MDRCHINA

Joined on Jun 1, 2013
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Please see Official Panthera Labs on Facebook. 95% of the shots on that site are my work.

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Alex_UK_Asia: A lot of the comments here seem a little clouded by a negative perception of China and Chinese products. If this was an American company, with new offices in America, would the comments really be the same?

I'll try to give my own 'objective' assessment. DJI is an innovative company, developing new technology, and bringing it all the way to consumer products. A true 'high value, high profit' technology company. Their products help to create images which were previously impossible/prohibitively expensive to make. Their focus on drones (and now also integrated gimbal and video cameras) was key to their success - developing their own new market, and avoiding directly competing with the established Japanese camera makers.

Their new headquarters is a small sign that this company takes pride in their work and is intent on investing for the future.

Here is a countervailing objective assessment--DJI's ties to Chinese Intelligence Services are undeniable. Any DJI Tech is first employed and tested for applicability to collect data for the CCP's Surveillance State. Once so assessed and applied domestically, said tech is exported to serve as innocuous consumer products which serve as components of digital collection networks maintained by China's Military and Diplomatic Intelligence units in every country where DJI products are sold. Buyer's beware.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2022 at 19:26 UTC

Every thief in NYC just said "Thank you God! I be hittin'it rich"!

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2022 at 01:00 UTC as 208th comment
On article Canon EOS R7 initial review (1035 comments in total)

A Mirrorless APS-C camera with such a comfortable grip that many will never again pick up a Sony 6000 series camera except to put it down. Terrific specs. RF S Len offerings are sparse as noted but my adapted Canon EF Glass all works just fine on my Canon R and R5. No need to pretend that there are not plenty of EF and EF-S lenses that will work with either of these units. Here is another category of camera sales Canon will soon dominate.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2022 at 19:20 UTC as 104th comment | 4 replies
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MDRCHINA: I find it very reassuring that someone can get this mass of old tech to do his bidding. Well done Markus! "Failure is not an Option"!

You are NASA Ground Control Apollo 13...you will find a solution...

Link | Posted on May 17, 2022 at 21:38 UTC

I find it very reassuring that someone can get this mass of old tech to do his bidding. Well done Markus! "Failure is not an Option"!

Link | Posted on May 15, 2022 at 18:18 UTC as 6th comment | 3 replies
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MDRCHINA: Having advised companies of the difficulties inherent to attempting to conduct commerce within the PRC for the last 39 years, I am actually surprised Canon has stayed on this long. Please feel free to name the foreign firms that actually manufacture goods in China and then sell them domestically, within the PRC, for a profit. ????Try Bloomberg Financial Services, Shell Specialty Chemicals, Apple (less and less every year). Every item that Canon manufactures is knocked off and sold under domestic brands. If Profitability based on Chinese sales were a stand alone bench market for nearly every foreign firm operating in the PRC would have closed 20 years ago.

Focus One--my comments are hardly misleading. It may very well be that Canon, Nikon and Sony have extensive sales in China. You will find, however, that those sales are achieved via dot.com sales of high end items not manufactured in China.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2022 at 22:27 UTC
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MDRCHINA: Foreign factories used the lower cost of China manufacturing to increase margins on there wares sold outside of China to rationalize their operations. I for one am happy to see Canon pull out and carry on back at home or find manufacturing resources in Asian democracies whose domestic policies will allow my favorite Optical and Camera firm to realize a sustainable profit stream.

To "Mailing" below...I have lived in China for 10 years, Malaysia for 2 years, Taiwan for 3 years and Hong Kong for 4 years. I have travelled extensively through the region for more than 40 years. I have served as the CEO & President of publicly traded firms in Malaysia and their USA and Europe subsidiaries.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2022 at 22:22 UTC

Foreign factories used the lower cost of China manufacturing to increase margins on there wares sold outside of China to rationalize their operations. I for one am happy to see Canon pull out and carry on back at home or find manufacturing resources in Asian democracies whose domestic policies will allow my favorite Optical and Camera firm to realize a sustainable profit stream.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2022 at 08:27 UTC as 9th comment | 22 replies

Having advised companies of the difficulties inherent to attempting to conduct commerce within the PRC for the last 39 years, I am actually surprised Canon has stayed on this long. Please feel free to name the foreign firms that actually manufacture goods in China and then sell them domestically, within the PRC, for a profit. ????Try Bloomberg Financial Services, Shell Specialty Chemicals, Apple (less and less every year). Every item that Canon manufactures is knocked off and sold under domestic brands. If Profitability based on Chinese sales were a stand alone bench market for nearly every foreign firm operating in the PRC would have closed 20 years ago.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2022 at 08:26 UTC as 10th comment | 3 replies

Never, ever wipe your rubber focus rings with any type of alcohol. Alcohol attacks the chemical bond holding vulcanized rubber molecules together. When exposed to alcohol, these bonds break down and as they degrade the natural tackiness inherent to raw latex reasserts--your lens rings will be sticky until replaced. This is a one way process that is irreversible.

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2021 at 21:48 UTC as 10th comment
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sknai16: Excellent news! The Sony 200-600 is an excellent lens, as is the 100-400. All Nikon wildlife photogs all of a sudden have new possibilities! The Sony 600 F4 would also be superb on the Nikon housings. Now Nikon just needs to get its AF in shape!

Spectro, Exactly. Thank you.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2021 at 20:48 UTC
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MDRCHINA: So filing a Class Action lawsuit is cheaper than the repair? It must be nice to have a lawyer in the family. My A7r ii is 80k clicks into it life cycle. Zero issues.

That is certainly true in the dietary supplement industry and well as over the counter drug formulations. I have been on the receiving end of those court doc's. It cost me $17,000.00 to settle a claim in 2017 versus taking all to a trial which could easily have run us 75-100k in legal.
I have personally experienced "ingestion, purported claimed adverse reaction" or claimed mislabelled product as a basis for specious lawsuits. This type of class action claim requires reliable and easily duplicated evidence & test results conducted by Certified Labs which clearly demonstrate that the camera's shutter is indeed defective. Firms such as Sony have legal representation on retainer. I would think, short of a smoking camera (i.e., presented with technical evidence confirming said claim) , Sony would resist and defend vigorously in this action.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2021 at 21:53 UTC
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jonathanblanchflower: As someone who lives in China I agree with the central sentiment of these books, if I'm understanding it right; that a richness and diversity of culture in an unbelievably diverse continent is at risk and deserves to be preserved. Chinese government has little to no respect for any culture other than Han.

You are dead on Jonathan. The greatest Destroyer of Culture is the Chinese Communist Party. I first lived in rural China for two years in 1981 and 1982 (Mt. Emei, Sichuan). I would later spend another 7 years in China plus return trips to innumerable to count. The ancient Jewish quarter of Kaifeng was recently forced to vacate and destroyed. The Uighurs, one of China's largest minority groups, have been herded into re-education camps. Lest we forget.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2021 at 21:36 UTC
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MDRCHINA: So filing a Class Action lawsuit is cheaper than the repair? It must be nice to have a lawyer in the family. My A7r ii is 80k clicks into it life cycle. Zero issues.

I have paid lawyers 7 figures. Litigation is a game for kings.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2021 at 07:36 UTC

So filing a Class Action lawsuit is cheaper than the repair? It must be nice to have a lawyer in the family. My A7r ii is 80k clicks into it life cycle. Zero issues.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2021 at 02:28 UTC as 87th comment | 5 replies

Go Nikon.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2021 at 19:16 UTC as 50th comment
On article Full-frame mirrorless lens guide 2022 (2075 comments in total)

You wrote: "That said, we still wouldn't necessarily expect DSLR-level performance from all EF lenses when adapted". Hmm...here is my experience. All my EF L Lenses focus perfectly on my Canon R with the control ring adapter--primes--24mm>300mm. Zooms EF 16-35mm 2.8 iii, 24-70mm 2.8 ii, 70-200mm 2.8 ii & 70-200 f4 ii also deliver, fast, tack sharp focus at least as good if not consistently better focus accuracy than my EOS DSLR's (90D live view is dead on as well). I fail to see any dearth or paucity of lens options for Canon or Nikon with adapted glass. Nor is RF Glass so overwhelmingly superior to EF as to somehow offer an immediate demonstrable artistic improvement to ones work. Shoot the new RF 85mm f1.2 and pit it against the EF 85mm f1.2 adapted to the EOS R. Print both images at your finest settings or send them to a great lab--I can discern zero IQ difference.

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2020 at 20:02 UTC as 288th comment | 3 replies
On article Canon EOS R6 added to studio test scene (399 comments in total)

I am comparing the R6 to to EOS R, ISO 100, jpeg. I wish to inquire if there is something wrong with your EOS R test shots? They appear as greenish yellow when I am looking at your female Asian model. My own shots on the R render quite differently--much more natural. The R6 shots are closer to what I am seeing on my screen from the R. Any thoughts?

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2020 at 22:02 UTC as 25th comment | 2 replies
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left eye: What it this all about in one clear sentence?
Yes many photographers publish images 'publicly' and they of course own the copyright. If someone else then shares this image on a website that copyright is null and void?? Is this what this news item is saying, or what is the bombshell?

Thank you Left Eye. I was left confused by the article as well.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2020 at 18:53 UTC
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MDRCHINA: Our fellow Man's best laid plans--screwed again. With the Tokyo Olympics as a back drop, Japanese camera manufacturers were sure that 2020 would have been a Banner sales year.

...or we will be left to play with a firm's yesteryears offering as they went bankrupt or their boards could never again see how their imaging division could ever return to profitability and hence canned them.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2020 at 17:44 UTC
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