Kinematic Digit

Kinematic Digit

Lives in Canada Canada
Works as a Producer and Artist
Joined on Nov 9, 2010

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Mike CH: Having read the article, and looked at the link given - I still CANNOT tell what kind of product that is?

Yeah, it assumes you know what the Cintiq line is.

If you don't, its a display with Wacom pressure sensitive pen support, with stand to use on desktop like a drafting/art table configuration.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 18:07 UTC
On article Sony a9 banding issue: fact or fiction? (733 comments in total)
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Kinematic Digit: My Sony A7 bodies (A7II, A7s and A7R) all exhibited this problem with regular LED lights as well. Not just an A9 problem. Depending on your shutter speed you can sometimes get rid of it or not. More times not, it's not easy to be rid of. In event shoots for me, the new LED lights that replaced incandescent lights have reared it's ugly head. Fortunately for me, I'm able to use my 5Dmk4 that has an anti-flicker mode that combats this issue with a little bit of cost to hesitation on the shutter (it syncs to the LED refresh rate to avoid the rolling band issue.

However this isn't specifically to blame on cameras, it's a growing problem as more and more lights are switching to low power consumption LED, and manufactures are going to have to consider mechanisms to avoid it much like they did with the Canon 5Dmk4

This isn't to say a camera model is better than others, it's to point out that new issues with LED lighting is equally challenging and all camera manufacturers need to step up to the new challenges of how we light our world.

As a company photographer, the venues I shoot at are under control by the company I work for. We found customers were actually complaining about headaches and other issues. My host of cameras found the problems before the complaints in both Sony and Canon (before I even knew about the anti-flicker mode). Both the company changed the lighting to higher 120 hz bulbs, and I started to use anti-flicker modes in those environments to reduce any type of rolling banding.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2017 at 04:04 UTC
On article Sony a9 banding issue: fact or fiction? (733 comments in total)
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Kinematic Digit: My Sony A7 bodies (A7II, A7s and A7R) all exhibited this problem with regular LED lights as well. Not just an A9 problem. Depending on your shutter speed you can sometimes get rid of it or not. More times not, it's not easy to be rid of. In event shoots for me, the new LED lights that replaced incandescent lights have reared it's ugly head. Fortunately for me, I'm able to use my 5Dmk4 that has an anti-flicker mode that combats this issue with a little bit of cost to hesitation on the shutter (it syncs to the LED refresh rate to avoid the rolling band issue.

However this isn't specifically to blame on cameras, it's a growing problem as more and more lights are switching to low power consumption LED, and manufactures are going to have to consider mechanisms to avoid it much like they did with the Canon 5Dmk4

Tom it is specific to the lower range, but it is becoming more and more noticeable as I've seen indoor lighting being replaced with LED lighting. Worse for me is when the lights are part of a chandelier or feature light with multiple bulbs and they all oscillate at different sync rates. With the anti-flicker it has worked well to remove any prior issues. In terms of this 7700 hz example with Fro, I think the anti-flicker mode would be more annoying than a benefit as the hesitation in shutter release would lose many moments for those shooters but yes, you are correct it is a different but similar in respect to frequencies being an issue.

Underexposed, I saw those videos in the past, and never experienced those issues and tried to replicate it. I have an early serial number series model, but also have my firmware updated.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2017 at 04:01 UTC
On article Sony a9 banding issue: fact or fiction? (733 comments in total)

My Sony A7 bodies (A7II, A7s and A7R) all exhibited this problem with regular LED lights as well. Not just an A9 problem. Depending on your shutter speed you can sometimes get rid of it or not. More times not, it's not easy to be rid of. In event shoots for me, the new LED lights that replaced incandescent lights have reared it's ugly head. Fortunately for me, I'm able to use my 5Dmk4 that has an anti-flicker mode that combats this issue with a little bit of cost to hesitation on the shutter (it syncs to the LED refresh rate to avoid the rolling band issue.

However this isn't specifically to blame on cameras, it's a growing problem as more and more lights are switching to low power consumption LED, and manufactures are going to have to consider mechanisms to avoid it much like they did with the Canon 5Dmk4

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 23:47 UTC as 39th comment | 12 replies
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Snapper2013: Looks like a dog chewed on it. Not bad though.

No that's just the typical loose rubber degeneration that Nikon grips are famous for.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2017 at 03:09 UTC

I guess they figure if Sony users will pay for this so would Nikon and Canon users. Yikes! That is an expensive lens!

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2017 at 14:14 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon launches Arcrest protection filter line (17 comments in total)
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DtEW: They look like re-badged Hoya HDs.

(Which are excellent filters.)

By the typography on the ring. It looks familiar for sure.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2017 at 19:11 UTC
On article Nikon launches Arcrest protection filter line (17 comments in total)

By the typography on the ring. It looks familiar for sure.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2017 at 19:11 UTC as 8th comment
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Holscen: Is this version a good option for Lightroom mobile? I believe it's got the same lightning port connection speed of its predecessor, which was usb2, that seems like an awful bottleneck to inherit.

Anybody on here using iPad pros for Lightroom- how do you find it?

Thanks

I use mine when I want to do lots of edits on the couch. You still should sync to a computer but then you use the iPad Pro to do the bulk edits. I have the 12.9" one which makes it very easy to scan thumbnails.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 21:44 UTC
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Carrmack: Would love to be a fly on the wall watching Max Lowe editing with that codec that no doubt left him with giant files. He must have a monster computer and an abundance of time. Why would anyone shoot video on a more expensive camera with too much crop, that costs $3500 ? The better move is to buy a $1000 used GH4 and have the same quality,with reasonable file sizes. Better yet wait for the GH5 and get a way better video camera for $2000. The Canon 5D Mark IV is unsuitable for anyone who shoots video on a regular basis.

For starters, having multiple cameras is a pain. I just sold off several of my Sony A7 stuff and reduced my kit to the 5Dmk4. I have a shogun on my A7s as well and it has far larger files than what the 5Dmk4 produces so that doesn't bother me. Frankly if you're working in 4K, you really need to have a pretty quick computer to begin with.

Aside from that, I set up my kit for run and gun footage for several product launches. Mixed it up with 4K and HD shooting. I found it excellent in many ways (especially comparing it to my Sony A7s which is bulkier because the purpose built cage). The touch screen makes focus way easier to do pull focus, but overall the dual AF system pretty much eliminates the need to worry much over that. As much as I would love a GH4 or 5, it brings me back to multiple cameras for single purposes. The 5Dmk4 is an all around system that meets my multiple needs in my job. Might not be exclusively video, but when I do, I know I can rely on it.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2017 at 14:46 UTC
On article Got focal range? Canon 24-105mm F4L II sample gallery (101 comments in total)
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Kinematic Digit: I got this lens in December with my new 5Dmk4. Been putting it through the ropes, and using it in work as well as personal.

Been very happy with the performance, and I've owned the previous version as well, and it's a massive improvement. I also have 24-70 F/2.8 II and the F/4 to compare, and this lens out performs them in many ways. The extra reach is very good to have especially when doing product shooting (which I do a lot in my work). Although it's only F/4, the IS makes up for that in low light which pretty much makes me choose it over the F/2.8 when I'm covering events.

This lens is a winner in my books. It's the perfect working pro's lens that covers at least for me 90% of what I do.

Sorry for the delay in reply. The key areas I've noticed improvements were primarily in distortion, CA control, and flare control. Sharpness I never had issues with the Mark I, but CA and distortion both in wide and tele are marked improvements in the files I've looked at. Both at 24mm this lens vs my 24-70 F/2.8 L II look pretty similar. Vignette is much better however I do like vigettte, but it's always better to add in post than to reduce it.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2017 at 07:02 UTC
On article Got focal range? Canon 24-105mm F4L II sample gallery (101 comments in total)

I got this lens in December with my new 5Dmk4. Been putting it through the ropes, and using it in work as well as personal.

Been very happy with the performance, and I've owned the previous version as well, and it's a massive improvement. I also have 24-70 F/2.8 II and the F/4 to compare, and this lens out performs them in many ways. The extra reach is very good to have especially when doing product shooting (which I do a lot in my work). Although it's only F/4, the IS makes up for that in low light which pretty much makes me choose it over the F/2.8 when I'm covering events.

This lens is a winner in my books. It's the perfect working pro's lens that covers at least for me 90% of what I do.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 18:01 UTC as 14th comment | 4 replies
On article Canon granted third most US patents in 2016 (145 comments in total)

Just picked up the 5Dmk4 over the holidays. I own 5 Sony cameras, both A and E mounts. I'm very happy to return to Canon. Keeping my A7s but there has been plenty of innovation that I've appreciated in the 5Dmk4 over the 5Dmk3.

Canon's wifi tether alone is exceptional which makes all of Sony's apps with limited functions something they can learn on how to do it right. The DR has not been a problem for me with a small exception of extreme highlights (DRO is good to have on). But overall I'm happy to be back with Canon and found their improvements many steps ahead of it's past offering including my 1Dx that is my primary workhorse.

I really find that this whole system has been innovative, and found touch screens a very very important addition to my workflow. Been using it more in my work as of late, and probably will continue to do so.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 01:26 UTC as 42nd comment
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Jerry Pruce: The more pixels the better. But why does it have to be so expensive? If it was around $3000 I'd buy it. And I wish they would make it smaller. Maybe in the next year or two, they'll come out with the 200mp version and the 100mp one will drop in price more to my liking. I think their shooting themselves in the foot by not offering the camera at an affordable price for the masses.

The silicon platter accepts only a certain amount of sensors on it (4 is the maximum I believe), and the failure rate of each silicon platter is pretty high (I believe its around 1/3 of all chips would fail).

This is also the reason why FF 135 format chips are expensive (I think it's around 7)

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2016 at 18:22 UTC

blah, it's a 1.3x crop sensor... who cares ;)

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2015 at 20:57 UTC as 53rd comment | 1 reply

It's kind of a clever little app. It's going to be great for some mid-level shooters, and then there will be some that will just crap all over it as a concept because they hate anything with the name HDR in it or the mention of GNDs.

It's a bit of a misnomer of an app. I wish they called it Sky Layer Masking. That is closer to what it really is. It's not HDR, or is it a GND replacement. However the term 'Layer Masking' might also confuse some as well. Maybe Sky Blending? Either way, it's still a very valid tool to have, and for the price of a cheap lunch, it's worth checking it out. Layer masking is something that many professional landscapers have been using for a very long time, and I think good for Sony to make it an easy to use app vs the technical requirements of Photoshop.

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2015 at 22:16 UTC as 46th comment
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aut0maticdan: I don't know. I am a huge fan of the a7S and this gets the two things I thought would get me to upgrade to the mkII: IBIS and internal 4K.

in a post a7RII world, where we have "good enough" video and sensitivity in a 42MP body with great PDAF, this coming out lacking hyper fast readout speeds, high frame rate and PDAF leaves me feeling lukewarm.

This gen it seems so much more niche than the first time around. I think they spoiled us with the a7RII. This is really only going to sell to hardcore video junkies (but aren't they using gimbals and shoguns?). I can't see getting this over an a7S or a7RII for stills.

I'm not upgrading I don't think... I have the A7s and the Shogun and I have way more features than the minor update this camera offers. I also have the A7II so IBIS is also nothing I get excited over. I also have a 3 axis gimbal which is way better than IBIS anyhow.

Add to your point above about increased MP, 12 is not a magic number for 4K super 35. in crop mode it is 5 MP, this is why an increase to 16MP is needed. Regardless, I was hoping for a far bigger leap in innovation in this announcement.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2015 at 23:06 UTC
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Kinematic Digit: As I'm developing some grading and colour correction profiles for the A7 series of cameras, I'm running into the limits of stage 2 raw compression (stripe). It's not something I worry about too much, but this confirms what I've observed as I've been building SLOG profiles.

It's an annoying attribute, and reminds me of the pattern noise you see in Canon files but it also gives limits to what I can do from a profile building aspect.

Bottom line though is there is no free lunch. One either learns to manage or work with the limitations, or complain and whine about it. I've decided to go with working with it.

Although it would be great for Sony to give us an option to turn things off, it will likely mean rebuilding all my profiles for the new system if they do.

I build both RAW and LUTs for the camera. I'm fully aware of the difference of compression between RAW, JPG and Video. Regardless, it doesn't negate the fact they both come from the same source and both exhibit their limitations.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2015 at 22:44 UTC
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Kinematic Digit: As I'm developing some grading and colour correction profiles for the A7 series of cameras, I'm running into the limits of stage 2 raw compression (stripe). It's not something I worry about too much, but this confirms what I've observed as I've been building SLOG profiles.

It's an annoying attribute, and reminds me of the pattern noise you see in Canon files but it also gives limits to what I can do from a profile building aspect.

Bottom line though is there is no free lunch. One either learns to manage or work with the limitations, or complain and whine about it. I've decided to go with working with it.

Although it would be great for Sony to give us an option to turn things off, it will likely mean rebuilding all my profiles for the new system if they do.

I build profiles for both video and stills. I see the patterns in both. There is still some level of intervention from the sensor to the 8-bit XAVC conversion going on as well. It has similar but not identical properties with RAW still images.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2015 at 22:05 UTC

As I'm developing some grading and colour correction profiles for the A7 series of cameras, I'm running into the limits of stage 2 raw compression (stripe). It's not something I worry about too much, but this confirms what I've observed as I've been building SLOG profiles.

It's an annoying attribute, and reminds me of the pattern noise you see in Canon files but it also gives limits to what I can do from a profile building aspect.

Bottom line though is there is no free lunch. One either learns to manage or work with the limitations, or complain and whine about it. I've decided to go with working with it.

Although it would be great for Sony to give us an option to turn things off, it will likely mean rebuilding all my profiles for the new system if they do.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2015 at 20:22 UTC as 240th comment | 5 replies
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