mikesco

Lives in United States South Hadley, MA, United States
Joined on Dec 20, 2003

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MusicmanUK: "The new Sony X3000 both offer image stabilization, with the X3000 (left) shooting 4K and the (center) Full HD. Both are sold in optional kits with the new, smaller live-view remote."

*Something* is wrong with this caption, like there are some words missing.

And I'd guess the camera in the centre with 4K printed on it in big letters is the 4K model. :-)

It is a misprint; the $150 extra is correct, if you look at the press release the X3000 kit is $550.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2016 at 18:14 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F707 (136 comments in total)

My first digital Camera.. I went from the Sony 707 to the Canon 20D to the Canon 7D. I believe all were game changers for their time. My next camera will likely be a Canon 5D Mark V, the Mark IV is very close, but I want a full frame with 4k, 60p Video; so I will wait.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 19:13 UTC as 47th comment
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crashpc: ISO 204000 is propably where it should end, even for emergenices. After denoise and sharpening, it´s good for 640px wide image.

I agree, interestingly enough I was comparing it to my 7D and the D5 seems to match at 204000 what the Canon 7D picked as a max ISO at 12,800 (the D5 seems sharper and less purple blotching but much more compression and sharpening artifacts). 4 Extra stops is pretty impressive none the less.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2016 at 18:05 UTC
On article FAA officially launches drone registration system (173 comments in total)

Do you have to renew this registration? If not since it does not require a drone make model or serial number, what stops me from registering prior to Jan 20 so that I can do it for free in case I decide to buy one in the future?

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2015 at 16:31 UTC as 10th comment | 2 replies
On article Adobe celebrates 25 years of Photoshop (366 comments in total)
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clicstudio: I am tired of people complaining about having to pay just about 10 bucks a month for Photoshop CC.
Just a few years ago, Photoshop alone cost about $700. At 10 bucks, that's 70 months or 5.8 years of usage.
Most software is obsolete within a year or two. So having the latest version updated frequently is a great thing.
If you are professional, then you need to use the best professional tool available out there.
I've been using it for 21 years, and I still learn something new about it every day.
As a full time professional photographer, this is my bread and butter and I can live without it.
So, stop complaining and start creating.

If you never bought the full version good for you, then the subscription model may not be as bad of a deal. For those of us who did and invested the $700 for Adobe to pull the carpet out from under us and take away our discounted upgrades and we get to pay the same amount as someone who never paid full price, not so good a deal, so yeah we are bitter.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2015 at 01:04 UTC
On article Adobe celebrates 25 years of Photoshop (366 comments in total)
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Peter Del: CS6 costs £650, if one keeps it for ten years it costs £650. If one rents it at £9/month for ten years that's £1080. I would sooner have the £430 in my pocket rather than theirs!
However, I'm still using Elements 3!!!

Adobe use to upgrade about every 18 months, upgrade cost $189, I would skip every other upgrade, the old Adobe mode cost me less than $75 a year and I owned it, the new model costs $120 per year and I lose it if I discontinue.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2015 at 14:42 UTC
On article Adobe celebrates 25 years of Photoshop (366 comments in total)

Photoshop has been dead to me since they changed to a subscription model.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2015 at 14:30 UTC as 65th comment
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Michael S.: What a nonsense putting 50MP on an 36x24mm sensor.
There is no Canon lens that is capable to resolve those tiny pixels.

It is the same pixel density as the Canon 7DII

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 13:25 UTC
On article 3,200 megapixel LSST camera gets construction approval (257 comments in total)

Is it hand holdable or will I need a tri-pod?

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 13:45 UTC as 4th comment

I predict Black Friday 2015 pricing of $59.00

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2015 at 15:50 UTC as 25th comment | 1 reply
On article Tamron 16-300mm Di II VC PZD real-world samples (111 comments in total)
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Mike FL: The price is the same but "The Sony mount does not include the VC image stabilization functionality".

Interesting.

I would also think that the production volume demand might also negate the price difference.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 15:56 UTC
On article Tamron 16-300mm Di II VC PZD real-world samples (111 comments in total)
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MarioV: A rather ordinary effort by Tamron.

I really wanted to like this lens, but the image quality is "ok" only if viewed at normal screen size (maximum pixel density) or reduced size.

Nothing compelling enough to make me want to upgrade from the Sigma 18-250 macro.

Glad to hear Sigma's quality control is improving, I have had more issues with Sigma lenses and no Issues with Tamron. Yes this Tamron does have more CA than I would like, but I'll tale the extra 2mm at the wide end.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 06:06 UTC
On article Tamron 16-300mm Di II VC PZD real-world samples (111 comments in total)
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photofan1986: Don't see the point: that's p&s quality. You'd be better off with a good bridge camera.

Tom, I just picked up this lens, It is actually quite sharp with good contrast for a consumer lens. It's only real weakness is CA, which is to be expected with this amount of zoom range and can be removed easily these days.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 05:20 UTC
On article Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A professional's opinion (502 comments in total)
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ozturert: She thinks 7D's shutter is loud, but 1Dx's is not? She thinks 7D's high ISO performance is not good enough, how big does she print them? She thinks 7D's AF was slow and cluncky, has she used other APSC sensor bodies? 7D's AF unit was the best and is still one of the best in APSC bodies (bested by MarkII now), though slow and less precise compared to 1D bodies.
She needs to tell her reference point when she says "bad", "slow" or "noisy".
She is a very young pro, I need to wait for others who have been in this sector longer and used 10s of bodies.

@jennyrae I do not believe there has been any sensor revolution, only noise engine processing improvements. Of course this is important because of time savings, but I believe one could use good noise reduction software on a original 7D raw image and get extremely close to the same results of a 7D II. That goes for any other APS C size sensor. I believe Sony still has a leg up on Canon when it comes to their noise processing engine,

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 12:27 UTC
On article Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Real-world samples (beta) (268 comments in total)
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mikesco: I've got to say, I think the ISO improvement reported on are over rated. I think all they have done is improve their noise reduction processing engine. I can take a ISO 12800 image with my 7D and use some good noise reduction software and get at least the same quality image as the ISO 12800 images posted here.

There is a balance of course between removing noise and loss of detail. I do not see the need to reduce any further noise from the images samples shown here, however the detail that has been lost through the noise reduction is just as bad as what I could post process with the old 7D. Perhaps the production model will be slightly better especially with Raw, but this is not a stop better performance as some people are claiming, this is primarily a heavier handed noise reduction. not a huge sensor improvement.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2014 at 20:43 UTC
On article Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Real-world samples (beta) (268 comments in total)

I've got to say, I think the ISO improvement reported on are over rated. I think all they have done is improve their noise reduction processing engine. I can take a ISO 12800 image with my 7D and use some good noise reduction software and get at least the same quality image as the ISO 12800 images posted here.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2014 at 18:03 UTC as 101st comment | 3 replies
On article Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Real-world samples (beta) (268 comments in total)

I don't think the 7D is quite that old, it was announce in 2009 not 2007.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2014 at 17:43 UTC as 105th comment | 4 replies
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Joseph Black: In order for art to exist, artists have to exist. If someone wants to create artwork for free and distribute it to the unwashed masses they should be commended for such charitable work. If someone wants to devote their life to creating art they should have the ability to use that work to fund their continued existence in the form of purchasing food and shelter.
If someone is going to create a situation in which art can be created then by not protecting that type of art the law is effectively disincentivizing anyone to create it. The language in the above article says to the world that you may own the camera and you may own the physical image by association, but nobody on Earth owns the intellectual property rights to it. If this image could have kept the artist in clothing, fed, and housed to create more art another day then the lack of rights to the image also means he lost that money and the ability to be a professional artist. Great pictures, but you get no credit pal. Go starve.

Anyone can take enough closeups of an animal that will eventually turn up a cute funny expression. The only reason this photo was remarkable and turned viral was because it was a "selfie" taken by the monkey, after the monkey stole the camera. This decision is hardly going to cause the incentive to create future works to diminish, unless you plan on lending your thousands of dollars worth of gear to a monkey. I do not believe that that was this photographers intent, even though he has tried to shape his story a bit over the last few weeks to make one think so.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2014 at 16:58 UTC
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Poss: Perpetual until it suits them to move to subscription… such as the time Apple ends Aperture for good.
With no viable competition, Adobe can do EXACTLY as they please, when it tickles their fancy…
The way I read this piece of news is this: There is already a LR CC even it was not supposed to ever exist. Ever. (Adobe’s words) So, let’s all trust a corporation to keep their word.

@Lee Jay, the word indefinite only means until they change their mind. It is not a promise. Note, they did not use the word forever.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2014 at 14:34 UTC
On article AP cuts ties with Pulitzer-winning photographer (166 comments in total)

While I agree that integrity of an image is important, in this case I see no difference from the function of cropping and cloning, it is simply the removal of unrelated content. Cropping in some situations could do a lot more to remove context from a photo than the cropping did in this case.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 23:12 UTC as 84th comment | 3 replies
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