Mike Sandman

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; 24mm TSE II; 420EX; 580 EX II; Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro; Sigma 15mm f/2.8 fisheye; Leica R f/2.8 135mm Elmarit; Novoflex R to EF converter. Epson 3880 printer. Sony NEX 6. Started with a Balda 35mm rangefinder in 1956.


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In the discussion of the barriers to switching, dPreview commented that going to an a9 was attractive and a lot less expensive for wedding photographers than it is for sports photographers. But all of your subsequent discussion has been focused (pun intended) on sports photographers.

I submit that there are a lot more weddings every week than there are newsworthy sports events, and therefore there are a lot more wedding photographers than sports photographers. If Sony picks off a substantial slice of wedding photographers, they'll probably be very happy to penetrate the sports photog market more slowly.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 19:59 UTC as 103rd comment | 4 replies

"It rains every day for 11 and a half months."
In which two weeks of the year does it not rain?

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 02:54 UTC as 7th comment
On article Throwback Thursday: Our first cameras (391 comments in total)

Balda 35 mm. possibly the Baldina model, a gift from my father around 1956. Traded up to a Kodak Retina Reflex in 1959.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 23:04 UTC as 146th comment

Thanks, Broncolor!
There's a really good book on this subject - Light, Science & Magic" by Fil Hunter & others. The book includes a bit of theory along with diagrams of setups, but the practical examples in the videos are excellent.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2017 at 22:19 UTC as 13th comment
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (892 comments in total)

I started taking photos when cameras were ALWAYS "on" - because they didn't have batteries. You just put the thing up to your eye. focused, composed, and took the picture. So it's maddening when I put the camera up to my eye and the viewfinder is black because the camera is off or the viewfinder has gone to sleep. The smaller size of EVF cameras plus all that info in the viewfinder offsets the black viewfinder issue. But I have missed some shots because of it.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2017 at 02:51 UTC as 187th comment | 1 reply
On article Things we found at CP+ 2017 which had been cut in half (89 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....
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 (203 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 52nd 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...

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 113th 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 12th 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 25th 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 68th comment
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