Francis Sawyer

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Matthew Bartok: "to give audiences new eyes with which to see our world," ... I only see one camera, therefore this is more like pirate vision. This would have been infinitely more impressive had it been shot in stereo3D.

"Virtual reality 3-D?" What are you talking about?

3-D is 3-D. There's no "virtual reality" 3-D.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 07:55 UTC
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OlyPent: Why fret over costs of these? They cost more than Samyang, but less than Zeiss cine or Leica or Cooke lenses. But more importantly, they are for pro video shooters, not still shooters.

Samyang/Rokinon are garbage. That's why we wanted Sigma to enter the market with a mid-priced, high-quality lineup. They didn't. Instead they're selling a lineup that's nearly as expensive as Canon's.

It's a mixed bag. Their lenses are faster, especially their interesting zooms.

This one is a bit more expensive than Canon's, but again faster.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 07:46 UTC
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GodSpeaks: The last time I got excited about a RED preannouncement was the original Scarlet, which I think was supposed to come in around $2000 as a ready to shoot package. THAT camera never materialized, what we did get was a modular system camera that ended up costing MUCH more.

So now I could care less what RED preannounces. When they have a shipping product I can buy, with a list price and full specs available, I will take a look.

You COULD care less? That means you DO care.

OK.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2017 at 08:03 UTC

If it has a headphone jack (on the bottom, of course), it's a win.

If you can update its OS, it's an even bigger win.

After all, the iPhone is approaching $1000 anyway, and it's pathetically crippled with no headphone jack and almost no battery.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2017 at 08:03 UTC as 28th comment | 9 replies

Let us know when it's not crippled to only work with Sigma lenses.

Until then: Up yours, Sigma.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2017 at 07:54 UTC as 4th comment
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Snapper2013: Atleast NASA knows how to focus their lenses. LOL

Mmmm, not really: https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg12717301-000-the-testing-error-that-led-to-hubble-mirror-fiasco

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 08:43 UTC

And still no lossless codec. Apple: continuing to ignore the pro market.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2017 at 11:20 UTC as 1st comment
On article Looking back: Canon's eye-controlled focus (210 comments in total)
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Snapper2013: I still have my Elan IIE. It's a nice little camera for film.

I have one. Its cheesy construction was a tremendous step backward from the EOS 620.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2017 at 08:54 UTC
On article Looking back: Canon's eye-controlled focus (210 comments in total)
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Shlomo Goldwasser: Why do I feel that Canon could add this tech to a camera in a whim, but somehow they won't?

Is it because they could have also added 4k to probably every camera released in the past year, but didn't?

Canon doesn't even put intervalometers on its cameras, and that's an essentially free-to-implement feature.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2017 at 08:51 UTC
On article SLR Magic introduces E-mount Cine 25mm F1.4 (36 comments in total)
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JoSquared: Small, light, cheap, seem well made. From what I saw online they look pretty bad wide open but if you stick to 2.8 and up you're probably fine. If you really need to dip down for the bokehlicious shots you can always get something else specifically for those shots I guess, unless you just don't mind the issues around that aperture with these.

"If you really need to dip down for the bokehlicious shots you can always get something else specifically for those shots I guess, "

Ridiculous.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2017 at 21:18 UTC
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Will Hikari: カノンさま、がんばって!

I could warn them, if only I spoke Hovitos.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 18:59 UTC
On article Grab a free copy of DxO OpticsPro 9 while you can (187 comments in total)

"enter your email address hereunder before February, 28th 2017"

Seen on their site TODAY, March 8.

Somebody over there doesn't understand the calendar.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 02:44 UTC as 5th comment
On article Grab a free copy of DxO OpticsPro 9 while you can (187 comments in total)
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Skipper494: Seeing that version 11 is current, it is an obvious ploy to send you emails to update, possibly even sell your email. In any event, I've always found it better to use the camera manufacturer's RAW converter to go to tiff and then process that.

So set up a spam-bucket E-mail account.

I would think anyone using this site would have done that by now.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 02:42 UTC
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M H S: I just tried it out, and it works pretty well. However, in typical Flickr fashion, the interface/access to the feature is unnatural and inefficient. For example, why should you have to search first to find a photo, then search for photos similar to the result.

It seems more sensible to give you the option to "search for similar" directly from your photostream.

Anyhow, as someone with a bit of a background in AI/Image Recognition, I enjoy and appreciate the feature. Hopefully it will be improved in soon-to-come updates.

Flickr's UI is so dismal that I stopped using the site.

It's truly pathetic.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 02:41 UTC

Meanwhile, they still haven't rolled back their disastrous UI changes.

What a mess.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 02:39 UTC as 6th comment

No TLCI rating.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 02:32 UTC as 3rd comment
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Irakly Shanidze: How loud is the fan?

CRI is not a legit measure of color accuracy for lighting for cameras. What you should be looking for is TLCI, which is missing from the manufacturer's specs.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 02:31 UTC
On article These are the four cameras that won Oscars in 2017 (112 comments in total)
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dennis tennis: meh, none of these are pocket able. I'm not going to shoot an award winning movie if I have to lug one of these monsters around. I should be able to chill at my local Starbucks, and with a moment of inspired creativity, shoot a dance-musical starring myself and win multiple Oscars. Come on people, how can creative geniuses like me be able to share my greatness with the masses if these cameras are so freaking huge.

The Epic is a "monster?" You must be feeble.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2017 at 10:34 UTC
On article These are the four cameras that won Oscars in 2017 (112 comments in total)
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Michael Ma: Great to see Canon's withholding of 4K in their DSLR's is paying off in their success of their cinema line of cameras.

Canon is way out in the weeds. Their product line is vastly overpriced and doesn't appeal to anyone in particular.

Their motion-picture offerings are trounced by BlackMagic on one end and Red on the other. Their still-camera line is moribund, and hobbled by ridiculous shortcomings like the lack of intervalometers for time-lapse and poor codecs for video.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2017 at 10:32 UTC
On article These are the four cameras that won Oscars in 2017 (112 comments in total)
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SKashyap: I am more than happy with a GoPro. Future is about smaller cameras and not otherway.

Uh, yeah. That's why the Epic is tiny compared to preceding cameras (and some contemporary cameras).

But you can't dissipate the heat generated by the computing hardware to process true 4K+ imagery in a GoPro at this point.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2017 at 10:25 UTC
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