LukeDuciel

Lives in China Beijing, China
Joined on Mar 21, 2010

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Sigma, please please make some effort in quality consistency! especially, fix the off-focusing ones before send them to customers!

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 08:50 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
On article First Look: Fujinon MK18-55mm T2.9 cine lens (61 comments in total)
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PowerG9atBlackForest: Ha, ha! #3 shows that the lens' focus can be adjusted to a distance in m and another in ft. How's that? Another fake?

how about thinking twice before posting?

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 08:47 UTC

With a reasonable price, we are liberated from ground and now have 6 degrees of freedom for composition.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2017 at 03:19 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
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Shlomo Goldwasser: Photo 2 was taken by an MQ-9 Reaper drone?

Not funny. A lot of people's live-hood around desert area still relies on camel convoy like this. I don't think they have any less right trying to make a living.

I could say the same for a photo of American trucks on interstate: I'd like to see the picture after a Тополь-М strike. How would you feel?

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2017 at 03:14 UTC

The news really reflects my feeling for Sony: excellent sensor but rubbish camera design.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2017 at 02:59 UTC as 10th comment
On article Fujifilm X100F pre-production sample gallery (233 comments in total)
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Roadrunner123: It would have been nice to see some photos of moving kids in low light to get an idea of how fast the focus is.

X-T20 + some lens like 23/2 would suit you better for the kido pics. the AF speed on X100 is limited by the lens config.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 02:58 UTC
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taestell: I have the GH4 now and only use it for photography. I would love to get the new in-body image stabilization and higher resolution sensor, but I can't bring myself to spend $2,000 on that. I feel like most of the added expense is for video features that I won't use. Perhaps the G85 would be worth considering but it seems like less of a "step up" from my GH4 and more of a lateral move.

To be honest, for still photography, GH5 is not a good choice. In fact, I would not recommend M43 to my photo-only friends.

The physical limits is very real. And the price tag for good M43 cameras now a days is quite hefty too.

For less money, you can get Sony A6500 - APS-C sensor with 5-axis IBIS and an equality (if not better) amazing AF system in a smaller bulk.

I do eye for GH5, but mainly for the purpose of hybrid shooting. In this regard, GH5 should be second to none.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 04:22 UTC
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scifisteve: Personally, it is hard to get excited over a 4/3d's sensor camera. I do not care about all the bells and whistles. The bottom line is, the lenses let the camera down! If you decide to use a speed booster, you loose any advantage of auto-focusing, but you can get low light performance and wide angle lens options on that setup. Every native lens you put on this camera has a 2X multiplier!!! So--no wide lenses and poor low light performance !!! So, using this camera means that for the best results you will have to have total lighting control, or a very bright day. Then, you have to make do with many lenses with few wide angle options, and high F stops!!
But, if you are looking for wide angles and low light advantages, start with an APS-C or full frame camera, light and portable. Then build on that with an external recorder. Each system has its trade offs, that is true, but I am not a fan of small sensors. P.S. file size can be an issue. 60 to 100 Mb/sec easy, but 300 Mb/sec?

@Michael Ma
I can't agree more. I hardly takes my Nikon DSLR out unless I have a plan to shoot something in highest quality in my capability.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 03:57 UTC
On article Feisty upstart: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X-T20 (341 comments in total)

I just realized T20 is cheaper than 100F for my use....ouch.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 03:43 UTC as 20th comment
On article Throwback Thursday: Fujifilm X100 (171 comments in total)

My X100s is working strong.

Some of my favorite photos were taken with this camera. It is a lovely gear when you roam around the city.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 03:21 UTC as 37th comment
On article F is for '4th': Hands-on with Fujifilm X100F (421 comments in total)

Now I know I was wrongfully complaining about GH5's price tag.....

I would hold on to my X100s.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 08:04 UTC as 87th comment

Panasonic has answered all hybrid shooter's call. Great job except for the price tag... but even at $2000, I would still expect this sells like hotcake and will be hard to get at launch.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 03:57 UTC as 12th comment | 2 replies
On article DJI reportedly takes majority stake in Hasselblad (191 comments in total)
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Aroart: Mark my words this is huge.. If you have any spare $ invest in DJI stock.. This is the new Era of photography and automation. .. If you think I'm crazy they also thought why do we need a computer in the home...

They are not public and, as far as I can see, they don't need money either. Their drone business is generating positive cash flow, although their products are sold at price points that competitors find hard to believe.

Part of their secrets might be building technology solution from ground up thus they have the power to squeeze every cent of value from components.

For example, the phenomenal Phantom 4 and Mavic Pro uses LC1860 as main brain - a 2014 era SoC - old and super cheap but well powerful enough for the flight tasks. This also applies to their in-house designed radio control, machine vision, video and data connection parts etc.

By contrast, DJI's competitors are using technology off shelf or off supplier's hands (Qualcomm, Intel etc etc), which pushes up the cost for the product and limits the scale of innovation.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 05:41 UTC
On article DJI reportedly takes majority stake in Hasselblad (191 comments in total)
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Trued1: As a swede I was actually thinking about taking the step from a7rII to the ever so awesome X1D. But after this news that is NOT going to happen. Chinese Hasselblads NO way. Just like both Volvo and SAAB Cars taken over by chinese.........
Please find some SWEDISH investors for Hasselblad!

China is NOT a democracy it is a country who put opposition i labour camps and copies anything made and developed in the western world. last thing I saw was a copied Porsche Cayman. Apparently they have te guts and we should have the guts to refuse their products and apply pressure on "our" companies to pull out of the dictatorship.
I always look where a thing is made can I avoid any product from china I am pleased. Sony has some products still made in Japan and my MacPro is made in the US with pride.

Funny people reducing a country as vast as the US and of 1.4 billion people to a small picture painted by the cold war propaganda. I am not sure which part the OP lives in Switzerland but please, go out sometimes, and meet some real people from other countries.

Back to the deal, it is a natural result of business.

Opinion for drone might be divided. But nobody could deny that DJI has been making genuine innovation at very reasonable price points. No wonder they succeed.

Contrary to most "tech" company, DJI makes good positive cash flow and is very cold to VC. In my day job I know quite a few institutions trying hard to pour dollar into DJI. DJI's CFO is probably the most elusive tech company CFO to catch in Shenzhen right now.

As to Hasselblad, simply put, they missed a lot of steps in the market and are now very thirsty of financing. DJI eyes for Hassy's brand, aerial photography know-how and technology in MF.

hence the marriage.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 05:34 UTC
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LukeDuciel: Does anyone know how the "payed upgrade" works? You pay and get a special firmware? or just some sort of activation code?

Thanks

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 04:22 UTC
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maxnimo: Why no time-lapse and no hi-speed mode? Or did I miss the fine print.....

When I was a Canon user (from 300D era to 5D2 era), I thought time-lapse must be difficult to include in-cam. Until... I moved to Nikon and suddenly discovered it is such a simple trick to be built into every camera ... right until I bought into Sony ... Why the f*** I need an "APP" for a simple feature ...

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 06:47 UTC
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sierranvin: This camera appears to offer an efficient, highly functional touchscreen feature set, something the lunkheads at Sony can't seem to figure out (despite their selling full-featured touchscreen mobile phones)!

@sierranvin
No they don't.

Sony camera department is destined to showcase what is the worstcase camera you can make with the excellent Sony sensors.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 06:43 UTC
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brycesteiner: >>A 3680k-dot OLED panel gives a resolution of around 1280 x 960 pixels
1280x960 = 1.2 megapixels
This new one is 3.68 megapixels.
Right?

The same trick applies when manufacturers talk about screen on the back.

I always find it trickery since they can simply just talk about pixel number.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 06:42 UTC
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Francis Sawyer: There are several things here that don't make sense:

"Internal recording will be limited to 8-bit 4:2:0 IPB encoding at up to 150Mbps...At lower frame rates, the camera can capture 10-bit, 4:2:2 footage internally"

OK, if the first statement applies only the maximum 4K frame rates for internal recording, what's the bitrate for the second statement?

And why, oh why, do camera manufacturers continue to inexplicably reduce the bitrate with the resolution (or frame rate)? Look at this: "4K 4:2:2 10-bit recording at 400Mbps, and 1080/60p 4:2:2 10-bit recording at 200Mbps"

Why can't we record 1080p/60 at 400 Mbps?

Then this: "The summer firmware update promises some very big improvements, including DCI/UHD 4K 4:2:2 10-bit recording at 400Mbps, and 1080/60p 4:2:2 10-bit recording at 200Mbps, both using All-Intra compression."

So does that mean INTERNAL recording at these rates? If not, the "all-intra" comment doesn't make sense; that'd be determined by the external recorder, not camera.

To answer your 1st question, one would need know how Panasonic sets up its H.265 compression engine in detail. I would guess, with the current setup, it simply does not generate larger than 400Mbps flow under 1080p60.

To your 2nd question, All-intra refers to how frames are handled in compression. All-intra means each frame is compressed by its own, hence intra-frame, which differentiates from GOP based method using INTER-frame information.

That's my understanding.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 06:40 UTC
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FLruckas: It seems that DJI can internally record 5.2k 12 bit RAW video with what looks like a smaller camera including gimbal that uses the same sensor for $100 less.
Let's hope they don't break out their camera business from their drone business..
And now that they own Hasselblad......

What DJI's done is pretty impressive but I don't think it is fair to compare GH5 with Inspire 2.0. Money aside (I still don't get how you came up with Inspire saving $100), power and heat is much less of a problem on the flying platform vs. what GH5 needs to handle in the camera body.

I am too waiting for the next gen OSMO + X5S and hopefully DJI can improve the usability. The 1st gen OSMO Pro (with X5R) is capable while leaving quite some quirks.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 06:28 UTC
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