Michael - Visual Pursuit

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Regarding support: I have tried to buy a dichroitic filter for a Kobold lamp from Bronkobold. I took me several (unanswered) mails, and three calls that ended on their voicebox until after three months someone from their headquarters answered.

I asked for a price, and the stunning answer was that she couldn't give me a quote because she didn't know if there was any stock left. She would have to check first. My suggestion was to tell me the price and then I would tell her if there was any need left to check stock. She refused. After another three weeks (!) she sent a mail with a quotation that suggested their dichroitic filters are platinum lined with diamonds. I am not talking Chinese alternatives, I am talking German Schott glass filters from another German supplier quadrupled in price.

So yes, Bronkobold has some sort of support (at least they answer after several relentless attempts), but there is always an arrogance premium priced into it.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2017 at 07:48 UTC as 4th comment

Correction, please: This is not HSS (pulsed flash), this is yet another copy of Hypersync (long flash duration).

A wise move by Broncolor. Once they come out with a HSS capable flash, a firmware update will allow to integrate their whole system of high end studio packs above the Godox speedlites. I don't see Godox starting to build high end packs, so from Godox speedlites, Broncolor will be the natural way to grow, as far as trigger ecosystems are concerned.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2017 at 07:34 UTC as 5th comment
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maboleth: I have a Hero4 and couldn't be more frustrated with it. Numerous shutdowns, bugs, totally bad camera interface where video/photo modes cannot be selected easily without the small LCD. Wireless having to be manually turned off to stop draining batteries, etc.

If that wasn't enough, Android Gopro APP is just pure garbage. I only wanted to control the camera and view the images/clips. Instead, I have to login, have loads of bloat, but sometimes camera fails to sync controls and Media doesn't show all images, even after refresh. So out of two most useful features, not a single one is working flawlessly.

Requiring a mandatory login kills GoPro for me.
First - I found out in the middle of nowhere that I couldn't access my camera anymore because GoPro sabotaged the app.
Second - personalized video and GPS data make GoPro a dream for industrial espionage through the NSA. They mark their areas of interest via GPS, and all the footage and pictures go directly to the NSA. For security reasons nobody outside the US should use GoPro espionage devices anymore.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2017 at 05:33 UTC

Cooling fan and waterproof in one device?
It get's worse with every added sentence.

Run!

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2017 at 21:47 UTC as 5th comment

The absence of chromatic aberrations even wide open is what makes the ART series shine, and this seems no exception. Image stabilization on top of that, and the combo outweighs test stand sharpness hands down.

Add to that the price tag, and this is a sure shot to buy.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2017 at 13:42 UTC as 21st comment

At least we know what the new camera will be named:
Duke Nukon.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2017 at 19:38 UTC as 68th comment | 3 replies
On article Are the NLE wars beginning to heat up? (33 comments in total)

Don't forget Lightworks!

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2017 at 20:28 UTC as 13th comment
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Sivakumar V: Looks so compact. If weight permits, then the next model may come with a hotshoe. Specs look attractive

The beauty of this beast is that it *doesn't* have a hot shoe.
Think real estate photography, think wedding reception base light,
think hidden lights in practicals in interior shots.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2017 at 06:57 UTC
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dr.noise: 'We want to be number one in the overall ILC market' -- oh, good morning!

They are currently #2 in mirrorless and that only in Asia.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 14:30 UTC
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Michael Ma: So a long winded answer to say no 4K in there near future because it "hinders" their other products.

I guess Canon underestimates that everyday consumers are catching into there fact that 1080p 4:2:0 is not fully getting the most use it of their 1080p TV. And people capture UHD/4K 4:2:0 as a poormans way to obtain something close to 1080p 4:4:4.

It hinders the product's main purpose, not their other products.
The SL1 is designed to be a very small camera.

That design target would be hindered by the introduction of 4k.

Just that is what they meant.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 14:28 UTC
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straylightrun: >In terms of introducing sensor-based stabilization into our EOS-M series, I think it will add weight, which might deter some of our mirrorless customers. Which is why we think optical IS is the way to go for us.

How come Sony, Panasonic and Olympus can do it without any problems, have it not affect size and also offer OS in lenses as well, with dual IS as well? Sounds like Canon is just making excuses.

Drastically reduced battery life, overheating - there's a price to pay for that.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 13:54 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Canon EOS 77D (441 comments in total)

Is it capable of USB tethered shooting, or are they now crippling all new cameras?

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 08:16 UTC as 82nd comment | 1 reply
On article Adobe Creative Suite 6 has been officially retired (349 comments in total)
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tvstaff: The color rendition and RAW conversion of CR2 files by Adobe and the associated lens corrections are abysmal, second rate and border on negligent. I find Lightroom to be little better than FREE applications. The catalog structures are archaic. Adobe as a RAW file converter STINKS.

Thumbs Plus is one of the most powerful cataloguing programs out there:
http://www.cerious.com

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 09:35 UTC
On article Adobe Creative Suite 6 has been officially retired (349 comments in total)
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sh10453: Glad I have never used any of Adobe's imaging or video products.
Some people seem to be panicking.
There are many good (or better) alternatives that may have been pointed out in the comments, like On One RAW, DXO, Capture One, Corel products (AfterShot Pro, PaintShop Pro), Zoner Photo Studio, ..., etc..

There are also plenty of excellent free RAW processing and / or image editing programs.
Any software of this kind may require a bit of a learning curve, but it should be a short one, and probably would be well worth the switch.

Not better, but near equivalent.
I still have full CS 5 and 5.5 licenses and will continue to occasionally use them until some compatibility issue will render them useless.

But my main use goes to Affinity Photo, Affinity Designer, Lightworks and DPP plus Capture One Pro. Cost me less than a year Adobe tax and is for keeps.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 09:33 UTC
On article Canon EOS M5: What you need to know (522 comments in total)
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Michael - Visual Pursuit: Can anyone tell me if the M5 has GPS realtime timecode like the 5D MkIV?

Would be genius in muti camera setups and guarantee me to buy two more.....

I know it pulls GPS from a smartphone. The question is if it can use that for reference time sync and if it has real timecode that makes use of it.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2016 at 15:58 UTC
On article Canon EOS M5: What you need to know (522 comments in total)

Can anyone tell me if the M5 has GPS realtime timecode like the 5D MkIV?

Would be genius in muti camera setups and guarantee me to buy two more.....

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2016 at 05:39 UTC as 33rd comment | 5 replies
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riveredger: Looks good

The problem is that it only looks good, but in fact isn't. Canon claims one can integrate that into a network. Wrong. It uses your network to integrate itself into Canon's network. It ingests pictures fine, yes. But then you can't get them out again like you would expect with a network connection via mapped drive letter or network share. Access them to edit in Photoshop? Sure, you can copy files to an external hard drive hooked to this joke of a "network" drive. And then hook that to your computer. The July 2016 firmware update didn't help in that. You can now watch the images on a smartphone. And you can upload up to 1000 images in one batch to the thing. But you cannot get them back. Great. A grandparents device. But completely misconcepted for professional use.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2016 at 16:30 UTC

So now they release a software that doesn't need their effin' servers?
That is about what appaled me when I bought my card some time ago,
never managed to get ad hoc connection working, and wasn't happy with
sending my files over a 3rd party server.

Now with the advent of a Canon card in the near future, eye-fi is certainly dead.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2016 at 16:14 UTC as 8th comment | 3 replies
On article Microsoft Pix aims to capture better people pictures (54 comments in total)
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Michael - Visual Pursuit: I'd be more impressed if Microsoft would roll out an option to uninstall
all those apps that they enjoy to cram down our throats in Windows 10.

TANSTAAFL again, the "free" system comes at a high price.

I did that already, but with every update they creep in another shameless plug.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2016 at 16:24 UTC
On article Microsoft Pix aims to capture better people pictures (54 comments in total)

I'd be more impressed if Microsoft would roll out an option to uninstall
all those apps that they enjoy to cram down our throats in Windows 10.

TANSTAAFL again, the "free" system comes at a high price.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 18:42 UTC as 18th comment | 7 replies
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