semorg

Lives in United States San Francisco, United States
Has a website at http://www.f8daily.com
Joined on Sep 16, 2005

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On article How to photograph the northern lights (51 comments in total)

What a great article. DP should do more of these articles than some of the other ones that were only meant to self-promote someone's photography tours.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2017 at 09:10 UTC as 4th comment
On article 2017 Buying Guide: Best consumer drones (34 comments in total)

The best deal is buying a phantom 4.

I have both the mavic and phantom 4 (not pro). I've traveled across Republic of Georgia, Armenia, Belarus, Latvia and Estonia. As well as Faroe Islands and Scotland with the Phantom 4.

Yes, it's bulky but I put it in a duffle bag (inside it's case) and put my cloths around it and it was fine.
Phantom 4 (original) has basically like an iPhone sensor. So in good light it takes great photos. In low light you can do stacking to improve noise a lot.

Mavic is easier to travel with. It doesn't not have the stability of Phantom IMO, especially in a bit of a wind (I flew the phantom 4 in some heavy wind). Also, the lens focus is not fixed. So you could (I have) miss a lot of photos when the camera is out of focus.

With Phantom 4 there is none of that issues.
So unless you want to carry the mavic on airplane or inside your backpack, I say the best deal for beginners is the standard Phantom 4.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2017 at 01:29 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
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cruz031: Embedded video is 1080p only. It would be much nicer if we could select 4k. Can you fix that?

Btw, nice video! I enjoyed watching it.

It’s canon

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 15:41 UTC
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semorg: a nice and informative writeup!
There is a lot of unit variations with Samyang 14/2.8. I ordered like 4 and one was perfect. That copy is very sharp edge to edge. There is vignetting at 2.8. But I tested it on my book case and it has amazing resolving power to extreme edge. What it lacks is nice coating and a strange color tint.

you can fix the color tint in post...I think some canon lenses have a bit of yellow tint. Especially compared to the zeiss lenses. My eyes are more adjusted to zeiss these days so everything else either looks a bit yellow or green to me.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2017 at 05:42 UTC

a nice and informative writeup!
There is a lot of unit variations with Samyang 14/2.8. I ordered like 4 and one was perfect. That copy is very sharp edge to edge. There is vignetting at 2.8. But I tested it on my book case and it has amazing resolving power to extreme edge. What it lacks is nice coating and a strange color tint.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2017 at 19:26 UTC as 23rd comment | 2 replies
On article Shooting Kīlauea Volcano, Part 1: How to melt a drone (93 comments in total)
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semorg: DPReview editors? Can you please clarify your editorial policies. Every few weeks you're giving Erez free marketing on DPReview.
It's very common to credit the author and have a link to his website and instagram.
However, you're not only promoting his business and all his upcoming tours, but there is zero editorial process in doing it, " take a look at his unique photography workshops":

If you'd like to experience and shoot some of the most fascinating landscapes on earth with Erez as your guide, you're welcome to take a look at his unique photography workshops around the world:

Winter Paradise - Northern Iceland
Northern Spirits - The Lofoten Islands
Giants of the Andes and Fitz Roy Hiking Annex - Patagonia
Tales of Arctic Nights and Uummannaq Annex - Greenland
Saga of the Seas and The Far Reaches Annex - The Faroe Islands
Desert Storm - Namibia

@453C -
Again I was involved in a popular website acquire by a publicly traded company. We had auditors ensuring these exact kind of abuses were not taking place.

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2017 at 21:10 UTC
On article Shooting Kīlauea Volcano, Part 1: How to melt a drone (93 comments in total)
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JimWiltschko: I entered the coordinates from the drone log into Google Earth and there’s no doubt you were on National Park land. In fact you were at the base of the Pali between two kipukas that cannot be mistaken for being outside the National Park. Either you were mislead or chose to ignore that you were violating the law. I take this hike twice a year when I visit the Big Island and was just there a few weeks ago.

@JimWiltschko - He also posted a photo from Patagonia where he also broke the rules and could have killed the visitors blow him. I camped in that location for 2 nights. So I know the area well. There is an area on top that is close to the hiking path with clear signs that you're not allowed to cross. Because the ground is very loose which causes a rock slide avalanche. The rockslide killed a visitor earlier the year I was there.
When I commented about that. He said the same thing. That he hired a "guide". So I think he uses these nameless (that he never names in his posts) "guides" to shrug responsibility for breaking the laws and making it that much harder for other law abiding citizens.

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2017 at 21:08 UTC
On article Shooting Kīlauea Volcano, Part 1: How to melt a drone (93 comments in total)
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semorg: DPReview editors? Can you please clarify your editorial policies. Every few weeks you're giving Erez free marketing on DPReview.
It's very common to credit the author and have a link to his website and instagram.
However, you're not only promoting his business and all his upcoming tours, but there is zero editorial process in doing it, " take a look at his unique photography workshops":

If you'd like to experience and shoot some of the most fascinating landscapes on earth with Erez as your guide, you're welcome to take a look at his unique photography workshops around the world:

Winter Paradise - Northern Iceland
Northern Spirits - The Lofoten Islands
Giants of the Andes and Fitz Roy Hiking Annex - Patagonia
Tales of Arctic Nights and Uummannaq Annex - Greenland
Saga of the Seas and The Far Reaches Annex - The Faroe Islands
Desert Storm - Namibia

@photomedium
"DPR is a private..." wrong! DPR is not a private company.

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2017 at 20:34 UTC
On article Shooting Kīlauea Volcano, Part 1: How to melt a drone (93 comments in total)
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semorg: DPReview editors? Can you please clarify your editorial policies. Every few weeks you're giving Erez free marketing on DPReview.
It's very common to credit the author and have a link to his website and instagram.
However, you're not only promoting his business and all his upcoming tours, but there is zero editorial process in doing it, " take a look at his unique photography workshops":

If you'd like to experience and shoot some of the most fascinating landscapes on earth with Erez as your guide, you're welcome to take a look at his unique photography workshops around the world:

Winter Paradise - Northern Iceland
Northern Spirits - The Lofoten Islands
Giants of the Andes and Fitz Roy Hiking Annex - Patagonia
Tales of Arctic Nights and Uummannaq Annex - Greenland
Saga of the Seas and The Far Reaches Annex - The Faroe Islands
Desert Storm - Namibia

@bareny Britton -
The common practice is a link to a website, instagram or FB. This is so unusual.
Much better if DPreivew publishes a set of guidelines on publishing content and articles.
I think DPReview will get a lot more content and it will have a clear and consistent policies.
Believe with this kind of promotions, you will have hundreds of photo tour operators giving you a lot of great content.

My suggestion is this:

1 - have a clear editorial policy. What DPReview wants and what it will provide in exchange. What kind of information it needs to be there. Great content, informative information to photographers. How to get there, what to avoid, what type of gear to bring.
2 - an easy process for many people to submit content to DPReview. Like a form with some simple filters (to reduce the editorial workload on your end). Links to images, location. The type of content: tutorial, location information, lessons learned, etc.

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2017 at 19:01 UTC
On article Shooting Kīlauea Volcano, Part 1: How to melt a drone (93 comments in total)
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semorg: DPReview editors? Can you please clarify your editorial policies. Every few weeks you're giving Erez free marketing on DPReview.
It's very common to credit the author and have a link to his website and instagram.
However, you're not only promoting his business and all his upcoming tours, but there is zero editorial process in doing it, " take a look at his unique photography workshops":

If you'd like to experience and shoot some of the most fascinating landscapes on earth with Erez as your guide, you're welcome to take a look at his unique photography workshops around the world:

Winter Paradise - Northern Iceland
Northern Spirits - The Lofoten Islands
Giants of the Andes and Fitz Roy Hiking Annex - Patagonia
Tales of Arctic Nights and Uummannaq Annex - Greenland
Saga of the Seas and The Far Reaches Annex - The Faroe Islands
Desert Storm - Namibia

There is almost zero informative information on this article.

No information about if there are resources that monitor the lava flow.
No information about how to hire a local guide (just saying hire a guide is useless).
No information about other people to follow who photograph the lava.

This is basically an article to promote his business and bragging about hiking with water, camera gear and a drone. Many other photographers have done a ton more hardcore stuff to take the photo. Flying to a location, hiring a driver and then hiking 2 hours is not something I would turn into a greek epic.

This article is basically has one aim, to promote Erez photography and it should not be allowed as part of DPreivew editorial policy.

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2017 at 18:50 UTC
On article Shooting Kīlauea Volcano, Part 1: How to melt a drone (93 comments in total)

DPReview editors? Can you please clarify your editorial policies. Every few weeks you're giving Erez free marketing on DPReview.
It's very common to credit the author and have a link to his website and instagram.
However, you're not only promoting his business and all his upcoming tours, but there is zero editorial process in doing it, " take a look at his unique photography workshops":

If you'd like to experience and shoot some of the most fascinating landscapes on earth with Erez as your guide, you're welcome to take a look at his unique photography workshops around the world:

Winter Paradise - Northern Iceland
Northern Spirits - The Lofoten Islands
Giants of the Andes and Fitz Roy Hiking Annex - Patagonia
Tales of Arctic Nights and Uummannaq Annex - Greenland
Saga of the Seas and The Far Reaches Annex - The Faroe Islands
Desert Storm - Namibia

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2017 at 18:40 UTC as 15th comment | 10 replies
On article Shooting Kīlauea Volcano, Part 1: How to melt a drone (93 comments in total)

the video looks amazing. It looks there were other drone pilots there. Did that cause any issues?

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2017 at 21:30 UTC as 27th comment | 1 reply

This is what we need to see from independent reviewers. A side-by-side review with other phones.
Including actual loss of video size, etc and also a comparison with the new GoPro. It’ll give users a comparison and maybe a benchmark.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2017 at 15:43 UTC as 4th comment

It would not be my choice. But having used Leica (renting for a weekend) and played with friend's leicas. I can understand this choice.
The camera is so nicely constructed that touching it and using it just gives you another dimension of joy.
It's a bit like arguing you need food that is high in nutrients (Nikon D850) and tastes okay. But you can have a nice burger and fries that may not have all the nutrients and perhaps too much fat, etc. But boy it taste good. Leica just tastes good...

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2017 at 16:46 UTC as 132nd comment

"we said DJI had become a camera company without anybody noticing?"
LOL! You were late to the game. Many of us had been saying the same in these forum at least a year earlier.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2017 at 20:16 UTC as 31st comment

Chinese companies will have this selling on e-bay before even the kickstarter campaign is finished.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2017 at 19:48 UTC as 25th comment | 2 replies

The OIS on the 50 mm equivalent lens is a reason alone to get this phone. Especially for videos or low light photography.
I hope Apple can commercialize the technology they acquired from InVisage to really differentiate themselves from everyone else in the market.
https://www.macrumors.com/2017/10/25/apple-may-have-acquired-invisage/

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2017 at 02:19 UTC as 36th comment
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xiao_xiang: Incremental improvements that are mostly software driven. Good progress, but hardly work fussing with. I like the dual lens for my wife to take take better portraits of the kids.

Great for sending to Nana over Facebook. Or a short clip of your new puppy. Perfect tool.

I am much more interested in a folding phone coming out next year. The new ZTE folding phone means you can use the rear facing camera for selfies.

All the current phones are boring. IPhone X included.

"Incremental improvements that are mostly software driven" You have no idea what you're talking about.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2017 at 02:15 UTC

I think the only people buying this are the ones idiot enough to ride their bikes without a helmet

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2017 at 06:08 UTC as 13th comment | 11 replies

This is when you realize Leica has completely lost their innovation ability.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2017 at 20:17 UTC as 83rd comment
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