Mike Sandman

Lives in United States Brookline, United States
Works as a Retired management consultant
Joined on Mar 20, 2003
About me:

Sony Alpha 7Rii - switched in Sept 2015 from Canon 5D Mark II; Sony 24-70mm f/4 FE; Sony 16-35mm f/4 FE; Canon 24-105mm f/4 L IS; 70-200 f/4 IS; 17-40mm f/4 L; 24mm TSE II; 420EX; 580 EX II; Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro; Sigma 15mm f/2.8 fisheye. Epson 3880 printer. Sony NEX 6. Started with a Balda 35mm rangefinder in 1956.

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On article Things we found at CP+ 2017 which had been cut in half (85 comments in total)

Ok, the sandwich has been cut in half, but not lengthwise, so it's not symmetrical. What good is that?

And the pickles haven't been cut at all.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2017 at 02:32 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
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FLruckas: Your dust removal tool is gonna be busy....
And if you use an IR cutoff filter....
Look out.
Are the markings radioactive?
Just kidding....
Well....
Sort of.....
:-)

The web site says the paint is UV reactive, so perhaps the markings absorb ambient UV and reflect back (or glow) in the visible spectrum.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2017 at 00:57 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Minolta's prosumer DiMAGE 7 (177 comments in total)

Thanks for rhe Throwback memory. I still have my 2003 model Dimage 7Hi. It was my first digital camera, and the manual zoom ring was excellent, especially for someone making a transition from 35mm film camera zooms. In decent light, the image quality was not bad - certainly capable of producing good 8x10 prints. I have one of those hanging on the wall at home. The range of external controls set a standard that insn't often matched today.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2017 at 22:37 UTC as 34th comment

Great shots, helpful info. In addition to The Photographer's Ephemeris ("TPE), there's Photo Transit from the same publisher, which helps you determine how wide the field of view will be from a given lens, based on where you want to stand and where you subject is. Once you've identified the line along which you should stand in order to get the shot, Photo Transit helps you decide where to stand along that line and what lens to bring.

TPE made it possible to figure out that the Super Moon in October would appear to be rising just behind the two tallest buildings in Boston on a line that crossed the western edge of the Chestnut Hill Reservoir, about 3 miles to the west. Photo Transit made it possible to determine that a 300mm lens would be able to frame a shot from that location reasonably well.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2017 at 20:09 UTC as 36th comment

The journalists will carry this phone...
http://www.pomegranatephone.com

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 03:30 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On article 2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: Places (122 comments in total)
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Jack Hogan: Where are the settings? No settings, no good.

#5 - Stata Center @ MIT: Sony alpha 7Rii, Canon 24mm f/3.5 TS-II lens; Metabones IV adapter. ISO 50, f/5.6, 193 seconds with 13 stops of ND filtering to blur the clouds. Processed to B&W with Silver EFEX

Link | Posted on Dec 31, 2016 at 05:18 UTC
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Mike Sandman: What this illustrates isn't so much that we need photojournalists but that we need photographs to make events tangible. Think of the Zappruder movie of the assassination of President Kennedy, taken by an amateur. Or the smartphone videos of black men shot by police at traffic stops. The images are powerful, but they don't necessarily require a photojournalist. And we're getting more and more impactful photos from amateurs, now that so many people carry smartphones.

ewelch - No question - photojournalists make superb photos with high impact. Our local paper, the Boston Globe still employs an outstanding group of photographers who take great images. I do contend that "some bozo" with an iPhone can indeed take a photo that will have a global impact. I gave only two examples but there are many more. That's not meant to be a denigration of the importance of photojournalists, and i apologize if it looked that way. My point is that it's the picture that's important, not who takes it.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 14:55 UTC

What this illustrates isn't so much that we need photojournalists but that we need photographs to make events tangible. Think of the Zappruder movie of the assassination of President Kennedy, taken by an amateur. Or the smartphone videos of black men shot by police at traffic stops. The images are powerful, but they don't necessarily require a photojournalist. And we're getting more and more impactful photos from amateurs, now that so many people carry smartphones.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 03:54 UTC as 112th comment | 2 replies

Wow! Looks like it comes in turquoise. My wife LOVES turquoise!

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2016 at 03:29 UTC as 176th comment | 1 reply

Hey, not so quick! Go back to the guy bungee-jumping at the waterfall at 3:05 or so.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 05:00 UTC as 11th comment
On article 2016 Roundup: Best Camera Drones Under $1500 (97 comments in total)

Excellent primer on the capabilities and characteristics to look for (at least for a new-to-drones photographer like me). I'm assuming there will be more drones with 1" sensors in the not-to-distant future, which makes things very interesting for a skills photographer. Thanks, and lets have more on these platforms, including in-depth reviews.

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2016 at 19:58 UTC as 23rd comment
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joseph papa: You guys are missing the big picture. USB-C and multiple thunderbolt ports is a step forward. Every laptop Ive ever owned needed usb card readers, adapters to connect E-sata drives, drive docks, etc. With the new design there are no limitations. Connect anything without a bottleneck. Charge from inexpensive USB batteries. If a new connector comes out, all you need is a dongle, not a new laptop.
Even the SD card reader isn't a deal breaker. The fastest cards won't read at max speed without the right reader anyway. I personally think Apple is smart. Don't complain they gave us more of the fastest ports...
On my 2013 Retina I would love to exchange to have more thunderbolt ports. The dongle isn't any more ugly than the countless other things we already plug in.

It's an interesting point - that a single universal type of connection has advantages down the road. And new input technologies are constantly coming along.

Apple has never hesitated to orphan its products, unlike Microsoft. The result is an OS that doesn't have a lot of obsolete crap hanging off it. But there's always a need to have stuff hanging off a laptop.

The concept of a single universal port works if the port is truly universal works with even new type of input. But (1) No port has had an unending life cycle. Why will this one be universal in 5 years? (2) why kill the SD card slot? Forcing the use of a dongle for an input device that slides almost all the way into the computer is s a step backwards in convenience, and it uses a potentially precious port. And (3) it would have been a lot easier for customers to swallow the whole concept if Apple had cut prices on the dongles at the same time they introduced the MBP.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2016 at 04:33 UTC

Yes, well... if you've traveling around with a laptop, it's a lot less cumbersome t have an integral SD card slot than it is to bring an SD card reader and cable with you. I think Mr. Schiller is being disingenuous. The decision was either an effort to reduce cost or to reduce thickness and weight, or both. Bad move. Apple should repent with the next MacBook Pro.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 21:16 UTC as 319th comment | 2 replies

Foreshadows a touchscreen on the next version of the A7 series - a welcome enhancement.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 16:10 UTC as 233rd comment

Barney laments that Canon is only making incremental changes. Twenty years ago, MIT's James Utterback* wrote that process improvements are introduced by incumbents in an industry, while product innovation comes from outsiders. Thus Panasonic, an electronics firm, introduced mirrorless ILCs; Samsung and Sony led the introduction of new mirrorless technology. Incumbents like Canon (& Nikon) tend to sit on their hands as this is going on.

Sometimes incumbents get into the game late. Sometimes they miss it completely, like Underwood did when IBM developed the Selectric typewriter. So Canon is probably doomed to playing catch-up. It's unfair to expect them to jump from leading the DSLR category to leading the mirrorless ILC category. It's just not in their corporate DNA.

Maybe Sony will learn interface design so we get the best of both worlds

* James Utterback, "Managing the Dynamics of Innovation" -- best book you'll ever read on how disruptive technology gets to market.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 15:22 UTC as 67th comment
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1608 comments in total)
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Donnie G: How is it that Canon's EOS ILCs, whether mirrorless or DSLR, continues to attract swarms of new buyers regardless of their cameras' higher costs and other inexcusable faults as perceived by the critics on this site? Well, I'll tell you how. Canon's ILCs all have one thing in common no matter what skill level their cameras are aimed at. Ease Of Use! Nobody does "ease of use" better than Canon.

Real world shoppers, for the most part, aren't gear-heads who are prone to argue over whether or not the camera records 4k video, has a mirror box or not, etc, etc.. Real world shoppers buy Canon because those cameras are "easy to use". Easy to use exposure controls, focusing tools, menus, connectivity, and the list goes on and on. Add to that, Canon's world class customer service, and it becomes easy to see why Canon is the preferred choice among Real World Shoppers. :))

Easy to use - yes, Canon does an excellent job on the user interface, and it looks like they did quite well with the M5 . But... I teach photography classes to "un-advanced" amateurs and almost all of them (a) don't ever take their cameras out of Program mode and (b) when the class has first session, they have no idea what aperture or shutter speed to select for a given situation. Canon sells well to that market because of brand, not design, even though the design is indeed excellent,

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 20:34 UTC
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1608 comments in total)
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ttran88: Apple is projected to sell more iPhone 7 this coming weekend than Canon can sell all year ;)

Yes, and Coca-Cola sells 1.7 billion servings each day, which is a lot more than the total number of iPhones that Apple has sold in the whole history of the product.

So...???

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 20:23 UTC
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (2102 comments in total)

If Canon had introduced this a year ago, the Sony Aloha 7Rii would not have gotten off to nearly as strong a start as it did (speaking as a former 5DII owner who switched to Sony). As it turned out, the competition seems to have spurred Canon to speed up the introduction of a señor with much improved dynamic range. It will be interesting to see whether A7Rii sales slow, in which case Sony will be out here with an A7Riii that much faster.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 01:46 UTC as 159th comment | 7 replies

impressive improvement. Very nice. Thanks for this (and other) useful review slices.

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2016 at 19:33 UTC as 107th comment
On article Canon EOS 5D IV: What you need to know (181 comments in total)
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Ran Plett: Looks like a crippled video offering, even to the point where they don't provide a choice of codecs. The video functionality is even being promoted as a 8mp 30 fps stills feature. That begs the obvious question: does Canon have an attitude of "we're too big to fail" and are afraid of product canabalization? Or have they done extensive market research and found that although everyone seems to want those bells and whistles, not many 'togs are actually using them? Probably a mix of both.

On to stills... what we really need to see, and I'm sure those will arrive shortly, is high quality sample images that shows exposure latitude and high ISO noise characteristics. If these are underwhelming compared to the competition, a lot of potential buyers aren't going to be thrilled and would probably care less about the dual pixel parallax benefits.

I would have thought I'd be one of the first to preorder a 5D4 because I skipped a generation and still shoot with a very capable 5D2. With my style of shooting, I drool over higher DR, and really wonder what's down the Nikon D800 series pipeline.

I too kept my 5D Mark II and skipped the Mark III. My "drool over higher DR" got to be too much. I bought a Sony a7RII and an adapter so I could use my Canon lenses. This edition of the 5D does not make me regret that decision. Canon has better ergonomics, a touchscreen and far,far better battery life, but Sony has outstanding dynamic range, focus peaking, zebras, and drive options that are ideal for hand-held HDR when the better DR isn't enough, plus a flip-up LCD, which is immensely useful. Between touchscreen and flip-up screen, I'd go with the flip-up. (Of course Sony will have both in its next iteration...)

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2016 at 02:06 UTC
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