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Lives in United States UT, United States
Works as a Landscape, nature, travel, stock photography
Joined on Aug 17, 2006

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J A C S: Nikon? Good choice. You really need all that dynamic range.

Particularly at the orange end of the spectrum.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2017 at 03:57 UTC
On article CES 2017: Hands-on with the Kodak Super 8 (404 comments in total)
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iae aa eia: I think it would be more interesting if Kodak had launched a similar product but for 16mm film. It makes no sense to me filming in a film area that small, not even as a nostalgia thing.

Two observations about the article:
1. Although I understand the relation between the lens aperture compared to an equiv in FF, the calculation made, and it makes sense, for practical information though, is absolutely pointless. For practical puposes, the lens will transmit as much light as a 40mm f/1.2 would in FF;
2. "can be set in the camera's menu" (slide 6). I have seen a lot of people writing genetive case with object-object, but it is not right, is it?

Agreed. A small sensor point and shoot with video capability will deliver higher resolution and lower noise/grain than 8mm film. The 'film look', like shooting at 24fps, is archaic, for me. Individual mileage may vary.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 15:35 UTC
On article CES 2017: Hands-on with the Kodak Super 8 (404 comments in total)
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LarsPolarBear: They must have gone mad at Kodak to present a new Super 8 camera and reintroducing the film era on the same event where Panasonic reveals its new GH5 with professional 4k capabilities...

It might be possible to have resolution equivalent to 4K from 35mm film, assuming you have a perfect projection scenario, including high quality display print, optimum lighting control in display venue, high quality projector and optics. Even then sprocket jitter has to be essentially non-existent otherwise there can be visible blurring which would destroy measured resolution. It may not be noticeable except on credits or titles. I read a recent article posted on a filmmaking site that claimed 2K resolution is about the best to expect from film.

Kodak may be appealing to nostalgic amateurs but I doubt many indie film makers will be interested. When they create a budget for a low-cost project the cost of film stock and processing can be overwhelming, and money better spent on crew and equipment rental. The reality is that 99% of the movie going audience won't care whether origination was digital or film stock.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 15:24 UTC
On article CES video: the Panasonic GH5 (76 comments in total)
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Zakzoezie: So much effort improving video AF capabilities, but still no fast Panasonic 17.5mm AF prime lens :-( Yes I know about the 15 & 20mm f1.7 primes, but to have the full frame 35mm f1.8 DOF effect, a 17.5mm f0.9 is desired on m43. So the Voigtlander 17.5mm f0.95 is still the only option today since I left the m43 system several years ago but guess what, no AF for the Voigtlander. So the Panasonic AF improvements will only be applicable for all slower lenses. I remember from my "GH3 days" that AF was already OK for these slower AF lenses (like the Pana 12-35mm f2.8), so I really hoped in the mean time Panasonic would have extended its AF capabilities towards really fast primes ... unfortunately not. Guess I stick to my Nikon D750 with manual focus 35mm f1.8 for video work, clean video in low light. For my video work it looks way better to invest in 1) the 700$ Tamron 35mm f1.8 for its extra stabilization 2) an external Black Magic monitor / recorder of 450$ for easier Davinci Resolve edits.

I have no need to argue. You're entitled to your opinion although the facts dispute your opinions. Professional videographers can see the difference and 4K is coming whether you believe it or not. The majority of all television displays sold in North America and Asia in 2017, over 40", will be 4K sets. Streaming 4K video content is going to become even more widespread than it is now, and very quickly. You obviously live in a different world. If you are satisfied that 1080 meets all of your requirements, enjoy and be prepared to be left behind.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 18:59 UTC
On article CES video: the Panasonic GH5 (76 comments in total)
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Zakzoezie: So much effort improving video AF capabilities, but still no fast Panasonic 17.5mm AF prime lens :-( Yes I know about the 15 & 20mm f1.7 primes, but to have the full frame 35mm f1.8 DOF effect, a 17.5mm f0.9 is desired on m43. So the Voigtlander 17.5mm f0.95 is still the only option today since I left the m43 system several years ago but guess what, no AF for the Voigtlander. So the Panasonic AF improvements will only be applicable for all slower lenses. I remember from my "GH3 days" that AF was already OK for these slower AF lenses (like the Pana 12-35mm f2.8), so I really hoped in the mean time Panasonic would have extended its AF capabilities towards really fast primes ... unfortunately not. Guess I stick to my Nikon D750 with manual focus 35mm f1.8 for video work, clean video in low light. For my video work it looks way better to invest in 1) the 700$ Tamron 35mm f1.8 for its extra stabilization 2) an external Black Magic monitor / recorder of 450$ for easier Davinci Resolve edits.

Zakzoezie, you can keep trying to convince with your spin on 1080 vs 4K but the fact is that modest computers allow amateurs to edit 4K. Amateurs are not under the gun to produce content in the same manner as a commercial production house. As for equipment investment to down sample 4K to 1080, there is none. It's done in software.

As for low light shooting, use the right tool for the job at hand. If I wanted to shoot 4K in low light there are a number of options, all costing considerably more than the GH4 or GH5. Most professionals have multiple bodies and formats for their work environment.

There is good and bad HD and likewise, good and bad 4K. There is plenty of excellent 4K content (not just pretty pictures) on various streaming video services. Your comment regarding artifacts on consumer sets is only partially true. There are models that push the state of the art. You really come off as nothing more than a whining apologist for the status quo.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 18:24 UTC
On article CES video: the Panasonic GH5 (76 comments in total)
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Zakzoezie: So much effort improving video AF capabilities, but still no fast Panasonic 17.5mm AF prime lens :-( Yes I know about the 15 & 20mm f1.7 primes, but to have the full frame 35mm f1.8 DOF effect, a 17.5mm f0.9 is desired on m43. So the Voigtlander 17.5mm f0.95 is still the only option today since I left the m43 system several years ago but guess what, no AF for the Voigtlander. So the Panasonic AF improvements will only be applicable for all slower lenses. I remember from my "GH3 days" that AF was already OK for these slower AF lenses (like the Pana 12-35mm f2.8), so I really hoped in the mean time Panasonic would have extended its AF capabilities towards really fast primes ... unfortunately not. Guess I stick to my Nikon D750 with manual focus 35mm f1.8 for video work, clean video in low light. For my video work it looks way better to invest in 1) the 700$ Tamron 35mm f1.8 for its extra stabilization 2) an external Black Magic monitor / recorder of 450$ for easier Davinci Resolve edits.

Amazing. The number of people who don't understand the benefit of 4K for shooting and post work and final distribution in 1080P. It's not all about sheer resolution. And as for broadcasts (or over the air), who cares? Broadcast 1080 is the poorer possible choice for IQ when compared to Bluray. Likewise, Amazon, Netflix, plus a number of other streaming channels now have hundreds of hours of 4K available. 8K will be used mostly for film making and large venues.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 16:08 UTC
On article Dell's 8K monitor goes on sale in March for $5000 (215 comments in total)
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Joed700: I have a 5K monitor and there's hardly any media that plays 4K, so what is the point of 8K?

There is actually quite a lot of 4K available from Amazon, Netflix, and other streaming services, including the Smithsonian Channel, starting in March. FWIW, in spite of compression, Netflix 4K looks far better than any broadcast over the air or satellite delivered 1080.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 03:07 UTC
On article Dell's 8K monitor goes on sale in March for $5000 (215 comments in total)
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faterikcartman: Too often companies seem to make what they think they can hype to the market. While ignoring what users really want. I suppose there are users who will plant their noses a foot from this 32" monitor. But I rather not hurt my neck. Further away are you really going to see 8k resolution? Were I The Monitor King, I would be making a 4 or 5k --tops -- in this size, OLED, and brag about blacks, contrast, and uniform brightness. But I guess 8k is easier to grasp and market. Reminds me of megapixels.

EskeRahn...European digital cinema is still very much 2K. Large numbers of theaters in the US are equipped with cinema 4K projection. One movie chain signed a 300+ million dollar equipment deal with SONY to update all of their theaters to 4K as far back as 2009. Sorry you're lagging behind.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 03:04 UTC
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Andreas Voigt: Panasonic, stop patronizing me!

"Panasonic suggests that VLogL is a paid upgrade to insure that only users who know that they need it, and how to use it, have access to the feature"

Or is it just another way of saying people who are shelling out 2k for a camera have more money than brains?

For 2k the VLogL function should be included.

There are many people who have more money than brains. VLOG actually requires some skill with color grading and knowing your way around editing software. A large percentage of the buyers of the GH5 or any still/video camera, will have no clue about VLOG and be disappointed in the results. Panasonic was correct in their appraisal of the market. For pro users who need it, $99 is not a big deal.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 00:45 UTC
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noflashplease: So now it's Panasonic's "video and stills 'hybrid' lineup?" As someone who's more concerned with stills than video, color me unimpressed. The MicroFourThirds concept is increasingly irrelevant in the world of stills photography and is becoming a niche videocentric format.

The GH5 is a just another spec sheet hero. Classic Panasonic. More meh and better blah.

The GH5 and the GH4, for that matter, are more than up to the task of delivering high quality files for publication in print or online. I shoot with FF and digital medium format, as well as with a GH4. I frequently grab the GH4 and leave the others behind. Use the right tool for the job.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 00:36 UTC
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PhotoKhan: Simply stunning.

...and an apt "reality check" to those who happily keep claiming some shots are "photoshopped" just because they don't understand how Nature can, indeed, provide us with mind-boggling scenarios like the ones depicted.

So? What's your point? Color film stocks were all over the map. It's not any different with digital and post processing.

Link | Posted on Jan 1, 2017 at 19:31 UTC
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Aroart: Wow... hate complaining but why no 4K... even Nikon put 4K in there latest supper zoom..

I doubt 4K is as much an issue in Europe as it is in North America. A North American version may have 4K although with such a small sensor it could be 4K in theory but actual resolution may be less just as most 1080P cameras don't come close to 1080 measured resolution.

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2016 at 02:58 UTC
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1593 comments in total)

The comments regarding video at the conclusion, seem a bit dated. The comment regarding well done 1080 being preferred over poorly done 4K. True enough but it could apply to 720 vs 1080. The fact remains that well done 4K is demonstrably superior to well done 1080 and 4K down converted to 1080 looks superior to natively captured 1080. The low bit rates at 1080, lack of other video centric features, indicate Canon have aimed the M5 at casual users who wants to shoot home family and travel movies. For the most part, I can accomplish the same thing with an iPhone. For serious videography at the semi pro level, SONY and Panasonic remain the obvious choice. Canon still seems hung up on refusing to offer video capabilities in all but their high end DSLRs, afraid they will take sales away from their dedicated video products while SONY and Panasonic have no such fear.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2016 at 16:41 UTC as 169th comment | 1 reply
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Kiwisnap: I do not regard shots from a drone as photography other than in the literal sense. There is little or no opportunity for the skill of the photographer to influence the outcome.

You obviously haven't kept up with the state of the art in drone photography. An operator can operate and maneuver a drone to a very high degree. It's nothing more than a remotely controlled camera.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2016 at 01:02 UTC
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Biological_Viewfinder: I hate, abhor, detest, despise, that someone who was not even holding a camera and instead used a noisy, annoying, toy to take a picture and won a bunch of money.

Other people did their best, got on their knees in the muck, took bracketed shots to later blend so the dynamic range was there, and did their level best to portray the scene; and got beat by someone who artificially flew above the ground. Not even in a plane or helicopter, he just plain cheated; and still won.

I hate drones! HATE is too small and quiet of a word to describe my unbridled, uncontained absolute rage and malice I feel toward the drones and everyone associated with them.

Everytime I see one, I see some *$(@)*$&@ that is so selfish that he does not care if his loud, obnoxious, annoying, bee-buzzing ruins the experience someone else is having on their walk, hike, camping trip, or their attempts at photography with all the oppressive distraction of some toy model making noise.

You are a laughable fool.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2016 at 00:59 UTC
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urix Lukin: "The letter is addressed to Canon, but the Freedom of the Press Foundation says they've sent similar copies to Nikon, Fujifilm, Sony and Olympus"

But what about Pentax/Ricoh?

Or Sigma, Leica, Hasselblad, Phase.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 15:16 UTC

DOA

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2016 at 17:33 UTC as 63rd comment | 1 reply

Great post. Here's a link to more detail about that grim time in American history. Are we on the way to repeating it with the hate and vitriol being raged against immigrants today?
http://hyperallergic.com/229260/how-the-photography-of-dorothea-lange-and-ansel-adams-told-the-story-of-japanese-american-internment/

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2016 at 18:33 UTC as 48th comment | 11 replies
On article Sony Xperia XZ camera review (96 comments in total)

Based on the samples presented, this phone produces incredibly poor video. The so-called 1080P video doesn't live up to good 720P real-world resolution and in fact looks more like very good 16:9 480P. The 4K quality is a joke.

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2016 at 16:34 UTC as 30th comment
On article Canon is selling a gray version of the Rebel T6 (146 comments in total)

So, a bridge camera for the target market of phone shooters upgrading to entry DSLRs. Or to put it politely, someone that doesn't bother to research before making a purchasing decision. For $50 give or take at MSRP, one could buy a Pentax KS2 with weather and dust sealing, designed for cold weather use, onboard image stabilization, essentially the same 18-55 kit lens, wifi for selfies, a 20meg SONY sensor with far better noise and DR performance, and onboard time lapse creation.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2016 at 19:36 UTC as 47th comment | 2 replies
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