expressivecanvas

expressivecanvas

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On article Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF bokeh demystified (312 comments in total)

I like the results but I'm still not sure about the loss of light.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2017 at 21:31 UTC as 54th comment
On article Extremely dramatic video touts Canon's CMOS technology (187 comments in total)
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bakhtyar kurdi: Where is that Moonbow? I can't find it

Yes, that link provided by matthew is far more impressive for seeing color in extreme low light while also clearly showing the starry night sky. Canon's video is a flop and an embarrassment by comparison.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 18:38 UTC
On article Extremely dramatic video touts Canon's CMOS technology (187 comments in total)
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bakhtyar kurdi: Where is that Moonbow? I can't find it

No matter how many times I view this video, I can't see any "moonbow". I only see water mist... no colors.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 14:19 UTC

I'm actually surprised that so many comments below mention predictions of Nikon being bought by another camera manufacturer. What does Nikon have to offer that would interest any camera manufacturer?

Nikon seems to have backed themselves into a corner, precariously close to positioning themselves out of competition. It seems to me that Nikon is following more closely in Kodak's footsteps of terribly poor management resulting in products nobody really needs including other camera manufacturers rather than continuing to build a portfolio which could be desirable to other camera manufacturers as well as consumers.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 06:24 UTC as 30th comment | 2 replies
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PPierre: Nice camera. I love the menus, and wish some brand close to Hasselblad in the past could get some tips from their former friends.

Now, I won't buy it, so my opinion's a bit irrelevant. I don't have the money for this. Fortunately, there's not so much I can't do with some lower priced (but still pretty expensive for the common mortal) gear I own that I could do better with this (though you'll always find some snooty photographers pretending you can't take a decent picture without MF). However, had I the money, I'd be pretty tempted. Good move from Hasselblad : better this than a re-branded A7RII that would have cost around the same.

I love Hasselblad's menu's, as well. I caught a glimpse of them about a year ago and couldn't help but wonder why every menu couldn't be so uncluttered, clear and easy to read.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 13:33 UTC

It looks like a Lego camera. Did some of the designers and execs from Hasselblad move over to Leica?

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2016 at 14:31 UTC as 54th comment
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jcjones: Come on... It's just kids playing around with neat ideas. Whether or not it's comes to anything really doesn't matter. It's about learning how to make things work, or what doesn't work.

Now imagine a drone that would autonomously seek out faces, ask if they'd like a portrait then drop them a pic. Sounds like science fiction but it's certainly possible with existing technology: https://twitter.com/JonesBoysRoktry/status/667459326152413185 Now, I'm not saying it would be a particularly safe thing to do. ; )

"It's just kids playing around with neat ideas" is for kids in middle school not RIT students. RIT should be embarrassed that this is the project getting the attention.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2016 at 11:42 UTC

A visual media student puts a instant film camera on a 'drone' for a "Visual Media Innovation Project" and this is the project which gets the attention and publicity? I don't get it and I'm frightened if this is the best of "innovation" by today's students. (Somehow I doubt it is the best.)

Also, he "hopes his creation will challenge views of drones as dangerous and harmful by creating a positive connection between observer and drone"... now I really don't get any point of this project.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2016 at 11:38 UTC as 23rd comment
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expressivecanvas: I occasionally use the Orton technique... it depends upon the image and how I 'feel' about it. Like all special effects techniques, it should be used only occasionally and for the appropriate images.

Unfortunately, this image provided above is a poor example... the white balance is way out of whack and this image has been oversharpened.

What a poor example to use for a useful technique with oftentimes beautiful results. It's a shame for two reasons... 1. this technique can yield beautiful results at times unlike what we see here and, perhaps more importantly, 2. I've seen the author's website and he does have some beautiful examples of this technique on his website so I know he is perfectly capable of executing this technique. This example above looks nothing like the work on his website.

Many of your landscapes on your website are stunningly beautiful, in my opinion. Even this photo from this piece is included on your website and it does appear better on your website although the bluish color balance does bother me. After seeing this image on your website, I do believe you may be correct... the DPR site is adding some sort of sharpening which is really making it look harsh. Your work is beautiful... I just feel this is not a good example for the reasons I mentioned.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2016 at 18:20 UTC

I occasionally use the Orton technique... it depends upon the image and how I 'feel' about it. Like all special effects techniques, it should be used only occasionally and for the appropriate images.

Unfortunately, this image provided above is a poor example... the white balance is way out of whack and this image has been oversharpened.

What a poor example to use for a useful technique with oftentimes beautiful results. It's a shame for two reasons... 1. this technique can yield beautiful results at times unlike what we see here and, perhaps more importantly, 2. I've seen the author's website and he does have some beautiful examples of this technique on his website so I know he is perfectly capable of executing this technique. This example above looks nothing like the work on his website.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2016 at 12:58 UTC as 74th comment | 4 replies
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2159 comments in total)

I've been agonizing over whether to buy an a6000 for well over a year now to complement my a7 kit (and so I can share lenses between bodies rather than a line of lenses for each). The a6000 (and probably this a6300 too) is a great camera but every time I hold one, I just can't bring myself to buy one. It is not comfortable in my hand, therefore I am not comfortable, and it feels like a fiddly little thing. If the body was styled more like a smaller a7-type body or even anything more ergonomic and stylish than a utility box, I'd buy one in a heartbeat. I truly WANT to like the 6000 series but it is very uncomfortable and utilitarian-like.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2016 at 12:27 UTC as 170th comment | 4 replies
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expressivecanvas: I don't have a clue what Kodak is attempting to accomplish here, realistically speaking, but the whole idea seems like crapola.

One question I was left with at the end was about resolution... what will be the final resolution of the files Kodak delivers? Regardless, even if the digital files are in 4K or better (which I highly doubt) the total cost is absolutely absurd when compared to the rest of today's video options.

What a bunch of crapola though. Are Kodak's execs on crack and think it is 1980? (I guess that makes two questions I have...) My advice to Kodak... go ahead and make one for Spielberg and then try to develop something more marketable.... perhaps a digital Brownie?

There is no doubt that the resolution will be miserable. I suspect only those who used 8mm in film school 'way back when' will be interested in a product such as this for nostalgia reasons.

If I were to create and manufacture a new hybrid digital/film camera for today's market... it would need to have enough "wow" features (including resolution) to capture the attention of most people interested in video. What I'm seeing here from Kodak doesn't cut it. You'd might as well just buy an existing good quality Super 8 camera on the used market.

I suppose this could be a good idea but Kodak seems to only be going partway there to make the good idea an irresistible product... which, unfortunately, is par for the course for Kodak in recent years.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2016 at 18:50 UTC

I don't have a clue what Kodak is attempting to accomplish here, realistically speaking, but the whole idea seems like crapola.

One question I was left with at the end was about resolution... what will be the final resolution of the files Kodak delivers? Regardless, even if the digital files are in 4K or better (which I highly doubt) the total cost is absolutely absurd when compared to the rest of today's video options.

What a bunch of crapola though. Are Kodak's execs on crack and think it is 1980? (I guess that makes two questions I have...) My advice to Kodak... go ahead and make one for Spielberg and then try to develop something more marketable.... perhaps a digital Brownie?

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2016 at 13:40 UTC as 53rd comment | 13 replies
On article Kodak revives Super 8 with part-digital cine camera (362 comments in total)

Is it April 1st already?

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2016 at 02:57 UTC as 148th comment | 2 replies
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swimswithtrout: Holy Crap Batman !!! I'm trying to remember the last time I saw that much noise !

If this was supposed to be about how "good" the camera could do, you did the opposite.

and c) Adobe ACR's default sharpening for the Sony a7 series is overly aggressive and always creates this horrible noise pattern. If sharpening is adjusted correctly/effectively, this type of noise never appears.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2015 at 04:43 UTC

In reference to Sony E mount: If Sony had found a way to produce a robust lens lineup leading up to this past year, to include high end as well as smaller, moderately priced lenses, they probably would have more money in their pockets right now than they do. Continuing to produce newer, better cameras without a significantly better lens lineup with only continue to hurt their bottom line. Not only that, but they will probably sell fewer cameras at this point due to the rather limited lens selection.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2015 at 13:09 UTC as 4th comment | 4 replies

As usual... another new lens and no Sony e-mount. Sigma already said they were interested in the Sony e/fe market and they already manufacture a few APS-C e-mount lenses. It would be really nice to see some full frame Sigma lenses in e-mount so this is another disappointment.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2015 at 01:36 UTC as 43rd comment | 13 replies
On article Amazon reveals thinner Fire HD tablets (66 comments in total)
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Mal69: These replacements are worse than the old models, resolution is far worse, i guess they are going cheaper because they cannot compete with iPads anymore, shame as the older ones had far better resolution and more memory.

I had to check the accuracy of this announcement because I also couldn't believe Amazon went backwards. I have the HDX 8.9"... the resolution is outstanding and photos look great... the size is perfect (7" is too small and 10" is a bit too large)... reading text and magazines is a joy... my only complaint is that it could really use a microSD slot. If Amazon dropped the HDX line they have made a huge and costly mistake.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2015 at 05:41 UTC
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gens: I was hiking John Muir Trail and happened to be at the top of Half Dome that day and witnessed the wedding. Apparently, they didn't bring any guests, but everyone at the top cheered loudly when the priest said, "Now, you may kiss your bride." I took some shots of them. See page 2 of this album.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/33299644@N03/sets/72157655851099140

Outstanding photos, gens. I much prefer your photos of the little wedding ceremony to the "official" photos. Some stunningly beautiful photos in your album.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2015 at 01:32 UTC
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