BurkPhoto

BurkPhoto

Lives in United States Charlotte, NC, United States
Works as a Training Content Developer
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Joined on Feb 11, 2005
About me:

I have trained sales people and photographers for a major school portrait lab... I create training content (text, images, graphics, video, curricula) for hire.

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PortraitLover: Early this year, I bought the G9 PRO from yodabaishi store in Japan and asked for a discount, the manager was kind and gave me a very good price.

Then i found out G9 Pro is actually G9. During that week, i wondered long and hard why Panasonic released such a camera that doesn't seems to do anything beyond a GX9 and neither does it exceed the GH5.

Why is it a Pro when the whole world is just G9? Is there a GX8 Pro or GX9 pro too?
Today this question was somewhat answered.

It was probably designated that way to indicate that the LENS sold with it in a kit is qualified for Panasonic's professional services contract. Only a specific range of lenses are. The G9 itself is also on that qualified list.

There's probably a kit sold with a lesser lens.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2019 at 16:30 UTC
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El Jeffe: If Panasonic are making a “full frame GH5” it’s going to be one heck of a nice camera.
Help me understand the negativity because I just don’t get it.

The GH5 got knocked around for its early AF performance. Firmware updates have made it better, but the people who want it for blogging are still dissatisfied. Well, guess what, dudes and dudettes? It wasn't made for bloggers!

Micro 4/3 in general gets dissed for low light performance, which is about two stops worse than the best full frame gear.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2019 at 22:40 UTC
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benjimouse: Bit of a yawn really.

So DFD with Contrast Detect isn't like Phase Detect. So what? It isn't targeted at the same purposes as cameras with Phase Detect. If you need Phase Detect AF, buy a top dSLR and move along...

Meanwhile, those who do documentary work, still life work, portraits, and similar work will appreciate the deadly accuracy of DFD.

As for those who criticize Panasonic's AF for video, know this: Most professionals who make serious films don't use AF at all. Nor do they use IBIS, because it can't handle severe jarring of the camera as you would encounter from the back of a Jeep going over rough terrain. So bloggers? Buy a Canon 80D or something and move along.

The 'S' series will find its niche. It probably won't be the same as Nikon, Canon, or Sony. And that's a good thing!

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2019 at 22:37 UTC
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Rich Evans: OOOOHHHHOHOHOHOOoooooo boooy... Here we go!!!

While Canon and Nikon were braiding each others hair Pana just kicked the door in, ran a shaver through the middle of the head and ripped a bats head like Ozy. This thing is gonna be INSANE!

Be afraid! Be very. Afraid.

If the Lumix S series are as good as the Lumix G9, GH5, and GH5S, they should sell well to very high end consumers and professionals. These are NOT mass market cameras. Panasonic's partnership with Leica and Sigma will prove useful, as they cover their bases with an excellent range of lens choices.

I think Panasonic is smart to skip APS-C and sell a full frame system. APS-C was always intended as a stop-gap measure before full frame sensors became cost-effective. So native APS-C lens choices tend to be a bit sparse and a bit sketchy, considering how long they've been around. It has only taken a decade or so to generate designs for 100+ Micro 4/3 lenses. I wonder how long it will take the S Series to reach 100?

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2019 at 22:26 UTC
On article Best cameras for video (170 comments in total)
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Ziv Kruger: This poor "cut and paste" job is not helpful in any way. The subject is supposed to be video - and the winner is a camera who's video "hunts for focus." I know you all can do better.

You obviously have not tried a GH5 with Firmware 2.1. Nor do you understand that this camera is not meant for vlogging. It is aimed squarely at indie filmmakers, local broadcasters, and hybrid creatives using stills and video together. Many of these folks could care less about AF. They also LIGHT their productions, plan and block their scenes well, and rarely “shoot from the hip.”

It ain’t perfect. No camera is. But the GH5 IS extremely well-rounded. Panasonic has listened to its target audience better than anyone else.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2017 at 01:01 UTC
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Mariano Pacifico: Bring back Ektachrome for ART SAKE !!! Digital pictures are for the lazies and artless !!!

It ain’t the medium... IT’S THE MESSAGE. I used film from the time I was five until I was 50. Digital imaging ROCKS.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2017 at 01:17 UTC
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AlanG: "...how Kodak is making the economics of Ektachrome work by creating it in smaller, more sustainable batches."

It is interesting that a 4'x6,000' roll is considered a smaller batch. What size batches were they making before?

Master rolls are typically about that size. They used to make lots of them at one time, then slit it, perforate it, spool it...

Some of the old “coating alleys” were over a mile long. They were really busy in the 1980s.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2017 at 01:01 UTC
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TonyPM: What cameras come with this software bundled in the box?

Panasonic.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2017 at 23:58 UTC
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BurkPhoto: I like the new MacBook Pro, and will probably get one at some point. But here's what I would still like to have:

• Built-in Blu-Ray Burner
• 1 TB startup SSD, plus some sort of slot to swap out SSDs
• Removable, hot-swappable 12-hour battery
• A better, pro-quality audio interface solution for inputs AND outputs (separate!)
• Removable retina touch screen that becomes an iPad when removed, and can be used as a Wacom-like tablet for retouching, artwork, etc. with the Apple Pencil.
• Virtual touch screen keyboard that works like that of an iPad/iPhone
• User upgradeable RAM (up to 32GB minimum, preferably 128GB)
• SD card slot that buries the card in the body of the Mac like PCs do!

This would kick the weight back up to 6 or 7 pounds, and make the whole thing thicker and/or bigger, but I DON'T CARE. I want something portable that does everything. I don't want a desktop, I just want an external monitor and a dock for my peripherals in the office...

…and NO, I don't want a Surface Pro!

ThinkPads don't run OS X/MacOS. For me, that's a requirement, not a wish. I first used a Mac in 1985, and despite running a PC database dev project from '91 to '96, I was p***ed off by all PCs until Win2000. Vista and 8.x were abortions, too. Win10 is okay, though it is still not MacOS.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2016 at 21:06 UTC

I like the new MacBook Pro, and will probably get one at some point. But here's what I would still like to have:

• Built-in Blu-Ray Burner
• 1 TB startup SSD, plus some sort of slot to swap out SSDs
• Removable, hot-swappable 12-hour battery
• A better, pro-quality audio interface solution for inputs AND outputs (separate!)
• Removable retina touch screen that becomes an iPad when removed, and can be used as a Wacom-like tablet for retouching, artwork, etc. with the Apple Pencil.
• Virtual touch screen keyboard that works like that of an iPad/iPhone
• User upgradeable RAM (up to 32GB minimum, preferably 128GB)
• SD card slot that buries the card in the body of the Mac like PCs do!

This would kick the weight back up to 6 or 7 pounds, and make the whole thing thicker and/or bigger, but I DON'T CARE. I want something portable that does everything. I don't want a desktop, I just want an external monitor and a dock for my peripherals in the office...

…and NO, I don't want a Surface Pro!

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 20:46 UTC as 132nd comment | 4 replies
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Phototaker41: Too little, too late Canon. Personally, I think Sony A6300 is much better. Even though I am a Canon fan but I prefer Sony A6300 to Canon M5 when going into mirrorless camera field.

Yeah, Sony has some decent mirrorless cameras. So do Panasonic, Olympus, and Fujifilm. Panasonic and Olympus have over 80 lenses that work with the native micro 4/3 mount, and they can accept adapted lenses from most of the major camera manufacturers. Canon EF lenses adapt well to m43 bodies, as the better adapters retain their IS, auto-aperture, and AF functions.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 14:30 UTC
On article 6K here we come: Here's the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 (170 comments in total)
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Mateus1: Why it's so ugly? Really clumsy shape. Like Zenith from Russia.

If you've ever used a GH4, you know the shape and control layout were designed for comfort and intuitive use. Buttons are right where they should be. You can customize the hell out of it. It just feels right, even for hours of hand-held use. And the menus are the cleanest, most intuitive I've ever used (I used to be a Canon and Nikon user).

Panasonic has listened very carefully to the professional community as they've developed their last few GH cameras. They have a Lumix Luminary program, similar to Canon's Explorers of Light, where pros contribute their ideas, reactions, and experiences with prototypical hardware. They fold that feedback into their engineering and design.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 14:22 UTC
On article 6K here we come: Here's the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 (170 comments in total)

Some detractors here are making fun of 6K because it SUPPOSEDLY can be recorded for just a short length of time. Some said the same things about the GH4 before it was released. As it turns out, I can choke an SD CARD on my GH4 well before the camera dies, and a single battery is good for over two hours of recording. It does record in 4GB chunks, but in the USA, at least, it doesn't stop until the card is full, or the battery dies. I can't imagine Panasonic putting a limit on 6K performance, unless local tariff laws require it.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 14:19 UTC as 43rd comment | 3 replies
On article 6K here we come: Here's the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 (170 comments in total)

The benefit of 6K is zooming and panning during editing (Ken Burns effect for video), and the ability to apply excellent software image stabilization (which has to crop the original image to work) . As with 4K downsized to 1080P, the result of down-sampling to 4K from 6K during post-production is improved definition and detail.

This camera will have a big niche in independent film production. GH4s are currently used by lots of filmmakers on very low production budgets, by commercial advertising producers, and by corporate video producers who double as still photographers for their training and promotions departments. The GH5 will improve options and output, while leveraging the use of existing lenses — both the 80+ native m4/3 glass, and hundreds more that can be used with adapters.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 14:13 UTC as 48th comment
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Phototaker41: Too little, too late Canon. Personally, I think Sony A6300 is much better. Even though I am a Canon fan but I prefer Sony A6300 to Canon M5 when going into mirrorless camera field.

If people buy this, they're not paying attention. Canon needs to COMMIT or drop the M line. We expect more from on them.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 02:03 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review (1024 comments in total)
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Alex O Shea: Lovely camera! I've shot with it a lot :D
Here's a short film I made with the Panasonic LX-100:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UR7Clt6pEgo

VERY nice work on the video!

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2016 at 21:39 UTC
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supeyugin1: A speech full of lies and inconsistencies. She blames US embargo and Russia pulling out, but nothing about communist regime. She should have visited Soviet union in 80-ies, which pulled out of Cuba in 1991 (and not in 1999),to see the same thing.
She is blaming everything, but the real cause of the problem. She should visit North Korea as well to see similarities and make a conclusion.

Anyone with a political agenda is going to find it easier to persuade with facts, presented logically, and supported truthfully with images as examples.

You're right... This came off as grandstanding.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2016 at 21:13 UTC
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BurkPhoto: The media of speech and photographs can go together, but the images MUST expand on the text, or vice versa. They must be in sync, conceptually. In this speech/video, the photographer speaks around the images, not to them, for them, or with them.

She comes off as just another artsy liberal with a cause to promote for those who pay her way.

This should be an object lesson to just shut up and let the images speak for themselves! Maybe she had to speak because the images are not that compelling?

A few decades ago, I had the privilege of attending the 1983 AMI convention. Noted photojournalist, Jim Richardson, made over 800 professionals cry like babies with his little two-projector, black-and-white slide show on Cuba, Kansas... "Reflections from a Wide Spot in the Road." It was a portrait of small town life. Each and every one of his images was artfully composed, instantly understood, and tugged at the heart strings. The narration provided tightly contextual frameworks for the visuals. A weeping crowd stood and applauded, and Jim took home the Crystal AMI trophy that year.

I didn't get any sort of reaction from this.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2016 at 21:06 UTC
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BurkPhoto: The media of speech and photographs can go together, but the images MUST expand on the text, or vice versa. They must be in sync, conceptually. In this speech/video, the photographer speaks around the images, not to them, for them, or with them.

She comes off as just another artsy liberal with a cause to promote for those who pay her way.

This should be an object lesson to just shut up and let the images speak for themselves! Maybe she had to speak because the images are not that compelling?

In color, with digital gear, so I could choose the effect in post.

I would crop, in camera, using zoom lenses. I would straighten horizon lines, avoid cutting off body parts, make more use of depth of field and lack thereof, find human moments that look natural, rather than transitional, and I would sure as hell use more than 3600 exposures in ten years, as her talk implied.

I come from a serious background in multi-image, working for yearbook and photography companies that did a lot of photojournalism. I believe in the power of images set to music and the right contextual narrative to tell compelling stories. Standing at a podium and clicking PowerPoint slides is just boring as hell!

Would be communicators should take note of TV advertisers like Apple who know how to cut quickly through hundreds of images in 30 seconds, yet still make a powerful point!

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2016 at 21:01 UTC

The media of speech and photographs can go together, but the images MUST expand on the text, or vice versa. They must be in sync, conceptually. In this speech/video, the photographer speaks around the images, not to them, for them, or with them.

She comes off as just another artsy liberal with a cause to promote for those who pay her way.

This should be an object lesson to just shut up and let the images speak for themselves! Maybe she had to speak because the images are not that compelling?

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2016 at 20:31 UTC as 12th comment | 5 replies
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