Jonathan Brady

Jonathan Brady

Lives in United States Sarasota, FL, United States
Joined on Dec 31, 2010

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noisephotographer: Dxomark can post what they want, dpreview and the media will always report about it. How many dxomark articles do we get next week? That's unserious journalism. But obviously dpreview does not understand what conflict of interest means as dpreview itself accepts sponsored content.

Y'all are forgetting the level of detail provided by DPR. DPR isn't some lone amateur with a YouTube channel unboxing some piece of equipment and taking a few shots.
DPR isn't perfect, just like literally no other person or organization is. But, I feel like they're VERY transparent (I think most non-tinfoil-hat-wearing-people would too) and they do offer insight that no one else does.
If y'all think there is a better way to do what DPR does, and that it's immensely profitable, DO IT!

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2017 at 19:32 UTC
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DToole: Y’all can pixel peep as much as you want. But the fact is, a great photo taken with a piece of crap takes the prize over a mediocre photo taken with a perfect piece of technology. Garbage in, garbage out. When I see a great photo, digital or print, I don’t care about whether the pixels are perfect or whether the bokeh is suitably non-uniform. And when I take a great photo (not as frequent as I’d like it to be) , I consider myself lucky to have had any image-capturing device in my hands at the time. The geek side of making pictures is getting a little too, well, geeky for my taste. And I’m a geek, lol.

This is the most ridiculous argument in all of the photographic industry. If ONE PERSON is going to take a photo, the merit of the photo doesn't change as it's the person who makes it. Let's call that person "Photographer A".
Therefore, Photographer A can take a photo with a crappy camera and produce Picture 1 and/or Photographer A can take the exact same picture with an awesome camera and produce Picture 2. Picture 2 will be better than Picture 1, always, except in the case that the crappy camera has some crappy characteristic(s) which make the image more appealing (rare).
Queue the "the best camera is the one you have with you" drones...

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2017 at 00:33 UTC
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noisephotographer: Dxomark can post what they want, dpreview and the media will always report about it. How many dxomark articles do we get next week? That's unserious journalism. But obviously dpreview does not understand what conflict of interest means as dpreview itself accepts sponsored content.

Could you direct us all to a conflict-of-interest-free camera review website that reviews all major brands and practically all major releases? Thanks! I've been searching for years and can't find one!

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2017 at 22:18 UTC

I have some POS tripod that I almost never use but realized the other day that when I swap from a native lens to a non-native lens I can't put the metabones IV adapter on the camera body unless I remove the tripod foot off of the adapter. Physically it just won't work. So maybe they are making a smaller plate that will allow for adapters with the tripod foot attached...?

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2017 at 20:22 UTC as 13th comment
On article New product overview videos: Canon EOS 6D II and more (104 comments in total)
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Jonathan Brady: I assume that since this is paid content we can expect 2 things in the comments...
1) people will jump completely freaked out and accuse DPR of being paid shills for Canon, and
2) that Canon may actually read the comments (checking to see if their investment was worthwhile) and thus, we should see some VERY spirited comments regarding their specs/feature choices with regards to the 6D Mark II.

Yeah, already sold. Only thing I have left is the 35L II and it's up for sale now

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2017 at 23:52 UTC
On article New product overview videos: Canon EOS 6D II and more (104 comments in total)
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Jonathan Brady: I assume that since this is paid content we can expect 2 things in the comments...
1) people will jump completely freaked out and accuse DPR of being paid shills for Canon, and
2) that Canon may actually read the comments (checking to see if their investment was worthwhile) and thus, we should see some VERY spirited comments regarding their specs/feature choices with regards to the 6D Mark II.

@Revenant - I wasn't happy with Canon, I was hoping to get a signal for the future regarding where they were going. The 6D Mark II signaled to me that Canon has no intention of pushing the envelope like Sony has. The spread and number of AF points in the α7RII, IBIS, the AF prowess... those are all things I wanted from Canon but they simply aren't delivering. I don't expect the 5Ds Mark II to bring anything revolutionary and therefore, I'd be waiting another 3+ years for Canon to bring something great to the 5D Mark V. That's a wait I was up for IF I thought Canon would do something. The 6D Mark II made me realize they wouldn't. So I bailed.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2017 at 19:05 UTC
On article New product overview videos: Canon EOS 6D II and more (104 comments in total)
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Jonathan Brady: I assume that since this is paid content we can expect 2 things in the comments...
1) people will jump completely freaked out and accuse DPR of being paid shills for Canon, and
2) that Canon may actually read the comments (checking to see if their investment was worthwhile) and thus, we should see some VERY spirited comments regarding their specs/feature choices with regards to the 6D Mark II.

And thanks to the power of the used market and canonpricewatch.com, with the exception of the first 2 bodies, I ended up basically breaking even over those 6 full frame bodies. OH, THE HORROR!
The used market and smart buying is the only reason I owned that many bodies. Because I knew I could use them (in some cases it was simply "try them") and not lose money. Out of well over $10k in camera bodies, I might (MIGHT) have lost $200. But for that $200, I took 40,000 pictures. Worth it.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2017 at 15:06 UTC
On article New product overview videos: Canon EOS 6D II and more (104 comments in total)
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Jonathan Brady: I assume that since this is paid content we can expect 2 things in the comments...
1) people will jump completely freaked out and accuse DPR of being paid shills for Canon, and
2) that Canon may actually read the comments (checking to see if their investment was worthwhile) and thus, we should see some VERY spirited comments regarding their specs/feature choices with regards to the 6D Mark II.

MikeRan hit the nail perfectly on the head when he said: "Makes perfect sense since the message is Canon is finished innovating... so he finished investing."
THAT is the message I'm conveying.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2017 at 14:40 UTC
On article New product overview videos: Canon EOS 6D II and more (104 comments in total)
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Jonathan Brady: I assume that since this is paid content we can expect 2 things in the comments...
1) people will jump completely freaked out and accuse DPR of being paid shills for Canon, and
2) that Canon may actually read the comments (checking to see if their investment was worthwhile) and thus, we should see some VERY spirited comments regarding their specs/feature choices with regards to the 6D Mark II.

Hey Canon, here's my feedback that I hope you read...
Y'all screwed up. Royally. In me, you had a captive consumer who had been with Canon for 9 years, owning a total of 8 DSLR and as of the release of the 6D Mark II, owned 8 lenses (6 of them "L") along with the ST-E3-RT and 2 600EX II-RT. When the 6D Mark II was released, I owned the 5D Mark IV and 5Ds. The 6D Mark II made me sell everything and switch to Sony. THAT'S how bad y'all screwed up (in my eyes). The glacial pace at which you've chosen to move in terms of useful technologies is something you should be ashamed of. And with the 6D Mark II, you released a camera which literally could be assembled from the parts bin 3+ years ago and had the gall to call it "new". You're in an era of TECHNOLOGY BOOMING and you're standing still and in the case of the dynamic range of this camera, actually stepping backward.
The present and future market are going to be like the wild west... with lasers. Enjoy defending yourselves with a stick.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2017 at 13:19 UTC
On article New product overview videos: Canon EOS 6D II and more (104 comments in total)

I assume that since this is paid content we can expect 2 things in the comments...
1) people will jump completely freaked out and accuse DPR of being paid shills for Canon, and
2) that Canon may actually read the comments (checking to see if their investment was worthwhile) and thus, we should see some VERY spirited comments regarding their specs/feature choices with regards to the 6D Mark II.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2017 at 13:08 UTC as 25th comment | 29 replies

Then they should have plenty of spare cash to completely scrap Lightroom and start fresh! Get to it!

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 00:38 UTC as 76th comment

Read it yesterday. Great article if for no other reason than the self deprication. Roger's got a great sense of humor :-)

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2017 at 17:22 UTC as 56th comment | 5 replies
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guzy: Thank God...at last they make a better shape ttl transmitter, and hope they launch sony version very soon.

I'll buy the Sony trigger on day 1! Quite excited about this! I've long wondered why a feature like TCM isn't standard everywhere.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2017 at 06:30 UTC
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LDunn1: I suspect there are alot of us Canon users largely in agreement with the contents of this article. I've been with Canon since 1987 when the Eos system launched, upgraded multiple times within the EOS system, BUT, I've stuck at the 5d2 because the upgrade cost vs the improvements have been very questionable for me.

I see Canon has maybe one last opportuntiy to keep me in the fold, a mirrorless Full frame. Not because I specifically want to go mirrorless, more that I can't see the 5d4 or 6d2 being upgraded again for another 3 years, & I've already come very close to getting a Sony A7R2, but delayed the decision due to rumours of an A7R3 nearing. Hence why I suspeect a Canon FF mirrorless will be a last chance for me to stay with Canon.

The big risk (for Canon) is once it's users get a Sony Mirrorless & Metabones to use their Canon lenses, when they then buy further lenses, are they going to buy Canon or E-mount? I suspect the later, & Canon will properly start losing customers.

LDunn1 - DPAF is THE superior video AF tech. For photos via liveview, it trails the competition. I've only used the Sony α7RII, but it's focusing is superior to that on the 70D I used to own and the M5 and 5D Mark IV I currently own (again, this is for photos only). I haven't used any of the other mirrorless manufacturers systems so I can't speak to those. Perhaps Canon is in 2nd place behind Sony, but I doubt it.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2017 at 13:03 UTC
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dtibi: Yes, Canon has the most boring features. It works as it should.
I know that the DR and video features are behind competition.
I have a good friend using Nikon, who saw my raw processing workflow.
She asked me: - So how do you adjust the skin tones?
Me: - Adjust? I don't need to adjust it in normal lighting conditions.
The end.
BTW somebody should write an open letter to Adobe too.
My canon raws are sparkling in C1, but dead in LR.

@MikeFairbanks, we're talking about Capture One (aka C1), not Photoshop.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2017 at 10:00 UTC
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dtibi: Yes, Canon has the most boring features. It works as it should.
I know that the DR and video features are behind competition.
I have a good friend using Nikon, who saw my raw processing workflow.
She asked me: - So how do you adjust the skin tones?
Me: - Adjust? I don't need to adjust it in normal lighting conditions.
The end.
BTW somebody should write an open letter to Adobe too.
My canon raws are sparkling in C1, but dead in LR.

C1, as a program, intends to give you an export-ready image as soon as you open it whereas LR intends to give you a neutral image so you can apply your own processing. Totally different goals, and thus, results.
You can get C1-like in LR by adding +10 Vibrance and choosing the "medium contrast" tone curve, then sharpen to about 55, .9, 25, 40. Save that as a preset and apply it to your image upon import and you'll start with a more export-ready image. Oh, and change the camera profile based on preference. I tend to stick with Adobe Standard or camera standard, depending on the camera.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 21:53 UTC

Those are going to be pretty large, and I assume, pretty heavy lenses. Nikon's statement on mirrorless said they're going for "the ultimate optics performance" and it looks like these lenses are what it's going to take!
That said, I'm giving the α7RII a try because of the OPTION to use smaller lenses and I'm enjoying it. But being able to have a 50mm f/.9 instead of the 55mm f/1.8 would be great. And I'm adapting my 35L II from Canon so I don't think there would be a substantial difference in size for the Nikon 35/1.2 rumored here so... WOW, Nikon! Bring it on!

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 15:59 UTC as 58th comment | 6 replies
On article Canon unveils stabilized EF 85mm F1.4L lens (530 comments in total)
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The Fat Fish: If only their bodies were as interesting as their lenses.

SETI - I've been shooting Canon for almost 10 years and I, too, had bought into the notion that Canon has the best skin tones. For my family, in reality, Sony is MUCH better. I just picked up an α7Rii and the skin tones for my "ginger" wife and son are infinitely better. With Canon, I have to desaturate the oranges and yellows to get accurate skin tones. With Sony, it's just right, right away.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2017 at 14:00 UTC
On article Canon unveils stabilized EF 85mm F1.4L lens (530 comments in total)
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mr.izo: Wow, canon is on roll.. If there something you can't blame canon being bad in, is their L lense line-up and their upgrade path. Nice lenses that just works.

They should just put sony sensors in their cameras (or having something similar in their production), that would make a lot of users happy and stop jumping fences.
Who knows, maybe something is coming this fall in hat department also (but, since 6dII is out, i doubt it)..

The next FF camera from Canon will be the successor to the 5Ds and 5Dsr and, assuming Canon sticks to their recent, slow-pace (profit maximizing) schedule, will be available in 2019. Like the current models, I'm sure it will be based off of the 5D Mark IV, but have a higher resolution sensor and some additional features which we could expect to see debut (in FF cameras) in the 1DX Mark III and 5D Mark V which will likely happen in 2020 and 2021 respectively.
It's going to be VERY quiet from Canon over the next 1.5-2 years UNLESS they decide to release a FF mirrorless camera. And if they do, they'd better throw some serious processing power behind it because the AF in Sony's α7 and α9 line is leaps and bounds ahead of Canon's DPAF. And I've owned the 70D and currently own the M5 and 5D Mark IV as well as having recently acquired the α7Rii - so I'm not just spouting non-sense. Sony's on-sensor AF (vs Canon's on-sensor AF) really is better for photographers.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2017 at 13:46 UTC
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panchorancho: Sony dynamic range doesn't even hold a candle to the true power of Nikon! I can't wait for the Sony fanboys to start coming in here declaring it's a Sony sensor, despite Sony being incapable of matching Nikon DR using the same chip! Nikon for life!

this may not be called baiting under DPR's rules, but I'm pretty sure the rest of the world would call it that.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2017 at 19:44 UTC
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