SilvanBromide

Lives in Australia Melbourne, Australia
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Freelance artist, designer and developer.

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Anyone have any idea what "disable all Touch AF points" means? I.e. what is a Touch AF point in the context of this app?

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2019 at 02:10 UTC as 4th comment

Curious that there's no mention of the implications of such lenses for conventional (ILC) stills and video camera lenses.

If there is a technical limitation that would prevent the use of such lenses for sensors above a certain size then it would be interesting to know what it is. Or - if there isn't, the implications of the development may go well beyond the limited applications (phones and drones) mentioned...

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2019 at 19:06 UTC as 37th comment | 1 reply
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Lettermanian: I wonder if someone from the Tolkien family will buy one of these drones. I wonder if there's anyone else as geeky as me that understands what I'm talking about ;)

Yes, there is. Though I sincerely doubt that this clunky attack drone was reforged from the shards of Narsil. : )

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2019 at 21:51 UTC
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Marcus Beard: There’s a typographical error on the title: “one” its website.

Not any more. : )

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2019 at 22:22 UTC
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jefmcc: How did he cope with less than one card slot?

Canisters, baby! Lots of them!!! ; )

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2019 at 16:06 UTC
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Indohydra: "I would much rather have the pictures than the pay"

How times have changed.

"I would much rather have the pictures than the pay"

A very strange comment given that earlier he'd said they sent him $500 with the airline ticket.

$500 in 1969 is equal to about $3,500 in today's currency - so not exactly great money, but not "not paid" either.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2019 at 15:58 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Travel tripod shootout! (273 comments in total)
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panther fan: You didn't mention one of the biggest downsides of the peak design head. Vertical shooting isn't easy because you are very limited in the angle you can adjust it

@Impulses Interesting - I hadn't come across that issue. It does appear that there are a few options available online, though.

Meanwhile I assume you only need to raise the column on the PD by an inch or two to operate the head (andthen only if you need to tilt the head). If you use their adapter to mount a third party head you shouldn't need to do that (but of course the resulting combo would be longer and heavier with the 3p head added).

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2019 at 08:46 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Travel tripod shootout! (273 comments in total)
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supersteelman: Surui for the win.

And, clearly, PD for iOS.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2019 at 23:15 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Travel tripod shootout! (273 comments in total)
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panther fan: You didn't mention one of the biggest downsides of the peak design head. Vertical shooting isn't easy because you are very limited in the angle you can adjust it

@ronniemac True - although. of course, you can add a 3rd party arca-compatible panning clamp (sometimes called a 'panning puck') pretty easily and cheaply.

It does increase the length by about 1cm or so, and adds a little to the weight, so it would still be nice if they'd found a way to incorporate panning into the design...

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2019 at 23:06 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Travel tripod shootout! (273 comments in total)
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sh10453: Good review. Thanks.
Very clever to cover vibration effects, although the laws of physics would easily predict that the heaviest tripod would be the least affected.

Personally, I hate twist locks. Lever-type locks are so much faster and easier to work with.
I would never buy another tripod with twist locks.
I have a few tripods (5 in total), but they all are from other brands, and a carbon-fiber one is on its way in the mail now (at a much lower price that meets my budget, though).

@matthew saville Thanks for your comments. I think even being able to close the top two segments in one hand action each would significantly speed things up. I've seen a few people demo the PD "fast deploy" technique and they don't seem to have had the problem you describe (I'm wondering if there was some issue with the assembly of the one you reviewed...).

I do take your points about set-up time, but I find myself on day shoots having to put the tripod up and take it down many times, which does become tedious and time consuming (it all adds up) - so anything that makes each set up and tear down a bit quicker and easier will be welcome.

I've used both twist and cam locks quite a bit, and currently am mainly using a MeFOTO which has twist locks. I have a slight preference for cams levers providing they're well made (and, of course, kept appropriately tensioned). I admit I've yet to see how well I like the PD cam locks in practice...

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2019 at 21:19 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Travel tripod shootout! (273 comments in total)
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sh10453: Good review. Thanks.
Very clever to cover vibration effects, although the laws of physics would easily predict that the heaviest tripod would be the least affected.

Personally, I hate twist locks. Lever-type locks are so much faster and easier to work with.
I would never buy another tripod with twist locks.
I have a few tripods (5 in total), but they all are from other brands, and a carbon-fiber one is on its way in the mail now (at a much lower price that meets my budget, though).

@They Caged Non --- It's not the opening of locks that is different, it is the closing/tightening process.

With twist locks there is no option but to individually tighten all 9 (or 12) lock collars after extending the legs. The PD latches can be instantly snapped closed three at a time (i.e. all at once at each stage with the legs still grouped together) in hand-over-hand movements from top to bottom, which reduces total 'deploy' time by more than half. You can't do that - or anything like it - with any of the other tripods in this review.

Because Chris was (apparently) not aware of this, he set up the PDTT the *slow* way, the same as he did all the others - and then remarked that it wasn't appreciably quicker - duh!

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2019 at 19:21 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Travel tripod shootout! (273 comments in total)
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sh10453: Good review. Thanks.
Very clever to cover vibration effects, although the laws of physics would easily predict that the heaviest tripod would be the least affected.

Personally, I hate twist locks. Lever-type locks are so much faster and easier to work with.
I would never buy another tripod with twist locks.
I have a few tripods (5 in total), but they all are from other brands, and a carbon-fiber one is on its way in the mail now (at a much lower price that meets my budget, though).

I prefer lever locks too.

On that subject, I was disappointed to see that Chris hadn't bothered to inform himself about the technique publicised by Peak Design that allows extension of the tripod in about half the time (it's a design feature they apparently spent quite a bit of time refining).

Instead, he sets up the tripod the slow way and then declares it just as cumbersome as the others. I'm still trying to decide whether this qualifies as low information, no information or misinformation. Whichever, it ain't good.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2019 at 13:45 UTC
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IdM photography: Good idea, so the latest Sony sensors would be available for all the camera producers... For the moment Sony keep for themselves the latest technology...

@Revenant I doubt it's more complex than you thought. I believe what Kenji Tanaka described is consistent with the contract of exclusivity that the sensor division would offer to any client who requested development of a special-purpose sensor.

Sony's imaging division may have leveraged that to their advantage in specific cases, but others could do so also (and have done in the case of the D850 sensor - and likely others, as I mentioned earlier).

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2019 at 00:06 UTC
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IdM photography: Good idea, so the latest Sony sensors would be available for all the camera producers... For the moment Sony keep for themselves the latest technology...

@IdM photography If Sony does continue to crush the competition, it will be because of their 5yr lead and relentless innovation - and nothing to do with the sensor division withholding tech from rivals.

If the sensor division did that, they'd simply lose business to other chip makers.

And FWIW, the D850 example is directly relevant because at the time the D850 was released it was in direct competition with Sony's FF offerings (both ML and dSLT). Plenty of people weighed up whether to go with the D850, the a99ii or the a7Rii/a7Riii - so if the Sony sensor division were looking to give the imaging division a break it would have made no more or less sense for them to withhold tech for the D850 sensor than it would now for the Z series.

In fact when the D850 came out with more resolution and higher DR than the Sony flagship FF offerings of the time, some here were screaming that the Sony imaging division had been betrayed. They weren't - it's just the way the two divisions do business.

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2019 at 08:17 UTC
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IdM photography: Good idea, so the latest Sony sensors would be available for all the camera producers... For the moment Sony keep for themselves the latest technology...

@IdM photography Absolutely, I still believe what I wrote above. The a7Riv makes no difference at all.

Indications are that a few yrs ago (likely about three) Sony's imaging division placed an order with the sensor division for a sensor with the specs we now see in the Riv. That tech has taken yrs to reach readiness for production, and Sony imaging will (presumably) have an agreement that the tech they requested be exclusive to them for a period.

If other brands had placed orders for tech that would compete with what's in the Riv around 3 years ago (i.e. about the same time Sony imaging did) they might be in a position to bring the result to market about now. If they're placing the orders about now, then expect to see the chip ready for production in a yr or two at best - longer if it entails technical hurdles or encroaches on a design already delivered to someone else (including to Sony imaging).

Exactly like the D850 - which at release bested what was in the (then) Sony flagship.

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2019 at 06:45 UTC
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Lightright: Canon is turning out to be a victim of its own success. Market share is meaningless unless it translates well into profitability and viability. It looks like releasing half-assed products at a tall price mocking your loyal customers is not a good idea especially if someone out there is interested eating their lunch from you.

@lightright I get what you are saying and largely agree. But there is a mismatch between the first and second half of your proposition. Canon "releasing half-assed products at a tall price mocking your loyal customers" is indeed not a good idea and very likely has something to do with their current predicament - but it is not caused by their own success and they are not a victim of it. It would have been entirely possible for them to be successful and yet treat their customers differently and prioritise envelope-pushing development rather than leaving that to others and sitting back 'til the bottom drops out and the market moves on.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2019 at 21:17 UTC
On article Sony a7R IV: What you need to know (763 comments in total)
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SonySharpShooter: “Sony says it knew there was a 61MP sensor coming from Sony Semiconductor” what a lucky guess from Sony.

@Ken60 Decisions about the sensor in the a7Riii were not made "a year back". More like two years back, since the camera was actually shipping before the end of 2017.

Rather than inventing conspiracy theories based on nothing, while ascribing the most cynical possible motives to Sony, a far more likely explanation is that the 61MP sensor was on order but was not ready yet (in development but still a year or more away from being available in production volume) - so the camera division went with what they had at the time.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2019 at 12:28 UTC
On article Sony a7R IV: What you need to know (763 comments in total)
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SonySharpShooter: “Sony says it knew there was a 61MP sensor coming from Sony Semiconductor” what a lucky guess from Sony.

They knew because they had placed an order for it with the semiconductor division, and had signed off an agreement about the design parameters and the delivery timeline, just like any other camera company that sources their sensors from Sony (or from anyone else, for that matter).

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2019 at 11:35 UTC
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Zoom Zoom Zoom: :
The difference between real photographers and wanna-be's, is that true photographers use any camera to take great pictures and rarely talk about gear, while the rest waste most of their time talking about cameras and taking bad photos.

Unfortunately no new camera will ever change that.

I see. So according to "Zoom Zoom Zoom" and "Thoughts R Us", the likes of Ansel Adams (and many other great photographers, in fact) can be dismissed as clearly not being "real" photographers because of their extensive, passionate and well-documented interest in the gear they used, and their tendency to acquire or develop new envelope-pushing equipment for use in their work.

What an "interesting" point of view. Thanks so much, "Zoom Zoom Zoom" and "Thoughts R Us" for "educating" us with your deep and insightful perspectives! ; )

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2019 at 04:18 UTC
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Light Pilgrim: I do not know if Miss Aniela is on 500px, I doubt it...but if she were, they would also have to ban her:-)

https://500px.com/missaniela

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2019 at 15:57 UTC
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