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expressivecanvas

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On article Taking your drone to a wedding? Read this first (80 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Usually, the bride wants to be the star of the show. She probably doesn't want to be upstaged by a flying camera.

I can imagine all the guests whispering and pointing to the drone during the service. (".....Look Bob, it's coming back again.")

When a drone is used correctly for a wedding, nobody will even see it nor hear it.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2018 at 13:25 UTC
On article Taking your drone to a wedding? Read this first (80 comments in total)

For those complaining that a drone is a silly tool for a wedding... I am not a fan of widespread public use of drones (I've tried it and decided it is too dangerous so returned the drone) nor am I a fan of long videos of all drone clips but for a short clip of an overhead view of the wedding site during the wedding, it is an ideal cinematic tool. It does not need to be over anybody's heads in most situations because the property is often large enough to avoid this potential danger. When used correctly (and legally), one or two short clips (10 to 30 seconds) of the site during the wedding looks great and can be safe if done correctly. For those sites that aren't large enough to avoid being over people's heads, it is not a place for a drone clip. I am definitely not a fan of drones being used by the general public but, for licensed professionals adhering to standards, it is a great tool... especially for a wedding.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2018 at 13:14 UTC as 11th comment

This looks like an approximate 5% increase, more or less, depending on the product. Considering today's photography market, this certainly comes as no surprise (and is hardly noteworthy). Being that it is only US prices being affected, I have to wonder if this is due to both the declining photography market as well as the cost of doing business with the US in today's international market...

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2018 at 14:21 UTC as 65th comment | 1 reply
On article Rokinon AF 35mm F2.8 FE sample gallery and impressions (157 comments in total)
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lathael: Please help me out. Want to get A7III with two affortable lens for start (family photos). I want one for portret and one small/portable for general use. I'm almost sure portret I will pick up Sony 85mm 1.8 but I have trouble deciding second lens. I struggle between this Rokinon 35/2.8 and Sony 28/2. Do you have any opinion on the last two to help me decide? Thanks in advance!

AF speed will probably be a bit better on the Sony 28mm compared to this Rokinon 35mm. I honestly have no had any noticeable problems with AF speed on my Rokinon 35mm but I highly suspect the Sony 28mm will be faster with less hunting in very low light.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2018 at 15:09 UTC
On article Rokinon AF 35mm F2.8 FE sample gallery and impressions (157 comments in total)
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Keyboq: Lens cap cannot be attached without the hood, while the hood is quite loose..

I just realized that Keyboq said "the hood is quite loose"... I originally thought he was referring to the lens cap. Are you sure you are clicking it into place? If I do not click it into place, then it will indeed fall off. If clicked into place, it is solid.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2018 at 15:01 UTC
On article Rokinon AF 35mm F2.8 FE sample gallery and impressions (157 comments in total)
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FrequencyDancer: "Over an ounce less than the Sony 35mm F2.8"

While I do love a riddle, how about just telling us what it's weight is?

I have no idea why I looked this info up for you... I must be terribly bored... according to B&H... 3.02 oz (85.64 g). Why would the article specify weight when they are comparing this lens to its Sony counterpart? They did specify the comparative weight.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2018 at 14:28 UTC
On article Rokinon AF 35mm F2.8 FE sample gallery and impressions (157 comments in total)
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Keyboq: Lens cap cannot be attached without the hood, while the hood is quite loose..

My lens cap fits snugly and just fine (unlike many of the Sony lens caps that require struggling and see-sawing to get on the lens). It has never accidentally fallen off. And, as Karroly mentioned, you can simply buy a generic lens cap for 49mm. If that is the only complaint you can come up with then it must be a pretty good lens.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2018 at 14:25 UTC
On article Rokinon AF 35mm F2.8 FE sample gallery and impressions (157 comments in total)
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captura: A true pancake is the Canon EF 40/2.8 STM which only costs $150 and is better quality. There are at least 2 adapters for mounting this lens onto a Sony Axx full-frame.

SilvanBromide beat me to it... but, I'd add that by the time you add the adapter, it is significantly heavier than the Rokinon. I thought about going the STM 40 pancake route but there wasn't any benefit to going that route for me once you add in my Metabones adapter. I like my Rokinon and never leave home without it on my a7 but, I'd agree, that it might be slightly overpriced for mass-market appeal.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2018 at 14:16 UTC
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jackspra: Previous one mentioned is $799 on Amazon.

I've always felt that the manual focus FIRIN is slightly overpriced at $800. Considering this price, I expect the AF version to be in the $1100 range. Since the outstanding Batis 18mm is priced at $1500, the FIRIN AF will need to be exceptional to compete for just a few hundred dollars less.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2018 at 16:35 UTC
On article Photo story of the week: Dubai draped in fog (64 comments in total)

I'm envious of having the opportunity of experiencing this scene... outstanding job at capturing it in a photogragh!

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2017 at 23:54 UTC as 18th comment
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mxx: The music in the video makes it difficult to hear what the narrator is saying.

Wow... I typically will not watch video (I can read more quickly than video can show me and, as I get older, I have less and less patience for wasting time) and I'll quickly shutdown auto-playing video but when I saw your comment I had to check it out... you are correct... that background music is FAR too loud.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2017 at 22:57 UTC
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Jacques Cornell: Why aren't they providing pricing for all configurations? It's not even clear what the "base" configuration includes.

Yeah... I gave up trying to figure it all out on their website after two minutes. I guess they really don't want to sell any otherwise it would be far easier to access specs, options and pricing.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2017 at 01:53 UTC
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thenoilif: Am I missing something? Why are people so down on this camera? Because it's fixed lens and 1" sensor?

It has a 600mm zoom
And shoots 24 fps! It is also touting a very accurate and extremely fast AF system.
It also has state of the art video capabilities.

It also has DSLR ergos which most on here seem to love.

It seems to be the answer for anyone who wants an all-in-one camera. It's a game changer because it has introduced a totally new shooting experience for people who want all-in-one convenience.

I wanted a camera like this about six or seven years ago. I gave up waiting and switched to dSLR's (which rarely met my needs for various reasons) and now only shoot Sony mirrorless. I'm also not too sure about the price point on this new RX10.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 01:43 UTC
On article Report: Ricoh announcing cost cuts in face of crisis (326 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 11th comment | 1 reply
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 6th 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 (1865 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
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