armandino

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On article Opinion: DJI has abandoned professionals (192 comments in total)
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PAntunes: If all you have to do is ask for a temporary licence from DJI, it seems quite ok. It's the same as shooting on any location. I can't just show up on the day and ask. I have to inform the location that I want to shoot there and wait for approval.

Anyone filming or photographing professionally is used to do this.

The only problem is if the maps aren't correct. Apart from that, I see no problem.

Of course it is illegal! But it is still left at driver's discretion! I am not saying that flying by and airport with a drone should be legal! You do not have to ask the car maker or the gas station authorization otherwise you car would not start! How many smokers refuel at the gas stations and we need to trust their conduct? Isn't that far more dangerous and potentially more frequent hazard?

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2017 at 22:36 UTC
On article Opinion: DJI has abandoned professionals (192 comments in total)
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PAntunes: If all you have to do is ask for a temporary licence from DJI, it seems quite ok. It's the same as shooting on any location. I can't just show up on the day and ask. I have to inform the location that I want to shoot there and wait for approval.

Anyone filming or photographing professionally is used to do this.

The only problem is if the maps aren't correct. Apart from that, I see no problem.

@PAntunes
"Some machines are limited so you won't break the law.... For everyones safety, DJI decided to do the same. Maybe the gun makers should learn something..."
No
We already live an over-regulated world. And some things are acceptable just because they have been around for a long time. How about smokers in gas stations? How about private pilots getting a stroke in flight? How about golfers going nuts and deciding hitting balls in the middle of the hwy or a crowed park? We would need permission to move every second step if you go down this path.

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2017 at 22:09 UTC
On article Opinion: DJI has abandoned professionals (192 comments in total)
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PAntunes: If all you have to do is ask for a temporary licence from DJI, it seems quite ok. It's the same as shooting on any location. I can't just show up on the day and ask. I have to inform the location that I want to shoot there and wait for approval.

Anyone filming or photographing professionally is used to do this.

The only problem is if the maps aren't correct. Apart from that, I see no problem.

you do not ask permission to Beretta or Colt for such a thing

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2017 at 15:09 UTC
On article Opinion: DJI has abandoned professionals (192 comments in total)
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cdembrey: I live in California, and every fire-season there are many instances for drones disrupting water drops. It's been going on since drones became available to hobbyists.

Drones injuring people on the ground, at events like parades, are becoming common. Something draconian needs to be done!

@cdembrey
please talk about statistics, "Drones injuring people on the ground, at events like parades, are becoming common"
compare to car accidents etc. The reality is that drone events make news more than others and social media does not help inflating facts.

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2017 at 15:08 UTC
On article Opinion: DJI has abandoned professionals (192 comments in total)
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steelhead3: Thank you DJ for doing the right thing.

obviously steelhead3 cannot care less about flying a drone.

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2017 at 15:05 UTC
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McBrian: Is it curved or spherical?

If it's curved in one plane only I can't see how it’s going to make lens manufacturing and alignment easier.

Images of Sony prototypes suggest that it is not single plane curvature.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2017 at 19:37 UTC
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Daft Punk: Makes a change to be talking about a printer.

We do not print enough.

One of the Many Great Absurdities of modern photography is how people are led to believe with great conviction that they NEED that Full Frame camera gear for taking pictures of their kids at Disney when the snaps end up being viewed on an iPad.

This industry is built on craziness.

Printing reminds us of what photography can do.

It does not matter what you look a good picture on.
Every time I share pictures with people on my phone that do not know I am a photographer they comment:
you took these pictures with your phone?????!!!!!!!!!!?????????

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2017 at 17:54 UTC
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Richard Murdey: In the straight ISO comparison (ISO6400 FF) the 6DmkII is competitive with the D750. It's only in the exposure push test that it fails to keep up.

That means the amplifier noise of the read electronics is the problem, right?

In a practical sense, it means the 6DmkII is fine if you expose correctly and use high ISO when you need to. It's not great if you often underexpose or enjoy pushing the dynamic lighting setting to "extra-high" in post.

On a meta level it's another data point supporting my pet theory that the 6DmkII was released more than a year after it was originally supposed to come out.

@ozturert
there are often moving objects in landscapes. Ocean weaves, leaves, people etc.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2017 at 17:45 UTC

Funny that my Sony A7RII+metabones+Sigma art 35/1.4 was my to go set up for the last 2 years :-)

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2017 at 02:34 UTC as 20th comment
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JackyNg: Sony a9 has dynamic range slightly lower than a7rii but equal or slightly better than 1dx or D5.
Crowd: Sony you suck, thats a total rip off, worthless camera.

Canon 6dmkii have dynamic worse that aps-c cameras.
Crowd: guys, that's no big deal, just don't under expose your shots.

Wow.

"Sony A9's dynamic range was compromised"
Sony A9 is still one of the best performance "compromises", not "compromised". Better than Canon 1DX and Nikon D5.
Seem that many make a big deal of A9 sensor DR. It is really good and the "compromise" is really small, hardly worth talking about it.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 23:57 UTC
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knight427: So much for my brilliant upgrade plan. I bought a used 6D mkI about a year ago with intentions to invest in a few L lenses before upgrading to the 6D mkII in about 2 years. I know I can use L lenses on most anything with an adapter, but I’m questioning whether my next camera will be a Sony (a7s if I decide to buy soon). If I go mirrorless, then it seems silly to lug around an L lens instead of the comparable G lens, no? Of course this all assumes Sony puts their star eater problem behind them so I’ll have an upgrade path open to me after the a7s.

Oh well, it’s all hypothetical for now. In the meanwhile I’ll continue to enjoy learning photography on my 6D.

Wait to see what the A7III brings. If it has the AF, menu, and battery of the A9 it will make it a very compelling camera.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 23:50 UTC
On article Should I buy a Canon EOS 6D Mark II? (433 comments in total)
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Marximus: So what if I have both an 80D and a 7D Mark II, and I'm looking for a full-frame body? :)

@AngularJS
thank you! The A7RII has an interesting dual gain solution so it is not true iso-invariant like the D810 or the D750. Pushing shadows at 100 iso is very good but not as good as these. However it pays off for better ISO performance and it is ISO invariant at 640. Which means that if you are shooting at 640 what is supposed to be 6400 nothing really change if you adjust in post. However at ISO 6400 you have a much reduced DR so you will clip the highlights much more easily.

Do not expect the 6DII to be as good as the 5Ds:
http://www.photonstophotos.net/Charts/PDR.htm#Canon%20EOS%205DS%20R,Canon%20EOS%206D%20Mark%20II

where again the 5DS is ok but not great already...

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 23:44 UTC
On article Should I buy a Canon EOS 6D Mark II? (433 comments in total)
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Marximus: So what if I have both an 80D and a 7D Mark II, and I'm looking for a full-frame body? :)

Hi AngularJS
your arguments are all valid, however additional DR is one more tool in your toolbox that cannot be undervalued, especially when it is available in virtually all modern sensors.
I agree that forcing the processing is less desirable that controlling the light opportunely, my point is that at times this is either not an option or gets in the way of capturing the very moment (the girl with the hoop is an example of that, which btw was not meticulously processed).
Sure with the 1DX you could have adopted the same method, but again IQ suffers and this is the point of the argument.
Finally there can be specific interests. In my case I have special interest in glow in the dark photography, where processing in the shadows is the bread and butter and a malleable file makes a big difference:
http://www.neatpicture.com/fullscreen/blacklight/

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 18:59 UTC
On article Should I buy a Canon EOS 6D Mark II? (433 comments in total)
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armandino: So basically, if you are using this cam as a photographic too the much older D750 beats the hell out of it, if you use it for video there are better tools.
However if you are satisfied by a well rounded, well built DULL camera you are welcome to overpay Canon.

@vscd
there are other options within Canon and outside Canon better than the 6DII. Poor DR is not the only problem with the 6DII. This camera is emblematic in representing the reason I stepped away from Canon, a teaser. Feels like a software freeware bait for you to buy into the better model or the future model once you get one. Does it get the job done? Yes, is it a slap in the face, absolutely so. Personally I do not care because it is not in the camera bracket I am in, but boy for who is... 5 year waiting for this? There is no pride in this product and if someone is dropping $2k for it I bet they want to be proud of it. I do understand that Canon users are a bit stuck with it, and again, shame on Canon for this.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 17:15 UTC
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roustabout66: Is the Canon 85 F1.8 really that much sharper than the Nikon 85 F1.8? At any sane manipulation the Canon images seem so much sharper.

@RubberDials
Sony T-stop is consistently better that Canon and Nikon. A lot of the new optics are very very sharp. You pay a premium often for a reason. Check out the 70-200/2.8 too, you'd be surprised both for sharpness and T-stop. Indeed for some reasons Sony lenses do not excel in general in CA, maybe because it can be relatively easily controlled in post.
I tested the Sony 85/1.8 on A7RII and it rivals the 1.4 GM in every regard, it is one of the best value lenses on the market.
@dleemans
I bet the Canon 85/1.8 is very sharp, but you might have to put it side by side with the other lenses to see the difference. Also, is it THAT sharp wide open?

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 16:56 UTC
On article Should I buy a Canon EOS 6D Mark II? (433 comments in total)
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Marximus: So what if I have both an 80D and a 7D Mark II, and I'm looking for a full-frame body? :)

There are so many situations:
shooting candids in a wedding, summer, noon, a very sunny South Carolina:
https://www.flickr.com/gp/105356727@N08/445PXa
https://www.flickr.com/gp/105356727@N08/YNi48i
https://www.flickr.com/gp/105356727@N08/v02KPx
This one I would generally use a flash, but no time to set it up:
https://www.flickr.com/gp/105356727@N08/Et6x37

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 10:40 UTC
On article Should I buy a Canon EOS 6D Mark II? (433 comments in total)
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Marximus: So what if I have both an 80D and a 7D Mark II, and I'm looking for a full-frame body? :)

There are situations where you cannot use the flash, or you do not want to, or you cannot apply HDR techniques.
Take the following example:
https://www.flickr.com/gp/96121329@N04/678X4K
This is a dynamic shot where HDR is not applicable neither flash, because I wanted the LED in the hoop visible, yet by underexposing I could still capture the dim LED and the bright blue sky contrasting the white clouds.
A classic example is shooting night time events where flash cannot be used yet very contrasty conditions due to spotty hard light. you need to underexposure to preserve highlights:
this is with a 1DX, blown out highlights at ISO 3200:
https://www.flickr.com/gp/96121329@N04/p2H02f
this is with a A7RII underexposing:
https://www.flickr.com/gp/96121329@N04/778a1k
Said that, I disagree with BlueBomberTurbo: the 5DS is not that bad at all, because of its very high resolution sensor, so when you normalize the resolution to a more average 25MP the perceived DR is better (reduced grain).

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 10:27 UTC
On article Should I buy a Canon EOS 6D Mark II? (433 comments in total)
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Marximus: So what if I have both an 80D and a 7D Mark II, and I'm looking for a full-frame body? :)

these are no DR challenge pictures, a 15 years old CCD would have handled it just fine.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 08:59 UTC
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TORN: I have the sneaking suspicion that Canon thinks this DSLR segment is dead and will go under - replaced by mirrorless. But since the product was already developed and the Canon FF mirrorless is not yet ready they brought it to the market. Hey, all people buying a 6D MK II now might have the great opportunity to immensly upgrade the DR by buying the mirrorless version next year.

In my opinion if this is what Canon envisions as an entry level ff DSLR in 2017 they could as well have waited another 6 months and instead come up with a mirrorless version of it with the new sensor technology and 4k and possibly 2 new lenses matching it (plus it being EF-compatible).

Mark my words for 2018.

Just get a Sony mirrorless, it will work with Canon glass and it has IBIS that Canon will never stick in their cameras.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 05:37 UTC
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retr01976: You know what the irony is regarding Canon's weak DR in tests ? Every single time I go onto the web and I am randomly surfing through pictures
on smugmug or Flickr and I see a picture that really blows my mind more often than not it's shot with an old 18 megapixel Rebel. A camera known for its terrible dynamic range compared to just about everything out there and yet for some reason those pictures stand out over even some of the best and most highly regarded Sony FF images I have seen. I don't know what the formula is to make a camera that takes fantastic pictures, but I think the tests we use these days no matter how scientific fail to deliver an accurate conclusion. You can either pixel
peep and measurebate until your eyes bleed or you can simply try the camera and be perfectly happy if the images coming out of it are satisfactory to your eyes. I don't know if I will continue to read camera reviews, I'd rather just look at pictures people have casually taken and draw my own conclusions after all sometimes ignorance is bliss...

@retr01976
I am sure you will see a lot of rebel cameras in the shots on 500px...
With Flickr and Smugmug you might have a ratio of 1,000 to 1 rebel vs 5D, as it has been said is the photographer not the gear that makes the picture, add that to the obvious statitstics.... a more capable cameras expands possibilities in capable hands and your reasoning is unjustified for the latest Canon $2000 camera.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 02:17 UTC
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