mandophoto

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On article Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI first impressions (264 comments in total)

The cynic in me thinks the last paragraph is laden with the possibility of outright endorsement.

The folks pictured aren't the only ones smiling.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2018 at 12:55 UTC as 22nd comment

Considering how the movie industry is indebted to car chases, speed, and superheroes that go really fast, yeah, this makes sense. In Hollywood this kind of money is a drop. I mean, how much did the "Avengers: Infinity War" cost?

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2018 at 16:50 UTC as 39th comment | 1 reply
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mandophoto: This could be good for Smugmug or bad for Flickr. Smugmug is more of a commercial site used by wedding photographers and other commercial kinds of photography. Flickr is more free-wheeling, undoubtedly because of the free access, which I think makes it more interesting from a pure photography point of view. The culture of the two sites is different, with Smugmug being more conservative, and even staid from the perspective of creative photography. Flickr is a community that welcomes experimentation and chance, and is open to differences.

It would be sad if Flickr were to become just another platform for generic, cliché, run of the mill, “safe” photography.

@Nikolai Vassiliev: Not sure what you mean by “auto-uploaded junk,” though being a free service, Flickr does get dumped with pap. Still, being free and yes, a social network, also makes it fun. Admittedly, separating the wheat from the chaff takes effort but nevertheless it is much more interesting than the white-bread, predictable work posted in Smugmug.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2018 at 12:16 UTC

This could be good for Smugmug or bad for Flickr. Smugmug is more of a commercial site used by wedding photographers and other commercial kinds of photography. Flickr is more free-wheeling, undoubtedly because of the free access, which I think makes it more interesting from a pure photography point of view. The culture of the two sites is different, with Smugmug being more conservative, and even staid from the perspective of creative photography. Flickr is a community that welcomes experimentation and chance, and is open to differences.

It would be sad if Flickr were to become just another platform for generic, cliché, run of the mill, “safe” photography.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2018 at 11:42 UTC as 69th comment | 2 replies
On article Opinion: the Sony a7 III could be the new Nikon D750 (1233 comments in total)

The operational lag of my a6500 is a constant bur. I would have thought Sony had addressed this problem in the "III" iterations. Typically, no. Perhaps, maybe, with the "IV" versions? Yeah, gotta keep the customers with money hoping, eh?

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2018 at 13:35 UTC as 219th comment | 1 reply

Well said Allison. Smartphones are so useful that it would not be surprising if the majority of users rarely consider the built in camera as the reason for choosing a particular model. Price and carrier packages are probably the salient reasons for a choice.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2018 at 17:27 UTC as 93rd comment

Well, considering the camera technology being implemented in smartphones, it would not be surprising to see, say within ten years, a completely new design of the stand alone camera. Multiple small sensors and lenses, coupled with artificial intelligence to rethink what still photography is.

Edit: Moving from the DSLR design to mirrorless is actually a small change, given that both designs effectively use the same historic paradigm for exposing a light sensitive material to light.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2018 at 13:13 UTC as 308th comment | 5 replies

Very nice color photo. And I also like the B&W pictures. But I don't see how converting a color photo to B&W is cheating. After all, as most of us see in color the decision to do monochrome photography with a color sensor is a matter of understanding the difference, like those of us who used black & white film in yonder days.

Still, Leica deserves credit for thinking like a photographer, rather than a gamer. It would not surprise me if some of the other brands released a monochrome version of one of their models, with a premium tacked on, of course.

Yep, carrying "expensive" gear in public is something I too get self-conscious about. And I don't have Leica stuff, which suggests a bit about my political view point.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2018 at 14:35 UTC as 36th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix GX9 sample gallery updated (103 comments in total)
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mandophoto: It seems that most of these sample photos were made with the sRGB color space. Is there a reason AdobeRGB is not being used?

@badi: Funny that I've missed this for years. Thanks.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2018 at 14:50 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix GX9 sample gallery updated (103 comments in total)
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mandophoto: It seems that most of these sample photos were made with the sRGB color space. Is there a reason AdobeRGB is not being used?

@panther fan: Okay, so DPReview may be implying that the GX9 is for the average or casual photographers. It make no difference to me, was just curious. I understand that for posting on the web, sRGB is the correct choice.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2018 at 14:07 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix GX9 sample gallery updated (103 comments in total)

It seems that most of these sample photos were made with the sRGB color space. Is there a reason AdobeRGB is not being used?

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2018 at 13:39 UTC as 35th comment | 7 replies
On article Canon got it right on International Women's Day (463 comments in total)

It is no coincidence that Canon is the top selling camera brand. Its marketing is the best and always seems to have a finger on a zeitgeist pulse. Somehow this seems like it will be more than just a press release. Good on Canon.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2018 at 22:15 UTC as 107th comment | 1 reply
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mandophoto: California is indeed an expensive place in which to live, and it is also not a right-to-work state. Utah is both more affordable and a right-to-work state.

@HowaboutRAW: Yes, workers have fewer protection alternatives under right-to-work, unfortunately unions don't have a sterling reputation as incorruptible advocates for workers.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2018 at 17:17 UTC

California is indeed an expensive place in which to live, and it is also not a right-to-work state. Utah is both more affordable and a right-to-work state.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2018 at 16:12 UTC as 70th comment | 6 replies

Funny how photojournalism seems to bring out the book burners, in a photography forum no less.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2018 at 21:24 UTC as 23rd comment | 2 replies

Well, I for one admire what Robert Rose is doing for the Nepal children. Good on him.

As for the camera he is using, well, seems it facilitates his communication of his efforts, keeps his kit simple and light, and allows him to concentrate more on his subject. And is appears his approach is successful.

Meanwhile the pixel peepers of the internet sit at home and... well, pixel peep. Good for them.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2018 at 22:57 UTC as 187th comment | 1 reply

Camera gear news has become predictable and, not to put too fine a point, boring. So thank you Ms. Johnson for humanizing and wittily entertaining the few minutes it takes to read of your stint at what must be a "part of the job" task in the commercial world of photography journalism industry.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2018 at 18:11 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply

DPR says "There may yet come a time when, finally, you don't absolutely need a bigger sensor for better results. And it's not necessarily a matter of 'if,' but a matter of 'when.'"

Yep.

It will not be surprising if camera manufacturers work more on the software side of their offerings. Like adapting the HEIF format and even opening their OS to third party developers. Ironically, stand alone digital cameras are more and more resembling the machines from a bygone era, film cameras. At least when compared to the communication options of smartphones.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2018 at 15:48 UTC as 151st comment
On article Annie Leibovitz teaches photography in new MasterClass (175 comments in total)

Creativity comes in many forms. I would think this is a good opportunity for anyone wanting to do the kind of work Ms. Leibovitz does. She is a master of the editorial/fashion field.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2017 at 19:15 UTC as 48th comment
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mandophoto: Considering the atomizing of filmmaking, the effort to research and or build a custom machine is probably better spent on creating. I’m guessing this iMac pro is targeted towards the folks who make a living from their YouTube work. The word “professional” is not a monolithic definition. A pro nowadays can be a one person vlogging operation or an editor working for Disney.

@ chriswy: For a one person operation everything is big.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2017 at 12:23 UTC
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