Stephen McDonald

Stephen McDonald

Lives in United States Eugene, OR, United States
Works as a Videomaker-Writer
Has a website at None
Joined on Sep 21, 2006
About me:

Sony HX400V, HX200V, HX100V, HX1, TX100V, Webbie HD, Sony HC9, an HDV camcorder, Canon S5, Olympus C-2100UZ. Former Sony H5, H9 and Canon SX1 User. Raynox DCR-2020PRO, Raynox HD2200, Sony DH1758 & DH1774 telex lenses.

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On article DPReview Asks: What was your first camera? (762 comments in total)

A Baby Brownie Special, bought for $2.98 and used for 7 years. Only two years ago, did I learn online that there was color film for it.

First modern-era camera was a JVC HR-S1000Hu S-VHS camcorder. It cost $2,000. in 1988, when money was worth twice as much, but in fact, if it was sold today, it wouldn't be more than about $750. It had a 6X lens, which was standard then. Vid-caps from it were as high on the photographic scale I could go back then. Here's one of it in action, taken off a mirror and reversed in post:
https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7794/17373163574_6a30cfb5bc_o.jpg

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 19:52 UTC as 378th comment

I think it's just another power-trip for them, to prove that they can strip out an important feature like this and still get enough people to buy the product. When i get through shooting for the day, I like to bag my camera and put it away where it's safe from getting knocked off my desk, or being stolen by someone passing by. Just a little SD card is all I have to carry to a computer. Saying that there's no room for the slot is just ridiculous. They could find places for half a dozen slots on something as big as a laptop. And CF cards started becoming obsolete a decade ago. That's when I chucked all of mine, along with my worse-than-useless Zip drive.

But why should I care? I never have and never will own anything made by that outfit. They have always insisted on being the monkey-wrench that is thrown into the compatibility of equipment. Being contrary and in conflict with everything else, just for its own sake.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 18:33 UTC as 397th comment
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Stephen McDonald: DPR did nice work in running these samples. The camera's performance was good and if anyone was satisfied with a 70mm reach, it might be a handy piece of equipment.

In fact, 2K video would have been quite enough to give improved images and it could have been in 60p, in these earlier models, with less overheating. Lower bit-rates and much more compatibility with existing computers, would also have been a benefit.

I don't see any facts that you offer to refute my estimates. The negative slams you make, don't provide any information.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2016 at 03:26 UTC
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Stephen McDonald: DPR did nice work in running these samples. The camera's performance was good and if anyone was satisfied with a 70mm reach, it might be a handy piece of equipment.

In fact, 2K video would have been quite enough to give improved images and it could have been in 60p, in these earlier models, with less overheating. Lower bit-rates and much more compatibility with existing computers, would also have been a benefit.

I was stating that mostly about the other 98% of the people who shoot video, who have ordinary and not expensive editing equipment and programs. I wouldn't have commented on the adequacy of 2K video, on a professional video forum. My AVS video-editing program cost me $60., when I bought it 8 years ago. It's probably better than what the majority of non-commercial video shooters have.

About 60 Mbps would be good for 2K/30p and 80 Mbps for 2K/60p. You'd probably need around 140 Mbps for 4K/60p.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2016 at 00:27 UTC

DPR did nice work in running these samples. The camera's performance was good and if anyone was satisfied with a 70mm reach, it might be a handy piece of equipment.

In fact, 2K video would have been quite enough to give improved images and it could have been in 60p, in these earlier models, with less overheating. Lower bit-rates and much more compatibility with existing computers, would also have been a benefit.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2016 at 21:05 UTC as 28th comment | 6 replies
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Richard Franiec: RX100 series is a milking cow for Sony. Possibly a best selling compact ever, encapsulated in pretty much same body.
Good specs, a huge following and lack of real competition makes RX100 series a sales winner.
The only sour grape would be ever escalating price of every new model.

One other sour grape is that no other cameras have any respect or place on the Sony Cybershot Forum.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 20:33 UTC
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abortabort: The AF is fantastic improvement for their 1" models, this will make a huge difference to RX10 series and the NX CAMs etc. This thing on a gimbal will be kind of awesome.

If you'd been around 27 years ago and had to pay $2,000. from a discount dealer, for a consumer, analog, SD camcorder (in 1989 dollars), you wouldn't think these models were overpriced.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 17:01 UTC
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Marcos Villaroman: I wonder if Sony improved the length of time you can shoot 4K video before the camera overheats.

I also wonder if Sony improved the cameras connectivity for use as 4K video.

4K video on my RX100 M4 really wasn't implemented that well. It was also disappointing that the M4 didn't support snapping a still image while recording 4K video.

OTOH, I do appreciate that Sony has kept the form factor relatively the same as the earlier cameras. That water proof enclosure that's backward compatible with my RX100 M4 looks interesting for beach/pool use. Should also mean that the more expensive 3rd party enclosures suitable for diving would also work.

Does anyone think that the 14-MP 4K pixel readout and the hybrid AF will allow longer clips before over-heating, than the 3 minutes of its predecessors? I always wonder about how much accumulated damage develops, every time a camera reaches its high shutoff temperature.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 16:55 UTC
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Androole: Too bad this one doesn't have a touchscreen. I had hoped Sony was turning over a new leaf with the A6500 development.

No touchscreen, because its targeted buyers are serious, maybe even professional photographers, not 14-year old post-Millennials.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 16:49 UTC
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TN Args: Looks like a top model for those wanting a fixed-lens compact with 3x zoom. And a bit annoying that the latest RX10 III is nowhere near this speed -- maybe it is harder to deliver this AF speed with a long FL lens....

It has only a 1.4X zoom, based on the 50mm standard for the neutral point of magnification.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 16:45 UTC

Panasonic could at least have matched Sony with a 600mm lens and full-sensor readout. Even the Nikon DL-500 will have more lens reach and is $200. less expensive. This camera is not of much interest to anyone but a fan of Panasonic and did not hit the important competitive features.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2016 at 21:28 UTC as 1st comment
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Stephen McDonald: Will they work out all its bugs and put it in a camera of the type and cost-range that would be feasible for me, in my lifetime?

I guess you're assuming that I'm an old cheapskate?

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2016 at 03:40 UTC

Will they work out all its bugs and put it in a camera of the type and cost-range that would be feasible for me, in my lifetime?

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2016 at 00:01 UTC as 35th comment | 4 replies
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SantaFeBill: I know nothing about 3D printing, but are there really 3D printers that can create an object out of metal? That would take quite high temperatures. Perhaps tool shop or metal fabrication plants versions ... .

Do you know how explosive and dangerous powdered metal is? One sneeze or droplet of water into it and Ka-Boom!

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2016 at 23:02 UTC

Put them out on a wall and you make things very easy for a burglar, or any sticky-fingered guest. And imagine if even a minor earthquake occurs.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2016 at 22:54 UTC as 19th comment
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vroger1: I like what you had to say Matthew. As a Law Professor I deal with recitations in all classes. I try never to say "you're wrong". There is always something you can say that will be positive. When I was in Law School, I had one professor who lived to ridicule his students. He wasn't happy unless the class was laughing at the reciting student. For what purpose? The courtroom is never like that. Always be kind. VRR

Wasn't that professor featured on a TV show?

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2016 at 01:36 UTC
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matthew saville: Also, as a complete non-sequitur from my rant / pet peeve, ...I really appreciated the quote towards the end about how Adams was always kind to his students, respectful of their creative vision, and never negative or hurtful.

Unfortunately, another thing digital technology has brought us is the anonymity of the internet, and the brutal shaming / critiquing that seems to come with it.

A true master doesn't need to insult or be negative towards others who aspire to be better at the craft. The folks who go around dumping on other folks' work for no reason should think about what it is that they're actually accomplishing with their energy- negativity never really changes someone's mind, it never has a positive outcome in someone. It only makes them dislike you, it usually hardens them in their ways. If you want someone to listen to what you have to say, do it as politely as possible. I know that is a boring-as-heck way to use the interwebz, but it'll feel good in the long run.

I always use my real name and give my hometown, when I slam other people for their faults.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2016 at 04:15 UTC
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Aroart: If Ansel was alive today what camera under $3000 do you think he would be using and would he have switched to digital...

And would he be shooting in color?

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2016 at 04:09 UTC

You could have improved this gallery by including photos posted by your subscribers.

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2016 at 05:15 UTC as 13th comment
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fullstop: So they selected 166 Instagram users, there is no statement on the selection criteria and the bias and human intervention there

Was there any mention of how many of those users rated as sub-literate and used mostly emoticons and acronyms?

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2016 at 10:16 UTC
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