Henrik Herranen

Lives in Finland Tampere, Finland
Works as a Digital Signal Processing Software Engineer, MSc
Joined on Oct 6, 2005
About me:

Plan: To baldly shoot what everyone has shot before.

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On article Flip to flop: the pocket camcorder flash in the pan (43 comments in total)
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Tom K.: If I ever heard of it, it didn't make an impression. I have no recollection of this thing. It may be that it was a phenomenon that I completely missed, or it may be that it wasn't as widespread as you seem to think it was.

And here.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2017 at 05:59 UTC
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garyknrd: Just a Nokia name on the phone. A very small percentage of the profits I would guess. Nokia is betting on 5k hardware and beyond I think. They are sinking allot of money into it. Hopefully it will pay off for them.

HMD Global has been founded by former Nokia executives, so that's another connection to Nokia.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2017 at 05:37 UTC

I have one word for this: desperate.
Only someone desperate would pay people for exchanging their current system for a new one.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2017 at 20:16 UTC as 30th comment | 1 reply
On article SainSonic launches 50mm F1.1 lens for APS-C cameras (248 comments in total)
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flashcactus: There are 12 aperture blades. He said so, and I counted them.

Five!

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2017 at 20:25 UTC
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RCicala: This is my favorite article in DPR History. Made my day!

I remember when 5D Mk II video was all the rage and people would be shocked that their footage didn't look like 'insert famous filmaker'. Of course he had dollies, jibs, tons of lighting, and 16 assistants.

In my time, and as much as I like Nokia, I thought their camera advertisement campaign where they totally misrepresented their camera features, that campaign deserved all the bad publicity it got.

And it was all so unnecessary.

After all, they researched, realised and released the Nokia 808 1" 40 MP Monster Camera literally 200 meters (220 yards) from where I work, and I have the highest ever respect for the development team! You're the greatest ever! Jumankavita jätkät, kova juttu!

But, at the same time, this is lame. Bad. Worthless. Class-action-suit inept. I don't know how the actual camera is like, and these shots/videos don't help in the slightest.

My heart, as well as my company is in audio, but we'd never, EVER, do this. Well, perhaps that's why we are, after 26 years of existence, still a small company.

FU, liars!

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 19:58 UTC
On article Sony's Mavica FD71 liked floppy disks, hated magnets (80 comments in total)
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Alex Permit: Cat photos! A genre of photography created by the invention of the digital camera.

We never saw so many cats in the film era.

The earliest cat photograph is at least from over 150 years ago. Here is one contenter, taken with the daguerrotype process:
http://fusion.kinja.com/is-this-cat-photo-the-oldest-cat-photo-ever-1793848211

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 19:15 UTC
On article Hot mess: Remembering the Leica M8 (155 comments in total)

"In the mid 2000s"

Barney, my friend, we are still about perhaps maybe approximately sort of 400ish years short of the "mid 2000s". :-)

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 19:41 UTC as 7th comment | 2 replies
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Photomonkey: I liked the disclaimer at the end that said "Do not attempt".

It had not occurred to me that I might find a neighbor with a 787 that wanted to horse around a bit.

Oh shoot! Yes, of course I do.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2017 at 09:42 UTC
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Photomonkey: I liked the disclaimer at the end that said "Do not attempt".

It had not occurred to me that I might find a neighbor with a 787 that wanted to horse around a bit.

But you just might... so better safe than sorry! :-)

Personally, I find it rather cute how the Boeing cub is following its mother at the end. The only thing missing is some poignant narration by Sir Richard Attenborough.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2017 at 04:00 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: The Canon PowerShot G3 (95 comments in total)
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munro harrap: AS an object, as a piece of design, surely the prettiest of all digicams?
I used one for a while, but it died and had to go back. Very good colour, very good for desktop macro closeups because of that tilt and flip screen, good macro, still a good camera, but the colour though good, and much better than the G5 was not IMHO as good as the G1 colour. G1 colour is VERY good.

I used to spend ages rearranging small objects on tables, started as a res test, but then the results began to take on a life of their own until there I was, with it on a tripod, recording old gold teeth and pot-pourri, and paperclips and my kids trinkets, as though I were Google earth (the patterns from above still very 3D).

Munro, in my opinion G1 colour was its weak point. With its CYGM filter it couldn't represent reds if its life depended on it. Canon made the smart move to go to baseline RGGB with the G2.

Nevermind that a weak or missing IR filter could wreak havoc with the G2 and G3, too, if for instance photographing hot coals. With an unfortunate white balance setting coals could turn from slightly purple to almost pure blue. But G1 really never got strong colours right.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2017 at 19:16 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: The Canon PowerShot G3 (95 comments in total)
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fatdeeman: My first decent camera! I had so much fun experimenting with long exposures, working out exposure compensation and using AV and TV modes for the first time.

Car headlight trails, multiple exposures by covering the lens with your hand, having a friend appear in 5 different places in the same photo, those were the days!

And it actually produces respectable RAW files even today, I guess the low density sensor helps here. It's not so great anywhere above base ISO though!

The one camera I will never sell!

Nice. Very much like my first tests with my G2.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2017 at 19:12 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: The Canon PowerShot G3 (95 comments in total)
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ggc: Thank you Dale for the nice article!

I have recently bought for not many €€ a used G5 that is moreless the same, really nice images at base iso, nice lens, orientable lcd, built in ac adapter, well, i have even used it :D .

Only troubles are the sloow AF (especially at max tele) and no live view whilst focusing, the noise (400 iso is almost unusable), only raw and no raw+jpeg, control dial requires slow turning, lens cap unhandy, but overall still a really nice cam ;) . I can still have fun with this camera.

Actually, the sensor of the G5 was significantly more noisy than G1, G2, and G3. Canon rectified that with the G6, but unfortunately the G5 fell between the cracks.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2017 at 17:14 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: The Canon PowerShot G3 (95 comments in total)

Although I owned the G2 for a while, G3 was my favourite "prosumer" camera for several years after I bought one of the early units on Nov 25th, 2002, during my holiday trip from Europe to Australia. That was a camera that held me happy until the 5D forced me to go DSLR. The G3 gave me lots of of fond memories and nice pictures. And yes, I had the IBM 1 GB Microdrive. :-)

One thing that I think should be mentioned is that the G series had the _excellent_ flip-and-twist-screen right from the very beginning. To me shooting discretely from waist height was one of its big pluses. Nobody understood at the time you could take pictures like that. Plus it was great to get so easily right to the ground or over people's heads.

But the proof is in the IQ. How about this for a 2002 15-second straight-from-camera JPEG?
http://www.iki.fi/leopold/tmp/021211-210851.jpg

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2017 at 17:11 UTC as 39th comment

"In the mid-2000s camera manufacturers had to find ways to differentiate themselves from the competition."

Well, last time I looked there still was close to 500 years until the mid-2000's... :-)

But yes, interesting read as Throwback Thursday articles use to be. Didn't even remember this particular camera!

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 14:49 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
On article Sony a9: more speed, less dynamic range (666 comments in total)
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Henrik Herranen: "In a perfect world, Sony would have offered a 12-bit Raw mode with a lossless compression curve (without that second stage of localized compression that leads to edge artifacts) for smaller file sizes with minimal loss in quality."

Um, by definition, fitting 14 bits to 11 bits is _not_ lossless. The difference may not be easily visible if a properly optimized curve is used, but the operation is definitely not lossless. Lossless means that you are able to get _exactly_ the original samples back. Example from the audio world: MP3 is not lossless, not even at the highest bit-rates, but FLAC is.

Thank you, Rishi! That one word really makes all the difference.
(And yes, I might be a pedant, but I also deal with developing lossy and lossless compression and decompression algorithms professionally, so to me using the words correctly is important.)

Link | Posted on May 19, 2017 at 05:17 UTC
On article Sony a9: more speed, less dynamic range (666 comments in total)

"In a perfect world, Sony would have offered a 12-bit Raw mode with a lossless compression curve (without that second stage of localized compression that leads to edge artifacts) for smaller file sizes with minimal loss in quality."

Um, by definition, fitting 14 bits to 11 bits is _not_ lossless. The difference may not be easily visible if a properly optimized curve is used, but the operation is definitely not lossless. Lossless means that you are able to get _exactly_ the original samples back. Example from the audio world: MP3 is not lossless, not even at the highest bit-rates, but FLAC is.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2017 at 12:31 UTC as 115th comment | 7 replies
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Gary Dean Mercer Clark: Camera got you a date? Thats a new level of pathetic. LOL

Gary Jean Too Many Names: How is that pathetic?

Having a rare science fiction series on VHS in 1997 got me a date, marriage, and a son who is now 13 and the light of my life.

People like you like to put other people down, but we're on to you. You are right, though. You and your ilk aren't pathetic. You are just sad.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2017 at 19:09 UTC
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TORN: We will have to wait and see how this develops over the year. If at the end of 2017 we are still on a constant level then we will have consolidated. The interesting thing will be how the companies will then operate in this much smaller market. Will the pie be big enough for everybody?

Interestingly volumewise we are back to where we were in the 80s. That means only interested amateurs and pros invest into expensive cameras and not every mom and her dog anymore. I always wondered why around 2005-2010 suddenly everybody bought an entry level DSLR - even those people who never owned a SLR to begin with.

TORN: "Interestingly volumewise we are back to where we were in the 80s."

At least Canon isn't, not by a long shot:
http://www.iki.fi/leopold/tmp/CanonEosTotal.png
http://www.iki.fi/leopold/tmp/CanonEosAnnual.png

Link | Posted on May 3, 2017 at 11:32 UTC
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Eloise: I've always wondered if when looking at camera sales, if you look not at year on year growth / loss but instead look at what was happening in 80s and 90s that would give you a better guide. Unfortunately figures from back then (those that I've seen quoted anyway) appear to be "sales of all cameras" where as to be of interest there needs to be SLR and compact camera sales separately.

Eloise: I don't know of the industry as a whole, but Canon has made its EOS numbers available for every 10 million cameras and lenses manufactured. From the figures below you'll see that at least for Canon manufacturing is still happening at a brisk rate of 5-10 times of what it was in the 1980's or 1990's, and way higher than just a decade ago:
http://www.iki.fi/leopold/tmp/CanonEosTotal.png
http://www.iki.fi/leopold/tmp/CanonEosAnnual.png

Link | Posted on May 3, 2017 at 11:27 UTC
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villagranvicent: Well, besides the Leica Cine lenses they are a bargain indeed:

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1233351-REG/leica_lei_smlx_c_set_10_summilux_c_10_lens_set.html

villa & Oly: Also sports. For when the camera zooms seemingly endlessly from a wide angle view of a whole golf course right into the ball flying in the air. And other similar applications.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2017 at 05:09 UTC
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