Cdog

Lives in United States NY, United States
Works as a photographer
Has a website at www.cliffordpickett.com
Joined on Oct 15, 2012

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Cdog: so close but just doesn't make sense. Especially with a fixed F/4? Unless you have a very specific need for an extra small camera, the slightly larger rx10IV will get you 24mm at F/1/8 plus all the added flexibilty up to 70, longer battery life, higher quality images, full stabilization, etc. Oh, and a couple hundred dollars cheaper.
Like I said, close, but no cigar. I'm sure this will be a great piece of kit for many but for the money and flexibility, people should know there are better options for the money. Look into it at the very least.

"Unless you have a very specific need for an extra small camera"
Well, there you go. Now does it make sense ?
- Yes, exactly, kinda the point. Trying to point out this is very niche for the price. There are better options otherwise and a RX100IV isn't much bigger.

"Like I said, close, but no cigar. I'm sure this will be a great piece of kit for many"
I'm sure it will, too, so how is that "close, but no cigar" ?
Or do you mean "doesn't make sense FOR ME" and "close FOR ME" ?
- Yes, exactly, these are all opinions. Kind of the point of these comments no?

There are videos by Sony showing what a bunch of these can do and how they were used (links available over on SAR). Looks like something that's going to be exploited by all kinds of creative people for any number of unique reasons.
- I hope so. There are a lot of options out there, all of which can and will be 'exploited' by creative people for any number of unique reasons.... choose wisely :)

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2017 at 16:52 UTC
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Cdog: so close but just doesn't make sense. Especially with a fixed F/4? Unless you have a very specific need for an extra small camera, the slightly larger rx10IV will get you 24mm at F/1/8 plus all the added flexibilty up to 70, longer battery life, higher quality images, full stabilization, etc. Oh, and a couple hundred dollars cheaper.
Like I said, close, but no cigar. I'm sure this will be a great piece of kit for many but for the money and flexibility, people should know there are better options for the money. Look into it at the very least.

I own several action camera's as well as others. yes, this IS 'just' about being small. Otherwise their are better options. Just trying to help the readers make an informed decision.
Battery life - larger camera, larger battery - longer battery life.
Image quality - F 1.8 will bring in much more light, over 2 stops meaning more than 4X the amount of light. Kind of important to image quality when the lights dim :)

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2017 at 16:45 UTC
On article Ricoh Theta V hands-on (32 comments in total)

Timing is everything I guess. Not in Ricoh's favor this time though. I have the previous model and got the job done but just ordered this (https://www.dpreview.com/news/4774152663/insta-360-one-360-degree-camera-comes-with-4k-resolution-and-bullet-time-effect) which looks to be much better in every way and at a cheaper price.

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2017 at 16:37 UTC as 10th comment

so close but just doesn't make sense. Especially with a fixed F/4? Unless you have a very specific need for an extra small camera, the slightly larger rx10IV will get you 24mm at F/1/8 plus all the added flexibilty up to 70, longer battery life, higher quality images, full stabilization, etc. Oh, and a couple hundred dollars cheaper.
Like I said, close, but no cigar. I'm sure this will be a great piece of kit for many but for the money and flexibility, people should know there are better options for the money. Look into it at the very least.

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2017 at 14:39 UTC as 103rd comment | 6 replies

Can't wait until they put this in the dobby drone.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2017 at 15:24 UTC as 7th comment
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(unknown member): well .. in a way, they are correct, or at least I can see where they were coming from.

Both NPS and CPS services and support are widely available and the last thing you want is your photographer having issues with their gear, replacements, service,etc.

Yes, it's the skill of the photog. however, at least if they have NPS or CPS at least I have a feeling that they subscribe to some due diligence and take care of their business. If they take care of their own, they probably will take care of me.

Nikon and Canon "PRO" services are pretty much unmatched. I guess the Sony one plays lip service.. but the call center is something like what .. 9 to 5 5 days a week? LOL.

I can see some are whining about it.. but seriously .. even though some pros will shoot with fuji, sony, and even olympus .. there's a strong case to be made to be using one of the top 2.

as far as cannon versus canon .. I guess some bizarre autocorrect or spellchecker involved there I would imagine.

I make my living with my camera. I fully switched to Sony (A7RII) once it was apparent Canon wasn't going to innovate anymore. It was the best decision I've made for my business. My clients love the silent shutter option and super high-res options. Sony service may not be as good as CPS, which I was a member of, but that would have nothing to do with the bride. The more appropriate advice would be to verify that the photographer has a complete backup system on site. CPS or NPS can't replace the camera on-site during a shoot. To suggest otherwise is misleading and not very helpful.

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2016 at 21:07 UTC
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MikeFairbanks: I read the Brides article when it came through my Twitter feed. Such nonsense. I guess some of my Atlanta friends making a living in the local 600 as Unit Still Photographers on The Walking Dead, Stranger Things, and other movies and shows are missing out because they went with Sony and Fuji. These same friends also shoot high-end weddings and more (again with Fuji and Sony). They used to shoot Canon, which is a great brand (that's what I've been using for years), but they switched to mirrorless so as to avoid shutter noise. If I were to ever shoot weddings or for TV/Film, I'd go straight to the Sony A7s2. No sound whatsoever, which is a whole lot better than using a big, fat sound blimp.

Speaking of which: Listen to the NPR playback of President Obama's last press conference. It sounds like a room full of kids playing with toy machine guns. Those would be the sounds of shutters on Canons and Nikons.

It was obnoxious.

Agreed. They should really require silent shutters at these events.

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2016 at 20:56 UTC

Looking forward to this. People should know that the native telephoto lens on the 7 plus is MUCH slower than the wide and not stabilized. I wouldn't suggest buying a telephoto adaptor unless it works on both the wide and the telephoto. Waiting for lenses to come in from Ollo clip, moment, sirui and exo to test this out. iPro (Schneider) made my favorite lens system for the iphone but for some reason they don't feel like updating it anymore for the new iPhone 7 and plus which is a shame.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2016 at 21:35 UTC as 10th comment
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Cdog: Sony, are you listening?

Lightroom is overwhelmingly the industry standard with way more users than Capture one and just about every other NLE combined. If you're aiming at canon and Nikon's market share, you go where the people are. Period. This has nothing to do with quality. This is simple business.
Fuji would be wise to do the same, addressing there RAW conversions so customers don't need to choose between color and dynamic range.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 21:05 UTC
On article Fast Five: Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V Review (436 comments in total)

I have the IV, awesome camera but missing just one extra dial to designate for changing aperture, shutter or Iso. Not being able to adjust these on the fly is just unacceptable for a camera with this target audience. I stopped using it because of this one major flaw. Too frustrating. If they fixed nothing else and added one more dial and one more custom function so it fits right in with my A7RII it would be perfect. Also, 24 FPS and oversampled 4k with PDAF and no touch screen? Really?
So close!

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 20:54 UTC as 91st comment | 1 reply

Removing SD card slot is a "Step forward"?
FAIL

You don't step forward by removing things. How about actually stepping forward and giving us a removable touch screen with an IOS option. Then you can remove there SD card slot.

What's the name of the engineer over at Apple who hates ports so much?
Fire that engineer.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 20:44 UTC as 335th comment | 2 replies

Sony, are you listening?

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 15:07 UTC as 8th comment | 4 replies
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (866 comments in total)

Where's the retina MacBook air?

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 00:35 UTC as 155th comment | 2 replies
On article Teardown reveals Sony image sensors in iPhone 7 (189 comments in total)
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Jostian: Sony sensor again and the same overprocessing and high NR that obliterates detail... Pity, had hoped they'd learnt from the mess in terms of IQ from the 6s, seems not...

Shoot RAW

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2016 at 13:29 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (899 comments in total)

Looks awesome. Strange why there wasn't a mention of RAW when so much emphasis was made on image quality.
And did I hear that only the iPhone 7 is capable of RAW DNG? That doesn't make sense. It's a software/firmware issue, not hardware. All phones capture RAW already of course as that's the info it uses to process the JPEG's, if it's in the new IOS there's no reason why it wouldn't work on the old phones.
This RAW functionality is the most exciting part of this all and yet little to no mention. Strange.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 21:49 UTC as 157th comment | 8 replies

Wait. A-mount not E-mount? Seriously?

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2016 at 13:23 UTC as 45th comment | 7 replies
On article SmugMug Films: Point, Click, ShootTokyo (30 comments in total)

Even more inspiring than this man's work and life story is just how beautiful this smugmug film is.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2016 at 13:55 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
On article Sony warns against use of unauthorized third-party apps (185 comments in total)

Sony, do you remember how useful the iPhone was before the app store?
Open up your API. I love the Alpha series, I switched from Canon for it, your apps are terrible though.
You make cameras and you do that well, let the app developers do what they do well and be grateful they're doing it at all.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 02:41 UTC as 29th comment | 4 replies
On article mini Plaster Hand is a camera mount on a belt (44 comments in total)

Pretty smart actually. Seems like a trip to home depot and a novoflex miniconnect or peak design system could be just as effective though. Any suggestions?

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2016 at 20:50 UTC as 25th comment | 1 reply

What's the next Instagram?
Would love a suggestion preferably not owned by facebook
Seriously, f there's something better out there I'd like to know, I'll switch right now.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2016 at 21:52 UTC as 13th comment | 5 replies
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