Gary Dean Mercer Clark

Gary Dean Mercer Clark

Lives in United States Miami Beach, FL, United States
Works as a Photographer/Videographer
Has a website at www.garymercer.us
Joined on Feb 29, 2004
About me:

Life's a beach with a camera

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Gary Dean Mercer Clark: Sony and Canon had the opportunity to buy Foveon when it was for sale. Foveon had spent millions targeting its designs for use in cell phones. Toshiba was one of the cell phone manufacturers interested in this sensor for it's phones but at the last moment pulled out and went with I believe Sony for its camera phones. At the time, Foveon was desperate for more investors seeking financial backing, promising huge returns at the time, discussing its development of the cell phone camera sensor for toshiba. Toshiba went with Sony cell phone sensors instead & Sigma bought Foveon. The rest is history. The current 46 MP (28-30MP bayer) sensor miniaturization effort foveon aimed towards cell phone market has been incorporated into the current foveon APC sized sensor found in the DPM compact and SD1M DSLRs. The image quality and size rivals full frame cameras like the Nikon D800 which amazes me. If you can stand the humor watch this video on youtube.com http://youtu.be/f3VjyHQiqdE

Imaging Resources? You've got to be kidding me--Right? Dpreview.com's comparison images are better quality and you can download the RAW files and do your own comparison.
You are entitled to your opinion, but since you don't own or shoot with the Sigma SD1M----its like being an expert about a race car without ever having driven one. You just parrot what others say and look at crappy .jpeg images on a low resolution screen at 100 percent and believe that that is what image quality is all about.
Image quality is about how good the image prints out. You can't really truly judge a camera until you've shot a thousand frames or more with it in my humble opinion. Just go to youtube and watch camera shop video titled D800 Vs DP2M which has the same sensor as the SD1M. The video is very honest and telling regarding this technology. Let me put this politely. You are absolutely wrong about your comments regarding the SD1M. :)

Link | Posted on May 25, 2013 at 00:02 UTC

I have 6 terrabytes of images so far---so in answer to the fellow that wonder's if pros need unlimited storage--I only wish I'd known about the unlimited pro storage option on flickr in the first place. At $25.00 a year, that would be the worlds greatest deal.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2013 at 21:19 UTC as 27th comment | 1 reply

Sony and Canon had the opportunity to buy Foveon when it was for sale. Foveon had spent millions targeting its designs for use in cell phones. Toshiba was one of the cell phone manufacturers interested in this sensor for it's phones but at the last moment pulled out and went with I believe Sony for its camera phones. At the time, Foveon was desperate for more investors seeking financial backing, promising huge returns at the time, discussing its development of the cell phone camera sensor for toshiba. Toshiba went with Sony cell phone sensors instead & Sigma bought Foveon. The rest is history. The current 46 MP (28-30MP bayer) sensor miniaturization effort foveon aimed towards cell phone market has been incorporated into the current foveon APC sized sensor found in the DPM compact and SD1M DSLRs. The image quality and size rivals full frame cameras like the Nikon D800 which amazes me. If you can stand the humor watch this video on youtube.com http://youtu.be/f3VjyHQiqdE

Link | Posted on May 23, 2013 at 20:55 UTC as 44th comment | 6 replies
On article Review in Progress: Pentax K-5 II and K-5 II S (70 comments in total)

Its time that all of the camera makers install the GPS inside the camera like Sony is doing with the Sony A77 and A99. That optional GPS receiver is huge and takes up the hot shoe? BandAid add ons to systems that could be incorporated into the body of the camera make no sense to me. That being said, my friends shooting with the k5 II having nothing but huge praise for this camera. I'm sure that the k5 IIs will make some very happy photographers out there.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2013 at 13:17 UTC as 4th comment

All digital files have published dates when they were created or posted. It would seem to me that a standard 20 years copyright date should be extended to so called orphaned photos may not be exploited by corporations. Just because you find an image that you can't find the owner of doesn't give you ANY rights to it.
You didn't produce it. It isn't your right to steal it and use it. Thats my thought on it. Want to use a so called " orphaned photo?" if the right law protecting photographers was in place, you'd have to wait 20 years before you can exploit the " Unknown" photographers. Corporations have no respect for individuals rights or property. Just because you find an image on the web--doesn't mean you have ANY right to it.

Link | Posted on May 9, 2013 at 01:32 UTC as 25th comment | 5 replies
On article Photoshop CC: Adobe responds to reaction (1841 comments in total)

Thank goodness for DXOmark software. I find myself even using Adobe Lightroom less and less. Have you ever dealt with Adobe customer support? That is another nightmare to behold. HORRIBLE! Adobe---please stop outsourcing your tech support to countrys that don't speak intelligible English. Cracks me up when I have to ask the rep to repeat themselves 6 times in a row the same word and it sounds exactly the same as the first time they mispronounced it. You can do better Adobe. However, my question is this.....Is Adobe still relevant?

The sound of a pin dropping.....

Link | Posted on May 8, 2013 at 01:21 UTC as 786th comment | 1 reply

Adobe Phototoshop is still relevant? Don't see any need to upgrade . Plenty of other alternatives out there.

Link | Posted on May 7, 2013 at 23:39 UTC as 125th comment
On article Nokia rumors bring hope for new camera hardware (26 comments in total)

I think the camera with multiple tiny lenses makes sense for camera phones. Very cool idea.

Link | Posted on May 5, 2013 at 23:35 UTC as 8th comment
On article Roger Cicala compares Zeiss and Canon 135mm f/2 lenses (90 comments in total)

In order for me to use a manual focus lens, I'd have to use the lens peaking on my Sony A77. Otherwise, it is a futile effort as there are not manual focusing screens on the DSLRs today, so unless your camera has lens peaking, shooting with a manual lens could be a problem.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2013 at 17:06 UTC as 5th comment
On article You'll have to wait a "year-ish" for Google Glass (76 comments in total)

simple--Have a red led illuminated when the user is recording just like the ones on the top of TV studio cameras that let the newscasters know they are live and being recorded. No big deal. Then you know when you are being recorded.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2013 at 04:57 UTC as 18th comment | 2 replies

If you are in public, expect to have your photograph taken. However, there is a term called disturbing the peace that he is walking a fine line. I follow the idea---to others-- do no harm. If your activity as a photographer is distressing others in a public place, there is always the danger of someone becoming violent and a danger factor to deal with. People pack guns and in some areas don't hesitate to use them. Be careful Tergo.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2013 at 17:49 UTC as 95th comment | 2 replies

I think the wifi capability is the key issue here over the older model. Sounds like a very nice camera.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2013 at 17:34 UTC as 23rd comment

Reminds me of a great photographer I know that uses Holga plastic lens camera with medium format film to shoot images.
For photojournalist, its the content that sells the image whether it is a technically perfect image or not. Different standards for different media.
Surprise!--there are actually quite a few photojournalists that are using point and shoot cameras for their work. This has been going on for a very long time. My gut feeling is that the degradation of the quality of photography for newspapers and magazines is the reason why newspapers and magazines are cutting their pro photographer staffs to a minimum and just purchasing stock photos for their articles. Canned photography seems to be the solution for news media. Wonder why your newspapers are crap? These dinosaurs are hanging on by a thread. Instagram and iphones are just another symptom of the dumbing down and lowered expectations of our society. Mediocre seems to be the theme for the sheeple.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2013 at 14:23 UTC as 26th comment | 1 reply
On article DxOMark investigates lenses for the Nikon D800 (80 comments in total)

I only wonder about the comment that a ten percent increase in resolution is worth investing in a new camera system that will require spending even more more money to upgrade existing lenses to really extract the potential of the sensor?
Sigma is addressing the newer super high generation sensors with new lens offerings like the 35mm f1.4 for APC cameras and the soon to be released 30mm f 1.4 for full frame cameras in their " Art" series as well as major upgrades to their other lens lines. Competition is great for photographers. Maybe these tests will prompt the manufacturers to really push the lens technology to take full advantage of these higher resolution sensors.
I just wonder how much further optical technology can be pushed to match these super high resolution sensors. Where is the limit?

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2013 at 02:42 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply
On article Richard Franiec creates accessory grip for Sony RX100 (116 comments in total)
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MartinaB: I am not sure how this is news when a similar grip was discussed June 21 in the Sony forum.

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1009&message=41848794

And this blog reported a grip for the RX100 June 20:

http://flipbac.com/?p2=/customcode/flipback/viewcomments.jsp&bid=43

MartinaB--Dont understand why you attack other's success?Richard's excellent high quality grips didn't just design themselves. It took design creativity and expertise. One thing that Dpreview does do right is they recognize excellence and innovation. Is a mention worth sales on dp review.com?--yes! fantastic. Sorry that you are so miserable---but that won't stop Richard from having the success that he deserves!

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2013 at 01:47 UTC
On article Sony announces SLT-A58 20MP mid-level DSLR-style camera (128 comments in total)
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simon65: 6 years ago Pentax managed to make a small compact DSLR with a large optical pentaprism viewfinder sporting a 0.95 x magnification.

Neither they nor anyone else has ever managed to repeat that feat.

Why I ask?

For I will never understand the mindset of a company like Sony that makes a 'DSLR' camera and then sticks an electronic viewfinder in it.

The whole USP of a DSLR is meant to be its viewfinder, an optical viewfinder, and the larger the better. If you can stick all that in an compact body like Pentax managed back in 2005/6, so much the better.

Alas we appear to be regressing. I dare say this Sony has a great sensor, but I won't haul a DSLR around all day unless I also get the reward of an decent sized optical viewfinder (which rules out the Nikon D3200 and D5200), and even then I won't go above a body 550g.

It the same old story. So many cameras, so little genuine choice.

The EVF took some time to get used to---but I agree with you that I like it much better than optical viewfinders. A few situations has left me wishing for an optical viewfinder---but 99% of the time, I like it better!

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2013 at 01:13 UTC
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