos: With all forms of respect towards the writer, but switching from a 300 2.8 to a 100-400 is retiring from a professional photography job and taking up a hobby.

Snap.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 23:40 UTC
On article Sony a9: Why being better might not be enough (766 comments in total)
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Paul B Jones: The A9 is a fantastic camera, and it's mere existence makes me happy. For the moment, though, my needs are well provided by existing Canon DSLRs and lenses, and I am not sure what more the Sony product brings to the table that I really have to have.

In respect to the longer term, my gear trajectory plan is to go through the life span of my current set up, which should be a decade at least, and then consider the best equipment available at that point to see me through my sunset years. The A9 bodes well for the existence of even more spectacular cameras to come, so what's not to celebrate?

Always a possibility! But I figure a complete system switch would cost $25-50,000, a good cure for GAS.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 23:33 UTC
On article Sony a9: Why being better might not be enough (766 comments in total)

The A9 is a fantastic camera, and it's mere existence makes me happy. For the moment, though, my needs are well provided by existing Canon DSLRs and lenses, and I am not sure what more the Sony product brings to the table that I really have to have.

In respect to the longer term, my gear trajectory plan is to go through the life span of my current set up, which should be a decade at least, and then consider the best equipment available at that point to see me through my sunset years. The A9 bodes well for the existence of even more spectacular cameras to come, so what's not to celebrate?

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 17:19 UTC as 84th comment | 2 replies
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2670 comments in total)

Clearly an awesome camera! But for me, at least, 20FPS is one of the lesser advantages. There maybe a few rare occasions when such a rate would be necessary, but I can't think of many.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 11:09 UTC as 454th comment

I had a thought today (happens sometimes) and that is that the more diversified a company is, the more likely it is to abruptly drop its camera component if profits falter there. That makes Sony and Canon as likely candidates as any to say goodbye to cameras, and Nikon less likely to bail. Highly diversified Samsung was building great cameras, but wasn't making money off them - so bye-bye.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2017 at 21:18 UTC as 9th comment | 14 replies
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