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On article DJI launches Phantom 4 Advanced drone (66 comments in total)
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JonBush: Maybe I'm not reading something correctly, but doesn't the current Phantom 4 Pro have a 1" 20MP CMOS sensor (with mechanical shutter) capable of H.264 4K videos at 60 fps or H.265 4K at 30 fps and a 30 minute flight time?

Body is a little different.
Pro: The FlightAutonomy system adds dual rear vision sensors and infrared
sensing systems for a total of 5-direction of obstacle sensing and 4-direction of obstacle avoidance.

Advanced: The FlightAutonomy system includes 5 vision sensors for 2-directions of obstacle sensing and forward-vision obstacle avoidance.

So it seems the Pro has more sensors.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2017 at 20:20 UTC
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santamonica812: When I was a photog student, I always wondered why there was not this sort of resource online. (Of course, there were lots of regular books. But they varied in quality, so a book that was good for portrait lighting was also dreadful on lighting for products.

A site I'll definitely be bookmarking.

Most books on lighting are like cookbooks - just recipes to follow, with no explanation of why things are placed where they're at, or what to do when it doesn't work the way you expected, or you don't have the exact same tool. Oh, and they're often dated by when they were published - some 90's era lighting books are very cheesy now.

Someone mentioned the Light, Science & Magic book - this is a great book. It doesn't have many recipes, or even great images inside. Instead it explains the foundation to understanding light and how to manipulate it to do what you want, whether its a product or a portrait. From there you gather your tools, draw your design and build it.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2017 at 23:55 UTC
On article PDN announces its 30 emerging photographers of 2017 (27 comments in total)
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User9362470513: No doubt there will be 100s of naysayers and snide remarks by the end of the day, but I am always interested to see other photographers' work and there are some very interesting pictures on here and the PDNS30 website.

Never heard of Photo District News before, but I might check out their website more regularly.

I find that websites like PDN and especially Lensculture get much more of my attention since this website is so full of gearhead fanboys sneering about camera makers 24/7.

PDN's been around forever, one of the few industry mags that's more about the work than gear (they cover equipment, but it's minor). I have a print subscription.

When I was starting out I used to read the back issues sitting around the studio I worked in - I learned a lot that way.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2017 at 16:07 UTC
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jadot: I love Elinchrom. I've always had their lights, from EL500's through to packs, and The Quadra when it first came out. These 1200s look awesome.

I'm not going skydiving any time soon, though. It's just not my thing.

I wish that just once a lighting or camera company would make a promo video that wasn't showcasing how you can use the gear on your extreme sports day out. Granted, it's pretty mind blowing that you CAN shoot in this kind of situation, but it's not something that I can relate to, and I'd bet that the majority of Elinchrom's customer base probably don't either.

Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't think I'm not the only photographer who shoots with lights that doesn't jump out of aeroplanes or off the side of a mountain on a regular basis.

I feel totally inadequate.

Probably, but it makes for better visuals. I have used my elinchrom's in rain, mist and tropical humidity that condensed right on the pack without issues.

The membrane buttons aren't the most tactile pleasing, but you won't ever have to worry about some dripping mist shorting it out.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2017 at 20:55 UTC
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M Chambers: What's the price point on this? Obviously, not cheap.

1 head ranger kits are around $2700. My guess is this will between 3-4k for a kit, depending on which head is used.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2017 at 20:35 UTC
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nachos: Also, is the pack asychronous or can you adjust heads individually?

Not that big of a deal; packs that allow adjustments of each head tend to be very expensive - the profoto b4 air 1000 has 2 independent outputs and is almost $8500. Having to do plug/power math has been common to packs for decades :-)

I used to use speedotron packs where the math could get complicated as you could switch capacitor banks on or off plugs, and then further divide among the heads! Good way to test assistants.

Built in ratios can be handy for key/fill setups. Rarely do I need to add diffusion - feathering or adjusting distance does the trick.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2017 at 19:26 UTC

Also, is the pack asychronous or can you adjust heads individually?

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 23:20 UTC as 8th comment | 5 replies

The long awaited Ranger replacement. I've had my Ranger kit for 10 years; always reliable. Are heads compatible? Plugs are different, will there be adapters?

Good of them to make it easy for air travel. One issue Ive had with profoto is the variety of batteries make it hard to know what's flight legal and what isn't.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 23:12 UTC as 9th comment
On article Nikon PC Nikkor 19mm F4E sample gallery (87 comments in total)
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digilux: Nice, although a bit soft. It lacks real sharpness (like my PC-E 24mm). I wonder, is it that better compared to corrected (in PS) images from a prime lens ? And is it's price justified in that regard?

Open aperture all the way and use live view for the best results.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2017 at 03:08 UTC
On article Nikon PC Nikkor 19mm F4E sample gallery (87 comments in total)
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AbrasiveReducer: The abilty to tilt in all directions is great but for me, image #32 says it all.

This is a demanding subject (brick) and the lens is shifted all the way. But this is also a $3000 lens that supposedly sets new standards. If you scroll to the top of the building, you'll see it's like any other PC/TS lens; in other words, it shifts past the usable image circle into the mush zone.

The good news is that stopping down more might help. The bad news is that if this photo was composed so that the top of the building was in the corner instead of the center, things would be even softer. This isn't terrible peformace for a TS lens (I own several) but it's not great, either. You have to test to find out how far you can actually shift or make sure there's a lot of sky at the top of your photos.

@Lars Depends on what you mean by performance. I do think the bokeh is better in lenses that prioritize it - TS are less of a concern, especially a wide angle. I have the 45 and it exhibits a fair amount of correctable chromatic aberration on a high res camera. It and the 24 are due for a replacement I think.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2017 at 03:05 UTC
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Marty4650: Isn't the genuine lens pretty cheap?

This is like counterfeiting $1 bills. If the criminals had any sense they would be counterfeiting L series lenses.

It...isn't anything like that.

It's one of the best selling lenses, probably 10x the volume of something more specialty. That is why it is counterfeited.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2016 at 23:21 UTC

"non-GAAP profitability" means non-profitability.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 00:19 UTC as 22nd comment
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JordanAT: They should have renamed it "The President" because that bezel is yuuuuuge!

it also makes for a nice visual break from background clutter. Bezels and hoods are good things...

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2016 at 21:30 UTC
On article OWC's Thunderbolt 3 Dock adds 13 ports to your MacBook (151 comments in total)
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stevielee: This seems like a great multi-port thunderbolt dock - giving back to new MacBook Pro buyers, much of what they already had built in regarding available ports - along with a couple of extra ones - especially backward compatible USB Type A ports as well.

Trouble is, if you're planning using your "Touch Bar" Macbook Pro as a truly versatile mobile workstation, you'll also have to carry around this OWC Dock and it's AC power cord, along with all of the other necessary cords and assorted dongles/adapters (including the .5 meter proprietary USB Cable) you might require for whatever "Pro" job the computer is being utilized for.

And as jonny1976 correctly observed, adding another $300.00 on top of the 3.5K+++ cost
for a 2016 MacBook Pro that comes with at least a discreet video card, it's a rather painful upfront financial investment for many independent small businesses and freelance professionals.

It's like going to a very expensive Restaurant where everything on the menu is ala-cart!

That they didn't wait for 4-core Kaby Lake processors to ship says a lot about the target audience. Significant video-handling performance enhancements will be available, but it would miss the Christmas season, so here they are using a processor already a generation old.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 20:24 UTC
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albert2014: I am so unhappy with how apple seems to be progressing that I am thinking of switching back to use Microsoft based machines, and this has grabbed my attention. I wonder if some one can invent a Microsoft bootcamp that can run macOS?

As a long time dual systems user, the historic windows trick was (and still is) to buy business-class machines. The consumer grade hardware were where you would have problems with bloatware, instability and poor support because they were designed to have a very low price point. MS's Surface products have shown there is a market for well made consumer PC's so things are improving on that front.

Business machines cost a little more, but are spec'd better, are very clean from the start and enjoy better warranties and things like on-site repair. I used to manage a studio full of macs and problems with them involved Apple store to-and-fro - a huge time waster. Our current studio is PC based and when we have issues Dell sends a tech next business day. I think Apple has started offering contracts for this in some cases, but it's still uncommon.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2016 at 18:49 UTC
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (866 comments in total)
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Wye Photography: Lot of peeps bitchin about no SD slot. Well, in time it will become irrelevant anyway as new cameras come with wifi and wifi will be the easiest way of transferring data. I bet in a few year's time everybody will be busy transferring by wifi and the poor old SD slot will end up redundant.

Good move Apple.

wifi at the moment is far too slow to use for this except in circumstances where there is no other option.

"In a few years time" - so, what until then?

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 14:50 UTC
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Ayoh: I would be interested in the screen only, would make a nice monitor sans the compromised integrated PC

They have to source the display from somewhere. Would not be surprised if it appears, probably under another brand.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 14:22 UTC
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albert2014: I am so unhappy with how apple seems to be progressing that I am thinking of switching back to use Microsoft based machines, and this has grabbed my attention. I wonder if some one can invent a Microsoft bootcamp that can run macOS?

Also, for what its worth, Win10 is quite nice and the major photo-related apps work just about identically.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 14:20 UTC
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albert2014: I am so unhappy with how apple seems to be progressing that I am thinking of switching back to use Microsoft based machines, and this has grabbed my attention. I wonder if some one can invent a Microsoft bootcamp that can run macOS?

Hacks exist, similar to phone jailbreaking. Expect difficulties however.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 14:19 UTC
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AbrasiveReducer: Other than the price, this lens looks strangely familiar. Now, they need to go back and and update the 24 PC-E. Incidentally, the reason Nikon calls shifting the lens "perspective control" is because it's perspective control. DPR makes it sound like they've coined a new phrase, like Pure Photography.

T/S adapters are nothing new, but usually there are issues because on normal lenses the image circle at the rear tends to be not be much larger than required - if it is larger, generally the unacceptably soft part is cut off.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2016 at 02:33 UTC
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