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expressivecanvas

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On article Report: Ricoh announcing cost cuts in face of crisis (278 comments in total)

The best news for Pentax since Ricoh bought Pentax is that Ricoh may be forced to sell Pentax for some quick cash.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 22:22 UTC as 5th comment
On article Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM sample gallery (101 comments in total)
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expressivecanvas: I've been very happy with the image quality of my Canon 400mm f5.6L on my a7 and a6000, but I might need to consider this lens too. Image quality of the Sony 100-400 is probably not as good as the 400L but versatility and speed would improve with the Sony 100-400. I have to say that this new Sony 100-400 lens is what I wanted more than two years ago! I'll wait another season and see whether or not I really need it. The weight is about the same... the Sony is a bit more compact though... I'm sure the image quality is better on the Canon prime... speed and versatility would be nice for some situations though. Is that worth another $2500 though?...

Looking at the sample photos and testing them in ACR and C1, the sharpness looks pretty good on this new Sony lens. What is a bit bothersome for me, however, is the bokeh appears a bit nervous at 400mm especially when compared to my images from the Canon 400mm f5.6L. This affects overall perception of the quality of the image. The versatility, speed and smaller size of this lens (when compared to the 400L with Metabones adapter) may weigh more heavily than some of the nitpicking on image quality though... that being said, I'm not compelled to hit the "Add to Cart" button just yet.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2017 at 15:07 UTC
On article Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM sample gallery (101 comments in total)

I've been very happy with the image quality of my Canon 400mm f5.6L on my a7 and a6000, but I might need to consider this lens too. Image quality of the Sony 100-400 is probably not as good as the 400L but versatility and speed would improve with the Sony 100-400. I have to say that this new Sony 100-400 lens is what I wanted more than two years ago! I'll wait another season and see whether or not I really need it. The weight is about the same... the Sony is a bit more compact though... I'm sure the image quality is better on the Canon prime... speed and versatility would be nice for some situations though. Is that worth another $2500 though?...

Link | Posted on May 24, 2017 at 13:06 UTC as 23rd comment | 5 replies
On article A Taste of New York is a stunning Big Apple time-lapse (89 comments in total)

I find the frenetic transitions and hyper-speed motion dizzying and, after a minute or so, it becomes nauseating and rather annoying. The affect this 'high speed' motion transition has on me is far too much like a video shot by someone who can't keep the camera steady and smooth. That being said, the images look good.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 16:44 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
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Jim: A fair amount of the shots seem to show blown highlights...or is it just me?

As an aside, aircraft photography is my hobby as well and I was considering the RX10 III for those chores vs a Nikon or Canon DSLR with a 100-400 lens (aka bazooka). It sounds like you were very happy with the results from the RX10 III.

I know converted RAWs are a personal taste thing but I have to agree with Jim. I prefer the jpegs as opposed to the overly brightened RAWs in this case. Those 'adjusted to personal taste' RAWs seem flat and overexposed. I will, however, agree that some of the jpegs could have use a little selective shadow brightening. Lifting the shadows globally just flattened those nice, contrasty shots and made them appear overexposed.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2017 at 18:16 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1905 comments in total)

This mirrorless camera should be the icing on the cake and put to rest any remaining legitimate complaints about Sony mirrorless cameras. I wouldn't be surprised if this camera catapults Sony into a very comfortable spot by the end of the year. These are exciting times!

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 16:08 UTC as 345th comment

Nice interview! I like and agree with most of what was discussed, however, the area where I feel Sony is completely delusional is their thinking that the Sony PlayMemories app is their most effective tool to attract the cellphone crowd. As a mostly-happy Sony user (after decades of using just about every other brand available), I can accurately say that PlayMemories and their entire online experience is not only their weakest link in the chain but it is so bad that I suspect Sony loses customers forever because it is so poorly designed and executed. The cameras are outstanding though!

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2017 at 13:28 UTC as 38th comment | 4 replies
On article Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF bokeh demystified (355 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 57th comment
On article Extremely dramatic video touts Canon's CMOS technology (196 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 (196 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 34th 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 (2161 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 171st 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
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