David Chien

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On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (805 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.


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 266th comment | 3 replies
On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (805 comments in total)

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

Link | Posted on May 20, 2017 at 18:56 UTC as 270th 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.

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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