jhinkey

jhinkey

Lives in United States Seattle, WA, United States
Works as a Aerospace Engineering Consultant
Has a website at www.hinkey.zenfolio.com
Joined on Dec 27, 2005

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jhinkey: Step 1: Admit you have a problem
Step 2: Close the Italian design office
Step 3: Fire whomever hatched such a plan and whomever supported it
Step 4: Figure out what kind of Med. Format products you can sell to the masses through innovation & strategic partnerships
Step 5: Have lots of patience, 'cause it's gonna take a long time to right the Hassy ship back onto course

I would love to own a lightweight medium format system, but it's always been out of reach $$-wise.

Well, if they are to survive they might need to figure out how to offer such a system to more people. But you're likely right!

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 17:02 UTC

Step 1: Admit you have a problem
Step 2: Close the Italian design office
Step 3: Fire whomever hatched such a plan and whomever supported it
Step 4: Figure out what kind of Med. Format products you can sell to the masses through innovation & strategic partnerships
Step 5: Have lots of patience, 'cause it's gonna take a long time to right the Hassy ship back onto course

I would love to own a lightweight medium format system, but it's always been out of reach $$-wise.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 14:25 UTC as 105th comment | 3 replies

Sorry, no sympathy to the photographer. Don't like it, don't sign the contract.
Don't like these kind of contracts, form a union and boycott Ms. Swift, but don't whine.
What happened between Apple/Swift has no relation to the disagreement that this photographer has with Swift. He's just using the Apple/Swift coverage to promote his unhappiness with the contract he signed.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 23:40 UTC as 56th comment | 5 replies
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lacroix75: Never been happier since moving from Nikon a year .
Sony, please continue to innovate, don't stop.

Along with my on order A7R II and Batis lenses, I still need a native 14mm f/2 prime; hope Mr. Maki or Zeiss are listening!!!

Yes, some native WA primies:
~15mm/2.8 prime
Native fisheye (no converters please)

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 17:19 UTC

My customer voice says, slow down the technology addition a bit and work on rounding off all the sharp technology edges that you now have in the A7 series:
- Software UI and external body ergonomics
- Battery life (better battery & power saving features, etc.)
- RAW file issues
- Weather resistance
- Lenses - native ones that is
- Connectivity - wired or wireless
- Larger size body (A9?) that's better for ergonomics, battery life, performance, weather sealing, etc. to compete with CaNikon

Great start, particularly with the A7RII (that I hope to have soon), now let's refine some things.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 16:55 UTC as 29th comment
On article Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? (1076 comments in total)
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RichRMA: More than a few people mentioned that the A7R's lack of in-body I.S. was detrimental to its huge resolution potential. The idea of any camera having more than 5mp and no stabilization is horrible, unless you always use a tripod or shoot in bright light. When I got my old Olympus E-510 many years ago, the first thing I noticed was the vast increase in the number of "keeper" shots in iffy lighting, thanks to in-body stabilization.

The only real shutter shock issue I had with the A7R was with the Sony 70-200/4 OS. All my manual focus glass acted just like with my D800 when I used proper hand-holding technique.
The real value of IBIS to me is stabilization with non-OIS manual focus glass AND, perhaps even more importantly, the ability to have a stabilized image at 100% view when trying to achieve critical focus hand-held (even on a tripod when fiddling with the focus ring).
Stabilized video with legacy glass, though way down on the list for me, is also a plus.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 02:05 UTC
On article Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? (1076 comments in total)
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yslee1: "As someone who loves placing subjects well off-center, and refuses to use the simple 'focus & recompose' technique due to focal plane shifts and subject movement that easily throw off focus when shooting at fast apertures, this is huge."

And then you run into Sony's UI for moving AF points. Hint: It's horrible.

Good talk BTW on Saturday - unfortunately I missed the first half hour or I would have peppered you guys with several questions.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2015 at 21:25 UTC
On article Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? (1076 comments in total)
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yslee1: "As someone who loves placing subjects well off-center, and refuses to use the simple 'focus & recompose' technique due to focal plane shifts and subject movement that easily throw off focus when shooting at fast apertures, this is huge."

And then you run into Sony's UI for moving AF points. Hint: It's horrible.

That would be an A7 series. Yes there is the A mount versions, but for those of us with non-Canon, non-A mount glass this is an issue.
I'm a Nikon shooter, but want to use the A7rII with my F-mount glass.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2015 at 21:24 UTC
On article Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? (1076 comments in total)
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yslee1: "As someone who loves placing subjects well off-center, and refuses to use the simple 'focus & recompose' technique due to focal plane shifts and subject movement that easily throw off focus when shooting at fast apertures, this is huge."

And then you run into Sony's UI for moving AF points. Hint: It's horrible.

Subject tracking doesn't work so well with my Zeiss 135/2 APO ZF.2 lens, and focus/recompose not so well either. Being able to quickly more the AF point to the subject, hit the magnify button to critically focus, then take the image is a commonly used feature for me. I too found the UI poor for these types of things.
As great as AF automation is, it's not the most perfect of tools, especially when AF fails or is not applicable. If it can lock onto an eye or a face and track it reliably at f/2 135mm then that sounds good, but not sure this camera is there quite yet until someone does some critical testing.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2015 at 21:03 UTC
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jhinkey: Unfortunately I wasn't able to get to the talk until 5, but the part that I did get to see I found too many verbal generalizations used during the discussion.
Case in point: the use of the word "DSLRs" was being used to describe all segments of photography currently using a DSLR when clearly the segment appears to be divided up into low end, enthusiast, and professional.
I think the fate of the DSLR will be different in each segment.

Also, the three speakers seem to be of the thinking that mirrorless is supposed to be equal to small, which clearly does not have to be the case.

I also found some of their remarks to show that they perhaps are experienced n a different market that Nikon and Canon wish to sell to - do these guys have kids, go to soccer games, school concerts, etc. where people try to take photos? Unless I missed it, there was a tendency to lump all photographers into one bucket - those that use cell phones, those willing to have a dedicated camera body, enthusiasts, and pros - clearly each of those segments has different needs, wants, and buying power and Sony, Pany, Oly, Nikon, Canon, Samsung, etc. are trying to figure out who to sell to.

The audience demographic was telling - mostly older folks like myself seemed to be in attendance.

That being said, it was a good discussion and good to see the DPR folks in person - they are pretty good speakers.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2015 at 17:12 UTC

Unfortunately I wasn't able to get to the talk until 5, but the part that I did get to see I found too many verbal generalizations used during the discussion.
Case in point: the use of the word "DSLRs" was being used to describe all segments of photography currently using a DSLR when clearly the segment appears to be divided up into low end, enthusiast, and professional.
I think the fate of the DSLR will be different in each segment.

Also, the three speakers seem to be of the thinking that mirrorless is supposed to be equal to small, which clearly does not have to be the case.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2015 at 17:10 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply

I believe I can carry a 20/1.8G and 35/1.8G for less weight than the Sigma and perhaps have better IQ. We'll see how well it does.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 17:36 UTC as 51st comment | 3 replies

What matters is if I can tell between two images taken with different camera so I can see the sharpness, noise, DR differences between them. When I shoot side-by-side with my m43 and FX gear and process essentially the same image there can definitely be differences in the final image depending on what ISO I had to use and how hard I had to push the shadows or clip the highlights.

Also, there are lenses not available across both mirrorless (of any sensor size) and FX DSLRs platforms.

Anyone who just casually shoots and just wants to record an image likely won't care. But if someone is shooting for more enthusiast and/or professional end use then they will definitely care between cameras.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 17:03 UTC as 157th comment

I will try to make it!

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 07:08 UTC as 7th comment
On article #1 in France: Hands-on with DxO ONE (277 comments in total)

I foresee a lot of snapped-off connectors . . . . . if it was designed specifically for an Iphone then a more secure connection should be possible.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 15:11 UTC as 137th comment | 3 replies

Or, like many I suspect, I would equate the Q to that over-priced sports car that would sit in my garage most of the time because it's only good at a few things, and my Subaru is more than adequate (and in many ways better) at everything else for far less $$.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 20:26 UTC as 83rd comment
On article Alpha dog: Hands-on with Sony a7R II (1118 comments in total)

Excellent, assuming it's actually put together well, Sony knows how to grab users from the CaNikon camp.

Though I have a D800, sorry Nikon, Sony's getting $3K from me that isn't going to you.

Probably going to have to sell the EM1 or GX7 and some glass to help afford this. It will be excellent to take into the mountains and the theater . . . .

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 23:06 UTC as 202nd comment

Hmmm . . . 7mm doesn't look all that sharp - hopefully it's just this copy.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2015 at 05:57 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply

Is it just me or does almost all of the shots from this lens lack contrast, pop, or whatever - is it the DO effect or the post processing?

Link | Posted on May 13, 2015 at 00:17 UTC as 24th comment | 2 replies

Really? The sun didn't come out once while you had either of these lenses? As a Seattle-ite we had some pretty good stretch of weather that you could have pointed these at the sun to see what kind of ghosting/flare resistance they have.
No night shots either? These would have really shown how good the ghosts/flare and aperture spikes would look like stopped down.

I can only suspect you had just a short amount of time with these before Oly took them back.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2015 at 07:51 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply
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