Michael Ma

Lives in United States San Diego, United States
Works as a Multimedia Professional
Joined on Jan 18, 2005

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On article OM System OM-1 review (1802 comments in total)

OM SYSTEM? It says OLYMPUS.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2022 at 10:17 UTC as 330th comment | 6 replies

Would it have killed them to let the new company use the Olympus brand name for camera equipment?

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2021 at 14:23 UTC as 35th comment
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Michael Ma: What's going to stop them from releasing Luminar AI 2, for a lifetime membership of $79, in a few months to a year?

TheTomx and sjazz. I called this pretty accurately. It's called Luminar AI Neo.

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2021 at 15:22 UTC
On article Zeiss ZX1 review (838 comments in total)
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forest dream: Please load free Google Snapseed into $600 Yongnuo YN455 MFT camera (Android 10-powered, 20MP sensor, old mid-range Snapdragon 660 processor) + $500 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm F1.8.

Then compare with $6000 Zeiss ZX1.

Even if you spring for the much more expensive 17mm 1.2, which will give you almost the same level of shallow DOF, the Zeiss is 3x more expensive. But really, the tech that will make all of this go away overnight is if Canon or Sony releases a budget full frame camera paired with a decent 35mm 1.8, that can tether to a smartphone with wifi speeds that a smartphone is capable of. If you can get the raw file near instantly on your smartphone (so we have this tech already, is dirt cheap, and all we're waiting for is either of these camera companies to make the realization), a camera running lightroom on a small screen or having to get a separate camera and lens to cut out steps and time to get the file to lightroom, introduces more problems than it solves. Little known fact. Even my 5D Mark IV can connect to my smartphone running wifi tethering and a FTP server->then share to LR. The problem is, it takes 30 seconds to transfer 1 raw file. So I only do this on the rarest of occasions.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2021 at 04:05 UTC
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Kubicide: Well, regardless of whether it's a rebadge or not, it just doesn't look like a Leica. No magic, too cold. No character. Lifeless. Meh...

Because it's a zoom lens. How many zoom lenses have magic, character, an organic look? 19 elements, 15 groups...that's way too many to try to engineer any consistent look for the focal range. If you want character, you need a low-element prime.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2021 at 07:10 UTC
On article Sony a1 review (2567 comments in total)

Yeah, let's see if people actually buy it. The A9 II didn't sell well, and the A9 has been perpetually on sale for $1000 off ever since its release. All I see is hype from basic model owners beating their chest as if they've won some kind of brand war.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2021 at 16:27 UTC as 354th comment | 4 replies
On article Sony a1 sample gallery (DPReview TV) (94 comments in total)

In some photos, the eyes don't look particularly in focus, but they are perfectly sharp zoomed in. I wonder if the lens rendering experts can explain what I'm seeing. Is it just lighting?

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2021 at 23:41 UTC as 15th comment | 2 replies

When a renowned artist throws paint on the canvas, it's abstract art. The clean lines, purposeness of the splatter, and the bulbousness of the blobs are analyzed, interpreted, and studied. When a young person does it, it's cute.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2021 at 05:21 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
On article Hands-on with new Sony FE 35mm F1.4 GM (223 comments in total)
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Tom 13: I'm not sure what "optical particularly impressive when you consider the size and weight of the lens" means. Does it mean that if the lens was bigger and heavier the quality of the optics wouldn't be impressive. Just seems a little funny to me. If I were a little bigger it might make more sense.

@Phophou

Lots of purple fringing in the samples of the 35GM though. You'd never see that on the Canon 35mm 1.4 L II.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2021 at 12:28 UTC
On article Sony FE 35mm F1.4 GM sample gallery (102 comments in total)
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IamJF: Still plenty of CA in #8 ...

DPreview - could you do a comparison esp. of CA of the 35Z, 35F1.8 and this new one? And maybe some other companies if you have the time ;-)

I like the CA, except when it's purple. It gives life and vibrancy to the image. For the same reason, I find my Canon 35mm 1.4 L II a bit sterile. But different strokes for different folks. Sometimes you want it, sometimes you don't. Depends on what you are shooting. Purple fringing is always bad though. This lens seems to have a lot of it when pushed.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2021 at 08:16 UTC
On article Hands-on with new Sony FE 35mm F1.4 GM (223 comments in total)
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NexUser: Is this lens better than Canon EF 35mm f1.4 L II?i have an opportunity to buy the Canon for quite cheap so...

According to dpreview's lens tests, the 35mm 1.4 L II will be hard to beat. You'll be hard pressed to find anything sharper overall across any brand when you consider all the factors such as sharpness wide open, corner sharpness, sharpness at its optimum aperture, and CA. With that said, sharpness isn't everything.

Looking forward to side by side comparisons.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2021 at 04:46 UTC

What's going to stop them from releasing Luminar AI 2, for a lifetime membership of $79, in a few months to a year?

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2020 at 16:29 UTC as 26th comment | 3 replies
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Brian Mosley: Flat lenses moving to production... the reason I won't be investing in any large lenses from this point onwards. Massive change coming for the camera industry. Not surprised this is not being covered by the camera industry outlets.

https://techxplore.com/news/2020-05-vr-ar-devices-thickness.html

Some bad currency conversions done in the article. 1 million won is about $900, not $8200.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2020 at 11:36 UTC
On article Canon EOS R5 review (2967 comments in total)
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Ayoh: The R5 low ISO hardware noise reduction to boost measured DR seems to result in pretty obvious color smearing. On a measured chart the DR looks to be high in practice the quality is not great compared to the competition

https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/image-comparison/fullscreen?attr134_0=canon_eosr5&attr134_1=sony_a7riii&attr134_2=sony_a7riv&attr134_3=canon_eosr5&attr136_0=1&attr136_1=1&attr136_2=1&attr136_3=3&attr176_0=efc&attr176_1=efc&attr176_2=efc&attr176_3=efc&normalization=compare&widget=783&x=0.2977888424381578&y=-0.6147375939349514

If you really think boosting +5/+6 EV is important to have when shooting ISO 100, you should really be shooting Sony.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2020 at 02:17 UTC
On article Leica M10 Monochrom sample gallery (241 comments in total)
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wats0n: So what does this camera do with black and white that cannot be achieved with a traditional digital camera ? I

It's for microcontrast sniffing aficionados. It can capture finer details that don't have much contrast in greater detail per gain and light available. And the contrast in the minor details helps with a better perception of dimension and overall a more engaging experience in the photo.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2020 at 02:09 UTC

Canon will figure out how to remain profitable so they can stay in the camera business. On the other hand, I would bet Sony would sell their camera business to remain profitable in the electronics business. This is why spending tens of thousands of dollars on propietary Sony lenses seems like a risky proposition to me as not all of their lenses are the best in its class but people buy them because they have better native performance.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2020 at 01:38 UTC as 3rd comment
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Michael Ma: Smartphones and computational photography will become so good that one day, it'll mimic what a beginner DSLR/mirrorless with a kit lens is capable of. Then when they get a taste of what's possible with a real camera and a nice lens, they will realize the limitations of what they are working with and they'll go back to purchasing a real camera. Smartphones may turn out to be the gateway to big cameras as technology improves and their interest in photography grows.

Smartphones can handle some scenarios really well. But not all. They are limited in what they can do. But for what they can do, they can do it really well.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2020 at 06:53 UTC

Smartphones and computational photography will become so good that one day, it'll mimic what a beginner DSLR/mirrorless with a kit lens is capable of. Then when they get a taste of what's possible with a real camera and a nice lens, they will realize the limitations of what they are working with and they'll go back to purchasing a real camera. Smartphones may turn out to be the gateway to big cameras as technology improves and their interest in photography grows.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2020 at 02:22 UTC as 20th comment | 5 replies
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Hellraiser: Computational photography really is the future. Too bad camera manufacturers didnt embrace it. Nowdays photo made with a smartphone is more than enough for what vast majority of people actually need (social media and small print here and there).

It can mimic some scenarios pretty convincingly for sure. But what they can do now with a nice smartphone will get old real quick because everyone will be doing it. As they get more into photography, they'll start building the acuity for what makes some photographs different and realize that there is no computational photography substitute. But ultimately, it's what's behind the camera that counts. Is a smartphone going to get them to their ultimate level of mastery with photography? I doubt it. If they are going to spend lots of time learning photography, they are really limiting themselves by working within the confines of a smartphone. Smartphones may turn out to be the gateway to big cameras as their interest in photography grows. Kinda like when people buy a beginner DSLR, and realize they will never be able to get the look of full frame, even with a decent lens. But smartphones are nowhere near the level of a beginner DSLR to trigger that kind of a response.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2020 at 11:32 UTC
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Peter Sills: Personally, the AP is making a HUGE mistake and jumping into an immature market - Professional Mirrorless. As a retired professional, they are focusing on the wrong thing. As a stills photographer I care not at all for the video side. I am sure the same is true for videographers.

Both Canon and Nikon are new players here and continue to innovate. Arguably, the new Canon R5's video mode in 8k is perfect for taking stills out of. I find Sony cameras color to be terrible and their interfaces get in the way of taking good photographs. I have used both Canon and Nikon's pro support and sincerely doubt Sony can match it (as they really don't understand photography in the same way).

I am sure there are other "incentives" at play here as the move makes no sense - just not now!

I bet he regretted a little after he saw his headshot in the article. You can spot a Sony portrait a mile away just by looking at the colors.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2020 at 02:13 UTC
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