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 16-24mm f/4 FE; Sony 24-70mm f/4 FE; Sony 16-35mm f/4 FE; 70-200 f/4 IS; 24mm TSE 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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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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Eric Hensel: I'm a DPR fanboy, and I can't for the life of me understand the thinking behind this list, or the recommendations -there's not much meat on these bones.
Having said that, I'd love to see a comparison of *output images* between the known converter leaders :DxO, Capture 1, Lightroom etc. A real review, in other words?

Wemmel --Yes, it would be useful to have in-depth reviews of alternative to Photoshop. To answer your question, I started with Elements in 2003 and moved to Photoshop. Since then I've tried Lightroom, DxO, and now Affinity. Each of them does some things better that Photoshop, or does several things more intuitively. but none of them cover the full range of functionality that Photoshop does.

For example, prompted by this article, I downloaded a trial version of Affinity, It might become a full-blown alternative to Photoshop, and it would be an easy transition for Photoshop users because it imports .DNG files and outputs .PSD files But at this time it doesn't include any built-in lens profiles. And it doesn't manage image libraries, which you can do (up to a point) with Bridge.

Photoshop is loaded with more functionality than most still photographers need, but each of us wants our own slice of that huge cake. Matching that range of capabilities takes time and investment.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2016 at 03:18 UTC
On article Sony a7R II versus a7 II: Eight key differences (399 comments in total)
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davev8: """""Sony's a7-series marked the debut of full-frame mirrorless, and Sony still dominates this market with its a7S II, a7 II and a7R II.""""
obversely sony dominates the FF mirrorless market .. and it sound impressive until its pointed out that sony market share has not improved since 2008 so basically they have traded A mount sales for FE mount sales

Well that's just the point. High market share doesn't necessarily lead to high profits. :-)

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2016 at 17:01 UTC
On article Sony a7R II versus a7 II: Eight key differences (399 comments in total)
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davev8: """""Sony's a7-series marked the debut of full-frame mirrorless, and Sony still dominates this market with its a7S II, a7 II and a7R II.""""
obversely sony dominates the FF mirrorless market .. and it sound impressive until its pointed out that sony market share has not improved since 2008 so basically they have traded A mount sales for FE mount sales

"...making 1 £$ 1000 times is better than making 10£$ once."

No, not necessarily. If you make a higher profit per unit and have lower unit sales, you earn a much higher return on sales (obviously) and probably a higher rate of return on capital. It's sort of like Apple phones vs. Samsung phone. Samsung sells more units but Apple makes a much higher profit per phone. If you'e an investor, you probably prefer the latter results. And Sony seems to do that in cameras, despite their poor profitability in other markets (notably consumer electronics).

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2016 at 14:45 UTC

The Mavica was a neat product for its time - 1999 - but the use of a floppy disc drive highlights how much changed in just the next few years. By 2002, there were 5 MP sensors and 256 MB CF cards, which left the Mavica in the dust. The shrinking cost of sensors and memory were omens of the limited future of film.

It's interesting to note that after the Mavica, Sony stepped back from the leading edge, sticking largely with small sensor cameras, while Canon and Nikon stepped forward with practical DSLRS. Now Sony seems to be intent on reclaiming its position as an innovator, a position they held briefly with the likes of the Mavica.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2016 at 02:37 UTC as 30th comment | 2 replies

10+

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 02:39 UTC as 12th comment
On article Faster flagship: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X-T2 (121 comments in total)

The less mushy buttons and the criticism that a lot of mirrorless cameras are afflicted by much control prompt a question (from a Sony Alpha 7Rii owner): Could the mushiness be fixed if a camera repair shop installed stronger springs under the buttons on some of these cameras? (Maybe we need a teardown from iFixIt or LensRentals to show us how).

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 16:26 UTC as 14th comment | 4 replies

Thanks - excellent article, with lots of detail about "how to" both in the field and on the computer. I've done HDR panos, a tiny bit of astro and lots of cold weather work, and seeing someone combine all the pieces is inspiring.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2016 at 18:17 UTC as 18th comment

Wonderful. I've been a frequent visitor to Singapore and this is a perfect way to capture the feeling of energy in the architecture and changing skyline.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2016 at 01:17 UTC as 28th comment
On article Looking Sharp: A focus stacking tutorial (224 comments in total)
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ktjones: An alternative program to Photoshop for performing the post-process stacking is Zerene Stacker. Its website is here:

zerenesystems.com

Although it's mostly used for macro imaging, Zerene Stacker will work on any focus-stacked image series, including landscapes, as described here:

zerenesystems.com/cms/stacker/docs/tutorials/stackinglandscapes

Yes, I agree. Stacker is reliable and a great deal easier than going through the process in Photoshop. The only thing in favor of the laborious method detailed in this article is that you get complete control over the blending of frames. But of you want to try focus stacking and not spend 30 minutes or more blending multiple layers, do try Zyrene Stacker.

Link | Posted on May 29, 2016 at 20:40 UTC

The 14mm goes to the top of my wish list.

Link | Posted on May 3, 2016 at 21:15 UTC as 59th comment

This may be a dumb question, but don't the Sony A series DSLRs with half-mirrors accomplish the same thing, although in a different way?

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2016 at 01:47 UTC as 4th comment
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (722 comments in total)

I love it. For a while when I had a Windows PC, I used Readability (I think) to flip to black-on-white. I migrated to Mac and this new scheme, while it does look generic, is far easier for me to read. It's great that you'll offer the two schemes as alternatives. Please finish the task.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 02:53 UTC as 460th comment
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PKDanny: You happy????

HowaboutRAW: you're right - my aplologies to you both!

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2016 at 18:23 UTC
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PKDanny: You happy????

Actually, we do. You have a Fuji X-mount, a Sony E mount, a Sony FE mount, and a Nikon Coolpix with a fixed lens.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2016 at 02:17 UTC
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mario loconte: I think Mr. Tokura is still ignoring what is the metabones adapter and the new sigma adapter, and how the metabones works on the A7R II camera.

I'm a canon user with three L lenses and two third part lenses, and I cant stand anymore with this gap of features. Especially for videos.

Well then, switch to a Sony alpha body. I did and I'm quite happy with the camera and the way my EF lenses work on it (with the Metabones IV adapter).

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2016 at 04:07 UTC

Mac users running El Capitan who have memory cards with 64 or more GB have been unable to use Bridge to "get photos from camera". We've been grumbling on the Adobe forum and Adobe has been promising a fix, but this isn't it.

Although you can download it image files now fro a 64GB card in the camera, you don't get anything like full Bridge functionality. You can't assign new names or convert the file to .dng (at least for Sony .arw RAW files). So this is a second-rate workaround that is very disappointing.

If the update does in fact provide full importing functionality into Bridge for MAC El Capital, please tell me -- I will be happy to learn that I'm wrong. And if Adobe is still working on a proper fox for El Capital, it would be nice to know that as well.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2016 at 23:12 UTC as 4th comment
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Mike Sandman: Digital cameras - A company that can increase profits despite a drop in revenue is doing somethng right. In this case, they've succeeded in shifting from higher volume, low profit point & shooot to low volume, high profit ILCs.

Sensors & batteries - the slide shows an impairment charge aggainst the battery business. That means Sony's auditor looked at the battery business's book value vs. it's profitability and decided the book value was unjstifianly high. So they reduced book value via an impairment charge. This is a.very unhappy event for the managers of the battery business, but it doesn't have a direct effect on the camera business. And even though sensors and hatteries are combined into the same reporting unit, it doesn't mean that the sensor business is in trouble.

Well, it's an interesting strategic question. As an investor, do you you want to own shares in business that's strong in a highlly profitable niche market segment (like Apple) or have a very high market share in a low- margin market (like Dell in PCs and Nokia in cell phones)?

If you're a corporation executive, the answer depends on whether your goal is profitability or revenue.

Sony earned about 12% operating profit on its camera sales in the third quarter of 2015, when the sales of alpha series II cameras was just ramping up. That's a very high return for a consumer electronics product line. The total profit was up despite a drop in revenue and, very likely, a steeper drop in unit sales.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2016 at 05:03 UTC

Digital cameras - A company that can increase profits despite a drop in revenue is doing somethng right. In this case, they've succeeded in shifting from higher volume, low profit point & shooot to low volume, high profit ILCs.

Sensors & batteries - the slide shows an impairment charge aggainst the battery business. That means Sony's auditor looked at the battery business's book value vs. it's profitability and decided the book value was unjstifianly high. So they reduced book value via an impairment charge. This is a.very unhappy event for the managers of the battery business, but it doesn't have a direct effect on the camera business. And even though sensors and hatteries are combined into the same reporting unit, it doesn't mean that the sensor business is in trouble.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2016 at 18:18 UTC as 7th comment | 6 replies
On article Sigma 20mm F1.4 'Art' lens real-world sample gallery (134 comments in total)
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Mike Sandman: Thanks for posting these. Where are the shots using the a7Rii? Only the Canon shots seem to be available.

Thanks!

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2016 at 20:08 UTC
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