David Chien

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David Chien: 1. Very nice site.
Along with dpreview, imaging resource, Steve's, cameralabs, and uk photo magazines, dcresource waa a key factor in many early buying decisions.

2. It's not collapse and consolidate -.it's innovate!
E.g.. Even today, dpreview has the same layout as it generally had for decades. But, for a new visitor, is it even 'exciting'?

https://m.popco.net/review.php
On the flip side, this Korean review site has reviews that really let you 'SEE' the performance of the cameras they review - big, pretty images, tons of video samples, etc.

It's like the rut many DSLR makers are stuck in, esp. Canon. Hello? Almost 2020 and still releasing 2K barely-updated models with sensors from last year?

No wonder buyers are bored and sales collapsing!

Gotta toss in the latest features EVEN a $300-400 Galaxy S7 can offer - 4K, ois, oled touch panel, etc. Innovate like Sony! Panasonic! But push further!

3. Camera makers need to push out sample units for reviews far and wide. Not just pros. What about college students and earlier? Singers and musicians? Movie stars etc. If photos aren't showing up on Instagram tagged #DSLR-brand, nobody will think of them.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2017 at 19:42 UTC

1. Very nice site.
Along with dpreview, imaging resource, Steve's, cameralabs, and uk photo magazines, dcresource waa a key factor in many early buying decisions.

2. It's not collapse and consolidate -.it's innovate!
E.g.. Even today, dpreview has the same layout as it generally had for decades. But, for a new visitor, is it even 'exciting'?

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2017 at 19:42 UTC as 56th comment | 5 replies
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David Chien: http://www.avid.com/media-composer-first
Okay, everyone step back and drop the FCP!!
Y'all holding Obsolete there! Can't even handle 4K+ video editing!
Why not try free instead? AVID Media Composer First - the free 4 video track version of AVID Media Composer, which is THE HOLLYWOOD Industry STANDARD video editing software?
After all, if you ever want to get the $200k+/Year union editing job, you'll want to know AVID so well you can edit sleeping.
FCP7? Joke - a handful of Hollywood feature films, none of them breaking $500 million, probably not even $300 million.
Premiere? Ditto when it comes to Hollywood blockbusters.
AVID? 99% of the Hollywood films released in theaters today that mean anything.
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Now, aside from Avid, yes, many go for Premiere/CC Cloud because it's integrated and comes with Photoshop, After Effects, and most everything else an independent/short film maker would ever need. But, you have to pay $20/month+ forever.

Sign up for any 1 unit college class.

Now you can sign-up for Adobe CC under the student pricing at $20/month.

After you're signed up, cancel the class while saving money on CC.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2017 at 17:25 UTC

So, there are paid/free alternatives to FCP and CC Cloud.
1. http://www.avid.com/media-composer-first
AVID First - Very powerful, industry standard, and you can get your union job knowing just this.

2. https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/davinciresolve/
Davinci Resolve free - Started as one of the industry color-correcting software, then recently added video and sound editing. Very powerful for color work, and with video/sound added, not bad at all.

3. https://hitfilm.com/express
Hitfilm Express - Started as one of the popular compositing/effects software (think laser beams, gun blasts, 3D spaceships, etc), then added video editing. Fun for effects, useful for those adding such to their films.

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Paid
1. http://www.vegascreativesoftware.com/us/vegas-pro-edit/
Vegas Video and the consumer version Movie Studio.
Been around a decade, started off as a music editor, then added video, powerful, recently Sony sold it to Magix.

Edius, Powerdirector, etc, etc.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2017 at 18:08 UTC as 23rd comment | 6 replies

http://www.avid.com/media-composer-first
Okay, everyone step back and drop the FCP!!
Y'all holding Obsolete there! Can't even handle 4K+ video editing!
Why not try free instead? AVID Media Composer First - the free 4 video track version of AVID Media Composer, which is THE HOLLYWOOD Industry STANDARD video editing software?
After all, if you ever want to get the $200k+/Year union editing job, you'll want to know AVID so well you can edit sleeping.
FCP7? Joke - a handful of Hollywood feature films, none of them breaking $500 million, probably not even $300 million.
Premiere? Ditto when it comes to Hollywood blockbusters.
AVID? 99% of the Hollywood films released in theaters today that mean anything.
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Now, aside from Avid, yes, many go for Premiere/CC Cloud because it's integrated and comes with Photoshop, After Effects, and most everything else an independent/short film maker would ever need. But, you have to pay $20/month+ forever.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2017 at 18:00 UTC as 24th comment | 5 replies
On article Video: Removing a stuck lens filter... with a band saw (139 comments in total)

1. Try a drop off WD40 or other oil. Sometimes, if it's metal on metal without oil, it's super hard to turn. A tiny bit may be all that's needed to slip the two surfaces.

2. Why doesn't anyone use the white plumbers Teflon or thread seal tape (not tape per se because it's not sticky, no glue) on the threads before mounting?!
So easy to prevent this mess from happening in most cases.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 17:59 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply
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keeponkeepingon: Looks great to me but I think it would be cathartic if we all get this out now:

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Yep, no 4k. Sony A7/6500 series are better spec'd for a modern camera at the same price range for photos and videos. Even the Panasonic, with smaller sensor, will do far better 4k although photo sensitivity will probably be worse. Canon must really be trying to push users to nikon's latest 4k dslrs even...

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 17:46 UTC
On article Canon unveils ultra-compact EOS Rebel SL2 / EOS 200D (112 comments in total)

Seriously pointless!
4k video in a Panasonic G7 at the same price point ~$500
Or, simply visit Canon's Refurbished DSLR sales site for older models, esp. ones with Magic Lantern compatibility, and get the best of whatever Canon can make - very good photo quality + upgraded video quality and capabilities.
Eg. T5 refurb kit $250 SL1 $300.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 17:43 UTC as 4th comment | 2 replies
On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (819 comments in total)

Contax T3, Minolta TC1..

Along with the nikon ti series and fujifilm tiara, among some of the point and shoots with sharper lenses in a 35mm p&s.

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But, would never go back from digital. Had the early 2-3MP Fujifilm SuperCCD p&s cameras, opened my eyes because no need to wait to process anymore and 4x6" prints were good. Jumped up to the Sony P200, which had an above average lens, and suddenly all 4x6 were super sharp, 8x10 decent.

Moved to the super fast f/1.8-2.5mm Pentax MX-1 digital zoom p&s, and realized that no 35mm p&s I can think of, few really compact slr or dslrs could pack the same bright zoom lens for a low price ( got mine $250 ).

Then recently, replaced a broken Canon HV10 with a Sony WX350 20x zoom compact p&s, and definitely realized - no 35mm can touch the Sony for size and printed image performance given the zoom lens, and camcorders have essential shrunk down to a pack of playing cards.

Iso 3200+ on both the Sony and Pentax blow away the performance of any 35mm film I've used before.

35mm is basically an antiquated imaging method for me, with no advantage at all vs modern digital p&s or dslr cameras.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2017 at 19:19 UTC as 281st comment | 3 replies
On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (819 comments in total)

Nikon 28ti, Fuji Natura Classica, FUJI DL SUPER MINI (TIARA)

Link | Posted on May 20, 2017 at 18:56 UTC as 285th comment
On article Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 (485 comments in total)
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lglass12189: ...and why is 4K video a must-have feature?

2020 Olympics = 8k video, currently in development by NHK Japan, live broadcast in Japan starting 2016, and already demo'd at NAB 2015.
http://www.nhk.or.jp/8k/index_e.html

4k - the natural next best thing TV and Bluray makers have to get you to buy yet-another-tv because the old one is 'obsolete'. Besides with 4k TVs going for as low as $299 recently, why buy a 2k at the same price?
And, top of the line cell phones have gone 4k video, so it's only natural for the TVs to follow.
Finally, think megapixels. AS photographers, each image displayed on a 2k monitor =~ 2MP. 4k =~ 8MP. 8k = ~32MP.

Clearly, most users have moved on from the old 1-3MP digicam days a decade ago, and generally, for most purposes 5-12MP is sufficient for prints, etc. Naturally, just like large posters require more MP, same with video - thus the natural move to 8K in 5 years.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2015 at 18:32 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 (485 comments in total)
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Eugene232: don't understand why mirrorless cameras getting bigger and bigger..
The mirrorless idea is -to have a DSLR IQ in a smaller body/

Heat generation.
Unforunately, there's still the issue with heat generated by the sensor electronics during 4K video recording, which requires a bit of space (metal) to pull away from the heat source and dissipate into the air.
Smaller cameras are already here, like the GM1, but until the power draw drops for the 4k sensor electronics, the size of the camera can't shrink past a certain point.
Of course, you can simply put fans in it (like the RED cameras), or cover the body with heat sink fins, but there are reasons against this...

Link | Posted on May 19, 2015 at 18:22 UTC
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yabokkie: I'm using an old version of ACDSee on my notebook for fast browsing and simple edit on the run. would like to buy a slightly updated version just to say I like it but the powerful new ones scare me away.

Use Acdsee <2.x still because it's fast, light and simple. No bloat. Acdsee Free isn't as light, missing basic functions, and key mapping's different. Full screen, pic to pic works differently, too re: zoom lock and sizes. Only downside is that it can't handle Chinese/Japanese file names/paths, so the closest free alternative is xnview, which has the ugly feature of a caching database you have to configure not to cache photos. But, keyboard settings and full screen make sense.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2013 at 16:44 UTC

The silly assumption that the Internet is always available, esp during crunch time, is absurd! I'm still running modem and tethering here, and to think that I'll be stuck downloading some huge 100s+ MB update every month or two is nuts.

Similarly, downloading the multi GB installer?!? Nuts once again. Even at the fast connections available at the Apple or Microsoft stores (3+MB/sec), it takes an hour or two minimum. Over slower tethering? No go. Just give me a disc and let me go. Esp. given that I'll have to redownload if I need to setup a 2nd laptop quickly. (You'd think they'd let you have at the exe files to offline them yourself?)

And viruses? Why? Give people internet and all they do is social media, email, surf the net, etc and get these computers infected in no time. Disconnect, lock down, and get to work. Computers here run for years and years without any infection this way. Stable, safe, efficient.

CS6 maybe the last upgrade for a long, long time...

Link | Posted on May 9, 2013 at 04:09 UTC as 627th comment | 1 reply

Same $200-500 price range, they get a basic edited video (all important parts, extra junk trimmed. Nice dvd menu, key events indexed, classical music here and there, appropriate transitions).
Again, delivered in a week-maybe two if there's a bit of editing or color correction. Key? At the reception and other free moments, go around and get everyone's blessings to the couple to include.
Easy, simple- templated photo or video shoots for weddings that don't take Weeks to edit or deliver, stay in budget- and practically guarantees happy faces because you tell and show them straight up front what you will do (show past shoots or dvds).
Another cheap key?
Take shots of the wedding that work as the cover and back of the dvd. Whip up a nice layout using classical fonts- print on glossy photo paper and glossy DVD lables- and deliver 5 copies. Charge $5-10 for more copies.
Amazing-but that's what has kept my poorer clients happy over the years.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2012 at 08:58 UTC as 47th comment | 1 reply

Get many happy smiles from those on a budget, never get a compliant since i make sure they know what they are buying. All of the traditional poses and must have photos are by the book, so they know beforehand to play nice since i tell them I'll make sure to get all the basics first, but only if you make sure your family cooperates fully. Then, breeze through that followed by hours of fun photos and photos on the spot.
Have done videos as well. Pretty much equipment is the $800 range hd camcorder, batteries, sd cards or hdv tape (once again, tape is the only medium tested to last many decades).
Pc editing can be done on Premiere elements or sony movie cheap, but sony vegas video can brinv more power to the table if you want to do more.
Again, setup is even easier than photos since most are tripoded shots. Nobody wants handheld motion sickness from their wedding video.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2012 at 08:57 UTC as 48th comment

Never know what the top end photographers spend their money on, but on the low end, it's easy.
$500 or less for a 4/3rds or dslr, $200 or less for a slr (film still is the only storage medium readable many decades later). Nice fast short zoom lens.
Targeting the low end-$200-500 for the full day. Typically 6-9 hours of shooting. I tell them the get all the good images, they can print however many they want at Walmart cheap (and on Fuji crystal archive).
Week after wedding, fast push through Lightroom/Gimp as needed for color correction (no idea why people overspend on Photoshop), then tossing out the bad photos. Finally delivery of DVD in one week.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2012 at 08:55 UTC as 49th comment | 2 replies
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