msstudio

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This is great, especially now that ARRI move to 4K and Pana to 8k and my TV is 4k. Can't wait for a shoot out and hope for 4:4:4 color...

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2018 at 03:55 UTC as 13th comment
On article Cactus announces palm-sized RQ250 wireless monolight (84 comments in total)

Having this bear bulb option is brilliant. And nicely integrated. The main reason I’m not in love with Profoto’s B offerings. This should be the B1 mini and I would have 3 or 4 of those if the color temp is reasonably linear, like the Pro line...

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2018 at 13:17 UTC as 9th comment | 6 replies
On article Apple iPhone X review (380 comments in total)
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msstudio: I had a couple of tester phones end of last year and the X stands out as a well rounded and quality photo phone. And yes, I’m one of the very few suckers who bought one but I have clients who ask for iPhone pictures and I tend to deliver the best available at the Time of assignment, as do most of the pros who actually shoot this for publication.
Maybe we’re at a crossroad where the real high end stuff does not appeal to the broader market, I heard Soderbergh is shooting his next movie on an iPhone. I’m sure they won’t be using iPhone 4 and 5s...

Thanks for the comments, as stated I think it’s a great photo phone and that I have clients requiring sometimes that images or video is shot with them. But mostly I do shoot Hasselblad MFD, or if a DSLR/35mm solution is more appropriate the 1DX II or Sony A9 and for moving image there’s mostly a version of an Arri Alexa on set. I get the quality difference.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2018 at 15:37 UTC
On article Apple iPhone X review (380 comments in total)

I had a couple of tester phones end of last year and the X stands out as a well rounded and quality photo phone. And yes, I’m one of the very few suckers who bought one but I have clients who ask for iPhone pictures and I tend to deliver the best available at the Time of assignment, as do most of the pros who actually shoot this for publication.
Maybe we’re at a crossroad where the real high end stuff does not appeal to the broader market, I heard Soderbergh is shooting his next movie on an iPhone. I’m sure they won’t be using iPhone 4 and 5s...

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2018 at 15:35 UTC as 48th comment | 7 replies
On article Film vs Digital: Fashion photography shootout (401 comments in total)
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Edmond Leung: Photos by film are quite different from the photos by digital cameras. Although the quality of the photos from Canon camera and lenses are excellent, I still prefer the photos from film. Film gives me a very comfort feeling that I cannot get from any digital camera.
BTW, would the photos be better if he used a 500 C/M instead of the Pentax?

While usually no one puts the cameras around their necks when shooting all day, Mario shoots Hasselblad H frequently, at least used to, so did Peter (although he's a full on Nikon guy since forever) a couple of years back, the color/skin tone just held better. And Bruce, he's a film shooter, mostly Pentax 67 and some Rolleiflex, I think I've seen the occasional RZ (with strobe), but Pentax 67 is where it's at for him. And talking about these well accomplished artists, Peter said in a talk about the last Pirelli calendar he shot (digitally btw.), how much he prefers digital. And you get the same look, add a little grain, contrast, color to BW translation, etc.. And he's shot his share of Kodak and Nikon product over his lifetime.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2018 at 17:57 UTC

I feel compelled to point out that this technology is used by Hasselblad all along. There’s a H5 multishot that needed to be updated so they can end the production of H5 bodies and move this technology to the H6 system. And as we now have a 100mpx back the MS yields 400mpx vs. 200 on the older system
In my book Hasselblad is on a roll and I’m happy to see the lenses are up to it.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2018 at 18:53 UTC as 13th comment
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Nomoreheroes: Does the FW also bring weather sealing?

Hi Max ISO, just to clarify the battery usage:I shoot these babies mostly on film and TV sets. Our days are usually 12hrs, plus minus 2, this month just outside NYC in the freezing cold and a lot at night. During the day we have multiple setups that are shot multiple times from multiple vantage points or lenses. So about every 15-20 min the cameras get turned on, exposure evaluated, sometime shooting with the finder, more often with the LCD and then shoot dozens of frames, rarely a burst, unless it’s a fight or walk/drive scene. Sometimes I need new SD cards, so I shot 1300 frames (64 GB) and still have 30% charge left. That my real life...

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2018 at 15:31 UTC
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Nomoreheroes: Does the FW also bring weather sealing?

I don't know what people are doing. I'm shooting now Sony Ax... in the 3rd generation and never had any issues. While they're not Nikonos proof, they perform perfectly well in the real world. I'm getting consistent over 1500 shots per battery, use them in the rain (or the last couple of weeks between 9-30 F (aka -12 to -1C) temps outside for 12hrs plus, zero issues. Last night we had fog, rain and again zero issues. Obviously you can't go surfing with them, but then again it's a camera and there are housings for these occasions.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2018 at 01:03 UTC

How embarrassing, but that’s what you get if you go royalty free images. Canon, as a pro camera maker should support photographers, hire them, pay them and get the images they need. Hopefully it backfires on the penny pinchers at the company and they learn.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2018 at 20:37 UTC as 11th comment
On article Matthews unveils C-stand shoulder and roller bags (21 comments in total)

I love how it goes with my drum case for my beauty dish...the band's now really getting back together...otherwise, real nice.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2017 at 04:25 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
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msstudio: Funny how the still market is obsessed with mega resolution and our moving image friends with HDR. All based on the same technology, more or less, and yes, I heard about 8k capture...All I want is smooth tones, huge range and quick in camera storage. Big enough for a billboard (which my Canon 5D M II already did).

Thank for your concern Scottelly. My main cameras these days are actually the current Hasselblad line up so I got that covered. Otherwise the A9 is also up there (not fully 8k but hey, they even upsample Alexa to 4k these days and no one notices)

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2017 at 20:13 UTC

Funny how the still market is obsessed with mega resolution and our moving image friends with HDR. All based on the same technology, more or less, and yes, I heard about 8k capture...All I want is smooth tones, huge range and quick in camera storage. Big enough for a billboard (which my Canon 5D M II already did).

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2017 at 19:54 UTC as 48th comment | 9 replies
On article Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM sample gallery updated (138 comments in total)

The f2.8 version is head and shoulders above the f4 version of the 70-200 for flare resistance alone. Besides the actual glass it also tells me coating is now up to pro standard and therefor the lens to get. Built quality feels slightly less then the Canon but for a system integrated lens with rapid AF and reliability it’s the way to go with Sony. I’m shooting this lens since it became available. A lot...

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2017 at 14:25 UTC as 11th comment
On article Canon 85mm F1.4L IS USM sample gallery (322 comments in total)

I don't get the images, but an IS 1.4 85mm L is/should be a staple for most photographers. Maybe we'll see some 1/15s +/- exposures here...
I never understood why Canon had to make the point to create a 1.2 version that's expensive and heavy (when shooting all day), Japanese and tradition, but that's about it.
So welcome to the world 1.4 85...looking great...

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2017 at 16:50 UTC as 75th comment | 3 replies
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huremics: Really hoping that Eye-AF is dramatically improved. I find that feature on the A7rii to be quite limited in its ability to track the eye.

If the A9 is any indication then eye focus is vastely improved and totally reliable. I upgraded end of May, shooting the A9 now for 5 month, well over 150k exposures, 90% in low light, aka 4000 ISO, 5.6 at 1/50-1/100s. Very few occasions it doesn’t work. I was/am surprised and other seasoned and very qualified camera geeks on the team sometimes can’t believe it

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2017 at 14:29 UTC

While I like my A9 for silent shooting (so far there was actually nothing like it), thinking about a Nikon that can be totally silent is somewhat mouthwatering. And versatile. Maybe that's the one for the 35mm department and I forget about my Canons and Sonys all together, one kit for nearly my applications would be nice and streamlined...

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2017 at 04:45 UTC as 41st comment | 4 replies

I'm a longtime client of B&H and a proud member of a Local 600. I wish they would honor and treat everyone with respect and human decency, whatever their background. We, as in civilized world, been through too much to be dealing with any disrcrimination of any kind ever again. I'm actually surprised it had to come to this. One world-one love...

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 03:24 UTC as 49th comment

Knowing Vincents brilliant photography I can see where he comes from and how it's a great tool for him and other that work like this.
The fun part with this solution starts with exposure time, at 24fps that's 1/48s, resulting in blury single images (not an issue for any movie), shooting 60fps solves a lot of this but tends to make the motion look a bit strange. Next up, you get 36mpx in your horizontal image (the chip has nearly 1:2 ratio) now unless you shoot video sideway, you need to crop your vertical image from this very wide Frame, so the whole interchangeability is not universal, and in that scenario, results in a medium res photo (4320pix high). Workflow is another often overlooked issue. Ever tried to edit a RED capture to find the single image, storage and time requirements can not be underestimated and are truly a PITA....And last, you can't sync it with a strobe, which some photo genres rely on.
So as usual, horses for courses.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2017 at 18:40 UTC as 24th comment | 2 replies
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2746 comments in total)
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Janoch: Interested in knowing how many batteries were required to shoot the mentioned 2800 photos?

I'm working with this camera now for 3 weeks and had a couple of days where I shot more than 2k images and had still battery charge left, yesterday was 2500 frames and about 30%. I'm actually stunned. Airplane mode on, electronic shutter, mostly AFS, limited review and usually a burst of activity of 5-10 min and then I shut the camera off for 15-30min, overall usage about 12hrs.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2017 at 18:14 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2746 comments in total)
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K1000usr: My ignorance shows here, but why are these mirror-less cameras beholden to such huge lens designs .!?

The bodies are shrinking, since there is no mirror involved. But look at this lens shown above in the title page. (Yes, it is a zoom lens, and some lenses shall be big/huge..)

Is this a reason why Olympus will still keep on shining? (Sony has impressive performance specs, no doubt. The camera looks compact, and really solid. I would want to own it. But only if its combination with a 24-70mm zoom is less voluminous than my K-1 with Pentax 24-70mm!)

The lenses are pretty much in line with same spec zooms from other manufactures, I just checked and your Pentax is only about 100g lighter (than the 2.8 24-70GM). So yes, the whole setup is not really balanced, but for physical/optical reasons the lenses need to be that way. On the other hand, there's always the f4 version and if you can live with that quality, you save yourself some weight (again, similar to other offerings) and money.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2017 at 18:09 UTC
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